Sunday, 30 June 2013

Follow Me On Bloglovin'!

Hey everyone! 

As I'm sure you all know, Google Reader is shutting down, so those of you who follow me using that little friend connect option provided by Google and would like to keep reading my posts- please make sure to head on over to bloglovin' (button to the right) and follow me there.

For those of you who don't have bloglovin, it's a really great service that lets you follow as many blogs as you want and also allows you to import all your currently-followed blogs straight from Google. It also has a funky app which you can get straight from the App Store for free!

For those of you that didn't know about this, don't panic! You have until the 1st of July to be able to warn your followers and get them to follow you again (although I'm pretty sure they'll do it anyway!).

Thursday, 27 June 2013

My Most-Used Perfumes!

Every morning is routine for me, which always ends with a spritz of perfume to just freshen myself up a little bit. I never go anywhere not wearing any perfume, so it's become as natural as brushing my hair. Throughout the past year or so, I've been changing up my perfume collection and getting rid of some of the ones that I've gone off and adding a couple that I just couldn't let go of in Boots!

Recently, I've seen lots of YouTube beauty guru's making videos on their perfume collections- so I thought I'd hop on the band wagon and let you all know what perfumes I absolutely couldn't do without. Instead of showing you all of my perfumes, I thought I'd just show you the ones that I use the most often and adore more than the others!



My most casual perfume that I wear regularly is Zara's own-branded 'White' eau-de-toilette, which I got when I went to Portugal at the beginning of this year. Although I've not had it for a very long time, I've gotten into the habit of spraying this much more than my other ones. I love the smell of this perfume- it's not as fresh as the other perfumes in my collection and has a slightly more musky hint to it, even though it's typically a floral scent. According to the Fragantica website, it features magnolia, freesia, jasmine and amber.  It's a very wearable scent which I tend to just chuck on before heading to school or out shopping. It's quite a long lasting scent, which often leads me to finding that using only 2-3 sprays in the morning lasts on the skin for the whole day.


Ah, Chance. Out of all of my most regularly used perfumes, this one has to be hands-down my favourite. Apparently, the main ingredients are- 'Top notes are lemon and cedar; middle notes are pink pepper, water hyacinth and jasmine; base notes are teak wood, iris, amber, patchouli, vetiver and white musk.'. So there you go- hope that meant something to you! I can vouch for the lemon and cedar- it's a very fresh scent that stays on your skin throughout the whole day so not many spritz are necessary for you to smell fresh and fabulous all day. As you can see, I've gone through almost half the bottle- which has lasted me pretty well for a year and a half since purchasing it. The eau fraiche comes in green (funky, right?) and smells just as nice as the parfum- so if you're debating on it and like the smell of the fraiche, save yourself a few quid and go for it. 

Miss Dior

Miss Dior Eau Fraiche. This one is a million miles away from the delicately sweet yet sour tones from Chanel's Chance and still I adore it. It's safe to say that I'm not sure where my nose lies on the scale of scents. This one is definitely an evening scent- quite overpowering if you use too much of it! I tend to wear this more in the evening in the summer/spring. I absolutely love this scent- which is floral but definitely not as fresh as most. I got this perfume as a gift last Christmas and use it very sparingly- hence not much has gone from it yet. 

Especially Escada

This is the newest addition to the group. This was a little gift for myself bought with my Superdrug points that I'd been saving for absolutely ages. Especially Escada - Delicate Notes is a very cute scent. It's based on the initial Especially Escada, which is a very rose-based scent. This perfume definitely screams rose when you spritz it. The only downside to this perfume is that it doesn't last as long as the previous three, sadly. After about four hours, the scent is normally unnoticeable, so I often find myself having to re-spray this in the middle of the day. It can be a bit of a pain, but it smells so nice that I deal with it.

I hope that you found this post interesting. What are your favourite perfumes? Are any of these in your regularly-used perfumes? Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Natter, Natter, Natter!

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I feel like I'm constantly making excuses as to why I've been failing to post regularly ever since creating this blog. I absolutely love blogging and would adore to be able to just sit down at the computer every day and write a beauty-based post, but sadly school life takes the wheel and hobbies need to take the back seat.

I've recently been cramming like mad for what feels like every exam under the sun and at the same time having thousands of driving lessons to get my skills up to scratch. It's been mega stressful, I must say. I've also been trekking around all the Uni's that I could potentially be going to, so there goes all the weekends that I could have spent blogging! Luckily, that's mostly over now.

It's safe to say that I've passed my driving (first time, yippee!) and I've also completed all of my exams and met all my deadlines for coursework. Thank goodness. Still a few more Open Day's to visit- need to find the perfect Uni for an English Lit course.

Anyway! Onto the more blog-related information. As a mini-celebration for passing my driving, I fancied a change in my appearance. So, out with the brunette and in with the blonde! I'm still not sure if I love the transition, but it's growing on me. I think it's a bit too Gold in tone at the minute, so I'm regularly using an Ash toner shampoo to get it a little more natural-looking. 


Another good thing that's happening is in 60-ish days, I'll be going to London and having a bit of a splurge with my mum on clothing and re-vamping my wardrobe (it needs it- seriously!) all ready for the new school year and a holiday to Florida! 

I think that I'll definitely be posting all about the upcoming holiday throughout every post until November (when I go) because I absolutely positively definitively adore Disney!

A bit of a nonsensical post, I know- but I felt like after months and months of nothing that I should give you all a little update. I'm hoping that I'll have enough time throughout the summer to be able to start back up with blogging again about all of the beauty and fashion bits that I'm loving.

Let me know if you've got any of this stuff going on in your life at the minute! Also, any posts that you want to see from me? Let me know!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Spring Beauty Haul

First off I have to apologise for my lack of posts over these past four months. I feel like everything has just piled up and I've not had any time to update my blog in between revision for SO many tests. Enough excuses, I'll just get straight into today's post.

The other day, I ordered a cheeky purchase from Debenhams because I was a) almost out of my go-to foundation and b) in the mood for spending money on cosmetics! I didn't go mad because I have to start saving for November when I'll be going to Florida. I also placed a small order from Elf Cosmetics during their 50% off sale last week and I thought I'd share what I bought with you all!

I took advantage of the sun and snapped a few pictures of the products outside!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF 15
From Debenhams, I purchased two MAC products. One was my usual Studio Fix Fluid Foundation with SPF 15 in the shade NC15 (my fourth bottle! I go through this stuff way too quickly!) because I was running low on it. I absolutely love this foundation because it's generally known for being a bit matte when on the skin- but not so much that it looks cakey. It's the perfect in between foundation for me and is generally a medium/high coverage. 

MAC Peaches
The second MAC product I purchased was the Sheertone Blush 'Peaches' (on the left), which (as the name implies) is a peachy-pink colour for the cheeks which just brightens up your complexion. I only own two MAC blushes- the second (to the right) being 'Fleur Power' which is a Powder blush that I use almost every day on my cheeks because I think that it's a simple blush that doesn't look too bright but still looks like you've got some colour to the cheeks.

From Elf, I bought the Kabuki Face Brush, an Eyeshadow "C" Brush and the Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara just to give it a try. Since I received these about four days ago, I've used all of these products in my daily make-up routine and I think I'd feel a bit lost without them now!

Elf Kabuki Face Brush
The Kabuki Brush is normally £6 from Elf, which although is considered quite cheap in comparison to the ridiculously expensive £36 MAC Kabuki, I never really wanted to spend that much on a single product from Elf. I've always found Elf a cheap make-up cosmetics company and anything over £4 just seems expensive from there! So when I got an e-mail saying that they were having a 50% off sale, I jumped on the bandwagon and bought myself the Kabuki brush. Elf brushes from the studio line are surprisingly soft considering they range from £3.75 to £6 and since using the Kabuki, it has yet to malt on me! It's very soft and comfortable on the skin and I use it daily to apply my Stay Matte powder from Rimmel.

Elf Eyeshadow "C" Brush
The Eyeshadow "C" Brush was a bit of an odd purchase. I just wanted a good brush that would pack eyeshadow onto my lid before applying eyeshadow in the crease and I thought that the shape of this brush would allow that nicely and easily. Again, it's a nice soft brush but it's much more dense (obviously!) than the Kabuki so it allows a lot of eyeshadow to be picked up by the hairs. I'm pleasantly surprised with how good this brush is and I highly recommend it for anyone that wants a decent eyeshadow brush without wanting to fork out a lot of money for one!

Elf Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara
Finally, the Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara. Now, I have to admit, this was only a last minute decision to add to my basket. I'd seen a few beauty bloggers speak about this before but nothing 'ground-breaking' was mentioned about it. So far, I've only used this product on my eyelashes before applying mascara and it actually seems to lengthen them greatly. After applying this to the eyelashes, I put on my Clinique High Impact Mascara and it seems to make a great deal of difference when it comes to length. It doesn't curly the eyelashes much and it definitely doesn't volumize them- but if you're looking for a lengthening product for the lashes, then this is your ticket!

I hope that you have all been well these past four months! 
Did any of you take advantage of the 50% off offers from Elf? If you did, what did you buy that you'd recommend?

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New Year, New Resolutions

After this busy Christmas/New Year period, it's time for me to put down the box of chocolates and start looking into gym membership and revision for exams. Every New Year, everyone makes resolutions that always get abandoned towards the end of January- no matter how determined you were beforehand. Even so, I've cooked up a little list of resolutions that I thought I'd share with you.

  • Don't eat rubbish, start eating healthily and re-join the gym. 
  • Be more of an active blogger
  • Get a part-time job
Why is it that we always feel more enthusiastic for a new start at the beginning of a New Year? Surely, if there's something that we want to change about our lives, we should change it as soon as we put our minds to it. That's something I'll never fathom.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Years Eve! 

What resolutions have you made for the New Year?