Tuesday, 6 October 2015


Accidentally missed last week's so we have a lot to catch up on in this life post!  Is it terrible that my memory is SO bad that the only way I can remember back to last week is by looking at the pictures taken on my phone?  Lord knows what I'll be like when I'm a grandma!

Highlights & Things I've Been Up To:

1) First things first, I got my hair bleached all over by the amazing Samantha Cuisack at Taylor Taylor.  I'd been toying with the idea for ages and finally went for it and couldn't be happier.  I'll do a whole post on it soon but it's definitely been a big highlight!

2) It was my cousin's wedding at the weekend and it was really lovely.  She's the first of our group of cousins to get hitched and so it was great to party & dance with my family!  They tied the knot at Fanham's Hall, I highly recommend visiting as the grounds are beautiful.

3) Seeing Pharell live as part of the Apple Music Festival was INCREDIBLE.  Words can't describe how much I loved N.E.R.D in my teen years and so to hear him play my favs live was just insane.

4) Andrew and I bought tickets to the first ever adult night at Kidzania back in July and the date finally came and we loved it.  Kidzania is basically a miniature town for kids where they can get a 'job' to earn currency and spend it on whatever they wish there.  I have wanted to be a detective my entire life and so my dream came true when I got to be one for the night!  We also made healthy granola bars in a factory, became bell ringers for the town, got 'tattoos' and also became magicians and performed in the theatre.  If it was around when I was a kid I would have loved it so much - really recommend going to an adult night when you can!

5) I attended 4 blogger events in one day last week - must have been a record for me!  It started with a morning at LUSH looking at their Winter Lauches, followed by afternoon tea with Tarte at the Corinthea and in the evening I popped into the NEXT Cinema to watch Breakfast at Tiffany's on their comfy sofas.

6) I also wanted to include this gorgeous picture I took of my beautiful parents on Saturday.  Their love is such an inspiration to me; it's so strong and they're just perfect for each other.  I really couldn't be more grateful to have been brought up by them, surrounded by so much love and I don't know what I'd do without them.

There's so much more I could write but I really don't want to bore you so I'll leave it there!  My plans for the rest of the day is to edit the Illamasqua Lipstick Lookbook I filmed yesterday and photograph some amazing new products for review on the blog.

Hope you're having a good week so far!  Lots of love,

Katie xxx


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

REVIEW: SMASHBOX Camera Ready BB Water

Today I wanted to introduce you to my new favourite, the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water.  This bottle of goodness is like no other I've tried before, but my gosh does it work!

There are so many reasons I love this; from it's priming, hydrating and protecting features as well as more benefits in just one drop that you can read about below...


Firstly, I think the pictures above explain ALOT about why this is my new go-to base product.  For a product so lightweight and hydrating, it perfects and smooths out all of my imperfections.  As you guys know I suffer from quite bad acne and for me to feel confident wearing just a BB Water outside of the house is an achievement in itself.

The consistency of this foundation really needs boasting about; it really is like a water.  The formula is so thin that I thought it couldn't possibly cover my acne scarring but it does in a way that is so beautiful and flattering - it's almost like a water-like veil.  I love that it doesn't feel heavy or cake-y on the skin, in fact when I wear this my skin feels completely bare which I love.

Not only does the product perfect, but it also primes (I think this is one of the reasons it's so flattering on my skin, as it also blurs out pores, fine lines and blemishes) as well as hydrates and protects with SPF 30 all with a few drops of the product.  It also contains no oil or alcohol which means it won't cling to your dry patches or leave you looking too 'flat', but it leaves me with a sheer but build-able finish which I just adore.  This also means that it's much more long lasting than your average BB cream which I find tend to slip off after a couple of hours wear.

As a brand, Smashbox have been one of my favourites for a long time now.  I find them so inspiring - the fact that the beauty brand was born out of a real photo studio - the legendary Smashbox Studios in L.A.  As a photographer myself I know that if a beauty product can withstand hours on a face in the tough environment of a studio (in front of hot lights and long hours) it can definitely look incredible and last a day in real life - let's face it, our lives can be crazy and demanding too with long hours and often hardly time to touch up throughout the day, so I feel confident with the brand to make me look brill whether I'm filming for my channel or popping out for lunch with friends.

I also want to highlight the shade range available, as you guys also know I find it SO difficult to find base products pale enough for my skin but their shade 'Fair' is absolutely perfect for me... couldn't be more happy with this new find.

What are your thoughts on a BB Water?  Would you try it?

Smashbox say: Meet our first and only BB with a water-like texture that delivers multiple benefits in just one drop. This featherweight formula primes, perfects, protects and hydrates. Oil-free. Alcohol-free. Perfect for all skin types. BB Water creates a sheer, radiant finish that makes you really love your skin.

Compensation was provided by Smashbox via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Smashbox.


Monday, 28 September 2015


Bit of a different look from me today, I feel like this is much more well thought out and polished than my outfits usually are, but I feel really comfy & confident in it none the less!

Everything in this outfit is from Hollister bar the shoes (which are from New Look if I remember correctly).  This post isn't sponsored, I am just LOVING Hollister at the moment - I genuinely think that the quality of their clothing is so great, every thing is so soft and well made and I seem to just want everything in their store!

I fell in love with this jacket as soon as I saw it, it's brown suede with fringed detailing on the back and along the sleeves and it cost around £70 - I haven't worn it out too much as I'm not too sure how to style it so if anyone can recommend that'd be great!  I teamed it with some super tight grey ripped skinny jeans and my new favourite floral blouse which is now one of my wardrobe staples.

Tonight Andrew and I going out for dinner with my family to celebrate our engagement, last week was so crazy we didn't get a chance to see them so I'm really looking forward to tonight!  (Also these pics were taken a couple of weeks ago which is why there is no ring in sight)!

What's your current favourite highstreet store?


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Life Lately #2 : WE'RE ENGAGED!

So... I now have a fiance and am engaged to be married!!!  Let's rewind a little.

If you read last week's Life Lately post you will have seen that it was Andrew's birthday on Friday and we had lots planned, as well as a little glamping trip to the Yorkshire countryside too, where Andrew got down on one knee and popped the question.
I don't want to say too much yet as I'm going to save the full story for it's own video/blog post but I'm so excited and can't express how happy I am to be getting married to my best friend.

Highlights & Thing's I've been up to :

- Andrew's birthday was absolutely lovely.  We started the day with tea & opening pressies in bed, before moving onto brunch at the Holborn Dining Room & a trip to the Hunterian Museum (we've both been wanting to go for so long).  We then came home to pack for the weekend before heading out to Plum Valley in China Town for some delicious dim sum (one of A's fav cuisines) and our final stop was the Electric Cinema in Shoreditch where we snuggled under blanket's to watch Legend (amazing film I highly recommend).

- The Jolly Days glamping site we stayed in over the weekend was spectacular and so picturesque.  We pretty much had the whole campsite to ourselves and as there was no electricity what so ever (not even lighting in our hut) we really went back to basics and had fun playing cards, cooking on the BBQ, toasting marshmallows on a log fire we made etc.  Full blog post coming up of the accommodation as it was so lovely.

- My ring... enough said!

- Being asked to spend the rest of my life with my soul mate... again, enough said!

-  I also went for lunch with the lovely Em from My Pale Skin last week which was a treat!  We visited My Old Dutch for some sweet pancakes whilst we caught up.

- Estee Lauder held a little dinner at Shoreditch House last Thursday to celebrate the launch of their new Pop Up Store in Box Park.  I had such a lovely evening with Lydia, Lela and Reem and their new beauty products are fab - reviews coming up soon!

Coming Up:

This week is stupidly busy!  I'm having a big hair change tomorrow at Taylor Taylor so I'm feeling nervous excited about that and I also have SO much work to do this week before Andrew's parents come to London for a visit this weekend.
Also - wedding planning!  Is it too soon to start thinking of things like this?  We want to enjoy our engagement and need to save up a bit so I think it'll happen in 2017.  Thinking of doing some wedding inspiration blog content - let me know if you'd be up for that!

Thanks so much to every one who has been reading my blog for a while now and seen me go through heartbreaks (I've not been shy in sharing when I've been down) and sticking around for this next chapter in my life.

Lots of love, Katie xxx

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