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  • 05/19/15--00:49: EVERY DAY MAY CATCHUP 3
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    So it's week three of Every Day May and despite a few down days, I'm still going strong. I'm still enjoying the challenge of filming and editing every day, although I have had to take my foot slightly off the blogging pedal. It's hard to find the right balance between the two but there are 13 days left of May and I'm determined to finish what I started.

    If you've missed any since last week, here they are to catch up on. What's been your favourite vlog so far?


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  • 05/24/15--01:35: MONTHLY MAKEUP ROUTINE: MAY
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    This week I sat down to film my monthly makeup routine and it was incredibly easy to pick a look to show you. I've been wearing this makeup look almost all month, especially when going out. The eyes aren't that different from the usual style but it's the lips that make this look new for me. I've been loving this lip combo and I hope you all enjoy seeing how I create the look.

    Sorry for the lack of blog posts but all will resume as normal after Every Day May!


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  • 05/26/15--04:34: EVERY DAY MAY CATCHUP 4
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    It's almost the end of Every Day May - I can't quite believe it! Here are the videos you may have missed from this week, there are only four more vlogs to go. If there's ever a time for change it's now so let me know if you want me to stick to my Tues, Thurs and Sunday upload times and whether you'd like more than one vlog a week! Have a great week and fingers crossed normal beauty blogging will resume next week.

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  • 05/30/15--23:00: CHANEL BLEU RHYTHM DE CHANEL
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    IMG_9774   This shade "Vibrato" is part of Chanel's Bleu Rhythm collection and is one of two new polishes, the other a navy blue. I absolutely love blue nails and although mint or pastel blue are regulars for me I also love royal and navy blue on nails. Vibrato is a royal, almost primary blue. Pair this with a monochrome outfit and orange lip and you're good to go! Good news too, Chanel polishes no longer chip on me... I think there may have been a bit of reformulating going on.

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  • 05/31/15--23:00: MAY FAVOURITES
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    Even during a month of vlogging I am still able to collect a decent list of favourites and I really love this particular collection of favourites. Have a watch of this month's video if you want to know what I've been loving. There's a mix of beauty, fashion, lifestyle and home which pretty much sums up the month of May for me!

    Hope you all have a great Monday!


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  • 06/01/15--23:00: TIPS FOR DAILY VLOGGING
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    After a month of daily vlogging; filming, editing and uploading every day, I thought I'd share some of my learnings and advice for any of you thinking of doing the same. It's hard but completely worth it... stats aside, it's incredibly rewarding on a personal level. I find it really helps you get to know your audience better and of course let them into your world to get to know you better. So here's what I learnt from Every Day May.

    Be Prepared // When you commit to daily vlogging, I think it's important to try your very best to meet that daily deadline. You don't want something stupid like a dead battery to ruin your routine so stock up on all the equipment you'll need for the month. I purchased a spare battery from Amazon, a spare memory card from My Memory and I was fully prepared to have to repurchase a camera if something were to happen to my current one. I had an "on the go" kit ready at all times that included my laptop, laptop charger, headphones, memory card adapter and external hard-drive. Daily vlogging isn't like doing weekly videos, you need to be flexible and be prepared to edit and upload on the go wherever you are. The more flexible you allow yourself to be, the easier it is. Purchasing an external hard-drive is a good idea as you'll have so much more footage than you're used to and you don't want it to clog up on your computer space.

    Get Confident // Vlogs just don't work with huge gaps in between "scenes" so you have to just get used to vlogging in public. It's embarrassing at first and people look at you like you're a) really strange b) an over keen tourist or c) trying to be like one of those internet people they've heard of. I really struggled with this at first and sometimes still do, but I find reminding myself of a few things helps. This is my job, this is what I love to do, lots of lovely people like to watch it and if that person looking knew all those things they probably wouldn't think it was that weird. If you're not sure how your friends/family feel about being in videos just ask them outright - "do you mind being in my video, it means that X amount of people will see you?". I always assumed my friends and family didn't want to be in my videos, but Every Day May actually made me realise a lot of them love being a part of what I do and getting involved.

    Think In Video // Although my daily vlogs aren't planned out I find it helps to think in video format. I know that my vlogs are usually 10 minutes long and if you think about it, that really isn't that long when you have 24 hours to play with. Film snippets that you want to include, but also feel free to have breaks and gaps as it'll make the whole process a bit less exhausting. Try and be considerate to yourself by filming clips that are easier to edit together i.e, lots of non-talking clips in a row or an intro segment before a montage.

    Create Order // During Every Day May I made a playlist on my YouTube channel for all the vlogs and I think that it was helpful to a lot of people who can't watch daily, but like to catch up in bulk instead. I also had pre-made thumbnails so that all I had to do every day was change the photo and text, without having to re-insert the text etc.

    I could probably go on and on but for now those are the tips I feel might be able to help any of you thinking about daily vlogging. Thanks for all your support and kind comments during Every Day May, I couldn't have done it without you!


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  • 06/02/15--23:00: NIGHT OUT WITH MY SISTER!
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    After a day off on Friday I was straight back on the vlogging first thing Saturday morning. I had such a nice day out with Rich and my parents, I actually took a lot of photos so you should see those in a blog post next week. We also went out Saturday night to try a new restaurant, although you'll see... it wasn't the best.

    Monday morning was spent recovering from an epic sick day on Sunday and then by the afternoon I was getting ready for a fun night out with my sister. We were guests at the L'Oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy Awards, which is a massive hair industry awards and it was a crazy night. My sister even took it upon herself to do some vlogging!

    I hope you all enjoy the vlog and I'll see you tomorrow for another beauty post.

      *The video in this blog post contains a paid for advertisement 

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  • 06/03/15--23:00: CLINIQUE CHEEK POP NEWBIES
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    IMG_9971 It was about this time last year that Clinique launched their Cheek Pops, remember this post? We all went mad for the beautiful flower embossed creamy powder blushers and the good news is they are adding four new shades to the collection this Spring. The new shades, Pink Pop, Melon Pop, Rosy Pop and Heather Pop will be released on 26th June and I have two of them here to show you! Melon Pop and Pink Pop are both gorgeous shades for those with a paler skin tone. Melon Pop immediately got my attention as it's literally all the peachy goodness I could hope for. It's quite a brightening peach so I would wear this one during the day, just a small amount on the apples of my cheeks. Pink Pop is more of a stander bubblegum pink but both blushers aren't too pigmented so they look very natural on the skin. They are technically powder so can be applied with a brush but the formula is so creamy so if you wanted to use your fingers you could and they leave a plump, gorgeous look to the cheeks. From photos it seems that Rosy Pop is a brighter pink and Heather Pop is a more neutral mauve. If you haven't yet tried these blushers I would really recommend them for the warmer months. I can see Melon Pop being extremely popular!  

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  • 06/04/15--23:00: AMAZON HAUL
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    I'm definitely not a spontaneous shopper, especially when it comes to technology. I like to wait to hear feedback and see if anything new comes along before investing. Every now and again though, I like to make an Amazon order and update my gear.

    Although it's a bit different to my usual content, I thought you'd maybe be interested in a sit down video where I go through my Amazon box. All the links to products mentioned are in the description box under the video. So are you ready for an Amazon haul? Let's do this.


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  • 06/05/15--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS
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    This week didn't start off so great. It seems that with the end of #EveryDayMay came a stinking cold, you know how sometimes when you're really busy and you just stop, your body can't handle it. I took the day off on Sunday and stayed in all day which is something I never do. It was actually quite nice to watch old soppy films and eat comfort food all day.

    Luckily I was well enough to go out with my sister on Monday night and we had such a fun evening. I'm glad I picked up that new dress from Whistles as I think I'll get a lot of wear out of it. I've been getting back into my old routine this week and playing around with my new Amazon purchases. I'll have to get used to the new camera mic (you'll see next week's video is a bit dodgy), but I think I've figured out how to use it properly now.

    I'm hoping to take some photos this weekend using my new lens and the photo you see above was taken last weekend and will be included in this Tuesday's blog post. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I'll see you tomorrow for a new nail post.


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  • 06/06/15--23:00: OLIVIA PALERMO X CIATE
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    I don't really have a style icon but whenever the question comes up (and it does, a lot) my default answer is usually Olivia Palermo. Ever since my addiction to 'The City' I've found her style incredible sophisticated and chic. She just seems to know what she likes and it gives her this calm confidence that doesn't seem too over the top. She's overlapped into the beauty world on quite a few occasions and this time round it's with nails.

    Ciate and Olivia Palermo (their guest creative director) have collaborated to release her debut nail collection. This is the first of four collections to launch and they've set the bar pretty high with this one; 3 beautiful shades that fit perfectly with Olivia's style.

    Olivia's favourite of the 3 is 'Hutch' and is apparently her "go to red". The shade is a classic, sophisticated red and is inspired by and named after her mother. The shade I'm wearing is 'Nantucket' which is the shade Olivia refers to as her "haute vacation red". It has a softer, coral tint to it that works perfectly in the summer months. 'Sundays' was created to be an "off duty nude", a soft powder pink hue to wear on the weekends.

    Ciate polishes are always great quality and these polishes also come in exclusive boxed up packaging with Olivia's own personal touch. This does, however, crank up the price to £17 compared to £9 for their most basic polish. I think it's a nice collaboration, but I think these shades in particular can also be found elsewhere. What do you think of the collaboration? It's out now so have a little peak next time you're near a Ciate stand.


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    Remember back in this vlog when I spent most of the day filming in a hotel room? And the guy came in and thought I was doing something dodgy? Yeh, that one. Well I finally finished editing the video together and it went up yesterday. It had so many different clips and stop motion photos to piece together that it took me a while to get it how I wanted it.

    It's almost a two part get ready with me; getting ready for the night out and then setting off in the morning. I really hope you like it and if you like the song, you can check out Mamas Gun here.


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  • 06/08/15--23:00: MARKET DAYS
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    IMG_9192 IMG_9171 IMG_9183 IMG_9164 IMG_9185 IMG_9195 IMG_9157 IMG_9173 IMG_9193Last weekend we took advantage of the bright weather and headed out to explore some London markets, which is one of my favourite and most recommended things to do in London. No matter how many times you've visited a market I feel like each time you see it differently and there are always new things to discover. This was only my second time to Broadway Market, which is based in East London and is predominantly food. It's not too big so it's easy to navigate and the general vibe is quite chilled. We stopped here for lunch, each picking something different from the market, I had a Japanese katsu wrap, Rich chose a vegetarian Indian curry and my parents got pulled pork buns. We also got a delicious fresh detox juice that was completely worth the wait. In the small part of the market based in a school playground I got myself some £10 sunglasses that were exactly what I was looking for and maybe they won't last me that long, but they're really nice and such a bargain. We then drove to Spitalfields market which is a completely different vibe, based over a much larger area in the centre of East London backing onto Brick Lane. I don't love the market itself as much as you seem to see the same pieces over and over but the independent shops that surround the market are really great. We discovered Vagabond which is the most amazing wine shop. They have all the wines and expertise, you can also sit, eat and there's a small private room downstairs for tasting sessions. This was probably the highlight of the day - it was great! Rich and I both wore our Novem & Knight tops, the Emile for Rich and the Hayden for me (which comes up big, I wear the small). I knew they'd be lovely but I was blown away by the quality of the items, such beautiful fabric and the perfect fit that only a stylish couple like Sammi and Jason could design! I'm so happy the brand is such a success. I wore the Hayden top with my Topshop shorts, ASOS leather jacket, Brandy Melville bag and Hudson boots. oh and Topshop 'Green Room' on my nails, in case you wondered! I hope you like when I share my random photos with you, it's something I really enjoy ding on the weekend and I feel like it's a great way to share London with all of you all over the world.  

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  • 06/09/15--23:00: PICNIC PREP
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    Friday started off well, with a pilates class and successful meeting but the muggy weather got the better of me and Friday's vlog turned into a bit of a fail. I continued to vlog on Saturday though and had such a nice day having a picnic in the sunshine with my friends! It's definitely one of my favourite things to do in the Summer...

    Hope you enjoy this week's vlog!

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  • 06/10/15--23:00: MID-WEEK SKIN PICK ME UPS
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    With my recent cold and that time of the month (tmi?) my skin hasn't felt like my skin. Usually it's pretty easy to maintain with very minimal spots, a bit of dryness here and there but nothing I can't handle. Last week wasn't a great skin week, aside from having a huge under the skin spot on my chin, my skin in general felt dirty and greasy which is the opposite of how it usually feels. I was craving clean feeling skin but I didn't want to use anything harsh and abrasive as it was still feeling quite sensitive.

    I used this as an opportunity to try the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser. Clay cleansers are usually aimed at normal to oily skin types and I always have one stashed away for spotty days as they work really well to clear up my skin. This cleanser uses French green clay which is a super expensive ingredient but one that really does the trick. The texture is a bit like a gel but it turns milky once it's worked into the skin. Once removed with a wet muslin cloth it leaves the skin feeling clean, detoxed and thoroughly refreshed.

    I also used the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask twice that week and this mask works really well for me. I've run out of my favourite Aesop Parsley Seed Mask, but in the meantime this green clay and honey mask helps draw out any spots and soothes the skin. Liz Earle products are really gentle so unlike some clay masks this one isn't too intense for my skin.

    For my little spot friend I used a Sarah Chapman Spot Sticker. Now when I first received these I thought it was a bit of a gimmick. As I'm sure you can expect from Sarah Chapman products, they're not cheap and the idea is you use the applicator to place a clear circular sticker onto the spot to both protect and treat it at the same time. The stickers are "infused with salicylic acid, P Refinyl, retinol-like Sytenol and Vitamin C which release over time to help calm and reduce redness" (taken from Space NK website). I'm still not sure if it's something I would purchase but I can tell you that it worked. I've tried this twice now and both times when I removed the sticker the spot was less inflamed, less red, less sore and it healed soon after.

    All of these products are aimed at oiler skin types, which mine usually isn't, so I finished with the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil to add back in the moisture and to repair my skin overnight. This oil feels really comforting on the skin and when my skin is playing up I prefer to use an oil alone rather than layering serums and moisturisers on the skin.

    These expensive, but very effective products seem to have done the trick and I'm back to my old predictable skin. Let's hope it doesn't play up again anytime soon but in case it does I'd like to know, what do you use when your skin is playing up?


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  • 06/11/15--23:00: MY THOUGHTS ON CONTOURING
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    I'm a self-confessed makeup addict. I would happily spend an hour doing my makeup and I don't care who thinks that's ridiculous, it's a hobby I enjoy. Contouring, though, is something I've never really got my head around. In this video I discuss my thoughts on contouring and the incredible makeup artists that are out there making tutorials. They are seriously addictive to watch, but I wanted to make my own video for the everyday girl who doesn't have time or want to paint their face in makeup. Although intense contouring looks great on camera, in real life I think it can look far too heavy.

    I like to contour using bronzer and soft powders, just to warm up and define my face. Have a watch of this video to hear my thoughts and product recommendations. I hope it's helpful!


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  • 06/12/15--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS
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    IMG_9247This week has been a quiet one but it's been nice. I've changed up my blogging schedule (in case you didn't notice) which has left me more time for video planning and filming so I have enjoyed spending more than one day per video and I hope that it shows in the results. Part one of this week was spent filming next Thursday's video and then towards the end of the week I spent that day with Victoria filming together!

    Our videos together will be up on our channels tomorrow so keep an eye out for those. It was great to catch up and as you read this we are currently in Brighton for the weekend with the rest of the Disney crew! We're going to have a fun weekend together, which obviously I'll vlog and upload Tuesday.

    There's been so much love in the Internet world this week so I thought I'd share some of my favourite videos. Of course, first of all I have to mention Ingrid's incredibly emotional video that I'll always remember watching. The Saccone-Joly's uploaded a 360 vlog that blew my mind. Watch it on a phone/ipad and tilt your device to see a complete 360 view of what they're filming - it really is game changing. I also loved Ben Brown's Visual Vibes of South Africa. The time and effort that goes into making these kind of videos is amazing, especially on top of daily vlogs! Very talented guy.

    So I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I'll see you tomorrow for my weekly nail post!


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    IMG_0100Elegant Touch, the brand that brought us the easiest and most fun stick on nails, have now brought out a Nail Apothecary range. There are six products in the collection, all aimed at looking after your nails.

    Out of the six products I've tried the cuticle remover, the base coat and the cuticle elixir but there is also a ridge filler, gel-effect top coat and matte top coat too. I really like the base coat as it works as the perfect nail primer. The triple complex keratin in the formula also helps straighten weak, brittle nails and protects them against chipping. The cuticle elixir works as a really nice soothing oil, nourishing dry cuticles which helps my nails from flaking. The cuticle remover worked quite well for me but I got on better with the Sally Hansen one that I already used.

    The polishes range from £6.95-£8.95 and they make a nice addition on the shelves of Boots. Have you spotted these in store yet?

     

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    On Thursday I had such a lovely day filming with the gorgeous Victoria. We got to know each other on our trip to Disney earlier in the year and since then we've been really good friends and our boyfriends have a little bromance going on!

    We filmed a 5 product face challenge for her channel and on mine we filmed a haul. So if you want to see what's in our shopping bags have a little watch and head over to her channel to see the other video we filmed!

    Hope you like the videos - we had so much fun filming them!


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  • 06/15/15--23:00: A LIGHTER BLUSH
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    I'm a big fan of a bold lip and I'm also a big fan of smokey eyes, it's usually one or the other. So I always like to have a good selection of subtle blushers on hand because most of my looks don't work with bright pink cheeks. There's something so classy about a soft blush and I think of these shades would work really well on pale skin tones. They can either be used on the cheekbones as a blush or used lightly as a natural, sculpting contour.

    NARS Douceur, which unfortunately I think is now discontinued, has always been one of my favourite blushers. It's a slightly brown tinted pink and because it's matte it looks great on the cheeks. It's easy to wear and goes will almost every makeup look.

    Hourglass Mood Exposure has very similar tones to Douceur but with the famous swirled effect that the Ambient Lighting Powders are so well known for. This is a luminous blush but in an extremely wearable mauve shade. This is my mum's all-time favourite blush as she finds it easy to apply and not too over powering.

    Burberry's Earthy Blush is a really interesting one as it doesn't look anything like a blusher in the pan. This almost beige blush gives a really natural sculpted look to the skin and I completely fell in love with this when I first tried it. It won't give you much colour but if it's shape you're after, this is a really nice one to play around with.

    Clinique's new Melon Pop, talked about in more detail here, is a lovely soft coral shade that you can layer on very lightly for a tint of colour.

    Finally, the Lord & Berry blush in Honey. The packaging of this product is incredibly simple and the blush inside is nothing fancy either. Just a lovely, soft, browny pink blush. This one is great for travelling and as it's my most recent discovery I'm really enjoying using it.

    Five perfectly pale blushers so you can amp up your eye and lip makeup as much as you like!

     

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