Beauty: L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Pure Gold


Well, after investing and falling head-over-heels in love with the L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Nude Gold, the only next logical step was to make the Pure Gold shade my own (I still want them all).

Bought alongside the Le Lip Liner Magique (a multi-use transparent lip liner), I am delighted with this oh-so-unique shade. I can see why the L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Pure Gold is the headlining item in the Color Riche range and why this collection is so popular.

Like the L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Nude Gold, I noticed the Pure Gold shade lipstick lasted after application. All the lipsticks in the Color Riche collection are moisturising due to a combination of Omega-3 oils and Vitamin E.

In the collection, there are “5 iconic shades to suit every skin tone; Nude Gold, Rose Gold, Rouge Gold, Plum Gold, as well as a statement Pure Gold shade.”

What I adore about the Pure Gold shade is that it is beautifully pigmented, a truly mesmerising metallic finished with gold shimmer. You can layer to create a more dramatic effect if desired and it is bold without being brash.

This shade can be used alone or applied over others, team with your favourite statement lipstick for added wow factor. Depending on how daring you are, the Pure Gold shade can be used throughout the day, it doesn’t just have to be a late night love affair.

I found myself only reapplying once throughout the evening and remained subtly sparkly throughout my delicious anniversary dinner (officially over a year, yay!). The texture of this lipstick is wonderful, with a smooth application that lasts. Everyone needs this unique stand-out lipstick in their collection, without a doubt.

Have you tried the L’Oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks? Which shade would you choose?

Stephanie xox

Beauty: Vivid Baked Highlighter by Makeup Revolution


When it comes to highlighting, contouring and the like, I am a self-confessed novice. However, I am improving and one day I may just get there!

While looking to improve these skills and thus intensely browsing for an affordable (and pretty pink) highlighter, I came across this Makeup Revolution beauty.

The Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Moon Glow Lights is a strobe highlighter and it is perfect for illuminating the face alongside, or instead of, contouring.

Now, do be warned that due to the Vivid Baked Highlighter being a strobe highlighter, this means that it offers a subtle shimmer. If you are looking for an intense and defined look, you may want to look elsewhere.



Saying this, you can indeed build on and continuously layer this product if you so choose. Makeup Revolution says, “capture the light with our strobe highlighters… the light powder gives a natural illumination to the skin by diffusing the light. Can be applied both wet or dry for different intensities and very buildable.”

The beauty of this highlighter is that it can literally be used all over your face, and it is perfect for strobing. For a defined glow I tend to use it under my brow bone, diagonally across my cheekbones and atop my cupid’s bow.

My only vice with this product falls down to the packaging, already the print appears to be wearing away (probably due to my constant use no doubt). Other than that, this is my new beauty staple for whenever I need a subtle go-to glow.

What do you think of the Vivid Baked Highlighter? Which highlighter do you use?

Stephanie xox

Skin Care: Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb by LUSH


Oh, Autumn, you are well and truly making your appearance. Days are shorter, far colder and my oversize jumper collection is singing in joy. What better way to spend a cold October evening than pampering yourself in the tub?

Lush has brought us another seasonal delight with the Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb, emitting pleasant earthy scents of sandalwood oil and Japanse maple sap, reawakening childhood memories of kicking about vibrant Autumn leaves.

Joyful memories aside, the inclusion of neroli oil uplifts the spirits while bergamot oil cleanses away the work of the day with its citric properties.

In addition to the combination of wonderful oils, what I adored most about this bath bomb was the red, green and yellow carousel of colour. Which erupted and twirled in a torrent of bubbles when I placed the bath bomb into the water.

Fairground colours aside, once the bath bomb had continued to fizz for some time, it left behind it some rather murky orange hues in the water. Apt for Autumn, to be fair.

The Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb is part of the 2016 Halloween range, which also features gruesome favourites such as cutesy bath melt Boo and oozing bath bomb, Lord of Misrule.

Lush was correct with the Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb, I did indeed “fall for it”.

Have you tried the Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb? Which is your favourite from the Halloween collection? 

Stephanie xox


Fashion: Birthstone Rings by


What girl doesn’t love a sparkly ring on her finger? Even more so when it is an absolute steal. While browsing the jewellerybox website I utterly fell for this sterling silver sapphire gemstone ring*.

When it arrived a few days later in the quaintest little box (just look at all the love and care put into the packaging) I could not wait to see it. Inside was the most dainty ring, a slender sterling silver band adorned with a sapphire gemstone.

Due to its slim band, this ring is absolutely perfect to stack alongside other rings and there are an array of rings on the jewellerybox website for it to be placed atop. Just think of the pretty stacked creations you could be wearing!

Now, the avid reader will realise that I am in fact an August baby, and thus, a peridot would be my gemstone. However, the deep blue of the sapphire stole my heart in this case and I went against the zodiac, stars and astronomy.


Do not fear though, because each star sign is covered and there is a wonderful array of birthstone rings, earrings and necklaces at jewellerybox, making the collection a perfect present all-year-round for that special someone in your life.

When it comes to jewellery, everything I wear must be sterling silver or gold. This isn’t due to some deep-rooted snobbery as unfortunately I flair up within the hour. As you can imagine, this can be pretty pricey if I want to accessorise myself (hence why I am so delighted with my new ring and its ability to match my outfits).

Honestly, the amount of affordable and fashionable jewellery on the website is astonishing, and all of the extensive collection is sterling silver or 9ct gold (so no itchy ears, hands or necks – jewellerybox are assay assured so quality is guaranteed) so you can cast all that tacky faded costume jewellery aside.

If you are wondering what to get as a gift, now you know (you can thank me later).

What do you think of my sapphire gemstone ring? What is your favourite product on the jewellerybox website? 

Stephanie xox

Beauty: L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Nude Gold


With Autumn well and truly here, it is that time of the year where we get super snug in cosy jumpers, don our jeans and dust down our leather boots. Oh, and invest heavily in nude and red lipsticks. Obviously.

Thanks to a raging storm on social media (Twitter and Instagram – I am looking at you), I caved and invested in the L’oreal Gold Obsession Lipstick in Nude Gold (I wanted more).

So, after a little daytime trip to Boots with mother dearest and a birthday gift card in tow, this little beauty was mine. Now, I am not a super fan of L’Oreal and I must admit that I only have a few of their lipsticks in my collection (Hello, MAC, NYX and YSL). However, this is something a little bit special.


I am slightly in love with this lipstick for numerous reasons. Firstly, the variety of rich shades makes for a fabulous base set in my opinion, here’s to hoping they expand the collection with its new found popularity. So far we have “5 iconic shades to suit every skin tone; Nude Gold, Rose Gold, Rouge Gold, Plum Gold, as well as a statement Pure Gold shade”. The Pure Gold really does look amazing, will I be so daring on my next shopping spree?

While swatching away, I found the L’Oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks to be beautifully pigmented, each infused with a non-offensive gold shimmer overlay (don’t worry about looking like a 5-year-old with her first glitter ‘lipstick’) that leaves you with a metallic glossy finish.

I soon realised the once applied, the L’Oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks last for quite some time and are so far proving to be rather moisturising (thanks to the combination of Omega-3 oils and Vitamin E, hallelujah!). I found myself only reapplying once throughout my busy day and overall I remained wonderfully shimmery. The texture of the lipstick is a marvel too, gliding on wonderfully. I think I may have just found my new statement nude lipstick, who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?

Have you tried the L’Oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks? Which shade would you choose?

Stephanie xox

Film: Bridget Jones Baby

Bridget Jones Baby

Who doesn’t love a romantic comedy? Even when you enter the cinema full well knowing that said rom-com is going to be both a charming and chaotic nightmare. You would not expect anything less from Miss Jones.

Bridget Jones (played by Renee Zellweger), first stole our hearts with her relatable and ditzy ways back in 2001 in Bridget Jones Diary, a single woman in her early 30s searching for love in all the wrong places. The first movie beautifully playing out the yearning for the notorious bad boy (Daniel Cleaver, as played by Hugh Grant) versus the oh-so-conservative, Mr. Nice (Mark Darcy, as played by Colin Firth). During which time, the leading lady relentlessly strived towards being the epitome of feminine beauty and health, of course.

After we presumed a happy-ever-after upon the closing scenes of Bridget Jones Diary: The Edge of Reason of 2004, the emotionally-constipated Mark Darcy is no more, the engagement has been called off and he has married another woman. The callous cad!

We’ve skipped forward more than a decade with the belated Bridget Jones Baby, the teenagers, and adults of the noughties filled with wonderful nostalgia and optimism for Bridget as she celebrates her 43rd birthday. The diary is long gone (hello subtle Apple promotion of the iPad), Bridget is a ‘respected’ career woman, still single (WHAT? Yes, you heard it. Single!) and secretly yearning for a future of motherhood. The ‘normality’ she sees in her friends who surround her with busy family schedules is a perpetual reminder of where she should be in life, the heart of a nuclear family.


On the verge of breaking point, she is tricked into a rambunctious trip to Bestival, meeting a somewhat narcissistic American (Patrick Dempsey as Jack Qwant, a multi-millionaire mogul – where on earth does she meet these men?!) for a night of no-strings-attached fun in an attempt to lessen her woes. This is shortly followed by an intoxicated rendezvous at a baptism after-party with a devilishly handsome (if I do say so myself) old flame (Hello again, Firth). With these fleeting and haphazardous intimate moments, the damage is done.

Obviously, there is a baby involved somewhere in all this madness, and the now pregnant Bridget must determine the father, having got herself in said pickle with some out-of-date vegan condoms (now there is a lesson to play responsibly, kids).

Going through the pregnancy the two men fight for her affection, doing so in a verging on patronising fashion, both desperate to be the father. Unlike the previous films, genuine heart touching moments are plentiful and you really do see the maturity and vulnerability of the characters throughout the film.

‘Sometimes you love a person because of all the reasons they’re not like you. Sometimes you love a person because they feel like home.’

Without risking spoilers, Bridget Jones Baby is a wonderful film in its own right and should be praised as the concluding chapter of the wonderful Miss. Jones life. It was not nearly as Mamma Mia as I presumed and was a touching reflection on the life of a modern day heroine/hot mess. If you are a fan, Bridget Jones Baby is definitely worth a watch.

Beauty: NYX Lip Cream Copenhagen


I have found a new love in the form of lip creams. NYX, where have you been all my life?

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream collection features a wonderful variety of 19 shades, each quirkily named after a capital city (I think that is pretty cool myself).

My first adventure with the collection? Well, no other than the wonderful NYX Lip Cream Copenhagen.

Now, the soft matte lip cream is a tad confusing, it is not quite a lip gloss and not quite a lipstick. It is, in itself, a wonderful combination of velvet textured application, immensely pigmented and vivid colour, with a sensationally bold matte finish. At the end of the day, what is not to love?

Oh, and as for the colour of Copenhagen, it is to die for, almost like a burnt burgandy shade. Although it is very stand out – for all the right reasons may I add – it works in the daytime as well as the night, encouraging an array of complementary comments and questions. Yes, it really IS a fiver.


However, this vivacious beauty product has a slight flaw when it comes to its lasting power, it isn’t amazing but it is in no way terrible. Considering the absolute steal when it comes to the price of the product, one can hardly complain. A few silky smooth applications throughout the day and this can be quickly overlooked.

Another wonder of this lip cream is that unlike many other similar products, it does not dry out your lips! How it can leave a pristine matte finish and hydrated lips is a tad baffling, it would seem that the lip cream gods and goddesses at NYX are certainly doing something right!

The NYX website is currently being revamped, but fear not, you can grab your own lip cream at Boots or ASOS.

Unfortunately, for now at least, this is as close to the city of Copenhagen as I am going to get. It would appear that my wanderlust will have to be satisfied with more NYX lip creams, but that is hardly a bad deal, is it?

Have you tried any of the NYX Lip Creams? Which shade is your favourite?

Stephanie xox



Technology: The Instagram Algorithm Change and the Importance of Hashtags


In this digital age, it has become apparent that using social media is a societal norm nowadays, with people in the UK spending around 1 hour and 40 minutes online daily.

Saying this, when it comes to a select few social media platforms some users find themselves rather perplexed by the use of hashtags (#) and their ultimate purpose.

Hashtags are extremely important to attract engagement to your posts, building both your traffic and audience. It is imperative to utilise hashtags in your posts as part of your social media strategy.

Instagram are about to make some serious changes to their algorithm so the need for engagement on your posts is now more important than ever. With over 400 million users and a massive looming change due to occur, what tactical changes do you need to make to the way you post to Instagram?

The algorithm change will place precedence on posts that Instagram deem you to be most interested in, bumping them up your news feed. It is all centered around engagement and is causing many to worry.

This is similar to that of its parent-company Facebook, which cleverly analyses its users behavior and presents its users with a curated and specifically targeted experience, providing tailored content in which they are most interested in.

This targeted and tailored content has been proven to enhance user experience by driving further engagement. Hence, subsidiary Instagram will face the same looming changes to their current operation, wave goodbye to the traditional chronological ordering.

In simple terms, continue to engage and then engage some more, with other users. This way, you are far more likely to appear at the top of the non-linear feed when the algorithm updates come to surface. The order of content will inevitably be affected, but the relevance will be drastically improved.  Be savvy and remain relevant, and your blog, brand and marketing should not be affected.

Engagement on social media comes in many forms, be it liking other users posts, commenting on pictures you adore, mentioning your friends via tags or following other quirky and fun users. It is determined by how you interact with your followers and the audience you draw to your posts via carefully crafted use of hashtags (among other things).

In using hashtags, you will always encourage further engagement by directing potential users to your profile. Therefore, it is imperative that you utilise them, in order to expand and grow your audience, otherwise your followers will remain pretty stagnant when the change does occur.


So, what hashtags do you use? What are the most popular? It is pretty easy to check this on social media platforms, just a quick type in the Instagram search box will reveal the numbers.

However, going for the obvious ones may actually hinder you, there is far too much competition and your posts may in fact be overlooked. Do note that on Instagram particularly, you are limited to a maximum of thirty hashtags per post.

You have to find the hashtags that work with your content and note them down as you go along. For example, if you are a blogger in the UK, #ukbloggers (around 60,000 hits) may be of great use to you. It is a little more niche than the generic and heavily-used #fblogger, #bbloggers and #lblogger tags (although I am guilty of using those myself, oops).

If you are really dedicated to your research, then take a look at followers of your own with similar interests and posts, and replicate their hashtags. Utilise the correct hashtags and you will soon see your following across a variety of social media platforms grow. By categorising your posts, you make them far easier to find and people will soon recognise you for those types of posts.

Take a peek at the AdNews guide by James Towers to surviving ‘Instageddon’. He states that quality and not quantity should take preference. In reducing the frequency and being vigilant of your posts when necessary (predicted to be particularly important to brands with the upcoming change) you will learn to quickly adapt, focusing on fantastic and relevant posts, remember some consistency will be key.

To sum things up, use hashtags cleverly, understand those most relevant to your niche, present them with content they will inevitable engage with, and you should remain successful and on top with the new ranking-based Instagram algorithm change, deserving to rank higher in Instagram feeds. It works for Facebook, let’s hope it does for Instagram also.

What do you think of the Instagram algorithm change? What is your favoured social media platform?

Stephanie xox

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Lifestyle: Life with a Pug Puppy


As a kid, everyone wants a pet. Be it a hamster, cat, dog or reluctantly accepting the utterly shoddy compromise of a goldfish (we have all been there).

Growing up, I managed the hamster, I convinced my mother with the cats (shout out to Jachibo, Princess and Rogue) and I even got the goldfish (goodbye to my sickly fairground win).


My years of begging did not work when it came to a dog though. Oh, and I begged relentlessly. However, only when I secured full freedom, as a fully-fledged adult and graduate, did I get my little pug puppy.

Rudy (known frequently as little bork – he borks, not barks) came bouncing into my life with a bump. Make that numerous bumps, he is a floppy little thing for something so sturdy looking.


As he has settled these last few months I have convinced myself that he is half whippet (or half something). Pugs are hyper, whatever may be said about the breed being lazy, I object wholly. My little munchkin has boundless energy and he needs long walks each day.

Pugs require a lot of time, love and affection. For all intents and purposes, they are lap dogs, and very needy of those closest to them. As I type, Rudy is leaping all over me with his toys and will continue to do so for the rest of the evening. It’s kind of like having a toddler.


On that note, be aware. They can be stroppy and manipulative little things, proving to be rather smart indeed. They will try and catch you out if you give them the slightest opportunity and you will give them it often, no doubt about it.

True manipulation is seen whenever food is in the vicinity. Pugs need good quality food. The main reason for this? Other than the fact that you love them unconditionally? Well, it is certainly not pretty or pleasant fact, but, they fart. A lot. It isn’t nice, but it is the truth.


Therefore, good food is a must, it maintains their weight, keeps them healthy and ensures the result of their bowel movements remain ‘consistent’ and a little nicer to deal with. You will thank me for the heads up.

Be wary that pugs are also greedy. This little fella has ravenously gobbled through my cats food more than once now (much to the distress of my boyfriend, I find it all pretty hilarious). Rudy has a special affinity towards eating moss too. Maybe it is the pug version of kale, perhaps he is simply trying to remain trim.


Aside from the minor annoyances (like eating through our PS4 and laptop wires), pugs are quite possibly the best breed of dog in existence and head tilts will forever remain the cutest thing ever.

If you dream of having your own snorting, snoring and snuggly friend, then remain cautious that they are a lot of effort. You get out exactly what you put in when you choose to love something right. For further pug information, have a look here.

What is your pet like? Have you ever considered getting a pug?

Stephanie xox

Beauty: VICE4 Palette, Urban Decay

Vice4 Palette

I fell in love with the VICE4 Eye Shadow Palette by Urban Decay  the moment I saw it, referencing my desperate need for it in a post before Christmas.

Well, my Christmas wishlist was well and truly satisfied, as thankfully, I am blessed with a wonderful boyfriend who (reluctantly he ensured to add) bought it for me and surprised me with it on Christmas day!

Vice4 Colours-vert

The limited edition VICE4 Palette is just beautiful, with “20 addictively gorgeous, never-before-seen shades of iconic eyeshadow.” I have said it before, and I will say it again, I love the mix of neutral and vivid tones, offering demure daytime to perfect-to-party looks in a flash.

It is truly a wonderfully colourful and vibrant palette. Unlike some other Urban Decay palettes, VICE4 handily comes with a huge mirror, double-ended shadow and crease brush and coordinating bag (even the casing and packaging makes my heart bleed, it is just so beautiful).


I have to admit, the shimmery greens (Grasshopper and Arctic) and orange (aptly named Flame) shades are my favourite, used alongside the flattering matte shade Framed. Although, with the variety of colours, the possibilities for different looks is endless. Check out some of mine here.

This is my favourite Urban Decay eyeshadow palette to date, even more so than the Naked ones. The variety of pigmented matte and shimmer shades just does it for me and they all blend together and remain on the face so perfectly.  I just need to get my eye make up application  down to a T!

What do you think of the VICE4 palette? Which Urban Decay palette is your favourite? 

Stephanie xox