Thursday, 6 March 2014

Beauty | My Latest Highstreet Shop

 If you're wondering that this a heck of a lot of make up then well... it is!.. But I did buy it in two shopping trips and not all in one go, I just thought that as I was late with doing the first haul I would put it all together to make one! Boots has just been my best friend and my bank accounts enemy recently, and yesterday I look at the amount of unused make up which you can probably see down the side of my blog on my Instagram thumbnails, and even I am slightly ashamed! But I'm going to make a more conscious effort to use my products up more! But I wonder how well I'll get with that.. As I'm writing this post, I have only just noticed and am now rather annoyed that the Natural Collection Lipstick which I've picked up is actually in Rose Bud and not in Pink Mallow like I wanted. Damn you testers in the wrong places and me not checking! Oh well, gives me another excuse to buy another lippie! But I haven't swatched it yet, so if you've swatched or own Rose Bud then let me know what you think of it! So these are all my beauty buys which I've brought recently!

- Soap and Glory Dr Spot Super Strength Break Out Clearing Jel | £8.00
- Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | £4.99
- No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water for Normal/Oily Skin | £9.50
- Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil Skin Perfector | £7.49 
- Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Rose Bud | £1.99
- L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Privee in Cheryl's Nude | £8.19
- L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Privee in Julianne's Nude | £8.19
- Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti | £7.99
- Revlon Colourburst Lacquer Balm in Demure | £7.99
- Revlon Colourburst Lacqure Balm in Vivacious | £7.99
- No 7 Natural Blush Tint Powder in Coral Flush | £8.00
- Seventeen Trio Eyeshadows in Metallic Toffee | £5.49
-L'Oreal Colour Riche Les Ombres Quad in Infiniment Bronze | £7.99
- Seventeen Superlash Mascara in Black | £6.99
-Bourjois Little Round Pot Intense Extrait Eyeshadow in 03 Sand Rose | £6.99

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

In The Home | Canvas Design*

I was recently offered a great opportunity to review a Canvas from Canvas Dezign. As soon as I was contacted I immediately had an idea in my mind as to where I would put it and the sort of picture I wanted. However, I had no clue it would end up being so big! The Canvas which is displayed in my photos is 18"x24", however, there is a wide variety of sizes from you to choose from. You can also order your canvas in different styles such as portrait, landscape, square, panoramic and custom made canvases which I think is a great feature, as you can then really tailor your canvas to your photo. Along with the different sized canvases are the different prices for each size, which are the most reasonable I have ever seen, especially for the quality of the canvas. The smallest canvas which is a square 6"x6" retails at £7.99 and the largest square canvas, 40"x40" retails at £59.99. Prices for portrait and landscape canvases are cheaper.

I was also really impressed with the quality of my canvas as the original photo which I sent them was a photo of a photo using my iPhone 4, and the original is slightly pixelated. The actual canvas material is of great quality as they only use artistic 100% cotton canvas which is really thick and soft at the same time. Finally, it was my Mum who most impressed with this factor, (I don't really know about my woods!) the wood which they use for the canvas is a good quality pine, and I'm happy to say that all materials are sourced here in the UK too!

Once I sent off my picture for my canvas I was really impressed to learn that they have 48 hour delivery and for any order, it is always free, which is fantastic - especially for any last minute presents! Your canvas is then sent to you through a courier where you receive a text telling you the date it is going to be delivered and if no one is on that day, you can arrange for it to be delivered another day. On the day of delivery you are also sent a text in the morning with an hours time slot of when your canvas will arrive, which I think is a great feature and means I don't have to sit in all day waiting and can plan my day that bit better! Once I received the canvas I couldn't believe how well packaged it came in order to prevent any damage happening to it.

I was so impressed with the service from Canvas Dezign that I will definitely be using them again in the future and although the photo I have is of my Mum and I, I'm keeping it for myself, although I am contemplating getting her, her own one for Mothers Day, of one of her beautiful landscapes which she loves to capture, as with the quality of the canvas it will look utterly stunning.

For all my readers I have a 15% off code if you enter BLOG15 at the checkout when purchasing your canvas, perfect for any Mothers Day presents or even a treat for yourself! 

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Beauty | Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Perfume

I am, and probably always will be a Nicki Minaj lover, I love her music, her style and her ability to be unique and not let anyone put her down or their opinions influence the person she is. I guess I love her so much because I want to be like that, to have the confidence 100% of the time to not be afraid to be who I am.

Around this time last year Nicki released her Perfume, Pink Friday, named after her debut album and as soon as I saw and heard about it I knew I had to give it a whiff! When I saw the bottle I couldn't help but smile to myself, it is very true to Nicki. A unique bottle of her where you have to pull off her head in order to squirt the perfume. Now a lot of celebrity perfumes can be rather quite sweet and there are only a select few which I really like, and I expected this to have that really sickly smell to it, due to Nicki's very loud and over the top appearance which she is renowned for. However, I was pleasantly surprised and fell in love with it straight away. It's the perfect scent for Spring/Summer which is why in the colder months I've tended to not wear it. Within the fragrance there are top notes of Starfruit, Italian Mandarin, Boysenberry, Fresh Gardenia,  Lotus Flower, Jasmine Petals, Creamy Vanilla, Caramelised Pear, Skin Musk and Sheer Woods. As you can see it has rather a fruity and floral scent to it which isn't heavy and over-powering by any means, it's actually rather light which is why I prefer to wear it in the spring and summer months.

I know perfume reviews can be hard to write as each fragrance smells different to each individual but I just wanted to share with you one of my most favourite perfumes as I like these kinds of posts and will always check out perfumes in Boots or Superdrug through blogger recommendations when I'm a bit stuck as to what to buy!

Have you tried Pink Friday by Nicki? What did you think?!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Beauty | Elf Lip Balm SPF15 in Pink

A while ago I purchased a lot from Elf using their brilliant discounts. There are always two things which I'm immediately drawn to and one is Lipsticks and the other is Lip Balms, when I saw that Elf did these really pigmented balms I knew I had to have one.. or two.. or more! However, with Spring just around the corner, this is my perfect Spring pick.

The balm's come in five other colours as well as the pink and they aim to relieve and soothe lips from chapping and cracking, and protect them from the UV rays, which makes them perfect for Spring/Summer. It does have a rather strong peppermint smell to it, so if you can get over that then you'll be fine. I'm not too fussy about the smell, just glad it doesn't tingle like the Sexy Motherpucker!

I wouldn't say that this is my best or holy grail lip balm because it isn't, and it just works like any other normal lip balm, yet it does add plenty of moisture to my lips. However, the reason I do love it so much is because it's the first  Lip Balm which I have come across that has been as pigmented as this one by Elf, and for £3.95 or even cheaper if you wait for the 50% off codes, it makes it even cheaper and worth it's value for money!

Have you tried any of the Lip Balm SPF15's by Elf, what did you think?

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