Favourite Mascaras


1) AVON super extend mascara-

I have it in black. Its great as it lasts for so long and as well as making my lashes longer, I’ve found it makes them thicker (this might just be me though!) It’s brill for parties ūüėČ The wand is also really fine and I find that it makes it easier to use.


2) No.7 Exquisite curl-

in black/brown 02. its great as it fans out lashes so much and I can get away with wearing it to school so easily. The brown looks better on me as I’m blonde and is much more subtle.


3) Collection’s Extreme (coloured lengthening mascara)

in blue 2. I brought this simply because of the colour and out of impulse. on my eyes it makes my eyelashes look longer than some long eyelashes I wore. the colour is really bright but sometimes doesn’t last but again is great for parties. The packaging is really bright and attractive and doesn’t get dirty easily.


applying foundation


there are multiple ways to apply foundation. with a sponge, many different types of brush (ahhhh) or your fingers.

I’ve found that using my fingers to apply my foundation the best for me. it makes my face look really smooth and blends everything in. it also gives your foundation a bit of a sheerer cover and as I go to school and we aren’t allowed to wear makeup this is great. also with getting ready in the morning it makes things a lot quicker for me.

I did use a sponge at one point but I found that I’d end up with a few orange marks and most of the product would be absorbed into the sponge. I can almost guarantee when I use my hands it is much cleaner. when I used a brush of a sponge I found I got more and more spots, whereas, with using my fingers I could wash them in hot water before hand to make sure there was no bacteria that would wreck my skin.

after experimenting with a sponge and failing I started using a standard foundation brush. I found it would take forever to get my foundation to perfectly blend all over my face. Then I’d have to clean the brush regularly and it was just a nightmare to be honest.

I’m not telling you to use your fingers on foundation, I’m just saying that you don’t always need to fork out on the latest product to apply your foundation. And remember, what looks great on someone else may not look to good on your skin. Keep experimenting, that’s how I found my favourite technique.

declaimer: I am in no way any sort of makeup artist or ‘beauty guru’ i’m just sharing how I find it best to apply my foundation.

get some colour in your life


out of all of my friendship group, I am the only person who wears colourful eye shadow. mostly my friends will wear nudes, subtle pinks, greys ad browns. I noticed this when we went out to a party last Friday. I wore a shimmery blue eye shadow as it went with my outfit and got a complimented for it a few times.

it made me think, sometimes, most of us are terrified to use bold colours in a makeup look. I feel like as long as the colour goes with your make up and isn’t exactly day-glow or neon it really ties your look together.

go for some colour.

favourite nail polishes



although I have very short nails as I bite them (aghh, so hard to get out of doing!!) I absolutely love painting them. these are some of my favourites. (LEFT TO RIGHT)

1) Miss Sporty -1 minute Quick Dry. COLOUR – 326 Orange Crush

I love this nail polish because of the eye-popping colour that stays and has a lovely finish. they dry in a minute (as suggested by the name) and are a great value for your money. I only have this colour, however this range has 22 shades and I’m tempted to get some more. I feel like they are more summer-y colours, but you can get away with them in the winter if they are slightly darker colours, like the purples and greys.

2) Kate Spade nail polish – COLOUR -Soho Silver

i really like this nail polish as the colour is great, and it has a very shiny and smooth finish. i found it was extremely hard to chip and lasted quite a while. This was the nail polish I wore over the Christmas holidays, and it lasted me the whole period and I wasn’t forever worrying about chipping it. Its brilliant for parties but I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday wear if you prefer subtle colour.

3) Accessorize nail polishes – COLOURS -left I think is first dance, there is no name on the bottle but I had a look on their website. Right – again, I think is Paradise Pink. Their nail polishes have such lovely names!

i absolutely love love love the finish on these nail polishes, you can’t really call it shiny so i’m going to call it glowy. it catches the light so well. the colours are lovely and girly, and I’ve looked at the range online (as i got these in a gift set) and there is a very broad spectrum. the brighter pink i would probably wear to a party or in the summer. the lighter pink i prefer for a weekend if i’m going out or for a more sophisticated sort of style. the only thing i would say about these nail polishes is that i found they chip quite easily, but hey ho i’m pretty clumsy!

Any recommendations for good nail polishes? I’m on the hunt for new ones as I’ve had a clear out of dried up ones

“Pictures speak louder than words”


many of us hear lectures and think nothing of it. however, a video can scream at us and reduce us to tears in seconds and change the way we see things. Here are some powerful videos that’ll give you some serious fuel for thought. enjoy, and let me know what you think:

children see, children do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXjE68-_jBs&feature=youtu.be

labels against women: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=trueview-instream&v=kOjNcZvwjxI

the power of words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNhYbJbqg-Y

how the media fails women: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NswJ4kO9uHc

dove evolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U

the Photoshop effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP31r70_QNM

Christian the lion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiGKWoJi5qM

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”


that well known saying, and today I saw it in practice.

I was a part of a 15 mile relay run for the opening of a ‘fantastic’ new school. The final leg of our run was to the stunning new building. My school is a part of a foundation of many schools, and was a failing school too and then was re-built and turned around. We walked into the school to see students milling around, jewellery on (which was clearly not under uniform rules), 4-inch-think layers of makeup, and all that came out of their mouths was hate and swear/curse words.

I understand my school came from a similar situation, but we were in no way this bad. This just goes to show how amazing new facilities don’t necessarily change the people in it. Hence, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”

Wild and Free.


At the bottom of what looks like a mountain to you and your tired legs, looking up and ready for the climb. Step after step. You feel like giving up because you ache and every bone in your body is screaming at you to stop. But you can’t.

The brow of the hill is in sight, and you will reach the top if it means you drop dead when you do.

Dedication, enthusiasm and stress have got you here, and they are your only friends to get you the rest of the way. Your music blares into your ears but you don’t hear a thing, accept for the thud of your heartbeat and the heaviness of your breath. Some people stare, laugh and point, but you’ve never noticed. Because it’s you, the hill and your feet. You intend to beat this climb and keep going further.

Nothing’s better than that immense breath of cold air you get when the ground flattens beneath you. It hurts, but then this spur of energy rushes through you in a wave of cold and you carry on.

Running alone.

2 minutes, 30 seconds


Shy, small and quiet, but for 2 minutes and 30 seconds of your life you ooze bravery and excellence. You’ve worked for this moment for a year, maybe even more that that. It’s your time to shine. Not just for you, but your team mates too.

There comes a time when you have to forget everything and¬†let auto pilot guide you while you are embarrassingly confident, throwing everything you’ve got into this one moment. 2 minutes and 30 seconds. It’s all you’ve¬†got.

I’m talking about cheerleading. Even if, like me, you’re as quiet as a mouse and extremely shy, you can do it. Performing¬†in front of¬†hundreds of people, because you have¬†the skill. You’ve trained and trained with your team. Suffered bruises, breaks and tears. Now this is your reward. ¬†

2 minutes and 30 seconds of bravery, is all it takes.

“New year, New me”


“New year, New me” the saying that gets on my last nerve.

Every year we see posts on the internet or hear people saying this, and it drives me up the wall. I understand people have the inspiration to change for the better, but that shouldn’t just happen once a year.

The classic ‘I need to get in shape’ for example. I can guarantee you that about 90% of the people who say this will have forgotten/given up by¬†March. Also, keeping fit is important and should be something people show commitment to all year round.¬†If you take up exercise in the new year, fair enough, but stopping after about 2 months will do nothing for you. Studies found that if a trained athlete who had been exercising for a year (or more) completely stopped exercise¬†for 3 months they would only¬†lose half of their fitness levels. However,¬†with¬†new exercisers this is a different story. Taking up exercise for 2 months and then totally stopping for the next 2, resulting in them returning to their original level of fitness before they¬†started the exercise programme, meaning they lost all benefits.

If you want change, make it. It shouldn’t have to be just at the start of something new.

Have a happy prosperous new year

Katie x