Sunday, 30 April 2017

Hello! Another beauty post? I'm on a roll.

I have never tried KIKO makeup before, until I went to Cardiff and had a little (cough cough, HUGE) makeup splurge and brought loads of new makeup, hey it was retail therapy. 

If you know me , you will know I love to scrimp and use lipliners all over my lips and "matte lipstick " it works really well and I love it. So I picked up these 3 lip liners. They were about £2.50 each, this is such a good way to save on money guys, if you're worried about your lips drying out, these definitely don't do that!

The pencils are super soft which means they are really easy to apply, and great to use to shape your lips and outline them so they look really full.

Side note - I love the packaging, they are like Mac dupes.

The colours I picked up were - 520

520, is a dusty pink, perfect for every day. I compared it to Mac's Brave. It is the perfect matte soft pink shade.

Next up was 523, which is an intense hot pink colour. Very similar to Mac's All Fired Up retro matte lipstick. I love bright lipsticks so this is perfect for me. I have worn this a few times and overtime I do people comment on it and ask me what it is and then look at me kind of funny because they have never heard of Kiko. I am a Kiko convert. My mum also loves it and regular says to me she is wearing her "Koki" lipstick. 

Probably my favourite of the three is 524 which is a bright lilac shade. I LOVE IT. I was actually planning on buying a very similar shade from Mac, but for £2.50 I was sold, and I don't regret not shelling out on Mac because this is just as good. 

I have worn this quite a lot since getting it, I am not afraid of wearing fluorescent purple lipstick to work so I would say this is an everyday shade, but fully think other people would disagree. I have worn this with rose gold shimmery eyeshadow, and is one of my favourite makeup looks. 

All in all I am very happy with them and I will probably end up buying more when I am next in Kiko, for £2.50 its worth splashing out on bright colours to experiment with them.

As someone who has never tried Kiko's products, and only really brought them on a whim, I am really impressed and definitely recommend them. 

Have you every tried anything from Kiko? 


Friday, 28 April 2017

(Dukes at Komedia, Gardner Street, next to GBK)

Last weekend, me and my mum did our annual trip up to Dorset to see various friends, and as I loved Brighton so much when we visited 2 years ago we made plans to make a day trip there on the Sunday. 

Brighton has got to be my favourite place to visit in England except for London. It is such a vibrant and beautiful place, full of arty shops, sweet coffee shops and the beach. Perfect right?

Here is a collection of photos from the day, as I fell even more in love with the city, and day dreamed about living here one day.

(Gunns Florist, Sydney Street)

I spent hours wondering around the Lanes and didn't even manage to see it all, because as soon as I got into one shop I was in there for ages sifting through prints, and let me tell you I brought loads!

There was one shop that sold vintage posters, I picked up 6 but eventually had to whittle it down to 3 because realistically I didn't need 6, but they were amazing, and they were only £6 each, I picked up 2 old travel posters and one Audrey Hepburn Moon River film poster. I will have to do a whole post dedicated to prints because I have been collecting them for ages. 

We stopped for tea and cake in Bread & Milk, a cafe in the Lanes, and it was so nice and they had loads of vegan options, and I had a chocolate vanilla cake, it was divine. 

(Snooper's Paradise, North Laine)

If you haven't been to Brighton before I definitely recommend it, you can't help but fall in love with it. I would love to live here one day, even before I visited I knew I would love it, I just feel so drawn to it. 

We then made our way down the Pier, put way too many coins into the 2p machines, and obviously had to get an ice-cream to finish the day off. 

This is my mum and her best friend looking way too happy with their ice creams. 

Ice-cream makes your soul happy. I also didn't leave without getting a tacky "I love Brighton" keying.

It's a shame we didn't have long there, because it was a Sunday, the shops closed earlier and because we were staying quite a long way from Brighton it took us an hour to drive back. 

As well as the places I've already recommended, here are some of the shops I loved, and found some amazing prints in -

Junk Funk, Gloucester Road. 

Abode, Kensington Gardens (North Laine)

Photomatic, North Laine.

Hell's Kitchen (amazing wraps & salads) Gardner Street, North Laine.

Vintage Magazine Shop (My favourite, could have brought so much!) Kensington Gardens, North Laine.

Malarkey, Bond Street.

Bert's Homestore, George Street.

Of course that is only a small selection of shops, these are just where I brought stuff from, every time I leave I just want to go back already. 

Have you been to Brighton? Where are your favourite places there, please recommend places for me to visit next time :)

Hope you liked this post, and if any of you are interested I take all my photos on my iPhone and edit them on VSCO cam with the HB1 filter. 

Thankyou for reading!

Bye for now, Beth xxx


Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Last year I had my hair ombre'd, and the ends were dyed blonde. I was really happy with it, but a few weeks ago I had the urge to dye them purple. I had a fuck it moment and wanted a change.

I picked up this Bleach London Violet Skies, semi permanent hair dye from Boots for about £5, and I was so excited to use it and my hair would be the colour of my pastel lilac dreams.

I followed the instructions to a T, washed it all out, dried it, waiting to see the purple aaaaand... nothing. 

This hair did literally nothing to my hair, if anything it made the blonde a tiny bit darker, but hardly noticeable. I was so disappointed. 

Also I better mention that my blonde hair had been bleached so it was the perfect hair type for this product, yet it didn't seem this dye was pigmented barely at all and looks more like a purple toning conditioner. 

I have to say that the smell isn't too bad and I love the packaging, so it's a shame that it didn't live up to expectations.

After messaging my purple haired friend Linda, she told me she had read some bad reviews on this product too. Maybe I should have investigated before my impulse buy, lesson learnt! Haha!

I am planning on dying my hair with a semi permanent dye for the summer, I think it would be ideal for festivals, so if anyone has any hair dye recommendations for creating lilac hair I would really appreciated it.

Have you tried this hair dye and what was your experience with it? Maybe the other colours in the range are better, I would love to know your thoughts.

Thankyou for reading!

See you soon, Beth xxx


Friday, 21 April 2017

I think, I have a new favourite lipstick. I KNOW. 

Mac has always been my go to lipstick and I have always loved their shades, I wear Pink Plaid almost everyday. However, they are so expensive, so you always want to make sure you are picking a shade you know you'll wear a lot, well I do anyway to get my pennies worth.

But I have seen so many positive reviews, blog posts and Instagrams showing some love to these NYX Soft Matte creams, so naturally, being a lipstick hoarder, had to get my hands on some.

The first I got was Prague. Which is purple / pink shade. I actually picked this one for a fancy dress costume ( I was a pirate ) and loved the application of the lip cream and how thick and pigmented it was! Prague is very similar to Captive by Mac but slightly more purple. 

It dries really nicely and doesn't feel flaky on your lips. 

That was it then, I knew this lipstick was The One. 

So I went back to Boots (I don't live near an Nyx counter) when I was in Cardiff and brought Amsterdam. 

Also I need to mention that they cost £5.50 each, which is a third of the price of Mac, so essentially you can get 3 of these for the price on one Mac lipsticks, you can see that I'm a fan. 

Amsterdam is bright pink / red shade. It is a warm toned red which suits my pale skin perfectly. I loved it as soon as I applied it. They also all smell amazing, and you don't need to apply them very often, only after eating (I find).

I get so many people asking me what lipsticks I'm wearing whilst wearing these shades, and they often get complimented on the colour, so I picked up San Paulo and Addis Adaba after that. I am planning to carry on adding to my collection one by one. 

San Paulo is a slightly darker purple / pinky shade which is perfect for everyday. It reminds me of the colour of sweets or something it is just such a lovely shade! 

Addis Ababa is the brightest shade I have, it is a hot pink colour. I am not afraid of wearing bright lipsticks! I think this one is very similar to Mac's Candy Yum Yum. I wear a bright shade like this with simple eye makeup, white eyeliner, lots of mascara and winged black eyeliner. I actually wanted to get a bright colour because of Clemmie over at Mother of Daughters on Instagram because she always wears bright pink and it looks amazing so I wanted to create the same look. Safe to safe I love it. 

I am beyond impressed with these lip creams / lipsticks. The colour pay off is incredible, they are super long lasting and nourishing your lips. They have also lasted a really long time, considering they are creams I was worried they would dry up (like mascaras do) but I have owned and used Prague since August and it is still going strong, woohoo!

Have you tried these lip creams, what is your favourite shades??

Thankyou for reading,

see you soon,

Beth xxx


Monday, 17 April 2017

Hello, it's me, giving advice again, you know I love to share my little nuggets of wisdom I have accumulated in my 21 years. 

When I left college, I decided university wasn't for me at the time, I had two jobs, one was in retail and the other was at a gallery. Although I had great friends at my retail job, it was unrealistic for me to carry on working there as I spent more money getting there and parking than I did earning any. Also the manager was terrible and it used to get very boring. 

My job in the gallery was perfect, and everyday at 3pm we would nip over to the bakery next door and get a muffin or an ice-cream. I loved it, but it was only a seasonal job, and before I knew it they didn't need me anymore. Around the same time I had handed my notice into my retail job. 

I then found myself without a job and not in education. I felt pretty lost. However I had applied to work at a new shop that was opening in December (at this point it was September, and I still work at that one now) So for three months, I had to be productive and do something with my time. This is my advice if you're in a similar situation. 

1- Temp. This was my first port of call, when I realised I didn't have a job. They called me up straight away after I had applied and asked me to come in to create a profile. They then ask you all sorts of questions, like how far you are willing to travel, what you would prefer to do etc. The day after I was sent to work at a Wedding. Then the week after I was in between hotels. I got to pick and choose which jobs I took and what days I did. The money is also good, even though some jobs are pretty rubbish you can always leave. One of my friends got sent to work fish gutting all day, so make sure you read the job description first.

2, Volunteer. If there is somewhere local for you to volunteer, take up the opportunity. It will look great on your CV, you will gain invaluable experience and probably make some good friends. 

3, Educate yourself. Watch documentaries, watch those obscure films that everyone seems to have watched but you haven't. I think I watched most of the documentaries on Netflix, you have the time too, and its not like you have to feel guilty for not completing an essay, because you don't have one.

4, Finally finish reading that book, you've been meaning to do it for weeks maybe even months, spend an afternoon reading it. 

5, Learn a new skill, want to learn how to make choux pastry? Then do it. 

6, Complete your boring to do list, like go to the doctors, make a dentist appointment, book to have your hair cut, renew your train pass, get those photos printed, organise your wardrobe, take that massive pile of clothes and books to the charity shop. These are jobs you never seem to have time to do, then do them now.

7, Exercise, I know, when you're feeling unmotivated and without a routine, wanting to exercise might not be the one thing you want to do. But don't lie in bed all day and stay in your pyjama's, even getting up and taking your dog for a walk will make you feel productive and you will make so much more of you day.

Most importantly, make the most of it. Its not many times in life when you will have time to get things done. Don't let it be a 3 month void in your life where all you did was watch The Big Bang Theory. Use your time wisely, you will thank yourself later, I promise you.

Hope this has inspired some of you who are in the same position I was in a few years ago. 

Thankyou for reading, from Beth xxx


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Reactions to "No I don't drink..."


"You just haven't found the right drink for you"

"Oh great can you drive us all home then?!!?!?"

"That's so WEIRD"

"Here just have one you might like it"

"Oh by the way that lemonade had vodka in it" 

No, I don't drink. Why?! Because I don't want to neither do I like it. 

Reactions like the above are exhausting, why can't, thats cool what do you want to drink instead? Not a constant battle of why I should be drinking to have fun and how I am missing out. It's just not for me, I've tried it and I don't like it. Coming to that conclusion has been a weight off my shoulders, like oh I actually don't have to drink!? Amazing.

Social events tend to involve alcohol, it is impossible to avoid. In the past I have just tried to be involved and drank a drink I thought was disgusting to avoid any questions as to why I was just drinking orange juice. Every time I was doing this it had the opposite effect on me, I would go into myself, and not feel comfortable, struggling with anxiety, alcohol would multiple these effects on me and it was making it incredibly difficult to deal with. 

I was talking to my mum about it one day and trying to decide which was best and which drink I should be drinking and she simply said, Bethany you don't have to drink alcohol if you don't want to. That hit me like omg you're right, why didn't I think of that?!? I was torturing myself with how to fit in and struggling with the effects of drinking had on me, when I simply didn't even need to do it the first place, amazing.

Let's think about it like it's cake, when people say they don't like cake, it gets a similar reaction like WHAT THE FUCK, hahah, but would you force someone to try lemon drizzle, maybe Victoria Sponge or brownies? But they insist they don't like the texture of cake, so they aren't going to like any of it. You wouldn't force someone to eat a whole cake, neither should you force someone to drink a bottle of wine. If my weird cake / alcohol analogy makes sense?

Someone said to me that was I sure about this decision and I couldn't be more happy, I feel in control of it, therefore in control of my anxiety, this is a hugely positive step for me and I feel so much better for it. 

I want to answer some of those questions then, 

I haven't found the right drink? Trust me I've tried them all, I don't like any of them. I just don't like the taste of alcohol. 

How do I have fun?! Simple, I don't need alcohol to be myself and when I do I am so far away from fun that is not worth it. I hate the effect alcohol has on me, I can assure you not drinking is so much more fun to me than having a panic attack.

Just have one?! No thankyou I would rather have something I actually like. I won't force you to drink something you don't like so please don't force me to drink anything I don't like. 

The whole lemonade / vodka incident happened at Christmas when I went out with people I went to school with, one of them was going to the bar and asked us all what we were drinking, so I asked for a lemonade. Drinking it outside, he told me it had vodka in it. I was so angry and upset, because I literally had no idea, I don't know why I didn't taste it, but that is so wrong, especially after I said I wasn't drinking and driving home, he hadn't respected my decision and given it to me anyway. 

If this post resinates with you, please share your own experiences. Remember, you don't have to drink, never feel pressured into doing anything you aren't comfortable with. We live in a society where people encourage you to have a glass of wine at the end of a hard day. Never feel like you are not normal and you can always say NO. 

I may have a glass of prosecco on the odd occasion but don't fill up my glass, don't ask me if I'm pregnant when I'm drinking orange juice and don't tell me to liven up and just do it handing me a tequila shot. 

I hope this has helped some people who are battling that same struggle.

Thankyou for reading, 

from Beth xxxx


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Hello again!

I have basically given up on the whole beauty aspect to my blog(more on that later) but hey I'm dipping my toes back into it.

Most days, people comment on my makeup, they ask me how I do my brows, or what coverage I use, or what lipstick I'm wearing etc. I work in retail so the amount of people I see a day is a lot, but it usually something I'm asked about. 

I just thought, because I hadn't done a daily face post since about a year ago I would do an updated one, even though not much has changed. Which in some ways is a good thing, means that all the products I use are great and I am constantly re-buying them and raving about them.

First things first, I use a primer.
I go for The Body Shop's Tea Tree primer, simply because it is suitable for blemish prone skin (hello) and primer is essential when you have oily skin because makeup tends to slip off, but this keeps it in place really well.

I then use foundation, which I apply with my fingers (because I find that brushes and sponges soak up so much, so you use less with your fingers, but make sure they are clean, obvs) I have loved Revlon Colour Stay for 2 years now and I haven't used anything else. I use the one suitable for oily skin in shade Buff. It is so good, I never find I have to top up my makeup all day as the coverage is amazing, so many people ask me what foundation I use, so I must have recommended this to about 20 people and they all love it as much as I do.

I use concealer under my eyes, around my nose, on my chin and anywhere I have redness. I have been using the concealer which goes with my foundation, which is the Revlon Colour Stay concealer. It is a really nice consistency and has good coverage, I buff this in with a damp beauty blender.

I then set that in place with my all time favourite powder, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder, in shade Translucent, and apply this with a fluffy powder brush. If you want super high coverage apply this with a beauty blender, I do this sometimes. 

For bronzer & blush, I use this Next Shimmer Brick and Nars Orgasm blush. Both of which are super pigmented with a gold shimmer to them which is very warming to your skin tone. I use the bronzer, under my cheek bones, to slightly contour my nose, under my chin, jawline and on my forehead. I love this and it makes such a difference to my makeup look.

For brows, I use the Rimmel Brow This Way, it is such good value for money, and I have re-brought this many times too, even though it lasts for ages. Using an angled brush I sculpt the shape of my brows with the wax and then fill them in with the powder. 

For eyes, I keep them pretty simple, I always use white eyeliner, the one I use is this Barry M soft kohl pencil, just to brighten up my eyes, I don't know if they do make my eyes look bigger but I like to think so. I always go for cat eyeliner, and usually whichever one I can get my hands on, I'm not that fussy when it comes to liquid eyeliners, I have been using this Glam Eyes one by Rimmel though which I think is pretty good. 

If I do wear eyeshadow which is not that often, I use the Wycon eyeshadow primer, my mum brought this for me from Italy, but I think you can buy it online. With a soft brown / cream eyeshadow over the top. Nothing crazy, unless I use some rose gold glitter that I am quite fond of. I just find this primer makes the shadows look so much more pigmented and keeps it in place all day (or all shift in my case)

I always switch between which mascara is my favourite, I still think its Maybelline Falsies, but I haven't brought that one for ages, and trying to venture out of being a creature of habit I brought this Kiko Luxurious Lashes Extra Volume Mascara. I picked it up because it had a super thick brush, it looked really pigmented and was only £7.20, bargain. I have to say I am really impressed with it and would probably buy it again if I find myself in a Kiko store.

For lips (my favourite part) I love wearing all kinds of shades, and I can be found wearing bright pink and florescent purple on some days. However, for every day I love to wear Mac's lip pencil in Edge to Edge as you can see it has been well loved. I brought it last June, so its lasted pretty long, and I am a lover of using lip pencils as lipstick because they are matte. Don't know if that makes me weird, but I do it all the time and liners are cheaper anyway, so its a winner if you ask me.

Recently I have also loved the Nyx Soft Matte Creams, I have a blog post coming soon on them, because they are quickly replacing Mac as my favourite lipstick. This shade I love is Amsterdam. It is a pink toned red shade. It applies beautifully and doesn't dry and crack on your lips even though its matte, it feels really nourishing on your lips. The first time I wore it to work, nearly everyone commented on it and asked me what it was.

And that's it. My everyday makeup, I am pretty happy with this little routine I have going on, and I am really happy with the results and the staying power of all these products. I find by the end of a busy day at work, going out in the evening, by the time I come home, it still looks good and I am always reluctant to take it off! So that's a good sign!

What's your favourite go to makeup products? Or send me your daily face posts on Twitter so I can have a read.

Thankyou for reading as always!

By the way I have a new Instagram account if you wouldn't mind following me on it that would be great the link is below :D


Sunday, 9 April 2017

On Tuesday I went to visit my friend Hanna (you've seen her before) I hadn't seen her for a few weeks so it was so nice to have a catch up over cups of tea and jammy dodgers.

Somehow it got brought up in conversation that she wanted to get a cat. Well that was it then, next thing we knew we were on Facebook buy and sell sites looking for kittens. 

This little ball of fluff was the first one to show up and we fell in love with his little face straight away. After some (not much) encouragement Hanna messaged the lady selling him, and it was arranged that we would go and get in the next day. Then we got ourselves to Pets at Home and brought food, beds, toys, litter tray, the whole lot ready for his arrival.

My little buddy Zoey was very excited at the prospect of getting a kitten.

The next day, I went back to Hanna's and we went off on a road trip to fetch Casper, aptly named by Hanna, after many suggestions were crossed off the list including Joey, Mr Darcy and Pascal. 

Because we are almost convinced Hanna has gone mad, we filmed it to look back on, I have edited all those excited clips together and it looks something like this....

He is all over white except from a black smudge on the top of his head, his eyes look like they are different shades of blue which is adorable! When we got him back to Hanna's he just wanted to explore and investigated the whole house, in between getting frightened off by Zoey's excitable screams. He didn't sit still which made it so difficult to get a picture of him, cue me, lying on the floor for about an hour with toys in my hand trying to get his attention, they say don't work with children or animals. Completely understand that now, hah!

Anyway, that was a pretty interesting turn of events and within 24 hours of deciding on wanting a cat, Hanna had Casper. 


Hope you all enjoyed this post and his cute little face.

Over & out, Beth xxx