Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Spooktacular Halloween Looks.

Since it's October and fast approaching Halloween I thought I'd take a step back from my Elemis product reviews and get practising all different Halloween looks.

I've thought for a while - in fact about this time last year, that special effect makeup is something I really want to go back to college to study so I've played about with it a lot this year so if any of you are a pro in that area of work, or have an interest in it I'd really appreciate your comments on my looks - good or bad!

Also, if you'd like to see how I created any of these looks let me know and I'll put step by step pictures up for you all, although that's not to say the method I used is the correct way to achieve the look, I just used what I had.

P.s apologies for the picture quality, iphones suck sometimes...

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Elemis Product; Moisturiser Review.

This little beauty here has been my saviour in recent weeks. It's the S.O.S Emergency Cream moisturiser which is ideal for people with hormonal, stressed skin. If you have a severe amount of acne you can use this on the whole face as an all purpose moisturiser, however if you just have a small breakout it is recommended that you only use it on the specific area.

The products contains lavender absolute which will help repair damaged skin and also help to reduce any scarring as well as containing myrrh essential oil which has anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties in it.

This product can be used daily am & pm until no longer needed.

Next week; Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Moisturiser.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Strictly Come Dancing Bloggers Tag, created by Natasha and Rochelle at Next Route Style

I've been tagged to do this blog by the lovely Rochelle & Natasha from over at Next Route Style I've previously done tags of their's such as the I'm A Beauty Blogger.. Get Me Out of Here tag which was great so I can't wait to get stuck into this one since I'm such a strictly junkie! I also danced for 15 years of my life so I have a feeling in strictly I'd have a slight chance, although none of my dance abilities reach to the ballroom floor haha.

Like the girls I tag EVERYONE who reads this, balls in your court;

Here's the rules;

As part of the tag, please include in your blog post (normal tag points):
The sentence ‘Strictly Come Dancing Bloggers Tag, created by Natasha and Rochelle at Next Route Style'
The tag photo (above)
The list of questions
Your answers

The Questions:

What would be your outfit choice? (colour, style, etc)
Short, sparkly and purple - the more sparkly the better.

To compliment your chosen outfit, how would you like your make up?
contoured the hell out of silver and purple eye make up, big lashes and a nice nude lip - not asking for much eh?! haha.

You have the chance to have your dream hair (style, colour, length, extension, up, down etc) what would yours be?
This may sound so vein but I'd keep my hair the way it is (well when it's at it's natural colour - I'm currently blonde and not liking it) as well as keeping the length, I'd probably have a curly up do.

What would be more important to you - your make-up being flawless or your hair being perfectly styled?
Makeup being perfect, my hairs very thick and long so it usually just falls out or goes frizzy in the humidity anyway - no matter how much product is used haha.

What would be your favourite dance style? (e.g. American Smooth, Salsa, Samba, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Charleston, Rumba, Tango, Paso Doble, Waltz, Jive etc)
Ahhh, there's so many good ones to chose from. I think though either the Salsa or the Foxtrot.

What would be your song choice to dance to?
I'd salsa dance to Parachute by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (Cole) , My First, My Last, My Everything by Barry White to foxtrot to.

Who’s your favourite judge?
Bruno - I think he's hilarious, he can't control his wee outbursts.

It's themed week – who or what would you like to dress up as?
As soon as I saw this question I knew straight away what I was going to say, to scroll down to see Rochelle and Natasha's answer for it to be the exact same, I'd LOVE the theme to be Chicago, give me a bit of Cell Block Tango any day (of course the perfect song to Tango to, see what I did there).

Behind the scenes, you get to meet the talented hair and make up designer, Lisa Armstrong. You can ask her one question, what would it be?
I would ask her advice on getting work on a makeup counter.

Who would you like to win?
I'm totally backing Pixie Lott this year, I'm praying she'll do fab!

Elemis Products: Cleanser & Toner Review.

On August 19th I wrote a blog post that I was going to start writing weekly reviews on Elemis products that I had been given after being on my Elemis Face & Eyes course. Obviously it won't be a shocker to you all I didn't get round to starting the week after, and have since delayed it to now, YAY! It actually makes a change that I've finally got around to writing something I had originally planned, so unusual for me. Since then (in fact as of this week) I have been trained in the Elemis Body course so after I've completed this segment I'll move on to the body products.

As I said in my last post I'm going to start this post with two products as they complement each other. Here's all the info you need to know.

These are Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser and Rehydrating Ginseng Toner. 
They both target dry/dehydrated skin which at the moment is ideal for me as my skin is super dry with the cold weather coming in.

The Rehydrating Rosepetal obviously has rosepetal extract in it which soothes and rehydrated the skin. It also helps with the redness of broken capillaries, so anyone suffering from those would benefit greatly from this. It also has Lecithin within it which helps to emulsify any dirt and grime, pretty much doing what it says on the tin (on tube in this case). Intrigued? Well you'll want to know how you use it then I guess. You apply it morning and night like you would a normal cleanser, remove with damp cotton pads before going in with the Rehydrating Ginseng Toner.

The Rehydrating Ginseng Toner again obviously has ginseng extracts in it which helps combat sluggish, dull skill as well as being extremely soothing. The second ingredient in the toner is Sweet Betty Flower (that in itself would make me want to buy it, what a cool name LOL), again this helps cleanse the skin after the initial cleanse, as well as obviously toning the skin and rebalancing the skins pH balance without the use of alcohols. You would apply this after the cleanser with a cotton pad.

The cleanser goes by Elemis' "Our Promise" which means;
- No parabens
- No sodium laureth sulphate - SLS or SLES
- No DEA
- No mineral oil
- No artificial colours
- No silicones

Another bonus is that all Elemis products smell extremely lovely, and although they can be quite pricey they do work and you will always have a product that can target your concerns.

After using the cleanser and toner together daily I've saw a huge difference in my skin, I had a recent breakout on my chin which is something I rarely ever experience and I feel the products helped a lot. 

Left: Before Right: After

The pics are slightly deceiving due to crap lighting, but as you can see my chins a lot more calm in the after picture. Although that may be due to another Elemis product I was using alongside the cleanser and toner (which btw took my makeup of superbly!). Come back to check out next weeks post to see my secret weapon product for breakouts!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Elemis Products.

It's been a few weeks now since I last wrote a blog post so sorry about that. I've been a busy bee working away, if any of you follow me on twitter you'll know I recently started working in the spa at my local Hilton hotel. I've been very fortunate since starting at the end of July to have already had my face and eyes Elemis training which was amazing. I already had thought about doing a blog post on  this - but even better! At the end of my training I received a goodie bag with several Elemis products in it, so my plan is now to write a "weekly" (or try to) blog post on each product; such as what it is, it's benefits, it's ingredients, how to use it and also if I've saw any difference in my skin.

My first post will be on 2 products as they compliment each other - and there will be 6 posts in total. I hope this sounds interesting enough, you can let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Much love


Monday, 21 July 2014

Viva La Juicy Lipgloss/Perfume Combo.

Now apologies if this isn't a new thing to anyone which it more than likely isn't but I recieved a gift set which included the thing pictured. 

What is it? It's a perfume and lipgloss combo. I think it was limited edition with the Juicy Couture set and contains a nice pink coloured lipgloss at one end and viva la juicy perfume at the other - ideal for a night out. It's slim fitting so it's perfect to pop in your bag saves taking a bottle of perfume and a lipgloss. Like I said I think it was limited edition but I just like the general idea of it and think more brands should release these. I've saw like lipgloss/masacra combos but never a perfume included, and a roll on one for that matter! I know I'd definitely pick up a few if they had my favourite perfume and several colours of lipgloss to collect, who agrees?!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Life Update and What My Lipstick Says About Me.

After a substantial amount of time away from my blog I'm back - I'm now going to have a lot more free time as I'm going back to a part time job after pretty much doing a full time one, not ideal but my new job is in the beauty industry and hopefully I'll be able to write posts surrounding it in the future so look out for them. Today's post has been in the pipeline for a while I've just never had a moment to write this, or anything for that matter. Blogging was always going to be a hobby for me because I enjoy it, but when I don't post for a while it drags me down and to be honest I lack motivation to start back up again as I feel people have lost interest by now. I really need a
kick up the bum. However, here goes....

I'm fond of a lipstick or two and recently my collection has expanded, a few MAC lipsticks have crept their way in.  Although I do love a good high street lippy too! This is were I tend to pick up a few crazy colours to try out, however I do tend to revert back to the colours I'm used to. I've also recently taken a liking to lipglosses a hell of a lot so I guess I'll keep that for another post.

"Confident" Kinda Day.
This lipstick is the Viva Glam Nicki by MAC, although the picture isn't doing it any justice (I'm going to have to learn how to use my new big girl camera). It's super bold hence why it's my lippy for when I'm feeling confident - more than likely I'll wear this a lot during the summer too as it pairs well with a lot of summer outfits, it's a bit daring so only wear it if you feel brave enough!

"Glamourous" Kinda Day.
This is the Rimmel Kate in 107 - I don't suit most reds but this one is hands down a winner for me. It makes me feel I could kick ass as it ooses fun and fiestiness! I also can't complain with it's price tag. I team this on nights out on town mainly, although I sometimes team it up with a casual yet dressy outfit when going for lunch/dinner or even out shopping.

"Rebel Rock Chick" Kinda Day.
Rimmel Kate in 04 is totallu stunning. Although in this picture it makes me look like a purple lipped version of the joker I usually have to be in a very "rock chick" phase to wear this - definitely not one for wearing during the day, unless you can rock it then, I know I can't. So I usually stick to nights out when I know I'm going to be having a wild one, mind you it ends up all over my face by the end of the night making me look not so cool, but I'm pouting away like an idiot thinking I'm looking totally suave and sultry.

"Chilled Out/Cute" Kinda Day.
MAC Creme Cup - I'm totally one for scrapping my hair back on a boring day and taking a million selfies, sorry but it's true. This is the lipstick I'd sport on said day. It's cute, subtle and girly - perfect for a casual "just heading out (not)" selfie. I also feel it's quite on trend just now and is very "Kylie Jenner" although people may disagree with that. I feel I channel her when I'm striking poses though - of course mine are better though HAHA!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Summer Day Makeup.

Summer is fast approaching and we're surprisingly getting some sun in Scotland - I know, shock! haha. Now who want to have a face full of makeup when the sun is shining bright? Not me, hello a face as shiney as the sun. So I've decided to put together my fave statement products for wearing during the summer without going OTT. I'm going to split this post into 2 sections - Summer Day Makeup and Summer Night Makeup. This post will be based on day makeup.

Although this is a summer look foundation will still be a key product as I'm basing the look on going to a beer garden, or garden party with friends so it won't be as subtle as "just going out for the day" - if that was the case I'd have 0 amounts of makeup on my face.

Here's the looked I opted for when going out for drinks with my friends, very simple, and I'll tell you how I created it below;

For my foundation I opted for Illamasqua Light Liquid Foundation - "Light" being the key word here. As it was so sunny I didn't want to have a heavy coverage foundation on. This one gives the perfect coverage whilst still being light wear. I had a few spots so I popped on Collection concealer on as usual as I swear by this.

As I didn't have too much coverage I decided to pop on some bronzer, I used the Sleek contour kit and used the contour colour all over my face using a big powder brush, I only used a minimal amount and went back in with my brush and the same colour to contour the hollows of my cheeks.

I then used the Rose Gold blusher that comes within the kit on the apples of my cheeks and the highlight just along the top of my cheek.

For my eyes I didn't want to get too carried away so I kept it glam but very simple by only applying a set of individual lashes and a slick of Maybelline The Falsies mascara. For my eyebrows I stuck to a brow powder by Jane Iredale which I swear by. 

Last but not least I used a nude Maybelline lipstick to keep things subtle. Although it didn't last too long as the cocktails kept washing it away haha!

The overall look stayed put all night long and I felt it was ideal for a summer day out with the girls! What do you all think?!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Day Zero Project.

Like most things I started this a while back and then totally lost interest but I decided I'm going to take another whack at it. Day Zero Project is 101 projects you wish to complete in 1001 days, quite like a bucket list but with a time limit. I'm trying to write down things I feel are actually achievable instead of having ones I know I'll never be able to do in 1001 days, even if it is quite some time away. Some things however are less achievable than others so I'm just going to attemp them and see how I get on and keep you up to date with my progress - so lets get going, here is my 101 things to complete;

1) Kiss under fireworks.
2) Meet an online blogging friend in person.
3) Go on holiday abroad.
4) Take pictures in a photobooth.
5) Go back to London.
6) Visit Harry Potter World.
7) Do a hand print into cement.
8) Go on a safari.
9) Visit Australia and see a kangaroo.
10) Fall in love.
11) Go on/work on a cruise ship.
12) Lose at least 2 stone.
13) Pass my driving test.
14) Go a road trip.
15) Visit the Lovers Lock Bridge in France.
16) Send a message in a bottle.
17) Watch the sun set.
18) Attend TITP (tinthepark).
19) Take part/witness a flashmob.
20) Watch a play in the west end.
21) Go Christmas shopping in New York.
22) Swim with Dolphins.
23) Finish an entire series of books.
24) Start my own youtube channel.
25) Expand my blog.
26) Go to LA.
27) Tie a note to a balloon and let it go. i done this with the balloons from my 21st birthday party.
28) Keep a memory box. currently keeping one.
29) Reach at least 500 bloglovin followers.
30) Attend Summer in the City.
31) Attend VidCon.
32) Write a letter to myself to open at the end of the 1001 days.  written the letter, now to wait 1001 days to open it haha.
33) Leave an inspirational quote in a book for someone to find.
34) Watch 26 movies I've never saw starting with each letter of the alphabet - abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.
35) Own a decent camera.
36) Attend a show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. i attended 4 comedy shows this year and a play.
37) Research my family tree.
38) Visit the set of Pretty Little Liars.
39) Start a conversation with a stranger.
40) See a lesser-known comedian at a Comedy Club. i saw a few at the fringe.
41) Inspire someone to make their own Day Zero Project list.
42) Have a reunion of some sort.
43) Make a wish at 11:11.
44) Meet a youtuber (or several).
45) Get a job that I actually like.
46) Bake a decent cake from scratch and decorate it.
47) Write a letter to someone.
48) Buy something dear that I can keep worth the money.
49) Do a good deed for someone I don't know.
50) Buy a pair of Louboutin heels with my own money.
51) Try and keep a full months wages - minus taking out my phone bill.
52) Pay a random person a compliment.
53) Go to a fitness bootcamp.
54) Learn burlesque.
55) Change the quote on my room wall, although I like the one I have.
56) Go to a fortune teller (again).
57) Attend a "soccer" game in America.
58) Write a letter of request to get a youtube event to take place in Scotland.
59) Go a night out in Liverpool.
60) Have a spa day with my Mum.
61) Visit Essex.
62) Learn calligraphy.
63) Meet Professor Green.
64) Visit Chelsea.
65) Go fishing.
66) Do a 30 day photo challenge.
67) Attend some sort of dance class.
68) Go back to gym classes.
69) Do the Midnight Moonwalk for Breast Cancer.
70) Make a "photo wall" in my room.
71) Customise something.
72) Go on an aeroplane.
73) Go back to dance classes.
74) Go camping.
75) Go on a spa break.
76) Attend a street festival.
77) Have a BBQ.
78) Paint a picture.
79) Make something tie-dye.
80) Redecorate my room.
81) Go a day trip somewhere random.
82) Have a water gun fight.
83) Go on a bouncy castle.
84) Go bowling.
85) Feed ducks.
86) Do the Race for Life again.
87) Donate things to charity.
88) Do a bit of volunteer work.
89) Throw paint filled balloons at a white wall.
90) Find out my blood type.
91) Go for a massage.
92) Do a "Come Dine with Me" dinner party with friends.
93) Attend circuit class.
94) Sing on karaoke.
95) Do my family tree.
96) Learn a song on guitar.
97) Quit drinking juice.
98) Go to a cupcake making class.
99) Go to a pole fitness class.
100) Be happy with myself and confident in my body.
101) Donate blood.

I started writing this a while ago but I'm making the date from today; so I have 1001 days from the 9th of June 2014 to complete these 101 tasks, that taking me to the 6th of March 2017. 

If anyone can help me achieve any of these, please feel free to let me know how you can help in the comments.

Manchester & McBusted - Days 2&3!

Saturday morning quickly came around I got up and went for breakfast myself as my friend was still in bed (there's a reason for the word friend being in italic which you will later find out). The plans for the day ahead was to go shopping at the Arndale then get a tram to The Old Trafford Stadium and then Old Trafford Shopping Centre, then back for dinner then out to experience Manchester night life - which I couldn't wait for - eeeek! But all was not to go to plan.

After breakfast we headed to the Arndale where I was in my element shopping, and also where I experienced Selfridges for the first time, so exciting. I bought MAC Rebel lipstick in there, and then later went back for Chanel Vitalumière Aqua foundation, can't resist a splurge.

On exiting Selfridges I took a sneaky sign picture as we had entered in from the arndale entrance. 

Across the road we spotted the National Football Museum, I'm not much of a footie fan but I felt that because I had dragged my friend around the shops I'd go in there with him. Surprisingly I found it extremely enjoyable, I even left a sneaky note which you can view in picture form, below - 

anyone who saw that from Manchester must have hated me lol.

Anyway, I enjoyed it that much that afterwards we jumped on a train to the Old Trafford Stadium, originally for a nosey and then we planned on going shopping.

Instead, we got there and ended up doing a full tour of Old Trafford Stadium and didn't manage to go shopping, sad Natalie.

Tour done. We headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Unsure of where to go we asked the staff at reception who suggested Rosso, Rio Ferdinands restaurant. So we took their word for it and headed there, fully booked we tried Room across the road, huge waiting list - so we then tried Brown across the road from there - one cocktail down and a look at the menu later we realised there was nothing on there that we'd enjoy so we sneaked out and headed wherever our feet decided to take us - rain and heels equalled a grumpy Natalie. Bella Italia soon came into sight so we headed into there and finally got some grub.

How cute is the menu for Bella Italia?!

Bill paid, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for the night ahead. Quick outfit change and then all hell broke loose, a minor disagreement between me and my friend turned into a full scale argument and I was left sitting in silence like a lemon. Night well an truly ruined. After asking my supposed best guy friend if he was going to come out to let me know by half 10, he decided he wasn't and that I could go myself. As if I was going to go out in a strange place myself, but it was rather nice of him to let me, not! A convo with my Mum on the phone (I went and sat at reception and was kidding that I was actually away out) and a river of tears later, I headed back to the hotel room after agreeing with my Mum I wouldn't go out on my own and convincing her she didn't have to travel the 3 hour car journey down to get me I went upstairs to bed. How fun my night out was eh?! 

Next morning I got up and did my own thing, breakfast and shopping arriving 10 minutes before check out. A few words were exchanged between me and my now not so best friend and we checked out and headed for our train. Other than him asking me if I wanted head phones to use on the train journey home we spoke no more as I sat reading magazines and he sat listening to music. Most boring train journey ever, I couldn't wait to get home.

My Mum picked us up at the train station and shared her feelings towards my friend with him about how he treated me and I put in what I thought about him also, however he didn't seem to think he was in the wrong, so after a month we're still not talking and 8 years of friendship is down the drain.

Roll on the next weekend away were I'll maybe get round to experiencing a night out in wherever I may go.

Manchester & McBusted - Day 1!

At the start of May I had the delight of visiting Manchester for the first time. Nervous beyond words as anyone who knows me will know I can barely make my way around Glasgow myself nevermind somewhere I've never been before. I had my friend with me on my journey also, he being none the wiser of where anywhere was - although having been in Manchester before. We booked the hotel and train the week before going - note to self* don't do this again, it's pricey. On the subject of being clueless we actually booked a hotel at £99 thinking it was for the 2 nights Friday to Sunday, when in actual fact it was for each night so were automatically £99 more than planned down haha!

Anyway we set off first thing on Friday morning (our concert was that night) from Glasgow Central and arrived 2 hours or so before check in, we jumped in a taxi and informed the taxi driver we where looking to go to the Thistle hotel, before him informing us that all we had to do was walk to the corner of the street and take a left, so that's what we done and abruptly arrived at our destination. - Beautiful.

We headed to reception were we ended up leaving our cases before heading for a quick look aroud until our room was ready. After a short period we headed back after having a browse in a few shops, got checked in and made use of the hotel facilities - hello, pool, jacuzzi and sauna. We then went back to the room and started to get ready for dinner, we opted for Nandos, yummy.

My dinner outfit;
Top - George Asda
Leggings - Primark
Shoes - George Asda, kids section.

After our scrumscious dinner, we headed back to the hotel for a quick change o outfit before heading to see the boys.

Concert outfit;
I had on the same leggings & shoes.
Top - Primark
Ear Cuff - Urban Outfitters.

Change of clothes done and we set off to the venue. Out hotel was very central to everything and the Phones4u arena being on of the things. After a short 5 minutes we hopped out the taxi - and headed in to see the delightful McBusted boys. The venue as a whole was great, atmosphere splendid but the seating arrangement was quite rubbish, we had seats up the back, which I didn't mind I've had seats at the back of concerts before and they've been fine but the phones4u arena is quite long in length so I felt very away from the action, until they came on to the "B" stage, the stage close to the back.

The boys on the "B" stage.

It was then I felt I had done a full 360 in life as Busted and McFly were the first 2 bands I had ever saw live, and I've saw many since, and it was then that it hit home... I'm getting old haha.

Concert over with we headed back to the hotel and hit the hay. We were busy bees on the Saturday.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

What's On My Phone?

Had this post in my mind for a while now and as per usual never got round to doing it, so whilst im bored I thought I best get round to doing it after having taken the screenshots a few days ago.

My lockscreen - myself and friends at our college prom last year;

The usual apps;

Catagories I made - Social Media, Blogging, Music, Games and Finance; 

Utilities was already there but I added in the train app cause I'm always on trains;

Social Media - to keep up to date with everything and everyone lol;

Blog related apps I use;

Music - radio stations and youtube;

Games - all fun to play when boredum strikes - I can't pick a fave;

Finance - this folder makes me
feel so grown up haha;

That's literally all I have on my phone - must be interesting enough cause I'm never off the blummin thing! lol.

My 21st Birthday Gifts.

I swear this is my last birthday related blog post - it won't be a long one anyway, but I'm certain you are all bored of hearing about it by now - I'm in no way trying to boast about what I got, I just thought I'd share with you the treats I received and got spoiled with on my birthday, to be fair - it's not every day you turn 21 is it?!

Alchohol ..

and lots of it haha...

Perfume - both so fruity and amazing!

Gorgeous jewellery - nice and sparkly the way I like it,

How cute is this charm, gorgeous pressie from my best friend!

Biys and bobs, currently munching the ferrero rocher as I type this haha.

Daily reminders that I'm 21 haha - getting old.

I also got a boxset sent to me full of Lush goodies, and of course plenty of money which is well and truely gone haha.

Again (although they won't see this) a big thank you to my family and friends who spoiled me rotten an celebrated my day with me, I love you all! 


Monday, 19 May 2014

My 21st Birthday: Makeup.

Okay so not the best of pictures showing my makeup off and sadly I don't have any better than this - that are close up anyway. My dress was peach so I was quite unsure of what eye colour to go with so with a M.A.C masterclass and £99 down later I had my eye makeup - bronze colours it was! 

On the day I mixed 2 foundations, my M.A.C studio fix and Rimmel wake me
up to get the perfect colour, which I put on over my Revlon photoready primer. I also used my concealer/highlighting and contour palette to conceal and contour - I then used Topshop Glow highlighter on my cheeks, cupids bow and down the centre of my nose, I then powedered it all in place with my Sleek contour kit, and used the Rose Gold blusher within the same palette. I then moved onto my eyes. I carried out a bronze smokey eye -  with black gel eyeliner on my top lashline and pencil eyeliner on my waterline with a bit of black bronze eyeshadow underneath for a sultry look. I applied Maybelline the falsies mascara to my bottom lashes and I had already put on individual lashes on the top lashes. I moved onto my eyebrows which I used my Jane Iredale eyebrow kit on, then a clear brow gel over afterwards. I then highlighted the brow bone with a M.A.C pigment. I then powdered the entire face lightly with Rimmel powder. Last but not least I used a Maybelline lipstick (not pictured) in a peach colour, with Tanya Burr by Eyecandy lipgloss over to give the perfect pout.

The makeup and brushes used;
(All brushes are Real Techniques and Royal & Langnickel)

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

I'm Still Alive.

I feel like I've been neglecting my blog so badly recently from being busy with party planning to working constantly to going to Manchester for the weekend I've had literally no time at all when I do get a break I'm sleeping, typical. I have several posts half written, the posts being "My 21st Party Makeup" , "My Birthday Gifts" , "The Day Zero Project" and I've still to start a post on how my trip to Manchester - so yeah I'm full of great ideas and they are all in the works I just can't seem to find the time to get round to finishing them but I promise I will soon, you have my word. Pinky promise lol.

See you soon lovelies!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

My 21st Birthday Party.

I'm currently super bored so I thought I might as well take the chance of some free time to write about my 21st birthday party at the weekend. If you hadn't gathered by now I turned 21 on Saturday (the 26th of April to be precise) and I was spoiled rotten by my lovely family and friends. I'll keep what I got as gifts for another post, as well as my makeup and outfit, I'll just tell you about the day before my party and the events which took place on the day.

Friday 25th April;

I had so much to do. Nails to get done, hair to get put into rollers, my cousins fake tan to do, my own fake tan to do, my eyelashes to do and also to organise flowers for my Mum - as well as getting alcohol in for pre drinks whilst getting ready. Surprisingly I managed to fit this all in on the Friday I firstly popped into McDonalds to have a think about what I was going to do first, which turned out to be my nails - I opted for silver glitter tip acrylics, which were absolutely gorgeous - I could have done them myself but I wanted to be pampered. I then headed off to see about ordering flowers to give to my Mum during my speech as a thank you, however, I then had to detour elsewhere to order them as I didn't like the first place too much. I then went into the local supermarket to buy my alcohol, I then changed my mind and decided my big brother could buy me it and I headed off home before setting off to the hairdressers. Once I got to the hairdressers I had my hair washed and dried before being put into bendy rollers - I honestly dreaded the night ahead. I'd had the rollers in years ago and found it so hard to sleep. Before heading home I had to do a pit stop at my cousins to do her tan, I know I'm too nice haha. Okay, quick stop there then headed home plastic bag over my hair I jumped in the shower, came out and done my tan, St Tropez mousse for those of you that are wondering. I then applied SalonSystem Individual Eyelashes (almost 2 full packs of medium, and some small) then sent a few texts back and forth to friends and headed to sleep, I surprisingly slept quite good considering my roller head.

roller head - silver glitter tip acrylics.

Saturday 26th April;
IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!! Ahhh I'm 21! I'd literally been talking about this day for years and now it had arrived. I've always been a lover of parties so it was fun for it to be my own - although my poor Mum was super stressed - bless her. I yet again had a busy day in front of me. I headed to get my cake with my best friend Lauren, after getting lost for a good 20 minutes we eventually found the house we had to pick it up at (never trust google maps), the cake was beyond beautiful. I then headed home and started sorting out buffet stuff with my Mum, Auntie and cousin - I then had to leave that duty to go and get my rollers out at my 1 o'clock appointment - my party wasn't until half 7 but it stayed in all night long. On my way there (my big cousin dropped me off and my big brother and his best friend accompanied us in the car) at the roundabout at my house there was a HUGE sign that read "Happy 21st Birthday Natalie" with balloons on it, I was mortified. After being sprayed with so much hair spray that I was scared to be next to the candles on my cake I headed home. My big cousin and I headed up to the club my party was being held in to set up, I could have re-wallpapered the place with the amount of pictures I had of me throughout the years haha! It was then time to head home and get ready, eeeeeek! 7 o'clock arrived and my mum, dad, brother and myself headed to the party destination - nerves were making me throw long vodkas down my neck like there was no tomorrow. At last people started arriving just shortly after half 7 - woohoo I was liked after all! lmao. Sadly I wasn't as pleased with my DJ - my usual family party DJ had a wedding that night so I had to look for a replacement, he was good - but not as good as I'd have liked. However, the buffet - went down a treat and it was then time for me to cut my cake and make my speech, uh oh.. drunken Natalie and speeches don't go down too well haha - I thanked all my helpers and gave them their gifts and then a special thanks to my Mum which she recieved her flowers. In my drunken state I stated "thanks to my Mum I wouldn't be here without her" hahaha no shit sherlock. So embarrassed! But I knew what I meant, like, the party wouldn't have taken place without her help. Anyway, speech out the way I went back to dancing and drinking - another downfall is not many pictures were taken, not like me as I usually take one too many pictures so I must have been stressing too much. I then headed to a cupboard to get dressed into a different outfit - me and my friends were going to a nightclub after my party, I got locked in the cupboard and was screaming in panic, no phone in there with me but I managed to escape haha. Quick change of the clothes and then the final orders at the bar were called, then the last song came around - all my friends and family friends surrounding me and my family on the dance floor I couldn't have wished for anything more. 

the roundabout banner - selfie - me and lauren - family picture.

Friday, 25 April 2014

It's My Birthday!!!

OMG I'm blummin 21 years old! I always remember when I was younger and my big cousins were all turning 21 and I used to think "I can't wait till I'm that age" and now that age is here and I feel ancient haha! In some aspects I feel so grown up but at the same time I'm still quite immature for my age, or as I'd put it, I know how to have fun! I wouldn't change it for the world though haha.

As many of you will know I'm having a party tonight (it's should be just after 12 in the morning as I post this) so there will be a few posts up throughout the week talking about the shenanagins making up for a lack of posts last week, however there was one I had wrote but didn't get round to finishing and is still sitting in my drafts, typical of me! haha. Maybe turning 21 will make me more wise and I'll post more often haha.

This is me currently sitting with my rollers in (still need to shove some tan on in this pic, oooops) , can you tell I'm pretty excited?! haha. 

Anyway, I shall catch up with you all during the week as I'll spend Sunday in bed hungover and then I'm back at work on Monday!

P.s thank you all for the birthday wishe in advance!!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Makeup Haul.

I had a total splurge on makeup when I went shopping with my Mum. I'm sure you will have all gathered if you have been reading my blog recently my 21st takes place next Saturday (the 26th) so I went out and bought makeup for the occasion. Not going to lie, I've never spent that amount on makeup in one day so I was a bit like "wow" , and to be fair my Mum paid the majority as part of my birthday, and also I had a £50 M.A.C voucher from my brother from Christmas, that made paying for it feel slightly better haha.

I've still to try them all out but as soon as I do I'll get reviews and what not up for you all!

M.A.C 217 brush - M.A.C Kohl Power Eyeliner, Feline - M.A.C Eyeshadows, Carbon/Embark/Woodwinked/Orb - M.A.C Vanilla Pigment - Topshop Glow highlighter - MUA Nail Polish, Pistachio Ice Cream - Tanya Burr Lipgloss, Afternoon Tea / Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick, 132 Sweet Pink /  Sleek Contour and Blush Palette.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Top 10 Youtubers (Non Beauty Related).

Back in January I posted my top 10 favourite youtubers - beauty edition, which you can find here. Today I'm posting my "non-beauty" faves. For me chopping it down to 10 was super hard so there will be a list of my other favourites at the end, the majority are all well known youtubers so pretty much all of them won't come as a surprise if your an avid lover of youtube. This time round I'm also going to say; what I like about their channel, what you should go there for - content wise and also I will link one of my favourite videos of theirs (I will do the for the top 10 only).

I genuinely think Louise is my long lost relative, it's so weird how much I see myself in her when I watch her videos, she makes me cry with laughter and her videos with her little girl Darcy are beyond cute. She also refers to her "fandom" as Sprinklerinos which is super nice. It's weird to say that although I don't personally know Louise and she has no clue who I am I look up to her like a big sister - call me a creep all you like but it's true, when she does video's on giving advice I always listen to it and find it really helps as well. If you fancy checking out Louise's channel, which I recommend mainly for severe laughing fits, I say you check out the super duper cute Q&A with her little girl which you can find here --> Click Me. Louise also has another channel called SprinkleofChatter which is also just as good, and has a blog under the SprinkleofGlitter name.

You may recognise Zoe aka Zoella from the recent issue of Company magazine, yip this wee beaut recently graced the cover that's how popular she is. Zoe's channel is usually mistaken for a beauty channel but she personally doesn't categorise it. She's best "chummies" with Louise so you'll no doubt see her pop up on videos on Louise's channel and vice versa. Zoe's channel is great for great for literally anything, but more recently hauls as she's just moved into a new house. She also has great advice videos, check out her video on dealing with anxiety and panic attacks here. Just like her chummie she also has a second channel and a blog.

Literally one of the hottest guys to grace youtube, well in my opinion. Little brother of Zoe (mentioned above). The only single one of the group so automatically 10x more attractive haha (but it does kind of help if your a Mila Kunis or Pixie Lott lookalike - which I am neither haha). In all honesty though his videos are great, they always have me in stitches with laughter. He's also an amazing singer - just check out the Youtube Boyband and you'll know what I mean. His most epic videos are his impression videos as far as I'm concerned, you can check one of them out here (skip to 2.22 and thank me later ;) then go back and watch it all from the start).

Helloooooooo (if you watch his videos you'll understand that). Marcus' videos make me laugh so much. Whether it's a Marcus video or a Margaret video they always have the same effect on me. His channel always provides great entertainment with him uploading a Mondare Marcus to it on a Monday. He's also fond of an accent video which he's rather good at (oh to have many talents, eh?!) You can watch his collaboration on "How to Speak Australian" with Zoe here (however, most of his accent videos are collabs with Zoe and most can be found on her channel).

Boyfriend of Zoe, PointlessBlog or Alfie if you'd rather is one of my favourites because first off his relationship with Zoe is super cute and also the fact he is always involved in the best collab videos ever. He can be rather dosey like myself, which makes him a lot more entertaining. His channel is not the best if your looking for a daily vlogger because that's not his forte, just watch his vlogmas to discover that haha! If I'm directing you into Alfie's channel for a good time, I say check this video out first, his recent collab with Joey Graceffa.

Jim Chapman, brother of Pixiwoo and fiance of Tanya Burr is MY best friend. I wish. Although having said that he does refer to his "fandom" as his best friends, making watching him that bit better. His videos always feel like he's directing his conversation right at you personally which I suppose most youtubers do, but him calling you his best friend at the start is the cherry on top of the cake. He has also recently been cast for a presenting spot on a new tv show called Viral Tap on ITV (UK) so look out for it. Here is a video ft. Tanya that I recommend you check out.

I cheated a bit here, soz. O2L (Our2ndLife) are a collab channel which is made up of 5 guys - who also have their own individual channels - if I had enough space in my top 10 I'd have gave a few of them a spot of their own on it, but to keep it fair I've done it this way.  They're all blummin gorgeous so are great viewing pleasure (although 2 are a bit young for me haha) along with their video content. They all have a separate day of the week to upload their own video on the O2L channel but on the odd occasion they post a 5/5 video - you can watch the most recent 5/5 video here.

The Queen of all Queen's. Tyler honestly posts the most insane videos - his own birth anyone?! haha. He genuinely has no qualms of sharing his entire life with the world, we probably know him as much as his best friend does. Regularly referred to as "Troyler" alongside Troye Sivan (below) as the majority of their fandom ship them together, me being one of they people. They are my OTP (one true pairing). When Tyler's not posting a Q&A video, or getting drunk with Sawyer Hartman he can usually be found casually hanging out with Barak Obama, yip. Trying to find my favourite video of his is proving difficult as I love them all so I'm just going to randomly put a Q&A righttttt here

The second half of Troyler (well he's technically the first half but not the way I've set them out haha). Troye with his beyond beautiful voice - no joke, check out him singing. His videos are always outdoing the previous one and his "Coming Out" video made me cry my eyes out, he's just super cute and I want to cuddle him! Don't let his cuteness fool you though, he is on point with his hilarious banter and bitching with Tyler so definitely check his videos with him out. However, I'm directing you via this video as he posted it recently and is genuinely one of the best videos I've saw in a loooooong time.

Jenn's videos are always well thought out and great to watch. She often posts Q&A videos or tags which always give you an insight to her life and you often see the O2L boys pop up on her channel as well. Her videos are always interesting to watch and although they are the same format  they are rarely the same content wise as you always find out something new. My all time favourite video of Jenn's though is this one cause it's blummin hilarious, go watch!!

Soooo that's almost it for this post - god damn procrastination, I started this at like 4 o'clock UK time and it's now almost 8, great. Also on that note - Zoe has also just confirmed on twitter she doesn't class herself as a beauty guru, check that for good timing! haha.

Lastly, here's my faves I couldn't fit in; Caspar Lee, Sawyer Hartman, Joey Graceffa, Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart, Miranda Sings, That's So Jack, AmazingPhil, Danisnotonfire, Charlieissocoollike, Rebecca Black, Andrea Russett, Alexa Losey, MazziMaz, Sam Pepper, Doug and FunforLouis - there are obviously more but these are the ones I watch daily.