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Thursday, 29 September 2011

101 things

I’ve had quite a few requests to do some more personal posts and I’ve been putting doing them off as I’m not sure any of you will be interested! But I recently stumbled across ‘project zero’ and the 101 things to do in 1001 days. Basically you just write a list of 101 things you want to achieve within the next 1001 days, write them down and then commit to doing them!
(just click on the photo to see everything bigger :)
This is mine, I’ve missed off one or two of the more personal ones & left some free at the bottom for things I'll think of in the future but there’s a mix of big things , like the travelling and blogging figures, then smaller little things like learning to knit and watching 26 films :) 
If I’m honest I doubt I’ll do all of these but I’m definitely going to try my best!

Have any of you come across project zero and made your own list? Or are you inspired to make your own now?

Hope you’ve enjoyed!! x
P.S I should be back to blogging properly now after a little bit of a break – sorry for all the random interspersed posts of late!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Snap Happy

If you follow me on Twitter you probably already know what this post is about, and you’re also probably fed up of hearing me talk about it, but I finally got myself a new camera! & I’m so excited to start doing posts with it, but I only picked it up on Tuesday so I’ve still got rather a lot to sort out but here it is…
It’s an entry level DSLR and I’m not going to get into everything too much as I know a lot of you really won’t be too interested but it’s a Canon EOS 1000D and at the moment it’s with an 18-55mm lens although I am thinking about maybe getting a different one in the near future..
But obviously I’m not a professional and although it’s actually quite easy to use once you read through the instruction guide (which I suggest you do as there’s a little more to it than simply ‘point and shoot’) so don’t expect amazing photos all of a sudden but you should start to notice some better quality photos and swatches soon!
Like I said I've been playing around with it trying to make sure I know how to get the focus right.. I think I'll stop rambling on now, but I just wanted to show you all as I'm so excited about it (i think I'm begining to annoy family and friends as I'm constantly taking photos)
I'm also starting my new job on Saturday so I'll be even busier than I am at the moment but hopefully within the next week or so I'll get back into a routine as I have so many things to blog about but just not enough hours in the day! 
And i thought I'd finish with a little picture of my old camera which is finally retired!
Hope you've enjoyed!! x

Monday, 19 September 2011

Glitter Icing

It feels like I haven't done a nail art post in months & missed doing them so much but my camera just doesn't want to focus on my nails!
But I just love how these look I had to post as I'm sure a few of you will like them too :) especially as they are are do quick and simple to do and aren't in your face- theyre subtle enough to get away with for any occasion!

Concrete mixer is definitely turning into one of my favourite polishes, I got it recently in my models pen order for £2.50. It wasn't what I was expecting yet it's honestly the most flattering colour!
Just apply one coat of concrete mixer then I put some champagne on the tip a little like icing.
Once it's dry I put a little of sterling silver as it just adds a really pretty touch
I honestly love this nail art- let me know if you give this a go as it's so simple, pretty and elegant!

Hope you've enjoyed!! x
P.s I've done the whole post on my iPhone with the bloggers app so let me know if something isn't working for you :)

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Mac Stereo Rose

I was lucky enough to get hold of this as its very much a cult mac product and its rather difficult to get hold off, which in turn only seems to increase its popularity. And now I’ve got my hands on it I finally understand why its so talked about! It isn’t however going to be for everyone
It’s a beautiful shimmery deep coral with pretty golden highlights and a slightly rosy undertone. And although I love wearing it it’s not something I’ll reach for every day, and I know a lot of people will be put off by how shimmery it is as I know a fair few of you prefer to add your own highlight.
Aside from the shimmeriness, which is kind of expected with a mac msf, they are pricey, particularly this one as its only repromoted every so often and consequently prices in CCOs rocket, and its also not the easiest to work with as it is very pigmented so you have to be careful to not apply too much. And it's not going to be a universally flattering shade as it is quite coral/red which can something look too much on some skin tones (this looks terrible on my tanned skin however when I'm pale it's beautiful).

I do love it though, not sure I’ll repurchase but I don’t think that’s something I need to worry about as MSFs last years!
Have any of you managed to get your hand on this?
What did you think?

Hope this has been helpful!! x

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Just a little update..

I’ve been quite a bad blogger this past month (my email box is inundated with emails) mainly because I’ve just been swamped by life and I never seem to get any free time at the moment! My lovely little Kodak M530 has also decided to start dying on me (it’s not accepting memory cards and typically the insurance I bought ran out last month!) so I’m busy researching cameras as taking photos is turning into a bit of a nightmare…

Anyway even though I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I’d like I haven’t completely forgotten you! I’m working on a new page and even though its no where near done I’m so excited about it! Here’s a little clue..
So I don’t usually do posts like this but I’m trying to figure out exactly what I want my blog to be, it’s obviously a beauty blog but I think an entire blog full of reviews can be a little.. tiresome, so let me know what sort of posts you like! I’ve got some nail art and a mini haul coming up soon
but if you’ve any requests let me know :)

Hope you're all well!! x

Friday, 9 September 2011

Hot Butter Fudge

I read a review on this by fee a few months ago and it’s been on my list of things to try since then and I’m only just getting around to it.. but anyway you’ve probably already seen a few reviews on this brand, N-Spa as they’re sold in a lot of supermarkets quite cheapy and their whole range smells delicious!

This smells like a mix of butter, toffee, fudge, caramel sugar etc.. basically a very sweet dessert so if you’re not a fan of products smelling like baked goods stay well clear. I however adore the scent – simply scrumptious!
This sugar scrub is £6 for 35ml and it’s quite simply well worth every penny.

But enough about how yummy it smells the scrub itself is actually really nice, which I was surprised at as I wasn’t expecting it to do much more than smell nice. You can use it on wet or dry skin to exfoliate away any dead skin cells sitting on your skin, although if you’ve sensitive skin I’d recommend applying it to damp skin as the sugar can be a little bit abrasive on dry skin.

I can’t really find any faults with this, the packaging is simple, cute and the tub is reusable (I’m not sure how I’m going to reuse it yet but I’ve lots of ideas) it smells divine, it’s very reasonably priced and it’s easily available – what more can you ask for!

Have you tried any N-Spa products? And do you have any recommendations for me to try out?

Hope this has been helpful!!! x

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

ELF Blush and Bronzer

I don’t think this product really need much introduction as it’s one of the most talked about ELF products I see on blogs and when I finally managed to get my hands on it (it always seems to be sold out!) I was really excited to see how it lived up to expectations.
E.L.F’s contouring blush and bronzer is part of the studio line at £3 which is cheap enough but E.L.F are always having deals and promotions so it’s best to wait a little while as I got mine for a measly £1.75!
Both the blush and the bronzer are much more pigmented than I was expecting and they have quite a nice texture too, not too powdery so it blends effortlessly. The blush is really quite beautiful as it’s a mix of a dusky pink and a little bit of coral with subtle golden shimmer which really is one of the most flattering shades.

I’ll be honest, I bought this mainly for the blush as nothing can compare, for me, to Benefit hoola for contouring however this is again surprisingly nice. It’s a little warmer than I’d like for a contour but not overly so and I have used this a few times to contour and I can see already this is going to be a favourite. In the pan the bronzer has a little bit of golden shimmer although this doesn’t transpire when you actually apply it.

Overall I have a feeling this will last quite a long time because it is really nicely pigmented and it’s definitely worth every penny and I imagine I’ll be repurchasing when it runs out!
Hope this has been helpful!! x

Monday, 5 September 2011

Good Things

I was sent these two products a few weeks ago from a relatively new company which you don’t hear that much about – Good Things. The basic idea is their products supply the same quality of skincare as other brands but without all the nasty ingredients. So it’s free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oils and animal ingredients which is great, it’s also meant to be full of natural ingredients to ‘boost’ your skin.

Face the Day moisturiser 100 ml -£7.99
This is my lleast favourite of the two purely because the scent is too much for me. It is lovely and hydrating though and works quite nicely under foundations and tinted moisturisers. It’s the sort of cream I’ll reach for during transitional months (so autumn and spring when my skin can’t make up its mind what to do!) and it does have UV filters which is a great added bonus

Bright Eyes Eyecream 15ml - £5.99
It’s a good standard eye cream which would work really well for someone who doesn’t really have any issues with their under eyes and is just looking for light soothing moisture, for me though I feel like I need more nourishment from my eye cream as my under eyes are my main hold up and need a fair bit of TLC
Both of these smell delicious and fruity however for me that’s a double edged sword. I don’t mind the strong scent in my eye cream as my eyes aren’t sensitive but I feel like that strong a scent is better suited to a body lotion over a face cream and I generally feel uncomfortable applying as surely something that strongly scented is the result of perfumes and added fragrance which doesn’t really appeal

Overall I doubt I’ll purchase these two again but not because I don’t like them, I do, I just don’t love them as they’re not quite right for me. I do think they’re worth the money though as they’d be perfect for someone who is just getting into skincare, who doesn’t want to spend too much and just wants something that isn’t too drying or too moisturising to introduce them into skin care

Have any of you given Good Things a go? I'm tempted to give their face masks a go!

Hope this has been helpful!! x

Thursday, 1 September 2011

A/W Wish Lists

I thought I’d do something a little different today. I’m surprisingly excited about the approaching autumn (I say approaching despite the fact it feels like mid winter here right now..) and a lot of the A/W collections are now out so I decided to do a little montage of all the things I really want this autumn.
Cream Crochet Dress – River Island £25
Navy Blazer – River Island £50
Feather clutch (completely love this!)River Island £32
Kahki Parka Coat – Topshop £95
Semi-Sheer black shirt – Topshop - £36
Stripy fit and flare dress – H&M £12.99
Three stone ring – Bo ho - £8
Frog earrings – F21 - $3.80

Chanel Bronze universal– Boots £31
Mac costa chic- Mac £13.50
Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser - Liz Earle £13.75
Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser - Liz Earle £13.50
Urban decay primer in Sin- Debenhams £14.50
Essie 'glamous purse' - Essie $8.00
MUA Heaven and Earth palette – Superdrug £4
Samy fat hair thickening hair spray -Superdrug £6.59

A6 Leatherjournal- Topshop £8
Cut roeses make up bag - Cath Kidston £10
Toy watch - £164.99
The final book in the inheritance cycle- Amazon £9.49
(yes, I've pre orderd!)
Canon eos 1100D – Jessops - £379.95
Kankee candle in mango and peach salsa - £16
(I have this in tart form and i love it!)

Let me know if you like these sorts of posts, I’m thinking of doing them twice a year, for A/W and then for S/S :)
Hope you’ve enjoyed!! x