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  • 10/12/14--05:00: AUTUMN LOOKBOOK


  • It's time for another seasonal lookbook and seeing as Autumn is one of my favourites, I really enjoyed making this one! As usual there is a selection of comfortable, easy to wear clothes... you won't see any heels or tight dresses here. Hopefully though it'll give you some ideas of what to wear this Autumn! 

    I hope you like it! 

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  • 10/12/14--23:00: Yes, I have braces

  • Maybe this is something you didn't know about me (or maybe it is, if you watch my vlogs!) but I wear braces. I've had 'problem teeth' since my early teens and when I was 11 I had traditional braces for three whole years! I also had a retainer, head gear, elastics... the works! Back in the day they had horrible retainers that made you gag so I was pretty lazy and didn't wear it every night. I have a naturally small mouth and even after having 5 teeth out there's still not much room in there so my teeth always work their way forward and eventually cross over. They're not that bad but as you'll probably spot when I talk in my videos, the bottom row cross over. Braces these days are much easier so I thought I'd give them one more go.

    I used the company Clear Guide which is the one my personal dentist uses and is pretty much exactly the same as the other big Hollywood brand you would have heard of, the only difference is it's more affordable. Everyone's teeth are completely different, so please remember this is what was suitable for me and my teeth, you may need different treatment.  I'd advise finding the nearest dentist to you that uses Clear Guide and booking in to have a consultation. So I thought the easiest way to do this was to go through some frequently asked questions and I think I may have to revisit this when I'm done. 

    What was the process at the beginning of the treatment? 
    At the first visit to my dentist he took photos of my teeth and impressions (when you bite down on that gummy stuff!). He then sent that off to America where they would be analysed.  Two weeks later I was sent (by email) a video of my teeth and the process of how they would move. A month later I was booked in to have my braces fitted, they had arrived from America! To make room for my teeth to move I had to have a couple shaved in between but this was completely painless, I didn't feel a thing. I was then asked if I'd like to return to the dentist monthly or to take all the braces home myself, so I took them all home with me that day. I was given 5 sets of braces, a case and some cleaning tablets. 

    Do they hurt? 
    When a new brace is first put in it does feel very tight. I always feel very conscious it is there, but after a few days you get used to it. I try to put a new brace in in the morning so that my teeth have been used to wearing a brace all night. At first I got a few ulcers on the inside of my cheeks, but again, when my mouth got used to them they cleared up. During the first few days of wearing a new brace it may be hard to use an electric toothbrush and eat hard food, but again you get used to it. 

    Do they affect your speech? 
    At first I was spitting all over the place and I was talking very slowly and it sounded strange. It took a couple of weeks of getting used. Once comfortable with the brace it's hardly noticeable and people hardly ever notice when I speak. 

    Do they look weird? 
    The braces are completely clear, the only thing that I think is slightly noticeable is that they make the teeth a little shiny. 

    Can you eat/drink with them? 
    No. This is probably the hardest thing about having braces is that you need to remove them to eat or drink anything unless it's water or sugar-free mints. At first I found it really difficult to remove them discreetly without saliva going everywhere. It takes a bit of practise but removing them and quickly covering your mouth with your hand works a treat! I always keep my case with me and never risk using a tissue out of fear of braces in the bin. My dentist asked for me to brush my teeth after every meal before putting the braces back in, but this is another thing I struggle with. I am out and about a lot and brushing my teeth is not always an option. I do always try to make sure my teeth are clean though, before putting the braces back in. 

    How do you keep them clean? 
    It's hard. I do have cleaning tablets that you put in a glass of water to soak the braces in, but I only use those on a weekly basis. I also use my toothbrush to give them a good clean daily, but let's just say... morning breath? With braces? Rough. 

    How long do you have them for? 
    It's different depending on your teeth but I was given 5 sets of braces originally and last week I went back to my dentist and was fitted for further braces. I'm not sure yet how many will be sent back but the overall process shouldn't take longer than a year. I'm pretty laid back about it as I don't feel rushed, they don't affect my life that much. I was told that you know when to change to the next brace when it stops feeling tight and get's a little too comfortable. It's never shorter than 2 weeks or  much longer than 4. I'm on my fifth brace now and put my first one in in May (although things slowed down during Summer holidays when I was eating and drinking a lot!). The more you wear them, the quicker the treatment goes. 

    How much does it cost? 
    Again, this depends on your dentists' fees and how much work your teeth need. It's best to find your local Clear Guide dentist and let them examine your teeth. They will be able to tell you how much work you'll need. The braces usually cost somewhere between £1500 -£3000. 


    So that's that for now. If you have any more questions, comment on this post and I'll save them for my next post which will be nearer the end of my treatment. 



    * The Clear Guide treatment was given to me at a discount in exchange for coverage. 

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  • 10/13/14--23:00: RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

  • A few weeks ago my sister hosted a weeknight family dinner and as soon as I entered her house I could smell she'd been baking. She'd been making brownies with a twist. Instead of just adding chocolate chips as the recipe suggested, she added raspberries and they were amazing! 

    The recipe is one from the queen Mary Berry herself, but this time not from her 70s throwback book but from her brand new book! It's the easiest thing to bake because all you have to do is mix everything together in one bowl. So for those of you begging on Instagram, here's the recipe so you can make some yourself. 

    Ingredients
    275g (10oz) softened butter
    375g (13oz) caster sugar
    4 large eggs
    75g (3oz) cocoa powder
    100g (4oz) self-raising flour
    100g (4oz) plain chocolate chips (optional)
    a box or two of raspberries (up to you how many!)

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/Fan 160x/Gas 4. Grease a 30 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in) tray bake or roasting tin then line the base and sides with baking parchment. 

    2. Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat until evenly blended. Then add in the raspberries last but make sure to use a spoon to gently mix these in, you don't want to break the raspberries completely. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, scraping the sides of the gown with a plastic spatula to remove all of it. Spread the mixture gently to the corners of the tin and level the top with the back of the spatula. 

    3. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the brownies have a crusty top or skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil for the last 10 minutes if the mixture is browning too much. Leave the brownies to col in the tin and then cut into 24 squares. Store in an airtight tin. 


    So that's it! Told you it was easy. I can't wait to make some of these at home - they were so delicious! 

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    In one of my recent vlogs I received a lot of compliments and tutorial requests for my Autumnal makeup look. It's a simple look with a berry tint that I've been wearing daily for weeks! 

    If, like me, you're a brown smokey girl then this is a nice way to mix things up whilst still keeping it neutral and easy. 

    I hope you enjoy the makeup tutorial and let me know if you recreate the look! 

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  • 10/15/14--23:00: MAC x Rocky Horror

  • Halloween to me usually means pumpkin carving, cold cosy nights, face painting and hot chocolate... It doesn't make me think of makeup. But this year MAC have released a Rocky Horror collection and it's completely amazing! 

    I loved the Rocky Horror Show and I think it's so nostalgic to so many people. The collection is available online from 23rd October and in free standing MAC stores from 31st. There are 21 products in the collection including lipsticks, an eyeshadow palette, pigments, nail lacquers, a blush and more. 

    I have two out of the four lipsticks to show you, 'Strange Journey' a matte brick red and 'Frank N Furter', a matte deep raspberry wine. MAC mattes can feel a little drying but it's a good sacrifice to make for a serious long-lasting formula. 

    So what do you think? Will you be heading to your nearest MAC on 31st? 

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  • 10/16/14--23:00: EASY HALLOWEEN FACE PAINTING


  • Getting family involved is always fun but when you have a ridiculously talented face painter as a sister, how could I not?! 

    I roped my sister Jojo is to do an easy Halloween face painting video as I know I have a lot of mummy viewers out there. These looks shouldn't take longer than a few minutes and they look much harder than they are! You can also do these looks on yourself if you want, who says it's just for kids eh? 

    Jojo's top tip for fidgeting children... give them a hand held mirror to watch themselves have their faces painted. It'll fascinate them. 

    Good luck! 

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  • 10/17/14--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS

  • WEAR //
    A cute little Nuxe Rêve de Miel came through my letter box this week. Unlike it's usual packaging this one has a bright turquoise lid to celebrate 20 years of Rêve de Miel! There are three limited edition lids to collect; pink, turquoise and yellow. They're available from M&S and selected pharmacies. They're fun, cute and it's reminded me how much I love the cult lip balm. 

    LIFE //
    My lovely friend Ruth has launched her very own dry shampoo! It's amazing how much cool stuff is going on in the blogging/YouTube community and this is one not to miss. There are 5 Colab scents available, all named after cities around the world and with the promise of invisibility, I can't wait to try them! There will be a proper blog post on these coming in a week or so when I've properly given them a go. They are available online here

    EATS //
    This week's food recommendation is a little cafe in East London. Trade is such a great hangout for just a coffee or for a coffee and a bite to eat too! The setting is really nice and laid back and the food is just delicious! Definitely worth a visit next time you're in the area. 

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  • 10/18/14--23:00: BARRY M VINTAGE VIOLET

  • I usually go for Barry M polishes when I'm after something bright but their new shades for Autumn are deliciously cosy. This one 'Vintage Violet' is my favourite, it's a dark purple. I like how it's not the usual burgundy but more of a traditional purple. 

    I haven't got another shade like it in my collection (which is rare) and it's been on my nails all week! 

    What do you think of this shade? I love it! 


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    I'm so excited to jet off to New York on Thursday and have fun in the big city with my best friends. There's not much on our to do list apart from eat and shop A LOT. Standard.

    I love taking a peak inside people's travel beauty bags, so I thought you might want to see inside mine. I've tried to keep it light, but it was a hard task! 

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    I'm a sucker for a new lipstick launch, especially when it's my favourite makeup brand and an impressive 40 new shades! The Audacious lipsticks from NARS come in fancy new, magnetic packaging that I much prefer to the old version. 

    I'm not going to lie, I was pretty overwhelmed at the counter but I'd highly recommend checking out Temptalia's post with a breakdown of the 40 shades. The formula isn't completely matte, but it's pigmented for sure, so I knew I didn't want a nude. For some reason I always prefer the more sheer formulas when wearing nudes or 'my lips but better' shades. So I tried five or six shades on the back of my hand, from tangerine to dark berry. I wanted to take two home with me so in the end I decided on Rita (left) and Vera (right). 

    Rita is a warm red with a semi-matte finish. I tried so hard not to buy a traditional red as I really don't need any more but this one has a beautiful warm undertone to it that I couldn't refuse. Now looking back I don't think I needed to buy this one, but I do think it's a gorgeous colour. 

    Vera is a bright raspberry shade with warm berry undertones. This one is great for Autumn and as it's slightly darker than something like Revlon Berry Smoothie, I find it to be a bit more vampy and dressy. 

    Both are really nice and smooth to apply, although I found it easier to apply them with a lip brush rather than straight from the bullet. 

    With so many shades to choose from I'm impressed I only came home with two, but I definitely could have been more adventurous with my choices - tut tut Lily. So which shades do you have your eye on? 

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    In the beauty industry we start talking about Christmas in July... it's madness! But this year I didn't want to wish my year away so quickly so I've held out for long enough and I'm now ready (and excited) to let the Christmas cheer seep in.

    One thing the beauty world does so well at Christmas is eyeshadow palettes and the first one to make my beauty addict ears perk up is the Clarins 'The Essentials' mineral eye make-up palette

    Bulky and slightly disappointing packaging aside, this palette has some beautiful shades inside. There are 10 eyeshadows ranging from a smokey Winter grey to a vibrant gold flake. There are mattes, satins and pearls that can be used wet or dry depending on how intense you want them to look. 

    The middle four shades are my favourite and despite being initially weary of the gold, I absolutely love it! You can use your finger to lightly press it on the lids and it leaves a subtle but pretty twinkle. 

    At £35 this is a seriously strong competitor to the Naked palette and I think this Christmas, this is going to be the one I reach for most. 

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    It's been a couple of weeks since my last weekly vlog, but it's back once again and full of random shenanigans. It's starts off with a hair cut and colour, a quick fashion party, a Friday night gig and then Saturday fun in London with Rich.

    Enjoy! 

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    Usually when I write comparison posts it's simple and one product always stands out over the other, but this time it's different. I've been picking these products apart to try and find the difference but they are remarkably similar! 

    The products in question are the Anastasia Brow Wiz and the Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow filling pencil and brush. After this post I realised that I had fully been converted to the Brow Wiz and put down my Hourglass brow pencil after months of using it.

    I'd wanted to try the Soap & Glory version for a while but it's incredibly hard to get hold of and alway seems to be sold out. I finally found one in my local Boots and even on first impressions I was baffled by it's similarity to the Brow Wiz. 

    I've now been using both for weeks, maybe even a month and thanks to these twins I've been super happy with my brows. I call them twins because they really are. The packaging is identical with a small brush on one end and a temperamental twisty pencil on the other (ironically the more expensive one broke first for me!). There's absolutely no difference in packaging, both are equally handy, thin and easy to use. 

    In terms of formula I find them to be very similar too! They both have a very solid, waxy formula that with little strokes looks very natural. If I had to be really picky I'd say the Soap & Glory one is slightly more likely to smudge but depending on how heavy you fill in your brows, it's unnoticeable. 

    So really the only difference here is shade options and price. The Anastasia Brow Wiz is £15.50 and the Soap & Glory Archery is £8, so around half the price. Anastasia specialises in brows though, so there are 12 shades available all catered to different skin and hair tones. This table on Cult Beauty makes it really easy to pick a shade and there's no denying it if it's the perfect shade you're after, get the Brow Wiz. The Soap & Glory Archery only comes in two shades and the brunette shade 'Hot Chocolate' is pretty warm toned. I can get away with it as I don't have much to fill in, but if you really need to draw in your brows, go for the Brow Wiz.

    I hope this comparison has been helpful and let me know which one you prefer?  

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  • 10/23/14--23:00: LUXURY WITHOUT A BATH

  • Now that LUSH season is upon us and the temptation to sit in the bath for hours every night is strong, I've been noticing a few comments here and there by people who don't have a bath and would like some shower-approriate posts as well. Baths aren't for everyone, so I thought I'd put together a little post about the luxury products that can be used in the shower during a pamper session. 

    Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Luxe Cream Wash Shower Butter //
    If you like the smell of marzipan, you'll love this pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla scented shower butter. It's called a butter instead of a gel because of it's thick, creamy texture. It feels almost like you're applying a body lotion in the shower and you're left with super soft, sweet smelling skin. 

    The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel //
    Traditionally Argan oil is used in hair products but it's nourishing and moisturising qualities work great on the body too. The Body Shop have an entire range based on argan oil, an ingredient that has been used in Morocco for centuries. This shower gel smells divine and feels great on the skin, leaving it very moisturised. 

    LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner // 
    Another Argan based product but this time from LUSH. It's one of their slightly more expensive products and for good reason too! Using it as a body conditioner in the shower will soften and smooth your skin but this dreamy smelling cream can also be used as a hair mask or shaving cream. It's thick and intense but oh so luxurious. 

    The Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Moisture Shower Oil //
    You must know about my obsession with bath oils by now but you don't hear me talk about shower oils quite as much. This is because this is the first one i've come across and I think it's such a great idea! I pour a small amount into my hands and feels great on the skin, locking in all the moisture. I think this product is quite unique and definitely an essential for a pamper routine. 


    So if you don't like baths or a shower is all you have available then hopefully this post helped you find some luxurious products to help with your next pamper evening. What's your favourite shower product? 

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  • 10/24/14--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS

  • WEAR //
    I recently found this top at Zara and I absolutely love it. I needed something a bit smarter but comfortable at the same time. It's loose fitting but because of the slight peplum shape it's flattering too! I like that there's a large, exposed zip at the back and the sleeves are slightly longer. 

    LIFE //
    It's coming up to Halloween and it got me thinking about Halloween as a kid. Most years were spent trick or treating, usually dressed in a black bin liner and covered in fake cobwebs. I remember my area being rubbish for treats and coming home with oranges and occasionally pound coins (on a good night!). Every year was pretty average, but one year when I was around 9 (the year of the photo above) I was invited to Ozzy Osbourne's Halloween party!! My auntie was working for him at the time and she took me and my cousin with, although now thinking back that probably wasn't the best idea given our age. Ozzy Osbourne is (was) scary enough at the best of times, but at Halloween? Terrifying. His London house was decorated top to toe and I remember seeing Kelly dressed up as an angel with huge white wings. My sister did my makeup and although most of the night is a distant, blurry memory, it's one I'll never forget! 

    EATS //
    You know when it gets to around four o'clock and you get that sweet craving? Well I've found something that works as the perfect substitute! I've loved the Tea Pigs Liquorice & Peppermint tea for ages now. I really, really hate liquorice though so don't be put off by the name. It tastes like a fresh mint tea but the sweetness comes in right at the end and you can almost feel it on the sides of your tongue. It's definitely my favourite non-English Breakfast type tea and I can't get enough! 


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  • 10/26/14--00:00: ESSIE "FIFTH AVENUE"

  • As I'm currently in New York, no other nail polish would be more appropriate. Essie "Fifth Avenue" is a vibrant, orangey red and reminds me of Tom Ford Wild Ginger lipstick. 

    It's happy, it's chic and well, it's very New York. Definitely a classic to add to your collection! 


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  • 10/26/14--06:00: OCTOBER BEAUTY FAVOURITES


  • It's that time of the month again, man they come round quickly! I'm rounding up some of my favourite products of the month so hide your purses and get ready for some beauty raving! 

    Enjoy! 

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  • 10/27/14--00:00: COLAB INVISIBLE DRY SHAMPOO

  • There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing friends doing well and this time I'm talking about the wonderful happy-machine that is Ruth Crilly. The lady that could make me laugh in any situation has launched her own line of dry shampoo. 

    The beauty industry is heaving with products but the one thing there is definitely room for is a new dry shampoo. There are a few good ones here and there, but so far nothing has blown me away. 

    Colab comes in 5 scents; topical Rio, fruity New York, floral Paris, classic London and oriental Tokyo. I actually like all the scents but my favourites are London and New York. Like with any dry shampoo, the best way to use it is to spray from a slight distance and you can use this when your hair is feeling greasy or if you just want a bit of volume and texture. The formula is the most invisible I've tried and having brunette hair, this is something that is really important to me! 

    All the dry shampoos come in travel sizes which is great as a handbag staple. The range is incredibly affordable, the miniatures are £2 and the full size are £3.50 - bargain! You can buy them from Feel Unique, Superdrug and Beauty Mart.

    I'm so proud of Ruth and I can't wait for everyone to try this amazing product! 

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    I always like to pop into a Kiko store when I see one and without a doubt I always come out with something I'm excited about! 

    I recently did a post about Kiko's contour and highlight kit and compared it to Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow. Well it seems that Kiko have once again taken inspiration for the luxe players and created a palette that really reminds me of Tom Ford's Congnac Sable and Charlotte Tilbury's Dolce Vita. 

    There are four shades; an all over light shimmer, a red-toned bronze, a dark brown shimmer and a lighter highlight. I don't tend to use light highlighting eyeshadows, but all of the other three shades are winners in my books. The quality of Kiko products is outstanding for the price and I'm always blown away. 

    The "Essential Brown" eyeshadow palette is part of their Autumn/Winter Daring Game collection and it's a really great little palette for those who like to do a brown smokey eye. At £14.90 it's much more affordable than both the Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury, so although it's maybe less special without a gold glitter, it's a nod in the right direction. 

    What do you think of the Kiko Essential Brown eyeshadow palette? 


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  • 10/29/14--00:00: NEW YORK VLOG: PART 1


  • As you have probably guessed by now, I'm in New York! (well I'm technically back now). I went for a long weekend with one of my best friends and we had the BEST time. 

    I vlogged the entire trip and have split it into two parts. So here's part 1, which basically just consists of shopping, eating, more shopping and more eating. 

    Enjoy! And don't forget to check back on Thursday for part 2! 

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