Shannon Michelle

Shannon Michelle

Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger from the UK..

Monday, 5 March 2018

Spring Goals 2018

Now that we have hit March, the weather is about to start get a lot more enjoyable and the sun will be shining, getting us prepared for summer - so I have quite a few goals set that I want to achieve by the end of spring! I become so much more inspired and motivated to get things done, go on adventures and make the effort to just do more when the weather is lovely. The seasons and weather in general can really determine my mood, I cannot stand being cold and as much as I love all the festivities in Winter leading up to Christmas, I then feel so done with the rest of the season and cannot wait for Spring to swing by. In the Winter I find that I isolate myself from most day to day things as I feel like I have zero motivation to do anything, a lot of people around me tend to be feeling down and the gloomy weather leaves me feeling uninspired to be creative and the best that I can be. So this Spring I am determined to accomplish all the goals that I have set!

Read More -
I've always loved reading, but it really has been some time since I've picked up a book and fallen in love with the story. There are so many that I'm dying to read, so I'm going to make so much more of an effort to sit outside with a cup of coffee and get lost in a good book.

Share More Recipes -
I've been wanting to share a ton of recipes on my blog for so long now, but have been slightly afraid to as I always used to consider myself as more of a beauty blogger, but now I feel like I'm heading in the direction of food and lifestyle, with a few beauty posts here and there as it is still a major part of my life and I love sharing my favourite products with you all. I'm going to really work on some recipes and try to step up my photography game so my content is better as I'm not 100% loving it right now and hopefully that way I will fall in love with my blog all over again.

Get A New Blog Design -
My current blog design is getting a little bit old now and as much as I still love it, I think it's time for a bit of change on my blog like I mentioned above, so changing my design will immediately make things so much better and give it a different feel.

Go On More Walks -
I always used to go on long walks and to be honest, it feels like forever since I've gone for a really long walk in the evenings. It's something I've always loved so am definitely going to be making a huge effort to do this more now that the weather is going to start getting warmer and going on a walk in the evening will be so much more fun.

Have a huge de-clutter -
I don't know about you, but I'm currently in a desperate need to de-clutter so many things for example, my wardrobe, my makeup collection, my blogging bits like notebooks and old photos and a bunch of other little things. It's so good to have a de-clutter and I feel so much more happy about having a good tidy when the sun is shining and I'm not shivering whilst still being wrapped up in a jumper and fluffy socks.

What are your Spring goals?

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

5 Things To Do At Home On A Snow Day

If you're from England like myself, then you know that we don't get snow often. We don't deal with the snow the same way that Canadians do in winter, no, instead it feels like the world has stopped around us all because of a few inches of snow. But hey, I'm not complaining. I love how pretty the sky looks when the snow is falling and the ground is covered in a giant white sheet of fluffy ice, but if it stops me from being able to go out and do something, then yes I am annoyed. So if you're currently stuck indoors because school has been cancelled, you can't get to work or you just don't know what to do then here's five things to do at home to keep you busy!

Bake Some Goodies -
There's nothing better than the smell of cookies or pastries in the oven when it's cold and all you can think about is ways to make your house feel like home. So whip out your favourite recipe book, find some inspo on Pinterest and get your baking game on. If you have some relatives that live close by and in walking distance, why not throw on some wellies, give them a visit and share some of these delights with them whilst chatting over coffee? sounds perfect to me.

Make A Playlist -
If you're going to be trapped inside all day you may as well make it worth while right? Find some new artists or gather up some old favourites and make a giant playlist of good tunes and dance the day away. Better yet, throw this playlist on while you do some baking like I mentioned above and really have a good time. My favourite artists to listen to on days like today are most definitely Harry Styles, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Nesbitt. OH, and I'll also play "How long will I love you" by Jon Boden any chance I get.

Watch Your Favourite Movies -
and watch them back to back! I love watching my favourite movies on a dull day, so a snow day is the perfect opportunity to do so as well. I recently wrote a post about my all time favourite movies which you can read here, all of these are really cosy films so you're bound to love them just as much as I do especially on days like today.

Drink Tons Of Coffee - 
or tea, whatever you need to keep you going without freezing. Flavoured coffees are an absolute must for me, as I love experimenting with new ways to make my coffee as well as trying out all kinds of flavours that the coffee world has to offer. I've been loving Beanies coffee for a few months now and it's definitely made my coffee drinking during autumn and winter a lot more fun. My favourite of theirs is "nutty hazelnut" you've got to try it if you haven't already. Mix it with some hazelnut or almond milk and you have a dream cup of coffee waiting to be consumed. This also isn't sponsored by Beanies, I just really love their coffee. There's also a ton of different coffee ideas on Pinterest if you want to get fancy and practise your barista skills.

De-clutter -
Organize your wardrobe, clean a room in your house, or all of them! Throw out any unwanted things or just get the things done that you've been putting off for weeks. Now is the perfect chance to get everything sorted if you feel like getting productive. Even if it's something as simple as replying to emails or organising your weekly calendar. You've got this.

There's so much that you can get done at home without even realising and if you think you're going to get bored then now is a great time to find a new hobby and enjoy spending time at home. I'm currently feeling super cosy, sipping on some caramel flavoured coffee, sitting next to my boyfriend, writing this post for you lovelies and getting excited about even more snow that we're supposed to be getting. Although, if it sticks around too long I know I'm going to get annoyed as I'm not one for feeling cold, Summer where you at?

What's your favourite season?
Love always,

Thursday, 22 February 2018

3 Simple Smoothie Ideas

I am a smoothie addict. I have no shame. But for real, I've been drinking a smoothie a day and am trying to control myself from drinking 10 a day as the obsession is so real. Since my smoothie addiction has grown over these past few months, I thought I'd share my go to, quick and really simple smoothie recipes. They're all so tasty and it is completely acceptable to drink these when it's cold, because they're just that good!

Smoothies are so easy to make and can be really healthy without a bunch of fancy ingredients. So if you're on a budget, or just need quick smoothie ideas to make if you're on the go or don't want to be spending any more than 5 minutes in the kitchen, then these will be perfect for you. There are no more than 5 ingredients in all of these smoothies,  so if you're anything like me then you probably already have these things lying around in your fridge/freezer and cupboard!


- 1 cup of frozen mango
- 1/4 cup frozen papaya
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup coconut water (or less depending on desired consistency)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds *optional

Simple throw all these ingredients into a blender until completely combined. The chia seeds are optional, but I personally add these to near enough every smoothie I make as they are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and provide iron, calcium and fibre. You can't even taste them as they have no flavour, they're just a sneaky little extra that will help your body. This smoothie is so refreshing and is perfect for those warmer days when you're in need of a cool down.

Strawberry & Banana:

- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup plant milk of choice ( I love coconut or almond)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds / 1 tbsp flax seeds *optional

Place the frozen strawberries in your blender first, then add the banana, plant milk and then finally the chia seeds / flax seeds. I've noticed how this makes a huge difference when blending frozen ingredients in my Nutribullet as it blends a lot smoother and quicker. Again, it's completely optional as to whether or not you add chia seeds or flax seeds, but they add omega - 3, so it's definitely worth adding them into your diet when you can.


- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1 tsp maca *optional
- 1/2 cup hazelnut milk

Simply add the frozen bananas first, then add the oats, cacao powder, maca and hazelnut milk and blend! This is one of my favourites, especially for breakfast as it keeps you full by adding in the oats. This smoothie is a lot thicker than the others, but is just as tasty. The maca powder is optional, but is a great extra as it gives a caramel - type taste. I always opt for hazelnut milk for this smoothie as it sort makes it taste like Nutella, it's sooo good.

I have so many more recipe ideas I'd love to share with you all, but since I'm obsessed with smoothies right now, I just had to share these with you today!

What's your favourite smoothie?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

My Top 10 Favourite Movies Of All Time

I'm currently sitting in my living room, sipping on a smoothie and indulging in some much needed Gilmore Girls binge watching session, but the dying urge to write a post today was calling so here I am. Since I'm all about having chilled out days when work or daily life gets a bit too much and you need a wind down, I thought I'd have a chat about my all time favourite movies. Im obsessed with each and every one of them and I hope you can either relate to some or want to watch them asap after I profess my undying love for them all.

About Time -
There is something so comforting in this movie, I always find myself watching it when I'm sad as I know it will make me happy as soon as it starts playing. The storyline, the actors, the soundtrack, everything about it is 10000% perfect. I cannot recommend this movie enough, it is so easy going and even brings me to tears every time I watch it.

Saving Mr Banks -
If you're a Disney fan then you will adore this movie just as much as I do, but whether or not you like the story of Mary Poppins, this movie will make you fall in love with it either way. Get your tissues at the ready and prepare yourself for a waterfall of tears by the time it's over though ... just saying.

Love, Rosie -
Just like "About Time" mentioned above, this movie can instantly put me in the best mood and has remained my favourite movie of all time ever since I first watched it a few years ago. The British humour will have you cracking up and with actors like Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, you're bound to enjoy it.

The Princess And The Frog -
I swear this is the most underrated Disney movie, but either way its still my favourite. The jazz music, the setting of New Orleans, everything about it is so precious and it will be sure to have you singing along with every song.

The Greatest Showman
You've probably been hearing endless amounts of praise about this incredible movie, but if you haven't seen it already, YOU MUST. This went so far beyond my expectations and it has the most insane soundtrack.

Roman Holiday -
Chances are if you're into watching old movies, you've seen this at some point in your life. I love virtually any movie featuring Audrey Hepburn, but this one is most definitely my favourite of hers. I love watching this on a chilled out Sunday night after taking a shower and applying a face mask in my comfy pjs.

10 Things I Hate About You -
This has been one of my absolute favourite movies for years now and it will most likely stay that way for many more years to come. Although this is the "typical" 90's teen storyline, it still gives me all those emotions I felt when I first watched it. Heath Ledger will always have my heart in this movie.

Begin Again -
This movie is so chilled and I swear I could watch it over and over again, it's too good. I love Mark Ruffalo and Kiera Knightley so this film is just brilliant. It's not a typical musical but still has some really good songs in it!

Notting Hill -
I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this movie. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant are two of my favourite actors, so this film won me over straight away. The storyline is too cute and again, if you like British humour, you'll love this movie.

Me Before You -
One of the most talked about movies in 2016, and definitely one of the best. If you're a hopeless romantic and want to be in floods of tears by the end then this movie is for you. 

I'm sure theres a million more movies out there that I adore but these are the ones that always come to mind whenever someone asks "what's your favourite movie?".  If you haven't seen some of these then I obviously couldn't recommend them enough. I'm not really into horror movies or anything remotely gruesome, but those that I have watched I would never really class as a favourite. So all of these movies are pretty chic-flick types, so if you're also into these types then I hope you love them as much as I do, and if you havent seen them then I'm sure you will fall in love straight away!

What's your favourite movie?

Sunday, 11 February 2018

My Current Favourite Songs | Feb 2018

 I have recently discovered so many new songs and artists that I have completely fallen in love with. So naturally, I wanted to share them all with you. If you're looking for new artists to listen to then I can't recommend these suggestions below enough! I tend to find myself listening to music more than ever in the colder months as it's one of the most comforting things when you're home on a dull ol' winter day. Some of these artists, I have listened to for years and can't ever seem to get enough of, but I also love finding new music so you'll find a mix of both in this post! Although this post is going to be pretty short and sweet, I hope you enjoy these suggestions and if you've already listened to some of them, then I hope you love them as much as I do!

  1. Music Box - Ashton Edminster
  2. Jukai - Jhene Aiko
  3. I know - SiR
  4. Again - Kehlani
  5. Be Alone - Childish Gambino
  6. First - Cold War Kids
  7. Impossible Year - Panic! At The Disco
  8. Don't Be A Fool - Shawn Mendes
  9. Drew Barrymore - SZA
  10. Don't Say You Love Me - Fifth Harmony
  11. Roots - Orla Gartland
  12. Somebody Special - Nina Nesbitt
  13. The Void - Andy Black
  14. In The Dark - Camilla Cabello
  15. From Now On - The Greatest Showman 
  16. Never Enough - The Greatest Showman
  17. Sorry - Halsey
  18. Thank You - Kehlani
  19. Paris In The Rain - Lauv
  20. Love Galore - SZA ft. Travis Scott
  21. Jason's Song (Gave It Away) - Ariana Grande
  22. Yours Truly, Austin Post - Post Malone
  23. Feel - Post Malone ft. Kehlani
  24. Empty - Olivia O'Brien
  25. Colour Me - Juke Ross
  26. This Must Be My Dream - The 1975
  27. Where Did You Come From (Acoustic) - Andrew & Veda
  28. Lonely - Demi Lovato ft. Lil Wayne
  29. Obsessed - Maggie Lindemann
  30. I Can't Breathe - Bea Miller
  31. I Can Hear You Now - Extreme Music
  32. Stay - Hurts
  33. Family Tree - Matthew West
  34. Take On The World - You Me At Six
  35. Silhouette - Aquilo
  36. Unbreakable - Jamie Scott
  37. All Through The Night - Sleeping At Last
  38. Wings - Birdy
  39. Love Is Just A Way To Die - I Am Strikes
  40. Between - Courrier
Have your heard any of these songs?
(If so, comment your favourite!)


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Tarte "Toasted" Palette Review

There is no denying that I am head over heels in love with Tarte products. Every time they release a new product, I know I need to add it to my makeup collection asap, but when they released their Toasted eyeshadow palette, I died a little bit inside. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL.

I had seen it all across social media, with many Youtubers raving about it as well as watching Kathleen Lights comparing it to the Naked Heat palette and saying she actually preferred the toasted palette over it. I have spoke about the Tarte "Tartelette in bloom" palette on my blog many times in the past, it's still as huge staple in my collection, but since owning the toasted palette, I've been using a mix of both to create the loveliest, warm eye looks and honestly, I'm living for it.

First things first, all of Tartes products always smell amazing. I don't know if its just me that thinks that, but theres something about them that smell incredible, their palettes always have a chocolaty scent that make you want to eat the palette, but the scent makes the whole thing a million times better I swear.

I received the Toasted palette for Christmas and have since then been playing around with different eye looks, testing out all the different shades and seeing which ones I love most. Since I love using more neutral shades for every day use, the shades "s'more" and "latte" have definitely been getting the most use and I dread the day I start running low on them! These both work as amazing base shades or just worn alone for a very simple every day minimal look, which I love. The palette is so versatile, so can be worn during the day or in the evenings for a warm, smoky look as the shimmers are so stunning. The one thing I love the most about Tarte palettes is you never get any fall out, which is the key thing to make me love or hate a palette as any fall out just ends up frustrating me. The formula of this palette in particular is so creamy and SO pigmented, so a little goes a long way I promise! It stays on perfectly all day, but is in no way a pain to get off when it comes to removing any eye makeup.

I honestly couldn't rave about this palette any more, as I am so obsessed with it. I always lean towards warmer eye looks as I think browns and copper shades compliment my green eyes, so this palette won me over immediately. I still want to play around with the darker shades of the palette like "fireside", "crackle" and "flame" as these would be perfect for any kind of evening look, but I really want to start being a bit more brave with darker shades as I very rarely tend to wear them, but I've seen so many looks created with this palette so I know that I know I can do so much more with it!

If you're leaning towards purchasing a new palette any time soon, then I highly recommend this stunning palette. It is just all around brilliant and I can't find one single fault in it. It's priced at £41 on the Tarte website, so although it is fairly pricey, it's definitely worth every single penny!

Have you tried this palette?

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Testing Sukin Products | Review

I've been seeing Sukin products everywhere lately, on Instagram, blog posts and its constantly staring at me whenever I'm walking through Boots, so naturally, I caved. I decided to pick up two of their products to test out as I've been hearing nothing but good things about all of their products. The brand are 100% vegan and are raved about for being such a natural skincare brand, which I think is amazing if you ask me. There are so many of their products that I want to try out, but since I was in a hurry at the time of purchasing, I only managed to pick up two things.

I was hesitant to buy their rose hip oil as I've heard numerous people talk about how much they love it, but I didn't really feel like spending £16 on a small bottle of something I might not like, but now I'm regretting my choices. Instead I decided on their foaming facial cleanser and hydrating mist toner. I thought as these are two staple steps in my skincare routine, these products would get a lot of use, and boy was I right.

There's something about toners that I love so much, but in mist form it suddenly becomes a million times better, and oh my, I love this toner! Although at first it just felt like I was spraying tap water on my face as there really was no scent and it just felt like I had soaked my face, after a few days of using it I noticed a drastic change in my skin, for the best of course! Using it for the first time, I did just think it was a fairly average product, but I've been using it every day and I'm so sad that I'm almost out of it as I love it so much now. I purchased it for around £7.50 I believe, so it's definitely worth getting your hands on if you're looking for something new to try out. This toner really does help to wake me up and hydrate my skin, I always spray it on my face after I've showered, before applying moisturiser. I always leave it a few minutes to sink in before moisturising otherwise it feels like a waste of application. The main ingredients are rosewater and chamomile which we all know work wonders for the skin. I've really noticed that it has helped clear up my skin by reducing spots and redness and helping to even out my skin tone, so it is a game changer in my skincare routine.

If I'm completely honest, I don't rate the facial wash as much as other face wash products I've tried as I've tried so many and this one really is average. In terms of natural products, I'd say that this is a good face wash, but overall compared to the cleansers I've bought from The Body Shop, Lush etc.. I wouldn't rate it all too highly. I've been trying to use it as often as possible and always take it whenever I'm staying at my boyfriends house and can't opt for any of my other face washes. I don't think it takes off makeup that well, particularly eye makeup as I've then had to resort to using a makeup wipe to wipe off any excess under my eye and to scrub my eye to get off any remaining mascara. Although it sounds like I'm complaining an awful lot about this product, I don't think its that bad at all. Whenever I'm not wearing makeup, I do really enjoy using this cleanser as it makes my skin feel really fresh and healthy and I love pairing it with the toner mentioned above, but I don't think I'll bother purchasing it again as there are cheaper options out there as well as much better choices. The main ingredients in this product are rosehip, avocado, wheat germ and sesame, which are amazing for the skin.

I do love how the brand is natural, vegan friendly and just all around great, so I will be purchasing from them more and more whenever I want to try out new products, and I will definitely repurchase the mist toner. The packaging is so simple but really cute and I love how their sensitive skin range is pink! There's so much that I want to try out so I'll be sure to keep you updated!

Have you tried Sukin products?