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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Life is too short to have too many what if's...

Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong decade? It’s not really something I’ve ever thought about before but as I was stood cooking a yummy dinner from scratch earlier and dancing around the kitchen to music from the 60’s in the apron I’ve had for years (it totally doesn’t fit me anymore!) I came to the conclusion that I was born 50 years too late! But rather than wallowing in something I can do absolutely nothing about I’ve decided to think about other things. Life is pretty beautiful after all!
There are so many changes happening in my life at the moment it’s made me think about what I really really want from my life. You only get one go and I think you really have to make decisions that you think are going to make you the happiest. Life isn’t easy and no one’s life is perfect but that doesn’t matter. Perfection isn't realistic and it isn't what matters! You can do whatever you want as long as you put your mind to it, and it doesn’t matter what that is (unless it’s something really bad, I wouldn’t advise that!) I think there’s always an opportunity there for the taking.

Now I’m not an ambitious person in any way, I’m totally not career driven but that doesn’t mean I don’t have dreams and it doesn’t mean that I want to sit on my bum for the rest of my life doing nothing! Lazy days every so often are lovely, but having a lazy day everyday would be terrible! It doesn’t make anyone any less of a person if they don’t want children or if they don’t want a high flying career. Everyone is different and I think some are often too quick to pass judgement on other people’s decisions. Life would be so boring if we were all the same.

In a perfect world I would love to be able to work entirely from home. I’ve been thinking about attempting to venture into jewellery making for probably about a year now and last week I finally decided that I’m going to give it a go. You never know if you don’t try, right? I’m not expecting it to take off and pay all of the bills forever and ever but I do know that it’ll be something I’ll enjoy doing and I think that’s the most important thing. If I sell a couple of things then that would be incredible & if not then I’ll just have a super lovely jewellery collection all to myself! If I fail then I fail, at least I can say that I tried. No one likes being disappointed, but at the same time I don’t think anyone should be held back by things that might go wrong.

I would also like to do something related to photography. The big money in photography isn’t made in the types of photographs that I like to take, but that’s okay with me. Maybe one day people might like to purchase some prints of mine, or perhaps I could make greetings cards and gift tags using my pictures. I’m not sure but I guess time will tell. My boyfriend is a wonderful photographer, all of the images I’ve used in this post are his & he inspires me so much so I’d love for us to do something photography related together one day. I’m in the process of setting up a joint flickr account for us because we first met and started talking through Flickr over three years ago so I thought it would be lovely (and you know, a little cheesy) to document the first year that we actually get to be properly together there. We’ve been in a long distance relationship for the vast majority of the almost three years that we’ve been a couple and I’m very much looking forward to the day when we won’t have to say goodbye anymore. I’ve told him that he’s pretty much stuck with me forever now and he said that that’s okay with him! Long distance relationships can work, I promise!

I’ve never been particularly maternal, I’ve never been around babies before and to be honest I’m still not a massive fan of other people’s children especially when they’re screaming on the bus or running around in the supermarket. But, I have been assured that when it’s your own child it’s all different and I believe that. Maybe it’s something to do with meeting the right person, I have no idea and I can’t say I’m all that crazy about the whole birth process, but in it’s own, very special, way I'm sure it’s a beautiful thing and I’m positive it’d be entirely worth it in the end.

Before my boyfriend and I even properly discuss having a baby (there definitely won’t be any sailorbabies any time soon!) there are a lot of things I’d like to do. I would absolutely love to own a cute little cottage in the countryside with a pretty garden covered with flowers in every colour you can think of. My boyfriend has just bought his first house and I’m so incredibly proud of him for that but it will always just be his house. I’m sure I’ll do a very good job of introducing girlie touches however – I totally want one of these in the kitchen but I don’t think he’s overly keen & I just can’t see why! I have no doubt that we will move in the future to a house that’s ours but there’s no rush. For now I’m content with being with him & hopefully adopting a little doggy sometime soon! Ralphie isn’t going to be left out, I want to get him a hutch very much like this one and I just know he’ll love being able to hop up and down the little ladder! He’s only a tiny bunny so he’ll be living in a mansion & after thoroughly bunny proofing the living room I’d love for him to be able to hop around to his hearts content!

So I guess main dream in life is to have my very own little family! I’d like to get married and live in a cute little country cottage with some cute animals, grow flowers in the garden and have a baby. I’d love to make & sell jewellery, go on lots of photo adventures with my future family and spend the evenings cooking yummy food and baking an array of cookies and cakes. Honestly if you told me a year ago that this would be my dream I’d have said you were being silly but it’s funny how your way of thinking can change so dramatically when you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now all I've got to do is figure out a way to get there!

Whether you have little dreams, big dreams or a combination of both, please follow them & don't let other people's opinions affect what you really want! Life is far too short to have too many what if’s…

Thursday, 24 March 2011

What I Wore: Late to the jeggings party!

So this was the week that Jennie discovered jeggings! I can’t even claim to be fashionably late to the jeggings party because to be honest, I think I missed the trend completely! Has it been and gone? I think so but I’m not one to follow the trends so I guess it doesn’t really matter! For example, I have no idea what’s ‘in’ this season! I am a fashion trend failure. I apologise!

Shirt: George at Asda - £8
Jeggings: George at Asda - £12.50
Cardigan: Boohoo - £8ish?
Nail Polish: Essie Mint Candy Apple

These aren’t technically jeggings, they’re called super skinny jeans and to be perfectly honest I never though I would own a pair of those. It’s clear to see that I’m not slim and I’m perfectly okay with that, although I did smile to myself in the fitting room when I found that a size 14 in super skinny jeans is actually a little too big. That doesn’t happen, ever. I’m sure it’s just generous sizing, I know in my head that vanity sizing is rife, but I’m not going to lie and say that it didn’t make me feel good about myself. Over the past couple of months I’ve actually put on about 7 pounds so it’s good to know I’m not as big as my mind seems to think I am. I’m not usually a sucker for good marketing but it got me this time! We all need a confidence boost every now and again though, right?!

This shirt is actually supposed to be a nightshirt but it’s the perfect length for me to wear with leggings or my new jeggings! Don’t worry your eyes are safe from being thoroughly offended by my thighs! I’m a walking advert for George today! I’m even wearing my new George disc earrings I showed in this post although my hair is doing a super good job of hiding them.

I have no explanation as to what I’m doing in the picture on the right. I look kind of angry for some reason and posing like a superhero would as they’re just about to fly off to do something important. I wasn’t angry. I’m definitely not a superhero. And sadly I can’t fly. But I wish I could!

Base: MAC Face & Body foundation, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer & Beauty Without Cruelty loose translucent powder.
Eyes: MAC Vintage Selection Paint Pot, The Body Shop eye trio & Collection 2000 Big Fake Mascara.
Cheeks: NARS Douceur powder blush.
Lips: MAC Viva Glam Gaga lipstick & Australis lambada lipgloss.
Nails: Essie Mint Candy Apple nail polish.

Make up & beauty wise there are a few products I’ve absolutely loved over the past couple of weeks! Oilatum moisturiser has saved my skin & I think I love it a little bit more than any of my creams from Neal’s Yard because my skin has been super dry recently and this has really soothed it and calmed it down.

A second new love is Face & Body foundation from MAC and I have this in the shade C1. I have a huge thank you to give to Lucy for offering to send me her unwanted bottle because I probably would have put off purchasing a bottle for ages because it’s quite pricey. I do find myself using quite a lot of this every time I apply it, as an example when I’m using Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation I’ll only need to use one pump, but I’d say with the Face & Body I use the equivalent of 2 or sometimes 3 pumps. You get 120ml of product in a bottle though so that doesn't matter too much to me! It’s a sheer foundation but it is buildable and it has a beautiful dewy finish that seems to make my concealer apply much better and my face never looks cakey which is brilliant. Photographs tend make my skin look better than it really is, I’m not completely confident with the way my skin looks so if you feel the same, don’t be put off by all reviews of Face & Body being super sheer. If you want to try it, I’d definitely recommend it!

NARS Douceur is my new favourite blusher. I’ve mentioned before that this wouldn’t have been a colour that I would have picked out for myself but when I won Karleigh’s giveaway I was so happy to receive this because it’s gorgeous and I haven’t worn another blush all week which is rare for me! It just goes with every single look & it gives you that healthy glow that I always crave!

On a side note, how big do my cheekbones look when I pin my fringe back?! Woah! Also I’m trying to learn to embrace my larger than average forehead. So far I’m not keen but I must say it’s nice not having hair in my eyes all the time!

Have you recently started wearing something you never thought would suit you? I was never a jeans person until now! They won't be replacing my pretty dress addiction but sometimes they're more practical!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Pretty things from unexpected places!

I'm not a fan of grocery shopping. No matter what time or day I go there are always people pushing me out of the way, screaming children running around and trolleys blocking the aisles. All of that combined with constantly being temped by the cakes and crisps, it's safe to say that it's not a fun experience! My local Asda has quite a nice selection of clothing, shoes & accessories at really affordable prices so unsurprisingly I always manage to find myself wandering towards that section. Oops!

I have to admit, the jewellery they have isn't often my taste but when I was there a few days ago I found myself wanting one of almost everything! Two pairs of earrings particularly caught my eye and they found their way swiftly into my basket. The best part? They only cost £7 & I do love a bargain!

The first pair I picked up are these beautiful pale peachy-pink & gold disc earrings and I'm in love with them. They're heavier than the earrings I'm used to but they're not super heavy which is good & they're big enough to show through my long hair. I can see me wearing these a lot this spring & summer and I think they'll go with a lot of my dresses. I'm super excited for the summer already and for £2 I couldn't not purchase them!

The second pair are my absolute favourites, as soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them. I'm sure the pale pink feathers are going to get a little tatty looking super quickly but I just love them! The copper & silver feather charms are super cute yet the mixture of metals is unexpected & it's something a little bit different. These were a little bit more expensive but they were still only £5 and I know I'll wear them a lot!

Have you found any cute items in unexpected places?

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Why I've been away, lovely ladies & a face of the day.

I’ve been a little bit AWOL for the past few days and without going into too much detail, because as far as I’m concerned this isn’t a place for negativity, someone/a couple of people said some things to me that really overstepped the line of petty hate into just really bloody mean and uncalled for territory. First it upset me, then it made me angry and now I’m over it. I’m officially over any hate and I no longer care. Why? Because there are some amazing people around and they’re more important than thinking about and wasting your energy on negative people. My boyfriend sent me a link to this YouTube video and it put a huge smile on my face & I may have cried a little bit! The power of simple human kindness is really amazing sometimes.

I was lucky enough to win Karleigh’s NARS giveaway a couple of weeks ago and I adore the prizes! Where else can you do something as simple as write ‘enter me’ in a comment and win something pretty? Not many places, that's for sure! We’ve got a nice little community here and the good shouldn’t be overtaken by the bad! I received a trio of mini lip glosses which I seem to have forgotten to photograph (but I will at some point because I really like them & they’re not the typical shades you hear about a lot!) because I’m silly, a powder eye shadow in the shade Etrusque & a powder blusher in Douceur.

Entrusque is a really beautiful gold shadow and my photograph here really doesn’t do it any justice at all. I’m so happy to have this because I don’t think I would ever spend lots of pennies on an eyeshadow so it seems super luxurious to me! Is that silly? I don’t know. There’s something about NARS & its packaging that makes me smile so I’m always super envious of those of you with extensive NARS collections!

Douceur is a shade I would never have picked out for myself because I’m always drawn to the bright pink or peach shades, but I’d say it’s already in my top 5 favourite blushers and I haven’t had it for that long. It’s a rosey pink with brown undertones that manages to instantly brighten my complexion and make me look super healthy. I also think this is the perfect colour to reach for when you’re not sure what to wear because it’ll go with any look. I think I’d also really like NARS Madly and that’s jumped up a few places on my products I’d like to own list!

I also recently won Leanne’s giveaway but my prizes are STILL sitting at the post office because I haven’t had a chance to pick them up yet! I’ve been super busy the last few weeks and I’ve discovered post office opening times are really inconvenient especially when parcels are never left at my local branch. I'm so sorry Leanne, I hope I'll be able to go and pick it up before the weekend!

A few weeks ago I tweeted that I’d really like to try Face & Body foundation from MAC but I was reluctant to purchase a full sized bottle without being able to test it first because it’s quite pricey. The beautiful Lucy said she had a bottle that she wasn’t using any more and offered to send it to me, how lovely is that?! I know I’ve said this a lot in this post but there are some truly beautiful ladies with blogs that I’m so thankful to have had the pleasure of getting to know! This is in the shade C1 which I think is the lightest shade. To be honest MAC shades confuse me. Does anyone know how C1 would compare to N1? I’d love to know what the difference is and I’m sure you guys are much more knowledgeable than I am!

Base: Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation & Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer.
Blush: Illamasqua Promise & NARS Douceur dusted lightly over Promise.
Eyes: MAC Vintage Selection Paint Pot, Urban Decay Virgin eye shadow & NARS Etrusque eye shadow.
Mascara: Collection 2000 Big Fake.
Lips: MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick & Eyes Lips Face Daring mineral lipgloss.

Finally, as if this post hasn’t been long enough already, I thought I’d pop in a quick face of the day. A few people asked to see a swatch of the Daring mineral lipgloss from Eyes Lips Face so the above photograph is what it looks like applied on its own and in the image below you can see what it looks like applied on top of a tiny bit of Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick from MAC. Alone it gives a sheer wash of pinky red colour that I love. It looks like you’ve just eaten some strawberries, super cute! When applied on top of a pinky-red lipstick it’s the perfect red lip look for those who, like me, are scared of red lips and this is my favourite lip combination at the moment!
Did ya miss me? Whaa, no? Why not? *sad face* I’m only kidding! I know, I was only gone for a few days. I bet you didn’t even notice! Have I missed anything? What’s your favourite lip combination at the moment? Don’t forget to let me know about the Face & Body shades if you know. Oh & I’d love it if you checked out Leanne, Karleigh & Lucy’s blogs. They’re all lovely ladies with wonderful blogs! ♥


Friday, 11 March 2011

Eyes Lips Face loot & opinions.

A little while ago Eyes Lips Face had a 20% off every item on the website promotion and I figured it’d be almost rude not to take up that offer. The products are already super affordable but lets face it, everyone loves a bargain! Recently I’ve got into the habit of doing “loot” posts and just describing the products rather than giving my opinions, which I think, would probably be far more useful. I’ve had these products for a little while now and I’ve used them so hopefully this will be a somewhat useful blog post rather than a ‘omg look at what I bought’ post! 

I’ve had the gunmetal cream eyeliner for a while and I quite like it so I thought I would get the black one because I’ll probably use it more often. It’s not the most exciting purchase but it’s certainly a useful one. You get a tiny little angled brush with it which I find surprisingly useful and for £3.50 you can’t really go wrong! I have super oily eyelids and I find that this lasts an okay amount of time which is fine for me because I’m not big on eyeliner anyway so it’s not a part of my daily make up routine. If you’re a big eyeliner fan I’m sure you’ve already found something you love and I wouldn’t swap it for this.

The studio line lip stains have intrigued me for a little while so I thought I’d try one and I got the shade fashionista which is a super bright pink. To be honest I wouldn’t call this a lip stain at all, it’s more like a highly pigmented gloss. It’s okay, nothing special and the consistency is a little odd. Although I'm sure I'll use this one because I love the colour, I wouldn’t purchase another one.

Another product that intrigued me when I saw it is the make up mist & set and I have to say I quite like it. My skin has been so dry lately and despite plastering my face with vitamin e cream my foundation doesn’t look as nice as I’d like it to when I first apply it. A quick spritz of this and my make up looks super nice and dewy & I love that. Does this make my make up stay on longer? Maybe? I can’t say I’ve really been taking much notice but I think sprays like this are going to be living in my bag come summer time because I can imagine them being super refreshing on hot afternoons. It doesn’t really smell of anything which is fine by me, the packaging is plain but functional and it’s a bargain. Way cheaper than fix+ from MAC although I’ve never tried that so it could be better than this one. I have no idea, but I won’t be forking out the money because this works well enough for me.

Daring mineral lip gloss was a bit of a spur of the moment purchase. I had been wanting to expand my lip product collection and branch out into colours other than baby pink and peach. I love reds but I’m scared to wear them because it’s very easy to get it very wrong. Daring lip gloss just appealed to me when I saw it online so I purchased it without looking at swatches on blogs like I usually do. As soon as I saw this in the box I loved it, look at how beautiful that colour is in the tube. It’s red and sparkly. I love it. On the lips it can be applied lightly for a sheer red colour or you can build it up into a surprisingly vibrant colour. I really like it both ways and I’ve especially loved wearing it over Viva Glam Cyndi from MAC. These aren’t scented at all and most importantly for me, not sticky! Costing only £3 and coming in what seems to be a wide range of colours, I think I may have to purchase a couple more in the near future.

I knew I wanted the new stipple brush as soon as I saw it had arrived. If you're looking for a brush to apply your foundation with this won't be the brush for you. If however you’re looking for the perfect brush for pigmented blushers then this is perfect, in my opinion. I've washed this a couple of times now and I haven't experienced any shedding at all so in that respect it gets a double thumbs up! I had been using the powder brush for blusher and although I love it, it does give quite a heavy application so you have to be careful. I had tried the ELF blush brush and I’m not a fan because I think it’s just a bit small, but having said that I’m someone who uses a lot of blush and I’m certainly not just a ‘tiny dusting of pink on the apples of the cheeks’ kinda girl. I like my cheek bones so I like to emphasize them, not in an ‘omg what has she done to her face’ kind of way, just, oh you know what I mean! I’m sure you’ve seen enough photographs of my face to picture what I’m (badly) attempting to describe. Anyway…stipple brush…I think it’s super good! Buy it, it’s a bargain!

I need all the help I can get with eye make up. I have small eyes and I generally find it quite difficult to wear eye make up and make it look even vaguely nice. In a bid to expand my eye brush collection I picked up the angled contour brush which hopefully will help me out a little bit with shaping my eye shadow. I must admit I’ve never really seen a brush quite like this. It’s angled, kind of rounded and super fat so I imagine there are quite a lot of uses just for this one brush. Having not used it that much so far I don’t really have a solid opinion on it just yet, all I can say is that I quite like it and it hasn't shed so far. 

Finally like I just said, I needed to expand my eye make up brush collection because I had basically none and there was an Urban Decay Naked palette crying out to be loved. As soon as I saw the mineral blending eye brush on the site I knew I wanted it because it looked like it would be super useful. These brushes are a little pricier than the others at £5.50 but this one is my favourite. It’s so incredibly soft and for some reason I really love that the bristles are a cream kind of colour. I hate washing my brushes, I think it’s so incredibly boring but cream coloured bristles makes me want to wash my brushes more often to keep them looking pristine. Is that weird? I don’t know. Anyway I love this brush. It applies a soft wash of colour beautifully over the lid and it’s so easy to blend out colours that even I can do it. Trust me, if I can do it anyone can!

Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any ELF products that you really love and would recommend? I'd love to know if I'm missing out on any good products.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Raffles Bizarre Jewellery.

Jess sent me a necklace as a thank you for putting a little banner & clickable link to the Raffles Bizarre jewellery website in the sidebar of my blog and I’m absolutely in love with it! I don’t think my blog is ‘big’ or popular enough to justify charging for advertising space and I didn’t put the link there in order to get free stuff and I don’t ever want anyone to think that about me or my blog. Honestly, I’m absolutely in love with Raffles Bizarre. There are an abundance of wonderful jewellery shops around at the moment and I think Raffles Bizarre has some amazing pieces that makes the company really stand out as being a little bit special.

I was lucky enough to be able to choose a necklace & I picked out the Blue Swallow necklace. I think it’s super cute & full of gorgeous blue colours that I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with as the sunshine comes out. I love the little red button by the clasp of the necklace & I’m so impressed with all the little details. At only £6 I think this is such a bargain and that gives you an idea of how affordable Jess’s pieces are. There’s so much variety within the two newest collections Navajo and Metropolis amongst many others that I’m certain there’s at least one thing for everyone!

Have you ever bought anything from Raffles Bizarre? What’s your favourite item on the website? Ooh and don't forget you can get 10% off your order with the code SAILBOAT. ♥

P.S. There’s a little giveaway happening over on the Raffles Bizarre blog here!
P.P.S. If you love ASOS like I definitely do, there's a groupon deal on at the moment here! Spend £9 and get £20 to spend online. Bargain!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Monthly Favourites: February.

During the month of February I rediscovered a few products I’ve had in my collection for a while, absolutely loved some of my newer purchases and focused on getting my skin into better condition than it had been for a couple of weeks.

A lot of the time I find Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid foundation quite difficult to work with but I did reach for it a lot at the beginning of February when my skin wasn’t looking its best. I need a very good moisturiser under this and I have to mix it with Illamasqua’s Satin Primer, but it’s worth the extra work because you end up with a completely flawless base. You honestly need the tiniest amount, I probably use no more than half a pea sized amount to cover my whole face as it’s extremely pigmented and you don’t want to look cakey. When it works it looks amazing, but it can be tricky, especially if your skin is on the dry side like mine is.

The only concealer I’ve been reaching for is the Lasting Perfection from Collection 2000 because it’s simply amazing for the price. It does an amazing job at both covering redness and blemishes and also neutralising under eye circles. My dark circles are terrible and although this doesn’t cover them completely, it does a really good job that’s perfect for everyday wear and I’m very impressed. If you’re after a good pharmacy concealer that won’t break the bank then I definitely recommend this one!

My skin has been going through a super dry patch especially on my forehead and cheeks so I’ve been reaching for my Neal’s Yard Jasmine Enriching cream most days. This little miracle in a jar has worked wonders and although it’s on the pricey side, I definitely think it’s worth spending a little bit more for products that really work for you. Another Neal’s Yard product I’ve been especially impressed with is the Power Berry Facial Mask. I got a tiny jar of this in the trial sized kit my boyfriend got me for Valentines Day and this is my favourite product of the three. Neal’s Yard facemasks have always tempted me but I was put off by how much product you get for the price because I didn’t think it would last long. So far I’ve managed to get 5 or 6 masks from this tiny jar & I’ve still got lots left so I was definitely very wrong in my initial assumptions and I will be purchasing the full size when I run out of this one.

I rediscovered my Good Things eye cream during February and I definitely notice the difference when I use this. Although I’m not sure about it helping my dark circles I’ve found that it really helps with puffiness, which works wonders in making me look less tired. It’s not thick in consistency at all which I love because it sinks in quickly and works really well underneath make up. When used consistently this really makes a big difference and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to everyone.

The chocolate bronzer from Bourjois is the only bronzer I’ve found so far that looks really nice on my fair skin. I admit that I haven’t tried a lot of bronzers because I find them a little bit scary, but now I have this one I think I’ll be sticking with it. It’s a really natural colour that when used lightly gives a lovely subtle warmth to my skin which is exactly what I wanted. It also smells really nice, not that that’s particularly important, but I really like that!

When the sunshine appears I automatically reach for my peachy-gold blushers & since we’ve had quite a few sunny days on the South Coast recently, NARS Enchanted and Bourjois Ambre d’Or have been getting a lot of love from me. If I want a subtle cheek colour I’ll use Enchanted on its own & if I want a little more colour I have been dusting a little bit of Ambre d’Or over the top. The result is a pretty peachy colour with a hint of golden shimmer & I love it.

Finally, the Naked Palette from Urban Decay will probably be a monthly favourite of mine forever more because it’s definitely a staple in my make up collection. I have three absolute favourite colours from the month of February and they are Half Baked, Naked and Sin. Sin is a beautiful pinky-champagne colour that looks beautiful all over the lid and on the inner corner to really brighten the eye. Naked is the perfect colour for me to blend out other colours for a pretty and simple daytime look. Half Baked is my absolute favourite colour in the entire palette and it’s a beautiful bronze-gold that looks gorgeous all over the lid especially if you have blue eyes. If you don’t have the Naked Palette and you love neutrals then I definitely recommend purchasing it if you find it in stock anywhere!

What were your February favourites?

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Sunday Snapshot 014.

Around 90% of the emails I receive from my blog are all about Ralphie & asking how he is! He’s a very loved little bunny rabbit so I make sure he gets extra cuddles from all of you guys! He’s 8 and a half months old now and he gets cheekier by the day. When I’m not looking he likes getting up to mischief whether that’s trying to squeeze into spaces he shouldn’t be or stealing the last piece of my rich tea biscuit! I could buy him all the rabbit toys in the world and he’d still love his favourite cardboard box way more. He’s such a cutie pie & it makes me smile when you guys ask about him! ♥
I really want to start making YouTube videos at some point soon. I have no idea if anyone would watch them and I’ll probably make a complete tit of myself but it’s all fun right? I won’t be a tutorial kind of You-Tuber because I’m very boring with my make up so my videos will probably be rambles about stuff and maybe some outfits. Maybe? I don’t know, it’s not a very well thought out plan just yet. But I would like to get a camera that records nice quality videos that doesn’t cost a fortune. Do any of you make videos, what camera do you use to record them?

All these new make up collections coming out are making me excited for the spring time! I really need to pop to Boots and have a look at the 17 spring collection, especially the eye shadow palettes because after seeing Hannah’s post I completely fell in love with them! How adorable do they look?!

I also absolutely adore the look of the new cream pigments that Illamasqua are releasing in a few days, especially the lilac colour. After seeing this Lisa Eldridge look I’ve been obsessed with pretty pastel make up. I loved the lilac colour she used on her eyes combined with lots of mascara, it looks super easy to do & would be perfect for sunny spring days. Not that my make up will ever look half as perfect as hers does, but I’ll give it a good go!

Are you excited for any upcoming collections? Do you have any products, clothes or accessories that you'd really like to purchase for this spring? I'd love to know what you're loving at the moment! 

P.S. Does anyone watch American Idol? I’m super happy that Casey and Jacob made it into the top 13. I love them both!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

The one that (almost) got away.

I saw this necklace on ASOS quite a while back and I instantly loved it. Instead of purchasing it right away I decided to wait and see if it went into the sale because lets face it, we all love a bargain. I kept an eye on it but one day it just completely disappeared from the website and I’m not going to lie, I was pretty upset about that. Anyway, to long story short, it popped up again on ASOS with 20% off the original price so I purchased it instantly and now it’s mine. Yay!

Blue is probably my absolute favourite colour, especially this kind of beautiful tropical ocean blue and I really like the gold-toned wire wrapped detail. Basically I pretty much love everything about this necklace. Thank you ASOS for taking my money and sending me beautiful things!

I’m also completely in love with my new Primark shoes that you can see in more detail here. I bought them because they have adorable little anchors on & I wasn’t really sure what I was going to wear them with, but I really love the way they look with this Vero Moda skirt that I wore here. This is definitely my new favourite spring outfit!

Have you made any recent purchases that you absolutely love?

Thursday, 3 March 2011

MAC: Viva Glam Gaga & Viva Glam Cyndi lipsticks.

My bedroom floor has turned into a giant sea of essay notes and I don't like it, I don't like it at all. I am currently sat in the only note free corner of my bedroom ignoring the fact I have a half finished essay that needs to be totally finished, referenced and double spaced by midday tomorrow because I wanted to talk about make up instead of art history. Turns out history essays are pretty much impossible to blag, I've learned that what I write will mostly either be right or wrong - fingers crossed it's right! Anyway, back to the fun stuff, lipsticks!

The recent release of the new Viva Glam lipstick probably means that Viva Glam Cyndi & Viva Glam Gaga will soon disappear from the MAC collection completely. I'd really like to know why they're limited edition. Surely they've been popular colours and the money goes to charity so I don't quite understand why they can't be permanent. Anyway, I've turned up fashionably late to the Viva Glam party and I've definitely been missing out.

These are the first two lipsticks from MAC to make their way into my make up collection so I know absolutely nothing about all the different finishes of lipstick they sell. I do know that these are both lustre lipsticks and I've found that they are so easy to wear, even with my lips not being in the best condition at the moment. They also smell really nice, not that that's something overly important, but everyone always seems to comment on the scent and now I see why!

Viva Glam Gaga is a beautiful bubblegum blue-pink which is totally my kind of colour. In the tube it looks quite bright but I don't find this a difficult shade to wear at all, perhaps because I'm quite pale. I knew I really wanted Gaga but at first I wasn't sure about Cyndi because I've always been a little bit scared of any lipsticks that are described as being remotely red. I decided to go for it anyway because hey, it's only a lipstick, there's nothing to be scared of! The worst that could have happened is that I wouldn't like it and I could have given it away. But I don't need to think about giving it away because I absolutely adore this colour. I love it more than the Gaga lipstick and I didn't think I'd be saying that any time soon. It manages to instantly warm up my complexion and I have a feeling this may be my go to summer lipstick this year.

Have you purchased any of the Viva Glam lipsticks? What's your absolute favourite lipstick from MAC? I think I need to expand my collection a little bit, I've been missing out! Not that I should be online shopping at all until I've finished my essay. *Sigh* Back to the notes!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Summertime Dreaming.

If I were getting married this summertime, in the middle of the English countryside, this is the dress I would have sitting in my wardrobe ready for the big day. ♥

Do you have a dream wedding dress?