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Phil Smith Curling Wand Review

Hi my lovelies!

So, I am going to do a review on the Phil Smith Curling Wand! I have been looking for a good curling wand for a long time. This one is rather cheap, I got it in the sale for £11.99 but the wholesale price is £19.99. I went to my friends house to go out for the day and I thought I would test the wand out. (This was last week.) I prepared my hair with the Phil Smith Heat Defence (which I love!) and sectioned of my hair like you normally would and set to work. The wand heats up within two minutes and a green light flashes/stills to let you know it is ready. Depending on the thickness/amount of hair used, varies the length of time needed for each curl. I could curl my whole head within ten minutes. At the end of the wand there is a section for you to grab in order to get the best curl possible, which I found very handy! I sprayed on some hairspray and it lasted the whole day! I was pretty pleased with myself to say the least! When I brushed my hair the next morning my curls stayed in relatively well! I definitely recommend this product! It is marvellous!

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Have a great day my lovelies!

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OOTD 27th August

Hi my lovelies!

Today has literally been horrendous! The weather has been completely unforgiving and if you reside in the UK, you can understand what I am talking about! Our Summer is literally over before it has even started. I am in the slow progress of replenishing my wardrobe with Autumn clothes, all the while sadly putting my Summer clothes in storage. The nights are a lot darker and more eerie. I decided to cheer myself up by lighting my Icicles candle by Yankee Candle and telling you all what I managed to pull on today!

Oasis Ana Maria Placement Tunic Top – £38

Oasis ana marie tunic top

Topshop plain black leggings – £12

black leggings

Quiz (If I remember correctly! Label worn off!) – Grey Boots – £20

grey lace up boots

I hope you all had a lovely day!

Healthy Sins: Honeycomb Crush

Hi my lovelies!

I am currently on a health kick! I have lost three pounds in these last three weeks! Although that doesn’t sound much, I am very pleased. I am doing it the sensible way so that I won’t pile weight back on. One thing I find very difficult is sweet treats! I have devised a few ways to indulge, but without the calories! So here we go for our first recipe! I call it Honeycomb Crush!

Ingredients! (To make for four people)
4 Muller Light Fat Free Yogurt – Toffee
Mini Meringues
Cadbury Crunchies

I use the fat free variety as they are the healthier version and don’t have too much sugar in. First, mix the four yoghurts into a mixing bowl. Pour it into a small container, depending on how thick you would like your frozen yoghurt. Leave it in your freezer for around an hour. Take it out and mix it all together to break up the ice crystals. Crush up some mini meringues (use as many as you like for that extra crunch!) and pop them into the creamy mixture. Chop or crush some crunchie bars and sprinkle it into the mixture. Once yo’re satisfied, level out the mixture and pop it back into the freezer overnight. If you plan to use it for dessert, pop it out of the freezer and hour before serving! Accompany it with some fresh fruit and any left over crunchies or meringue. (If there is any left!)

I hope you all enjoy and have a lovely day!

High End Lip Products and Their Drugstore Counterparts!

Hi my lovelies!

I have been trying to do this post for a while now, but have been a bit uncertain. Here it is!

MAC Mineralise Rich: Ladies Who Lunch

MAC ladies who lunchIt is a very creamy, mid-tone pink with a taint of blue undertones. It rather pigmented, although not as much as the matte shades from MAC such as Pink Nouveou. For a glossier lip I would use Ladies Who Lunch, but from the drugstore I would use Pink Punch by Maybelline Babylips. The Babylips isn’t as pigmented as MAC so there is not as much colour pay off, but it is buildable and a suitable alternative for a budget. Unlike the MAC, you need to keep re-applying the Pink Punch as it does wear off quickly. If paired with the Sleek RedSkyNight Eau La La Liner, then it would stay on a lot longer.

Pink Punch Babylips sleek REDSKYNIGHT

Online Dating

Hi my lovelies!

So, this topic seems to still be a bit of a taboo! I think with people having incredibly busy lives, they resort to meeting a person online. I have to admit it can be easier! There is not an awkward encounter where one of you has to go up and introduce yourself. Standing there pretending to know who you’re going to vote for in the next election, or what your life goal is, then leaving after five minutes, shamed face with a current ’emergency’. I have lost count of the amount of times I have been in this situation. I had given up on dating, for all I cared I would have a successful career and come home to a house full of cute, fluffy dogs. (See, you can still find love!)

Anyway, back onto topic. My sister had completed the application, which feels like an interrogation, I might add. She scored a lovely young man within three weeks of being online… Now, I asked myself if this was feasible? How on earth has she found someone in such a small segment of time. Here they are, seven months later, happily and smitten. I cannot say I am jealous of them, just what they have. So I thought, f**k it!

Now, my application took me for what seemed like eternity. I felt like I was signing up for a health test, endless questions which seemed to have no ounce of relevance for meeting someone. (What does it matter if I was last born?!) I was finally set up, having chosen a suitable picture, which I must say, was rather adorable. I left it and came back an hour later, I was overwhelmed by the amount of responses I received. There were a few which I was put off by, some dive in and provide you with their life story. I can respect that, but, it can be a little bit irritating.

Eventually, I had my first date in a warm, cosy coffee shop. (Yes, a quick escape if needed!) By my standards, it had gone really well. I gentle touch on his forearm, his shy touch on my waist, a fairytale ending was due. At closing time, we rose to leave and the bombshell was dropped. ‘So, would you consider gaining twenty pounds?’…Excuse me?! Had I not been dumbstruck by his words, I would have fallen to the floor in fits of laughter. Yes, he had asked me to GAIN twenty pounds in weight. I stuttered for a little bit before being completely defiant! Out was coming my feminism streak and sheer shock. I said my piece before he finished with…’if you can’t compromise this early on in our relationship, then I don’t see how this would work.’

Safe to say, I walked out and never looked back! After another two more dates, I decided it was time to stay on my own for a little while longer. Perhaps it was a good idea to meet men in person, online seemed so generic. You know the person you’re talking to is speaking to at least three other people, kind of like your fighting for their attention. Hats off to my sister, but, I for one, will stick to being single for a while longer…

Product Review: Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation

Hi all!

I recently discovered a new foundation by Maybelline. It is the Dream Flawless Nude Foundation. The bottle appears to be dainty and delicate with an upwards ombre effect. I had finished my Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation (which I loved!) so I thought I would give a new foundation a try. I opted for shade 10, Ivory, which is the lightest shade that they do. Unfortunately, this foundation has no SPF Factor.

If you’re looking for a more natural, light foundation, then this is the product for you. I would describe the wand to have a tear drop at the end which you dab on your finger and apply to your face. (You can also use a CLEAN beauty blender or brush.) It gives even coverage, although, I personally layer it on to get the effect I am looking for. It gives minimalistic coverage to the skin, so definitely a foundation for the ‘natural look.’

The upside of this foundation is that it feels gorgeous on the skin! I cannot express this enough! It feels like satin on your skin, it is so soft and delicate it is like a caress to your face. I found myself sitting there stroking my face while staring at my reflection. (Creepy, I know!) But I marvelled at how wonderful it felt on my skin.

I found that is wore off after a few hours. I applied it at 7:30am and it had worn off by 1:30pm, I had been outside for an hour and that’s it! I felt irritated by that, but, it isn’t a long lasting coverage. I found that it dried around any blemishes that I had which made them much more obvious. (I had applied moisturiser before I put it on.)

Overall, I am slightly disappointed. I expected more from Maybelline and it did not deliver. I will not repurchase this foundation, and unless you have the time to keep re-applying, then I don’t recommend you invest in this product.

maybelline dream flawless nude

Have a great day my lovelies!

OOTD!

Hello everyone!

I have to admit, I was very excited to get dressed today. For the first time in what I can remember, the sun was shining! It was blissful! It was rather mild, which is good for February. It just reminds me that Spring is on the way, something which I am incredibly excited about!  I relished the opportunity to be able to wear a dress without tights, all you ladies will understand what I mean!

So, here is my outfit of the day!

This beautiful dress is from Karen Millen. It is made from cotton and is incredibly flattering, I enjoy the floral pattern the most!

karen millen blue floral cotton dres

Next,  these stunning high heels are from Brian Atwood. They are very comfortable, considering the height! The lace up design helps to hold my foot firmly in place without it slipping around. My favourite part is the buckle, I think it adds the finishing touch!brian atwood

I brought this necklace from Accessorize in the Summer of 2014 I believe. The blue coil reminds me of ancient Rome and Greece designs. It is flattering to the neck and makesit appear slimmer, the sparkles do not rub or fall off at all.

blue glitter accessorize necklace

I finished off this outfit with a bag from my collection of Michael Kors handbags. I have built up quite a large collection,  I do really enjoy both his clothing and handbags. They are superb quality and elegant tastes.

new kors

I hope you all enjoyed my outfit of the day! I am hoping to be able to wear more Summer clothes in the coming weeks.

MAC Collection: Miley Cyrus Viva Glam I

Hi my lovelies!

Today, MAC has released their new Miley Cyrus Viva Glam I collection. There are not many new pieces, the only new additions are the lipstick and lipglass.

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First, the lipstick which has been named Miley Cyrus Viva Glam I. As you can see it is very similar to the packaging of the Viva Glam Rihanna collection. I would consider it to be more of a red-toned pink, rather vibrant but very similar to other products sold by MAC.  For example, Milan Mode or Impassioned.

miley viva glam lipstickTheir next new product is the Miley Cyrus Viva Glam I lipglass. I have to say that I am impressed with this shade, it reminds me of the Novel Romance Collection. It is a vibrant pink version of Reckless Desire. I feel that this would be a wonderful colour to add to any collection. Personally, I would wear it over MAC’s Shock Value lip pencil. I would recommend anyone to buy this lipglass, although, I would hold off on the lipstick.

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Hope you all enjoy, have a great day my lovelies!

Product Rave: i-Candy Sleek Palette

Hi everyone!

I have not done a product rave in a long time, maybe not even on this blog. There has rarely been a product which I really would like to share with people, but, I feel this is one of them. I really enjoy playing around with eye shadow palettes, you can create many different looks.

sleek candy

There are many high-end shadow palettes, they are normally in a price range from £20-£60 a time.These palettes from Sleek, are incredibly pigmented. They stay on for 12 hours at least! The colour pay off is fantastic, they as well have a range of shades to suit individual person. They are currently priced at £7.99 and you can purchase them in most department and beauty stores.

Have a great day my lovelies!

Exciting Giveaway!

Hello my lovelies!

I am excited about hitting the 100 subscribers milestone! I find it truly amazing that I am nearly there. Starting this as a place to share things I enjoy, I look forward to seeing new inspiring things. So, once I meet 100 subscribes, I shall be having a contest to giveaway the new Benefit Roller Lashes mascara! More to come once this finally happens!

Have a great my day lovelies!