The Best Books To Read To Your Two Year Old | World Book Day

In honour of world book day, I’ve listed my favourite books to read to and with my two year old. I’ve always been such an advocate of investing time into reading to your children, it’s so important! I’ve read to Leo since he was a newborn and now he loves books. He could sit at ‘read’ his books for hours and he loves our bedtime stories!

The Snail and The Whale – Julia Donaldson

This is one of Leo’s current favourite books so I thought I’d start with this one. He loves all the pictures in it and the rhyming element to the story. It’s got a beautiful message that no matter how big or small you may feel, you can still make an impact when it counts.

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A Sick Day For Amos McGee – Phillip C Stead

We’ve loved this one since he was just a few months old. The message of friendship and good karma is beautiful!

Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney

This book is a great one to read just before bed. For our bedtime stories, I like to fill him with love and positivity before he drifts off to dream land.

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

Hi could we not include one of the best children’s books ever written? This classic from Julia Donaldson will remain within our favourites for many years to come.

The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson

The follow up to the Gruffalo, we love this one!

Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae and Guy Parker Rees

This story has a beautiful message which shows that everyone is different and everyone learns at their own pace! It also rhymes lovely.

Aliens Love Underpants – Claire Freeman and Ben Cort

Aliens love underpants is a book that always gets us giggling!

Goodnight Digger – Michelle Robinson and Nick East

We love to read this one just before he goes to sleep as our bedtime story, it’s a very relaxing book for little ones. Since he is a car and digger fanatic also, this one always seems to go down a treat!

A Squash and a Squeeze – Julia Donaldson

Another Julia Donaldson classic, this one gets us laughing but has a lovely message to appreciate what you have.

Pop Up Dinosaurs – Fiona Watt

Pop up books are so much fun for a day time read, toddlers always love an interactive story!

Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

This is a classic story. We have the lift the flap version which he loves! It’s always lovely to get him involved in the reading of the story, even if he can’t read the words just yet!

The Lorax – Dr Seuss

This one is another repeat from last years post but with good reason! The story shows us the importance of loving and respecting our environment and the consequences if we don’t.

The Dinosaur Department Store – Lily Murray and Richard Merritt

This book is fairly new to our collection but we’ve really enjoyed it so far. The quirky illustrations and beautifully written narratives make great, fun reading!

We also love the Large Family books and of course anything Peppa Pig. I could go on all day but these are my top favourites. I hope this helps anyone who is looking for new books to read to their toddler – I know how repetitive it can feel sometimes!

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How To Style Down A ‘Dressy’ Dress | Fashion

I am that friend who always has to be told not to overdress, I can’t help myself – casual isn’t always in my nature as I’m quite dramatic at the best of times, which often reflects in my outfit. I’m always in need of tips to style down my more dramatic style items!

To get the most out of your clothes, you want to make sure you can style each item with a few different outfits. Dresses are a hard one because they are typically for formal wear or something a little bit extra.

I am that friend who always has to be told not to overdress, I can’t help myself – casual isn’t always in my nature as I’m quite dramatic at the best of times, which often reflects in my outfit. I’m always in need of tips to style down my more dramatic style items!

In this post I’ve listed a few ways you can style down a dress like a cami / bodycon dress to get a lot more wear out of the ones you have in your wardrobe!

Perfecting the art of styling up and down outfits can completely revamp your wardrobe. Any rules about fashion are made to be broken so don’t fear stepping outside your comfort zone every now and then and trying something new!

1. Layering

My favourite way to style down a dress is to layer it over a t shirt of jumper. Adding this extra layer underneath adds modesty and creates a more everyday, wearable vibe. It’s a touch of glam but also a comfortable fit. This would work well with a roll neck black jumper too, for the colder mornings we’re often blessed with at this time of year.

2. A Cosy Knit Fit

Dresses are a versatile item that can be switched up depending on your occasion. Another way to style down your dress is to add a jumper over the top of your outfit instead of underneath. This gives the appearance that you’re wearing a skirt as the top layer is hidden by your knitwear.

Speaking of knitwear, how about teaming your bodycon with a longline cardigan, tights and boots? Thats a sure fire way to style down your outfit while still keeping warm, cosy and bang on trend.

3. Footwear Choices

The tone of your outfit is often set off by the choice of footwear, for example this outfit with trainers I think makes it look quite casual, however with a pair of heels it turns it into a whole new smartly seductive vibe.

4. Outerwear

Your choice of outwear is key in finishing the overall look and feel of your outfit. For example, a cardigan or denim jacket would tone an outfit right down. Whereas your favourite faux fur number may be pushing it back to the side of a Friday night clubbing fiasco.

A dress with a denim jacket is a great way to keep it casual throughout the sumner months. Or how about an oversized blazer and your favourite pair or trainers?

Keep it fun and play around with the styles and fits you have in your wardrobe!

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Karl Lagerfeld X L’Oreal Paris Collection | Beauty Review

Late last year, L’Oreal Paris released a beautiful collection in partnership with the late fashion mogul, Karl Largerfeld. Karl was arguably one of the worlds biggest and most influential creators within the world of fashion, so what happens when someone like Karl collaborates with a world wide beauty brand? Let’s find out.

The beauty collection was a project that was initiated before his unfortunate death in February 2019. Karl sketched the initial designs which was then finished by his talented team before it’s release during fashion week in September 2019. It consists of a nine pan eyeshadow palette, highlighter, eyeliners, mascara and lipsticks.

Packaging

The packaging of these products was designed by Karl Lagerfield with his iconic monochromatic styling to give a tough of elegance to the designs. The style boasts a rock chic feel with a touch of Parisian vibes and of course it screams class, as does everything Karl has an influence on.

“A collection is not just one basic idea. It comes from something that is in the air, something you suddenly like and put down on paper and then work out”

Karl Lagerfeld

Eyeshadow Palette

The colour scheme represents a classic Karl rock chic vibe with a perfect balance of neutral shades and bolder hues. The disappointing thing is that the Karl imprint rubs off after one swatch – I was hoping it would stay on! But it seems it’s only on the top layer. The shades are really good quality for a drug store price point, they blend nicely together and have a lot of pigment.

I think with this palette you can create quite a few different looks that can take you from day to night. The muave and pink shades are definitely my favourites, however the silver shade is really lovely too.

Swatches done onto my arm with a dry clean finger.

Highlighter

I managed to get hold of the lovely highlighter that was brought out as part of this collection. It is a two part highlighter with a darker shade in the centre and a lighter shade surrounding.

The highlight is a lovely gold that gives a beautiful glow to the skin. It’s very buildable as well do if you wanted an extreme highlight (like I always do) you can build it up. I think the darker shade is a little too dark for me so I will be sticking to the lighter one, however for the summer months when I’m a little more bronzed I think it would be just enough if mixed with the lighter one.

The darker shade could of course be used as an eyeshadow also, there’s no rules within make up!

Lipsticks

I got two beautiful shades from this collection which are Kultured and Karasmatic. The formulation of these lipsticks is very moisturising which leaves a satin and hydrating look to the lips. I almost always go for liquid lipsticks but I think it’s nice to go back to basics every now and then and have a classic lipstick. They glide on with ease and last a few hours before any retouching is needed. I’ve been wearing these with a lip liner to give the fuller lip effect and it works great with them.

I also love the shade names on these lipsticks with the K to the beginning of them, I think it gives the shades a very personal touch.

The lipsticks also have a lovely scent to them, they smell a little like lovehearts sweets!

“Fashion is a game that has to be played seriously”

Karl Lagerfeld

Final Thoughts

I think it’s fantastic that a brand like L’Oreal collaborate with big fashion houses to give us all a chance to experience the luxury at a drugstore price point. The collection is at great quality and you can tell that a lot of thought has went into the products. For many collaborations you can almost tell someone has just put their name to it – but this one you can really feel the time and effort that has went into each product and that reflects in the quality of each item.

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The Best Of NYX Cosmetics | My Top Picks

All my top picks from @nyxcosmetics 💞

NYX is one of those brands that bridges the gap between high end and drug store as their pricing and quality can fit all needs. Prices start from £2.99 and range all the way up to £24.99 so it is a very inclusive brand. I think it’s a brand that can be used no matter what your make up needs or skill sets are, from a regular make up user to a big shot make up artist and that’s why I believe the brand is so successful and popular.

This post marks a new series starting on my blog where I share my top picks from beauty brands from drug store to high street all the way up to high end!

Can’t Stop, Wont Stop Concealer (£8.00)

This concealer is great as it is so long lasting with a great coverage but without drying out your skin or looking cakey.

I love to use this in a light shade to highlight my under eyes and forehead, however more recently I’ve been loving this in a deeper shade to use to contour my face.

I dot this concealer around my forehead and cheek bones to contour, before blending out with a brush and setting in place with a bronzer. I feel like this a great concealer for anyone whether you’re a beginner or a professional make up artist. It’s a very creamy product that can be used in a multitude of different ways depending on your preference and it will last all day long without transferring.

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Matte Bronzer (£8.00)

I’m always on the hunt for a good bronzer as I love to have defined cheekbones and add some colour to my very pale complexion! This bronzer is definitely one of my favourites as the colour is perfect for me and it blends out really well without using too much product of becoming patchy when it’s layered.

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Matte Finish Setting Spray (£7.00)

photo credit : @nyxcosmetics on instagram

I’ve used NYX setting spray for years now off and on and it’s something I always find myself going back to. For such a low price point it works really well and always keeps my make up set in place for the whole day and night whilst keeping a matte finish on my face. It also comes in a few different finishes but matte has always been my favourite.

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Lip Products

NYX lip liners are a fantastic product with a lovely creamy formula in a huge variety of different shades. I also love the soft matte lip creams (£6) for the sane reason of the huge variety of shades but also because they last for hours and are really hydrating. A lot of matte lip products can dry out your lips, especially in the colder months but I’ve never found this problem with these ones.

Another lip product from NYX that I reccomend is their gorgeous collection of butter gloss’. They have superb high shine that are bound to male a statement to any make up look.

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Micro Brow Pencil (£9.00)

I’ve always loved brow pencils with a very thin applicator and always used either Benefit Precicley My Brow or Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz. I find that this Micro Brow Pencil is an amazing dupe of those two products for less than half the price. It lasts just as long as applies just as lovely.

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What are your favourite NYX products? Be sure to let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading as always x

The Mini Controversy Palette By Jeffree Star Cosmetics & Shane Dawson | Review

Read my thoughts about the highly sought after Mini Controversy palette by Jeffree Star and Shand Dawson. 👁 ⭐️

Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star literally broke the internet with the release of their highly sought after conspiracy collection, which proved to be too hot to handle.

The Youtube duo managed to break the websites of Morphe, Beauty Lish and Jeffree Star Cosmetics as Shopify struggled to manage the high demands of traffic as fans raced to the sites in a bid to get their hands on this new collection.

Of course, their seven part docuseries that followed the journey of initial bullet pointing to the creation and distributing of the collection may have been partly to blame for their high volume of success. Either way, they have a lot to be proud of with this unique concept.

The Shane X Jeffree collection included the Mini Controversy Palette ($28), Conspiracy Palette ($52), Pink and Black Make Up Bags ($40), Lip Balm ($18), Lip Gloss – Shane Glossin’ ($18), Pink Pig Hand Mirror ($30), Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle ($90), Black Pig Mirror ($30), Pink Pig Side Bag ($35), Travel Bag ($30), Black Pig Side Bag ($35), Accessories Bag ($30) and also six individual liquid lipsticks retailing for €18 each. I managed to get my make up loving hands on the Mini Controversy palette thanks to my BFF and her amazing Christmas presents! As soon as I manage to get the Conspiracy palette I will have a review up of that too because you know we love a JSC review on beccalouisee.com!

The colour story of this palette I think is just gorgeous because with the majority of JSC eyeshadow palettes, he loves to create a colour collection that is wearable but also encourages you to play around and experiment with different colours. It’s fun to play around with colours you wouldn’t normally reach for – remember it all washes off so there’s no harm in playing around!

Shade By Shade

  • Flat Earth – a stunning pale sky blue matte shade.
  • Cry on my couch – the perfect pale toned transition shade.
  • My Boyfriend’s Purse – this one is a champagne shimmer shade that I’ve been loving to use to highlight my inner corner and brow bone.
  • Controversy – I personally love the little tea imprint on the shade I think it’s really fun and cute. Purple shadows are notoriously difficult to manufacture so I always appreciate a good one, especially within a vegan formulation.
  • Diet Root Beer – This is a gorgeous warm toned matte brown shade which I think is great for building up some warmth into the crease. However, in the last instalment of the Shane Dawson series with Jeffree Star, we saw the pair contemplate removing this shade and replacing it with a highly demanded green shade which was previewed in the creation process.
Shade: Put It Back!
  • This shade caused a stir on social media as many fans wished that shade was included somewhere in the collection. The green shade which has been named, ‘Put It Back!’ will sit in place of this shade and Diet Root Beer will be moving up a space to replace Cry On My Couch. I adore the fact that Jeffree always listens to his consumers and their advice and requests for improvements, it’s great customer service and what gives the brand such a fantastic reputation that keeps customers and make up lovers coming back.
  • My Apology – This is a lovely shimmer tone with a warm brown/muave tint to it.
  • Exposed – a gorgeous pastel lilac matte shade.
  • Cancelled – this is a lovely blue matte with a gorgeous eye print on the pan.
  • The Simulation – This is the shimmering sister of cancelled with a deeper hue but equally as stunning!

Final Thoughts

I really love this palette and have been enjoying playing around with the different colours and also using it on a usual day for a natural look. The shades I think are stunning and as previously mentioned, I think the colours go really well together. The whole collection I think is genius and arguably the biggest make up launch to date and the most successful.

I’m hoping I can grab the Conspiracy palette on the next drop to complete my Jeffree Star eyeshadow palette collection and get a review up as soon as I can! I believe we’re looking at March / April for a restock so if you’d like anything then keep an eye on social media accounts for Jeffree Star and of course his retailers.

To the Test

I loved creating my first look with this palette! I used Diet Root Beer as a transition, Flat Earth to cut my crease and Controversy in the outer corner.

Thanks for reading as always.

Becca x

The 19 Things I’ve Learned In 2019 | Self Reflection

It’s that time of year again angels! I can’t believe we are about to enter into another new year and of course, a brand new decade. This is the ultimate opportunity for change, growth and development. Make this decade your best one yet. Be your happiest and most true self this time. Remember that life isn’t a practice run, this is the real deal and we only get one shot.

I’ve been writing these posts as a somewhat tradition since my blog began in 2016. I think it’s a great way to reflect on the year that has passed whilst remembering what we have learned and where there is room to improve.

1. You’re only human.

You physically can not please everyone at once and at one point you’re going to have to learn to say no! One of my favourite quotes in the world is “you can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world and there’s still going to be someone that doesn’t like peaches”

2. Trust the timing of your life.

If you’re waiting to feel ready for that next big step in life, you might be waiting a life time. Nothing worth having comes easy and sometimes the universe knows what you need before you do. If it’s what you really want then the time is now. Don’t beat around the bush – life is just too short.

3. The word no is in your vocabulary!

You can say no! – one of my worst qualities is that I’m constantly worrying about what other people think of me. It’s enough to drive you insane! It’s always nice to help others, but don’t burn yourself out trying to please everyone.

4. Your mental health is a non-negotiable.

I’ve always thought self care was for those days when you felt a bit rubbish and you need a bit of a pick me up. Whilst that’s true, it’s important to care for your mental health even on your good days. Don’t let yourself burn out and if something isn’t good for you and your mental state, refer to point three.

5. Perfection does not exist!!!

So many times in my life I’ve compared myself to others and tried to strive for perfection. The truth is that nobody is perfect and whilst I think deep down we all know this, sometimes we need a little reminder. Instagram only shows the best versions of users lives. We’re all guilty of putting on the best filters, picking our best angles and only showing the best and most fun aspects of our true life. The reality is that it’s all for show. As fun as social media is, sometimes it’s good to sit back and remember that you are perfect as you are and you don’t need to change yourself to look like that Instagram model. ” Comparison is the thief of joy.”

6. Always aim high but not higher than you can reach.

It’s so important to want the best for yourself and to try and be the best you can be. However, we are only human and expecting too much will only lead to disappointment. It’s better to just have small steps in place to get to where you want to be. For example, since graduating in summer, ive struggled to get the job that I was hoping for. I’m reminding myself that I need to work harder on smaller steps in order to get to that point. It doesn’t just apply to careers, though. Think of blogging. Maybe you started a blog this year and haven’t hit your target views yet. The truth is that the universe will eventually reward you for your hard work but good things take time and anything worth having, won’t come easy. Start with reaching for the stars and we’ll work on the moon later.

7. Everyone grows at their own pace.

This one is similar to points five and six but I really want to drum this one in. As a parent especially I think it’s hard not to compare your child’s development to kids of the same age but the truth it is that that everyone learns differently and that’s perfectly fine. It’s the same with adults too. Your best friend might have settled down with the man of her dreams, starting a family or buying a house. Sure you might want to do the same but why rush? Trust the timing of your life and just appreciate where you are now. The world is beautiful when you only stop to take a breath.

8. Great things don’t happen inside your comfort zone.

Branch out a little more whenever you can and you will see that amazing things can happen.

9. Make sure you feel good from within.

Have you ever seen the quote that says good vibes will shine out of you like sun shine? It’s so true. Being happy on the inside really reflects on your appearance and lifestyle.

10. Being skinny isn’t everything.

It’s much more important to be healthy and happy and have a full tummy.

11. Everyone needs help sometimes.

It’s okay to reach out, that’s what your friends and family are for! Wouldn’t you want your best friend to tell you if she was struggling? She will want you to do the ale thing – don’t ever be ashamed for asking for a little helping hand.

12. It’s okay to set the reset button.

Each day the sun sets and will rise again the following morning. This is your chance to hit reset and have a better day than the previous.

13. Don’t take anyone, or anything for granted.

Unfortunately life is full of twists and turns, sometimes for the worst. You can never guarantee waking up the next day with the same circle of people around you. This is why it’s so important to appreciate everyone in your life and make memories as often as you can.

14. What love really is

This is more of something I’ve learned over the past two years since my son was born but I had to include it. Everyone says to you (sometimes in a patronising way) that you don’t know what love is until you have a baby. I always thought, yes I do? I love my friends, family, boyfriend, dog … but no really… the love you have for your child is a whole other level. You would do anything for them, die for them if needed and that’s the most amazing (but terrifying) thing.

15. Live a little

Don’t worry about what people think, embrace your opportunities and just have FUN!

16. Love more!

It costs nothing to be kind, but it could mean the whole world to someone who is struggling. Love everyone, smile, spread joy wherever you go. Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about, so it’s important to give everyone a little piece of love.

17. Sleep is so very necessary.

I always like to think I’m one of these people who can cope with minimal sleep but since my child finally started to sleep better, I feel like a whole new person and I’ve realised I wasn’t really coping at all and I probably looked horrific walking around with those dark circles!

18. Don’t underestimate the power of good skin care.

We all need to stop slacking and get great skin, most of us turn 30 this decade, let’s start behaving so we don’t all get .. crows feet x x

19. Treat yourself the way you would treat your best friend.

This is one of the best pieces of advice I ever heard and it came from a therapy session. There have been so many instances where I’ve mentally beaten myself black and blue with guilt and tormented myself with an abundance of “what ifs?”. If your best friend made a mistake or felt guilty about something you’d tell them to let it go, right? You’d tell them that they don’t deserve to cause themselves so much pain. Whenever you’re struggling just imagine your best friend coming to you with that problem and think about what you’d say to them.

I hope you all have the chance to reflect on the past year and the past decade and learn some life lessons to take with you into 2020. If you’re going out tonight please stay safe, stick together and have fun. I wish you all the best for 2020!

Thank you so much to every single person who has visited my blog and read my posts this year, I appreciate each and every single one of you.

All my love and a very happy new year,