IMG_7394 IMG_7401 IMG_7406Ahh Valentine’s Day, it’s that time again. A time where most people complain about the corporate marketing scam forcing you to buy your loved ones a smooshy card and some chocolates. But that’s not how I see it at all. Who cares if the CEO of Clintons is laughing as you reluctantly hand over £3 for a tacky card, if there’s an excuse to stop, slow down and appreciate the people you love then why the heck not?

I’ve always loved this time of year, from back in the day when myself and my best friends would celebrate Galentine’s Day by getting cheesy little gifts for each other or fast forward to today where I have the best boy in the world to actually call my Valentine (I just vommed a little). It’s actually mine and Lewis’ 2nd anniversary the day after Valentine’s Day so I can’t wait to have an excuse to be super soppy, eat as much as possible and warrant extra cuddles.

Now when it comes to gifting it’s quite a tricky one for us as within the last couple of months we’ve had Christmas and both of our 21st Birthday’s. So I for one have run out of ideas! But what better than fragrance? Both myself and Lewis are huge fragrance fans and have ever expanding collections, so when Hugo Boss asked if I’d like to try The Scent For Him* and The Scent For Her* I jumped at the chance. Could it get any cuter than matching perfumes?

I hadn’t really heard much about these specific fragrances before however I’m a big fan of some other Hugo Boss ones (don’t tell Lewis that I often steal his Boss Bottled) so was excited to test them. Now lets just start off by saying I’ve not worn any other perfume for the last few weeks, The Scent For Her is simply beautiful. It’s a gorgeous combination of feminine sweetness, light florals and crisp freshness. My absolute favourite. Think Marc Jacobs Daisy or Chanel Chance Eu Tendre for reference. And do I even need to mention the luxurious packaging?

The Scent For Him follows a very similar tone with it being very light and fruity, the perfect scent for spring summer. I actually think I’ll be wearing this one myself as Lewis will never be parted from his beloved Boss Bottled!

Fragrance is a timeless gift and something I’ll always be thrilled to receive! What Valentine’s gifts are you planning to give alongside that tacky Clintons card?

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img_7363img_6247img_6187Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetOkay, so I’m not technically a fresher anymore but hear me out! When Canesten got in touch about their new freshers campaign, let’s be honest I was a little dubious at first, but I was intrigued about the concept and I realised that I myself needed to hear a few of the following things. So I’m writing this almost as a letter to my fresher self, some advice for little first year Lucy if you will.

You can do it. The first and most important thing I’d say to myself is ‘you can do it’. I have overcome so many things during my time as a student that I can no longer keep count. I’ve had a bumpy journey at times but no matter what, I’ve faced it head on and I’m still here to tell the tale.

Support. Uni can be a stressful time for a multitude of reasons so it’s incredibly important to have a good support network around you. From friends to family and even uni staff, support is vital! I met my best friend Hannah at the bus stop on the way to our very first lecture. She is an incredible friend and makes midnight essay writing almost fun!

Environment. I don’t know about you, but the way my room looks plays a huge part in how I feel. If it’s messy and drab then that’s how I feel. Uni halls can be the most dull of places and it’s quite the challenge to spruce them up, but fear not! With just a handful of cushions, blankets, posters, fairy lights, copper lamps and pictures of loved ones, you’ll feel right at home.

Staying healthy. Starting with the classic ‘freshers flu’, feeling poorly away from home sucks! Particularly when it comes to feminine hygiene as it’s a bit of an embarrassing topic. Heck, I didn’t even get my flu jab in first year as I was too nervous to visit the doctors alone (I realise how silly this sounds now). But as a grown up for the first time it’s all too easy to ignore issues when they arise and let them spiral out of control. Canesten is dedicated to spreading the word that, actually, these things happen to all of us and we shouldn’t be so embarrassed about our health. Whether it’s staying fresh with their range of intimate hygiene products, or relieving the symptoms of cystitis with something a little more dedicated like the CanesOasis. However, if you’re ever worried about anything, head to the doctors, I can promise that they don’t bite!

Study. I’m not here to tell you to start those essays early, I wouldn’t want to preach what I can’t practice! But I do want to say don’t worry. Studying at uni can be very stressful, but at the end of the day, if you try your best then you should be proud.

Have fun. Okay so I said the first one was the most important, but having fun is! University has been the best few years of my life and has brought so many amazing opportunities my way. I’m currently living and working in London, but still get student discount, could it get any better? But seriously, university has taught me so many things and I’ve met the most wonderful people. Just look after yourself, have fun and clean your dishes.

This post is in collaboration with Canesten. All views remain my own.

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14795925_10210866922498005_112146885_o14625731_10210900112519235_2069250752_o 14787490_10210866911177722_1621868611_oI’ve lived in London for a good few months now, I know my central line and I’ve exhausted most of the traditional London sights. So today I thought I’d share some hidden gems and over looked places in the big city.

House of Minalima. One of the first places I visited when I moved down was the House of Minalima. A 4 story terrace in the heart of Soho filled with the works of Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. If you’re wondering who on earth these guys are then just pop on your favourite Harry Potter film and you might just see some of their work. Minalima were responsible for all graphic design work featured in the Harry Potter films, from Harry’s acceptance letter to The Marauder’s Map. It’s free entry, although I’ll warn you now that you might want to purchase the entire gift shop. Also the exhibition is only open until February 2017, so get yourselves down to 26 Greek Street.

Holland Park. Everyone knows and loves Hyde Park and there’s no doubt it makes a lovely day out. However having spent an afternoon exploring Holland Park, it’s gone straight to the top of my favourite parks list (everyone has one of these lists right…). Forget simply grass and a few trees as every corner you turn in Holland Park reveals something different. From forest areas filled with wildlife, to perfectly curated gardens and even a few tennis courts, this park has it all. Can you tell that this city girl misses her country home yet?

Carnaby Street. Okay so this isn’t exactly unknown, but hear me out! I wanted to mention Carnaby Street as the place to go for boutique shopping, unique stores and bonkers cafes. I love wondering down this quirky road, stumbling upon shops like We Built This City (which has a beautiful floor if you’re after the perfect Instagram). Plus don’t get me started on how excited I am that Urban Decay is arriving soon! Once you’ve worked up an appetite then look no further than Coccywoccydoodah, an Alice in Wonderland inspired chocolate heaven, serving every chocolate delight you could imagine.

That’s all for now, but perhaps after another few months of city life I’ll have discovered a few more gems. Also please let me know your favourite places in London!

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img_7192img_7210img_7238img_7197img_7250img_7204 img_7260There’s finally some leaves on the ground, the air is crisp and I’m definitely in need of a warmer coat! So in the meantime jumpers, scarves and a cup of hot tea will have to suffice.

Once all of my Saturday morning chores were out of the way (I’ll pretend to complain but I secretly love cleaning), I spent the afternoon wandering around the beautiful streets of Holland Park. With my boyfriend in tow and some recent remarks that I haven’t blogged in forever, he kindly took these wonderful photos for me.

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons (did someone say Christmas is on it’s way?) and autumn fashion is some of my favourite also. I can still style up those lighter summer layers with chunky scarves, winter boots and roll necks. Oh and just wait until I crack out the bobble hats.

Coat: Primark | Scarf: Primark | Jumper: Missguided | Skirt: New Look | Bag: Whistles | Boots: ASOS

Note to Lewis: please keep nagging me to blog.

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IMG_6484_FotorHow To naturally make lips biggerHow To Get Naturally Big LipsMy lips are rubbish, they’re not very full and they’re practically translucent as well. But not to fear, I can still pretend to be a long lost cousin of Kylie Jenner through the magic of makeup. More specifically through the magic of MAC Whirl Lip Liner in order to cheat my way to naturally looking plump lips.

Through a lot of trial and error I have finally found the perfect product and technique to create bigger lips. As mentioned, MAC Whirl Lip Liner is the ideal product for me as it has very similar undertones to my natural lip colour and therefore I can build it up without looking too crazy.

When it comes to the application I’ve learnt a few important tips. Firstly, start with moisturised lips, no one wants cracked lips ruining the illusion, am I right? Secondly, don’t use a sharp pencil, you’ll only end up with a very harsh, unnatural drawn on line. Instead use a slightly blunt pencil and gently build up the colour until you’re happy, blending as you go. This will give the most natural finish. Finally, using gentle circular motions I concentrate the colour in the centre in order to ‘plump’ the middle of the lips and create a pouty effect.

And there we have it, only a *few* simple steps to bigger looking lips. Who needs lip fillers when you’ve got Whirl eh!

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NEW Benefit Gimme BrowGimme Brow BeforeGimme Brow AfterBrows, brows, brows, I can’t get enough of the things and after the Benefit Brow launch, I’m full on brow crazy. Benefit kindly sent us home from the event with the brand new Gimme Brow* and although I own and love the old version already this is my first time using it solo.

To me Gimme Brow is a fantastic brow gel, keeps those hairs in place, adds some colour but I always use it after filling my brows in with a brow pomade. But what about those lazy days where I don’t have time for perfect brows, but I also don’t want to go outside with the bedraggled things pictured above, enter Gimme Brow. I personally prefer shade 5 (or the previous shade deep) as it darkens my brows to better match my hair colour, but if you’re after something slighter lighter then keep your eyes peeled for the brand new shade! The picture above is using only Gimme Brow and I think the results are fab, I just use the tiny brush to run through my brow hairs, however to get a more precise brow I use the end of the wand to almost draw onto the skin. For example at the front of my brows, the line underneath and the tail.

And hey presto, natural full brows at the stroke of a wand! I can’t wait to test out some more products from the range and don’t get me started on how beautiful the new packaging is, insert heart eyed emoji!

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