Get to know me…

Originally these questions were asked through the Liebstar Award, which is where bloggers nominate some of their favourite bloggers to answer questions they’ve set and to nominate their favourite bloggers to do the same. (Wow, that was a mouthful). Basically, it’s like a chain blog message thing.  I have done the Liebstar Award before which you can read here. I love reading other people’s get to know me posts and so I thought I would use the questions from my two most recent nominations to do my own. Thanks to SimplySara and BeautyMagic for their nominations.

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Who would you say is your style icon?
I don’t think I have a style icon. I don’t believe in idolizing one single person’s fashion choices. I take inspiration from what strangers are wearing on the street, other bloggers, magazines, Pinterest and the likes.

What is your favourite place to travel or visit?
I’m currently living in San Francisco and I’m loving it. Although there are so many places on my to visit, so it’s possible I haven’t even been to my favourite yet. Out of all the places I’ve visited so far, Stockholm is the one place I really want to go back to. We were only there for 2 nights but I loved it.

Your favourite high street foundation?
I am a foundation junkie, I haven’t found ‘the one’ yet. At the moment, I am loving Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation. It’s the one with the read lid if you want to try it.

Do you have any pets?
I have a family pet, a dog, called Lucky. (My little brother picked the name.)

What is your occupation?
I am a student, studying a Law with Criminology degree. I work part time in retail both here in San Fran and at home.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In 10 years, I will be turning 32. I would like to be well into my career as a lawyer and hopefully on my way to buying a house. (Ahhhh grown up stuff.) I’d also like to be married. I hope that I’m still blogging in 10 years and that my blog has grown.

Your top blogging tips?
My biggest tip for blogging or any sort of writing is to make sure you make a note of any ideas that pop in to you head at that time. For me it is always when I am out and about that ideas pop into my head. I use the notes app on my iPhone to make a list of blog ideas. Also…

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Your favourite highstreet shops?
At home I usually shop in New Look, River Island and Miss Selfridge. In the US I’ve been shopping in H&M and Forever 21.

Do most of your close friends/family know about your blog, and where you embarrassed to start with?
Yea pretty much all of my close friends and family know about my blog. It’d be hard for them not to by the amount I harp on about it. I wouldn’t say embarrassed, more apprehensive. I’m pretty sure most of my family don’t actually know what blogging is.

What made you start writing?
I toyed with the idea of starting my blog for about a year before I actually made it. I’d followed blogs for ages and wanted to put my mark on the blog world. I treat it as a sort if Journal for me to look back on in 10 years or so.

Favourite clothing store?
See above.

What is your favourite TV show?
That’s actually a really hard one. There’s none at the moment as I don’t even have a TV. Although I am really missing The Following, Hawaii 5-0, NCIS Los Angeles, The Blacklist, New Girl and Home & Away.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?
It means that I can justify the obscene amount of time I spend on the Internet. I do also love how supportive the blogging community largely is.

Have you got any strange habits?
Yes, I can crack every single one of my joints. Believe me it’s strange.

Heels or flats?
I love how heels can transform an outfit and make it look ‘put together’, but if I had to only wear one type forever, I’ll always choose my trusty flats.

What has been your worst beauty or fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
Beauty wise; I did have a problem with fake tan. Less is definitely more where that’s concerned. Fashion wise, I have had a few outfits that I’ve regretted but I’ve always learned from them. For example, I had one dress that I was desperate to wear but it was way to low cut for me. I wore it anyway and you can guess what happened. It’s since been altered.

Favourite high end makeup brand?
Honestly, I don’t have one! I know, shocker! I’ve been disappointed with way too many. I am yet to try MAC so hopefully that won’t disappoint when I finally try it.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
The Prime Minister! I genuinely have no idea why because I’ve never had much interest in politics.

What is your favourite food?
Ooohhh steak! I love it  rare!

Who is your favourite Youtuber?
It has to be Zoella. Isn’t she everyone’s favourite?

What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Today is my day off, so I am spending it either going shopping or having a pampering day. Then later tonight, we are off to The Exploratorium on Pier 15, San Francisco. It’s a science-y place that is ‘out of this world’ (<<<Get it). Tonight is a specific adult’s evening so that should be fun.

And so, that brings us to the end of this little Get to Know me post. I hope you enjoyed it. As I am being very bad and not nominating any one, I would love to find out who your favourite bloggers are. Let me know your top three (or more) in the comments part.

Lala xx

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Style Spotter: Vanessa Hudgens

Uh Oh! All of a sudden I have developed a new girl crush in the form of Vanessa Hudgens.

She absolutely blew me away when I seen this picture on her Instagram. Her hair, her tan, that smile; it’s no wonder I’ve developed a new girl crush. Oh yeah and the outfit is pretty perfect!!! vanessa-hudgens-young-hollywood-awards-2014 vanessa-hudgens-back-view-young-hollywood-awards-2014 She wore this two piece to the Young Hollywood Awards on Sunday July 27th. It’s no wonder she won Trendsetter of the Year. And what’s more it seems like a pretty easy look to re create, even for a special night out!

Vanessa further channeled her hippy style by adding some stacked bangles and a feather detailed clutch bag.

Vanessa wore a Bongo crop top and the skirt is from Badgley Mischka.

Similar skirts: Topshop, River Island, New Look, Forever 21, Forever 21, Forever 21
Similar tops:  ASOS, New Look, Topshop, Motel Rocks, Motel Rocks

 

Top style marks from me! What are your thoughts on this look? Any other outfits catch your eye at the YHA 2014?

Lala xx

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Lazy Girl Guide: How to do Your Makeup on the Commute

I’ve come to realise something, I am very lazy when it comes to getting myself ready. As much as I love getting dolled up, I can always think of something better to do than spending hours getting ready for the day.

If there’s a shortcut, I’m sure to be doing it. So I thought I should share my tips for making life just that little bit easier, when it comes to being a girl. I’ll be doing a series of posts aptly named the Lazy Girl Guide.

Let’s start with one age old dilemma; whether or not it’s socially acceptable to do your makeup on the train/bus/tram/insert other public transport. Well I’m here to back you up and say he’ll yes it is!!!

This morning I was that girl doing her make up on the way to work. Wanting an extra little time to relax this morning and not to mention my commute to work is almost 2 hours, I really didn’t care what people thought. I do need something to fill the time.

I did find that there’s a few things I couldn’t do because of the whole moving vehicle with lots of people I didn’t know thing and so I thought I’d compile a how to guide for you people wanting/needing an extra 20mins in bed.

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Firstly, I don’t suggest you try and do it if your mode of transport is usually packed and there’s no hope of you ever getting a seat. It’s awkward enough being pressed into the back of a complete stranger, never mind covering them with your make up. I’m sorry you’re just going to have to get up a little extra early.

Secondly, be considerate! There’s no room to do the whole excess powder blow off thing. Only use the smallest amount possible and sure you can always top it up when you get to your destination.

Thirdly, unless you are a pro makeup artist, keep it simple! I opted for a basic base, a little blush, filled my brows slightly and added some mascara.

Also, expect a few glances from your fellow commuters, they are probably just jealous they didn’t think to do it.

Finally be careful. Sudden stops may be necessary (at least that’s what the legal disclaimer signs say) you don’t want to end up poking your eye with the mascara wand. We all know how painful that is! If you’re a little apprehensive with mascara wait until you get to the stops and do it quickly then.

Why should we be deprived of some extra time in bed and then sit doing nothing for a few hours. Are we not always taught it’s good to manage your time effectively? I thought so. As long as you are both careful and considerate towards you other commuters then it’s totally ok to do your makeup on the way to work! And on that note it’s also totally ok to have a makeup free day at work too!

What do you think? Have you ever tried doing your makeup on the commute? Are you absolutely against the idea? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

Lala xx

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What I Wore: I’m Never Wearing Those Shoes Again

A few Saturday nights ago, we went out for our first night of drinks in San Francisco. We went to a bar in the Mission district. Where majority of the socializing is done outside in their beer garden. It was a little strange though as they didn’t allow photographs to be taken.

When packing for my trip away I tried to keep in mind items that would mix well together. I’ve now come to realise that 80% of my current teeny tiny clothing collection is either black and/or white! I’ve literally got 5 items of clothing with me that have colour in them Yup, it’s super easy to put all the looks together this way but I am so bored of it!

I teamed my trusty Zara skort and a black Primark blouse together with my LOVE necklace (a special 21st birthday present.) The necklace luckily gave me the pop of colour I’ve been longing for.

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Blouse: Primark
Skort: Zara
Necklace: Vivienne Westwood
Shoes: New Look
Bag: New Look

Oh and don’t the shoes look so pretty and stylish? Don’t be fooled! They are little feet crushing/ripping monsters! Well for me anyhow. This was the first time I’d properly worn barely there sandals and most likely the last. I really didn’t walk that far for it to be justified how much they destroyed my feet. Luckily though I was prepared and took along my trusty flats for the way home. Although I didn’t make it that long. As soon as we got to the bar I made straight for the ladies and changed my shoes.

I think it would kind of gross you out if I tell you all about the injuries of my feet, but I will say they are still recovering over three weeks later and I’ve went through a huge packet of plasters!!!

I do however love the New Look bag I picked up before coming out. It’s a step away from my usual black bags and is the perfect size for a night out.

Have you worn barely there sandals on a night out and regretted it? I think I need a bit more of support in my heels, long live the platform heels. What’s your thoughts?

Lala xx

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REVIEW: OCC Lip Tar

You’ll notice a lot of my review products come from Doll Face House of Makeup; I really can’t recommend this shop enough. It’s where I hear of all the newest products and services. They are always ahead of the game. It does take me a while to catch up but when I finally get a chance to peruse the shop; I’m like a kid in a sweet shop. Walls covered in the best quality makeup, some even exclusive to Northern Ireland, what’s not to love.

For my last birthday, my sister gifted me a little voucher. One of the things I picked up was the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Red. To be honest, I’d never heard of the brand until my sister recommended it.

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I love a strong lip but hate having to reapply it every half hour. The Lip Tar is REALLY long lasting and this colour is so vibrant. You only need the tiniest amount to get a strong lip. Just look at how little there is on the brush below and I swear I had actually some left over after applying it to my lips (see last picture for results).

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You can wear it either matte by blotting it on some tissue paper or glossy. What ever way you wear it, be careful! It is so powerful. I can’t stress how little you actually need.

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Have you ever used any of the Lip Tars or anything by OCC?

Lala xx

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REVIEW: Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner

Liquid eye liner can be a scary business. I genuinely only felt brave enough to start using it last summer. I’ve found liquid eyeliner can make (or break) your makeup look. It adds some extra definition to your eyes and makes them stand out. Well that’s if it doesn’t turn into a big mess.

This month, I picked up an issue of Glamour magazine which had a free FULL SIZE Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner along with it. I had actually heard good things about the brand a little while ago and had wanted to try one of their products out ever since. As the name suggests, Eyeko is a make up company specifically dedicated to creating eye products. Eyeko have went down a treat in the beauty world! So much so that the queen of winged eyeliner; Alexa Chung has teamed up to create her own limited edition collection.

You can imagine my excitement to finally get a chance to try it out. I was not disappointed. The thin nib is perfect for getting a precise application. I actually made my first attempt at doing a flick with this liner, because of the thin nib. It is really long lasting and doesn’t crack, but comes off easily when removing your make up. Everything you want in an eyeliner, right? It is a little costly at £12 but it is definitely worth it, especially if you are a novice like me.

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I’d recommend getting your hands on an issue of Glamour this month for this beauty alone. Or you can buy it from the Eyeko website here.

Have you tried this eyeliner yet? What are your thoughts on it?

Lala xx

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10 Essentials for Surviving a Long Haul Flight

I actually had this post ready for before I jetted off to San Fran but never got around to posting it. This was my very first long haul flight, well actually it was split into two 7 hour flights. I travelled over on my own!  Before I left I scoured various websites and bugged everyone I know to see if there are any ways to make 20+ hours of travelling more bearable. Preparation is key or so they say; and so I compiled a list of all the things I’ll need to ensure I was vaguely able to get to my accommodation when I land. I thought it might be slightly helpful if I shared it with you lovely lot…

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1. Backpack
I plan to use a backpack as my ‘personal’ bag for all the things I am going to be using whilst on the plane. Imagine having two hands free to browse the duty free, ah bliss. Thankfully, there is a huge trend of backpacks at the moment so there are plenty to choose from. (Update: I used a large shoulder bag from New Look, it was a nightmare. It hurt my shoulder and began to tear having been filled to the brim. I regretted not getting a back pack.)

2. Book/E-Reader/Tablet/Magazines
Basically some form of entertainment. Let’s face it there will be a lot of time to fill. I have downloaded the Kindle app for my Samsung Tablet and I’m currently deciding what books to download. (Update: I wish I’d downloaded some movies or a series of Orange is the New Black, I was drifting in and out of sleep and couldn’t concentrate long enough to read.)

3. Headphones
Do I even need to stress the importance of these bad boys? They’ll be ideal for drowning any screaming children out. (Update: there were no screaming children. Success! Although the headphones came in handy for blocking the sounds of the engines.)

4. Pillow
I’ve always wanted one of those neck pillows and I’ve heard Primark have some little cheap ones in at the moment and I’ve two long flights coming up. Result! (Update: the airline actually provided little pillows but I brought along the neck shaped one. I actually used neither. The chairs reclined a little so that helped rest my head.)

5. Comfy Clothes
This was the most important issue for me and I’ve literally been thinking about potential outfits for months. I was contemplating either a maxi dress or some light weight joggers and a t-shirt. The latter prevailed once I considered the difficulty of a maxi dress on this little shorty. I picked up a pair in Primark last week for £9! They are a paisley print, in a really light-weight material, so they’ll be perfect for travelling. I’m gonna team them with an over-sized cardigan which can double up as a blanket. I’m also gonna bring along one of my favourite hoodies to pull on if it gets chilly. (Update: the trousers were perfect but I was mortified to find I’d left the price sticker on when boarding the flight. You know the big massive ones Primark are notorious for using, that one! Cut me a little slack, it was a very early start. Also the airline provided blankets so I was pretty snug.)

6. Moisturiser
Apparently flying is notorious for drying out your skin. I know, news to me too. I just never made the connection. A little 100ml of moisturiser will be coming along with me, now the question is which one do I choose? (Update: I just used the one I normally use on a day to day basis. There’s no point risking something new just incase. I also was so thankful I took some Vaseline, my lips really struggled with the flight.)

7. Makeup
I thought about not wearing any makeup at all when I get off the plane but I always find when I’m wearing make up, I end up fooling myself into believing I’m less tired than I actually am. Also as I said, I’ll have plently of time to fill up. I’ll just have to take my morning make up off at the start of the flight. (Update: I braved it and went make up free. I had the intention to do my make up on the second flight, but I ended up getting sick instead.)

9. Water and Snacks
My first stop once through security will be to grab a 2L bottle of water, or even just two smaller ones. They’d be much handier to maneuver once on board. I tend to get extremely grumpy when I’m hungry, so I’ll make sure to stock up on snacks to avoid any diva outbursts. (Update: the airline fed us really well so I didn’t eat any of my snacks but the water was my saviour.)

10. Socks
There really is nothing better than a comfy, fluffy pair of socks. Anyone else agree? (Update: I took those special flight socks which help with circulation, no idea if they actually helped but I was pining for my fluffies to be honest.)

There you have it 10 things to make your long haul flight a little bit more bearable. On a side note make sure you take some emergency clothes and underwear in your carry on in case your checked bag is delayed or worse lost. Let me know if this helped at all and where your dream destination would be this summer.

Safe Travels,

Lala xx

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