Thursday, 29 December 2011

Primark, Superdrug and Elemis Haul

Purple Slouchy Vest - Primark 3.50 2.00 / Stag Ring - Primark 2.00 1.00 / MUA Lipstick Shade 3 - Superdrug 1.00 / MUA Bronzer Shade 2 - Superdrug 1.00 / Leopard Flats - Primark 5.00 / Nude Flats - Primark 4.00 / Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser - Elemis 27.50? / Pro-Collagen Marine Cream - 76.00 / Floral Wire Headband - Primark 1.50 1.00 / Accessorize Illusion Nail Polish 'Bronze' - Superdrug 4.00 / Underwear Set - Primark 6.00

Now I know I promised a big 'What I bought in the Boxing Day sales' haul however the truth is, well I just didnt buy much at all! Topshop had an amazing sale and I much regret not picking up a few bits. So instead I bring you just a few bits from Primark (who unbelievably had a 50% reduction on most items) Superdrug and Elemis. Now before anybody shoots me down for being 14 and buying Elemis, it was bought with Christmas money and I'm slightly addicted to their products. Once you've turned to Elemis its impossible to go back to any other brand of cheaper quality (and price for that matter).

All the pieces from Primark I had intentions to purchase anyway and so was delighted to see a few of them had been reduced a little. I didnt go for a massive look around the stores sale racks because the place was so busy I couldnt really move! I might go back at the weekend and have a look because theres a few other bits from Boots I need to pick up. Expect another haul soon!

Monday, 26 December 2011

My Christmas In Photos

Quick photo summary of my household's Christmas. Taken with my new camera. The angel is my favourite tree decoration, I'm known to steal all gold coloured sweets from the chocolate tins and some lovely jewellery I recieved - The others are all self explanatory. A sort of 'What I got for Christmas' and boxing day haul up soon. How are we liking the little changes to my layout too - yay or nay?

Overall hope you all had a lovely festive season, whether you celebrate or not.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Natural Collection Mascara Review

One coat pictured

When I first started wearing makeup my stash pretty much consisted of cheaper brands like Natural Collection, MUA and Collection 2000 because as a 13 year old it was all I could really afford to keep repurchasing. Now a little older, I'm able to get more expensive brands but I always come back to my Natural Collection mascaras purely because I believe they work the best for me. I've tried numerous Rimmel, Maybelline, Mac and even Armani mascaras and none work better than these beauties at £1.99 a pop.

I wear reading glasses. I use them for about 7 hours each day while I'm at school. Anyone with glasses will know how annoying it is trying to find mascaras and false eyelashes that don't a) scrape your lenses and leave a huge black mess every time you bat your lashes and b) leave you looking like you've applied 200 coats of mascara that morning. I really do believe that this mascara gives me the perfect length, thickness and curl I've been looking for, all in one mascara too! But I'll show you the pictures and let you decide for yourself.

Sorry for the absence of the photo of the wand, its disappeared somewhere along the process. With the wand you do get a bit of excess on the tip but its easily dabbed away. The wand is quite fine and therefore eliminates the risk of major clumping. Any lumps or bumps you do find are extremely easily brushed out (I recommend the Tweezerman Lash Comb) In the photo I didn't brush them out, just to give you a true sense of how it initially applies. The smell is a little synthetic, however I struggle to find a mascara that isn't.

The Natural Collection mascaras come in 5 types - Lash Length (pictured), Lash Curl, and Lash Build, Lash Care and Waterguard with both 'Black' and 'Brown/Black' colouring available in all. Minus the Lash Build, I own all of these. My favourites being the Waterguard and Lash Length. Boots almost always have a 3 for £5 deal on their NC cosmetics too! You could be getting 6 mascaras for the price of one average Maybelline or Rimmel one!


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Clean & Clear Morning Energy Scrub Review

Clean & Clear Morning Energy Skin Brightening Facial Scrub
3.99 150ml

Clean & Clear, the makers of my all time favourite skin products released their new 'Morning Energy' collection a few months ago and the blogging world was bombarded with reviews on their range of daily cleansers, moisturisers, scrubs and lotions straight away. However, me being me I insist on trying something for a lengthier period of time to get a verdict on a product, especially skincare as often people think 'oh my skins smoother - it works!' up until 2 weeks later when their faces are rash-filled and shiny!
 So to start of with, one of the main selling points of the collection are their 'bursting beads' which are visibly noticeable in the photo above. These beads are a great gentle exfoliant and add a little bit of solidity to this otherwise gel-like consistencey. If I had one complaint about this product, it would be that sometimes a few of the beads don't burst and so don't wash off too easily - but that's probably just my fault. 

Now possibly one of my favourite things about the product is its smell! Oh the gorgeous smell of citrus and passion fruit, so appropriate for the Morning Energy range because there is literally nothing more satisfying at 7.30 am than a nice waft of fruity heavenleyness to wake you up! As for skin brightening, I guess it does what its supposed to. My skin definately looks a lot nicer after using it although I'm not sure if that's only because I've come out of my 8 hour hibernation or whether it really is down to the product.

All products in the range are priced at 3.99 at Superdrug meaning you could pick up the moisturiser, wash and scrub from one of the three lines for only £12. The lines available are the 'Skin Brightening' products packaged in yellow, the 'Shine Control' products packaged in green (which I'm extremely eager to try) and the 'Energising' products packaged in orange. The Morning Energy range is available at Boots, Superdrug and most Supermarkets. Its a gorgeous smelling, non-sticking, massively affordable scrub and I much recommend you pick up at least one product from the line just to try it out - I promise you you'll never turn back!

Excuse this photo not being at the top, my layouts a freak.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Wardrobe Organisation Tips & Tricks!

Im quite lucky in that I have a really large wooden wardrobe (think Narnia wardrobe) which means I can fit tons of clothes in aswell as storage in the bottom. As for the actual clothes themselves Im a fan of orderly and ocd-ified. But please tell me i'm not the only girl that colour coordinates their wardrobe. My friends all think its so wierd and obsessive but I cant imagine it messy and unorganised! It would make opening the wardrobe in the morning a chore, which all fashion bloggers know is a girls worst nightmare! In my opinion colour coordination is key if you find your self constantly wondering "does this go?" "can I wear this with this?" Organisation helps because you can clearly see just by looking at this picture BAM pastel pink goes with biege, claret goes with amber and black in no way goes with purple. Try it out, see how you feel about it. Remember, you can always keep changing it until you find a method that works best for you!

As for shoes I just throw mine in storage boxes in the bottom of my wardrobe. Im not really a person with a passion for shoes, my money goes more into clothing and makeup. Im not a fan of 9 inch stilletos either, my highest pair are a river island pair at 6 inches but I NEVER bother wearing them, its way too much effort. I prefer pretty but comfy. This is probably why I spend my life in ballerina flats, my TOMS and my uggs which you can see up in the picture. I do have some kind of theory to my shoe throwing however, it tends to be sandals and boots in one storage box and all others in another with my expencive shoes in their boxes lined up at the side.

These are some of my favourite bits in my wardrobe.