Friday, 14 November 2014

OOTD - Grass Is Always Greener.

Hi guys!
I hardly ever do OOTD's, mainly because my outfits are usually not much cop and I'm quite a boring dresser (if you saw the colour palette of my wardrobe you'd think I was a funeral director) but I was pretty happy with this one so I thought I'd share.

 The dress is actually just a jumper from Primark but it's SO long that it drowns my 5'3 figure so I thought I'd try it with tights and boots and I love it as a dress! It was only £6.00 from Primark and you can get it in dark forest green too which I'm definitely going to get my hands on! You can't tell on these pictures, but it has a faux leather trim around the neckline.
My boots are my faithful brown leather chelsea boots from H&M. 
My bag is an Alexander Wang Rocco dupe from Ebay, I've had it ages and it's still going strong, there's tons of listings for them on Ebay and I'd definitely recommend this bag.
The thing that pulls my outfit together in my opinion is this lovely coat! I got it in the Primark sale a few years ago for just £10 and I've got SO much wear out of it!
I wear it with a faux fur collar too when it gets colder and it gives it a whole different look, I think it's such a ladylike piece, I love it :).
Toodles! x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

November YouBeauty Discovery Box.

Morning lovelies :)
Today I'm bringing you a review for the YouBeauty Discovery Box for November! This is the cheapest beauty box at only £6.95 including P+P and they do offer you some great things making it great value for money.
The concept of it is that it's a monthly subscription, and then on the 1st of every month at 7am they release all the choices of products you can put in your box for that month, and you get to pick two things from the given selection.
I try and get on the website and choose as close to 7am as I can get because some of the good stuff sells out quickly sometimes.
As well as the two things you pick, everyone also gets a few bonus samples thrown into their box too, so it's  a mix of things you've chosen and surprises which is the best of both worlds!

I forgot to take a picture of the actual box, but it's just a small cream box with the YouBeauty logo on the top, nothing flash.
I'll show you the samples I got first and then I'll move onto the things I chose.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm & Iconic Youth Serum
Some little sachets of cleansing balm and a serum, you won't be able to really try the products out from these little sachets, you'll probably only get one use out of them but still, nice to have and you  never know, the cleanser might blow me away! I don't think the serum could do much from one use though.

Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder
I've had a sample of Chia seeds before from a Birchbox and, I'll be honest, I didn't use it!
But I have been trying to eat more porridge in the morning lately to keep me energised throughout the day so I might just throw this in there one morning!

Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 Nude
 This is the first product I picked to go in my box, I've heard tons of bloggers raving about these blushes so I was super excited to see this in the selection!
It's a really pretty colour too and I don't own anything like it, I think it would be great for a natural flush when I'm wearing quite heavy makeup.

Magnifibres Brush-On False Lashes
I was SO excited to see this as part of the selection! I've been curious about these lash fibre mascaras for ages but I've never got round to buying one, and this is one you can use with any mascara you already own.
Basically it's a mascara brush with what looks like cobwebs wrapped around it (little bit gross, but bear with me) and you put on one coat of your chosen mascara, then while it's still wet you put on a coat of these fibres, wait 30 seconds for them to dry and then apply another coat of your mascara.
I've used them a few times and I'm on the fence! I can't decide whether I love them or not...I'm leaning towards love though.
It's not as dramatic as false eyelashes so I think that name is a bit optimistic, but I think my lashes do look fuller when I use this and they don't go as clumpy as they would if I tried to achieve that level of fullness with mascara alone.

What do you think of the YBD box?
I think it's brilliant value, and this and the LookFantastic box are the two I will be sticking with for the foreseeable!
Bye! x

Monday, 10 November 2014

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case.

Hello girlies!
Time for a review of a product I got for my birthday from my boyfriend, yet another palette but you can never have too many!

 I already have the Shattered Face Case from Urban Decay (read my review of it here) and I was so impressed with that one that I had the Anarchy Face Case on my wishlist for quite a while.
This one is more of a lighter version of the Shattered, I feel like the Anarchy palette has more of the angel vibe and the Shattered is more of a devil with the darker more sultry colours, but going along that theme I would have preferred to have seen the Super Saturated lip pencils swapped over, I feel like the red one in this palette would have been more at home in the Shattered, and vice-versa.

Here's the eyeshadow swatches from left to right, we have Redemption, Fray, Vaporize, Provocateur and Revolt.
I don't wear a lot of greys on my eyes so Redemption and Revolt are colours I'm going to have to try and get used to, but Fray is definitely my cup of tea, a sort of taupey-mauve which is packed full of shimmer, it's one of those colours you can just use all over the eye for a quick and easy eyeshadow look.

The blushes are a lot more wearable than in the Shattered palette, as is the highlighter.
We have Fetish and Quickie blushes (saucy) which I think are beautiful, Fetish is perfect for Autumn, a nice deep pink shade and Quickie is the classic bubblegum pink blush which everyone should have at least one of!
The highlighter is called Craze, and it reminds me a lot of the ever-popular TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer highlight.
The eye pencil is the cult favourite 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion, this is a very good eye pencil but personally they never last on me and they always end up in the corners of my eyes or rubbed off completely, my eyeballs just hate kohl eyeliners!

Finally, definitely the most popular piece of this palette, the Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Scandal, it's an exclusive shade for this palette and it's a beautiful, slightly metallic, raspberry colour.
I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay, their palettes are second to none and they do such an array of different colours that you can always find one to suit you, whether you like neutrals or brights.
The price of these face cases is really good too, £30 for 5 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, a highlighter, an eye pencil and a lipstick is amazing value I think! 
You can currently get this Anarchy Face Case for £27.00 at Debenhams too (link here) so now's the time to snap it up, whether you want to treat yourself or get it as a fab gift for somebody else.
Bye! x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

LookFantastic November Beauty Box.

 Hello beauty bunnies! 
Time for another LookFantastic beauty box! And hold onto your hats, this one is a doozy!! 

GlamGlow Youth Mud Face Mask
15ml sample - Full size 50ml - £39.99
We're starting with the thing I'm most excited about, the GlamGlow Youth Mud mask!
I couldn't have been happier when I saw this in the box, I've heard constant good things about this mask and I love anything that tingles on your skin so I can't wait to try it!
I know tingling products aren't for everyone and if you have sensitive skin you probably wouldn't be as excited about this as I am.

Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream
30ml sample - Full size 100ml - £18.99
I'm always happy to see a hand cream in a beauty box because I have constant dry hands so I hoard them!
This one isn't one I've heard of before, but apparently it has outsold every other hand cream in Boots despite the high price, but to be fair you do get 100ml which will last you forever because you only need a tiny bit of hand cream to go a long way.

Eve Lom Cleanser
30ml sample - Full size 100ml - £55.00
This is a balm cleanser, which I've never tried before so I was (again) excited to see this in the box! 
I've tried it a couple of times so far and it makes my skin feel really nice and soft, I'm more of a hot cloth cleanser girl myself so it'll be interesting to see if this product converts me to balm cleansers!

Nuxe Nuxellence Jeunesse Youth and Radiance Revealing Fluid
15ml sample - Full size 50ml - £47.00
This is a moisturiser which is always handy to have but I can't say it being included in the box has set my world alight! 
It smells citrusy, like the other Nuxe products, and leave my skin feeling nice and hydrated.

Monu Recovery Balm
30ml sample - Full size 50ml - £22.50
This sounds like a handy little product, I have dry skin which gets dehydrated so I can definitely get some use out of this, but the sample is in such an awkward bottle! 
I can't get any of the product out because it's so thick and the bottle isn't flexible enough to squeeze, so a bit of a fail!

New CID I-Crayon
 Full size product - £14.00
It's always nice when there's a makeup item in these beauty boxes, and lip products are probably my favourite things to buy so I'd like to high-five whoever decided to put this I-Crayon in the box!
I'm super impressed with the pigmentation, the shade is Strawberry Souffle and it's a lovely, pigmented red/pink.

All in all this was an amazing box! I've already pre-ordered the December box because I'm pretty certain that it'll be amazing, LookFantastic are by far my favourite beauty box provider.
If you want to grab the December box before it sells out, and it definitely will, then click here and snap it up! 
Check around for a LookFantastic voucher code too, I found one for the November and the December box so don't pay full price if you don't have to!
Bye! x

My Birthday Instagrams.

Hello Malteser bunnies!
This post is pretty late as my birthday was on the 11th of October haha but I thought I'd post it anyway as I always like to have a nose at posts like this so I assume other people do too!

On the day before my birthday me and my boyfriend went to see the comedian Jon Richardson live in York, he was so good, I really enjoyed his rambly, conversational style of comedy, plus I think he's pretty cute!
This was my outfit for the night, I will do an OOTD at some point for it.

York is just a stunning city!
We went to Byron burger before Jon Richardson and had a gorgeous meal, Jamie had a cheeseburger (standard, if you know him you'll know that's basically all he eats!) and I got a Caeser salad which was stunning, it doesn't look that yummy on the picture but I assure you it was lovely and I was STUFFED.
We also got hot chocolates at Byron as we had some time to kill and we didn't want them to kick us out haha.
If you ever go to Byron I recommend their vanilla milkshakes too, unreal!!

 I was knackered by the time we got home so I slipped into my PJ's and put my cosy footies on (which I'm wearing right now) and chilled out!

Then the next day I went round to my mam and dads house and opened all my presents from my boyfriend and my parents, I was spoilt as you can see!
I also had TWO birthday cakes haha one is a cake my dad made for me and the other is a massive Jaffa cake, life...MADE.

 Quite an array of gifts as you can see, from a Harry Potter book box set to perfume to a wok!
My boyfriend got me the Urban Decay Anarchy Face case too and these are the gorgeous swatches from it, in love <3

Then I got completely insulted by my boyfriend and my friends because they insisted I am a Hufflepuff, I was so convinced I was Gryffindor that I took a quiz...and that placed me in Hufflepuff too!! I am still disputing this decision to this day....

 Then on my birthday night I went out with my best friends and we had such a good time! As you can see from the first picture we had...a few pre-drinks.....this amount of alcohol led to a night of non-stop dancing, tactical voms and banging heads to next day, always drink responsibly kids....

Then the next day to cure my hangover I went and spent a Waterstones voucher my friends Mike and Lee got me, there's nothing these beautiful books can't cure <3

I had such an awesome birthday and I hope you've enjoyed this post! 
Toodles! x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

My Week In Instagrams - #2.

Hello Christmas crackers!!
Not too soon to mention the 'C' word is it?....
I've been a bit MIA on the blog lately, not as frequent as I have been over the past few weeks, but I've just been working SO much and I've been too tired to really sit down and blog.
But today I'm going to do a 'Week In Instagrams' post for you all, it seemed well received last time I did one so I hope you enjoy!

 Jensen Ackles...he doesn't need any other explanation, there is always time for me to post a picture of this hottie of all hotties!
We all hate Mondays so I thought I'd offer some support to my fellow workers/school kids!

Then on Tuesday I went for a drink with my friend Neil, who lives in Leeds now so we don't get to see each other as much as we used to.
I hadn't seen him since my birthday so the drinks were on him, and he also treated me to some salted caramel cheesecake which was amazeballs!

 Then on Wednesday after I'd been at work and been for a coffee with my friend Mike I snuggled up at home in front of the fire in my PJ's and tucked into a danish pastry and a cinnamon hot chocolate :)

 And fast forward to Sunday, my only day off last week so I went shopping with my boyfriend to spend some of my hard-earned cash and this was the makeup look I went with! I'll be doing a FOTD post on this look so you can go to that if you want to know what I'm wearing, but I was really happy with this look.
Now...can we get an AMEN for those biceps?! 
I am literally obsessed with The Walking Dead at the moment, we're on season 3 at the moment and I'm completely in love with Daryl!
He totally shouldn't be attractive but my god....he totally is.
There's just something about a man with a dirty face and a crossbow, am I right ladies?!

Finally, my little Maggie-kins steals the show again!
I adore this picture, I'm even contemplating framing it!! 
She looks so adorable, her little paw in front of her face, her big fluffy belly, her cute back legs, she's just perfection!!

There we are! That was my week, not so exciting this time but I hope you enjoyed anyway :)
Bye! x