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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Monthly Favourites: September 2011.

Do you ever have those posts planned where you've taken all the photographs but you never get around to actually sitting down to write the content? This is what happened with my September favourites but since I've been doing my monthly favourites posts for over a year, I really didn't want to skip a month. I popped up my September favourites video about a week ago so if you'd prefer to watch rather than read then you're more than welcome to pop over there!

I've talked about the Illamasqua Satin Primer many times before over the past year or so and I still absolutely love it. If you have dry skin and have a problem with your foundation clinging to dry patches no matter how amazingly well you moisturise then I guarantee that you need this product in your life. It smells slightly like cake which is nice, but I would prefer if it were scentless, and you only need a super small amount in order to give your skin a beautiful dewy glow. It's pricey at £19.50 but it's such a wonderful investment.

Another brilliant product if you have dry or dehydrated skin is Weleda Skin Food ♦. I predominantly use this on particularly dry areas of my face such as my nose, cheeks & forehead both morning and evening. Occasionally however I will pop a thin layer all over my face and neck before I go to sleep & when I wake up my skin is hydrated and healthy looking. This is a thick cream so I wouldn't recommend it for your face unless your skin is super dry but this is one of those multi purpose creams that can be used anywhere you have dry skin.

I go through phases with my nails, sometimes I love nothing more than picking out a pretty nail polish to wear & a few days later taking it all off and popping a different colour on. Most of the time though I'm not hugely fussy and the polish I always find myself reaching for is Barry M Blue Glitter. It's easy to apply, a couple of coats gives you super sparkly nails, it dries pretty quickly & it doesn't chip easily. Of course like all glitter it's a pain in the you-know-what to take off but I'm willing to overlook that because it's so pretty!

It's no secret that Good Things is my absolute favourite brand for body scrubs & butters and their latest Soothing Body Butter ♦ offering is probably my absolute favourite item from the range. This body butter is rich and beautifully moisturising with a fruity scent that is just addictive! The matching Good Things Soothing Exfoliating scrub ♦ is also fabulous so if you're in the market for some new body products then I highly recommend Good Things!

My blusher combination for the month of September was Illamasqua Promise Cream blush & Bourjois Rose d'Or powder blusher. I won't ramble on here because I've talked about both of these many times before, but together they give the perfect warm pink slightly sparkly flush to the cheeks that lasts all day long without fading.

For the longest time I had the Eyes Lips Face Studio Angled Contour Brush sitting in my brush pot & I had no idea what to use it for. It's a funny little brush but surprisingly it has many uses! I mainly use it for popping a wash of colour over my lids and blending out slightly at the edges & it's the perfect brush for that. You could also use the tip to create definition in the crease & after a few suggestions from people commenting on my YouTube video, it's also a fabulous little concealer brush!

The Collection 2000 Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Creams intrigued me for the longest time before I decided to purchase a couple and the first shade I gravitated towards was Cotton Candy. This shade isn't the pretty baby pink I was expecting, instead it's a far more unusual bright yet deep pink that's surprisingly easy to wear. I don't find these moisturising at all despite their name, but with a good slick of lip balm underneath these are wonderful and at £2.99 each you can't go wrong! Expect a different shade to be popping up in my October favourites!

On the other end of the spectrum are two lipsticks that made up my perfect nude lip for September. It's not often I go for a nude lip, I'm not sure why, it's just not really my thing. I was rummaging through my lip drawer and came across the infamous GOSH Velvet Touch Darling lipstick and decided to give it a second chance. On it's own, Darling is so unwearable for me it's ridiculous - it washes me out and the formulation is super unforgiving. I decided to mix it with a little bit of 17 Mirror Shine On Lipstick in Beehive and they're the most perfect combination. Love them.

Finally this is the palette that needs absolutely no introduction, the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Again this is another product I've mentioned about a million times before but I just adore it. The shade Half Baked is the perfect colour if you have blue eyes, Sin is the perfect champagne & Naked is the perfect shade for me to use to blend out other colours & soften the look. It's pricey, but I honestly think it's worth every penny!

What were your September favourites? I'll be popping up my October favourites super soon - sorry to overload you with favourites posts!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Five Things I Love Friday & Five Blogs I Love Friday 025.

One. My new Autumn/Winter Coat. 
After featuring the Matalan Faux Fur Coat in my last Monday Lust List post I decided to take the plunge and order one because I loved it so much. I know it's not going to be one I can wear on those rainy Autumn/Winter days but for those super cold, crisp, misty days that I love so much, I'm sure I'll be grateful to have this furry number wrapped around me! I know a lot of you guys loved the coat too & if you're umming and ahhing over whether to get it or not, I say go for it!

Two. Christmas Decorations! 

I know it's only October but all the Christmas presents and decorations have well and truly hit the highstreet already and I'm loving it! I absolutely adore Christmas. The fairy lights, the mulled wine, the Christmas markets, the festive music. I love it all! I'm especially looking forward to this Christmas because it's the first time my boyfriend and I will actually get to be together. I don't think we'll be living together by Christmas, I'm desperate not to rush into anything in that respect, but to be able to exchange presents in person this year will be wonderful! These super cute decorations are from Matalan!

Three. Hot Chocolate! 

As soon as the evenings start getting colder I hit the hot chocolate, I swear I'm addicted to the stuff. I was sent these three samples and oh my gosh, they're just lovely. Knowing that they're not packed full of calories is an added bonus, it means I can add as much whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate flakes as I like, right?!

Four. My Ikea Picasso. 

Many trips to Ikea have been made of late with my boyfriend getting to the furnishing stage of his house renovation and on one trip I spotted this picture and I had to have it. The little sausage dog in the middle is my absolute favourite!

Five. Planning my 2000 reader giveaway! 
I'm a fair way off hitting 2000 google friend connect readers but I'd really love to celebrate by holding a mega giveaway for all of you that have supported me over the past few years - you all mean the world to me! ♥


P.S. Thank you to everyone that helped on twitter recommending new blogs to me today! If you have a favourite blog please email/tweet/leave a comment with the link. Choosing five blogs every week for this feature is getting super difficult as I read & follow so many! Thank you! ♥

Monday, 24 October 2011

Monday Lust List 010.

It's been a couple of weeks since I did my last Monday Lust List post so this one is way overdue! I'm constantly online window shopping and I have a ridiculous amount of pretty stuff in my lust list folder all the time, I hope I'm not the only one that does that! Eep!
1. It's been super cold over the last few days where I live, I'm used to mild winters on the south coast of England and I'm pretty sure that the midlands is going to get its fair share of snow this year so I'm going to need to stock up on winter warmers and thick coats which I've never really had to do before. Top of my list is a good pair of earmuffs, I'm going to have to visit a few shops and try some pairs on because I seem to have a massive head or something and sometimes some styles just don't fit properly! These brown faux fur earmuffs are from River Island and at £13 they're a little pricey but they just look so cosy & I love the colours!

2. I know I talk about Temporary:Secretary a lot but seriously, every time I pop on to have a look at all the pretty jewellery I see something that I've missed before and fall in love. That website is just a treasure trove of beautiful & truly unique jewellery and I know that lots of you think the same! I absolutely adore this Temporary:Secretary Cuckoo Clock Necklace and at £14 I think it's a total bargain!

3. Love Hearts and Crosses is another website I mention a lot but again, there's always new jewellery and accessories sitting on the website waiting to be found and lusted over! This Love Hearts and Crosses Mock Croc Satchel Fold Over Flap Bag is the latest thing to catch my eye and I just adore it! Satchel bags with long straps will probably always be my favourite style of bag because they're so roomy and they look so stylish with almost any outfit. I don't own a black satchel bag & I think I need this one in my life! 

4. This Matalan Be Beau Belted Fur Coat has just stolen my heart & even though I know it won't be practical in the rain, I just love it so much. I'm not usually the biggest fan of faux fur, I hugely detest the real fur industry and sometimes faux fur just feels too close to that for comfort. This coat however is clearly faux fur and it just looks so snuggly & warm. I really like the belt detail, I'm a huge fan of cinching in at the waist and I think I may have to make this beauty mine!

5. This gorgeous glittery pot of prettiness is Gone Gonzo nail polish by OPI and as soon as I spied this on ASOS I fell in love. It's blue, it's sparkly, it's glittery and I just need to have it! I haven't even googled swatches of it, I don't care if the formula is a total let down, I just love it and I think it would look so pretty sat on my dressing table. Yes I am that shallow.

6. I was watching one of Lisa Eldridge's videos the other day and she was wearing this completely amazing shirt and after a little bit of comment stalking I learned that she got it from Topshop. My heart did sink a little bit because I instantly knew it was going to be super pricey & I was right, this Dog Print Blouse by Unique is a whopping £110 so it's safe to say I will never own this beauty but I shall continue to admire it from afar!

7. If I weren't so bloomin' tall I would have snapped these Matalan Multi Layer Occasion Platforms up the second I saw them because they're gorgeous! I love the gold, silver & black colours together and these are pretty much the perfect shoe for the upcoming party season if you want something that will make a statement but not be all up in everyone's faces. They're only £18 as well, what a steal!

8. Benefit's boxed blushers have always intrigued me, just not quite enough to shell out £23.50 for one - they seem so crazy expensive! I do however love that Benefit bring out these little sets and this year Benefit PowdaWowza has caught my attention because it contains the three powders I'd love to try the most; Coralista, Bella Bamba & Hoola. Need need need!

9. I have officially found the best slippers in the world - and I don't even really like cats that much (don't kill me!)! I was casually browsing Topshop, as you do, and I stumbled across these ESME Velvet Cat Slippers & I think they're nothing short of amazing! Sure, they probably wouldn't keep my feet super warm & cosy but who the heck cares about that, look at them! They're SO cute! They come in green to & I can't lie, I'd be tempted to sneakily pick up both colours!

What are you currently lusting over? Do you always have lots of things on your lust list or is that just me?!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Topshop Make Up Smoke & Mirrors Collection: Rumour Has It Lipstick & Pillow Talk Lipstick.

Ever since the limited edition A/W Smoke & Mirrors make up collection went up on the Topshop website I've been umming and ahhing over whether to purchase the two lipsticks. A few days ago I finally thought 'sod it' and made a little order which is something I don't do often, partly because Topshop is slightly out of my price range and the £4 standard delivery charge is quite frankly daylight robbery. I begrudge paying for delivery at the best of times but I did get 10% student discount so I guess I can't complain too much!

Not being able to decide between the two lipstick shades I decided to just get them both because I knew I'd get a lot of use out of both of them! I absolutely adore the packaging from this collection, I think I love it more than the regular Topshop make up packaging. There's a very vintage 1970s glamour feel to the whole collection and I can't ever fault Topshop's attention to detail.

Topshop Rumour Has It lipstick is described on the website as a dusty rose colour and I'd agree with that. I may or may not have bought this purely because of the name, (yes I am still obsessed with Adele!) and in all honesty I didn't really expect this to be a shade that would suit me. It's a little different to the shades that I usually go for but it's one of those nudes that instantly adds a little bit of sultry glamour to any make up look but especially compliments a soft brown smokey eye & neutral blush.

Topshop Pillow Talk lipstick is a classic baby pink colour and I can never have enough of these in my collection. It's not too cool or too warm toned which makes it so incredibly wearable and I think this is a shade that would suit so many different people. I've been especially enjoying wearing this with a soft taupe eyeshadow, lashings of mascara & a pop of Illamasqua Promise cream blusher on the cheeks. I think fresh looking make up is going to be one of my staple looks this autumn and winter!

I absolutely adore the formulation of these lipsticks, they have a beautifully glossy finish & they last surprisingly well on the lips as well. At £9 I know some think that they're slightly overpriced but I think they have a pretty reasonable price point for the quality. They're around £5 cheaper than MAC lipsticks and minus the lovely vanilla scent I think they're of a really similar quality!

Have you tried either of these lipsticks? What do you think of Topshop's make up?

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Haircare Routine.

I popped up a video on my YouTube channel a few days ago talking through my haircare routine because it had been requested quite a few times! I know not everyone who reads my blog is subscribed to my YouTube channel (which is totally okay!) and I know that not everyone likes watching videos as much as they like reading blogs which I totally get so I thought I'd just pop up a quick post on here. I won't go into too much detail about each product because I ramble for long enough in my video so think of this as more of a little blog overview!

In terms of shampoo & conditioner I'm not super fussy on which ones I use. I tend to stick to ones that promise volume and body, although I've learned not to expect a lot because they don't usually deliver. However I find that these types of shampoo & conditioner don't weigh my hair down as much as others.

I bought The Body Shop Banana Shampoo purely because it smells like those foam banana sweeties I used to eat by the bucket load when I was little. I remember stopping off at the local shop after school once a week with my Mama and she would let me pick out a couple of penny sweeties to eat after dinner so I guess I bought this shampoo purely for nostalgia.

I've had the Phil Smith Big It Up shampoo(♦) & Big It Up conditioner(♦) for a little while now and although I don't think they're anything special I do really like them. The scent isn't anything incredible but they leave my hair feeling clean and not weighed down or limp.

I'm quite new to Lee Stafford's products but I have really enjoyed using every product I've tried so far. My Big Fat Healthy Hair and the Bleach Blondes shampoos are both brilliant products that seem to just work for my hair. Bleach Blondes shampoo is amazing at taking out any brassy tones from blonde hair & My Big Fat Healthy Hair shampoo leaves my hair feeling thoroughly cleansed of any oils and dirt while not stripping it and leaving it feeling limp. I absolutely hate the use uppercase and lowercase writing on the packaging though, it makes me shudder a little bit looking at it!

Superstar shampoo & conditioner from Tigi Bed Head are some of my all time favourite hair products. I believe they have been revamped & renamed 'Styleshots Epic Volume' but I have been reliably informed that they still have the same yummy strawberry sweeties scent which I adore. I've had these two 750ml bottles for a long time and they're only just starting to run out but I'll definitely be repurchasing very soon!

The only other conditioner I reach for is another Lee Stafford Product and it is the Treatment For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length. I really do love this little pot of goodness and although I haven't noticed a dramatic difference in the length of my hair, it has dramatically improved in condition and strength which I believe is really what this product is for anyway. I've got 4 more tubs of this to get through, that's how much I love it!

The John Frieda Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray is a product that I don't think I will be without for as long as they keep making it. When I bought it I honestly didn't have high expectations but it transforms the colour of my hair super easily - it's foolproof!

The only other product I reach for fairly often is the Phil Smith Xtreme Style Xpanding Thickening Cream(♦). This does make a difference to the volume of my hair if I rub a small amount in before blow drying my hair upside down so I'll use this if I'm washing my hair in the morning and fancy a little bit of extra volume for the day.

I do try to keep my hair routine as basic as possible and other than the products I've mentioned all I do is backcomb my hair. A lot. I don't have the secret to voluminous hair, I don't have the patience to blow dry my hair with a round brush or to faff around with heated rollers. It's backcombing all the way for me, oops! So the only other product I reach for is a light hold hairspray, any one will do, I'm not fussy at all! I opt for a light hold because it's a million times easier to brush out - and yep I know you're not supposed to brush it out either, again oopsie!

As I'm sure you can tell I'm not a hair expert at all, but I hope that this helped a little and given you a little insight into the products that I like to use. I'd love it if you would like to watch my haircare routine video, it's probably the video where I'm most myself and not as nervous talking to a camera as I have been in previous videos!

What are some of your favourite hair products? I'd love to know! 

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Instagram Snapshot 002.

One & Two. 
I took the plunge and did what you should probably never do & that was purchase a foundation online having never seen it in person. I decided to go for MAC Studio Sculpt foundation & although I've never been colour matched at MAC I guessed and went for NC15. I'm really happy with the shade, it seems to be the best match I've ever had in a foundation & I'm also really getting along with the formula. You only need the smallest amount (less than a pea size) to get a medium to full coverage which I've been loving on bad skin days!

I keep visiting the Apple website and adding an iPhone 4S to my basket, for reference I'd go for the 16GB black version, but right now I just can't justify going through the checkout. I know I could go and get a contract but I'd rather purchase the phone outright & get a SIM through Giff Gaff because you get such a good deal with them for £10 a month! This method would work out ever so slightly cheaper in the long run too. Part of me wants to wait for the iPhone 5 to come out because I like odd numbers better than I like even numbers. And yes, that's my only reason!

I finally got around to renewing my NUS Extra card. I wasn't going to for a while but then I realised I was being an idiot & I should make the most of student discount while I can! I'm with the Open Uni so I don't get a student card like you do at brick Uni's so it's worth the £11 for an Extra card to make the most of discounts where I can!

I was in Pets at Home spending a small fortune on things for Ralphie (bunnies are expensive!) this little guy in one of the hutches caught my eye. I've never seen a bunny like that in Pets at Home before, they usually only have lops and I thought he was so unusual. He looks more like a hare than a bunny & his ears were amazing! If I could have given him a home I absolutely would have but I don't think Ralphie would be too happy if I brought home another bunny. Ralphie's too spoilt to want to share the attention!

The past few days have been dedicated to giving my boyfriends house a good clean now that all of the decorating has been done! It's been a lot of hard work but it's finally paying off and he should be all moved in in a couple of weeks time! As far as hoovers go, Henry's are the cutest!

Seven, Eight, Nine & Ten. 
While in Pets at Home one of the things I picked up for Ralphie was a little harness and to my complete surprise he actually quite likes wearing it! Now I won't be taking him for walks down the street or anything but it's nice to have if he wants to explore other places other than my bedroom.

Eleven & Twelve. 
I've been getting back into make up recently and dug out some products I once loved & had been neglecting as well as ones I wasn't so keen on and trying out new ways of using them to make them work for me. I was thinking about doing some more make up related blog posts, maybe some mini reviews of products like the MUA Heaven & Earth palette post I popped up yesterday. Let me know if that's something you'd like to see or not!

Have you had a lovely weekend? Have you had any exciting plans?

Saturday, 15 October 2011

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette.

After seeing so many blog posts and videos talking about the MUA Make Up Academy Heaven & Earth palette it instantly found its way on to my beauty wishlist (it's currently a ridiculously long list!) but it wasn't easily accessible to me because my local Superdrug is absolutely pants! The beautiful Kim who blogs over at Dottie K came to my rescue when I won this palette along with lots of other goodies in her recent giveaway & I really can't thank her enough!
If you already own the Urban Decay Naked Palette and you've been 'umming' and 'ahhing' over picking this one up too then I'd definitely say you should go for it! They are similar but I think they're still different enough to justify having both, the most notable difference being the Heaven and Earth shades are more warm toned which actually makes them much easier for me to wear.

The shadows themselves are buttery soft, super easy to blend & the shades are all beautiful. I personally love that there are no super dark shades because I don't reach for them very often at all and I can honestly say that I would use every single colour in this palette which doesn't happen very often! There are lovely highlight shades, shimmery lid colours & slightly deeper colours that define the eyes perfectly. The colours are all shimmery and that's probably my only criticism, a couple of matte shades would have made this palette pretty much perfect although with a good base underneath (Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Paint Pots, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows, whatever works for you!) there is minimal fallout & the shadows last all day. I do also wish that the colours had individual names but I think my favourites are the four colours on the right hand side because they make a perfect warm bronze brown soft smokey eye that's perfect for the daytime.

Do you have the MUA Heaven and Earth palette in your collection?

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Instagram Snapshot 001.

I'm going to start switching up my features a little bit, my instagram posts might not be up every week & they may not always be on a Sunday so I've decided to change the feature name for this one. I'm a little sad to say goodbye to Sunday Snapshot & maybe I'll come back to it at some point, but it has been pinched a couple of times so I don't feel like it's really mine anymore. Not saying it was a totally original idea but I've seen too many people's original feature ideas stolen without credit and that makes me kinda sad. But anyway, I think that's just one of the negative aspects of blogging right now. 

One & Two. 
I baked some chocolate cupcakes with blue vanilla icing & sprinkles because I wanted to try out my new icing/piping bag. They're far from perfect but I didn't think it was bad for a first attempt! I also made a classic Victoria Sponge with lots & lots of strawberry jam in the middle. Yum!

Three & Four. 
Ralphie has been a total cutie pie all week with only a couple of naughty spells! His lionhead mane is growing super quickly since I last gave him a little hair cut & this time it's not falling into his eyes which is always good. I love him with his tufty hair so I'm not going to cut it until he starts having trouble seeing! 
Five & Six. 
I got the Love Hearts & Crosses bag I had been lusting over as a gift from my boyfriend and I absolutely adore it, it's super elegant and classy! Conny the lovely lady behind the shop popped in this chasing bunny necklace as a little surprise extra present for me and I was SO so excited when I opened it. I wore them both to a job interview the day after I got them! Don't forget you can enter my little giveaway to win a pair of swallow earrings here!

Seven & Eight. 
This was my interview choice of clothing & I added a black blazer, my bunny necklace and my new bag to complete the look. Those things obviously brought me some luck because the next day I found out I got the job! I have to say a huge thank you to everyone that wished me good luck and then congratulations - I've got a lot of love for you guys!

Nine, Ten & Eleven. 
My boyfriend's house is almost done which is quite exciting. I'm so proud of him for purchasing his first house and I absolutely know how lucky we are not having to rent. Of course there's nothing wrong with renting, but my one big dream in life has always been to own my own home. 

I received these Matalan lookbooks through the post and I'm so impressed with how lovely the Autumn Winter fashion items are and also they have some wonderful Christmas decorations too! I'll have to do a blog post showing some of my favourite things! 
Thirteen & Fourteen.
Ralphie ate his first vegetable, finally! I gave him a little bit of cabbage and he absolutely loved it! He still doesn't like carrots, I think I'm going to have to give up on that one. I'm not sure what to try him with next, but I think I might go for spinach. I'm hoping to find at least one other vegetable that he likes!

Fifteen & Sixteen.
I filmed and uploaded an everyday make up routine & my first haul video for my YouTube channel. I've surprised myself with how much I'm enjoying making videos, I don't know for sure if I'll carry on for a long time but I'm loving it for the time being!  

Seventeen & Eighteen.
I caught such a bad cold last week and it was horrible! If there's a cold going around I almost always catch it, my immune system must be a little bit on the rubbish side but nevermind! I stocked up on cough sweets & kept this little bottle of menthol goodness close by and I felt better after a couple of days!

I've been using my Glossy Box as storage for my everyday essentials which has made getting ready in the mornings much easier and quicker! I also found a little pot to pop my favourite lipglosses in & I love my new little acrylic lipstick holder too!

The new instagram filters are lovely, I was so excited to play around with them! I've also found myself reaching for the eyeliner quite a bit lately which is a bit of a change for me! This is Blacktrack Fluid Line from MAC, I still don't love it though, it doesn't stay put all day like I was hoping it would!

Twenty One & Twenty Two. 
I've already figured out what to get Ralphie for Christmas. Yes I am one of those crazy people that will buy presents for my pets, I know he won't know it's Christmas but I love buying him presents!

Finally it didn't seen right to do an instagram post with pictures I've taken on my iPad without mentioning the passing of Steve Jobs. It's not really something I've ever spoken about before but Steve has been a constant source of inspiration since my second year of college. You truly can do anything you want to do, please don't let anyone hold you back. It's your life, don't throw it away.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Love Hearts & Crosses & A Little Giveaway.

This morning the postman brought me a box full of goodies & it really brightened up my day! There's something about opening parcels, even if you know what's inside, that is just so lovely - yay for online shopping!

My wonderful boyfriend bought me this gorgeous bag and I'm just so in love with it! Until now I didn't have a nice bag that would instantly smarten up and really complete an outfit. I have a scary interview tomorrow that I'm super nervous about & I'll definitely be carrying this bag to go with my dark grey shift dress & black blazer.

The gold hardware is really lovely and it really adds that little extra something. Inside there are 2 open compartments with a zipped pocket in the middle. It's not one of those bags that will fit a lot inside but there's definitely room for all your essentials! I opted for the black version but I have a feeling I may have to purchase another in either cream, pink or tan! At £25 I think this is a complete bargain & I love it a lot!

Conny, the beautiful lady behind Love Hearts & Crosses, also popped in a sneaky little extra present for me because I've mentioned the shop a couple of times on my blog. This was so unbelievably sweet of her, she totally didn't have to but she picked out the perfect item - a bunny necklace! How sweet is this necklace? I had to put it on straight away!

My boyfriend found a code for free delivery & a free pair of earrings, which is where the little giveaway part comes in. These swallow earrings are too lovely not to be worn all the time so I'd love to pass them on to someone who will give them lots of love!

♥ If you'd like the chance to win these beauties then just pop over to the Love Hearts & Crosses website, pick out your favourite item and then let me know what it is in the comments of this blog post. You must also be a follower of my blog! I'll pick out the winner in one weeks time! ♥

Have you ever purchased anything from Love Hearts & Crosses before? Don't forget to enter the giveaway if you'd like to win those adorable swallow earrings!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Monday Lust List 009.

1. I have loved these Keep Calm And Carry On necklaces from Temporary:Secretary since I first saw them. I mean, just look at them, they're gorgeous with a capital G! I wish it was my birthday so I could pop one on my wishlist because I would be thrilled to unwrap one of these lovelies as a gift! There are so many colours to pick from & I think I'd go for the Vintage Pink with its gold chain and pretty floral design. Which design would you pick out?

2. I was having one of my weekly browsing sessions on ASOS, as you do, and stumbled across the NARS Calanque Trio Eyeshadow Palette and I think it's just gorgeous. It was reduced to £26.50 a couple of days ago but I know that I don't need it & it doesn't have the best reviews online so I talked myself out of it and now it's back to its full price of £33. I own the Urban Decay Naked palette so my collection doesn't need more neutral shadows but this would be super handy to just pop into my bag whereas the Naked palette isn't. However, I think that this will be one of those items that remains on my lust list and never makes it in to my collection.

3. I'm currently experiencing a slight obsession with Sausage Dogs and I'm not entirely sure why. I spotted this Sausage Dog Print Blouse from Yumi & I fell in lust because it's just SO cute! I adore the print, the three quarter length sleeves and the peter pan collar! It also has an adorable little bow detail on the back which is what I love about Yumi, their attention to detail is incredible! At £35 I think its a little on the pricey side but because it's so adorable it would be worth every penny!

4. Considering how pricey clothes from Topshop are, I'm pleasantly surprised at how affordable the make up is! This Topshop Lipstick from the Smoke & Mirrors Collection called Pillow Talk looks like the perfect, wearable baby pink. At £9 it's a little more expensive than the permanent lipstick line but the packaging is so beautiful I'd happily pay the extra pound. I also really love the shade Rumour Has It but that may just be because it's an Adele song. I think I may treat myself to both shades, after all, a new tube of lipstick is much cheaper than a new outfit & I think both do similar things at refreshing your look.

5. Matalan recently popped their Autumn/Winter lookbook in the post for me to have a look through and I just about fell in love with everything. Until a few weeks ago Matalan wasn't even on my clothing radar but now they're up there as one of my current favourite shops. This Sequin Dress has fast become the item I'm lusting over the most, even though I have nowhere to wear it, but I'm not one to worry about a little thing like that. I'd probably wear it everywhere, nipping to the post office, buying a pint of milk, or even just around the house because it makes me feel good! Joking aside, this is the perfect little winter dress. Pair it with beautiful black heels, a dark smokey eye, nude lip & big hair and you'll be the belle of the ball. At £28 it's a complete steal too! *wants*

6. I'm on the lookout for a new foundation. I'd like one with medium to full coverage, not matte, shades to match fair skinned people like myself and that won't accentuate dry skin. HELP! I love the sound of NARS Sheer Glow but I'm not sure that it's quite what I'm looking for but I have NO idea where to start! I probably would have bought sheer glow from ASOS but they don't cater for my shade - I've guessed that I'd be Gobi but honestly I have no idea. I'm scared of make up counters and I live in the middle of nowhere now so I don't have any make up counters to visit!

7. Eeeeee, Bunny! Pretty much the only shop in the centre of my little village is Dorothy Perkins and when I was in there last I spotted this Blonde Rabbit Hottie. How cute is he with his little stripey ears! I love him.

8. Yep, more sausage dogs! I've seen this ASOS Double Finger Sausage Dog Ring everywhere and I just love it although I know I wouldn't wear it very often. I think that's why I've never bought it. At only £8 it's super affordable but I know it would just sit in my jewellery box unworn and what's the point in that?

Are you lusting over any similar items?

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Beauty Subscription Boxes: Glossy Box & Boudoir Prive.

I know, I know this subject has been done to death on blogger in the last week or two but I did just want to add my 2 cents in & I've made a rambley video so you don't have to read a super rambley blog post! So I won't go into all of the products in detail here because I did that in my video which you can see here!

If you subscribe to Glossy Box, for £12.95(♦) each month you will receive a super pretty pale pink box filled with 5 miniature beauty products for you to try out. The packaging is beautiful & I have already recycled my box and popped my every day make up products inside so I don't have to rummage around in my bigger make up storage for the products I want to use.

You receive a little card explaining each of the products & also a discount code (which I've blurred out in the above picture because I don't know if I should pop them on the internet!) should you wish to purchase a full sized product after trying out the mini sample. For me this month there were three really great products that I was excited to receive; the HD brows kit, the Neal & Wolf Shine Spray & The Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing.

I got the brow kit in the shade Foxy which is for brunettes and although I've tried to make the shades work for my brows, unfortunately they're a bit too strong and bold. The colours are all incredibly pigmented however so they can be used as eyeshadows as well which I'll be doing. I'm not a huge brow person so I wouldn't necessarily rush out to purchase the palette in my shade but I'll certainly use the one I have to create a warm brown smokey eye.

The shine spray from Neal & Wolf is lovely, it smells like an expensive product & it works wonderfully at reducing static in my hair and also making it much shinier but not greasy. I can't find this product on the Neal & Wolf website but I spotted it on Fragrance Direct for £7.95 & I believe the actual retail price is £11.95.

The Spa Magik Salt Brushing was also a brilliant product, I'm always on the look out for a great exfoliator and this one is lovely. It also smells lemony which is beautiful! It's a paraben free product which is always a good thing in my opinion and it left my skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. A 500g tub of this is £13.30 which I think is quite a good price and I would consider purchasing the full size. 

Now, if you choose to subscribe to Boudoir Prive for the slighly cheaper price of £10 per month you will receive a similar beautiful pale pink box filled with 5 - 6 deluxe beauty samples. Again I can't fault the packaging & I'll be using this box to store some more of my make up and you get a little leaflet explaining each of the products.

There was only one stand out product from this months box for me and that was the Zoya nail polish which is a beautiful purple with gold shimmer that I will be using a lot this autumn and winter. Whilst I do like the other products I'm not sure that I like them enough for £10 a month if that makes sense. I've passed the hair oil on to my mum who seems to really like it & I'll definitely use up the eye cream but I can't say I'd purchase the full sized because it's super pricey! 

Boudoir Prive strikes me as being more high end and Glossy Box feels like a good all-rounder with brands that I have either already heard of before or brands that I feel appeal to me, at twenty two a bit more. I know there are teething problems with Glossy Box i.e. not receiving a brow palette that's the correct shade for your hair colour which I agree isn't great but I do still think that out of these two boxes, Glossy Box is my current favourite.

What do you think about beauty boxes? Have you tried Boudoir Prive or Glossy Box, and do they appeal to you? Let me know if you've tried boxes from any other companies too, I'd love to hear about the Feel Unique boxes!


P.S. Don't forget if you'd like to watch my YouTube video you can do that here.