This Friday was my 15th Birthday. That's right, the big 1, 5. After already having my main Birthday celebration a few weeks ago, (Disney on Ice for any nosy ones wanting to know) we kept things minimal but lovely with a nice dinner out in the evening. Cue the photos!
29th December 2014
23rd January 2015 (My Birthday!)
Meet my best friend Sydney.
We went to a local Italian, it was so pretty in there and the food was delicious.
They even sang happy Birthday, TWICE! Once in Italian and once in English.
And obviously it's not a birthday without cake. White chocolate and coconut made by my Mum mmm....
"A Birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun." - Unknown
L to R - Yash, Viva Glam V, Pervette, Up the Amp, Heroine, Morange and Night to Remember Yash I bought this lipstick after watching a (one of many) Kylie Jenner tutorial. I would describe the colour as a peachy, more brown-toned nude so it looks gorgeous with a brown lip liner or a peachy gloss. Because it is verging on the more orange side of the colour spectrum, it can wash me out so I like wearing this most with a generous amount of bronzer and a lipgloss to liven things up. Being completely matte, this is great for muting the lips if you want the focus to remain on the eyes or the rest of the face. Viva Glam V I went through a phase of loving brown lipsticks (and still do), let's call it the 'post Kylie Jenner' and this was everything and more I was looking for in a lipstick. It's definitely a nudey, bronzey brown despite the misleading photos but what I love most about this is the hint of shimmer which I personally find makes it easier to pull off. It's a Lustre lipstick which means it has this gorgeous radiance to it when it catches the light and because it's quite sheen in pigmentation, you can just swipe it on when you're looking for that 'my lips but better' shade. Pervette My sister bought me this for my Birthday last year (along with Up the Amp) and I was complete mesmerised by it when I first winded the bullet. Being a glaze lipstick, it has different undertones when caught in the light and it kind of reminds me of those metal rush nail polishes you get with the cool, reflective tones. The main colour is a lilac with undertones of pinks, blues and purples which makes it slightly harder to correspond with the everyday makeup look, but its one of those lipsticks I treasure because its so beautiful even if I don't wear it as much as I should! Up the Amp (amplified) This is the perfect purple starter lipstick for those daring to be adventurous with their lip colours, but wanting something that's manageable throughout the day. It's very much a purple, but the pinker undertones mean its not too overwhelming and it feels lovely and smooth on the lips too. Heroine Funny story leading on from the last lipstick but I actually originally wanted Heroine before Up the Amp after seeing Emma Willis wear it on T.V. I just fell in love with it and was so sad to find it had been discontinued! Up the Amp was basically my rebound purple that I was given to get over Heroine but low and behold, M.A.C brought it back! I hope it's here permanately as I just adore this lipstick. It's a little more cooled toned than Up the Amp and the pigmentation is more intense, making it slightly trickier to apply with the matte formula (especially for tiny lips like mine!) but I think this is a great lipstick to indulge in if you're wanting something sassy and unique. I probably wouldn't get both Up the Amp and Heroine together as they aren't too dissimilar, but hey, a girl can never have too many purple lipsticks can she? Morange (amplified) This brings back amazing memories as it was actually the first lipstick I had ever bought from M.A.C. That and Creme Cup, which has mysteriously gone missing from my makeup drawer *wipes tear*. I got this in Florida and I had been planning my first purchase from M.A.C for a while and knew this was the one after seeing Jameela Jamil rave about it in a magazine. It was quite 'out there' for my 13 year old self at the time being a bright, neon orange but I just loved it and it looks amazing in the summer with a tan. Night to Remember This cremesheen lipstick is lovely and moisturising on the lips and a classic red which I think is pretty much a staple in every girl's makeup bag! It's quite neutral, not too warm/cool making it easy to wear and great for all skin tones. I'm not too sure if you can purchase this on it's own though sadly, as I actually got it as a gift set from my friends which might have been discontinued now. Hopefully it is brought back but until then there's bound to be a dupe somewhere! "Lipstick is really magical - It holds the promise of a brilliant smile, a brilliant day, both literally & figuratively."- Roberta Gately Lots of love, Lily
Hello 2015! Now I know what you're thinking - aren't I 11 days late or so to jump on the "new year, new me" bandwagon? Well you'd be correct in thinking that, however, I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't even STARTED fulfilling my resolutions yet. In fact, I'm still my usual 2014 self. I know that I'm a pro at procrastinating so this year was all about setting REALISTIC goals. I'm excited for the fresh start but is anyone else with me when I say I can't begin a new chapter on a Thursday?! Waking up a new person on the 1st of January was definitely out of the question so I tried to put my words into practice last Monday but miserably failed because it was the first week back at school and come on, that's enough turmoil to get used to. Now though people, 12 days into the new year, and back into the swing of things, I think I'm ready to give this thing a go!
So, without further ado, the resolutions:
- Take care of my inside as well as my outside. Bit of a risky sounding headline but what I mean is I want to take better care of my health. This isn't the typical 'lose weight' resolution though. Yes, I'm going to make more of an effort to cut out the bad foods but not because I want to drop pounds but because I want to feel clean and full of energy. My immune system was pretty poor last year and I'm still recovering from my last illness so I think it's about time to re-vitalise my body as I want to be fitter than ever this year. I already have a few rituals that I perform daily such as coconut oil pulling but I want to begin a proper exercise and skin care routine and breathe in the air more by going on long walks and who knows, maybe I'll even stretch myself to a jog!
- Organise my life. This one thrills me the most as I have a big, beautiful organiser from Paperchase staring me in the face right now. It's basically your bog-standard pukka note book with to do lists and COLOURED FLAGS. Nothing excites me more than a good old coloured flag to organise my junk. With this new organiser also comes a new strict blogging routine as I began to slack towards the end of 2014. I will now be posting a new blog every Sunday so keep your eyes peeled and check back weekly for fashion, beauty and lifestyle bits and bobs! - PMA, PMA, PMA! I'm a big believer in a positive mind makes for a happier person (so much so that I actually just made that up myself) so I want to prevent any negative thoughts by channeling pure positivity. I'm looking forward to being the best version of myself that I can possibly be. Ok, DONE WITH DA CHEEZE NOW. Let me know what YOU are doing differently this year, and I would also take extreme enjoyment in finding out if there are any fellow new-year-resolution-delayers out there! "Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mohandas Gandhi Lots of love, Lily