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    Something a bit different and spontaneous for today's video... My best friend Keisha is back from travelling the world and whilst she's in London I thought I'd grab her for a quick video. 

    Don't be fooled, her skincare routine and the contents of her makeup bag have very little to do with her ridiculous good looks, but if you're feeling nosey and you want to know more about her beauty routines then watch on... 

    Let me know what you think of this very casual video!

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    Finally after the longest search I have found a cheaper alternative to the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover that actually works. I've tried so many eye makeup removers that take forever to remove mascara but this one works just as well, removing all makeup in a few swipes. 

    The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & lip Make Up Remover works the same way, an oily formula that helps to break down the makeup, although this one is for the eyes and lips. Oh and did I mention it's only £8?! 

    I was already a huge fan of the Camomile Oil cleanser so this product has now also been added to my skincare shelf and has a permanent place there. 

    Bravo Body Shop, you did well *clapping emoji*

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    Welcome back to week three of my Mani Month series! For the next two weeks I'll be featuring different shades of Max Factor's Gel Shine Lacquers, creating different 'Modern Decade' looks from their selection of colours. 

    I've been using these nail polishes for 3 weeks now so I've really got to grips with the application and longevity of them. I'm really impressed with their lasting power and how the shine really stays for a week. Remember when I told you about only needing one coat? Well apparently that's down the the smart technology used in the polish. The bentonite clay gel delivers a high pigment loading formula so it gives really intense colour, while the gloss enhancers provide  the shiny gel-like finish. 

    This week the decade I'm focusing on is the one I was born into.... the 80s. We all know that bright, funky colours made a huge comeback in the 80s and people felt they could really experiment with their makeup. 

    I wanted to create some nail art that represents how fun and creative the 80s were. Starting with the lightest shade I applied 'Vivid Vermillion' to the entire nail and let it dry. I then applied 'Twinkling Pink' across half the nail creating the split nail look I've shown once before. My tip for this look would be to use an orange stick, wrapped in cotton wool and dipped in nail polish remover to wipe up the edges. A slow and steady hand will help you achieve a tidy nail.

    Also in the collection of brights is "Gleaming Teal", a gorgeous green that I can't wait to wear in Autumn! 

    "Personally I think nothing epitomises 80s fashion more than bright fuchsia. With more feminine muted pink tones, Twinkling Pink shade is a truly current and sophisticated throwback to the 80s." - Pat McGrath

    If you decide to give this look a whirl, tweet me your photos using the #ManiMonday hashtag! 

    *This post is sponsored by Max Factor

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    For today's Sunday video I wanted to chat through my non-beauty favourites and all the other bits and bobs I've been loving this month. Doing alone would just be boring though so I invited Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends to come and join me! 

    We have  really random collection of things so I hope you enjoy seeing something a bit different. Enjoy! 

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  • 08/10/14--23:00: SMELLS LIKE A HOLIDAY

  • As we mentioned in Ruth's video yesterday, we were supposed to film our favourite holiday scented products but things didn't quite go to plan. Seeing as I had the products all ready to go I thought I'd do a post about them anyway! 

    That coconut/pineapple/beachy scent is a big favourite of mine as it instantly transports you to your dream holiday. There's something so comforting and relaxing about the scent of a holiday and these are the products that do it for me...

    A holiday without a Piña Colada is a very sad holiday indeed. This continuous SPF spray is not only really handy for quick, stress-free application but the smell... oh wow, the smell. It doesn't say whether it protects from UVA and UVB on the packaging so just to be safe I wouldn't use this for sunbathing but it's good if you need a quick top up and it's really cooling too!  *UPDATE* Coola have confirmed it is both UVA and UVB protected, it just doesn't say on the packaging! 

    Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Wash //
    This one isn't a traditional 'holiday smell' but it's really fresh and zesty so it's great to use in the Summer. I've had this in my shower for a while now and I've been loving using it. The Soap & Glory body wash range is really nice and this is my current favourite. 

    Illume Pineapple Cilantro Candle //
    This candle is so beautiful to look at that it pains me to burn it. Illume is a brand you can get in Anthropologie although these specific candles have been quite hard to find! The packaging is gorgeous and this one specifically has little pineapple prints all over it. The scent is fresh, sweet and completely lifts the room. Pineapple should definitely be an all-year round thing! 

    Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm //
    I was overwhelmed by all the different scented lip balm in the Burt's Bees pop-up store in Covent Garden and I thought I'd never be able to pick one. But the minute I smelt the Coconut & Pear one I was in love. It reminds me of a coconut lipgloss I used to wear as a child and the pear scent makes it really delicious on your lips. The packaging is really small so it hardly takes up any room in your bag and the formula is really nice and moisturising. 

    Estée Lauder Bronzed Goddess // 
    Bronzed Goddess is a range that Estée Lauder bring out every Summer. This always includes the Bronzed Goddess perfume although sometimes it's a slightly different limited edition scent. This one is from last year and I save it to wear in the summer. It's completely opposite to my usual perfumes, sweet and a little but sickly, but there's something about it that I completely love. It smells a bit like sun cream, but in a really nice way. I really like it and always look forward to wearing it in the Summer. 

    So which products give you that holiday scent? 

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  • 08/11/14--23:00: HOLIDAY READS

  • So I hope you don’t mind something a bit different for today’s post. I’ll confess, I'm no bookworm. In fact I usually only read around two books a year (!) but on holiday, it’s one of my favourite things to do. The best books always come through recommendations and when I asked you guys on Twitter if you wanted to hear about my holiday reads, it was clearly a big YES from most of you! 

    The books I read during my week of relaxation were two completely different type of books. One, a factual and techy biography type and the other, a romantic, exciting and gripping fiction. 

    Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products // Leander Kahney

    This one is for the Apple geeks out there, like myself. If you’re an Apple fanatic (I’ve been into Apple products for about 10 years now) then it’s likely you would have already heard of Jony Ive. This book is all about Jony’s past, present and future impact on the success of Apple as a company. It goes into real detail about his love and experience in design and most of the book is about his Apple days and the creation of the products we all know so well; the macbook, iphone, ipod and ipad. I personally found it really interesting but there were parts that were so design-based that it kind of went over my head. Half way through when it gets more Apple focused I found I could relate better and I found it fascinating! I think this book would only appeal to a certain type of person, but if you are interested in design or Apple/Steve Jobs specifically then I’d recommend picking it up. 

    Reflection // Diane Chamberlain

    I was recommended  the book “Necessary Lies” by Diane Chamberlain after both my parents had read it, but after failing to find a copy I decided to pick up one of her more recent books, “Reflection". I’d never read anything by the author before and to be honest, the title and cover didn’t really appeal to me. I’ve learnt from the past though that it’s true, you really shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, so I bought it anyway. It’s a wonderful story based on relationships and I found it to be completely gripping and impossible to put down. I read this one in two days, a record for me! The basic storyline is about a middle aged woman who has to go back to her hometown where she is disliked by the whole town for a tragic event she was involved in 20 years ago before she left. It has moments of sadness, fear, tragedy, passion and I felt I could really get to know the characters. It was one of those stories that the moment I finished the book, I instantly missed hanging out with the characters I’d come to know so well. I would highly recommend it! 

    So maybe now you've found something new to read on your commute to work or on holiday! Let me know if you liked this post? 

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    NEW BAG ALERT! I thought for today's video I'd talk through the contents of my travel bag whilst giving you a quick peak at my gorgeous new friend. 

    I hope you enjoy the video and don't forget to subscribe here to see more! 

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  • 08/12/14--23:00: INSIDE MY TRAVEL MAKEUP BAG

  • I didn’t really know what to expect from our last minute holiday to Greece, so although I knew it would be unlikely that I’d wear much makeup, I also didn’t want to feel disappointed if a nice makeup wearing occasion came up! 

    I managed to pack everything I wanted to take in my Trish McEvoy makeup planner and it was really compact and easy to pack. I love how the left hand compartment comes out and the middle section is magnetic so you can insert any products you like inside. 

    For base and concealer I took my favourites. The Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation is lovely for a light, glowing base and her Retoucher concealer goes perfectly with it for the under eye area. I also packed my MUFE Full Cover Concealer as it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for hot climates. In a last minute panic I packed my NARS concealer but didn’t end up using it. 

    I managed to crack my Revlon bronzer out of it’s palette and take that along with me but for blush I knew I’d want to opt for cream in the warmer evenings. I took two cream blushers, the new Clinique Chubby Stick for Cheeks in Roly Poly Rosy and the Maxfactor Creamy Blush in Soft Pink. For a bit of highlight in the evenings I took the Kiko Radiant Touch highlighting stick. 

    On holiday I let my brows run free, so aside from some clear brow gel I didn’t take any other brow products with me. I seemed to have taken quite a few eye options with me though. Products I didn’t end up using included the Revlon liquid eyeliner, Urban Decay’s Hustle eyeliner and Charlotte Tilbury’s Elizabeth Violet eyeliner. For my eyes I either opted for powder using my MAC Patina or All That Glitters shadow or for cream I used my By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection or Misty Rock. Waterproof mascara is a holiday essential so I took my Maybelline The Rocket and it worked a treat! 

    I didn’t end up wearing any lip products at all on holiday although I took with me Chanel Conquise, MAC Pattiserie, Sephora Always Red Lip Cream and Tanya Burr’s Picnic in the Park. 

    I always find it hard to pack my holiday makeup, it’s like choosing which children to take away with you. I was happy with my choices though! Phew! #bloggerproblems

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    I'm back with another weekly vlog and after returning from my holiday things got busy, FAST! I had a really fun weekend and beginning to this week so I hope you enjoy tagging along with me. 

    If you're a Daniel Radcliffe fan, watch until the end! 

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  • 08/14/14--23:00: TRIED & TESTED: HOLIDAY EDIT

  • It may have been a blogging-free holiday but that didn’t stop me from testing a few products whilst I was there. I always find holiday packing a great opportunity to throw in some minis I’d been meaning to try and finally give them a test drive. This trip I was met with some real winners and I’m so excited to share them with you that I’ve had to start writing this on the flight home! 

    The Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream was my moisturiser for the week and its definitely coming back with me for continued use at home. It has a really nice floral scent and adds instant hydration which is something my skin always craves, especially if I’ve been in the sun.

    The other skincare treat that helped my skin through a very hot week was the Pai Camomile & Rose cleanser. It’s a creamy cleanser so a little goes a long way and I found it to be really soothing on my skin, As I wasn’t wearing much makeup during the week I can’t confirm how good it is at removing it but It definitely made my skin feel great. 

    For my body I became completely addicted to the Vichy After Sun. I kept it in the fridge in our room during the day so that in the evening after my shower the cream would be cooled and would really sooth the skin from the sun. Burning is a terrible idea but if you do burn a little, this will really help. It’s also just great to moisturise the skin, prolong your tan and prevent any peeling. I love the packaging too, it’s an all-round great body product. 

    Hair is my biggest concern on holiday (as ridiculous as that sounds). It’s always been an absolute pain to manage but after my recent keratin treatment I didn’t really know what to expect so I had to pack for all situations; a cream, a mousse, a gel… you name it, I took it! I found the Phyto Plage range worked really well to protect my hair from the constant exposure to the sun, chlorine and salt water. Between the Sun Veil proteting spray and the damage repair spray, I found the protector to be the best. It’s like a spray oil and I found using this throughout the day made my hair dry better after swimming and prevented as much frizz when it dried in the sun. I also really enjoyed using the Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly. When it comes to curly hair products I can’t listen to any marketing waffle, I simply go by recommendation from curly friends. This one came highly recommended from a friend and as I’d never tried the brand I wanted to give it a go. I really liked using it as it’s really easy to spread through wet hair. It dries a little crispy but unlike mousse it quickly softens up and you’re left with soft but frizz free curls (in most places). I still struggle with the top half of my hair, but with half of my hair clipped up it looked quite nice! 

    Which holiday beauty products have you discovered this year? 

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  • 08/15/14--23:00: WEAR // LIFE // EATS

  • WEAR //
    I finally got to wear my Whistles dress to my best friend's wedding. I was really happy with how it looked and it was ridiculously comfortable too! You'll be able to see it in much more detail in tomorrow's video so subscribe here so you don't miss it. 

    LIFE //
    As you would have seen in this week's vlog, I went to the premiere of 'What If', a film starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. It was a really nice film that didn't feel too over produced, it was cute, kinda indie feeling and I thought it was a refreshing take on the usual romantic comedy. 

    EATS // 
    This week's London restaurant recommendation is Honey & Co near Warren Street. I was one of the first few lucky ones to eat here when it opened and although I haven't yet been abel to return, it was an amazing and memorable meal. They serve delicious food from the middle east, nothing fussy or fancy, just really great and yummy food. The atmosphere is relaxed and you almost feel like you're in someone's home. I can't wait to go back although I won't be surprised if the waiting list is quite long these days. 

    So I hope you've all had a good week and have a great weekend!

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    Welcome back to week four and the final week of my Mani Month series! For the past few weeks I've been featuring different shades of Max Factor's Gel Shine Lacquers, creating different 'Modern Decade' looks from their selection of colours. 

    I'm finishing the series with surprisingly one of my favourite decades, the 90s. Most of my childhood was spent in the 90s, The Spice Girls, Sabrina the Teenage Witch... just anything Nickelodeon reminds me of the 90s! But whilst I was still colourful (and tacky) the older generation were becoming more chic, opting for rich, deeper and more sophisticated shades like burgundy and deep wine. 

    I wear deep, red nails quite a lot and love how it looks. It's less contrasting than a bright red and looks really smart. For this nail look I mixed two shades to create something unique for me. For the first coat I used 'Radiant Ruby', a dark red that's great for paler skin tones, and on top of that I layered 'Sparking Berry' for a slight berry tint. 

    “A nostalgic lineup of updated grunge, Sparkling Berry and Sheen Merlot are boundless perfection with ultra-dark jewel tones in rich burgundy shades that'll add instant glamour to nails.”

    It's a shade I always go back to no matter what time of year and I'd recommend trying it yourself! If you do,  tweet me your photos using the #ManiMonday hashtag! 

    *This post is sponsored by Max Factor

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  • 08/17/14--05:00: WEDDING GUEST: THE DETAILS

  • Getting ready for a wedding, even if it's not your own is always an exciting time. I love to spend the morning, taking my time to do my hair and makeup (and others too in this case!). This was an extra special wedding as it was my best friend of 22 years! 

    If you wanna see how I did my makeup, hair and what I wore then press play above. I hope you enjoy it! 

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  • 08/17/14--23:00: WHAT I WORE: GREECE 2014

  • We all love a good nosey into other people's suitcases, so I took it upon myself to document my outfit everyday throughout my holiday. I actually wore most of the things I packed which is an achievement for a self-confessed over-packer like myself... 

    From left to right in order:

    Topshop kaftan, Hollister flip flops // Topshop kaftan, Hollister Flip Flops // Topshop white t-shirt, Zara Shorts, Steve Madden Sandals // River Island pink top, Topshop Hallie Denim Shorts, Whistles sandals // H&M Maxi Dress // River Island dress, Whistles sandals // River Island Cropped Top, Topshop white skirts, Whistles Sandals // River Island black top, Topshop Hallie Denim Shorts // Topshop beach dress, Hollister Sandals // Find the Nomads Watermelon Vest Top, Topshop Hallie Denim Shorts // Topshop white vest dress // Topshop denim playsuit

    So which outfit is your fave? 

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  • 08/18/14--23:00: STYLING WITH BRACELETS

  • I've recently started wearing more bracelets and it's become my 'style goal' for the next few months. I always feel like even with a wardrobe full of nice clothes an outfit never quite looks put together without accessories. I've been looking at friends, in magazines, online and something I keep going back to is the look of a fully equipped, planned out wrist. 

    After rummaging through my current collection I put together this combination, using my Lola Rose pink and gold bracelet, a loom band made by my sister and the gorgeous turquoise detailed bracelet by Dana Levy. Unfortunately I can't remember where the yellow and gold star bracelets are from! 

    So this is what I've already got but I'm looking to build up my collection of delicate, pretty bracelets. I think Orelia and & Other Stories will be the first places to visit, but for today's post I want to ask you where you would recommend for jewellery?? 

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  • 08/19/14--11:30: DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS

  • Please excuse the slightly later upload today - but let me know how you feel about evening video uploads? 

    For today's Tuesday video I'm talking about the ones that didn't quite make the cut. There's bound to be products that don't impress, so here they are all laid out in video form. Hopefully this will help you but remember that just because I don't like a product, doesn't mean you won't.


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  • 08/19/14--23:00: THE 70S GLOW WITH MAX FACTOR

  • As my Mani Month series comes to an end, let's talk a bit more about Max Factor's 100 Years of Glamour celebrations. As mentioned before it has been 100 years since Mr Max Factor himself launched Grease Paint Foundation, so this year Max Factor are celebrating by releasing new iconic imagery of Gwyneth Paltrow looks through the decades. There are four iconic looks, Audrey Hepburn from the 50s, Brigitte Bardot of the 60s, Farrah Fawcett of the 70s and Madonna from the 80s. 

    I picked my favourite, Farrah Fawcett to recreate at home because I love the tanned, brown smokey and sultry look. Caroline Barnes, Max Factor makeup artist gave me some top tips for recreating the look at home. The key elements to creating this look was flawless skin using the unique texture of the Whipped Creme Foundation in 'golden', the intense bronzed cheeks and temples using the Bronzing Powder in '02' and the glossy lips using the Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in 'hot chocolate'. I also found the Liquid Effect Pencil in 'brown blaze'really good for intensifying the eye look on the outer corners. Farrah's 70s look also includes brushed up, groomed brows and heavy lashes which I achieved by using the False Lash Effect Mascara. 

    "Max Factor has taken it's creative inspiration, Gwyneth Paltrow, and used make-up to transform her into glamorous heroines from varying decades. For me, Farrah Fawcett from the seventies appeals to me the most." - Caroline Barnes, Make-Up Artist

    Anna channeled her inner Audrey Hepburn on Saturday, so the question is, which Gwyneth are you? Comment down below or tweet me @lilypebbles to let me know! 

    Products used:
    Whipped Creme Foundation in 'golden' // Bronzing powder in '02' // Blush in 'classic rose' // Wild Shadow Pots in 'feral brown', 'savage rose' and 'auburn envy' // Liquid Effect Pencil in 'brown blaze' // False Lash Effect Mascara // CC Highlighter // Colour Elixir in 'hot chocolate' 

    *This post was sponsored by Max Factor

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  • 08/20/14--23:00: QUESTIONS ABOUT BLOGGING

  • There are new blogs and YouTube channels starting every day and it's a really exciting time for our growing little industry. I often get emails and tweets asking for my tips and so I thought it would be handy to put them all in once place, as I have posted some previously. 

    Let's start with the basics, How to start a beauty blog, this post should help you decide where to host your blog, how to design it, what tools you might need, where to focus your time and how to get the word out there.

    I also created a 6-part video series with AnnaA guide to Blogging & Vlogging, which will guide you through pretty much everything you need to know when it comes to setting up a blog or YouTube channel. Three videos dedicated to blogging and three to YouTube. Grab a cup of tea, a notepad and pen...

    This post, Blog Photography Tips, might be handy when it comes to the basics of taking photos of products. Where to put the light, where to place the product and how to make your photos look as good as you can make them! Practice makes perfect.

    If you struggle with beautiful interiors and places to photograph there are ways around this and one is by creating different backgrounds yourself. This post, Blog Photography: Working with Backgroundstells you how I like to do this. 

    So hopefully that'll help you get started. Let me know if you have any other questions that I can address in future posts! 

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    Last week started slow with little motivation to get up, work out and work but by the end of the week I got my mojo back. Spending time with friends, eating good food and dancing away at Festivals is the best remedy for the post-holiday blues!! 


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  • 08/21/14--23:00: MY NEW FAVOURITE SCENT

  • I've somehow managed to keep this to myself for many months. After trying this new Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt scent months ago, I literally wanted to rave about it straight away, but as it was a September launch I didn't want to tease you too early. Now that the launch is just around the corner, be prepared for a rave about my new favourite scent...

    Let's start with the inspiration behind the new collection, the British Seaside. I think for anyone living in the UK, the seaside brings up so many lovely memories, whether it was that one time visit or a childhood filled with memories. The smell, the sounds, the view... beautiful. The imagery for this campaign is spot on, the styling and the makeup is so pretty it just makes me want to run along a beach in a cashmere cardigan (one can dream!). 

    Somehow Jo Malone have managed to bottle the British Seaside and create something so fresh and tangible. It has a slight saltiness to it with woody undertones that makes it unique. It's the perfect everyday scent, not too in your face, slightly masculine but also light. 

    I'm almost a quarter way through my bottle so I'm not lying when I say I love it and it's become my new favourite scent. It'll be on counters and online in September so I'd recommend going to try it out for yourself. Remember to always test it on your skin as it will smell different on everyone! 

    Have I tempted you? 

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