So I am uploading my "What's In My Makeup Bag" video this evening on my beauty channel and when I was editing it, I thought I really liked my makeup look! Whenever I upload a chatty kind of video lots of you always ask me what makeup I'm wearing so this time I took a few pics and thought I would tell you about my makeup look in a blog post! Also, this is my favourite makeup look at the moment...I wouldn't necessarily call it my "everyday makeup" as I don't wear this much makeup everyday, but it's my go-to makeup look for when I have to film my videos, be on camera for DailyMix, go to meetings etc.
To create the natural brown smoky eye I used Naked Lunch eyeshadow by MAC on my lid, Nylon to highlight my inner corners and Satin Taupe in my outer corners and crease. I also used Satin Taupe under my eyes. I used Maybelline Gel Eyeliner to define my top lash line. I filled in my brows using MAC Charcoal Brown eyeshadow, I've been going for quite a strong brow recently!
Here's a pic of ALL the products I used....
For foundation I used Nars Sheer Glow, then I concealed with Rimmel Wake Me Up and set my makeup with my Stay Matte Powder, also by Rimmel! For cheeks, I contoured with MAC Harmony Blush, then I used Frankly Scarlett mixed with Estee Lauder Tease on the apples of my cheeks for a rosy glowing look.
I am obsessed with this lip combo, Estee Lauder Pink Patent with Sisley Pink Sapphire...
Finally, here is a photo blooper! When I take photos for blog posts 80% of the photos are bloopers haha...
Anyway, I am loving this makeup look right now, let me know in the comments what you guys think!
A couple of weeks ago I was looking back through lots of my old photos and found a bunch from when I went traveling, so I thought I would share them with you guys! About 3 years ago, Jim and I decided we wanted to explore the world, so we headed to our local STA Travel and booked flights to Bangkok, Thailand. I was so nervous as I hadn't traveled much before and we were going to be doing everything on a real budget i.e. sleeper trains, hostels etc. I had heard Bangkok was intense, but nothing could have prepared me for what it was really like! We arrived at Khao San Road (where we were staying) at about 11pm and I felt so disorientated after a 13 hour flight and an hour taxi journey (where I thought I was going to die - taxi drivers in Bangkok drive like maniacs!) It was so busy and hot as we made our way down Khao San Road with big heavy rucksacks on our back looking for a place to stay. I remember feeling a bit anxious, but really excited to embark on our month long journey around Thailand. Turns out it was a life-changing, incredible experience...so here are some of my favourite photos. Sorry some of them aren't the best, I didn't take a very good camera with me!
Waking up in Bangkok, Khao San Road was like a different place first thing in the morning! So quiet! I know I look like such a geek with my stereotypical travelers outfit on!
Inside a shop on Khao San Road
If you go to Bangkok you must visit the temples, with all the gold everywhere they didn't seem real...
We spent 3 days in Bangkok, I wouldn't recommend any more than that as a tourist as it is very intense and I think 3 days is enough time to cover the main attractions like the temples, MBK mall, the floating market, Khao San Road. One tip I would give is don't stay on Khao San Road like we did as it is SO loud at nighttime and also a nightmare to get back to where you are staying at night as the road gets totally packed with tourists, street food stands and people trying to sell you stuff. When we stayed in Bangkok a couple of weeks later we stayed round the corner on Rambuttri Road, which was great. After our 3 days in Bangkok we'd planned to go to Koh Samui (one of Thailand's beautiful islands). We ended up getting trapped there as Koh Samui was experiencing it's worst floods in 10 years. It was quite scary, we were staying in little huts just off the beach and the floods were so bad water was all over the floor in our hut and we had no electric to charge our phones and let our families know that we were safe. Eventually, after about 3 days which felt like forever, we managed to get a flight out and flew back to Bangkok. Here is me looking very happy to be safe back in Bangkok drinking coconut water!
Since the floods were so bad at the islands, we decided to explore Northern Thailand. We got a 16hr sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai - I have to say, I wouldn't recommend this. It was dirty and uncomfortable with cockroaches everywhere haha, a flight would be much quicker and not much more expensive. Here's a pic of Jim and I on the sleeper train wrapped up in my traveler's bedsheet thing trying to keep the cockroaches away from us!
As the sun came up we arrived in Chiang Mai, I opened the curtains and the view was breathtaking, I could see a jungle and bright blue sunny skies! We were so excited. Here are some of my favourite photos from Chiang Mai...
Making friends with an elephant
On an Thai cooking course
At a butterfly garden
Please excuse my totally unflattering outfit, but here I am on a raft!
We loved Chiang Mai so much, it was so beautiful, the people were so friendly and there was so much to see and do. If you go to Thailand, you have to make the trip up North! Next we headed back down South to the islands as we had heard the weather was a bit better. We arrived at Koh Phi Phi after a lot of traveling and sadly it was still raining hard! We were determined to go out and have fun though...
The next morning we woke up to beautiful sunshine, we couldn't believe it! We explored the surrounding islands by boat and went to Maya Bay (where I think a James Bond film was shot!)
Koh Phi Phi was so amazing and beautiful. Next we headed across to Koh Phangan. This is where the famous Full Moon Parties are held, we went but I didn't rate it. I'm not a massive party animal and I found all the crowds of people drinking lots a bit overwhelming, I don't have any pics of this either as I don't think I took my camera! Here is a cute photo of a Gecko outside my room though :)
Now, I can't remember the exact order of which islands we went to next, so here are my last few photos in no particular order of where I went...
Here is me feeling very poorly (I got tonsillitis) waiting for a bus, I was obviously left to guard everyone's rucksacks! haha
Me and Jim on the beach at night in Koh Samui (we traveled back here at the end of our trip so we could experience the island without the floods!)
Finally, a breathtakingly beautiful sunset in Krabi
I hope you guys have enjoyed looking at some of my favourite photos from my trip to Thailand. We had an amazing time and I would recommend Thailand to everyone, especially if you are backpacking as I think backpacking is definitely the best way to truly experience this place. After a month in Thailand, we flew to Sydney and lived with my cousin for 6 weeks. Let me know if you'd like to see a Sydney blog post! Anyway, I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend, don't forget there are new videos up on both my main channel and my vlog channel! I put up my bedtime routine video including my skincare routine and also a day in the life style vlog of me working and hanging out with friends in London :)
Let me know in the comments if you have ever been backpacking and where you went, or if this post has inspired you to go!
So as most of you will know I have just celebrated my 24th birthday. Well actually, I am still celebrating it! I like to get a good week out of my birthday haha. Since I was working in London on my actual birthday, which was Sunday, I didn't get to see my family or Jim's family. So on Tuesday I went to my parent's house for a BBQ and tonight I'm going out for dinner with Jim's family to Jamie's Italian (one of our fave restaurants!) I am writing this blog post so quickly as I have to run out of the door in 10 minutes! So here are some photos of what I got for my birthday :)
Some of my favourite cards...
Lots of you have been tweeting me wanting to know what Jim got me...well he really did amazingly this year :) He gave me my card and inside he'd written that I had to go on a treasure hunt for my gifts and the first clue was to look somewhere cold...so I ran downstairs to the fridge to find some chocolates and another clue.
This carried on for a few little presents and I was so excited, then came the final clue, to look in the room that's not in the house. I ran outside to Jim's office and found this balloon...
...this pic is taken a couple of days later, but stuck to the balloon was a ribbon and attached to the ribbon were 2 platinum rings. Jim said one was for him and one for me. I was so happy, such a romantic birthday surprise!
Ok I really have to go now, Jim is shouting up the stairs telling me we are going to be late! So sorry to rush the writing in this post guys, but I wanted to get it up asap as lots of you have been asking for it :)
So something a little bit special turned up in my inbox this morning...a personal video message from Christopher Bailey! As you guys probably know, I am a huge fan of Burberry and have always felt inspired by Christopher's creativity. I am so excited to share the video with you all and also tell you about Burberry's exciting new project.
So as Christopher explained in the video, the idea is very simple. You can go to kisses.burberry.com and send your own personal kiss to someone via email and you get to see beautiful imagery as the kiss gets delivered. You even get to choose a Burberry lipstick shade for the colour of you kiss! Since Burberry have teamed up with Google on this project you can follow your kiss via Google Earth as the map on the site shows your envelope with your kiss inside floating around the world to it's destination. So sweet!!
I think this is such a cute idea for a website - I have just sent Jim a kiss as he is working in his office outside and I'm working in the house and I think it's the sweetest way to humanise technology.
Go over to kisses.burberry.com and have a go, it works on iphones, ipads, computers, and let me know what you think in the comments of this post :) Also, I am thinking of doing a birthday blog post showing some of my gifts and what makeup I wore so let me know in the comments if you'd like to see that!
Firstly I just want to say a massive thank you for all your lovely comments on my last blog post which included lots of photos from my holiday to Mykonos. I am so happy that you all enjoyed looking at my pics and finding out a bit about the beautiful Greek island.
So many of you commented saying you would like a more in depth review of the hotel and photos of my room so that is what I am going to do today!
When it comes to booking a holiday, my go-to website is Mr & Mrs Smith. I was recommended this site by my friend Ruth (she writes the blog A Model Recommends). Mr & Mrs Smith handpick the best places to stay all over the world and each time I have booked with them I have been so impressed. They visit every single hotel they recommend on their website to ensure they are only listing the best. They have a whole rage of hotels for different price ranges depending on your budget. If you like luxury, boutique hotels, you will love their website!
After hours of looking at photos and reading reviews I finally booked Bill & Coo in Mykonos (a little Greek island). I went with a group of friends and I can honestly say we all had the time of our lives and are already talking about going back! I just have to state that I am in no way being paid/sponsored to write this review, I just honestly had the best 4 days away ever and want to recommend this hotel and island to the world! We got a very good deal on this hotel as it's not peak season at the moment, but do have seasons in mind if you book as I've been told the prices go up A LOT.
I could gush on for ages about Bill & Coo, but instead I thought I'd let the pictures do the talking.
Each of the rooms are like individual little villas/suites. It felt very private and lovely. To get to our room we had to walk down some little steps by the pool...
The view was incredible. This is still me walking down the steps, that stone building with the white roof you can see below was our room...
Most of the suites have sunloungers outside which is great if you wish to sunbathe in private.
We also had our own jacuzzi hot tub which was amazing to relax in at nighttime and watch the sunset.
Our room was really spacious with a minimalist design.
Housekeeping was excellent, our room was kept spotless the whole time we were there. Please excuse my bikini's hanging to dry!!
The view out of our window...
We spent a lot of time just chilling out by the pool and I have to say the staff made our day times by the pool so happy. They were so accommodating and friendly. I loved that Bill & Coo was so tranquil and luxurious, but the lively town of Mykonos was only a 10 minute walk away. Here are some pics of the pool during the day and night...
Don't ask why, but every time Jim and I go swimming together I find it the funniest thing that I can carry him around because the water takes all his weight!
The view from the pool...
The double sunloungers were soooooo cooooool!
The pool at night.
We had the most delicious cocktails from the bar.
We had dinner out in Mykonos town most nights, but the food in the hotel was exceptional. We ate at the poolside everyday and ordered room service one night. The hotel has a very talented chef who created a menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, he uses the freshest ingredients based on the seasonal produce Mykonos has to offer. Here is a pic of our room service...
The cocktail above is a "Mango Bubble"
I am having serious post holiday blues writing this blog post, I had such a magical time and can't wait to go back! Ooooo one more tip, book to have a massage with Masha (the hotel masseuse) - It was quite possibly the most relaxing hour of my life!
Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my last blog post with recommendations of where I should travel to next in Greece, Santorini is now top of my list!
I hope you enjoyed this rather picture heavy post and I will speak to you guys soooooon!