31 July 2016

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Liquid Lipstick in Stockholm | Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Liquid Lipstick in Stockholm | Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Liquid Lipstick in Stockholm | Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Liquid Lipstick in Stockholm | Review

With NYX cosmetics newly arriving to Boots, it was only right that I picked up a few bits. The most famous of their products has to be their soft matte lip creams, and as I soon found out, for good reason too. 

First of all the packaging. The product comes in this lovely little clear bottle that makes colour identification so much easier. The actual overall appearance is simple and cute, no complaints here! The applicator is really good too, as it is a doe-foot shape that fits the lips perfectly and applies product out evenly. 

The product itself is lovely. The pigmentation is wonderful, you only need one layer for a lovely opaque finish. I'd estimate that it takes around a minute to fully dry, which for a liquid lipstick that lasts all day is pretty great. Once on the lips and dry however, you literally can't feel it at all. Seriously. It feels like theres nothing on your lips so its great for those of you who despise the tacky feeling of some the lipsticks that are available.

I bought the shade Stockholm which is a gorgeous nude shade, that is more brown with pinky tones. I'd say it was a mix of Abu Dhabi (a more soft brown nude) and Cannes (a pinky shade) which I think really compliments my skin tone well. The great thing about these are that there are so many shades to choose from, I really need to get my hands on some more soon!

The lasting power is great too. It'll last around 4 hours on my lips, even when eating and drinking, and even when it does disappear, it fades evenly. This makes it great if you don't have time to reapply throughout the day. 

Overall, this is one heck of a great product. For only £5.50, it is defiantly worth checking out if you're looking for a new lipstick that actually lasts ages on the lips and are totally comfortable to wear. They are available at Boots here

27 July 2016

Penguin Job Hack Event | #PRHJobHack

Penguin Job Hack Event | #PRHJobHack birmingham event

Last week Penguin Random House hosted their first ever Job Hack event. After going through the application process, I was lucky enough to secure myself a place to attend the newly introduced workshop in Birmingham.

Penguin is probably the most familiar publishers among us all, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out they were hosting a day to give advice to young people who were interested in the publishing sector and wanted to know more about what is involved in it.

As I study English literature at university, people automatically assume I want to be an author or a teacher (the amount of times people presume that is my dream job is unreal). I have always had a love for books and reading, but anything to do with writing or editorial roles just isn't for me. I was a bit lost, but I applied to attend this one-day event just to see what else there is to offer in a publishing environment that doesn't consistent of the two roles previously mentioned.

Penguin Job Hack Event | #PRHJobHack birmingham event pr

Penguin Job Hack Event | #PRHJobHack birmingham event

To my delight, there are many other careers that remain in the publishing sector but also involve other passions of mine. There were members of the Penguin Random House team who attended and gave us talks about their roles at the company and what they do, as well as explaining how they managed to get into the position they are now in. This gave a wonderful insight into what the world of publishing is like first-hand, and what we can do to enter it. Since I have a huge interest in PR and Marketing, I found it particularly interesting to hear what happens on a day-to-day basis as well as the difference between these two roles. There was also a lovely lady from the Digital Projects team who talked to us about her role in the publishing process, making me realise just how technology is incorporated into a world that is usually known for its traditional physical books.

Attending the event has made me realise that I do have a passion for the publishing industry, and that I shouldn't let myself feel boxed in just because I don't want to be an author or editor, or any roles that are commonly associated with the industry. Instead, it has given me the motivation I needed to pursue my passion of entering a company that I would truly enjoy working in (such as Penguin Random House of course!) and to work hard to get the position that I want. There are so many aspects of the publishing sector, like many companies actually, that there is sure to be something for everyone if you are really passionate about what they do.

This is the first of many Job Hack events that Penguin Random House hope to host, so I recommend to keep an eye out on their twitter account (@PRHcareersUK) to see if they are coming to an area near you because I found it helpful in clarifying what the publishing industry is all about.

Are you interested in the publishing industry? Or do your interests lie elsewhere? Leave a comment below.

24 July 2016

Toad Diaries | My New Motivation to Organise My Life

Toad Diaries Motivation to Organise My Life

Now that university has finished, I am already looking ahead at starting my third and final year of my BA English degree. It may seem a bit early, but trust me there is a hell of a lot of reading and dissertation research to do so it is best to get ahead as much as possible. I really want to get the year off to a good start so I can maintain my workload without having that last minute rush where an all-nighter is needed to get assignments handed in time (it has happened before...).

What perfect way to get organised than a brand new diary! There is just something about a planner that makes you motivated to work harder and get organised both in university or school and life in general. The lovely ladies from Toad Diaries also attended the Blogger Tiki Party the other week and had contacted me to see if I would like to have my very own personalised diary. I was so excited as I feel like it is such a great idea to be able to create something that has everything you need to organise deadlines, lists, and whatever else you may need to jot down. What is even better is when a planner is so pretty that you actually want to use it!

Toad Diaries Motivation to Organise My Life pink planner

Toad Diaries Motivation to Organise My Life planner diary

The process in designing the diary was as straightforward as possible. All I did was go on to the Toad Diaries website and started to compile together all I wanted in my planner. It was really enjoyable designing the cover to find exactly what I wanted. There are pre-set designs but there is a great range to choose from. You can then choose what to have written on the cover, as well as the back cover (which was my personal favourite when personalising my planner). I chose this quote ("She believed she could so she did") as a little motivation for me for whenever I happen to need it, but you can also write a little gift message for the recipient of the diary to make for a great gift.

Toad Diaries Motivation to Organise My Life planner

You can also choose to have it A4 or A5 size, but I decided to choose the Quarto option which is between both of these, as I felt it would be perfect for me to keep it at home on my desk as well as small enough to take it in my bag whenever I need it. The diary style I chose was Cornell style which is perfect to see an overview of my week as well as note down any lists or or deadlines. They also give you the ability to choose how long you'd like the dates of your diary to span, as well as the month you'd like it to start which is great to make the most out of your purchase. There is also a selection of Notes pages at the end as well as this little pocket to keep notes in and amazing page of inspirational quotes. 

Toad Diaries Motivation to Organise My Life

Toad Diaries Motivation to Organise My Life

Overall, the whole premise of Toad Diaries is a brilliant one and I would definitely recommend for anyone who needs that little push to get yourself organised for the year ahead. The features and personalisation you can add to the planner is brilliant and its really useful to have somewhere lovely to write down all the things you need to remember, especially because we all seem to be so busy nowadays. 

Head to the Toad Diaries website to browse their products and see the type of personalised touches you can add to make your perfect diary --> http://www.toaddiaries.co.uk

19 July 2016

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham island bar

Last Sunday I attended the Blogger Tiki Party, hosted by the lovely Kirsty. It was held at the Island Bar in Birmingham, which was a venue with such a cool vide inside. Just look at the art on the walls! The decor was great and everything fitted great with the tiki-holiday theme. 

There were a lovely range of brands there, all armed with their amazing products. I really enjoyed talking to them and finding more about who they were and the different products they offered. 

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham toad diaries planners stationary

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham heaven skincare products

I received a lovey personalised planner from Toad Diaries which I can not wait to do a review of! The lovely girls from Heaven Skincare were also there demonstrating the amazing range of products they have for all different skin types. I honestly learnt so much from everybody and what they do. 

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham party

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham pink parcel beauty gifts

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham earlybird snacks

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham

#BloggerTikiParty Blogger Event in Birmingham

We were also gifted a whole range of products, which I am so grateful for. I cannot wait to try out the products in the Pink Parcel, as well as eat al the yummy snacks. By the way, how adorable is this bag design? It was created by the lovely Ellie Morris, and I just absolutely adore it.

This was a great event which I am grateful for attending! I loved attending meeting all the lovely fellow bloggers and chatting to them for hours, as well as talking to the bands about really interesting and innovative products.  I can't wait to attend some more events, it is such a great way to network and make new blogger friends. 

Have you attended any events recently, or would you like to? Leave your comments below, I'd love to chat to some of you and continue this friendship building in the blogger community :)


17 July 2016

Diwah Jewellery | Design your own jewellery

Diwah Jewellery | Design your own jewellery

Diwah Jewellery | Design your own jewellery beautiful necklace

The other week, the lovely team from Diwah contacted me about their jewellery range and asked me if I would like to design my own necklace and have it created handmade. Of course, I jumped at the chance for my own personalised jewellery and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of receiving this beautiful piece. 

Diwah Jewellery | Design your own jewellery beads necklace gorgeous custom

Diwah Jewellery | Design your own jewellery fashion

Browsing the website, there were so many beautiful necklaces that were perfect for every personality: from bold, boho, glam and many more, there is a style suitable for everybody's taste. What gets even better is that you can design your own necklace using their special tool, which is brilliant if you can't find what your looking for on the highstreet. I particular love this feature because sometimes it can be quite difficult finding the perfect statement necklace in the correct colours to match with the Asian dresses that I like to wear on Eid and weddings, so its nice to see that there is an option for me to create exactly what I want for myself. 

The other option is to get the Diwah team to design one for you. This is the process that I decided to take and it was so quick and simple. All I needed to do was fill out a short questionnaire, and then the team would go and design a necklace for me based on my answers. They then email you two designs to choose from with the prices quoted alongside them. The people are so lovely and the service is fantastic. If theres anything that you'll like to change on the necklace, they will be more than happy to do this for you so that you get exactly what you wanted.

The excitement when my necklace came through the post was unreal. I opened the box to this beautiful piece of jewellery. It is quite weighty which gives it that good quality feel to it. The craft of the pieces also add to the quality, as do the beautiful colouring of the metal chains and the beads. The design, for me, is classy yet also very chic. I just think it is utterly beautiful.

My experience with Diwah was a lovely one and I just love the idea of having the freedom to design your own necklace suitable for individual personalities and tastes. This would also make a great gift for anyone who is creative and into their statement pieces. 

You can find out more at: www.diwah.comhttps://www.diwah.com


09 July 2016

Visting Benito Brow Bar

benito brow bar eyebrow threading debenhams birmingham experience

Last week I visited Benito Brow Bar in Debenhams, Birmingham to finally tame my unruly brows and learn more about the threading technique. The experience was great and I just loved the service the ladies there gave. Not only did I have the opportunity to get my brows done, but the technicians there also did a short demonstration and gave us some great tips on how to get the perfect brow shape. They also explained the benefits of threading, which included giving a more precise eyebrow shape, prolonged hair growth and a clean finish to your brows in a less painful way than you may think. They also sell High Definition beauty products which is great if you're looking from some new makeup products, and they can even advise you which shade is suitable for the colour of your eyebrow hair.
benito brow bar eyebrow threading debenhams birmingham experience

benito brow bar eyebrow threading debenhams birmingham experience

benito brow bar eyebrow threading debenhams birmingham experience high definition makeup products

I finally got my eyebrows done by a lovely lady there, which was much needed as they certainly needed some cleaning up. They always use 100% organic thread which was for sure kinder to my skin as it didn't hurt as much as my previous experiences in threading before. After applying soothing aloe vera gel to my brows afterwards, the eyebrow technician then demonstrated to me the correct way to fill them in. Using a waxy textured eye pencil, she started from the end working towards the beginning of my brows, using a lighter hand as she did moved forward. She then brushed them out using a clean mascara wand and ta-dah. My brows looked amazing! They looked full but in a natural way, a look which I loved. 

I am so glad I visited the brow bar, my experience was lovely. They shared some useful knowledge about threading and gave wonderful advice on how to tend to my eyebrows myself. They also do eyebrow tinting which I would also like to try out sometime soon.I would defineley recommend visiting the Benito Brow Bar located in Debenhams in Birmingham, or there is also one in Solihull's Touchwood that I have passed a few times. You can visit their website for more information: http://benitobrowbar.com