Sunday, 7 September 2014

Mini Stationary Haul!

As the nights get darker and the leaves start falling many of us return to school, college, university etc and begin a new school year. For many, this is a time of stress and depression. But, in the midst of all the school worries are the joys of new stationary. Now I am a total stationary nerd. I'm not even afraid to say it. I love stationary.

Here is a mini stationary haul with just a few bits and pieces I picked up the other day! 

Firstly, I got these adorable sticky tags. They're the perfect way to make your diary or revision notes that bit cuter. I just thought they were absolutely adorable. I intend on covering my diary with them. Plus, they were at bargain at just £2 from Hobby Craft.

Okay, this one's a little boring. Just some standard black pens. But you can never have too many! I'm forever needing more of these; despite the fact I probably have about 90 hidden in various handbags and pencil cases. I specifically like these Papermate ones because they are really comfy to write with. The soft padding on the outside means it doesn't dig in after a long lesson. 

Finally, these adorable folders! I couldn't believe it when I was food shopping in Tesco and saw these. They're baby blue and light pink with white polka dots. I had to grab them. I just couldn't resist. It's not everyday you find such pretty folders. I just loved the colours. I thought hopefully filing and hunting for work won't seem as dull with these cute folders. 

What's your favourite stationary shop? :) 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Go To Perfume: Evening

We all have a perfume that we grab in a mad rush with lipstick on our teeth and one shoe on. Today I thought I'd do a quick post about my favourite evening perfume. 

I absolutely love See by Chloe. Yes, the perfume brand and me share the same name, ha ha very funny. I would like to clarify that it was given to me as a gift. I am not a vain person, I did not by a perfume with my own name before you all start judging! Anywayyyy, onto the perfume...

The packaging is beautiful. The glass on the bottle creates a waterfall effect. It's so pretty. Now it is quite pricey, I would recommend popping this on your Christmas list. Unless of course you fancy majorly treating yourself! (Which is totally allowed I'd just like to add). It is a lovely light perfume, the scent isn't too heavy or overpowering. To me, it smells of musky flowers. Which is what makes it perfect for the evening. It's gives a sexy twist to your standard daytime floral perfume. I have received numerous compliments when I wear this perfume so naturally I would recommend it to any perfume lovers. 

What's your favourite perfume? 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Tinted Moisturiser - Summer Glow Essential!

I haven't posted for the last week as I was soaking up the sun on holiday. Speaking of holidays, even with my red hair I get a small tan/summer glow. And because of this that I usually change up my make up base. 

This year I have opted for No. 7's Dual Protection Tinted Moisturiser. This is the older version of the product I believe and there newest version is actually Triple Protection at just £12. A very reasonable price for a brilliant product. 

This is perfect for the summer because it moisturises your skin which is essential in the summer if you want to maintain your tan. It also creates a lovely summer glow. For me it makes my skin just that little bit darker, giving the affect of a fresh tan. It's not too thick so it's brilliant to wear in hot weather. You don't feel as though your skin is covered in make up. It is incredibly reasonably priced and the tube lasts a long time. A summer base I would definitely recommend! 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Top Summer Nail Varnishes

This post does what it says on the tin (well title) it tells you all about my favourite nail polishes for this summer. 

The fabulous four! (Ew, cheesy I know).

In no particular order...

Estee Lauder Pure Colour in A13, Le Smoking
This is a beautiful red nail varnish. It's not too dark which makes it such a lovely summer colour. It doesn't chip easily and applies nicely. One coat does the trick with this varnish. It is also absolutely ideal for summer because of it's small, compact size. It's about the size of my pinky finger! Perfect for popping into your suitcase. Especially if, like me, you struggle to pack anything less than the entire contents of your bedroom. 

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in 317, Passion Fruit
This nail varnish has been featured on my blog previously (in my Polka Dot Nails Tutorial) which proves it's a favourite of mine. I like that this varnish is quite thick. With just one coat is looks thick and smooth. And it rarely chips. It is a gorgeous coral colour, a popular colour this season.   

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in 317, Key Lime
I absolutely love the colour of this nail varnish. Green and pink are my favourite colours so I am probably slightly bias about the colour. But, I think it's so great for spring and summer when you want something a little different from the dark colours you've been wearing all winter. The quality is obviously similar to the polish above as they're the same just different shades. However, the only thing I would say is that as much as I love the colour it can look a little odd with certain clothes. For example, I wouldn't wear this colour with a red dress. Just something to be aware of! 

Topshop Nails in 304, Celestial
I bought this very recently and initially I wasn't sure about it, I thought the colour was quite cold. But, it has surprised me. This sky blue colour is a lovely polish. It's quite thin and so for a finished look it does require a couple of coats. But, it looks very pretty. I would recommend it on your toes when going for a trip to the beach. 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my favourite nail varnishes for this summer!
 What are yours? :)

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Ted Baker Lip Crayons: Review

I adore Ted Baker, I really do. But I have to admit that until Christmas I was entirely unaware that they did makeup. I was sceptical about these lip crayons because I thought Ted Baker's speciality is fashion, will their beauty match up to the great quality of their fashion lines? Well it certainly gives it a run for it's money! I'm going to discuss the lip crayons separately as I prefer some of them to others. So I don't think it's fair to do one big, general rating. 

The crayons don't have their own specific shades (eg. bubblegum or whatever) so I'll just describe each crayon above it's picture.

This crayon is a lovely shade of pink. I'm not as fond of the two pinks though as they don't really stay on my lips very well. They are a nice colour. But, when I apply them they come out quite thin. It takes a few strokes to create a deep colour. 

(Excuse the freckles, I wasn't wearing foundation for these pictures). 

This is the second shade of pink. The packaging in the photo looks more pink that is actually is. It is more of a peachy pink. I preferred this one as it was warmer and suited my (fair) skin tone better. However, again I didn't love how thin it applied. It rubbed off quickly so I wouldn't recommend it unless you have it handy to keep applying. 

I LOVE THIS ONE. Now, this crayon is where things get good. I absolutely adore this crayon and as you can see from the photo at the bottom it is definitely the crayon I've used the most. It is a gorgeous deep plum colour. If it had a name it would probably be Black Cherry or something like that. This shade was massively in last winter and I really hope it makes a reappearance this winter. I lived in it. It's perfect for creating a vampy look for a night out, or romantic dinner. This crayon also stayed on my lips much longer than the others. It also applied really nicely, it wasn't too thin like the previous two crayons. 

Finally, a lovely rich red colour. I sit on the fence with this crayon. It isn't amazing but it isn't awful either. I don't love it. But, I do like it. It creates a nice rosy red colour which was lovely in the winter. With one stroke on my lips it created a lovely, rich red shade. 

Hope you liked my review! 
What lip crayons are you loving at the moment?

Also I'm looking for blogs to follow at the moment as I'm new here so link me yours and/or your favourites! 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Polka Dot Nails Tutorial

I wanted my first post to be interesting and a little different, so I have decided to write a tutorial. In this post I will demonstrate how to create cute polka dot nails / toadstool nails. I am in no way a nail expert! But, this is a super easy, sweet style that is perfect for Spring/Summer.

What You Will Need:
-Clear Nail Varnish
-White Nail Varnish (For the spots)
-Coral/Red Nail Varnish
-A Paperclip (you'll need to unfold it)
-Determination! Haha I'm kidding, it's easy, honest!

1. Apply your clear nail varnish as a base. I am using Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle. It's amazing, I love it. I truly believe that it does help my nails grow! 

2. Apply your red nail varnish. I am using Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in 317, Passion Fruit. It is a lovely coral/red colour. However, you can use any colour of your choice here. If you want blue as your base colour with polka dots that's cool! It's entirely up to you! 

3. Take your paperclip and unfold the end like so. 

4. Dip the end of your paperclip into the white nail varnish. 

5. Now carefully tap the end of the paperclip onto your nails to create the spot effect. The lighter you press the smaller the spot. I have quite small nails (I have really tiny hands, thanks genetics) so I just gently tapped the paperclip onto my nail to create small spots. You could press harder and put a thicker layer of nail varnish onto the paperclip if you wanted bigger spots. You will have to keep dipping the paperclip into the white nail varnish to ensure you have enough varnish on it to create the spots. 

6. Do this on every nail and ta-da! You have some super cute nails!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! :) 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Awkward First Meetings

So this is the obligatory first post whereby I introduce myself. Hello! I could write a long list of things I love like summer and sparklers but that's probably unnecessary. Besides, if I write as much as I talk you're soon to discover those things anyway.

As a self proclaimed shopaholic and lover of all things fashion and beauty I have decided to start a blog. I will be posting about various beauty, fashion and lifestyle topics. This is a place for me to scribble my thoughts. I love writing. And this seems like the perfect way to write more about the things I love.

In a nutshell I'M STARTING A BLOG!