Wednesday, 29 October 2014

October favourites!

Say hello to my October favourites! It has been one hell of a month for me and finally I feel like I've found some sort of normality/routine so fingers crossed November is more settled and it's my birthday month!

Onto my favourites! I have been loving burning the Yankee candle candy cane lane, I know I know it's a bit early but it really smells so good! I'm trying to finish my fireside treats one though so I think this will get saved now until December.

The L'Oréal hot & smooth heat protection spray has been amazing for making my hair straighter, smoother and feeling in better condition after I blow dry and straighten. I don't need to straighten my hair so much with this which is really good! I just have annoying flicky bits at the ends.

I have been loving the Lancôme hypnose drama mascara. It gives me so much length and volume, it is amazinggggg! It also doesn't flake which is great as that is my biggest bug bear with mascara's.

The app calm on my iphone has been a godsend. I have gotten into meditation to calm myself down or help myself get to sleep and this is such an amazing app. The free version comes with two meditation programs calm and calm 2 but I have paid just £2.99 for three months to get all of the meditation programs. There are also 6 months and 12 months subscription offers, the longer the subscription the cheaper it is. Please bare in mind though that it is automatically set to auto renew so just go into your apple store settings if you don't want that to happen. There is stuff for sleep, anxiety, inner peace, basically everything you could think of you'd need help with!

The ickle pumpkin isn't a fav, I just think it is so cute! What has been a fav for this month though is going on walks with my mum. Recently we've been going everyday and it's mainly to help her but It's been really good for me to get some fresh air every day and it's a time where we can have a chat if we want and spend some quality time together so it's been really nice.

What have been your favourites for this month? - Amy x

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Monday, 27 October 2014

An autumn/winter perfume pick

I got this scent I think not last christmas but the one before so maybe that is why it reminds me of autumn/winter but I also think it's because it is quite a strong, I wouldn't say spicy but it's definitely not light. This is of course the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire eau de parfum. I got mine in a gift set but a 50ml on it's own is £62.50 from boots, a 30ml bottle is £43.50. This isn't a cheap perfume by any means but it smells SO GOOD.

Boots say:
Black cherry blinks the first wink. It is illustrated by a clever blend that extends exquisite almond and delicious berries.
The second wink takes place as rose enters the stage. Finally, the shadowy temptations of licorice and smoky black tea reveal more of me and lead to irresistible seduction.

I say It smells exactly like parma violets so if you don't like that smell then this isn't for you but damn it smells good. The black cherry, licorice, tea and almonds just scream autumn and winter to me! It lasts for such a long time on my skin it is worth the money. I would usually wear this of an evening as it is a stronger scent but I have been known to wear it in the day also.

What's your favourite autumn/winter scent? I need ideas to put on my birthday/christmas list! - Amy x

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Two brushes I've been loving

I love slanted brushes for anything to do with my cheeks and I have really been loving these two. After I accidentally ruined my beloved Barbara Daly slanted blusher brushes I needed to find a replacement asap. I found the CALA brush in my local TK Maxx for a measly £3.99 and given that this brush has softness that easily rivals Real Techniques as well as how it feels quality wise, it was a bloody bargain. I've been using this brush for a good few weeks now, I absolutely love it and as it's slanted, I find it is the perfect shape for applying blush or bronzer perfectly and most importantly it looks natural.

Onto the next brush I have been loving and that is the Real Techniques retractable kabuki brush which is also slanted. It is slightly bigger than the CALA brush so I do just use this for blush but it is SO incredibly soft and as it is retractable it is super easy to store and I find it to be more hygienic than not having it covered up. This brush is also great for powder, obviously when it hasn't got the remnants of blush on it! It's the perfect brush for just popping in your bag. I got this for £9 odd when it was on offer on feel unique but it is usually around the £12 mark which I still think is a great price for the quality. You really can't go wrong with Real Techniques in my opinion.

What have your fav brushes been recently? What would you recommend I add to my collection? High on my wish list is the infamous MAC 217! - Amy x

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Friday, 24 October 2014

REVIEW: Too Faced chocolate bar palette

I snapped the infamous too faced chocolate bar from I managed to get this for £30.60 instead of £45 which is crazyyy but that is the beauty of cohorted so go and check the site out if you haven't heard of what it's about. I thought this palette was just called the chocolate bar palette as it has chocolatey shades but oh no this palette has the most heavenly chocolate scent.

This is the most expensive palette I have ever brought and almost the most amazing. It has a bit of everything, matte, shimmer and glitter with lovely golden, bronze, brown, pinky and purpley tones. My fav everyday combo is white chocolate on my brow bones, mazipan all over and milk chocolate in the crease. It gives a really beautiful shimmery defined effect. The palette also comes with a guide with three looks to start you off on getting creative with this palette. It really is SO versatile.

For me there is no fall out, the quality of the shades and pigmentation is amazing, they do not crease on my lids and last for a very very long time. I have zero regrets for spending so much money, I LOVE this palette. The packaging feels hardy and I love how too faced have carried on the chocolate bar theme through out everything.

I just wanna add a little apology as I realise I haven't blogged for a week, it was an unintentional break but I'm having a bit of a tough time at the moment but I'm hoping things will get back to normal soon but apologies for such a long unintentional break! - Amy x

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Friday, 17 October 2014

REVIEW: Barbara Daly Long wear eyeshadow stick

I love love loveeeee this little beauty. It's the Barbara Daly long wear eye shadow stick in shimmer sand aka rose gold. It is such a beautiful shade with the perfect amount of shimmer and as the name would suggest the wear time is incredible, think Maybelline colour tattoos. This doesn't crease on me at all and that is without using a primer, I may put some foundation on my eyelids but not a proper primer and it doesn't crease at all. The packaging looks lovely and luxe, it has a graphite grey mirror kinda finish and the product is popped up with a generic twist action but if it aint broke why fix it hey! This was only £3, I believe this may of been sale price as I'm pretty sure they used to be double that or more but it didn't have a sale label so maybe Barbara Daly has reduced her prices! These can be found at bigger Tesco's stores or the black marble variation is available online here. It really is the perfect thing to use in a rush, you just pop it on your lids straight from the packaging, blend with your finger and your done. It creates such a beautiful shimmery warming effect to your lids. I think it would work amazingly well with gold and pinky toned eye shadows over the top too, think urban decay naked 3.

What is your favourite long wearing shadow stick? I am obsessed with how easy they are to use! - Amy x

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

D.I.Y: Flower wall

I kept seeing these beautiful flower walls online and I really wanted to try it out for myself as I love fresh flowers and I don't know if they really do but they seem to help a tiny bit with my mood. I just brought some washi style tape but in a bolder colour instead of super light as I wanted it to be part of the feature as well as something practical to stick the flowers on with. I then just brought a cheap £3 bunch of flowers from Aldi. My initial idea was to go from light to dark and semi wing it in terms of spacing ect and just hope I had enough flowers. Above is my final result and I'm really happy with it!

Above is some inspiration. I had a quick browse on google images before I started sorting everything out. I really liked the more spaced out designs and ones that had more of a looser pattern. These are obviously all on white walls but I thought it would still work on my peachy pink wall as it's light enough.

So the left picture is half way through, As I was initially going light to dark I quickly realised I didn't have enough to do that properly and sticking a gerbera ect in the middle of it would look pretty randon. I switched some things around, added some of the leaves as well and made is more of a casual pattern instead of being to rigid with going light to dark. I am so happy with the result and for £3 for a bunch of flowers and £2 for some washi style tape (I got two rolls for this) I think it's a really cheap D.I.Y that looks so good. I'm hoping the flowers will dry out nicely and it will last a while but it not it was cheap to do and looks beautiful while it lasts.

What do you think? Would you consider this for your home? - Amy x

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Monday, 13 October 2014

M&S beauty haul

So I went to Marks & Spencer's recently and I accidentally went to the beauty section and may have accidentally taken these items to a till, oops. I really wanted to try out some of the limited collection range, in particular their limited edition stuff. Oh my the packaging is so cuteeeeeeee. Okay it's cardboard but it does feel sturdy enough and the prices are pretty bloody good for M&S.

The first thing I picked up was in the sale section and is actually from the autograph range and is that super pretty shimmery peach eye shadow. It is the first swatch going from left to right. It was only 79p I believe and is the loveliest shade! Perfect for high lighting or a wash of colour all over and I'm impressed with wear time and would liken it to urban decay. Obviously the applicator is useless and I would prefer if the packaging had a window so you could see the shade but for the cheaper than chips price and super pretty colour I don't really care.

Now onto the limited collection items. I picked up the bronzer in light and this was only £5 which I think is really cheap for M&S. It feels really smooth, blends really well on application, only has the tiniest hint of shimmer so is great for contouring and the packaging is really eye catching. It is the second swatch from left to right and as you can see it's a really nice wearable shade which for me works perfectly on my quite pale skin.

I also picked up a blush which a long with the bronzer and the lipstick I'll talk about next is limited edition and I think they switch these up every season. The blush is stunning. The gold is only a coating but underneath is a darker pink in the flower pattern. The packaging is sooooo cute and matches the flowery pattern on the blush itself. The swatch is third from left to right and is of the colours swirled together. It creates the most beautiful dusty pink with a hint of peachy orange, kinda hard to describe but you can see how nice it is and a really nice shade for autumn/winter.

Finally I picked up the lipstick in mallow. This is such a pretty shade I would wear for everyday. It's kinda hard to describe, it's like a dark dusty pink with a slight browny orange tone if that makes sense. Probably easier for you to look at the swatch, last on the right. I am rubbish at describe colours haha. This lipstick is smooth, applies evenly and lasts really well. It's the perfect autumn nude as it's slightly darker in tone than your average nude lipstick.

Have you tried the limited collection from M&S? I definitely want to try more from the permanent range and whilst I was there I noticed M&S sell stila, some damage may be done, I must keep away! - Amy x

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