Thursday, 28 April 2016

Reconnecting with old friends

I left school back in 2013. As soon as you leave school, everyone goes their own separate ways. I only stayed in contact with one of my oldest bestest friends and even that was minimal. I made new friends at college and suddenly you and your old friends drift apart.

I had a few little arguments with a couple of my friends in my last two years of school, looking back now it was probably pointless and pathetic bickering anyway. My mum always told me "don't worry about the arguments as when you leave school, you all go your own way." I always disagreed with that saying and said we'd all be bff's forever. Mum, you told me so. After two years of college, I qualified as a hairdresser and the 'Hair Squad' (facebook group chat name) still keep in touch. Even though we all live in different places, we all still speak and plan to meet up now and then.

Late last year, one of my old school friends sent me a message on Facebook. In a way, I felt so happy to speak to her as I had really missed her and we were so close. On the other hand, I felt so awkward because we fell out four years ago (neither of us can remember why) and haven't spoken since. I didn't have a clue what to say to her. To this day, we still speak and get on like we had never fallen out.

Two weeks ago, I checked Timehop, which is part of my daily routine. There was a photo of me and my old school friend from six years ago posing in her bedroom mirror in our school uniform. I smiled to myself because I remembered that night so well, it was hilarious! I was debating on whether to post it on Facebook or not. Nervously, I posted it and tagged her in it. She commented on the photo saying that she also remembered that night too. I really wanted to message her to find out why we stopped talking in the first place, what she's doing with her career and how her family is. I was so nervous waiting for the reply, maybe she wouldn't of replied. But, she did and I'm so glad she did. She can't remember how we stopped talking either and now we're planning to meet up and have a catch up.

I still have many old friends that I haven't spoken to in years. Maybe, just maybe I might end up starting a conversation with them too. If you miss your old friends and your memories, send them a message. It makes you feel SO effing good about yourself and it's made me much happier knowing I have them back in my life. Plus, what other excuse is there to go for a starbucks?
Saturday, 23 April 2016

Brush Egg Review

brush egg

brush egg review

Surely I'm not the only person who thinks cleaning makeup brushes is such a chore. Does anyone actually enjoy it? I'm going to admit now, I don't clean my makeup brushes as often as I should. I clean them about once a month, I know, it's very bad.

Although, since buying this little beauty, it hasn't been at all bad and I'm now washing them once a week! I wanted something that was affordable, but does a fantastic job. The brush egg is made of silicone, which makes it easy to clean afterwards and it's designed for deep cleaning of makeup brushes. You put two fingers in the bottom of the egg to control it whilst cleaning your brushes, this also makes it easier. The small circular parts at the top of the egg are made for lathering, and the grooves give your brushes a super good clean by removing unwanted product. You can use whatever you usually clean your brushes with to clean them on the egg.

brush egg blog post

I use anti-bacterial hand wash, Dove, to be specific. I simply swirl my makeup brush around on the egg, using the circular shapes to foam up my soap and then using the grooves to give the brush a proper deep clean. It's very straight forward, quick and easy.

After the first use, I was very impressed. The product washes out of the brushes so quickly, which is handy if you have loads of makeup brushes to clean. You can easily see the product coming out of the brushes on the egg and it's much easier than washing them in the palm of your hand. My brushes have never felt so soft or looked so clean before. I highly recommend the brush egg.

Buy it here or buy it on eBay.
Sunday, 17 April 2016

What I Hate About Driving

I passed my driving test back in July and I love the freedom I have and I love driving around. But, there's a few things I hate about being a new driver.

1. When other drivers 'beep' at you when the lights are amber, about to turn green or only just turned green. Er, chill!

2. Drivers pulling out of side roads slowly, hoping you'll let them out. I am on a main road with a billion cars behind me (okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit). I'm not going to stop in the middle of a main road and stop all the traffic behind me, just to let you out. Sit there and wait for a gap like the rest of us, one will appear, I assure you.

3. Parking has always been the weakest part of my driving. This was my most hated part of driving when I was learning to drive and it still is. I cannot and will not ever reverse into a parking space. I will always drive into it. If I simply can't get in the space, I will drive off and find somewhere else to park.

4. Drivers pulling out of junctions onto the road I'm on. It'd be okay if I was way back and there was a bit of a gap so you could get your speed up before I caught up with you. But, the drivers that pull out of junctions when I'm right near them is so dangerous, and I have to slow down because of your slow speed.

5. Drivers moaning because you're doing the speed limit. The amount of drivers that are right up my arse and effing and swearing to themselves because I'm doing the speed limit is ridiculous. It's like the other day, I was doing 30 in a 30 zone, this car comes hurtling behind me, doing at least 40/45 mph beeping at me and swearing. Obviously, you look like the idiot mate and you shouldn't be on the road. Some people are so dangerous.

6. I have developed road rage. I'm not going to lie to you, I get road rage every now and then. I remember when I was younger and my mum was in her zone having road rage, I was so embarrassed and I felt sorry for the driver she was moaning about. I guess road rage is only okay when it's you having it.

Do you drive? What do you hate about it?

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Best Spring Fashion for 2016!

spring fashion
Can you believe it? Spring 2016 is finally here! I have found some gorgeous items which you need in your wardrobe this season. Basic grey skinny jeans would go well with any coloured tee and this light grey colour suits the season so well. Fringe heels and boots are so in trend at the moment. I have seen so many people wearing fringed footwear, I particularly fell in love with these ones from Miss Selfridge. Another must have is this simple khaki sleeveless dress, perfect for the spring season and even summer, and khaki is so in at the moment.

Petite Grey Acid Wash Skinny Jeans - £24.99 - New Look
Yellow Strap Back Cami - £14.00 - River Island
Sierra Suede Fringe Sandals - £65.00 - Miss Selfridge
Green Floral Print Tapered Jumpsuit - £48.00 - River Island
Tan Suedette Cross Strap Heeled Sandals - £24.99 - New Look
Crepe Diphem Dress - £12.99 - Select Fashion

spring fashion 2016
Lets be honest, it would have to be a super nice day to wear shorts. I found these particular ones from Topshop, the crochet detailing screams spring and summer! These mini skirts with the zips down the front are so popular at the moment, and I love the material! Fyi, they also stock a nude colour, I may need both. Another item from Topshop is this beige top, it is very simple but I love the colour and I love the split down the back. This would look lovely with a pair of white jeans and heels or sandals. I'm not usually a big fan of ribbed clothes, but I absolutely love this dress from Boohoo. I've also been loving the cut out shoulder designs lately too.

Esme Blush PU Zip Front Mini Skirt - £20.00 - Miss Pap
Mint Floral 90s Crop Top - £12.00 - Miss Selfridge
Floral Crochet Shorts - £25.00 - Topshop
Split Back Tee - £19.00 - Topshop
Lily Cold Shoulder Soft Rib Knit Swing Dress - £15.00 - Boohoo
Saturday, 9 April 2016

Maybelline's The Eraser Eye Concealer

the eraser eye concealer

I love trying out new and different concealers to find out which one is best suited for me. You may have seen this featured in my March Favourites post, as you can tell, quite a bit has been used in just over a week. I had never seen advertisements or reviews for this, I just simply got the 3 for 2 deal on Maybelline products in Boots. The sponge applicator instantly got my attention because it's a huge sponge, it's not like any other concealer. I also love that it's anti-aging too.

The sponge applicator is very gentle, which is necessary as the skin under the eye is very delicate. I have terrible dark circles under my eyes. This concealer fully covers them like magic and I also feel like it brightens up my eyes. I have to apply the product two or three times on spots/redness as I feel that it doesn't have full coverage on those certain areas. It's super easy to blend in, I use my ring finger to pat in concealer as it's the most gentle finger. You could also use a beauty blender but I personally don't use them.

I do admit that it appears a little orange on my pale skin. I have found that other people with pale skin have experienced the same thing. I have also found out that they stock more colours in the U.S, whereas in the UK, they only stock two colours. Fingers crossed, we have some more soon - I could do with a lighter shade!

Overall, this is a great concealer and I recommend this product to everyone reading this post.
Tuesday, 5 April 2016

My Fragrance Faves

my fragrance favourites

I don't know about you but I love perfumes. After a good few years of getting many perfumes as presents for birthdays and Christmas', out of my huge collection, I have managed to narrow down my top favourites.

Cher Lloyd Pink Diamond - £20.00 (50ml)
If you know me by now, you would know that I'm Cher Lloyd obsessed. I had been wanting to get my hands on this perfume for years but it never happened and looking back, I don't really know why. I was extremely happy when I opened this present which was from Josh back in Christmas 2014. It's a very sweet and flowery scent and I find that it lasts all day.

Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy - £29.00 (50ml)
Who doesn't love this perfume? Midnight Fantasy is my absolute favourite perfume and it's the one that I can wear almost every day. It's a fruity and floral scent which is long lasting. Every time I run out, I always end up writing it on my birthday or Christmas lists. I feel like you could wear this all year round and you'd never get bored of the scent.

Beyoncé Pulse - £28.00 (50ml)
I got this in a perfume set for Christmas. I've personally never tried any Beyoncé perfumes, but my sister has hugely recommended them. Even though it's a small bottle, it is lasting me a while. It's a sweet fruity scent but unfortunately it doesn't last all day. When I do wear this, it's easy to just put in my bag and spray on the go when I need to.

Armani Code - £62.00 (50ml)
My mum has been buying this perfume for herself for years. As I ended up loving it myself, mum used to let me spray it on myself now and again. As a surprise, my parents bought me Armani Code for my 18th birthday last year. I don't wear this everyday, mainly because it's super expensive and I have other important things to spend my money on. I wear this when I go out to see friends, clubbing, meals or special occasions. This is my most favourite perfume along with Midnight Fantasy. This perfume smells so good and I always get commented on it, it's also super long lasting too! Armani Code has a sweet vanilla smell, which is probably why I love it so much.

Katy Perry Royal Revolution - £38.50 (100ml)
I've never tried Katy Perry's perfumes before, but after smelling this one in Boots, I instantly fell in love. I usually wear this around Spring/Summer time as it's quite a fresh floral fragrance. It doesn't last all day, but I like to freshen up throughout the day anyway. This perfume has lasted me ages, beings as I got it for Christmas 2014 and ended up wearing it almost every day throughout Summer 2015, I still have over half left in the bottle.

What are your favourite fragrances? Have you tried any of my faves?