Wednesday, 1 February 2012

What I Loved in January

I always love reading other people's monthly favourites posts so I thought it would be a good idea to start doing my own. I think they're such a great way to discover new products and also I'm incredibly nosey and like to see what everyone keeps in their make-up bags and bathroom cupboards...


Shu Uemura Art of Hair Shusu Sleek: I used to think Kerastase Nutritive was the holy grail for my dry, frizzy hair but I had to use my mum’s Shusu Sleek when I went home over Christmas and forgot my own shampoo, and I’ve been totally converted. I was sceptical at first because I’m used to thick, creamy conditioners and this one feels quite light but it really has made my hair softer and more manageable than I ever thought possible. It is more expensive but definitely worth it in my eyes.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light: I’ve got weird skin. It’s a combination of dry and oily but not in the conventional sense: it’s oily on the surface, especially on my t-zone, and doesn't feel tight or dry but at the same time feels like it’s parched underneath. Does that make sense to anyone? Anyway, I felt like my usual moisturiser was just sitting on top of my skin and not really doing anything except adding to the oiliness, but this stuff sinks right in and feels like it's properly nourishing my skin. It makes a lovely base for my make-up too.

Topshop Skin Glow in Light: This is such a great, subtle highlighter. I use it on my cheekbones and around my eyes after I apply my foundation using the same brush and it gives me a lovely natural and dewy glow.

Urban Decay Naked Palette: This was on my Christmas list back in 2010 but unfortunately it was sold out everywhere at the time. However, I was lucky enough to receive it a whole year later and it was well worth the wait. I love Urban Decay eye shadows and I have lots of their palettes but this is by far my favourite. The colours are perfect for me and I’ve literally used it every day since I got it.

Mac Select Cover Up: I get quite bad patches of blemishes around my chin and on my jawline but I don’t really like wearing heavy foundations to cover them up. Instead I like to use a tinted moisturiser or a lighter coverage foundation and then blend this over the areas of bad skin, almost like a second foundation (watch this video to see what I mean). It’s easy to blend and can cover my blemishes without looking cakey.

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle: I love this stuff, it just makes my skin look amazing and it’s a lovely highlighter.

The Body Shop Facial Brush: I guess this cute little brush is kind of like the (much, much) cheaper version of a Clarisonic. My skin is quite sensitive so I’m always worried about using normal exfoliators which can irritate it. Instead I’ve been using this a couple of nights a week with my usual facewash and I’ve noticed quite a difference in my skin since I started using it at the beginning of January. I wish I could afford a Clarisonic Mia but this seems to be a good little substitute for now.

Topshop Nails in Heart of Gold, Rimmel Rock your Colour Glitter Topcoat and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri: This combo has been my typical nail decoration throughout December and January and it always gets compliments. The Insta-Dri topcoat does exactly what the name suggests: it dries so quickly it’s amazing, especially for someone as impatient as me!

What have been your favourite beauty products this month? If you've done a similar post please let me know in the comments, I love reading them.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Here I Go Again

Ooooops, I have accidentally neglected my poor little blog over summer.
I'm going to blame BT for my absence - we moved to a new city a few months ago and getting the internet set up has been such a nightmare. They cancelled my order for no apparent reason then took ages to send out the hub and connect everything up.
Anyway, I'm back online now and I've got lots of things to share so expect regular posting to resume from now on!

For now, though, I will share a few snaps Tom took of me while we were holidaying in the Lake District back in July...




Sunday, 8 May 2011

Return from Prague




I do apologise for the fortnight-long disappearing act, but I have a good excuse I promise! Tom's mum took us for a little last minute trip to Prague and since we got back I've been working non-stop to make up for the days I missed.
I was a complete moron and forgot to take my camera, so the pictures above were taken using my iPhone4. I have to say, they turned out a lot better than I expected! Tom's mum did take plenty of photos though so if you guys would like to see some more pictures of my adventures in Prague (including some very flattering snaps of me pretending to be a tulip!) then I will try to get them from her.
Have any of you visited Prague before? What did you think?
I thought it was a beautiful city with some truly breathtaking architecture. The view of the city from the castle was amazing and there were so many little nooks and crannys to discover among the cobbled streets. I'd certainly go back, although I think I'd prefer it in the Autumn (and hopefully then it wouldn't be so jam-packed full of tourists on walking tours) however I fear all those cobbles would be treacherous in icy conditions!

Now I'm going to spend the rest of my lazy Sunday catching up on all of my favourite blogs and replying to all of your lovely comments. I hope everyone else is enjoying their Sunday.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Monster Brownies


I made these yummy brownies the other day, using a recipe from Jamie's Monster Bake Sale, which was a mini recipe book sold to raise money for Comic Relief. They were so good, I felt compelled to share the recipe with you all!

Y ou will need:
125g Unsalted butter
100g good-quality dark chocolate (I actually added 200g to make them extra gooey and tasty)
4 Large eggs
300g Caster sugar
100g Self-raising flour, sifted
Pinch of Salt
125g Walnuts
Oven preheated to 190°c/375°F/Gas 5
17x25cm baking tin greased and lined (I used round cake tins instead because that was all I had)

  • Melt the chocolate and butter by placing in a bowl over a pan of boiled water.
  • Mix the eggs, sugar, flour and salt together then stir in the melted chocolate and the walnuts.
  • Spoon the mixture in to the tin then bake for about 15-20 minutes. You want the brownies to be crusty on top but still gooey in the middle.
  • Let them cool down a little before you slice them up. 
They are great eaten on their own but I like them with a dollop of cream. Gluttonous? Yup, but so, so good!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Some Random Ramblings...



Shoes & Glasses - Primark
Nails - Barry M Bright Purple & 17 Mint Choc Chip

I know that all the paint is rubbing off the beads on my bracelet, but I love it so much I'm going to wear it till it properly falls apart! It used to be little white and blue flowers painted on the beads.
I actually took these photos yesterday, just before I caught the train down to my parents house. It's so nice to be back home, especially since my mum has baked some of her awesome shortbread.

I'm home because I had an optician appointment this morning as I've been having problems with my contact lenses and my eyes have been really sore. Turns out I'm allergic to silicone, so it's a good job I wasn't planning a Boob Job anytime soon...

Anyway, I tried out Gem's Tips for polka dot nails but my nail art skills are pretty rubbish! I used a sewing pin to do mine but since I was watching TV as I was doing it I kept getting distracted, oops. Also, the quality of the 17 nail varnish (it's a Lasting Fix one) is really terrible. It was gooey and hard to get a nice smooth coat, and then it starting chipping literally an hour after I applied it! I know it cost less than £3 but still, I would have expected better from Boots.
Has anyone else tried this line of nail varnish? What did you think?

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Never Let Me Go


Top & Skirt - ASOS
Shoes - Primark
Cardigan - Per Una

I finally decided what to buy with my ASOS Groupon vouchers, and went for this cute denim skirt and the coral blouse. I also added a lovely little bracelet by Orelia to my basket at the last minute because I just couldn't resist it!


The sun was out in full force yesterday so after taking these pictures I spent the afternoon sitting in the garden reading my book. It was lovely!

I'm off work all week so I originally planned to do lots of baking and sewing (and blogging too) but unfortunatly my week has not been going to plan so far!
I spent most of Monday in A&E with my little sister after she hurt her foot. Someone dropped a brick on her by accident and it looked so painful - she could hardly walk and couldn't fit her shoe on because it was so swollen. 

Then, this morning I woke up feeling awful. I've been hit by a horrible cold and have had no motivation to do anything today, except sit in my PJ's drinking tea and finally watching Never Let Me Go which, quite frankly, just made me feel even worse! 
Who else has watched it? What did you think?

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Heart Shaped Glasses

Dress - Primark
Cardigan - H&M
Shoes & Glasses - Topshop

It was so lovely and sunny when I wore this on Friday and I was so pleased to get my legs out haha! I know heart-shaped glasses aren't really the accessory du jour anymore, but Tom bought these leopard print ones for me 3 years ago and I still love them.

We had two BBQs at our house this weekend. The first was on Friday to celebrate Tom's birthday and my memories of it are slightly hazy, probably thanks to the copious glasses of Pimms I managed to get through before some drunkard smashed the jug!
We had a slightly more civilised affair on Saturday (there was even some marshmallow toasting) but I think it's safe to say that I've filled my quota for grilled meats and plastic cheese this month...

What did you get up to over the weekend?