April photo diary – iPhone pictures

This is my first time doing one of these mini photo diary things so I thought it'd be fun to try! 

1.  Lately I have been trying to eat more fruit for breakfast and I'm such a sucker for pastries, no honestly I love them so much. So I sneaked a delicious almond croissant into my breakfast the other day combined with chopped strawberries, raspberries and banana! Also a yummy smoothie packed with spinach, kale and blueberries! I'm trying to be good... 

2. Oh my god. Now I have tried the "I love" products before but this is the first time I have invested in any of the bath cremes. They were on offer in Superdrug so I thought oh why not. Glad I bought them! They smell like heaven and they were extremely cheap too. £2.99! 

3. Now for my birthday I was given these lovely bath bombs from Bomb Cosmetics as a gift off my friend. They smell like candy, fairgrounds and flower beds all in one. Shame they leave the tub plastered in roses! 

4. The other week me and my friend went to this awesome new diner here in Manchester. It's called "The Infamous Diner". It's eighties themed and it's all pink! My friend has been before so she took me and when I walked in it was amazing. The place was lit up, we had Ghostbusters playing and every hit known to man blaring on the speakers! I ordered a tasty Nacho-mama burger with a chocolate shake and she ordered a chilli dog with a coconut milkshake. Tasted awesome. I definitely recommend this place! 


LARME Magazine Issue #21

I recently got a hold of the new issue of Larme magazine (for those reading this post who have no idea what this is about then Larme is a Japanese fashion magazine aimed towards young women which holds a mixture of themes featuring retro, cute and gothic styles). 

I found this issue very basic at the most. I noticed in this issue it was a lot more mellowed down in terms of cutesy and dolly inspired looks than previous issues. The outfits were more your everyday casual I'm-just-heading-into-town look rather than the lace and thrill we are used to seeing. Yes, it did have some minor typical Larme style traits in this issue but not as much. I do think it is nice to see a little bit of change, knowing that Larme can be flexible in the right way to maintain the style. It's always a good idea to experiment.

The hairstyles are so adorable! I love how much ribbon is being used lately, I've been seeing Larme inspired hairstyles on Instagram and Tumblr too where girls have been adding ribbon to their dos! I want to try it too but at the moment my hair is still growing out and isn't long enough yet to have what I want. 

Also I did notice that there was a piece about boyfriends added into this issue too. I am aware that some readers were not happy about that and worried if Larme magazine may turn into another average magazine with a ton of agony aunts, Q & A sections and all the same types of things regarding relationship trouble we see in ordinary magazines. I don't mind if it's minor such as just here and there in a few issues but not all the time. 

I think the beauty of Larme magazine is that it is more of a picture book with lots of beautiful photography, a ton of time and effort gone into each issue. I always look forward to seeing all the set ups and shoots in each issue. I'm not going to over-think about it though because even if it happens I will probably still end up buying the magazine anyway regardless. I'll just ignore it. 

It was very nice to see what each of the models has in their make up bags aswell. There was a page showing what they all had with these adorable illustrations of them next to their items. I think it shows a bit more of their personality and it's interesting to point out if you own anything they have too (maybe that's just me... I get excited over things like that! I'm silly haha!).

Oh! I also might have a shot at doing a Larme eye make up tutorial at some point. Recently I have been wearing a look I have taken from Larme and tweaked at myself. Too Faced's Sweet Peach palette has come in very handy for it, I must say... 

But for now. I shall await the next issue and I kind of hope they will throw in some more Larme-ish outfits. I am not saying I do not like the ones in this issue, I just want to see more actual Larme themed outfits with more lace, thrill and shimmer. Those types are my favourite! 


Simple 5 Minute Hair mask

Over a three years I made the decision to go natural and shave my head. Yes, I did. I got rid of my old relaxed ends which I had been sporting for the past five years throughout high school. My hair was already damaged from relaxing and straightening almost everyday. Until my hair was cut into this ugly bob and I hated it.

So the best solution I came up with was getting rid of my old ends and re-growing all of my hair. One thing I have learnt throughout this journey is hair care, understanding my hair and what it needs. I did my research and scouted around the natural hair community, I watched plenty of videos, looked at many pictures and blogs with ladies and their gorgeous bouncing curls. It's such great inspiration and pushes me to keep growing out my hair. I haven't looked back since or gone near a relaxer. No regrets!

While taking in bits and pieces of information I eventually conquered up my own recipe for hair masks, they aren't exactly original but I found my way of doing things and adding in what I liked. I just felt like sharing a bit about myself and this really, really good hair mask. 

This treatment will have your roots smiling and your hair shiny! Goodness, it really does make your hair so soft, a lot more manageable and silky. It is a great way to give yourself some self-love if you have been neglecting your ends and scalp. Plus this recipe smells amazing! 

Avocado properties: Avocado is a fantastic ingredient for a home made deep conditioner. As it holds vitamin A, B and E. It can also be used for a fast smoothing, rich in fatty acids, conditioning and moisturising mask. Also may treat dandruff on a dry scalp, prevents hair loss and adds shine! 

Coconut milk properties: Naturally a very thick and penetrating substance, coconut is amazing and is known for it's promotion of hair growth. It de-frizzes and hydrates extremely well. 

Banana properties: Bananas are rich in natural oils and vitamins where they help to restore hair's natural elasticity, preventing breakage and split ends. When used as a hair mask bananas will restore, promote shine and soften.  

Rosemary oil properties: As amazing as rosemary oil smells it is an essential oil which is a natural way to stimulate hair growth and hair health.

You will need:

1 Banana
1/2 Avocado
1 TBSP Rosemary Oil
1/2 Coconut milk
Blender (I use the nutribullet) 

Step 1. 

Break up the banana in two halves, chop up the avocado adding these into your blender. Then pour in half a can of coconut milk and then add 1 TBSP of rosemary oil.

Step 2.

Simply just blend them all together for two minutes at the most.

Step 3. 

Use your sieve to drain the mixture under a bowl making sure you get any pulp of avocado or banana from the substance. We don't want any lumps in our hair! After this all you need to do is pop the bowl into the refrigerator and half an hour so it's chilled!

Step 4. 

Apply to your hair after combing it out, make sure you get out any knots so it's easier to place on. Massage it well into your scalp, stimulating your fingers in circles to get your circulation going. Apply to scalp and right to the ends of your hair. After just put a shower cap on or hair wrap to prevent any mask dripping.

Step 5.

Wash off well and enjoy!


Too Faced: Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette | Review

So if any of you reading this are Too Faced fans then you probably know and have heard the hype regarding the newest addition to their collection being the "Sweet Peach" eye shadow palette which was released this year on the 17th March 2016. It is the fourth palette to be released by Too Faced along side the other three; Semi-sweet paletteChocolate bar and Chocolate Bon Bon

Now these palettes were gone in almost the blink of an eye. I was lucky enough to snag one! I have heard that the palette may be coming into Debenhams possibly April or May. It isn't for sure as of yet. But if and when it does I definitely recommend you all snatch this palette up! 

I ordered this from the website and was a giddy child when I opened up the package. It arrived safely and carefully wrapped. I could actually smell the peachy scent as I opened the box, I do think it is a lot stronger than the past palettes such as the Semi-sweet chocolate, Chocolate bar and the Bon Bon palette. I find this palette smells not so much peachy, it's more bubblegum and strawberries which reminds me of strawberry hubba-bubba. But when applied there is no lingering scent. 

As always the packaging design is so adorable! I love how Too Faced always manages to create a fun but serious touch to their designs. Their products are always good quality, still they pull of cute vibes and know what appeals to their audience. The gradient colours on the box fit the palette perfectly and that sweet little cartoon peach inside just makes my day!

Now as for the eye shadows, I have individually swatched each of them and tried them out on myself just to test. Now the Too Faced formula within the eye shadows mostly needs a primer for any sign of pigmentation, being able to blend and last. I heard there is a couple of duds in this palette which apparently wasn't a surprise to other buyers/bloggers. Even so I will explain and give my word about each of the shades below. 

White peach | Nectar | Peaches 'N Cream | Luscious | Cobbler | Georgia 

White peach: is the light cream shade with a warm and faint yellow undertone. Very good pigmentation, I could use this one every single day. It's soft, very natural and smooth. It's great for blending too. Lasts around five to six hours for me.

Nectar: a hollow light yellow, golden warm undertone is packed in and a bold sheen. Great pigmentation, good to even out and blending. This shade is very neutral, I plan on adding it into my everyday make up routine more often.This shade lasts over six hours. 

Peaches 'N Cream: a gorgeous yellowish peach shade with a delicate silk finish. Lovely to apply, it's soft and easy to blend. It lasts around six to seven hours. Very good.

Luscious: being a brassy brown with supple undertones and a slightly metallic tint. It's quite smooth and excellent to blend with. It lasted longer than five hours. 

Cobbler: a lovely foxy brown, has some warm undertone and a shiny aftermath. Very good to blend, gentle and smooth. Again perfect for an everyday natural look. 

Georgia: such a nice orangey warm shade and very chalky. It is slightly sheer, a bit dry and poor to blend out sadly. Would need something bolder underneath.

Just peachy | Candied Peach | Caramelized | Bless her heart | Bellini | Puree 

Just Peachy: very medium, pretty pink with warm undertones and a bronze, shimmery finish. Dusty texture and easily wears off. 

Candied Peached: somewhat muted, orangey and has a mixture of pink added to it. Quite glittery, powdery and tricky to blend out. Definitely needs a primer and better base.

Caramelized: it is such a gorgeous summery bronze shade with a nice shine. Very good pigmentation, it is strong and great to blend. Easy to use and add on the skin. It lasts around seven hours. 

Bless her heart: average tone within the dark green hue, has a slight warm glow and some hint of brown thrown in. Pigmentation is good, only a little bit dusty and is good to even out on the skin. Lasts over five hours.

Bellini: this shade is a delicious peach pink, quite coppery and has a hint of gold. Lovely to blend, soft texture and smooth. Lasts over six hours.

Puree: is a chocolate-caramel light brown, sunny and warm tones with a drop of red. I found testing this that is is quite powdery and not so easy to apply. I will have to see in the future how long this will last so I am certain. 

Tempting | Peach Pit | Summer Yum | Charmed, I'm sure | Delectable | Talk derby to me

Tempting: is quite the darkest brown on the palette, holds some warmness in its undertone and is a powerful treasure within its pigmentation. It's very strong, dense and a buttery texture to work with. 

Peach Pit: I found this reddish chocolatey shade to have a nice shimmery finish. Great pigmentation but difficult to even. 

Summer Yum: reddish brown, holds bronze undertones and a smooth effect. Very dry, powdery and okay for blending. Would need either a primer or a better base for it to diffuse. Average at best.

Charmed, I'm sure: this is a medium dark brown, warm and subtle. I find it is rather soft and has this lovely matte finish. It's okay to blend with as the substance is more powdery, it would be ideal to use a primer when tackling this shade. It isn't weak but lasts around five hours. 

Delectable: It has a somewhat warm undertone and a silky feel. Dry, chalky texture and it wasn't easy to blend out with unfortunately on bare skin. Would need possibly a primer, good base to diffuse it. 

Talk derby to me: is a deliciously dark shade, holds some purple in that black satin shade and a cheeky hint of glitter. Bold, good pigmentation, a little bit dry and powdery. It's best used built up to achieve that fuller appearance. Lasts around six to seven hours at the most.


Spring Homeware Wishlist 2016

1. Pink dusty antique stool |  2. Gold photo frame | 3. Stag head | 4. Brass spotlight lamp | 5. White throw | 6. Baylis & Harding candle | 7. Copper tray | 8. Marie cat mug 

Finally! It's Spring at last which means new beginnings, beautiful flowers on the trees, fresh cut grass, better weather (not so much the North of the UK!) and new goodies in the shops. 

Now I don't exactly have my own place as of yet but my bedroom is probably the most homey part of my house. So because I'm never out of here I like to make it look nice and surround myself with things I love. 

Recently I have done a big clear out meaning that I have gotten rid of a lot of old things I no longer want, sold them and now I am in search of new pieces to decorate my walls as they're looking very bare at the moment. 

So firstly I am after a new lamp, I know the one I have picked out is actually a floor lamp but you are able to find smaller versions of these spotlight lamps. I just thought it would be a nice little antique looking piece for my desk. I think it stands out, given that it's a spotlight too it should be better and brighter. I am really picky with lamps for some reason, I have had around three before my last one broke. I always like to have something unusual to brighten up my bedroom. I think I may have to invest in one of these though.

I chose a nice gold bold frame for my bland white walls which used to be buttered with tons of shelves a few years ago. I went through a phase of collecting nooks and crannys from charity shops, all these old ornaments of deers and kittens. I still love that type of thing but I feel that it doesn't suit what I want anymore. 

Also these copper baskets are quite popular at the moment! I have noticed a few bloggers using them for their perfumes, which is a blessing for me because I have so many perfumes and no space in my drawer left. The copper colour is gorgeous, it's similar to rose gold and I find it interesting how this wire basket as been used. It's so simple yet it'd make a great make up and perfumer holder. I never would have thought! 

Baylis and Harding is lovely, that scent "Peach, Rose and Vanilla" is a dream. I smelt it the other day over in Debenhams and fell in love! 

The dusky pink stool is a complete treasure. It's so elegant but subtle meaning that it can really make up a room. I would be happy to have that under my vanity table any day!

I have always admired stag heads, I find antlers beautiful in general anyway. I like how this particular piece is in white too and would match my room perfectly! 

Also... a Disney mug of sweet little Marie from the Aristocats? Because why not! 

If any of you are interested in these items I have linked them already to each store they are from. 

Anyway enough about me! Do you have any specific favourite pieces this Spring?