Review: Vegan Unicorn Inspired Contour brush by Docolor

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Just like the next person, I’m loving all things unicorn and 90’s inspo. But leading by example through my cruelty-free lifestyle, combined with the fact that I’m a broke Graduate¬†can make things difficult to keep with the¬†trends. That’s until I stumbled across the¬†Multi-function Contour and Highlight brush¬†¬†by Docolor (¬£5.99), whose technicolour handle¬†immediately captivated my attention and met all of my needs. I must admit I am quite in love and wanted to share this, regardless of whether or not you’re vegan, on a budget, or an absolute¬†beginner looking for a straight forward way of contouring: this is a must-have,¬†cruelty-free favourite of the season that wins all round.

First Impressions and Expectations

Multi-function Contour and Highlight brush by Docolor

Considering the price, I wasn’t expecting the packaging to be particularly¬†special, especially as the product was ordered through Amazon. Though upon delivery, I really was quite surprised¬†at how neat and stunning packaging was, with fancy rose gold lettering and a continuing theme of fantasy goodness. As a marketer, I can really appreciate how good packaging contributes to the overall feeling of quality towards the product, so this was no exception.

After careful opening, I was delighted when I was met with the same sparkling rainbow colours I was expecting. Thankfully, the glitter has been sealed by a clear coating which ensures there will be no shedding of particles throughout its usage, which is a nice (and needed) touch! I also noticed that the brush is quite big and chunky and unlike anything I’ve ever used before. But, as someone who isn’t particularly good with contour, I was certain the size of the brush would work¬†in benefit with it’s¬†claim to create strong, sculpted cheeks through “target application”. As such, I was expecting the product to act as a guiding “stamp” that works with my face shape in order to create the perfect contour shape, following my cheekbone direction.

Product Application

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What can I say? The Brush worked like a dream. ¬†I used the Sleek Contour Kit, which includes a highlighter and contour shade as my chosen product to apply. The only problem I encountered at this stage was, as the Sleek product is quite a compact palette, so it was difficult to pick up the product on such a large brush without mixing into the two! While it wasn’t impossible, maybe it’s something to keep in mind.

Sucking in my cheeks, I found the hollow underneath my cheekbone and used backwards and forwards sweeping motions to run the brush along. The brush fibres were soft against my sensitive skin and contributed to the added benefit of providing a lovely blend, ensuring a natural look. The largeness of the brush also helped make both sides of my contour match, which as ridiculous as it sounds, is something I struggle with!

Instead of using the same technique for highlight, I decided to use a dabbing motion, ensuring that I could pick up, and apply, as much highlight as I possibly could. However, this was mostly for the sake of being picked up on camera, and of course is just one way of many applying highlight product with this brush.

Multi-function Contour and Highlight brush  by Docolor

In terms of overall impression, I was superbly impressed with this brush. The product carried through on its claims of precise, target application whilst delivering on a natural blend. As somebody who struggles to maintain symmetry on both sides of my face, the scale of the brush against my cheekbones ensured this was something I didn’t have to think about – all the hard work was done for me, cutting down on my total time spent. I completely recommend this to anyone, especially beginners who are looking for an easy, non-fuss application.

You can buy the brush here for 5.99 from Amazon.

Love,

lea-x

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Graduation Day 2017: Outfit, Reflection and Future Plans!?

On Friday, the 21st of July, I finally Graduated with a Bachelors degree in Media with Communications. It’s crazy because of a few months ago, I was almost certain that I would not achieve the grade I wanted and had stubbornly decided that I would not attend graduation for that reason alone. Yes, it’s a¬†ridiculous decision based on the view that the world is over if you do not achieve a 2:1 (forgive me!). But just as a side note, I achieved my 2:1 and thought I would blog all about it to provide an insight into the Graduation day, what I wore, and my plans for the future. Spoiler: It’s definitely not further education!

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So, the dress. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen this. I had decided on this little number earlier on in the year which I believe I bought from PrettyLittleThing, around the ¬£30 mark. I know this may be a little scandalous for a graduation considering the sheerness of some areas, however, I genuinely feel it was very classy and intricate and provides a great job at carefully concealing some areas. I also took into consideration that the gowns would provide further coverage on the day so I wouldn’t be too ‘exposed’, but would still peek out and add detail. Overall, this is probably one of my favourite dresses that I have ever worn and was really glad I saved it for such a special event!

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I began the morning of my Graduation in student style. I assumed that with the ceremony being at 10:45 am, I would arrive at 10 am and it would be a great idea. I didn’t realise that we were expected to be there at 8 am¬†to accommodate time for queuing, registration, and putting on our gowns. I genuinely surprised myself with a skill of getting ready in 30 minutes, which involved a full face of makeup, including false eyelashes. After sprinting down the city streets in heels, I arrived with 20 minutes to spare which, even though my calves are now fine AF, I do not recommend!

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Before long, I was seated in the theatre. Fortunately enough, I was sat right next to my course bestie which was very memorial because we have shared almost all of the same classes as each other. This also made walking onto the stage a little easier as we could offer mutual support by cheering from the sidelines or singing nursery rhymes to calm our nerves. If you are soon to graduate, hear it from me that there’s almost no reason to be nervous because the walk on stage is over so fast that you will barely remember it, the pictures I have are the only way I know it actually happened! And besides that, there are so many people doing the same walk that, by the time it’s your turn, it just seems that being nervous is overrated (unless of course, you’re¬†the first one up!).

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The ceremony lasted over an hour and a half, which isn’t that long compared to others I am aware of. I feel the general momentum of excitement heads in the direction of taking pictures outside the event, rather than within it, but that’s expected with millennials and social media, to which I am no exception. Here I am posing with some of my friends, whom I spent slaving away in the library for months, fretting about the direction of my dissertation. How I even overcame that stage is a mystery to me, but I couldn’t have done it without these girls. They all worked so hard and are all so deserving of the grades they received!

Nottingham Trent UniversityNow, it’s fair to say it’s all over. I’m no longer a student and I have started this new chapter in my life that permits me to shape the direction of the rest of my life. It’s something that hasn’t really kicked in because I still feel like I’ll return in September as normal and continue my academic life, but it’s simply not true. The third year of University is a mental mind f**k! The stress was enough to ensure I won’t be returning to education again. But saying that, I look back fondly on it and, considering I have been to two universities in my lifetime, and encountered a variety of obstacles (personal and academic), I now want to write about to help others. If this is something you’re looking for I do hope you follow this blog as more is to come.

As for my own personal journey? I’m using this time wisely to ensure I become the person I want to be. Digital Content Creating/ Marketing is so close to my heart that I’m soon to be looking to expand my career horizons past my part-time job as a customer service assistant. But at the moment, I’m trying to catch up on rest and my social life, which became non-existent¬†due to university commitments. I am deserving of that break!

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So, if you’re a soon-to-be University student, or about to go into your third year, or just generally have any questions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment with your concerns and questions! I’m happy to share my advice if it helps you out. But I promise you will come out on top.

 

Love,

lea-x

 

What I wore In Gran Canaria: Daytime edition

Hello lovelies,

Back at it (again) with, yet another, post within my “What I wore in Gran Canaria” Series. If you follow my blog you’ll know I’ve already done a few of these already, but if you’re new and simply interested I have several posts which show what I wore by the pool, to the beach and evening wear – all linked here for ease! ¬†In this post, I show what I wore for one of the hottest days there, where we decided to go on a long walk down to the other side of the island at which we were staying.

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As we were walking, we came across a perfect lookover spot with a gorgeous view of the sea. Naturally, I decided it would be the ideal backdrop for pictures for my blog Рdespite the fact that behind the wall there was a drop large enough to end my life. Blogging is risky business.  To add some more comedy to the situation, the wall was really hot and my foot had been burned badly by the sun, which is literally why one foot is hidden in some perfectly placed shade. Yes, the pose looks intentional but really, I was more concerned about my foot.

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Coming back to the main purpose of this post, the majority of the outfit is from Primark. The crochet top was bought last year and is one of my summer holiday staples. The top can be tied like a bikini, with strings around the neck and back, which makes it easy for taking off and on. As such, this makes it ideal for going to the beach and pool when wearing swimwear underneath. An added benefit to this top are the tassels around the waist, which if like me this isn’t your most confident area, then it provides a nice detailed distraction where you can show off your mid drift without being completely exposed.

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Whilst I usually pair this with some high waisted denim shorts, I decided to mix it up by wearing something lighter and flowier in material as denim had begun to chafe at my thighs. Initially, I wasn’t too sure about pairing the red patterned shorts (Primark also, ¬£4) with the crochet top, but I feel like it came together well to secure a bohemian vibe. And it felt completely appropriate with the gorgeous red flowers which hung from the tree above me, respectably used as a hairpiece.

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How are you spending this summer? Let me know!

Love,

lea-x

 

What I Wore in Gran Canaria: Fashionable One-Piece By The Pool

Hello lovelies,

Back at it again with my third entry to my ‘What I Wore In Gran Canaria” series! In this post, I show what I wore by the pool. which is always the most exciting aspect of going abroad for me.

One Piece

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Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of bright coloured one-pieces all over Instagram. I have been obsessed trying to recreate this trend but had problems finding ones in stores that were inexpensive. ¬†However, I was pleasantly surprised when I found swimsuits in Primark at an absolute bargain – 4 pound each! I almost decided to take the plunge and buy one in every colour. Though I decided it was probably best if I stuck to two, buying one in red (Baywatch style) and another in blue, knowing it wasn’t hurting the bank.

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Considering I haven’t worn a one-piece since I was a kid, I was concerned I might look childlike in a sea of grown women in ‘adult appropriate’ swimwear. I was even more concerned because I decided I couldn’t leave Primark without an inflatable pink flamingo, knowing that I was staying in a hotel that is specifically for adults only. I won’t lie – I did receive funny looks. I’d like to think it’s because the high cut of the swimsuit and the low back made the piece a little sexier, but truly, I’ll never know.

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In terms of practicality, I did not expect very much at such a low cost. I chose a size 10 but perhaps could have gone a size down because the straps kept falling down, leaving me exposed on occasion. This I did not mind so much as it really only was intended for fashionable wear, a splash in the water, and not for swimming lanes. The fabric, of course, does not offer much support but again, this is something that isn’t a requirement for me. The only issue is the fabric can become thin which does not conceal nipples all that well but, if you’re a bit of a feminist/ #freethenip advocate like me then let them reign in all their glory.

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How are you spending this summer?

Love,

lea-x

 

 

 

 

What I Wore In Gran Canaria: Evening Edition

Hello Lovelies,

This is the second post within the ‘What I Wore In Gran Canaria’ series. In this post, I show what I wore for my evening wear, which consists of a gorgeous little buy from Quiz Clothing.

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Initially, the playsuit wasn’t intended for holiday wear, but upon deciding to go to the Canary Islands, the playsuits floral design just became a favourable piece in my wardrobe. I felt the saturated red colour, alongside the dresses ruffles resembled a traditional style Spanish dress which was all so fitting to where I was staying! Alongside this, this playsuit style spin-off was both so playful and feminine that it became a statement piece in my wardrobe (or should I say suitcase?). This is exactly why it was perfect for evening wear.

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In terms of practicality, the playsuit is made out of thin, loose material which allowed me to keep cool. The only difficulty is the elasticated off-shoulder style which, just like other similar items, would rise up occasionally. This meant arm movement was limited to staying below shoulder height. Also on a side note, I did not go to dinner wearing this but I feel if I were, the kimono style sleeves could be a disaster – unless you like a side of fabric with your meal. So overall, probably not the most practical but it’s worth the sacrifice!

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What are you wearing this summer?

Let me know, Love

lea-x

Beach Day Lookbook: Gran Canarian Edition

Hello lovelies,

Starting off my ‘What I wore in Gran Canaria’ series, today I show what I wore on the beach. This was a perfect beach day as it was a fairly cloudy day which gave me chance to somewhat heal my sunburn a little but still enjoy the warm temperature.

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I have had this Primark buy, a long black slit skirt, in my wardrobe for a few years. I’ve never been too sure or confident in wearing it because I am short and feared the ultimate ‘trip-and-fall’ in public. I also feared the underskirt would rise up (which it did, plenty). However, upon planning my holiday outfits, I really wanted to invest in a sarong¬†but when I caught sight of this skirt in my wardrobe, I realised this finally had some wearing potential. Not only would it look seriously glamorous on the beach, but it will also save me money in the process. Even when the underskirt did rise, it was pretty acceptable considering there was a strong presence of the nudist community on the same beach earlier that day. I wore bikini bottoms for extra protection.

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Black in the summer is an entirely new concept for me Рeven buying my first black bikini (£12.99, h&m), the same one in this picture, came as a shock. But I have to say I felt incredibly comfortable and chic wearing all black on the beach, though this is probably because the contrasting mesh skirt provided a break-up dynamic to the overall look.  Additionally, the long layers of fabric, when moved by the wind, made me feel super feminine, almost to the point where I should have been walking in slow-motion.

 

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Also, since my trip to Bulgaria last year, I’ve hoarded metallic stick-on tattoos in hopes of someday wearing them. While I may have gone a little mad in wearing them (the gold leaves on my chest we’re not necessary), I think they looked appropriate to the outfit and the rocky terrain, especially the ones on my thigh. The fact those tattoos, in particular, could only be seen when my skirt was flowing in the right direction, added a special element to the outfit also. Though, next time, I probably would not want to wear those near sand again because of the intensive scrubbing labour that involved later that night. Sand and stick-on tattoos do not mix. Repeat and learn.

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What do you plan on wearing to the beach this year?

Love,

 

,lea-x

 

How to Eat Vegan in Gran Canaria

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Alongside the beauty and lifestyle content I write, one of the main purposes of this blog is to make veganism as accessible, convenient and enjoyable as possible. Here in the UK, I have definitely taken for granted just how many vegan options are available on a budget that I forgot to account for what it would be like, as a vegan, outside of the country. This was only realised once I had travelled to Gran Canaria where fresh produce was both limited and expensive which proved challenging. However, if you are thinking of travelling there sometime soon, please do not let this put you off as I have compiled (in this post!) a list of tips and meal ideas that will hopefully provide some insight to eating vegan abroad.

 

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Canarian Potatoes

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If it hasn’t already been mentioned elsewhere, Canarian Potatoes are your best option for a local delicacy that is both vegan and very accessible. These are boiled salted potatoes covered in mojo sauce, which consists of pepper, vinegar and spices. These can be found in all sorts of restaurants which means, as long as these are scattered around the island, you can never go hungry. These can be made further budget friendly by buying the sauce (around ‚ā¨2) and potatoes (‚ā¨1.30 per KG) separately to cook at your accommodation.

Where to find: 19 Holes (Maspalomas), Roca Verde Restaurant (Playa Del Ingles)

Great World – Chinese Restraunt in Playa Del Ingles

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Gran Canaria is not a vegan/vegetarian-friendly country. In fact, trying to explain dietary restrictions is almost pointless, if not impossible to be completely understood. Because of this, eating out should be thought over carefully. Using the HappyCow website, I thankfully discovered Great World which offers some fantastic Chinese Vegan options which follow closely to the Whole-Foods diet. My personal favourite was this vegetable chow-mein style dish, and this came with both a sweet and spicy sauce for dipping (which I believe is courtesy with most main dishes). I had to come back twice because it really was delicious.

Side note: For two people with two mains, a side of rice, 2 beers and a vegetable spring roll, this came to ‚ā¨21 euros.

 

Eating on Excursions

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For this post I can only really speak for my one excursion, which was a dolphin tour in the Puerto Rico area of Gran Canaria. Here, we were promised an all inclusive buffet and free drinks. This was somewhat mis sold as there really wasn’t much selection to be called a ‘buffet’ as we were handed plates with spanish omelate and salad. Snacks included watermelon, bananas and apples. Although this may not be what you want to hear, considering the prices of these products outside of the boat, I ensured it was me who was eating said salad and fruit. Take advantage of eating a full meal beforehand.

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Starches were the main consistency of every meal because not only are they some of the cheapest products worldwide, but they are the most satisfying in ensuring you stay fuller for longer. Side effect: Great diet food also!

Breakfast: Jumbo Oats (‚ā¨1-2) with Soya Milk and Banana. There are a tonne of banana plantations in Gran Canaria and I found, contrary to bananas in the UK, the bananas were much sweeter. These are optional of course but definitely helped transform an otherwise plain breakfast.

Lunch/Dinner: When I wasn’t making my own version of Canarian potatoes, I was making the most of the Pasta based dishes. One night it was purely tomato pasta, which although sounds boring, was such a nice treat. On another night, I found a soya-based bolognese (‚ā¨2) which was added to pasta with an additional side of broccoli (‚ā¨2.30) for a vitamin boost.

 

 If you have any questions regarding eating in Gran Canaria, I am more than happy to help.  Safe travels.

Love,

lea-x

 

More Kylie Lipkit dupes!? Makeup Revolution Lip Kits

Hello Lovelies,

University is (almost) finally over. This last year has been one of the craziest, most stresful experiences of my life which deserves to be rewarded. As such, I came across these new revolution ‘Retro Luxe Lip Kits” which consist of Matte and Metallic shades. Call them dupes of Kylies Lip Kits, but I’m a sucker for some good lip shades and at ¬£6 per kit, I’m hardly complaining.

Side Note: Revolution do not test on animals. Hurrah!

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From Left to Right: Royal, Reign, Echelon, Worth It

Shade: ‘Worth It’

Revolution Retro Luxe Metallic Lip Kit in Worth it

‘Worth It’ is the only metallic shade in this review. I was interested in trying this because I don’t always venture too far out of my comfort zone, but always enjoy when I find something that works for me. I must admit, I truly love this dark purple/blood bitten shade which is so versatile for day and night. For some reason though, I thought it would dry matte so the thick lip gloss texture threw me off guard. Because of this, the application can be difficult and patchy. Probably not great for those of us who lack patience.

Shade: Reign

Revolution Retro Luxe Lip Kit in Reign Matte Shade

Reign is probably the ‘girliest’ shade out of the lot. Despite the brown/ nude undertones to the shade, the colour applies closer to baby pink. Personally, I’m not a fan of pink shades, just because I don’t think it fits with my personality (makes sense right?). However saying that it is probably the most wearable shades, especially for daytime looks. Overall though, I really liked how matte the liquid dried and can see this lasting¬†for the majority of the day.

Shade: EchelonEchelon Revolution Retro luxe matte lip shade

Echelon is my favourite matte liquid lipsticks in this review, and potentially my current favourite in my entire collection at the moment. ¬†Similar to Reign, it is mostly a pink shade. However, the dark purple and nude undertones create a gorgeous lip-bitten shade that’s wearable throughout the day and night. An absoloute win from me.

Shade: Royal

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Royal an absolute pain to applicate! As with all dark shades, it can be one of the most unforgiving in terms of not looking like a toddlers colouring book. Because the colours dry quickly too, it can be difficult to fix during the process. However, the colour was gorgeous – a dark rich purple. Not the most wearable, but it was definitely exciting to see the end transformation.

Photography credit IG: @matt_sharratt

What shades are your favourite?

Love,

lea-x

Valentines outfit!

Hello again!

Since Valentines day is quickly approaching, I thought I would release a bunch of Valentines related posts to suit the occasion. You can expect a Vegan What I eat in a Day (Valentines day edition, of course), so if you are interested in how you can make plant-based choices whilst eating all the cake in the world, definitely keep in touch by hitting the follow button!

One of my favourite things about this holiday is that it allows me to go all out with my outfit and makeup – that’s probably one of the most ‘basic’ things I’ve said today, but that’s because I don’t get of the house out much (#thirdyearstudentproblems).

Today is also just one of those days. So here I am, on a Friday afternoon, not doing my coursework and posing in a nice dress.

New Look // 19.99

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This is, without a doubt, ¬†a boob popping dress, which is one of the things that drew me in. I love an outfit that can make going bra-less¬†appear sophisticated but I just really hate wearing bra’s anyway, so this really is a winning situation for me. ¬†The only downfall is that I do find myself ‘falling’ out of this dress, so this is going to require some tape to keep the material firmly fixed and public appropriate.

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Another thing I love about this dress is that it is so universal. Since I  put on weight last year, I have been self-concious about my tummy which literally looks invisible in these pictures because the material just flows so nicely over it. Though at the same time, the tie at the waist  provides a nice eye-drawing detail that flatters your curves. All-in-all, three course meal food-baby approved.

Let me know what your plans are for this Valentines day!

lea-x

Spring // Primark Haul

Hi Guys!

I’m really supposed to be knuckling down and writing this dissertation but final year of university makes you do stupid things, like go shopping and come out with a bunch of items you just don’t need. But, at the same time, if you’re anything like me, you also love a good Primark Haul. Everybody wins.

Bralette // 8 pound

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I really do love the edgy but feminine design of this bralette, especially the ¬†triangular shaped cut which is super flattering. I don’t really wear bralettes out of the house just because they don’t offer the coverage I need, but I love to wear them around the house as loungewear because they are super comfortable! If it wasn’t so sheer I would wear this as part of a ‘going out’ outfit.

 

Rose gold hoodie

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Now, this is either going to be the ugliest looking thing you’ve seen or the best. Honestly, I love rose gold and this material felt so silky ¬†I couldn’t deny myself. This is technically a sports hoodie, which is how I will wear it if I ever go to the gym, but I also feel like I could incorporate this into an every-day outfit.

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There is definitely a bit of a Rose/gold theme going on in this haul! Since last year I’ve been a sucker for edgy sunglasses with an intricate design. I absolutely fell in love with these two! Im so excited to be wear them when the sun comes out.

Nails // 1 pound 

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I’m not a massive fake-nails person, In fact, it’s very rare I do anything to my nails and tend to leave old, cracked nail polish on until it flakes off naturally. That’s probably quiet disgusting but I’m very low maintenance. ¬†However, I do admire good nails from afar so when I saw those in Primark for 1 pound each, I couldn’t really find fault as to not give them a try.

Hope you’re having a wonderful January,

lea-x