Saturday, 31 January 2015

Day In The Life: Pamper Time

Hello, lovelies!

Sometimes at the end of a long week, I like to spend my Saturdays completely pampering myself to get rid of the aches and pains. Starting from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to bed, the day is spent with lotions and potions to make myself feel better.

That's how I spent my Saturday this week, and I figured why not turn it into a day in the life type post? Since I'm an incredibly nosy person (don't lie, you are too) and I love reading these kinds of posts and watching these kinds of vlogs, I'm doing one of my own.

First things first? I've gotta wake up.

My alarm goes off at 9:30, which means I actually manage to pull myself from bed around 10:30, after checking my emails and scrolling through my Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

It may be a lazy day, but that doesn't mean I'm not gonna make my bed. In my opinion, even if the rest of my room is a mess, it doesn't matter when my beds made. Plus, why would I pass up an opportunity to cover my bed in adorable cushions?

Breakfast! My favourite meal of the day as of recently. I treated myself to a chocolate covered waffle (which I then added more Nutella to) and strawberries, a bowl of honey Cheerios without milk, and a glass of orange juice! Quite a big breakfast for me (I used to never eat until dinner time,) so I was quite proud of myself for finishing all of this.

Usually while I'm eating I'll have a flick through Marie Claire, or like this weekend, cry over how amazingly beautiful Elie Saab's Haute Couture collection at Paris Fashion Week was.

Once I've finished and washed all my dishes, I'll go run myself a bath. This weekend I used Lush's Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, which smells absolutely divine, and lost myself in the bubbly wonderland it created. I'll usually shave etc while I'm in the bath because again, it always makes me feel better. Using Soap & Glory's Clean On Me as a shaving cream always leaves my legs feeling super super soft, and even though you're not really supposed to use their Sugar Crush Body Scrub after shaving I always do, just to keep that extra smoothness in.

My bath is always accompanied by good music, and recently I've been obsessed with Hozier's album, so of course I was listening to it.

After I'm done in the bath, I'll jump into the shower to wash my hair. Anyone else do that? Bath then straight into the shower?

I've only started using this shampoo and conditioner again recently, there was a L'Oreal one that I was OBSESSED with, but I decided to pick this one up again when I dyed my hair, and I remembered why I love it so much. It keeps my hair nice and smooth and soft and fluffy, and it keeps my colour nice and bright. Which is great, because if it didn't I'd be dying my hair every three weeks.

Once all of that is out of the way, I'll retreat back to my bedroom for another hour and go wild with the lotions. Soap & Glory are my holy grail for lotion, so I use their Hand Food, Righteous Body Butter, and Heel Genius. They're all pretty self explanatory.

For drying my hair, I'll always put Avon's Argon Oil onto it, and then Schwarzkopf's Got2B Guardian Angel heat protection! I've noticed the biggest reduction in split ends since I started using these, and the spray does have such a lovely smell to it. Neither are very expensive either, so if you're like me and use a lot of it at a time, you're not going to go broke trying to keep your stash up to date.

It's very rare that I'll actually wear make-up on a Saturday if I'm not going out, but if I do, I'll go very light with just some concealer, eyebrows and mascara. 

The rest of my day? I spend it vegging out on the sofa with Netflix. This weekend I was babysitting, so a grand majority of my Saturday was spent watching Barbie's Dream House and Bugs Life, but when my niece and nephew leave it'll be onto Sons Of Anarchy (Jax Teller? Hello there!)

That's it! I hope you enjoyed this post my lovelies!

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See you next time, then!

Ree xo

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Favourite Online Stores

Hello, lovelies!

I'm trying to get into the habit of blogging not quite daily, but every two to three days, so I wrote myself a list of all the things that I want this blog to be about, and I'm going to make myself a schedule and try to stick to it!

Today's post is going to be about my favourite online stores, since I showed the list on my twitter and I got quite a few people saying they'd want to see this, along with reviews, day in the life photo blogs, etc.

As someone who suffers from extreme anxiety, I used to struggle going out of the house to the actual shopping centers, so I grew quite accustomed to online shopping, and have racked up a fair few favourites, so lets get this started, shall we?

Top of the list: Boohoo.

Based in Manchester, Boohoo was once not very well known, but now it's one of the fastest growing online retailers in the UK, and the merchandise definitely show why.

They sell everything from t-shirts, to shoes, to jewellery, to socks and tights. Everything I've bought from there (which, trust me, is A LOT) has been absolutely top quality, easy to wash, and so comfortable. I'm actually wearing one of their big, checked shirts as I write this. Very soft, very comfy, and very suitable for the horrible snowy weather we've been having.

At completely affordable prices (and the occasional amazing sale,) Boohoo took the top place in my list of online stores, and with their new Spring/Summer 2015 being released right now, I don't think it's going to be moving any time soon.

Next on my list is Pretty Little Thing.

This store was a recent find for me, but I've already bought at least four new outfits from them. Winners of the Fabulous High Street Fashion Awards in both 2013 and 2014, their merchandise is extremely high quality, and so very comfortable.

As someone who likes her clothes a little bit more, shall we say, quirky, Pretty Little Thing is absolutely perfect for over-sized t-shirts, gorgeous jewellery and amazing shoes. Not only are their products wonderfully fashionable and unique, but they are amazingly well priced, making this store my favourite for when I'm a little bit strapped for cash.

Of course there's a high street giant on here. It was one of my favourite stores when I was younger, and it still absolutely is now. If you're looking for something a bit more unique, New Look probably isn't completely for you, although they do have the occasional gorgeous little piece, but if you're looking for some simple black jeans or an amazing Christmas jumper, New Look is your place to go.

I swear by New Look jeans, wither it be their boyfriend styled for a lazy day around the house, or their coated, high-waisted, skinny jeans for a day out with friends, they are extremely comfortable, and very easily dressed up or dressed down.

Mostly though, I use New Look for their basics. Their vest shirts and leggings have been staple pieces in my wardrobe for about six years now, and I'm guessing they always will be. 

I could rave on and on about this store until I lose my voice, but I'll try to keep this short and sweet.

The store is ran by twin sisters Natalie and Sam, and not only are they both completely lovely, their customer service and delivery times are absolutely flawless! Usually sites like this take a good week or so to get their products to you, but within three days of ordering, I'm normally being woken up by my post-man with another lovely parcel from them.

They do the most gorgeous crystal necklaces, chokers, bracelets, rings, beanies, shirts, mirrors, earrings, you name it, these girls do it. In my last post I was wearing one of their Rose Quartz necklaces, and I absolutely adore it, so I really really do recommend this store, be it for unique gifts for you or a friend, or simply to have a snoop around.

That's it for today, lovelies. I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you check out any of the stores, I hope you love them as much as I do!

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See you next time, then.

Ree xo

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Birthday OOTD

Hello, lovelies!

Well, I'm finally 19. My last year as a teenager. Next I'll be wrinkly and grey, but I'm trying not to think of that.

If you can't get dolled up on your birthday, when can you? Make-up wise today I was wearing Rimmel's "Wake Me Up" foundation and concealer, Rimmel's stay matte powder, one of their bronzers that I can't actually remember the name of, "Half Baked" and "Buck" from Urban Decay's Naked palette on my eyes, Kat Von D's Tattoo Eyeliner, Too Faced's "Better Than Sex" mascara, and MAC's Ruby Woo matte lipstick.

For my outfit I was wearing a gorgeous cropped shirt from H&M, a plain bodycon skirt from Primark, some super cosy tights from Primark, and platform shoes from Bank! Unfortunately I can't find the shoes on the Bank store, and I picked the shirt up in New York so I don't know if it'll be in the UK stores/on the UK online store, but you can always look and find out!

Here's a close up of the shoes:

 Beautiful aren't they? Extremely comfortable too!

I was also wearing this GORGEOUS Rose Quartz necklace from Shopmoonchild. I swear by their products, such good quality and amazing amazing amazing customer service! You should definitely check them out if you get the chance!

Anyway, that's that! I was planning to do these photo's outside, but its January and raining, so maybe I was a little bit too hopeful. Regardless, today has been absolutely amazing.

See you next time, then.

Ree xo

Monday, 26 January 2015

MAC Lipstick Review

Hello, lovelies!

So whilst I was in New York, I picked myself up some MAC lipstick. My first ever! Just me that feels like that is a very defining moment in a girls life?

I picked up two of their matte shades. Pink Plaid and Ruby Woo (playing it safe, sticking to my reds and pinks.)

Ruby Woo

Pink Plaid

My first thought? These. Smell. AMAZING. Very fruity and fresh and lovely. That's an instant mark up, from me, anyway. 

Swatch testing on my hands showed that they are extremely pigmented (Pink Plaid especially,) both colours sticking very very easily, so you don't need to be super heavy handed with them like some other brands. 

(also, excuse the state of my nails. I'm very jet-lagged and haven't gotten around to fixing them yet.)

Ruby Woo swatch test

Pink Plaid swatch test

I did have photos of me trying them both on, but I'm extremely unhappy with how the Ruby Woo ones turned out, so have Pink Plaid at least!

As you can see, the colour transfers pretty much the exact same as when it's in the tube, which is great, and it's very very matte and very very long-wearing. I wore it out into Manhattan and only had to re-apply once! And that was only because we had been eating!

Overall? These lipsticks are absolutely phenomenal. I can't get over how lovely they come out, colour wise and smell wise. Definitely worth $16 (£15.50 if you're in the UK.) I can safely say I'm going to be buying more of them!

See you next time, then.

Ree xo

New York Photo-Diary

Hello, lovelies!

Well, I'm back. It was so heart breaking having to leave not only the best city in the world, but my best best best friend ever, but life goes on I suppose.

Anyway, here's a photo diary! Enjoy!

See you next time, then.

Ree xo

Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Grand Scheme Of Things

I've realised while I'm in New York how small I am. Not height wise (although, I guess  at 5 foot 3 inches I should be used to it,) but in the grand scheme of things. How small the Statue of Liberty is in the grand scheme of things. How small this hustling, vast city is in the grand scheme of things.

I lead a completely insignificant life in the grand scheme of things. The woman walking her dog on the pavement next to me does as well. So does the boy who called me a "slutty whore" because I didn't take a copy of his mix-tape in Times Square. Nothing we really say, or do, matters. In the grand scheme of things, at least.

I have the audacity to think that my writing is going to change the world. That I'll write a book and have the same affect on someone else as my favourite authors have had on me. I have the audacity to think my photography is going to shape the way someone sees the world, how they see people and colours and places. 

In the grand scheme of things, I am a speck. A tiny speck of dust that just so happens to have brown hair and brown eyes and too many freckles. 

But I am also someone's daughter. I am someone's cousin, niece, grandchild, best friend, and auntie. I am someone. 

I smiled at the woman walking her dog because she looked miserable with how cold the city was, and for a moment I was someone to her. The girl who smiled at her in Manhattan. 

In the grand scheme of things, yes, I am no one. I am completely happy with being no one. If one day something I write makes an impact on someone then so be it, I'll be happy. If my photography moves someone to think, 'wow, I want to visit that place.' then I'll be happy. 

In the grand scheme of my life? I am a vital organ.

See you next time, then. 

Ree xo