Monday, 31 December 2012

New camera!


Hello all! So as many other bloggers did I got a new camera for Christmas, hurrah!! My old camera was I think 3 years old and so I used my Blackberry phone camera for the blog as it was just as good (if not better....) I asked my mum and dad if they'd get me one for Christmas and we went to look at a few together so I could see if it was what I wanted. Now I wasn't about to jump straight in and ask for a DSLR, one because I could not afford to pay (most) of the cost towards it and two because I wouldn't even know how to use it! So we agreed on a Bridge camera, which is like an in-betweeny type which looks like a professional camera but without all the special features. If you'd like to see if properly this is the one I received.
I was happy that it was a Fuji Film as my old camera was the same so it's very easy to use and understand. It also films in HD which I'm so excited to try, but it only films up to 10 minutes so that's a bit of a downside. I guess I will either have to be really quick or perhaps it means 10 minutes at a time so I can just stop and start again ... who knows! Trial and error. It's not solely for that use anyway as I really needed a new camera for when I go on holiday etc. If I enjoy filming and get into a bit more I'd probably go for an actual camcorder. 
The photo above was just me testing out the B&W and timer mode! Sorry about the boy-ish room, hopefully when we move it'll be much more girly. Now where can I find a tripod....

What are your thoughts on cameras, filming and camcorders! Did you also find a camera under your Christmas tree? :) x

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Battle of the fake tans




St Tropez £20.49
Garnier dry body mist £11.69
Garnier self-tanning mousse £13.99

Hello lovelies I hope you've all had a nice Christmas break! I've been oogling lots of 'What I got for Christmas' posts but I'm not sure if I'll do one ... I'm really hoping to find some time to film a video about it as my first one! (eee) But it's so blimmin' dark and I'm not sure how I'll like it yet so thought I'd post about this today instead!!

Since dying my hair dark I made the decision to try and keep my body a bit darker too so I won't feel so ghost like. I usually tan now and again anyway, but it wasn't something I thought about every week. When I went to tan for the first time just before having my hair done I noticed an old bottle of St Tropez Bronzing Spray lying in my basket, I thought it probably had another whole bodies worth left so figured I'd give it a go!
I haven't used St Tropez in about a year so when I started to spray and it came out green I seriously thought that the tan was gone off or something. But, I carried on anyway! I'm now pretty much 100% sure that it is green so that you can see where you have tanned and not, which is most helpful! I'm not sure if it is because it was old or not but it didn't feel very dry, instead it was pretty sticky and wet, and in some places I had to rub the tan in. I wasn't too bothered about how I was going to look the next day as I only had work and I just wanted to see how it would come out. When I woke up the next day I was really impressed! I was an even, all-over lovely shade which didn't look fake at all and was quite dark for one spray. 
When I do tan I tend to only use it once, rather than continuously until I reach the colour desired. I just think it looks quite natural and is enough for me.

So once this had all faded and I was pretty much back to my paleself I reached for the tan I usually use - Garnier Ambre Solaire no streaks bronzer self tanning spray. I'd seen the adverts and thought that the 360 degree angled nozzle was perfect, even though getting behind the knee area isn't all that hard! It's mostly the back that is the trouble. I used it as normal, went to bed and checked out the results the next morning. Up to the St Tropez it was a similar deepness, but felt slightly more fake. I also had a few streaks on my arms and the most annoying thing I found with this fake tan is that it never seems to take on my legs. I think there is only one time when I've used it that my legs have turned out great. It's like it all rubs off! After this use I decided I'd go to Boots and find another tan. Hello, Garnier mousse!! I've never used a mousse before but have heard quite good things and to be honest I did like the easiness and price of the Garnier products so that's why I opted for another. I think this tan is the winner at the moment as it gives me an all over, streak free (!!) tan, dries pretty instantly and is so easy to use. The spray seems easy but it's so difficult to know where you've been or haven't. The mousse leaves a bit of a tint and it doesn't leave you feeling overly sticky! Yuck. The only negative point I'd make is that it is not as dark as the other two, they didn't have an option for fair, medium or dark so I'm guessing it's just a universal tan? So I'd use this one twice to build the colour a bit.

What tanning products do you use? I'd loooove to try the Xen Tan but at the moment it's a bit out of my price range!! x


Friday, 21 December 2012

#SWBXmas event

 




On Sunday afternoon, quite hungover may I add, I went along to the South West Bloggers Christmas event in the centre of Bristol. When I heard about the event, hosted by Gina, Hayley and Lyzi, I was determined to go as it was a chance to meet fellow bloggers all in the place that I live! I missed out on tickets first time round but luckily for me a few people couldn't attend so I managed to get a last minute ticket and headed down into the streets of Bristol.
This was the first event, or such like, that I'd been to so naturally I was pretty nervous and felt like everyone knew each other a part from me. Luckily the atmosphere was extremely chilled and everyone was welcoming and chatty. I met Jess and Amy who were both lovely as well as Bonny who strangely did some work for the company I work for before I started! Small world.
We were served with yummy cake, tea and champagne in the cutest tea cups - which I avoided due to the alcohol consumption the night before - and each blogger had a little Christmas present.
The event was held in a teashop come vintage paradise called The Birdcage (follow them on Twitter if you live in the area @Birdcagebristol), I'd never heard of the place before but so glad that I got an opportunity to go there it was beautiful and I kept saying that it was my dream to own something as sweet as it one day. The lamp shade lights were quirky and it had a huge Christmas tree in the corner making it feel very festive.
It was a lovely afternoon, thank you girls, I'm pleased I got to meet some ladies who I've spoken with on Twitter and new ones I look forward to meeting again at further events. We all also received a lovely vintage scarf from The Birdcage to go home with, which I cannot wait to wear!
I hope you're all well, will any of you be at the Birmingham meet up in January? I'm pretty excited about that one, shopping and food my two favourites things!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Brunette


So as some of you may already know last week I took the plunge by dying my hair brunette. I thought it'd be nice to see a before and after picture but I apologise for the awful photography in the after photo! I just couldn't get a good picture and wanted to post this up so much, so after about 10 tries I gave up and thought this one would do.
My hair looks quite light in the photo but it is actually much darker! It must of been the lighting.
A lot of people say 'oh you want to go dark for Winter' and it's not really that, I've been umm-ing and ah-ing for about 6 months to 1 year now on what to do with my hair as I had a very light brown/blonde colour and I was either going to go brunette or lighten it up and go blonde. I thought it would be easier to put highlights through it rather than go brunette and then hate it and want to go back blonde! So that's what I did and I wasn't really sure to be honest but I kept it for this long as I got used to it but all I kept thinking was, what would I look like brunette? Don't get me wrong, I've been brunette before but I had shorter hair and I was a bit younger, lots of things make a difference to how I would look now with brunette hair. I feel a bit more mature, although someone said I look younger, and once it has got over the shock of having a whole tub of brown hair dye slapped on it I'm sure it will be in much better condition.
I'm really looking forward to getting all dressed up with my new hair and seeing how different I feel. I didn't tell anyone I was getting it done as I like to see peoples faces, ha! My boyfriend really, really liked it and my mum was a bit funny but she just doesn't understand why I can't stick with one colour. The girls in work have also said it suits me better, which is nice to hear!
What do you think? I hope you like it!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Rimmel foundation


Hi everyone! So, I did it. I am now a brunette. I feel like a completly different person at the moment, so strange. I'll get a good picture and hopefully get a post up this weekend to show you all but today I wanted to tell you about my new(ish) Rimmel foundation.

My Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation ran out (waa) a few weeks ago - literally didn't give me any warning at all! So when a product runs out I don't immediately go out and re-purchase, I'm not sure why... I think I just like to see what else is out there.
Well let me tell you that I am kicking myself for doing this with my foundation! I was in a rush as I had to buy one that day and only had Boots to contend with. So I did a bit of a Google and decided I would go up, swatch a few and decide. I wavered by the Rimmel stand and thought I'd try their Lasting Finish foundation. I like the sound of a foundation that will last a long time (apparently 25 hours, although if you Google you will find a few blogs that have tested this and found it to be a bit far fetched) but 9-10 hours is good enough for me! It was £6.99, over Wake Me Up's £8.99, so I thought why the heck not!


When I used it the next day I wasn't that impressed. It felt really thick and a bit meh! I wasn't excited about it, but it did the job. After using it more I'm not as negative about it but, compared the Wake Me Up, it makes me look quite dull. I really loved the way Wake Me Up made me look awake and fresh, it may not last as long but it's a very good foundation for the price. It's also got really cute packaging! The only problem with it is it makes my oily sections (nose, chin, forehead) look super oily by lunchtime so I use powder. I don't find my face is as oily with Lasting Finish so it has much more staying power.
Both are also the same shade, although in Lasting Finish soft beige is slightly darker - I was a bit worried about this but you can't tell once it is on.
So I guess pros and cons for both but I will definitely be buying another Wake Me Up once I have some spare cash and perhaps will use both! But I've learnt my lesson and will not try to fix something that isn't broke in the future! Have you ever done this with a product you've liked?


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

My lip product collection

Lip products

Lip products

So today I have a half day from work because I'm getting my hair done, woohoo! They couldn't fit me in on a Saturday or evening before Christmas so I've had to take my last bit of annual leave for today. Bit annoying but it meant I get to take some pictures and blog! Yay. Finding it so hard at the moment to get good pictures due to leaving work when it's still quite dark and coming home in the pitch black! *note to self buy daylight bulb*
So I thought I'd show you my lipsticks/products collection. It's not very large as I've only recently got into colours on the lips, say in the last year. I have very dry and chapped lips and have always been wary about having big bold colours on my face. Like to keep things simple!
So you can see from the above picture that they are verrrry similar in colours. Lots of nude, a splash of red and a bit of pink - as well as my faithful lip butter! One thing I will say is that they are all from different brands.

Revlon Colour Burst Creme Brulee - post here - I got this as I was really intrigued by a moisturising lipstick but was too scared to get a bright colour. I really like it as it feels like you are just putting on a lipbalm and don't have to really be looking in a mirror! Tempted to purchase Raspberry Pie after seeing it on Corrie's blog.
MAC Shygirl - I bought this on my birthday last year probably as the first lipstick I purchased. I wanted something I could break myself in with and wear in the day or in the evening. This was perfect it has a hint of shimmer but it nude so doesn't look over the top during the day. The only thing I did find was that it showed up my chapped lips a bit so not so good on bad days.
17 Hot Chilli - This was a bit of a 'on a whim' purchase as I wanted to get a red lipstick - I had convinced myself that colour was okay by this point! I didn't want to spend a lot on something that may not suit me so opted for one from 17. It is more of a coral-red however the photo makes it look really orange! I found this quite nice but not so good on my dry lips so haven't really used it. A plus point for this one though is that the packaging is very sleek, making it look a lot more expensive.
Rimmel Kate Moss 101 - post here - This is, at the moment, my fave lipstick as it's soft, a beautiful natural colour and isn't too drying for my lips. I wore it everyday on holiday in October. The only thing I don't really like is the red packaging, I know a bit silly but I just find it a bit naff.
Natural Collection Crimson - So I picked this one up at the same time as the 17 one. I wasn't sure on the exact red I wanted so this one is a true, bright red. I actually really, really like this lipstick as it's a 'moisture shine' one so it means it nourishes my lips a little when I put it on and the pigment of it is amazing for a cheaper drugstore brand. I don't wear it often as I like to keep things simple so if I'm wearing colours in my clothes I tend to go for more natural lips.
Maybelline Babylips Peach Kiss - This is not available in the UK so I purchased it on holiday to USA as lots of bloggers kindly recommended it. I went for a nude colour to keep it safe (classic me) and am gutted I didn't buy the other colours as it is the softest lip product I've tried. It smells a bit like sweets and is actually pretty large so it will last a long time. If you get the chance to buy one - DO IT!
Boots Coconut & Almond Lip Butter - This is my holy grail of lip balm/butters. I was given one as a gift a long time ago and have continuously repurchased. I love products that smell of coconut as it reminds me of holidays so this is amazing. It keeps my lips soft and lasts quite a while. The only annoying thing about it is that the packaging gets grubby fast and the product gets stuck in your nails!! But I guess it's a butter not a balm.

So I hope this was interesting and has given you a bit of an insight into my lip habits. Hoping to get some pictures of my new hair so I will post about it on the weekend. Have a good rest of the week x



Saturday, 1 December 2012

My tattoo



I have been wanting a tattoo for about a year after I deciding it isn't actually that bad girls having tattoos, they can look nice! I know tattoos are quite a funny subject as some people just hate them and think it's a terrible thing to do to your body whereas others, on the other extreme, love them and see their body as a place of art. I quite liked the thought of having some ink so that when on holiday, in a bikini it would look pretty, a typical girly thing to want! I then decided this was too big, too soon and I doubt I will actually ever get it done so I started to think of smaller things that I could have that meant something to me.
As it was getting closer to the end of my final year of Uni it came to me... I should get something to symbolise the end of such a long part of my life and the freedom I would feel once it was all over. This is when I started to think of doves and birds, flying away and being free to do as they wish. How do you then decide where you want it?! Did I want it on my wrist, my shoulder, my hip, my neck? You can see why it took me a year to get into the shop. It was between the wrist and the neck but I decided against my wrist as I didn't want something that would be on show 24/7, I'm just not that type of girl I suppose. The back of the neck seemed like such a delicate area to have a pretty tattoo that when I decided this was what I wanted and immediately booked it in and started to freak out!! 

Actually having it done

So it was Saturday, the day of my tattoo, and my friend said she would come with me - she has two medium/large tattoos so I thought she'd help me through it. I honestly don't think I could have gone in on my own as I would have probably passed out or just chickened out but having her with me really helped and she took my mind off it and put me at ease. When I sat down to have it done, I literally sat on a basic IKEA fold out chair with my coat and bag on my lap haha, my legs started to shake and I began to think I was silly for thinking it would be okay because I couldn't see the needle/gun thing. When she told me she was about to start I gave a little squeal and waited for the pain to begin ..... it did come, I wouldn't lie but I feel like I was scared over hardly anything! It hurt a little to begin, and the smaller bird hurt the most but I sat there for 20 minutes and just let the needle ink up my neck with pleasure!! I couldn't believe I had sat through it without asking her to stop or, more importantly, without crying! Woohoo go me.

Aftercare

I was told NOT to use Sudacrem (I didn't even know what I would use until she started talking aftercare and doing this and that) but to use Bepanthen, as it is breathable, twice a day for about a week. She then popped on some kind of goo-ey liquid and put a little bit of cling film over it for me to drive home in and that was that! The only thing I found was that because it was on my neck I couldn't move it from side to side easily and it made my whole back stiffen up. I think yesterday was the first day I started to feel normal again since I had it done.

So yes, I have a tattoo. It still feels very weird saying that and showing people. It isn't hardly on show but I know it's there and I'm 100% glad I did it.
Do you have any tattoos, or do you want one? They say once you have one you'll keep going back for more, I can see why but I don't have any plans for more.... yet ;)

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Giveaway winner revealed!

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A nice happy post today because, eee, finally it's time to let you all know who won my 50 follower/birthday giveaway, which closed Sunday evening/Monday morning.
I used Rafflecopter to pick the winner, which uses the site random.org. It showed me all entries and then did a little spinning until it decided that the winner was Zoe Cole of Zoe Lianne!! CONGRATULATIONS!
Zoe will receive the Models Own nail polish, Maybelline Babylips and a Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick of her choice, yay!

Thank you to everyone who entered, it was lovely to have a little giveaway hopefully there will be more in the future at even bigger milestones!

Bare Beauty


Models Own Bare Beauty

I was going through a bit of a neutral, nude phase so when the Models Own sale was on a little while back I picked up the shade 'Bare Beauty'. I don't really have any nude polishes and so I thought this would be nice to wear for during the week or whatever when I didn't want overly flashy nails.
I had Shellac nails for 2 weeks after I received my Models Own order so I only used it for the first time last week and to be honest I didn't like it! It was much more orange-y than it was 'bare'. I don't think it looks like that in it's bottle but when it was on the nails I really didn't like it and it chipped really easily! I don't tend to find that my Models Own polishes chip that easily but this one just wouldn't stay on.
So I am yet to find a nice neutral polish - if you own one tell me below!! 

On another note I have picked the winner of my giveaway and will do a little post tomorrow to officially announce it... Although I have already told her as I was too excited!! I also did something quite exciting at the weekend which I will share with you soon. (N.B This was supposed to be published last night... so will get another one up tonight!)
Hope you are all having a nice week x

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Happy Birthday!


 Yes, it was my birthday last Friday. As I get older it becomes less exciting and a little more daunting to be honest, I get all that worry about turning another year older and, as I am now 24, I start to think should I be doing something with my life?! However I tried to put this as the back of my mind and look forward to the day I had planned.

Before I go into what I did on the day I wanted to share some of the main presents I received from family.

Enrapture Extremity Head Rollers - I've wanted heated rollers for about 6 months now and knew these were one of the best but the price was too much for me to just buy on my own. After watching Corrie's youtube video I fell in love with them again and the urge to buy them kept creeping back! When Enrapture tweeted to say they were currently on offer I knew I had to ask my mum to buy them! I'm so glad she did, they are wonderful! I'll do a proper post on them soon though.

DKNY bag - Whilst in America my boyfriend asked if I'd like a bag or purse for my birthday as he knew I loved the bag my sister, brother and I bought my mum last year for her 50th. They had like 40% off and were probably last seasons but I love it! I have a big thing for tan which I can't seem to get rid of and it just looks very luxurious with it's gold chains and fastener. It's slightly too small for my purse so that's the only downside to it.

Pandora charm - My mum and dad got me a Pandora bracelet for my graduation in July and since then it has grown massively!  My brother and sister kindly bought me a cute heart charm with a key on a chain. It's not something I would really think to ask for which I like as I don't like knowing and asking for everything, surprises are welcome!

No7 Cleansing Water - My cleansing water was sadly running out so my boyfriends mum got me a replacement, yippee  I wasn't sure on the cleansing water to begin with, I quite liked the foaming cleanser but I actually do prefer it. It makes it really feel like your skin is being cleaner whereas the foaming cleanser didn't feel like it was getting into your pores and doing anything special.

Batitse Blush - It seems my family know me very well and luckily mine had literally ran out that morning!! This is the 400ml bottle so is huge. My favourite is tropical but Blush is very girly and does exactly the same thing really.

Chocolates - What girl could live without chocolate? I hardly every get bought chocolate, or flowers for that matter, so was pleasantly surprised when I had chocolate from almost every person that bought me a present! It's quite nice having your birthday at this time of year because you start to eat a bit more anyway in the Christmas run up. 




Batitse, No7

I'm so grateful and pleased with what I had on my birthday, and the day was made even more special by what we did...

I've been wanting to go to Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios since I heard it was opening. I thought about booking it for the opening month but realised it was just too close to the end of Uni so put it off and put it off and then thought when am I going to go?! My boyfriend and I decided we'd go on my birthday, luckily he is also a Potter fan! What a catch. I've seen so many of my friends post pictures on Facebook but have avoided looking because I didn't want to spoil the surprise on the day - I sound so cheesy!! Anyway we went and it was a-mazing! I would recommend it to anyone who likes HP, even if you've just seen a few films but aren't avid fans. It was just overwhelming the amount of effort put into it. I won't spoil it for people who haven't yet gone but here is my fave pic of the day!


Harry Potter

Hope you're all doing okay! Don't forget about my giveaway x



Sunday, 18 November 2012

Birthday / 50 follower giveaway

Hi all! It was my birthday on Friday and in celebration of this, and the fact that I recently reached over 50 followers, I wanted to do a little giveaway! This is my first one and it's quite exciting! Here are the fabulous prizes ....





So, as promised there is a Maybelline Babylips all the way from Las Vegas, the shade is Peach Kiss which is the one I have so it is very natural but shimmering and nourishing too! Also in there is a Models Own nail polish in Pink Fizz plus you get to choose which Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick you want out of the new shades: 101, 107, 110, 111 and 113! 

Below is the Rafflecopter widget so get entering and good luck!! :) 

P.S it is International too!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Aussie 3 minute miracle

P.S this is the Rimmel Lipstick!

Sorry about the terrible top, I was just leaving for work!

I very luckily received a few samples of the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle thanks to Danielle and Aussie. I actually received them about a month ago but as I went off on holiday I just didn't have time to post about them before I went and to be honest, this post will be much more exciting because.... I actually LOVED it and have now gone out and bought a full size bottle plus shampoo and conditioner!!
I hadn't heard too much about Aussie hair products before except that my sister used to use them a little bit when we were both at home. I thought they were a bit expensive and not much different!
I got the samples through and was pleasantly surprised there were three different sachets. As soon as I opened the first one I fell in love, it smells gorgeous!! And my hair felt so so soft after ward. I wasn't quire sure exactly how to use it - it said apply to clean, wet hair - so I washed and used a bit of conditioner then used this. Probably not the right way!! What I like most is that once I have dried my hair it looks pretty straight and not frizzy, my ends are nicely staying together and don't look very split. They aren't the worst ends but they are a bit bad due to the bleach etc. I don't generally straighten my hair day to day anyway but it make my hair look so much better than if I had just washed and dried normally.
So since I was won over I went out and bought shampoo and conditioner - sorry there is no picture currently! It's so dark outside now it's hard to take photos. I got the Miracle Moist after umming and ahhing over all of them! I just want to know how they make it smell so good!? You can smell it on your hair all day, seriously. Get some!

Monday, 5 November 2012

My favourite lipstick





Now I've never been a lipstick lover. When I was younger I thought it was a more mature, older lady thing to wear and then as I went through my teens I just didn't get why anyone would bother! Recently I've wanted to try it but my lips are so dry and flaky it just used to look terrible! 
I've been getting better though and finding ones that suit me, and my dry lips! And this little wonder is my all time fave!! Kate Moss for Rimmel in shade 101.

 I saw a few bloggers review each shade when they first came out (so lucky) and knew I wanted 101 for sure. It looked so pretty and very natural on them with a tint of pink to make it very girly. The packaging is also good, a bold red which stands out amongst other lip products and it has some kind of catch so when you press it down it clicks together, very secure!
I wore this lipstick almost every day on holiday, it doesn't stick to my dry bits and looks effortless.

Have you got any of Kate Moss' lipsticks? I own another deep red one but it's not a nourishing as this one!

P.S Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway I'm hoping to post this weekend :)

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Liebster award


I have recently been tagged by Hollee for this award which is lovely as it's nice to see people interacting with me on here! The idea of the award is to answer the 11 questions set by the lovely blogger who tagged you, give 11 facts and tag other bloggers who have less than 100 followers! Easy, so here are my facts...

  • I have a doggy with my boyfriend, she is called Bella
  • I had braces for 3 years until I was almost 16!
  • My favourite food is a toss up between Mexican and Italian mmm
  • I went to Southampton Solent University as I wanted to be a Journalist but I hated being away from home so I did a Business degree in Bristol
  • I wish I had smaller feet (they're only size 6 but small feet look cute!)
  • I went through a goth stage in senior school
  • I am extremely lazy! Need to get motivated to exercise my big bum
  • People normally think I am younger than I am
  • I would love to live in America one day, sure that's not gonna happen though
  • I'm naturally quite reserved and shy
  • I believe in happily ever after
Questions from Hollee
  1. When did you start blogging?  I think it was February after I was getting very stressed about my final year of uni and wanted to have a get away.
  2. Which is your favourite beauty brand? I think, looking at my products, it has to be Rimmel as they offer such good variety, quality and are on trend for such good money! Although I do love going into a Mac store when I have money!
  3. What shampoo are you currently using? God I'm not a very shampoo-ey person, I think I'm using L'Oreal Elvive shampoo and probably have been for a long time! I get a bit funny about changing shampoos but I do quite fancy trying out an Aussie one.
  4. Who are your top three bloggers? Ah what a tough questions!! I don't really have a top three as I like to look a different ones dependant on what they've posted about. I would say at the moment CorrieKayleigh Louise and I really like Jessica's. Check them out :)
  5. What is your favourite food? I have already kind of answered this above but I enjoy anything to do with wraps and nachos but also love Lasagne!
  6. If you could pick 3 makeup products you couldn't live without, what would they be? This would be concealer, mascara and oooh either powder for when you need a touch up or foundation.
  7. Favourite cleanser? I currently am using No7's Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water which I wasn't sure of to begin with but am starting to like it more and more!
  8. Favourite film? I don't have a favourite film as I don't like to watch things over and over! I like all types of films though rom-coms to horror!!
  9. Tea or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate!! This is the only hot drink I like.
  10. Favourite season and why? I love the thought of Summer more than I like being in it, I think I'd rather be on holiday in warm weather than be here in England. So my fave season is Autumn as it's not too cold and you still get to dress al snuggly!
  11. Favourite lipstick? I've only just stated getting into lipsticks but I bought one of the Kate Moss for Rimmel new ones before holiday and wore it like everyday!! Love it.
Questions to other bloggers I tag

  • Why did you start your blog?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What do you like to blog about most?
  • What perfume do you currently use?
  • Sweets or chocolate?
  • Which beauty brand is your favourite?
  • Favourite past time other than blogging?
  • Favourite blogs at the moment?
  • What did you do for Halloween?
  • Favourite colour(s)?
  • If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be?
And the lovely bloggers I nominate are (please also check them out!)....


Enjoy!! x


Sunday, 28 October 2012

Vegas haul

Hiiii I'm back from my holibobs and raring to get back in the bloggersphere. I wanted to do a little post before I left on what I was taking and the goodies I had bought before - I always find I spend loads before holiday not sure why. But I ran out of time so here is my first post since being back - what I bought in Las Vegas. When I got all the bits out to take pictures I thought, what!? Surely I bought more than this. But I guess I just didn't buy that much! I bought a lot of presents that I'll be keeping for Christmas and things for my gorgeous niece so this is what beauty bits I managed to get for myself... 

 


I'm not a MAC addict but if I hear good things about it and find myself with a bit of spare money I will go in for a cheeky purchase, but it is expensive! I went into the MAC store in Ceasars Palace as I've been really wanting to try eyeshadows. Whenever I look at my face recently I feel like it's really plain, maybe it's just me but nothing stands out I seem to get stuck in the rut of wearing the same things everyday and looking pretty ordinary. So I went in and one of the many lovely assistants choose six shades out for me after I said I'd like to try natural shades and showed me how to apply them myself. This was amazing. I think the thing about eyeshadows is I never could quite get it right and after she did one eye I did the other and it was so helpful, I've never had anyone offer to do this for me here in the UK. Anyway she told me I could buy then separately or have them put into a quad so they were all together. I opted to get the quad as I thought it was easy and looked quite sleek and pretty in the box. I stupidly let the assistant throw away the packs the colours came in so I'm stuck on which shades I bought but they are beautiful and you can see them up close below! I also wanted to try the Pro Sculpting Cream after seeing a few posts and videos on it so picked that one up as well as a new concealer.
I spent a long time browsing in a beauty shop called Ulta nearby to The Strip and came away with a few goodies, mostly presents though! I picked up Maybelline's Full n Soft Mascara after hearing Anna rave about it and must say it lives up to it's name! My lashes are   very soft and pretty full but probably not as full as some of my other mascaras, but then you don't get the softness! Ah. I also grabbed a Babylips and I am gutted I didn't buy more, it is so nourishing and looks great on the lips. I got it in Peach Kiss but picked up Pink Punch and Grape Vine as presents for my boyfriends sister. Lucky girl.
The other product is Neutrogena's T/Sal Therapeutic shampoo. I have suffered from a dry and flaky scalp for a long time but recently I have noticed it getting worse, especially so in the winter. A fellow beauty blogger suggested this product to me on Twitter and after having a good search online and reading up on it I thought I'd definitely try it. I've used it twice so far and it's thumbs up so far but I will do a proper review on it soon.








As well as these amazing products I also bought a pair of Vans, my boyfriend surprised me with a new Pandora charm (the suitcase which has his initials on) and we got an iPad! I know, bit extravagant but we had umm'd and ahh'd about it for so long and I won $100 whilst gambling so we just did it. I love it and can't' wait to use it to help grow my blog.



Would you like to see any of the pictures from the holiday? We had such a lovely time and it really made me reassess everything and see things a bit more positively :) Hope you are all well!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Autumn OOTD



I don't generally do OOTD's because I don't wear anything very special! I go to work which is quite formal/smart casual and then unless I am actually doing something on an evening I get home and put my joggers or PJs on! I'm all about comfort and snuggling.
But I love Autumn clothes and whilst I was getting ready this morning I thought I'd show you what I was wearing, as it is a typical Autumn outfit for me.

I LOVE tights in this weather usually wear dresses or long jumpers so that I can wear them. Although when it starts to get super cold there not as practical. As a side note look how long my hair is getting!! Crazy. I had the highlights done again last week so it's very bright at the moment too! Not sure if I'm liking the blondeness or if I will go brown ....

My dress is from H&M
 Boots are New Look 
Tights probably Primark or Asda (somewhere like this)
Scarf is a market stall
Ring is Pandora

What are your go to clothes in Autumn? Hope you've had a nice weekend x


Saturday, 6 October 2012

Wow - 50 followers


YAY! My little old blog now has over 50 followers, which is lovely. They seem to come in groups and it has gone from like 45 to 50 in no time! Wowee. It's really nice to know you all like it and clicked the follow button. I love spending time on here and checking out all your blogs too. I can see this lasting a long time!
Now, as you know I am off to Vegas soon so I thought why not treat my followers to some American beauty products?! Now I know what I want to get for the lucky winner (hoping it will include Baby Lips which I know lots of people love and want to try) but I will tell you all about it when I get back at the end of October :) I don't go for another week or so yet though but I have my list of things to buy ready for when I do! xx

-All images from weheartit.com


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Maybelline The Falsies


I'm not overly loyal to my mascaras. I may use the same one for a few months or so but then when I go in to buy another I always have a look around to see what's new, but I hate paying more than £8 for one. Not really sure where this number came from but it just seems a bit excessive to pay almost £10 for something quite simple! Maybe it's just me.
But anyhow I picked this one up a little while ago and really loved it! I then found out my best friend also uses it which is always nice to know you're not the only one. I go through phases of wanting thick lashes, or wanting them to look light and fluttery. This time I wanted the thickness and volume so picked up Maybelline The Falsies mascara from Boots for £7.99.
It aims to deliver a false lash look as well as making them appear bold and voluminous. I like! After using it for a week or so I actually went out on a night out in Cardiff and only wore the mascara, whereas I would normally put false lashes on. A good sign I liked it!


 My lovely eye without the mascara...

My lashes look really long and definitely stand out. The only downside to this mascara is it has a funny smell, which I've noticed with a few Maybelline products, perhaps it's something they use? It also feels like it has run out pretty fast but I will still be repurchasing! Have you tried this mascara?

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Bargain of the month #1





I went out today in the vain hope I'd find a reasonably priced suitcase to take on my hols and came back with this beautiful dress, plus tons of food! Whoops. I had a bit of a panic last night that I had nothing to wear on holiday and literally glued myself to my laptop until midnight trawling Internet fashion websites for inspiration, but it never came. So today when we popped into a Next Outlet by our house I couldn't help but have a little browse and came across this beauty! It is a Lipsy London dress reduced from £65 to ... £22! I didn't even know Lipsy sold through Next, but it was a nice surprise and I will probably be visiting more often. I really like the gold studded detail plus the black and white colouring makes it feel quite edgy for a pretty dress. I'd say the skirt of the dress is Tulip style which is very flattering on my shape plus it has bones to help create a better silhouette - love, love, love it!
As soon as I tried it on (they don't have fitting rooms in store) I knew I had to tell you all about it and thought it'd be good to start a new little feature. Hope you like it and you're having a lovely weekend x