Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Perfect Sunday Candle

I don't know about you but today I have certainly begun to feel the Autumn chill. Personally, I love Autumn. I love everything about it. And I have discovered a candle that is absolutely perfect to burn on a cold, autumnal morning. Yankee Candle Cinnamon Stick has become one of my favourite candles ever. It has such a gorgeous smell. It reminds me of all things Autumn. Also, the cinnamon really reminds me of Christmas. It is such a cosy candle and definitely adds warmth to a room. 

What is your favourite candle to burn on a cold Sunday afternoon? 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Simple Smokey Eye Tutorial - Purple / Blue

Hello everyone, now I am by nooooo means an expert at make up. But, it is something that I absolutely adore. As a result I really like experimenting with new styles and looks. I've decided to share this purple / blue smokey eye look that I experimented with the other day. It's a really really simple and easy look to create. It's great to wear in the day to spice up your make up, or you could make it even darker and rock it for a night out. The choice is yours! Whichever you decided, I hope you enjoy this tutorial. 

Disclaimer: I am not a make up artist or by an means amazing at make up this is just a look I decided to share with you for fun. I hope you like it but it's not perfect so please don't judge!

You Will Need:

-An angle eye shadow brush
-A white eye shadow
-A light purple eye shadow
-A blue eye shadow
-Black eye liner
-Benefit eye bright or a similar product (white eye liner) 

 Step One : Using your angle brush apply your white eye shadow all over the lid of your eye as a base. I am using Bobbi Brown's Angle Eye Shadow Brush and Estee Lauder's eye shadow Sugar Cube 30 in Satin from their Deluxe Eye Shadow Compact. 

Step Two: Take your light purple and apply it to the corner of your lid and in the crease. Only take it in the crease until just under the highest point of your brow. I'm using the lilac shade from an incredibly old M&S compact! 

Step Three: Take your dark blue and apply it at the corner of your lid and a little along the bottom of your eye lid. I didn't apply too much dark blue in fear of looking like I was emerging from a fight with a black eye. So firstly, I added a little and blended it with the lilac shadow to create a lovely purple shade and then just continued to apply it till I was happy with the colour. The dark blue I used was again from Estee Lauder's Deluxe Eye Shadow Compact (this is such a great palette it has so many amazing colours). I used Nocturnal Blue 68 in Satin. 

Step Four: Take your black eye liner and apply a thin layer just underneath your eye lashes. If you want you could add a bit to your lid if you were going for a more evening appropriate look. My black eye liner is a crayon by Lancome it is Le Crayon Khol in Noir. Then take Benefit's Eye Bright and applied it just around the edges of my tear duct. This is great because it brightens your eye and gives your eyes a more feline shape. 

Step Five: No look is complete without mascara. I am currently loving Rimmel's Scandal Eyes in 003 Extreme Black. Don't be put off by the tacky packaging it's a great product. 

And there you have it! A purpley/blue smokey eye, a fresh look for during the day. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and let me know if you would like to see more things like this! 

Monday, 22 September 2014

Miracle Spot Remover!

When I say I have found a miracle spot remover, I am not exaggerating. This little tiny tube works wonders. I usually have very dry skin. However, over summer Mount Everest decided to move to my chin. It was mortifying. This wasn't just a spot. It was one of those spots where you contemplate wearing a scarf in 25 degree heat to cover it up. Okay you probably get it, it was big. In a desperate bid to remove Everest from my chin I purchased Origins Super Spot Remover. It seems a little pricey for the size of the bottle. It was £15 when I bought it. But, I have just checked John Lewis's website and they're selling it for £12.15. So if you want it now is the time to grab it! As I was saying, it is only a very small tube. However, I can assure you it is completely worth it. 

Here is a snap of the bottle. It's a small pot of clear formula but it will last you an incredibly long time as you only need to dab a tiny amount on your spot. So the cost really doesn't matter as it should last you anywhere from 6 months to a year depending on your skin type. What I loved was the rate in which it worked. After 2-3 days of applying this to my spot I could already see a visible difference. The spot was nearly entirely gone. Which I have to say, I was incredibly impressed with! 

The Super Spot Remover contains caffeine. This helps your skin because caffeine increases your blood circulation and reduces redness. So when you apply this gel to your spot it should decrease the red appearance of your spot. 

This product does not need to be lathered all over your skin though. Just put your finger at the opening of the gel and squeeze a little out, as I'm doing in the photo below, and dab it on your spot. That is all you need. This is a spot remover so don't smother your face in it as it will do more harm than good. 

The Super Spot Remover definitely lives up to it's name. It really is super! I could not recommend this more highly, it is one of the best products I have used in a long time. And most definitely the best and most effective spot remover I have ever used! Big love for Origins!

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? :)