Wednesday, 28 December 2011

spoilt rotten.

I love reading Christmas present posts about what people were lucky to get so I really wanted to do my own. I was so lucky this Christmas and got everything that I wanted, if not more, so this post will be rather photo heavy, but I hope you enjoy!

This is one of my favourite presents, I decided to put this picture up
rather than photograph it as I will post about it soon.
Topshop
                                                                               

The following pictures are edited via Instagram on my Iphone which I'm slightly obsessed with at the moment.
My Christmas day dress, River Island

GHDs, IV styler
(my last ones I got about five years ago have nearly died, boo)

Juicy Couture, Viva La Juicy
Me and Zena leopard necklace


Make up bag, Topshop

Colour Couture nail collection
(15 polishes, woo)

I want to start baking yummy things!

 
Love them.

 
My sister bought me this cute tee.
From this website

 
Body shop bits, Fearne's Glossy Lips,
Models Own in Pink Fizz

I didn't take pictures of everything as it would start to get boring but I also got a lovely dress from New Look that I will post about. I also got DVDs, leopard print slippers, socks, pink smarties, a Cath Kidston key ring and other bits and bobs so I am a very happy girl!

I'm off shopping tomorrow to return things and find some bargains but I dread to think how busy it's going to be so good luck to me! I hope everyone had wonderful Christmasses and were lucky like me.

Thanks for reading as always.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

beauty

I have decided to write a post about something that I really love.


I didn't take Art for GCSE or A Level and I really regret it now because I was pretty good at it and I'm a creative person and feel like I may have gone down the wrong route. I'm sure there's a lot of you out there that will understand what I'm saying; I just feel like I was too young to decide at about fourteen what route I wanted to go down, even though there's plenty of time for me to change. Anyway, lets not go into politics.


So I had to find another way of getting creative so I started going to an art class every weekend, where I get to create clay sculptures. I must have started when I was about thirteen, I'm not really sure. That's now about seven years ago and it will probably be time I move on soon but I still love going and I really feel like I have made strong progress over the years. Anyway one of my more recent pieces gave me inspiration to post this because I love it, I've called her 'Beauty', I hope you enjoy this random post!

(I apologise in advance for the ugly big size of the pictures but it helps to see the sculpture)



I don't want you to bore you with the technical information but this piece is what's called a 'relief' which I think  simply means a flat sculpture with protruding shapes and curves to create a 3D effect. This is not my own idea, I have used an American artist's piece, Bill Mack (who's is better obviously).



Hoping the 3D is clearer in this picture!




So if people respond well to this post then I might post some of my other pieces!

Monday, 12 December 2011

the girl in the striped dress

It feels really good to be doing an outfit post, I haven't done one in ages and I'm pleased with how my pictures turned out which is very unusual. I'm still getting used to all the settings on my new(ish) camera.

I only have a week left at Uni till Christmas and I'm so excited, but I should probably be thinking about getting an assignment done which is in for Friday, doh!

My outfit for today's post is quite simple but sometimes simple is good right?
After mentioning it in my last post, I actually went and bought my first MAC product and got the Pink Plaid lipstick and I'm so happy I did, I've been wearing it nearly every day since (and you can see it).

You will also get to see my new handbag which I got from a charity shop for £4 which I think is amazing! I'm a bit obsessed with bags, it's 'my thing' and when I was little everyone used to call me The Bag Lady, oh yes.

The coat I am wearing is actually from Primark and I got it in their sale for £10 which is also pretty good. I wore my Missguided cardi with the dress when I went out in the cold.

Anyway I'll get on with it now...


Dress: Topshop
Cute watch: Urban Outfitters

Lipstick: MAC Pink Plaid

(Excuse the stupid shot, it was the only way to get the bag in)
Bag: Charity shop, £4!!


Coat: Primark



Barry M
As seen in previous post

I hope you enjoyed reading my post!

I just wanted to add that I apoligise for being slow with replying to comments on my blog but I can't do it on my laptop so I have to do it on my phone which is more awkward but I read all my comments and really appreciate them so thank you.

Who's excited for Christmas, cause I am!?

Monday, 5 December 2011

what's in yours?

I've been wanting to do a post about my make-up for a long time and now I have a staple routine I thought it was time to share what's in my make-up bag! I really need to start blogging more regularly but I always feel like I don't have the time, but I must make time! I'm feeling so festive now, I'm beyond excited for Christmas, I had times in my early teens when I really didn't enjoy Christmas much but I'm so happy with everything now that I love it. Anyway moving on to my make-up, I really need a new make-up bag, and I've found a lovely one in Topshop so I might have to purchase it but it will probably be better after Christmas as that would be naughty of me! I hope you enjoy this post..


Maxfactor Creme Puff, 81 Truly Fair
I've used this pressed powder for as long as I can remember, it does smell a bit grannyish when you first open it as it has a strong perfumed scent but it does what it says on the tin and I think the shade 81 is right for me. I do want to try some others out and I've heard good things about Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder so I might try it out as it's cheaper than this one but I do love this powder.

17 (Boots) blusher, Pluff Plum
I've also used this for a very long time as I really love the colour and it's not glittery, it's pretty matte. It gives me a rosy cheeked look rather than a bronzed one as I think my skin tone works best with blush. Again I would be happy to try other blushes out and I've read the Natural Collection blushes are good and pretty cheap. This 17 blush is also cheap and I'm really happy with how long it lasts.

Ecotools Blush Brush
I have only recently invested in one of these to apply my blusher and I love it! I've wanted one for a long time and I'm glad I bought it. It is so soft and it applies my blusher exactly where and how I want it. I would definately recommend the Ecotools collections and I really think they are worth the £7 odd price tag.

Maybelline Super Stay 24h, Ivory
I've never been completely happy with foundations and I would love to invest in a decent brand like MAC but for now I'm going to stick to the cheaper brands. Although, when I got the link for this foundation, I realised it was more expensive than I thought I paid. This is the first time I've bought this foundation and I'm pretty pleased with it. Although it's the lightest colour in the range (I think), I find it really dark but once it's blended in it looks pretty flawless. I don't find it too sticky or greasy so in that respect it's really good but I would like a better shade.

Maxfactor False Lash Effect Fusion Volume & Length, Black
Cor what a long title! I normally buy a different Maxfactor mascara but it was becoming quite expensive and a couple of my friends recommended this one and I do really like it. I definately think it adds length and volume so I would buy it again.

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner, Black
Another long name! My boyfriend's mum actually gave me this to try as she got it for free and I'm so happy she did because my make-up routine changed because of this. I used to use pencil eye liner but it never stayed on long and I always poked my eye. This is in between a liquid and pencil eye liner and it's truly amazing. It took me a while to get used to but now I can't get enough. It's lasting a long time, but the brush is slightly ruined and I don't really know what to do about it. But overall I would recommend everyone try this and for around £8 I still think its so worth it!

Natural Collection Eye shadow, Midnight
This black eye shadow is so worth the money at just over £1! I normally always wear this on my lids because I find eye liner is not enough. It's nearly jet black but not quite but you can keep going with the layers to enhance it. If anyones looking for a decent eye shadow to create a smokey eye effect then I definately recommend this one.

So they aren't the most expensive products but they do what I like and I'm happy with them. I would love to get more expensive foundation one day but I'm worried I'll get hooked and won't be able to afford it every time it needs renewed.

I would love to hear anyone's alternative suggestions?

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