Monday, 28 December 2009

Boxing day lush haul!!

So I headed down to Lush and took advantage of the 'spend £20 and get any gift set free' offer. The shop was very quiet when I got there at about 10:30 according to the staff it was absolute chaos from the minute they opened. Apparently they had fairytale sets, Christmas eve sets and legends sets which people were really excited about getting for free. Only problem there is that the legends gift set was brought out after 1st October and wasn't technically a Christmas gift so it wasn't included in the offer.

I did buy two more sexy boy massage bars and I need to stock up on these before they disappear I'm kind of in love with them. I also got a honey bee bath ballistic, I've never tried this one before, it's got a very light sweet fragrance and is supposed to be soothing. I haven't used any of the products I've bought yet so I can't comment on whether they deliver on their promises.

The next thing I bought was the floating island bath melt which has a sweet but woody scent which is hard to describe. This melt is supposed to be particularly soothing and moisturising and I'm quite excited to use it- is that sad?

Next up is the comforter bubble bar which when I smelled last time I went to lush I absolutely hated. This time round I adore it and have spent at least half an hour today sniffing it like a freak - weird. This is a pretty big product for the price and I think this particular piece could be split into three baths worth. Value for money yey.

There is an offer for a free tins when you buy two massage or shampoo bars and because I bought two sexy boy bars I got a free tin which doesn't actually fit them in. I'm sure I'll find some use for it.

So because I spent over £20 I got to pick out a gift set for free yey for free stuff!! I'd been thinking about buying the vanillary perfume but I couldn't justify spending £25 on a pefume that I had no idea how long it would last, if I would get annoyed by the intensity of the vanilla scent. I decided after much deliberation to get the vanilla scoop set which has the full size perfume inside, a vanilla fountain bath ballistic, a 250g vanilla dee-lite lotion and a full size vanilla dusting powder. I'm beyond impressed with this offer and I love all the products in the gift set and I'm seriously tempted to go back and buy some more things I've been lusting after for a while just to get another free set!!

There was one issue with my lush haul, when I looked at my receipt about an hour later I saw that the sa had put through two satsumo santas when I clearly hadn't bought any. I went back to lush and spoke to the sa and they were very cool about it and refunded the amount straight away. Then we hit a snag, the refund took my total under £20 hmm what to do. I didn't particularly want any other products that day so I asked the sa what he would recommend and he suggested a tea tree toner tab. Problem solved!! He also said that because he had messed up he felt bad and gave me a lil lush pud :) . I've got to say I love the staff at my local store and the customer service I receive every time I go there impresses me massively.

When I get round to using these products I will post a few reviews rounding up the best and worst of the bunch. I actually have alot of reviews of lush products that will be popping up soon because December was the month I went lush crazy!!

Anyhoo I'd really appreciate your feedback on what your favourite products from lush are, pop them in the comments and I'll investigate (that's code for buying more stuff!!)

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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Teeny weeny superdrug haul

So I popped into superdrug today as I so often do and all the make up was still on 3 for 2! Yey for me not so much for my purse but I have an addiction that needs feeding daily ha ha.

First up we have a Barry m lip pencil in no.13 I'm not sure what the actual name is but I shall call it palest baby pink. This liner isn't soft at all but I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. The pigmention of the pencil is strong, very opaque and makes a perfect barbie lip if used all over with some clear gloss on top as I did on the bus on the way home.

Sorry about the grim quality photos I'm posting from my iPhone as my computer is on the brink (again). The pencil is a little chalky if used all over but again I don't mind because I like the colour so much! The pink has slight lilac tones to it and would go perfectly with Revlons matte lipstick in pink pout possibly with a slick of one of the Barry m lipglosses I bought today. I haven't checked out any of other lip pencils from Barry m but I will be doing on my next superdrug trip-probably tommorrow!

Next up we have collection 2000 glam crystals liner in no.2 pizzazz a gorgeous green perfect for Christmas. I first heard about these eyeliners on Twitter and I can't remember who posted about them so you'll have to excuse me for not crediting your good taste :). I have been on a rather epic search for the perfect glitter liners, now I have tried products from all price ranges and had limited success. Urban decay glitter liners are in my personal opinion a waste of money see the swatch photo below for proof comparing the collection 2000 and the urban decay. Now the collection 2000 liners are immense the gel/liquid that provides the base for the glitter is coloured to match it which probably helps the impact. The colour range is quite good considering it's a lower end of the drugstore price range. I picked this one up today from superdrug as part of the 3 for 2 offer but they have them labelled as £2.99 which I think considering the quality of the product is very impressive.

Now if you look at the picture above you will hopefully see what I mean in terms of quality of the glitter itself and the distribution of the product. This was two swipes of the urban decay and only one of the collection 2000 the glitter in pizzazz is so fine and almost multi dimensional - I'm in love!! This is my third liner from this range and I will definately be back for more.

Next on the agenda is Gosh velvet touch eye liner in golden moss. I orignally wanted golden globe a gorgeous pale yellow gold but there were 3 testers and no actual products to purchase boo!! superdrug sort out your stock levels! I found this gorgeous colour nestled in between some bright blue twist up liners which also appealed but not as much as this lovely find.

Again I apologise for the horrible swatch but you can pick up the small flecks of glitter nestled in the liner giving it a gorgeous glow. The green colour itself suits my eye colour very well probably because of the warm tone offsetting my blue eyes in a most flattering fashion. This liner is waterproof but I can't confirm this because I haven't worn it yet! When I do I shall be sure to update but I presume it will have decent staying power as bananas does from the same range, even on the waterline. I will be using this pencil all over my eye lid as a base for other colours (the creamy texture will help with blending) or just underneath my lower lashline.

Now we have the Barry M liglosses in no.2 and no.3 I think 2 is called toffee both in reference to the colour and the scent which some people may find overpowering. I happen to like the smell of all but one of the Barry m glosses which I think was no.4. Toffee is a very brown based nude which shouldn't look good on someone with my skintone but does! The gloss stays put for roughly an hour and a half I tested it tonight before I ate and there was still gloss on my lips after my meal. The glitter in the gloss is very fine but still noticeable, it's mostly pink and blue glitter with some green! It all adds up to a very interesting colour. No.3 is a half way house between a gentle shimmer and a full on glitter fest. It is technically clear but does have a pink tint to it and a whole bunch of blue, lilac, pink and green glitter. I should mention that this gloss smells of skittles! I'd advise anyone who is thinking of buying any of these glosses to smell the testers before buying to be on the safe side. It is very pretty worn alone but really comes alive when worn over a pale lip. (see photo below)

On the bottom right of the picture is no.3 on it's own and on the bottom left is it over the Barry M lip liner mentioned earlier in the post. It really does add a beautiful tone and sparkle to any colour you put it over. The gloss at the top of the picture is no.2 toffee and it looks alot darker on camera than it is in real life. It would be a perfect nude for someone who had a darker skin tone than me. On my lips it turns into a deep pinky nude - love :)

Finally we have Barry M nail paint in 292 bright red which literally the brightest red I have seen in a long time. I kind of have an obsession with red nail polish I must have about 15 different variations of red. Everytime I find a new colour though I get excited because here's a red I don't own and it will be mine mwahaha - that's almost exactly what goes through my head because I'm a polish fiend!! I'm not going to swatch it mainly because it's 3:20am and I'm exhausted but can't get to sleep - hence the blogging from Iphone which I am truly in love with having onl owned it for 3 days I don't think I could cope without it!! I will however pop in a closer picture of the polish and make a mental note to do a NOTD post with it soon.

It's not coming off as vibrant on camera as it is in real life which is annoying but I'll live!

To round up this teeny haul which ended up being a massive post I love my new glitter liner and Barry M gloss no.3 in particular.

Goodnight my darlings and I hope I'll be able to post tommorrow night aswell x x

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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Tag - Top three products for under £5

I saw this tag on Cupcakes and cherries and thought it sounded like fun at least until I can find my usb lead which has hidden itself amongst the debris in my room! I have loads of pictures to put, hauls, reviews etc but it's done a runner :o

Back to business, the idea of this tag is to pick three products one being haircare, one skincare and one make up that are under......£5!

Skincare - Loreal Hydrafesh Normal to combination moisturiser

I love this moisturiser, it feels cooling and refreshing on the skin and is a perfect base for makeup, foundation seems to slide over this easily but doesn't slide off. Now this in places like Superdrug and Boots is over £5 but if you go to Morrisons or Asda it is often £3.8something. I have tried the normal to dry version and it just stops my skin from breathing and is really difficult to rub in. 

Hair care – Tresseme shampoos and conditioner

These can often be found on a BOGOF offer in pretty much any place you can buy hair care. I usually get mine from Asda for just under £5 and on BOGOF. I like Tresemme purely for the amount of product you get for the price I buy the 900ml bottles for £5 and they last aaaaaages – yeah that long! They have a huge range for blondes, brunettes, redheads, volume, sleekness, damaged hair etc Not just shampoo and conditioner but treatments and styling products. Go check out some bargainous Tresemme!

Make up – 17 Pressed powder

I use this powder every single day without fail, it never goes cakey, leaves my skin matte but not chalky and it is awesomely cheap at £3.42 a go. I’ve not much else to say about this product apart from the fact that it’s amazing.

Ok thats's about it, I love all these products and use them everyday so they are most definately my top three.  I tag anyone who wants to do this tag please put the links to your blog in the comments so I can read them.  It's good to know people bargain favourites, it saves me money :)  Have a good night everyone x x

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

A quickie

Wanted to drop a post in quick just to say that this week (sunday until thursday) I will be wearing 5 products a day.  Yeah you heard right just 5 make up items a day! Shock horror, so far I'm loving it, I have more time to sleep and do important things like eat breakfast which I often sacrifice for make up (sad I know).  Anyhoo that was basically it I'll be posting the pictures on thursday of my 5 FOTD's.

Must point out that I was inspired by Lipgloss86 's post on this kind of challenge :)

Have a good night guys x x

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

A to Z of me!!

I saw this tag on A Fashionable Affair and thought I would jump in on it! As a side note - I received an email about my new camera; it is on backorder for 3 weeks!!! I wasn’t impressed and told them to cancel my order and refund my moolah.

A . . new beginning I feel like my life is mine again

B . . irthdays specifically mine! 17th November put it in your diaries!

C . . heryl my bestest friend in the whole wide world ha ha we've been friends since we were 4 and even though we've had fallouts and don't see each other often, we've never stopped being friends. She's my Yoda the one person I can go to for advice that basically I already knew and just needed someone else to tell me!

D . . entist I haven't been in maybe over a year! That's really bad for me I love my teeth they're pretty.

E . . ! channel 151 I love it for some random celeb gossip :)

F . . riends, I didn't used to be one of those girls who relied on female friends as I found them too bitchy and competitive but over the past year I've found a group of friends that I can really rely for a chat, a good night out and even just for a random joke text! I wouldn't like to be without them love you guys x x

G . . ail - my mum the one person who will always be there for me no matter what happens or what I do she always sticks by me.

H . . ome nothing like that feeling of walking in the door after work and feeling that all is right with the world

I . . ndecision my worst trait

J . .osh my brother who I am extremely proud of and wish I was still as close to him as I used to be :(

K . . orres spiced chocolate and brandy shower gel – I love you! You smell like Christmas!

L . . iving Tv I think they have some of the best programs on TV Greys Anatomy, Army Wives, ANTM etc

M . . ake up! This one had to be here, the spending has gone wildly out of control lately but I'll contribute that to the healing process - it's allowed.

N . . ew Moon I am so excited I could explode!! 20.11.09 woop woop I'll be the geek in the corner with my advance booking tickets :) and it's out 3 days after my birthday!

O . . ld age - I turn 23 this time and I'm stupidly excited about my presents, I'm still a child inside

P . . ets - my cat Barney is a pain in the bum but I love him all the same, I really want a whippet called Daisy as well though.

Q . . ueuing not my favourite thing to do

R . . obert Pattinson you sexy moody beast I want you ha ha I've got to admit I did think he was kinda hot when he was in Harry Potter which is kinda creepy considering how old he was (eeep). Cast the boy as a sexy vampire and you've got a winner!!

S . . ingle life - I am loving being single I feel so free and I'm happy all the time now where as I used to be happy 25% of the time when I was with my ex.

T . . wilight!!!!aaaaaaaahhhhh *squeals* I so did not get the hype and then about 2 months after it came out on DVD I caved in and bought it. I am obsessed!!

U . . nderwear - La Senza I love you, you sexify me

V . . omit, in a public place, at 730am = it’s never appropriate so just don’t. It’s not something I enjoy seeing on the bus making its way under my seat from behind or almost stepping in it walking to work.

W . . ednesday nights out - it's the new Friday

X . . rated facebook pictures - one friend of mine who shall not be named posted some very porno-esque pictures sandwiched between pictures of a night out I hope she didn’t know they were there but something tells me she did – eeew I feel dirty just thinking about them

Y . . awning something I do a lot at the moment I'm pretty exhausted from working 2 jobs and very late nights

Z. . zzzzzzzz a thing I need lots of but I'm only getting about 4 hours a night at the moment

That took ages for some reason I couldn't think of one for I? Anyhoo I tag basically anyone who reads this x x

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Update and Sizzle or Fizzle 002

I'm going to skim over the fact that I haven't posted in a month because a lot has been going on and I'm going to let myself off with a caution ha ha! If you follow me on Twitter you will have probably seen me ranting about splitting up with my boyfriend about 3 weeks ago, for those of you that don't a quick rundown of events, he was being unfaithful, I caught him and I ended it. It is safe to say I'm much better off and now have time to see my friends and family more and do things I love to do like blogging (and shopping :D )

Update over I'll move swiftly ahead to my ins and outs or as I call them Sizzle or Fizzle!

Sizzling so far this month

• The Twilight book series - I am literally refusing to start the last two chapters of Breaking Dawn because I don't want it to end :(

• Nights out with my friends - I've had so much fun catching up with life outside of the boyfriend bubble where my every sentence doesn't start with "oh my boyfriend has that" or "Me and my boyfriend go there all the time" I can't stand those couples who lose their own identity and I became part of one without realising grr!

• Sleek lipstick in Fuchsia 833 - now I literally bought this today but I love it dearly already, I fall in love hard and fast it's only been 4 hours! It is a gorgeous bright pink with slight blue undertones.

• Getting a new camera - this relates to a Fizzle but my replacement camera is being purchased from Curry’s tomorrow after work :D yey

• Finally being able to blog - When I have my new camera and now that I've lost 16 stone of controlling male I will be able to blog without my camera dying after 30 seconds or being told to "turn off the computer I'm not interested in anything you like sit here and listen to me snore on your couch" ha ha not a direct quote but a true reflection of the everyday realities of my ex-relationship.

• Superdrug - my local shop has finally pulled their finger out and now has a shiny new Sleek stand yippee! Yesterday the stand was there empty and looking so pretty and pink. I asked one of the assistants (Emma - yes I know their names I'm in there that often) when it would be filled and she said tomorrow (Tuesday). So on my lunch hour I mooched in and found it almost full with a new palette tempting me, Sunset, apparently there is another coming out, Graphite, which looks gorgeous! Unfortunately they only had the tester for Sunset :( but in the immortal words of Arnie I'll be back! I ended up buying 4 lipsticks, 1 palette and a highlighting powder.

Fizzling its way down the scale

• Not being able to blog properly since I started, it's something I really love to do. The knowledge I've gained over the past 9 months has been amazing and the people I've spoken to on Twitter and at the Manchester Illamasqua event have been amazing, bright and inspiring people. It makes me a bit sad that just when I can really get involved in a community that I love being a part of, no matter how small, there is a lot of drama around that puts a dampener on things.

Enough sad weepy talk a preview of upcoming posts is my parting gift to you because I wuv you all ha ha I'm such a geek tonight I think I ate too many jelly babies

• My mahoosive (huge) Sleek review covering the palettes, eyeliners, lipsticks and any other bits I own.

• My Cherry Culture haul, which is also mahoosive, featuring NYX, Milani and Sinful Colors.

• Eyeko brand overview, possibly the most overdue post in the history of time I mean surely 9 months is a long enough time to test something!

• A mixed bag of reviews, MAC, Urban Decay, St Moriz, L'oreal and loads of other stuff. One thing you will learn about me is that I don't just love to shop, I need to shop it's my oxygen ha ha

Basically I think that's about it, I can't wait to get my shiny new camera but I can't decide between Sony and Samsung at the mo, any recommendations would be lovely. Love and smooches Tilly x x x

Saturday, 29 August 2009

I did a bad thing

I suppose the title sounded quite ominous but it refers to me spending a stupid amount of money when I'm trying to save up.

This is how I shop

  • Research - usually swatches online, recommendations from blog posts and You Tube videos or I'll randomly Twitter "what's the best product from (insert brand name here)?" I think this 'method' of shopping is the best way to stop me buying random things which I regret 99% of the time.

  • Up close and personal - this is where I get extremely annoying according to my mother. I take forever swatching, thinking of uses for products and how much I would actually use them etc. I think that it's important though because as I said above random buying is bad for me, I get grumpy when something is crappy - 3 words Rimmel Sexy Curves - such a marmite product and lets put it this way, I've never liked marmite.

That over with onto the goodies I'll apologise in advance for the lack of 'real' pictures as I've literally just ordered these things yesterday and they aren't in my hands yet :(

First and foremost, my MAC order. I've been deciding for what seems like a thousand years what I should get and today I finally got my act together.

My first addition you will all recognise, ladies and gentlemen, the 239 brush.

The next beauty to be purchased was the 129 blush brush.

This next one I'm particularly excited about because I feel my eyeshadow's deserve a really good blending brush, the 224.

My last purchase is something that people might think is unnecessary but I reasoned if I'm going to spend money on brushes I should at least take care of them properly which is why I got some brush cleanser.

This bevy of beauties hopefully *crosses fingers* will be here before Friday so I can road test them before Illamasqua an event which I am seriously excited for and my first ever bloggers event!!

I was hoping to order from the Nars website but it hasn't loaded up fully all day it was really strange and disappointing but I can always buy things in person on Friday!!

Next up is my ASOS.COM order which should be arriving on Wednesday.

This colour I haven't seen before in my local Boots and Superdrug but that might be because they are a bit naff. Rimmel's waterproof eyeliner in Aqua Sparkle. I have the plum colour and whilst I love the gorgeous warm tones it does require a bit of effort but it is true to it's waterproof claim and lasts all day.

Nails seemed to be next on my shopping agenda I picked up Barry M nail paints in Mint Green and Acid Yellow which were on offer for £1.75 each, always a fiend for a bargain, in the basket they went.

The Nails inc Spring Summer 09 collection has been on my mind for as while and this is the one I'm not sure about mainly because Nails inc polishes are hit and miss for me I have 13 or 14 currently and they vary hugely the glitters and shimmers don't impress me really and I prefer a cream finish at the moment. In the end the reduced price kind of swayed it into my basket it was £12 for four colours, if I don't love one then eh no big loss. I'm kind of in love with the blue colour how gorgeous is it!!

Next up we have Korres lip butter in Guava, I have the plum version and I'm basically just curious to see what this one is like.

Last but not least we have Illamasqua liquid metal in Solstice, I already have Enrapture and I love it but I felt like I was missing out. I did swatch Solstice at the counter in Selfridges but it kind of took on a green tinge on my hand, it just wasn't as pretty as I wanted it to be so I passed. As usual with things that I really want I obsess about them until I cave in and get them so whilst I was ordering I figured heck why not chuck in Solstice it's more convenient than trekking to Selfridges. Shopping maths helped me through this one - online shopping = £3.95 delivery charge vs petrol to Selfridges = £5 or more!! Shopping maths helps me out alot :)

That was an epic post, well my lovelies I will put up another haul post tomorrow showing what I got from Boots the other day after work.
I've got to run to catch the rest of the X factor!! I get so addicted to it every year, I love it :)

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

What I'm using right now

I thought I'd randomly jump in on the tag after reading it on Rosie's blog

Shampoo: I swap between tresemme blonde and a boots baby shampoo
Conditioner: Tresemme blonde (bogof at asda for the 900ml bottles they last forever!)
Styling products: err at the minute I’m really kind of crappy with products I did manage some silk infusion by chi the other day but I’m ill so I’m lazy!
Shower Gel: Korres spiced chocolate it could be the most gorgeous smell ever!! Tk Maxx £3!
Body moisturiser: Nothing except the odd bit of bio oil if I remember!
Deodorant: a Sure one can’t think what it’s called but it is fragrance free
Fake Tan: none I’m as pale as pale can be! Still trying to work up the courage to use the St Moriz that is sitting there on a shelf all sad and alone :(
Cleanser: Boots baby Wipes and Simple face wash gel in the morning and Simple cleanser at night
Exfoliator: St Ives blemish one I love the smell :)
Moisturiser: Loreal Hydrafresh in oily/combo skin variety if they ever discontinue this I will cry
Primer: Gosh velvet touch Foundation brush: Either my Ruby and Millie one or my fingers
Concealer: Rimmel Hide the blemish in Ivory Powder: 17 powder in neutral (L.O.V.E)
Blusher: Milani Luminous or Benefit Coralista or 17 damson wine depends on my mood and the amount of shimmer elsewhere on my face
Bronzer: Usually none but sometimes Korres bronzer in Sunglow light
Highlighter: Most of the time I don’t bother but sometimes some MAC blonde msf
Eyeshadow base: UDPP
Eyeshadows: UD ammo palette or 17 e/s in mardi gras gorgeous colour go and buy it!!
Eyeliner: Rimmel eyekohl in black (exciting I know!)
Curler: Boots No7
Mascara: Alternating between YSL faux cils, Loreal Telescopic and I keep trying to make Benefit bad gal work but so far… no joy!
Lipstick: Gosh darling every now and then
Lipgloss: Benefit her glossiness in didn’t hear it from me
Nail Colour: nothing but shiny shiny buffed nails and super soft hands

Ok that’s about it then! Just thought I’d randomly post seeing as I’ve not done in forever! Still haven’t got my camera sorted :( Hopefully soon though and I get paid next week so woo yey! X x x

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Tag - Natalie Wants......

This sounded like a laugh so I thought I'd join in. Saw this on Kelly's (kelanjo19) blog and it made me laugh like a loon especially her no.3!! :o

Basically you go to google and type in your first name and then wants e.g Natalie wants and write down the top five it comes up with.

Here we go - so Natalie wants ........

  1. to buy a new shoe blower which is on sale
  2. wants your shoes! (I see a theme!)
  3. you to take action on senator mc cain!
  4. a puppy
  5. to befriend everyone
I am SO glad it wasn't a top six because the next one was Natalie wants to use the money made from auctioning off her virginity to further her studies!!!
Mine are quite tame nothing like Kelly's now they made me giggle it'll be really fun seeing what other people get I even put in my mums name for a laugh :D x x x

Oh and if you guys have got time go check out Elle's blog it's really cute and she's having an insane giveaway! x x x

Sunday, 26 July 2009

I'm back!!! With some blog love and smooches

Ok so I'm back on the scene after what seems like a thousand years! (or a month) and I will try and get a blog post per day done mainly just to show you guys the stuff that has been mounting up recently!

Anyhoo I wanted to talk about some really amazing blogs that I love.

  • I don't know her name or much else about her apart from the fact that she loves nails!! Before I buy any nail polish I check her blog and see what colours and formulations she recommends and act accordingly. Her swatches are perfectly lit and applied which makes reading her blog a joy. She seems to get all the new OPI, Zoya, Essie polishes before any other blogger. You will literally drool at all the gorgeous colours she has. I should stop blabbing now so you can all go read her blog!!

  • Next up is Vanessa from this girl is so sweet and has just got engaged! I love her blog it is amazing, it's a really good mix of her everyday life and her shopping habits! As with 'scrangie' her swatches are brilliant when I was ordering my NYX products from cherry culture, her blog is the first place I went. I love her eyeshadow map showing people where to put eye shadows (up until the first time I read her blog I didn't know what the outer V was!) Her make up looks are always gorgeous and vibrant and never fail to inspire me. I wish she would make youtube videos again because I thought they were all great (for some reason I never subscribed?weird!)
And that is everything for tonight! Except to say thank you to the people I've been chatting to on twitter these past few days, I've had swine flu and been stuck in my room for 5 days but tomorrow is my last day!! Wooohoo! I can shop again! x x x

Monday, 29 June 2009

8 Things Tag!!

8 Things Tag….
Can’t remember who tagged me because I’m getting old!

8 Things I Look Forward To

1. My family holiday next February we’re going on another cruise to lots of places have a look and see how cool it’ll be!
2. Days off self explanatory really!
3. Payday same as above!
4. My birthday because it’s awesome although after 21 it does kind of go downhill a bit :(
5. Coming home at the end of the day
6. Having the house to myself, nothing like watching films in your pjs and no one moaning at you to get dressed and do something productive!
7. Winning the lottery I wish!
8. Christmas!!

8 Things I Did Yesterday

1. Slept
2. Ate sausage casserole and Hagen daas Belgian choc ice cream yum!
3. Watched Greys Anatomy serried finale :(
4. Watched The Unit
5. Watched Army Wives (a lot of tv yesterday)
6. Fed and played with my cats Barney and Foggy
7. Saw my boyfriend after he finished work
8. Watched Muriel’s Wedding on tv before I went to sleep (A LOT of tv yesterday!)

8 Things I Wish I Could Do

1. Speak Italian, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese
2. Retire right now!
3. Find what I’m really good at and make it my career instead of coasting along in naff jobs!
4. Realise that no.2 and 3 contradict each other!
5. Earn more money
6. Stop spending so much!
7. Get my social life back in order!
8. Make my family proud of me

Sooo that’s it kids, that’s all you're getting from me! I tag anyone who has read this and wants to do it! X x x

20 Questions Tag!!

20 Questions Tag!

I wasn’t technically tagged but I haven’t posted in forever so I’m doing it and there’s nothing you can do to stop me :p

1. Things you cannot leave the house without:Hmm can I just say my bag and all the junk in it?!Ok if I had to narrow it down to say 3 things it would be phone, Vaseline (or any lip balm) and money/debit card.

2. Favourite brand of Make Up:At the moment it would have to be Urban Decay I’ve been using the Ammo palette almost every day recently. But all time favourite 17 from Boots I love the eyeshadows.

3. Favourite flower:Wasn’t really ‘into’ flowers until recently but I’ve discovered that sunflowers are my favourite flower. I think they’re gorgeous.

4. Favourite clothing store:Shoes – used to be New Look, at the moment not really impressed but most of my shoes are from there so we’ll go with New LookBasics – Next because they are usually cheaper than New Look, H&M etc
Everything else – Debenhams just for the sheer variety of brands and products

5. Favourite perfume:All my favourites get discontinued but it was Armani Night (red bottle) then Gucci (clear bottle brown liquid smells quite manly but also a bit like talc!) and now the new-ish Gucci in the brown bottle think it may be called Gucci? lol

6. Heels or Flats:Everyday wear got to be flats except in winter I like to get out my knee high boots. Nights out – heels but I’d like to wear flats to be honest I’m getting kind of low maintenance when it comes to shoes.

7. Do you make good grades:Eh kind of not as good as I should have done

8. Favourite colours:Used to be baby blue then teal now purple although I am rocking the black/white black/cream combo at the mo

9. Do you drink energy drinks:Used to be a blue bear junkie (Spars version of red bull) just to keep me awake through my old job (it sucked) but now don’t drink it at all

10. Do you drink juice:Yeah sometimes apple is my fave but like orange as well smooth though no bits! God help if I find bits in my juice! I drink it more on holiday mainly because they give you gallons of it with breakfast :D

11. Do you like swimming:No, I LOVE swimming!! Used to swim competitively but got into partying and that kind of faded away but I still love it only really get time for it when on my hols.

12. Do you eat fries with a fork:I’ve loved reading peoples answer to this dunno why just a weird fascination I guess. To answer the question though I eat chips with a fork if they’re part of a meal that wasn’t from a drive through (home-cooked, restaurant etc)

13. Favourite moisturiser:L’oreal Hydrafresh I think it’s called it was discontinued in Boots then Superdrug stocked it now they just do the dry skin one which makes my skin drier????I have found that they stock the oily/combo one in Morrisons hurrah!! I can’t be bothered going on a new moisturiser hunt

14. Do you want to get married later on in life: Hmm yeah if I find the right person logic will go out the window and I’ll be all bridezilla! but I don’t necessarily think marriage equates to a happy life together. I know people that have been together 40 years without being married. So it’s each to their own really.

15. Do you get mad easily:Yeah but I calm down really quickly as well.

16. Are you into ghost hunting:let me think nah not really lol random question!

17. Any phobias: Small heights yeah that’s right standing on a ladder, chair, stool, couch whatever I will freak out (in my head but I never let it show) The weird thing is though that I love huge heights they completely fascinate me! Skydiving?sign me up! Rock climbing? Love it! Flown a plane? Why yes I have! See I’m weird!

18. Do you bite your nails:Used to but stopped when I learnt that biting ONE nail- just one!! Is equivalent to licking a toilet seat in terms of bacteria and such. So since licking a toilet seat is something I’d never do I stopped cold turkey and haven’t done it in 9 years!!

19. Have you ever had a near death experience:Yes

20. Do you drink coffee:Nope used to in college mainly because you got a kit kat free to dunk with it!

I tag all of my followers and anyone who randomly reads this! x x x

Friday, 29 May 2009

If you were to buy one thing from GOSH what would it be?

Sounds like an impossible question right? Well I'm trying to work out what I should get in the 3 for 2 offer currently on at Superdrug. I'd like you guys that read my blog (if you still do lol) to say what you think is the best product that they do.

Ooh one minor point you can't say Darling lipstick because it really is the 'darling' of Youtube and the blogs.

The reason I'm doing this is because I don't actually own anything from GOSH. I have been curious about it for a while now but have never really gone out of my way to buy something.

So yeah I hope some of you comment with your suggestions because in the end I think that's why we all blog and watch videos on YT because we like to see the products being tested by regular people. So I want to know what products from GOSH have worked for you, what did you love? On the flip side I'd also like to know what to stay away from, what products you think are even worth the trip into town!

Anyhoo thanks in advance guys and I'll write soon expect some very picture heavy posts over the weekend, I've accumulated a scary amount of stuff over recent weeks and just not had chance to get pictures and blog about it.

x x x x

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

My very first contest!!

Hey guys I've decided to hold a contest, I'm not sure what the look/s will be yet or indeed if there will be looks to do. It will start when I hit 100 subscribers which seems a long way off (and is) but at least it will give me time to get some really cool prizes together.

Soooo what kind of prizes would you guys like to win? If I have any readers from the US maybe some GOSH and Barry M?

Let me know what you guys would consider good prizes and I'll see what I can do!

x x x

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Tagging mania! Random questions I answered with intensive hair conditioner on!!

I got tagged to do this and I thought it would pass some time whilst I’m waiting for my deep conditioner to work so here we go!

Rules: 1. Respond and rework: Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own. 2. Tag eight other people.

What is your current obsession? Henry Cavill.

What is your weirdest obsession? bacon flavour wheat crunchies

What are you wearing today? A coral vest top, long white shirt over it and dark blue skinny jeans with silver pumps. Oh and some bangles and my Tiffany necklace

What's your favourite comfort food? Pasta especially gnocchi yummy stuff

What would make today special? If I had won £110 million on the Euro last night lol

What would you like to learn to do? Fly planes

What's the last thing you bought? A lot of stuff yesterday ha ha but the very last things was my Glamour magazine I’ve never missed an issue since it came out (geek!)

What are you listening to right now? Late night alumni - seemingly sleepy

What is your favourite weather? Warm but breezy

What is your most challenging goal right now? Paying off my overdraft: (

If you could turn into an animal, what would you be? A dolphin or a whale

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would it be? Barbados or St Thomas I LOVE the Caribbean!

If you could swap lives with anyone for one day who would it be and why? Hmmm probably Scarlett Johansson because she’s married to Ryan Reynolds!

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Times Square and I’d take my brother because we both loved it there.

What would you like to have in your hands at right now? The keys to a new car!

What do you look for in a friend? Honesty, loyalty, a slightly warped sense of humour and a willingness to spend HOURS shopping!

Who do you want to meet in person? Hmm that would be crush of the month Henry Cavill!

What's your favourite type of music? Pretty much anything to be honest it ranges from house to soul

What's your dream job? actress

If you had £100 now what would you spend on it? Guerlain issima midnight Secret and a bottle of Gucci perfume that I can’t find anywhere! Have a look at pic above and let me know if you guys see any!

Things you wish you could change in the past? Nothing because if I did I wouldn’t be the person I am today and have the good things in my life that I do.

Fashion Pet Peeve? Hmm jodhpurs but ‘apparently’ they’re back in fashion – yuk!

If you could have a super power what would it be? I wanna fly that would be so cool or be invisible

Do you admire anyone's style? probably Diane Kruger or Helena Christensen because they always look immaculately stunning

Describe your personal style. Skinny pants/ jeans, lots of different random handbags, flats or very high shoes – always peep toe! (kitten heels are for wimps and give everyone cankles!) Bangles and looooooong necklaces and a massive fetish for earrings oh yeah and a thing for wearing necklaces as bracelets

What's your favourite ice cream flavour? Triple choc

What's your favourite makeup brand? Dior or 17 from boots

What makeup do you use a lot? Mascara always! I once didn’t put any in my bag and because I was on the bus I had to improvise and I literally painted my lashes with liquid eyeliner. Don’t get me wrong it did look good but not something I’m in a hurry to repeat!

Do you get enough beauty sleep? Yes or no? Why? Definitely not – my neighbour either the incredibly loud music he plays (and sometimes he sings!) or just generally being a night time kinda person sometimes

Why did you start your (beauty) blog? I started watching fafinettex3’s videos and I was hooked! Then I discovered the beauty bloggers and one day I just started typing

What do you think is the best feature about yourself? Hmm I like my nose or maybe my eyes when they’re not surrounded by dark circles lol

What is your favourite vacation spot? St Thomas or Barbados!!!! L O V E

What do you like least about yourself? My chronic laziness!

Ah ha I’ve finished just in time to rinse my hair! Yey so I tag …….. basically anyone who wants to do it! X x x x x x

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Sizzle or Fizzle aka hot or not!

I was a bit bored so I thought I'll do my version of a hot or not, loving not loving etc.

Ta da!! I'm probably copying someone after all there's only so many ways you can re jig hot or not!! So if something is sizzle-ing its awesome and if something is fizzle-ing it's not so cool people. We shall begin.


  • Henry Cavill - from The Tudors, the Dunhill ads and my daydreams please feel free to ogle this beast of a man.

Ok, did you take enough time to drool and then to compose yourself enough to read on?
  • TK Maxx - my long lost love, I could spend a good chunk of my Saturday in there in my non working youth but now I just run in on my dinner and check for any NYX and St Tropez bargains.
  • Living at my boyfriends house for a week and looking after his gorgeous dog Oliver whilst his family were on holiday, playing house is so much fun when it's just a test run!
  • Mooching round Cheshire Oaks for an afternoon and buying items that will be disclosed in a haul post later today hee hee!
  • Not having to care about crappy weather on bank holidays because I'm stuck in work (should this be a fizzle maybe?)
  • Awesome bargain jewellery!!
  • Having to decide on an appropriate outfit for meeting my boyfriends ENTIRE family!! So that would be something pastel and pretty and most importantly innocent looking!!
  • Crappy weather on bank holidays.
  • Watching Marley and Me and realising I could never own a dog because I was absolutely wailing at the end of that film :(
  • Having spent nearly all that's left of wages on jewellery!
Anyhoo I think that's about enough for tonight I shall return in the morning bright, refreshed and showing off my bargain bounty! Night all x x x x

Monday, 4 May 2009

NEW HAIR!!! and apologies for not blogging :(

Soooooo I've been rather absent of late (ok so maybe a month and a bit has flown by!) There has been lots of shopping in the past 5 or so weeks and I mean LOTS! I shall post pictures tomorrow because I have the whole day to myself to photograph all my gorgeous treasures.

Ok onto other news I have new hair!! eeep change is scary :O I'll put up a picture of my 'old' hair and my new shiny lovely hair. Yey I've gone from brown-ish to blonde again but not the scary platinum I once was, a nice golden-y 'natural' blonde. Well as natural as bleach can be hee hee.

Please excuse the scary-ness of this picture, this is about a month after I had my hair done and it still looks quite a rich brown and quite glossy in this pic. Alas after not having 'topped-up' my dye since it had faded to almost the bleach blonde of the past on the ends and three inches of natural colour roots!!!!Grim I know but I was spending my money on other things namely an awesome holiday to New York and the Caribbean so priorities people!
This picture now is of my hair in its current glory I'm in love with this it's gorgeous!! It's kind of a crappy picture but I was also trying (in vain) to show my make up for my FOTD!

We shall begin the FOTD dissection-
Face - Estee Lauder Skin Refinisher, Loreal Hydrafresh moisturiser and vaseline on lips. Revlon Vital radiance foundation, YSL Touche Eclat concealer for under eyes, to highlight cupids bow, sides of nostrils and as base for eyelids and Rimmel hide the blemish for the growths on my nose and chin! To finish a dusting of 17 Pressed powder in translucent? not sure what shade because the sticker isn't there!
Cheeks etc - Blonde msf to highlight cheekbones and Eyeko strawberry Fat Balm rubbed in with fingers for blush.
Lips - No 7 moisture drench lipstick dabbed on straight from tube as a stain then blot and applied another coat - Later on in the day I put on a few coats of 17 lipgloss in Barely Rose which looks like a shocking pink in the tube but comes out a soft candy-ish pink.
Eyes - No eyelash curler mine has gone walkies eep! No 7 360 mascara in black to top and bottom lashes and Loreal liquid liner in black along upper lash line with a little flick at the outer corner.
Nothing technical or adventurous just an average day really, anyhoo let me know what you think of the hair! Thanks for reading guys x x x x

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Fake Nars on Ebay!

Most of this you guys that have been buying make up forever will already know it's really just for people who are starting out.

I'm going to put a link up to a seller that I found on ebay that is blatantly selling fake Nars blushes. I got a little ticked off looking at them cause they are so obviously fake. If you read the information on these two links it kind of clears up the often tiny details that you might miss.

Admittedly some of the fakes are very fake looking but some of them are quite good imitations. Especially if people are juts starting collecting make up they could be easily scammed which is crappy.

The ebay seller is :- This seller has 100% feedback so at first glance you think wow maybe they are totally genuine! Check out these pictures below which are the pictures of the four "Nars blushes" the seller currently has for sale.

Signs they are fake -

  • Nars logo imprinted into product
  • Too much pan showing around the outside of product

So yeah just be extra wary when looking on sites like Ebay is it worth buying a fake product and putting God knows what on your face? If you guys have any questions just leave me a comment and if you have details of any Ebay sellers that you are certain are selling fake products pop them in the comment box too!! Thanks guys have a good Mothers Day x x

Friday, 20 March 2009

SOLD !!!! Alfred Angelo bridesmaid/prom dresses for sale!!

Hi guys!! Bit of a random post but I thought I'd share this with you guys some of you might be getting married who knows?! My mum has 2 Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dresses for sale on ebay, only one has ever been worn. Her description is a bit grim so I thought I'd help her out, I did help plan her wedding to my step dad and did loads of research into dress styles, materials appropriate for the weather, the cut and design etc. So I'm a bit of a wedding geek now you could say ha ha it's sad! Just a note about the picture on the left this was taken from the Alfred Angelo website and they have a tool where you can change the colour of any dress and this shade <---- is supposed to be eggplant but it looks really weird and fake. Just look at the pictures at the bottom to get a true colour match.

I'll put pictures up of the dresses themselves, a picture of me in the long dress and some pictures from the Alfred Angelo website to show the dresses on a model. The colour of both dresses is eggplant it is a dark purple some call it grape others call it royal purple it is a very beautiful and rich colour to suit pretty much any skin tone. I can vouch for this fact because I am ghostly pale I looked awesome if I do say so lol, my cousin who has naturally very tanned skin also looked amazing in it. I can also point out that it especially brings out blue and brown eyes.

The shorter dress is a cocktail length (never worn, not altered), totally gorgeous with a ruching to one side of the waist (left) and has 2 satin ties with beaded ends dangling from the pleating. The pleating, which features on both dresses, around the stomach area is very forgiving especially after a day of drinking champagne and eating a hell of alot! The dress length on me (5ft7) hits just below my knee and would be perfect for a late Spring/Summer wedding. This dress was bought for £175 also because of the extra detail it featured this also has a starting price of £25!

The floor length dress was altered to my measurements (details of those later) and I can honestly say it was a pleasure to wear. I have quite a difficult chest size to work with (36G) and with the help of my sturdy strapless bra (scaffolding ha ha) it supported me all throughout the extraordinarily long day and night basically from 8 in the morning until 4 the next morning!! It has a strapless bodice with an empire waistline and an A-line skirt. I wore this in August last year and felt comfortable and supported all the time and especially flattered around the waistline which helped! This dress was bought for £175, has only been worn once and the starting bid is £25 so grab a bargain people!

The material that both dresses are made from is a medium weight satin and the cocktail length dress has the spaghetti straps that can be sewn on by a dressmaker in any formation (standard straps, halterneck, cross back etc). Both dresses are lined and are very well constructed, as I said before the cocktail length has never been altered but the floor length was altered to fit me at the time. I don't have the measurements of the dresses now but I'm seeing my mum tomorrow and will measure them - bust size, under bust, waist size, approx hip size, length of dress in total and waist to hem length for both dresses. I'm not sure about the sizes but I think the floor length was a UK 20 on the label but was apparently an UK 18 really and then altered to fit me UK 18 top UK 16 waist etc. The cocktail length I think was a UK 16 it was bought for my mum to wear in the evening but she decided in the end not to change (wise move her dress was stunning!) but this dress could fit a 14 - UK 16 even a small UK 18 as I tried that on and had lots of room chest wise. It could be easily altered by a reputable dress maker down to a UK size 12 without compromising the cut and structure in the dress.

I have been a bridesmaid a total of 4 times in my 22 years and I have had various degrees of success with dresses:-

  1. 1988 - My mum and dad's wedding 4 bridesmaids in pink taffeta supposedly very cool at the time! In the pictures we all kind of look like Bo Peep looking for our candy pink coloured sheep!! I was 18 months at the time so I wasn't aware of the horrors I was being subjected to.
  2. 1998 - My aunties wedding, 3 bridesmaids (me and my two cousins) and the theme was forest green and gold! The dresses were made from a pretty light weight satin-silk mix (I'm such a geek to know all this!) The dress were an empire style and the top section in forest green covered my non-existent breasts and the gold a-line skirt was to the floor. The only particularly memorable thing is that the gold spiky leaves in the bouquet I was carrying kept poking me and that I completely trashed my 'very practical' cream satin ballet pumps running around a field at the reception.
  3. 2006 - My cousin's wedding (a bridesmaid from the previous wedding) and I was one of three bridesmaids again. The dresses were made from chiffon in a column style with no real structure. About 2 hours into the day the boning in my dress snapped! I was wearing a strapless bra (phew!) but I couldn't figure out how the hell the dress had just given up! I was slimmer then and the breasts were considerably more manageable. I will post a (blurry)picture of me in this as well in all its broken glory! So I spent an incredibly loooooong day pulling up my dress and being terrified of flashing! Not fun! So if your thinking of putting your bridesmaids in chiffon either don't, or get some industrial strength scaffolding (Fantasie or Freya strapless bra and Spanks!!! or just have bridesmaids that are less well endowed for modesty’s sake please!! Because nobody wants a group photo ruined by a fallen dress (my Aunty at my mum and step dads wedding had a nursing bra on and of course it made an appearance in quite a few photos - thank the lord for airbrushing!
  4. And finally the featured wedding 2008 - I can honestly say I had absolutely no problems with my dress apart from not wanting to take it off! I felt elegant, supported, my waist was defined and flattened and it was truly a beautiful thing to wear. I wanted to keep it but my mother insisted that we let someone else enjoy them. She likes the idea of selling to the actual person rather than a dress agency so she (via my step dads id- shes a total technophobe!) listed them and keeps checking every hour or so to see how many people are watching them!

Finally the pictures are :-

  • me in the floor length dress
  • the floor length dress on the Alfred Angelo website
  • a picture of the cocktail length dress
  • a picture of the floor length dress
  • and a picture of me in the disastrous chiffon number!

I hope I've given enough information if you guys want to see any more pictures especially of the ruching or beading details just leave me a comment and I'll post some more for you. Oh by the way there are absolutely no marks on either of the dresses they are completely pristine just need a light steam to release some storage wrinkles. I will update this post tomorrow (Saturday) with the measurements of both dresses and the exact sizes that are on the labels, until then my lovelies enjoy!!!x x x
Just a quick p.s we are more than willing to post overseas I'm not sure when 'prom season' is but I had an inkling it was around late Spring. So please just ignore the really unhelpful and tragically bland ebay listing and just rely on the information here. We will also send by recorded delivery and special delivery and the international equivalents. Once again if you guys have any questions just leave a comment or contact us through the ebay messaging system.

Just follow the links to the dresses on ebay!

Cocktail length -

Floor length -