Guest Post | How to Perfect the Bridal Look with a Limited Budget

31 March 2017

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What's one of the biggest event in one’s life? Wedding! Like all other girls, I have dreamed about my wedding since childhood. What attracts me the most on that ceremony is surely the pure white wedding gowns? They are amazing to me. I even have the belief that the white gown has the magic to make the brides smile happily. 

I have written once in this blog that I want to be back to aunt’s wedding in 2013 if I could relive once again. That day is perfect and I had so much fun there. I can still remember my aunt’s look. She is so pretty with her white wedding dress and her big smile. 

However, now I know the value of one wedding gown better. It is not that easy for one to take one gown on the wedding especially for those handmade luxurious wedding gowns. Some bride can not even afford a cheap one because of some reason. How sad it will be if one girl has never worn one appealing wedding dress on her big day! So, today I am sharing one site with all you brides-to-be, uk.millybridal.org. That is really a trustworthy site. All the dresses on the site are affordable but still in high quality. 

Among all the flattering styles, my favorite one is the vintage wedding dresses

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Will this dress bring you back to the time one century ago? This is my favorite tea length wedding dress. The rushed v neckline is so elegant. The material looks so soft and classic. Anyone who also loves retro style things really should try this one and accessorize with pearl necklace and earrings. 

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This one is also vintage inspired. However, to me, it is chic but kind of modern because of the tulle skirt. The top is nice especially the off-the-shoulder design. Very alluring and princess-like. However, it will look much classic if the skirt is also made of satin. Anyway, it looks good.

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Will this dress remind you of an elegant queen or princess in ancient times? I pick this dress because of the shining beads and amazing work of the scalloped neckline. It looks like tiny crowns gathering around you. Very luxurious design, isn’t it?

However, that’s not all about today’s picks because I also love those unique and modern dresses. They are in a new fashion way different from the vintage ones. 

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This dress is in two pieces and high low style. The dress might not be that formal for a church wedding and mountain wedding. However, just do it if you like it. The dress is designed for the free spirits. Why do we have to be traditional? Be different!

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The best part of this dress is not its mermaid silhouette but the amazing lace appliques on the body. The floral appliques seem to shine, giving the dress a much richer look. Also the lace bottom is amazing to me. One pair of earrings is enough to match the dress. Among all the wedding dresses UK category, this one is the most exquisite. 

Did you find any type for your own ceremony? If there is none in this post, go uk.millybridal.org for more looks. You will love that site. 

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L'Oreal Beauty and the Beast Lipstick & Nail Polish Review

25 March 2017

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Now since the release of the highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast movie, I think everyone has gone slightly "Disney Wild" trying to cash in on the whole thing. If I see another "Tale as Old as Time" T-shirt, I think I'm going to go mad. The one bit of BATB special edition merch I was excited about getting my hands on though was the L'Oreal lipstick and nail varnish combos.

Now if you're a beauty blogger, or just a woman in general, then you've probably heard about these and even more so how they aren't being stocked in the UK which has caused much annoyance. Thank god for Amazon Italy though as there was a little hack to make them all yours!

l'oreal beauty and the beast
l'oreal beauty and the beast
l'oreal beauty and the beast
l'oreal beauty and the beast

In the end I picked the "Plumette" lipstick and nail polish (I think it was called Plumette, I'm blaming Google translate) as it's definitely the more "me" shade out of the collection. The nail varnish is a gorgeous dark burgundy plum shade and the lipstick is obviously to match. The combo together actually makes me feel quite sassy!

I'm not sure if there are any products left to order or if they are restocking but I'd definitely keep checking back to the Italy Amazon page to see if they're back in stock!
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Essence The Gel Nail Varnish in My Love Diary

21 March 2017

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I'm quite boring when it comes to nail polishes and will mainly stick to two colours for the whole year; a light pink for Spring/Summer and a dark red for Autumn/Winter. Not much variety unfortunately.

After sorting out my make-up storage the other month and realising that I really do have a drawer full of polishes, I'm trying to change that! Instead of using those that I had though, I popped in my local Wilkinsons and picked me up a new shade!

essence nail varnish
essence nail varnish
essence nail varnish

Since Spring and Summer are only around the corner, I went for something to match and in the end, I decided on the gorgeous "My Love Diary" shade. It's a gorgeous pinky coral colour and it's a perfect match for that summer tan.

Now as my job is heavily based in the office and typing away on the keyboard, most nail varnishes don't last me longer than a couple of days. Unfortunately this one was another to add to the collection. Within a day I noticed chips and on the second day I was that fed up, I ended up scrubbing it all off.

I'm not going to moan too much as it's a gorgeous colour and I can still definitely see myself using this if I went abroad in the Summer. Plus, it's like £2? I'm not going to turn my nose up at that price!
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Guest Post | How To Get Your Hair Spring Ready

19 March 2017

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Our hair definitely needs a bit of a pick-me-up as we come out of Winter. I look for ways to deeply nourish my locks and make my strands shine, ready for Spring. I also love to study the catwalks to see which styles and accessories will be big this season.

spring ready hair

Read on for my tips on how to protect your hair in the sun, apply deep treatments to get it looking its best and bring a glossy glow to your tresses. You’ll also discover how to work those on-trend wavy hairstyles and sparkling hair accessories.

Nourishing Treatments: Chances are your hair is crying out for some hydration after all that central heating and cold, windy weather over Winter. Give it some nourishment with deep treatments, like hair masks and leave-in conditioners. You’ll want to keep this up throughout Summer too, particularly when sun, chlorine from swimming pools and salt from the sea start playing havoc with your locks!

Make It Shine: Hair can become dull during Winter, so make your tresses shine with some of these industry tips. The easiest way to get glossy hair is to simply blast cold water on your hair for a few seconds after conditioning, to seal in the product and close the follicles. Home remedies include using egg whites, honey and olive oil, but you can also buy products like shine sprays to do the hard work for you.

Don’t Forget Your Hair In Your Sunscreen Regime: It’s not just your skin that needs protecting from UV rays once the sun starts shining in Spring, it’s your hair too. You’ll find hair products that are specially formulated for this task. Give them the chance to really sink in by applying to wet hair. A sunhat will help protect too.

Waves: In keeping with the warmer weather Spring brings, the hairstyles we saw on the catwalks for this season wouldn’t look out of place on the beach. In particular, wavy hairstyles were everywhere. The great thing is it’s a pretty low-maintenance look, as you can just accentuate your natural hair texture with salt spray or a curling iron.

Accessories: The Spring 2017 catwalks were full of beautiful hair accessories, worn behind the ear to draw more attention to them. Stock up on sparkly slides and clips that look like brooches to be totally on-trend this season. As for tying your hair back, ribbons are the way to go to emulate that effortless yet stylish Fashion Week look.

By following these tips, your hair will be in great shape for Spring, and you’ll be ready to rock the coolest styles and accessories for the new season!

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Essence The False Lashes Extreme Volume and Curl Mascara Review

18 March 2017

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If you follow me on Instagram (link here if you don't!) then you'll remember the naughty make-up haul that I went on in Wilkinsons a couple of weeks ago. 

Now my main reason for starting this blog was to review and promote more high street "bargain" brands and one brand that always seems to be talked about a lot is Essence. I've used a few of their products in the past and the only bad thing that I would say about them is that they're not stocked in Superdrug or Boots and the only place I can find them is Wilkos! So basically I'm justifying my haul by saying I don't shop in there often so it might be a long time before I go again. Yep.

Since I brought quite a few items I'll be doing separate reviews week by week and my first product (and one I was most desperate to try) was their new False Lashes Extreme Volume & Curl mascara!

essence false lashes mascara
essence false lashes mascara

I've used a few mascaras in my time and after using them for a few times, I often end up categorising them as "okay for work" and "keep for best". This False Lashes Essence mascara is somewhere in between them.

The formula is definitely long lasting and does add a nice little flick to my lashes but "false lashes effect"? Nah, probably not. I've definitely used better with a more dramatic effect so I don't think I'd be rating this too high.

If you want to give it a try for yourself, it's still a great bargain and perfect for in the day or for work. Plus it's £2.80!
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Guest Post | How to Look Your Best This Spring

15 March 2017

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Let’s leave all the darkness and coldness behind us because warmer months are finally approaching. It is time for all of us youngsters to awaken our wardrobes with the newest hues and the hottest garments, as well as some super cool patterns. After all fashion shows and fashion weeks, it is finally there: the ultimate list of millennial spring trends for 2017. Take notes.


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Trend number one: your personal touch
Of course, high-quality garments are extremely important to us, but that doesn’t mean that we should have a name brand across our chest, right? Young people find individuality way more important than flashing names. And even though we tend to follow the newest trends, we also like to have our personal style as well. 


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Trend number two: budget-friendly fashion
It is time to refresh our dull closet with some cool dresses. Opt for slip dresses with cool prints such as polka-dot or flower (since flowers are apparently a huge trend this season). Are you feeling a little bit flirty? Great.

If you, on the other hand, aren’t into the so called: “girly items”, but enjoy wearing a dress, opt for T-shirt-like dresses which are keeping you covered and at the same time giving you that laid-back vibe while managing to stay feminine (it is a dress after all). You can opt for minimalistic and versatile ones such as black, white or grey, and spice them up with cool accessories, or you can opt for a wide range of prints. Whatever you choose, it will look good.


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Trend number three: Dresses
Following trends can be devastating for our wallets, right? Luckily, millennials are happy to splurge on important items while sticking to their budget with others. Of course, investing a couple of hundred on something such as a high-quality coat or a pair of leather boots which are going to last for a lifetime almost is always a good idea. When it comes to things such as tees, dresses or other awesome stuff for women, you can shop at patpat.com, since you will find everything you need a lot cheaper.    


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Trend number four: Layering
Yes, the warm weather is approaching, but it doesn’t mean that we should walk the streets in just our T-shirts. We need to be equipped with some cool jackets such as bombers (which are extremely popular among supermodels and you can literally find them in every store), denim jackets (which are the ultimate staples of any closet), kimonos (aka bed jackets with a cool and relaxed silhouette and stylish eye-catching prints), and of course faux leather jackets. When it comes to leather jackets you have two options: you can opt for biker-like ones (if you still can’t let go of 2016 bold trends), or trendy new designs that are lacking that biker vibe and are way more feminine and subtle. 


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Trend number five: Super Bright Colours
It is time to let go of all-black combos and turn to fire red, dirty pink, Kermit green, sunny yellow and royal blue. Now, our “basic” combinations are getting a little update with these bold colours. And oh, I almost forgot, you will probably have to wear sunglasses with these outfits since you will shine so bright, that you’ll almost go blind (wink).


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Trend number six: Navel – Grazing Necklaces
Chokers are now a thing of the past. It is time to upgrade our accessory box with these babies. 2017 is going to be all about: the longer – the better. Many famous brands such as Prada and Givenchy, showed us how we can rock these long pendants. Another great thing about these necklaces is that they go great with your work attire. Spice up your sweater or your shirt and blazer with one of these, to achieve the glamorous, but yet effortlessly-looking chic. 


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Trend number 7: Jeans
A girl can never have too many pairs of jeans, right? This year is going to be all about soft denim (which is super pretty and super comfy, since it feels like cotton leggings), all kinds of blue jeans, high-waisted jeans, distressed denim of course, cropped jeans that elongate the leg when combined with a cute pair of heels, and embellished jeans (hello 2005!). 
That would be it. Remember, it is important to stay updated on trends, but it is much more important to always be yourself. In the sea of selfsame people, be the one that stands out, because you are special. 

How do you like these trends? Are you going to try them out? Let me know in the comments.

About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home d├ęcor and healthy living.  Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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Maybelline Liner Express Black Eyeliner Review!

10 March 2017

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A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the new Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless foundation and while I was out shopping, I also picked out their Liner Express liquid eyeliner. It wasn't much of an impulse buy as my current L'Oreal felt tip eyeliner has started to dry out so a new one was definitely needed!

When it comes to buying a new liquid eyeliner, I do tend to go for the felt tip variety and the thicker the better. Yes, it can look a lot thicker and slightly more "emo" but I've really mastered doing the cat eye in one long flick.

maybelline eyeliner
maybelline eyeliner
maybelline eyeliner
maybelline eyeliner

Obviously, as you can see from the pictures above, the Liner Express is very thin and a lot more precision is definitely needed. I do like to think that all my years of having the cat eye look has prepared me enough to handle any kind of eyeliner.

Liner Express is jet black and glides on easily creating the perfect flick. It's long lasting and it still puts up a fight when it's time to take it off. Honestly, I'm not so sure you can ask for anything else from an eyeliner! If you're a massive fan of the winged eye look like me then this eyeliner is definitely something you should give a go! It's also currently on offer at Superdrug so it's basically asking you to buy it!
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International Women's Day | Women Who Influence Me

08 March 2017

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In honour of International Women's Day, I thought I would take the time to write a blog post for all the beautiful women out there who have inspired me to become the person I am today.

jennifer lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
My little claim to fame is that I share the exact same birthday, even the year, as Jennifer Lawrence! Woo August babies! The reason she's on my influential list because I just love her. She really is amazing. Every interview I've ever seen of her is just so honest, clumsy and more importantly REAL. She doesn't play up to the cameras and for that I respect her. Not only that but she's actually a really good actress as well. Obviously, I picked this picture to showcase this side of her and she's on my list because I so wish I could be just like her.

dakota johnson
Dakota Johnson
Another celeb that's on my list is gorgeous Dakota. I know she's only become big recently because of Fifty Shades of Grey but I've seen a few of her older movies and she's actually a good actress. I hate when you see "celebs" cashing in on their parent's fame and do absolutely nothing in return for it so it's nice to see Dakota actually making a living for herself. (Disclaimer, I know a lot of other celeb's children have their own career but Dakota is just Girl Goals).

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Alli Speed
When I was going through a bad breakup back in 2011, I took comfort in watching the vlogging couple who called themselves CTFxC. I watched every single video from Day 1 in 2009 all the up to the present day, and of course every day after that. They helped me get over my ex and gave me the hope and courage to not only move on but to look to the future.

When the news of Alli and Charles divorcing came out and the subsequent drama that followed, I was devastated but only because I couldn't bear the thought of Alli being upset. I realised I carried on watching the vlogs for so long because I enjoyed seeing her and what she had to say. She's a very strong, outspoken person and always seemed to turn every bad situation into a good one and throughout everything, she still has a smile on her face.

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My Aunt
Family means a lot to me and I'm not sure how or who I would be if they weren't around. This aunt, in particular, is very much my best friend and someone who I can talk to about pretty much anything. There really is no limits to what we talk about! I treat her a lot like a sister and her sons (my cousins) even call me Auntie Natty. Needless to say, she's been a big influence on the person I am today.

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My Nan
I grew up spending a lot of time with my grandparents and would often sleep over whenever my parents went out on a night. As I grew older I started wanting to spend more time with one Nan in particular and would choose to stay over when though I was fully capable of looking after myself. We bonded quite a lot in that time and even now that I've "grown up" and have my own life, she still manages to put a smile on my face.


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My Mom
I wouldn't be able to make this list without including a section about my Mom. I've not been shy about my past problems and if you look through my blog enough, I'm sure you can find the blog post I'm referring to. Throughout all of that, she's stood by my side and always made sure that I'm okay, even putting me first ahead of herself. I know it's like a typical "Mom" thing to do but she still proves over and over how amazing she is and how lucky I am to have a mother like her.

Right, emotional time over! Who are your influential women of today?

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Foundation in 120

06 March 2017

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A couple of weeks ago my favourite foundation gasped its last breath and my plan for trying not to spend money went completely out the window. Oh well!

Instead of using this as a chance to blow £20 on new make-up, I popped into our local Asda on my dinner break and picked up the new Maybelline Fit Me Matt Foundation at the make-up counter. I couldn't stop myself from also buying a new eyeliner but we're not going to talk about that!

Maybelline fit me matte foundation
Maybelline fit me matte foundation
Maybelline fit me matte foundation
maybelline foundation

I have to admit that because I was on my dinner break, I was rushing slightly and I picked up the shade that I thought was closest to my natural skin tone without too much testing. Bad beauty blogger! Fortunately for me though, it seemed to fit quite well.

The main reason I chose this foundation was obviously for the matte "poreless" selling point but I have to admit that I don't really rate it. The formula is smooth and glides on easily but I wouldn't exactly say it leave your skin looking matte and I found I still had that "glow" from it. 

The one thing I was impressed with was it's staying power and after  several hours of being hard at work, my face was still covered apart from a little redness coming through from my T-zone. 

Overall it's a nice little foundation and if you don't really suffer from oily skin then this could be great for you. If you do suffer from oily skin, like myself, then I think we need to keep on looking! You can check it out here on Boots website where it's currently included on a 3 for 2 offer!
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Life Update | New Job

03 March 2017

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It's been a while since I wrote a life update and to be honest, since buying my house all I've been doing is decorating and trying not to get myself in debt from shopping sprees in Primark.

This time though I do have an update: I got a new job! Yay!

I've been working in my current position for over a year now and although I love it and the people I work with, I felt like it was time to move on and take on a new challenge before I get too comfortable.

The lucky thing about it is that I'll be staying with the same company and I'll just be moving departments so I'll still be able to see all my friends. Bonus!

new job life update

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