Wednesday, 30 January 2013

bumble and bumble surf spray

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, 50ml, £8.50

Hair styled using the Surf Spray to add a bit of texture. 

This is actually the first sea salt/surf spray I've ever used. Now my hair is getting a bit longer, I have been dreaming of luscious wavy locks. As Bumble and Bumble is a well renowned, good quality brand, I decided to ask for this tiny cute bottle for Christmas.

In my opinion, Bumble and Bumble is ridiculously expensive with the full size bottle (125ml) of this retailing at £20.50. I couldn't justify asking for this so I opted for the mini version which still comes to a fairly pricey £8.50 for a 50ml bottle.

I do think the product is going to last me a long time because you can use however much you want, however you want. I tend to use this when I am doing more messy/wavy curls with my straightners rather than my curling tongs and spray it on after I've styled it and before hair spray. The surf spray adds a nice bit of texture and I like the way you can choose to lightly spritz it on or use a lot more to create the effect that you've just come out of the sea.

Although I really like this product, I'm unsure how much it adds to my hair and whether it makes that much difference and for such a big price tag, I'm unsure whether I would rush out and buy this particular one again. I have heard much better things about their Texture Creme so I might think about trying that out.

In the future I will probably give another sea salt/ surf spray a go but for now I will enjoy and try new ways of using the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

something on a sunday: real techniques expert face brush

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, £9.99

I wanted to dedicate my Sunday post to my new favourite brush...Real Techniques Expert 
Face Brush.

I wasn't going to purchase this brush originally because I already have the Real Techniques Buffing Brush which comes in the Core Collection. I do love this but I want to start expanding my brush collection and I wanted an alternative to my buffing brush so I've always got a clean one to hand.

I absolutely love the Expert Face Brush, I think even more than the Buffing brush. I use both brushes to apply my liquid foundation and I find the Expert Face Brush is actually better at buffing in and it takes a lot less work to get a smooth application.

I like the way the brush is a lot smaller than the Buffing Brush so you can get into the delicate areas around the eyes and nose. I also find the Buffing Brush collects a lot more foundation and you have to clean it more regularly which can be a pain sometimes.

Real Techniques brushes are so amazing and multi-funtional; they're so soft and make application so much easier and more precise. The Expert Face Brush retails at £9.99 which is a lot better than having to buy the Core Collection which is £19.99.

I would really recommend this brush to anybody as it makes even the most novice feel like a professional.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

those cold days

Coat: Primark
Dress: MissGuided
Snood: Urban Outfitters
Leggings: H&M
Wellies: No Idea!
Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Lovesick
So here's more pictures of me in the snow! I was actually able to take some fairly decent outfit pictures this time round because it wasn't snowing at the time. 

I'm so glad the it hasn't stayed here for ages and disrupted my life too much. There is still snow everywhere but luckily not on the roads so I can escape!

I really love this new dress from MissGuided which was SO cheap, I just had to snap it up. I love skater dresses because they are the best shape for me and I thought this pattern was a bit more unusual. 

I hope the unfashionable wellies don't ruin the outfit too much but the snow was pretty deep.

I'm also wearing my new Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain which is AMAZING and I'll be doing a review of this soon. 

If you want to see me talk about some of my recent purchases, including this snood and dress, then check out my latest haul video. 

Thanks for reading as usual!

Monday, 21 January 2013

essie, watermelon

Essie Watermelon, £7.99
A nail polish brand that I always lust over is Essie, with its classy bottles and unique shade range.

I have a few in my collection already, including Figi, Mint Candy Apple and Van D'Go but I was really attracted to Watermelon after reading one of my favourite blogs, gh0stparties.

It's between a pink and a red and it's obviously the colour of a watermelon inside! I love how fresh and unusual the shade is and it even has a slight shimmer to it, but not overtly noticeable.

The only gripe I have with this polish is that I have found it to chip really easily/quickly. I haven't found my other shades do this as much but I think I only applied one coat, so perhaps it needs that extra coverage to stay put.

Another thing that holds me back from building up my Essie collection is the price; although I had a £2 voucher from Boots this time round, making the polish £5.99 when it would normally be £7.99. I think the retail price is pretty steep but I think the cute packaging and the variety of shades just about makes up for that right?

Who else loves the Essie polishes and their originality?

Sunday, 20 January 2013

something on a sunday: snow day

Snowy Sundays are for wintry walks, baking and sitting by the fire with a hot chocolate smothered in cream and marshmallows.

Unfortunately this wasn’t my snowy Sunday. I woke up in a bit of a panic to drive home from my boyfriends so I didn’t get snowed in (trust me, I would’ve loved to have been snowed in but he had work.)

I had a slightly tricky drive home as I live ‘in the sticks’ but I’m still alive so it’s all good. I then filmed a new haul video for my YouTube channel.

After this I decided to go on a little walk with my Dad to take some pictures with my new camera. It was a bit of a shame that the snow was falling rather quickly and it was really wet snow (are there different types?). I ended up getting quite wet and didn’t want to risk ruining my camera, so these are just a few pictures while I lasted.  In my head I had imagined me looking 'oh so sultry' in a fur collared coat and pretty boots but this is my reality…a parka and wellies!

Since then I’ve been editing my video, sorting out my blog, falling asleep on the sofa and not doing uni work…oops.

Although it wasn’t as picture perfect as I’d hoped for my snowy Sunday, I’ve still had a lovely weekend. How have your snow filled days been, or have you not had the pleasure?

Thanks for reading as usual and thanks to all my new followers! 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

primark haul in pictures

Skirt: £8, Studded Pumps: £10, Super Cosy Tights: £3.50
Studded Pumps: £10
Coat: £20 (sale)
Coat: £20 (sale)
Big black and gold necklace: £2.00 (sale), Gold spike necklace: £4.00, Gold ring: £1.50
Triangle necklace: £3.00, Silver ring: £1.50
Wearing the skirt and coat.

I think this has to be one of my favourite Primark hauls. I think the quality of my purchases are really amazing; the skirt and coat are absolute steals. If you haven't seen my recent outfit post with more pictures like the above then click HERE and if you fancy watching my Primark Haul Video (which seems to have gone crazy and gone over 3000 views!) then click the video above. 

I think the jewellery is really unusual and looks far more expensive than the actual price tags. 

Do you like my purchases? Have you been to Primark recently?

Sunday, 13 January 2013

something on a sunday: the snow is falling

Coat: Primark
Fur Stole: H&M
Skirt: Primark
Belt: Primark
Super Cosy Tights: Primark
Boots: New Look
Ring: Primark
Lipstick: No7 Gay Geranium
I'm fairly pleased with these pictures, I used my remote control to take them myself as nobody was around to be my photographer. Unfortunately the lighting isn't great but that's what you get in Winter right? 

I love this outfit, particularly my new coat and skirt from Primark. I can't quite believe they're from Primark...the quality is amazing. The coat is just what I've been looking for recently...a masculine tailored shape which can be dressed up or down with the use of the lovely fur stole (which is old I'm afraid). The coat was only £20 in the sale which is just incredible. You can see the other bits I got from Primark in my new haul video, but I will be doing a more detailed picture post in the week so watch out for that. 

It is rather annoying that I don't get much time to play with my new camera with the silly changeable weather. It's been snowing already today which I'm not happy about...I live in 'the sticks' so it's rather annoying when you need to get out and about. 

I've had a rather nice week saying bye to my friends, eating out and spending time with my Dan, but I'm back to uni tomorrow which I'm not overly looking forward to. It's my final EVER term and I can tell it's going to be a stressful one, but I must try and enjoy my time while it lasts before I have to join the real world! 

I hope you like today's post and as I said, look out for my Primark Haul in pictures and a little blog post featuring Essie! 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

juicy couture viva la juicy eau de parfum

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau De Parfum 50ml, £46

As you would have seen from my Christmas post, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy is my favourite perfume and has been for the last few years.

I have always preferred the fruity scent over the floral one but this is the perfect mixture.

With the sweet notes of Honeysuckle, Wild Berries and Amber, this perfume is a lovely choice for ladies like me, who choose the sweeter and fresher scents.

I love the packaging; some might find it tacky or too much but I think it's different and it feels like a lot of love has been put into the design with the pink satin bow finishing it off.

The only flaw has to be the lasting power as it's only prominant for a good few hours before you feel like you have to re-spritz!

Overall I think this is a lovely, fresh and fun perfume and I would really recommend it if you were looking for a new scent.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

something on a sunday: winter walks

Hi everyone, I hope you all had good weekends.

This post is pretty exciting for me as it's my first outfit picture post with my new camera. My lovely boyfriend Dan got dragged on a country walk to take some pictures with/of me.

I hope you like them and I can't wait to do more with my new camera.

Coat: Primark
Top: Topshop
High Shine Leggings: American Apparel
Boots: New Look

I hope you like my pictures, I'm so happy I have an amazing camera now, I just need to get my head around it still so bear with.

I did a little shopping in Primark today so will be doing a Primark Haul soon!

Thanks for reading as usual.

Friday, 4 January 2013

VIDEO: my top 12 items of 2012

Hi everyone!
I hope you are all OK.

I wanted to share my latest video with you as it is my 'top 12 items of 2012' which includes makeup, clothes and more!

I hope you have all got exciting plans for the weekend.
I will be posting a new outfit post this Sunday so watch out for that!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

review: bourjois magic nail polish remover

Hello everyone,

Today I'm sharing my first review of one of my Christmas presents. I know it hasn't been very long but I've already used this on numerous occasions because I love to change my nail polish regularly.

I love the cute pink tub of this Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover and it has really impressed me so far...

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, £4.99

Unfortunately it doesn't take polish off in 'one second', like it claims, but it doesn't take long at all, especially not as long as it does with your average polish remover and cotton pads.

When you open the tub, you can see a black sponge which is soaked in the formula, with a hole in the middle, where you put your finger down to the bottom. The smell of the product is quite sweet which is a nice change from the horrible bitter smell of other nail polish removers.

I haven't quite decided whether it is worth the £4.99 price tag, as an average nail polish remover, combined with a big packet of cotton pads would only cost about £2 (if you were lucky). However, it means I don't waste 100s of cotton pads and it is a lot quicker than the usual process. As this was a present, I would probably consider buying this when this one runs out, due to the 'no-fuss' removal.

It really is a great product for someone like me, that loves to change their nail polish every few days and who wants to quickly whip off those chipped nails!

Have you tried Bourjois' Magic Nail Polish Remover or are you wanting to?
I hope you're all recovering from Christmas and New Years, am I the only one with post-Christmas blues?


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