Rituals Miracle Balm Review

Recently when I was shopping in House of Fraser, I wandered over to a counter that I hadn’t really given much attention to before, but found myself really drawn to particular products. It was the Rituals counter, and I found myself really liking the look of their newest ranges, so I decided to try something out (also taking full advantage of the 20% store-wide discount that was on at the time…) and let you guys know how I got on with it!

There were lots of products that enticed me, and sounded really interesting, but I decided to stick to just one product at first, to see if I thought that other products were worth me investing in. So I chose a hand lotion, because I thought it was something that I could immediately get use out of, and keep in my bag, and it was one of my favourite scents when I had had a cheeky smell of a couple of things.IMG_7696

PROS

The first pro of this product for me, is the fact that it’s in a metallic-like packaging, that easily dents. Now to a lot of you, this would be a con because if you don’t treat it right, it might look a bit bashed up, but for me it’s an enormous pro, because you can clearly see how much product you’ve got left, whereas with most hand creams, you have no clue until you’re finishing the product. I also think that the packaging is really unique and pretty.

Another pro for me is its consistency. This formula is unusually thick for a hand cream, (as the name boasts, it’s a balm) which again might put some people off, but if you really suffer with dry hands, or you’d just like a hand cream that really feels like a treat (as this hand balm states that it can also be used as an overnight mask) you can really feel the difference when using this one. I fee like it really lives up to the Rituals slogan, “Transform your everyday routines into meaningful rituals.”

The smell. I’ve never smelt a hand cream that is this pretty and perfume-like. It’s white lotus and ginkgo biloba, which is a leaf that contributes to normal blood circulation, which means that this balm can actually improve the condition of the skin on your hands, in the long term.IMG_7694

CONS

The only real con I can think of for this product is its price. Not everyone wants to spend £10 on a hand cream, but for me, I thought that the price was definitely worthwhile, because this is a much more luxurious and hard working product, unlike most unscented and watery hand lotions.

Obviously as I’ve also mentioned, a lot of the ‘pros’ for me, are actually going to be cons for other people, but for me, the only obvious con could be the price.


That’s it for my review of the Rituals Miracle Hand Balm, let me know if you enjoyed it in the comments!

Have you tried this product, or anything from Rituals? I’d love to know what you’d recommend!

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A Day Through A Lense & EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS

I contemplated waiting until the end of this post to share my news with you guys, but it has been over a month in the works and I just can’t wait any longer, so I’m opening this post with it!

I’m going to be daily blogging for the whole month of June! AND I’ve only gone and set myself up for a weekly podcast series for this month too!

Obviously the posts are going to be going up every single day this month, and each Friday post is going to be the podcast. The podcasts are going to feature myself and my friend Gemma, as we talk to you guys, answer your questions, play music and just chat like friends do! (The podcast posts start on Friday, May 10th and continue until the 1st of July)

So with that exciting news finally out there, let’s kick off this awesome month with a fun day in the life post. I recently had a lovely day out, and I took some snaps throughout the day, so I thought I’d compile a little photo diary of that day, I hope you enjoy it!IMG_2565IMG_2566IMG_2572IMG_2577IMG_2578IMG_2584IMG_2590IMG_2592

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(living up to my dog-obsessed ways)

IMG_2594IMG_2595IMG_2597IMG_2602IMG_2605IMG_2606IMG_2608IMG_2610IMG_2611IMG_2638IMG_2639IMG_2640I know that this post was really picture-heavy so I didn’t want to over explain every image, because that would’ve gotten very boring very quickly. I hope that you enjoyed this photo diary style post, let me know if you’d like to see more of these!

What have you been up to lately?

May Snippets

Here we are again! Another month, another snippets vlog! This month was a super fun one for me, because I got to see a lot of my good pals, and as you see, my friend Hannah and I went to the cinema to see Captain America Civil War, (fun fact, I actually watched it with my family again the next day!)

I also decided that the reign of pink hair had to come to an end, as the colour had faded quite drastically over the last month, and I wanted to go for a darker brown again.

Myself and my friend were also fortunate enough to be invited to an Alice In Wonderland themed event with Urban Decay, in celebration of their 2016 Alice In Wonderland collection. You can check out my round up of the event HERE, and an in depth review of the new palette HERE. We were given tasty treats, alongside a tutorial with the new products, and an awesome goody bag!

I also had another brand new experience, as I got to work with an amazing company, Boutique of Molly, in reviewing 2 of their gorgeous dresses.

Then the roadtrip fun kicked in. With my University, we got to go to BT Sports Studios in London to watch the UEFA Europa League Final, Liverpool V Sevilla live, and then be a part of the live studio audience for BT’s The Football’s On! That was a really unique and exciting experience, the outcome may have been less than chill, but it was a great experience!

And finally I got to end my month with one of my bestest pals, Bella! We got to spend an unplanned 24 hours together, and it was a roller coaster of hilariousness.

So without further explanation, here’s my May Snippets! I hope you guys had a great month, be sure to let me know what your favourite moment in the video is!

What did you get up to this month? Tell me in the comments!

Nail Varnish Collection

Hey guys! For a really long time now, I’ve enjoyed painting my nails. Whether I’m doing an intricate nail art design, or just an all over colour, I think that doing your nails can be incredibly theraputic and really change up your look and mood.

So naturally, through my love of doing my nails, I’ve acquired quite the nail varnish collection. I am quite happy with the size of it, and I’ve definitely found my favourites through growing my collection.

This post is quite picture-heavy, so I didn’t want to do an in-depth review of every single shade, so instead I’ve just listed the brands and shades, and I’ll do in-depth reviews of any particular brands that you guys would like to read, just let me know in the comments which ones you’d like me to review.

So here we go! IMG_2458Rimmel London: Oragina, White Hot Love, Black Cherries, Lose Your Lingerie

Lose Your Lingerie, Hot & Spicy, Ring A Ring O’ Roses, Urban Purple, Sunshine

IMG_2460Miss Sporty: Check Matte

New Look: Coral, Multi Coloured

Matalan: Deep Pink

George: Sherbert Fizz, Pink Glitz

Chanel: Camélia

Lancôme: 342B

Essence: NudeIMG_2464Rio Professional Nail Art KitIMG_2469Revlon: 802, 07, 33, 06

Collection: Big Hair, Siren

Chit Chat: Glitter CollectionIMG_2474Matalan: Blue Steel, Twilight, Golden Sun

Collection: Starlight

Rimmel London: Shirley Temple

Collection: French Manicure Pink

No7: Shimmer Nude

NYC: Park AveIMG_2475Claires: Galactic, Metallic Purple

Collection: Stardust

Rimmel London: Gold Save The Queen

2 True: 09

Primark: Blue

Makeup Revolution Pastels Kit IMG_2479Barry M: Vanilla, Watermelon, Plum, Grey, Ballerina

Essie: Virgin Snow, Shall We Chalet, Haute TubIMG_2482Collection: White Out, Lilac Daze, Red, Rose Chic, Dusty RoseIMG_2485W7: 24, 38, 28

I also have my Kelly Brook Collection, and nail care items that I haven’t included, but if you’d like to check them out, you can HERE and HERE.

Thank you so much for checking out my nail varnish collection, let me know which shades are your favourites!

Tips For Flat-Lay Photography

If you enjoy taking photos, at some point you might find yourself stuck in a bit of a rut. Either your images aren’t looking the way you want them to, or you’ve gotten caught up in comparing your images to other peoples, and that can stifle your confidence.

So today I’m sharing 6 tips, focussing on flat-lay photography, on how to improve your images!FLATLAY PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS 2Lighting | Try getting as close to natural lighting as possible, I know it’s always one of the first things to be mentioned when it comes to any style of photography, but it really does make a difference. If you can afford to invest in lighting then you’re lucky to be able to take your photos at any point during the day, but if you’re not, I’d recommend taking your pictures in the very middle of the day, as if you take them early in the morning, they will have an orange/yellow hue, and too late in the afternoon and they’ll be blue-toned. Taking your pictures at around noon also means that you reduce the amount of shadows in the image.

Arrangement | Always try and take images with the products in different arrangements, as this gives you a lot more options for the final post. I’ve found on quite a few occasions that what I liked in front of me, didn’t really translate on camera, so if you rearrange your objects in a few different ways, you won’t be limiting yourself.

Steadiness | I’ve also found that when I’m taking photos, I tend to hold my breath, as I think that it steadies me, and ensures that you don’t have to take as many pictures, because you don’t have blurry ones where you’ve moved slightly.FLATLAY PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS 3Tricks | Blu tack! The day I learnt that you can keep lipsticks and mascaras and anything that is likely to roll, from rolling by securing them down with a little bit of Blu tack on the underneath, was life changing. It saves so much time and stress of positioning your products, only for them to slightly roll out of frame.

Props | If you’re finding your images to be too plain or boring, you can always throw in some fun or relevant props to give more life to your picture. They can even be fun to put altogether for posts that don’t necessarily have a product or ‘thing’ for you to photograph!

Fun | The most important thing about any images that you’re sharing online is to keep your unique style and character in them. Sometimes bloopers and funny shots can be the perfect one to add to a post, people don’t always want to see an aesthetically perfect image, they want to get to know you too!


Those are 6 quick flat-lay photography tips that I wanted to share with you guys, I hope some of these have inspired you with your own photography! Let me know in the comments any tips you might have, and we can all help each other out!

Damaged Hair Tips

Hey guys! As some of you may know, over the past few months, I’ve dyed my hair ombre, then pink, then ombre again, and finally back to dark brown. Obviously this excessive amount of bleaching meant that the ends of my hair were pretty fried, so I had to alter my haircare routine to help revive it.

So today I’m sharing my tips on how to combat and assist damaged hair.

Trims | I know, it’s something of a taboo to mention nowadays, but honestly, after you’ve bleached your hair, I think it’s so beneficial to cut the ends off. It helps seal the ends of your hair, especially if they are split and particularly fried. I also think that it keeps your style fresh and feeling super-soft.

Washing | After the second time bleaching my hair in just over one month, I knew that I’d need to change my shampoo and conditioner from a colour protecting focus, to a duo that focussed on hydrating. I really recommend this John Frieda duo, because the formula of the conditioner is slightly thicker than most conditioners, so you really feel like it’s repairing your hair.DAMAGED HAIR TIPS 2Post-Washing | Another tip that we’ve all heard all too often in regards to improving the condition of our hair; stay away from heat. Now I have learnt that I can’t really let my hair air dry, as it turns all too frizzy, all too quickly. So now I make sure to use a cream heat protectant, and then leave it to air dry, but once its completely dry, I straighten it, as I find that the cream heat protectant, combined with heat, actually improves the shininess and sleekness of my hair.

Touch Ups | This is actually what inspired me to share this post, because I’ve only recently learnt about these products, and the condition of my hair has been drastically improved ever since. Touch up cremes and leave-in conditioners have been around for a long time now, but I never really understood how to use them. My favourites are John Frieda’s Perfect Finish polishing serum, which is an oil, and Secret Agent touch up creme, which is like a leave-in conditioner. I love both of these products because they are applied to dried hair. This means that even if you’ve washed, air dried and styled your hair, and it’s still looking dull and dry, these products bring shine and smoothness to your hair.


That’s it for my damaged hair tips, I hope these tips help you out if you’re struggling with the condition of your hair, if not, drop me a comment and I’ll try and help you out!

Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! As Ariana Grande’s latest album, Dangerous Woman, was released today, I thought it’d be fun to recreate the makeup look that she wore in the Dangerous Woman music video.

It’s actually a surprisingly easy look to do yourself, as it’s a mix of nicely blended brown shades on the lid, light contouring, and a pink/brown toned nude lip.

Products used:

Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave Eyeshadow Palette
Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Gel
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Fleur De Force False Lashes ‘Fleur Loves’
MAC Lipliner in ‘Edge To Edge’
Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl Eyeliner
Makeup Revolution ‘Golden Sugar’ Blush & Contour Palette

Here’s the tutorial! Hope you guys enjoy it!

Mini Lush Haul

Do you guys remember the Valentine’s Day inspired Lush Haul that I posted just before Valentine’s? Well I’ve exercised inhuman self restraint, and actually haven’t been into Lush since then. I know, that’s insane, what the heck?

Well recently I decided that it had been too long since I’d been into Lush and shared with you guys what I’d bought, so that’s what I’m doing today!

I didn’t pick up very much because I do have a lot of bath products around at the moment, so I didn’t want to go overboard.IMG_2431Ceridwens Cauldron Bath Melt | After briefly talking to the assistant in Lush, we’d established that I like baths to be relaxing and moisturising, and I wanted to try out some products that had been newly introduced since my last visit. The assistant recommended this bath melt to me because it consists mainly of oats and cocoa butter, it’s perfect for sensitive skin. This bath melt is also reusable because it’s in a cloth bag, so you can just bob it around the top of your bath, lightly infusing it with the oats and cocoa butter, and use it directly onto your skin to lightly exfoliate and moisturise, all in one go!

Twilight Bath Bomb | Even the name of this bath bomb inspires the idea of relaxation and sleep. And that’s the entire purpose of this product. The fragrance itself is another element that has been designed to help you sleep, as lavender is a soothing and relaxing fragrance, used in aromatherapy to treat insomnia and aid restful sleep. I decided to pick this one up because, although it’s not new, I haven’t used it before, so I thought I’d try it out! I’m a big fan of a lavender scent, because I do find it to be insanely relaxing, and a perfect scent for just before bed.IMG_2435Sakura Bath Bomb | It’s not secret that I love Japan and cherry blossoms, to this bat bomb was another no brainer for me to pick up. At first I thought that this bath bomb was just really pretty, but then when I smelt it, I realised that the scent was unusually uplifting and strong. Lush describes it as “Calming mimosa and jasmine oils are complemented by lemon oil and orange flower to bring to mind the smell of this colourful season.” and I think that perfectly embodies how this bath bomb smells, it’s incredibly fresh and uplifting, perfect for a bath first thing in the morning.

Yoga Bomb Bath Bomb | This is another bath bomb that I hadn’t tried before, but had been tempted by. The sales assistant told me that this bath bomb is perfect for detoxing and after working out, hence the name. And as this bath bomb is so usually overlooked, I’m going to share a little secret with you. It isn’t just an orange bath bomb. Once it begins fizzing, it actually turns your bath into an array of orange, turquoise and purple shades, so give it a go!


That’s everything I picked up in Lush, I know, you can applaud at how much self restraint I showed, ha! I hope you enjoyed this post and I convinced you to try out some products that you’ve overlooked or have been meaning to try for a long time.

What is your favourite Lush product of all time?

My Urban Decay Palette

Hey guys! Recently when perusing around Urban Decay, I decided to sign up for email and text updates,because I am what Urban Decay like to refer to as a ‘Junkie’, so naturally I want to hear as soon as something new is released, or of any upcoming offers.

The next week I couldn’t believe my luck when I received an email that said I could get a Nirvana palette, and 2 eyeshadow shades for reviewing! I was so excited to have a palette with shades that I had personally selected, I decided to purchase the other 2 shades in order to complete my very own unique palette, and tell you guys all about it!

So here it is! (Shades from left to right, top to bottom)

IMG_2441Freelove I knew I wanted an orange shade for this palette, as I’ve been raving about them so much lately, and I love wearing them, as I feel that they really compliment my skin-tone and eye colour. This shade is the closest to an individual orange pigment that Urban Decay do, and it blends beautifully into any brown or pink tones.

Cosmic I initially picked up this shade because I wanted a nice white shade to brighten the inner corners, but as I picked this one up, I was told that it’s actually a ‘Moondust’, which means that it’s the shimmer side of any shimmer-based eyeshadow. This means that it’s perfect to put on top of any matte shade, to make it shimmery. It does also work wonders on the inner corners and brow bone, to lighten and act as a highlight. It’s one of my favourite products of all time because you can use it as more than simply an eyeshadow. And to be entirely honest, as soon as I heard ‘Moondust’, I knew that I’d be letting the team down if I didn’t include it in my own palette.IMG_2443Sin | After selecting Freelove, I thought that it could be nice to find a shimmer-based brown shade that could compliment it, if ever I wanted to create a dual toned eye look. I was recommended Sin, and I think that I couldn’t have a more complimentary shade. Just like Freelove, it’s also a really nice pigment to wear on its own, and is suitable with just about any other neutral tone that you can imagine.

Polyester Bride | I did still want a basic white shade for the inner corners because with other eye looks I might want more of a flat white shade, and not just a light dusting of shimmer. This particular shade is still really pretty, and definitely compliments any others that you chose to wear.

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(swatches from top to bottom) Freelove, Sin, Polyester Bride, Cosmic

Just like all Urban Decay eyeshadows, these pigments all blend incredibly easily into one another, and are soft and creamy. I chose these shades because they do create a nice look when used altogether, but they are also wearable individually for a statement look.

I can’t recommend making your own palette enough, because it’s fun picking out the exact shades that you want, instead of buying a pre-made palette that has some shades you love, but some that you know you’re never going to wear. The palette itself is also reasonably sized, so you can even pick out 4 totally different pigments that you love from other palettes, and put them into a small, travel-perfect one!

I’d love it if some of you guys picked up these shades too, I’ve decided to call this particular amalgamation of shades ‘Orange Eclipse’, so let me know if you make this palette too!

101 BLOG POST IDEAS

As so many of you guys have blogs yourselves, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I mention bloggers block. It happens to just about all of us at some point, and it can be quite disheartening to kick it and get back into your blogging flow. So today I’ve given myself the task of sharing 101 blog post ideas with you, to help you kick bloggers block!

This post is quite long in itself, so let’s just get straight into the post ideas!

1. FIVE THINGS TO BE HAPPY ABOUT
2. FAVOURITE BLOGS OF THE MONTH
3. FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF
4. OUTFIT OF THE DAY
5. MAKEUP COLLECTION
6. A COMPETITION/GIVEAWAY
7. BLOGGING ADVICE
8. FASHION WISH LIST
9. EXERCISE TIPS
10. FASHION/BEAUTY HAUL
11. BOOK REVIEW
12. FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS
13. ‘HOW TO STYLE’ OUTFIT POSTS
14. PRODUCT REVIEWS
15. ROOM TOUR
16. HOST A GUEST POST
17. WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG
18. PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
19. FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF
20. WHAT’S ON YOUR PHONE
21. HOST A Q+A
22. FAVOURITE PODCASTS
23. AN INTERVIEW WITH A BLOGGER
24. INTERIOR INSPIRATION
25. A NEWS STORY
26. PRODUCTS WORTH THE HYPE
27. A DIY / HOW TO
28. HEALTHY SNACK RECIPE
29. PAY-DAY SHOPPING PICKS
30. A FASHION SHOW REVIEW
31. A STORY ABOUT YOURSELF
32. A LIST POST
33. A RANT
34. YOUR FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
35. YOUR DREAMS AND GOALS
36. A TAG POST
37. A POST ON YOUR FRIEND/PARTNERS STYLE
38. YOUR EVERY DAY MAKEUP ROUTINE
39. COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ADVICE
40. A BEFORE AND AFTER POST
41. AN INSTAGRAM ROUNDUP
42. A 30 DAY CHALLENGE
43. A REVIEW OF A PLACE
45. A CONTROVERSIAL OPINION
46. YOUR HAIR HISTORY
47. A ‘GET THE LOOK’ STYLE POST
48. WHAT’S IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG
49. MONTHLY FAVOURITES
50. DETAILS OF YOUR HOME
51. YOUR FOOD DIARY
52. AN EMPTY PRODUCTS REVIEW
53. YOUR HANDBAG COLLECTION
54. THE REASON YOU STARTED BLOGGING
55. A MAKEUP TUTORIAL
56. SHARE SOME POSITIVITY
57. ASK YOUR READERS A QUESTION
58. PLACES TO VISIT WHERE YOU LIVE
59. YOUR FAVOURITE APPS
60. A ‘DAY IN THE LIFE’ STYLE POST
61. OFFER A SERVICE
62. A LIST OF LIFE HACKS
63. MUST-HAVE ITEMS
64. EMPTY PRODUCT REVIEWS
65. YOUR WORK SPACE
66. ROUND UP YOUR OUTFITS THIS MONTH
67. STYLE INSPIRATION POST
68. HOW YOU STAY ORGANISED
69. A MOVIE REVIEW
70. FAVOURITE STREET STYLE LOOKS
71. A BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY POST
72. SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE BLOG POSTS
73. A GET READY WITH ME POST
74. 5 THINGS YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT
75. JOB INTERVIEW TIPS
76. BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS
77. A BRAND FOCUS
78. AN EVENT YOU’VE BEEN TO
79. YOUR OPINION ON A TREND
80. SAVE VS SPLURGE
81. HOW TO DE-STRESS
82. AN OPEN LETTER TO SOMEONE
83. A ‘WHO WORE IT BEST?’ POST
84. HOW TO GAIN FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM
85. HOW TO START YOUTUBE CHANNEL
86. WHAT BLOGGING HAS TAUGHT YOU
87. BLOGGER BLOOPERS
89. YOUR SHOE COLLECTION
90. AFFORDABLE HOMEWARE IDEAS
91. YOUR EXPERIENCE AT SCHOOL
92. HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR BLOG
93. AN EBAY WISHLIST
94. FACE OF THE DAY
95. HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING
96. BLOGGING DOS AND DON’TS
97. BEAUTY HACKS
98. HOW TO GET MOTIVATED
99. THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’RE SAD

100. YOUR FIVE YEAR PLAN

101. SEASONAL ESSENTIALS

That’s it! 101 blog post ideas, whether you’re a strictly fashion, beauty, lifestyle or travel blogger, there’s something here for everyone! Let me know any blog post ideas you have that I haven’t featured, and also let me know what your favourites are that I have mentioned.