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Thursday, 19 September 2013

you're entirely bonkers

The weekend before last was such a great way to start back at school.

I was invited to a birthday party where we would go roller skating, eat, go out to eat some more, go back and eat again, watch a movie, then end the night camping. The only rule? Dress up!

As you can see there was a wide array of costumes- Marios, Sharpays, 80s fitness instructors, St Trinians schoolgirls, a red indian, Despicable Me minions, and a couple of penguins. My costume, on the other hand, didn't go too well. Seeing as I only got the invitation 3 days beforehand (that's what I get for not bothering to charge my phone up all summer) I was in quite a rush and had to make so with what I found around my house.

 I was supposed to be the Mad Hatter but I couldn't find a suitable hat. Oh. I then decided to go along anyway and tie a gold bow on my head- introducing the Mad Bower, sister of the Mad Hatter. Whatever.

Rollerskating was a great experience and something I'd never have done on my own. After getting the hang of it, all I had to worry about was my skirt flying up if I fell over or went too fast.

The most memorable moment of the night was when we all started laughing in one of the tents and had an angry neighbour shouting at us at midnight across the garden fence. Very scarily. Seeing as we were scared he'd come into the garden and kill us all (sleepover logic for you) we all went back inside and talked for a good three hours about how it wasn't our fault, how we would deal with the matter in the morning, and then moved on to some totally unrelated topics including a book about a boy who didn't know the meaning of 'parents' until he was 14 years old.

In the morning we were treated to some lovely pancakes and put face masks on until our parents came to pick us up.

What have you been up to at the weekends since school started?

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

haul> Cardiff St David's centre

If you follow me on twitter, you may know that I spent the weekend in Cardiff. It was my first time in Wales and I absolutely loved it- amazing shops and such kind people everywhere I went. Speaking of shops, I spent a good few hours on both Friday and Saturday mooching around the St David's centre; it is undoubtedly the most amazing shopping centre I have ever been in and every shop I like to go was either in it or right across from it on the high street.

I thought some of you might be interested in the things I picked up on my weekend away so here they all are:

Biotherm Pure-fect Skin anti-shine purifying cleansing gel - £15.50

I've never tried any Biotherm products before but I was intrigued by the claims of 'anti-shine' so decided to give it a go. So far I cannot say my face has changed drastically in terms of shininess, but it does seem a lot less oily during the day and my skin already feels softer and looks clearer. Another great thing about this cleanser is that I don't experience any tightness or redness with it as I sometimes do with others.

Origins Super Spot Remover - £14

The highly acclaimed, highly raved about Origins Super Spot Remover is now in my possession. Finally. It is such a small bottle, but seeing a you literally only use a drop of this gel for your entire face- two at most if you have more spots- I feel confident that this will last me a long time. For the couple of days I've been using this I haven't seen any drastic changes, however there have been a couple more whiteheads from the tiny bumps I usually suffer with which I actually take as a good sign because it means the trapped sebum (ew, gross. I know) is being drawn out of the clogged pore. Aside from that, I have had other spots that had been bothering me go away, and the worst of them now look less red and inflamed. The lady at the Origins was so sweet and she also gave me a sample of the Modern Friction exfoliator and Clear Improvement charcoal mask that I can't wait to try out.

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom - £5.99

I spotted this in John Lewis just as my lips were starting to feel dry and I just had to get it. I mean, I love the smoothness and hydration I get from the original balm- and this one's tinted! Plus colder weather is on it's way to England which means chapped lips are soon to arrive and the hushed whispers in class of 'Can I borrow some of your Vaseline?' will swiftly follow.

YSL Touche Teint Éclat in B40 - £29

As with almost every other girl who takes any notice of makeup, I am on a constant search for the perfect foundation. That means: is it the right shade? does it give the right amount of coverage without looking cakey? does it break me out/ cause any other adverse reactions? does it have the right finish? and so on and so forth. Having been matched numerous times before only to find I am in fact 2 shades lighter, this foundation was a god send. It may not look like it from the swatch (my face is not actually the colour of the underside of my arms, would you believe it) but YSL B40 is the perfect match for me at the moment. I also find it very easy to blend and build up coverage, and it doesn't even feel like I have anything on. Seeing as I have not yet broken out in hives and feel no particular itchiness after using the Touche Teint Éclat I'm going to be bold and say things can only get better from here!

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in 08: Pink in Confidence - £24.50

Another raved about product, another YSL product. I was really hopping on the beauty bandwagons that day! I personally prefer the Shine formula to the original Volupté's because the extra moisture in them means I have no need to put a lip balm on beforehand, and they glide on with the silkiest of textures. The shade I bought was Pink in Confidence and it's a lovely mid/dark rose pink that somehow manages to look natural, sophisticated and glamourous all at the same time. 

Charbonnel & Walker Sugared Almonds and Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles

What can I say other than I love food and pretty pink things? 

Oasis Twist Detail Vest - £9

For only £9, it was very hard to say no to such a pretty coloured, dainty tank top. So hard, in fact, that I didn't say no. Oops! It is just my style at the moment- delicate and girly, but still casual- so I hope to get lots and lots of wear out it. Most probably layered with a cardi and warm knitted scarf during these colder months, with a hot chocolate held in my shivering, I-should've-agreed-to-wear-gloves hands.

Oasis Open Cardigan - £25

Oasis, Oasis, Oasis- why have I never noticed you before?! I suppose no one I knew went in there and I always assumed it was for older women, but oh my- if it is meant for older women I can't wait to grow old. This is a super cute pale pink textured cardigan that probably won't keep me all that warm, but that's what coats and scarves are for!

 Oasis Waterfall Cardigan - £25

I think I'm going through a cardigan phase. An Autumn phase. Because normally I'm the one who stays in shorts until October and refuses to wear coats and complains mercilessly when asked to wear anything more covered than a t-shirt. I'm a Spring and Summer kind of person. Much to the delight of my mum, another cardigan caught my eye in Oasis, this time in a taupe, camel sort of colour. With baggy pockets you can easily slouch your wrists in and a fun waterfall style front (hence the name), it's the perfect comfy cardi if you want to look a bit more mature. I honestly don't think I've ever been so excited for Autumn as I am now just because of these cardigans!

And yes, I am aware of how lame that sounded..

Topshop MOTO Black Leigh Jeans - £38

I already have a pair of Topshop Leigh jeans but in a different colour that was starting to fade. The thing that I love about all Topshop jeans is how soft they feel and the overall comfort of wearing them compared to jeans such as my old Hollister ones I wore all the time. Not only that, but Topshop have all sorts of styles to cater everyone's needs from bootleg 'Mom' jeans to high waisted super skinny 'Joni' jeans (see below) and have as wide a colour selection as one needs for jeans.

Topshop MOTO Black Joni Jeans - £36

I bought another pair of black Topshop jeans, this time in the 'Joni' style. I've been wanting a pair of high waisted jeans for a long time, and these are just perfect! You can pair them with your everyday t-shirt or tank top for an everyday look, or opt for a shirt or blouse for a more formal occasion such as dinner out in a fancy restaurant or a work meeting. 

And if you're still here, thank you for reading such a long, picture heavy post.
You rock :)
Don't forget to let me know what you think in the comments and whether you want any of the products I mentioned reviewed in greater detail.

Monday, 2 September 2013

liebster award

So I got nominated for the Liebster Award! YAY! The lovely Hannah from Hanclarky nominated me so make sure to check out her answers here and read on for my own..

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could only eat one food it'd probably be healthy pancakes (recipe here) because I love pancakes and I love fruit! Plus, it has a bit more variety to it than chocolate and is a whole lot healthier, which is always a good thing.
What is your favourite/dream holiday destination?
My favourite holiday was a few years back in Portugal because the weather was lovely, everyone was so relaxed and other than being dragged to a fish restaurant almost every night, I loved everything we did. My dream holiday would either be in Norway, Bora Bora or South Africa.
If you have to choose between eye make up (mascara/eyeliner/eyeshadow) and face make up (foundation/concealer/blusher), which would it be?
Face makeup- I'm too self conscious about my skin not to wear foundation or concealer. And couldn't I get a really dark bronzer, mix it with some magic stuff (water?gel?) and double it up as an eyeliner and mascara? And use blusher and bronzer for eyeshadow? Sorted!
Brights or pastels?
Girly things are my weakness.
What is your favourite perfume?
Valentina by Valentino, Miss Dior by Christian Dior or Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. No one can argue with gorgeous scents coupled with pretty bottles.
What is your number 1 pet hate?
People being messy with food- speaking with food in their mouth, chewing with their mouth opening at every possible moment, hearing the squelching of their saliva and they chew.. I feel sick just thinking about it! 
What is your go-to lipstick?
MAC Creme Cup is such a classic, versatile colour you can wear with anything, it's fab.
What is top of your bucket list?
I would (not literally) die if I got to perform on stage with Beyoncé!
What is your favourite day of the week and why?
My favourite day is Saturday because it's the start of the weekend which means rest, and you don't have the Sunday dread of school the next day.
If you could wish for one thing, what would it be?
I would wish for all of the damage humans have done to the environment to have never happened. Less pollution, more natural resources, more land/ less built up areas and less animals killed and wiped out. For someone who spends so much time inside and on the computer I love nature an awful lot!
What is your favourite brand/colour nail polish?
My favourite brand is Essie, closely followed by Barry M as they both have such a wide array of colours and last ages on my nails.

My nominees are (dun dun dun)

Becky from My Beauty Edit

Mai from Bonjour Mai
Georgia from Georgia Rose
Julia from Très Queentastic
Evie from Evangeline Young
Zoe from That's Zoe -I have just found out that Zoe has already done this but I'm still going to mention her and you can read her responses here
Ashleigh from AshleighBeauty
Sophie from Calvi Rose

And here are my questions:

1) What is one beauty or fashion essential that every girl should have?
2) If you could only shop in one store for makeup, skincare and clothes, where would you shop?
3) Cheap stuff for the season or more expensive stuff for a lifetime?
4) Where would your dream shopping spree be? eg. London, New York, Milan
5) Favourite beauty tip?
6) How would you describe your style?
7) If you could only live one moment of your life so far for all eternity, what moment would it be and why?
8) When you go shopping, do you buy more clothes or more makeup?
9) One blogger or YouTuber you would love to meet?
10) What is your favourite post to read on a blog?
11) How do you want your blog to progress in the future? Will you keep writing it?

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers, and make sure to take a look at all the
wonderful blogs I've mentioned!
p.s: I had no idea of the rules so I've probably done it all wrong, so I'm sorry about that.
It's also very hard to find blogs that haven't already done this AND have under 200 followers so a couple do have more