Illamasqua – A visit from a makeup artist

Hello Lovelies,

I’m studying Art AS level in sixth form and we were lucky enough for our teacher to arrange for Debenhams to come into our class and teach us about using makeup. This was going to help us look at portraiture and the face when we are drawing.

Anyway, as somebody who loves makeup this was one of the best opportunity for me. The makeup artist that came in was from the Illamasqua counter, which was a brand I had heard before but knew very little about. They are a British brand and are cruelty free, founded by Julian Kynaston (I believe).

My first thoughts on the products is that they are so pigmented which is amazing. The makeup artist (called Charlotte) did this stunning look on a volunteer based on the Instagram tend that is going around…if you get what I mean. The Illamasqua eye shadows were perfect for this type of look, but I am pretty sure that they would suit even the naturalist of looks.

Now one things that did catch my eye when she was talking about the products was the Re-hydrating Gel ‘Hydra Veil’ which basically is a primer that keeps your skin hydrated when your wearing makeup. This is something that for me, somebody with dry skin is perfect. I was lucky enough to get a small sample and all I will say is it really works! This is definable on my wish list for my next haul!

Illamasqua as a brand is so beautiful, the packaging is very slick and sleek which I always quite like when I am looking at makeup. I was lucky enough to get some photos of these eye shadows which I’m sure you’ll agree look so beautiful.IMG_0072[1].JPG

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As for the brow products… I was blown away. Charlotte used a brow gel which was water resistant which is great as living in Wales is bad weather a lot of the time. This was stunning when she applied it and honestly I’m definitely going to give this product a go!

These are just a few of the products that I was lucky enough to see and to look at! I would defiantly recommend looking at this brand, I know I will be going to Debenhams next time I am in town – straight to the Illamasqua counter.

Abbie xx

 

Girl Online:Going Solo Review

Hello Lovelies!

How are you all? I hope you having amazing start to the new year, I know most have gone back to school but I hope we can all keep you spirits up I know its annoying having to go back to school. Anyway back to blogging, the new year and a new post….

I love Girl Online and Girl Online: On tour and now I am in love with Girl Online Going Solo! Penny’s latest journey is amazingly written by Zoe Sugg. I thought that I would give you a quick low down on the book and what I thought of it. I was even lucky enough to pick up one of the signed editions! PS THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK!

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Lets start off with the cover of the book, now as I would love to become a graphic designer, book covers amaze me. I feel that the cover really tells the story itself, again I love that they have chosen to stick with the photographs on the front that look like mini polaroids. The orange of the cover gives you a sense of what season this book is set in and the sparks that look like sparklers really give it away thick and fast.

So delving into the characters themselves, I am still in love with Penny. Her character has developed so  much throughout the course of the book and is continuing to grown without fail. Zoe has really made Penny come alive in this book and has let her explore new emotions like a new love interest…! Penny’s adventure in this book really made my heart pound and allowed me to fall in love with her character over and over again.

The book sees the return of best friend Elliot or Wiki, now in the last two books I love Elliot and the third book has made me love him even more. Even though in this book he faces the continuing challenges of his parents unsteady relationship he still manages to bring a smile to my face. Penny and his friendship still shows how close they are even when Elliot disappears, he is always there for Penny throughout her challenges with trying to get over the heart throb that is Noah Flynn.

Now with a new story come new characters, Zoe introduces Posey a young girl who is studying at Madame Laplage School the same school as Megan. Posey is struggling with stage fright so the wonderful Penny offers to help and she introduces Posey to the wonderful Leah Brown too. I really like Posey’s character I find her really interesting as I think she reminds me a little of Penny started out, a little nervous. Also there’s a new guy on the block, Callum, the new love interest of Penny Porter. At first I really didn’t  know what to think about Callum I couldn’t decided whether or not he was trust worthy but the more I read the more I began to think he did like Penny. But from the very start I knew he wasn’t Noah and I am not going to lie… I was always in Noah’s Corner, I always wanted them to be together right from the word go. But Zoe’s new characters offer a new insight into the world of Penny Porter and these wonderful characters help portray these new parts excellently.

In terms of the plot line,  I LOVE IT!! The fact that Penny is off to another part of the country give Zoe another chance to offer Penny new oppitunities and adventurers. The plot itself is gripping with the same underlying love story that started in the first book. Even though the wonderful Noah isn’t around from the start of book 3 I think the love of Penny and Noah  is evident from the  beginning. The story of Penny and Megan’s relationship has finally come to the end that I was hoping for, yes I know that sounds horrid but I always thought that Megan was pulling Penny down but I’m glad Penny finally got the courage to do something about it. And the grand ending will Noah return? All I am going to say is the mystirous Brooklyn Boy will surprize you all, he certainly suprised moi here. Noah and Penny’s relationships is explored throughout the book and the ending of this fantastic novel explains why.

I am still in love with all the characters in the book and if you haven’t read this book yet I definatly recommend it! It’s an easy read for anybody who wants to read this novel. Personally I love the story as a whole, the new characters, the new relationships and old relationship that Zoe has explored in the previous books still continued. This book is a book that I will read again and again and again because that s honestly (hand on my heart) how much I love these books. Penny, Noah, Elliot and all the wonderful characters make me want too read more and continue reading. Zoe has written another winner here.

Abbie xx

2016 – What a Year!

We have nearly reached the end of yet another year, 2016 seemed to have flashed by! There have been so many new experiences and moments in this past year, its been a hard year but I wouldn’t have changed any of it.

My Family have been the most amazing and supportive family ever (like they always are). Throughout the year I have had several meltdowns about things and its been my family that have been there for me. My parents are extraordinary with the support I have and they have achieved so much this year too, I couldn’t be more prouder to call them my parents. I have to mention my little sister who I am so proud off, she has gain so much confidence and achieved tones, I cannot believe how grown up and beautiful she is becoming. I must also mention my grandparents, aunts and uncles who too are the most amazing family ever, they are all there for me and they too have achieved so  much.

This year we also received a new member to our family, as my uncle and aunt had their first child, a beautiful baby daughter.

This year me and my boyfriend reached our year anniversary, which was amazing. I cannot tell you all enough how proud I am of him, he is becoming a incredible young man who I am so proud to say is my boyfriend. He has achieved so much this past year in his studies, and I am sure he will continue ti make me proud. He has been there for me too this year much like my family, I cannot thank him enough for everything he has done.

At the start of 2016 I was still at my old school completing my GCSE’s which I am happy to say I passed all of them in the summer. It’s been  hectic with exams and coursework but it was definable worth it. It was a year of memories for sure, with prom and the year 11 leaving parties etc. Prom was one of the most amazing nights ever celebrating with all my friends, and getting dressed up too. I also moved schools this year which is something I never thought I would be able to achieve because I struggle to make new friends and change isn’t something I like. But I did it and now I am settled into my new school with a new group of friends, meeting new people and challenges every single day.

2016 saw me achieve things I have never achieved before, even the smallest of things like catching two trains only to get to a meal with friends, starting to learn to drive. These things might be small to some but they are big to me. I achieved this blog, right here, I really never thought I would be able to achieve something like this and I am hoping to take this further and have more great content for you guys in the new year. You are all brilliant and I cannot thank you enough for the love you’ve given me as a newbie blogger.

2017 is going to be another fantastic year and I want to wish you all the best. My aim is be more positive in the up and coming year with everything. I want to be more optimistic about things and not worry so much about ‘what if’. I am aiming to try not and over think situations all the time as that is another thing I do a lot of. Sometimes I know that the goals we set ourselves aren’t always achieved but I am going to try my very best to achieve this in 2017! Let me know what is your goals for 2017?

Happy New Year

Abbie xx

 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Christmas is coming fast now, and honestly I cannot wait for it. I can’t wait for my family to be over for lunch and the evening. It’s  going to be even more special this year as me and my sister are no longer the only children on the scene… earlier this year my uncle had is first daughter so that makes 3 of us. It’s her first Christmas so it’s going to be amazing!

For me Christmas begins on the first of December with all the advent calendars and trees and lights start to appear around the houses. I love walking to school in the morning and seeing houses lit up inside. It’s something about this which is magical to me, I don’t know why.

Christmas is all about love and compassion, this is will be my second Christmas with my boyfriend and though we may not be able to see each other on Christmas Day itself, honestly its still the same feeling. Spending Christmas day with my family is showing this love, the home is never complete on Christmas Day without love being shared among those around you.

Even now, magic is still at the heart of Christmas. Magic and the thought of magic brings Christmas (in my eyes) together, as one. Whether we believe or not I have always felt that the magic of Christmas is one thing that never changes no matter what else changes. The magic for me is having all the family happy and laughing.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas I hope that you all enjoy whatever you have planned, be happy and laugh. Let me know what you have planned this Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Love

Abbie xx

Christmas Wrapping

It’s coming to that time now when all that we can think about is wrapping our presents, this year I decided to wrap each of my presents differently depending on who they are for and what they are.

I really liked this idea of brown parcel paper this year which all comes together when you add the red and white string. I saw this last year on a YouTube video by Zoella (in her 24 days of Zoella series which by the way this year I am loving again). Anyway, I thought I would share with you how we decided to wrap gifts this year.

As me and my younger sister currently buy for friends and family together, we both decided that we would try and create something special out wrapping them this year. We thought that we would use brown wrapping paper this year, personally I had seen these on Pinterest and found them so individual. The paper itself wasn’t too expensive which meant that it work really well for both me and my sister.

To make these gifts a bit more personal we decided to decorate them using red string. We managed to get hold of these from IKEA where again the cost wasn’t huge but when we put the presents together it really made them look brilliant. To personalize our presents further we decided to write straight onto  paper in a sharpie.

This is one of my shorter post but I didn’t want to give to much away, I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what ideas what your plans are for present wrapping this Christmas

Abbie xx

Deck the Halls

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img_20341img_20361img_20351img_20331img_20381img_20401img_20421As we are now in the festive period I have begun to start decorating my room to get in the festive spirit. Now my room as just been re decorated (don’t worry there will be a room tour hopefully in the new year) but I needed some new festive decorations for my room, not tones but just a few new smaller ones. Note to all that when I decorate to get into the festive mood blasting a Christmas playlist is a must!

Where do I start… as you will begin to understand I am mad about Christmas, so mad it fact that I have been nagging my parents about it for weeks since November. We decorated the down stairs with our main Christmas tree, the theme here is purples, browns and gold which ties in well with our living room colours. Also, we have our tiny nativity scene which sits on the bottom of the fireplace. Honestly I love the front room at Christmas, it so festive and cosy.

Elsewhere, we have another tree which is in our kitchen this one doesn’t really have a theme it just has mine and my sister handmade decorations on it and other little cute decorations that don’t fit the main tree’s theme. We also have these lush lights on the house outside.

As for my room I wasn’t able to go all out as I had hoped as having my room done meant that my festive decorations from last year just didn’t look right. However, I do have these two small snow globes that sit on my desk, which get me into the festive mood each morning before school! Also I have my stocking out which are so cute, I love them both so much it just adds that little bit extra to my room.

Do you all decorate your rooms? How do you all decorate your rooms for Christmas?

Abbie xx

Silent Night Pamper Night

During this busy time of year often people forget about relaxing and getting some ‘me’ time into their days. This is one reason why I am writing this post to try, I know full well that I don’t get enough me time but honestly when I do I don’t regret it at all.

 

To start of my ‘silent night’ pamper session, I find that it begins with setting the mood, which for me is lighting a good Christmas scented candle. I really think that candles offer you a calm and relaxing environment as well as the festive atmosphere. Once the candle is burning I tend to run myself a nice hot steamy bath. I love having a festive bath because I find I can relax more and more.

While relaxing in the bath I tend to watch YouTube or read a book.  If you don’t like to do either then you could just listen to some festive musics (you can’t go wrong by doing that). After the relaxing bath I tend to hop out and jump into some festive PJS, my trick is to warm these up on the radiator before getting into the bath so they are nice and warm after you get out of the bath.

After that I will give myself a small manicure session where I cut and file all my nails so they feel fresh and healthy. I tend to do this when I am snuggled up in bed watching a Christmas film (Elf or The Holiday) and a hot chocolate. Now sometimes this changes depending on whats happening that night but honestly this tend to happen quite a bit during the holiday season.

Abbie xx

Christmas Q&A

img_2022It’s finally December 2016! I love Christmas so much, it’s my favorite time of year (if you didn’t already know…)
Anyway as my first  Christmas post I decided that I would do a small Q&A for you all, now these questions are from friends and family so I hope you enjoy.

Q: What do you do to count down the days?

A:  To count down the days until Christmas day I open my advent calendar, unlike most people my family put together my calendar by filling it with chocolate and different treats instead of just having a store brought calendar.

Q: What do you love about Christmas the most

A: Simply everything, honestly I cannot narrow this one down. I love the spirit and festivity of this time of year. I love spending time with my family and friends and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

Q: Favorite Christmas Movie?

A: I really love The Holiday starring Kate Winslet, it’s just a magical film and it reminds me so much of books I read when I was younger. I also really enjoy Mistletoe Under Manhattan, Elf and Mircale on 34th Street

Q: Favorite type of Christmas Activity?

A:  Spending time with family and friends mostly but also spending time with my boyfriend, snuggling up watching movies with hot chocolate and hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.

Q: Ideal Christmas Day?

A: For me this would spending the entire day with the people I love my family and my boyfriend. It would spending lunch laughing around the table enjoying a good roast, then spending the afternoon laughing and exchanging presents with one another just a day of love and kindness.

Q: Do you enjoy Christmas present wrapping and purchasing?

A: I really enjoy buying and wrapping resents I make a right deal out of it spending an evening with a movie on wrapping all the presents nicely. This year I am really thinking about going all out with the wrapping (well that’s my plan anyway)

Q: Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

A: Usually on Christmas Eve me and my family would attend the blessing of the crib service at church. But this year I am working on Christmas Eve as it falls on a Saturday…I’m not too worried as I will hopefully be seeing my family later on in the evening. As far as traditions are concerned I guess we usually have a Christmas eve box with PJ’s and a good film with some nibbles.

Q: Do you like Christmas lights?

A: Yes, Yes, Yes… I love Christmas lights whether that be at home or in the city center, they are one of my favorite things about Christmas. I really love going to the switch on with my boyfriend or friends just so I can get into the Christmas spirit.

Abbie xx

Get Ready this December…

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So you might have noticed that lately, my post haven’t been as frequent as I had wanted. But you will hopefully be glad to know that this December I will be posting frequently as I have been writing so many Christmas-y post for you.

Now I’m not get 100% sure when all these post will be going up but I think its safe to say we are looking at 2 a week! I’m so excited for you all to read these post, so get excited for this Christmas.

Let me know what your favourite thing about Christmas is? For me it has to spending all the time with my family and friends

Bring on December…

Abbie xx

November Update

 

So back with the updates, this months so far has been insane. It my boyfriends 18th Birthday and starting to get ready for Christmas along with all the school work there is lots to update you all on.

Shall we start with school work, yeah my exams are coming up in January which does both me as I want to do well so I suppose over the Christmas break I wil be spending time revising for my mocks. But apart from that I am pretty much enjoying my A- Levels I am sure that I will change my mind later on in the year but that’s what this post are for to keep you guys updated!

In other news, it was my boyfriends 18th Birthday on Friday which is crazy, he seemed to have a really good day which I am so glad about. I am happy that I got to celebrate it with him, he deserved a good celebration. I won’t go into to much detail but if you want to give him a belated birthday present go over and check out his blog… yes my boyfriend has a blog, http://www.theolliejamessite.wordpress.com

In terms of getting ready for Christmas, I am currently writing up my schedule for post and writing my post, I am planning on uploading more than once a week throughout December so expect lots of Christmas posts. I have even done a bit of shopping already (i know I’m actually organized for once!)

Anyway, as far as I consider myself I am good this year has flown by but I’ve loved every single minute of it. Ive made new friends, fresh starts and New beginnings.

Happy November

Abbie xx