Sunday, 3 August 2014

Strawberry fields

Strawberry picking- something so simple yet I've never done, but always wanted to. For me so far, this summer has definitely been about 'being a child' again- from swimming in a lake, baking, paint-your-own gnomes and playgrounds to having a pinata on my 19th birthday. So when I was up in Scotland the other month visiting family it was the perfect opportunity to pick some strawberries. If you're feeling a little bored this summer, why not try doing something a bit different?

Monday, 30 June 2014

Recent Beauty Purchases

The Naked Basics Palette
As someone who will never venture beyond a simple winged liner and mascara look as far as the eyes are concerned, I decided that I needed to take a dip into the world of eyeshadows, a whole area of makeup that I've hardly explored. Coming to the conclusion that shimmery eyeshadows look awful on me, I finally settled on the Naked Basics palette. Not only would the shadows create a subtle but beautiful look on the lids, but the palette is perfect for travelling as the shades are multi purpose. The lightest, and only shimmer shade 'Venus' as a highlight, either the taupe 'Naked 2' or the mid brown 'Faint' as a brow colour and the jet black 'Crave' as a liner. The yellow and pink toned skin-like shades could even be used as colour correctors to correct areas of red-ness or blue-ness, or to set concealer. Combined with the beautifully velvety texture of the shadows, high pigmentation and sleek, compact packaging, I'd recommend this palette to anyone with a fairer complexion, whether an addition to your existing Naked palette family or if you're just starting out with eyeshadows.

Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezers in Green Tea
This is the first pair of tweezers I've been excited about. Yes, excited. I'd never believed the fuss around these- tweezers are tweezers, right? But after trying my friend's for the first time, I was amazed at how well they grip and pull out even the tiniest of hairs, and ordered a pair as soon as I got home. At first regretting not investing in the full sized pair, I soon found the size no problem (and they look quite cute, too, they even come with a plastic little tube to hold them in) and actually weirdly enjoy doing my eyebrows. 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - 50ml
I finally jumped onto the bandwagon and decided to purchase this- I haven't used it enough to comment on it's effects but it does smell amazing! I ordered directly from the Origins website and would highly recommend it, free and fast delivery and free samples included in every order!

Essie Nail Lacquer in 'Cocktail Bling'
The usual, smooth formula and easy to use brush of Essie polishes in a muted blue/grey colour. Perfect for all year round- what's not to like?

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 107
I've been meaning to buy this since it first came out but couldn't justify buying yet another wintery burgundy/berry colour to add to my collection. However it's actually less dark than I thought, more of a very slightly deep pink, and equally as wearable in the summer.

L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Lip Colour in 'Red Infallible'
In theory, this shouldn't work.. but it does. An admittedly sticky, vivid red liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish at one end and a hydrating, matte, clear balm at the other which takes away any stickiness and supposedly 'seals' the colour in. And it really does stay! Not quite 24 hours, but it stays.
Note- don't spend ages in agony trying to unscrew the cap to the balm end like I did, it's not a screw top.. 

L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim - Black
Not much to say on this one- a very intense black with a very fine tipped nib similar to the Topshop Magic Liner- I've found it to be quite firm and tug a little, but hopefuly in time I'll get used to applying it.

What beauty products have you purchased recently?

Thursday, 10 October 2013

From Belfast to Bath.

Here I am on a chilly Thursday evening, sitting in bed with a cup of tea trying to decide what on earth to post about on here. I've been wanting to try and carry on my attempt of a blog (if you can even call it an attempt) for a while now but never really got round to it- so I'm going to start off by sharing a couple of the places I've been to recently. 

First stop- a trip to Belfast to visit the cousins. Here I experienced my first ever Subway lunch (a momentous occasion in my eyes) and a day out at the Titanic exhibition and dock which was really interesting yet emotional. From virtual rides through the ship and underwater, to recreations of the different cabins, I'd highly recommend it to anyone! Sadly I left my camera at home and my phone was (as always) on the verge of dying, so I only got photos from the outside and the dock and pump house which were equally as fascinating!

A couple of weeks into September and I spent the day in Bath with a friend- mainly to visit the university open day- the highlights of which were holding a snake and being supplied with endless free tea and biscuits. The day didn't start too well after making the train at Paddington with only a couple of seconds to spare (never rely on the Bakerloo line!) but once we were there I had one of the most relaxing enjoyable days I've ever had, even if I did feel a bit like a tourist!

After a morning at the open day we had a bite to eat in Bill's, which was absolutely delicious as always! Then we had a little wander around the city, which, as my first visit, was even more beautiful and quaint than I had pictured- think Covent Garden but bigger!

Before we headed off we sat for an hour in this teeny Alice in Wonderland themed cafe, aptly named 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party'. Here I had my first ever teapigs tea, which must've been good going by the large order I made when I got home!

Thanks to everyone who followed my blog a while back- it means a lot! I'm not really sure what direction my blog is going in. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Mac Rebel vs Sleek Smother

I thought I'd just like to mention a little dupe I'd found recently. After deliberating one day in Superdrug over whether to buy Sleek's Cherry or Smother I eventually settled with the latter, and after getting home and applying it, it really reminded me of another recent purchase..

In the bullet both lipsticks look like a scarily dark, vampy purple but are really buildable colours which is what I love about them as they are multi purpose- they can be used as a subtle stain or applied heavily for a more intense finish. These lipsticks are interesting because in poorer lighting they come up as a fairly dark burgundy colour, but under the light a bright, more fuschia shade, with the sleek lipstick being very slightly more on the purple side.

The formula? Mac's Rebel is a 'satin' finish whilst Smother is a 'sheen'. Rebel doesn't apply as smoothly but once on it creates an even, velvety semi-matte finish which I love. 'Smother' is creamier and slightly sheerer so is a bit more 'slippery' and can easily smudge round the edges of the lips. 

Both lipsticks seem to cling to the dry bits of my lips and highlight them, although I'm not going to blame this on the lipsticks just yet as my lips are especially bad at the moment, even with religiously lip scrubbing and moisturising daily- the real test will be when it comes to summer. Rebel definitely has better staying power and is overall the better lipstick in my opinion but at £14 you get what you pay for, with 'Smother' costing around £4.99. 

Excuse the swatches- as I said they're a lot brighter in the light, but I thought I'd give you an idea of just how similar the colours are..  I did attempt to take a photo of them on the lips but wintery, dry cracked lips + still trying to figure out lighting = awful shots! (I will get better at this, eventually)

Lastly I'd just like to thank all of you that have followed my blog so far, plus anyone who's commented or even just read my previous post! I'm trying to come up with ideas of what to post about at the moment so if you have any suggestions feel free to comment :)

What's your favourite high end lipstick dupe?

Friday, 2 November 2012

Primark purchases

Fleecy blanket- £4-£5 | Cushion £3

Quilted jacket £22 | Welly liners £3 | Gloves £1.50 

Jumper £14 | Bag £4

Jeans £11 

Pyjama top £3 | Slippers £3 

Jumpers (men's section) £8 - £10 each?

Burgundy cardigan £6 | Knitted cardigan between £10 and £14?

I absolutely love the print on the blanket and it's so fleecy and perfect for winter days at home, and I may have to go back to pick up the matching socks and pyjama bottoms too.. Primark is on top form at the minute with everything christmassy in stock- another favourite is the pair of pom pom slippers which I stupidly bought in a size too big (and I of course took off the label before realising). The quilted jacket, gloves, welly liners and green jumper were for good reason- I promise you I haven't turned into a farmer, but I started volunteering at my local animal centre about a month ago and these were essentials!

If you can't already tell I'm drawn to everything burgundy and wintery..

Who knows if I'll actually keep up with this, I have a ridiculous amount of school work at the moment, but if you're reading this post, thank you!

(also, I'm not too keen on the word 'haul'.. so I've named this 'purchases' instead :) )

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Bird cage.

I've been meaning to get a lightshade for room for ages, but after many attempts to find one suitable I eventually gave up. Then the other day, I saw a bird cage lightshade in Next which I quite liked and was on the edge of buying it due to the fact that I needed one, but I'm so glad I had the patience not to because when I got home I found this one on the internet for much cheaper at £15 including delivery- 

I ordered it late on a Wednesday night and it arrived on the Friday, which was perfect timing as I'd just finished my exams until after half term. When it arrived I thought it was nice but maybe still a bit on the plain side, and I was inspired by this picture of exactly the same bird cage to add to it a bit-

So, that very day I made a trip down to Hobbycraft, and after spending ages searching through different flowers and decorations I picked a couple of bits to add on to it. I got home and spent the next hour or so experimenting, and finally came to this;

Overall I really like how it's turned out and I can't wait for it to go up in my room. I'm not too sure on the leaves so I may have to go back and change them for a paler lot. It cost about £6 to decorate it though I still have a lot of the leaves and a few of the butterflies left which I'm planning to make use of. 

If you're bored this summer or just fancy changing your room up a bit I would definitely give something like this a go to pass the time!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Yet another first blog post...

I've decided to start a blog. Again.

I'm not exactly good with keeping up with things, schoolwork, time.. and certainly not blogs. I think this is about my tenth attempt at becoming part of the blogging world. No matter how much I tell myself I'm going to keep up with a blog, I just can't do it. Except this time. I think.

So why am I writing a blog? Well, I suppose it'll give me something to do, especially on those lazy Sunday afternoons when I just don't know what to do with myself. But also because looking at other people's blogs inspired me to write one myself, and I want to document my life somehow so one day I can look back on all the things I did (or should I say mostly all the things I bought) and remember them.

I'm not really too sure exactly what I'm actually going to be writing about on this, but I suppose writing about myself would be pretty good place to begin. I'm fourteen. I love anything creative- and as much as I say I hate doing art GCSE , I think I'll miss it when it's over. My favourite subjects are biology, graphics, art, and english. I'm a perfectionist- though a failure of one, extremely indecisive about absolutely everything, and I can never finish things. I have really strange fears- I can't stand the sound of the ice cream van- it reminds me of a horror movie (which I'd rather not be in) and I have to put the TV on mute every time the Lloyds TSB advert comes on because of the tune. The little people on it really scare me too.. I'm also really quiet and strongly dislike having my picture taken, so I don't think I'm really quite the person to be writing a blog.

But that's enough about me!    

I feel a bit silly writing to myself, so please follow me if you'd like to and maybe I'll actually be encouraged to keep up with this!