Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Ever since the first announcement of the film being made, I have been desperate to see the live action of Beauty and the Beast. Two long years later, the day arrived and I made sure my mother and I were to see it on the day of release. Having fallen so in love with the original Disney animation released in 1991, I had high expectations for the remake.

The film is suitable for all the family; from the tiny tots to the big kids at heart, Beauty and the Beast has the capability of winning the hearts of people of all age groups. The first thing I noticed with this film in comparison to the animation is that it’s far more detailed, which is probably why it’s of a greater length than I expected. It was refreshing to be able to learn more about each character in this one, with a bit more backstory to who they are.

Another difference is that the violence in this version is a bit more graphic but nothing that’s too disturbing. Sword fights are more visual and theres a few punches from the likes of Gaston, but nothing that’s in need of PG and very minimal gore.

It’s a step in the right direction to see a racially diverse cast in the film, especially compared to the 1991 version. Representation is hugely important and to see even some of the supporting cast of different races was a big step towards better equality.

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October Favourites 2016

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I’ve been on a slippery slope with monthly favourites as of late. I didn’t know what I actually favoured for some months and last month was my birthday so I didn’t want to do a post then because it’d be pretty bias, not to mention my birthday is the tail end of the month, so it wouldn’t have felt fair to me. Not that anyone is going to get offended. Anyway, this month has definitely made up for it all, with a whopping ten favourites to discuss and share reviews with you.

LUSH Shimmy Shimmy Bar

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After Lily taught me a genius little hack with this shimmer bar, I just had to get it. I’m not normally the type to use shimmer bars, but when she told me that these act perfectly as highlighters, I was instantly sold. It works really well, just as Lily said. It was perfect for when I went to a concert at the beginning of the month and since glittery/shimmery highlighters are all the rage, I felt like it was a right steal to get such a glowing look without needing to use a high quality highlighter which would cost a fair bit.

Available from LUSH for £5.50

LUSH Monsters’ Ball bath bomb

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I was given this as a birthday present and after seeing so many amazing Instagram posts of the bomb in action, I was elated to have this. Using it was so fun because of the beautiful colours that fizz from the product were so beautiful and morphed into a gorgeous midnight blue bath water. This is a seasonal product at LUSH meaning it’s only on sale for a specific period of time, so it’s sad to think that I won’t see this product until next year (possibly, if it doesn’t get discontinued) but it’s also lovely to have limited edition products to look forward to.

This product is no longer on sale 

LUSH Lipstick in Decisive

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Another birthday present was this beautiful lipstick. I’m usually one to wear a red lip on special occasions and for eveningwear. It was fairly long lasting and felt light on my lips, with hardly any smudging. I had a fair few compliments, too, which is always nice.

Available from LUSH for £14.50

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

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I bought this back in Brighton when on a mini spending spree and having heard so many people raving about the foundation that I was intrigued to try it. It’s a full coverage and doesn’t need much product applied to get the perfect and flawless complexion. This was my first high end foundation and I definitely think it was worth every penny, with the product being a luxury and living up to the description of long lasting.

Available from Debenhams for £27

Fifth Harmony’s 727 Tour

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As previously mentioned, I went to see Fifth Harmony perform their ‘727’ tour in Cardiff as my friend, Camryn, was the support act. I highly enjoyed the show and although not my most favourite artists, the girls performance definitely changed my opinion on them and I gained a newfound respect for them as an act. Despite them being the headline act, it was Camryn who made the show for me, but perhaps that may come from a bias point of view having been her friend and a fan for so long. The whole show was amazing to watch and I’ve found myself listening to more of Fifth Harmony’s music since leaving the arena.

Olly Murs – Grow Up

This is Olly’s second single to come from his upcoming album, ’24 Hours’ and I really fell in love with this one. It’s relatable for me on a personal level, but I’m fairly confident that everyone has a story that can track back to this song. The music video was brilliant and cleverly made, also highly enjoyable to watch Olly working with young children. It’s a song I’ve been playing a lot and is on my current playlist.

Niall Horan – This Town

The release of Niall’s debut single was pretty unexpected. We all knew he’d been in the studio, but wasn’t really talkative about his own solo career. The song is so beautiful and I always have a soft spot for acoustics. I felt as though the love song was so heart warming and definitely fitted Niall’s style. Another song I’ve listened to a fair bit over the past month.

Little Mix -Shoutout To My Ex

Little Mix are back with the new era of their upcoming album, ‘Glory Days’ and the first single, ‘Shoutout To My Ex’ is nothing short of perfection. It’s the ideal girl power anthem post-break up and is what the girls describe as a ‘happy break-up song’. The premiere was a live performance on ‘The X Factor’ and showed off the strong and powerful vocals of Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade. The music video is also a fantastic piece of cinematography and highly aesthetically pleasing. It’s no surprise I’ve had it on repeat for the second half of the month following its release.

Our World by Little Mix

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Little Mix’s autobiography released this month which I preordered months in advance. I felt as though the book was very real and hard hitting about the reality of four young girls living typical working class lives across the UK to becoming the first (and currently only) group to win The X Factor and become the biggest girlband of our generation,but at the same time they are fairly humble by sharing both the pros and cons of their careers. I felt as though they talked to their audience on the same level, rather than looking down as they are far superior. I had a lot to say about the book and wrote a review for United by Pop, if you’re interested.

Available from Waterstones for £13.99

The Little Book of Feminism by Harriet Dyer

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I call myself a feminist, since I am for and believe in everything feminism stands for, but I wasn’t fully educated on the background of feminism and how it began, what the origins were. This little book, only 96 pages long, is the ideal book for those wanting to learn about feminism or are intrigued by it, but don’t know where to start. Since fourth wave feminism is currently blowing up in the media, in particular social media and pop culture, this would be the perfect stocking filler for someone such as perhaps a teenager who wants to gain a better understanding of the movement. The book is more full of facts as to what has happened, what is happening,etc. rather than opinion based. It doesn’t go into too much detail, but is great for putting you on track as to understand the basics of feminism.

Available from Waterstones for £5.99

What did you love in October?

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Vlog: Little Mix Get Weird Tour @ Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

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Hi guys!

Sunday saw me head to Cardiff to see Little Mix live in concert for the first night of their brand new tour, ‘Get Weird Tour’. This was my first concert of the year and I decided to take you along with me and vlog the day. The entire show was phenomenal and such an amazing production and performance which I definitely think was worth every penny.

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February Monthly Favourites 2016

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It’s pretty insane as to how quick February went. I know there’s a few days less compared to January, but let’s be honest, that’s not much of a big deal. In comparison to last month’s favourites, I have favourites are more interesting and probably appealing to more of you as I was no longer poorly and able to just be more humane.

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp 

 

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I’ve never really been one for bold lips, but I decided to move slightly out of my comfort zone and try it. I heard a lot of people raving about the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream so I felt compelled to trying one. The colour is a lot brighter than the packaging but was pretty moisturised, though that didn’t have any affect on the matte look. It’s a perfect size for your bag to go out and about and I just think it’s great for a bold look.

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Get it from Boots for £5.50

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (Vanilla) 

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After being recommended this foundation by a friend, I thought I would give it a go. I applies so well and doesn’t look caked in the slightest. I wear Vanilla (52) and it matches my skintone perfectly. It’s the foundation I have been wearing all month and have been getting lots of compliments on. I would describe it as a medium coverage which is easily buildable if you were going for a high coverage.  Plus, when I take it off, my skin feels so good. As a bonus, you can really smell the fruits used in there including apricot and melon, so that’s good if you like nicely scented products.

Get it here for £9.99

 

TIGI Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo and Conditioner Duo

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This actually isn’t mine, but my mother picked this up at the hairdressers and offered for me to use it. It is honestly one of if not the best shampoo and conditioner duos I have ever used. It feels so cleansing and soothes my hair leaving it feeling so soft and repaired. Running my hands through it in the shower, my hair literally feels so silky and while that feeling tends to go after your hair dries, this isn’t the case with the Oatmeal & Honey nourishing duo. I definitely love these products and think they are worth every penny.

Get it for £15.50

 

MTV’s Catfish Season 4

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I really enjoy Catfish. Nev and Max were back last year delivering us the fourth season of the reality show in where the detective duo help hopefuls in finding out if the person they are lusting over online are really who they say they are. With such a disrupted 2015, I was unable to keep up with the show on a weekly basis, so with season 5 just days away from the premiere, I decided to spend this month catching up with the most recently aired season. I always seem to be hooked on the show and highly intrigued in how people manage to keep up a false life look so realistic online and their motives behind it. This season definitely saw some major plot twists that I won’t reveal, but if you’re all about social media and real life drama, then this show is for you.

PAN (2015) Starring Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund

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It goes without saying that Peter Pan is my utmost favourite fairytale in existence and I have seen many adaptions of the story via film. My favourite will forever be the Disney cartoon classic that I grew up with, but this movie had a twist to the story we all know and love. ‘Every legend has a beginning’ and this film focuses on how Peter (Levi Miller) first found his way to Neverland and the unsuspecting friendship between himself and James Hook (Garrett Hedlund). It also has answers to questions as to how Peter is able to fly, what species he is and how he met characters he seems so friendly in the story we have heard before.  This family film is packed with adventure and magic which you’ll enjoy regardless of age.

The Amazing Race 

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This is an American reality TV show where 11 teams of two race around the world, completing both physical and mental challenges, hunting for clues and navigate around the countries that are visited. This is the first time I have seen it as this current season features internet stars including my favourite, Tyler Oakley. The show is so interesting and I’m highly enjoying watching the show so far. I’m not sure as to when the show ends but thanks to an app called Hola, I can watch American TV shows on different websites including CBS, where The Amazing Race is aired.

All Time Low

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This isn’t the first time that I have listened to All Time Low and I have enjoyed some of their music in the past, but after my friend, Lauren, has been talking about them so much lately, she has urged me to add them to my playlist, in which I have and I definitely appreciate their music a lot more. My go-to songs to listen to include ‘Therapy’, ‘Missing You’, ‘Dear Maria (Count Me In)’ and of course, being a Peter Pan lover, ‘Somewhere in Neverland’. I definitely feel like listening to them this time around that their music has grown on me a lot more.

What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: The Potting Shed, Llantrisant

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Yesterday I visited The Potting Shed in Llantrisant for breakfast and to write a review about one of my favourite places to visit. The Potting Shed is a luxury homeware and gift shop with a tea room attached. I’ve visited a handful of times before after recommendation from my mother and I have never been disappointed as to what they have to offer.

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The tea room is a quaint little cafe area attached to the store which has a friendly and welcoming vibe. The country kitchen interior is most aesthetically pleasing and brings an all round family friendly cosiness.

I ordered a pot of tea with a slice of chocolate cake and toast while my mother ordered a coffee and toast. We were fortunate enough to sit on the comfy sofa area by the roaring log fire which really gave a homely atmosphere. The staff at The Potting Shed are most helpful and welcoming people.

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What’s great about The Potting Shed is that if you fancy the deco or accessories around you, then there’s a high chance you can buy them in the store. From children’s toys to gifts for special occasions and even homeware essentials and luxuries, when visiting this hidden treasure trove, there’s always something eye catching which is tempting to buy. There’s even a lot of accessories with Welsh phrases, which really makes the place feel a lot more patriotic.

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The only slight disappointment with this beauty of a shop is that its location is slightly hidden away and requires driving to access but when I take my friends to visit, it feels like I’m showing them a real hidden gem, so every cloud has a silver lining.

I highly recommend visiting The Potting Shed as it has a wonderful atmosphere and a cosy place to grab a light bite or even a meal as well as browsing for home luxuries.

The Potting Shed, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8LP

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Review: Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara

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Everyone has been raving about the new Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara, so when I was out shopping recently, I decided to pick one up and give it a try.

Warning!! Apply responsibly!! Introducing Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. Will you dare to get the Push Up Effect? Our 1st Push-Up brush with Cup-Shaped bristles boosts and thickens lashes. The formula Instantly plumps & volumises the look of lashes, with Styling Wax to keep them lifted. Intense black colour for a dramatic, sultry look. Result: A luscious pair of plumped up, full, thick lashes that last all day and night!

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This is what my lashes looked like after one coat. They definitely have the push up effect. After applying a second coat, however, I wasn’t too impressed as my lashes seemed to clump together and look really weird. My overall thoughts are that it’s a great mascara for one coat. Avoid putting more than one because I found that there was a lot of clumping going on, but with the one coat as shown above, there was definitely some push up vibes going on. My lashes don’t look like how the product’s adverts showcase, but I’m not sure if that’s ever the case, unless you’re Gigi Hadid who’s in the ads. Pick up the mascara from Boots for £5.99 Have you tried this mascara? What are your thoughts?

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January Favourites 2016

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You know how I said that 2016 was going to be a fresh start for me? So far, that’s not happened. Since New Year’s Day, I’ve been ill with this… I don’t even know what because I’m not sure if it’s the flu but it’s not a simple cold. It’s the end of the month and I’m still not feeling 100% but hopefully after visiting the doctor again, I’ll be given something to blast this bug out of me.

Anyway, that’s my reasoning for lack of blog posts and why my monthly favourites aren’t too extravagant. Please forgive me but enjoy reading about things I did favour this January.

Skullcandy Jib Earphones

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I’m terrible for earphones – I manage to lose them or break them all the time, but when I decided to pick up my latest pair, I made a promise with myself that I’d look after them. I purchased the Skullcandy earphones from ASDA for £10.00 and they are absolutely amazing for the amount I paid. I have friends who are often willing to pay around £30.00 for earphones to ensure great quality, but these earphones have a great sound to them and since I can sometimes be hard of hearing, I can hear my music in a lot more detail and feel the bass more than just listening by ear. Skullcandy are said to be a great make and were originally recommended to me by my friend who was highly satisfied with her purchase. I have to agree with her as I think they’re great and worth every penny for music lovers! They have also been a great use for Skype calls when I’ve had meetings with Maximum Pop as I can hear people quite clearly (when Skype actually works…)

Available from ASDA for £10.00

LUSH’s Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask

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On one of the days where my painkillers had kicked in, I decided to give myself some TLC with the face mask I had picked up from a mini LUSH haul I had with Courtney in the sales. I’ve used the Love Lettuce face mask before, but totally forgot how much I loved the product. I have an oily face which I find pretty stressful to clear up without breaking out, but this face mask helped dry up my skin a bit for around 3-4 days which I was very satisfied with (bare in mind I had been mainly bed bound for most of this month so my skincare routine was out the window excluding this face mask I decided to do) and I have plenty to do a number of face masks within the 3 week expiry date (tip: I’ve been told by a LUSH worker these can actually be used up to a week after the expiry date, so if you’re like me and still have some left over, don’t waste it!)

Available from LUSH for £6.75 

The Big Bang Theory Season 9 

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I’ve previously mentioned TBBT in a favourites blog, but season 9 is currently playing and I have managed to catch up during my days in bed and so far I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s been my go-to binge show this month and without any spoilers, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the characters develop more. I think Sheldon and Amy have definitely made huge developments both individually and as a couple (and yes I am a Shamy shipper. #Shamy4ever!) and think Penny has definitely matured a lot. I’m looking forward to finishing the rest of the season and as I’m writing this, I’m patiently waiting for a new episode to be released in the UK.

Tanya Burr Sugar Plum Nail Polish

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This polish was part of a Christmas set which has sadly been discontinued. I absolutely love the shade and find it perfect for the winter season of dark shades. I stupidly didn’t take a photo of my nails before they chipped but they managed not to start flaking until around 7 days after which is very rare for me as I type a lot and usually that means my polish flakes off, especially on my thumbs as for some weird reason I hit the space bar using the side which means half of my nail hits the keyboard and causes serious chipping. However, this lasted pretty well and hopefully the shade will be included in the 2016 Christmas collection or brought back as a permanent edition to the Tanya Burr Cosmetics nail polish line. Fingers crossed!

Tums Smoothies

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I suffer with acid reflux a lot. I take medication for it but some days even the meds don’t work. My mother had recently picked up a packet of Tums Smoothies which the entire family is sharing and they worked so well. I wasn’t expecting much for over-the-counter products when I get acid reflux quite bad, but they worked really well. I had the Assorted Fruits but next time I’ll probably pick up the Berry Fusion as I’m more of a berry flavoured kind of gal. I think these are perfect to pop in your bag for on the go because they seemed to work pretty quickly, which was a great relief.

Available from Boots for £3.69

PILLOWTALK – Zayn Malik

Okay, I wasn’t going to include this until next month’s favourites as it’s only just come out, but I’ve had it on repeat ever since it released on Friday, so clearly I love it enough for it to make this month’s favourites! Zayn’s debut single since leaving One Direction has finally dropped and though I never thought I would be into the kind of music he likes (I mean he was pals with Naughty Boy for a while and I didn’t take a shining to his music so…) but I was oh so wrong. It’s a great song and it’s about loving sex but he doesn’t objectify women which is kind of refreshing.

As I said, not a great deal of exciting things this month, but hopefully as I recover from this deadly bug I’ll be up and about more to use various things and then rave about my love for them!

What did you enjoy this month?

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2015 favourites

2015 favourites

[Apologies this is late – I’m in bed with two ear infections and the flu. My painkillers have kicked in enough for me to finish adding images and publishing!] 

It’s that time of the year again where I discuss my favourite things from the year. As I lacked in regular posts this year, I decided to just wait until now to do my favourite products from the past 12 months in a post similar to this one. Without further ado, here are my 2015 favourites.

Music 

Little Mix – Get Weird 

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Little Mix made a big comeback from their 12 month sabbatical and downtime in the studio with their third album ‘Get Weird’. which is full of melodramatics, sass and just some damn right catchy tunes. Of course, I purchased the Deluxe edition and absolutely fell in love with it. My personal favourites include hit single ‘Black Magic’, ‘Secret Love Song Pt II’ and ‘A.D.I.D.A.S’ (not about the sporting brand, in case you were wondering.) This album is eclectic and showcases the sounds of girl band’s from today’s generation perfectly. I’m very much looking forward to them performing it live next year on the Get Weird tour which starts in Cardiff. Of course, I will be there.

5 Seconds of Summer – Sounds Good, Feels Good 

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This is the second album from 5SOS since getting signed in 2014 by Capitol Records and it shows such a difference from their debut studio album. The campaign alongside the album, ‘The New Broken Scene’, aims to promote that the album and any environment involving the band is a place for the “outcasts” and people who are suffering with stigma from mental health. Tracks such as ‘She’s Kinda Hot’, ‘Jet Black Heart’ and ‘Broken Home’ are just a few of the songs which fans are able to find pretty easy to relate to and I am definitely in love with this album.

One Direction – Made in the A.M 

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The first album post Zayn and the last album pre haitus; Made in the A.M is One Direction’s most anticipated album since Up All Night (aka album number one) and what a difference there has been since 2011. As a fan, I feel honoured to have watched them grow from teenage boys to young men and listen to their sound mature from bubblegum pop to chasing the rock vibes. While I’m sad that we won’t be getting a new album in 2016, I’m very satisfied with the music we have been left with for these 18 months.

Books

Binge – Tyler Oakley

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As you may be aware from my review, this is something I highly enjoyed reading. The essays compiled by Tyler Oakley covering a numerous amount of topics are definitely relatable to myself or people I care about and is definitely on my top three favourite books this year.

Love, Tanya – Tanya Burr 

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It’s true that there are many YouTubers signing book deals lately, but ‘Love, Tanya’ is definitely one I recommend. ‘Love, Tanya’ is like a handwritten guide from a beautiful big sister who has experienced the highs and lows of a teenage life and female problems and is now sharing her advice. Plus, the baking chapter is definitely a must read and try.

140 Characters of Truth – Joshua Fox

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This book was written by my friend and fellow journo, Josh Fox and although I only read it last month, it’s definitely an important one. Josh says the things many of us need to hear. With a message to our generation who thrive on showcasing the perfect life on social media, Josh gets real in a book that merely talks about the truth behind a numerous amount of tweets posted by himself over the years. If you’re as consumed in social media as much as I am, I highly recommend this quick yet eye opening read.

Products 

Lush Intergalactic bath bomb

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I’m a sucker for a good bath bomb, especially ones which satisfy my aesthetic. I’ve fallen hard for Lush’s Intergalactic bath bomb which makes it look like outer space in my bath tub. Very satisfying and smells amazing.

£3.95 from LUSH  
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

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This has been my go to foundation for 2015 as it has a lovely natural, radiant glow. It’s a light coverage which you can build to your own need and doesn’t feel at all caked on. Definitely got a good use out of this.

Bourjois Délice de Pouder bronzing powder

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This is definitely a product I found myself using a lot in 2015. After hearing my favourite beauty gurus rave about it and high recommendation from my friend, I picked it up earlier in the year. It’s a fantastic shade for my light skin colour and doesn’t have any orange tone to it, so it gives a natural look. Plus, I love the fact that it reminds me of chocolate!

£7.99 from Feel Unique

Tanya Burr lipgloss in Berry Picking

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I absolutely loved this lip gloss this year. It gives a berry stained look to your lips (hence the name) and isn’t too overpowering in colour. I love all of Tanya Burr Cosmetics’ lip glosses that I have tried but this one is definitely my favourite.

£5.99 from Superdrug

EOS Strawberry Sorbet lip balm

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I’ve never tried an EOS lip balm before this one and it definitely kept my lips moisturised whenever I used it, plus the flavour was really nice. The only downside is that I know you can get them for less than $3 in America whereas they cost a good £7 here in the UK. Next trip to America I shall definitely be stocking up.

£7.00 from Topshop
I hope you enjoyed reading about what I loved in 2015! What were your favourites from last year?

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Review: BINGE by Tyler Oakley

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Title: Binge
Author: Tyler Oakley
Genre: Autobiography

The first thing I’d like to point out is the name, ‘Binge’, is beyond apt for this book. Why? Because I stayed up until 6am to finish the book. That never happens unless it’s a book I highly enjoy. So, spoiler alert, I liked the book and this indeed is a positive review!

After my meeting with Tyler on Monday, I headed straight home from the signing, changed into my pyjamas (because it’s important to be feeling comfortable when reading. It’s an unwritten rule. Or for me, at least) and headed up into my room in which I settled down to indulge in the story of Tyler Oakley (or is he? You’ll learn his birth name in the beginning and I wasn’t even expecting it.)

Binge is a numerous amount of essays compiled by its author about many highlighted moments in his life in which he felt was something necessary to share with his fans (or as he calls them, his people) and each chapter was definitely something I could either relate to personally or knew someone else who would be able to. From being a member of the LGBTQ+ community to first loves and experiences in his life in education, everything Tyler discusses is something that someone, somewhere will be able to connect with. Instead of your typical life story from beginning to now, Tyler talks about issues and experiences that it is greatly known that young people are dealing with right at this very moment. To me, that was the importance of this book – knowing that whatever it is you have or are experiencing, you are not alone. Even those you idolise have had a walk of life which you may be able to find similarities in and if not, it can make you more aware for those who can. For example, being a heterosexual, though hearing stories on the news and through social media, I am never able to say I have experienced homophobia or coming out. Thanks to this book, written by someone I admire, it momentarily put me in the author’s shoes and I could feel just a slight bit of emotion that he may have felt himself and it gave me a better understanding (though, of course, I will never fully understand as previously stated, it’s not something I will experience) for those I care about that have lived through a similar situation.

The book isn’t solely based on deep issues and experiences, though, and has a lot of light hearted chapters such as “Beyonce for a Day” and “What Michelle Obama Smells Like” which were fun to read as Oakley’s personality definitely shone through.

Would I recommend this book to a person who is not a fan of Tyler? Maybe. If you’re interested in getting to know the YouTube personality, then by all means, read it. But if you’re just looking for something to read, you may not be able to appreciate the book as a whole written by someone you’re not fully aware about. Which, personally, is my view with a lot of autobiographies.

I laughed, I cried and, most importantly, I learned. The book was full of great lessons and shared experiences by Tyler and is ideal for any of his fans. I’d definitely say it’s inspiring and is an advocate for young people growing up to say “hey, I’ve been there. And it will get better,” regardless of the situation.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed the book and really hope Tyler will release another book sometime in the future.

Have you read Binge? Got any books to recommend? Leave a comment below!

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Louis and Pepsi ♥ Petshop!

Recently, I had the opportunity to work with the lovely people at petshop.co.uk to treat my gorgeous dalmatians, Louis and Pepsi, to some dog food!

PetShopBowl is a nationwide home delivery subscription service to pet food. We are a young company with a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to saving you time and money. All of our staff are pet owners so we understand the needs of other pet parents.

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Needless to say, when their special delivery arrived, they were both rather excited…

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Unboxing the goodies…
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"Can we try it now?"
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The goody box contained:

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Bon Appétit!

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Both dogs definitely took a shine to all of what they were given! They both particularly liked the James Wellbeloved Turkey With Rice  on top of their Huntland Grain Free Dog Food as they were both licking around their bowls to make sure they had finished every piece they had.

Louis in particular is quite fussy eating dry dog food alone so for each serving, we gave both dogs for the Huntland dog food and used each topping at a time. If there’s something these two dislike, they’ll make sure we know by leaving their bowls half full and nagging for something else to eat by misbehaving. This didn’t occur at all with any of the food they tried, so full bellies and waggy tails all round!

I’m so satisfied with what Petshop supplied us with and I think my furry friends can agree! Now we just have to break the news to them that they won’t be able to have deliveries every day…

Make sure you check out Petshop, use the discount code FRIENDS7 for 5% off and comment below what your furry friends thought of their products!

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.