Saturday Spending #11

Saturday, 30 November 2013


 Basically I have become obsessed with heart print everything at the moment. I actually have the accessorize clutch and it's so nice! Such a bargain too! 

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You may remember this scrub from my previous November magazine freebies blog post. After trying the Rituals Tai Chi foaming shower gel, I was looking forward to giving their shower cream scrub a try. The first thing that is very apparent is the scent! It is so nice! The Fortune scrub fragrance is sweet orange and ceder, I'm not too sure what ceder should smell like but the orange really overpowers it, not that I am complaining. I really like scrubs and body washes in fruity/citrus scents. They are best to use in the mornings as I feel they wake you up!

I'm always a bit wary with body scrubs I've used some in the past that are quite scratchy and abrasive but that isnt the case with this one from Rituals. The scrub granuals are quite fine, therefore they aren't harsh on your skin at all. It's the worst when you get out of the shower and see your body all red from using a scrub that is too abrasive! With this scrub it feels as though you are using a shower gel with the added bonus of a little gentle exfoliation to get rid of your dead skin cells and refresh your skin!

 If you are like me and suffer with Keretosis Pilaris this has worked really well on my upper arms. It's not totally got rid of it but it definitely keeps those annoying little bumps at bay! - On a side note if anyone has any must try moisturisers or any products for that matter to help combat this annoying skin condition, please share in the comments! It retails for £10 which is a little bit more than what I would usually spend on a body scrub if I wanted to use it daily. But as I got it free with a magazine I'm not complaining! Just like their foaming shower gels. It's a nice thing to have as a treat but there are a lot of other scrubs available on the market that do a similar job at a lower price.

Would I repurchase/pay full price for another tube? Possibly. It's nice and I really like the scent. It would definitely be a 'treat' product though to use when I'm having a bit of a pamper session rather than a product to use daily. Those of you with Keretosis Pilaris will understand when I say that body scrubs and moisturisers are your friends! 

You can purchase the Rituals Fortune Scrub from Feel Unique here.
Have you tried this scrub before or anything else from rituals? 

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Rediscovering Beauty faves #6

Monday, 25 November 2013

It's not been long since I shared with my my current makeup favourites. The other week I decided to sit down and have a proper rummage through all my makeup and see if there were any gems hidden that I had forgotten about... The answer is yes, yes there were... I haven't put together a rediscovering beauty faves post for a while so I thought it was time for another. 

Recently I've been finding myself typing in the words 'contour/highlight' into the Youtube search bar a fair bit. With dreams of looking as chiseled as a Kardashian I've been looking for the best routine to follow and products to use. Cream bronze/contour shades are a favourite, so I've been using my Soleil tan de Chanel with a small angled brush to try and create some form of definition/cheek bones on my face. I will get there with practice, soon people will be asking if I am the 6th Kardashian sister...

I thought this was a limited edition paint pot, however I did spy it on a Mac counter in Guildford yesterday with Tabitha and Lizzie so you may still be able to buy it. Vintage selection is a very pretty champagne shimmer similar to bare study but slightly more peachy. I've heard that Benefits creaseless cream shadow in RSVP  is a good alternative too if you cant get hold of this. It's a great colour to just sweep on your eyes for quick everyday shimmer look. These dark mornings make it hard to wake up so anything that doesn't take forever to apply in the morning is a plus in my books! 

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow 'Mica' £22.00
I bought this a while back on impulse when I was with Charli. Thinking about it I couldn't believe I spent £22 on an eyeshadow that I havent touched for MONTHS. So I was determined to start using it more. It's described online as a heather grey/slightly taupe shade however I find the ligthest dusting of this adds just that extra bit of sparkle. I've recently been applying it on top of Vintage Selection and it just looks SO pretty! If I want the grey/taupe shade to come through, I pack it on my eyelids with just a eyeshadow primer on. Some would probably keep this as a 'night out' eyeshadow due to the sparkle nature of it, but I've had so many compliments when I've worn it, it's currently a firm staple in the daytime makeup bag!

Have you re discovered any products you forgot you had recently?

Much Love, 

Saturday Spending #10

Saturday, 23 November 2013


With just under five weeks till Christmas our social calendars are bound to start to get a little busier. This is where I panic with the whole 'I have nothing to wear' moments. You don't want to go out too casual and you don't want to be over dressed. In which case I've started looking for a few smart casual pieces online that could fit nicely in my wardrobe! The two skirts here are so so nice. I've wanted a sequin skirt in forever, paired with a chunky knit jumper I think it would look lovely. From previous Saturday Spending posts you will know that I do want a  Pleather skirt. This one has the floral embossing on it that makes it a little more special! TEMPTING! 

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For a while now I have wanted to make some additions to my make-up brush collection. I have a few of the Real Techniques brushes and a couple of eye brushes that have come from sets, but never really a 'full set'. After reading Hannahs blog post about some Ebay Dupes, I decided to have a look to see if I could get myself any makeup brush sets for an affordable price too.
I had a bit of a browse I came across two sets which I knew I had to purchase. One a face set extremely similar to the Sigma Kabuki and Precision sets but at a fraction of the price! The other a great 7 piece eyeshadow set with a fair few blending brushes that would keep me happy!

The 8 piece synthetic face set was such a bargain at just under £12 including postage! (£1.50 per brush!) As you can see the make up brushes do resemble a few of the popular ones from Sigma Brushes but for a fraction of the price. I do own the Sigma F80 Kabuki which is great at buffing in foundation so I thought it would be interesting to compare.  In this set you get 4 kabuki brushes and then 4 precision brushes. Use the brushes how you like, but I like to use the round and flat kabukis for foundation. The angled kabuki to apply cream blushers or to contour. Finally the tapered kabuki is great for under the eyes. The tapered end makes it easy to get into the little corners!

These particular Ebay brushes are very soft, and are not as dense as the sigma one I own. You do have to work a little harder to blend your foundation in, but this doesn't really bother me that much. None of these brushes have shed at all which is a big bonus for me. It's always a bit of a worry if you buy cheaper brushes on ebay, but these have been fine! I have a couple of bare minerals brushes that I don't even use anymore purely because I was covered in little brush hairs after every use! - Even after washing them multiple times! 

The precision brushes are 4 great brushes to have in your collection. The flat and tapered precision brushes are brilliant for concealer. They blend it in really well. I've been trying to get into the habit of contouring my face properly so the angled precision has been a great help when it comes to slimming my nose! I havent used the rounded precision brush much but apparently its good to apply a base to your eyes, so I'll be trying that out with a primer or cream base product soon. 


One of the main reasons for purchasing the 7 piece eye brush set was for the selection of blending brushes. I have a lot of brushes that pack the eyeshadow on the lid, but only a a couple of blending brushes, so it was about time I got myself one.. or a few. The main thing that caught my attention with this particular set were how similar some of the brushes looked compared to a few Mac favourites.
Now I wish I could rush out and buy the more expensive versions of these brushes but my bank balance just wont allow that. Instead I am happy with this little selection that only set me back just under £13 with postage. (approx £1.80 per brush)  If you are wondering why they are numbered in the above photograph, that isn't me trying to be cool, they actually do have numbers on their handles. They are from a brand called 'Emily' apparently. I've never heard of them before! I had a bit of a google and it appears that they are a brand that creates affordable makeup brushes! There isn't much information really!

The two eyeliner brushes are synthetic whereas all the others are wool. I thought I would let you know this in case you have a preference as to what your brushes are made of. I have really enjoyed using these to apply my eye make-up. Just like the face brushes I purchased they are really soft and not scratchy at all.  There hasn't been any shedding either, so far so good! Obviously over time with constant use the quality of them may suffer but for now I am pretty happy having a nice little collection of brushes that didn't break the bank at all!  They are shipped from China so you do have to wait a little bit for delivery, I think I waited just under 2 weeks for mine to arrive. Obviously it will vary depending on where you live! 

So what do you think? Will you be purchasing these brushes to add to your collection?

Buy the 8 piece face set here 
Buy the 7 piece eye set here

Much Love, 

saturday spending #9

Saturday, 16 November 2013


It's got really cold this week so I've been on the look out for some winter warmers. These are just a couple of things that caught my eye! I love this floral knitted hat. Every year I always end up getting a new bobble hat. It's like a tradition! It's £9.99 which I don't think is too bad at all. I walk to work and even though I do have some rather cute fox gloves from primark, its always nice to get that extra warmth from handwarmers. I'll pop them in my pockets & my walk to work will be a bit more barable! Finally I saw this jumper featured in a magazine and I just had to share it with you. A must have for any beauty lover!

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I was first introduced to the Rituals foaming shower gel way back when I was subscribed to Glossybox. I recieved a full sized sample of the foaming shower gel and fell in love instantly. At £8.50 they arent the cheapest of shower gels, but for a little treat I think they are nice to have in your bathroom stash. 

I recently received the T'ai Chi, White lotus & green tea scent in a goody bag from a press day. I usually go for the 'Yogi Flow' scent so it was nice to try something different. Just like the previous shower gels I have tried from Rituals the scent was strong but not overpowering. It lingered on my skin and in the en-suite after my shower! There's something a bit satisfying and luxurious about using a foaming shower gel opposed to a regular one. You feel pampered, which makes them a great addition if you are putting together a pamper hamper for someone for Christmas (Make a mental note of that one girls) 

For those of you that may not have used the product before. It's basically like shaving gel. When you disperse the product out of the pump it is a gel like formula, but once you start to lather it up it turns into this lovely foam. A little goes a long way so you don't need  much each time you shower. This small 50ml bottle lasted a good two weeks for me. Obviously this can differ depending on how often you use it! 

I think I prefer the Yogi flow scent compared to this one, so I'll be purchasing that one again soon - Once I've bought all my Christmas presents! Have you tried anything from Rituals before?

Much love, 


Magazine Freebies : November 2013

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


I don't buy magazines that often, these days I rely more on the internet. However when there are some good freebies on offer then you'll often find me hovering down the magazine aisle in tesco! I thought I would just put together a quick post on a couple of the great treats you can get with some of our magazines this month. 



First we have Cosmopolitan magazine. This month you have the chance to get 4 ORLY Nail polish shades. I've tried on ORLY nail polish in the past and that was the shade Rage. I remember it lasting really well on on my nails and I was impressed with the formula & drying speed. I bought the copy which had the red glitter shade in it. This is called 'Star Spangled'. I thought it would be a great christmas day polish! 

Another great freebie is the Rituals Shower cream scrub which you can get with Marie Claire magazine. The scrub retails at £10 and is a full size product so this is a great little freebie. The scent is so nice (Sweet Orange & Ceder) I haven't used it yet but I'm sure I'll be pleased with it if my experience with rituals in the past is anything to go by!

Which freebies have you picked up this month from magazines? 

Much Love, 


I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Stila in the moment palette thanks to a twitter competition recently. Everyone went a bit crazy for the In the Light palette but I never saw much said about this one so I was eager to have a little play.

The stila in the moment palette has a really nice selection of shades, all very pigmented. There are some neutrals and then the main focus are the purple shades along the top row. These are the shades I used to create this particular look. When it comes to a smokey eye it's always a bit of a challenge for me. I lot of the time I end up looking like I've been punched! However these stila eyeshadows are really easy to work with. 


To achieve the above look I used all four purple shades. I'll try to explain it as best I can but to be honest it was a bit of a fluke. It would probably have been easier to explain in a video but as I haven't ventured into youtube yet a blog post will have to do!  

The first step was to prime my eyes. I used the Too faced eyeshadow insurance, then swept the lightest purple shade (impulse) all over the lid and slightly above the crease. 

Then I took the 2nd darkest shade (improvise) and packed that quite heavily on the lid. It doesn't matter if it goes a bit over, as the next step was to take a blending brush and blend it out along the crease. To make it a bit smokier I added the darkest shade (catalyst) in the crease and blended it out. Just keep blending and blending until you are happy with the overall look. Blending is key! To add a little bit of extra colour I put a little bit of the bright purple (glance) on the center of the lid.

To finish I put a bit of improvise along the lash line and smudged it out a little. Added a slick of eyeliner along the water/lashline and masacara and that's it!  

Not the most complicated of 'tutorials' but that is how I did it and it all seemed to work so I thought I would share it with you (I also had Shelley & Charli telling me I had to post the photos in a blog post!) I might give the more neutral shades a go next!

You can purchase the Stila in the moment palette here.

Have you tried this palette?

Much love, 

Saturday Spending #8

Saturday, 9 November 2013


2. Love Label Fur Collar Jacket


3. Superdry Paddington Duffle
4. French Connection Salsa Fur Coat

I know I know, I already have a coat for this winter. But I've clearly been watching far too many hauls on Youtube and now I want a coat which isn't black! Black is a 'safe' option and I feel I should branch out. There are so many nice coats available that are more colourful with different textures and styles that I need to have a couple of styles in my wardrobe, right?
I love all of the above winter coats from Littlewoods each for different reasons. The shape/fit of the cream coat, the different textures of the Love Label jacket. The duffle purely because its a duffle and then the F.Connection coat because of the gorgeous colour!

Have you bought your winter coat yet? Maybe you have a couple of styles for different occasions?

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Life : Date nights & Yummy Food

Friday, 8 November 2013


So last weekend was a bit of a good one for me, On the Friday evening Tom and I hopped on the train and headed to Reading. I was recently contacted asking if I would like to go along to Handmade Burger Co to try out some new items on the menu. Who would say no to that? If there were burgers to be eaten I knew I would have a happy husband! For those of you local to Reading, the restaurant is located along from The Oracle shopping centre on the Riverside. Right at the end in fact along from the cinema. We had a table booked for 8pm, which I was really pleased about at the que was out the door! Great first impressions though as this was a sign the food had to be good!

Tom was eager to try the new Sliders ; 3 mini beef or chicken burgers. Tom went for chicken which included, chilli, cheese & bacon and barbeque flavours. I admit they did look really yummy! I wouldn't even say they were 'mini' burgers either they were a decent size to fill you up! Being a fussy mare I went for the Peri Peri chicken skewers, which were so nice and not too spicy at all. These are more of a side dish, so you only get 3 bits of chicken, Thinking about it, I should have asked if they could chuck on a few extra as it was being classed as my main. That's one great thing about the place, if you are a pain in the bum when it comes to food ie, ME. You can tailor your dish to suit you, remove certain ingredients or add extras. Like if I wanted a burger Id go for literally the meat and bread & they would do that for you (in fact they did when i went back on the Sunday with Tabitha)  I'm a plain jane when it comes to burgers I am afraid!

I apologise if the above photo of a bowl of chips has now made you hungry but OH MY GOD you need to get your bum down to your local restaurant and try these out! They are so nice! The burgers do not come with chips, but the prices are so reasonable that we didn't have a problem with paying extra for them. The best way to describe these would be... Think chip shop chips but without the grease. They are nice and crunchy on the outside but soft and fluffy inside. nomnomnom I'm so hungry looking at that photo so I am sure you are too!

Another new addition to the menu are their handmade shakes & Malts. Both Tom and I opted for the Premium shakes. Tom went for butterscotch and I went for Oreo cookie. They both come in a large silver cup and a wide straw so you can get all the little bits of oreo out! - or you can opt for a spoon, whichever you prefer - We were informed later on from the manager Adam that there are 2 scoops of icecream in the milkshakes! - no wonder we were so full up!

In regards to the service at the Reading branch, I cannot fault it. Even though they were clearly having a very busy night, people queing at the door were not left waiting long for their tables nor their food, once their orders had been placed. All food arrived piping hot and the waiting staff were on constant alert if anyone needed anything. (I made a note to 'people watch with purpose' when we were there!)
I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a new burger place to check out. There's a branch opening in a few weeks in Wembley, and others are soon to follow in the south. The company is slowly branching out across the UK so hopefully there is or will be one near you soon!

Have you been to Handmade Burger Co before?

Much Love, 

Review : 1D Our Moment Eau De Parfum

Wednesday, 6 November 2013


If you had said to me a couple of weeks ago I would have the 1D Our Moment perfume* in my possession I would have laughed at you. Not being a 1D fan, I didn't pay much attention to the release of their perfume when it was launched in August. However after attending the Debenhams press day and spritzing some of the perfume on myself. I can honestly say that I actually really like it! 

The first thing that struck me with Our Moment was the packaging was how pretty and girly it was. I would actually like the box it comes in if it didn't have the boys faces on if I am honest! The pale pink with grey roses is very pretty. The perfume bottle itself is clearly marketed for young girls. A Princess-esque style bottle with the crown and tulle lid. I admit, it's not the sort of perfume bottle a 25 year old would have on her dresser, however for their target market, I feel they have hit the nail on the head! 

As a fan of sweet smelling perfumes, this one does not disappoint. I'm not the best at describing scents and what notes are in them so I am going to have to refer to the press release for this part! - Hey I'm just being honest! The top notes are Pink grapefruit, wild berries and redcurrants. Followed by Jasmine petals, Fresh Freesia and Frangipani, it also has some undertones of warm musk which include Sheer woods and White Patchoili. The true test was spraying it and waiting for Tom to make a comment. As soon as I walked up to him he came out with 'Oh you smell really nice!' Safe to say he was shocked to hear that it was a One Direction fragrance I was wearing!

With Christmas on the horizon I can imagine there will be teenage girls across the country popping this on their gift lists. Like most of the other perfumes that are available there are a couple of different gift sets available to purchase. 

Even though this a celebrity endorsed fragrance, I do really like the scent and dare I say it... I could see myself purchasing a replacement when my gifted bottle runs out! Rather than purchasing it online and going in blind, I would say it is one of those perfumes you need to go and have a spritz of in store. Especially if you care about the scent and not whether its from a boy band! If you are anything like me and had it set in your mind that you wouldn't like it "because its One Direction" you'll probably be pleasantly surprised when you smell it! 

Have you tried 'Our Moment' from One direction?

Much Love,


Current Beauty Favourites.

Monday, 4 November 2013


These are a few makeup items which I've been reaching for on a more regular basis recently. I'm trying to get into the habit of rotating what I use daily makeup wise, but the above are repeat offenders who find their way into my makeup bag fairly often! 

After seeing this featured on Kates blog on numerous occasions I finally caved and purchased it back in the summer. It's got a great selection of neutral shades. You can create a subtle shimmery eye look for work and then vamp it up with some of the darker shades if you're going on a night out. There are even a couple of matte shades in there too so you've got something for everyone. It retails for £26 which I dont think is too bad. I've found it on ASOS, Which is always a bonus as they often have discount codes or free shipping to help justify your purchase a little more! 

Again another blogger enabled purchase. Kat talked about this foundation in one of her videos, and me being me had to try it out. I was getting a bit bored of the dewy look so wanted something more matte. I originally planned to go back to EL double wear but after hearing Kat's thoughts and seeing the £5.99 price tag I thought I would give it a go. It's a liquid mousse foundation so some may not like it. I've found a little goes a long way, buffing it in using my Sigma F80 brush it blends in with my skin beautifully, I don't even need to use my powder after to set it!

Miss Sporty Liquid Concealer - Available from Superdrug 
Now, this was an emergency purchase a couple of weeks ago. I hadn't been paid and needed a concealer & mascara. With £5 to my name I was on the search for something fairly cheap but did the job. Enter the Miss Sporty Liquid concealer for £2.99. If I compare it to my regularly repurchased Collection one, the consistency of the product is more of a liquid (the clue is in the name) however the coverage in my opinion is just as good. It works really well to cover any redness or darkness under my eyes! It's lasts really well and doesnt settle in any lines I have on my face! I'm fortunate enough not to have.

I'd seen these pencils popping up in YT videos and on blogs. So when I saw the shade Vanilla sky I thought I would get it to try. I've been using it in my waterline & inner corner to brighten my eyes a little & I have to say it works really well. It's a beautiful creamy pearl shade that also works fairly well as an eyeshadow base under powder eyeshadows. It's only £3.19, which is a fraction of the price compared to the offerings from other brands. I'd be tempted to look at the other shades in the range. 

Which  products are current regulars in your makeup bag?

Much Love, 


Saturday Spending #7

Saturday, 2 November 2013


It's now November, so it's perfect acceptable to start hunting down Christmas gifts. To be honest I've been keeping an eye out since the start of October. I will be organised this year! Above are just a couple of the gift items I discovered from Cult Beauty. I haven't tried anything from Jouer, but going by what a lot of my fave bloggers say, it's a brand that delivers! I think my favourite gift item has to be the Party perfect set. You get some of their top selling products plus a snazzy little makeup bag/clutch too!
Now everyone raves about how amazing the Anastasia brow wiz is, so when I saw they did palettes I had to include it in this post. After a bit of googling, reading reviews and eyeing up swatches. I think this palette would be a hit with all you neutral lovers out there. I personally have enough neutral shades to last me a lifetime, but I'm sure it would be a welcome addition to any beauty lovers collection! 

WAS £40 - NOW £19

Every year in the lead up to Christmas Boots do their 'better than half price' deals. The main one being the huge soap and Glory gift set about a week before Christmas! With the heads up from Shelley, I thought I would check out this weeks deal. Which is this fab set from Ted Baker. I love everything in it. Another great gift set which I think any beauty lover would like to receive on Christmas day... Or their birthday if it's between now and the 25th Dec! 

Have you started Christmas shopping yet or are you one of those that leaves it till last minute?

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Much Love, 

I've got my coat, my scarf and my winter boots. Now all I need to do is stock up on some snug jumpers (Or sweatshirts to you folk across the pond) I'm always on the hunt for items that would be work appropriate, but also something that I can wear outside of the office. As I am constantly browsing online at clothes, recently Very has caught my eye. They've currently got some really great pieces online for A/W. One day maybe I'll have two separate wardrobes for work and play, but currently they have to overlap a bit! The grey heart print, and peplum style jumpers would be perfect for the office, I don't have a very strict policy on uniform at work, which has it's advantages! I don't have to stick to plain boring office wear! Always a plus!  Paired with black trousers or skirts these would be perfect. Once I've got Christmas out of the way - Yes I am already shopping for gifts - I plan to have a big wardrobe overhaul, & will hopefully create two 'wardrobes' one for work and one for play!

When it comes to the weekend - woohoo. I usually stick to more colourful pieces. I love how the cable knit jumper has been styled with the denim shirt, something I definitely will be doing in the near future.Sweatshirts are a winter must have - oh check me out getting all American on you, clearly watching too many Youtubers from the big USA.-  They are a key piece for layering!  I much prefer dressing in this season compared to summer! Combining dresses with knitwear and jackets, whacking on your primark cosy tights and your new boots. 

Which do you prefer dressing in S/S or in A/W?

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Much Love,