NYX Pore Filler Primer [Product Review]

Besides the never-ending quest to find the perfect foundation, I'm also after the perfect primer. Not only do I require a primer to smooth over the surface of my skin (acne scarring), I also want my primer to help my foundation STAY PUT. I used to like Benefit Porefessional, but it's expensive and I don't really want to support a brand that uses the idea that wearing glasses is ugly in their marketing campaigns.

After examining a fair few testers in Boots, I came across NYX Pore Filler and decided to give it a whirl.

Denim Shorts, Pastel Stripes [Outfit Post]

The denim shorts are back! They really are the staple of a summer wardrobe aren't they? Not that we're going to get much of a summer in the UK. I hate how unpredictable the weather is at the moment. It's also difficult to dress appropriately for the work day knowing that one minute it's boiling hot, but the aircon is dodgy (read: ARCTIC) in the office and by the time I need to walk home it's monsoon season. What's a girl to do?!

Luckily, you don't run into these problems in Benidorm!

The Glitter Vixen's Guide to Benidorm

After my last post about Benidorm, I thought I'd back up my claims that Benidorm is a great place to go on holiday with some hard facts. Unfortunately, I've not had much chance to do proper travel posts since I started this blog in 2013, so I'm excited to put together my very first proper travel guide. Without further ado, here is The Glitter Vixen's guide to Benidorm.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation [Product Review]

My quest for the perfect foundation continues. After deciding to move on from the Revlon foundation I tried, my next choice was the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. I was drawn to this because in Boots, the Bourjois stand had descriptions next to all the different foundations explaining what kind of coverage each one offered. This particular foundation was said to give medium, buildable coverage and after experimenting on my hand, I decided to give it a go.

Denim Shorts, Pink Hearts

I haven't worn denim shorts for years. When I was in university all those years ago (!!!), I managed to find the perfect pair of cut off vintage Levi's and I loved them. Unfortunately, finishing uni, getting older and working behind a desk all took their toll and I gained weight, meaning my beloved Levi's were passed onto my sisters. While in Benidorm, I suddenly realised how much of denim shorts-sized gap there was in my life and set out to buy some.

30 Before 30 Update

A few days ago, I celebrated my 26th birthday. Admittedly, I'd been feeling a bit anxious about it. The past couple of birthdays I'd had hadn't been particularly pleasant for whatever reason and who doesn't get a bit wobbly knowing they're creeping ever closer to thirty years old?! Thankfully, I had a really enjoyable birthday and I don't feel as bad about my age as I expected to. Seeing as it's now a year since I created my 30 Before 30 goals list, I thought I'd give a little update on where I'm at with it.

Lush American Cream [Product Review]

I'm forever losing an eternal war with my hair. As a teenager, I found it so easy to grow my hair. Although it was never THICK, it was much thicker than it is now and it was super soft. I'd cut it when I was bored of it, and grow it when I felt like it.

Then, I discovered bleach.

Multi-Coloured Pastel Co-Ord

If going on holiday isn't the most perfect time to wear pretty pastels and get photographic evidence of doing so, I don't know when is! I purchased this amazing colourful lace two piece last year but haven't had much chance to wear it, that is, until I went to Benidorm.

An Ode to Benidorm

Benidorm, ah Benidorm. I know the reputation you have. As soon as I hit "Buy" on the flights, I found myself hesitant to share my joy on social media. While normally I'd shout from the rooftops about booking a holiday, a holiday abroad on a PLANE, I know the kind of looks people get when you say you're going to Benidorm. Whenever I did mention to people I was going away, I'd say I was going to Spain, only mentioning exactly where when pressed to.

But Benidorm, you do not deserve the negative reputation you have.

What I Read in April

Despite taking a week off work in April to go on a holiday where wi-fi was pretty much non-existent, I still didn't manage to catch up on my 2017 Reading Challenge. I'd originally intended to do a lot of reading while I was in Benidorm but when I arrived, I found myself incredibly reluctant to take my tablet to the beach. However, I did manage to squeeze a few books in last month...

What I Watched in April

For me, April has been a relatively quiet TV month. I like to include only series I have finished in my monthly roundup posts, so really, there should only be two things to write about this month! However, it occurred to me I actually forgot about some things in my last roundup...

Pink Top, Grey Pinafore

It would seem there is a definite pattern emerging in my outfit posts this year. I'm pretty sure these grey boots have appeared in every single one and I seem to pick a focus piece and use that in a few posts before moving onto something new. My current focus looks like this simple grey pinafore from ASOS...

Holiday Time Primark Haul

The other week, I booked some time off work and flew to Spain with my sister for a much needed holiday. The prospect of a week away spent in hot sunshine on the beach was great but I soon realised I was missing a few "essentials" from my wardrobe because it has been such a long time since I had a beach holiday. So, naturally, it was time for a Primark haul.

Operation Supervixen: Finding My Balance

Already 2017 has been a transformative year for me. At the beginning of the year, I strongly felt like I'd had a good rest and time to learn things during 2016 and 2017 was the year of making stuff happen. Then, two weeks in, disaster struck and I was admitted to hospital. It's literally only the past fortnight or so that I've genuinely started throwing the word "recovered" around in my head. My pain has finally gone and I've noticed I'm not as lethargic and exhausted as I had been. My desire to start exercising and doing things other than chillout activities has started to come back.

However, if there's one thing that my experiences have taught me this year, it's that I desperately need to find some balance.

The Vixen Thinks: Are You Obligated to Use Your Platform?

In an age where we have instant access to more information than it's possible to consume in a lifetime, it's very difficult to remain unaware of the world around you. Breaking news is just that; we hear about events as they are happening thanks to the power of social media. As a result of this, we are a very politically aware generation and whatever side of the political spectrum you fall on, it's easy to share your opinion with a huge audience by using the internet.

Does this make us obligated to use our platform to speak up for what we believe in?

Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin [Product Review]

Ah, foundation. I don't think I'm alone when I say it's the bane of my existence. I thought I'd finally found The One but unfortunately, although I loved it, I couldn't support that brand anymore. The quest for The One had to continue. Could it be Revlon's Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin?

How To Style a Grey Pinafore

Today I'm sharing the outfit I wore when I visited Wentworth Castle. Of course, it would have made sense to take my outfit photos in the idyllic scenes of the gardens there, but clearly, I am out of practice when it comes to this blogging thing and I took my photos elsewhere. Ah well, I may not be surrounded by exotic plants but you still get a pretty good idea of what my outfit looked like!

Embracing my Glasses

Glasses were only something I started needing when I was 19. I was sat in a lecture at university when I realised I was really having to squint to see some of the detail on the Powerpoint slides. A few weeks later, I nearly missed a train because I couldn't read the screens at the train station. It felt like my perfect vision had disappeared overnight and I was horrified, I didn't want to wear glasses! In fact, a week after I received my first pair of glasses, I was right back in the opticians getting contact lenses instead.

But why was I so resistant to wearing glasses?

What I've Watched So Far in 2017

Although it's still early days in 2017, I've managed to cram in a lot of TV time this year already. In today's post I thought I'd share what I've been watching and how I feel about each show.

What I've Read So Far In 2017

Although 2017 is still a relatively young year, I've still somehow managed to fall behind on my 2017 reading goal. I want to read 52 books this year - an average of one a week - and although it feels like I've been doing a large amount of reading, I'm just not hitting my targets. I've got a holiday planned in April though, the perfect opportunity to catch up!

Here's what I've managed so far...

A Trip to Wentworth Castle

For Mother's Day weekend, I took a trip up to Wakefield to spend time with my mum and family. The weather was surprisingly beautiful all weekend, so we decided a nice day out was on the cards. Our destination was Wentworth Castle, just a short drive away from Wakefield in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

V05 Smoothly Does Heat Protection Serum

Despite being a beauty blogger for a number of years now, I am absolutely useless with my hair. I don't know how to style it and for the past few years, all I ever did to it was either let it dry naturally or occasionally I'd blow dry it and then just leave it. In more recent months, I was fed up of my hair looking like a bird's nest all the time, so I decided to start straightening it after every wash. This of course, meant I needed a good heat protection. Traditionally I've used sprays, but I wanted a serum this time round to really eliminate any frizz and try and calm my flyaway hair.

Sparkly Midi Skirt

As promised, here is my first 2017 OOTD that doesn't feature my beloved bomber jacket.It does however, feature my frequently worn grey New Look boots and the fur coat I mentioned in this outfit post. I guess I'm just happy to have a pair of heels that are relatively comfy!

How To Digitally Declutter

Last week, I shared the benefits of digital decluttering. Now that you know why you should keep your digital life clutter free, I thought I'd share how to keep it clutter free. Decluttering, whether it's in real life or digitally, can be a daunting task, so here are some steps to take to help you get started.

The Benefits of Digital Decluttering

We all know that living in a clutter free home can have a great impact on our mental health and that working in a clutter free environment can have a great impact on our productivity levels - but what about keeping our digital environment free from clutter? These days, most of us are glued to our phones, tablets, laptop screens - but how many of us gain genuine value from our time spent staring at screens? I try to keep both my real life and digital life tidy and organised, and here is why.

Lush Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar [PRODUCT REVIEW]

A few months back, I'd run out of shampoo so wandered into Lush to pick up some Rehab shampoo because my hair was in need of some TLC at the time. While in there, I got chatting to a very friendly sales assistant who talked me through the different options available for someone with fine, dry and damaged hair. In the end, I decided against a repurchase of Rehab and opted for the Jason and the Argan Oil shampoo bar instead.

Shell Pink Bomber Jacket

I've finally got round to doing outfit posts again, just to realise my first two posts are alarmingly similar to each other, oops! This shell pink bomber jacket, my beloved grey jeans and cute little grey boots have already featured on the blog very recently, but what can I say? When you find a style that works for you, you just run with it.

My Favourite Android Apps for Organisation

Juggling a full time job, a blog, social life, self care and other commitments can be tough work. Good organisation skills are essential to do this successfully and our phones can be the most useful tool to help us do this. There are so many apps out there that can help you pull yourself together, and here are my favourites. As someone who doesn't own an iPhone, this post is focused on Android apps, but I'm pretty sure these are all available in the Apple Store anyway!

Ditching The Overhaul Attitude

How many times have you said to yourself: Right! That's it, from Monday I'm...[Insert Extreme, Unobtainable Goal Here]

It's the kind of thing I say a lot. I identify that something needs to change in my life and I set myself ridiculous, unachievable goals in order to make that change.

But just how effective is this kind of thinking?

The Vixen Thinks: Is Social Media Really Bad News for Society?

I'm sure we've all been there. We head out for a meal or a drink with a friend and then, rather than spending the night chatting away, they're sat there playing with their phone, often having a conversation with an entirely different person. It's frustrating for sure, and pretty damn rude, but does this mean that social media is bad news?

No, of course not. 

B. Makeup Brush Cleanser [PRODUCT REVIEW]

I used to be a huge fan of E.L.F's brush cleanser spray. Unfortunately, it was a pain getting hold of it because you could only order it online and then for a while, you couldn't get E.L.F in the UK. By the time the brand had come back, the brush cleanser had halved in size but gone up in price.

It was time to find another solution.

A Mild Winter Day

Weather wise, I feel like we were really lucky in late 2016, early 2017. One freezing, wet, miserable day, I panicked and begged my mum to treat me to a huge, fluffy fur coat as an early Christmas present; the coat arrived, and suddenly, I realised I didn't really need the coat! It was just far too warm and bulky for the weather we were experiencing, minus that one freezing, wet, miserable day where I did not own a suitable coat yet.

30 Before 30 Check In

As my 26th birthday creeps closer and closer, I become more and more aware that I have even less time to complete my 30 Before 30 goals. At the time of initially writing my list, five years felt like such a long time but somehow, four years and two months feels like absolutely nothing. Today I thought I'd give a little update on where I'm at with my 30 Before 30 goals - to motivate me as much as anything else!

My 2017 Word of the Year: THINK

Last year, I set "ME" as my word of the year. While this may sound incredibly self indulgent to some, I was motivated to spend 2016 focused on myself as my number one priority after spending years previously making all my decisions based on the opinions of other people. Overall, my 2016 word of the year was a success. I certainly started to live my life with more emphasis on what was best for me and as a result, I feel my life dramatically improved last year. However, it did have its drawbacks. I was very self centred last year, giving little thought towards other people. I noticed some of my relationships were suffering because I was stuck in my own head and forgetting to show any empathy towards other people. I did a few bits for charity towards the end of the year and it felt good to think about other people again. The lesson here is certainly one of balance: while I need to look out for myself as number one, I need to do this without it costing me my relationships with other people and without forgetting there are people in this world with less privilege than myself.

Even The Best Laid Plans Can Go Awry

Oh, hello there. Yes, it's me, Emily, also known as The Glitter Vixen. I know, I know. I posted FOUR posts in January promising that this year would be different, that I'd finally get back to blogging regularly and here we are again, over a month with no posts, AGAIN.

But even the best laid plans can go awry.

Six Lessons Learnt in 2016

I've alluded to the fact that 2016 was a year of lessons for me a few times now and I've decided it's about time I share the six most important of these with you. 

What To Expect From The Glitter Vixen in 2017

In April 2016, I sat down and published a post about "What To Expect From The Glitter Vixen in 2016." The fact that this didn't occur until the fourth month of the year says it all really. It was a bit vague, a bit wishy washy and well, I barely blogged at all, nevermind about the things I said I was going to blog about. Now it's 2017, I am feeling much more motivated to start blogging again and my life is a lot more stable so it's likely I'll actually find time to fit this blog into my life as well. I'm still a little unclear on what my grand vision for The Glitter Vixen actually is, but while I refine that, here's what I'm hoping to include on the blog this year:

Hello 2017: My Intentions for the Year

As mentioned in my first post of the year, 2016 was a year of lessons for me. I learnt a lot about myself: what makes me happy, what makes me sad and some negative behavioural patterns. Rather than ignore the lessons I learnt and continuing to make a long line of mistakes, in 2017 I really want to start applying this knowledge and demonstrate I've actually learnt from my mistakes.

Goodbye 2016

Goodness gracious, can you believe it is 2017 already?! When I finished work for 2016 over two weeks ago, I had every intention of spending my fortnight off in a way that was both productive and full of self care. I'd planned to take steps to kickstart this very blog back into life, I was determined to do a massive digital delclutter, I was going to set my intentions for the year ahead and I intended to spend my evenings relaxing with my colouring books and reading books.

Naturally, I've spent the past fortnight either in bed or gaming. Classic Emily.