I tend to be a shimmer-girl all the way.  I'm not one to shy away from glitter, but lately I've been rocking the matte trend with gusto.

For my base I've been going all out.  A combination of my L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Foundation blended with Inglot Cream Powder Foundation and a touch of 2true 3 in 1 Concealer gives my face a subtly contoured look.  A layer of my usual Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer under my eyes leaves me good to go!  Ok so it's a bit of a faff in the morning, but if it gets me a step closer to looking all Kim K-esque then I don't mind!  And whilst I wait for that all to sink in, I go in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade for perfectly sculpted brows.

Eyelid primer is a step I can't skip, and for this look it's been MAC's Soft Ochre Paint Pot that I've been opting for.  And you know when people describe a colour as their "perfect lid colour"? Yeah, I've never had that.  Until now!  A wash of Foxy from Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette with MAC's Wedge swooped over the top finally leaves me a lid colour that's not too light and stark.  And for this look, it's all about the matte contour.....I find Naked from the Naked Palette, warmed up with the tiniest amount of Benefit Hoola Bronzer just above it is the perfect crease shade for me.  Followed up with Naked 2's Tease just underneath, winged out slightly and blended into the outer corner of the lid; it really does give the most classic contoured eye look.

I've been getting my gel liner game back on and for this it has to be the Maybelline Black Gel Liner applied with the Real Techniques Liner Brush.  The thinnest line with a tiny flick...then eyelashes curled and mascara applied - my HG MaxFactor one with Barry M Lash Vegas Fibres - and the eyes are complete.

Now for cheeks.  You'll be surprised to know that I've stepped away from my beloved highlighters; the lighter concealer shade used with the foundation is enough to bring a bit of light to my face.  Some days I'll dab a little more on, as well as Sleek's Contour Kit to take the cheekbones to another level.  And for blush it's all about Sleek's Powder Blush in Suede - the perfect subtle, 'your cheeks but better' (I'm making that a thing now) shade.

No Kylie Jenner-style look would be complete without the lips.  MAC's Soar is rarely out of rotation, and when blended with Honey Love it's the ultimate 90s matte lip.

And there it is!  A totally matte look without a hint of shimmer in sight!

Make up: a matte revelation

24.10.14

I tend to be a shimmer-girl all the way.  I'm not one to shy away from glitter, but lately I've been rocking the matte trend with gusto.

For my base I've been going all out.  A combination of my L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Foundation blended with Inglot Cream Powder Foundation and a touch of 2true 3 in 1 Concealer gives my face a subtly contoured look.  A layer of my usual Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer under my eyes leaves me good to go!  Ok so it's a bit of a faff in the morning, but if it gets me a step closer to looking all Kim K-esque then I don't mind!  And whilst I wait for that all to sink in, I go in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade for perfectly sculpted brows.

Eyelid primer is a step I can't skip, and for this look it's been MAC's Soft Ochre Paint Pot that I've been opting for.  And you know when people describe a colour as their "perfect lid colour"? Yeah, I've never had that.  Until now!  A wash of Foxy from Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette with MAC's Wedge swooped over the top finally leaves me a lid colour that's not too light and stark.  And for this look, it's all about the matte contour.....I find Naked from the Naked Palette, warmed up with the tiniest amount of Benefit Hoola Bronzer just above it is the perfect crease shade for me.  Followed up with Naked 2's Tease just underneath, winged out slightly and blended into the outer corner of the lid; it really does give the most classic contoured eye look.

I've been getting my gel liner game back on and for this it has to be the Maybelline Black Gel Liner applied with the Real Techniques Liner Brush.  The thinnest line with a tiny flick...then eyelashes curled and mascara applied - my HG MaxFactor one with Barry M Lash Vegas Fibres - and the eyes are complete.

Now for cheeks.  You'll be surprised to know that I've stepped away from my beloved highlighters; the lighter concealer shade used with the foundation is enough to bring a bit of light to my face.  Some days I'll dab a little more on, as well as Sleek's Contour Kit to take the cheekbones to another level.  And for blush it's all about Sleek's Powder Blush in Suede - the perfect subtle, 'your cheeks but better' (I'm making that a thing now) shade.

No Kylie Jenner-style look would be complete without the lips.  MAC's Soar is rarely out of rotation, and when blended with Honey Love it's the ultimate 90s matte lip.

And there it is!  A totally matte look without a hint of shimmer in sight!
// Autumnal/festive make up
// Succulents
// Braided up do...just need my hair to grow now!
// My dream coat
// Hair colour inspo
// Statement necklaces
// Something to think about
// More hair colour inspiration
// Piercing ideas
// My next DIY?
// Perfect textured hair
// Autumn outfits
// Make up goals

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22.10.14

// Autumnal/festive make up
// Succulents
// Braided up do...just need my hair to grow now!
// My dream coat
// Hair colour inspo
// Statement necklaces
// Something to think about
// More hair colour inspiration
// Piercing ideas
// My next DIY?
// Perfect textured hair
// Autumn outfits
// Make up goals

To see what else I've been pinning, go over and follow me.  Plus, leave your links down below....I'm always looking for new boards to stalk!
This weekend was one of those 'good for the soul'-type ones.  I've struggled with not feeling much like myself lately; worrying about what it meant and how I'd overcome it.  But I realised the other day that I've not felt sad for a (relatively) long time, and as I type this with the sun shining and clouds rolling gently across the blue sky I feel like things are looking up.

One thing I've learnt lately is that it pays to be honest.  I can write post after post about skincare, and while this interests me, it's the post in which I've laid my soul bare (to a degree) that seems to get you guys reading.  And do you know, that's a good feeling.  We bloggers would be lying if we said we didn't get enjoyment from seeing people leave comments, but it's the fact that you chose to leave me words of encouragement on those harder to write posts that makes me truly appreciative.  That's when I needed it most, and that's when the blogging community closed ranks and offered its support....which is exactly what I love about it.

That in part is why I'm feeling more positive about blogging, and thus more positive in general.  I de-cluttered my desk, did some serious organising and for the first time in ages sat down to write properly.  It felt productive and it felt good.

I've also been tackling my bad eating habits.  I wouldn't say I'm managing to eat clean just yet, but with the help of the MyFitnessPal app and some of my besties I'm feeling much more motivated.  I feel like when I was low I just couldn't find it in me to control my eating and make sensible choices.  I know it's easy to point the finger and find reasons for eating all. of. the. chocolate (I wish I was joking!) but it really did feel like a downward spiral with no way out.  I've lost a bit of weight though, so fingers crossed I'm back on track.

Here's to good days....let's hope there's plenty more of them.

Feeling more like me

20.10.14

This weekend was one of those 'good for the soul'-type ones.  I've struggled with not feeling much like myself lately; worrying about what it meant and how I'd overcome it.  But I realised the other day that I've not felt sad for a (relatively) long time, and as I type this with the sun shining and clouds rolling gently across the blue sky I feel like things are looking up.

One thing I've learnt lately is that it pays to be honest.  I can write post after post about skincare, and while this interests me, it's the post in which I've laid my soul bare (to a degree) that seems to get you guys reading.  And do you know, that's a good feeling.  We bloggers would be lying if we said we didn't get enjoyment from seeing people leave comments, but it's the fact that you chose to leave me words of encouragement on those harder to write posts that makes me truly appreciative.  That's when I needed it most, and that's when the blogging community closed ranks and offered its support....which is exactly what I love about it.

That in part is why I'm feeling more positive about blogging, and thus more positive in general.  I de-cluttered my desk, did some serious organising and for the first time in ages sat down to write properly.  It felt productive and it felt good.

I've also been tackling my bad eating habits.  I wouldn't say I'm managing to eat clean just yet, but with the help of the MyFitnessPal app and some of my besties I'm feeling much more motivated.  I feel like when I was low I just couldn't find it in me to control my eating and make sensible choices.  I know it's easy to point the finger and find reasons for eating all. of. the. chocolate (I wish I was joking!) but it really did feel like a downward spiral with no way out.  I've lost a bit of weight though, so fingers crossed I'm back on track.

Here's to good days....let's hope there's plenty more of them.
Remember a time when my wishlists were of epic proportions?  Well no more, my friends!

Shopping is no longer a weekend-ly ritual.  In fact, I ventured into my local Topshop this weekend and stood, struck by how much I didn't want to buy anything.  Life is cluttered enough as it is, without my wardrobe being equally as overflowing!

That said, there are certain things I just can't say no to.  Like a new (p)leather jacket.  I don't think I've updated my jacket stash in at least 18 months and I fell in love with this buttery soft Zara offering.  Listed above is its Sheinside equivalent.  I'm torn - it's £35 cheaper, but will it be as soft??

With a £25 Whistles voucher burning a hole in my pocket, this lilac Rivington Chain Pouch is looking more and more like a possibility.  £50 is still expensive, but I'm telling myself it'll be an investment and fit in with the sleeker, more minimalistic wardrobe I'm trying to cultivate.

I have three pairs of taupe ankle boots sitting upstairs, but none of them are peep toe with cut-out ankle detail.  As I write that I realise how impractical and unnecessary they are for the upcoming 6 months of winter that we're bound to have, but look how pretty these ones from Miss Guided are!  I hate the inevitable stains that these sorts of boots get, so for now I think they'll stay as something to lust after.

To finish, something much less expensive and a whole lot more guilt-free... a lipstick!  I already own a L'Oreal Collection Privee nude lipstick and love its smooth parma violet-scented formula.  The release of a reds collection has got me all excited, and I think that when I do finally get round to buying one I'll step away from the norm and go for a pink-toned red instead.  Orangey-reds are usually my thing, but I'm intrigued to see how Julianne's Pure Red will look in real life.

Is there anything on your wishlist at the moment?

An autumnal mini-wishlist

17.10.14

Remember a time when my wishlists were of epic proportions?  Well no more, my friends!

Shopping is no longer a weekend-ly ritual.  In fact, I ventured into my local Topshop this weekend and stood, struck by how much I didn't want to buy anything.  Life is cluttered enough as it is, without my wardrobe being equally as overflowing!

That said, there are certain things I just can't say no to.  Like a new (p)leather jacket.  I don't think I've updated my jacket stash in at least 18 months and I fell in love with this buttery soft Zara offering.  Listed above is its Sheinside equivalent.  I'm torn - it's £35 cheaper, but will it be as soft??

With a £25 Whistles voucher burning a hole in my pocket, this lilac Rivington Chain Pouch is looking more and more like a possibility.  £50 is still expensive, but I'm telling myself it'll be an investment and fit in with the sleeker, more minimalistic wardrobe I'm trying to cultivate.

I have three pairs of taupe ankle boots sitting upstairs, but none of them are peep toe with cut-out ankle detail.  As I write that I realise how impractical and unnecessary they are for the upcoming 6 months of winter that we're bound to have, but look how pretty these ones from Miss Guided are!  I hate the inevitable stains that these sorts of boots get, so for now I think they'll stay as something to lust after.

To finish, something much less expensive and a whole lot more guilt-free... a lipstick!  I already own a L'Oreal Collection Privee nude lipstick and love its smooth parma violet-scented formula.  The release of a reds collection has got me all excited, and I think that when I do finally get round to buying one I'll step away from the norm and go for a pink-toned red instead.  Orangey-reds are usually my thing, but I'm intrigued to see how Julianne's Pure Red will look in real life.

Is there anything on your wishlist at the moment?
Before I Go To Sleep // S.J Watson (not pictured)
One word: Uh-may-zing.  This book kept me guessing, had loads of twists and turns and despite pretty much figuring out what was what near the beginning, it was no less shocking when my theory turned out to be true.  A really gripping book that I'll be recommending to everyone.  I just hope the film does it justice.
Rating: 5/5

More Than This // Patrick Ness
This book felt a little slow to begin with and wasn't really what I expected. Without giving too much away, I didn't enjoy "Part 1", where the main character is alone and there's no real dialogue but as soon as other characters cropped up the story gained momentum and I found it much more interesting.  It's a teenage fiction book (but doesn't feel overly so), and despite having nearly 500 pages it was really quick to read.  It's quite a philosophical book which I enjoyed at the time, but I can imagine I'll easily forget it.
Rating: 2.5/5

The Mother's Tale // Camilla Noli
I'm struggling slightly to gather my thoughts on this one.  It's a story about a new mum struggling to adjust to life post-babies, and the dark thoughts she has.  At first I really disliked the short, staccato sentences, but perhaps I stopped noticing them after a while because it all became really easy to read.  It's a shocking story, made even more disturbing by the detached way it's narrated.  For the most part, I was impressed by how it didn't go down the usual unrealistically-shocking-just-for-impact route, but felt the ending was rushed, out of character and let the whole book down.
Rating: 3/5

The Goddess and The Thief // Essie Fox
I hate to admit it, but I didn't manage to get on with this!  It was a heavy read, set in the Victorian era as Elijah's Mermaid was, but it just didn't get me hooked.  I feel like this is one to get out again during school holidays when I can dedicate more time to getting into it.
Rating: tbc

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children // Ransom Riggs
So I've just learnt that a film adaptation of this is in development, and I think it'll translate well to the big screen.  It's more of a fantasy novel than I thought it would be and because of that it was really my cup of tea.  It reminded me of More Than This in the sense that it was written from an teenage boy's point of view and had similar elements within.  I found myself skim reading towards the end, and it's another one I'll easily forget.  An interesting concept let down by the storyline and a really unsatisfying ending.
Rating: 2.5/5

Read // 2

15.10.14

Before I Go To Sleep // S.J Watson (not pictured)
One word: Uh-may-zing.  This book kept me guessing, had loads of twists and turns and despite pretty much figuring out what was what near the beginning, it was no less shocking when my theory turned out to be true.  A really gripping book that I'll be recommending to everyone.  I just hope the film does it justice.
Rating: 5/5

More Than This // Patrick Ness
This book felt a little slow to begin with and wasn't really what I expected. Without giving too much away, I didn't enjoy "Part 1", where the main character is alone and there's no real dialogue but as soon as other characters cropped up the story gained momentum and I found it much more interesting.  It's a teenage fiction book (but doesn't feel overly so), and despite having nearly 500 pages it was really quick to read.  It's quite a philosophical book which I enjoyed at the time, but I can imagine I'll easily forget it.
Rating: 2.5/5

The Mother's Tale // Camilla Noli
I'm struggling slightly to gather my thoughts on this one.  It's a story about a new mum struggling to adjust to life post-babies, and the dark thoughts she has.  At first I really disliked the short, staccato sentences, but perhaps I stopped noticing them after a while because it all became really easy to read.  It's a shocking story, made even more disturbing by the detached way it's narrated.  For the most part, I was impressed by how it didn't go down the usual unrealistically-shocking-just-for-impact route, but felt the ending was rushed, out of character and let the whole book down.
Rating: 3/5

The Goddess and The Thief // Essie Fox
I hate to admit it, but I didn't manage to get on with this!  It was a heavy read, set in the Victorian era as Elijah's Mermaid was, but it just didn't get me hooked.  I feel like this is one to get out again during school holidays when I can dedicate more time to getting into it.
Rating: tbc

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children // Ransom Riggs
So I've just learnt that a film adaptation of this is in development, and I think it'll translate well to the big screen.  It's more of a fantasy novel than I thought it would be and because of that it was really my cup of tea.  It reminded me of More Than This in the sense that it was written from an teenage boy's point of view and had similar elements within.  I found myself skim reading towards the end, and it's another one I'll easily forget.  An interesting concept let down by the storyline and a really unsatisfying ending.
Rating: 2.5/5
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It's possibly come across in previous blog posts, but lately I'm feeling a little....lost.  Blogging tends to be a place where you put your best foot forward; paint on a smile and show the world how great things are.  But things haven't been great for me lately.  The thought of 'keeping it real' and showing the less photogenic aspects of my life (like the pile of washing waiting upstairs) has never really fazed me, but the one thing bothering me most lately is how empty I feel with regards to blogging.

For the first time in 4 years, I've got nothing to blog about.  I feel like I've got nothing of interest to say, and nothing that anybody would want to read about.  I'm unsure of what this means for me.  I love blogging, and whilst I've had the odd bout of blogger's block in the past, it's never been long-term like this.  Being 'A Blogger' is a hobby, it doesn't define me, but has played a major part in making me who I am today.  So what if I never find my footing again?

The prospect is daunting, and that in itself makes me even more scared to even try.  

Honestly, I'm not sure what I'm hoping that this post will achieve.  Maybe the act of putting fingers to keyboard and verbalising the way I'm feeling will be enough to snap me out of it.  Maybe in a few days I'll be back to normal - brimming with ideas and raring to go.  But maybe I just want you all to know that I'm having a tough time of it lately and that I need you to bear with me.

So there we have it.  The reason things have been a bit haphazard around here and an insight into my life lately.  I don't need sympathy, but any hints and tips - on blogging or life in general - would all be a great help.

Falling out of blogging

13.10.14

Image found via pinterest

It's possibly come across in previous blog posts, but lately I'm feeling a little....lost.  Blogging tends to be a place where you put your best foot forward; paint on a smile and show the world how great things are.  But things haven't been great for me lately.  The thought of 'keeping it real' and showing the less photogenic aspects of my life (like the pile of washing waiting upstairs) has never really fazed me, but the one thing bothering me most lately is how empty I feel with regards to blogging.

For the first time in 4 years, I've got nothing to blog about.  I feel like I've got nothing of interest to say, and nothing that anybody would want to read about.  I'm unsure of what this means for me.  I love blogging, and whilst I've had the odd bout of blogger's block in the past, it's never been long-term like this.  Being 'A Blogger' is a hobby, it doesn't define me, but has played a major part in making me who I am today.  So what if I never find my footing again?

The prospect is daunting, and that in itself makes me even more scared to even try.  

Honestly, I'm not sure what I'm hoping that this post will achieve.  Maybe the act of putting fingers to keyboard and verbalising the way I'm feeling will be enough to snap me out of it.  Maybe in a few days I'll be back to normal - brimming with ideas and raring to go.  But maybe I just want you all to know that I'm having a tough time of it lately and that I need you to bear with me.

So there we have it.  The reason things have been a bit haphazard around here and an insight into my life lately.  I don't need sympathy, but any hints and tips - on blogging or life in general - would all be a great help.

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Our hallway is very much a work in progress.  Or should that be work waiting to go into progress?  We've got dark wooden laminate (still) waiting to go down, and once that's done the green-carpeted stairs will definitely need addressing.

I've always liked the look of stair runners, but after a little bit of research online I'm beginning to wonder whether it could *actually* be a viable option?  I'm sure Mum will read this and tell me 'no', but in the meantime it's nice to look, right?

As you can see, grey is very much the tone I'm drawn to.  Our walls are painted in a beautiful grey hue, and the white with grey in the top pic could very well be a possibility.  Or there are the jazzier options; the graphic printed carpet, or the chevrons.

And as for texture, do I go for a carpet or perhaps find out the state of the stairs themselves and see whether I can just paint them?  The grey on the bottom right is obviously painted, but I was surprised to learn that the chevrons were also done with paint!  I hate hoovering the stairs, so having paint could save me a horrible job!

There are a few tutorials on pinterest for stair runner DIYs, so watch this space! 

Interior Inspiration: Stair runners

8.10.14

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Our hallway is very much a work in progress.  Or should that be work waiting to go into progress?  We've got dark wooden laminate (still) waiting to go down, and once that's done the green-carpeted stairs will definitely need addressing.

I've always liked the look of stair runners, but after a little bit of research online I'm beginning to wonder whether it could *actually* be a viable option?  I'm sure Mum will read this and tell me 'no', but in the meantime it's nice to look, right?

As you can see, grey is very much the tone I'm drawn to.  Our walls are painted in a beautiful grey hue, and the white with grey in the top pic could very well be a possibility.  Or there are the jazzier options; the graphic printed carpet, or the chevrons.

And as for texture, do I go for a carpet or perhaps find out the state of the stairs themselves and see whether I can just paint them?  The grey on the bottom right is obviously painted, but I was surprised to learn that the chevrons were also done with paint!  I hate hoovering the stairs, so having paint could save me a horrible job!

There are a few tutorials on pinterest for stair runner DIYs, so watch this space! 

 Image found via pinterest
 Long story short?  We failed.

Hold on before you all tut in disgust though, let me tell you what I bought this month.  The challenge was to not buy any treats, and judging on my track record, I'd say I succeeded!  Well, mostly.  I bought a couple of postcards and frames (costing around £10 in total) and two books.  I was doing so well, until we went to a beauty convention where Nail Envy was on sale for around £9.....mine ran out ages ago and I've been in desperate need of a replacement, so it made good sense to buy it while it was cheap.  Oh, and I snuck in another colour too.  But O.P.I at £6 is too good to pass up!  But when you consider I'm usually a make up and clothes fiend, I'd say it's pretty good going.

My spending habits need a drastic overhaul, and this month has helped boost me when it comes to this.  I've become much more critical when it comes to shopping, and although there are lots of things on my wishlist I've realised that I don't need to buy everything I want there and then.

So in terms of the memory, what did we do?  Well, we took a few trips here and there.  I spent nothing, and Zara spent lots.  Yeah, turns out she was worse than me for once!  I'd really like to try this challenge again in the future as it seems this month was just one of those times when lots of opportunities crop up and it would actually be detrimental finance-wise not to take them up.

Now I just need to convince Zara to step away from the debit card for another month....

September 2014's Memory: Spending no money

3.10.14


 Image found via pinterest
 Long story short?  We failed.

Hold on before you all tut in disgust though, let me tell you what I bought this month.  The challenge was to not buy any treats, and judging on my track record, I'd say I succeeded!  Well, mostly.  I bought a couple of postcards and frames (costing around £10 in total) and two books.  I was doing so well, until we went to a beauty convention where Nail Envy was on sale for around £9.....mine ran out ages ago and I've been in desperate need of a replacement, so it made good sense to buy it while it was cheap.  Oh, and I snuck in another colour too.  But O.P.I at £6 is too good to pass up!  But when you consider I'm usually a make up and clothes fiend, I'd say it's pretty good going.

My spending habits need a drastic overhaul, and this month has helped boost me when it comes to this.  I've become much more critical when it comes to shopping, and although there are lots of things on my wishlist I've realised that I don't need to buy everything I want there and then.

So in terms of the memory, what did we do?  Well, we took a few trips here and there.  I spent nothing, and Zara spent lots.  Yeah, turns out she was worse than me for once!  I'd really like to try this challenge again in the future as it seems this month was just one of those times when lots of opportunities crop up and it would actually be detrimental finance-wise not to take them up.

Now I just need to convince Zara to step away from the debit card for another month....
Hopefully you know the drill by now.  Here's this month's installment of the sites and things I've been obsessing over lately.

Blogs::
- Kate's reading nook is so perfect, it makes me yearn for a similar space of my own.  I'm not sure where I'd put it, but I can just imagine cosying up with a book in that chair.  Bliss.
- I've been following Natalie's YouTube for a long time now, but only realised this month that I'd managed to overlook hitting 'follow' on her beautiful blog.  It's minimalist perfection, with her wonderful photography making it such a calming and inspiring place to be. 

YouTube::
- This Kylie Jenner tutorial.  I've swatched Whirl time and time again, but it's just too flat and brown-toned for me.  Thanks to Nic, I'm now the chuffed owner of Soar lipliner; slightly more pink-toned and definitely more me.
- I've been feeling sluggish lately, and getting back into good eating habits and a solid gym routine is proving to be a real struggle.  On days when I'm just too exhausted to drag myself to the gym, XHIT Daily's channel is a godsend.  They're sharp and snappy, broken down into precise timings which really helps to keep me going.

Shopping::
- So I've already told you that I'm on a spending ban (treats-wise) this month (the lipliner mentioned above was bought with vouchers and definitely doesn't count!), and so far it's going well.  I'm hoping (a) to hold out until October half term and, (b) that it'll mean I've got a bit of spare cash by then.  Top of my list is a cheeky Monica Vinader purchase, with this ring having really caught my eye.  I'm torn though....do I go for the green onyx or rose gold labradorite instead?!
- Next on my list is this jacket.  I spotted it in store and it's the most buttery soft faux leather.  I've been looking to upgrade my biker jacket for a while, and this is definitely the one I'll go for.

General::
- Another hair/pinterest one, but I'm obsessed with JLaw's hair here.  It's a fair bit shorter than my hair at the moment, but once my fringe has fully grown out I'll definitely consider getting mine shaped into that bob.
- We've got a bit of a gallery wall going on in our hallway, so I'm always on the lookout for new prints.  How beautiful are these?  Not sure I'd ever get round to purchasing, but definitely pretty to look at.

bookmarked #6

1.10.14

Hopefully you know the drill by now.  Here's this month's installment of the sites and things I've been obsessing over lately.

Blogs::
- Kate's reading nook is so perfect, it makes me yearn for a similar space of my own.  I'm not sure where I'd put it, but I can just imagine cosying up with a book in that chair.  Bliss.
- I've been following Natalie's YouTube for a long time now, but only realised this month that I'd managed to overlook hitting 'follow' on her beautiful blog.  It's minimalist perfection, with her wonderful photography making it such a calming and inspiring place to be. 

YouTube::
- This Kylie Jenner tutorial.  I've swatched Whirl time and time again, but it's just too flat and brown-toned for me.  Thanks to Nic, I'm now the chuffed owner of Soar lipliner; slightly more pink-toned and definitely more me.
- I've been feeling sluggish lately, and getting back into good eating habits and a solid gym routine is proving to be a real struggle.  On days when I'm just too exhausted to drag myself to the gym, XHIT Daily's channel is a godsend.  They're sharp and snappy, broken down into precise timings which really helps to keep me going.

Shopping::
- So I've already told you that I'm on a spending ban (treats-wise) this month (the lipliner mentioned above was bought with vouchers and definitely doesn't count!), and so far it's going well.  I'm hoping (a) to hold out until October half term and, (b) that it'll mean I've got a bit of spare cash by then.  Top of my list is a cheeky Monica Vinader purchase, with this ring having really caught my eye.  I'm torn though....do I go for the green onyx or rose gold labradorite instead?!
- Next on my list is this jacket.  I spotted it in store and it's the most buttery soft faux leather.  I've been looking to upgrade my biker jacket for a while, and this is definitely the one I'll go for.

General::
- Another hair/pinterest one, but I'm obsessed with JLaw's hair here.  It's a fair bit shorter than my hair at the moment, but once my fringe has fully grown out I'll definitely consider getting mine shaped into that bob.
- We've got a bit of a gallery wall going on in our hallway, so I'm always on the lookout for new prints.  How beautiful are these?  Not sure I'd ever get round to purchasing, but definitely pretty to look at.

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