Binky London Mocha Gel Nail Polish Review

Friday, 31 October 2014

Binky London Mocha Gel Nail Polish - £4.95* (£2.95 for limited period)

Binky Felstead has long been one of my 'Made in Chelsea favourites' so I was really excited to get to try out the Mocha Gel nail polish from her AW 14/15  collection. The name is a real give away, with this being a gorgeous chocolatey shade - perfect for the season ahead. It's one of those colours that looks so sophisticated on the nails and goes with almost any outfit.

The finish is really glossy, as you would expect of a 'gel' nail polish, allowing you to achieve a professional-style manicure at home. The polish is very easy to apply (the brush reminds me a lot of the ones used in the Models Own nail polishes ) and just two coats is required for an opaque finish.

I always manage to chip my nails no matter how good quality a nail polish is, so if you're the same I recommend applying a top coat like Seche Vite over this. It'll also make the polish even more glossy (if that's even possible!)

Priced at £4.95 (but currently on offer at £2.95 for a limited time) the Binky London nail polishes are extremely good value for money. The AW 14/15 shade range is gorgeous, with something to satisfy all tastes and I definitely recommend trying them out if you are looking to add to your nail polish collection. You can also get 10% off your next order on by using the code PP10.

What do you think of this nail polish from Binky London? 
Have you tried out any of the other shades? 
*PR sample received in exchange for honest review.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Ted Baker The Girl With The Beautiful Gift Set

Instead of reviewing a makeup item or sharing a lifestyle post, today I simply want to say thank you to each and every one of you that reads this little blog. It recently hit five hundred followers on Bloglovin so I thought it was about time I gave back in the form of a giveaway.

I chose to give away this beautiful makeup set from Ted Baker. I think it is sold out at the moment, so it may be one of your only chances to get your hands on these lovely items. Inside the gift box you will find:
  • Bronzing compact
  • Kabuki brush
  • Lipstick
  • Lip Crayon
  • Eyeliner pen
  • Eyelash curlers
  • 2 x nail polishes
  • 2 x illuminating liquids
  • 2 x eye crayons
  • Mascara

To enter the giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. All of the terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the widget. Unfortunately it is a UK only giveaway, as I am covering my own postage costs.

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I really hope you like the prize and continue to enjoy reading my blog posts! Good luck to everyone and again, thank you so much for reading. 

What I've been reading | October

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Source: We Heart It
This month I've only managed to read one book because I've been so busy, but it just so happens to be the book everyone is talking about, Gone Girl.

Now if you read my 'On My Reading List' post last week, you will know that at that point I was only a quarter of the way through the book and really wasn't enjoying it. It starts off very slow, but I'm pleased to say that it does get better! There's this big twist in the middle of the book and from that point you'll find that you just can't put it down.

It's really difficult to talk about the plot without revealing any spoilers so I've shared the blurb below...

'Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?' 

I haven't read many 'thrillers' so it was a relatively new genre to me, but I have to say that once the book picked up the pace and things got interesting, I really enjoyed trying to guess what was going to happen next. You can't really predict it though, the characters are so manipulative and just as you think you know what's going to happen there's a twist.

I know many people have said they found the ending really disappointing but for me this wasn't really the case. I'm almost indifferent about it and I think that's mainly down to the fact that I never really made an emotional connection with the characters. Never have I read a book and not rooted for anyone or felt any emotional connection, but this was the case for me with Gone Girl and I think that's why I was able to accept that the ending was what it was.

I am looking forward to watching the film next to see how it compares to the book!

Have you read Gone Girl?
What did you think of it?
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October Favourites

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

We're nearing the end of the month so I thought I'd share some of my favourite products / items from October with you...

Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Body Lotion*
First up I wanted to share this lovely citrus body lotion by Crabtree & Evelyn. I always find applying body lotion a bit of a faff, but this one sinks in really quickly and actually cools the skin as it does so. I'm not normally into citrus scents, but I can totally make an exception for this body lotion. It leaves the skin feeling silky and soft and is priced affordably at just £5.00.

 Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara
This YSL mascara is my favourite mascara (to date) and for me is definitely worth the 'high end' price tag. It's great for volumising the lashes and really opening up the eyes. It has quite a 'wet' formula if you know what I mean, but I don't mind waiting an extra couple of seconds for it to dry because the finish look really is lovely. I did a full review of this a couple of years ago and it's not too cringey (like some of my old reviews) so I've linked it here.

Bourjois Cream Blush in Sweet Cherry
I'm not going to babble on about this blush because I only reviewed it yesterday. It's come up an peachy colour in today's photos, but it's actually more of a brown toned pink. Pop over to the review post and see your yourself!

Black bow clip
This is a bit of a 'random favourite' but I have been loving this oversized black bow clip. On the days where I want to keep my hair out of my face (or when it could just do with a wash) I've been putting it up into a high bun (with the help of a hair doughnut) and securing this clip underneath. It adds a cute touch to the hairstyle and makes it look like I've made an effort, even though I really haven't.

No7 Eyeshadow Palette
This month I've really been enjoying using the No7 eyeshadow palette that I received as a gift last Christmas. It's such a pretty palette but in all honesty I only really use the two brown shades (3rd & 4th from the left in the palette) as they're the perfect 'every day' neutrals. I do love the look of the darker grey and black shades to the right of the palette, but I always end up looking like I've been punched when I try and attempt a smokey eye!

The No7 eyeshadows are fairly long wearing are super easy to blend. Unfortunately this particular palette isn't available any more, but they have a brand new range of No 7 palettes out for Christmas so I'm sure you could find something very similar. I like the look of this one.

To be honest I've been enjoying using so many different products this month, but there are some that I've featured in recent review posts so I thought I better not share them again! So instead I'll give honourable mentions to the Origin Lip Balm by Harlequin Cosmetics, the Maybelline Color Drama lip pencil (Keep it Classy) and the Cappuccino Xenca Perfection Eyeshadow.

What products have you been loving this month? 
*Item received in blogger event goody bag
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Bourjois Cream Blush 04 Sweet Cherry Review

Monday, 27 October 2014

Bourjois Cream Blush 04 Sweet Cherry - £7.99 - Boots

It's no secret that I love the Bourjois Cream Blushes and their cream to powder formula. They are super easy to apply (I like to use a stippling brush) and have great lasting power. I wore the peachy shade 'Nude Velvet' throughout the summer but have recently switched to 'Sweet Cherry' which I think is the perfect autumnal blush shade. It's what I'd describe as a vintage pink as it has a slight brown hue. It is great for adding a subtle wash of colour to the apples of the cheeks and is one of those shades that will suit all complexions.

The Bourjous Cream Blush is described as having a 'second skin' feel. It's not the least bit cakey and is so lightweight that you can't even tell you're wearing it. I don't like to wear too much blush so I always apply it with a very light hand, but the blush is easily buildable if you did want a more intense flush of colour.

I love the classy packaging of the Bourjois Cream Blushes and the fact they match the colour of the blush in the pan (making them easy to spot in your makeup bag). I also like that they've got a little mirror on the inside, as it makes it easier to apply the blush on the go.  Oh and the lid makes such a satisfying snap noise when you close it. I'm sure you know what I mean?

The Bourjois Cream Blush has quickly become my go-to blush and I can't see that changing any time soon! If you are looking for a lovely autumnal blush or simply want to try a cream blush for the first time, I highly recommend treating yourself to a Bourjois Cream Blush. All the shades are really wearable and at £7.99 they're not going to break the bank either!

What do you think of this blush? Is it one you'd wear?
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Sunday Scribbles #4

Sunday, 26 October 2014

"My favourite thing about my home is who I share it with."
It's Sunday again! I hope you all enjoyed your extra hour in bed. I certainly did - in fact I'm still sat in bed now. I decided I was going to spend the day thinking up ideas for this little space and then perhaps binging on a box set later when the Mr gets home.

I like these little Sunday Scribbles posts to be a little reminder of some of the things I've enjoyed this week so here goes...

Family time - Yesterday I had the most perfect day with my mum, dad and our two dogs Jazz and Oby. We drove to Middleton Top in Derbyshire and went for a lovely little walk. It was a little cold and rainy, but we had our flask full of Costa coffee and tummies full of chip shop chips to keep us going. On the way back we drove through Matlock Bath and then on to Ashover where we stopped for a delicious ice cream. (Note to self: salted caramel ice cream and toffee ice cream make the most delicious combination). Ashover was such a beautiful little village, I'm going to have to go back and explore it further.

Gone Girl - Scrap everything I said about Gone Girl in my 'On My Reading List' post earlier this week. I've got to the good bit and boy is it good! It's so hard to put it down! I've got my Kindle next to me so I can pick it up and start reading it again as soon as I've finished this post.

Christmas catalogues - A funny thing to share as something I've enjoyed this week but I LOVE looking through Christmas catalogues. Buying presents for my family is my favourite thing about the festive season. The Handpicked Collection and Next catalogues both have so many AMAZING christmas gifts in this year. I can't wait to start shopping!

Before I go I just want to say a big thank you to everyone that reads this little blog. I have a little giveaway planned for you, which should be going live next week so be sure to look out for it.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
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5 Things I want to add to my A/W wardrobe

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Fluffy jumper - New Look // Tartan scarf - River Island // Chelsea boots - New Look // A-line skirt - New Look // Oversized jacket - New Look
Last weekend I spent a while re-arranging my wardrobe, getting rid of some of the clothes I never wear any more and putting away all of the summer stuff for next year. The great thing about doing a little clear out is that it makes room for new things and the items above are what I have my eye on.

I'd say they are all your classic autumn / winter staples, but I really feel that's what I'm lacking at the moment. The oversized jacket is the least necessary purchase as I don't go out enough to warrant buying any more 'outerwear'  but it is in the sale, so I'm not ruling it out completely! I think the fluffy jumper will be my first purchase. It's so chic and perfect for dressing up casual jeggings and ankle boots outfits, without looking like you've put any effort in - my favourite sort of look!

What's on your A/W wish list?
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