Monday, 27 May 2013

birthday weekend



I'm so sorry that I haven't blogged in so long, the main reasons are a stressful last week at uni, getting ill and my 21st birthday. Despite having a horrible cold (I'm still suffering), I had a lovely birthday weekend. I had a BBQ on the Sunday with family and friends which was blissful; the weather, company and food were perfect. I've shared some photos of the day but I decided not to go too crazy with being Miss Photographer because I wanted to chill and enjoy myself. Some of the later pictures were taken today; Dan and I went to Leeds Castle which is a lovely castle with beautiful gardens and lakes, it was perfect for a picnic and a summery walk....and a twister of course.

I'm hoping I feel better soon so I can sort my life out but this time next week I'll be getting sorted for my three week trip to America so I'm unsure how blogging will work then but you can guarantee some decent posts after!

Thanks to everybody for sticking around in these 'blogging ruts' of mine and I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of my birthday.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

get ready with me...

Today I wanted to share my latest video with you as you may be interested if you like seeing other people apply their makeup.

I'm in no way at all a pro at makeup, I've just learnt what suits my face and how I like my makeup. This is a bit of a daytime look as I did a date look last time.

I hope you enjoy the video if you watch it!

I've just had my last ever uni exam which means I've finished my three years. I have still got my graduation to come but I need to start applying for jobs and sorting my life out. If any of you could recommend good job websites for graduates, particularly for jobs in the media sector, that would be great! Hopefully the fact that I'm finished with studying and revision means I can increase the amount of times I blog a week as I can't wait to start bettering my blog.

Thanks to all my new followers and thank you to anyone that leaves lovely comments, I really appreciate each and every one.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Dove is my saviour

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-in Conditioning & Care Spray, £3.39
Dove Nourishing Oil Care Regenerating Mask, £3.99
I know the title of this post is a little extreme but my hair was having some serious problems a few months ago but with a little trim and these wondrous products, it has really improved.
It had become so dry and damaged, particularly the ends and I just knew I had to do something about it.
I decided to purchase these two Dove products as Kate raves about these a lot and they happened to be on offer for half price (both of them).
I have seriously fallen in love since I got these, they smell A M A Z I N G. They smell so good, it smells almost like honey and vanilla but so much better.

The leave in conditioning spray is the first one of these I have tried but I love it. I use it after I've washed my hair and spritz it all over, concentrating on the ends; I use it alongside a heat defence spray too. The spray makes your hair feel so much softer and it really tames frizz, not to mention making it smell so good. I sometimes spray this onto my hair when I haven't washed it, just to give it a bit of conditioning.

The mask is one of the best drugstore hair masks I've ever used. I either find them too runny or they don't smell too great. This little beauty feels so luxurious considering the price, it's thick and creamy and you hardly need much to make a big difference. It contains Argan Oil which is extremely noticeable. When I first used this for the first time I couldn't believe it, it made my hair feel amazing; I now use this about once or twice a week.

I really recommend both of these products if you fancy a hair boost. They are really lovely and I will definitely be repurchasing when they run out. Have any of you tried this line before?

Sunday, 12 May 2013

something on a sunday: collective haul in pictures

Ombre effect top: New Look, £7.99
Tank tops: New Look, £4.99 each
Neon tank top: H&M, £7.99
Black playsuit: H&M, £12.99
Small bag: Primark, £3.99
Mint green skirt: Primark, £8
Tie Dye skirt: £8
Just another little haul for you!

I had uploaded this as a video but if you aren't a fan of YouTube then here it is for you.

If you do like watching videos and haven't seen it yet then, I'll put it below.

Thanks for reading and thank you to all my new followers.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

DIY: pretty bunting

You Will Need: Fabric of your choice (I used an old duvet cover but you can use scraps), fabric scissors, a ruler, a pen or pencil, sewing machine, pins and binding.
Step 1: Decide how big you want your triangles. I made the sides of mine 21cm which made the calculations fairly easy. Draw a straight line on your fabric with your desired length  (mine 21cm), find the halfway point (10.5cm) and use the ruler to measure 18cm and make a dot, then draw from point to point. This is how I worked out how to draw my triangle. If you can cut out a triangle out of paper or cardboard you might find this easier.
Step 2: You can measure out a few triangles using the sides of one another, this doesn’t waste any fabric.

Step 3: Cut out your triangles

Step 4: As you can see, because I used a duvet cover, I already had two sides but you need to make sure you do too. If you aren’t using a duvet cover, fold a big bit of fabric in half so you get equal triangles cut out.

Step 5: Turn the fabric in on itself (inside out) and use the sewing machine to sew the edges of two sides together.

Step 6: Turn the triangle back the way it should be; you can gently poke the scissors through to the end to get the point back.

Step 7: Iron the triangles nice and flat.

Step 8: Now you need to pin the binding to the top open edge of the triangle, fold the triangle in the binding (see picture). Leave a nice gap (or not if you prefer) between each triangle; make sure you measure this so it’s even.

Step 9: Using the sewing machine, sew the binding onto the triangles and hang the bunting wherever you like! I used white drawing pins to secure mine.

It might sound complicated but with a bit of patience and some help (my Mum did the sewing!) it doesn’t take too long at all and in my opinion, it’s well worth it. I’ve been wanting some bunting for a while but it’s pretty expensive and after seeing a few DIY tutorials, I decided to give it a go. Against my white wall I think it looks lovely and really gives something else to my room.
I followed this video from BrideDeForce’s channel so if my instructions are too confusing, check that out.
I hope you liked my DIY bunting, would you enjoy more posts like this? I love getting creative. 

Monday, 6 May 2013

my current wishlist.

Most of you will know by now that I'll be off to America for three weeks in a month which means I've been saving more and splurging less. Unfortunately this means that I've got a lot of goodies going round in my head screaming "buy me"...but I can't!

1. River Island Cream Jacquard Contrast Panel Skater Dress: Another thing a lot of you might know is that I love a good skater dress or skirt, they're just so flattering. I love the paisley pattern to this dress and the black panelling at the waist, it would be perfect for a BBQ or evening out.

2. REN Pore Minimising Detox Mask: I am seriously pining for some REN in my life and so is my skin. I'm not a huge user of skincare, luckily I don't have too many problems with my skin but after reading and watching too much of Kate, I am really wanting to up my game. I think this Pore Minimising mask would be perfect for me, I do have pretty big and noticeable pores and I'm pretty lazy when it comes to routine so I would enjoy the minimal effort of slapping a bit of this on now and again!

3. Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine Eau De Toilette: This is a bit of a funny one because I absolutely love my Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy but I think I've got so used to it that I can't actually smell it on me anymore. I'm really wanting another perfume so I can mix it up a bit but I haven't actually quite settled on one yet. I do really love the smell of this perfume but I'm worried it might be a bit too sweet and I would quite like to get a perfume rather than a toilette because I think that might solve the problem.

4. Topshop Hippy Woven Detail Sandles in Tan: These are more of a recent want but I went to do a bit of essential (ish) shopping for America and I happened to try on the black version of these. I couldn't quite make my mind up about them but after looking on the website, I've definitely fallen in love with the tan versions. I think the black ones were just a bit too much for my milky white legs. They were super comfy and I don't think the price is all too bad for Topshop, unfortunately I don't think I will have the money to get these for my trip.

5. Estee Lauder Eye Shadow Duo in Raisins: This was actually on my last wishlist but after still lusting over it, I decided to put it back in again. I just love the look of this palette and I think it would make my life a lot easier with having just two shadows in a palette. Swoooon.

6. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation in Rose Ivory: This is a bit more 'practical' as I use this amazing foundation every day but I'm slightly worried it's going to come to an end soon, but with the £33 price tag, I can't just grab it and go. I'm praying my current one holds out a bit longer because I will be rather sad when it runs out.

7. ASOS Smock Dress in Tie Dye: I love this dress, I think it would be great for hot weather and would look great with a cute hat and sandles. I love the pattern and the colours are gorgeous.

8. Barry M Hi Shine Gel Nail Polish: I already have a couple of these but I would love to add a pink one to my collection. I think the formula of these are amazing, they look super shiny and stay on for ages. Perfect for this sunnier weather too.

I hope you like my latest wishlist...I certainly do!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

something on a sunday: procrastination


So today I have had a serious case of procrastination, yes I'm talking about it as if it's a disease because it basically is!

I'm sharing some of the pictures I took today whilst on a walk which my mum organised for our village. To be honest I should have been at home writing an essay but with the weather so nice, I couldn't resist.

It was really nice to enjoy the sunshine and take my camera along but now I'm feeling rather guilty to be honest and I'll be paying for it tomorrow, oops!

Does anybody else have serious cases of procrastination like me?
I hope you liked my photos.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

march/april favourites.

Aussie Volume Shampoo, £4.49
Aussie Volume Conditioner, £4.49
Aussie Three Minute Miracle Reconstructor, £4.99,
Stila In The Light Palette, £25
Sleek Blush in Pixie Pink, £4.49
Barry M Hi Shine Gel Nail Polishes in Greenberry and Blueberry, £3.99 
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick, £7.99
Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation in Rose Ivory, £33
I can't believe it's that time again...monthly favourites.

I have been trying a few new products out in the last couple of months which have become staples in my daily routine.

The Aussie Volume collection do seem to add a bit of volume, whilst making my hair feel soft and healthy. However, I did need to sort my hair out a bit as the ends were getting really damaged so I decided to get the Aussie Three Minute Miracle. I really love this product and I really think it has helped improve my hair.

I have since had a haircut and bought another treatment by Dove, both resulting in my hair feeling a LOT better. I might do a post about my newly trimmed hair but stay tuned about the Dove miracle worker.

I've also been loving the Gel nail polishes by Barry M; I love the unusual shades and the lasting power on these is amazing.

Again Stila in The Light Palette and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain had to be in my monthly favourites as I am still loving them.

The Sleek blusher in Pixie Pink has become my everyday choice at the moment. I love the bright pink shade and it's great for this Spring weather.

I bought the Laura Mercier foundation back in December and I wasn't sure at first. After using it everyday these last couple of months, I have to say I don't think I could live without it (well I could). It's nearly running out now after the five months of usage so I might have to bite the bullet and buy another bottle.

I've actually added a couple of books to this month's collection as I've started getting back into reading as I've finished with my uni lectures and seminars. I've really enjoyed these Lauren Oliver books (which are part of a trilogy) and I can't wait to read the final instalment.

Have any of you read those books or love anything I've chosen. I'll link my video, where I talk about everything in a little more detail.

Thanks to anybody that read my last post about the pretty organising I did to my room, I had such an amazing response.


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