Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Stream of Consciousness - Passport Photos

So the sad sad time has come to renew my passport. My young, fresh 29-something year old faced photograph is to be no more. It's been a traumatic time, I'll be honest. Here's just some of the thoughts running through my head. 

Stream of Consciousness - Passport Photos

Planning Stage

"Need to do my new passport photos. I'll lose half a stone (from my chin) and then do them." 
"Crap, haven't got time to diet. What's the best angles for the chin of doom?"
"I'll practise in my mirror."
"Bollocks, I need to be face straight on. New pose needed."
"Ugh, can't duck pout either. Neutral expression?! I've got resting bitch face, how am I supposed to manage that?"
"Remember that time you were getting your first adult passport. When the photo booth counted down and your eyebrows just kept getting higher and higher? Yup...startled rabbit in the headlights look for ten years. Don't do that again!"
"Now I've thought it, I'm bound to pull a stupid face."
"Lightbulb moment! Got a curly blow booked in for the races. And a spray tan! I'll do my photos the day after that!" 

The day after the races

"Shit, I'm hungover. I mean, my hair is fabulous and my tan is perfect but I look so tired!" 
"I'll pile the makeup on, that'll work!" 
"How much makeup is too much?"
"If I contour, will the passport officer recognise me when I'm bloated from the plane. Best not. I'll leave the falsies too. Eyebrows though, got to do the brows."
"God I can't get them even! That'll have to do."
"Bronzer, where's the bronzer. Ah- now I look fresher but feel like death." 
"Oh there's a queue. And a screaming child. My head!" 
"Right, made it to the booth. Heads to fuzzy to follow the instructions."
"How do you spin these stools? I can't make it high enough for my carefully selected pose!" 
"Oh just press the button. Ok, arrange face, keep eyebrows down and for the love of God, don't grimace, pout or smile!"
"Wouldn't it be great if photo booths had filters?"
"Ooooh, my tan looks good!"
"How many chances do I get? I mean this one's ok but I could do better. What if I mess the next one up though and that's my last chance?"
"Oh it'll do, yes fine! Print them!"
"Can I just have a little snooze in the corner here? I'm so sleeeeeeepy!"

Stream of Consciousness - Passport Photos

"Ugh, there's people outside, I'll have to get up."
"Oooooh they're printing! Maybe the printing process miraculously rewinds the years?"
"Holy mother of....what went wrong? I'm so orange....! Too much bronzer to hide the hangover - I'm neon!" 
"Speaking of hangover, I'm in a supermarket. These will have to bring me the carbs...!"

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Malham Cove - Waterfalls, limestone and Harry Potter

I recently visited Malham Cove in North Yorkshire on a VERY rainy day. Despite the downpours, the walk we did was beautiful and in fact, the extra water meant that we saw some pretty spectacular sights. 
Malham Cove Limestone Pavement

"We'll go to Malham Cove," Mr T said. Images of cocktails and sandy beaches flashed before my eyes... "It's only a 5 mile walk and the rain isn't THAT bad..." he added. Nevertheless, I was game and off we went. Boy am I glad we did!

Malham Cove (despite the cocktail and sandy beach images) is nowhere near the sea. In fact, it's a natural limestone curved cliff. On top, the limestone pavement is created from massively eroded limestone, leaving behind fissures and cracks that you leap over and marvel at. To get there, you can do a short 1 mile walk from the village of Malham or a longer circular walk taking in Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar. Do the longer's WELL worth it. 

Janet's Foss

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement Janets Foss

Janet's Foss is a small waterfall thought to be the place where a fairy queen lived in a cave at the back of the waterfall. It was really full of water the day that we went, one bonus to walking in the rain.

The walk over to Janet's Foss is surrounded by wild garlic which created a distinctive smell en route but as you turn to see this waterfall, it's all been worth it. 

Gordale Scar

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar is a little further along and is a limestone ravine containing two waterfalls. The stream is the same stream that flows over Janet's Foss. You can climb up the gorge but we returned to the path and carried on to the limestone pavement. 

Malham Cove - limestone pavement

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement view

I chose to walk above the limestone pavement - the rain had made it SO slippy. However, those two intrepid explorers are Mr T and his pops looking out over the rolling hills from the edge of the limestone pavement. It's like a jigsaw puzzle!! 

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement Once  we'd climbed down the steps at the side of the limestone pavement, we explored the bottom of the cliff. The stream seems to spring up out of the ground - Mr T informs me that it soaks down through the limestone and bubbles up out of the ground. I had to do a bit of paddling to get to this point but standing at the bottom of the cliff and looking up was breathtaking.

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement money tree
I love these money trees - I know not everyone does but I think they're really striking.

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement  I can't even describe to you how close I got to this cow. The herd were on the path back into Malham and I took this from the other side of the wall. I could have reached out and stroked it. 
Malham Cove Limestone Pavement
The view back to Malham Cove on the way down the steps.

And some fun Malham Cove facts - Malham Cove has featured in many films and TV shows - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (although apparently it was digitally inserted...!), Wuthering Heights as well as The Trip and Julia Bradbury's Best Walk with a View. 

Where are your favourite places to visit? 

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Girls Day Out Routine

Normally, I'm working in school on Ladies Day but Easter fell fortuitously this year and I was able to attend for the first time.

I realised I was going to spend the best part of three days getting ready for the big day itself (I love a good prep week!) and fired out a tweet asking if I should blog about it. The answer came back loud and clear -  a resounding yes! After that, I realised that I do the same every time I go out with the girls. So here it beauty bloggers blog about a Girls Day Out at Aintree.

Girls Day Out Routine

The Makeup Look

I started getting ready on the Wednesday when I trialled mine and my bestie's makeup. I LOVED the look I created (although it was a little glam for my supermarket trip later in the day...)

Here's the trial look:

Eye makeup look Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette
ALWAYS a hair in the way....grrrrr! 
I created this eye look using the Flawless 2 palette from Makeup Revolution that I hauled in this post.

Makeup Revolution Flawless palette names
I used Complexion all over the lid, then slowly deepened the crease using Infinite, Upper and Victory. Then I blended Finish, Overcome and Unconditional (mixed those last two) into the outer V. I finished it off by mixing together Excel and Faultless and patting it all over my lid. 

I did my flicks using my beloved Lord and Berry Liquid Eyeliner which I reviewed in my "What is the best eyeliner?" post and used Peaches and Cream pigment in Pearl as my inner corner highlight. These pigments are AMAZING! Peaches and Cream is a salon/shop in Liverpool that I'm dying to try out. They produce their own range of makeup and it is seriously good! You can buy it from their website or their shop in Liverpool. I'm not being paid to say any of these...I'm just fangirling! 

I finished the eye look off with one of my favourite budget eyelashes, the Lumiere Deluxe Lashes from Home Bargains which I reviewed in My Favourite Budget Eyelashes

On my lips, I wore the Freedom Pro Bare lipstick in 112 Sooner or Later topped with an LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Elude (I think...!).

I loved the way that bestie and I had the same makeup, but it looked different due to eye shape, colouring etc. 

The Outfit

I didn't get any decent outfit photos which I am GUTTED about. I completely forgot. However, my style when I go all out is very girly so I wore an a-line patterned skirt which came to mid calf in a black and purple print. I got it for my birthday and put into a Polyvore post. It's the middle skirt! I paired it with a black bodysuit, black heels with a ribbon tie and a black clutch.

2015 - The Year of the Skirt


Other essential parts about getting ready included my timeline...this is something I always do when I've got a big event coming up - you should have seen my wedding timeline!! I worked backwards from the pick up time and included everything I could think of...haha!

Essentials for the day

Finally, no girls day out is complete without a bag full of essentials. I like to take a roomy clutch so I'm prepared for every (beauty) eventuality. 

I always carry top up make up with me. On this occasion I took the two blushers I was wearing along with a dense brush so I could rebuff my foundation if it started to look cakey. I also took some eyelash glue because there's nothing worse than your lashes popping off. For eyes I took some black eyeliner pencil for the water line. This Rimmel eyeliner has a smudger brush at the end too which makes it perfect for fixing any makeup that's moved at all. I also took my mascara. For lips, I took the Kate lipstick in Shade 42 which I reviewed in my Lasting Finish by Kate Moss, the Nude Collection post as well as this Essence XXXL nude lipgloss in Soft Almond - an absolute steal at only £2!!!

Aside from beauty essentials, I took a pair of fold up pumps, a phone charger and some aviator sunglasses from Primark that I wouldn't have minded if I lost them. I'm jolly glad I didn't lose them though, love them!!

All that little lot fit into my bag along with my phone, keys and money! It's a magic bag that never seems to get full!!

What are your essentials for a girls night/day out?? Let me know what I'm missing!!

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

How I edit my Instagram photos

First things first, I am in NO way an Instagram expert but what I lack in skill, I make up for in enthusiasm. I love taking photos, choosing which ones to use on Instagram and then fixing them.

When I say fixing them, this is where my lack of expertise comes in. I just snap anything, regardless of light, and then try to edit them, fixing the light and adding a border using apps on my phone.

How I edit my Instagram photos

A recent example of this was the trip I took to Anglesey in the log cabin. Whilst the setting was beautiful, the lighting was say the least! Take this photograph of the cushions on our bed. The wood and the lighting made the white cushion and bedding look SO yellow. 

How I edit my Instagram photos

But this is what ended up on my Instagram...

How I edit my Instagram photos

I used a variety of apps to fix the colour and add the border.

First of all I used Afterlight (79p from the app store) to crank the brightness and contrast up to the maximum which took the cushion from yellow to a creamier colour.

After that, I used FaceTune (£2.99 from the app store) to whiten the cushion further before adding a border using LiveCollage (free from the app store!).

Finally, I added the photo to Instagram! 

How I edit my Instagram photos

I don't have a theme as such on my Instagram but I do have the black border on all of my photos and de-saturate my colours on all of them. Nothing too bright.

How do you edit your Instagram photos? Leave your Instagram links below and I'll be sure to check them out!

You can find me at I'm currently doing an April photo a day challenge!

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Spring Nail Art

With the new Spring season comes a new look for my nails. Gone are the much beloved berry colours I rocked all Autumn and in come the neutrals. I'm not a pastel lover for my nails (or clothes!) but give me a decent nude/neutral polish and I'm all into that! See my neutral ombre nail look as proof!

I decided to give some simple nail art a go to using tape to block off areas...sounded simple enough...! 

The tools

I used these two Barry M nail polishes: Pink Lemonade Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint and Gold Nail Paint to create my look as well as some normal tape and some striping tape I bought from eBay years ago!
Spring Nail Art
Flatlay rocks...


I painted my nails with the Pink Lemonade polish and left it to dry for 24 hours. This is SO important as the polish has got to be completely dry or the tape will pull the polish off. 

This is a gorgeous colour which is about as pastel as I go. It's completely opaque after two coats and lasts really well. 
Spring Nail Art

Once the polish was dry, I created this pattern using the tape - the Scotch tape was placed diagonally over the top half of my nail and two pieces of striping tape over the bottom half of my nail before I painted over the whole thing with gold polish. 

After that, you need to take the tape off while the polish is still wet. If it dries, when you pull the tape off, the lines won't be as crisp.

Spring Nail Art

Then leave the gold to dry for longer than you'd think - you can see I smudged mine a little when I applied top coat.

What are your go-to Spring nail looks? 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

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Friday, 8 April 2016

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

I recently had a nightmare day tackling a pile of ironing after leaving the pile to grow and grow for weeks. I realised that I had SO many clothes, that I was able to leave the ironing for weeks and weeks and really, was there any need in life to have 8 identical black vests? So this tweet went out and the Great Wardrobe Clearout of 2016 commenced.

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

The Clearout

The first job was to clear out my wardrobe. Now, I've "cleared out" my wardrobe before. And when I say cleared out, I mean threw out one top and a pair of shoes and felt justified in buying ten more items to replace them. 

This time it is serious. 

Anything that didn't fit, didn't suit or was a replication was out. Also, anything that I hadn't worn since September got the big NO. This was just ONE of the piles of clothes I created in the spare room. 

The hardest bit was throwing out clothes that I'd never worn but have never fit me. It's time to be realistic...ugh! 

I donated all the clothes to a local charity shop so hopefully, they'll find a good home somewhere. 
Creating a Capsule Wardrobe


The next step in my grand journey was to start planning my capsule wardrobe using what I had left over. I wrote down lists of every item of clothing in my wardrobe in this gorgeous little notebook before heading over to Polyvore to create outfit collages. 

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe


You can follow me on Polyvore by clicking this link. I could spend hours on this website creating collages! I tried to use items very similar to items already in my wardrobe. I did add some new items in but tried to make sure that if I was going to buy new clothes, they were going to go with at least five other items. 

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

I'm still on the capsule wardrobe journey...and I know there's still horrors hanging on my rails that I still need to get rid of but my eventual aim is to have a wardrobe full of good quality classics that will create multiple outfits. Then any "fashion" pieces can be bought from cheaper stores and I won't feel so guilty about getting rid of them after the season is over! And hopefully, I'll never EVER have to tackle an ironing mountain again...

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What would you say is a wardrobe essential? Could you create a capsule wardrobe?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

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