Monday, 31 December 2012

Goodbye 2012 ♡


How can 2012 nearly be over already? So much has happened in 2012 and honestly it's all been bad. 2012 has not been my year at all, I can't wait for this year to end. I have some big dreams for 2013 and it can't be any worse than this year has been. In 2012 I lost someone very close to my heart, went through ultimate changes and a break up. I'm pleased I've made it through & I'm looking forward to 2013.

2013 is all about me. Time for me to be selfish and change my life & the people in it to make me the happiest I can be. I've set some goals/resolutions that I intend on sticking to. I want to learn to love again, I want to learn to love myself again. Concentrate on my family, friends & career. I want to grab any opportunity that comes my way instead of saying 'I better not' I want to start saying 'Why not?' I want to keep everyone I love and maybe add some more loved ones as the year progresses. 

Thank you for all your support through 2012, I've met so many lovely people through my little blog & I'll see you all again in January! 

Please be good to me 2013, 
Love Lucie 

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Soap & Glory; Sugar Crush Collection. ♡


Hello everyone, & Merry Christmas! I hope you've all had a lovely, relaxing & spoilt Christmas and are looking forward to 2013, I certainly am! 

Today, I want to express my love for Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush line. This is the first S&G product's I've ever used *blogger shock I know!* but I never really tried anything before and I was scared it'd all irritate my skin. This stuff is amazing. The smell is devine. I bought myself the body buttercream a few weeks ago & I've used nearly half a tub already, now I've never been one to religiously butter my skin but with the smell of this I just want to drown myself in it. I got the body wash & scrub for Christmas from my Auntie along with the Calm one, Calm all bubble bath & Mist you madly bodyspray, which are both gorgeous. 

I can honestly say I will not get tired of this scent for a long long time. The lime/citrus in it is so strong and long lasting I cannot get enough. It's definately persuading me to try other products too which I may treat myself to some bits this weekend, yay shopping. 

Body Butter: £10.50
Body Wash: £6.50
Body Scrub: £8.00

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Holly Jolly Christmas Tag!


1. Favourite Christmas Movie? 
Elf, The Grinch, Jack Frost, Miracle on 34th street.. The usual ones.

2. Are you on the Naughty list or the Nice list?
Nice hopefully! I've not done anything overly naughty this year. 

3. Show us an embarrassing Christmas Card photo! (WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE OK)
Ahh, we don't do Christmas card photo's in the UK. I don't know anyone who does. I think it might be an American tradition.

4. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
YES! When I was around 13 I think, It was pretty epic.

5. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
My Nana's house.

6. Play or Sing your favorite Christmas Song!
LAAAAAAAST CHRISTMAS, I GAVE YOU MY HEART BUT THE VERY NEXT DAY YOU GAVE IT A WAAAAAY. (especially the TOWIE version, Oh the cringe)

7. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
I used to always open one (Christmas PJ's) But I'm not going to this year.

8. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Vixen, Blitzen, Dasher, Doner, Cupid & Rudolph!

9. What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?
CHRISTMAS DINNER. Totally completely Christmas dinner all the way.

10. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake, I don't like the smell or the messiness of the real ones.

11. Hands down, what's your all-time favorite holiday food and holiday sweet treat?
Pigs in blankets anyone? 

12. Be Honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Giving, all the way. I love planning the presents,wrapping them extravagantly and then watching them open it! ahh, love. Of course I like to receive gifts too, but giving feels so much nicer. 

13. Show us your tackiest Christmas attire (ex: Ugly Sweater)
I don't have one, and I don't think I ever have? I usually just wear the clothes I received as presents on Christmas day.

14. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
New York or London, any big busy city really.

15. Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make?
Not really no, oh this is sad. When I have my own family I'm going to start loads of lovely traditions!

16. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably? 
I'm a total pro. So much so that my parents used to ask me to wrap all the presents they'd bought for other people too. I love doing it aswell! 

17. Most Memorable Holiday moment? 
Oh god, It was probably when I was little and got some crazy toy! I don't remember though. & Also last christmas, it was the last one I'd spend with my mum, Although I didn't know that then I'll cherish it forever *soppy answer* 

18. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
I don't remember, I asked my Dad about this earlier & he doesn't remember either. I think I just grew out of it.

19. Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Nope, never. Every year I say I'm going to stick to them & don't, but I will this year *pinky swear*

20. What makes the Holidays special for you?
Family time, Lights, Food & everyone being happy.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

FOTN.



Hello beautiful people, my work's Christmas party was last night & this is how I wore my make up. 

Products used: 
Estee Lauder Double wear & MAC Studio Sculpt foundation.
Collection Concealer.
Rimmel stay matte powder
Rimmel brow pencil 'hazel'
Urban Decay Naked palette 'half baked'
Sleek Storm palette black e/s
E.Cosmetic's gold glitter.
Katy Perry Lashes 'cool kitty'
MAC Tracegold blush.
Max Factor Ruby Tuesday lipstick.

I really love the way this turned out & It made me feel very festive. I wore a Black Velvet peplum top & Gold glitter leggings & black and gold flats.

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend & looking forward to Christmas! 
X

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Maybelline Fit Me Foundaton: ♡


This foundation. I have a love/hate relationship with. I love how lightweight it is, but the colour range is awful. This is the lightest shade and it's really orange on me. I wish 'drug store' foundations had more of a colour range. It really spoils a good foundation. 

Leaving the only negative behind, I do quite like this foundation. I got this free sample from the Maybelline website as I really wanted to try it but I was on my spending ban so finding out they were giving out samples was like a dream! You get 10mls in this little tube and this is meant to last a week but I've had it for around two weeks now and I'm only half way through. 

The coverage on this is medium/buildable and the formula is really lightweight you cannot even feel it on the skin so it's nice to build it up knowing you won't end up cakey. As I said about the colour it's not great, this claims to be for pink toned skin but It's really too dark. I didn't get the wrong colour I got the lightest shade they do & it's still dark but I'm willing to work round that because It's really a lovely foundation. I really recommend.

I absolutely plan on buying the full bottle of this & try out the concealer and powder too!

Have you tried this foundation? 


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas Wishes ♡


Muji Storage, £10.95 for two drawers - I love muji Storage, It's gorgeous and so affordable!  I've been wanting some of these drawers for a while, but as I thought I was going to be moving soon I was going to wait until I had my new dressing table, but as I'm not moving now I want to make my dressing table at home organised & pretty! 

No 7 Protect and Perfect Intense Experience £35.00 - I want this so badly, you get so much in this set, and so worth £35.00 infact I plan on buying this in the boots half price sale after Christmas too, hoping they still have them left! In this you get: Soft and Soothed Toner, Soft and Soothed Cleanser, Protect and Perfect Intense beauty serum, Protect and Perfect Intense day cream, Protect and Perfect Intense eye cream, Protect and Perfect Intense night cream & Beautiful skin radiance exfoliator. 

MAC Cream Colour Base Pearl £14.50 - I've wanted this for AGES. But I've just never picked it up, I think it's gorgeous and I've never tried a cream highlighter before and I love highlighting my skin, especially my cheeks, It looks really nice on me (if I do say so myself hehe.) 

Crown Brush Italian Badger Brush set £54.99 - I know these say Badger, but they're made of a mix between badger and synthetic hair, depending on the brush - that's what it says on the website. Before anyone comments, I don't agree with animal cruelty or testing on animals but these brushes are amazing quality and they're personally for me to use they're not for my kit, I only use synthetic brushes on clients whether they're against real hair brushes or not. Anyway these are gorgeous and I love love love them. 

Warrior on DVD £3.75 (play.com) - This film, is seriously amazing. 1. It has Tom Hardy in it, WIN & 2. Although it's about UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship.) It's a really emotional story line. I cried all the way through. Everyone needs to see this. 

Marc Jacobs Daisy Gift set £45.00 - I absoultey adore this purfume, I was given a sample a while ago and I only got a few squirts out of it then lost it on a night out! So i'd love to recieve this. It's a gorgeous scent. 

Redken Colour Extend Hair care gift set £17.00 (Feel unique) - I always put a hair gift set on my Christmas list and now it's this one. I did originally want the tigi dumb blonde one but obviously I have really bright vibrant pinkypurple hair now so I want one which will protect & I trust redken! You get a Redken Colour Extend with cranberry oil shampoo & Conditioner .. I really wish it also had a treatment with it too but hey ho! 

Xen-tan Head to toe Medium Gift set £39.99 - I love xen-tan and Recently I've started tanning again. I used to use the dark lotion but since I have my new hair colour it would look better with a medium/light tan! 

I'd love to receive any of these gifts! I'm getting into the Christmas spirit a little now but not as much as other years, Christmas isn't the same to me this year & I feel a little like Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch who lost her Christmas spirit. Hopefully it'll come back once I start my shopping and start wrapping and this year I'm going to bake a dessert to take to my Nana's for Christmas dinner! 
                                                                                                   

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Sunday Summary #8.


- I have pink hair! Well, It's more purple in reality but it photographs more pink. I love it, so much. I used Directions dye in Lavender, Carnation pink & Blue lagoon to create my own shade. I mixed a drop of each colour with lots of white conditioner to make it a pastel colour & I'm really pleased with the outcome.

- I'm single. Me & my boyfriend decided to split up this week. It's really sad & I'm really gutted but it's for the best. We ended on good terms & are friends. Every ending is a new beginning as they say. 

- I'm loving how intense X-factor is at the moment. I really want Jahmene Douglas to win. He's so so so sweet. James Arthur is a close second though he's amazing! Do you like xfactor? I personally prefer xfactor USA the talent of ALL of the contestants is unreal, and it has nothing to do with Demi Lovato being a judge HONEST ;). 

Hope you've all had a nice weekend!
X

Thursday, 29 November 2012

November Favourites


IT'S FINALLY THE END OF NOVEMBER, MY SPENDING BAN IS OVERRRRRRR, BABY ITS OVERRRRRRRRR (slight Rita Ora moment.) 

I haven't had any new favourites this month, mostly staple items that I've used more than usual or old loves I've re kindled. 

- Batiste Dry Shampoo. I love this, I've used it for like almost 5 years and I don't think I'd ever change brands to another dry shampoo. I've only just changed scents. I used to use the tropical one but I'm sure my hair got too used to it and wouldn't work? Or I just had a dud can. I love this Cherry scented one though. This is my second can in the last month. I did in fact buy this in my spending ban but I can't go without this because I only wash my hair once/twice a week so if I didn't have this I'd look like a greasy mess. No thanks!

Real Techniques Expert face brush - I bought this around a month ago and I LOVE IT. It's one of if not the best foundation/base brush I've ever used in my whole life. I'd recommend this to anyone and everyone. It creates a flawless finish and takes like 10 seconds to work foundation into the face. Love. It was only £9.99 too. This is my second real techniques brush and I love them. Definitely buying more.

Clean & Clear Sensitive Deep Cleansing Lotion - This is another one of my best ever products. I've been using this for as long as I can remember. I'm not sure what I use it for, as weird as that sounds. I don't use it to remove make-up because it's too harsh once I've cleansed, and used facial wash, I dab this on a cotton pad and wipe round my face. I use this more when I have bad skin because it helps to dry out and clear up blemishes. 

Famous by Sue Moxley Bronzer - I've had this since June & I couldn't get it to work with me, then earlier this month I smashed it & for some reason it became 100% more pigmented & now I love it and I can't get enough of it! 

P.S I'm going through a bit of a horrible time at the moment which is why there has been a lack of posts. 

X

Monday, 26 November 2012

Monday Loves ♡

Hello lovelies! Hope you've all had an enjoyable Monday! - Well as enjoyable as a Monday can be! I've developed a cold and had to go to the doctors today for a needle so I'm feeling a bit rubbish really. I thought I'd do a little post on all the little non-beauty things that are making me happy right now! 









Festive spirit // Quotes like this // Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt 2 - Epic // Abduction starring Taylor Lautner, If you've never watched it, check it out // 1000 Years - Christina Perri. 

Realising that there are millions of little things that can make you happy daily can make horrible doctors and feeling poorly seem so unimportant. Of course my family, friends & boyfriend make me happy every moment of every day!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Max Factor Face Finity 3 in 1 Foundation. ♡


When I first bought this foundation (around a month ago) I really hated it. It was a weird shade and just awful, but I paid money for this and I wasn't going to waste it, so I decided to work with it. I purchased the Real Techniques expert face brush a week later & applied this foundation using that and it's the perfect combination. I think I picked the wrong shade in this as it's a little dark but once its blended and set you can't even tell. As for the claim that it's a primer, concealer & foundation in one is a bit steep. I don't think it's as good as it makes out. It's okay coverage not the best but definitely buildable. 

Overall though it's a really nice foundation and it feels really lightweight on my skin which is a bonus. Lasting power on this is around 6-7 hours without topping up which is really good in my opinion. It could last a lot longer with a dusting of powder to freshen it up. It doesn't oxidise on the skin after a few hours either - bonus! 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever plans you have!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Ghost of make-up past. ♡




Products used:
- Revlon Colour Stay foundation 'Ivory.
- Natural Collection powder.
- Rimmel Bronzer 
- Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil.
- Sleek 'Storm' Eye Shadow Palette [Gold & Champagne colours for lid & inner corner, Burnt Red for crease & Lower lashes]
- Collection 24/7 Eyeliner pen.
- Soap & Glory eye khol
- Maybeline one by one Mascara.
- Collection cream puff Lipcream 'Fairy Cake'

Soo, my spending ban is almost up! I decided to use products I'd forgotten about to save all my higher end products until I can afford to restock them because some of them are running low & I can't afford to run out of them at the moment! So I shopped my stash & I'm really pleased with my finds. It was like a jumble sale in my make-up drawer & I discovered products I loved, that were cheap & that I forgot about when I bought bigger and better things. I loved doing this, I felt like I was discovering lost treasure - No really! Haha. It was fun & my I used all 'drugstore' products, not one high end product was used. Not even the brushes, I used Real Techniques Expert face brush for foundation, an elf powder brush for powder, Elf complextion brush for bronzer & a no name brand eye shadow brush, and to be honest it doesn't feel or look much different to how it would look if I used high end products so win win. 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

FOTN - Glitter Eyes ♡




Products used - 
- Estee Lauder Double wear foundation. 
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.
-  Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.
- MAC Impeccable Brow pencil (Dirty Blonde).
-  Famous by Sue Moxley bronzer (Miami).
- NYX Jumbo eye pencil (Milk)
- MUA Eye Shadow (Shade 1) 
- Black Eye shadow from 120 Palette.
- Eyelash glue as a base for the glitter all over the MUA shade 1 (white shimmery colour.)
- Illamasqua Pigment in Beguile all over the lash glue for a solid glittery lid.
- Collection 24 Eyeliner pen.
- L'oreal Volume Million Excess mascara.
- Soap & Glory black pencil eyeliner.
- NYX Soft Matte lip creme (Adis Adabba) 
- Barry M Lipstick (158)

Jeez, writing all that out looks like a lot of products to put on one face doesn't it! I love wearing this look when I go out though. So glittery & gorgeous. I wore a Primark dress it was black with white flowers all over it & had ruffles all over the boob area, it's gorgeous. However my make-up didn't look like that by the end of the night as I got a tad more drunk than I expected! Haha, nevermind! I only spent £20 though which is a bargain! (Spending ban is still on, I forgot I promised this night out before I started the ban.) I'm now snuggled up in bed watching Harry Potter nursing my hangover!  

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend! 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Spending Ban Wishes ♡


As I've mentioned a few times I'm on a spending ban! BOO! I planned on being on it until the end of December but I just don't think I'll cope that long so I've shortened it to the end of November so It's one month instead of two. I think that's very reasonable! I'm really struggling on sticking to it to be honest & It's getting me down! But that's the reason why I'm on it. I don't want to feel sad just because I can't afford to spend huge amounts on make-up & clothes, I mean c'mon?! Anyway..

Palmers Cocoa Butter Gradual Tan £5.35 - I saw this in Boots the other day & I love love love Palmers Cocoa Butter so It'd be even better with a natural glow! 
MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick (matte) £14.00 - This is on my Christmas list. I always thought it was too brown for my skin but I've fallen in love with it. I cannot wait to try it! 
River Island LTD Edition Studded bag £40.00 - I'm also in love with this bag. I've been looking for a new bag for ages! Too bad I find the perfect one when I'm on a spending ban & It's LTD Edition so I can't even get it later on! Sad times. 
River Island riding boots £55.00 - These are gorgeous too. Although even if I wasn't on a spending ban I wouldn't spend £55 on Boots I've found a similar pair on Ebay for half the price but these are too gorgeous. 
River Island Silver wash Skull Studs £1.50 - Love these too, good price at £1.50! I'm definitely going to order these if they're still there at the end of the month! 
That Vanilla Moment Bath & Shower Gel £3.03 - My boyfriend bought me the body scrub to this a few days ago and I love it. It smells like cake mix & it ex foliates beautifully so I really want to try the bath & shower gel too, A bath full of this would be heaven. 
No.7 Soft & Soothed Cleanser & Toner £8.00 each - I've recently started getting into cleansing my make-up off instead of attacking my face with a baby wipe & I really want to try these as they're hypo-allergenic and hopefully won't irritate my skin!!


Two weeks left of the ban! I hope it goes quickly *how sad please?* 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Current Hair Care Routine ♡


Hair care is something I take seriously. My hair used to be one of my best features, it was long, thick blonde & I always got complimented on it. Then in 2009 it all went down hill when I decided to dye my locks black and then got bored & wanted them blonde again. BAD IDEA! Very very bad idea on my behalf. I didn't even do it the good way by getting it done in stages I wanted bright blonde hair again then and there. It obviously wasn't happening so my hair got ruined, it all broke off right up to my shoulders. It went from just below my boobs to sitting on my shoulders. Which was horrific enough but it wasn't even a real colour, it was orange, and in some bits white and other bits pink, here is a picture of how bad it was. Note the frazzled hair, mismatched colour & just horribleness of it. Since then I've been brown & red alternate until April this year I went back to my natural blonde again professionally. I vow to never let my hair get into this state again, now on to the lovely products. 


 L'oreal Hair Expertise Eversleek No sulphates Smoothing Care System with no silicone Shampoo & Conditioner - Firstly, what a long name these have! Mouth full or what. Secondly they're amazing. This is what L'oreal says: "Specifically designed for coarse and frizzy hair, the EverSleek Smoothing & Nourish range is a Smoothing Care System with non-sulphate cleansing and smooth conditioning care." I say they definitley do what they say they do. I'm not entirely sure what the non sulphate and no silicone do to the hair but they've completely transformed my hair into managable soft, smooth and silky locks. They're £6.99 in Tesco's which is where I got mine from I'm sure they're widely available though. I'm going to get some more from this range when my spending ban is up! 

 Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive mask - Love this. I love the Shampoo & Conditioner to this too. I first bought the Shampoo & Conditioner just as because I was going on holiday to Barcelona in last May and I wanted something hydrating which would counteract the sun drying out my hair and I loved them and the mask is no disappointment either. I love the smell  so much, obviously It's not about the smell but it helps doesn't it! I love drenching my hair in this once or twice a week depending on how my hair has been that week, wrapping my hair in cling film to keep the heat in and sitting for 45 minutes - an hour and it really really makes a difference. This was £4.39 in Tesco's also but I know they're widely available. 

L'oreal Mythic oil - A blogger/YouTube sensation. I like many received this in a Glossy Box last year. I use it every time I wash my hair and It's only just got to the half way point. I love this a lot. I never thought I'd be able to use oils in my hair because it would instantly make it greasy and limp but this one is gorgeous. I use two pumps in my hand rub my hands together and distribute this on the ends of my hair, then air dry/blow dry as normal and my hair is left feeling soft & protected. I've never actually smelt this so I'm not sure on it scent. This can be found for £12.76 on Cheap Smells. Obviously cheaper than argon or Moroccan oil but certainly a good dupe.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde leave in conditioner/heat protection spray - This is incredible. It smells unreal & the fact it's a leave in conditioner as well as a heat protection sold me on this even before I bought it. I'm so lazy it's a known fact & If I had to pick between putting a leave in conditioner on or a heat protector I'd choose the conditioner. The fact this is two in one means I don't have to worry because my love for leave in conditioner will be satisfied and so will my hair from the heat protect. I spay this in my hair when it's wet, air dry/blow dry then also spray some in when it's done & always before straightening and curling too. I can't find this on the Boots website, I'm probably just being really thick it's probably on there but its around £4-6. 

I tend to usually air dry my hair unless I'm in a hurry & only wash it once a week, twice if I'm going out on the town over the weekend. Between washes I use Batiste Dry Shampoo & always try to limit the heat to my hair. I sleep with my hair in a French braid to prevent it pulling/getting tangled in my sleep.  

Does anyone have any hair growth/hair care tips for me?
I'm always up for trying new hair products!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sunday Summary #7 ♡


There aren't many pictures of my face on my blog so I thought I'd share this one. I was particularly happy with my make-up that day. The lipstick I'm wearing is MAC Rebel.

♡  The spending ban is going well. I'm really struggling though. There is any 3 Lee Stafford for £12 in Boots at the moment and it's taken a lot of will power not to go crazy on products, like serious will power. My boyfriend has practically had to drag me away from the make up counters I feel like a drug addict gone cold turkey. I'm doing well though 8 days I've done so far without buying any sort of beauty product. My boyfriend did buy me a gorgeous vanilla body scrub from Tesco but that doesn't count cause he bought it right? yes. 

ALEX BOX TWEETED ME. Yes, The Alex Box creative director for Illamasqua tweeted me. I adore her, I think she's absolutely beautiful AND she's the reason I've pushed myself to become a make-up artist. She's my Idol career wise and she inspires me every single day. Having her tweeting me makes so much difference to my ambitions and it's made me even more determined to achieve.  



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I've just given in my Christmas list. It's not big. It has 5 items on it accumulating to £85.00 because that's the absolute most I want my Dad to spend on me. I don't need to ask him for Chanel products or expensive clothes and jewellery because If I wanted those things I'd buy them myself. I've asked for things I've wanted for ages and things I've recently wanted. I don't love Christmas for the presents any way. I love it for the atmosphere, the gaudy Christmas lights and how friendly everyone becomes.  I love Christmas for everything in this picture.. 



                                                  I hope you've all had a lovely weekend, Monday tomorrow - BOO. 
                                                                                                                       ♡

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Top 5 Lipsticks ♡

[Sorry for the grubby packaging!] Left - Right: MAC Rebel, Revlon Pink Pout, Barry M 158, Barry M 147, Illamasqua Scandal. 

Left - Right: Illamasqua Scandal, Barry M 147, Barry M 158, Revlon Pink Pout, MAC Rebel. 
I found it particularly easy to pick 5 of my favourite lipsticks because these are the ones that always end up out with me & floating around my bag. I don't tend to use Illamasqua Scandal as much as it's quite expensive and I don't want to waste it all. They're all such wearable colours even though MAC Rebel may look really dark in the tube it turns into such a wearable plum colour & I love wearing it I think It's one of my favourite lipsticks in the world. I think I have a very worrying obsession with lipsticks I don't think there will ever become a point where I think I have enough. Is anyone else like that? 

Short post today, Hope you're all well & enjoying your weekend!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Beauty Blogger Tag ♡

Image: Tumblr.com

I've seen this tag around on other's blogs for a while and I loved reading about others blog stories so I thought I'd do it myself. I believe Sophia of Tattooed Tealady created this tag so credit to her & check out her blog she's amazing

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?
I've been blogging for 1 year and 3 months on and off. I started in August 2011 but I've never been really flowing with posts I left my blog for a few months in April for reasons stated here. I started blogging because I'd read blogs and watched YouTube videos for such a long time I really wanted to be apart of it. I firstly considered YouTube but I noticed how much hate the YouTube guru's get and it's so horrible and I don't think I'd be able to cope with daily hate. I decided blogging was my way of getting myself into the online beauty community and the support is so lovely and it's so nice to be able to have my own little place of the internet

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
Zoella. I adore Zoe. Honestly I adore Louise too. They're both so beautiful and their blogs are so beautifully written. I found Zoe's YouTube videos first then found her blog and I loved it. She's the reason I started my blog. She makes it look so easy that a 'normal' girl can express her feelings on the beauty in the world

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product you bought and was it worth the hype?
There is a lot of products I've tried because of blogs and loved. UD's Naked Palette being the main one. It took me so so long to get hold of one! I ended up having to ask for it for Christmas and it having to be ordered from a different country but I love it and use it almost everyday. Second to that being Real Technique brushes. They're amazing. 

What are your favourite five things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?
1. Having my own place of the internet that's made completely by me and where I can write about whatever and whenever I want. 
2. Knowing that whenever I log on there's lovely comments from lovely supportive people. It's nice to know people read the rambles I post. 
3. Discovering a whole world of different products and being able to hear other honest reviews before you buy something. 
4. Having a interactive hobby. It's so much more for filling than collecting stamps or train spotting isn't it? 
5. Talking and meeting lovely people from all over the world.

What have you learnt from being a beauty blogger?
That most bloggers have the same mind path and are most likely thinking the same way. Also that anyone can be apart of it you don't have to act like something you're not to be successfully. 

Have you changed anything since being a beauty blogger?
Only my bank balance! I've become so poor since blogging. I'd be out and be like 'OOOH I saw that on so and so's blog I must try it' and before you know it you've spent £80 in Boots when you only went in for some face wipes.

What advice would you give to a beauty blogger just starting out?
Be yourself and not try and write like anyone else. Reveal your own personality not what you think will be popular. Don't worry on your followers count because If you enjoy what you write then readers will enjoy too and then follow you. 

Name your top five brands!
Illamasqua, Sleek, NYX, Estee Lauder, MAC.

Recommend your top five favourite beauty products!
Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, MAC Lipsticks, L'oreal Mythic Hair Oil, NYX Jumbo eye pencils, UD Naked pallette. 

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Monday, 5 November 2012

Holy Grail Items ♡



These seven items are ones I really can't live without. They're all I really need. If you've noticed there isn't a mascara there because I've never really found one I'm completely happy with I'm still on the perfect mascara hunt. As long as I have these seven items I'll be set for anything.

MAC mineral skin finish in Crystal pink - I'd never used a MSF before I bought this one. I didn't really know what to expect. I fell in love, instantly. It's the perfect blush/bronze shade for my pale skin. I love it alot. I got it over a year ago when the collection (forgotten it's name) came out and I've only just used up the dome part and I use it almost everyday. I also have my eye on soft & gentle but as I'm on my spending ban so It's just going to have to wait. *cries*

Illamasqua pure pigment in Beguile - My first ever Illamasqua product and my favourite. It's a gorgeous white glitter pigment with flecks of mint green & pink. It's absolutely incredible, whenever I'm off out on a night out I add this to my lids & dust some on my cheek bones & chest and I'm ready for a night on the town, it adds so much glamour to any make up look. My night out make up wouldn't be the same without this. For a cheaper alternative try Barry M's glitter dusts. 

Collection lasting perfection concealer - I think everyone who's tried this loves it. It gives the perfect coverage you would need in a concealer and it never creases on me. I've heard it does crease on some people but I've never had that problem. It's a lovely concealer and unless it gets discontinued I'll continue to repurchase.

Collection Extreme 24 hour Pen liner - I love this. There isn't much to say about it. It's the blackest black & it can go over the darkest glitter-est shadows and still be blacker than anything. It's a really overall good eye liner and it's so inexpensive, but also so much better than other more expensive eye liner I've tried in the past. I'll continue to repurchase forever. 

Estee Lauder Double wear - The perfect foundation in my opinion. I cannot rave about this product enough. It's expensive though, the only product that I've found that can 80% match up to it is Revlon Colour Stay. If you love full coverage that won't budge then you'll love double wear. 

MAC Paint pots in Bare Study & Indianwood - I love these. They're the perfect base for almost every eyeshadow look I wear. They're that gorgeous they can be worn alone with no eyeshadow over. I like to blend them both together to make a gorgeous pale gold. Again, these are on the expensive side. Maybeline Colour Tattoo's are a good dupe, so I've heard as I haven't tried those yet. 


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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Sunday Summary ♡

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I got 50 Followers! I'm so happy! Now, I know 50 followers isn't exactly thousands but I'm so happy since the last week I've had twenty new followers. I was stuck on 31 for months so Thank you so much to the 51 of you who've followed me. I hope you stick with me. I feel really proud for hitting that half way to 100 milestone. I don't blog for followers but It feel so nice to see people wanting to read my rambles. Big smiles!


I've had my hair cut tonight by my friend Jade. I love it. She's cut all my frazzled ends off and added lots of choppy layers and a side fringe. I would take a quick picture on my webcam but I'm all tucked in bed and in no fit state to be exposed to the interweb, but I'm loving my new locks & so happy all the dead ends and scraggely bits have been chopped off so it can continue to grow nicely.

Exams. Yes, exams. I think everyone hates exams and I've got my first set next week. In the course I'm doing (Hair & Media Make Up) we have to take exams and practical assessments after every unit which sucks but it's better than having to remember every little detail about every unit until end of year exams because I forget everything. I'm pretty confident for these exams though & they're multiple choice questions so they can't be too hard. 


I'm on a spending ban - BOO! I've decided that I spend too much money on stupid things like alcohol & more make up I don't really need. So from yesterday until new years day I'm not spending any unessesary money on anything and I plan on sticking to it. The only thing I can't back out from is my work Christmas night out because It's already booked. This is going to be so hard but I'm looking forward to treating myself to something nice with all the money I would of saved. 


                    Thankyou so much again for 50 followers! Hope you've all had a good weekend.