Sunday, 4 November 2012

I Love Fall Tag

1: Favourite Fall Lip Product? 
I'm going to have to go with my Rimmel: Kate Moss lipstick in shade 101. It's quite a pale pink colour (I have mentioned in in a previous blog post), and it's perfect to wear at any occasion. I'm only really just getting into wearing lipstick because it scares me a bit, but this colour is perfect as a start out for me. 
2: Favourite Fall Nail Polish? 
Again, I have mentioned this product before.. But it's the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail polish in Watermelon. It's super shiny, and a really gorgeous, dark colour which I think is perfect for the Autumn months. 
3: Favourite Starbucks Fall Drink? 
I have to admit, I'm not a massive Starbucks fan, as my Starbucks can get pretty loud and busy which isn't great when I want to relax with a hot drink. However, I'd probably have to opt for the good old hot chocolate with whipped cream on top. It does the trick, and lets face it, who doesn't love a mug of hot chocolate on a cold day?!
4: Favourite Fall Candle? 
Being the candle fanatic that I am, this was a pretty hard decision for me to make. However I'd have to choose the candle that I'm currently burning which is the Yankee Candle - Christmas Cupcake. I know it's a Christmas one, but I still love it all the same. 
5: Favourite Fall scarf or accessory?
I normally just throw on my plain black cashmere (copy) scarf when I go out at the moment, however I thought that was a bit of a boring choice - so, I chose my Miss Selfridge scarf that I received as a birthday present from one of my friends last year. I wear it quite often to Sixth Form as it jazzes up what I'm wearing whilst staying smart at the same time. 
6: Haunted house, haunted hay ride or haunted corn maze? 
I genuinely don't think I've tried any of these.. However I think if I had to make a choice out of the three I'd pick the haunted corn maze because I do love a good maze. I don't really know why, because I always end up getting lost and can never get myself out again, however a haunted one does sound like good fun. 
7: Favourite Halloween movie? 
Now, I'm really not one for scary movies. I get really easily scared, really easily.. My friends all know not to watch horror films when we get together because I just won't watch it. However, a film that could be Halloween related, that I love (and isn't scary, yay!) would be The Addams Family. I love it, after seeing it on TV once, I had the theme tune in my head for weeks, I really should go and search for the DVD one of these days.. 
8: Favourite candy to eat on Halloween?
Being more of a chocolate person myself, I don't really eat sweets as much as some people. However, I'm a sucker for anything fizzy, like Fizzy Strawberry Lances. So literally anything with a tang of sourness to it, and I'll probably like it! 
9: What are you dressing up as for Halloween? 
For once, I actually got invited to a Halloween party this year so had to make the decision of something I could dress up as, without spending a fortune. After much deliberation and changing of my mind about 100 million times, I finally decided to go as the Batman villain Poison Ivy. Seeing as I have red hair and I love the colour green, I thought it would be appropriate. If you don't know who she is, search her on Google, she's my favourite Batman character hands down. 
10: What is your favourite thing about Fall?
I think in reality I'm going to have to say the best thing for me is that it means it's nearly Christmas... But I also love Bonfire Night, that's probably my favourite thing about Autumn, that's actually in the Autumnal period. Where I live our town has a big bonfire and firework display which I go to every year with my friends. I love wrapping up and standing all huddled together with sparklers just watching the fireworks. It's the cutest thing ever. 

Haul • Autumnal Clothes and Beauty

Hi everyone! Over the past week or so I've bought a number of things that I thought I'd show you - I'm aware it's not a lot, but I'm a student and money doesn't grow on trees! 
As this week has been half term, I took a trip with one of my friends to Manchester on Friday because I've been told the shopping there is fabulous, and I was not misinformed - it was amazing! Coming back to where I live and visiting our town was so boring after visiting the plethora of shops that Manchester has to offer. Anyway, on with the haul: 

As you may or may not know, I'm a bit of an addict when it comes to painting my nails; I will never stop buying nail polishes, even if I'm 90 and have a room dedicated to my collection. Over the past 2 weeks, I have acquired these three beauties to add to my collection. 
Modelsown: Freak Out! 
I've been trawling through the Modelsown website recently and lusting after the sparkly polishes they have to offer. My mum actually bought me this one, so I'm not 100% how much it actually cost, but Modelsown nail polishes are usually around the £5 mark I find. I've worn this over a black nail polish and it looks gorgeous, really perfect for a night out or a party if you want to add some sparkle to your outfit!I have a weakness for glitter when it comes to my nails.. It's just a shame how difficult this is to clean off! 
Barry M (Gelly Hi-Shine): Watermelon 
When I saw this on the shelf in Boots it caught my eye, so I couldn't help but buy it. I love it when my nails are shiny, and I always apply top coat in excess to keep my nails looking super shiny! There's a range of colours in this collection, but I opted for the teal coloured 'Watermelon'. It cost me £3.99, which is really good for the job it does; as when I applied it, I didn't even need a top coat, it's SO shiny, I absolutely love it. In fact, I think I'll have to take another trip to Boots and pick up some of the brighter colours. I really recommend this nail polish, it's a must have!
American Apparel (Neon): Neon Green 
Now, this polish I was probably too excited to be purchasing. When I was in Manchester, I suddenly saw an American Apparel store which I had no idea was there, and immediately went inside. I'd seen the neon colour collection on the website and also in some beauty blogs/youtube videos so I was pulled towards the nail polish selection as soon as I walked through the door. It was £7, which yes, is quite pricey however the colour on my nails is just fabulous and I'm so glad I bought it! (If only I'd had the courage to buy myself some of the American Apparel disco pants whilst I was in there, I'd be all set!)

The first item of clothing I've picked up recently is this absolutely gorgeous dress from New Look, it cost me £27.99 which I think is fantastic for such a beautiful dress. It's in this gorgeous teal colour, and the belt on the waist makes it really flattering by just giving that bit of definition to the waist and slimming you down, plus it just adds that bit extra sparkle to the dress. I love how the neckline is higher up, and the top of the dress is quite plain because I could accessorise it with a really pretty necklace. But what really sold this for me is the style of the skirt, there's a stretchy dress underneath the chiffon-type material, which forms the skirt. It falls down to thigh length at the front and then drapes right down to my ankles at the back. Paired with some killer sparkly, gold heels it would be perfect for a Christmas or New Years Eve party. It looks so flattering on, and is perfect for the holiday season! I can't wait to wear it out somewhere, roll on December. 
The second and last item of clothing I've bought isn't particularly as interesting as my party dress, however I do still love it to bits, in a more casual way. When I went to Manchester, I had to take a trip to Hollister as, again, we don't have one in the town I live in. On entry of the shop, I felt like I was entering a night club; the dimmed lights, loud music and black floor/walls paired with the overwhelming (in a good way) scent of the Hollister perfume, created a different shopping experience for me. We spent ages just walking around looking at the clothes and I finally decided on a simple t-shirt which cost me £16 - not bad for a brand like Hollister I thought. It's baggy, which I like, and the material is so soft and lightweight, it feels lovely when you wear it. I'm not generally interested in the pricey brands like Abercrombie and Fitch, Jack Wills etc... But I'll admit, I do love this t-shirt! 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my latest purchases. I won't make a habit of telling you what I bought every time I go shopping, but sometimes I think it's nice to read about -- or at least I enjoy reading blog posts about what other people have bought - if anything, it gives me ideas of things I want to buy and if they're going to be any good or not! Thanks for reading as always x 

Monday, 29 October 2012

Beauty Favourites • October

It's nearly the end of October as you all know, and so I thought I'd share with you what beauty products I've been loving this month and that I would recommend that you go out and buy! 

FIVE: At number 5 on my list is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in the beautiful colour of 'Turquoise Forever'. I purchased this after seeing it on a make up tutorial on Youtube and totally falling in love with the colour. It cost me £4.99 which in  my opinion is a very reasonable price for how substantial the pot size is. I love this because it is so easy to apply, with a brush or with your finger - it goes on really easily and the pigment is gorgeous and looks fantastic on your eyelid. The models wearing this product in the promotional photographs to advertise it achieve an extremely bright colour from this, however in reality, to get that colour on your own eyes, it would require quite a few layers of application to get the pigment looking that turquoise. That is the only fault I can find with this product, I think it's perfect for going out, and I have also bought a golder, more neutral colour which is perfect for day to day use!

FOUR: At number four, is another Maybelline product; it's the Fit Me! Liquid Foundation (mine is in shade 125). It cost me £7.99 which I think is a decent price for the size of the bottle that it's contained in. I've been needing a new foundation for ages, and all of the best brands' foundations are quite pricey for a student like myself. So when I saw this on the Maybelline stand of Boots I didn't hesitate in buying it (obviously after I'd tried it on etc...). I don't tend to wear foundation every day because my skin doesn't really need it, however I do wear it when I go out on a weekend and it's really great. The coverage, I find, is really good and you don't need much on your brush to apply it all over your face. I find that my face can still breathe when I wear it, and it does't feel like it's clogging up all the pores on my face when I'm wearing it. I definitely recommend this for anyone searching for a new foundation. 
THREE: Coming into my top 3 now. I have my Barry M Kohl Eyeliner Pencil (in White) which only cost me £2.99! I love Barry M, they have such a fun and bright range of cosmetics. I just fancied a white eyeliner pencil after seeing a girl wearing it (I don't remember where) and I suddenly remembered when I was browsing the Barry M stand and saw this. It's really easy to apply and the colour really shows up well on my eyes and makes them look striking and bright. There's not really much more I can say about this product other than that obviously I love it, and it makes a change to my usual black liquid eyeliner to add some piercing white on there as well!

TWO: Down to my second favourite product this month, which has been Benefit's Bad Gal Lash Mascara. Now, I got this smaller (40g) bottle for free because my mum gave me a coupon from a magazine she had been reading, however I believe the full sized version costs £16.50, which in all honesty I might not be prepared to spend on a mascara when there are plenty of other brilliant ones out there. Nevertheless, I do love this, not only because it's the perfect size to keep in my handbag for when I go out and might need a top up when I've been out all day, but also because it's a really good quality mascara. It doesn't make the eyelashes clump together and become sticky or rock solid - like some mascaras our there - but it gives them a great covering and lengthening whilst also remaining quite soft. If you're looking for a good investment, maybe it's worth saving up for this mascara because you'll certainly get a good quality product in my opinion! 

ONE: Here we are, this is my top and favourite product of this October. I only bought it recently, but it is my favourite thing of the moment. And it's from the Rimmel, Kate Moss  matte lipstick collection in the shade 101, which cost me just over £5. Normally, I'm not one for lipstick, it scares me a bit. However I decided to start off with a safe, light pink. And now I'm absolutely in love with it! It smells lovely, and keeps your lips nice and moisturised (it doesn't make them feel dry or anything like that), plus it looks gorgeous on the lips. I was worried I wouldn't be able to carry off this colour, but even I think it looks pretty on my lips, and that's saying something. It's given me a newly found love of lipstick, especially from the Kate Moss collection with Rimmel; I will definitely be going back there to buy another, maybe darker and more daring colour next time I'm in town. I really recommend these lipsticks, they're fab! Full marks from me. 

I hope that you enjoyed reading about my favourite beauty products of this month, and maybe made you want to go out and buy some for yourself! If you want any more opinions from me on any of these, leave me a comment and I'll do what I can. Thanks for reading, as always x 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Addicted To Candles

Hi everyone, today I thought I'd mention one of my absolute favourite things - in fact I think I would class it as more of an obsession/addiction. And that thing, is candles. I absolutely adore them; they're relaxing and perfect for when you've had a stressful day and just need to chill out with a cup of tea, especially in the frosty Winter and Autumn months. At the moment you can get some gorgeous candles that smell like Christmas (which is something I plan on investing a lot of money into the next time I get paid!). Recently, I discovered a candle shop where I live, which for some unknown reason, I had never visited before, which is extremely hard to believe! It was like I'd stepped into heaven, it was wall-to-wall Yankee candles of all different sizes, scents and colours. To my delight there was both Halloween and Christmas scented ones on display, and also Christmassy candle holders screaming out festivity with glitter and teeny figurines glued onto a frosted glass pot. Needless to say, I used what change I had to purchase a Halloween themed and a Christmas themed candle of a small size (for starters) . 

'Candy Corn' Yankee Candle
Before you ask, no, I haven't edited the life out of this picture, it really is emitting that bright orange glow. Sadly I didn't think to take a photograph pre-lighting of the candle, so this is it on its last legs, as I have burnt it nearly all the way down. It used to be a Yankee Candle called Candy Corn as a special Halloween treat, it smelt gorgeous (as most candles do!) and I think it was only £1.80 which was great! 

 Although I may be criticised for purchasing anything with Christmas themes, I do not care - for this candle smells like what I imagine paradise smells like. It's not great if you don't like sweet smells, as it really does smell of a cupcake (well, as much as wax can do). I have lit it once, but then decided to savour it for the beginning of December when I go Christmas mad. Just like Candy Corn, this was £1.80 so it didn't cost very much for what I get out of it. Here it is, in my star candle holder, looking very festive (I know, I know, it's too soon).

Christmas Cupcake - Yankee Candle
Candles might not be everyone's thing, but they're something that I love and so I wanted to share that with you guys. Everyone needs a bit of a relax every now and then - go on, buy yourself a candle, and you'll sink into relaxation and get rid of all that stress x 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Review • Lush 'Ponche' Shower Gel

I'm apologising for my lack of originality today, but I've been after this product for absolutely ages, and this weekend I finally went out and bought it after I got paid! It's from the Lush Christmas selection, and it's the shower gel 'Ponche'. It cost me £8.50 for this bottle (250g) however you can also pick up a smaller bottle (100g) for £4.25 or if you love it even more than I do, there's a super large bottle (500g) for £14.95. I first heard of this through watching a haul video on Youtube and thought it sounded gorgeous because I'm a sucker for tangerine scented products. It's marketed to be inspired by a Mexican Christmas punch, to be refreshing, uplifting and 'boozy' due to the shot of tequila it has in it. It smells absolutely beautiful, a really fruity yet Christmassy scent; some people say they can smell the tequila in it? I can't personally but, hey everyone's noses are different. 
I was slightly worried about using this as I've got terribly sensitive skin and after using a Lush bath bomb a few years ago when I developed red blotches all over my body, I've steered clear of using fancy bath products. However, I've been using this every morning this week and my skin is absolutely fine, which I'm thrilled about because it really wakes me up in a morning when I have my shower, and prepares me for the day. 
I would really recommend this shower gel, it does everything it says on the tin (well, bottle) and more - full marks for Lush! x 

Friday, 19 October 2012

Review • Liz Earle Products

Happy Friday everyone! It's really been a long, hard week hasn't it?! Luckily for me a pleasant surprise was awaiting me (and my mum) when I got home today, the products my mum had ordered from Liz Earle had arrived, so I thought I'd show you all what lovely lotions and potions that we purchased. 

Skin Repair Moisturiser, Normal/Combination - £18.75

The first product we have, is the Skin Repair Moisturiser (with naturally active ingredients: borage and avocado oil, echinacea, beta-carotene & natural vitamin E) This is to be used every morning and night to keep your face looking fresh and moisturised! I personally love this, it's great on my skin (I have fairly sensitive skin as well) and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and glowing afterwards!

Cleane & Polish, Hot Cloth Cleanser - £14.25

Next up, we have the Cleanse and Polish, Hot Cloth Cleanser (with naturally active ingredients: rosemary, chamomile, coca butter and eucalyptus essential oil). Firstly, it smells absolutely fab and it really does smell lovely and natural. I tend to use this in the evenings more than the morning as it's super good at removing my make-up from the day as well as refreshing my face. The muslin cloth that is included with the products is used to wipe off the cleanser which really polishes off your face, and I find that after using it, my skin just breathes a sigh of relief. I really recommend this, it's such a great cleanser, and again, it's great on my (sensitive) skin. 

Instant Boost Skin Tonic - £12.50

Third in my box of goodies, is the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (with naturally active ingredients: organic aloe vera, calendula, rose-scented geranium, cucumber and natural vitamin E). This toner is marketed to be strongly floral scented, and they're not wrong! It smells absolutely gorgeous, and leaves your face smelling just as lovely once you've used it. I also use this just on an evening, after using the cleanser (above), this toner adds that extra blast of refreshment to your face and really brightens it up! I recommend buying this alongside the cleanser because as a duo they're perfect for keeping your skin super healthy and radiant. 

Superskin Concentrate - £19.75


Finally, we have the Superskin Concentrate (with naturally active ingredients: organic rose hip oil, argan oil, neroli oil and natural vitamin E). I hadn't used this product before, but I can safely say that for me, it was just as good as the other three products. This is to be used after the cleansing and toning, but before that final process of moisturising. It's 100% plant oils, and just as I expected, smells wonderful. It's perfect for balancing oily skin (for all you teens out there) and also softening dry/mature skin. It's not a necessity for me like the other products, however I do recommend it as it's a great product and really works for me. 

And there we have it, that's my mini haul of Liz Earle products. Anyone who hasn't tried out Liz Earle products before, I really suggest you do - I know they could be seen as slightly pricey, but take my word for it (and also my mum's) they are worth the price and will leave your face feeling as clean as it could possibly get! Leave a comment if you've tried out any of these products and had the same/different experiences. Thanks for reading x 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

About Me

My name is Harriet, I'm 18 years old, currently studying at university and am a lover of all "Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle" blogging. 

After being a keen reader of other blogs I decided that I would like to begin writing my own. I started my blog in 2012 and although my following is small, I thoroughly enjoy writing on my blog even if it only reaches a small audience. I write about anything that I enjoy talking about whether that be my own personal life experiences, reviews, my top products I rate or about things I've bought whilst shopping. 

Thank you anyone who has stumbled across my blog and I hope you enjoy what you read.