Saturday, 30 March 2013
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
So spring is rolling around and it is there for time to try and inject a bit of colour into our wardrobes. If you are not ready to do it through your clothes yet then why don't you start with your nails? Today I had a little play around with some spring colours in my nail collection. I started with a plain white nail as this would help the colours to pop, I then added splodges of my chosen colours from the lightest to darkest. On the nails at either end of the picture you can see how the colours have started to run into each other as I added the top coat whilst they were still a bit wet, I actually really like how it looks! I think once I have mastered this look it would be lovely if you then matched your accessories with one of the colours in your nails, keeping the rest of your outfit neutral.
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
So it is nearly the time of year where we thank our wonderful mums for everything they do, generally in the form of gifts. Whether you are feeling the pinch or have money to spare there are many presents you can give to show you care ( get me being a little poet ). Even just making breakfast in bed, or cleaning the house whilst your mum has a relaxing soak are lovely things that will be appreciated.
Why not make a gift? it will be cheaper and a lot more thoughtful than a shop bought present. My mum loves cooking so for christmas I made her this chilli oil, though this would also be a lovely present for any occasion. Me and my mum both love a bit of vino, in our cooking and in our glasses! so if I could then this wine rack from Next would be a lovely present. This year however, as I once again find myself with empty pockets, I am writing up my favourite poem that reminds me of my mum and framing it. It won't be just plain writing but nice and illustrated kind of ( a bit like this ) I think she will really love it! for a bit of pampering indulgence you could make a body scrub using sugar/salt, oil (coconut, almond or any body oil you already have) and a few drops or essential fragranced oils for a lush smelling treat. A home-made label and cutely decorated jar will really make it look special. Maybe offer your services as a spa day, the real deal cost loads, but it is nothing at all for you to do your mums nails, give her a facial or a massage (you could look up some helpful tutorials on the internet). For the jewellery loving mothers why don't you paint and decorate a mug hanger ( don't know what it is actually called, looks like this ) and hey presto you have a lovely jewellery hanger. There are plenty of things that can be done to show your love on mothers day without breaking the bank, just takes a little imagination!
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Bought from TK maxx for £4.99 (available from lookfantastic for the RRP of £14)
I am having a skincare boom at the moment, because lets face it, the state of your canvas makes all the difference to how your war paint goes on. After my recent bargain find in TK maxx ( Elizabeth Arden foundation, posted here) I now have a regular skulk around the aisles to see if any more gems can be found. On my last trip I spotted this tucked away at the back of the shelves, now I had heard so much about the Korres lip butters, and at around £9 cheaper than it's rrp (depending on where you shop) I decided to give it a go.
First off, I love the packaging, I reminds me a bit of the philosophy range. Very minimalistic and chic, with a little nozzle in order to pour out just the right amount of product. This product promises to gently tone and cleanse the skin, reducing excess oil and leaving a smooth and matte finish whilst tightening pores. I focus this product on my t-zone, where I am oiliest, straight away the excess oil is gone and my skin looks matte but still glowy. It definitely gives my skin a thorough clean, with the cotton pad getting a bit grubby despite me giving my face what I thought a good clean prior. With a few uses of this product I have definitely seen a difference in the oily-ness of my skin and my pore size which has been reduced, my only gripe is that my face is left slightly tight after use, but continuing my routine of serum and moisturiser sorts this out no problem!
Monday, 25 February 2013
one thing that has been bothering me a lot lately is squeaky ear moulds.this happens when the moulds don't fit your ears properly and sounds escape and then get amplified again, making a squealy sound. it is the same thing that happens if you put a microphone too close to the speaker and get feedback. I have just got my moulds re-fitted so they shouldn't be doing this, yet whenever I do a big smile, laugh, hug someone ( basically anything where my ears move) this embarrassingly loud sound erupts! It's not so bad with my friends, but I have had some strangers stare at me in confusion, probably think I am part robot, ha! I am going to go back to the hospital over easter where they should be able to fix it :)
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
This time I am obsessing over an app on my iPhone, music tube. I used the original youtube app on my phone for pretty much just listening to music, most of the time when I was on train journeys. This came with all sorts of problems with needing signal, having to stay on the app, you cant create playlists or let your phone go idle. However when I saw this new app I was very intrigued and as it was free I downloaded it, amazing! You search for your music video like normal, then when you have finished listening it is saved into a cached playlist. This playlist can be shuffled and can be listened to with no internet! This app can also be run in the back ground of another, so you can go on your messages etc whilst still listening to your tune.
I highly recommend this app, especially for the music lovers out there!
I highly recommend this app, especially for the music lovers out there!
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
So with the romantic day fast approaching I thought I would share a nice, different look to rock for the big date. The lighter colour in the centre of the lips gives the illusion of a fuller pout. With this look he will also be drawn to your lips and I'm sure it wont be long 'till he goes in for a kiss! I did quite a subtle variation of this look but by all means amp it up and mix up the colours for a look unique to you!
Firstly, prep. As I was using 2 Kate Moss for Rimmel matte lipsticks it was vital that I had smooth and nourished lips, as we all know how matte lipstick clings to any kind of imperfection! I gave my lips a bit of a scrub with a tooth brush to remove those pesky flakes, before slathering on Blistex's intensive moisturiser to make my lips kissably soft.
The actual process is pretty simple, I started with the shade 107, almost lining my lips before gently patting and smudging it in. I then took the lighter shade, 101, and put it on my finger first before dabbing into the centre, I repeated this process until it was the strength I desired! I did a very subtle version and left it quite natural as it was during the day but you an use many different colours, add gloss if desired and vary the intensity of the colour! this is a lovely tutorial from The London Lipgloss using darker, vampy colours!