Friday, 27 December 2013

Winter Tag.

What are your favourite things about winter?

The best part of winter has to be christmas, I love the thought of evening shopping, spending time with family and having fairy lights everywhere. 
What is your favourite winter outfit?

I definitely love winter outfits more than any other time of the year, I think my favourite winter outfit has to be a big jumper, tights a thick scarf and massive boots. Cozy style is the best style. 

What is your favourite winter food?

I honestly don't think I have a favourite winter food, I am not really a 'foodie' but if I was going to pick something for winter I would go for soup. 

Favourite winter drink?

I love the hot apple from Costa, I have drunk so many of these this month. I also really love hot chocolate, but I have to be in the mood for it. 

What is your dream way to spend a Winter’s day?

Just curled up in my room with a massive cup of hot chocolate and my laptop. I love being cosy when it is cold outside and would pick that over anything else. If I was forced to leave the house, there is nothing better than sitting in coffee shops with good friends and watching the world go by. 

How do you like to do your make-up in the Winter?

Winter makeup needs to be bold, save the fresh face for summer in my opinion. I embrace my pale skin in the winter, wearing a foundation like Nars Sheer Glow, with a light pink blusher on- Dandelion by Benefit is a favourite, and then statement eye with cat flick eyeliner and smokey shades. 

What are the first three things that remind you of Winter?

Fairy lights, soft jumpers and cold noses. 

What is your favourite Winter song?

Fairy Tale of New York - The Pogues

What is your favourite Winter memory?

Christmas as a child was always really special and in my house it is still really magical. When I think back on christmas as a child I think about waking up on christmas morning at 5am, waking my sister up and the two of us sneaking downstairs to see if santa had been. The best part of christmas will always be waking up on christmas morning.

What is your favourite Winter scent?

I have to say I dislike most of the winter scents as I prefer really light scents and dislike cinnamon or spice scents. My favourite winter candle is cranberry ice by Yankee Candle which I bought last year. Perfume wise, I don't tend to change my scents too much for the winter but I do tend to prefer something like Lady Million by Paco Rabanne or  Alien by Thierry Mugler, over the Marc Jacobs scents I wear in the summer.

Finish this sentence… If I could have one wish this Christmas it would be…

For everyone to just feel content with what they have and that they get to spend the festive period with the ones the love. After all, that is all that matters. 

If you enjoyed reading this then I tag you to take part, a huge thank you to Nat from There Might Be Coffee for posting this, go check out her blog she is a great writer. 

**All images via pinterest****

Sunday, 22 December 2013

A slightly nervous return

So you may have noticed that I haven't posted here in a while... a really long time in fact, it has been september since I last posted. In september I made the rather quiet decision to take a break from this bubble for many reasons & I just closed down the writer in me until I felt a time that I wanted to come back. And I've wanted to be back, for a while... but I got a little bit too scared to do so. I've been scared a lot recently actually and managing that fear has made me hermit away from things that I really love- including blogging. 

I think it would be easy to say that I have been busy (which I really have, balancing a degree, a full time job and a social life is more than a task in itself without devoting many hours a week to keeping up a strong online presence) or that I have had writers block (also true, so far this small amount of words has taken some serious work to write down). But actually I think that I sort of gave up, it is easy for life to get over whelming and get the better of us and I think this autumn it definitely got the better of me. I don't have a demanding job by any stretch of the imagination but since september it has been very busy and at times hasn't been the most pleasant of experiences. I've felt a bit down trodden and with that you always end up doubting yourself. I definitely doubted my ability to do 'this', as well as my ability to do a lot of other things. All the self assurance that I previously had seems to have got very shaky recently and I have felt lost and confused and as a result putting my face and my voice and my opinion here seemed too difficult to do. 

I'm scared that no one will listen to me anymore, but I am not going to give up. I think more than ever, I need my friends that I have gained as a result of blogging and the only way that I can keep that connection is by starting to write again. I am going to try my hardest to put aside my insecurities on my ability to write or my uncertainty on the validity of my opinions and just keep doing what I love. 

Saying that, I am planning on shifting up the content slightly. I will still post reviews of products and I am not changing that but I will be chucking other stuff in. Also who loves youtube? because I really do so I will try and do more on there. Any suggestions would be really great on other stuff I could do, I really am scared about starting this again but high on anticipation on what I can do with this space.

I have some posts planned for the coming weeks, I hope I still have some readers left. 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Butter London Horse Power Nail Fertiliser | Review

Butter London Horsepower nail fertiliser

Butter London Horse Power Nail Fertiliser £17 for 17.5ml

I have heard that people either are blessed with good hair or good nails, but rarely both. I'm not sure if there is any science behind that, something to do with protein? I'm not sure. All I can say is that I have long thick hair and the worst nails to ever grace this planet. They have a poor case of the terminal splitting and peeling that means that they never longer than the length of the nail bed. I probably don't help the situation as I paint my nails constantly and hate having naked nails or just clear nail varnish so they never get a break to recover. 

Horse Power Nail Fertiliser by Butter London is a 3 Free product (Free from DBP, Formaldehyde and Toluene) that is designed to strengthen nails and encourage growth. It has the herb horsetail in it which is rich in silica and nutrients to help deliver great results to match their claims. I have noticed that the horsetail gives it a slight herby smell that lingers until you remove the polish- I quite like the smell but some may find it off putting. To use, you simply brush one coat on daily to naked nails or under polish for 7 days and then remove the lot and start again. It is recommended that you do this for 4 weeks  and then give your nails a months break and then start again. 

I started this in April and found a mix of results. At first I really liked it and found my nails looked and felt stronger, however after about two weeks of using it I noticed that the nail fertiliser was peeling off my nails on a daily basis. I'm wary of nail varnish that does peel as it takes the top layers off your nail which will ultimately weaken them. So I put it to one side, until about a month ago. Recently to combat the peeling problem, I have been applying my CND base coat before starting and then have built the daily coat of horse power on top. This stopped peeling and the product was still working. My nails now look stronger and healthier and dont seem to be peeling or breaking quite as badly as before. For many, the results may not be outstanding, which is why I haven't posted photos of my nails. But for me it is a whole world of different nails and I am so happy with the results. 

The product may be quite expensive and I wouldn't say it is my favourite nail treatment but it is a good one and one that you should definitely consider if you are looking for one that is 3 free and therefore less harsh on your nails. 

I'd love to hear what your favourite nail treatment is!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Feel Unique Summer Sale Wishlist

There is nothing that makes me more excited than a Feel Unique sale, they have such a great selection of high end brands that they are usually my once stop shop for beauty products (not least because of their free delivery policy) and we all love a good bargain that comes with a sale don't we. Here is what I have my eye on, but there are so many bargains on there you should definitely pop over and have a look. 

There are whole brand discounts on: Bliss, Elemis, Elemis Fresh Skin, Kerastase, Marc Jacobs, Real Techniques and Rodial plus a few more. 

Whilst I can't afford my whole wish list (well not if I am planning on living for the rest of the year) I will definitely be picking up a few bits and bobs. 

It certainly is an exciting time of year, have you had a look at the sale? Is there anything you will be picking up? 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Another Beauty Haul

A few of you messaged me over my last post to let me know how well I had done on my post spending ban haul in London. I felt quite guilty, because in London we didn't actually have too much time to go shopping or to spend too much. So last Saturday I did a serious shopping trip to get 'restocked'. 

With stops at Asda and Boots, I made some essential purchases and some little treats along the way. 

Bourgois Bronzing Primer- £9.99 
Alot of people have compared this to the Soleil Tan De Chanel, which always sounded rather lovely to me but far too expensive for a product that doesn't seem quite necessary- £9.99 may seem like alot still to some for this product but I thought I would give it a go. It's quite dark on me so I have been using it for contouring underneath foundation and I am impressed by it so far. 

Bourgois Liner Feutre Ultra Black felt tip eyeliner- £6.99
I have used this a couple of times and I must say that i'm not ultra enthused by it so far. It is quite pigmented but the felt nib isn't as quick to use as others. Maybe I just need to get used to it though. I normally go for the scandal eyes liner, however bourjois had '3 for 2' on all beauty products and I can't resist a deal. 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 2- £4.19 
I have bought this and re-bought this and will continue to re buy this for quite a while. I prefer this to some of my higher end concealers as it gives great coverage and is a nice consistency- I definitely recommend this. 

Bourjois Nail Varnish- Blue no Blues- £5.99
This nail varnish may be the most beautiful blue I have ever used, it is a turquoise mint and is opaque in one coat but really benefits from a second coat. I've worn it this week and haven't stopped looking at my nails, it's just so beautiful. 

Sally Hansen- Acetone Free Nail Varnish- £2.45 
This really is an either here nor there, I needed nail varnish remover- one without acetone as I have a seperate bottle of it- and this one caught my eye. It's working as you would expect a nail varnish remover to work... would I recommend it? Not above any other bottle.  

Nspa Brightening Detox Scrub £4.50 
I have been using the Dermalogica microfoliant for some time now and when it ran out I wanted to rebuy it but was a little put off by the price tag so I have been playing with cheaper scrubs since then. Nspa currently have a 2 for £7 offer on (sold exclusively in asda) so I decided to get this and so far I really like it, it is a light and gentle scrub that works to great effect. My skin doesn't feel dry as a result of using it but feels lovely and smooth- so far, so good. 

Nspa facial oil £7.00 
This smells incredible, so far I have used it once as I bought it for a 'weekly' use, the next day my skin felt incredible which is a good start, I don't want to overload my skin with it though so once I have used it enough to form an opinion on it, I will share it with you. 

Bumble and Bumble Texture Hair (un)dressing creme - £22.00 
I saved the best till last, I have coveted this for so long that when I stumbled across a bumble and bumble stand I just could not help myself- infact I think I did quite well to restrain myself just to this one product. It is a cream to create bounce, volume and texture whilst creating a messy look. I love me some messy hair already and i'm so excited to use this and see what it can really do. 

Do you use any of these products? What are you lusting after at the moment?

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

July Favourites- video

Another month: another video for you, my July favourites. 

  • Essie polish - Cute as a Button 
  • Rimmel polish- Funtime Fuchsia
  • Lee Stafford Here Come The Curls 
  • Lee Stafford My Big Fat Texturised Hairspray
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Shade 2 'light'
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory 
  • MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup 
  • Jason Lips Bee Healthier Lipbalm
  • Nivea Sun Cream
  • Burts Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream
  • The Cuckoos Calling- Robert Galbraith

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What products have you been enjoying this month? How are you coping with the (lack of) good weather?

Sunday, 4 August 2013

London Meetup & post ban haul

Group shot of the London Blogger Meet - Credit to Emma Meet The Millards for the picture.

As some of my readers will have seen, I spent about 10 weeks on a spending ban with the lovely Sasha Natasha and Rachel. We all did so well and not one of us caved in- something that I don't think any of us were expecting. As a reward to ourselves we all attended the London blogger meet up on the 27th July, hosted by Helen from Beautifully Superfluous. I didn't take any photos at the event as I was so busy having fun and chatting to all of the other girls who attended the event, it was so much fun and I got talking to so many great people, a massive thank you to Helen for arranging such a great day with wonderful goody bags at the end of it. I know that she worked really hard to create an amazing day and I had such a great time!

The day started at 6am for me, when I woke up following a dream that Sasha and I had missed our train to London, but luckily we both made it there in time for our 9am train. We then met up with Clair and Tasha at paddington and made our way over to Tiger Tiger for the event. On the way we picked up another group of girls and we made our way there. Helen was already there and was frantically trying to get set up, I don't envy the fact that they had to drive and park in central London and then have to get all the goody bags to the venue but they did a great job. More bloggers arrived and then every one was just mingling and chatting, the atmosphere was great and a lot of people were doing a great job at circulating- something that I am naff at! There was a representative from Paperself, applying lashes. I didn't have any as I have sensitive eyes but they looked incredible and I was quite jealous. Then after a couple of hours we all went shopping- Kat from Tales of a Pale Face took us all to Illamasqua and then from there we went to Liberty, & Other Stories, Boots and MAC- a nice hit of Londons finest beauty stores. The group got split up along the way and in the end Grace from All That Slap, Kat, Sasha, Tasha and I ended up going for Italian before Sasha and I got our train home. 

With Beauty Bird Sasha and Bags Bows and Boots Clair- credit to Sasha for the picture.
As it was a post ban shopping spree as well, I thought I would just show you the things that I bought, I had some serious buying guilt as it had been such a long time since I had bought anything but in hindsight I am really happy with everything that I bought.

I went a little nail varnish crazy in boots and picked up these:

Butter London- Trout Pout A gorgeous neon salmon 
Barry M- Sour Apple confetti little strips of blue and yellow to create a feather effect
Mavala- Racy Fuchsia A rich purple toned pink 
Barry M Neon Pink Limited edition A bright pink neon & currently free when you spend £6 on Barry M in Boots

I also bought the dolly mixtures confetti from Barry M but seem to have misplaced this temporarily. (it turned up in my handbag about 4 hours later) 

MAC 217 and 214 brushes
A naughty trip to the MAC pro store resulted in me adding to my already extensive brush collection. I had heard many great things about the 217 and the 214 so I took the slightly naughty plunge and bought them. So far I am getting on really well with them and have so many compliments over my eye makeup- the only thing I have changed is the tools! So I will do a full review on these when I have used them a little more. 

NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc
I have swatched this on the back on my hand many a time in the past and never felt the need to buy it, but in London I noticed that my foundation had slightly melted off when I was stood right by the NARS counter. So I quickly patch filled with the closest foundation to me- NARS Sheer Glow. I was amazed with how incredible the finish was so I very quickly bought it. I didn't even give the MUA chance to try and convince me I needed it, it was already mine. I've had comments on how good my skin looks since using it- full review to come once I have used it a bit longer. 

Here is a list of the other bloggers who attended, (Thank you Helen, I copied this straight from you.) 


Georgina - MAKEUP-PIXI3
Catherine - LUX LIFE
Christina - STYLE STOREY

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Skin care tag.

Describe your skin care routine in 5 words. 
Quick, effective, cleanse, nourish, refresh.

What's your skin type?
It has gravitated from dry to combination this year, I think I prefer the combination skin as dry skin is particularly difficult to look after. However combination has presented all new challenges for me- in particular, my makeup keeps sliding off my face!

What's your favourite skin care product?
At the moment I am really enjoying the Avene skin care range, in particular the eye cream and thermal spring water. 

Top blemish zapper
I'm not sure if I have a top blemish 'zapper' as such. I don't suffer too badly with blemishes and find that a good general skin care routine is enough to keep it looking good. On the spot treatments can be very drying so I wouldn't advise using them.

Face wipes yay or nay?
Huge HUGE nay, its essentially wiping more bacteria on to your face and not taking any off and they are so drying. I definitely think that taking the time to use a cleanser and water is more than worth the effort.

High-end skin care or high-end make-up?
For my skin, high end make up. But that is down to my skin type more than the fact that one is superior to the other. I find cheaper skin care is more than effective for my skin so there is no need to spend more money and I do have a soft spot for high end make up. More than anything though I think it is important to research and sample products rather than just gravitate to the high end counters in order to find the most appropriate skin care for you. 

What's the most unusual skin care product you've tried?
I'm not sure if there is anything that I have particularly used that would count as 'unusual'. In fact, what even counts as unusual in the world of beauty? Surely anything goes...

You're in a french pharmacy and can only pick up one item - what is it?
Okay, firstly I cry that I am only allowed one product, who invented that awful rule? and then I would probably head for Bioderma as it isn't readily available in my local area. 

Tell us your top skin care tip
I honestly think that the only way a skin care routine will work is if you stick to it on a daily basis. Research is also really important: knowing what products will work for your skin type, having a working knowledge of ingredients, awareness of sensitivity levels and identifying your problem areas. Knowledge is power after all. 

Thank you to Tasha from Shot of Beauty for tagging me in this, go check out her blog- I really enjoy it and she is a wonderful person! 

I tag EVERYONE to do this tag, yes that means you. 

Saturday, 29 June 2013

photo update

 Friday afternoon chill | Camera flat on the table makes great photos | comedy dog
 Everything is better with facial hair | too many glasses of rose | America invasion 
 Someone is not a fan of their lead | Killers at Wembly | Much cuter when he's asleep
 I ran out of friends so I painted a new one | Colour is new, hair is old | Best Friend
 Why do bad things happen to me | he photobombed my belly shot | bumpy nails 
 Unfortunately this line is all about Freddie, what a little camera whore. 
 Buy this lipgloss | never too early for santa socks/didn't do the washing | green nails
 Always have time to chill with belly dawg | best perfume | This is why I am fat
The prettiest makeup | I do not have a nail varnish addiction | posing like a pro

You may have wondered where I am and what I am doing, after all I haven't blogged much this month which means that life must be really exciting right? wrong. This month has been pretty difficult and I'm not too sure why I have found it such a chore. So what is going on? 

Okay seeing as most of the photos are of him I think that I should give you a quick update. He is now coming up to 10 weeks and has doubled in size, he is still very much in the mouthing stage but will hopefully grow out of it soon. He likes chasing the cats, eating leaves, peeing on the carpet and sleeping... which are also all of my favourite hobbies. I'll do another little video of him in the next few weeks so that you can see how he is getting on.

Social life
is basically non existent, I have gone out about... once this month in a social context. I am in such a rut at the moment that I may as well just call myself a hermit and move on. It is really starting to get me down that I don't have close friends like I used to, but I am struggling with reconnecting to my friends. 

Love life 
nope, still hilariously non existent... moving on. 

Spending ban 
Is going strong with a few days to go, technically I have got through the hardest part because I've got through the pay days so now the money in my bank account is for the post ban period it's just getting through that. I'm thinking of extending it until the london meetup at the end of the month but I do have a few bits and bobs I want so I haven't quite made my mind up. 

And that is the low down, i've got ideas lined up for next months blog posts already so hopefully i'll be around a bit more- tell me what you've been up to and how do you deal with a bit of a life slump? 

Finally.... I just wanted to share a really sweet post with you which was written by Emily from Trial and Error Beauty Blog She sent me a lovely email to let me know that she wanted to feature me in an upcoming series which I thought was so nice. If you want to read it then click here and make sure you look at her blog as she is a great writer. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara review

Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara
Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara
Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara
Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara swatches

Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara- £15.00

Supercurl is without a doubt my absolute favourite mascara, I have been using it for about a year and I have only just realised that I have never shared this with you guys . I have slightly odd eyelashes, they're long and quite dense but only in the middle, towards my nose they get get short and fine and towards my ear they get spidery and seem to always point downwards. I also rarely bother to curl my lashes so that probably doesn't help. Because of this I am super fussy when picking a mascara and will always go back to one that I love. 

The Wand has a spoon curve to it with short plastic spikes to it, by applying the mascara with the indent against the lashes, it builds a lovely natural curl and the short spikes help to separate and define each eyelash. If you go in for a second coat then you can build up some volume, but if it is volume you really want- don't expect it from supercurl. The pigmentation is fairly average, they make no claims about this being 'super-black', 'ultra-black' or 'blackest black' this is just... black and you know what? I'm fine with that. 

The curl lasts all day, the mascara is easy to remove at the end of the day and it doesn't crumble or go crunchy. It doesn't irritate my eyes and it doesn't transfer onto the upper lid. One bottle lasts me about 6 months because you don't need a lot to create a great look, so whilst it is expensive it also is good value because it just keeps going and going. 

Do you like the sound of Urban Decays Supercurl mascara? what is your holy grail mascara? 

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