Saturday, 30 April 2016

Q&A With Meme

Hey guys! Today I'm honored to be joined with the wonderful Meme (aka Anna) from The Day In The Life Of. Her blog has been a personal favourite of mine for quite some time because you can tell she pours her heart and soul into it. She blogs about many different categories including fashion, food and lifestyle. And of course she has been able to combine her love for reading and writing, by blogging about all the different books she's been loving. 

Here's what I asked her:

1. What is you blogging routine? Do you set aside a certain amount of time a week to do it, or is it a matter of writing whenever you feel inspired?

I will be totally honest here, I don't have a routine it's basically when I get the time to upload, all my posts are written in advance and I post when I have the most time. 

2. If you had to pick a favourite genre of book what would you pick?

Ok this is tricky, I own mostly Young Adult Fantasy so we will go with that :)

3. Is running a blog exactly how you thought it would be or completely different?

I never knew blogging could take up so much time, I aim to run a successful blog that attracts a lot of readers so I spend a lot of time promoting on social media and making sure to read and comment on as many other blogs as possible.

4. We all have a few school memories that are forever engraved in our brains, what is one of yours?

Has to be singing in front of my entire year at school twice, singing is one of my favourite secret hobbies and I wish I still performed.

5. In your opinion, what was the most successful film adaption of a book, and the worst? 

The worst definitely was the Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl film adaption alongside it the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Shadowhunters tv show so much better). The best (omg I am screaming inside, it's that hard to make a decision) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green has to be my favourite and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins underneath. 

6. If you could live in any time era, when would you choose?

The 20's I would love to wear a flapper dress!

7. What is your advice for any potential blogger-wannabes reading this?

If you haven't given up in the first 6 months then you will most probably make it as a blogger, the first 6 months are the hardest because you are still finding your niche as such, blogging can be the most rewarding yet can be so undertaking (aka hard work). 

8. Are there any particular challenges that you're hoping to overcome in 2016?

I am trying to save up for a bigger house so that is my main challenge this year, and get a little fitter (but we will see on that one as I love pizza so much)

9. Can you describe you're own personal style in 3 words?

Unique, quirky, comfy!

10. And finally, what is the message that you're trying to get across with your blog?

To just be yourself you'll be so much happier that way, I blog about what I want and when I want, of course I love all the lovely comments, but I won't be brought down by the negativity either. 

So there were Anna's answers, I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I did and thank you very much Anna for taking part. I truly hope you'll check out her blog if you haven't already, because I can honestly tell that she puts an incredible amount of effort into it and deserves all the recognition in the world for it :)

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Real Techniques Starter Set

I've had this review planned for ages now, and I've really wanted to share my experience with these particular brushes because they've become my new go-to brushes. The set I brought is called Starter Set by Real techniques and retails for £20.99. Considering the fact you get 5 brushes and a case, I think that's a fair price. Here are my thoughts:

Deluxe crease brush: soft, oversized design for effortless contouring

The shape of this brush is absolutely perfect for getting a detailed and precise contour in the crease of your eye. It's also really light and fluffy which makes blending so much easier. The only thing I would say about this brush is, if you have smaller eyes like me, you really have to be careful only to use the tip. Otherwise the brush is too big just to use to contour.

Base shadow brush: apply a smooth, flawless foundation of color

I think this is my favourite brush of the pack. It's flat and has a big surface, making it perfect to apply a base layer of eyeshadow. I also find it works really well for blending all the colours out at the end, for a flawless finish. 

Accent brush: designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting, and smudging

This brush, as it says, is amazing for detail. I like to use it for highlighting my tear duct, and adding a bit of definition to the crease for a more sharp look. There are many ways to use this brush so I'm glad they included a little brush in the set. 

Fine liner brush: the ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner

Although I find this brush too bristly and thick for a liquid or cream eyeliner, I find it works really well for eyeshadow eyelining. I like to use this to apply a small layer of eyeliner on my lower lash line, and to just generally create a smokey eye look. 

Brow brush: distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows 

At first, I was a bit thrown off this brush because it seemed FAR too big to use as a brow brush. But then I realised that if you use it sideways or at an angle it is perfect for filling them in with powder. The tightly packed bristles allow you to precisely fill in your eyebrows for a very sharp look. 

Panoramic case: dual carrier and stand keeps brushes organized on your counter or on the go. Also perfect for drying brushes upside-down

Although I think the packaging of this has changed slightly in appearance now, the concept behind it is still the same. The case doubles as a travel case as well as a stand. You can fold it in half to keep all the brushes inside, or horizontally and tie it to turn it into a stand. I find it really useful to just be able to keep all the brushes in one place. 


I think the design of the brushes is really classy. The hairs on the brushes themselves are black at the bottom, and then white at the top which allows you to see how dirty the brush actually is. The design of the brushes is metallic purple, which I think really stands out from every other brush make. I've had other eyeshadow brushes before, but none of them have compared to the quality of these. They are soft and fluffy so eyeshadows glide on perfectly. What's even better is that the brushes still remain soft after washing, so you know these brushes will last a long time. 

I would rate this set a 9/10. Have you ever tried Real Techniques brushes before, if so let me know what your thoughts are in the comments, 

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Cocomelody: Backless Wedding Dresses

Today I'm really delighted to share with you guys a company that I'm really liking the look of called Cocomelody. This company has been an expert in producing excellent dresses in the Wedding industry for over 15 years. Pretty impressive right!

I could seriously spend all day browsing through their website. Each of their collections are designed to perfection, and the layout of their photos are so aesthetically pleasing. Not to mention the fact that all the dresses look to be exceptional quality. 

Since Cocomelody specialise in Wedding couture, I decided to talk about the selection of backless wedding dresses that I've found on their website. There are the perfect styles to make a statement on the most magical day of your life, whilst still keeping that classy, elegant look.

Another one of their designs that I particularly like are their open back wedding dresses. As you can tell from their website, they offer a wide range of different styles. These include trumpet-mermaid, A-line, train-tulle, and dresses of all different lengths and sizes. It's pretty clear that any Brides to Be could find their dream wedding dress, no matter what their style, because there's truly something special for everyone.

And I'm excited to share with you that if you use the code "A40" you are able to get 40% off $249+ wedding dresses. So have a look while you still can. 

Thank you very much for reading this post. If you're like me and not planning on getting married any time soon, I hope you still enjoyed browsing through what Cocomelody has to offer. Let's face it -  no one can resist looking at pictures of pretty dresses! 

Let me know in the comments what you think of these gorgeous dresses and which style is your favourite.

Izzy K xxx