Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Fashion Haul

This weekend has been quite quiet on the blogpost front, for once I have actually been pretty busy.
On Saturday I met up with my Dad for the first time since my Birthday (in January) and he got me a belated birthday present.
So I thought I would share what he bought me.

At first there was just a lot of walking around different stores seeing what they had in, now I'm not sure if it was just the store I went into but River Island REALLY lacked any selection and normally I am used to seeing people walk around town with huge River Island bags so I thought surely there would be something there, nope not at all.
After stopping for a bit of lunch and a much needed chat we decided to have another look round.
In the end I came away with:

Black Canvas Ankle Boots: £19.99 New Look 

Epic Weekend Crop Top: £3.99 H&M

Random Draping Black Material: £12.99 H&M

See below for pictures of items being worn 

Ankle Boots

Epic Weekend Crop Top 

Ahhh yes the black draping material is in fact a play suit, because this does show off my bra at the side I will most likely wear something over the top of this just to cover that up #bigboobproblems

I had actually seen the play suit on the H&M website on the Saturday morning, I even posted on my facebook wall about wanting it so I am glad I could find it and that it looked ok on. 

The shoes are a little bit too big for me, but they were the last pair and I had been eyeing them up the week before when I went in with my mum so I just HAD to get them. 

What have been your recent purchases? 

Thank you for reading. 


Sunday, 18 May 2014

Beauty Haul

Payday has arrived so of course I just HAD to do some shopping, for once I didn't buy too much though, I have been debating about getting the La Roche Posay "Effaclar Duo" cream but I'm still not sure so if anyone has tried it please do tell me what your opinions on it are. £15.50 is a little too much to be spending if I'm not 100% sure about something. 

You might notice a running theme in this haul. First of all I will start off with my purchases from Boots and Superdrug 

Garnier Micellar cleansing water: Boots £3.99 (Normally £4.99) 
Yes to... Grapefruit face wipes: Boots £2.66 (Normally £3.99)
Soap & Glory Fab Pore face wipes: Boots £3.00 (Normally £4.50)
Deep Action Pore Cleansing Pads: Superdrug £1.47 (original price unknown)
Total: £11.12, should have been around £15/£16

Now moving onto what I found in the poundshop
24 sample sachets of Loreal Total repair shampoo
Nose Strips
2 Maybelline Baby lips lip balms- Cherry Velvet and Mango Pie, these are both SPF20

I am going to be on the look out for more of the baby lips lip balms in the pound shop as they are getting some that we don't have in Boots or Superdrug. 

 For once I have managed to spend less than £20 on beauty products, I have to say I'm impressed with myself right now. 

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Everyday Make up Products

After this week has been lacking in blog posts (because I didn't manage to get my Weekend look book up) I thought I would share my everyday make up products.
Be warned it does look and sound like I use a lot of make up.

I start off using the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer- I am still deciding what I think of this, it's not bad but I don't think it's my favourite- personally I haven't really noticed much difference other than my make up staying on longer
I follow up with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in light porcelain (my foundation does change  depending on how my skin is looking, lately I have been reaching for this)
Before I do my eyeshadow I pencil in my eyebrows using the Rimmel Professional eyebrow pencil in Hazel- I then go over this with "Chino" from the MUA Ever After Matte Palette and set them in place using the Collection Clear Mascara (which now looks rather unappealing, I'm sure you can tell which one it is)
Brows out of the way I move on to my eyes and prime my lids with the MUA professional eye primer
When it comes to eyeshadow it really depends on what kind of look I want to go for but more often than not I will be using my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette 
For Eyeliner I use the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl liner on my waterline and the Seventeen High Drama Liquid Liner on my top lash line
I use two different mascaras, on my top lashes I use the Loreal Miss Manga mascara and on my bottom lashes I use the Maybelline Big Eyes bottom lash mascara
The concealer I use is Collection Lasting Perfection in the lightest shade
To set my face I use the Smashbox Photo Set Pressed Powder 
When I contour I use either Fade or Chino from the MUA Ever After Matte Palette 
And finally for Blush I use Rose Gold by Sleek

I do want to try and cut down on some of my products, mainly my eyebrows but I am struggling to find something that works for them. 

If you have any suggestions for affordable brow product suitable for those of us with fair hair please do leave them in the comments below.

If you made it to the end of this then I applaud you as that list does seem quite long- in fact I broke off to go make a cup of tea whilst I wrote this post. 

Thank you for reading. 


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Health & Fitness

At the beginning of the year I said I wanted to start excising more, 5 months later I am finally going to actually make a start on this

While I would love to go to the gym I just don't really have the funds available to right now, especially if I plan on doing my driving lessons again so I have decided I am going to take up running, I know my mum will think that she has sparked this interest for me, but it is actually because of a friend I have on Facebook- just seeing how dedicated has really inspired me.

I'm not doing this to lose weight as I am at a stage where I am ok with how I am I just want to tone up a little bit and be more active.

I haven't decided what "routine" I am going to have yet, although running on a weekend will be in there, and running a few nights a week but on top of that I will most likely be doing some other exercises, I just need to see what is right for me.

This is how I currently look so my main target areas for now will be my thighs and calves so running will be ideal - I just need to learn how to pace myself

As I progress with this I will most likely have a "health & fitness" update monthly just to see if there are any changes. 

What would you suggest for toning up?

Thank you for reading. 


Sunday, 4 May 2014

Weekend Look Book Vol 15

Instead of starting with a huge ramble-fest I will get right on into this weekends outfits :)

Denim Jacket: £18.00 Primark
Black Cami: £12.00 Next
Black Mini skirt: £3.99 H&M 
Black Tights: £3.00 Primark
White Ankle Socks: £1.50 Primark
Fluffy Flatforms: Price unknown Internacionale 

I wanted to go for something kind of casual as I didn't have any set plans other than to take my ankle boots to the cobblers to get them repaired, and go pick up a new vacuum cleaner, while we were out my mum suggested going to Birkin again and I am not going to say no to that, not only do you have lovely customer service but you have some lovely scenery as well, very ideal for photos ;)

Jacket: £25.00 Primark
White mesh sleeve top: £6.00 Primark
Black Skinny Jeans: £7.00 Primark
Boots: Price unknown Peacocks

It was bound to happen again soon, it really is too easy to dress from top to bottom in Primark.
I actually had a pretty chilled out Sunday which is never a bad thing, in fact I only went out to see my Grandma and have her puppy try to lick me to death- side note, it would seem that said puppy has yet to learn what "Selfie time" is as she tried to put her nose in my eye, I might just stick to "selfie time" with my nephew if my sister allows it. 

Pictures were taken by my mum on my Canon 1100D (my mum just wanted a shout out since I keep borrowing her and asking her to take pictures for me)

Edited on Instagram using the Hudson Filter and then put together as a "Collage" using Pixlr Express.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend :D

Thank you for reading.


Saturday, 3 May 2014

Product Review: MAC Lipstick "Oh, Oh, Oh"

Have you ever been unsure about buying a product but you did anyway and then it turned out to be a damn good idea? 
Well that happened to me last week, remember my York Designer Outlet Haul?

I had been debating about getting the MAC lipstick "Oh, Oh, Oh" for about an hour before I finally caved and went back for it- I did have to ask my mum if she thought I would actually wear it or not though. 
Before I get on to my review I will refresh your memory.

This is honestly the hardest lipstick I have ever photographed simply because it looks different in different lights, this is the closest likeness to what you see in person though. 

Without any editing
Edited with "Auto-fix" 

As you can see "Oh, Oh, Oh" is a very sheer but build-able colour (I am putting this down to it being a Lustre finish), one thing that does intrigue me about this lipstick though, is that when I swatched it in store it looked more purple- not that I am complaining with this colour.

As it turns out there was no need in my debating, I have worn it literally every single day since I got it. 

Now it's time for the mandatory "Lip shot" 

Bare lips.

2 coats of Oh Oh Oh

I will admit that it is quite drying on the lips so I do apply a lip balm before I use this lipstick, but I have found it to be a perfect every day lip colour that if you catch it in certain lights it has a slightly different tone to it. 

On my lips it looks slightly coppery with a purple hue every now and then. 
I am going to continue playing around with this as I have a feeling it would look interesting over the top of another lipstick. 

While it is quite drying it does still have quite good longevity as it almost stains the lips so you could just apply a balm over that. 

I can 100% say that I am glad I went back for it and I may be tempted to look into other MAC lipsticks in the future. 

Thank you for reading. 


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Magazine Sample Sachets, hit or miss?

Bit of a random post today but a few days ago I was on the bus home and I overheard some girls behind me, now normally I have my music on- I don't make a habit of listening in to conversations, but one girl mentioned something about how she doesn't see why people would keep the sample sachets that can come in a lot of magazines.

Obviously that is her own personal opinion but I have found those sachets can come in handy, not only are they good for you to test products out but say for example if you ran out of shampoo and you had just run a bath- if you have a few samples you would be able to make use of them, or if you were going somewhere over night, they wouldn't take up a lot of room in your toiletries bag which is always a bonus and you don't have to worry about going out buying travel sized  bottles to fill up.

I have managed to collect a reasonable sized pile of sachets
So the foundation sachets are a bit silly in comparison with the rest as you only get a very small amount in there and it's always a similar shade making it hard for people to actually sample properly, but moisturisers, shampoo, conditioner I would keep hold of those because you never know when you are going to need them.

Foundation sachets might come in handy if you are doing someone's make up and it matches their skin tone and type, but other than that they are my least collected. 

Do you keep the sample sachets that come in magazines? 

Thank you for reading