My New Years Resolutions

31 December 2014

1. Spend more time with my family. As we all get older, we tend to slowly drift away. Starting your own family, moving out of town and so on. I often tell myself I should go home more... but never do. It wasn't until recently that I realised I had moved out 8yrs ago and my parents probably get very lonely. Hopefully 2015 will be different. 
2. Inject more creativity and time into my work. I often have amazing idea's but don't push through with them, 2015 will be different. 
3. Learn to say NO... sometimes. I am a people pleaser and often tend to say yes to every favour asked, even if it's inconvenient for myself. When I sit down and ask myself 'Would that person unconditionally help me the same way I just helped them?' Probably not. Sometimes being the 'Nice Girl' is not nice. 
4. And finally, buy less. Yes I said it! Growing up within a family of women who love to shop, it's a no brainer that I too, love to shop. However my recent moto is spend more, buy less. I used to spend a fortune on 'throw-away fashion', you know, the kinda fashion that's out of style a few months down the line and ends up sitting at the back of your wardrobe until you can be bothered to have a clear out. That kind of shopping is actually VERY expensive and wasteful when you add it up. Instead I have been buying more quality clothing that will last years to come, accessories that will last a lifetime and handbags I can pass down to my children. I like to call it investment, cost per wear. 

What are your New Year Resolutions?

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

20 December 2014

I will be honest, I don't own many things by Smashbox. It's not until lately that I have shown interest towards the brand, probably thanks to it now being stocked in Boots, I can't help but swatch away every time I walk by. So I am excited to give you a sneak peek of the NEW Double Exposure Palette which launches wary next year. The palette contains 14 shadows which can be used wet or dry thanks to a state of the art coated pigments. The instructions suggest using them  with a damp brush for best results. The top row is made up of light shimmery shades whilst the bottom row homes the more intense colours (look at that black!). I swatched these wet as I found the top row doesn't perform as well when dry. Overall I think it's a great palette if you don't own anything similar. I however do wish there were more matte neutral shades but then I guess that's were the Full Exposure Palette delivers. The palette will be sold from 7th January 2015 for £37.

What do you think?

Z For Accessorize

19 December 2014

I rarely shop in Accessorize but one day whilst walking past, the Z For Accessorize collection caught my eye. The collection is a collaboration with Zara Simon, all gold plated and hand crafted. If you're a fan of Monica Vinader, you'll love this collection. It's similar but for a fraction of the price. I already have a small collection which I love and wear all the time. It's gold plated so it will last you longer than usual jewellery at similar price points. The collection is very affordable, starting from £8 going up to a mere £32. My favourite piece is the Hamsa necklace I bought this week and I already have my eyes on more.

Have you seen the collection yet?