Sunday, 29 December 2013

New Years Resolutions?

Now I have never been one to be overly bothered about making new years resolutions, I mean come on, how many of us have said we want to be more fit and then by March we have lost all motivation?

Well that used to be me, but at 24 going on 25 I suppose I only really have a few more years where I can get away with this. Because I have failed in the past I just stopped making them, and no matter how much younger me will try to argue "I will get a tattoo this year" does NOT count as a resolution.

After thinking about it I decided I would make something similar to resolutions.
This year I hope to be:

  • More consistent with blog posts
  • Uploading Youtube videos more often, and of something other than concert footage
  • Progressing in my current job
  • Happy in myself
  • Maybe in a relationship?
  • Doing what I want to, whether it be going to a different city each weekend just because "I can" or finally be working towards my chosen profession whatever that may be.
  • Spending more time with my family
What are your new years resolutions?

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Product Review: Indeed Labs Set of 3 Sampler Kit

I'm sure that if you read beauty blogs or watch beauty videos on Youtube you will have heard of "Hydraluron" both Zoella and Sprinkleofglitter have mentioned it a few times.
 When I first saw Hydraluron I did find it to be on the expensive side (£24.99) and my budget would in no way stretch to that no matter how much I wanted to try it, so it was always in the back of my mind as one of those products I would try when I got the chance whenever that may be.

 Fast forward a few months, or maybe rewind to the end of last month, I was walking through Boots and I noticed there was a little sample kit of 3 Indeed products and Hydraluron was one of them.
This sample kit does retail at £12.99 so I was a little unsure about buying it because naturally I thought "but £13 is a lot of money if you don't like it"- although when you do the maths it's only around £4.33 per sample tube so that's not too bad, so I went home to think about it and reached the decision of "look you want to try it then do it" unfortunately the next time I went into town to get it they had run out, because unknown to me at the time they were down to £8.66 which would make each sample tube around £2.88.
For some reason being less than £10 was a way to justify buying it in my head because I asked one of the assistants if when they would be getting more in stock- that night apparently.

I think by now we can assume I finally got hold of it.
the set contains 5ml samples of: 
Snoxin- £29.99 30ml
Nanoblur- £19.99 30ml
Hydraluron- £24.99 30ml

When I first started using this product I was using the wrong face cleanser (see previous post) so I couldn't really see any difference. 

My morning routine consists of :
  • cleansing my face
  • applying a small amount of snoxin and smoothing that all over my face until it sinks into my skin
  • applying a small amount of Hydraluron to my face same as above
  • applying a small amount of my moisturiser of choice- currently the Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich moisturiser, all over my face until it sinks in
  • applying a small amount of Nanoblur to my nose, cheeks and chin area.
  • then continuing to do my make up 
I have to say my favourite item from this set is the Hydraluron, would I pay £24.99 for it? Maybe if I knew I had it spare, at the moment it is down to £16.66 which I agree with slightly more than £24.99, I have found I am using a lot less moisturiser since I started using this and my skin has been feeling amazing 

Snoxin I find to be a nice product and since changing my face cleanser I have noticed these products working, would I pay £29.99 for the full size? I don't know because I know I can't justify that no matter how much I like it, I just don't have the funds to do so, maybe when I am earning more or every now and then to treat myself. 

If I think about how long the 5ml tubes have lasted me- around 20 days only used on a morning, I can maybe justify it as I won't have to repurchase every month it would be every few, I would just have to buy them separately- buy one, one month and the other the next or something then I would always have a back up for when I run out. 

The only product I'm not keen on is Nanoblur, don't get me wrong it is brilliant at blurring out imperfections and pores, but I find it to be a very tacky consistency, my face is left with a sticky feeling to it and it takes a while to my foundation properly. If it had a smoother consistency I would love this but as it stands right now I think this is the only one I wouldn't repurchase as there are other similar items on the high street already. 

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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Product Review: Einstein Lip Therapy, Cooling Lip Relief

I actually stumbled across this item in my local "Savers" store a fair while ago now but it has taken forever for me to decide to write a review on it. If I can remember correctly it only cost me either 49p or 79p, either way it was less than £1 and since I had lost my lip balm I figured that it wouldn't be a huge waste of money if it turned out to be no good. Luckily for me it turned out to be quite a good product, it doesn't leave your lips feeling weighed down or greasy with product as some lip balms can do. I wouldn't say it is incredibly moisturising, when the product is sinking in to your lips it feels really nice and cooling as the name suggests (some people might not like the tingling sensation that comes with it) but once fully absorbed it gives an almost "Matte" feel to the lips, so it might be good to have a moisturising lip balm on hand if you like your lips feeling extra moisturised- yes it can be argued that "well why don't you just use a lip balm that does both?" and I would be inclined to agree as it would take up less space than carrying two around but in truth this is a great product to just throw in your bag when you are on the go and you need something to apply. Unlike other lip balms it feels very light, as if you aren't wearing anything at all. In the winter I suffer with very dry lips- it doesn't help that I bite my lips a lot so this has been a life saver for me, I apply it on a night before I go to bed, when I wake up as I do my make up and throughout the day as and when I feel my lips start to tighten and dry up. If you aren't a fan of menthol I would stay away from this as it does have quite a strong menthol scent to it and a slight menthol taste to it as well. I am hoping I can pick up a few more as they are good to have around. Follow on Bloglovin

Product Review: Simple Kind to Skin, Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser

I hate to say it, but I have actually encountered a product from Simple that I just can't use.
As I have sensitive skin Simple has been the best skincare for me, like most people I do like to dabble with other brands to see if there is anything else out there that I like but most often than not I end up back to Simple.
My biggest problem with skincare is my own fault to be honest, if it gets too late I can be quite lazy and I want something that I can use in the comfort of my bedroom so I can go straight to bed after, so the arrival of Micellar solution was fantastic for me and my "lets go to bed at 1am" ritual.
Don't get me wrong I still do like something I can do in my bedroom without having to faff about in my bathroom for too long- it's ok when I am in the bath and I have the time to do a full ritual.
I decided I would switch back from the Loreal Micellar Solution and try the Simple Kind to Skin Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser as it was only £2 from Wilkinsons, the idea of this product is to apply morning and night using a cotton pad.

The product itself is almost a gel consistency which works into the skin, I found I had to do two applications- one to cleans my face and then another lighter application.

The only problem I encountered was that it was making the skin on my cheeks incredibly dry, to the point that no matter how much moisturiser I used nothing was working on it. In the end I ended up switching to another Simple cleansing lotion which works so much better on my skin, it has actually managed to sort out the dry skin caused by the toning cleanser.

So while this particular product was a bust for me the Simple brand always has something to offer.
I'm hoping they jump onto the Micellar Solution bandwagon.

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Mini Yankee Candle Haul

It is no secret that I like candles, normally I tend to buy inexpensive ones because I do find Yankee Candle pretty overpriced to be honest, but occasionally I will pick up a couple of the sample size ones, for me this is ideal, it means I get to test out a few different ones to find out what I actually like before committing and buying a larger one- Side note, these small sample sizes are ideal for presents as you can make your own little set for a friend.

Since I have been running low on candles lately I decided to nip intp Clintons to pick up a few yesterday.
In hindsight I probably should have gone in earlier to get some as there didn't seem to be much of a selection left to choose from, luckily I did manage to find 4 that I thought I might like.

First I chose Strawberry Buttercream, this is in the normal line so it should be available all year round. As this wasn't a festive season candle this was still full price at £1.80

Second I chose Merry Marshmallow, I believe this is a seasonal candle as it came up at £1.35 as opposed to £1.80

Third I chose another seasonal candle: Christmas Memories, first off the colour attracted me to this and then when I saw the little picture I just knew I had to have it, for me this will be ideal for a cold night snuggled up with a hot chocolate. This also came up at £1.35

And finally the last candle I chose was Snowflake Cookie, I had originally bought this for a friend for Christmas after a girl had told me how good it was- apparently the scent is more apparent really nice when burning. After giving it to my friend I decided that if there were any left I would try it out for myself, luckily I managed to find one. As with the previous seasonal candles this was also £1.35

I will always say I wish Yankee Candles weren't so overpriced but if you are able to buy a few samples you can work out what you like and then make a note of them then treat yourself every now and then, or you could even suggest one as a present if someone doesn't know what to buy you. 

Thank you for reading, if you have any suggestions of other candles to try out then please leave them in the comments below. 
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. 

Friday, 27 December 2013

Lush Sale Haul

I will admit I haven't been into Lush for quite some time, but around the festive season I do like to pick up a Cinders bath ballistic if possible- those things seem to sell out quite fast from what I remember.
Due to starting a new job not long before Christmas I didn't have the funds to be going into Lush to treat myself and buy Christmas presents.
For once I am glad I waited, I nipped in this afternoon after work to find out that a few festive items were on sale at 50% off, naturally I just HAD to get something.
In the end I got 3 new Cinders Bath Ballistics as my sister had got me one for Christmas
These normally retail at £2.45 each.

Second I picked up the Snowman Bath Ballistic
I haven't actually tried this before but for £1.25 (It normally retails at £2.50) I thought it was worth trying

Third I went for the infamous Melting Snowman Bath Melt.
I have seen SO many people talk about this so I just had to give it a shot before they were all sold out (these normally retail at £2.25) Unfortunately he is missing his nose but from what I could see they all were :(

The final bath product I picked up was the Bombardino Bath Ballistic (this also retails at £2.50) truthfully I picked this up simply because I thought he looked quite cute so he may have worked his way into my basket, but hey for £1.25 can I really complain?

Finally at the till I did add on a sample of the Lush "charity pot" lotion.
This only cost £1 and the size is ideal to pop into your handbag for when you are on the go/

All in all the total of all my items should have come to around £16.00 give or take, but with the 50% off on most of the items and the addition of tax it all came to £8.29. 

If you are a fan of the more seasonal/festive items I would get into the nearest Lush store to see what they have to offer because you can make some brilliant savings at the moment. 
I would have liked to pick up a bottle of "Snow fairy" but that had completely sold out, which isn't surprising to anyone really. 

I can't wait to be able to use these goodies :)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Concert OOTN

As someone who has been to a fair few concerts I would say I am able to put together a cute yet comfortable outfit.

You can always point out those people who don't attend many concerts at all- dressed up to the nines, stiletto heels- not really appropriate if you are going to be on your feet in a confined area, fine for a night at the opera/ballet if that's your thing or a night out clubbing where you have more room to move.

Last night I got the chance to see probably my all time favourite boyband, when I was younger I was in love with "Boyzone" and I have always said that if I ever had the chance to see them live then I would HAVE to go, as luck would have it my mums friends sister in law just so happened to have a spare ticket, so of course I had to find a way to get the ticket- my mum agreed that I could have it as my christmas present and believe me I was more than happy about that.

Because I had been working before the show I decided to take most of my clothes with me and just buy a new top because I couldn't find something warm enough for waiting outside but cool enough for indoors.

It took a while to find what I wanted but after being persuaded to get pink because I "wear far too much black" I ended up with the following outfit.
Leather Jacket- no longer available but £29.99 Internacionale 
Pink laced collar jumper- £12 Primark (this actually reminds me of something that Zoella might wear)
Black Shiny high-waisted leggings- £14.99 Internacionale 
Pink frilly ankle socks- £1.50 Primark 
Jeffrey Campbell coltrane inspired cut out shoes *Brody* style- £29.99 Garage Shoes 

I won't go into too much detail about the concert, but all I can say is I have been waiting for this moment for so long, I don't think I will be forgetting about it any time soon. 
To top it off the seats were 5 rows from the front so I had an amazing view. 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Review: Bleach London Reincarnation Mask

As someone who does colour their hair a lot my hair certainly does suffer, Last year my hair was so destroyed I had to get it cut extremely short (I went for a mix between Frankie Sandford and Louis Tomlinson, luckily it worked for me)
When my hair started to grow I originally said I didn't want to colour my hair too much as I didn't want to end up ruining it again but I got to the point where I was getting bored.
There are a lot of deep treatments out there but I had never found one that actually worked for me, sure my hair would feel nice when the mask was on but as soon as my hair was dry it felt almost no different to how it would normally.

Recently a new hair colourant and hair care range called BLEACH LONDON was released at Boots, so naturally I had to try them out, I have used the Total Bleach kit twice now and I have to say it is one of the best bleaching kits I have ever used, inside the box you have two sachets of powder, the mixing formula, tinting brush, mixing tray, gloves and a 50ml tube of their Reincarnation mask (the full size tube of this is £6.00 for 200ml)

I honestly think this is one of the best hair masks I have ever used, I use it once or twice a week leaving it on for around 10 minutes and the 50ml tube actually lasts a fair few uses depending how much you use.
My hair always looks and feels so soft when I have used this, I will admit my hair isn't as damaged as it was last year- that was the result of changing my hair colour almost every month, black-blonde-red-blonde-black-red, do I think it would work as well on that kind of hair? hmmm maybe, I might need to use more product and leave it on for longer but I don't really want to put my hair through that torture again.

I will be repurchasing the full size tube when I am running low on the sample one because I do think it is well worth the money.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Mini beauty/Skincare haul

I have to start off with an apology, I haven't been able to blog in a while, I started a new job and things have been pretty hectic- quite a few 10:00am-10:00pm shifts so when you are only used to doing 4/5 hour shifts it takes some getting used to.
I managed to do a bit of early morning shopping before work one day so I thought I would do a mini haul of what I bought.
Two Candles from Wilkinsons £1.50 each, winter spice fragrance
Bleach London Total Bleach kit £7.00 from Boots
Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser normally £3.89 from Superdrug
Simple Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser Normally £4.99 from Superdrug 
Indeed Laboratories set of 3 Sample kit normally £12.99 from Boots

Soap & Glory Mini "Hand Food" Hand Cream £2.50 from Boots 

Both Boots and superdrug do have offers on at the moment, the Indeed Sample set is currently £8.66 at Boots, and the Simple products are on offer at superdrug, the Pore minimising cleanser is down to £3.32 and the Moisturiser is down to £2.59. 
If you have a wilkinsons near by you can find the moisturiser at £2.00 and the cleanser at £2.65 so it is well worth looking around for the best price. 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas "Wishlist"

Before I start this I would like to say I know I won't get anywhere near what I have on this "wishlist" for Christmas, if anything I would be happy if I just had one or two items from it.
This can also be used as inspiration for gift ideas to other people.

This might be very text heavy so you might want to sit down with a cup of tea or coffee

Basics/ Stocking Fillers

  • I don't think you can go wrong with a calendar and a mini diary- these are ideal as little stocking fillers, and the best thing is they come at a range of prices. I know we all have phones that have a calendar and note applications already installed but I have found that having notes written down by hand helps you remember them, also a great gift idea for a grandparent.
  • Carrying on in a similar fashion- nice Stationary is always good to have on hand, sometimes it is nice to send a handwritten letter to someone through the post rather than an email. and even if they aren't used they can look nice on a desk
  • This next item might sound strange, but a pair of good earphones or headphones depending on the preference of the recipient of the gift, They might not be of use straight away but there comes a point where we all have that mad panic of "my headphones have broken, I need some more" so why not make sure they have a back up, HMV sometimes has some on offer at 2 for £10 in a range of colours.

Standard Smellies 

  • Now this can be hard depending on your budget, if you know what the recipient likes then you could always guy the gift set version of it, as I mentioned in a recent post the One Direction Our Moment gift set is great for those who either like One Direction or they like sweet scents, it's not too expensive either. 
  • Without a doubt you will end up looking into bath products- it's inevitable really, so if you can withstand the smell of a Lush Store (I know some people find it overpowering) you could either chose a pre-made gift set- they have them all year round but I think they also bring out seasonal ones. These gift sets do cover a wide price range from £6+ if you can't decide on which to choose they also do gift cards :). 
  • Finally for the smellies section I would have to suggest candles, again you have to know what kind of scents the recipient likes, personally I prefer either sweet cookie, butterscotch smells or spicy cinnamon, pumpkin scents so if someone bought me a floral candle I wouldn't use it. While I think Yankee Candles are quite over priced some of them do really pack a punch when it comes to giving off a scent, so I would suggest either This or you could buy several miniature candles in different scents to make your own gift box. 

Make-up lover?

  • For the make-up lover I would have to suggest the most recent addition to the Urban Decay Naked line up... the Naked 3 palette, I was never that bothered about 1&2 but when I saw a picture of Naked 3 I knew I HAD to have it, it's not out until mid December so it could be a late christmas present as I imagine this will fly of the shelves or if you are lucky enough to pick it up a last minute present, it does retail at £37 but I do think this one is worth the money. 
  • One thing I love the idea of is a personalised make up gift set, you could choose items that you know the recipient would like such as : eyeshadow, lipstick and blusher, pop in a compact mirror and there you go. The best thing about this kind of gift is you get to really think about what colours would compliment each other so it really does have that personal touch to it.
  • This next suggestion is for the more creative make-up lover, the Karla Powell face charts, they come in two sizes A4- £13 or A5-£11 and can be purchased from 3 different websites at the moment.
  • Make-up guides are always appreciated as well, if you aren't sure where to start off I would suggest the Bobbi Brown Make-Up Manual, this does cost around £25 but the hype that surrounds this leads me to believe it would be worth it. 


  • Carrying on from the last bullet point I thought I would quickly delve into the idea of books, I would leave fiction unless you have a good idea of what genre/author the recipient enjoys, if they have mentioned a book that they are interested in then that is always an option.
  • So what kind of books would be good? Non-fiction on topics they are interested in, such as autobiographies of a celebrity they like, Beauty/Fashion if they are into that, Science fiction, art, poetry etc. 


  • DVD's and CD's are pretty much a staple when it comes to gifts.
  • Concert tickets, I know this one is pretty expensive so I would save this for a loved one, typically concert tickets are released at least 6 months early- sometimes even earlier so if you notice a band that your loved one really likes is on tour next year, giving them the chance to go see them live can actually be one of the best presents- plus by the time the concert finally comes round it feels like christmas all over again then adding the memories from the concert on top. I do think this is one idea that would be well worth the money. 
As I said at the beginning of this post, this does seem like a lot to have on a wish list but I honestly don't expect to get even half of what is on here but hopefully this can be used as inspiration for other people who are stuck for what to buy people. 
I would advise to shop around because if you are lucky you might be able to pick up some bargains on your way. 

If you made it to the end thank you for reading :D 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

One Direction: Our Moment Gift set

On the 9th of November I posted a review on the One Direction perfume and at the end of the post I mentioned I had purchased the gift set so I thought "why not do a post about that?"

I won't get into the perfume itself, but if you want to you can check out my review here.

As I said I decided to go for the 50ml option which normally retails for around £28.

The packaging is the same as the perfume bottles, just spread out over a larger surface area, I have to be honest there is a lot of wasted space on there and I do think a group shot would have been a better option for the gift sets. Aside from that bugbear it is nice.

When you open the box you are greeted with a pink interior, personally I think this is a nice touch as quite often you can find that the inside is just white almost like no thought has gone into it. 
The gift sets contain a little thank you note from the band, the perfume bottle in which ever size you chose and a 150ml tube of body lotion.

I like the fact that this comes with a body lotion rather than the shower gel, I think people would get more use out of the lotion, and it's a brilliant way to layer up the scent so it lasts longer.

It would have been nice if a mini travel size roll on bottle was also included in the gift set for practical purposes but considering the price you really can't go wrong for what you do get.

This is definitely the perfect gift for One Direction fans, or even if you are a fan of the scent :).

Model CO Fibre LashXtend Mascara

Quite a few months back I received a ModelCO mascara with an issue of Glamour but because I already had one mascara on the go I really didn't want to open another so I just put it in my "stock drawer" for when the time came.

It turns out that today was that day, I know I had been using my previous mascara for quite some time but I couldn't remember how long exactly- after reading through my other blog I eventually found out, it turns out that I had been using that mascara for 8 months!
To be honest it does seem to have quite a fair bit of product left but after finding out I had already gone over by 2 months I figured it would be best to stop.

The ModelCO Fibre LashXtend Mascara retails at £16 and can be purchased HERE

Below are are few pictures of the tube and wand.

As you can see the wand is fairly large so if you have very small lashes it might be hard to work with, I found that it does dry very quickly which is both a blessing and a curse because if you want to add layers then you need to do it quickly. 

My favourite thing about the tube is the fact that it has a mirror on the side- perfect for applying on the go (if you are brave enough to do your mascara on the move) 

I will be giving this a proper test run before I write a review on it, but I have to say I am pretty impressed after just one day. 

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Autumn OOtD

It is very rare that I actually have a weekend off from work meaning I usually end up wearing the same outfit so OOtD's are few and far between- but today I was lucky enough to have the day off, so instead of wasting it and spending all day relaxing in my onesie I decided I would make the most of it and spend the day out with my family.

Todays outfit consisted of:

  •  black beanie hat- £2, Primark 
  • "Blondie" print oversized jumper- £12, Primark
  • Cream Skull and Rose print scarf- £3, Primark
  • Black Rose embossed Skater skirt- around £14.99, Internacionale
  • Black Tights- around £3, Primark
  • Pink frilly ankle socks- £1.50, Primark
  • Cut out ankle boots (Jeffrey Campbell Coltrane inspired)- £29.99, Garage Shoes 
I did have a leather jacket with me but in all honesty it wasn't all that cold so I didn't wear it much

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Review: Orly Country Club Khaki

My sister recently picked up the newest issue of "Cosmopolitan" and received a bottle of an Orly nail polish free with the magazine.
Because the supermarket had limited stock she ended up choosing "Country Club Khaki" which as the name suggests is a khaki colour- very ideal for an every day look.
Before I went out to purchase the magazine myself I decided I would try the nail polish she got just so I could see if it would be worth the money.
The image above is using one coat of the nail polish. 

Money wise I do think it is worth buying the magazine for the freebie, especially since the magazine is £3.60, the nail polish retails at around £5 for a 5.4ml bottle or £10.25 for an 18ml bottle. 
I found that the nail polish dried incredibly quickly so that is always a good selling point, because it was late at night that I painted my nails I didn't get to see the colour true to life, until the next day. 

The above picture has no filter added, still 1 coat.

As you can see from the picture above it does cover very well to say I only used one coat, the only downside to it is that I don't think it would suit pale people, I find that it made my skin look washed out and almost made my nails look dead. 
Having said that it suited my sister who has more colour to her than I do. 
All in all I think this particular colour is one that would suit someone with a tan, but us pale girls should stay away from it. 
Would I purchase an Orly nail polish in the future? yes, I actually plan on picking up a copy of Cosmopolitan with one of the other colours. 
I wish Orly was easier to get hold of in the UK, I know some Boots stores used to stock the 5.4ml bottles a few years ago but I haven't seen them in a while. 
If anyone knows where I can find Orly in stores then please do let me know in the comments. 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Breeze Candles Review

I am quite a candle lover but since I prefer wintery scents I don't really burn candles throughout the rest of the year.
Just recently I picked up a few new candles- some miniature Yankee Candles and I two "Breeze Candles" that lone one off to the side was an old "cookies & cream" scented candle.

After finishing the "Cookies & cream" candle I decided I would try out one of the "Breeze Candles" I actually found this in the pound shop, so a pack of 2 for £1 well I wasn't really going to say no to that, especially when the scent is Apple & Cinnamon. 

I have to admit the candle doesn't burn particularly well- it doesn't burn out right to the sides and the flame does die down quite a lot. 
The scent isn't very strong but this could be because I do still have a cold so I might not be picking up on it. 

All in all they haven't been brilliant candles, the jars they come in are nice to clean out and keep as trinket jars or if I wanted to make my own candles at some point. 
I don't regret buying them but I do wish they had performed better, I do still have the second one so I am going to try that when I have used this one up. 
Also for £1 I can't really complain too much. If I had paid more than that then I would be more annoyed over it. 
Would I repurchase? probably not these particular ones, but if I could find a better brand that has this same scent then I would be all over it. 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

One Direction, Our Moment Perfume Review

I will be honest, I don't really buy perfume that often- don't get me wrong I do like to wear perfume I just really don't like shopping for it (it irritates my nose) so I tend to either buy what I know I like or I wear what people buy me for Christmas or my Birthday. 
With the announcement of the One Direction perfume I was somewhat intrigued about what the scent would be like so when I found it on sale in "The Perfume Shop" a few days before the official release date I had to buy it- after talking to a sales associate it turns out only select stores had exclusive pre-launches. 

I decided to choose the 30ml bottle as I hadn't even tried the tester- fragrance shopping without a sense of smell is not very good, so I didn't know if I would even like the scent, the description for the perfume says  "The sparkling, juicy and feminine fragrance is made up of splashes of fresh fruit and seasonal flowers infused with undertones of warm musk. The pink grapefruit, wild berries and redcurrants, combined with the delicacy of jasmine petals, and frangipani with the dry woody tones of musk and patchouli leave an enticing and playful scent on the skin." While that does sound nice sometimes the scent doesn't always match up to the description.

I will be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the packaging, I think it would have been nicer to have a proper group shot rather than head shots dotted on the front, but that's just one minor detail- having said that I do still have the box on my shelf so it's not as though I hate it.

The bottle itself received mixed reviews, some people liked it, I have overheard some people be less than kind- in which case I would like to know what they would have done differently.

I personally think the bottle is cute, it is definitely girly and feminine but not overly so, the diamond cut detail on the crown adds a hint of maturity so it would appeal to a wider audience while the pink tulle keeps it youthful.
The perfume itself is also very light pink in colouring which does look lovely when the light catches it.

Below is a list of the heart, top and base notes
Heart Notes: Jasmine Petals, Fresh Freesia, Frangipani,
Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Wild Berries, Redcurrants.
Base Notes: Creamy Musk, Sheer Woods, White Patchouli .

I have found that this is a scent that does last quite a while and has quite the impact, it has actually become my "signature scent" so at least people at work know when I am around- oddly enough the big shock for people is that I own the One Direction perfume (I thought it was common knowledge that I actually do like them).
Unfortunately my time with this bottle is drawing to a close as I am almost at the end of it- this very rarely happens with me so that's always a sign of me liking something.
As you can see in the picture below I only have a little bit left. I am keeping the bottle though- as I said to someone the other day, "why would I need to go buy a tiara when I already have a crown"

Would I repurchase this? Most definitely, in fact I already have done, last week I picked up the 50ml gift set when it was on offer at Superdrug.

Single bottle prices (may vary depending on retailer):
30ml bottle: £19.99
50ml bottle £29.00
100ml bottle: £39.00

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Glamour December 2013

Just a quick heads up to nail varnish lovers, in the December issue of Glamour (UK) there is a free Nails Inc nail varnish, there are 4 to collect in total.
Since I couldn't decide which colour I liked most I decided to buy the magazine twice- for £2 you can't go wrong especially when the nail varnish normally retails at £11, technically you could buy all 4 and it would still be cheaper than one nail varnish :)

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

DIY: Lipstick palette

I have quite a lipstick collection- not as large as some by any means but with minimal storage mine is too big at the moment.
Below is part of my collection- I think I have a fair few missing at the moment :(
As you can see, I don't have enough room to fit all of my lipsticks in there and to be honest I am getting fed up of finding them in random locations around my room, so I decided it was time to do a little bit of DIY.
It's very straight forward really.
Equipment needed:
  • Container with compartments for your lipsticks.
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Lighter,
  • Candle
  • lots of tissues
  • knife
  • spoon
  • sticker lables.
  • your lipsticks of choice
once you have your equipment (if you are 16 or under you might want to check with your parents to make sure they are ok with you using a lighter) it really is simple.
  • light your candle
  • take your lipstick of choice and cut the lipstick off the bullet- you can either do this all in one go or do it in halves.
  • place the lipstick onto your spoon
  • place the spoon over the candle flame,
  • the lipstick will start to melt, if it looks to be taking a while take a cocktail stick and move the lipstick around the spoon- this helps to speed the process up.
  • Once the lipstick has melted pour it into a compartment in your container.
  • You might think you have got as much lipstick out as possible- this isn't true, take a cocktail stick and push that down into the lipstick left in the tube (you would be surprised at how much there is left) dig that out using the cocktail stick and repeat the steps again.
  • If you are doing this to multiple lipsticks in one sitting make sure to clean your spoon when you have finished with one lipstick- and use new cocktail sticks as well.
  • It is good to put labels on the base or lid of the container so you can write which colours are in each compartment,
You might be wondering why I have so many empty spaces- there is a reason behind this,  I decided to melt down my MUA lipsticks for this palette so the empty spaces are for lipsticks I haven't yet bought- hey it gives me a reason to go out and buy more :D
Once melted down the lipsticks don't really fill up the compartments at all, so if you were wanting them to be completely full you would have to buy each colour multiple times (for £1 each this isn't a bad idea really), or you could get a container that isn't as deep as the one I have used.
Personally I think these DIY palettes are really good if you want to start getting into doing freelance makeup or something- you have a range of colours with you and you don't have to carry around numerous lipstick tubes, or worry about where you put a lid.
Hope you found this post useful. Would you be tempted to do a DIY palette or do you prefer sticking to the tubes?

DIY: Eyeshadow Palette

We all know that single eye-shadows when you own quite a few of them can start to take up space.

For a short while recently I have been trying to sort out my makeup organisation and it just hasn't been working in my favour, mainly because I own quite a few MUA single eye-shadows and had nowhere to store them, I believe they are the same size as MAC eyeshadows but I don't fancy paying out for a MAC palette because they are pretty expensive.

I had checked on Ebay to see if there were any empty palettes on there but pricing was an issue

In the end I decided to take matters into my own hands and try a bit of DIY,  first I had to visit a few pound shops to find pencil tins.
I then had to take a trip to Hobbycraft to pick up some form of magnetic backing. 
To make your very own DIY Palette you will need:
Eyeshadows of your choice, Magnetic backing (I found a magnet sheet) , Scissors, Pen/pencil, Pencil Tin, Surgical Spirit, Cotton buds, Baking paper, Hair straighteners, a small pointed knife.
You may also want a bit of help doing this.
step 1: Turn your straighteners on and place a piece of baking paper on the plate.
step 2: open your eyeshadow and place on top of the baking paper for 20-30 seconds
step 3: remove the eyeshadow, then taking your knife slowly run it around the edge of the eyeshadow to find a gap to slip it down, then use the knife to lift the pan out of the plastic packaging, if you find it hard then you may need to repeat step 2 for another 10-15 seconds.
step 4: once removed let the pan cool down, you may want to clean up the back a little bit using the surgical spirit.
Step 5: once you have the back cleaned up you need to trace around the pan onto the magnetic sheet, cut out the circle and stick to the bottom of your eyeshadow.  Then you are ready to pop it in your pencil tin.
Step 6 is completely optional, you may want to label your eyeshadows so you know what they are, all you need for this is a small label with the colour written on.
Then pencil tins I have found will fit 8 eyeshadows in total with a space down the middle- you might be able to fit an eyeshadow brush in there, and a gap large enough at the end to fit one of the MUA cosmetics £1 blushers. You would need to decorate the exterior of the tin and you could add a mirror on the inside if you desired- I know that is something I will be doing to mine soon.

In my opinion this would be a really cute birthday/christmas present for someone and also quite affordable as well

Starting fresh

After much deliberation on whether to re-post all my old blog-posts over here or start fresh I have decided I would start fresh, maybe transfer one or two of my most recent posts.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Making the move

I have been using Wordpress as my blogging platform since March this year and while I am going to carry on using it I have decided I am going to make a move over and use this as well, "Why?" you may be asking, truthfully I'm not sure, I don't know why I went to Wordpress in the first place, not that I have anything against it, but lately it has been rather temperamental with blog posts so I figured that I could have two just in case one isn't working.
I think I might have this blog purely for product reviews, hauls and outfit of the days, where as my other does have random posts as well.
I am currently facing the decision of  "do I repost all my old posts here, or do I just start brand new here?"  please do leave your suggestions in the comments.