Friday, 31 January 2014

New glasses.

A few weeks back (post here), I asked you all to help me choose a new pair of glasses from Specspost* and having mixed preferences, I went with the majority and picked these gorgeous glasses. I have even more exciting news, the lovely ladies at Specspost have named them after me, so meet the 'Katie' frames! This was such a nice gesture and totally unexpected, it put a huge smile on my face.

I'd just like to thank the beautiful Charlotte at Specspost again, for my perfect pair of glasses.

If you'd like a pair of your own 'Katie' specs here's the link.

Katie xx
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Thursday, 30 January 2014

My favourite make up brush.



I was browsing the make up aisle of Tesco recently and stumbled across the Barbara Daly make-up brushes. Of course, I didn't NEED a new make-up brush but this little devil caught my eye. I think it was described as a blusher brush and was reduced from over £8 to £1.50 - you know I can't resist a good bargain. Not really thinking much of it, I popped it in my basket and continued my shop.

Ever since that day, I've been using this brush constantly. Lets take a moment to discuss the perfect shape of the bristles. They are really angled and make this brush amazing for applying highlighter, as well as blusher. The brush is incredibly soft too, so leaves a really gorgeous finish on your cheeks - as it doesn't pick up too much product so you don't leave the how unintentionally looking like you've joined the circus.

I can't express my love for this brush enough, it's even taken over from my trusty Ecotools blusher brush - it must be love! I'm a little disappointed with myself that I did't pick up more of the range, if you're lucky they might still have some of these brushes reduced in your local Tesco - trust me they are well worth the tiny price tag.

Katie xx

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Skincare Add-ons.

Last week I featured my skin care regime (post here) but I didn't feature my additional skincare products that I use a every other day or a few times a week. So today's post is going to showcase a few of the products that are still a huge part of my skincare life.

Face Masks

Origins Drink Up Mask - I love this mask, especially during the winter. It smells incredible, like oranges or peaches (?!), it has a gorgeous creamy consistency and just makes my skin feels super plump. I generally use this as an overnight mask, after being informed by the Origins lady that it is exactly the same as the overnight mask, just not as thick. This does a great job of giving me that fresh-faced look.

Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask - That was a mouthful! I can't explain how much my skin loves this. I'm not an oily skinned person, but my skin does have little breakouts every now and again and my pores are pretty huge. I've tried the Origins clay mask and I see no where near the results I see with this mask - plus it's half the price. This mask is amazing to use on an evening as I find the results generally come the following day. This calms my breakouts like nothing else and literally leaves my skin glowing. I will never be without this mask - it's a guaranteed pick me up no matter what.

Moisture Booster

Heal Gel Face* - This is actually marketed as a anti-aging serum rather than a moisture booster. However, this is packed full of Hyaluronic Acid which is renowned for carrying 1000x it's weight in water. Thankfully at the moment I don't 'need' this product as an anti-aging formula but I certainly need it to add an extra boost of moisture. Not only does it have 'good acids' it's also stuffed with Omega oils and seed oils, that not only make my skin feel amazing but they also see to the needs of dehydrated skin. I usually layer this under my moisturiser to make it work just that little bit harder.

Hands & Nails

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream- Strictly speaking this isn't 'facial skincare' and this also doesn't fit into the category of 'products I use a few times a week' - in actual fact I use this product twice a day, every day. The reason I've included this is because the hand and nail treatment is a step in my everyday routine, I apply this immediately after I've done my skincare routine, morning and night. I love this product, it has well and truly changed the make up of my brittle nails and I can now wear nail varnish without it chipping after ten minutes. This leaves my hands feeling incredibly soft and very happy and for that reason I feel it needed a mention. I already have a spare bottle on stand by!

Katie xx 


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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Recently I've...

A little inspiration from Lily Pebbles' Wear Life Eats post, I thought I'd share a little insight into my life according to my iPhone.

Recently I've:
Been making my own yoghurt
Eating my first Creme Egg of the year
Making GF pancakes with lots of golden syrup
Drinking free luxury hot chocolate form Cafe Nero


Recently I've been buying:
Make up reduced to £1 in Boots
A new Yankee Candle to feed my addiction
Becca cosmetics from Fragrance Direct
A £10 bag from Topshop sale


Recently I've been:
Having Dawn O'Porter reminding me to chill out
Lusting after this gorgeous new Diptyque candle
Celebrating 1000 followers on Bloglovin
Listening to Ms Swift


Recently I've been watching:
Becca Rose
SugarfixxBeauty
Rosanna Pierce
BeautyFlutters

Katie xx
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Monday, 27 January 2014

Queen B Beauty Balm.


It's no secret that if I don't moisturise daily, I get very dry skin. It just seems to appear all flaky and out of no where - not nice. As you can imagine, I've welcomed cleansing balms and oils popping all over the highstreet, with open arms. They are amazing for adding moisture to my skin plus they remove my make up at the same time, there is nothing better than a good two in one product. 

Anyway, this brings us to my new favourite item in my skin care regime. If you don't know by now, face masks are my thing. In the skincare world, I genuinely don't think you can ever own too many face masks. I adore my clay mask form Una Brennan, but I really wanted a face mask that would really satisfy my thirsty skin. This is where Queen B* from Mama Nature comes in. 

Queen B is all natural and packed full of vitamins, which my skin certainly appreciates. It's also packed full of beeswax, royal jelly and manuka honey - hence the 'Queen B' name. Described as a beauty balm, it's a solid texture that emulsifies in your hands - much like a regular cleansing balm. Instead of using this to cleanse, this is designed to use as a mask or to apply as and when needed to dry areas of skin or even to your lips as a balm. It's a really lovely thick texture that I apply a few times a week, after cleansing. I leave this on for 10-15 minutes and rinse away to be left with super soft skin. This is also amazing for an overnight mask to leave you with a gorgeous glow the following day. Even though this is a very moisturising mask, this is suitable for all skin types, even you oily skinned ladies, as Mama Nature rightly point out - oil attracts oil and therefore your skin would benefit! 

This is the perfect Sunday night face mask, that gives you glowing skin, ready for the week ahead! 

Katie xx

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

OOTD: Love Hearts & Heels.

 

Shirt - Sammydress*
Jeans - H&M
Boots - Topshop via Next2Nowt
Necklace & Ring - Pandora

I've been lusting after a heart print shirt for some time, but I just couldn't justify nearly £40 for a shirt from Topshop. So Sammydress kindly offered me so spends on their website, I knew I needed to grab this shirt. I love how casual but dressed up, a shirt and jeans can look - it's the ultimate day to night outfit. And of course I had to pair this with my trusty Astrix boots from Topshop/Next2Nowt - seriously the best purchase I've made in forever.

Katie xx
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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Naked 2 Palette.





If it's possible to be in love with an inanimate object, I well and truly am. Like many others in the beauty blogging world, I've spent the last few weeks lusting after the Naked 3 palette. I've toyed with the idea of making a purchase but when I tweeted and asked which palette people preferred, I got a resounding answer of 'Naked 2'. I found someone on Depop that was selling a brand new and boxed Naked 2 palette, due to receiving two for Christmas, and with more than £10 off the RRP I grabbed the chance to own this baby, with both hands. And I've not looked back since.

I was a little worried I would be disappointed, these palettes are so hyped up, surely they couldn't live up to the hype. But they are raved about for VERY good reason. The pigmentation is incredible on this palette, I can't get over how gorgeous the shadows are. To me, this is the perfect palette for travel, there isn't any shade that wouldn't come in handy when you're out and about.

I've heard a few people saying the brush isn't great, I agree with the 'stiffer' end of the brush, however I love the fluffy end. I think it's great for blending, which I am RUBBISH at (in fact rubbish doesn't even cover it..) but I seem to be able to to actually do a little blending with this end of the brush.

I really don't no why I waited so long to purchase a Naked palette, but I am very pleased I finally made the plunge.

Do you have this palette?

Katie xx
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Friday, 24 January 2014

Perfect underwear.





You may remember way back before Christmas I received a gorgeous underwear set from Large Cup Lingerie*, well the lovely ladies sent me over this beauty too. As I've said before, having a small back size proves difficult when trying to find nice underwear on the highstreet, especially for a reasonable price. Large Cup Lingerie is the perfect place to shop for my undies and still keep within my student budget.

The is another bra from the Tutti Rouge range and has their signature love heart adjusters, such a simple but thoughtful touch. This is a gorgeous fuschia colour too, it's really girly and makes you feel special the moment you pop it on. It's once again finished with the perfect lace lining, to really finish this pretty little number off. 

I you struggle to find your perfect bra on the highstreet or your an awkward size like me, I would certainly recommend checking out Large Cup Lingerie!

Katie xx
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

My skincare routine: Normal/Dry Skin.







I've been dying to upload my skincare routine for some time. I love checking out other people's skincare goodies, so I thought it was time to let you all have a nosey at my routine.

Cleansing

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm* - Being obsessed with double cleansing, I've got well and truly into cleansing oils and balms over the last year. I adore the Una Brennan cleansing oil but as I was getting to the end of my bottle, I'd been itching to give something else a go. The cleansing balm, is exactly what it says on the tin - to me it's somewhere in between a cleansing oil and a solid. I think if you're a little worried about trying a cleansing oil, this would be a great alternative.

This is amazing at removing make up and this is currently my first step in my double cleanse. This smells gorgeous, is really gentle on my skin and does it's job very well. Very much a thumbs up from me.

Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Cleanser - This is something you don't really hear about the in the blogging world. If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know I love the Mega-Mushroom face mask so I needed to try out the cleanser. 

I tend to use this as the second step in my double cleanse, generally on an evening. This is a really creamy cleanser, with a really natural scent. It's quite thick and soothing, and it's really great for days when my skin isn't very happy - this works wonders at calming my skin and reducing redness at the end of the day.

Jurlique Balancing Cleansing Lotion* - This again is exactly what it says on the tin - this is a really light cleansing lotion. I've just made it to the end of this bottle, which I am really sad about. This is the perfect second step in my cleansing routine on a morning. It's feels gorgeous on my skin and leaves me feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

Toners

La Roche-Posay Serozinc - I've had this bottle a good 6 months and it's still going strong. I use this as my toner in the morning to give me a good boost before leaving the house. This comes in a spray can, but I like to apply it to a cotton pad and swipe across my face. I love that this is a no-frills toner, it's fab especially if you're in a rush getting ready for uni. This will certainly be part of my life for some time to come.

Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner - I've raved about this toner in the past and this is one of my HG products. This is a chemical exfoliator, which does wonders for removing dead skin cells and really brightening up my skin. I let this work it's magic over night and apply on an evening before my serum.

Serum

Effeclar Duo - I don't feel like this needs any introduction or description. This is amazing, it does a perfect job at reducing inflammation when I have a pimple and generally makes my skin appear clearer. I apply this twice a day, as a serum to keep my skin on it's best behaviour. Another HG product that is firmly here to stay.

Moisturisers

REN Vita Mineral* - This moisturiser has been in m life quite a while now. My skin really likes anything from REN so this moisturiser is perfect for me. It's not too thick and not too light and perfect for my normal/dry skin type. It also seems to mattify a little so this is fab for using on a morning underneath my make up.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil* - This stuff is simply incredible. If I had to give everything else up in my skin care routine, this would be the one thing I would keep. There is nothing I don't like about this little baby. It smells amazing, a little really, really goes a long way and my skin LOVES this stuff. I use this every evening just before bed and let my skin drink it up overnight, when I wake up my skin is bright, scars are reduced and any spots I may have have dramatically down sized. This is a MUST for all skin types.

Katie xx


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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

My Twenty-Fourteen Beauty Wishlist.

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Twenty-fourteen is the year I want to try more high-end beauty products. There is something so satisfying about saving up that little bit longer and buying a really exciting product you've been lusting after. I've got an awful habit of blowing my tiny budget on products that are complete impulse purchases and getting home a feeling a little disappointed. So without further ado here is my 2014 beauty wishlist.

Lets start with Nars. My beloved Nars. You know I have some ridiculous obsession with this brand, nothing I've ever tried has disappointed me and it always leaves me wanting more. I don't need another foundation but there is something about Sheer Glow that is just calling me to it. And I certainly don't need another eye shadow palette (or three) but the new Nars palette has had me on the edge of my seat since we heard of the release date. I keep going back to the Nars website just to make sure it's still there - I think this will probably be my first purchase from this list, when it arrives in Selfridges.

I've been lusting after the Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts for so, so long. They're loved by the likes of Anna from Vivianne does make up and Lily Pebbles and if they get their seal of approval, they're good enough for me. And of course nothing goes better with a relaxing bath than a good old candle. I've been dying to get my hands on a Diptyque candle for so long, but the price tag makes me want to cry - fingers crossed this year I will take the plunge and get my hands on one.

Another one of my addictions are face masks. I just can't get enough, in fact I think I need to do an entire post dedicated to my face mask collection. Of course, I'm always looking for more - at the moment I'm craving the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask along with the Borghese mud mask. And I plan to take those off with the Omoroviza Thermal Cleansing Balm, this stuff looks amazing and definitely needs to make it's way into my life.

Whats on your 2014 wish list?

Katie xx

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Lulu & Boo Chamomile Cleansing Balm.

 
In my hunt for a new cleanser, I was kindly sent this Chamomile Cleansing Balm* from Lulu & Boo organics. I'm crazy for cleansing oils and balms, so this one really excited me. It's a really thick consistancy so a little pea sized amount is all that is needed to cleanse my whole face. I've used this generally as the first step in my double cleanse, mainly to remove make up. This is amazing at getting rid of make up, but does leave a little residue on my face, so unless you're an avid double cleanser like me, this might not be the one for you.
 
The scent is really natural, as suggested by the '99% organic ingredients'. It's kind of herbally but not too over powering, which is always a plus. The only downside to this cleanser is it seems to break me out. Not those awful cystic spots, but strange pimples around my nose area, which doesn't seem to happen with other cleansers. I'm really upset that my skin doesn't agree with this, however I'm having problems with allergies at the moment and haven't quite figured out what is upsetting my skin on my chest, so of course that could also be the problem.
 
I think this is the perfect cleanser for someone that needs a good moisture boost and if you're looking for a cheaper cleansing balm alternative, this could be it. The Chamomile Cleansing Balm is £24.75 from the Lulu & Boo website.
 
Katie xx
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Monday, 20 January 2014

My latest tea obsession.



One of my aims for 2014 was to move away from the fizzy drinks and try to drink more 'healthy' drinks. In fact, to drink more in general. I used to be able to go through the day on about 500mls, which is super bad for me and my body must have been seriously dehydrated. Anyway, as I said, the aim for the new year was to drink more. As we are only 20 days into 2014, it's hard to say if I will complete this goal but so far, so good. 

I've never been a real hot drink drinker. The nurses are always so surprised when I turn up to placement and don't want 'a brew', but gradually I'm getting on board with the toastie drinks. I've never drank 'proper' tea or coffee, none of it appeals to me and the idea of adding milk makes me want to never drink again, so with that in mind I'm always trying alternatives. I was given a sample tea bag of this Pukka tea last year from a shop in the Trafford Centre, I shoved it in my bag and took it to placement one day. Ever since trying this tea I've been craving more, so last week I found the tea bags in Tesco (on offer, bonus!) and popped them in my basket.

This flavour is so difficult to describe. It's not like licorice, as you would imagine, but it's very, very moreish. If you've tried peppermint tea before, you'll know it can be a little bland, an there is something about the licorice that makes this drink delicious. Initially all you can taste is peppermint, but as you swallow the licorice comes through, sweet and really warming. It's a very strange sensation, but really gorgeous at the same time. 

If you're looking for an alternative to peppermint tea, or are looking for something new to try, I definitely recommend giving Pukka Peppermint and Licorice tea a go.


This drawing fits in this post nicely. It's is from the lovely Emily at Jammy and Jelly, Emily was asking for people's resolutions, so I sent her mine and she did this adorable drawing of me. You can find her on twitter too here.

Katie xx
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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Foundations for pale skin.



My beloved Bourjois foundations are a little dark for me at this time of year, so I've been on the hunt for a lighter alternative. Being so pale is annoying at times, plus my face is slightly darker than my neck so I have to be careful not to look like I've been Tango'd when finding the perfect base. I've heard a lot about Rimmel Match Perfection recently, their colour range is pretty amazing for a 'drugstore' foundation so this was firmly on my list to try. My second new foundation is the KORRES Ginger and Vitamins foundation - this was completely bought on a whim because I love the packaging, during a Fragrance Direct haul a few weeks back.

I will start with the Rimmel Match Perfection in Ivory. This is actually the second lightest shade in the collection as Body Care didn't have the next shade up. However it's a pretty good match for my skin. This is a medium coverage foundation, it's easy to blend and a little goes a long way. 

This is perfect for dry/normal skinned girls as it does leave you a little dewy, but that is nothing a little setting powder can't sort out. Wear time I would say around 6-8 hours, I have pretty dry skin and don't generally wear a primer, but this stuff seems to stay in place after a full day at uni. The staying power isn't as good as Healthy Mix or 123 Perfect, but the shade range certainly makes up for it.

Rimmel Match Perfection - £4.99

Next is the KORRES Ginger and Vitamins in LF1. This comes out a lot pinkier toned than the latter, and is actually a little darker than it looked on the website. This is REALLY light coverage, in fact I would refer to this as a tinted moisturiser, rather than a foundation. Again, this probably isn't great for oily skin, this has maybe a bit too much of a dewy finish, but sits well on dry skin. 

This foundation actually seems too blend out well, to near enough match my skin tone. It is really light in texture, a lot different to the Match Perfection and kind of 'greasy' feeling so there is no choice about powder with using this one. Once it's set in place I like to finish an the rest of my make up sits on top well. Wear time is around 4-6 hours, after that I feel a little annoyed with it and have to take it off, so it's perfect for running out to the shops but not so great for a night out.

KORRES Ginger and Vitamins Foundation - £3.99

Overall, I much prefer the Rimmel Match Perfection, it leaves my skin pretty flawless and I don't have to add concealer other than under my eyes, which is always a bonus. The KORRES isn't a total disappointment and will probably suit me more during the summer months when I have a little more colour in my cheeks. However, for now it's certainly worth paying the extra £1 for a better coverage and huge shade range.

Katie xx
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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Alice in Wonderland & Free Phone Skins.

 


A few weeks back I was contacted by Wrappz* to see if I'd like to review one of their cases. My iPad case has been falling to bits for months, so I was certainly in need of  a new one. Wrappz make all kinds of personalised cases and skins, for phones, iPad's, laptops, Kindles and all other kinds of devices. I could have designed my own case completely from scratch with my own photos, but when I was flicking through their pre-loaded pics I stumbled across the Alice in Wonderland designs and fell in love. The images are so pretty and it has that sort of rustic, vintage feel

The lovely people over at Wrappz have also offered my readers an exciting opportunity. You can get a FREE personalised phone skin (worth £7.99) - all you need to do is pay the P&P of £2.50!  How cool is that? All you need to do is enter 'freeskin' into the voucher code box at the checkout. You can browse the skins at Wrappz.com happy shopping!

Katie xx

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Oribe Dry Texturising Spray Dupe.


 

When I heard the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray was a dupe to Oribe's Dry Texturising Spray, I knew I needed to get my hands on a bottle. I've never tried the latter, but I've heard great things and have been dying to give it a go - but coming in at a whopping £38 a bottle, my purse strings won't quite loosen that far. So of course, I've been hunting for alternatives and after a little research I discovered the Charles Worthington offering was considered a good dupe.

First up, the packaging. I love this pink bottle, it's really pretty and super girly, getting the thumps up from me. It's a pretty good size too, at 150mls I can see this lasting me a long while. I managed to grab this whilst it was on offer in Boots for £4.66 (it usually retails at £6.99), so this is a much more affordable product.

The actual spray is difficult to describe, it's some where between a hairspray and a dry shampoo - without the white coating of course. I was worried this would be really sticky and make my hair stiff, like a hair spray would, but it doesn't at all and brushes out really easily. This makes my hair feel 'gritty' and really does give that 'second day hair' feeling. The texturising spray does exactly what it says on the tin, my hair looks full of volume after a few sprays of this stuff. I like to tip my head upside down and blast this at my roots, then flip back over and give my hair a good ruffle, then I'm good to go.

This is a fab product for popping in your bag and adding a little extra volume to your locks. I'm really impressed, I think I will be picking up a few more of these before they go back up to full price. If your hair is pretty limp and lifeless like mine or you hate that super-soft hair you can't style, it's certainly worth giving this a go.

Katie xx
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Thursday, 16 January 2014

My to read list..


Something I love doing but rarely actually do is reading. Unless I find a really good book I can struggle to get 'into it' and then end up giving up. This year I'm really going to try. I'd love to do the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge but dyslexia and time kind of stand in the way. So I'm going to set myself a more realistic goal and try and stick to it. Fingers crossed, I'm going to read 12 in 12 months and anything extra is a bonus. That might not seem like a huge goal but it is for me.

Of course, I've been book shopping - I couldn't start this challenge without stocking up on some books to get stuck into. I always find the best place to buy books in charity shops, I always find some hidden gems and at less than half the RRP, how can you argue with that. I actually managed to find One Day by David Nicholls in the YMCA for £1.49 - I've seen the film and enjoyed it but I've heard the book is much better. I also popped into Age Concern in Preston and they have 3 books for £1 - I was too excited. I picked up P.S. I love you by Cecilia Ahearn - I have already read this but not for a very long time. As well as this I grabbed How We Met by Katy Regan and The Beach House by Jane Green.

Away from the charity shops I popped into Poundland and stumbled across Sugar and Spice by Lauren Conrad. I have no idea what kind of writer Lauren is, but she's got amazing style and for that reason I had to have the book.

I think reading is important, not only does it keep my brain active it's good to loose yourself in a book from time to time. I'm so excited to start reading my bargain finds, expect some reviews!

What are you reading? I'd love some recommendations.

Katie xx

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Perfect Lips.




You all know I'm a little bit obsessed with Clarins. I have a lot of their products on the go at the moment, but my latest love is their lip products. You might remember I showed you all a little bargain I got from Selfridges that was a set of lip mini's from Clarins. Well that has well and truly taken over my lip product stash. 

I've owned a full sized Lip Perfector for some time now and ever since getting it I've been hooked. The Lip Perfector is the perfect mix of balm and gloss with a lovely applicator and gorgeous packaging. It feels so luxurious when I'm applying it, they have definitely become part of my everyday make up routine. I love the colour selection too perfect nudes and pinks giving you that 'your lips but better' look.

I've never tried Clarins lipsticks or regular lipglosses before I picked up the mini's set. And I have to say I'm in love. The lipsticks are so gorgeous, they go on perfectly and leave my lips feeling quite moisturised which is pretty impressive. They are not drying at all and stay put through pretty much anything. The lipgloss' have been completely sold to me with this mini. They are so, so lovely. I'm not a huge lipgloss wearer, I hate the sticky feeling and the fact your hair gets stuck to your lips the second you leave the house, but I have to say I've been converted. This is the easily the least sticky gloss I've tried plus it actually stays put on my lips - bonus.

I seriously can't get enough of Clarins at the moment, if you have any recommendations from them for me, please send them over. My fave skincare products from them are easily the brightening exfoliating toner and the hand and nail treatment, but I'm always hunting for more..

Katie xx
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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

OOTD: Casual Coatigan.



Jacket - Sammydress*
Dress -In Love with Fashion
Scarf - Primark
Boots - Topshop via Next2Nowt

I feel like I've not posted a OOTD post for a while, so here's what I wore for a quick trip to the Trafford Centre. I was sent this lovely coatigan style jacket from Sammydress and it's just the perfect thickness for shopping - not too thick, not too thin. Is it just me or does everyone hate wearing a big thick coat when they are trying clothes on?! It's kind of a fluffy, woolly feel but it's really cosy and comfy to wear. I just shoved it on over my tartan dress and I was good to go. It's the perfect casual jacket, especially in the run up to spring time.

Katie xx


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Monday, 13 January 2014

My Beauty Compare.

There's a new kid on the block when it comes to shopping for beauty product online. My Beauty Compare is a website designed for anyone and everyone to help them choose the right products for them. 


When signing up to MBC you fill out a personalised questionnaire all about you. Your skin type, hair type, eye colour and everything else in between. This is so the website can choose products tailored to your needs. For example, I get quite a dry, itchy scalp - MBC advised me on which shampoo's I should be looking out for - pretty cool. It also mean not everyone's experience of the website will be the same, it adds a little bit of uniqueness to online shopping.

Here the website has selected the perfect eye shadows for my colour eye - blue. In fact, I've recently got into wearing purples and they really do compliment my eye colour. I adore the look of both the palettes too! 
MBC very kindly provides you with where you can buy these products online, and how much they will cost inc. P&P. This is really handy and it means I won't be trawling the net trying to find my perfect shampoo! 
The only little downside to MBC is it's still quite American and it doe suggest some products that aren't readily or easily available in the UK. However the site is still quite new and under development so fingers crossed more UK products will be added!

You can check out My Beauty Compare here.

Katie xx

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap.


I'm really lazy when it comes to cleaning my make up brushes. It's such a chore and you have to have two days make up free to let them dry out. In the past I've always just used a little bit of cleanser to give my brushes a freshen up, but when I spotted Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in TKMaxx reduced to £2, I know I had to give it a go. 

I've seen Dr. B being raved about by the likes of Anna from Vivianna Does Make Up and Lily Pebbles, so I was really excited to give this a whirl. I wasn't too fussy on the scent, in fact this was the only one reduced, so I happily went with Citrus Orange. You get a huge bottle and a little really does go a long way, I used about a 5p sized amount per brush and swilled it around in my hand with some water. I have never, ever seen so much dirt come off my brushes. I'm always thought I was doing a pretty good job when I was cleaning them in the past, but obviously I wasn't. 

This soap really is magic and gets all of the dirt and grime out of your brushes in super quick time. My brushes feel and look like they're brand new. This seriously does live up to the hype, I can't see me ever washing my brushes with anything else.

Katie xx

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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Specspost Home Trial - I NEED YOUR HELP!

Today I need a little help from you guys...the lovely Charlotte at Specspost sent me out a glasses trial, so I could try some specs before deciding one which frame is right for me. I've been kind of overwhelmed with choice and this is where you lot come in - which do you like best? All of the frames are amazing quality and the perfect size for me pea head - I always struggle getting glasses to fit me so I'm really excited to say all of these frames do! 

Specspost offer an amazing home trial allowing you to try your glasses before you buy. Plus they actually make petite frames for little people like me - it's about time I found some glasses that were the perfect fit. The best thing about Specspost for me is the price. All of the glasses are really affordable meaning you can pick up a few pairs for the same price as one on the highstreet. 

I'm really impressed with Specspost but now I'm left with the tricky choice of the pair for me. I really like the pink ones (4th along top row) but for work I'm not sure if they are practical. There is just something lovely about round glasses, I think the second ones in could be my favourite. And the hubby really likes the final pair..Too. Much. Choice. Help a girl out?

Katie xx

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Friday, 10 January 2014

THANK-YOU GIVEAWAY.


This is a little overdue but I just want to say a HUGE thank you to all my follower! I hit 1000 GFC followers in November and hit 1000 Bloglovin followers last week, so thank you so so much!

As you all know I'm pretty much obsessed with nail varnish, so I thought I would give you all the chance to win some pretty varnishes. The feather effect from Nails Inc is one of my all time favouirte top coats alongside their glitter effect polishes. It's such a unique look and perfect for a statement nail. The leather effect looks really cool, especially if you are wanting a subtle nail with a bit of added interest. And finally a regular polish from Nails Inc, St Martin's Lane is a really pretty purpley/fusia shade - perfect for spring.

If you'd like to enter to win these three nail polishes, just used the Rafflecopter widget below, good luck!

Please note this is UK only due to nail varnish postal regulations

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Katie xx

P.S I'd love it if you'd vote for me in the UK Blog Awards here
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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Blog sale bargain: Naked Basics Palette.





I've been lusting after this palette for so long, so many bloggers have raved about this little baby I needed it in my life. I spotted it in a blog sale just before Christmas so this cost me a tiny £8 and it's worth every penny. 

This is actually the first of the Urban Decay palettes I've tried. Up until the end of last year I really wasn't a huge eyeshadow wearer, but I've slowly but surely started wearing it in my every day routine and now I'm obsessed. This is the perfect palette for newbies like me - the neutrals are gorgeous and last on my lids all day. My favourite everyday colours are Naked 2 and Venus. Naked 2 is a really natural looking colour that just adds a little something to your eye. Venus is an amazing shade to blend with and works really well for highlighting my brown bone too. 

The only colour I'm a little unsure of is Crave aka black. It's a little scary for me and I'm not really sure what to do with it other than to use as a sort of eyeliner - so if you have any tips on wearing black eyeshadow, end them my way. Other than that, this is the ideal palette for someone starting out with make up or for people who travel a lot, I really can't fault it. It's the perfect size for throwing in your bag and you have all the colours you could need for creating a day to night look. I'm in love.

Have you tried this palette? Also if anyone has a really basic eyeshadow/smokey eye tutorial please leave the link, i'm rubbish at applying shadows!

Katie xx
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