I just wanted to share my outfit of the day today. It was suuuuuuper cute, comfy and casual. It was another day filled with errands so I decided to go to Westfield for a little brunch with my mother and sister and just shop around.
For our brunch, we chose one of our favorite places; Grand Cafe Concerto. Every time I go there I just can’t stop staring at their beautiful interior. It is well known for it’s gorgeous chandeliers and enchanting seating.
I absolutely love this place. Everything in their menus is delicious from the breakfast to appetizers to afternoon tea and their mouthwatering main menu items. I could stay here for hours for a good chat and catch up with friends and family!
After that, I decided it was time to do a spot of shopping and grab bits and bobs. But what this post is really about is to show you my outfit of the day so here it is. It is still freezing in London so that’s why we’re all still stuck with winter gear!
Hello Beautiful People and Happy Sunday ❤️
Today I’m just sharing my outfit with you. I wore this very cute Chanel inspired jacket from Zara for my friends birthday dinner. I paired it with black jean, a plain white shirt and a pair of black heels!
I absolutely love this jacket, it’s black and white and looks so very chic. The bow on the top adds that little extra Chanel-esque to it.
I also paired it with my black handbag with a silver chain on it and all around. Looks kind of similar to the Chanel Boy Bag or a Stella McCartney bag. This Zara bag has been in stock for the past 3 years. They keep bringing it back every season because it’s so popular. It’s a minimal bag and dresses up pretty much every outfit. However, I must say the leather starts breaking after a while. This is my second one because of how much I love it and use it and just leave the old one when I’m not going anywhere really special.
Zara Bag – http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/bags/view-all/crossbody-bag-with-embossed-chain-c819022p4283057.html
I hope you enjoyed my little outfit and let me know what you think!
Today I will be sharing with you my everyday make up for a very simple, fresh and glowy look. This is an effortless makeup look which you can change about using these products or similar products.
This is my go to make up look and can be changed about for day time as well as evening just by switching up a lipstick, defining your contour or changing up your eyeshadow. It is long lasting and perfect for any outing.
Let’s jump straight into my daily products!!
First thing I use after I moisturise my face is this oh so beautiful TOUCHE ÉCLAT BLUR PRIMER by YSL. At the moment I am loving this primer so much because it does what it says and blurs out all you\r pores and imperfections ready for a perfect canvas to start on. I use 1 pump of this all over my face starting with my T-Zone and it allows my make up to stay on all day without any touch ups.
Whilst my primer is setting, I get on with doing my brows! For my eyebrows, I use this brow pencil called GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL by BENEFIT. I use this in the shade number 3 and it glides so smoothly over my brows. This is the perfect colour for me to enhance my brows and blend very well when I want to add some little hairs using this on the beginning of my eyebrows. I then brush it out with the brush on the other side which makes life so much easier as I don’t have to 2 products in my hand when I’m doing my brows because I brush them after each stroke for a soft natural finish.
Now that my primer has absorbed into my skin, I go in with a pump of my foundation. This is the ALL DAY LUMINOUS WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION by NARS. My shade is PUNJAB. I have already talked about this in my previous blog post. I applied this foundation using my beauty blender for a more even and flawless finish onto my face. This was perfect as I had a full day planned and it did not smear or smudge at all. I do skip my under eye area as I will be applying more of it after I am done with doing my eyes.
After my foundation has set well, I start on my eyes. For a natural and soft look, I am using this eyeshadow palette, WARM PALETTE by MAC. This palette is very versatile and many make up looks can be made using this palette. I first apply the colour BRULE all over my eyelid. This is a classic make up look and the bright colour will allow the crease colour to look more deep and prominent making your eyes bigger. I also use it as a matte highlight shade for the inner corner of my eyes and under my brows. After that I apply the colour SADDLE which is an orangey brown colour across my crease using a very light hand and building it up. This will ensure the colour isn’t too harsh and making use that by blending it well there will be no harsh lines. I also use this colour under my lash line to soften my make up look. Finally, I go in with an angled eyeliner brush and use the colour Dance in the Dark as a soft liner look just to make the whole look more natural without any strong colours on my face. I also use a very small amount on my lower lash line.
To make my eyes bigger and allow them to pop a little more, I apply this nude eyeliner on my bottom waterline. This is the perfect colour as its not as harsh as a white liner and doesn’t make your\ eyes smaller like a black or \a dark colour does. It looks very pretty with the blended shadows applied under it and transforms the whole eye look. This is the COLOUR DEFINITION EYELINER & KAJAL by KIKO MILANO in the shade 01. This eyeliner has a twist end no need for any sharpening.
To curl my lashes, I use this very famous eyelash curler by SHU UEMURA. This is hands down my most favourite curler of all time. I have repurchased this twice and have used it for the past 5 tears. It comes with an extra pad and I would say that each pad should be replaced every 6/9 months. I could not recommend this enough. I believe it’s a staple in you\r make up collection.
To finish off my eye look, I apply the HYPNOSE MASCARA by LANCOME. This is a very lovely mascara and makes your lashes super long and fluffy. I use it for both top and bottom lashes. It is not clumpy at all and the brush is perfect for separating your lashes. It’s not the most volumising mascara but if you would rather have longer lashes with a bit of volume, this is the mascara for you. I have stopped using waterproof mascaras because they damages my lashes and I use this one in the black colour for an enhanced look.
I don’t usually use bronzer for an everyday look, because I to use a cream contour and just blend it out so it looks very natural and nothing to strong. For this, I use this FOUNDATION STICK by BOBBI BROWN in the colour ALMOND 7. This is an orangey brown colour and I use a stroke on each side of my cheek and then blend it out with either the side of my beauty blender or a stippling brush. The colour looks so nice and natural and blend so smoothly.
To highlight my face, I apply this cream highlighter called MOON BEAM by BENEFIT. I have used this as well as HIGH BEAM for a almost 7 years and I can definitely say either one of the colours or both are a must have in the make up collection. I remember once in high school, my friend was going through my make up bag and she took this out and said “this nail polish isn’t good, doesn’t` work properly” I couldn’t believe she had just said that. I’m glad we’re past that and now she’s definitely knows her stuff. Anyway, I use a stoke on the highest pointe of my cheek and i blend it out with my fingers or a beauty blender. The gold particles in this looks so stunning when the light reflects on it and it look so illuminating and natural.
For my lips, I pair these two lip products which I know have been hyped a lot but I still love them. I use the MAC LlPLINER in the colour WHIRL to line my lips and blend and then I use the MAC LIPSTICK in the colourVELVET TEDDY all over my lips and gives the perfect nude/brown lips which suit most people as a natural lip shade. I don’t usually over line my lips but if I wanted to, this would be the perfect shade for me.
To finish off this whole make up look, I use this MAC FIX PLUS face spray inthe scent YUZU. This was in a recent collection they had and I am hoping they bring it back. It is the same formula as the original FIX PLUS, however, this smells so refreshing and so hydrating. I use this all over my face just to keep it looking extra hydrated and I also use this before my foundation and after my primer, just to combat any winter flakes.
Aaaand that’s it for my simple make up look! Thank you for reading lovelies!
Today I will be sharing my recipe of the peanut butter energy bites that are so delicious, healthy and most importantly very simple to make.
These little bliss balls are loaded with lots of nutritious benefits like fiber, protein and healthy fats that keep you full of energy throughout the day and reduce those hunger cravings. They are a perfect alternative snack for someone who is such a sweet tooth like me and best of all they are hassle free with no oven.
I have seen so many of these energy bites posted online with so many different ingredients that you can pick and choose from. I usually make a big batch of them each time because both my husband and I love to have them as a quick breakfast option, pre + post workout snack or even as a simple dessert.
The 6 ingredients I have used today include:
2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 Cup Peanut Butter
2 Tbs Nutella
2 Tbs Honey
1/2 Cup Mixed Nuts
1 cup dark chocolate chips
All you do is combine all of those ingredients or any ingredient of your choice together in a large mixing bowl and mix mix mix.
Quick Tip: Place them in the fridge for about 15/20 mins so they can harden which will make them easier to roll into balls.
Once they have hardened a little, you can roll them into any shape you want. I usually do about 1 inch size balls making them easy to grab and go. With the ingredients listed above, I get around 20 bites. You can even spread it out in a baking stray and cut it just like oat bars!
Remember, you don’t have to stick to specific ingredients, change it about and be creative!
Alternative Ingredients could be:
Any type of nut butter – almond, peanut, cashew or many more
Different types of nuts, or even mixed nuts are great
Chocolate chips could be dark, white, milk, mixture or none at all
Different sweetners, I prefer honey but maple syrup or agave is also yum and vegan
Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds or any type of seeds you prefer
Dried fruits such as cranberry, mango, banana or many others
Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, any other spices
I hope you have enjoyed my little energy bites and make your own. They will become a favourite in your household I promise!
Thank you for reading and share with me your thoughts and your alternative ingredients!
So let’s start of with my skin background. I’m 22 years old and at the moment my hormones are crazy and all over the place. For the past couple of months my skin had been breaking out so badly due to my intake of Norethisterone tablets when I went on my honeymoon. Anyway, so I have combination skin, oily T-Zone and some dry areas due to my breakouts. My closest mac shade is probably an NC20 which is recognisable by all. I’m doing this review based on my their performance on my skin colour and type, so I do understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tee!
MAC – FACE & BODY IN SHADE C2
This is a very popular foundation and probably suits just about everyone. I have used this foundation for the past 6 months and I feel that everyone should have this in their make up collection. The formulation is very sheer and watery and can be applied in multiple layers. I bought this to be able to take on my honeymoon as I wanted a light foundation which can be built up if i wanted a more heavy look and this def did that for me. The coverage is light to start with but more layers can be applied smoothly allowing it to be built up to a medium coverage. It does not look streaky or cakey and it is the most natural foundation I have used. Even after 3 layers it still looks so natural like my skin just with a more balanced texture as it doesn’t cling on to dry patches or pores.
Because the consistency is very watery I either use my fingers, stippling or a buffing brush to apply it. I do not recommend a beauty blender for this because it will just soak up all the foundation. It is very easy to apply and blends like a dreams. I mainly use it as an everyday foundation, if I’m not doing much or if I’m in a rush as it doesn’t need much work. It is very dewy when first applied but that can be solved with a dab of translucent powder which will dissolve into it and make it look flawless. For super oily skin types, I would recommend a primer before applying and this def set it with some powder.
NARS – ALL DAY LUMINOUS WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION – PUNJAB
This is nice matte long-lasting foundation with great formula and wonderful packaging. I went into the Nars counter to actually purchase the Sheer Glow foundation but ended up getting this one based on my skin type and the recommendation from the girl who worked there. This is my second bottle that I have purchased and I absolutely love this. Firstly, the shade I have, Punjab is the perfect shade for me and it blends in so smoothly into my skin. The formula is very light, rich and pigmented and therefore one pump goes a long way. The claim of a 16-hours of wear is not entirely true however, it will last a whole work day without any smearing as long as it’s powdered well.
Even though it is called a luminous foundation, it has no shimmer, oil free and actually dries matte. It is a very similar texture and finish to the Chanel Perfection Lumiere however, this one suite acne prone skin and did not break me out like the Chanel one. The texture of it allows it to cover any breakouts and discolouration with minimal product usage. This foundation is known to be lightweight with a medium coverage and can be built up to a full coverage using a beauty blender. You can even choose to wear is as a light coverage just by using a duo fibre stippling brush.
I recommend to shake the bottle before using it and pumping it either on you\r hand or straight on your face but not on the beauty blender. 1 pump goes a long long way and unless you need maximum coverage the go for a pump and a half. After that I usually highlight with the Nars Radiant Concealer as they go so well together and then set it in with a translucent powder such as the Laura Mercier one.
This foundation comes with a pump dispenser which makes it very easy to use unlike the sheer glow or the sheer matte with just a twisted cap making it very messy. I grab this foundation on days where I am going out for lunch or dinner or just enjoying a nice day out and sometimes when I’m feeling to wear a full face of make up to work.
PRICE – £34
KAT VON D LOCK-IT TATTOO FOUNDATION – MEDIUM 54
If you are looking for a full coverage, glowy, and smooth foundation then look no further. This Kat Von D does which it’s named after, it literally locks on to your skin and does not budge. I tested this foundation a lot before i bought it. It’s so pigmented and full coverage, you need to purchase the correct shade because a slight difference in shades between face and body will be noticeable. The best this is it has soooo many different shades for different undertones and therefore picking the right shade for you is very simple.
This foundation applies very smoothly, it has a pump so again, like the nars I recommend half a pump for an everyday foundation and a full pump to get that FULL coverage flawless make up Instagram look. It also has a small pin-like stopper which is cute. I always apply this by shaking it, then applying it to my hand and with a damp beauty blender just dab dab dab on my face! This foundation doesn’t need a second layer trust me!
It dries out matte which is great for people with oily/combination skin, however a primer needs to be used for the overall flawless tattoo effect. For people with dry skin, I recommend to moisturise very well before application because it may cling on to dry areas. I avoid using this under my eye if I am applying concealer because it will get too heavy and will start creasing with too much product under the eye. I have heard that it breaks some people out so def try it with some samples before purchase if your skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts. To end, I spray some some setting spray just to break off that all matte look and make it more natural and then I’m good to go.
I mainly grab this product when I need heavy full coverage for a celebrations like weddings, parties or a night out as it does give that glamorous effect that I love for occasions.
PRICE – £27
Thank you for reading and let me know what you think about these foundations!
Hello beautiful people! This past Monday was a very busy day, just running errands all day long. So what better way to do it than dragging your best friend with you and then regrettably having to listen to her music in the car all day -_-. When I go shopping or running errands I always go for a very simply, practical and casual look just so that I can feel comfortable walking around as well as sitting in the car going from one place to another.
Firstly, I am obsessed with this Kimono Coat. The colour is just so versatile and you can pair it with anything. The pockets are huge and on a busy day you don’t want to be carrying a huge handbag so I opted for this tiny metallic bag and just kept my phone and car keys in my pocket for easy access. Also, I have literally rinsed my over the knee boots. I wear them everywhere with everything. The go well with so many different looks and are so warm and comfortable.
I hope you enjoy this look and let me know what you think! xx
Kimono Coat : Zara http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/sale/collection/kimono-coat-c482001p3644528.html
As I began my new journey into married life, I wanted to figure out how I can make each day effective for myself while at the same time benefit those around me. Here are 20 things I believe each and every one of us could find useful in our oh so busy day to day lives. The more you grow the more you realise that life gets more and more hectic and therefore adopting a few of these habits each day will allow us to create a positive mindset naturally.
Drinking warm lemon water in the morning has many benefits to your digestive system. Firstly, it will hopefully replace your coffee cravings! I’m a big coffee drinker and when I have my lemon water I usually don’t feel like having coffee after just to maintain my healthy start. Other benefits include, of course the Vitamin C kick from the lemons, boosting your immune system. Another easy weight loss tip, as lemons are high in pectin fiber and therefore reduce those hunger cravings while at the same time flushes away waste materials in your body!!
Drinking green tea before bed has become a new favourite of mine. There are sooooo many different flavours to choose from and I also add in some mint for a more relaxed and cosy feeling. Here’s a few benefits I found about green tea: Burns Calories (2-3 cups burns around 100 calories daily), Improves Brain Function, Anti-Oxidants lower the risk of Cancer, Strengthens Tooth Enamel, Lowers Diabetes & Cholesterol, Detoxifies and many many more!
Dress for yourself. If I had a stay at home day, I used to stay in my PJ’s alllll daaaay loooong! NO. Don’t do that. Make sure as soon as you wake up you get changed, no matter what your doing, even if you’ll be watching TV all day, just get changed into something else. Doing this has made me eager to get up earlier and be more productive with my day.
Every once in a while you will remember someone you used to work with, be friends with or just someone you knew. Call them, send them a message, doesn’t have to be long, you can keep it nice and brief. Sometimes it’s nice hearing an old familiar voice.
Last year at New Years, I began writing one good thing that happened each day on a little piece of paper and put it in a box, even if I had the worst day ever I would still find that one small good thing. This New Year, I took out the box and opened each one of them. It made me smile. A LOT. Or you could just look through these little papers when your not having the best day and cheer yourself up.
I am such a homebody. I love staying at home, but at the same time I realised, getting up and even just going for a walk could be the most refreshing thing you can do. Even if its up and down your street. Just go out, wander, discover.
I married someone who loves going out. So when we were engaged, we used to go out at least 4 times a week. My friends would always come to me if they wanted to go somewhere new to see or eat. Change is nice, and no matter where you live, Im sure you haven’t discovered every single place around you. I live in London and I hear people say there’s no where to go. -_-. There’s everywhere to go!
Having a pamper day/evening is just essential. Male or Female, you need it. Just paint your nails, put on a face mask, do your hair, indulge in some chocolate, watch a movie, have a bath. JUST RELAXXXXXXX.
I am a big lover of donating/getting rid of things I don’t want or need. Having a clutter free home allows you to love the space your in. Make an organisation list and start decluttering and organising a cupboard or a room each week. You’ll realise you have a lot of things just for the sake of having them.
The first thing I though of when I started my meat free day of the week is WHY?! Then I searched and found so many benefits for our well beings (reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity) as well as for the environment (reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water).
Get those extra hours of sleep at night, not during the morning. You’ll feel like a queen when you wake up honestly!
This one probably takes a lot of strength but at the end of the day, the only one who will be holding on to that grudge is you. Forgive and move on. Life is the shortest thing imaginable, don’t spend it moping around something that you wont remember in 5 years from now.
Dropping loose change in the same jar each day could do something for you. You could put it towards a ticket to your dream destination, or splurge it on the designer bag you’ve been lusting over! My friend and her fiancée did that for an entire year from their engagement and they ended up paying for a honeymoon ticket with it!
I’ve seen so many people write a letter to your younger self but what use is that? i think writing a letter to your older self and reading it in a few years will make you realise how much you have changed and how much you have accomplished. Always look forward. Don’t spend time sitting and writing about all the things you regret or the things you could have done instead. I live by the quote of everything happens for a reason.
Putting your phone down and engaging in a conversation with the person or people with you will allow you to get into topics or discuss things unimaginable. Come up with things to talk about or things to do.
Constantly comparing yourself to someone else brings so much unwanted negativity. Every one you meet is fighting a different battle you don’t know about. Focus on bettering yourself.
Take as many pictures as possible! My husband always says enjoy the moment and stop taking pictures. I love capturing special moments and then creating memories. When we sit down and look at pictures that I’ve forced him to take its a lovely feeling reminiscing those memories.
Believing in miracles gives us hope for everything. Believing in something much greater than us allows us to practise gratitude as well. A wonderful trait to have.
Compliment yourself and others as often as you can. You’ll soon realise that one small compliment can change and uplift your mood for the whole day. Compliments are free and they don’t hurt I promise.
LIVE IN THE MOMENT. My husband’s number one advice which I have been trying to do as much as possible. Enjoy all the things that you do and and strengthen the roles you have been blessed with