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Friday, September 19, 2014

Outfit: Pretending To Be New Girl In My Red Dress

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This outfit was kind of inspired by Jess Day on New Girl, she's always wearing red! Well, I say outfit, but it's basically just a dress, isn't it! There's not much to it! 

Some brands kind of drift off my radar and Quiz was one of them. I used to buy things from Quiz when I was younger, and when I was 14 years old, I bought a bright yellow vest with diamantes from them and I absolutely adored it! Hey, it was early 2000's, diamantes were the shizzle back in the day! If it didn't have sparkles on it, I would bedazzle the garment myself! I also bought this pink fishnet vest from there too.... but let's ignore that fashion faux pas! I was going through a Gwen Stefani stage...

I actually haven't stepped foot in Quiz since those days, not because I had bad experience or anything like that. They just kind of slipped off my mind and it's not really a brand that me and my friends have ever spoken about in conversations. Being re-introduced to a brand I liked as a teen brings back memories and when I browsed through the site, there wasn't a single fishnet vest in sight (thank god for that!). I had a look on the site and I picked out this trendy red off-the-shoulder dress and also a cute gingham dress (more on that another time!). The red dress is lovely and looks just like something you can buy from Topshop but at a purse-friendly price! It is made of a textured material which has a stretch to it. It also comes in other colours but my favourite was the red. As I said in the beginning of the post, it reminded me of Zooey Deschanel's character on New Girl, so I curled my hair and put my specs on and I felt like Jess Day! 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Make-Up Wishlist: Blushers

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Without looking in to my make up collection (which, no matter how many times I tidy up, is always unorganised!) I'd say that I don't have enough blushers! I threw a few out last month because I had kept them for so long, they'd actually gone out of date years ago - one of them cream blushers I had from last year went slimy and nasty (gross!). I have a good variety as in I own a couple of powder blushers, one or two bottles of cheek tints and some cream blushers - but I don't have a wide choice of colours. Considering it's a cosmetic product I can't live without, I could definitely add another one or two in my outrageously untidy make up boxes! Especially as I had thrown a bunch of old ones in to the bin, I think I should buy a few more to replace them!.....

Here are the ones that I have been eyeing up lately!

Topshop Blusher in Let Her Go

I love Topshop make-up because it's pigmented, long-lasting and is generally great quality. I just hope the prices don't shoot up as much as their clothes have! I could pick any shade at random and still love it but the one I've got on my current wishlist is Let Her Go, a powder blush in a red-toned coral. I think it's a beautiful colour for winter, gives you a nice rosy cheek look!

YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte

The shades in the YSL Baby Doll Kiss And Blush collection are so pretty but the thing that I kept in mind is that I'd quite like a shade that would suit both my lips and cheeks. I love the look of Rose Frivole, but I don't think that shade of pink suits my lips so I would opt for Fuchsia Desinvolte, a hot pink. It blends well on to skin from what I remember when I swatched it so I'm not worried I'll end up looking like Noddy. I've always loved the packaging of YSL beauty products but the prices have always put me off. 

For a more natural look, I think this bronzer blusher looks pretty awesome. With shades of bronze, pinks and nude, this will give a natural sun-kissed look. I never consider anything like this, as I usually prefer something with a bit of colour but I think it's a nice option for when you want to swap rosy cheeks for a light and radiant glow. This is slightly shimmery which is, again, a nice one for lifting up dull skin during winter.

Benefit Cosmetics Box O' Powder in Hervana

I really like the swirls of colours in this! There are four shades which blends in to a beautiful lilac-pink and if you're after a cooler shade for an everyday look, you can't go wrong with Hervana. I tend to re-purchase the Sugarbomb blusher from Benefit but I'm ready for a change! The Hervana swirls are made up of Divine Peach, Heavenly Rose, Berry Delight and Lucky Shell (which is a natural, nude, champagne type of shade) so overall, it comes out very subtle. It makes a nice blusher to wear on a daily basis and for all occasions, and is suitable for those with pale skin.

What's on your make up wishlist recently? Which blushers do you recommend for Autumn/Winter?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Decorating Your Kitchen + Book Giveaway

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That's right, it's a book ALL about kitchens! As you've noticed, I've had a bit of a surge in my interest for all things home, but I lack imagination when it comes to the kitchen. If I was asked to make a book about it, it would be about two pages long. So, actually, it would be more of a leaflet than a book, but that just goes to show how much limited my creativity is. Which is why this book is going to help me to add a little bit of character to my plain (oh, so plain it hurts) kitchen.

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Published by Jacqui Small, Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee will be right up your street if you like vintage, retro and period finds. It shows you how a kitchen can be fitted with what the author calls "layers" and each chapter of the book goes through specific styles such as The Country Kitchen, The Retro Kitchen, The Reclaimed Kitchen and so on. Being more than just a room in which you cook food, it is often the most popular room in the house where friends and family gathers (if there's food and good company, I'm there!) I'm always envious of those who have a kitchen that is filled with unique things and as this book shows, there are hundreds and thousands of way to put all of these things together. With so many different elements to think about, it helps that the book hones in on the smaller details like furniture feature, shelving displays and how to work with certain colour palettes without making it look chaotic and cluttered. It offers ideas and inspiration that never would have crossed my mind... no matter how simple it looks.

Whether you're in to copper, ceramics, chrome, clean lines or reclaimed wood - Kitchenalia is pretty much the perfect book for those who want to decorate their kitchen space. And it looks mighty fine on the coffee table too. It has pages upon pages that will make you want to ditch your current equipment and go out and buy a whole new set of kitchenware. And if you're obsessed with Pinterest, this book will be right up your street! And guess what? I've got a free copy to giveaway! Below are details on how to enter.

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I have one copy of Kitchenalia (published by Jacqui Small) up for grabs! 

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Competition is for all of the product shown and detailed above in this blogpost (one copy of Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee). Entries must be made via Rafflecopter widget. Entries are moderated so please ensure that adhere to the giveaway entry terms. Jacqui Small Publishing reserves the right to amend or withdraw offers at any time. No cash alternatives are available. Free prize draw, no purchase necessary. Giveaway will be live for 7 days, closing on 24th September 2014 midnight. One winners will be selected from Rafflecopter after the closing date receiving a book which will be dispatched from Jacqui Small Publishing in London. I will contact the winner via email after closing date. Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery. A new winner will be selected if we do not receive a respond within 3 working days.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Majorette Cream Blush Review | Benefit Cosmetics

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Released only a couple of weeks ago, Benefit's new cream-to-powder blusher first caught my attention on Twitter. Benefit Cosmetic's Majorette is loooovely from the packaging  design (of course! I wouldn't expect anything less, Benefit knows how to do cute!) to the actual blush itself, I am in love! 

Even though I am obsessed with blushers, cream blushes are a bit of a weird one for me - I find most of them are too dewy or greasy for my skin. I also have troubles blending, I haven't got this down. So, when I heard that Benefit's Majorette is a light cream-to-powder formula with a matte finish, I knew this was going to be a winner! The texture of it is velvety and it's super easy to blend on to skin without being streaky or patchy. 

Described as a peachy pink, Majorette comes out more of a warm orange tone on my skin. I think it's a shade that suits every type of skin tone and complexion, it's really that subtle and natural-looking. In fact, Benefit Cosmetics calls this product a "booster blush", a blush that amplifies. You can wear Majorette on it's own for a natural flush of colour or you can use it as a boost by adding your favourite powder blush over it to perk up your cheeks!

Another thing that is really lovely about Majorette is that it smells of peach and pomegranate! I usually like make up to smell odourless but when they do smell of something, I'd like to know what the fragrance is. And as most brands keep their fragrances a secret, it's nice that Benefit added a fruity smell and are proudly telling people what it is. It's a nice touch.

Majorette is priced at £23.50 and is available from all Benefit counters at Debenhams, Boots, John Lewis, and House of Frasers.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bonnie is PAWSOME!

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Bonnie is pawsome!!!! (Sung in the tune of the Lego Movie theme song!)

It's really cute when I get emails through for Bonnie and Oscar, usually asking if they'd like to get pampered, try some quality treats or receive some toys. Last year, the pets were given some vouchers for a pet store, and I spent over an hour in there picking things out for them! That was fun!

Recently, a couple of parcels were delivered, one labelled for Bonnie and the other for Oscar. We ripped it open and we suspected that Bonnie could smell the treats because she got her schnoz right in there before the box was fully open. To be honest, I'm exactly the same when a beauty sample box arrives for me! Excitement takes over and I bury my face right in there, ha!

Operating in similar ways as a beauty sample box, Pawsome is a monthly subscription box for pets. Starting from £19.95, each box contains up to 6 high quality products ranging from treats, toys, hygiene and grooming products. Bonnie and Oscar both received a lovely box of pet goodies! Oscar being Oscar was not as enthusiastic (cats, eh!) but Bonnie, on the other hand, was REALLY excited. She was so happy and it was very cute to see! She received a chewy bone, a training whistle, a bag of healthy treats, a squeaky toy, toothbrush and doggy toothpaste. We forgot her birthday in mid-August - Eeeep, sorry, Bonnie! It slipped us by because it wasn't until late September that Mum actually bought her home. Her previous owners couldn't keep her but their loss is our gain! And what a precious gain this little poppet is! She is so special, the whole family adores her so much and couldn't imagine life without her! The box arrived towards the end of August so we will have to consider this to be her one year old (a few days belated) birthday pressie! Her favourite items in there was a squeaky rubber toy which kept her entertained for ages, and the packet of Banana & Yoghurt treats. Below are some pics of her ENJOYING the treats! Mmmmm, yummy....

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