Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Top 5 Spring Lipsticks

Hey guys! Today I am here with my top 5 lipsticks for Spring! Since I started blogging I have grown quite a big lipstick (although it would be called small when compared to many others) and these are a few that I always seem to come back to at this time of year. I am a huge fan of coral and pale pink/peach shades, as they are perfect for when it's Spring or Summer! 

I will start with the lipstick on the left! This is the lovely Oriflame Colour Drop Lipstick* in the shade Peach Sensation. This is quite a strong pink shade, with a slight hint of peach! The formulation of this lipstick is pretty amazing - it's incredibly soft, moisturising and glides on really easily! My other favourite thing about it is the smell. It has a gorgeous fruity, peach smell that reminds me of something, but I can't place what! Oriflame do very affordable products that are great quality, plus this lipstick is currently on offer for only £3.95.

Next is the MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in the shade Peach Blossom! This is definitely my favourite lipstick at the moment, because it is just generally amazing. It's a glossy pale pink shade, which is the sort of shade that suits me most (well I think so anyway)! The lasting power is great and it works really well on dry lips. I reviewed it a couple of weeks ago here if you would like to see a more in-depth review!

One of the popular Spring releases this year is the Clarins Opalescence Collection, and I was lucky enough to be sent a few products from it! One of these products was the lovely Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick* (wow, that's an extremely long name) in the shade Tropical Pink. This is a light rose shade with a coral undertone, and little bits of glitter! The formulations of this is very buttery, moisturising and it's extremely similar to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks (my all-time favourite lipstick formulation).

The last two of my top 5 Spring lipsticks are made by Chanel! The first one is the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick* in the ever so amazing shade, Idylle. I was sent this way back in July last year, and reviewed it in my Chanel Summer 2013 Collection here! It's a lovely sheer peach shade, with a very moisturising and smooth formulation. Like I said just before, and I have said many times, the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks are my favourite formulation of lipsticks because of their gorgeous shine and moisture! These are a saviour when my lips are dry, which means they are great all year round. I highly recommend this line of lipstick! 

Finally, is the Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour* in Cheri! When I posted about the Chanel Spring 2014 Collection last month here, this definitely seemed to be the shade that you all preferred. It's a really pretty glossy peach shade, with light rose undertones, which is the sort of shade that I would think may suit most people! The finish is perfect - it's smooth, creamy and it's a really versatile shade that could honestly be worn all year round, night and day. 

They are my top 5 Spring lipsticks! I definitely didn't used to be a very big lipstick fan, but since I started blogging, and realised just how great they are, I've really fallen for them. They just seem to complete a makeup look, plus you don't get the horrible hair lips that is a result of wearing lipgloss! 

What are your favourite lipsticks to wear in Spring?

My Diamond Advertiser for April is Frankie from Curiouser And Curiouser!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Quick Mixed Berry Smoothie

Hey guys! A few weeks ago I got a new blender (after one of my dogs chewed the last one), and since I got it I have been making one particular smoothie pretty much non-stop. The smoothie in question is mixed berry! It is extremely easy to make and quite frankly tastes amazing! 

I've been having this as breakfast a lot, since it's full of nutrients, and really filling. This recipe makes enough to fill around 5 half pint glasses, meaning that you can adjust is accordingly to however much you want! 

You only need a few simple ingredients, all of which you may have already have in your house! This is quite a cheap smoothie to make, as the main part of the drink, the berries, only cost £1.30 from Sainsbury's. The things that you will need are:

415g natural yogurt
380ml semi-skimmed milk
1 banana
400g frozen mixed berries
About 2/3 tablespoons of honey, although you adjust this to whatever you like

All that you need to do is cut the banana up into slices, put everything in the blender, and then blend! I leave it to blend for about 4 minutes, to make sure that everything is all mixed up and there are no lumps of berry left.

I'd suggest stirring it once or twice part of the way through blending, just to make sure that any bits get close enough to the blade at the bottom. I also taste it a couple of times to check whether or not it's sweet enough, and if it isn't I add a little more honey!

All I do after that is just pour some into a glass and add a straw (it somehow tastes better with the straw)! You will then be left with a lovely thick, cold and fruity smoothie to enjoy.

I'd love to know if you try making these and how they turned out! Also if you have any smoothie recipes/ideas I would really like to hear them. I am going to have a look into possibly buying some flax seed, whey and protein powder aswell, since I know that lots of health gurus use those sorts of things in smoothies!

Do you ever make smoothies, if so what's your favourite one to make?

My Diamond Advertiser for April is Frankie from Curiouser And Curiouser!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Mini Spring Haul

Hey guys! Lately I have been buying a few things, mainly clothes, in readiness for Spring (although they would still be fine for Summer). Beauty stuff lately hasn't really been interesting me as much, since there hasn't been many releases/popular products that I have desperately wanted, hence the lack of beauty products in this haul! I have been trying to branch out a little more with what I wear, e.g wearing floral clothes since they seem really popular this year, but I will talk about that a bit further into the post!

Just a little note - obviously the dresses are longer than they appear in the photos, I had to fold them up a bit to fit in the photo. 

A great bargain that I got a couple of weeks ago was this Red Corsage Dress from F&F at Tesco, which was in their sale for only £5! At first I wasn't really keen on it, but it has definitely grown on me. It goes to just above my knee and I'm 5ft meaning it would be pretty short on anybody taller than me! I posted a photo of me wearing it on Instagram here if you'd like to see it a little better. Now, I have no idea when I will wear this, as I don't do to many events that actually require an outfit like this, however for £5 I wasn't going to refuse.

Dresses are something that I very rarely wear, instead I like to stay in my comfort zone and wear jeans, but this year I am determined to wear more dresses (once it's a bit warmer of course). I don't suit skater dresses or skirts at all, which makes buying dresses/skirts very difficult since a large percentage of the nice, everyday ones are normally in the skater style! I am also trying to wear more prints, so when I saw this Blue Floral Print Crochet Collar Dress from New Look for £17.99, I decided to take a leap and buy it. I'm still not completely converted to it, but the tags have now been taken off so I have no choice!

I got three things from Primark, the first being a Daisy Print T-Shirt, which was only £3 or £4! I got this a couple of sizes bigger, in the size 10, than I normally wear (size 6 or 8), because I always find that the Primark's cheap T-shirts come out extremely small and tight after they have been washed a couple of times. Plus who would really want a top that would make you boil when it is, hopefully, warm?!

The next thing from Primark was a Black & White Daisy Skirt! This was £6 if I remember correctly, which I thought was really good for such a pretty little skirt. It would be great to wear with a top of some sort and some ballet flats when it's sunny! A problem that I very often find with Primark's clothes is that they tend to be quite thin and see-through, however this isn't at all. It has a silky under layer, then the top net part with the design on, which I think is quite good quality for only £6!

The last thing was a Pack Of 5 Tan Tights for £2.50. These are not interesting in the slightest, just cheap, thin tights that I wanted to try on with a dress to wear to my Aunty's wedding (I later found out that they look awful with the dress so that ruled them out)!

I will start off with the Sterling Silver & Cubic Zirconium Necklace! I saw this on offer on Amazon a few days ago, and it looks really cute so I thought that I would get it and see what I thought. It only cost £13 and it looked really cute! It's quite dainty too so I am probably wearing it to my Aunty's wedding this month!

A product that I saw being talked about a lot last year was the Michel Mercier Detangling Brush, since many people said that it was better than the Tangle Teezer! When I saw this one, for fine hair, in Tk Maxx a little while ago for only £7.99, I was pretty excited as I had been contemplating whether to buy one at their full price (around £13) online. I have only used it a couple of times since I got it, but so far so good!

I got a couple of bits from Boots last Monday, the first being the Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in the shade Rose Hip, which cost £3.99! This is from Barry M's new Spring collection, meaning I was very excited to try it. I tried it pretty much as soon as I got home but I was actually slightly disappointed! The colour was a lot paler than I expected, and didn't suit me much, plus I actually found it to be quite a gloopy (not gel like) consistency. Has anybody else found that with it?

Finally the second thing that I got from Boots was the Garnier Summer Body Light Sunkissed Look Moisturising Lotion for £2.55! I used this all throughout summer last year and really liked it since it very rarely went streaky, and the finish was lovely. I am close to finishing my old bottle so I thought that I would get a new one for Spring and Summer!

That is what I have bought recently! I may well have a more beauty orientated haul coming up soon as my wishlist is gradually growing, I'm just waiting now for Boots or Superdrug to start their 3 for 2 offers. If anybody knows when either are starting I'd love to know please!

Have you been buying anything for Spring?

My Diamond Advertiser for April is Frankie from Curiouser And Curiouser!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Monthly Advertisers - April

Hey guys! I am back again with my Monthly Advertisers post and this time it's for April. I can't believe that it's already a quater of the way through the year, it seems to be passing so quickly. Now I have got quite a few advertisers this month so I had best get started!

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First up is my Diamond Advertiser - the lovely Frankie from Curiouser And Curiouser! Frankie's blog is mainly centred around beauty, however she does do the occasional lifestyle post. All of her posts are very well written, detailed and her blog design is really cute (it got designed by Kathryn who also designed mine)! Make sure you have a look at her blog, and be sure to leave her a comment or even better, follow her!

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Anna Maria, from Topdraw Fashion, is quite a new blogger since she only started in January this year! Like Frankie, Anna Maria's posts are mainly centred around beauty, although she does do some lifestyle posts. She did a lovely review a while ago about the Clinique Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment Gel, which I got the other day and I'm very excited to try! You really should have a look at Anna Maria's blog and leave her a comment!  

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Ziva is a Slovenian beauty blogger who runs Nothin' Fancy Really! Ziva has some great posts on her blog talking about things such as her favourite moisturisers, reviews and all sorts of lovely things. Somehow I had never seen Ziva's blog before now (I'm not sure why) but her blog design is lovely, and her photos are gorgeous! Remember to check Ziva's blog, leave her a comment and also have a look at her Youtube channel

Lastly is Holly from Impatience Is A Virtue! Holly posts about 20 times a month (I wish I could do that) about all things beauty. She features things including Models Own, Lush, MAC and much more! All of her photos are lovely, bright and pretty! I also love the Pretty Pastels post that she did a little while ago about the gorgeous Models Own Spring shades. Make sure to have a look at Holly's blog and leave her a comment!

Remember to have a little look at all of my advertisers' blogs, as they are all great! If you would like more information about the advertising pages that I offer please have a peek here

Do you already read any of these blogs?

My Diamond Advertiser for April is Frankie from Curiouser And Curiouser!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick - Peach Blossom ~ Review

Hey guys! Lately I have been absolutely loving a MAC lipstick in the shade Peach Blossom, which is one of their Cremesheen formulations. I received this on my birthday (December), and since early February I have been wearing it non-stop! I used it in my Spring Switch Up Makeup post last month (which is where the photo above is from).

The name "Peach Blossom" is actually rather deceiving as I wouldn't really class it as peach! It's actually more of a glossy pale pink shade, quite similar to MAC Creme Cup, although a bit lighter (I know that many of you own that shade, so you get a rough idea of Peach Blossom).

The formulation is very creamy, smooth and light. I find it quite similar to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine since it isn't at all drying and works great on dry lips! The pigment is pretty good overall, possibly not the best due to its light shade, however I don't really mind that at all because it appears perfectly fine on my lips. The lasting power is pretty good, since I can put it on at 11am and it will still be there around 3 hours later!

It's such a great shade as you could wear it all year round - it's not too bold, pale or dark, which is exactly the sort of shade that I need!  It's a very natural shade and gives my lips a bit of colour, whilst enhancing them a lot! I really like wearing it with a slightly dark eye as the two seem to balance each other out perfectly.

I would definitely recommend that you try Peach Blossom as it's the perfect shade for Spring and Summer and, from looking up other people's swatches, I can imagine it looking lovely with all skin shades!

Have you ever tried MAC Peach Blossom?

My Diamond Advertiser for April is Frankie from Curiouser And Curiouser!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Marc Jacobs Honey Fresh Shower Gel ~ Review

Hey guys! I am back with another review and this time it is about the Marc Jacobs Honey Fresh Shower Gel*. I had never tried any Marc Jacobs products before this one, but I had always been tempted to buy one of their perfumes (either Daisy or Honey), so I was really excited when I was offered the chance to try the shower gel version!

The first thing that you notice is the amazing packaging! I love bold, bright designs on packaging, and I think that Marc Jacobs do some of the best out there. It definitely suits the honey theme, since it is bright yellow with white spots, which is great for Spring!

Another great thing about it is the lovely smell! It has a very citrusy honey scent, without being too sour or sweet and having some some hints of floral. The scent does stay on my skin for quite a long time, however it is quite subtle! A problem that I quite often have with citrus shower gels is the fact that they can be really drying on my skin, however this one has got a really thick and creamy formulation. This is one of the things I really like in shower gels since it means that they are normally moisturising, and this one definitely is!

I've been using this for the past few weeks and I've really seen just how moisturising it is. I haven't felt the need to use any sort of moisturiser afterwards because my skin hasn't got at all dry, which it quite often does especially on my elbows! Whilst yes, it is on the slightly expensive side, it would be a lovely product to buy yourself as a treat, especially if you like Marc Jacobs perfumes!

Overall I was really impressed with the Marc Jacobs Honey Fresh Shower Gel, it is one of my favourite shower gels at the moment and I will definitely continue to use it! It's also a great product for Spring and Summer since it has such a fresh scent.

Have you ever tried any beauty products from Marc Jacobs?

Sunday, 23 March 2014

DIY Sharpie Mugs

Hey guys! Since joining Pinterest (the link to mine is here) I have seen a lot about Sharpie mugs. I have always loved just how cute they are and the thought of having a mug, designed by yourself that will, hopefully, last a very long time! Yesterday I had a go at making a couple and I am quite happy with how they turned out. These would make amazing personalised gifts for somebody if you wanted to give a slightly different present, without having to spent a lot of money!

They are so easy to make and you only need a four things! You will need:

However many plain, white mugs you would like to design
A black Sharpie
A few cotton pads
Vinegar (I used white vinegar), rubbing alcohol or pure acetone

I bought my mugs in a pack of 6 from Argos for only £3.49, which works out at only 58p each! Personally I have only tried using a black Sharpie since I've heard that some other colours change colour when they go in the oven, so if you wanted to use something other than black I would maybe have a check online first.

The first thing you need to do is put some of the vinegar on a cotton pad, then wipe the section of the mug that you are going to draw on! Once you've wiped it try not to touch it with your fingers, because the oils could effect how the ink from the Sharpie applies.

Once you've got that part out of the way you can get on with the fun bit - drawing your design on with the Sharpie! If you need to erase any mistakes, take the cotton pad with the vinegar on, and wipe away the mistakes as quickly as you can after you drew it. On one of mine I wrote "coffee" surrounded by coffee beans, a swirly underline and then a plait design on the handle. On the other I did a heart, with a chevron print on it, and on the other side I drew a dandelion (which I should have drawn bigger)!

When your design is complete pop the mugs on a baking tray, put it in the oven and then turn the oven on at the temperature 220 degrees Celsius! You will then want to leave then in for half an hour. When the half hour is up turn the oven off, but leave the mugs in the oven until they are completely cool - if you take them out whilst they are hot there's a very big chance that they may crack!

After they are cool you can take them out of the oven, put them aside and leave them for 24 hours before you wash or use them! This allows them time for the ink to set properly and increases the chance of the design lasting much longer.

And there you have it, DIY Sharpie mugs! This is a great way to easily turn simple, plain mugs into something special and personalised. You could write/draw whatever you like, making them a lovely present for somebody who is fond of their tea, coffee or hot chocolate! I would love to know if you try making them and what design you did! 

Do you like the idea of Sharpie mugs?