Michael Kors MK5263 Rose Gold Watch

Monday, 30 July 2012
Michael Kors MK5263 Watch - House of Fraser

To be perfectly honest, I've never really had a fancy/posh/expensive watch before. I recall my first watch being a plastic Lion King affair; I adored that watch, even though I think it was most probably an Argos special and didn't cost much more than a tenner. Obviously, I've grown up since my Lion King days (ahem) and have moved on to bigger and better things. Okay, so, for the past ten or so years I've relied on a multitude of £20 River Island watches, which I thought were perfectly acceptable (River Island DO do some lovely watches) but recently I have been craving a little luxury. Enter Michael Kors. I know, I know, every blogger and her mother has a Michael Kors watch, but I just had to join the club. Not because every blogger has one - but because these watches are simply stunning and I needed some rose gold magnificence in my life. 

Seen as I don't have £200 casually lying around to spend on a (let's face it, pretty indulgent) watch splurge, my parents treated me to it for getting a 2:1 in my English degree (whoop whoop - points mean prizes!) and I absolutely adore it. I chose the MK5263 (I think anyway, talk about confusing numbers!) watch after trying on a few, to be honest I'd always had my eye on this one (come on, it has pretty crystals round the edge - gotta love  a bit of bling) and decided on it in the end. I got it from House of Fraser, which luckily do 10% student discount so it came to a slightly-less-scary £179.99. I love wearing it SO much, there's something about wearing something expensive that makes you feel a little luxurious! 

What do you think to Michael Kors watches? Do you have one?

Tinkerbell & Pixi

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Judging from the name of my blog, you can probably guess that I'm a tad obsessed when it comes to fairy tales and Disney. Considering this is a beauty blog, it also goes without saying that I'm also a little preoccupied with make up. Needless to say, whenever the two are combined I go a little crazy with excitement. I pretty much bought the entire MAC Disney Villains collection when it was released a while back, and I regularly swoon over Paul and Joe and OPI's Disney offerings. Therefore when I saw that the make up brand Pixi was collaborating with Disney to create a Tinkerbell collection, and was offered the opportunity to review two pieces from said collection, I quite literally jumped at the chance. 

Firstly; I have to talk about the packaging of this collection. Okay, so I know that at the end of the day, it's the actual product that really matters, not the fancy packaging/sparkly lid/snazzy Urban Decay-esque pop-up creation. Does this stop me cooing over how simply stunning the PixiGlow Tinkerbell packaging is? No, of course not. When it comes to Disney-inspired make up, packaging is what immediately attracts me to the product; in all honesty, the majority of Disney cosmetics I own would probably have passed me by if it wasn't for their beautiful packaging, and therefore it is something I feel the need to mention. Simply put - I adore the packaging. Fairies are my absolute favourite, and the Tinkerbell illustrations adorning Pixi's packaging for this collection are absolutely gorgeous. 

The two pieces I chose to review were the Fairy Face palette and the Catching Shadows Crayon in Beaming Reflection. First up - the Fairy Face palette. I absolutely love this palette. It features five neutral gold/pink/brown eye shadows, five bright-deep pink/red lip colours, and a gorgeous shimmering blush, along with eye shadow/lip/blush brushes. The eye shadows are gorgeous; they're exactly my colours and are perfect for wearing everyday. They have a good pigmentation and are really nice and shimmery, as well as being really blendable - just how I like my eye shadows! The lip colours aren't particularly to my taste - I love the top two colours but can't see me getting much use out of the rest. They're also not particularly pigmented - but I never really expect much from palette lip colours for some reason! Finally, the blush is gorgeous, if not very shimmery and sheer. I love shimmery blushes though so I'm really pleased with it, and I also have a tendency to over-apply blush so it being sheer helps in this case! 

Finally, the Catching Shadows crayon. I'm not particularly a fan of eye shadow pencils/crayons/whatever you want to call them because I don't really feel they have the buttery-soft feeling of your usual shadows, and thus don't blend as well. However, for a light sheen over the eyelids (if you're not one for a full-on eye look, or perhaps for a hot summery day where minimal make up is necessary) the crayon in Beaming Reflection is perfect. It's a gorgeous metallic sandy-gold, is pretty well pigmented and blends fairly well for a shadow crayon. It also lasts really well! 

Overall, I'm really, really happy with the Tinkerbell & Pixi products. Their packaging is beautiful to look at, as well as having decent products inside. I have to say, the eye shadows and the blush on the palette are definitely my favourite things, and are what I reach for on a daily basis. The palette is £32, and the Catching Shadows crayon is £12, and are available on Pixi's website or at Boots - it's also 3 for 2 on Pixi cosmetics at the minute, so the perfect excuse to invest! 

Have you tried the PixiGlow x Tinkerbell collection? What did you think? 

Barry M Chameleon Nail Paints

Thursday, 19 July 2012

I spotted these beauties a week or so ago whilst perusing the Barry M section in Superdrug, and as they appeared to be the only ones left (and I'd never seen them before) I decided to purchase the pink and the lilac (there is also a turquoise colour which I ummed and ahhed about but decided against). I hadn't a clue what their magic trick was - I just saw the word 'Chameleon' and the fancy-looking lid and decided they must do something special (as an increasing number of nail polishes seem to do these days). Well, I'm always up for a bit of nail polish magic so I thought it was best to invest. 

As I've been so busy lately I completely forgot I'd even bought these babies until a few days ago, when I speedily applied a coat of the lilac shade, waiting for some miracle to happen on my nails. I HAD read the instructions, which didn't mention doing anything particularly out off the ordinary to get an 'special effects' so I was a bit disheartened when nothing seemed to happen. Silly me - I didn't realise that 'Chameleon' meant 'magic colour-changing nails when a top-coat is applied' - oops. Needless to say, I popped on the Barry M website, found this out, and eagerly went back to try again. I used an Essie topcoat over the (dried) polish and watched as it quickly changed to a different colour. Okay, not THAT much of a different colour (pink goes to purple, silvery lilac goes to... purple) but a different colour nonetheless. As you can see, I played around quickly with some (rather messy) designs to give you an idea of what you can do with these polishes - they're good for doing things like stripes and spots etc., without adding more nail polish (well, you're adding topcoat, but that's not the same thing).

I really like these polishes, they're fun to use and you can create some nice designs with them. Failing that, the metallic polishes on their own are pretty damn nice. Have you tried Barry M's new Chameleon nail paints?

Bad Blogger

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Cropped Tee: Topshop 
Cardigan: New Look
Floral Jeans: Spinning Wheel
Brogues: George @ Asda
Jewellery: H&M

It would appear it's been a week since I last posted - I swear I'm getting back into blogging but I seem to be taking my time with it! I have so many posts I need to write, it's just having the time to do it! I'm devoting my evenings this week to getting back on track though so I'm hoping I'll have a fair few more posts coming up in the very near future! I feel like such a bad blogger!

I've been attempting to get the lighting etc. of my outfit posts improved - I'm still a complete novice when it comes to photography (despite studying it at college, eep) but I'm also a biiiig perfectionist so I get really annoyed when things aren't 100% right! Being a blogger can be so frustrating sometimes. As you can see from this outfit post, my wall decided to magically change colour whilst taking photographs. It doesn't do that often. I honestly think someone needs to come up with a 'blogging course' for people like me know need bucket-loads of help when it comes to photography/designing layouts/trying to reason with the god-awful Blogger interface. Speaking of which, I'm HOPING on re-doing my whole layout (or paying someone clever to do it for me) in the next few weeks in the hope that it'll inspire me to get put my all back into this blog. I adore blogging, it's given me so many opportunities and I have honestly met some of the nicest people through it - but god it can be exhausting sometimes! 

Anyway, enough of that, here's what I wore a week or so ago. I was going to post this last week, decided it wasn't good enough, gave up and didn't post at all. But I really wanted to blog today so here you go! Simple outfit, I hate crop tops SO much because I never know what to wear with them but I couldn't resist the pattern on this one. Seen as it's not exactly been 30 degree heat around here lately, jeans were a must, as was my trusty snuggly brown cardigan. I'm in love with these floral jeans - I literally own about 2 pairs of jeans that I actually like, and this is one of them! You know how it is, I love me some floral. 

I hope everyone is having a good week! Wednesday tomorrow, it'll soon be the weekend!

Fifi Lapin iPhone Case by Iconemesis

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

When it comes to anything remotely technological, I really can't resist a good gadget case. I've reviewed blingtastic Blackberry cases in the past, but since updating to an iPhone I've needed to restock my ever-expanding phone case collection. Okay, so I've got my fair share of blingy 'Essex-worthy' cases, Gameboy-shaped cases, bear-faced cases.... but I think there is something a little bit special about this cutesy Fifi Lapin case I was sent from Iconemesis. I've seen these cases kicking about the blogosphere for quite a while now, and I can definitely see why they're so popular. Iconemesis is basically all about bringing together pretty illustrations, with phone cases, thus displaying gorgeous artwork on your phone wherever you go. There are tonnes of different illustrations by a plethora of different artists, from funky cartoons to interesting patterns, to understated and cutesy designs like my Fifi Lapin case. 

It is most definitely the cutest case I own - I'm all about bunny rabbits and cupcakes - but a bunny rabbit DRESSED as a cupcake?! Now that is just cuteness overload. This case is brilliant quality - it protects my phone perfectly, whilst making it look as pretty as ever (which is the main thing, right?!) and fits my phone a treat. I. Love. It. I definitely recommend having a nose on the website, because they have some seriously gorgeous designs. I just happened to pick the most obviously 'girly-cute-adorable-ohmygoditsabunnyrabbitwearingacupcake' one. 

Are you all about the phone cases like moi? Or do you tend to stick to one case and that's that? Let me know what you think to the Iconemesis cases! The cases are usually £24.99, but for a limited time you can get 20% off with the code ICON220. Bargain!

My Sister's Fairytale Wedding

Thursday, 5 July 2012
Okay, so firstly I want to say massive apologies for not keeping up with my 'I will blog more' mantra. I've been so busy (and tired) since having a new job and then it was my sister's wedding... which this post just so happens to be about! I just thought I would share a few of the pictures (mostly taken by me) of it because I love having a nose at posts like this, and I've been desperate to blog but haven't really had time to write up an in depth review on anything so thought a nice little picture post would suffice. Plus, who doesn't love a good wedding, right?!

My sister got married on the 8th June, in a gorgeous castle setting, wearing an absolutely stunning princess dress (of course). It was a really magical day and it was so surreal seeing my sister Lucy 'handed over' to her fiancĂ© Craig (or now her husband, how scary!) I was her maid of honour, which was a tad frightening in itself but I was really proud to support her throughout the day. The day itself was amazing - the reception was decorated immaculately (mostly thanks to my wonderful mum, who did all the flowers and did an absolutely amazing job) with the cutest little horse and carriage favours and lots of vintage-esque rose-filled teacups. There was also a wish tree, which I really regret not getting a picture of, it was so pretty! 

I wore a simple fuchsia dip-hem dress (unfortunately you can't really see it full length in the pictures, sigh) which was actually a bargain from AX Paris. I wore a hairpiece from Accessorize, jewellery from Glitzy Secrets (a really gorgeous jewellery website my sister discovered - her earrings were also from there) and the most amazing shoes (WHY didn't I take a picture of them?!) from Poetic License. My sister's dress was by Opulence and she wore some amazing sparkly Cinderella princess shoes from Red or Dead

Overall it was an amazing day and I was so happy seeing my beautiful sister get married to her soulmate. Awh, don't you just love weddings!?
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