Thursday, 28 February 2013

I don't wanna be bad news, but you are, but you are

Jacket / Next
Top / New Look (really old!)
Coloured jeans / New Look
‘Converse’ / New Look
Clutch / Matalan

These jeans are the best jeans I’ve ever owned. Why? Well because they’re super soft and are also 4 sizes smaller than I was this time last year. Oooooh, the best feeling ever! I originally bought these in the size that I am currently in most shops (including New Look which is a bit odd!), but they were baggy at the knees and there was a bit of room at the front. I thought I could live with a little room but then I realised, hell to the no I can’t! I went back to try a size smaller and they fit perfectlyyyy. They are the nicest colour too and are perfect if you want to get in to coloured jeans but don’t want anything that’s too bright or garish.

I’ve finally got to wear my Next ‘Chanel’ style jacket I bought in the Christmas sale; the weather has been dire recently but a bit of sunshine and a slight increase in temperature this week has made me whip it out of my wardrobe so it can have it’s first outing. I love dressing things up and dressing things down and this jacket is included in that rule. I’m planning on wearing it with some smart trousers for a uni interview at the end of March (eeekkk!!) but I love dressing it down with jeans and Converse.

Hope you’re all ok, I have another outfit post going up on Saturday so make sure to check back then! 
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Title : Nasty Habits - You Me At Six

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Guest Post: The perfect Mother's Day present

I was contacted a few weeks ago about doing guest posts*. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time since blogging has been a little on the slow side recently so I grabbed the opportunity with my Essie (always Essie!) manicured hands. Mother’s Day is soon (Sunday 10th March!) and for everyone who’s stuck on what to get your lovely mum, here’s a gift guide to help with the always difficult (eeek, so soon after Christmas!)  task of what to get for your mum. It’s actually helped me, I did think of two gifts mentioned prior to receiving the gift guide so I must be on the right page!

Top five mother’s day tips:
I love my mum. She’s saved as ‘Madre’ in my phonebook. She always answers the phone when I call and always rings when I text. She always tries to arrange a time when we can meet, sit in that cafe we both love and natter ‘til we’re three cups full. Sometimes I have to make up an excuse and delay our meet because I’m too busy – it kills me to disappoint her.

My mum has always brushed off Mother’s day, because she claims it’s ‘just another Hallmark holiday’. And maybe she’s right but I always end up getting her a card and a gift anyway. I can’t help myself. How can I ignore my mum? She’s mum and deserves gratitude.

But here’s the thing: I’m not actually very good at buying Mother’s day gifts. One year I bought her tickets to go and see Stomp and she couldn’t stand the noise. ‘This is rubbish’ she whispered. Another year I booked tickets to ride the London Eye and on the day we went it was overcast and raining - we saw as far as the Houses of Parliament.

I had to change my approach. ‘Go small but sweet’ I kept telling myself. Last year I finally did; it worked. I’ll be doing the same this year.

Here are my own top five Mother’s Day gifts. Gifts that are small in stature but packed full of sentiment and love:

1 - Keepsake Chests
Keepsake Chests are a brilliant sentimental gift used by the recipient to store mementos from a special time, event or place. Although they come in varying shapes and sizes, they can be personalised to bear the recipient’s name or inscribed with an emotive message. They of course vary in price - depending on their size - but smaller, quality Keepsake Chests can cost from £20 up wards, so they’re affordable too.

2 - Sprucing things up in the bed
No, I’m not implying what you think I’m implying. Even though the title does sort of imply what you think I’m implying, I’m not implying it – get it? Anyway buying your mother, say, bed linen for Mothers Day may seem a little bit odd but it’s actually a great present to give: you know it will be used; you know it will last a long time and you know if you choose the right colour, design, etc she’ll like it too. You don’t have to get her just bed linen of course. You could get pillow covers, bed covers, duvet covers - anything to make the bed even more appealing!

3 - Scented Candles
Scented candles are a win-win present especially if you know the sort of scents your mother enjoys. And think of it this way: a sweet pungent smell pervading round the house will provide a constant remind her of you as well - it’s like you’re always at home even when you’re not. Scented candles are cheap too; like I said: win –win.

4 - Tote Bags
Now that spring is just around the corner, you might be thinking that the perfect Mothers Day present comes in the form of new jeans, a shirt or other clothing items, but think again. Whenever I’ve bought my mother new clothes she’s always ended taking them back. So much so that when i do buy her clothes as a gift idea she always insists on being given the receipt as well.
So what better way to perk up the wardrobe then than with a nice new bag – or tote bag to be more precise - as they’re especially popular during the summer months.
Tote bags are easy to carry, relatively inexpensive and perfect for summer jaunts to the beach, the nearby park and or even while shopping.

5 - Photo Frames never fail
And do you know what? They don’t. You can’t go wrong giving mummy a photo frame for Mothers Day because even she doesn’t quite like it, she’ll find a place to put it – even if it is the downstairs bathroom. Of course there are loads of shops selling photo frames but to find a rich variety, full of elegant, stylistic designs, The White Company photo frame range is ideal. They have 20 different designs, ranging in styles and sizes, so you’re bound to find something to suit your (or your mothers) taste. They’re affordable too. The cheapest frame starts from just £20! 

*~Mini Disclaimer~ Please note the written content in italics (apart from this disclaimer) was lovingly produced by the writers at Green Light Digital and not myself and features links to products from The White Company. The images were also provided to me (which were resized to keep in line with my image house style, hence the slightly low quality), therefore both the images and the written content is not copyright to myself. Every other written content was produced by myself and is therefore copyrighted to myself.
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Monday, 25 February 2013

Stepping into university life (even if it's baby steps...)

Going to university is something that for a lot of people is a natural decision. After your GCSEs, the next step is to get A-Levels, at either college or 6th Form, then you pack your bags and head off to university.

I’ve never felt the urge to go to uni, even when I was at 6th Form. I was made to apply through UCAS and create a personal statement, so I half-heartedly made an attempt of applying for uni. At the time my only passion was graphic design, it’s something I’d been doing for a few years before then and I thought I’d like to get in to a career in the graphic design industry. I wasn’t 100% in to it; as much as I loved graphic design, I just felt like I was too young at 17/18 to decide what to do for the rest of my life, or at least a big chunk of my life.

After I left 6th Form with my A-Level certificates in my hand I decided to have a year out to figure what I really wanted to do. During this time I realised the career that I wanted to get in to was journalism. It wasn’t a career that I randomly picked out of a hat; I’ve been a fan of writing and producing written content most of my life, it was just something I never thought I'd make a career out of. I found a BTEC National Diploma journalism course at a local college and applied, hoping this would give me the skills I needed. The course was extremely varied, we covered everything from interviewing, radio news, TV programming to photography. Even though the course was varied, it still didn’t change my outlook and what I wanted to do which is feature/magazine/newspaper work. Ultimately I want to write, write and write all day long!

After two years of the course I came out with a Triple Distinction grade, which is the highest you can get. I’m always going to be proud of that; I wasn’t the highest achiever at school and there was always someone who got better grades than me so I felt really proud of myself to get the highest possible grade. I had another year out and I tried my hardest to get work experience, which I managed to get a day at ITV Calendar News, the ITV regional news for Yorkshire and the Humber. It was an amazing experience, I felt so lucky and honoured to be able to join them for the day.

I’m not sure what made me realise that university was finally for me, one day I suddenly realised that uni was the next stage of my life that I needed to take.  I went from being pretty negative towards uni, thinking it wasn’t for me, to being all over uni prospectuses, working out which course and which universities are the best for me. I applied through UCAS, got a college tutor to do my reference and typed up my personal statement. Suddenly something that seemed a waste of time became something I wanted to spend all of my time doing. Now I WANT to go to uni, I WANT to spend all day in lectures and seminars and I WANT to become the best journalist I can be with the help of university.

University isn’t for everyone; it all comes down to what career path you want to go down. Want to be an electrician? Apprenticeships are for you. Want to get in to the makeup/beauty industry? Sometimes college qualifications and work experience are all you need. There’s always an, often non-spoken rule, that you have to get A-Levels and then go get a degree in order to become successful in your career; and that’s not always the case.

As much as I’m happy about my decision to finally go, there is a little factor niggling at the back of my mind. I’ll be 26 when I graduate and that really bothers me. When I was younger (and more naive to be fair!) I planned that by 26 I’ll be married (or at least engaged) with my own house, fancy car in the drive and my dream job. At 26 I’ll only just be starting my career, but as one friend once put it, isn’t it better spending a bit more time and effort in gaining the qualifications and skills needed for the job that you will do for the rest of your life? And she’s right. I’d much rather be 26 and just getting started in my career than being 26 and stuck in a dead end job that I hate. I feel that now I have more life experiences (both personal and career wise) and I’m mentally more prepared that I would have been when I was 18, for what university entails.

In the meantime, blogging is getting me through the 7+ month wait until I take my first few baby steps in to university life. I’m hoping to improve my writing skills ready for uni and I’m glad to say that I’m finally ready for uni, even if I’m a few years behind!

I hope this has given you an insight in to why I’ve left choosing to go to university until I’m older; I’d love to hear if you decided not to go to uni and your reasons why. Have you gone to uni and quit half way through? Let me know!

P.S – Life has taken over in the past week or so, hence the lack of blogging!
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Friday, 15 February 2013

Washing my makeup brushes

This is probably the most boring post ever, so I apologise now! I don’t normally bother reading these types of posts because they don’t often appeal to me but I thought I’d keep the written content to a minimum and be a little arty with the photos instead. Why? Because washing your makeup brushes isn’t really rocket science. Whilst it isn’t rocket science it really is a boring and mundane task that every girl tries to postpone for as long as possible. In an ideal world, I’d wash them everyday after I’ve done my makeup to help stop the spread of nasties harbouring in the bristles, but in all honestly, I can’t be bothered. I do wash them every 2 weeks, although I’d love to do them every week and I may try getting myself in to a routine of doing so. I’m sure you could wash them with most liquid cleaning solutions aimed at being used for your hair/body, such as shampoo or your usual body wash, however I prefer to use baby shampoo. Baby shampoo is the mildest of shampoos available so it’s perfect to use makeup brushes. I’m using the Johnson’s Baby shampoo because it was on offer at the time when I bought it, but when it runs out I will more than likely just buy a supermarket’s own brand of baby shampoo. I also lay them flat on a towel to dry because leaving them upright to dry can sometimes make the glue go nasty, leaving the bristles falling out.

What do you use to clean your makeup brushes?
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Thursday, 14 February 2013

New In: Makeup & skincare feat Rimmel, Maybelline, MUA and more!

I’ve picked up a few (actually quite a lot!) of makeup and skincare bits recently. Thankfully roughly half was bought with my last wage and half was paid with my most recent wage, although I’m on a spending ban from now on, how long it will last I don’t know! I apologise in advance for the long post, cookies for you if you finish reading it all!

I haven’t actually worn these Katy Perry lashes yet, but I’m a massive fan of Katy and decided I had to get these. I have two other pair of lashes that I’ve never ever worn (a cheap, OTT pair and some Nicola Girls Aloud festival pair) and I really wanted some natural ones that I could get away with wearing during the day as well as at night. ‘Sweetie Pie’ is the most natural of the 4 designs so I bought those. The packaging is really cute too, although I really don’t understand the concept of the sticker?! Please let me know if you do! I On a separate occasion I bought some more of the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Deep Repair Treatment Mask, which I did a review on a few months back. I use it once a week and I only have another weeks’ worth and it was definitely a re-purchase product.

I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the Rimmel Apocolips yet. I bought ‘Luna Eclipse’ and I find it sinks in to any dry bits and doesn’t look as glossy and nice as I thought it would. I’m hoping I learn to love it soon! I’ve been using the 17 Peep Show mascara for around a year now and I love it, but I heard about a similar mascara being launched in the beginning of the year. I do like ‘Doll’d Up’, it gives my lashes length and separation but doesn’t really give me the volume I’m after so I apply a quick coat of Peep Show after. I got the 3 dot liner free when I bought the mascara and I’ve haven’t tried it yet but I’ve wanted to try one of these eyeliners after the Clarins one came out a while back.

I popped in to Superdrug a couple of weeks ago when I was out with my grandparents and I picked up one of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream eye shadows that have been out for ages. I’ve never really expressed an interest in these; the shades have never appealed to me but saw an offer on them so decided to take a closer look. I’ve never seen the ‘Pink Gold’ shade before; both in-store or blog reviews and it’s such a beautiful colour. I wasn’t sure how to apply this; I first started with a brush and failed, then tried my finger and blending out with a No7 blending brush which worked a treat for me.

I bought the MUA ‘Glitter Ball’ palette when I was with my Mum and she was buying it. The shades look so pretty and I can’t wait to start trying them out. MUA is my favourite brand for eye shadow palettes because they’re so cheap and the shades are beautiful. I’ve wanted to try some micellar water since Bioderma came around but I was always put off by the price. I’ve heard of B. Pure after reading about it in a Superdrug magazine. The range is exclusive to Superdrug (don’t quote me on that!) and is pretty cheap. I use face wipes when I’ve been at work and I use a Botanics cleanser to take my makeup off on regular days. I always have to wash my face after because I hate the feeling that it leaves on my skin so I was drawn to micellar waters because you don’t need to rinse after. I bought the pore strips after watching Zoe’s video; I think a lot of people have traipsed to Boots/Superdrug in the hunt of pore strips after watching her Boots haul video!

Thanks if you read all of that! I don’t blame you if you got bored or tired after reading that; it’s nearly 11pm when I’m typing this and it’s given me a headache and I’m definitely ready for bed now!
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Weekly Update 12/2/13

New bedding – Where are you Summer? – Payday treats – Cheeky selfie in Revolution – Sausage and cheese sandwich – Oops.

I’ve changed the name from ‘Sunday Update’ to ‘Weekly Update’ which is a little bland I’ll admit but I’m never posting on a Sunday anymore. I’m often busy on Sundays and I kind of disliked having a set day to post it, because I felt like I was a bad blogger if I didn’t get it posted on time. This post will be posted every week, but the day will vary. Sometimes it might be a Sunday, sometimes a Tuesday, it all depends when I get round to posting. The label will still be ‘Sunday Update’ so that way weekly posts will be all together under one label.

I hope the weather gets better soon! I’m yearning for weather that I can wear my sunglasses and nice summery clothes rather than having to layer up all the time!

Hope you’re all well guys!
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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF 15

I picked this up from Selfridges when I was in Manchester back in late January. I’ve read up about this quite a bit and decided I needed to get this to help battle my tomato face. I think my redness is heat related; central heating and having the fire on really triggers redness in my face and also on my d├ęcolletage, although sometimes it’ll flare up even in average temperatures. It’s really annoying because it’s  not only on my cheeks but also my chin and sometimes my nose and it affects my confidence a lot when I notice my face going red. I already have a cream from 17 that is pretty old, I don’t even think it’s stocked anymore, but that doesn’t really help protect my skin from going red throughout the day.

 This Clinique Protective Base acts as a primer and is green-tinted to calm any redness I have before I apply my makeup. Unfortunately it isn’t a miracle product; I don’t think any product can help redness flaring up during the day but I do notice that I’m not flaring up as often as I did before and if I do it’s not as red and obvious.

The consistency is quite thick and I find I don’t really need a lot to cover my face. I can see this lasting ages so the £16 price tag doesn’t really bother me. I know I sound really tight with my money (I’m not really!) but when it comes to makeup/skin care, I hate buying things that I end up not agreeing with then I’ve wasted my money. I am trying to take more risks, although I do a lot of research in to products before I buy them!
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Friday, 8 February 2013

Cath Kidston Honeysuckle hand cream

Like everyone and their mother (including my own), I adore Cath Kidston. In an ideal world my entire house will be Cath Kidston-esque; think floral teapots and tea towels in the kitchen, floral bedding I the bedroom and basically everything will be floral and pretty. The beauty range from Cath Kidston is an easy route in to building up a Cath collection because it’s usually the cheapest of the entire range.

I was insanely happy when I saw my local TK Maxx had stocked some Cath beauty goodies and out of the lot (miniature shower gels, hand wash); I figured I’d get more use of this hand cream. I also bought one for my Cath Kidston-mad mum too. TK Maxx stock it for half price compared to what you’d pay for it in a Cath Kidston shop, which is a pretty good saving. I’ve checked the CK website and this particular edition isn’t available online so I’m guessing its last season’s, although TK Max can stock current season products. The hand cream comes in a massive 100ml tube, which is pretty good for a hand cream. The tube is metal and retro and the typical Cath Kidston packaging. It’s also nice that it comes in a sealed box, so you can easily see if someone has opened and tested the cream. The scent is a lovely floral scent and I’m guessing it’s what honeysuckle smells like although I’ve never smelt it before! It rubs in really nice and leaves my hands feeling soft (and smelling great too!).

Have you bought any Cath Kidston bargains at TK Maxx? I’d love to know!
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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser

I bought this when I was in Manchester and I didn’t really intend to buy it then, but it was one of those ‘of the moment’ kind of purchases. I’ve read a few reviews on this and I have wanted to buy it for a while but intended it get it sometime in February when I get a bonus from work. We went in to Boots to buy a lip balm and I noticed the Liz Earle counter and I couldn’t resist having a wander over.

I do love this moisturiser, only it’s too ‘heavy’ for me to use it during the day. I did intend to use it both during the day and as my night time moisturiser and whilst it does sink it in to my skin, I still feel like it’s on the surface of my skin. It’s something that annoys me slightly, so because of this I just use it at night and use my Simple Oil Balancing moisturiser during the day. Saying all of this, it does leave my skin really soft. There is a light version of this so I might buy that so I can use it both at night and during the day.

The price is a little off-putting for me; I usually buy under a fiver ones from Boots, but I am trying to put a little more thought (and money) in to what I put on my skin. A little goes a long way as they say and I only have to use a small amount to cover my face and neck. I love the tub too; it looks really pretty on my mini cupcake stand that I use for my night products.

I would probably re-purchase this when I run out, although I would probably get the light version, if it’s more suitable.
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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Sunday Update 3/2/13

OOTD – Cinema time – First ASOS magazine in ages – Ooops – Yet another Disney movie – I have a lot of hair bows… - Treating me and my mother – New jewellery hangers.

I didn’t get chance to post as much as I wanted through the week because from Tuesday until Friday our internet was down. I fortunately had my data on my phone so I could still check Twitter/Instagram/Facebook *priorities* but I couldn’t blog. Annoying! It’s back *hopefully* now so all is good!

I went to see Movie 43 on Monday and it was pretty poor! Considering it has people like Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman and Emma Stone in, it was a pretty crap storyline! If you’re in to really, really crude humour then you’ll probably enjoy it but even I thought it was pretty tasteless and I’m a massive Inbetweeners fan.

Hope you all have a lovely week!
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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Just like wildfire, been burning now for days

Top / Matalan
Disco Pants / River Island
'Converse' / New Look
Necklace / Primark
Bracelet / Gifted (Accessorize)

Please note I do actually have a head, awkward lighting meant that if I had my head in the photo it made it awful and blurry ~blogger problems~. I wore this outfit two days in a row (making most of an outfit there…), I first wore it to the cinema and dinner and then because I loved it I decided to wear it the next day to go shopping with my Grandparents. Both the top and the disco pants had their first outing since I bought them (the top I bought in August last year and the disco pants in November), I’m really terrible for buying things and not wearing them for months. 

I love these ‘disco pants’, although because of my body shape hem (bit of a belly!) and the high-waistedness of them,  I find myself having to attempt to pull them up but they’re pretty hard to pull up! But they’re so comfy and I find them more flattering on me if I turn them up at the bottom. I’m self-conscious of the tightness of them so I have to wear a long top that covers my bum and I don’t really have any that aren’t dresses but then I remembered the top I bought way back in August. I really like the loose fit of it and the colour; they had a few more colours and I regret not buying more because I really do love this top! I’m on the hunt for some more basic longish, loose fitted tops like this, so if anyone knows of any, please let me know!

The ‘Converse’ are from New Look and are really good value for £9.99. My friend Danya bought me the London charm bracelet a few days after I broke up with my ex as a cheering up present. It’s a really heart-warming gift and I absolutely adore it because she knows how much I love London and it really brought a smile to my face.

A quick side note -  I WON A GIVEAWAY! I won one of the prizes in Ashleigh’s giveaway and I won the second prize, the super cute Glamorous dress! It’s the one prize I REALLY wanted so I’m glad I’ve got my mitts on! I love polka dots, peter pan collars and skater dresses/skirts so basically this is the perfect dress in my eyes. I think that was the second ever giveaway that I’ve entered and I won something; so happy!
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Title : Crash - You Me At Six