Monday, 27 March 2017

AM I ADDICTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA?


Have a really just spent a couple of hours scrolling through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook? 

The answer to that is yes, apparently. 

It's Mothering Sunday, we have just been out for a meal and everyone is in that 'i'm kinda sleepy mode', as I have spent a good hour on Instagram. Yes, an hour. To be honest, I'm not really sure why or even how that happened, but it did. 

In the morning the first thing I do, is check my phone. Has Justin Bieber posted a new snap on Instagram? What's happening in the world of Facebook? Any latest gossip going around on Twitter? Yes, I check it all. 

Sometimes I think that I actually am addicted to Social Media. 

I remember getting my first iPod back in December 2010, and that was probably the moment when I became somewhat addicted to social media. I was 12 and Twitter was the thing. Everyone wanted that follow from their favourite celeb, or when the latest concert tickets were going to be released. This was the time before Instagram, but also the time when I posted some awful Facebook posts. I cringe thinking about it. 

Instagram is kinda my thing at the moment. I could scroll for days. Finding new inspiration for travelling the world (one could wish), or finding the latest beauty products that are all the rave. Yes, it happens to the best of us; getting caught up in the Instagram world and i'm slightly ashamed. 

To be honest I don't remember the last time I sat down and actually read a book. Instead i'm reading tweets on Twitter or watching the latest YouTube video. 

We are in an era of where we document everything online. From where we are eating, to what we are eating, what we are wearing and what we are buying; where we are going and where we wish we were. We live almost through a screen, instead of taking every moment in. 

Sometimes I wonder, if I really am addicted to Social Media and this is coming from the girl who hates to see multiple posts from 'friends' on Facebook about what they are eating for tea, or whether they have just cleaned the house. But am I just as bad? Equally, I post on Twitter and Instagram where I have just been to eat, or moaning about University work which I probably shouldn't moan about because it was my choice to go. But surely that's just as bad right?

At the end of the day, I do a quick check of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, just to be nosey or to see if I have missed important news (JUSTIN BIEBER JUST RELEASED TOUR DATES// CHERYL COLE GIVES BIRTH TO A BABY BOY), well not that important in comparison to the real world and real world problems. 

However, on the topic of news and social media, isn't it how we find out about some of most important news in the world. Just on Wednesday I found out about the terrorist attack on London through the BBC app and the breaking news notification. You read articles online, that have been shared via Facebook. Sometimes news gets to us quicker because of social media, but I don't have to be addicted to social media to go on social media and find these things out. 

One of the things that I want to do in the near future is do a day of no technology. No social media, no laptop and no phone. Will I survive? Well of course I will, but I know it will be hard. 

Who actually needs to check Instagram every hour, or scroll down Facebook when the reality is it's just a load of boasters who aren't really friends, or reading tweets about stuff that you probably didn't need to know or want to know. 

Am I addicted to social media? Then yes, I probably am, but at least I can change that. 

Are you addicted to social media?

Love Alicia x
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Saturday, 25 March 2017

TRAVEL BUCKETLIST


Wanderlust is seriously happening right!!!



All i'm seeing on Instagram is photos of Australia, Bali and Amsterdam; like why is everyone in Amsterdam right or on some beach in Bali, while i'm trying to right what feels like 300 essays for university, revise for end of semester tests and work. 

Seeing photos of exotic beaches, or landmarks that we all know (and love, maybe) has got me thinking of the places that are right on the top of my list to visit. 

Sydney, Australia


Bali 


Toronto, Canada 


Miami, USA


Rome, Italy 


Hawaii, USA 


Dublin, Ireland 


Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 



Where do you want to travel too?

Love Alicia x

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Friday, 10 March 2017

THE EYE PALETTE COLLECTION

There is just something about eye palettes, 

whether it's the packaging that makes me buy, or the just how pretty all the eyeshadows look placed next to one another. 

I'm not a girl that loves her individual eyeshadows, yes I have a few from MAC and Clinque, as well as some Maybelline and L'Oreal ones, but I much prefer a palette. 

The obsession began on Christmas Day 2014, when I received the most beautiful (in my opinion) palette from Urban Decay, Urban Decay Naked 3. There was just something about the matte shades and the shimmers. It used to be one of my most used palettes for about a year. Don't get me wrong, I still use the palette, but for me it is more of a summer palette. A palette that will come with me on summer holidays, as it just seems to do it all for the summer. 

Continuing on with the Urban Decay theme, it has been an ongoing tradition now, that for every Birthday and Christmas now since Christmas 2014, I receive something from the Brand. One of my personal favourites and go to palettes is Urban Decay Naked Basics. Yes that tiny little nude and brown palette just does it for me. I think I have used every colour at least once a week since my 18th, well except for the black. I'm just not a black eyeshadow type of gal. 

Next up comes the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette. Now I can see the hype around this palette, but it is not one that I reach for the most. I like the shades, don't get me wrong, but they are just not wearable for day to day life. Yes, for nights out and special occasions I love reaching for this palette, but I also seem to forget I have it as well. Oops. 

Last but not least is the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette, and oh my is this probably my 3rd favourite palette in my collection. After receiving under the Christmas tree this past Christmas with a little 'eek I have it' moment, this palette has been used on my eyelids basically everyday since. It is just perfect and you can really change it up as well. Well Done Urban Decay!!! 


Now let's move away from Urban Decay, and let's talk Tarte... 

Now I do buy into hype, yes I like to buy things that people recommend, and I kid you not when I booked New York last year the first thing on my Sephora want list was the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette. I mean have you seen how gorgeous that palette is. The shimmers are amazing, like wow they are pigmented, and the mattes just stay on your eyelids all day. Like I could talk about this palette all day, but you would probably get bored. 

And on to the next one... 

Which is, drum roll please, the latest palette to my quite small in comparison to some peoples collection Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. Who doesn't want a palette that smells like peaches, and has pretty pinks, but also some out there darks? As much as I wanted the Chocolate palettes, something was calling my name to this one more. I just love it, and I love using it with the Tarte palette as well. 

A drugstore brand to bring it in, 

We all know I am a big fan of L'oreal, like give me some of their lipsticks, foundations or mascaras any day, as they are amazing. However, I was left slightly disappointed with the L'Oreal La Palette Nude. Maybe because it is quite similar to Urban Decay Naked 3, or because it is a palette that I just don't reach for. Don't get me wrong, I think it is a palette that I will need a little play about with.

Last but not least, 

mainly not least because I have actually not included some from Soap & Glory, Wet n Wild and some Quads, goes to Zoeva Taupe palette. Okay probably left to last because it's kinda meh. Like I do like the colours I just don't think they are very pigmented and my eyelids just don't like them as they hardly show up. Maybe I need to wash my make up brushes more, or just use the palette more, but this one just doesn't do it for me. 


Originally I was just going to list, but I started typing and it ended up being one of them long posts, but I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any of these palettes? Or what is in your eye palette collection that you love! 

Love Alicia x

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Monday, 6 March 2017

I'M BACK WITH FEBRUARY FAVOURITES



I once wrote a post all about juggling blogging and university,

Well it turns out that I can't take my own advice. 

February was one hectic month. It was a month full of deadlines (five to be precise), working over time and some how also filling the weekends up as well. That would be my reason for the lack of blog posts, but I also found out some pretty exciting news as well, so make sure to keep an eye on this blog, as well as my Instagram and Twitter in the near future, because it is pretty damn exciting!! 

On top of all of that I kinda just lost my blogging mojo. I lacked any enthusiasm to write a post, let alone have some ideas. So over the weekend I jotted down some ideas, and I now feel like March will be the month where there will actually be some blog posts again!! 

Anyway, enough of the rambles and onto something a little more exciting .... 

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES


Okay it probably isn't the most exciting month, but I do have a few little bits to share, particularly from Charlotte Tilbury. 

Charlotte Tilbury 'Pillow Talk' Lip Liner 

Back in January I finally got on the hype and picked up the famous Charlotte Tilbury lip liner in Pillow Talk, and yes I am fully on that bandwagon. It is just the most perfect everyday nude lipliner, which really does enhance the shapes of your lips. Not only does the Lip Cheat make your lips fuller, but it is so long lasting on the lips. Honestly, I don't know why I hadn't picked it up sooner. 

Pillow Talk lip liner has been on my lips basically everyday in February. 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream 

Yes I am including that really eye-watering expensive moisturiser, because it deserves to be on the monthly favourites. Would I spend £70 on it, probably not, but it has made the list because out of the three free samples that I received when I had a little spend in Charlotte Tilbury, I have been loving them. My skin really did feel amazing, and make up just sat so much more better on the top in comparison to my usual moisturiser.  Probably still wouldn't pay the £70 for it, but I'm all up for the free samples. 

Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Concealer 

I feel like all the February favourites so far have been very hyped up products, so here some another one, this time from Maybelline. Yes I can see the hype. It stays in place all day and the colour surprisingly really matches my skin colour, even though there is only two colours to choice from. 

FeelUnique Diary 

February was the month when I really started to organise my life, all with the help of an old fashion diary and the cute stickers that comes with it. I particularly like the pages for the 'budget' for each month, because even though I live at home and don't really have any bills to pay, it has become useful for budgeting for petrol and other stuff that I may need. 

What have you been loving in February? 

Love Alicia x

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAUL



Can one go to Covent Garden and not go into Charlotte Tilbury?


Well if you are me, apparently the answer is no. I just can't help myself from being drawn into the little makeup boutique and getting lost in just how amazing all the make up is. Like seriously, how doesn't love the rose gold packaging, and how dreamy the palettes are? 

If you have read my latest post, 24 Hours in London, then you will know for my Mum's 50th Birthday she got her makeup down in Charlotte Tilbury. This for me meant an hour deciding what to pick up and deliberating over if I really needed a palette which is £49. The answer to that was yes, yes I do need that perfect bronzer and highlight that everyone raves about. 


Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat | £16

This has got to be the product that was on the top of my wish list from Charlotte Tilbury, and for some reason I have always stopped myself from buying it. Maybe because I thought £16 was a bit too much for a lip liner. However, once the makeup artist put it on my lips, I was sold. I was also sold by the fact that my mum was also going to buy it for herself, and I really wanted it. Pillow Talk lip cheat is honestly dreamy. It is such a natural colour, and honestly my lipstick lasts longer while wearing the lip liner underneath. 




Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick | £24

I knew I wanted Pillow Talk lipstick. I knew if I was only going to buy one product that day, it would be the Pillow Talk lipstick. For me Pillow Talk is the ultimate lipstick colour for myself. It is a nudey pink and works so well on my lips. I have also been a fan of the Matte Revolution lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury, so there really is no surprise that I am already falling for the dreamy Pillow Talk lipstick. 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow | £49

Yes I craved and no I do not have any regrets about finally picking up the dreamiest of dreamiest face palettes. I feel like Filmstar Bronze & Glow has been raved about now for such a long time, but I just couldn't make myself spent £49 on a bronzer and highlight, and if I even thought about putting it on a Christmas wish list my mum would have gone crazy at the price. However, the make up artist in Charlotte Tilbury put this on my Mum's face and I knew I had to get it. It looked stunning. Then when I said I was interested, she put it on my face and I was completely sold. Now after using it for around a week I understand the hype. The bronzer actually stays on my face all day (and that included playing sport) and the highlight is just natural and stunning. 



Have you ever tried a product from Charlotte Tilbury? 

Love Alicia x

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