Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Girl Online - My Thoughts!

Hey Beauts,

Zoella - one of the most subscribed youtubers there is. It is only natural for a girl with a following to this extent and that lives off the income to explore other forms of media to live off as lets face it, YouTube isn't going to last forever. Since being released, this book has received such a backlash (that I personally don't think it deserved) because of it having a ghost writer. And what? Did it stop you enjoying the story? I didn't think so.

Girl Online was great, I really enjoyed it. Especially when I had guessed what was coming next, but hadn't guessed the unexpected twists that came with it. Although parts of it were somewhat cheesy (DUH! Its a teen read), other parts took me by complete surprise. The book contained some amazing pieces of advice for not only health, but life aswell. It made me swoon, it made me grin, it even made me cry when I didn't expect too (only having ten pages left!). I just really cannot put into words how much I enjoyed reading the book! It's currently 4am writing this because I felt compelled to blog about the book, and I have just spent 4 hours in the bath reading the final 50% of the book and getting completely lost in the story.

So the book wasn't life-changing, but what do you expect from someone who isn't an author? And although the book was ghost-written, it was just a really enjoyable read. One of the lessons in the book is why say bad things about people online? You don't know their story, you probably don't even know the full story because the media has no-doubtedly manipulated the story in some way or form. So having read the book, It really puzzles me as to why so many people are annoyed and speaking out about their annoyance because of the book being ghost written. Did they even read the book? I even had a friend come round once, and pick the book up off the counter and say 'why are you reading this? It's sounds so cheesy.' and I just replied because I want to. I can't wait to tell her that I actually enjoyed it!

Anyway, I thought it was a lovely story of a girl named Penny and her life when anything she seems to do goes wrong. She learns how to get over panic attacks, how to mature beautifully and most of all - how to have confidence. Of course romance is thrown in for good measure - its a teen girl read. And some loving friends and family, but I recommend this book to anyone who just wants to read something enjoyable.

So have any of you read this book? What were your thoughts? Have you said anything bad and are now thinking twice about what you've written online? I'd love to know so let me know in the comments below. As ever, If you're loving what you're reading you can follow on GFC or BlogLovin' so you don't miss out on future posts. 

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

My First INGLOT Palette and Review!

Hey Beauts,

Many of you probably didn't know that last year (It feels weird saying that now) I went to IMATS. Whilst I never posted a haul and its a bit late to now, I can still post about some of the amazing things I picked up there. I went not really knowing too much or what to expect, I was mainly going to support my friend who is just starting off as a make-up artist. I had a blast though and discovered some amazing products including this palette. I have fell in love though and it is now my go-to palette on a daily basis. I even have to force myself to use other palettes. This is my INGLOT palette.

383 - 102 
608 - 405 - 07

Let me start off by saying the only reason I purchased this palette is because the colour range in the freedom system is outstanding and I really wanted to get stuck in to the fun of creating my own palette. I thought it was going to be a bit of a novelty product to be honest and definatly did not expect much. I picked up these five shades and although they are like the rest of my palettes, I tried to get more orange and copper shades in there to really make my blue eyes pop. The palette itself cost £8, the three shade pan cost £6.50 and the single shades cost £5 each. In total this palette cost £34.50 but was actually a lot cheaper at IMATS, at around £22. The shadows themselves are a really decent size, and although I use these A LOT, I still haven't really made a dent in any of the shades (Except where my nail went in), so they last for ages.

These shadows are incredibly pigmented and a little bit definatly goes a long way. The colours are stunning! I love them. Then again, I should, I picked them myself. I find the shadows to be really creamy and they glide on the eyes with ease and blend beautifully. I highly recommend these shadows for someone just getting into make-up purely because they are so easy to use. Sometimes I am just really lazy and don't even prime my eyes and the pigmentation is still stunning. None of the swatches above are done with primer and you can really see the pigmentation with one swipe. It annoys me slightly that they don't come up with better names for such an amazing product. For example golden sunset for 405 or melted toffee for 608. The only other issue I have is it is difficult to get the pans out once they are in, but I don't need to change them out so it doesn't bother me that much to hate the palette.

I am in love with this palette (did I mention that) and just cannot stop using it! Have you ever tried INGLOT eye shadows? Have you ever had fun picking out shades with the Freedom System? Isn't it great? What did you think of the eyeshadows themselves? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear if you love them as much as me! If not, what are your favourite palettes? Remember if you aren't already and don't want to miss out on future posts to follow on GFC and BlogLovin' and I will speak to you again soon.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Boxing day sale purchases!

Hey beauts,

OH NO! I've done it again! I've been shopping! Don't judge me! Okay, well maybe you can. But in all fairness, I overcame a fear. I usually get really agitated in very busy shopping environments, to the point where I have just stood there and cried before, but I decided to go into the boxing day sales. I'm not sure if it was just not busy, or if I was just brave - but it wasn't that bad and I had a blast!

Mulch - Embarked - Antiqued

First stop - Boots, to see if they had any good offers on Ghost Cherish (A perfume which I am running out of) and they did, this gift set was originally £25 but I paid £16.66. Winner! I then had an absolute field day in LUSH! Mainly because when I lived at home, I wasn't allowed to use bath products as they stained the bath. However now I have moved out - that problem isn't there anymore! As ever LUSH had an amzing 50% off anything Christmassy turning my bill for all of this from £95.55 to a nicer £47.74. Next up HMV. I don't think this was on sale at £49.99, but I've never seen it before. For the past two Christmas' I have asked for the complete box set of Desperate Housewives and have never received it. Following this, I had a £25 gift voucher for MAC - that obviously was not going to last long. I picked up three eye shadows (from left to right) Mulch - Embarked - Antiqued. All such stunning shades, especially if you love bronze and deep cranberry shades.

Lastly I picked up this gorgeous Ted Baker hand bag. My first ever big girl grown up hand bag (and I am nearly 22). It was £101 down from £169 AND I LOVE IT! This inside has a beautiful black and white floral detail and is stunning. Finally we put a deposit down on Florida 2015 as it was 10% off and we keep putting it off. Eep! I am super excited though and cannot wait as I have never been before.

So what did you pick up in the sale? What was your first grown up hand bag? And have you ever been to Florida?! Do you have any tips and tricks for me? I can't wait to hear, so don't forget to comment down below and tell me! If you aren't already and would like to be, remember to follow on GFC and BlogLovin' so you don't miss out on any future posts.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx