Monday, 9 December 2013

Ciate | Fit for a Queen





I own possible the best advent calendar in the history of advent calendars. Every day I open the little cardboard door to a little delight in a bottle. You guessed it. It's a NAIL POLISH ADVENT CALENDAR.

'Fit for a Queen' is one of 24 (obviously) mini Ciate nail polishes included in this calendar. It is an absolutely stunning metallic silver with shimmer running through it. Not the most subtle of nail colours. I keep seeing my nails out of the corner of my eye when light hits them because they are so gorgeous and shiny and noticeable. If you like neutral, toned-down nail polishes then this is definitely not for you. However, if you are like me (who wouldn't want to be), then you will love how festive this makes your nails look. Two simple coats produced this gorgeous finish and I don't even have a top coat on them, partly because they didn't need it and partly because I am too lazy for that. They really remind me of Collection 2000 'Star Dust' which I blogged about ages ago here. The two are incredibly similar, the only difference being 'Star Dust' is only £2.99. Even though the prices are quite different, I still recommend Ciate because the finish is even more gorgeous. It is also really similar to Nails Inc 'Cambridge Terrace' which retails for £11 and is even more similar than the Collection 2000 one. Again, I'd recommend the Ciate one over this (shock horror, I'm telling you to get something other than Nails inc, the best nail brand ever) purely for the reason that it is £2 cheaper.

How festive are your nails right now?

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Outfit and Face of the day ♥

I'm excited for Christmas. Are you excited for Christmas? I'm really excited for Christmas. Aaaaahhh. I am like a little child from the 1st of December onwards when it really hits home that it is almost that time of the year again. December marks the start of Christmas movies and cosy jumpers and blaring Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas is You' as often as I possible can. This has nothing to do with today's blog post but I had to include it anyway just because I am so excited. 

On to the real point of me being here, I want to show you a little outfit I wore a week or two ago to go out with my friends. We went to a Young Farmer's concert - you'll probably understand what I mean by that if you are from Scotland too - so I didn't want to be really dressed up but not really casual either. I decided to wear this new burgundy love heart blouse from New Look along with a pair of Oasis jeggings that, with a reduced price already from a sale in Debenhams plus a discount code, I managed to snap up for a mere £2! Bargain of the century or what! They aren't shown here but I teamed this with my black leather jacket from Topshop and my dark brown Ugg boots because we had a little bit to walk after we got off the train so I wanted to be cosy. I wore pretty plain makeup with this - just my usual really. And finally, my hair was left natural with a small amount of argan oil run through it to smooth out the curls and voila!


Face:
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation '832 Nude Beige'
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer '2 Light'
Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1  Concealer and Highlighter '030 Classic Beige
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder '001 Transparent'
Rimmel Dream Sun Bronzing Powder '02 Brunette'
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil '001 Dark Brown'
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Carmex cherry lip balm

Outfit:
Love heart blouse from New Look
Oasis Jade Jeggings


Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Selling my Uggs on ebay!



I just wanted to quickly let you all know that I am selling my old Uggs on ebay.  They are the black classic tall ones in size 4.5, which will fit UK size 4 and anyone that is in between a 4 and a 5 (like me).  In some shops I am a 4 and others a 5 and these still fit me.  They are in bloomin good condition, if I do say so myself because they have hardly been worn which you can see from the picture of the soles. They are ever so slightly marked where the leg bit joins the top of the shoe but the flash picked up on this and made it look worse than it actually is.  The only reason I am selling them is because I now prefer the shorted style and just ordered myself a pair of chocolate brown ones.  They are selling at a fantastic price too with original packaging included (currently bidding at £20), considering they are originally £190 to buy new!  Have a little look if you are interested and let me know if you are watching them or bidding, I'd love for a fellow blogger to get their hands on them.  You have until 2pm, Sunday 27th October!


Friday, 18 October 2013

My Notebook Fetish

My makeshift bookends - 2 body butters and a tin full of my tips from work...

'Keep Calm and Carry On' purple notebook - £1.99 Dobbies
Typewriter journal - $10.95 New York Public Library
Dark green leather notebook - £5 TK Maxx

It has recently come to my attention that I have a small obsession with notebooks. When deciding on the name of this blog post, I googled 'fetish' just to make sure I was spelling it right and the definition appeared on my screen. It appears I have a 'sexual fixation' on pretty notebooks. 'A form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body etc' to be exact. I feel slightly uncomfortable now.

I keep on buying all sorts of different notebooks with no real intention to write anything in them. Not only do I have nothing to write in them that is of great importance, but I also don't want to spoil them. Does that sound silly? I'm not sure what one my favourite it, I can't decide between the gorgeous dark green leather one or the super cute typewriter one that I bought in the New York Public Library this summer. It's a close competition. Maybe I'll have the courage to write on the first page in one of them soon but don't hold your breath.

Does anyone else have a 'fetish' for notebooks, or for anything else? (Nothing of the sexual sort, please.)

Monday, 30 September 2013

Happy 2nd Birthday, hollylikestoblog! ♥


Oh dear.  I am clearly not designed to be a professional blogger.  Considering I haven't blogged in over a month AND I missed my blog's 2nd anniversary by just over a week, I am obviously not a natural at this whole thing.  As I am sure all of you with your own blogs will agree, keeping one up requires an awful lot of hard work and dedication (oooooh listen to me) and sometimes you just can't be bothered with.  Another reason I am clearly no professional. 

Throughout this year I have, without a doubt, became even more obsessed with makeup and beauty bits and bobs - who knew that was even possible.  I spend a ridiculous amount of my wages on makeup.  I have branched out a bit this year and tried some new things out, like the all-famous Real Techniques brushes and Bioderma (reviews coming soon if you wish?). Whilst I am slow at carrying out the completely overused term of jumping on the bandwagon when new products come out, I do tend to buy them eventually - and then love them so much that I wish I bought them sooner like everyone else out there! 

I've also made quite the overhaul of my blog's design.  Take a peek at this blog post to see what it looked like before.  I felt like I needed a change because it had been a while since I did anything different with it, and as it turns out, I really like it.  I definitely think it makes my blog more professional, making up for the fact that I am quite the opposite.  My favourite bit is my new header, don't you agree?

So while I may not post on here as often as I used to, it's still my little babba that I cherish with all my heart.  It doesn't matter to me how many people are following it, but when a lovely little comment comes through on a new blog post it is one of the best feelings in the world.  To think that someone out there in the world, a total stranger, has spent their own free time reading my nonsense and then taken the time to actually tell me what they thought of it is surprisingly fulfilling.  I do love it when I get an email through on my phone to let me know I have a new comment so keep that in mind next time you do happen to say anything!  You can sit there and think about the cheesy little grin that is on my face at that very moment in time.

At the time of publishing this post, I have:
 - 199 GFC followers (45 more than this time last year)
 - 86 Bloglovin followers
 - 28,790 page views (a whopping 22,109 more than last year)
 - 150 published posts (38 more, shows how bad I have been this year)
 - 620 comments 
 - met a lovely (and stunning) new internet friend called Heather who is smashing and always likes my instagram photos (an indicator of just how great a person she is). Follow her gorgeous blog at hevzibev.blogspot.co.uk

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my little cherub over the past two years.  It means bloomin' loads to me and every single one of you put a smile on my little face.  Hopefully this time next year I will be sitting here writing about it's 3rd birthday (not a babba anymore!). Maybe I'll even do it on it's actual birthday rather than forgetting like the fantastic blogger that I am.

P.S. What coincidence, this post is also my 150th! It's fate.

Read last year's post about my blog's birthday.


Friday, 16 August 2013

New blog layout ♥

I've been making some tweaks and changes to my blog for the past couple of hours (I am such a perfectionist, it is taking forever).  It is quite different, mainly because of my new header, but I am sort of pleased with the new design.  It's not quite perfect in my eyes but I'm not sure what it is that I'm not happy with.  If you notice anything wrong or think of something to improve on then please do let me know!  Don't worry about offending me by saying, "Oh no I don't like that font," or anything like that, I want to take all your comments in because it is you who reads it after all!  I want to change my pages bit at the top of my blog but I'm not sure what to do with it, or really what I can do with it.  I do like my new header though, what do you think? 

This is what my blog looked like before to remind you.  I definitely think it looks more professional now with the pink polka dots gone!  Do you not agree? 


Quite a bit different, isn't it?!  Please please please let me know what you think of the new look.  If you preferred the old one, go ahead and tell me!  You don't have to say you like it just because you feel you have to.  Don't like it, tell me. 


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Morning Skincare Routine ♥

Since I have now been on Roaccutane for just over 3 weeks now, I have really been making sure to keep my skincare routine simple and moisturising.  Roaccutane has a common side effect where it gives you very dry and sensitive skin.  Since the skin on your face is already the most sensitive on your body, it is increased in sensitivity when you take this medication.  So far, I haven't had any dryness on my face or body (I have, however, had incredibly dry lips) but I'm not sure if that is down to the fact I am on a low dose for just now, my night-time moisturiser is very good or if I am just plain lucky.  I am leaning towards the low dose thing for just now.  My dosage doubles next week though so I am prepared to turn into a scaly reptile.  As I said, I have therefore altered my routine slightly recently to keep it as simple as possible, ever since I was almost due to start Roaccutane so that my skin would get used to it.  I use minimal products on it and a good moisturiser at night so hopefully that will help to keep the dryness at bay as it seems to have done so far.  Therefore, I guess you can consider this to be a skincare routine for dry, sensitive skin as well as one for people on Roaccutane!




Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity - Despite the name of this product including the word 'soap' in it, it is technically not a soap.  It is a 'high-tech, non-drying foaming facial wash , formulated with complexion-friendly non-drying easy-rinse surfacants.'  Yes, it really does say all that on the front of it.  They really want to drum it into your head that it is non-drying, don't they!  It is the soap part of face washes that dry your skin out, and all the nasty chemicals, so without them, it makes it perfect for sensitive skin!  It leaves your skin looking lovely and bright once you have used it, and it really helps me to look more alive when I have just woken up.  The gentle exfoliating beads are great too, you can barely feel them when you are lathering so you know it isn't irritating sensitive skin at all.  In fact, this may be the best face wash I have ever tried.


Clinique All About Eyes - I really don't want around my eyes to get dry because that could be quite painful and uncomfortable, especially since I am a contact lens wearer.  This eye cream is just heaven, it makes the eye area feel so soothed and cool.  It also happens to help makeup, particularly undereye concealer, sit beautifully on your skin with no creases in sight.  This is just a mini pot that I got in a Clinique set but I think I will probably buy the full size once I have used it up.  Plus, it can't hurt to start with the creams that prevent wrinkles this early, can it?!


Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer - So far in my Roaccutane treatment, this has been enough to hydrate my skin for the whole day but I'm thinking that when my dosage is upped next week I will have to switch to a proper moisturiser in the morning to prevent excessive dryness.  This is lovely, and cheap too.  It works well to keep my makeup on for the whole day with minimal touch ups and it smells just so...clean.  I don't know how a primer can smell clean but this somehow does.


Vaseline Rosy Lips - Since it is the daytime and I don't have to worry about getting pink all over my pillowcases, I can afford to add a little bit of colour to my lips.  My lips have been so dry so I can't really wear lipstick without it looking awful but this gives a lovely hint of colour as well as being so moisturising.  I like that it isn't just the plain, colourless Vaseline.  Makes life a little more exciting.

My night time skincare routine will be coming soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!

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Monday, 12 August 2013

A teeny tiny Boots haul

After an optician's appointment that was far too early for my liking and choosing some nice new Karen Millen glasses (which I will show you all when my prescription lenses have been fitted), I managed to squeeze in a little bit of retail therapy time today to pick up a few bits and pieces.  I'm only showing the stuff I got in Boots but just so you know I also bought a black shirt in H&M for school starting next Monday (boooo) and a sweatshirt thing to wear on my Silver Duke of Edinburgh practise expedition which also happens to be next week (jumper from H&M too) but they aren't that exciting.  I'll stick in the links to them on the H&M website later on in the post if you fancy a wee nosy but clothes are that difficult to photograph well that there wasn't much point in going to the bother.  And anyway, the beauty buys are far more exciting, are they not?!




Apologies for the rubbishy quality of the photographs today, I was too lazy to get a proper camera out.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion (Fragrance Free) 300ml - £5.10 (reduced from £7.65)
I already have a smaller tube of this which my sister gave me whilst I was visiting her in America and I love it but I thought I wasn't going to be able to find it easily once I got back to Scotland...until I saw it today!  I use it as a face moisturiser because I'm on Roaccutane and 3 weeks in, I still have no dry skin!  I think it is meant for your body but oh well.  Once I have finished my treatment I will probably use it on my body because it is truly lovely.  Sinks in so quickly, non greasy, doesn't break me out and quite cheap too!

Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover - £1.30
I run out of nail polish remover the other day and since I work in a restaurant, I'm not allowed to have any nail polish on my fingers.  I'm working tomorrow so it was necessary to get this. 

Tresemme Freeze Hold Hairspray - £2.79
This isn't my usual hairspray, there is another one from Tresemme that I like but it was over £5 in Boots whereas I bought it in Asda for £1 something so this will do for the time being!  After I have used this I will probably go back to my usual.  I would have stuck with the Boots own brand one that was only £1 but the smell made me gag, it was rotten.  No thank you, I would not like my hair to smell like that.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint - £3.99 each (current offer for buy 1, get 1 half price on all Barry M nail polishes!)
I have wanted to try these out for so long and this is me finally getting around to buying it.  I got the colours 'Pomegranate' and 'Plum', two absolutely gorgeous shades.  The picture really does not do it justice.  I love my gel manicures but they are so expensive so maybe this will be a good alternative for me!  No way are they going to last as long as proper gel manicures (at least two weeks) but for that price, I'm sure I can suffer it!

H&M Black Stretch Shirt - £12.99 (very slim fit so you may need to go up a size, I had to)

Couldn't find the sweatshirt online but it was just a magenta plain, oversized one that cost £5.99. Very cosy indeed. 

Let me know if you have tried the Barry M Gelly nail polishes, I won't be able to try them for a couple of days until I get a day off work so I wanna know what I'm looking forward to!  


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Pre-Roaccutane

I haven't been all that into blogging recently for some reason, in fact it has been just over a month since my last post.  I don't know what was up with me because I usually love it but it's the summer holidays and I've been really busy and just not in the mood.  I'm back though and ready to get back into the swing of things.

Two weeks ago I started an acne treatment called Roaccutane which, if you have been fighting acne for years and have tried several different lotions and potions and tablets, you may have heard of.  In Scotland, it can only be prescribed by dermatologists and the tablets can only be picked up there or at a hospital rather than your local pharmacy but I'm not sure what it's like for other countries.  Also, as we don't pay for prescriptions in Scotland, it is free of charge but I do know you pay for it in America (just don't ask how much because I have no idea).  If you want to read all about the treatment, how it works and the side effects you may receive then please read a previous post of mine where I explained it all. 

I have seen some changes in my skin but rather than talk about them today, I would like to first let you all know what my skin was like before as I feel this could be quite beneficial when describing progress.  I have had bad skin for several years now, probably ever since I was about eleven years old.  It started off only on my forehead where I had a mass of little lumps that looked awful but it didn't bother me too much because it was mostly covered by my full fringe and I wasn't entirely self conscious at that young age.  Eventually it escalated into something much worse and I began to get them all over the rest of my face.  The main areas ever since have been my forehead, cheeks, chin and back.  I know a lot of acne sufferers get spots on their chest but surprisingly, that has never been a problem for me.  My acne is something that I am incredibly self conscious about and I would never ever go out without makeup on.  I even brought makeup with me on my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze camping trip last year because I wouldn't dream of going out without it.  It does make me feel bad that I think my acne is awful but I see pictures of people all the time with it so much worse than me but that doesn't stop me from hating it.  I have tried out all sorts of tablets and creams from my GP but to no avail, so he referred me to a dermatologist. Long story short, the dermatologist agreed Roaccutane might be good for me and it was all fabby doo until I went for my second appointment and halfway in they discovered the contraception my GP had prescribed for me to take alongside it (you have to take it to prevent deformities of your unborn child should you get pregnant) and I had to wait another couple of months.  Now I have the proper one (I take Microgynon) and so I got the tablets.  They are incredibly strict about how they give out these tablets because they are so powerful.  But, like I said, read about that in my other post. 

So, today I would just like to show you a few pictures of what my skin looked like before starting the roaccutane treatment.  My skin has good and bad weeks and it turned out that the week I was due to start treatment was a very good week indeed.  It is so typical.  Anyhoo, this will give you a rough idea.  Keep in mind this is a BIG deal for me to post these pictures on the internet for all to see, considering I wouldn't go out the house. 




Soooo:
 - super oily skin
 - spots on face and back quite bad
 - soft (ish) lips
 - no dry skin on body
 - hair needs washed every second day, sometimes more often

This post turned out a lot longer than I planned.  Whoops.  Just so you know, I won't only be posting Roaccutane updates on my blog.  I know that this will not interest everyone so I will carry on posting about beauty stuff and whatnot to please the rest of ya.  So chill, it's not all gone to pot. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The Backpack Trend

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From New Look, not on website. Roughly £22.99
Backpacks have definitely won the Comeback of the Year Award 2013, with the 90's trend found everywhere at the moment - be it on the shoulders of runway models, celebrities or just the plain old British high street. The new practical way of transporting all your bits and bobs seems to have came back with a bang this year and every up-to-date retailer has cottoned on to the trend and is no doubt making a fortune from it. I personally began the year wondering whether or not the trend was for me and didn't reckon that it was one of my favourites. The majority of girls seemed to suddenly appear at my school with a fashionable backpack as their school bag of choice as if an unspoken rule had been decided. It honestly happened so quickly. It was as if one day everybody had their regular shoulder bags and whatnot and then BAM! Everyone has a backpack with some sort of pattern on it. Whilst I refuse to be too mainstream and common enough to wear one to school, I will admit that I might have cheekily bought myself one to use as my hand luggage bag for my flight to America (where I will be once you read this because I have mastered scheduled posts) and I LOVE IT. It fits a surprising amount in it and is so much more comfy than lugging around my junk on one shoulder - I will update you when I get back from America as to how it fared as hand luggage. They may have become far too common recently but that shouldn't stop you from going out and buying one. RIGHT NOW. Let me know if you already have one and what yours is like, I love all the different designs that I keep seeing!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Shopping for Foundation


We all know that shopping for the perfect foundation is one of those tricky things out there that is difficult to master. Should we go to a makeup counter? Should we try and do it ourselves in Boots? Should we just give up and order online, hoping for the best? Personally, I have never been a fan of ordering makeup online if I haven't ever tried it before because I don't know exactly what it is that I am getting. Neither am I a huge fan of going up to a makeup counter. I tend to browse Boots and pick a foundation that often turns out to be all wrong for me. I need to learn to take my own advice.

The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a new foundation is your skin type. Only you know what your skin is like and so therefore only you can decide if a foundation is going to work for you. Yes, the makeup artists at the counters can advise you which foundation might look good on you but they don't have the first hand knowledge of what it is like to have skin like yours. No one's skin is exactly the same as someone else's so just because your best friend has dry skin too, it doesn't mean that the same foundation will work equally as well on both of you.



A good way to try out a new foundation is to go to a makeup counter and ask for a demo. This means baring all in the middle of a shop when they take off the makeup you have on so you may need a bit of confidence for this one. The makeup artist can help match a shade to you and tell you more about what each foundation does and the coverage it gives. There is no one in the likes of Boots to tell you this so there is an advantage already. They'll happily apply foundation for free onto your face because it means that they are in for a chance of making a sale but don't feel like you have to buy it just because they spent time with you. Take a walk around and decide later - you don't know how the foundation is going to fare on your skin throughout the day just from one glance in the mirror. The lighting in department stores is often very bright and artificial which makes it difficult to see exactly how it looks. Bring a compact mirror with you on the shopping trip and inspect your face in different lights such as outside and in different shops, even in different shop toilets as they tend to have lower lighting. The best way for this to work is to get the foundation applied in the morning, that way you can see how long it will last and if it will still look great when you get home at the end of the day.


By being polite to the makeup girls at the counters (or men, you never know), they will be more likely to give you a free sample to take home! You quite often get free samples when you buy something but they aren't going to give you anything if you just walk up and ask for one straight off. Let them put the foundation on and then ask if you can have a pump of it in the little container you brought with you so you can try it out for yourself at home. It is afterall you that has to put it on every morning so it is only right that you should see what it feels like to do so.

If you are buying in somewhere such as Boots or Superdrug, always remember not to test on your hand. People say this all the time but I am going to say it again. The skin on your hand is a different colour to that on your face so you will most likely end up coming home with one that is way too dark or too light. It's great to start of with testing on your hand to get a feel for the texture and get a general idea of what colours might suit you as then you don't end up with dodgy streaks on your face with colours that are way off. Once you have narrowed it down to a few shades at the most, then start swatching along your jaw or down your neck.

That is all my tips to how to shop for foundation! I don't really recommend buying foundation off the internet unless you know for certain which shade you are because they can often turn out very different to the photograph. It can even depend on the brightness of your computer screen. I really hope this helps someone, even if the tips are quite well known already anyway. If you have any more tips then feel free to share them in the comments for me and the other readers to take into account!

P.S. By the time you read this I will be in America, wooooohooooo! At least I hope so, that's if this whole scheduled post thing actually works...

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

June Favourites

The summer holidays have FINALLY rolled around and that only means one thing in my eyes... America! I am so so so excited to leave for the Big Apple on Thursday morning. I stay at one of the hotels near Glasgow Airport tomorrow night because we have a really early flight on Thursday and then I will arrive in New York around midday hopefully, if everything goes to plan. 3 nights are then spent in New York before I head down to my sister's house in Pennsylvania to spend the rest of my fortnight's holiday. I can't wait to get away from this god awful Scottish weather - it is currently 10 degrees celsius, torrential rain and I have the heating on in my house. Bring on the sunshine!

As per tradition when the month draws to a close, I bring you my monthly beauty favourites. Surprisingly, I hardly have anything to show you this month that I have been loving. I have mainly just been using things which I have had for a while and have probably talked about a million times before. I haven't mentioned these four things before but there is no doubt they will now frequently crop up on my blog from time to time. 





Bioderma Sensibio H2O
It took so long to do it but I finally succumbed to the blogger pressure and bought Bioderma. There is so many names and fancy words on the front of this bottle, I have no clue what the proper name actually is. I know for a fact that I don't need to go into too much detail about this because there isn't a single blogger in the world who hasn't read at least one post on this yet. It truly lived up to expectations and is a dream to use to remove my makeup on a daily basis.

Dermablend concealer
With the acne on my face worsening on a weekly basis, I figured it was time to finally splash out on an expensive concealer which would properly cover it and give me more confidence. This is expensive for what is basically just a stick concealer, but it is incredibly. I am not a fan of stick concealers usually as I find that they don't give the best coverage, at least not as good as a liquid one, but this is the best concealer I have ever used. It is even better than my Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer. Woah.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy Deep Treatment conditioner sachet
Even though I have used up just two of these delightful little sachets, I know that I just have to go and buy the full sized bottle. Damn my hair just felt so soft. I couldn't stop running my hands through it. Oh and the smell. Devine.

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer
Whilst I don't have dry skin, I still bought the version for that skin type. Don't ask me why because I don't know. Luckily for me, it all turned out okay because this seems to be perfection for my skin. It hydrates and moistures but doesn't leave a greasy film on my skin or cause me to go overly shiny throughout the day. It creates a lovely smooth base for my foundation and sinks in instantly so I don't need to sit and wait before I apply. Not only does it do all that, but it also helps my makeup stay on for the whole day. Talk about an all rounder!

This will be my last post before I go on holiday but don't get your knickers in a twist because after I finish writing this, I am off to write some more posts for you to enjoy while I am away. I have never been able to master the art of scheduling posts so hopefully all goes well this time!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

11 More Questions

I was once again nominated for the Leibster blog award but I am too lazy to keep on tagging folk to do it so I am going to cheat like last time and just answer the 11 questions! I was nominated by the lovely Carol at flittychick fancies so thank you very much for thinking of me! You can read my answers to some previous questions here. And without further ado and my usual start-of-post babble, here we go...

1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I can't say I have ever counted my shoes but I do own a fair few, as does the average female. Did you know the average female buys around 7 pairs of shoes every year? I would say I possibly buy a few more than that, but not too many more. The low prices in Primark are so hard to resist.

2. What is the one makeup item you cannot live without?
Oooooh it's so hard to choose just one. I do like my mascara because it makes me look so awake and put together but I would have to say my concealer because of my awful skin which is covered in blemishes and spots. However, it is looking really quite good at the mo with minimal spots so maybe things are looking up! I am set to go on Roaccutane on the 24th of July or something like that, which you can read about here.

3. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy for yourself?
A car. I don't care if I am not yet old enough to drive one, I just desperately want one. Although this is currently still a faraway dream as I am still 6 months away from being legally allowed to actually buy a lottery ticket.

4. What did you want to be when you grew up? And did it come true?
Well I can't answer the 'did it come true' part just yet, but I would like to someday either study journalism or psychology at university. 

5. Wine or vodka?
Vodka, definitely vodka.

6. What is your favourite animated movie?
Oh I do love my animated movie. Monsters Inc. Tangled. Despicable Me. Up. Lady and the Tramp. The Lion King. Damn it is so hard to choose just one of them. 

7. Have you ever left the continent you were born on?
I have indeed. Several times actually. I have been to Spain a lot on family holidays, I have been to France once with the fam and Paris once on a school trip with my friends which was awesome. In 2008 I went to Canada for a weekend (yes, I flew all that way for a WEEKEND. Talk about jet lag) for my sister's wedding and then in 2011 I went to America where she currently lives to visit her, her husband and my gorgeous nephew. I am going to America again this year to see them and then I am off the Nepal for a 3 week expedition next year! Read about my upcoming Nepal trip here.

8. What is the most unusual thing you have in your handbag? Right now?!
A teaspoon. Go on, laugh. I give you permission to have a little chuckle at my expense. I was at work the other day (I work in a restaurant) and I must have been clearing a table and stuck a teaspoon in the pocket of my apron because I had loads to carry and I ended up coming home with it still in my apron. It's in my handbag to bring back with me next time I am in.

9. Summer clothes of winter clothes?
Summer clothes, without a doubt. I love the pretty dresses and skirts and shorts and sandals and wedges and flip flops and sunglasses and bikinis and the pastel colours and anything else that can be associated with summer. Summer usually also means going on holiday too for me which includes buying a whole new wardrobe which is INCREDIBLY exciting. I am slowing nearing the weight limit of my suitcase right now and my bedroom floor is piled high with new clothes that don't even fit in my drawers. 

10. Favourite website to shop online?
ASOS because there is a massive range of things to choose from, including stuff from other retailers such as River Island. I love ordering River Island stuff through ASOS because it is all current items which are being sold on the River Island website but with the delivery (free ASOS delivery all the way!!!)

and finally...

11. What's your favourite magazine?
I'm not too picky when it comes to magazines, as long as it doesn't have a million and one different full page adverts which result in about 15 pages of actual fashion and other goodness (ie. Elle). I love Look magazine, Glamour and Company the most. 

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

May Beauty Favourites






I don't care how many people have already said this at the start of their May Favourites posts but I am going to say it anyway - WHERE THE HELL HAS THIS YEAR WENT?! I can't believe time has flown past so quickly. Every year time seems to pass quicker and quicker. I don't like it! I don't want to grow up! I want to be a kid forever! That aside, here is my favourites for the quickest month on the history of Earth. Make sure to tell me if you have used any of these products in the comments section below and what you thought of them!

Tresemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray
I desperately needed a new hairspray earlier this month so I popped round to my local Asda and picked up this because it was on special offer (why would I ever pay full price for something, eh?). I didn't buy it because I had heard great things about it - to be honest I don't think I have personally read another blogger even mention it. Turns out I bloomin love it. As far as hairsprays go, it has a pleasant smell and doesn't give you that dreaded 'crispy' hair texture.

Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity
I have had this product for a little while now and after having a major clearout of my room (making space for new summer clothes of course) I found this little gem, along with piles and piles of other stuff that I forgot I even owned. It leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean, fresh and soft afterwards and smells delightful. I even think it has helped clear up my acne a little bit in the 2 weeks that I have been using it.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius
I have never really been one to use foot creams and whatnot but I got a big Soap & Glory gift set a while back and this was in it. I slap a ton of it all over my feet before going to bed and slip on a pair of socks to allow my skin to soak it in better and when I wake up in the morning, I have the softest feet in the world. With summer hopefully just around the corner in Scotland, I am mentally and physically preparing my body for the warmer weather. Wishful thinking, I know.

bareMinerals Matte SPF15 Foundation 'Medium Beige'
I bought this at the start of the month after using up all of my bareMinerals Original Foundation (review here), I decided to go for the matte version instead. Whilst it does not keep all of the shine at bay on my super duper oily face, it does look a lot better than the original one. I do still powder a tiny bit a couple of times a day but no where near as much as the original one. One thing, however, about this foundation compared to the original is it seems to be a little drier and is therefore a bit harder to buff into the skin.

bareMinerals SPF20 Concealer 'Summer Bisque'
This teams up perfectly with the foundation to cover any redness I have left over because my skin is so atrocious. The colour is absolutely perfect for me, which is surprising since it was a total guess from a picture on the internet. Good full coverage and SPF20 which makes it even better.

Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express mascara
I love love LOVE this mascara. I bought it on offer in Boots because my other everyday mascara had dried up and I genuinely believe that this is the best mascara I have ever owned. It lengthens, seperates and volumises - everything you could ever ask for. The big brush does make it a little tricky to apply - I have to carefully wipe my eyelids every day, trying not to touch my eyelashes and make them all clump together before it is dried. But apart from that... amazeballs.

Eyelash curlers
I also started properly using eyelash curlers everyday for the first time this month and have been seeing an incredible difference to how my eyelashes look. I have finally perfected the technique of doing it and it works brilliantly with the Maybelline mascara.

Revlon Lip Butter 'Berry Smoothie'
I don't think I am ever going to stop- loving this. The colour is gorgeous, the texture is gorgeous, the packaging is gorgeous and overall it is just a - that's it, you guessed it - gorgeous lip product.

Max Factor Max Effect Mono Eye Shadow '02 Creme Champagne'
This is just a perfect everyday colour for me. I don't tend to wear strong eyeshadow that often but I do like a little bit of something to stop creasing of any concealer or foundation occurring on my eyelids. This is very subtle but looks lovely all over the lid for a nice simple daytime look.


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Summer Haul/Lookbook: Primark, Forever 21, H&M etc

Prepare to be bombarded with pictures.



Blue Floral Dress | Primark | £10



This zips the whole way up the front, a feature which makes putting it on very easy indeed.
It's like putting on a hoody - arms through the holes, zip up the front. 
Multi-coloured floral zip up dress | TK Maxx | £9.99



Black floral stapless zip front dress | Primark | £13


Having fun with my new outfit photo set-up


Fixing my hair between shots and didn't realise that I had the timer set...
Coral crochet crop top | Forever 21 | £10.50

Styled with:
Black denim high waisted shorts | Topshop | Winter Sale


Normally I wouldn't pair this with this exact top but I happen to have lost the plain black crop
top, in typical 'me' fashion

Beige piped shorts | Forever 21 |  £14.75

The black version of this top is the one I just mentioned. I did plan of using the black one for
this outfit too but as I seem to have temporarily misplaced it, I thought the white one would do.
Turns out I quite like this together.


The leg of the tripod - how very amateur of me
Plain white crop vest | Primark | £2

Geometric print skirt | H&M | £12.99

Today I have for you a select few of the things that I have purchased so far for summer. I am going on a trip to America in July to visit my sister so I have been stocking up on the summer attire, despite there being no hint of warm weather coming Scotland's way any time soon. I planned on taking these pictures outside as it was sunny when I woke up this morning (miracle, I know) but by late morning, the big yellow circle in the sky that is foreign to us Scot folk had once again slipped away. Boo. I also used a tripod to take these pictures - something I am very proud of as it makes me feel like a very fancy blogger indeed - and I think they turned out okay. I am sure you have how exciting this experience was for me, hence the mirror pictures. I am in love with all the things I have shown you today, particularly the last skirt. It may be loud and pretty out-there (understatement of the century) but that has not stopped me loving it. It was expensive in the slightest either. In fact, nothing featured here was. You can get just as lovely stuff from the cheaper stores such as Primark and H&M as you can from higher end department stores and fancy shops for fancy folk. Hopefully there will be even more to show you soon as I am placing my order for ASOS which was the feature of yesterday's blog post, so keep your eyes and your tangerine's peeled for that! (Couldn't resist saying that, I am eating a tangering right now while I type. Delicious). 
So tell me, what is your must-have item of clothing for this summer? I am not done shopping yet, need some inspiration!


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