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The Versatile Blogger Award

Another thank you to Shannon at Shannon Stacey for the nomination, she never fails to tag me in really interesting tags which I really enjoy doing – be sure to check out her fabulous blog!
HOW IT WORKS…
1. Thank the person who gave you this award, and leave a link to their blog.
2. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
3. Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
7 FACTS ABOUT ME:
1. I was born in Cardiff but only stayed for a month after and then moved to Lincolnshire. I have a Welsh birth certificate though so I guess I’m Welsh…?
2. I am obsessed/crazy/in love with Beyoncé that she can and has reduced me to hysterical tears [Note: anyone else clock the Beyoncé references? Nope just me then…cool]
3. I have been fortunate enough to be front row at her show and hold Beyoncé’s hand which made me bawl like an absolute baby
4. I am Nigerian and Brazilian (its a small part on my Mum’s side but it counts and sounds exotic)
5. Absolutely terrified of clowns and I’ve only recently started to overcome my phobia of boats, pins/needles and flying (on a plane not actual flying…I don’t have wings)
6. I went through a phase of being obsessed with anything star print or anything to do with stars purely because my name means star. I still love stars but not to the point I’m wearing everything star print head to toe – and yes that has unfortunately happened (and no there will be no photographic evidence of this posted!)
7. I’m in my second year of uni studying Consumer Behaviour and Marketing and hope to go on a placement year next year.
I nominate the following 15 to do the same:
2. Nicole
5. Milly
7. Jess
9. Buma
10. Fiona
12. Poppy
14. Beth
Thanks again to Shannon for the nomination; thinking of 7 facts about yourself is harder than it sounds but hopefully you guys got to know me somewhat better – hope I’ve not scared you all off haha!
Until next time,
Esther
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BEAUTY // REVIEW: Illamasqua Powder Foundation (Shade 330)

Illamasqua was one of those brands that I admired from far as I could never bring myself to splurge. However, when I saw they had a sale with items up to 70% off, I caved and had a rummage through the website to come across their powder foundation that was reduced from £26.00 to *drum roll* £7.80!! Yes, £7.80 – CRAY. And to top it all off, it was shade 330 (the darkest shade) was the shade that was discounted and the colour looked as if it would work with my skin tone. So I bought it and I thought I’d share my thoughts on it in this post. (more…)

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!

So in my previous post I talked about what I was thankful for in 2014 and what I was hoping for in 2015, you can have a read of it here. 2014 was definitely filled with so many memories: seeing Beyoncé for the second time and holding her hand (YES I HELD HER HAND), interned at Boots Head Offices in the summer, started my blog, made some AMAZING friends, met some incredible people, finished and passed my first year at uni, saw Rixton live, road trips, birthdays, parties, and lots of laughter. Of course there were low points but lets not dwell on that. Here are my highlights of 2014, hope you enjoy!

To think there are even more photos on my old phone  and on my Instagram that I can’t get off at the moment just goes to show how camera happy I got this year haha! What were your highlights of 2014? I’ve really enjoyed reading people’s year round up/highlights posts so feel free to comment links to any of these below!

Until next time,

Esther

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Favourite YouTubers

Heeeey!

Most can probably relate, in my spare time I love to watch YouTube videos. I watch such a variety from reviewers, ranters, beauty and hair gurus, the lot. Over the years, I’ve grown to love some YouTubers in particular and in this post, I’ll share with which ones these are.

1. Patricia Bright 

I love watching all of Patricia’s videos, she’s so chatty and funny that you can enjoy them on a relatable level. My personal favourite of hers currently is her collab she recently did with Shirley called Things I Would Tell My Teenage Self – the pair of them are just hilarious together! I love watching her beauty and hair videos in particular because we have very similar skin tone and hair types so I like to nick some handy tips from them. Major style/beauty/hair envy from just her Instagram…sigh. If you haven’t already, make sure you check her out on: YouTubeInstagramFacebook, Twitter and her Blog.

2. Tyler Oakley

Confession time: I love Tyler’s laugh, its infectious, makes me happy and one of the cutest things ever. Aw. Tyler is a bit different to my other Youtube faves as I watch his for humour whereas the others are more so beauty/hair/style orientated. I love his Q & Slays but I think my favourite one has to be the Chicken Nugget Challenge 2014 video he did with Korey – it just makes me laugh each time. He does loads of collabs on his channel and does a lot outisde of the YouTube world so be sure to check him out on: YouTubeInstagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

3. Zoella

Zoella is one of the most known beauty bloggers/vloggers out there and I only properly got into her videos about 2 years ago I think. Her hair is actually divine, I love the length and the ombre look she’s got. And her relationship with Alfie (PointlessBlog) is adorable along with her other YouTube friendships. I watched her hair videos mainly especially when I have long weaves or braids in so I ‘try’ and copy them…not always successful but hey. Apart from her hair and beauty tutorials, she also does a lot of collab videos – my current favourite being the What’s In My Mouth with Joey Graceffa video – which are always fun to watch. I’m assuming most of you are  already following Zoella on some type of social media but if you aren’t, don’t fret – here are the links: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and her Blog.

4. Shirley B. Eniang

I actually only came across Shirley the other day through watching the collab she and Patricia did on both Patricia’s and her own channel. Firstly she is naturally stunning and secondly I LOVE her sense of style, thirdly her banter with Patricia – reasons as to why I subscribed to her channel. I personally love her Lookbooks as I can relate to her both style and her figure so its nice to get some inspiration from her videos. Her most recent one – Workwear Lookbook – is great inspiration for those going on internships/interviews/work/work experience who need to be smart but still want to look stylish. If you haven’t heard of her already, check her out here: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

5. Keira LaShae (Workout Videos)

So fitness wise, I’m definitely a fan of classes specifically dance classes because I feel that’s the most enjoyable way to workout. I struggled to go the gym during my exams so I decided to do some workouts off YouTube in my room, looking a fool but at least I got it done haha! I came across Keira LaShae’s workouts and loved them because they’re so full of energy and you definitely feel the burn – trust me. They’re easy to follow and you can do them in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace, on your own time. I really enjoyed doing the Reggae Dancehall workout and the 90s Throwback Hip Hop workout. Have a look at her channel to see some of her workouts on her channels: superherofitnesstv and Keira LaShae.

Okay so these are my favourite Youtube channels at the moment – are you a fan of any of these Youtubers? I always like to see new Youtube vids so if you have any recommendations, do leave them in the comments below!

Thank you so so much for reading and you can keep up with future posts here: Bloglovin, Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr.

Until next time,

Esther

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I Want…ASOS

Heeey!

Okay so I’m thinking of starting a new series of posts in which I will pick out a select number pieces from high street and/or online shops that I’ve got my eye on. First up, my first love – ASOS!

As many of my friends would know, I could sing ASOS’ praises for years, its my go to whenever I’ve got a big do coming up, need a bit of retail therapy or…just procrastinating. Bottom line is, there’s always a reason for me to go to ASOS. My saved items is never ending so we’ll be here for a while if I went through all of them so I’m just going to share with you my current favourite pieces at the moment.

I’ve provided links underneath the image to all the products shown and/or have a click on the image itself to have a look on my Polyvore page which you can also see here.

asos picks

1. ASOS Pencil Skirt In Sweat With Wrap Detail

My midi and pencil skirt collection seems to grow every time I go shopping, they’re my fave style of skirt and i think the unique wrap detail of this skirt will make a lovely little addition to my wardrobe.

2. ASOS Curve Exclusive Culotte Shorts In Mono Check Print

The monochrome check print grabbed me and I can imagine its one of those pieces that can be nicely dressed down for a sunny day or dressed up into smart casual for a nice meal out for example. Might even be nice paired with black tights and booties in the chillier temperatures – I’m yet to find out!

3. ASOS FOSTER Leather Flat Sandals 

Okay so even though summer is soon coming to an end, I’m still hoping to bag these sandals to have in the bank for spring and summer. I love the thick criss-cross detail they have for the straps; almost like a cross over between the ever faithful gladiator sandal and pool sliders.

4. ASOS Shell Top in Textured Faux Fur

I already loved the cut of the top before I noticed it had a faux fur texture to it, so I’m sold! Its cute, little quirky and the simple dark colours allows it to be paired with almost anything. I’m thinking of throwing it over a midi, high waisted/mom jeans or just some skinnies – either way its bound to look gooood.

5. ASOS Fluffy Crop Jumper

Anyone else getting a Clueless vibe from this jumper or is that just me? Probably just me, but still – its cute! If I was to get this, it’d definitely be worn in the a/w months, maybe with a cute patterned skater skirt, tights and boots combo.

6. ASOS CURVE Duster Coat

 This one I can imagine is a bit like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it. I LOVE it – (the price not so much). Even though I’m quite short, I do like a long line oversized coat and I find when pieces like this are paired with more fitted items underneath its a lot more figure flattering. I’d probably add a nice chunky belt around the waist to make it more flattering to my shape and give it that little extra something.

So I now have a sudden urge to add these all to my basket, which is never such a great idea for my bank account! Are you loving anything from ASOS at the moment? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Keep up with future “I Want…” posts here: Bloglovin, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr.

Until next time,

Esther

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