June 30, 2013

OOTD #6.

Hello Everyone!

Today's post as you can see from the title, is an outfit of the day post. It's really lovely here today in England. The sun is out and there's actually some heat in it for a change! It's so lovely and warm so I thought I'd make the most of it and get my milk bottles out, in the hope that they'll catch a bit of colour! I don't bother with any of that fake tan business so I just rely on the sun to give me a bit of colour. As today has been nice it's finally given me the chance to wear this black skull cut out vest that I purchased from Missguided back in February, it's never really been the right weather for it but today has finally allowed me to cut the tags off and wear it! I think I'm going to purchase one of those sticky backless bra's next time I wear this so you can see the full extent of the skull face without the back of a bra ruining it.

Oh and I don't know if any of you have noticed but I'm also wearing my black sunglasses that I got with the July issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine which I showed in my mini haul a few posts back. I actually quite like them. I don't own any plain black sunglasses, normally the ones I buy all have a purple / pink tint to them so these are different to what I'd usually go for but I quite like them.
Black Skull Cut Out Vest - Missguided
Snakeskin Cross Shorts - Bitching and Junkfood via Urban Outfitters
Brown Strappy Sandals - George at Asda.
Sunglasses - Cosmopolitan Magazine
Gold Chain Bracelet - Hand me down from my mum.
Chunky Gold Chain Necklace - River Island
Small Gold Ring - Hand me down from my nan.
Chunky Gold Ring - H&M

That's it for this outfit post, I hope you enjoyed!


June 29, 2013

Dainty Doll Creme Blush Review.

Hello Everyone!

Today I'm going to be reviewing a piece of makeup from the Dainty Doll Range, created by Nicola Roberts. I've got a few pieces of makeup from this range and if I'm honest, I don't often use them. Not necessarily because I don't like them but because once I have a set everyday makeup routine, I rarely use any other products. That being said, I recently discovered a new found love for one of the Creme blushes from the range that I own. The product I'm talking about is the Dainty Doll Creme blush in 003, called Billion Dollar Babies.
This blush comes in a beautiful matte black compact with Dainty Doll printed in gold. The packaging looks incredibly high end due to the colours and I really like the simplicity of it. Inside is a small mirror which is really handy! However one thing that I don't like about the Dainty Doll Products is that they all have names, yet none of the names are printed on the product, just the product number. I personally like seeing the name of my product rather than just seeing a number as it helps me get a better idea of what kind of colour the product would be and in general I think it's just nice to know the name of your product!

Billion Dollar Babies is a muted pinky, taupe colour which at best can be described as a nude shade.
When I first got this blush, I didn't think much of it and it wasn't until I saw Gabrielle Rose (a youtuber) use it for contouring in her Drugstore Makeup Tutorial video that I got the idea to use it to contour my face. I've been using it non stop for the past few days and I can honestly say that I really do love it. It's such a natural colour which goes on quite sheer but can easily be built up to create a nice natural pinky / brown colour which makes for a lovely contour. I really like how natural this looks on the skin, it suits me as a pale person much better then a normal bronzey colour. As you would expect from a Creme blush it wears nicely throughout the day and doesn't budge or slide so it's quite long lasting unlike some powder products.

I've included this image to show you what Billion Dollar Babies looks like as a contour. Here I've applied it to the hollows of my cheekbones using my Real Techniques Contour Brush to blend it in. As you can see from this image, it's a very natural and subtle colour but it does the job and contours my cheekbones nicely!
I think this blush originally retails for over £10, however as some of you may have noticed lately, all Dainty Doll products have dropped rapidly in price, what this means exactly I'm not sure. Hopefully this doesn't mean that it's being discontinued as a brand as I personally really like Dainty Doll! I got this from either Amazon or Fragrance Direct and payed somewhere between £2 - £3 odd for it which is amazing value.
So overall I'd have to say that I really do love this product and I highly recommend it to any pale girls out there who struggle to contour without looking too cakey or too dark!

Have you tried this product? What do you think?
Are there any Dainty Doll products you would recommend me to try out?



June 28, 2013


Hello Everyone!

Sorry for being absent the last 2 days! None of my blog post ideas really worked out for either of those 2 days so please forgive me for that. Today's post is a simple outfit of the day but I hope you enjoy it anyway. The weather has been really disappointing today. Cloudy, mild and with the odd rain shower here and there. My outfit is pretty simple as I'm not really doing anything today, just sitting in my boyfriends house playing Skyrim on the Xbox!

I'm trying to plan things to do over my Summer and so far I've planned to go to the Zoo and most likely go on at least one decent shopping trip!
Other than that I can just see myself sitting indoors quite a lot as I suffer from awful hay fever so I don't tend venture out much when the weather is nice. How exciting!

Polka Dot Crop Top - Topshop
Joni Jeans - Topshop
Bowler Hat - Amazon
Converse - Schuh

Gold Chain Bracelet - Hand me down from my mum.
Small Gold Ring - Hand me down from my nan.
Chunky Gold Ring - H&M


Collection 2000 Concealer
L'Oreal Bare Natural Mineral Powder
Nars Blush - Deep throat
Dainty Doll Crème Blush 003
Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - Walk Of Shame (All of my lid)
Manhattan Soft Mat Cream in 53M

That's it for my outfit. I hope you like this post!


June 25, 2013

Naked Basics Palette Review.


Hello Everyone!

Today I'm going to be reviewing the Naked Basics Palette from Urban Decay. Now I know I'm a bit late to jump on the band wagon with this product, but I've had it for quite a few months and I've only just decided to review it. When reading reviews or watching youtube videos of people talking about this product I've noticed quite a lot of them saying that they weren't overly excited about purchasing this product until they began using it. Some even said they'd put off buying it for ages because it didn't seem like anything special.

When I first found out about Urban Decay launching a 3rd Naked Palette, I was over the moon. I only had the first one at that point so I couldn't wait to get my hands on another one! This palette retails for £20 which I think is quite reasonable. This palette contains 6 eye shadows, 5 of them are matte, and one has a slight shimmer to it. These shadows are all neutral shades, as you would expect.


This photo above shows all of the eye shadows from the palette. From left to right there's:
Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint and Crave.
Venus is the shimmery white shade. Foxy is a creamy, yellow shade. Walk of Shame is a beige / pink colour. Naked 2 is a light beige brown colour. Faint is a chocolate shade and crave is a very dark black colour.

All of these shades are incredibly pigmented, particularly Crave which has an amazing colour pay off! I normally find most black eye shadows quite disappointing but this one does not let me down!

The colours in this palette are great for creating a nice smokey eye look and the variety of shades allow you to go from a day look to a night look very easily. I've used this palette multiple times when creating a smokey eye as the shades are all so great!
The packaging of this product is a nice sleek, rubbery plastic box with "Naked Basics" embossed on it in a nice grey / metallic shade. The palette is very small and compact, so is therefore great for when you're travelling. I found that the original Naked Palette is quite big and can therefore be quite challenging trying to travel with or even store. So this size is really quite convenient! It also contains a mirror in the compact so this also comes in handy when trying to apply makeup on the go!

I definitely would recommend this palette 100% to anyone who is interested! It's got all the shades you need and can easily double as a brow kit also. Definitely worth £20!

Does anyone else in the blogging world have this problem? You take out a product to start photographing it and then moments later your cat decides to go to sleep on top of it? Little devil that he is!

That's all for this post! I hope you enjoyed it.
Have you used this product? What do you think of it?


June 24, 2013

Feel Unique Wishlist #1

Hello Readers!

So I was browsing on Feel Unique, a well known beauty website, when I began seeing a few items that I really wanted. I started adding them to my basket and before I knew it there was well over £100 worth of stuff in there. Sadly, as I am currently unemployed I have no hope of ever purchasing any of these items so I thought I'd do a wishlist. Showing you what I am currently drooling over!

*None of these pictures were taken by me*

Real Techniques Stippling Brush
I already have a few Real Techniques brushes but would love to add this stippling brush to my collection as it's one that I don't have and I think it could come in handy.
Stila Convertible Colour Trio Warm.
I love this little blush pallete. The colours are so beautiful and are exactly what I go for. Nice warm toned, orangey pink shades!
Elie Saab Le Parfum 30ml
I've heard wonderful things about this perfume so I'd love to try it! It looks so glamorous and chic in it's bottle. The scent description makes it sound so perfect for Spring / Summer!
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush (In any shade, they're all cute)
I've wanted one of the Daniel Sandler Watercolour blushes since I first saw Samantha Chapman use one in a pixiwoo tutorial, where she recreated the look of Ursula Andress - A Bond Girl. The colour she used, was called Spice. But I'd happily have any colour from this range of blushes, as they're all gorgeous!
Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer
I don't know what drew me to his product. I'd just love to try a high end foundation and this looked like one which had the perfect light shade for me!
What can I say about this product? I've never had a Dior makeup product before, but I definitely want this! The colour and packaging is to die for! I'm really into sheer lip colours right now so this looks like something I'd enjoy.
That's all for today's post! I hope you enjoyed.
What kind of beauty products are you currently wanting? Have you tried any of these products I've listed?
Let me know!





June 23, 2013

Mini Haul #2

Hello Readers!

Today's post is a small haul of things that I picked up on a whim last night in Asda. Now it's not much, but I thought I could probably make a post out of it anyway! So here goes..

Now the first product I picked up was a really random purchase but it was a blush. Not just any blush, an Asda's own blush! Now I've never used any of Asda's own cosmetics before so I had no idea what to expect from this product. I picked up the shade called "Cheeky" which is a dusty pink colour with a slight, white / iridescent shimmer to it. So it could easily be used as a highlight and an eye shadow as well as a blush. I've only used it once so far since purchasing it last night but I shall let you know how I get on with it in time!

The next thing I picked up was a repurchase of the infamous Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer which I have gone through many tubes of! This stuff is so cheap and is the best concealer I've tried so far. It covers well and blends easily. I picked this up in the lightest shade which was Fair 1 as I'm pretty pale.

Next I picked up the July issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. This issue has some amazing photographs in it which has left me feeling very inspired as a photographer! Along with the magazine, I got two freebies. One being a pair of sunglasses, the other being a packet of Strawberry flavoured mentos. Slightly odd mixture of freebies but oh well!

Now the last thing I picked up is quite boring but it's a packet of Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes. I've gone through a few packets of these before so it's just a boring little repurchase but I thought I'd show them anyway!

That's all for this mini haul. I hope it wasn't too dull for you as I'm aware that these aren't the most interesting of items.


June 22, 2013


Hello Lovelies!

Today's post is an outfit of the day post. Today, my boyfriend took me out for a meal to celebrate passing my driving test on Thursday so I thought this would be the perfect chance to do an outfit post as I've made a bit of an effort with how I look.


Now as you can see it's not too dressy, as we weren't going anywhere fancy just a nice little Chinese restaurant that we both like. Despite it being Summer it's not really sunny or warm whatsoever so I had to put on some tights to cover up.

Black Pinafore - Topshop
White Shirt - Miss Selfridge
Tights - Asda
Studded Vectra Slippers - Topshop
Gold Chain Bracelet - Hand me down from my mum.
Chunky Gold Chain Necklace - River Island
Small Gold Ring - Hand me down from my nan.
Chunky Gold Ring - H&M

Collection 2000 Concealer
Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation
L'Oreal Bare Natural Mineral Powder
Nars Blush - Deep throat
Sleek Face Contour Kit
Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Naked Urban Decay Palette - Virgin, Sidecar, Naked and Buck.
MAC Coral Bliss Lipstick.


I hope you enjoyed this post! I'm hoping to make ootd posts a bit more regularly from now on so with any luck I shall stick with my word and do just that.

Thanks for reading!


June 21, 2013

Life Update.

Hello Readers!

Today's post is a bit different as it's not my usual beauty or fashion post. This time it's just a little lifestyle kind of post, just updating you on what's going on in my life at the moment. Now as some of you may have noticed I've been absent from my blog the past 2 days, and I've been a bit slacking on posts recently as well. Now I can finally explain to you why, and what's been going on with me!

Alright, so one of the biggest reasons why I've been so distracted with my blogging was because I was coming to the end of my college course. I've been at college, studying photography for the past 2 years, and at the end of the year they hold a big exhibition for all the creative subjects to show off their work. As a second year student,  you have more responsibility and have the opportunity to show off more work and in a bigger style. I've been really busy the last 2 weeks, painting boards, making trips to print images off in A3, making my photo book, mounting pictures etc. However, last night was the final exhibition and was the last day of college. So it's all over now! I really can't believe it myself. It's flown by so fast but it was really great to end the course on a high note with the big show.

Sorry for the bad quality photo but I took this from my boyfriends instagram. This is my work on display at the college, I had 4 A3 prints up on the board, and my own photo book layed out on a podium for people to look through. It was so nice overhearing the great things members of the public had to say about my images. That's me done with college now so this means I will have so much more free time which hopefully means that I'll be working on my blog constantly, with no excuses!

Okay so the next thing that has been keeping me far too occupied to be blogging, was my driving test. My 3rd driving test was yesterday and I'm pleased to say that I FINALLY passed! It's been an emotional few months, failing my first 2 driving tests really knocked me down and made me less confident in my driving ability. I don't seem to test very well at all but I somehow managed to pull it together and pass on my third time!

Sorry for the bad quality photo once again but this is just a little image of my certificate and some of my gifts my mum gave me! Myself and a few friends from college went on a night out after our exhibition so it was a nice little celebration of our successful exhibition, the end of college and passing my driving test.

I hopefully should be back to updating my blog daily!
Hope you enjoyed this post, sorry if you didn't, I just thought I'd do something different.


June 18, 2013

Sleek Concealer and Corrector Palette Review.

Hello Readers!

Today's post is a review of Sleeks Concealer and Corrector Palette. I purchased this palette a few months ago whilst shopping in Leicester and have only just really formed an opinion on it. Please bare in mind that this is my opinion on this product and you may have a different one to me so don't be offended if you personally love this product. Now, I love Sleek as a brand as it always delivers. Everything is really pigmented, there's always a great colour range of products, it's affordable and the packaging looks really high end. However, this one particular product from Sleek did let me down.

Like I said, I picked this product up a few months ago so I can't really remember the price. I can't seem to find it on the Sleek website either so this may mean that they no longer sell this product. The packaging is a beautiful matte black case with the Sleek logo printed on it. Now be warned, because it's black it does get pretty dirty.

I picked up palette number 2 so as you can see from the pictures, the shades are very light. Inside the palette there are 3 different products, a concealer, a corrector and a powder. I don't really use the corrector as it's a bit too dark for me so that could potentially be where I'm going wrong with this product. But from using the concealer and powder, I can tell you this. This concealer is pretty bad. First of all I'd just like to say that this product creases so badly, no matter what you do! Even using a primer couldn't help this product. Secondly, the coverage of this concealer is pretty poor. It doesn't really cover my slight under eye circles and it doesn't cover any spots either. So basically, it's useless! I will however say that I do really like the consistency of the concealer, it's really creamy and blends really easily. Like I said though, within seconds it's creased, even after using the powder.


Sorry for the rather unattractive cropped, blurry image of my eye! But this is just to show you how terrible the coverage is and how bad it creases.

Like I previously stated, I love Sleek but just not this product unfortunately!
So for now it looks like my Collection 2000 Concealer is still the best one I own.

Have you tried this product? What do you think of it?
Let me know!


June 17, 2013

What I'm Loving Right Now: Polka Dots

Hello Readers!

Today's post is just a little simple one showing you what I'm really into at the minute. Currently, I am in love with the polka dot pattern that seems to be everywhere at the minute and I can't stop myself from buying any form of clothing with some dots on! Polka Dot patterns are huge for spring / summer 2013 and you will see them all over the high street if you haven't already. So here are some of my picks of some polka dot items that I really want in my wardrobe.

1. TOPSHOP Off White Polka Dot Bikini - £30

2. River Island Black and white polka dot skater skirt - £18

3. TOPSHOP MOTO Bleach Spot Denim Skirt - £30

4. Missguided Alysha Polka Dot Skater Dress In Cream - £25

What do you think of the polka dot pattern? Are you a fan?

Let me know!


June 15, 2013

Mini Haul.


Hello Guys!

Today's post is a mini haul! I've been a bit naughty recently and I treated myself to a few things when I'm meant to be saving. Although I have to credit myself and say I did only spend just over £16! I went shopping today and had a delivery come this morning so I thought I'd share with you what I got. I got 3 beauty bits from Fragrance Direct and 1 item of clothing from Primark. I should hopefully be reviewing the beauty items sometime in the future but for now, I can only tell you my first impressions as I'm yet to use them.

The first thing I'm going to talk about is this Manhattan Soft Mat Lip cream. I bought this from Fragrance Direct for 99p and I got it in the shade 53 M. I've never heard anything about this brand, and I still don't know very much about it now. I think this might be a German brand but don't take my word for it as I'm not too sure. I have one other soft mat lip cream from another brand, but what I can tell so far, they are very similar. This product comes in a small plastic tube, which has a doe foot applicator. It's a nice, small, compact lip product which will prove very useful when on the go. Although in this image, the soft mat lip cream looks peach, in reality it's more of a pinky / red colour. I am yet to use this product yet as it only just arrived this morning but I shall review it sometime soon.

Now the next thing I got was the Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in the shade Citrus Slice. I picked this up from Fragrance Direct for £1.99, saving me £5! I've seen these lipsticks in store and was always curious about them. They're so odd with their bright neon packaging, bold colours and the fact that the lipstick itself is translucent. It just totally drew me in. I had a feeling that because it was clear / see through in the bullet that meant that the lipstick colour itself would be very sheer and when I did swatch it, I was right. It goes on very sheer, with a slight bit of colour and a nice shine to it. I'm glad that I got this for the discounted price of £1.99 as I feel like it isn't really worth the full price of £7. It's an interesting product to say the least but it just seems to be a really overpriced, slightly coloured gloss.


The next thing I got was the NYC Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in the colour Taupe. I got this for 99p, saving me about £1. I've had a fair few coloured eyeliners over the years but never a brown one. I've noticed quite a few people seem to be opting for brown eyeliner instead of black these days, as it's less harsh, so I thought I'd give it a go myself. I've got one other NYC eyeliner in white and that is quite a good product so I'm hoping that it'll be the same story for this one too!

The next and final thing I picked up, was a shirt from Primark which cost me £10. This is a cute little boxy cropped shirt which I couldn't resist leaving in the store. It's a size 12, which is 2 sizes too big for me but I figured because it's cropped, I can probably get away with it. I've been really into polka dot prints lately, and this shirt is no exception. The white polka dots, contrast nicely against the blue colour of the shirt and I feel like this would look great paired with a skater skirt and some red lipstick! I'll probably feature this in an outfit of the day post soon, so keep an eye out for it!

I hope you enjoyed this post!


June 13, 2013

My Makeup Brush Storage.

Hello Readers!
Now today's post is a follow up to my recent makeup storage post, however this time it's all about my makeup brushes instead! Once again this will probably be a short post as there really isn't a lot I can say about my makeup brushes. Let it be known now that I actually don't own very many makeup brushes at all. When I was a bit younger I used my hands to apply my foundation, I used the tiny little eye shadow applicators to put on any eye makeup and I didn't wear any blush till I was a bit older so for a while there was no need for me to have brushes.

I'm pretty sure my nan was the person who gave me my first makeup brush. She made up a little makeup bag for me which was full of old makeup that she no longer used. This makeup was for me to play about with when I used to put on fashion shows in her living room. Inside that little kit was a big all over face / blush brush which is actually pictured above! I began slowly buying makeup brushes over time, I didn't ever stick to a specific brand, it was just whatever I could afford at the time. Some of my brushes I acquired through makeup sets, others were from a brand called Eco Tools, some were from H&M, some from ELF and the rest are Real Techniques.

I keep all my brushes in this little white bucket which I picked up from a store called The Range. I got this in the sale for about £2.50. I think this is originally meant to be a tea light burner however this little bucket is just so cute to ruin with wax and it holds all my makeup brushes perfectly. I really like the see through heart detail on either side, as this allows me to see my shorter makeup brushes such as my kabuki's or little lip brushes that I keep in there.


Sorry this has been such a short post!

I hope you find it somewhat enjoyable.


June 12, 2013

My Skincare Routine.

Hello Readers!

Now today's post is all about my skincare routine. I have had this skincare routine for a few months now, but previously to that I never had one. Some of you may find that totally shocking but I just never really had a set skincare routine that I would follow religiously. My skin was fine all through out secondary school, I never had a problem with it, until I reached year 11 and all hell broke loose!
I suffered with spots really badly but thankfully my skin has since calmed down and is now pretty clear apart from the odd spot every now and again but that's normal!

This routine of mine is pretty simple so it means that there is minimal effort required. I use a variation of 5 products, 2 of them being spot treatments, however I only use these upon occasions where I actually need them.

This is the Boots Botanics Gentle Cleansing Cream. I use this at night to take my makeup off, and I use it on lazy days where I don't shower, to cleanse my face. This product is calm enough to be used on sensitive skin, which I seem to have. I've really struggled to find a suitable cleanser, as most of them seemed to only irritate my skin and cause breakouts. I didn't get on with the Clean and Clear cleanser, I didn't get on with the Soap and Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser and I also didn't get on with the Simple Kind To Skin Cleanser. I picked this up on a whim when I was in Boots and I haven't looked back since! This removes all traces of makeup from my face, apart from my eyes as I use a baby wipe on them instead. It leaves my skin feeling clean and free of all impurities.

This is the Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz. I use this both in the morning and the evening, after I have cleansed my face and before I have moisturized. I've never used a toner before as I was never really sure what they actually did for my skin. Apparently it helps to cleanse impurities and freshens the skin. I definitely agree with the statement about it freshening the skin and cleansing impurities as it always helps to take off the very last traces of makeup!

This is the Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser. I use this in the mornings, when I'm in the shower as this would just be too messy trying to use over a sink. Or at least I think so anyway! I love the fact that this product is a foam, rather than a gel based gloopy product as it's so much easier to use and is so quick to wash off. This leaves my skin feeling really lovely! I'd also just like to add that this is my second bottle of this stuff, that's how much I love it.

This product is probably the most expensive skincare item I use. It's around £13 which isn't too much I know but for just one little tiny bottle of spot remover it does seem rather pricey! This is the Origins Super Spot Remover, and when in times where I have really bad skin, this is the product to treat any blemishes! Now I will warn you that it can seem really strong, almost overpowering both with scent and feeling when you first use it, but over time you will get used to it. The only thing I will say is that I wouldn't use this as an everyday spot treatment as it can be a bit drying to the skin. But this is a fabulous spot remover and is so worth the money!

This is the Simple Spotless Skin "Spot Zapper". I use this more regularly than the other spot treatment as this one is less harsh and doesn't dry my skin out. It's a clear, scentless gel which goes on very easily and helps to calm spots down. This little tube was only around the £ 3 - 4 mark and has lasted me for months!

I hope you find this somewhat interesting and hopefully it helps you to discover some new products!



June 11, 2013

My Makeup Storage.

Hello Readers!

Now today's post is all about my makeup storage. I feel like this will probably be quite a short post as I'm not really sure just how much I can say about it, so I hope you don't mind too much. I have what I'd say is a normal sized makeup collection, there's not too much but there's a fair amount of it to say the least. I store all of my makeup in a large floral box which I purchased from Asda. I think it was around £10 but I can't say for sure.

I'm becoming a bit more of a makeup fanatic these days so I think I'm going to have to upgrade my storage as it's beginning to be a bit of a struggle to fit everything in. Storing everything in one box does look pretty, however it's not very convenient at times as trying to find one product can be really difficult. It takes me forever to rummage throughout all of my makeup trying to find my smaller bits of makeup such as my concealers, liquid liners or mascara samples.

If I do find an alternative solution for storage I will do an update on my makeup storage but as for now I shall have to make do with what I have!

I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully found it somewhat interesting!