This Month's Playlist: May...

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I can't believe Monday marks the halfway point of 2015; this year is absolutely flying by. Like every other month, the end of May means its time for another playlist. Click here to see last months.  
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind | I've been a fan of Mumford & Sons for years, their older albums 'Sigh No More' and 'Babel' are two of my all time favourites. When I heard they were ditching their trusty banjos for their latest album 'Wilder Mind', I was quite surprised but excited about what they were about to create. I definitely haven't been disappointed! This album, although different to their usual style, is still full of melodies, emotion and dynamics. My favourite tracks from the album are 'Believe', 'The Wolf', 'Just Smoke', 'Snake Eyes' and 'Hot Gates'. 

Empire Soundtrack | Empire, in case you haven't heard of it, is an American TV series focusing on a father who runs a successful music business and has been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease and his three sons one of whom he must select to take over his company when he dies. The series also features cameos from many stars including Jennifer Hudson, Naomi Campbell, Mary J Blige and Estelle.  I'm really enjoying the series but I'm also liking the soundtrack in particular 'No Apologies', 'Keep it Movin' and 'Shake Down'.

What have you been listening to this month?
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Review: Too Faced 'Better Than Sex Mascara'...

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If there's one item I don't mind changing up in my make up bag its mascara. I'm always on the hunt for one that will be better than the last and one that will give me thick, long luscious lashes (that's the dream right there!) A couple of weeks ago, as sort of an 'election special', Debenhams had 0% VAT on all of their beauty so obviously being a beauty obsessee (is that even a word?) I couldn't resist picking something up - the item I chose was the much raved about Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review
I'm not going to lie, after reading the packaging I had some pretty high expectations for this mascara, with 100% of people surveyed saying they saw dramatic volume and longer lashes. Luckily for me, this mascara has not disappointed!

When I first opened the mascara, I thought the brush might be too big for my lashes but after  one application I was instantly impressed, my lashes immediately looked longer and with a second coating thicker but not clumpy and I'm putting this down to the collagen infused formula. I also love how densely black this mascara is!

The wand is hourglass shaped  which according to Too Faced helps "separate, coat and curl each lash to voluptuous perfection." I definitely think this unique brush helps distribute the product evenly throughout my lashes. 

What I love most about this mascara is the fact it stays put all day, there's no smudges under my eyes and my lashes still look pretty good - they haven't dropped after a couple of hours but have instead held the curl!

Verdict

Statistics
Application: Hourglass shaped wand
Size: 8g
Cost: £19

Positives
-Lengthens lashes
-Adds volume
-Doesn't drop/holds a curl
-Smudge proof
-Extremely black

Negatives
-None!

I'll definitely be repurchasing it when I run out. If you want stunning, voluminous and lengthened lashes then this is definitely a mascara for you!

Have you tried this mascara?
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The Best of Cannes Film Festival Fashion 2015...

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For the past two weeks, tabloids and social media have been engrossed by the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival focusing mainly on what the stars have been wearing (obviously the most exciting part!) so it wouldn't feel right if I didn't share with you my favourite looks from one of the most prestigious festivals...
Cannes Film Festival 2015: Naomi Watts, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes
 Naomi Watts // Elie Saab
Karlie Kloss // Atelier Versace
Doutzen Kroes // Atelier Versace 
Cannes Film Festival 2015: Charlie Theron, Li Bingbing, Jane Fonda
 Charlie Theron // Dior Couture
Li Bingbing // Elie Saab Couture
Jane Fonda // Versace
Cannes Film Festival 2015: Eva Longoria, Emma Stone, Miranda Kerr
 Eva Longoria // Gabriela Ca 
Emma Stone // Oscar de la Renta
Miranda Kerr // Emanuel Ungaro
Cannes Film Festival 2015: Nieves Alvares, Rooney Mara, Salma Hayek
Nieves Alvares // Elie Saab Couture 
 Rooney Mara // Alexander McQueen
Salma Hayek // Gucci
Cannes Film Festival 2015: Izabel Goulart, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn
Izabel Goulart // Zuhair Murad
Chanel Iman // Zuhair Murad
Jourdan Dunn // Vera Wang

Who wore your favourite look at Cannes?
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3 Things I Want to do This Summer...

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Now I've finished my first year of university and my five months off for summer summer have officially started (just waiting for the sun!) I've been thinking about how I want to spend my time as there's going to be a lot of it! Here are a few of the things I am most looking forward to doing...
Go on Adventures | One of my favourite things to do is go on adventures, whether they be to local attractions such as Beamish Museum or visit different areas of the UK I love it. As someone with a fear of flying, I've actually seen a lot of the UK, so much so, its probably easier to say where I haven't been than where I have! I can't wait to go back to Brighton and London this summer and myself and my friends are planning a trip to the Lake District which should be fun.

Read More | I've always enjoyed reading but over these last few years, I've felt like I haven't done much of it at all, yes I studied English Literature at sixth form but this wasn't exactly what I'd call reading for enjoyment, more like torture really. Back in January, I even wrote a post about all of the books I'd like to read this year and here we are in May and how many have I read? None that's how many! First on my list is Caitlin Moran's 'How To Build a Girl'. 

See More of My Friends | Since starting university in September, I feel like I rarely see my friends, don't get me wrong, I have friends at university and they are lovely but I mean my school friends who I've known for years. They've only been home for a couple of weeks at Christmas and Easter which was nice, but it will be great to all be back together for a good few months - I can't wait for BBQ's in the sun, nights out, spontaneous day trips and who knows what else!

What are you most looking forward to about this summer?
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Make Up Forever Has Arrived...

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As many of you are probably aware, Make Up Forever, a much loved make up brand by the Kardashians (or so sources say!), has finally arrived here in the UK.

I've been wanting to try products from them for what seems like forever (no pun intended) and now I've finally got the opportunity to do so. Here are just a few of them...
Make Up Forever Debenhams Wish List

Make Up Forever is being sold exclusively at Debenhams online or in their Oxford Street Store but I'm sure if its a successful as I know it will be, I'm pretty sure they'll branch out to other UK stores.

What Make Up Forever products have you tried or what would you like to try?
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Nail Polish Collection | Models Own...

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After sorting through my nail polish collection, throwing some away and putting some into my blog sale, I realised I had quite a few - 131 to be precise. I absolutely love nail polish and to be honest, I rarely go without it, in fact I can't remember the last time I did which to some of you may sound horrific but my nails really aren't in bad condition at all because I make sure I look after them. 

One of my favourite drugstore brands for nail polish has got to be Models Own.  Their polishes have really good pigmentation, apply nicely to the nail, they have over 150 colours to choose from and they are always bringing out new collections. Whats more, I love the fact every now and then, Models Own host flash sales on their website meaning you can get some amazing bargains (who doesn't love a bargain?!)

Here is my collection of Models Own polishes...
Models Own, Models Own HyperGel
L-R: Cerise Shine, Purple Glare, Turquoise Gloss, Summer Solstice, Sundress, Searing Pink, Blue Glint, Watermelon 
Models Own, Models Own Summer
L-R: Flip Flop, Beach Bag, Bikini, Sun Hat, Shades
Models Own, Models Own Hed Kandi
L-R: Beach Party, Hedonist
Models Own, Models Own Glitter
L-R: Freak Out, Blizzard
Models Own
There are so many more I want to add to my collection from Models Own, the Liquid Metals collection in particular is top of my list!

What's your favourite Models Own Polish?
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MODELS OWN // SUPERDRUG // ASOS
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Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake Flap Over Shoulder Bag...

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My name is Jenny and I am a handbag addict. A few weeks ago, when I was casually browsing the handbag department in Fenwick's, with no intentions of purchasing one, I came across this beauty from Vivienne Westwood.
I'd been after a medium sized shoulder bag for quite sometime but couldn't find a one that stood out to me but then I spotted this one and knew I had to have it. However, although I really liked it, I decided not to buy it then and there as I wanted to be sure that it was something I wanted to buy and something I would get a lot of use out of but a few weeks later when I was still thinking about it, I knew I had to have it! 

This handbag comes from the Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer '15 Collection and what stood out to me most was the gorgeous glossy grey colour with black scalloped details. Although it is available in all black (and other colours too!) I really liked the grey as it will still go with a lot of my outfits and I already have my black Prada. The gold chain and Vivienne Westwood Orb emblem also adds to the decorative details. 

The inside of the bag is lined with a lovely Vivienne Westwood print and there's an interior zip pocket for keeping either cash or your mobile in and a couple of other pockets too.

The only think I wish was a bit better is the fastening as this is only a flap over, with a magnetic button fastening which can sometimes be a bit of a pain to fasten but other than that, at £225 its worth every penny and I'm very happy I decided to buy it. 

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Dainty Accessories with Buckley London...

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I've always been a fan of accessories, especially statement pieces however, my taste lately has diverted to more minimalist, delicate pieces.

Buckley London is a brand I've been aware of for many years, with both my mam and nana purchasing various pieces from their range. Developed in 1989 by Adrian Buckley, they have become an award winning jewellery brand winning 'Best Costume Jewellery' four times at the UK Jewellery Awards and rightly so, offering high quality pieces at affordable prices. 
Buckley London Jewellery
First up are these lovely mesh bracelets* which come in a trio. I received a black, a gold and a silver each of which have a small charm on them. They can be worn altogether, which is what I like to do as I like the look of different metals together, or singularly for a more simple look. Although made from mesh, these bracelets are extremely well made and great quality making them look more expensive than they are. The fact they're made from mesh also means they will fit just about anyone as they stretch quite well. At £24.99 these would make lovely gift and I really like the fact you can't choose what you're getting, making it a little bit more exciting!
Buckley London Jewellery
Next up are these stunning One Carat Stud Earrings* although, very simple looking, they are truly beautiful and even with my long hair, can still be seen clearly in my ears. When the light hits them, they have a gorgeous glint to them. They're a lovely piece for everyday wear and even suitable for an elegant look on an evening as they compliment numerous outfits. Like the bracelets, they are super affordable at only £25 but look much more expensive. 
Buckley London Jewellery, The Royal British Legion
Finally, is this beautiful Jewelled Poppy Brooch* created in aid of The Royal British Legion and Poppy Scotland and has been seen on the likes of Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor. As an avid supporter of these charities, Buckley London designed this stunning crystal brooch to compliment any outfit whilst showing support. What's even better is a minimum of £3.33 from each Poppy sold goes to The Royal British Legion. 

I absolutely love these items and can't wait to get more wear out of them.
Have you bought anything from Buckley London before?
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Review: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows...

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Up until this last month, I'd never really been into cream shadows, often out of fear they would crease horrendously or fade within a couple of hours but after experimenting with Mally shadow sticks and loving my By Terry Ombre Blackstar I thought it was about time I tried the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows* which I've had in my collection for quite sometime. 
My Two Cents, No Pressure
These cream shadows are absolutely lovely to use, they glide on effortlessly for a soft wash of colour or can be built up for a more intense look. Although exceptionally creamy, as the name suggests, they remain creaseless throughout the day and are very long wearing. 
My Two Cents, No Pressure
The two shades I have are 'My Two Cents' which is a stunning polished copper and 'No Pressure' which is a gorgeous taupe. 
My Two Cents, No Pressure
My Two Cents, No Pressure
Another thing I like about these is the packaging, each shadow comes in a sturdy glass pot which comes encased in a lovely decorative box. One thing to be aware of is ensuring the lid is screwed tightly onto the glass pot to ensure the shadow doesn't dry up.

I really would recommend these to anyone who is wary of using cream shadows as they are fantastic quality.

Have you tried the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows?
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*These items were won in a competition hosted by Benefit.
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Drugstore Shopping List | May 2015...

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One of the most popular posts I see here in the blogosphere are those featuring an array of high end beauty products that people are lusting after. However, its been such a longtime since I ventured into my local drugstore so I thought I'd share with you the drugstore products that are top of my shopping list for when I'm next in my local Boots or Superdrug. 

What other products do you think I should add to my list?
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Best Dressed: Met Gala 2015...

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The Met Gala is one of the most extravagant annual fashion events in the world so much so it has been coined 'fashions superbowl'. Every year, the biggest stars get together to showcase their beautiful, creative and somewhat downright wacky outfits.  This years theme was 'China Through the Looking Glass' which for many stars translated to 'lets flash the flesh'. Here are my top picks from the night...
Kim Kardashian-West // Roberto Cavalli
Karolina Kurkova // Tommy Hilfiger 
Jennifer Lawrence // Dior
Kate Hudson // Michael Kors
Beyonce // Givenchy
Jennifer Lopez // Versace
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley // Versace

Who was your best dressed at the Met Gala?
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Ten life lesson Blair Waldorf taught us all...

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After binge watching Gossip Girl at the beginning of the year, Blair Waldorf has become one of my favourite fictional characters ever, so much so I sometimes forget she's not actually a real person! I adored her sassy personality which came to life in every episode and although very humorous at times, she taught us girls some great life lessons.

1 | Take risks in life - don't wait around waiting for things to happen for you, go out and get what you want!

2 | Be with someone who would do anything for you, never settle!

3 | Always make time for doing things you enjoy and having fun! 

4 | Its okay not to be okay!

5 | Never give up on what you really want in life, no matter what the circumstances!

6 | It's totally acceptable to be a little bit jealous of your friends sometimes!

7 | Don't be afraid to say how you feel!

8 | Don't let people ruin your happiness!

9 | Always be positive!

10 | And most importantly, shopping is always a good idea!
Move over Beyonce, there's a new Queen B in town.
All hail Queen Blair!
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*This post was inspired by these two Buzzfeed articles here & here.
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Preparing for your exams...

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Within the next 3 weeks, I will have finished my first year of university (scary thought right there) where I am studying Business Management and thinking back to last year, I can remember just how daunting A Level examinations were which will no doubt be starting very, very soon (I did English Literature, Business and Psychology).
In today's post, I've decided to share with you some useful tips for coping with your final exams, many of which helped me.

Tip 1 | Know what you are expected to know // This one sounds simple doesn't it? Well you'd be amazed at how many people are unaware about what they are truly expected to know. It's very important to be aware of your syllabus. For instance, a question can state a theory they want you to specifically talk about or they may just suggest theories you could include in your answer but you aren't required to know them. 

Tip 2 | Look at previous papers/exam question // I would highly recommend using past exam papers and questions to help you revise as they allow you to see how much you can remember and what your weakest areas are. Although you can access the answers online, I always find it beneficial to ask your teacher to have a look over them as sometimes what you might think sounds right may not actually be enough for the marks. 

Tip 3 | Look at past examiners reports // Like past papers, I also found looking over examiners reports useful for knowing what other students have lost marks on as  markers can sometimes often be extremely picky. 

Tip 4 | Use memory improvement techniques // As an ex psychology student, the use of memory improvement techniques for revision was pretty much drummed into me. There are quite a few out there but the two I found most helpful were Spider Diagrams and Mnemonics: Spider Diagrams are great for jotting down key points from theories and memorising them, I also liked to colour code mine; and Mnemonics is when you use a code to help you remember something for instance, the colours of the rainbow can be remembered as Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.   

Tip 5 | Take a break! // Always take breaks or else your brain will switch off and the revision you think you're doing just won't be going in. It has been recommended that people should take a 10 minute break for every 30-40 minutes of revision that they do. 

Tip 6 | Don't wait until the last minute // I honestly have no idea how people leave all of their revision until a couple of nights before their exam (don't you just hate those people who do this and always get a better grade than the person who spent weeks preparing)! The earlier you start your revision the more prepared and relaxed you are likely to feel before your exam. 

I hope you find these tips useful and if you have anymore, leave them below! 
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PS. Don't forget to check out my blog sale here!
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