Thursday, 26 February 2015

Glam Up Your Stationery: Erin Condren Life Planner


Something you might not know about me is that I love stationery probably just as much as I love make up! Notebooks, cards, folders, diaries, post-its, pens, you name it. There is something about pretty stationery and being organised that makes me happy. Being as obsessed as I am, I just had to get myself an Erin Condren Life Planner. For those of you who are not familiar with Erin Condren, it's a Californian brand which specialises in personalised stationery and other custom lifestyle products. For a stationery junkie, Erin Condren is like heaven!

The Life Planner is a diary, organiser and notebook all in one. There are loads of laminated covers to choose from which are all interchangeable and can be personalised. As you can see I went for a colourful leopard print design with my name printed on the cover. I just love it!


All the way through the planner are bright and colourful quotes and sayings which I think is such a nice touch. Inside there is a tab for each month of the year, with a monthly overview and then a weekly overview. The monthly page is great for seeing at a glance what you have got on and I have a bill tracker sticker which I place on this page to keep track of all my expenses during the month.

The weekly pages are where I can really plan out my week. Each day is split in to three sections, morning, day and night and there is also a goals and notes section on every weekly spread.

When I first discovered Erin Condren planners I saw that lots of girls decorate their planners to make them more fun. I just loved the idea of this so bought some stickers from Etsy (there are loads of them on there!) and got some washi tape (some from Paperchase and some from Waterstones) and got planning!


 

I usually do my planner on a Sunday night, this allows me to plan the week ahead and makes me focused and productive going in to the new week. I have study stickers which I use to mark the nights I will study for my upcoming exams, I have adorable yoga stickers which let me plan when I can fit in a yoga session, balloons to mark birthdays; I even have the cutest mini make up stickers which I use when I am planning blog posts. I also like to stick in some quotes to help inspire and motivate me during the week. The possibilities for planning are endless!


To decorate my planner I add washi tape just to seperate things, add some colour and detail to my weekly plans. 

 

 After all the monthly tabs there are tonnes of lined and blank paper towards the end of the planner with some gorgeous designs on them, like the one below. These pages are great for making lists, keeping track of things or just to write down your thoughts.


Towards that back are some planner stickers which are included with the planner. These include two pages of colourful stickers for birthdays, holidays, days off, hair appointments, doctors appointments and lots more. Erin Condren also include a further two pages of blank stickers which you can customise yourself. It really is the little touches like these that make this planner amazing!


At the back of the planner is a double sided pocket which to can put loose pieces of paper in and it aptly says 'keep it together'. How cute! Inside the planner there is a little removable perpetual calendar & contacts book. Here you can fill in people's birthday and special anniversaries and each year all you need to do is transfer the little book over to your new planner. This is such a great idea as it saves you writing it out every year.


To finish off the Life Planner there is a plastic zip lock pouch at the very back which you can keep bits and pieces in. It actually comes with lots of custom made labels which you can use and some of them even match your planner.


 When ordering my planner I decided to buy an extra add in. I ordered the meal planner, which is a little laminated bookmark, where you can write on your meals for each day of the week and on the back there is space to write out your shopping list. This is removable and you can just clip it in wherever you want it.


There are just so many features to this planner; it's so much more than just a diary. Erin Condren products aren't available in the UK so I had to pay for it to be shipped over from the US which was not cheap but after getting my planner, the shipping was worth it in my eyes as we have nothing similar here in the UK. The planner itself is $50.

I love my Life Planner, it is so cute and also so functional. It has really made me feel a lot more organised and on top of everything and with my exams coming up I have a feeling it will become indispensable!

I'm planning on doing a whole 'Glam Up Your Stationery' series here on my blog as I have so many pretty things to share with you all!



Sunday, 22 February 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Indulgence



In my opinion Charlotte Tilbury has one of the best make up collections out there. It is wide and varied and I want just about everything in it. I have a few Charlotte Tilbury items already but this week I caved and order a few of the items that were on my wish list.

Who ever did the branding for Charlotte Tilbury deserves a medal because the whole theme and feel of the brand is so luxurious; from the beautiful burgandy packaging to the rose gold accents, it just feels so indulgent. Exactly how make up should feel, I think. 


My favourite products from the make up guru's collection so far have been her blushers, however her lipsticks are also amazing. I have three of her K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks in different colours but had been wanting to give her Matte Revolution Lipstics a try. With the promise of pretty matte lips without the drying formula, I was sold. I decided to go for the Desk to Disco Duo as it worked out cheaper. I ordered Sexy Sienna & Lost Cherry. Lost Cherry is described as a pastel fuchsia and Sexy Sienna as a golden coral. 

These lipsticks are just beautiful. Sexy Sienna looks more neutral in the beautiful rose gold bullet however on the lips it is a pigmented peachy coral which looks so fresh and brightening. Lost Cherry is a beautiful raspberry red on the lips. These glide on to the lips, no dragging or pulling and feel nice and moisturising on the lips which is so rare for matte lip products.


I also ordered the infamous Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk. This is one of Charlotte Tilbury's bestsellers. It is a pinky nude colour is used to re-shape, re-size and balance the lips. With lip liners being all the rage right now, this is the perfect pencil to achieve those fuller looking lips. I can see this becoming a staple in my make up bag.


The final lip product I bought is one of Charlotte's newer products, the Lip Magic Balm. This little tub is jam packed full of good ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, shea butter, vitamin e and argan oil. This balm adds moisture, protects and make the lips look younger and fuller. This has a unique scent, kind of like baby powder. At first I wasn't sure on the consistency of this as it seemed quite light however once on the lips it makes them feel plump, smooth and soft.


 After all of those lip products, for good measure I thought I would get one for the eyes. I needed a new eyeliner so thought I would try the Feline Flick Eye Liner Pen. I am loyal to my eye liner pens and this one is very nice. It is pigmented, ultra black and has a precise tip. This has made my liner a breeze since I started using it. 

So many lovely products which I am excited to used. There are just so many others which I want to try. If you have tried any Charlotte Tilbury products then please let me know which ones you love :)


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Me-Time


I was invited to do the Me-Time TAG by the lovely Justine from Beauty Toolkit. Perfecting timing as I was just about to sit down and write a post, thanks Justine :) I am definitely an introvert so I love me-time. I am one of those people who just enjoys their own company and having time alone to gather my thoughts and think about things. I used to be slightly embarrassed, often thinking that it meant I was anti-social or shy but really I'm not anti-social or shy, I'm just an introvert person who really enjoys socialising but then needs lots of me-time afterwards. 

1- What do you watch or read during me time?

There is nothing that I love more than watching beauty videos on YouTube, hauls and monthly favourites are the ones I enjoy the most. I also am obsessed with Suits (I have serious wardrobe envy!) and The Good Wife. When it comes to reading I'm not really in to fiction books, I love books that I can learn from. Ironically at the moment I'm read Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain. #geek!


2- What do you wear during me-time?

Pyjamas. I would wear pyjamas all day, everyday if I could. As soon as I come home from work it's straight in to my jammies. My Jack Wills leggings are the comfiest things ever, perfect for me-time!

3- What are your me-time beauty products?

Like Justine, I love a nice relaxing bath when I am having some hardcore me-time. I love the Aromatherapy Associates bath oils, they smell divine! I also love my Kielh's Creme de Corps body moisturiser to leave my skin lovely and soft! Oh and a face mask is also great during me-time. I love the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Sheet Moisture Boost Masks.

4- Current favourite nail polish?

I just bought Topshop Nail Polish in Buff and I am obsessed! It is such a unique pale blue/grey colour. So pretty!

5- What do you eat/drink during me-time?

I really like the Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt. It sounds horrible but trust me it is so good! I am not a dark chocolate fan but I love this one. Drink wise I really love the Belvoir Elderflower Presse, it's so refreshing!

6- Current favourite candle?

I just love candles and have tonnes of them dotted about my room. Right now I am loving the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Candle. This is too good for words, just try it :)

7-Do you ever have outdoor me-time?

Lately I have been going for long walks with my dad and have been really enjoying them. The combination of fresh air and exercise really helps to clear my head and boosts my mood. Also talking to my dad about things always helps.

8- Would you ever go to see a movie alone?

I have never done it and I think I would feel slightly self conscious but as I get older the more I think I would be able to do it. I applaud people who do go to the movies alone. For now I think I will stick to Netflix.

9- Favourite online store?

This has to be ASOS simply because it has everything in one place, clothes, accessorises, beauty products. Also I have ASOS Premier which means I get unlimited free next day delivery which can sometimes be fatal! 

10- Anything to add? What else do you like to do during me-time?

One of my favourite me-time activities is to practice some yoga. I love it. Recently I have been doing some Yoga With Adriene videos. She literally has a yoga sequence for absolutely everything! I also like to plan and organise, this de-clutters my mind and helps me relax (more on this coming soon!).

I would love to find out how Ellie from Ellie from Ellalogy and Fee from Make Up Savvy use their me-time as I am a huge fan of both their beautiful blogs :) Also let me know what you like to do during your me-time.




Sunday, 15 February 2015

Celebrating

 Yesterday my wonderful dad turned 50. He is such an amazing dad and best friend to me and is always there for me no matter what. To celebrate him turning the big 5-0 we headed to Troon (a costal town around 45 mins from Glasgow) to have a spot of lunch. My mum, dad and brother had never been to Scotts before however recommended it.
Scotts is a beautiful restaurant nestled on the edge of Troon marina with great food and a great view out over the harbour and over to the Isle of Arran. I started my lunch with my favourite cocktail, a strawberry mojito. So yummy! 
The menu at Scotts had so many tasty dishes however for starters I ordered the sizzling pan fried king prawns in a garlic and chilli hot oil with toasted ciabatta. I love this dish, the prawns are so fresh and the sauce full of flavour.
For my main course I went for crispy chicken tempura with a side portion of rosemary and sea salt wedges. Again this was so good. I finished off my meal with my favourite dessert, hot chocolate fudge cake and washed it down with another mojito....oops!
Everyone really enjoyed the meal and it was so nice to relax and spend time together. The birthday boy was left with a satisfied smile on his face! It was also a beautiful day which made the scenic drive even prettier.
The makeup I wore to lunch was fairly simple with neutral shimmering eyes with my usual flicked out liner, glowing cheeks and pretty coral lips. My lipstick is Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Coachella Coral. I have owned this for a while but have only ever own it once or twice. Today I wore it and really fell in love with it. The colour is a bit of pink, a bit of red and a bit of coral all mixed in one. The formula is pigmented, creamy and moisturising yet stays on the lips well. Perfection!

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!



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