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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5 Ways To Wear a Button Down

5 Ways To Wear a Button Down

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The white button down blouse is a staple in many people's wardrobes. It's a versatile piece that can be worn every season, never seeming to go out of style. There are so many different ways to style a button down shirt regardless of it's colour, but many people wear it one way and one way only. A white shirt can be dressed down with jeans and flats, or dressed up tucked into a pencil skirt with a pair of heels. Get creative with your button down and see what style you can come up with.



Do you have any particular ways you style your shirts?
*No Images used in this post are my own. All have the source of the photo credited in the bottom left of each photo.

Summer Skincare 101

Summer Skincare 101



It seems as if summer has finally decided to make an appearance, and temperatures over the last few weeks have been far too hot for many of us to cope with. Thirty degrees Celsius heat sent me out in the sun a few weeks back and sure enough, I was left with one of the largest, most inconveniently positioned burns. Having spent several days nursing this burn with Aloe Vera and moisturizer, I felt as if I should dedicate a post to caring for your skin. Obviously there is nothing wrong with being out in the sun during the summer months- infact, it's proven to boost your mood. With our skin being something that we have for our whole lives, it's important that we take care of it as best as we can, particularly during and after sun exposure.

DRINK, DRINK, DRINK     
It's the most obvious and well known fact about skincare, but drinking plenty of water is going to help your skin regardless of the season. Water is pretty much all I drink but if you find it a bit plain and boring, mix it up and add some fresh fruit for added flavour. Infused water can include whatever you like, but some of the most popular suggestions are limes, oranges strawberries. Water will not only hydrate your skin but also flush out any toxins that can make your complexion look slightly dull.

REMEMBER TO WEAR SPF
If you're going to be out in the sun then it's important to wear an SPF of some description. Regardless of whether it's a suncream or included in your foundation, even just a little bit will help. Obviously factor fifty is the best option, especially if you have pale or previously burnt skin. I like to wear factor fifty purely because I am so pale but even if I was more tanned, I would still wear it. It just gives you the peace of mind that your skin is going to be protected best. Some foundations have an SPF in them between the ranges of fifteen to twenty. Although this will help in keeping your skin protected, your face is going to be in the sun most out of your whole body. I wear sun cream beneath my foundation throughout the summer on days when I know I'm going to be out in the sun for long periods of time.

MOISTURISER IS YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND
If you do manage to burn yourself in the sun, then don't be afraid to slap on the moisturiser. Aloe Vera is good for sunburn because it soothes the skin if you're someone who finds themselves in discomfort. Applying moisturiser to the skin after a burn can sometimes help the healing process. I often find that if I moisturise well in the days after getting he burn, then the skin will eventually become quite a nice tanned shade. (But I don't recommend burning and then moisturising to get a tan!)

FAKE IT TIL' YOU MAKE IT 
Struggle with getting the tan you want? If you still crave the tanned and glowy look that some people are blessed with during the summer months, then faking it is sometimes the best option. Recently I've been using the How Now Brown Cow gradual tanner from MooGoo*, and this is how I manage to get my tan without damaging my skin. I layered it up over three days and came out with a beautiful colour to my skin which I wouldn't be able to achieve in the sun. With some gradual tanners, you find that it takes a couple of layers until you begin to see results but with this product, one layer gives a lovely colour. One of the things I like most about this product is that I can use it on my face. Although it takes a few more layers, I can get my face my to match my neck well which is something I always struggle with. Some fake tanners and gradual tanners have that horrible scent which we all have nightmares about, but this somehow doesn't have that. During my time of using gradual tanners, I've had some absolute disasters, and some which just haven't worked at all. How Now Brown Cow has been the best one I have used by a mile! It's £15.50 for a 200ml, which works out at a similar price to many of the other brands which I have used before like St. Tropez. 

You can of course go all out and use a fake tan but for myself personally, I find that a gradual tanner looks far more natural.


EXAMINE YOUR SKIN REGULARLY
It's worth checking your skin every now and then to make sure that there are no abnormalities such as moles or melanomas. Regardless of whether your skin has been exposed to the sun or not, it is possible that moles could develop. Remember to check your back. It's one of those awkward places that you can't see properly, so ask a friend or family member to check thoroughly for you. If you want to find out how you can effectively check for moles, try reading this article here.

 Are there any tips you have for caring for your skin during the summer months? 

Products marked with a * have been sent to me for review. Thank you to MooGoo for sending the How Now Brown Cow Gradual Tanner to me.

Mental Health: Let's Talk About It

Mental Health: Let's Talk About It


Over the weekend, the hashtag titled #MentalHealthCareSoPoor surfaced on Twitter, trending at number two in the United Kingdom. On Friday evening I spent a good part of an hour reading through some of the responses and am unable to limit my thoughts to several one-hundred and forty character tweets. It simply isn't enough to be able to write eloquently and meaningfully about a topic which affects the majority of our society, regardless of whether we're willing to discuss it or not. For many, mental health is a sensitive topic and understandably, everybody has different stories and experiences. Until fairly recently, it was something that I tried to brush under the rug despite the huge impact it was having on my life. It was also something I never spoke about for a multitude of reasons which I probably wont dabble into in this post. Mental health is something I am very passionate about, even though I don't talk about it much at all.

Although I want to try and write eloquently and coherently about mental health, this will probably be quite a long and possibly rambley piece. From writing that first paragraph above, I have edited it at least six or seven times and I'm sure that I will continue to do so as I get further into this post.

I'm going to start this post off by making a statement which could cause quite a bit of controversy. Despite many people saying that 'the stigma surrounding mental health is a thing of the past', I couldn't disagree with it more if I tried. Yes, we may slowly be making headway with breaking down people's misconceptions about mental health, but we're nowhere near where we should be. Just because someone isn't sat at the doctors with visible symptoms, doesn't mean that they don't have an illness. Mental health and physical health are equally as important, and equally as damaging if left untreated- I might even go as far as to say that not treating mental health issues has worse implications than not treating someone's physical health. Nobody really likes to talk about it, maybe because we don't know how, or because we don't want to offend anyone by what we say. Due to the stigma that still surrounds the topic, many people don't feel comfortable talking about their problems, making the issue worsen and worsen. I know that stigmas aren't something that you can see, but I feel as if it really is a silent stigma. With other big topics like sexuality and racism, you occasionally hear people talking about it in public with their friends or family. How often is it though that you hear someone walking down the street talking openly about their mental health? Very rarely.



I feel like the first major step in combating mental health issues is to remove the stigma which our society has created. A society which is now trying to tackle a byproduct caused by it's own naivety, and in my opinion idiocy. As a society, I feel that we're not educated enough to understand the complicated topic that mental illness is. This is of course no excuse for the stigma we have today, but I think that a lack of education is to blame. There are more mental health conditions than just depression and anxiety, although they are two of the most common. Even under these two illnesses there are other forms of it, like seasonal affective disorder (SAD), post-natal depression, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. The list goes on to include other mental health conditions like OCD, psychosis, eating disorders, body dismorphia and schizophrenia.

Just looking through and engaging in the hashtag earlier made me realise how many young people struggle with keeping their mental health under control. Sadly, it also made me realise how many people have struggled with using the services supposedly implemented to help tackle the problem. It's clear to see that there is still a long way to go. Although in the UK we are incredibly lucky to have a service that is accessible for everyone, it seems as if the mental health aspect of it is lacking. With statistics suggesting that one in four people will suffer from a mental health issue at some point during their lifetime, why are the services we do have, not working for everyone? According to the Mental Health Network, funding for NHS mental health services has fallen in the last five years by as much as £600 million. With one in four of us due to suffer from mental health issues during our lifetime, it's safe to say that these vital services cannot afford to lose parts of their funding.

From what I could gather, the majority of users tweeting under the hashtag #MentalHealthCareSoPoor were young people, many of whom had experienced trouble working with services like CAMHS, or even just speaking to their GP about their mental health. A statistic from NSPCC says that "One fifth of all children referred to local specialist NHS mental health services, are rejected for treatment". That is a huge number of possibly vulnerable children being left in the dark and not getting treatment for an illness which could be having a serious impact on their development. As a seventeen year old, I found it incredibly difficult even going to the GP to talk about my mental health, and after months of saying I was going to go and then backing out at the last minute, I finally got the push I needed and went. Imagine how it must feel to be a child who has finally found the courage to ask for help, and then be part of that one fifth who were rejected from treatment. If that were to happen to me, it would be enough to put me off speaking to someone about it again.

The one big thing that I can't understand is why we are lacking in the preventative measures. It doesn't take a genius to see that our society is struggling with treating mental health, so why are we not educating people and putting preventative measures in place? Surely focusing on preventing mental health issues is better than simply treating them when it becomes too much?  When I was still at school, mental health was briefly discussed in PSHCE or life skills lessons, but not in enough depth for me to understand it like I do now. Depression is not the only mental health condition, but that's what I would have thought if I hadn't gone on to educate myself further during my own time. Depression was the only mental health issue we were briefly taught about, and even then it was really only things that we already knew. Sex education is taught in schools from as young as ten or eleven, so why isn't mental health taught from that age too? I'm a strong believer that education and understanding are the way forward with tackling our society's mental health issues.

Although this post has been fairly doom and gloom, I feel that it is something so incredibly important. It's important that we discuss issues like mental health and work on improving our support network for when and if we need it. The hashtag is well worth a read if you have a time, Although much of the hashtag consisted of tweets sharing their negative experiences with mental health services, it's always nice to see some optimism.

Giveaway: Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

Giveaway: Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

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Happy one-hundredth post! In celebration of hitting this milestone, I've decided to host a giveaway. I hosted a MAC lipstick giveaway back towards the end of last year, and since that was so popular, I thought I would host another. Instead of a MAC lipstick, this time around I have chosen to give away a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick of your choice, worth £23.

The last entry date is the 31st August. I will contact the randomly selected winner via either Twitter, Instagram Pinterest or by email on the 1st September 2016, so that I can confirm your shade choice and delivery address etc. Ways to enter are included below and incase you were wondering, this giveaway is open internationally. All postage and shipping costs will be covered by myself regardless of where you live. Simply enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. I suppose all that there is left to say now is good luck!


Pins Of The Week #2

Pins Of The Week #2


I've fallen back in love with Pinterest lately, probably spending more time than I should pinning pictures of idyllic bedrooms and landscapes of places that I hope to visit one day. Although I would like to describe it as inspiration and research for future travels etc, it's actually just an aversion technique from a-level results day next week. Regardless of this post actually being based on a brilliant aversion technique, I thought I would share some of my favourite pins from the last week or so. If like myself, you are some sort of a Pinterest addict, you can follow me here.

I am more than aware that this isn't the most content heavy post, but I have another post in the pipeline which is taking up quite a bit of my time as I want it to be perfect. I didn't want to leave another gap in my ridiculously erratic posting schedule (sorry about that), so this is better than nothing right? As for this mysterious, content heavy post, I hope to have it published by the end of the week- it's just taking a little bit longer than I had anticipated. Soz.
L E F T  //  R I G H T
L E F T  //   R I G H T
L E F T  //  R I G H T
L E F T  //  R I G H T
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Types Of People You Need To Unfollow On Social Media

Types Of People You Need To Unfollow On Social Media



One of my favourite things about blogging has got to be using social media. I probably spend more time than I should scrolling through my Twitter feed and re-blogging posts on Tumblr, but I tell myself that it all comes under blogging. Being able to chat to people and discover new things is what I love most, but there are definitely some people and their accounts which get under my skin. Just as a disclaimer, this is no way a serious post. This is all just a bit of fun and is to be taken with a pinch of salt!

The Automatic DM'er
We all know that one person who has automatic DM's set up so that when you follow them, you get a message saying one of two things; either 'thanks for the follow' or 'can you retweet this for me?'. Please. Stop. I'm no more likely to retweet your tweet just because you've invaded my direct messages. Infact, it just has the opposite effect.

The Indirect Poster
The people who are out to stir the pot and cause a little bit of drama on the internet. They write Facebook statuses like 'I can't believe you, you two faced cow'. Now come on, grow up. We're not eleven anymore.

The Oversharer
The people who share every single detail about their day, tweeting from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed. I didn't really need nor want to know that you were eating a ham and cheese toastie at lunch, or that you were going for a wee. Please, just reel it in a little bit.

The Bulk Poster
That one person who is completely invisible from social media for weeks at a time and then suddenly BAM, within the space of twenty minutes they have uploaded half of their camera roll to Instagram.

The Person That Only Posts Selfies
I'm all for self love and appreciation, but are you really that into yourself that you feel the need to post seven different selfies all from slightly different angles. I know a couple of these people on Instagram (cough, cough Kylie Jenner cough, cough) and to be honest, all of the pictures look the same anyway. Please, just go and take a photo of something a little more interesting.

The Hashtagger
There's a certain way to use hashtags and using them for every word is not the way to go about it.
#why #use #so #many #hashtags #in #your #caption #or #tweet #it's #just #really #irritating #can #you #not


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