Rings.

17 April 2014 · 14 Comments



From L to R: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Rings 4 and 5 are available with 10% off using the unique code USG10

Nails - Essie Bikini So Teeny

I've been loving wearing rings recently, so I thought that I would share you a couple that have gracing my fingers, a lot. I usually go for simple and dainty styles, but I like to stack and mix and match different metals to give them a less girly look. Unfortunately, I can't get links for all of them, since some of them were bought on holidays in markets and such, but I always think is that bit more special to have jewellery that is unique to you. It's nice to have things that you know you won't bump into someone else wearing, plus the memories that they hold are a lovely reminder of past times. There's also a super exciting dupe in there for the Sunday Collection's Wishbone ring, which I featured in a post back here. I found it for about an eighth of the price on a website called BornPrettyStore and just had to share it with you. I got it in a different finish, since I didn't want two of exactly the same, but the shape looks incredibly similar to me, and there is the option for silver on the website, what do you think? 

Are you a ring lover? How do you wear your rings? 

Sexy Pulp.

15 April 2014 · 14 Comments


As much as I love my L'Oreal Telescopic, having the waterproof version means that removing it at the end of the day can be a right pain (plus all that tugging on my eyelashes made me feel they were vulnerable to falling out) so I was on the hunt for something a little gentler and everyday appropriate. Enter the arrival of this Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara into my life, the answer to may prayers. It isn't a brand that I've heard that much about before, so I was really excited to get the opportunity to try this mascara out, here's how it fared...

The first thing I noticed on opening this was the size of the brush, it's pretty massive, but luckily (having worked with Rimmel Scandaleyes before - a big brush if ever I saw one) I've got the technique with these sorts of brushes down. If you're not used to these types of brushes, it may be a little difficult to get used to at first, accuracy isn't really its fine point, but the shape, denseness of the bristles, really allows you to grab every single lash whilst the plastic wand ensures that there is minimal clumping. 

Whilst I'm normally a length type of person, I'd say that this mascara delivers more on volume. It really plumps up the lashes and separates them, making it look like I have a lot more of them than I actually do, and adds a nice impact to my lash line. It doesn't go to extremes, I'd class it more as a natural mascara, which will be really nice for everyday wear. I usually layer up with about two coats, but you could easily carry on with a couple more if you wanted to, with absolutely no danger of clumping. 

It's definitely one to pick up, and I think a repurchase is definitely on the cards for me once the first bottle runs out. What about you, what mascaras do you love for everyday wear? 

Birthday.

13 April 2014 · 23 Comments

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It's my birthday next week (the 17th) so I thought I would put together a little wish list of all the things that I have been lusting after recently! I have it on pretty good authority that I may be getting a new phone for my birthday *insert heart eyed emoji* so it wouldn't be right not to add a couple of phone cases to the list, would it? 

Also on my wish list, is a new camera. I've been using my old one for a pretty long time now, and whilst I do love it, I think I have just outgrown it, and now want something that has more manual options so that I can have a bit better control over my photos. I've been saving up for ages, and have asked for some money towards it from some relatives (just in case you thought I was asking for a phone  and a camera!) so I really hope that this birthday my dreams can come true. 

And what would a birthday be without some high end lipsticks? (if you're beauty obsessed, of course - I'm not under the impression that everyone has as much as a problem with makeup as me). The two that I have set my sights on recently have been the Chanel Lipstick in Boy or YSL Lipstick Nude in Private, which both look like stunning shades that could be worn easily, and on an everyday basis. 

What have you been wishing for lately? 

Sweet Pea.

10 April 2014 · 23 Comments

If you've been following me for a while now, you will now that I have wanted to try some Bath and Body Works products for ages, but being an American brand, they are super hard to get hold of and I couldn't get them ages. So when a friend came back from a holiday there, and had bought me a mini collection as a present, I was over the moon. 

As soon as I smelt these, it was love. A sweet, floral, fruity and light  scent, it's a real people pleaser - and a welcome addition to my shower routine. It's definitely very much a day time scent, and not something that you would want to wear going out in the evening, but it will be absolutely perfect come spring and summer. 

But it's not just the scents which are incredible - the formulas of these things also deserve a mention. The body spray is my favourite of the three, lasts a good amount of time for a spray (around 4-ish hours on me) and the really useful travel size means that it is perfect for taking to school or around and about. The shower gel lathers up to a rich silky foam, and doesn't feel drying on the skin in the slightest, like a lot tend to do. The Body Cream sinks in easily (always a winner - who wants slippery legs?) and provides a light layer of moisture. 

Overall, I'm really impressed with my initial foray into Bath and Body Works, and am already planning what to get next. Obessesed? Me? Noooo .... 

Have you tried Bath and Body Works, what is your favourite from the range?

H

A Beauty Blender Dupe?

08 April 2014 · 40 Comments


Flawless Blender Sponge - £1.99*
(plus 10% off with the unique code USG10)

Ever since they came out, I've lusted after a beauty blender, but the £16 (sixteen whole pounds for a sponge!) price made me hold on to my pennies. As the dupes started filtering their way down through the market I knew it was only a matter of time before one became mine, and now, it finally has. 

Sponges and me have never really got on before, but I just knew that this one was going to be different. When I first started wearing makeup, I had a bag of the white wedge ones that I must have bought in a pack of 100 from the 99p store; they gave a horrible cake-y finish which was thick and heavy, and I hated them. This sponge is where all that changes. Designed to be used damp or dry to buff in and perfect your base, it gives a flawless, airbrushed and extremely natural finish to any foundation. To use, I begin by pouring a little foundation out onto my hand, dipping the sponge in and then tapping it all over my face to buff it in. I feel like it does lighten the coverage of whatever you put on, but this can easily be rectified by adding another layer, or left for a lighter, everyday look depending on what you fancy. 

The shape and texture of this really work. The bottom, rounder shape is great for all over, whilst the tip works really well to get to hard to reach places, like around the nose and under the eyes, as well as setting and concealing. After swiping concealer where I need it, I then go ahead and 'stipple and twist' this and it works like a dream. Unlike brushes or fingers, it keeps the coverage concentrated where you need it, just slightly blending at the edges so that everything blends seamlessly into the skin. It's also nice and dense, unlike those good floppy sponges of old, so it doesn't end up swallowing everything and really stipples everything into the skin, to get a nice natural base.

Due to personal preferences, there are some regions that it does fall down in. I feel that it gives a much more matte finish than using brushes or fingers, which may be good for some, but personally I prefer the more glow-y look - nothing that can't be fixed with a good dose of highlighter though. The second is the cleaning, and much harder to combat I fear. I've tried everything that I can think of, and so far nothing has made is clean, which makes me slightly apprehensive about continually putting it on my skin over a long period of time. Recommendations would be much appreciated. 

It's not quite a fair comparison with the original beauty blender, since I haven't actually tried it, but it's fair to say that this definitely has it's own merits. What do you think of sponges, have you tried the beauty blender? 

Si.

06 April 2014 · 19 Comments



You know those scents that are so good you can't help yourself but keep sniffing, yep, this is one of those. It's one that I always gave a little test in beauty halls, but ended up leaving because it didn't seem exciting enough. When a bottle finally did become mine though, that's exactly what made it so perfect for me; it can be worn as an everyday perfume, perfect for any occasion. With Spring (almost) here, it's nice to switch up the heavier scents with something a bit lighter an fresher, and this fits the bill perfectly. With notes of cassis nectar, modern chypre and light musky wood (a little bit of googling may have been needed for that description) it's sweet but balances well with the musky base notes, feminine but not too floral and fresh. For me, the blackcurrant is what comes through the most, but this dies down quickly and becomes a more woody scent whilst retaining some of the sweetness, which I really love. 

It lasts well, is a pretty good price for a high end perfume, and is already getting me excited for the spring time. 

Any perfume that has me dreaming of blue skies and bare legs is a winner in my book. What about you? Do you have any favourite spring time scents?