Sunday, 18 June 2017

23 Signs Your Love Island Addiction is Out of Control

Aand before you take the title in a bad way, it most certainly is not! I for one am proud to say I am 100% obsessed with it, and I am happily avoiding every social event that takes places after 9pm for the next 7 weeks so I don't miss a single ep. (soz pals)



1. Saturdays have officially gone from the best day of the week to the worst. What the hell am I supposed to do with my evening?

2. You’ve had at least 4 rows with your housemates because they talked through an important part of the show. (YES, the credit’s count!!!!!! QUIET.)


3. ‘What’s a Blazing Squad’ will never NOT be funny.


4. Your WhatsApp group chats are absolute FIRE between the hours of 21:00 and 22:00.


5. Your photo album is brimming with Love Island memes (with a good 90% featuring ya boi Marcel from Blazin’ Squad)




6. You count the hours till 9pm, and post about it on Twitter. ('Is it 9pm yet?' always rakes in a few likes doesn't it)


7. You think in-depth on a nightly basis about who needs to pair with who, who has a game plan and who needs to leave. (Cough *AMBER* cough*)


8. You’ve stalked all the Islanders and followed them on every social media. (Those pics of Dom with the long hair though looooooool)


9. You genuinely get stressed out when someone is getting mugged off (sob, Sam)


10. You’ve bonded with random’s on Twitter from your mutual love and hate for each person/situation.


11. You temporarily lose contact with friends and family who don’t watch the show. (Well, what are you meant to talk to them about?!)


12. You care more about the flourishing relationship of Johnny and Camilla than you do your own. (It can't just be me who feel like a proud mother and finds myself creepily smiling at the TV every time they are together?)



13. You see the genuine excitement in Marcel's face every time they get a text about a new Islander, because it means one more person to tell that he was in Blazin' Squad!!!

14. You never want to look at, discuss, or hear a polar bear again. (FUCK OFF CHRIS)


15. Your Twitter feed is 90% Love Island.





16. You’ve spent at least 2 hours trying to find Jessica’s sex tape.


17. You’ve already started dreading what life is going to be like when the show has ended. (What’s a social life?)


18. You’ve deleted people on Facebook for labelling the show ‘trash’ or slagging it off. (they deserved it anyway)


19. You care more about the status of Jonny and Camilla's relationship than you do your own.


20. You’ve already filled out the application form and started smashing the gym in prep for when you’re part of the cast next year. (The camera adds 10 pounds,  yano.)


21. You're still secretly hoping for JB (from TOWIE and previous Love Island) to come in and confront Chloe.


22. You've already forgotten who Harley is. (FYI- he left first.)


23. Your new life motto is to be a Camilla in a world full of Ambers.



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Monday, 12 June 2017

5 Reasons to Get Eyelash Extensions

Before I started working for Nouveau Lashes I had only had lash extensions once or twice, because I was a slave to the strips! No lie- I used to bulk buy those packs of 10 from China and wouldn't leave the house without a pair. And when I finally got a job and upgraded to Eylure (*paints nails emoji*) I would wear up to 3 pairs on a night out. THREE. And I was going out about 4/5 times a week so that is a lotttttttt of money. And a lot of lashes. It actually makes me cringe so hard because I look absolutely battered in every photo from uni nights out, but it's actually cos my eyelids are so weighed down!

I woke up like dis

Eyelash extensions have been an absolute game changer for me, and I know they have a bad rep for ruining your natural lashes, (experienced it myself!) so it really is important to do your research before you book in! Find an eyelash tech through recommendation, a well-known training company or check out their work on Facebook/Instagram beforehand.

1. I feel a million percent nicer in the gym.
My favourite classes are GRIT and spin- probably two of the sweatiest(!) so when my face is so red it looks like it's about to explode and my hair/back/elbows/every crevice imaginable is dripping with sweat, I still feel nice. Also- there are SO many fit PT's in my gym so it just makes me feel better. Vain, I know, but I bet half the girls reading this feel the same! And yes- once the initial 48 hours are over you can shower in them, swim, sauna, everything!

2. Those extra 15 minutes in bed!
If you are one of those people who set their alarm for 1 minute later when it goes off in the morning (as if that 60 seconds is REALLY gonna make a difference to how much more tired I am that day!) then you'll appreciate this one. Kind of cheating because I have micro bladed brows too, but the fact I don't have to wear any liquid eyeliner or mascara or eyebrow products shaves sooooo much time off my morning routine. I literally put on foundation, bronzer, and highlighter and I'm done.

3. Winged liner can do one.
If you are like me, and yet to master the feline flick then a full set of wispy lashes mean you don't have to bother (HALLELUJAH!) Of course, it depends what lashes you get- I get SVS, which are less dramatic than the thicker appearance of Russian Volume, but fuller than classic extensions. They are different lengths which give a really full, textured look, which means they accentuate my eyes enough without eyeliner. I mean, of course I still wear it occasionally, but nowhere near as much as I used to.

4. Embracing my inner Kardashian
As I mentioned earlier, the style of lashes I get are called SVS- speed, volume, style. They are different to Russian Volume, in that I think Russian Volume can look quite 'strip lash-y'. Too thick, too full and too uniform. I love the textured, wispy effect of SVS, they really suit my eye shape and make me feel another 1% like my girl Kim Kardash.

5. 100% Fuss Free!
Ok, maybe 90% fuss free, because there are certain times that I wish I didnt have them on- like when I REEEEEAAAALLLLY need to rub my eye and I can't. Or when I just wanna scrub my face with exfoliator really hard but I can't so I have to gently wipe around the eye area *eye roll*. But overall, they are fuss free. After my initial application, I get them infilled every couple of weeks, or I use my at-home lash extension remove when I'm ready for a fresh, full new set.

A more natural look
And before you ask, NO this is not shameless promo because I work for an eyelash company. The reason so many of you love my blog is because of my honesty, and I would only ever promote products and treatments that I genuinely use, and would use my own money to purchase. MWAH. X

Saturday, 29 April 2017

MY 25TH BIRTHDAY WISH LIST

2017 BIRTHDAY WISHLIST


I'm only bloody 25 this year! Well, when I say this year, I mean in exactly 17 days. So is now is an acceptable time to have a mid life crisis and panic about why I'm not a married homeowner with my own thriving business, 2 kids and a Range Rover? Joooooooke. I would actually need a boyfriend for a start (LOL) and to be honest I hate when I see other people my age worrying about not 'having their shit together', because 25 is 25. It's still young! I can barely look after myself, never mind anyone else, so RELAX. 

Anyway, on to something more important- MY BIRTHDAY WISH LIST! So Mum and Dad (and all my secret admirers), if you're reading this, I've included shoppable links to all the items featured for your convenience. Can't wait to open them ALL on the morning of May 16th, whilst eating a carrot cake the size of my body and listening to Jeremih- Birthday Sex/Katy Perry- Birthday/50 Cent- In Da Club on repeat all day.









Are any of these on your wish lists?

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

#TheGlowUp

2010-2017
When I originally posted this photo on my Insta-story, I was flooded with messages like 'OH MY GOD' and 'WTF' and 'THAT IS NOT YOU?!?!' Oh, and my personal favourite- 'What's the award for, Most Improved?' (Not gonna lie, it really made me laugh!) Well, guys, it really is me! (But thanks for all those massive confidence boosts.......! Hmm.)

I found the photo on the left because I was seeing people all over Twitter posting their #GLOWUP photos, so I dug deep into my old Facebook photos and found this one of me back in LA. EVERYTHING about the photo makes me shudder- the orange arms and fingernails, the Jesus bracelet (why were we all so obsessed with those?!) the face that looks like I have swallowed two baby elephants, the birds nest on my head, the obvious absence of both my eyebrows, and the most worrying part- WHERE ARE MY LIPS?! They look like a pair of anchovies, which isn't helped by that horrendous chalk-pink Barry M lipstick that we all obsessed over, even though it made our teeth look green. 

The photo on the right was taken about two weeks ago. And clearly a LOT has changed. I get asked on Twitter and Instagram all the time about the work I've had done, so here goes: I've had my lips plumped with about 4ml of filler (give or take...LOL) I've gone blonde, had teeth whitening, I've had a nose job, had my eyebrows microbladed, I've a convert to semi-permanant eyelashes, I've learnt how to apply make-up and I've lost weight... Just a few things then!

This isn't going to be a preachy-'love yourself for who you are'-'you are unique don't ever change'- kinda blog post, because I honestly believe if you aren't happy with something- change it! If I didn't get my nose done when I was 18 I would have spent the last 6 (nearly 7- yikes!) years unhappy with the way I looked. And this had a direct effect on my confidence, which had a knock-on effect to my social skills and how much I saw my friends, acted around boys, etc. So even still to this day I whole-heartedly say that it was the best decision I ever made. And yes, before you ask, my parents DID pay for it. Not because I'm spoilt, but because they want me to be happy. 

Oh God, this has turned a bit preachy hasn't it?!?! Would you get any work done? Or have you? Leave a comment below if you want any more lifestyle/surgery posts!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Importance of Good Photography in Blogging

I have never had a talent for photography. Selfies, yes. You only need to take one glance at my Instagram to see that I've got my 'good side' and flattering angles down to a tee. However, when it comes to lifestyle photography: flat lays, scenic shots, outfit pics and all that, there is a LOT left to be desired.

I would spend hours reading tutorials on how to make my flay lays looks perfect, or which angles to take products shots of, and failed miserably every time. I mean, maybe 3 out of the 600 I took would make the cut, but there was still something missing, and I wanted to be posting photography on my blog that I was genuinely proud to say was mine. Bearing in mind at this point, all my photos were taken on my iPhone 6S.



It was only earlier this year, in January, after I was invited to a swanky dinner at The Mansion in Leeds that I seriously considered upping my photography game. 9 out of 10 bloggers currently own an Olympus Pen so I knew that was the one I wanted (#bandwagon #bothered) and it was also the camera we had access to at work, so I borrowed it for the event. The photos were unreal- and seriously put my iPhone pics to shame!!!! In fact, I was genuinely mortified that I had been using my phone for blog photos for all these years. The clarity and quality and focus and just everything was 10000000x times better, and I received so many compliments on the blog regarding my photos so I bit the bullet and bought my own.



Just look at the difference between the quality of these photos.

iPhone photo:


Olympus PEN photo:


A pretty pricey investment at around £400, but in my option, an absolute no brainer. Since getting my PEN I have had so many more brands contacting me to work with me, and I actually enjoy having little photoshoots in my bedroom when I am photographing a new product or creating a gift guide. I also don't mind splashing out on props and backgrounds because I know they are going to make my pretty photos even prettier! I'm still working on my actual photography skills- they are going to take some improvement!- but if you are on the fence about investing in a quality camera then go for it! Your skills will improve rapidly and you will really notice a positive difference on not only your blog, but your Instagram, Twitter, FB, Pinterest, everything!