Monday, 27 October 2014

funky christmas jumpers

I had every intention of doing my weekly loves post today as I didn't manage to get it done yesterday, but this post is just way more exciting! I was recently contacted by Funky Christmas Jumpers to see if I would like a Christmas jumper to try. Now as you will all know, I am a huge fan of Christmas and probably say every year that I wish I could wear jumpers all year round, so when I read this email I let out a little squeal.

funky christmas jumpers red rudolph
funky christmas jumpers
Jumper: c/o Funky Christmas Jumpers *
 Jeans: Love Label
The jumper I was kindly sent couldn't have been more me. I mean it's Rudolph, what's not to love! I got a Medium and I would say sizing is pretty spot on, except the sleeves. I seem to have problems with the sleeves of every jumper that I buy though, I think I just have abnormally short arms! This jumper is so warm and snuggly and definitely put a good old festive smile on my face! Next on my hitlist has to be this Elf Jumper, honestly I cannot wait until payday when I can go Christmas Jumper mad again.
Reluctantly I have now put this away until it is the right month to wear it, but on a good note it is only 58 days to go! ♥
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

maybelline color drama lipstick - red essential

maybelline color drama
maybelline color drama review
maybelline color drama

I really don't think I can go into Boots without buying something. I actually went in a few weeks ago with my mum so she could buy some holiday bits. Obviously this meant that I had to walk past the makeup aisle before I got there. I saw this pencil and knew I needed to try it as I have become a huge fan of lip crayons lately and you can't beat a red lip. 
maybelline red essential swatch
maybelline color drama red essential
Available from Boots and Superdrug.

My face seemed to be extremely red when I took these photos, so there is no full face picture, sorry! I don't really know why I am saying sorry, maybe it's a blessing to not see my face HA! I find with my scar that I seem to have really good days where you can't see it and bad ones when thats all you can see..I probably notice it more on myself though. Anyway enough of my rambling, onto the lipstick...

Red Essential is a true, bright red a little deeper than MAC Ruby Woo but still as vibrant. The colour is very classic and a perfect, elegant red. 

The pencil isn't too thick to hold which makes it so much easier to apply to the lips more accurately. The nib is very soft although it does tug ever so slightly. I found this did smudge on me a little though but I'm not sure if I was just having one of those clumsy days where I just seem to forget I am wearing lipstick then next thing I know it's smudged. I really like the formula of these, I would say they are Maybelline's take on the NARS pencils although I wouldn't say they are as creamy, but still not a bad match at all and a lot cheaper too!

This lasted on me for a good few hours before needing to be touched up and that was from drinking a few glasses of wine too, so not bad for the price at all!

I will definitely repurchase, I just need to choose between them all for the next shade! 
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Monday, 20 October 2014

five things I have loved this week.. #11

Sorry I never posted this yesterday, I decided to update my MacBook thinking it was a good idea. 5 hours later and it was still updating meaning I could get nothing done which was a tad annoying! Anywho we are back now with a few things that I have loved this last week!

I know this is a blogger favourite anyway but when my mum brought this back from the good old land of duty free for me, I instantly fell in love. I have wanted this lipstick for ages and mentioned it just on the off chance that she would be able to pick it up for me. A review will definitely be going up on this pronto!

I have mentioned before that I absolutely love colourful skulls and this little dude travelled all of the way back from Mexico to join my collection!

Since starting this blog, I seem to have started a little tradition with my mum in that we can't settle for normal chocolate Advent Calendars anymore. Like last year, she has gone for Yankee Candle and I have gone for the Ciaté nail polish calendar.

I saw this picture on We Heart It and it really did make me giggle! Any joke involving Spiderman, I love.

I absolutely love Ella Eyre, she is beautiful and her voice is absolutely to die for. This song has been stuck in my head all week, although I will admit it did take me a good while to find the version that doesn't have any swears in it to show you.

I hope you all have a lovely week! 
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Monday, 13 October 2014

MAC retro matte lipstick - flat out fabulous

mac flat out fabulous
mac flat out fabulous lipstick
mac flat out fabulous swatch

I have had this lipstick since right back in my haul post here, but haven't been able to wear it until recently as my lip started to heal. I must admit not being able to wear lipstick for a while really threw me, I know it sounds silly but I really missed a good old swipe of lippie in the morning. I have had a bit of an addiction to stocking them up for when I could wear them again so now I can I think I have a bit too much choice in the mornings. I chose this shade after falling in love instantly after swatching and knew I needed to have it in my life.
mac flat out fabulous review
uk beauty blog
Available from MAC and Debenhams.

Flat Out Fabulous is a beautiful vivid pink which I have fallen so in love with. MAC describe it as a 'bright plum matte' although I would say this is way more pink than plum, but has a huge fuschia tone running through it. To me, it is like a perfect winter pink as it still has a bit of a berry feel about it. It does look a lot darker in the bullet than it comes across as, as you will see it is definitely a lot more vibrant in real life. The colour itself is perfect for a night out or if you are like me, just to glam up a daytime look with simple eye makeup.

The formula of this is perfect, it doesn't bleed, lose colour or anything. I seem to change my mind all of the time, but currently this is my favourite finish as it just sits perfectly. I actually wore this for a 10 hour shift and only had to touch up the corners at lunchtime, if I hadn't eaten I honestly think I wouldn't have needed to touch it at all either. For a matte based formula it doesn't feel too drying at all, but then I don't seem to have a huge problem with matte finishes anyway. This will probably haunt me when the weather gets colder and I will be moaning that my lips are dry though!

When I think of how a lipstick should be, to me this is perfect and I know it will be a colour that will be automatically replaced every time it is used up. 
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Sunday, 12 October 2014

five things I have loved this week.. #10

Hello! You may have noticed that I completely missed this post last week, sorry about that! I had to do stocktake at work and ending up staying until midnight, then I just haven't seemed to be able to catch up all week. I'm back now though with a few things that have made me happy!

This news definitely made me happy this week. I have been offered a new job, which I am so excited to start. I get weekends off which is something I have never had before and am heading more into a direction of something that I want to do. I think this is something that will work better for this blog too, as I can get a bit of structure back and hopefully post more too! I am really gutted to be leaving where I am now, but I like to think change is good!

Obviously getting a new job needs celebrating and to me there is no better way to celebrate than by going out for cocktails! I had such a good night and was definitely what the doctor ordered!

As you know my Mum and Dad have been away on holiday. As much as I have tried to cook like my Ma, there is nothing like her cooking, so when they came back this week I couldn't wait for one of her dinners. This Shepard's Pie was beautiful and put a huge smile on my face!

I have been loving this song lately. It makes me think of summer and I can't help singing and dancing along!

I came home to this little festive treat when I finished work this week. I won't say too much as I am going to feature it on the blog very soon, but being the biggest christmas lover ever, this really made me happy!

I hope you have all had a lovely week too, what have you been up to? 
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Friday, 10 October 2014

my favourite movie soundtrack

I was recently contacted by Currys asking me to write a post explaining my favourite movie soundtrack. I never thought a post could be so hard. I love so many songs from different films but I just couldn't narrow it down to one soundtrack. I was toying with the idea of the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack for ages, especially as this is the time of year that I tend to watch it a lot. But when I remembered this gem, that had to move to a close second. I then realised that my favourite movie soundtrack definitely has to be Singin' in the Rain.

I probably know the whole film off by heart. It brings back so many memories for me, spending countless afternoon's watching with my Gramps singing or whistling along depending how he felt at the time. The film always takes me back to when I was little and didn't have a care in the world and even now I can snuggle on the sofa and just have a good old singalong.

Even my little nieces know the words to 'Good Morning'. It is one of the most iconic songs apart from the main one of course and I don't think it can start without a member of my family (usually me) giving it their all at the tops of their voices. I must say this started my love of tap dancing too, although I never learnt nothing stops me trying to tap along...terribly!

I only have to hear the 'dooby doo' as the song starts and I am in tears. Happy but sad tears, happy for the memories but also sad as it reminds me of my Gramps who is no longer here. Seriously you should have seen me at the theatre when I saw this with my mum. Thank god for waterproof mascara is all I can say! The song does still bring a huge smile to my face though, no matter how many times I have watched it, which is why it has to be my favourite soundtrack! 

♥ This is my entry for the #CurrysMovieNight competition. It is completely written by me and all opinions are my own :) If you want to enter this competition you have to be quick as it ends Sunday. All you need to do is write a post about your favourite movie soundtrack and tweet @CurrysPCWorld with the hashtag #CurrysMovieNight and your post. All of the details that you need can be found here too. Leave me a  link in my comments if you enter as I would love to know your favourite soundtracks too. Good Luck! 
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

maybelline brow drama

maybelline brow drama dark brown
maybelline brow drama review

I thought I would try a new brow product as I have been nearing the end of my favourite Benefit Brow Zing palette. I am literally scraping the edges to get the wax out so thought it must be time to try something else. I was buying a few bits from Maybelline when I noticed it was on 3 for 2 and thought I may as well pick up a new brow product as my freebie. I must admit I was in a bit of a rush so just picked this up without thinking, I just saw the word brow and brought, nothing like an impulse buy!
maybelline brow drama
maybelline brow drama swatch
Available from Boots and Superdrug.

I didn't really know what to expect from this, I have never used a brow product which has a mascara shaped wand before so this was a first for me. I must admit, I did find this application really hard, I don't know if it is because I am the clumsiest person with the heaviest hand or the actual method is hard but I just couldn't get it to sit right. The main bit of the brow was easy, but as soon as I got to the section where my brow thins out, I just found the wand too thick for me.

The actual product sat really nicely, although it didn't really give me the dramatic Cara Delevingne eyebrows that I was lusting for. The shade I found sat a bit off on me too, I opted for Dark Brown as I have naturally dark hair but it showed more of a charcoal black shade and didn't look very natural. I'm not too sure how Medium Brown looks, but that may have been a better choice for my complexion as this was way too harsh.

Anyone who wants to add a subtle shade change could make this work but I probably wouldn't recommend if you wanted to use it for dramatic brows which is what I was hoping for judging by the name. Personally I prefer a bit more of a filled in look as this is a bit more sparse with colour, but may be better if you want to keep eyebrows really natural. 
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