Style Diaries | A Parisian Inspired Christmas Shopping Outfit

  • Friday, 15 December 2017

Earlier this week James and I spent a lovely afternoon Christmas shopping and I decided to fashion my new beret…

I have always loved the Parisian style and find that their way of dressing is so casual yet sophisticated, stylish yet effortless, but I have worried that it wouldn’t necessarily suit me. 

I have seen so many people wearing berets recently on instagram and thought that it looked so chic and stylish. When I was in Primark early last week I saw this woolen, black beret for just £4 so I popped it in my basket and thought that I would give it a go.

I decided that a walk into town for a brunch date was the perfect time to showcase my new purchase. I wore my hair down and opted to pull the beret down at the back of my head rather than placed to the side. Although it isn’t the most classic way of wearing a beret, I preferred the way it looked.

To fit in with the Parisian theme I chose to wear a navy blue and cream stripped jumper dress that I bought from Topshop in the sale a few years ago. It’s a little on the short side so I paired it with some Primark, black skinny jeans. 

Makeup wise, I have loved wearing this natural yet festive look, created with the Bourjois Paris Holiday collection. The Velvet Rouge lipsticks are my favourite, which you can read more about over on this blog post. I feel like the bold red lipstick really adds to the Parisian style, as well as creating a more festive, Christmas-y look. 

We ended up having the most beautiful brunch at Laynes, a lovely little café in the heart of Leeds. I had the scrambled eggs on toast and the prettiest latte, which really warmed us up before hitting the shops. This year, both mine and James’ family have decided to do secret Santa, so although we don’t have loads to buy, it was fun walking around getting some inspiration. 

I enjoyed taking my beret for a spin, and after realising that people did not stare, judge or point and laugh at me, I feel pretty confident in my Parisian addition to my wardrobe. 

What are your thoughts on berets?


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A Huge Gift Guide For All Of The Men In Your Life

  • Wednesday, 13 December 2017

It’s less than two weeks to go until the big day, so if you still have a bit of Christmas shopping to get done, I’ve put together a huge gift guide for all of the men in your life. Whether they love a pamper, a beauty product or two to help keep their skin feeling energised, technology bits and pieces or the latest gadget, there’s something for everyone…

Men’s Beauty Picks 

Instant Whites Gift Set* | £39.99 | Link

Instant Whites are a brilliant teeth whitening company that have a fantastic range of products on offer. This Christmas they have put together a great gift set with three of their top teeth whitening products. It is the perfect present for the men in your life to help give them a beautiful smile. Each of the products within the set provides fantastic results to keep teeth looking pearly white. 

Magn!tone Energising Face Wash* | £9.99 | Link

The Clean Sweep Energising Face Wash is designed to stimulate the skin providing it with a surge of energy. It is a great product that contains caffeine, which reduces the appearance of tired looking skin, providing a more youthful look to the face. This face wash can be used both morning and night, and enhances the skin, resulting in a healthy tone and texture.  

Magn!tone Resilience Moisturiser* | £12 | Link

Along side the Energising Face Wash, Magn!tone also have a Resilience Moisturiser within their Clean Sweep range. It is the perfect partner for any men that have a love for skincare. It provides 24-hour hydration and comes packaged in an easily dispensed, pump container. This moisturiser is known for its potent energy release and contains a number of vitamins that stimulate and activate the skins metabolism. It is suitable for all skin types and can be applied twice daily if needed. 

Embryolisse For Men Aftershave Balm* | £16.99 | Link

This is a fantastic product for any men in your life that shave on a regular basis. This post shave balm is suitable for all skin types and is designed to calm the skin and make it feel soothed and soft. It decreases the signs of redness after shaving, due to its anti-inflammatory ingredients. It hydrates and nourishes the skin, providing it with a matte finish.

Technology Picks For Men 

Echo Dot* | £49.99 | Link

Something that has hit the Internet by storm this festive season is the Echo Dot. This at home device has a range of functions, all designed to make control over your home easy. The Echo is programed to recognize your voice, and in tern you are able to make a series of requests. The device can play music, provide information, read the news, set alarms and control smart home devices. You can use the Echo to control your speakers though Bluetooth and stream music from Spotify and Amazon Music. It is fit with seven microphones and noise cancellation, meaning that it can hear your voice from across a room and will respond with in the inbuilt speaker. 

Trackr Bravo* | $29.99 | Link 
Trackr Pixel* | $24.99 | Link

These handy little gadgets from Trackr are the perfect gift for any electronic enthusiast. There are a few different products available, each of which are designed to find missed placed items. By connecting one of the Trackr products to keys, a bike or any other item of value, the GPS tracking system allows you to locate lost items on a map. They are small and slim, meaning that they can fit into any wallet. They are also powered by a user replacer battery, which will last up to one year. If you misplace your phone, it can be easily located as the Trackr devices set off the ringer on your phone, even if it is on silent, allowing you to find it. These are incredibly handy little devices that ensure that you will never loose anything of value again. 

Yubico Yubikey* | £18-£45 | Link 

Social media, technology and the Internet are so prevalent in modern day society. Because of this, public access Wi-Fi has become more and more available, which means that we log into personal information publicly, almost on a daily basis. The design of Yubico is to create a safe environment to log into personal accounts online. It is a security measure that means unless you log into your social media, online banking or email accounts via Yubico when in public, you will be unable to do so. It is an extra layer of encryption, which keeps your information secure.  

Next Base In-Car Cam* | £79 | Link

This click and go, GPS, full HD camera, films in colour and is able to capture clear footage whilst you drive. It is the perfect gift for anyone that is a keen driver, or in his or her car a lot. This camera by Next Base is compatible in all vehicles. It has a parking mode, means that the camera recording is activated by movement and has a corresponding app for both android and IOS phones. It is able to payback videos, it has GPS logging and supports up to 32GB Micro SD cards. It is a fantastic piece of equipment that is designed to keep drivers safe and hold people accountable should anything happens whilst on the road. 

Be sure to have a watch of my Men's Gift Guide video to find out more about each of the products.


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A Christmas Make Up Look With Bourjois Paris

  • Tuesday, 12 December 2017

I love transforming my makeup to coincide with the change of seasons and holidays. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year to update my makeup collection. I love the bolder lips, darker eye makeup and glittery shadows. 

Bourjois Paris has recently brought out a new collection for the holidays and I have completely fallen in love. Their lipsticks and eyeshadow pallets are so dreamy, and especially festive. As a drug store brand, their products are really affordable, but they are amazingly high quality.  

I love this festive makeup look I have created with the Bourjois Paris festive collection, and I am really excited to re-apply it on the big day. I love that it can be worn as a festive daytime look, or applied a little more heavily for an evening event. 


I love a full coverage foundation at this time of year. The Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation* by Bourjois is perfect for this, as it feels light on the skin but provides great coverage. I have this in the shade Rose Ivory, as my skin tends to be a lot lighter in the winter months. It provides a nice dewy finish and I like to apply it with the Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Concealer in Clair Light*, to cover up any dark circles or imperfections the foundation doesn’t quite cover up. 


For a more wintery/Christmas-y look, I love to apply darker shades of eyeshadow, even during the daytime. I love this Smokey Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Brilliant Prunette* from Bourjois. It has a beautiful combination of purple tones that can create some lovely festive looks. I like that the lighter shades are great for a smoky purple eye, that can then be defined during the evening with the darker purple and glittery shades. To finish the look I like to apply lashings of the Mascara Effet Push Up Volume Glamour in Wonder Black* to add some real depth to my lashes. 


To complete a festive look I like to apply a soft pink blush, and I am in love with this Blusher in Golden Rose* from Bourjois Paris. It has a slight shimmer to it, which is ideal for this time of year. It adds a nice warmth to the skin and looks really pretty on the cheeks. To finish the look I love applying a bold lip and these Rouge Velvet The Lipsticks from Bourjois are perfect. The hydrating lip products have lots of pigmentation and last for hours on the lips. The swatches run in the order of Magni-fing*, Berry Formidable* & Brunette*.

Have you tried anything from the Bourjois Paris Festive Makeup Collection?


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Although these products were a free gift, all views and opinions are my own

Reasons Why A Physical Book Is Better Than A Digital Read

  • Monday, 11 December 2017

I am, and forever will be, a huge fan of books. 

I love to read, and find it one of the most relaxing and entertaining things to do. I love the real sense of escapism that comes from picking up a good book and delving into something new. 

I have a couple of books on my Christmas list this year including The Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List, L’art De La Simplicite and The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**K.

I find that in a digital age, books are still one of the best things that I could buy. I love looking in book shops, looking at different titles, and I still get a thrill from curling up on the sofa with a brand new read, and settling in for a reading session. 

I do own a Kindle however, and I do see the positives in having one around. When I go traveling this is an absolute lifesaver. I tend to read a lot more when I’m on my travels, and e-books allow me to carry around multiple titles in a light little compact device. It would seem as though a lot of people are embracing e-books, however digital books have had a much less drastic impact on physical book sales than expected.

Books for me are like leather bags; when you buy one it is something that is really high in quality and lasts a lifetime. They need to be looked after and cared for, but they can be used again and again and enjoyed year after year.

Here are a couple of reasons why physical books are better than digital reads…

They Make Great Gifts – Is there anything fun about unwrapping a digital code, or finding a piece of paper under your Christmas tree. The gift of a good book is lovely, and I for one love to give and receive books as gifts. Covers are so beautiful these days; it combines a lovely present with a beautiful display. 

Books Create Bonds – I find books really sentimental. When we recently moved house, the one thing that I struggled the most with in terms of condensing, was my book collection. I find that I associate every good book I have read with the time in my life when I read it. This idea was also reinforced when I joined a book club a few years ago. Which reminds me, I need to find another one now I’m in Leeds…

Books Are Personal – This kind of relates to the sentimental value of books, but I find reading to be a very personal activity. Whenever I feel like I need some ‘me-time’ I love to curl up with a good book. Whether I make my self a coffee and sit on the sofa, run myself a bath and light some candles, or just have an early night and go to bed, I love to take a book along with me and enjoy some really escapism.

What books are on your Christmas Wish List?


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A Huge Gift Guide For All Of The Lovely Women In Your Life

  • Thursday, 7 December 2017

A gift guide for all of the women in your life, whether they are beauty and make up lovers, skincare enthusiasts or just love a good candle or two, there is something for everyone…


Palmer’s Perfecting Facial Oil* | £9.99 | Link

This facial oil is the ideal present for any skincare lover. It is suitable for all skin types and is designed to help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, something everyone can relate too. The oil is one hundred percent paraben free, and contains nine pure oils. When used daily, the formula deeply nourishes the skin and helps to prevent the signs of aging. Three to four drops should be applied to the face and neck after cleansing and massaged into the skin in a circular motion to allow the skin to appear more radiant, youthful and healthy. It is the perfect stocking filler for any female beauty lover. 

Tiana Intensive Hair Treatment* | £13.12 | Link

This Intensive Hair Treatment is the ideal gift for anyone on your gift list that enjoys silky smooth, luscious locks. This coconut treatment is naturally solid in temperatures below twenty-five degrees and so it needs to be gently warmed before use. It is a deeply nourishing treatment that leaves hair feeling amazingly soft and silky smooth. Once warmed, only a small amount of the product is needed, which should be massaged into the hair. It can be either left in for about twenty minutes before washing, or kept on overnight and washed out in the morning, for a more intensive treatment. 

Toni & Guy Style Fix Curler* | £29 | Link

This is a great gift for anyone who loves to style her hair effortlessly. It is ideal for beginners or seasoned pros when it comes to styling hair; due to its ease of use. It has a twenty-five-millimeter barrel that creates amazing waves and curls in an instant. It has worldwide voltage and is handbag sized, making this the perfect hair styling travel companion. The teal and black design makes it a universal hair styling tool for all ages, and is a great present for mums, grans, daughters and friends. 

Bourjois Lipsticks | £8.49 | Link 

These are the perfect stocking filler for any lipstick lovers in your life. Bourjois have a huge range of shade available in their festive collection so there is bound to be something for everyone, no matter their shade preference. The deep reds and purples are ideal for the winter months, and will be the perfect companion for anyone heading out for New Years Eve. 

Sensse Hot & Cold Facial Bar* | £25 | Link

For anyone that loves a facial, or trip to the spa, this Hot & Cold Facial Bar is a great gift idea. This at home treatment by Sensse provides an instant skin refresh and a long lasting radiant glow. The hand held device should be used once a day and has four different settings. The active hot mode is set to 42 degrees and will open up the pores. Then, using the hot mode with vibration, you can apply your favourite moisturiser and allow the product to work its magic deep down. The cool mode setting will then close the pores, locking in moisture. To finish, the vibrate-cool mode should be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It energises and brightens the skin, increasing elasticity and promoting a youthful appearance to the skin. 

Magn!tone Cleansing Brush* | £39.99 | Link

For those that love a gadget and are great fans of beauty products, the Magn!tone Cleansing Brush is an ideal gift. This electrical, vibra-sonic, deep pore cleansing brush is designed to reduce the appearance of breakouts. It can be used with any cleanser, to provide a deep clean, and visible results can be achieved from the very first use. It is USB rechargeable and compact, making it an ideal travel companion, or can be easily taken to the gym. It is completely waterproof meaning that it can be used in the bath or shower.  


Joules Scarf* | £14.95 | Link

This beautiful scarf from Joules is the ideal gift for any woman on your Christmas gift list. The lovely, complimentary colours mean that it can be worn with a number of different outfits and styled in a number of different ways. It can be worn as both a winter warmer, or as part of an outfit, due to its universal style. This is again suitable across the board as it is so fluid in its style. The price is also very affordable making it a great stocking filler, a secret Santa gift, or it could be part of a gift for a main family member. 

Tech 21 Evo Phone Wallet* | From £29.99 | Link

Phones are becoming more and more like computers, and their value is forever increasing. Tech 21 provide a great range of phone covers that help to protect mobiles. They contain a patented FlexShock impact protection that helps to protect your phone even when dropped from a height of up to ten foot. They are lightweight and have a secure clip on the side, making them very convenient and comfortable. They are slim line meaning that they can still fit into handbags and pockets, whilst ensuring that your phone is protected at all times. 


PaddyWax Candles* | £10 - £30 | Link

These American, hand poured candles are the perfect gift for any home lover this Christmas. The iridescent base and copper lid of the Cotton & Teak candle is slightly more luxurious and would be a perfect fit for a bedroom or bathroom. These minimalistic candles are ideal for both men and women as both stocking fillers and secret Santa gifts. 

Monsoon Fragrance Set* | £17.99 | Link

This home fragrance set from Monsoon is the perfect gift for any home lover. It is extremely affordable and packaged in a lovely way, making this gift look and feel more luxurious. For the festive season they have brought out an Amber & Frankincense scent, which smells really Christmas-y. There is both a diffuser and a candle in this sent, which perfectly compliment each other. Whether it is for a secret Santa, your mum or your sister, this home fragrance set will be very popular across the board with its rich, warm, woody fragrance. 

Have you already started your Christmas shopping?

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Pamper Products | The Perfect Winter/Christmas Bath

  • Monday, 4 December 2017

I love having baths all year round, but there is something so nice about having one in the winter months. I love it when I’ve been outside in the cold and I come home to run myself a steaming hot bath with all of my favourite pamper picks. 

There are so many amazing products available, and I find that this is the best time of year to discover new ones. Lots of bands bring out new products in time for Christmas, and they usually have some great offers what with Black Friday and Christmas promotions. 

I thought that I would share with you some of my favourite pamper products that I have loved using lately.


My winter baths begin like most of my other baths, with the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I have ben using this cleanser for just over a year now and I absolutely love it. It is such a high quality, oil based cleanser that easily lifts makeup and leaving the skin feeling silky smooth. During a pamper session, once my make up is removed, I like to use an exfoliation product. I love the Clarins Exfoliating Cream with Microbeads. It is so nice on the skin, leaving it feeling completely refined and soft. To finish, I like to apply the Exuviance Over Night Cream, that works it’s magic whilst you sleep. I love waking up feeling completely refreshed and hydrated. 


In terms of body products, I have been enjoying a couple of new products, which are especially great during the winter months. One of my winter staples is Lush’s Snow Fairy Shower Gel. This is a limited product that only comes out during the festive period. I love getting my hands on a bottle every year, and it feels like such a luxury item for a very affordable price. This year, Lush has brought out a few new products in the same range, including this amazing Jelly Bath Bomb. It works to hydrate your skin whilst you’re in the bath, minimising the need to moisturise once you get out. And of course, it has the signature candy floss scent of Snow Fairy. 

Be sure to have a watch of my Vlogmas Part One video, which is now live on my YouTube channel. I am uploading weekly Vlogmas videos every Sunday on the build up to Christmas, so be sure to have a peak at what I get up too throughout the festive period!


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Style Diaries | Three Winter Fashion Staples

  • Friday, 1 December 2017

Happy December! 

I can’t believe the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. I felt like a little kid this morning eating my Dairy Milk advent calendar chocolate for breakfast! 

The first of December marks the beginning of winter for me. I know some people count November as winter, but autumn is my favourite season so I like to make it last as long as possible. 

But with the flurry of snow that hit the north of UK last night, I have to finally admit that it is that time of year for gloves, hats and all things warm. Winter is here. 

So with that being said, I thought that I would share three of my absolute winter staples. These are the items that will most likely be glued to my body well past Christmas and into the New Year. 

Topshop Black Coat

I actually have this very same coat in Camel, which I have worn religiously throughout the last two years. I fell in love with the style and the fit so much, that when I saw it’s black counter part in the Topshop sale last year, I couldn’t resist. I love to save this coat for the winter months, or as an evening coat during the rest of the year. It is a blazer style fit, which has two side flap pockets and a flattering lapel. Black is a great universal colour that will go with all outfits, especially during the winter, as my whole wardrobe is pretty much black, grey and white. 

Black Skinny Jeans

Another winter staple of mine is a good ol’ pair of black skinny jeans. These jeans become the base of most of my outfits during the winter months. I am very much a boots/jeans/jumper kinda gal when it comes to styling winter fashion. I love to keep things simple, warm and practical. Gone are the days when I would brave the cold with bare legs, I am all for feeling warm, dry and boot friendly when it comes to cold weather. The fact that they are black also plays to my advantage, as it is again a universal colour that will go with many a winter/Christmas jumper. 

A Staple Universal Scarf 

My final winter staple is this amazing two-toned scarf. As I have already mentioned, my winter wardrobe is pretty monochrome, save one or two block colour Winter Knitwear Pieces. However, I really like the way that this pink and grey scarf stands out from the rest of the outfit and allows for a little splash of colour against the sea of black. Because it is a soft grey and a dusky pink, I think that it still works well as a winter staple as it goes surprisingly well with a number of different outfits. 

What are your winter fashion staples?


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Life Lately | New City, New Home, New Job, New Life

  • Wednesday, 29 November 2017

I’ve touched upon this subject a couple of times on my blog and across social media, but life lately has been a little crazy. 

I wanted to write it all up in a blog post and explain what has been going on over the last month or so. It has been a little hectic of late which has meant that my blog has taken a bit of a back seat as I have been struggling to find a routine in and amongst the madness. 

So, what have I been up to lately? 

James and I upped sticks and decided to move from our hometown in York to Leeds City Center. At the beginning of the year a few things that were out of our control happened and it made James and I have a proper think about what we wanted to achieve in the next couple of years. 

We have both wanted to do a massive road trip around America and so we decided to set a date and plan out a six-week trip across the USA. We thought that March 2018 was a good idea as it gave us just over a year to save and plan everything out. 

We had also talked a lot about moving cities and trying something a little different. We have both been to University and then we moved in together when we came back to our hometown of York. We thought that Manchester was a good choice as James is very musically minded and wanted to pursue something in that sector, and I am wanting to focus more and more on my blog, so it seemed like an ideal place for us both. 

We felt good, like we had a plan of action and we were excited for it to happen. However, a couple of things didn’t work out the way we hopped and after many sleepless nights and long conversations, we decided that it would be better for us to move this side of Christmas. We didn’t want to wait until we got back from America to start our new lives. We thought it would be better to move and create a foundation that we could then build upon when we got back from traveling. 

A few hiccups later, and we decided that Leeds was the place to be. James got some pretty exciting news about a new band, and I was happy to move to a more creative and fashion forward city. Although it wasn’t our plan A, we were both really excited about moving. So we scrolled through the Internet to try and find a flat that was within our budget but also in a central location. After many a stressful phone call and flat viewing after flat viewing, we finally found our dream home located exactly where we wanted to be.

It took us a couple of days to move everything across, and now we are completely unpacked and loving our new home. We both have some pretty cool things lined up job-wise, so although it has ben a little stressful, we are excited to get saving and enjoy the build up to Christmas. 

I wouldn’t necessarily suggest quitting your job, moving house, changing cities, whilst saving up for a massive trip, all on the build up to Christmas…!! But it has definitely been a learning curve, if a bit of a stressful process. 

It has been fun and exciting, and now that we’re here and becoming more settled in our new city, I’m glad that we decided to do it and take the leap when we did. 

And now that we’re in more of a routine, I have some really exciting things planned for Madolyn Thinks on the build up to Christmas, as well as for the New Year that I can’t wait to share! 

Much love, 


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Autumnal Make Up Menu

  • Monday, 27 November 2017

Lately, life has become a bit of a de-cluttering mission. What with James and I moving cities (more on this in an up and coming blog post) we have had to condense a house full of things, to fit into a one bedroom flat. 

Although it’s been hard work, it has been great. I feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders. We have de-cluttered and condensed all of our belongings and it feels lovely to know that everything we have either serves a purpose or means something special to us.

It was also the perfect excuse to condense my beauty and make up collection. I actually did this earlier on in the year, which you can read about here. I was a little embarrassed about how much stuff I actually had, but a few months on, I was able to condense this even more. 

So this autumnal makeup menu is pretty much my everyday, go to look of late. I still have a couple of different options in each make up category, but this has become a staple selection of mine that I seemed to have stuck to day by day. 

I am a huge fan of a natural base and love to use the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade Santa Fe. I find that this foundation creates a lovely even base, and because it has more of a full coverage effect, I don’t tend to use concealer on top. In the cooler months, I tend not to apply powder and often use bronzer to create a warmer look to the skin, without getting rid of any natural glow. I love to use the Seventeen Bronze Brick, as the lighter shades act as a great highlighter. 

I tend to go a little heavier on the eyes during this time of year, and like to apply soft browns and gold on the eyelids, with a little hint of burnt orange. These shades are actually a combination of Mac and Benefit eye shadows that I popped into one of the Mac palettes. I then like to finish the eyes with a soft sweep of the NYX black Liquid Liner and the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

To finish the look I apply a light amount of Benefit’s Gimme Brow, for a soft and more natural look, and Mac’s Fleur De Force Lipstick, which is a perfectly soft and neutral shade, perfect for this time of year. 

However, I’m really looking forward to switching up my make up routine a little on the build up to Christmas. I love using more shimmery eye shadows, and bolder, redder toned lipsticks. How is it even December in a few days!? That reminds me, I still need to buy myself an advent calendar!!

What’s on your current makeup menu? 


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