Wednesday, 20 July 2016


So this week after three flights I finally arrived in Cape Town, EEK!! 
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a six week internship here to do legal aid work in order to help women who are victims of domestic violence. 

I had the first few days free to settle into my new home and learn my way around the area and oh boy is there a lot to learn. 
I am here with my friend Maya and my flat mates are from all over the world and are also volunteering with various projects in Cape Town. I am very glad that I got the chance to speak to some of the girls that have already been here for longer than I have early on as they really taught me a lot.

Speaking to them I realised that I had completely underestimated the crime rate here in Cape Town. Having grown up in Scotland it felt almost strange to be told not to take a 60 second walk home in the dark, however I learnt that there have been interns in the area who had been threatened to hand over their belongings by gang members who had either been holding guns or knives. I felt extremely naive after hearing this and I am now sure to stay alert and aware at all times. 

Otherwise, the city is breathtakingly beautiful and unique and I consider myself very lucky to be able to experience living here. 
On the second day, Maya, Julie (our new friend from England) and I took a bus tour of the city (typical tourists... I know). During this we went wine tasting and were amazed to find that the most delicious and well made wines here are sold at the equivalent of £4! 
We also discovered how amazing coffee tastes here and how many lovely coffee shops there are.

We were also taken on a tour of an informal settlement area which is where people who are struck hardest by the extreme poverty reside. Although we gave them money in return for us being shown around, there was something unsettling about going to look at their area as if it were a tourist attraction. For us that was not the intention at all. I had only ever seen photos and read online about the townships and I knew that whilst I was here I wanted to fully experience the city and all of its reality. I can see how it may be easy to take a holiday here and convince yourself that this is a luxury destination, which it can be, but there are definitely less fortunate people living in shocking and heart wrenching situations and I think it is very important to acknowledge that.

I can definitely say that seeing the conditions that these innocent people are living in with my own eyes was incomparable to seeing it through a screen. I was blown away and brought to tears by what I saw. When we told about how those living in wealthy mansions just across the road were complaining that the township residents were creating too much noise and were waking their horses in the night it really made me wonder what happened to humanity and compassion. At the church in the township a little girl had made a beautiful bracelet to sell to us which I warm heartedly bought. 

Being there really made me realise that back home in the UK it is very easy to get caught up in society and advertisements of huge corporations and end up thinking that you need material things in order to look better or feel better or make some sort of impression and people often become addicted to material things due to believing that they will bring them joy or improve their lives and along the way they lose touch with humanity. I am not saying that I am not at all materialistic, however this experience was a huge eye opener for me and really proved to me how important it is to force yourself out of your comfort-zone in order to grow as a person and gain a wider perspective of the world.

As it is currently winter here the weather has not been great but I will post an update again next week about my work and everything else that I am experiencing. Until then I hope you have enjoyed reading and here are a few photos from my first few days.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Today I am sharing my absolute favourite and go to summer eyeshadow, the Indian Summer eyeshadow duo by Nars. The shades are described as a frosted champagne and mustard seed. These alone create such a simple and gorgeous summery eyes look for everyday wear. I like to pack the darker shade all over my lid and then place the shimmery colour in the very centre of my lid. The champagine colour can also double up as a really natural looking highlight as it is not extremelly intense or glittery. 

Thanks for reading, let me know what your favourite summer eyeshadows are too!

Saturday, 21 May 2016


I thought I'd make another post today about something a bit different. I wanted to write about my upcoming trip to Cape Town. I am going to be volunteering for a legal aid clinic for six weeks. I am so greatful for this opportunity as I know there are so many people who need legal help but cannot afford it and also because it will help me to gain valuable experience for work in the future. As the trip edges closer however, I have begun to feel quite anxious. 

I know that my anxiety is mainly centered around the journey itself as although I have travelled quite a few times before, I have never travelled out of the UK completely on my own. I will be taking three flights and will need to be extra altert in order find my way around places that I have never been. I know that it will be an amazing learning experience and will deffinielty be worth it but it is still something that I am apprehensive about and I am sure many others would and have felt the same way.

Another thing that worries me is the uncertainty of what to expect when I arrive and aalso settling into my new home and finding my way around a new city. Although I know that with time everything will become second nature, the thought of the first few days is slightly uncomforting although my worries are mixed with excitement so I am deffinitely focusing on remaining optimistic. I believe that keeping an open mind about what to expect is important as then you do not have any expectations to compare the reality too, meaning that there won't be any disappointments.

I know that I am heading to a beautiful part of the world and there are so many things I look forward to doing on the weekends. Hopefully I'll make a lot of good friends too. I am really excited to visit the markets and Table Mountain. There are so many other crazy things to do as well such as, shark cage diving, scuba diving and sky diving but I think I'll decide on those once I have settled in. 

These images are from 

I would love to hear from anyone else who has travelled abroad and I cannot wait to follow up on this post and share my own photos and experiences and write about what actually happened. If you have any suggestions of places to visit in SA or things that you think I would need to bring with me then please leave me a comment!


Today I felt like quickly sharing my absolute favourite highlighter as I cannot get over how gorgeous it looks! The Physicians Formula Warm Nude Simmer Strips. I love this as gives a bold highlight whilst still looking extremely natural. It is glitter free so it is perfect for creating a dewy skin look and applying to areas of the face other than just the cheekbones without appearing all glittery. I actually broke this one a few weeks ago and felt quite lost without it, I cannot wait for my new one to arrive. Another great thing that I have to mention is the price, it can be found on Amazon for around £15 which I think is amazing considering that it cannot be found in drugstores in the UK.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


How beautiful is makeup by Too Faced though?! As my summer has finally started and it has been a while since I have made a post I felt like sharing some of these gorgeous lipsticks. Too Faced has got to be my favourite brand in terms of packaging, I just want to display all of the pieces I own like decorations. 

Below in order are:

Razzle Dazzle Rose
I Want Candy 
Sugar Daddy 

The first two are colour drenched lip creams and the second two are colour drenched lipsticks. These retail for around £18 and I love love love the gold packaging. Both the lip creams and the lipsticks are really moisturising, there is almost no difference between them. These are so pigmented but also really sheen due the moisture so they may not be the best option for matte lipstick lovers. I also think that these do look bolder and a bit more precise when worn on top of a lipliner. 

Here are the swatches in the same order with flash and then without.

Let me know what your favourite Too Faced lipstick is and I hope you've enjoyed reading! 

Lots of love xx

Monday, 28 December 2015


I am so obsessed with this gorgeous little Clarins palette. The packaging is so beautiful, the whole palette is covered in a gold mirror inside and out. Inside there is also a normal mirror and 3 extremely pigmented colours. 

The small light peach coloured square is number 16 Pink Frost and it is a really light shimmery light pink/peach which is perfect for the inner corners and highlighting. 
The small square below is number 23, Silver Green and it is a shimmery silver/grey with a tiny hint of green.
These are both really light colours that can easily be built up to create a bold smokey look. The pigments are so easy to blend and apply and do not fade, I LOVE them! 
The third slightly larger square is number 05 Rose Wood and it is a blush, however it is also the perfect neutral matte base colour for your eyes before applying the other two shimmery colours.