Christmas Nails Inspiration!

Countdown to Christmas: 15

Hi guys, it’s almost Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited. I put the tree up yesterday, got my Christmas sweaters and gingerbread lattes.. but something is still missing… Nails!

I hope this collection of ideas inspire you to get creative with some nail art this season!

8e6e04b6a4ada8a26724a31dba9b0e2d1. I just love this edgy Christmas look. Definitely going to give this one a go 🙂

d73efcd0f23233a352e9d96d8206c3ca2. Simple, but so cute! It kind of looks like a candy cane

de46ef2196a5d0208522adb9b852065f3. This is perhaps for the more talented nail artists among us. It looks really effective though. If you’re struggling with this precision, you could always go for some Christmas-sweater nail wraps.

b809754533a7874ef67f057f04d2bc0b4. Little presents, how cute!

d1d05c656378c0fcecb017648fe43fd55. How good does this one look? I wish I could paint my nails with such precision!

2df1a3c3198c98a35d7311c024633cd1d8d57bcfb819c19977a9661a2c704a69e33ed835c7089ddb0b4c651b7b179ce3de605af60d050bc994c8d075249dc6ffI hope you enjoyed this quick inspiration selection. Check out my Pinterest page to see more!

I love you all and wish you a very merry Christmas!

Hope x

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Autumn 2015: Beauty & Fashion Inspiration

Finally the time of falling leaves, knee-high socks and PSLs is upon us again 🙂 Here is a compilation of beauty and fashion ideas to inspire you this autumn!

– Make up –

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Bring back the golds! I love this look for fall, it is also great to use red based toned if you have green or blue eyes.
berry lips are an autumn must have. If you're apprehensive about this bold look, why not go for a deeper red tone?
berry lips are an autumn must have. If you’re apprehensive about this bold look, why not go for a deeper red tone?

– Hair – 

I think knotted up-does look beautiful for autumn. Section off your hair, then tie the individual sections in knots, starting from the top and incorporating the other pieces as you move down.
I think knotted up-does look beautiful for autumn. Section off your hair, then tie the individual sections in knots, starting from the top and incorporating the other pieces as you move down.
Here's another knotted variation. Use a spritz of sea-salt spray to give your hair some texture.
Here’s another knotted variation. Use a spritz of sea-salt spray to give your hair some texture.

– Nails –

These nails looks so gorgeous! Perfect for bonfire night.
These nails looks so gorgeous! Perfect for bonfire night.
For something a little simpler, I love a deep berry nail polish.
For something a little simpler, I love a deep berry nail polish.

– Fashion –

yay for slouchy sweaters! A bold patterned cardigan looks great with a plain tank top and jeans for a casual look.
yay for slouchy sweaters! A bold patterned cardigan looks great with a plain tank top and jeans for a casual look.
Knee-high socks are a autumn must-have. I love this cute dress too.
Knee-high socks are a autumn must-have. I love this cute dress too.
A massive scarf and leather jacket is the ultimate combo.
A massive scarf and leather jacket is the ultimate combo.
I've noticed denim skirts in trend at the moment. This fashionable jacket looks gorgeous too.
I’ve noticed denim skirts in trend at the moment. This fashionable jacket looks gorgeous too.
This outfit is so perfect. Feeling so excited for autumn now!
This outfit is so perfect. Feeling so excited for autumn now!

– Shoes –

A pair of classy brogues are a great thing to have in autumn. A friend of mine has some quirky blue brogues - they're gorgeous!
A pair of classy brogues are a great thing to have in autumn. A friend of mine has some quirky blue brogues – they’re gorgeous!
And for special occasions..  The gold trim on these shoes is just beautiful!
And for special occasions..
The gold trim on these shoes is just beautiful!

I hope you found this helpful, let me know you’re autumn staples!

Hope x


Quick Update: Hi there lovelies 🙂 sorry I haven’t been posting much recently, I’ve been getting back into school for my final year. I’m currently off sick with a cold haha. I hope you’re all doing great, thanks for all the support, I love you so much! xx

Summer Holiday Drugstore Beauty Haul

FullSizeRender-38Hello beautiful 🙂 as you know, I spent a month in the UK during the summer. I couldn’t wait for this opportunity to splash out and purchase some great skincare and makeup products. Here are my selection of drugstore purchases, enjoy!

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FullSizeRender-32Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion: If you’re like me and have very pale skin, the selection of summer’s fake tanning products can be daunting! I actually purchased this product two years ago and I still love it. It’s a very hydrating lotion that leaves your skin feeling silky and smelling amazing. It’s tanning properties are extremely subtle, so you don’t have to worry about turning orange! I would really recommend this one.

FullSizeRender-34Simple Soothing Facial Toner: This one’s another repurchase. I really love Simple products and unfortunately we can’t get them in Germany 😦 This leaves your skin feeling smooth and toned, it doesn’t have an aroma so it’s perfect for sensitive skin.

FullSizeRender-35Superdrug Vitamin E Moisturising Mask: I’ve tried one of the face masks
from Superdrug before, but I found it extremely harsh and irritating on my skin. Thankfully I discovered this one! It has a milky texture and fresh aroma and leaves the skin feeling supple, nourished and super soft 🙂

FullSizeRender-33Nuage Facial Scrub:  I hadn’t come across this brand before, but was attracted by the simple ingredients, its claim to be mild for the skin, and the price (99p in Bodycare!!). Exfoliation is good for the skin, but I’ve learned from experience that over scrubbing is not a good idea. I am a big fan of this scrub, it’s not too grainy and leaves the skin feeling amazing. I use this a couple times per week.

Rimmel WFullSizeRender-36ake Me Up Concealer: I’d heard great reviews of this product, and I have to say that I understand why people have been raving about it. I use the tone 010 Ivory, and I find that it really blends into my skin well whilst giving great coverage. I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a trustworthy concealer.

FullSizeRender-37Sunkissed Eye Palette and Bronzer: And last but not least I picked up this palette from Primark. It was such a bargain and I love the colours. They aren’t super pigmented, but I think the tones are a perfect staple for all year round, the slight shimmer also adds to the summery glow 🙂

So those are all my beauty purchases from my summer holiday in the UK. I hope you enjoyed this selection and maybe feel inspired. I would love to know what you’re favourite beauty products are so that I can check them out when I’m next over there. Lots of love,

Hope x

Get Ready With Me: Beach Day

Hi there 🙂 Since the sun has been shining, I thought I would head down to the beach. I can’t wait to share my day with you, come get ready with me! Enjoy 🙂

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– – Make up – –

Step 1 is make up. I don’t anything clogging up my pores so I’m going for a natural summery look. I’m using some bronzer and the lightest shade from my Sunkissed FullSizeRender-23palette as highlighter to define my cheekbones. Then I’m taking a wash of the golden colour (second from right bottom row) over my eyelids, before adding a little of the white shade into the corners of my eyes. Finishing off with Maybelline’s Classic Volume Express mascara in brown to add natural-looking length to my lashes.

– – Hair – –

I’m putting my hair up in a wrap-around crown braid so that it’s out of my face aFullSizeRender-22nd won’t blow around if it’s windy at the beach. To do this, start with a french braid but only add in more pieces of hair from the bottom strand, slowly work your way around your head, incorporating all the hair, then secure with bobby pins. I did this quite loosely to give a casual feel (try to hide the pins better than me!!).

– – Outfit – –

FullSizeRender-17I’ve chosen to wear a lightweight white summer dress (C&A) with comfy blue flip-flops (local shoe store). I also have my sunglasses (Madonna) and beach bag (H&M). I bought my bikini last year from
H&M, it was originally white, but turned pink when it was accidentally put in a coloured wash! So this summer I bought some clothes dye and dyed it light blue (and I love it!).

– – At the beach – – 

The weather was so FullSizeRender-20gorgeous down at the beach today! It was even warm enough to go for a refreshing swim. As we’d had a large breakfast, I packed a light picnic lunch to snack on at the beach.

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I had a great day at the beach, thanks for coming along and getting ready with me! Let me know if you like this slightly different style of post. I wish you an awesome day, lots of love.

Hope x

What’s in my travel bag? Cosmetics Essentials

FullSizeRender-10Hey there 🙂 As I’m currently on holiday in the UK for 4 weeks, I thought I would share with you the contents of my cosmetics bag! Hope you enjoy 🙂

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  • I can’t travel anywhere without my toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and lip balm! My dentist recommended this floss to me, as I have brackets and a wirebehind my front teeth, and this product has a plastic end, which is really helpful. My favourite toothpaste ever is Colgate Total, the one I have here is still good though. This lip balm is great too, it has a very subtle vanilla flavour.

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  • I brought my favourite nail polish with me on holiday: Maybelline Super Stay Mint for Life 615. I also use coconut oil, in this clear bottle here, to massage into my cuticles.  I bought this handy little hand cream to fit in my bag. It’s hydrating, but I don’t like the smell of it at all! I’m trying to use it up, haha.

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  • I just had to bring my beloved Simple Moisturising Facial Wash and Anti-blemish moisturiser. I also have a mini pot of E45 cream for the drier areas of my face. I’m keeping my skin care very basic and gentle for my skin at the moment, although I do plan on being some exfoliating face wash whilst I’m here 🙂

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  • I have my little travel bottles of shampoo and conditioner with me! Right now I’m using the Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner, which I really love and would definitely recommend. I also brought my Body Shop Mango body scrub and butter with me – I love the smell so so much 🙂

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  • I’ve kept my make up range minimal for the time of my stay here in the UK. I have my beloved Rimmel Match Perfection foundation and Manhattan Soft Compact powder, as well as my staple mascara: Volcano Precise by Manhattan, and eyelash curler. I brought along my Alterra 15 Red Wine lipstick, because who knows when you’re going to need some red lipstick eh? I have my P2 Express eyebrow pencil and a mini container of Taylor Swift Wonderstruck perfume, which has a very bright and slightly sweet smell.

I hope you enjoyed this little rummage through my travel bag! Let me know what your travel essentials are. Have an awesome day, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are 🙂

Hope x


Quick Update: how are you doing my lovelies? I’m great 🙂 I’m into the third weekFullSizeRender-16 of my internship. I’ve been able to do crazy things, like run my own memory experiment and wear an EEG cap, so that I can see my brain waves! It’s really fascinating, and it’s confirming in my mind that I have made the right decision to study psychology 🙂 Here I am hanging out with my EEG cap friends 😉

Summer Nails Inspiration

I love summer; days get brighter, clothes get more colourful and so do the nail designs! I’ve scoured through Pinterest and have compiled a selection of nail colours and designs to hopefully inspire you this summer 🙂

–Corals–

I've been really into coral tones this summer. I love the pretty flower designs in this photo too
I’ve been really into coral tones this summer. I love the pretty flower designs in this photo too
I feel like this sort of design would be perfect all year round. The coral colour would look good with a tan though!
I feel like this sort of design would be perfect all year round. The coral colour would look good with a tan though!
this neon orange-coral is for the bolder ones among us! I love the addition of the silver strips too.
this neon orange-coral is for the bolder ones among us! I love the addition of the silver strips too.

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–Light Blues–

Who can go wrong with an Essie Mint Candy Apple in the summer? Why not spice it up a bit with a gradation of colour?
Who can go wrong with an Essie Mint Candy Apple in the summer? Why not spice it up a bit with a gradation of colour?
As orange is the contrasting colour to blue, wearing blue colours will emphasise your summer tan. I love this fresh pretty pattern of blues and whites
As orange is the contrasting colour to blue, wearing blue colours will emphasise your summer tan. I love this fresh pretty pattern of blues and whites.
And why not add some glitter? This boho look is so gorgeous!
And why not add some glitter? This boho look is so gorgeous!
This simple pastel design is so pretty. I'm definitely going to give this one a go this summer.
This simple pastel design is so pretty. I’m definitely going to give this one a go this summer.

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–Dark Blues–

Who says you can't wear navy in summer? This pretty floral design looks so sophisticated!
Who says you can’t wear navy in summer? This pretty floral design looks so sophisticated!
I really like this design too. Using a sponge to blend the colour gives a really nice effect.
I really like this design too. Using a sponge to blend the colour gives a really nice effect.

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–Other Designs–

Kiwi nails! So cool, I might give these a go, but I'm not sure I'd be able to do it so neatly.
Kiwi nails! So cool, I might give these a go, but I’m not sure I’d be able to do it so neatly.
I really like white nail polish! And this dandelion clock pattern looks really nice.
I really like white nail polish! And this dandelion clock pattern looks really nice.
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I am obsessed with this look. Where can I get some mirror nail polish?!
And last but not least, these splattered nails. I think this looks so pretty and effective!
And last but not least, these splattered nails. I think this looks so pretty and effective!

I hope you found this small selection interesting and inspiring. Let me know what your favourite nail designs for this summer are! I wish you a wonderful day 🙂 Love you lots and lots!

Hope x

Summer Holiday Haul

FullSizeRender-16Hello my lovelies 🙂 I’ve just enjoyed a week of holiday in the sun, and I’d love to share with you some of the things I have picked up recently.

  1. Zara Striped Dress: I picked this one up a few weeks ago, I really love it. It was a bargain, and perfect for the warmer weather. I like to dress it up with a black blazer, or dress it down with a pale pink cardigan. FullSizeRender-17
  2. H&M Skater Skirt: I know these skirts are a bit last year, but I really love this simple one. Great for warmer days and it goes with most things. FullSizeRender-18
  3. Gold Patterned Photoframe: This was another bargain which I bought simply because it looks so pretty! I can’t wait to put a photo inside.FullSizeRender-21
  4. Feather Pattered Mug: I just love everything about this mug. As you may know, I am quite a big tea-addict. I’m the sort of person who assigns different mugs for different types of tea or coffee. This feather pattern really caught my eye, as well as being beautiful, the large size is perfect for me, and I really like the insides of mugs to be white so that I can see the shade of the drink. Is that weird? haha.FullSizeRender-23
  5. Sandals: I really like these decorative sandals. I think they’re really pretty, plus they’re quite comfy too. FullSizeRender-20
  6. Essence Yellow Nail Polish: As you may or may not know, I always go for subtle, nude or turquoise nail polishes. So this year I decided to do something crazy and buy a bright yellow (seen on my toenails in previous pic). I’m not sure about wearing it on my fingernails, but I have to say that I love this summer shade for my toes!FullSizeRender-25
  7. Twisted Hair Tie: I’ve seen a lot of these around the place, and I have to say that they do keep your hair up really well, especially in a bun. When I found this one for 50 cents I was so happy! haha.FullSizeRender-24

I hope you enjoyed this quick haul post, let me know what you think. I wish you an awesome day and an amazing summer! Lots of love,

Hope x