Tuesday, 30 December 2014

What I got for Christmas 2014: Disney Edition

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I love reading ‘Christmas Gift’ posts as I’m so darn nosey, so thought I would jump on the bandwagon and do my own, Disney style! I say Disney style, pretty much everything I received was Disney themed. My friends & family know me well. I was so spoilt this year by everyone and am so grateful for everything. I had such an amazing Christmas, it is truly is one to beat. The celebrations started when I attended the annual ‘Veggie Christmas Dindins’ which Em, one of my bffs, throws every year for our friendship group (who happen to mostly be vegetarians). There we did present swapping in which I received a lovely Beauty and the Beast Traditions figure from Daniel, a Maleficent t-shirt from Em & her husband and some chocolate from Marky. Chocolate and Disney = two of my favourite things.

Now you may be wondering why a 23 year old got dolls for Christmas. Well, I actually collect dolls, particularly Sleeping beauty ones (heck I collect everything Sleeping Beauty). If your a fellow collector, you know how addictive it can get. I try to stick to Limited Edition Dolls and ornaments, but the struggle is real when I see cute pieces like the animator dolls. My boyfriend Craig even gets on board with my collecting and always seems to get me a new piece every year, hence my new Showcase Aurora Figure! I’ve been wanting her for so long and am ecstatic that I can now add her to my Sleeping Beauty shelf. Another standout gift is the adorable Minnie Mouse Dressing Gown from my parents. I've needed a new one for a while and this one just screams my name.

Other gifts that I got which aren't in the photographs include loads of chocolate (I seriously mean loads), a gingerbread house making kit, frozen pj bottoms, 2 more sets of Disney pjs from Craig's mum and tickets to see Fantasia by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, also from Craig's mum!

What did you get this Christmas? Did you get any Disney themed Christmas presents?


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P.S. Blah blah disclaimer, not bragging, blah blah.
P.P.S. I am totally bragging about how awesome my family and friends are.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Review

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I’ve been a fan of face oils for quite a while now, they are definitely my thing, although I've never actually invested in a premium one until this year. I purchased the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate back in April when my skin was going through a rough patch, being dry and spotty to the point where I went out a spent way too much on new skincare. Oops! Gosh, am I glad I did though, as ever since then this has been a staple in my evening skincare routine.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a lightweight oil which claims to regenerate, repair, and replenish overnight for smoother, healthier skin. It’s made of 99.8% natural ingredients and is paraben free, which could only be a plus, right? The amount I apply varies but on a typical evening I use 2-3 drops while on days I feel I need a little bit extra (for example, if I've been wearing makeup for over 12 hours, ew!) I use about 5 drops. It doesn't take long to sink into the skin, not leaving any oily residue at all while instantly making my skin look healthier. I can honestly say it does such a great job of moisturising and refreshing. In the morning my skin feels more replenished, hydrated and balanced while over a longer time period, the texture of my skin has most definitely improved. Another plus is that this little bottle lasts so long! My first bottle lasted me 6 months, which makes the £36 price tag a lot more bearable.

Pros: Refreshes and rejuvenates the skin, paraben free, 99.8% natural ingredients, lasts a long time, smells nice, doesn't break me out, sinks into the skin quickly, improves skin texture.
Cons: A bit pricey in one go (although it lasting a long time counteracts that in my opinion).

I have nothing but good things to say about this product and have already repurchased. Have you ever tried the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate? What's your favourite facial oil?
You can purchase this from the Kiehls website or a number of department stores.


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Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Girl at the Rock Show

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Top: H&M
Shorts: Topshop
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: Dr Martens
Bag: Topshop
Necklace: Matalan

Going to rock concerts was one of my passions throughout my teenage years. Unfortunately, I haven't been to many shows as a young adult due to many factors, timing, money, not wanting to go on my own (my friends aren't really into the same kind of music as me). Heck, I think the last gig I actually went too was Rob Zombie in London 3 years ago! Recently, I’ve really been rediscovering music and had a real urge to get back into going to shows and festivals, so decided to put together this gig inspired outfit while i browse ticketmaster. Please come to the UK on your Final Tour okay Motley Crue?

Although we’re in November, gig venues can become extremely hot so wearing light clothing with a jacket can really help. My picks would be these high waisted shorts my sister bought from topshop a few years ago (that I commandeered from her) which could easily be paired with tights to save freezing in queue, as well as a comfy tanktop with my favourite band on. Being wise with shoe choices is a must. I’ve had my feet trampled so many times in a crowd, so Doc Martens ensure I wont be hobbling home. Loose items are a big no if you’re planning on getting into the ‘thick’ of it, so a simple necklace and small backpack make sure nothing is going to get dragged off.

What was the last concert you went to? Do you have any upcoming shows?


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Friday, 7 November 2014

A New Beginning

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After neglecting this blog for the past few months, I’ve decided to have a new beginning. Not just with the blog, but life in general. I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rut since finishing my under-grad degree and heck, I still don’t know what I want to do with my life, but I do know that I need to get out of this position I’ve found myself in. I feel like I should have it all together now, being 23 shouldn't I have a ‘big girl job’ and be earning a decent living? Not living pay check to pay check on 2 minimum wags jobs. I’m sure I'm not alone in this and I’m writing this post more as motivation for myself to get it together. While alot of my friends are now getting married, having babies and looking towards the future, I’m researching countries I want to visit and activities I want to try; cosplay costumes I want to make and stupid things I want to buy. Maybe I'm not ready for that ‘big girl job’ yet?

Blog wise, I’m going to be expanding my content away from beauty, purely because I’m not as into it anymore. Sure I love wearing pretty makeup and experimenting, but I barely buy it and am just not really bothered by new releases or owning countless high end luxuries. I sure cant afford or particularly want to spend £20 on a shampoo, and although I sometimes splurge on skincare, I stick to the same things. I want to direct my blogs future more towards travel, lifestyle, Disney, cruelty free beauty and creating more of a fashion influence. Blush. Feathers. Lipstick. is mostly for me these days, helping me to stay creative and hopefully, can be used as a tool to get me out of this life rut. Let me know if there is anything you want to see on here and make sure to follow me on social media outlets (linked below). Thank you for sticking with me through this drought <3

How do you stay creative? Do you have any creative outlets that keep you focused?


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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Everyday is Halloween

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Top: Primark
Skirt: Primark
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: New Look
Tights: Primark
Belt: Primark
Necklace: Primark

It’s coming up to that time of year when The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus will be a constant fixture on my TV and I find myself reliving my love for old B-Movies. That’s right, Halloween is upon us! Although I live by ‘Everyday is Halloween’, I do gravitate towards the darker side of fashion particularly at this time of year, although truth be known, i pretty much live in black clothing anyway. Today, I thought I would share with you a pre-halloween outfit combination, which of course, has a Disney twist. It’s perfect for the current climate in Britain, which strangely isn't as chilly as it should be. Additionally, the thick ‘fleece’ lined tights will give that little extra protection against the cold, and the leather jacket can be swapped out for a warmer coat if we are to see the frost swoop in before Halloween.

For the day itself I’m going to be working and don't really have any plans unfortunately, other than to curl up with my other half and watch horror films. Do you have any plans for Halloween? Are you dressing up?


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Monday, 22 September 2014

Mickey Mouse Crochet Hat

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When it comes to Disney themed fashion, I cannot get enough. From subtle hints to over the top, I rock it all. So, when my friend’s mum made me this Mickey Mouse hat, I squealed for joy. Literally. I just cannot get over how cute it is! This is most definitely going to be a winter staple as its so cosy and warm, perfect for the British weather. Even more perfect for a winter Disneyland Paris trip (fingers crossed)!

If you are interested in owning one of these beauties, send a message to this facebook page! Hopefully she will set up an Etsy store in the near future as these are just too cute to pass up! I may have to commission a Donald Duck hat from her soon, as I just want more!
Have you made any Disney purchases recently? What is your favourite Disney accessory?

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*Product gifted to me.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Walt Disney World June 2014 Trip Report

It’s about time I got this up isn’t it? I want to start adding more Disney Parks related posts on this blog instead of just limiting them to my other one, although I'm still undecided about combining the two blogs and leaving the other one just for ‘working in Disney’ related topics. Anyway, enough rambling, i thought I'd do a summery of mine and Craig’s trip to Florida that we took in June. We visited for 10 days and stayed on International Drive to save money. It was a budget trip and I reckon we did pretty well overall (hotel, flights and Disney tickets working out at £900). I have a more in-depth post on each day over on my Disney/Travel blog, so click on the title links if you want to see more! Although it was cheap, I think in future I would rather just save some more and stay on Disney Property. It’s just easier to be able to pop back to the hotel for an afternoon nap or partake in the array of Disney resort extras. I’m also happy to say, the boyfriend has now been fully converted to Disney, and now regularly says “I want to go back to Disney World!” He’s also started to correct people who say Disneyland instead of Disney World. I taught him well…


Day 1 Magic Kingdom
Its the only place to start a Disney trip really, isn't it? We got to the park at opening, which I've never actually done before (for Magic Kingdom anyway)! I used to work until quite late on my ICP so never quite made it out of bed early enough, but i was determined to try it out this year. I have to say, I'm converted. The welcome show was amazing and we did so much in such a short amount of time. From now on, Magic Kingdom is going to 100% be a rope drop affair. We pretty much stayed in the park until close, which makes a long 14 hour day! We just couldn't not watch wishes and celebrate the magic though. Speaking of, we actually saw them from a different place than usual. Our usual spot was blocked off because of the refurbishments so we stood in front of the castle in the hub for the first time. I have to say, I prefer my regular spot. The hub was way too cramped although we did still get a great view of the show. Other activities of the day included riding some of my favourite rides, plus some I've never been on, watching Dream Along with Mickey, meeting Snow White and watching the Festival of Fantasy Parade for the first time from the fast pass area! The weather was gorgeous

Day 2 Universal Studios
I originally didn’t intend to go back to universal but seeing as my annual pass was still in date, and Craig is pretty obsessed with Harry Potter, we decided to take advantage. I’m not a massive fan of Universal, i just get really bored there once I've done Wizarding World, although I will be totally going back next Florida holiday to see Diagon Alley. After a long first day in Magic Kingdom, we woke up later and got the 11:40 shuttle to the park, then proceeded to spend the day in Studios, before a brief visit to Island of Adventure. As alot of the rides in Studios are 3D, we couldn't really do them, as 3D movement things make Craig very travel sick, but we did get to experience some of them such as The Mummy, ET, Twister and Men in Black. I was also made up to see the animal actors show, and pretty much just went ‘awww’ throughout the whole thing. For most of the day we were also stalking the twitter #potterwatch hashtag for diagon alley news, cos sad. Unfortunately, no softs while we were in Florida, but ah well!

Day 3 Blizzard Beach and Magic Kingdom
Even a ‘chill out’ day in Disney can be exhausting! It was an early start for us and off to Blizzard Beach. I’ve never actually been here, as when I went with my parents back in the day, it was closed, and during my ICP I didn't visit the water parks at all. I absolutely loved it! We had planned to meet up with my friend Lindsey, who I worked with in Magic Kingdom during my ICP program (she's now a seasonal cast member) and Tommy, who i also worked with. They came around midday, so for the morning me and Craig floated around the lazy river and played in the wave pool. When Lindsey and Tommy arrived, we did some of the water slides, although I'm not nearly brave enough to do Summit Plummet, and lazy river’ed it up again until it was time to head off to Magic Kingdom, to catch out dinner reservation at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. What was going to be a quick visit soon turned into dancing away at the Move it Shake it Parade, meeting Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbelle, Ariel and experiencing Enchanted Tales with Belle, in which Craig played the knight! In all, a pretty great day shared with great friends!


Day 4 Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Weekend time! Although we didn't really do many Star Wars related things, as I did most of it last year and Craig was too hot to care. Did I mention this day was extremely hot? Hollywood Studios is the hottest park (due to the black tarmac everywhere that retains heat) and this day we were literally ducking in and out of stores so we could cool off in the air-con. I don’t remember too much of what we actually did looking back. We went on a few rides like rock n roller coaster and the great movie ride, then watched some shows, Beauty and the Beast and Indiana Jones, plus did the animation class (i freakin love it)! I think the highlight of my day was meeting Sorcerer Mickey! My favourite Mickey costume by far. He was such a cutie. Originally we were going to stay for the Star Wars Weekend fireworks, but we were just too exhausted and decided to head back early.

Day 5 Animal Kingdom
I love Animal Kingdom! It’s my favourite park after Magic Kingdom, I just cannot get bored there! The tree of life always takes my breath away and watching the animals is fascinating. We started with the Kilimanjaro Safari, upon which I saw Lions for the first time. They’ve never been visible the many times I’ve rode this in the past. Lazy lions! We also explored Dino-Land, rode Dinosaur and spent so long in the shop playing with the toys and hats! Other activities included meeting Daisy Duck, meeting Pocahontas, riding Kali River Rapids, watching Festival of the Lion King in its new location at the Harambe Theatre, and nomming at Pizzafari. Towards the end of the day, we had our first rain of the trip! We sat outside of Restaurant-O-Saurus for abit before making the dash to Finding Nemo the Musical. As Animal Kingdom closes early, we spent the evening in Downtown Disney, where lots of pennies were spent. Not feeling particularly hungry, we just grabbed a sandwich at Wolfgang Pucks Express, which was pretty delicious. I really have to try this place for breakfast one day.


Day 6 Epcot
Although Future World can get a little boring, the World Showcase is one of my favourite places to visit. After doing the main hits like Club Cool, Test Track and Spaceship Earth, plus Journey into the Imagination with Figment (where i absolutely fell in love with him, he’s so cute!), and meeting some characters, we spent the rest of the day mainly exploring the pavilions. I feel like there is always something new to do each time I go, from trying new food to watching the little shows they have on. My favourites have to be the UK pavilion (obviously) and Japan for the veggie sushi and massive store filled with geekery goodness. We managed to catch Mulan during out rounds and popped over to see Donald in his Mexican get-up, to wish him a happy birthday. We also rode the three caballeros ride and Maelstrom (RIP, wahhh!), while waiting for illuminations, which we watched from the UK pavilion. I kind of dismissed illuminations in the past, having only seen it once before, but i actually really enjoyed it. It made me quite emotional and gave me hope and determination to one day represent my country in the UK pavilion as part of the Cultural Representative Program.

Day 7 Fantasmic
This was our designated ‘day of rest’, although we had fast passes booked for Fantasmic preferred viewing in the evening. Hello lie in! It was actually a pretty lazy day. We ended up making a little picnic and sitting by the pool at our hotel, before the storm rolled in. Around 5 we then headed to get the Lynx 50 bus to Disney, upon arrival being told our 9pm Fantasmic show was rained out, boo! We decided to risk the 10:30pm show, although the last lynx bus left the TTC at midnight. It was quite a weird evening to be honest. All the food places closed early, so we had to settle for ABC Commissary (I wanted Pizza Planet boooo!) and ended up getting hot coco as it was pretty cold after the storm. I felt there there wasn't much to do, and that we were just waiting around for Fantasmic. Of course it was worth it, and I was buzzing after seeing my favourite show. Then the mad dash to the busses came. We hopped on a bus to the Polynesian, as the TTC is right next door, and ended up having a lovely chat with the driver and some other guests. The bus driver was amazing! She was a prime example of that famous Disney service, and ended up dropping us off right at the TTC so we wouldn't miss our bus.


Day 8 Universal Island of Adventures
Our second trip to universal saw us stay in Island of Adventures for most of the day, apart from a brief 20 minutes in which we nipped over to studios see the ‘London Waterfront’, as the barriers were taken down the day before. It rained quite abit, but we did managed to fit in Jurassic Park and the Bilge-Rat Barges around the rain. Ain’t nobody got time for getting even more drenched plus air-con! This day felt more chilled out than our previous universal day, and we spent alot of time wandering around the shops, sitting outside the three-broomsticks with some hot coco and going on some of the ‘tame’ rides, such as those on Seuss Landing. Of course we did wizarding world again, me going on Forbidden Journey on my own as it makes Craig’s motion sickness flare up really bad! As I said previously, I’m getting a little bored of Universal now, and if if wasn't for Diagon Alley, would be giving it a miss for the next few years.

Day 9 Magic Kingdom
The last day boo! We chose to get the 11:40am shuttle from our hotel to the park today, as we were planning on staying until after wishes and I doubt Craig could have kept up, or survived another 14 hour day. We started with our usual strolling around, popping onto rides with a shorter wait time and wandering around the shops misty eyed, wanting everything. It seems to be a ‘thing’ that it always starts to rain when we go onto a water ride, so of course, during Splash Mountain the downpour happened. It literally started moments before the drop. Needless to say, we may as well have just jumped in the water. I vlogged it and it made for some interesting footage let me tell you! Unfortunately, because the rain was so bad the Festival of Fantasy Parade was rained out. It pretty much pissed it down for 3 hours and because there was lightning within 5 miles, all the outdoor rides went 101 which meant the rides that were open suddenly developed massive wait times. We ended up getting some hot coco (i seriously because obsessed with it in the last few rainy days),wandering around the shops and watching some shows. Luckily, the rain stopped before our Mine Train fast passes, I would have been gutted if we didn't get to ride it! Before that though, we met Gaston, such a great character <3 After chatting to him for abit, we headed over to Mine Train! I have to admit, it was a little underwhelming. Not as intense as Thunder Mountain (if that can even be called intense haha) but the theming is fantastic. I did enjoy it though and its worth a ride (just not a 3 hour wait). For the rest of the evening we did some more rides and watched ELP from a great spot in front of a popcorn cart in Frontierland (outside Liberty Tree Tavern). My friend Lindsey was working it so she let us stand infront when it started so we got a great view. It really brought back to many memories of working the carts during the parade or watching it from Frontierland with my roomies, and I did feel a little emotional. After saying goodbye to Lindsey and promising to come back next year, we zipped over to the hub for our wishes preferred viewing fast pass. Because it had rained, we weren't aloud onto the grass but luckily we got a good spot and no one stood right in front of us. Celebrate the Magic and Wishes were as amazing as always, both me (while trying to stop myself welling up) and Craig singing along. Afterwards, it was time for our last ride, The Haunted Mansion, before making our way up main street, glancing back at the castle and promising myself I’ll be back real soon. Once again, another amazing Disney trip with lots more lifelong memories <3


Although this year was a spare of the moment budget trip, i thoroughly enjoyed it and got to do some new things. That's going to be one of my aims for future trips, to do different things each time that I can ‘tick off’. Hopefully we can plan a 2015 holiday to Disney World and this time stay on Disney property. If you want to see more from my Disney trip or revisit my previous Disney adventures, you can check out my videos here!
Have you been to a Disney Park? When is your next Disney holiday?

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Disney Wishlist

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Black Milk Evil Queen Jacket | Fairytale Collection Mug | Showcase Collection Maleficent
Disney Couture Bangles | Maleficent Dress | Disney Couture Interlocking Rings
Partners Statue | Dumbo Pop Figure | Walt Disney World Holiday

I think I pretty much need all of this in my life. Notice I added a cheeky little Walt Disney World holiday on the end there? That is always on my wishlist! These days, I only really spend money on Disney related things. It’s an obsession. Here is just a a snippet of the things I’ve been lusting after recently. My next big Disney purchase is probably going to be the Aurora 17” limited edition doll (if i manage to get it) or the Aurora and Phillip Designer Couple doll. Yeah… I collect some of the dolls. They’re so pretty! Something that I have been wanting for a while is the Disney Couture Bangles. ‘All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixi dust’ is kind of my life motto as well as ‘have faith in your dreams’. Whenever something goes wrong, those words give me that little something to keep trucking on.

What’s on your Disney wishlist?


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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Day at the Seaside

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Jeans: Zara
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Gift (Game of Thrones)

So, yesterday me and the other half randomly decided to take a trip to Blackpool. I have many childhood memories of this seaside town, as me and my family always used to visit in autumn to see the illuminations that light up the beach front every year. It’s not the most charming place, being abit grotty around the edges, but most people from the north west of England will probably remember visiting the Blackpool Tower or the Pleasure Beach amusement park at some point in their youth. It’s a little sad really, how British seaside towns aren't doing as well as they used too, with people preferring to go abroad. These days, hen and stag parties flock to the bars here but you can still see some of that seaside charm it once had. As it was pretty warm out, I opted to wear my new Primark purchase in the form of a Hogwarts jumper. This is actually classed at nightwear, picking it up from the PJs section, but I prefer it as a jumper! I also wore my favourite Zara black skinny jeans, in preparation for the night time chill, with some battered old shoes which I wasn't afraid to get dirty. Our day consisted of walking along the beach, playing in the arcades, exploring the piers, eating seaside food (chips, donuts, ice-cream) and looking at the illuminations once night fell. I pestered the boyfriend into taking some outfit photos on the beach, something he’s going to be dragged into doing a lot more in the coming months! He’s done pretty well considering he can hardly even focus a camera! Haha.

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Have you ever been to Blackpool? What’s your local seaside town?


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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

A/W 2014 Makeup Trends: Dusty Pink

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Although I've never been one for trends, the makeup lover in me does get a little excited when autumn starts to arrive. I’m sure you’re nodding along with me when i say, bring on the berry lip! Although the season doesn't dictate my lip shade or what eye makeup I wear by any means, when the A/W SpaceNK mini magazine popped through my letterbox, I found myself dying to recreate some of this seasons trends. “Off Duty Ballerina” particularly caught my eye, which is odd as I’m a bold black eyeliner and dark lip kinda girl, while this is very feminine and girly.

While the magazine says to create a flawless ‘poreless’ base, I prefer to keep things light, so opted to use my DiorSkin Forever Foundation which is amazing for evening out the skin tone yet still allows my freckles to peek through. After doing abit of concealing with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and setting with GOSH Prime n Set, I used my trusty NARS Laguna bronzer to contour. Although my complexion definition hasn't come out too well in my own images (so little time, so much flashgun bounce), I darkened under my cheekbones while adding abit of ELFs Gotta Glow on top, rounding off with Vivo’s Baked Blush in Rosy on the apples of my cheeks.The eyes were pretty simple! Urban Decay Bordello, a lovely pale pink/mauve, was dusted all over the lid while Last Call, a beautiful sugar plum shade, was blended into the crease and outer eye for definition. To finish, a coat of Urban Decay’s Supercurling Mascara, defining the brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz and a pink lip, courtesy of ELFs Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink. Ta-dah!

I’m probably going to be trying out some more of this seasons trends over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out and let me know if there is any you would be interested in seeing! What is your favourite Autumn/Winter makeup trend?


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Monday, 1 September 2014

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask Review

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I’ve never really been one for facemasks. Sure every now and again I would buy one of the £1 Montagne Jeuness packets and slap it on before a bath, but after seeing all the hype around REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask I finally caved. It’s an exfoliating mask that is formulated with several types of acid which claim to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin tone. Recommended for all skin types, apart from super sensitive, REN products are also free from chemical nasty's such as parabens, sulphates and synthetic fragrances/colours.
In a nutshell, the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask exfoliates the outer layer of skin, removing dead cells and brightening the complexion while also keeping congestion at bay. But does it actually work?

The mask itself is an orange thick texture that spreads over the skin like honey, without the sticky clean-up. I normally use 1 pump, which easily covers my whole face. I did notice a slight sting when I applied this for the first time, but nothing since then. Fast forward 10 minuets and the mask leaves my skin feeling very smooth and refreshed, although i do slap on a generous helping of my night oil afterwards as my skin can get temperamental dry patches if I over exfoliate. In particular, I’ve noticed that my cheeks and forehead look brighter and less congested. Additionally, the mask has lasted me for ages and is still going! I hate repurchasing skincare, especially as everything always seems to run out at the same time, so the longer a product lasts the better! Another point to add is that REN is cruelty free, a massive bonus for me. I’m very interested in checking out more of the brand in future as I’ve enjoyed using the Glycolactic Mask, although whether I repurchase it or not will depend on if I decide to try something new when it runs out.

Pros: Cruelty free, Brightens the complexion, Lasts a long time, Smells nice, Applies easily.
Cons: Pricey, Can sometimes leave my skin a little dry.

You can pick this up in Space NK, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazar at £30 for 50ml.
Have you tried REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask? What other REN products would you recommend?


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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Indie Blues & Purples Makeup Look




So this post was meant to go up a while ago but with combination of finishing university, going to Disney World and leaving to work on the ship all within a two week period, I kinda pushed blogging to the back burner. It had been a while since I experimented with colour without having an end “goal” so for this look I just went with it, to result in a purple and blue gradient effect. The images really don't do it justice as in life the purple was alot more visible in the crease. I tried to use makeup that I hadn't touched in a while as I realise that I have way too much that just sits there. Unfortunately, It’s been so long that i cant remember the exact products I used but it did include alot of indie brands such as Chinovi, BFTE and Victorian Disco. To begin I applied a matte white (Sugarpill Tako) all over the lid then patted a light blue onto the centre of the lid, continuing with a darker blue on the outer corner, blending them all together and using the same colour placement under the eye. Next I applied a medium purple to the crease before blending a dark purple into the outer corner. Finally I added a white highlight shade to the inner corner, brow bone and inner lid before finishing with liquid liner and mascara. My lipstick is one of my favourite natural shades, ELF Matte Lip Pencil in Tea Rose.

Blues and purples have to be some of my favourite shades to work with, there is just so much shade variation and they are so versatile. What are your favourite colours to work with?
Apologies for the brief not very detailed post, I'm currently sitting in my ship cabin while docked in Naples with some free time before I start work, I’m going to do an update post regarding my cruise ship adventures soon on my travel blog and I may do one here if anyone is interested in how I’m getting on. I do have a few beauty posts that i can put together but this blog is probably going to be quite inactive until I return to the UK. Furthermore, I have Disney World vlogs uploading on my YouTube channel from my recent trip there at the beginning of June is anyone is interested, or if you would like a roundup on here just let me know!
Thank you for baring with me <3


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Thursday, 29 May 2014

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Review

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There has been alot of talk about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22) over the past few months, so after I finished up the last of my trusty Collection Lasting Perfection, I opted to try a high end alternative. There are 10 shades available so I chose the lightest offering, Chantilly, which is described as a true ivory share for the fairest complexions. It’s a medium to full buildable coverage enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology. The packaging is basic yet sleek, with the signature NARS rubbery lid that gets dirty so freaking fast and a doe foot applicator.

My skin is very pale with pink undertones and, as you can see, I have some redness, freckles and get blemishes (mostly on my chin area), although at this point my skin was rather clear apart from a blemish on my cheek. Below I have inserted pictures of my skin with no makeup on, during application and after application. The shade is actually a really good match for my skin, which is a huge plus. I hardly ever find products that match me. To apply it, i dab a few dots on the areas that have some redness, blemishes and under the eyes, then pat the product into my skin with my ring finger. Another great thing is that the formula is lovely and creamy, blending beautifully into the skin. When set with a powder it lasts all day, although I do start to see it breaking down and settling into fine lines near the end of the day, mostly around my chin area.

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Yikes, where did them lines under my eyes and giant pores come from *grumbles at my SLR*. Anyway, I have to admit that at first i didn't like this concealer. I initially tried it with Tarte’s Full Coverage Foundation, to which it caked up, sunk into fine lines and rubbed off after a few short hours. Fortunately, its fairing much better with a lighter base such as Dior Skin Forever or my Tarte BB Cream. So, how the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer performs does tend to depend upon the base that is used. I would be wary of dry patches also. Although it’s beautifully creamy and bendable, the product can sometimes cling to dry patches so I would recommend moisturising well before using it.

Overall, i do like this concealer. It does what i need it too, is cruelty free and matches my skin beautifully. The downside? Its £22! I know it’s high end and bound to be expensive, but apart from the colour, I can probably get exactly the same results from my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer at a fraction of the price. On the plus side, concealers tend to last me around 6 months so this is going to last me quite a while. I know I’m going to be torn with repurchasing, I would want too but it would depend on what money is like at the time, so I cant say if i will or not. I will say though, this what I am reaching for almost exclusively at the moment.

Pros: Caters to pale skin, creamy, bendable, lasts all day, practical packaging (apart from the pesky lid), cruelty free.
Cons: Can fade & cake depending upon the base, expensive.

You can pick this up online or in store at Selfridges and select Harvey Nichols locations. Have you tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer? What is your favourite concealer? If you would like to see a comparison of this with the Collection offering leave me a comment to let me know!


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Friday, 16 May 2014

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Inspired Makeup Series Roundup

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walt disney world magic kingdom adventureland inspired makeup

walt disney world frontierland inspired makeup thunder mountain

liberty square haunted mansion inspired makeup look walt disney world

walt disney world fantasyland makeup look 2

storybook circus walt disney world inspired makeup look

walt disney world tomorrowland inspired makeup

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Main Street USA / Adventureland / Frontierland / Liberty Square
 Fantasyland / Storybook Circus / Tomorrowland / Cinderella’s Castle

Today I’m going to share a roundup post of mine and Sam’s Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom collaboration series. For the past few months we have been posting looks inspired by each land in the Magic Kingdom. As you have probably guessed, I am a Disney fanatic. Disney Parks are my favourite places in the whole world with the Magic Kingdom holding a special place in my heart as i worked there in summer 2013 for my Disney International College Program (you can read more about this over on my Travel blog). This series combined my love of bright makeup with my love for Walt Disney World with 8 bright but rather wearable looks inspired by each of the lands in Magic Kingdom. I think my favourites from the whole series have to be my Storybook Circus and my Fantasyland looks.

Most excitingly, completing this series has coincided with me booking my next Walt Disney World trip…. next month! Before I head out to work on a cruise ship for 6 months, me and my boyfriend have decided to spend 10 days in Florida from June 3rd, exactly 1 year after I headed out there for my ICP. Expect to see vlogs up on my Disney YouTube Channel and a few posts about it either on here or on my travel blog.

Have you ever been to Walt Disney World or another Disney Park? Which is your favourite land in the Magic Kingdom? Which one of my looks is your favourite?


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