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. 

Books? 

  • 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. 

Miscellaneous

  • 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 :(
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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.
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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,
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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.
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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.