December 26, 2011

Christmas!





A quick post to say hello and Happy Christmas! I've been home for the last few days and therefore slacking on the blogging front. Can't really motivate myself to do anything but sit around watching Christmas specials and eating more chocolate than any human being should! I've been beyond spoilt this year and thought I'd share with you a few snaps of what I was given, including the gorgeous naked palette which I've been wanting for months now and some other lovely bits and bobs. I know there's going to be hundreds of these kinds of posts but nosey me loves them so I'm sure some of you will too! I hope everyones having a lovely time and I'll hopefully be back to posting soon!


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December 20, 2011

Candy Cane



Models Own Snow White, 17 Risky Red

After becoming a little obsessed with stripey nails thanks to the nail wraps I got in November's Glossybox I decided to get a little festive with some candy cane inspired nails. Just add one tacky christmas jumper and voila! Really want to try some Dainty Nails inspired fair isle print but I don't think my artistic capabilities extend quite that far.

December 18, 2011

This Week #12






This week has been a pretty cosy one. I've been tucked up in bed with my regular christmas flu which has (fingers crossed) almost gone now ready for the big day! Highlights of the week include me finishing my first MAC palette, sad little achivement I know. I found a few eyeshadows going on a blog sale for £5.00 each so I decided it was time my poor single little eyeshadow should have some company. From left to right, they are: Mythology, Woodwinked, All That Glitters and Cranberry. I caved and bought the Korres lip balm I mentioned in my last Wishlist too. Its really moisturising and smells delicious! Gives a really lovely pinky tint to the lips too.

The weather's been so awful this week I've been so glad I've stayed at home. So much rain! I wish it would just snow already. I've gotten really into lighting candles at the moment. There's nothing cosier than sitting in a room with a few glowing candles and a fully lit christmas tree. After hearing so many people mention it I really want to get the Christmas Cookie one from Yankee. Aslo found my first Christmas present under the tree. Exciting!

And of course, to finish, the obligatory hot chocolate of the week shot. This time with marshmallows.


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December 13, 2011

Across The Universe



Top: This Fashion Is Mine
Skirt: Dorothy Perkins
Bird Skull Necklace: Covet


I've been itching to get my hands on this top ever since Gwen posted about them on her blog about a month ago, and after a few frustrating out of stock moments I managed to get my hands on one! It reminds me a lot of the iconic Urban Outfitters Leopard Cross Tee that I've been pondering over for a while now, but with a galaxy twist that I think I prefer.

I tried it on with the standard black denim shorts/skirt, but thought I'd mix it up a bit with this mustard midi and my Allegras, which I haven't worn in so long! I've been into the longer length skirts recently as they're a bit cosier in the cold. Just need to master taking full length shots now!


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December 12, 2011

Wishlist #08


1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 6

01. My favorite from the Model's own Beetlejuice collection. It was between this and Pinky Brown. Not sure if I like any of the others though. Also, could then not have given them better names?

02. I've heard this stuff is amazing and I've always wanted to try something from Korres. You can never have too many lip balms!

03. How good do the Topshop nail art pens look? They seem to be more of like a felt tip than a nib that the polish comes out of, like the Models Own WAH ones. Really want to try these!

04. Love all these slipper style shoes around at the moment, especially the much coveted Topshop Vectra's which seem to be sold out everywhere. These River Island leopard ones would make a good substitute though.

05. I never wear bracelets but I saw this dainty little cross bangle on Asos the other day which I've been thinking about buying all week.

06. A little bit of a guilty pleasure, and I have no idea what I'd wear with them, but I DESPERATELY want some aztec leggings!

December 09, 2011

Cleansers: Best and Worst




Cleansers! I can't seem to get enough of them. I think they're up there with foundations as my most purchased items. I've bought some that I love, and some that have just been a complete waste of money, so I thought I'd share the best and worst with you.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: I don't think I need to go into too much detail with this one. I've mentioned it in a post before and everyone and their mum seems to have raved about it. I've tried a lot of other hot cloth cleansers thinking they'd be just as good, but nothing really compares to this one. It smells beautiful and although it's a thick, creamy cleanser, it leaves skin unbelievably refreshed and takes away every scrap of make up!

Botanics Soothing Cleansing Balm: This is similar to the Liz Earle as you wipe it off with a cloth soaked in warm water, but as the name would suggest,it has the consistency of a really thick balm, something I've never come across in another cleanser. You massage it on and it melts away any make up and impurities on the face and leaves skin super soft and radiant after its polished off.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap: In the mornings I prefer to use more of a lathering cleanser to really wake up my skin and the Liquid facial soap is one of the few I've found that doesn't dry out my skin. It takes away everything without leaving that horrible tight feeling. Really need to buy a new one of these as I'm down to squeezing out the last of a sample tube!



And on to the worst...

Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Cleansing Lotion: I bought this thinking it would be a really quick and easy cleanser to pop on a cotton wool pad and take everything off. However, when I tried it it basically did nothing. It was heavy, smelt horrible and didn't take off any of my make up leaving my skin feeling anything but refreshed. I never really understood cleansers that aren't used with water and after trying this I'll be staying away from them in the future.

Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser: I had such high hopes for this as I love Burt's Bees as a brand and had heard a lot of good reviews. But when I used it, it didn't lather up as I expected it too and just felt sticky and oily on my skin. It was hard to wash off as well and left my skin with a really greasy residue that wouldn't come off until I exfoliated it away. I was so gutted because it smells heavenly, but it just didn't do anything for me.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam: I'm really on the fence about this cleanser as I do still use it occasionally. A few months ago my skin got really awful and I invested in the whole Anti-Blemish range from Clinique. After about a week of using them though, it was even worse. I have quite oily skin most of the time, but it was becoming dry and flakey, and the blemishes weren't even much better. I stopped using it right away and my skin went back to normal and actually cleared up on its own. Also, because it comes out as a foam, there was nothing substantial to it and it pretty much just dissolved away. Because of this, I really don't believe spots and blemishes should be treated with really strong and abrasive skincare that's designed to strip every last drop of oil away. In fact, I've found that adding oil to my routine helps even out the tone and imperfections better than something acne-targeted. I do use this every now and then for a few days after my Cleanse & Polish if my skin is becoming overly oily but I wouldn't reccomend this as a main cleanser.

December 06, 2011

This Week #11





01. Went a little Christmas mad this week. If you follow my twitter you might have seen that my tree went up well before December. Its my first Christmas away from home and I've spent all week decorating our flat with as many lights as possible. No doubt the electricity bill is going to be astronomical this month.

02. Rediscovered my love for profiteroles at Pizza Hut, after a long day of shopping. Stuffed my face so much I could barely walk to the car. Gotta love eating double your weight in pastry and cream.

03. I've wanted a Casio style watch for ages, and saw this one on Asos a while ago. Annoyingly when I went to buy it it was out of stock. Isn't that the worst thing? Luckily though as if it was meant to be I found it going on eBay for half the price. I've had a few comments about it being a little 'bling', but I love it!

04. My hands have been so dry and chapped ever since it started getting colder and most of the hand creams I own haven't been making much of a difference. I saw Fleur mention the Banana version of this in her Winter Skin Saviours post and popped in to boots fully intending to buy it when I casually tried this Almond and Beeswax hand cream next to it and fell in love. I don't think words can describe how good this smells! Like sugary sweet marzipan. Its very thick and greasy, but left my hands super soft and nourished. I've been putting a thick layer on over night and waking up with chap free hands.

05. I bought this Turban style headband from Asos but can't decide if it makes me look like an idiot or not. Keeps my ears toasty warm though!

06. More food porn, and what I thought was just an ordinary muffin that turned out to be chocolate orange heaven. Beautiful!


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December 01, 2011

Face Atelier Ultra Foundation


Sigma Round Top Synthetic Kabuki F82, Face Atelier Ultra Foundation #1 Porcelain

Despite owning more foundations than most would think humanly possible, I've recently found myself in a bit of a rut, not having a favorite that I automatically go to everyday. I love my Estée Lauder Double Wear, but its too heavy for a long day at work. Illamasqua Skin Base gives such a beautiful finish but mine's completely the wrong colour, and my most recent purchase, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua just wasn't cutting it with the coverage. So one night on a whim I decided to order Face Atelier Ultra, a foundation thats been sitting in the back of my mind for well over a year now.

I think Face Atelier is a pretty unheard of brand. I only managed to find it online which isn't exactly the best place to match yourself to the perfect colour. Luckily being white as a ghost I always need the palest shade so it was an easy choice. The foundation itself is an absolute dream. To me it's the perfect combination of all the greats out there. It's lightweight but full coverage, and dewey but long lasting. It really does feel just like skin.

I also ordered the Sigma round topped kabuki which has now become my favorite foundation brush. I've used flat top brushes in the past, which I still love, but this rounded one makes it a lot easier to get into all the little nooks of the face, whilst still giving a completely flawless finish.

I think the true test of how much I like this foundation is the fact that I haven't strayed away from using it for over two weeks now, something pretty much unheard of! Its a little bit pricy at £32, but you can order samples from the website for next to nothing, which I really recommend!