Shannon Michelle

Shannon Michelle

Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger from the UK..

Friday, 19 August 2016

LETS TALK TWEEZERS



Tweezers can be used for all sorts of things, but for myself and a lot of other fellow beauty bloggers out there, it's all about the brows. Even if you're not one to go and get your brows done professionally, you may still be guilty of plucking them every now and then to clean them up a little (I know I am).

Until yesterday, I had no idea that there were over 80 makes of tweezers out there. How can there be so many different types for so many different things? crazy right?

Some of the most iconic eyebrows belong to the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Cara Delevingne and Marilyn Monroe so if you want to achieve brows like these without the hassle or money to get them done professionally then tweezers may just be your answer. It's easy to pick up a cheap pair of slanted tweezers from near enough any of your local drugstores or supermarkets, but are they really any good?

Brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills are perfect when it comes down to plucking eyebrows as they cause no pain at all unlike a lot of brands out there. Although these tweezers may be expensive to some, they are worth the splurge! You can read more about the different types of tweezers and the ways to use them correctly here, this includes tweezers with a round tip, pointed tip, square tip, pointed slant tip and cricket point tip etc..

One of the biggest mistakes people make when using tweezers is pressing too hard. The harder you press on the tweezers, the more likely they are to release whatever you are trying to grip. So next time you are using tweezers, be sure to press gently.
It is also advised that you don't store your tweezers with your makeup brushes and clean them properly in boiling water after every use.






Do you use tweezers?

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

8 FAVOURITE BLOGS


I'm always on the hunt for new blogs to read and gush over some new photography skills, but I always come back to the same blogs that I've been reading for a long time that never get old, so why not share them with you lovely lot?


photo credit: Jemma
DORKFACE -
I discovered Jemma's blog fairly recently and it's adorable! Her style is so different compared to most of the blogs that I follow and her uniqueness is what I love most about it. Her photos always grab my attention when i'm scrolling through bloglovin' due to the bright pop of colour and it makes me want to read the post instantly.


photo credit: Elsie and Emma

Possibly my favourite blog everrr! Elsie and Emma never fail to make their blog look beautiful as well as writing consistent flawless content. A beautiful mess has been one of my most favourite blogs to read ever since I started my blog back in 2014 and continues to inspire me with writing every day.



photo credit: Free People Blog

There is no denying how obsessed I am with the clothing brand, Free People, but ever since I discovered their blog i'm pretty sure I've been stalking it every day.. Every single time I take a look at the free people blog it makes me happy as I find their writing so motivational and uplifting in each post. Boho is without a doubt my favourite style so is there really any questioning as to why I love this brand so much? 


photo credit: Visa Lom

1FINEDAI  - 
Visa Lom runs a personal style blog which I could go on and on about. Her style is absolutely stunning and the photo above shows one of my favourite outfits. See how effortless it is? Although there is never really much writing in her posts, the image of her outfit says it all. I'm sat here crushing on all of her outfits right now, I NEED THEM ALL. 


photo credit: Jasmine

I have been following Jasmine for what feels like forever! It's crazy seeing how much her following has increased since I started following her, but she definitely deserves as much attention as she can get to her blog as it is stunning. I can always spot Jasmine's photos from a mile off whether I'm scrolling through instagram or bloglovin', as soon as I see a photo with a marble base and warm toned products I know Jasmine has uploaded it!


photo credit: Kelsey


Kelsey is definitely one of my favourite bloggers when it comes down to writing as it is always written professionally with a lot of detail. I love knowing a lot about a certain product and Kelsey always manages to describe it perfectly. Also, her makeup looks never fail to amaze me.


photo credit: Amelia

I have major style envy over literally all of Amelia's outfit posts, they're all stunning and most of her recent outfits include a bohemian vibe which gives me the biggest heart eyes ever. She also runs a youtube channel which is equally just as cute as her blog!


photo credit: Taylor and Elaine


I always enjoy reading travel blogs as I can see travelling being a big part of my life some day in the near future and Taylor and Elaine always make me dream of the same places they have travelled to in their posts. One of their latest posts, "The best girls weekend in sunny Osoyoos, BC" makes me want to go there so badly!


There are so many blogs out there that I enjoy reading, it was really hard to name only 8, but if you can suggest any blogs that you love down below then I will definitely go and check them out!





Saturday, 30 July 2016

SCRUB LOVE COCONUT AFFAIR


Yesterday I received a gift from Scrub Love, a brand that I have been a little bit too obsessed with on social media, like hello, coffee body scrubs? sounds perfect right? I've been wanting to try their range of products for quite some time now and have only ever heard good things about the results from their products, plus they're 100% natural and vegan which is a huge bonus.

I reached out to Scrub Love around a week ago and they told me that they were happy to send me one of their scrubs. I had no idea which scrub I would be receiving, but that was totally okay since they all sounded equally as great. I ended up getting their Coconut Affair scrub and had to resist the urge to rip open the packet as soon as I saw it so I could take a photo without it being ruined..



I used the scrub for the first time this morning and although my bathroom looked like a complete mess by the end of it, it was completely worth it! I smelt (and still do) like a caffeinated coconut goddess -  I'm pretty sure that's not a thing, but it sure is now. I'm serious, this stuff is a gift from the gods.

I'm really happy about all of the ingredients used to make this product as like I said, they are all 100% natural. These include:

- Roast Organic Coffee
- Organic Coconut Flakes
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Baobab Oil
- Coconut Milk

The coffee is used to exfoliate the skin enough to make you feel amazing as well as targeting stretch marks, cellulite, acne and getting rid of any blemishes. I honestly thought that this scrub was incredible and I've only used it once, how amazing is that?! Coconut Affair left my skin feeling really soft and my face glowing, also smelling beautiful. You can read more on the benefits of these ingredients on their website right here.

Overall, I was not disappointed with this product one bit and I never want the bag of all this goodness to end! I definitely want to try the other two scrubs "original lovin'" and "mint temptation" as soon as possible as this one was gorgeous. Also, the packaging was super cute which made me even happier.





Have you tried Scrub Love products?

Monday, 25 July 2016

BENEFIT "HOOLA" BRONZER



Happy Monday everyone! or maybe not so happy Monday, I mean who even likes this day of the week and why does it exist? urgh. Just kidding, we should all be happy since it's summer time and summer equals great times to create the best memories with friends and family! I'm going really off topic right now, wow Shannon..

I actually planned on writing this post wayyy back in December or something and I have no idea what happened there, but it's finally here! time to talk about my favourite beauty staple. my holy grail. my reason for being. my love. my life. my hoola bronzer.

I was introduced to Hoola a few years ago when I was getting more into makeup and dreaming of higher end products. Benefit was one of those brands that everyone at school would talk about the most and everyone wanted to own at least one of their products so they could brag about it. I have used several of their products (see me bragging about it now I can, ha) and none of them have failed to become my favourite beauty products. You can read about my love for "gimme brow" right here, all about the "hello flawless" foundation here, and my "high beam" highlighter here!




This matte bronzer is perfect to create a summer glow or to give your face a bit more colour in the winter. I honestly don't think I could go through any makeup routine without including bronzer and this is without a doubt the best one I've used yet. I find that a lot of high street bronzers don't blend as well as they should, but if anyone disagrees with that and can recommend a cheaper alternative, feel free to comment as I'm open to any suggestions! 

I never stick to using the same brush when it comes to applying Hoola. If i'm focusing on contouring I always opt for a smaller brush, but if I just want more of a bronzed face without having to go through all the efforts of contouring, I use a powder brush to lightly apply around my face, keeping it as natural as I can. Bronzers can easily create harsh lines or make your skin look slightly orange, but I find this one super easy to build up and blend so neither of these things happen at all. For some reason, I always feel more confident when wearing bronzer than when I choose to suffer without it - i can't tell if that's weird or not lol.

It's not hard to notice that Hoola is one of Benefits most popular products as I see people raving about it all the time! This cute little bronzer package includes a small brush and a mirror for on-the-go and you can even get the box personalised, how cute is that?! It is fairly expensive which is literally the only downside to this product at £23.50, so it can easily become a bit pricey if you use it daily, but it is totally worth the price. 



what's your favourite bronzer?


Sunday, 24 July 2016

SUMMER NIGHTS PLAYLIST

You may or may not be able to tell how obsessed I am with making playlists and sharing them with everyone because obviously I have the best music taste there ever was *hair flip*. Just kidding, kind of. I love music, everything about it is beautiful and I can't imagine a world without it. So I gathered a few of my favourite chilled summer songs to listen to on a peaceful warm evening if you're sitting alone outside with your thoughts. Enjoy!



  1.  Jenny's Song - We The Kings
  2. Love Your Friends, Die Laughing - Man Overboard
  3. Be Somebody - Boyce Avenue
  4. Angels In Chelsea - Rachel Plattern
  5. You And Me - Lifehouse
  6. Welcome To My Life - Simple Plan
  7. Monster Lead Me Home - Sara Hartman
  8. Flowers In Your Hair - The Lumineers
  9. Amadeus - Family And Friends
  10. Good Love - Jason Castro
  11. If I Were Sorry - Frans
  12. Happy Home - Lukas Graham
  13. I Don't Wanna Grow Up - Bebe Rexha
  14. Run Away - Chase Atlantic
  15. Colors - Halsey
  16. Don't Say Oh Well - Grouplove
  17. Let's Be Birds - Jacob Whitesides
  18. Beautiful - Ben Rector
  19. Youth - Troye Sivan
  20. Day To Feel Alive - Jake Reese
  21. I Lived - One Republic
  22. King And Lionheart - Of Mice And Men
  23. Rollercoaster - Bleachers
  24. Repetition - Purity Ring
  25. Let Me In - Grouplove
  26. Hero - Family Of The Year
  27. T-shirt Weather - Circa Waves
  28. First - Cold War Kids
  29. Barcelona - George Ezra
  30. I'm Good - The Mowgli's
  31. Break Up In A Small Town - Sam Hunt
  32. Used To Love You - Gwen Stefani
If you haven't heard of any of these songs or even just a few, I recommend listening to them. I love em' all.


What are your favourite chilled summer songs?

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

HOW TO KEEP FIT AND HEALTHY DURING SUMMER


I know how easy it is to slip into the routine of missing out workouts for weeks without even realising how long it's been. Thinking that it won't hurt to miss out on just one day of sweating it out, then reaching the next day and thinking the same thing once again. easy right? so here I am to give you a few tips and tricks to stay fit and healthy throughout summer time.

1. Create a workout calendar for the month -
This is probably the best way to keep on track with your workouts. If you don't know how to get one started or don't feel like creating your own, there are so many on the internet to give you inspiration OR you can follow Cassey Ho's (blogilates) monthly workout calendars. I am currently following her July calendar which I will leave down below, but I'm loving it! All of her workouts are so fun and motivating! I would definitley recommend subscribing to her youtube channel if you haven't already.


2. Go on walks -
If you want to get the most out of summer and your fitness then going on walks is the answer. I personally love long walks in the woods as it is more shaded and I don't feel like the sun is out to kill me. Walks along the beach are also beautiful and I find doing this is always really chilled and improves my mood!

3. Stay hydrated -
Probably the most obvious, but drinking a lot of water throughout the day will make you less sluggish and will make you burst with energy, woo! I hate energy drinks full of sugar as we all know they're terrible for us and our skin so I recommend cutting those out if that's how you get your sugar fix.. Infusing water with different fruits is a great way to get creative as well as staying hydrated. I always think mint and cucumber sounds refreshing although I have yet to try that one! I'm planning on writing a post about infused water "recipes" soon so stay tuned!

4. A summer playlist -
Music is the answer to everything, right? tell me i'm right, go on. Happy songs always equals happy vibes and of course that's how we want to feel all the time, not just through summer! You can read my happy playlist here if you want to feel inspired to make your own as well as my workout playlist that you can find here (is it really classed as self promo if it's in your own post though?..)


5. Try new healthy recipes -
Now we're not all professionals when it comes down to cooking, trust me, cooking really isn't my forte, but at least trying is always fun. There are so many healthy alternatives out there, so get rid of all the fatty, sugary foods out of your fridge and replace them with yummy goodness that your body will thank you for! I was really loving smoothie bowls, well that was until I broke the blender the other day.. but they are so so good and easy to make for breakfast. The one above consisted of frozen strawberries and raspberries along with banana, topped with coconut flakes, chia seeds and cacao nibs. It was amazing and very, very filling.

6. Stay productive -
Although I don't see any wrong in spending some time laying in the sun, it's easy to get caught up in doing this daily when the weather is beautiful, wasting your entire day laying down. Try making the most out of summer by doing all the fun activities that you are unable to do outside in the winter when you're trapped inside because of the rain and the cold!

7. Be patient -
Just because it's summer and you want to change your lifestyle, be patient. You don't need to change your daily routine all at once by exercising way more than you should and starving yourself to reach your body goals. Be sensible about it. Exercise at least four or five times a week and stretch for a few minutes every day. Don't cut out everything from your diet just because you think it's bad for you, do it gradually and before you know it, you'll be feeling great!

I hope these tips helped a little bit to keep you motivated to stay fit and healthy this summer. Leave a comment if there are any other tips that you can recommend!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

15 QUOTES TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED

Today I felt extremely unmotivated and was struggling to find anything inspiring to keep me going, that was up until I found myself scrolling through we heart it and came across a few quotes that gave me motivation and lifted my mood straight away! so I thought I would share 15 quotes that made me smile that will hopefully inspire you if you're not having a great day or just to motivate you to make your week the best week you can possibly make it.


















what motivates you?