16 March 2012


Finally! After seeing these products on youtube and blogs (these images are from Alison's blog Amarixe which is great as is her YouTube channel so check them out!) for the last month or two I have been waiting to get my hands on these. If you don't know/have been living under a rock they are the Revlon Lip Butters -perfect if like me you find lipstick scary :) and the Maybelline Color (as they spell in America) Tattoo Eyeshadows. 

The Revlon Lip Butters made it over the pond first and are currently available on Boots website (here) if you can get them while their in stock. If not they'll be on the shelves in Boots and Superdrug on Monday (19th) YEY. I've got my eye on Strawberry Shortcake, Peach Parfait and Berrie Smoothie.

Speaking of Superdrug they recently sneaked in the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow without a slither of PR promo. I only found out thanks to Miss Budget Beauty's Blog (here love her blog) so went on a mission to find them, so far they've only bought 6 shades over (that I've seen) hopefully they'll be more soon! I tested 3 on my hand (Permanent Taupe, Eternal Gold and On and On Bronze) and boy did it stay on my hand even through washing etc. Very impressed so I'll definitely be buying Permanent Taupe and On and On Bronze on my next shopping trip.

Any products you guys can't wait to see?

11 March 2012

march chill...

It's a gorgeous crisp Spring morning, the sun's out and I'm... sat in bed doing uni work :/ But if I was going out this would be the perfect outfit! I've been lusting after a sequin jacket for months and this morning-whilst procrastinating I found this gorgeous one from Oasis. I already own these jeans they are AMAZING! Seriously I own 4 pairs that's how good they are. Also how awesome are these sunglasses? They kind of remind me of these Karen Walkers Number One's but at a fraction of the price :)

1. Danni Chunky Sunglasses £60 Kurt Geiger
2. Mint Blouse £7.99 H&M
3. Skinny Fit Straight Jeans £29.90 Uniqlo
4. Gold Circle Necklace £7.99 H&M
5. Platform Ankle Boots £79.99 Zara
6. Sequin Jacket £95 Oasis

7 March 2012

Topshop Make up Brushes Review...

About a month ago I bought some Topshop make up brushes (haul here) and have been giving them a bit of a trial run ever since. I got the smudger and concealer brush, normally I don't shop in Topshop for this type of product but I had a voucher so thought I'd give them a whirl.

First up the smudger/blending brush. For me the bristles are just too short, you can really blend your eyeshadow easily. For eyeliner its a bit easier as it isn't a fluffy brush but still not fantastic in my opinion. Saying that it seems good quality with minimal shedding and I've washed it a few times with no problems. For me it just doesn't do what I want... pretty blended eyeshadow so I'm on the lookout for another blending brush although I will keep this one for eyeliner blending.

I also got the concealer brush. I don't think this one is as good quality, it sheds a fair amount and needs cleaning really often. Plus I think the way it tapered makes it harder to get good coverage with concealer. 

Not the most successful of purchases and I won't be buying anymore make up brushes from Topshop, although I do really want to try their make up range as I've heard loads of good things -have you guys used it, what did you think?

I've also read good reviews on the No7 brushes from Boots and seeing as I've got a few £5 off vouchers am tempted to try theirs after reading Sunday Girl's review. Time for another trip to the shops... :)

3 March 2012

Imogen Poots + TANK = WOW

Browsing in WHSmiths last week I found TANK magazine and this stunning editorial. Well I had to buy the magazine. These images are absolutely stunning, whimsical yet modern... enjoy :)

26 February 2012

big skincare mystery...

Magazines, internet, just walking along the street we're bombarded with ads and brands constantly. So I was really intrigued when I heard about the Big Skincare Mystery. Basically a brand is launching a 2in1 face mask and face wash, but no one knows which brand it is (although if your subscribed to Glamour you might now know). I was immediately intrigued and tried it out as a mask and wash straight away with the sample from my March Glamour-I know Neutrogena do something similar but I've never tried it so can't compare. I thought it worked well but wasn't blown away, but then I got back to uni and my skin started breaking out all over the place, not a pretty sight. So I gave it another go and it definitely helped improve my skin, only problem is I ran out straight away and can't repurchase yet! But on 1st March they're revealing the brand and finger's crossed it will be in my local Boots ASAP.

Overall I think this has been a fantastic concept as it means the product stands on it's own two feet and not on the brand name. There's definitely been some hype on blogs and Glamour where it's featured but the product is fantastic so it's been positive responses all round - I don't think I've actually seen a negative review. Have any of you tried this or Neutrogena's 2in1? What did you think? If you haven't and want to you can get a free sample through their facebook page here. Roll on 1st March :)

22 February 2012


These Celine handbags have got to be at the top of my lust list. So chic and classic plus they'd make any outfit. A girl can dream...
Check out the rest of their Spring 2012 handbags here and feel free to drool ;)

21 February 2012

Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara...

Thought I'd share with you a recent purchase, which I got a couple of weeks ago when my mascara ran out at the same time that my eyelash curler decided to break. So I wanted a mascara that would do both these jobs. I chose the Maybelline Colossal Volum'Express Waterproof (£7.19) as I've used other products in this range and found them to be really good. Also in Winter my eyes water quite a lot so I decided to opt for the Waterproof version, which I think actually holds curl better than regular. 

The brush itself is big and bristly and manages to not give you really clumpy eyelashes, but volumised and bigger looking ones. Packaging wise I like the shape but it's a tad too neon for me, would prefer something a little more discreet.

Possibly my favourite mascara. It's great and I can use it for both day and evening looks. Plus as it's waterproof so it doesn't smudge everywhere. Pretty much does what it says on the tin :) 

You can buy it here

20 February 2012

frosty morning...

A gorgeous frosty morning walking the dog back in January. Love the early morning mist and frost-edged leaves and grass. 
Wore my trusty Michael Kors watch and favourite nail combo -Barry M 301 Block Orange with Rimmel's Rock Your Colour Glitter Topcoat, everything looks better with glitter.

16 February 2012

stuck like glue...

Does anyone else every have an outfit in their head that they just can't shake? Ever since I first saw these green suede boots on asos, all I've been able to think is how amazing they'd look with white jeans and a red blouse. Of course I don't own any of these items, typical. I'll probably wind up getting them but am on a rather strict budget at the minute. Anyway I think this combo would be just right for spring. Only a month to go and then we'll be out of Winter.
6) Red Keyhole 70's Blouse £95 Whistles @ Asos

home baking...

One of my favourite things about going home is that I can bake! My oven at uni is just plain shocking, tried to bake a cake and it was en epic fail but hey ho I go baking crazy when I get home.
Over the week I tried out these 4 new recipes, 2 are from  Good Housekeeping's Favourite Cakes, Bakes and Cupcakes and the other 2 from the BBC website which is ace for recipes so check it out!
1) Mini Tiramisu Cakes - Perfect combination of tiramisu and cupcake! Saw these on Baking Made Easy and the next day I was baking away. I actually wound up making 1 and a half (18) times the number of cupcakes as I had so much filling and syrup. They really are delicious and best when left for 24 hours for the syrup to soak into the cakes. 

2) Scones - Got this recipe from the Good Housekeeping book, it's actually for white chocolate scones but I swapped this for sultanas. Best eaten straight out the oven, well let them cool first!

3) Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Icing - The recipe actually calls for orange icing but I'm not that big a fan so used lemon juice and zest instead, this stops the cake from being too sweet. 

4) Spiced Carrot Cake Muffins - These are from Good Housekeeping again, I just swapped the crushed almonds for walnuts and cut the muffins in half when cooled to make them like mini cakes. My favourite carrot cake recipe that I've ever made.

If you love baking I'd definitely recommend the Good Housekeeping cookbook it's got a good mix of recipes and gives really clear instructions. So if your considering buying go for it!