Sunday, 15 January 2017

MAC LIPSTICK COLLECTION







I like to collect lipsticks, and more importantly MAC lipsticks. 


My MAC lipstick collection may not be the biggest collection in the world, as I only have 10, but I'm pretty darn proud of the collection. However, I am bitterly disappointed that I have lost 'Brave', which you will probably already know if you follow me on instagram (aliciajohnsonx for the self promo), as it just happened to be one of my favourites. 

Front Row (Left - Right) 
'D for Danger' // 'Mehr' // 'Velvet Teddy' // 'Syrup' // 'Fast Play' 

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Back Row (Left - Right) 
'Dare You' // 'Lovelorn' // 'Twig' // 'Pink Plaid' x2

What MAC lipsticks do you own? 

Love Alicia x

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Monday, 9 January 2017

5 BEAUTY DISCOVERIES IN 2016











When thinking about, in 2016 I discovered some beauty products that I really did love, and some lets be quite frank, hated them... 


When looking back on what I brought and used in 2016, there were five beauty products that really did stick out like a sore thumb. 5 beauty products that I have honestly loved and will probably continue to love in 2017. 

1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS 'THAT GLOW' GLOW KIT 

Honestly, like I am being deadly serious right now, the Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kit in 'That Glow' is honestly one of my favourite buys of 2016. Yes, there was so much hype around this highlighting palette, and yes I brought into the hype. I have been wearing at least one of the highlighting shades basically everyday since I brought the palette back in June.

'Golden Bronze' is not a shade I go to for everyday, because let's face it, it is far too dark for my skin tone, however it does make a great eyeshadow.

'Sunburst' and 'Dripping in Gold' are my two most used. For something more natural for my skin tone I go for sunburst, as it just looks like I have a natural glow and doesn't scream 'i'm wearing a highlighter'. Dripping in Gold was my go to back in the summer when my skin was more tanned, however I have still been loving it for more dramatic make up looks.

2. TARTE 'TARTELETTE IN BLOOM CLAY' EYESHADOW PALETTE 

After watching one of Fleur De Forces video back at the first half of last year, I know I had to get my hands on this palette in New York. As much as I love my Urban Decay Naked Palettes, there is something about this Tarte palette that honestly makes me put down the UD palettes.

The pigmentation is excellent, and the fact that even when I haven't used a primer, they have stayed on for a good six hours with no creasing what so ever. So yeah, it is pretty damn good.

'Flower Child' is my ultimate go to base colour, with 'Smarty Pants' and 'Sweetheart' being used in my crease and also as blending with other shades. I am also a bit of a fan of the shimmer shades, most particular 'Firecracker' which looks amazing over MAC 'Sable'.

3. L'OREAL GOLD OBSESSION LIPSTICKS 

As much as I love my MAC & Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, the L'oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks have just been worn a lot more this year, espicially since the end of September when I brought them. For me, I have kinda gone away from the whole matte lip trend, as my lips are so dry and I need something that won't make them crack. That's where the L'oreal lipsticks come into place.

My personal favourite has to be 'Nude Gold', as it honestly the perfect everyday lipstick. However, I am not as impressed with Gold Plum, it just doesn't do it for me. The colour isn't really there, and doesn't look that great unless I layer it over Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl.

On the plus side Nude Gold and Pink Gold are creamy, and have a good colour pigmentation.

4. BENEFIT 'READY SET BROW' BROW GEL 

I don't think my eyebrows have gone a day with out seeing Benefit 'Ready Set Brow' gel since the day I got my hands on it back in June. My brow hairs stay in place all day, so yes it does the job.

5. BECCA JACLYN HILL SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR PRESSED - CHAMPAGNE POP 

Okay so I wasn't entirely sure if I was going to include the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop, simply because although I love wearing it and don't regret buying it, I tend to reach for the ABH Glow Kit palette for my highlight rather than this. However, it just had to be included because of the pigmentation and the colour. I mean wow.


What are your favourite beauty discoveries of 2016? 

Love Alicia x

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Friday, 6 January 2017

5 THINGS I NEED TO DO MORE OF IN 2017



On January 3rd 2017 I decided to clean my make up brushes, that had not been cleaned in a while (I'm embarrassed by how long it has been) and I thought to myself, this is something that I really need to more this year.  

Then thinking about, there are plenty more things that I really do need to do more off in 2017, some quite trivial and some important. 

1. CLEAN MY MAKE UP BRUSHES REGULARLY 
As mentioned above, I really can't remember the last time I cleaned my make up brushes. Let's just say when I did finally clean my brushes they were gross, like I was using them on my face everyday and that's probably why my face started to come out in a few spots again. It really was my fault. Damn it. 

The goal for this year is to clean my make up brushes at least once a month. 


2. TAKE CARE OF HOW MY NAILS LOOK 
Yes probably quite vain but I tend to paint my nails and then they get chipped and then I can't be bothered to take the nail polish off, and then it just looks gross. I mean it really is just lazy, but it is a pattern I want to get out off. It probably doesn't help that I work in retail and hangers and security tags are not friends with nail polish as I have discovered. 

The goal for this year is to take off the chipped nail varnish, and if you don't have time don't rush painting them and then they smudge; just wait. 

3. MAKE A BUDGET 
Okay this one started off in 2015 when I had just started university. I created this swanky Excel file, put in all my expenses (like who much money I withdraw, what I spent where, when student finance was going in, how much I was getting paid etc) but it lasted a term, yes ONE TERM. Then in 2016 I simply didn't bother. Now that's gotta change, considering I might (well hopefully if I get a move on with the application and get decent grades) will be going on my year abroad in August/September, so one really does need to manage her money more. 

The goal for this year is to create a file where I put in everything that I have spent, what I am saving and what is going into my bank account. 


4. SPEAK TO MORE PEOPLE
I feel like this is a constant goal/aim/ thing in my live that I want to do. I have always been naturally shy, I mean I do actually talk to people and get involved, but I want to grow that a bit more. It's all about stepping out of my comfort zone more, and not being afraid of what people thing about me. 

The goal for this year is just speak to more people. It cant be that hard, can it? 

5. SKINCARE & HAIRCARE 
Okay I was debating this one, because in reality I actually need to save more, that goes in with point number 3, so that's where skincare and haircare come into place. 2017 will be the year where I have a decent skincare routine. Saying that I did have one in 2016, I just want to improve it, learn more about my skin and find products that work for me. In terms of hair care, I should probably get my hair cut more regularly, not wash it every other day, and putting loads of heat on it. I have been told my hair is in good condition, but that same with my skincare routine I just want to improve it a bit. Thetas all. 

The goal for this year is to find products for my skin that suit it and stick to that routine, stop straightening my hair everyday and get my hair cut more regularly (not every 6 months like the 2 cuts you had in 2016 Alicia)


Is there anything you want to do more off in 2017? 

Love Alicia x

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

GET TO KNOW ME



It's been a hella long time since I wrote one of these posts, actually it was a year ago when I blogging about the 50 Things the Make me Happy, so the reality is that I need to do an updated post.

Okay let's do this!

1. I'm an only child, and as much as I would have loved a sibling, being an only child has many benefits as well. 

2. I have been to Disneyland Paris twice; once in the nineties and once in the early 2000's 

3. I passed my driving test on the second time 

4. I love West End/Broadway Shows; 15 West End & 2 Broadway 

5. I was diagnosed with a heart murmur when I was born, but originally the doctors thought it was a hole in the heart 

6. Last year I went to New York, and honestly it lived right up to my expectations 

7. I have seen Justin Bieber live 6 times (soon to be 8 in June/July) 

8.  I love going to concerts and have been to 17 concerts since 2011 

9. I was supposed to study Economics at university but didn't get the grades 

10. Studying International Relations at Essex University 

11. I spent my first year of University on campus, but living at home for my second year 

12. I once come 2nd in a Dance Competition 

13.  I once started a blog back in 2013 and it was horrendous 

14. I done Ballet from the age of 3, but gave up when I was 13 

15. I once performed in a Ballet at Chelmsford with professional ballet dancers 

16. My first car is silver/grey Corsa, and although it may only be a 1 litre I still love it 

17. I have known my best friend since I was 4

18. I've met Justin Bieber twice and Lawson once 

19. My first holiday 'romance' was when I was 5 in Majorca and all I can remember is sharing skittles in the playgroud and sharing a cute little kiss, and that's all. 

20. Venice is one of my favourite cities in the world 

21. I once wanted to be a graphic designer, then wanted to work for Vogue, then become a professional dancer and I also wanted to become an actress. I had big dreams. 

22. The day after I got my hair cut short in 2014, i cried the next day as I hated it and since then I have sweared I will never cut it that short again 

23. I have been to France, Belgium, Spain, Ibiza, Majorca, Italy and America 

24.  Snakes are my worst fear 

25. Downton Abbey, Gossip Girl & Prison Break are my ultimate favourite TV series 


So there it is, the annual 'Get to know me' post, with 25 probably quite boring facts that start 2017 off!!! 

Love Alicia x

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

MY 2017 GOALS



HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Can you believe that it is already 2017? Like where the hell did 2016 go? I mean I know 2016 wasn't exactly the greatest year in history, but one thing is for sure, it literally flew by.

2017 is going to be a year of change, a year of stepping well out of my comfort zone and growing my blog. In the past my blog hasn't been one of my main goals or on top of my priority list, but this year I want to change that.


Here are the things that I want to happen in 2017...


Blog. 


There is really no point in setting myself goals that I know I will never acheive for my blog, so the goals are quite small but hopefully can be achieved. 

 1. Bloglovin' Followers too 1500. 
2. Get 100,000 views 
3. Master the 'flatlay' 
4. Create photos that I am actually proud of 
5. Take part in Blogger Chats on Twitter. 

Social Media. 


1. Have 2000 followers on Instagram 
2. Have 50,000 followers on Twitter 
3. Use Pinterest & Get 100 followers 
4. Start a Youtube Channel 


Travel. 


I say this every year, but I think 2017 will be the year where I will be *hopefully* travelling more. This month I will be applying for my year abroad, so maybe in August/September I will be jetting off to somewhere new and exciting, which will hopefully be Canada but who knows yet. With the possibilities of spending an entire year in another country, I should have the opportunities to explore visit other places on my bucket list.

Volunteer.


When I say I want to volunteer I don't just mean in a charity shop, I want to volunteer for a charity that will not only good on my CV but help to make me a better person. I am thinking sometime in the summer after I finish my second year of university. 

Read More.


Yet again something that I challenged myself to in 2016 and somehow failed, although I did manage to read about 6 books I know I can do better. If I can make time to online shop, watch Youtube videos and browse Instagram before bed, then I can make time to read. Does anyone have any good recommendations? 

Go to the Gym.


I am not going to lie, I am kinda scared about going to the gym by myself. I'm the type of girl that likes to work out with no one watching her, so maybe 2017 is the year I will join the gym to at least join some fitness classes. 



 Say 'YES' to more things. 


This one kinda speaks for it's self. I want to do more things in 2017.




What are your 2017 goals?


Love Alicia x

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