Thursday, 20 December 2012

Toner

I didn't include toner in my skincare routine for a long time and I would still say that i don't think it's a necessary step, but it definitely has its uses.
I don't use toner every day within my morning or evening routine but instead use it as more of a refresher or an extra cleansing step if I feel the need. It's perfect for waking up your skin in the morning and cleaning away any oil, dirt or product residue from overnight.

I know people often use toners to tighten pores etc and I don't really find that they serve this purpose for me. But then this wasn't really my goal either.


Above are the two toners that I've used previously/am currently using. The Nivea one is my preferred choice. It's gentle, it smells nice and basically does the job for a few pounds. It was out of stock when I went to repurchase though and, not wanting to spend a fiver on a different one when I knew I would just buy the Nivea when I saw it next, I picked up this cheapy Wilkinson's own brand version. This does an alright job too but is completely scent-free (which may appeal to some of you) and feels slightly more drying. It was very cheap and is a good back up but for the extra few pounds I'd rather use the Nivea on a regular basis.

The only thing about the Nivea toner is that it does have a tendency to pour out if you're not careful (or sometimes even if you are), which it a bit wasteful and also annoying when I accidentally soak myself with toner in the morning.
So now I always dispense the toner into this travel size spray bottle which is much handier and has much less potential for toner-spillage. Job done.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

New daily perfume

This is my most recent perfume addition and one which I have been wearing every day since I was given it as a birthday gift a couple of weeks ago.



This is Taylor Swift's debut perfume 'Wonderstruck' and I have to be honest...I did originally give it a sniff just because it's Taylor Swift. And the bottle's really pretty, if not a little tacky. (But who's to judge? I love a bit of tack).

The scent is quite sweet and floral, but with little bit of musk so that it's not too sickly or overpowering. And that's as far as my description of the scent is going to go. Not really my forte. But basically, if you like Taylor Swift or sweet perfumes then go and have a whiff and see what you think. It's a nice scent and the longevity isn't bad.

As you can see, I was given the perfume gift set for my birthday which comes with a couple of handy extra: a mini handbag-sized bottle of perfume and the Wonderstruck moisturiser. 

I was thinking it would just be cheap old moisturiser that had be scented to match, but I was pleasantly surprised and really like this. It sinks in to your skin really quickly and isn't at all greasy, but it does leave your skin feeling soft and smelling good.

When these run out I will probably see if the moisturiser is available separately and repurchase that first, rather than the perfume. I like the smell  but I have a few perfumes to be getting through and I'm still determined to find a 'signature scent', so no repurchasing can be done until I am at least close! I do like climbing into bed smelling of this though, on the rare occasions that I actually remember to moisturise before bed.

P.S. Typically I like 'clean' scents the most and it is the perfect clean scent that I am on a mission to find, which i can wear every day. So any suggestions are welcome for perfumes which smell 'clean'...whatever that means.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Birthday Make up

My everyday make up is pretty low key but as it was my birthday last week I wanted to make a little more effort when I went out for a wine-filled evening, and use some of the other products I have which get a little less love than my regulars.

I switched up quite a few things and added in some bits I generally skip for everyday make up, so here are a few of the things that I used.


MUFE Face and Body foundation
Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in 'Take a Chance'
Real Techniques contour brush
ELF Studio eyeshadow in 'Pebble'
Sephora nude coloured lip liner
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 'Skyline Pink'
Accessorize Bronzer in 'Golden Sands'
MAC Paint pot in 'Painterly'

I went for a lipgloss as I knew I couldn't be doing with checking or touching up lipstick during the evening, and this is an easy nude colour. Lip liner is something I never use so thought I'd crack it out...but honestly I can't say I noticed it at all  as it matched my lip colour. There was just a bit of this Revlon lipstick dabbed underneath the lipgloss when I left the house, but it didn't make it into the handbag.

I used the MAC paint pot on top of a generic eye primer and added a light colour to my inner corners as a highlight. I then dipped a fluffy eyeshadow brush into this dark 'greige' ELF eyeshadow and blended this from the outer corner, keeping it subtle.


I don't usually contour my face properly, just swirl a bit of bronzer on in a slap-dash style, but I concentrated on this a little more and used my Real Techniques brush for the job. I used a matte bronzer for this though, and the shimmery Accessorize bronzer is something I like to use as just a final sweep/highlighter over the top.
Finally, this Makeup Forever foundation is a favourite but didn't actually make the cut in the end as I decided I needed slightly heavier coverage for the evening due to my skin not playing ball.

So that was my little make up shake up for the evening. Not a million miles away from my everyday look but just added something a little extra and gave some of my lesser-used products a bit of air time.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

New life organiser

Being the stationery geek that I am, I've been hankering after a new bit of 'kit' for a little while now. The iconic Moleskine notebooks have been calling out to me recently, I love their 'clean-ness' and simplicity. Basically they're a pretty grown up kind of note-taker, so I thought I'd jump on board.

However I have to admit that the above is not the real deal, as I followed Suzie's lead and bought Sainsbury's cheapy version on my way home from work last week for £5. It's called a 'soft touch notebook', comes in a variety of colours and is a little different from the moleskine ones but is nice enough all the same.

 I may have been a little optimistic with the title of this post but this notebook will at least rein in the scattered post-it note filing system I've got going on at the minute. I've already put it to good use and made of list of blog posts I want to write, as well as noting down ideas for loves ones' Christmas presents when something comes to mind.

Sorry if this post has been a bit of a dreary deidre for those of you without a 'thing' for notebooks, pens and various office supplies, but I do love a good bit of stationery.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Daily blusher


The above blusher has been my daily blusher of choice for around a month or so now and I quite like it.

I admit it's not got the pretty glitsy appeal of the Dior Amber Diamond or the suchlike, but it's easy to apply, easy to wear. And priced at around £5 was pretty easy to buy too, as I picked it up on a whim on payday, in one of those 'I need to buy something' moods.

This is the new Rimmel Match Perfection blusher, which I think only comes in two shades and I just picked up the lighter of the two.

(This photo above is probably the most accurate representation of the colour out of the three pictures)

It's not the most exciting product in the world. Sure. But what it does do is fit in that blusher/bronzer hybrid gap and give the face a nice warmth for the winter months, when other products can sometimes seem a bit much on pale skin. Yep, that's what I say about it: a nice winter product. You also get a lot of product as it's the same size as Rimmel's pressed powders. I generally use this blush in combination with bronzer, but it would be fine just used alone, and definitely wouldn't look too stark. Just pop it on your apples and blend outwards/upwards a little. Job done.


Easy on your purse and easy to apply/wear :)

Monday, 12 November 2012

Rollers update

Last week I posted about my love for hair rollers, which you can catch here if you missed it. Plain old cheap and cheerful velcro rollers, which did a pretty good job at providing some long-lasting volume to my otherwise flat roots.

I got a bit carried away in the world of rollers and wanted bigger and better results...
In hindsight, I probably should have just stuck with what I knew worked and be done with it. But obviously curiosity (and the hope of finding those elusive 'holy grail' products!) got the better of me.

Enter my next flurry in the world of rollers.




Without wanting to state the obvious...these are large velcro rollers. That you sleep in. Well, according to Boots.
I saw a post about these on Jen's blog and figured that this was the PERFECT way to get the big hair of my previous rollers, but with minimal time spent wandering round looking like a wacko. I was also hoping this would mean I could do night-time hair washing and not have dismally flat/boring hair the next day (this is a big issue for me. Seriously).

You get 6 rollers for a little over £5, so whilst not as cheap as my old faithfuls, they're still very much an easy purchase to make.

The velcro bit is the same as standard rollers, but instead of plastic these are stuffed with a tube of foam to keep the shape and make them solid enough to hold the curl shape squishy enough to sleep in comfortably. Or so the idea goes.
Fat chance of that.

Other people seem to have dealt with these rollers much better than I have, but I have to say I had a thoroughly rubbish night's sleep, followed by neck ache and grouchiness the next morning. For me, they don't squidge enough to be comfortable and I couldn't get my head remotely comfy in any position. But hey, that's just me and they might be perfectly fine for you. If you're not a fan of getting any sleep.

Any tips to make these bearable would be most welcome because the idea is good, it's just the reality isn't quite working for me.

In the meantime I have dabbled again, in what I promise will be my last venture into the world of hair rollers. Again, I was influenced by a blog review and picked these up on a brief trip to Boots yesterday.

I am yet to experiment but when I do I'll let you know. I don't have particularly high hopes as I think that they've been around for so long that if they were that good we'd all already be using them. But my hope of finding a miracle product continues to draw me in! (Having said that, I have no idea when I'd be satisfied that I'd found 'the one'...often think that everyone else must just be too easily pleased).

Any suggestions for similar things then please do let me know. On a secondary note, please also reassure me I'm not the only person who found 'sleeper' rollers impossible.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Potential skin miracle..?

...Maybe.

I know that's a bit of a teaser, but I don't want to speak too soon before I've given a product a proper amount of time to either prove itself or disappoint me. But I wanted to share my excitement over the possibility of having found a couple of wonder products for my acne-prone skin!

So watch this space...I'll get back to you on this one, but fingers crossed! I have to say, so far I'm impressed :)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Hair Oil #2

I'm pretty sure the world and its sister now use hair oils regularly and I am no exception. Ever since I bought the VO5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir hair oil waaay back I have used it every time I've washed my hair, with no exceptions. I'd damaged and dried out my ends by bleaching them for the ombre look so just wanted something to add a bit of moisture and protect them from further damage.
Fast forward and I've since chopped off most of the ombre, but am still religiously using hair oil to keep my ends soft and nourished, as long hair often equals frazzled ends.

Being the fickle creature that I am, I thought I'd jump ship once my VO5 had run out and whatever else my local Boots had to offer me.

I picked up this L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil for two main reasons. The glass bottle felt luxurious to me and the pump action is handy/less messy than the pipette in the VO5 one.
I use two pumps of this on the ends and mid-lengths of my hair after I've washed it and then either blowdry or leave to dry naturally.

My opinion? I'm undecided.
It is good, and it is definitely better than not using an oil at all.
But I'm just not sure it's as good as the VO5 which seemed to make my ends softer.
I also don't like the smell of this at all, although that may just be me as most people seem to quite like it. Either way, the smell disappears once the product's absorbed anyway. I also prefer the consistency of the VO5 oil. More substance, less runny.

What L'Oreal does have over VO5 though is the convenience of the packaging, and that may just win me over. For now.

(In terms of price you don't lost out either way, as L'Oreal is double the price for double the product. If anyone's looking to try this out though I think it's currently on offer for around £7 in Boots. Sod's law that I bought mine the day before the offer began).


One more thing: Can anyone persuade me that Moroccan Oil is worth the hefty price tag or am i just as well of using a high street hair oil? I want to give it a go, but I suspect I might as well save my pennies for something else.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Winter coat

I finally relented and ordered a new winter coat last week after I got paid.
I really dislike wearing big coats and resent spending all that money on them, but I had to admit that my blazers just weren't cutting it for warmth any more. Winter seems to have well and truly moved in and it is freeezing waiting on that train platform in the morning.

I'd been eyeing up a coat on the New Look website for a while and once my pay hit my account I ordered it, with my fingers crossed that it wouldn't be disappointing in real life. It arrived yesterday and I have to say...I love it!

I was worried it would be too long, but it comes just below the bum so the length is fine. I just love it: the zips, the (p)leather detailing, the cut. I am a fuss-pot when it comes to outerwear, so this is quite a result.

I did also order a second coat which I'd tried on in-store, just in case this one wasn't a good fit/didn't look right, but it'll be going straight back (once it arrives) as this one will do just fine!

This one's from Dorothy Perkins in case you wanted to know. I love the detachable fur collar, but the coat's not really very 'me', so just as well the other one's a keeper.

The other coat I've been lusting after is this one, but I just can't justify the £85 at the minute really. The cold weather is also making me long for a big padded parka coat with a fluffy hood, just because they look so cosy.

I'm going to hold off debuting the new coat until after this weekend though as I don't want it stinking of bonfires and fireworks just yet. Instead I'll be cracking out a big hoodie, my well-loved black coat and a furry leopard print hat to keep me warm on bonfire night :)


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Train fodder

As a result of my boring daily commute I get through quite a lot of books. Far more than I ever had time to read when I was still at uni. Despite my love for browsing a good book shop I rarely buy books brand new any more. I would cost me a fortune...almost as much as the daylight robbery that is my train fare.
 
Instead I generally pick them up in charity shops for considerably less and then just redonate when I'm done.
(I do obviously also have 'coffee table' books, non-fiction bits, any favourites and some of the ones I do buy new gracing a rather large bookshelf in my room).
 

 
 
 
Above are  the titles I picked up on Sunday at a local boot sale.
 
Tess Gerritsen is one of my favourite authors so i basically buy anything I don't already have. If you like thriller/crime/murder mystery sort of books with a more interesting edge to them then I highly recommend her.
 
Chic lit is something I am picky about and generally avoid because there is a lot of pure brainless rubbish out there. But reading thriller after thriller can be somewhat gloomy, so I need to intersperse it with something. I've read the preceding books in the 'I heart...' series so this was a n obvious one to pick up. easy going, not too deep but holds my interest enough in the characters.
 
Marian Keyes is probably my chic lit of choice though. Although I hesitate to use that genre as I don't think it necessarily fits, but they're definitely girls' books. There's always added humour and depth to the stories though, not the 'oh no my boyfriend's broken up with me, but I'm going to rally the girls and make myself fabulous' sort of drivel. And I like that they're set in Ireland. Again, I recommend.
 
 
Recommendations of anything similar would be much appreciated, I've got a lot of train hours to fill!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Rollers saved my life

Yes I am talking about hair rollers. And yes I'm being a tad over-dramatic. Just a tad, mind.

I am blessed/cursed (depending on which side of the curly/straight coin you fall on) with naturally dead straight hair, which is also quite fine without any real natural volume to it. All very wah wah wah...
As a result I generally dislike wearing my hair straight as it tends to look a bit flat and limp, and I prefer to opt for the faking it wavey/curly 'do'.

Well it would appear that I no longer need to fear straight hair as I've discovered the wonders of hair rollers! All very simple, I know. Where have I been?!

 
(Above are the cheap and cheerful velcro rollers I've been using by the way. Pack of four for £1 in Savers! I think packs of big rollers are only around £5 in Boots/Superdrug anyway though).

Now I don't roll my hair up around these, as you might if you were using hot rollers or had shorter hair. I literally just plonk them in at the root, as many as I can get in or have to hand (usually borrow a few of Mum's too) and leave them for as long as I can before I need to go out. Simple as that. They just added a much-needed boost of volume at the root and, surprisingly, this lasts for a pretty good amount of time. Highly recommended, especially for anyone like me who feels like they're hair's just a bit lack-lustre when straight.

(In case anyone was wondering, I only use these post-hair wash/blow dry. Don't think it'd work on second day hair or without the heat added. I just let my hair air dry as much as possible then blast it with a hair dryer for about 5 mins, including a bit of upside down time).

I've even been known to pop these in before dashing out the door in the morning and leaving them in for my 20 minute drive to the train station. Very glam. Just don't forget to remove them before exiting the car!

x

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Just write

So, I've been putting off posting for a while now. Not on purpose, but nothing just ever seems 'right'. But I wanted to write on my blog tonight, so that's what I'm doing. There are lots of things I've bought, or articles I've come across and thoughts that have popped into my head since my last post, but when it comes down to it I've always just decided that none of the items become quite formed enough to form a 'proper' post, I get distracted by something, whatever it is becomes irrelevant...and I still haven't written a post. There are plenty of people out there who see their blog as a platform for a career in a given industry, or who treat what they put out as a professional piece of work and who dedicate a lot of time to perfecting it all. Writing and re-editing posts, taking perfect HD pictures, and then scrapping it all if it seems underdone. Which is all fine. I enjoy regularly reading many blogs that come across to me as if they are maintained in this way by the blogger behind them. However, that is never going to be me. Which is also fine.

So I was thinking earlier that I wanted to write a post. Despite not having anything that I could categorise under a specific theme, or not having enough material for what I deemed a 'proper' post, and not having good enough photos due to the crumby early-darkness of winter. And then I realised: just write the post. So that's what I'm going to do from now on.

Some posts will be more put together than others. Some will be more aesthetically pleasing and more clearly thought out, with a purpose. Others will be less so. That's just how it's going to be. And I hope that's okay, but if not..well, that's what works for me so that's what I'm going to stick with. Like everyone else I know, I'm a pretty busy bee most of the time, so waiting until I can perfectly form everything I want to put on here is going to be a road to nowhere. My posts published over the last 2 months...case in point.

I like having my own little cubby hole of internet space so this blog is sticking around. Hopefully I'll see some of you along for the (not always so perfect) ride.

x

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Hi blogettes, it's me :)

Hi everyone :)

Hope life's been treating you all well. We're definitely due a little catch up so grab a cuppa and let's have a natter.



That there above is me on a lovely island in sunny Spain. I would love to tell you I'm still there, currently blogging from a sandy beach, but sadly not. (Well, maybe it's not all bad, I'm not really the biggest fan of sand).
 
I went to Spain for a week with my lovely boyfriend in mid-July and had a really relaxing holiday which was much needed to unwind and celebrate my 4 years at university coming to a successful end.

I'm now back on terra firma in the not-so-sunny south east of England which does make me yearn for the loveliness of holiday times again, but it's not all grey and rainy back home...

Now I don't mean to be smug, it's not really my style, but things are going pretty well really. And I don't mind saying so, because I've worked bloody hard for it!
 As I mentioned, my 4 years at university came to an end in June and I moved out of my shared little west country house at the beginning of July ::sob sob::
It was definitely sad leaving the uni 'bubble' and most importantly leaving some fantastic friends and housemates. I'm not sure at what point I'll get to have those sort of friendships playing out on a daily basis again. But there are positives too. (Which is good because, if you're reading this Kim, I already miss you a LOT).

I only went and graduated didn't I. 
(Insert picture of me grinning like a simpleton in my 'I'm not grown up enough to be wearing these yet' gowns) - 


I may have moved back in with parents permanently now which...has required a bit of getting used to and a lot of biting my tongue, but I am being kept pretty busy. Which is good, because it means we're not all hanging around under each other's feet at home.

I don't think I mentioned it, but I did apply to do a masters/postgraduate course whilst I was still at uni, and I got offered a place to study the MA that I wanted. As you can imagine I was pretty happy with this, especially as it's not a hugely catered for subject.
However, life being life, and finances being finances, I couldn't afford to stump up the fees for the course in September. So I have now deferred my place for the next academic year and everything is confirmed, so I have my place waiting for me in Autumn 2013.

In the mean time I don't want to just be flouncing around being a bit of a blob. I applied for a LOT of relevant experience positions and sent a lot of speculative applications and with a lot of perseverence and a bit of luck it paid off. So I'm currently interning at a company in London, in the sector I want to be in and generally getting some good experience.
Unfortunately the position is currently payment of expenses only, which obviously does suck a bit. (Free labour anyone?) But, in all seriousness I am very grateful for the opportunity to absorb whatever experience I can!

(Obviously I will need to get off my bum and go and earn some cold hard cash to fund this awaiting masters course at some point, but there's plenty of time!)

Phew, I feel like there was a lot there. But I just wanted to bring the blog up to date and sort of get it all down on paper. Well, virtual paper. Sometimes that helps to sort things in your head a bit, if you know what I mean? And also, we all love a little nose into what other people are up to don't we? Well, I do at least. 'Life' posts are up there with some of my fave ones to read.

That's it. All up to date. The 'i's are dotted and the 't's crossed.

H
x

Friday, 18 May 2012

SATURDAY SHOPPING #5


Let's start with the simple things first, because I know I'm going to get caught up talking about that hair dye!... 

So...firstly, MUA clear mascara. I've been using this to keep my brows in check, cheap and cheerful at £1. Although I like the repurchase less, so am still trying to scrape the remaining dreggs from my old tube...which is definitely no longer clear. I think they've changed the brush and I'm not a fan.

That little bundle in the Claire's packet is a pack of those snag-free little elastic hairbands. I'm sure you all know by now that I sleep with my hair in a plait about 75% of the time and I'm convinced the metal bit on my ties were snagging at my hair in the night. Enter these...which seem to snap (is that the right word? Brain block...) after a few uses. But, as you can see, there's plenty more where that came from!

The black hairclip from H&M just took my fancy. Well...the coral coloured one did. So for some reason I went boring a bought black instead? Your guess is as good as mine. I'm yet to use it.

Okay, the Revlon Colourstay eyeshadow palette... I believe this is a new shade release (500 Addictive) and it was on offer so I snapped it up for a bargain thinking it would be my new carry around neutral eye palette, perfect for day time or a smokey evening look. Just throw-in-the-bag sort of thing. I was wrong. I haven't bought eyeshadow in ages, namely because I DON'T NEED any more. This rule is now firmly back in place. The quality of these shadows is just....blahh. No colour pay-off, no longevity.

Finally the hair dye. This Garnier Highlights kit is what I used to dye the ends of my hair when I originally went ombre allll those months ago late last summer. Well sort of. I did, in fact, use this dye kit but in shade Kit 3. Two of them to be precise. I did it once, left it a few days then did it again to achieve the shade I wanted. This worked fine and wasn't tooo damaging for my hair. Knowing that I desperately need my hair cut but wanting to maintain the colour I have been on the hunt for this dye kit again for literally months, but to no avail. Firstly there were empty shelf spaces in the likes of Boots and Superdrug. I knew it was looking bad from there. The shelf spaces got filled with a different product and the shade #3 seems to have been discontinued. Definite sad face. They still sell shades 1 and 4 everywhere though. This does not make sense to me. I knew where I stood with that dye. Not too blonde, not too ginger. At-home lightening is a scary process when you're brunette so I was not happy about having to use something different. In the end I've plumped for shade 1 of the same kit. It was that or flat-out bleach. And that's just a bit too far. I bought 2 kits again, in case I need them, and shall most definitely be performing a patch test first. Wish me luck. (Although not just yet...I still need to book that hair cut first...). I'm just hoping it's not as blond as the pack...

Any warm blonde dying suggestions from brunettes are more than welcome! Happy Friday :)

H x

Saturday, 12 May 2012

RIGHT NOW...

Right now I am...

  • In DESPERATE need of a haircut
  • Ditto with the re-dye
  • Living in a world of final-year deadline/revision stress
  • About to book flights for my holiday to Spain with the mister
  • Resisting prematurely holiday shopping for the afore-mentioned holiday. (But when the time's right, I do need a whole new bikini wardrobe, right?)
  • Daydreaming of drinking Pimms in the garden with my bestest housemate in 2 weeks' time. When it WILL be sunny.
  • Saying that, I'm enjoying the slight sunshine that today has brought
  • Enjoying my current Yankee candle (Autumn fruits)
  • Crossing my fingers (toes, legs, arms, eyes...) that I won't be facing long term unemployment once uni churns me out into the big wide world! 
  • Looking forward to a trashy TV evening of The Voice and BGT. Kim and my Saturday 'date' night. Oh yes, I know you're jealous.

And a final thought for today, if you haven't seen the video of this woman then you are seriously missing out... If you watch Russell Howard's Good News then you'll recognise these 6 words...'Ain't nobody got time for that!'




FAVOURITE BLUSHER (WELL, RIGHT NOW...)

It occurred to me last week that I have pretty much used the same blusher every day since I bought the product in question, and therefore a blog post is definitely required! The blusher in question is inexpensive and , in my opinion, quite multi-tasking, therefore leaving me less extra products to apply to my face on a daily basis and more time in bed in the mornings. It's a win-win situation!
So, the blusher in question, I hear you ask...

 This is from the ELF (or Eyes Lips Face) studio line and is in the shade Peachy Keen, retailing for just £3.50!
The colour, as with most non-flat-colour blushes was really hard to photograph accurately but I tried my best...


  

The top and bottom photos are without flash, in natural light, and the second one is with flash. They all capture something of the colour.

As you can guess from the name, it's kind of peachy! However, there's more to this blush than just that. The peach colour does have a sort of bronzed undertone to it and, as you can see, it has a fine shimmer running through it. If you're put of by glittery cheek products though don't be put off, the shimmer doesn't transfer too obviously to the face and just adds a lovely subtle glow.

The real win with this product, for me, comes from this 3-dimensional colour. I apply this lightly to the apples of my cheeks, like a normal blusher, and then take it up along my cheekbones like a bronzer. It seems to act as a blusher, bronzer, highlighter all in one, giving a lovely natural glow. Sometimes I might add a lighter pink to my apples, but generally this one product has been the only one to grace my cheeks for the last few months.

By now the formula looks a little grainy in the photos, as you might expect with a cheaper blush, but it applies smoothly and evenly to the skin. I generally use an ELF studio stipple blush for all my blushes.

The down-side to Peachy Keen? You can only buy ELF products online, which can be a bit of a pain when something runs out and you just want to order the one thing. Here's a link to the blusher in question. ELF can be a bit hit or miss but, if you're looking to make an order and try a few things out, their Studio line is where I'd probably suggest looking. Although some of the bargain products are alright too!

And finally, you can't really write a post about blusher without the obligatory cheek 'glow' photo. So here it is, cheesy as anything and looking a little...odd. Don't say I didn't warn you.


Let me know if you have any recommendations for similar blushes or if you've got any ELF recommendations :)

H x

Saturday, 28 April 2012

SATURDAY SHOPPING #4

Here's another shopping post for you.

I originally did these posts as a way to quickly show you what I've been buying lately without waiting for me to get around to wearing/using it. But actually I really like the formula now. I love seeing what other people are buying (beauty-wise more so than clothes) and this gives you a brief look without too many photos or too much detail. Due to my disorganised self I tend to completely forget the individual items when I'm using them so it's much easier to just snap a pic of it there and then. Then I can always come back and focus on a specific item if I want to in a later post. I hope you like this format because it works for me!

This is a bit of a catch up because I've bought a variation of things and wanted to get them all in to this post...




I'm not normally a huge fan of Dorothy Perkins to be honest. I do like some of their stock but I find their sizing odd, casual items tend to be overpriced and, truth be told, it just has this 'mumsy' connection in my head. But, like a moth to flame, I followed their email link to the launch of the 50% sale and found this 2 items which had both caught my eye pre-sale. Depite the looming prospect of unemployment when I graduate, I love the oat coloured dress for a work environment and at £7 from £40 with only 1 left (and in my size!) I felt it was fate. Has a nice fit, not too snug like most designs at the moment! The other dress is just a casual jersey material skater style dress. Lovely for summer and injecting a bit of much-needed pattern into my neutral-filled wardrobe. £26 was a bit steep for jersey material though, so at £16 I went for it. Had to justify the postage for the first dress, right?


 Forever 21 Tshirts: I love the cut of these tshirts and would perhaps compare them to the American Apparel onces which are far pricier. Not too fitted, long length, nice v-neck. I do have to upsize to a Large to get this fit though. £3.75 each and loads of colours to choose from!
H&M top: Sleeveless, slightly sheer, a pocket and floaty. All good in my booKs. Perhaps a bit low to wear as it is though, so I'll be adding a vest or a tube bra underneath to protect modesty!




I've heard good things about Panoxyl Gel from a few youtubers, some who were prescribed it for their acne and others who bought it over the counter (as I did). I got the lowest strength but haven't had a chance to give it much of a go yet.
The Vitamin E oil was in place of buying pure Vitamin E oil from Holland and Barratts for around £8/9. Thought I'd test the waters with this first for around a quarter of the price and so far I like it! (Superdrug's own brand btw).
I don't get on too well with false lashes so (on Laura's recommendation) am going to give these half lashes a go. I haven't seen them in the UK but bought them from this ebay seller for a few pounds.


Has anyone tried out any of these products? Or got any recommendations for good basic tshirts like the F21 ones I bought? (I'm desperately hoping they wash well because my machine have had fallings out in that department!)

H x

Sunday, 15 April 2012

SATURDAY SHOPPING #3


Can you tell that the blip of sunny weather the UK had a couple of weeks ago influenced this handful of goodies slightly?

I love this dress from ASOS, it's just a nice cut/fit. A basic 'skater' style dress with a scalloped v neck, and the back has the same neckline. I'm not a fan of body-con/fitted styles on myself so this works for me. Quite a bargain too.

Revlon lip butter. Pretty predictable I know. I got this in the colour 'Sugar Frosting' and do quite like it, although I do think they're over-priced. This colour reminds me a bit of a slightly darker but sheered out version of MAC's Pretty Please.

Full Repair spray was on offer and I'm hoping it'll go at least some way in reducing the horrible state of my ends at the moment!

Cheapo sun cream, pretty simple. This was around £5 for a big bottle. I don't understand why people spend loooads on suncream if it's just standard stuff they want for slapping on in the UK or something. The cheap ones are just as effective and save you lotsof pennies.


I found this post in draft version from a week or 2 ago and had forgotten to post it. The next post will be up-to-date, promise!

H x

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

HOW I STYLE MY HAIR: BEACHY WAVES (WITHOUT ANY HEAT!)


I had a bit of free time today (read: was doing anything to not do my dissertation work) so did a spot of filming for my youtube channel.

I've had it requested a few times so decided to do a video about how I achieve my every day wavey hair/beach waves (of sorts).

 I don't claim to be a hair expert, in fact it's probably what I spend the least time on, and the tip isn't earth-shattering. But it's very simple so I thought I'd share it in the hope that it might help out a few of my fellow straight-haired girls. I know I'm on a constant mission to add some texture to my otherwise stubbornly straight locks. This method also avoids using any heat so is good if (like me) you've got slightly frazzled ends and want to avoid making them worse with daily conical wand/GHD abuse.

So if you're interested you can watch the video HERE on my channel heartsandsquiggles :)

If anyone has any other good tips/methods for achieving beachy waves easily then I'd love to hear them
Like I said, it's a constant mission for a bit of volume!

H x

P.S. Ok I admit the picture's not the BEST display of the hairstyle as I've somewhat covered them...didn't really realise this until post mini photo-sesh!

Saturday, 31 March 2012

SATURDAY SHOPPING #2


 Let's be honest, a pretty mundane shopping post this week!

I actually picked these bits up when I went to town last Saturday but then completely forgot I had the photo on my SD card.

I had just been paid (which was long-awaited!) so stocked up on a few of those boring essentials that were about to run out.

The Aussie is my shampoo/conditioner of choice and it's usually on some sor tof price offer in either Boots or Superdrug. I alternate between these and another brand (whatever takes my fancy when I'm buying).

Simple Light Moisturiser is also something I use every day and was just squeezing the last drops out of my bottle so needed to repurchase.

Shower gel and deodorant. Pretty self-explanatory.

Finally I picked up some new sunglasses from H&M as it was so sunny on Saturday and my other pair were all broken. This is pretty much a replica of them though... H&M has some pretty cheapy glasses in at the moment so definitely worth a look if you tend to be a bit careless with them like me, These were only a fiver. They have some nice cases too if you're guilty of just throwing them in your bag and scratching them up...again, like me.
Sunglasses never really suit my face, but aviators seem to be ... okay. So thi is the shape I'm sticking with for now.

H x

Monday, 19 March 2012

SATURDAY SHOPPING


This little pile of goodies was the result of this week's shopping trip. I just needed to replace a few regular products that I've finished/am about to finish but ended up getting something different for each of them rather than my usual (if that makes sense?).

The No.7 eyelashes I'm not sure about, but I got them with my other £5 off voucher so they were around £2. I have a tendency to get that slight 'drag' look in false lashes so I'm hoping the 'natural' style of these might be a bit more flattering and a bit less sleepy bumble bee. Not going to try them out any time soon though as I will readily admit that I'm hopeless with applying falsies.

Razors and baby wipes are pretty standard really, no explanation needed. I don't use the wipes to cleanse but just to 'refresh' my face in the morning really. My skin reacts badly to most wipes but plain old baby wipes seem to be fine. As long as I don't rub!

My usual go-to dry shampoo (Umberto Gianinni) was out of stock so I went for this which was on offer. Haven't tried it yet (fingers crossed it'sa colour-less spray) but it smells amazing. Like boy. But nice boy.

Finally i the moisturiser. Again, I had run out of body moisturiser and this was on offer in Superdrug. I'm not really brand loyal here, just want something nice/neutral smelling and quickly absorbed.

I quite like these little shopping picture overview posts. Easy and concise.

Any tried any of these products?

H x

Sunday, 18 March 2012

ANOTHER SUNDAY


Technically I am departing from the sort of blog 'brief' here and not actually showing any products/clothes/anything I've bought in this post. But I just fancied a chattier sort of post, SO here we go.

I was just going to type in and then I realised that a blog post without any pictures is pretty damn dull, so here you have my washed out Sunday evening face, even complete with cheek spot. (Hiding by my hand...it's there, I promise).

Today has been rather a failure to be honest. I had all the intentions of doing uni work but didn't feel massively motivated when I got up. So I thought a trip to town might mak me do work when I came back. But erm...no. Not so much. Rubbish.

The dissertation deadline in looming and I am actually beginning to get rather a panic. I've come up a few research obstacles which definitely need to be sorted sooner rather than later. I am always a last-minute worker, but I think I sort of owe it to myself not to rush this and settle for an alright mark.

What I did do instead of work was stock up on much needed products that were running low and do a food shop. Mainly consisting of carbs.

Had a little look in H&M earlier and, whilst that had a few nice bits in, the changing room lighting was horrendous. Well, either that or I really need to cut out those carbs! I don't get it, it seems an obvious retail point that you should make fitting rooms as flattering as possible.

Today has been a bit of an odd day. I woke up this morning convinced it was Monday and have had that sensation ever since! When my boyfriend visits he usually comes on a Friday but this week he came on Thursday, therefore apparently throwing my body-clock out of sync. 

I would report on my week but it's been a blur of uni assignments and lectures to be honest. Oh the fun of final year! Any else currently experiencing the same routine?

I did have a nice friday/saturday though so I can't complain. Quality time with friends and Mark :)

Right, back to watching The Walking Dead and playing Draw Something on my android then. I am currently addicted to both! Goodbye life. But someone please tell me whyyyy my playing partners keep just writing the word instead of drawing anything? Where's the sense/fun in that?!

Hope everyone's had a nice Sunday. See you all tomorrow :)
x

NO 7 VOUCHER #1

You may have spied this item in my last post featuring all the bits I bought last Saturday, but I thought I'd sneak in a quick post showing you it in slightly better detal, just in case any of you have a No.7 voucher lurking in your bag and were looking for somthing to spend it on before it expires.


This is the Brush Bag by No.7 from Boots.

It doesn't come with any brushes in it and, whilst it's handy to have, for its original price of around £8 I wouldn't have purchased. But with the voucher it was around £3 which I think is a bargain. Currently when I'm staying somewhere overnight I end up tossing my make up brushes into my wash bag and hoping they don't get too crushed, which isn't ideal considering how much some brushes cost. This is a much nicer way for them to travel. Also ideal for anyone who takes brushes with them in their handbag for quick touch-ups or a cheeky bit of en-route application in the mornings.

I have a couple more No.7 voucher still but I don't think I'll be spending them. Nothing's taking my fancy and normally I grab a couple of nail varnishes, but I'm beginning to think I already own all the colours I like/will actually wear. Save my pennies I think! In any case, it won't be long til the next round of vouchers. ( I did get one other thing today which I'll show you soon!)

Any one else bought anything good with their vouchers this time round?
 

I'm off to try to motivate myself to do uni work now. Even though my dissertation deadline is looming (which terrifies me!) I still can't stop myself being a lazy moo. Serious intervention needed. Maybe a block on my watching of The Walking Dead? 

Sunday, 11 March 2012

GOODIES


So I may have dabbled in some shopping in town today...
I wasn't too bad though.
Scouted out lots of future purchases for my holiday too! Anyone want to give me £200 for holiday clothes? No? Oh okay.

Shall be showing you some of these beauts in better detail as the week goes in. Was a good day. I even got nice service at a make up counter. Quite a turn-out! Obviously I shan't be showing you my Clinton's purchases, but I hope you've all remembered Mothers' Day! (next Sunday, not tomorrow. I don't want to incite panic!)

(The only thing missing from the group goodies shot is my Boots meal deal lunch. I'm telling you I'm obsessed with them. Obsessed!)
x

Sunday, 26 February 2012

HAIR SERUM

I know, I know. You don't need to tell me... Top marks for an imaginative title right? It's fair to say inspiration was thin on the ground when typing that!

Ok so this post is basically what it says on the tin. I've been using a few new/different hair products lately and realised I have shared basically NONE of the make up/beauty products that I have been buying/using since this blog's inception. Shame on me. Especially as products ar basically where it's at for me. Clothes have never been the main 'thing'. So let's get back to my youtube origins with a little product post shall we?

Here in lies the product in question...
  
                                                                                                    

AVON Advanced Techniques, Daily Results,
'Dry Ends Serum'








  

This product is by no means new to the beauty world, and this bottle isn't even new to my product drawer. I bought this probably over a year ago after hearing good things about it. However, it unfortunately went the way of many products and got a bit neglected. I dabbled with it a little but wasn't really seeing the hype, so pushed it aside.

However, fast-forward a couple of years and a good few inches of hair growth later and this serum re-entered my life. I have not had my hair cut for a long time (far too long in fact). Add to that the fact that I lightened the ends which was less than kind to my hair and my partiality for using a hot conical wand, and this is no longer the recipe for smooth sleek ends.

Result = split ends and a bit of end frizz.

So I contemplated buying a smoothing/repair serum when I remembered I had this product lurking back at home. I dusted it off and went about encorporating it into my regime.

How I use it : I add one pump to my hands, rub them together and apply the product through the mid-lengths and ends of my WET hair after I've towel-dried and combed it into a parting. If I'm having my hair straight I blow dry it then add another pump through the ends. This is when I can see the most results from the product. It makes the ends feel silky and smooth, hiding my unsightly split ends.

(I add a little to the ends when my hair is wavey too, just to make it less fluffy)

The serum smells lovely and is non-greasy, so won't leave your hair oily looking (as long as you don't go crazy with it!).


I should point out that a serum is NOT going to fix your split ends (I'm looking at you Pantene Split End Mender!) as this is...well, impossible. However, they help to bind the split ends together (whilst the product is on, not permanently) and mostly just smooth the ends to prevent that frizzy look caused by damaged ends/cuticles.


I haven't tried the other 'end mender' serums as, frankly, this one does the job for me. It's well within budget and Avon often have offers so you can get yourself a few bargain products to try out. 


I recommend giving this product a go for anyone on the look out for a fairly cheap smoothing serum, if you either have damaged ends, friz-prone/coarse hair or are just looking to streamline your locks.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions for this sort of product. I'm also considering dabbling with a hair oil if anyone has a good suggestion for a not-too-expensive starting point! Don't want anything too heavy/rich as my hair is quite fine. Suggestions please? :)

x