Beauty Haul | Superdrug

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

If feels like Superdrug have had their Bourjois 'buy one, get one half price' offer on now for months. Unless they ended it and it's back on, who knows? It's been a while since I've been out. I've been eyeing up the Happy Light primer and foundation for quite a while, so I thought I would give them a try. I bought the primer in matte, and the foundation in rose vanilla. I also spotted their Color Boost lip crayon, and after trying a few shades fell in love with orange. It's more of an orange/coral shade but rather being matte and bright, it covers glossy and has a subtle buildable colour. I can see me loving this for a while to come. And obviously to make things even I had to buy another product, and that was the Healthy Mix concealer in shade 51 Éclat Clair. The tube says it's for radiance and anti-fatigue, something which I think I really need in my life. 

I always swing by the Sleek stand and have a browse. They sell some of my favourite lipsticks that provide great coverage, pigment and are long-lasting. Now winter is approaching I though I might try out a few of their darker shades. I can always seem to pull them off when I have some sort of pastel hair colour. So I treated myself to two of their True Colour lipsticks, one in Cherry and the other in Mulberry. 

The next beauty haul post will be all about the products I've recently bought in blog sales, so get ready to check that one out! 

Origami & Pink.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

This has to be one of my favourite outfits. This pink blazer is a little thicker than a summer blazer so is perfect to wear over the next couple of months, and because it's pink, what could be better? It's more of a neon shade so it will definitely brighten any outfit up. The origami dress has been doing it's rounds on the blogosphere lately and I knew I had to have it. Normally ASOS smock dresses are quite thin material but this is really thick jersey, and the print is such a delight to wear. It will go from season to season and I think in spring I will wear it with a stunning Primark pastel mint green eyelash jumper I bought in a blog sale. ASOS also offer the same dress in their Curve range, and it come with a short sleeve rather than being sleeveless. I've teamed the whole outfit with a pair of black tights and my favourite black and gold H&M boots; and finally, to make the outfit perfect, I've teamed it with my new black leather satchel. 

Neon Pink Blazer - River Island - (old)
Gold triangle statement necklace - New Look - (old)
Black leather satchel - Leather Satchel Company via ASOS - £75

Make Up Rumours | Nude Lipsticks

Thursday, 11 September 2014

This is the second post in my mini-feature series of Make Up Rumours. In case you haven't heard of them or seen them all over the blogosphere, they are a new drugstore brand of makeup with prices ranging from £1. They were advertising for beauty bloggers and I had to be straight in there, and lucky me was given a £10 gift code to shop on their online store - yippee! 

I've recently had a bit of an obsession with nude lipsticks so I had to delve into their collection and choose a few. They have five shades, not listed as actual colours but named 'shade' and have a number corresponding to their colour. I picked shades 16, 17 and 18. 

Now I know from the image the colours don't look very nude and are quite bright, but they are some of the darker ones in their collection. If you've seen the Illamasqua Glamore nudes collection you'll understand what I mean from their shades Rosepout and Minx. 

L-R: shade 16 - just a regular light nude with a pink tinge, shade 17 - this reminds me a lot of Rosepout, and shade 17 - this reminds me a lot of Minx. I wouldn't necessarily say they are perfect dupes of the colours but that's what they remind me of anyway. 

The other two in the nude collection, shades 14 and 15 are what you would call a proper nude shade. But for £1 per lipstick you can afford to have the whole collection for a fiver. You can check out all the shades on their webstore

Packaging wise, well I mentioned this before, but I'm not keen on the branding. It's mainly aimed for younger people, mainly teenagers. This wouldn't distract me from buying it though, and that's because of the price tag. I like a good bargain. What I'm pleased about with the lipstick cases is that they actually fit and close properly, unlike one of their competing brands. That was a real bugbear of mine and I was a little panicky that they wouldn't live up to scratch. 

Overall I love the shades of the lipsticks, they apply really well, have a nice creamy consistency and leave my lips feeling super hydrated. They don't last long but I can expect that, and I did need to reapply after I'd been eating and drinking, but that really wouldn't put me off at all. They are super.

Lavender Hair | Osmo Colour Psycho

Sunday, 7 September 2014

I was contacted a couple of weeks back asking if I wanted to try a couple of new hair colours new to the market. By hair product brand Osmo, they have released a bright hair colour set named Colour Psycho, and these really are amazing and bright colours. I was desperate to change my hair colour back to how I see as 'my natural colour', a beautiful lavender pink shade

Colour Psycho are semi-permenanant hair colour creams, similar to the others on the market, apart from their tubes are 150ml and you get a lot more product to work with. The hair dye itself is not as thick as some of it's competitors making it more manageable and easier to work with. A couple of super things about Colour Psycho colours are that you can play with the colours and mix and match to suit your mood; and you can also the colour tamer to create your perfect pastel shade. This I was really excited in trying. 

The packaging is amazing and really eye-catching. If I saw this in a shop I would most likely walk over to this first as it's really intriguing as to what the product is. I do love a good monochrome product, and the stripes and checkerboard are two of my favourite patterns too. The block of colour in the middle shows what colour the hair dye product inside is, so that's all good too. 

I ordered wild fuchsia and wild violet. My original intentions were to use one colour at a time but I gave in and mixed the colours. I put the wild violet in the bowl first when really I should have put the wild fuchsia in first as I wanted a more dusky pink colour. However, because I put the wild violet shade in first, and added the wild fuchsia topped with the colour tamer to make a mid-pastel lavender shade. I absolutely love my new shade, and especially when it washes out it will be a gorgeous shade of pastel lavender too. And because I chose a purple shade, it will neutralise some of the yellow tones I still have in my bleached hair. 

There are several other colours in the collection including wild blue, wild cobalt, wild purple, wild cerise and wild rouge. You can also buy a starter kit which includes sample sizes of each of the colours and a full size colour tamer for you to have a little play about with, to see what your favourite shade is. The hair dyes start from £3.99 and the colour tamer starts from £3.70. 

After having a look on their site for stockist, the most local one in West Yorkshire appears to be Sally's in the centre of Leeds. You can buy online from the Dennis Williams site too, I think they have the best priced products. I definitely think you should all check these out! 

Beacons Festival 2014

Saturday, 6 September 2014

I was so lucky to be given tickets a local festival to where I live, Beacons! The fabulous folks over at Peugeot saw my tweet trying to get press tickets to the festival but unfortunately I was too late to be on their list; anyway, they were working on a new hashtag #RandomActsOfJoy for the release of one of their new cars. So yes, I received two tickets, guest tickets at that! Oh and two camping plus passes too. I know I only live like 15 minutes away but taking a tent so little bug could be changed in private, fed and have a little nap too was such a genius idea. Obviously I came home at the end of the day to my cosy bed and a hot bath. 

There was so much to do at the festival. I didn't even manage to check out any of the bands. Partly because my ME was quite bad that weekend and I was major exhausted, and because on the Saturday morning I sat down in an awkward position and somehow managed to make my already dislodged pelvis even more dislodged, and manage to slip two discs in the process. Anyway, lets talk about all the fun. There were so many arts and crafts facilities that I pretty much spent my weekend doing that, oh and the vintage shopping in Judy's Vintage tent. I picked up a few super cute bargains: a navy blue and white polka dot tea dress, and a gorgeous, unique map print saddle bag. 

The few crafts I did manage to take part in were screen printing (you all should know by now this is one of my favourite pastimes) and t-shirt braiding. The idea behind t-shirt braiding is that you can use and old t-shirt, cut it up (in a jazzy particular way to make it really long) and plait it. You can make them into friendship bracelets, etc, but mine was a black and grey leopard print headband. I absolutely love it and think I might do a DIY blog post on how to make them soon (for those interested). 

Oh the fooooooood. I absolutely love food. There were lots of local street food stalls there. Manjit's kitchen was up and back in full swing in her lovely horse box, providing tasty treats. On the Saturday they were serving up nutella and banana filled chapatis. They were absolutely delish. Obviously I had to pop down to Dough Boys for pizza, and we did have a Patty Smity's burger and amazing fries. The Marvellous Tea Dance company were there too, it was nice to chill in their tent with a cuppa and slice of cake when we needed a rest. Oh I also experienced the amazing Pie & Mash too, yummy. 

I have to mention how amazing the 'Diddy Rascals' field was. Especially designed for children and away from all the loud music, there was so much to do. Tents filled with crafts, and lots of different sensory play toys for the younger ones. I think Dexter was a little young to enjoy it, but he loved crawling around on the mats and the man who blew bubbles at him too. He was a happy chappy there. There were lots of team games for kids to play too, with their version of dodgeball called monkey ball, and sack races. We'll definitely be taking him back to play there next year too, he'll be older and hopefully take more in.

The experience was amazing and I will be going back next year! Hopefully I'll be able to make more time to really get into things a lot deeper and try out a lot more of the craft sessions, watch a few movies, and make time to listen to music! To be honest I didn't know any of the bands and my music taste consists of anything emo circa 2002, that's why I prefer Download generally; saying that though, Beacons has easily become my favourite festival, I love how much they put into the family element which makes it really accessible for us, and it's not too far from home. 

Poundland Pleasantries | Stationary Haul

Friday, 5 September 2014

It's probably no surprise that I, and probably every other blogger, like stationary. Cute Korean stationary is what normally floats my boat, but I adore the designs of everything in Paperchase; that shop is my downfall, and knowing that you can get a student discount online makes it all so much worse. Stationary is everywhere this time of year obviously, and normally I like to buy my bits and pieces in the sale at the end of September before I start University again in October.

Occasionally I pop into discount stores like B&M, Home Bargains, Wilkinsons and Poundland to pick up European branded products, be it beauty or food products. I'm a sucker for cheap Garnier products, what can I say? This is where my initial Poundland Pleasantries series stemmed from. 

I would't have expected to find quality products in Poundland, but my mum always raves about the place for all her baking wares so whilst I was out the other day, I popped in (ok more so dragged in my my mum). Barging people out the way with my crutches of course. And what did I see at the end of the aisle? Paperclips, in the shape of ducks; and all the sticky tape and post it notes that I could ever need. After a good rummage through the paperclips, and taking half off the stand, I found these beauties, apples. Oh yes.

I didn't just pick a pack of 10 of those up, I also grabbed a pack of 30 drawing pins that look like ladybirds. Can you see where this is going? I also bought a new pen, presuming it was pink when it is in fact red (sad face); and I presumed was meant to smell like some kind of soda but they meant it was made from soda bottles. The pen is in fact made from 100% recycled plastic soda bottles so that's nice. I also picked up a bendy plastic ruler with sticky tabs on which I'm hoping to hole punch to fit into my Filofax. And last but, not least (actually probably my favourite purchase) sticky post it notes on a roll of sellotape, in three colours. Initially I thought this was Washi tape until I read the packaging. You just roll out how much you need, stick it on, and write. PERFECT. I think my house will be full of sellotaped notes now. 

What I've Read This Week | Matthew Reilly

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Matthew Reilly is, hands down, my all time favourite author. I own every single one of his books, whether be by digital copy or in print. I've been addicted to him since my mum read his first book, Contest, and recommended it to me years ago. 

Two new additions to my collection have been The Tournament, and prequel, Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl.
I could only manage to take a small photo of these in my iBooks library. (I don't own the print copies of these).
Reilly's books are normally fast paced with countdowns keeping the reader engrossed at all times. I normally end up reading his novels in a full day because I'm so hooked; but with both if these I was rarely interested at all. I bought The Tournament back in January on its release date and only got around to reading the whole book when I was in hospital last week, after numerous times trying to read it. 

The Tournament felt slow, and hardworking. Roger Ascham, the main character and tutor to Princess Elizabeth (as a young girl prior to becoming Queen Elizabeth), take a trip through Europe to attend a chess tournament with England's top player, Gilbert Giles. I thought the travels would be more descriptive and scenarios would be exciting, but there was not much mention of this. Normally Reilly provides a map at the beginning of each chapter to give the reader more insight into the character's adventure, but there was a real lack in either of these books, in fact, none at all. That was a real disappointment. They arrive at their destination in the Middle East and still there is no expression of how exciting the place is, such as their riches and expensive buildings. However, around halfway through the book there was a murder that Ascham was asked to solve. I expected the book to be in two parts at this points as some of his other novels are. I followed the book through until the last 70 pages with his investigation and the chess tournament itself, still finding it slow paced, and the murder was solved as quickly as it was committed. I was really let down. I won't go into full details in case one of my readers wishes to read the novel, but I was bored, let down, and regret spending £7.99 on it. 

Turning now to the prequel. This was around 100 pages so I knew it would be one of his short stories (Reilly does have a few others, but more exciting than this!) and that was fine. The story followed Ascham solving a disappearance, of the King's favourite prostitute. There are many trips to and from the brothel for the investigation, and after questioning the owner, believes he knows where she (and a few other missing women) are kept. Basically, he goes there, finds the women and the killer, and it ends. All within 35 pages. What a let down. I thought maybe there was another tale to tell afterwards? But no, it was the beginning chapters of the Tournament. Disappointed wasn't the word. I'm glad it was a free download. 

I have strong faith in his next novel though. He seems to be going back to his treasure hunting adventurous roots in ancient China. I hope January comes soon!