Current Beauty Favourites


One of my favourite things to do is go into Boots, Superdrug or any other beauty store and spend ages pouring my eyes over all the different beauty counters and brands testing out all the different products. While out in Liverpool shopping yesterday with some friends, I did just this...and also left with a bagful of things that I just had to share with you...considering it cost me an arm & a leg- I thought i'd atleast make a blog post out of it too as we all love a little haul. I haven't been for a big beauty sweep in a long long time so it was in need that I get stocked up. Enjoy!

From left clockwise:

1. Collection 2000 Luscious lashes: Liverpool seems to be rubbing off on me somehow, next i'll be wearing fake nails and walking round with rollers in my hair (ok, maybe not). These were only an impulse buy, which I will be using for Halloween. They were very cheap compared to other brands so I went for these and they also give a nice cat-eye effect.

2. Maybelline Linerefine Expression kajal soft kohl eyeliner: I was on the hunt for some white eyeliner for my Halloween costume/make up look for next week and they seemed to be sold out in every other brand so I went for Maybelline. White eyeliner also looks fab lined on the inner part of your eyes to give that more wide awake look, something that will really benefit me at the moment.

3. Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in 006 warm beige: As I mentioned not long ago in my 'Brand focus' post, Rimmel is literally my go-to, all time favourite brand and I have been using this powder since I ever started wearing make up. I bought it in warm beige this time, unlike my usual ivory as i'd like to have a bit more colour on my face rather than ressembling Caspar the friendly ghost.

4. Seventeen Stay Pout lipstick in 'Just a fling': I was looking around for a nice nude pink lipshade to wear day-to-day as I only have bright and dark colours which I mainly use for nights out. This nude lippy makes for a nice alternative without going OTT but still finishes off my daily make up look nicely.

5. Neutrogena Blackhead eliminating daily scrub: I've recently been having a bad case of blackheads on my nose, which I never used to get before and all of sudden I have loads of them, so I thought I'd give this scrub a go and see if it will get rid of the pesky things.

6. Sally Hansen Airbrush legs: Ok, maybe I am really turning into a scouse lass. Me? Fake tan?! The last time I ever used fake tan was when I was about 13. It was by Johnsons and I would be sure of making the perfect application only to wake up the next morning with giant 'cheesy puff' legs (like that scene from Angus, Thongs and perfect snogging)...and honestly I never thought I'd go back to those days. But, i'm always open to trying something new and this spray seems like the perfect alternative. It's spray-on, leaves a nice medium glow and can be washed off easily with some soap and water.

7. Rimmel Match Perfection SPF18 foundation in 101 classic ivory: My MAC foundation which I bought 1 whole year ago, just ran out (pretty impressive) so this was definitely needed. My student budget is a bit too tight for £25 foundations so Rimmel is the perfect alternative. 

8. Rimmel Exaggerate in 063 eastend snob: The closest I can get to achieving lips a la Miss Angelina Jolie, the better. So, I decided to invest in a good lip-liner which just happens to go perfectly with the lipstick I bought...well, it was planned actually. Nevetheless, they go perfectly together and give the perfect nude lip finish to my everyday make up.

9. Seventeen doll'd up mascara in black: I raved about this mascara back in my 'current beauty favourites' post and here I am, raving about it again. This is honestly one of my favourite mascaras and for once, it's not by Rimmel. I literally cannot fault it and the packaging is pretty cute too.

10. Barry M dazzle dust in 106: I plan to use this mixed a bit in my foundation for that dewy, glowy look.

11. Rimmel Wake me up concealer: Yes, your eyes do not fool you, I have bought yet again something else by Rimmel. These late nights out and early mornings have been giving me some unattractive panda eyes so I decided to invest in a good concealer. I've heard good things about this on other blogs so I have a feeling this may be the cure to my eyebags.

12. Mitchum 48hr oxygen deodorant: Ok, I know it's a bit random to throw deodorant into a beauty post and people would rather not discuss their bodily odours but I think it's something people should take care of...ever been on public transport beside someone smelly? Yeah, well now you'll understand why i'm trying to promote this. This is my all time favourite and I highly recommend it. It's inexpensive and really does the lasts ages and it doesn't have an overpowering smell either. 

13. Barry M nail polishes, Matte in 440 espresso and Gelly hi-shine in 439 blood orange: After getting rid of most of my nail polishes (which i'd had for a lifetime and had all gone gloopy)- I headed to the boss of nail polishes, Mr Barry M. My friend recommended the Matte version to me which I have never tried...and you can never go wrong with a classic red nail and this Gelly version gurantees a super shiny finish.

...And that's me (finally) finished, told you it was a going to be a big haul. It feels good to get back into writing beauty posts, I love doing them! Now that I'm living back in England, trips to Boots and such will be becoming a lot more regular, I apologise in advance to my bank account.

Stay tuned for an outfit post very soon!

I Interview Estella Mason


You may remember Estella who featured in my post: 'Behind The Scenes | Estella Mason Photography & Styling' back in July last year. Well, I'm back today with another episode of my 'An Interview With...' series where, this time, Estella shares with us how it all began, where she gets her inspiration from, her tips for other aspiring photographers wanting to make it in the business and more. Grab yourself a cuppa, be inspired and enjoy.

How did you first discover your love for photography?
I think my first interest in photography started when I was about 14. I used to dress my friends up and take photos of them in the garden and around the house just for fun, but I was quite serious about a career in photography by the time I was 16. I did some work experience with some great photographers who taught me a lot; Jessica Turale, Mark Cowles and Wolfgang Glowaki.

What was your first ever camera?
I got my first camera when I was 12 or 13, for Christmas from my Nan. It was a tiny compact digital, Vivitar brand. 

Where do you get your inspiration for your photographs?
I draw inspiration from a variety of different sources including other artists; Tim Walker, Kirsty Mitchell, Aela Labbe and so many more. I also regularly go on 'Pinterest', it’s a fantastic way to find inspiration and reference it to use later on. I am a very observant person, I like to take in my surroundings and if I find something that inspires me I photograph it. 

How would you describe your style of photography?
My style has definitely changed and developed over the years and I still can’t say I have one particular style but I like to mix fine art with fashion. My photographs almost always include people. I enjoy constructing extravagant sets for my shoots but also enjoy photographic simple details and fleeting moments.

Pick 3 of your current favourite photographs you've taken and why (in no particular order)

1. "Grandmother" there is something alluring about this photograph for me. (click here for the full 'Nostalgia' shoot) 

2. Von Rock family photograph; I love the unplanned poses in this image. (click here for the full 'Von Rock' shoot)

3. "Frida Kahlo"; this is one of my favourite shoots that I've done, it was so much fun to put together and I am such a big fan of Frida Kahlo. (click here for full shoot of 'Frida Kahlo')

Share with us one of your favourite images and why. 
“The Ghost Swift” by Kirsty Mitchell. I strive to create images so seamless, her eye for detail is incredible. This particular image is my favourite amongst her enchanting “Wonderland” series.

What type of session do you enjoy the most, e.g.: wedding, fashion, portrait etc.?
I enjoy doing my personal work the most because it allows me to be experimental. I also love doing styled fashion portraits. 

Who is your favourite photographer and why?
This is way too hard!! I have so many but I would have to say (as mentioned earlier) Tim Walker is a huge inspiration. He creates these unbelievable and elaborate sets for his photographs.

What advice could you offer to someone aspiring to start their own photography business?
Make use of social networks and portfolio sites; post your work everywhere (whilst being cautious of copyright). Facebook is amazing for exposure and allows anyone around the globe to find you. NEVER say no to an opportunity, even if there is nothing in it for you, there is always exposure. Anything is possible so stay humble and work hard and success will follow. I also believe it is so important to be passionate about what you're doing. 

Where do you see your photography career going in the future?
I hope to be able to travel with my business and be involved in editorials, meet other people in the industry and gain as much experience as I can. I hope to continue exhibiting, maybe even around the world.

And finally, a few fun questions... what's your favourite food?
Hmm, is all food an answer?!  Probably chocolate! 

and your favourite item of clothing?
I have a tailored Esprit blazer that I absolutely wear to death! I would have to say it’s probably a favourite. I can dress it up with some black pants, a shirt and heels or dress it down with a flannelette shirt and ripped boyfriend jeans.

What are your go-to pair of shoes?
Boots. I literally have 10 times the amount of boots than I do summer shoes!

...aaand that's a wrap for today! You can check out Estella's fantastic work on her Facebook page or visit her Behance page for her current projects and full shoots. I hope you all enjoyed the second episode of many more interviews to come, I really love doing them. If you're an "up and coming" blogger, artist, musician/band, author or other photographers- anything...all you creative people out there (yes, you!) don't hesitate to contact me as I'd love to feature more and more interviews on here. Click here to view my previous interview with blogger Gladys Doris Dave.

My University Bedroom | Decor & Interior Ideas


Duvet cover & pillow cover set: Kirsty Allsopp range bought in TK Maxx (buy it here) | Union Jack pillow: No idea (similar here)
Photos: my own... | Coaster: Primark | Box of tissues (the design was too cute to resist): Tesco | Buddha: Charity shop
Leopard print storage basket: Primark | Kings of Leon poster: Ebay | Lamp: Bhs | Bunting: gift

Pen holder: carboot sale
Yes those are avacados...
Polka dot coffee cup: Primark

Union jack hearts: Ecogem (France) | File storage: TK Maxx
So, I thought I'd prepare a little post for the nosey lot out there (like myself heh) that like to see inside people's rooms, where they buy their things or just get some tips/ideas for themselves and for your university bedroom by showing you all my unversity bedroom. Or should I say, temporary, university bedroom. I was one of the unfortunate lot (well depends how you look at it really) that got put in accommodation that will be soon refurbished or one really knows to be honest. So, come Christmas, I'll be somewhere else! Nevertheless, I wanted to make my new room as homely and comfortable as possible for the time that I am here by adding a few personal touches considering the room is, ahem, is a bit bland and tasteless (green curtains anyone?). I went shopping MAD in Primark seeing as I couldn't bring a lot of it over from France but was surprised at the great variety and quality at Primark's home range. I've listed above where you can find most of things I bought, if there's something I didn't mention- feel free to comment and i'll try and work out where I got it...I buy a lot of things so it's hard for me to remember it all...

Other room essentials i'd recommend are ipod speakers/radio, mugs/glasses, dvd's to watch on lazy days, slippers & a dressing gown, giraffe onesie (optional)...i'd also recommend going to a pound shop/pound savers for anything else. I got tons of things from there and it cost me next to nothing which is always good when you're on a tight student budget!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it maybe gave you some tips for your university rooms/bedrooms in general. If you've done a similar post i'd love to see it so please comment a link to your post!
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