Wednesday, 28 November 2012

My Ultimate Pandora Bracelet - Blogger Challenge

There seems to be a bit of a theme running through my features lately doesn't there and I am pretty sure that you have all noticed what it is - Pandora!

Earlier this evening, I posted Part 1 of my Pandora Christmas inspiration feature here and gave you all a bit of information about some of the brands lovely bracelets and how they'd make perfect christmas presents. Well, this feature isn't anything to do with a Christmas gift guide; it's my wishlist - my ultimate Pandora bracelet!

A couple of days ago, I noticed on Twitter that John Greed were presenting us bloggers with a very generous challenge! They were challenging us bloggers to create our ultimate Pandora bracelet using any bracelets and charms up to the value of £250 - sounds pretty good right!? Well my lovelies, it gets better! John Greed are going to give one lucky blogger their ultimate bracelet that's worth upto a whopping £250! They're also going to be choosing some runners up who will receive five 25% off discount codes for the John Greed website - amazing!

The rules of the Blogger Challenge are:
  1. Go to John Greed Jewellery's Pandora collection
  2. Create your dream Pandora Charm Bracelet - using any number of Pandora charms and bracelet - the more stylish/creative/personal the better! The only rule is that it can't be over £250!
  3. Blog about your chosen charm bracelet - remember, aim to get it as close to £250 as you can!
  4. Use the Twitter and/or Facebook button below to let the world know that you're in the competition
  5. Leave us a comment with a link to your finished blog article and name.
So without any further or do let me show you my readers and the people at John Greed my ultimate Pandora bracelet! I have chosen a theme for this bracelet and it is mystery and magic!

 


23cm Silver Bracelet £55.00

This silver bracelet is really good value for money and amazing quality. The colour is so versatile and the silver tone will work amazingly well with my chosen charms! The dull tones will work well together and I'm really happy with what I have created.

Silver Crown Charm (790930) £25.00

I remember seeing this charm in gold when my auntie was looking at it on holiday and I instantly fell in love. The gold and the diamonds were amazing and I wanted the charm sooooo bad. However, the price tag was over £700 and way out of my price range! Can you imagine how happy I was when I got an email off John Greed a while ago and noticed that this stunning crown charm had been released at a more affordable price!

Why did I choose this charm, may you ask? Well, within my family I am known as the princess (mainly my nannas) and of course this crown charm would be perfect for me! Not only does this crown have meaning to me because of family it also works wonderfully well with my theme mystery and magic - there is something mysterious and so magical about a princess and her crown!

Silver and 14ct Gold Fairy Dangle Charm (791032) £45.00

Keeping in with my mystery and magic theme, this pretty little fairy is perfect! I think every girl is amazed by princesses and fairies and I know for sure that I am! I love this fairys little face and the 14ct gold heart on her chest is beautiful. I love the contrast with the gold against the silver and the detail is lovely -  such a cute little charm and it would look amazing dangling alongside one of the bigger charms.

Silver Pave Star Dangle Charm (791024CZ) £35.00

Let's face it, you can't have a mystery and magic themed bracelet without including a star! Everything about starts and mysterious and magical, I know I could spend forever looking up into the starry sky at night wondering what's up there and just admiring how pretty they all look twinkling away! Stars also have a special meaning to me because I was always told by family that when someone died they went to heaven and became the brigest star in the sky. Everytime you seen the brightest star in the sky it was that person - the pave crystals in this charm will twinkle beautifully like the brightest star in the sky and like the fairy will look amazing alongside one of the bigger charms.

Silver Clear Pave Charm (791051CZ) £55.00

I absolutely love this charm. Again, when I received the email from John Greed a while ago this one instantly grabbed my eye and caught my attention. I think this is such a gorgeous piece and will really jazz up a bracelet and add a touch a girly sparkle to it! As well as this charm being beautiful it also fits perfecty into my mystery and magic theme! The clear crystals will work beautifully with the dangling pave charm, the dangling fairy, the crown and the jet black glass bead - I love this charm and the way all my chosen charms tie in together!

Black Faceted Murano Glass Charm (761069) £35.00

The final charm I chose to incorpoate into my mystery and magic themed bracelet was a jet black glass bead, The way in which this bead has been cut makes it so interesting and the colour black instantly reminds me of mystery and magic. This bracelet wouldn't be complete without a jet black charm and I really think this charm compliments my whole theme. There isn't much colour in the bracelet I have designed and the tones are all silver and grey based; therefore, black is the perfect addition and will really make the silver pop and stand out - especially the clear pave charms I have chosen!

Well my lovelies and people from John Greed that is my ultimate Pandora bracelet and a little about why I have chosen the charms. I guess the thing you're all wondering is have I managed to stick to the limit of £250.00. Well the answer is, yes! My mystery and magic bracelet comes in bang on £250.00!

All of the products that I have featured today can be found on John Greeds website here and the details of the Blogger Challenge can be found here.

I would just like to thank the people at John Greed for being so generous and giving bloggers the chance to design their ultimate Pandora bracelet and win it - wow!

What do you think of my mystery and magic themed bracelet? Do you like it or would you have chosen a different theme with different charms? Have you entered the Blogger Challenge yet?

* Please note: In two weeks time on 5th December 2012, we will look through all of the blog entries and let the winner know that their personalised dream Pandora charm bracelet is on it's way! Runners up will receive 5 exclusive 25% discount codes at JohnGreedJewellery.com

Christmas gift ideas #1 - Pandora (Part 1)

As I'm sure you're all well aware, Christmas is just around the corner - yay! I know a lot of people find it hard to think of what to buy for their friends and family, as there are so many gift options out there on the high street. Leading up to Christmas, I am going to be doing a few posts showcasing a few products that I think would make lovely gifts - they're mainly going to be based around women but I really shall try and do a feature suitable for male presents :)

Something that has become very well known in recent years is Pandora. This Danish jewellery brand is everywhere these days and if a woman doesn't have a Pandora bracelet she definitely wants one! Prices are suitable for all budgets and there is a wide variety of charms available. Bracelets come in different materials - leather, sterling silver, oxidised sterling silver, silver/gold and then gold. The full gold bracelet is a little pricey and so are the full gold charms however the gold used is 14 carat and they are beautiful! I'm a huge fan of gold and I know if I had the money I'd love to have it on my wrist!

Unfortunately, I'm not going to be showing you any full gold bracelets or charms in this feature because I don't own any pieces *cry* but I am going to be showing you a leather bracelet, slver bracelet, Murano glass beads, silver charms and silver/gold charms - phew, what a mouthful of a sentence!

I would just like to put it out there that I actually cannot wear silver usually. I have such a bad time with it; I go green, even if it's sterling silver. For this reason and because I actually prefer the overall look of it, I'm a gold kind of girl :) You're probably wondering why do I have silver bracelets if thet metal goes green .. well here is the weird thing - Pandora jewellery doesn't make me go green :) For some reason, instead of my skin going green the charms just tend to tarnish a lot quicker and don't look as shiny. This is nothing to do with the charms themselves as I have family members who have sparkly perfect silver charms; it's my weird skin not being particularly fond of silver!

Anyway, lets get into the actual purpose of this post ...

These bracelets would make a perfect gift for a woman who likes jewellery because they're something you can keep forever. You can add as many charms onto the bracelet as you want to wear it full or you can select a few of your favourite ones and wear it like that. I personally perfer to wear mine so they're loose as I'm always writing at uni and when they're full it becomes to bukly to write!

Pandora Double Woven Grey Leather and Silver Starter Bracelet - £45.00

This bracelet is super versatile as you can wear it on its own without any charms or you can add a few charms onto the chord to spice it up a little. The clasp is silver and it ties in perfectly with the silver leather! This bracelet would be perfect for a lady who would like to wear the bracelet casually stacked with other bracelets or for someone who only wants one or two charms. You cannot fill the leather bracelets with charms, they're only designed for a couple to be placed onto the chord.


 
 
Pandora Silver Bracelet - £55.00

These are the bracelets that are designed to be either filled full of charms or worn with however many you feel comfortable with. These bracelets are also so versatile and you can make them as interesting and as personal as you want. I have a bracelet for ordinary charms and then I have a 'special bracelet' with charms on that are either a little more expensive than the average silver ones or have a lot of meaning behind them.
This bracelet would make a perfect gift for someone as they can add to the bracelet themselves or collect charms that have been given to them on special occasions. A Pandora bracelet is personal to the wearer and can enable someone to show their personality or remember a special event.

*source here 
 
 


 
I hope you have enjoyed Part 1 of my Pandora feature and have gained some possible christmas ideas by looking at the pictures of the bracelets that I have :) Part 2 will soon follow and in this feature I will show the different charms and beads that I have with a little bit of information about each one. These bracelets really are so lovely and would make an amazing christmas gift. A woman who receives a Pandora bracelet it bound to treasure it forever and to be honest buying the charms and creating your bracelet becomes a bit of an addiction!
 
If you have any questions regarding these bracelets and the sizes I am wearing, please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible! The prices for both of these braceles were taken from the John Greed website (which can be found here) as you're able to order from here if you don't have a local Pandora - the delivery is also amazing!!
 
Have you gained any Christmas ideas from this feature? Are you thinking of buying anyone one of these bracelets for Christmas?
 
Remember to keep checking back as Part 2 of this feature will be coming shortly showing my charms!
 

Saturday, 24 November 2012

NOTD - Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine 'GNP 1 Blackberry 234'

So I don't know if you guys are aware but I literally used to be the biggest Barry M fan. I have so so many of their nail paints in more or less every single colour they did. However, I noticed that although their selection of colours was amazing the quality of the polishes weren't so I moved onto OPI and Chanel!

A few months ago I was reading some nail blogs and to be fair I was a little jealous of some bloggers as they'd been sent some new Barry M nail polishes to try and swatch before anyone else. I couldn't resist the colours and I knew as soon as they were released I had to get my hands on them!

Now you may be wondering why was I excited for new Barry M nail polishes when I have just said that the quality of their polishes isn't fantastic. Well, the newest ones in the range are 'Gelly Hi-Shine' polishes and their colours are lovely!

As you all know, I love purple so when I came across this shade I couldn't resist temptation! I also picked up another colour as the polishes were on offer in my local Boots - here.

I'm not going to say a lot about this nail polish as I am only doing a NOTD feature for you to see the colours :) I will be doing a review shortly and I will talk more in depth then; I don't want to repeat myself in both features and bore you guys!

Left - Right: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail paint 'GNP 1 Blackberry 234' and Rimmel Lycra Pro '421 Clearly Clear'
 
I always like to apply a base coat of clear nail polsih before painting my nails as it stops any staining that may occur. I think it's really important to try and protect your natural nails from discolouration because let's face it ... no one wants yellow finger nails do they! I also find that applying a base coat helps the nail polish to stay on my nails that little bit longer!
 
 
I really like this colour and when Barry M say that their new Gelly nail paints are high shine they really do mean it! I really really like this purple colour I think it's perfect for winter and looks really good aginst my pale skin. The shade is a deep purple (the pictures above show the colour perfectly). The formula does feel like it is a gel consistency compared to other nail poilishes but this doesn't make application difficult - it's really easy; just like applying any other nail polish. Also, one huge plus point with this 'Gelly' nail paint is that you don't need a special light to set/dry the product; it just dries like an ordinary polish :)
 
(I apologise for my application not being super neat!)
 
As you can see from the picture this nail polish is super shiny and really does look gorgeous on. I think it is such a grown up shade of purple and would be perfect to wear to work, out for drinks or just to wear during these grey winter days. I love purple and I love this shade!
 
After taking these pictures and posting this feature, I did actually put a coat of the previously mentioned clear nail polish on top and this gave that extra added shine to an already shiny nail polish - I really am impressed with this little beauty and best of all it only cost me £3.99! 
 
I don't normally wear dark coloured nail polishes (you all know how much I like love pinks) but there are two big bonus's that I have found from wearing dark nail polishes:
 
1) They make my pale skin look more alive - they don't make me look as pale and as dead.
2) Dark nail polishes make your fingers appear slimmer and longer - amazing!!
 
What do you think of the Barry M nail paints; have you tried 'Blackberry'? What's your favourite colour to wear for the winter months?
I hope you're all having an amazing Saturday night! As you may have seen on Twitter yesterday I had some pretty upsetting news but hey ho that's life isn't it! I've just eaten an amazing jacket potato and I'm planning on Watching X Factor, I'm A Celebrity and downloading some music onto my IPod and IPad.
 

 
 

 


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Beauty Bloggers Tag

Yes my lovelies, you have read the title of this post correctly - I am doing another tag! As I'm sure you all know, I love doing tags as they let you get to know a little about me as a person and not just as some hands typing away on a laptop speaking about hauls and beauty products.

I was tagged by the lovely Emma- Louise from Belles Avenue and this tag just looks really fun! I have noticed this tag has been done by a few other beauty bloggers and they too have seemed to really enjoy it!


Source - Forgot the get the website address! I typed into Google Images 'makeup products' and this image was one of the search results that popped up :)


So let's begin ...

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?

I started blogging during the summer months as I was home from university. As many students will know, when you're at uni you have ALOT of things you need to be doing - whether that's doing work or socialising. In my case it was work; I'm doing a law degree - difficult!
I was home for the summer and although I was loving the relaxing I found I didn't really have many things to be doing and I found it strange not being on my laptop. I had been bought some products that I had my eye on and when I got home I thought I would take some photos of them. My mum and auntie actually found me on my bedroom floor fussing around with the products and a camera trying to take photos. Of course, they asked me what I was doing and I replied 'I think I'm going to write a blog. I don't know how to do it but I'm going to try'. I have to admit they did look at me a little funny but they knew I was interested in beauty and watching peoples videos - I'd often just lay on my bed watching YouTubr videos as though it was the TV!
I started a blog on another blogging site and found I was really getting into it. However, the blogs I found myself reading and falling in love with were using Blogger. The features they had were amazing and looked so much better than mine! I kept going on my old site but when I got back to uni I decided I was going to use Blogger - I published my first feature on this site Friday the 14th of September 2012 saying hello to everyone and telling them I'd changed my blog address (kinda sad I know!) My first real feature was published on Saturday the 15th of September 2012 and the Little Beauty Blogg as you all know it was born! My first ever feature was on the Victorias Secret store on New Bond Street in London here.
Although I have only been blogging a little over 2 months I have fallen in love with it and I know this is something I am going to carry on doing for as long as there are people wanting to read what I write :) I have come a long way in the short amount of time and I thank you all for helping my little slice of the internet gain popularity! I owe you all!

Whos blog did you first fall in love with?

In all honesty, I didn't fall in love with a blog in the beginning. There are a lot of blogs out there that I love now but in the beginning I was hooked on YouTube channels. I just loved watching them and hearing about the products people loved and didn't like - it was a great way to add things onto my wishlist. The channels I loved were FleurDeForce and TheClaudiaCouture. Both of these YouTube'rs have blogs and I'm super confident you have all heard of FleurDeForce here. I also love Claudia; she's such a lovely down to earth person and although she is younger than myself I find her so articulate. She seems beyond her years (in a good way). Her blog is lovely and there are a mixture of different features here.

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product you bought and was it worth the hype?

To be honest I don't really buy lots and lots of different products just because I have seen other bloggers rave about them. I find that there are so many loved products out there that if you bought every single hyped about product you'd be forever buying and never have any money!
Before I started blogging, I watched YouTube videos and I watched a lot of girls rave about Burts Bees lip balms - as far as I knew they were only available in America but I was wrong! I found them in Boots and picked up 2 different flavours - I love them and they work a treat on my lips when they're dry and chapped. Therefore, definitely worth the hype!!
Another hyped about product in the blogosphere is the Collection 2000 Lasting PErfection Ultimate Wear Concealer. I picked up this concealer because I needed a new one and happened to come across the product on another beauty blog. This reminded me that I intended to pick this little beauty up and it really is amazing! It cost me something silly like £4.19 from Superdrug and considering it is so cheap it works wonders! I would compare it slightly to my beloved Boi-ing concealer from Benefit here. This concealer is definitely worth the hype and is amazing. I would recommend it to any woman - it's cheap and is a great staple product to have in your makeup bag.

What are your favourite five things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?

My first favourite thing has to be talking to and meeting new beauty bloggers! There are so many lovely girls out there who are willing to chat to you even though you're a newbie and they're a little more established than yourself. It's such a welcoming community!
The second thing I love about blogging is having my own slice of the internet. I know this sounds really weird but it's amazing to know that there are so many websites and other blogs out there but people choose to click onto your page and read what you have to say. I love logging into Blogger and looking at my stats and traffic sources. I never ever imagined anyone would be interested in reading what I had to say so I appreciate absolutely every single view, comment and subscriber - you're all amazing!
The third thing I love about blogging is being able to express myself about things I love or don't. I'm normally sticking my head in law books and preparing for tutorials ect and being able to come onto my blog and share my thoughts/opinions about things I'm passionate about is a really fun break! Of course, I love my degree (otherwise I wouldn't have chosen to do it) but blogging gives me something to do during my free time and I love it so far!
The fourth thing I love about being a beauty blogger is the way in which people sometimes ask me for advice. I don't claim to be a beauty guru and I don't think that I am but it's always nice when people ask you for tips regarding makeup or ask you what products you use. It's nice to know someone is reading your blog and values what you're saying. I love getting private messages from readers and when someone on Facebook told my they'd actually bought some products because they'd seem them featured on my blog I was over the moon!
The fifth and final thing I love about blogging and being a beauty blogger is the opportunities it has presented me with! Never ever in a million years did I ever think that I would ever be followed on Twitter by companys! I think one of the mistakes some beauty bloggers make (a small number who are an exception) is think that as soon as they start blogging companys will come flooding their postbox with samples. No, it doesn't work like that! Of course it's lovely to be able to chat to PR companys and recieve emails from people but that's all part of recognition. Hard work pays off, remember that :)!

*These favourite things are in no particular order, I love all these things and more about blogging. As I could only choose 5 I chose the first 5 that popped into my head :')

What have you learnt from being a beauty blogger?

The thing that I have learnt from being a beauty blogger is to do your research before you dive in and purchase something. Just because a well known beauty blogger likes/dislikes the product doesn't mean you will have the same opinion! You need to have a look around, google the product and see if there are any more features. Never let someones opinion 100% influence you. Of course, you're bound to be influenced by the opinions of bloggers but don't take it as being set in stone because we all have different skin types, likes/dislikes and opinions :) Go into the shop and ask if they have any samples - usually, they'll be willing to give you one!

Have you changed anything since becoming a beauty blogger?

I have changed lots and lots of things. However, one thing I have changed is my outlook on my blog. I started it thinking it would be a hobby that only I enjoyed writing and reading - I never imagined that I would interest other people with my ramblings.
My opinion on blogging has also changed. I assumed that this would just be a little hobby that I did some nights or at the weekend because I was bored and didn't have anything to do. Ooh my, how wrong I was! Blogging absorbs you and you grow such a love for it super quickly! It's amazing and I'm so glad I plucked up the courage to start! Just a shame the same can't be said for YouTube - I'm still trying to grow a pair and get on there!!

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a beauty blogger.

The main thing would be to blog about something you're interested in and to write about what you want to write about it. Don't start blogging for PR samples or anything because at first they're not going to come. You need to be realistic about things and focus on what you write. I'd advise someone to blog about what they know and love - don't blog about beauty because you think it looks ok, blog about beauty because you're passionate and want to share your thoughts and opinions with other fellow beauty junkies!
Also, one HUGE piece of advice that I would give to any blogger just starting out is KEEP IT CLEAN! Remember, when you go for a job interview or are in the workplace and mention you have a blog; your employer WILL find out and will probably check up. You don't want to be writing about disgusting inappropriate things or swearing all over the place. Write a blog that is clean and would make you proud to show to family, friends, work colleagues or your boss. Also, another piece of big advice would be to make different Twitter and Facebook accounts. You don't want to go writing the nitty gritty of your personal life all over your blog and accounts. Have a Twitter and/or Facebook for the blog and also have a Twitter and/or Facebook that is personal and for friends and family only. I also suggest that you keep these personal profiles private; employers seem to like this, so I have heard.

Name your top five brands.

I absolutely LOVE Lancome, as I'm sure you're all aware. I find their products are amazing and they're really lovely to use on your skin. They give amazing finish and I just think they're worth the money. I'm happy to splash out on Lancome.
Another brand I love has to be Chanel - of course I had to give them a mention. I have some nail varnishes by Chanel and they're amazing! I have of course looked at so many of their products and tried them out and they're just wonderful. I love that they give you that added bit of luxury and their packaging is amazing!
The third brand I love is the body shop! I love the way their products are cruelty free and they don't test of any animals act. They also raise a lot of money and there are generally just some lovely core princples behind the brand. I currently use some of their products and they do the trick without braking the bank.
Another brand I love is MAC. I'm not going to say that every single product they do is amazing because it isn't - I had such a rubbish time with my foundation and powder; it was just the total wrong colour for me and was too orange based :( However, some of their lip products look amazing and a lot of their brushes are on my wishlist! If only they weren't so expensive.
Finally, I love OPI. The formula of their nail polishes is amazing and there is such a huge range of colours to choose from. They're not bad prices and the bottles are big which means it's going to last you a while. They stay on your nails for a reasonable amount of time and therefore I have no complaints really!

Recommend your top five favourite beauty products.

I have to cheat here and say a few products from Lancome! I don't want to say everything because there may be some bad products they have created but I use quite a few and I have never had any problems with their quality or way in which they react with my skin. I don't want to just list them all because there's a few so if anyone has any questions please comment below or ask me on Twitter and I will definitely get back to you with an opinion!
Another product I love is Burts Bees lip balm. I suffer from such dry and chapped lips (all year round) because I have such a naughty habit of licking them! My Burts Bees works wonders. Literally, I can have cracked sore lips before bed, apply a thick layer of lip balm, go to bed and wake up with wonderful pain free lips - amazing!
A product I would recommend for anybody is the Collection 2000 LAsting Perfection Concealer. This concealer is super cheap and does the trick amazingly well. It lasts well, doesn't crease, doesn't smudge and most importantly doesn't aggravate my sensitive skin!
Something many many beauty bloggers are raving about at the moment is the Crescent Moon highlighter from Topshops makeup line. It is usually priced at £10 but only cost me £9 as I have a student card and applies really well. I would compare it to more higher end highlighters that I have tried and for £10 is a total bargain! It looks amazing on the skin and isn't too shimmery so you don't look like some form of glitter fairy.
A final product I'd recommend is the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I looked at the original Naked and just preferred the colours in the Naked 2 (they're a lot more metallic) and they're all perfect for creating a neutral smokey eye. You don't even have to create a smokey eye with the colours you can just sweep one over your eyelid. The best thing is they're all neutral colours and this is something I'm a huge fan of. A lof of people believe this product is too overly priced and if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to this £36 palette I believe MUA offer one for £4.

I loved answering this tag and I hope that yet again you lovelies have got to know a little more about me! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible; you know how much I love your comments :)!

Anyway, you're probably wondering who I tag to do this Beauty Bloggers Tag. Well I know that a lot of girls have been really interested in this and a lot of bloggers really enjoy tag features so ... I tag you all :)

I hope you're all having a lovely Wednesday evening, it's not long until the weekend now; we're half way there!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Mini Boots haul

 As those of you who follow me on Instagram may have noticed, yesterday I popped to my local Boots to stock up on a few things I needed. It's always so much easier to go into Boots as it is literally around the corner and the Superdrug is quite a way away!

I apologise if this post isn't the most interesting thing I have ever written on here but if you guys like looking at hauls as much as I do then I'm pretty sure you will appreciate this quick feature! I love looking at what other beauty bloggers have picked up because every so often you can find out about a really good product that you wouldn't have thought about yourself.

 
Cotton Wool Double Faced Oval Pads
 
I absolutely HATE the feel of cotton wool and so I have to pick up these pads to save myself from cringing at the feel of ordinary cotton wool! I also like these because they're amazing for using with my cleanser and toner - they're double sided and rather thick so they're perfect for use with face products or even nail varnish remover. There is 50 in a pack and they're priced at £1.89.
 
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint
 
To be fair, I have so so so many Barry M nail polishes I could probably open my own little shop. However, I find they chip so god damn easily so I haven't bought any Barry M in such a long time - grr :(. When I found out they were bringing the new Gelly Hi-Shine range out I was so excited as I had seen a few bloggers doing features and showing the swatches before the release (jealous of them for getting such an amazing opportunity!). I thought because these polishes are gel they will hopefully be a lot better than the usual Nail Paints and last that little bit longer. They are gel but you don't need to dry the nails using a special light :).
I picked up 2 colours as Boots had an offer on and I couldn't help but take advantage of it - buy one product and get the other half price. Therefore, one cost me £3.99 (full price) and the other cost me £1.99.
 

Left - Right: GNP 8 Grapefruit 243 and GNP 1 Blackberry 234.
 
L'Oreal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo & Conditioner
 
I'm a typical girl when it comes to my hair and I get so paranoid with it so I like to take a lot of care! When I am in the shower I tend to loose a lot of hair and this is something that has always happened; I have nothing wrong with me, my hair just likes to fall. I love using this shampoo & conditioner because it helps strengthen hair that is prone to fall. I LOVE using this conditioner to deep condition my hair with and I have to say when I have used this conditoner and left it on for a hardly any hair falls! Girls with long hair that's prone to falling; take note!
I picked up the 250ml products (usually I pick up the bigger ones) as they were on offer at 2 for £4. Usually they're priced at £2.89 each so I only made a saving of £1.78 but still a little helps :)
 
 
Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask
 
So as I have said I like to papmper my hair and take a lot of care of it and I haven't given it a good old condition for quite some time. Whilst browing through the shampoo and conditioner section this Toni & Guy hair mask really caught my eye! The fact that it says it's a reconstruction mask for intensely nourished hair meant I had to pick it up as I knew my hair would just LOVE this!
I have never used this product before or a hair mask before so I thought I would give this one a go. I've also never ever seen any blog reviews on this product so I am going to use it with a completely pen mind - I plan on having a hair pamper tomorrow night. It was priced at £7.19 for 200ml of product so it wasn't exactly cheap but for Toni & Guy I think it's really reasonable!
 
 
I also picked up some other boring things from Boots that I needed to repurchase but I thought they'd just make this feature awful to read as it isn't very exciting as it is! You're probably wondering why I picked up the shampoo and conditioner and then a deep conditioner but this is because I like the shampoo & condition everytime I wash my hair and then I am going to try and use this mask once a week!
 
I shall let you know how I find this Toni & Guy mask and I am sure I will be featuring it on here as soon as I have used it long enough to form an opinion on it. If you are interested in my hair care routine or find that you also have hair that's very prone to fall feel free to comment below and I will get back to you asap :)
 
What do you think of my mini Boots haul? Have you used any of these products? Do you like to pamper your hair of have hair that's prone to fall?
 
                                            I hope you're all having an amazing Saturday night.
 



Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Bekl Bracelets - The Smile Campaign

I have to admit that I had never heard of Bekl Bracelets before. However, since joining Twitter and using the site to meet new people and brands I discovered them and I'm super glad that I did! The bracelet that I am going to feature today is a charity bracelet with a twist - it isn't your usual stereotypical bracelet.

As I am sure you are all more than aware, bullying is an issue for many many people within society and it is something victims often find hard to cope with. When we think of a charity trying to help a cause cancer usually springs to the forefront of my mind and so do animal charities. Now, I'm not saying that bullying charities are over looked; I'm just simply saying they're not as advertised as some.

When I discovered Bekl Bracelets it was through Twitter and I noticed they were tweeting advertising their Smile Campaign. This really grabbed my attention as just the name of the campaign sounds lovely! I was so pleased to learn that the Smile Campaign is in fact bracelets that are being sold for the charity Beat Bullying and at least £1 of the cost of a bracelet goes them - such a lovely concept right!?

The bracelets are made up of wooden beads and in the middle there is a super cute smiley face. The bracelets are available in 3 different colours: Yellow, Pink and Turquoise. I know that you my readers will be interested in hearing about this campaign and supporting Bekl with spreading a smile :)


Cute aren't they!?
 
As soon as I seen these delightful bracelets I knew I had to have one as they're so unique and helping a very worthy cause. I purchased the Pink one for myself and the Turquoise bracelets are for my mum and auntie. We're all delighted to be supporting the charity and many people have joined in with the Smile Campaign to help Bekl raise awareness of bullying and to raise some money for Beat Bullying!
 

(I have purposely blurred the edges of this picture)
Bekl Bracelets - £2.99
Gold wiggly bracelet - Gift
Gold Bangle - Gift
Small bead Bracelets -£2.00 (handmade by me)
 
You may be wondering why I haven't shown this bracelet purely on it's own; by wearing this bracelet with others I don't mean to distract any of the attention from the Smile Campaign. I simply want to show how cute and quirky the bracelet looks when worn alongside some other bracelets that I wear on a daily basis.
 
The Smile Campaign bracelets are priced at £2.99 each (with atleast £1 being donated to Beat Bullying) and they can be found here on Bekl Bracelets official website. As I have already said above they're available in Pink, Yellow and Turquoise.
 
I'm wearing my bracelet and helping to spread a smile and supporting the Smile Campaign; are you!?
 

 


  

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Current Obsession - Skull Scarves

So this is my second feature in my Current Obsession series and it is my second fashion/accessories feature - my first was my Louis Vuitton wishlist which can be found here. I really like doing these features every so often as not only does it give myself and my readers a break from beauty products; it also shows a little about my personality and provides the opportunity to chat to other people who may be interested in the same things :)

EVERY year you can usually guarantee that there will be one trend that is everywhere and on every thing and this year it is skulls - yes, again! The skull trend is usually a winter trend as it gives fashionistas the chance to rock the grunge look and rock things up a little bit. However, this year skulls were also being rocked in a totally different way for spring/summer. This summer pastel colours were everywhere and this colour obsession had trasferred itself to skulls - it weirdly worked; I remember seeing really nice pastel skull accessories!

Winter has not started to set in and the nights are getting dark so early (it's kind of depressing). This means that the winter trends have hit the shops and ... so have the skulls!

Okay so I'm just going to throw this out there and say I definitely have a weakness for designer products! I just find their quality and the way they look to be so amazing! Yes, they're expensive but if you buy the right item and invest in quality timeless pieces you have made a big investment. Yet again, bring on the skulls!

If you're anything like me when you think of a skull scarf you will think of the delicious Alexander McQueen and whilst I would love to be able to do a post on one of those babies (more on that a little further down) the scarves featured in this post are all total bargains that I picked up in Primark!

Black and White skull scarf - Primark £3

I picked up this black and white scarf because I knew I wanted an Alexander McQueen in this colour combination and also because I have never ever really worn scarves before. Therefore, I thought it would be wise to pick up a few cheap skull scarves to see how much wear I got out of them and whether I even liked wearing them or not!

Primark - the white isn't a true white and the material isn't perfect. It is see through (I had to take it on the floor to show the colour as it didn't show up when taken on my bed - the white Fairy sheets that make an appearance in so many pictures!)
 
Grey and Light pink skull scarf - Primark £3
 
I picked this colour combination up purely because I wasn't 100% sure what McQueen colour combination I wanted! I purchased both the grey and the black scarves at the same time and they're a total bargain! I have had a lot of wear out of this scarf and the colours aren't as harsh as the black and white one which means this scarf could be worn in summer! 
 

Primark - again the colours aren't fantastic and they grey isn't a true grey. However, I am impressed with it for £3 and have worn it quite a lot! (I again had to take this on the dark floor because the colours wouldn't show up very well when photographed on my white bed sheet).
 
 
 
Like Alexander McQueen, Primark also offer 2 different materials for their scarves - I never thought I'd be comparing McQueen and Primark in the same sentence :|!
 
Black and White skull scarf - Primark £4 (extra long)
 
Again, I picked up this scarf because I wasn't sure what colour McQueen scarf I wanted and I also wasn't sure what thickness I wanted. When I picked up this scarf I really wasn't aware of how long it was going to be but I have got so much wear out of it!
 

The skull detailing on the scarf.
 

As you can see - the ends are fringed like the Alexander McQueen Cashmere Blend Pashmina.
 
White and Black skull scarf - Primark £4 (extra long)
 
Again, this scarf was picked up this this colour combination and thickness because I was trying to make my mind up about the real deal! Again, like the black one this scarf is very long and the colours aren't fantastic - the white isn't 100% white and I spent ages and ages hunting for the one that was the best colour as some of them had a horrible green tint to them!
 

Pretty good buys for £4 I think - well done Primark!
 
 
From this post I am pretty confident that you will all now know that I would like an Alexander McQueen skull scarf (this wasn't the reason for doing this feature though, I'm not bragging) and if you're not bothered by or aware of designers you may be wondering what the difference is between the designer version and the Primark version - I shall quickly sum this up and include a few pictures!
 
- The Primark versions only cost me £3 and £4 each whereas a silk Alexander McQueen is around £165 and a Cashmere blend pashmina one is around £240.
- The £3 Primark scarves are pratically the same length as the McQueen ones - both the silk and the pashmina scarves are the same size!
- Both the £3 scarves and the silk McQueen scarves come to just below my hips (I think this is because I'm tall and have a long body and legs). The Pashmina McQueen scarf is exactly the same length as the Silk one and therefore this would be the same on me.
- The material and colour used on the McQueen scarves are obviously of the hightest quality and the colours are true colours - the white is a brilliant white; although there is also a black and ivory version which would be the same as my £3 Primark one that's pictured above.
- Primark seem to have al lot of different colour combinations in the £3 scarves - I remember seeing a navy/black one, khaki/black one and of course the 2 colours that I picked up - however, I think the others did look cheap.
 
To show these differences, I included a few pictures of the Silk and Pashmina scarves in some of my favourite colour combinations! I have also made these pictures extra large so you can see the detail and the difference more clearly.
 
The the 2 colours are the colour combinations I have on my wishlist; the lower 2 are just ones I like! These colours are all the Silk scarves. 

 
I absolutely LOVE these 2 colour combinations and they're both in the Pashmina Cashmere Blend scarf. These ones are a lot more pricey and to be honest they're not as thick as I imagined they would be - I still wouldn't say no to one though! However, in reality I'd probably go for the silks as they're more versatile and for the price of on of these you could pay a little more and get 2 silks - ;)
 
Well guys and dolls that's everything to do with my current skull obsession! I hope you have enjoyed this feature as I have purposely included budget and splurge items to cater for all bank accounts and tastes :) I know 'Santa' will have a little heart attack when he see's one of these bad boys right at the top of my christmas list but please I have been a very good girl all year ;) haha!!
I actually joined in the #fbloggers chat tonight at 8 pm and asked the question - skull scarves: the real deal McQueen or a Primark version!? This got a lot of response and I had a lovely chat with some really nice girls - the blogging community is full of delightful people! So, to end my post I am going to leave you with the same question: after seeing tonights feature; the real deal Alexander McQueen skull scarf or a Primark version!? Comment below as I'd love to know what you all think :) 
 
 
 



Monday, 12 November 2012

Glamour magazine - December 2012

So you may be thinking to yourself why on earth are you sat reading a blog post about a magazine ... Well I want to do this quick feature because with the December edition of Glamour magazine you get some amazing free gifts! (If you follow me on Instagram you will probably know what these are, as I posted some pictures earlier).

If you read a lot of beauty blogs or blog yourself, you will probably know that Glamour magazine has been getting us beauty bloggers into a total tizz this month! Why? Simply because of the free gifts you get!

You pay £2 for the magazine and you get a free 10ml Nails Inc nail polish worth £11! Pretty amazing right!? There are 4 colours available and these issues are selling out fast! Within the magazine you also get another 5 small samples of products which I was surprised!

I have to admit that although I am a total nail polish obsessive I have never tried Nails Inc so the chance to try one and get a magazine all for £2 excited me - honestly, what are us beauty bloggers like!! I have to admit that I don't actually pick up Glamour magazine and the free gifts made me want this magazine; sorry if anyone from Glamour is reading!

I took a few photos of the nail polishes themselves and some pictures of the 5 samples I got - I know you're all going to be pretty impressed; I was!



Left - Right: Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street and St James.
 
Left - Right: Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street and St James.
 
Left - Right: Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street and St James (I apologise for my awful fingers)
 
 

 
 
 

 As you can see from all my photographs you get lots of freebies! In one magazine I got: a Nails Inc nailpolish worth £11, a small sample of Thierry Mulger 'Angel', a small sample of Elie Saab 'Le Parfum', a sachet of Nivea Express Hydration Primer, a sachet of Maxfactors new 3 in 1 Face Finity foundation and a sachet of Rimmels 9 in 1 skin perfecting BB cream ... all for £2!

What do you think of the December edition of Glamour magazine - have you already picked it up or are you still trying to find a copy!? I'd love to know what you think!

Please note that I have 3 nail varnishes and 3 lots of each sample because 3 magazines were purchased - you do not get all this in just 1 magazine! Decembers edition of Glamour magazine is available in the UK NOW!! 



 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Drug Store Makeup - TAG!

So here I am again blogging away doing another tag - can you tell I enjoy doing them!? This time I was tagged by the lovely Sarah from Writing & Rambling here and as you can probably tell from the title this tag is all about drug store makeup :)

You all know I love doing tags because you get to learn things about me as a person and not just read about the products I feature. I am super excited to do this tag because I love learning about new products and you guys may discover a new product too!

Anyway, let's focus on the actual tag and my answers :)

1) What is your favourite drug store makeup brand?

I actually find this one a hard question to answer because I don't have that one go to drug store brand so one didn't pop into my head right away! To try and help me I have literally just opened my makeup bag and had a look at what's inside ... there's only a few drug store products but they're good ones!
I can't actually choose between my favourite brand as I have 2! They're No7 and Maybelline - No7 because they're a little more expensive than your average drug store products and their skincare line sounds amazing (I haven't tried it but I've read great things). I think they have some really good products out there and it just shows you don't have to spend crazy amounts on different lotions and potions - you can get good value products that work just as well as expensive ones! No7 always also have promotions on and often produce £3 off makeup and £5 off skincare vouchers; as well as often having the 3 for 2 offer - bargain!
I also have a lot of love for Maybelline especially their Collosal Volume Express and Collosal Volume Express CatEyes mascaras - again, amazing for the price of them and it just shows you don't need to spend huge amounts of money on mascara.



2) What are your favourite face, cheek and lip products?

Face: I don't actually use any drug store products on my face really so this answer is probably going to be a little lame! I really like the No7 Beautifully Matte make up base. This was around £10.50 I think (but I got it in a 3 for 2 offer) and really does work, I used this alongside a No7 foundation I bought (which I don't use anymore) and my makeup stayed in place all day and night - it looked perfect at the end of a hard stressful day!

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Cheek: I don't use a really expensive blusher because the one I have been using for a long time is still going strong! I used to use a Maybelline powder blusher and this was really good at creating a natural and subtle pink look to the cheek.
I then purchased a No7 blusher in the shade '12 Coral Flush' which I really like. However, the pigmentation in this is amazing and therefore there is a fine line between subtle rosy cheeks and full on clown! This blusher is a little gem and really worth the money as it stays in place all day and when applied correctly it looks subtle yet stunning.

 Swatched!
 
Swatched!

Lips: I haven't really been wearing any lip products recently because I have quite chapped lips right now. Therefore the lip products I have been wearing have been my trusted lip balms. I have been mainly wearing my Burts Bees one throughout the day and I have been applying a thick layer of this before bed. I find this stuff works total wonders for my lips and I love it!


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3) Least favourite product?

As I have already said I don't own huge amounts of drugstore make up and therefore I don't feel I have tried enough of the products to be able to give my opinion about what products I don't like. However, in general I have noticed that a lot of drug store products are too dark for me - I'm a pale person! The foundations are a nightmare and so are concealers - it takes me forever and ever to look for a concealer and try to match it with my skin tone. Therefore, I have a general dislike for some drugstore products purely because not all brands cater for pale people or if they do have pale shades it's usually too orange or the wrong shade of pale for me.

4) What is the best makeup bargain?

If I didn't give MUA a mention in this section that I really would be a rubbish beauty blogger and have been living on another planet for god knows how long - everyone seems to be raving about these products, within the beauty blogosphere. These products are always compared to high end products however I haven't tried any yet (I went to my local Superdrug on Oxford Street to take a look and there was literally nothing left!) so I can't really comment any further.

My makeup bargain has probably got the be Collection 2000. I will admit, this isn't a brand I would usually consider however I have tried some products and I have read an awful lot about them as a whole. There are a lot of reviews out there and these products are amazing and so cheap! I think Collection 2000 (or Collection as I think they're not called) are always overlooked by beauty fanatics but they're worth trying out once in a while!

5) What is your favourite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)

I guess that I already kind of answered this question with my above answer haha! I would definitely have to say my Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer. This is product that every beauty guru is currently raving about and it really is worth the hype! The coverage is amazing and it lasts all day without smudging or creasing (more on this below).

6) A drug store product that is overpriced?

Um I really don't know what product I would choose because I don't pay huge amounts of attention to every drug store makeup product and its price tag. I honestly have no idea what product I would choose so I'm going to take a bit of inspiration and choose an answer my auntie (who I get my makeup obsession from) would say ... She would probably choose Bourjois and in particular their eyeshadows. I know for a fact that she isn't a fan of them as their pigmentation isn't very good and she just doesn't like them in general.
I apologise for the lame answer and using someone elses opinion as an answer. I actually can't comment on whether or not I agree with my auntie as I have only ever tried one of their eyeshadows a few years ago!

7) Show your best drug store dupe(s)!!  

Okay so I know that a lot of people say the MUA eyeshadow palette as it's suposidly an amazing dupe for the Urban Decay Naked! However, I haven't tried MUA so I'm not going to use them ... I do believe they're an amazing dupe for the UD Naked and if you're thinking of splashing out on it I suggest trying the MUA to see how you like the colours - something I always do; try the cheaper dupe before buying the expensive thing - anyone else do that!?

My best drup store dupe has to be the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer (wow, I'm showing a lot of love for them tonight aren't I!). This product is amazing! The coverage covers blemishes and spots amazingly well and the coverage lasts all day! The product doesn't smudge, crease or slide around your face and most importantly it doesn't break you out (I have sensitive skin so this is a huge plus point). The coverage of this is so good I would say it is like a layer of foundation underneath your normal foundation! This concealer will cost you under £5 and is a must have product in your makeup bag!
I love this concealer and I would compare it to my Benefit 'Boi-ing' Industrial Strength Concealer! Everything about these concealers in terms of coverage and length of wear is exactly the same in my opinion. Of course the Benefit concealer is much more expensive (£16.50) and comes in a cute little pot but the packaging of this Collection 2000 concealer isn't bad and actually makes it look much more expensive than it actually is! I would say that the Collection 2000 concealer is easier to spread and blend but I still love my Benefit Boi-ing to death  - I have both these products in my makeup bag and would definitely repurchase them both :)


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8) Drugstore product that isn't worth the hype?

Again, I really can't comment because I don't pay much attention to all the makeup or use it frequently!
In general, I would say that the products that aren't worth the hype are a lot of mascaras! On the TV advert they look absolutely amazing and then you see that annoying small print saying that the model is in fact wearing eyelash inserts - annoying!

So there we have it, the answers to my drug store makeup tag! I apologise for some of the answers being a little vague but I really don't use drug store products a lot - especially as foundation and setting powder ect!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my answers and I'd love to know what products you guys love/hate from the drug store. Therefore, I'm going to be a bit of a traditon breaker and .... I tag everyone! I would love to see what answers you come up with so please make sure to post your links in the comments below and I will check them out - maybe I'll discover some drug store products I grow to love :)!

What do you think of my tag? Do you agree with the products I have raved about? Have you tried the Collection 2000 concealer?