Thursday, 29 August 2013

Life | Happy 2nd Birthday!

Wow, I can't believe I started this blog off this day two years ago. I've been blogging two whole years? Where on earth did that time go, I still remember sitting their reading all my favourite blogs and then deciding to create my own. I was looking back at my first blog posts the other day and cringing so much at my style of writing, what I posted about, my photography and blog layout. I'm so glad to say that I have improved and come along way since then (although there is still and always will be room for improvement!)

In the past two years I have achieved so with my blog and although it may sound weird but it's also given me so much more confidence in the real world. I'm not afraid to voice my opinion about what I like and what I don't like. I don't pretend to like things for the sake of other people and trying to 'fit in' I have embraced me, my loves, my hates and have incorporated it all into my personality. I am no longer afraid to be who I truly am, and that, that is all down to you guys, my readers, other bbloggers and my of course, my blog.

I also would like to say a massive thank you to all my followers, old and new for supporting me, for leaving comments and all the things which you guys all do. It doesn't go unnoticed and I appreaciate every bit of it. It's so nice to be able to talk to people who love all the things which you do, which no ones else gets, like why we have to own 20 shades of pink lipstick and why we always impulse buy on new products.

These two years I've definitely seen a big change in myself and my blog, and do you know what? I've never been happier! I'm so content with life at the minute and I hope it stays that way, and that you all continue to follow me on my journey through life.

Here's to many more years blogging!

Much love, and a big thanks!
Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Beauty | Sinful Colors Cotton Candy

Sinful Colors is starting to become a well recognised brand which are becoming very popular amongst the beauty industry and blogging community. As far as I'm aware, the best place to purchase Sinful Colors nail polishes apart from their website, is Boots. I'm going to keep this review short and sweet because I could go on forever with my reasons as to why I love this brand.

As you can see from the pictures above I chose Cotton Candy which is a gorgeous, bright, bubblegum pink. It has been my most go to colour this summer. I've even put aside my usual Barry M Gelly Hi Shines. That is how much I love this colour!

The polishes are easy to apply, are very bold and have great lasting power. I have found that these polishes can last up to a week before chipping, and even then; it's only little chips at the tip of the nail. If you have the time to give yourself a good manicure then do it as the rewards will be in your favour by not having chipped nails and not having to keep touching up. I'm currently on day 6 and have only just touched up the tips on 4 of my fingers! What more could you possibly want from a nail polish?!

Finally, the thing which I love the most about this brand is that they have such a huge collection and variety of colours. The polishes also come in 5 different finishes including matte, cream, shimmer, pearl and glitter. There's something there for everyone, especially when they only retail at £1.99. They are one of the best highstreet Nail brands I have ever come across and I'm definitely going back for more!

Have you tried Sinful Colours yet?

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Haul | Bit Of This, Bit Of That..

- Fudge Urban Hair Spray £2.47, usually £4.99 - Fudge Urban Styling Mousse £2.97, usually £5.99 - Fudge Urban Sea Salt £3.47, usually £6.99
L - Rock You, Louis R - I Wish, Zayn. Both £3.00 each

Happy Monday bloggers, today's been a beautiful day, even though some of us had work. It was lovely to walk home in the sunshine. At the weekend I made a few cheeky purchases. However, I have been rather good recently and not brought anything, and I thought I'd treat myself to one of the things off my wishlist which was the Fudge Urban Sea Salt. I didn't intend to come back with 5 things...

I've been wanting to try Sea Salts for a while, even though I do have naturally beachy curls already, I just wanted something to emphasise them and I'd read a good review on the Fudge range. The Fudge range is currently on offer in Superdrug for 'better than half price' so when I saw that they had a Mousse and Hairspray which I'm running low on I snapped them up too. From the prices above you can see that they're total bargains, and that I saved lots of pennies! Both the Hairspray and Mousse are Raspberry and Vanilla scented too which is heavenly!

Finally, yup, that's me, a follower, and not always a leader. However, I would just like the to state that I am not a huge 1D fan, I only learnt who was who the other day and I think that only some of their music is okay, sorry to any 1D fan girls out there, they're just not my cup of tea. However, I am a huge MUA fan and have to buy all of their latest products, although I didn't go too crazy with the 1D range and didn't buy every colour just because it was by them. No, I was rather respectable and only brought two gorgeous coloured lipsticks. And it is only through writing this post that I have found which lipstick is by what band member, - I'm terrible! When swatching these in the shop they were gorgeous and I definitely want to try out their Lip Polish too if it's anything else like the Love Hearts range, other than that I wasn't too keen on the rest. I also disliked the fact that MUA hiked their prices up a little just because it's One Direction, what was wrong with charging the usual £1.00 for a Lipstick?

What have you been buying recently?

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Beauty | Barry M Lipstick 146

Sorry, it had to be an iPhone selfie!

I am currently loving Barry M! In April I reviewed their lipstick in shade 140 which was a gorgeous glitter pink and seemed popular with my readers and with family and friends. Which then lead to me buying this beauty. Once I find something I like, I have to have it in all the colours. So this is the start of a beautiful Barry M Lipstick collection!...

Unfortunately Barry M didn't come up with very inventive names for their lipsticks and named them purely after numbers. However, I love their packaging so they score points for that. It's a very original, sleek and sophisticated packaging which I love. Yes, gimmicks can be fun, but sometimes they're too tacky and over powering. So call me boring, but I love their sleek look.

146, is a vibrant pink, yet again, a girl can never own too many! However, upon application it has more blue tonnes than I realised and expected, leaving me with a lovely fuchsia pink - not complaining! Some people say that they don't suit certain colours of they believe that certain colours don't suit certain skin colourings, but I believe that if you like it, then you wear it! No one has the right to say what does and doesn't work for you. What I love most about this lipstick is how creamy and moisturising it is along with the great pigmentation. I often suffer with dry lips, but with 146 I never worry, plus there are always lip balms on standby!

Finally, the last thing with Barry M got so right was the price. Each lipstick costs £4.49. What a bargain?! That's easily affordable to own one of each colour! I love this brand and find it hard to fault!

How do you rate Barry M?!  

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Hair | I Got Bangs!

Recently, I've been stuck in such a rut with my hair. I wanted to grow it out nice and long from having it cut from a bob. I'm always quite drastic like that. One minute I've got nice long hair and then next I'm cutting it all off short, or even shaving bits off! I just get so bored when it comes to hair and I love a change, as I feel it also changes my appearance too.

Anyways, I've manged to now get the length of my hair to just past my shoulders and almost reaching my collar bone, which is fine. Except it's just blonde, curly (because I can't be bothered to brush or straighten it and I have natural beach curls.) Lifeless and lacking some serious style. The middle parting look just wasn't doing it for me any longer. 

So when my hairdresser came over last Monday I decided I need some style, some flair and a bit more of an edgier hair cut. So I went for it, I went and got my full fringe cut back in. I was a bit apprehensive as I think thick, full fringes look best on brunettes, like when I used to have mine. I hadn't had a fringe like this in 3 years since being blonde. But if I didn't like it, it would grow, wouldn't it?

But I would never have guessed that I love it so much! It makes me look a whole different person. People always say to me 'Oh you're so brave getting a drastic haircut' but really, it's just hair! It grows! You can cut it or dye it again if you don't like it. So here's the final outcome!

Don't be afraid of change!

Yes, this is a shameless Instagram selfie!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Beauty | NARS Nail Polish in Madness

NARS Nail Polish in Madness* - £14.00

I have never brought or tried anything from NARS before, even though there are a few of their products which I'm seriously lusting over, I think it could be my student bank balance hindering me from purchasing any products! So when the lovely Beka from HQhair got in touch with me I was delighted. I am also a massive Nail Polish junky and couldn't wait to try out the quality of the NARS Nail Polishes.

Madness is part of NARS's Opaque Nail Polish range and is a limited edition Electric Orange, which is a perfect colour for the beautiful summer weather we have been having recently.

The application of the Polish is easy and smooth. I found it applied really well, without streaking and it left a nice bold colour. I only used two coats to gain the colour above (because I'm impatient!) But it could of done with three. The finish of the polish is rather matte, and personally I prefer a more glossy finish which just meant that I added a top coat to gain that look, which makes this polish ideal for both matte and glossy lovers. Finally, the thing which impressed me the most about this polish is how long wearing and chip resistant it is. It was only after about day 4/5 after application that it started to chip, which I personally believe is fantastic! There's nothing more which I love than low maintenance nails. I know for some people, you may think that £14.00 is a bit steep for a nail polish, but when it's this good quality and means that you only need to paint your nails once a week and not every few days, then personally, I think it's very much worth it and I can't wait to purchase some other colours. I already have my eyes on a few perfect for Autumn!

The NARS polishes can be found here to buy with a great range of colours!

What's your favourite NARS product? Have you tried their Nail Polishes?

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