Sunday, 22 July 2018

Discovering Jumpsuits

I have never really loved the whole jumpsuit, all-in-one trend just because they always seemed too bold or dressy for me to ever actually wear them but after doing some snooping on Boohoo, I found my perfect jumpsuit and I am in love. Won't lie, I am not happy with how the pictures turned out but we are going to manage because I just needed to share this outfit asap.
This post is going to be pretty short as there is technically only one piece of clothing but I just needed to write about it because I think that it is so amazing and perfect for this current heatwave in the UK. Like I said earlier, this is from Boohoo and it is basically a sleeveless jumpsuit with culotte bottoms. I never ever thought that I would like culottes but this jumpsuit has changed me. I love the horizontal stripes on this as I feel like they actually make me look taller. I also love the band around that waist as I feel like it makes me look like I have a smaller waist, which I find to be super flattering. The combination of the white and navy makes this so fresh for summer and the fabric adds to this idea as it is so lightweight, which makes it really comfortable too.
At first, I was quite surprised by how well it fit me because I am slightly taller than average and I was scared that it would not fit my body, but it does which I guess is just lucky. It also fits everywhere really well, it is slightly tight around my chest but I think that it actually looks quite nice as it is fitted, but the bottoms fit really nice too which I was really not expecting. The best part about this jumpsuit is the fact that there are pockets which is just what every girl needs, the pockets do make this fabric a little baggy around my hips but I don't mind as you don't really notice when I'm just walking about. 
In terms of styling this, I think that in this warmer weather I would just put on my slip on vans and a pair of sunglasses just to keep it super simple. Saying that I think that you could even wear this piece in autumn with a leather jacket and some boots, which I think would look super cool.
I am definitely excited to experiment with styling this and maybe you will be seeing some more of this piece on my blog in the future. The link to this exact piece is left below, and it was super affordable so I do suggest checking it out.
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Friday, 20 July 2018

The Sunshine Blogger Award

It has been a while since I have done an award post but the lovely Lujain tagged me in the Sunshine Blogger Award so I thought I would put up an extra post this week and answer the questions Lujain asked. I love posts like this because I feel like you get to know the blogger so much better. Thank you to Lujain for tagging me and I hope you enjoy this post. 

The rules:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
- Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 different questions
- List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog site

Questions:
1. Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
Honestly, anything. I find my inspiration from other bloggers or YouTubers. As well as that, I love just brainstorming ideas and coming up with new things I would enjoy to write about. 

2. What is your favourite social media platform and why?
I would definitely say Instagram just because I feel like everyone is on there and you can just do so much on it. Although I don't post on Instagram as much as I should, I still love looking at other people's profiles. Saying that Twitter is a close second.

3. What is the most valuable thing you've learned from blogging?
There are so many things that blogging have taught me but one that stands out to me is the idea that I have to stay true to myself. As cheesy as it sounds, I am constantly changing and growing and there was a point when I was blogging that I felt as though I needed to act more like my 'old self' because that is what 'others wanted to see'. I am definitely out of that mindset now but it was a huge learning curve for me that I really was only going to be happy if I was staying true to myself. Cheesy I know.

4. Name three things you love about yourself
I love that I am a trustworthy person as I like feeling as though people can talk to me. I love that I am hardworking and I also love that I am extremely organised which I guess is a weird one but I really like that I come across as 'put together'.

5. What is your favourite inspirational quote?
It is a super simple on but it is "Nothing will come of nothing" by Shakespeare in the play King Lear

6. What is one thing you wish you knew before you started your senior year of high school?
So in the UK, we don't have a senior year so I am just going to take it as year 11 which is our version of the final year of high school, which is when you turn. Right now, I have just finished year 11 and so right now, I can think of a lot of things I wish I'd known but the main one is that you have to do it for yourself. Sometimes I hate being selfish but I feel like a year like year 11 when you are so focused on the next stages of your life, you need to be selfish. I went through so many phases throughout the year where I wanted to do something for someone else but at the end of the day, I knew I couldn't go through with it because it wasn't what I personally wanted. Plus, I am a firm believer in that if someone really cares about you, they will always be there and so doing something for yourself shouldn't affect them too much, if they really cared.

7. If you could give a new blogger one piece of advice, what would it be?
I have so much to say for this question, so let me know if you think I should do a whole post about my blogging advice, but my main piece of advice is patience and hard work. At the end of the day, what you put in is what you get out but also you can't grow insanely overnight and so patience is key when you are blogging. It is important to keep in mind that your time will come.

8. What is your biggest dream?
Super cheesy but it is just to be successful and happy. I have a lot of things I want to do in my life that I would call 'dreams' but that is my main one.

9. What's one book you've re-read more than once?
Weird fact actually, I have never re-read a book ever just because I already know what's going to happen and reading the same words more than once is so boring for me. I have tried to read a book again and again but I just can't do it.

10. If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?
Definitely not in the long term but I would love to live in a city so either New York or London mainly because of the atmosphere and how exciting it would be. I can definitely see myself living in either one of those but definitely not a long time as I think I would like to settle down in my hometown.

11. What things are you most grateful for in your life?
It definitely has to be my family and the household I have been brought up in. My parents are so inspiring and I would not be who I was today without them. I also grew up around my grandparents and they have definitely had a huge influence on my life and it isn't something I'd ever change. I have learnt a lot from my family and I am very grateful for the experiences they have given me at such a young age. 
Questions for you to answer:
1. What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time (excluding blogging)?
2. Do you have a hidden talent?
3. What is something that you are proud to have achieved?
4. In a friendship or relationship, what is something that draws you to someone else?
5. What is your guilty pleasure?
6. In the rest of 2018, what do you want to achieve?
7. What is your number one handbag essential?
8. If you could collaborate with a brand on a product, which brand would it be and why?
9. What do you look for in a good book?
10. What is the best memory you have had so far this year?
11. What is the next thing you want to achieve for your blog?

I tag:
Hannah from Oh hello, it's Hannah - https://www.ohhelloitshannah.co.uk
Kate from Kate's Closet - http://www.katescloset.uk
Erin from Everything Erin x - http://www.everythingerinx.co.uk
Luci from Luci Barker - https://www.lucibarker.co.uk
Kate from Luxe Kate - https://www.luxekate.com
Lucy from Forever September - https://www.foreverseptember.co.uk
Ellie from The Diary of Ellie - https://thediaryofellie.com
Izzy from Lets Chat with Izzy - http://izzychats.blogspot.com
Amelia from It's Mee - http://itsmeexx.blogspot.com
Ellie from Head in the Cloud - http://www.headintheclouds.me.uk
Caitlin from Caitlin Houston - http://www.lifeascaitlin.co.uk

Let me know whether you enjoyed this post, I hope you all have a great weekend!
Grace xx

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Revolution Pro Foundation Drops Review

I have been so excited to try out this foundation because I think it would be a lovely foundation. This is also super affordable, I am pretty sure it is seven pounds which is just insane and if it is good then I know I will have to share it with everyone. I have been trying out this foundation over the past few weeks so I have gathered some thoughts to share just in case you were curious about this product.
Some details about the product itself, it retails for £7 and there are 18 shades available. To me, 18 shades seems extremely good for such an accessible product, especially because in this case, they come in multiple undertones, yellow, pink and neutral. The website describes this product as an "ultra lightweight, water-based formula that creates an undetectable finish on all skin tones. Use a few drops for a sheer wash of colour or layer up to build natural looking medium coverage". To put it simply, this is basically a light coverage foundation that you shouldn't be able to feel on the skin.
As for the packaging, it comes in a glass bottle but you can distribute the product by a pipette which works well considering that it is more water-based. I also think that the glass bottle also makes this feel very luxurious. I like how the glass shows the shade of the foundation and the shade name is also on the bottom of the bottle.
The shade I picked up in this foundation is F6 which is described to be suited for people with a light to medium skin tone with yellow undertones which I definitely agree with. This foundation matches me nearly perfectly, it is probably the best one I have in terms of how well it matches me. I will say though, the undertone is not fully yellow, it hasn't got that strong yellow base to it and sometimes when I apply this, I feel as though it can look sometimes more pink than yellow, so maybe keep that in mind but that is just what I have found. For me though, I do find it difficult to find a drugstore foundation with a strong yellow undertone as the majority of them are more on the pink side so as a whole, I do think Revolution Beauty has done a good job in trying to get that yellow undertone for this foundation.
From first application, I find that a sponge is the best way to apply this foundation because it ensures all excess product is absorbed and that the coverage is maximised to the best of its ability. This foundation blends so easily on the skin and to get an even light layer of foundation, it doesn't require a lot of product, a few drops tends to be enough to cover the whole face. As for the coverage, it is definitely on the lighter side but it definitely does enough to even out the skin so I could actually argue that it isn't far off medium coverage. This is also fairly buildable on the skin but you couldn't build it up for it to be super full coverage, the most you could get is a medium coverage so you spots or dark circles would still be slightly visible.
In terms of how it feels on the skin, you can't feel it, it is so super lightweight which definitely fits it's description. When touching the foundation though, you can tell it gives a slightly tacky feel but I put that down to the fact that the finish of this foundation is extremely dewy. That was the main this that surprised me most was how dewy it looked on the skin. It was quite intense but it just makes your skin look so hydrated, with that though, it does indicate that the feeling on the skin is slightly sticky feeling. Although this foundation has an extremely dewy finish, I am still able to set it with a powder and the amount I use will determine how the foundation looks. I can use a more mattifying, heavy powder to mattify the foundation fully or use a light dusting just to prevent the foundation from moving but still leaving that initial dewy finish.

I love the whole concept of this foundation and it has came out at the perfect time because this is definitely more of a summer foundation I think. This will definitely be my foundation for my holiday at the end of August as I think that it looks beautiful but it is still so daytime appropriate. I also think that this is a staple foundation everyone should have because even if you didn't like it on its own it would make a great mixing foundation to make a high coverage foundation more daytime appropriate or to make a matte foundation look a little more dewy. You could also buy this foundation in many shades and just customise your colour depending on whether or not you have been on holiday with a tan or not which I also think is really great, especially when you consider how affordable this foundation would be to repurchase.
As for who I would recommend this to, I would recommend it to nearly anyone. If you want something super full coverage that will last all day then I can tell you straight away that you won't like this however, if you want a foundation that just makes your skin look that little bit more flawless and radiant then this would be perfect. You can build this up so if you do like a more natural, fuller coverage then you would also like this. As for skin types, this is definitely targeted to people with more dry skin but that doesn't mean that people with oily skin can't use this too. I find that if you use a matte primer and set the foundation properly then it will take a long time for the oily to start peeking through again. Just for reference, I have pretty normal skin however I do have oily patches and dry patches but I think that this foundation still looks good on my face. Like I said earlier, this foundation is also great to use just as a customizer so this would be great to have in your collection even if you can't imagine yourself wearing it on its own because it could help transform one of your other foundations into the perfect formula.
Overall, I love this foundation and I think that if you like what I have said in this point, then you should definitely go out and buy this to try it. I love the finish this foundation gives the most because it just looks so radiant and it makes you look so healthy. You will definitely be seeing this foundation a lot more on my blog as I haven't got a bad word to say about it.

Let me know whether you have tried out this foundation and if so, let me know your thoughts too.
Grace xx

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Shirt and Bralette - The Perfect Warm Weather Combo

I am currently really trying to step out of my comfort zone with fashion because it's a new season and   I want to mix it up so I have been trying out some new combos. With a holiday coming up soon I am experimenting with outfits that could tolerate the heat but ones that I could also layer in case it gets a little cooler in the evening. I have been experimenting so I thought I'd share one of them with you, it is definitely a little different but hopefully, you like it.
For me, the main part of this outfit is the bralette. The one in this photo is from Hollister and I love it because of its high neck and the lace all around it. Although the colour isn't particularly summery, I think that if you wear it on its own, it is very much summer appropriate. When you wear this, there is definitely a lot of skin on show but that is when the shirt comes in. I also paired this bralette just with a pair of blue skinny jeans from Boohoo. You could wear this bralette and shirt combo with anything but I just think that you can never go wrong with denim. These jeans are also in a really light wash so it makes them super summer-appropriate.
The shirt though is from H&M and I paired it with this bralette because of how simple it was since it is just cream and black. This shirt is also fairly oversized so you do have the ability to tie it in lots of different ways because of the versatile fit.
In this post, I have shown two ways to wear the shirt and I honestly like both. The first one is this tied off the shoulder. I think that this one is much more dressy as it looks a little more put together, but I also think that it looks very feminine. This one does show more skin than the other but I guess that's the beauty of wearing a shirt like this because you can easily undo it and wear it more like a jacket.
The second way is the most simple but it is just leaving it down and unbuttoned. I think that this is super flattering just because everything underneath could be super tight fitting but this shirt covers you up slightly so you feel a little more conserved. Not to mention, that when it gets cooler outside, a lightweight shirt like this is perfect.
I feel like with an outfit like this, you can wear it with any kind of shoes or accessories. Heels and lots of jewellery for an evening look or trainers and a backpack for a more casual look, I just think, that for the warmer weather right now, this is a staple outfit.

Let me know whether you like this outfit, it is definitely very different from my personal style but I wanted to mix it up a little because of the changing weather.
Grace xx

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Three Makeup Looks for Three Summer Events

I had no idea what I wanted to do for today's post but for the past three days I have been quite busy with little summer events and since I have gotten ready for each one of them a little different, I thought I'd share with you my makeup for each one. Do let me know whether you want to see an outfit version of this because I am thinking of doing that too.
This first makeup look was for a Christening I went to on Sunday, it was pretty casual but because I was wearing quite a colourful dress, I wanted to match my makeup to it. I ended up going for something with a pink undertone on the eyes, to match my dress but keeping my base and lips pretty natural.
Products Used:
- Urban Decay Self Adjusting Primer
- Revolution Foundation Drops in F6
- Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick in F14
- Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer in C3
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder in Banana
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder in Vanilla
- RCMA No Colour Powder
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder in Havana
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder in Fawn
- Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze Bronzer
- Natural Collection Peach Melba Blush
- Freedom Pro Highlighter in Bad Habit
- Freedom Pro Highlighter in Sophisticated
- Collection Clear Brow Gel
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Taupe
- NYX Whipped Cream Eye Shadow
- Colourpop Issues Eye Shadow
- Colourpop Centrefold Eye Shadow
- Freedom Sweet Life Eye Shadow
- Makeup Geek Tuscan Sun Eye Shadow
- Collection Liquid Eye Shadow in Aura
- Makeup Revolution Pigment in Saint
- Makeup Revolution Pigment in Goody Two Shoes
- Collection Volumax Waterproof Mascara
- Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Magic Wand
This was my look for Monday which was just for lunch with my mum and godmother so it was super simple overall but I kept everything quite glowy with lots of highlighter and a more dewy foundation.
Products Used:
- Collection Illuminating Primer
- Revolution Pro Foundation Drops in F6
- LA Girl Pro Concealer in Fair
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder in Banana
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder in Vanilla
- LA Girl Pro Powder in Translucent
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder in Fawn
- Iconic London Illuminating Drops in Original
- Too Faced Sweethearts Blusher in Candy Glow
- NYX Strobe of Genius Highlighting Palette
- Urban Decay Naked Palette Bronzer
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Taupe
- Collection Clear Brow Gel
- Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer in Ivory
- RCMA No Colour Powder
- Morphe 35O Palette
- Revolution cream shadow in Rebound
- Revolution Pigment in Saint
- Collection Volumax Waterproof Mascara
- MUA Caramel Nougat Lip Liner
- NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie
This was Yesterday's makeup look which was for my birthday meal so I made a little more effort. My outfit was a little more neutral so I wanted to add a little colour by putting some oranges in the crease. I also kept my base quite full coverage and my lips neutral because I was going for a meal so I wanted something that would fade easily.
Products Used:
- Urban Decay Self Adjusting Primer
- Revolution Pro Foundation Drops in F6
- Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer in C3
- RCMA No Colour Powder
- Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick in F14
- Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze Bronzer
- Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
- TheBalm Mary Loo Manizer Highlighter
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Taupe
- Collection Clear Brow Gel
- Barry M Foundation Stick in Cashew
- Revolution Pro Eye Shadow Palette
- Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette
- Revolution Pigment in Saint
- Collection Volumax Waterproof Mascara
- Misslyn Lip Liner in Rosewood
- Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Gloss in Papa Don't Peach

This post was a little different but hopefully, you liked it as I enjoyed putting this together so I might do some more in the future.
Grace xx

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Turning 16, plans for summer and college

(OOTD on this coming soon)

As of right now, I have a few plans for the next few months and I just wanted to come on here to update you all so that you have an idea on what is to come.
When this post goes up, it will be a few days until my 16th birthday and so I am a bit undecided on whether to do a what I got for my birthday blog post or a GRWM so if you do want either of those posts then do let me know as I would be happy to do them, I am just not sure whether you would be interested in reading it. As for plans, I don't really have any because if you know me personally you will know that my birthday isn't my favourite time of year and I don't really like to celebrate it but I have got a birthday meal with my family so that's something. 
Another topic I'd like to cover is what I will be up to over the rest of summer. I have got a lot of things I want to do in terms of producing content on my blog and Instagram, I also have little things that I want to go out and do with my friends. As well as all of this, I do have a holiday coming up halfway through August, which is to Orlando, Florida and on the way home, we are stopping off at New York for a few days so I am very excited. I am going with my family and my best friend Penny who I am sure you know so you can expect a lot of pictures of America coming by August. I do plan on documenting a lot of my preparation and holiday itself on my blog which I am super excited for as we have a lot of plans for which we are away.
The final thing I wanted to mention is what is next for me now that my high school journey is over. Although my high school does have a sixth form, I have chosen not to continue there just because it is not a place where I am mentally happy and for myself, I knew I needed a change and so, if I get the results, I will be going to a college where I will be doing a BTEC qualification in Fashion. I am so excited to start because fashion and the industry have always been something I have been interested in and I feel like the college I am going to is a great environment for me. As well as this BTEC, I am also doing an additional alevel in maths as doing a qualification in fashion is a huge risk for me because it isn't the most forgiving industry and it is quite difficult to become successful in so my secure backup plan is maths. Both of these qualifications will take two years and so I don't really know what I will do after that but as of right now, I am super happy and proud of my decisions as I am taking a huge risk but I can't help but feel like they are going to pay off. 
Hopefully, you know a little more now on what is to come from me and I hope your plans are exciting as mine.
Grace xx

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

The Wardrobe Staple

If I could describe my style in one word, I would say basic. I am constantly wearing plain tshirts and jeans because of their versatility, plus they are super comfortable which you could debate is the most important factor in fashion, I would say so. With this heatwave hitting the UK though, jeans just wont cut it and so I have found my new staple piece for summer.
T-Shirt dresses. I love t-shirt dresses for so many reasons and they have very quickly became a staple in my summer wardrobe. Saying that, this piece is for all seasons, with tights and a leather jacket it is perfect for winter, but for summer you can just wear it with a pair of trainers and you are good to go. I find that t-shirt dresses just always look good, you haven't got anything clinging to your body so it is super comfortable to wear and this also makes it great for the warmer weather as you have a bit more freedom in this style dress than in a bodycon dress for instance. I know a few people have dilemas with t-shirt dresses because the don't really flatter anything, but I actually quite like that on my body type, I find that because its mini length it elongates my legs but its loose fit just looks super casual which I love. If you do want more shape though, it is an easy fix, you can just add a belt. I love that t-shirt dresses have so many options on how to wear them, you can add a belt, you can tie it at the bottom to make it tighter, adjusting elements of this dress makes it suitable for anyone.
You can get t-shirt dresses for everywhere and anywhere right now, but my favourite fit and style are the ones from H&M. Just for reference, I buy a size Small and I find that the length is perfect which is usually my biggest issue because I am slightly taller than the average height. I also like that range of colours and patterns they have, I am definitely looking into getting more because I love this khaki coloured one. 
Let me know what your thoughts are on t-shirt dresses. Hopefully you are liking these little fashion posts as I am really enjoying writing them.

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

A Revolution Beauty Haul!

Revolution is a brand that I really wanted to try more from and so I put a few of their products on my birthday wishlist. Very kindly, my mum bought me all of the things on my Revolution wishlist and gave them to me early so that I could get reviewing as I am feeling super inspired to try and test some new makeup products. This post is going to just be a summary of all of the products I was kindly given so that hopefully you can look forward to the reviews coming.

I am not doing this in any order but the first thing is something I am so excited to try because I have heard so many good things. It is the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation - F14, this is not my shade, I got it quite a bit darker so that I can use it as a cream contour. I have had the same cream contour kit for the last year and I feel as though it is time I try something else. Cream contour for me is so great in summer because it lasts so much longer and looks much more natural. I have heard good things about this foundation stick and I am definitely excited to give it a try. I also think that the packaging is super beautiful and luxurious looking for such an affordable product. 
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love and adore my ABH brow pomade, but sadly it is getting a little dry and it only has a few more uses left in it. As much as I love that pomade, it is quite expensive and I don't want to repurchase it in case there is a cheaper alternative. This did cause the purchase of the Revolution Pro Brow Pomade - Taupe as I want to compare the two and see whether there is really much difference. I was pleasantly surprised by how expensive the packaging looks, I love the matte black and the size of it is very generous. The colour of the shade is also very similar to my ABH one and I was quite worried about that but this shade looks like the perfect colour for me.
Onto a more disappointing product that I am so gutted about. As well as the pomade I got, I also wanted a brow pencil just so that I had a more efficient way of filling in my brows. The one I got was the Revolution Pro Microblading Precision Brow Pencil - Taupe, now you would think that because it is in the shade as the pomade that they would be the same colour, haha, no. The shade of this pencil is so much lighter and so much warmer making it impossible for me to wear because it is just not my colour. I am so disappointed that this was the case because I expected that all of the colours in all of the brow products, especially in the pro range, would be the same but this is not the case. This is still a product I want to try but I guess I am going to have to pick it up in a store to be able to get my proper colour. Apart from the colour, I do love the concept of this product and how it is super compact and travel friendly, the colour just really let me down.

I am so excited about this next product. Over the past few months I have really wanted to buy a super bright eye shadow palette but I was always contemplating which one, in the end I got the Revolution Pro Regeneration Palette - Trend Mischeif Mattes which contains the most beautiful selection of shades. I love how many colours you get in this palette and I love the choice of colours. This is definitely a palette that I think is perfect for summer and I do plan on creating lots of fun looks with this palette that you will hopefully be seeing soon. The fact that this is an all matte palette makes it so much more wearable for me, I am so much more of a matte eye shadow person so if I was to wear colourful eye shadow they would definitely be matte so this palette will definitely get a lot of wear.

This is a very new release from Revolution and I have been so excited to try these out. I am not a super glittery eye shadow kind of person but I definitely want to start wearing more pigments and so I got the Revolution Pro Crushed Pearl Pigments - Saint. You get so much product in this container and  the packaging is super sleek looking and secure which is great, especially because of how affordable it is. The shade 'Saint' is the perfect, shimmery white which I know I am going to wear a lot because this would make the most perfect inner corner shade. 
I then got a second pigment which is the Revolution Pro Crushed Pearl Pigments - Goody Two Shoes and this is a beautiful warm, peachy pink shade. This shade is unlike anything else I have in my collection because I am much more of a gold/orange kind of person but I thought that because this shade was still on the warmer side, I would still get a lot of wear out of it. This is definitely an all over the lid kind of shade for me and I think it would be a really lovely shade for summer.
This is another face product that I am so excited to try and it's the Revolution Pro Foundation Drops - F6. I was really interested in this product because it looks like the perfect summer foundation. As it comes in a pipette-like applicator, I assumed that I would be water-based and more on the lighter coverage side of things which is definitely what I prefer when the weather is warmer. For me, this would make a great holiday foundation because of how lightweight it seems. I think that if I like this foundation I will get it in a few more shades especially for my holiday in case I get a tan. The packaging is also super expensive looking because it is actually a glass bottle which I did not expect but actually it seems very secure. I will definitely be reviewing this soon so hopefully you can look forward to that.
Sadly the next few things I can't find online so I can't link them and I also don't remember them being on my wishlist so I am pretty sure they were free gifts in my order, but I just thought I would add them in here. The first thing is the Revolution Pencil in Sovereign which is a shimmery gold shade. It isn't made clear on the product whether it is for the eyes or lips but guessing from the colour, I will probably be wearing it on the eyes. I think that this would look lovely on the lower lash line or even on the lid as a cream eye shadow base.
As for the other product that I assume was a gift was the Revolution Bold As Brass Palette. This contains some eye shadows and highlighters in a mixture of shades and I will still probably wear this palette, especially because the highlighters look so lovely.
Let me know if there a specific product you want me to review and whether you have tried any of these products out already.
Grace xx

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Falling In Love All Over Again

Throughout exam season  I did not take one look at makeup but now that all of that is behind me, I'm back trying out new stuff to report back on and having fun with makeup again. Throughout the last week or so, I have found myself reaching for some old favourites that I had completely forgotten and I wanted to share them with you as I feel like the products you always go back to are some of the best.
The Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Gloss in Papa Don't Peach, oh my, I have fallen in love with it all over again. It had been a long time since I had reached for this but one evening when I was stuck on a lip colour, I applied this and was just stunned by how beautiful it was. As much as I love the shade itself which is a warm, orange nude, it is the formula I love. It applies like a lip balm but the finish is so wet looking and gorgeous. I could go as far as to say that it is my favourite gloss formula just because it is so comfortable and you don't even realise you are wearing it, yet it still looks amazing.
I love the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette but I constantly neglect it and I have no idea why, I guess it just isn't a daily palette for me but now that summer is here, I have been gravitating towards this palette for its warm tones. The matte shades, in particular, stand out to me as they blend beautifully but that is not to say that the shimmer shades aren't beautiful because they are, especially that pink shade which is just stunning all over the lid. I have created a few looks with this recently and I have loved how each one of them has turned out. It is definitely a more expensive palette but for some unique summer shades, I'd highly recommend it, plus it is delicious.

I am currently in a phase of feeling a bit 'meh' about primers, none of them I'm really loving and half of them are nearly finished so I'm just trying to use them up, but the Urban Decay Self Adjusting Primer is the exception. Once again, I pulled this out of my draw the other day and loved how it applied. I have spoken about this primer before but basically, it applies like an exfoliant almost and as you blend the primer into the skin, there are pigments that smooth out your skin and basically make you look airbrushed, it's amazing. As well as this, it does mattify the skin, which for summer, is definitely needed as my skin can get super oily in the heat. Anyways, this primer has just been great for me recently and I will definitely be using it throughout the summer.

I have had a love-hate relationship with the Urban Decay Naked Face Palette in Native, but currently, I am loving it right now. The main reason I love it is for the bronzer because it has a subtle shimmer to it which I find gives the perfect glow for summer. The blusher and highlighter I use less but they are still very pretty and I do still use them occasionally. I do love how this is an all in one face compact as I think it is perfect for travel. Urban Decay is definitely in my good books right now and I will continue to try out their products until they prove me otherwise.
As for brows, I have been avoiding using my power duo because it is running out and I am not ready to finish it yet so instead I have been back using my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe. I find that, especially with the warmer weather, a pomade lasts a little bit longer than a powder because of its gel-like texture. This colour Taupe, by ABH, is also my perfect brow shade so it adds definition to my brows but keeps them looking natural. I definitely think that I will be using this more often, especially when I go on holiday.

The final product I have is a lip liner that I bought when I first started wearing makeup and when I just starting to blog. MUA Lip Liner in Caramel Nougat has always been a super affordable lip liner on the market and I could honestly never stop saying enough good things about this product. It had been a little neglected in my makeup collection recently but over the past week or so I have started using it again, and I think I am due for a new one soon. I love this lip liner because you have a lot of control as the formula is creamy but it doesn't slide everywhere so you can still get a sharp line. The colour is also the perfect nude shade, it's not too warm or cool, it is the perfect pale nude shade and I find that I can go over this with any gloss or lipstick and it will look amazing. If you have never tried this lip liner, I really think you should, it is so affordable and I think that the shade would look good on anyone.

I hope you liked this little update on some products that I have rediscovered. Do let me know in the comments if you have fallen back in love with any old favourites.
Grace xx

Monday, 25 June 2018

The Day Dress Edit

Like I said in my most recent post which just explained my current state, fashion is something I want to cover more on my blog. That brings us onto this post which is hopefully the first of many. Also, I am trying to experiment with ways I can take my pictures for these outfit posts so let me know what you think of this layout. 
I wanted to share with you one of my favourite outfits for summer this year. In the UK right now, the weather has been incredible and it is only supposed to be getting better so my jeans and jumpers have been put away and I have started venturing out into skirts and shorts. After shopping for some new summer outfits, I knew that I would have to share with you this dress.
This dress is a mini bodycon dress with a black and white floral print. It has short sleeves and the length is really lovely because it isn't super short so it is super comfortable to wear without feeling like you are flashing everyone. I think that this dress is the perfect casual day dress for this sunny weather and it is actually from Primark so sadly I can't link it but it was under £10 so it is such a steal.
When styling a bodycon dress, I like to pair it with an oversized jacket just so that I feel like not everything is clinging to me. This one, in particular, is a distressed denim jacket from Hollister. I find denim jackets to be such a staple in summer because they are not as thick as winter coats but they are still good to layer for the day in case the weather takes a turn. I also love this fit as I feel like because it is not structured, it keeps the outfit quite casual looking. 
Even though you can't see the shoes, I would wear this outfit with a pair of white trainers or pumps just so that it is super comfortable and casual. I also think that white shoes are such a staple and especially with the white detail in the dress, the white shoes would really enhance the print.

I am really sorry I couldn't find the links to any of the items, but I have linked below similar. Hopefully, you liked this post, I am always open to your feedback as I am still experimenting with these fashion posts.
Grace xx

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

I'm back...

So I am going to do the best I can at keeping this post very unedited as I think a genuine response is the least I could do for my absence.
I assume that most of you know that I am in my final year of high school, or at least I was until yesterday, and that means that I have been sitting my final exams over the past six weeks. As much as I could blame my whole social media absence on exams, that wouldn't be completely honest but I will probably talk about that later in this post. As for this post, I feel as though I needed to write about where I've been just to keep all of you up to date and for you to see where I am at the moment in terms of my blog and what I hope for the future.
The last few posts of mine were actually pre-written and so the last time I had written a blog post was probably in January and so I am a bit out of practice. As exam season was approaching at the start of the year, I knew where my priorities lied because as much as I love blogging, my education and doing the best to my ability was something I did not want to give up. Since about the end of January, the start of February I had started revising on a regular basis but it was not until March that I realized that my blog really did need to take a back seat. Anyway, fast forward a little bit, my proper exams started in May and I finish them yesterday so it has been a very long and intensive process, to say the least. 
In case you do want to know about my exams and how they went, to say it briefly, I am content with how they went only because I couldn't have worked any harder and so I know that whatever I get is a genuine representation of my education throughout high school. I can always talk about exams in more detail if that is something you want but I won't do it in this post just because I want to keep this post brief.
During exam season, especially when I was revising in the build-up to my first few weeks, I just stopped blogging, I spotted planning, taking pictures and writing altogether. Surprisingly, to start off with, I didn't miss blogging. I felt as though a break was needed and that exams would take over. For me, sometimes it was just nice not to think about social media or blogging as I find it to be quite an intensive process but that doesn't disguise the fact that I still love it. Anyways, it got to halfway through exams and I had a week off, throughout that week I kept having urges to write for my blog. Although I didn't, that 'wanting to blog' feeling is what made me realize that my break was coming to an end and that I did want to come back. I would be lying if I said I had never thought about leaving my blog because I have had it for three and a half years and people change and develop so that thought has always been there. However, that week off made me realize that I really did still want to blog because as much as I needed that break, I also felt like I needed to come back as soon as I felt ready.
Saying that there are some things I want to change. Looking back, I feel like one of the reasons I didn't want to blog was because I wasn't fully into what I was writing about. I love makeup and it will always be something I will want to share, but it started to feel like a chore, weekly reviews and pouring my heart and soul into a tutorial that looking back, I feel as though a lot of people didn't actually read, so I do want to change up my blog a bit. I want to keep my blog as something that is true to myself and something that represents me and everything I love, and although makeup is still a big part of that, I only want to post about it when I really really want to. As well as makeup, I also love fashion. In case you didn't know, I am actually studying fashion next year as my form of education for two years and so I want to share that side of me also on my blog. I have tried fashion before but it always started drifting away because of little things like pictures and actually writing about it. This time though, I really want to experiment and I want to stick to it. I understand that some of my readers might not like fashion or other topics I want to cover on my blog but since that start of the year, I have just realised that I am going to do this blog for myself and I am going to block out the numbers and stats as well as I can because sometimes it is disheartening to see a post you loved to create but for me, this is still a hobby and I want to like what I create.
Anyway, if you have read all of this then I am definitely impressed and I thank you for sticking with me, it really does mean a lot to me. Hopefully, you are excited for what is to come and that you accept my decision and hopefully there will be a post from me soon. I don't really know what it's going to be, but we will see.
Thank you!
Grace xx