Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas gift ideas for girls!

Hey Everyone!
One of my favourite things about Christmas is buying and giving gifts. I realise this is probably the latest gift guide type post ever, but for those late, last minute shoppers who are unsure of what to buy, I hope to give you a few ideas that may help in the manic array of panicking shoppers in the cities. My suggestions are all for girls so might help when buying for your mum, sister, friend but I'm sure any women would be happy to receive one of these gifts. I know I would! Also these gift ideas are pretty affordable and easily accessible for everyone. 
The Body Shop - Shower, scrub and soften collection 

RRP - £17.00 each.
In each gift set there is -
  • Shower Cream 250ml
  • Soap 100g
  • Body Scrub 50ml
  • Body Butter 50ml
  • Mini Crinkle Lily

  • Firstly, the packaging of these gift sets are so cute! I think this would be a fantastic gift for someone you want to buy something special for  - but perhaps on a budget? The two I bought are the mango and strawberry sets, which both smell incredible - guaranteed! Personally I love anything from The Body Shop, and having sensitive skin, all products are super gentle. I think the products in these sets would work really well with all skin types and for the price, the amount in these sets are fantastic value!

    Next - Sparkle eau de parfum

    RRP - £7.50
    • Price per 100ml - £25
    Such a cute little gift for even the fussiest tastes in scent. A good stocking filler ide, or a last minute purchases for a friend maybe?  Retailing at £7.50, cant go wrong really. Also a really beautiful scent, and the bottle itself decorated with tiny spots of glitter. Think I might have to treat myself to one of these! ;)

    Soap and glory - Clean Get Away

    RRP - £10.00
    • A sampler selection of four travel sized Soap & Glory bestsellers.
    I must sound like a broken record, as I'm sure you've all heard about the Soap and Glory sets in online gift guides / ideas, but I can honestly say I do not know one woman who would not be happy to receive a gift like this one. The set has four travel sized products of Soap and Glory's bestsellers, so this may be a nice gift for someone who does a lot of traveling, you could introduce someone to the brand with this gift, or maybe someone who you know already loves the brand. I basically mean, any female ;)

    Yankee Candle - Mandarin Cranberry

    RRP - £7.99
    • MANDARIN CRANBERRY - Bursting with the vibrant, fruity sensation of sweet, sunny oranges and crisp, tangy cranberries.
    • Burn Time 25-40 hours.
    I love burning candles around my home, especially if it smells good, and I know a lot of people who do too! Personally Yankee Candle has quickly become my favourite brand of candles as they are very fragrant and the jars themselves, to me, have a sort of luxury feel, but at reasonable prices!
    I think this scent is a bit more mature to my taste in candle scent, as I prefer slightly sweeter fragrant candles but I known this is the sort of candle that my gran would like, and I will be giving this to her.
    Also I wanted to show in the picture a beautifully designed gift bag I found in a local gift shop that fits the candle in perfectly, can we just admire how pretty that is?
    Marks and Spencer - Home made hamper
    This it the only gift I have included which is not entirely female orientated. I think this would be the most perfect gift if you wanted to buy for a family this Christmas. It would be a lovely gift to give and share because seriously, a hot drink and cookie on Christmas day, yes please! You could even create a hamper out of something like this and or create a tasty gift set!
    • Here, two reasons to make her smile: the bright scent of Clinique Happy Perfume Spray and skin softening Body Smoother. Both arrive in a ready-to-gift box at a great value.
    I'm sorry, I didn't get chance photograph this gift idea as I gave it as an 18th birthday present and sadly postman pat whisked it away on his travels ;) but I still wanted to include this suggestion in this post.
    I think anyone would be happy to receive this gift as owning products with the word 'Clinique' on, must have to be something special! Retailing at £25, certainly worth the price, and the bright packaging, Ooo so pretty!
    ( If you buy this at the Clinique counter, they wrap it in pretty Clinique wrapping paper! )
    I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, if I don't get chance to post again before.
    Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed!
    - Katie xo

    Friday, 29 November 2013

    Confessions of a blogger

    Hey everyone! Hope your all okay!

    Today I have yet another tag, I realise all my posts have been tags recently but I am hoping to do some kind of gift guide for my next post, so keep you eyes peeled if your interested in seeing that! Anyway, Lizzie from tagged me in the 'confessions of a blogger' tag. I'm sure you're all familiar with her blog but if not, please go and follow her. I always take pleasure in reading all her posts and her blog is super inspiring - thank you so much Lizzie!


    When did you start blogging?

    October 2013

    Have you had any other online presence before e.g. YouTube or a previous blog?
    Nope, just here.
    Why did you start your blog?
    I have been watching 'YouTube beauty gurus' for a while now and realising many of them had blogs, I started finding and following more and more. I have a passion for fashion and beauty and thought it would be fun to create my own blog.
    When did you start becoming serious about blogging?
    I haven't done a massive amount of posts yet but I am working hard to create some more interesting posts.
    What was your first post?
    After advice from Daniela, I came to the conclusion that it would be a good idea to do an introductory post, with a bit about myself and this blog.  
    Where do you see your blog in a year?
    Hopefully my post will be more creative and interesting for anyone who wishes to read. I don't have many aim, just that I hope I can make my posts of a better quality.  
    What is the best/most rewarding thing to you about blogging?
    Mostly that fact that people take the time to read what publish, and I always love to reply your comment and to read what you think.
    What is the most discouraging thing that happens to you/ has happened?
    I have never been discouraged by blogging but as I have said before I haven't had a massive amount of posts published. I am always grateful for the responses on the content I have posted and those who do comment are always kind and positive, so thank you so much everyone :) 
    What's your lasting blogging motivation/inspiration?
    Mostly other bloggers! There is some fantastic blogs to discover, some of which I mentioned in previous posts - I hope to achieve the standard of some of their blogs in the future.
    I tag:
    Thank you for reading!
    I hope you have a lovely weekend and I will see you again soon :)
    - Katie xo

    Wednesday, 27 November 2013

    Sweater Weather Tag!

    Hey everyone, Sarah from tagged me in the Sweater Weather Tag! Please go and find her version of the post, and be sure to follow her blog! Thank you so much Sarah! 
    ( I'm sorry this post has no photos of the items mentioned. Going into winter, the nights seem to start at 4 o'clock and I had no natural light for photos that were any good :( )
    1. Favourite candle scents for this time of the year?
    I love candles and don't often buy them for myself, but if your looking for a fall/autumn - winter scented candle, I would recommend Yankee Candle's Fireside Treats.  Just go have a sniff if Yankee Candle is sold by you because its lovely! 

    2. Coffee, Tea or Hot chocolate?
    I like all three really but probably tea, because who doesn't like tea, right?
    3. Dark lips or winged eye liner?
    I love dark lips but I'm not very daring when I comes to lipstick and on a daily basis, a chapstick does me fine. On the other hand, I love and wear liquid eyeliner very often.
    ( If your looking for an eyeliner I would recommend Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner)
    4. Favourite fragrance for fall?
    The Body Shop - Madagascan Vanilla Flower - Fragrance Mist.
    5.What is your most Worn Sweater?
    My most worn sweatshirt is one from TopShop. I tried to take a picture but it has gone too dark and I cant find it on the website :( but it is maroon with three quarter sleeves and high-low.
    6. Hats or Scarves? 
    I don't think hats really suit me so, scarves, but I prefer infinity scarves to the tradition style scarf.

    7. Favourite fall nail varnishes?
    My favourite fall nail polishes are Barry M Gelly High-shine in Blood Orange. I would say this is a true red with an orange undertone. I also love Shock by Barbara Daly, it is a plum shade with a pink shimmer but I don't think it is available out of the UK. Sorry!
    8. Football games or jumping in leaves? 
    I don't really do either but I love the falling of the leaves around where I live.

    9. Skinny Jeans and leggings?
    I love both! I probably wear my TopShop Leigh jeans more often but I love leggings too!

    10. Boots or Uggs?
    Boots definitely, I wear my Doc Martens all the time. The rest of the time I wear hi top trainers / pumps.

    11) Favourite thing about fall? 
    The fashion! To me, autumn - winter fashion is way better than spring and summer. 
    12. Songs that really  get you into the fall spirit?
    I'm not sure really but at the moment I'm loving Royals by Lorde and Counting Stars by One Republic.

    Thank you for tagging me again Sarah!
    I Tag everyone! Feel free to do this post, you can say I tagged you if you want to.
    Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a fantastic day.
    Katie xo 

    Saturday, 16 November 2013

    Pray for the Philippines

    Hey everyone! I hope you're all okay.
    Today I wanted to write a different post to want I usually do.  I wanted talk to you guys about the typhoon in the Philippines.
    Yesterday, one of my teachers at school told us a story about a man who was affected by Typhoon Haiyan ( Typhoon Yolanda ). His family, friends, neighbours, home, village and possessions were all destroyed by this disaster. The only thing he had to be grateful for was the fact he is still breathing.
    I can't begin to imagine what people like him, in the Philippine,s are having to go through but I find these stories about Typhoon Haiyan make me much more grateful for what I have. All the times we complain about, all the little things that make us stressed, sad or just think that we've had a bad day, think of the poor Philippines man. What may be a bad day to us, there is always someone in the world whose day has been worst than ours.

    ( image from  the news, online )
    There is an online website where you can donate to the Philippines to help provide shelter clean water and food. One thing we can all do is pray for those who have lost everything the had and pray for those who lost there lives.

    Be grateful of everyday of you have and treat each one like it's a blessing.

    Thank you for reading :)
    Enjoy the rest off your weekend!
    - Katie xoxo

    Sunday, 3 November 2013

    #British Blogger Selection

    Hey Everyone! Today I am going to quickly talk to you about an exciting new program that I think you should all get involved in.
    My previous post was the Leibster award and I was nominated by Ellie from She asked me if I would be interested in joining the #British Blogger Selection and I was intrigue at the aspect of the program and how it looked such a lot of fun.
    Basically every Saturday you will be given a theme to do a post about on your blog. You can make the post whatever you like but it has to be related to that theme. You do not have to do each theme every Saturday if you don't want, just when you feel you want do one.
    (The link above will take you to more details about the program and how to sign up!)

    Get involved, do fun posts for your readers and also bring people to your blog that might of never known.
    I hope you have a great day and I hope to see you soon. Byeee ;)
    Katie xoxo

    Saturday, 2 November 2013

    Leibster Award!

    Hey Everyone!
    To me, I have a very exciting post to put up today. I have been nominated for the Leibster award! A great, big thank you to Ellie from Little Vintage Camera - Please go check out her blog and follow if you aren't already!

    The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. So, what is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, dearest. Blogging is about building a community and it's a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

    1. Post the award on your blog.
    2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
    3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
    4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
    5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions. 
     11 Random facts about me.
    ( sorry I am going to post the same facts as my Sunshine award, can't think of many more :/ )
    11 Random facts about me:
    1. I have an overweigh, British shorthair cat called Mario
    2. My favourite subjects at school are textiles and history.
    3. I love the smell of freshly made bread, mmm
    4. I sleepwalk and sleep talk
    5. I am not a morning person
    6. My favourite food is pickle, weird right?
    7. I love to go to the gym, and love cycling long distance
    8. My favourite season is autumn / fall.
    9. I can't stand crocs ( the shoes ), they are the ugliest shoes on the planet, ew. 
    10. I hate it when people walk behind me.
    11. I love three-toed sloths ( has to be a three-toed, they are slower that two-toed sloths.
    Questions from Ellie:
    Question One: Who is your favourite blogger and YouTuber?
    Well, I cheated in my sunshine award post, so I will try not to in this. ;)
    Two lovely girls, who have inspiring blogs,  beautifully written post and I just love them.
    My favourite YouTuber would probably have to be Miss Glamourazzi. Ingrid is so happy and positive, she is funny and stunning. She's super lovely.
    Question Two: What is your favourite season?
    Autumn / Fall
    Question Three: Favourite sports?
    Squash / Cycling
    Question Four: Your celebrity crush?
    Hm, David Myers - Hairy Bikers ;)       -  joke.
    Question Five: A picture of your favourite outfit?

    Cropped shirt - Urban Outfitters
    Jeans - Topshop Leigh Jeans
    Coat - Asos
    Hi-Tops - Urban Outfitters
    Bow midi ring - River Island
    Cross bracelet - Claires
    Nail Polish - Barbara Daly

    Question Six: If the internet didn't exist, what would your life be like now?

    Busy. I'd have to work hard to invent it before anyone else ;)

    Question Seven: If you were to get a blog design done what would it look like?
    Something whimsical, bright, enticing and unique.

    Question Eight: Your go-to lipstick?
    Revlon lip butter - Berry Smoothie

    Question Nine: Leather, lace or denim?
    Ooo love all three, but I wear jeans most days so I would have to say denim.
    Question Ten: Scarves or hats?
    Scarves ( snoods or infinity ) 
    Question Eleven: How much do you love me now for nominating you? LOL
    A heck of a lot ;)

    My Nominees :

    My Questions for my nominees :
    1. If you could have one wish, what would it be?
    2. What is your staple fashion item for Autumn / Winter?
    3.If you had to start your blog again, what would you change?
    4. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?
    5. What is your next milestone for people following your blog?
    6. If you could have a second home anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be? 
    7. Do you have a nick name - if so what is it and why?
    8. What is your favourite thing to do in your free time?
    9. Why did you start your blog?
    10. What is your favourite snack?
    11. What is something you hope to achieve in the next ten years?
    A huge thank you once again to Ellie, It means such a lot, so thank you.
    Also Congrats to all my nominees. Have a great weekend everyone. Please subscribe if you enjoy and I hope to see you soon. Byeee :)
    Katie xoxo


    Monday, 28 October 2013

    Dr Martens : Today's Favourite

    Hey everyone! Today I thought I would try something new!
    Probably the most common post throughout beauty gurus / bloggers is the 'Monthly Favourites' but I have noticed that most favourites of this season have been very similar. Being my inner sheep, I like to follow the seasons trends and I didn't want to bore you all with my October favourites being dark lips, sweaters and pumpkin spice latte, in one post. So I had and idea, instead of collecting my favourites all month, I would show you a couple of monthly favourites throughout the month, plan on making them shorter posts, hand making each favourite a bit different. Would you be interested in seeing these posts?

    Dr Martens

     A favourite of this month have been my Dr Martens. I previously had a pair of matte dark purple docs, but I sold them to invest in a larger size. This time a chose a pair in a matte dark cherry red. This autumn these have been a staple because they keep your feet warm and toasty. I usually wear mine with black leggings and sweat shirt but they also look super cute with skinny jeans or black tights and a skater skirt or shorts. I also have seen them on Pinterest with tights and knee high socks wrinkled down around the top of the boot.
    Dr Martens are a huge investment and the prices of them just keep getting more and more expensive but they are well worth the money and will last you a lifetime, no exaggeration!
    Thank you so much for reading! Do you like this type of post? Please subscribe if you enjoyed it and I hope that everyone on a school holiday has a good one :)
    Katie xoxo

    Tuesday, 22 October 2013

    Rimmel vs Nyx : Cream eyeshadow pencil

    Hello everyone! So, cream eye shadow has been raved about, in the world of beauty bloggers a huge amount in the past year. So being the shopaholic I am I treated myself  to two of the cream shadow pencils that I had heard great things about. I had high hopes about them both as couldn't live without my beloved Maybelline Colour Tattoos. Are they as good as the Maybelline Colour tattoo? Not quite.
    Did they live up to my expectations : Yes, I suppose they did!
    Rimmel Scandal Eyes Shadow Stick Or Nyx Jumbo eye pencil, which to choose.
    I have been trying them both of for a couple of months or so now and I feel I can now give a fair and honest review. 
    * Please note : I am no expert and what does or doesn't work for me, may or may not work for you. We are all different. I will give you my opinion, maybe you could try them out and give me your opinion too? *   
    I'd like to start of by saying, if you want an easy, slap it on and it looks good, kind of cream eye shadow, I wouldn't go for either of these. I personally would use these as eye shadow bases as they are not a super long lasting product.
    Nyx Jumbo eye pencil : 608 Cottage Cheese
    I must sound like a broken record, the amount these have been raved about, but from all the talk, they have got to be good to be good, right? Don't get me wrong, the product is lovely, but my real bug bear with this is that they can't be twisted up or sharpened. I have been searching how to use the rest of the product but the only way I have found is melting it, and i'm sure I would make a mess of it! The product it's self has a beautifully creamy constancy, and is a gorgeous pearly white shade. I wouldn't use this on its own because the lasting power isn't the best, that been said it is a gorgeous base and very pigmented too! With it being a lighter shade you could add pretty much any shade above, which makes it such a versatile product.
    Rimmel Scandal Eyes - Eye Shadow Stick : 002 BULLETPROOF BEIGE
    The packaging says 24H/waterproof. I don't think this would last for a full 24H ( not that I have it on for that long ), it definitely has a longer 'lasting power' than the jumbo eye pencil, but I don't think it would last incredibly well in water either. The shade is a slightly shimmery, gold/beige and is nice to wear some colour without reaching too far out of my neutral comfort zone. The product is very similar to Nyx's with it having a creamy texture and very pigmented. You can create a more intense look by adding gold shadow on top, or tone it down with a lighter champagney shade. 

    The real question is Nyx or Rimmel?
    It depends on what you are looking for, both products a gorgeous so you can't really go wrong. I would definitely repurchase them again!
    Which floats your boat?
    I hope you enjoyed this post, please subscribe to my blog, it would mean such a lot!
    see you soon?! Thank you so much :)
    Katie xoxo 

    Saturday, 19 October 2013


    Hello, everyone. The beautiful Daniela nominated me for the sunshine award! If you aren't already, you need to go follow ... ASAP! I can not thank her enough for all the help she has given me with my blog, all her advice helped me such a lot and on top of that nominate me for this award really means the world. Don't forget to follow her because she is the loveliest person ever! Thank you so much Daniela!
    The whole idea of the sunshine award is that you nominate 11 bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative and inspiring. 

    The Rules:
    You have to post a picture of the Sunshine award in the blog post. 
    Post 11 random facts about yourself.
    Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
    Nominate 11 wonderful bloggers.
    Write 11 questions for them to answer.
    Also let the bloggers you nominated know you have nominated them.
    11 Random facts about me:
    1. I have an overweigh, British shorthair cat called Mario
    2. My favourite subjects at school are textiles and history.
    3. I love the smell of freshly made bread, mmm
    4. I sleepwalk and sleep talk
    5. I am not a morning person
    6. My favourite food is pickle, weird right?
    7. I love to go to the gym, and love cycling long distance
    8. My favourite season is autumn / fall.
    9. I can't stand crocs ( the shoes ), they are the ugliest shoes on the planet, ew. 
    10. I hate it when people walk behind me.
    11. I love three-toed sloths ( has to be a three-toed, they are slower that two-toed sloths).
    What's your favourite childhood memory?
    Going to the sweet shop, for skittles after pre-school with my granddad.
     If I could grant you 3 wishes, what would they be?
    1. To be able to experience different era's in the past. 
    2. To live to see the iphone100
    3. To travel back 50 years and recreate Google, become rich muahaha.
     What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
    Urm, Looks? ;)
    What's the most embarrassing thing you have ever been through?
    My dad walking down the street, in a woman's outfit for fancy dress. Cringe :L
    What's your favourite drugstore foundation/mascara/lipstick?
    Foundation : Borjois, healthy mix serum.
    Mascara : 17 blow out. ( Benefit, there real is my all time favourite )
    Lipstick : Revlon lipbutter in  : sweet tart or berry smoothie ( couldn't decide between )  
    If you could be any Disney princess who would you be?
    Merida - from brave. She a new Disney princess but I love the concept of the story.
    What's your favourite colour?
    Maroon / burgundy and mint green
    How would you describe your style?
    A bit of everything really. Urban Outfitters - I love that shop, everything sold there is my style. 
    What's 2 things you love about yourself and 2 things you don't like about yourself?
    I like that I have my granddads nose, that's a bit odd.
    I like my style, also a bit odd.
    I don't like my braces
    I don't like guilty pleasure of pickle ;)
    Why did you start blogging?
    I started blogging because I began reading blogs of girls, who inspired me to make one of my own.
    Who's your favourite blogger/youtuber?
    I have so many and could write an endless list, but if I narrowed it down to 15 youtube beauty guru's...
    missglamourazzi, Tanya Burr, beautybysiena, bubzbeauty, essiebutton, arose186, fleurdeforce, laurensboutique, makeupbymandy24, StilaBabe09, Macbarbie07, beautycrush, kaileemckenzie, zoella, sautdaynightsalright.
    ... i'm such a cheat, sooo sorry :/
    Being a new blogger, i don't really know a huge amount of blogs, but the nominees I have chosen all have positive, creative, inspiring blogs and are all some of my favourites :)
    1. If you could be a celebrity for the day, who would you be?
    2. If you could only choose 3 shops ( for fashion and beauty ) to shop at for the rest of your life what would you choose?
    3. If you won the lottery what is the first thing, you would do?
    4. If you could go any where in the world, where would you go and why?
    5. What is you dream career?
    6. What are 5 beauty essentials, you couldn't live without?
    7. If you could customise a car registration plate, what would it be? ( even if you don't drive )
    8. What are your autumn/ fall fashion essentials?
    9. If you could create a successful brand, would it be a beauty or fashion brand and what would you call it?
    10. If you were going to donate to a charity, what charity would you donate to?
    11. what is your favourite brand of makeup?
    Thank you once again to Daniela for nominating me,
    and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend,
    with love,
    Katie xox

    Friday, 4 October 2013


    Hey Everyone! My name is Katie and I am a fashion, beauty and shopping obsessed teenager from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom.

    I have been watching 'YouTube beauty gurus' for a while now and I realised most of them have blogs. I started to follow more and more blogs and have thoroughly enjoyed reading all their posts. It inspired me to create my own blog and share my love of fashion and beauty with other bloggers with the same interests as me. I have never had any experience with blogging before, but I hope to learn how to make my blog better. Please follow my blog if you are interested in reading my future posts and I hope you enjoy. I would love to know if anyone has any tips or tricks or advice, I would be so grateful.

    Have a great weekend, 
    love Katie xox