Instant Perfect.

The new Clarins 'Garden Escape' spring makeup collection really caught my eye this year (just google it and look in awe at all the beauty) so obviously it was only a matter of time before a couple of items started popping up on my blog. Among the floral inspired eye-palette, blush, lip oils, lipsticks and eyeliners, it was the Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors that really caught my eye - the solid form of the gloss it seems just about every beauty blogger swears by. 

Essentially a luxurious lip balm, these are perfect for everyday wear, imparting a beautiful sheer wash of colour and are really easy to apply, even without a mirror because of the small bullet - also, perfect handbag/pocket size I should add. Containing nourishing ingredients such as shea, mango and vitamin E as well as a natural peptide to plump your lips without tingling, these are the perfect everyday choice to protect your lips as well as looking pretty. Plus, they smell incredible. 

I have the shades My Pink - a pretty rosy pink that reacts with the pH levels in your skin to give a bespoke colour, this reminds me a lot of the Dior Lip Glow, Orange - a peachy orange colour that I can see being a great choice for when the weather gets a little warmer, and Red, which is a gorgeous sheet red, perfect for a low maintenance but slightly more dressed up look. 

At £18 each, these are by no means a budget purchase, but as an extra special treat for everyday wear these are 100% worth picking up. 

What do you think, will you be getting some of these? 

3 Tips for Organising your Blog.

A new year means a fresh start, and one of my main goals this year is to keep my blog better organised so I thought I would share some of my tips. I'm by no means an unorganised person, but getting everything in order really pleases me and with school work mounting up I want to keep everything in tiptop condition so that I don't give myself unnecessary stress and can deal with everything properly. 

Take some time to tackle your to-dos - First things first I'd sit down one afternoon and do all the niggly bits that need doing. Clear out your blogging space, fix any things on your theme that need fixing, get emails and social media up to date and get your desk clear. It will take time, but once everything is done it will make it so much easier to keep it that way, and means that you don't have jobs hanging over you forever. Plus, you'll feel so much more motivated, which is always a plus. 

Plan - I got a brand new notebook for myself recently from Flamingo Gifts, you can find it here, and I've been using it to plan out all the things that I want to do. New stationary is a really big help for me organising, in fact I often have about three different notebooks on the go for all my lists as they really help me keep on top of the things I need to be doing. By splitting it up into sections I can easily plan content, write to-dos, and keep up with any other extra projects. This takes the pressure off at later times because I know what I need to do and when, and also avoids the dreaded blogger burnout in future. 

Routine - Making your time work for you is one of the most important skills that you will have to learn if you're not a full time blogger. I try to have certain tasks done at specific times of the day, for example waking up a little earlier to reply to emails, and replying to social media in the afternoon. Setting aside little slots will mean that tasks don't mount up and it will be easier to keep on top of it all. It will also mean that any unexpected things that come up don't interfere and mess everything up. 

Now that's all said, I guess all that's left for me to do is take my own advice and everything should run smoothly. What are your top tips for keeping organised? 

Smokey Look.

I thought I'd experiment with a slightly darker makeup look and here's what I came up with. In general, I like to keep my makeup pretty similar through the year, because I'm a creature of habit and bold makeup looks aren't often my thing, but I thought that it would be fun to experiment for once and so created this nude lipped, smokey eye and dewy skin look. And here's the low down on what I used:

It was a chance to try out a lot of new products, namely the Makeup Revolution ones, which I love for both their amazing affordability and quality. The palette has a large range of shimmery shades that are perfect for experimenting with, and a great mixture of neutrals from pinks to olives to browns that remind me of my favourites from each of the Naked Palettes. Paired with the eye primer they are so pigmented and really stick around all day - the perfect duo. 

Secondly, MAC's Patisserie, which has become my go-to lipstick over the past couple of weeks since I got it. A beautiful brown-toned pink nude it goes with everything, and with the addition of the lipliner and think it makes a lovely  pouty look with a nod to Kylie Jenner. I kept the rest of the look simple, with neat brows and glowing skin and really like the effect. 

What do you think of this look, are you a fan? 

There's Still Time.

Just wanted to write a quick reminder to say that you can get 15% off your Daniel Wellington watch for 2 more days by using the code holidaymaddy. They really are incredibly beautiful watches and would make the perfect gift for you or someone special. 

The watch above is the 'Classic Sheffield Lady' which I absolutely adore, and have worn absolutely non-stop since I first got it. To see my full thoughts on it click here - but to sum it all up I couldn't recommend it enough. 

Will you be getting one of these, let me know what you think of them in the comments down below!

A Bold and a Nude.

If christmas isn't a time for a new lipstick or two, then when is? I was lucky enough to get one lipstick from my Mum and Dad, and with the extra help of a voucher I purchased my second of the week. Obviously, the price of these have gone up a lot in recent years so they are a bit of a luxury option now and colour selection has to be a carefully thought out process, it's nice to have a treat every now and again though and it definitely makes you feel that bit more special when you put them on. 

MAC Patisserie Lustre - A pretty brown pink nude, this lipstick is the most perfecting one I think that I have ever found, and possibly the most versatile too. I literally think it would look perfect with any look from a heavy smokey eye to a simple swipe of mascara. Extremely buttery, with a hint of gloss this still has a pretty good staying power and has become my everyday favourite. I can't get enough of it. 

MAC Ruby Woo Retro Matte - On the other end of the spectrum, I decided to push the boat out with a shocking red. Now I know that I won't get as much use out of this, it's definitely a party colour, but I'm pretty sure that you couldn't find a more perfect red. It is a retro matte finish, so extremely drying but this helps it stick around literally forever, and the true red doesn't lean to warm or cold, working perfectly with my skin tone. It needs a proper lip prep to sit properly, but once it's on it's worth it, and it won't go anywhere. 

So, two very different lipsticks both in colour and finish, which one do you prefer? They both have their time and place, but I don't think I could ever pick between them.


I have to admit that I'm a bit of a procrastinator, but let's be honest, aren't we all? It seems to me that the more work I have, the less of it I want to do and with school getting really busy at the moment, you can guess what I'm not doing with my time - oopps! Here are some of my favourite ways to procrastinate. 

1. Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest - I use all three of these sites a lot for inspiration and try and kid myself that I need to be on them to 'promote my blog'. In reality, they are really just the best time wasters around! 

2. Pamper sessions - A regular Sunday night occurrence, I tend to try and do a face mask or something of the sort to help me relax. Sounds like a good plan, and it would be if it didn't mean a pile up of work afterwards! 

3. Tidying and Organising - Possibly a slightly more useful form of procrastination, but I tend to tidy only what is already organised. My makeup and clothes draws are being shuffled around all the time for no need, but it's actually a good way of using more things and seeing what you actually have. It definitely puts me in a more positive frame of mind when everything around me is neat and clutter free though. 

4. Lists - making lists of all the things that you have to do rather than actually getting on and doing them - yep, sounds like the sort of logic that runs through my brain. I have about a billion lists on the go at once and very rarely actually tick anything off them! 

5. Other time wasters - Namely youtube, reading magazines, daydreaming and catching up with TV online. All could be done at a later date but seem most appealing when I have a million other things to do. 

So those are some of my favourite ways to procrastinate, what are yours?