My Current Summer Favourites

So I thought I would share with you the products that I have been loving throughout Summer so far! I haven’t done a monthly favourites post in quite a while and figured this would be a good way to get back into these kind of posts.

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  1. Collection Contour Kit: Throughout Summer, I find that it’s nice to wear a more bronzed make up look and, to do this, I’ve been loving Collection’s contour kit. The bronzer is very pigmented and the highlighter is super pretty. It’s definitely gives more colour and dimension to your make up look, with the two powders working really well together.faves4
  2. Lush Candy Cream Bubble Bar: I recently visited Lush Oxford Street and it was amazing! With three floors of bath bombs, bubble bars and everything between, there were certainly so many different products to choose from! So I decided to try one of their bubble bars, as I never had before. After trying the Candy Cream one, I love the concept of it and it left my bath pretty in pink and smelling amazing.faves1
  3. Barry M Quick Dry Nail Polish – Eat My Dust: Barry M are one of my favourite brands for nail polishes and when I tried this shade, it was no different. This has to be one of my favourites of theirs, as the pastel shade complements my skin tone really well. It also dries really quickly, which obviously just makes the whole process of painting my nails much easier!faves5
  4. Zoella Candy Cream Body Lotion: As I’m sure you already know, Zoella recently bought out her Sweet Inspirations range. However, I’m still loving the products in her Tutti Frutti collection! I think that the scent and the range of products make this collection my favourite one that she has released so far. So I recently tried out the body lotion, which smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling super soft and moisturised afterwards.faves2
  5. mac Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick: This is the first mac lipstick I have ever tried,
    after hearing such great things about them. And I agree with all of their great reviews! I think this shade has been perfect for Summer, as it’s very pigmented and pretty. It’s also very easy to apply and a great, long-lasting lip product to wear!faves3

So there are my 5 current Summer favourites; I’ll be sure to post more of these beauty product posts here on my blog, to let you know of any products that you may like to try for yourself. Do let me know in the comments your Summer favourites and any products you think I, or any other bloggers, may like to try 🙂

– – ‘When it rains look for rainbows when it’s dark look for stars’

10 Things I’m Grateful For

I was recently nominated by Sophie Samantha to do the 10 things I’m grateful for tag. I think this post idea is so cute, as it allows me to express my appreciation for the things that mean the most to me. It also gives bloggers a chance to get to know one another a little better and connect to them on a much more personal level. So here are 10 things I am grateful for.

  1. My Family: My family honestly mean so much to me and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for them. I can’t thank them enough for all that they do for me and how happy they make me.
  2. Dance: Dance is my passion and its one of the main things that defines who I am. When I dance, I forget about everything, let my heart take over my head and know that I can be exactly who I want to be.
  3. My Friends: I’m so grateful for my best friends, because it means a lot to know that I have people who are always going to be there to share memories with and ma10things tagke me smile.
  4. Blogging: I recently took a break from blogging because I was caught up with school work and therefore had a lack of motivation and ideas. But since I have returned, it has honestly made me so happy to post content and connect with my fellow bloggers 🙂
  5. Special Memories: I have so many amazing memories with my family and my friends that I know I will be able to cherish forever.
  6. Books: I’ve nearly always got my head in a book because I just love the idea of escaping to another world; becoming somebody else and living their story, even if just for a moment.
  7. My Inspirations:  I’ve met so many amazing people that have had such a huge impact on my day to day life. They have helped me to believe in myself just that little bit more and I am honestly so grateful for each and every one of them.
  8. The Little Things: I think it’s so important to treasure the little things in life that put a smile on your face; like taking a bubble bath, inside jokes and lighted candles.
  9. Being Accepted: There’s no greater feeling than being accepted for who I really am, by people who appreciate what makes me me.
  10. Every Opportunity that I get: It’s so important to treasure each and every opportunity that’s given to you and to be accepting of new challenges and adventures that help you to become both stronger and happier.

  1. My Nominations for this tag are:

– – ‘Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is’

July Birchbox Review

So recently I’d seen a lot of posts about beauty box subscription packages and thought that they were such a good idea. So, this month I subscribed to Birchbox. For those of you who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription package where, each month, you receive five beauty products which are tailored to your online beauty profile. I also used their 2FOR1 offer, so I received their June box this month too. So I thought I would share with you the products in the July box and my initial thoughts on them.

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The Box: This month, Birchbox collaborated with Millie Mackintosh to create the theme of the Never Ending Summer. And I think the design of the box is so pretty! Their boxes are really useful for keeping your own beauty products inside and definitely look super cute. The products also came in this adorable Best Day Ever bag, which can also be kept and used to take cosmetics or toiletries on holidays, perhaps.

Millie Mackintosh Lip Crayon: In addition to this box design, Millie also created this gorgeous lip crayon in the shade Bohemian Rose; a Birchbox special. It’s a pretty in pink shade which both colours and nourishes the lips, so I think that Birchbox’s collaboration with Millie this month was perfect.

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Spectrum Collection Make Up Brush: Before now, I’d never tried any of Spectrum Collection’s make up brushes. However, this brush is really soft on this skin and can be used to apply any powder products. I’m really happy that Birchbox included this full size product, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying more of Spectrum’s brushes now!

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Nails Inc Nail Varnish: So everyone who got this nail polish in their boxes receieved a different shade and I was so happy to get this bright and vibrant coral/pink colour. I think it suits my skin tone well and is the perfect shade for the summer months. I’ve heard great things about Nails Inc’s products, so I’m certainly excited to give this one a try.

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Indeed Labs hydraluron moisture boosting mask: This is a completely innovative product by Indeed Labs, as these face masks release hyaluronic acid slowly into the skin for longer lasting relief from dry skin. Because it’s such a new and different product, I think this is possibly the one I’m most excited to use, to see how their unique formula and idea compares to other face masks I’ve used before.

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume In-Shower Treatment: With this month’s box, Birchbox gave you the opportunity to choose between two full-size John Frieda products. I chose the 7 day volume treatment, which acts as a way to give extra boost and volume to your hair. I know that John Frieda is such a trustworthy brand, so I’m looking forward to seeing the results of this product!

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So I think that July’s Birchbox was spot on for Summer. It’s also really great value for money, as many of these products are full size, so paying just £10 for the box is a really great way to try out new beauty products. I would highly reccommend a Birchbox subsciption to anyone wanting to do the same, or even as a gift for family or friends!

Visit the Birchbox UK website here.

– – ‘Next time you think of beautiful things don’t forget to count yourself in’

Blogger Recognition Award

So I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! This is the second blog award that I’ve received and it makes me so happy to know that people read and support my little blog. I was nominated by the lovely Dreaming of Living, so also be sure to go and check out her blog! I love the idea of these awards, because it means that I connect to, and discover, new bloggers and their own individual content.

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So here are the rules of the tag:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you
  3. Give a brief story about why you started blogging
  4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
  5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award

Why I started blogging:

I started blogging for two main reasons. The first was because I’ve always loved writing. It’s a way for me to express my own ideas and try and make sense of what’s in my brain! I loved the idea of having my own little corner of the internet where I can just be myself. The second was because I’ve always wanted to inspire people. I’ve been inspired by so many amazing people out there and I’ve always wanted to do the same for others. So that’s why my posts are sometimes a little different. I don’t just post about the latest beauty and lifestyle trends; I also try to write about my views on this world in a way that will inspire others.

And I’m so happy that I did start blogging, because I really do love creating my own posts, connecting with other bloggers and being a part of the amazing blogospehere 🙂


My advice for new bloggers:

  1. Only ever post what you want to post. Because, of course we want to gain readers for our blog, but the best posts are ones that are written from the heart and with passion behind them. Your blog is for you; it’s your own little corner of the internet where you can write what you want when you want. So never feel like you have to write something, just because every other blogger is, or because somebody else tells you to.
  2. If you’re not a full-time blogger, don’t feel forced into setting a time and a date each week when you have to post. Of course this is more consistent and somewhat professional but, with other commitments, it can put so much more pressure on you and sometimes take the fun out of blogging. I started off doing this for that reason, but I found myself sometimes uploading posts that I wasn’t 100% happy with just so that I had content, which obviously demotivated me. So only ever post something you honestly believe in and don’t put extra pressure on yourself!

    My nominations:


Thank you again for the nomination and for everyone’s support with Little Miss Daydreams 🙂

– – ‘To be inspired is great to inspire is incredible’

My Recent Reads

Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella

I’ve alwblog-finding audreyays been a fan of Sophie Kinsella, so I was really excited to hear that she had written her first YA book. Without giving away the story, Finding Audrey is about a young girl with social anxiety. She struggles to leave the house and take off her dark glasses, until she meets her brother’s friend, Linus.

I really enjoyed reading Finding Audrey, and it opened my eyes up to mental health issues in a really positive way. I love the way that Sophie has written Finding Audrey; its very easy to read and, once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books where you want to find out what happens in the end, but you don’t want to finish it!

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who may be struggling with, or wanting to find out about, mental health issues, and anyone that enjoys reading young adult fiction. Finding Audrey definitely makes it into one of my all time favourite books 🙂


Paper Towns, John Green

Before reading Paper Towns, I’d never read any novels by John Green, so blog-paper townsafter all of the great reviews that I’d heard, I was excited to read his books.

Paper Towns is a love and ‘adventure’ story; when Margo doesn’t turn up to school after a all night adventure with narrator Quentin, Q must find all of the clues that lead to Margo and let him find out who she really is. I love the plot of Paper Towns and some of the quotes in there by Green are really sweet. The fact that he uses a ‘not-your-average’ love story to enable both Q and Margo to find out who they really are made me love the story even more.


All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven

blog-all the bright placesI wanted to read this after Zoella put it in her June favourites video last year, as she recommended it to all of her viewers and later put it in the Zoella Book Club. All the Bright Places is told from the perspectives of Finch and Violet, who meet at school, at the top of the bell tower. Finch is constantly dreaming about dying and taking his own life, whilst Violet is struggling with the death of her sister. It’s a story based around mental heath and raises awareness of serious issues, in a very relatable and accessible way.

This is honestly one of the most emotional and engaging books I’ve ever read. I love the way that Jennifer Niven writes; her words in this book seem so beautiful and melodic. The way that she tells such a sad, yet beautiful story is incredible and the perfect YA book. Again, it’s a book that’s made its way into my all time favourites and I’m excited to read more novels by Jennifer.

– – ‘A reader lives a thousand lives, whilst the man who never reads lives only one’

Sprinkling Positivity

In today’s world there is so much negativity both on the internet, and in real life. And I think that is so sad and disheartening. Because it can stop people from being who they really want to be, or doing things they really want to do. And then people feel forced into doing things, just to try and please others. But we never know what kind of personal battles or barriers others are facing, so we can never know just how much something like that can hurt one another.

So surely spreading your own little kind of positivity in this world is so much more beneficial and worthy, both to you, and to those around you?

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The truth is that positivity is infectious; there’s no denying that. It helps people to become much happier and have a much stronger outlook on life itself. And, to me, making people smile and helping to inspire others is one of the greatest things in this world. Maybe that’s just me? But I think that, with so many young people struggling with self-confidence, being kind, supportive and positive to one another is so much greater than pulling one another down, in order to to get ahead.

Because exploiting and hating on somebody else’s imperfections doesn’t make yours any smaller. So why not celebrate each other’s attributes and help to develop both their confidence and self-identity?

As cliché as it sounds, ‘we’re all in this together’, so aim to sprinkle a little positivity wherever you go and watch the world around you become a much brighter, happier place.

– – ‘Throw kindness around like confetti’

Returning to My Blog!

So I haven’t blogged in so long and I’ve honestly missed writing my little posts so much. The truth is that I’ve been super busy lately. Taking exams at school, deciding what I want to do in the future and pursuing my passions, has taken up all of my time lately. So returning to my blog and forgetting about my responsibilities feels awesome.

As I’ve said here before, I’m a complete perfectionist. I work hard in every single thing I do, because I want to succeed in everything I put my mind to. I believe that success doesn’t just come from natural talent. It takes hard work, dedication and commitment to being the best possible version of you that there is.  And that’s what I’ve been doing lately. Whether its in school, preparing for exams, in the dance studio, where I’m 100% me, or sorting out the next chapter in my life. I’ve been through stress, worry and triumph over the past few months. Hence the absence from my blog!

But I’ve missed sharing my thoughts, feelings and ideas with you, however strange and distorted they may seem sometimes! But I’ve revamped my blog design, created new posts and am so happy to be able to write on here again.

Thank you for your support and if any of you know of any smaller bloggers, or are indeed one yourself, share them with me in the comments so I can 100% return to the bloggersphere 🙂

– – ‘The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination’