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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Pressing Pause...




Taking some time to look after yourself should be something that everyone does on a regular basis. It doesn't have to be a full pamper routine, this time can be taken to do whatever makes you happy and relaxed. I have been working hard on making sure that I give myself time to forget about everything that's making me stressed and only focusing on things that will make me happy! Having downtime is perfect for relaxing the body and its also really beneficial for the mind too! A period of time specific to being calm and happy always has a positive impact and is definitely an important thing that we should all do. In today's post, I am going to be showing you how I take the time to put life on pause for a small amount of time, and hopefully it will remind some of you to do the same as I know I tend to forget from time to time...

1. Lighting a candle
This is the first thing that I always do when having downtime as I think it helps everyone feel a little bit more relaxed instantly. At the moment, I have been loving the small Yankee candles and also a new purchase, which is a vanilla and coconut candle from Primark. I always watch YouTube videos about pamper routines and this is always something that everyone seems to do to start everything off. 

2. Hand Food
Having a bit of a pamper is something that I do like to include as it allows me to feel calmer and helps to take away any stress. Having downtime and pamper time is very different for me so I only choose to incorporate one thing, which is using a hand cream. This is something that I do a few times everyday, so, for me its a great thing to do at the beginning. I am still using the same hand cream that I have been using for years, and this is the Soap and Glory Hand Food. 

3. Having a treat
This is one of the number one priorities when it comes to taking time for yourself. This time is about forgetting about being healthy and stop thinking about fitness for a short while. Don't feel guilty about having a treat as you are allowed to have nice things every so often! I will usually have chocolate, as this is my number one food. But today, I decided to make some popcorn as I hadn't had any in a while. Making a treat is different for everyone, so this step can vary! 

4. Reading a book
Reading is something that I never used to enjoy that much, but as I have got a bit older, I have started to like reading a lot more. It's not something that I will do everyday, but its something that will help me to relax when I take time for myself. At the minute, I have been reading Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg. I read the first one last year and I read that in a few days. I am am loving the second one so far and its one that I would recommend as its an easy read and helps me to feel a lot more relaxed. 

5. Doing something that makes you happy!
This is a really important step and is one that can change for me every time, depending on what I feel like doing. This is usually the last thing that I do but is one that I enjoy the most. One of the things that I usually do is read peoples blogs, this is something that I find makes me really calm and I really enjoy it too. I love catching up on all the blogs that I follow and I love finding new blogs too. Another thing that makes me happy is watching YouTube videos. I have been subscribed to various people for over a year now and I watch their videos every week. So having specific time to sit and catch up on everything is perfect for me. The channels which I love to watch at the moment when I want to relax are Zoella, Anna Saccone and Lucy and Lydia. The final thing which I wanted to mention is watching Netflix. This is one that I tend to choose the most as watching films and series is something that I am really interested in. At the minute, I have been loving The Vampire Diaries.




I hope you enjoyed today's post and I will be back on Tuesday with another beauty post...

Kellie xx


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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

New products from Sleek...

For today's post, I thought I would show you two new products which I recently got from Sleek. This is a brand that I have never tried before but they had a really good deal on at Superdrug, so I thought I would order a few things to test it out. The first thing that I ordered was the Highlighter Palette and the second thing was the Eye Shadow Palette (Oh So Special). When they arrived, I was really excited to use them! I think that the packaging is amazing as its really simple but looks like a high end brand. The highlighter palette in particular looks amazing as this is part of the precious metals. I can honestly say that I am really impressed with this brand! The products are really amazing quality and last all day. I will definitely be trying out some more products as I really want to see what else they have to offer.



The Highlighter Palette is amazing! It consists of four highlighting shades and they are all really beautiful! I swatched one of the colours when I first received the product, and I couldn't believe it as its amazing quality and I know that I wont have to use a lot of the product to get the results I want. The four shades included in this palette are Platinum, Royal Gold, Renaissance and Antique Bronze. I really love the packaging in particular and the product lasted all day so I was really happy! I have been looking for a really good highlighter from the drugstore for a while now, so I'm happy that I have found one that's great quality! There are three cream highlighters and one powder. I have never tried cream highlighters before, but I think I prefer them as they last a lot longer and I can really see the difference on my face. I think this palette is amazing for a variety of skin tones and it constantly leaves a really nice shimmer on the tops of my cheek bones.



I have been wanting to buy a new eye shadow palette for a while now so I thought that I would buy one of the Sleek ones called Oh So Special. This palette consists of 12 different shades and I think that the colours are perfect for what I like. I used this for the first time yesterday and I cant believe how pigmented the shades are! The shimmer shades in particular look amazing on the eyes and last all day. I haven't used all of the shades yet, but I am really impressed with the ones that I have used so far! This palette is only £7.99 and there are 7 palettes to choose from, depending on what shades you want. The palette that I chose consists of lots of warm and shimmery tones which works really well for me, but I do want to try some of the other palettes in the future.



I hope you enjoyed today's post! I have been really impressed with these products, and if I do try any more of their products, I will be sure to post them on here! I love reading blog posts as I enjoy finding out about new makeup products as well as simple lifestyle posts! I have left a few images below of the look that I created with these new products. Although the highlighter hasn't come up on camera as well as I'd hoped, I can assure you, it truly is amazing! I will be back on Saturday with another post...

Kellie xx


Highlighter: Platinum
Eyeshadow: Bow, Organza and Gateau






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Saturday, 23 January 2016

A relaxed day...

For today's post, I thought I would do an everyday lifestyle post. I will probably end up doing these every so often as I think its a nice change for my blog and something I would like to look back on. Yesterday was a very relaxed day, which I love every so often! I started the day off by baking some cupcakes. These were for someone's birthday and they are just simple cupcakes with butter icing. I often find baking quite relaxing and its something that I really enjoy doing on quieter days. 


I then decided to watch a film with my mum as it isn't often that we have a day off together. We decided to watch Pirates of the Caribbean which is one of my favourites! I'm definitely the type of person that can sit and watch films all day. I know a lot of people can easily fall asleep from watching films all day but I love to watch them to the end. Pirates of the Caribbean is a film that me and my mum love and I could watch it over and over again. I haven't seen it in a while so it was nice to spend a few hours chilling out on the sofa. 


In the afternoon, I decided to go to the gym! I have been trying really hard with my fitness recently as its one of my new years resolutions. I try and go 5 times a week so that I can have the weekend to relax. I have started to go to some classes at the gym and I'm really enjoying them! I definitely feel a lot more motivated this time then in the past and I really hope that I start to see a difference soon!


I then spent the night watching my new favourite series on Netflix, The Vampire Diaries! I can honestly say that I am obsessed! I'm on season 4 at the minute and once I start watching, I find it difficult to stop! I love the characters and the story-line and I don't want it to end. Its definitely my type of series as I love romance and action. If you haven't seen it before, I would 100% recommend this as its my new favourite!



I hope you enjoyed reading today's post and I really enjoyed writing about my day. This is something that I will be doing in the future as I think it fits in perfectly with my blog! I will be back on Tuesday with another beauty post...

Kellie xx

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Everyday makeup essentials (Drugstore)


Today, I decided to show you some of the beauty products that I use on a daily basis and they are all drugstore too, which I know can be really useful! I love trying out different drugstore brands as it can be a lot cheaper, especially when you're using the products everyday. There are 5 products which I am going to talk about and these are from a range of brands. I would recommend these products for everyday makeup looks and they are products that I would happily re-purchase. 


I have spoke about this foundation in a previous post, so I wont go into too much detail! This was the first drugstore foundation that I found to work fairly well with my oily skin. It doesn't keep the shine off all day, but it lasts a lot longer than the other ones that I have tried. It doesn't feel heavy on your skin so I think its perfect for everyday use. This product is £7.99 and is a nice drugstore alternative to using my Mac foundation all the time. 



This is a concealer that I use for under my eyes and its the perfect one for a highlighting effect. Its really smooth to apply and lasts all day. I have the lightest shade for this product as I want it to be slightly lighter than my foundation. I have bought two of these now and they are only £5.49 which is a lot better than paying the higher end prices! 


I recently received this product and I have always wanted to try this brand. I am really happy with the outcome of this product and its defiantly the perfect bronzer for everyday use. Its really buildable as well which I think is really useful with drugstore bronzers. This product is £7.99 so its a nice alternative to buy rather than my Hoola Bronzer all the time. 



I have had this product for a while now and this is one of the first beauty products that I bought from Collection. This blusher block is in the shade 1 and is perfect for blusher and highlight. I think its really useful to use this product for two purposes and it leaves a really lovely finish on my skin. This product is usually £4.19 but its £2.99 at Superdrug at the minute! So its defiantly a cheap product but is really good quality!



A nude lipstick is first choice for me when it comes to everyday makeup looks. I thought that this lipstick by Maybelline was a perfect drugstore lipstick to use on a daily basis. This lipstick is the shade 630 and is only £6.99. It lasts a really long time and is the perfect colour to go with everything! There are so many other lipsticks by drugstore brands that I could talk about, but I thought that this shade was perfect for everyday. 

In the past, I haven't really worn a lot of makeup on an everyday basis because I didn't see much point and I was too lazy! But over the past year, I have got into makeup a lot more and have began learning about new products and techniques from watching beauty videos on YouTube. My makeup collection is slowly growing and I am trying out as many brands as I can to see what works well for me. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post and I will be back on Saturday with another lifestyle post!

Kellie xx








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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Current DVD favourites...

Today's post is my updated current DVD favourites! I did this post in September and my favourites to watch change every month so I thought I would let you know what I am loving at the moment! But, if you want to check out the previous post, click here Current DVD favourites (September 2015). I am a big film fan and love going to the cinema. I will usually watch any films as I love the majority of them. Watching a lot of films is something that I like to do in my spare time and I also love watching TV series as well. My new obsession is The Vampire Diaries!! 


1. The Last Song

This has been one of my favourite films for a while now! This film came out in 2010 (I think) and stars Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. This film is perfect for a night in and although it may be quite sad, its so amazing! This maybe more of a girls film but I think a lot of people would enjoy this film! I have been watching this film a lot recently so I had to mention it in this post.

2. The Duff

This film is quite a recent one and I bought the DVD a few weeks ago. I went to see The Duff at the cinema and I loved it! Its a fun film which is perfect for a chilled day or just a film to put you in a better mood. The film stars Bella Thorne who I am a big fan of! 

3. Tangled

Of course, I had to mention a Disney film in this post. The first time I saw Tangled was a while ago now and I recently watched it again. I forgot how much I loved this film and it's one of those films that I can watch over and over again. This is one of my favourite Disney films and if you haven't seen it yet, I would 100% recommend this!

4. In Time

This is a film I decided to watch because I love Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. I really love action films and this one didn't disappoint at all! Its a really interesting story line and I love the actors involved. I think it's a film that not many people have heard of but it should get more recognition as its amazing!

5. Mamma Mia

I thought I mentioned this DVD in my last post but I didn't, so I had to mention it today as I still have been watching it a lot! I'm sure everyone has heard of this film and I am a big fan of musicals so I loved it! I love how all the songs have been put into a story-line and I don't think I will ever get bored of this film.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post although it was shorter than usual! I didn't want to spoil anything about the films so I kept the writing short and sweet today. I will be doing a few more of these posts in the future as films are something that I really enjoy talking about. I will be back on Tuesday with another beauty post!

Kellie xx







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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Reviews of new products!


Recently I have received some new beauty products which I thought I would share with you! I have now used all of them so I will telling you what I thought about them as well. These products are from a range of brands and some of these are the first time I've tried out some of the brands. I am really enjoying adding to my makeup collection and trying out lots of new things. I always watch beauty videos and hauls on YouTube to see what things I should get and I love to get other peoples opinions on the products before, so I thought this would be a good post for today!


I have been wanting to try a matte nail polish for ages now as I love a matte finish! I received this one by Barry M which I was so happy about as this is my favourite brand for nail polish! Nude shades are also my favourite shades at the minute. This is the shade Nude Vanilla and its gorgeous! The finish is amazing and you only need to apply one coat. This is definitely my new favourite shade!


I have been using one bronzer recently so I wanted to try and find another one which I could use for an everyday makeup look. I have heard a lot about the brand Bourjois but I have never tried anything before. This bronzer is one that I have seen in a lot of videos so I thought I would give it a go! I think this bronzer is a really nice shade and a perfect bronzer for everyday use. Its really affordable and will last me a while!


NYX is a brand which I have wanted to try for so long so I was really happy when boots starting selling their products online! I decided to try the primer which I spoke about in my last beauty post Makeup combination for oily skin
and I also got the matte lip cream. I wasn't sure about this at first but I love it! It leaves a really lovely finish and feels a lot lighter on your lips that matte lipsticks. I love the colour and really want to try some more shades!


I also recieved two new MAC lipsticks which you all know I love! The first one is the shade called Kinda Sexy and this is a matte finish. I think this colour is really nice and its a different kind of shade to any that I have. The second one is the shade called Brave and this is one that a lot of people have spoke about. It is a Satin finish and a really nice pink shade. I will always recommend MAC lipsticks and I love getting new colours! 


I have also been looking for a new drugstore eyeliner to try as I had been using the Topshop one for a while but I'm not sure if they do it anymore. My sister recommended this eyeliner by Maybelline as I wanted one that was easy to use, as eyeliner isn't the easiest thing! This one is really affordable and so easy to use. This product is one that I would recommend if you find doing winged eyeliner or just a straight line difficult like I do!


This is a lipliner which I have wanted for so long! I have seen this product featured in a lot of videos by Lucy and Lydia. This lipliner is only £3.99 and the colour is amazing! I have worn this lipliner with lipsticks or I have just worn it all over my lips. I think it's the perfect shade and one that I will be repurchasing! 


This is a brand that I have never heard of before and when I went shopping with two of my friends, one of them went in to buy some products. I thought I would have a look round to see what it was like and I decided to pick up an eye shadow to see what the brand was like. I can honestly say that this eye shadow is one of my new favourites! Its really pigmented and such amazing value for money. I decided to pick up this purple shade as it's not a colour that I usually wear that often but I have worn this shade quite a lot recently. I will definitely be having a look at more of their products in the future! 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hopefully I gave you some inspiration to buy some new products! I have really been loving using all of these new products and there are a lot more products that I want to try too. I will be back on Saturday with another lifestyle post!

Kellie xx





















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Saturday, 9 January 2016

2016...

Today, I thought I'd write a post all about 2016 as a New Year can mean lots of new goals and exciting things! In this post, I am going to include some resolutions and also some things that I am looking forward too! I know a lot of people make resolutions and some don't bother as they only last a week! But I am going to try really hard this year to stick to mine as I want this year to be amazing! Last year was one of the worst years for me, I won't bore you with all the details but the main focus now, is making this year one that I will remember!

Resolutions:

My number one resolution is definitely fitness! I know this is a typical one that everyone says, but I really want to take this one seriously. Over the past few months, I have started to be really unhappy with the way I look and I know we all go through these phases. So, I decided to join the gym and do something about it! I want to start exercising more as I know it will benefit my body and I also want to make an effort with eating healthier as I know this will benefit me a lot too! I will still give myself a treat day, as I can't just cut out all delicious food! Joining the gym was something I was always unsure about as I always felt intimidated, but I have been a few times now and I'm actually enjoying it! No one is looking at you as everyone's there for the same reason and focused on what they're doing.



Another resolution with mine is one that I wasn't sure about sharing, but I thought that this may be an important one for everyone! I want to try and focus on making myself happy a lot more and stop worrying about what others think! I have definitely made a lot of decisions based on making others happy and I also haven't done a lot of things that I wanted to do as I was worried what other people would think. But me and my friend Nia, have decided to try our hardest to focus on ourselves this year and do things that we want to do as we know it will make us a lot happier!

Taken from Pinterest

The final resolution that I want to mention is to do with travelling! I have got a few more resolutions but I thought that these three would be the best to put on the blog. This year, I want to save up so that I can travel in 2017 and I also want to begin planning where I want to go as soon as possible! America is a place where I definitely want to visit first! There are so many sights to see and places to go and I would love to visit a few places in the US. New York, Florida and LA are the top three places on my list and I am really excited to start planning this trip! There are so many places around the world which I want to go and see. I would love to spend a year travelling the world, but I guess its easier said than done!

Taken from Pinterest

Exciting things in 2016:

One of the things that I am most excited about this year is seeing two of my favourite artists! The first one is Ellie Goulding and I have never seen her before so I'm really looking forward to it! I have always loved her songs from the beginning and I absolutely love her voice, I think she will be amazing live! The second artist that I am seeing are Little Mix! This will be the third time that I have seen them now and I am very excited for their tour. They are amazing live and I can't wait to see what this tour will include! 

Images taken from Pinterest

Another thing which I am excited for is The 100 season 3! This is my favourite TV show and I am so so excited for it to start in a few weeks! If you have never seen any of the episodes, I would 100% recommend them as its the best show ever! I mentioned this show in one of my previous posts and I am sure there will be a blog post purely dedicated to my reaction on season 3! I love the cast involved and I think it is a show that has gotten really popular throughout the two seasons. I won't go into a lot of detail as I'll just get over excited!
Taken from Pinterest

There are also loads of new films coming out this year and some of them are ones I've been waiting for years! A few examples are, Allegiant, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory and many more! I love going to the cinema and its one of my favourite things to do! I could also sit and watch films all day so I get really excited about new films coming out. I also love that Disney are releasing a lot more films and more remakes which is really exciting too!
Taken from Pinterest

A final thing which I am looking forward to is finishing college! I'm not going to university as its not for me and all of my friends are going, so its kind of scary! I haven't fully worked out what I am going to do yet but this is something that I will be focusing on in the next few months. I hope to get an apprenticeship or full time job, so its exciting to think what I could be achieving very soon!

Even though this was quite a wordy post, I hope you enjoyed reading it anyway! I think this time of year is a great time to reflect and really think about what you want to achieve. Setting goals is something that I think is really important and I usually give up after a certain amount of time, but this year I am going to stick to them as I want this year to be a lot better and happier for me! I hope you all have set some resolutions too and I would love to hear about any of yours. I hope you're all having a nice start to the year and I will be back on Tuesday with another beauty related post! 

Kellie xx

I have linked below some of my favourite blog posts about resolutions and a new year. I thought this would be useful to some of you if you wanted to find some new bloggers or enjoy reading these types of posts!






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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Makeup combination for oily skin...

Today is another beauty post so I thought I would share with you some of the makeup that I have been using recently. I have oily skin and I've had problems with this for so long as I always have a shiny face when I wear makeup! This can be really annoying and I am always having to apply powder. But I recently got some new makeup for Christmas and I have found a combination of makeup that has worked perfectly for my skin and it allows my makeup look to stay matte for the majority of the day which is an amazing achievement for me!

Primer: NYX Shine Killer Primer

This is my first NYX product that I have used and I love it! I have never found a primer that has worked well but this is amazing for keeping my makeup on all day! I love the packaging and it feels amazing on my skin. It makes my skin feel really soft and helps my foundation to go on a lot better! This primer is £11 which I think is a really good price as it makes your makeup last longer and helps your skin to feel great!

Foundation: Mac Studio Fix NC15

I used to use a lot of drugstore foundations as these were a lot more affordable but I received a Mac foundation for Christmas and I want to use this one all the time as I love it so much! Although higher end foundations can be a lot more expensive, I think that the results are so much better and it works a lot better for my oily skin! I will still continue to wear my Maybelline foundation but I have been using this Mac one a lot recently! This foundation gives amazing coverage and lasts me all day!

Concealer: Miss Sporty Concealer 

I have recently tried out this concealer as I saw quite a few Youtuber's mention this product in their videos. This is the first Miss Sporty product that I have tried and I am really impressed! This brand is really cheap and I love this concealer. This is the perfect stay 10 hour concealer and I use this for under my eyes. It goes on really nicely and lasts with the rest of my makeup throughout the day. Its a really nice under eye lightning concealer and I got this in the shade 001 Light. It was only £1.99 when I purchased this so amazing value for money!

Powder: Mac Studio Fix Powder NC20

Along with my foundation, I also received the Mac Studio Fix Powder in the shade NC20. Having a high end powder is so much more beneficial for oily skin, even if it costs that little bit extra. This powder works really well with the foundation and leaves my skin looking flawless which is perfect for me as I tend to get a few spots and redness! I will definitely be repurchasing this product again as I think its amazing!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I hope this post was helpful for those of you with oily skin! Having oily skin is quite frustrating so its nice to finally find some makeup products that work for me! If you have any other makeup recommendations for oily skin then be sure to let me know! I will be back on Saturday with another lifestyle post.

Kellie xx




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