Monday, 24 November 2014

Video: HUGE Primark Haul

Well, I just HAD to see what all the fuss was about what with all of these Primark Hauls flitting about all over YouTube and the blogosphere, didn't I? I did a little bit of shopping and boy am I happy with what I picked up. There's only one word to describe it... Bargain! To say the least I was a little shocked about some of the prices.

What were your favourite bits? What have you been picking up lately? 

Lorna x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Trip To Brighton

A little bit of a different post and I'm getting all lifestylin' up in here! Beauty is taking a step back (don't worry though, not for good!) and I'm talking a little trip I took to Brighton as I just need to tell you about the places I visited and my time there. 

I'm a London girl at heart. Ever since I moved here for Uni, it's just got me and I honestly couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I just couldn't. It's got everything I need. But after taking a trip to Brighton, I just get it. I get why everyone loves it so much. Now I'm not saying I love it more than London, but it's just got a little bit of somethin' somethin' that makes it so special. 

I stayed for two nights in the Brighton Central Travelodge* and really wasn't expecting that much. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was really pleasantly surprised. The room was actually nice, and I don't mean that in a bad way, I just was expecting the worst, you know? They've actually just installed a tonne of new bespoke king size dreamer beds to celebrate their campaign to get Britain up and go and oh my god was the bed comfy! I literally didn't want to leave and that's not just because I'm not a morning person... 

After finally leaving that uber comfy bed, I headed out to experience a little bit of Brighton and as you can see I took a little obligatory trip to the pier but a pier's a pier and it's the Pumpkin Spiced Chai Latte from the Bluebird Tea Co. that I just have to tell you about. It's everything you could need in a tea. Creamy, sweet with a little spice and with 40 calories a cup. I don't know, just go and try it. It's my obsession and I just wish I could pick one up daily. I did actually pick up some of the tea to make at home, but I haven't got round to getting the tea strainer and milk frother that I need to make that Pumpkin Chai goodness. But I will. If you do anything while you're in Brighton, go here, literally I can't go on about it enough!

For food, I went to Kokoro for lunch. A quick pop-in-and-out Japanese job but the food was amazing and so cheap! For Dinner, I went to La Choza. Amazing Mexican street food. Imagine Wahaca, but better. Oh yeah, I said it. I went for the Burrito Bowl with the fish and the Chipotle salsa and of course guac and tortilla chips on the side and oh boy. You literally just need to go... Oh, and they're Tequila Sunrise's are great, of course.

I fell in love with Brighton a little while I was there, and that's not just because of the Pumpkin Chai, so I can imagine it'll be seeing me soon. 

Where do you love to go in Brighton? 

Lorna x

Friday, 21 November 2014

Keep It Healthy: Nails

Looking after my nails is something I'm a little bit lazy with. I mean, that's putting it lightly. My nails in general, is something I'm super lazy with but that's where this post, 'The Lazy Girl's Guide To: The Perfect Manicure' comes in handy. Maybe you're having a a few nail issues, or perhaps you're just wondering how to keep your nails in tip top condition all year round? Well this post should help a little and point you in the right direction to a few products I'd recommend. 

Looking after your cuticles is super important. Plus it feels amazing. I only really realised this after a recent trip to Cheeky which you can read about over on the BeautySpotter. blog! The works manicure was dreamy and I've never seen my nails looking so good and after that little mani pamper sesh, I just had to work out how to get that sort of effect at home, or one step better, look after it a little more. The Kiss Cuticle Care Complete Manicure System* is a great place to start. You get a cuticle remover, cuticle oil and nail balm all in the one set. A great little kit to get you started and the best bit? It's super affordable. Another cuticle oil that I really rate though is the Nail HQ Cuticle Oil* and I also love the Almond Cuticle Oil Pen from The Body Shop, smells great and super easy to apply too. 

Onto the actual nails and I'm going to start with another great kit from Kiss and it's in the form of their Strengthening Complete Manicure System*. Again it's super affordable and this one includes a Base Coat, Nail Tint and Top Coat, all formulated to keep your nails super strong. Nail HQ has some great offerings and I really like their Protect and Repair with Root Ginger*! This one's great for keeping your nails hydrated and moisturised, it's great if you're a gel/acrylic nail wearer too. Perfect for using after you take them off! The Nail HQ Base Coat* is great for protecting from stains from the coloured polish you pop on top and the Nail HQ All In One* also works to hydrate, strengthen and condition the nails. It does a lot so if you're going to pick just one up, then I'd definitely recommend this one. A great all rounder and I love applying it!

A few other's I'd recommend that I haven't pictured are the OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener. I've been using this for years and love using it as a base coat as it still works to strengthen the nails at the same time as allowing you to have a pretty colour on top. Bonus right? This has totally reminded me to pick up another bottle. Make sure you don't forget about your hands too, a good hand cream like the Rituals Gingko's Secret Caring Hand Balm is an amazing one. A total favourite and I'll be so sad when it runs out. Plus... It smells amazing. Will definitely be picking up another!

What are your go-to nail strengthening/looking-after products? I feel like I should add a few others and get going with this new Nail routine!

Lorna x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Video: The British Tag

I was tagged to do The British Tag by Em and so thought I'd attempt it...  I'm getting so into filming these videos so I really do hope you're enjoying them. Here's my answers to the questions below! I tag you all, so go on, give it a go too!


1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? + How many sugars?
2. Favourite part of your roast
3. Favourite dunking biscuit
4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
5. Favourite word?
6. Cockney rhyme slang?
7. Favourite sweet
8. What would your pub be called?
9. No.1 British person
10. Favourite shop / restaurant
11. What british song pops into your head?
12. Marmite.

How would you answer the questions? Thinking about those Roast Potatoes and Nice Biscuits again... Oops!

Lorna x

Monday, 17 November 2014

#VeryOnTrend: A/W Party Edit & Fashion Show

I'm not usually one for dressing up fully. I'll often feel to dressy and pop on my new beloved Puma Suede's, a pair of flat boots or some flatforms to bring an outfit from being super dressy to that little bit less but when picking this outfit from, something changed and I fancied a little bit of a change and a little bit more glitz and glamour.

As you can see in the pictures above I went for a virtually all black outfit with a hint of navy blue and not forgetting the obligatory glitter... I fell in love with this River Island via. High Neck Glitter Panelled dress* as soon as I saw it. It's just so me! I shortened it a little though as I'm just a tad  shorter than the model wearing it on the site. I added the River Island via. Faux Fur Collar Jacket in Black* and this gorgeous Navy Velvet Chain Shoulder Bag with Gold Detailing* and finished it off with a pair of heeled black ankle boots, I went for my faves in my stash and of course, they're the Topshop Allegras (firm favourites in my wardrobe since I started this blog!). A super simple outfit, but the glitter on the dress makes it that bit fancier. Perfect for the Christmas party season and I just know I'll get so much wear out of it. 

So you're probably wondering what this post is actually all about? I was invited down to the #veryontrend event with Cosmopolitan Magazine and and of course I wouldn't turn down to see Very's Party Edit... and Sam Faiers new collection. After a rifle through the rails of beautiful sequinned dresses and super sleek playsuits with the lovely Ashleigh (who actually took my pictures, so thanks lovely!) we sat down to the watch the catwalk show of all of the pieces in action. Here are a few of my picks... Can I own them all please? 

The collection is so dreamy! All of the black items I just need... Love doesn't quite cover it. It was a lovely evening with so many lovely ladies and I now have a wish list the length of my arm. Christmas maybe?! 

What's your favourite piece? 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Getting Into Glitter

I've never been a massive fan of glitter. A little bit of shimmer here and there but I've always been a matte kinda girl at heart. Enter these beauties from NARS and Paul and Joe Beaute, and everything changed. Just like that. 

Perfect for the up coming season and all things Christmas, when is a better time to get this new obsession of all things glitter? I'm talking all the glitter eye shadows you could ever need. Pop a bit over a smokey eye or neutral eye to jazz it up  bit. A little sweep of glitter is all you need and it makes the look that bit better. These are my picks to add a little bit of sparkle into your makeup collection...

First up I'm going to give a massive mention to Paul and Joe Beaute. They have got glitter down and I'm going to put this new obsession solely down to them. The eye colour trio's in 02* and 08* are the ones. The first shadow in the trio's are the ones with all the sparkle and as soon as you give the shadows a swatch you'll know exactly what I mean and I can just imagine that you'll fall in love with it like I did. They're gold and silver glitters like I've never seen before. Just trust me, they're amazing. Adding a little more Paul and Joe into the mix and the Eye Gloss Duo in 01* is something I never thought I'd be into. Especially not the yellow shade, but my god, it's beautiful. Imagine the glitter shade in the eye colour trio palette 02 but in a gloss form, so more glossy, more glittery, perfect! (Can you tell I love it yet?) 

Another favourite are the NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadows in Callisto* and Dione*. Perfect glittery shadow-ness. That's all I need to say. Read the post linked for all the deets on these beauties and of course some unmissable swatches. They're a goodn' and a firm favourite in my collection that I just can't imagine not using. 

I'm actually so happy I've gotten into these and can only imagine this obsession and collection will be ever growing. 

What are your favourite glitter products? 

Lorna x

Monday, 10 November 2014

Don't Forget To Smile Today

Happy Monday everyone! For most, today will just be 'one of those days', I mean, I find the majority of my week tends to be sometimes, so I thought what better day than a Monday to post and write this on. I just wanted to talk a bit about happiness as I can honestly say I am feeling so happy at the minute and this 'Don't Forget To Smile Today' sticker I got from My Little Box just rang so true that I just couldn't not share it... 

We can get so caught up in our busy lives that we can forget to do things that we love and make us happy. We get used to things, perhaps change can seem daunting but if in the long run it'll make us feel better about life in general then it's so worth doing. That can be a big change, a few little ones or just something to make you feel that bit better instantly. Like listening to your favourite song or getting back into that band you used to love. Popping on your fave lipstick (pictured is a lovely one from MDM Flow, how cute is the packaging?!) or having a sweet treat. Spending time with your best friend, someone you love. That kind of thing. It can be as big or small as you like, just do it, you'll feel so much better for it in the long run. I'm not saying don't do things like go to work if you don't feel like it, I mean a girl's gotta earn a living, but maybe do something after to make you feel better, or before? Perhaps even both. 

I'm feeling really happy with life at the minute and a lot of that is down to changes I've made and things I'm totally getting into doing. I'm quite lucky to absolutely love my job and the people I work with, I'm making sure to spend my time around people that keep me feeling positive about everything and that is helping so much too. I'm doing things I love, and trying to not stress about not being able to do as much as I'd like, I will get everything I need to do done at some point. There is only so much time in the day after all...

I can be a really disorganised person, I mean I like to think I'm not that bad but I can be, but I've found that giving myself this Monday, Wednesday, Friday and a video on Sunday routine has just made me feel so much better about doing this and creating content for you all. I honestly cannot tell you how happy making videos has been making me. I bloody love it. I get excited filming it (albeit a little stressed sometimes, which we can definitely see in the outtakes, oops!) and then seeing it come together when I edit it and then finally put it out there come Sunday for everyone to see. It's a super long process and if you don't make videos, you probably don't realise quite how long it does take, but I love every second of it and right now I wouldn't change that for the world. Every comment, every thumbs up and every view puts the biggest smile on my face and that's because I'm so proud of something I've worked so hard to put out there and because of that happiness it gives me, I just can't see me stopping that any time soon. (Here's a link to my channel if you'd like to see what I've been up to, honestly cannot tell you how excited that makes me to say... Eek!)

Obviously I still love writing posts on this blog. I told you how excited I was to put my new design out there and how inspired that made me feel and of course, that's still the case. I never would have written a post like this before. It was all beauty reviews and although I did enjoy that, I just didn't find the content to be as riveting to write and it almost started feeling like a chore. I'm changing up my content, adding back in a little Fashion, adding in the new spin of lifestyle and of course the regular videos will be included! It's so much more enjoyable to write now, and I'm hoping so much more enjoyable to read too... Although don't be shy to tell me if I'm wrong there, of course I'd love to know if you'd prefer differently. It is you reading it after all. 

So that's just a little bit of how I'm feeling at the minute, I mean it's not fine and dandy all of the time in Lorna Land, but there are a few things that are just keeping that smile on my face that bit longer. 

Go on, treat yourself to something you love to do, you deserve it. 

What makes you happy? 

Lorna x