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    5945 6 033So do you remember me telling you about the amazing photo shoot I did with Rankin? Well it was during a shoot I did with Very Exclusive and I love the final images. Last night's video is in collaboration with Very Exclusive so I talk a bit more about it in the video, then show you how I like to get ready for a date night and a few special pieces I picked out to style in the video. It was fun to borrow some amazing items and tie them in with my makeup and hair look. I hope you enjoy the video and one of my favourite photos from the day!  
    This video contains a paid for advertorial from Very Exclusive.

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  • 03/28/15--00:00: WEAR LIFE EATS 28.03.15
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    Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 15.12.49I feel like there's not much to report on this week. It's been a quiet week and with Rich away for work I've just been getting my head down and working 'till bedtime. I've been seriously looking forward to the weekend though and I have some seriously fun stuff planned! Tonight we're going out for my sister's birthday and this afternoon my friends and I are heading to The Chocolate Festival in Islington to eat as much chocolate as we can and make our own LUSH face masks. Tomorrow Rich and I have brunch planned at a brand new restaurant in Covent Garden and then hopefully a relaxing Sunday afternoon catching up on trashy TV. Modern Family has started again in the UK and I'm loving it more than ever! If you don't already watch it I'd definitely recommend starting from the beginning and falling in love with the characters who are all hilarious. And then watch this video from Tyler Oakley with Jessie Tyler Ferguson - so, so good. Can we also talk about the fact that Casey Neistat has decided to make a video every single day?! Oh my. One of the most exciting things I've heard in a long time. So I hope you all have a great weekend and I'll meet you back here tomorrow for a nail post and a brand new video!

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  • 03/28/15--23:00: EASTER EGG NAILS
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    For this week’s nail post I’m sharing a recent video I made for the Beauty Recommended YouTube channel. It’s an Easter themed makeup and nail tutorial so it ties in perfectly with this Sunday’s nail post and I thought it would give you a bit of nailspiration ahead of next weekend!
    You know by now that I'm a full-blown pastel nail lover but on Easter weekend it's always essential for me to create something light, pretty and fun. This time I thought I’d take it a step further and do something a little bit different. This dotty Easter egg look is really easy to create, all you need is a few pastel shades, a dotting tool and some patience.
    After painting each nail a different colour using a mix of Maxfactor Glossfinity and Soigne nail polish, I then used the large side of the dotting tool to create white dots up the side of the nail. Then using the smaller side of the dotting tool I used alternate colours to dot inside the white dots… make sense? Just make sure to wait for the polish to dry in between stages, especially before applying topcoat and don't let the polish for dotting dry out too much as it'll make it harder to apply.
    Watch the video above for a full demonstration with a mini Easter makeup tutorial thrown in too. I hope you’re all having a great Easter Sunday and let me know if you try this look yourself!
    * This post was sponsored by P&G

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    This month's favourites is extra special as I somehow managed to convince my boyfriend Rich to get involved. Actually, it wasn't hard at all he was well up for it! After explaining that he doesn't have to mention every item he's ever liked in his life, we managed to get it down to an edited list of current faves. There's a mix of beauty, fitness and lifestyle and of course all my hundreds of beauty products too! I hope you enjoy this and let me know if you pick up any recommendations.

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    2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 I look through my requested posts every week and this one really made me chuckle... a look back at my style evolution? Well, here goes... I only went back as far as 2008 both to save your eyes from burning and because I wasn't really into outfit photos before then! I think I've always been quite aware of my body shape and how to enhance and hide certain bits and for me that means hiding my tummy/love handles, putting away my boobs and showing off my legs and arms. In 2008 I was in my first year of Uni so it was all about comfort which meant jeans, hoodies and UGG boots. I was quite into the jeans, vest top, cardigan and scarf look but this was probably the first year I really got the hang of straightening my hair, so I was loving life. I've always loved the casual hoodie under leather jacket look and I think I've only ever had two faux leather jackets, one from Topshop and then one from ASOS. 2009 was clearly the year of the dress and the skirt... oh dear. Probably my worst year out the them all but at least I was experimenting, eh! The school girl thing came from a Gossip Girl obsession and bodycon dresses were the thing at Uni. You see that anchor necklace? I got it from Anna Lou of London and wore it for years!!! It was a struggle to find many photos from 2010, I guess I was busy working in my final year of Uni. Here are two holiday snaps though and I think this is when I started to realise how to wear clothes to suit my apple body shape. 2011 was a year of graduations, wedding and really long hair apparently! Although I only really wear gold jewellery now, back then it was only ever silver. I loved my Tiffany & Co and Thomas Sabo bracelets and they never came off my wrist... ever. In 2012 I really got into blogging and had more of a fashion and beauty focus to what I was writing about, hence all the outfit photos. Skinny jeans, long tops and boots became my thing and I appreciated the comfort when working full time in central London. I'd been quite adventurous with colour up until this point but I'd say in 2013 my love for monochrome became more prominent. I still love a bit colour here and there and this is probably when I started using colour more as an accent with a bag or a sweater. I cut my hair to shoulder length in 2013 and it was the first time I'd ever had it short. I found it took less pressure of what clothes I was wearing as for the first time ever my hair actually had a style and it really gave me a boost in confidence. I also loved my statement necklaces and after falling out love with earrings, big necklaces became a bit of an obsession. I think there's quite a big jump from 2013 to 2014 and I remember after a huge wardrobe clear out deciding to stop buying huge amounts of cheap clothes and instead focusing on the few wardrobe staples that work with lots of different outfits. My style became more minimalist with cleaner lines and I just enjoyed wearing simple items like a white tee and denim jeans. I invested in my first ever designer handbag and I still wear it every single day with almost any outfit! So now we're in 2015 and the first part of the year has been very uninspiring. But I also find as we come out of Winter it's the worst time for style and the nearer we get to Spring I'll be doing another wardrobe clear out, getting rid of the crap and getting more use out the better pieces in my wardrobe. I think my style is more grown up than it's been in past years but for me the priority is still comfort over anything else. I never wear heels, I'm never cold and my handbag is practical. So what do you think of my style evolution over the past 7 years? And what are your worst and best style memories?       Thank you Zsuzsi for requesting this post. If you would also like to request a blog post, please click here to submit your idea!  

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  • 03/30/15--23:00: THE ESSENTIAL MAKEUP BRUSHES
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    Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 12.12.24I confess, I am a brushaholic. Flawless makeup can definitely be achieved with just your fingers but there's no denying the satisfaction that comes with blending out your makeup using a fresh, soft brush. So if I had to only pick a handful to recommend, my top picks let's say, this is what I'd choose... Buffing // Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush I was never into flat foundation brushes that made applying foundation feel more like painting a wall. I first tried a buffing style brush when Real Techniques released their core edition and the RT Buffing Brush is a great one to start with. I do, however, prefer the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush for foundation as it's incredibly soft but still firm enough to buff in your foundation. Using circular motions and this style of brush gives a really natural finish to your base and also speeds up your routine. Multi-Task // Real Techniques Multi-Tasking Brush Due to my extensive collection of brushes, I don't actually use this one that often but if I had to cut it all back, I'd definitely pick this one for my final line up. The synthetic, soft bristles work well for a range of things. You can use this brush for powder bronzer and blusher and it also works great with cream formulas. It has a good shape to it and the rounded top stops you from applying too much product. Sheer Powder // Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush This is the perfect brush for both powder and blusher. The bristles are incredibly soft and product applies sheer and beautifully to the skin. It's a great size to use with powder to set your concealer and it fits nicely on the apples of the cheeks for blusher too. If you wanted to I think this would also work well as a brush for contouring under the cheekbones and onto the temples. Setting // Real Techniques Setting Brush Flat concealer brushes don't do it for me anymore. They're handy to apply cream concealers but if you use liquid concealers like I do then this setting brush works perfectly. Originally designed to use with powder to set your concealer I actually think this works best to blend out your concealer instead. Using small circular motions like I do with the buffing brush, I use this to blend the product under my eyes, around my nose and on my chin. Blending // Zoeva Luxe Soft Definer Brush I like to apply all powder eyeshadow with a soft fluffy brush as I think it stops you applying too much and means you can apply and blend at the same time. These brushes are really soft, they're great quality and they're affordable! I now only use these instead of MAC 217s. Crease // Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease Although this  is actually meant for your crease, I use this underneath the eye and it's the perfect size! I always like to apply eyeshadow under the eye to balance it out and give a more lived in look. This brush has a bit more movement to it compared to other brushes like this I've tried, which makes application much easier. So now what I wanna know, is what are your essential brushes? Am I missing anything major from my line up?     This blog post was requested by Yasmine Gleghorn, thanks Yasmine! If you would also like to request a post, please submit your idea here.

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  • 03/31/15--23:00: WHAT SHADE ARE YOU IN…..?
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    IMG_8606 One of the most frequent questions I get on here, Twitter, on my videos is "what shade are you in....?". I get it, because if you know what shade I am in a foundation/concealer that you have then it's easier to identify which shade you will be and online shopping can be such a pain shade wise! So I thought I'd get it all down in a post so you can have a little look and I can refer back to it whenever the "what shade are you in...." question pops up. I am currently at my palest but I do get a bit darker in the warmer months so some of these shades are a bit more yellow but most sit in the neutral area. I've linked to some posts and videos along the way, so here goes! Foundations // High End NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - Deauville. Watch application here, shop here. Burberry Sheer Glow Foundation - Ochre Nude.  Watch application here, shop here. YSL Youth Liberator Foundation - B30. Read about here, shop here. Giorgio Armani Foundation - 4.5. Read Anna's review here, shop here. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation - 3 Fair. Read about here, watch application here, shop here. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation - 20 Beige. Watch Anna's review here, shop here. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation - Cream Ivory. Shop here. RMK Creamy Foundation - 101. Read about here, shop here. MAC Face & Body Foundation - C2. Shop here. BB Creams & Tinted Moisturisers // High End Dior BB Creme - 002. Watch application here, shop here. Burberry BB Cream - Fair No.1. Shop here. NARS Tinted Moisturiser - Finland Light 01. Shop here. Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser - Nude. Read about here, shop here. Jouer Matte Moisture Tint - Linen. Read about here, shop here. Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser - Nude. Read about here, shop here. Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint - Beige 02. Shop here. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted Balm - SB02. Read about here, shop here. Foundations // Drugstore Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation - 120 Vanilla. Watch application here, shop here. Bourjois Happy Light Foundation - No.50 Porcelaine. Shop here. L'Oreal True Match Foundation - N1 Ivory. Shop here. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - 103 True Ivory. Shop here. Max Factor Skin Luminizer - 55 Beige. Watch application here, shop here. Concealers //  NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer - Vanilla (sometimes custard for the face) Read about it here, shop here. Urban Decay Naked Concealer - Light Neutral (I think fair neutral would work better though) Watch application here, shop here. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer - 5. Read about it here, shop here. MAC Studio Finish Concealer - NC20. Shop here. Kiko Natural Concealer - 02. Watch application here, shop here. Revlon Colourstay Concealer - 02 Light Pale under eyes & 03 Light Medium on face. Read about it here, shop here.   I hope this was helpful to some of you and maybe you found some old reviews and videos along the way that you'd missed.   Thank you Heena for requesting this blog post. If you'd also like to request a blog post, please submit your idea here.

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    After a very non-eventiful week I thought I'd vlog my weekend for you instead. We had so much planned, starting with a chocolate festival and lunch with Anna and Mark. We then went out to celebrate my sister's birthday and on Sunday Rich and I spent the day together... eating, pretty much. I hope you enjoy this week's rainy vlog!  

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  • 04/01/15--23:00: CLINIQUE LIP POP & PRIMER
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    IMG_8705 IMG_8706Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 16.23.27It seems that every brand left right and centre is launching a new lipstick range at the moment and after falling in love with the new Chanel Rouge Coco's, I was intrigued to see what Clinique had in store. To add to the pop family and the ever so cute Cheek Pops, Clinique have now launched the Lip Pops... oh they are good with their clever names aren't they?! There are 16 shades available in the collection, a mix of nudes, pinks and violets and as with all Clinique products they are 100% fragrance free and allergy tested. The texture of these aren't far off from a lip balm but these lipsticks claim to also be a primer, as well as a lip colour. To me a primer is something you apply underneath a product but in this case I think it refers to the longevity as well as it's ability to smooth out texture. The lipstick contains shea and murmur butter which is why they feel so moisturising and comfortable on the lips but the flexible polymers keep the colour vivid and vibrant. It's nice to not have to pick between pigment and comfort, these lipsticks definitely do both! I also really like the packaging, it's simple, quite old-school in it's shape and a complete timesaver when looking for the colour you want to wear. You can just grab'n'go! My 5 favourite picks above are going straight into my daily makeup drawer and I'm looking forward to wearing them with different makeup looks. At £16 they have a reasonable price tag. They are already out in Boots and will be on the Clinique website from 17th April. Do any of my top 5 pops take your fancy?

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  • 04/02/15--23:00: EMPTY PRODUCTS REVIEWED
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    It's been a while since I last did an empties video so I thought it was about time I rummaged through my stash and gave you some mini reviews along the way. Finishing a product is a big deal for a beauty junkie like me, so I hope you enjoy the video.

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  • 04/04/15--23:00: NAILS INC NAIL KALE
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    IMG_8600It was never going to be long until the obsession with kale filtered into the beauty industry and I for one am a huge kale fan, so I'm up for it! Nail Kale is relatively new for Nails Inc and it's a collection that consists of 12 colours, a base coat and a nail illuminator. It's the first nail care range formulated with the antioxidant kale which is supposed to help nourish, strengthen and protect the nails. The kale extract is mixed with Nail Inc's Regenerating Complex which helps boost the production of keratin. Keratin does the same for your nails as it does for your hair and so you're left with harder, stronger and healthier nails. I tried the Hampstead Grove shade and it's a gorgeous fiery, summery red. The application was really easy and I probably could have left it with one coat and still had an opaque finish. I'm really loving the new Nails Inc packaging but whilst it's still taking it's time to full come into stores, the full stock is online here. So how do you feel about Nail Kale? Gimmick? Or a clever way to use a powerful antioxidant?

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    As the evidence started to pile up it only seemed fair to film another haul video showing you all the new style pieces I've picked up for spring. If we actually do get any kind of spring this year then  I hope to be able to properly clear out my wardrobe and invest in some more pieces as the months go on. For now, this is what I've got and I'd love to hear what you think! Enjoy!

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    IMG_8778With a brand as beautiful and as enticing as Charlotte Tilbury it can be quite overwhelming when browsing the website or approaching the rose gold counters. I talk about the brand all the time but today I've put together a round up of all the best bits and my top picks from Charlotte Tilbury.

    Light Wonder Foundation // link

    This is one of my favourite bases, especially for the warmer months. It's a tinted moisturiser with an extra kick of coverage, so you can easily apply it with your fingers but for a fuller coverage you can also use a brush. It has very slight shimmer to it but nothing overly glittery, just enough to catch the light. It's dewy skin at it's finest!

    Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad // link

    Charlotte does a range of different quads to go alongside each 'look' but the Dolce Vita look was the first to grab my attention. In the quad is four buttery, great quality shadows in wearable rusty browns. The three shimmers are more shimmery than most eyeshadows, but they blend out really nicely and look really luxurious on the lids. The glitter is a creamy powder so you apply it with your fingers or with a brush but you only need a small amount to make an impact. I prefer to wear these shadows with an evening look but there is an all matte quad that looks perfect for day wear!

    Filmstar Bronze & Glow // link

    I use this almost every day, it is perfect. The bronze shade is a light brown that's not at all orange and gives just the right amount of shadow, the highlight is a soft, golden, creamy shimmer. Some people are put off by the shimmer in the palette but it's so subtle it's almost undetectable when on the skin. This is by far my favourite product for contouring!  I'd also really recommend the Powder & Sculpt brush for it's bristle quality and clever handle, although I think you can probably get this sort of brush much cheaper elsewhere.

    Matte Revolution Lipsticks // link

    These are easily my favourite matte lipsticks because they go against everything you expect from a matte lipstick. They're not at all heavy or drying, they feel completely comfortable and weightless on the lips. The clever square bullet makes application much easier and if you work the product in with a brush it really will last all day. The shades are wearable and gorgeous, my favourites are Love Liberty, Red Carpet Red and Glastonbury.

    Rock'n'Kohl Eyeliner // link 

    These are definitely some of the best pencil eyeliners out there and I find myself using these on a  daily basis. The soft formulation makes it very easy to apply without dragging and they are also soft enough to use inside the eye, which can sometimes feel quite scratchy. The eye cheat is a nude and is great for opening the eyes, but my favourite has to be Elizabeth Violet for a purple tint that's completely wearable. These are definitely worth a try!

    So next time you're thinking of treating yourself to a bit of Charlotte Tilbury, I hope this post comes in handy! Let me know what's top of your wish list?

        Thank you to Leigh Jones for requesting this post. If you would also like to request a blog post, please submit your idea here!

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  • 04/06/15--23:00: CC DOES CC
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    IMG_8782Chanel have recently relaunched their CC Cream with a new and improved formula, but with such a high price tag I thought you'd appreciate an honest review and my personal take on the product.

    The original meaning of a CC Cream is a colour correcting cream but I tend to ignore the marketing faff and think of it more as another tinted moisturiser. Though talking about marketing faff, this one promises "5 actions in a single step" and actually, it does just what it says on the tin; corrects, soothes, moisturises, protects and perfects.

    The cream itself is very lightweight, similar to a moisturiser but for those of you who don't like scented skin products be aware that this has a very strong scent, just like all of Chanel's products. It feels very moisturising on the skin because of the hyaluronic acid and in fact this sits in the Chanel 'skincare' tab rather than the 'makeup' tab for a reason. The coverage is very light and sheer but the effect it gives on the skin is very noticeable and my skin feels instantly smoothed and glowing when I apply this. I also think the high SPF50 is really impressive and saves one more step in your routine. I like to shake the product before use and I think Chanel chose the perfect packaging for this kind of product.

    So if you were hoping for a medium coverage tinted moisturiser you might be a little let down by this but if it's not coverage you're after but smooth, glowing skin instead then I think you'll like this. I can imagine it working great for more mature skin types - my mum and her friends often tell me they don't like to wear foundation but they want something to give their skin a bit of life and I think this is the product for them.

    The Chanel CC Cream comes in a 30ml tube in shades B10, B20, B30 and B40 (I wear B20). It's £43 and is out now.

     

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    IMG_8850 Creasing concealer seems to be an issue for many people, myself included. Often if I forget a few steps my concealer can crease like a b**ch - it happens to the best of us! The consistency of most concealers makes it hard to avoid but there are a few steps I can recommend to reduce the amount of creasing, so listen up... Light layers //  Piling on a load on concealer won't brighten up your eye area or make you look like Kim Kardashian, it'll just make you look like you're wearing too much makeup. It's easy with the doe-foot applicators to over apply but I find light layers works much better than just slapping it on and also helps the makeup last all day. Start with a very small amount of concealer, less than you think, blend it in and then go from there. Apply a bit more, blend in between and keep applying very thin layers until you have the coverage you need. I know this saying is overused but seriously, less is more. Work it in //  Brushes are great because they're quick but there's nothing quite like using your fingers for your base products. It gives a completely natural finish and blends the product into the skin much better than a brush ever could. I usually use a brush for the hard work but then right at the end I use my fingers to to work it in until it's all blended into the skin instead of just sitting on top ready to crease the minute you smile! Set in place // Powders can seem quite scary and especially to those who don't wear much makeup it can seem like an unnecessary product but I find using powder to set my concealer so effective. Try using a translucent (no colour) powder with a very fine texture and just apply a small amount under the eye with a fluffy brush. Don't press too hard as you don't want to move the concealer, but a light dusting will help slightly mattify the area and set it in place. So nothing ground breaking and I'm sure there are some other tips out there (including makeup setting sprays) but personally, I find these three the most effective for me. So let me know if this helps at all and if you have any other tips for creasing concealer?     Thanks to Emilie Berg for requesting this post. If you would also like to request a blog post, please submit your idea here. Thanks.

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    It was an extra long weekend in the UK and it was great! I had such a nice time with Rich and friends, enjoying London in the sunshine and eating all the food (as usual!). I hope you enjoy this week's vlog... it's an extra long one!

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    IMG_8800 IMG_8853I spotted this cream shadow stick in Kiko a few weeks ago and was instantly drawn to it, well because you all know how much I love periwinkle blue. I'm constantly wearing it on my nails but I have never seen an eyeliner in this colour and from previous experience with the Kiko shadow sticks I know they can also be used as a liner. I grabbed shade 31 without a second thought and brought it home to have a play.

    The way I like to wear this is by drawing a thin line under the lower lash line and then slightly blending it out with a soft brush. It does tint the lashes blue so I like to apply a small amount of mascara to the lower lashes and balance out the lid with a soft, light brown eyeshadow. The colour is just so incredible it really lights up the entire makeup look and I think the slight purple tones really compliment brown eyes.

    I've received so many compliments when wearing this look and it's so easy to do! So what do you think? Want me to create this look for this month's monthly makeup routine video?


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  • 04/09/15--23:00: SPRING OUTFIT, MAKEUP & HAIR
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    Spring seems to finally be making it's way to the UK, in fact the inner weather geek in me heard today is the hottest day of the year so far! To get you in the mood I made a little Spring video giving you some makeup ideas, showing off a semi-fancy hair style and styling my nails and outfit to finish the look. I really hope you like it!     This video contains a paid for advertisement. 

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  • 04/10/15--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS 11.04.15
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    Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 12.39.13This week has been too short for me! Bank holidays always throw me off and then I get behind, and then it all goes tits up from there. I've also been working a video this week that was completely new for me, one of those videos you don't schedule in just in case it doesn't work. I've filmed it and edited most of it, I'm just tweaking a few bits now so I think it's a keeper. I like to push myself and try new things but we're all kind of making it up as we go so it can be quite frustrating when you don't really know what you're doing. Anyway, hopefully the video will be up next week so I hope you'll all like it.

    I made a huge ASOS order this week and was quite excited about all the new pieces I could add to my wardrobe, only to discover 4 out of the 5 things I ordered looked terrible on and nothing like I expected. I am a terrible online shopper. I have been picking up a few new things though here and there so I'm keeping a list on my phone for another haul video soon.

    I've been getting a bit behind on my YouTube subscription box recently, but I still manage to watch something every day. Casey Neistat is still killing it with his daily vlogs, Louise announced her new book which is SO exciting and Claire uploaded on her fab 'What I Wore' videos (which clearly inspired my upcoming video!). Claire, the queen of YouTube.

    So I'm not quite ready for the weekend, the last one only just finished! But I hope you all have a good one, however you choose to spend it. See you tomorrow for a new nail post and video!

     

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  • 04/11/15--23:00: THE NEW WHITE
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    IMG_8985 IMG_8986The New White nail polishes by Nails Inc seem to be popping up everywhere and then when Anna started raving about them too I couldn't resist any longer and picked up two shades last week in Selfridges. There are four shades in the collection, all soft, white based, pastel hues and they're gorgeous! I love pastel nails and I love pure white nails so these sit somewhere it between and look incredible chic on the nails. I picked up Swan Street, a mint, and White Horse Street, a lilac. The idea is perfect and the colours are perfect but I was a little disappointed with the formula of Swan Street. I find with white, light pastel shades they really have to be opaque to work and the formula of Swan Street is quite sheer. Two coats I can deal with but who has time for three coats of nail polish? Not me. I also find when you have to layer it on, the polish does peel more easily around the edges. Strangely, the formula of White Horse Street is better and only requires two coats. I'm not surprised at the excitement these have caused in the beauty world, they are beautiful. Have you picked on up yet?

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