Friday, 8 November 2013

MAC - Candy Yum Yum

 MAC - Candy Yum Yum

I don't know what it is about lipsticks but whenever I have a swoosh of colour on my lips I always feel blimmin' amazing. I've taken to wearing lipstick now almost every day, and I have to admit I do feel a little plain, and almost as if something is missing if I don't wear it.
My total count for red lipsticks at the moment is 10. TEN. (omg)

I was browsing in the MAC store the other day, as I was originally after RiRi Woo (yes...another red...) but they were all out. I'd had my heart set on getting a new lippy and didn't want to leave empty handed, so the mooch for the perfect colour began. 
I am a matte fiend at the moment, so headed straight for those.
'Candy Yum Yum' jumped out at me straight away, but I have to admit it did seem a little...garish, even for me! I took swatches of a few but in the end I just couldn't take my eyes off 'Candy Yum Yum' - my boyfriend gave his two cents too "it looks awful" ... but boys don't know anything about lipstick!
So, off I went and spent £15 on a bright pink lipstick I didn't know if I would ever wear, or just stare at for eternity.

I have to say, I love it. I really really do. At the moment it's taken over all TEN of my reds, and is right at the top of my 'go to'. 
It is very bright, daring and in your face. It does take a brave soul to wear this, but I think everyone could rock it.
As I mentioned above, I am in a matte frenzy at the moment, and this lipstick is matte. However, it's not overly matte. 'Ruby Woo' is my favourite red EVER but it is so terribly drying because it seems to be super duper matte. 'Candy YumYum' does appear to have some sort of moisture and sheen to it, whilst still giving a small matte effect.

After this, I'm now after a more 'subtle' and natural pink...but we'll see!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Beamish Museum.

Whilst I was (further) up north me and Craig took a little visit to Beamish.
Beamish is an open air museum in the north east, just outside of Durham. 
I've wanted to visit for ages and it really is an interesting place! It's workers are dressed in costume and drive steam engines, old trains, penny farthings and other old transport around the site all day. 
It has different areas that feature different periods in British time - such as the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras. 

Have you visited anywhere interesting lately? I love days out and would love to hear your favourite places to visit!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Be Mine! Holiday Edition


Black Maxi Dress - Next, Sunglasses - Vivienne Westwood, Polka Dot Swimsuit - Next, Sandals - Accessorize, Kaftan - John Lewis, High Waisted Bikini - River Island.

One of the main shopping trips I love, and always have, are holiday shops! I get so in to it and so excited picking out new bikinis, swimsuits and kaftans to wear around the beach and pool. Then there's your maxi dresses, sandals and sunglasses for exploring your new location. 
I love a good mixture of everything for my holidays - colour, prints, monochrome, polka dots, high street, etc! 

I'm very lucky enough to be going to Barbados (omg!) on my hols this year, in 4 weeks time (!!)
I've gradually began buying things, without trying to go overboard but I just can't help myself.
I went through my suitcase the other day and I don't have anything, which means I've had to start from scratch. I think I had 2 pairs of sandals, a bat and ball & travel plugs. 
Which means I've had to buy new swimwear, nightwear, day wear, sandals, beach towel, sun cream, the lot!

I love the maxi dress from Next, we don't have this in my store at the moment but I think it looks great - they also have it in white. The only problem I have with maxi dresses is I'm quite small at 5'4 and they're usually too long with flats, but luckily Next do a petite version so hopefully I can get my mitts on that at some point. 

I've already bought the polka dot swimsuit, also from Next. I walk past it constantly at work and just needed it. The only problem I have is my...chest too big for it! So I'm going to size up and hope it fits better as I think it looks gorgeous.

I also have the Vivienne Westwood sunglasses, I knew they'd be part of my holiday pack so I popped them on here. They're such a nice fit, big glasses without being too overbearing which takes over my whole face! 

The sandals, kaftan and bikini is the pop of colour I like to add to my wardrobe - especially being in Barbados, it's full of colourful jewellery, clothes and accessories. The high waisted bikini has such a summery print, I'm in love! 

The obvious things I didn't add on here (no room!) was my beach towel, which is a dark purple and pink polka dot one which I bought recently. Also sun cream and after sun which is probably the most important thing (along with your passport!) if you're going somewhere hot. We're trying P20 this year, you apply it once in the morning, let it soak in and then you don't need to apply for the rest of the day! I'm lazy so it's right up my street.

I've only added my fashion wants in this post, but I might do a beauty one too!

Are you going anywhere nice this year? What are your essentials? 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

MAC Russian Red

MAC Russian Red £14


I am quite the lipstick fiend, and find going without it on a day to day basis is just as much as going bare faced. 
My main colour of choice has always been red - orange red, dark red, blue red, purple red, ALL RED. I'm quite pale and think it suits my complexion pretty well.
I've always wanted to try MAC lipsticks (obvs!) but have always settled for drug store brands until recently when I took a trip to Selfridges and found myself at the MAC counter (dangerous).
MAC have copious amounts of red lipsticks, but in the end I opted for Russian Red.

It's a very bold colour, you only need one or two coats for it to really pop. It has a matte finish, which I love as I'm not a huge fan of shine lipsticks, although one of the downsides is it can be quite drying on the lips.
Russian Red is a blue red, which means it's much more deeper and intense, it also makes your teeth look whiter! (bonus). 
I have found extremely wearable and long lasting, it's a few hours before I have to top up and it lasts through meals and drinks without leaving me completely lipstickless. 

Next on my red lipstick list is Red Velvet velveteen by Lime Crime which looks A-MAZING. 

Friday, 19 April 2013

Sleek Rose Gold Blush

 Sleek Rose Gold Blush - £4.49

I'm really fussy when it comes to blusher because I like it to be quite subtle on my cheeks. I naturally have rosy cheeks so I don't want anything that highlights that too much!
Usually I go for something too subtle, that doesn't even show up on my cheeks which results in me using loads of product and being a complete waste of money...rubbish!

I've been a huge fan of Sleek make up for a while now, I religiously use their brow set (which is amazing, I reviewed it here). 
I spotted Rose Gold blush on a whim really, I saw there was only one left and thought it must be popular so decided to try it out.
It's a powder blush and super pigmented, which is great because it really shows up on the skin and you can decide how heavy to place it.
As you may have seen from the picture, it's also very close to NARS 'Orgasm' - and I love a good dupe! It's fantastic value for money at £4.49 and I really recommend it. It isn't too pink or harsh, it has a lovely coral shade with a nice shimmer which isn't too in your face. 

Have you tried this before? What's your favourite blush at the moment?

Sunday, 10 February 2013

What's on my bookshelf.

As much as I love to blog about beauty products and fashion, I also try and mix it up a bit. If you've read my blog for a while, I try to put in bits and bobs of my life such as days out, baking and a few memorable (ridiculous) stories. 
One of the things I utterly love, and have done since I was young, is reading. I adore nothing more than getting lost in an amazing book, racing to finish it before I have to go to asleep, itching to know the ending and willing myself not to skip to the end just to take a quick peak. 

My Favourites. 

My bookshelf is filled with wonderful, weird and downright wacky books so it was incredibly hard for me to pick a few favourites, because to be honest, I could read every book on my shelf and enjoy it (otherwise they wouldn't be there!) 

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't love every book. Sometimes I can't even finish them because I find it so tedious and not my cup of tea. And, of course, I do have an ultimate favourite book which out shines anything I have ever read thus far.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is that book. I will tell anyone who listens to read it. I first came upon when I was in school and we had to read it for a project or something or other. As usual, most kids in the class were not feeling it and moaned, groaned and dragged their way through it. Not me, oh no. I was truly enthralled with this amazing piece of literature. 

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'

To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930's in the deep south of Alabama. It deals with racism, ineqaulity, different ideals and the life of a young girl named Scout Finch. Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer and has to deal with a very difficult case. The story shows the ins and outs of understanding racism of that time, Scout's puppy love and falling outs with her brother, Jem. 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is another favourite of mine. It is the only novel the poet ever wrote before her suicide in the 60's. It delves in to the mind of mental illness, depression and generally just...being. It is said that parts of the book are based on Plath's personal experiences throughout her life and her difficult struggle with depression. Not only does it deal with mental illness, but with friendship and love. 
I was utterly fascinated by it when I first read it, picturing ever small and minute detail, creating the whole scenario in my head as if it was a real tale, with real people. I think that's what a great book does, puts you somewhere as if you're living it. 

Honorable mentions also go to:
The entire Harry Potter series which I am obsessed with and can read over and over again (I really need to give these books back to my friend!), Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Game of Thrones by George R R Martin, Luella's Guide to English Style, Post Secret by Warren Frank and Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger.

I got a kindle for Christmas which I also use for reading (although to be honest, I've mainly been using it for twitter and games!) 
I haven't accumulated too many books yet, although I am a fan of the free books and the 20p books!
So far on my kindle I have 44 and 44 part 2 by Jools Sinclar, Wonder by R.J Palacio, Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and The Hundred Year Old Man Who Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (loving this book!) 

Currently reading.

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick.

This isn't even my book, it's Craigs. I bought it him for his birthday last year since he expressed an interest in it. I started reading it before him, when he first opened it (woops) and it really took me in. Unfortunately, Craig then wanted to read it and because it was his present I had to let go. However, he's finally finished it so back in my mitts it goes! 
I love history, and I am really interested with North Korea (who isn't really?). This book tells the true tales of defectors, those that have escaped North Korea in to South Korea or China. The stories are fascinating, and almost unbelievable because they are so far away from what lives we live. A definite read if you find anything like this interesting!

What are your favourite books?

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara.

Clinique High Impact Mascara in Extreme Black £17

I think mascaras are one of the most reviewed things on my blog, I am pretty blimmin' obsessed with them. My eyelashes are, to put it bluntly, awful. They're dark blonde, short and an overall mess. They're even worse lately, I've come into the habit of picking off my mascara when I'm bored/stressed and with that I've managed to pull out some eyelashes and break some in half.
I kid you not, on my right eye, I have half a full lash and half a short lash because I broke them in half by pulling them. Let's all hope eyelashes grow back...

I bought this Clinique mascara a couple of months back now as I'd seen it on a few blogs and thought it looked really great. I'm a fan of Clinique in general, especially their skin care range. It does what it says on the tin really, creates volume and and thick lashes, which is what I need. I also find curling my lashes before applying also makes a more POW! effect. 
I retails at £17 which is expensive for mascara but I've been using this mascara every day for 2 months so I've definitely got my moneys worth out of it.

Have you used this mascara? What are your favourite mascaras?