Nanshy Blending Brush Review

Friday, 24 October 2014

Nanshy Blending Brush - £5.95*
When it comes to buying makeup brushes, I'm quite loyal to one brand in particular - Real Techniques, however I have recently been introduced to Nanshy makeup brushes and I have to say I'm very impressed! I was lucky enough to get to try out the Nanshy Blending brush which was included in my #NottsMeetSep14 goody bag.

The blending brush not only has a lovely simple and chic design, but it is also soft yet firm (must-have qualities for eyeshadow brushes) and not the least bit scratching. Unlike some makeup brushes, the Nanshy Blending brush does not shed and is perfect for blending powder eyeshadows like the Xenca Perfection eyeshadow, which I reviewed earlier this week. I find that it doesn't 'soak up' the product, instead distributing it onto the skin well, so you don't end up having to use too much.

The Nanshy Blending brush is equally as good quality as my Real Techniques brushes and I am definitely tempted by their other offerings, especially the Masterful Collection Onyx Black Makeup Brush set. It's priced at £49.95 and you get twelve brushes, so that's just over £4.00 per brush - very good value for money.




What I really like about the Nanshy makeup brushes is that they are 100% vegan, cruelty free and approved by Peta. They are also designed in the UK, hand assembled and extensively tested so you know you are getting a quality product. All of the brushes are priced very affordably - the blending brush alone costs just £5.95. You can buy them individually or in sets and I think they would make a fabulous Christmas gift for any beauty lovers you know!

Have you tried any of the Nanshy makeup brushes?
What did you think of them?
xo
*Item gifted in blogger meetup goody bag

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On my reading list #1

Thursday, 23 October 2014


I'm currently in the process of reading Gone Girl, in fact according to my Kindle I am 25% of the way through and all I can think is, when is something good going to happen?! I'm hoping it gets better because honestly I feel absolutely nothing for the characters. I've heard so many people rave about the book and I've desperately been avoiding spoilers so I'm hoping that by the time I've finished reading it, I'll too be one of those people raving about it. We'll see.

Anyway, if you read my 'What I've been reading'  post last month, you'll know I've been trying to read more, so I thought I'd share a few of the books on my reading list for when I finally finish Gone Girl. I've linked to all of the books on Amazon so you can check out the blurbs (rather than me just re-writing them here).

If I Stay - As soon as I saw the film 'If I Stay' being advertised on TV, I knew it was going to be one of those ones where I'd prefer to read the book first. So I was good and didn't see the film, however I am hoping to start reading this next month.

The Rosie Project - My best friend Emily read The Rosie Project whilst we were on holiday and she said it was one of the best books she'd ever read, so you know, I thought I better read it too!

The Girl With All The Gifts - I wish I could remember who's blog or YouTube video I found out about this book from, because they made it sound so intriguing!

We Were Liars - I have wanted to read this book ever since essiebutton and booksandquills featured it in their video, which you can watch here. I love books that have got a little mystery to them and this sounds like a quick and easy read, which also suits me down to a T.

When I get round to reading these books, I'll definitely review them in future 'What I've Been Reading' posts, so be sure to look out for them!

Have you read any of these books or got any recommendations for me?

xo

My top 3 lipsticks for autumn

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil - 210 Keep It Classy // Kate Moss for Rimmel - 107 // Bourjois Rouge Edition - 04 Rose Tweed
I'm not really one for changing my makeup looks very often, but when autumn rolls around I tend to pop away my coral coloured lipsticks and glosses in favour of something a little darker and more classy. For me autumn is all about deep red, plum and berry shades, with two of my favourites being the Rimmel Kate Matte lipstick in 107 (a bloggers' favourite) and a fairly new purchase, Maybelline's Color Drama lip pencil in the shade Keep It Classy, which you can find a full review of here. The berry lip is perfect for pairing with neutral smokey eyes or barely there eye makeup (just add lashings of mascara).

Rimmel Kate Matte 107 // Bourjois Rose Tweed // Maybelline Keep It Classy
Now I know that not everyone is a fan of the berry lip and that is A-OK! Some people don't think a berry lip suits them and others just prefer more pink / nude shades. My final autumn lipstick choice is a lovely vintage pink lipstick from Bourjois called Rose Tweed. The formula of this lipstick (from the Rouge Edition range) is one of my favourites, as it glides onto the lips effortlessly and has a slight glossy finish. It's a great pinky / brown nude shade for those like me who are fairly pale and can't get away with wearing light nude shades.

I find myself reaching for Rose Tweed frequently, as it's one of those lipsticks that goes with most makeup looks and is just so easy to wear. So if you aren't into berry lips for autumn, maybe try something like this instead?


What are your favourite autumn lipsticks? 
xo

5 ways to use teacups

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


For a long while now I've been an admirer of vintage teacups. We've always had so many dotted around the home and they have inspired me to do a little post on five ways you can use teacups - other than for drinking tea! I have also linked to a couple of great teacup DIY posts below if you fancy having a go at making your own teacup accessories for the home.

Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
1. To display jewellery
Pretty patterned teacups filled with your favourite jewellery will make the perfect addition to your dressing table and they will look so much more unique than the jewellery holders everyone else uses. I used to use teacups to display my handmade jewellery at craft fairs and they always went down a treat!

2. As candle holders
Love teacups and scented candles? Why not put them together to make something utterly beautiful for the home. Here's a great tutorial on how to make your own teacup candles.

3. For plants and flowers
If you're looking for the perfect vintage / shabby chic vase or plant pot for your home, why not use a cute patterned tea cup instead? They are the ideal size for little plants like mini cacti. If you have flowers growing in your garden and the wind knocks the heads off a few, pick them up and pop them in a teacup with a little water and they will give you another two to three days of enjoyment.

4. For bird food
If you love feeding the birds in your garden, but don't want to spend money on a bird table, you can make your own feeding area out of teacups. Simply hang vintage-style teacups and sauces filled with birdseed from the trees. The birds will love it and it'll add a whimsical feel to your garden.

5. As lampshades
Add a cute and quirky touch to your shabby chic room by turning teacups into mini lampshades. You can find out how to do it here.


Have you got any other ideas for how to use teacups around the home?
xo

Xenca Perfection Eyeshadow Cappuccino Review

Monday, 20 October 2014

Cappuccino Eyeshadow Duo - Xenca - £11.95*
Xenca is a natural beauty and skincare brand that I was introduced to at #NottsMeetSep14. Suzie (a part owner of Xenca) gave an excellent talk about the brand, which you can find out more about in this post and was also kind enough to let us choose a product to take home.

After thinking I'd go for one of the other Pefection Eyeshadow Duos, 'Mink' I soon changed my mind when Cappuccino was passed around to swatch. I fell in love with the peachy pink shade in particular, which has a subtle, warm golden shimmer running through it. I love eyeshadow duos like this because they are so versatile. You can wear the shades alone, blended together or have the pink shade as the base and run the brown through the crease. So many options!

Not only is Cappuccino a beautiful eyeshadow duo with great wear time, but it is also made from completely organic ingredients, which you can find a list of here. Xenca is a cruelty free brand that strives to create natural, effective and sensibly priced products that are kind to the body. As someone with fairly sensitive eyelids, I am pleased to say that I've not had any reactions from using this product.


Suzie really made me think during her presentation at the event, as it's so easy to forget that all of the products you put on your skin are being absorbed into the bloodstream and it's quite scary when you think about it! At least with Xenca's beauty and skincare products, you can have the peace of mind that they're not doing any harm.

Something else that makes Xenca's makeup products so unique is the fact they come in recyclable cardboard packaging. I really like this idea, however you do need to be a little more careful than usual, to ensure the lid doesn't fall off the eyeshadow.

If you are interested in using more natural and organic beauty and skincare products or simply want to support a British beauty brand, I highly recommend having a browse of the Xenca website and trying a few of their products out. I think my next purchase will have to be the lipgloss I had my eye on at the event - it was so pretty!

Have you tried anything from Xenca?
If you want to find out more about the brand, be sure to follow Suzie on Twitter as I'm sure she'll be happy to answer any questions you have.

xo

*Sample received at blogger event.

Sunday Scribbles #3

Sunday, 19 October 2014


It’s Sunday and for the first time ever (I think) I can actually say I’ve managed to blog every day. I didn’t really plan to post every day it sort of just happened, but I have to say I’ve really enjoyed it. Whether I’ll be able to keep it up is a whole other thing entirely, but fingers crossed as I’m feeling quite inspired at the moment!

This week was pretty busy in terms of work, so I haven’t really been out to do anything exciting, however I did clean both my bedroom and office yesterday so they’re now looking rather lovely. A tidy room makes for a tidy mind after all…or something like that. I even swapped over the clothes in my wardrobe so it’s all autumn / winter wear now. I’m actually excited for the colder weather because it gives me plenty of chances to wear my new pink faux fur jacket from Next! 

I thought I’d do something a little different in these Sunday Scribbles posts from now on, I’m going to share some of my favourite things this week, so here goes… 

  • Anna and Lily’s Pamper Chat – Vivianna Does Makeup and Lily Pebbles’ beauty chat videos are the ones I look forward to seeing in my YouTube subscription box most of all each month. When they’re chatting about their favourite beauty (or in this case pamper) products and giggling away, I almost feel like I’m sat there in the same room as them joining in with the fun! 
  • The Blacklist– Although I already watch way too may TV shows, I’d heard so many good things about The Blacklist that I had to give it a go myself and eeek it’s amazing! I’m half way through season one and I’m well and truly hooked. No spoilers please.
  • Hello Giggles  - I’ve long been a fan of Hello Giggles and always read the articles that interest me when they pop up in my Facebook feed. It’s basically like an online magazine for us ‘grown up’ gals and there’s plenty of material there for when you’re procrastinating.  

I hope you have a lovely Sunday! 
Why not share your favourite post from your blog or someone else’s blog this week?  I’d love to read them! 
 xo

PS - I've been featured on Joshua James Jewellery's blog this week a long with some fabulous bloggers. Check it out here.

Making a memory box

Saturday, 18 October 2014

On my 18th birthday, my best friend Hannah bought me a box full of gifts and told me she wanted me to use the gift box as a memory box so I could collect little things from special days to look back on. It's such a lovely idea and I've collected so many things over the years (I'm now 24) that I've actually had to start a second box!

Here I've shared a few items in my memory box, so you can get an idea of the things to collect if you want to make your own box  (or one for your children). I love how in ten, twenty, thirty years' time I will be able to look back at this box and remember all the things that happened in my late teens and early twenties.

Tickets




Something I love to collect is tickets from special days out and events. Whether it's a trip I've taken with my boyfriend James, an event I've been to with my best friends or a show I've been to with my mum, I'll keep the tickets safe in my memory box.

Blogger event badges
I also like to collect little keepsakes from the blogger and press events I've been to, usually in the form of blogger name badges!

Cards
I'm a real hoarder when it comes to special cards - they're just so beautiful and always contain such lovely messages that I like to re-read from time to time.

Random little trinkets
In my memory box you'll also find a collection of little items I've collected over the years, including a cork from the champagne we drank on my 18th birthday, a keyring from my Grandma and little shells from the beach in Devon.

I love that every little thing in my memory box has it's own story. It means so much to me, so thank you to Hannah for inspiring me to start one all those years ago!

If you have a memory box  (or are inspired to start one) and decide to do a little blog post about it, I'd love it if you came back to share it here below.

xo