Saturday, 2 July 2016

Life Update - July 2016

I haven't done a personal/life update post in a while so I thought I'd lay it all down on my blog for today's post.

#1
Perhaps my biggest news is that in 2 weeks time Andrew and I are moving out of our cute maisonette in zone 2 of London!  We've lived here for almost 2 years now and despite how much I adore it and the area (we really do have everything on our doorstep) we've decided to upgrade a little!  We'll still be renting, but we're moving to a two bedroom (and two bathroom!!! so bloody excited), flat in zone 3.  A bit further out and still in East London but we're getting lots more space for our money which means I can finally have an office!  

Working at home full time can really blur the lines between work and play/chill time, especially as I've currently been working on my blog/Youtube channel from my bed for the past year, and so I can't wait to now have an official office space to work from.  I can't express how excited I am to get in there and organise my life so I'm counting down the days!
Also - I really want to de-clutter my life in my new home (everything from makeup to clothes) so I'm thinking of creating a de-cluttering series, what are your thoughts on this?

#2
We also now officially have less than 1 year till our wedding!  Today is actually 11 months to the day (2nd June 2017) and I can't believe how quickly it's going!  We've pretty much sorted and booked all of the big things now (still need to confirm catering though) but the butterflies have started to really creep in.  Nearer to the time I'll be doing lots more wedding content (from trying to find my wedding makeup/perfume to DIY wedding favours etc) so do follow on bloglovin and YouTube if you'd like to see this.

#3
I'm planning a blog re-vamp/re-design/re-fresh over the next few months.  I want to up my blogging game as recently YouTube has really had my full attention so once the whole move is over I'm going to get my grubby mitts on making this a new lovely space on the internet.  Do let me know if there's anything you'd like to see, new, old, or things you'd like changing!  I've also had some brilliant new consistent content ideas for this blog and my channel so please do stick around!

Whilst writing this up I've realised how much I used to enjoy creating these posts so I'll be sure to make them more of a regular feature!

I hope you're all well, lots of love!

Katie x 
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

REVIEW: NYX MATTE LIP CREME SWATCHES

So as you may have heard NYX has made it's way to highstreet stores in the UK... something I couldn't have been more excited about!  There have been so many NYX products I've wanted for a really long time so as soon as they launched I rushed out and splurged a little!

One of the things I most wanted to get my hands on were the Soft Matte Lip Cremes and after browsing their stand in Selfridges for over half an hour, these were the four I settled on!



L-R Athens, London, Stockholm, Morocco

I think you'll agree these are just stunning!  They are so pigmented but at the same time their formula is super creamy and just a delight to apply to the lips.

The three nudes I picked up look similar in the packaging but are all really different.  Athens has become my go-to lip shade and the one I reach for the most.  It really reminds me of my all time favourite lipstick which is Barely There by Sleek Makeup - it's practically identical but in liquid form - a peachy pink nude.

London is a beautiful brown nude, almost like a milky mocha shade which is very 'in' right now, and Stockholm is almost a mix of the two - a pinky brown nude.  I then obviously had to pick up Morocco as I'm obsessed with orange toned red matte lipsticks (Illamasqua's Exotic being really similar but almost triple the price).

I really can't fault these products.  They are really affordable at £5.50 each, come in such a gorgeous variety of shades (there really is something for everyone) and they are moisturising on the lips as opposed to other matte lipsticks that cling to any dry patches.  I can't wait to purchase some more (I can see this becoming an addiction)!

Have you tried the NYX Matte Lip Cremes?  Which of these is your favourite?

xxx
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Thursday, 16 June 2016

FASHION: Sun & Moon Grunge

A cheeky little outfit of the day post here!  Andrew and I had a little picnic in our local park a couple of weekends ago when it was beautifully hot and sunny (you can watch the vlog from that day here), and we decided to take some outfit pictures and shoot a little 1 minute fashion video for my channel also!

Strappy Boots: http://fave.co/1qBYFRa

I adore this playsuit from Motel.  It has a lace up front (great for if you want to show a little cleavage without being overly underdressed) and has a beautiful sun and moon print.  I'll admit I felt a little like I was wearing pj's in this as it was so comfortable!

I teamed it with my favourite lace up platform boots from Boohoo and my new favourite rainbow glasses from Forever 21.

Short post but hopefully sweet!  Hope you're all doing well? Let me know!

xxxx
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

REVIEW: HOW TO DYE HAIR PINK WITH PIXIE LOTT PAINTS

If you've seen on social media, I recently switched up my look (I can't believe I haven't spoken about this on my blog yet, sorry!).  I now sport pink hair!  

I wanted to start a series on my YouTube channel where I test out pink hair dyes for you guys and show you the results!  First up was Pixie Lott's Paint Wash Out Hair Dye in Sorbet...




You can watch the full YouTube review here:

To use the product, you first need to wash and shampoo your hair (don't condition) before towel drying and combing through thoroughly.  Then you can squeeze the dye out and start applying (be sure to wear the gloves included in the box to save staining your hands).  I have an awful lot of hair so I used 2 tubes of the product and it took about 20 minutes to apply all over.  

I left it in for 20 minutes and then washed out before realising I had missed quite a few patches (the worst!) so I had to redo those patches and left in for slightly longer as I found the colour hadn't taken so well to other places.  After leaving in for another 30 minutes I washed it out and I was happy with the colour.

I was super nervous about dying my whole head pink before filming this video but I was really pleased with the results.  The shade wasn't as vibrant as I had wanted (it was more similar to colour it should be when it fades after one wash) which was a shame but it was still a pretty almost rose gold shade.  The dye also took more to the roots rather than the ends of my hair.

A couple more points - the dye comes out of the tube as a gold shade but this turns pink once applied (bizzare) and the colour only lasted ONE wash which I was really disappointed about.  Great for those who want the colour for a special occasion but any longer you'll need something more pigmented.

The Pixie Lott paints are currently on offer in Superdrug stores, now £3.99 instead of £5.99!

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see the next video in this series!

What do you think of this shade? Would you dye your hair pink?

xxxx

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