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Embracing Autumn

3 Sep

Hello wonderful readers. Are you in as much shock as me? It’s September already!! I will say in total cliché style that I don’t know where the year has gone. We’ve had a lovely summer and us English roses were very fortunate to have a heat wave in July.

Speaking of waves, it’s now time to start waving goodbye to our summer wardrobes, unless you’re jetting off in the next couple of months for a last ditch week of sunshine you lucky beggars! 

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This summer was all about embracing the new; pastels, prints, brights, and well colour… to my mono-boring clothing collection. I very happily adopted lots of new make-up, nail polishes, clothes, accessories and two kittens. Now it’s getting colder my mind is shifting to; snoods, boots, hot chocolate, coats and everything else in the quest for warmth.

However I still want to add some new so this is all about embracing Autumn.

I usually love wines, plums, warm greys and blacks and I picked a few items to mirror this in an outfit i’d wear back to college or university.

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My essentials clothing wise is the ability to layer clothes. Wearing some black ‘boyfriend jeans’, a short sleeved wine jumper with a ‘peter pan’ collar and warm grey ‘waterfall’ cardigan. I like to turn to warmer, richer colours and these reflect some items that would turn my head in a shop. The Jeans are multifunctional as is the cardigan.

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Teaming with some classic Doc Martin boots and a novelty bobble hat. I love my hats, I have a small knitted horde of them they’re cute, comfy and practical in the colder months which is perfect for me as I get ear ache very easily. The boots will be a great companion for my warm tootsies all I need is some fluffy thermal socks!

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Keeping all your supplies handy in a black leather crossover bag, lets face it us girls like to carry around a lot of crap. Double that if you’re going to college or university as you have books and supplies and all sorts! A big bag for me is a necessity and I really like this one as it plays on the school satchel style. As far as the ring goes, who doesn’t like a statement pieces of jewellery.

My make-up palette will consist of browns, coppers, plums, berry reds and blacks. Here is some of my wishlist items.

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I really want to pick up the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk, followed by the infamous Kate Moss Lipsticks in the shades 107 & 111, I will be purchasing the MUA Chocolate Box shadow trio and the Sugar Plum Kohl Liner by Sleek – look at the swatch! So pretty!

What are your autumn essentials this year?

Much Love x

 

Budget Beauty #1 – Natural Collection Blusher

29 Aug

Welcome back lovelies! Some of you may or may not know that I am re-entering the scary world of education in 3 weeks time! Eeek!! That’s right, i’m off to university which means student lifestyle and budgeting….sad times. 

With all that in mind, I have decided that I really need to embrace my thrifty side and seek out all things beauty that will fit into my shoe-string budget.

For the wedding last month, I was on the hunt for a new blusher. Now I know what you’re thinking, I say budget blusher, you say Sleek right? Let’s face it, it was first to my mind also. However they’re £4.99, not breaking the bank I know and they’re super pigmented for the price but I thought I would try do one better.

One of the make-up counters I always seem to walk past in Boots is the Natural Collection counter. This is Boot’s own brand of make-up and if I summed it up in 3 words from first impressions it would be cheap, unattractive and unimpressive. However I have eaten humble pie as far as this brand is concerned.

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The first thing I would like to say about this blusher is the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. It’s in the same faux pas category as the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush packaging – not pretty. However for the very attractive price of £1.99 I am so willing to look past that, after all never judge a book by it’s cover!

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The blusher is available in 4 different shades, each all a variation of a pinky nude: Peach Melba, Rosey Glow, Pink Cloud & Dusky Pink. I chose Peach Melba as the initial swatch seemed to compliment the warm undertones in my skin. Since I purchased this I have not used another blusher! I am incredibly fair skinned and I often find most blush looks really awful on me, it either doesn’t suit my skin, doesn’t blend well or looks cakey!

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This blush creates a really natural glow that sits really softly on the skin, it is well pigmented so you don’t need a lot to create the desired effect but it’s easily build-able so it would suit darker skin tones too!

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Have you tried any of the Natural Collection range before? What other beauty budget brands would you recommend?

Much Love x

P.S Generally there is an offer with this range to buy any 3 products for £5.00! Definitely reason to go investigate! x

The hunt is over – Makeup & wedding

3 Aug

I feel like i’ve been out of touch for years and i’ve only had a week away! However my lovelies if you’ve been following my post series titled ‘The Hunt is On’ you’ll know where i’ve been!

Some friends of ours were getting married in Cornwall and invited us along for a weeks worth of preparations and celebrations! I had the dress, shoes, hair and accessories all sorted. So was feeling pretty confident that nothing much could go wrong!

On the day of the wedding I started off by exfoliating and giving my face a deep cleanse and a moisturise. My hair i’d washed the day before so it was clean but already had loose waves in from sleeping on it damp. I started my hair off by curling it with large barrelled straighteners and setting with hair spray as I went. After that I braided a section of hair by my temples and started to sweep it to the side to pin in place for my boho up-do.

It took a lot more effort and patience this time! My hair was a lot smoother and cleaner then the previous attempt so it was a bit more rebellious!

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After the hair was completed, I went onto the makeup for the day! Here is what I ended up taking…

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory// Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Light Vanilla 51// Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent// Benefit High Beam highlighter// GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer// Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 51// Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba// Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1.Picture 575

Sleek Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Natural 601// Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Light to Medium// Natural Collection Clear Mascara// Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black// Markwins Eyeshadow Palette in 00512// Mememe Cosmetics Dew Pot in Silk Dust 11// Topshop Engraved Magic Liner in Black.Picture 576

Makeup Bag Past Times// Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss in Kiss Me Coral// Fraulein Spoolie Brush// Revlon Shadow Contour Brush// Real Techniques Stippling Brush// QVS Stippling Brush// Dirty Works Eyeliner Brush// Dirty Works Smoky Eye Duo Brush. 

First step was to prime my skin, for this I used the GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer. After applying that liberally to my face and neck and letting it settle I went straight in with my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation. I wanted a semi matte/dewy finish and I think this lasts slightly better on my skin out of the two choices I took. I buffed that in to my skin with my new Real Techniques Stippling brush and after that just touched up any other imperfections with my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer.

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After creating a flawless canvas I started with the eyes. I applied a base using the Mememe Cosmetics Dew pot to give my eyeshadow staying power and longevity. I applied my all over lid colour and the crease colour as so… I then started to blend the crease colour using a windscreen wiper motion until all the harsh lines disappeared. Carrying on applying colour then blending to create the desired gradient and depth I groomed my brows and applied mascara.

Picture 628Time to sort out the cheeks! As i’d caught the sun quite considerably on the first day there I wanted to bring some warmth to my complexion. Using Bourjois Bronzing Powder I swept this lightly across my cheek and back into my hair line. This helped define my freckles and brought the desired bronze glow. I picked up a blusher from Natural Collection before I went away and used this to bring a flush of colour to the apples of the cheeks. Finally I highlighted my brow bone and the highpoint of my cheekbone using High Beam from Benefit.

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Finally the lips got love from my new favourite Lip Gloss from Revlon Kiss Me Coral!

Picture 627I hope you like how I did my makeup for the big event! I went for quite a neutral palette in the end to not take away from the amount of colour I was wearing! A snap of me and my fella from just after the ceremony! Please excuse my brolly in the shot but if you look at the weather behind us you’ll understand!

See how sunburnt we are! This is not actually a very flattering photo. Oh and just to give you a giggle, I was so taped into this dress that it took nearly an hour to get out of it!!!

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Finally a lovely shot of the happy couple! Didn’t they both look gorgeous!

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Much Love x

 

Beauty Blogger Tag

21 Jul

Very excited to be doing my first tag post! I have lots of love and thanks go give to Katie from http://beautyandthebakerblog.blogspot.co.uk/ if you don’t know this blog go on and take a peek now, i’ll wait for you………… are you back now? Ok brill!

Right then so onto this tag! Now this is my first time, i’m a little nervous so take it easy on me please 😉

1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.

I rarely groom my eyebrows. Purely because I have had the plucking life scared out of me (see what I did there, ha!) by seeing my older sisters over pluck to that trendy 90’s fine line. My eyebrow hairs are really fair rather pale and sickly looking (poor dears) and if I over trim or pluck I look like I barely have anything there! I try to keep them to a defined shape but my brows scare me!

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?

I am better at washing them then I used to be! My old trick was to wipe them on a baby wipe or similar and reuse them. I thought this was acceptable, *holds out wrist for a slapping*… NOT anymore however! although I should wash them more regularly, I definitely wash them correctly now. A serious step in the right direction!

3. How long will you last with chipped nail varnish?

On average around 5 seconds. After this I start chipping away at it as it’s the most satisfying feeling ever, terrible for your nails so don’t you guys do it!

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it (i.e., top coat, foundation and so on)?

It depends what it is! I am terrible at replacing mascara even when it starts to dry up I will continue to use it way past the recommended shelf life! Some things i’m good with though and I will buy them just before the old runs out and dies so there is no gap in between… I wished I was this organised with all things in life…

5. What is your worst beauty habit?

Picking spots (eeeewwww) I just can’t help it though, I tell myself it will help it disappear quicker if I pick at it – sigh.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time.

Cleaning the oven. Hands up who likes cleaning the oven? I hate it… even Mr Muscle doesn’t make me want to get to it. It’s definitely one thing I will procrastinate on over and over and over again.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?

I absolutely hate being rushed! However if I give myself too much time to think about what makeup to wear or how to style my hair I get in a fluster!! I like to take a hour all in all to get dressed, hair, makeup & nails. I think that’s acceptable? Right?…

8. Can you commit to spending bans?

Hmmm yes and no. I realise that sometimes money can be rather tight, bills, food and necessities need to be prioritised so when I have my sensible head on I can save and not spend. However I do get those days where I am just feeling a little deflated and a trip to the high street is just the remedy required. I think you have to treat yourself now and again; A) because you’re worth it and B) because it doesn’t hurt now and again.

9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collections? 

My makeup is split up. I have a makeup bag with all my everyday essentials in and a larger bag with the rest of my collection. My nail polishes all live an an old Converse box – I really would like to organise them better.

10. What is the longest time you’ve gone without writing a blog post? 

I have tried to slow down between blog posts a little, purely because I don’t want to post for the sake of it and for the quality of what I write to become less. I try to post 2/3 times a week but lately this has been more like 1/2 times.

Right my lovelies thank you for reading my first tag post! I hope you enjoyed my rambles and now onto my blogs to tag!

http://www.nickisnicknackery.com/

http://www.littlemissaverage.com/

http://www.newbeautyrevolution.blogspot.co.uk/

http://amysannex.blogspot.co.uk/

http://whatmollyloves.blogspot.co.uk/

Love you all x

Liebster Awards

15 Jul

I cannot believe I am writing another Liebster Award post! I was so chuffed the first time I was nominated but since I have been completely overwhelmed because I have been nominated a further four times! Totally gobsmacked but I want to thank all of you who have nominated and everyone who stops by my little blog. Massive love xx

The lovely ladies who nominated me are –

Shona from http://www.shonaelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk/

Suz from http://bloosieslife.blogspot.co.uk/

Steph from http://stephaniemaverick.blogspot.co.uk/

Katie from http://curledfantasies.wordpress.com/

Before you read on I urge you to go and pay each of these beauts a visit as they all have fabulous blogs and I feel very lucky to have them in my little blogging world, they’ll rock yours promise! xx

As I have been asked similar questions by each lovely lady i’ll condense the ones that are the same or similar to make the post less of a bore 😉 x

Down to the questions –

Asked by Shona

1. Did you have an inspiration to start blogging? if yes, who? (Asked by Shona & Suz)
I didn’t really have any blogging inspiration, I had heard of some successful beauty bloggers but really mine started because I just wanted somewhere to release my ramblings. I didn’t have a particular subject I wanted to blog about just anything that interested me.
2. If you could travel to one place right now, where would you go?
I would say the beach. I love a nice sandy beach, one I can dig my toes in the sand take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery and just recharge my batteries!
3. Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Just one?! ooooh…. I really love mint choc chip – it’s a classic right?
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4. Favourite handbag item?
Aside from the obvious I always carry a notepad and or sketchbook. If inspiration strikes then I have the tools to capture it or scribble my mad idea down before I forget it! I love doodling and writing notes / lists so these are actually as essential as my purse and phone.
5. Sun or Snow?
Can a girl have both? I love the sunny weather but as i’m pale the sun can effect me a little too easily if i’m not careful but the snow is fun to muck around in and look at!
6. Favourite type of shoes?
I am a boots kind of girl, you can get casual ones or dressy ones, ankle, mid calf, knee high or thigh high boots. So many options, so little wardrobe space…
7. Bold eyes or bold lips?
I struggle to carry off bold lips so I would definitely go with eyes!
8. Favourite TV show?
I do love a bit of Come Dine With Me or Don’t Tell The Bride, these I have on series link so I always have a stash of episodes to watch!
9. Bath or shower?
Showers! They are so much more refreshing, I will relax in a bath if i’m having a bad time of the…ok i’ll stop there (you get the hint!)
10. Least favourite shop?
I hate…HATE the supermarket, especially on a weekend. People are rude, I always get my foot ran over and guaranteed I will get walked into..I am nearly 5ft 9″ am I really that hard to miss?!
11. Favourite colour nail polish?
This has got to be the hardest for me…I love (at the moment) pastel shades and I am currently wearing a lovely mint green from Rimmel.
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Asked by Suz

1. Bourbon cream or custard cream?
Bourbon Cream, no doubt about it!
2. Camping or luxury hotel?
I haven’t had any good experiences camping so for now I will have to say luxury hotel! However I would love to have a good camping experience!
 3. What’s your favourite word?
Serendipity! It means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; a fortunate mistake. Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.
 4. What smell do you like the most?
I love the smell of fresh clean washing, fresh cut grass, my vanilla cupcake Yankee candle and my boyfriend’s aftershave.
 5.What’s the worst Christmas present you have ever received?
Haha. The worst present was a computer mouse. Yes that’s right I tried my best to look grateful (I was grateful…it’s a useful present! but when it’s all you have under the tree to open from your boyfriend it’s a bit…oh thanks) I still feel bad about it now! Sorry Rob! x
 6. Which is your favourite season?
I like Autumn, it’s pretty, colourful and still can be rather warmish.
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 8. Laptop or desktop?
Desktop, I prefer being able to sit up straight when working at the computer!
 9. Bright colours or pastel colours? 
I am scared of a lot of bright colours so definitely pastels although these are new to me too!
10. What is your ideal day off? 
My ideal day off would be a good productive day, being somewhere I enjoy like the beach and feeling like i’d made a difference to someone that day.
11. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
Salad. I could eat the stuff till the cows come home. I swear I was a rabbit in a previous life! x

Asked by Steph

1. If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be? e.g. home, your bed, on vacation. 
I would definitely be on holiday! Somewhere sunny 🙂
2. What’s your favourite lipstick? 
My current favourite is Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. Infact i’ve used it all up 😦
3. When it comes to eyeliner do you wing it, smoke it or not use it? 
I generally wing it when I wear it but it’s not often as it doesn’t last well on my oily lids!
4. Dragons or unicorns?
Dragons for sure!

“I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, khaleesi to Drogo’s riders, and queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.”

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5. If you could meet anyone in the world from any time period who would it be? e.g. Amelia Earhart, Tom Cruise.
 I would meet Cleopatra, get her to tell me where she is buried and then make the find of the century uncovering her tomb. Yes I love Egyptology.
6. Do you prefer your hair up or down?
I usually sling my hair up, I say sling that is quite an accurate description of what I do. Me and hair do not get on well.
7. On vacation of you wear dresses and skirts or jeans and shorts? 
Hmmm I haven’t been on a decent holiday for a few years now but I would say shorts for the daytime and dresses / skirts for the evening.
8. Sandals or flip-flops? 
 I love both and can’t possibly choose. Don’t make me 😦
9. What is your favourite feel-good summertime song right now? 
I love the new Will-I-Am Song ❤
11. What do you want to get out of blogging, where do you see yourself a year from now? 
I don’t want to get anything out of blogging really, I am happy whatever happens. It’s lovely that people are following me and enjoying my writings and if PR companies want to further work with me great but it’s still my ramblings,  nothing more. In a year I see myself applying to university and having just blogged about my year in college as a mature student and about my art.

Asked by Katie

1) What is your all-time favourite nail polish? Brand and colour! 

The common brand in my nail polish collection is Rimmel but I wouldn’t proclaim it the favourite.. I am loving the new Barry M Gelly Hi Shines! If I had to pick a colour it would be Prickly Pear!

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2) If I were to give you £100 what would you spend it on?

I would probably take my other half out for a decent anniversary meal and date. ❤

3) What is your favourite high street store?

Primark. That’s right…I said it.

4) How would you describe your personal style?

If I had to describe it in 3 words it would be – Mixed, Comfy, Classic.

5) Top beauty/styling tip?

I would say that hygiene is really important, clean those makeup brushes girl!

6) What’s your favourite film?

Insert geek moment – Scott Pilgrim VS The World… I heart that film, so so so much.

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7) If you could visit anywhere in the world where would that be?

Egypt. I love the history and if I had the grades i’d of gone into Egyptology and Archaeology. x

8) What is your favourite meal?

Caramelised onion, roast cherry tomato and steak salad. Yum x

9) Do you have any siblings?

3 half sisters and a half brother.

10) What is your guilty pleasure? (This can be ANYTHING – food, tv, film…)

I love video games! World of Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Skyrim, Fable…geeeeeek!

11) Where do you live? I love to know where my fellow bloggers are!

I live in Warwickshire in the United Kingdom 🙂

 

Right! Time to nominate some more wonderful bloggers and share the Liebster love!

I would like to nominate –

Mari @ http://themarimaskscara.blogspot.co.uk/

Katy @ http://gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Steph @ http://scottishstefsnails.blogspot.co.uk/

Megan @ http://www.littlemissaverage.com/

Fifi @ http://fifimcgee.blogspot.co.uk/

Emma @ http://lifeispeachytales.blogspot.co.uk/

Jess @ http://coffeeandcosmetics.blogspot.co.uk/

Nora Lilly @ http://hello-you-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

Steph @ http://stephsinsidevoice.blogspot.co.uk/

Sazzle @ http://sazzle262.wordpress.com/

Not all of these ladies are beauty bloggers. They all have their own unique blogs which I love reading. Please check them out!

My questions to you all are –

Cat, Dog or Other Pet?

If you had to choose would you rather be blind or deaf?

What life motto do you live by?

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction?

What’s your go to skin care routine?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Describe your personality in 3 words?

What’s your chinese zodiac sign and does it describe you well?

Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?

 

I hope you enjoyed my post and reading my answers to all the questions I was asked. I look forward to seeing my nominees answers Xx

 

The magic of micellar water

8 Jul

I have accepted that I am very much behind the times. I live my life in a happy little daze, but when I discover something so monumental and I had no idea it even existed I really wonder where on earth my head is…

There is a science geek hiding on the skincare shelves mixed in with the beauty creams, but shhhhh don’t tell. I have heard the excited calls of fellow beauty bloggers raving madly about their Micellar water, I was curious I had to find out what it was.

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I was very excited to use this as I heard it was just like water on your face but a really good makeup remover too. It was true to it’s word and removed my makeup with ease without any irritation but it gets better….

Micellar has a special molecule in the water that attracts oil, so when you’re using it on your cotton pad it’s acting like a magnet and taking all your oil and gunky yukky stuff with it. Clever huh?

Here is my cheesy Mr Miceller molecule sketches!

Picture 550Picture 551Picture 552 As you can see…he’ll attract all the oil and dirt, wash him off with water or a swipe of your cotton pad (this might look cheesy, but he’s kinda cute!)…

Since using this and as you can see it’s only been a tiny bit! I have noticed my blackheads which have been an absolute nightmare to get rid of are coming to the surface of my skin, which although sounds disgusting is actually great because all it is going to take it a couple of hot cloth cleansings to send them packing!

I find it does a grand job at removing my makeup including my mascara, what I love is I don’t have to rub or pull at my eyes to help get it off! It leaves my skin soft and feeling really clean.

I really can’t believe I lived without this before! This will be my staple makeup remover from here on out, I cannot recommend this enough!.

If you’ve tried this, let me know what you thought! Also give me a thumbs up for the cinema glasses and white shirt labcoat scientist look – oh yeah! x

Avon Haul – Review

1 Jul

Such fond memories fill my head when I think of Avon. Sitting with my mum as she opened her Avon purchases and feeling grown up flipping through the scented pages of the catalogue. It’s no secret that I love their Supershock Gel Eyeliner which I raved about in my last review.

I was so excited to get some new bits and pieces from Avon as I always love trying new things, I think my boyfriend and I might need to get a bigger house soon to accomodate my ever growing makeup, hair and beauty collection – oopsie!

I love nail polishes and anything nail care and i’m desperately trying to wear brighter colours this year!

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This nail polish comes from their Nailwear Pro+ range and is in the shade Inspire (*). It’s a wonderful summery yellow with a cool undertone that would give a great pop of colour to your outfit. I find with nail polish I am an impatient cow, I want it on my nails and dry within minutes because as soon as the first drop hits there is a million and one things I want to do. I mean come on, who hasn’t had the worst urge to go to the toilet as soon as you’ve painted your nails…it’s definitely sods law.

I anticipated this would take a good few coats to get a good colour payoff so I started applying it a bit on the thicker side to try speed things up, mistake that was! The polish only needed 2 decent coats to give a nice opaque colour which pleased me lots, it looks really pleasant but only lasted on my nails a matter of hours before the first sizeable chip…doh silly me forgot to put a top coat on!

This isn’t a colour I would normally purchase, it’s one of those brights that intimidate me, but we’re all about embracing change aren’t we?

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I also got this blush in the colour Russett (*), on Avon’s website there are nothing but great reviews about this blush range so I was eager to try it for myself. When you look at the picture I hope you share this first impression, you don’t get a lot of product do you? A lovely compact with a mirror and brush but actual product for your money, hmmph maybe that’s just me.

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I thought i’d give the free brush that came with it a go, which immediately got thrown over my shoulder in the direction of the bin. It literally gave my cheek a pinky red ‘go faster’ stripe – not attractive… Undeterred however I picked up my trusty blush brush and picked up a small amount of product to apply. It applied on the bright side, I quickly learnt it’s a very pigmented blush and I needed to go over the top with my foundation brush to tone it down to my taste.

This isn’t a blush colour I think overly suits me, instead of a healthy rosy cheek I just look….embarrassed. This would look lovely on a darker skin tone I think, but as for pale and interesting here, it didn’t cut the mustard – Sorry Avon!

Moving swiftly on, the last product I received was another liner! Hurray! Avon Gilmmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner in the colour Twilight (*). This is a beautiful sparkly blue liner and again like its Supershock cousin glided on to give a smooth application. I was super surprised that I didn’t have to do a couple of strokes to get a decent colour payoff – once again Avon delivered with a one stroke wonder. I applied this on my lower lash line and married it with a few coats of my favourite mascara, the pop of colour lasted all day and several people commented on how it caught the light.

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So pleased with this little beauty, this is definitely finding a home in my everyday makeup bag. I am buzzing with ideas of making a navy sparkly smokey eye or smudging the liner for a more sultry look.

Please don’t take my words as gospel, if you like the look of any of these products then do feel free to try them out yourself! Just because they might not have been right for me, doesn’t mean they won’t be wonderful on you. One thing I can safely say across the board with everything i’ve tried here – they are FANTASTIC quality for money.

I would love to hear your thoughts, have you tried any of these products? Let me know what your opinions!

Much Love x

Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner – Review

29 Jun

So many pencil and kohl eyeliners have inhabited my makeup bag over the years, many left unused and unloved after only a few applications…yes it’s safe to say over my makeup wearing years eyeliners have been one of the highest casualties.

When I started wearing of makeup at 16, eyeliner was one of my first inherited items from my mum, not really having much of a clue at that age lead to bad experiences and frustrations. I have rather oily skin and unfortunately oily eyelids are part and parcel, every liner I tried made me look more like a panda then pretty.

Over the years i’ve tried several other eye products but now finally i’ve come full circle back to the search for the beloved eyeliner. I first heard of the legendary Avon Supershock from the Pixiwoo sisters, hearing further tales of it’s superior staying power led me to finally purchase one.

Upon inspection of the liner it seemed on the blunt side which made me a bit dubious as to how precise it would apply, however it glided on my waterline with out any snags and was a lot softer then I thought. I decided to see if it would last my 12 hour work day, the ultimate test as far as I am concerned!

Here is a picture of the fresh application at 7.30am

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Dress down Friday got quite a dramatic look from me! Love the inky black on the water line that the gel eyeliner gave! Got high hopes for this little beaut!

Took another snap at lunchtime around 12.30..

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As you can see the product has moved a little into my lash line but it’s still there and still beautifully black! Really fantastic for 5 hours of wear! Shame the same staying power can’t be said about my lipstick! Had just eaten lunch though!

And finally! The shot in the car before I leave to go home at 17.30!

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10 hours of wear and NO touch ups throughout the day! I am mega mega impressed Avon!! What a fabulous product, I cannot believe you beat my oily eyelids! Bravo!!

So there you have it folks, I have to rave about how good this product is! Applies easily, pigmented colour payoff, stays put on there for 10 hours + and it’s an absolute steal price wise! Definitely check it out! Avon Supershock is my superhero of eyeliners!

Rimmel Apocalips – Review

26 Jun

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The Rimmel product on all bloggers lips (geddit!) lately is the Apocalips Range, I have seen so many reviews on them I had to try them out for myself.

I picked up two in the shades Luna and Nude Eclipse..

Picture 522The first thing I have to say about these is that they are highly pigmented and there is a very nice selection of colours to choose from! I was drawn instantly to Luna for the understated orangey coral tone which is beautiful. It’s a thick consistency but it’s not sticky and has no particular smell to it.

The packaging is different which is rather nice but I don’t particularly like the applicator as it has a hollow area which holds the product.

Picture 523I find this can hinder a smooth and even application and often I have ended up with far too much on but this to me is a small bug bear I can deal with for what I think is a lovely range of lip glosses. I find the finish on these is what I would class as satin but they do dry more matte. They also last extremely well and I would definitely recommend these!

Picture 524Me wearing Luna on the lips

I hope you found this review helpful, do let me know if you’ve tried these and what you think!

Much Love x

Shopping haul #1

23 Jun

As the title says I went shopping! Hurrah!

Picture 501Behold the haul of goodies! My shopping trip included – Topshop, Bank, Pilot, Primark & Millie’s Cookies (naughty I know – guilty pleasure!). 

Here’s a picture of my nosy dog investigating my purchases, she always has to see if i’ve brought anything home for her!

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Anyway onto the actual haul! 

Picture 504Left to Right – Primark  dusky pink delicate knit cardigan// Bank coral peeptoe flats// Primark light grey cardigan// Topshop magic liner in black// Lips by Topshop Beatnik dirty pink nude//  Primark natural look false lashes//. 

If you want to see what I purchased from Pilot check out my The hunt is on – Summer wedding dress post.

Primark

I always pop into Primark when I go shopping simply because it’s great to see what bargins they have. The stock changes in there so quickly that nothing ever seems to be the same when I go. I wanted a light grey cardigan that was light, covered by bum but wasn’t a waterfall style. They had quite a selection and I opted for this one.

Picture 507Sums up pretty much everything I wanted! awesome. Also ended up leaving with this one as it’s beautiful and I love it!

Picture 508This photo does make it look more purple then pink but it’s a really soft vintage pink colour and it’s super comfy to wear! Both of these cardigans were £10.00 from Primark which lets face it, is an absolute steal!. I also picked up some false lashes to wear to the wedding i’m going to next month. I have used these before and for what they are you can’t go wrong for a £1.00! They do 3 different styles but the natural effect are the ones I prefer.

Topshop

I went in to check out their makeup range as I have been dying to see what the fuss is about. I have heard so much about their range I decided to pick up a couple of bits.

20E14CBLK_normalI have always been dubious about these ‘magic liners’ I have always struggled with a good liner flick but this wasn’t too far on the pricey scale, so I decided to give it a shot! – Not a bad first attempt eh?!

Picture 510I also purchased my second… Lips by Topshop in the colour Beatnik (also pictured above). I am all about dirty pink nudes and this is no exception to the love affair. Take a look at my Product picks for summer post for a more detailed review of this lippy.

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And a swatch..

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Bank

I don’t often get to go in this shop as it’s not in my local town but I couldn’t resist on this occasion! Which leads me to my next purchase.

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These are stunning and perfect for adding a pop of colour to your outfit this summer. I took it as an omen that these were the only pair left and they were in my size. I hardly needed anymore convincing then that. £10.00 in the sale ❤

Right that’s the lot apart from the Pilot purchase but you have to check out my Summer Wedding Dress post for that one!

Much Love x

The hunt is on – The perfect summer wedding outfit.

23 Jun

Summer is a the season to get married, my boyfriend and I have friends who are doing just that this year. Our friends are having their lovely wedding in Cornwall at the end of July and we are very much looking forward to attending.

Only recently I found out that the theme of the wedding (dress code wise) was slightly more on the casual scale with the “Summer frocks and flip-flops” emblazoned on the invitation. Ok not so bad I thought, I have a few smart maxi dresses tucked away in my wardrobe and I had one particular in mind. A long elegant vintage dusky pink maxi dress with a halter neck tie and wooden bead detail on the straps. I thought that was me sorted….I was wrong.

My boyfriend has the role of an usher for the wedding and has been given a few bits of clothing to wear to match the others. He’ll be wearing a linen blazer, chino and boat shoe ensemble.

843225797-690-G38s798-867-G38s Won’t he look smart! All items above are from Next in the current men’s summer range.

So if you’re getting my drift my happy idea of a vintage pink number will clash the socks off what my other half  has to wear…oh dear. This now can only mean one thing, with just under 6 weeks to go to the wedding – my hunt for the perfect summer wedding outfit is on! 

Wedding Outfit Itinerary

1. Dress

2. Shoes

3. Accessories

4. Makeup

5. Hair

It’s going to be a challenging 6 weeks, let the hunt begin!

Much Love x

The Week #2

12 Jun

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This week  – Fresh Strawberries & Raspberries ❤ Summer Food// Do you like Butter? Summer flowers// Rimmel Rose Libertine feeling pink// Homemade Profiteroles  Heavenly// Chocolate Fudge Cupcake a very food orientated week!// Black & White Classic// This is Your Life It’s too short – live the life you love// Summer Makeup dewy healthy glow.

Life saving product of the week – Palmers Cocoa Butter Purifying Facial Mask… OMG this is heaven in a tube! My skin has seriously been breakout city this week (damn hormones). If you know me my absolute life goal is trying to keep the pesky blighters at bay. This facemask is a miracle worker on my combination skin. Smooth it over damp skin and let the natural green clay draw out all your pore clogging impurities allowing the deeply nourishing natural Almond Oil to get to work on your dry skin patches. Evening Primrose Oil, Chamomile extracts and Aloe Vera will help to calm the skin reducing redness while Menthol will leave it feeling cool and refreshed. Cocoa Butter will keep the skin nicely moisturised – give this a go if you haven’t already!! You’re missing out ❤

 

Summer Nails

12 Jun

I have been a little obsessed lately with my nails.

There are sooo many beautiful nail polishes available at the moment in a stunning array of colours. Every time I seem to go shopping another seems to make it home with me…I might have a slight issue (don’t tell!).

I am loving the pastel colour trends but have never been brave enough to try them. This year with my new mantra I have decided to adopted these little beauties. Picture 482

Left to Right – Rimmel Coralicious// Rimmel Pure Sin//Rimmel Rose Libertine// Barry M Prickly Pear// Barry M Blueberry// Rimmel Sky High//Rimmel Sweet as Sugar// Models Own Indian Ocean//Rimmel Mary Quite Contrary.

As you might be able to tell I am always drawn to Rimmel. Their colour shades always keep me coming back for more, today being no exception –

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I have also been drawn to Barry M’s new Gelly Nails range. Super cute colours with a glossy shine… what’s not to love?!

If you are a traditional girl and love your red and pinks have a gander at these…

Picture 484Something to suit everybody here, whilst giving into the Corals and Vintage Pastel colours –

Left to Right – Rimmel Double Decker Bus// Rimmel Apricot Pop//Rimmel Pure Sin//Rimmel Rose Libertine//Rimmel Coralicious (front). 

Pastels more to your taste? Check these –

Picture 488These colours remind me of Dolly Mixture…

Left to Right – Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Prickly Pear// Rimmel Mary Quite Contrary// Rimmel Pure Sin//Rimmel Sweet as Sugar// Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Blueberry.

As with all drugstore nail polishes I find they last better with a top coat and give them 2-3 coats for maximum colour payoff. Go and have a wander into your local drugstore and prepare to be mesmerized by the amazing colours – treat yourself to something new this year.

Tell me what your favourites are for your nails, any excuse for me to try something new!

Much Love x

My on-going quest for beautiful nails.

2 Jun

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One thing that’s always been an obsession of mine is nails.

Even when I was young, I had a pretend set that you wore like rings over the tips of your fingers…I thought they were great! Many fun hours proceeded of pointing and tapping. Wonder what ever happened to those

My mother has beautiful strong and healthy nails, but unfortunately genetics didn’t smile on me and it skipped a generation…

Mine have always been brittle, soft and you’d think they were a bunch of bananas the amount they split.

Over the years, I have tried EVERYTHING; Supplements, Clearcoats, Strengtheners, Lotions, Potions… you name it.

So what has worked for me?…

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let’s discuss nail care on a budget. 

First and foremost a nail mantra –

Treat your nails like jewels, not tools…

How true, we pick, scratch, poke, prod and your nails all take the brunt of it, poor little buggers...

You wouldn’t fancy using your diamonds to do your dirty work, so time to start holding your hands in higher regards.

Show them some love (your hands and nails that is) –

Plenty of good old calcium and vitamin A in your diet will help strengthen the blighters; yoghurt, cheese, milk…yummy. If your diet is poor your  hair, skin and nails can all suffer. Make sure to try include some diary in your diet each day – your nails will thank you for it.

Nail Bath –

Soak them in some extra virgin olive oil…sounds gross maybe but i’ve seen dozens of beauty gurus recommend it. Soak them in it for up to 5 minutes, as it’s rich in vitamins it will help condition your nails as well as promote growth. When you’re done, rub the excess in with your thumbs to prompt and increase blood flow to your nail beds, it all helps to keep them healthy and strong!

Filing & Keeping them painted –

Plain and simple, file your nails in one direction only (think of the band to help you remember if you have to!) it will help infinitely with splitting. Try to keep them painted at all times, even if it’s with a clear coat if your mood isn’t colourful…

Try different colours and funky cute designs, guaranteed to keep your nails stronger and make you smile!

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I’d love to hear your tips, tricks and secrets!

Much Love x