Thursday, 31 October 2013

Cold Weather Wishlist

Hello lovelies. 

The temperature has certainly dropped in the last couple days to the point I've broken out the coat, scarf, hat, gloves, the whole lot! So, in the spirit of the season I thought I'd share with you some cold weather cuties I've had my eye on recently. It's funny, some people love buying summer clothes, I love buying winter clothes!

One. Fox Smock Dress via ASOS here - £28
Ok, so a smock dress might not be the warmest of clothing choices, but it looks nice and baggy, so it would great for layering. I wear dresses all year round & I've found the trick to staying warm in winter is sticking a thick vest or long sleeved top underneath.

Two. Snoozie Slipper Socks in Duck Print via eBay here - £11
I actually spotted these today in an independent shop & so nearly bought them but they only had a size large left - boo! But I've added them to my eBay wishlist so I remember to buy them. My flat doesn't have heating & a lot of laminate floors, so the floor can get silly cold, so I go through slippers and slipper socks really quickly, but I want these so bad!

Three. Bath & Body Works Leaves Candle via eBay here - £24.50 
Oh how I wish, wish, wish Bath & Body Works was in the UK! I actually have the small sized version of leaves and it's stunning, lightly spicy but also has delicious berry tones. I really want to buy the full sized version, and when my mini version runs out I may crack!

Four. Tottie Wellingtons in Horse Print via Equestrian Clearance here - £12.99*
Perhaps looking forward a little, but every time it starts to get cold I start thinking about snow. I know some people hate snow but I love it! However, every time I forget how shoe destroying it can be! Every time it snows I ruin another pair of shoes, so I should probably actually buy some wellies! Anyone who knows me knows I love animal print, so these horse print ones are right up my street! 

Five. Camel Fairisle Scarf via Mulberry here - *sharpest of breath intakes* £350 (!!!!)
I spotted the lovely Tanya Burr wearing this in a recent blog post & just loved it. I thought it might be ASOS, or Topshop so I gave it a little google & after a few minutes found that it was actually Mulberry, and cost more than I'd ever ever be willing to pay for a scarf, but just look at it! It's got ladybirds, badgers, bees, toodstools... basically all the things I love! Oh Santa, santaaaa, I've been ever so good!!!

Six. Vivaine Peplum Hem Coat via Ted Baker here - *another sharp inhale* £299
I spotted this a few weeks back in Ted Bakers window display and actually slowed my walk to a crawl to stare at it. It's a gorgeous soft pink with amazing detailed buttons and a peplum hem. It's a show stopping coat, but a food buying stopping price! A girl can wish eh? 

So that's what I'm lusting after, some a lot more far fetched than others! How about you lovely ladies? Any coats stopped you in your tracks recently? 


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Monday, 28 October 2013

Pets Are For Their LIFE Not Just For CHRISTMAS

Hello lovelies. 

This post has been a long, long time coming. On the whole I like to keep my blog a happy & cheerful place, but today won't be the happiest post I've ever done, probably far from it. It's also likely to be a long post, as I want to cover as much as I can.

I was browsing the web earlier, just flicking around and I came across a link to "Disturbing Photos Capture the Reality Of Euthanization at Animal Shelters" and after faltering for a second, I opened it. I knew it would make me angry and upset, and it really really hit a nerve. The link is here, but I warn you now, it's very upsetting and made me weep.

We've all heard the slogan "A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas" but I've modified it to include all pets. Dog, cat, hamster, parrot, snake, rabbit, pet rock (ok well maybe not) if you've bought an animal in to your life, you have a duty to that animal until the day it passes. It's not a wishy washy decision to bring an animal in to your life, so here are a few questions to ask yourself before bringing an animal home. 

1. Do I have time for this animal?
This probably applies to dogs the most, but to some degree all animals. Do you have time to walk a dog every morning and evening? Do you have time to train your animal so it will be safe around the public and friends? Will someone be home every evening to feed them? From what I know dogs don't like to be left at home too long, and if they are occasionally are you ok coming home to find your carpet ripped up? Pets need love and attention, and although some need less than others, it's worth considering how they will fit for you. 

2. Can I Afford This Animal? 
This, bar actually wanting the animal, is probably the most important question to ask yourself, and not just ask actually sit down and work out if you can or not. I say this because for one reason or another, be it food or a medical problem, it's the number one reason that animals end up in a shelter. 

Obviously some animals are much cheaper than others, for example a rodent of some variety (hamster, rat, mouse) is fairly inexpensive to look after, a cage would be around £25 to £50, saw dust around £3 for a months worth and you can buy 1kg of rodent food from Tesco for £2.49. However, the cost of cats and dogs is much more. 

I cannot comment on how much a dog costs monthly as I've never had a dog, but I thought it might be helpful to roughly go through what Tuna (my cat if your a new reader) costs month to month. If their are any dog owners out there which wouldn't mind commenting with roughly what it costs for a dog I would be very interested to know.

Food: Tuna eats roughly a box of 12 pouches a week, which depending of where it's from and what offers are on, costs around £3.49, which is £13.96 a month. Since he had a tummy bug last month he's gone off dry food, but that would be around £2 for 2 or so weeks worth, so in total I spend around £17.96 a month. 

Litter: I've tried all sorts of litter, from more expensive brands like Catsan all the way down to value, and personally I've found that the Tesco Value cat litter is the best in terms of odor absorption and compared to others doesn't kick up as much dust. At £1.55 per bag, we go through around 3 a month so that's £4.65 a month. 

Insurance. Got a couple of hundred quid sitting around if your pet breaks its leg? No? Then please for the love of god, insurance your animals. This is something that also ends up landing pets in shelters, a pet getting an illness and needing expensive treatment or expensive medication that the owners can't afford and end up having to surrender the animal to the RSPCA, which is unpleasant for the owner and for the animal. 

Tuna is actually insured twice, he has a small amount of cover with the Pet Plan we took out at the vet (more on that later) and independently with another company. We took out life-time insurance, and here's why we don't have year to year cover (which is cheaper per month). If (god forbid) Tuna was to develop a long term condition, such as diabetes, our insurance would pay out for the medicine the first year, but if we tried to renew the next year, the monthly premium would shoot through the roof. With life-time insurance your premium stays the same. Between the pet plan and life-time insurance it costs around £40 per month. 

Flea & Worming Treatment & Injections/boosters.
Your pets need to be wormed (around every 3 months) & treated for fleas (every month) to keep them happy inside and out. They will also need a set of injections when they are young, and then boosters every year. Tuna gets his flea and worming treatment as well as his annual boosters included in the Pet Plan, but if you were to pay out for each thing, Flea Treatment (over counter) is around £4.50 per tube, worming tablets are around £4.79 for 2 tubes and injections for the first set are around £50 each, which I'm sure there is 3 different ones you need, and then boosters each year cost around £50. 

Another sore point for me, and another reason whole litter of kittens end up in shelters. Please, please please please neuter your animals. It costs roughly between £50 to £70 depending of the sex of the animal (boys are easier to neuter than girls) but it money that needs to be spent. Tuna was neutered as soon as he was old enough which for males is really young, around 8 months.  

Getting your dog or cat microchipped is so important, and if they were to get lost and they weren't microchipped it's hard to find their homes. I think microchipping cost around £15 but a lot of animal charities run open days to go and get your pet microchipped for free or a small donation.

I'm not trying to say you need to have loads and loads of money to have a pet, but you do need to want to spend the money, because to treat animals how they should be treated, it will cost money.

3. Without Something Drastic Changing, Can I Commit To Caring For This Animal For Up To 20 Years? 
20 would be extremely old for any cat or dog, but what I'm trying to say is you need to be fairly settled. I.E if your future plans include traveling for a year taking on an animal would be a bad idea. Obviously life has a way of changing plans, and you can never be certain whats round the corner, but it's about thinking that where ever life takes you, you will take your pet. 

But why am I saying this in relation to Christmas? Well, their is a romantic imagery about getting a dog for the family at Christmas, bringing him or her in a big red bow round it's neck and everyone cooing for hours on end. Nothing is wrong with this at all, if the whole family wants a dog, sat down and worked out they can afford it and who will walk it and when, it's all very lovely. 

But an animal should never, ever be bought on a whim, and I think sometimes people get caught up in the Christmas magic, rush out and buy a cute puppy for their kids, but unlike a Nintendo DS, when no one wants to play with it any more you can't just shove it in a draw. Will they still want it at 7am when it needs walking in January and snows on the ground? Are you willing to step in if they don't? 

My point is that 1000's of healthy animals get put down in shelters every year, not because the shelter wants to but simply because they don't have the space or the resources to look after every animal that comes their way. Since the recession hit many 1000's of animals have been given away, and the RSPCA is struggling. It's a horrible statistic, but the RSPCA had to put down 3,400 healthy animals because it couldn't cope with the influx in 2012.

This post isn't meant to put anyone who's serious about getting a pet off, but just a hopeful plee that this Christmas, animals who are bought home stay there.

But, I will say, getting a pet was the best thing I've ever done, and my Tuna brings me endless joy. And come hell or high water, I will look after him until the day he dies. 

So ladies, who else agrees with me? 


Friday, 25 October 2013

Friday Favourites

Hello lovelies. 

Happy Friday lovely ladies! Here's what I've been loving this week. 

Gromit Unleashed. 
Its been a while since the Gromits packed up in Bristol, and they've since been auction off for the Grand Appeal, but I finally got to the Grand Appeal shop at The Mall Cribbs Causeway, and as well as a shop it has a very small museum behind the shop, and I couldn't help but snapping some pictures! I also had to make a small purchase, which is a jam caddy! You can roll the jam to people on the table. I personally am going to just display it but I think it's amazing! 

I was originally planning to buy a figurine but they were completely sold out (most of which are on ebay for inflated prices - boo!) so I had a quick look on the website & they are bringing out a figurine of my favourite Gromit, the Salty Sea Dog next month, so I'm glad I didn't! 

The Salty Sea Dog is the pirate Gromit which sat by the waterfront, and my firm favourite. I'm excited to get my own miniature version as I couldn't quite afford this one, which went to the winning bid of £32,000 (all for charity)! Now I just need to get my paws (haha, animal puns are the best) on one before the eBayers get them all!

Aroma Home Huggable Hottie Hedgehog from John Lewis - here
Another thing I spotted at The Mall, this huggable hottie! I am terrified of hot water bottles, I always think it's going to break and burn me! But a hottie is microwavable, so there is not hot water to scare me! It's also adorable, I just wish it wasn't £25!

My Neighbor Totoro Print from Etsy here
Probably my favourite film of all time is My Neighbor Totoro, and this print makes me squee every time I see it. It's a UK based company and the print is around £9, I really want to buy this!

Dark blue velvet skater dress from Tesco - here.
I was flicking through the Tesco Christmas catalog and came across this velvet dress and I just love it. The deep blue, the ribbon tie, it's a whole heatedly festive dress, and when I get a chance to try it on I will!  

So that's what I'm loving this week, how about you? Anything you've fallen in love with this week? 


Thursday, 24 October 2013

Pound World Purchase: Calvin Klein Cream Eyeshadow

Hello lovelies. 

It's been a good while since I've found anything worth mentioning in Poundland or Pound World, but earlier in the week I popped in to pick up some Milka (essential purchase, yes?) and had a quick browse of the beauty items and found something that peaked my interested. I came across a selection of Calvin Klein cream eyeshadows, and thought I'd do a quick review of them. 

I checked in the shop to see if anyone had put their fingers in the pot, but these eyeshadow still have a seal inside the lid so it was good to go! 

There were several colours available, including a sparkly black, a deep brown & a plum, but I went for the beige shimmer, called snakeskin silver (blegh awful awful name). The packaging is pretty standard, a thick plastic container with a plastic lid with the Calvin Klein logo. 

The eyeshadow itself is quite creamy in consistency, and is very soft to the touch. 

Applied to the eyes it's much paler than it appears in the pan. I'd say it turns from a warm toned beige in the pan to the a cool toned beige. I applied it without a primer to give it a wear test & I found it did start to crease a little after a few hours. However I've worn it since with a smidgin of primer and that helped it stay put all day (I used the Lime Crime primer which I'd highly recommend). 

So for a whole pound, will you be checking these out? Or giving them a miss? 


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Bomb Cosmetics Little Hotties - Affordable Wax Tarts

Hello lovelies. 

I have a real soft spot for Bomb Cosmetics. They have similar ethics to Lush, but a large variety of soaps and more importantly, have home fragrance items! As well as a large variety of candles, they also sell Little Hotties, which are essentially small wax tarts. I've actually tried these before thanks to the lovely Ali, but I finally found a shop that sells them in Bristol, so I thought I'd give them a little review for you all. 

The Little Hotties can be bought individually (which you can only do in a shop that stocks Bomb Cosmetics) or by the box, which comes empty and you fill yourself. There are so many fragrances to choose from, 56 different fragrances in total! If your a fan of fruit scents there are a lot of those, as well as more unusual scents such as custard, jelly baby & bottle of bubbly. But what makes these such good value? 

This is how many melts I got for £6.99! I counted & there are 45 in my box. The idea behind the small size of these melt is that you can mix and match the scents to create unique combinations. It's advised to select 3 or 4 different melts and place them all in to one burner, and I've tried 3 and I've tried putting 4 in, and I think that 3 is best, as more than that I find the scent gets lost. 

I placed Apple, Citrus Blast & Lemon in my (dirty - sorry!) tart burner and because they are small they start to melt within a few minutes. But they say good things come in small packages, and they certainly aren't lying, these little melts really pack a punch, as strong if not stronger than any of the wax melts out there. I find that these little melts last around 5 hours before the fragrance starts to disappear. 

These really are good value for money. Even though you have to burn 3 at a time, a box of 45 will turn in to 15 unique fragrances, which if you were buying 15 Yankee tarts would set you back about £19. They are slightly different of course, but you get the idea!

The only problem is unless you live near a stockist you need to order them online here, and you could only (I say only!) pick 5 different fragrances, rather than trying pretty much one of each as I did! But if you do find yourself in a Bomb Cosmetics stockist, I would say give these a good sniff! 

So what do you think lovelies? Tempted? 


Friday, 18 October 2013

Friday Favourites

Hello lovelies. 

Happy Friday to you all! Time for another Friday favourites! 

One. Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin. I am not a fan of Halloween, it's just never been my thing and it seems to be much more of a "thing" in the US, however when I spotted these Peanut Butter Pumpkins in Tesco earlier I had to have one! 

Two. Illamasqua Snow Glitter Nail Varnish. I have only tried one Illamasqua nail varnish but I was thoroughly impressed with it. When I spotted this one on ASOS it really caught my attention. Oh Father Christmas I've been ever so good... 

Three. Cath Kidston Mushroom Cardigan. This isn't really a favourite of the week, more of a favourite of the last couple of months. I've looked at it online, I've looked at it in the shop, online, in the shop and I just love it. However, I just loathe the price. It is £80, £80 British Pounds! I am keeping everything crossed that this goes in the sale as I just can't justify it.

Four. Snowman Hat from Primark. What do you mean it's not Christmas?! No I'm joking I know it's not. But I spotted this in Primark last week & it was only £3 so I thought I'd pick it up now for December. It's beyond cute, warm and did I mention it was a snowman?! CHRISTMAS! 

So that's what I'm loving this week, how about you lovely lot? What's caught your eye this week? 


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Home Decor Idea: Heart Shaped Multi Section Shelf

Hello lovelies. 

Yesterday I popped to B&M Bargains to pick up some bits and bobs (hello 29p Reese's Peanut Butter Cups) and came across something I'd seen before, but for a lot more money, and had to have it! So I thought I'd share it with you lovely lot. 

I found this multi section heart shelf and the end of the aisle, and grabbed it in a second. I'd seen a very similar one from Urban Outfitters recently for around £60, and as much as I liked it, it was far to small to dish out £60 on. So when I saw this, much larger, one for £14.99, I was super pleased! 

I decided to hang it above my jewellery / body care table come dresser. Space is an issue in my flat & I previously had a hideous book shelf on top of the dresser, which has now been relocated. The shelves are actually really sturdy, and really well made. I decided to stick my "collectables", read toys, on the shelves, and I couldn't be more pleased with how it looks! 

So if you have a B&M bargains near you, it might be worth having a look, not just for this if it's not your style but they have a really extensive home wear range, and all of it is really reasonably priced.

So what do you think lovelies? You like? 


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Have A LUSH Christmas: Lush Orange Jelly Soap

Hello lovelies. 

I mentioned a few days a go that I'd gone to scout out the new Lush Christmas items, and I'd walked away with one old (Snow Fairy) and one brand new item, Orange Jelly! 

Orange Jelly is a traditional bar of soap with a modern twist, a jelly layer on top! If you are a fan of citrus scents, this is the soap for you. It's described as smelling of "freshly squeezed orange juice" and that is one the money. Unlike a lot of Lush products it's not got a much of a twang of anything else, it's just a straight up strong orange scent! 

The jelly part of Orange Jelly is the top layer, which has a similar feel as the shower jellies. It's a novelty, however...

As I intended this to use this as a hand soap, I did just that! I washed my hands with it, and the second I picked up the soap and put it under the tap half of the jelly came off straight away and fell down the plug hole, which was immensely annoying! After about three uses I only have a tiny bit of the jelly left. It's not the end of the world but if I bought it I'd opt for no jelly, as I'd rather have extra soap to use than jelly that falls down the drain. If you wanted a jelly piece I'd say pull it off & stick it in the shower. 

So overall, one of the nicest smelling products from Lush I've had in a long while, but the novelty jelly just doesn't work for what I wanted it for! It kind of feels like they tried to combine a soap & a shower jelly in one, but for me that doesn't really work! 

You can buy Orange Jelly either in store or online here with prices starting at £3.40 for 100 grams.

So ladies, are you going to try any of the Lush Christmas soaps? Do you have an old favourite or a new one you want to try? 


Monday, 14 October 2013

Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in Shade 13 & Where To Buy Make Up Forever Online In The UK

Hello lovelies. 

Today I have a review of the Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in shade 13, which I've actually been meaning to review for a while as I actually bought this in Paris, so it's a little overdue!

The Aqua Cream is a multi use cream, that is designed to be used on the eyes, lips or face. It's also waterproof, very waterproof, but more on that later. The packaging is pretty basic, a high plastic screw top pot with a clear bottom. The packaging isn't quite as luxurious as I feel it should be for the price, however it is practical so there is that!

After a lot of umming and arring, I went for shade 13, which is a warm beige with copper undertones. It's also very shimmery, and according to the packaging it's concentrated with mother of pearl to deliver a high shine - ooh fancy! 

I applied it to the eyes as I bought it primarily to be an eyeshadow. It is just beautiful to apply, it's so soft and creamy, almost buttery in texture. It applied really evenly so I snapped this picture after it was on for about an hour to show how well it dries. I gave it a pretty rigorous wear test, I wore it to go shopping where in one day it went from freezing, to boiling, to raining and it held up perfectly, and it still looked almost freshly applied at the end of the day, a complete success. 

So, I mentioned before that it is waterproof, very waterproof. Well, I thought I'd give you a little demonstration. If you've ever been in the mood to wear eyeshadow, but you have a scuba diving lesson, followed by a waterfall tour, and then might fancy a shower but want the eyeshadow to hold up? Read on...

Swatched on the back of my hand, I ran the water over the swatch for about 2 minutes on as high as my water pressure will go. So how did it hold up? 

Perfectly! I'm always skeptical about waterproof products but this really does live up to the name! However its not hard to remove once you have some make up remover, but water won't budge it! 

The only problem with Make Up Forever is it's a bit of a pain to buy in the UK. You can browse all the products here, but it's only stocked in two shops in London. However, one of those stores has an online shop. The website here is slightly clunky, but it does stock a huge amount of Make Up Forever products as well as lots of others. If your interested in shade 13, I've found it here

Make Up Forever products don't come cheap, I would say they fall in to the high end category, as the Aqua Cream costs around £18 in the UK for 6 grams. I believe I paid about 21 euros for it in Sephora (however I can't remember exactly! Selective memory perhaps...) and although it's expensive it's just the highest quality. However I will say that because I bought this I didn't let myself buy any more make up in Paris at all. So if you fancy a make up treat, maybe take a peak! 

So ladies, what do you think? Too expensive for the amount of make up you get, or a good treat?


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Have A LUSH Christmas! Christmas Products From Lush

Hello lovelies. 

Today was an exciting day for me for 2 reasons, one my bestest friend was back from university for the weekend, and two I finally got to go to Lush to look at the Christmas stuff! I'd saved looking until she was back as it's a bit of a tradition to go together! I snapped a few pictures on the store to share with you lovely lot. 

So going on my first impressions of everything I'll write a mini review of the new season stuff. There is a lot of returning bath bombs & bubble bars, such as Golden Wonder, Cinders, and Father Christmas, as well as lots of new stuff, such as Star Light Star Bright, The Penguin and The Snowman. But there is also a fair few bath bombs that have undergone a make over, such as the Christmas pud & candy mountain, which have both undergone a facelift. However, one this I will say is that if you find glitter in bath bombs annoying, there are a few you should be aware of. The most offensively glittery is Star Shine Star Light, which trying to pick up was like trying to pick up something smothered in loose pigment, I'm actually still glittery right now!

Apart from bath bombs, in terms of shower products I was slightly disappointed. Every year the infamous Snow Fairy shower gel shows her glittery face, which I'm always happy with as I love it. But Ponche has showed up again, and I hated hated hated it. Wheres my Glogg?! Because I don't have a bath I always hope for a new shower gel so I can try something new! However to my moans I was proffered the new gold fun, which to me smelt exactly like werthers originals, which might be a bit sweet, even for me!

Soaps, again has a lot of returning favourites, such as Snow Globe, Angel's Delight, Mr Punch & Snowcake, as well as one new addition, Orange Jelly! If there has been a soap with my name on it, that would be it! Noriko has come back after roughly 5 years away. 

Gift sets are as cute as ever, with the addition of Baby Frosty, baby to Mr & Mrs Frosty. In fact there are a couple of knot wrap gift sets that if I had a bath I'd be after! The Lush gift sets range between about £6 all the way up to £100, so if you are stuck for someone and need a no brainer gift, give Lush a look! 

So, I couldn't NOT make some purchases could I?! I was actually very restrained and walked away with just two products! 

I ended up going for a small bottle of Snow Fairy, which I'm going to buy year after year after year, and a small-ish slice of Orange Jelly! I'm going to do a proper review of this later in the week, but if you like orange smells, this, this is for you!  

I do have my eye on a few more bits but I'm waiting until closer to Christmas to really indulge my Lush passion!

So that's what I'm thinking about the new Christmas Lush collection, how about you lovely lot? Is there anything your excited to try? 


Friday, 11 October 2013

Friday Favourites

Hello lovelies.

I think I'm going to start a new series for you lovely lot, Friday Favourites! Just random things I've been loving during the week, from make up to shopping to books to jewellery and everything in between. So without further a do, here is what I've been loving this week.

This Haito Hairdryer. 
I was window shopping for a new hair dryer as I've had the same travel sized hairdryer for the last year, and to be honest it's just not cutting the mustard any more, it just takes too long to dry my hair. This one, is just bloody adorable. My motto in life is why have plain when you could have a pattern, and I love this pattern! Christmas list here you come!

OK, so this is a bit of a cheat as I love him every week, but this week, as the temperature has dropped, he has got extra cuddly and won't leave me alone. I promise I won't mention him every week! 

I picked up some Marmite earlier in the week when I was doing a food shop, and I'd completely forgotten how much I loved it. It's one of those things I will obsesses about for weeks and then completely forget about it for months. 

My new phone!
I finally got round to upgrading my phone, and ended up going for an iPhone 5c, and obviously I went for the pink one! My old iPhone 4 had become so so slow and I hadn't even realised until I got this one. I managed to find a pretty good case for it too...

Phone Case. 
After being offered a selection of boring clear plastic cases in EE, all retailing at about £15 I decided to take my search online, and I'm so glad I did! I found a selection of HeadCase design phone cases from this eBay seller here for around £5 each with free postage, and I honestly could of bought about 10 of them, but ended up going for this whale one! If your looking for a new phone case, have a browse they have hundreds of designs. 

So that's it for my Friday Favourites, how about you lovely lot? Anything your loving this week?


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Current Beauty Favourites

Hello lovelies. 

Today I thought I'd share my current beauty favourites with you. I stopped doing monthly favourites a while back as I don't tend to have favourites month to month & was struggling to put them together, but it's been a while since my last & I've found a few stand out products recently. 

One. Too Faced Blusher in Rosy Glow. 
I had lusted after this for ages, and I finally scored it in the ASOS sale, and it did not disappoint. The blush is very pigmented and packs a punch without being too much. Plus pretty packaging will win my heart every time, I'm fickle like that! It's the first Too Faced thing I've tried & I really want to try some more from the brand. 

Two. Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Mask. 
This was a surprise favourite. I had a quick look through my sample box before I went to Paris & just threw it in as I thought it might be quite nice to use, and I wasn't wrong. This might be my favourite masks of all time. It's slightly grainy so it has a scrubby element, but it's not rough at all. The first time I used it I looked in the mirror after and my skin was looking clear and almost glowing. The only thing that annoyed me is that I wish I'd realised how much I liked it in France as I bet it's probably cheaper there! I can buy it in my local Boots for around £15, which is more than I'd like to pay, so this tiny sample is being rationed, but once it's gone I'm going to have to pay out for this beauty. 

Three. Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Balm. 
I actually thought I'd lost this lip balm for a while, and was totally gutted, but it had just fallen down the side and when I found it again I loved it just as much as I always did. It tastes amazing, kind of like lemon drops, and it's just the most incredible lip balm. Again this is the smaller size, and Fresh isn't exactly easy to get hold of here, but if I do finish this up I will certainly have to find away to get a full sized. 

Four. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers. 
What can I say about these eyelash curlers that hasn't already been said?! These cult classic eyelash curlers have been praised in every single way they could be praised, and I can totally see why. They give your eyelashes the most amazing natural curl, they don't pinch, they just work but holy crap are they pricey. I do think they are worth the money, but at the same time I wish they were cheaper! 

So those are my current favourites. How about you lovely lot? What are you loving at the moment? 


Sunday, 6 October 2013

It's Back! Alessi Kitchenware With Vouchers From Tescos

Hello lovelies. 

I think it was around this time last year when I originally blogged about the Alessi cutlery with vouchers when shopping at Tesco, and I know I for one was very excited. So when doing the midweek shop last week, I was super excited its come back around, with a new set of items up for grabs! 

If your unfamiliar with this offer its fairly simple, there is a choice of Alessi items in store which you can buy for full price, but if you collect 5 stickers (one sticker per £20 spent) you can buy them for a highly reduced price. For example I went for the set of two bowls, which were £21.99 but I bought them for £4.99! They actually had a full set of 5 stickers in every collector booklet so that was even better! 

I went for the bowls, as I've started running low on  non chipped bowls! What I particularly like about them is that if you stack one upside down on the other, it kind of looks like Saturn.. :p As with all Alessi, they are fantastic quality and hopefully I can manage to keep them chip free!

There is a whole range of things to choose from, plates, bowls, serving bowls, cutlery, mugs which you can browse here but if they don't take your fancy, perhaps they would make a nice Christmas gift for someone else? I know it's early but as the saying goes, the early bird gets the Alessi...

So ladies, do you fancy any of the range? 


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Fun Cat Bed Idea

Hello lovelies. 

If you follow me on Instagram you might of already seen this, but I recently got Tuna a new cat bed, and I think it's pretty cool. I originally headed to Pets At Home for one, but once there I was faced with an array of beige, grey and white circular beds, all very boring, all very expensive and just not my style (or his, he's a man of colourful taste) so I left empty handed, and just when I was going to give up I headed into Ikea...

I ended up wandering around in the kids section, when I came across this Ladybird! It's actually meant to be a child's floor chair. It's sold along side another product, which essentially is a large balloon of air to go inside the cover, but I didn't think Tuna would be a fan of trying to balance on a large air bubble, so I picked up the cover and tried to think of something else to go inside. 

After a quick look at the cushions I couldn't find anything that was close to the right shape, so I started thinking about what he likes to sleep on normally, a duvet! I picked up one of Ikea's value duvets at around £4 to pop inside the bed. 

So I started to wander towards the till (not before adding 100 tea lights and a photo frame to my basket, I might add) but not before a quick look around Bargain Corner. If your not familiar with Ikea's Bargain Corner its a corner usually by the tills with items that have been discounted for one reason or enough, usually ex display or it might have a bump or mark on it. My boyfriend was protesting that it was "a load of rubbish" and "nothing good ever in there" I walked straight in & found the ladybird cover, reduced to just £6 as it has two small holes in it. Score! 

So all in all the whole thing cost £10, and looks far more my style than anything else I've found! I'm lucky I live a 5 minute walk from Ikea, but if you don't you can order a full priced (£14) one here, as well as an elephant and a circus ball. Tuna has barely moved off it since I bought it!

So what do we think ladies? Would you like to sleep on a large, squishy ladybird?!