Monthly Favourites // May

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If you’re a regular reader of mine, you may well have seen my ‘mid month favourites‘ that I wrote up a couple of weeks ago. Whilst I have still been loving those products, a few more have cropped up recently that I wanted to show a little appreciation to in today’s post!

Firstly, the Benefit Erase Paste has been an amazing re-discovery of mine and I have gone from saving it for special occasions (due to the slightly hefty price tag) to using it on a daily basis (because I sure as hell need to). It’s creamy and blends fabulously. It also brightens under the eyes brilliantly whilst still looking natural. I do have to use quite a few layers if I want to come anywhere near to covering my under eye circles but it works far better than any of my other concealers and I definitely notice a difference after using it. sandalwood eyeshadow crayon_635684324395561205_Afterlight_Edit

An eye product I’ve been using a lot this month is the Manhattan Go Big Eyeshadow Pen in the shade ‘Sandal Wood’. Firstly this is a gorgeous bronze shimmery shade which is my favourite kind of colour to wear on the eyes anyway. It’s also super blendable and creamy making it work as either a base shadow or on it’s own. As I have been keeping my makeup very simple recently, just a quick swipe of this with a bit of mascara and I’m good to go!

For the ol’ eyebrows, I rediscovered the Maybelline Brow Drama sculpting brow mascara. I bought this last summer and loved it at the time but then started noticing that it made my brows look way too bold and overdone (I guess that’s why it’s called brow drama). Anyway, I decided to try it out again after months of not using it and instead of applying endless amounts of the gel in an attempt to fill in my eyebrows I now simply wipe off any excess on the brush and gently brush through after using a powder just to shape them a little bit and hold them in place throughout the day!

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As we move into summer I tend to focus my makeup more on lips rather than eyes and therefore try to make sure my lips are in tip top condition before applying colour. The Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub works wonders and removes any gross dry bits creating a smooth base. It also helps lip balms sink in more so I love pairing this with my all time fave Carmex. I actually thought I’d lost this scrub for weeks and started to miss it so much before I realised I’d just put it in a draw when attempting to organise my dressing table – typical! I’m so glad to have it back in my life that I’ve been using it more than usual this month which is why it’s rightfully found it’s way into this post!

I couldn’t upload a May Favourites without including the Burberry Kisses Sepia Lipstick even though I talked about it loads in my mid-month faves and also reviewed it in full (here). So I won’t go into depth but just know that I freaking love this lipstick!!

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Let me know what you’ve been loving this month (beauty or non-beauty related!) in the comments below.

Oh, also I’m planning a giveaway very soon so follow to stay updated and be in with a chance of winning a mysterious prize (what a tease!)

Have a lovely week everyone!

Love Izzy xxx

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Weekly Summary // #13

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Happy Friday everyone!

This week has been pretty chilled which is nice ~ no sixth form equals a lot of time for blogging so you may have noticed my uploading schedule has seriously picked up the pace recently!

  • On Monday I went out for Lunch to a lovely restaurant called Bills with some of my family and I had a delicious steak and warm doughnuts for dessert (they were a-ma-zing) 
  • On Tuesday I headed up to the Mall with my parents and sister and we did a bit of shopping and ate out again. I then met up with one of my besties Louise for a chill in Starbucks and then a bit of sunbathing in Castle Park (even though we were both wearing jeans haha). In the evening I went to a party and ended up telling my fellow Izzie about my blog so hi Izzie you absolute babe! 
  • On Wednesday I went to see Pitch Perfect 2 with my mum and sister which was so hilarious! I would highly recommend especially if you enjoyed the first one.
  • On Thursday I had a very lazy day but wrote up two blog posts and uploaded another so was actually quite productive although I ended up having a super late night which wasn’t intended.
  • Today I have just come back from taking Molly to kennels which was sad. We are going up to London for my cousin’s wedding early tomorrow morning so she’s having a little holiday there for the weekend! 
  • Music that I’ve been loving this week comes from Honne’s Coastal Love EP which is super chilled and groovy (am I hip yet?)
  • I have uploaded four blog posts since my last weekly summary so don’t forget to check them out if you haven’t already. I also have a May Favourites post scheduled for tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend

Love Izzy xxx

The Sisterhood of the World // Blogger’s Award

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Thankyou so much to Kimmy and Ayah from Embrace The Light for nominating me to do this award ~ their blog is lovely so definitely check it out if you haven’t already!

The Rules:
1 | Answer the ten questions you have been sent, thanking the blogger who nominated you.
2 | Come up with ten questions of your own.
3 | Nominate up to ten bloggers.
The Answers:
1. What is something you can’t leave the house without? ~ Quite an unsurprising answer but definitely my phone!
2. Tell us one of your happiest moments? ~ When I found out I was getting a puppy after years of persuading my parents and also bringing her home for the first time awww
3. What’s the best play/film you’re ever seen? ~ Ooh tricky one…there’s too many to choose from! I love the film ‘Seven Pounds’ though – it’s an emosh one but so good.
4. As a kid, what did you want to be when you were older? ~ I was obsessed with baking and wanted to open my own patisserie haha
5. What is your favourite style tip? ~ I call myself a fashion blogger yet I can’t think of a single style tip. Although I do think that if you’re shopping and aren’t sure if you could pull off a certain item or it’s not very “you” just try it on anyway! There’s no harm in trying and there’s always the possibility that it actually looks super cute! (tried on what I thought was a really ugly dress the other day and ended up buying it so there you go)
6. Do you have a favourite pair of shoes? ~ I wear my white converse all the time so it would have to be them. They’re so comfy and go with pretty much every outfit.
7. What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? ~ “Do what you love, not what you think you’re supposed to do” – not technically advice I’ve been given but a quote that I think needs to be remembered every now and again.
8. Your favourite foodie treat? ~ Doughnuts or Pizza!
9. Who is your inspiration? ~ Bloggers that have managed to create a career from doing what they love!
10. What are your hopes for the next year? ~ Hopefully to continue improving my blog, learn to drive, plan my gap year, be happy etc. etc. etc.
The Nominees:
The Questions: 
1. What’s your favourite makeup item under £5?
2. Name one place you’d love to travel to.
3. What is your favourite thing in your bedroom?
4. If you have an entire day off, what is your favourite thing to do to relax?
5. What are you most looking forward to this summer?
6. What inspired you to start blogging?
7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
8. Current celebrity crush?
9. Tell us a weird fact about yourself!?
10. What was the last song/album you listened to?
So there you have my version of the Sisterhood of the World Tag. Thankyou again to Kimmy and Ayah for the nomination!
Love Izzy xxx

Never get somebody the wrong gift again!? // WishWant.co.uk Review


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A while ago, an email popped into my inbox concerning gift-giving company ‘WishWant.co.uk‘. The concept here is that, instead of giving someone a gift that they may not really like that much (there’s always one right!?) you can give them a cute little book (either through the post or via email) with different presents for them to choose from. This means that you’ve still technically chosen the potential gifts but are giving them the flexibility of selecting the one they’d prefer ~ much more sentimental than a simple gift card!

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In order to trial this service, I was offered a code which would give me £15 credit (the minimum you can pay). I rather selfishly created a book for myself because I had no occasions coming up other than the end of my exams and thought hey why not!? After all I needed to try out the whole experience, including receiving the email and gift!! I chose the email option because you do have to pay an extra fiver if you want the pretty lil booklet sent through the post unfortunately.

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One thing I didn’t like however, is that whilst you have to pay at least £15, many of the gifts don’t equate to this value. For example this book that I ended up choosing only actually costs £5.95 (the sticker was stuck on the back ~ not great for a gift!) and can be bought for this price in other places such as Amazon and Waterstones.price of book_635681842875211545_Afterlight_EditI am really happy with the book I chose as it’s one I’d had my eye on for a while and I do think the whole concept behind WishWant is great! However with a few tweaks the service could definitely be improved and I would be sure to consider the value of the products you choose if you decide to use this website – just in case you end up spending more than necessary!  

You can visit the WishWant website HERE

Love Izzy xxx

Military Tones // H&M

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Recently I took a trip down to the Harbour-Side which is one of my favourite areas of Bristol. It’s a great place for a casual stroll, especially if the weathers nice. Unfortunately it was a bit of a mixture of sun and rain when I shot these photos but this look is so versatile that it works perfectly as a transition outfit between seasons (although I’m fairly certain spring/summer should be well underway by now!)

I didn’t realise until I was leaving the house that my entire outfit was from H&M but what can you do!? I guess that just goes to show how much I love some of their stuff!

The shirt and trousers I bought the day before so this was their first outing and I really love how they worked together to create a smart casual effect. I tucked the front of the shirt into the loose-fit trousers to even out the bagginess but left the back as it was, just to relax things down a bit.

I paired the outfit with a pair of faux-suede brown ankle boots with a slight heel and my favourite bag which my lovely friend Louise got me for my birthday last summer.

To combat the wind and rain I packed my beloved leather jacket and chucked it on when the weather got bad. I wear this thing all the time!

I hope you like this outfit ~ let me know what you think of the military style/khaki trend in the comments below!

Blouse ~ here (H&M £14.99)

Joggers ~ here (H&M £14.99)

Boots ~ similar here (H&M £24.99)

Bag ~ most similar here (H&M £29.99)

Jacket ~ similar here (H&M £29.99)

Love Izzy xxx

Sebamed Skincare // Review

I recently came across the brand ‘Sebamed’ through the Bloggers Hub and was intrigued as they seemed to offer a more scientific and medical approach to skincare.

I was lucky enough to be sent the complete ‘Clear Face’ range to try out over a period of 28 days to see how it affected my skin and report back to you guys. I have just come to the end of the 28 days and here’s what I think…

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Firstly, I’m just going to throw it out there – I’m not a fan of the packaging… however this is a very minor factor and really doesn’t make a difference to the product over all! They do all include an information sheet about how to combat spots and blemishes though which is interesting and helpful.

I was sent 3 of each product – a cleansing bar, a facial toner and a care gel (moisturiser) to put to the test and surprisingly managed to stick to this routine using all three everyday (except for one or two days when I wasn’t wearing any makeup anyway).

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The first product to run out was the toner as the bottle is quite small so I’m now on my third. The care gel lasts slightly longer (I just cracked open my second) and the cleansing bar looks like it will be around for decades and I’m still on my first one! They’re all small so would be perfect for a weekend away and are just easy to store.

In terms of the actual products, unfortunately I don’t think they made much of a difference to my skin. I have recently had a lot of pesky blemishes etc. which I’m sure are due to exams and are now just beginning to clear up so perhaps it wasn’t a fair time to test the products. However, if they had done what they claimed to do (get rid of spots essentially!) then this shouldn’t have made much of a difference.

I do like using the products and found using a cleansing bar a new experience which I actually quite enjoyed. They are all easy to apply and leave my skin feeling very cleansed and soft. The moisturiser sinks into my skin really well and the toner gets rid of any trace of makeup after cleansing which is great!

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I don’t know if I would recommend these to others purely based on the fact that they didn’t have a huge effect on my skin. BUT as with anything skincare related; everyone’s skin is different and so whilst this didn’t work for me it might be the dream combination for you!

Saying this, I will continue to use the products due to the fact that they cleanse my skin really well. I might just have to invest in a separate spot treatment!!

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Sorry for such a mixed review – I’m finding it really hard to make up my mind about this range and I’m no skincare expert! Let me know what you think if you’ve tried anything from Sebamed, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

You can check out the Sebamed website here

Love Izzy xxx

Weekly Summary // #12

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Hi everyone!

Haven’t been up to much this week but it’s been lovely to relax after finishing exams.

  • On Monday I had my last Psychology exam in the afternoon. It was a long wait but worth it when it was over
  • I can’t even remember what I did on Tuesday or Wednesday so it can’t have been anything exciting! Oh, actually I spent the majority of my time sorting out and tidying my bedroom – yeah not exciting haha
  • On Thursday I went on a bit of a shopping spree with Frankie. We both bought ourselves some new clothes and then went to Pizza Express for lunch which was lovely! After that we headed back to my house to take some photos for an outfit post which I uploaded yesterday. It was a bit scary with people driving past and staring but that’s okay and hopefully I’ll get better with practise!
  • Today I had a lie-in and then headed down to the harbourside to take some more photos which will feature in another outfit post in the next few days so keep an eye out for that!
  • I’ve been going blogging crazy this past few days and now that I’ve got time on my hands this will definitely be continuing so make sure you’re following to stay updated. You can follow either through bloglovin’, wordpress or email and all can be found on my sidebar to the right or below if you’re on mobile ~ just in case you weren’t aware :)
  • My favourite blog this week has been Le-Happy (yes I know I said this last week but I’m still obsessing over Luanna!) and my favourite music to listen to at the moment is The Weeknd (another long-term favourite but perfect for chilled out days)

I hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend and enjoy the half term if you have one!

Love Izzy xxx