Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Tigi Bedhead Joyride Texturising Powder Balm Review

Do you prime your skin? So why not prime your hair...I've started using this Texturising Powder Balm to prime my hair and I love it!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Outfits with a black tutu

I made a special request for my birthday this year. All I've wanted for a few years now is a tutu. A grown-up, knee-length black tutu. I've been so frightened of it wearing me rather than me wearing it but I've done lots (and lots) of Pinterest, Polyvore and Google Image searching over the past few months and I've decided to take the plunge.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The haul that broke my spending ban

I was on a spending ban. I was half way through...but I cracked. I did manage three weeks without spending anything on beauty related products which is an achievement...however, the call of the make-up counters proved too much to resist.

the haul that broke a spending ban

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Confessions of a beauty blogger

Being a beauty blogger, I think I should have my beauty routines a lot more established than I do. In fact, I have some terrible habits which I'm going to share with you now...

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Staycation in Manchester UK - Media City

I'm lucky enough to live near the Salford Quays where Media City is located. Media City is the Northern hub of the BBC, ITV and is home to many other creative businesses. As well as that, there are bars and restaurants, apartments, hotels and museums all nearby. It's also home to Coronation Street!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Ten reasons I’m glad I’m over 30…

I’m just hitting my mid 30s and thought I’d be more bothered about it than I am. Turning 24 traumatised me – a lot. Having to tick that next box up when selecting age; finding my first grey hair; people expecting me to have my life together…24 worried me. But 34? I’m not that fussed and here’s 10 reasons why…

30 plus bloggers

  • I was too young to hit most of the 80s “trends” so bar a penchant for Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, I escaped the 80s reasonably unscathed and come on, Especially For You was a classic!
  • I’m at a great age for old photos - I was a teenager in the 90s so the recent revival of 90s fashion and beauty mean that my misspent teen years are currently the height of fashion and my photos from then aren’t so embarrassing now.
  • I’ve finally worked out my hair type, skin type and face shape. They’re not going anywhere and I can’t change them but now, I know how to work with them. No more frizzy first day hair (thanks Frizz Ease); round hamster cheeks (HELLOOOOO contouring); or monster zits.
  • I’m confident enough in myself to try out new things but ignore trends that aren’t going to suit me. I mean you purple lipstick.

  • My body shape – that apple tum doesn’t appear to want to go anywhere so I’ll just disguise it with clothes that I know suit me. Crop tops are in? Sorry…not for me! I know what suits me and I’m sticking to it. It’s not a rut – it’s personal style.
  • 30 is the new 20. Or so my magazines keep telling me. I didn’t fully embrace my 20s but as I’ve hit 30, I’ve made a conscious effort to make the most of every single day and embrace the small things. 

  •  I worked my socks off in my 20s. I still do but now I’m also reaping the rewards of putting work first all through my 20s with the added bonus of knowing how to prioritise!
  • I've paid off my student loan!
  • I can say no. I spent my 20s saying yes to everything in case I missed out. All that happened was a lack of time and a social rut. I started being more choosy and guess what, I have more quality friendships and really enjoy the time I spend with the people I choose
  •  I started blogging in my 30s. The blogosphere didn’t really exist in my 20s – reason enough to be glad I’m over the hill…

    Have a beautiful day, inside and out

    Tori x

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Essence the gel nail polish - Indigo to go review and swatch

Essence is a brand recently recommended to me on the #FABBloggers chat so I got myself down to Wilkinsons to see what I could pick up and was immediately drawn to a purple nail polish called Indigo to go.

Essence the gel nail polish - Indigo to go review and swatch

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Staycation in Yorkshire UK - Bolton Abbey

Staycation in Yorkshire UK - Bolton Abbey
I recently went to Bolton Abbey for the day with my other half on a bit of a whim and holy moly...was I glad we went. It is seriously gorgeous! It's the perfect mix of stunning walks (over 80 miles of footpaths), history (a ruined priory), landscape (rivers, meadows, gorges...) and food (restaurants, cafes, ice cream!)

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Sale haul featuring Warehouse and Oasis - floral prints

Sale bargains

I picked up some bargains in the Debenhams sale earlier in the month ready for my October trip to Cyprus.

I'm a flower girl in summer and love these prints which I'm going to rock flower power through Autumn/Winter too because of the blue backgrounds on these prints! 

Warehouse floral print trousers

I especially love these trousers, I'm a real fan of a cropped trouser - I think they can be used for dates, dinners, work...a multitude of scenarios! 

What are your favourites for Autumn?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

A daytime eye - Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 palette

In a follow up to my copper eye look using this palette, I thought I'd do a more daytime appropriate look using the same palette to show off its versatility.

A daytime eye - Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 palette

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Lasting Finish by Kate Moss: Nude Collection Review

I recently picked up two of the lipsticks from this range in this haul. I got them on offer in Superdrug so my second lipstick was half price. This meant I had to buy two shades, not just one!

I got shade 42 and 45.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

The 5 product face challenge - A LovelyNiceYou collaboration

I’m a girl who can use 5 products on my eyebrows alone…followed by another 5 on my base, 5 on my eyes, at least 3 on my lips. I’m high maintenance and not ashamed of it so when Gem over at  suggested doing a 5 product face, my inner diva shuddered. 
 I’d been watching 5 product faces videos on You-Tube, smugly safe in the knowledge that I would NEVER…but I’m a girl who can’t resist a challenge and so here we are…five products later and I’m pretty pleased with the result. Pleased enough to relish the thought of finally being able to fly with just hand luggage and my 5 products!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Make-up Revolution Radiance Palette - Review and Swatches

Oh my gosh...I am a highlighter addict and this MAY have just made it to the top of the list.

Want to look like you've got the glow?? Buy this palette. You won't regret it.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Italy trip: Sorrento - Where to go and what to eat

The final post in my Italy series is here. From Venice to Sorrento in two weeks and four blog posts!

Italy travel blog Rome Florence Venice Sorrento

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