Friday, 12 September 2014

Disney Wishlist

Disney wishlist

Black Milk Evil Queen Jacket | Fairytale Collection Mug | Showcase Collection Maleficent
Disney Couture Bangles | Maleficent Dress | Disney Couture Interlocking Rings
Partners Statue | Dumbo Pop Figure | Walt Disney World Holiday

I think I pretty much need all of this in my life. Notice I added a cheeky little Walt Disney World holiday on the end there? That is always on my wishlist! These days, I only really spend money on Disney related things. It’s an obsession. Here is just a a snippet of the things I’ve been lusting after recently. My next big Disney purchase is probably going to be the Aurora 17” limited edition doll (if i manage to get it) or the Aurora and Phillip Designer Couple doll. Yeah… I collect some of the dolls. They’re so pretty! Something that I have been wanting for a while is the Disney Couture Bangles. ‘All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixi dust’ is kind of my life motto as well as ‘have faith in your dreams’. Whenever something goes wrong, those words give me that little something to keep trucking on.

What’s on your Disney wishlist?

xox

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Day at the Seaside

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Blackpool Beach Sunset

Blackpool Pier

Top: Primark
Jeans: Zara
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Gift (Game of Thrones)

So, yesterday me and the other half randomly decided to take a trip to Blackpool. I have many childhood memories of this seaside town, as me and my family always used to visit in autumn to see the illuminations that light up the beach front every year. It’s not the most charming place, being abit grotty around the edges, but most people from the north west of England will probably remember visiting the Blackpool Tower or the Pleasure Beach amusement park at some point in their youth. It’s a little sad really, how British seaside towns aren't doing as well as they used too, with people preferring to go abroad. These days, hen and stag parties flock to the bars here but you can still see some of that seaside charm it once had. As it was pretty warm out, I opted to wear my new Primark purchase in the form of a Hogwarts jumper. This is actually classed at nightwear, picking it up from the PJs section, but I prefer it as a jumper! I also wore my favourite Zara black skinny jeans, in preparation for the night time chill, with some battered old shoes which I wasn't afraid to get dirty. Our day consisted of walking along the beach, playing in the arcades, exploring the piers, eating seaside food (chips, donuts, ice-cream) and looking at the illuminations once night fell. I pestered the boyfriend into taking some outfit photos on the beach, something he’s going to be dragged into doing a lot more in the coming months! He’s done pretty well considering he can hardly even focus a camera! Haha.

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Have you ever been to Blackpool? What’s your local seaside town?

xox

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

A/W 2014 Makeup Trends: Dusty Pink

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Although I've never been one for trends, the makeup lover in me does get a little excited when autumn starts to arrive. I’m sure you’re nodding along with me when i say, bring on the berry lip! Although the season doesn't dictate my lip shade or what eye makeup I wear by any means, when the A/W SpaceNK mini magazine popped through my letterbox, I found myself dying to recreate some of this seasons trends. “Off Duty Ballerina” particularly caught my eye, which is odd as I’m a bold black eyeliner and dark lip kinda girl, while this is very feminine and girly.

While the magazine says to create a flawless ‘poreless’ base, I prefer to keep things light, so opted to use my DiorSkin Forever Foundation which is amazing for evening out the skin tone yet still allows my freckles to peek through. After doing abit of concealing with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and setting with GOSH Prime n Set, I used my trusty NARS Laguna bronzer to contour. Although my complexion definition hasn't come out too well in my own images (so little time, so much flashgun bounce), I darkened under my cheekbones while adding abit of ELFs Gotta Glow on top, rounding off with Vivo’s Baked Blush in Rosy on the apples of my cheeks.The eyes were pretty simple! Urban Decay Bordello, a lovely pale pink/mauve, was dusted all over the lid while Last Call, a beautiful sugar plum shade, was blended into the crease and outer eye for definition. To finish, a coat of Urban Decay’s Supercurling Mascara, defining the brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz and a pink lip, courtesy of ELFs Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink. Ta-dah!

I’m probably going to be trying out some more of this seasons trends over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out and let me know if there is any you would be interested in seeing! What is your favourite Autumn/Winter makeup trend?

xox

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Monday, 1 September 2014

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask Review

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I’ve never really been one for facemasks. Sure every now and again I would buy one of the £1 Montagne Jeuness packets and slap it on before a bath, but after seeing all the hype around REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask I finally caved. It’s an exfoliating mask that is formulated with several types of acid which claim to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin tone. Recommended for all skin types, apart from super sensitive, REN products are also free from chemical nasty's such as parabens, sulphates and synthetic fragrances/colours.
In a nutshell, the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask exfoliates the outer layer of skin, removing dead cells and brightening the complexion while also keeping congestion at bay. But does it actually work?

The mask itself is an orange thick texture that spreads over the skin like honey, without the sticky clean-up. I normally use 1 pump, which easily covers my whole face. I did notice a slight sting when I applied this for the first time, but nothing since then. Fast forward 10 minuets and the mask leaves my skin feeling very smooth and refreshed, although i do slap on a generous helping of my night oil afterwards as my skin can get temperamental dry patches if I over exfoliate. In particular, I’ve noticed that my cheeks and forehead look brighter and less congested. Additionally, the mask has lasted me for ages and is still going! I hate repurchasing skincare, especially as everything always seems to run out at the same time, so the longer a product lasts the better! Another point to add is that REN is cruelty free, a massive bonus for me. I’m very interested in checking out more of the brand in future as I’ve enjoyed using the Glycolactic Mask, although whether I repurchase it or not will depend on if I decide to try something new when it runs out.

Pros: Cruelty free, Brightens the complexion, Lasts a long time, Smells nice, Applies easily.
Cons: Pricey, Can sometimes leave my skin a little dry.

You can pick this up in Space NK, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazar at £30 for 50ml.
Have you tried REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask? What other REN products would you recommend?

xox

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Indie Blues & Purples Makeup Look

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So this post was meant to go up a while ago but with combination of finishing university, going to Disney World and leaving to work on the ship all within a two week period, I kinda pushed blogging to the back burner. It had been a while since I experimented with colour without having an end “goal” so for this look I just went with it, to result in a purple and blue gradient effect. The images really don't do it justice as in life the purple was alot more visible in the crease. I tried to use makeup that I hadn't touched in a while as I realise that I have way too much that just sits there. Unfortunately, It’s been so long that i cant remember the exact products I used but it did include alot of indie brands such as Chinovi, BFTE and Victorian Disco. To begin I applied a matte white (Sugarpill Tako) all over the lid then patted a light blue onto the centre of the lid, continuing with a darker blue on the outer corner, blending them all together and using the same colour placement under the eye. Next I applied a medium purple to the crease before blending a dark purple into the outer corner. Finally I added a white highlight shade to the inner corner, brow bone and inner lid before finishing with liquid liner and mascara. My lipstick is one of my favourite natural shades, ELF Matte Lip Pencil in Tea Rose.

Blues and purples have to be some of my favourite shades to work with, there is just so much shade variation and they are so versatile. What are your favourite colours to work with?
Apologies for the brief not very detailed post, I'm currently sitting in my ship cabin while docked in Naples with some free time before I start work, I’m going to do an update post regarding my cruise ship adventures soon on my travel blog and I may do one here if anyone is interested in how I’m getting on. I do have a few beauty posts that i can put together but this blog is probably going to be quite inactive until I return to the UK. Furthermore, I have Disney World vlogs uploading on my YouTube channel from my recent trip there at the beginning of June is anyone is interested, or if you would like a roundup on here just let me know!
Thank you for baring with me <3

xox

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Review

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There has been alot of talk about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22) over the past few months, so after I finished up the last of my trusty Collection Lasting Perfection, I opted to try a high end alternative. There are 10 shades available so I chose the lightest offering, Chantilly, which is described as a true ivory share for the fairest complexions. It’s a medium to full buildable coverage enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology. The packaging is basic yet sleek, with the signature NARS rubbery lid that gets dirty so freaking fast and a doe foot applicator.

My skin is very pale with pink undertones and, as you can see, I have some redness, freckles and get blemishes (mostly on my chin area), although at this point my skin was rather clear apart from a blemish on my cheek. Below I have inserted pictures of my skin with no makeup on, during application and after application. The shade is actually a really good match for my skin, which is a huge plus. I hardly ever find products that match me. To apply it, i dab a few dots on the areas that have some redness, blemishes and under the eyes, then pat the product into my skin with my ring finger. Another great thing is that the formula is lovely and creamy, blending beautifully into the skin. When set with a powder it lasts all day, although I do start to see it breaking down and settling into fine lines near the end of the day, mostly around my chin area.

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Yikes, where did them lines under my eyes and giant pores come from *grumbles at my SLR*. Anyway, I have to admit that at first i didn't like this concealer. I initially tried it with Tarte’s Full Coverage Foundation, to which it caked up, sunk into fine lines and rubbed off after a few short hours. Fortunately, its fairing much better with a lighter base such as Dior Skin Forever or my Tarte BB Cream. So, how the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer performs does tend to depend upon the base that is used. I would be wary of dry patches also. Although it’s beautifully creamy and bendable, the product can sometimes cling to dry patches so I would recommend moisturising well before using it.

Overall, i do like this concealer. It does what i need it too, is cruelty free and matches my skin beautifully. The downside? Its £22! I know it’s high end and bound to be expensive, but apart from the colour, I can probably get exactly the same results from my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer at a fraction of the price. On the plus side, concealers tend to last me around 6 months so this is going to last me quite a while. I know I’m going to be torn with repurchasing, I would want too but it would depend on what money is like at the time, so I cant say if i will or not. I will say though, this what I am reaching for almost exclusively at the moment.

Pros: Caters to pale skin, creamy, bendable, lasts all day, practical packaging (apart from the pesky lid), cruelty free.
Cons: Can fade & cake depending upon the base, expensive.

You can pick this up online or in store at Selfridges and select Harvey Nichols locations. Have you tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer? What is your favourite concealer? If you would like to see a comparison of this with the Collection offering leave me a comment to let me know!

xox

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Inspired Makeup Series Roundup

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Main Street USA / Adventureland / Frontierland / Liberty Square
 Fantasyland / Storybook Circus / Tomorrowland / Cinderella’s Castle

Today I’m going to share a roundup post of mine and Sam’s Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom collaboration series. For the past few months we have been posting looks inspired by each land in the Magic Kingdom. As you have probably guessed, I am a Disney fanatic. Disney Parks are my favourite places in the whole world with the Magic Kingdom holding a special place in my heart as i worked there in summer 2013 for my Disney International College Program (you can read more about this over on my Travel blog). This series combined my love of bright makeup with my love for Walt Disney World with 8 bright but rather wearable looks inspired by each of the lands in Magic Kingdom. I think my favourites from the whole series have to be my Storybook Circus and my Fantasyland looks.

Most excitingly, completing this series has coincided with me booking my next Walt Disney World trip…. next month! Before I head out to work on a cruise ship for 6 months, me and my boyfriend have decided to spend 10 days in Florida from June 3rd, exactly 1 year after I headed out there for my ICP. Expect to see vlogs up on my Disney YouTube Channel and a few posts about it either on here or on my travel blog.

Have you ever been to Walt Disney World or another Disney Park? Which is your favourite land in the Magic Kingdom? Which one of my looks is your favourite?

xox

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