Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Alternative Vision | 1

One of my favourite things to do is browse through Tumblr and Pinterest finding images that I can use as a source of inspiration when planning outfits and buying new items of clothing.

I have recently changed my style quite dramatically and finally found the confidence to wear some of the looks I always wanted to! I've learnt what I like and I've mastered the art of shopping for pieces I know I will wear rather than buying something because it was on sale or because someone else likes it.

I now rely quite heavily on fashion bloggers/Instagram celebs who pull of the style I love for outfit inspo and also for finding new online shops I had never heard of before! 

Don't get me wrong, I still love picking up essentials from my highstreet faves but long gone are the multiple Primark and New Look trips where I would splurge all my money on things just because they were cheap, I now focus on more expensive one off pieces that I can style and re-style that won't fall apart after the first wash!

I thought I would share this with you in a new feature I want to bring to my blog. Sharing my favourite pictures from the week. Here goes!

Let me know if you like this type of post!

Shona x

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Lovisa Jewellery Haul

As a resident of a tiny island in the English channel, I love stumbling across new shops and brands on my trips over to the UK and abroad...

I spent last weekend visiting friends in Manchester where my friend introduced me to a 'cute little jewellery shop' she found. I'm quite fussy when it comes to my jewellery, I tend to stick to minimal pieces and have recently been loving layering multiple simple items to create something more eye catching but still dainty.

The shop we went into was called Lovisa, which I later searched online and found out they are an online Australian jewellery company with a few shops across England.

As well as simple single chains, I have also been loving experimenting with mixed metals chains and like everyone at the moment, I have been obsessed with chokers!

The first thing I knew I wanted when I walked in was a thin black choker. I already have a black choker but I wanted one that was half the size so that it could be worn with outfits that sometimes a chunky choker just doesn't go with!


Next up was another choker but this time a really thin black suede string. I have seen these on celebrities such as Kendall & Kourtney and thought they looked so cute!

I wouldn't tie it in a bow like it is in the picture, instead I think I'll wrap it around my neck and leave the 2 strings dangling down either side. This would look really cute with a low cut white shirt, especially for work! It can be hard to make your work outfits stylish, especially if it's office wear!


Sticking with chokers, the next piece I picked up was a mixed metal, double chain choker. 

This one is super subtle but the mixed metals add something extra that would finish off an outfit perfectly. I think this would be so cute with an all black outfit.

The other good thing about this is that you can then accessorise with either silver or gold in other places, meaning you have more options for all your outfits!


Finally, I picked up this really cute double layered gold chain. This combines a thin gold choker and a dainty gold chain that falls lower. It has a really simple yet structured look that I love!

This is probably my favourite piece I bought because it is just so different and like nothing I already have. I think this choker/chain combo would look so cute with any strapless look or even with a strappy bodycon dress and minimal accessories everywhere else.


Unfortunately, you can't purchase items from Lovisa online but there are stores in Manchester, Bromley, Brighton and Leeds. If you are ever in any of these places, make sure you pop in and have a look. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Let me know what you think of the pieces I have featured and make sure you let me know if you have discovered any other jewellery shops or boutiques you think I would like! I love hearing from you!

Shona x

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Instagram Aesthetics

Recently I've been obsessed with improving the aesthetics of my Instagram page, making sure every image is edited the same and contains white around the outside of the image so that every photo blends together when viewing all images together...

This is something I have been doing as a hobby (although it does make taking pictures a lot more complicated knowing you have a brief to stick too!) but there are some accounts that do this so much better than me and in different ways!

Some of my fave bloggers/brands have the perfect inspiration Instagram pages and I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you.
Here's where I am currently at with my theme, I'm quite happy with it at the moment and can't wait to add more pics!

First up on my list of favourites is @katyluise - her profile is the 'go to' if you are looking for a crisp, white theme! I love the fact that every image is bright and clean. This also means that when she takes an outfit shot, the colours of the clothes stand out adding extra definition to her images!

Next is a fashion blogger who's Instagram page is equally as gorgeous - @silhouetteofstyle.
Jade, who also has a blog you can read here, shares the same love of bright, white images as I do! She has a really clean aesthetic with beautifully taken outfit pics and quotes dotted in there occasionally!

Next up is the first brand on the list, @ameliabyamelia. They are a swimwear company making urban, neutral coloured bikinis and one piece swim suits perfect for those beach selfies!

Stepping away from clothing and into the world of makeup, let's talk about the queen of quirky looks, @lindahallbergs.
Linda is my absolute makeup goals! She posts new looks everyday from basic, stripped back everyday looks to glitter/sequin glam you could only dream of!

I hope some of these posts give you some inspiration on how to restyle your Instagram or even some outfit/makeup ideas!
Give the above accounts a follow and let me know if you follow anyone you think I should check out!

Shona x


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Gallery Magazine // March 16

Earlier in the year I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in a photo shoot for a local magazine where I live. I've only just received the digital images through and wanted to share them with you all!

Shona x

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Current Skincare Routine

Skincare has always been something I have been strict about. After all, the skin you're in will be with you your whole life, so looking after it is essential.

As much as I enjoy skincare, until a few years back, it wasn't something I was willing to spend much money on. I always thought that a Boots own brand cleanser, toner and moisturiser would suffice but after a while I realised that just wasn't the case.

There are many expensive remedies and treatments out there for a variety of skin types or issues but the key is to make sure you are only purchasing products that are designed for your skin.

The first thing you need to do is work out your skin type. This is where the terms, 'dry, oily, normal or combination' come into play. Heard of those before? Chances are you have as they are on nearly every skin care product.

Personally, I have combination skin. This means my skin is made up of a mixture of the other terms. I have normal skin on my forehead and cheeks, I have oily skin around my nose and on my chin and I have dry skin under my eyes and along the bridge of my nose. 
As complicated as this sounds, knowing this information and knowing what each section of your skin needs is the first step to improving your skincare regime.

In this post I won't be mentioning masks as this isn't something I do on a regular basis. I probably should, but at the moment I only use a mask when I need to!
Because I have combination skin, it means when I want to use a mask I normally have to use a combination of masks to fit my differing skin types. I'm currently loving the new L'Oreal Pure Clay masks which you can see here.

Aside from masks, I do have quite a strict routine that I don't like to change up too often. I'm a big fan of finding a product that works for you and using it until you see results. If after you finish the product the results are still there (or even improving further) I repurchase the product rather than try out something new! Why fix what's not broken right?!

At the moment, my routine looks something like this:

Once I have taken off any eye makeup using a Boots Moisturising wipes (didn't have a pack handy to show you) I then use a cotton pad along with my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove any face makeup and to just give my skin a general clean.
The next step is to exfoliate. This is not a step I do every night, this is something I do 1-2 a week depending on how often I feel my skin needs it. For this, I use the Kiko Scrub & Peel Face Wipes. These are quite harsh so be gentle with them! These wipes are also a favourite of Kim Kardashian so they have to be good right!

On days when I don't use my exfoliating wipes I either use Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Face Pads or my Rodial Super Acids X-Treme Pore Shrink Cleansing Pads.
I love both of these products and like to rotate between them as I know they work for me on different days depending on how my skin is acting on that particular day. These are also a lot gentler on the skin for everyday use than the Kiko wipes.
Once you have completely cleaned the skin, the next step is to use a toner to restore the ph balance in the skin that scrubbing and cleansing can adjust. For this, I use the Lancome Tonique Douceur which can be used on all skin types including any sensitive areas of the skin. 

Next, I like to add some moisture back into the skin. I am currently using the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion as I received this as a tester and have been loving it!
This moisturiser is super watery but not oily at all which means it can be used on my skin without affecting any area in a negative way. The only place I don't use this is under my eyes.

For my under eyes I like to use a soft eye cream to help reduces puffiness and dark circles as well as keep the area moisturised. For this, I like to use the Clinique All About Eyes as it has a really silicone-like feeling which feels as if it is putting the elasticity back into my skin. It also works to add moisture into the darker circles and reduce the discolouration.

Finally, I like to take care of my lips. I can get quite dry lips and it's not something I like, especially as I wear liquid lipsticks most days. After trying so many different serums and creams with no luck, I decided to try the Clarins Honey Lip Oil and I haven't looked back since!
At first I wasn't sure as it is very thick and feels quite gloopy but after it has warmed up on the lips, it soaks right in and leaves the lips super shiny and soft.
This also comes in a pink and a red but the Honey version is a clear one which I prefer.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, let me know what your skincare routine looks like or if you use any products you couldn't live without!

Shona x

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wish List | July

I recently bought myself some Yeezy inspired khaki Lycra heels from Solewish - find them here and they inspired me to do a fashion post for you all.

Over the last few weeks I have been finding so many cute pieces online that I wanted to share with you, I hope you enjoy!

Shona x

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

NYX Haul & First Impressions

Now that NYX is available in Boots, it means us UK makeup lovers can delight in budget beauty heaven like our American neighbours have been for the longest time. Cue excited beauty bloggers everywhere...

Now I'm aware that NYX now being stocked in Boots means there is going to be tons of posts on this brand and probably these products, but I couldn't resist putting this up!

I was a little bit late to the party and by the time I went to splurge, the most talked about products had already been snatched up so I decided to pick up a few things that interested me and that I wanted to try out for myself.

First up, I got the NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer (annoyingly, Boots don't have a lot of the products listed online so I have had to link to the American NYX website, sorry!)

I had heard this mentioned in a few tutorials so wanted to give it a go for myself. When I tried it out, I can't lie, I was disappointed! Mine was super watery and even after shaking the tube for a while all I could get out of it was a milky watery liquid which definitely didn't do anything to help the staying power of my makeup.

Now that I have squeezed all the water out of it and shook it up again, I can now use the primer itself. It is super velvety, similar to the feel of the Benefit Porefessional, (which if I'm honest I do prefer) and as much as I haven't noticed my makeup staying on longer, it does give me a really soft base to work products into which I like.

The next thing I picked up was the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray which is something I didn't even know that NYX did! They do a matte finish and a dewy finish version but I wanted to try out the matte one as getting the formula right so that a liquid helps your makeup set matte is tricky! I wanted to really test them!

The first thing I noticed about this is that it smells really chemically when you spray it, which isn't great! Nobody wants a chemical smelling face! Saying that, it did keep my makeup in place and the smell does subside after a little while.

What I did really like about this product was it's size. On it's size alone I would chose to take it with me whenever I travel over something like the Fix+ or Urban Decay setting spray as it takes up hardly any room and does set product nicely. 

Next up is something I heard Nicole Guerrero talking about on YouTube. It's the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils - I got one in the shade 625 Sparkle Nude and one in 609 French Fries.

These are super soft, blendable eye crayons which you can use for so many different things. I mainly use mine either as a shadow base to pack a shadow on top of, or on their own if I want a super quick and easy eye look.

The colour 625 Sparkle Nude is a really soft gold shimmer with silver reflex sparkle in it. I love using this as an all over shadow and then just packing some shimmer into the inner corner for a super easy bright eye.
609 French Fries is another shimmer but this time it is a darker mocha brown with a bronzy shimmer running through it. This is great for using in smoky eyes as you can blend creamy products out so easily.
I want to get these pencils in every colour, I love them!

I had previously tried the NYX HD Concealer that I picked up from ASOS a while back and I loved it but when it ran out I couldn't remember the shade to reorder and didn't have anywhere I could swatch before buying it! 
Finally, I got my hands on it again, this time in the shade CW02 Fair which is a really light bright yellowy tone which I add into my under eye concealer before blending so that I get coverage and highlight under there. 

This has always been a firm favourite and I'm so glad I can now get hold of it so easily!

Last but not least, I picked up the NYX HD Finishing Powder in translucent. This is a very soft powder, perfect for setting the under eye area or brushing out any baking that you might have done.

This powder has a super filmy feeling to it, almost silicony in the hands which feels amazing on the skin and gives a super diffused finish to the foundation. I have been really loving this and would definitely recommend it!
The only thing I would say is be careful not to pack this on heavily under the eye as it can leave a super white cast if you do!

Overall, I think it was a mixed bag of what I was impressed with and what I wasn't so that means I will have to try a few more products out before I can determine what I think of the brand as a whole. This time around, I have definitely found a few gems I know I'll keep using.

Sorry that this post has been super wordy and less visual! I just wanted to give you my opinions and explanations on these products so that you know if you should try them out for yourself. If you do, feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below!

Shona x
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