Glossier Makeup Review.

Glossier Makeup Review.

Hello my lovelies! It feels like ages since I last wrote but it’s only been two weeks; there wasn’t a post last week because I needed some time to relax as I’ve had family members in and out of hospital over the last few weeks. But I’m happy to say that from today everyone is now back at home. How have you been since lockdown measures have been lowered even more? Have you braved the shops yet?

As for me, I’ve avoided shopping anywhere in person due to having family members who are more at risk and because I’ve generally gotten used to just shopping online and not going out anymore! Something I’ve bought recently is a completely new collection of makeup as mine needed a serious sort through, especially because I think the majority of it (if not all of it) was out of date!

When I was scrolling through Instagram I came across Glossier, who I’ve seen and heard a little bit about from friends in the past, and decided to try out their makeup line.

Part of what made me want to try their products out was the super cute packaging, they’re cruelty free and all of the raving reviews. Plus, they seem to be all about enhancing your natural beauty and simple products that work well and are easy to apply.

Glossier Makeup Review
So, what did I order?
First impressions:

I’m a sucker for minimalism so I absolutely love the packaging and design. The products are a little smaller than they may appear but a little seems to go a long way so I don’t mind that; it also makes travelling with them a lot easier! All of the products arrived in these cute pink bubble zip lock pockets which I’m using as makeup bags as they fit everything in the perfectly.

The application and formula:

The spf formula is like a gel rather than a cream and applies smoothly to the skin and I found that it absorbed into my skin really quickly without that typical oily feeling you get with other sun creams.

The cloud paint blush comes in a small tube, which might lead you to believe that it won’t go very far, however, you only need a tiny bit as a little goes a very long way. I found that the ‘beam’ colour was very pigmented and I apply it with my fingertips to control how much I’m applying.

The boy brow gel works absolute wonders to tame and define my brows, and the formula is like a mix between a mascara and a gel in my opinion, which keeps my brow hairs in place all day. It also helps to cover up any spots of my brows that are thinner than the others (thank you early 2000’s..)!

The lash slick mascara is one of my favourite mascaras if not my all time favourite mascara purely for the fact that it just glides over my lashes and doesn’t cause them to clump together. Plus, it’s water-resistant and I found it easy to take off at the end of the day with micellar water and a cotton pad!

The lidstar cream eyeshadow formula is really creamy and has an applicator that is similar to those of liquid lipsticks. I like to apply it straight to my eyelid with the applicator and then smooth over the lid with my fingers. I picked up the colour ‘slip’ which is a shimmery pinky tone that is perfect for everyday wear.

I love the haloscope highlighter stick. It’s so incredibly easy to apply and it’s great for when you’re on the go and want a little glow. The formula is creamy and easily blended with your fingers; I like to swipe it over my cheekbones (or where my cheekbones should be..), the tip and bridge of my nose, my brow bone, temples, a little on my forehead, my chin and the cupids bow. The ‘quartz’ tone looks perfect on all skin tones and gives you a nice natural glow.

The lip glosses have a great consistency to them, they glide on easily, and stay on well without feeling too sticky. I found the formula quite thick/gloopy but still smooth and they don’t feel heavy on your lips. I love the holographic gloss as it has a pinky/blue sheen to it and then the red gloss gives you a tinted glossy look that’s effortless.

Final comments:

I absolutely love the entire collection of products I’ve picked up. They all apply extremely easily and give you a natural effortless look. All of the products are perfect for everyday use, and although are a little pricey, they’re totally worth it based on the quality of all of the formulas; and you can see the amount of thought that has gone into each product. I’d recommend Glossier to anyone looking for high quality makeup that gives you a natural glow, applies easily and is long wearing.

Since lockdown I’ve completely overhauled my makeup routine, giving up wearing foundation and finding a routine that works for me. My new routine is as follows:

  • I start by applying SPF 30 to my entire face
  • I then swipe a small amount of Bare Minerals concealer under my eyes and blend it in with a small beauty blender
  • I set the concealer with a small amount of powder
  • I then swipe boy brow gel over my brows
  • I dab on cloud paint over my cheeks and nose
  • Then I swipe haloscope over my cheekbones, tip and bridge of my nose, temples, forehead, chin and cupids bow and blend it in with my fingers
  • I apply the lidstar eyeshadow over my eyelids
  • I then curl my eyelashes and apply the lash slick mascara
  • And finish by applying a spray of setting spray followed by lip gloss

And that’s it! That’s all the makeup I wear now, I’m trying to become a lot more comfortable with showing my acne and rosacea without feeling bad or self conscious about it, and this new routine makes me feel good and I forget about my skin which is great.

If you want to see my new routine in action, let me know in the comments and I’ll film it and put it on my IGTV! Have you tried any Glossier makeup before? What are your makeup staples? Let me know!

And with that, have a great weekend my lovelies!

Love,

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Everyday Makeup Tutorial.

Everyday Makeup Tutorial.

Hello my lovelies! The end of this week is the beginning of a week off work for me, and I can’t wait for a little down time and some time with Matt. Because I’ve got time off work next week, it means I’ll probably be wearing makeup a lot more because I find it really relaxing and a great way to fit in some me-time in my busy days.

Selfie With Makeup

Which leads me on to today’s post! My first ever makeup tutorial! I won’t lie, I was nervous to film my makeup routine but it’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Plus, I’ve had a few requests for one, so there was no way I was going to let you down!

To start, I’ll give you my list of products I use, in the order I use them:

Now that you know what I like to use/wear, here’s my tutorial!

And that’s my everyday makeup tutorial! I say everyday, but I only wear makeup when I feel like it, which is usually at the weekend or when I’m off work.

I like wearing this kind of makeup for everyday wear and for going out, partly because I just love that glam natural look. You get what I mean by that? Basically as if I’ve got skin that’s clear, long lashes and have some form of cheek bones rather than my chipmunk cheeks – thanks contouring!

I’ve always struggled with smudging lipsticks and sticky lip glosses so I never used to wear them, but over the last year I’ve been wearing lipstick more and more and I’ve fallen in love with that rose tinted lip gloss. It’s not too sticky and looks great over a completely bare lip!

So, here’s what I looked like before I did my makeup, and after!

I have always believed that you should only wear makeup if you want to, and that it should be something you feel like you have to do in order to be liked or accepted.

Even though before I put my makeup on I could see my acne, bags under my eyes, rosacea and patchy eyebrows; I still went out like that with my hair up, barefaced and I felt pretty good and didn’t think about needing makeup for a second. What I will say is yes I did feel love how I looked after I put my makeup on, and that’s because makeup is an incredible art-form and method of expression.

Basically, do what makes you happy and feel good!

And on that note, what makeup product could you not live without? I think mine’s got to be mascara! It just makes me feel that extra bit put together! What did you think to my tutorial? Let me know in the comments, and if you try out my makeup routine be sure to tag me in your photos on instagram @theweightofmyworlds!

Have a great weekend everyone, and remember, you’re amazing!

Love,

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Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony!

Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony!

Hello my lovelies! As you can guess from the title of this weeks post, I’ve had a busy week and exciting week. My week started off as usual, a busy week of work ahead, first up I hosted my first ever live stream for the non-profit I work for which was nerve wracking but exciting. Then this Thursday I had my ‘Celebration of Learning’ event for the college where I did my first part of my apprenticeship (I’m currently doing the next level up at the same place).

When the day came to go to my ‘Celebration of Learning’ and awards ceremony I had no clue what sort of thing to wear; which is funny, since I’ve actually got several posts on here all about fashion and outfit ideas! But you know how it is, you forget about what options for outfits you’ve already got when you’ve got an event coming up.

I figured smart casual is the best way to go, since I had no idea what everyone else would be wearing there. Maybe I’ll do a post on smart casual outfit soon, let me know if you want one in the comments!

Griffindor outfit

So, I ended up going with my more Griffindor inspired look because it’s one that’s a good comfy and smart casual look that can be dressed up or down. To make it a little smarted than in the picture to the right, I swapped out the trainers for heeled boots with burgundy, red and white embroidery and swapped the cardigan for a smart coat.

Alright, so after I finally decided on my outfit, it was makeup time! I’m a little stuck in a rut with my makeup to be honest, but it works for me so I did my usual routine and I was lucky enough to be having an amazing hair day which is something you have to worry about if you’re a person who wears their natural hair texture out and about!

Here’s how my makeup and hair turned out (featuring Nikkietutorials in the background haha):

Makeup

Let me know if you want to see my makeup routine sometime! Also, this was the first time I’ve worn my natural curls to an event!

After I was finally ready.. we left for the ceremony! Something I knew about the awards ceremony was that Warwick Davis was going to be there, presenting everyone scrolls and awards! And if you couldn’t tell already from my outfit, I’m a big Potterhead; so I was crazy excited!

So, one stop at McDonald’s for something small to eat and off we went to Peterborough Cathedral. Now, if you’ve never been to the Cathedral there, it’s absolutely beautiful, especially the painted ceiling, so definitely check it out if you’re ever in that area!

We made our way into the Cathedral, were taken to our seats and then at 7.30pm it began! It was amazing to see so many people together to celebrate how much they’ve achieved with all of their family and friends there to support them.

Here I am with my mum and Matt! (They coordinated by accident haha)

Mum, Matt and Me

We all took turns going up to receive our scrolls in front of the 700 people that were there and had our photos taken with Warwick, and I’m not gonna lie, it was hard to keep it together meeting him, especially with so many people watching!

Warwick and Me

I’ll have professional photos to check out and put up soon of me getting my scroll; I’ve just gotta wait for them to be sent over from the photographer at college! So in the mean time, here I am on the little screen by our seats.

After everyone went up for their scrolls it was time for the awards to be announced. The first award to be announced was the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ awards. Now, I heard someone behind me say they were told beforehand that they were nominated for the award, so I just assumed that meant that I wasn’t in the running since I hadn’t heard anything and that was fine by me. After all, I got to meet Warwick, something I never thought I’d do, so I was already over the moon.

Then they started announcing the nominees. They announced three names, and then the last name gets announced, and its mine. I was just sat there like:

So I’m just sat there like, wait what?! I wasn’t told about this! And then they do the whole.. ‘And the Apprentice of the Year is…’

And they say Victoria Morton. Me! My name!

Apprentice award

I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t really paying much attention because I didn’t think I’d win, so it took a second for me to actually realise what was happening and get up to walk to the front to get my award.

Award flatlay

I won’t lie, it’s still not really sunk in now! But here’s what the award looks like! The only award I’ve ever gotten other than blogging awards from the amazing blogging community is a most improved dance plaque from when I was about 10. And that’s a ‘most improved’ award.. aka I was the worst one there hahaha. My dancing career was very short lived. Which I think we can all say is a good thing.

Anyway, back to the awards! I was presented this really cool diamond shaped award and had another photo taken and then when I got back to my seat I was congratulated by my loved ones. And to think, we debated even going to the event! The part I loved the most about this was: number one – it was a complete surprise to myself and my loved ones, and number two – it reinforced in me that it’s perfectly fine to be an apprentice at 23 years old, and just because I’m older than typical apprentices does not mean I’m no good at my job. Oh, and that you should always be proud of your hard work.

Then the event ended and I was lucky enough to get another photo with Warwick and say a proper hello; since when you’re getting your scroll, you can’t really just stop and chat whilst hundreds of others are waiting for their turn.

For those wondering: Warwick was so lovely and genuine and was happy to take a photo with me just before being bombarded from children!

So whilst I wait for my other photos to arrive, here’s the photo I got!

Warwick and me

And that’s what happened at the awards ceremony this week! It was a happy, shocking, exciting, stressful and fun day!

Friendly reminder:

Don’t ever doubt yourself based on where other people are in their lives. You’re right where you need to be and you’re doing amazing. Be proud of your achievements no matter how big or small, you’re incredible!

Well, that’s all from me today, have you ever felt like you’re behind or not where you’re supposed to be in life? It’s completely normal to feel like that, but remember, everyone’s journey is different and taking a different path in life is no better or worse than others.

Have you been to any events recently? What did you wear? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

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Me and my awards
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My July Favourites.

My July Favourites.

Can You Believe QE

Hello lovelies! Can you even believe we’re in August already?! This year is going so so fast, and I’m not going to lie.. I’m already getting excited about the festive season. Autumn and Winter are by far my favourite seasons, everything is so cosy and the food is so good! Anyway, onto today’s post, my July favourites.

This week I’ll be telling you about my favourite makeup/beauty products, fashion pieces and other little things I’ve picked up over the last few weeks.

So, without further adieu..

Noughty Thirst Aid Conditioning and Detangling Spray

Noughty Leave in conditioner

I absolutely love this spay, it’s been a godsend for my hair, and makes it feel amazing. As someone who religiously straightened her hair for years this is a must, it also helps that I haven’t touched the hot tools for just over 4 months, but since my hair grows so slowly the damage is still on the ends, this is an essential in my hair routine now!

Yoga Mat

Yoga mat

This one has become a very new favourite of mine, I’m a bit of a yogi, but I stopped practising for a while due to back issues (post to follow in a few weeks) but I’ve just started up again. I found it’s good for my mental health (don’t worry, I won’t start preaching saying yoga solves everything – because it doesn’t) and I treat it as self-care along with helping with my back pain.

Cacti Packing Organisers

Cacti Bags

I’ve done a fair bit of travelling/staying away from home the last few days, so these have been amazing since I have a habit of being an over-packer. These have helped me stay organised and only pack what I need to, plus they are so cute and cheap (gotta love amazon!)!

Bare Minerals Powder Foundation, Highlighter and Brush

Bare Minerals makeup

In Edinburgh I spent some time shopping in Princes Street and went and got my makeup done at a Bare Minerals counter. It was my first time having my makeup done by someone else and I loved it. I finally found a foundation that I could wear without it looking cakey, too dark/the wrong tone and it covers my acne scars and rosacea! And the highlighter is a pretty with pinky lilac tones you can see in the light.

Overcooked – Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch overcooked

Overcooked is a cute yet manic cooking game made for the Nintendo switch where you have to run around the kitchen in all sorts of areas completing orders before time runs out. I love playing this when I just want to disappear from reality for a little while. And it can be played by yourself or with as many as 4 people!

Oversized T-Shirt Dress

Tshirt dress

I picked this up the other day and it’s already a favourite of mine. With it being so hot at the moment this is perfect for staying cool, and it’s great for travelling. I’ve paired this with bike shorts and vans for a casual look and as a bonus – it feels like wearing pyjamas! And who doesn’t want to walk around basically in pyjamas all day?

Dungarees and Balloon Sleeve Top

dungarees balloon sleeve top

You might remember the dungarees from my last post, where I embroidered them with a small sunflowers to brighten them up a bit. And I absolutely love my balloon sleeve top paired with them that I embroidered myself too! I just love that sense of pride when you’re wearing something you had a hand in making.

So those are my July favourites! What have your favourite things been for July? Let me know in the comments. If you like these posts then maybe I’ll make this a monthly or bi-monthly thing! Well, that’s it for me today, have a great weekend!!

Love,

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Outfits For All Seasons

Outfits For All Seasons

Good morning my lovelies! How’s March been treating you so far? The weather here is doing all sorts at the moment so no one knows what to wear! Which led me to todays post, my style must-haves. We all have our favourite pieces in our wardrobes that stay in our rotations all year round, so I thought I’d show you some outfits that work with some of my staples, for all seasons!

Let’s get into it!

Comfy Mom Jeans

1 . Black Jumper and Mom Jeans combo. This is my favourite outfit of the bunch. I got myself some mom jeans in the past few months and they’ve been a staple for me ever since, especially paired with a baggy jumper. It’s a chic and comfy outfit that is great for the office if you’re allowed to wear ripped jeans!
Tailored Shorts Outfit

2 . Tailored Shorts with a Simple Tee. It’s great for all seasons when paired with tights and a jacket for Winter or by itself for Summer! These can also be dressed up or down, al you have to do is add some heels or cute flats and you’re ready to go out in the evening.

Little Black Dress
3 . We all know this one, the staple Little Black Dress. This is another one which can be dressed up or down, and can be put with any accessories and look great. Put this dress with simple accessories and a glowy dewy makeup look and you’re good to go for a night out! Or do the opposite and add bright makeup and you’re also ready to hit the town!

Mom Jeans outfit

4 . The Graphic Tee with a Blazer. You can’t really go wrong with this one to be honest, whether it’s jeans, trousers, a skirt or shorts, this always looks great for any occasion and can be great in every season. I love this look as it’s fun and comfy whilst still being chic and elegant!

Little Red Dress

5 . The Little Red Dress. It’s a great version of the LBD but with that extra umph. Dress this with boots and tights in Winter or by itself with sandals and you’re good for Spring! I love how classy and just generally very pretty this one is!!

Spring Skirt Outfit

6 . The Denim Skirt. I think everyone has owned a denim skirt at some point in their life, and I think they’re a staple for any season, like some of the other outfits, the right pair of tights and jacket can transform this from a Spring/Summer look to Autumn/Winter look in a matter of seconds. I personally love this look, especially with a bright belt and bag!

So those are just a few outfits that you can make out of some style staples you may have in your wardrobe; don’t you just love how one classic item can be transformed with a few accessories?!

What do you like to wear with some of your favourite items?? Let me know in the comments! I always love hearing how you like to style pieces, and I love trying them out for myself! Comfy clothes are the best in my opinion, so anytime I can wear them and look chic is a bonus.

Have a great weekend lovelies!

Love,

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What’s In My Makeup Bag?

What’s In My Makeup Bag?

Happy Saturday lovelies! This week I’m going to be showing you what I have in my makeup bag! These are the products that I use on a daily basis to give myself a little boost and then what I use when I’m off out or having photos taken.

Most of my makeup is pretty cheap, and can be found at your local Boots or Superdrug and then I have a few products that are a little pricier but not too expensive.

So, let’s get into it!

Here’s everything in my makeup bag:

Primer

1 . Primer – Collection Primed & Ready Primer Powered by Witch Clear, This primer is illuminating, suuuper sticky so you know your base will last and its formula also helps promote clear skin. And it’s only £4.99!!

Foundation

2 . FoundationMorphe Fluidity Full-Coverage Foundation, This foundation is amazing and actually matches my skin tone! This one is £16.99.

Concealer

3 . ConcealerCollection Lasting Perfection Concealer and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, I use one or the other of these, I’ve only just started using the Fit Me Concealer but so far it’s been great! The Collection Concealer is £4.19 and the Maybelline Concealer is £5.99.

Powder

4 . Powder – Revolution Bake & Finish Loose Powder and MUA Ultra-Fine Loose Setting Powder, I couldn’t find the link to Revolution’s powder but I believe it sells for £5 and the MUA powder is £4.

Eyebrow

5 . Eyebrow GelRimmel Brow This Way Gel With Argan Oil, I use this nearly everyday and it’s only £2.99 right now!

6 . Eyebrow PencilRimmel Professional Eyebrow Brow Pencil, I’ve had this pencil for way too long really but it works so well with my brows! And it’s only £2.19 at the moment!

 

7 . Eye shadow Palette and Singular Colour – There’s a few palettes here and a MAC eye shadow that I use a lot of the time, and the big palette is one my sister got made for me for my birthday!

Eyeliner

8 . EyelinerRimmel Wonder Wing Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes Micro Eye Liner and a white liner by maybelinne which I don’t even know if they sell anymore! The wing liner and micro liner are £3.99.

Mascara

9 . MascaraCollection Supersize Mascara Ultra Black and a Barry M mascara with is £4.99. The Collection mascara is £2.99.

Contour

10 . ContourBourjois Little Round Pot Nude Single Eyeshadow Utaupique, being so pale, I can’t use normal contour shades as they are all wrong for my pale skin, and I stumbled across this eye shadow and now that’s what I use! It’s also only £5.49 and lasts forever!

Blush

11 . BlushMAC powder blush and Collection’s Soft Glow Blusher (can’t find the link, sorry! But it was only like £2.99 from memory!).

Highlighter

12 . Highlighter – A NewLook highlighter (instore only) and MUA Shimmer Highlight Powder Pearlescent Sheen, the MUA highlighter is only £3 and comes in so many shades!

Strobe Stick

13 . Strobe StickBarry M Illuminating Strobe Cream Highlighter, and is £4.49.

Liquid Lipstick

14 . Liquid Lipstick – Maybelline Super Stay Liquid Lipstick, I can’t find the link online for these but these are a great long lasting liquid lip! I think they’re around £8?

Lipstick

15 . Lipstick – The True Lips lipstick is one I found in Boots (can also be found in The Range) just before Christmas and has been a staple ever since then for me, and the other lipstick is one my mum got from Amazon for Christmas!

Setting Spray

16 . Setting Spray – My favourite budget setting spray, NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray Dewy I love this spray so much and it’s so cheap at £7!!

Here’s what I wear on days where I don’t want to wear much makeup but still want that little boost:

  • Concealer – just a little under the eyes if I need it, and set it with a little powder.
  • Eyebrow gel – I use a clear gel just to shape and keep my brows in shape!
  • Mascara – I curl my eyelashes and then put on a dark brown mascara.
  • Strobe stick cream – I use a little bit of this on the top of my cheekbones (well.. more like where the top of my cheekbones are supposed to be, I have no cheekbones).
  • Colour changing lipstick/balm – I use this every. single. day. It’s a great moisturiser and brightens up my face perfectly.
  • Setting spray – I just use a tiny bit of this to set what’s on my face and I’m done!

 

Here’s my full face look:

Selfie with makeup
Please ignore my super damaged hair here haha!

What I wear on full face days (basically everything in my bag haha):

  • Primer – This goes all over my face and let it sink in for about 20 seconds.
  • Foundation – I use my Morphe Fluidity Foundation and I put that all over my face using a beauty blender.
  • Concealer – I put two small stokes under each eye and blend it in with a sponge that is in the shape of a lipstick of all things! But it’s shape is perfect for getting the concealer right under my eyes.
  • Setting Powder – I bake my under eyes using my lipstick shaped sponge so I look bright and like I’ve actually got some sleep. I then finish setting my foundation with a powder pouf.
  • Eyebrow pencil – I outline my brows and then use a brush to blend the colour into my natural brows to give them a little umph.
  • Eyebrow gel – I use this after filling my brows in to make sure they hold their shape all day.
  • Eye shadow – I use a simple neutral shade in my crease and then depending on the day I add either brighter colours, and I love a subtle spotlight eye.
  • Eyeliner – I love felt-tip liners and I tend to do a simple thin line, and on days where my liner is going well I’ll add a wing. I also use a white pencil liner for my bottom waterline as it completely brightens my eyes up.
  • Mascara – I curl my lashes and then put mascara on my top and bottom lashes.
  • Contour – I use a fan brush and swipe this where my cheek bones are supposed to be and under my jaw line.
  • Blush – I literally just swipe this over my cheeks and then a little over my nose as I love that super dewy, naturally flushed and glowy look.
  • Highlighter – I put this on the tip of my nose, along the bridge of my nose, ontop of my cheekbones, my temples, my cupids bow and a little on my forehead and chin where the light hits.
  • Liquid Lip or Lipstick – Depending on what I’m doing on the day I’ll put on a liquid lip or my colour changing balm/lipstick.
  • Setting Spray – I soak my face with this and then use a card or fan to dry everything in, and my face then lasts all day and my skin returns to skin again!

So that’s what I have in my regular makeup rotation and bag! I have a few more products here and there, especially lipsticks, I have loads and loads of lipsticks; but they don’t get worn too often because I tend to smudge them everywhere haha.

What do you have in your makeup bag? Did you find any products here that you’re going to try? Let me know in the comments!!

Have a great weekend lovelies,

Love,

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Valentines Day Gifts

Valentines Day Gifts

The first month of the year is coming to an end already, and you know what that means.. Valentines Day. Now, I personally think that we should all just show each other how much we love one another year round, but I get that Valentines is a nice way to make someone feel extra special.

I also think that Valentines Day is a day that we can all use as an excuse (even though we don’t need one..) to give ourselves some love, and remind ourselves of how amazing and special we are.

I know that a lot of us search for ‘Valentines gifts for…’ when it comes to finding a Valentines Day gift for our special someone, so I’ve done this gift guide in categories with gifts I would buy for my other half and of course what I would like myself! Both will include unisex, personal, DIY and funny gifts from different price ranges! (*all images taken from the websites linked and do not belong to me)

A lot of these gift ideas are the same for both sexes in my opinion but everyone knows what they like and have a idea of what their friend, partner or special person likes.

Valentines Day ‘Guy’de’ (get it haha):

1 . Personalised Jewellery.

You can get each piece of jewellery here – the letter necklaces, the minimalist bar necklaces and the personalised birthstone bracelet here.

2 . Watch.

You can grab the first, black watch here, the white one here and the rose gold one here!

3 . USB Mix Tape.

This is a DIY one, but you can buy the cassette tape with the memory stick here and the personalised memory stick here! This is one of my favourite ones, because it requires so much thought, ans we all know that it’s the thought that counts!

5 senses

4 . The Five Senses.

This one is personal to who you’re buying for, which is why I love this one!

5 . Makeup Vouchers.

This one doesn’t need a photo, because we all know what gift cards look like! If you have a makeup lover, they will love this.

6 . Memory frame/box/bottle.

You can get the frame here, the bottle here and the memory box here.

7 . Breakfast in bed with a surprise day out.

Here’s a pretty breakfast for the photo for this one, because the day out is personal to the person, pick something they’ll not expect you to have picked that you know they’ll love!

8 . A personal piece of art or an inside joke made into a gift.

You can grab the ‘things I love about you’ piece here, the photo collage here and the wooden planisphere here!

 

Girls Guide to Valentines:

1 . Watch.

The first watch here is more pricey than the others, but you can grab it here, the silver watch here and the pocket watch here!

2 . USB Mix tape.

This is exactly the same as the mix tape from the ‘Guy’de’ so I will just leave the link for the cassette tape and USB here and the personalised memory stick here!

3 . Favourite Sweets Hamper.

You can grab the post box sweets here, the haribo and marshmallow tree here and the wonka inspired chocolate box here!

5 Senses

4 . The Five Senses.

This is the same idea as the one above, but with slightly different items!

5 . A new game, with snacks for a game day/night.

I don’t feel like this one needs a photo, because everyone has different game preferences! It doesn’t even have to be a game night, it could be binge watching your favourite series or movies!

6 . Remember when box – with funny and sweet memories handwritten memories.

Very similar to the other memory box one, but this one is with handwritten memories inside, ideally write as many as you can to fill the box or book or page! You can get the poster here, the box here and the book here.

7 . Wallet keepsakes – a photo of you together or even a cute saying or inside joke you have!

You can get the silver card with a map (it comes in other colours) here, the gold card (also in other colours) here and the photo with tiny letter here! I personally love the tiny love letter and photo one the most, and think its perfect for everyone; including if you’re getting it for yourself, because why not send yourself a reminder of how lovely you are!

8 . Surprise day out.

I won’t include a photo for this gift either purely because it’s very personal to every person! It doesn’t have to be an expensive day out, it could be so simple, why not a surprise picnic at lunch? Or even more romantic, bring blankets and candles and have a candle lit picnic!

Well, those are my ideas for Valentines Day gifts that you can get yourself or that special someone in your life! And although these are categorised, I think that you can get these for anyone in your life. It doesn’t matter if you have that special someone yet or not, you might not want a special someone in your life right now; it’s your choice and Valentines is a great day to show yourself some self love!

I know these are all gifts that cost money, but they also don’t have to! You can always use this gift guide as inspiration for gifts that you can make with things you probably have around the house! (the remember when memories are an easy one to do, along with the mix tape!) If you DIY any of these gifts let me know how it goes in the comments below, I always love reading and replying to them!

So have an amazing weekend and Valentines Day for the 14th my lovelies!

Love,

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My Winter Staples.

My Winter Staples.

Hello lovelies!! Winter is in full swing and it’s absolutely freezing here! Which means I’m wrapping up in bundles of jumpers.. and my duvet. Since Winter is well under way, I thought I’d let you into what I’ve been loving and wearing this season.

Let’s get into it!

Winter Staples

1 . Striped Dresses.

I love stripes for every season, including when it gets chilly outside, and wearing them in the form of a dress with tights and boots looks so effortless chic in my opinion.

Winter Staples

2 . Bright Jewellery and Textured Skirts.

I’ve been seeing a lot of skirts in varying colours and textures popping up all over the place recently and I think they look great with a simple jumper, tights and trainers!

Winter Staples

3 . Chic and Comfy Oversized Jumpers.

Cosy jumpers are perfect for the cold months, and not to mention you can wear loads of layers with any form of bottoms. Plus, oversized jumpers are great for if you don’t feel like wearing a bra! Haha!

Winter Staples

4 . Black and White Skirts.

I’m absolutely in love with black and white patterns recently, and wearing them with a pop of colour looks gorgeous.

Winter Staples

5 . Simple Outfits with Unique Accessories.

For the days where I’m wanting to be super comfy but still need to go outside into the world, I find a simple top French tucked into ripped jeans looks fab as well as feeling like I’m still in pyjamas.

Winter Staples

6 . Nightwear for Day-wear.

Have you seen the pyjama shirts as day and date night wear? They look so chic and cute and I think they look amazing when paired with sleek hair, winged liner, a nude lip and simple accessories.

So those are my Winter Staples! To be honest, with Winter being my favourite time of year, I wear most of these things year round and they’re sort of my year round staples!

But all in all, wear whatever you want, as long as it makes you feel good!

What’re your fashion staples for this time of year? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

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What Is Classed As Selfcare?

What Is Classed As Selfcare?

It’s #SelfcareWeek ! And it’s got me thinking, what do we actually think classes as selfcare? For me, I typically start thinking about face masks and bubble baths. And well yes that can be classed as selfcare; but as amazing as those things are, there are hundreds of other things you can do. And over the last few days, I’ve been partaking in a few of these myself.

The thought for this post came to me whilst I was walking home from the gym; it occurred to me that even though I think of lots of luxurious things as self-care, there are lots of small things I do for myself that make me feel good, and these count too.

Here’s a few things I’ve been doing for myself that aren’t always considered self-care:

  • Going to the gym, and doing what I want there, if I don’t feel like doing the stair climber today, I just don’t do it and I refuse to feel guilty about it!)
  • Buying myself a hot chocolate when walking home after going to the gym.
  • Putting on my moisturizer.
  • Listening to the Peptalk app (I highly recommend this one for when you’re commuting and walking anywhere, it’s a great motivational tool!)
  • Watching videos by Glamour, Ladylike, As/Is and the Try Guys.
  • Self Affirmations.
  • Watching Nikkietutorials (believe it or not I watch Nikkie’s videos when I’m at the gym and they make me so happy!)
  • Cleaning my room.
  • Playing with makeup.
  • Putting on makeup when I’m not going anywhere!
  • Lighting scented candles.
  • Having a bubble bath.
  • Unfollowing any social media profiles that make me feel bad about myself.
  • Watching my favourite films.
  • Cooking my favourite food.
  • Singing in the shower.
  • Talking to friends.
  • Finishing work ON TIME.
  • Related to the above – not looking at work emails when I’m off work.
  • Making myself a great breakfast.
  • Blogging.
  • Painting, drawing and being creative.
  • Getting 7/8 hours sleep.
  • Wearing thermal socks.
  • Using a 99p face mask.
  • Chatting to my sister.
  • Seeing my Niece and Nephew on FaceTime reeking havoc in my sisters house.
  • Driving round to look at Christmas Lights when they go up.
  • Making myself a cup of tea.
  • Meeting up with friends for a chat/food/movies (basically spending time with the important people in your life)
  • Wearing my favourite clothes.

Honestly the list could go on and on. I love selfcare, sometimes I do still feel selfish or guilty for spending time on ourselves, but we really shouldn’t. We’re stuck with ourselves for life so we better take care of that person we see in the mirror.

And at the end of the day, if something makes you happy and feel good, it’s probably your own version of selfcare. We’re all different so it’s impossible to say that one thing will work for everyone; telling someone to go take a bubble bath to relax if they hate having baths is pretty pointless. It’s a personal thing.

Some of the things in my list you might not consider to be selfcare, but for me, they are. Just doing one small thing for yourself a day can make such a difference to your mood and wellbeing. And myself from a year ago would say something along the lines of “I’ll start next week or in the new year”, but that’s not how I think anymore, the time to start is now.

That’s all from me today, I’m off to go get myself a hot chocolate and sit in a blanket with a book. Have a great weekend lovelies! You’re all amazing!

Love,

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P.S. The UK Blog Awards are now open for voting! It’d mean the world to me if you could vote for me my lovelies!! 

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Going Makeup Free

Going Makeup Free

Today’s blog post is all about my recent journey of not wearing makeup for a few months. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love wearing makeup and feel great in it and I think it looks amazing on other women and men. You’re all definitely more skilled than me!! And I still love watching makeup tutorials on YouTube and putting on a full face every now and again for special occasions or if I just feel like having a play. But recently I decided to stop wearing it all the time and go bare faced pretty much everyday.

For some people, going makeup free will seem like nothing, but for me this was quite big, partly because I suffer with acne and rosacea. So when I say that I’ve not been wearing makeup, I mean that I’ve gone from wearing heavy foundation, powders and concealers to wearing nothing on my skin on a daily basis. Now I only wear mascara and very thin eyeliner when I’m off out. It’s amazing how much time I have to spend on other things in the morning now!

After the initial few weeks, it’s been surprisingly easy, when I first started this it was for a few reasons:

  • I started a new acne treatment and wanted to get the best out of it. (update on that in a future post)
  • I wanted to feel better in my own skin and not feel like I need to wear it in order to feel pretty.
  • I wanted to be able to hug people without my face transferring everywhere..
  • I didn’t want to go around worrying if I’d smudged my face.
  • I wanted to be able to go to bed without having to think of taking my makeup off.

Week one was definitely the hardest, my acne was bad and all I wanted to do was cover it up. And because I’m so pale, my rosacea was really bad. Oh and I tend to go bright red easily so I was panicking about that.

I was so scared about what people would see and think that I did my best to avoid going out and only showed my face to the people I am closest to. And the funny thing was that when I went into work I got compliments about how bright and fresh faced I looked!! And no comments that I looked tired, ill or red or that my skin looked bad, but nice things that gave me so much motivation to go makeup free for the long run.

So.. that was about 3 and a half months ago, and part of the reason why I’m writing this now is because I’ve only just realised this week that I’ve not been thinking about putting makeup on to cover up my skin to go out at all!

I still love wearing makeup, and I wear it for special occasions, but only when I feel like it and can be bothered to put it on. One thing I’ve noticed from doing this is that my skin has definitely got better, whether that is a result from not wearing makeup or my acne treatments, or both, I’m not sure. My skin isn’t completely clear yet, and it’s still got a long way to go before it’s completely clear, but for now I don’t totally hate it (well.. at least on a good day). I’ll do a post about my acne pretty soon when I reach the end of my treatment.

Something I’ve noticed from going makeup free is that funnily enough, no one gives a shit. No one said anything horrible or made comments, I wasn’t stared at in the street and no children ran away from me screaming after seeing my face. All a bonus really haha..

If you’re thinking about going makeup free and you’re worried about what people will say, just know that it’s not as bad as you think, and it’s quite refreshing to have clean skin out and about. Also, if you aren’t sure you can go completely makeup free straight away, work your way up (or maybe down is more appropriate?) to it but gradually using thinner layers of makeup and cutting certain things out of your routine over a few days/weeks, whatever works for you!

What I think you should take away from this post is that you’re all beautiful in your own skin (mushy post alert!) and deserve to feel amazing in your own skin without having to worry about what anyone else thinks. And if you want to wear makeup then you should! And if you don’t want to wear makeup, then don’t wear makeup!! Do what makes you feel good, and that’s what’s important.

Don’t let anyone tell you you should wear makeup and don’t let anyone tell you you’re wearing too much makeup. And if they are saying you’re wearing too much then tell them that that’s good because you paid good money for that makeup so you’d better be able to see it! If someone tells you you should wear makeup then tell them that they should go fuck themselves because you don’t have to conform to their beauty standards!

I hope you all have a great weekend my lovelies!! Love,

Victoria x Blog Signature