We all have those failsafe products that we reach for every morning to make us feel like ourselves and to help us create our standard everyday look.  

I'm not one of those people who carry a full face of makeup around in my handbag at all times, so I don't generally have a makeup bag on me, but I have got a handful of products which I rely on everyday so I pack them when I travel. 

I tend to buy mostly high street beauty brands, but I usually go for a more expensive foundation, as I think that skincare and bases are the two areas that you should splurge. My makeup bag does really reflect this, as I mainly have lower end price products in there. 

My makeup bag is Ted Baker, and was a Christmas gift from one of my best friends. It's the perfect size to hold my full face, even my brushes, and it is one of my pet peeves when bags aren't long enough for your brushes! 

I've been using Elizabeth Arden flawless finish for about 2 years now, and it has really good wear, (but I would say that if you are looking for full coverage then it might not be the right one for you) and as usual I'm one of the lightest shades available - Alabaster 02. 
For concealer I use Seventeen Stay Time, which is also amazing as an illuminator for contouring. It's one of the only concealers that I've found that is good enough to cover the dark circles under my eyes as well as being light enough for my pale skin tone. 

To do my brows I use Maybelline dream satin brows pencil, which has a pencil on one end to shape and a sponge with powder on the other to fill them in. I bought this MAC eyebrow pencil a while ago and liked it for a while, but it doesn't sharpen too well. I've stopped using it, but it has a brilliant brush on the end so I keep it solely for that reason. I definitely wouldn't repurchase it though. 
At the moment I'm loving this YSL mascara as it lifts and separates all of your lashes, including those really tiny ones that you can never usually get. I have extremely fair lashes so it's important that I can get to them all. 
The MAC eye shadow pot is one I use as a base shadow and also on its own when I'm in a bit of a rush. It's lovely layered under darker colours and makes my eyes pop on its own. I am absolutely dreadful at liquid eyeliner, but this GOSH eyeliner marker pen is so easy to use that even I can make a half decent attempt at a winged line.

I have more lip colours than any girl would ever need, but I will forever love a red lip. Red lipstick can not only transform your look from casual to dressy, but it can also take your mood to a whole new level. This combination creates one of the best red lips I've ever found, the lipliner is Barry M and the lipstick is Bourjois Rouge Jetset. The wear is fantastic, and it doesn't bleed the way others do, I've worn it for a 9 hour shift in work before and only had to reapply after eating which makes it perfect for nights out and functions.

What are your main makeup items? let me know any recommendations.








                          
I recently bought these fab white Adidas Superstars, but I don't really wear trainers very often, so I had to go back to basics with my wardrobe and have a good look through to see what i could wear them with apart from the obvious t-shirt and jeans combo. I'm quite girly in my style of dressing, and I wear a lot of dresses and skirts, so I was keen to try and style them up in a feminine way. 

Outfit One: Shift Dress
                                 

This navy Zara dress is really easy to wear. Throw it on and add some shoes and you look ready to go. The white peter pan collar adds something to it that means you don't need to add a necklace or any extra accessories. I usually team it with a black ankle boot and wear it slightly dressed up, but I thought the addition of the trainers made it a nice level of casual that didn't look lazy. Dress: Zara

Outfit Two: Dungarees

                                 

I bought these dungarees last summer and have worn them so many times, that they were definitely worth the money. I'm glad I bought a black pair, as they work layered over most of my wardrobe, but this little striped turtleneck top is a really simple look, and perfect for everyday wear. I was worried that the outfit was a little too "street" for me and that I wouldn't be able to pull it off, but I really love how it looks. I tend to match with a really simple necklace and a leather jacket over the top. Dungarees: H&M, Top: Oasis


Outfit Three: Shirtdress


                                

This is quite possibly the most comfortable outfit I have ever worn. The slouchy shirt dress is a great shape, and the tie belt means that it will suit most shapes. This outfit is the perfect combination of girly and casual, and check shirts rarely go out of style so you'll have it for years. Dress: Oasis

How would you style white trainers? let me know in the comments!


            

It's official. I am in love, and apologies to my boyfriend, but it's with an eye-shadow palette. (But he's not bad either!)

This is the perfect palette, with something for every occasion. I am not really one to go for palettes, instead preferring to go for a few staple eye colours as they are easier to transport round in your make-up bag, but I make a massively major exception for this one.

From the perfect shade for filling in my brows, to various shades of glitter to spice up your eye make-up for a night out with the girls, it has any colour you could need-even a daring shade of blue (which I've successfully avoided since the underage disco and WKD days!) but even it seems to work in a way which I wasn't expecting.

The make-up is definitely up to Urban Decays usual high standards. Highly pigmented, fully blendable shadows with the perfect amount of shimmer which you can build as much as you need. It is a brilliant all rounder.

My favourite, most used shades are Punk, which is perfect in the crease of the eye, Baby for some shimmer, Zone for the brows and Serious for a bit of smoky eye action. the other colours have all been trialled, and to be perfectly honest the only one I've not really used is the bright pink Harajuku as I just find it too bright and daring for me, but I want to try and find a look where it works so I'll just have to use that as an excuse for playing around with make-up some more.

The packaging of the palette just adds to its beauty, as the gold hardware mixed with the monochrome lid is really eye-catching sitting on your make-up space. Beautiful on the face and beautiful on your desk. Brilliant.




Once upon a time I was one of those people who wore the same makeup daily and never mixed it up, mainly due to fear of doing it wrong and looking stupid, but I recently found myself a bit braver and trying out lots of new things and I've found myself loving all things beauty.

But as with all new things, you'll find lots of products you love and some you will never use again. I decided I want to highlight all of the Fabulous products I've discovered in case people need to discover some new things too.

The Skincare
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream- £29.50

I only had a sample size of this product, but I am desperate to get my hands on a full size one, and once I use up all my other supplies of moisturiser (Of which I have far too much!) I will be repurchasing. This tiny 8g jar lasted me a full 6 weeks, which is amazing for a sample, and shows just how little you need to use for your entire face. I have quite dry skin, and with this I only needed a little drop to make a very good base for my makeup. I found when I used this I needed much less primer as well, so it is really going to make big difference to your makeup routine.

The Hair Product
Trevor Sorbie High Shine Glosser Spray- £5.70

I was quite sceptical about this product, as I felt that for a product to make your hair glossy it would probably make your hair greasy as well, but I was really pleasantly surprised. It is great on those days when your hair could do with a bit of a lift after being blowdried, and it didn't leave any residue or build up on my hair so I didn't feel like I needed to wash my hair any quicker than normal.

The Palette
Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette- £40

Its official, I'm in love with an eyeshadow palette! I'm not going to talk too much about it, as I love it so much it is getting its own post, but this is the only palette you will ever need. It has such a mix of nude tones, bright colours, glitter and matte shadows that you can use this for all occasions, There is even the perfect shade for filling in my brows. The perfect all rounder.


The Concealer
Seventeen Phwoarr Paint - £4.99

I have quite bad redness on my skin as well as dark circles under my eyes, so you name a concealer, I've probably tried it, but found that a lot didn't have good enough wear to stay on all day while at work while still covering up well enough. This one is most definitely different. It has really good, very buildable coverage, and it stays on all day even while at work, and it doesn't crease into lines the same way other brands do. The only negative point I need to make about it, is that it doesn't come in a light enough shade for anyone with very pale skin. I use the shade Fair, as I always need the lightest shade, but this is still a touch too dark, not so bad I can;t use it, but it just means it requires a lot more blending in. It is such a good product though, that it is a negative I can work with.

The Lip Duo
Topshop Lip Liner in Ceramic, and Lipstick in Innocent- £5 and £8

If you are looking for the perfect Nude lip, stop. I have found it for you. This is definitely the best pairing I've ever found, and I keep wearing it over and over. Both products are really buildable, and together they make a lip colour that is both subtle enough for work, but good enough to wear on other days as well.

The Finishing Touch
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray- £22

If you, like me, work long days and have no time to touch up your makeup in between, then this is an absolute godsend. It feels light on the skin, so you won't feel it sitting on top like other setting sprays, but it really does make your makeup look good for longer, and it doesn't create that 'Caked On' look either. Particularly good if you like a heavy eye as I feel it helps stop the eyeshadow creasing quite as much as normal.



cute organized space for studying:
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Fashion blogs are a great way to keep up with fashion news, trends and even with events in your area, but with so many blogs out there it can be hard to tell which ones are worth a follow and which are just worth a brief look. (Apart from this one obvs!) I mainly read UK based blogs as it means I don't fall in love with items I can't get my hands on, but some others have made their way onto the list too. These aren't the only blogs I read, just my personal top ten faves!

1. Niamh Kelly
This Northern Irish blogger has a really keen eye for high street style, and unlike other bloggers, her outfits are totally wearable for everyday life. She attends Belfast based events and tweets and instagrams them in a way which makes you feel like you're a part of it. Speaking of Instagram hers is one to be envied, and will leave you feeling as though yours needs a bit of TLC. Also lets be honest, her name is pretty good too!

2. Cupcakes and Cashmere
If aesthetically pleasing pics are your thing, then this is the site for you. Full of some of the most beautiful photography I've ever seen, Emily is one of the most organised stylish people on the internet and between her blog and her book of the same name, you will have serious life envy.

3. Frassy
Audrey has a beautiful way with words, and some of her posts are so relatable, that you will feel like she is your new BFF. Her instagram is full of beautiful outfit posts, with both high street and high end pieces thrown into the mix, meaning that her look is easier to emulate.

4. LLYMLRS
Lily's blog was one of the first I ever discovered and it was part of the reason I started one of my own. Her fashion posts are original but still very wearable, and the way she writes sucks you in as reading it does seem like chatting with your friend. Her youtube channel is full of brilliant beauty vids too.

5. Talking About M
Megans beauty knowledge is second to none, and her eyeliner flicks are genuine goals. If you struggle with deciding which beauty products to buy, Megans blog holds the answers alongside some seriously beautiful photographs.

6. The Love Cats Inc.
This is one of my more recent discoveries, but one I am so glad I stumbled upon. I've never seen another blog that does flatlays as good as this one. Also Helen is likely to give you serious hair envy.

7. Thunder and Threads
Irish blogger Leanne is well known for her grungy style, but even if her look is not quite your style, her writing is a really good reason to stay. Her lifestyle posts come from her heart, and she uses her blog as a platform to discuss amazing things, such as body image, her past surgeries on her jaw and the impact they've had on her life. Really amazing stuff all interspersed with great fashion and beauty discussions too.

8. What Olivia Did
Beautifully retro styling and pictures give a different edge to Olivia's blog and make it standout from the others. Through her social media channels she keeps you up to date with new releases in both fashion and beauty, and gives you an insight into events she attends. 

9. London Beauty Queen
If you want to learn more about the science behind the products you put on your face, then Hayleys blog is where you need to look. She knows her stuff and has even written an ebook on the subject. You'll also discover loads of new beauty brands along the way.

10. The Girl in The Bowler Hat
Outfit posts you can copy, Check. Hats you'll wish you could pull off, Check. Beautiful backdrops of Newcastle in her Pics, Check. This girls blog has got it all and it's paying off big time. Amy will give you a good idea of what to buy from the high street and show you how to put it all together.


What are your favourite blogs? Let me know below if I've missed any brilliant sites I need to know about. 

I had one of those periods where I didn't read as much as I would've liked to, due to a busy schedule and a lot of life changes. However, I made a real effort to start reading again, and I utilised my hour-long lunch breaks and works proximity to my local waterstones to get through a pile of books, that frankly surpassed my expectations.

I'm was apparently really into thrillers and mysteries this last while, picking up three different books from the genre as my fallout from an addiction to Gone Girl last summer, and of course the obligatory easy beach reading makes an appearance too. I've not been disappointed by any of the books I've picked up yet, but I intend to keep doing these types of posts, so I promise to be brutally honest if I hate any I read from now on.

1. The Year I Met You- Cecilia Ahern
I bought this for holidays, and I grabbed it as some easy beach reading, but I did misjudge it, as it was a much better story than I'm used to for holiday reads. It sucked me in and I was left wanting more after a few days. I hadn't read one of Cecilia Aherns books for ages, but this has encouraged me to pick up some new ones.

2. The Husband's Secret- Liane Moriarty
I found this book lying round our house one Sunday and decided to give it a go, and it was one if those books that had me instantly hooked. I read it in 3 days, and that says as much about the book as it does about my social life. One of those stories with a major twist around each corner, just when I thought I'd figured the mystery out, the story threw me a curveball and I was left trying to guess all over again.

3. Us- David Nicholls
This is the third one of David Nicholls' books I've read, starting with One Day, then The Understudy and now US. I highly recommend all three if enjoy books about relationships and human interaction that are the farthest thing from soppy.

4. The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson
This is not the kind of book I usually go for, but trying to fill the void left by Gone Girl, I reached for it in the shop one day and now I honestly can't stop reading thrillers. It gets a bit dark in places, but honestly it is well worth the read.

5. The Girl On The Train- Paula Hawkins
I'm a little late to the game with this one as I'm sure you've all heard about it by now. This book sucks you in and gets you addicted, and I seriously advise that you book a few days off work before reading it.

6. Love, Tanya- Tanya Burr
This ones a little different, as it's not a novel like the others, It's a total mixture of things, from Tanya's life story, to makeup tips. a lovely insight into how she became so successful from making youtube videos.
Halloween is over, and so Christmas is well and truly upon us. Starbucks have launched the red cups and shops have begun playing seasonal music. That means one thing, its almost time to tackle your Christmas shopping. 

The days of the traditional advent calendar are over, once reserved for children in the run up to Christmas with cheap chocolate behind the doors, they are now available as luxury items, with everything from beauty products to alcohol as a daily surprise.

Some of the calendars are a bit pricey, but it is the season of giving after all, so you may as well gift one to yourself to help get you through the stresses of the season. Alternatively, these are a great present for anyone with a Pre-Christmas birthday, so if you need to get a gift sorted soon here are a few ideas for a gift that keeps on giving.

Benefit Cosmetics Advent Calendar £34.50
Picture//Benefit Cosmetics
Hidden behind the 12 doors are some of the brands best known favourites, and this years edition comes with a musical tune that plays when you open the door. 
Available now from Debenhams and Benefit cosmetics,

No7 Makeup and Skincare £38
Picture// No7 Cosmetics

Complete with 25 doors, this calendar comes with 6 full sized products and 19 minis. With everything from skincare to nail polish there will be something fab joining your makeup bag every morning, to help you look fab for the party season.
Available now from Boots

Ciaté Nail Polishes £49.99
Picture//ASOS.com
The perfect way to make sure you have party- ready nails all over christmas, the calendar comes with 18 different colours and some nail treatments for their mini mani month.
Available from ASOS, Selfridges and Very

12 Beers of Christmas £49.50
Picture// Notonthehighstreet.com

Great for beer lovers, come home from a busy day christmas shopping and crack open a beer in front of the fire. Sounds pretty good to me.
Available from Not on the High Street

Jo Malone £260
Picture// Jo Malone London
A little bit on the pricey side, but an absolutely stunning gift for someone, the beautiful Georgian house design is filled with classic Jo Malone scents. 
Available at Harrods and Jo Malone stores

Gin Calendar £114.99
Picture// Firebox

A calendar after my own heart, this promises you a new tipple everyday. A G&T in the bath sounds like one of the best ways to unwind.
Available from November 19th from Firebox

Hotel Chocolat £26
Picture//Hotel Chocolat

If you'd prefer to stick to the tradtional chocolate style calendars,then Hotel Chocolat have simply upgraded it for you. featuring two truffles behind each window, for sharing to stop the daily fight over the treats, with some festive flavours added in with some classics.
Available from Hotel Chocolat stores



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