Tuesday, 29 December 2015

What I got for Christmas 2015

Hellos Lovelies!

I hope you've had a lovely Christmas and eaten way too much just like me!  One of my favourite parts of Christmas is seeing what everyone got for Christmas, I love being nosey and seeing what goodies you all got.  So this year I thought I'd write a post on what I got for Christmas! This is by no means me bragging about what I had, just a post for all of you who are as nosey as me!! So carry on reading if you want to see what my wonderful parents and Grandmother got me this year...

*I've tried to link all I can't buy some items are no longer available online. 

A few weeks ago my Mum mention she had got my 'main' present for Christmas off her and my Dad, which I had no idea what it was as I hadn't asked for anything.  So I was over the moon on Christmas morning when I opened up these personalised number plates!! I love the fact I'll have them forever, my brother also got some so we're like twins now haha!


I had this gorgeous YSL Black Opium gift set from my best friend April, it's my new favourite sent I've been dousing myself in it everyday since Christmas.
Phillip Kingsley 5 Little Wonders Gift Set - this gorgeous set has 5 mini hair care products 
Elnett The Catwalk Collection Hairspray - this is the best/only hairspray to use!
Elnett Heat Protect Spray - I'm so excited to try this as I love the hairspray so much

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Essentials - I haven't tried any of the bold metals collection yet so I cannot wait to try these
Clinique Moisture Surge - I have really dry skin so this moisturiser is perfect for me 
Pixi Glow Tonic - another must have which I have been dying to try
GlamGlow Face Mask - I have been DYING to try this forever
Sephora Makeup Bag - the slogan couldn't be more me!

Benefit Real Cheek Party Palette - this amazing palette comes with 5 box powders, what's up highlighter, They're Real mascara and eyeliner
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette - how insane is this, cannot wait to try it for New Year's Eve 

MAC Give Me Sun Bronzer
Autograph Golder Rose Highlighter - massive thank you to April for scouring the UK to get me this!
Maxfactor False Lash Mascara - it wouldn't be Christmas if my Mum didn't get me one of these


River Island Slippers - these haven't left me feet since Christmas Day
Marks and Spencer light up bed socks

Everyday Essentials 

New Look Watch - I asked my Mum for an 'everyday' watch for work and I love this one she picked out.  It's both silver and gold which means I can wear it with anything
New Look Studded Handbag - Mum also picked me up this stunning bag from New Look as my new work bag
Yankee Candle Season of Peace - my brother got me this lovely candle and the smell is gorgeous! 

Tasty Treats

Costa Mug - I'm always looking for a travel mug to put my tea in for work and I love this Costa one my parents got me, it's really big so will fit lots in 
Princess Mug - My Mum said she couldn't resist getting me this...says it all really lol
Absolut Giftset - I'll be cracking this open NYE
Drumstick Tub - my favourite sweets! 

Khloe Kardashian Strong Looks Better Naked and Amy Childs 100% Me - I can't wait to read these books in the new year 
Unicorn iPhone 6 Case - my best friend April knows me so well!!
I also had money from my Grandma and my other Grandparents. 

These two I didn't get for Christmas but thought I'd chuck them in anyway. I'd pre-ordered the Body Coach's Lean in 15 new cookbook back on Black Friday for half price of about £7.50 which is a complete bargain, the book is massive and full of new recipes and tips.  Usually I'm not one to but or be tempted by exercise DVD's but after seeing how amazing Lauren Goodgers transformation has been I just had to get her DVD.  They both arrived today and in good time, I've over indulged so much over Christmas I'm actually looking forward to cutting down lol.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I had for Christmas! I would love to see what you all got, please tweet me links to your posts so I can't have a read! 

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Kim Kardashian Holiday Inspired Makeup

After seeing this photo Kim posted of herself to her Instagram here, I instantly fell in love with her makeup - super glowy skin, gold eye and bold red lip - the perfect look for the upcoming holidays.  So when I headed out for a few drinks Saturday night I had try recreate this look.

Benefit Porefessional
Gerard Cosmetics BB Cream + Illumination
Makeup Forever HD Foundation 
Maybelline Eye Eraser Concealer in light
Illamasqua Loose Transulcent Powder
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit light to medium (Java)
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Milani Baked Bronzer #4
Nars Orgasm Blush
Carli Bybel Palette for highlight

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Carli Bybel Palette - eyes
Barry M Soft Eye Crayon in Bronze
Maxafctor Falase Lash Effect Mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Red Cherry Wispie Lashes
Whitening Lightening Brow Bar to Go in Ebony

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Red
Amrezy Lipland Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Brooklyn

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Sunday, 29 November 2015


Hello Lovely's

I am so so sorry it has been so long since my last post, life just seemed to totally take over the last few weeks and unfortunately I just haven't been able to find the time or motivation to get blogging. But that's going to change now! I've missed blogging so so much these past few weeks and now feel ready to throw myself right back into it in time for the festive season. 

A couple of weeks ago it was Beaujolais Nouveau day in Swansea which meant a day off work to get super dressed up to go out and celebrate the first wine of the season being released. It's a massive occasion in Swansea but I don't know how widely celebrated accross the UK it is. So here's the outfit I wore along with the makeup look I created on the day!

Dress - Dollys Boutique Essex Online in black
Shoes - Public Desire 
Necklace - ASOS

Mac Strobe Cream
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation #7 
Mac Pro Long Wear Concealer NC20
LA Girl Pro Conceal in Beyond Bronze to contour
Ben Nye Banana powder to set under eyes
Illamasqua loose translucent powder
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in light
Milani Baked Bronzer #4
MilanJi Blush in Berry Amore
Carli Bybel Palette highlighter

Barry M Eye Crayon in soft brown
Carli Bybel BHcosmetics palette
Benefit They're Real gel liner
Maybelline Gel Liner in black
Maxfactor False Lash Effect Mascara in black 
Velour Lashes 'Carli lash'
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip brow in dark brown

Mac  'whirl' lipliner
Amrezy for Lipland liquid lipstick in Rezy 

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Statement Bling

I was so excited when I received my Mirina Collections 'Vivian' necklace last week that I had to wear it straight away and I had the perfect opportunity when I was going out for a meal on Friday evening.

As the necklace us such a statement I wanted to keep my outfit pretty plain and simple.  These are the only two outfit photo's I managed to quickly snap before I had to run out of the door but I managed to get a few makeup shots and close up's of the stunning necklace.

Jeans - ASOS Similar 
Body - BooHoo
Waistcoat - Primark
Shoes - Public Desire 
Necklace - Mirina Collections 'Vivian'

MAC Strobe Cream 
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC30 
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20
Illamasqua Translucent Loose Powder
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in light
Milani rose blush in #2 Flora Passion
Makeup Studio Eyeshadow ilumiere in Ivory Gold as highlight

Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Courture World Traveller Palette 
Vegas Nay for Eylure lashes in Easy Elegance
Max Factor Flase Lash Effect Mascara in black 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

MAC Lip liner in Stone
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Berry Smoothie 

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

September through Instagram

Here's a quick round up of what I've been getting up too in September via my  Instagram pictures!

1// Enjoying a Drink on our balcony in Ibiza
2// Slaying at Ocean Beach
3// Lunching in Savannah's
4// Kisstory Party at Ocean Beach

5// Having a naughty lunch during my last week in my old job.
6// Rescuing my friend from an awful date - we've all been their ha ha!
7// Trying out the new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
8// My new GRWM video

9// Toasting to my new job
10// Being spoilt on my last day at work - all Princess themed
11// My new favourite blusher
12// Date night at my favourite restaurant

13// Sunday walks
14// Reminiscing over Ibiza
15// How I'm currently spending most of my time
16// Packing for my trip to Belgium

17// Lunching in Brussels
18// Wine tasting in Leuven
19// When in Cologne
20// Leuven at dusk

21// Morning cardio in Langland
22// Durrani Popal my new major makeup/girl crush
23// Getting a little too excited for Christmas already
24//  Cant resist a drugstore haul

What have you  been up to this September?  Dont forget to follow me on Instagram and leave me your Instagram names in the comments so I can follow you back!

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Mini Drugstore Haul

Last week I popped into town to pick up some new winter boots. The weathers taken a pretty chilly turn the last fews weeks so I felt totally justified in buying winter boots already lol - there will be a post soon on what I picked up. However I couldn't go to town without having a 'quick' look in both Boots and Superdrug, and of course I ended up picking up a few bits.

I've been looking for the Vegas Nay Eylure lash collection for what feels like months and have never been lucky to find them in store, but when I went to Superdrug they actually had the whole collection in stock.  I managed to refrain from buying one of each styles and settled on the Easy Elegance style.

I'd run out of my Maybelline Eye Eraser concealer and have been totally lost without it so had to pick up a new one.  I want to try out some new drugstore concealers so if you have any recommendations I would love to hear them!

I looked for the Collection Contour kit on their stand in the makeup aisle and was gutted when they had none left, but when I went to pay their was a pop up stand full of them by the tills so I had to pick one up.  For only £3.99 its an absolute steal!! What I love most about this little kit is the grey toned contour shade, I usually find most drugstore contour kits have a bronzer rather than contour shade in them. The highlighter I also beautiful and super pigmented - this is definitely worth picking up!

Finally I headed into Primark and ended up getting these two brushes.  I already have one of their stippling brushes and absolutely love it to blend in my concealer under my eyes - it creates a gorgeous airbrush effect.  I've been seeing these brushes with a beauty blender type end everywhere recently and this one in Primark was only £2 so I thought I'd give it a try.  Again I'm going to use this to blend out my concealer!

Have you picked up any gems from the drugstore recently?

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Welsh Blogger Event

Last weekend I headed to Cardiff with my friend Laura to attend the Welsh blogger event which was held in the Angel Hotel.  Laura and I worked together and soon discovered our love of all things beauty and have had each other to discuss blogging dilemma's!

The Welsh Blogger Event was organised by Ffion (a south wales blog) and Charlotte (Rose Above the Thorns).  Laura found this event on Twitter and as neither of us had been to a blogger event before we decided to go together.

I had no idea what to wear as I hadn't been to a blogger event before, I didn't want to be too overdressed or look under dressed.  SO after much deliberation I came up with this outfit and makeup look, below.

Top- BooHoo
Jeans - ASOS Ridley Similar 
Boots - Zara (Last year) Similar

Benefit Porefessional
Gerard Cosmetics BB+ Illumination
Makeup Forever HD Foundation #35
MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer #NC20
Illamasqua Translucent Loose Powder
MAC Sharon Osborne Mineralise Skin Finish
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kits (Fawn/Java and Vanilla/Sand)
Nars Orgasm Blusher

Naked Smokey - Combust, Whiskey, High & Radar
Makeup Studio Loose Pigment in Copper
Maybelline Black Gel Eyeliner
NYC Liquid Liner
Max-Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
Ardell 101 False Lashes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown

MAC Stone Lip Liner
MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by the lovely girls who organised the event and were giving a glass of Prosecco and some yummy canapes.  We spent the afternoon sipping prosecco, meeting the other bloggers and chatting with companies who had set up stalls.

Beauty Crowd had provided goody bags for us all and Hanne Jenkins, the Cardiff store manager, came and gave us an exciting talk on the company and some of the products we were receiving in our bags.  Here's what I got in my goody bag:

I am in LOVE with the Milani blush, it is the prettiest blusher I have ever used!!

I had such a lovely time at the blogger event and met some lovely blogging gals, I cannot wait for the next get together!

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

My Cant Live Without Beauty Tool

On my recent holiday to Ibiza, the worst beauty disaster that could happen to me (lol) happened.
I somehow managed to forget to pack my eyelash curler.  I have never done this before, considering I like to pack a few hours before I go, being as makeup obsessed as I am,  I NEVER forget any beauty related item - but this time I did.

I have poker straight and relatively short eyelashes, so the use of a curler is a massive part of my everyday makeup routine, without curling my lashes their isnt much point using mascara. So anyway I didn't notice until the first night that I had left my curler behind and when I did I nearly had a  meltdown, my friend I went with doesn't use a lash curler so hadn't bought one either.

I tried copious amounts of mascara to make them look half decent but they just ended up in a clumpy mess!  Luckily I had taken false lashes with me, so for every night on holiday I had to apply these - which in the heat can be pretty difficult!  But otherwise my eyes literally looked baled.

I knew I loved my eyelash curler before but now I feel completely obsessed with having it on hand all day everyday - I never want to be apart from it again haha!

Currently I am using the Chanel Eyelash curler which I had a few Christmas's ago and was limited addition.  It came with around 6 pads to change and I am now unfortunately  coming to the end of my last one.

Prior to this I used the Shu Umera Lash curler and I will forever return and repurchase this one.  It curls my lashes beautifully and it lightweight and gentle to use.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Lunch @ Mad Hatter's Mumbles

Last Saturday, my Dad and I decided to head out for a bite to eat for lunch.  After a quick run through of all the cafe's in our local village we decided to try the newest of the bunch.  Mad Hatter's Cafe Bistro opened up in Mumbles a few weeks ago and offer's a range of breakfasts, light bites, lunches and cakes, as well as offering hot and cold drinks and house wines - so there is something for everyone!

I love the name of the cafe, I think it makes it stand out next to any other cafe's in the village. However, due to the name 'Mad Hatter' I was dubious that the decor, if reflecting the name, could be gawdy and over the top, but this was not the case at all.  The cafe is light, airy and very spacious - clean white wall's with dainty Alice in Wonderland animations and quotes scattered on the walls.

There was a range of tables to sit at - low coffee table's or dining tables with comfy cream leather chairs - and plenty of space between them so you didn't feel like you were sitting on top of anyone.

I decided to go for the Chicken, Bacon and Mayo rustic baguette with a large tea and my Dad went for BLT rustic baguette with a large americano.  The baguettes were so fresh and stuffed with filling - there is nothing I hate more than no filling haha!  The drinks were piping hot, my large teapot gave me five cups which is perfect for a tea lover like me!!  The owner proudly told us how he had the Mad Hatter logo put on all the teapots and coffee mugs which I think is such a cute and unique touch.

The stand out for me though was how reasonably priced everything was, especially for the quality!  A lady on the next table was enjoying traditional English breakfast which was only £3.25 - I cannot wait to go back to try this!

If your ever in Mumbles I couldn't recommend the Mad Hatter enough!

Did you eat anywhere yummy last weekend? I'd love to hear about it!!

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