Thursday, 30 May 2013

It's All About The Clutch

I love a good clutch bag as I'm sure all of you do too. They may not be the most practical things in the world when it comes to packing everything you need to carry around but some of the designs you can buy are just so pretty! And since it is wedding season coming up when everybody needs a clutch bag I thought I would put together a few beauts that I have found.

Rectangular PU Clutch - Accessorize £35 
Black Stripe Triangle Lock Clutch - New Look £12.99 
Colour Block Lage Envelope Clutch - Accessorize £29 
Turn Up Lock Floral Clutch Bag - Marks and Spencer £29.50

Nude Cut Out Envelope ClutchNew Look £12.99 
Multi-Sequin Embellished Clutch Bag - Marks and Spencer £29.50 
Ashh Leather Clutch Bag - Ted Baker £99 
Darlia Bow Clutch BagTed Baker £63.20

Which of these bags is your favourite?

May Favourites

Hi Beauties!

It’s that time when everyone is putting up their ‘favourites of the month’ posts so here is mine. This month I have not used anything dramatically different but there are a few products that I have been reaching for a bit more and rediscovering.

Elf Studio Blusher in ‘Berry Merry’
I love the elf studio blushers. They are great quality and have fantastic pigmentation. I have been using this blush quite a lot this month as I have switched up my foundation routine and this deep pink really compliments the foundation that I have been using.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation
I used this foundation a lot last summer but after using it everyday for a few months it began to make my skin look quite shiny when I was wearing it. I tried using it again and I have fallen in love with it all over again. It has light infusing technology which gives you a lovely dewy look which I think is great in the summer. I have been using this every few days rather than every day to avoid my skin looking shiny again. As much as I love this foundation I would not recommend it if you have oily skin.

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask
Earlier in the month my skin decided to throw a complete hissy fit and not be my friend. I started getting the awful under skin spots on my chin which did not just look hideous but were quite painful. I picked up this mask after reading various blog posts about it and it worked wonders. At first I thought it was quite expensive for what it is at just under £6 for a little tub but honestly your skin looks and feels so much better after using it.

Dolly Shoes
Since the weather has started to pick up again, I say after looking out at grey clouds, I have started wearing dolly shoes again. I love a pretty pair of dolly shoes and I have so many. I find them really comfy and you can get so many different designs to compliment any outfit.

I love reading favourites posts so leave your links below

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

NOTD: Essie 'Neo Whimsical'

Another beautiful shade from Essie today. I have only recently started using Essie nail polishes and I have to say that I love them. The colours are fantastic and the quality is great. I like this shade. 'Neo Whimsical' as it is a lovely neutral shade that can go with anything. A girl can never have too many light pink nail varnishes!

What do you think of this nail varnish?

Friday, 24 May 2013

Freebie Friday #6

Hi Guys!

So I have decided that rather than posting a ‘Freebie Friday’ post every week I would post them every fortnight. This just means I can focus on just giving you guys the best freebies and also puts a bit more variety on the old blog. So anyway here’s your latest instalment and as always freebies are subject to availability!

Get your own free personalised mug from Vista print. All you have to do is pay p&p

Halls have 500 packets of sweets to give away every day! All you have to do is fill in your details on their facebook page.

For a free 3ml sample size of facial oil just fill in your details.

Win one of 2000 free samples that Superdrug is giving away. Help to achieve soft, smooth and even skin tone.

What freebies have you found this week?

Thursday, 23 May 2013

DIY: Bling Crystal Peep Toe Shoes

A slightly different post today, I decided to be creative! I have seen numerous companies selling crystal peep toe shoes at quite high prices so decided I would try and make my own to save a bit of money and I think they turned out quite well. So if you want to make your own here's how I did it:

E6000 Glue, Flat Back Crystals, Bobby pin or Tweezers, Peep Toe Shoes

  1. First off all I would recommend using a magazine to cover the work surface that you are using. This will protect the work surface and will make it easier to pick up any dropped crystals. Ensure you follow the safety instructions that are printed on the glue.
  2. Depending on the size of the crystals you are using will depend on the tool you use to pick up the crystals. The ones that I used are quite small so what I did was put a little bit of glue on the stick end of a bobby pin and wait until it becomes tacky, this will then be able to pick up your crystals. If you are using bigger crystals then you can use tweezers to pick them up. You can also buy tools that are made specifically for picking up crystals, eBay is a great place to find these.
  3. Do a small amount at a time; you do not want the glue to dry before you have had a chance to put the crystals on. I applied glue in around 3-5cm intervals. I found the best technique if you want the crystals to be even was to work line by line going across.
  4. The glue dries quickly so you don’t need to worry about knocking any crystals off.
  5. That’s it really, you have bling shoes!

Let me know if you try this or customise any other shoes, I would love to see pictures!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter - 'Peach Parfait'

This is my second Revlon lip butter and I love this one even more than my first! This is in shade 025 ‘Peach Parfait’.

I think it is a beautiful shade that's perfect for summer. The best way that I would describe it is that it is like a light coral/pink colour that’s quite sheer with a little bit of shimmer.

What are your favourite summer lip products?

Friday, 17 May 2013

NOTD: Essie 'Head Mistress'

A quick NOTD post for you today rather than my usual 'Freebie Friday' post, that will be back next week. Anyway, I managed to pick up this gorgeous shade 'Head Mistress' from Direct Cosmetics for just £2.99 which is an absolute bargain.

What are your favourite Essie nail polishes?

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Affordable Prom & Ball Dresses

 As its nearly the time of year when every body has their school, college and university proms and balls I thought I would put together some of my favourite and more affordable dresses. I think that if you shop around you can find really beautiful dresses that do not cost too much, so here they are:

Ice Blossom Embellished Waist Maxi Dress - Tesco £40

Ice Blossom Embellished Side Maxi Dress - Tesco £40

Embellished Halter Neck Maxi Dress - Jane Norman £60
Contrast Bandeau Maxi Dress - Jane Norman £50
Foil Lace Prom Dress - Jane Norman £40

Blue Embellished Waist Prom Dress - New Look £44.99 
Moncohrome Embellished Waist Ruffle Prom Dress - New Look £39.99

Teatro Candice Embellished Neck Prom Dress - Very £65
Rose Flocked Skater Dress - Apricot £27
Which of these dresses is your favourite?

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Liebster Award!

I was really chuffed when I logged into my blog the other day to find that Stacey from Peace Love and Makeup had nominated me for the Liebster Award. So what is the Liebster Award I hear you ask, well:

1 - Each blogger has to answer each question set for them
2 - Choose 11 bloggers with 200 and under followers to nominate, and link them in the post
3 - Create 11 questions for the bloggers to answer
4 - Go back to the bloggers and tell them about the nomination
5 - Each blogger should list 11 facts about themselves
6 - No tag backs

Stacey’s Questions:

1: What one make up product couldn't you be without?
Blusher! I am naturally quite pale and find that just having a bit of blusher on can really make a difference.

2: Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
Steve Jones he is just one yummy welsh man

3: What is your favourite book?
I’m going to cheat and say all of the Harry Potter Books, I am a HUGE potter nerd.

4: What is your favourite scent?
Dolce and Gabbana The One

5: What is your dream job?
TV presenter would be pretty cool I think

6: Is there one product you bought because of the hype,and regret buying it?
Hmmm, not yet!

7: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Really fancy Australia one day

8: What is your favourite season?

9: Big night out, or quiet night in?
Quiet night in. I’m feeling like a right oldie lol but I really enjoy a good night in, nice food and a film.

10: What is your favourite nail polish colour?
Depends on the season but my favourite all rounder would be a neutral pink. Might sound boring but it’s a classic!

11: What is your favourite high street make up brand?
Don’t make me chose! Ummmm I’m going to go for L’Oreal.

My 11 Random Facts:

  • I hate sea gulls
  • When I get a craving for food I just absolutely have to get hold of it somehow
  • I love stationary
  • My dream handbag is a Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 in Monogram Canvas
  • I have a really diverse taste in music. One day I could be rocking out to One Direction the next Avenged Sevenfold.
  • I think the best part of a meal is the pudding. Sweet tooth!
  • I am only little, 5”3 to be precise
  • I definitely over think things
  • Laziness annoys me
  • My favourite drink is tea
  • I wish I had Holly Willoughby’s wardrobe, she always looks amazing!

Bloggers I nominate:

My questions:
  1. What is your favourite item of clothing?
  2. If you had to recommend just one makeup item what would it be?
  3. High heels or flats?
  4. Sweet or savoury?
  5. What do you think is your best feature?
  6. Where has your best holiday been?
  7. Have you got any hobbies other than blogging?
  8. Bath or shower?
  9. What is your favourite film?
  10. Tea or coffee?
  11. What is your top beauty tip?

I hope you have enjoyed this post and thank you to Stacey for nominating me!

Glossy Box: May 2013

Another good box from Glossy Box this month. I really think that beauty box companies are upping their game recently as the past couple of boxes I have received from Glossy Box have been really fab compared to some that I have got in the past. This month I got 4 full sized products which I think is a record for me!

As you can probably guess I was pretty impressed when I opened the box to find these goodies.

Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray – 125ml Full Size £18.95

Headline Colours Nail Varnish – 10ml Full Size £9

Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara – Full Size £15

Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner – 6ml Full Size £2.99

Beautiful Movements Cosmetics ‘Prime and create mixing medium’ – 2.5g. Full size 20g £20. Sample value: £2.50

Little bonus – Miniature nail files

Box total value = £48.44

I would love to see what you got in your beauty boxes, leave links below!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Stila Lip Shine: 'Violet Shine'

I purchased this Stila Lip Shine in a little haul I did from Direct Cosmetics a couple of weeks ago, click here to have a read. I have used it a few time since and thought I would share my thoughts on it with you guys.

 I chose shade number 12 ‘Violet Shine’. From the swatch online I thought this would be more of a colour based lip gloss. However when applied to the lips it is more of a clear gloss with pink undertones. I like the colour as it looks quite natural, it’s just not what I was expecting!

 The gloss doesn’t feel at all sticky and leaves your lips looking moisturised for quite a long time, I have used it and my lips have looked hydrated for a couple of hours after applying.

As I mentioned I got this from Direct Cosmetics so didn’t pay the full price, click here! The RRP for this gloss is £12 whereas I paid just £1.79. This is a great saving and I do really like this gloss. However, would I pay £12 for it? Probably not. I don’t think I would pay more than £5 for it but for £1.79 it is a fantastic gloss.

Have you tried any Stila products?

Friday, 10 May 2013

Freebie Friday #5

Free Nails Inc Nail Polish
Get a free nail polish when you buy the latest In Style magazine. It has got Zoe Saldana on the front cover.

The Ben & Jerry’s tour van is touring around the county giving out free ice cream scoops. Just click the title link to go to their website to see if they are visiting a town near you.

When you sign up to a L’Oreal insider account you get the opportunity to print out money off vouchers. The more you tell them about yourself the more they will be tailored to you and your cosmetic needs.

Free Molton Brown Beauty Treatment
Get a free facial or arm massage at your local Molton Brown store. Either call ahead to get an appointment or just walk in to store.

Remember all freebies are subject to availability

Have you found any freebies this week?

Thursday, 9 May 2013

DKNY Be Delicious

So today I thought I would tell you guys about one of my favourite perfumes to wear in the summer. I really love perfume and switch it up depending on my mood, weather and things like that.

 The DKNY Be Delicious perfume is just perfect for the summer months. It is really light and fresh, some perfumes I find can be too heavy to wear in summer but this one is just so lovely.

 As you might have guessed from the shape of the bottle Be Delicious does contain elements of apple. But don’t worry, you aren’t going to have an over riding scent of a fruit bowl! The apple is blended with other notes such as grapefruit, cucumber, rose and white amber. These blend together to give a really crisp fragrance.

 Surprisingly for a light scent this perfume has great staying power. You can smell it on your skin at the end of the day after spraying it in the morning.

 This is now one of my staple perfumes in my collection and is one that I will definitely be repurchasing.

What are your favourite summer perfumes?

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Freebie Friday #4

John Frieda are giving away free Blow Dry’s at selected Boots stores. All you have to do is turn up! There is a map on the John Frieda Facebook page showing the stores that are taking part in this offer, click the title link above to go straight there.

Get a free sample of Douwe Egberts Caramel Coffee on their facebook page.

If you have an IKEA family card just print off the voucher and take it to your local store to get a pack of 100 glimma tea lights free!

You can get your first Graze box for free if you use this link. If after your first box you don’t fancy keeping it you can cancel with no hassle.

As always freebies are subject to availability and leave me the links to any that you have found!

Direct Cosmetics Haul

A quick haul post for you today from Direct Cosmetics. If you have not heard of Direct cosmetics before basically they are an online shop which offers fragrances and cosmetics at a discount, a beauty bloggers dream!

In my little haul I purchased 3 Essie nail varnishes, 2 Elizabeth Arden lipsticks and a Stila lip gloss.

Essie Polish ‘Neo Whimsical’
Essie Polish ‘Sweet Talker’
Essie Polish ‘Head Mistress’

RRP: £7.99 each
Direct Cosmetics: £2.99 each

Stila Lip shine ‘Violet Shine’ – RRP: £12  DC: £1.79
Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick ‘Fiesta’ – RRP: £18 DC: £2.99
Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick ‘Pink Vibrations’ – RRP: £18 DC: £5.99

Total RRP: £71.97
Total Direct Cosmetics Price: £19.74
Saving: £52.23

Have you found any bargains from Direct Cosmetics?

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

April Favourites

Hello lovelies and welcome to my first ‘Favourites’ post!
I have used a few different products this month but these are the ones that I have really been loving.

Sophie Kinsella ‘The Undomesticated Goddess’ – I am about half way through this book so far and I am really enjoying it. It is definitely a chick- lit, nice light reading and something which I think would be perfect to take away with you on holiday.

Superdrug Dry Skin relief Lotion – The sun has arrived! Therefore legs can come out. I suffer with a small amount of eczema on my legs so I’m cautious about what moisturiser I use on them. This one from Superdrug works wonders. It is great on sensitive skin and relieves dryness.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush in ‘Pink Rose’ – This is a beautiful soft pink that gives you just that extra bit of subtle colour on your cheeks. It is not a colour I would normally choose but it really is beautiful.

Revlon Lip Butter in ‘Raspberry Pie’ – I love, love, love this! I adore the colour and the overall quality of the product. I will definitely be purchasing more. You can see my original post here.
Essie ‘Tart Deco’ – This is a beautiful spring/summer shade which I am sure I will wear constantly this year. See my original post here.

What are your April Favourites? Link them below so I can read your posts