Monday, 19 August 2013

Etsy Wishlist

Hello everyone, with my mums birthday coming up I have been scouring the internet for ideas and found most on Etsy. I have loved this website since I have found it and am hugely excited to receive my orders later this week. Of course I'm only human so a few hours later I thought I might just share with you some of the best things I have found on there that I would really rather like. 

1) Ever since I first saw one of these I really wanted one! Everyone loves chocolate and this just makes it look even more delicious. 

2) Lauren advertises on my blog and hand makes this and other similar items. I love anything a bit different when it comes to jewellery. 

3) Anyone watch Big Bang Theory on E4? Well if you do this cushion might makes sense to you. It has been an on going joke between me and some family members for years now as everyone has a slight bit of Sheldon to them.

4) I love Cath Kidson mugs and own some myself. I also love candles so this seams next to perfect for me. Once the candle has been used you can wipe it out and use it for its original use. 

5) Who doesn't try to work out what they have been bought before they are aloud to open it. This bag just bought a smile to my face. Need I say anymore. 

6) How beautiful is this bag. Its so simple but something inside me is telling me to buy it!

Have you found anything on Etsy recently? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Real Techniques: Starter Set Review

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed yesterdays post on the core collection (click here if you missed it) so today, as promised, I am reviewing the Starter set by Real Techniques. 

Rather alike the core collection brushes I have been loving using the starter set. All the brushes are very easy to use, are very soft and all give a very floorless look. 

Base Shadow Brush:
The base shadow brush is great and as it says on the tin (or in this case on the brush) it is for putting your base eye shadow on. It apply's the eye shadow giving an even and floorless look.

Deluxe Crease Brush:
The deluxe crease brush gets right into the outer crease of your eye an contours so easily. I also use this brush for blending the darker colour in my crease with the lighter colour on my lid. 

Accent Brush:
This brush is a real multi-use brush. It is great for creating a smokey eye, applying eye shadow against you lash line and for fixing up you eyeshadow. 

Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush:
This brush is great for applying eyeliner on you water and also lash line for both a subtle and a dramatic look. I also use this to apply black or brown eye shadow under my eye by my waterline for volume.

Brow Brush:
This brush is the most perfect shape for defining your eyebrows effortlessly.

These brushes are really great for both simple and complex eye looks. I would recommend these brushes as you get an eyeliner brush, a brow brush and three other brushes for eye shadow. 

Have you tried this or another set by Real Techniques? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Real Techniques: Core Collection Review

Hello everyone, today I thought I would review my Real Techniques core collection. I mentioned my new real techniques brushes in my resent boots haul (which you can click here to read) and said that I would do a review on both the core collection and the starter set. I thought I would start off with the core collection today and the other review will be up tomorrow. 

So far I have been loving using this set of brushes. They are so easy to use and are so soft on your skin. When you apply foundation they leave no streaks and create a totally even and natural looking coverage. 

They also come with a free panoramic case that you can use to keep your brushes safe and can also be used as a stand. It also has space for other brushes.

I also love that Sam Chapman has done online tutorials on how to use the brushes in different ways in step-by-step tutorials (click here to see them)

All the brushes are made for doing a certain part of your makeup but are also sometimes great for others.

Buffing Brush:
I have found the buffing brush perfect for applying powder aswell as to apply foundation and for going over my bronzer and blusher so it looks more natural. 

Contour Brush:
The contour brush is also great for applying foundation but I have found is best for applying bronzer and blusher. 

Pointed foundation Brush:
This brush is great for around the nose and eyes for blending in both concealer and foundation. 

Detailer Brush:
I have found the detailer brush great for tackling any spots and also for blending in the foundation around my inner eye area. It is also really useful for defining your lips. 

I would highly recommend this product to and one who wants a floorless makeup look that is easy to create. 

I hope I have given you a further in-site on the Core Collection brushes. 

Have you tried them or written a review on them? Let me know in the comments.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Boots Haul

Yesterday I went to boots and although I only went in for a few things I got more than I planned and spent more than I should have.

Todays buys

First off I headed for Barry M to get a Gelly nail paint as you lovely people had all raved about it as did many other beauty people online. When I got there they were on buy one get one half price so of course I bought two. I bought 319-pomegranate and 327-dragon, which I think is a rather odd name but the colour is lovely so I went for it.

The pomegranate one is quite self explanatory as it is a dark pink near red colour. Dragon however is not; I would say it is a candy pink/light barbie pink type colour.  

Next up I went to the Maybelline section and bought my fit me concealer in shade 10, this is the third one I have bought and I love it as much now as I did when I bought the first one. 

I also bought Maybellines Dream Touch Blush in shade 02. I went for this as I already have quite red checks so I just wanted something to even it out. 

Then I caught a glimpse on the Maxfactor products and bought there powder in shade 05, translucent which I have used ever since I started wearing makeup and I was running low on. Its great to stop the horrible shine from concealer and foundation and gives a natural, lasting coverage.  

Sorry, what ever I tried I couldn't get it without the horrible
reflection with my basic camera.

Then Rimmel's bronzing powder looked quite nice so I thought I would give it a go as I have never really used a bronzer.

I then went on the look for a new makeup remover and came across this 2in1 from Garnier which claims to remove makeup and also target imperfections.

And then I walked past the Real Technique brushes. As always, I tried not to look but when I saw they were on buy one get one half price meaning I would save £11, they jumped into my shopping basket and never looked back. I wanted the core collection and planned to hold off until christmas when I knew I could ask for them or spend christmas money on and then at some other point save up for the starter set. 

As you can see in the picture I quickly tried some of the core collection brushes and I can't wait to give them all a go now. 

I'm planning to do a Real techniques review in the next few weeks once I have given them all a fair try.

Have you bought any beauty items recently? Let me know in the comments.  

P.S. Let me know any posts you would like to see soon it the comments.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Liebster Award

Hello everyone, I recently got nominated for the Liebster award which I find super exciting knowing that someone appreciates my blog that much to nominate me and its all thank to this lovely girl who nominated me, so thank you ever so much. 


1. You must link the blogger who nominated you.

2. You must answer 10 questions given to you by your nominee.

3. You must choose 10 bloggers (who all have less than 20 followers) to be nominated for the award. 

4. You must then come up with 10 questions you would like your nominees to answer. 

5. Once you have done this, you must go to their blogs and let them know you have nominated them for this award.

My questions to answer:

1. What or who inspires you? My mum, she is a big inspiration to me.

2. What kind of blogs do you enjoy reading the most? I really enjoy lifestyle, beauty and fashion posts hence why I write about them all.

3. Which brand of cheap cosmetics and which brand of high-end cosmetics do you prefer? I really love a lot of drugstore cosmetic brands. I always give own brands a go including Superdrug's (British drugstore's) own brand face masks which I regularly use and love. As for high-end make up I don't really go there as there are so many cheaper options out there that I want to explore first.

4. Which nail polish brand do you love? Rimmel and Barry M any day of the week but I really want to try Essie nail polishes as I have heard such good things about them.

5. Laid back or preppy fashion looks? Well today i'm wearing my grey dress from Topshop (shown in this post) but I do live and die in my Joni jeans (Topshop) and a casual top dressed up with jewellery if i'm going out but it varies. 

6. Which fashion trend do you practice the most? I often keep it quite safe but again it varies so much.

7. What kind of music do you listen to? What is popular in your country? I listen to chart music a bit but I love anyone from one direction to Adele.

8. What is your goal to achieve in the future? To be happy and live a worry free (as much as possible) life.

9. Are you subscribed to any beauty/fashion/fitness blogs and you think we should check them? I am subscribed to Sprinkle Of Glitter, Zoella, Sofia's Journal and  A Thrify Mrs. They are probably my favourite big blogs but also check out the small blogs that I have nominated!

10. Where are you going on vacation? Do you prefer sea, lake or mountains? I might be going to Devon this summer. I'm a very outdoorsy kind of person so all of them really. 

I nominate:

Now I know that's only two but all the other blogs that I love either have more than 20 followers or have already been nominated.

My questions to you are:

1. What is your favourite item in your wardrobe at the moment?

2. If you could only buy from one makeup brand ever again which brand would it be and why?

3. Why did you start blogging?

4. What is your favorite type of blog post to write? (e.g. fashion, beauty, life etc)

5. Who is your favorite blogger?

6. What kind of blog posts do you enjoy reading the most?

7. What is your goal with your blog?

8. What is your favourite shop?

9. Do you prefer red or pink lipstick?

10. What is the most high end makeup product you own and what is the cheapest makeup product you own?

Even if I haven't nominated your blog let me know your blog name so I can have a look and feel free to answer the questions above. I will be sure to take a look and leave a comment on the post if you do.

You should all go and check out the lovely Anja's blog as she was so lovely as to nominate me!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Recently on Instagram #1

Hello everyone, I'm thinking of possibly starting a little series to celebrate having hit a three digit follow number on instagram. Every few months I will do an update of what I have been posting on instagram in a few sentences for each snap I have taken. This is the first one and depending on what you think it will be the first of many or the first and final.  

My instagram is slightly themed which isn't everyone's cup of tea but I usually don't have a great deal of exciting things to take pictures of! I post products that I would recommend and things I love (as well as the very occasional selfie).   

If you want to see these pictures without the huge numbers on then click HERE.

1) Favourite mascara by Maxfactor, Clump Defy by False Lash Effect in black

2) New skater skirt from my resent shopping haul (post here) and my tanned legs in the sun

3) Clean on my shower gel by soap and glory (mentioned in this post here) which I love  

4) A Toni and Guy bag that I got a few Christmas' ago that had some beauty products in but that I now use for storage on show in my room. What do you think of the bag?

5) Grey top (shown in this posts here) from Topshop that I love, love, love!

6) My ugly mug because everyone has a selfie on instagram, right?

7) A little painted tag with the quote 'happiness is homemade' which I think is so true

8) A yummy chocolate milkshake balancing dangerously on my duvet

9) And finally Soap and Glorys heal genius that I always rave about (including in this post here)

Let me know your instagram by following me and by leaving a comment on one of my pictures saying 'I follow your blog' and will be sure to follow your instagram back.