Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Treasured Blogs #2




Hey Whisperers,

Last month i did a post on my current favourite bloggers and i had so much fun writing it and so today i thought i would bring you a second post. I am thinking of making this a monthly thing as I'm finding new blogs i love everyday and i of course want to talk and share them with you guys! So lets get into this months Treasured Blogs.

Treasured Blogs 

The Prescott Family Blog

Leah, Leah, Leah where do i start. I met Leah during a twitter chat and I've pretty much been in love with her blog since. Leah's blog is based around her incredible beautiful daughter Willow, their life and it has beauty mixed in too. Leah is probably one of my all time favourite people, she is just so easy to talk to, she's super kind and she is one of the funniest people i know. I know that things haven't always been easy for her but she is such a strong person and I am so incredibly proud of how far she has come and how much of an amazing mother she is. Willow is her entire world and it is just so beautiful to see. If I had to recommend one post from her blog for you to read I definitely recommend Donating My Eggs At 19? because it shows exactly how caring and amazing she is. 



Midnight and Lace

I've been a huge fan of Robyn's blog for quite a while  and I'm pretty sure that's not going to be changing any time soon. Robyn's blog has everything from beauty to fashion and reviews, it has something for everyone to read. I've spoken to Robyn a few times and she is so nice and kind, which for me just makes me love her blog even more. I'm completely obsessed with Robyn's Fashion posts as most of them are based around Gothic fashion which is something I've always loved, although I myself don't wear Gothic fashion i think it is one of the most amazing outlets and i love pretty much all of her outfit posts. Some of my favourites being Punk & PVC and Pretty Polly & Denim.



Life With Ktkinnes

Katie is probably one of the kindest bloggers I've ever had the pleasure of talking too, she is just so kind and generous and she's pretty much there for anybody and everybody. I've been reading Katie's blog for around a year now and I absolutely love it it is so full of fun tag post, book reviews, advice and of course my all time favourites, home decor posts. One series on Katie's blog that i love is Friday Favourites and earlier this month i was featured in one of them which i kid you not had me fangirling. I've looked up to Katie as a blogging idol for so long so to be featured on her blog was so amazing (read her post here). Another thing i love about Katie is how much she supports other bloggers, alongside Jordanne from last months post, Katie runs Bloggers Tribe (make sure you head over and follow them it's seriously my favourite blogging community account) which is a blogging community that helps you get your posts out there which is amazing. If you want to check out some of Katie's posts I definitely recommend her  My Ideal Student Home post as it's one of my all time favourites! 


Contour The World

I started talking to Alisha on Instagram not too long ago and as soon as she told me she used to have a blog i knew that i had to check it out and of course i fell in love with it. I mean with a name like Contour The World how could I not. After talking for a while Alisha has relaunched her blog and I'm so excited to see what she posts! Her blog is beauty based, which of course i love as a fellow beauty addict. I've read all of her posts and my favourite so far is her post on the Makeup Revolution Redemption Palettes. I do also recommend checking out Alisha's Instagram because she gives me serious makeup envy!


I can't wait to find and fall in love with even more blogs over the next  month! Of course make sure you check out all of the bloggers mentioned and don't forget to give them a cheeky follow on their social media accounts too!

I hope you've enjoyed this post!

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo


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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Country Vibes Playlist



Hey Whisperers,

If you've been following my blog for a while you'll know that I'm a sucker for country music ( and pretty much all music genres) and so today i thought that i would share a few of my favourite country artists and songs with you from my Country Vibes Playlist!


Listen While You Read 



#1- Randy Houser

I don't know what it is about Randy's voice (talking about him like he's my best mate) but it just makes me smile. It is so amazing. I don't know what it is with me but the minute i have the house to myself, I have Randy's songs blasting and I'm singing at the top of my lungs they're just so catchy and fun that you can't help but sing along my top 3 being; We Went, Like A Cowboy, How Country Feels and Runnin' Outta Moonlight. 


#2- Cam

Cam, Cam,Cam,Cam, I don't even know where to start. Cam's music is some of the most incredible, and beautiful music I've ever listened too. Her music has such a emotional yet fun vibe to it that it's pretty hard not to fall in love with. I first heard her song Burning House when it was covered by my YouTube favourites Cimorelli and I've been obsessed ever since. Burning House and My Mistake are my all time favourites of hers and although they're both polar opposites i love them both so much. 

#3- Lucy Hale

If you haven't heard of Lucy Hale i don't know where you've been for the past 7 years. Most of you probably know Lucy from the amazing show (and my personal all time favourite show) Pretty Little Liars, but she is also an incredible talented singer. I heard Lucy's album Road Between in 2015 and I've been obsessed since. The album has some INCREDIBLE songs on and it just made me even more obsessed with her and the show. Some of my favourites are Red Dress, From The Backseat, Road Between and of course Lie A Little Better.

#4- Dolly Parton

I mean come on can you really love country music and not love Dolly?! She's a country icon and rightly so. Her voice is incredible and she herself is even more amazing. I've pretty much always listened to Dolly's music as lets be honest it's some of the most well known music in the world. Obviously my favourites are probably those that many of you know. 9 to 5, Jolene and of course I Will Always Love You.

Other Songs I Love-

The Healing - Tim Chaisson
As It Seems - Lilly Kershaw
 Need You Now - Lady Antebellum


There's just something so special and real about country music and i don't know what it is but it just makes me so calm and happy. I know that it isn't for everyone and i totally understand that but i hope you've enjoyed this post. If you have any song suggestions don't forget to leave them in the comments down below!!

Thanks For Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Blogging On A Budget - Props


Hey Whisperers,

When i started blogging I never really knew anything about the photography that comes with it, which ended up with my pictures looking pretty basic. Over the past year I've found a few props that have helped me so much when it comes to my photo's and so today i thought I'd share them with you! Lets get into it.

Blogging Props 


These fake plants from Primark were some of the last props that i brought. They're usually blurred in the background of my pictures so you can't normally see them too much but they add so much to any picture that you take just by adding that little extra colour and dimension. The larger silver plant was £3 and the smaller gold one was £2, i did get these quite a while ago but while shopping the other day i did check and they do have similar things to these in stock. 


These small glass diamonds are probably one of my favourite props, they just add a little extra to any picture I take and lets be honest they're super cute. You can either use these to fill up space in a picture or to help prop up smaller products without making it look messy. They are quite small so be careful if you do get them a I've dropped and stood on a few and believe me it's as bad as stepping on a Lego brick. These were super cheap at only £1.99 for a large tube in The Range. Buy them here


These glass stones are also great for filling up space in pictures. I don't tend to reach for them as much as the smaller diamonds as they do take up more room and look quite bulky but they do help a lot when it comes to stabilizing and propping up products and i mean for £1 from The Range i couldn't not pick them up. Buy them here. 


Last but by no means least my favourite 'prop' of all my marble background. For a while i used a plain white background, which although i loved, wasn't always the best for pictures so when i was told about this Marble Contact paper i was so excited. For £4 online or £5 i store you get 2 meters of this paper which doesn't seem much but you don't really need much for taking pictures. It adds so much to a picture and honestly, it's just nice having something that isn't plain white. Buy it here


Just to show how much props can help pictures i thought I'd a few before and after pictures here: 

Before



After:




Obviously, it isn't only props that make your photo's better, it does take a lot of work but they definitely help. I take all my photo's on my IPhone using the HDR setting which allows me to adjust the brightness which helps a lot, so you don't need to rush out and buy an expensive camera. But if you're struggling with photography don't give up because eventually you'll start finding tips and tricks that help. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me in the comments below!

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph 
xoxo

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

June Wishlist 2017




Hey Whisperers,

So this month I'm on a pretty tight budget after going on a girls shopping trip, where I obviously , spent more money than i should have. So today I'm coming at you with my June wishlist, I've done a lot of window shopping this month so I'm excited to get into the post, so lets jump right in.

June Wishlist 2017



Living in the UK, Kat Von D makeup was something i always wanted to try but never could as it was only stocked in America, however recently Kat Von D has brought her incredible makeup line to the UK in Debenhams stores so when i was in store the other day i had to swatch this and i of course fell in love. However it does have a larger price tag of £27 which for me is quite a lot so for now I'm just going to add it to my wishlist. 


This body mist is one of the most amazing smelling things I have ever smelt, I do already own one bottle of this but i know that I'm going to use it up quickly so i definitely need to get another one. Victoria's Secret is also having it's semi-annual sale at the moment too making it only £5 which i mean come on for a spray of this size and smell is incredible!


Now I'm not normally one to wear playsuits but when i saw this on Boohoo i fell in love. You do have to order it online of course so i am a little skeptical about ordering it as I've never even tried one on before but i may order it and if it doesn't look right send it back because I'm obsessed with it. 


I saw this mug online a few months ago and I've pretty much been searching for it every time i go to a primark (which is a lot) and i still haven't found it. They do have one in the Disney store but it's twice the price and this one is just cuter so hopefully i can find it this month. This is why Primark need to make an online store it would make things so much simpler. 


During summer  i pretty much stick to 'natural' eye makeup and this one looks absolutely perfect! I have two Morphe shadows but i haven't really used them much as they're both quite dark. I've seen this palette used by people like Nikkitutorials and MannyMUA so I do have quite high hopes for it. It isn't too expensive as it is only £13 for 12 shadows but it isn't super cheap either. 


I'm obsessed with everything on my list this month so hopefully i'll be able to get atleast a few of them!

Whats on your June Wishlist?
Let me know in the comments down below.

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo



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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Beauty Bit's I'm Loving!


Hey Whisperers,

While trying new products is fun, there's always going to be those products that you always go back to. Over the past few weeks I've found my Beauty posts quite difficult to write as I've pretty much been sticking with the same products so 'First Impression' and 'Product Reviews' have been pretty tricky to write. Now seeing as i have been sticking with the same products, and of course loving them, i thought it rude not to share with you guys and so today that's what I'm here to do, so these are my Beauty Bit's I'm Loving.


Beauty Bit's I'm Loving


If you haven't heard of, or seen this palette you've seriously been missing out. Obviously highlighting is a very popular thing in makeup at the minute and finding a good highlighting palette with good shades and pigmentation is something that no cheek blinding queen is going to turn down. I did do a review on this product when i first got it to so you can head over to that post here to see the swatches but honestly, i promise you, when you try this it will become one of your favourites very quickly! Hint: The lavender shade on the inner corner takes any eye look from basic to out of this world.

Sophie here bringing another cult favourite forward, i never used to understand the need for an eye-shadow primer. I used to just grab my palette, wack some shadow on my eyes and go on with my day. Then I'd get to the end of the day with my eyes looking like I'd got some kind of freak disease and I'd be left complaining so i gave this product a go and I've used it everyday since. This shade is the perfect shade if you have 'pigmented' lids like me as it cancels out pretty much all colours and it looks amazing. I definitely recommend it if you're looking for an affordable primer, this one has lasted me since November so they definitely last a long time too.



I'm pretty sure everyone knows that this is my go to palette by now, and if not...well now you do. This palette literally scream summer, it's so bright, warm and perfect. As you can tell I'm pretty much obsessed with the Alchemy as it's hit pan... is hitting pan on one shadow a good enough reason to get another one?. The shimmer/metallic shades in this palette are like no other that I have tried and honestly, I've been using this everyday for the past 5 months. So if you've been looking at Zoeva palettes and you've been holding back on trying them don't, they're incredible. Full review with swatches here.



NYX was a brand that i wanted to try for so long and honestly when it arrived in the UK i wasn't as impressed as I thought I was going to be. This lipstick however, is pretty much my favourite in my whole collection. I'm pretty sure that everyone and their momma has tried some kind of NYX lip product but for me nothing beats this one. I, like pretty much every other makeup lover, love matte lips so when i got this i was so excited and i fell in love. It's so hard to find a matte lipstick that doesn't make you feel like your lips are slowly drying up and falling off your face. Of course the colour of this lipstick was also bonus as it's pretty much the perfect mix between brown and nude which makes it bold enough to add to any makeup look but not too bold that it's in your face which i love.



£3.90 for a primer? Is anyone really going to turn down trying that? I was a little weary when i ordered this primer but honestly it's incredible, so good that I've used up not only one but two tubes of it and I'm scraping at the tubes before i order more. A little of this product goes a long way and it's definitely comparable to the more expensive brands that I've tried. It leaves your skin feeling so smooth and hydrated which is something i love. 

Blogging about makeup has made blogging hard for me the past few weeks as i have pretty much been doing to same thing each day but i hope you've enjoyed this post on the beauty bits I've been loving!

What's your all time favourite makeup product?
Let me know in the comments down below!

Thanks for Reading,
Love
Soph
xoxo
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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Birchbox Unboxing - June 2017

Hey Whisperers,

It's that time again, Birchbox time. This month I got to choose what colour bag i got and I am so glad i chose the mint colour because I'm completely obsessed with it! The past month has flown by but I'm super excited to open this months 'bag' so lets get into it!

What is Birchbox?

If you're new to Birchbox, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that you receive each month with 5 products to try out. The products can range from sample size to full size and they also range in price. All products in the box can be found on the Birchbox website where the box is purchased for £12.95 each month. Some months you will receive an email where you can either choose a product or a box/bag design which i love as it lets you make the bag/products a little more of your style!

What I Got This Month?


RRP £8

Now don't get me wrong I love a good hand cream, but the Cowshed brand seems to be one that I'm getting quite regularly in my boxes and honestly it isn't my favourite brand. I did give this hand cream a try and although it feels amazing on the skin, the scent is definitely not my favourite. On the back of the tube it's described as having Grapefruit tones and Bitter Orange tones which to me, are not my favourite smells. I probably won't be using this at all which sucks as it is such a good sample size.


RRP £20

First up the price for the full size version of this product is insane. I love my hair but i don't think any dry shampoo is worth paying that much money for. I do love the size of this product though it's perfect for travelling and it smells amazing, it's the perfect smell for summer. The packaging of this product is also super cute. My only problem with Dry Shampoo is that i pretty much always use too much so hopefully i can limit how much i use this one.sn


RRP £11.95

I was so excited to see this scrub in my bag! I've seen scrubs like this a few times in shops like Boots and TKMaxx but I've just never tried them so I'm excited to try this one. I do think that i was sent the wrong one as in the little product leaflet you get in your box, it says coffee scrub, however I'm happier that they sent me this one as it smells incredible! The packaging is super cute and you get a pretty generous sample of 50g and looking at the product i think you can get at least 2/3 uses out of it which amazing. It's definitely my favourite product in this months bag. 


RRP £12

I've been looking for a light eyeliner for my waterline for so long so when i saw this in my bag i was super excited. It's super creamy and easy to apply which is a must for me because my eyes are super sensitive when it comes to the waterline. I also love the colour, instead of it being super white it's more of a baby pink colour which is super cute. It does say that it's waterproof which I've tested on my hand and it definitely is so I'm looking forward to trying it out on my eyes. The full size of this product is £12 which for me is a little pricey but it is a double ended product when it's full-sized with the other end being a waterproof black liner so it isn't too badly priced.


Meech And Mia Brow Liner in #021
Full size RRP £12.99

I saw an advert on Facebook showing that this was going to be in the bag and to be honest i wasn't too excited. I think when it comes to brow products they can be very hit and miss as obviously everybody's brow shades are different. Personally i would have preferred  for the eyeliner to have been full size. I have swatched this and it is quite pigmented which is good but i do think it's going to be a little too light for my brows, I'm definitely going to give it a try though!

Total RRP For This Month's Box 

£64.94



Honestly, I'm quite disappointed  with this months box. Scrolling through the website of things being sampled this month there are some incredible products such as Estee Lauder Cleansing Jelly, Bobbi Brown Eye Cream, Origins Serum which all look amazing compared to what i have received. I am excited to try the body scrub and dry shampoo but hopefully next months box will be better. In this months box we did also receive 15% off Trouva which i'm going to look into, alongside a preview of a product for next months box which will be a mini Benefit product which although an amazing sample is also something that we have received in a box not too long ago.


Are you subscribed to Birchbox?
 If so did you get anything different in your box this month?
Let me know in the comments down below!

If you want to try out Birchbox you can use my link here to get £5 off your first box making it just £7.95!

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Soundtrack To My Life Tag


Hey Whisperers,

If you've been reading my blog for awhile you'll know that i am a huge fan of music. I pretty much don't go a day without listening to music. I used to write quite a few music posts but i ended up phasing them out and in turn focused on just beauty, which although i love i don't want to make it the only thing i post about. So today I'm going to be doing the Soundtrack To My Life Tag that i recently saw on Lauren Catherine's blog, so i hope you enjoy.

Soundtrack To My Life Tag

Listen While You Read 

 Song you listen to when you're happy?

Like A Lion - Bryan Lanning

Song you listen to when you're sad?

In Case - Demi Lovato

What song will you have at your wedding?

Wherever You Will Go -  Charlene Soraia 

What song do you dance around the house to?

Feeling Myself - Superfruit (cover)

Song you play on your headphones when out and about?

No Crying In The Club - Camila Cabello 

Song you listen to when you're angry?

We Went - Randy Houser 

Song you'd have at your funeral?

If I Die Young - The Band Perry

Song that makes you lose your shit at a party?

Bump and Grind / Ignition - R Kelly

The last song you listened to?

Ever Since New York - Harry Styles

Your karaoke song?

Run - Leona Lewis

What song do you work out/exercise to?

No More Sad Songs - Little Mix

Song with the most memories attached?

Black Parade -  My Chemical Romance

Song that makes you cry?

You'll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins

Song you hate the most?

Anaconda - Nicki Minaj

Your favourite song of all time?

Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

I know what you're thinking, and honestly i don't understand my music taste either. I've never really stuck to one genre of music so my favourite songs are pretty much all over the place. I hope you enjoyed this post and of course feel free to take part in the tag too!

What's your favourite song at the moment?
Let me know in the comments down below!

Thanks for reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo
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