Saturday, 29 December 2012

My Christmas Day & Haul

Firstly, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and sorry this post is a little belated! I have been so busy recently, I just haven't had the time to sit down and write it! Never the less, today, I am going to share with you the lovely gifts I received on Christmas Day. I would like to say thank you to all my family and friends for the wonderful presents.
When my family wake up on Christmas Day, we always go downstairs to open our stockings which we always hang in the living room.
Mines the one on the left which I have had all my life!
We then move onto the presents under the tree:
Then my grandparents came and we sat down for our delicious Christmas Dinner cooked by Dad.
Now onto the amazing presents!
Kindle Fire HD from Mum & Dad
iPhone 4 from Dad
Laura Mercier la petite patisserie quartet almond coconut milk set from my Godparents
Laura Mercier la petite patisserie sample hand creme quartet from Rebecca
MAC Lipstick in Rebel from my sister and YSL Shocking Mascara from Mum & Dad
Lush It's Raining Men Shower Gel from my sister
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish from Mum & Dad
Il Fiorino Notebook from my best friend Alex to write down blogging ideas!
Earrings from my friend Lauren and Rose Gold Shambella Bracelet from Dad
Home Decor bits from Mum
I also got lots of lovely other bits, like a pair of converse from America, and boots from Target, also in America. I got a calender, more accessories and lots of sweets and chocolate!
So thank you to everyone for my gifts, and I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Instagram Diary | Festivities, Fangirling & Food

Whilst on holiday in America, I received the news that I had won  One Direction tickets for £9.50. Now I'm seeing them twice next year! I purchased some Muji Storage Drawers for my makeup. I thoroughly enjoyed The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. I met District 3 with my friend. Been burning Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Caramel Latte Candle. Advent Calender. Waitressing. My friends Rainbow Birthday Cake. Starbucks Christmas Cup. Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Butt Cupcakes. Lush Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic. The Clothes Show FOTD. Clothes Show bags and ticket. Tommy. Homemade Swiss Roll. OPI Golden Eye. Homemade cake I made for my friend Jamie's birthday. Union J performed in my local night club for an under 18's night. Me and my friend Lauren before Union J. FOTD. Us meeting the gorgeous Union J. Us in the club. 50 Follower Giveaway. Bath and Body Works Cinnamon Sugared Donut Candle. Christmas Tree. Homemade Yule Log. Christmas Drinks with friends FOTD. Lush Cinders Bath Ballistic. OPI Affair in Red Square.
I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

My Top 5 Festive Nail Polishes

Christmas is my favourite time of year to wear nail polish. As much as I like pastels in the Spring and neon's in the Summer. I adore dark, glittery shades for the colder months. I have picked my top 5 :
L-R OPI Affair in Red Square - Models Own Purple Blue - OPI Golden Eye - Essie Bahama Mama - OPI The Living Daylights
OPI Affair in Red Square- This is a really deep red with slight shimmer. It is so festive, and red nails always make me feel so glamorous. The application is lovely, it is nearly opaque after one coat.
Models Own Purple Blue- Strictly speaking, this shade isn't really festive, but I love wearing it out. It is a lovely party colour. It catches the light beautifully as it is duo-chrome. (It is part of the Beetlejuice Collection).
OPI Golden Eye- Without a doubt, this is my favourite nail polish of the moment! It was a bargain too, as I managed to grab it on ASOS for £4! It is part of the A/W James Bond Collection and it is the most stunning Christmas shade. It is a glitter polish, and usually OPI glitter polishes are a right pain to get off, but this one is fine!
Essie Bahama Mama- In September/ October, every beauty blogger seemed to be raving about this. I bought it whilst in America, and still love it. It is very simple, but looks great on the nails.
OPI The Living Daylights- This is also from the James Bond Collection. This time last year, OPI Rainbow Connection was all anybody wanted for Christmas. And whilst this polish isn't as colourful, it is just as pretty. The main glitter particles are orange, gold, silver and teal. It looks lovely over any colour and on one finger or all of them!
What are your favourite festive nail polishes?

Friday, 14 December 2012

Sleek Sparkle 2 Palette | Review & Swatches!

Whilst at the Clothes Show Live, I knew I wanted to go to the Sleek stall and purchase the Sparkle 2 Palette. I have been on the hunt for something exactly like this, to create festive eye makeup looks!
This palette is limited edition, so if you like what you see, make sure you buy it soon!
You can see from the pictures above, a beautiful array of shades are included in the palette. All of them contain a lot of shimmer; so if you prefer matte eyeshadows, I would stay clear! All of the eyeshadows are insanely pigmented- it is such amazing quality for the price! I wore a combination of colours tonight, (side note: I went out to my local night club to see Union J play, and then met them! They were sooo lovely!) I used Chocolate Penny and Festive, and it made a beautiful Christmassy eyeshadow look. I am planning on putting a few looks together using this palette?
Overall, I adore it, and cant wait to use it more and more over the festive period! It retails at £7.99, which equates to about 65p an eyeshadow!! (And in my opinion, they challenge MAC quality!)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

All I Want For Christmas... (Beauty)

So Christmas is officially upon us, and I have put together a Christmas Wishlist. These are all things I have had my eye on for a while and would love to find them under the tree! The first product is NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari. I've read countless reviews of Isolde Duo, but I think the undertones will be to orange for me. But this one looks perfect for me! Also from NARS is Super Orgasm Lipgloss. This colour will compliment Kalahari perfectly, and is a lovely simple colour to wear. Number 3 on my list is Lush With Love From Santa gift box. I love all the scents in this box and it is a lovely Christmas present to receive. I have wanted MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow for ages. I am really intrigued to create some Christmas eye makeup looks with it. It is such a beautiful, festive colour. I have a few of them, but I really want to try the Real Techniques Core Collection mainly because of the Buffing Brush that is included, as every beauty blogger/ vlogger raves about it! My Mum has a few Laura Mercier Creme Brulee products, and they smell simply devine. I don't own any really luxurious bath and body products, and these just smell so gorgeous! You can buy them separately, but this Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Trio is available online at Laura Mercier, and in John Lewis. Lastly is Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Fine Body Mist. I adore my Honey Autumn Apple Body Mist from B&BW, but they are not easy to get hold of in the UK. Luckily I found an online store here where you can purchase brands like B&BW, EOS, NYX and Victoria's Secret!

This is another something I wanted to add on, its the MAC Guilty Passions: 4 Lavish Rose Lip Gloss set. They all look like such beautiful colours and easy to wear, and its quite a bargain at £25.50 for 4 MAC Lipglasses!
Whats on your Christmas List?

Monday, 3 December 2012

November Favourites!

Sorry this post is a tad late, but here I have my November Favourites! I'm sure, after seeing by recent posts, you know that, without a doubt, December is my favourite month of all. I'm so happy its here again, and plan to enjoy every second I can of it! So, without further ado, here are the products I have been loving during November...
Bath and Body Works Honey Autumn Apple Fine Body Mist
I bought this in Florida on my birthday; and since then, I have used it every day! I spray it in the morning, and carry it in my bag to re-apply throughout the day. It has a lovely sweet scent that is really capturing and I often get asked 'ooh, you smell nice, what are you wearing?' Unfortunately, I have to tell them it is very hard to access in the UK. It lasts for ages on my skin, and has been my go-to scent throughout the fall/ autumn season.
Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Shampoo & Conditioner
I have reviewed these two products fully here. But I really love the way these two products make my ombre hair look after using them. The other day my best friend Alex told me that my ends looked like they had been re-bleached; when actually, I had just used these the night before. The purple tones knock out canary tones in the hair, making it look more blonde.
Origins Balanced Diet Moisturiser
A while ago, I had an Orgins skin consoltation in Peter Jones on the Kings Road. The lovely lady gave me a list of products that would suit my skin, and this moisturiser was one of them. I have oily skin, and whilst this moisturiser is incredibly light and thin, it is very nourishing. Meaning it combats oil and dry patches. My only gripe is I dont like the packaging and how you have to pour it out to get the product, but apart from that; I love it!
MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow
This eyeshadow and Smolder Eye Kohl have been my go-to eyeshadow combo for the past few weeks. I love this shimmery pink champagne colour, it looks simply stunning all over the lids and is so easy to pull off. It looks really natural on the lids, and doesnt crease at all throughout the day.
MAC Buff Powder Blush
I recieved this as a gift for my birthday, and have used it everyday. I even gave my beloved Rimmel Blush to my Mum as I felt I wasnt using it enough! (And she was always stealing it...) It gives the perfect flush of the colour and has a really lovely soft, velevety, pigmented texture. MAC describe it as a 'soft muted pinkish-peach'.
Bath and Body Works Forever Red Fragrence
I've been wearing this fragrence on top of my B&BW Body Mist, and they compliment each other perfectly. This is a very strong sweet scent, that is very season appropriate, and like the body mist, stays on all day!
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Theres not really a lot for me to say about this, but it is the best brush I have ever used to apply my blusher. You get the perfect amount on the tapered brush, and it is soooo soft! I absolutely love Real Techniques brushes, they are such amazing products for the price!
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Like I said above, I have been using this with Naked Lunch Eyeshadow. This is the creamiest eyeliner I have ever used, and you can create such an effortless look with it! The only bad thing is, because it is so creamy, it tends to transfer slightly onto my crease, but its fixable!
Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch
Although this is not a beauty product, I have worn it every single day since I received it for my birthday. I am still as smitten with it as I was the first day, and it is my absolute favourite piece of jewellery I own! It is such a beautifully crafted item, and is such fine quality! I defiantly recommend Michael Kors if your in the market for a new watch!
What are your November Favourites?

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Get The Look | Nina Dobrev Seventeen Magazine

Beautysets - Get The Look: Nina Dobrev Seventeen Magazine
Chanel Vitalumier Aqua Foundation (B20)
Urban Decay Naked Palette
MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder
Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
Being a MASSIVE The Vampire Diaries fan, when I saw Seventeen Magazine with Nina Dobrev as the covergirl in Florida, I had to get it. Not only is she a fabulous young woman, invloved in all sorts of charity work; I like nothing more than to read about her relationship with the heart wrenchingly handsome Ian Somerholder. The makeup she wears on the cover is very neutral, and something so easy to pull off. Using the amazing new softwear Beautysets I created this Get The Look post. The website is really easy to use, and there are some really great templates to create all sorts of blog posts. You can see above, why I have chosen the products, and where to use them. I used some other items in conjunction with the ones above. Such as Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, MAC Blush in Buff and Maybelline Falsies Mascara. Let me know what you think of these posts, as I will devise some more!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Its Christmas TAG

So its the 1st December and Christmas has officially started! And what better way to start the month by writing a TAG about the festive month?!

I saw this on Ellie's blog, so make sure you check her out!

1. What is your Favourite Holiday Movie?
You know, I am really ashamed to say, I've havnt seen that many holiday films! Its so embarrasing, as I am such a film junkie! But out of the ones I have seen, I love How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and The Polar Express is really cute! Also Love Actually, thats kind of a Christmas film!

2. Whats your favourite Christmas colour?
Red and Gold are definately my favourite! They are just so festive!
3. Do You Like To Stay in your PJs or Dress Up for Christmas?
Both! We always open our presents in our PJs, but then I like to but on a Christmassy dress and feel special for the day! Hey, it only happens once a year!
4. If you could only buy one person a present this year, who would it be?
I dont think I could actually only buy one peron a present, so I would say I would buy my parents something to share, as they both do so much for me.
5. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Christmas Morning! I dont actually know anyone who does open theirs on Christmas Eve, but its tradition in my family to do it on Christmas Morning.
6. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
No, I haven't, but I want to so badly! I have loads of recipes saved, so I can this year! It is much more an American thing than a Brittish thing.
7. What do you like to do on your Christmas Break?
Usually, I like to laze around, watch TV and films, eat christmas food and do some last minute shopping; but I expect I'll be working a lot this Christmas so I'm going to be quite busy! :(
8. Any Christmas Wishes?
I just want everyone to be happy, and have an amzing Christmas, after such a busy year, we all deserve it!
9. Favourite Christmas Smell?
Anything warm, cinnamon is my ultimate scent though.
10. Favourite Christmas Meal or Treat?
Without hesitation, Christmas Dinner is the ultimate, but I love Christmas treats like Mince Pies. Mmmm!!
I tag all of you that read this to do this TAG; make sure you link it to me if you do it!
Hope you enjoy the Christmas Build-Up!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Recipe | The Hummingbird Bakery Frosted Brownies

Ok guys, if you are a chocolate fan, this is going to be the best recipe you are going to come across! I made these brownies today, and they taste AMAZING! They are so easy to make and are simply delicious!
You will need:
For the brownies:
200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
175g unsalted butter
325g caster sugar
130g plain flour
3 eggs
icing sugar, to decorate
a 33 x 23 x 5-cm baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper
Makes about 12 portions
For the frosting:
200g icing sugar, sifted
75g unsalted butter, at room temperature
30g cocoa powder, sifted
150g cream cheese, cold
The Brownies:
Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas 3.
Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Leave until melted and smooth.
Remove from the heat. Add the sugar and stir until well incorporated. Add the flour and stir until well incorporated. Finally stir in the eggs and mix until thick and smooth.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until flaky on the top but still soft in the centre. Be careful not to overcook otherwise the edges will become hard and crunchy. Leave to cool completly before icing.

The Frosting:
Beat together the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handhelf electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. Do not overbeat as it ca quickly become runny.



Thursday, 22 November 2012

Book Review | The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

I read a lot of books. Sometimes two a week. Reading is a passion of mine that I will never get bored of. I rarely do book reviews on my blog, as although I love a lot of books, I don't often feel so strongly about a book.
My reasoning for buying this book is a) I have heard great things about it, and b) the film is out, and I always like to read the book before I watch the film.
I found this in The Works for £2.99, which is even cheaper than downloading it on a Kindle/ iPad. I started reading it on Sunday before I went to work, and by Wednesday night, I was crying at the fact that I had finished it.
I'm not going to give away the plot line, as I urge you to read it, but I know these characters are going to stay with me for a long time, and this book has definitely changed my perspective on life, and you get so captured in the book, you really feel like you are their friends.
I'm finding it quite hard to put it into words, but I just loved this book, and connected with Charlie like I don't usually do with book characters. Its written in such  different style and is really touching; I know I will remember this book in the years to come.
We accept the love we think we deserve.
We were infinite.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Review | Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (And Do You Need Both)

Before I even set foot in the USA, I had my mitts on the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. Having received the original palette for my birthday at the same time last year, and using it and loving it to death; when I saw it in the duty free magazine, I couldn't resist!

Like the original palette, you get 12 well sized eyeshadows, that are all insanely pigmented and gorgeous quality. This palette contains a variety of cooler tones, compared to the original palette which is made up of warmer tones.
The first colour is Foxy. It is a pale yellow colour that I use every day as a highlight. The next one is Half Baked which is probably my favourite eyeshadow in the world! I adore it in the original palette, and it is the only eyeshadow I have ever hit pan on! So I am defiantly glad its in this palette! Thirdly is Bootycall which is a pretty shimmery champagne pink and then is Chopper which is an orange toned rose gold colour.
The shade Tease was the disappointment for me. I was really looking forward to trying this, as I love the look of a light shimmery eyeshadow on the lid, with a matte purple through the crease; but I don't think this is pigmented enough to get the desired effect. I think I'm going to have to look elsewhere in the likes of MAC Quarry! After that is Snakebite. It is a shimmery bronze, that is less intense and easier to wear than Smog from the other palette. Then is Suspect. It is a very light shimmery gold, and Pistol is a light grey with silver reflects.
Verve is a lovely intense silver, and YDK is a very glittery gold colour. (Beware of fallout)! Busted is a deep grey, that looks great in the crease when paired with Verve. And finally there is a gorgeous matte black- Blackout.
Here you can see them all swatched:
As you can see, they are all amazingly pigmented!
Also with the Naked 2 Palette, you get a mini lip junkie lipgloss:
The shade is really natural, and is so easy to wear. It smells really minty, and makes your lips tingle, in order to plump them.
You also get a double ended Karma Brush with a flat brush and a crease brush on either end.
Now, here's the question, do you need both the Naked 1 & 2?
I must say, I prefer the packaging of the second palette, it is sturdier and easy to clean, and doesn't look as messy.
They both contain stunning colours. The majority shimmery, which is fine by me, as I don't usually wear matte colours.
Personally I think, unless you are a complete beauty obsessive like myself, it is not compulsory to own both. Depending on whether you want warmer or cooler tones. You just need to decide which one appeals to you the most. I hope these pictures are helpful!