So this is the start of a new series of posts that I have collaborated with Lorna (Scared Toast) for. You may have already seen a thrifty themed post we worked together on over on her blog from a few weeks ago. If not, go along and have a read here. (and hit that follow button) We'll be joining forces to share some of our knowledge when it comes to being thrifty, Social media & blogging related tips. So onto our first 'Tips & Tricks' post, here are 6 helpful snippets to become more organised when it comes to blogging and your social media platforms...

Lornas Tips....

For longer than I care to admit to, any products I’d get sent to review found themselves scattered around my house.  I’m generally a messy person, and it can be hard to stay on top of things when they not in a central location.  I recently purchased two polypro baskets from Muji which now sit neatly on my desk, housing any bits and pieces that I need to try and generally making the house a little bit tidier.  It’s a really good visual way to remind yourself of what needs testing and, if you’re disorganised like me, makes them a whole lot easier to find!

Leanne and I were discussing this one just the other day.  We both work full time, and by the time we get home in the evening and start to unwind it’s easy to forget to make use of social media.  Popping a little alarm on your phone can be a great way to remind yourself to make time to tweet or hop onto Facebook and connect with your readers that way.  If you’re working with brands or other bloggers it’s important to hold up your end of the bargain (so to speak) and is a really quick and useful way to ensure that you stay on top of any obligations you might have.

Let’s finish with my guilty pleasure; notebooks.  I know I’m not the only one who loves stationary shopping, and browsing through sleek notebooks and pretty paper is a bit of an addiction (pastel moleskines anyone?) so it’s always nice to actually get some use out of them!  At the moment I have two books on rotation; one for YouTube ideas and one for my blog.  The blogging one is always in my handbag, ready for me to scribble down notes when inspiration hits.  I’m still guilty of having a brainwave as I drift off to sleep and promising myself I’ll remember in the morning only to forget it completely, so I can definitely advocate the benefits of having a place to store ideas.  If only I listened to my own advice a bit more often!

Leanne's tips....

With most things in life, you cant be organised if there isn't some form of structure. When I implement that into blogging it means publishing  posts on certain days of the week, or keeping a blog series running at aroundthe same time each month. It's a great way to keep on top of your posts and plan ahead. Both Lorna and I agree that having a plan in place for your posts and using the option of scheduling helps a lot when you work full time and have other life commitments. Of course there are times when Life does get in the way so you may waver from your usual blog schedule,  however that's okay too. It's nice to mix things up a little bit.

Following on from the tip about having a structure to your blogging schedule, another thing I feel really help to keep on top of your game when it comes to your blog and social media platforms are printables. These can include To Do lists, Calenders, Goals, Weekly tasks etc. A great source for pretty printables would of course be Pinterest. You just have to pop 'Blog Printables' into the search bar and a wide range of different styles pop up. I personally like to use the calendars, having a visual of your monthly plan right in front of you is a great way to stay motivated. There's nothing more satisfying than looking at the next months calendar and seeing those squares filled up with blog post ideas!

One app that has everything I need to keep on track and schedule is Hootsuite. It's free to download and really easy to use - You can also use it on your computer You can schedule tweets/Facebook/Google+ posts etc which is great if you are going away on holiday. Ensuring that you still engaged with your audience/pimping out your links while you enjoy some R&R! Some people may prefer the app TweetDeck which does basically the same thing, it's just down to personal preferences. These are also great to use if you have multiple twitter accounts as you can easily switch between them!

We hope you have enjoyed reading a few of our tips and tricks to start getting organised. Put these into action with the points from this post and you will be on a roll!

Much Love,

Procrastinate with Youtube #3

Monday, 28 April 2014

Emma Pickles - Link! 

Emma's channel is a recent discovery, and one I think deserved a mention in my Procrastinate with Youtube Series. With a mix of editorial and everyday makeup looks. Emma's channel is something for everyone really. Her most recent video featuring the Urban Decay Electric Palette is so pretty! I just wish I has a good reason to wear such dramatic eye makeup! I find her tutorials really easy to follow and she always uses a good mix of high end and affordable products. Emma's channel also includes videos such as tags and hauls if you prefer to watch that sort of thing. 

Miss Shari - Link!

I have complete wardrobe envy when I watch Shari's videos. Not only do I often find myself wanting whatever she wears in her videos, when she uploads a haul, I want to just get my bum down to the shops and start spending money! I pretty much want everything from her latest video. I must track down the blazer in h&m! Shari also uploads favourites videos each month as well as other beauty related videos such as Top 10 products for under £10. I do wish she would start blogging again so I could see some of the pieces she purchases put together in outfit posts....or even better look book videos. I've been really enjoying those types of vids recently. :-)

So there you go. Two more youtubers to add to your (probably) ever growing subscription list on Youtube.
If you think there are any Youtubers that I may like, leave their channel name in the comments and I can have a look at them! 

Much love 

give your blog a spring clean

I've noticed recently that people seem to be doing a lot of spring cleaning. Blog posts are popping up here and there about cleaning out your makeup bags, wardrobes, our homes.. but did you stop and have a think about spring cleaning your blog?

It's always a good idea to have a bit of a refresh every now and again when it comes to your blog. While everyone seems to have the bug for it at the moment, I thought I would put together a quick post sharing some of the things you could do to have a good blog spring clean.

1. Have a design revamp. - This is probably one of the most obvious changes you can do if you want to have a bit of a refresh. Either by using google to work out the HTML coding yourself or paying someone else to create a new design for you. Personally I have always found that after a little design revamp I feel really inspired and motivated to blog.
2. Clean up your side bar - Something that can be sorted fairly quickly & makes a big difference. Take a look at your sidebar, remove widgets and buttons that aren't really necessary. Make sure your navigation links are all correct.
3. Label your posts - If you keep the labels on each blog post simple, it will be easier for your readers to search for a specific post. Perhaps you review a lot of hair tools. Rather than using labels like Hair straighteners/curlers/tongs.. just simply label the post 'Hair tools'. They are then all in one place and your readers can browse through the various posts you have composed throughout your time blogging.
4. Update your social Media Pages -  Okay, so this isnt quite your blog but everything is linked! It's nice to keep things uniformed, so go through your social media pages, check the bios are the same or similar, likewise with any image headers (and profile pictures if you want to go that far) Make sure everything is up to date, check the links etc.
5. Check for broken links - If you've never checked your blog for broken links before, this may take you some time. Use a website like this one to check every link you have ever put on your blog. By fixing these broken links the search engine 'spiders' can find their way around your blog with ease and index it properly which in the long run will help with your page views. Your SEO is improved, even though its a fairly tedious task it really is worth it in the end.

I hope you found this helpful, to save this post for future reference, why don't you PIN IT on Pinterest?

Much Love,

I haven't done a 'favourites' style post in a while. So I figured it was probably a good idea to share with you some of the products & items that I have been using on a regular basis over the past month or so. I like to keep things on rotation but there are a few items that stick around a little longer and without realising I will have nearly finished the product because I've used it so much!

  Firstly we have a selection of blending brushes that you may recognise from this post. They are from a very affordable set from Ebay, which despite being cheap, they have lasted really well and do a fantastic job of blending out my eyeshadows. The three above are the ones I use most often. I use the 2 larger brushes to blend out my eyeshadow and then the smaller brush to add shadow into my crease. They are really soft and don't scratch my eyes at all, which would usually be a concern when an item is so cheap! I highly recommend them. You can buy the set I have here.

Next we have the Percy & Read Wonder balm* This effectively  is like a primer for your hair. You apply it when your hair is damp, I tend to put through my mid lengths and ends. The balm seals your hair cuticle, adds gloss along with it's main aim to help your styling products reach their full potential. It has that classic Percy & Reed scent, which to me smells a little bit like babies - I know that sounds strange but if you know the scent you will know what I mean! For me personally is does improve the shine of my hair -so much so, I don't really bother reaching for a shine spray. It also helps with those pesky flyaways I usually get when I style my hair. So even though it sounds like a bit of a bizarre product, it does help the overall appearance of my hairstyle!

The Mac MSF in Lightscapade is one I picked up at my local CCO. It sat in the back of my drawer unloved for a while, but now it's my absolute favourite hightighter of the moment. It's a very light, subtle highlighter. Compared to Soft & Gentle which I find is a lot more glittery, Lightscapade comes across on my skin as much more of a natural glow leaving my skin looking really radiant. I would say it's a good one for girls who are new to highlighters as it isn't too in-your-face shimmer.

Another favourite of mine, which I think will forever be a favourite is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray, There was a period where I didn't have this in my stash and boy, did my face thank me for it once I repurchased. It keeps my makeup in place and just does what it says on the tin really. I reviewed it a while ago which you can read here if you are interested.

So that is it, a couple of things that I am loving at the moment. Are there any products that have crept back into your routine that have once again become firm favourites?

Much love,


Even though my hair is pretty long to begin with, it's always nice to have a little bit of a helping hand when it comes to adding a bit more body and lenght. We can backcomb, use volumising spray etc but nothing beats using a set of extensions to give you that extra oomph!
When I was contacted by Dirty Looks shortly after having my hair dyed a little lighter, I happily accepted their offer to review a set of their Head Kandy full head clip in extensions*. What makes this particular set different than the usual full head sets is that it contains one quad weft. This particular weft includes 4 wefts of hair sewn onto flat mesh. This means you get more hair with less clips. It's something you could even wear on it's own for a little bit of added thickness if you don't feel like wearing the entire set at one go.

Getting matched up for my shade was very easy. I simply sent the girls at Dirty Looks a photograph of my hair and their senior stylist colour matched for me. In this case she suggested 'Butterscotch Blonde' which is a great match! When you have highlighted hair it's a little harder to determine what shade is correct for you as you have so many different shades running through. Luckily Dirty Looks have a good variety of lighter shades as well as dark solid colours, so you are bound to find a shade to suit you.

To follow on with the topic of colour matching, the extensions arrive in a bag with two compartments. One is sealed then the other containing just one weft of hair is not. This is to help you determine if the correct shade and length has been sent to you. So you can check it with the single weft, then if you are happy you can unseal the left hand side and start using your extensions. Once you have opened the left hand side you will not be able to return the extensions for hygiene reasons. So always remember to test out the single weft first!  - There are instructions about this on the reverse of the bag, so you shouldn't miss it!
Like most hair extension sets, they come in a varity of different lengths/grams. I have the 16"-18" set which is 160g of hair. The Dirty Looks hair extensions are made from 100% Remy Hair, so you can use heat tools on them. I always use a heat protectant when styling my hair, be it straightening or curling. You should make sure you do this in particular when you are using extensions as it helps keep them in good condition, so will last longer!

In total you receive 8 large wefts of hair with multiple clips and then 2 single clip pieces. 160g of hair is a lot so you don't necessarily need to wear them all at once if you don't want to. If you look to the left of  the quad weft at the very top you can see the amount of hair you get in that one piece. It's a fair bit! You can actually buy a quad weft on it's own if you are looking to only add a little bit of extra volume and length to your hair.
Each weft is numbered, making it easy to follow the step by step instructions you get in the booklet with your extensions, so you know where to put each piece for a natural look.  If  for whatever reason you don't have the booklet the same instructions can be found online on the Dirty Looks website. Depending on what works for you there are endless combinations  to use for your perfect look. One tip which I think is really handy, is to clip in the top/front wefts in at an angle to create more of a feathered look.
As you can see from the images above, these particular hair extensions add a little bit of length and give me the appearance of thicker locks, and you can see the colour match is perfect. . This is them put in from the packet and then I ran the straighteners through quickly to ensure it all blended. I like how they look like this as they were relatively quick to put in, so would be perfect for the days when I need to rush in the mornings. I know I wont have to worry about having to do anything with them, I can just clip them in and go! I haven't had a chance to try out my curling tongs with them yet, but I'm sure with this amount of thickeness my larger barrel curling tong from babyliss, will give me waves even the Kardashians would be proud of! I will have to do a follow up post with ways I have tried styling them.

Overall I am really pleased with the Dirty Looks Head Kandy Hair extensions. They are good value for money at £69.99 for a full head set. The service from the brand themselves has been brilliant. They were always quick to respond to any queries I had when it came to the colour match and length of my extensions. As I gradually get blonder throughout the year, I'm confident that they will be able to assist me in getting the perfect shade for my hair!

Have you tried these extensions from Dirty Looks?  Like I said previously, If you would like to see a follow up post showing the different hairstyles I can create with them in let me know in the comments!

Much love, 
Finding the perfect Jeans TOPSHOP LEIGH

For most girls, finding a pair of jeans that are a perfect fit is an ongoing mission with many frustrating shopping trips until you find THE JEANS. Being only 4ft 11, I have always struggled to find jeans that fit me. It has been one of the main reasons I actually dislike going shopping for clothes. I'm petite in height, but I wont lie, I have a bit of a tum. So the combination of my slim legs but not to slim waist line means its incredibly difficult to find jeans that actually fit properly. Throw in the added factor of being short and it gets even harder. I have had many pairs of jeans in the past that have been the perfect 'skinny' jean albeit too long - but nothing a bit of wonder web can't fix - but then had the disappointment that I couldn't do the button up around the waist! It wasn't until I went along to the newly refurbished Topshop in The Oracle shopping centre that I faced my fears and headed into the denim section of the store...On...A...Mission. 

The Topshop in the Oracle shopping center has had a massive facelift, it's been made bigger, the layout has changed and it much easier to navigate, with different 'departments' dotted around the store all with a member of staff standing by to assist you if you need anything - this is something I really liked. I hate walking around the shops trying to find someone who works there to ask something! Their denim selection is really impressive, we all know Topshop offer a range of different style jeans but surprisingly I had never even stepped foot into a store to try and find a pair to fit my needs. With a full belly after some lunch at Handmade Burger Co & complimentary gift card in hand I figured this would the the perfect time to try and a pair perfect for me. 

The Oracle Reading
With Lorna by my side, I headed to the petite section and grabbed a pair of Joni Jeans and a pair of Leighs. Both styles are hyped up by many girls in and outside of the blogging community so they had to be decent! I loved the stretchy quality you got with the Joni jeans, and the fact they were highwaisted so would 'suck everything in' but for some reason they just didn't look right on me. So I decided to put them to the side and try the Leighs... well IT WAS LOVE. The jeans fit me perfectly. The petite 28" leg length hit me just right on my ankle, they fit my waist well without having to compromise on the 'skinniness'  factor on my legs, I walked straight out the changing rooms and grabbed another pair in black. 

I cannot fault these jeans, I literally want to go and buy them in every colour. I am even heading towards getting a white pair for the summer months! At £38 they aren't too expensive, but buying more than one pair in a single transaction isn't something I will be rushing to do. For now I have the classic dark blue and black.. Maybe I'll have to get a grey pair next....

Have you tried the Topshop Leigh jeans? Maybe you prefer one of the other styles. Let me know in the comments. 

Much love, 

Wardrobe Staples

I've made no secret about the fact I would love a wardrobe full of staple, versatile pieces rather than a miss mash of items that I wear a couple of times because they are 'on trend' and then get forgotten about months down the line. Seeing Vivianna's video on wardrobe basics, spurred me on to get going and make a start on the building up my own. 

The Black Shift Dress - River Island
Everyone needs a LBD in their wardrobe. I have opted for a sleeveless shift dress from the Chelsea Girl range at River Island. It's perfect to wear with long sleeve tops underneath for work or dressed up with a blazer and heels for an evening out. I wish I had bought more than one actually -or is that a bit excessive? I just know I will be getting so much wear out of this item! I would like to get another one at some point with 3/4 length sleeves, if anyone has seen one in that style anywhere do let me know. 

The Smart Sweater - French Connection
I want to have a few smart sweaters in my wardrobe for times when I want to go out for a nice meal or something but don't want to go too over the top. I just want to look like I have made an effort! They work well with jeans or a pencil skirt with heels. Ideally I would like to get a couple more in Black and grey. To start me off I have this sheer panel sweater from French connection. I like how the Deep V Panel is on both the front & the back and extends slightly across the shoulders. It's so lightweight too so perfect for spring. 

The Fitted blazer - Primark
I think this particular staple is a given. Most people have some form of fitted blazer in their wardrobe. I have this black one that I bought from Primark earlier on in the year. I do like the boyfriend fit blazers that you can get from H&M too, so if I were to get another I'd probably get a looser style one. These are perfect to dress up a fairly casual oufit, wear for a job interview or on a night out. I think blazers are probably one of the most versatile pieces you can own! 

What do you think? Will you be favouring staple pieces over keeping up with the trends?

Much love, 

So if you saw my post about the MUA Luxe velvet lip lacquer you will know that I am trying to make more of an effort to wear brighter shades of lipsticks. I've got enough 'my lips but better' and peachy pink shades to last me a lifetime. But it's time to give some other brighter, bolder shades a go and experiment a little. There are many bloggers than can rock a brighter lip on a daily basis but for some bizarre reason it scares me a little. Maybe it's because I am not used to it? 

 I won this YSL lipstick n Fuscia Tourbillon on twitter a couple of months ago. It's a lot brighter than I would usually wear but I really like it. It s part of their Spring 2014 collection. As t s a Rouge Volupte lipstick it has a very glossy smooth finish making it very easy to apply, but due to this consistency it is one you will find yourself reapplying after a few hours. 

I really like the shade, I actually apply it with a lip brush rather than straight from the bullet as I can control the amount I wear this way. I find if i apply it directly it's a bit too bright for my liking so using a lip brush to apply it in small doses means I can build up the intensity of the colour to something I am more comfortable with.

I only have one other lipstick from YSL and that is in the shade nude beige (surprise surprise) I think they are such lovely lipsticks, the packaging alone makes you want to show them off on your dressing table. It's just a shame that they are quite pricey! How nice it would be to have a nice little row of them on display in a variety of shades!

Have you tried this lipstick, or maybe you have a favourite shade from YSL? Let me know in the comments.

Much Love, 

Spring Discount codes April 2014

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Matalan have some great pieces at the moment. I think you probably recognise the pink gingham skirt on the left. It's been doing the rounds on instagram and blogs recently! I always find that Matalan is good for basics a lot of the time, but they do come out with some gems based on the latest trends from time to time. 
There is currently a Matalan discount code for 20% off your order if you enter the code XFF920. This is valid till the 6th April.  

I have always been a fan of Dorothy Perkins, mainly for workwear pieces as they have a lot of nice dresses and tops that would be suitable for the office. Just like Matalan they are good with bringing out with pieces that are fitting with the current trends. Everyone is going crazy for pastels and gingham at the moment! 
There is currently a  Dorothy Perkins discount code  for 10% off your order if you enter DPWELC9. As far as I am aware there is no expiry date for this code!

The body Shop never lets us down when it comes to discounts. I don't think there is ever a time where they don't have some form of discount code floating about! It's a great time to stock up on your body butters, try out some of the new makeup range or purchase some of the gifts for future Birthday presents! There is currently a discount code for The Body Shop for 40% off your order if you enter the code 14668. This code is valid till 15th April.

Cindy Leather Tote | Hattie Box Clutch |  Kalpso City Shoes

I'm updating my wardrobe at the moment and going for quality over quantity a brand like French Connection is perfect for this. Now it wont be the cheapest shopping spree you will go on, therefore if there is a discount you jump on that and get something! There is currently a French Connection discount code for 20% off your order if you enter the code SHOPFC20. This is valid till 5th April.

Pink Satchel | Tailor Cut Tote | Temple Beam | Colbalt Satchel

Clarks isn't the first place you would think of looking for a new handbag, however they have a good selection of new styles that I think are more appealing for the younger consumers. I really like the camel tote bag and pink leather satchel! There is currently a discount code for 20% off bags at Clarks if you use the code BAGS14. This is valid till 6th April.

Those are a few of the specific discount codes that are floating around at the moment. A lot of stores currently have sales on. I've eyed up a few pieces in the Urban Outfitters , Laura Ashley, ASOS & Topshop

Have you picked up any bargains recently?

Much love?