Saturday, 24 February 2018

Izzynterview With Coral Francis

A little while ago I had a series on my YouTube channel called "Izzynterviews" where I, Izzy, would interview people who inspire me and who's content I enjoy. I'm really honored that to kick this series off again on my blog I'll be joined by the wonderful CoraalFrancis.

Photo Credit- Becca W

Disney-obsessed Coral is a British YouTuber who I met through YouTube, but she has become one of my greatest friends offline too. Her personality on screen is exactly as it is off screen, which makes watching her videos feel like you're just hanging out with her in person. There really is something for everyone on Coral's channel, from lookbooks, to storytimes to vlogs. If you haven't already, please check out her channel because she really is such a huge personality in the YouTube community and is definitely one to look out for! 

Here are 10 questions I asked Coral to get to know her better:

1. You've been creating content for quite a while now. What first made you realise you wanted to make YouTube videos?

It's a funny story as before the channel I have now I actually used to upload way before then when I was around 13-15 making lip sync videos back in the day, so you could say I've always had a thing for media and creating content. But I think the main reason I wanted to make YouTube videos is because I love documenting things and making memories and making videos on YouTube was a way for me to do that and also was a creative outlet for me.

2. No one is a bigger Disney fan than you! If you could hang out with one Disney character in real life, who would you choose?

Oh my goodness this is such a hard one. So I am going to base my answer on character meetings I have had in the parks, so this comes between hanging out with Stitch as I feel like we could have loads of fun creating mischief and listening to Elvis, but also would have a companion for life. But also Chip and Dale the two naughty chipmunks were the most fun to meet in the parks so I feel like I'd have the same experience with them also.

3. What is your favourite part about being part of the YouTube community?

My favourite part is 100% the friendships I have made through this platform, I have made friends for life on here, and I love the fact I have connections all over the country and even now all over the world. It is so lovely to see my friends growing and achieving so much on YouTube.

4. What video on your channel would you recommend to someone that is new to your channel and why?

This is a tricky question for me as it depends on what you're looking for from a content creator, so usually I'd say whatever my pinned video is at the time. I personally love the vlogs on my channel and look books so I'd always recommend those!

5. I honestly feel as if you can pull off any hair colour in existence. What hair colour can you see yourself trying out next?

I've actually been meaning to film a video on my hair colour history as I have been many many colours. I recently just went back to having a more purple hair colour but I have always wanted to try an electric blue or a vibrant pink!

6. It's clear you put a lot of thought into your tattoos. What advice would you give to someone getting their first one?

Honestly, if it is the pain putting your off it isn't as bad as you think like it's totally bearable and I have a very low pain threshold. But my honest advice would be if you want it that much just do it. Don't think about it book it super last minute and before you know it you'll be done!

7. What three words would you use to describe your post-university life?


8. In your opinion, what is the hardest part about being a youtuber in 2018?

Gosh I could go on about this topic forever, for me it's growth. I find videos I love and have put loads of time and work into don't always get the feedback or perform as well as I'd like them to in comparison to a videos that maybe take me an hour or two. Sometimes it can be disheartening how something simple like a Primark haul can perform really well as appose to a meaningful video you spent hours scripting or filming.

9. If you got given a week to do whatever you wanted, how would you spend your time?

Really? I mean I'd obviously be going to Disney wouldn't I?!

10. What is your biggest goal you hope to have completed by the end of the year?

To be in a job that I love and be surrounded by people who love me and bring me happiness.

Thank you so much Coral for taking part in this interview, I thoroughly enjoyed your answers. I hope you all check out Coral's amazing channel and love her as much as I do,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Top Tips To Maintain Blonde Hair

For the last year or so, I decided to rejoin the blonde club (blondes do have more fun afterall). I now have subtle highlights throughout my hair resulting in a natural but dirty blonde look.

I'm really conscious of looking after my hair now, because if I don't it goes frizzy so easily. Honestly, without deep conditioner I resemble Hagrid not the 20 year old student I am


That's why I thought I'd share my own experiences of how to keep on top of cool toned blonde hair. I'm not a hair expert in any way, shape, or form, but from personal experience this is what helps me...

Keeping On Top Of Regrowth:

The only trouble with dying, or bleaching your hair another colour is that it's pretty obvious when it grows through. I recommend getting your roots topped up every 6 weeks (if your hair grows as quickly as mine does). That way the colour stays looking fresh, yet you're not over damaging your hair by getting it bleached too often.

The only person that can pull off roots

However, this can be an expensive routine. A way you can actually incorporate your roots into your look is by going for an ombre or balayage hairstyle, with your natural hair colour on top so it won't matter when it grows through.



Avoiding Damaged Ends:

Unfortunately it is hard to avoid damage when bleaching, or even dyeing your hair. Once your hair develops split ends unfortunately there is no fixing them. That's why fresh and regular trims help your hair looking bouncy and healthy, without the weight of dull ends weighing it down.

Fresh trim getting rid of dead ends

Keeping Your Hair Healthy:

Honestly, there is one thing that works much better than any deep conditioner and hair mask that I've ever tried and that is coconut oil. This product really isn't over-hyped, it truly is a magic substance. Leaving coconut oil in your hair for a couple of hours, once a week, adds shine, hydration, elasticity and just general life back into your hair.

Shampoos and Conditioners:

I have two favourite brands that I like to use on my hair to reduce brassy tones and also look after the quality of my hair once it's been bleached.

First is Daddy-O by Lush. This feels really natural on your hair, and leaves your hair feeling so clean and gives such a lovely bounce to your hair. And not to mention the smell is soooooo yummy! I have done a full review on it HERE if you want to check it out.

The second is Touch Of Silver by Provoke. This truly neutralizes any yellowy tones in your hair and gives a cool toned appearance. And it really brightens your hair too.


These are important if you want to get any yellow or orange tones out your hair and give a natural or silver appearance. My personal favourite colours to use on my hair are Directions White Toner and Silver. I find a mix of the two gives a natural look.

White Toner


So that was my personal advice on keeping blonde hair blonde. Have you ever tried any of the products that I've mentioned before? If so let me know in the comments before,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

If you want a brand which screams "quality" look no further than Charlotte Tilbury. After being really impressed with her Matte Revolution formula in the shade Glastonberry, I decided to check out her K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks which retail for £24

L to R: Stoned Rose, Hepburn Honey

I picked up two shades. First of all I have Stoned Rose which is a nude lipstick, with coral pink undertones. It's lovely for when you want to wear a colour on your lips, which isn't too in your face. 

Excuse my white people lips but this is Stoned Rose

The second shade I have is Hepburn Honey. This is the literal "your lips but better" shade. It is a nude shade with beige undertones.

And Hepburn Honey

This is a non-matte moisturizing formula which doesn't dry out your lips at all. It's got almost a glossy finish to it, and the colours are so opaque so you only need one layer on your lips.

The lasting power of these lipsticks is phenomenal. Unlike most lipsticks in my collection, you can wear these lipsticks for hours on end without it drying out and cracking your lips. The only thing I will say is that these are fairly transferable so aren't necessarily meal-proof. 

Overall I would rate this lipstick a 9/10 and (if my student budget allows it) I will be adding more to my collection. Have you tried any CT product? If so what do you think of them?

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner

Winged eyeliner is just my ting yaknow? And to be able to achieve that I need an on point eyeliner to achieve the desired look. That's why I decided to pick up the Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner from Boots for £6.50.

The eyeliner pen itself resembles a felt tip pen which makes the application super easy because it's literally like drawing on your eyeliner.

And this is an incredibly pigmented eyeliner. It's completely jet black and is by far the most pigmented eyeliner pen I've tried. 

The lasting power is perfect too. It's waterproof, yet easy to remove with a makeup wipe. Let's face it there's nothing worse than trying to remove stubborn panda eyes. I've tried a few other eyeliner pens which have dried out quickly, but this one can be used regularly without doing so.

Overall this is my favourite eyeliner pen and really ticks all the boxes which is why I give it a 10/10. Have you ever tried this eyeliner before? If so what do you think? 

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipstick

For Christmas my sister very very kindly (in fact too kindly) got me a Lime Crime Matte Velvetine lipstick. I've been desperate to try this brand for ages, with one of it's selling points to me being that it is vegan and cruelty free. This particular lipstick retails for $20 (£14.77).

The shade my sister picked up for me is Pumpkin, the perfect brick red with orange undertones. I've never worn a lipstick of this colour before, and I can't even lie it definitely is my shade! You legit just need one layer of this lipstick for an opaque colour pay off. 

Next I want to talk about the packaging and how cute it is. The box it comes in is a metallic red with rose details on it. These roses are then repeated on the actual screw off lid of the lipstick. And the frosted glass packaging is like no other one in my collection, really making it stand out. In fact, everything about this product just screams "luxury".

Taste and smell are something to consider when trying a lipstick and I must say this one does not disappoint. As soon as you apply it to your lips, you taste vanilla which to most people is definitely a pleasant taste. 

The lasting power of this lipstick is as good as you'd expect for the price. You barely need to top it up throughout the day and it is meal-proof. And out of all the matte lipsticks I've ever tried this definitely has the best result. The matte result is actually sooooo unreal, it literally looks photoshopped the finish is so good. The only thing I will say is that it is drying on the lips, as most matte lipsticks are.

Overall I would rate this lipstick a 9/10 and I'm already looking for more shades to add to my collection. Have you ever tried a Lime Crime product? If so let me know which one,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 16 December 2017

My Thoughts On Beauty & Lifestyle Advent Calendar's

In today's post I thought I'd talk about something a little different as I wanted to share my honest opinions on beauty and lifestyle calender's. This is something I had planned to write around for weeks, even before a scandal I'm sure you've heard about. Therefore I'm in no way throwing shade at a particular product, I just had a few things on my mind about the topic that I wanted to get off my chest. 

First of all I don't understand the price of them. I mean I get you're receiving your money's worth for the amount you get (or at least you're supposed to). But in comparison to a cheeky chocolate calendar, which only cost a couple of quid, you do have to admit they're on the pricey side of the spectrum, some being priced at £30+!

Now I understand you get to try a few new things and products in sample sizes, which is a fun idea since you get to try a bit of everything. However, I'd rather use the money I'd spend on an advent calendar where I might not like or use everything, on an additional present that I know I or the person I'm buying for would definitely receive. For me I can't justify spending that amount of money on sample sizes that I might not even like in the first place.

And lastly, I find that people are getting too wrapped up in the gifts (pun not intended) they'll receive everyday leading up to Christmas, and the excitement of Christmas day is just getting lost. Like I feel like it's become all about how many presents people can get before Christmas, as well on Christmas day and it just feels less special to me.

I'm not saying there's no way I'd ever not buy a beauty of lifestyle calendar, I just haven't found one yet where I can really justify spending the money on it. And I have nothing against people buying them, I know some people that genuinely enjoy every single item they get in theirs. I'm just saying some products really seem overpriced for what they are and I just don't like seeing people be ripped off when money can be spent much better, especially at this time of the year.

What are your thoughts on advent calendars, and do you actually recommend any that are worth the money? Let me know in the comments and I hope you all have a wonderful Winter time :)

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 9 December 2017

My Go To Winter Face

Hi there,

If you didn't already know then Winter is my favourite time of the year. And makeup is one of my favourite hobbies. So Winter + Makeup = something I like an awful lot.

So here is a summary of my all time favourite products to use during the most wonderful time of the year. I've linked the websites to all of them where you can have a little browse for yourself if you like: 


Thank you very much for watching. What is your go to "Winter face"? Let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx