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23 Aug 2014

Recent Purchases #2

Recent Beauty Purchases

It has been just over three months since I last featured any new products that I have purchased. Back then I think I alluded to the fact that I was trying to save a bit and not spend as freely as I had been doing and I have to say I think I've done pretty well. Of course I had a birthday pop up in between that time period which made not buying any treats a lot easier.

There are a few items here that are necessary in my eyes whereby Batiste Dry Shampoo makes an appearance once again along with a repurchase of the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer. Speaking of Seventeen there was an offer running in Boots when I picked these up a few days ago so I also picked up the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint which I'd heard quite a lot about. Sadly I have tried this already and my first impression isn't that great. I've tried it under my eyes to help combat those dark circles but I find it to be quite a dry formula which made it difficult to blend in such a fragile area. I will persevere with it and apply a more hydrating eye cream in that area to see if it helps somewhat but at the moment I'm not too impressed.

Along with products that are easily obtained in Boots I also on a whim picked up a lip liner from Rimmel. This wasn't a planned purchase however seeing as I don't own any lip liners and have being wearing lipstick more I decided it was time to invest in one. I say invest like it was a pricey purchase but this was super cheap and has turned out to be quite a nice liner too. The Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in the shade Eastend Snob was the shade that appealed to me most as it is a mauve pink nude which happens to be one of my favourite shades to wear so I knew it would suit a lot of my lipsticks that I own.

Onto more luxurious treats I had saved some of my birthday money to treat myself to something from Charlotte Tilbury. I decided on the blusher 'Sex on Fire' as the muted pink tones will complement my skin tone nicely and should work really well for the autumn time. The lipstick was a prize that I won from the beautiful Aimee a few weeks ago, she helped me pick out the shade 'Bitch Perfect' which as the name would suggest is pretty perfect. If you like your nude shades like me then this is definitely a shade that will appeal to you.

What have you treated yourself to recently?


21 Aug 2014

London Retro Carnaby

London Retro Carnaby London Retro Carnaby Glasses

These days I'm finding that I have to wear my glasses more and more as I tend to be on the computer a lot and also find myself watching too many episodes of the Tudors on Netflix. Luckily for me wearing glasses isn't quite the fashion woe it once was as there are so many frames around these days that we're often spoilt for choice. The London Retro Carnaby* frames were kindly sent to me a couple of weeks ago which happened to be perfect timing considering I was on the lookout for some new frames after my prescription had once again changed.

I've always been a fan of the somewhat retro thick black frame so of course this was something I opted for on this occasion. Seeing as I wear glasses for driving, watching TV, lectures and being on the computer I wanted a frame that I was going to feel comfortable in as I would be wearing them quite a lot. I have to say that I have not been disappointed with this frame at all or indeed the prescription lenses that were put in for me for the purpose of this review. The quality is perfect and really impressed me as I did wonder what they would be like. Of course when popping on a new pair of glasses with my correct prescription in it was like a whole new revelation, my garden had never looked so crisp and green! You never quite realise just how much your prescription can change until you put on your new pair.

The frame itself is light weight and feels comfortable to wear even after a few hours watching one too many episodes of The Tudors (I'm obsessed). Arriving in a sturdy well-presented case I feel I have a really good quality pair of glasses here that will not only last me a long time but will also look on trend and smart too.

Glasses Direct has a huge range of glasses online whereby I have to say the London Retro range has really captured my interest. With a wide variety of frames for both men and women there is a style that I'm sure would appeal to everyone on there. Of course there are plenty of other brands on there too so it's worth having a look if you're in the market for some new specs!


20 Aug 2014

The Harry Potter Tag

Harry Potter Tag

Out of all of the tags that I have ever taken part in I have to say categorically that this one has had me the most excited. The Harry Potter Tag is pure brilliance if you ask me, of course being a complete and utter Harry Potter nerd this isn't much of a surprise. I found this over on Make Up Etc by Louise so be sure to head over to her blog to see what her answers were.

1. What is your favourite book?

The answer for the first question was quite easy for me as hands down my favourite book has to be The Order Of The Phoenix. For me this is the book where things start to get real serious! After the devastation of book four where Voldermort made his return and we have the loss of a Hogwarts student I find that book five sets us all on the path whereby we start to see the beginning of a new war against Voldermort. Book five delves so much deeper into the plot and creates a much darker world of magic that we have up until this moment not experienced.

2. What is your favourite film?

For me my favourite film would have to be the last, as despite being a huge fan of the books I found myself not really being that struck on the films. Having said that as the actors got older and matured I did enjoy them a lot more.

3. What is your least favourite book?

My least favourite book is definitely the first one simply because it is the first one and so much happens throughout the series that it's hard for me to revert back to the beginning. I do however love re-reading the scene where Harry first finds out that he is a wizard and where Ron and Harry first meet Hermoine. I find it so magical how such good friends they all become after they fight the troll in the dungeon. 

4. What is your least favourite film?

Again I have to say my least favourite film is the first one, simply because the actors are so young. Sorry.

5. Which parts of the books/films made you cry?

In all honesty there haven't been any parts that have made me cry although I was beyond gutted when a certain character fell through the veil. 

6. If you could hook up with any character who would it be?

Sirius Black. Let me tell you MY Sirius Black is pretty handsome to say the least.

7. Who is your favourite character?

This question is incredibly tough because I have so much love for so many of the characters in the books that I find it hard to narrow it down to just the one. Starting off with Harry he is the hero of the books and will always be, his courage, bravery and kindness are all traits that I admire. Ron has made me laugh out loud so many times that it is untrue, especially when paired up with his two twin brothers Fred and George. Hermoine was a character  that it took a little for me to warm to however I grew to love her and actually found bits of myself in her at times throughout the series. I'm a bit of a stickler for rules, I love my books like her and always got my work in on time. Outside of the magnificent trio I actually really liked the character Bellatrix Lestrange, I know she was a bad gal but something about her really intrigued me. It doesn't help that one of my favourite actresses played her on screen; Helena Bonham Carter made the perfect Bellatrix.

8. Who is your least favourite character?

My least favourite character would have to be Rita Skeeter without a doubt. Whilst she was an incredible character in terms of a role I found her ruthlessness and lies to be such a horrible trait, I loathed her! Writing that sentence made me also think of Umbridge, what a cruel woman she was. I hope the Centaurs got their revenge!

9. What is your least favourite line?

I have no least favourite line however if I had to pick one I would choose 'all was well', this is because it is the last line of a truly incredible series.

10. What would your Patronus be?

I'm not entirely sure here however I'd like to think it would be of the feline variety.  Some of you may know that I'm a huge cat lover.

11. If you could have the invisibility cloak, resurrection stone or elder wand, which would you choose?

The Elder Wand. 

12. What house would you be in?

I'd like to think I'd be a Gryffindor as when it comes down to it I know I can be brave, honest! Having said that I think whilst sitting under the sorting hat I think he would be toying between Ravenclaw and Gryffindor for me as I'm quite into education and like achieving academic success. Although because you can effectively pick where you want to go (Harry pretty much did) I'd definitely pick Gryffindor.

13. If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be?

Helena Bonham Carter.

14. If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?

I'd be a Chaser! That looks like such a good role to play and reminds me of netball only on a broomstick.

15. Were you happy with the ending?

I'm going out on a limb here and saying no. Where the film is concerned I wish it had simply ended with all three of them on the bridge at Hogwarts where Harry snaps the Elder Wand. For the books I didn't really want to see into the future, as I still wanted more; I also found Harry's child's name to be a bit cheesy.

16. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

A lot. I don't think I can quite express to anybody just how much this series of books means to me. I started reading them when I was 11 years old and grew up with them into adulthood. To this day I will continue to read Harry Potter, it's part of my heart.

You're all tagged! Please do let me know if you do this as I would truly love to read your answers.

" For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud" - Albus Dumbledore


18 Aug 2014

LUSH Tea Tree Water

LUSH Tea Tree Water

For a long time I had read such good things about the LUSH Tea Tree Toner that even I find myself quite surprised at just how long it took me to hand over my pennies in store. At the beginning of June I attended a blogger event whereby part of the day involved a little lock in at the Birmingham LUSH store. Along with a few other ladies I had the privilege of being toured around the store and was able to hear about the products from the super friendly and enthusiastic staff that worked there. 

Whilst I was having a browse at the products on offer I found myself coming face to face with this toner, yes that toner that people raved about. At £3.95 for the small bottle I quickly placed this into my rather full basket and made my way to the checkout before I spotted anything else to add to my bag.

The LUSH Tea Tree Toner is an antibacterial and antiseptic based toner which is aimed at those with oily or spot prone skin. Of course having a complexion that is prone to a few break outs here and there this product appealed to me quite a lot, I also really liked the sound of the antibacterial properties because before this product came into my life nothing in my routine (that I can think of) had these properties. Being within a spray bottle I was a bit sceptical at how I would get on with this as in the past I've not been a fan of this particular form of application, I can simply never get used to water being sprayed in my face. Having said that I found that this product applied nicely and if I held it not too close to my face I was able to achieve a nice fine mist of toner which felt quite nice. 

Generally I tend to use this of an evening after I have cleansed and before I use my serum and night cream. I'm not entirely sure if I'm using it at the correct time therefore feel free to correct me on that one. The toner itself feels nice as I have mentioned and smells quite refreshing; overall it is a product that I do look forward to using at night time. Since I have incorporated this product into my regime I have to say I have noticed that my break outs have reduced. I'm not going to full out say that this is completely down to this product alone although personally I do think it has made quite a difference to my skin.

At the moment it is a product that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again and again, it's super cheap, it lasts a long time and is effective on my skin. Of course as always LUSH products are cruelty free which is something I do like to support where I can; that's just one more positive thing about this product. In terms of packaging this sports the traditional black plastic of LUSH products which is something I don't really mind, it's iconic to the brand and makes them stand out which is something I like.

So there we have it, yet another LUSH product that has made its way into my home; this is becoming a habit. What else should I try?

16 Aug 2014

Folli Follie My Festival Style

Festival Outfit Festival Summer Summer Festival Summer Festival Floral Crown Folli Follie Watch Summer Festival Accessories

Top: New Look, Maxi Skirt: New Look, Sandals: Asos, Watch: c/o Folli Follie, Necklace: c/o Folli Follie



It's a sad fact that I have never been to a festival (insert sad face here)! One day I hope this will change as I would absolutely love to attend Glastonbury, I wouldn't even mind camping. For now and for the foreseeable future though I will continue to look wistfully at all the pretty clothes and try not to be too jealous at all the great bands that people will be seeing across the country this year. Folli Follie luckily came to my rescue a few weeks ago and has allowed me to embrace the festival mood this year with some beautiful accessories and gorgeous beauty products to help me on my way to a festival inspired outfit.

For my festival outfit I was kindly sent a Floral Headband* from New Look, the Urban Decay Basics Palette* and the Umberto Giannini Glam Hair* along with a L'Oreal Paris Color Infallible Lipstick* in a beautiful summer red to help put together my festival make up look. Having never owned the Naked Basics Palette I have to say I think it is incredible and is so much smaller than I had imagined. Personally I think it would be the perfect palette to take away on your travels throughout the year, particularly at a festival due to its compact size; the nude tones are simply stunning and blend beautifully.

I wanted my outfit to be quite light with an almost boho vibe to it as I simply adore that type of festival look that I see so often from articles online. Due to this I decided on a simple plain maxi skirt from New Look which I purchased at the beginning of this week therefore it is still available if you've taken a shine to it. It is in truth more orange than is depicted in the pictures above due to the filter on my pictures however it is still absolutely gorgeous and adds a very bold colour to my otherwise understated wardrobe. I'm now most certainly on the lookout for a black one (that didn't last long) as I have found this to be really comfortable to wear. Keeping the theme relatively simple I stuck to a white vest top and white sandals to keep myself somewhat colour coordinated. In order to finish off the outfit completely I wore the Carma Necklace* and the absolutely stunning Watchalicious Watch* which hasn't left my wrist since it arrived; it truly is a beautiful piece of jewellery.

Up until now I have never owned any rose gold jewellery, of which I'm well aware it is quite the blogger favourite. I have to say I have fallen for it hook, line and sinker after experiencing these beautiful items from Folli Follie! These jewellery items are quite simply stunning and of course the watch for me completely steals the show.

Whilst it is great to envisage a beautiful summer day listening to your favourite bands with your friends at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, all whilst dressed up in your perfectly planned festival outfit I think we all need to remember that this is the UK. It may be worth packing those wellingtons just in case!

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Are you going to any festivals this year?