Welcome to my world of makeup, sweet scents and real talk. You should always have a cuppa to hand and sit back and enjoy a little snippet of my world! A beauty and lifestyle blog for all, but as I like to say it's also 'brown girl friendly'. As a brown beauty myself I ensure that all product reviews that are complexion based really show what works on a deeper skin tone as well as showing what's being catered for brown beauties!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

THE WEDDING DIARIES: FINDING THE PERFECT WEDDING DRESS


Guess what?! I found my dress! I know - so quickly - I can't actually believe it myself. Let's start from the beginning.

The other day, my mum and I decided to go to a few bridal stores just to see what's out there. We were expecting to spend the whole day going from store to store. We never expected to actually find a dress, let alone pay for one too. The first store we visited was the most local to us - and that was the last bridal store too.

When we arrived instore we were the only customers, so the ladies had a lot of time for us. They were very helpful and asked what I was looking for. I asked for a long sleeve bridal dress with lace - however they quickly burst my bubble by telling me that it would be very difficult to find such a dress. They then gave me a dress to go and try on. I reluctantly went into the changing rooms and the assistant helped me getting into the gown - I hated it. They then brought out another two gowns for me to try on. The second gown was a beautiful ivory lace gown with crystal straps and a mermaid type tail. It was gorgeous, but not the one for me (although my mum loved it!). The final dress I tried on (I won't describe here as it's my chosen gown) was just perfect. As soon as I saw it my eyes lit up, and when she made some adjustments to it I just knew I didn't want to see any other gown.

Now you may be thinking that I chose my dress a bit too quickly. My thoughts are if you fall in love with your dress, why keep searching for another? I'm not the best clothes shopper in the first place, but I also don't like to overwhelm myself with so many choices. I surprised myself and my mum, as we were fully prepared to be shopping around for at least another month for the perfect dress.



Well, now that I've got my gown I thought I'd share with you some tips for finding your perfect dress:

  1. Do not be too rigid in your choices - it's great to have an idea in your head, however know that it's even better to be open to other dress choices. You really won't know what you like until you actually try on different types of dresses, so don't make up your mind up just because what's hanging on the hanger doesn't match your ideal. 
  2. You may need to book an appointment - a lot of bridal stores like it when you book appointments as they can spend time with you to help with your choices. However I didn't book any appointments as I was just casually looking and it worked for me!
  3. Take as few people as possible with you - have you heard of that saying 'too many cooks, spoil the broth'? Well I'm glad that my mum and I went alone to the bridal store, as it meant that I didn't have too many voices telling me about what I like and don't like. It's great having my mum, as she knows the kind of dress I like and it also felt more intimate. I'd say have 2 other people with you at most is probably best - as it still keeps the element of surprise for everyone else!
  4. Have a budget and stick to it - I know I've said not to limit yourself, but when it comes to money and financing a wedding everything needs to fit within budget including your dress. You can find some beautiful dresses without the eye-watering price tag.
  5. Give yourself enough time to find your dress - when we went shopping we weren't restricted by time or necessity to find a dress that day. It was easy. No expectations. Sometimes that's the best way. It also makes life easier for the store and dress maker, so nothing is rushed. In store they told us they prefer to have at least 1 year to prepare a dress.
  6. Wear easy / comfy clothing - you'll find that bridal store assistants will want you to try on as many dresses as possible and if you're going to more than one store that's a lot of changing you're going to have to do!
  7. White isn't the only bridal gown choice - I used to think that I had to get married in a white gown, but actually trying on different colours opened my eyes to the beauty of different shades on my skin tone. Actually white didn't even look that great on me!
  8. The first try on of your dress is the worst it'll ever look on you - even though I found the perfect dress for me, it didn't look perfect when trying it on. They were clipping and pinning things to the dress so I had to use a lot of imagination. I can't wait for my first official fitting!
  9. Have your deposit ready - you just never know when you'll find the right dress and you'd hate to leave the store only to return later and it's no longer available. 
  10. Once you've chosen your dress take as many pictures as possible - it's important to do this whilst wearing the dress as it won't be for a few months before you and your dress are reunited and you need to ensure you get your shoes in time for the fitting! 
  11. The dress is just the beginning - you need to think about your veil (one tier or two tier?), tiara or no tiara? Shrug or no shrug? Adding any adjustments to your dress like sleeves or covering cleavage? Jewellery? The list goes on!

So that's another thing to tick off my list! So far the venue and wedding dress are both sorted. Now for everything else!

Speak soon,
Vicky xx

*the images used are taken from www.brides.com and www.clutchmagonline.com  
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

MUA LUXE | SHIMMER SHEETS | ROSE GOLD - THE TRAVEL FRIENDLY HIGHLIGHTER?!




A lot has to be said, when we now have travel friendly highlighter sheets! If you know me, then you already know them I'm not one to shy away from the glow, so when I saw that MUA had released these highlighter sheets I was more than intrigued.

MUA released these sheets last month, and they call them shimmer sheets. I believe there are two shades in the range - white gold and rose gold, but I picked up the shade rose gold. If you're still confused by what it is I'm actually describing, think blotting paper sheets - but with shimmer! The whole sheet is covered in the shimmer highlight ready to be torn out of the pack and applied when needed.



Now I think this is a great alternative to bringing your delicate highlighters with you when travelling - in fear of breaking them. These are a no fuss alternative and they are very pigmented. They do lean towards the more chunkier side of shimmer highlighters, however they are still quite stunning when applied. I'm not too sure on the number of sheets in each pack, but to be honest, you can use each sheet more than once if needed.



These are very affordable at only £3 per pack too. I'll be honest and say that this isn't something I will say is a staple in my collection, but it will be kept in my travel makeup bag. Although, just because you have the sheets it doesn't mean you can leave your highlighter brush at home. These definitely need blending in when applied, otherwise you end up with a line of highlight on each cheek bone!

You can find them online on Superdrug's website .

Enjoy!
Vicky x

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Monday, 13 March 2017

THE WEDDING DIARIES: I'M GETTING MARRIED!




Hi loves!

So this is something a little different for my blog - but I wanted a space where I could document my thoughts about getting married and my journey to becoming a Mrs! Yes - you read that right - I'M GETTING MARRIED! I got engaged on 16th February 2017 and I couldn't feel more blessed!

If i'm completely honest, before I met my fiancé I always thought that this day would be a very distant day for me. I never really allowed myself to think about getting married as I just didn't think it would be a near reality - boy was I wrong!

I want to use this space to talk about all things wedding prep, as I learn what I need to do - and of course beauty will be at the centre of it all. I'm actually thinking of doing my own makeup, so at the moment I'm doing a bit of research into the best products for wedding makeup looks which is fun.

Right now you're witnessing my ramblings as a very unprepared bride to be. I never really was one who had her wedding mapped out in her head -so right now this is all quite foreign territory for me.

Let me start by saying that even though on the outside I may appear cool, calm and collected - that's far from the truth! I have a million and one thoughts running through my mind - which are all adding to my excitement about it all. We've given ourselves just over a year to plan for our big day which is a relief, but there's so much to do. One of the first things I did was to set up an account at www.weddingplanner.co.uk as that way I have a full list of what I need and timings too.

As I write this, we are at the stage of agreeing on the venue (whoop!) we just need to get our deposit paid and it's a done deal! Now we are considering the church. I never realised just how difficult finding an all-in-one venue would be. As we are both Christians, we want to have a Christian ceremony for our wedding, however most venues do not allow any religious ceremonies on site! So we are looking for a church close by - which has its own considerations too (such as timing, dates, parking, bringing in our own minister, attendance of the parish etc).

There's so much to consider when planning a wedding and for me it's just started! Each week I'll try and bring you some new post discussions wedding related, which hopefully can be useful to you or at least interesting.

For now I'll leave you with a lovely picture of my beautiful engagement ring (which actually was too big, so I've had to have it resized!), and I'll speak to you later on my next topic on my wedding ramblings!

Speak soon,
Vicky xx

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NEW OPI FIJI COLLECTION | JOHN LEWIS | #AD



OPI are renowned in the nail industry for their quality polishes. With over 200 colours in their range of long lasting, highly pigmented formulas it comes as no surprise they decided to release this fun collection called the 'Fiji Collection'.

The range itself comes with a selection of vibrant colours, reflecting the exotic nature of the Fiji Islands, perfect for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons!

Let's take a look at what's available in the range:



This collection comes with four mini polishes each with a gloss finish. They are described as:

Introducing the Fiji Collection from OPI, this set of 4 vibrant colours takes inspiration from the lush landscape, exotic birds and soft palm sands of the picturesque Fiji island.
Includes:

  • Mini Nail Lacquer in Two-timing the Zones, 3.75ml
  • Mini Nail Lacquer in Living On the Bula-vard! 3.75ml
  • Mini Nail Lacquer in Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon, 3.75ml

  • Mini Nail Lacquer in Is That a Spear In Your Pocket? 3.75ml




  • This collection comes with a vibrant pink full size polish with a clear top coat. It is described as:

    Introducing the Fiji Collection from OPI, this duo pack includes the hero shade from the range, a vibrant pink tone with a Plumping Top Coat for perfect summer nails.
    Includes:

  • Nail Lacquer in Two-timing the Zones, 15ml.
  • Plumping Top Coat, 15ml.

  • Exclusive to John Lewis is the duo pack called Living on the Bula-Vard which is a bright red polish shade which would look stunning on any skin tone






    Alongside the multipack collections, OPI have also released vibrant single polishes! You can choose from a range of 12 colourful shades with a few more neutral tones, including a grey/beige, pinks, purples, blues, even a bright yellow. The collection is described as: 

    Introducing the Fiji Gel Colour Collection from OPI, a palette of vibrant and punchy tones in a long-lasting high-shine formula.

  • Coconuts Over OPI - Go native and do Fiji in the buff with our subtle and toasty taupe.
  • Do You Sea What I Sea? - It's easy to sea why this shimmering ocean blue is the right colour for you.
  • Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet - They bask in their own golden glow, which is just what you'll do in this radiant yellow.
  • Getting Nadi on My Honeymoon -Not just for blushing brides, this pretty hibiscus pink has everyone feeling the heat.
  • I Can Never Hut Up? And why should you? You're mesmerizing in this iridescent, edge-of-dawn grey.
  • Is That a Spear In Your Pocket? - But of course everyone's happy to see you in this lush, tropical teal.
  • Living on the Bula-vard! - It's "Well Hello There!" up and down when this punchy red pops in for a visit.
  • No Tan Lines - What better way to complement a flawless island tan, than a warm sunrise orange?
  • Polly Want a Lacquer? - The paradise perfection of this lovely lavender has island birds all a chatter.
  • Super Trop-i-cal-fiji-istic - Take a day trip to get lost and found in this bottomless reflection of Sea and Sky.
  • Suzi Without a Paddle - Who needs one when you're up a creek with this cool and tranquil blue?
  • Two-timing the Zones - Why stop with just one? More zones mean more time to flaunt this vibrant pink.


  • This beautiful collection can be found here on the John Lewis website ranging between £12.50 and £19.95. 

    Speak soon!
    Vicky xx

    *This is a sponsored post and all links are affiliated with John Lewis
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