Friday, 31 January 2014

Alice In Wonderland Inspired Makeup Look

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It’s been quite a while since I used coloured eyeshadow! I’m generally too busy and rushed for time to put much effort into my makeup while on my days off I tend not to wear it at all. Looking through my mass of eyeshadow though, I realised I should probably get some wear out of it. I’ve started simple, doing a basic, rather wearable look inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Her Disney Traditions figure is actually sitting on my desk right now, a gift for my best friends birthday (but shh!), which made me remember how much I love the film. As a kid I remember thinking the pansies in my parents garden would sing to me. No matter how many times I sang Golden Afternoon to them though, they didn't *sad face*.

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disney alice in wonderland inspired makeup look

I used a light blue in the crease to reflect the colour of Alice’s dress, blended in with white and finished with a flick of black eyeliner. Simple yet pretty. Please excuse my bottom lashes looking a bit spider-like.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Sugarpill Tako, Inglot Matte 369, UD 24/7 liner in Zero, Collection Felt Tip Liner, Barry M White Khol Liner, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Anastasia Brow Whiz in Ash Blonde.

Finally, have a picture of me and some of my friends with Alice during my Disney program this summer at the 1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast! She’s one of my favourite characters to meet in the parks!


When was the last time you saw Alice in Wonderland? Who is your favourite character from the film? I think mine have to be the Mad Hatter or the Cheshire Cat!


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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Bourjois Color Edition 24H Eyeshadow Review

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Ever been eyeing up a product for weeks but kept putting off buying it? This was me with the Bourjois Color Edition 24H Cream to Powder Eyeshadow in the shade Prune Nocturne. Something about the colour grabbed my attention and after swatching, i knew I had to have it. A rather recent release, this range has had a lot of positive reviews so I had really high hopes and finally snatched it up last week. As has been already stated, the packaging is very similar to that of Maybelline's Colour Tattoos and Mac’s Paint Pots, although the actual product is completely different. Prune Nocturne, a maroon with hints of purple, red and brown, swatches heavily, seeming very pigmented although when applied to the lid it’s more sheer. Due to the powder finish, it’s very easy to blend making it work both on its own and accompanied by other eyeshadows. I prefer to use this with a flat brush over my fingers, as it not only applies more evenly but blends alot more seamlessly.

I would like to tell you that this is an amazing product, but one important factor let’s it down. The longevity. It creases within 2 hours on me, even wearing a primer and accompanied by other shadows. Putting a setting powder on top did prolong it, but not for too much longer. On the slightly more positive side, because of the formula the shadow can easily be blended back out again with a finger. But I don’t want to be doing that! I want an eyeshadow that’s going to stick around all day without me having to touch up. I really do wish this worked on me, as for the first two hours of wear, I'm in love with it. Don’t get me wrong, the creasing isn’t bad. Just one line across the fold/crease of my eyelid, but I expect a product which claims to last 24 hours to stay put. If it lasted longer, i guarantee this would have become my “go to” eyeshadow colour.

Pros: Beautiful colour, applies beautifully, blends easily, affordable.
Cons: Creases after 2 hours wear.

You can pick this up from Boots for £6.99.
Have you tried the Color Edition 24H shadows? What’s your favourite cream eyeshadow?


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Sunday, 26 January 2014

What’s In My Bag?

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whats in my bag Disney Parks Classic Collage Purse

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When it comes to bags, I’ve never been one to pack the kitchen sink. Heck, if it wasn’t for my rather hefty purse and attachment to my kindle I would probably just shove things in my coat pockets. Apart from when I go to university, the photograph above pretty much shows the maximum amount that is ever in my handbag. I use the Disney Parks Classic Collage Bag which i got from Walt Disney World last summer and am absolutely in love with it. The design is adorable and in my opinion, not too cheesy, while having lots of pockets for me to store bits and bobs. My HTC One X Phone (which I forgot to photograph) and Ipod Touch usually go in the front two pockets while my lipstick of the day and lip balms go into an inside zip pocket. Speaking of lipstick, they are the only makeup bits I tend to carry. There are usually one or two hanging around, the Revlon Balm Stains more often than not, as well as the lipstick I am wearing that day for touch ups.

My purse is by River Island which I got in S/S 2012 and holds so much! I have a ‘thing’ for points cards so it successfully manages to hold my array of cards and train tickets/shop receipts, of which i seem to accumulate many. The most recent addition to my bag is my 2014 Diary from Tesco. I couldn't really say no seeing as the cover is decorated with a line from Cinderella. I’ve carried a diary on and off for the past few years, so lets see how long this one sticks around for. The biggest item I lug around is my beloved Kindle Fire HD. I cannot live without this thing! Not only does it contain a library full of books but I’m constantly using it for ‘on the go’ university work, lesson planning and blogging while connecting it up to Wi-Fi when possible for a cheeky Facebook and Twitter session. Moving on to my bits and bobs, I always carry lip balm, some sort of scent and hand sanitizer in the form of a Bath & Body Works Pocket Bac. The current lip balm favourites are a combination of Burts Bee’s and Vaseline while my spray is the Victoria Secret Surf Party Body Mist. The final items, my keys and gloves, are pretty self explanatory really.

What do you carry in your bag? Are you a minimal or a kitchen sink kinda girl?


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Friday, 24 January 2014

Barry M Gelly Nail Paints


When it comes to high street nail polishes, Barry M are renowned for their quality and affordability. They always have a host of new offerings from glitter to matte, textured to gel, keeping on top of the latest trends. One of their most popular lines, the Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints, have been on my radar ever since they hit the shelves in late 2012. Since then, there has been many beautiful additions to the range. They are described as being one-coat-colours, although I’ve always had to use at least 2. Having tried many of the shades, I feel I can now make a fair judgement. I really like the colour selections and finish but the quality of the line can be a little hit or miss. Take, for example, the three shades above. Lychee and Green Berry both apply beautifully and are opaque in 2 coats, lasting around 1-2 days before chipping occurs (I'm lucky if i get more than 2 days wear with any nail polish other than Chanel!). Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Blue Grape. It applies very patchy and after 3 coats it still isn’t completely opaque, while also starting to chip after just a few hours. I used the same basecoat to apply all three polishes.


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NOTD barry m greenberry gelly nail paint swatch[6][Yes I have dodgy cuticles. No i don't really care haha]

Overall I do like the Gelly Nail Paints even though there are one or two ‘bad eggs’. My favourites have to be Green Berry (which I can never photograph right!) and Blood Orange (a stunning red). I’m eyeing up Watermelon for my next purchase as its such a gorgeously unique shade. Each polish will set you back just £3.99 each, with offers making regular appearances.

What's your favourite shade from the Gelly Nail Paint range?


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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Giveaway: ELF Disney Villains Maleficent Look Book

ELF Disney Villains Maleficent Look Book Giveaway

Hello there lovelies! Today I come to you with an exciting giveaway in the form of one of the ELF Disney Villains Palettes! These were released around Halloween for a limited time in the states and although we don't get them over here, I managed to get hold of a duplicate. Rather than sell it on, I'm going to be giving it to one of my lovely followers. As you may have gathered, I'm a tad obsessive over Disney, the villains in particular. I collect villains merchandise, so that coupled with makeup… resisting was never an option. The look book contains an eyeshadow palette, eye primer, mascara, liquid liner, pencil liner, an eyeshadow brush and a liquid lip colour housed in beautiful Maleficent packaging.

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Anyway, if you would like to win this Maleficent Look Book fill in the form above to be in with a chance! The giveaway will be open for 3 weeks, until February 12th, and is open to UK residents only! Good Luck <3


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Monday, 20 January 2014

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Getting my hands on Urban Decay Naked Basics was only a matter of time. I’m a huge fan of naked 1, it’s been a staple in my collection for years, so when a miniature mostly-matte version was presented I knew I had to get my mitts on it. The packaging is sleek, slim and absolutely perfect for travel with a slight rubbery texture, not that different from NARS. The palette boasts 6 neutral shades, 4 of them being exclusive. Venus, a shimmery champagne, Foxy, a matte yellowed-beige, Walk of Shame, a matte pink-beige, Naked 2, a matte taupe, Faint, a matte medium dark brown and Crave, a matte black. The texture is beautifully silky smooth and blend easily (although Crave is a little rougher than the rest) while the shades compliment each other nicely. Marketed as a companion to Naked 1 and 2, I find this perfectly viable to use on its own.

My only quip is that I feel three lighter shades are a little un-necessary, I would liked to have seen a dark brown instead of Foxy/WOS. Other than that, the palette is perfect for my everyday makeup look, for which I use Venus over the lid and under the brow bone, Faint in the crease with Crave used in the outer corner for definition. Naked Basics is most definitely going to get a lot of love from me for years to come, especially for travel.

Pros: Silky smooth, no fallout, beautiful selection of shades, longevity, blends nicely, travel friendly, cruelty free.
Cons: Too many “light” shades, wouldn't work as well on darker skin tones.

At £20 Naked Basics is a lot more accessible to those on a budget while still providing the high-quality product we all know and love. You can pick this up in Debenhams online or in store.

Are you a fan of the Naked range? Do you own any of the palettes?


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Sunday, 19 January 2014

DIY: Learning to use a Sewing Machine



If you saw my What I got for Christmas post last month, you will know that I got a sewing machine from my parents. A random but exciting present. I have never sewn or made anything in my life, but always loved the idea of DIY, particularly making home furnishings, clothing and cosplays (Disney princess ones of course). Todays post is basically going to be an overview of how I have started to learn the basics and showing you my first creation.

The machine manual shows how to wind the bobbins and thread the needle, but it only has the technicalities. I wanted to find a book which gave me some starter project ideas. After browsing amazon, I settled upon How To Use Your Sewing Machine: A Complete Guide for Absolute Beginners by Alison McNicol which contains some great tips for starting out. It has an outline of sewing kit essentials, a guide to fabrics, how to do various sewing bits, such as making a hem, plus a handful of starter projects with easy to follow instructions. After playing around with scrap bits of fabric, I decided that my first creation was going to be a pillowcase for my bed. I followed the instructions in the book, with a few adjustments to the size of the case, and ended up with a rather successful first attempt. Next, I hope to make some more home furnishings and begin on some clothing basics. Wish me luck!


On another note, I’m going to start adding a little section onto the end of my Sunday post from now on, to give you a little insight into my week. This could include books I'm reading, music I'm listening too and products I'm craving.

Mood: Sleepy. I’ve been back on the 6:30am starts this week and my sleeping pattern hasn’t quite caught on.
Beauty I'm loving: My skincare routine. I’ve been embracing the bare face this week due to my skincare working wonders.
Products I'm wanting: Revlon matte balms. I’m so excited for these to come out in the UK this month! The colours look beautiful.
Currently reading: The Divergence Series. This trilogy has become a current favourite and I’m already on the second instalment.
Most listened too: Frozen soundtrack. The film was beautiful and the soundtrack addictive. Let it goooo, let it goooo!
Excited for: Game of Thrones series 4. With the release of the trailer, I'm more excited than ever for my favourite series to return.

What have you been up to this week? Are you interested in DIY and sewing? What have you made recently or are planning to make?


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Friday, 17 January 2014

My Skincare Routine ft. Liz Earle, Pixi & Hydraluron

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For the first time I actually feel like I have a skincare routine that is working and giving me results. It’s not overly complicated with only a few quick steps as I really don't want to be faffing around with alot of products when I’m half asleep. I have been sticking to this routine for a while and don't plan to deviate away from it, however, if I am trying out new products I generally try to do it one at a time, so if its not working for me I know the culprit instead of having to sort through a mass of lotions and potions.

Firstly I use Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (£24.75 - 200ml) morning and night, to clean my face, removing any makeup or overnight ickyness. I’m 100% a water and flannel kind of girl, the idea of not wetting my face when getting a wash is foreign and a little gross sounding. C&P lets me get a good ol’ scrub with a muslin cloth/flannel, successfully giving my face a good clean while making my skin feel super soft. Next, I use Liz Earle Skin Tonic (£13.25 - 200ml) in the morning while at night I use Pixi Glow Tonic (£16 - 250ml). Skin tonic refreshes my skin, preparing it for the day ahead while Pixi Glow exfoliates, removing any left over makeup or dead skin. The newest step in my routine is a serum in the form of Hydraluron (£25 - 30ml). If you have read my review on this you will know how much I sing the praise of this product. It’s done so much for my skin in terms of clearing it up and you only need a pea size amount to cover the whole face. Finally I finish off with Re-Gen Oil (£4 approx – 75ml), which is basically a cheaper version of Bio Oil. I’ve been using this for over two years and it really contributes to clearing up scarring in half the time. In the morning I tend to use 2-3 drops while in the evening I use 5 drops to give my skin that little extra loving overnight.

Since having this routine I’ve noticed my skin looks better than it ever has. Blemishes are practically non-existent and scarring is fading nicely. The majority of the products are lasting me quite a while too, so its not putting too much pressure on my bank account. One thing I am missing though, is an eye cream, which I’m hoping to add this year. I'm 22 now so should probably start looking at protecting my eye area from the daily stress of makeup. If you have any eye cream recommendations feel free to comment below!

What's your current skincare routine? Are you using any of the products mentioned in this post?


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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Sugarpill Cosmetics Bulletproof Eyeshadow Review

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We all know that I love abit of sugarpill and that they’re my go-to brand for a bright eye, so when I finally got my grabby hands on Bulletproof, a few weeks of dark/smokey eyes ensued. I’d been wanting to get my hands on this shade for a while, but every time I made an online order it was out of stock. A few weeks ago I spotted it in Cyberdog Manchester along with the Cold Chemistry Palette, so snapped it up in a jifyy. Firstly, as with all Sugarpill products, the packaging is lovely. Very sleek and sturdy with the cute brand logo stamped on top. Bulletproof is a true matte black, with no hint of any glitter, shimmer or a colour shift. It is extremely pigmented, soft without being too powdery and blendable . However, there is some fallout upon application so be wary of smearing it down the face. If used with a light hand, its a great choice for the outer crease to add definition and is absolutely perfect for a smokey or darker eye look. Bulletproof is without doubt, the best matte black I have ever used and will remain a staple in my collection for years to come. MAC Carbon, eat your heart out!

Pros: Pigmented, soft, blendable, lovely packaging, cruelty free, vegan, reasonable price.
Cons: Some fallout.

You can pick Bulletproof up from the Sugarpill website for $12 or love makeup for £8.50. It can also be found in any Cyberdog store. Next Sugarpill product on the wish list? Lumi come at me!

Have you tried sugarpill makeup? What's your favourite matte black eyeshadow?


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Monday, 13 January 2014

Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Foundation Review

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It’s not often you see me review foundations as I tend to stick to the same one consistently, namely my Illamasqua Skin Base. Last year I did get a sample of DiorSkin Forever and ended up loving it so much that this Christmas I finally took the plunge and used some vouchers to purchase the full size. Firstly, the packaging is gorgeous. Very luxurious housed in a glass bottle with a metal pump and a navy blue lid, which is prone to fingerprints i may add, as can probably be seen above. I have shade 011 which leans slightly more yellow, as when getting colour matched I requested something to cancel out the redness on my face. I use one pump of this foundation and lightly buff into the skin with my Sigma F82, which leaves me with a light coverage of product that evens out my skin tone nicely. I’ve read reviews which state that it’s medium coverage/buildable but i generally prefer a lighter base with concealer where its needed, so use it sparingly.

This foundation is not quite matte, but it does have a slight gleam for a very natural looking finish. Furthermore, it has a silky, fluid texture and sits very lightly on the skin, not feeling too heavy or sinking into pores. Now this isn't a complete match for my skin tone, but as i use it so sparingly that it blends in beautifully and I haven’t experienced any oxidisation. Longwearing with minimal transfer, DiorSkin Forever is generally a lovely foundation to use with the added bonus of containing spf making it perfect for daytime. Although if you have sensitive skin I would be wary, as one of the ingredients is alcohol.

Pros: Looks natural, has spf 25, evens out skin tone, hasn’t oxidised, longwearing.
Cons: Expensive, not a great range of shades, contains alcohol.

For £32, this foundation is expensive. I don’t think I would repurchase it as nothing, as of yet, can compare to my Skin Base, but it’s a nice foundation to have for those special occasions/feel good days. We all need a little treat every now and again. You can find this in Debenhams and Boots online/in select stores.

What's your favourite high end foundation? Have you ever tried DiorSkin Forever?


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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Disney Fashion: It was all Started by a Mouse

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Hello there! Today marks the start of my miscellaneous Sunday Feature which shall see me deviate away from beauty and venture into the realms of fashion, lifestyle, art and possibly even a little bit of food. I may not post every Sunday but this is an attempt to inject a little bit more of my personality into my blog. First up I bring you one of my recent Disney Fashion finds. Half of my wardrobe consists of clothing adorned with those lovable characters and I can never resist adding to the collection. Some might consider Disney clothing to be tacky or childish, which some of it can be (hello garish Primark prints), but you can find some pretty cute bargains on the high-street rather frequently these days! I spotted this Mickey Mouse Jumper in H&M a while ago, its unique design stealing my heart. It sticks with my everyday monochrome preference without being too plain and is pretty much perfect for the current climate. I’ve generally been wearing this jumper with some skinny jeans and a t-shirt/vest top underneath on colder days.

Let me know what you think about this new Sunday Feature and anything you would like to see in future posts!
What are your thoughts on Disney inspired fashion?


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Friday, 10 January 2014

Hydraluron Moisture Booster Review: Skincare Holy Grail


For a long time I wasn’t that fussed about the hype surrounding Hydraluron, a product which caters to those with dehydrated skin. I have slightly oily skin so in my mind it wasn't moisture I needed. Before i go into that though, let me tell you about my skin struggles. I’m going to write a more in depth post about my skin history and what products I use to combat it soon, so here’s just a basic outline. I’ve battled with acne since my teenage years. It’s never been bad by any means, but it’s been constant. Sure i have good skin moments and bad skin moments, but its never been completely clear. With scarring on top of that, as a young teenager it really knocked my confidence and I spent years covering it up every single day, even around my family. It’s only since I hit my 20s that I’m not as bothered showing my bare face. Fast forward to summer 2013 when i jetted off to spend the summer working in Walt Disney World Florida. If you didn’t already know or haven't experienced it before, the weather in Florida is very humid. You can feel the moisture in the air throughout the summer. After a few days I started to notice my skin had nearly instantly started to become clear. In that 10 weeks my skin was the best its ever been since I was a child. Annoying, when I came back to the UK it soon went back to its old ways. My Liz Earle Skin Tonic did have a hand in making it a bit better but it was getting so frustrating. That is until someone mentioned that I might not be giving my skin enough moisture, hence the humidity working wonders for it, which made complete sense.

After spotting Hydraluron with a third off in boots at the beginning of last month, I knew I had to give it a whirl. It claims to increase skin hydration from below the surface due to the Hyaluronic Acid it contains, increasing skin elasticity and reducing roughness. Saying its done wonders for my skin is an understatement. After a month of twice a day use, I can see the miracle its worked. My skin not only feels more plump, soft and hydrated but I also have no blemishes what so ever as I write this post. For someone who has struggled with their skin for 10 years, I feel so elated that this is actually working! I’m under no illusions, it’s still early days but I'm holding out hope. I don't think that this is going to be the end of all problems, I know I’m going to still get the odd blemish but as it stands now this product has a Holy Grail status. At £25 for 30ml it is expensive, but if it keeps my skin looking like it does right now, I wouldn't hesitate on repurchasing. Dare I say it borderlines on life changing for me. My only quip is that it doesn't come in a bigger size.
If you would like to see a “3 month” update on how Hydraluron is working then please let me know! Fingers crossed it keeps up the good work. You can pick this up from boots online and in store. Remember to also keep an eye out for regular offers!

Pros: Worked wondering in clearing and hydrating my skin, sinks into the skin quickly, helps moisturiser sink in better, no fuss “to the point” packaging, No animal derived products are used, a little goes a long way.
Cons: Expensive, only comes in a 30ml tube.

Have you ever tried Hydraluron? What's your favourite product containing Hyaluronic Acid?


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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Collective Haul: Disney Makeup, Sugarpill, Urban Decay etc.


After budgeting for so long it feels weird to actually have money. I’m still planning on saving most of my hard earned pennies as travelling is a priority of mine in the near future, but I'm not going to be as restricting when it comes to treating myself, especially to skincare. So, on that note today’s post is a collective haul from the past 2 months. I do have some other bits on the way (Pixi Glow Tonic for example) but I wanted to get this up sooner rather than later.

Firstly is one of the MUA Velvet Lip Lacquers (£3) in Kooky. I’ve been on the hunt for these for a while so snapped one up when I finally spotted them in Superdrug. I most definitely need to get my hands on the pink version for everyday wear as Kooky looks beautiful and lasts a long time on the lips. Taking a trip down memory lane recently, saw me stopping by Cyberdog in Affleck's Palace, Manchester, and ending up leaving with a spontaneous Sugarpill purchase. I’ve wanted Bulletproof (£10), an amazing matte black, for years but it was always out of stock when I made an online order and the newest palette release, Cold Chemistry (£30), was bound to make its way into my stash sooner or later. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (£24.75), the 200ml size, was a repurchase and I finally caved on getting Hydraluron (£24.99). My skin has been quite horrendous after returning home from Florida, the humidity there majorly agreeing with me and causing it to be the clearest its ever been. I came to the conclusion that the cause for my skin trouble may be down to a lack of moisture (odd to get my head around as I have slight oily skin). I’ll have a review on this coming soon but I think its safe to say, I may have found a HG product.

I collect the small Sephora Disney Princess palettes so when I saw the one I missed back online in October, I knew it had to be mine. Luckily, the lovely Samantha offered to ship it over the the UK for me. Midnight Hour is inspired by Cinderella and retailed for around $30. Unfortunately it is limited edition and I doubt it will come back in stock on Sephora’s website. You can always find it on ebay though, if you keep an eye out. The ELF Disney Villains palettes are also pretties we can’t buy over here in the UK. I managed to get my hands on a Maleficent Look Book from a blog sale before Christmas and since then, the gorgeous Susan has managed to find me some more bits in the collection that are currently on their way to my grabby hands. Keep your eyes peeled as I’m going to be having a giveaway of one of the palettes sometime soon. Furthermore, three of the Etude House Minnie Mouse Nail Polishes made their way into my basket after seeing how cute and inexpensive they were. I got mine from this ebay seller. They have brilliant customer service and promptly sent out a replacement after I received the wrong polish so i really recommend them for your Asian beauty buys.

Rounding it up with my most recent purchases, I spent my Christmas Debenhams vouchers on Diorskin Forever (£32) and Urban Decay Naked Basics (£20). I’ve had a sample of the Dior foundation before and absolutely loved it although I do admit, I probably wouldn't have splurged on it if it wasn't for the vouchers, I'm a cheapskate. I really wanted something which was a lighter coverage and luxurious, this foundation totally ticking the boxes. I have shade 011 which leans a bit to the yellow side as to cancel out some of the redness on my face. Finally, I don’t really know what to say about Naked Basics other than duh? I love Naked 1 and 2 so having a travel friendly neutral eye basic was a natural progression really.

Have you ever tried any of these products? What have you treated yourself to recently?


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Monday, 6 January 2014

Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Eyeshadow Palette Review

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sugarpill cold chemistry eyeshadow palette review swatches

When it comes to bright eyeshadow, Sugarpill is my go-to brand. Their intensely pigmented colourful eyeshadows are second to none, so when they announced the release of a darker smokey palette, I knew it would end up in my collection at some point. Fast forward a few months and a cheeky browse in Cyberdog, resisting was never an option. If you’re familiar with previous palettes, the first thing noticed is that the packaging has changed considerably. Each shadow is placed side by side while the graphics are more edgier and gothic than the usual pretty pinks. Created in collaboration with Amelia Arsenic, designer of cult fashion and art brand A is for Arsenic London, this cool toned beauty packs tonne of sparkle without being too overpowering. But, let be honest here, there is Never too much sparkle!

Soot & Stars is a dark charcoal loaded with glitter that looks slightly holographic.
Diamond Eyes is shimmery white that just screams frost/ice.
Elemental Chaos is a deep violet shade with a pearl finish and glitter which also looks slightly holographic.
Subterranean is a forest green with pretty sparkles and a teal undertone which is made more obvious under certain lighting.

As expected, all four shadows are beautifully pigmented, although there is some glitter fallout which is unavoidable really. With smooth, buttery textures they blend perfectly and the longevity is spot on with three of them. I have seen slight creasing and fading on my lid as the day progresses with Elemental Chaos though (used over UDPP). It’s not that noticeable to be fair, but I'm used to eye shadow staying put all day. Overall it’s a lovely palette and I would 100% recommend everyone to try Sugarpill makeup if you haven't already.

Pros: Beautiful colours, pigmented, smooth blending, unique packaging,
Cons: Elemental Chaos doesn't last as long, some fallout.

Cold Chemistry is priced at $34 on Sugarpills website or £24.95 on Love Makeup. Alternatively you can pick it up in any Cyberdog UK store.

Have you tried Cold Chemistry? What’s your favourite Sugarpill palette?


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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them <3

2013 overview

2013 was literally the best year of my life. I spent the summer in Walt Disney World working for the mouse. Not only was it the toughest thing I have ever had to do but it was the greatest experience of my life. Dreams really can come true. I met three of my best friends on the program who i still speak to every single day while my love/obsession for Disney was re-kindled 10fold. I was lucky enough to travel to LA and New York after my program, while also visiting Disneyland Resort California, an absolute dream come true. I graduated from University and started my PGCE which landed me teaching Photography at The Manchester College. All the while i had good times with my friends and grew even closer with my boyfriend.


I wasn't intending to do one of these posts but with the new year comes that standard need to make a fresh start. To want to do better and create goals which are rarely ever stuck to. But, what the heck, any excuse to write a list (I love list making!)

Travel. This summer has set a spark and a need to see the world. As much as I crave to re-visit Disney every year, I know i should set my sights elsewhere and explore, at least for now. Some of the main places I want to visit in the next couple of years are New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Rome and Iceland. Furthermore, I will be applying for Disney’s CRP program this year to which I am going to keep trying until I can work for the mouse again. I WILL be a Cast Member once more. I’m also considering a role as a cruise ship photographer, a hard but hopefully rewarding experience.

Get Crafty. In a bid to be more creative and also so save a bit of money, i want to undertake more DIY projects. Whether this is creating furnishings or making clothes, getting a sewing machine for Christmas has really gotten the creative juices flowing. Sticking to my photography is included with this and I hope to put my website online very soon.

Rebrand. As you can probably see I’ve rarely posted since being in America. I’ve just not been feeling it. I’ve half been tempted to pack in blogging all together. During December I took a step back and didn't pressure myself to post, its probably the best thing I could have done. I no longer feel a pressure to blog and create content. I’m never going to be dedicated enough to post every single day, but I'm also not going to kick myself over not posting. With the new year will hopefully come a new look. A new layout, more makeup looks and more posts inspired by the things which fuel my daily life.

Get Organized. Oh lordy, i am such an unorganized person, one of my main faults being time management. Whether it’s getting ready in the morning or doing assignments, I am terrible for procrastination and managing my time poorly. This year i am determined to put aside time and resources for tasks, no matter if it be blogging or keeping up to date with my uni work. Plus its an excuse to buy some cute stationary…ahem.

Did you have any life changing experiences in 2013? What are your goals for 2014?
Remember to check out my post on What i got for Christmas!


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