Monday, 25 November 2013

Glittery Gift Bag

I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping gifts, be it with good ol’ fashioned wrapping paper or putting those awkward to wrap gifts in bags. Although, having expressed my rekindled love of crafting in a previous post, I thought I would add a little crafty touch to wrapping gifts this year. I am going to start with a super simple, but I think really cute, idea for bags.

I bought some brown paper bags from Amazon (I think I bought about 50-100, so I am set for quite a while - and lots of trial and error) and thought I would add my own design to them. The first design is simply a way to decorate the handle of the bag. I think it makes such a difference and I love the fact that it makes it all glittery and I think is all that is needed to make the gift look all festive!

All you need is
  • a paper bag
  • a hole puncher
  • glittery paper (or any paper you wish to use)
  • glue 

To design your gift bag:
  1. Use the hole puncher to make lots of little circles of glittery card by punching holes in selected card. (Top Tip: make sure you either remove the bit that collects the punched out bits of paper, or at least empty this bit before you start).
  2. Collect punched parts of card.
  3. Glue to the handle of the card in any way, shape or form you fancy! 
  4. Admire glittery gift bag! 

I will try and post a few more ideas in the next few weeks. I hope you liked my first installment into festive gift wrapping; I would love to know your best ways to wrap gifts to add that personal touch! 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Natural Collection Lipstick in Crimson

Being a newly converted red lipstick lover I am always on the hunt for a great red shade. Although the price always has to be taken into account, as when you never know what it is going to turn out like, you can't spend a fortune time and time again (even if you want to).

I wanted a bold red, one that stood out from the rest, wasn't too dark, wasn't at all pinky and I didn't want to settle for less! So, being the realistic *ahem* and easily pleased *pah* person I am, I have given up on many lipsticks I have seen in stores, deeming them 'not quite right'. So when I saw this product I thought it looked great in store, but it couldn't possibly be perfect for that price, right? Well ladies, I was wrong! I love it! It is all the things I wanted above! Plus it is slightly less matte than some lipsticks, which is exactly what I will want in the autumn and winter months.

I know I have mentioned the price and so I was trying to find the lipstick online and I just can't find it! But, from memory I think they retail at £1.99 in store! Which is an absolute bargain in my opinion!

Have you got any favourite red lipsticks? 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

All Crafty

I have recently become even more obsessed with crafts and homemade goods. I have always loved being able to sew and ever since I was little I would sit in a restaurant, waiting room, car, anywhere you can think a child would get bored, and sew, do crafts, or even attempt knitting (I’m still working on not adding that phantom extra stitch!). Of course, there is the normal homemade Christmas cards which I’m sure lots of people do, have done or would love to do. I did all this up to a few years ago, when we had to buy Christmas cards! I blame exams being around winter and not wanting to be festive when the sun is still beating down in the summer holidays! But, recently I have looked at so many crafty blogs and Etsy stores that I have rekindled my love of crafting, dreaming up my own ideas for Christmas cards (although too late for this year) and coming up with a large wish list of crafty things for my Birthday and Christmas. 

I thought I would share with you some great inspiration that has... inspired me to get knitting, sewing, gluing, sticking and generally getting back into an amazing hobby again. 


Just to show how good they are; it took me ages to get the links for these because I kept getting distracted with all the crafty goodness within the sites! 

But, I am always on the look out for new crafty blogs to look at, so if you read (or write) any amazingly crafty blogs, please leave the links in the comments below!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Just Trying To Help

Around this time of year we will all be thinking of sending gifts in the post and since the first gifts I have sent this year have been returned to me for having restricted goods in them, I thought it was only right that I let you learn from my mistakes. Especially as those restricted items were nail polish, which if you’re anything like me, I am obsessed with nail polish. I by no means know all the restrictions, but having sent a nail polish/nail art kit and having it returned, I wanted to warn you. I completely agree in the post service having to screen for dangerous items and I feel much safer knowing they do this! However, if you are to a deadline, such as a Secret Santa deadline or are last minute in trying to send something abroad, then I don’t want you to be upset when it lands back on your doorstep a few days later (or not if you only sent the one thing and it was restricted, as the restricted goods are destroyed and not returned to you, for safety reasons). Because, if it was like me, I had included two other gifts and lots of Christmas cards etc, which all had been opened and we all know how awkward it is to find the right size envelope for Christmas cards (or that may be just me). 

I do feel for the people having to open all these parcels, as I would guess around Christmas time they get quite a few (possibly loads of) people making the same mistakes as I did, but they do this all for our safety! So, I would advise you have a look at the restricted goods list and/or ask at the post office, as you don’t want to be getting super stressed near Christmas looking for a replacement gift and having to spend double the amount (the restricted goods are destroyed for safety reasons).

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

After hearing so many good things about these brushes I was curious to say the least! I wanted to see if it was true. I will admit I do not buy it in order to use it for foundation, but bought it to apply cream blushers. 

The brush is much softer than I expected and you hardly need to apply any pressure to the brush to blend in blusher. It blends it so quickly and evenly I was shocked how flawless it turned out. When I use this for foundation, I can definitely tell the difference it makes to my skin! It looks more flawless than it probably ever has been! It is also so quick and easy to apply foundation, as I know some people think it is quicker to just blend foundation with your fingers, but I just don't understand how that is quicker, especially with this brush on the market! I love this brush and use it daily and have used it with different consistencies of foundations, from my thinner Clinique Superbalanced to the Seventeen On the Spot thicker foundation and it has worked amazingly for both!

If I am being honest I would love a second brush in order to use it solely for foundation, but at £11.99 each I think I will wait a bit before going out and getting it! I'm not saying this brush isn't great, but £23.98 for two of the same brush is a bit on the splurging side for a student budget!

Have you given in and bought one yet? What do you think? 

Friday, 8 November 2013


I am going to try to get back to blogging more regularly and to try and do so, I am going to try and blog about slightly different topics along with the normal beauty posts.

I thought I would start with a recent trip to Starbucks because, as I ordered my usual Mocha I was asked if I wanted to try the orange Mocha, which is one of the Christmas range. The barrista described it as tasting like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, so I thought I would give it a try. Now, not being very adventurous when it comes to my regular drinks and meals, I thought I would let you know if it is worth a go, if you too are like me and don’t stray from your favourites for fear of not liking the change, but want something a little different this Christmas. 

Personally I would say the drink tasted more like the orange chocolates you get in a box of Quality Street, rather than a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. But, for me this is definitely a Christmas taste, as I only really think of eating Quality Street at Christmas time. 

The big question is whether I would order it again, and I have to say I probably would. Although, I don’t think I would order it to take out, as I feel like I am ruining the effect, as there was chocolate sauce and of course the option of masses of whipped cream, and putting a to go lid on this just seems cruel! So, if you’re near a Starbucks and want a great change to a classic coffee (yes, Mochas are a classic to me) then I would recommend going in and warming up with this little festive treat! 

Have you tried any of the Starbucks festive range? 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Essie Bikini So Tiny

I have seen this polish popping up all over the place and so I thought I would give it a try and see what everyone was going on about. The photo to me looks more purple than on other bloggers photos, so I was slightly surprised when I saw it was a more light blue/purple shade, rather than the light blue I had pictured it would be. I am not complaining, I love a purple polish, so it was a good surprise for me!

The application was quick and easy, yet I would use three coats to get the shade I want. But, this does not make it difficult to remove, it comes off reasonably quickly, especially as there are small glitter particles in the formula! I do like this polish, but as winter is approaching quickly I will have to wear it as much as I can now and then wait for spring to roll around!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

What I have been up to... (notice a theme in this post?)

I have been trying to be a good University student these past few weeks since I started my second year on my Mathematics degree and it has meant that my blogging life has come to somewhat of a standstill when it comes to writing and posting. I am reading blogs all the time, but I just haven't had the time to sit down and write a post! So I thought I would give you a sort of update on what I have been up to to prove I have been working, honestly! It isn't interesting in any way shape or form, but it is literally what I have been living by recently ... Coffee! 

Laptop to work from, Filofax to keep my work in order and COFFEE to keep me working!

I found this cute little smiley face on my cup and it just made me smile too! It's the little things that cheer you up right? 
Have you any tips on how to make sure I still have time to blog when I literally feel like I have no spare time?


Monday, 30 September 2013

Urban Decay Blush in Score

This is a sad post for me, because as you can see my blusher is coming to an end and once you get to this stage you start to realise you're going to have to repurchase soon. So, when I looked up online recently for a replacement, I was devastated to find that it is no longer in stock anywhere! I am not sure how long it has been out of stock, but I am guessing a while, as I have had this for over a year at least.

This is the best blusher I have ever tried, it has the perfect sort of pink/coral colour for my skin tone and it has a seemingly highlighter quality about it that just makes your cheek bones stand out! I love this blusher and I really wanted to get another, but alas I cannot, as I have looked everywhere and cannot find it! I have no idea why they discontinued it, as in my opinion it was the best blush on the market!

I would love to have a new favourite blusher, any ideas?

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Quick update

I thought I would give you a quick update, as I recently won a competition by Alessia from Whispers From Angels! I was so excited to hear I had won, as with so many entries I really didn't expect to be the winner! My prize? Well, I'm glad you asked, as it is ... drum roll please... £75 worth of Feel Unique vouchers!! I know, right? I am spoilt for choice on that website! I haven't bought anything from there before! I have browsed many times, but we all do that don't we?!?! So, now I have some serious decisions to make when it comes to spending all those pennies! So, watch this space, a haul post will probably appear (very) soon!

But, before I place my order, I would love to hear what you would buy! Any ideas for me?

Emily xx

Saturday, 21 September 2013


With summer coming to a bit of an end, I thought I would share a quick post with you on something a little different. I know using a mix is a bit of a cheat, but I have tried making my own cocktails and I am definitely still learning (either waaaay to strong or seems like just ice). So, I bought this mix to have a cocktail that wasn't mixed wrong in some way, shape or form. 

I thought I would give it a little review because I found myself really loving this mix! I am a bit of a fussy eater and drinker, so to find something that was perfect for a 'fancy' summer afternoon/evening I was very impressed! It doesn't require tequila as it is included in the mix, so you don't have to start measuring out how much you need and getting the measurements right (one thing I have failed at in the past - don't ask how). I find it quite a refreshing drink and you can make it even more authentic by adding the salt to the rim of the glass, which finishes it off nicely! 

Have you tried any summer cocktails that you're going to miss?

I'm still here... honest!!

I thought I would write a quick post to say I'm sorry that I have been MIA for a little while, life has just been getting back to normal/hectic with university starting again and my normal term time commitments returning, plus a few more this year! So I am going to try and keep up to date with blogging, but please bear with me and as much as I would love to be able to blog every day I will not be able to at the moment! I will try and tweet etc and I think I have Instagram (don't ask) so I will get that all sorted so you can at least look at pictures of my day - It's not that interesting but I'm nosy so I presume other people are too :) 

Emily xx

Monday, 16 September 2013

5 minutes, 6 products, 1 quick makeup routine

I'm sure I am not the only one who has had to go from 'meh' to ready to go out for a meal in about 5 minutes. It's not always because we have left getting ready to the last minute (OK - quite often its because we have lost track of time) but it is also because we have run into the house and have all of ten minutes to make ourselves look decent again after a full day of work/uni/college etc.

Being nosy I love to know how you lovely ladies manage this turn around, so I thought I would share my quick makeup face with you.

If I have hardly any time at all, I will skip straight to foundation, obviously using my all time favourite, couldn't live without it: Clinique Superbalanced. It has one of the best coverages I can find, yet is so light on the skin. I really would recommend this product! Anyway, I've tried to tell you how good it is numerous times on this blog, so I shall leave it at that for now.

I am a big fan of using correctors with a little bit of foundation to hide blemishes or dark circles under my eyes. For this I use Seventeen Even Tone Corrector (I lost the lid a while back) and mix the two and it works better than concealer in my opinion! Plus it is super quick to apply!

Next of course is a blogger favourite, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, a product I wouldn't feel complete without! It keeps most of the shine at bay and makes my face look much more flawless than going without it!

I will do a post on this blusher soon, as it is no longer being sold *sobs* but Urban Decay blusher in Score is one of my staple go-to products, but I am trying out new blushers all the time to see if any compare (I'll let you know how I get on). But, none-the-less I think blusher is an important part of my makeup, adding much needed colour to my cheeks!

Some of my favourite mascaras have always been Rimmel mascaras. Having picked up the new Scandaleyes I am still impressed with them. Mascara can make or break a look for me, as without it I just don't look right, there is something missing when you have most of your makeup on but no mascara, it just looks strange, don't you think? Or is that just me?

Last, but by no means least, is a lip product, be it lip gloss, lip stick, lip tint, I think a bit of colour on your lips just makes you feel a bit more glamourous. I tend to opt for Clinique Chubby Sticks in any shade! (the one above is Super Strawberry). They are so easy to apply and give nice moisturising colour to your lips!

I would love to hear about other tips on a quick turn around, so please leave any ideas in the comments below!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Make your own bookmark

To make your own bookmark you will need:
  • Length of string (twine is preferable) or ribbon
  • Card
  • Glue
  • Decoration (optional)
  • Sellotape (optional)
  • Notebook (optional)

To make:
  1. First decide on the type of bookmark you are wanting, I went with the traditional bookmark that is attached to a notebook, but you can easily adapt this to make them however you want.
  2. Measure and cut your piece of string so that it is longer than your notebook, ensuring you can attach it to the underside of the front cover, stretch it to a page near the end and it will still drop out the bottom as shown below (Fig 1).
  3. Cut out two small square of card, the size is really up to you, as to how big you want the tag at the bottom to be. Cut off the two top corners to make a label shape. 
  4. Decorate one side of each piece of card. I used washi tape and I am obsessed with the stuff at the moment! 
  5. Glue the non decorated side of one of the pieces of card and place the end of the string on this, but not all the way to the bottom of the card, only about 2/3 of the card should have string stuck to it. Glue the other piece of card to the string and the card so that you have two pieces of decorative card on show with the string sandwiched in between. 
  6. Place in notebook like you intend to use in order to work out how much string you can stick to the underside of the notebook cover. 
  7. Use Sellotape to secure bookmark(s) (Fig 2).
  8. Finished! 

Fig 1
Fig 2

Sunday, 8 September 2013


If you have been reading my previous posts you will probably know by now that I recently bought a set of four OPI Euro Centrale collection lacquers. This is the third in that collection: It is the traditional OPI glitter consistency, where you will have to make sure that the glitter is evenly applied all over your nails, however I tend to have to do this with most glitters that I buy if they are of the same sort - being that they have larger glitter pieces, so I don't see this as a disadvantage or a reason not to buy OPI glitters.

The lacquer is absolutely gorgeous in my opinion, as it is a mixture of pink, purple and blue glitter, which I personally love as a mixture and I think they go really well together. It won't cover the whole nail unless you apply quite a few coats, so I would suggest wearing it with a different polish underneath. From the different options I have tried I really would suggest a darker shade, with my personal favourite at the moment being OPI Eurso Euro, which came with the same set and is a dark purple which you could mistake for a dark navy in the sunlight.

From owning a few OPI glitters I personally think it is of the same high standard, however I would love to know what you think of this polish, or all OPI glitters in general!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Soap & Glory Hand Food

If you read my blog on a regular basis you will be aware that I reviewed this product a few weeks ago and I was not keen what so ever. But, that was my skin type just being fussy. The comments I got and other reviews I read made me think I should give this a second chance, so I did and I thought it is only fair to share my second opinion with you.

I did not want to chance making my hands angry at me again, so I made sure they were in good condition before applying the Hand Food and I only used a small amount to reduce risk of redness. This time, although I could tell it was on my skin, it did not hurt like the first time I used it, which I took as a very positive sign! However, I think the main reason I did not get red sore hands was because they were in good condition in the first place, which means this is great to have in your bag just for those times when you feel the need to pamper your hands a tad. But for me, I need a hand cream that is heavy duty and will help chapped hands quickly and painlessly this autumn/winter, which unfortunately isn't this product. So, I thought I would clear that up with you, as it had been plaguing me that people may have been put off buying this product. I just have to get used to the fact that I can't use such things on my skin, but it doesn't mean you can't!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Day Moisturiser

Recently I started to notice that by the time I got home after a full day out I was looking a tad on the shiny side, which isn't the look I am aiming for at all! So when I received my Boots vouchers with the voucher for this free moisturiser (full size no less), off I went to get it. I have tried the range before and they are amazing products, as they not only work, but exceed any expectations you have! So, of course this time my expectations were still reasonable, but I expected it to do as it said on the tube!

I definitely noticed a reduction in shine on my skin after a full day, which is very impressive. The weather was even warmer on the day I tried it and I used such a small amount (I refuse to miss any of my Clinique 3 - step) and it still worked. There is still some shine - mainly just my forehead, but still much less than before.

Also, I am unsure if this is just coincidence or due to the moisturiser, but the condition of my skin is vastly improving! The few blemishes I kept seeming to get are disappearing and few - to - none are replacing them. The range is targeted at helping improve skin, so I am at the moment still trying to work out if it is coincidence or if this product really is that amazing!

I am most definitely impressed with this product and so far the whole range has just seemed unbelievably fantastic! What measures have you taken to reduce the horrible shine?

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Simple Ways to Save #6

This is a short carry on post from #5, based on planning your trip before you shop. I know some offers are only online offers, but lots of stores, including Boots are great at having lots of offers: 3 for 2, buy 1 get 1 free, 1/2 price, free gift etc. Plan to use these to your advantage! If you need something, say shampoo and its buy one get one free, why not get the second and save it for next time? If there is no offer on your all time favourite brand, have a look at your 2nd and 3rd favourite- I'm not saying you have to compromise totally and get a shampoo for dyed blonde hair when you have naturally dark brown hair, just because it was on offer, but looking at things that you like and changing ever so slightly can be worth it if you can save a lot of money.

Although, don't fall into the 3 for 2 trap like I have done in the past. I will buy three things thinking it is a good bargain, yet in reality I only needed one (or in some cases not even one) item, but I have ended up spending another (normally) £7.99 just to get something free that I didn't need!

So, have a look around and plan which offers to use in advance and warn yourself which offers you are likely to fall prey to and avoid them!

Friday, 30 August 2013

Laura Ashley Citrus Blossom & Nectarine Scented Candle

This isn't actually mine, it was a present my Mum received a while ago, however when we lit it the other day I couldn't not share it with you. It has such a gorgeous smell, not too sweet, yet no where near musky at all (musky candles don't suit my tastes). It didn't fill the room with an overpowering scent, yet even with the doors open to the garden we were able to smell it after it had been burning for a few minutes.

The glass jar it comes in is so simple and elegant it will fit well in any room of the house and not look out of place in any deco! The glass jar doesn't make it clunky at all, it just emphasises how long the candle must be able to burn. We have used this twice so far and we hardly seem to have made a dent in it, which considering the candle, although not small, isn't anywhere near as big as the large Yankee Candles, is saying something! I would definitely repurchase this and it has made my think more about investing in a few candles for around the house!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Outfit #2

Box Pleat Blouse - Topshop - £38.00
Following the previous outfit post you can probably see I quite like blouses at the moment. i think they are great for summer and then add a cardie and you have an autumn outfit! But, tuck it in for this ensemble and it can definitely be worn alone for our cool summer days, especially with those sleeves!

Light Blue Pleated Floral Skirt - New Look - £16.99
I was tempted to choose a plain denim skater skirt, but this caught my eye! With or without the belt (to avoid too much tan) I think it just stands out a bit more.

Tan Leather Loafers - Dorothy Perkins - £30.00
Perfect day shoes for wandering around the shops, yet dress the outfit up so you can easily go out for a meal with the girls after all that shopping!

Tan Tote - Dorothy Perkins - £25.00
I wouldn't normally choose a bag with no shoulder strap, but I really love this! It is a tote so it is large enough for most things us girls need and looks gorgeous!

Maybelline Color Show, Paint the Town, Nail Polish - £2.99
This outfit just needed an extra colour, so what better than bold red nails?

Total: £112.98

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Weekly Fabulous Blog... A Little Boat Sailing

A Little Boat Sailing is a blog I love to read by Amy. I was drawn to it because of the layout, I mean, who doesn't love purple and blue colour schemes? But, of course, as I always say, it's the content that always makes me return time and time again!

Amy's posts range from one product reviews, tags, tips, clothes, fashion, favourites, life posts and much more! I love the variety, as seeing new things on a blog is key to getting me to return; I want more than just one type of post all the time! Seeing all these types of post has meant I can spend ages catching up if I've been busy and not checked my favourite blogs recently and not even consider clicking off it! Or I can check back regularly and know there will be something great posted!

I also find a blog that posts products with a wide price range such a good idea! Amy's posts are exactly that! I can read up on the expensive things before I splurge or I can instantly fall in love with a drugstore bargain and pick it up next time I am out shopping! Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick is currently on my list!

So go and have a look if you're looking for a great new blog to be hooked to!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Nails: OPI Casino Royale and Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot Chalk Dust

I love painting my nails as much as the next person and my nail polish collection is growing so rapidly I can't find homes for all my polishes, but I thought it is important to actually use what I have got, so I am going to try and post nail ideas, colours etc more often. It will mean you may see the same polish twice, but in a different use and maybe, just maybe I will try to create a bit of nail art from time to time!

Above is OPI Casino Royale, which is a more red/plum colour and Maybelline Color Show Chalk Dust on top. You can use as little or as much as you like when it comes to Chalk Dust, especially since it costs £2.99, which I think is such a bargain!

I applied two coats of Casino Royal to make sure that it was fully opaque, as I think you still need a full colour behind any glitter top coat, followed by Maybelline Chalk Dust, which is totally up to you how many coats you apply, as I vary from time to time, be it one coat or two (I think I have two in the picture above). And that is it! You need only these polishes to create this look, which I think stands out from the normal polishes, yet is just as easy to apply!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Chloe Caught on Camera #1

Having a dog is a full time job, but one I truly love and wouldn't give up! She is a little tinker at times and can make you laugh out loud almost constantly. She gets away with being a little rascal in the house, including stealing my laptop  so she thought she would share her most recent antics I caught on camera with you...

Hi, I'm Chloe, my life is way more interesting than Emily's, so I will share my pictures with you instead. OK, so this first one ... well, I'm asleep, but I had had a very difficult day of...

.... Oh, more sleeping. But, lets be fair here, I am only two! Oh, Emily says I snore, one time I even woke myself up I was snoring so loud! Scared myself quite a bit then, I honestly thought it was one of the humans playing a trick on me. They were all laughing though, sooo embarrassing! 

Finally, this picture shows me AWAKE and looking rather happy! Well, I'm not I am in the car for goodness sakes, why on earth would I be happy in that horrible tin on wheels? Seriously people, lets think about it: walk = FUN, car = ARGH! Don't make me go in the car!! Pleeeease! I am not amused when Emily coo's at me when I cry in the car, its not fun watching everything whizz past the window! Luckily in this picture the car is stopped, so I can safely stand without falling over and I think from my face I can see people - I love people - they stop and give me attention (as they should, I sit in the way until they come to me, but thats just me!) 

Anyway, must go, birds in the garden to stare at an' all! 

Chloe xx

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Simple Ways to Save #5

When we go out shopping it can be so tempting to want to buy everything and anything we like, I mean, it's right there in front of us! All you have to do is pay for it and its all yours! However, its when you get to the till and you find out how much you have to pay that you start to think 'maybe picking up everything... in every colour, wasn't the best idea'. Yet, if you're anything like me, you won't say 'OH! Hold on, let me put some stuff back'. Because the thought of that is scary to me! I would rather buy it and make a separate trip to return it (clothes wise) or try and justify to myself that the purchase was necessary.

So a simple solution when you're on a budget... Write a list!! Not a wish list, but a proper shopping list, which you have researched online so you know brands, prices and offers (if they apply to you). You can have just as much un wandering around, trying clothes on, looking at all the beauty counters (mentally adding them to your wish list) but, add them to your budget for next time instead!

Once you have saved up you can budget for a bit of a splurge on those 3 for 2 offers when you don't even need one item in the first place (I keep having to remind myself 'need' and 'want' are two very different things!) But for now, stick to a list and you'll save up more than you thought!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Weekly Fabulous Blog... Mascara Warrior

This weeks blog, Mascara Warrior, is written by Em. Her blog is full of so many things I am jealous of, I mean, there are so many references to Sephora, how could I not be jealous?

She posts an array of things, from hauls, reviews, to those added extras that I love seeing on a blog. I really loved her Lazy Afternoon Essentials! post, and I actually asked her for the recipe for the cookies, although I am not sure I can get all the ingredients in the UK, so I will have to compromise and work it out some other way, as they really do look delicious! I'm sure I will have said before how its great to see such a variety of things on a blog, as it really does make you want to keep checking back to see if there is anything new, review, haul, outfits etc!

When reading a review I really do think with certain products, such as eyeshadows and blushers it is important to have swatches, as so many times you can see a product in the pot and it looks so much different when you actually try it on! Em provides so many swatches you couldn't ask for more, when you read a review with 20 different swatches in it, how could you? Go have a look at her blog, there are so many different things you definitely will definitely want to keep reading!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Recently I went out to Boots and bought Soap & Glory Hand Food, as I had heard so many good things about it and I have loved some of their other products, so obviously I had high expectations for this. 

I have reasonably sensitive skin when it comes to hand creams, but I was particularly upset with this product, as it reacted with my hands immediately and caused them to go red. I washed them after a few minutes later to try and rid my hands of the product, yet they kept stinging and were still red for up to half an hour later. I know this is most likely because of my skin being sensitive and the product does say that you shouldn't use on broken or irritated skin, but in my mind dry skin is not 'broken' or 'irritated', it is the reason we buy a hand cream (unless you're blessed with soft skin and want to keep it this way!). I don't like to give such a negative review for a brand I normally love, but I have to be honest and I just wasn't happy with this product. But, I am aware lots of people love this and so I would suggest reading a few of their reviews and deciding for yourself before you write it off just yet.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Gucci Eau de Parfum II

When it comes to perfumes, I don't have a signature scent per se, I normally wear D&G La Lune, but I do try and switch it up form time to time. Recently I have rekindled my love for Gucci, its slightly small bottle aside I do love this little gem!

I tend to sway more to fresh scents over sweet, as I find sweet scents a bit too sickly for my liking, I want something that gives off an air of elegance, not an overpowering blast that makes your eyes water. I have to love a perfume to wear it, meaning I am getting much more fussy when it comes to choosing scents. But, with Gucci, you feel graceful whilst wearing this, as it has a fresh scent with an added extra to make you stand out from the rest, but doesn't shout 'over hear - its me you can smell from a mile away!'  - you can probably tell one of my pet peeves is those over powering perfume wearers that drench their clothes in perfume - it has a spritz for a reason ladies! Anyway, mini rant over.

This perfume is perfect to spritz on in the morning and still be able to smell it vaguely when you get back later in the evening. You really don't need much to make a difference, as I find this bottle has lasted me a long time and I have had it for nearly two years! I love that it is fresh enough for me, yet has added undertones that I just can't place, but make the scent last all day long, meaning you can walk past people leaving an ever to slight Gucci scent in your wake; they say smell of one of the most memorable senses, so nothing like a good first impression, right ladies!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Essie Go Ginza

We all strive for that perfect looking mani, where it takes so little effort but means we can layer it on and be out the door to the envy of anyone lucky enough to get a glimpse of our talons! Well ladies, I may just have found the solution for you! The polish I am wearing to type this very post, causing me to stop and stare at my nails and how perfect they look (aren't I self obsessed today?) before continuing to type. This polish takes two coats to look gorgeous and is just so simple to apply, the brush may seem a tad cumbersome for the little nail, but just use less varnish girls, it's worth it! It is a fabulous pale pink with I the slightest hint of violet undertones, which of course stands out from every other set  of polishes nails out there, meaning you stand out from the rest of the neutral pale pink nail polished people! Give it a try - I doubt you will regret it and let me know how it goes!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Simple Ways to Save #4

This is just a  quick way to save, as it may not apply to all of you out there, but I thought I would share it anyway. Many of you will have debit cards, maybe even credit cards and use these as a way to pay for things. This is a great idea, as you don't want to carry around lots of cash when out shopping and you don't want to have to seek an ATM before making a purchase. However, it can cause you to not think about the money you are spending, as you won't see how much you have spent until you see your balance, which may be a month or so after the last time you checked! By then your balance could have almost depleted!

I don't suggest drawing out cash all the time when you go shopping and leaving your card behind like some people do, as I rely on mine in certain stores and use it regularly, let alone rely on it in case of emergencies! However, if you are going shopping somewhere you think you may over spend, I would suggest drawing out an amount you do not want to spend over and limiting yourself to that. For example, if you think you may spend too much in Boots, but you still want to buy something, draw out a certain amount that you can afford on your budget and don't let yourself use your card (or your points! - you're saving them!). You will end up being more likely to keep to a budget and seeing exactly how much cash you are spending may actually make you think twice, and put back that extra moisturiser (you already have at least a dozen! Even Caroline Hirons would allow you that if you're saving up, I'm sure!!).

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Outfit Planning #1

New outfits don't have to cost a fortune, I am hoping to convince others (and myself) of this by putting together reasonably priced outfits. Please leave your opinions in the comments below, as I would love to hear what you think about this ensemble!

At the moment the weather is sort of unpredictable, will it rain or shine? I leave the house and end up suffering through both and cursing what I have chosen to wear! So I have tried to come up with an outfit that can suit any unpredictable british summer day.

Trixibelle Turn Up Skinny Fit Jeans, Boohoo £12.00 - Jeans can seem a bit predictable when it come to Britain, but in a green khaki colour they are much more laid back, yet not as bright as the neon jeans I have seen this summer. They allow you to choose so many types of top and an array of footwear, and for £12, why not?

White Neon Collar Tip Sleeveless Shell Top, Newlook £14.99 - A thin white top will keep you cool in the sun and dry quickly after it has rained. The colour on the collar is a great little extra for the summer season!

Mykonos Sandals, Just Fab £35 - Sandals are obviously great for the sunshine, but again they will dry quicker after the rain, and personally I would rather have my feet rained on for a few minutes than be walking around with soggy shoes all day.

Across Body Bag With Oval Lock, ASOS £11 - In the summer I actually tend to carry a little less with me, maybe its because I don't have to shove my hat, scarf and gloves into it when I run out of the house. But for those errands, when you're out with friends, walking the dog, who really wants to be sweating with lots of things to carry? This is a small over the shoulder bag that will carry the necessities (phone, keys, purse), but not drag you down. 

The total price of this outfit is... £72.99!!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Weekly Fabulous Blog... Life with Lauren

This week I have ventured away from beauty blogs so that I could share with you a blog I really love to read written by Lauren: Life with Lauren: 'Post-college life in a nutshell'.

I love being able to go over to Lauren's blog and read something new and different! There are so many of her posts which make you think 'yep, I am guilty of that!' and it has actually caused me to make a change to my life! Have a read of 'Comfortable Is For Sweatpants, Not Your Life' and you will see exactly what I mean. It just makes you think that it is possible to make a change in your life and that to be honest you really should!

There are other posts, ones that may not specifically apply to you, but you can't not read them either! I love reading the titles of blog posts and feeling compelled to click on them and see what the story is behind them and with Life with Lauren, I am constantly finding myself doing this! The description of the blog may be 'Post-college life in a nutshell' and I may still be at university myself, but I still find I can relate to most posts I have read and if not I can make mental notes for the future! I really would recommend heading over to Lauren's blog and reading through so many of her posts!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Back Spray

I wasn't originally going to write about this, as it was just something I picked up to help combat an issue I was getting annoyed with! In summer we all want to wear vest tops, strappy tops, strapless dresses and basically show off our backs, get a tan and be carefree. Well for some reason or another my back had other ideas - I started getting a few blemishes on my back and although I could still go out in vest tops and the like, I just wasn't as happy about it; as soon as I noticed something on my back I was covering up like crazy - the smallest of things could have me in skater dresses over backless dresses any day! I needed to deal with this, as the normal Sudocrem trick just wasn't working for me - Sudocrem...not working!?!? What was wrong with me!

I was wandering around Boots a couple of weeks ago and I saw this product on the shelf and I thought,  for £4.99 (now reduced to £3.33) I may as well buy it and see if it helps. This product is amazing - I have never bought any product, skincare, makeup or anything that has worked so well!! I can apply it myself as it is a spray, you apply it morning and night and then it just works! No having to rub it in (it says wait to dry - but really it is so quick at drying you don't notice - or its so hot you don't care in this heat). I applied this for a week and although I had always had a few issues with my back (annoying to say the least) I would gladly go out in a backless dress now, I am no longer worried about my back - it is cleared up about 90%!! I couldn't have asked for more, because, as I said, having always had a few problems, I was always trying new things and none ever seemed to work. Then this comes along and solves the problem in a week!! A week! I couldn't be happier with this product! I think if you have any problem with this sort of thing, you need to give this a try! I would definitely recommend this!

Monday, 12 August 2013

OPI Eurso Euro

This is part of the OPI Euro Centrale collection, it is a dark purple to dark blue colour. I say this, as I keep looking at my nails to try and work out what colour it is and I really cannot make up my mind! I have asked people and some say it is purple and others say it is blue, so you can try and guess the type of colour it is from the photos. However, no matter whether it is blue or purple, I really like it, in fact, I probably like it more because I am still on the fence about the colour and it changes shades in the light a lot more than other polishes.

It is a really dark shade with a really glossy finish, but unlike some posts I have written about polishes needing three coats in order to get the totally opaque finish I want, this only needed two coats! And that is even for me, the fussy one!

I know it is a dark colour and we are surrounded by all things bright and summery, but I have to say, even in summer I do like to wear a dark colour from time to time, even if it is just to match to my outfit on a night out. So far I have had this polish on for over 48hours and for me to only have one minor chip (I caught my nail on a dog grooming brush) on one nail, is amazing, as by now I would normally have my polish peeling off.

What colour do you think this polish is? Blue or purple?

Sunday, 11 August 2013

New Nails

I love this look for summer, as it is just so bright!! This is Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Satsuma and OPI Hollywood If I Could. I applied two coats of Satsuma and let it dry, making sure that I didn't have to wipe any off my skin, as if you want a great looking manicure this makes it look so much more professional (because thats the way it should look - not like I used to do when painting with my left hand and paint equal amounts of skin and nail *cringes*). On top of this I applied one coat of Hollywood If I Could. You only need one coat if this to make it look glossy and sparkle in the light, you could use two but I think it takes too much away from the orange nail!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Simple Ways to Save #3

Ok, so the picture above is what my shopping basket when I have a look at Boots online can look like without even trying! As you can see, the total is over £100. Which, I know for lots of people this is nothing, but personally, when I can rack up this total, in -  I think it took me about fifteen minutes, it can be a problem! So, I would first like to point out, I have never actually bought this much online in one go, I always end up going to my basket and 'rethinking' everything, which is what inspired me for this Simple Way to Save.

If you're anything like me, whenever you have internet connection you will have some form of online shopping website open and ready to browse, be it home, beauty, or even just the things you will need in preparation for work or university. I don't always make purchases, as I can't afford all the things I want, but still its nice to look, especially when you're waiting for a friend to arrive, I turn to my phone for company! But, what I find when I am actually going to make a purchase, is just how easy it can be to get a hefty basket total in no time!

To avoid this, keep adding things to your basket as normal, however, you don't have to buy them all immediately! No, sleep on it, go get a coffee, or even just sit and look at the basket total. Review all the things you have in your basket and think 'well, I have got ten of those already, maybe next time' - out of the basket it goes; 'hmm, I am going shopping next week, I'll buy it then' - removed; 'well, I haven't read any reviews on that yet' - gone; 'hmm, I don't really know if the shade is right, I'll see what it looks like first' - so long strange colour swatch. You will still have some fabulous things in your shopping basket, but they won't be just impulse buys that you will regret buying at a later date! Or even worse, that you will want to return. I know most people will do some form of review of the things in their basket before they purchase, but I still think you can reduce it further, yet still have a bit of a splurge from time to time. But, if you're trying to save, you can probably manage with a few less things in that online basket!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Benefit The Porefessional

Whilst on holiday you think you can splurge a bit on those things you've had on your wish list for ages, so that is exactly what I did! I bought The Porefessional a few weeks ago and I have to say I was a slight bit skeptical, as I have wanted it for so long I thought it really couldn't live up to my expectations, but it did and more! The formula is actually quite light considering how much of a difference it makes to the appearance of your skin. It is a sort of cream formula that when you dab or rub it into your skin feels almost powder like and disappears almost instantly, taking away lots of visible lines and pores with it.

When you have dabbed this onto your skin, or rubbed it in depending on your preference, your skin is left with a close to flawless appearance. It doesn't act like a foundation and hide things such as blemishes or even your skin tone completely, but being ever so slightly tinted it does help create a more even skin tone. It reduces the appearance of pores like nothing else I have used, I applied this to the skin on one side of my face and left the other half without, just to see the difference and even I was surprised and I had been using it for a few weeks by then! I would recommend applying a foundation on top to get the full benefit, as it gives you an almost flawless finish when you have your foundation and powder on top!

The amount of product in the picture is just slightly less than I normally use in the morning when I apply my full makeup. You really only need a dab of this product for it to go a long way! Because when I saw the size of the product I was a bit concerned I would run out quite quickly, but after applying just this each day I am convinced I will not have to buy another for quite a while.

Another great thing about this product is that you can apply it under your makeup and again when needed over your makeup. I have applied it over my makeup to see how it works (well), but I haven't found I have needed to apply it over my makeup just yet. I found out the best way to apply it from the booklet of instructions that comes with it, which I think is a fabulous way of making the most of a product, as how many of us have bought something new and not worked out the best way to use it for a good few days if not more? I can't say how good it is to have the little manual!

Have you tried the Porefessional? What do you think?

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Maybelline Color Show Chalk Dust

I have already written a post on this nail polish, which you can find HERE, however, I did say I would match it with other colour nail polishes, so this is a quick post showing you just how versatile Chalk Dust is!

I love this polish as it makes my nails look like I have spent a long time on them, creating a unique design with little white and black dots, when in reality I have actually just applied one or two coats of a coloured polish followed by one or two coats of Chalk Dust. It gives a great finish, making your nails stand out and draws attention to your perfectly manicured nails! I do get compliments on my nails from time to time, even when I am just wearing a simple colour, however, I do get considerably more comments on how nice my nails look when I am wearing this, which is always great to hear!

I have matched Chalk Dust with ten different colours, personally I think it looks great with all of them, however I would say it stands out more on bright colours, such as orange, green, yellow and blue, as both the white and black dots can be seen. But, I would love to hear which colour you think is best, so I know what to wear it with next time!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Weekly Fabulous Blog... Pretty Please

This week I would like to share a blog by Emily, another nineteen year old beauty blogger (from the similarities I guess you can see why I was originally drawn to her blog)! But of course, I wouldn't still be reading it now just because we have the same name and age! Emily's blog is called Pretty Please and from the gorgeous pastel shades and flowers adorning her blog, it definitely is very pretty.

I have sat for ages reading through her blog posts, from product reviews to makeup tips. As you probably know, as much as I like reading through beauty review posts, its those extras that make you continue reading for ages, thinking 'ooohhh that looks interesting', and there are so many of these on Emily's blog. For example, as I went to get the links for this post, I clicked on quite a few of her posts from the side bar, just from reading the title! Its not because I have such a short attention span and get easily distracted, its because I really think they are worth spending the time reading!

Product reviews are something I rely on before I buy products I'm on the fence about and after reading Emily's posts I will normally have made a decision whether or not to buy it! However, if I read a good review on another product from her blog, that then gives me another dilemma, as I hadn't really got that particular item planned into my budget, but I now REALLY want it!

I would definitely go and have a nosy on her blog if I was you!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The Liebster Award

Today I am proud to say I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! I have actually been nominated four times now! I was nominated for the first time about a week ago, and I didn't post it straight away and since then three other lovely bloggers have nominated me! Which means I have 44 questions to answer, so I thought I would make one big post, so I apologise if its a bit of a marathon. 

The guidelines:
1. List 11 facts about yourself (I am sorry to say I didn't do this, as I thought with 44 questions you will probably have had enough of me by then!)
2. Answer the 11 questions set to you by the person who nominated you.
3. Select 11 other bloggers to nominate them for this award.
4. Write 11 questions for the bloggers you nominated to answer.

Firstly I would like to thank Emily from Pretty People Problems
Her 11 questions to me were:

  1. Favorite vacation spot of all time? This is such a difficult question, but I would have to say the USA, as I have such happy memories of holidays there.
  2. Fave book and why? Anything by Sarah Dessen. After starting one book of hers you'll be hooked and want to read all of her books!
  3. Best physical feature? Erm... I like the blue colour of my eyes?
  4. What is your go-to outfit? It depends on the season, but at the moment I love being able to grab a dress and either have a more casual look with flats or a more dressed up look with heels.
  5. Describe your first crush? This was so long ago I can't remember who it was. Sorry!
  6. If you could have dinner with any five people (dead or alive) who and why? Audrey Hepburn - I love her style and elegance; Winston Churchill - I love history and I would love to quiz him :); Lord Sugar - I also hope he would bring Nick Hewer! Miranda Hart - she is my favourite comedian! David Tennant - I just think he was a great Doctor!
  7. House on fire - family made it out safe - what would you save and why? 1 item. My dog is part of the family, so she is safe, right? If she is, then I have a ring my grandparents left me that I love.
  8. One word to describe yourself? Talkative.
  9. Theme song of your life? Maybe not exactly, but I watch this so often I always have this song in my head and I guess if I think about it it could be quite fitting, so ... The theme song from F.R.I.E.N.D.S!
  10. Movie your relate most to? I can't really think of one, so just off the top of my head, I really would love to learn how to dance, so Dirty Dancing.
  11. Why do you blog? I love to talk, so I thought I would write everything down instead (beauty related).

Secondly, I would love to thank Devon from Twitch's World
  1. Who are your favorite designers? I love Coach shoes and handbags. 
  2. Do you read any fashion/beauty magazines if so, which ones? It depends which articles take my fancy each month! 
  3. Whats your favorite makeup/beauty brand? Clinique - slightly obsessed with this brand.
  4. Who do you watch the most on Youtube? Vivianna Does Makeup. 
  5. Who is your favorite blogger? There are way too many to mention.
  6. What is your Holy grail essential? Clinique 3-Step.
  7. Whats your favorite colour for blush/lipsticks? I loved the Urban Decay range :( can't track any down now.
  8. Who is your celebrity icon? Audrey Hepburn.
  9. If you went onto a desert island, what would you bring? A phone to call home (if it worked) :) (I know everyone says that, but I didn't want to not say it... just in case), my dog for company and my kindle (stocked up on books).
  10. If you could have all the money in the world - what would you buy first? A Jeep!
  11. What do you use everyday makeup/beauty wise? Clinique Superbalanced foundation.

Next I would like to thank Charlotte from Makeup by Candlelight, which is where I got the Leibster picture from :) 

1. Favourite nail polish? OPI The Thrill of Brazil.
2. Product you would really like to try? Benefit High Beam.
3. Beauty product you know you really should use, but can't be bothered? Eyelash curlers.
4. Favourite skin care brand? Clinique.
5. What inspires you? Audrey Hepburn elegance.
6. BB Creams - Bleeding Brilliant or Boring Blah? I don't really use them, so no opinion just yet.
7. Where would you go on your dream holiday? The USA.
8. Favourite drugstore/high street  mascara? Rimmel mascaras.
9. Beauty product you will never buy again? Pretty Quick Instant nail polish remover.
10. First perfume you ever got? A Minnie Mouse perfume.
11. Most hyped product that you don't agree with? Just because I don't have the patience to get them right; false eyelashes.

Last, but by no means least, I would like to thank Kate from Simplicity 

  1. When did you first get into makeup? Probably about 13/14, but actually more interested a few years later.
  2. Do you buy mainly high end, or drugstore beauty products (or both)? Both.
  3. What inspired you to start blogging? Reading other blogs!
  4. What is your guilty pleasure? Non - beauty, definitely mochas!
  5. What is your holy grail foundation? Clinique Superbalanced.
  6. Do you like to stick to the same beauty products that you know work, or do you like to mix it up? As long as I have my favourites as a back up I will try new products as often as I can.
  7. Are you loving the influence of the 90s on fashion at the moment, or do you think it's dreadful? I love the 90s fashion, but personally I haven't been going out and grabbing all I can to follow it.
  8. Do you thoroughly research a new product before you buy it, or do you impulse buy? Both, the more expensive it is, the more research I will do.
  9. If you could have the look of any celebrity, who would it be? Audrey Hepburn!
  10. Do you feel comfortable leaving the house without make up on? If its an OK day I don't mind leaving the house for a short while, but mainly just to walk the dog, go to the supermarket etc. For uni I wouldn't go without makeup of some form.
  11. What is your favourite scent? I really love The Body Shop coconut scent! 

Ok, if you're still reading by now THANK YOU and you definitely deserve a coffee! Not too much left to read now :)

My 11 questions are:
  1. If you weren't blogging, what would you spend your time doing?
  2. Would you rather give yourself a manicure or go to a salon?
  3. If you could go anywhere for the day tomorrow where would it be?
  4. What is the one makeup or skincare item you use but really don't know why? 
  5. Whats the one item (beauty or non - beauty) that you couldn't cope without?
  6. Which person's style do you follow the most?
  7. If you could only use 5 makeup products what would they be?
  8. Beach hair or glossy locks?
  9. One random beauty tip...
  10. One random life tip...
  11. What do you love most about blogging?
In no particular order, I nominate:

Pretty Please by Emily
Beauty Banter by Maddy
Une Jolie Vie by Mia
D is for... by Dannielle
Haleywood by Hayley
Beauty Angel by Sarah
Fizzy Peaches by Lyndsay
Alavish by Lauren
Eldy's Pocket by Liz
Running In Platforms by Dana & Tory

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