Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Sunday Post: 'No Make-up' Make-up

This was a make up look I wore last week and I didn't realise straight away that it was one of those 'no make-up' make-up looks. I thought I should share with you which products I used, all are affordable and really good! 
After cleansing & moisturizing I applied Rimmel London's Match Perfection Foundation in Classic Ivory all over my face with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I am in love with this brush as it is literally the best thing to apply your foundation with, you can really buff it into your skin and it just makes your complexion look flawless. Next, I used Rimmel London's Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder in Transparent just over my t-zone to control any shininess. I really love transparent powders because you know they're not going to affect the shade of your foundation and make your colour look a bit funny. This one is really good and definitely controls shine for a good few hours. Rimmel London's Scandaleyes Micro Eyeliner is my eyeliner of choice at the moment (a full review of this is coming soon!) because the felt tip-like end is so easy to draw super thin lines with or you can really build up a big cat flick. I will also be reviewing Bourjois Paris Dark Kohl Mascara soon as well but this mascara is pretty good. The wand has basically two balls on it with spikes on the end so you can get those tiny hairs... I didn't use much of it in this look but you can really go for a few coats and it volumises & curls really well. Lastly, the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint Concealer is one of the best concealers I have ever tried, you can read my full review here. It is literally amazing at covering my under eye bags and I even apply it on to any blemishes I have. When I first bought this I was just applying it with my finger but I recently heard about using the Real Techniques Foundation Brush to apply concealer in little pots like this... I don't like using Foundation Brushes to apply Foundation but concealer on the other hand, it's like a match made in heaven!

What are your make up choices for a 'no make-up' make-up look?

Lots of love,

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Wishlist #11 - Birthday

As its my birthday on the 25th of this month I decided to have a little look online to see if there was anything that I wanted... well nearly two hours later & an official wishlist is put together which I thought I would share.

1. Nars Sheer Glow - I have been lusting after this foundation for a very long time now but I'm afraid I just cannot justify spending £30... I have heard its so amazingly good I just want to try it for myself! So if anyone would like to buy it for me you're very welcome to! :)
2. New Look Floral Shirt - I'm not usually a shirt wearer - I wear denim shirts over tops and occassionally a check/tartan/plaid whatever u wanna call it shirt, but nothing like this. I think the pattern is amazing, its just like a black floral pattern with some birds flying around as well and I just thought it was pretty cool. I think it would look really nice thrown over some leggings with some black pumps or boots for a Spring afternoon. 
3. ELF Eyebrow Kit - I don't actually own any ELF make up despite it being ridiculously affordable. This cute little brow kit is just £4?! Not only is that a massive bargain but I've heard this product is very good...
4. Real Techniques Starter Kit - I included this in a wishlist a couple of months back and I still haven't got my hands on this kit :( I really think it would complete my life. I'm not much of an eyeshadow wearer, the most I do to my eyes is put on eyeliner & mascara but I'm sure I could find other ways to make use of the brushes... the angled brush I could use for eyeliner or my brows, the eyeshadow brushes I could use for concealer... there are endless options!
5. Topshop Floral Skirt - oh my goodness how cute is this skirt?! When I saw it I literally started thinking what I could wear with it and what I could wear it for so I think its safe to say I really need it in my life? I love the ditsy floral print and its just so perfect for Spring even though its mostly black.
6. ELF Concealer Palette - Oh, another ELF product... this time it is the Complete Coverage Concealer Palette which Kayleigh at Couture Girl briefly reviewed in her February Favourites! After reading about it I immediately wanted to buy it because concealer is one of my favourite make up products; it can make you go from looking like a zombie to slightly alive in seconds! Also, this little palette being £4 just seems so tempting! Maybe i'll buy it right... now...
7. Marc Jacobs Daisy 'Delight Edition' - Marc Jacobs is god. He makes perfect smelling perfumes, beautiful watches & amazing bags. Daisy is my number one perfume and this new Delight Edition being released for Spring/Summer just has my name written all over it. Plus, I am loving the blue tint on the bottle.
8. New Look Selfie Sweater - I have been looking for a mint green jumper/sweater for about a month or so now and I love this sweater from New Look. Having Selfie on it just makes it so much cooler. I need it in my life.
9. Topshop Mom Jeans - Topshop are the only place whose jeans I actually get on well with. Its just a shame they're slightly not very affordable... or is that me just being a bit stingy? I tried on a pair of Mom jeans well over 6 months ago, loved them, but didn't end up buying them. Why? I don't know. But here we are again and I really want this pair because they seem like the perfect blue which isn't too light or too dark... I'm rambling now. Basically I just really want these! Their fit is so flattering and they really remind me of the jeans Rachel wears in Friends (which is my favourite TV show ever)!
10. River Island Pug Socks - If you know me well then you know I love pugs so I don't really need to explain why these are on here... these socks would make me so happy.
11. Clarks Tan Brogues - Today I went into Clarks with my mum as she wanted a new pair of boots & I spotted these beauty's... how amazing are they? I fell in love and tried them on but £55 for a pair of brogues is quite steep in my eyes so I sadly put them back on the shelf. I'm not entirely sure when I would wear these though because I either wear my converse or my uggs, there is no in between... but they are just so lovely and they felt so comfortable.

If you have any of the beauty products mentioned please let me know what you're thoughts are? :)

Lots of love,

Friday, 7 March 2014

'The Blogger Made Me Buy It' Tag


I saw this tag a while ago on Cat's blog and thought ooh yeah ill do that and then just never got round to it until we were chatting and she said I should do it... so here we are! I really like the idea of tags because I think it gives readers an insight to what that person is like and they're really fun :)

1. Who are your most influential bloggers?
I have to say I actually find Lily Melrose quite influential because I think she is very honest & truthful in her reviews and when she says something is good I feel like I need to buy it! I also always turn to Sophia at Tattooed Tealady because she just reviews everything! From high street skincare to high-end make up shes reviewed it and she talks about products in so much detail I find it really helpful because you can know how to use something before you've even purchased it.

2. Do you buy products solely on the result of one review from your favourite blogger, or do you look for more reviews from other bloggers?
I definitely try and find as many reviews as I can, purely because I think the more you know about a product the better & you don't want to buy something on a whim that one person has says its good then its really not, and you've wasted money on something you're not going to use again.

3. What is your most favourite item you have bought as a consequence of blogs?
Definitely Bioderma! Is that a rubbish answer? I don't care... When I first started blogging in April of last year it was up & coming then and everyone was trying it. It got to the point where I bit the bullet & just purchased and I haven't looked back. I have recently tried the L'oreal micellar water and it really isn't as gentle & soothing as Bioderma. So definitely Bioderma!

4. What is your least favourite item you have bought as a consequence of blogs?
I'm going to have to go with L'oreal telescopic wings mascara... lots of bloggers out there rave about this mascara and I've seen it on other people and it looks amazing but unfortunately it just does not work well on my lashes... It doesn't curl them or add volume or do anything, which is a shame because I am a massive mascara junkie and I thought it would be amazing but it wasn't :(

5. Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs?
Last weekend I went shopping and picked up the new Bourjois dark kohl mascara because I've heard it's really good... Review to follow! I also got the new Rimmel London Scandaleyes eyeliner which I haven't actually used yet. I don't really buy new make up often - believe it or not - but not so long ago I bought the Rimmel London Apocalips in shade Across the Universe which I love! I really want to buy more colours! I read so many good reviews on the Seventeen Phwoarr paint under eye concealer so I bought that a couple of weeks ago and have been loving it.My 5th & final item I have bought would have to be Rimmel's match perfection foundation - I have used it before but a couple of years back now and I read some reviews which said it was still amazing so I re-purchased.

6. Have you ever given in to blogger hype? If so, what hype?
I don't actually think I have? I'm sure after I publish this I'll go 'oh yeah i remember now' but I really don't think i have given in to a hype. 

7. Have you ever avoided blogger hype? If so, what hype?
Yes... I have avoided the Urban Decay palettes purely because I am not a massive eyeshadow wearer - I wear it sometimes for a night out if I'm feeling like it - and I just couldn't justify spending over £30 for something which I would probably use once a month.

8. Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews, or are there some items you buy without checking a review?
Most of the time yes, however if I am desperately in need of something, eyeliner for example, I will just run into a Boots or Superdrug and head straight to Rimmel or Collection without thinking because I know their products don't let me down.

Well, I really enjoyed this tag. It made me really think about my buying habits and how much i think about things. A couple of the questions I found hard to answer because I don't really buy make up that often (mainly because I cant afford it...)  and I'm not the most experimental person when it comes to make up looks haha.
Anyways, if you decided to do this tag let me know in the comments because I will be interested to see your answers :)

Lots of love,

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Pancake Day

I do realise that Pancake day has now been & gone but I just wanted to share my pancakes because Pancake day is definitely one of my favourite days of the year because you HAVE to eat pancakes? Even though I eat pancakes whenever I want really... anyways here are some pics :)

I decided to have the simple, yet effective Nutella & Banana... yummy!

The first pancake didn't turn out too well...

Here is the second pancake! For some reason they all had holes in the middle because the middle of the batter decided to stick to the pan even though we used oil? Very strange...

Nom, nom!!! I could only manage two pancakes because they are so filling?! But now as I am writing this reminiscing I am feeling like I want more pancakes?

So, for lent I said I was going to give up chocolate but I went out for dinner with my dad yesterday and ordered profiteroles for dessert without even realising.. and they were literally covered in chocolate sauce. So yeah, that went out the window. There is always next year!!

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


Tanya Burr is one of my favourite bloggers/vloggers/youtubers... whatever you wanna call her! She is hilarious, beautiful and seems like a lovely, genuine person. So when she announced she was bringing out a nails & lipgloss range I was so excited to get my hands on some of it! 

Let me just say that lip gloss isn't really one of my must have make-up items but I do love a red lip, so i went for the shade 'Vampire Kiss'. Colour wise it is very red & its a shame but that picture doesn't show it properly :(. It smells INCREDIBLE... like strawberries & cream? You just want to eat it! Lasting time is pretty good also for a gloss as it lasts a fair 3 or so hours before you have to re-apply. It is very moisturising on the lips and doesn't feel too sticky like some other lip glosses do. In terms of future purchases I have got my eyes on 'Afternoon Tea' which is a lovely subtle pale pink colour which will give just some shine and 'Exotic Island' which is a very vibrant purple/pink shade. 

Next up we have nails...


I know what you're thinking... I couldn't have picked two more similar shades! Well when they arrived my words were 'oh well that was silly...' because on the website New York Night did not look as dark as it is! 'New York Night' is a very, very dark red almost black and 'Midnight Sparkles' is a dark shimmery purple. I haven't actually worn these on my fingernails as i have acrylics on at the moment but i have painted my toenails so i can tell you all about that haha. Unfortunately I do have a couple of concerns... firstly, the brush is very thin so doesn't hold a lot of polish and doesn't actually coat the nail in one swipe. Secondly, I have read this on other blogs and it is quite strange, if you can see in that picture above there is a circular lid within the square lid and sometimes this comes apart and sometimes it doesn't which i just find a bit annoying. Apart from that, the colours are gorgeous and next on my list is 'Little Duck' which is a beautiful mint green colour and 'Penguin Chic' which is a simple grey colour perfect for this time of year.

If you are interested in buying some of Tanya Burr's range you can get them here

Lots of love,

Monday, 3 March 2014

February Photo Diary

OOTE // girls // the most amazing waffle ever... // ...and the nicest chocolate milkshake // roses from my boy on Valentines day <3 // make up for valentines meal // afternoon tea // girls // Loughborough OOTE // nails

February saw me quit my job, get a new job and get my old job back all in the space of 2 weeks... lets just say sometimes big & popular companies aren't that great to work for & I am much, much happier back where i was :). I had a couple of outings. One for my friends cousin who was up from Brighton so we all decided to go out which is the first two pictures! Secondly, I went to an amazing pancake/waffle/burger/cocktail house in Potters Bar called Pottys Pancakes; if you have never been and you are from around that area... GO! It is literally amazing. I am hoping to go back soon for a burger, a cocktail, and another waffle! On Valentines day I was surprised with a big bunch of roses delivered to my house from my boyfriend; roses are my absolute favourite and I love that he always gets me roses :) We went to an amazing steak restaurant in Leicester Square called Steak & Co. It was so romantic & we was going to stay out and have a few drinks but the weather was absolutely atrocious on Valentines day so unfortunately we came straight home, but it was a lovely evening! :) The day after Valentines day two of my friends held an Afternoon Tea Valentines day inspired theme and it was really nice to all catch up, drink tea and eat lots of rubbish! Two of my friends both turned 22 in the space of a couple of weeks so last weekend we piled in two cars and drove up to Loughborough for the weekend! It was such a fun weekend & Loughborough is seriously a good night out. In the day we went shopping in Leicester which was only about half an hour away and we got some lunch & just chilled. It was so nice for us all to get away and spend an actual weekend together because we never do anything like that :)

Lots of love,

Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Sunday Post: Byron Burger at Westfields


Yesterday, me & mum decided on a little shopping spree to Westfields... and yes we did shop a little too hard! We decided to eat lunch before we started shopping so we decided on Byron. I had never been before and heard very good things about their burgers! Boy oh boy was it good. I just had a relatively simple cheddar cheese burger which was piled high with salad (yuck) that I quickly removed. They also did a plain burger; the Byron burger which had everything but the kitchen sink in it and a Bacon and cheese medley. Not only that but they had the nicest french fries I have ever tasted. Mum ordered a chicken caesar salad and the sauce was delicious... I may have pinched some to taste!

Being Saturday lunch time it was rather busy so we was told the only place to sit was at the bar... not a problem with me! It was such fun watching the chefs busying about, flipping burgers & throwing cheese around! The atmosphere was really good and there was plenty of staff bustling about tending to the customers which i love. I cannot stand it in a restaurant where there is only 2 or 3 waiters hanging around. 

After being filled up on burgers, fries, chicken & lettuce we ventured down to the shops. We took advantage of Boots 3 for 2 offer and I did some damage in Urban Outfitters... it was a very lovely Saturday :)

Hope you've had a good weekend!

Lots of love,