Monday, 9 January 2012

#6 - GlossyBox ♥

Okay so I found out about GlossyBox today after looking on a blog I follow. So I decided to check it out! Went on to their website and it looks and sounds so amazing! £10.00 (+ £2.95 for p&p) a month for a beautifully packaged monthly box of beauty products and samples to try out from really high end brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Leighton Denny (amazing!) and O.P.I, there are so many more!

The box they package it all up in is stunning, it's so beautifully done and it's such an amazing idea for those who are interested in beauty products! I think for what you get, it is most definitely worth the money. So I've decided to sign up at the end of February after my 18th birthday. And the amazing thing, you can actually buy these boxes, and send them as gifts! AND they do a GlossyBox for men! Pretty cool huh..

If you haven't heard of GlossyBox, head over to the website:

Sunday, 8 January 2012

#5 - Beauty tips.

Like most girls, I’ve gone months and months trying to find the ‘perfect’ make up to use that doesn’t dry my skin out, irritate it etc. I’d walk aimlessly around shops wondering whether or not I should use different types of foundation depending on the seasons of the year, like mineral for Spring/Summer and liquid for Autumn/Winter so it doesn’t dry out my skin? After spending WAY too much money trying to find what I feel most comfortable and happy using, I finally found what I needed which meant I didn’t have to keep buying new foundations to stop my skin from drying out. So I’ve decided to share my beauty tips with you all, that you can also use all year round without worrying about dry and irritated skin!
I’ve been using L’Oréal Paris’ True Match Minerals Foundation for years, and always found that when it came to the Winter, it would irritate my skin (this is NOT due to the foundation, I have a skin condition that effects my eyelids around Winter) – and I needed something to add to the foundation to prevent my skin from drying out, so here’s my solution.

1. Apply Clarins Beauty Flash Balm BEFORE applying any Foundation to your face (preferably Mineral) – don’t rub it in like you’d rub in moisturiser, smooth it across your skin lightly and evenly. On the back of the bottle it says “apply make-up immediately”, I suggest you don’t because it seems to make mineral look darker if you don’t let it soak into your skin for 10-15 seconds.
2. After waiting, apply your make up, don’t apply heavy/large amounts all at once over this Beauty Balm. After applying your Foundation you should notice that you have a healthy looking glow to your cheeks, and that your make-up doesn’t make you look like you’ve “caked it on”.
(The colour I use is Golden Ivory, it’s the lightest colour as my skin is quite pale)
Once I started using the Beauty Flash Balm I noticed a massive difference in what my skin looked like when I had make-up on. It acts like a second layer of skin that stays moisturised and cleansed even when you’ve applied your Foundation. It really does help to keep your skin soft and moisturised, especially in this cold weather! I’ve suffered with a skin disorder around my eyes for about 4 years, it started to happen after my Dad passed away, and was due to stress/crying and I went to the doctors about it because it was getting way too much. I’d been researching on Google, Yahoo, Skin blogs etc to find out if anybody else had been suffering and it turns out that I wasn’t the only one with it. What happens is, the layers of skin around the eye begin to flake off, become red, itchy and really quite painful and swollen, I was given 10-15 different steroid creams to see if it helped, these only made the condition worse and at this point the doctors were telling me not to wear make-up, or any mascara (which you can imagine, for a girl my age it’s a kick in the stomach self-esteem wise). So, if any of you have been through the same as me I have a solution now. After several doctors appointments, 10-15 different steroid creams, moisturising every half an hour, and wearing no make-up, I decided to leave the mascara behind and wear false eyelashes. Alot of people would ask me “Doesn’t the glue irritate your skin?” - the answer is no, it’s only a really thin layer of glue, and it also depends on the type of eyelashes you decide to use.
Eylure – 140, 145 and 205.

I’ve been using Eylure for about a year now and haven’t had the problem with my eyes since I started using them. The conclusion I came up with, is that when you wear normal mascara on your eyes, when it comes to taking it off, you have to be quiet rough to make sure you’re getting it all off your eyes, and if you have sensitive skin like mine, it’s not exactly a great thing to be doing as it can effect you when you least expect it to. Your eyelids are so thin, any vigorous motion to take make-up off can really damage them and it’s important that we take care of our skin! “Do you not apply mascara over the eyelashes, or on your bottom eyelashes?” - Yes, I do, I still apply small amounts on my lower lashes, but I know my limits so that it’s not too hard to remove, and I also apply it lightly to my top lashes after putting the eyelashes on so it blends in.

Max Factor’s False Lash Effect is a really good product to use. I wouldn’t ever use anything else. With the condition I have it’s crucial to not apply alot of mascara. You can use the smallest amount of this on your lower/upper last and not have to dip the brush back into the bottle for more.

After getting used to wearing false eyelashes, and also getting used to not having the condition with the skin around my eyes. I started using this eyeshadow trio by Clinique. It’s really light, and the colours are gorgeous and make your eyes stand out especially if you don’t really like using eyeliner. I don’t tend to use the Definer (number 3) but if you apply the Base colour, then mix it with the Contour the colour is really lovely, it ends up looking like a fudge colour. The colours in this Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Trio are Daybreak, Strawberry Fudge, and Chocolate Chip.
Laura Mercier’s Bronze/Blush – I’ve used this for quite a while. On top of a mineral Foundation the colour looks really lovely. But applied on top of a liquid Foundation, I find looks very dark and a bit over the top. I love this product, the colours mix really well together and give a sunkissed glow to the cheeks, and really
helps to define your cheekbones too.
As much as I love Laura Mercier’s Bronze/Blush. I recently started using this Glam Bronze by L’Oréal (in the exact colour of the picture) – it really isn’t heavy on the cheeks at all. It’s more like a shimmer to the skin that also adds a sunkissed glow which provides colour to the cheeks. It’s really gorgeous. You don’t need alot and again, the colours blend really well on the skin.

An addition to any girls cosmetics would have to be a really good moisturiser right? Well I’ve searched high and low for the perfect moisturiser, and went through so many before finding this life saver. It’s amazing! It is quite expensive but it’s well worth it, especially if you have skin like mine that really needs to be moisturised an awful lot to prevent dryness and damage. Elemis also do a Maximum Moisture Night Cream, but I just tend to use this one for day and night. It’s really light, again you don’t need alot of it as one tiny pea sized amount goes a long way.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm – £27.50 (50ml) or £55.00 (100ml) from Boots.
L’Oréal Paris’ True Match Minerals Foundation – £12.99 from Boots/Superdrug.
Eylure False Eyelashes, 140, 145 and 205 – £6 to £8 each from Boots/Superdrug.
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara – £9 from Boots/Superdrug.
Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Trio – Not available as a Trio anymore, can get the colours as a duo or individually from any Clinique Counter in Debenhams etc, probably ranged in price between £9 to £20.
Laura Mercier Bronze/Blush Duo – £20.50
L’Oréal Paris’ Glam Bronze ‘Sun Radiance’ Trio – £5 from Boots/Superdrug.
Elemis Maximum Moister Day Cream – £35.80 (50ml) WELL worth the price from

#4 - New year, more lusting!

What better way to ring in the New Year than seeing this as you visit Mulberry’s website!

So it’s the start of 2012 and I couldn’t help but go sneaking previews of more things I’m going to be lusting over this year! These things usually consist of items I know I’m never going to able to afford! So I’ve decided to blog about a few of my favourites to start of a brand new year!

Starting off with one of my favourites from Christian Louboutin’s Autumn/Winter collection last year, these beauties. I think every girl would love to own a pair of Louboutin’s. The first time I saw these I thought they were adorable. I wasn’t keen on the material at first, and in all honesty I wouldn’t wear them very much, but they’re absolutely gorgeous. So cleverly designed.

Second of all we have my all time favourite from 2011, the Mulberry Tillie Tote. It’s so cute. It’s one of those bags that’s practical yet stylish at the same time. It’s not too big and not too small. It’s one of those ones you’d want to wear with everything! Very expensive, and not to everyone’s taste, but if you have the money then why not splash out on a gorgeous handbag?

You can never ever fault Alexander McQueen. This is just simply stunning. The colour, the style, the layers of chiffon, it’s just beautiful! It’s the perfect kind of top to tuck into a pair of shorts in the Spring/Summer. Or even just to wear with a pair of skinny jeans or leggings. I love it. No words to actually describe how beautiful it is.

Aaah. The Mulberry Harriet Clutch, part of Mulberry’s latest arrivals for 2012. Simple yet elegant. I love Mulberry, again, another fashion label I cannot fault. I love this though, especially in Khaki. They also do it in Cream but this colour is so fresh. I’d tend to use it more in Autumn/Winter rather than Summer. I think the Cream Clutch fits Summer, colour wise. I saw it and just fell in love. It’s so cute.

Another pair of beauties from Christian Louboutin. Perfect for all year round. I don’t think I’d ever want to take these off, I may actually sleep in them. They’re stunning. They’re the type of shoes you’d expect to wear if you were a Princess, like Cinderella. The Swarovski crystals complete them, especially the colour. They’d go with any type of outfit, casual, dressed up, dressed down. Gorge.

Another favourite from Mulberry’s new arrivals for 2012. I think this is so vintage. You can find similar, and for cheaper as well. But the style of this is just adorable. It’s just perfect for Spring/Summer and again, perfect for day/night wear. The shape/style of the dress itself is simply beautiful. It’s plain, yet chic.

Another favourite from McQueen. Lusted over one of these gorgeous scarves for such a long time! I especially love them in this colour though. I’d definitely wear it more in Spring/Summer, the colours are adorable and as much as you can find similar, the original is always going to be better.

Mulberry, Mulberry, Mulberry. Matching with the Harriet Clutch, this Satchel is so vintage. A lovely colour also! It would also look so cute with the Effie Dress, it doesn’t match too much as the colours are slightly different. Satchel’s are always a favourite of mine, Mulberry or not Mulberry I love them but this one just so happened to catch my eye. I love thin strapped Satchels, I think it makes the bag itself stand out more.

I love Reiss. And I especially love this. For Faux Fur I really like this. I don’t usually like the look of it but I really like this. It looks so cute with the outfit that the model is wearing in the photo! And it’s just a really cute, vintage addition to your wardrobe. This is actually currently in the sale on the Selfridges website - - simply beautiful.
As much as I’d love to keep going with what I’m loving from last year, and this year’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection already! I think I’ll leave it as that, as I think I’ll be here all night otherwise!
“Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind … a mirror of the time in which we live, a translation of the future, and should never be static.” - Oleg Cassini.

#3 - Spring/Summer 2012.

Who’s ready for Spring/Summer 2012?!
Despite the fact Christmas and New Year have only just passed, I’m already looking forward to seeing what Spring/Summer 2012 is going to bring to the stores fashion wise! By the looks of things, some of the things we still love are going to be joining us in Spring/Summer this year! Some of the key items we’ll probably still be seeing are the Wide Leg pants, Tuxedo Jackets, The High Slit Dress, and The 60′s Peter Pan Collar!

Having done my research all evening, it also seems that some of the fashion trends for 2012 are going to be consisting of key pieces from the 1920′s and the 1960′s!
  • Anything made out of lace, especially structured heavier lace pieces.
  • Peter-pan collars.
  • Ultra-short hemlines. Low-slung belts.
  • Monochrome instead of colour: plenty of white, cream, black.
  • Effortless sexiness with unfussy hair and winged-out eyeliner.
  • Beading and Fringing
  • Drop-waists
  • Kate Moss for Topshop
  • Short bobs
  • Flapper headbands

Aside from the Fashion in 2012! What kind of colours will you be wearing? Anything from 2011 that you’ll be bringing into 2012?
I was also interested in finding out what kind of Nail Colour’s are going to be ‘in’ for Spring/Summer 2012 and it seems like some of the colours from Spring/Summer 2011 are making a big comeback!
One of my personal favourite Nail Colours is Models Own beautiful ‘Nude’ colour. I purchased this around February 2011 and have gone through 5 bottles since! It’s definitely one of the best colours out there and it goes with everything. I always use Models Own nail colour, they always have beautiful colours and it’s THE perfect nail varnish for a good finish with no smudges or marks.
Some of the other colours and designs that seem to be making a comeback this year are Deep Burgundy’s, Rose Pink, Milky White, Honey, Cherry Red, Preppy Coral, Chartreuse, Fifties-style Red, Fancy patterns such as Sequin Tips/Glitter, Chrome Hologram, Pearl, Moody Ombre effects, Jockey Stripes and Half Moons, Tribal V Shaped Manicures, Geometric Checkered Manicures and Black Swan Graffiti – for pictures etc go to

What about make-up?! - I’ve been peeking on Harpers Bazaar and and most of our much loved make up favourites from 2011 also seem to be creeping into 2012!
Lip Colours: Red, Crimson, Dark Chocolate Red, Coral, Scarlett, Matte Fuchsia.
Eye Liner: Modern Cat Eyes, Dramatic Lines and Endings, Flicks of Colour, Swoops and Squares, Double Lined, Cinematic Cat Eyes.
Eye Make-Up: Extreme Smudged Smokey Eyes, Starry Night Inspired Eyes, White Silver Metallics.
Cheeks: Suntanned, Peaches, Carefree Glow, Creamy Pink, Apricot Blush, Hot Coral.
ACCESORIES!? - Ornate Bracelets, Geometric Bracelets, Array’s of colourful Scarves, Retro-inspired Sunglasses, Marbled Box Clutches, Statement Necklaces, Cuff Bracelets, Black Leather Envelope Clutch Bags, Eye-catching Rings, Printed Clutch Bags, Midwestern-inspired Necklaces, Tribal.
How do I make my feet look gorgeous? - Flat, Chic Sandals, Strappy and Chunky Heeled Shoes/Boots, Platform/Wedge.
After hours of looking on various fashion blogs about what we can expect, fashion wise in Spring/Summer 2012! It seems that some of our favourites will still be selling in the stores!
To find out more information about Make Up, Fashion, Heels, Accessories, and Beauty Tips for 2012, check out the following links I’ve provided for you to make sure you’re looking on-trend this Spring/Summer 2012!

#2 - Studded Shorts & Chunky Heels.

Ok, so a few months ago I became OBSESSED with studded shorts. I’d seen them in magazines, on models, etc. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea but I think they look really cute and vintage. So I decided to make my own! All I did was get an old pair of skinny, light blue Levi jeans and cut them into the shape of shorts. Reworked the front so they looked frayed/distressed, and bought a pack of 100 clothing studs from Ebay for £3.99. It was really easy to do. I’ll talk you through the steps of how to create the near-perfect studded look on shorts.
Step 1 – Find an old pair of jeans, preferably an old, oversized pair that might be too big for you to create the oversized look once the shorts are cut to size. Cut them to the shape you’d like and make sure you feel comfortable in them whatever length you may decide to create.
Step 2 – Reworking your shorts to create the distressed look is the perfect way to create the studded shorts look. Get yourself a pair of dressmaking scissors, or a sharp knife (please don’t hurt yourself!) and choose the spot where you want your shorts to look frayed, the most popular area to fray shorts is at the bottoms, but you can fray them anywhere. Lay your shorts on a flat surface that won’t be damaged easily (please make sure you iron the shorts first). Hold the scissors/knife vertically and begin to fray by rubbing up and down with the end of the scissors/knife in a vertical motion. You should start to notice the layer of cloth/stitching will begin to wear off and start to come lose, continue along the bottoms of the shorts (both sides) to create the look you desire. P.s, if you wash and dry the shorts and you’re not happy with the design you’ve chosen, repeat the process again to create a more ragged and distressed look.
Step 3 – Studding your shorts! (The final step!) – for the look I created, I purchased studs that look like this.
The two teeth at the sides help to pierce through the thin layer of the jeans so they come through the other side. With either a knife, or preferably a thimble, push the two teeth towards the material so it’s pushed into the material and locked into place (if you don’t do this properly you’ll find that they’ll scratch your skin depending on the area of the shorts you want to stud.) Repeat this process to create the studded look anywhere you choose to place them.
Annnnnnnnnnd, ALACAZAM! Studded shorts are created and finished! This is what mine looked like.

As for the 2nd part of my blog post – the Chunky Heels. These studded shorts look perfect with a pair of thick black tights, an oversized aran jumper, or top tucked in, and for gorgeous feet, these beauties:

I purchased these about 2 months ago for £29.99 from a seller on Ebay. By far THE best purchase ever. They go with practically everything and look gorgeous. The heel is 5″ but they’re not uncomfortable at all! These, in my opinion are the perfect shoes to match the perfect outfit!

#1 - Body Image.

I’ve been a member on Twitter since 2009. You meet lovely people, or you meet bitchy people.
I was browsing through my timeline the other day and noticed one of my followers was getting hate from a random Twitter account who (in my opinion) seemed to have only made the account to deliberately write nasty things to people who they didn’t seem to like or get along with. Bare in mind this account on Twitter had no picture, no followers, no bio etc and clearly had nothing nice to say to anybody.
So, I decided to scroll through this person’s tweets and found that they were sayings things to girls like “You’re fat. Go and eat some more cake.” “Have you seen the size of your legs? You call yourself a dancer.” “How can you even dance when you’re this fat?” – this poor girl getting all these nasty comments thrown at her had done absolutely nothing wrong to deserve that being slung at her. So me being me, I went on a  bit of a Twitter rant and I’m deciding to do the same thing again, but on my blog instead to just share with the world of blogging how I perceive ‘Body Image’.
There are so many girls out there that decide they want to be ‘skinny’ – don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having that goal or even being skinny, and I think every girl in the world wants to look like the models in the magazines. So I did my research, started reading through articles, and various different blogs, and came across a huge amount of people saying that ‘The average size of a woman in the UK is a 14/16.’ – I’d also agree with this. I continued researching that night, and found another load of blogs/articles saying that ‘Being a Size Zero isn’t the ‘in thing’ anymore’  - so my question is, WHY when we should feel happy/comfortable in our own skin, do we want the bodies of supermodels and the skin of an airbrushed woman in a magazine?

My question to all you bloggers, is which of the above (figure wise) would you prefer to be and why? I’m not entirely sure of the sizes but if I was to guess I’d say: Girl #1 – a Size 4 or 6. Girl #2 – a size 8 or 10. Girl #3 – a 14 or 16. The way I see it, is that ALL of the above women in those pictures look healthy, happy and beautiful.
We should all be able to feel comfortable in our own skin, no matter what size we are.  In my personal opinion, I don’t think any size is wrong. If being ‘curvy’ wasn’t aloud or acceptable, there wouldn’t be clothing sizes out there ranging between a 14-22+! Same applies for girls out there who are sizes 0-10. When I saw this girl getting nasty abuse over Twitter, it made me think about all the people in the world who really struggle to gain or lose weight to save their lives. There are girls in the UK who are comfortable, healthy size 14′s or bigger who have no self-esteem issues at all, yet they get put down by people who I personally don’t think would like to receive that kind of insult in return? – So what is the big issue with picking on people and ridiculing them because of what they look like figure wise? Surely it’s what’s on the inside that counts?
People nowadays, especially girls, are judged WAY too quickly, even by other girls on what they look like, whether it’s weight wise, looks wise, what they wear, what their make-up looks like, how they dress, and the list goes on, and on, and on. When really, we don’t live our lives to please others? OR make other people happy for that matter. If we’re happy, comfortable and healthy we shouldn’t worry? If you’re not comfortable, healthy, or happy – you have the option to change that and become the complete opposite.
My #1 motto in life – “If these bullies have NO relevance or importance to you or your life. Don’t let their opinions or comments take control of you, and how you decide to live your life. The chances are, these people are either jealous, or so deeply saddened/unhappy with their own lives that they feel they need to get a kick out of making other people feel the same way.”
So to all you girls out there who have ever felt ridiculed by others because of the way you look – you’re beautiful.