Happy Halloween!!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!! I couldn't resist not doing a Halloween themed post as I absolutely love Halloween. I'm all for a bit of trick or treating, apple bobbing and watching scary films, whilst slapping on a bit of face paint and fake blood to get in the spirit of things! I spent yesterday adorning the house with lots of spooky decorations, as well as pumpkin carving and generally getting in the mood for good old Hallows Eve! Today I watched Hocus Pocus and transformed myself into a vampire (never used fake blood before, that was an experience!), then went for a spot of trick or treating! There were so many trick or treaters about, and I think some people have definitely gone above and beyond when it comes to decorations this year! I love everything about this time of year; the nights are getting darker and it's one step closer to Christmas. I strangely like the bad weather too; I'm all for curling up in some snuggly clothes, watching old films and drinking hot chocolate!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween and didn't get too spooked watching scary films!


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

I took a trip to Meadowhall last week for an event, and of course I couldn't resist a look in H & M. Why? Well, I was after a new top (which I got) but also because whenever I am walking distance from a H & M I cannot resist going in, purely for a look at all the gorgeous smellies/make up/accessories they have. I posted a while back when I bought some cute Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse goodies from there, and when I saw an array of Bambi accessories last week I simply couldn't say no. 

I bought several beautiful powder pink items; a Bambi cosmetic/wash bag with cute little illustrations of Bambi and friends, a pale pink 'Pink Skies' nail polish which reminds me of a Topshop colour I've been coveting recently, a 'Pink Frosting' lip balm which was completely unnecessary but nevertheless I needed it, and finally a 'Sugared Fig' perfume which I think smells so nice. As always, I wish I'd bought more, but I'm really happy with what I got. I just can't fault H & M for it's pretty Disney goodies, and these beauties will look lovely sitting on my dressing table (and will be put to good use, of course!) I know I really need to stop with my obsessive-H & M-completely-unnecessary-make up-bag-buying but sometimes it's just too hard to resist! I adore all things Bambi and these beauties melted my heart as soon as I saw them. Do you find it difficult to resist H & M's pretty make up and accessories?

Also thought I'd let you know about a code for H & M I got sent an email about earlier; it's for 50% off ONE single item online. The code is 9536. I don't think it's valid on reduced items but it's definitely worth a look! H & M can be dodgy when it comes to delivery but I thought I would let you all know anyway. 

Unicorns & Pearls

Sunday, 23 October 2011
Shirt: Topshop
Unicorn Jeans: Topshop
Necklace: River Island
Ring: Forever 21 

Think I've finally mastered sorting the lighting out on my photos. Silly old me didn't realise scrolling along a little button that says 'Brightness' would make them look so much better. Also bought a remote for my camera recently so it's now so much easier to take pictures. Not sure if I prefer these ones to doing them full-length, but I couldn't decide what shoes to wear today so gave up with that! 

I saw these jeans online last week and went a little bit crazy. I'm obsessed with anything remotely fantastical (I'm talking fairies, unicorns and mermaids) so my heart did a little dance when I saw these beauties. I planned on buying two different sizes, as I never really wear jeans and haven't a clue what the Topshop ones are like, but, me being me, did my usual 'I'll sleep on it' thing, which resulted in the bigger size being sold out and me spending the day sulking. I decided to order the smaller size anyway and see what they were like. Well, I think they fit okay. They're a little bit snug, but I've been informed they will probably stretch anyway. I think they look okay? Topshop's sizing is so weird I never know which size to get, anyone else feel like this? Slightly annoying that the unicorn's horns are a bit faded on some of them so you can't see them that well, I'm so fussy and this annoys me a bit! Also, they now do the same design but in shorts, can't decide which I like more. What do you think? 

I've been a bit obsessed with buying new clothes lately (when aren't I!?) and bundled up all my old summer clothes into one of those magic bags to make some room for the new stuff. Got a few nice bits from Meadowhall last week including some of the most amazing sparkly shoes from Primark (I really think I'm going to have to devote a post to these babies, they are  to die for) as well as some other bits and bobs. I really need to stop spending so much money! 

What do you think to my unicorn jeans? Hope you're all having a lovely weekend :)

Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers Review

Saturday, 22 October 2011

About a month or so ago I received these Enrapture Heated Rollers to review. Enrapture is a new styling brand on the horizon; I'm sure you've probably seen the adverts, but if not, they currently sell three different types of styling tools: the Amplify Jumbo Waver - with jumbo barrels to help create big soft waves, the Encode Totem Styler - which features three different heat zones and can be used to create a multitude of styles, and finally the Extremity Heated Rollers, which immediately caught my eye and I couldn't pass up the chance to review. 

I've always wanted to love heated rollers. I've tried several different types in the past, most recently the Babyliss rollers, but they've never exactly achieved the effect I've been after. When I think of heated rollers, I want to think BIG Cheryl Cole/Victoria's Secret style hair, with tonnes of volume and gorgeous, loose curls. When buying the Babyliss rollers I really hoped it would be what I would achieve - I've seen countless different youtube tutorials which show heated rollers having amazing results. However, when I tried them I ended up with doll-like, springy curls that I hated. Therefore, I was really keen to try the Enrapture rollers as I wanted to see if I could finally get it right. 

The heated rollers are sleekly packaged, with a mirror-like detail along the front that lights up when switched on to indicate when the rollers are hot enough. Once they are, you simply turn them off and get to work. These rollers are so easy to use. There are ten medium rollers and ten large rollers included in the set; the larger ones you use on the roots of your hair to add volume and big, loose curls, and the medium ones are perfect for more defined curls. Each roller comes with it's own butterfly clip, which holds heat inside, making the rollers really set your hair well, without burning your fingers. They are velvety to touch, making them really soft and nice on your hair. With previous brands I've found myself getting in a bit of a mess when it comes to putting the rollers in - many of them don't contain enough butterfly clips and so you're left with these awful little clips which are honestly a complete disaster to apply. The butterfly clips which come with the set are fantastic quality and make putting the rollers in so easy to do. 

I thought I would do a little run down of how to use them, showing you the results along the way!

This is my hair before using the rollers, with nothing done to it - I actually let it dry naturally the night before, and there is no product in it whatsoever. Very boring and flat!

It takes me about five minutes to pop the rollers in. I use them all but sometimes I don't distribute the hair correctly and can end up running out, having to put a smaller roller in a really big chunk of hair. This has happened a few times, however, and it's not really effected the overall look. Then I usually apply my make up, or potter about for about ten minutes, or when the rollers have cooled down, and they're ready to remove. Once again, really easy to do and doesn't leave you pulling your hair out (literally - I'm sure we've all been there with velcro rollers!!) 

What the rollers look like once in - I'm not very neat at putting them in at all, but I don't think it takes away from the final look. I'm also sure I'll get neater the more I use them!

Once the rollers are out, you might be a little bit worried with the results. DON'T be. The crucial thing about heated rollers is that you really have to work with them, and styling your hair afterwards is really important in creating the look you want. Obviously, the longer you leave the rollers in, the springier your curls will be. I'm definitely going to be experimented with the time I keep mine in for, but Enrapture suggests you leave them until they cool, as I did here. 

This is what my hair looks like right after taking them out. Yes, I was very worried the first time I used them - I'm once again left with the awful doll-like, springy curls. Not to worry though, the important thing about heated rollers is you have to style your hair after using them.

I usually brush my hair through a few times, and then back-comb it for more volume. After using the rollers you do get some volume in the roots, but maybe not as much as I'd like, but I find my hair really easy to back-comb after I've used the rollers. 

After brushing through the curls and back-combing the roots, this is the look I'm left with. I really like it, although the curls aren't perhaps as 'Cosmo Cover'/Cheryl Cole as I'd like. I'm sure practise makes perfect however! 

This is how I wear my hair most of the time when using the rollers. I love having my hair half up/half down anyway, but think it looks really lovely with the curls. 

Overall I am really, really pleased with the Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers. They are so easy to use, and hardly take any time at all, compared to curling my hair with a curling tong. I find the curls last really well, often falling out slightly throughout the day, but I quite like them a bit looser, and  I've definitely been able to leave my hair the next day and it's still look very curly and big. The rollers retail at £74.99 (available at places like Boots and Argos) which is certainly a hefty price-tag compared to some other brands, but I definitely think Enrapture have the edge when it comes to quality and ease of use. The design is also very sleek and modern, with the LED indicator etc, which obviously contributes to the price factor. I love them though, and will continue to enjoy using them, as they are just so easy and quick to use. 

Have you tried Enrapture's products before? What do you think of heated rollers?

New Boots

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

With winter well on its way, I've accumulated a few new pairs of boots to keep me set up for the cold coming months. For some reason, I've never really been that much of a boot person. I'm not entirely sure why; I've always envied the girls who stomp around happily in their high-heeled boots, but they just never seemed right for me. This year, however, I've been falling in love with them. There seems to be a huge amount of beautiful boots out there at the minute, particularly from places like Topshop and New Look. The first pair, I spied in New Look a few weeks ago, fell in love and then decided I'd never wear them. A few weeks later, they reduce them to £19.99, slap 20% off student discount on top and I cannot resist. These boots are simply stunning; anything leopard print has my seal of approval, and add to that the chunky heel and faux suede material and you can't go wrong. I wore them last weekend when I went out for a meal and felt amazing in them. Can't really complain for £15.99!

The second pair have been doing the rounds on a lot of blogs lately, mainly because they are basically a cheaper alternative to the infamous Topshop Allegra boots. I saw them on Asos a few weeks ago, after they'd originally been on the River Island website (and consequently sold out) and couldn't risk them selling out again. They were £40 and aren't real leather, which is great for me as I don't wear leather! The heel is a great size, they are so comfortable and I think they go with almost any outfit. I wasn't sure at first, but I can definitely see me getting a lot of wear out of these this winter.

Finally, the last pair were a cheeky purchase in the Dorothy Perkins sale. I've been looking for a pair of floral boots like these for absolutely ages; I know Topshop did some a while back, which I absolutely adored, but they were made of real leather and so I refused to buy them. Along comes Dorothy Perkins and answers my prayers with a beautiful faux-leather pair that were a measly £15 in the sale. They are so 'me' and I'm so pleased I got them. They also do a different version with red and gold leaves on, which I also think will be great for the coming months! 

Have you been investing in lots of winter boots this season? What do you think to mine?

October Glossybox

Monday, 17 October 2011

Received the October Glossybox in the post today. Was completely unexpected so was a very nice surprise! Also great to open it without knowing what was inside (I always seem to find out before receiving mine!) Really impressed with this month's box. To say thank you for all their loyal subscribers Glossybox slipped a little something extra in the box, which was a nice touch. They've also lauched a 'Refer a Friend' programme; for everyone who signs up on your recommendation you will receive 'GlossyDots' which help towards a free box! I think this is a really good idea, as I definitely think beauty boxes are very 'word of mouth' so it's encouraging to see the company understand this and are rewarding people for it!

As for the products in this month's box, I'm really happy with everything I got. This month's box contained three little Dermalogica Age Smart products; the MultiVitamin Thermafoliant (which I'm looking forward to using as I'm a bit of an exfoliator-obsessive), MultiVitamin Power Recover Masque, and Renewal Lip Complex. I'll definitely be giving them all a go, I love that they encourage skin renewal; this is something which is really important on acne-prone skin like mine as I am very prone to scarring, and renewing the skin means encouraging those scars to disappear! It also included a full-size Leighton Denny Expert Nails in  'Sex Kitten'; a gorgeous light metallic blue which I can't wait to try. I also got a Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof eyeliner, in a greeny colour which I probably wouldn't normally use but I am all for trying something new! I love Stila so I was excited to see it in the box. Finally, three signature Robert Piquet sample perfumes, which came in a cute little bag. I actually really like two of these fragrances, they're both really floral which I absolutely love. Definitely will be wearing them soon, but I know they might not be everyone's cup of tea! 

Overall I'm really happy with this month's box and I'm very grateful that Glossybox gave me the chance to try it. I think beauty boxes are a fab idea and are something a lot of people will benefit from trying! I still won't be subscribing to the box however, as I simply can't afford it (as explained in my previous post). Are you subscribed to Glossybox? What did you think to this month's box?

Dermalogica Facial & MediBac Clearing Range Review

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Unfortunately I have always suffered with very oily, acne-prone skin. If you read my post here, you'll know that it has pretty much been the bane of my life for over ten years now, and I am constantly on the search for that wonder product that will make my days of acne skin a mere memory. A while ago I reviewed Proactiv, a product I had always coveted trying, and found it to work amazingly well on my skin. So why am I still searching for that HG skincare product? Well, after stopping using Proactiv for a fair few months, my skin was still free of acne and looking it's absolute best, when I tried a new product. I'm not going to name names as such (you can search waaaay back on my Twitter feed if you need to), but needless to say said product resulted in a horrific breakout that left my skin looking horrendous.

After weeks of trying (and failing) to get my skin back to normal I decided to book myself in for a Dermalogica facial. After hearing so many wonderful things about how amazing these facials were, from friends as well as reviews online, I promptly walked down to my nearest Dermalogica Salon (which miraculously was 2 minutes down the road from me, a miracle considering I live in the sticks!) and let the Dermalogica specialist do her work. The facial began with a 'skin mapping'; basically analysing my skin and 'mapping' the problem areas, so the specialist knew what was what and could choose the right facial for me. She chose the MediBac facial, for acne-prone skin, and it was a very relaxing experience, involving laid-back music and dimmed lighting, up until the very end of the facial when the 'extracting' began. This basically involved the specialist 'extracting' any spots and blackheads. Yes, not exactly nice, and my skin was pretty much red raw and blotchy-looking afterwards. The facial cost me £32 for an hour's session. Was I impressed? Honestly, not really. It was nice enough lying back and listening to music, but when it comes to it actually improving my skin I didn't see a difference at all. I'd heard so many rave reviews about how fantastic it was for my skin, but mine just looked the same. I was also annoyed as none of my blackheads had disappeared, even though I thought that was what the whole 'extracting' part was about!

After the facial I was kindly sent the MediBac range to try for myself. As my skin still hadn't shown any improvement I was keen to put the full product range to the test. The MediBac range is targeted at acne-prone skin and claims to 'bring the four contributing factors of acne under control'The range itself comprises of seven different products:

Clearing Mattifer - This aims to mattify skin and treat any spots at the same time. I really liked this product and used it as a primer before applying my foundation. It's a great base but I'm not entirely sure it really 'clears' my skin. It definitely helps keep oil at bay though.
Clearing Skin Wash - A delicate wash which cleanses and washes away impurities. It claims to be 'the perfect start to around-the-clock control of breakouts, comedones and excess surface oils'. I definitely think I've seen an improvement in my blackheads since using it, but don't really think it's helped control my breakouts as such. It's fragrance free and to me feels a bit like applying a water-gel or something to my face - doesn't really feel as though it's cleaning my skin all that well, but it's really, really gentle on the skin so this is a plus.
Special Clearing Booster - A targeted, Benzoyl Peroxide-based treatment for spots, which also contains Zinc Sulphate, Tea Tree and Sage. This works as any Benzoyl Peroxide cream does, drying out spots and helping them disappear. I do think this is definitely a gentler cream, as it doesn't dry my skin out quite as much as most Benzoyl Peroxide creams, but it did make my skin feel a tad tight and uncomfortable when on.
Overnight Clearing Gel - Another targeted spot treatment, and one which I definitely prefer over the Special Clearing Booster. It's a lot gentler and I usually see much more significant results with this one as opposed to the other. 
Oil Control Lotion - This is a fantastic moisturiser. It's probably the thing I like best about the range as it is so light and really helps mattify my skin. It reminds me a lot of the Proactiv Daily Oil Control, which I really like.  
Sebum Clearing Mask - This helps absorb excess oil whilst preventing breakouts. I've only used it a couple of times but so far, I really like it. 
Concealing Spot Treatment - This is a tinted treatment that aims to concealer spots whilst helping to get rid of them. Honestly? I really dislike it. I didn't find it concealed well at all and came up really orangey on my skin. Also really don't like the consistency of it. Definitely my least favourite product from the range. 

Am I a big fan of this range? Simply put, no. Dermalogica is a brand I have always wanted to try, and I'm honestly pretty disappointed at the products and the lack of results they gave me. Considering they are so widely renowned for being such a great skincare brand, I was expecting big results. It's obvious Dermalogica put a great deal of time and effort into their products, and on paper, everything sounds great. But when it comes to getting results, for me, this range just didn't work. Yes, I like the majority of the products, but none of them 'wow' me. Would I go out and buy any of them? Considering the prices, probably not. Each product costs from around £20-£30 and I just don't think (personally) they are worth investing in. Obviously, everyone's skin is different, and I'm sure a lot of people love these products. I was greatful to try them, but won't be purchasing them anytime soon. 

Have you tried Dermalogica before? What are your favourite products for acne-prone skin? 

Polished Pandas

Monday, 3 October 2011

I think I'm becoming a little bit obsessed with nail art. Every day I'm on the look-out for new designs, and I'm no longer content with plain old coloured nails. Ever since I posted about my floral nails a while back I've gone a little nail art crazy, searching tumblr and weheartit for 'nail inspiration'. This is my latest creation; panda nails! I'd stumbled across a few designs on tumblr and thought it looked pretty easy to do, so earlier on today I gave it a whirl and here's how it turned out! I started by painting my nails with Models Own Peach Sherbet (one of my all-time favourite polishes), waited for it to dry and then applied a sort of circle shape over the ends of my nails. Once again, I waited for this to dry and then used my trusty WAH nail art pen to add the facial features. They've recently changed the nail art pens but I didn't really notice too much of a difference, apart from I couldn't get the lid off the nib side, so gave up and used the brush! 

It was really easy to do, and I know it's by no means perfect, but I'm definitely happy with it for a first attempt (my cuticles are shocking, I know!) I also think it'd look really cute with a different colour for each nail, which I might try at some point! I really don't think nail art is hard to do, if you've got enough patience to do it then you're half way there! I'm usually absolutely rubbish at anything remotely creative, but I know by choosing really easy designs to recreate, 99% of the time I'll be happy with what I've done. Some people are ridiculously good at it, but you don't need to be an expert to have fun and experiment with different designs. I've recently been rocking cupcake nails, leopard and dalmatian, and there are so many tutorials out there you've no excuse not to get creative. 

Do you like getting creative when it comes to your nails? What do you think to my panda nail art?
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