Becoming ashleigh

Friday, 23 June 2017

So much change

Hi guys. I have taken way too much time away from blogging and during that time, so much has changed...

I don't really know why I took so much time away from here, I guess it's because I have been way too busy with University and working and to be honest, all I have wanted to do is just chill at home after work or university and watch my programmes. I am constantly on a laptop and I haven't wanted to go back to looking at a screen all evening when I get home either. But all I have ever wanted to do in life is blog; I am still thinking about it every single day and I am still so passionate about it, I am just not showing it very well. So, it's time to get my blogging mojo back.

So much has changed in the matter of a few months. I have stopped doing my make up so much and I have certainly stopped spending so much money on it too. It's crazy, isn't it? I was so obsessed with make up at one point but if I am honest, I can't afford to keep wasting money on eyeshadow palettes that I don't even need. I was definitely buying it for the sake of it. I am sure I will get back into this one day, because I am such a make-up obsessed person, but at the minute, I just can't afford it. One of the reasons is because I want to save and spend my money on better things at the minute. I am only a student right now and I am only in a part-time job, I finish University in 2018 and the main thing I am saving for at the minute is my own home with my boyfriend next year. It is the most important thing to me right now.

So you guys just read that I am getting a place with my boyfriend, so yes, I am in a really, really good relationship and have been for the past few months. It is my first relationship in almost 3 years and I am very happy. He is certainly someone I would like to spend the rest of my life with, he is such a loving and caring person and I can't imagine my life without him now. I am most definitely, in love!

I have also started going to the gym more, drinking water every day and eating a lot more healthier, this is something which is going to only get better and hopefully you guys will see a massive difference in me next year. Me and my boyfriend are going to start going together next week when i go back home, and we are going to be going every single day. (I am still at my house at University, and he lives in my hometown, but I am moving back home for the summer next week). I am very excited about this!

I am into fashion SO much more now. My boyfriend has kindly said he is going to start helping me out with photo's for my blog, meaning he is going to start taking pictures of me for outfit posts, so watch this space. The reason why I haven't done a lot of fashion posts before is because of my confidence and just not having anyone to take photographs for me. But my confidence has gotten so high now and I have really started to love myself and learnt to accept the person I am. I am also going on holiday a couple of times over the next few months so I will be taking plenty of photo's and sharing my experiences and I also have some fashion shows which I am attending too. There is so much I will be sharing with you guys!

I cannot wait for my last year of University to start as well, It has been such an amazing experience and I know my last year is going to be stressful but so excited at the same time, I am going to get involved in as many fashion shows and events that I can. Here's to the start of a new chapter and new exciting beginnings.


Tuesday, 3 January 2017


2016 was such an amazing year, I have met some of the most beautiful people, I have travelled to new places such as Greece and Paris and I have made some of the most amazing memories with the people I love. However, I feel like I didn't focus on myself enough at all. I didn't eat healthy like a wanted to, I didn't exercise enough or just love being alone. Doing things alone scares me, and I don't want to be like that anymore and if i don't focus on myself this year or enjoy my own company, then I feel like it's never going to happen, so I need to stay motivated to being alone and doing things by myself. I am also one of these people who sees more negative than positive and I need to stop doing that. I just need to go ahead and do them.

This is the most important thing I want to focus on this year as I have just been so lazy last year. I am one of those who wish I drove because I can't be bothered to walk to the gym and back and I need to stop doing that. I am just so sick of being miserable in my own skin now and not being able to wear a lot of things that I wish I could. For example, I hate my arms so therefore I never show them, and I feel like I am limited to the kind of outfits I wear because I feel like I need to wear a long sleeved top all the time or a jacket over the top of something just so that I don't show my arms. I am so determined this year to eat healthily and go to the gym at least 4 times a week and finally get the body I want by the end of this year. My goal is to get down to a size 10.

I am not one of those people who is good at using notebooks and planners as I just buy them, write in one page and then forget about it. But, I feel like if i used one and actually stuck to it, it would help me so much more to be organised and crossing the things off that I have done would make me feel so much better. This means being more organised with my university assignments,

I definitely don't drink enough water, I tend to drink a lot of squash and sometimes fizzy drinks more than anything. I know water is so much more healthier so I am definitely going to start drinking more of it, especially because I want to lose weight as well. I know it helps improve your skin and your mood as well and overall I just know it will make me feel so much better as a person. Drinking more water is a MUST this year.

I am the worst person in the world when it comes to saving money but over the past couple of months I have done nothing but think and worry about my future. I have just over a year left at University and I have been constantly stressing about what I am going to do after it. I don't want to move back home at the age of 21, I want my own place as soon as I leave University and I know that it's not going to happen without some money behind me. So this year I need to work a lot of hours so that I can save enough money as I can for my future. But I am such a shopaholic and I always want to buy everything, especially when it comes to makeup, its so expensive being a girl!!! But yeah, I am determined to save my pennies in order for me to be happy once I leave. It's just because I am so used to living on my own with my friends at university now, I love my own space and being able to do what I want and moving back home is not what I want.

I am so scared of doing things on my own, and this just includes walking to do the gym on my own. I just get bored so easily and I am not easily motivated to do things on my own either. But I need to stop doing that, because if I don't start enjoying being on my own then what am I going to do when I live on my own? I don't know, but all I know is that I need to start focusing more on myself rather than being with other people. I am so into finding someone as well, I am bored of being single and it doesn't help that my best friend is engaged and I live with her. I worry too much about not finding someone soon but I have to realise that I need to make myself happy first and wait for the right person because they seem to come along when you aren't looking. I need to focus on losing weight more than anything this year and just leave men out of the picture for now, and just wait until the right one comes along. I need to make more memories by myself and do more spontaneous things and be happy.

I am really slacking when it comes to YouTube and my blog. I have said to myself so many times that I will do them properly but I just haven't. I have a serious case of CBA, even though these are the things which I have wanted to do the most for a long time. This year is going to be the year where I focus on doing my channel on my blog and expressing myself more across social media. I just feel like I have so much to cram into a whole week with all of these things to do as well as my university work but I am so determined to focus on getting where I want to be, if I don't do it now, I will be so disappointed in myself in the future.

I want to go to more places this year and be a lot more spontaneous. I want to make more memories and try out lots of new things that I can look back on and be happy about.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks - Hot or not?

NYX lingerie lipsticks are available in 12 colours and you can get them at Boots, Superdrug & on the NYX website.

'Slip into something seductive with Lip Lingerie, our new weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish. Available in a range of color-kissed nudes—from cinnamon pink and chocolate brown, to warm mahogany red and classic nude beige—each sultry shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy color.' (NYX cosmetics website)

I don't usually wear nude colours on a daily basis, I usually wear a lot of dark reds and purples. However, I really wanted to start wearing more nude colours so I got these because I had heard so much about them and that they were really good. They are priced at £6.50 each which is so good for a liquid lipstick. These come with a doe foot applicator which I am not really a fan of, I don't think they are the easiest applicators but it will do. I like the applicators that come with the soft matte lip creme's a lot better. 

I think the packaging is simple and pretty which I like. The packaging isn't over the top so I think NYX have done really well with their packaging here.

Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of the formula, I think it is quite sticky and doesn't dry that nicely on the lips. I wish they dried a lot smoother. I like to be able to barely feel anything on the lips when I am wearing a liquid lipstick and these really don't do it for me because I can constantly feel it. They feel quite clumpy after a while and I always have to keep re-applying it all day (a lot more when I eat) but if I keep re-applying it then it just feels a lot worse on my lips. So overall, these aren't my favourite lipsticks in the world but I do love all of the colours. I still wear them, but not very often. I love all of NYX products but I definitely prefer the soft matte lip creme's over these.

I tend to reach for the really light shades more than the darker shades from the collection that I have because I feel like you can't really tell if a light shade is rubbing off or looks clumpy as much as a dark shade. 


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

NikkieTutorials x Too Faced Collection

The first thing I am going to say is - FABULOUS!

This is most definitely one of the best things I have EVER purchased. Nikkie Tutorials is one of my most favourite YouTuber's and when she announced she was bringing her own collection out with Too Faced I nearly died with excitement. I had to wait until two weeks after it launched with Too Faced because the collection didn't actually come to Debenhams in England until the 30th of August which was so annoying but most definitely worth the wait.

The collection includes:
  • 9 gorgeous eye shadows in the shades Ivy, Sugar Coated, Frosted Yum, Irresistible, Painkiller, Makeup & Chill, Mystic Hour, Wham Bam and Wanted.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Highlighter in Champagne Truffle (this is actually an eye shadow from one of Too Faced eye shadow palettes but made into a highlighter)
  • Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush in 'Justify My Love' and 'I Will Always Love You'
  • Too Faced Sketch Maker Liquid Art Liner
  • Too Faced mini 'Better Than Sex' mascara in Purple
  • Too Faced 'Glitterly' Glitter
  • Too Faced mini Shadow Insurance eye primer

The palette includes a variety of shadow finishes which include satin, shimmer and mattes and I really do love all of them. I think there is a really nice range of colours to choose from including every day shadows and ones you would want to go crazy with. Some of the eye shadows do suffer from fallout but I can deal with that. I think the only negative thing I could say is that they are not as pigmented as I thought they would be and I wish they were considering it is Too Faced we are talking about here.

The price of this collection is only £48 in England ($56 USA) which is pretty damn good for
everything that you get. I literally put that money away into my savings just so I could get it when it came out, I really couldn't miss the launch. I think if it sold out before I was able to buy it I would have cried.

I think the pigment could be slightly better but I love the colours and I think the packaging stands out a lot and is so gorgeous. I really cannot fault the price or the packaging. You do also get a little booklet with some looks which Nikkie has created with instructions on how to complete the looks which is great for the customers especially if you have no idea what to do or are quite nervous about trying some of the eye shadows together.

Overall, I absolutely love the collection and I am so happy I bought it. Money well spent.

Monday, 10 October 2016

MISSGUIDED New In Wishlist

Choker Neck Bardot Swing Dress Grey Silky High Neck Swing Dress Cobalt Blue Pointed Toe Over The Knee Heeled Boots Grey Premium Bandage Lattice Bodycon Dress Black Lace High Neck Flute Sleeve Mini Dress Black Zip Through Bardot Long Sleeve Mini Dress Grey Guns & Roses T-Shirt Dress Grey Pointed Toe Over The Knee Heeled Boots Pink Cold Shoulder D Ring Side Detail Mini Black Over The Knee Heeled Boots Nude Patent Heeled Ankle Boots Black Chunky Eyelet Lace Up Jumper Brown Lattice Front Flute Sleeve Skater Dress Pink Bell Sleeve Cold Shoulder Bodycon Dress Purple Lurex Long Sleeve Wrap Hoop Dress Grey Zip Detail Rib Mini Dress Burgundy Sheer Ribbed Flared Sleeve Top Grey Ribbed Roll Neck Mini Dress Camel Oversized Waterfall Duster Coat Nude Flute Sleeve Crepe Shift Dress Nude Batwing Jersey Playsuit Grey Faux Fur Lined Faux Wool Longline Biker Jacket Nude Flare Sleeve Bardot Blouse Pink Longline Faux Wool Duster Coat Purple
Frill Detail Choker Detail Playsuit Nude Burnout Velvet Leggings Navy Petite Scuba Bardot Bodysuit Pink Faux Suede Shearling Lined Biker Jacket Burgundy

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