Thursday, 24 July 2014

The name, the colour, the bottle; I think I love everything about this little nail polish! This is my third nail polish from Tanya Burr’s cosmetic line, called the uber cute ‘Penguin Chic’. It’s a beautiful grey colour, which is completely different to anything I own, and I have a lot of nail polishes! The nail polish comes in a beautiful simple square bottle, which has a black lid and a simple autograph on the front.

I’ve wanted this nail polish since it first launched, so I wasted no time trying it out! It took me a couple of coats to get the colour looking how I wanted it too. The first coat isn’t very opaque and a little bit blotchy in appearance. However, 2 or 3 coats gives you a lovely opaque colour. The polishes are really glossy in appearance and dry very quickly, they have everything I look for in a polish!

These polishes were exclusive to Feel Unique for a little while, but you can now get them from a lot of different places, including Superdrug and Look Fantastic!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Another week has passed and another wednesday has begun so its time for another weekly roundup.

I'll start with the obvious thing this week; the heat. Holy moly, hasn't it just been ridiculous! I know most people are a big fan of the summer sun, but when it gets this hot I struggle. I've actually been commuting to work this last week and it's actually been 32 degrees on the train. It's not comfortable, that's for sure! It's been so warm that I've swapped my hot coffee in the mornings for cold iced lattes, so dreamy. My favourite this summer is Costa's Caramel Latte, it's just like a coffee smoothie, delicious!

This weekend Chris' mum and dad celebrated their 28th anniversary so we cooked a bit of a celebration meal. We had steak skewers to start, slow cooked lamb shank for main and then a blackberry and lemon fool for dessert. I took lots of pictures, so I'll be sharing the recipes here soon! On Sunday I headed for a quick coffee date with my friend Amber, I had one of my Costa coolers and we chatted lots. 

My skin has been desperate for some TLC this week, it doesn't like the heat! So I took the opportunity on Sunday morning to do a face mask! I love the Origins Clear Improvements Mask. I also gave my brushes a much needed clear, the good thing about this weather is that the brushes dry really quickly! I also repainted my nails with Essie's Lilacism, I just love this colour, it's so beautiful! It's a stunning pastel purple so it's fabulous in the summertime. 

This week I shared my top five favourite mint nail polishes. I cannot get enough of mint this summer and I'm gathering quite a collection. I also shared a Glossybox review, a Blueberry Muffin recipe and wrote about my 'forgotten essentials'. We all have products we use everyday but forget to blog about, so I took my chance to sing the praises of my essentials. If you're heading to Sephora anytime soon, I also shared my review of the Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush which is a stunning cream blusher!

That's all for this week? Have you had a good week? Do you like the hot weather?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

After winning the Sewlomax Makeup Bag earlier this year I fell head over heels for the brand. I found myself browsing the website and making a mental note of everything I wanted to add to my collection. Before I knew it I had quite a list of things I fancied, everything was just too cute and right up my street. With my spending being on a  restricted diet, I was doing well resisting all the things I wanted. However, when I saw Emma tweet about the Sewlomax sale, I couldn't wait any longer. I headed to the website and was overjoyed that the 'Bite Me' tea towels had been reduced in the sale to a tiny £2 from £5. I picked up two and they arrived super quickly, wrapped in the beautiful Sewlomax tissue paper. 

The tea towels are such good quality, the fabric is really thick and the hand stitched embroidery is just stunning. I know these tea towels are going to look beautiful in my new kitchen when it's finished. Now I just need to convince myself to use them, they are just too pretty to get dirty!

If you fancy treating yourself to a Sewlomax piece, you can check out Emma's website or head to her Not On The High Street Shop!

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Stars and Stripes Glossybox is the July 2014 box for the UK. Boasting four sized items and one sample product from 'across the pond'. The products came in a fetching limited edition box, covered in stars and stripes, with the cardboard menu, but no magazine this month? I'm not sure if they've stopped doing the magazine and I missed the menu, or if my box got missed. Inside the box I received:

Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer by Absolute New York
Glossybox say this is a super creamy and oil free formula. I love trying out eyeshadow primers so I'll definitely try it out. It's even fragrance free which is good!

Carmex Lip Balm Pot
This product is no secret to us UK folk as it's readily available here, yet I've never tried it out. Carmex claim it's the pharmacist's #1 recommended lip balm for over 10 years. It aims to give long lasting relief for dry and chapped lips. I'll definitely be trying this out too!

Color Club Glossy Seal Nail Polish
We all know I love a good nail polish. This colour is exclusive to Glossybox and it's actually a really nice shade. I have a thing for blue shades so I can't wait to try it, I'm sure it will feature in a NOTD soon enough!

Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick 'Mandarina'
I know a lot of people were excited by the lipstick in this months Glossybox. In all fairness it's a full sized product retailing £20, but lipstick doesn't really rock my socks. Especially when it's bright orange, I can't rock this shade! 

Pur Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque
If there is one thing I love it's a good face mask, especially a clay mask! I will definitely be giving this a go in the near future. My skin is really greasy and oily in this heat, so it needs all the help it can get.

When you break down the contents of the box, it's actually fairly good. I was not blown away when I first opened it, but I'll make good use out of the majority of the products. There's nothing worse than paying for something you can't even use! Hopefully I'll have some reviews of these products soon!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

If there is one colour that seems to capture my attention this year, it's mint green! If it's not on my nails, it's on the walls in our home, we've got mint in our kitchen and one of our bathrooms. It's safe to say I'm a little bit obsessed. I've gathered quite a collection of mint nail polishes that I've been using on rotation, so I thought I'd share them with you! There's something very therapeutic about having them all swatched, so I've put them all next to each other on a nail wheel for you to compare. Let me give you the run down: (I'm moving from left to right in both pictures)

First up is Models Own Magpie Green, it's one of the Models Own Speckled Egg Collection which was released at Easter Time. I actually won the whole collection from Superdrug, but this is my absolute favourite. The speckles just add that extra dimension to your nail colour and it looks like mini eggs, what could be better? I'm not normally a big fan of Models Own's formulation, but I am a big fan of the Speckled Egg collection. It applies really nicely and dries quickly.

I picked up Sinful Colors Mint Apple in the US when I visited in March. It is actually very close to the colour of a real green apple when you compare it to all the other shades. It has a very subtle shimmer in it, so it's perfect if you like a bit of a glitter. This polish couldn't be anymore of a bargain if it tried. It's an incredible formula and the quality is miles above the £2 price point.

Breakfast in Bed by Rimmel was released as part of their collaboration with Rita Ora. It's one beautiful colour, if you look closely, you'll notice how close it is to Essie's Mint Candy Apple. However up close it does have a bit of a shimmer in it which the Essie shade doesn't have. However it does fall short on the formula, in fact the formula is the worst of all these shades. It's streaky and it's very difficult to work with, you need a few coats to be happy with the finish.

Essie Mint Candy Apple is the fourth swatch on the wheel and I think it's my favourite of the five. It deserves all the hype it has and it's just beautiful, well worth £7.99 and it's just lovely. The formula is very good too, it's hard to make light work of a pastel formula but Essie do, I LOVE this polish.

Last on the list is Bourjois Green Fizz and it's something for the sisters who like a it of a brighter shade on the nails. It's a beautiful lime green shade which looks incredible with a tan (not that I ever tan!) If you like neon shades you'll love this, it's got such a beautiful high shine finish and the brush is just a dream to use.

What is your favourite mint green nail polish shade?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Today I'm sharing my recipe for these beautiful blueberry muffins! 

A couple of weeks ago I had a request from Chris to make some muffins! I normally make cherry muffins, but I've been loving blueberries recently so decided to try something new. I actually just used my normal recipe for muffins and adapted it to add the blueberries. To make these beautiful Blueberry Muffins, you will need;

175g Margarine 
175g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs
300g Self Raising Flour
150ml Milk
1 teaspoon of Baking Powder

In order to make the muffins you just use the standard creaming method that you use to make sponge cakes. Cream the sugar and margarine together, and whip in one egg at a time. Add in the milk and then sift in the flour and baking powder. I then spoon half the mixture into 12 cases and add some blueberries, roughly 3 per case. I then spoon the rest of the mixture on top of the blueberries and add 2 more blueberries on the top! This just ensures you get an equal amount of blueberries per muffin!

Cook for 20 minutes at 165 degrees and voila! Amazing muffins! 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Sometimes it’s really easy to forget your everyday essentials. Those items we tend to take for granted, we use them everyday but we’ve never really declared our love for them publically! Today I thought I’d share with you all my everyday essentials, maybe you use them too!

First up are Boots Cotton Pads, now this one sounds a bit uneventful, but if you’ve ever used Superdrug’s cotton pads, you’ll know why. Boots Cotton Pads are a really good size, they are easy to use, they don’t fall apart and they are super soft! I once tried some from Superdrug and they were awful, really scratchy and not very nice to use. I’m not loyal to any particular cotton pad from Boots, I think they are all fantastic and are all really good quality!

Also from Boots are these Makeup Remover Cotton Buds, inside of the standard cotton buds these are shaped for removing makeup mistakes. You get a flat tennis racket shaped side and a pointed side; they are fantastic for mascara emergencies!

I don’t tie up my hair regularly, but when I do I love the Invisibobble hair ties. They are so simple but they are so effective! They don’t crease your hair but still keep your hair tied up nicely.

The HD Brows Tweezers are quite possibly my favourite thing I’ve ever received in a Glossybox, they are definitely the thing I’ve used the most! These tweezers are just incredible, they provide almost painless hair remover and pinpoint precision, what more could you ask for?

I never knew the value of a decent cuticle pusher until my sister (a qualified beautician) gave me one of hers. I just had one that I’d had for years and it was old and knackered, but a brand new one revolutionized my nailcare routine. Sounds silly and simple, but it’s true!

Last up are these little hair clips, I just get them from eBay for next to nothing, but I use them everyday when I do my makeup.

What everyday essentials do you have? I’d love to hear all about them!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

When I picked up the Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush from Sephora, I never thought I’d love it quite as much as I do!

The Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush is a cream blusher with a totally unique formula, which makes it unlike anything else. It’s a highly pigmented blusher which is just packed with beautiful colour, It aims to give you an airbrushed look.

My blusher is in the shade ‘shimmering pink’ and you’d be forgiven for thinking my blusher looks a bit battered, but in fact this is how it comes out of the box. It has a formula that looks like it’s separated but in fact it hasn’t, which is a bit worrying when you don’t know this before hand! The formula is just exquisite, I cannot really find the words to describe it. It’s really light and very soft, you just have to dab in your brush and then you smooth it onto your cheeks. It gives a lovely colour which blends beautifully! Tarte actually say the ‘formula melts into the skin’ and I happy to agree. Even though the pigmentation of this is really strong, the overall look is very soft and very natural! It’s buildable too, so if you want a more dramatic blusher look you can build it up for more of a pop!

I actually use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply this, it’s the only time I’ve ever used the brush for anything other than foundation. Because it’s so densly packed, it’s perfect for picking up the colour of the uber soft blusher and blending it out, without damaging the compact! The only problem I do have with this blusher is that the pigmentation doesn’t seem to last very long, if you have an important day planned, you’d probably need to reapply it after a few hours! I need to try it out with a primer to see if the staying power is a bit better!

I’m completely addicted to this blusher, I cannot get enough and desperately want the other colours available! I actually cannot believe I haven’t heard about anyone else raving about this blusher, it’s definitely a hidden gem!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

These Wednesday’s keep coming around a little too quickly for my liking! The weeks are storming by! It was a fairly good, yet quiet, week at work this week. We are ramping up preparing for our Annual Partner Meeting in a few weeks, so there are lots of videos to be produced and a lot of stress! On Thursday we had a little event where a company bought in lots of different types of bikes and they served vintage ice cream. It was a great idea, except the fact it poured down all day, which was a bit of a shame.

I was knackered when the weekend came around, so I had planned just to sit around being a bit lazy. Chris’ mum suggested we took a walk into town to get out and about for a bit, so my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I went for a mini trek! It was absolutely boiling but it was nice to get out and about for a bit! We stopped and grabbed a frappe from Costa and visited the ducks on the way back. When I got home I wasn’t really feeling myself, I was very tired and running very hot. In fact even now I’m not feeling right, I think I have a bit of sunstroke, I’ve had a strong pain in my neck and a horrible headache for a couple of days. I hope I’m coming out the other side. When it cooled down on Saturday afternoon we had an ice cream in the garden and I took advantage of snapping some flowers looking pretty!

This week Chris’ dad is travelling which means I’m commuting to work by train instead of getting a lift to travelling. I don’t mind the train as I get to watch a lot of YouTube videos, however it does double my journey time from 1 hour to 2 hours. Which means a lot of early mornings and late nights, boo! I did manage to find two copies of Glamour magazine with Chubby Sticks in the train station newsagents, so I was feeling pretty pleased with myself haha!

This week I blogged about a naughty beauty haul featuring the most beautiful palette know to man. I also spoke about my June empties, a beautiful SewLomax makeup bag and even the contents of my Birchbox! If you’re feeling a bit of home baking, I also shared my recipe for gooey chocolate brownies, perfect for a little treat!

I’ve recently discovered the Shaytards, which is a hugely successful vlogging family. Their vlogs are amazing but I’ve been particularly enjoying the ‘When The Kids Go To Sleep’ podcasts. They just including Shay and Colette discussing different topics and they have a wonderful outlook on life!

I hope you all have a fabulous week!
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