Putting Up Our Christmas Tree

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Hey guys!
So on Sunday I spent the day putting up the Christmas tree with my mum and dad :) I love putting up the tree as it always feels like Christmas is official. The lights are the best bit in my opinion, I just love them!! God help whoever shares a house with me when I'm older I'm soo gonna go crazy with decorating haha
Wow I look so attractive but modelling a Text Santa hat :) getting into the festive spirit

With our tree we tend to go for the same colour scheme every year as we just use the ornaments we've collected over the years. It's always usually multi-coloured lights, silver or purple tinsel and decorations. Last year my friend Charlotte bought me these sick skull decorations from Paperchase I just had to put them on the tree to add a bit of my personality to it. Kind of actually shows the weirdness of my family haha. The decorations are quite random really, mainly silver and maroon baubles and then random ornaments we've got as gifts from people ( a couple even form the USA due again to Charlotte she really is good to me :P)

Just working on Dad to put some lights up outside, he's refusing to do it right now which is making me sad :(

You put up your Christmas tree yet??

Katie x

This week is dragging

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

So it's come to my last week of the term at uni woop woop :D I finish for Christmas break this Friday cannot wait! As it's the last week I feel like it's going soo slowly haha
Apologies for the lack of blogging and my videos, stupidly left my camera at home at the weekend grrr so can't film anything
I have totally got into the Christmas spirit now, loving everything, Vlogmas is starting on youtube so I have like 5 different one;s of them to watch everday, wrapping presents and my friend and I are doing a small Christmas dinner and exchange presents can't wait to give them to her :)

Also think i'm gonna chage the name of this and my youtube just to my name as I feel like a change but we'll see :)

Anyways better dash off to uni I go
Hows everyone's week going??

Katie x

is it too early to be excited about christmas??

Thursday, 28 November 2013

So for some reason this year I've become extremely excited about Christmas. I love the build up and the day!!
Whilst browsing in a charity shop the other day I picked up this Christmas album as I've wanted one for a while now with all the classics on :) and for £2.99 bargainnnn

Also I've started buying presents early for mates need to start for my family :/ and secret Santa for my class :). I'm now soo in the mood to start decorating and bake Christmas cakes and just everything!!
Only one week tomorrow left till my Christmas break from uni!

I'll hopefully get some video ideas for the festive season

Have you even started thinking about Christmas yet??

Katie x

Revlon Lash Potion and MUA Palette Review

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Alright :)
So I took a trip to Superdrug the other day and picked up a couple of things and wanted to review them. I haven't bought any make up items in quite a while so wanted some new bits to try out.

One product I really wanted to try out was the Revlon Lash Potion. Firstly the name immediately drew me in as I have a bit of an obsession with witches (yes I'm a freak) I thought the name having potion in was pretty damn cool. Secondly the packaging is so adorable and I love love love the colours on it, Kind of reminds me of Christmas :) just looking at it makes me smile haha! I got it in the shade Blackest black as my eyelashes are naturally black and I love to make them look darker. Now mascara has become an essential for me and I just can't go without it now. I was quite surprised when I tried this out as I feel that it does lengthen and add volume to my lashes but in a subtle way. In the past I have used the Maybelline falsies mascara which I believe is a bit more dramatic. It took me a little while to adjust as the Maybelline mascara is a lot more noticeable. However now I've used it a few times I really like the effect it gives to my lashes. I think it's a lovely mascara to use for daytime and I'm sure if you add more coats it'll build a better look for a night out.

The other product I picked up was a MUA Palette named Heaven and Earth. I wanted a new palette that featured neutral colours as I usually like to use brown toned eye shadows. I would really like to try the Urban Decay Naked Palette however I'm not made of money so can't afford this. Now I've never tried any MUA products before but I've heard so many people rave about how amazing they are for the price. And now I can say I totally see the hype. This palette is amazing and features beautiful shades of colours. I know by just looking at that can produce a range of eye shadow looks for both day and evenings out. You get 12 shades for £4!!! I think that's pretty sweet and I didn't feel guilty buying it. Definitely want to purchase more MUA products!!

So yeah very happy with my purchases excited that they are now in my make up collection.

I also stopped off at one of my local charity shops I found the first series of the Hills for £1.99! and I bought a Christmas album it's not too early right?? I've wanted a Christmas album for years so finally got one in my life aha :P

Thanks for reading

Katie x

Making a bonnet- experiencing millinery

Monday, 18 November 2013

So if you didn't know, I'm currently studying a costume production degree at university as I've wanted to do costume making since I was about 12. I've learnt so many things already and have now reached a module where I get to learn new skills, exciting!

I get to learn about dancewear, wig dressing, dyeing and breaking down and millinery! Millinery is something I was extremely excited to learn about as hats for some reason fascinate me and lately I've started to really enjoy making hats.

Kinda sucks but millinery was my first module so it's over now which was sad :(. We only had 5 days to learn and make a replica of a chosen image of a hat but adapt it with the materials we had available.  We had to research the 19th century and specifically look at bonnets.
So we had a visiting tutor come in and she was lovely and I learnt so much from her. Anyways I'll post some images now of the process.

So we started off with creating a pattern out of paper. Then I had to do a technique called blocking shown in the pic on the right. I moulded the shape of the back of the head model.

The straw like material was called buckram and creates the stiffness in the hat. The front edge of the brim of the hat (shown) was edged with wire machine stitched on. This creates and helps the hat hold its shape.

The buckram was covered in fabric to make it look more pretty! and then I added decoration and trimming to finish off the hat

These images show the completed bonnet. I'm really proud of what I achieved in the last week. I loved millinery and hope to one day maybe take another course or delve into the world of it in the future.

Hope you like it!!


Smarten Up

Thursday, 7 November 2013


What I'm wearing:
Shirt- Primark
Leggings- New Look
Khaki Jacket- New Look
Bag- Asos
White Frilly socks- Topshop
Brogues- Primark
My first outfit post woohoo! As you can see I'm not the best at taking photos of myself and I like to pull funny faces as I can't pose to save my life :'). But anyways wanted to post this outfit as I like this look a lot. I'm heading out to a town near me at uni just to have a look round the shops to see what there is. I like to add smart elements to an outfit and then make them casual. I struggle with shirts due to having a chest unfortunately but I love this shirt as it has studs on the collar :) It features a koala print  too and I just couldn't resist that its adorable. I'm also testing out some new shoes I purchased that are different to anything else I have. No doubt I will get blisters as I do with any pair of new shoes, anyone else's feet as weak as mine?? :P
Anyways hope you like it please let me know by commenting :)
Katie x

Skin Products I've been loving + Bloglovin

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

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Firstly I've joined Bloglovin so check my blog out on there and follow if you want to of course :)

Right so I'm in the process of editing a video for this but though I would write a blog about it to. Lately I've been trying to get into a good skin care routine as I'm soooo lazy when it comes to it. I just usually use my face wash and that's it. Bad right??
The thing is I know nothing about all the various types of skin care products out there so I think that may be perhaps why I'm not particularly good at it!
Now you'll probably be like why the hell would I take advice from her haha I wouldn't blame you :P

However I just wanted to do this to just show you products that I have taken a shining to and maybe show a product that may interest you to try it out.

Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae is a favourite of mine :)

Nip+Fab Body Butter Pistachio Sundae 200ml

*I love this stuff. I'm not the biggest fan of applying moisturisers as the usual ones take ages to dry and I'm a tad impatient. However I saw this in Boots and I just had to try it out. Now I think this is a love or hate product due to the smell of it. Personally I love the smell but some people I can imagine get quite sick of it. I wouldn't say its pistachio scented. The fragrance lingers on your skin, it's not too thick and it leaves my skin feeling really smooth!

 Witch Naturally Clear Oil Control Foaming Face Wash

 I did get this product because it was by the brand Witch and I have an obsession with witches (pathetic I know) but things like that get me excited. It was also relatively cheap so thought I'd give it a go! and I'm so happy I did.  This is the most refreshing face wash I've tried out and best of all doesn't dry out my skin like so many have in the past. I love the fact it's made from witch hazel as it seems to work wonders for my face and the natural ingredients just makes the product shine even more to me.

I love this brand! the multi-active toner is just incredible. It's so refreshing spraying this all over my face and yeah I want it in a bigger size. The downside is the cost however its a well established brand so pretty sure it's worth the hype.

 Like stated above,  an amazing face wash which kept my skin really clear and very soft. A little bit of this product goes a long way and the gel didn't irritate my skin which is a bonus! The smell is quite clinical in my opinion however I prefer that to a fruit smell which I've experienced in the past and dislike!

Nivea Soft Lotion Tube

this product is definitely a favourite due to my mum's influence. Nivea is always around my house as it's her favourite brand and it's one of mine too. Their products are affordable and are so moisturising it's incredible. I use this product every morning before I put my make up on and it instantly helps my foundation glide on to my face. It's a must have for me!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Maasage Cream for Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are an absolute bitch , well for me they are. However I gotta put up with em so why not try to reduce the look of them. I love the scent of cocoa butter so was intrigued by this. It has helped reduce the appearance and I definitely want to repurchase. I just got to remember to apply it everyday as I am very forgetful..

The video should be up soon, check out my Youtube if you wanna have a look or just check it out anyway. If you have any suggestions for good skincare products then let me know. I wanna try out some new stuff
Thanks for reading!

Katie x

Life Updates +Plans

Monday, 4 November 2013

I don't know if anyone even reads this but I'm annoyed at myself for not blogging, I just having got into the swing of it yet which is frustrating as I love reading so many people's blogs. Anyways updates with me:
I've began 2nd year of University, mental!! and been chucked straight into the deep end with work, it's not gonna be easy but I'm determined to get through it. Also I've moved into a new house, there's 13 of us living here which sounds a lot but is less than the house I lived in last year :P It's pretty cool and everyone seems to be nice. I like being in my room a lot as I like my own space.

I finally have found a Saturday Job yes yes!! well getting the money is good, the atmosphere at my work not so great. I've definitely learnt just cause someone appears nice at first does not actually necessarily reflect how they truly are.

I've finally got my hands on a new camera! which means hopefully better quality photos and more videos on my Youtube channel. I've actually posted two new videos recently which I'll post down below if anyone wants to check them out.

I have some ideas for new videos and blog posts so hopefully they'll happen soon



How are you???

Katie x

Fixing Things

Friday, 6 September 2013

So I haven't posted on here as I'm just having a bit of a nightmare really at the moment. I wanted to start posting YouTube videos more frequently this summer but my video camera now isn't working and my laptop rejects it.
I haven't been feeling my best lately hence the last post and things have been getting me down.
I also start my second year at university in a couple of week arghh im so not prepared.

One thing I am happy about is that it's Autumn my favourite time of the year :D and that means Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas too (loving life haha).

I hope to not sound sad all the time, guess I just need to sort things out. So I have a feeling my YouTube will be out of action for a while. Hopefully I will be more inspired for blog posts soon as my focus will hopefully be more on my blog for now amongst my uni work.

Katie x

Weekly Wants #1

Friday, 19 July 2013

So I want to start a weekly post on things that I have been wanting to get. Whether I post this every week I don't know but I hopefully will post this frequently. I am always online looking at new products so this is what I want this week.

 1. Inhibitif Advanced Hair Free Serum 240ml - £29.99
So I recently saw something on TV about hair minimising serums which I found interesting as I didn't have a clue that they even existed. I'm always looking for anything to help hair removal as I unfortunately have naturally dark hair so it's noticeable. I would love tor try this out on my legs as I hate having to shave them constantly!!. After reading reviews, it seems to be really good as long as you use it religiously every day.

2. Essie Nail Polish- First Timer
I have never actually bought a Essie nail varnish as they are quite expensive in my opinion. However I love the colours and after seeing loads of Youtube videos saying how good they are I'd really like to try this one out. I love the colour of this one it's a lovely mint green.

3. Orange Alabama Basketball Top- PrettyLittleThing.com- £16.00
I absolutely adore this top. I've been getting into fitness more or attempting to this summer so I'm kinda digging the whole athletic trend going on. I'm currently obsessed with anything orange so this top is just perfect. It looks so comfy and light perfect for summer really. I would love to wear it at Reading Festival.

4. Olivia Blue Layered Crop Top- PrettyLittleThings.com- £16.00
I love this top and it reminds me of something I saw in River Island but cheaper. Again I love the floaty light style of it. I can imagine even wearing this in Autumn/Winter with disco pants :)

5. Day Dreamer Floral Crown- Dolly Bow Bow- £15.00
I love these floral crowns they are just so adorable. I really love this one as it's so girly and pretty very different to what I usually go for. I would love to get this to wear to Reading Festival (so excited!!). It will be the perfect way to hide the disgusting state my hair will be in aha

So yeah that's my first weekly wants post (I don't know it that names any good) but yeah. What have you guys been loving this week?? If you have any posts like this on your blog please leave a link I love looking at them. Thanks for reading this.

Katie x

Recent shopping trip purchases

Thursday, 4 July 2013

So instead of doing a haul on my Youtube channel I thought I would show what I got on a recent shopping trip I went on with one of my closest friends Lizzie. It was the first time I got to have a good old catch up with her since being back from university and I have missed talking to her sooooo much!
We went to a lovely little town near where I live called St Albans. If you live in or near Hertfordshire I would recommend going there as personally I think it's beautiful. I wish I took some pictures, that's the plan for next time. I will learn haha :'). It's got your usual shops but also has cute little shops to and cobbled streets. And there is an amazing park which is just amazing to go to on a warm summers day. Anyway so I did a little bit of shopping and got mainly clothes as I am obsessed at the moment. Summer clothes this year just seem to be everything I love, particularly summer dresses. I have been shopping a lot recently and should stop as I'm not exactly made of money. Anyways stop babbling Katie...

The first shop we went to was Topshop. I adore the Topshop there and it seems like a must to buy something each time I visit it.
I bought this coral crop top as I immediately fell in love with the colour. I think coral with a tan just goes so well not that I have a tan. I also wanted a loose crop top as I'm not so keen on my upper body area so the fact it's loose makes me feel a lot more comfortable. I got it in a size 14 as that the biggest size they had and it's baggy on me so the sizing is good. I definitely need to wear something high waisted with it though as my stomach should not be seen out. Definitely wanna tone up during my summer off university.

I purchased my very first lipstick from Topshop. I chose Brighton Rock as I've seen a few Youtubers wear it and love the colour. It's a bright almost bubble gum pink colour and is really pretty. I can't wait to wear it. I tried it on and I like it I just need time to adjust to brighter colours. Trying to venture out a bit more.

Next I popped into Boots successfully resisting my recent obsession with buying nail varnishes and make up. I did however buy a new beauty product. I have wanted something for improving stretch marks for a while as unfortunately I suffer from them quite badly. It's due to losing some weight over years (please don't feel like I'm bragging about it cause I honestly don't want it to come across that way, trust me I know how hard it is!). Anyways I was looking at buying bio-oil as I've heard such great things about it, but I just cannot justify the price of it. Then Lizzie mentioned palmer's to me and I found the Palmer's massage cream for stretch marks. I've only used it a couple of times so can't give a full review on it but maybe down the line I'll post a blog or video about it :)


Woop H&M my favourite!! This shop is dangerous!! I bought this white t-shirt as I really loved the design on it. Every piece of clothing I've seen with blue and white on I just seem to really like. The A has no personal meaning to me I just thought the design was interesting. I'm going to say it stands for Awesome ;)

 I bought this adorable guess you could call it bowler style hat. I love hats I just never seem to find any that suit me. Lizzie insisted it suited me and I've fallen in love with it. For £7.99 it's not bad and I would love to wear this to Reading festival. I think it's gonna just add interest to any boring outfit and hide that state known as my hair.

Sorry shocking photo quality :/ (my apologies). I bought a simple belt as I only have one black belt from New Look and its starting to get a bit ruined now. I wanted a belt with neon colours and I loved the Aztec style pattern on this. This wrapped round a cute white summer dress I think will look sweet :)

Right guys so that is everything I got. I got some pieces that are quite different to my usual taste which I like. I wanna mix things up a bit :). I will add prices when I get back home, I've been at my uni house for a few days as I've done some work experience (hopefully write a blog post about that tomorrow).
Thanks for reading :)

My Summer Ball Outift and Finishing First Year of Uni!!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

It's been way to long since I've posted on here. I hope now I can update a bit more regularly on here. Anyways I wanted to share what I wore for an event I went to at my university. I can't believe I'm saying this but I've come to the end of my first year at uni which is just mental!! I literally feel like I've just started and the thought of me graduating in two years is terrifying.
So at the end of the year we had a summer ball to celebrate finishing the year and for the third years to celebrate graduating. I decided that I wanted to go dressy as I don't tend to go to many events so I thought I would try and go all out. I even managed to put on false eyelashes which can I just say is a skill!! It was the first time I wore them and I spent two hours trying to put on those bloody things.

1. So I decided to go for a long dress as I always feel more elegant in them (sad I know) and I hardly ever get to wear them. I chose a navy blue dress as I am loving that colour at the moment. The dress is from AX Paris and I fell in love with it immediately when coming across it on the website. It comes in a few different colours and really isn't that expensive. The beading detail and the keyhole at the front I think is really pretty and different to any dress I have bought before.

2. I went for orange as the colour for accessories as I love love love the combination of blue and orange.  Now I am not one for wearing uncomfortable shoes as I have very weak feet so I struggle with walking in heels. These have the biggest platform I have ever seen so I took a risk getting these. But I survived all night wearing them and they were very comfy. Not gonna lie I did feel like I was gonna fall over at time but I didn't. These shoes are amazing and I found them on an awesome website called Sheobou.com. Amazing shoes for pretty decent prices. I saw some on Topshop exactly like these but these were a lot cheaper at £24.99. Unfortunately they are all sold out now but I will leave the link so you can check out the website as I definitely recommend it!.

3. The final thing was a bag. Originally I saw an orange clutch bag on New Look but being the idiot I am left it to late to order it before it went out of stock. So I typed in orange clutch bag on Google and came across this beauty on Ebay. They didn't lie when they said in the description that it was neon orange, its is bright be warned!!. I love it though and it definitely caught some attention haha.


So yeah they are the items I bought and above are some pictures of me once I'd finished getting ready. It was so much fun getting dressed up and I can't wait for the two other summer balls I get to have at uni. I'm sure I will be buying new outfits for them as well :P

Thank so much for reading :)

Katie x

Overcoming Fears

Monday, 21 January 2013

Howdy :) so I 've just come back from uni and felt in the mood to write as it's been quite a stressful but interesting day.
The weather here in the UK at the moment has been crazy. We've had lots of snow which I LOVE!! However the chaos it creates here is unreal. Plus I couldn't go out and play in it (my inner child) as I had a ton of work to over the weekend. Anyways today I went to uni and had to do presentations. Now the thought of presentations physically makes me feel sick. I hate talking in front of people and the idea of people just looking at me at the same time brrrrrr. However today when giving my presentation I felt strangely calm and managed to project my voice quite well. It feels amazing to think I kinda overcame a fear today. I'm not saying I felt entirely comfortable but I think I crossed a mildstone today. Positive vibes today guys :D
Anyways I'm gonna take a well earned rest tonight. Hope your all having an amazing day!