Thursday, 28 February 2013

February Favourites

I am going to try and start doing monthly favourites, although if two months have practically the same items I won't bore you guys with two of the same blog posts and I'll just fit them in somewhere or tweet about them! I also might be trying out Birchbox when the March box comes out, so keep your eyes peeled!

They're not just beauty favourites, it's a bit of everything! But I'll start with beauty because that's probably what you guys are looking forward to the most.

Now I used to have a really big obsession with MAC. I have now come to realise (which my bank balance is thankful for!) that yes there are some bits that are really good and worth the money, but there are some bits that you can actually find dupes for with similar quality for a much cheaper price.

This blush is from the style warriors collection and I actually got it at a CCO (Yes you can find them here in the UK, they are generally at outlet villages. I found mine at Cheshire Oaks), it's in shade 'On a mission' and is a beauty powder blush, I will be completely honest and say I have no idea what the difference is between a beauty powder blush and a regular blush but I will say this is a really nice mauve-y pink colour with very slight hint of shimmer which I never actually see when I've got it on! Now don't be put off by the colour thinking it's too dark for you, I am the palest of the pale (e.g. barely NC15!) and I think this blush looks beautiful on paler skintones and I will definitely be purchasing more this colour, that being said you can build it up or mute it down till your hearts content!

Next up is the lovely Soap and Glory Thick and Fast mascara, I've got the shade Super Jet Black. This mascara actually comes in two different forms which I just recently learnt, Super Volume False Lash Effect (in the tube above) and Lengthing and Volumising mascara with collagen for doll-like lashes (in the gold tube). I have been using this mascara for about a month after I'd used and abused by Bourjois one till it was old and flaky, this has a similar brush although it does take some getting used to. You can buy it from Boots for £10, I'm not entirely sure on where you could get it outside the UK but you can always get in touch with the lovely ladies and gents at Soap and Glory and they can point you in the best direction. 

I've noticed that this mascara really helps to keep the curl in my lashes all day, before that they had a habit of dropping down whenever they felt like it and I find it comes off pretty easily with my Body Shop eye makeup remover. No more scrubbing at your eyes to get that great mascara off! It also doesn't stain my eyelashes, if you have blonde eyelashes like me you know what I'm taking about. If you don't, well sometimes the colouring in the mascaras can stain your eyelashes so when you actually take it off at night it looks like there's still some left on your eyelashes. It does generally come off with a couple of tries with a good eye makeup remover. In the whole month I've had this and been wearing it, I've not had any mascara flaking off and falling underneath my eyes at all, definitely worth a try!

If you have been living under a beauty rock you will not have heard of these, but I am officially on the beauty bandwagon and fully understand why! These 'Lip Lacquers' have the pigmentation and lasting power of a lipstick, but in the ease and glossiness of a lipgloss. I did buy two shades, but this month I have become obsessed with one in particular.....Celestial. I find its the perfect everyday shade, that is just a glossier version of my current lip colour and it literally goes with EVERY single eye look you could put together. Although the flash in the picture below is making it look very bright!

I love that it doesn't have that offensive lipgloss scent that you find with some, it just has a fruity scent! It costs £5.99 for 5.5ml and let me tell you this little baby goes a very long way. I have worn it at least 5 times a week with one top-up after lunch (to replace the glossiness, the colour stays there) every single week and I feel like I've barely touched the sides with this product, it feels like it will go on and on and on! Also one last but probably most important point, I do not find this sticky at all, when it's on your lips it just feel really moisterising and I haven't found my hair sticking to my lipgloss once!

Now this baby I actually picked up as part of the 3 for 2 at boots with the 'Oh you can never have too many lip balms' train of thought. However this one packs a punch, the shade is in Juicy Peach and it actually smells like peaches and is a gorgeous corally pink. This will be a major staple come summer. Now the scent is quite strong, although once you apply it onto your lips it's not overwhelming at all and after a little while you don't even notice the scent. 

This product actually has mango and apricot butter, lingonberry oil and pomegranate extract to help protect, moisterise and renew your lips. To me I find this more like a great lip gloss in tin form as appose to in a tube with a doe foot applicator.

Let's get onto the less makeup related beauty products now! I've just recently got into Essie products and I must say I can see the hype, at the moment I only have the Nourish Me base coat and the No Chips Ahead top coat. I find the combination of both makes my nail polish stay on longer, especially seen as I work as a till person and refunder in work and have to tap touchscreen tills for hours each shift.

These both retail for £8.99 in Superdrug who have only just started stocking Essie, before Christmas I think it was!

My top perfume of the month is the new Juicy Couture 'Couture La La', I actually got this as a birthday present for my 20th birthday off my mother and I was actually debating between this and the Viva La Juicy scent. This comes in at £46.50 for 50ml which is the version I have, so it is one of the more expensive perfumes so you have to make sure you like it before you buy it or get it as a gift (Debenhams now do a Try Me Guarantee where if you buy certain perfumes you also get a little sample of the perfume and if you don't like it you just return the unopened full size product back!).

The bottle itself actually has a pink tint to it, which is new for this Spring not to mention the bright pink bow and the 'necklace' for the bottle because whats nicer than looking at a nice display of pretty perfume bottles when your trying to pick out your scent for the day! I think this perfume is great for spring and summer as it's not really heavy or has particularly musky scents, but nice floral scents with notes of lillies (which I love!) and green apple. I would say that the scent overall is a great flirty and feminine fragrance.

I will admit it, I do have a history of staying up late watching youtube videos and reading blogs. However that my friends has changed. Yes I still do read blogs and youtube videos before bed to wind down (beauty addict or what?!), but before I do that as part of my night time routine I spray this onto my pillows and it really helps me drift off to sleep and particularly helps when I feel like I can't sleep.

Now I HATE with quite a passion those lavender pillow sprays because personally they smell very old lady, perfume-y smell to me. No offence if you like them, but they're just not me! This spray is a combination of jojoba and rosehip oil, which helps drift you off to sleep without that horrid smell. I unfortunately don't know the exact price of this as I got it in a gift set for christmas off my mum's boyfriend, but I will find out and add it in as an edit. The brand I believe is exclusively to Asda, but I couldn't find it on their online shopping thing!

Now onto the less beauty favourites! I got this candle from Primark for £1, yes you saw that right! £1 in the sale, so I bought two. One for my bedside table and one as a back-up. Primark call it the White Tea scented candle and it normally retails for £3.50, so really affordable which is great if you have a bit of a candle addiction like me!

For this 'fat' candle you are supposed to get 30 burning hours out of it, I haven't burnt mine that much yet so I couldn't tell you if that's true or not. It is a great display piece even when it isn't being burnt, my only quiff is it's got one of those funny lids. The ones that make a funny scraping noise against your nails when you got to put it back on and give you the nails down a blackboard feeling, so be warned put it back on by picking it up from the sides! All in all it has a really nice sweet scent, nothing florally or anything and it's one of those scents that you don't particularly notice when you burning it, it just builds gradually and then if you blow it out leave the room and come back or walk into a room where it's been burning it leaves that nice subtle sweet scent behind!

And the last one is a book favourite, now I only recently got this book but I have read a fairly large chunk considering I only got it about the start of the week and have been reading it on the way to work. I had seen people saying how good this movie was and I quite like reading the books before seeing the movie as they don't have everything word for word in the movie that's in the book, so it gives you a great background on it and you know why a certain characters feeling that way, even when the movie hasn't exactly said it!

That being said Nicholas Sparks is a great writer and I can see why some many people love his books as they have that easy read appeal, in respect that you don't have to force yourself to finish the book. When you read it you get into the book and you kinda feel like your looking in on the scene. Now I won't say too much about the book, in case there are some of your that are currently reading it. I will say though it is definitely worth a read!


Thursday, 21 February 2013

Liebster Award

So I've been nominated for the Liebster Award by three very lovely girls! IsobelBecky & Honeybeige. I really appreciate the nomination girls :) After I'd written this I actually noticed another lovely girly had nominated me as well! This lovely is Marzi!

Now I will be brutally honest...I have no idea what the Liebster Award was. Google to the rescue! 

I learnt the Liebster Award is a blogger award for up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. While I was researching googling it I found two different meanings, favourite or the more common meaning - dearest.

Now onto the rules!

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you
  2. Write 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
  4. Nominate 11 people
  5. And come up with 11 questions for them to answer.
My facts
  1. I spent all my years at high school including GCSE and the first year of A-level studying the arts (Music, Dance, Drama & Art).
  2. I then actually changed my mind in the spring/summer of my first year of A-level and decided I wanted to be a nurse in dedication to my late grandmother.
  3. I have been given an offer to study Adult Nursing at the University of Liverpool this coming September (Okay enough about education, I get it!)
  4. I have never broken any bones in my whole life, my most serious injury is tearing ligaments in my knee while skiing.
  5. I am an extremely fussy eater when it comes to me, however I will cook anyone anything they desire.
  6. I am hoping to do a placement in my 2nd year in a hospital in Australia, as I have family in Queensland.
  7. I lost my longest and very best friend Olivia 2 years ago, I am now a patron of her charity and actually sang at her fun-eral (She didn't want it to be sad and morbid, so she had everyone dressed in bright colours, the charity's website)
  8. I was born on a really awkward date when it comes to star signs, I can be either a Capricorn or an Aquarius.
  9.  I have two brothers, one older and one younger. My siblings and I are all born with roughly 3 and 1/4 years between each of us.
  10. I work in Monsoon Accessorize and although I help people choose outfits and put outfits together for people, I love nothing more than sitting in my pj's and not worrying about fashion!
  11. Last but not least - I cannot stand people being rude, especially to older generations. I think there's no excuse for it and it takes more of an effort to be rude than it does to smile and brighten someone's day.
Now because I was nominated by three different people, I am actually gonna answer all their questions and I will give the names different colours to make it easier!

Isobel = Red
Becky = Pink
HoneyBeige = Orange

Let's get started!
Who is your favourite Youtuber?
My favourite youtuber is actually not a beauty guru, I have currently got into a the 'follow me round' type of vlogs. My favourites are Jofus, Anna & Amelia (Leflooftv) and Nikki and Dan (The Phillippi's).

Who is your favourite blogger?
My favourite blogger at this minute would have to be a spilt between Anna Saccone and Rose, although I do loving finding the 'not well known blogs' (e.g. not the ones that everyone and their mother knows about) as different people are different opinions, I also love being able to 'follow' people's journey through blogging, in a non-creepy way! 

What is your blog named after?
My blog was actually named after my youtube channel, kind of a same name-easier to find deal!

What inspired you to start your blog and when did you start blogging?
I actually was inspired by FleurDeForce and Anna Saccone (TheStyleDiet) and with me currently studying medicine, I don't really have much of a creative output. Throughout high school I had various extra-curriculum performance activities, as well as choir to keep that entertained! I also wanted to branch out and make friends with people all around the world.

I started blogging in February last year but I've actually made it a new years resolution this year, starting with my LUSH grand opening post and I'm gonna try and put up a new post every Thursday!

How long have you been blogging?
As above I've been doing it on and off since February last year but made it one of my resolutions to get back into and have been doing a new post every Thursday since the end of January.

What's your favourite beauty product?
My favourite beauty product at the moment is my Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation, it's actually got a shade that is the perfect colour for me and to give you an idea of just how pale I am......NC15 is about the right colour. This however is a much more purse friendly option and I'm actually on my third bottle, I generally change to a different foundation when I've finished with my current one.

What is/was your favourite subject at school and why?
Music, mainly because I had the greatest music teacher who I was lucky enough to keep from year 7 right through to year 13. She's actually a friend of mine now that I've left that school. Music has always been the one thing that cheers me up no matter what.

If you had £100 to spend on beauty, clothing or food which would you choose and why?
This is a tough one! I would probably spend it on food, not take-away meals but really good food. I'm a bit of an amateur cook and love creating meals from scratch without a recipe. 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to have the chance to live in either London or Australia. London because I ALWAYS love it when I visit and Australia because I have family there and love it when they send me pictures!

What do you want to achieve by blogging?
All I want is to be able to talk to people all over the world and meet new people.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
My most embarrassing moment would have to be......I don't think I have one! I'll check back in six months and let you guys know!

What is your favourite quote?
All you need is courage and strength, with that you can take on anything!

What is your best beauty buy for under a £5?
Superdrug Hot Cloth cleanser, I use it like a face wash after I take off my make-up. That being said I've only used it twice but both times it has left my skin super smooth, it's currently on offer for £2.99 (it's normally priced £5.99)

Who is your favourite musician?
At the moment I'm quite liking Katy Perry and her songs like Part of Me and Thinking of You.

What's the worst film you've seen? And the best one?
The best film I like at the moment is Undercover, I just really like the story line.

What's your favourite meal?
Chicken roast dinner or homemade chicken soap

What do you want to do/achieve before you die?
This mainly just involves the charity, I want to be able to help more people through the charity. Get more awareness raised about the charity and what we're doing.

If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have 1 item, what would it be?
If I could only take one item that would have to be my dog (I don't know if that's cheating, but oh well!). He is just the biggest bundle of joy and always greets me with a tail wagging or will come and snuggle up to me anytime, I couldn't live without him!

Do you know/have any makeup dupes?
Erm not off the top of my head, but I may do a later post if I find some. If I do, I shall link it here!

Girl name and boy name for your future children?
Rae or Amelia for a girl and Elias for a boy.

What's your favourite movie?
I love the Notebook, it's a film I never really thought to watch and then after watching the Vow, I watched it and saw how everyone loved it!

What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I am not currently reading a fiction book (I won't list off my academic books I'm reading for my course), but I'm hoping to get Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.

Is your blog a secret to your friends and family?
No my close family know about it, extended family have never really asked so I've never really said anything. Some of my close friends know about my blog, I just don't really shout about it as in high school I got some 'bullying/tormenting' about my youtube channel.

What's your dream job?
My dream job is to be an A&E nurse, but I would also love to be able to do some sort of medical work with charities in third world countries when I'm a bit older.

What is an essential clothing item that everyone should have in their wardrobe?
My essential clothing item is two things, a black pair of skinny jeans (not thick jean types) and a black cami or vest top. Over that you can make ANY outfit.

What is a must have beauty item every girl (and guy) should have?
A great moisturizer, the right one can do wonders for anyone's skin with or without makeup. 

What is a film that you have seen loads of times and still love it?
I love watching The Holiday especially around christmas. It's one of those films that has feel-good comedy but also that little splash of romance but it's also got British actors which I love.

Through your blog, what would you like to achieve in the future?
To meet new people and make friends all over the world.

The blogs I'm nominating
  6. And anyone that would like to try this out, make sure to leave me a comment linking your post if you do!
Honourable mentions of course go to Isobel, Becky and HoneyBeige and Marzi.
My Questions
  1. What's the best book you've read recently?
  2. What are your top 5 beauty products?
  3. What is your favourite fashion trend at the moment?
  4. Through your blog, what would you like to achieve in the future?
  5. If you could live in any other decade besides this one, what would it be?
  6. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  7. If you had £150 to spend on ANY brand, what would it be and why?
  8. What's your top TV programme that you could spend all day watching without getting bored?
  9. What is your ideal day off?
  10. Where would your ideal holiday be and why?
  11. What's your best memory?
Last thing I want to say before I let you go is.........Thank you! Thank you to everyone one of you guys who have took the time to read or comment or follow my blog, it means so much to me!


Thursday, 14 February 2013

School Series ~ Organize Me! Filofax Edition

I have tried soo many different organisation techniques and diaries and I've finally succumb to Filofax. This brand seems to be known worldwide, you only have to Google Filofax and hundreds and hundreds of videos and blog posts come up!

So let me introduce you to Bella!

She is a Classic Italian Leather in personal size. The personal size is your typically diary size that you can find in any Whsmith's, Ryman's, Tesco's, anywhere really! I got mine as a birthday present for my 20th Birthday from my Auntie and she purchased it for Whsmith's for around £35 but it is originally £80. I couldn't find the link on Whsmith's for the one I got but I did find the new season colours from Filofax here but you can find them often on sale at Whsmith here

When you first open it there are card slots where you can store cards or post-it's and then a big pocket at the back, which I actually just use to hold to post-it note markers. On the plastic flyleaf I actually keep two different post-it notes, the top one I keep for lists for anything I want to buy/try out and the heart post it I use to note down people's address or phone numbers or generally everything else that's not a list!

As you can see on this picture you can see the beginnings of a picture, this is actually the credit card holder that comes with the Filofax. I am in the process of filling it with pictures to make the opening on my diary cheerful, especially as I move out in a couple of months and I may get home sick!

Next is my month at a glance, in here I put any appointments (medical, interview or otherwise), paydays and assignment checks for college. As you can see these are all colour coded, 
I also circle the days I'm off college on term-time holiday (or school holidays), then I can flick to the month and see okay I've got this many days holiday this month, this helps when it comes to picking up extra shifts in my part-time job! I also circle the days I have exams.

Now for my day-to-day planning I just use the week on two pages diary that came with the Filofax. The layout works for me personally, it feels just like my previous diary though I like this one better as the previous had check boxes but only had 5/6 per day making not always useful. My old planner was covered in post-its with to-do lists on cause I ran out of space, however I can fit everything I need to write in the little boxes of this diary.

As you can see I use the colour coding system throughout my diary, I originally used highlighter in my old one but I have switched over to colour pens that I brought from Tesco, any coloured pen will do! I then shorten the word down to allow more space, e.g. Health Studies becomes HS, Biology becomes Bio, Study Skills becomes SS then I write the actual task in black pen and scribble it out in this fuschia coloured pen from Z-Grip so I know what items I have completed that day but I can still see what the actual thing was!

Behind the Filofax ruler you can see the little task list I put in each week (these are not Filofax to-do list), I printed these off the internet here and I just put them in the middle of the two pages and keep a note of any little things I need to do and then just carry the list on to the next list till the full page is filled and then I replace it (I've put in an example one, as my own one had some personal info on it)

In the note section I just keep extra task sheets paper-clipped together with the cutest heart paperclips that I got from Accessorize in September but they don't sell them anymore! Behind that I keep graph paper that I cut to size to use as to-do lists, I did that before I downloaded the task sheets, they now stay in as back-up to-do lists. I then have the actual Filofax to-do lists paper-clipped (again!) but I use these for any group projects for college, so I can keep track on who has done what and when and then I just have the Filofax lavender note paper at the very back as a J-I-C (Just In Case)

The first page in my project tab is my goal list for 2013, these are all the things I want to achieve by the 31st December 2013. Then it's the fun section, you all love! The Blog section. I have a page for blog post ideas/if you guys want to request any specific blog posts, they go here and behind that I keep 'Daily Action Plan's' which are really for when I write blog posts, I fill one of those out. It has a schedule section, projects for the day, support tasks, unplanned tasks (I don't use this section), and notes. These come in really handy as I can plan ahead of time which I love and I can make sure I've done everything!

Next is my health and fitness section, one of my goals for 2013. I am going to try planning my meals ahead of time, I'm hoping it will encourage me to try out some new recipes! Behind that I just have my workout routine (I may do another post on this!), in this paper-clipped section I also have a weekly tracker for my measurements as I am not going my weight I'm going by inches. Behind that is just the information section which holds my registration number and usual information that comes with diaries!

I am attempting to keep track of all my spending, in a hope I can build up my savings more over the course of this year. I've keep in the financial log pages in the section after health and fitness and I've also put notepaper behind for numbers etc for banks and direct debits. I also put my savings log in, I've put an example in of one (personal reasons/safety why I'm not putting my actual savings log page and showing you the page with all the numbers on, hope you understand!)

The last section I haven't filled out as of yet and that is the address section, I also have the web address pages here to keep track on any cool blogs I have read (I'm always forgetting them, then spend ages tryna find them again!). I've left the address pages in because I need to keep track of my numbers as I just keep them on my sim and several times I've had to have my phone rebooted resulting in me having to go round asking EVERYONE for their number again.

And that is my Filofax guys!