I’ve been meaning to talk about a few of my favourite places for a while so I thought why not start today? This post is all about Windsor and a few of my favourite things to do when visiting there! I think Windsor is a good one to start of this little ‘series’ because it’s especially beautiful during Winter with all the Christmas decorations. Windsor is near London and is perfect if you love the Royal family or just want to visit somewhere that is quintessentially British. These are a few of my favourite things to do when visiting one of my favourite places- Windsor:
- Windsor Castle: This is probably the most obvious thing to do in Windsor but it is definitely a MUST if you’re only visiting once. The Queen still resides there throughout the year and if the Royal Standards flag is flying then she is in! It’s SO, SO pretty! It is really interesting inside too where you can see Saint George’s Chapel where lots of royal family members are buried including King Henry the eighth! I would recommend booking online to avoid the really long queues.
- Changing of the Guard: Watching the ‘changing of the guard’ is one of the most British things you will ever see! You don’t have to pay to go into the castle to see it either, as they just walk down the high street around the castle. It happens at around 11am so make sure you get there in time! It is basically when the soldiers guarding the castle change shifts but they all march and sometimes they have a band with them- definitely worth a watch!
- The Royal Mile and Eton: These are a couple of options if you want to get some steps in whilst visiting Windsor. You can either walk down the Royal Mile to the horse statue through Great Windsor Park which is very pretty or you can walk over the river to Eton. This is a village where the famous Eton college, where Prince William and Harry attended, is and they have a couple of shops too.
- Bill’s Breakfast and Shopping: Obviously this isn’t an exclusive thing to Windsor but I would definitely recommend a bit of time for retail therapy. Bill’s is a restaurant chain across the UK and I would specifically recommend having breakfast there then heading to the changing of the guard- perfect start to the day! They have pretty good shopping with most of the main British high street shops and they’re even better with the castle as a pretty backdrop!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Windsor and a few of things to do there! I enjoyed sharing some of the reasons why I love this place and will definitely be sharing some more of my favourite places throughout 2018! Let me know if you’ve ever visited Windsor and any of your favourite places.
Today I’m dedicating an entire post to eyebrows. I’ve called it a ‘guide’ but it’s pretty a few things I’ve learnt and then two of my ABSOLUTE favourite eyebrow products. I think it’s important to start off by saying that the eyebrow look I go for is natural, simple and fairly thick. I’ve previously mentioned about my curly, frizzy hair which you can read more about in my Basic Girls Guide to… Curly Haircare post- so I style my eyebrows to fit with that. I also have quite a young looking face therefore a heavy brow look is just not for me- this post is more about making the best with what you’ve got! I think you’ll notice from the title and my blog in general I am NO expert, but this is something I would have liked to read when I first got into eyebrows.
- Waxing or Threading: I would suggest when you first start venturing in to the land of eyebrow grooming get some kind of professional to work on them first. I had mine waxed for about a year- until the lady I went to stopped doing it- from then I decided to start plucking them myself. It was easier to maintain my eyebrows now because I already knew the right shape!
- Plucking: The best time to pluck your brows is after a warm shower or bath because the pores are opened making it easier to remove the hair. Try using a zoomed in mirror too because then you can get a precise look. If you want to pluck at another time of the day then try patting your brows with a damp, warm flannel first to create the same effect. Remember that the more you pluck the less it will start to hurt… very gradually though! ALWAYS pluck from the bottom of the brow so that you don’t go crazy and end up with stick thin brows.
- Keep a light hand: This could be a general make-up rule I try to follow but with eyebrows it is even more important. I would recommend doing this not only with styling but when using the products too. I think a lot of us have had to learn this rule the hard way, but it will be okay.
- Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in ‘Brownie Points’, £8.50: There are SO many eyebrow pencils in the drugstore and out of the ones I’ve tried this is DEFINITELY my favourite. The colour is perfect and I just feather lightly through the brows focusing on the beginning of the brows and the arch. I love the packaging mainly because the brush is ESSENTIAL to even out the product throughout the brows whilst helping define the shape. You should definitely give this a go if you’re looking for a waxy eyebrow pencil that has longevity.
- Rimmel Brow this Way Styling Gel in ‘Clear’, £3.99: I’ve mentioned this product a couple of times before but I don’t think I’ve given a full review. SO, basically this brow gel is the one. The brush is the perfect size, not too small but not like a full-mascara wand either. The product is not too ‘wet’ and it doesn’t leave your eyebrows crispy or with white bits in- which I have had before. It’s cheap enough to re-purchase too and it does exactly what I am looking for in an eyebrow gel.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post! I’ve tried a few different eyebrow looks and products throughout the years but I like to think I’ve cracked it… for now at least. Let me know if you’ve tried an eyebrow pomade before because they’re one of the few areas I am yet to venture into.
Today’s post is inspired by the ‘Great British Bake-off’ final this week! I ABSOLUTELY love the show, even though I was suspicious of the new format at first! Ofcourse I still prefer Mary Berry and the advert breaks are annoying BUT, all in all, I still really enjoyed the series. I love baking and have previously written about it a little bit on here mainly with my Basic Girls Guide to: Baking post- which includes some favourite recipes and general tips that I’ve picked up. Obviously it is just a hobby of mine and I’m not even very good… but it’s all about trying and if in doubt cover it in chocolate! Anyway, so I thought I would share a few gift ideas for people some of the baking fans in your life. These presents are a good idea any gender, age, occasion or ability and I think it’s a nice personal route to go down for a present because they can actually use it. So here are 5 gifts ideas for baking lovers:
- Mug Cake Recipe Book, £5.93 from Amazon: This makes a great present for teenagers or university students! The bakes are super easy, don’t need many ingredients and are cooked quickly in the microwave. This book has a range of recipes but they do a purely chocolate edition too. You could make this present into a ‘night in’ box with a mug, a movie and some fluffy socks or face mask too!
- Personalised Wooden Spoon: I know it sounds a bit lame BUT its cute! It can be made even cuter with some other baking utensils wrapped in a pretty tea towel… perfect! If you look on ‘Not on the High Street’ you can choose from a range of designs and they have loads of different baking gift ideas too.
- Baking/ Recipe Journal: These are basically books that allow you to add your favourite recipes into, in order to keep all your favourite bakes in one place! You could even start the ball rolling by including a couple of your signature bakes- if you know the recipient likes them. You can create a personalised through ‘Not on the Highstreet’ website or look on the high street in shops like Paperchase or WHSmiths.
- Baking Accessories: I know this is a little general BUT I had a couple of smaller ideas but I just wanted to keep the total ideas at a solid number 5. I’m thinking some fancy cupcake cases, pretty measuring spoons or a pastel pink ceramic baking bowl- FULL on bake-off style. These are all things that are not essential for baking but will make the whole experience way more instagram-worthy! Maybe even go for some moulds or cookie cutters suited to your friends hobbies or look for things in a certain colour. You can find cute baking accessories in most large supermarkets, Lakeland or even just have a browse on Amazon and then you can buy as much or as little as you like!
- ‘Make your own Cookie’ jar, £5.00 from Superdrug: I think these will be pretty popular this Christmas- having seen them being sold already in Superdrug. I’m sure lots of other places will be doing these or you can create your own- check out pinterest for some tips! These jars simply contain all the dry ingredients needed to bake cookies so you just need to add the wet ingredients and bake them- perfect for beginners!
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post and it has given you some thoughts on potential gifts for the star bakers in your life! Obviously these gifts can give you the basis for a larger set of presents depending on how much you want to spend and adding some of your own baking will give these the perfect presents the personal touch. These are perfect things to treat yourself to as well and with the festive period coming up you should definitely give baking a go! I LOVE buying and creating innovative gifts for people and spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect, thoughtful present so if you’re into gift guides then stick around because I’ll be posting more of them over Christmas!
Happy baking/ shopping,
We’re getting properly into Autumn now so I thought it would be a good time to share 5 of my favourite nail polishes for this time of the year! They mainly consist of some deeper shades but I’ve put in some other shades that I think are perfect for this time of year. I tend to reach for these colours throughout the colder months- except Christmas when I’m ALL about the glitter and red but that’s for another post! If you want to read more about nails in general then check out my Basic Girls Guide to: Nails which covers general nail care, how to get the perfect mani and some other shades that I enjoy throughout the year! So here are my 5 favourite Autumn nail polishes:
- Barry M Sunset Gel Nail Paint in ‘Plum on Berry’, £4.99: This one is pictured second from left and, as you can see, it is almost black! It is a much darker purple than the Essie one and is more of a blackcurrant. I often go for this on my toes because it stays put really well! This one can look very classy and goes very nicely with an all black outfit.
- Essie Bahama Mama, £7.99: I’ve recently talked about this in my October Favourites 2017 so I won’t go on BUT basically I love it. This is such a great shade because it is a little lighter than ‘Plum on Berry’. In some lights it looks slightly burgundy and in some it is very purple- two of my favourite autumnal colours! This formula can chip easily on my fingers so I tend to stick to this one for my toes.
- Barry M Quick Dry Nail Paint in ‘Dragster’, £3.99: This is a dark grey shade and is like nothing else I have in my collection! It pairs well with most outfits and because it dries so quickly it is a great polish to have. It is a little bit unique for a nail shade but it looks surprising classy.
- Barry M Sunset Gel Nail Paint in ‘Dark Side of the ‘Shroom’, £4.99: This is probably one of my favourite nail polishes EVER. I know it isn’t the typical ‘dark, autumn’ shade but I think it’s perfect for transitional months. I wear this colour SO much though, pretty much all year. It is surprisingly natural on my nails and is a lovely mix of lilac, pink and I’m certain it has some grey undertones!
- Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Colour in ‘Rose Poudre’, £4.49: Again this isn’t a typical Autumn shade but it’s a good one! Millennial pink is very in right now and this is kind of a dulled down version of that. It’s pretty natural on me and with a nice shiny top-coat this definitely can look very much like Shellac- but obviously A LOT cheaper and easier to take off!
Hopefully this post has given you some nail-inspo! These shades are definitely well loved and they’re perfect for this time of the year.
This is the second part of my seasonal lust lists, I’ve already done an Autumn Luxury Lust List one too! They’re some of my favourite posts to write because it really fulfils my urge to spend ALL my money on make-up… which is not the best idea. This Autumn I’ve got a couple of new releases as well as some older things that I’ve just never got round to trying… YET. Here are the things from the drugstore on my shopping list right now:
- Soap and Glory One Heck of A Blot Powder, £12: I don’t know if this is a bit of an odd one? I just think it would be a nice alternative to my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. The only thing that has put me off buying it so far is that it only comes in translucent and I usually get one with some colour from Rimmel. I’ve heard really good things about it though and I’m always using a powder because unfortunately I can get quite oily!
- Make up Revolution Soph X Highlighting Palette, £8: I don’t usually go for ‘Youtuber merch’ and I haven’t really watched that many of Soph’s videos BUT when I saw this palette I LOVED it. I don’t have any highlighting palettes so this might be a good one to start off with! I like that it is designed more towards pale skin so I think I would be able to get good wear out of it. Some of the shades look BLINDING too!
- Burt’s Bees Lipsticks, £9.99: I haven’t heard too much about these but I think they are really cute and I love a moisturising a lip colour. My favourite shade is ‘Blush Basin’ which seems to be a mauve-y nude but I have not looked at it in real life! I can’t seem to find these in Boots- I’ve seen the crayons but not the bullets. They seem like a lovely mix between a balm and lipstick- a winning combination for me especially with winter coming up!
- Rimmel Breathable Concealer, £5.99: I like the idea of having a lighter concealer that helps your skin a little too. The packaging looks cute and it’s definitely a new release I would like to give a go.
- Real Techniques Blend and Blur Brushes: I am LOVING the constant new releases from RT recently! I’ve never used brushes like this before, but I know they were a bit of a phase earlier in the year. They look like they blend seamlessly and they look super soft. You can use them for lots of different products too like bronzer, highlight as well as concealer or pretty much anything! I’m definitely going to have a look at getting one of these, they’re too cute not to.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Let me know what is on your shopping list at the moment!
Today’s post is kind of similar to a ‘What’s in my bag’ but instead it focuses on 5 products that I think are essential to carry in your bag in case of an emergency. So this isn’t going through ALL the things in my bag like the beauty bits or ALL the food wrappers… guilty haha! I LOVE reading about what people carry around in their bag and I’ve already done a What’s in my Uni Bag post. By emergency I don’t mean something serious, I’m just thinking along the lines of first world problems… but I thought that title was too long! I’ve started commuting this year so I find having these things come in handy! So here are my 5 essentials for your bag to carry around in case of an ’emergency’:
- Wet Wipes: Now these are the perfect thing if you don’t have room for tissues AND hand sanitizer! I use these if I have a very small bag because they don’t take up much room- but remember to shut them properly or they dry out… which is SO annoying! You can use these to get rid of clothes stains, to dry sticky hands and they help if things explode in your bag… like Frubes! You can get a few different scents in Boots or if you want some pretty ones then Accessorize usually have some by the counters.
- Fragrance: This can come in ALL kinds of ways you could go for a mini deodorant, a small body mist from Boots or even a free perfume sample. Sometimes a spraying some a nice scent not only keeps B.O away but can also be very calming. My favourite is the mini Ted Baker sprays from Boot’s that are only £2.50 and they’ve introduced new scents to the line! They’re not very heavy but it is surprising how often they are needed.
- Portable Charger: I know this isn’t the most innovative one BUT it’s an essential and there aren’t many more first world problems than your phone running out of battery! I got a pink one from Amazon but a lot of places around do them now. I always get worried about something happening and not being able to contact people so a fully charged charger is DEFINITELY an essential for me.
- Plasters: Now this would be good in an actual emergency like a paper cut or something but it has some other uses too! Plasters are good if you have a really annoying hang nail or if you tear something open and need to close it. I usually have blister ones with me because I get blisters CONSTANTLY… it’s a real problem! Any type of plasters are good to have around though because you never know when you’ll need them.
- Peg: Not a typical essential BUT give me a chance, okay? You know when you open something and you don’t want to finish it or it to spill in your bag THEN you’ll be reaching for the peg. They’re very small and easy to store in your bag and I’m pretty sure you’ll be surprised about how much you need one!
Hopefully you enjoyed this post and its given a few ideas for things to pack in your bag ‘just in case’! I’ll probably do another Bag Essentials post with some travel beauty bits in so stick around for that. Let me know your favourite bag essential for an emergency anything you think I’ve missed out of this top 5?
I hope you’ve had a lovely October- how excited are you for November?! I CANNOT wait because I mean it is officially time to publicly begin going Christmas crazy! I mean I’ve been inwardly exciting since January but now it is time to shine everyone. ANYWAY before then I wanted to reflect on some of my favourite things from October. Like always there is a random mix of things, I hope you enjoy it:
- Rimmel ‘Brow this Way’ Styling Gel in Clear, £3.99: I used to be obsessed with this product but then over the summer I began reaching for it less, then I re-purchased this month and realised how much I missed it! I use this most days to set my brows and give them a little more shape. They’ve changed the packaging which is a little annoying because you can’t see how much you’ve used BUT the inside has remained its lovely self.
- Benefit’s Rockateur Blush, £24.50: I’ve already mentioned this a couple of times on my blog this month in my Top 5 Favourite Blushes so I won’t go on! BUT I wear this ALL the time in Autumn to give a warmer, mauve-y flush to the cheeks. I don’t have any other blush in this shade but I’m definitely on the look out for a drugstore option because I am definitely over-using the Benefit one right now haha!
- Essie Nail Polish in ‘Bahama Mama’, £7.99: This is the perfect Autumn plum shade and I’ve been wearing it on my toes pretty much ALL of October. It is a lovely mix of purple and burgundy with a good shine on it. It does chip a little too much on my fingers but on the toes it lasts AGES!
- The Vampire Diaries: Recently I have been LOVING this and I can’t wait season 8 to finally come on to the UK Netflix! I’ve almost finished season 7, so it’s REALLY frustrating that I can’t finish it. It took me a while to get into the series but once you get to roughly season 3 it is GREAT, you just have to stick with it and now I don’t want it to end! It’s a good one to watch in October for Halloween too- so I would definitely recommend for a more spooky evening in!
- Cadbury’s Festive Chocolate Fingers: I know we’re not supposed to be getting Christmassy yet BUT I could not resist them when I saw them in the supermarket! Each chocolate finger is covered in evenly covered in milk AND white chocolate, on one finger… I’ll just let that sink in. I will probably have doubled in size by the time January hits and I’m pretty certain that these chocolate fingers will be the main reason for that… no regrets!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it has given you some recommendations of things to try for November! It’s been a bit of random mix this month with cosy knitwear, Netflix and food- but I think that’s a good combination. Let me know what you’ve been loving this October below!
Today’s post is the second instalment of my Autumn essentials! Last week I posted the first part with my Autumn Essentials: Clothing and Homewarewhereas today the focus is going to be on ALL things beauty. I’m not brave enough to go for the plum lip, so my make-up essentials might be a little different. I’ve included a couple of things that kind of come under the ‘beauty’ category like haircare and body products too! Here they are:
- Benefit Rockateur Blush, £24.50: I recently wrote about this blush in more detail in my Top 5 Favourite Blushes SO this is definitely one of my favourites! I think it is perfect for Autumn because it gives your cheeks a slightly mauve-y flush to the cheeks. I love having a little deeper blush during the colder months because it matches the colour my cheeks would naturally go! This blush has a slight gold sheen to it too and it goes lovely with a bronze eye look.
- Mauve-nude Lipstick: My go-to lip colour during the colder months and it matches perfectly with the Rockateur blush! There are SO many options for mauve-nude lipsticks depending on your preference of matte, satin or glossy. My favourite is a satin finish with my specific favourites being from KIKO and Max Factor- so check out those brands if you’re in the market for a new lipstick!
- Bubble Bath: Now I’ve gone for quite a loose term with ‘bubble bath’ because everyone has their own preferences! I don’t even know if this is beauty but it kind of comes under body care I suppose?! Anyway, this is the time of the year when baths are back and relaxing under some bubbles is the PERFECT way to spend an Autumn evening. Obviously LUSH is going to be everyone’s favourites with their bubble bars being some of my ride or die bath products and I cannot wait to try Lush’s Christmas range… I tend to skip Halloween! If you’re looking for some cheaper, simpler bubble bath then check Superdrug, Boots or just the supermarket.
- Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo, £4.19: Okay so this might not necessarily be an ESSENTIAL but sometimes when it gets colder I find my hair gets a little dry! So I like to use a really moisturising hair- which actually is vital if you’ve got curly hair like mine! This is one of my favourite shampoos but if you’re looking for some other alternative then I’ve mentioned some in my Basic Girls Guide to… Curly Haircare post.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading my selection of products that I see as Autumn essentials! Obviously, all these things are perfect for the colder months in general and I’m sure I’ll be reaching for them for a long while now. Let me know what your beauty essentials are for Autumn below!
Happy Throwback Thursday!
Today’s post is a little bit of a different one but it’s just something I felt like sharing. Sometimes when life gets a bit full-on or I’m feeling WAY too much like a ‘grown-up’ with actual problems I do an ‘ULTIMATE throwback’ day… not always on a Thursday! It’s a nice way to reflect on your favourite memories and realise just how lovely life has been. They are the perfect things to do when you need a little self-care, a pick-me-up or are looking for something a little different with your friends!
Basically a ‘throwback’ day is just taking time to do things the younger you LOVED doing and just not caring about your current situation. It can be something small lasting just an afternoon or you can go the whole hog and have a whole throwback weekend. I started doing these a couple of years ago before my birthday, when I just did not want to turn 18. So here are a couple of ideas of ways to have a good throwback and reminisce:
- ALL the songs: You could go really simple and just make a ‘throwback’ playlist to listen to on a drive or your commute. You’re going to need to dig deep to find some of your favourite old tracks though! I suggest looking on youtube and just keep clicking on the ‘recommendation’ videos to find some of those treasures. Another good way to find those feel-good tunes is looking back on the ‘Now that’s what I call music’ albums on Apple Music or Spotify! Personal favourites for me include JLS, S Club 7 and McFly…. all of these are absolute CLASSICS.
- Old school movies: Probably my favourite of ALL the throwbacks is having a High School Musical marathon- I will NEVER tire of those films, ever. Just putting on a film that use to be your ride or die will instantly make you feel better! Other options include the Hannah Montana movie or classics like ‘She’s the Man’. Obviously if you want to throw it back even further then go for some Disney movies like Cinderella or The Lion King. Hakuna Matata
- Actually DOING something you loved: Now this one might take a little more planning but I think it’s SUPER fun, especially taking your friends somewhere you used to love or going back with family. My favourite place for a proper throwback is the zoo, I was obsessed with the zoo and ALL the animals… I still am tbh! There are so many places to go though like an amusement park, the park or the arcades- those Mario kart driving games were GREAT! You could even just play Mario Kart on the wii, or dig out your favourite old console or play sims or colour in a picture… the possibilities are endless! I find doing something like this really helps ease any worries because it takes me back to a time when my main worry was what time Hannah Montana started.
- Eating THAT food: Do you have any food that just the smell takes you back to your childhood? Well, eat it whilst watching ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ and you are sorted. For me, it’s tangy cheese Doritos I loved them so much my parents made me genuinely worried that I would turn orange… so I very rarely eat them now haha! I use to have odd tastes like a crisp sandwich too- eating any of these makes for a perfect, no worries ‘throwback’ session.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post- I know it’s a little different to the usual but I thought it would be a nice way to share some different ways to relax! I’ve read lots of great posts about taking time for yourself and I think that you this is a fun and creative way to do that.
Let me know what ‘throwback’ things you love doing and you loved any of things I mentioned, I’d love to know some of these things weren’t only me haha!
Autumn is the season A LOT of people look forward too and after the summer months I do too! I’m not completely autumn crazy, I’m more of a winter girl but it’s the closest we’re going to get for now. Now that it’s October the leaves are well and truly turning brown, so I thought it was about time I shared a few essential things to make your Autumn as cosy as possible. I’ve split these essentials into two parts with the first focusing on clothing and homeware and the second focusing on general beauty bits! So here they are:
- Cosy Jumpers: Probably my FAVOURITE clothing of the entire year is an over-sized piece of knitwear and Autumn is the perfect time to start wearing them! So far this Autumn I’ve found jumpers in New Look and Next that I am loving. My favourite jumpers tend to be burgundy or a dark grey which seem to be quite in this year again which is good news! I think these lovely jumpers with some black jeans aren’t only comfy but I think they make a pretty outfit too.
- Vest tops: I don’t know if this is an odd choice BUT stay with me here. I go for vest tops in Autumn because it isn’t cold enough for a jumper AND a coat but I’d be too cold in just a jumper SO I tend to layer up with a vest top… British weather really takes a lot of outfit thinking! You don’t just have to go for a plain black one though, I think it’s a nice way to add a little bit of colour! My most used one at the moment is probably my dusky pink one or the navy one which goes nicely with denim jeans. You can get these tops in most places I usually go for New Look, Dorothy Perkins or just the supermarket!
- Candles and Reed Diffusers: I’ve put these together because generally you just need something to make your room smell nice, simple. A reed diffuser is a good option if you’re a bit forgetful with candles and you don’t even have to think about them but they keep your room smelling good for around a month- if you get a good one! This is prime time to purchase these things because all the new scents are coming out in time for Christmas. My favourites are from Zoella’s Lifestyle range but you can get good candles and reed diffusers from LOADS of places with my other go-to options being Sainsbury’s, Next and Boots but I’ve heard Primark have some good ones too for a cheaper alternative!
- Cute Mugs: Okay so technically you can make it through Autumn without of these… but it won’t be as cute, okay? I LOVE big cuppa tea and Autumn/ Winter is the best time for it. I recommend going for a mug almost as large as your head, that’s the best place to start. My favourites are from the Disney Store but it’s really a personal thing… there are SO many options! Even if you don’t drink hot drinks a lovely mug is great to store your make-up brushes- this will make your room look very cosy for Autumn too.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and that they help you have the cosiest Autumn EVER! I love this time of the year up to Christmas and these little essentials definitely are some of the reasons why I find it so lovely. Don’t forget to come back next Monday at 11am to see my beauty essentials for Autumn, but I do still have another post on Thursday!
Let me know if you think there is an Autumn essential you think I’ve missed!