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Monday, 14 April 2014

A little family tea party

Yesterday was a good day. We ate lots of delicious food and indulged in a glass (or two) of vintage champagne in celebration of my brother's twenty first birthday. Despite their only being five of us, we had a feast that would probably feed about fifty, leaving plenty of left overs for the next few days! My mum did a fabulous job with the spread, particularly with the fairy cakes which looked picture perfect and tasted even better.

Tonight we're off for a family meal at Il Rosso in Mansfield. It is one of my favourite places to dine, so I'm really looking forward to it. This is the last of my brother's twenty first birthday celebrations which have been going on since last Thursday! You're only twenty one once though so it's definitely something to celebrate.

A short & sweet post, but I hope you've enjoyed it and that my tea party food hasn't made you too hungry!


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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Treats from the Body Shop

Hair Chalk // Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask // Blusher // Lip Liner Fixer
I can't resist a bargain so when I saw the Body Shop had yet another discount code (this time offering 40% off non-sale items) I knew I had to pick up a few treats. To be completely honest, the only item I really wanted to pick up was the Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask. One of the beauty vloggers (I can't remember who) was singing it's praises the other day and it sounded like a product I'd like, especially since the Vitamin E range is one of my favourites by the Body Shop.

I also picked up a pink blusher in the shade marshmallow. This is a lovely rosy pink colour which is quite subtle upon application (a lot more subtle than it looks in the pan). Did I need another blusher? Nope! But I've popped it straight in my everyday makeup bag and will get a lot of use out of a shade like this.

My next intention was to pick up a lip liner, but ended up picking up this lip liner fixer instead. This is a retractable pencil that apparently forms an invisible barrier around the lips to fill in fine lines and prevent lipstick bleeding. I've not had chance to experiment with this yet, but I'll keep you posted!

My final purchase was a pot of pink hair chalk. That was one very spontaneous click of the mouse! There was a time when I had pink streaks in my fringe when I was at school and I am pretty sure I vowed to never go there again. Oops! I'm thinking of just trying this out on the ends of my hair. Apparently you just seal it with hairspray and then it washes out. We'll see about that! Don't worry though I'm not planning on going Kelly Osbourne at the 2002 MTV Awards on you. I'm not sure it's even going to show up on my hair...

Fancy treating yourself?
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Thursday, 10 April 2014

My favourite spring nail polish | Rita Ora for Rimmel 'Breakfast in Bed'

Rimmel London -  873 Breakfast in Bed // £3.69 in Boots
I don't know about you, but I love it when I find the perfect nail polish colour that just seems to tone in perfectly with all of my seasonal outfits. This happened recently when I picked up the shade 'Breakfast in Bed' from Rimmel London's relatively new collection in collaboration with Rita Ora. 

Breakfast in Bed is a beautiful mint green shade that has a subtle shimmery finish. It only needs a couple of coats (though for me it needed three as I forgot to shake the bottle - oops) and dries relatively quickly...not far off sixty seconds I'd say! The bottle is beautifully designed with a stamp featuring Rita Ora wearing the same colour on her nails. Pretty cool that.

I've seen a number of reviews stating that the formula is a little thick and whilst I have only just noticed this myself, I wouldn't say it affects the application at all. I still found it really easy to apply and I'm the world's worst nail polish painter.

The thing that has stood out for me the most about this nail polish (aside from the beautiful colour and cute name) is the fact it is very chip resistant. I usually find that my nails chip after a day or two, but it's been nearly a whole week now and it's only just starting to chip majorly. 

After loving this polish so much, I am definitely going to invest in a few other colours from the collection. I really love the look of 'Pillow Talk,' a pastel blue and 'Rita Rouge,' a dark red shade.

Have you tried any of the Rita Ora for Rimmel London polishes?
What did you think of them?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Lush Easter Bunny bubble bar review

As a huge fan of Lush's bubble bars, I simply couldn't resist picking up 'Bunny' from their new Easter collection. Bunny is a gorgeous bunny shaped bubble bar made from vanilla absolute, blue cornflower petals, fair trade shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil. He (I've decided it's a he) smells very similar to the creamy candy bubble bar from the core collection and is super duper adorable, don't you think?

Although I would have been happy if bunny was just a plain old white bunny, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it is actually pink inside and with the addition of the blue cornflower petals, made for a very colourful and pretty bath! Bunny is extremely easy to crumble (though I did feel a little guilty taking away half his body) and produces mountains of gorgeous fluffy bubbles.

As well as providing me with a rather luxurious bath, Bunny also made my bathroom smell heavenly! If you love sweet candy scents and fancy injecting a little 'Easter' into your bath time, I highly recommend treating yourself to a bunny bubble bar. Seeing as he's Easter themed, I don't imagine he'll be sticking around for long (though I may be wrong) so I'd go pick one up quickly before he hops off for the year!

The Bunny bubble bar costs £3.25. 
Lush is a cruelty-free brand.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

F&F Clothing at Tesco Spring Picks

Structured Hand Held Satchel Bag // Daisy Lace Shell Top // Daisy Organza Pencil Skirt // Two Part Stiletto Court Shoes
In my opinion F&F is the best supermarket clothing brand, easily rivalling many well-known highstreet fashion stores. The collections never fail to impress me and I was blown away by their beautiful new spring collection which features my two favourite things, pastels and florals. From daisy overlay skirts to candy coloured dresses and satchels, I almost feel like F&F has tailored their spring collection just for me! Although there are many gorgeous new items both in-store and on the website, one being this beautiful daisy organza tunic dress I picked up the other day, the four items featured in this post are high on my wish list.

Unintentionally, yet rather wonderfully, I picked four items that I believe would make a lovely springtime outfit! With each item here priced under £20.00, you really can't go wrong money-wise. I can also vouch for the quality of F&F's clothing and accessories, with my most-used satchel bag being from there and still going strong after over a year! If you are looking to treat yourself to a new spring wardrobe, I highly recommend picking up some of your staple pieces from F&F. You will be pleasantly surprised, trust me!


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Gorgeous eyeshadow palettes under a fiver

Unprotected // Dreamy // Show Me The Money // Enchanted
Let's be honest, eyeshadow palettes can be very expensive. Whilst I would love to own all three of the Urban Decay Naked palettes (especially number three) at almost £40.00 each, I still haven't yet talked myself into hitting the buy button. If like me you admire the beauty of the Naked palettes, but are looking for eyeshadow palettes that are much more purse-friendly, I highly recommend checking out the offerings of Vivo, in the form of their twelve shade palettes. 

I own both the neutrals palettes (surprise, surprise) and absolutely adore them. I've used them so much that they are super messy, which is why I decided not to photograph them! As well as two fabulous neutral palettes 'Unprotected' and 'Dreamy' (swatches can be found here and here) they also have a brights palette, 'Show Me The Money' and a mixed palette, 'Enchanted.' What I love about these eye shadows is that they are not at all chalky. I wouldn't even have minded if they were a little chalky at just £3.99 each, but they're not! The shades are highly pigmented, apply smoothly and are very easy to blend. I also like the fact that their is a mix of both shimmer and matte shades in all four palettes.

If you are looking to buy your first eyeshadow palette or are simply looking for a budget friendly alternative, I highly recommend picking up a palette from Vivo. They also deliver to most countries (whoop whoop) and do not test on animals, which gives them extra bonus points from moi!

Have you tried any of the palettes from Vivo?
What did you think of them?

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Spring Tag

Tag by Makeup Pixi3 / Image - Seek My Scribbles
1. What's your favourite nail colours for Spring?  
I love pastel shades for spring! At the moment I really like Blueberry Muffin by Models Own. A brighter shade I love is the Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel in Blue No Blues.

2. Best drink for Spring?
I don’t know whether I have a specific ‘spring’ drink, however I have been drinking a lot of orange and passion fruit J20s recently.

3. What goes on your lips in Spring? 
Usually I would say a peachy coloured lipstick, but this year I’m really into glosses. I particularly like Aurora by Tanya Burr. It’s a lovely pink lipgloss that is perfect for pairing with a gold shimmery eye.

4. What's your favourite thing about Spring? 
I love the fact that you don’t feel like you’re getting up in the middle of the night when you wake up in the morning. I find it so hard to wake up when it’s still dark and gloomy outside. In spring I feel so much more willing to jump out of bed (ok maybe that’s slightly over enthusiastic) and start my day!

5. Best perfume for Spring?
I think fresh, floral scents are lovely for spring. I’m tempted to pick up Daisy by Marc Jacobs as (shock horror) I have never bought it before and imagine it is lovely for spring. I also really want to pick up Sui Dreams by Anna Sui, but that’s more to do with the fact it was a scent I wore a few years ago that I feel like revisiting!

6. What TV series are you watching the most at the moment? 
Aside from the programmes I always watch (TVD, The Originals, Grey’s Anatomy) I have really got into Son’s of Anarchy! It’s something my boyfriend and I enjoy watching together and the storylines are amazing. It’s fast paced and keeps you on your toes - I love it!

7. Do you wear a different colour eye shadow in Spring? 
If you had asked me any other year I would say no, but as of recently I have been trying to experiment with different eye shadow colours. Rather than sticking to my usual brown and bronze shades, I’m trying to incorporate gold and rose gold shades into my spring makeup looks.

8. Do you change your hair for the changing season? 
Not really! I had my long hair chopped off a few months ago and now it’s fairly short (for me anyway). I’ve been wearing it straight a lot, as it’s the hairstyle that requires the least effort. I do think curly and wavy hair is very spring-like though.

9. What kind of music do you listen do in Spring?
I’d say the same sort of music I listen to all year round! What is that you ask? A bit of this and a bit of that! I’m so not cool when it comes to music. I’ve been listening to a lot of Arctic Monkeys recently though and Ed Sheeran.

10. What kind of fashion items/accessories do you opt for in Spring? 
Florals. It’s an obvious one, but I really don’t think you can go wrong with floral prints in spring, no matter what’s ‘on trend.’ I’ve recently bought two reclaimed vintage skirts from ASOS, both of which are in floral patterns. I imagine I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of them this spring!

Thanks to the lovely Georgina for creating the spring tag! 
I tag:
Charli - Charlotte Rose
+ anyone else that wants to do it!

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