January Favourites 2017

Oo I was so tempted to write 2016 after writing that title. Nevermind, I’m sure I’ll get used to it. 

Anyways, I’ve been loving so much this month and I’m guessing it’s because we’ve just had Christmas and I had quite a bit to test out. Enough of me rambling, here’s my January Favourites.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

As soon as I saw the shades in this palette I knew I was in love. Me being stupid I forgot to take a picture of the contents of the palette. But it’s all good cause you can click on the link here or just imagine its beauty. As always, urban decay provides eyeshadow that’s pigmented and blendable. 

Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love Fragrance Mist 

Everyday without fail I will spray this. I just love the smell and it’s a huge plus that it’s a long lasting scent. 


I go through stages of having Spotify and I’m currently obsessed. I have so much time to listen to music at college so it’s very handy. I’ve discovered so many songs that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t have  this. Current songs I’m obsessed with are: 

  1. Fake Love- Lauren Sanderson
  2. Queen Elizabeth- Cheat Codes
  3. Fresh Eyes- Andy Grammer
  4. Shed a light- Robin Schulz
  5. Paris- Chainsmokers 

I honestly have so many favourite songs at the minute it’d be a whole new post including them all. 

No7 Illuminated Makeup Mirror

I didn’t realise how much I needed this in my life. On one hand I can see every flaw my face has but at the same time it makes sure I leave the house with no streak of foundation I’ve forgotten to blend or anything else my silly self usually does.

Tina & Bobby

This was a 3 part drama featured on ITV. It’s about the footballer Bobby Moore. And even though I have no interest in football and didn’t really know who Bobby Moore was. I thought I’d give it a go because Michelle Keegan plays Tina and OMG she is such an incredible actress. I actually really enjoyed it and wished that it had lasted longer. 

Rimmel Wonder’Full Mascara 

This was a recent purchase and it was kind of on a whim that I bought it. It does the job and separates my lashes perfectly. It holds the curl better than other mascaras I’ve tried for a while. 

Black Boots

I bought these when I was back in Newcastle. And as soon as I saw them they caught my eye. I love the heel on these and they’re surprisingly comfortable to walk in. They’re from Miss Selfridge. But I couldn’t find them on the website. 

L’Oréal True Match Concealer

I bought this having bought the true match foundation. Recently, I’ve been using this for under my eyes and it really helps to brighten and get rid of my under eye bags.

Bedding + Electric Blanket 

At Christmas, I was well and truly spoilt with the amount I got. In particular I got a full bed set. Which is the softest thing I’ve ever felt. And because my parents know how cold I get, they gave me an electric blanket. It’s the best thing to get into a warm bed and I couldn’t be more grateful. 

Teddy Bear Super Soft Duvet Cover

Dreamland Cosy Toes Electric Blanket

Zoella Body Lotion

I’m usually very lazy when it comes to body care, especially on a morning. However, it’s fair to say this month I’ve been religiously applying this before I go to college. It smells incredible. 

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Comment down below if you have any favourites this month. See you soon. 

Love, Sophie


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16 Things to Happen to me in 2016

It kind of bothered me that I hadn’t actually done a post looking back at 2016. And since I’d done one last year, it feels only right to commemorate the end of the year somehow. Even though, we’ll be going into the second month of the year shortly. Here are 16 things to happen to me in 2016.

45c78e7f-e738-4892-a902-dda64dcce1fe1. I turned 16!

This was a pretty big milestone for me at the time. But now, I’m not far off from 17, which seems crazy in itself.


2. Getting Alfie

Alfie was my 16th Birthday present. He was the highlight of my year and I can’t believe its been almost 12 months since I got to pick him up.

3. Helmsley

I got to visit the cutest village and I can’t wait to go again.

49a9a7ba-1859-436f-a98e-e1c87e0181ec4. Alton Towers

During my last year of Secondary school, we had a trip to Alton Towers. It was INSANE! I love the adrenaline rush off rides.

5. Leaving School

YESS I finally got to leave the school I’d spent 5 years in and I couldn’t have been happier.


6. Sunderland Air Show

I was really young when I last went to the Sunderland Air Show. So it was an incredible experience to go again.


7. Explored

During 2016, I explored all the places I’d been numerous times but hadn’t truly taken the time out to see.


8. Prom

I don’t think there’s anything I really need to say apart from it being a very memorable evening.

9. GCSE Results

I collected my results and to say that I was happy was an understatement. They were pretty average results to most but I was just ecstatic that I’d passed everything. That day I remember feeling the happiest I had done in a while because the hard work had paid off.

My GCSE Results

10. Starting College

College/Sixth form, whichever you know it as, I started it. And even though it is harder work, I appreciate the free time I have so I can keep up with it.

11. Pen Pal

2016 was the year I started writing to someone again. I’d missed it so much. So I was so grateful when my best blogging friend Béline and I arranged to write to each other. We’re both so busy so its great to be able to take time out to write a letter to keep in touch and to keep the other up to date with our lives. By the way, if you haven’t already you NEED to check out Béline’s blog. I can guarantee you will love it as much as I do.

12. 500 followers

I 100% don’t blog for followers. But something I can never get my head round is why so many people would choose to follow me. Therefore, it was very much a highlight of my year to see that 500 people decided to click that follow button on my blog. I’m forever grateful and its so crazy to think that I’ve almost hit 600.

13. Making New Friends

Obviously since starting College, I made many more friends. Some that I can tell will be in my life for a very long time to come.


14. Newcastle

I spent a couple nights away in the beautiful city of Newcastle. Seriously the amount of photo opportunities! Also the shopping was great.


15. Christmas

Like my birthday, Christmas is a yearly occurrence but 2016 had to be a favourite Christmas of mine. Mainly, because I managed to give the most presents I’ve ever given to my parents before, and they deserve every one.

16. I found myself beginning to be okay with myself.

Maybe none of you will understand what I mean. But for me, its taken me what feels like forever to start and be okay with how I look, how I feel and everything in between. 2016 was the year I realised that this is me and that’s not always a bad thing.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Sorry the pictures weren’t evenly spread out I was trying to put the points in semi chronological order. However, I did quite like how I tied the highlights of last year up into this post. Finally, it was a nice Goodbye to 2016. See you soon.

Love, Sophie



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Taking Time Out For Yourself

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of having nothing to do, that’s right NOTHING. It was a great change and a massive contrast to how busy I’ve been these past couple of days. However, it did make me realise the importance of having that time to yourself, doing something you enjoy, even if it is just for 20 minutes. But I thought I’d share my Top 10 activities, to possibly give you some slight inspiration if you’re struggling to relax.

1. Exercise

I am not the gal that goes for a run- under any circumstances. Although, I do enjoy following Blogilates videos because I can do it in the comfort of my own home, therefore having no excuses not to do it. Also, I’ve always loved Yoga as its really not just about your physical state but the mental being as well. My favourite being Yoga with Adriene.


2. Listen to Music

I try to listen to music as much as possible, which could quite possibly be a bad thing so maybe I don’t advise this. Although, its a crazily good stress reliever to just blast music, whilst singing along. Next week, I’ll be posting my January favourites so I’ll make sure to include the songs I’ve been loving.

3. Blog

For me, blogging is purely a hobby. So its definitely something I do if I have the extra time on my hands. Even if I don’t have the time, I’ll make time as its one of the few things I’m passionate about.


4. Take a walk

Similar to exercise, but this time the focus is getting some fresh air. Now, I take regular walks with my dog, Alfie. For some reason, I think getting out makes me so much more motivated when I get home. Maybe it is just the fresh (albeit freezing) air that gives me a clearer mind set.

5. Read a Book

According to the February issue of Glamour, reading for 6 minutes can reduce stress by 68%. Personally, I know I don’t read as much as I should and since getting quite a collection of books for Christmas, I have no excuse. All it takes is 10 minutes out of my day, easy right?

img_15006. Paint your Nails

Admittedly, I rarely have the patience to sit and paint my nails. If you’re the same then you can switch this up and put a facemask on. Which is what I’m going to do once I’ve finished this post.

7. Re-organise your Space

Whether this is your work space, your bedroom or just your house in general. Sometimes, I can’t think of anything better than having a good clear out. Getting rid of the stuff I don’t need and rearranging the things I need to keep.


8. Cook

There’s nothing better than a home cooked meal. Taking the time out to prepare everything and then having the joy when you take something like this pie out of the oven. Which by the way, tasted delicious!

9. Hot Bubble Bath

Everyday, I make it routine to have a soak in the bath tub. Mainly because its the one thing I can do which immediately relaxes me and settles me for the evening. Just 20 minutes of having time to yourself can really make the difference.


10. Eat Healthy

This may sound confusing because if you want time to yourself and to relax. You’re probably thinking about relaxing with a chocolate bar (or is that just me, k.) But recently, I’ve been making smoothies everyday and it gives me so much more energy to do these things for myself.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. It seemed to take me 173462x longer than it usually would have because Lady and the Tramp has been playing in the background. And I haven’t seen it in YEARS. Beside the point, so excited to be so into blogging at the moment. See you soon.

Love, Sophie



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Wintery Days

YAY! Here’s to my first extra post of the week. Well if we want to be technical I have done plenty of extra posts but none that are a now definite regular upload. I’m very excited to be blogging more so lets get into it.

Last week, most of the U.K got SNOW! The majority of it being just a light shower. However, from where I’m from it lasted a couple of days, so I decided to take pictures of the little snow we had left. Although, to be honest it was mainly just a photoshoot for my dog…OOPS- sorry not sorry.


Hope you enjoyed this blog post. It is short, but I love having a platform where I can share the pictures I take. Comment if you share the same interest in photography and I’d love to look at your posts if you’ve shared your images. See you soon.

Love, Sophie



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What’s In My Bag?!

This is such a popular post and in the almost two years I’ve been blogging, I have yet to do a classic What’s In My Bag. (If you’re intrigued to my closest post it was this one.)

Firstly, the bag itself. This is the Zoella On My Travels Back Pack. I just think its beautiful, the colour, the style, everything. I love the unique detailing, for example; the ‘Z’ at the bottom; the vibrant pink and the fact there’s no buckle (is that the right fastening type? Probably not.)

img_1462 So the bag comes with a Travel Mug with a couple of other goodies. But I’ve just stuck with the Mug for now because its so cute not to take with me everywhere I go and obviously put it to use.

I also like to carry around a clip, just in case I decide I want to put my hair up. Cause trust me, having EXTREMELY long hair can get sometimes irritating.

Recently, I’ve been obsessed with the Soap & Glory Mother Pucker Lip Gloss, its not a recent purchase. But if I’m in a hurry and just cant decide on a lip colour, I love using this.

img_1461I know its so easy to use our phones to check if our Makeup game is still strong. But sometimes you just need something a bit clearer and just as handy. This is the Ted Baker Compact Mirror and I think its the perfect size to carry around.

I was never usually the type of person to listen to music when I’m out and about. Although, since starting college rules on ‘phones’ are much more lenient so I can listen to music during lessons for example. Which means I carry earphones EVERYWHERE.


During Winter, my lips dry up so easily so its always nice to be able to apply Vaseline. Or if I’ve forgotten to put on lipstick I can turn to this, if I’m not feeling a lip gloss.

Obviously, in my bag I have my Purse and I’ve had this for so long now, I don’t even know where its from. Buts its so handy and very durable.

img_1463One essential of mine is definitely the Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love Fragrance Mist. I pretty much use this everyday. I take it with me, but its not very often I find myself topping up because of the long lasting scent.

Finally, going back to the hair situation, I need to have a Tangle Teezer at hand. I love how travel friendly this is.

img_1459Lets just appreciate that during me trying to take blog pictures, Alfie went into protest that I was taking too long.


Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I’m going to try and start posting twice a week; Sundays and Wednesdays. Wednesdays post will be more laid back, maybe just pictures I’ve taken, or guest posts. Sundays post will be my more usual content. Comment your top essentials that you have in your bag. See you soon.

Love, Sophie



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2017 Goals

I have been back and forth with the idea of writing a New Years Resolution styled post. And yes, I agree Resolutions can seem pointless because if you want to change your life in some way, you can do it at any point in the year. But you have to admit, it gets to the end of the year and its hard not to think about what you want to get out of the next. And that’s exactly what I’ve done, so here are my ‘intentions’ shall we say..

Live a Healthier Lifestyle

This is stereotypically most peoples goal at the start of the year, its usually mine every time. Although I have actually surprised myself and I did start early to fulfil this one, since Boxing Day actually. Also, I’ve been making smoothies everyday now and I actually really love them, I’m suddenly obsessed. Finally, I want to start going to the gym or join a fitness class with my mum.

Focus on Blogging

I’ve always had an interest in blogging because if I didn’t I wouldn’t have stuck with it for almost 2 years. But because 2016 was such a busy year for me, I found less time to actually blog.  This year, I want to focus more attention into blogging because its something I love to do. Also, I’d love to do some collaboration posts or just get to know more about the people who’s posts I read regularly (I.E YOU READING THIS!) So if you’re interested in either comment or email me (sophie15samantha@gmail.com)

Become Better at Time Management

I’m either really organised and have everything done and literally end up with nothing to do. Or I have a long list of things that need doing and it either takes me 20 billions years to get it done or I just don’t do it. As well I think need to learn to Prioritise. Obviously I know homework should come before painting my nails for example, but that’s not to say that actually happens. Like now, I’m writing a blog post when I should be revising for my Psychology exam. So clearly its something I need to work on.

Learn to Drive

A couple of weeks ago, I would have said “NOPE, Me? Drive? I’m okay thanks”. And its not because I don’t want to. Its because IM SO DAMN SCARED. I feel like I’d just be one big disaster on the road. Nevertheless, I’ve started to come to terms with learning to drive and I’m just trying to push out any bad thoughts I have on the matter. My Birthday is in early February, so as its getting closer I guess I’m getting more excited to start learning, WISH ME LUCK!

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I did the same post last year but I had a few more goals then. Probably because this year I’ve decided to have no expectations and just go with the flow. See you soon.

Love, Sophie


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My NYE Makeup Look

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It hasn’t quite sunk in that we’re now in 2017. And maybe it’s a bit pointless to put up a makeup look after the time has passed but nevertheless I thought it’d be fun to share how I did my makeup last night. 

Here was what I used to prime my face and set a base before applying makeup. 

L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer

Benefit The Porefessional 

L’Oreal True Match Foundation

L’Oréal True Match Concealer– I use this on any blemishes.

L’Oréal True Match Powder

Bourjois Blur the Lines Concealer– I like to use this under my eyes because of its creamy consistency. 

To Contour:

L’Oréal Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette


Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette Kit

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara


Benefit Shy Beam


Ted Baker Lip Balm

MAC- Velvet Teddy

Finally Eyes, my FAVOURITE. I was super excited to do my eye makeup with my new Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette that I received at Christmas. I started by putting the shade ‘Commando’ all over my lid. Then moved onto ‘Tempted’ and started to put it over my outer corner. Then going in with ‘Faith’ and ‘Lockout’ to build it up and create a darker smokey eye. Finally, using ‘Extra Bitter’ in on the middle portion and blended it out. I also added ‘Commando’ underneath my eye. 

I applied the Maybelline the falsies push up Drama mascara on my top lashes and the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer on my bottom lashes. I also had some Eyelure lashes on.

Let’s just excuse the fact I forgot to take makeup pictures at the beginning of the night. So my makeup isn’t looking as fresh as it was. But nevermind…

And I’ll just throw in a selfie for good measure.

Hope you enjoyed my blog post, I’m feeling very positive about this new year. I hope you all had a lovely holiday and have plenty of resolutions to start or in my case, fail dramatically. See you soon.

Love Always, 


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