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

Monday, 5 August 2013

Boots Haul

At the moment Boots have a 3 for 2 offer on Soap & Glory products, which, as you can see, I have taken advantage of yet again!

This time I bought:
Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed RRP £11.50 - I have used this once since I bought it and it really does heat up on your skin, making it feel as though it is actually working. Whether it will unclog my pores and help keep my skin clear, I am not sure yet, so I will have to carry on using it before I can write a proper review.

Soap & Glory The Firminator RRP £12.00 - This product aims to improve the skin on your upper arms, to make sure it is... firm. Again, I have used this once since I bought it and again you can feel it working, as it does make your arms sort of tingle; the packaging does say this is normal, so I wasn't freaking out when this happened thinking I was allergic to it.

Soap & Glory Clean On Me RRP £6.00 - This is a shower gel and a moisturiser in one bottle, which instantly appealed to me, as it will speed up the amount of time I take getting ready! Also, it is a large bottle with a pump, which is so much easier than a small little shower gel with a flip cap. So, basically this product just makes life a lot easier!

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser RRP £4.99 - I had already bought this before I realised just how many bloggers were raving about it. I really have to agree with the positive comments it is getting, as it really is so easy to use! Check out my review HERE (I had to review it as soon as I could, I love it that much!)

So, yet again I have been spending in Boots, but with 3 for 2 who can blame me? Have you been stocking up on your Soap & Glory whilst it's on offer?

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser

I bought this a few weeks ago, before I saw all the positive reviews on other blogs, as it just seemed quite ... quirky and new, so I obviously had to give it a try! I was so surprised by how much I loved this product, as to be honest I bought it just because it was a bit different to other moisturisers, yet I now find myself loving getting ready when I get to use this! It is so simple to use and really does cut down the amount of time it takes you to get ready!

You literally just have to spray a fine mist all over and then quickly rub in the bits that got a bit too much or an extra dousing and you're all set to go. It is more of an aerosol than a normal spray, as it is compressed in the can and comes out as shown above. But instead of thinking this would then not be as good as other moisturisers, in that it would be a bit too fine or oily, it is actually a great consistency, as it is not gloopy and sticky like some, but a fine liquid that is quickly absorbed into the skin and is a great moisturiser. It dries so quickly and you don't end up with that annoying tacky feel to your skin that comes with quite a few other moisturisers! I really would recommend this as a way to speed up your day, yet without having to miss out on quality!

Have you tried this yet? What do you think?

Saturday, 3 August 2013

USA Nail Polish Haul

As I have mentioned in a few posts, I was recently away in the USA, we actually did a road trip and drove thousands of miles and saw so many places it was amazing! But, I won't go on about that or else you will be here all day. Whilst in some of these places I picked up a few nail polishes (including duty free of course). & You're Such A Budapest & Can't Find my Czechbook & Eurso Euro
First I bought four full size nail polishes in the Euro Centrale Collection by OPI. I thought the colours were so gorgeous, they came in, You're Such a Budapest, Can't find my Czechbook and Eurso Euro (in the order shown above). So far I have worn the two blue colours and the glitter and I adore them! I personally think they suit all seasons, so I will be wearing them all and reviewing them as I go!
Hollywood If I Could & Neutral Beauty
Of course, whilst in the US, I had to look around Sephora, or quite a few Sephora shops if I'm being honest! When it came down to nail polish I did try and limit myself, as I loved so many lacquers, but I just wouldn't be able to fit them in my case home! I bought an amazing glittery top coat: Hollywood If I Could, which I have to say, is rapidly becoming one of my favourite polishes I have ever owned! It goes with everything! If you want a flawless manicure that looks fit for a ball, not just a night out, I would suggest putting this over a black! Whether you apply one or two coats of this is personal preference, but both look fabulous! I also really wanted a neutral colour, so I bought a more stand out neutral in my opinion, but lovely all the same.

Dating a Royal
I love block colours (I am currently on the look out for a block green) and so when I saw Dating A Royal in a little beauty shop near where we went for breakfast, I just had to pick it up! It was on sale too, the whole OPI stall was half price, I really had to stop myself buying so much more when I found this out!

As you can see, I only bought OPI nail polish on holiday, but since it's one of my favourite brands and you don't see them on stalls here in the UK, I felt it wasn't too over the top. What's you're beauty impulse buy on holiday?

Friday, 2 August 2013

Clinique Chubby Stick Review

I have no doubt mentioned that I am a Clinique fan, from their 3- step routine to their lip gloss, I have yet to find a product of theirs I haven't wanted to re-purchase. So it's no wonder that I love their Chubby Sticks. I love the colours in the sets, they range from an orange/red to a purple, which, although I wouldn't normally pick up a purple colour, after trying it, it is something I would wear.

The consistency of the Chubby Sticks is more creamy and less solid than a lipstick, they glide onto your lips so easily, yet unlike certain lipsticks, it isn't a task trying to make sure you don't 'colour outside the lines'. Although, this being said, it does mean you will have to apply a little bit more than you would a lipstick to get a decent colour, as they can seem a little on the pale side after only one swipe.

The shades are all what you see on the side of the stick, apart from Richer Raisin, which in my opinion is more of a brown shade than a purple shade. It is still a nice colour, however if you wanted a bold purple, I would advise you test this in store first before purchasing straight away. Personally I love Chunky Cherry and Oversized Orange, as I tend to wear the Orange shade during the day and switch to Cherry in the evening or if I am going out. Curvy Candy is a great shade for when you just want to look fresh and have that summer time look. Whereas, Super Strawberry is something you are more likely to wear to go out at night, but remember to take it with you, as these Chubby Sticks are great, but have a  few drinks or eat a big meal and you won't see much of them left on your lips, on your glass - yes, but on your lips - not so much. But, I don't think that should dissuade you, as I took these on holiday and I could tell I was still wearing them for much longer than most of my lipsticks (and it was HOT - up to 46 degrees Celsius!). They also don't seem to dry my lips out like lipsticks can, so no need to apply lip balm before applying, which is a big pro in my book! Overall, I think this is a great range and they are worth trying, I know I will be adding to my collection some time soon!

Have you tried Clinique Chubby Sticks? What do you think?

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Simple Ways to Save #2

This post is about not spending as many pennies, or at least, not wasting as many pennies.

I don't know about you but there are certain products I do not want to be without, so when they get close to running out I restock so that I have a new one when I need it. This tends to be my staple makeup, haircare, skincare etc. I love these products and rely on them to always be  there. Now, I don't see anything wrong with that at all, they aren't products that are too expensive and I will always use them in my makeup bag. However, what I won't do, is use them all up, which inspired me to write this post.

Don't waste!
This sounds ridiculously obvious and it really is! Although, I am the worst when it comes down to using the end of a product, I don't want to spend time getting the foundation out of the bottom of the bottle or deal with the cracked powder you get when you've nearly finished it, so I open a new one. The thing is, I bet with the amount of times I do this a year I am wasting over a bottle of foundation, a few containers of powder and definitely a few tubes of mascara to say the least, and I am only mentioning the things in the picture above - a drop in the ocean compared to my abundance of staple products!

So I propose we should use as much of the product as possible, manage with leaving a bottle turned upside down in our makeup bags, running the brush over the cracked powder, shaking the shampoo bottle, and getting those extra pennies worth out of the much loved staples before we delve into a fresh set! It will mean they last so much longer and you will have to restock less often! Imagine how much you could save if you bought one less bottle of shampoo, conditioner, foundation etc each year!
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