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    I've been working my way through the new Tanya Burr Cosmetics range this week (hence the nail post on Sunday and now this!) and I've stumbled across another product I would definitely recommend.

    The Hollywood Eye Palette is one of the three eyeshadow palettes in the range but it's definitely my favourite of the three. Four very wearable brown shades; "nude delight" a sheer, light base colour and "gold coin" which is a pale gold shimmer. Then there's "bookworm" which is a warm, red-toned brown which is slightly less shimmery so great for the crease and "enchantment" which is an antique gold glitter.

    The whole palette really reminds me of some of my favourites, Charlotte Tilbury's Dolce Vita and Tom Ford's Cognac Sable but this palette is only £6 which is crazy! It's so affordable for this kind of quality and I'm seriously impressed. If you weren't sure what to pick up from the range, let me help you... The Hollywood Eye Palette!

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  • 08/27/15--23:00: A DAY IN THE LIFE: SUNDAY
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    The last time I did a "Day In The Life" video it went down really well and you all seemed to enjoy it. So on the weekend, on Sunday to be specific I took my camera around with me for the day and tried to capture, in a different way to a vlog, what I got up to during that day.

    Let me know what you think and I hope you enjoy it!

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  • 08/28/15--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS 29.08.15
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    They say that you suddenly get to the age where everything happens at once and they weren't wrong. I've been all over the place over the past few months and it just keeps getting crazier and crazier! I haven't done a proper Wear Life Eats in a while so I wanted to check and say hi!

    I've been spoilt with flowers since Rich and I got engaged, my home is filled with beautiful white bouquets and I love it. Seriously, people are so nice when you get engaged!  We're slowly getting there with our new place and hopefully we can move in soon. If you haven't seen this week's vlog yet, go check it out - we paint the whole place white! We ended up using Dulux Pure Brilliant White Mat paint as recommended by Kate and Anna. I was really worried it would be too white and clinical like some of the other pure white paints I'd tried but it was perfect. Because it's an emulsion paint it's actually quite sheer, so after two coats (it would definitely take more than two if you're covering a dark colour) it looked white but not too white.

    It's been fun trying to decide what furniture to buy and where to place it in the flat. It's definitely made me realise though that I'm actually not that opinionated when it comes to these things and I like to get a second or third opinion. I took advantage of West Elm's free design service where they can send a home stylist out to your place for free to access your space. Ben came over to our place and he was so friendly! We chatted about the sort of style we like and how we'd use our space and then a few days later he sent over a document with the sort of layout he'd recommend for our lounge and an idea of the furniture pieces that would fit nicely. You have no obligation to buy, but if you love West Elm as much as I do you probably won't be able to resist. It was so, so helpful! I'd 100% recommend it, you have nothing to loose!

    I'm hoping with the new place comes a new me, kind of... I've always been very organised but not very tidy. I always have a floordrobe going on and no matter how many times I tidy my desk area it soon piles up again. So I've been reading "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying" by Marie Kondo in the hope that it would inspire me before the big move. Now I have a lot to say about this book so I'll probably make a video but I just had to share how ironic it is that after buying it, a month later I found it hidden under a pile of clothes with a tea cup stain on the front. There's no hope for me...

    So I hope you're all having a good weekend so far. Any of you from Berlin, if you'd like to come and meet me, Anna and Mamas Gun tomorrow night you can buy tickets here or on the door. We'll be doing a meetup from 7pm.

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  • 08/29/15--23:00: ESSIE SUNSET SNEAKS
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    IMG_9847   When I reached for this polish to paint my nails before heading to Germany I'm not going to lie, I thought I was picking up Essie "Meet me at Sunset". But after realising I'd made a mistake I was actually pleasantly surprised, I'd never tried "Sunset Sneaks" and it's a gorgeous colour. It's less orange than Meet Me At Sunset and slightly more crimson pink. It's summery but not too girly, it's like a fiery red with pink undertones. What do you think?

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  • 08/30/15--23:00: AUGUST FAVOURITES
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      It's time for another monthly favourites and although I thought this month would be hard, I actually have quite a long list of products I've been loving! I haven't been experimenting much this month but I have been re-using favourites over and over throughout the month. There's a mix of skincare and makeup, with quite a lot of body products too!

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  • 09/01/15--01:01: GERMANY TRAVEL PHOTO DIARY
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    I'm back from Germany! After a crazy long weekend touring with Anna and Mamas Gun I'm home and trying desperately to get back into some routine. There's still so much going on with the flat so please excuse me whilst I try to juggle.

    Anna and I had such a great time in Germany, we managed to do 3 cities over 4 days. We visited Cologne first, a city that seemed so beautiful to me but unfortunately we didn't have much free time there to explore. We were so overwhelmed with the turn out on the first night as we really didn't know what to expect and so many of you came! We did lots of hugging, chatting and lipstick admiring before Mamas Gun came on for their show (which you all seemed to love!).

    The next day Anna and I flew to Hamburg whilst the band drove and although it was an early start it was nice to have some spare time in the afternoon to go for lunch and explore a little. We went to a burger restaurant called Hans Im Gluck, recommended by you guys, and it was great! I loved the decor inside and the food was fab too. We browsed in a German drugstore, had a little walk around and then it was time for meetup number two. This time we were able to hang outside in a nice courtyard and we chatted to all of you whilst the sun set behind us. The Hamburg gig was the most energetic, Anna and I danced the night away and left looking pretty gross and sweaty.

    The next morning we jumped onto the band's bus to drive about 4 hours to Berlin from Hamburg. I was able to chat, film and even watch a movie without feeling sick -  impressive for me! It was nice to hang out with the band more, they're hilarious to be around. We spent Saturday walking the streets of Berlin, exploring the area we were in and then heading to the Radio Eins festival in the park. The band performed, we ate some good food and it was really nice to be such an amazing park with so many people enjoying the music.

    Sunday was our last meetup but as we didn't have to travel that day we were able to take a boat ride through Berlin and see some sites first. Berlin was a crazy gig, there were some hardcore Mamas Gun fans there and the energy (& heat) was really high! I loved exploring Berlin for the second time and this time I enjoyed it much more. The people, the food, the stores, the cafes were all so great.

    I'm uploading my vlog tonight at 6.30pm UK time so you can really see everything we got up to in detail. It was so much fun, so I really hope you like the vlog!

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    I've already watched this vlog five times myself! It brings back so many fun memories from the weekend and it's a trip I'll never forget. I had so much fun touring Germany - I hope you all enjoy watching the vlog!

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  • 09/02/15--23:40: THE LAZY EVERYDAY NUDE LIP
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    Over the past month I've been very lazy when it comes to my lip colour. I just about find time to do my makeup but by the time I get to my lips I usually leave them bare and find myself reaching for whatever neutral lipstick is in my handbag later in the day.

    There seem to be 3 that have become my go-to's this month, a lip balm, a lipstick and a lip gloss.

    The newest out of the three is the By Terry Baume de Rose in 1 Rosy Babe. I've used the clear version for years but this one (recommended by Victoria) has a slight pink tint and it's great to wear during the day. It leaves a light sheen of pink tint to the lips which works really well for "no makeup" makeup days. The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter is still up there with my favourites, I'm still kicking myself for not picking up the €3 dupe in Germany! It's so easy to apply, no mirror needed and it feels really moisturising on the lips. 05 is a pretty light pink gloss that I like to press into the lips for a natural finish.
    Finally the Lancome Shine Lover lipstick in 212 Twisted Beige. I'm obsessed with the Shine Lover range, a smooth balm texture that melts into the lips leaving a light wash of colour. The nude colours in the range are gorgeous but 212 is my favourite nude/pink. To wear this lipstick in the evening I would first line the lips with a nude lip liner, just to perfect the lip shape.
    So what lipsticks have you been reaching for lately?

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  • 09/03/15--23:00: MY FAVOURITE MAKEUP BRUSHES
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    I've been asked to do this video so many times and so I thought it was about time I update since the last one and talk to you about my favourite makeup brushes. Brushes are something I like to invest in and take care of. I hope you find some good recommendations in this video!  

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  • 09/05/15--01:26: WEAR LIFE EATS 05.09.15
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    IMG_9737Here's a random photo of me with a giant drink... (?!) After getting back to London following a brief fling with Germany, I spent the four day week juggling work, flat stuff and potentially a bit of wedding organisation (it's early days!). I've become a bit of a professional juggler these days but I'm by no means very good at it. I struggle to focus on one task at a time and never seems to finish one before moving onto the next. I'm in that funny in between stage where I hope to move into our new place and develop some kind of routine but for now I'm just hovering somewhere in the middle. It's exciting though, now the boring stuff like painting is done we can actually start building furniture and thinking about styles and themes. The only room I haven't really thought through is my office... I have so much stuff to store (with no storage space) so I'm going to have to be clever about how I plan the room. I give it a little mention in tomorrow's video but if you haven't heard, I've been nominated for the In Style Project 13 Awards. I'be been put forward for Most Outstanding and the winner gets a feature in the magazine. If you'd like to, I'd love it if you could vote for me - it would really mean the world! This weekend I'll be working/doing home stuff but either way, hopefully being productive! I hope you all have a nice weekend and tomorrow's video is the first of many home hauls, so I hope you'll like it!  

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  • 09/05/15--23:00: SMITH & CULT
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    I like to think that my blog posts are an easy way for us non-experts to learn about new products. Often with a new launch comes a lot of new information and  Smith & Cult comes with quite a back story. After reading up on the founder Dineh Mohajer and her past journeys creating brands like Hard Candy, I've decided to skip the brand history lesson and instead just talk about the products - that's what you're here for, right? 

    When I first saw these new nail polishes my initial reaction were, "pretty, but impractical". Each bottle looks like so beautiful, almost like a paper weight and they're heavy too. The colours though are so me and so wearable that I had to give them a go. I took home "Honey Hush", an opaque tan beige, "Feathers & Flesh", an opaque caramel beige and "Bitter Buddhist", an opaque celadon green.

    I still stand by my impractical first impressions, the huge heavy lid is very hard to hold whilst painting, despite the indents for your thumb. The polish applied really nicely though, opaque, even and Bitter Buddhist is right up my street!

    The nail polish costs a whopping £19 and can be found on Net-a-Porter, Birchbox US and in-store at Space NK and Selfridges.

    So what are you initial toughts? It's a splurge, a gift maybe? But they are very nice.

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  • 09/06/15--23:00: HUGE COLLECTIVE HOME HAUL
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    It's finally time for me to start talking all things home and after years of collecting bits and pieces it's so nice to share! There will be lots more of these coming up so I hope you like it, let me know what you think of the bits I've picked up so far.

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  • 09/07/15--23:00: REN’S Night Time Facial
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    IMG_9899For me, when it comes to my skincare routine its all about the evening. I'm not a morning person so I spend more time on my skin before bed, when I have the energy to do so... don't ask, I'm a night owl.  REN's new Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial definitely caught my eye and immediately had me thinking that it would work it's magic overnight whilst I sleep and that's the kind of product I love. It's a light cream that feels almost like a gel and personally I really don't like the smell. The scent reminds me of a Solero ice cream so it's by no means horrible, just not my kind of thing! The product includes active ingredients such as Lactic and Glycolic Acid, Glycogen and Magnesium and Omega 3 (as well as others!). Applied at night, this product aims to exfoliate, revitalise and plump the skin whilst you sleep. As I've mentioned before, I don't exfoliate in the traditional way so I love these kind of products for improving the texture of the skin. I found this worked instantly and I could feel the difference the very next morning. It's a great size product for travelling, light and in an easy squeeze tube. I can't say anything but good things about it. I'm also currently testing the Chanel Le Weekend which is very similar but more than two times the price! The REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial is £32 which is really not too bad for this kind of product. I've been using it most evenings and I'll continue to do so and come back to you in a video with my final thoughts.  

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    We're in that really boring phase of slowly packing up our stuff, spending unless amounts of money on boring home things and taking stuff to the flat everyday. I didn't want to stop vlogging though as I know, as a viewer, the boring stuff is sometimes the most interesting to watch! So if you like watching people have a clear out, going to IKEA and hanging paintings... this vlog is for you! ha. Enjoy!

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  • 09/09/15--23:00: SKIN BASE: THE REVIEW
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    IMG_9904It's been a while since I tried a new base that I genuinely felt could become a staple for me. The Illamasqua Skin Base is a foundation I've heard so many people rave about but for some reason I assumed it would be too heavy and cakey for me - I don't know where I got that assumption from.  Illamasqua is one of those brands, a bit like Benefit, where I feel that their marketing doesn't reflect the brand that well and has slightly confused who the audience should be with who it actually is. Someone like my mum would never use Illamasqua products because of how it's marketed and displayed but actually, I think she'd love the products. The Skin Base is one of the three foundations they have. It's their most lightweight offering that promises to be "easily bendable and suitable for most skin types". The website says it "smooths, softens and conditions thanks to skin boosting Vitamin C and E". It comes in a really handy, lightweight tube which I love and offers an amazing 33 shades! Illamasqua also do a white so that you can mix your own shade if you need to. The formula definitely packs a punch in terms of the glow factor. I feel like most foundations that I wear have to meet the glow criteria, as a dry skin girl, I need that glow! So it's definitely glowy but not in the same way the YSL Touche Eclat foundation is or the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, it reminds me of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. It has really decent coverage, in fact sometimes it's a little too much coverage for me. I wore this foundation throughout our entire Germany trip so if you watch this vlog you can see it on my skin. In the evenings I wore it alone and it was perfect but during the day I mixed it with the Estee Lauder CC Cream making it more of a tinted moisturiser and I loved the finish. I feel like this foundation really allows you to experiment and mix with other products. You can apply it in sections like a concealer, mix with a cream for a lighter coverage or buff it into the skin alone for a flawless base. After the Illamasqua makeup artist matched me with a ghostly pale colour - I had a "is that really my real skin tone?!" moment - I ended up going for the one up, shade 6.5 which is labelled as "olive yellow undertone". This seems to be my choice of foundation at the moment and I'm glad I finally gave it a go as it definitely now has a permanent home in my foundation drawer! Have you tried the Skin Base before? What's your verdict?  

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  • 09/10/15--23:00: THE 7 DAY HAIR TRIAL
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    It seems that my hair gets in some kind of hair rut every few months or so. It gets too used to the tools and products I'm using so I often switch up my shampoo and conditioner or sometimes my styling products. Over the past 7 days I've had the opportunity to try a new range of styling tools so I've switched up my hair dryer and straighteners and I've been trailing the Remington PROtect Dryer and PROtect Straightener.

    The Remington PROtect range uses Hydracare and Thermacare Technology  to ensure your hair is properly protected which I find is so important with my fine, curly hair. I tried the PROtect Dryer first and it took no time at all to dry my hair. I was surprised that although it's less heat, it worked just as well if not better than most dryers I tried and my hair was still protected. I tend to dry my hair downwards so that it's prepped for straightening and is less frizzy than if I were to rough dry it.

    I then tried the straighteners which I used every day for that week. A straightener that gives off a "cool mist" would have completely put me off but after giving it a go I can tell you that it's completely undetectable and it's something that protects your hair behind the scenes without effecting the actual straightening process. The cool mist combined with the optimum straightening heat means that you still get perfectly straight hair but with far less damaged ends and breakage - I'm up for that! 

    I gave it a full 7 day trial run and was really impressed with the results. My hair feels in great condition, soft and strong. If your hair feels in a rut and the damage is starting to become noticeable, try switching up your styling products and opting for something that'll protect your hair whilst styling it.

    *This post was sponsored by Remington. 

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  • 09/11/15--05:30: SHOP MY STASH
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    I've actually never done a 'Shop My Stash' video before, despite it being really popular on YouTube back in the day. The idea is, you rediscover old favourites from your collection that you haven't used in a while. Since I was having a clear out anyway, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone (what a horrible saying!). Enjoy!

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  • 09/11/15--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS 12.09.15
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    This week I'm going back to my old style of Wear Life Eats post as I actually have something to talk about in each category!

    WEAR // I've been loving my Olive Cooper bag recently. It's the perfect size for daily use and the leather is so soft, you can tell it's been made beautifully. I also love the gold hardware and the buckle, I get so many compliments on this bag.

    LIFE // There's still so much going on for me at the moment. We're still moving and sorting out the flat, I've started to look into wedding venues (eek!), I'm planning my best friend's hen party and my parents are getting a new dog! So we're currently trying to decide on a name for the puppy - we're getting another Tibetan Terrier and she's incredibly cute. Also (I'm hoping my friend isn't reading this) but if you guys have any ideas for games at hen parties (aside from the usual Mr & Mrs etc) the please let me know! I stumbled across We Built This City on Carnaby Street the other day and completely fell in love. It's a shop filled with prints, artwork and stationary and I was in there for hours! I picked up this tea print along with some other cards. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.

    EATS // Good news! Homeslice have opened their second branch in London. It's probably my favourite place for pizza in London so it's great to now have two options, one in Covent Garden and another in Fitzrovia. It's a must visit when in London!

    Have a great weekend and I'll see you all tomorrow for a new video!

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  • 09/12/15--23:00: THE NAIL POLISH CLEAR OUT
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    It's that time of the month again, no not monthly favourite, it's Beauty Chat time! This time I drove down to Brighton to film at Anna's new (lovely!) pad and seeing as we're both in the process, this month's theme is home.


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