Saturday, 29 November 2014

W7 Make Up Budget Buys.

It's no secret that I LOVE a good bargain. I get far too excited if I see a good deal, so of course budget make up makes me very happy. I've tried a few things from W7 in the past, which have been mainly nail varnish so I was looking forward to trying a few different bits from the brand.

W7* kindly sent me a few different things to try out. I received the Porefection Pore Minimizer, The Bronzer and Absolute Lashes Mascara. I've really been enjoying all the products, unfortunately the bronzer is a little too dark for me in the Winter, so this may have to be retried when the warmer weather comes back. 

The mascara, however is amazing. Yes the packaging is quite similar to a well-known brand but this products is pretty great. I love the brush, it gets every single lash and the spikes around the tip of the brush get even the tiniest of hairs. I apply two coats of this and I'm left with longer lashes that aren't all clumped together - hooray!

I'm really excited to find another budget brand that I love and will certainly be picing up a few more items from W7. You can view all their products and stockists here.

Katie xx


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Meeting Charlotte Tilbury.


I've been a fan of Charlotte Tilbury for some time, so when I heard she was visiting the Manchester Selfridges store I knew I had to pop along. We've had a CT counter in Manchester for a while now and I'm completely obsessed with it. I've mentioned before that I own the Vintage Vamp palette, which is my ultimate go-to look. I have a list as long as my arm of other products I'm desperate to add to my collection, I will be certainly treating myself with my Christmas money.

Anyway, the event its self took place in the beauty department at the Exchange Square store. I headed down an hour (and a half) early to make sure I got a good view. I was greeted with yummy chocolates and asked if I'd like my make up doing. A lovely MUA did my eye make up with the Colour Chameleon eye pencils from CT's collection and added a gorgeous lip from the new Supermodel range. I now need the Pillow Talk lip pencil and the lipstick in Confession - too pretty. 

Charlotte came down with the gorgeous Abbey Clancy (who is stunning FYI) and did a quick tutorial from her new Supermodel collection, then headed for a meet and greet, which I of course got involved with. Charlotte was lovely and took the time to give everyone a few ideas of what products would suit them, which was a really lovely touch. We posed fr a few photos and I was super happy to see they turned out well. 

It was such a fun experience and I'm so glad I popped along to meet the Queen of make up!

Katie xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

LDN.

I just spent a lovely few days in London with the bestie. We were in very much need of a break after a full on few weeks at uni, so we headed to the capital to get in the Christmas spirit. I will let the photos do the talking..


Katie xx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Jo Malone Convert.

Way back in June the hubby surprised me with a Jo Malone candle for my birthday. I'm completely obsessed with candles, as well as Jo Malone and always spend a good 15 minutes hanging around the JM counter in Selfridges. I think I have a wishlist a mile long for Jo Malone goodies and this candle in Green Tomato Leaf was up there with the best. There was something really nostalgic about this scent and I knew I needed it in my candle collection. 

This was my first JM candle and I have to say I'm a complete convert. You can smell this as soon as it's lit and the scent seems to travel throughout the house in a matter of minutes. I live in a three story house and the hubby commented he was getting wafts even up on the third floor. The best thing about this is the subtleness. This isn't overpowering but leaves a gorgeous sweet, green scent throughout the house which just smells incredible. 

I've followed the instructions and trim the wick before lighting, as well as putting the candle out with a snuffer rather than blowing the wax. This is made the candle burn evenly and I'm hoping to not leave any of this gorgeous wax behind.

So the question is, are they worth the £40 price tag? In my opinion, absolutely. If my bank balance would allow I'd have a Jo Malone candle in every room. As well as a reed diffuser and linen spray... If you're a candle fanatic like me, you need one of these in your life.

What's your favourite candle?

Katie xx





Friday, 21 November 2014

Winter Wellies.

I've never been a huge fan of the rain, but this year I seem to be really appreciating those drizzly days. It's probably because England has been weirdly mild all year and I'd say we've been pretty lucky weather wise. So on the days it has been throwing it down, I've enjoyed that feeling of satisfaction when you're inside and you can watch the rain safely from your bedroom window.

However, when 'proper' winter does arrive I'm fully prepared in the foot wear department. After a three year relationship with my old wellies, I knew it was time for a change and I welcomed a gorgeous pair of Hunter* wellies into my life. Being as small as I am, I went for the Original Short Hunter Boots in Graphite, which is a super shiny and sleek grey colour. These are the perfect length on me and sit around halfway on my shin, so they don't make me look even tinier than I already am.

I love the design and quality of Hunter wellies. The sole has better grip than lots of wellies I've tried and they have a small heel, which adds a little sophistication. The buckle at the top of the boot can be adjusted, so if you want a tighter or looser fit these can be changed to suit you. The best thing about these boots is the comfort. I've had wellies in the past that have cut away at my toes or left me with blisters, but these Hunter boots are designed for comfort as well as being super practical and stylish.

I would 100% recommend picking up a pair of these if you're into spending time outside or you're looking forward to the winter season. I can see me getting a lot of wear out of these over the next coming months.

You can find a range of Hunter boots, as well as this pair at Shoetique here.

What footwear do you wear during winter?

Katie xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Ultimate Dry Shampoo.


Ever since I was introduced to dry shampoo many years ago, I've always been loyal to two brands - one being Batiste and the other Lush. Batiste is the original and arguably the best, where as Lush's lasts forever and does a pretty good job (if you're blonde). I've dipped my toe into the world of dry shampoo from other brands but none have yet to impress me. They either leave you're hair powdery or make it look greasier than it did in the first place - however I may have found THE one.

I picked up the Fudge Dry Shampoo on a whim in Poundland/World (?!) a few months ago, but didn't pick it up till a could of weeks ago. In a frantic rush for work I just grabbed, sprayed and hoped for the best. The first time I used this, I was very unimpressed. This was because I hadn't take the time to actually read the instructions. You are directed to spray this, leave for two minutes then brush out. So I pop this on before doing my make up, slap on my face and then brush it out and voila, super soft and clean looking hair.

One of the thing that has converted me to this, is the scent. I'm not a huge fan of any of the scents from Batiste and Lush is very samey after a while. This has a delicate fragrance and isn't overpowering, so is perfect for me. My hair always looks a little more voluminous after using this too and I'm always impressed with the lack of residue it leaves behind. Unlike other dry shampoos I've used, this doesn't coat my Tangle Teezer in a layer of dust after I've brushed it out. 

This is such a good product, and I will certainly be picking this up again. Fingers crossed it's still available for £1.

Katie xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Luna's Special Delivery.

Last week Luna got a very exciting parcel. She was asked to review some products from Feedem*, which obviously she was really looking forward to. I picked some products for her and I chose a tunnel, some popcorn treats and a herb salad bowl. 

Luna was pretty excited to see the goodies come in a cardboard box, but as we moved passed the initial excitement she got stuck in. She was a little skeptical about the tunnel at first, but soon found it lots of fun running through and playing. I love that the tunnel is pop-up so it stores really discreetly when it's not being used. I can see this getting a lot of use, especially when the weather is warmer.

The best part was for Luna was the treats. She is a spoilt bunny, but generally has healthy veggies as treats so the popcorn sticks are super special. Luna has been muching her way through the stick and seems to be really enjoying it. Luna's favourite is certainly the salad bowl. It's packed full of herbs and leaves which she loves and the actual bowl is edible too. I gave her this yesterday and she has pretty much demolished the contents and started her way through the bowl.

I've been really impressed with the service from Feedem and the prices online are really great. I will certainly be picking up Luna some bits from there in the future. I'm pretty sure she has a long Christmas list right now!

Katie xx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

My Septum Piercing.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have seem a sneak peak of my septum piercing last week. So I thought I'd address the matter and give you the ins and outs of this piercing. I've had my septum pierced for around two months, however it is tucked up the majority of the time due to work and uni. This is probably one of my favourite things about this piercing, I can hide it anytime I like and people will never know it's there.  Plus it's a way to have a facial piercing without the worry of scarring. Anyway, lets start at the beginning.

A few years back I had my nose pierced but unfortunately my body rejected it and it ended up migrating. Of course, I removed the piercing as soon as I noticed this, so I was luckily left with no scar. I love the look of regular nose piercings but knowing my body didn't appreciate them, I really wanted to get my septum pierced. I currently have 8 piercings in total (regular ear lobes, rook, conch, two cartilage piercings, septum and belly button) and pain wise the septum definitely hurt the most. I headed to an experience piercer, at a place I've had tattoos and piercings done before. I knew that the staff are always welcoming and the shop is super clean.

Unlike other piercings, the piercer didn't mark my nose as it would be a little awkward. Instead after giving it a quick clean, clamps were applied to my nose so it could be pierced in the correct place, also known as the 'sweet spot' within your nose. Once the piercing began the pain was bearable, however bear in mind this is quite a long piercing due to the amount of flesh to get through. As the needle was pushed through the pain was quite intense, but actually more like a stinging than anything else. This piercing does make your eyes water A LOT and I did feel as though I wanted to sneeze, which I was told was normal. After the needle had gone through, the jewellery was put in place (cue more eye watering) and I was finally free to get off the bed.

I requested that my piercing was turned up into my nose immediately due to work. The piercer informed me that they actually heal better turned inside, as it's less likely to get knocked, which would slow down the heeling process. I was advised to clean the piercing with warm water and salt twice a day using a cotton bud, which I have been doing. I feel as if this has probably been my quickest and most painless piercing to heel and so far I've had no problems. Obviously, with it being inside my nose, I have been cleaning my nose with cotton buds if I've needed to sneeze etc. 

I'm currently still wearing the jewellery that was provided but hopefully I'm looking to get a smaller horse shoe soon and quite fancy a purple coloured one. My septum is certainly one of my most favourite piercings and I seem to have had really positive reactions when I have had it on show. I love how shocked people are when they don't realise it's there. 

My advice would be if you're thinking about getting this done is go for it. Make sure you seek out a reputable piercer and ask them questions before hand.

I hope this have been useful if you are thinking about getting it done! Feel free to ask any questions.

Katie xx

Thursday, 13 November 2014

#FDXmasParty.


I can't quite believe I'm saying this mid-November, but last night I attended my frist Christmas party of the year. It was hosted by Fragrance Direct and was such a great night to mingle and get into the festive spirit. The Xmas party was help at All Star Lanes in Manchester, which is a really cool bowling alley come bar/restaurant an the perfect place to let your hair down. We had a really fab private room with our own private bowling lanes, which was really exciting.

I spent the night mingling with some of my bestie blogging friends and of course meeting a few new ones. The atmosphere was really chilled and everyone was catching up with the latest beauty gossip. We were catered for with a cute buffet and the most perfect cupcakes which I brought home for the hubby. I also had the most incredible chocolate milkshake ever, which was laced with chocolate chips - yum!

Of course, I had to be first up their on the bowling alley and despite not having bowled in a very long time, I wasn't too shabby. There were also some lovely ladies doing make overs and manicures so we all felt super pampered. 

It was such a fun night and has certainly got me excited for the Christmas period. And I now have a hundred and one things on my Christmas list from Fragrance Direct!

Katie xx