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Thursday, 28 February 2013

tutorial feature> voluminous messy plait

This week I have done a feature post over on the amazing Lovely Serendipity on how to do a volumous, messy plait (or braid, for all you americans) so check it out here.
Gia is also a super talented artist/ graphic designer and she did a custom illistration for me! Isn't it wonderful? Make sure you head over to her online shop The Savvy Chicks if you're interested :)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

review> Korres 3 in 1 cleansing emulsion

Last summer my mum purchased the Korres 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion, and I never paid much attention to it until a few months ago. Even though I have just started using the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, I still think this product deserves a little review.

This cleanser has a creamy consistency and you apply it directly to a dry face. As this was the first dry-cleansing cleanser that I had used, it felt strange at first- much too oily for my skin type, surely?- but after a few uses I got accustomed to the feeling and my skin seemed a lot better for it. On the back of the bottle it says that you can either wipe it off with a dry cotton pad or wash it off with water. The first option made me feel like I hadn't properly washed my face and I was so conscious of any oily feeling on my skin afterwards, but the latter didn't do it for me either as I hate closing my eyes and splashing water over them as I get paranoid (hello, sudden appearing murderers!) and I have to take my lenses out, which I prefer doing at the last possible moment. To overcome the dilemma of taking the cleanser off, I decided to merge the two and wipe it off with a hand-hot, wet cotton pad, which works a lot better for me. 

After a few days, my skin was already feeling more supple and hydrated, and a week or so later I really started to notice a change in my complexion. My spots were less red, and clearing up faster, and my whole face looked brighter and had a more even skin tone.

My only problem with this product is that I don't feel like it gets deep enough in my pores to really clean them, so it would be a better product for people with normal to dry skin as oily and combination types like myself might find that, though their skin is getting clearer at first, there comes a certain point where it stops making as much of a difference and you need to scrub a bit more to fully tackle the sebum in your pores. Also, for those with dryer skin, I feel like you would need to buy an exfoliator to use to get rid of dead skin cells as your skin will become more moisturised but you'll still get dry and flaky patches.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

a beach life fantasy

I have lived in a seaside town for the majority of my life, and let me tell you- it's not all it's cracked up to be. This being England, we never really have the weather to go to the beach and enjoy it like you're supposed to, and when we finally see a few rays of sunshine and feel the heat on our backs, bam! there come the tourists! Compared to a city like London ( which I love love love!!) , seaside towns are some of the most boring, claustrophobic, suffocating places because even though there are less people, it's so small, there's nothing to do and everyone seems to know your business and have to have a say in it. 
However, if you read my previous post '25 facts about me' you'll know that I would love to live in Bora Bora or Guam, and here's why:

On a side note, I was up in London yesterday and it was snowing- yes, snowing!- and it's made me wonder.. When will summer arrive?

If I went on holiday there, I don't think I would have it in me to leave. I'd just camp out under the stars every night and soak in all the beauty and serenity.

Where would your dream place to live be?

Friday, 22 February 2013

25 facts about me

1) I have lived in England, America and Belgium

2) When I was younger, I was obsessed with Diddle and I ridiculous amounts of merchandise 

3) So far I have had a dog named Shep, a hamster named Gem, a rabbit called Lily (who I still have) and 4 fish called Rebecca, Rachael, Ruby and something else beginning with R, who all died in 2 months

4) I dance more than 10 hours every week

5) My hair has no volume whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Nothing.

6) My GCSE options are IT(AS Level), Graphics, History and PE

7) I dropped out of early GCSE French because it bored me, people had too many expectations of me and I just didn't have the time

8) My french exchange put 'everything' under her interests- helpful, no?

9) I can't wait to have children so I can dress them up in all sorts of adorable outfits

10) I love saving up to buy an amazing designer product instead of collecting little pieces that I don't like so much and finding amazing bargains at sales

11) I'm a musical obsessive- I've seen almost every one on in the West End, and I like to learn all the songs and choreography

12) I desperately want to go on holiday somewhere beautiful and beachy like Guam or Bora Bora

13) Last summer I went on holiday to Greece and I fainted in a monastery in the mountains while horse riding because of the heat, but the monks thought I was possessed or evil

14) I like having a few absolutely amazing friends who I can always call and have fun with  than loads of 'friends' who I don't really know at all

15) I'm incredibly shy when you first meet me, but I'll quickly warm up to you

16) I make the worst jokes. Ever.

17) I can never get to sleep so I generally only get a couple of hours sleep at most, even when I'm not doing anything and am completely exhausted

18) When my best friend and I had sleepovers when we were younger, we would always sleep back to back so a murderer wouldn't be able to stab us in the back

19) I love all things motivational and uplifting- songs, quotes, movies, you name it

20) I wanted to be everything when I was younger- including a marine biologist because I thought it included swimming with dolphins

21) I adore the way nail varnish looks, but I don't have the skill or the patience or actually put it on and keep it neat

22) My three dream jobs would be a commercial dancer, a fashion journalist or a designer of some sort

23) I have an extra bone in my foot

24) I don't drink anything other than water and the occasional hot chocolate

25) I love all of you reading this!

I'm super duper sorry that I haven't blogged in over a week, which, thinking about it, isn't very much time at all, but it's honestly felt like an eternity. I could give you a whole bunch of excuses about how busy I've been, and how I didn't have anything to write about, but instead I decided to give you a little 'getting to know me' post to make up for it slightly. Hope you enjoy this more personal, lifestyle-y side to my blog!

p.s- Don't I look attractive in those photos..? Hmm.. not really

Monday, 11 February 2013

valentines day > outfit inspiration

Hey, guess what! It's 4 days until Valentines Day! Not that I would know anything about the subject(#ForeverAlone anyone?) but I'm still a girl, and I figured that deciding what to wear, how to do your hair, makeup, and everything like that would be a big deal and all together quite stressful.

If you want some ideas and inspiration(or maybe even the exact outfit) for something to wear, take a look at this collage I compiled for you.

Find my collage on Polyvore here
The way I designed this collage to work was that everything pretty much went together. That means you could pair numbers 8 and 9 with number 2, 4, 3, 10, anything, because there's a very strong colour scheme running throughout.
Speaking of colour schemes, I have been absolutely loving pink/nude tones paired with gorgeous warm browns, which is what I based my collage on as I think it just looks so pretty and feminine. When I move rooms and get to decorate, I'm planning on having whites and browns as the main scheme, with pink or blue accessories depending on what I feel like. There's something about those colour trio's that reminds me of oriental flower paintings.

Are you doing anything on Valentines day?
How do you fare before going out- living a total nightmare or a calm dream?

Friday, 8 February 2013

happy friday!

It's finally Friday! After a week of hectic activities and shed loads of work, Friday has come and the weekend is following. Here are some happy, pretty and motivational quotes and sayings to relax you and psych you up for next weeks battering:

Find all the sources of these images on my Pinterest board here

 What's your favourite day?
What does this Friday mean to you?
To me, it means exactly one week until I see Little Mix live in concert, and 6 days until Valentines Day 

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

weekend shopping

Hello everyone!
Now that's school's back in full swing, and I have dance every night till about 9, weekends have really been the only time that I can properly relax and do whatever I want, whenever I want. (Excluding homework. But that can be done another time? Right?) 
This weekend, I was invited to one of my absolute best friends birthday so of course i just had to go shopping- last minute presents and outfits, anyone? As I was wandering around the town centre, I might have just happened to fall into one or two shops. And forget who I shopping for. Oops!

 Andrea Fulerton Flip Flop French Manicure in 'Lianna'

Andrea Fulerton Trio in 'Petrol in the Water'
Andrea Fulerton Trio in 'Hard Days Night'

As you can probably tell, I've been in a very 'nail-y' mood, and when I had a little look-sie around Superdrug, the Andrea Fulerton range struck me instantly. Being a brand that I hadn't heard of before (I'm sorry if this is a hugely well known brand, but I usually don't specifically look for nail products, and actually, I haven't been to Superdrug in ages. I love the fact that I could buy one varnish, and effectively have three different colour choices-or two, with the Flip Flop French duo- is such an amazing investment for me because, let's face it, I'm not the most organised person, so having everything I need in one place is super handy.
'Alianna' Flip Flop French is a nail duo with one side being a pearlescent white/blue colour, and the darker end being a mid-tone purple. All the Andrea Fulerton polishes seem to have lots of shimmers running through them, but once you put it on, though noticeable, it's quite a subtle shimmer that catches your eye without being too overbearing.
'Petrol in the Water' Trio is probably my favourite product in the Andrea Fulerton range. Not only do I simply love the concept of having 'three-in-one', which I had never even considered a possibility before I found this, but the colours in this one are gorgeous for the Winter/ Spring transition period. On this product, the darker polish is a deep, earthy brown that is dark, and brooding and creates a simple statement nail, methinks. On the other hand (ha! get it? hand? no? oh.) the lighter polish is, again, a pearlescent colour that I just can't decide on exactly. Overall, it just looks white with shimmers, but if you look closer all those shimmers are reflecting differently and are having that beautiful effect of a constantly changing and moving rainbow. Layered over each other they create a dark, midnight blue shade that in the light appears lighter due to the reflections of the light on the shimmers.
'Hard Days Night' Trio has this gorgeous peachy, golden shade that I absolutely love and a midnight blue that, somehow, looks more purple depending on where you are. The double worn shade is simply a lighter, brighter blue which did disappoint me slightly considering the variety of Petrol in the Water.

Andrea Fulerton Pre-Varnish Prep

Andrea Fulerton Gloss Up Overcoat
Nail Paint by Barry M in 342 Nude

Sleek Brow Palette Duo in Dark
Sleek Blush Trio in Lace

I bought the Sleek Brow Palette Duo because I have sparse areas in my eyebrows, so I wanted to sort of even it out over the whole brow, and also because brows can really make or break a look- who wants the most gorgeous face/ eye/ lips if having really awful eyebrows just ruins it? This product really suits me as, even though I'm naturally blonde I have ridiculously dark eyebrows, so the darkest shade of this palette gets the colour just about right without being so dark as to look like I'm just colouring them in. Maybe not a pigmented as I would like, but I put hardly any on the brush so maybe I should just experiment with layering and stuff. Speaking of brushes, this one comes with both a flat, straight end and a slanted one (okay, my mind is going blank and I can't for the life of me remember the proper name for the brushes) as well as tweezers. I'm actually pretty happy with the brushes. They do the job, they don't shed and they're so much better than your average palette brush. The tweezers, on the other hand.. well, maybe it's just me. I find the tweezers really quite awkward as they're really stiff, which makes it harder to pluck quickly and therefore, less painfully. Think I'll just stick to my own tweezers until I build up some more hand muscles.

Now, the Sleek Blush Trio in Lace. Pretty much everyone in the beauty world has been raving about this product and I'm going to have to agree with them on this one. It didn't seem likely, I must admit, when I popped the lid open and the colours were so bright. According to the photos I had seem online, they were much more muted tones, and I was a bit miffed. Nevertheless, I had to review the product for myself so I bought it, and am I glad I did! The three colours are a bright coral orange, a shimmery mid-shade salmon pink and a bright red/ pink. If you were a three year with a passion for coating the paintbrush in as much paint as possible and swiping madly at the paper, or know of one, you'll understand what I mean when I say Be Careful. Honestly, this blush should have a warning sign on it- one sweep of brush over blush and you'll worriedly tap and wipe it all of for fear of a bad case of Mad Makeup Applying. When I'm using this, I find it best to just lightly sweep the brush over your desired shade once, apply it to the apples of your cheeks, and then consult the mirror on whether you need any more. Generally, I apply only one or two layers of any of these colours, and then use a buffing brush just to soften the look slightly for a more natural appearance as I have fair skin and any more than that makes me look like a merry little elf from the North Pole.

All in all, fair play to Sleek- I'll definitely repurchase both these products, and the blush is certainly pigmented, but just work on the little things like tough tweezers.


Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 003 Peach Glow

Again, another hugely raved about beauty product, but I wasn't actually going to get it. I have so many powders at home, in my school bag, handbag, makeup bag, everywhere, why do I need it? Well, truth be told, I don't. But as I was walking past, I saw it was the last one left, and the makeup addict in me just kicked in. I was contemplating putting it back when I got to the cash register and realised- joy of joys!- I had £15 saved up on my boots card. Well, I technically get it for free then, don't I? ;) 
I've used it all the time since I got it and it is now my favourite pressed powder of all time. It sets my makeup with the lightest bit of product and gets rid of any extra shine I may have on my face, and is easy to carry around with me for any touch ups. L o v e!

Vaseline Limited Edition Pink Bubbly Petroleum Jelly Lip Balm

I know, I know, it's silly to get excited over something like limited edition Vaseline, but I can't help it. While queuing up in Boots I stole a look at some of the products they had around the cash register and realised I needed something for my lips with all the cold weather drying them out, and reached over to get my Strawberry Vaseline, which, incidentally, wasn't there. In its place was this little (non-alcoholic)champagne beauty which has the perfect moisture:firmness:tint ratio- moist enough to care for your lips, firm enough not to go all gooey and get all over your fingers a you apply it, and an extremely subtle tint that allows you to wear it on it's own and still make lips appear more interesting as well as layering over lipstick.

Black Ankle Strap Shoes with Stud Detailing- Zara(SALE!)

What did you do over the weekend?