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Beauty // Lola Make Up Red Lipstick Review

If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack, Coco Chanel I am such a red lipstick girl. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve been blonde, a redhead or a brunette. A red lipstick is the classic colour that you bring out for all the right occasions – date night, job interviews, Christmas parties. It’s fun, playful, sexy and shows you’re not afraid to play with colour. And whilst I’ve worked my way through the different reds – girls, we all remember purchasing our first Ruby Woo for MAC, snapping up on the Rimmel Kate Moss shades and then over the years, I’m sure we all retreat to our tried and tested. Well, I thought I had mine. Until Lola Make Up turned up on the doorstep and switched up the game. Matte red? Tick. Long-lasting? Tick. Comfortable to wear? Tick. Enter, the game changer. This is the first piece I’ve tried from Lola Make Up. Up until now, they’re a brand I’ve spotted on Instagram and shown some virtual love too, but I was yet to …

Beauty // 5 Ways to Restore Damaged Hair, Skin and Nails

The winter weather and short days can leave you feeling sluggish, and often your hair, skin and nails will begin to suffer. Some simple tips and tricks will have you looking and feeling your best again in no time at all – carry on reading to find out more! Stay hydrated We’ve all heard how important it is to drink water, but we often don’t end up doing it. Make sure to get your 8 glasses a day, and swap out fizzy drinks or sugary beverages for a glass of water. You’ll notice a difference in how you feel in no time! To make it more interesting, try flavouring your water with cucumber or apple slices, or even citrus fruits. Eat healthy fats Healthy fats are essential for health, and can give your hair and skin a helping hand too. Omega 3 fatty acids not only contribute to normal brain function and a healthy heart, but more and more research points to the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3. This may benefit both skin and joints. …

Men’s Lifestyle // Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Ok, so the 14th February is fast approaching and I’ll admit, I’ve always been one of those girls who think it’s a date designed for gals. Flowers, chocolates and a cheesy AF card as easy to buy for a girl, but shopping for a guy? Whole. New. Ball Game. I’m lucky enough to have a bf who’s all about equality…which means he’s expecting a new XBox game on V Day and a variety of other gifts, like it’s Christmas Day. Which, I’m kind of not about. Enter, Gifts Online 4 U. A website, designed to make shopping your Valentine (or Galentine) that much easier. All without having to brave The Shops. Perf. So what should you buy your guy for V Day, that says ‘I love you bae’ without being too cringe and resulting in #boydonegood on Insta come February 14th… Gift Ideas Aftershave. Easy, necessary and with loads to choose from, it’s not something you can go too wrong with. Over the years I’ve splashed out on super expensive bottles of the smelly stuff that …

Life // Forget Instagram, Don’t Neglect Your Blog

Lately, I’ve noticed lots of conversations focusing on the blogging industry and how it will continue to grow and expand in the coming month and looking at the long game; the coming years. For me, I’m very much immersed into this world; through my day job as a PR & Outreach Executive and as a blogger who’s been typing out words onto the internet for eight years now. So, what’s the future of blogging? Well, 10 years ago this wasn’t a career. Now, it is. Not only is it a full-time job for the creators and influencers who share engaging, funny, relevant content across a variety of platforms, but those of us on the other side. The in-house and agency-led outreach teams, who work with brands to pitch, create, navigate campaigns. Sourcing bloggers, negotiating gifting and payment and meeting deadlines are hard work. I, in particular, work within an SEO-led agency. So my outreach campaigns rely on backlinks, supporting the SEO value of any one of clients across our portfolio. So sadly, Instagram followers and …

Beauty // New Products & My Take on Bloggers Working with Brands

One of the ‘perks’ if you will of being a blogger is you have a valid reason to try new beauty brands and products regularly. On my Christmas list this year you could have put money on finding my favourite perfume brand, YSL Black Opium and ‘new make up’ as a standard request. I love sharing new products on my blog and searching on Pinterest for photo and flat lay inspo as I genuinely love this hobby of mine and sharing my thoughts with you all. There’s so much talk at the moment surrounding bloggers working with brands and how these relationships/collaborations should work and my humble opinion is bloggers and influencers should of course, be pitching to brands. I work as an outreach & PR executive within a digital marketing agency, which means I have a variety of brands on my client portfolio and run blogger outreach campaigns for the majority. As a third-party to brands, it’s our job to educate our clients on how partnerships with bloggers actually work. Payment is still seen …

Beauty // Four Fave Burgundy Make Up Products

I haven’t shared any new additions to my make up bag for a while, so here we go with a new beauty post of the products I’m loving at the moment. Burgundy is the perfect wintery shade and whilst we normally reserve it for December, I’m putting this handful of products to work well into the New Year too. Billion Dollar Brows First up I wanna talk about this dark blonde brow product from Billion Dollar Brow. I hadn’t heard of the product before they kindly got in touch, but I’m impressed. It has an easy to use applicator brush and it’s not too dark for my very light blonde brows, thank god. NYX Butter Gloss I’m such a fangirl over NYX lip products. The consistency, the variety of colours and the many collections just have me at hello. This lip gloss is from the Butter Gloss collection and oh my word, it does what it says on the tin. Easy to wear and long-lasting, this gloss is in a brown-nude shade and I love …

Beauty // January Birchbox x Ohh Deer Review

I’m back with another Birchbox review – this time it’s the January box in collaboration with Ohh Deer. I’ll admit, my views are mixed as my subscription rolls on… The Good Ok, so I adore design. It’s very kitsch and playful, which I love and I’ve spotted Ohh Deer designs on Instagram so it’s good to discover a little bit more about the brand. Out of the five products included, I’m a fan of the Paul & Joe foundation primer, the night cream and Lord & Berry cheek tint. I haven’t tried Paul & Joe as a brand before, so the box is the perfect introduction and I loved the cute bottle the primer came in. As I mentioned above, I was also pleasantly surprised to receive the Lord & Berry cheek tint. It’s the perfect peachy shade for Winter and as we transition into Spring. The Bad I don’t wear eyeliner so this piece of the box won’t really get used by myself. One to re-gift to friends or family! I also think in …

Fashion // Buying The Handbag Of My Dreams

Ok, so I’ve always been a handbag girl. Ever since I can remember, I’ve lusted after new bags and for years I was always working towards my next bag. Back when I was 16 and got my first job, I remember heading to Debenhams to the Fiorelli concession when I’ve saved up to treat myself to my first ‘proper’ handbag. It was black with fuchsia pink ties on the handles and it was love. So, fast forward 13 years and I back fangirling over Fiorelli bags once more… I’ve been on the hunt for a stylish backpack in soft leather that I can use for work and at the weekend. And over a month ago, I found the one. This red backpack is just a dream. Its super soft, a cute mini size whilst still being big enough to fit all my daily bits inside and I adore the chain detailing across the front. I spotted it back in November but at full price I couldn’t reason splashing out so kept checking back in the …

Life // Can We Really Plan Goals for 2018?

When it comes to looking ahead to the next year and planning what I would like to achieve, I’m afraid I’m heading into it as blind as I did 365 days ago. 2017 was an alright year but not one to mark off in the record books. Nothing drastic happened, but we did move house as our old house was put on the market, I think my relationship strengthened making us a better couple and more aligned with eachother and our future, long-term goals and 2017 ended with a job promotion – something I’d worked towards for the last six months and I’m happy to say, finally paid off. But in terms of ‘big stuff’. The last 12 months were pretty plain sailing. So, when I think ahead to 2018, rather than try and align the stars and ‘make shit happen’ I’m ok to float along and see what comes our way. However, that said there are a couple of things I would like to achieve out of next year – Turning the big 30 …

Beauty // Urban Calm, Met Quarter Event

A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to an open evening store event at the Urban Calm store in the Met Quarter, Liverpool. I’d heard great things about the brand and already following the Aintree store on Instagram, so couldn’t wait to see what they had planned in-store! The event took place a couple of weeks before Christmas, offering mini manicures, massages and facials to those in attendance. Located on the second floor of the Met Quarter, the store’s calming atmosphere and variety of treatments available makes it a fantastic go-to, whether you’re looking to relax and have a pamper yourself or treat a friend or loved one to an after-work spray tan or a refreshed new set of gel or acrylic nails! It was also during the event I discovered there are actually three stores in the chain – the Met Quarter, Aintree and a smaller beauty store in Ormskirk, where I live…Expect to hear more about that in an upcoming post! The staff were extremely welcoming, knowledgeable about the variety of …