Thursday, 28 August 2014

TAG: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


Beautiful Sonya from Once Upon A Glam has been kind enough to nominate me for this Sisterhood award. The idea behind this is so lovely. I really do feel grateful for the wonderful people I’ve met through blogging, their help, support, advice and great posts have meant a lot – big up the Sisterhood!

Thank you for my nomination Sonya -  check out her blog as its bursting with gorgeous luxury products, and if  you really want to drool take a look at her dressing table post!

So, here goes:

The Rules

  •    Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  •    Put the award logo onto your blog
  •    Answer the ten questions they have set you
  •    Set ten questions for your nominees to answer
  •    Nominate ten bloggers

The Questions

1. What’s your holy grail make-up product?

So hard to choose one out of everything! I’ve often raved about Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation (see my review post here), but actually the product I really couldn’t live without is liquid liner, and my absolute favourite is Soap and Glory Supercat. Amazing stuff!

2. Who’s your make-up icon (artist or celebrity)?

I’m completely obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury. I think she makes every woman she makes up look amazing, glamorous, beautiful and confident. If I could have a makeover with her I would literally die happy. I’ve never seen her put a foot wrong.

In the ‘real world’, I’m also addicted to ‘Makeup by Cheryl’ on YouTube. I adore her videos and she always looks flawless to me.
Celebrity wise, it’s Kim Kardashian, although I despair at what she’s done to her face lately. Ruined! Girl has a-grade make-up game though.

3. What’s your favourite eyeshadow palette?

That is a really tough decision. Just because I’m pretty sure everyone is going to say Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, I’ll say Smashbox Full Exposure. My husband got me one for my birthday after many years of wanting one, and its every bit as good as I hoped – plus each shade has a matt and shimmer version, so it’s the ultimate for versatility. This reminds me I still haven’t done a proper post on it -  one is now coming soon!

4. What’s your best make-up tip?
Coat your lashes with baby powder using a cotton bud before applying mascara. This bulks up the lashes loads and gives a great false lash effect for special occaisions.

5. Falsies or Au Naturel (eyelashes that is)?
Always falsies! I actually wear falsies most days now…I know it’s a bit sad, but I just love the extra flutter power. It’s such a subtle way to look better.

Permanent extensions irritate my eyes, so I put on strip lashes every day, but I’m so quick at it now that its second nature and doesn’t take any time really. I always choose natural looking ones because I’m not after the Katie Price look.

I vastly prefer Eyelure to other brands, but Sonya actually introduced me to line called Amazing Shine that are great quality, very natural looking and affordable as well, so that’s what I’m using at the moment.

6. Heels or flats?

I go back and forth on this issue a lot, so if you ask me in a few months my answer might be different, but at the moment it has to be flats.

I just can’t bear uncomfortable feet – they make me miserable. I walk quickly and I like to be able to break into a run if needed. I’m a tall girl with long legs, so I don’t need to wear heels for height.

Lately I’ve even started to wear flats on a night out! There are a lot of pretty flat shoes out there when you look.

7. What’s your ‘it’ accessory of the year?

This gorgeous OTT necklace has to be my number one item at the moment. It’s almost ridiculous its so huge, but the fact that its clear Perspex means it goes with anything. I bought it from an eBay store in Korea for under £6.00.

I love Korean accessories -  they’re so quick to pick up on trends. I’ve worn it loads for work with plain tops and dresses and at the weekend with t-shirts -  and I think its going to make an appearance at my next blogging event too!

8. Who’s your fashion crush?

I have soooo many, its unreal, but my ultimate icon is Leigh Lezark. She has the perfect mix of uptown girl and grunge going on. In fact, I wrote a post here about why I love her style so much. Anyone who is a Chanel muse has to have ‘it’ though, don’t they?

9. What’s your fave reality show?


Made in Chelsea used to be my total guilty pleasure, but I must say that I’ve lost interest in it lately. These things are never exactly ‘real’ anyway, but as the series have gone on, some of the characters have gotten so self-aware, and do stuff just to get air time -  they’ve turned into caricatures of themselves.

I don’t have much interest in watching the New York series either. It all feels too contrived and done before now. But I did used to be very into it, mainly for the relationship drama and the great outfits!

10. Champagne or Cupcakes?
What a tough one! I think those two things go very well together actually, so its hard to choose. If you’re twisting my arm, I’d go for the champagne. I’d rather waste empty calories on that! I do love the stuff. Preferably a nice Perrier Jouet, which tops the charts for me!

I nominate:

    Gyudy at
    Katy at
    Amy at
    Tasnim at
    Sally at
    Emma at
    Paige at
    Jess at
    Zoe at
    Bella at 

My Ten Questions:

  • What post on your blog are you most proud of and why?
  • What do you do for your 'day job' if you aren't a full time blogger?
  • Nail polish or eye shadow?
  • If you could be anyone else for a day, who would you choose?
  • What inspired you to start blogging?
  • Beauty product that changed your life?
  • If money and pain were no objects, would you have cosmetic surgery?
  • What song would you (or have you) have played at your wedding?
  • Name one beauty disaster you've had?
  • Where do you want to be in ten years time?

Monday, 25 August 2014

Review: Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes

Hands up, I'll freely admit I'm a false flutter junkie. I'm addicted to big, beautiful lashes - so much so that I wear strip lashes almost every day.

I tried permanent lash extensions, but they irritated my eyes badly and I didn't like not being able to get my face wet in the shower, so I had to admit defeat and get them removed.

Since then, I've gotten really good at hunting down and applying natural-looking strip lashes, and its so quick for me to do them, I sort of feel like, why not? Having lovely lashes gives me a little boost, and its harmless.

How To: 3D Ombré Lips

Today’s post will be on how to get a popping, 3D ombre pout. 

This lip look is a total stand out, ideal for autumn parties and occaisions when you want all eyes to be on you and what you’re saying. 

The best part is that its really easy to achieve. In fact, you can get there in just 6 short steps…

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Cornwall Mini Haul

Hi dolls!
Due to my whole 'moving house' situation at the moment, I'm on a bit of a....well, 'spending ban' sounds so harsh. Let's say its just spending redux!
I'm not going to be able to have many treats for a while, and I'll have to get good at bargain hunting. Sometimes being an adult sucks. But then again, being debt-free (sans mortgage) with a five-bedroom house in a nice area sounds worth it to me, even if its a pain in the short term. But you may notice a few less hauls and a few more bargain posts around here.

While I was in Cornwall, I wasn't really 'shopping' in a major way, but I did pick up a few little cheap bits and pieces that I'm going to share here. A few are Christmas presents (yes, I've started that early!).


Saturday, 23 August 2014

August Empties: Re-Try or Bye-Bye?

Why does everything run out at once? Or do I just notice it more now that I save the packaging up to do these posts? Or is doing these posts making me use more product?

I guess we will never know. Either way, August saw a host of new empties destined for my recycling tray. As usual, I’ll be asking the all-important question for each: is it a case of re-try or bye-bye?


Thursday, 21 August 2014

August Glossybox Review

It’s Glossybox’s birthday this month, so they’re celebrating with extra products, but they missed me out!

At first, I wasn’t very pleased with this month’s Glossybox as it seemed a bit scanty, but then I realised one of my full-sized products had been missed out. I haven’t had this problem with Glossybox before, and of course I’m a bit disappointed.

I’ve contacted their customer services about it, who are being quite slow to respond. So I thought I’d post my review anyway, but it is missing something, which was the full size of the Essence I love Extreme Volume mascara. 

I’m a little bit disappointed about this because I would have liked to try that, hopefully they can sort me out!

Anyway, what I did get was generally good but seemed a little stingy…

Monday, 18 August 2014

Adventures in Cornwall

Hello gorgeous lovelies! I'm unusually chilled out at the moment, because I've just returned from a week visiting my family in beautiful Cornwall.

If you've read my 'Life Update' post, you'll be up to speed with why we had to cancel our planned break to Cuba and I ended up settling for something perhaps a little less glamourous, but certainly just as fun!

I'm lucky enough to have family living in West Cornwall, including my mum, so I can escape down there when I need a break. I ended up driving down last Friday for a few days of relaxation, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Due to the last minute decision, Seb couldn't get the time off arranged to come with me, so it was a solo road trip down there.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

What's in my suitcase? Trip to Cornwall


Hello my lovelies!

It's another nosey parker post today, showing you what I packed in my suitcase for a little trip down south to Cornwall. Seeing as everyone seemed to like my 'What's in my beauty bag?' post, and also as I really love reading posts of this kind, I decided to do another similar one about what I packed.

This year has been a little weird. We were planning a two week holiday to Cuba next month, but as I mentioned in my Life Update post, plans have changed and that's not an option anymore. So instead I went down for a week in West Cornwall, where some of my family live and the packing was rather different - no bikinis this time, even with the warm weather we've been having.

I do not have the packing light gene, but I tried my level best to be really selective with my choices, and to put together a capsule case that would give me a few options, without being the seventeen pairs of sandals I normally end up taking! 


Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Life Update #2: Project Nest


Hi Dolls!

Just a quick note....I feel like I haven't posted or been around on the blogging 'scene' for ages, so I thought I would do just a quick update on life in general and tell you about a couple of great posts coming up!

Life has just taken over for the past couple of weeks. First of all, after over a year of trying to move house, it looks like it might finally be happening (cue excited squeals!). Last time I posted an update, we'd pretty much given up hope and starting looking into extending our current house instead, but it turned out to be too expensive for us to do.

But just when we were despairing....a breatkthrough!


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Review: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

Great new product launch from Revlon that I had to get on the blog as soon as possible - the Colorstay Moisture Stain.

As soon as I saw these, I wanted to get my hands on some. They struck me as a brilliant high-street dupe for YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain. 

They’re the same concept – a hybrid of lipstick, gloss and stain, and also moisturising. Sounds like the ultimate lip product, right?

Sunday, 3 August 2014

What's in my beauty bag 2014?

Hello lovely people!

Today I've decided to post a delve into my everyday make-up bag. I'm hugely nosey, and I absolutely lovely reading these kinds of posts, so I thought I would do my own!

Like most make-up addicts, this bag only represents a small proportion of my too-large collection. On my dresser, I keep a perspex unit that houses most of my current favourite eyeshadows, palettes and lipsticks, so you'll notice there aren't many of these items in the bag here.

This bag contains all the items I need for my 'everyday' make-up -  a sort of basic face if you will. If I need to travel, I can just grab this one bag, and it has all of my cosmetic essentials, although I'd usually pack at least one palette and throw in a few lipsticks as well.
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