30 Jan 2013

Instagram Round Up #18


Snowy Streets / The First Cut / TAKK Coffee House / Vegan Pizza Rolls / Tea & Blogging / Wet n Wild / Hubby & Me / Cosmo Beauty / Mini Day 

This has been a somewhat quiet week, I’ve been trying to take it easy. It started off with the crazy snowfall and after selling our beloved 4×4 before Christmas we were snowed in the house for a few days. It was nice to take some time out & have an excuse with the snow. This past year I’ve found it so hard to relax and stop my mind working overtime worrying and trying to control every aspect of my life. I’m trying to let go a little. It’s hard.

When the snow melted we popped into Manchester as I needed to pick up a dress from COS as I’m a Bridesmaid at my best friends wedding in March. So we did that & as we were in the city we visited the Manchester Gallery to see The First Cut Paper Exhibition,  Which was really good. We also found a lovely new coffee-house in Manchester – it has a Icelandic vibe and its very inviting and friendly Its called TAKK. So if you’re in the Northern Quarter pop in and support them.

My hubby loves cars and he has owned a few old minis over the years & we went to a Mini day in Stafford which was held in doors thank god, as the weather was horrendous. It was fun to see all the cool Mini’s some people have spent alot of time & money on them and they look fab. I was’t looking forward to it but it turned into a really lovely day.

I hope you all had a relaxing week. February is shaping up to be a busy month for me. Lots of things to organise and get ready for my friend’s wedding. So it’s exciting.

29 Jan 2013

Blogs I Love To Read #2

The Briar Rose Blog

The Briar Rose Blog this is a lovely blog written by the stylish and stunning Megan. Her blog is full of amazing OOTD posts and she throws in some yummy recipe posts too. What more could you want? I urge you to pop over and check out Megan’s blog its a lovely read.

Rotten Otters Thoughts

Rotten Otters Thoughts  is written by a lovely lady called Katy – she takes possibly the best photos, they’re always so crisp and clear. Katy reviews all things beauty related but often has some crafty posts thrown into the mix. Her blog is a pleasure to read and makes me want to step up my photography skills.

SF Girl By Bay Blog

SF Girl By Bay If you’re looking for a blog to give you inspiration then this might be the one. I have been reading SF Girl By Bay for the longest time. It’s a beautifully put together blog with so many topics.  Its written by a stylish lady called Victoria who has a keen eye for photography  cool home interiors and accessories she even writes about cool places to eat. I just adore reading her blog – it’s very uplifting.

Little Blog of Horrors

Little Blog of Horrors this is a really sweet blog written by the stunning Ayden. Her blog is very well written. Ayden blogs about life, fashion, makeup and her job in the theatre, film and tv industry. It’s a great read and its a lovely insight into her life. I look forward to new posts and have enjoyed reading this blog for a couple of years now.

Do you read any of my fave blogs? If not pop over & check them out. If you missed my first blogs I love to read post – you can read it here

27 Jan 2013

What’s In My Shower

I have seen this tag going about the blogging sphere and in particular on The Sunday Girl Blog and I thought I would show you whats lurking in my shower. Nothing too exciting, but we all like to have a nosey right?!

Whats In My Shower

CHANEL MOUSSE DOUCEUR Rinse-off Foaming Mousse Cleanser Balance + Anti-Pollution I’ve repurchased this a few times and that says a lot for me as I am always on to the next when something runs out. This is a hefty tube of cleanser it lasts the longest time. It normally lasts me around 3 months. I tend to use it in the morning. It’s like my little piece of luxury in the morning. There isn’t too must to say apart from I really like how this is gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling ready and fresh for the day. This cleanser is £29.00 for 150ml & I purchase mine from House of Fraser

Nivea Happy Time Shower Cream shower gel / body wash is something I never repurchase. I head for what ever is on offer. This Nivea one smells really citrus and fresh. I really like it. It’s on offer in Superdrug for 98p. It is very hydrating and leaves my skin feeling soft and smelling lovely.

Naked Bounce Curl Defining Shampoo & Conditioner* I have done a full review of this here if you’d like to read it. I like these as I wear my hair natural most days & that for me is wavy. These give my wavy hair a little extra help and leaves my hair looking healthy and bouncy.

Whats in my showerSuperdrug Vitamin  E Exfoliating Body Scrub  I’m a massive fan of exfoliation my legs. I don’t really tan so it’s not for that but I just like to get the blood flowing to them in the morning, wake them up and I like to get rid of all the dead skin. This utter bargain from Superdrug has become my favourite exfoliator. Its bursting with exfoliants and you get a great scrub for your money. I have stocked up on a fair few tubes. I urge you o give this a go. It doesn’t have a yummy scent like Soap and Glory but it is one hell of a good scrub. Its Superdrug’s own brand it’s £1.50 for 100ml

No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator this is just OK, If I’m honest I’m trying to use this up, but It is taking forever. I use a tiny bit once a week, mostly around my mouth and chin but it’s not the best product I’ve used. I picked it up with a No7 Voucher and wouldn’t buy it again. If the Boots search option worked on their site I would be able to link to the product. But it doesn’t (Shock Horror). But if you’re interested you can pick this up from No7 Counters for £8.00

Whats in my shower

If you have written a post like this post the link in the comments so I can have a look. Do you use any of the products I have mentioned? Let me know.

25 Jan 2013

Flashback Friday

Hubby and Me

I’m going to do a little flashback Friday blog series – I got the idea from my friend Hayley who writes a blog called Hayley From Home. In my Flashback Fridays I’m going to be showing you some of the cities I’ve visited since I met my husband 13 years ago. There aren’t loads but I thought it might be a nice non beauty related post. Let me know if you have visited any of the cities I feature.

The first city is Edinburgh. This is a city me and my husband have visited on a few occasions  My mum lives about 50 minutes North of Edinburgh so we enjoy visiting Edinburgh whenever we can. We normally stay over in the Mal Maison in Leith. Leith is about a 15 – 20 minute walk into the main city and It’s a really pretty hotel. The hotel itself is very close to The Royal Yacht Britannia.

EdinburghEdinburgh is a beautifully historic city you can do so many cultural things and the shopping in Edinburgh is great too they have Harvey Nichols, Mulberry, Anthropology, Jo Malone, SpaceNK and Jenners. So there is plenty shopping to keep you busy.

You also can’t go to Edinburgh without walking up to visit its famous Castle, its stunning and has quite a view over the whole city. The old streets leading up to the castle are cobbled and lined with lots of shops, ghost tours, old churches and traditional pubs. It is so steeped in History.

You’re never short of entertainment in Edinburgh as the street entertainers are so good. They have street theatre, mimes and people telling tales of old Edinburgh. Oh and Edinburgh Dungeon are worth a visit, you learn all about Burke & Hare I jumped out of my skin on numerous occasions

My favourite places to visit in Edinburgh are the National Museum of Scotland, which is free. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Mary Kings Close and of course the truly amazing Edinburgh Castle.

Every time I visit Edinburgh I am a complete tourist I love visiting all the galleries and museums and just walking around all the old lanes and beautiful parks. It’s a very friendly city with plenty to keep you entertained day or night.

Let me know what you love to do in Edinburgh.


22 Jan 2013

Foundation Love #1

I’ve quite a few foundations (7 to be exact), I know I’m not alone on this. We’re always searching for the next big thing, that perfect colour match and perfect amount of coverage. Throughout the year you need your foundation  to do different things for your skin and I like to have a foundation for most seasons. During the winter my skin can get a little red due to the cold weather and the wind. Winter also dries out my skin and the foundation I’ve been reaching for to combat my winter skin has been my Avon Calming Effects Foundation in the shade Cream.

Avon Calming Effects Foundation

Avon Calming Effects Foundation has a creamy consistency and gives a medium coverage. The finish is lovely and dewy it makes your skin look fresh and healthy. This foundation has aloe and lavender to help calm your skin, I find this does help my red cheeks.

I’d never tried an Avon Foundation before so didn’t have any expectations but this has become a foundation that I find myself reaching for over some of my high-end foundations. I like the natural dewy glow it gives, it doesn’t sink into my pores and although its dewy it isn’t greasy. I could go on about how much I love it forever (I’m that sad). I use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply it and that way I don’t apply too much product and it gives me even coverage.

Avon Foundation 2

Avon only offer 5 shades in this foundation, so that’s not great. I’m lucky my shade was a good match and I wear Cream. They could do with adding some more colour options. Also the pump isn’t great, it doesn’t dispense much product and often gets stuck. My bottle just might be faulty.

Apart from the pump the packaging is nice, the bottle is glass and feels quite luxurious. You get 30ml of product for £10.50 (as of 20/01/2013 its £6.00).

Looking through my makeup stash I own quite a few Avon products esp Nail Polish and Eyeliners. What do you own from Avon? What would you recommend I try next

20 Jan 2013

New To Me

New To Me

Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder / Revlon Grow Luscious / Garnier Dark Spot Corrector / Garnier BB Cream 

I picked these 4 items up a while ago, does anyone else do that? Buy something then keep it for ages without using it. I had a Boots voucher before Christmas and these are what I picked up.

Rimmel Clear Complexion in Transparent

This was only £3.99 from Boots. For some reason I’ve only ever tried a couple of powders. One being my Mac Sheer Pressed Powder and the others are from e.l.f. I really like my Mac one but I thought it was time I tried one from Rimmel as the Stay Matt gets such rave reviews. I didn’t want a Matt finish so went for the Clear Complexion one as I could do with all the help I can get in that department. Have you tried this powder? Let me know what you think.

The packaging is OK – the lid isn’t the most secure but I rarely travel so this won’t often be out of the house. You also get quite alot 16g of product for your £3.99. That’s a pretty good deal. I will let you know how  find it. I was going to wait until my Mac Sheer Pressed Powder 12g £20.00 was finished but that’s taking me a long time, I’m just going to alternate them. That way I can compare which I prefer.

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

Me being the divvy I am picked up the brown instead of the black. I do that so often and because in the UK we’re unable to return cosmetics I’m stuck with it. I am looking forward to seeing if this makes any difference to my lashes. I can’t find it online to link to as they seem to have bought out a new one – the Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara. Even tho this is brown I will still use it, probably during the day. Still wish it was black.

My lashes aren’t super short but I think we’d all like them to be a little longer. More fluttery. I will keep you updated with any lash developments. I can’t remember what I paid for it but I think it was around £8.

Garnier Dark Spot Corrector

Being 34 – almost 35 my skin is starting to change, nothing dramatic but I notice slight differences. I have never been one to sunbathe or go on sunbeds. But I did live in Cyprus for a while & we are a family of skiers & so have been exposed to the sun. I am hoping that this helps a little with sunspots.

Also over the past year I have had some family stress & my skin has bore the brunt of that. Its been feeling dull and not as healthy looking as I know it usually is. So fingers crossed this Garnier cream helps brighten the meh areas and gives my skin a kick back into healthiness  I know that food plays a big part in that too & I have been making some positive changes in my diet and have been juicing and making smoothies where I can and eating alot more fresh organic foods. So I’m hoping the combination of the 2 work a small miracle.

I picked this up for £9.99 and i love the packaging. It’s in a metal style tube, it feels quite luxurious. As always let me know if you have any experience using this & if you have seen any improvements.

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Combination to Oily Skin

I have the original Garnier BB Cream & liked that but I definitely need the one for Oily skin. So when this was released last year I picked it up. I’ve had this for a while too but was using up my No7 BB cream. I will start using it when the weather is more warmer. I like wearing a fuller coverage foundation in the winter & BB Creams / Tinted Moisturiser in the Spring / Summer Do you use a BB cream? Which are your favourites.

18 Jan 2013

Instagram Round Up #17

I am finally back in a routine after the Xmas / New Year break and its nice to be back and focused ont he year ahead. I made some big changes in my life before Christmas. The biggest and most exciting was to go Vegan  – for health reasons and my husband is doing it too and we are feeling the benefits. Its been almost 2 months and we’re finding new and yummy things to eat everyday.

Instagram Roundup Playmobil / B&B Surf Spray / The Blue Flower / Green Tea & Lemon / Beauty / Soya yoghurt/ Rekorderlig . Silverchair / Pomegranate & Orange Tea

I’m trying to read more books this year and that would’ve been easier to achieve if i hadn’t obliterated my kindle just before Christmas. So annoying, I’m gutted. Back to reading books which isn’t bad but I had so many on my Kindle waiting to be read and now I have to buy new ones. If you’ve any book recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them.

2013 has been OK so far. Had some bad news but I guess you have to face these things head on and try to be as positive as you can. I’m lucky to have a wonderfully supportive husband and super nice friends so I am lucky and grateful for that. I just want to have a relaxing and quiet end to January.


17 Jan 2013

Blogs I Love To Read #1

little chief honeybee

little chief honeybee is a lovely blog written by Kaelah. She blogs about fashion, makeup, craft and her sweet family. I have read Kaelah’s blog for over 2 years i find it very inspirational she is very focused and determined to succeeded and puts 110% in to everything she does. Check her out of you haven’t already.

Miss Indie

Mandy from Miss Indie is a very creative young lady with a passion for fashion and all things handmade. She does some fab tutorials and I find her blog a complete pleasure to read. Its bright, fun and Mandy puts alot of effort in to her blog and she is dedicated to it. I’ve been reading Miss Indie since early 2010. Pop over & show her some love, you wont be disappointed.

Sailor Jennie

Jennie May is the beautiful lady behind Sailor Jennie which is a blog I love to read when I’m looking for makeup inspiration. She is stunning and has fab makeup reviews. Jennie also writes lifestyle posts & you get a glimpse into her life. Her blog is a refreshing read and I adore her photographs they are always such good quality. I’d say Sailor Jennie is a perfect blog to read on a Sunday morning with a nice cup of tea.

Le Beauty Girl

Ysis is the beautiful beauty blogger who writes Le Beauty Girl. If you want honest reviews and makeup recommendations then this will be a must read for you. Ysis is stunning and has step by step tutorials and tips on applying makeup her blog is well put together and is always a pleasure to read. I’ve bought so many products after reading reviews on Le Beauty Blog.

Let me know if you already read any of these blogs & what you think – or let me know if you visit them for the first time from this post. I am going to make this a regular post as I’ve so many blogs that I read and some that I have read for years. I love sharing them with people and spreading the love <3

15 Jan 2013

Face it

Face it
I’ve accumulated a few concealers and liquid highlighters and I thought I’d quickly run through what I think of them.

Benefit high beam 

This is a popular highlighter and I sometimes mix a small amount with my foundation for a glowing look. I do really like this and this small bottle lasts the longest time. I’ve heard about a couple of pretty good dupes so I’m going to pick up those to see how they stand up. I like having this in my collection as it is a versatile product and I like the dewy look. My skin is quite dull naturally & I like to make it brighter and healthier looking and Benefit high beam is perfect for that.

Bourjois Bio Detox Organic Concealer

I’ve two of these, one in light to medium &  the other in bronze to dark. I picked them up in the poundshop and the dark shade is a little too dark unless I am tanned (that’s not often). The light to medium shade is good for covering spots but not for under eye as it’s a little too dry and is hard to blend. I have dehydrated skin under my eyes and this just settles in my fine lines. I wouldn’t pay full price for it.

Garnier Caffeine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Roll-on

I’ve spoken about this quite a bit on my blog  and have grown to really like it. It’s a short time fix & it’s not a concealer that lasts all day I use it when I’m just popping out for a couple of hours or I use a little bit before I put on my heavy-duty concealer. I like the feeling of the cold roller ball under my eyes. Its cooling and gives a little colour.

Face it

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Every blogger owns this or has owned it I’m sure. I use the shade 2 light. I only use this on covering up blemishes and it lasts me for ages. It’s a complete bargain and recommend everyone try it.

Benefit Boi-ing industrial strength concealer

I use the shade 02 in this and have repurchased it on quite a few occasions  I love it for covering redness around my nose, chin and a little on my cheeks. It is very long wearing and if you warm it up in your fingers it’s easy to blend. I always have a pot of this in my collection.

e.l.f Radiance Enhancer

I was quite shocked at how good this is. With budget beauty brands you don’t expect too much. I use this as a highlighter down my nose and under my eyebrows. It’s a pretty highlighter and is so cheap £3.75. I use the shade colour spotlight

Face it

 Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer & Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

I have the shade Warm Beige & Pale Yellow. I have mixed feelings about this. If I take the time to put this on properly it looks good. But I need to power it as it doesn’t last well on me. But I often don’t want to spend 15 mins putting it on and can look a little heavy if not blended well. I would repurchase this.

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch

I love this on my cheekbones and in the inner corner of my eyes. It’s a lovely highlighter and makes a difference to my dull looking skin. If you blend it well you don’t need much product. If you can find this discounted then I’d buy it. I never pay full price for it.

Bobbi Brown Corrector

I have the shade light to medium Bisque. Now this I do like. I have very dark under eyes, they’re just naturally dark and always have been so to have a product you can use to counter that is great & this works so well. It’s quite thick so need warming up & its easier to blend. Don’t be tempted to use too much just blend well and it will work wonders.

Do you use any of these products? Or do have any concealer or highlighter recommendations.

13 Jan 2013

Blank Walls are so DULL

I’ve been in my new house for just coming up to 4 months now. I can’t believe its been that long. I still have boxes that need unpacking. We are hoping to be in this house for about 18 months (I love to move on) and have been trying to make it feel like home.

I love to browse Etsy and try to buy from handmade / small business owners where possible. I’ve been buying some art for my boring magnolia walls and wanted to share with you some things I’ve bought & a few things that I have my eye on.

Etsy Art

 The Illustrated Man / To Hell With Luck / Reading is Cool / TEA / Home / Superhero

I love filling my walls with quirky artwork & I love spending hours browsing Etsy. There is so much on there. Etsy has lots to offer and so far I’ve bought art, jewellery, makeup and so many cool things. If you haven’t already then I urge you to pop over & check out this emporium of wonders.

Where do you buy your art from? I am always looking for ideas and inspiration.

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