Sunday, 31 March 2013

Lovely March Advertisers



Hi everyone and Happy Easter! I hope you are having a lovely Sunday and enjoying your chocolate egg :)
I left the March advertisers post till the end of the month, but it is finally here and you can find out more about all the gorgeous ladies in my side bar. Let me introduce you to Angelica, Georgina, Laura, Megan, Danielle, Nicola and Laura.

If you would like to book or renew ad space for April, today is the last day to do it. There is plenty of packages left, so if your are interested, have a look at my ad space page and get in touch.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Jewellery Collection Part 1: Rings


Hi everyone! I promised to do a jewellery collection post, but if I featured all of it in one post it would be far too long :) I decided to add 4 different parts: rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

Friday, 29 March 2013

NOTD: Messy hearts and camera emergency :)


Hi everyone and happy Friday! Today I attempted a heart manicure and it turned out pretty messy :) haha. It still looks cute though, so I decided to feature it on the blog. I am determined to get better at nail art and I will keep practising, until I can paint perfect hearts on my nails without using a stencil. I used "A Crewed Interest" by Essie as a base and Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in shade Pomegranate for the hearts. I also added a shiny Seche Vite Top Coat.

Note: I am using an iPad to take my blog photos at the moment, because my DSLR decided to be a pain in the butt.
I am actually very impressed with the quality of the closeups and the way the pictures turned out.
If you don't have a DSLR, there is no need to buy it just to take some product photos.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Budget buy: MUA lipstick in shade 2


I found this post in my drafts and I just couldn't leave it unpublished :) To be honest, I stopped reaching for cheap lipsticks, because I am always scared that the ingredients used in them are really bad.
I do have a big selection of £1 MUA lippies though and some of them are really gorgeous.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Gunjeoir Palmarosa Exfoliation Balm and Neroli Face Elixir


Hi everyone. Today I would like to introduce you to a lovely British brand called Gunjeoir. 
I adore the unusual brand name and the story behind it. The name is pronounced gun-je-waa and it describes a sensation of pure bliss. Here is what the founder of the brand Sophia, says about the name:

"My brothers and I dreamt up the word ‘gunjeoir’ when we were children.  We used it to describe the delightful feeling of getting into a warm bath: ‘Ahh Gunjeoir!’  It was a word that stuck, and in our family we talk about having a ‘gunjeoir bath’.  When thinking about what to call my skincare brand, Gunjeoir seemed to be the obvious choice for a range that was meant to evoke an indescribable feeling of bliss."

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My new (old) regime with Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare


Hi everyone. I recently shared my skincare routine on the blog, but I used up some of the products and I also felt like I needed a change. I have been using various  Liz Earle products for nearly a year and I always reach for them, when I don't feel like experimenting with new cleansers etc...

So, it is back to basics for me. I reviewed most of the products in this post already, but I will quickly share my thoughts again and explain why I like this simple routine.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Clarins Splendours Limited Edition Summer 2013 Collection Review


I am always excited about new makeup collections from Clarins and I keep ooh-ing and aah-ig when I get a chance to admire their limited edition palettes! One look at the packaging makes me fall in love with the products and once I can bring myself  to swatching and using them on my face, I am never disappointed :)

The newest Summer 2013 collection is called Splendours and it consists of a Summer Bronzing Compact, a Colour Quartet and Liner Eye Palette, Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms and Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gels. The palettes are designed beautifully, with breathtaking embossing, inspired by South America, it's ancient ruins, Mayan culture and Aztec prints. I studied cultural anthropology/ ethnology at university , so this collection stole my heart :)

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Light Body Lotion review



"This light, delicate body lotion glides onto the skin and absorbs quickly for an instant burst of soothing rehydration. Aloe Vera combines with naturally nourishing shea and cocoa butters to condition the skin, while the refreshing blend of rosemary and citrus essential oils works to rebalance oils and dry skin areas. With its invigorating, natural fragrance and lightweight, non-greasy texture Fresh Ocean Light Body Lotion makes skin feel soft, supple and rejuvenated."

Friday, 22 March 2013

Review: Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer in Beige



"Used alone, the dewy-fresh fluid foundation feels as light as a feather on skin. Accompanied by a complimenting shade of creamy concealer under the mirrored lid, this is your perfect weapon to disguise either under-eye darkness or blemishes. The duo forms the perfect partnership, avoiding the chore of hunting down a match to your base. "

I always wanted to try this foundation and concealer duo from Daniel Sandler. I just love the packaging and it is such a clever idea to put the concealer in the lid. I am sure that it's been done before, but I am impressed anyway :)

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Spending Ban Haul (?) / Update


Hi everyone. It might sound silly, but I have a Spending Ban Haul post for you today :)
I thought that it will be a good idea to get everything I bought during the ban together and add it all up to see how much I actually spent. There is exactly 3 weeks left till the end of the ban and I am not planning to buy anything at all. I am too busy with packing everything and moving house, so I am not even thinking about spending money. So what did I buy during the ban? 

A perfect Spring scent: NEOM Invigorate Reed Diffuser Review



"Invigorate - Unmistakably fresh Grapefruit is blended with Bergamot and a little Lime for extra crispness. An uplifting and zesty scent that promotes positive thoughts and a strengthened spirit. Bergamot's antiseptic and healing properties, blended with mood-boosting Grapefruit, makes for an altogether more confident you. 80% certified organic ingredients; 20% natural ingredients."

I love scented candles and home fragrance in general and I always have at least one reed diffuser in the living room or in the hallway. At the moment, I have one in each room :) haha. Most of them are vanilla scented, because my husband loves it, but I like to experiment with new blends of oils and buy new diffusers quite often. 

Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath and Shower Oil



"Experience the genuinely positive and uplifting power of this unique blend, with clary sage, frankincense and cardamom to help find your strength in challenging and difficult times. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

MyVitamins


You might know that I am  on a weight loss journey and a little bit obsessed with healthy eating. 
 I was sent a selection of MyVitamins products to try out and after a full month of taking the supplements, I am ready to share my thoughts. 

Pretty things: Ted Baker Earrings + Leopard Print Ravel Flats and... giveaway


Hi everyone. It's been over a week since I shared my last OOTD. In am still loving oversized jumpers and I wear them pretty much every day :) I got the white knit from Asda and it has a gorgeous chiffon back with a bow fastening. I really love it and it was a bargain! 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

New Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation and Healthy Mix Blusher Review. Swatches +before and after


 Today I would like to share my thoughts on two exciting new products from Bourjois!
I reviewed the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (here) and I loved it, so I had high expectations for the revamped Healthy Mix. The second product and a brand new member of the Healthy Mix family is the peachy blusher. I am a blush addict and I adore Little Round Pots from Bourjois, so I knew right away, that I will like this beaut! 

Monday, 18 March 2013

A sweet bath time treat: Chery Lin Coconut Rose Body Scrub review


CHERY LIN COCONUT ROSE BODY SUGAR SCRUB* <link> 350 ml £27.95

"With a beautiful, floral sweet fragrance, this body polish will slough off dead skin cells to reveal smooth and deeply cleansed skin. With rose and jasmine extracts to rejuvenate and help soften stretch marks, and plant extracts that heal and soothe, your skin will soon feel and look more balanced. Contains Dead Sea Salt, to relieve aches and pains and draw out toxins."

Urban Decay New Ammo Palette Review and Swatches


Urban Decay Ammo Palette* (new 2013 edition)

If you own the original UD Ammo palette, you will know that the colours in this one are exactly the same. The only differences are:

Sunday, 17 March 2013

NOTD: Gold skulls and pastels


Hi everyone. I promised to add NOTD posts weekly and I nearly forgot about this weeks manicure :)
I found a packet of nail stickers in my stash and I decided to try them out.  There are three different designs: stars, skulls and rhinestones and they are simple, flexible stickers with clear edges. 

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Youngblood Spring 2013 Bouquet Collection and makeup look


With all the Spring collections coming out this year one after another, it is really hard to keep up with all of them.
I already noticed some Summer ones appearing in my feed :O

The most recent launch I was lucky to try out is The Bouquet Collection by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. 
Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the London event (I live in Scotland), but I had a chance to play with the products at home and created a colourful Spring look with them.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Obsessed with hi-tops + rambles about growing feet :)



You might have seen my latest instagram picture where I decided to wear my husbands green hi-tops. 
I don't like to talk about my feet, but I am a size 8 at the moment, so they are on the massive big side :) haha. 
I used to be a size 6, but pregnancy did weird things to my body... My feet grew to a size 8 in 9 months! 
Seriously!  If you haven't heard about this freaky condition, I am about to explain. 

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation Review and swatches


Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation* £8.99 in shade 130 Shell

I love trying out new foundations, so I was really excited to give the Revlon Nearly Naked a go. 
I am all about a natural finish and this product is exactly what I need to achieve it.

First of all, you have to remember that Revlon Nearly Naked is a light/medium coverage foundation, so if you are looking for full coverage, you should consider something else. 
I see negative reviews of products based on the wrong expectations and it really confuses me. 
A tinted moisturiser won't camouflage very visible imperfections - a concealer is needed for this kind of magic. 

Current skincare routine


Hi everyone. I finally decided to share my current skincare lineup! This post has been highly requested, but I wasn't too sure if I should write it. I switch between products quite often, but the ones featured in this post are the ones I used the most in the past 2-3 months.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Standout products from the latest LuxBox: Inika Rosehip Creme Colour and more...


Hi everyone. I know that many bloggers stopped reviewing beauty boxes, (so did I actually) but I wanted to mention some of the products I received in my February Lux Box*. 

Rainy day wishlist and Blacks competition to win a weekend break in Cumbria

Hi everyone. As per usual, British weather surprised us and we had to get winter boots and jackets out... again! I still can't believe it. Last week I was planning a weekend away, getting excited about sunny weather and when the time came, it was freezing cold and it started snowing, so we had to cancel our plans. Oh.... the joys of living in UK...

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Natural Looking Brows with Shavata Brow Tamer and Tweezers


You might know that  I am trying to grow my brows. They are naturally dark and thick, but they are taking forever to grow back to their original shape. I just want to have perfectly bushy Cara Delevingne eyebrows ok? :) I am not obsessed with her, don't worry... but I see photos of her brows everywhere and I am so jealous!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Designer baby clothes for boys.


Hi everyone. Today's post is a little bit different :) It is all about designer clothes for boys. 
I think that every mum loves buying beautiful clothes for their children and we can get carried away and spend a fortune :)  I must admit, I used to spend a lot on Zachary's outfits... 

A Simple Coral Look For Spring


Hi everyone. When I was preparing this post at the weekend I did not expect to see snow again :) What's going on with the weather in UK? I mean... There is 10 cm of snow in my garden and it keeps snowing! Crazy! Anyway... I am guessing that it is just temporary and I am hoping to see sunshine again.  I try to stick to natural looks in Spring and Summer and this one is my favourite - coral lips and cheeks and subtle eye makeup. 

Sunday, 10 March 2013

On my nails this week: OPI San Tan-Tonio & Nails Inc Wellington Square



First of all, I would like to wish all mums a Happy Mother's Day! I hope you are having a lovely Sunday! 

I received three bottles of nail polish from QVC recently and I have been using them since last weekend. My first choice was the OPI  San Tan-Tonio*. The shade is a dark nude/cappuccino kind of colour and it looks really lovely on the nails. I really like the names of OPI nail polishes and this one is so clever :) 

Saturday, 9 March 2013

OOTD: Richard Nicoll Dress



Hi everyone. I finally managed to find time to prepare an outfit post again. Yay! It is always a struggle for me, because when my camera is on a self timer, I am not in control and it irritates me :) It doesn't really focus properly on the outfits and as you can see on the photo above, my moving hand is blurry etc :) haha. Anyway... I hope you like it. 
This outfit features a beautiful Richard Nicoll for Trop50 Dress* I received recently and it is a special one.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Bedroom pretties







You might know that I am in the middle of moving house. We are still looking for a place, but I already started packing and I am trying to let go of some old home decor.
We will be moving out at the beginning of April, so I don't have much time left.

I am thinking of redecorating our bedroom once we move and I will probably ditch the gold and white theme and go for a fresher look with pastel blue and and maybe a touch of yellow.
I will definitely need new pretty bed linen like the Emma Bridgewater Birds Duvet Cover Set (£90.00). I am in love with the beautiful design and the colours are perfect for the bedroom.
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