Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Relaxing With The House Of Fraser Linea Mulled Berries Set

We all know that Christmas can be a stressful time of year with having to find gifts and cards for everyone and making the day as perfect as possible, so today's post is going to be about the House of Fraser Linea Mulled Berries set* - the perfect set for unwinding in Winter. I believe it's also currently on sale so I'd hurry to get it if you want it!

First of all, that Botanical candle* is absolutely gorgeous and I think would make the perfect candle for a centrepiece or on your mantelpiece on Christmas day. It just screams Christmas and Winter. It retails at £16.00 and has 60 hours of burning time. For something which is as gorgeous as that I think it's definitely worth the money. It has to be my favourite thing from the set!

The jar candle* is equally as beautiful and Christmassy. Similarly, it's something which you can keep out through Winter since it is Christmassy but not so Christmassy that Santa Claus is staring at you and it has to be put away with your other decorations. The jar from this could also be reused in future years since I don't really think it's one you'd want to throw away. It retails as £12.00 and has 50 hours of burning.

I put my candles on the mantelpiece first of all and put on a film with a nice cup of Green tea. They have the most gorgeous scent. It's definitely a Winter scent and seems to warm the house and fill the room. My living room still smells great now and I burned these about a week ago for about an hour. The scent is described as 'a mouther-watering fruit combination of cranberry, cherry and blackcurrant, laced with citrus and sweet spice highlights' and I would say that is the perfect description. The cherry probably comes out most of all.

I then took them with me up to the bath. I think it's so relaxing to have a bath with the candles going. I also filled my bath with lots of bubbles and used an orange-scented shower gel since it was the one which went best with the candles. There's nothing more relaxing than a good bubble bath. I usually like to have a bath bomb in there as well but since I'm in the process of moving house, I don't actually have a clue where any of mine are at the moment. I put on some of my favourite music at the same time and reminded myself not to fall asleep in the bath.

There's also a reed diffuser* which goes with this set but mine is somewhere in the post at the moment! Who knows where. Moving house is too complicated.

I hope you've enjoyed this post! Hopefully many more will come in the New Year when I actually have internet again!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Beauty Christmas Crackers

Christmas isn't far away now and that means most of us are trying to get all of our presents and those finishing touches together to make Christmas an amazing day. I've decided to put together a few of what I think are the best Christmas crackers around. Of course, they're beauty Christmas crackers (which I didn't know existed until this year!) and some are very budget-friendly while others are more expensive. I think they're a great idea, however, since the usual crackers contain things which only get thrown away! So if you've got a few girls to please this Christmas, here's the crackers for you.

1. The first is the Lancome Christmas crackers (£54.00). While these crackers are very expensive, they contain some great products. You could even split these up and give each one as a gift to a friend which would total only £9 per friend. Included is the Hypnose Volume Mascara (black), Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner (black), Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Lip Lover, L'absolute Lipstick and Bi-Facil Eye Make Up Remover. All great luxury gifts for friends or a nice touch to a girly Christmas dinner.

2. Next is another luxury set, this time from Clarins. This set is a little cheaper at £39 (£6.50 per cracker) and contains the Wonder Perfect Mascara, Gentle Refiner, Beauty Flash Balm, Hand and Nail treatment, Eau des Jardins and Rouge Eclat Lipstick. I adore Clarins and it's another well-known luxury makeup brand which is bound to impress your friends at Christmas.

3. Thirdly, we're onto something a little more budget friendly and that is the Champneys Cracker Collection which contains four different bubble baths, retailing at £10 which is £2.50 per cracker. I think that these are really sweet and bound to please even those who aren't beauty lovers. The bubble baths included are Distant Shores Bubble Heaven, Mediterranean Bliss Bubble Heaven, Exotic Retreat Bubble Heaven and Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven.

4. Another budget friendly set is the No7 Christmas Cracker collection (£14.00 or £2.33 each). This is another one which is good for girls who like a bit of pampering but aren't that into makeup, as it contains three nail polishes and three skincare items. The nails polish shades are: Temptress, Beanie and Damson Dream, and the skincare included is the Protect & Perfect Day Cream, Night Cream, and Intense Eye Cream.

5. Still on the topic of nails is the Nails Inc Christmas Cracker collection (£29.50 or £4.90 each). You get six full sized nail polishes in the shades Mayfair Mews, Kensington High Street, Trafalgar Crescent, Baker Street, Mayfair Lane and Kings Road.

6. And finally is the most budget-friendly of them all - the Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit cracker set (£8.00 or £1.33 per cracker). These crackers contain three bottles of hand cream and thee bottles of bath & shower creme - bound to please any girl, and probably some guys too (we know they're always stealing our products). They're all in the sweet mandarin & grapefruit scent.

And those are all of my picks! This is my first Christmas post which is super exciting! It's been a struggle to fit it in with all of my uni deadlines but I've managed it! I hope you're all having fun picking out gifts and decorations this year!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blue Vanilla Winter OOTD

For a few months now I've had a real thing for capes. I've been searching for the perfect one for a while now but it wasn't until I looked on Blue Vanilla's site that I really fell in love. I even prefer those over the ones in Topshop which is rare for me since Topshop is usually my go to. After my previous post for Blue Vanilla in which I mentioned my love for their capes, I received the Lesley Navajo Toggle Black Cape* (£25) in the post much to my surprise. It really made my day, so thanks, Blue Vanilla! 

I was a little worried that the cape would be a bit flimsy and thin but that isn't the case at all. It is reasonably thick and does keep you warm, which was also a concern of mine. I wouldn't say it's the warmest thing in the world but is ideal to throw over a long sleeved top for those days when it's not quite cold enough to warrant wearing a coat.

The best part about this cape is the clasp. I really wanted one with a clasp but it seemed that most didn't have one. I think it looks nicer (and not like you've just thrown a blanket on) and also makes it easier because you don't have to worry about it falling off. At £25 I definitely think this cape is worth a purchase!

Cape: Blue Vanilla (£25)
TOP: Topshop (£10)
JEANS: Topshop (£40)
SHOES: Doc Martens (£100)

Photography by Amy Buckle

Sunday, November 16, 2014

How To Grow Your Hair / Why Long Hair Sucks / Hair Regrets

I found these pictures from a post I'd planned on doing some time last year maybe and it hit me with some inspiration to do the post again. So these pictures are quite old but still apply! It's essentially tips for growing your hair and why I regret getting an undercut, as well as why long hair is SO VERY ANNOYING. If you don't know what an undercut is I've put in an awful picture below from MANY years ago, but essentially it's that shaved bit on the side of my head. Please do not judge the strange lines, I was experimenting with patterns and I KNOW IT LOOKS AWFUL!


SO I'm going to start out talking about my undercut. I got it when I was around fourteen. They hadn't got big on tumblr or anything at the time (I don't even know if people really used tumblr at that point) and I just thought it would be fun to shave the side of my head. I'd seen it on celebrities like Cassie and Ellie Goulding and decided I really liked it. And I did like it, and I still do like them. The trouble was, I cut it myself and I was never completely happy with the way it was cut but it was already gone and there was no changing it. It was really fun to play around with it though. It grew back so fast so I was always shaving it and doing weird things with it (like that little longer bit at the front in the picture above - that was fun), I even had blonde *ginger* stripes in it at one point.

The only thing is, at one point you won't want the undercut anymore. And I did NOT want to cut my hair at all because I was trying to grow it. So for ages I had this awkward length piece of hair at the front. And trust me, it looked awful for at least a year before it finally started to blend in with the rest of my hair. I think that now, maybe I would go back and not have an undercut because I'm stuck with this shorter piece of hair until I finally decide to cut my hair to that length. You might guess that I'm reluctant to do that because my hair is so long. The picture below illustrates the difference in length. And so does the one below that... sort of.

How to grow long hair:

Now onto the hair growing part. People often comment on how long my hair is and ask me how I possibly managed to grow it this long. The only way to grow your hair really it to NOT CUT IT or only get it trimmed to get rid of the dead parts. That's all there is to it. Deciding that you do not want to cut your hair out of boredom and you definitely want long hair. I've always wanted long hair but always got bored and ended up cutting it before it was even below my boobs. It just got to a point where I decided I was just going to let it grow... and I did. 

I also often treat my hair with oils such as coconut oil and other products such as the Alchemy Oils remedy. I definitely think that helps with keeping some of its moisture. I tend to leave them in for around 40 minutes, if not I'll leave them over night.

I use a boar bristle hair brush and a tangle teezer. I'm sure you'll all know about tangle teezers. They're essentially little brushes with soft, flexible bristles that won't rip or damage your hair which is what results in split ends. A boar bristle hair brush is made out of boar hair (I think?) and is basically sort of soft and doesn't do much in terms of getting rid of tangles. I use this to brush through my hair to distribute natural oils to the ends to keep my hair healthy. I would not recommend using this in the morning as it can end up making your hair look greasy. There's also no point in using it right after you wash your hair as there won't be much in the way of natural oils.

I never straighten or blowdry my hair. Like ever. I think I've done either thing twice in the last three years maybe. That definitely helps a lot. But if you do straighten or blowdry your hair, definitely use a heat protectant.

I rarely tie my hair up. This can cause strain on your hair and cause breakages. If I do tie it up I use hair ties with thicker coating rather than the thin ones as they won't harm your hair as much. If I'm sitting around the house I'll either use a soft fabric head band to tie my hair up or a big grip to hold it in place in a bun. Neither look is particularly good but both ways will not harm your hair!

I never ever brush my hair when it's wet. Your hair is more susceptible to breakages when it's wet because its elasticity is increased. Or something. I'm no expert. But brushing your hair when it's wet is bad. If you absolutely must, I'd recommend using a tangle teezer or a wet brush (as in the brand. not a brush that's wet). Personally I wouldn't use those either, I'd just wait for it to dry and then brush it.

And I think that's all I really do? I also don't colour my hair (though I'm planning to tomorrow). There are other ways like changing your diet and I've heard using horse shampoo could result in an increased rate of growth but I haven't tried that so wouldn't know. 

The struggles of long hair:

It gets knotty SO quickly. It's ridiculous. Like within an hour or something. And if it's windy, you're done for. I can't even be bothered to brush it half of the time because it takes at least ten minutes.

It always gets stuck down the backs of tops / jackets and it's a right old job to get it out. Honestly, it takes longer than you'd think to free it from its trap.

It gets in the way. A lot. Of pretty much everything I do, but the worst is eating because then it gets food in it. Like I'm pretty sure I always have food in my hair if I don't put it behind my shoulders.

It's just so much effort to wash and brush and everything. I miss the easy days.

People always say "wow your hair is so long!" and then that's all they say to me. A fact that I already know and then they have no other conversation to make and it's the most boring thing in the world.

Volume is no longer a thing. It's so heavy and flat and boring. And yes, I suppose you can do more styles with it than short hair, but the styles take so long that I don't even want to do them.

So that's enough of me moaning about my hair! I'm sure there's more that I've missed out but that's all from me for the moment. While I do not dislike having long hair because I think it looks better on me and I kind of just want to see exactly how long it will grow to, it is maybe a lot more effort than it's worth and I constantly think I should just get it cut off to make life easier. I know I would regret that though!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Autumn / Fall Makeup Routine

So I know I haven't done a YouTube video in forever. Three months, in fact. I just felt like doing something a bit different and I do enjoy making videos a lot, it's just that normally I don't feel happy enough to upload them. This time I've decided to just do it! So I've put together a sort of tutorial / routine / something of how I've been doing my makeup for the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy it!

Maybelline dream pure BB cream
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Real Techniques Powder Brush
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Nars Mata Hari Blusher
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Soap And Glory Love At First Blush Rosy-Radiance Shimmer Powder
MUA Ever After Matte Eyeshadow Palette "Penny"
EcoTools Eyeliner Brush
Maybelline 24 Hr Colour Tattoo "70 Metallic Pomegranate"
Becca Cosmetics Eye Colour Powder Shimmer "Jacquard"
Real Techniques Shading Brush
Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush
Soap And Glory Supercat Eyeliner
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara
Too Faced LashGASM Mascara

Sunday, November 09, 2014

I Drew Gabriella Lindley / Velvetgh0st

So I'm kind of scared to put my artwork on my blog since I'm usually not happy with it and prefer people not to see it. But I've spent so long on this and I told Gabby months ago that I'd do it so here it is. I'm sure that soon I'll decide it's not good enough or that I've forgotten to do something and end up changing it but I get stuck in this endless feeling of it being unfinished and there has to be a point when I decide to just stop. And I guess that point is now?

It isn't perfect & it's actually the first drawing of a person I have ever finished on photoshop. Hopefully it's a skill I can improve in the future and I plan on doing many more drawings as I do love drawing people and always have.

If you don't know who the picture is, it's Gabby (velvetgh0st) who happens to be my favourite youtuber and has been for somewhere between one and two years now. I'm a sucker for youtube videos and hers are always so entertaining. 

Anyway this isn't a post for me to go on about youtubers I like! It's just to share something I like to do other than makeup and fashion for once. Please let me know what you think of it in the comments, just don't be too mean. :)

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Autumn Beauty / Fashion Haul: Topshop, Zoella Beauty, Soap And Glory

zoella beauty soap and glory topshop

I found university pretty uninspiring for a while and, of course, when lost for anything else to do, you go shopping. And that's what i did. I went down to Birmingham with my family and stocked up on the things I was needing (with some added extras).

zoella beauty soap and glory topshop

First of all I made use of the 3 for 2 offers in Boots and decided to purchase my first Soap and Glory beauty items. I've heard a lot about their products in the past but always overlooked the brand and opted for something else (usually L'Oreal - if you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I love L'Oreal) but this time I thought I'd give Soap & Glory a try. I was in need of a backup felt tip eyeliner and since the Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner has received so much love, I decided to give it a try. So far I'm loving it just as much as my previous favourite felt tip liner and it's around the same price.

zoella beauty soap and glory topshop
Left to right: Supercat Eyeliner, Sexy Mother Pucker, Love At First Blush

Secondly from Soap and Glory I decided to get a new blush / highlighter. The 'Love At First Blush' is described as a blusher but personally I've been using it as more of a pink-toned highlight. It gives a really nice sheen and I've been using it in preference to other highlighters from MAC and Benefit so it was definitely worth the money.

And finally, of course, I needed the third item and since it's Autumn I decided to go for the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in 'Raplumzel'. I've heard Fleur DeForce and others talking about these gloss sticks so I decided I would buy it because I love anything remotely plum lately and I always seem to be losing my others. It has a really nice chocolatey sort of scent and is quite thick and moisturising on the lips. I'm loving it so far!

zoella beauty soap and glory topshop

As I got in the queue to pay, I came across the Zoella Beauty stuff and could not resist, deciding to buy the Soak Opera bath soak & shower cream and the Creamy Madly Dreamy body lotion. Both products have the same sweet sort of scent which I can't really describe but it reminds me of my childhood. The smell lasts quite a while too which is always a good thing. I definitely found that the body lotion smelled a lot nicer when it was actually on my skin rather than in the tube. I'm going to be doing a review of these products after I've given them a bit more use, hopefully!

zoella beauty soap and glory topshop

And last but not least, I needed some long sleeved tops for Autumn and Topshop is always trustworthy for providing me clothing that I will love. I have this ribbed crop top in the short sleeved grey version but since it's so cold now I needed something long sleeved and decided to go with a burgundy and an olive colour. I just love that the ribs are quite widely spaced and it sort of looks like jumper material but it's a lot thinner. There is just something about these tops that I adore and I can't put my finger on it! For £10 each I think they're a bargain.

And that's everything I picked up. Let me know your opinions on anything mentioned in the post - I love hearing them! I'm especially curious about what people are thinking of Zoella's products or if you want to try them?

Hope you have a great day<3

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

My Autumn / Winter Scent

There seems to be a bit of a perfumey theme on my blog currently, what with my November guest post being all about fragrance, but with the season quickly progressing, a blog post on my favourite Autumn / Winter scent has to be done.

You may think that a red plum & freesia scent doesn't sound exactly like it will be perfect for the colder seasons, particularly with the blooming picture of a flower on the front, but for some reason I've been reaching for this almost every day, and it is Victoria's Secret's Pure Seduction - a fragrance mist which I picked up on my Summer travels to California.

I'm a big lover of really sweet, candy-like scents as well as really sharp and sort of musky scents. I would say that this scent falls more into the former category however it has floral hints in it. I suppose you could describe it as sharp and exceedingly sweet and almost citrusy. But I think I've just thrown three opposite words into one there. No surprise, I cannot describe scents! (who even can?) It is described as a 'refreshing formula infused with conditioning Aloe Vera and calming Chamomile' but provides no further description of the scent.

I would say that if you're a person who is reluctant to leave the Summery scents behind but wants something a little more Season-appropriate, then definitely go down to Victoria's Secret and give this a whiff. Having said that, I'm not one to limit myself with scents according to Season and for the most part I simply wear what I feel like wearing. Who even says what Winter smells like?

So that's my signature scent set for this season. I'm hoping I don't run out of the stuff because it is gorgeous. Let me know what your favourite scent for this season is - I definitely need to purchase a new perfume since it's been months since I last did!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Guest Post: Fall Fragrance Fiesta

Hello there,

I am Dixi from She Dreams Fashion and today I'm a guest blogger out here. This is really exciting as this is my first post as a guest blogger and I'm really happy because Becky was sweet enough to let me be a guest blogger over here. Her blog is really adorable,isn't it?

Alright,so now without much further ado,let us just jump right into the post.

Fall is my most favorite season because of the weather,pumpkin spice lattes,Halloween,cosy sweaters and most of all nice warm and sweet smelling fragrances. I'm a fragaholic which means that I cannot ever stop myself from buying perfumes. They are the best because they come in cute packaging and radiate happiness.

These are some perfumes I think are perfect for the fall season.

1. Viva LA Juicy: This has been on my wishlist for the longest time until I finally bought it this summer in Thailan Duty Free while waiting for my flight and getting bored. This smells really fresh and musky. It has a very refreshing smell and more of a daytime perfume.

2. Calvin Klein IN2U- This perfume smells very warm and like cookies with a bit of floral hint. It's more of a perfume you would want to wear during the night when you go out because it's really long lasting and smells wonderful and snuggly.

3. Burberry: The bottle itself reminds me of flannels and winter. The smell is a but warm and spicy and very strong indeed. You would really love it if you are into strong and spicy smelling perfumes but then again it also has a bit of sweet tuch to it which is a bonus as it isn't that harsh.

4.J'adore- The ever so classic perfume that smells like happiness and sunshine during fall/winter. It is  a very warm smelling perfume and it obviously is very long lasting and you just really feel good when you wear it.

5. Hello Kitty- The bottle is so adorable. I remember buying it at Dubai Duty Free and I am thankful that I did. This smells a lot like candies and vanilla,it is a really sweet smelling perfume and I think it fits in with the fall season.

Those are my fall fragrance recommendations and I really think it is a good idea to have one of them as they just really make you get into the fall spirit.
Hope you enjoyed my post.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review / How To Style Blue Vanilla's Edna Floral Print White Collar Dress

As the weather starts to get cloudier and colder, I definitely think it's time to get out all of the dark green and burgundy you possibly can. I don't know what it is about Autumn that makes everyone so attracted to those colours but it is what it is! This month, Blue Vanilla kindly sent me this Edna Floral Print White Collar Dress* which I think is absolutely gorgeous. I'd call it my favourite dress at the moment and so perfect for if you're feeling a bit festive.

It's made out of a really nice thick and slightly stretchy material which is great. I often worry that the material of bodycon dresses will be flimsy and look pathetic when you put it on but that's completely not the case with this dress. Not only does it look a lot better and will it last a lot longer, but it keeps you warmer! It also has a cute little collar built in which is completely adorable and has some little green and pink gem detailing on which I think really adds something a little different and special to the dress. The sleeves have a little bit of lift at the shoulder which usually I wouldn't like but it's not overdone at all and it just has a slight rumpled look. I'm currently planning on wearing this dress on Christmas day or to a Christmas party because I don't think you get much more Christmasy than this without sticking a reindeer on your belly. 

Since it's quite cold, this is definitely an item that would keep you sufficiently warm but still look nice. I'm not big on wearing jeans so I struggle to find clothes I like at this time of year. I'm not wearing black tights in the pictures but with a pair of tights and a coat it would make a perfect outfit. Above I have paired Blue Vanilla's dress with a jacket from Miss Selfridge (bought from Depop) and my trusty fedora hat. This keeps it quite simple and dark because of the burgundy in the jacket and in the dress.

I also paired it with the same hat and this coat from H&M which I picked up for £27.99 which I consider a bargain. I think I prefer how this looks because of the contrast of the textured coat and the smartness of the dress.

Let me know what you think of this dress in the comments! I loooove it! You can pick it up from Blue Vanilla for £26.00 which is an absolute bargain for this kind of quality. My dad said he thought the dress was worth at least £50 so it's a great price. P.S. - check out their capes because I'm loving the cape trend and they've got some really nice, reasonably priced ones up! Just thought I'd share in case you're on the look out for something that is good quality but not as expensive as Zara or Topshop.

Sorry for the images - sadly I haven't found somebody to take pictures of me here at uni and my camera isn't being nice to me lately. Hopefully soon we can return to the usual quality! I might be filming a lookbook with this dress if I can manage to find somebody to help me out!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Autumn / Winter Nail Polish Picks!

Hi guys! Since we're now well into the colder months I thought I'd do a post on some of my favourite nail polishes for this time of year. I do love my blues and pastels still but for when I'm feeling particularly Autumnal or Christmassy, these are the colours I would gravitate towards.

Probably my favourite of them all if a Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in the shade 'Watermelon'. I don't think that the name is particularly appropriate for it since when I think of watermelons I think of bright pinks and Summer, but still. It's a really nice, dark green with a slightly bluish tinge to it. It looks really nice and dark on the nails, and I think it's a really good alternative for black since I know a lot of people who wouldn't wear black nail polish but would like something dark. It is the perfect colour for this time of year since I always love my dark greens and dark reds!

Secondly is one from Ciate - a brand I have raved about in previous blog posts. This is in the shade 'boudoir' and I got this one, as well as the others in this post, in last year's advent calendar (which you should definitely consider picking up this year since it's AMAZING!). It's a dark red but it's slightly less blue-toned than what you would typically consider an Autumnal red. It is not a burgundy or a maroon - it's sort of slightly darker than a classic red. I think I like this one so much because it isn't that typical colour everyone wears as soon as it starts to get cold. Plus, Ciate polishes are really good on a whole!

Taking third place for my top nail polish colours is another Barry M and this time it's 'Mushroom'. I bought this a few years ago because I became suddenly obsessed with dark nude nails and I purchased this while on my hunt for that perfect brown / nude. I found it to be a little too dark for my liking at the time but now I'm loving it. It's like a washed out, greyish brown and I think it can look really classy so if you're going for a more elegant look this might be the perfect shade just to add that little bit of colour without standing out or looking tacky.

Fourth place is more of a top coat than a colour itself and it is 'snow globe' from Ciate. I tend to put this over the top of my ring finger to add a bit of detail to my manicure and a bit of sparkle. It has little iridescent flecks in it and adds that subtle and unique sparkle. I find it looks particularly good over a pastel blue for a particularly icy look in the Winter!

Next up I've got another of those muted colours and this is a Maybelline Color Show polish in 'Moss'. I purchased this around Christmas last year to add a bit of variety to my usual dark green nails and instead have something a little softer and different. So if you're looking for a green that isn't the classic dark green then this might be a good one for you, though I find that the formula of Maybelline nail polishes isn't quite up to scratch and they can often take quite a while to dry.

And finally, it's another from Ciate that is absolutely PERFECT for Christmas in the shade 'christmas tree caviar'. This is not your typical polish. If you've never come across these before, they're little balls which you tip on top of your nail polish while it's still drying and you get an amazing, textured look. If you look at the blog post I've linked above you can get an example of how they look. The balls in this one are red, green, gold and bronze so are absolutely perfect for Christmas. I am absolutely going to wear this on Christmas day and I couldn't recommend it enough. 

And that's all of the nail polishes I've got for you! I have so many more that I love but I wanted to cut it down to only a few and these are the ones that made the cut. Please do let me know your favourite nail polishes for this time of year below! I need to invest in some more!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rimmel BB Cream Review

Hi guys! Today I've got a review for you of the Matte Rimmel BB Cream. It claims to be a '9-in-1 skin perfecting super makeup'. What the 9-in-1 benefits are I do not know as it doesn't say on the packaging and I can't seem to find it anywhere. Either way, I'm sure they're all the usual things like 'mattifies', 'evens out skin tone' - basically a long-winded way of saying 'this is a BB cream'.

My first impressions of this was that the smell is amazing. I've found with many Rimmel foundations in the past that they have the nicest smell ever. I don't tend to like scented makeup but I think Rimmel foundation is the exception, possibly because my first ever proper foundation had that Rimmel scent so maybe it's just a blast from the past. It sort of smells like a cross between perfume and paint, I don't know quite how else to describe it. If you think you might not like it, definitely give it a sniff in store before purchasing.

I also found that with this BB cream, unlike others I have tried, you don't need a lot of it to get a decent coverage. I know it's a BB cream and high coverage isn't exactly their intention but I still like quite a bit of coverage. I think that this one actually does deliver and I'd call it medium coverage. I really like how it applies and I use the Real Techniques expert face brush to do so.

In terms of length of wear, I'd say this lasted the full five hours I was at uni for and that includes two 40 minute walks, one of which is uphill and results in lots of sweat. So pretty impressive! I don't check in the mirror frequently so I'm not the best person to ask for length of wear but it seemed good to me!

I haven't tried many BB creams as they don't tend to appeal to me but lately I've really been loving them and this little sample has only made me love them more. I was really quite impressed with it and £6.99 seems a good price for the full product. I would definitely choose this over the Maybelline BB cream which I found to be quite disappointing. 

So personally I loved this product, but let me know your opinions down below - I do love to hear them!

P.S. you may have noticed my blogging schedule has got a bit strange. Settling down in uni has been a bit weird for me so my blog wasn't the first thing on my mind. I'm thinking that I'm going to cut down to two posts a week rather than the usual three to four, at least while I get used to the change in work load. Hopefully you all understand!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hairtrade Hair Extensions Review: I&K Clip In Body Wave 02

Hi guys! Today I have a review of the I&K Clip In Body Wave 02 from Hairtrade. My camera has been acting up, hence why the second picture is a bit dodgy. I'm working on this so hopefully other blog posts will return with decent images!

Anyway, I've had extensions from Hairtrade before but the three months have passed and they kindly sent me another set to replace the others, since you're only supposed to keep them for three months. Previously, I had the 22" extensions which were straight but I decided to go with the wavy ones this time. I think I may have gone a shade too dark for my hair this time whereas last time I went too light so I'll have to go in between next time!

Anyway, the hair extensions were good quality as expected and I do love them however I think I prefer the straight ones, though perhaps if I gave the wavy ones a bit of a toy with my straighteners they might blend in better with my hair. The set comes with several large pieces (check my previous blog post for details) and also some smaller ones. More than enough to cover your head. I find that I prefer not to wear all of the larger pieces as I get very conscious that the seam might be on show. In the images I am only wearing one large piece and all of the smaller pieces.

I do really like the effect of the wavy pieces but I think they would be more suited to somebody a bit more skilled with hair curlers as I am awful. The nature of the waves is so beautiful and I don't feel I could actually do that with my own hair. You may also notice that because I've left my hair largely straight, the extensions are a little too short for me.

So for the lazy girl with slightly wavy but not curly hair, I would recommend the straight extensions, but for somebody who has a bit more time or is naturally quite curly, definitely go for the wavy extensions as they're just as beautiful. 

Note that I am not wearing hair extensions in the third picture down but am in the other two, just so you can get some reference (though the second image isn't too clear - darn camera).

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Makeup Haul: MAC, Stila, Elizabeth Arden.

Hi guys! I have a haul for you today which excites me very much as hauls always do. This in particular makes me very happy because there's a couple of products I've wanted for a long time. I'll try to keep it short and avoid boring you but give you some first impressions of the products at the same time as I haven't used any of them that much yet.

I purchased two MAC pigments in 'Genuine Orange' and 'Burnt Burgundy'. Genuine orange is simply a bright orange which I thought could be good for creating a more orangey look when combined with other colours as I am loving more orange/red-toned eyeshadows lately. I haven't yet used it but I plan to sweep it lightly over the top of other colours and use as a blending colour. Burnt Burgundy is a matte colour as the orange one also is, and I just thought it would be perfect for the colder months and perhaps a more interesting smoky eye than just black. Both pigments feel a little chalky but blend nicely.

I also got a MAC eyeshadow in 'Mythology' which is a lustre finish. I fell in love with this immediately and it has overtaken Satin Taupe as Satin Taupe overtook All That Glitters as my favourite eyeshadow. I wear this almost every day on its own all over my lid and also under my eyes for a subtly grungy look. I like to think of it as Taylor Momsen inspired but slightly more glamorous and subtle. It's as amazing as any MAC eyeshadow ever is, but slightly lacks pigmentation if there's any negatives to say about it (on first impressions, anyway). 

I couldn't resist a Stila lip liner. I owned nothing from Stila previous to this so I felt it was a necessary purchase. It feels like it needs a good sharpen but other than that I'm looking forward to using it. It's in the shade 'plum' which just screams Autumn so I'll definitely be using this in the colder months to prolong the wear of my lipsticks and line my lips.

And finally I got the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick. I don't know why, since it clearly says 'STICK' in the name, but I didn't expect it to be like a lipstick. Even so, I like it so far. I think it feels sort of thin on my lips but it definitely does moisturise despite this. It tastes a lot less obviously minty than the Blistex Treatment I usually use (blogged about here) and it doesn't leave any white residue as that does, so I completely prefer it (though the price difference perhaps means I'll have to stick to Blistex).

And that's everything I got! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I can only apologise for the reduced image quality; it's difficult to get a good picture in my uni room and I'm still getting used to it! Thanks for stopping by again and let me know what you think in the comments as always! <3

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Poppy Lux Giselle Top

Hi guys! Today's post is about a brand called Poppy Lux and the gorgeous Giselle Top* which they were kind enough to send to me. 

It took me a while to style this top because I didn't want to create a look which was too smart and wanted something that could be worn around town / a day out but could also be worn in the evening, depending on what you feel comfortable wearing where. Personally, this is something I would wear during the day time.

When I first received the top I thought it might be the type of thing that couldn't really be worn as something casual because of the fabric and the sequinned sleeves but actually I think it could look good with a pair of high waisted jeans or something. Even though I like it as a casual piece, I'm definitely going to wear it out tonight as it's still Freshers week so I'm going out every night and it is a challenge to find enough outfits for that.

It's made from what feels like a good quality fabric which won't stretch or ruin quickly which makes it well worth the £29.99 price tag (it's currently on sale for £20.00).

Top: Poppy Lux*
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: T K Maxx
Necklace: Past Times

Let me know what you think of the outfit in the comments and be sure to go check out Poppy Lux!<3

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Magnitone Lucid Daily Cleansing & Exfoliation Brush Review

Hi guys! So this post has been a long time coming and I've had it waiting for me to do for a while now but with moving to uni and my parents moving house, I haven't really had the time! I'm so happy to be at uni though and may do a little post on my room at uni, I'm not sure yet.

Anyway, back to the point! A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a competition with Magnitone to win two tickets to V Festival and two of the Magnitone Lucid Daily Cleansing & Exfoliation Brushes*. I'm so grateful to Magnitone for sending me these things as V festival was amazing and the Cleansing Brush has become a part of my daily routine and I feel it's really improved my skincare routine.

The brushes came all packaged up in ribbons and looking beautiful. I should have photographed them when they arrived really - regrets! I love the packaging of the brushes too as I just think it's so simple and pretty. The colours are absolutely gorgeous. I took the pink one for myself and gave the green one to my mum who is also loving it.

With the brush you get a charger, a manual, a travel charger, the brush, and a travel case for taking it around with you. The charger and the brush fit perfectly into the case and not just the brush which is good as I'm always getting my wires tangled up. The travel charger is that little white part attached to the bottom of the brush in the picture above. I find it truly magnificent as you just pop the magnetic charger onto it and it charges - you don't plug it into the brush or anything. I feel like I'm in the future.

The idea of the brush is that you run it over your face daily but don't scrub it and it gets deep into your pores to give them a thorough cleanse. I've been using it on the sensitive mode but think I might use the normal mode now as my skin is adapting to it and also because Freshers week is not doing good things to my skin. You use the brush with your normal cleanser (I've been using the MAC green gel cleanser*) and moisturise afterwards and it should result in improved skin in 7 days.  

Here's some pictures of the differences in my skin from day one to seven. Sorry that the pictures aren't great and I look disgusting in most of them - I had a lazy week and obviously I couldn't wear makeup. My spots definitely improved and they were absolutely awful because I'd just got back from reading festival. I also think that using the Magnitone Lucid resulted in less oily skin for me which is brilliant because I struggle a lot with oily skin. It retails at £69.99 but is currently £49.99 at Superdrug so it might be worth getting it soon so you can get the discount. I think it's definitely worth the money and it's cheaper than competitors such as the Clarisonic cleansing brush.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Smart Tiger Dress From Sugarhill Boutique

Ah! Back to fashion posts again! Sorry there have been so few lately but what with working in a uniform every day and moving house and uni and everything, I haven't really had the time or opportunity! But I've got a few coming up very soon, and the first is featuring this amazing Smart Tiger Dress* from Sugarhill Boutique

I think that this dress is perfect for the colder months and also as a transition piece as we move into Autumn. It was really hot the day I took the photographs so I've paired it with a fedora from H&M and some cutout shoes from River Island, but on colder days I think it would be great with a pair of tights and a black or grey jacket as well. I'm really into boyfriend style coats right now and really need to get my hands on one!

I really like the length of this dress as it's not too short but still above the knee so it makes a good casual piece but it could also be made to look smart with a necklace and maybe some little heels. It's got a lot of shape to it and I think it would be good for a lot of body shapes. I know some people with big boobs are reluctant to wear high-necked clothing but I think this would definitely suit bustier girls because of the way it's cut. Sugarhill have definitely done well with this piece as it feels really good quality; it's not some horrible fabric that will stretch and fall apart, it's feels strong and like it will last a long time.

So there you have it - the Smart Tiger Dress* from Sugarhill Boutique which you can pick up for £49 to stock up on your AW14 wardrobe! 

I go away to uni tomorrow so who knows what posting will be like! I've got a few posts planned so hopefully things will continue as normal (whatever normal is these days). Let me know your opinions on this dress in the comments, as always! <3 P.S. I look properly dodgy in that last picture, only just realise. Going to leave it there anyway. :)