Classic Glam Makeup!

I love my neutrals on a day to day basis, but there's something so classic and timeless about a winged liner and a bold red lip! This type of makeup can instantly dress up any look and works beautifully for both day and night. Plus it's actually quite simple and straightforward to create - effortless and classic! Follow my tips below to achieve this look!

Fun fact, I am obsessed with base products! Primers, foundations, concealers, powders are some of my favorite categories when it comes to makeup. I love finding products that perfect the skin, smooth texture, but still look natural and life-like on the skin.

- Make sure your skin is exfoliated and moisturized before applying any makeup.
- Apply a primer to prep for your foundation. I used the Guerlain L'Or Radiance Primer, which is a radiant primer containing pure gold complexion-perfecting flecks! It smooths fine lines and provides an even finish for makeup application.
- I also like to prime my lips so they're nice and moisturized by the time I get to lipstick. I used the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm in Pink Glow. It's a moisturizing balm that brings out the natural color of your own lips - so pretty!
- Apply a light layer of foundation to even out and perfect the skintone. I used the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, a red carpet classic as it works great with flash photography. It's a lightweight, medium coverage liquid foundation with a beautiful radiant finish.
- I then went in with a concealer to brighten and highlight my under-eyes, around the base of my nose and between my brows.
- Then set the skin with a loose setting powder! I like to focus this under the eyes and in my t-zone.
- Apply some bronzer, a pop of blush and highlight and the skin is complete.

Here's another fun fact, I love using face products on my eyes too! The colors are always complimentary and I love a good double usage item.

- Using a fluffy brush, apply bronzer in the crease in a window wiper motion. Also take this under the eyes on the lower lash line.
- Apply some highlight to the inner corners of the eyes. If you want an extra glowy look, sweep on to center of eyelids too.
- Line your eyes with a liquid liner pen and apply a few coats of mascara.

I love a good nude lip color on an everyday basis - but there's something so fun and feminine about a bold red lip. It can instantly dress up any look and it's an all time classic!

- Line your lips with either a nude or red lip liner to prevent the lipstick from smudging around the edges
- Apply a matte red lipstick. I used the Givenchy Le Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rose Stiletto N329. It's a super pigmented matte lipstick yet the formula is non drying so it still feels comfortable on the lips. I like to use a lip brush as well to perfect the outer edges.

Watch the tutorial here!

An overview of some of the key products used

Guerlain L'Or Radiance Primer

Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

Givenchy Le Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rose Stiletto N329

Below you will see some photos of the brunch I attended with Sephora and Marie Claire Magazine celebrating red carpet beauty. Lots of photo taking, makeup swatching and mingling took place amongst some beautiful luxury beauty products and gorgeously decorated spaces. Thanks so much to Sephora for having me! ♥ What do you guys think of this makeup look? Let me know below! XOXO

Beautiful decor at the Sephora x Marie Claire event!

Touch ups at the Beauty Retouching Station

Table setting for the brunch!


My Journey To Self Love

A few days ago I sat down to film a spontaneous Q&A video where I asked you to send me your questions via Snapchat and Instagram. I got lots of questions on the topic of self-love and feeling confident in your own skin - it seems like a lot of you are feeling overwhelmed (I hear you girls!) so I thought I'd sit down today and write a dedicated post on this topic.


"I am in charge of how I feel today, and I choose happiness."

I think it's important to start by saying that loving yourself and feeling confident in your own skin is an active process and ultimately a choice that you make every day - it's something we must actively pursue. From my own experience over the years, self-love and confidence is not something that you work on obtaining for some time, and BAM once you feel like you've got it, it magically stays part of your DNA forever.

It's kind of like wishing to tone up your body and get super healthy - you decide to ditch the junk food and start nourishing yourself with lots of healthy food and exercise. A couple of months go by and you start to notice lots of positive changes in your body, you're super happy, have more energy and start feeling really confident and sexy in your new figure - amazing! Then all of a sudden you might get a bit 'too comfortable' and stop putting in the work. You retreat back to old habits of unhealthy foods and lazy routines, what do you think will happen? Yep! You'll go right back to where you started.

This principle applies to so many things in life - including healthy relationships. Unless we actively put in effort, attention and ultimately LOVE into everything we do in life, it starts to grow stale and looses it's "life force".

The great thing about this is that anyone anywhere has the power to choose to love themselves - even if it seems difficult at first. As with anything, the more a technique is practiced, the easier it gets, and hopefully it will come to a point where prioritizing yourself, being your own best friend and ultimately taking care of yourself from the inside out becomes a lifestyle.  It's all about creating healthy habits, accepting that life has it's ups and downs, and not striving for constant perfect days.


"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” - Zen Shin

The topic of self-love in general is really important to talk about, especially in today's world where social media is more prevalent than ever and it's gotten so easy to compare ourselves to thousands of other people (without even leaving our home!). Let's just start by saying, although I LOVE social media and the endless inspiration I get from it, I take it with a grain of salt ie. I don't take it too seriously.

As a blogger myself (and having connected with lots of other influencers over the years) I know that social media is a polished and curated representation of moments in someone's life. It's a place where we want to share the best of life - moments that made us really happy or events that we worked hard for and are ultimately proud of. When I look through my own Instagram for instance, it's like looking through a highlights reel or the "Best Of" moments - it makes me so happy and that's what I hope it evokes in you as well.

I am so grateful and happy for my life, but that doesn't mean I don't experience hardships, struggles and self doubt. I sometimes get comments under my photos and videos saying I have "a perfect life" - but this is far from the truth. What you don't see are the difficult moments of my life, for instance me waking up at 5am panicking from an awful nightmare or my face full of tears after a difficult conversation with a loved one or trying to keep a positive mood after reading negative comments, or even being so hard on myself when a video I put so much effort into doesn't perform as well as I had hoped.

I'm not the type of person to focus on the negative or difficult things in life. I find it really hard to even open up and express myself to my closest friends and family when I'm really struggling. I hate the idea of someone feeling "bad" for me or having pity. The idea alone makes me cringe. So sharing difficult moments to thousands of people on the internet? Ah let's not even go there!

The point I'm trying to make is, never think someone else's life is perfect. We're all going through our own personal struggles that ultimately shape us into the beautiful, unique and amazing people we are. Can you imagine how much personal growth has come from difficult situations in your life? Let's be grateful that these challenges come our way and we can use them as an opportunity to grow and become better people.

Back to self-comparison, it doesn't always have to be a negative thing. Next time you see someone (online or in real life) and start comparing yourself to them, instead of allowing the automatic negative self-talk to begin (ex. "I am not as successful as her. Why can't I be pretty like that? I'll never be able to have a fit body. I hate my life...") make a conscious decision to step back, take a deep breath and ask yourself, "What is it that I admire in this person? What do they have that I could also see myself having?" It could be anything from a physical object to their positive outlook on life or you may even admire they're dedication to healthy living or entrepreneurship. My point is, instead of seeing someone and feeling negative, let them inspire you! Never feel negative towards another person because that will just bring more negativity into your own life - what you put out is what you get back. Always send good vibes, wish people well, and be thankful you came across someone who could inspire you to make some changes and help develop you to an even more amazing person. And remember someone else's success doesn't take away from your own, like that saying, "Admire someone else's beauty, without questioning your own". You have the power to choose and create the person you want to be. It's all up to you!


"Treat your body as if it belongs to someone you love."

Taking time for yourself is so important. I find it incredibly regenerating to just spend time alone and with all the responsibilities and things going on in our lives, "me" time is so essential. Take care of yourself so you have lots of positive energy to put back into your life, your family, your friends, your career etc.. "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection."

Self care comes in many different forms, and I think it's important to first get "in touch" with yourself, look within and see what you really need. Self care could mean preparing yourself a really nice healthy dinner, saying 'no' to a night out to recharge your body, or saying 'yes' and really letting your hair down, taking time to finally clean out and organize your closet, starting that YouTube channel you've always dreamed of, going to the gym and sweating it all out, preparing a dreamy candle lit bubble bath, writing down all your thoughts in a journal and coming up with solutions (so therapeutic!), getting that new bag you've been eyeing the last few months or taking a simple brisk walk to refresh your body.

Whatever it is that you've been thinking of doing, DO IT! Life is short and we should all try to reach our highest potential, and it all starts with you.

Ok I know this was a pretty long post, but I wanted to make sure I covered some important areas when it came to the topic of self-love. I am of course no "expert" and I deal with lots of ups and downs, but I can share what works for me with hopes that it may work for you as well. I really hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I loved writing it. I'd love to hear your thoughts down below! XOXO


Outfits from the Maldives!

Hello my loves! I have a new lookbook video up for you featuring a few of the outfits I wore on my recent vacation to the Maldives! Most of the time I was honestly just in a simple bikini and sandals but it was nice to wear some vacation wear as well :) It was one of the most amazing trips I've ever been on, and where Mo and I got engaged! So many fun memories ♥ I hope you enjoy the video and a few photos below! 

White Crop Top, Showpo (here) // Floral Maxi Skirt, Showpo (here) // Sandals, Zara (old) // Sunnies, Dior (here) // Bag, Chanel Wallet on Chain


Valentine's Day Jewelry Giveaway!

Hello my loves  Valentine's Day is coming up soon and I thought it would be the perfect time to do a giveaway on my latest jewelry collection! Enter by clicking here http://mejuri.com/anniesweeps and simply fill in your name and email address and you are automatically entered into the giveaway! On top of the giveaway, you could also use the code ANNIE20 for a discount on any items from the Mejuri site. The giveaway runs till the 14th of February, so two weeks! Good luck to everyone entering! Much love XOXO