Alicia á la mode

I am a huge fan of Look Fantastic, ever since I bought their beauty advent calendar almost a year ago. It was my first beauty calendar and I have purchased their one again this year and it is insane ( I'll do a post nearer Christmas on that!)

This months beauty box is called 'Ready, Set, Glam' and the colouring and style of this box is similar to their winter wonderland beauty advent calendar which you can see behind. 

 This is an innovative eye cream that promises to seriously lift the eyes and even lifts your lashes by applying just a tiny bit on the roots of your lashes, I'm really excited to keep trying this I am really into eye creams since my eyes became super dry and I would love a little lash lift too! The cream itself smells gorgeous and it feels so nice and soothing on my skin its the thickest eye cream I've ever used (in a good way) I've noticed an improvement in the appearance and feel of my eyes and I'll keep you updated on the lashes.

 I love Pixi as a brand so I was obviously super excited to get a Pixi product I haven't used before. This is their glow booster I loved this I tried it straight away, it blended seamlessly into my skin and it genuinely looks like its lit from within totally sold on this product I love any glowy product due to the fact I have super dry skin and I love that I can get that in just one product.

 I have never heard of this brand before, The packaging is super similar to the Nügg lip products with the gold ball packaging (perfect for stocking fillers very christmassy!) I got a gorgeous silver toned grey eyeshadow which is perfect for winter and it is super pigmented and really bendable.
 I love this works products, I've had a couple of their creams before and they always smell amazing. I had a pillow spray a while back but ran out so this came just in time, I've been super ill recently and haven't been sleeping great so this is a little life saver.

 This moisturiser is gorgeous! It feels so luxurious it's thick and creamy without being heavy and it sets into the skin so so quickly leaving a gorgeous soft satin texture to the skin straight away and it doesn't leave that awful clammy feeling, your skin literally soaks it up in seconds I am 100% purchasing this in the future.

I was so surprised to get a liquid lipstick in this box. I am such huge fan of liquid lipsticks and I am wearing one most of the time, this is a gorgeous nude which is obviously an absolute winner, I actually carry this in my handbag now. It has a good lasting application and you only need one coat because the pigmentation is spot on, It doesn't bleed or dry out and I think this might be my favourite product of the box this month.

I am super happy with this months box, The eye cream was an absolute winner for me and the lipstick! What do you think? Will you be trying out any of these products? 
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We've had a little bit of a makeover.
I hope you love the new look as much as I do, I opted for a super sleek monochrome look.
I kinda felt like my blog was getting lost in the swamp of similar pastel themed blogs. I love my old header that I created myself and I loved my layout also but I really fancied a change.
I scouted through a number of blogs for inspiration and I come across quite a few with similar layouts similar colouring, similar grids etc. So I thought 'right I need a change' So I did just that, I chose a layout that didn't have too many grids, that didn't have my profile or too many sidebars. I picked this one which reminded me a little bit of a magazine kind of vibe which is why I first fell for it, It's a little different to others, hopefully super easy to navigate (which was my main concern) and hopefully easier to read (pastel colours, I now realise aren't the easiest to read) I think this style is super sleek, smart and because its monochrome its instantly timeless, which means I don't have to keep changing it to suit the current trends yay!

I just thought I'd give you a little insight as to why I decided to have a little revamp! and what you can be expecting in the future, I'm going to be posting every Wednesday & Sunday and an additional 2 fridays a month and hopefully move it along to every week.

I really hope you all like this new grown up version of Alicia á la Mode 
and hopefully you agree that it has a more professional/online magazine feel. I would love to hear your thoughts. I love reading and replying to comments! 

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I love my bedroom, Its my favourite part of the house. I opted for a grey and white colour scheme. I love the light airy colours they are so relaxing and spacious which is perfect for when I need an escape and equally perfect to use this as my work space too which is what I tend to do. I thought I'd give you the perfect way to transform your bedroom into a cosy little haven.
Fairy Lights
Fairy lights are every blogger/youtubers dream! These specific ones are from Amazon I think they were around £15 and they are 3mx3m which is pretty big. I can't express how much they make a difference to a space. I've had them for a year and I still get excited putting them on in the evenings to cosy up to my boyfriend and little pug. They make the prettiest backdrop for blog photos and I really want some in the lounge because it just makes it feel so nice and like your in a little log cabin. They are also really good to use as a backdrop for photos which is another reason why I love having them.

I love making my bed every morning it just looks so much prettier than a messy bed and mainly because I am obsessed with my cushions. I have 2 huge corduroy cushions from Asda which were only £7 and honestly they are the comfiest, softest, cosiest cushions ever!! The little grey and silver one with the trees on is from Asda for £6 too (which Louie has taken a shine to). I'm obsessed with Paris so I have french inspired bedding and 2 cushions to match and obviously my huge pug cushion! I love my bed so much, I love the gloss white bed it matched my dressing table and bed side tables perfectly.

Pretty Prints
I love this room but I definitely needed a little personal touch and I really wanted some cute prints for my work space/bedroom and Jazmyn kindly sent me two of her prints that she created which I am incredibly grateful for she has a business called Bliss Prints UK you can find her business instagram 'here'.
I have already got my eye on 3 more for my kitchen that I cannot wait to buy myself! I went for this first print for my bedside table which says 'Kiss me goodnight' I just thought it was super cute and my bedside table was looking super bare but I just think the quote is cute and well fitted for the bedroom. 
The second print I got was this 'No matter how you feel, Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up and never ever give up' and I love it! This is on my dressing table which I think suits it perfectly as its where I tend to get up and get ready and it's just the perfect little motivational quote when I get up in the morning to get ready for the day or if I'm sitting on my desk ready to work. It's a nice little pick me up if I'm having an off morning to quickly help me snap out of it.
They prints themselves are printed on gorgeous thick card and really nice quality they are perfect for making your home a little cosier and personal and they would also make the perfect gift - you know christmas is coming up! I am so happy with these prints and they do make my bedroom so much prettier I can't believe the difference two prints can make to a room, I'm super happy with them and I definitely want to purchase a few more for my kitchen (another room thats pretty bare)
 If you want to purchase any you can get a 20% discount if you use the code ALICIA20 :) 

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How is it the end of October already?! Are you seriooouuuus?! I've had a pretty hectic month but I love October, it starts to get a bit more cold and crisp although this month was surprisingly mild and warm int he beginning it gets a lot more exciting with halloween and I have loved it. 
I obviously am sticking to my monthly favourites so heres what I've been loving in October...

Stranger Things Obv has to be in my faves! I'm guessing you've already seen it? if you haven't WHY?! don't worry I won't leave any spoilers just incase you haven't got round to watching it yet, If you haven't seen season 1 I would definitely recommend watching it. Season 2 is bloody amazing! It has all the emotions and just makes you feel everything! It is so tense in some places and I was honestly sitting bolt up right with my hand over my face not knowing whats going to happen, Season 1 was a lot more Sci-Fi, Season 2 is like a Sci-fi Horror its honestly amazing and the 2nd season is so much better than the first! LOVED IT!

I loved this pencil when I first used it around a year ago and then I'm not sure what happened but recently I went to a benefit brow bar in Debenhams and I had the face mapping and eyebrow wax and they used the goof proof brow pencil on me and I mentioned I'd used it and loved it a while back and used the shade 4 which she advised shade 3 would be a tiny bit more suited so I tried that after the wax and I was honestly so in love with my brows after and obviously I purchased it in the right shade this time
I would totally recommend benefit brow bar AND this brow pencil.
I forgot how much I love these products! I always switch up foundation all the time and I used this before but in the wrong shade so I just kinda forgot about it but at the beginning of this month I was in need for some foundation and was looking on Debenhams and suddenly remembered how much I loved this one. I use a light fake tan (Bondi Sands) and I'm shade NW30 which is a good shade for when I'm fake tanning. The concealer is the Pro Longwear concealer in shade NW20 it conceals my dark circles and doesn't budge all day. These two are perfect for the colder months because they don't move at all, I prefer sculpt because it has a slightly hint of dewiness rather than the pro longer foundation is matte and doesn't sit well with my dry skin, sculpt is kind of in-between dewy and matte its a nice satin finish I think.
I attended Comic Con on the 27th of October and it was incredible! I have a little post coming (maybe a haul vid too!) It was so cool and we got a lot of funko pops which we collect (we have around 100) It has everything from Disney, Marvel, WWE, Nintendo literally everything. I really want to go dressed up with all my family, they sell the coolest and some exclusive merch, cool prints and artwork you should definitely go if you love games, films, disney, marvel, WWE, Harry Potter they have something for everyone and all ages its amazing and some people go in such cool costumes!
I already did a post about this so you can see that 'here' but I had to put it in my favourites, Its such a good product and I love the packaging I feel like Too Faced really nail their packaging which I always find cute but practical, it's never too bulky but big enough to had a decent amount of product with an equally decent sized mirror. This contour kit is super bendable and lasts a good while I find a lot of contour kits I've tried previous to this can tend to go a little bit muddy on my face, especially due to my dry skin but this is so nice to blend I've really loved using this. 

As it's been the halloween season. You can't go this month without burning a cheeky halloween candle - Bath & Bodyworks obviously.
This is the cutest halloween themed jar and it smells so incredible I've been burning it all month. On the bottom it has the notes in this candle which are 'Purrrfect Pumpkin, Black Cat's Clove, Ghostly Vanilla and Batty Brown Sugar' How cute! It suits this season so so well I've loved it and also it looks pretty damn cool over burning at halloween.

My favourites this month all done! A bit of a mixture but I like mixing it up instead of doing beauty as I tend to get quite comfy in my beauty routines. Oh yeah, don't forget you can follow me on any social media platforms by clicking the little icons in the left side of the page ✨

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