Shannon Michelle

Shannon Michelle

Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger from the UK..

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

LUSH BELLA FRUTA FIRST IMPRESSIONS | REVIEW

As a person who adores anything and everything Lush related, I was so happy to receive a gift set for my birthday and of course, naturally I wanted to write a first impressions post for all of my other fellow lush lovers or first time buyers who want to join the hype. I had never owned one of the gift sets before Bella Fruta so I couldn't wait to see what lovely things were inside,

Literally before you even open the wrapping around the box you can smell the tropical / fruity scent that I immediately fell in love with. The mix of everything is truly amazing. There were six products within the box, all of them being used for different things. I had tried the Avobath bath bomb in the past, but is still an all time favourite that I will forever repurchase whenever I need my mood to be lifted and to feel refreshed. With the mix of lemongrass, bergamot, avocado and olive oil your skin is left feeling smooth and hydrated, plus your bath looks pretty cool with the water turning green. This bath bomb is usually overlooked as it's not sparkly or multicoloured and although those kind of bath bombs look great on Instagram, this one does wonders to the skin leaving any signs of dry skin behind. The second product that caught my eye was the red fun bar, I've never used any of the fun bars before, but I can't wait to try this one out really soon! The smell is fruity (obviously) with a mix of orange oil and mandarin oil to make your skin feel refreshed. I'm interested in the results I might get from this product as it can be used for so many different things ranging from solid shampoo, a bubble bar or soap. You can also purchase the fun bar in five different colours so I look forward to trying those eventually too. Another bath based product in the box was the "You've been mangoed" bath oil. I used this along with the Avobath bath bomb as I heard that they are great combined since the smells are pretty much identical with similar ingredients. This bath oil left my skin feeling so soft! and is such a bargain at £2 when you buy it alone. If you don't plan on washing your hair after using this product I recommend pinning it back as it's no surprise that bath oils can make your hair feel greasy, but other than this, I loved the feeling of my skin after my bath.

I love bubble bars so I was happy when I noticed "Brightside" in the box. This uplifting citrus bubble bar is honestly wonderful and I can't wait to repurchase it. The scent is enough to make your mood feel brighter along with the feeling of your skin. This bubble bar is perfect for a cosy night in or pamper night with plentyyy of bubbles to make you feel great. One of the last products in the box was the "layer cake" soap. This is the sort of product I usually forget about when I walk into Lush so it was nice to have something a little different within the gift set as I would often aim to buy bath bombs / bubble bars. The scent smells just like one of the shower jelly's with ingredients such as blueberry, raspberry, pineapple, orange and grape juice. I feel like I will get a lot of use out of this bar and it's definitely something I would repurchase. The final product was the African Paradise body conditioner and oh. my. god. I love it. My skin felt incredibly smooth after just one use and I never want this little tub to end! The smell is not something I thought I would like but it has certainly grown on me with the mix of floral, spicy and sweet scents. With ingredients such as Shea butter, almond oil and cocoa butter it's no surprise my skin felt soft and nourished.



Overall, I really love all of these products and would recommend them to anyone if you're looking for a citrus or uplifting scent to fill your bathroom and hydrate your skin. This would also be a perfect Christmas gift / secret santa idea.

Have you tried any of these products?

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

12 TIMES WE'VE ALL RELATED TO GILMORE GIRLS

Gilmore girls is without a doubt one of my top 5 favourite tv shows and I feel like I can relate to whatever Lorelai and Rory say in every single episode as sarcasm is clearly my middle name. So I thought why not make a post dedicated to all those times us Gilmore Girl fans have related to it? If you haven't seen this show then I strongly recommend that you jump onto Netflix right now and binge watch with plenty of coffee, you won't regret it.

This literally screams "ME" 
any other fellow coffee addicts here ? ..











How many times have you related to Gilmore Girls?

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

LAZY OAF X DISNEY

If you are a fan of Disney then you will no doubt love this collection brought to you by Lazy Oaf. As we all know, Lazy Oaf is not the "average" brand - all of their clothing is bright colours and interesting styles, which makes them unique and pretty amazing. When I found out that Lazy Oaf had created a new Disney range I had to check it out straight away. Although personally I wouldn't wear all of these pieces, I thought they were gorgeous in their own way and had to share my favourites with you all!

These three items were my favourite from the entire collection so naturally I wanted to talk about these first. I love that they are all simple yet unique and are something that I would actually wear. The Mickey Mouse cap would go well with so many casual outfits and is the cheapest item in the collection at £20.
I noticed that the 101 Dalmatians Puppy Love Sweatshirt was the most popular in the range as it is currently out of stock on Asos, although hopefully it will be back in no time! I love how subtle this sweatshirt is and would also look great with any outfit. You can find this sweatshirt for £65.
Okay but seriously, how cute is this Aristocats Denim Jacket?! It's definitely one of the most expensive items at £145, but the pastel pink details makes me love it even more.

This 101 Dalmatians Puppy Dress was the first item that caught my eye when I first saw the collection. Although it's simple, the embroidered details on the collar give it a magical Disney vibe which is what we are all after of course. You can find this dress on the Lazy Oaf website for £75.
I love this Mickey Mouse Baby Rib Stripe T-Shirt as high neck tees are everywhere right now, but the Mickey Mouse embroidered detail is subtle and something that I would definitely purchase. You can find this here for £38.
The faux fur Mickey Mouse Backpack is possibly one of the cutest bags I've ever seen. You can find this on Asos or Lazy Oaf for £65.
These were just a few of my favourite pieces from the Disney collection, but you can find many more here.


what is your favourite item?

Saturday, 5 November 2016

AUTUMN PLAYLIST 2016


I have made plenty of playlists in the past, but I love creating new ones when the seasons change especially for autumn and winter as I can put as many Christmas songs on there without being judged too much, after all Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. I find that in the summer my playlists are always a lot more upbeat but as the months get colder and the weather becomes more dull, I'll add more chilled out songs (besides the Christmas tunes) that are super beautiful. So if you're looking for some songs to listen to when you're tucked up in bed, reading a book or sitting by the fire, then I recommend adding these to your playlist.

  1. Anchor - Novo Amor
  2.  Baby It's Cold Outside - Idina Menzel ft Michael Buble
  3.  Boom Clap - Lennon and Maisy
  4.  All The Pretty Girls - Kaleo
  5.  Australia - The Shins
  6.  From Eden - Hozier (literally my favourite song ever)
  7.  Los Angeles - Nina Nesbitt
  8.  On My Side - Leighton Meester
  9.  I Told You I Was Mean - Elle King
  10.  Shame On You - Jacob Whitesides
  11.  Like We Used To - A Rocket To The Moon
  12.  You And Me - Lifehouse
  13.  Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande
  14.  Plans - Oh Wonder
  15.  Move Together - James Bay
  16.  Friends - Ed Sheeran
  17.  Tennis Court - Lorde
  18.  Neon Lights - Dancing Years
  19.  Small Hands - Keaton Henson
  20.  Clairvoyant - The Story So Far
  21. Theme From New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
  22.  Giving You Up - Miley Cyrus
  23.  Madness - Sleeping With Sirens
  24.  Homecoming - Taking Back Sunday
  25.  Pieces - Andrew Belle
  26.  Free & Lonely - X Ambassadors
  27.  We Found Each Other In The Dark - City And Colour
  28.  Slow Dancing In A Burning Room - John Mayer
  29.  Apartment - Young The Giant
  30.  Bloom - The Paper Kites
  31.  Dancing On My Own (acoustic version) - Calum Scott
  32.  Mis Deseos / Feliz Navidad - Michael Buble
  33.  Dear, Home - EXES
  34.  Joy - Sleeping At Last
  35. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey


What is your favourite song right now?

*photo from pinterest*

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

MY GO TO AUTUMN MAKEUP


Autumn / Winter is the time for warmer eyeshadow tones, berry lips, you know the drill. Honestly every time I see an autumnal eyeshadow palette on the shelves or online I just know I need it, I mean you can never have too many eyeshadow palettes even if they do look the same as the last four that you bought.. (kylies "burgundy palette" is everything though, serious heart eyes) I'm very aware that I don't apply eyeshadow like a god or contour like an instagram beauty queen, but a girl can try, so i'm gonna talk to you lovely lil' people about my go to Autumn makeup routine because why the hell not.

1. Prime 
After I've moisturised and all that jazz, it's time to move onto priming. I love this step simply because I like to feel how soft my face is afterwards, it's so good omg. My all time favourite / go - to primer is The Body Shop "Insta Blur". I've featured this many a time on my blog, but I have never found one as brilliant as this one. I apply only a small amount of this onto my face and rub it in circular motions until my skin feels silky. 

2. Concealer
I always apply concealer before foundation, it always feels less heavy on my face this way for some reason, especially under my eyes. I have yet to find a concealer that I really love (If you have any suggestions please leave a comment) but recently I have been using the Kiko "Natural Concealer" in the shade 05. Like I said, i'm still looking for one that I love, but for now this one is doing okay! 

3. Foundation
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the water foundation from Tarte as it sounds like a gift from the gods, but Benefit "hello flawless" never disappoints! I always use a beauty blender for foundation and I genuinely don't know what I would do without it anymore as I find brushes never blend quite as good. 


4. Highlight
I've only ever used the Benefit "highbeam" highlighter which is brilliant, but can sometimes be slightly too shimmery. I apply this on my cheekbones, the end of the nose, my cupids bow and on my brow bone. Literally all of the Jefree Star highlighters are on my wishlist as they all look perfect and would make a great addition to my makeup collection ;)

5. Powder
I'm super picky when it comes to powder as I hate my face feeling too cakey otherwise it bothers me the entire day. I've actually found that the highlighter from the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour palette can be used as a powder, the coverage is amazing and it's not light enough to be a highlighter on my skin tone. 

6. Bronzer
Benefit Hoola is forever my favourite bronzer, it blends perfectly and never creates harsh lines. I could go on about how much I love this bronzer for hours, but I have yet to find one that is as good as this one if not better. I always love how this looks after it's been applied onto my cheekbones, around my nose and around my forehead with a medium sized brush. I then use a powder brush to blend everything on my face together so it looks more natural and then finally the base of my face is complete. 



7. Brows
There's something therapeutic about doing my eyebrows, am I the only one? My go to brow products are the Sleek brow kit in "dark" and the Benefit "Gimme brow".  I use the wax in the brow kit to line my eyebrows and fill in around the ends and use the powder to fill in gently without my eyebrows looking too harsh. I then use "gimme brow" to set the look in place as well as slightly tinting my eyebrows a bit more.

8.eyeshadow primer 
Sometimes I'll use the same primer as the one I listed above for my face, but I recently received the w7 "eye got the power" eyeshadow primer which I'm lovinggg. The formula is shimmery and creamy with a gold tint, but once blended onto your eyes, it looks pretty dreamy.



9. Eyeshadow base 
I've recently started using the Mac "Arena" eyeshadow as my base, it's highly pigmented and blends well, it can also be worn alone for a more natural "no makeup" makeup look, but I enjoy using this as my base colour when using more shades. 



10. Eyeshadow
My holy grail eyeshadow palette will always be the Tartelette in bloom palette from Tarte. As many of you probably already know, this palette blew up everywhere with huge demand like the Urban Decay Naked palettes and I'm so glad I got mine as soon as it came out! I haven't stopped using it since and it still looks untouched even though I've been using it near enough every day for the past 8 months. I tend to use "sweetheart" all over my lid and work "rebel" into the crease. I usually keep my eyes matte for a casual daytime look, but if I want a bit of shimmer i'll add "firecracker" on top of my lid and blend everything together with a small fluffy brush. I then add the lightest colour in the palette "Charmer" into the corner of my eyes to make them pop and appear more brighter. It's crucial that I add colour underneath my eyes and I usually go for "rebel", the same shade I used in my crease. If I'm feeling it, I will add "activist" to my look for a more smokey effect rather than using eyeliner. This always results in a nice autumnal makeup look that I love.




11. Mascara 
My favourite mascara is the Estee Lauder sumptuous extreme in "extreme black", with a few coats of this, it creates the perfect amount of both volume and length. I like to use waterproof mascara for my lower lashes to stop any black marks going under my eyes throughout the day. I try not to do too many layers of mascara otherwise my lashes end up looking like spider legs.

12. Lips
Of course you can't forget about the lips. I never fail to use lip balm, it is my number one beauty essential so grabbing my favourite eos balm is the first thing I do! I then apply the Kiko "Natural Neige" for a nude lip as the main focus of this look is my eyes.

I'm really hoping I didn't forget to list anything, but I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any concealer recommendations please leave a comment, I would really appreciate it.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

A/W 2016 TRENDS: VELVET

A/W 2016 TRENDS: VELVET

A/W 2016 TRENDS: VELVET



Velvet has been hitting all the stores and has featured in many shows during fashion week, so it's safe to say that it is definitley one of the biggest trends of 2016. I feel like velvet is a very love or hate kind of trend as some people hate the texture or simply the way it looks, but I, along with many others, love it! I rounded up five of my favourite velvet pieces, each from a different store to help you find the right addition to your wardrobe, enjoy!

1. River Island - Grey velvet lace trim bodysuit - £22
This bodysuit is available in four different shades, although only orange and grey are velvet. River Island are always quick to create new trends or follow ones that are popular, so they tend to have some really great items all year round. You could keep this bodysuit looking simple or it could easily be dressed up, the options are almost endless!

2. MissPap - Black Velvet Rucksack - £20
As soon as I found this beauty on the MissPap website I knew I needed it as soon as possible, it's so cute! This backpack can make any outfit look chic, yet super adorable and it's available in several different colours at a great price!

3. Topshop - Harry velvet ankle boots - £65
Although you can find this style of boot literally anywhere at the moment (Public Desire have an amazing variety) I thought these ones from Topshop were gorgeous. This style can give character to any basic outfit and also make you look pretty sassy, I need these in every colour like right now.

This kimono is probably way out of the average person's budget, but i'm obsessed! 

5. Boohoo - Velvet halter plunge jumpsuit - £22
Boohoo is a great place to find trending pieces of clothing and accessories at a cheaper price, I could literally spend hours scrolling through their website! This jumpsuit is also available in black, but I would recommend purchasing it in turmeric if you are looking to keep your wardrobe more colourful throughout autumn and winter.   



Are you a fan of the velvet trend?

Saturday, 8 October 2016

THE BEST CANDLE COMPANY YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF


Now that Autumn is in full swing, it's time to bring out the fluffy socks, the many cups of coffee and the best one of them all - candles! I am absolutely obsessed with candles at this time of year, they make any house seem cosy and automatically make me feel just that little bit more happier. I'm not one for overly sweet strawberry type scents when it comes to lighting a candle, but more of the vanilla / lightly spiced warming ones. Now, if you're a Disney lover then you most definitley need to read on..

A few months ago I discovered a brand on etsy called Maple and Whisky who create soy candles based on certain things around the Disney World parks, but made here in the UK! If you're a fan of pineapple whip, mickey waffles, popcorn or even the scent of some of the hotels like the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian or Wilderness Lodge, then you will find the perfect candle for you over on their Etsy page. There was way too many candles to choose from since they all sound so beautiful, but in the end I opted for "Main Street Bakery" as the name alone reminds me of the magic kingdom the most. I got the small candle as I wasn't sure if I would like it or not since I had never ordered from their page before. All of the candles are also available in a large jar for £10.50 or the small is £7.50 which is pretty reasonable since it's around the same price range as a yankee candle.

Like any delivery, I was super excited to receive this in the post! Although delivery takes 2 -3 weeks since the candles are all homemade, I wasn't too fussed about the wait and was certainly not disappointed with it when it finally arrived! The candle smelt just like the description said it would, like cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven with notes of chocolate chip cookies, could that sound any more perfect? This scent is perfect if you are snuggled up with a blanket watching your favourite movies on a cold day.

I want to collect all of these candles now that I am in love with this one, "campfire sing along" "pumpkin spice latte" and "arendelle" are at the top of my list to purchase next! I'm also really intrigued by their diffusers and room sprays to give more Disney magic to my home.

Have you tried Maple and Whisky candles?