Archive for September, 2013

  • The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger ..

    pink-flowers[Pinched the image from Ashleigh]
    Rules:
    1. Thank the tagger and link them in the post.
    2. State that this tag was created by The Beau Bow
    3. Copy and paste the rules.
    4. Tag some more beauty bloggers and link them to the post.
    5. Title this The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Post so bloggers know what the post is about.
    6. Have fun! 🙂
     
    1.Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?
    I  don’t really know, maybe exfoliating/moisturising my body. I just think it takes too long and I cant be bothered to sit around and wait to dry.
    2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?
    Yes, but only more often in the past year since reading more and more beauty blogs. I now think that clean brushes is one of the best feelings ever and it just makes your makeup apply so much better.
    3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
    I’d say about a week, maybe more, it depends how busy I am and if I’m going anywhere important other than work. Most people would get angry with how long I leave them.
    4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it? (i.e purchasing a new topcoat, or a new foundation etc.)
    I can usually go a while cause I have a pretty good collection of multiple of the same things from different brands so they’ll keep me going so I don’t need to buy a new item. I’m trying to use a lot of it up to try and save some money too so we’ll see how that goes.
    5. What is your worst beauty habit?
    Probably picking my nail varnish off then not applying a new colour for days/weeks later. Or not taking my makeup off when I can’t be bothered at the end of the day, but that doesn’t happen very often.
    6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
    Calling/texting family members back. Not that I put it off per say, I just put it off for the moment then forget about it.
    7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?
    No I hate it with a passion, I love having time to pamper myself, get a skincare routine done before hand and then do my makeup. The more stressed I am the more I hate the outcome of my makeup.
    8. Can you commit to spending bans?
    Not really, I really need to put another one in place and start saving properly.  Maybe that will be a good opportunity to try again.
    9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collection?
    Since moving back to my parents it’s got a lot better, I have a drawer of my makeup that’s organised into product & price range. Then a cabinet of all my lotions & potions which are organised into hair/body/face and then into size so biggest things are at the back so I can see everything. And my nail polishes then fits into the drawer at the top of the cabinet that are organised into brand.
    10. What is the longest amount of time you have gone without writing a blog post?
    Erm, I think recently it’s been the past month or so, but before then it was when I actually started my blog.
    Tag from Ashleigh – Beauty Waterfall
    I tag;
    Sam – When Flowers Fall
    Rachel – Notes From My Closet
    Katie – Gold Dust
    Jessie – The Bode Boutique
  • Review – Sigma Spa™ Brush C..

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    I know, I know, I’m massively behind with this whole thing. But I’ve actually had this spa glove for a while now so I think I have a pretty good idea of how well it works.

    Yes, it is essentially a glorified marigold/the oven glove my mum has. I did even use a marigold with a rough surface just to test out if that would work better than using my hand. Yes that helped save my sensitive hands, but it didn’t make the task of brush cleaning any easier.

    Just on one random day a few months ago I decided to bite the bullet and spend my hard earned pennies on some Sigma brushes & the Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. Yes, the brand on a whole is expensive, maybe more expensive than they need to be, the the additional delivery VAT charge on top of what they cost me was a bit of a blow. But I have to say, I don’t regret either of my purchases, I may talk about the brushes another time

    After using this glove on an almost weekly basis, maybe fortnightly if I’ve been lazy and gross, I have come to love it. It does what it says so there’s no disappointment here. I have a substantial amount of makeup brushes (just ask my dad) and before I had this glove, it could take me about 45 minutes – an hour to clean them all as well as I could.

    Now I’d say it never takes me more than half an hour and that’s if my foundation brushes have been left longer than they should be. And the difference in how clean my brushes actually end up is the most amazing part, it’s bought some brushes back to life by being able to scrub a bit better deep down in the base where brushes hold onto product more. I’ve had stained lipstick brushes that with the combination of a good shampoo and a thorough scrub on the ‘eye’ side of this glove end up looking as good as new.

    Overall, would I say it’s a lot of money, yes. Do you need one, not if you’re happy with the brush cleaning method you already use, I’d say maybe ask for one for Christmas if you’re uming and ahhing over getting one. But for me, it’s a 9/10, I’d only say it dropped one point because it’s just so big on my hand that i moves about quite a bit & water can get into if I’m being too firm with it all.

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    Did you buy one of these after all the hype there was about them? Do you want one but aren’t sure about spending so much on one? Have you got one yourself and how do you feel about it? Lots of questions but I’d love to know, all the reviews I’ve seen have been really mixed, some love it and some hate it and don’t see the point in it.

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  • Marc By Marc Jacobs – Henry D..

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    “MARC BY MARC JACOBS proves size matters with this mini watch, which makes a major statement with a plated gold case, set off by a leather strap. It’s tick, tick, swoon!”

    • Enamel/leather/stainless steel
    • Case size: 21mm
    • 3-hand analog movement
    • Water resistant to 5 ATM

    Gosh the protective cover bothers me in these pictures, it’s usually the first thing I take off anything. So satisfying!

    I tried to keep it on for as long as possible though because this watch is just so beautiful, even now a few months later I still can’t help stare at it!

    Like I’ve said, I have had it for a few months now and I am still really happy with it. I’ve worn it on a daily basis the whole time unless I’ve forgotten to put it on, and left it at home while I was camping for a week. All the little details are beautiful, I love the letters in replacement of the numbers round the face of the watch, then it has “marc by marc jacobs” on the face and fastening of the watch.

    The only negative for me is that the strap has started to look a little bit worn. Admittedly, it isn’t obvious and actually sort of looks like it’s supposed to look like that. Other than that I can’t fault it. It’s small enough not to be too in your face and is a good in between for everyday and for dressing up and going out.

    There’s a little story behind this watch. I had originally asked for it for my birthday. But unfortunately Selfridges website hadn’t been updated so it said it was in stock but actually it wasn’t. So my mum went through the whole process of ordering it for my birthday but then a week before they got in touch and said they’d made the mistake of letting her order it. So that was it, no watch. I’m not going to lie, I was really dissapointed. This was the only colour/style that I really liked and I’d set my heart on it. I thought about getting a black one but the face was gold & I wear silver bracelets everyday so didn’t feel like I could wear them together.

    Long story short, I came about a Marc Jacobs watch stall in the Goldsmiths Boutique in the new Trinity shopping center while I think I was down for the Murad event. I thought in for a penny in for a pound and went in and asked if they’d got it in stock because no where else did the Ginger other than in America. They didn’t but they said they could order it in, so I jumped at the chance and asked them to do that for me. Then a few weeks later I took a very quick trip up to Leeds to go and pick it up. I can’t tell you how great the service was and how great everyone that works there was with the whole thing, especially when it came to putting deposits on it and whatnot.

    If you’re looking for a new watch then definitely go in and have a look there, yes they may be more expensive because of the brands they stock, but I’ll definitely go there again if there’s another watch I want.

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  • Where have you been – Summer ..

    Hellooo there strangers.

    Some of you may have noticed things have been a bit quiet over the last month. That’s because life has been rather exciting and I’ve been all over the place living my life.

    First off I spent a day down in London on a day trip organised by my dads work. Me, my Dad, my Mum, Gran, Auntie and Uncle all got on a bus and travelled down and met up with my sister who now lives in London. We hadn’t really got any specific plans, I kind of wanted to shop a bit but a) I had no money and b) it wasn’t really up to me what we did and I would have been on my own if I’d decided against what everyone else did.

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    We started off in Covent Garden and had a few drinks and enjoyed the very unexpected sunshine & heat. Of course, the crowd of men running past us in speedos was also a talking point. The main part if the trip was spent on one of the boat trips that go up and down the Thames. The commentary that the crew did during the trip made it so much fun and it was good to see bits of London that you’d never usually see & hear some for the stories about the places along the way. We went from the Embankment all the way down to Greenwich where the Cutty Sark is “moored”. By the time we’d got down there we just had a bit of a wander round then we got the tube back to the bus for us to head back home.

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    London then turned into what I’m calling my summer holiday. I travelled up to Newark with Mel & we spent a week in a tent at an event called New Wine. New wine is a Christian “festival” full of worship & seminars on a whole spectrum of topics, the worship was amazing, no matter which area you went to, just having that many people together makes you feel so empowered. I had such a good time and the weather was actually pretty good, stayed dry 90% of the time. I absolutely love camping and our set up was more like Glamping. The inflatable bed was well worth the money. It’s made me rekindle my love for camping a I hope to spend more weekends (weather permitting) doing so in new places.

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    I also took an impromptu trip to Thorpe Park with Harvey his friend James and his family. It was further away than I expected but I’m so glad I went, usually I go to Alton Towers because it’s only about an hour away if that. I can’t believe I went on the rides that I did, you wouldn’t have got me on them a few years back, Harvey seems to bring out the theme park daredevil in me, that or he forces me on them (circa first time on nemesis 4 years ago when he “forced” me to go on it and I cried in the queue & the whole way round the ride). Here’s one of the photos I purchased while there to add to my collection of awful ride photos, hope it makes you smile as much as it does me. I wish I’d got the photo of me on Stealth, I honestly thought I was going to die, it has to be one of the best/worst rides I’ve ever been on.

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    Other than that I’ve just been trying to settle back into living at home with my parents (and struggling). And just still trying to sort my room out. That on top of being back at work again and having to catch up from having a week off. I wish someone did your work while you’re away so you never have to worry about that. And also, it’s true what they say, you need a holiday to recover from your holiday! Such a struggled to get back into reality.

    So that’s where I’ve been, I’m hoping to be back on the blogging bandwagon again as of this post :). Hope you’re all ok to & those that have been on summer holidays have enjoyed it and are looking forward to going back, and any of you that work have been able to handle the gruelling work life reality.

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