Archive for September, 2014

  • Travelpod -Travel Blog Review.


    While I was away in America you may or may not have noticed my absence on the blog. However in reality I kicked it up a notch and blogged every day for 29 days, but using the travel blogging app TravelPod.

    I wanted to use a platform that I could update easily and share each days activities with family back home to keep them up to date with what had been going on and so they were sure I was safe. I also love that I am now able to look back over all the posts and all the photos and remember all the amazing things I did while on my travels. This in turn will help me when it comes to eventually writing up all the posts I’m eager to put the time into to write for here on Rainydayfaces.

    The app is actually just the addition to the website where you can do all the same updating but seeing as I took my iPad with me I thought it would be perfect to be able to update on the go without needing a computer or internet. Obviously to actually post you have to have internet connection but it all stays there ready for you to upload when you’re around wifi on your travels. Luckily the places we’d booked to stay all had internet connection and the only problem I had was the last few days in Las Vegas surprisingly, the wifi was rubbish there!

    To start you have to set up an account and create a ‘blog’ which was easy enough. Give it an image, I put my limited photoshop skills to use and made this funny little image, which I’m actually quite proud of!


    On the actual online blog it shows a map of all the journeys you’ve taken which I think is a great touch.


    You can even add each hotel you stayed in and review them from the app/site.


    I will definitely use this app for any future holidays I go on and recommend it for ease and usability if you’re wanting to do the same. My parents loved being kept up to date with what I was doing on a day to day basis and it also means they knew every detail rather than me getting home and missing anything.

    For a few added features you can pay a yearly subscription of around $35 but I’ve just stuck to the free one. If I was to use it on a more regular basis I’d maybe consider paying that fee.


  • Kiko Makeup Milano Cosmetics Haul

    IMG_1962Last month during the hottest days of the year I visited my sister down in London.

    While I was there we ended up doing some damage in a number of shops, one of them being Kiko. I only really know of Kiko Makeup Milano because of Annabella, she raves about them and was even kind enough to treat me to some bits from the brand.

    Here’s what I treated myself to

    Street Fashion Eyeshadow Palette – Addictive Song


    Soft Touch Blush – 108


    Quick Dry Nail Lacquer – 854 Mint



    Nail Lacquer – 491 Toucan Red


    The prices are ridiculous, it’s a steal! And for great quality products too. I think my favourite purchase was the blush, I’ve worn it almost everyday since I bought it.

    If you also love Kiko Makeup Milano Cosmetics are there any other products you’d recommend I pick up next time?


  • HD Brows – Review.


    As you may have noticed in recent fotd posts my eyebrow have grown out crazy amounts and I was sporting the caveman look (while wishing it was the Cara Delavegine look).

    I usually go to The Benito Brow Bar in House of Fraser in Nottingham and get them threaded but after seeing a number of posts on HD Brows I decided to see what all the hype is for myself.

    I booked myself in at Beautification on Claridon Street for after work. Despite seeing other HD Brows Reviews I still wasn’t 100% sure what it involved.

    When I got there I was welcomed by Yasmin who is the only girl that does the HD Brows at Beautification and shown up to the room that the “treatment’ takes place in, it’s obviously where all the waxing etc happens because there was all that equipment and a table on one side of the room and a high backed bucket chair on the other. I was sat down in the chair and we had a chat about what I wanted from my eyebrows, what sort of shape and also what colour I wanted. I said I just wanted to have them cleaned up and if she could try and thicken up the ends of my brows that would be perfect, one her advice she said that I should go for a warmer colour on my brows and I was happy enough to trust her judgement.

    To start she applied the tint all over my brows and extended over the main brow to make sure to colour any lighter hairs. This wasn’t left on for very long at all but that’s because my brows are pretty dark anyway, especially compared to my lighter hair at the moment.

    That step then lead on to waxing. I’ve only ever had my brows waxed once before and I can say that this time was less painful but not completely pain free. But I have the lowest pain threshold ever so all of this may be nothing to some people.

    Following that was the threading, I love threading because it just makes everything look so neat, especially the line at the bottom of your brow. This wasn’t actually as painful as it usually is when I get it done, but again like I said, in no way pain free. She even went quite far up my forehead which was weird but it’s good because it makes your makeup sit better on your skin.

    Lastly was the tweezing, now this was the worst part for me, I ended up all teary eyed, blotchy nosed struggling to handle the pain. I don’t know why it hurts so much but it does!

    She wiped it all down and showed me them in the mirror. Despite the redness I was super happy with them, she put some powder on my face to cover the redness a bit and used a brow pencil to fill them in. I was red and my skin was a bit raised for an hour or so afterwards but it soon went down.


    [Before | After & Filled In | Next Day At Home Routine]

    My verdict; £25 might seem steep but I usually pay £20 for a tint and thread anyway so the extra £5 for a bit of extra and more of a consultation wasn’t too painful for me to part with. I’ve booked in again for another 5 weeks and she’s told me not to touch them myself and she’ll continue to work on the ends of my brows then. I’m really happy with the result and I still felt pampered without actually having a pamper! (If that makes sense).

    What brow taming route do you take? Have you ever had a HD Brows treatment before?


  • OOTD – Wild Hair Date Night.


    [ Top – Zara | Kimono – New Look | Jeans – Topshop | Boots – Topshop]


    A few months ago my mum treated Harvey and myself to a Living Social voucher for a meal at Chutney in Nottingham.

    We’d taken a while to decide when to go but we finally used it the other week. We both dressed up for the occasion which was nice, I love seeing Harvey in collared tops.

    I wore the top and jeans to work during the day but dressed it up for the evening my adding a kimono that I’d bought for America and my favourite heeled boots of the moment. My hair was super crazy by this point cause I’d put it up in twists while wet the night before, it looked good when I woke up but was nice and frizz-tastic by the end of the day!


    Accessories wise I went with the usual jewellery that I always wear keeping it nice and simple.


    What are your tips for taking an outfit from day to night?


  • Sunday Fundays – Twycross Zoo..

    SundayFundaysI thought I’d do a new feature on here for a bit.

    I’m calling it Sunday Fundays because Harvey and Myself have started to make plans for Sundays because now he’s got regular hours at his new job he always has Sundays off so it’s nice to make the most of them rather than sitting inside all day.

    I thought I’d catch you up with the first two Sundays we’ve spent together.

    Twycross Zoo –

    The first trip we took was fairly close to home, it was actually Harveys idea to go to the zoo that weekend and I was happy to go to Twycross zoo. I have so many memories from from this zoo, my Grandma used to take me and we would have such great day trips bonding over our love of animals. Although the Zoo itself has changed a lot I still had so much nostalgia being there and remembering past trips.


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    Woodhall Spa –

    The idea to go here came to me thanks to Groupon. I saw an offer on one of the many emails you get from them for a maize maze and I loved the idea of it. I thought it’d be a large commercial maze but actually, it was just in the middle of a field run by some people in a portacabin. It was so much fun and we spent quite a long time wandering round it trying to collect the letters to work out the answer to the question they gave you before you headed in.

    Afterwards we drove up the road and into the woods to find the Kinema in the Woods, which is a really old, tiny cinema in the woods would you have guessed it. They play all modern films that you’d find in the cinema but they have an interval in the middle and they have someone on an old fashioned organ come up from the ground & play a half time song. We didn’t actually go in but it was cool to see and would be a good idea if we were heading that way again. We did however go sort of next door to the Tea Rooms in the Woods for some lunch, it was quaint on the outside but like a proper restaurant on the inside. We were really lucky with the weather and it was good to go on a bit of a road trip.


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    I’m really looking forward to future Sundays that we spend together.


  • Room Tour



    It’s been over a year since I moved out of my flat and back into my parents and I thought it was about time that I did a room tour.

    Before I moved home I made sure that my dad helped decorate my room for me, I chose to keep it light and bright so went with a really pale grey shade for the walls and then a bit of accent wallpaper for under the built in wardrobes, it’s from Laura Ashley and I absolutely love it plus I’m so impressed we got the paint and wallpaper such a close colour match.

    Slowly but surely I’ve been adding bits to my room to make it feel more homely and I thought I’d share with you my favourite bits.

    I have to admit, I think the shelf above my bed is my favourite part of my room. I feel like it brings a bit of personality to my room. Here I keep all my books, mainly self help and religious books, aside from Mockingjay and The Wolf of Wall Street. I also have my Mini Dianna camera because I’m yet to actually put film in it and take it out for a play so while it’s not in use it’s a nice little decoration. Two personal items on my shelf are the Card that my parents got me because I always joke that my sisters the favourite daughter so they saw this and thought of me, and also the bottle of coca-cola, anyone that knows me knows that I used to be an absolute fiend for the stuff but I’d given up drinking it by the time that the named bottles came out, but when my sister found one with my name on she saved it for me. Goodness knows how flat it is now but I like it as decoration, is that weird?


    If you follow me on instagram then you’ll probably be familiar with the above view of my bedroom, but below is the other end where most of the furniture is.


    Here I have my skincare cabinet that I bought for £10 from the British Heart Foundation, yes, three shelves of skincare and no I do not need all of it but I’m working my way through it all I swear!

    I also have all my entertainment bits like my PlayStation and my Now TV box along with the TV that I used to have in my lounge at the flat that I fought to have in my room because it’s so big. It’s been there so long now I don’t even think it’s that big any more. I also keep my hair grips, cotton pads and cotton buds in little glass jar type things along with a tray to keep the jewellery I wear most often in.

    Above the TV I have a shelf where I keep my spare candle, my jewellery stand and two candle holders that I use for decoration which I got years ago from a Jamie Oliver party, your modern day Tupperware party.




    The chest of drawers under my TV is where I keep all my makeup in the top draw and then t-shirts and shorts/leggings in the other two drawers. Again, it does seem mad that I have a whole drawer full of makeup but I do love the stuff!


    On the other side of my room I have my dressing table/desk where I do all my makeup. This part of my room has changed a bit because I’ve actually moved my makeup brushes over to some pots that I’ve saved from my Grandmas belongings.


    desk_detailsUnderneath this is my least favourite part where I store all sorts of bits and bobs, it always looks a mess but I can’t seem to make it look organised. Any tips for making it look better would be much appreciated.

    Overall I’m so happy with my room, I keep adding to it and changing bits that I’ve accumulated. I’m usually told off by my dad for spending too much time in my room but I always say he shouldn’t have made it so nice to be in!

    Is your bedroom your safe haven or is it a space you just sleep in?




  • American Beauty Haul


    Its been a long time coming but here is my American beauty haul. I wanted to get this up before I get the reviews of them up on the blog.

    Its actually missing a sample size pot of Glam Glow Youth Mud and some nail polish that had hidden away still in my suitcase.

    The majority of these products were purchased from Sephora, either from 3rd Street in Santa Monica or the one in The Venetian in Las Vegas.

    You may have even spotted that I treated Harvey to some Abercrombie & Fitch cologne because whenever I’m in the store it smells amazing, I think it’s my new favourite smell on a man.

    I admit I went rather crazy but I have to admit I don’t regret a single purchase!


    Let me know which products you’d like me to review first.



  • OOTD Flashing Some Flesh.

    OOTDMelsBirthday Following on from the previous post I thought I’d share an OOTD with you of the outfit that went with the makeup.

    I bought this dress for Las Vegas and I thought while the weather was still nice (it ended up raining that evening) I’d try and get more wear out of it.

    Recently I’ve been loving the label Oh My Love, I’ve been buying it from Topshop but I’m not sure if you can find it from anywhere else.

    This dress caught my eye because of the back, it doesn’t look particularly special from the front. I wanted to be a bit more daring with what I wore while in Vegas and instead of going with showing off the chest I went with showing some flesh on my back. I was glad of that decision after my chest burnt to a crisp in LA.

    I feel amazing in this dress, I love dressing up and wearing something special.


    For accessories I wore some gold bangles I got from Tunisia, the gold ring is from & Other Stories and the above knuckle rings are from Brandy Melville, necklace is vintage from my great aunt. Bag was an amazing find from Primark and shoes are my go to heels from ALDO years ago.

    Are you a dressing up kind of person or do you prefer to keep nights out more casual?


  • #FOTD 7 – Purple Party Eyes.


    [Products Used – MUFE HD Foundation | Maybeline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer | Tarte Amazonian Clay Full coverage Airbrush Foundation | Lush Emotional Brilliance Translucent Powder | Nars Laguna Bronzer | Kiko 108 Soft Touch Blush | ILAH Brow Travel Kit | MAC Teddy Eyeliner | MAC Rose, Cranberry, Plum Dressing & Sketch eyeshadows | MAC Teddy Eyeliner | Bourjois Liner Clubbing | Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara]

    A few weeks ago it was Mel’s birthday and in true girly style I got completely dressed up and headed out for drinks and a dance in Nottingham.

    I decided to go for something a bit more than the usual smokey eye and took inspiration from the dress I wore (outfit post on that to come). I’m not a massive fan of how it photographed but I loved it in real life.

    It’s nice to be a bit out the box with your makeup and I don’t get the opportunity to do so very often so I made the most of it for this occasion.

    How do you feel about bringing out some colour when it comes to eye makeup?


  • New Month New Start.


    Look who’s back, back again.

    Well that was a longer break than expected, but I needed it, no one wants to read blog posts that have had no thought put into them.

    It’s a new month so I’m starting a fresh and starting to get back on track with things.

    Look out for lots of new posts over on here, it feels good to have things going again.