Binky London Mocha Gel Nail Polish Review

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 www.binkylondon.com 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?

Binky London is available at selected Co-op stores across the UK and will be available in selected pharmacies in Ireland from mid-November.
xo

*PR sample received in exchange for honest review.

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Seek My Scribbles Giveaway | Win a Ted Baker gift set

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. 
xo


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What I've been reading | October

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?
xo
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October Favourites

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? 
xo
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Bourjois Cream Blush 04 Sweet Cherry Review

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?
xo
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Sunday Scribbles #4

"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!
xo
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5 Things I want to add to my A/W wardrobe

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?
xo
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Nanshy Blending Brush Review

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


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
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My top 3 lipsticks for autumn

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
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5 ways to use teacups


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
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Xenca Perfection Eyeshadow Cappuccino Review

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.
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Sunday Scribbles #3


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.

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Making a memory box

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

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Handirest Review






Handirest - £9.99

As much as I love nail polish, I find painting my nails to be such a chore! It’s probably because even after years of practice I’m still a clumsy nail painter. Oh and I usually leave it until the very last minute before I need to go out, which usually results in my trying to paint my nails at my desk, on my knee or on whatever surface I can find – a dangerous game when you’re prone to getting nail polish everywhere!

So when I received the Handirest manicure cushion in my #NottsMeetSep14 goody bag it was a very welcomed surprise! This cushion has been specially designed with recesses so you can use it to paint the nails on each hand. It is extremely light weight (making it easy to carry around with you) and it is also really comfortable to rest your hands on, allowing for a much steadier nail painting session.

Not only that, but now I have the Handirest I don’t have to worry about getting nail polish on my outfits or my lovely furniture! You can also use it to rest your hands on when you are applying false nails or doing nail art.

The Handirest is a great product and it is certainly something I will be continuing to use when I need to paint my nails at home or on-the-go! It is priced affordably at £9.99 and I personally think it would make a great stocking filler this Christmas (yes I said the C word) for women of all ages who like to paint their nails.

xo

*Item gifted in event goody bag

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Fall in love Tag

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Autumn is probably my favourite season of all and not just because of my birthday! The colours, the fashion, the leaves, there’s little I don’t like about this season. The lovely Leah picked me to do the ‘Fall in love’ tag, so here are my answers…

What is your favourite fall scent? 
I don’t really think I have a favourite autumn scent as such. I tend to stick to burning vanilla and berry scented candles, so I’ll go with those scents!

What is your favourite fall drink? 
Again I don’t think I have a favourite drink that I only drink in the autumn time, but I do drink soup out of big mugs in the autumn, does that count?

What fall trend are you most excited about? 
Ripped knee jeans! They look so lovely with a big chunky knit and ankle boots.

What is your favourite fall beauty product? 
So far it’s been the Maybelline Color Drama lip pencil in the shade ‘Keep it Classy’ which I reviewed in yesterday’s blog post.

What is your fall guilty pleasure? 
Wearing ridiculous outfits around the house to keep warm. My typical autumn outfits usually consist of leggings, HUGE fluffy socks and Mickey Mouse / Batman / Cookie Monster jumpers.

What do you like to do most in fall?
Run huge baths with lots of bubbles (Lush bubble bars are the best) and relax with a good book.

What is you favourite fall song?
One of the songs I’ve been playing a lot recently is Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking out loud.’ Have you seen the video? It’s amazing!

What is you favourite fall food?
Jacket Potatoes! I never eat them in the summer as I associate them with being more of an autumn / winter food. Toppings of cheese and beans or cheese and coleslaw will do me just nicely!

What is your favourite fall holiday? 
Bonfire night! I love pretty fireworks and mushy peas mmm!

A big thank you to Leah for tagging me! I tag:

Charlotte Rose from RoseCharli
Amy from A Little Boat Sailing
Hayley from Frock Me I'm Famous
Annabel from Mascara & Maltesers 

Before I go I just want to let you know that Palladium Boots are hosting an event in Nottingham this Friday (17th October) at the Bodega. See the poster below for more information!


xo
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Keep It Classy Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil Review


For me this season is all about gorgeous plum and berry lipsticks and I think I have found a beautiful autumnal shade in Maybelline’s ‘Keep it Classy.’

After seeing the Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencils on a few of my favourite beauty blogs, I knew I had to try them out myself. There were a number of shades that caught my eye, but none stood out to me as much as ‘Keep it Classy.’ Although it looked more of a nudey pink shade under the store lights, I was pleasantly surprised to find that upon swatching, it was actually a gorgeous deep reddy-plum shade.



 I was initially worried that the lip pencil would be really drying on the lips, but it was actually much the opposite! The Maybelline Color Drama lip pencils have a lovely creamy formula, allowing the product to glide onto the lips effortlessly. The product is also really lightweight on the lips, so you can't even feel it's there.

Wear time is pretty good, though for me it doesn’t last all day. Re-application is super easy though, thanks to the shape of the pencil that makes lining the lips and filling in the middle a doddle, even for clumsy folk like me.



Something else I really like about the Maybelline Color Drama lip pencils is the packaging. The black and white looks so chic and I love the fact it has the shade colour at the bottom, making it easy to find in your makeup bag.

At £4.99 the Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencils are a real steal and I’ll definitely be going back to pick up another shade. Some people are comparing them to the NARS lip pencils and whilst I cannot compare them having not tried the NARS offering myself, with a £12.00 price difference, I'll happily stick with Maybelline!

xo
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5 quotes I love

Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

One of my favourite things to 'pin' on Pinterest (aside from future home decor inspiration) is quotes. They don't have to inspirational or about anything particular, but if I like it or can relate to it, I'll pin it! These are five quotes that I truly love and think the messages behind them are wonderful. 

You may have noticed that I now have a little Pinterest board at the side of my blog. Be sure to check it our from time to time as the images will change and it will definitely be featuring some of my other favourite quotes.

Are there any particular quotes you love or live by?

xo

Megan Jane
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Blackberry Bath Bomb Lush Review


The Blackberry Bath Bomb from Lush may not look all that exciting, but let me tell you, it has a lot to offer, making it one of my favourites to date.

Two of it's key ingredients are Bergamot oil and Frankincense oil, both of which are used in aromatherapy to relieve tension and leave you feel calm and relaxed. Just what you want from a good bath!


Now I was expecting quite a fruity scent, but it's definitely more sweet, whilst also being woody, which really, really works. It made my whole bathroom smell absolutely amazing! The colours it produces in the bath water are just so beautiful. As someone who isn't a fan of Lush's glittery bombs, preferring those that produce pretty colours, the Blackberry Bomb ticked all the boxes for me!


I mean, just look at how pretty my bath water looks! Not only did it look like some sort of magical fairytale bath, but the oils used in the bath bomb also left my skin feeling so soft and smooth and not the slightest bit greasy. Another bonus was the fact that this left absolutely no mess in my bath afterwards.

Oh and once the bath bomb has fizzled away, there's a fun little surprise inside, but I'll leave that for you to discover!

After being dubious about buying the Blackberry Bath Bomb from Lush, as it didn't look all that exciting, I'm so, so glad I did because it is one of the prettiest and most beautiful scented bath bombs I've used so far. Fancy trying it yourself? You can buy it in-store or from the Lush website for £3.25.

xo
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Harlequin Cosmetics lip balm and soap review

Harlequin Cosmetics Origin Lip Balm - £2.99*
Everyone needs a good lip balm, especially in the colder months and for me it's currently all about the Origin Lip Balm by Harlequin Cosmetics.

This lip balm is made from all natural and organic ingredients including organic apricot kernel oil, organic Fairtrade shea butter, organic yellow beeswax and organic cocoa butter. The buttery formula feels oh-so-lovely on the lips and leaves them soft and smooth for a good few hours. It also has a slight chocolatey taste, which I personally love!

A little goes a long way, so you won't need to use much to keep your lips hydrated and prevent them from getting chapped. Like all of Harlequin Cosmetics' products, the Origin Lip Balm is handmade and free from Sulphates and Parabens. They do not test on animals, which gives them an extra billion bonus points in my opinion.

If you are looking for a really moisturising lip balm to use throughout autumn and winter (and for the rest of the year for that matter) I highly recommend popping over to the Harlequin Cosmetics website and treating yourself to the Origin Lip Balm for the purse-friendly price of £2.99.



From browsing their website, you'll see that they also sell a selection of handmade soaps. I was lucky enough to receive a sample of one of their soaps, a long with the lip balm in my #NottsMeetSep14 goody bag. The soap is just as lovely as the lip balm and will make a great stocking filler gift, if you're already thinking about Christmas presents for your friends and family.

I'm so glad to have been introduced to this wonderful family run business and will definitely be trying more of their handmade cosmetics and skincare in the future.

Have you tried anything from Harlequin Cosmetics?

xo
PS - Hope you like the new simple & clean blog layout!

*Item gifted in event goody bag
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New makeup purchases | Mini birthday haul

Maybelline Color Drama lipstick, YSL mascara, Bourjois cream blush makeup purchases

 Last weekend I went on a little shopping trip and decided to treat myself to a few new makeup items with my birthday money. As you can see I didn't go crazy, but I did end up purchasing a few new items of clothing too, which I'll show you in future outfit posts!

The first thing that caught my eye in Boots was the Maybelline Color Drama lip pencils. I had seen them on Sophia's blog and after her wonderful review, I knew I had to try one out myself! I decided to go for the shade 'Keep it Classy,' a plum shade perfect for autumn. I've worn it over the last few days and will be doing a little review post on it soon.

The Bourjois cream blush in the shade Nude Velvet is a firm favourite of mine, so I thought I would buy another one from the range, this time opting for 04 Sweet Cherry, a lovely pinky-brown shade. Again, I think this is a lovely shade for autumn and feel like it provides a more classy look than some of my usual peach / pale pink blushers.

After much deliberation I decided to treat myself to my favourite mascara (to date) the Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils mascara (what a mouthful). The packaging is beautiful and I always feel like it makes my eye lashes look 10x better than other mascaras. It cost £24.50 and came in a set with the YSL Eye Makeup Remover, which I'm looking forward to testing.

And last but not least I picked up an oldie but goodie, the Collection Lasting Perfect Concealer. I still haven't found a concealer I like better than this and £3.99 you can't go wrong!

Have you tried any of these products?
Let me know what you think!
xo

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Turning 24 | My Birthday weekend at the Hilton Sheffield


Black lace panel dress - New Look // Pink faux fur coat - Next // Pointed nude heels - F&F
Falafel burger at Giraffe // Salted caramel cheesecake at Browns // Raspberry champagne cocktail at Browns // Berry Bellini at Giraffe // Strawberries at chocolate at Hilton Sheffield
Last Friday I turned the grand age of twenty four and I was well and truly spoilt! After a chilled out breakfast with the family, I was whisked away to the Hilton hotel in Sheffield, where I was to spend the next couple of nights. James had sneakily called ahead and arranged for there to be a bottle of champagne in the room and it was such a good surprise! Thank you to the lovely people at the Hilton for including the strawberries and chocolate too - they were delicious! James had also bought me a gorgeous fresh water pearls jewellery set featuring a bracelet, necklace and pair of earrings. He really is the best when it comes to picking out beautiful jewellery.

We spent the weekend chilling out, shopping, eating tasty food (that burger was amazing) and drinking far too much wine (and cocktails). We also had a swim in the Hilton pool to try and work off some of the delicious food we had indulged in at Brown's the night before. The pool was heated (always a bonus) and the other facilities (sauna, steam room etc) were lovely too. After having such a wonderful weekend at the Hilton hotel in Sheffield, I'll definitely be going back to stay there again.

During the weekend I made a couple of trips to Meadow Hall (the big shopping centre in Sheffield) to pick up a few beauty items and additions to my autumn / winter wardrobe, including the dress above. It was the perfect evening dress to pair with my new pink faux fur jacket, which my mum and dad kindly bought me for my birthday! I'm planning on sharing the other bits and bobs I bought too in a little birthday haul post later this week, so be sure to look out for that.

I had such a wonderful birthday and it's all thanks to my mum, dad, brother and of course James! Thank you all so much. I think 24 is going to be a good year for me and I can't wait for part two of the birthday celebrations with my best friends next weekend.

xo
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