Names and Faces

This is my first post with a photo of me! Hello my lovelies. 
I've been loving high necked jumpers. There's nothing better than being able to pull a jumper over your head whilst your college lecturer goes on and on. Am I right? I'm so right! 
As you can tell blogmas and coursework have got me kind of delirious but I couldn't help but share this comfy find!
Primark have out done themselves with these gorgeous high neck jumpers for just £6! Perfect for winter. I think I brought one in every colour they had! 
They look on and can be used to add layers to your outfits and they're so warm. 
Throw on your favourite scarf, mines this tartan number from River Island, and you've got winter chic down alongside being comfy and warm!
What's your winter wardrobe must have?

Lots of Love - A xo 

Book Club || All Fall Down

I'm so excited for this post. I love a good book, I always have. When I was younger I could get through a couple a day but as I'm notably a bit busier than I was then finding a good book is always a treat.
I loved the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter so when a postman dropped a top secret envolope from the Government of Adria, Christmas had truly come early. 
All Fall Down is the new book written by Ally Carter set to come out in 2015 as the first part of The Embassy Row series. 
It follows Grace, the main character, as she tries to get everyone to believe that her mother was murdered. But no one on Embassy Row believes her and when the past catches up to her she has to stop it from hurting anyone else because one thing about Embassy Row, if one of the countries fall, they all fall down. 
It's honestly such a gripping book with the best unexpected plot twists I've ever read! So excited for this to come out for everyone to read. I finished it within hours! 
Whilst you wait for this to hit the bookshelves I would highly suggest you read the other book series' from Ally Carter.
Finally my faith in YA novels has be restored! 

Lots of Love - A xo

Victoria's Secret


Oh my god. Can I just.. No I can't. OH MY GOD.
However bad Victoria is at keeping a secret she sure knows how to put together a show! 
Tuesday was literally a dream. From Taylor to Karlie to Ed and Ariana everything simply took my breath away.
But I don't want to talk about the show. I will probably end up ruining it for everyone but it airs December 9th globally. Although, I will say Hozier is now one of most played artist - Yes its barely been 24 hours and the £2,000,000 brassieres are 100% on my Christmas list! Santa if you're reading this, I've been so totally-almost good this year!
What I want to talk about is that the show is packed full of strong, independent and beautiful women. Who actually celebrate each other. Yeah that's right.
A lot of people just see women walking down the runway half naked but to me that is far from what is actually happening. For as long as the entertainment industry has been around women have mostly likely been seen as competing with each other. It's never a showdown between two male actors about who has the best bum. Lets face it. It doesn't happen. Boy's in this case have it easier but what's so good to see is that these healthy, yes they are all healthy and no we do not tolerate weight shaming on this blog, women can a celebrate being sexy and healthy whilst working some gorgeous underwear! That's that.
To round up this horribly worded post. All I'm trying to say is that women and men should be able to express themselves in any way they want and that being a feminist does not been you are an ugly, badly dressed person who doesn't take care of themselves! Feminism is beauty and power. Something a lot of girls and boys need to learn these days.

Lots of Love - A xo

Green Mango

Just a friendly reminder today that the world is what we make of it.
If we don't take a stand no one will. What kind of a world do you want your children to live in?
You don't need a large group of people to make a difference but change one persons habits. Your own and watch the difference you can make.

Lots of love - A xo

Best of British Fashion Awards 2014

The air is still electric from Monday's fashion awards and with the Victoria's Secret Londson Fashion show hours from debut the fashion world is buzzing and I want a piece.
Monday night saw glitz, glamour and gorgeous galore. From the Delevinge girls to Anna Wintor here are my favourite ensembles from the night. 

RiRi and Emma both rocked the oversized boyfriend blazer jackets. Rihanna kept it bold and minimal, whilst Emma paired hers over an angelic white gown. A timeless piece for both good and bad girls alike. 

Forever the fashion savvy couple. The Beckhams stunned the carpet. Of course as always keeping is classy and chic and simple in of course Victoria's own designs.

Harry Styles looked almost Christmassy with his almost candy cane stripped Lanvin suit. And his hair looked completely tamed!


Budding bffs Kendall and Cara kept the monochrome trend alive and gorgeous. Both the models kept in simple and elegant with subtle pops of colour in their makeup. I'm sure Burberry and Pucci are proud.

Poppy Delevinge brought out her inner ballerina rocker with this pretty mesh number from Topshop. The bag has to be my favourite piece from the night!


As for the boys, Oliver Cheshire looked absolutely gorgeous in this midnight blue M&S suit. Totally compliments his amazing jaw structure. I'm not okay. Nope!
So whilst I stare at Oliver Cheshire, I hope you all enjoyed this post! Of course there wasn't any worst dressed people. Fashun demands to be heard and expressed in unthinkable ways. 

Loves of love - A xo 





The Final Chapter


We seem to have adopted the Black Friday tradition from our pals over the pond but we missed the main point of this weekend. To be thankful. Whilst all of us, including myself, where caught up in the crazy sales and consumer haze how many of us thought of what we had to be thankful for and trust me, we have a lot.
We're honestly all so blessed. Yes, we have our ups and downs in life as we grow and learn but thats the price of being alive.
I could go on and on till this time next year saying everything I'm thankful for but I'll try to keep it short.
I'm thankful for everyone that I have ever encountered, yes I wish some I had met, or ended with, on better terms but I can assure you they taught me something, whether their lesson was with love or just an eye opener, it must of made me that little bit wiser right.
I can not begin to say how thankful I am for every single person in my family. The whole lot. Even the weird cousins that I dont speak to and the family I chose myself, well they kind of found me actually. Can't even call them friends anymore. Just more heads in the family count.
Like seriously, I think Cheanne and I are soul twins. No other words to describe our bond. Anyway, however crazy they are, I dont think I could ever explain what their constant support and endless love means to me. I could never do half the things I do with out them.
Most of all I'm thankful for my mum, for putting up with me, for staying back and letting me find my way but for always being the person I can rely on and for giving me her brown eyes. 
Theres so much more to be said but I'll end up turning this into a blog book rather than a post.
Moral of the story. Always be thankful. Stay humble. It's the best way about it.
It's the final month of 2014. The final chapter of this year. Make it a great one for yourself and those around and remember live it to the fullest. Life is short but seeing as we created the concept of time and its down to us how we spend it and make it last.

Lots of love - A xo

50 Shades of Winter

Maddison Coat
Winter is well and truly upon us now. With christmas decorations popping up everywhere and the black friday weekend sales ready for the final payday before Santa arrives, I think its the perfect time to pick yourself up a little treat. And a colourful one at that.
This season we get the blessing of having a colourful winter. Pastels weren't just for spring and summer this year. We're rocking the blue hues and baby pinks till our cheeks are the same colour. Oh and can we talk about how badass greys have broke through this year. Wang for H&M makes me want to cry diamonds. Its truly a 50 shades of colour winter. Whether you have Mr. Grey or Mr. Darcy kinda feels.
The weather is a little undeceive at the moment but you can feel the cold starting to kick in with it basically getting dark before the suns even come out.
I'm loving the oversized jumpers out right now. There is nothing better than being all cosy and warm in a knitted goody whilst your college lecturers drone on!
Tis the to be joly, in colour of course. I dare you to rock out a colourful knit or a bold and block coloured baggy boyfriend piece! 
This Coach Blue Maddison Coat is a bargain going down from £150 to £100! Ps if anyones around Gunwharf you can get at the futher reduced price of £70! Oh and it comes in petite.. Can college be over quicker please!

Lots of love - A xo


New Beginnings


I'm so sorry for the lack of, well actually no posts over the last few weeks. I've been feeling really sad and for no specific reason.
See I'm one of those people who, unfortunately, when things start to look up for them, they're always short lived but that's life.
I'm so thankful for the life I live and experiences I've had but I just feel like there's a black hole in my chest that can't be filled and it's getting bigger and bigger.
My anxiety has been awful and as blogging has pretty much become my diary, I couldn't let anyone read such lifeless posts. 
However I am not writing this post to mope. As the title suggests, I'm making a fresh start, a new beginning, turning a leaf, whatever you want to call it. I'm doing it.
I've always been taught to fight and work for what I want. And I want to be happy.
So from this point onwards I'm cutting everything I don't need out of my life. Whether it be a person, place or even a bad memory. It's time to let it go. Life is honestly too short. Instead, I'll fall in love with new places, people and make mistakes and know that it's okay too because how else will I learn and grow as a person.
I'm done with being lost between the person I am and the person I should be. 
Pictured above is my favourite place on earth and actually where I started my new beginning. Don't wait for New Years!
Surrounding myself with positivity, love and good spirits as I hope you all do too! 

As always,
Lots of Love - A xo


Trick or Treat Mug Pie


Happy Halloween!
Hasn't this month just flown by, complete madness!
As a little Halloween treat for you all, I am pleased to introduce my first microwave recipie blog post! Yay for all those who love microwaves as much as I do!
Here's the down low on making a Pumpkin Pie in a mug.
Bits you'll need:
• 3/4 cup of pumpkin purée 
• 1 egg yolk 
• 1/4 cup milk (you can use heavy cream, I didn't have any because everyone in my house has a cream addiction)
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (remember when people used to eat cinnamon for entertainment)
• A pinch of ginger, salt and cloves
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
What you've got to do:
• Mix all the ingredients in a large mug or microwave-able bowl.
• Stick said bowl or mug into the microwave
• Now seeing as all microwaves are different as are our mug pie preferences I suggest you poke your pie every 2 minutes or so with a knife. Ps when the knife comes out clean, your pie is done!
• Cool it off in the fridge or eat it warm. You can later add cream, chocolate chips, ice cream or whatever your heart desires.

I hope you enjoy this recipie and get the chance to try it out!

Lots of love - A xo

Missguided Wishlist || Back To Black

It was a white out on the last Wednesdays Wants so its only fair that this week we get back to black.
I'm honestly so much like my mum when it comes to colours. She was a monochrome gal for almost as long as I can remember!
As always I am obsessed with Missguided and there abundance of clothing.
Here's round two for you savvy fashion forward people!

Celina Raglan Curve Hem Jumper Black


Odina Twerk Or Treat Halloween Crop Top Black
Drew Black Ripped Mom Jeans
Alona Gladiator Buckle Sandals
And with that I call round two of my Missguided wishlist to a close. I'm forever going back to black with my clothing.
Lots of Love - A xo



Mega Matte


We all know how much I love a matte lip. I'm probably the worst person to have a sticky or highly smudge-able lipstick because I will get it in my teeth, on my chin and lord knows where else. Seriously.
Mega Matte Lips* are my new favourite matte babes.
I've been loving the cream lip trend, I promise it's a thing! 
W7 have really done well with this one. The wand allows effortless application and you get a fuller lip look without even having to use a lipliner! Saves time and arm ache. 
Once it's on the lips it feels nice and creamy whilst being matte which is brilliant because it doesn't dry out your lips and crack by the end of the day. Two coats give you a gorgeous colour and cover.
I used the shade sinful, which is a beautiful Barbie pink colour.
As much a I love the colour, I'm not too persuaded that I can pull it off but I'm definitely looking to get myself some more of these babies. 

Lots of love - A xo





Friday Favourite || Emma Watson


Okay. We're switching it up a little bit. This weeks Friday Favourites is a person. THE person of the moment.
Actually, Emma Watson's probably been my role model for as long as I can remember. 
Blessed are those who got to grow up with the HP trio, Ameneth.
From captivating hearts at age 11, making sure girls new that being clever was the truest of beauty forms to being aged 24 and finally getting the ball rolling for gender equality, especially in the younger generations.
Is there anything she can't do? 
The answer is no. She can do everything. I mean, who remembers her Burberry days? Actually, Emma in any photo, even with pixie hair, is just stunning. She's my queen, I am obsessed.
But I honestly really hope she manages to educate people in what true feminism is. I just don't see how we've gotten to this age, where we say we're more accepting than previous generations but act oblivious to gender inequalities. On both sides. It's complete maddness. 
Gandhi once said that you must be the change you wish to see in the world.
I know that changing the worlds view isn't going to happen over night but we can start with ourselves for now.

Lots of love - A xo



Missguided Wishlist || White Out

I've currently been loving Missguided. They are always bringing out new stuff and honestly it's always so on point. Their pieces provide something for everyone and anyone and I think that's so important because I personally don't think I have one particular style. I'm always trying something new or taking a step, baby step might I add, out of my comfort zone.
I guess you could call this my Missguided Wishlist Part One, That's what I'm calling it anyways!
This weeks Wednesday Wants is all about the WHITE. Monochrome is getting huge this season and I'm beaming because there is nothing more amazing that pairing a little black and white outfit with a bold lip and its berry season! Win, win. Am I right?!
Without further ado, my wishlist..

Sheila Sleeveless Roll Neck Shift Dress Ivory
Tulipe White Sleeveless Lace Hem Top
Moxie Crepe Boyfriend Blazer Cream
Megane White High Waisted Palazzo Trousers

And that was my White Wishlist from Missguided. I hoped you all enjoyed this post.
Lots of Love - A xo  

 

Lipstick Drama




 




Although we all, I hope, strive to avoid all forms of drama, sometimes an exception has to be made. And when it comes to make up, who doesn't love to make things a little more dramatic than usual.
I have been loving the Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lipstick Crayons. 
A lot of beauty bloggers have been reviewing these lately and rightly so!
I've had these for about 2 weeks and I haven't touched a proper lipstick in days. Shame on me but what can I say, velvet is what dreams are made of, and, ya know.. other stuff.
I've heard these be compared to the Nars lip pencils and honestly they look pretty much the same. Except Maybelline have made there's shorter, yet chunkier. Maybe that's so you don't loose product even with the reduced height? And we all know that great things come in short packages. I see what you did there Maybelline. Good on you.
Also price wise these cost a total of £4.99! Yes I typed rightly. Less than a fiver. That's what 1/3 of the Nars price. You could get 3 for the price of 1! I'm using my extremely high pitched squeaky excited voice as I type this!
These are surprisingly pigmented, I was honestly not expecting the colour to come out so nicely when I first tried them out. The colour is easily buildable and they last almost all day. With zero bleeding and rare smudging. 
My only complaint would be that I don't have a sharper of that size. Oh and that its spelt colour. Come on.. 
Have any of guys tried these? Or do you have any recommended lip crayon/pencil type thingys? 
 
Lots of love - A xo

Candle Queen


Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a sucker for candles. Big candles, small candles, candles that sing my favourite show tunes and more. I am a hoarder.
I can't help it.
Candles are just so god damn cute!
I find them perfect for when I need to calm down quickly or its been a long day and I just want to chill for a bit or if I want to spice up my bath time, inserts cheeky side smirk emoji, and of course you the practical if there's a black out and all the torches in the house decide to runaway to somewhere brighter and better.
There's something about the way the flame flicks and the shadows they cast make me so happy and content!
My love is divided between Yankee Candles and the Lily-Flame candles. I honestly have way more than I need. Like I recently went a bit mad and order 30 candles. Yeah, we all know what my friends are getting for Christmas this year. Oops.
I'm not sure if this is weird or not, but I actually prefer the mini Yankee's than the large ones and I love the wax tarts even more! The reason I personally love the mini's is that, they have a surprisingly long burn life and I find that you can have a few going in different parts of your room rather than one main one, and it'll still smell heavenly and well the wax tarts are just adorable, and you can get some pretty amazing wax burners!
I'm so excited for my candles to get here now. I'm looking forward to smelling the Lily-Flame Christmas and autumn candles! The Christmas Pudding one sounds so amazing. Why is it still October!
What's your favourite candle and scent? Let me know in the comments so I can try them out!

Lots of Love - A xo

Music Mondays || Who's KR?

 
I love twitter. So much. Even though it has NO CHILL, like what's so ever. It's over flowing with talent, whether that be musicians, dancers, film makers or the awful comedians who lets face it, we all love a bit of at 3am, yes I'm referring to that person who is constantly retweeting memes, like, who even are you?..
Okay I need to stop myself before I end up doing a the types of people on twitter post.
I came across KR, better known as WhoKR - you can find him here on Twitter, earlier last year and I listened to his Mixtape and I was shocked. Because lets face it, music starting to get generic and there's only so many songs that you can stomach before you need something new. And he had new, plenty of it.
He reminds me of a mix of Chance The Rapper and Kid Ink, which is pretty sick if you ask me, not because I think all 3 are majorly attractive and should just be attractive together or anything. Fine, it might be a tiny factor.
I remember tweeting him to tell him I think he was going to blow up soon and quiet frankly, he's got that shit down, but he was so humble and sweet about it.
Plus I don't think there is any artist, ever, who constantly thanks their supporters like he does. Lets not forget he has the ability to write something in 140 characters that gets your mind thinking. Drake style thinking.
We're now on his 3rd Mixtape I$0lyf3 3, download it here, and he's got his first headlining show coming up and I'm so happy for him. He truly deserves it all and more. I feel like the music industry now especially needs genuine and you don't get more genuine that music written for us, by one of us!
Make sure you check out KR on twitter and download his Mixtape. It'll be the best thing you've done all year. I promise.
Is there  any new music/artist you've been loving? Tweet me them!

Lots of Love - A xo

To Knit Or To Not

Maisie Turtle Neck Batwing Rib Jumper
Lola Slash Neck Fisherman Jumper
Rowie Moss Stich Lightweight Jumper
It's that time of year when everyone's bringing out the big scarf. You know that kind of itches your neck but you wear it anyways because it doubles as a blanket and well you may be uncomfortable but at least you can take a nap in class. All is well and fair in the universe.
Well I have a confession. I've never been a knitwear girl. Now I know how to knit if that's any consolation but I'm just more of a crew neck than a cross stich wearer.
As much as I love the look of knit cardigans and jumpers, I have just never seemed to have purchased anything of the sort. Totally weird, I know. 
But this is the season of change. I have decided to leap like a rheindeer, I know it's October don't be a grinch okay, out of my extremely comfortable comfort zone and get my wool game on.
I really need an oversized knit cardigan! They just look so comfy and warm. Also I just think it's time to say bye to my leather jacket! Honestly they are such seasonal staples that it would a horrendous tragic winter if I didn't indulge and get myself multiple knit goodies.
From fitted crop tops to baggy and oversized pull overs, you can stay warm and chic. Could you possible want anything more!
I'm totally obsessed with Boohoo's knitwear collection. I've posted my top 4 favourites above, with links and all!
Can I just mention I don't think I've ever used the word knit so many times in one go. Enjoy. 
Do you knit or not? Let me know! 
Lots of love - A xo

Blame it on September

Am I the only who felt September flew by? And its already a week into October. Any way's, I'll be list the top trends of September 2014 because I feel like we had a few good-uns. Enjoy my lovelies.
Kellyana Mesh Skater Dress Black
Mesh
Mesh became really popular over the course of September. The craze went from shorts to shirts and back. I love this dress from Missguided available here.
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Milani Baked Blushes
It was Milani madness in the blogosphere this past month. These baked beauties definitely took the spot light and rightly so. A must have for any makeup bag! 


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Tyler Oakley did that! It's team internet, it got to number one, it's Tyler Freaking Oakley, come on how could I not mention it! Download and say goodbye to your virgin ears here.
I'm going to stick to 3 because well the list is endless. I wonder what October has in store for us. I'm most excited about the candles and knit wear. Oh how I love this time of year.
Lots of Love - A xo


Zoella for President!

If you don't know who Zoe Sugg is by now then well you clearly don't know how to use the internet. 
Zoe, or known to us internetlings better as Zoella, is a blogger/vlogger/YouTube extraordinaire and she doesn't stop there, she's adding more to the list and we're loving it. 
I guess this post is just to show my absolute love for her and she honestly deserves everything going for her right now.
Yeah it's another Team Internet post but she's just launched her own line of beauty bits, she has a book coming out and she was in British Vogue. V-O-G-U-E. Be still my heart.
I remember coming across Zoe's blog when I was younger and it is honesty quite weird cause I've grown reading and watching her and it's like I've known her for years without really knowing her? Creepy stalker status I know, I cant help it. She's just one of those people that inspires girls, no age limit, and really teaches them to accept themselves. Although she suffers from anxiety, she does her best to make sure this doesn't stop her, or her 6 million subscribes from following their dreams.
Zozeebo's Zoella Beauty launch was named beauty launch of the year and she managed to sell out of everything online within a couple of hours. As Tyler Oakley would put it, the people of the internet are really something.
People still have a refined outlook of the internet and believe that we really can't achieve anything on it, but these are the people they should be watching.
Zoella has empowered so many young adults. We have grown with her. For heavens sake she teaches that spots give your face characteristics and that you don't have to wear make up 24/7 and that eyebrows are SISTERS not TWINS. If she isn't your role model then you must have the Queen on speed dial cause this girl is just gold.
I'm going to say too much about her Zoella Beauty products, which you can order here, or here book Girl Online, which you can pre-order here, as I'll be doing a review for both. But I will mention how proud I am of her. Not only has made this journey her own personal one but she's open doors for bloggers and vloggers everywhere.
Zoe's definitely my woman crush Wednesday, even though it's Tuesday. That's how much I love her.

Lots of Love - A xo

Lancôme Love



 
I'm going to admit it, I have an bizarre obsession with collecting bronzers. I have more than I need, yet I still find myself buying new beauties and actually getting through them pretty quickly. Browns girls have to stay bronzed aye.
My most purchased make up product has to be bronzer, and I mean it. I haven't even brought that many bottles of Collection Lasting Perfection, so I guess I need help, but I'm not changing for nobody. This however brings me to my new love. The Lancôme Star Bronzer Sensual Bronzing Powder. Don't ask I didn't come up with the name, just deal with it. 
I actually brought this a while ago and forgot all about it, so it doesn't count as an addition as I already unknowingly had it in my collection, I'm going with that. It's as good as it gets.
I got it from Debenhams but it seems to be discontinued on the website as well as the Lancôme website but you can find an similar one here.
I came across this whilst cleaning out my make up draw and oh my did I fall in love. Its such a beautiful colour with the most perfect shine to it.
You can use it lightly as a highlight or go all out with it, it doesn't matter as its just so versatile. The shimmer doesn't make you look glittery and cause major fall out like some but just leaves you looking healthy and glowing.
Also its really well pigmented so a sweep goes a long way. I've been using this for a while and it barely looks touched. So worth the price seeing how long it's probably going to last me.
I'm kind of sad that I hadn't discovered this before as its probably too light to transition into autumn but for the moment were having lovely sunny in-between weather, so I'll hopefully get to use it a few more times till I switch it up again.

Lots of Love - A xo

On Fridays We Blog

It's October 3rd and you know what that means. It's the 276th day of the year and there's only 89 more days of 2014. Oh and um todays the day when Aaron Samuels asked Cady Heron what day it was.
A round of applause for everyone who has caught on to my drift, but if you're having a slow day, it's national Mean Girls day!
In honour of LiLo's compelling acting skills and famous word vomit, I'm going to list my favourite chick flicks. I feel disgusted that I just said chick flicks twice. Oh well, I like movies and I like lists, excuse me whilst I sob.



Image of She's the Man
1. She's the Man
Are we going to talk about Amanda Bynes? No, no we are not. However we can talking about Channing.. oh my.

 
Image of The Lizzie McGuire Movie
2. The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Honestly my love for this movie and Ethan Craft will never end. I also may of had a crush on Gordo.

Image of The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
3. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Who said you had to be Disney to be a princess?

Image of Bend It Like Beckham
4. Bend It Like Beckham
This movie was the sole reason I played football as a child.

Image of Never Been Kissed
5. Never Been Kissed
This ones old but gold. Plus Drew Barrymore is queen.

I'm in need of a much needed movie night with my girls. What are your all time favourite movies?
 
Lots of Love - A xo
 



Beauty and the Berries


It's that time of year when we're all wandering around superdrug to find that perfect berry shaded lipstick for the season ahead. 
I'm not going to lie, it's a tough process, I mean, you've got to take brands, packaging, undertones, portability and much more into consideration before walking down the sacred queue to the till.
Now if you're like me, you'll end up making this trip about 3 times as I can never stick to one shade and autumn is a perfect excuse to treat your lips. Come on, if you think about it, everyone wants their lipstick to kind of, not really, match nature and its beauty. Yeah, I couldn't think of a better excuse to buy multiple lipsticks, beauty blogger logic for you.
My first picked plum lipstick is the Beauty UK lipstick, in shade 17 Plumalicious.
I have seriously been loving this lipstick. You can find it here.
It packs a punch, the photo really doesn't do it justice! It goes on a deep purple and smells like methanol, and it reminds me of candy canes and all things wintery.
It's extremly moisturising, and if you blot really lightly, it goes a pretty matte pinky purple shade. 
Oh and a bonus it doesn't dry out your lips and it stays on for a super long time. I managed to eat a McDonalds without it budging. 
A tip for the wise though, the lipstick comes with a unscrewable pot, I use this and a lip brush to line my lips as it does tend to bleed a bit, and I haven't found a lip liner that I've liked to go with it, but as with most berry shaded lipsticks, they tend to get a little messy so I would definitely recommend a lip liner unless you want to look like you're having an allergic reaction. Yes, seriously. No lip liner, no plum lips. It's a rule ladies and gents. Side note Emma Watson works gender equality and berry shades perfectly, sigh.
What berry shade lipsticks are you loving? Let me know so I can expand my collection. 
Side note part 2: thank you Meela for the post inspiration. Let her know your autumn must have lip colours in the comments!

Lots of love - A xo

Award Season Part 2

 
I was nominated by the lovely OkayKate for The Super Fun Time Excellence Good Nice Blogger Fancy Person Award. As much of a mouthful it is, it seems like a fun post so lets get into it! Oh and make sure to check out Katie, she's super lovely and awesome!
 
What is your favourite thing about make-up?
The ability to be creative and experimental. I love the control you have. You decide what looks good on you, what colours you want to wear, how your eyeshadow or eyeliner goes on.

What is your favourite drugstore brand?
I love Sleek for blushers and bronzers but I think I'm total Rimmel girl.

What is your favourite high end brand?
MAC or YSL.


How often do you wear make-up?
Almost everyday unless I'm being a bum at home or just don't want to wear makeup.
 
What's your favourite film?

Harry Potter. All of them.

What is your favourite book?
The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson


Have you got anything on your beauty wishlist?
Too Faced - Better Than Sex Mascara

What is your go to make-up look for a night out?
I don't really have a go to, it all depends on my outfit.


Do you follow trends (beauty & fashion)?
I think I keep them in mind more than follow them.


How often do you pamper yourself?
Not very often, I don't really pamper I guess. Oopsies.
 
My questions are,
What one makeup product have you repurchased the most?
The most you have ever spent on a makeup product?
The least you have ever spent on a makeup product?
Your go to seasonal look?
Drug store or high end?
What's your guilty pleasure?
What's your favourite Disney movie?
What inspires you?
Your all time favourite makeup product?
What was the first makeup product you purchased?
 
I nominate,
 
Lots of love - A xo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Award Season Part 1

Something a little different today, recently I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Kendra who runs the blog Pearls and Pi.
So lets get to it.

1. What are your favorite places to shop?
I'm a Topshop-aholic but Primark also holds a special place in my heart and purse. Oh and don't get me started on makeup but I guess MAC is my go to!

2. Are you a night or morning person?
I can be any as long as I am fed and warm.

3. What are your Autumn clothing essentials?
My previous blog post is about this so make sure you check that out to find the answer!

4. Coffee or tea?
I would much rather have a cup of hot chocolate but coffee seeing as that isn't an available option.

5.What is your favorite season for fashion?
Oh that's difficult but I'll probably go with Autumn.

6. Are you a cat or a dog person?
Guinea pigs. Not even sorry.

7. What is your favorite pair of shoes?
My mum has a pair of all white Monolo's which are to die for!

8. Who inspires you?
Anyone with a good vibe.

9. If you could only use one beauty product, what would it be?
That's like asking me to pick my favourite child!

10. If you could go to any fashion week, which one would you choose and why?
Ever week is fashion but New York because I love the city.

I nominate:
Sarah
Farzana
Sophie
Annie

My questions to you lovely bloggers are
1. What's your all time favourite movie?
2. What's your favourite Pokémon?
3. Who's your current celebrity crush?
4. Where do you get your blog inspiration from?
5. Who are your favourite bloggers?
6. Would you rather be a snail or a toad?
7. What are you most looking forward to?
8. Which Disney character are you most like?
9. What's your lucky charm?
10. Which do you prefer Summer or Winter?

Hope you enjoy my questions!

Lots of love - Aliyah xo






Beautiful Bodies

For too long people have felt that body shaming only happens on the higher end of the scale, but they couldn't be more wrong.
Firstly, why is body shaming even a thing? You would think that in this day and age we could all let eachother be happy with who we are? 
What really upsets me is that in order for larger women to feel confident about their body type, why must we degrade say some on of a smaller build and vise versa. 
Real women have curves, only a dog wants a bone? Nothing tastes better than skinny? How about we don't chose who to spend our lives with because of the shape of their body and actually get to know the person and not just the container. 
Skinny shaming has been over looked and accepted for so long that it's actually disgusting. I've even seen teachers use it in class rooms. It really does make my blood boil. If said teacher had said "oh..that so and so should go eat a salad and drop a few dress sizes" everyone and their feminist neighbour would be in uproar, but since she told a "skinny" girl, who was by the way a celebrity - still a real person, to eat a couple of burgers and made a snarky comment on her dress size, no one cared. 
We ourselves made these ideal stereotypes of what we think is acceptable and beautiful but with 7 billion people on the planet doesnt that make labelling people a little bit harder? 
Although some people may skinny shame unintentionally but they should be corrected because at the end of the day, it's unacceptable and it could cause damage.
Everyone used to ask me why I don't eat, in regards to my size but actually in fact I eat like a pig, I've just got a high mentabolisim.
I'm not unhealthy, I'm just small. I was born early and I'm only 5'1ish but to this day I have people commenting on my weight as if it's a crime. I get asked if I'm anorexic or on a diet and it's just rediculous but to others it's okay to judge bodies. 
All I'm saying is, whether you're s size 4 or a size 40, it doesn't matter. You are beautiful if you let yourself be. 

Lots of love - A xo

Naked No More!


Here it is ladies and gents. The dupe that'll knock your clothes off. So not in reference to the fact that it's a dupe for the Naked 3 Palette!
Quick back story, I was out browsing through town recently when I came across the beauty bit in Next and this little love was tucked away inbetween the perfumes and lip balms. 
Now I normally only buy Next perfumes because they just smell so nice and are perfect to pop into your handbag and if I'm honest I've never really thought of trying out the beauty products, but I couldn't resist myself, as soon as I saw it, it had to be mine.
Similarities wise the colours are almost identical and at £7 you just can't complain, I mean really if that price hasn't got you sold then what has?! We're talking a £20 discount, um yay!
The eyeshadows themselves go on really nicely, and are easy to use and blend, although some go on better if you use a damp brush. 
I've been wanting the Naked 3 for a while now so this was a blessing. Although I'm still probably going to splurge and get myself the N3 eventually, but for now this is perfect to play with and test out!
What are the best dupes you've come across? Let me know in the comments.

Lots of love - A xo 

Autumn Attire

HORIZONTAL RIB KNIT PONCHO
ZARA - HORIZONTAL RIB KNIT PONCHO £49.99

TOPSHOP - TALL MOTO JONI JEANS £36.00

 White rib knit sleeveless tunic
RIVER ISLAND - LM RIB KNIT SLEEVELESS TUNIC £35.00
With fall fast approaching, I think it's the ideal time to break out the old jumpers and, although I never put them away, high waisted jeans.
My favourite look for the colder seasons has hands down got to be an layered jumper look.
A pretty jumper with a collar underneath does the trick perfectly. 
I actually get so excited when it comes just to autumn just so I can wear my jumpers and jackets or throw on a scarf.
I'm all for layering and keeping cosy.
It also means that the Christmas markets will be going up soon and endless mugs of hot chocolate whilst watching Elf and Home Alone!
Above are some of the pieces I'm dying to get my hands on. Let me know some of your winter wants and musts!
Lots of love - A xo