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wednesday wishlist #21

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I feel like I haven't done a fashion wishlist for a while, I've been kinda overwhelmed with everything in the shops recently that I couldn't decide what I actually liked! I have to admit I find the whole pastel & gingham combinations dreamy but always think pastels can be awkward to pull off! Apart from loving everything pastel I'm in desperate need of a decent pair of black jeans, I have a pair of Primark ones but they go so baggy at the knees & I hate skinny jeans that are loose! Topshop Leigh jeans never fail me, so I'll be picking up a pair asap! After going through a stage of mostly wearing dresses & skirts I've become more of a jeans girl again & I'm really loving wearing skinnies with a dainty little top, like a cami or a pastel coloured shell top. New Look have some really pretty pieces atm, I got carried away scrolling for ages!

What's your favourite item from my wishlist?

L x

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catching up

Soap & Glory treats from Dom's parents | Tilly dressed up as a baby | Making my bathroom pretty!
Cute new Coffee, Tea & Sugar jars! | I made my Mum, Nana & Dom's mum these little hearts for Mother's day | The little Easter Bunny Bubble Bar from Lush was almost too adorable to use but it was worth using it for the pretty pink bubbles & floating petals.
My Easter chocolate | Dom's Dad baked me cakes, cookies & scones when we went to stay up North, not even joking he actually baked the entire lot for me, best "father-in-law" ever! | Tilly & all her Easter treats, world's most spoilt doggy!
The way Tilly sleeps, paws in the air haha | Pretty Spring Blossom | Visited my Sister in London on Friday, I love all the little hidden streets, this was one of the cutest!

I can't believe it's been over 2 weeks since I last blogged! I've been dying to blog every day but with working, having a little pug to look after, travelling to see our families up north & keeping the flat tidy/organised I'm always out of time! I haven't even turned my laptop on recently. I always admire people who manage to blog every day without fail, especially those that have very hectic schedules, I just don't know how you do it! I really love blogging & have missed sitting at my laptop typing away these past few weeks! I think I've finally got a little bit more structure to my life now so I'm hoping I can blog more regularly, it's something I really enjoy doing in the evenings after a long day at work, I can completely zone out of all my worries & stresses & focus on my little blog! As a little "return to blogging" I thought I'd share my favourite photos from the past couple of weeks, I love to document my life as much as possible so that I have something to look back on in years to come!

How do you stay organised? I need some tips!

L x

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NYX powder blush in peach

UK lifestyle blogger UK beauty blogger review swatch NYX cosmetics powder blush peach
UK lifestyle blogger UK beauty blogger review swatch NYX cosmetics powder blush peach

NYX products have been popular in the blogosphere for a while, however they aren't the easiest of brands to get hold of here in the UK. I prefer to see a product in real life rather than purchase it online as I like to see the shades available up close before deciding which one to get. I recently started working at Next & couldn't believe it when I spotted the NYX stand over in the Womenswear accessories department!! I knew the blushers were raved about a lot & as I had been looking for a new blusher for what seemed like forever I asked my Twitter followers for shade recommendations. Literally everyone said 'Peach' so I made a mental note to have a look at it next time I was in work to see if it really was a pretty as everyone was claiming it to be. 

When I found Peach on the stand I instantly knew it was my kinda shade, being pale I really like pretty pink shades & Peach was a perfect mix of pink with a peach tone. The blush is highly pigmented so a little really does go a long way. I lightly swirl my RT Blush Brush in the pan & gently apply it to the apples of my cheeks. For £6 I think these blushers are a complete bargain, they blend beautifully & create a lovely glow of colour on my cheeks. I find some blushers just sit awkwardly on my skin but with this NYX one I don't have that problem at all, it glides on & is very easy to blend in to ensure I don't end up with clown cheeks! The shade range is also incredible with 25 to pick from you're spoilt for choice & I want to add at least 5 more of them to my collection, they're all so pretty! I'm absolutely obsessed with 'Peach' blush now & I haven't opted for any other blusher since I welcomed this little beauty into my life!

A little heads up if you want to get your hands on some NYX Cosmetics then check this link to see which Next stores stock it! There's quite a few so you might just find a store nearby :)

Have you tried any NYX products before?

L x

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spring/summer nail polish

Recently I decided to have a look through my nail polish stash & pick out some shades for Spring & Summer. Now the weather is warming up I feel like I need to wear some Summery shades to match the pretty flowers & blue skies I am seeing more & more of! I have quite a ridiculous collection of nail polishes now so I try to rotate which ones I use & bring a few new ones to the surface, but of course a few firm favourites always sneak their way in! My most favourite of the bunch is & probably always will be Essie - Mint Candy Apple. I've almost finished this bottle now which is something that never happens with me & polish but I go for weeks wearing this same shade because I just can't get enough! I thought I would have grown bored of it by now, but nope I'm still very much obsessed with it. I also have a similar obsession with Barry M - Blueberry so naturally I picked that out as one of my top Spring nail polish shades! I've not worn this Ciate - Big Yellow Taxi polish but when I saw it I knew I had to give it a go, yellow instantly makes me think of sunshine & the beach so when I need to brighten up my day I'll be popping this shade on my nails. I featured Model's Own - Blueberry Muffin & Pink Veneer in this post but I had to include them again in this one because I do prefer pastel over brights & these are super pretty. I think Pink Veneer & Barry M - Peach Melba will go nicely together, I might create a post featuring different nail art combinations with those two actually! Another pastel I've included is Sally Hansen - Purple Heart which is a candy pink toned purple, it makes me think of party ring biscuits for some reason!

What are your favourite Spring/Summer nail polish shades?

L x

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march favourites

I didn't do a February Monthly favourites as I didn't really try anything new & anything that was a favourite of mine had already been featured enough on my blog. I try not to be too repetitive with the products I feature but obviously the ones I love will make quite a few appearances but most of this months favourites have never been on my blog before!

At the beginning of March I decided I wanted to ombre my hair again so I picked up this Touch of Silver Purple Shampoo to reduce the brassy tones. I can really see a difference after using it, my ends are a nicer shade of blonde. I use this a couple of times a week, it does say to use it in between washes to avoid product build up but I don't always do this & haven't turned my hair purple, yet! It does make my hair feel quite dry but it's nothing that a good condition afterwards can't fix!  I've been wearing the Revlon ColorBurst Crayon Matte Balm in the shade Elusive almost everyday for work recently. It's such a lovely pink shade which I find is ideal for everyday wear, it's really pretty & whilst it doesn't last a great amount of time I like that it adds a wash of colour to my lips. I've been carrying the Natural Collection Vanilla Body Spray in my handbag as I always like to have a fragrance on me to use after work rather than keeping an actual bottle of perfume in my bag, for £2 it's such a bargain & vanilla scents are my favourite! I wrote a post on the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water & I have used it everyday since. It's a quick & easy way to remove the bulk of my makeup before a second cleanse. I can't recommend this micellar water enough to you all, for less than £5 it does an amazing job at removing makeup (including Benefit They're Real Mascara!!), & it feels refreshing on my skin. Batiste Dry Shampoo has been my life saver this month, I've not really been a big user of dry shampoo in the past although I've always had a bottle floating around my room I just never felt that I needed to use it. However this month my hair has been getting greasy quicker than usual & washing my hair is an actual chore to me so being able to spray this all over & achieve fresh looking hair is my kinda product! I repurchased Revlon PhotoReady Foundation after not having it in my makeup collection for ages. It's one of my favourite drugstore foundations, the shade is a good match, I love the dewy finish it gives my skin & it lasts all day whilst I'm at work. My absolute favourite product is definitely NYX Powder Blush in Peach it's the most prettiest shade, it's really pigmented so a little goes a long way & it's only £6! I picked mine up in Next but you can also purchase it from the NYX website which I've just had a little peak at & now I need another 5 blusher shades in my life!

What have been your recent favourites?

L x

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