Sunday, 25 June 2017

PRODUCT REVIEW: Cocoa Brown Express Tan


Cocoa Brown tan has been one of those brands that I've seen and heard about every where but never actually got round to trying, so when I asked my friend where she'd been on holiday because of her tan and her response was Cocoa Brown, I knew I had to give it a go. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

GET THE LOOK: Soft Smokey Eye



 The other weekend I actually dressed up and went on a night out, a rarity in my old lady lifestyle, but it was so much fun spending time with my girls! I absolutely love doing my makeup and spending ages picking which products to use, so I thought I'd share below the products that I used. I tend to my eyes first when going for a smokey eye just so that I can then wipe away any mess and loose eyeshadow powder- nothing worse than loose eyeshadow sticking to your foundation.

If you want to see more posts like this, or have any looks you'd like me to have a go at then just let me know via twitter, instagram (@ellacatherine95) or comment below! 

Products Used:
Eyeshadow Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Eyeshadow Base: Benefit Boi-ing

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked
Pressed Powder: Rimmel Pressed Powder

Eyebrow Pencil: Benefit Goof Proof
Eyebrow Gel: Benefit Brow Gel 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Monday, 12 June 2017

BEAUTY: Products I've 'Rediscovered'


These products are a major throwback to me, but I have also fallen back in love with all of them, do you guys have any throwback products? 

Monday, 29 May 2017

FASHION: Topshop Haul

"I may starve for the next week but at least I'll be dressed fabulously" (Ella Catherine; May '17)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

BEAUTY: Highlight on Fleek

Is there anything better than your cheekbones looking like a disco ball? Didn't think so,

Saturday, 20 May 2017

BEAUTY: Makeup Haul

Who doesn't love a beauty haul? I haven't bought makeup in SO long so here's a couple of things I 'needed'

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

BEAUTY: A Very Tiny Fragrance Collection!


Who doesn't love a good fragrance post, eh? As you can see, my fragrance collection is absolutely tiny but I thought I'd give you a whistle stop tour anyways! Also, a quick heads up... I am so s*#t at describing scents so please bear with!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

BEAUTY: Is There Such a Thing as too many Nude Eyeshadows?!

Let's get one thing straight, there is no such thing as too many neutral eyeshadows. Something which I have had to unsuccessfully persuade my parents for years! 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

LIFE: Health & Fitness

Never in a million years did I think I'd reach a point in my life where I would be in a gym 3-4 times a week and actually having fun... but I have finally reached that point and thought I would chat to you about it (and yes I am fully aware that is a photograph of pancakes, bare with!)

Saturday, 6 May 2017

FASHION: Head to Toe Topshop



I mean... I was going to start off by saying "it's safe to say spring is here" but then just the other day I had to de-ice my car so there goes that out the window! BUT, the last few weekends have been simply gorgeous. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

FASHION: Back to Pinafores!


 I always feel like I've gone back in time 15 years and gone back to school with this pinafore but I love it so much! 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Why is 'Body Shaming' STILL a Thing?!

So, the other day a story did it's rounds on social media on unairbrushed photos of Kim K on holiday, and the internet went into a frenzy. It was apparent that Kim did have some cellulite and had just well,  a very normal looking body... refreshingly normal in fact. She seemed to receive so much hate and negativity from these photographs, it literally took me 5 seconds to find the above examples of people being so nasty about a woman they have never even met. A woman who has feelings just like any of us. I can't imagine how it must feel to turn on your phone for it to be filled with hate messages telling you how gross you look. The woman has given birth to two children and is a normal human just like all of us, she has feelings too, no one deserves this kind of treatment. 

Perhaps if it was bought a little closer to home people would understand more, how would you feel if someone was saying those comments about your mum or your sister? It would be awful, so just because its someone you don't know, it does not make it okay. 

Body shaming is never ever acceptable and something needs to change in this society because it happens way too much. You see articles daily about celebrities apparently looking bad or needing to lose weight or gain weight; what kind of example does this set to young people?! Nobody is perfect, but nobody needs to be perfect. We are human. We are all unique. Magazines and social media set these ridiculously high expectations for both women and men. What the perfect lips are, the perfect dress size, the perfect legs, the perfect biceps the list goes on. But many photos we see on campaigns and magazine interviews are airbrushed or edited or use a lot of makeup. They aren't a true representation of that person. 

 Whatever shape or size you are, you are beautiful, you are you. 

If we all looked exactly the same, the world would be a very boring place, almost everyone wants to change something about their appearance and its said a lot, but it's so hard not to compare yourself to photos on social media because, as I said earlier, comparing your everyday to someone else's highlight reel is silly. They probably also have days where they wake up feeling and looking so rough, but they just don't post those days on social media. No one puts up their 'just woken up, I have sleepy dust in my eyes and a puffy face' look to instagram, so don't compare yours to someones 'going out look'! Those photos of Kim K were a reminder that she is a normal woman just like all of us, she has her imperfections, she has cellulite just like everybody. It is a normal thing. It isn't something we should be scared or embarrassed by. 

But I also was recently thinking, that we are our own harshest critic. I get that we can all be judgemental but I always see good things about someone else's body or appearance that I would never pick up about myself. I tend to wish I had something that they do, that I looked like them or that I could have a talent like them. I see them for them, but I don't really see myself like that. I sit and judge, slate and moan about tiny parts of me all the time, but I would never even notice these things on someone else. So why should you say them about yourself?
There are so many examples of completely stupid things that I will pick up about myself when looking in a mirror, things that I doubt anyone else has ever picked up, but to me they could make me look gross, and I don't think constantly being exposed to body shaming of people looking 'normal' helps at all. 

How are women supposed to feel comfortable in their own skin when society seems to have all of these ridiculous expectations. Why can't we just celebrate each other for what we do have and for how beautiful we all are and how different we all are from each other. 

Celebrate our natural beauty, don't bring each other down all the time. 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Golden Glam Look

Anyone else have those days where you put on all of the makeup as if you're about to go on a night out but in reality you're sat in your PJs?! This was me at 9am on a saturday because I was bored and I came up with this golden glam look. 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

My Thoughts/Experiences on a Placement Year.


Are you completely on the fence about doing a placement year?! Or having those last minute nerves?! I know this time last year I was exactly that and I wish I could have read someone's thoughts and experiences! So here are mine, hope this helps! 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Current Skincare Regime


Anyone else decided that January (and most of February) was just a 'free trial' and that the year has properly started now?! Ha, I totally did that and so my new years resolution to schedule posts and have much more of a blogging routine has started now with my first beauty post of 2017 (god that is terrible!)

Monday, 6 February 2017

Words I wish I could say...

Where do I start... Basically with this post, I am sat here feeling angry about something that I know I should have got over a long time ago, but there's part of me that just cannot seem to let go, so I figured writing about it might help a little. 

Essentially, back in November I was involved in a car crash where my car flipped into the fast lane of a dual carriageway because the other driver pulled out of a lay-by at nothing more than 10mph right in front of my car, which was going at about 70mph. Let's just say having about 5 meters to brake doesn't do much to your speed by that point. There's no point going into details but I just cannot comprehend it, and I honestly understand how lucky I am to be alive or at the least to still have both arms, but it still annoys me- and I think that's okay, it's a natural reaction. 

I have so many questions that I wish I could ask the man who left me, my mum and my sister in an overturned vehicle whilst he smoked a fag. So here is the letter I would write to him if I could, and perhaps it might finally help me to let go. 

"Dear XYZ, 

I hope that fag was worth it, because the first thing I saw when I was pulled from my car was you giving me a dirty look, fag in hand. You didn't even check that we were alive or okay, it took a woman on the other side of the dual carriageway to run over and a very kind family to come and reassure us and as much as I will never ever forget you and what you did, I will never forget seeing those kind faces knock on the windscreen and helping to pull us out and they're the only ones that should matter.

I hope you never have to hear the screams of those you love so deeply as they almost depend on you as the driver to control the impossible, I hope you never have to tell your sons or equivalent that everything will be okay when you have no bloody clue whether you're going to survive or not because it's the most scary feeling in the entire world, something I never ever want to relive. I will never forget zoning back in to the sound of my blood dripping onto the road and the eery silence except for my music playing from the radio. 

Shock is a funny thing, the first thing I requested was my work badge because at this point I was convinced I could go straight back to work, I also did not even consider the possibility that my car was a write off, even though there were pieces strewn across the road and no windows or wheels left in tact, my poor baby was still easily fixable in my head and  I was genuinely heart broken when it was taken away and declared scrap, as I had only had my first car for 8 months.

As much as you may think it wasn't that bad, I am still suffering both mentally and physically from your split second decision, which I understand was a mistake. But how on earth did you misjudge the situation so badly, how did you not care about the other people in the car because the first thing I thought after checking my family were alive was 'are they okay', yet you didn't seem to give a shit, other than the fact I'd 'ruined' your day. One of the things that haunted me for days was how close I was to hitting the door where your young child sat, I know they were fine and I know it didn't happen but the 'what ifs' have been the most torturous.

I also hope you understand that while you went off on your day, I spent the entire day in hospital having 8-9 injections inside my wound to remove pieces of windscreen from my arm, vomiting from the unbearable pain and shock. I understand that it could have been so much worse, but even so this situation never should have happened in the first place. So please next time, put your entire concentration into the road before making a decision to pull out in front of a stream of traffic. 

I am trying my bloody hardest to move on and I don't think I will ever understand the events that occurred when our paths crossed, and perhaps part of the problem is that I am desperately trying to understand. I never realised how long dealing with insurance companies and healing of wounds takes, I thought two and a half months later it would have all been sorted out, but no. I am still having to deal with various car related crap and put up with pains through my injury. I don't think I would be so angry if you had just said acted like you were sorry or at the very least came over to check that we were alive. 

Ella.