Monday, 28 April 2014

Budget Beauty Haul

I just have a small haul for today, so we can just jump straight on in. 

Sinful Colors L-R: 
Mama San 
Rise & Shine 
none of these are really colours I would normally go for, maybe Mama San at a push but I have been working on branching out my collection (as you may have seen from previous posts) 
You can get Sinful Colors for £1.99 in Boots, but I managed to find these in Poundland for £1 each so if you scout out your local poundshops you might come across some colours that aren't available in Boots. 

Balance Hyaluronic 554 Youth Serum
A repurchase, after I managed to spill mine on the floor, I do still have some left in the original bottle but I would be due a repurchase of it soon anyway, this can be found in B&M for £3.99 

Azure Internationale Spa Collagen Woven Facial Mask 
This is something I have been debating about for a while, I couldn't decide if I wanted to try it or not but eventually I thought "hell it's less than £1 you might as well". 
This face mask can be found at B&M. 

What budget beauty items would you recommend?

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Weekend Look Book Vol 14

Faux Leather Jacket: £25 Primark
Jumper: Price unknown but I think around £9 Peacocks
Skirt: £3 H&M
Tights: £3 Primark
Ankle Boots: £5 I believe Peacocks

For once an outfit where I'm not dressed entirely in Primark gear, it can be too easy to do that to be honest. 
The Jumper worn is actually very big on me- which was good with my skirt as it kept my skirt in place. 
I didn't really have any plans for my Saturday, other than go round to my Grandma's in the morning to do her make up as my mum was taking her to see Dancing on Ice (I got them both tickets as a Mothers Day present). 
After I had done that I had a pretty uneventful day other than my sister popping round with her boyfriend and my nephew- of course baby cuddles were the highlight of my day. 

Black Cami: £12 Next 
Black Skinny Jeans: £7 Primark
Converse: around £34.99 Schuh 

Casual would be the best way to describe Sundays outfit, I had planned on staying in and planning blog posts but I may have gone out to see my sister. I then got roped into removing my sisters mattress as we will be getting a new one soon so I'm glad I chose something comfy for the day. 

Hope you all had an amazing weekend. 

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Friday, 25 April 2014

OOtD, feeling that monochrome vibe again

Plain white tee- £4.00 Primark
Black mini skirt- Price unknown Internacionale 
Black Tights- £3.00 Primark 
Black ankle boots- Price unknown Peacocks
Black & White Striped Blazer- Price unknown New Look

Do you ever go through your wardrobe and come across something you haven't worn in forever? 
Well that happened to me yesterday I was looking through trying to find a jacket to wear because let's be honest my denim jacket has been over worn lately, I almost gave up and was going to settle on a faux leather jacket instead when I saw this right in the back corner, it is actually too big on me now as it is a size 16 but when worn open it doesn't look bad- I might have to get my Grandma to take it in a little bit at some point though. 

Now I have rediscovered it I will probably be wearing it a lot more when we have good weather. 

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York Designer Outlet Mini Haul

To say I don't live that far from the York Designer Outlet I very rarely go- in fact it has been YEARS since I last went and back then I know there wasn't a Cosmetics Company Store (there was however a shop that just sold various colours and styles of card and paper, I am very sad to find out that this store no longer exists there)

Anyway I finally persuaded my mum to take me (this might motivate me to start up my driving lessons again) just so I could see what they have to offer in the CCS, I may have also nipped into Mamas & Papas and picked up a couple items for my nephew (I still can't say that without getting a little giddy).

At first I only bought two items from the CCS but after walking around with my mind still on another lipstick I made my mum come back in with me to see what she thought of it- I ended up buying it so now let's get onto what I bought.

MAC: Prepare for Pleasure (LE from the Divine Night Collection) £11 Originally £15.50
Now I have always said that I will not buy a MAC lipstick from the permanent line if there are dupes available on the high street, to me it just makes more sense to buy the more affordable one, but if it's Limited Edition from a collection that would be an exception so when I saw this I HAD to buy it

Smashbox Photo Set Pressed Powder Compact £13.50 Originally £19.00
I have been trying out various powders lately but nothing seems to look right, even translucent seems to look orange in certain areas so when I saw this I was intrigued it swatches extremely pale so I'm hoping it will be a good match, also the size of it is perfect to pop in your make up bag and you don't have to worry about finding a mirror because there is a large one inside the compact.

MAC: Oh Oh Oh ( from the Archie's Girls collection) £11 Originally £15.50
This is the one I ended up going back for, it is such a strange colour in the bullet it looks quite copperish but when swatched it looks SO different, on some people there are definite red tones but when I swatched it on the back of my hand in store it was more purple, apparently it even depends on your natural lip colour so it will be interesting to see what it looks like on me.

Yes I did spend £35.50 on 3 items but sometimes you just have to treat yourself, and the original cost would have been £50 so it's not too bad. 

When we were on our way back to the car I may have been distracted by Whittard and ended up picking up a few items in there as well. 

Dip Infuser- £2.00
Spice Imperial Leaf Tea £2.00 Originally £4.20
Spiced Chai Leaf Tea £2.00 Orignally £4.20 
I don't think there is any way I can justify buying even more tea (I have SO many different variations, I just can't stop buying it) other than that I "just wanted to" I do have chai tea bags but I have heard that Leaf Tea does taste nicer so now I have the chance to give it a try. 

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

NoTD, very simple Nail Art

Ok so I am just dreadful at nail art, I can just about get my left hand looking somewhat nice but I just can't do my right hand at all.

If I ever attempt to do anything on my nails it is always very simple, one of my favourites is one that I have done today, Polka dots! I mean come on you can team literally any colour together and it will look good.

I haven't taken pictures of the first two steps but I start off using 1 coat of the Rimmel Nail Nurse Rescue then when that is dried I follow up with the BarryM All in One Base Coat, Top Coat & Nail Hardener.
After this has dried it is time to choose the colours to use, today I went for one of the Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints in Sugar Apple- I found that I needed two coats of this.

After these two coats have dried I took a dotting tool, dabbed it into a small amount of the BarryM White Nail Paint and then chose my accent nail.

This could be done on all nails as it is such a subtle way to spice up your nails. 
After all nails are completely dry I top it all off with the BarryM Base Coat, Top Coat & Nail Hardener.

What are your top Nail Art ideas?

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Boots Beauty Haul

I don't think it is possible for me to go into Boots after payday and not buy something, but for once I didn't pick up much. 

So let's get on into my haul 

Collection- Does it All Waterproof Mascara, £4.99 
I actually purchased this after seeing BBlogger Andrew James tweet about it being a drug store dupe of the Benefit They're Real mascara, now I had tried They're Real in the past and while I loved it, the mascara didn't love me, I'm not sure if I had a dodgy tube or what but my eyes would not stop watering whenever I used it so I have been very apprehensive about repurchasing it to give it another shot. With this being so affordable I won't mind if it doesn't work out for me. 

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation in Light Beige- £8.99 
Now I am very late to trying this but I finally caved and decided to give it a shot- I have actually been trying it out since Friday, I do have to say, Maybelline need to work on a wider colour range, I have seen people say that Light Beige is a good colour match for fair skinned people- not true I have found that it is still a touch too orange. 

Garnier Micellar Water- £4.99 but on offer at £2.99
This is actually a repurchase, I still have quite a lot of my first bottle left but at this price I would be daft to walk away without it, in my opinion it's always good to stock up when things are on offer because you never know when you will run out, I may pop back into Boots and get another bottle if it's still on offer when I next go into town. 

And finally something that I didn't really need at all but I got a little bit excited about. 

Yes to. Cucumbers Face Wipes- £3.99 
Now I had read somewhere a while back that the Yes To, range would be coming into Boots stores sometime soon but I don't think there was anything specific as to when so imagine my surprise when I see a little stand of various Yes To, products, I think I stood for a good 5-10 minutes just looking at what was available(it may not sound like a long time but I was on my way into work) 
I am going to give these a try before I decide to buy any more from the range. 

I did buy my sister a mascara as well while I was there but I don't have that on me, in total I managed to spend around £20.00 (that 3 for 2 offer is both a blessing and a curse) 

Have you tried anything I bought? If yes what did you think of them?

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

OOtD, Bank Holiday Easter Monday

I thought I would "join" my mum on her morning run- I say join her, I went off to take pictures and relax, it's not my fault I was already ready before she asked me if I wanted to go running with her and there is no way I am going to go running in a full face of make up!

So while she went running around Pontefract park I decided to take some pictures of the lake

What I wore: 
Denim Jacket- £18, Primark
Betsey Johnson heart shaped Sunglasses- Around £13, TK Maxx
Converse- See Previous post
Black Mini Skirt- Price Unknown, Internacionale 
Black Tights, Most likely around £3, Primark
Couture Not War sheer top- £6, Primark

After we had finished at Pontefract we did go see my sister, her partner and their little boy. 

So there we have it that concludes my Easter Weekend, now I have the rest of the week off work so I hope I can sneak a few more baby cuddles in *fingers crossed*

Hope you all had a lovely Weekend, 


Pictures were taken on my Canon 1100D and Canon Ixus 132

Monday, 21 April 2014

Weekend Look Book Vol 13

Ok I have to apologise for this post being up late, we have had a new arrival in the family today and I have been on the edge of my seat waiting to meet the little guy so I haven't been able to concentrate on very much other than "I am an Auntie now!!"

I finally got to meet him a couple of hours ago, I think I am in love, when I held him I did get a little tear in my eye- sometimes I get a little over emotional.

Now I can get onto my post without rambling on about being an Auntie (so weird to say but I love it)


Kind of Grunge/Rock style 
Black Skater Skirt: Price Unknown- Internacionale 
Black Tights: most likely £2-3- Primark
Cut out ankle boots- same as so many previous posts
Rolling Stones printed Tee (this is the top I wore when I got to meet 5SOS): £8- Primark 
Sleeveless plaid shirt: Price Unknown- Primark
Denim Jacket (not pictured): 18, Primark


Thought I would get the old converse out for a change: Price unknown but roughly around £34.99- schuh 
Black Mini Skirt- Price unknown- Internacionale
Slouchy "Punk" slogan Tee: Price unknown- Internacionale
Tights- similar to above
and Denim Jacket (not pictured) as above. 

So my Easter weekend has been a pretty good one, on Friday I had a lovely day out with my Mum, Auntie, Grandma and cousins, on Saturday I spent the day celebrating my friends birthday- safe to say I am terrible at mini golf but I had fun regardless and on Sunday April 20th I was made an Auntie for the first time. 
I won't post pictures of the baby on here although there are a couple on my Instagram so if you already follow me on there you will have already seen him. I think I should wrap this up before I ramble on about him. 

Hope you have all had a lovely Eater Weekend


Saturday, 19 April 2014

OOtD and afternoon out at Birkin Fisheries Tea Room

Finally we had some good weather yesterday, I know we have had some good days throughout the week but I had yesterday off work so I finally had the chance to take advantage of the sun- I might not sunbathe but I do enjoy the sun.

I managed to persuade my mum to take me to a little tea room she found a while back- I say persuade it didn't take very much persuading for her to want to go- now my mum is someone who LOVES the sun so if she can be out in it she will be, with the correct protection of course.

Birkin is seemingly in the middle of nowhere, between Selby and Knottingly (Yorkshire) so it is fantastic if you just want to go relax  for a couple of hours.
I am sure my phone signal has improved since the last time I was there, I used to find it hard to access the internet but now I can hop straight onto instagram and post pictures if I wanted to.

So without any more rambling let's get onto my outfit, then I can share pictures of the Tea Room :)

Mesh Sleeved top- £6, Primark
Black Mini Skirt- same from previous posts
Denim Jacket- £18, Primark 
Bag, dupe of the Zara office city bag- £12, Primark
White Ankle socks- £1.50, Primark
Cut out Ankle boots, same from previous posts. 
Flower band- Price unknown, Primark

It is well worth checking out if you are in the area, especially if the weather is anything like it was yesterday. 
For interior shots of the Tea Room check out their website here

Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend :). 


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Weekend Look Book Vol 12

Yes it's time again, so lets just jump right on in.

Blue sweatshirt with Cross print and studded shoulders: Primark, last year- price unknown 
Tartan Collared shirt (worn underneath sweatshirt): Primark, last year, probably £6
Black Mini Skirt: Internacionale Price unknown 
Black Tights: Primark, probably £2 for a pack 
Denim Jacket: Primark £18
Black bag- dupe of the Zara Office City Bag: Primark £12
Black Ankle Boots: Peacocks- a fair few years ago roughly £5

Black Skater Dress: Internacionale around £12.99 
Denim Jacket: As above
Crown print tights: Primark £1 on sale (which have unfortunately been laddered so I will have to see about getting some more) 
Black Boots: As above 
Black bag: As above
Dog: belongs to my Grandma although I do keep saying I want to bring her home with me

Just for a better look at the Dog I will add another picture of her. 
I would have loved to get more pictures with her but she kept hiding behind me, as soon as I had the camera and I was in front of her then she was fine, so typical. 

Hope you have had a great weekend :)

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Make Up of the Week

I haven't done one of these posts in a week or so, so I thought I would put one up.
This weeks make up has been VERY simple, you know when you have those phases where you just want something subtle? well that has been me this week... Kind of- I have been playing around with my eyebrows a bit.

Like I said, very simple make up, even my lips have been simple this week. 
Strange all the way over the lid up to my brow bone
Limit in the crease
Nooner in the outer corner
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl liner- top and bottom waterline
Seventeen High Drama Liquid Liner
Seventeen Superlash mascara in Blackest Black 
Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara on lower lashes
(All Eye shadows used are from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette)

  Rimmel Wake me up Foundation in Light Porcelain
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 1
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent 
Sleek Rose Gold Blusher
Chino from the MUA Ever After Matte Palette for contouring 

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel 
Maybelline Browdrama in Blonde 


Soap & Glory "A great Kisser" Lip balm

If you want to see the changes I have added throughout the week (coloured brows) then do feel free to check out my Instagram. 

Picture was taken on my Galaxy S4 with no editing. 

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Nail Varnish Collection Part 3: Nails Inc

Time for part 3 of my nail varnish collection "series", I don't own many Nails Inc nail varnishes but I thought I would share what I do have. So far I have not paid full price for a single bottle of these as I get them when they have been free with a magazine- most often than not Glamour. 

So let's get started

L-R top row:
Motcomb Street- this is a dark Navy Blue
New York Noir from the Kate Spade NY Collection
Up Town Glamour from the Kate Spade NY Collection
Victoria- this is a Burgundy, also my first Nails Inc nail varnish, yes the fact that I shared my name with it did play a part in the decision. 

L-R bottom row
Hampstead Heath
Victoria & Albert
St James 

I don't actually reach for these enough so I will have to start using them again, I do remember them to be quite quick drying with good colour pay off even with just one coat. 

Nails Inc nail varnishes retail at £11 but as I have got them with Glamour I have only had to pay £2.00, not bad considering you are getting a full size nail varnish for virtually nothing. 

I do want to add to my collection so if you have used Nails Inc what colours would you suggest trying?

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bleach London, Super Cool Colour Collection

It is no secret that I like to colour my hair quite a lot, up until last year I used to use Directions but then I switched over to Bleach London, I won't lie I was sucked in by the packaging- simple and grungey yet eye-catching, checking out their website and Instagram has made me slightly more obsessed with the range.

There are 12 colours available on their webstore and in Boots although I have a feeling that if you went into the salon there may be more selection.

Out of the 12 colours available I have
Awkward Peach
Parma Violets 
Rose (this is my second bottle of this)
The Big Pink
at £5.00 for a 150ml bottle it's not a bad price (especially if you manage to get it on the 3 for 2 offer at Boots) you do get more product than you would with Directions and you aren't paying much more for it. 

Of course I had to add their Washing Out Liquid to this collection 
£5.00 for 200ml
After using this you really need to follow up with either the Reincarnation Mask (reviewed here) or another deep treatment because your hair will feel SO dry. 

Along with the 5 colours and Washing out Liquid I have a box of the Total Bleaching Kit, White Toner and the Swamp Spritz, at some point I plan on gradually adding to my collection, and I do hope they expand on the colours available on the high street. 

Have you used any of the Bleach London products before, if yes what did you think of them and if not do you think you would consider using any?

Hope you liked this post 

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Nail Varnish Collection Part 2: Barry M Nail Paints

In March I posted my Sinful Colors nail varnish collection and I planned on following it up with a few other collections.
And I have finally got round to doing the second part in this little "series"

Without any rambling let's jump right on in. 

66 Matt White
150 Red Glitter
293 Grey 
299 Racing Green (Fun fact- this was the first Barry M nail paint I purchased)
304 Mint Green

306 Blueberry Ice Cream
318 Peach Melba (Fun Fact- I decided to get this because of many Youtubers, one being Kayley Hyde- Owlssayhoot)
324 Silvery Lilac
353 Ruby Glitter

Crackle Effect 311 Black Magic
Summer 2013 Limited Edition Flamingo Pink (Not so fun fact, when I got this I had hoped it would be similar to the crackle effect but sadly not, BUT it is a very nice nail paint) 
Croc Effect 343 Burgundy Croc

Gelly Hi-Shine Pomegranate 
Gelly Hi-Shine Prickly Pear
Gelly Hi-Shine Watermelon
Gelly Hi-Shine Sugar Apple
Aquarium Collection Mediterranean 

All normal Nail Paints retail for £2.99, any effects, Gelly Hi-Shine or Limited Edition Nail Paints retail at £3.99 

One last fun fact to finish off this post, I was trying to write this whilst I was listening to sprinkleofglitters newest haul, it didn't work out very well as I kept on being distracted. 
Oh well got there in the end :) 

Would you recommend any other Barry M nail paints to try? 

Thank you for reading.