Sunday, 29 March 2015

*CLOSED* 1000 Followers Mac Lipstick Giveaway!

Somehow me and my little blog have managed to hit 1000 followers on Bloglovin' which is mad! So to celebrate and to thank you wonderful people that want to read my ramblings, I thought I'd hold a Mac Lipstick giveaway to win one lipstick in the shade of your choice! All you have to do is to be following me on Bloglovin', Instagram and Twitter and leave me a comment on this post letting me know which shade you would like to receive if you win! It will finish on Sunday 26th April 2015 and I shall contact the winner on Twitter, so please make sure you are following over on Twitter or I won't be able to contact you should you win. It's also UK only, sorry! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below :)

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Good luck!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Gemporia | Lavender Quartz Rose Gold Ring | Review

Recently I was lucky enough to be asked if I'd like to collaborate with the jewellery brand Gemporia and they kindly offered to send me over an item to review! I loved the ethos of the brand as they claim to use only genuine gemstones and precious metals, and they work closely with charities in order to support the communities where the gemstones are sourced from, which I think is great! 

When it came to picking an item it was pretty hard to choose as there are so many lovely pieces available, I could've spent hours browsing through their website, but eventually I went for this gorgeous Lavender Quartz Rose Gold Ring*. 

It's a 7.26ct ring from the Annabella collection and the Lavender Quartz gem is in a beautiful, unique teardrop shape. It's set on a Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver band and like most jewellery lovers right now, anything Rose Gold and we're all over it! I adore the pale lilac colour of the gem which turns varying shades of purple, blue and pink when it hits the light. It's so pretty and sparkly I love it! I'm not one to wear loads of rings in one go so for me it's the perfect statement ring and the fairly neutral colour means I can wear it with almost anything. 

I got the size 'P to Q' as I have a Pandora ring which is a size P, it's a tiny bit loose but nothing I'm too worried about! They have a handy ring sizer app which, if you are unsure of your size, you can download and it will measure it for you which I think is a great idea.

This ring retails for £33, which I think is a really affordable price for such a quality ring. Their prices do range so be sure to check out their website here.

Let me know what you think! 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Stacked Fishtail Braid | How To

So considering my hair is about the only thing I get complimented on, I've surprisingly never written a hairstyle post! Seeing as I've just discovered how to do this beautiful twist on the classic fishtail braid, I thought I'd share it on my blog as it turns out that not only is it super simple to do, but it's also perfect for Spring/Summer! I was inspired to do this braid by the gorgeous Amber Fillerup who has a video on it!

When doing any kind of braid I find that it looks best with curly, tousled hair, as it gives the braid much more texture which makes it look thicker. I've found that with straight hair, the top of it tends to lie pretty flat to my head from the weight of the plait, so if you curl it beforehand it helps to give more volume to the root as well. I used my beloved Babyliss Waving Wand for this, which is my absolute favourite wand! As with most braids, this one works best with hair that isn't freshly washed as it doesn't have as much slip to it, so it's great for days those in-between days.

Next, pull all of your hair around to one side of your head where you'd like the braid to fall. Section off a small part of hair from the underneath and keep it out of the way from the rest, I clipped mine to my t-shirt! This is going to be a small braid later on.

Take the main section of your hair and do a normal fishtail braid. If you're unsure about how to do it, you just split your hair into two parts and keep adding sections from each side into the middle, but there are loads of really helpful tutorials on youtube! (I might do a more detailed post about how to do a fishtail braid if you'd like me to?)

Fishtail braid done! I like to pull mine out a bit to make it look thicker and a little less neat. Now to take the small section and plait it into a normal three strand braid.

Once you've finished it, all you have to do now is to tie it together in the same elastic band as the fishtail braid, and then pin in to the centre! I used three hair pins to attach it; one at the top of the plait, one in the middle and one at the bottom, but I think they're pretty undetectable and I find it stays really secure all day so don't worry about it coming loose.

And lastly just the finishing touches! I pulled a few bits of hair out around my face and I didn't mention this earlier but I twisted my 'fringe' (not really a fringe anymore now as it's past my chin but ssh) and pinned it to the side!

Tah dah!

I've been loving this braid recently and think it looks a lot more intricate than it actually is! I'm quite pleased with how this post turned out, you know when something turns out exactly how you've envisioned it in your head haha..yeah. Let me know if you think I should do some more posts like this?! 

Would you wear this braid? Let me know if you try it! 


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost

I've been meaning to write about Mac's Prep + Prime Highlighter for a while now, but I kept giving it little mentions in other blog posts so I thought I'd give it a rest for a bit or you might get sick of hearing about it haha. I've repurchased a fair few tubes of this little gem so it's definitely deserved its own blog post.

The shade I have here is called 'Light Boost' which is a pale, yellow based colour. I obviously use it to highlight certain areas of my face and I've found it works particularly well to brighten up my undereye area! First of all I use a more peach toned concealer to mask dark circles, like Maybelline's Eraser Eye, and then I'll add Light Boost over the top for a much brighter, more dimensional look. I simply apply it underneath my eyes in a v-shape and blend it in by gently patting it with my ring finger, and it diminishes any signs that you spent the majority of the night before hooked on Netflix (hey, it's not my fault the next episode plays automatically). It's basically beauty sleep in a tube.

Not only is this great for undereyes, but it works really well if you want to go all out contouring and highlighting the rest of the face. If I'm feeling extra fancy I'll pop this down the bridge of my nose, the centre of my chin, underneath my cheek contour, my brow bone and in between my brows blending out onto the middle of the forehead. There are loads of handy diagrams about where to contour and highlight all over Pinterest! As it's yellow based it's great for counteracting redness too, so I like to apply a little bit around the corners of my nose as well. 

This little product is an absolute saviour and I wouldn't be without it!
Have you tried Mac Prep + Prime? Which highlighting products would you recommend?


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Well this might be a bit awkward if your mum doesn't like pink...

Stella McCartney - Clara Lace Trimmed Silk Robe - £225
Charbonnel et Walker - Mini Pink Heart Champagne Truffles - £4
Moet et Chandon - Rose Imperial - £54.99
Yankee Candle - Fresh Cut Roses - £19.99
Selfridges - Rose Bouquet - £45
Gifts & Pieces - Peek-a-boo Scallop Mug - £9.20
Ted Baker - Rose Gold Heart Earrings - £19
Paul & Joe - Nail Polish Remover - £11.50
Paul & Joe - Nail Polish - £10
Laura Mercier - Ambre Vanille Honey Bath - £33

Kinda wishing my mum doesn't read this 'cos she'll have some very high expectations if she does haha. I'd buy it all if I could although my student budget probably wouldn't stretch too far, but hope it gives you some inspiration! 


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Mini Lush Easter Haul

I can't deny that I love a hot bubble bath. I go to Uni so whenever I visit home I officially turn into the household bathroom hogger (sorry sis). Just give me Netflix and a bath bomb and that'll be an easy 1 & 1/2 hours killed, seriously if you don't watch movies in the bathtub then you need to get right on and do that, because what have you even been doing all your life. I'll stay in there until I'm past looking like a prune and I don't even care! So my recent trip into town, with the sole mindset to just pop to the bank, turned into a mini field day in Lush. You might be thinking I'm quite literally tossing my money down the plughole, but c'mon it smells good, looks pretty and I enjoy it so leave me be you big old meany.

As soon as I walked into the store I cursed the Easter collection for being beyond adorable, as it meant my feeble plan to simply browse was definitely out the window. Who was I kidding anyway, I mean there's a freaking bunny shaped bath bomb and you've got to be the biggest raincloud of doom to not find that the best thing ever.

I resisted the temptation to stash about 20 of the 'Hoppity Poppity' bath bombs and only took home one of the little guys. It's got a lovely scent made with Violet Leaf, Lime Oils and Lavender, to me it smells just like Parma Violets, and inside apparently there is popping candy!

I also bought the 'Golden Egg' bath bomb because the honey and toffee scent is incredible, if you've ever smelt their 'Honey I Washed The Kids' soap then it's similar to that. It also contains Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter for super soft skin, and to state the obvious it's completely covered in gold glitter. It's either going to be a ball of sparkly amazingness, or me and my bathroom are gonna look like we've raided the glitter section of an arts & crafts shop. 

Finally I also purchased the 'Yummy Mummy' shower gel, a limited edition for, you guessed it, Mother's day. I'm certainly not a mother but that's not gonna stop me buying it because I am a shower gel fiend (flashback to Yorkie bar branded 'not for girls' pfft, just gimme the damn chocolate bar). To me it smells like a really lovely blend of florals with a cotton candy hint to it, if the 'Snow Fairy' shower gel was way too sweet for you then you will love this!

A fairly small haul as they go but there was so much more that I restrained myself from purchasing!
What do you think of Lush's Easter collection?


Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites | 2015

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
After I hit pan on the shade 'Sin' from my Urban Decay Naked palette I decided to give it a bit of a rest and this Too Faced palette couldn't be a cuter replacement. It's a little cooler toned than the Naked palette but just as pretty and it has really good pigmentation. My favourite shades are definitely 'Sugar Walls' and 'Satin Sheets' which is a little similar to Mac 'All That Glitters'.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
There was a free sample of Benefit's shiny new mascara with Elle magazine this month, so of course I was gonna get it wasn't I! To be honest, I really kind of hate Benefit's most raved about mascara 'They're Real' so I wasn't expecting too much but I was actually left rather impressed. It seriously gives amazing length and separation and so far I've heard nothing but good things about it from other people too.

Mac Patisserie Lipstick
I managed to blag this little lipstick for free when I handed over some of my empty Mac items doing the 'back to mac' scheme. Patisserie is a lovely natural pink shade, and I'm not kidding when I say that it's pretty much the exact same shade as my lips but about ten times prettier! Definitely a 'my lips but better' shade!

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I'm not usually one to talk about skincare that often on my blog because if I'm honest my skin really isn't that great as my face is no stranger to the odd spot or 100. The most annoying thing though is that the majority of what looks like blemishes on my skin, is actually mostly scarring from previous breakouts! I've read lots of good reviews for Kiehl's Midnight Recovery so I decided to pick it up when I had a £10 off Space N.K voucher and so far I've been loving it! In the morning my skin feels and looks a lot smoother and any scarring seems to be fading much quicker than usual. I'm pretty rubbish with a skincare routine but I'm gonna try to keep using this consistently in the hope that my skin decides to play nice again.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Hands up if you're guilty of buying things only to leave them lying around forgotten about at the back of your drawer? Yep, that's me. Although to be fair I was a tiny bit terrified to use it as it was ridiculously expensive for such a tiny amount of product (£19 for the travel size...whaaat?!). However, I scouted it back out when I felt like my hair was looking a little flat and lacklustre and it just helps to add texture to the body of my hair and gives lots of volume at the roots! It's basically good hair in a bottle but it might bankrupt you in the process!

My little non-beauty extra this month is Banks. I came across her music on YouTube through the suggested videos on the sidebar (a rare occasion when they didn't actually lead me to the weird side of YouTube) and since then I've been hooked! A few of my favourite tracks are Goddess, Drowning & This is What it Feels Like.

What have you been loving throughout February?