Tuesday, 18 December 2012

My Christmas Decorations!

I don't know about you but I am SOOOOO excited for Christmas and nothing makes me feel more Christmassy than the Christmas tree and all the other decorations! I thought it would be nice to show you all my Christmas decorations but be warned, this is a very picture heavy blog post!

Here is the garland that sits on the window ledge. It's really cute. The candles are electric so I don't have to worry about blowing any candles out when I go to bed. Also, that's a picture of me on the left.
Here is the Christmas tree with all the presents underneath. This is my most favourite Christmas tree!

Here are some Christmas baubles. We went crazy on tree decorations this year but I love every single one.

Here are the beautifully wrapped presents under the tree! These presents are for all my family and sadly not all for me.

To end this post, I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Review: Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama

 After using this mascara for around about a month, I think it is about time to write a review on it.
 I got this mascara at my local Superdrug for around £8. When I first started using this mascara, I noticed that the formula was quite wet which is great because there is nothing worse that having a dry mascara. The brush is thick and curved so each lash gets good coverage and a bit of a lift. Annoyingly, I find that it clumps my lashes quite a bit so I end up using a different mascara to unclump them. It does make my lashes really long and captures most of my lashes but it's quite messy and I end up having to use cotton buds to get the mascara off my eyelids. I'm not sold on this mascara so I probably wont be buying it again.


(Note: Curlers not used and pictured without eyeliner)

Friday, 14 December 2012

The Christmas Tag

Whoa! I can't believe its been nearly a month since my last post! Hopefully, I'll be finding myself writing more post this Christmas and in the new year. I decided to do this Christmas Tag because it's all I was reading once I had reconnected with the blogger world. So here we go ...

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
My favourite thing about Christmas has to be the atmosphere that it brings with it. The weather may be waaaay below freezing, but could you imagine having a warm Christmas?? Shopping for presents in packed shopping centres, hunting for bargins, all the lovely decorations, hearing old school Christmas songs like The Pouges and East 17 on the radio, mince pies, wrapping paper, Christmas cards... The whole essence of Christmas is my favourite thing. The list is endless.

Real or fake tree?
Since I can remember, my family have always had fake Christmas trees apart from one year. I definitely prefer fake ones, they are much easier to keep and can come in all different shapes and sizes and you don't have to worry about hoovering up all the fallen needles. Below is a picture of the Christmas tree at my dads house. It's decorated beautifully and is my favourite Christmas tree.

Giving or receiving presents?
Well, who doesn't love receiving presents?! But I do really enjoy watching people open presents that I've put effort into thinking of, buying and wrapping up. Here's a picture of the presents I've bought for my lovely boyfriend.

Do you open your presents in the morning or evening?
Most definitely in the morning. I drive over to my dads and have breakfast there and open presents, then come back to my mums for Christmas dinner and to open more presents. I then tend to see my boyfriend and his family in the evening and open his presents. I don't think I could wait until the evening!!

Handmade or bought Christmas cards?
Bought Christmas cards. Handmade ones are a lovely idea but I just don't have the time or patience to handmake every single one.

What is your favourite Christmas film?
Well, I don't necessarily have a favourite Christmas film but I LOVE watching all the Christmas specials on TV. Sitting around watching them with the family eating from tins of biscuits and chocolates.

What is your favourite Christmas food?
My favourite Christmas food has to be mince pies! I eat them all the time in the winter. They are so delish!

Monday, 19 November 2012

A Bit Of What's To Come...

L'Oreal Infallible Lasting Perfecting Foundation
If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen how excited I was about Superdrug's 3 for 2 deal on makeup and lashes. I decided to buy a new foundation as my last one was getting a little too dark and orangey for my pale, pale complexion! Expect a review soon to see what I think.

MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette
Finally I've managed to get my hands on MUA's Undressed Palette! I've been wanting to get this eyeshadow palette for months but found that it was out of stock everywhere I went (I don't like buying makeup online). I haven't used it yet but I'm really excited to try out all the shades.

Naturelle Aura Cherry Almond Revitalising Conditioner
It wouldn't surprise me is you've never heard of this brand because I certainly haven't. I was given this conditioner by a friend who loves the smell, and I have to say, she was right because it smells de-lish! It's also all natural ingredients and not tested on animals (my friend is really big on this). I really look forward to trying this out as I'm currently using the Aussie Conditioner.

V05 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Cream with Heat Defence
Again, if you follow me on Twitter you would have seen my excitement about getting this as a freebie in the current Cosmopolitan magazine. I've used it a couple of times and really look forward to writing a review!

Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner
I've heard so many good things about the Aussie haircare range from friends and fellow bloggers. I decided to get the travel size bottle so I could try it out, so I didn't have to worry about buying the full size and then hating it. Thankfully I love this product and will most definitely be buy the full size after using the Naturelle Aura Conditioner.

Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Night Cream
Now, I've done enough posts on here raving out the Simple skincare range so this won't come as a surprise to many of you when you see that I've bought their night cream. This is my first ever night cream and I am looking so forward to reviewing this product for all of you.

Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express
Mascaras are one of them things that I buy even when my latest tube is used up. I have around a million and one different mascaras and will be comparing them all in a review post some time this

Monday, 12 November 2012

Primark Haul

Checked Shirt £9
(Sadly, one of the sleeves is missing a popper button so I cant fold up one of the sleeves)

Khaki Sleeveless Studded Top £6

Chunky Light Pink Snood £5

Black Chelsea Style Boots £8

Necklace £4

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Toni&Guy Smoothing Detangler 30 Second Review

My hair always gets knotty in the colder months so I purchased this Toni&Guy Detangling serum. Its described as helping tame frizz and flyaways for smoother, more managable hair. This product isnt a cream, or a water or anything that I could describe sensibly. It's like a liquid gel. weird.
Anyway, I apply a small amount to my wet hair and comb it through my hair with my fingers. It definitely makes it easier for me to comb through my hair and my hair does look lovely once it's dry. Im going to use this product a little more to decide whether its going to be something that im going to repurchase it.

Do you use any detangling sprays? What ones?

Friday, 9 November 2012

Simple Spotless Skin Range Review

If you follow my blog then you will know that I love the Simple range! I featured the Simple Spotless Skin Anti-Blemish moisturiser in my October Favourites and I promised a product review along with the Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes. I bought these products on a whim at my local Superdrug. I had some pennies to spare and I must admit, I love trying new skin care products. I bought the moisturiser because the cold air has well and truly creeped in and it's always a sensible idea to get a moisturiser for the A/W months. I decided to get the wipes because I've used the regular Simple Cleansing Wipes for years and thought that if these wipes would truly make my skin 'Spotless' then why not give them a try. They contain Zinc and Chamomile and are advertised as having 2-4 spot fighting ingredients and 1 natural antibacterial ingredient along with their usual no perfumes or colours.

The Wipes
When I first opened the Cleansing Wipes I noticed that they have quite a strong smell which surprised me because the Simple brand have always said that they use no perfumes so I just put it down to being a natural perfume from the spot fighting ingredients. Sadly, I don't think these wipes helped with my skin at all, if anything they made it worse. I know that you have to give new skin care products enough time to work, as you skin has to get used to the new ingredients in the products but I've been using these wipes for a month and I haven't seen any benefits. I don't think I would repurchase these, I'll stick my good old regular Simple wipes. On a plus, I always found that the wipes never dried out as long as I kept the lid closed fully.

The Moisturiser
Although the wipes didn't work out for me, I love this moisturiser. It hasn't got any harsh smell and leaves my skin feeling super smooth. I apply it before I got to sleep and in the morning before applying my make up. My only grievance is that it takes a while to soak into my skin in the mornings which can be time consuming when I'm in a rush. Although I love this cream, I don't think I will be repurchasing this either just because I love buying and trying new moisturisers.

Now that I've used up all my wipes I'm going to continue using the moisturiser on its own to see if it works as an anti-blemish moisturiser. I will do an update post on this moisturiser at the end of the month to let you all know.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

October Favourites

Mua Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette - £4
This palette from Mua has made it into my October favourites because I am just totally and completely in love with it. If you haven't heard all the hype of Mua's eyeshadow palette's then you must be living under some big, dark, heavy rock because they are all anyone in the beauty blogging scene is talking about. I originally wanted to get the Undressed palette but couldn't find it in any of my local Superdrug's, so I got the Heaven and Earth palette instead. I would really recommend Mua's products to anyone. The quality is amazing and the price is cheap cheap cheap!
Simple Spotless Skin Anti-blemish Moisturiser - £3
Usually I'm quite sceptical about buying "spot curing" products because I usually find that they don't work at all! I decided to pick up this moisturiser because I am a great lover of the Simple line and at £3 I wasn't wasting loads of money on something that might not work. I will be reviewing this product along with the Anti-blemish Cleansing Wipes soon so keep your eyes peeled.
Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick in Cherry - £4.99
I recently did a post called My Lipsticks of the Moment which featured this lipstick so check that out to see why it's made it into my October favourites!
Garnier Moisturising Lotion Sun-Kissed Look in Light - £5.09
I don't know about the rest of you pale girls but I am tired of standing next to my tanned friends looking like a ghost (even though it's been totally appropriate in October as its the month of Halloween). I decided to get a gradual tanner to build up a healthy tan that wasn't as drastic as a fake tan. This lotion works really well and smells delicious with extract of apricot. It doesn't leave me looking orange or streaky which is perfect.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Blush Collection

17 Blusher in Plum Puff
Sleek Make Up Blush in Flushed
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper
Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in Blushalicious
Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Dusky Pink

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sunday Afternoon's

I don't know about you but I love Sunday afternoons especially in the Autumn/Winter months. It's cold outside, the central heating is blaring, I've got a hot chocolate steaming out of my favourite Snoopy mug, a minced pie ready to get eaten and the traditional Sunday feel-good family film is on (in this case, I'm watching Dolphin Tale).

How do you spend your Sunday afternoons?

NOTW: Purpley-Plum

Purpley-plum colours are so in this season! I have many shades of purple in my nail varnish collection but most of them are really dark, which can annoy me because they are so dark that sometimes you can't even tell it's purple. But whilst hunting through my collection I found this gem! My aunt gave me this nail varnish a while back and I never got round to using it. I'm pretty sure this brand is for professional use so I'm not sure if you can get it down at your local high street. The varnish itself was a bit gloopy (it's very old) so I could only manage the one coat so I am most definitely on the hunt for a high street dupe!

If you have the perfect purple, let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Product I Regret Buying #2 ...

After bleaching my hair about a million times all my natural shine had disappeared. My hair looked so dull and all I wanted was a bit of shine. A friend of mine has the same problem so she bought Phil Smith Mirror Shine Spray. She said she liked it but found that the spray gave her headaches after using it so she gave it to me to test out. Thankfully after using it I didn't suffer with any headaches but it left my hair looking really greasy! There was no shine, just a wet clumpy look which I really didn't want. I haven't tried many shine sprays so I'm not sure what they're meant to look like but I really didn't like this one. I've also never tried anything by Phil Smith so I wouldn't write the entire brand off.

Have you tried any Shine Sprays? What do you think?

Sunday, 21 October 2012

NOTW: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Watermelon

I am loving this new Barry M Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Watermelon. This teal colour is great for this time of year. The varnish is super shiny which is great so there is no need for a top coat.

What do you think of Barry M's new Hi-Shine collection?

Friday, 19 October 2012

The Only thing Glam about Me is my Lippy

Jumper - Primark
Jeggings - Primark
Shoes - H&M
Eyes - MUA Heaven and Earth Palette
Lips - Sleek Lipstick in Cherry

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Mags of the Month

(L-R) InStyle £2.50, Look £1.80, Cosmopolitan £3.50

InStyle is a magazine that I've never bought before and I have to admit that I don't think I'll be buying it again. To me, it comes across as a very high fashion magazine and even though this issue is marked as the 'high street issue' I struggled to find any items or products from my local high street. Also, the magazine was quite boring, there was hardly any bright colours to draw me in and the writing wasn't great. So you may ask why I bought this mag, and I have 2 reasons:
  1. My boyfriend bought it to keep me occupied whilst he watched the football.
  2. It came with a sample size Benefit Sun Beam. (Also available was ChaCha Tint and Benetint).

Next up is Cosmopolitan or Cosmo. I'm really in love with this magazine and even though the price is the highest of the 3 magazines in this post, it's by far my favourite. It has a great mix of high street fashion and high fashion. Also its contains great things about beauty which of course I love. Some may ask if Cosmo justifies the price and I say, YES! This issue came with a Missguided Lipsplash in Fashion which is a purple gloss with blue undertones. It also came with a sample size Oral-B 3D White Toothpaste. Now, I love mags that come with freebies but I love mags even more when they come with sample within the mag i.e. perfumes and foundations. Also, Cosmo is bright and fun and the writing isn't boring or long-winded.You can also get this magazine in a travel size like the one I have which is great for sticking in your bag.

Lastly is Look magazine. This is the cheapest of the 3 magazines and is a really good read. Its really colourful and fun. It's got a great mix of beauty and fashion, and celebrity without being trashy. This is a weekly mag so it keeps me entertained whilst waiting for the monthly Cosmo. It's a much thinner magazine compared to the other two but it's worth getting as it has great features and interviews. If your umm-ing and arr-ing about what items of clothing to get for these colder months, I would recommend Look because it's all about high street fashion and is always spot on the trends of the season. Sadly, this issue didn't come with a freebie but for the price, I didn't expect one.