Most Popular Posts of 2013

31 Dec 2013

In less than 12 hours it is going to be 2014, can you believe it?! This year has certainly flown by.  My blog has grown hugely over the past year, I have been lucky enough to attend a fair few events and sent some lovely products to try out - and it is all thanks to you guys, so thank you all so so much :)  I hope the same can be said for 2014 and I aim to blog more than I did this year.

I thought a nice round up to the year would be to look at my top 5 most viewed of the year.  Surprisingly, the most viewed post of 2013 was the Lucy Mecklenburgh post about her gorgeous blue dress - possibly down to all the TOWIE fans! Next up was my review of the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer.  To this day this is still one of my favourite primers and something I look to purchase again in the new year.  This was closely followed by '10 ways to use Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil' which I thoroughly enjoyed writing - who knew you could use an oil 10 different ways!

The fourth most viewed post was my review of the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara and I actually forgot how much I love this mascara.  As you can see from the review, this really does make your lashes look long and beautiful. Next was my Battle of the Highlighters post proving that for a fraction of the price you can still achieve the same effect. Lastly, the sixth most popular post of the year goes to the beauty advent calendars for 2013.  I am surprised this is up there as it was only posted this month, but who doesn't love an advent calendar?

It is certainly interesting seeing which are the most viewed posts, and gives me an idea of what you like to see! So let me know, which has been your favourite post/type of post!

I hope you all have an amazing evening tonight and stay safe :) Speak to you in 2014!

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Christmas Nails

24 Dec 2013

Every Christmas I like to make that little extra effort to make it special - I spend a little more time doing my make up and dressing up, and I also like to paint my nails a special colour. I therefore spent part of today going through all my nail polishes and choosing some festive colours - golds, greens, reds - you know! Anyway, I managed to whittle it down to 5, and this is what I chose :)

The first has unfortunately lost its name, but it's a lovely festive shimmery red from No.7 which I absolutely love. The next polish is from Kiko (number 246), which is a gorgeous purpley pink with subtle glitter - unfortunately it doesn't seem to show well on photos. The biggest contender is Essie - Penny Talk.  I love Gold nail polish at Christmas time, so I am very tempted to pair this with a beautiful gold glitter that I have.  Next, something a bit different, is Models Own - Emerald Black. It's from their Beetle Juice collection and is such a pretty shimmery emerald colour. This is another real contender as I love how unusual it is.  Lastly we have Raspberry Ripple from Kolor Kube which is your typical festive red.

Which do you think I should wear? Also, let me know what colour Polish you will be wearing this Christmas!

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Christmas Tag

19 Dec 2013

The Christmas tag has been floating around for a while now, and I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s answers so thought I would join in too :)

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I LOVE Christmas movies, it’s the one time of year that I have a collection of movies that I just love to sit down and watch (unfortunately for my boyfriend!). As for my favourite, I am not sure I can pick just one but the two that I can watch again and again are The Grinch and Miracle on 34th street.

Do you stay in your PJ's or dress up for Christmas?
I definitely like to dress up, and have done every year! I usually stay in my PJ’s for a littile longer than usual, but then I like to wear something new, or a nice dress that I have. It’s always nice to make that little extra effort as it is a special day spent with friends and family!

Do you and your family open gifts on Christmas Eve or on Christmas day?
Nowadays we open all our presents on Christmas day, however when I was younger my parents would let my brother and I choose a small gift to open the night before. I always loved this little tradition and is something I would like to do when I have children.

Favourite Holiday song?
This is going to make me sound like the Grinch, but I really can’t stand most Christmas songs. I do like Christmas songs in movies, but I would never choose to listen to them elsewhere. I would therefore say my favourite Christmas song to be played in a movie is Silent Night.

Favourite Christmas meal or treat?
I love love love Christmas dinner, I could honestly eat it everyday if it was served to me. I love the vegetables, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, turkey and all the rest. This is making me crave a roast just writing about it.

What happens on a typical Christmas Eve night in your house?
We do not really do anything particularly special on Christmas Eve but this year we are going to the pub. I'm spending Christmas Eve & Christmas Day with my boyfriends family this year so it will be a little different!

Does it snow where you live? 
On Christmas day - rarely, in the winter months - yes. I remember it last snowing on Christmas day a good 10 years ago and I am hoping it doesn’t this year as I am travelling around the country to see various family members.

Is your Christmas tree real or a fake?
Growing up we always had a fake Christmas tree, but this year is my first Christmas in my own place and we have gone for a real tree! I can definitely see the pro’s and con’s for both, but I am definitely loving having a real one this year, it’s just so pretty!

Let me know if you have done the Christmas tag or are going to, I would love to read all your answers! Also, I tag everyone who is reading this to go and do this tag!

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Christmas Gift Idea 2 : Charmed Ivy Jewellery

16 Dec 2013

There are only 9 days left till Christmas now so I hope you have all finished most of your Christmas shopping! If not, I am posting a few Christmas Gift Ideas which may be able to help – my first one is here. If you are looking for a stocking filler then Charmed Ivy is a great place to look as they have some lovely jewellery at very affordable prices.

My favourite piece is the Wishbone Necklace (£2.50*), which although simple, is beautifully designed. I absolutely love pieces like this where you can layer it with other necklaces to create different looks. The Heart Bangle (£2.50*) is also very simple and goes with almost anything, I love how the heart turns a plain simple bangle into an elegant looking accessory. Again, this could be stacked with other bracelets to create different looks. Lastly the Invisibobble (£1.00*), a hair bobble that does not leave any kinks in your hair – amazing! It doesn’t pull on your hair like some bobbles do and I can confirm it does not leave any kinks when you take it out.

Do check out their website as they stock some very unique and pretty things - I have my eye on the studded hair cuff and these earrings, both at only £1.50. Prices start from as little as £1 and go up to just £5 and best of all it is free delivery to the UK & Ireland, so what are you waiting for!

Where do you go for your more affordable jewellery?

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Area H2O Healthy Hair Challenge

12 Dec 2013

I always find when I am on holiday my hair is so much softer than usual, coming from a hard water area I find myself longing for that holiday hair! Area H2O have come up with an ingenious idea of producing different shampoo & conditioner formulations for different water types.  I was asked to take part in the Area H2O challenge which involved using the products over two weeks and posting my results.  As I live in London I have been trialling the Hard Water Shampoo and Conditioner for coloured hair. 

In hard water areas there are more minerals present, these react with your shampoo to form mineral deposits that cling to your hair and can be very damaging. In soft water areas you may find your hair is very slippery, meaning it is very hard to manage. Area H20 shampoo works just like a magnet, attracting these ions and therefore leaving your hair much cleaner, smoother and shinier.

Anyway, enough of the science mumbo jumbo – what did I really think? After using both the shampoo and conditioner for a few weeks now I can safetly say I am uber impressed. As someone who suffers from greasy roots and dry ends I often find that I stick to the same hair products, otherwise my hair can have a hissy fit and become ultra greasy. However using these, my hair stays cleaner for longer, my roots do not get greasy after just one or two day and my hair is super shiny which is usually hard work for blonde hair!

The first time I used them it was a bit “meh” but apparently this is normal as the shampoo is removing all the mineral ions. It wasn't actually until the second or third use that I began to notice a real difference.  Now I find that after repeated use my hair feels soft, lightweight and does not tangle as much as usual. I also noticed a huge improvement with my scalp (which usually is usually dry and sensitive in the winter months) when using these products.

The shampoo is quite thick and I find it does not lather up as much as I would like, however it still does a very good job at cleaning my hair and removing product build up. The conditioner on the other hand has quite an unusual consistency, it is quite runny and I therefore feel as though I have to use more than usual, but it is just as moisturising as other thick conditioners I have used. The scent for both is very subtle, nothing too overpowering, but nice and refreshing.

These products may be more expensive than your average shampoo and conditioner, however I honestly think they are worth the extra money - I shall definitely be repurchasing! They have designed a range of shampoo and conditioners for soft, medium and hard water, all available for coloured hair or normal/fine hair.

What do you think about using a different shampoo depending on the water type you live in?

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Christmas Gift Idea 1 : Wholesome Bling Fabric Watch

10 Dec 2013

Blogging over the Christmas period is proving to be a little difficult! What with work being very busy, and all the Christmas parties, it leaves little time to actually blog. This therefore means I am bit late on the Christmas gift guide wagon, however I just had to share this idea with you.

I was recently contacted by a company called Wholesome Bling and asked if I wanted to try one of their watches. I instantly built up an image in my head of a blingy watch that was OTT, and I couldn't have been more wrong! Wholesome bling watches are beautiful hand made fabric watches that come in a variety of designs and sizes.  The fabric is hand pasted onto the dial so you will not find two that are the same.  It took me a while to decide on my favourite design, but I finally chose the purple glitter one.

When the watch arrived it was beautifully packaged in a jam jar with ribbon. At first I tried putting it on my wrist without reading the instructions and failed miserably. As shown in the photos you need to pull the fabric behind the face to make a gap for your wrist, then tie it around your wrist. As I have quite a small wrist I find there is still a bit of fabric left so I just tuck it underneath the strap, but it can also be left out.  It is extremely comfortable and I do not have any problems with it ever untieing.

What I love most about this watch is just how unique it is, I have never seen anything like it - I have had multiple compliments on this watch as it is so eye catching and different.  I think this would make a great little present at Christmas and they are so affordable too! They come in 2 sizes, £22 for a small watch and £24 for a large watch and they currently have 10% off to celebrate the launch of their new website if you enter New10%off at the checkout. 
What do you think of these beauties?

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Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold

4 Dec 2013

Ever since I purchased the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (review here), I have been obsessed. I picked up Pink Gold (Inked in Pink in the USA) last week and as the name would suggest, it is a light pink with some subtle gold undertones - it is oh so very pretty.

If you have never used the Colour Tatto’s before, they are marketed as a gel-cream eyeshadow which lasts throughout the day. They can also be used as a primer, teamed up with a cream or powder eyeshadow, which will give you a more intense look. Personally I apply this to my eyelids as an all over wash, but I am definitely going to experiment and try it as a primer.

As you can see from the swatch, it is incredibly pigmented but you can also blend it out for a more subtle look. The eyeshadow is solid, but melts on your finger tips when applied - there is no need for a brush and it only takes a few minutes.  I am a big fan of the packaging, the glass makes it feel quite luxurious and it looks very similar to the MAC paint pots.

As mentioned in my previous review, these really do last all day. I have found that the Pink Gold colour does tend to fade a little, but it is still noticeable at the end of the day. At £4.99 these are great value for money, and I have yet to find anything better at this price! My only niggle is that I wish they had more colour offerings. There are a lot of bright colours, however for everyday wear there are only a few suitable colours.

What cream eyeshadows do you recommend?

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