Monday, 30 June 2014

Camden Town

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Camden Town is an online store featuring items from women's fashion, menswear, home and accessories - all of which are pieces created by original, talented and emerging designers. They have a bit of everything like fantastic statement jewellery pieces and quirky, delicate jewellery like this nebula necklace which I adore! Prices are very reasonable for such unique pieces like this and it beats buying something from a massive retailer that you can garantee 1,010 other people are wearing on the same day! 

Their clothing is edgy and cool with a huge range of styles to suit everyone; I love this neon splatter spaghetti strap vest which would be an awesome summer piece to have and this mens tee which would look lovely with rolled sleeves paired with lightwash denim jeans/shorts! I really like this satchel style handbag too, it has a vintage feel and the colours are awesome - I've never seen anything similar. 

You can check out Camden Town on their website which is  - which of these is your favourite item? 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Salon Sunday: Macadamia Healing Oil Spray

macadamia oil healing spray cheap
This week's Salon Sunday is all about the hair treatments. There are two game changers when it comes to haircare in the last year or so; Moroccan Oil and Macadamia Oil. It seems that every other product in the hair care aisle now contains one of these ingredients or at least claims to! 

Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Spray is part of the original macadamia oil range and is described as a healing oil spray that is light and weightless in order to add moisture and shine to your hair without weighing it down. It claims to help with tangles and frizz as well as having natural UV protection and improving drying time. A lot of claims for such a cute little bottle, huh?

This works with wet and dry hair, although I prefer using it on wet hair. After towel drying, I spritz a bit of this onto my hair focusing on the ends in particular as this is where my hair is prone to frizz. After drying and styling as normal, I definitely notice a difference when I use this macadamia healing oil spray - my hair looks and feels much shinier and a lot smoother than when I don't use it. It's much easier to comb through once I've sprayed this, so it does help with tangles too. On dry hair, a little of this in your hand rubbed together works well as a finishing serum to tame any stray hairs and give smooth ends.  

I'd say this is a worthwhile purchase for those who want to have more shine in their hair and tame frizz and tangles, making your hair smoother. It's actually pretty cheap to pick up too - you can find it for £6 on Amazon at the moment! 

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Real Techniques Re-tractable lip brush

real techniques retractable lip brush review

real techniques retractable lip brush review

When it comes to applying lipsticks I'm more of an apply and go kinda gal, which is why i normally choose easy to wear shades that result in error free application - no bleeding, no lipstick on the teeth and shades that don't need to look perfectly neat. However, I do have a few shades in my collection which require a little bit more time to apply neatly such as dark purples, brighter shades or reds. 

Recently I've been using the Real Techniques Re-tractable lip brush to apply my lipstick when I wear a more bold colour in order to get a neat finish and also to control the application. I find that with darker colours especially, applying them straight from the bullet can look a bit too bold for my liking and I find it hard to control the amount of colour I apply - so this brush gives me the perfect middle ground. 

real techniques retractable lip brush review

As you can hopefully see from the picture, using this brush helps to achieve a more defined lip shape and controlled application. This is great for using with bright shades, bold colours or deep tones as it reduces the liklihood of lip colours bleeding out and also helps with staying power. It's packaged in a great retractable format meaning your brush can stay clean, it takes up little space in any makeup bag and is a great size to acheive precise applicaation. Definitely worth checking out for the £7 price tag. Plus it's pink - bonus! 

Friday, 27 June 2014

Home Decor: Bathrooms the white edit

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Does anyone else constantly watch home improvement shows? Seeing other people get their dream homes and decorate from scratch to transform houses. I seriously love those shows and I always wonder just how awesome it would be to have a blank canvas house and fill it with everything you want... I can dream, right? I could browse pinterest for hours and I'm pretty sure I would go for an all white theme

For decor, simple is best. I love pretty items like this clear glass jar for essential bits and bobs (aka cotton pads for makeup removal ha), and this clear acrylic tissue box is a nice touch! Why do I get excited about these things? Anyone else? Ideally one of these shower baths would be awesome, I couldn't live without my bubble baths but it would be awesome to have a great shower too so something like this would be perfect. Of course, I'll need some shabby chic in amongst the modern white items and  I love this laundry basket and bathroom cabinet with the rose design details. 

I love this retro hanging sign from dotcomgiftshop, it would be lovely to hang up on the door and is a nice little bit of detail that would fit in nicely with a white theme! Finally, two little storage accessories I love are these wicker style baskets from John Lewis which are great for hiding messy bottles or keeping bathroom essentials in and this adorable ceramic bird soap dish which is right up my street. 

Fragrance Friday: Ted Baker Sweet Treats MIA

"Let us introduce you to Mia, the latest arrival in Ted’s fragrance range and the perfect addition to your handbag. With a soft floral fragrance of rose blooms and freesias, Mia captures the spirit of a midsummer evening. Luscious top notes of fresh lemon, raspberry, and blackcurrant are combined with a seductive base of warm patchouli and golden amber"

Ted Baker's Sweet treats are quite possibly the cutest little perfumes ever; these 10ml purse friendly bottles come in a a handy size and presented in this wonderful box. They make perfect gifts and although mini, the quality and design on the packaging is not compromised. 

'MIA' by Ted Baker is the latest addition to this purse spray collection, I already have Cate which is another beautiful scent. Mia is a more fresh and floral scent, but in no way overpoweringly floral - it's subtle and fresh and is young and refreshing unlike other floral scents I've tried. I find the scent to be longlasting and perfect for day or night time wear. 

Ted Baker Mia Purse Spray (RRP £15) will be available from selected Ted Baker and Boots stores nationwide.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Easy at home Dairy Free Iced Coffee

dairy free iced coffee recipe
dairy free iced coffee recipe

There's something about iced coffee on a hot day that is just perfect. I thought I'd share this quick, simple way to enjoy iced coffee at home - mainly because I wanted to do something cute with my new vintage style kilner drinking glasses (from Primark!). This is also dairy free, but feel free to use ordinary milk if you prefer! So here's what you'll need: 

  • A pretty glass (not mandatory but it looks better)
  • Soya Milk (measure out 3/4 of the glass you are using)
  • 2 spoons of sugar 
  • 2 level spoons of coffee 
  • Paper straws (for the pretty effect, standard is fine)
  • A spoon 
  • Lots of Ice cubes 
You can adjust measurments according to taste, feel free to use Barista Coffee as this is smooth and easy to mix together with the soya milk, plus it tastes yummy. You could also add a shot of your favourite syrup like vanilla or caramel for extra taste or even add some whipped cream! It's simple to make and takes about 5 minutes - much quicker (and cheaper) than heading to the local starbucks; Simply: 

1. Heat the glass of soya milk in a pan on gentle heat, before adding the coffee to the pan. 
2. Remove from the heat and stir in your two spoons of sugar (more/less according to taste)
3. Place half of the ice cubes into the glass and pour the warm coffee into the glass
4. Stir coffee for 2 mins to cool it down and then add the remaining ice cubes 
5. Pop in your paper straws, relax and enjoy! 

If you try this out, let me know! 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

How to get thicker fuller eyebrows: Rapid Brow Review

rapid brow eyebrow enhancing serum thicker fuller brows

Eyebrows are just not my friend; I don't like them, they never look the same and they just annoy me. I am very much a plain jane when it comes to eyebrows with minimal tweezing and quickly filling them in whilst pretty much leaving them to do their own thing and take their natural shape. I do find they are sparse towards the both ends and this is where I generally need to fill them in. So, when I was offered a chance to try out Rapid Brow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum* (Supposedly used by Victoria Beckham) I was intrigued.

The Serum is packaged in the same way as a mascara, with a bristle combed wand applicator with a clear serum/gel type texture. It essentially looks and feels like a clear mascara. The product claims to provide results in 60 days and give you fuller looking brows and encourage hair growth where hair is otherwise thin and sparse.

It's recommended you apply this daily for the duration of the 60 days; however I chose to apply it at night time after cleansing my skin etc but I have to admit I wasn't religiously applying it every single night. In terms of results, I didn't feel they were major results but I guess this is because my brows were thick in some areas already. I do feel as though the first half of my brow is fuller looking and I the ends of the brow are a little thicker making them more even in shape.

Rapid Brow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum is priced at around £37 although you can search them out for a bargain price on sites such as amazon. If you have really sparse brows I'd say this would probably be worth looking into, for me it did produce results but my results weren't significant enough for me to warrant spending a further £37 - but it did give results. 

Have you ever tried this? Is it something you would consider? 

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Nuxe Reve De Miel: The best lipbalm you will ever buy

nuxe reve de meil review lipbalm cheap

nuxe reve de meil review lipbalm cheap

It's not very often that I jump on the bandwagon when it comes to beauty products (haha, I joke), of course I do! This  is probably the most talked about lip balm in the blogosphere and I couldn't wait to try it for myself! Nuxe RĂªve de Miel Lip Balm  retails at around the £10 mark depending on where you purchase - FYI it's currently £6.33 on Amazon from Escentual! 

This honey based lip balm is very thick and almost wax like in the jar, not at all what I expected. You can smell the honey, but it's not over powering at all - which is great becayse I really dislike honey and anything honey scented, to me this smells a bit like chocolate orange... anyone else get that? It's a solid balm that you apply with your finger and massage into your lips to nourish them and prevent dryness and chapped lips. It has an almost grainy looking texture yet applies as a smooth nourishing layer that really sinks into the skin and soothes. It's definitely one you want to apply at night time and it's great for keeping on your bedside table. 

I find applying this just before I go to bed leaves me with soft, moisturised lips which helps applying lipsticks much easier! It's definitely a treat and very luxurious, along with it's beautiful glass jar packaging. This one is certainly one of those 'worth the hype' products and if you haven't already tried it I'd recommend you do - although once you've tried it you won't be able to live without it. I'll definitely be purchasing another once this runs out - although you do get a whopping 15g of product in the small jar! 

Have you tried this cult beauty fave? 

Monday, 23 June 2014

My everyday makeup / What's in my makeup bag

After a few requests I thought I'd share a what's in my makeup bag kind of post, including my everyday makeup look. At the moment my everyday makeup lives in this adorable Dolores travel makeup bag* from; it's the perfect size to fit all my daily products inside and I absolutely love the design! So here are my favourite products for everyday at the moment: 

For foundation I switch between Bourjois CC cream and Max Factor Face Finity depending on how much coverage I want that day, if I'm going for heavier coverage I'll also use this Loreal nude magique blur cream. For concealers I'll mix it up between the classic Collection Lasting Perfection and Maybelline Fit Me concealers which both give great coverage on blemishes; the Maybelline version is best for the under eye area as it's very creamy and often compared to Nars creamy concealer. Finally I'll set all this in place with a mattifying powder; at the moment I am using the Matte Maker by Maybelline which is great for long lasting shine free makeup. 

On the cheeks I've been disregarding the bronzed look and opting for a peachy/pink blush and highlight combo in Nars Deep Throat blush and Elf's mineralised blush in Pink Tastic which is a baked blush/highlight hybrid. I love how these look together! Lips have been pretty simple lately and my current favourite combo is this Patisserie De Bain strawberry shortcake lip balm and my MUA matte lipstick in wildberry which is a gorgeous subtle matte purple which makes it suitable for everyday. 

For my eyes I either use this Rimmel scandaleyes shadow stick for a quick lid colour or I wack on a matte nude shade from the Naked Basics Palette. I also use this palette for my eyeliner with the shade crave which is a matte black and sometimes use the brown shade for my brows. Although lately I've been using my Avon Glimmerstick Brow Pencil in Blonde. For my mascara, it's always Loreal Telescopic Clean Definition which is hands down the best mascara I've ever used and is my favourite by far! 

That's about it! Looking at the picture it looks like an awful lot for everyday, but I'd say that if I was in a rush I could make do without the eyeshadows and primer/concealer! Have you tried any of these products? 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Salon Sunday : Garnier Ultimate Blends 'the nourshing repairer'

The ultmate blends range from Garnier is a specialised range consisting of products that are aimed to help different hair types ranging from coloured, dry, greasy and frizzy! Re-packaged in slimmer bottles and new designs that stand out a little on shop shelves - I actually like the packaging. It's pretty basic but easy to hold and easy to store on the side of the bath and they are available in 250ml or 400ml bottles. 

The nourishing repairer range is aimed at very dry and damaged hair and is described as a sumptuously rich, creamy blend of Avocado Oil and Shea Butter gathered from the African Karite tree. This shampoo claims to nourish parched, damaged hair from root to tip, leaving hair feeling supple and healthy without leaving a greasy residue. 

I really enjoyed using this conditioner especially; as I've mentioned before I'm really not fussy when it comes to the shampoo side of things but this was a nice one that did the job fine - just nothing to rave on about. The conditioner however felt a lot more luxurious than it's price tag - it left hair feeling smooth with a silky texture, especially at the ends. I also love the scent of both products. 

For the low price tag (£3.99 for 400ml/Currently half price at £1.99 in boots) I'd say the conditioner is well worth the money. It's nice to find a new launch thats affordable and feels like a little bit of a treatment for your hair. Have you tried this range? 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Getting your nails summer ready with Ted Baker plus handy Tips

Top Tips to get your nails ready for Summer:

Use a 4 way nail file to help prep and shape your nails before painting. This 4 way nail tool from ted baker has everything you need to achieve the perfect nails. Just file, smooth, buff and shine before painting to create smooth and shaped nails that will help nail colours to last even longer 

Prep your hands with hand cream to soothe the area and reduce dryness; my personal favourite is the oriental hand cream from Ted Baker which is only around £2 in Boots! 

To avoid getting nail polish all around the cuticle area simply rub some vaseline onto the areas of skin you want to avoid, this will help stop nail varnish transferring onto you skin making application quick and easy 

Apply a base coat to help reduce staining of the nail bed and apply a top coat to help improve staying power 

Apply several thin coats of nail polish rather than one thick coat - this will help improve drying time and result in less chipping

Trim and clip nails into shape to achieve an even look; short, straight nails are perfect for a fuss free look and a natural shape.  

Experiment with nail colours; summer shades can include pretty pastels, neon brights and gorgeous metallics like this beautiful rose gold colour from Ted Baker (see post here)

Do you have any handy tips you'd like to share? (see what I did there?) 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Fragrance Friday: Diesel Loverdose

diesel loverdose liquorice perfume review

This week's Fragrance Friday is a rather unusual scent in Diesel's Loverdose which is essentially a liquorice based perfume - sounds bizzare, no? I couldn't resist giving this a whiff at the Boots perfume counter a few years ago and when I did it instantly found itself on my wishlist and quickly became one of my favourites. The packaging is to die for, shaped like a jagged glass heart with a dagger going through and a purple liquid fragrance. Diesel Loverdose Eau de Parfum Spray for Women 50 ml is priced at around £30 for 30ml but on amazon you can find it for just under £30 for a 50ml which is a brilliant price!   

It's described as a 'spellbinding' designer fragrance that is deep, sweet, rich and irresistible. It has top notes of mandarin and star anise which give it a sweet spicy scent with heart notes of jasmine, liquorice and gardenia. To finish off it has base notes of amber and vanilla which give it more depth. For me, the main scent is definitely liquorice; but not in an over-powering kind of way. On first spritz, the liquorice hits you quite strongly but as soon as the fragrance settles into the skin so to speak, you're left with a subtle hint of liquorice and a beautiful fragrance. I absolutely adore this perfume and that's coming from someone who detests the taste of liquorice - so don't let that put you off; go and give it a sniff in Boots! 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The 5 product face: Simple everyday makeup

the 5 product face five staple makeup products beginners

I love nothing more than applying my makeup in the morning, deciding what I want to wear on my face that day and experimenting with new products. BUT, sometimes I just want to slap on my face and go - and that's exactly what these products let me do; keep things quick, minimal and fuss free. 

For foundation, Avon's ideal flawless foundation is perfect for me as it's good coverage, doubles as a concealer and has enough of a matte finish that I don't need to powder (unless I'm going to be out all day). It's a great fuss free foundation, easy to apply and buff in with a foundation brush and long lasting - this is a serious winner for me and you can read my full review in this post. The only other face product needed for a fuss free look is a blush and Nars Deep Throat is the perfect everyday pink colour that adds enough subtle shimmer to add some light back into your complexion (see review/swatches here). 

For the eyes you really can't go wrong with the Naked Basics palette from Urban Decay. It houses 5 matte shades and 1 shimmer shade - I use this for my eyeshadow (matte light colours), highlight (shimmer), brow (brown) and eyeliner (black). That's 4 makeup steps in one handy little palette - it's a must have for me. For mascara my fool proof, easy to use and good in one coat option is Loreal's telescopic clean definition mascara. This mascara gives a natural, lenghtened and volumised finish without looking clumpy and looks great in one quick coat. A definite time saver. Finally for the lips, I keep it simple with a tinted lip balm like this mango tin o tint from Miners Cosmetics which gives a great wash of colour and moisturises lips, this was reviewed in yesterday's blog post! 

What's your favourite go-to makeup item for simple days? 

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Miners Cosmetics Summer Lips: Tin O 'Tint

Miners tin o tint lip balm review mango

Miners tin o tint lip balm review mango

Miners tin o tint lip balm review mango

As you all probably know by now, I'm quite the fan of Miners Cosmetics! The lovely girls over at Miners kindly sent me one of their new flavour tin o tints to try out; MANGO! These tin o tints are now available in 7 shades and there's something for everyone whether you like sweet scents like vanilla or tropical scents like mango and grapefruit! They are packaged in the most adorable little tins and are only £2.99! 

Surprisingly, these lipbalms give a really good colour pay off on the lips - Mango helps tint the lips with a subtle coral orange colour that looks like some kind of lipbutter/lipgloss/lipbalm hybrid. It's such a lovely scent, it literally smells like Mango and isn't too overpowering like other fruity scents. It's moisturising to apply and easy to carry on the go in it's tin packaging. The wear time isn't brilliant, but then you can't expect a tinted lip balm to last longer than an hour or so... can you? At least I don't - but it is a lovely tint of colour, easy to reapply on the go and a very nice scent. Definitely ideal for handbag situations! 

*PR sample

Monday, 16 June 2014

NSPA Nourishing Eye and Lip Treatment: Review & Giveaway

Today's post is exciting in two ways; firstly it's a giveaway and secondly I've finally found an eye cream I like! Now, at the ripe old age of 23 magazines are informing me that taking care of my skin is essential & eye creams are a must. So, when on one of my many visits to the shops I came across this nourishing eye and lip treatment by Nspa and decided to give it a whirl. I picked up an extra two tubes to giveaway, so read on to find out how you can win! 

The nourishing treatment is suitable for both the eye area and around the lips, to help restore soft skin and reduce dark circles and puffiness.  You can apply this in the nighttime as an overnight eye cream to help moisturise the eye area or you can apply in the morning before makeup to act as a 'de-puffer' for your undereye area. It's light yet nourishing formula means that is is gentle enough to use on the delicate under eye area and moisturise this area without being too heavy for daytime use. You can also use it on lips too - it makes a great overnight moisturising treatment for dry/chapped lips! 


*2 winners will be chosen to win ONE cream each 
*UK only due to postal restrictions 
*Ends 20th July - entries after this time won't be valid
*Please ask parents permission to enter if under 16 

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Salon Sunday: Batiste dry shampoo

greasy hair batiste dry shampoo oily hair cheap haircare

Is it just me that finds washing hair to be an absolute bore of a chore? I'm sure if you have short hair you'll disagree but if you have long, thick hair like me then I'm sure you understand just how long it takes to wash/dry/style your hair! First is the washing and conditioning, then comes the brushes and seperating into sections to dry, then the blast of the hairdryer where your hair quadruples in size and then you're onto to styling/straightening. THEN to top it all off, in a day or two you need to repeat the process all over again!

This is exactly why I am an advocate of dry shampoo (that sounds really serious, but I basically love the stuff). Batiste is one of the best brands around for affordable dry shampoo; bringing you brightly patterned bottles of freshly washed hair that enable you to spray and go, reviving second day hair. Using Batiste dry shampoo is a quick way to get rid of any grease or oil in the roots of your hair, to freshen hair and leave a longer time between washes. It's actually not a good idea to wash your hair daily anyway - but this just makes the waiting period inbetween easier to get along with. It also means that the whole kerfuffle (i love that word) of drying your hair etc can be less time consuming in your week! 

So many varieties are available; my favourites are blush and tropical - although tropical can sometimes appear very white in your hair. With all of them, you do need to rub into the hair properly to avoid the grey/talc ridden look - but this takes a fraction of the time that washing and drying would so it's a win for me! If you have darker hair you should check out the dark dry shampoos that have been especially formulated for brunettes and if you're looking for volume this XXL volume is amazing for adding oomph (I also love that word) and texture to your hair! Hands down the best brand of dry shampoo I have tried! Thanks Batiste for saving me about 4 hours every week!! 

*not a sponsored post, no PR samples - I literally worship this product*  

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Summer nail colours with 2 true cosmetics

2 true summer nail colour shades 31 22 21

2 true summer nail colour shades 31 22 21

How adorable are these new summer shades from 2true cosmetics? I love everything pastel so these were right up my street and I couldn't wait to try them out. Shade 31 is a soft nude pink, Shade 22 is a brighter pink and shade 21 is a mint green/blue shade - all perfect shades for Summer! 

These 2 true nail polishes retail for only £1.99* making them one of the most affordable nail colours out there - definitely worth checking out next time you're in Superdrug or shopping online! The packaging is simple and sleek with no fuss and a good sized applicator that makes for a non-streaky application. These three shades are best with two thin coats; although if you were in a rush you could get away with one quick coat on each nail! 

I love that after two coats the colours are identical to how they appear in the bottle; my favourite is the blue/green shade - I like to call this shade mermaid colour as I don't quite know what colour it is and apparently I am colour blind. The formula is great for nail coverage but also long lasting; I found these colours lasted a good 4 days without chipping at all - which is excellent considering that was without a topcoat. If you opted for a topcoat I'm pretty sure you could get a week out of these beauties! I'm really impressed! 

Which shade is your favourite? 

*PR Sample 

Friday, 13 June 2014

Fragrance Friday: Next Adore Perfume (Budget friendly)

next adore perfume dupe smells like jimmy choo

This week's fragrance friday is host to another budget friendly fragrance for you to get your hands on. 'Adore' by Next Perfumes is described as a glamourous and sophisticated fragrance with stunning florals and golden amber notes. It's packaging both bottle and cardboard are undeniably similar to Jimmy Choo, and odds are if you are a fan of the original Jimmy Choo scent then you'll probably love this too! 

It's subtle, floral, sweet and feminine and an ideal everyday fragrance for all ages. It's not a heavy scent and the floral notes aren't overpowering, yet it is long lasting and often leaves people asking what perfume you have on!  Priced at just £10 for a huge 100ml bottle this is definitely one of the best budget friendly fragrances I've tried and it's one I always go back to! Definitely worth checking out if you are after a light, fresh, floral and sweet fragrance! 

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Non beauty favourites #3

I thought it was about time to share some non-beauty related favourites that I've been loving recently. I always find it slightly strange writing about non-makeup/beauty favourite items but you seem to enjoy reading these posts so here's a quick round up of some of my favourite things from the past two months: 

I've been trying to create some framed pictures to go on a future gallery wall in my room; so far I really really love how this DIY map frame one turned out! You can see the full post here but I framed my 'hometown' in a white frame as a little personal touch to go on the wall. I really like it, such a simple idea but so effective. 

Netflix: Okay, so I've developed a major addiction to Netflix again recently - so here are a few of my favourites to watch. Of course, Orange is The New Black season 2 was released on the 6th of June and I obviously binge-watched it in 3 days. I LOVE IT! Seriously, check out this series both season 1 and 2 are awesome and addictive. Don't be put off my the amount of boobs in the first scene - it's really worth a watch. I also loved 'craigslist joe' which was a documentary style programme about a young american guy surviving for one whole month with nothing other than Craigslist (free ads) and the kindness of strangers - a real uplifting hour or so that makes you realise that there is some good left in humanity! Finally I finished Derek season 1 which I absolutely loved, it's such a heart-warming, funny and happy/sad programme! 

I actually got a new phone this month too! I was due an upgrade and went for the Sony Xperia M2 which is an android phone - I'm such a fan of the android phones although I did consider getting an i-phone but I just stuck with what I knew. So far it's a great phone and I'm loving having a fresh new white phone and this tan leather case from ebay is another favourite! 

I've been loving wearing silver jewellery lately; my pandora heart ring is a firm favourite and I usually wear this everyday and I also picked up this plain silver band ring from ebay for a few pounds which I wear as a thumb ring! I just love silver rings! 

Finally I couldn't not mention these delicious irish caramel toffee sweets that Lauren sent me, they are so nice and I keep them in my little kilner jar. I love keeping things in jars - is that weird? 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

5 cheap/budget lipsticks worth buying

With so many drugstore/budget friendly makeup brands to try, it's easy to be overwhelmed and end up spending just as much money on trying several different items compared to one you know works. So here's a quick round up of 5 budget lipsticks all from the drugstore that are worth buying - plus they are all under £5! 

First up is MUA matte 'Wild Berry' (£1) which is probably one of my favourite ever lipsticks! MUA matte lipsticks are all £1 each and come in a great range of shades, you can see my full collection post here. Wild berry is a subtle dark purple that is great if you want to wear a darker colour without looking too 'vampy'. Although a matte lisptick, it isn't drying on the lips. A definite steal for £1!  

Miners matte effect 'Wonderland*' (£3.49) is another great matte lipstick from the drugstore. Miners can be found both online and in chemists so definitely worth checking out their online store if you have nothing near you. The matte effect lipsticks are shimmer-free shades that are also really moisturising and smooth to apply; Wonderland is a gorgeous orange toned coral that is perfect for summer! This is actually the lipstick I am wearing in my profile image too; it can be worn subtly or built up to a bold lip colour - one of my favourite bright shades to wear and a great budget lipstick to own!  

Elf 'pink minx' (£3.95)  is a fairly new addition but a good one. In general I love the studio lipsticks by Elf as they are moisturising, beautiful shades that apply really nicely. Pink minx is almost like a muted bright pink that looks great on the lips as a your lips but better shade! It's a great everyday lipstick and a bargain price! If pink isn't your thing, I'd definitely recommend checking out other shades in this range.  

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick 101 (£3.99) is a cult favourite shade that everyone seems to love; including me! It's a blue toned pink that actually works with my skin tone. The formula is lovely, it's matte but not drying and packed full of colour in one swoop - smells pretty nice too. This shade is like the darker version of mac creme cup - so if you like that you'll love this.  

Avon 'wine with everything' (£5) is another dark shade I love! This dark wine purple shade is great for using as a sheer, subtle colour or packing on for a 'wow' shade. It's dark and vampy but also bright if that makes sense. The formula is lovely, long lasting, easy to apply, doesn't bleed and is moisturising. Another great lipstick for a low price! 

What's your favourite budget lipstick?