Monday, February 28, 2011

100 things | part 1

I've just realised that the majority of this post is to do with food, excuse my greediness. But it's true, these thing's are definitely on my list of favourite things.

#10 - croissants. since our trip to london, i've loved these & have found myself craving them regularly.

#11 - margarita pizza. honestly the most boring pizza orderer ever. my boyfriend always shouts at me for not being adventurous enough.

#13 - neon trees - animal.

#14 - doughnuts. it's not only krispy kremes anymore, i love them all.

#15 - greg, my boyfriend.

#16 - my bed.

#17 - my iphone.

#18 - pandas. i've always loved them. my first teddy was a little panda, and i've loved them ever since.

#19 - the prospect of going on holiday this summer.

#20 - cwtches.

all pictures sourced from here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What's in my makeup bag

I've never done a post giving you an insight into my make-up collection, & even though this is nowhere near my whole collection, I thought I'd show you lovelies what I carry around with me on a day-to-day basis.

  • 17 Photo Flawless skin primer, which claims to prolong foundation wear and minimise the appearance of pores. Personally, I like this product, it gives my skin such a soft feel after applying it & at such an affordable price, I really do think it's worth it.
Retails at: £4.99. Available at Boots.

  • Benefit 'That Gal' brightening face primer. Absolutely love this product, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It really illuminates your skin giving you a glowing look, and in weather like this, it's a saviour.
Retails at: £21.50. Available at Debenhams, Boots, House of Fraser and other dept stores.

  • Benefit 'Booing' concealer in '02', which states to give "Industrial-strength concealer". This product does indeed provide heavy coverage for spots, blemishes and dark eye circles.
Retails at: £16.50.

  • Benefit 'it stick' which is a concealer pencil. This product doesn't provide as much of a heavy coverage as Booing, which comes in handy when I'm not wearing any foundation.
Not too sure if they sell this product any more as it's no longer on the website & I've had it for longer than I can even remember.
  • L'Oreal renewal lash serum. According to sources this product makes your lashes look the best they can. Unfortunately, I cannot comment fairly because I always forget to use it before bed.
Retails at: £11.29. Available at boots.

  • Benefit 'Some kind-a gorgeous' in colour 'lite'. This is a creme foundation compact. I love the coverage as it isn't heavy at all and allows for the glow of 'That gal' to shine through. It makes my skin feel gorgeous after application. It also adapts to your skin tone, meaning you'll never really look too orange or too ghostly. However, my one complaint about this product is how long it lasts. I purchased it approx 3 weeks ago and already there's a huge circle in the middle of the product where I've hit pan. It's important to note that I don't wear this every day, and on days that I do, I do not wear a lot of it, as I don't like a matte look on myself. So, I doubt I'll repurchase, as much as I love the product when it's been applied, the price tag and how long it lasts just doesn't go hand-in-hand in my opinion.
Retails at: £23.50.

  • Revlon ColorStay foundation for Combination/ Oily skin in 180 Sand Beige. Really like this product. Stays on all day, and product lasts a long time. I apply it with my GOSH Professional Art foundation brush, which leaves me with a flawless long lasting finish.
Retails at: Foundation - £12.49, Brush - £10. Both available at Superdrug.

  • Barbara Daly for Tesco, one step powder foundation in 'warm ivory'. This product is great to use on it's own or on top of foundation to reduce shine. You get 12g of the product and it lasts such as long time. I have been repurchasing this item since I was in comprehensive school which was almost 5 years ago now. Definitely a must have!
Retails at: approx £7 I think

  • Barbara Daly for Tesco glow-up. Basically a creme highlighter. Hardly used to cannot really comment fairly on this. On the odd occasion that I have used it, I have liked it.
Retails at: approx £7 I think

  • Laura Mercier pressed powder in 'golden bronze'. Absolutely stunning bronzer, ideal for the summer. Just the right amount of shimmer so you don't look like you've been attacked by fairies.
Retails at: £26. Available at John Lewis, Space NK, Selfridges and other dept stores.
Rating: 4.5/5
  • NARS 'orgasm'. I'd heard so many good things about this so had to try it out for myself. It didn't disappoint. I've had it for well over a year now & there's still plenty of the product left.
Retails at: £20.50. Available at John Lewis, Space NK, Selfridges and other dept stores.

  • Benefit 'Coralista'. This is quite a recent purchase, as I dyed my hair ginger and wanted a blusher that would compliment my hair. This is absolutely gorgeous. It kind of reminds me of a less shimmery/ less pink version of NARS orgasm. This is definitely my fave benefit blusher.
Retails at: £23.50. Available at Debehams, Boots, House of Fraser and other dept stores.

  • L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes - extra black. Love this. Really does provide extra volume, and is a very deep black colour. Will definitely be repurchasing this. On par with my Max Factor false lash effect mascara I think.
Retails at: £11.29. Available at Boots.

  • 2true effortless eye liner. Not the worst liquid eye liner out there, but certainly not the best either. But at this price, I wasn't expecting miracles.
Retails at: £1.99. Available at Superdrug.

  • Benefit 'Bad gal' eye liner. I really like this eye liner, but sometimes I'd rather if the big hefty pencil was a bit thinner. Despite that, very good eye liner, with good staying power.
Retails at: £14.

  • Benefit 'Brow zings' which is a brow shaping kit. It comes complete with a hard angled brush to apply the wax, a blending brush to apply the powder and a mini benefit tweezers. Love this product as I have really thin eyebrows which look 100 times nicer when I've applied this.
Retails at: £22.50.

  • Tweezerman pointed tweezers. Best tweezers I've owned. I wouldn't buy them for myself as the thought of spending that amount of money on tweezers when I already owned a pair of mister mascara ones really put me off, but my lovely mother surprised me with them on Christmas day & for that I am grateful :)
Retails at: approx £18 I think. Available at Boots.

  • Carmex cherry lip balm. Fantastic product! This is the only lip product that works on my horribly dry lips!
Retails at £2.65. Available at Boots.

  • Cheapy eyelash curlers that need replacing ASAP. Anyone know of any good ones?
  • A really cheap lipgloss, probably from a make-up set I had off a family friend for Christmas. It's such a lovely colour though.
  • A blusher brush from a set my nan bought me a couple of years back. Despite not being a certain brand, it's sooo good. Extremely soft and applies blusher well.
  • Flase eyelashes. Again, no idea what make they are as I had them for Christmas and have thrown away the box - oopsies.
Hope you've all enjoyed this post :)

HN x

What's in my bag

I thought I'd do the 'what's in my bag' tag as I'm feeling a little under the weather today and fancied updating my blog with something light hearted.

Firstly, I had my bag for Christmas. It's a brown wrinkled-leather satchel from Topshop (no idea on the price, sorry).

& inside you'll find...
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I watched Kelly's youtube video where she mentioned buying it & I instantly logged onto Amazon & purchased my own copy. However, I've been so busy trying to catch up on all of the University work that I missed when I took a month off ill that I've not really been able to read much of it yet.
  • Cath Kidston 2011 diary. Absolutely love her designs and this is just so so pretty. Recently, I've had so many things to remember, and appointments to attend that I literally had to purchase a diary... & this lovely thing just happened to be quite cheap (about £5.70 I think it was). Definitely love this.
  • KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON - Good advice for hard times. Ever since my Boyfriend first mentioned that his old workplace had this poster up, I've loved it. I think the history behind it is interesting (if you don't know it click here). This book is good to have around whenever you're feeling a bit down, with statements such as "A LIFETIME OF HAPPINESS! NO MAN ALIVE COULD BEAR IT: IT WOULD BE HELL ON EARTH. - George Barnard Shaw", it definitely raises spirits & makes you feel that everything will eventually be alright.
  • Rowntree's Randoms - yumyumyum.
  • Cath Kidston make-up bag. (What's in my make-up bag coming soon) - again LOVE the print.
  • Old tatty-cheapy purse. I've come to the conclusion that forking out quite a bit of money for a purse just isn't worth it, especially in my case as I ALWAYS end up braking them. Whether it's the zip that ends up snapping or the material ripping, they never stay pretty for long. So this old Primark number shall stay with me until it is no longer fit to hold a penny.
  • Primark umbrella. I thought this was very cute & at a mere £4, it was definitely worth it considering the lovely weather we have here in Wales.
  • Little hair brush that I had to buy whilst in London 'cause I'd forgotten mine. I didn't realise how expensive brushes were. I think it was £4 for this tiny thing from Boots.
  • My keys. I have 3 Disney keyrings - Tinkerbell (who has sadly lost her wings) that my boyfriend brought me back from Paris, Woody from ToyStory & a Lego Jessie from ToyStory. I also have a massssive foam rubix cube which I have purely to help me find my keys in my bag.
  • Tablets - flucloxacilin & rehydration sachet's because I always forget to drink enough water which leads to a migraine... & that's when the paracetamol, ibuprofen and nurofen migraine relief come in handy. Just call me 'Superdrug' haha.
  • Carmex
  • Barry M lipstick in a pillar box red, number 121
  • Airwaves
  • A bobble
  • A mini 3,5m Versus by Versace eau de toilette that I had as a present from the restaurant that we went to on Valentines day.
So yeah, those are the contents of my bag :)
Hope you're all well.

100 things | part 1

#1 - the sun seems to be shining a little bit more than it has for a while!

#2 - my mum. she's amazing.

#3 - krispy kreme. enough said.

#4 - 'keep calm and carry on'. love.

#5 - cath kidston. her designs make smile, a lot.

#6 -a cup of tea.

#7 - exciting new places. i visited london at the beginning of february for 3 days & absolutely loved it.

#8 - love hearts. my boyfriend first asked me out using these little beauties,
and for Valentines day, he bought me a sterling silver one :)

#9 - books. currently reading lolita.

#10 - fresh fruit. raspberries, grapes & blueberries are my fave!

photo's all courtesy of