Friday, 30 September 2016

Blogtember: What I Have Learnt



This is it, the end of my first blogging challenge....and it bloody was a challenge. I don't know how people daily blog, I have the utmost respect for you. For me, I will never be one of those people. Having a full-time job and trying to have some form of social life just didn't go well with daily blogging. 
All in all, I didn't post on 5 days - do you know what, I'm ok with that. I didn't want to put pressure on myself to post if I couldn't. I also didn't want my content to suffer as a result needing to post something every day. 
The biggest lesson I learnt was planning - I wasn't fully prepared. I had prepared posts for the first two weeks in September and when I ran out that's when my posts were missing at times. When I complete Blogmas, I am going to make sure I am totally prepared. I will be spending my days in November getting all Christmassy to create my content. 
I really enjoyed this challenge, and it definitely hasn't put me off doing blogmas. I have just learnt the important lesson of being fully prepared. Also, I want to ensure that I don't put too much pressure on myself, cause you know what - life gets in the way sometimes. 
I hope you enjoyed all of my posts this last month, don't mind me whilst I lie in a dark room until December....ready to do this all over again!! 

What are your tips for daily blogging?
Love, Kate xx


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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Blogtember: Couch to Half Marathon Update 2


We're all about being honest here - so I'll admit it. The week before last wasn't the greatest week for my training. I totalled one 30 minute run all week. But, I'm not going to beat myself up about it, I can't take it back. 
The nights have really started to draw in and the weather has taken a horrible turn, so it really doesn't make me want to venture outside. I want to be snuggled on the sofa with chocolate. But sadly, this won't help my run the Bath half in March.
I went on the funniest run over the weekend. I did 5 miles, running 4-minute intervals and then walking for 2 minutes. I was following a route on mapmyrun.com which took a funny turn. I went wrong somewhere and ended up stuck in a field of cows - nightmare. I then had to climb through 2 barbed wire fences to escape the cows. I was hysterically laughing inside. It's safe to say I will be sticking to the roads. 
I have been loving listening to podcasts while I am running. I find it really helps to pass the time, much more than music. At the moment I am loving 'My Dad Wrote a Porno'. If you haven't listened to it, you need it. It's hysterical. I have to stop myself laughing while I am running, instead, I just look like a grinning idiot. 
Hope you're all doing well. 
Love, Kate xx
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Blogtember: Heaven Skincare Review

I had the pleasure of discovering Heaven Skincare at the #BloggersFestival. I spoke with their team and after discussing my oily skin, she recommended the Youthful Moisturiser to me.

Firstly, I love the packaging. It feels and looks really expensive, and it looks great displayed in my bathroom. The ingredients are really natural which I really like. It includes ingredients such as YLang YLang and Lemon Tea Tree Frankincense, which are both organic. It also includes Aloe Vera and Vitamin C. 

Over the last month of using this, I have really noticed the difference in my skin. It has definitely helped keep my oily sink at bay, which has made my foundation more long-lasting throughout the day. I have also tried this product on its own, with no primer, and there is definitely less shine than there would be from other moisturises that I have used. The product feels really light on the skin, whist feeling really nourishing. I feel this will be a great product for the skin all year round. 

It really was a pleasure to meet this brand, I can't wait to try some more products from their range. 

What are your go-to products for oily skin?
Love, Kate xx

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Blogtember: Beauty Wish List


What I would give to be able to afford all the beauty products. I have to have serious willpower and restraint not to spend my whole pay cheque on beauty. So, instead, I wanted to make a wish list of all the beauty products I am lusting over at the moment. 






What are your favourite beauty products at the moment? 
Love, Kate xx

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Blogtember: Autumn Fashion Wish List


Autumn is here and the weather is getting colder by the day. While I love summer, I do really like getting back out the jumper and scarves and getting all cosy. My favourite season for fashion is definitly autumn, so I wanted to put together a wish list of all the autumn fashion I am loving at the moment.






What is on your autumn fashion wish list? 
Love, Kate xx


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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Blogtember: My Holy Grail Products

There are some beauty products in life that I can't live without. Call me shallow, but these six products are essentials in my makeup bag - and maybe my life! These are products that you will have seen featured throughout my blog, time and time again.
Firstly, this product has a great name. Also, it is the world's greatest highlighter. This is probably the newest edition to the holy grail club, but it sure is a keeper. The pigmentation is incredible. If you're not careful you can get some serious glow from this product. It's perfect for an all over highlight, cheeks, brow bone, nose....the list goes on. I just can't get enough of it. 
I love this product because of its versatility, is it a bronzer? Highlighter? Eyeshadow? Who cares 'cause I use it for them all. I love to swirl all the colours together for a lovely bronzy highlight or take the colours individually as a more specific highlight or eyeshadow. This product is more pricey at £34, but it really does last - I have had this compact for aggesss. 
Oh benefit - they just get it right don't they. Their gimmie brow is essential for my brows, I have to give Benefit thanks for my fleeky brows on a daily basis. This product is so quick and easy to use, with amazing pay off on your brows! 
With regards to hoola, I'm not even sure what to say to do it justice. The most perfect matte bronzer I think I will ever find. Again, the versatility of this product is great, to bronze, contour and define my crease. Love, love, love it! 
Velvet Teddy is a real MAC classic. It's the most talked about lipstick and it really lives up to its hype. This is my go-to lipstick. It goes with any makeup look and any outfit. I love the matte texture as it isn't really drying like some other matte products. 
The studio fix power has had a place in my makeup bag for as long as I can remember. It was the first product that I ever bought from MAC and its one that I will never stop buying. This is a godsend for my oily skin, it works to set my face in the morning and for any touch ups that I need throughout the day. I  do use Rimmel Stay Matte too, but nothing will ever compare to this product for me. 

What are some of your holy grail products? 
Love, Kate xx


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Monday, 19 September 2016

Blogtember: Blog Chats

Blogger chats have been a godsend to me, but lately I feel I have fallen out of love with them. I'm not sure why. I feel that I haven't been making enough time for them and I have been forgetting all the great things about them. So, I guess I am writing this post to help me fall back in love with them.

They include the most supportive and likeminded people. I've never know people to be as supportive as those people in Twitter chats. Followers or subscribers don't matter, everyone looks after one another and helps out in any way they can. It's really good to speak to people who understand blogging and understand the struggles.

They are perfect for getting options on products/brands. This one is generally more for the beauty chats. When a question is posed about the best highlighter (for example) you know that you will get really honest responses from people. There is no agenda, just people sharing their favourite products. You then get to see the products that everyone is loving and the ones you need to try.

They help with blog traffic and subscribers. This isn't the most important point, but it is definitely valid. You get to speak to lots of new people, which leads to more traffic coming your way. It is also a great space to be able to discover new blogs too.

The themes can provide amazing throwback memories. Some chat topics can be incredibly funny to be part of. 90s trends has to be the best chat topic I have been involved with. The topics can bring up so many memories and provide great entertainment.

There seems to be a chat for everything. Whatever your interests, there will be a chat for you. Whether it's books, fashion, beauty, food, you will definitely find a space of likeminded people waiting to chat.

What are your favourite things about blog chats? Also, please share your favourite chats in the comments below! 

Love, Kate xx




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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Blogtember: Boutique of Molly 'Tokyo' Bag

When I saw Boutique of Molly's new collection of bags I fell in love. They have a new 'designer inspired' range of bags and they are beautiful. So, after lusting after them for a week or two, I had to buy myself one. 
The 'Tokyo' bag was my initial favourite when I saw them. I love Mulberry handbags, so I was immediately drawn to this Mulberry inspired piece. I have been using it for the last week and I am very impressed with it. 
I love the versatility of wearing it with a long strap or a short strap. This week this bag has been with me to a football game, to the circus and to a bar - it has been perfect for all these situations. I have found it goes with any outfit and will be perfect paired with my leather boots throughout autumn and winter. 
The bag appears to be well made and is holding up to all the crap I keep in my bags! It may look like a small bag, but it fits a surprising amount inside. I really love the gold hardware and the faux leather running through the chain. 
What are your favourite pieces from Boutique of Molly?
Love, Kate xx

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Blogtember: Rimmel New Releases

You might have seen me talking about Rimmel in my Top High Street Beauty Brands post. I love this brand, so when I saw they had new releases, I had to try them. 
This primer is a wonder product. I really struggle with oily skin and I have tried loads of mattifying primers, but none of them seem to work - until now. I have really noticed the difference to my skin and the longevity this gives my make up. This product doesn't even claim to help oily skin, but it really works. I find that foundation glides on really easily with this product as a base. I also really like that it has SPF included because I know not all my foundations do.
Again, this is a product I am so impressed with. Rimmel have really got it right with these two products. This does exactly what it says on the tin, it's so lightweight that it makes your skin look fresher. It's definitely a light coverage, but it builds to medium coverage really well. I love the packaging too, I think it's so different to have the product in a small pot. I have tried this product without a primer to check out it's 'shin-free finish' and it does what it says. My skin had a glow all day, but not a shiny/oily glow. These two products paired together are a dream for my oily skin. 

What are your favourite new releases?
Love, Kate xx


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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Blogtember: Mini Jewellery Haul

Over recent weeks, I have noticed a distinct lack of new pieces in my jewellery collection. Especially more delicate pieces. I have some beautiful statement necklaces, but I feel I have been missing more delicate pieces for daytime wear. 
This is the ASOS Diamond & Spike Multirow Necklace. I have been really loving pairing this with open shirts or V-neck tops. I find that it sits really nicely in a V-neck without being too over the top.
Over the weekend, I went into Claire's Accessories (throwback!!) I wanted to buy some better quality earrings, instead of the ones from Primark that turn your ears green. I remembered that Claire's have the sterling silver collection, so I headed there. I was really impressed with their collection. These hoops are 18 carat gold plated, in a rose gold finish. They are really beautiful and understated. 
Can you tell I was on a hoops vibe? I also picked these up in a set of 3 from Claire's. Again, these are so pretty and understated. They are also really comfortable to sleep in!
I also wanted to pick up a pair of studs that would be a 'go-to' piece of jewellery. These tick all the boxes for me. I have had so many compliments when I have been wearing them. These are, again, from Claire's sterling silver range.
I also picked up this necklace from ASOS, it's the Brass Plated Key & Lock Necklace. I wanted to make sure I picked up a gold and silver necklace because I generally wear both. I am really liking the tiered necklaces that are everywhere at the moment, and this was too beautiful to not buy. 


What are your favourite jewellery brands?
Love, Kate xx


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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Blogtember: Couch to Half Marathon Update 1



You may or may not know that I signed up for the Bath Half Marathon....if you don't know go read my blog post explaining why here. For those of you who know what I'm on about, welcome to the next instalment.

In the last two weeks, I have learnt a lot about running.  It's crazy how much there is to know about putting one foot in front of the other. I started with finding a training schedule that would suit my level of fitness. This was my first hurdle - there are so many!! I settled on the Women's Running 20-Week Couch to Half Marathon training plan. It seems perfect for beginners by building up the intervals that you are running for. It was staggered to find out that I was knackered after 1 minute, but everyone's got to start somewhere. I have pretty much stuck to the plan, the running aspect of it. The cross training days I have been a little more lazy with. Cross training was a whole other thing to learn (no it's not the cross trainer machine - I thought that too). It's a day where you do another form of exercise.

When I was out pounding the pavements, I started to notice a niggling pain in my left knee. I immediately thought, 'just my luck, a bit of exercise and my body can't cope'!! After speaking to my friends (who know about all this running stuff) they concluded that my trainers were the issue. The told me something about gait analysis. This is where your running style is analysed, using video, to see how much support you need, and therefore, tell you which trainers will be best for you. They also check your arch to see how much support you need there. I went to Push Active in the town near me, they were amazing. The guy that was helping me was so knowledgeable. He concluded that I have a low arch and, because of this, my toes point out when I am running to compensate. He found me the right pair of shoes and analysed my running again. It was completely fixed - I was amazed. I really underestimated how much of a difference shoes would make. The trainers have completely removed my knee pain and I am even running faster as a result.

Hopefully, the next few weeks will be more straightforward! 
If you have any tips or words of wisdom for me, I would really appreciate them. 

Love, Kate xx



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Monday, 12 September 2016

Blogtember: Blog Tips I Have Learnt



Since I started my blog in May, I feel I have learnt so much already. So, I wanted to share some of this knowledge with you guys. If you have any more tips for me, I would be more grateful to hear them.

Twitter chats are the best. Not only for building your following but also because they have the best people in them. The blogging community has some of the nicest people, most of whom can be found in Twitter chats. I sometimes don't get involved with as many chats as I would like to - but I love them when I do.

Wallpaper makes the best backgrounds for flatlays. Who would have known it? This was a tip I got from another blogger and I shared in my 'How I Take Blog Pictures' post. It blew my mind when I first heard it, now I wouldn't use anything else.

Planning is key. I have learnt that for me to have any routine with blogging I need to be well prepared. I admire the people who can write a post on the day they publish it - this just isn't me. Just to add a bit of context, I am writing this 2 weeks before it will be published. I don't know if it is part of my personality, but blogging and organisation go hand in hand for me.

My blogger's journal has saved my life. This kind of goes with me liking to be organised. I have the journal from paperchase (linked here). I am obsessed with it. I love to write my goals, plan ideas for posts and plan my schedule for the month. It really is a life saver.

Blogger events are also the best. I attended my first one this month and I had the best time. It was so nice to meet people in real life and speak to lots of amazing brands. See my full blog post here.

Blogger stats lie. Ok, 'lie' is a strong word, more like they aren't giving you the full picture. When I changed to Google Analytics I was devastated. I realised my blog didn't have anywhere near the readers that I thought. But I am glad I know this now, especially before I started giving a false impression of my blog to brands.

Scheduling tweets is a lifesaver. I don't have my phone during work hours, so this is an absolute necessity for me. But, even if I did have my phone, I really like the ease of being able to schedule them for the day and not have to worry about promoting my blog. It also gives me more time to tweet about other things and choose an appropriate GIF!

Twitter pages that retweet bloggers are genius. Especially for someone like me who doesn't have a large following. A retweet from one of these pages really opens up my potential readership. My favourite one to use is #bloggersblast, I have found these are the most consistent at retweeting.

What are your blogging tips?
Love, Kate xx 

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Blogtember: A Letter To My Teenage Self


Bullies never win in the end. When I remember school, both primary and secondary, I can think of numerous times where I was bullied. I was overweight up until the age of 14 years old. So, as bullies do, they find your weakness and prey on that. I can't count the amount of times I came home from school crying and telling my mum that I wasn't going back to school. But you know what,  I did. This was probably the best decision I could have made. Those horrible bullies have made me into the strong and resilient adult that I am today - and they will always be a bully.

Believe people when the say A-Levels are harder than a degree, but also know that A-Levels don't mean everything. I did well at my GCSEs, I'm not bragging here, I'm just trying to set the context. I got 2 A*s in Science and my Dad was a Chemist, so I was in safe hands there. Naturally, I took Chemistry as an A-Level choice and I was really excited about it. Considering my GCSE results, I thought I would breeze through. Fast forward to my results mid way through AS-Level year - I got a U in chemistry. There were tears. I hated Chemistry, my class, the teacher, everything about it. It had turned from something I really enjoyed to something I hated in the space of 6 months. My parents paid for a tutor to help me get through the next two years, I feel I was his least favourite person. But I tried and I worked my arse off. Fast forward to A-Level results day, I work up at 4am and logged into UCAS to find out that I was accepted into Nottingham Trent University. That meant I had done it, I had passed Chemistry. Lots of tears here too. When I opened my results at college, there was a split second where I was disappointed. I got B (Psychology) C (Business Studies) D (Chemistry), I mean it's not AAA like some of my friends got. Then I realised, I had already got a place into my first choice university - none of this mattered anymore. Now, I sit here with a 2:1 Undergraduate Degree and a Masters Degree. Less learnt, don't sweat the small stuff - keep looking at the bigger picture.

You may think he is the love of your life, but he isn't. At the age of fourteen, I feel in love. He was my first boyfriend, and really the first boy that ever paid any attention to me. I thought he was great. We would spend every lunch break together and I would get told off for being late to form because I was kissing him in the corridor. My form tutor brought this up in one parents evening, I was mortified! Oh, young love! I was with this boy until I was 18 years old - which looking back is such a long time for my age. I chose the same university as him, I thought he was the one and only. But we grew apart and I dumped him a few weeks before I went to University (bit awkward being at the same Uni!) I wouldn't change the years I had with him, but I would go back and tell myself 'you have your whole life ahead of you, he is not the one'. He clearly wasn't the one when he had another girlfriend the week after I broke up with him!

Your hair always looked rubbish. On what planet did we ever think that a high ponytail, scraped back into a scrunchie using a nit comb, would be a good look? Also, don't forget the two strands of hair pulled down at the front to finish off the look.

You are perfect exactly the way you are, don't let anyone tell you any different. As I grew up though my teens, my body started changing and the weight I once had appeared to disappear. At the age of 18, I was probably the thinnest I have ever been (and probably ever will be). But I still wasn't happy with my body. I always remember being conscious of what I was eating, more conscious than someone for such a young age should be. Back to the relationship above, the nail in the coffin on that relationship was when he told me that he wanted me to stop eating because I needed to lose weight. He would tell me 'should you really be eating that' but I never thought anything of it - until then. It was a swift goodbye to Mr Douchbag and off he went into the sunset with his 'appropriately sized' new girlfriend. This killed me at the time, and if I wasn't as resilient, it could have lead to a seriously unhealthy relationship with food. The saddest thing was I had a really lovely figure back then, but I didn't let myself see that.

Embrace being able to drink and function like a normal person the day after. In my University days, I was going out drinking about 4 days a week. I know - how did my liver and finances cope. Let's say, I lived university to the full. But, hand on heart, I can say I never missed a lecture because I was hungover. I just didn't get hangovers. My best friend then, and still to this day, would tell me that I smelt of alcohol in 9am lectures - but I was still there and functioning. Fast forward to the age of 25, I can't even look at alcohol without getting a hangover. I missed the good old days.

What would you say to your teenage self?
Love, Kate xx


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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Blogtember: My Weekday Makeup Routine


As you would have seen in my Morning Routine post, I like to keep my makeup really simple during the week. I like to think of it as 'no makeup, makeup'. I do this, mainly because of my job, but also because I don't have time for the fuss on a morning. I prefer to sleep.

The products I used for my weekday makeup are all products you have heard me talk about before, so I won't go into how much I love them. Reflecting on these products has made me realise how much of a difference a handful of products can make. I love a full face of make up, but I also love to balance this with a more natural look. 

Here is the finished look....
I try to keep everything really soft - no severe contouring, a soft brow and just a touch of lip balm on my lips. For me, this is all I need and want for a work day.

The products I used to create this look were:
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 


What products are key to your weekday makeup routine?
Love, Kate xx

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Blogtember: My Top 5 Fragrances


Today, I wanted to talk you through my top 5 favourite perfumes. Disclaimer, I am rubbish at describing scents, so bear with me. Also, can we just note how perfectly the colours go together - it's like it was meant to be. Anyway, less of me rambling - on with the blog...


This scent has been the most consistent presence in my fragrance collection. I remember being at my friend's house when I was about 15 years old, she had this in her collection and I loved it from the minute I smelt it. So, for 10 years, I haven't stopped buying it. I really love the staying power of the scent, it isn't too overpowering, but it stays with you for the whole day. This definitely isn't a fresh scent, instead, it's a really lovely musky perfume. 


This is the polar opposite of the previous perfume. As the name would suggest, this is a really fresh and light scent. I love this as a daytime scent, particularly for the summer months. It isn't too overpowering to wear in the day time, but you still get a lot of staying power with regards to the scent. You might have guessed I hate perfumes that you put on in the morning and can't even smell by lunchtime. 


Coco Mademoiselle has to be my all-time favourite scent. I first smelt this at my friend's house when I was pre-drinking for a Uni night out (classy) and I fell in love. This is such a distinctive smell, if someone walks past me with it on I will instantly know what it is. I adore this scent, but its price tag, not so much. This is definitely a perfume that I use sparingly. 


This is the most recent addition to the top 5. I got this for my birthday back in May and I have been obsessed with it ever since. I see this as more of a grown up fragrance and me branching away from the more sweet and floral scents. This definitely has a floral undertone, but with a stonger, more musky overall smell. Again, the staying power is really good.  

What are your top 5 fragrances?
Love, Kate xx

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Blogtember: My Perfect Pamper Night


A proper pamper night is something that I don't do often enough. I always seem too busy to actually make time for myself. So this weekend, I ensured that I gave myself some well over-due me time. I wanted to share with you the steps that I took to throughly pamper myself. 

Bath & Face Mask

I ran myself a lovely, bubbly bath - filled with the amazing SenSpa Bath Salts. I love these bath salts, their detoxing properties really work. One time, I went in the bath feeling hungover and came out feeling incredible. Whilst lying in the bath and watching YouTube, I put on the L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask. This mask always leaves my skin feeling incredible, perfect for when I want to pamper myself. 

Exfoliate
My go-to product for exfoliating my body has been the Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub For a New Skin. I got this product as a sample and I love it. It's a really fine exfoliator that leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft. I love it. 

Moisturise

Once I am out of the bath, there is nothing I love more than covering myself in a really nourishing moisturiser. The one I am loving at the moment is The Body Shop Shea Body Butter. It's a thick, but not sticky, moisturiser that sinks into the skin really quickly. Following this, I love to put on a clean pair of PJs. 

Mani & Pedi

When I have my nails painted, I really feel like I have got my life together. So, a staple part of my pamper routine is to give myself manicure and pedicure. I have been loving nude shades at the moment, so I went with Nails Inc, Porchester Square. I have recently been trying out The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue, its like heaven for your feet. You sleep with this on, so I put it on my feet later in the evening. 

Eye Mask

To round off my pampering experience, I sat for about 10 minutes with some of my favourite songs on spotify and the Thera-Pearl heated eye mask on. I don't spend enough time just sitting and doing nothing. I am a massive advocate for mindfulness practice, but I don't do it enough myself. So I spent a bit of time trying to clear my mind and focusing on the here and now. 

What is your perfect way to pamper yourself?
Love, Kate xx

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Blogtember: My Top High Street Beauty Brands


The Body Shop
The Body Shop has been such an iconic brand throughout my life. It was the place where I fell in love with skincare and beauty products, and I have been returning there ever since. Above is the two products that I am loving from The Body Shop at the moment. The Camomile Cleansing Oil is incredible. This is a bold statement, but I think I prefer it to my Emma Hardie cleanser! It completely breaks down all my makeup, particularly mascara, without being really harsh on my skin or eyes. I love it. After cleansing, I have been really enjoying the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil. It's so nourishing on my skin, without leaving it feeling greasy.

Real Techniques
This brand is by far my favourite brands for brushes. The quality of the brushes is excellent for their price point. They aren't the cheapest brushes on the market, but their quality is as good as my Bobbie Brown ones, which are much more expensive. Not only are the brushes great, Sam and Nic Chapman seem like the loveliest ladies, I love their channel.

Garnier
Garnier has always been a staple skincare brand for me, ever since I was a spotty teenager. As I have got older (and less spotty!!) I still find myself reaching for this brand. Garnier really seemed to get it right with their Micellar Cleansing Water range. When I am feeling too lazy/tired for a full cleanse, I will always reach for this product without the guilt I feel when using a face wipe. It's so gentle on your skin, yet it is so powerful at removing makeup. I also love to use this in the morning to give my skin a refresh.

Dove
When I think of Dove, I will always think of bars of soap. It's such a distinctive scent. As much as I love this, my love for Dove comes from their fake tan. I have very sensitive skin when it comes to tan. With most self-tan, I will come out in a really itchy rash on my legs and arms. But this product has been a real game changer for me. I use this once or twice a week and there is no reaction at all on my skin - savior! I also love the colour this product leaves, it's such a natural bronze. It's basically a winner all around.

Makeup Revolution
If you are a regular reader, you know my obsession with Makeup Revolution. It's a brand that I came across not too long ago, but I am obsessed. The quality to price point is incredible. The blusher in the image above is £2.50 - yes, that cheap. The quality is incredible. The colour payoff from the eyeshadows and blushers is really good. I must try their new oval brushes - they look beautiful.

L'Oreal
L'Oreal has always been a staple brand for me, whether it's hair care or makeup. When they released their cushion range, my love for L'Oreal grew even more. The foundation gives a really lovely, light/medium coverage and leaves my skin with a lovely glow, which has been perfect for the summer months. I recently purchased their Galm Bronze Cushion De Soleil and I am just as in love. It blends so easily on the skin and leaves a really natural glow to the skin. They are a perfect combination.

Benefit
I will always remember Benefit for their Benetint which I remember getting one Christmas and walking around for the months following with unblended blusher! It was a product that I could never get on with. But as I have grown up, and thankfully got better with makeup, Benefit has always remained a staple brand in my makeup collection. I have to thank Benefit for my brows and my contour. I don't know where I would be without Gimme Brow and Hoola.

Rimmel
The Kate Moss lipsticks have been the most consistent presence in my makeup collection. They have the best shade range and are forever bringing out new shades or collections. For their price point, they are a really good quality lipstick. The nude collection has to be my favourite - it is full of lovely and really wearable shades. Because they are such good value, it always means that I can buy more!

Batiste
For my hair de-greasing needs, I will never stray from Batiste. I have tried other brands but nothing ever comes up to scratch. I recently came across their stylist range, and again, I am in love. I love the texturizing spray for when my curls are looking a bit limp. The XXL volume spray really helps to give my hair a bit of a boost, without the sticky residue. I really recommend them.

What are your favourite high street brands?
Love, Kate xx

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Blogtember: How I Take My Blog Pictures

I wanted to do this post as more people have been asking me recently how I take my blog pictures. I'm not trying to pretend that I am an expert at this, but these are the some of the tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way. If you have any suggestions for how I can keep improving my images, I would be so grateful. 
This is a shot of my usual picture set up...
The Background
For my backgrounds, I was told the most incredible tip for this. It involved you heading to your nearest DIY store and raiding the wallpaper section. You can rip off bits of the wallpaper samples and be on your way with them for free! It's the most genius idea. There are some really lovely prints that make amazing flat lay backgrounds. The marble background I have in the image above is actually sticky back plastic. I got this from B&Q, it should actually be a sticky cover for kitchen doors. If you have a snoop around B&Q you'd be surprised at the things you can find for flat lays. 
Camera
The camera I use is my trusty phone, I have the iPhone 6S. With the right lighting and editing, I think I can take some really amazing images on this phone. I would like to upgrade to a DSLR camera at some point, but right now I am happy with my iPhone. I use Photos on my MacBook to edit my images. If I am uploading straight to Instagram, I will use the VSCO app on my phone - it's amazing.

Props
I feel a flat lay is made by the props that you use to compliment your products. I like to use things like flowers (real and artificial), fairy lights, makeup brushes, magazines or the corner of my MacBook. Depending on what I am blogging about will depend on what I place as props. I find that it can be a lot of trial and error with props. I have been loving the fairy lights recently (you might have noticed!)

Lighting
At the moment, I am using only natural light. I am really happy with the look of my images in the natural light. I was very lucky to start blogging in Spring, so I might not be saying the same thing when then nights start drawing in. I can feel I will be spending my weekends bulk taking blog pictures.

Have you got any tips for me?
I would be so grateful if you could share any in the comments below. 

Love, Kate xx

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Blogtember: Bloggers Festival

This weekend I attended my first blogger event, Bloggers Festival, hosted by Scarlett London Events. My day started with meeting the very lovely Alex. We agreed to meet at Victora station, looking back this was a bad idea, but it did make for a very funny phone call trying to find each other.  When we eventually found each other, we made our way over to the Conrad Hotel in St James. This was the most beautiful venue, from the lobby, the amazing decor, and even the toilets! 

On arrival, we were greeted by Scarlett herself, this was a really lovely touch. We were then given a glass of bucks fizz and encouraged to go explore. The day was a really good opportunity to speak to brands, some I had heard of and others who were new to me. I love discovering new brands. I was blown away by the generosity of the brands. They were happy to tell you all about their products and give you some bits to take away and try out. 
I am really excited to try the body masque from this brand. I have never used a body mask, but I can't think of anything more luxurious. 
This brand had the most beautiful pieces of jewelry. They had really dainty rings, necklaces, and bracelets. I will definitely be checking out their website. 
Lipivir is a brand for cold sores. I don't personally suffer with them, but I will be passing this on to someone I know who does. The brand spoke really well about their product and they seemed to certain that this will stop you getting cold sores for good - as long as you keep using the product.  
Friction Free Shaving was a brand that I didn't really understand until I spoke to them. I normally have my shaver for a few weeks, and I will change it when I feel it isn't really working anymore. I was told that we should actually change our razors once a week, this is due to a build up of bacteria that then leads to cuts and redness when shaving. A bit of TMI now, I get both of these. I can't believe how wrong I have been shaving for all these years.  I am really excited to try this product out. 
Yes, you read it, Christmas! That sign alone pulled me into this table. They had some really lovely baking products, such as cherries and crystallised ginger. They had the most amazing ginger Christmas cake, which I will definitely be making for my family this year. 
To think that we hadn't been spoiled enough, there was another huge bag waiting for us as we left. This had loads of goodies inside, from some of the brands featured in the event, but others such as EcoTools and MeruMaya Skincare. 
All around it was a lovely day. It was lovely to speak to other bloggers and brands. I didn't manage to get pictures of all the brands (bad blogger), but those I love will definitely be featured on my blog at a later date. For my first blogger event, the bar has been set very high. A massive thank you to Scarlett for an amazing day. I can't wait for the next event now.

Love, Kate xx



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