Here's another one of the outfits which was taken at Hollins Hall, this one is complete head to toe River Island! I wanted to try something a little bit different with this look and i think it has a bit of a 60s vibe going on. I don't usually have my hair up for photos, you'll understand why when you notice the whispy hair on the side in every single photo. Hair, can you not? ughhh. But anyways, love the outfit. The shoes are hella comfy and the coat is so cosy, the faux fur is detachable too which is pretty handy!

I have had a wonderful week off work, it's been so lovely to be blog focused and get a fair bit done which I've been meaning too for a while. Although of course now my body would decide to pick up a cold. Sad times! But never mind, i'm finishing my days off with a trip up to Sheffield today with James and staying over at Mercure St Paul's Hotel. We're spending the afternoon in the spa followed by a 3 course meal tonight and i've been looking forward to it for ages! It'll be a year this week since we first met so it'll be a nice way to celebrate. We've had a bit of a busy few weeks so it'll be nice to get away and chill! Get me in that heated pool! 

How's everyone getting on with their Christmas shopping? I feel like i deserve a pat on the back for almost but not quite finishing mine! I keep getting asked what i want from everyone though and i can't think of anything! Help!




theBalm is an American cosmetics brand which has quite possibly the best packing that's ever hit the beauty world! Just.look.at.it. Amazing! Having only been around for 10 years, it's still relativity new but has already made an incredibly positive mark. You might not have had chance to try anything yet as these beauties have only been available across the pond but all that's changed as you can now get your paws on them on FeeluniqueASOS, and Superdrug, wonderful news i'm sure you'll agree. (Psssst, Superdrug have 3 for 2 on cosmetic at the mo!)

So, on to the products. Schwing Eyeliner is the best kind of eyeliner for me personally, i like a small tip which is defined and this is certainly that. It gets right to my lash line and the dark true black stays in place all day long. ShadyLady Palette Vol. 2 is right up my street with just the right amount of dark tones with some highlighting thrown in. They're incredibly soft and creamy and super easy to blend. You can go for an intense smokey eye or a soft one which is what i went for by teaming Insane Jane (top right) and Devilish Danielle (bottom right) together. With a mixture of matte and shimmery colours, you can create any look and it's the perfect size for travelling.

FratBoy Shadow & Blush is a product i have heard a lot about, i believe Gemma is a massive fan and has featured it a lot in her videos. With this in mind, i knew this would be an awesome product to have in my collection. This blush is very pigmented, like seriously a lot goes far and it's very rich in colour giving me perfectly pinched pink cheeks. It's a very natural looking colour so it'll be perfect for those who don't like to slap on a lot of make up. It looks lovely with Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer and again a little goes a long way. Hot Mama Shadow & Blush is more muted with regards to colour and it's a bit deeper on the pink side with a hint of golden shimmer so this would be great if you want a bit of both. 

So far i'm pretty impressed with theBalm, i can totally understand why the brand is as popular as it is and is well worth the pennies. I'm especially impressed with the eye shadow palette and I've been reaching it for it every day for the past 3 weeks! I'm really excited to try some more products and i'm now lusting after Bahama Mama, Pretty Smart Gloss and How About Them Apples, maybe Santa will read this!

Have you tired theBalm? Which products do you recommend? 



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