Friday, 25 January 2013

Favourite Fragrances • 2013

Hello everyone! After neglecting my blog for a few weeks, I seem to have been bitten by the bug again and have thought of a few things to write about - so expect good things in the weeks to come! Now I've never really been one for obsessing over perfumes, as I just find that they sometimes are too flowery and sweet, which I don't find appealing on myself or anyone else for that matter. But over the past year or so, I have been browsing the perfume section of Boots and discovered two fragrances which I fell in love with instantly. And my very kind family bought me them for Christmas, so I thought it would be a nice idea to let you know what perfumes I'm loving, and what I wear myself.

Lola by Marc Jacobs - My Night Time Fragrance
I have been in love with this perfume for about 2  years, and it's always been just that little bit too expensive for me to stretch to, until Santa generously bought me this bottle for Christmas. I've tried the Oh Lola perfume by Marc Jacobs, which is a bit sweeter than the standard Lola scent, and for me it just isn't as nice. I absolutely adore the smell of this, it's definitely slightly heavier than my other perfume, so I savour it for nights out and special occasions - purely because I love it so much and don't want it to run out. I think the bottle is really snazzy, and I love wearing it. 
(In case anyone was wondering, for a bottle this size at Boots, it cost £37)

Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel - My Daytime Fragrance 
I know this isn't actually a perfume, it's a 'moisture mist' so it doesn't have as strong a smell as normal perfumes - but this perfect for wearing to college or just when I'm out on a daytime. It's a sweeter smell and very refreshing, which is perfect for a morning when you just need a little pick me up. I don't know how expensive this was unfortunately because it was a present, but as it isn't the actual perfume I wouldn't expect it to be too pricey. I would really recommend this, as it's a young and girly scent - and I love love love it! 

What are your staple perfumes for the day and night? And if anyone has tried these out before, what did you think? As always thanks for reading

 Harriet x

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Daily Make Up Essentials • 2013

Hi there everyone! I'm sorry I've become a little complacent with my posting on here, I've been up to my eyeballs in work for the past few weeks, and due to being ill with tonsillitis for the whole of last week I have had no time to do much else. However, I am back in full force, and will stick to posting on here a few times a month. I thought as it's a new year, and I have recently had a clear out of my make up (some of which had been lurking in my vanity case for goodness knows how long) that I would show you my make up essentials for 2013 so far.

Above is my make up bag which I was given by my parents for Christmas - it's from Cath Kidston if you couldn't already tell by the adorable pattern on it. It's been really handy for me, because I generally keep all of my make up in one rather large case, and am always rummaging around in it when I've lost my eyeliner pencil or mascara on a morning, and it takes me ages to find anything. Whereas now, I have put my staple products in this bag so I can take it pretty much anywhere with me and I will be super prepared. 
Here's a list of my top 5 essentials which I keep in here (left to right): 

Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo (Permanent Taupe) This product is one of my favourites at the moment, because it's just so versatile. I use this colour nearly every day when I go to college because it's simple, but at the same time, it adds that extra sparkle to my eyes. It's really easy to apply and the pigmentation is fantastic; it has a lovely texture and doesn't harden or rub off. I can't rave enough about this, which is why it's in my essentials 

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (Shade 125) This one is a pretty obvious choice in my opinion, every girl needs a  bit of colour to her face, and this foundation does the job for me! I'm not one for wearing foundation every day, because I have fairly good skin, however on a weekend or if I'm going out, then I will use this to give my face a little pick me up. 

Benefit Bad Gal Lash This is my favourite product that I have in my make up bag at the moment. I haven't found a better mascara than this yet, and I don't think I will. It goes on my lashes brilliantly and doesn't cause them to go really hard and brittle like some mascaras - my eyelashes are still soft to the touch even after applying a good few layers. Unfortunately I only have the miniature version, so I will need to take a trip to the Benefit counter in Boots soon to get the larger size, I absolutely love it!

Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner Now those of you who know me, will be aware that I am a bit of a fanatic for liquid eyeliner, and I've become quite attached to the winged out look on my lids. This is my weapon of choice for creating my flicks, it's not at all pricey or fancy, it's just a typical liquid eyeliner. I have about 3 of these kicking around in my make up bag for fear of losing or running out of one

Rimmel Soft Kohl Eye Pencil (Black) This really doesn't need much explaining, I think every girl out there will have some form of eye pencil in her staple make up collection. I've shopped around for a good black eye pencil, and have stuck to this one, as it's not expensive, and the colour really comes out easily without too much pressure on the pencil - which is what I love about kohl pencils. I use this on my bottom waterline and just on the edge of my bottom lash line to emphasise my eyes, and it really completes my daily look     

So there you have it, my top 5 make up essentials. I'd recommend all of these products, so if anyone is looking for something new to try, then give any of these a go and see what you think. Thanks for reading what I hope is the first of many blog posts in 2013. Have a lovely day! 
Harriet x