Monday, 31 December 2012

new blogging opportunity

The lovely people over at Daxon are looking for people who share their love of fashion to join their new blogging network!

Daxon is part of Redcats, the worlds 3rd largest home shopping organisation, and specialise in high quality clothing. Too good to miss out on!

If you fancy signing up click here for information - you'll be rewarded with a £50 Amazon voucher for signing up!

Check out Daxon's website here

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Blog Sale!

I'm having a big clear out of clothes that I love but are just being wasted in my wardrobe as they haven't been worn for so long! Most have only been worn a couple of times.

All payment will be done through Paypal. UK only.Comment or email me with the item you are interested in and I will let you know the delivery charge (cheap postage, will range from £2.70-£3.65). I won't send anything until payment has been received.

Topshop Shorts - Size 10 (W28). £15

Playsuit by Young In at TK Maxx - Large (12). £8

Floral Primark pussybow blouse - Size 10. £4

H&M Cherry print round neck cardigan - Size 10. £8

Miss Selfridge panel bodycon dress - Size 8. £10

ASOS bodycon dress - Size 8. £15

Topshop floral playsuit with open back (a couple of buttons missing at the front) - Size 10. £15

SOLD! Primark leopard collar blouse - Size 10. £4

Primark aztec print bodycon skirt - Size 10. £4

Happy Shopping! X

Friday, 28 December 2012

Clinique sales bargain!

I promised I was going to avoid the sales this year for three main reasons: I need to save my money, I always end up impulse buying things that I don't need/aren't even that cheap, and I hate seeing all the Christmas presents I bought for my family now reduced to 50% off! But I had to go into town today to buy a few essentials and wanted to treat myself to some nice skincare with my Christmas money, and I managed to get the Clinique Great Skin Home & Away set in the House of Fraser sale.

I went into enquire about the 3 step skincare system as I've just been using a cheapy face wash recently and wanted to invest in some good products. I had the intention of just getting a cleanser or moisturiser but I picked up this whole set reduced from £60 to £46.45.

It contains: full size Liquid Facial Soap Mild (200ml) Clarifying Lotion 2 with Pump (487ml - larger than a full size bottle) Dramatically Different Moisture Lotion with Pump (125ml) plus travel minis of Liquid Facial Soap (30ml) Clarifying Lotion 2 (60ml) and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (30ml) all in a see through pink case.

All three full size products on their own cost over £69.50 so this was an amazing bargain

I'm excited to start using the 3 step set and will do a review soon to let you know how I'm getting on with it!

Most of the things I needed were on offer in Superdrug as well which was a bonus:
Batiste Dry Shampoo 400 ml £2.39 (was £4.99)

Simple skincare wipes £2 (was £2.49)

V04 High Volume hairspray (£3.05) & Heat Protect styling spray (£3.69) 2 for £4.99

Superdrug face masks 4 for 3, 99p each

Have you managed to get anything good in the sales this year?

London baby!

Yesterday I went to London to see Matilda the musical with my sister as a Christmas present! We spent the day doing some shopping and looking round Covent Garden before the performance

Arriving early at Waterloo

Reindeer at Covent Garden

Decorations at Covent Garden market

I'm not too sure how I felt about the performance..I thought the singing and staging was excellent but some of the dialogue dragged on a bit..I don't know if it's because I've seen the film so many times and the show was so different from it, or if maybe it was aimed at a younger audience so I didn't enjoy it as much?

I managed to get a picture of the stage before the show began - there's books and letters all around it, it looks so lovely all lit up!

meet the #bbloggers

At the beginning of the month I saw through Twitter that fellow blogger Becky was running a 'Meet the #BBloggers' series and was looking for people to take part so I got in touch with her and my interview went up on her blog today!

Check it out here and be sure to visit Becky's blog,


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Benefit Upgrade to Gorgeous

My favourite thing about Christmas is looking a complete state opening presents in my old pyjamas with  no makeup on then going off and having a shower with all my new smellies and using new makeup and feeling fab after! One of my presents this year was the Benefit Upgrade to Gorgeous gift set and I couldn't wait to use it.

I think it cost around £35 but has gone down to £23 in the sale now. The set contains:

  • High Beam
  • Sugarbomb
  • The Porefessional Deluxe Mini
  • They're Real! Deluxe Mini
  • Laugh With Me LeeLee Deluxe perfume Mini

I started off by using the Porefessional primer all over my face before applying foundation. It went on so smoothly and has a lovely texture and got rid of all my shine! I am now in love with this and will be getting myself a full size version too. I know Benefit is quite pricey and some of the products are only appealing because of their cute packaging but Porefessional is definitely worth the money as it gets rid of pores and makes foundation look so much better! You can also mix it with a bit of brightening primer or use it over foundation.

The other product in the kit was Sugarbomb face powder which came with a brush and mirror included. I am a huge fan of Benefit's blusher boxes and have used Dandelion, Coralista, and 10 before. I swirled all four of these colours together and used them on my cheeks. It gave a sheer shimmery glow to my cheeks and the colour can be built up - it isn't as strong as Coralista. I'm not so keen on this powder as some of the others as I have fair skin so prefer to use pinky blushers but this came out more purpley overall. It is good if you want to go for a natural look without too much colour though. 

I finished off my Christmas look with a bit of High Beam in the corners of my eyes and then used 'They're Real' mascara. I prefer this a lot more to Benefit's other mascara as the Bad Gal brush is so thick and bushy I end up with clumps! This wand  is a lot thinner and defines the lashes.

Finished result!

what I got for Christmas

Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a lovely day. My sister and I both got tickets to see Matilda the musical tomorrow in London, exciting!! So I will do a bit of shopping while I'm there and treat myself to some things with my Christmas money! I also got a lot of lovely beauty products so I thought I'd share them with you all and would love to read your Christmas posts too...

Benefit 'Upgrade to Gorgeous'. It's a tradition that my sister buys me some kind of Benefit product each year as she knows how much I love them. The set contains High Beam, Sugarbomb, a mini They're Real mascara, mini Porefessional primer, and mini perfume sample. I love porefessional and will have to buy the full size! Review to come soon!

Loreal Force Vector anti-breakage masque. I used this on my hair yesterday and it feels so much smoother! I put it on dry hair for a few minutes before I had a shower and washed it normally, it's really made a difference as it still feels lovely today after washing.

Dove Silk Indulgence pamper set

Beauticology bath set with a Cherry Cupcake shower gel and Vanilla Cupcake body lotion. As far as smelly gift sets go I'm quite impressed with this one both products smell divine!

Loreal Crystal Gloss spray. This is a finishing spray that leaves hair shiny

Toni & Guy products from my sister: Glosser for all Blondes & Instant Calmer and Straightner for all Blondes. I've really neglected my hair this year and not looked after it so I'm going to make an effort to use these in the New Year. I love that they're targeted for blonde hair as well and mean I won't have to straighten my hair as much.

Makeup Brush set. I think I'm going to chuck my old ones out and start again with brushes. This set was from M&S and came in a nice leather pouch. I've heart a lot about the Real Techniques sets as well so might treat myself to a couple of those.

Sweetie tree! You may have seen my post a while ago about DIY sweetie trees. My mum got the idea a while ago as these were used as table decorations at a wedding, I didn't know she'd made one for all the family as well and gave them to us at the table at Christmas dinner. Mine was covered in my faovurite sweets and my Grandad had a liquorice allsorts one.

Cath Kidston mug. I accidentally smashed my one and was so annoyed! It's been on my wish list for a while

What did you all get this year? Have you bought anything nice in the sales?

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Neon Nails!

Took a break from all the sparkle and glitter this week to try out my neon nail polish from Nails Inc. This bright blue shade is 'Kensington Park Road' (£11).

I bought a few neon polishes in the summer but never got round to wearing them. Some of my other favourites from the range are Westbourne Grove and Shoreditch High Street. The colour comes out quite sheer so it's best to use two coats to get a brighter colour and a top coat to seal it.

The picture was taken of my other hand so excuse the smudges! I love this colour as it's fun and cheery. I know I'm not brave enough to wear the neon trend so will stick to neon nails and accessories as my contribution!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

DIY Sugar Scrub

Hello! If like me you're a bit strapped for cash at the mo homemade sugar scrubs are a great way of saving money as you can use them on your face and body and all the ingredients are in your kitchen cupboards.

Today I used a scrub made of Brown Sugar, Olive Oil, and Lemon Juice

You can also use white sugar and salt as exfoliating alternatives - Brown Sugar is a lot thicker and is gentle on the skin.

If you have Coconut Oil at home I would recommend using that as it smells a lot nicer than Olive Oil. There is no real recipe in terms of the ratio of sugar to oil, it depends if you want the scrub to be mainly grainy or have more liquid.

Admittedly the mixture doesn't look too attractive but it works wonders on my skin. I scrub my whole body before getting into the shower then rinse it off and my skin is so soft after. It also gets rid of dead skin and fake tan residue! Use in the bath before shaving legs for smooth legs

What DIY beauty products have you made?

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