Saturday, 18 May 2013

Blog's 1st Birthday!


Hello everyone!

A year ago today, I decided to take the plunge and create my own blog! It is actually crazy how time flies and I cannot believe I've been blogging for a year now. I just wanted to use the first birthday of my blog to take the opportunity to tell you all how thankful I am for the loyal readers and for all your support. When starting my blog I was really unsure if anyone would be interested in reading what I have to say and to see that over 170 of you follow my blog is so exciting and overwhelming so thank you so much! I'm honestly so thankful to every single one of you and although I've been slacking with my posts recently due to university exams etc, I'll really hope that you continue to support me in the future!

As well as my blog you can also follow me on BlogLovin, Twitter - (personal twitter) and (blog twitter) and Instagram.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 10 May 2013

NOTD: feeling blue

Hey guys!

Just a quick NOTD post for you today. Recently I've been obsessed with having dots on my nails and love the fact they're so versatile as you can do them with any colour and have any size dots! To create this look I used a dotting tool that I bought from eBay for around £1 and the colours used are 'Blueberry' by Barry M and 'Cloud' by Revlon.

What's your favourite nail design at the moment?

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

First MAC lipstick - Creme Cup

Hey guys!

Today I have an exciting post for you! Well probably more of an exciting post for me but hopefully you'll enjoy it too!

After entering and winning a giveaway here to win a MAC lipstick, I was able to try my first ever MAC lipstick and my first ever MAC product. 

Since I've never been to a MAC counter I was unsure about what colour I wanted or what colour would suit me so after doing a bit of research and reading other bloggers reviews I settled on a cremesheen lipstick in the shade 'Creme Cup'. I chose this lipstick as it is a gorgeous colour but isn't too bold so is perfect for an everyday lipstick shade.


After trying this lipstick it's definitely my new favourite! I love the finish as it's moisturising but still pigmented. The colour is a gorgeous pink shade and would probably compliment most skin tones in my opinion.

I definitely love this lipstick and have been reaching for it often and I would like to think that I will buy some more MAC lipsticks in the future since I have been impressed with this one. The one thing I will say is that it doesn't last as long as I would like on my lips probably due to the finish and the light colouring but I don't mind reapplying lipstick so I don't see that as an issue.

I'd like to say a massive thank you to Laura who ran the giveaway! You can buy Creme Cup here or Debenhams for £14.

What is your favourite MAC lipstick?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Review: Elemis 'Dreamy Sleep Night Time Moisturiser'


Today I have a review of a night moisturiser by Elemis. I was kindly contacted by Elemis and was asked if I wanted to try some of their products and as I'm trying to get more into skin care I of course said yes!

The dreamy sleep night-time moisturiser is part of the freshskin range which is specifically for 'teens to twenties' and states that skin will appear brighter and more radiant.

What they say: 'The intensely hydrating Overnight Replenishing Cream combines blackcurrant Seed oil and barley extract help to refine skin texture and increase skin smoothness, whilst a powerful complex of lipsomes will brighten and even the appearance of the skin tone'.

I've been using this moisturiser on and off for around two months now so I feel as if I am able to give you an honest and fair review.

I have tried a few different night moisturisers now and this definitely isn't one of my favourites I'm afraid to say. The first thing that I noticed when originally trying this moisturiser was the smell. I know that if the product is brilliant the smell shouldn't matter but for me I struggle to use a product on my face when I hate the smell and I definitely did not enjoy this smell. However, I still went ahead and tried the products as I definitely had high hopes for it.

As for the actual product, I really didn't like it as my skin just didn't absorb it. I'm not sure whether I just have strange skin but this moisturiser just wouldn't sink into my skin which left my face feeling sticky and wet for ages. After waking up in the morning my skin didn't feel any different which probably is due to the fact the moisturiser just sat on my skin and didn't sink in. In my opinion: what is the point of using a moisturiser if it doesn't moisturise? 

Overall I'm definitely not impressed which is a shame as I was expecting better things since I always hear brilliant things about the brand. I definitely don't think it is worth the £21.99 price tag!

The Dreamy Sleep Night Time Moisturiser can be purchased from here.

Have you tried any products from Elemis? Would you recommend them?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 22 April 2013

NOTD: spring dots

Hey guys,

Today's post is a NOTD that in my opinion, is perfect for spring time. I've tried to do dots many time but they've never looked great but this time I was rather impressed if I do say so myself. The colours used are 'smarty pants' by George (can be bought from ASDA) and all nude by MUA which can be bought here. To actually create the dots I used a dotting tool which I bought from ebay ages ago for around £1.50.

What are you favourite nail designs for spring?

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

New year, new me.

Hello guys,

I know that we're in April now (it's my birthday this Sunday, yay!) and most people try to lose weight at the beginning of the year but it's better late than never right?

For years now I have wanted to lose weight but to be honest, my will power is almost none existent as is my motivation and I just love food so I've always struggled sticking to any sort of diet. However, someone told me about the 'MyFitnessPal' app for iPhone which is basically an app which allows you to log your food intake, your exercise and helps you to work towards a goal that you set. Since nothing else has worked for me I thought I'd give this a go and it has definitely worked!

Since using this app I have realised that my biggest problem was just overeating, whether this was portion sizes that are too big or just eating when I'm not actually hungry whereas now I eat better sizes and a reasonable amount of food.

Along with losing weight I have also decided that I also want to be healthier so have joined a gym and started going running but have also bought some little weights, a yoga mat and a yoga ball to do in my house. As for motivation, I've found that exercising at the gym or going running with a friend really helps me to push on and get a good workout done. Music is also my friend when working out as it keeps me upbeat and in the mood.

Food wise, I have been eating healthier but I've still been eating everything I enjoy just in moderation, this means that I've still had takeaways and chocolate but just not as often as I used to. One of my favourite healthier things to eat are lettuce wraps. I use a lettuce leaf, fill it with tuna, a bit of chopped up onion and some cheese and then wrap the lettuce leaf up. They are extremely delicious and an alternative opinion to having a tortilla wrap for lunch.

When I'm not going to the gym or going running then I do exercise at home either on an exercise bike or using my weights/yoga ball. I often follow workouts posted on the ToneItUp youtube channel that you can find here.

Below are some of the pictures that I have posted on my instagram in relation to me going running/working out and a picture of the lettuce wraps that I mentioned above. You can find my instagram here and I would love for you to follow me :).
Since starting this journey in January I have lost 15 pounds and I'm extremely proud of myself for finally having the motivation to stick to something!

I hope that this post has either giving you some motivation or that you have at least found it interesting!

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

NOTD: Essie 'Cascade Cool'

Hey guys

So although my nails haven't been this plain in a while, they are currently plain as I absolutely love this colour which is cascade cool by Essie. I think this is such a gorgeous pink colour and I will definitely be getting a lot of wear out of it throughout spring and summer. I've also started to develop an essie collection and I'm really starting to love the formula. I find it's very long lasting although some essie polishes have better formula than others. I used three coats in the picture below although I could have got away with only two.

I bought cascade cool from here for only £1.99 and they also sell different essie shades for the same price (such a bargain!)

What's your favourite Essie shade?

Thanks for reading