23 November 2014 · 12 Comments

I love doing my hair nicely, but often neglect it because of the time it takes. And since going shorter about half a year ago, I've been leaving it more and more to just do its own thing partly out of laziness, and partly because I just didn't really know how else to style it. Anyway, I thought I'd change all that and have a go at experimenting more with my hair - first stop - effortless waves, the style that suits everybody whether your hair falls above your shoulders or down by your waist. 

And here's the fuss free guide to creating the look: 

To start with, and no matter what technique you are going to be using to create your waves, hair needs to be in good condition and moisturised, because the wavy look doesn't go well with frizz. I would really recommend Moroccan Oil to get lots of moisture in your hair and leave that super glossy and healthy look to it without weighing it down. Next step, creating the waves. There are many different ways to go about this, from plaiting wet hair and leaving it over night, to using straighteners, but my favourite has to be with a good old fashioned hair curling tong. All I do is, taking 1 inch sections of hair at a time, wrap them round the barrel for about 10/15 seconds before releasing and then brushing through with my fingers. It's such a quick and easy way to add a little wave and to finish the look off and add a little texture I usually go in with my favourite volumising spray at the roots. 

Are you a fan of undone waves, if so what's your favourite styling method?

Winter Wishing

16 November 2014 · 36 Comments

Winter Wishing

With the sudden change in weather, I've been feeling the urgent need to get my shop on, and I thought I would put together a post on some of the bits that I have my eye on. I have a couple of things coming up which I need outfits for, and some winter essentials wouldn't go amiss either, and I always find looking through posts like this so useful to get inspiration for myself.

What do you think of my wish list, is there anything you have been coveting recently?

Proenza Schouler cut out sweater
$945 - harveynichols.com
Whistles cropped turtleneck
$195 - whistles.com

Athleta stripe t shirt

Dorothy Perkins beige coat
$77 - houseoffraser.co.uk

SELECTED black velvet skirt
$175 - selected.com

MANGO checkerboard skirt
$47 - mango.com

Converse plimsoll sneaker
$70 - net-a-porter.com

Burberry lip cosmetic

What I've been watching recently.

11 November 2014 · 31 Comments

With the nights getting darker earlier and earlier, it provides the best excuse ever for catching up on (lots and lots) of TV. And if you're stuck for things to watch, here are some of my recommendations ... 

Modern Family - If you need a quick snippet of comedy, these super short (20 minute) programs are perfect for some light hearted humour. Based around the lives of a family in California, this program is very relatable and will have everyone in laughter within the first five minutes, guaranteed. 

Grey's Anatomy - Following the lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned doctors, while trying to maintain personal lives and relationships. Over the ten series, you become really attached to some of the characters, and it will be interesting to see where the new season takes them. Humour and emotion are perfectly combined and I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of a Desperate Housewives style program. 

Walking Dead - I've got behind on watching this one, but after its return for the 5th season, I will definitely be giving catching up another go. A zombie show, although I'd still suggest you give it a go if you're not that into zombies because there is more to it than that, this program follows the lives of survivors after the apocalypse. Nail-biting and suspenseful, this one is good for when you want a bit more drama in your life. 

Other recommendations: Breaking Bad // Pretty Little Liars // Desperate Housewives // New Girl // Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

Ones I want to watch: West Wing // Suits // Orange is the New Black // American Horror Story 

Have you watched any of these? What are your recommendations? 

5 MAC (ish) Dupes.

09 November 2014 · 30 Comments

Everybody loves a good dupe, and what better to try and find a cheaper alternative to than MAC lipsticks with their seemingly infinite shade range, iconic status and ever increasing price tag. Now, before we get started with the post I must mention that these dupes are (all apart from one - Shy Girl) fictitious as I don't actually own the MAC counterparts in question but after a *lot* of research online, I reckon these are about as close as you could get. 

MAC Velvet Teddy // MN Matte Gloss in 18*

The infamous Velvet Teddy, made famous by Kylie Jenner and now impossible to get your hands on, I reckon that this one is a dupe that a lot of people will be searching for. A matte pinkish-brown 90s shade, it's perfect for an everyday lip and the MN Matte Gloss sticks around forever, making it a nice, low maintenance option for faking the perfect pout. 

MAC Peach Blossom // Seventeen Beehive

A soft rose pink with semi-sheer coverage, this lipstick is the gorgeous everyday shade for just perfecting your lips in an almost gloss like way. I really like this lipstick for tying looks together and I think it would suit just about every skin tone out there. Definitely my top recommendation if you are in the market for something very pared down and neutral. 

MAC Girl About Town // The Hotshop No. 15*

A more out there shade with this one, but one that would look amazing paired with a clean eye look on a night out. I love the blue toned pink shade, which this dupe from the Hotshop mimics perfectly, for making your teeth look super white and it's a beautiful bold standout shade for those willing to try it out. Also, the matte with the sheen finish helps it to stick around and you won't have to worry about it smudging all over your face, always good

The only two I actually own, in the bullet these two don't look so similar, but on the lips it is a completely different story. The Rimmel offering leans slightly more matte, which I actually prefer because it means it sticks around for longer, and oddly enough, I also find it more moisturising and comfortable on the lips. Perfect for finishing off looks with darker smokey eyes or wearing patted in on its own, I think both of these shades are probably my most worn in my whole collection. 

MAC Diva // MN Matte Gloss in 33*

And finally, a dupe for Diva, the shade that I have wanted to get my hands on for absolutely ever, but couldn't bear to part with the £15 for because it's not one of those ones that I would wear on a regular enough basis. An intense red/burgundy shade which is perfect for the autumn months, the matte formula of this dupe will not budge - (seriously I have to use like 4 cotton pads soaked with Bioderma to get this stuff off) - but for an occasion where touch ups may be hard, this lipstick is the dream. 

Who needs expensive makeup, eh? Do you have any more dupes that I should try out? 

5 Pins that have inspired me recently.

06 November 2014 · 23 Comments

As a total Pinterest addict, I'm on there all the time looking for new pieces of inspiration, DIYs to attempt and general pretty photos.You can follow what I'm up to here but I thought it would be fun to show the some of the top 5 pins that have inspired me recently, and maybe inspire some of you to use this amazing website more.

1. Makeup looks are one of my favourite things to look up on Pinterest, and I've been getting lots of ideas for some Autumn inspired looks. I'm loving this pin with the super dark lips and bronzed up face, so expect a recreation of this on the blog soon. 

2. I've been redecorating my bathroom for a while now, and Pinterest has definitely had a massive role to play in inspiring the decor. I love the white subway tiles with black grout shown here and the pops of green really give some life to the room.

3. These marbled mugs are on my to-do list of DIYs, I think they would make the coolest Christmas presents for friends and family, so if they do turn out well, this is another thing you can expect to see on here

4. Again, these little star shaped sugar cookies would make such a cute little gift and are definitely getting me excited for Christmas. Perfect with a cup of tea, I will definitely be making a couple of batches of these in the weeks to come. 

5. And finally, some style inspiration. I love the combination of patterns and how this really simple look also looks quite pulled together at the same time. You just have to love the style on Pinterest. 

Are you a Pinterest addict? Leave your links below so that I can follow you!

Candle Time.

04 November 2014 · 26 Comments

I love this time of year so much, I'm a massive fan of the cold, crisp weather and the cosiness that Autumn brings with it, but the dark evenings - not so much. It does mean an excuse for one thing though, the return of the scented candle. They create such an ambience in a room, and I love the dreamy fragrances that they give off, there's nothing better than lighting one on a cold evening and relaxing with a lovely cup of tea. 

It's not quite wintery enough for me yet to be burning a really heavy scent, but recently I've been loving the Wild Honeysuckle candle, which I picked up from Anthropologie for the bargainous price of only £7 in the sale last winter. Don't worry though, it's still available on their website. It's a gorgeously warm, floral scent, if that even makes sense and the two wick pot gives a real sense of luxury. 

The packaging is gorgeous too, with a really cute floral design, it's definitely one that I will be keeping for storage after it has all burned up. 

Are you a candles type of person? Any recommendations for me?