October 31, 2017


Hey guys hope you had a great weekend! Today's post is a review on some beauty products I received in my voxbox complimentary from Influenster. If you haven't heard of Influenster before, its a great program that sends out boxes (known as a Voxbox) full of full-sized skincare, makeup and even food products (to list a few) for bloggers to review and keep, all for free!

I was lucky this month to receive Rimmel's latest collaboration with Rita Ora, Shades of Black; in my Voxbox were three dark shades of nail polishes, along with three bold lip glosses and a mascara.

Shades of black 60 second nail polish by rita ora 

   901 Darkest Desires                              903 Midnight Ting                                 906 Matte Black 

I am super impressed with all three of these nail polishes. The applicator is wide enough to provide great coverage without being gloopy. They dry very quickly indeed and I didn't have to worry about smudging at all.  My favourite out of the three has to be 906 Matte Black which applied shiny but dried matte and only needed one coat. 901 Darkest Desires is a deep red-black and 903 Midnight Ting is a dark purple-black, I would recommend applying two coats for a flawless finish. I have no complaints with these polishes they are perfect for fall and great quality for £2.99! 

shades of black oh my gloss! lip gloss by rita ora

OH MY GLOSS! Shade 830 Rita's Black 
      OH MY GLOSS! Shade 810 Desire                                                                OH MY GLOSS! Shade 820 Moonlight

It wasn't until I received this collection that I realised that I haven't used lip gloss in a really long time! I am a matte lipstick fan! Given the timing of the release I think this collection is targeted for halloween, but I am not a halloween type of girl all I know is glam! So I created three different looks around the glosses with a gothic aesthetic and I am really proud of each look! 

The lip gloss range includes Rita's Black, a unique blue shade called Moonlight and a vampy/autumnal red shade named Desire (perfect for everyday use). The glosses are not sticky at all, however when worn on their own the pigments are quite opaque and the product looks quite streaky on the lips. I recommend using a lipstick/liner all over the lips and then applying the glosses like toppers, they really do make the lipsticks pop with a gorgeous sheen to the lips. 

rimmel wonder'fully real mascara 

I'm already a fan of Rimmel mascara, my favourite of all time being Scandaleyes Reloaded Black Mascara, which is a staple in my everyday makeup routine. However while I liked the pink and black packaging of the Wonder'fully Real Mascara I have mixed views on the product. It does create volume and darkens the lashes but unfortunately it also makes them clump together too. 

I used the mascara in all three makeup looks, above, and as you can see it creates a soft definition to the lashes. 

Normally, I like to build my lashes up with layers of mascara but this is something I would definitely avoid doing with Wonder'fully, the formula is too thick for this, and I think the wands bristles are just to short to create the separation and length effect on my lashes that I am used to.

However the wand is worth keeping to use on your bottom lashes, although I did notice that product builds up at the very top of the wand, so wipe of excess before applying to avoid getting mascara on your face.

Thank you to Influenster for picking me to receive the Rimmel Shades of Black VoxBox, it was really exciting to review these products and create the make up looks above. It really surprised me how much I love the blue lipgloss look!

Did you have a favourite?


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October 23, 2017


Shop the post:

Primark Roll Neck (similar HERE) | Primark Faux Leather Mini Skirt (similar HERE) | Mango Faux Leather Jacket | Public Desire Over the knee Boots (similar HERE) | H&M Baker Boy Hat | ASOS Tiered Tassel Earrings 

Happy Mondaaaaaay! Today I have an outfit post for you featuring one of my favourite purchases this year from Primark, a faux leather mini skirt in a rich wine/burgundy colour. This all burgundy look was inspired by blogger Aimee Song's NYFW look, last month I was so into her fashion week vlogs in New York & Paris, and there wasn't a look of hers that I didn't fall in love with, she really inspired me to try out this monochromatic look.

The turtleneck is also from Primark and its rich tone works so well with the skirt and is an exact colour match for the H&M Baker Boy hat, I'm wearing a size M,56. The skirt was £8 and the turtleneck was £6, which I think is genuinely amazing considering they look way more expensive than that. I have linked some alternatives throughout the post as unfortunately Primark clothing is only available instore...they really need to work on that. On top goes my biker jacket from Mango and finally the boots, you guys would've seen these before, an old sale purchase from Public Desire. People seem to find over the knee boots quite intimidating but for me they're so comfortable as the heel is wedge and not too high and they just hug my legs so perfectly, I always enjoy wearing them and need them in more colours! 

If you follow me on instagram you would've seen that I have been wearing a soft orange eyeshadow look in most of my posts. I've been really pushing myself to experiment more and try new things with makeup and hair but I will share more about that in an upcoming post. 

Let me know what you think of this LOOK! 


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October 16, 2017




I've always had the best intentions with this blog but the worst follow through and life just wouldn't let me be great these past months, so I'm really sorry theres not been much action on here but let me explain whats been going on with me...

I would be the first to say that I have yet to nail "adulting"...in all seriousness who do I contact to raise a grievance for my unrealistic view that life is as easy as: get the grades, get the job, find the one, settle down, buy a house, buy a car, have children, live happily ever after...
Then again you only have to look on Instagram to see people you know (and dont know) achieving the above...and sometimes even more. BUT INSTAGRAM IS NOT REAL? Yea buddy I hear you, but that doesn't change the fact I've been stuck in a rut in many areas of my life for too long, especially in my work life.

Work and money aren't everything when you prioritise them above your actual life and you know what else no one is going to put your life first, thats on YOU and you alone.
The first six months of 2017 taught me these lessons the hard way and in July when I finally opened myself to really listen I handed in my (very overdue) resignation letter, it was time to jump off the hamster wheel I had let run my life for the last four years.

I am finally free!!

then reality comes knocking...

Leaving my job was hands down the best decision I've made for myself in a long while, I dont regret it for one minute, but I wasn't prepared for how it would affect me emotionally. I was unhappy in my job, like really hated it, but while I was ecstatic to be out of there, I also started to feel lost without it. I had made work my main focal for so long that without work, what was my purpose now?

When I started to envision my future I was afraid. I would cry and the question "What do I do now?" plagued me everyday and counteracted my positive thinking to fuelling days of doing nothing but watching TV, Youtube and scrolling Instagram. In the past I had always complained about not being able to look for another job because "I didn't have the time", I couldn't blog consistently because "I didn't have the time", I couldn't go to that event because "I didn't have the time" but here I was, in my dressing gown with plenty of time...and not an ounce of motivation. 

I remained in a lull, until my mum forced me to speak about my feelings, parents really do have this superhuman ability to help you rationalise your wild, wild, wild thoughts...lol I couldn't help itAnd I began to understand that I needed some time to decompress from it all,  my mind, body and soul was unpacking years of pent up energy and the mixed emotions were just a part of my healing process. 
it'S ok not to be ok! It was like dealing with a break up and I had broken up with the most unhealthiest situation. I was grieving and its important to grieve loss because loss freaking hurts and in order to get over it you need to acknowledge it, because if you dont and you move on too quickly sometimes your just deluding yourself you've really let it go

Yup, told you my Mum's a G...

Towards the end of August I started to feel better but I just couldn't bring myself to blog, sorryThen along came September, my birthday month and in true Lavinya style I began to evaluate my life: unemployed, single, still living at home, dust in my savings account and a dead social life.

I dont have my shit together AND I was turning another year older. 

*groan* reality sucks.



You may think that I was being too hard on myself but actually this "life evaluation" is probably just what I've needed to wake myself up.

If you were in debt you would look at where you've been going wrong with your money and plan how your going to better your financial situation...so why shouldn't you do this with your life! Everyone, every once in a while, should evaluate their life path/plan, just to make sure your still on the right track and guys I'm really not. Its human to naturally stay in our comfort zone. The comfort zone is our default setting of living that requires little effort at all, ultimately your a "someday" type of person. "Someday" people don't actively pursue living or their goals because their forever putting off what needs to be done until "someday" which means that four years can go by and your in the exact same place you started. Exhibit A: Me.

Honesty is a powerful tool, definitely by no means easy to face but very necessary if you really want to see change and if you find yourself where I am now, desperate for change, then were both in the middle of the road faced with two directions:


One nudges you into the path of change and the other keeps you in the life your accustomed to. Whatever you choose understand that your the only one accountable for that choice. Your in the driving seat of your life and from now on theres no room for excuses. 
I have chosen to 'Live my life by design' to actively turn "Someday" into NOW. It will require effort and I will encounter failures but as long as I'm still trying, I'm still moving forward.

I hope this inspires you the way it has inspired me, and that you realise theres no shame in starting again. All is not lost if you've fallen off your path...

Lavinya - x

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