Best Things I Learnt From Beauty Bloggers

Best Things I Learnt From Beauty Bloggers



Of all of the blogging niches, I'd go as far as to say that beauty bloggers take the most flack from pretty much everyone. There's a load of misconceptions about us which I'm thinking about writing a whole other post about, but the reality is that these preconceived ideas couldn't be any further from the truth. Before I even began writing I read plenty of blogs, and many of the tips and tricks I use and share today are from the women that take the flack just because they write about makeup. Anyway, today I'm going to share some of the best things that I've learnt from beauty bloggers, new and old.

L E S S   I S   M O R E
Something I am so thankful to have been taught is that less is more when working with foundations, concealers and eyeshadows. You can always add more if you haven't got enough, but it's harder to blend away if you've applied too much. When I'm having a bad skin day, I'm often tempted to wear more foundation than normal to try and cover the redness of my cheeks, but that is not the way to go, especially if you're using a full coverage product like MAC Studio Fix. It makes the texture of your skin look dreadful and attracts attention to the parts of your face that you don't want it to - Less is more.


H E A T   U P   E Y E L A S H   C U R L E R S
An odd tip but if you curl your lashes, you may find that your curlers work best when warmed. I heat mine with a hairdryer for a few seconds and find that my lashes stay curled for much longer than they do when I don't warm them. Obviously, you need to make sure they're not too hot when you actually curl your lashes because I can tell you now, I have made this mistake and it hurt like hell. As long as you're careful, this tip is one of the best that I know and proves to be the most effective. 

I N C R E A S E   P E R F U M E   L O N G E V I T Y
Once you've applied your perfume to the backs of your wrists, instead of rubbing, dab your wrists against one another. Rubbing your wrists together like many people do, apparently according to physicists, breaks down the molecules of the perfume. Dabbing prevents this breakdown of molecules and evenly disperses the perfume across both wrists. Another tip is to apply something like Vaseline to the area you're going to spray. Somehow, this makes the scent last much longer than it does when you apply straight onto the skin.

H I G H   E N D   I S N'T   A L W A Y S   B E S T
Before I really got into makeup, I'd always believed that you got what you paid for. The more expensive something is, the better quality it is. Having got older and tested the water on both sides, I now know that this isn't necessarily the case. There are some great products in Boots and Superdrug that in my opinion, are much better than some of the high-end equivalents. 

Y O U   D O N T   N E E D   T O   W E A R   M A K E U P
This is by far the most important thing I've learnt. I started wearing makeup from a young age, and  I don't just mean a little bit of mascara every now and then. Possibly from as young as twelve, but definitely thirteen, there wouldn't be a day that I would be seen outside the house without foundation on. I just didn't feel comfortable enough to go out without anything on my face.

Wearing makeup isn't compulsory and sometimes your skin looks fine without any; that's something I've only come to accept over the last couple of months. Makeup is fun and yes, does sometimes make you feel better about yourself, but you don't have to wear it every single day. 

What are some of the pieces of advice that you learnt from beauty bloggers?

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How To Relax and Unwind Effectively

How To Relax and Unwind Effectively


Everyone has those days when you just want to come home, relax, switch off from the stress that the day has brought and take some time for yourself. After a busy day, it can be hard to get your brain to stop spinning and just take a breather, which we all need to do. For some people, it's easy to switch off and relax but for others like us, seeing as you're reading this post, relaxing doesn't come so naturally. Sometimes it can be difficult to switch off, but there are a couple of things I like to do to de-stress and unwind at the end of a long day or week.

#1: Have a bath
There's something really relaxing about having a bath. The wifi in my house doesn't reach the bathroom so it means I can't use my phone, which in some cases is a good thing. It means that I can totally switch off and because I'm unable to check messages or social media, I usually end up taking a book in with me and reading. With the addition of a bath bomb and bubbles (because bubbles make everything better), it's always a way that helps me to relax before I head to bed.

#2: Leave your phone in another room
This goes along with what I said about taking a bath, but taking a break from your phone for a few hours can actually do you a world of good! If you're part of a manic group chat and messages are going off left right and centre, it can be difficult to focus on anything else. By leaving your phone in another room or even just turning it off, it means that you are unreachable and allows you to take that time for yourself.


#3: Take the time to read
If reading a book isn't your thing then try a magazine instead; just try to avoid using your phone. I find that if I can't get to sleep, reading a book sends me off quickly. If you find a good book and can get into it, then there's nothing more relaxing than ending a stressful day with half an hour of reading.


#4: Listen to music

When I say listen to music I don't mean heavy metal Slipknot. I mean something that's calming and is going to help you wind down. as opposed to something that's going to do the exact the opposite. There are many playlists on YouTube and Spotify which were created to help you relax, full of calming music. Alternatively, you can make your own playlist which is what I chose to do. If you want, you can take a look at my chill out playlist by clicking here.

#5: Reblog! Reblog! Reblog!

Now this one does go against what I said in number two, but there's something about Tumblr which I find really calming. Just scrolling down my dash, reblogging posts here and there is something I love to do before I actually get into bed and try to get to sleep. If Tumblr isn't your thing, try Pinterest; or anything that will just take your mind off work.

Pieces I'm Lusting Over This Season

Pieces I'm Lusting Over This Season



Style and fashion are certainly not my forte - I mean, I own two pairs of jeans and wear the same four or five shirts on rotation, none of which are particularly interesting to look at. Recently however I've been getting more and more into style, enjoying looking through magazines like Vogue, and also Googling street styles to pull some inspiration for my currently slightly lacklustre wardrobe. 

I like to believe that with a new season comes an opportunity to buy new pieces for your wardrobe, seeing as here in the UK, most of the pieces can be worn all year round with our unpredictable weather. Most of the pieces I choose to add to my wardrobe are fairly versatile for that exact reason.





Since first laying my eyes on this style of coat back at the start of the year, I've had it firmly at the top of my wishlist of pieces I want for this coming winter. Despite it's slightly more masculine shape, I still think it's an elegant piece that could be worn with practically anything: a pair of jeans, a pencil skirt, - anything. 

This style has been absolutely everywhere for the last couple of months and is a trend I've wanted to hop on since I saw this photo of Perrie Edwards. Although I can't help but feel as if I've missed the best season to wear this style, I still want one for one of those rare days where it's still warm enough to get away with not wearing a jacket. 

Loafers are definitely not my typical style of shoe. Given the option, I'd choose comfort over style anyway of the week, hence my now battered pair of Adidas Superstars. Trying to step out of my style comfort zone is something that I've wanted to do for a while now, and although these aren't the most 'out there' shoes, at least they're a start. They're also a classic piece, one which men and women of all ages wear despite the misconception that they're old women's shoes...

As I previously mentioned, I am trying to step out of my style comfort zone. Sadly this includes the three colours I wear every single day without fail - black, white and navy blue. So I'm trying to say goodbye to the phrase I tend to work by, and that is, 'If It's not black, put it back on the rack.' At the moment, however, that's now changing to 'If it is black, put it back on the rack.' I think a pink skirt works with that, even if it is fairly neutral still.

I'm always on the look out for comfortable slip on shoes that I can wear to college. I had a black pair which lasted me from September through to April which were also from New Look, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I wore them every day. To college, to work, when I was running errands at home, I really did wear them every single day. They were comfortable, practical, and could be worn with pretty much whatever I threw at it. They've been a staple for me for the past year or so. 

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The Reverse Bucket List: Fourteen Things I've Already Accomplished

The Reverse Bucket List: Fourteen Things I've Already Accomplished


I think I'm right to assume that everyone knows of, or has heard of a bucket list. It's a list of things you want to accomplish before you endure the meaning of the idiom and "kick the bucket" if you will. I love lists, and I also love the idea of setting goals for things that I want to achieve during my lifetime. The reverse bucket list, however, is a great way to look back on the things you have already achieved, and although it's always important to look ahead, I believe it's equally as important to look back. So here's X things I've managed to accomplish in my seventeen years of existence.

1. Taught myself to play the guitar - Yes. Somehow, I taught myself without lessons.

2. Went on my first holiday without my family - It may have only been a four-day break with my friends but we still travelled to the other end of the country!

3. Saw One Direction live - I have no shame in admitting that those gigs have by far been some of the best experiences I've ever had.

4. Learnt a foreign language - I kind of one-upped myself here and learnt two: French and Spanish.

5. Read a three-hundred and thirty-six-page book, cover to cover in one day. Let's just say that The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins had me hooked...

6. Added seventy-four orange dots to my map of places I've been. - I have a large map on my wall that shows the British coastline from the Isles Of Scilly right along to Dover, and also the North French coastline from Brest right up to Calais. Every time we go on holiday on the boat, I add a marker to the map to show where I have been, and within the area that the map covers, I have seventy-four orange stickers. I also have an additional eighteen places which are off the map, so in total that comes to ninety-two ports and harbours in countries including Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland and of course, at home here in the UK.

The map above my desk with some of the stickers over places like Saint Malo and Iles Chausey in Brittany
7. To go along with point three, I've also seen 5 Seconds of Summer, and Little Mix, and McBusted, and Paloma Faith, and Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet (You know, from the band that sings Gold?) lols, don't ask, it just sort of happened.

8. Started a blog - and look where we are now!

9. Drove a car for the first time - Granted, it may have been no faster than five miles an hour but I still drove a car!

10. Visited Amsterdam for the day.

11. Navigated the Tube in London alone without getting lost

12. Sang as part of a choir at the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 Arena in London - I may have only been twelve or thirteen but it's still pretty darn cool if you ask me.

13. Managed to keep my cactus called Jonny, alive.

14. Been featured in a magazine - I must have been thirteen years old so you can imagine how bad I looked. (It was dreadful. If I ever get confident enough I might just share the photos!)

Although I love the idea of a bucket list, the reverse bucket list is something I think we should all have noted away on a sheet of paper somewhere...

Is x

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Was High Beam Really Worth The Hype?

Was High Beam Really Worth The Hype?


Benefit's High Beam has certainly done its rounds in the online beauty community, being a cult product for many since it's release. With products like these where every man and their dog is seemingly singing its praises, I often find myself succumbing to temptation in Debenham's Blue Cross sale - Curse you, Debenhams! I've been putting it through its paces over the last couple of months, but did I think that this little bottle of radiance was really worth the £19.50 price tag?

"Supermodel in a bottle!" is how High Beam is described on Benefit's website, but sadly I cannot agree with this statement. Upon application, I was expecting to transform into Kendall Jenner's long lost sister, with cheeks highlighted to within an inch of perfection, and emails from Versace and Balmain dropping into my inbox asking me to walk in their next show. Much to my disappointment, I was no closer to looking like Kendall, and the only emails in my inbox were from my college... So I feel as if the whole 'Supermodel in a bottle!' claim needs to be dropped.

All jokes aside, I must admit that despite the hype that surrounds this product, I've really struggled to get it to work for me. With my dry skin, I'm always up for trialling a product which is going to give me some sort of glow. I tried every possible method of application: strobing with it beneath foundation, adding it after foundation, using a sponge with it, using a brush, priming my skin, not priming my skin - the list goes on. Despite all of these various attempts, I still found that it just wouldn't blend out the way I was hoping it would. It just looked a little like somebody had swiped the product across my cheek and left it at that, no matter how hard I tried to blend it out. Yes, it gave a nice initial glow, but when adding foundation over the top, I found that the glow just sort of disappeared. It is described as being subtly luminous, but I do want to actually have some glow left after applying additional products. I obviously don't want to look like I've taken part in the Full Face of Highlighters Challenge, but I want to glow enough so that people will stop and ask me what's making my skin so luminous, and so that I can gush over this amazing product that's totally worth the large dent in your savings. If it's the subtle look that you're after then this may well be a hit with you, but if you want something more, prepare to be a little disappointed.

I know that Benefit are a high-end beauty brand, but High Beam just seems so overpriced for what it actually is. Even if you are looking for that subtle glow, I strongly believe you could find a far cheaper alternative from the likes of Makeup Revolution, or Barry M, both who have some great dupes for this type of product. Maybe it's the frugal student in me, but I can't quite see where the £19.50 is in High Beam. For the small fortune this costs, I can't find anything particularly revolutionary or unique that tempts me to say, 'Ok. Yeah, I can justify spending £19,50 on that!', and that's just my honest opinion. So was High Beam worth the hype? To put it simply - No. Not really.

If you've tried out High Beam. is it a product you swear by, or can you understand where I'm coming from? I'd love to know.

What I Got Up To During August

What I Got Up To During August


If you're still a student, then August is probably one of the best months of the year. It's a whole month of freedom from education, where you can do as you please and relax - most of the time. I read a post on What Olivia Did, where she shared a selection of things that she did during 2015. Since reading this post, I have been inspired to write my own, and August has been the perfect month to do this. Like every other month, it has been one filled with little menial tasks, but there have of course been some amazing experiences which I want to be able to look back on in the months and years to come. 

A   F A M I L Y   M I N I   B R E A K
We took a little weekend break over to the Studland in Dorset to meet up with some old family friends. We sailed over during the morning and spent the afternoon catching up with our friends and swimming from the boat in the bay. Let's just say that the water was much colder than I was expecting. Later on in the evening, we headed up to the Bankes Arms for the beer festival, and also to stretch our legs from being out on the water all day. Music is one of my big passions, so I was most looking forward to the live music later on in the evening. Although I didn't know much of what was being played since the music catered more towards people of my Dad's age, (soz Dad), I still had a lovely time catching up with friends and taking in the atmosphere.

On Sunday we headed round to Chapman's Pool, a small cove further round the Purbecks. We honestly couldn't have had better weather, once again being tricked into thinking that the water was warmer than it actually was. If you've ever visited Lulworth Cove, Chapman's Pool is a little like that but only really easily accessible by boat. In the right weather, it is stunning, with only a couple of fisherman huts on the beach and small waterfalls on some of the lower cliffs. After a post breakfast swim, we began the three-hour sail back up to the Solent. When I was younger I used to absolutely hate the travelling part of being on the boat but for some reason, as I've grown older I've come to love it. I'm not sure why, but maybe because you become so disconnected from everything; no internet access, no stress, no real noise - just you and the sea. It's not often you can feel that disconnected, so I now welcome it with open arms.


S P E N T   T I M E   W I T H   F R I E N D S
This isn't something new, but this month I've been able to spend more time with my friends. Obviously, I see them at college, but not as much as I would like since we all have different timetables and aren't always in the same classes. I've spent so much time with friends new and old, some who I've only really gotten to know well within the last couple of months. I feel really lucky to have the friends that I do, even if I don't see some of them as much as I would like to. I feel as if seventeen is an age where everyone is beginning to branch off and doing different things. With people being on their own agendas it makes it harder to get together, especially if you have quite a large friendship group like I did when at school. I definitely appreciate the time I have with my friends more than I used to. This month I've been to some great parties, and also just spent days out and about in places we've never been before. Ah, the freedom of driving!


G O T   M Y   A S  R E S U L T S 
Midway through the month, I was finally able to put my AS result worries to rest. As a couple of my close friends know, I have spent the last couple of months tearing my hair out over these four results. I really struggled during the exam period for a number of different reasons, and after one particularly bad exam where I realised that I knew absolutely nothing, it hit me I might have messed up massively across all of my subjects. From my last exam right up to results day, there wasn't a day when I didn't worry about what those four letter results would be. So when the eighteenth of August came around, I was more than ready to finally get these results and move on, whatever those four grades were. I'm really not sure how, but my results came back better than I was expecting - except from that one subject where I realised just how little I actually knew.

The sense of relief that I felt for the rest of the day was just indescribable. I now understand what people mean when they use the phrase, 'a weight was lifted from my shoulders.' and also how that feels. I spent the rest of that day with my friends who I'm actually so glad to have. Without getting soppy and super emosh, they're just three of the best friends I could have. #BigUpTityCrew


B L O G G I N G 
Need I even mention blogging in this post? Probably not. This month I've definitely found myself wanting to write more often and make what I do write, better. I've finally found a posting schedule which I can stick to, and have planned out a list of posts I'd like to get scheduled for when I go back to college in September. I've said it before, but blogging really has become one of my passions. Writing is something I have always enjoyed, and blogging has just been one of the best outlets for that. Although it can be a very time consuming thing, I've really enjoyed being able to dedicate more time and effort to Five Foot Seven recently.

So that's just a quick round up of some of the things I've been getting up to during August. Obviously, I've skimmed over some things that have happened this month, but these have been some of my highlights which I can hopefully continue on doing in September. What have been some of your August highlights?

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Hold Onto Summer with These 4 Songs

Hold Onto Summer with These 4 Songs


It's August, and sadly that means one thing. The summer is beginning to come to an end and the nights are starting to draw in. The festivals are passing by with only a couple left before the festival season comes to an end and in my mind, summer goes with that. As soon as the festivals finish up, everyone has to start going back to work and get on with the mundane aspects of life again. But how can you hold onto that summer feeling as you adjust back into your nine to five day at the office? By listening to some of the songs that featured on your summer playlist.

H Y M N   F O R   T H E   W E E K E N D  B Y   C O L D P L A Y  +  S E E B  
This isn't the original version of Hymn For The Weekend, but instead a remix created by Norwegian duo, Seeb. As much as I love the original Coldplay version, Seeb's remix is by far one of my favourite tracks from this summer playlist. I can't put my finger on it as to why I love it so much - I just do.

F A L S E   A L A R M   B Y   M A T O M A  +  B E C K Y  H I L L
Matoma is someone who I've heard about here and there since the start of the year, but never quite delved into until the other day. Spotify has pulled it out of the bag, proving to me that the annoying ads are actually worth sitting through, just for that one song. There aren't many songs that I listen to and immediately think, 'That was amazing. I'm downloading that', but False Alarm has made it into the select few that do provoke that response. Since discovering it a week or so ago, I have probably listened to it at least ten times... I still have no regrets though.

D O N E   W I T H   I T   B Y   K E N S I N G T O N
This song has managed to feature in a couple of my monthly playlists purely because I love it so much. I don't know about you but for me, some songs just have certain memories attached to them. Like some people have a holiday scent that reminds them of a memory, I have a holiday song. I have many happy memories attached to this song and it allows me to reminisce over many great experiences I've had this summer.

F L U O R E S C E N T   A D O L E S C E N T  B Y   A R C T I C   M O N K I E S 
An old classic which quite frankly, I'd forgotten even existed until a few weeks ago. I used to love this song so I'm not sure how 'd managed to forget about it. It's not a song which reminds me of summer in the slightest, but it has featured over on my summer playlist. Obviously I couldn't leave it out of this post. Arctic Monkeys are a band who's sound I really like. Their music is nothing like what people assume my music taste to be, so I always like to drop their name in when people ask what artists I listen to,

Want to find out what other songs have featured on my soundtrack of the summer? You can listen to the full Spotify playlist, below.

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This Limited Edition Scent is a Summer Must Have

This Limited Edition Scent is a Summer Must Have


I'd go as far as to say that the Marc Jacobs fragrances are one of the most popular scents currently on the market. In 2014, Marc Jacobs launched the limited edition scent, Daisy Delight, an Eu de toilette which has notes of apple, quince flower, freesia, iris, peony, cedar wood and sandalwood. It's a scent that I wear more in the summer than the winter, but is certainly a must have in your collection. It's a classic summer scent so when the winter rolls around, I cant help but long for it to be summer just so I can wear it again. Obviously you could, but for me it's just a summer thing.

Considering this is an Eu de Toilette and not a perfume, the longevity of the scent is impressive. I spritz it in all the obvious places: neck, wrists and behind the ear, but also once or twice in my hair. When I'm walking along, every so often I'll get a subtle hint of the scent when my hair blows about in the wind. I'll get home after a long day and still be able to detect the scent either on my skin, clothing or hair.

The cap of the bottles have become a statement for Marc Jacobs fragrances, and the Daisy scents are no exception. The bright magenta and turquoise flowers make this fragrance something that could easily be displayed on a dressing table as a decorative piece. I'm always on the look out for a perfume that not only smells nice, but also looks nice for display in my bedroom. This ticks both of those boxes ten times over.

Do you have a statement summer scent, or a must have product for the summer months? Share it below!


Three Piece Eye Look for Girls In a Rush

Three Piece Eye Look for Girls In a Rush


Incase you haven't guessed yet, makeup is something I absolutely love. I could happily spend hours each day putting on a full face of makeup, but the reality is that many of us simply don't have the time, no matter how early we set our alarms. On days when I've woken up late for college and have precisely five minutes to do my makeup (which is most of the time), I have a simple three step eye look which takes less than two minutes. Even on days when I do have time to do a full face of makeup, I still go back to this look purely because I'm lazy and eye shadow blending is the bane of my life.

I start out with a cream eye shadow. I have two which I alternate between, one being the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On and On Bronze' and the other being the Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow in 'Goldstone'. I tend to wear the Maybelline shadow more as an overall lid colour, but the Bobbi Brown shadow is great to layer over the top of a matte shadow. It gives a little bit of sparkle over the top of another colour. I like to apply a bronzer over the lid as a base, then apply the cream over the top to get that metallic look which seems to be everywhere at the moment. With the Maybelline Colour Tattoo, I simply swipe it across the whole lid, blend the edges slightly and I'm good to go.

I then use another product for it's wrong purpose, but I use the Soap and Glory Brow Pencil to create a thin line close to my lash line. I don't always do this, so I suppose this three piece look could be condensed further to a two piece look. When I do use the brow pencil, I make sure that I only follow my lash line, not doing a flick at the outer edge. I find that doing this makes my upper lashes appear a little thicker whilst not being as heavy as it would be if I were doing it with a black liner. Lots of products have multiple uses, and eyebrow pencils are one of them! 

The final step is putting a layer of Benefit's Roller Lash on both my top and bottom lashes. I find that even if I have zero make up on, mascara can somehow make me look more human again. I sometimes swap Roller Lash out with Maybelline's Lash Sensational since they give a very similar final result. You can read my comparison review here if you like. I love the volume that this mascara gives my lashes, all whilst maintaining the fluttery look that I love even more. It lasts well despite not being a waterproof formula, so for me it's a winner.


There really isn't much to this look and that is why it is so great for when you're in a rush. As I previously mentioned, you could streamline this look further by cutting out the eyeliner. It works well with or without, so the choice is yours depending on how much time you have. Do you have your own look for when you're in a rush? 

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