Shannon Michelle

Shannon Michelle

Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger from the UK..

Saturday, 18 February 2017

GET TO KNOW ME TAG

I was scrolling through tumblr the other day when I stumbled across a post full of questions that you should ask yourself or other people, some unusual questions and some pretty basic, but  I thought I would turn it into a "get to know me" challenge type thing since I feel I haven't really written many posts with little facts you may or may not already know about me. I love reading these types of posts as I feel I can get to know the person behind the computer screen a little better (in a non creepy way obviously). So feel free to share these 50 questions with your friends or do this challenge yourself
because why not?


1. What's your full name?  - Shannon Michelle Skinner
2. What colour are your eyes? - Green
3. Favourite social media account? - I'm really getting back into instagram again so you should hmu @sh.annonxo (shameless self promo oops)
4. How tall are you? - 5"9
5. What's your favourite candle scent? - anything with hints of vanilla or something that makes me think of being all warm and cuddly with my blanket and a cup of coffee.
6. Favourite actor? - Ahh this is a tricky one but it would have to be between Mark Ruffalo and James Marsden, but I also really love Eddie Redmayne.. oh wow I can't choose.
7. Favourite Actress? - Amanda Seyfried or Julia Roberts.
8. Favourite Movie? - Love, Rosie.
9. Top 10 favourite songs? -
  • Coffee - Grace
  • Beverly Hills - Weezer
  • Paris - The 1975
  • Like We Used To - A Rocket To The Moon
  • Love Your Friends, Die Laughing - Man Overboard
  • Million Reasons - Lady Gaga
  • Your Guardian Angel - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
  • Drown - Front Porch Step
  • Imagination - Shawn Mendes
10. Person you last texted? - My boyfriend.
11. Worst Habit? - Overthinking. It's so bad how much I can overthink a situation especially when it's not something to worry about at all.
12. Favourite food? - This is going to sound so basic, but hummus. It's so damn good and you can eat it with so many things, it's fab, don't judge.
13. What are you in love with? - the ocean, my family, my boyfriend, art, fashion, poetry, vegan food, warm weather, listening to music at night, candles, coffee.
14. Favourite snapchat filter? - The lil bunny one is so adorable! when snapchat get rid of it i'll probably shed a few tears.
15. Favourite Makeup Brands? - Tarte, Too Faced, Jeffree Star, The Body Shop, Kat Von D.
16. 3 Favourite boy names? - Cody, Isaac and Kai.
17. 3 Favourite girl names? - Eden, Peyton and Hope.
18. How many kids do you want? - 4.
19. What's your favourite book? - Lately i've been pretty obsessed with "Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kaur.
20. What is your biggest pet peeve? - LOUD EATERS.
21. Summer or Winter? - Summer for sure, I hate being cold. There's nothing better than going on cute walks by the beach when it's sunny.
22. What was the last thing you ate? - Noodles, tofu and veggies. yum.
23. What is your zodiac sign? - Sagittarius.
24. Regular Oreos or Golden Oreos? - Regular, of course.
25. Favourite smells? - Coffee and Vanilla, but vanilla coffee is just on a whole new level of wow.
26. What's the first thing you notice about people? - Their smile.
27. Reasons to smile? - omg the list is endless! adventure, animals, long car rides, lazy sunday mornings, reading, bath bombs, flowers, art, clean bed sheets, sunsets, late night talks with your bestfriend, the simple things.
28. Song last listened to? I was here - Beyonce
29. Number of siblings? - 4 sisters and 1 brother.
30. Current time? - 01:50 am
31. Biggest fear? - Rejection. lol
32. What hair colour do you have? - well I'm naturally brunette, but then I dyed it blonde and now the blonde is fading and its sort of turning an auburn colour. I don't even know. I'm thinking about dying it lilac.
33. Favourite colour? - turquoise.
34. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why? Bali. It just seems so chill and so incredibly beautiful.
35. Favourite tv show? - Right now I'm loving Shameless and How To Get Away With Murder, but I love love love The Vampire Diaries.
36. What qualities do you admire in a person? - Sense of humour.
37. What makes you happy when you're feeling down? - cuddles. many many cuddles.
38. What Harry Potter House are you? - Slytherin.
39. When you were younger, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up? - An author.
40. Favourite blog? -milkbubbletea and weardaisywent are probably at the top of my list right now.
41. Favourite youtuber? - I absolutely love Kalyn Nicholson and RemLife.
42. Tea or coffee? - coffee all the way.
43. What's your favourite quote? - "wake up early. drink coffee. work hard. be ambitious. keep your priorities straight, your mind right and your head up. do well, live well and dress really well. do what you love, love what you do. it's time to start living."
44. What movie do you watch when you're feeling down? - 10 things I hate about you.
45. Are you excited about anything? - I'm really excited to go and see Hamilton the musical in London although I have to wait until January. I'm also really excited to see Lady Gaga in October.
46. Favourite hobbies? - I love to paint, draw, sing, write and read.
47. Favourite artist? - I have so so many, but i'm in love with James Bay and Hozier.
48. Favourite fruit? - pineapple !!
49. When did you start blogging? - September 2014.
50. Dream job? - personal stylist.

I tag anyone who is reading this right now to answer all of these questions and leave a comment so I can go read it!

Shannon
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ALICE + OLIVIA RTW FALL 2017



The Alice + Olivia ready-to-wear fall show debuted on Tuesday in New York and was flawless as ever. All of the pieces lived up to the bright and colourful expectations, with big sunglasses and busy prints. The collection was inspired by Salman Rushdie's "The Enchantress of Florence" displaying Italian culture with ruffled layers, silky florals and braided updos. This is probably one of my top favourite Alice + Olivia collections to date and is definitley worth viewing.











What are your thoughts on this collection? I absolutely adore it and need this entire collection in my wardrobe right away.

shannon 
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

HOW TO BE A MORNING PERSON | 5 TIPS


Morning - A word many people dislike, but probably shouldn't.. Mornings can be pretty rough for some, a huge majority would rather be tucked up in bed sleeping in until midday and not getting anything done (literally all of us at some stage let's be real). But hey, I thought i'd share a few tips to becoming the morning person we can all be if we put a little bit of effort into it.

Skip the snooze -
This is possibly one of the worst things you can do in the morning, pressing snooze and regretting it a while on when you're running late for work all because you wanted just "five more minutes". Pick a wake up time and stick to it and soon enough you'll be up at that same time every morning without feeling sluggish, it'll become normal and you'll feel so much better. Set one alarm and stick to it.

Cold water -
As soon as you get yourself out of bed,pour yourself a glass of cold water and it will wake you up in no time. Doing so will increase the amount of natural energy throughout the morning without relying on coffee which will just dehydrate you as soon as you wake up (we'll just forget that i'm drinking coffee in the photo above though, haha.. ). Drinking cold water will also flush out any nasty toxins in your body and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Work out first thing -
Although this may be hard for those that have to be up early for work and simply don't have enough time in the mornings as it is to work out, whenever you have the chance try working out as soon as you wake up. This will boost your energy all day and you won't have to pull the "oh it's 6pm.. too late to work out now" excuse again. The thought of working out first thing doesn't sound like much fun, but once you tell yourself you can do it each morning it becomes a whole lot easier and more enjoyable. Home workouts can also be just as fun as going to the gym, you just have to give yourself a boost of motivation.

Protein based breakfasts -
I've never been much of a breakfast lover myself, but whenever I put in a bit of effort in the mornings to make myself something packed with nutrition my day feels a whole lot better as my energy levels are where they should be. Now you don't have to go all out and buy all those fancy superfood powders and foods you've never even heard of before to get the right amount of protein in the mornings. You can create something simple with oats, berries and soy milk, it's super easy.

Music -
If you really want to boost your mood in the mornings why not allow yourself to have a little dance party in the kitchen while you make your breakfast?? I always feel a lot more productive when I have music on whether thats quietly playing in the background or full blast with my headphones in, either way it makes me happier and I get all that needs doing, done. Right now I've been loving Little Mix's new album to give me that boost I need while I'm getting ready for the day or if I want to listen to something more chilled I rely on EXES.

Are you a morning person?

Shannon x


Friday, 13 January 2017

SHAAANXO EYESHADOW AND LIPSTICK PALETTE | REVIEW



As a fan of Shaaanxo (Shannon Harris) on Youtube, I knew I needed this palette when she released it a little while back. I finally received this gorgeous palette for Christmas, but have been playing around with it a bit before sharing my thoughts on it with all of you lovely people - but honestly, I love it. I absolutely love how this is not only an eyeshadow palette, but a lip palette also. There is such a variation of shades and definitley makes me step out of my comfort zone a little with all the bright lip colours, as i'm one who usually just sticks to a nude lip. All of the eyeshadows are warm shades which I think is the reason why I wanted this palette the most, I can't even tell you how obsessed I am with orangey / golden tones.

The eye palette is so pigmented and is an amazing price for such high quality with four mattes and 5 shimmery shades. The only downside to the palette that I found is that there is quite a bit of fallout when applying this to the eyes, so I always do my eye makeup before applying foundation and use a face wipe to get rid of any excess. They all blend out so well and my two favourite eyeshadows in the palette are without a doubt the orange and the burgundy - they're so stunning and you could easily create a day to night look with them by adding darker shades and a bit of shimmer for the evening.


Although I love the lipsticks in this palette, I expected there to be more of a variation in colours as a lot of them are quite bright pink shades, which I find don't suit me very much. As I usually stick to nude shades with all my lipsticks, I definitley get a lot of use out of the nude shade in this palette, but I also really like the deep purple although it still has a pink tint to it. I find that when you look at the different shades in the palette compared to how they look like when applied, they look very similar on the lip whereas they all look very different in the palette which is a downside. I love how hydrating the lipsticks are when applied, and don't dry out my lips at all throughout the day, they also last a bit longer on the lips than I expected to and stay whenever you eat and drink, which obviously is something we all want and love in a good lipstick.
Overall, I think this palette is stunning and I know i'm going to get a lot of usage out of it as I have been using it near enough every day since Christmas. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a new palette without spending a lot of money. You can find it on BH cosmetics or if you're from the UK you can find it on Beauty Bay where I got mine.


have you tried this palette?

shannon
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Monday, 2 January 2017

HELLO 2017 | WHY 2016 WAS GOOD TO ME + NEW YEAR GOALS

That's it, another year over, but a new year set full of goals ahead. Like most people, I have had many ups and downs in 2016, but the good outway the bad and i'm extremely grateful for the opportunities and incredible memories I created this year. I have been through experiences that have shaped me into a better version of myself and met new people that have changed my life in the best way possible. I had no goals set for 2016, I kind of just went with the flow and although there were a few downfalls, I pulled myself up again and completed the year with a positive outlook on life and the years to come. 

CONFIDENCE-
If you asked me year or two ago to go out alone or do something as simple as ordering coffee I would have panicked and said no because being around strangers when I was alone was a big deal. In 2016 I gained a heck of a lot of confidence, I traveled places on my own and felt a lot more independant whereas I always felt like I needed someone around me to feel okay before. I can talk to strangers (although still slightly nerve wracking at times) so much easier than ever before and feel comfortable around new people. Since starting college in September I've had to be a lot more independent and deal with situations alone. I am proud of myself now that my confidence has grown and I know that as time goes by throughout 2017 it will carry on growing and I will no longer have to worry about the small things that really don't matter. Weight has always been a big thing for me also, so losing a few stone in 2016 in a sensible, healthy way has made me feel so much more body confident - although I feel like I still have a little way to go yet until I am 100% happy with myself.

MENTAL HEALTH AND THINGS I'VE LEARNT - 
I struggle badly with anxiety and my moods are always going up and down randomly, but 2016 has taught me a lot of things and I think it all ties in with my confidence and mental health. I feel like I am starting to know my own mind, I know what career path I want to go down and I know the goals I need to set to get there. I know that people come and go in life and you need to accept that not everyone sticks around, no matter how much you want them to, sometimes life just gets in the way. I've learnt to listen to my gut, other peoples opinions and views on a situation don't always matter and if they do, listen to those who have stuck around a long time, not the people that you speak to every now and again. You know what's good for you. I've also learnt that it's healthy to have time alone to shut off from day to day things, having a pamper night, reading a good book - the small things, anything to help clear your mind.
ACHIEVEMENTS -
I finished my exams, started college and stepped way out of my comfort zone by travelling alone, meeting new people and studying fashion which is something I had never studied before so it was all completely new to me. I dealt with staying in hospital for almost a week without losing my mind and having an operation which was a little scary. I spoke to strangers without feeling terrified. I travelled to America and had an incredible time in DisneyWorld and Universal Studios. I became Vegan which meant completely changing my eating habits literally overnight. I made new friends at concerts that I still stay in contact with. I discovered a love for art, poetry and history. I went on several adventures around London and made a ton of hilarious memories that I will always look back on. I saw my favourite musical - Les Mis. I gained a lot more readers on my blog which makes me so happy. I made time for the people that truly matter, not the people that pick and choose when they want to be in my life. I saw a ton of my favourite musicians and even met a few including Little Mix, Nina Nesbitt and Andy Black. I consumed more iced coffee than ever before. I worked with some really cool brands. I discovered my new favourite restaurant in Brighton. I developed a liking for herbal tea. I met my lifelong best friend. I made a dress made out of trash for an event and it actually looked pretty good in the end. I became the happiest i've been in a long time.

2017 GOALS -

1. Step up my fitness game.
2. Push myself more to get the career I want.
3. Express myself with fashion a lot more by stepping out of my comfort zone.
4. Read at least 20 books.
5. Shut off from social media more often.
6. Study food + nutrition.
7. Discover new music and attend smaller gigs.
8. Become more organized. 
9. Go to an art gallery. 
10. Be more consistent with blog posts by posting once or twice a week.
11. Have more fun and worry less.

I am so grateful for the lessons I learnt throughout 2016, life's too short to worry about the little things and I think that's something that we all have to remind ourselves of more often. I'm happy and proud of everything I achieved, and here's to hoping we all achieve our 2017 goals and make even more (if not better) memories this year. 


what is your biggest goal for 2017?

shannon
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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

JEFFREE STAR SKIN FROST IN PEACH GODDESS | REVIEW




First off, I hope you had a very merry christmas! It feels like christmas was over and done with so fast and now I'm so sad it's over :( anyways, I find it funny how in my last post I mentioned this product in my current beauty wishlist and boom here it is. in real life. in my hands. my life is complete.

Jeffree Star products are all over social media right now and if you're not in on the craze then you definitley should be! I love how unique Jeffree's brand is, with all the crazy coloured products he creates (like can we talk about the black highlighter??), it makes his brand stand out from the rest, not to mention the packaging of his products, it's so perfect.

I've been obsessing over his skin frost highlighters ever since he first started releasing them, but because of shipping expenses I decided I wouldn't bother.. that was until I found out some of his products were on Beauty Bay, which meant I definitley needed at least one. Just before christmas I checked which highlighters were in stock on Beauty Bay and although there was only "mint condition" and "peach goddess" I had been planning on getting peach goddess first anyways so of course I asked for this one for christmas. I was no way expecting to actually receive this for christmas, but I am so happy and grateful that I did because let me tell you, this product is a dream.

I can't believe how reasonable the prices of his products are for such high quality, his highlighters are around £25 and they're huge! The pigmentation of peach goddess is incredible, but is supposedly aimed at light to medium skin tones for a peachy / champagne glow. I love how with just one stroke of this on the cheekbone is enough, no need to keep trying to build it up to create the perfect shine.
I have been using this for three days now and I can't even tell you how much I love it. I'm super picky when it comes down to highlighters because I find that most high street powder highlighters don't actually do anything and can be a waste of money, so now I have this one in my life I won't be needing a new one for quite some time. I prefer using this highlighter to my liquid "high beam" from Benefit as you can put it on your nose, cheekbones, brow bone, cupids bow - literally anywhere, without it ruining your foundation where as I find that liquid highlighters can be ruined if I am using finishing powders because when the two are combined it turns out horrible on my skin. I will definitley be repurchasing from Jeffree Star in the future and I can't wait to get my hands on a few of his liquid lipsticks.

Have you tried Jeffree Star Cosmetics?

shannon
x

Friday, 16 December 2016

MY CURRENT BEAUTY WISH LIST

beauty wish list

Zoeva Caramel Melange eye palette - £17.50
I have heard so much about Zoeva products, but have yet to actually try any of them out for myself. All of their eye palettes look gorgeous, but of course, I'm naturally drawn to warmer shade eyeshadows so I instantly fell in love with the caramel melange palette which consists of 10 dreamy warm / nude shades with a mixture of both shimmer and matte. This palette is honestly so dreamy and I've heard nothing but great things about it. Plus I can't believe how cheap it is for such high quality.

Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette - £39
Tarte is without a doubt one of my most favourite brands and always produce such great high quality products that everyone seems to becomes obsessed with. I purchased the Tartelette in Bloom palette a while back which you can read all about here and i've never been more attached to an eye palette as much as I am with this one. The pro palette has a lot more shades (16 mattes and 4 shimmery) so I am absolutely dying to try it out.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Peach Goddess - £25.50
It's hard to get hold of Jeffree Star makeup in the UK without paying extra for shipping and customs, but when I noticed that a fair few of his products were on Beauty Bay I had to check it out. I've been wanting one of his skin frost highlighters for what feels like forever and Peach Goddess looks gorgeous. I've also heard that his highlighters can be used as eyeshadows as they are highly pigmented.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara - £17
I've been on the hunt for a new mascara that doesn't irritate my eyes for a long time now and I believe (judging by reviews) that this could be the answer.

Lime Crime Liquid Lips - £15
The liquid lip shades in "Bleached" and "Saint" are everything. Again, I have yet to try any products from Lime Crime, but have heard nothing but amazing things about the brand and the products. I have always been hesitant about trying out liquid lipsticks as many of them are known to dry out your lips really quickly and who really wants chapped lips? but judging on reviews not many people feel this way about these ones. I've also never tried a darker lip before so I want to get my hands on "saint" the most.

Zoeva Rose Gold Complete Eye Set - £65
Eye brushes are something I seem to lack, but are something that i've been wanting to purchase for so long now. As great as Real Techniques are, I want to branch out a bit more with brushes, eye brushes in particular, not to mention these are rose gold which obviously makes them that much more special. This complete set comes with 12 brushes and I think the price for all 12 is pretty good considering when you buy most brushes alone from the majority of brands they're priced £10 or more.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - £16
Ahhh, the much loved eyeliner by the queen of makeup. I see this all over instagram and in blog posts and the need to buy this is growing bigger every day, no joke. I'm constantly put off of wearing eyeliner because I've never found one that's any good after many years of trying different brands and being disappointed every time. But now that people say they swear by this product I want to get into wearing it.



what is your favourite beauty product right now?

shannon
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