Fashion | Product reviews

Vans ‘Old Skool’ trainers Primark dupe: What’s the difference?

By on August 16, 2017

Whilst on my annual pay day Primark shop, I came across a familiar dupe to one of my most loved pairs of shoes. It’s clear that the ‘Old Skool’ Vans trend is everywhere at the moment, so of course it was only a matter of time before Primark created their own alternative, which may I add, is also a whopping £47 cheaper!

So, is the Primark dupe really a dupe? I compared similarities and differences between each shoe… and here is what I found. One of the first differences between the two that I found is in the soles. Whereas the genuine Vans have an orange sole as shown below, the Primark alternative has a darker colour which isn’t as high quality. But hey, what where you expecting in an £8 dupe? Nevertheless, the Primark dupe does share the same chunky white sole as the real Vans, so there isn’t much difference there.

And now onto the ‘signature’ stripe which is arguably, one of the main features of the ‘Old Skool’ Vans. This is also the biggest factor that stood out to me when noticing that these Primark shoes really were dupes. Although there isn’t much of a difference at first glance, when you look closely you can definitely see two different stripes on each shoe. For example, the genuine ‘Old Skool’ Vans have more of a angled line, where as the Primark dupe is styled with more of a curved line. You can see the difference between the two below:

Vans ‘Old Skool’ trainers

Primark Old Skool dupe

The next difference is minor, yet still something that is vaguely noticeable. In case you haven’t noticed it yet, the Primark dupe has thicker laces; whereas the real Vans have thinner white laces. However, both of the laces are interchangeable so it’s not a huge deal and is definitely one of the smaller differences.

The final difference is also a given, but still a difference at that. Obviously, the back of the Vans trainer has the official Vans trademark logo, whereas the Primark alternative doesn’t have anything. The stitching however, is pretty much similar with white thread contrasting with the dark material to make the shoe stand out. Regardless, the stitching isn’t as high quality on the Primark shoe… but what do you expect from a £8 product?

Honestly, when wearing the shoes I would say they are as comfortable as each other. When trying on the Primark pair, they felt just like my genuine Vans- you would never know the difference if you were blindfolded! If you don’t want to fork out £55 for the original Vans, then the Primark dupe is definitely a must from me. They’re affordable, comfy, and honestly; look a lot like the original pair. You wouldn’t really know the difference unless you really examined the shoes together. On the other hand, it does seem like the genuine Vans would last longer from the sole comparison as they are better quality. But hey, Primark strikes again with the affordable dupes- and this one is a yay from me.

Have you tried the Old Skool dupe from Primark, and if so, what are your thoughts? Make sure to let me know in the comment box below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Beauty | Product reviews

What’s WRONG with the ABH ‘Subculture’ palette?

By on August 2, 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills are back with a sister palette to the much loved ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette, and it seems like the whole beauty world (and world in general), have been going crazy over this new release.

With this palette only launching last Tuesday on the ABH official website, I knew that I had to add it to my collection as the MR palette is one of my holy grails of all holy grails. The palette features 14 shades, most of which are new eyeshadows, and feature a range of colours from pinks and reds, to dark blues and vibrant shimmers.

However, I am going to start by saying that this palette is not worth the money at all… and here’s why.

Firstly, I found some of the shades to be difficult to blend- especially the shades, ‘Untamed’ and ‘Axis.’ Disappointingly, these were the two shades that I was most excited to try out as I don’t normally go for any other eyeshadow colour other than reds and oranges (are you with me?!)

Next, I found that some of the shadows *cough* New Wave *cough*  had a lot of fallout. Normally, I’m not that fussed with fallout as there’s no such thing as a perfect eyeshadow. Fallout = high pigment as you will see in the Modern Renaissance palette. However, there’s a difference between a bit of harmless fallout, and half the eyeshadow colour spiting at me. On the other hand, I would like to point out that ‘New Wave’ is easier to blend than ‘Untamed’ ‘Axis’ so not all the matte shades in this palette are a battle to blend with.

And now onto the shimmers. If you’ve followed my blog or YouTube over the past few months, you may be aware that ABH shimmers are my favourite shimmer eyeshadows ever. They give any look such a glamorous pop, and most of the time don’t even need a bit of help with water (even though that does make it even more pigmented than they already are).

I first gave ‘Cube’ a go, and man it confused me. I totally forgot that it was a duo-chrome eyeshadow so I dipped into my white shimmer as you do to end up with a pink eyelid. But that isn’t all bad, in fact, I love that aspect of it. Next up was the one eyeshadow I was itching to use the whole tutorial, ‘Electric.’ From what I’ve heard and seen from this palette, this green toned shimmer really adds a major pop… and it’s green?! So I gave it a try. And it was definitely worth the wait. Even though I didn’t get to try out ‘Adorn,’ I would say that the shimmer shades were highly pigmented, and did not let me down.

Overall, do I regret purchasing this palette? No, as it’s so different to anything I currently own. But do I think it’s worth the money? Definitely not. I am a massive fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and will always back their products, but this palette was a let down for me. Compared to how well the Modern Renaissance was formulated, and how well it blended, this is on such a lower level to me. I don’t know what has gone on with this palette, but it definitely wasn’t what I expected.

Do you own the new ‘Subculture’ palette, and if so, what are your thoughts? Leave your opinions in the comment section below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

Suggested: ABH Modern Renaissance palette: review

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Beauty | General blog posts | Giveaways

UD NAKED Heat palette GIVEAWAY!

By on July 30, 2017

Yes… you read the title right. I am giving away the new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette to one lucky winner.

This palette has been raved about so much over the past couple of months, and is already sold out on the official Urban Decay website. Retailing at £39.50, this palette includes 12 all new warm-toned shades which is enough to fire up any outfit.

Among the 12 shades, it features “warm browns, burnt oranges and rich siennas.” What makes this palette even better is the fact that it includes both matte and shimmer shades adding a bit of dazzle to any look.

To win this palette, all you need to do is subscribe to my YouTube channel here, and my vlogging channel here.

Do not forget to also enter via this form  as this is how a winner is going to be randomly selected, and RT this tweet.

Winners will be randomly selected, and the giveaway ends at 00:00am BST on the 31st August 2017. Full terms and conditions will be listed below… good luck!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

Terms and conditions:

Giveaway ends 31st August 2017 at 00:00am BST. **Open residents of the UK only.** Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the giveaway- failure to respond will result in another winner. Winners are chosen completely at random. All entrants must follow all the rules described- not doing this may result in disqualification. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. All entrants under 18 years of age must ask for parent / guardians permission.

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Beauty | Product reviews

Is this the BEST drugstore highlighter?

By on July 29, 2017

Step aside Mary-Lou, I think I have found my new favourite highlighter- and what makes it even better is that it retails at only £5. Wowee.

Normally, I struggle with finding a good highlighter that is ‘blinding’ on my extremely pale skin. I don’t warm to gold-toned highlighters very well as I find that they don’t go well with my skin tone. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mary-Lou-Miniver and will rave about it until the day I die, but I think I may have found my new favourite alternative.

After watching Nikki Tutorial’s video on, ‘the best blinding highlighters,’ I noticed that she mentioned a highlighter which was from MUA. Now, I am not the biggest fan of MUA as a brand (I know, shocker), but I decided to give this highlighter a g(l)0(w)… see what I did there?

I managed to pick up MUA’s, “Strobe and Highlight” product from my local Superdrug despite the fact that it was sold out online… and boiiii I was impressed.

The highlighter comes with two sections- one with a powder highlight, and one with a cream highlight. Me and cream highlighters don’t get on the best, so I stuck to the powder section of the product. From the first swatch, I could just tell how *incredibly* pigmented the highlighter was- and then came the swatch.

Normally with swathes, I like to rub the product and see how well it would stay on my face with a bit of ‘wear and tear’ throughout the day- once again, I wasn’t disappointed. And then, of course, the highlighter on the face test. Honestly, a couple of swipes on your brush and it’s there. Poppin’ in it’s own little world. What makes this highlighter even better is that it has pink undertones, so it fits perfectly with my extremely fair skin.

Conclusion: Would I re-purchase this highlighter? Definitely *cue heart eyes emoji.* At such an affordable price, this ‘handy highlighter’ is also travel friendly, incredibly pigmented, and most importantly highlights my face like no other highlighter I own (it even trumps my Make-Up Revolution one *another shocker*).

This highlighter is from the, ‘MUA Luxe’ range and is available to purchase in stores now, even though it is currently sold out online.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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General blog posts | Hauls

Home-wear inspiration

By on July 19, 2017

The excitement of last pay-day also came with the need to buy new, and cute, home-wear items for my bedroom. I felt like a fresh start with my room- and decided to splash out on last months wages so I could get the exact aesthetic I desired.

As well as purchasing a new 3-tier clothes rail for my bedroom, I also added a few extra touches onto the shelves to give my room that extra ‘Insta-worthy’ vibe. For this, I purchased two copper items from Primark as pictured below. For only £3.50, the diamond shaped candle holder seems so simple but so effective at the same time. To add to it, I also purchased a artificial plant for £3 (I don’t trust myself to look after a real one!), and the two together fit perfectly. In addition to the grey background on my clothes rail, all the colours seem to compliment each other… stage one complete.

Next up, I purchased a white and silver photo frame from Home Sense for £6.50… yes only six pounds fifty! What makes it even better is that the photo frame already came with a print inside it, which was my whole purpose for buying a frame in the first place. I feel as though the quote, “It’s the little things” adds a little bit of ‘inspiration’ to my room; and I especially love having these types of quotes dotted round my room as motivation. This now sits on my bedside table alongside (another) artificial plant and my copper base lamp.

The lamp was actually purchased from Dunelm, and is one that I have had my eye on for a while. The copper base fits with the colour scheme that I have going on in my bedroom right now, but also includes a black shade as a nice contrast. Oh, and another bonus is that I actually found the right light bulb to match the lamp by myself without blowing it up (oops). The lamp retails at £19 and can be purchased here.

The next addition to my “new and improved” bedroom is also courtesy of Dunelm. herehereAfter spending hours (yes, hours) trying to search for the right cushion to make my bed that extra bit comfy, I came across this little gem pictured below. The pineapple pillow offers an extra bit of ‘summer’ to my room and adds to the whole modern theme as well as looking extra cute on my bed. I normally style this cushion in front of my two other big ones and it is a lifesaver when it comes to editing my YouTube videos and writing blog posts. Although it retails at £14, it is extra comfy… plus, who doesn’t love a good pineapple home-wear accessory?! The cushion is now available online .

Overall, I am loving how modern and homely my bedroom feels. I am so glad that I have managed to de-clutter everything and invest in some items which make my bedroom really feel like my own. What was your favourite piece from this mini haul? Make sure to drop a comment down below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

Note: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Also, please bare with my photography at the moment. I have just purchased a new camera, and am still getting used to it / the lighting etc. Hehe. xo

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Me & my life

Why I don’t want children… and that’s okay

By on July 15, 2017

My personal preference of not wanting children… it’s something in which has been playing on my mind recently and which I wanted to address in a rambled blog post. Because the fact is, I don’t want children. Not out of ignorance, hatred, not due to my ‘Feminist’ beliefs- but because I have a choice, and I choose that I do not see a future with children.

Granted, I am only 18 years old and I may end up changing my views in a few years, but that’s not the point. Because I shouldn’t have to justify what I want with my own body, or why I don’t want children. I’m simply not a child orientated person. There is not a rule that states we should all have children, so choosing not to is okay.

One thing I get told countless times is, “Oh you’ll change your mind” or, “You’re so ungrateful because some people can’t physically carry children.” I think both of these speak volumes of ignorance. Because no one can tell me what I can or can’t do with my life, nor can they try to guilt trip me into something that I want with my own body. There seems to be a lot of pressure on presuming that all women should have children- whereas men are allowed to have the choice.

The bottom line is that I don’t want children because I am free to make that choice. It has never been something I have pictured in my future, and it’s okay to want children… just like it’s also okay to not want them. There are so many forms of contraception out there that, that choice is available to women and men. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do with your own future, life, or body.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Blogging | General blog posts | Me & my life

Blogging: One year on

By on July 9, 2017

I never in a million years thought I would ever be able to have said that I have been blogging for one whole year, yet here we are. Considering the fact that I initially started my blog to get over a break-up and to find peace within myself, I am incredibly proud of how much my little space on the internet has grown into my own.

I remember sitting at my old computer at 10pm at night writing a whole rambling blog post about relationships, and hurt, and anything that managed to pour out of that head of mine that night. I remember thinking, ‘you know what, I’ll probably write one blog post and forget about this’…. and I didn’t. 365 days later and I’m still writing.

As much as a lot of Bloggers say this, I genuinely never thought anyone would read anything I published on here. I never imagined people to interact with me as a person, or read one of my blog posts and be like, ‘you know what? I agree with her.’ It’s because of blogging that I have grown in confidence, and as a person (ok, I know that sounds like a cliche, but it’s true).

I have never really had a ‘hobby’ as such that I’ve managed to stick at. I’ve always loved writing and ‘producing content,’ but never as much as I have this past year. It’s been such a whirlwind of an experience, and I can proudly say that, despite the lack of inspiration at times and wanting to give up, I actually enjoy blogging as a hobby. Because it’s a lot more than ‘being sent free stuff to review,’ or ‘sponsored posts,’ it’s something I genuinely love and vibe off. Note: if you’re thinking about blogging, don’t do it for the wrong reasons. Blog because you have a passion for the content you create, and you will love it a whole lot more.

And finally, I would like to dedicate this blog post to one of the most amazing, inspiring and strong people I have ever met- Em. If you don’t know Em, she was a blogger who I am proud to also call one of my friends. Because the thing about blogging is that you are part of a community full of real people, with real lives, and real feelings. Em courageously battled cancer for years before sadly passing away a couple of weeks ago, so I wanted to dedicate this blog post in her memory- because Blogging allowed me to meet Em and call her a friend. It’s a lot bigger than I ever  imagined it to be.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to anyone who has ever taken the time to read any of my blog posts, or supported my blog in any way. I am so humbled and grateful… and still find it incredibly crazy (in a good way, of course).

Here’s to another year of rambling blog posts, kicking anxieties ass, and writing about my favourite things.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Me & my life

The meaning behind my new tattoo

By on July 5, 2017

EEP!

I feel like it has been so long coming, and I have been waiting to write another blog post like this for the longest time… but I finally got a new tattoo! If anyone has followed me or my blog for some time, you will know that I am no stranger to having tattoos. I have another one on my wrist which is a semi-colon and represents my battle with mental health (you can read my post about it here). But after much thought, I finally decided what I wanted my next tattoo to be, and I finally was able to get it last Friday.

If you have read my post regarding the Manchester attack last month, or my ‘One Love’ concert experience, you will know that I wrote about my experiences of being at both and how I have dealt with what happened that night. After the attack, I noticed that a lot of people opted for the ‘workers bee’ tattoo, or alternatively, the Manchester attack memorial ribbon which floated round the internet the day after the attack.

Initially, I didn’t want either tattoo as I didn’t want to have something permanently inked on my body which reminded me of the horror of that night. As much as I wanted to get something which remembered the victims of the tragedy, I also didn’t want to get a tattoo referring to it especially for the wrong reasons.

However, after attending Ariana’s ‘One Love’ concert at the beginning of June, I suddenly saw a different side to the tragedy. As awful, upsetting, and horrific as it was, I came to the realisation that love really does conquer hate. As I was standing there at the concert, I felt a sense of unity, courage, inspiration and strength; and this is exactly what drew me to getting the Manchester memorial ribbon tattoo.

My tattoo doesn’t represent the tragedy as such- but is a remembrance for those whose lives were cruelly taken that night. Who, like me, just went to an Ariana concert to see their favourite artist perform and have a good time. My tattoo is a reminder that love wins, and is a lot bigger than hate. A reminder of strength, unity, courage, and inspiration.

Because we should fight evil with love, not evil with evil.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Fashion | Product reviews

Zara sale try-on haul

By on July 1, 2017

It’s that time of year again where Zara try their best to make me bankrupt (again!) and have their mid season summer sale. As soon as I got the date for their summer sale start, I rushed my little legs over there as soon as I could and picked up some amazing pieces which fit my summer wardrobe nicely!

Firstly, I picked up this t-shirt (which you can also tie at the front) which is so unique. With the ‘camera’ pattern design, it adds a bit of edginess to any dull outfit. Throw on a pair of jeans and comfy shoes and you’re good to go.

 

For this outfit, I styled the t-shit with a traditional red lip (as you do), my ripped bottom jeans from Toyshop, and my old skool vans. If you don’t want to go out in anything too dressy this summer and want to keep it casual, this is the perfect outfit.

One of the things I love most about this t-shirt is it’s unique arm style and how comfy the material is. Ir doesn’t feel too heavy, yet doesn’t feel too light either. I made sure to tie the shirt at the front to delve into the ‘crop top’ style just in case I got a bit too warm.

Next, I picked up some flared striped trousers which are perfect comfort for when it’s sunny. They fit so well- and can compliment literally any outfit. I also styled them for a night out clubbing the other week alongside a per of heels so these trousers can really go a long way. An added bonus is that I have been looking for something similar to this for so long that I could style with a simple top and just feel comfortable in when it’s really hot and stuffy this summer.

Fortunately, I managed to snap up these trousers before anyone else did as they were the last ones in a size small left. At £19.99 I knew they were definitely a fashion steal… and the rest is history. Styled with a black crop top and some simple sandals, you have your summer essentials all in one outfit.

Last but certainly not least, is one of my all time favourite pieces that I have ever picked up in Zara. For a long time now, I have wanted a simple summer dress, flared and baggy, but also comfortable for when it’s too warm and stuffy. It felt a bit like fate when I saw this little beaut of a piece in the sale for £17.99 and I just had to pick it up.

 

Other than the way this dress fits, I also love the unique tassels which gives the dress an extra edginess. I am also a sucker for gingham prints, so the blue gingham pattern was a big must for me. The dress is short, but not too short, so is a perfect beach dress or even perfect for doing a spot of shopping in. Like the striped trousers, I styled this dress with my gladiator sandals from Primark (£8) to complete my look.

Overall, I feel like it was a very successful Zara sale trip which only seems to come around twice a year (sob!) Zara sales never fail to disappoint and the quality of their clothes always blows me away. Here’s to my new summer wardrobe!

Note: As all of the items I purchased were via an in-store sale, none of the items seem like they are available to purchase online for me to provide links.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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General blog posts

The Blogging apps you NEED

By on June 21, 2017

I have been Blogging for a year now in July *gasp,* and in that time, I have come across some helpful apps that has saved my Blogging life. Saved as in, I genuinely would be lost without them. I never normally write posts like this, but I have become extremely inspired to share with you my top Blogging apps and why they just so happen to me my faves…. in no particular order.

1. Instagram

I think this one is a must for most Bloggers, but I genuinely don’t know what I would do without my ‘Blogging Instagram.’ Although it’s extremely stressful trying to uphold that ‘perfect’ theme, and take the right ‘Blogger perfect’ pictures (even though there is no such thing), this has been my absolute saviour when it comes to promoting my blog. I have also found that using hashtags is also a useful way in order to promote your posts and boost your likes as well as blog promotion. These include your blogging ‘niche’ i.e. (#fashionblogger, #beautyblogger, #lifestyleblogger), the ordinary #blogger hashtag and of course the good old, #britishblogger / #Blogger

2. Twitter

We’ll move onto the main reason as to why Twitter is your blogging lifesaver in just a minute, but I don’t think I could talk about Twitter being essential to your blog without mentioning Blogger chats. If you’re a hardcore Blogger on Twitter, you may be aware that Twitter chats are always talked about in terms of promoting you and your blog. But that’s not the best part. They help you engage with the Blogging community, meet new people, and just overall have a good ol’ chinwag. What’s not to love?

3. Buffer / Crowdfire

I told you I would get to it…. when I think about using Twitter as a platform for promoting my blog, I also think about Buffer. Buffer is an app in which let’s you schedule tweets so you can promote your blog links without actually needing to be online. Cool right? You could be sat on your sofa with a brew and toast, or even at work, and Buffer will tweet your scheduled tweets for you without you having to do a thing. I’ve found that when I don’t have time to go on Twitter or tweet, Buffer allows me to have my Twitter being continuously active even if I’m not. Oh, and one more top tip. Make sure to use community hashtags in your blog post link tweets in order to get the most exposure. I am part of a cool #GRLPOWR community which RTs tweets daily- and I also love to use #beechat, @BloggersTribe, @FemaleBloggerRT, #thegirlgang #blogginggals, #fblchat, #lbloggers and #teacupclub only to name a few.

4. Bloglovin’

When I first joined the Blogging community, everyone used to rave about Bloglovin’ and how it was absolutely essential that you used it alongside your blog. For anyone who still isn’t 100% sure on what Bloglovin’ is, it’s an app which connects to your Blog and basically posts your blog posts onto your Bloglovin feed. What makes it even better is that people can follow your Bloglovin page, and so keep up to date every time you post. You can also follow your favourite posts, search hashtags and read blog posts straight from the Bloglovin’ homepage. It’s basically the blogging community all in one place, and extra promotion for your content.

5. Snapchat

Now, this may work for some Bloggers; but it may also not work for others. For me, I love snapping as a side ‘activity’ to my blog if you like. It gives my readers a chance to see a different, more quirky side to me that maybe doesn’t come across in my writing… or maybe it does, I’m a weirdo so who knows. However, Snapchat also allows you to document your daily life, and snap every time a new post goes live. Even if that means a 10 second video of you updating your readers, or doing mini hauls as a sneak peak before you actually do a blog post on it. You get my vibe.

6. Photo editing apps

And last, but certainly not least, we all love a good photo editing app in our lives. When it comes to creating the best Instagram feed, or just editing your blog pictures in general; photo editing apps normally sort me out. They give me the freedom to adjust picture quality, brightness, saturation etc if the picture I’ve taken isn’t just right. Technology in 2017 eh? Here are a couple of my favourites below:

  • Layout
  • VSCO Cam
  • Afterlight (my holy grail).

Do you have any other Blogging must-have apps that I haven’t included above? If so, make sure to share them in the comment box below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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