Birthday Haul

Hey everyone, I’m back! After finishing my birthday week (yes a whole week filled with celebrations with loads of different people) I feel like I can finally get back on track with writing again 🙂

So what better place to start than filling you all in on what goodies I got for my birthday!

I guess I should probably start by saying that all I actually asked for was vouchers as I love just being able to go and treat myself without having to spend my own money and I always think it’s better to have vouchers than someone buy something you don’t really love and luckily I did get a lot of vouchers and some money too! Vouchers for New Look, Primark, Next and MAC which will absolutely be well spent (and may have already been started!)

I also got a lovely voucher for a spa day from my parents which I cannot wait to use and will be booking in very shortly as I’ve been meaning to take a relaxing day for a while and just never got around to it 🙂

On paper I think all the gifts I received are probably exactly what you would expect! I received two pairs of amazing heels (which because I’ve hurt my foot I haven’t really been able to wear) a light for filming and taking better pictures for the blog, a copy of Vogue, an amazing Ted Baker highlighter set, a super cosy onesie which I needed going into winter, my favourite Marc Jacobs perfume and an adult colouring book (great for relieving stress!)

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20151021_152253Obviously it’s also natural to buy yourself a gift so I also purchased myself a pair of shoes from Public Desire to wear on my birthday night out which went down very well!

20151021_181840Already with my vouchers and money I have also purchased a few goodies including my much desired red high leg Hunter wellies, a gorgeous khaki knit jumper from New Look, MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo and my very first Nars highlighter in Frenzy which I am obsessed with and which I am sure will be featuring in many more blog posts and upcoming looks 🙂

I’ll also be doing a birthday makeup look very soon featuring a pictorial which will hopefully include a very short vid for you all too!

I hope you enjoyed this post! For more from me daily, then don’t forget to check out my Instagram and Twitter pages 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

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My current inspirations

So once again I am sitting down to write something off the cuff, so I apologise for the lack of good content! Writing takes a lot of time (which I really dont have at the moment) but I promise I really am working to get more organised and write better content for you!

Part of that content is going to include tutorials and the inspiration for those tutorials comes from many different places, but mostly it is inspiration from women I see either out and about, on television or online so I thought I would share some of that inspiration with you!

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So these two are obvious, but Kylie and Adele are two of my absolute faves and although they seem really opposite to one another they are actually more similar than you might think! They both have completely unique styles and a matching badass attitude and that is what I admire! I love that they arent afraid to try new things and it reminds me to continune to do the same, plus they both always look flawless which is always fun to attempt to recreate!

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Becca Rose is one of my fave bloggers/vloggers because she is so adorable and her sixties style is right up my street! I hope for even a small amount of the success she has and I would be happy!

helen george             So some of you may recognise Helen George from Strictly and Call the Midwife! She is on my list because she totally rocks being a doe eyed, cute blonde and she gives me major hair envy (along with Becca Rose) and makes me want to cut a fringe back in so bad!

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Lucy Watson from Made In Chelsea is also a huge inspiration of mine because I love her clothes. She has such a fun and eclectic style and even though what she wears is so varied, she manages to make every look her own without looking like a fashion chaser!

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And this is “Liv” from Izombie! Played by Rose Mciver, my inspiration here is actually the character Liv. I love her style (even if it is zombie) and her ice white hair and amazing eye makeup make me want to dye my hair this colour and release my inner emo a little bit!

I hope that you enjoyed getting to find out more about my inspirations and look forward to seeing me try more looks from them soon 🙂 Let me know who inspires you in the comments below and also let me know if you have any ideas of what you would like to see my try hair wise next 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Bad planning and birthdays…

Hey everyone, this is my first official post as a 24 year old! Yep that’s right, on Monday it was my birthday and that is actually the reason I haven’t posted in a while 😦

It’s a terrible excuse I know, but not planning content ahead of time has meant that finding time to write a post amidst  multiple celebrations has been nearly impossible!

I have some exciting bday related content coming very soon though so please bear with me 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Dress wishlist – Autumn/Winter 2015

Hey everyone,

So today I thought I would do a little Autumn wishlist of all the dresses I’m loving at the moment. I’ve been doing a lot of online shopping recently to try to find the perfect birthday outfit, so lots of these are probably quite dressy, but the incorporate some of my favourite trends from this A/W for all your dress needs 🙂

From amazing knit and shirt dresses which look perfect with over the knee boots and big jackets to suede bodycon numbers, I hope there is something for everyone here even if it is just a small snapshot of my favourites!

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Lots of love, Leanne xx

Save a life – give blood (pretty please!)

Hey everyone, bit of a different post today, but I hope you like it all the same 🙂 It’s inspired by something I did for the very first time recently and feel quite passionately about, so if my writing can encourage even one of you to take the plunge, I’ll feel like I have used my audience to achieve something good!

I’m talking about giving blood of course 🙂 It was something I had thought about doing for ages, but wasn’t sure if I could, or even how to go about it which really put me off booking into a session. I’d signed up as a donor in June but never got around to going, so when I saw that a blood drive was coming very close to where I work I decided enough was enough and that I was going to do it (after persuading my friend/manager Tim to join me too!)

After wandering over to the blood drive in my lunch break and booking in to give blood a few hours later, I was anxious to see what it would be like, but when I arrived to give my donation, I was quickly reassured and felt very safe 🙂

As a first time donor the process is slightly longer than those who have donated before, but the process really takes less than an hour from start to finish even with the extra bits! Initially you have to fill out a form which asks questions to make sure you are able to give blood (again something that put me off donating was the list of reasons you cant donate e.g recent holiday abroad/illness/tattoo, but after speaking with someone I was quickly calmed that I would be eligible assuming my blood was suitable.) You’re then called off to see a nurse who does a secondary evaluation of your questionnaire, take a small sample of blood from your finger to check you have enough iron and then confirms whether or not you are able to donate and once that is all done it is over to a chair ready to be hooked up.

giveblood2Another nurse puts you in a chair, lets you choose which arm you’d prefer, lays you back and inserts the needle to withdraw blood. It doesn’t hurt at all even though the needle does look pretty initimidating and once it is in you are given exercises to do like hand and bum clenches to keep the blood flowing, although my blood was a little slow! Once your pint is taken, the needle is removed (my least favourite part but even that wasn’t bad!) you can see and even hold you blood bag if you want and then once they are sure you feel well it’s over to the tea and biscuit area!

And that is literally it! From start to finish feels pretty relaxing, is over quickly and you get to meet some really lovely and amazing people in the process too 🙂

So hopefully this post tells you all about the process and puts your mind at rest if it was something you were considering but were scared about. I can assure you there is nothing to fear and after all, a small bruise is a tiny price to pay considering you can save up to three lives with every donation you give. And don’t think “oh well I have a common blood type I don’t need to give!” I found out I am A Positive (the second most common blood type) which just means they need more of it as more people need it! I even found out from the staff at the blood drive that they only ever have enough supply for 3 days worth of supply! 3 days?! That’s insane for something so critical!

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And also don’t think why would you give because you’ll never need it, it’s actually quite common to have blood transfusions. Not only for serious illnesses such as cancer, but also for things like newborn babies and their mums who lose blood in childbirth, so one day it could be you or someone you know who needs it!

So get yourself to the Give Blood website now to find out how to become a donor (UK Only but please please google for your blood drive operators if you aren’t in the UK) and to find out where you can donate 🙂

One final thought as well as most of my readers are female, 70% of people who donate are women, so let’s carry on doing our bit by getting even more of us to sign up as donors as we can only give blood every 16 weeks so its important there are more of us than ever to ensure we are never short of what we need!

Please let me know if you have given blood or if you are thinking of signing up or just have any questions because I’d love to hear and help!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation Review

I’m not sure if I’m unusual, but I seem to own an excessive amount of foundations! Different brands, different colours all which claim to do different things and offer different finishes, so I thought I should probably share them with you (and also find out if I am a weirdo or if all you other make up junkies also seem to have way too may foundations!)

Today as part of this series I thought I would review the No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation. On the pot it claims to last all day and offer a shine free and smooth finish. I bought mine in shade 4C Warm Ivory and actually got colour matched to find this shade.

Now I figured I should probably talk about the whole process from being colour matched right through to actually applying the foundation for the first time and I have to admit I did find the whole thing a bit unnerving and awkward. I’ve been colour matched before by Clinique and expected the process to be similar to this (matched by eye using neck colour by an expert) but it really didn’t work like this! In my local Boots in Hitchin I turned up to the No 7 kiosk, to be greeted by a very pleasant advisor, who promptly admitted that she didn’t wear much makeup when I was apologising for my very unkempt appearance that day! She took out her colour matching device, held it up to my face and then assessed that she thought I needed the fairest shade of foundation to which I immediately looked at her in horror. I had just returned from holiday, looking far more tanned that usual and I was still the lightest shade?! There was no way that was possible!

After some discussion, which included me telling her that my face didn’t really tan and that shade wouldn’t match my body, we decided just to try different shades on my face and I finally found Warm Ivory, although even that when I first tried it on at home seemed maybe a shade too light. She also didn’t seem to know too much about coverage which was a concern as I made her aware I wanted a Medium-Full preferably matte coverage similar to the MAC foundation I was used to, but still offered me a light “buildable” silk finish at first!

Needless to say I didn’t feel like I was in the hands of an expert and that I probably knew more about brands and makeup than she did, but we got there in the end.

As it turned out, on my way home from purchasing this foundation (which was purchased specifically to match my holiday glow) I got invited out for lunch so thought I would give it a go then and there. As always with my foundation application routine (which you can read all about here if you haven’t already) after priming and using my BB cream I then applied the foundation using my foundation brush from Wilkinsons to ensure coverage all over the skin and then using my Nanshy Beauty Blender to provide the finished airbrush appearance before setting with Loreal Magique Powder.

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The foundation on and finished!

Once I had finished applying my foundation I did have a bit of a crisis of confidence, convinced that the foundation still looked too light, which led to a succession of pictures being taken in all different lights and asking the opinion of several people (including my Mum who I know I can count on for an always honest opinion!) who settled my nerves.

Now I know all of this sounds pretty bad, but I have to say that although the process wasn’t my favourite, the foundation actually isn’t too bad! It covers really well, only requires one layer and does last all day providing a gorgeous matte finish. It applies well, smells nice and looks good, but it isn’t my favourite foundation. Of all the foundations I own this is actually probably one of my leas favourites! It isn’t as good as the MAC Studio Fix and is on a par with my Collection Lasting Finish foundation which is a fraction of the price, so all things considered I probably won’t be repurchasing!

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Great coverage
  • Smooth finish
  • Lasts for at least 12 hours with a matte finish
  • Smells good

Cons

  • Small spectrum of shades
  • Complicated, fussy and somewhat lacking colour matching service
  • Quite pricey
  • Other foundations are as good but much cheaper
  • Have to use quite a lot for a good finish

So to summarise with my key questions, would I recommend it and would I repurchase? Well the answers to those are no I wouldn’t repurchase and I also wouldn’t recommend it, but I also wouldn’t dissuade others from giving it a go as it isn’t bad, I just think there are better alternatives out there which are definitely cheaper 🙂 From me this gets a 2 out of 5!

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful! Let me know in the comments below what your favourite foundations are and whether you have tried any No 7 products and whether you liked them! Also don’t forget to like, share, comment and subscribe and also to come follow me on Twitter and Instagram if you don’t already 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx