Tuesday, 31 December 2013

To 2013,

Dear 2013,

You were a tricky bugger weren't you? Admittedly, you started off pretty averagely, with January, February and March inundated with University work and regulating newly prescribed medication. And then April came, and punched me in the face. Although I now see that it was all necessary, at the time, my illness seemed to entirely ruin my life for a little while there. My birthday went by without a fuss, all too consumed with the terror of the days before. May and June were a bit perkier, the newly-found freedom was enjoyed, although the stress of exams and work definitely put a dampner on these two months. And then came July...and what an interesting month that turned out to be. The rest of the summer flashed by in a haze of new found love and ice-cream; isn't that the best way to spend a summer? The latter part of the year seemed to have been taken over by traveling up and down the country, and Uni work. Third year is hard. I knew it would be, so why oh why was I surprised by the mountain of work that was dumped unceremoniously in front of me? That being said, it was still enjoyable, constantly having my nose in a book on the train home is not a bad way to spend a few hours, especially when there's a warm hug at the end of it.
And then came Christmas. Arguably, my best Christmas yet. As the year is ending, I've realised it wasn't all bad, although if you told me that six months ago I would have laughed in your face. As I get better, I realise more and more of the beauty of life.

I hope 2014 brings me more of that clarification. I hope the year to be busy - as expected - but most of all, happy. I will try a bit harder to see the good in the little things, and read more books. I think that's about it.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

My Nail Polishes for A/W: Burgundy!


Barry M - Raspberry, Nails Inc - Tate, Ciate - Dangerous Affair

Today is my second installment A/W products series! I thought I'd show you my three favourites burgundy's, because I really do love them. I can't pick a favourite, I wear these three so much, the colours are perfect for this time of year, they compliment my pale skin, and they apply beautifully! I blogged about Dangerous Affair here.

I plan on posting about my favourite lip products for A/W soon, so that will be coming up! That being said, they probably won't be split into several different posts, as I have SO much more nail polish, as some of you already know!


Sunday, 17 November 2013

My Nail Polishes for A/W: Nudes


Models Own - Grey Day, Models Own - Utopia, Topshop Nails - Barefoot, Essie - Fiji, Natural Collection - Winter Moon.

So today I thought I'd share with you my favourite nude polishes for Autumn/Winter. This is the first in a little series I'll be doing on my favourite A/W products, so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks!

As much as I love wearing darker shades, sometimes I'm in the mood for a more natural polish, and these five are the best for A/W I think. Utopia and Fiji are potentially two of my favourite ever polishes anyway, so it's no surprise these are here!

Winter Moon is a gorgeous silver colour, I have fallen in love with it lately! I featured it on my October Favourites and no doubt I'll post a full review soon!

What are your favourite A/W nude polishes? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Review: Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss - #107


It's taken me a while, but I'm finally reviewing one of my favourite lipsticks!

The Kate Moss Rimmel collections have been very popular in the past few months, and I have been entirely enamored with them.
I prefer matte lipsticks anyway, so when I saw this berry red in Boots, I picked it up straight away - who cares if it isn't a summer colour? I've been wearing this lipstick for months, regardless of the seasonal colour preferences!
#107 is a long lasting lip colour that's fantastically pigmented for a good price. Admittedly, it's not the best if you have super dry lips, but that's nothing a bit of lip balm can't handle, right?

These lipsticks retail for £5.49 in Boots/Superdrug, but there's always deals on!

Have you tried this? What did you think?

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Review: John Frieda Full Repair Range


So last month, when I was asked to review the new John Frieda Full Repair range*, I jumped at the chance. I'm constantly on the look out for something that'll make my hair luscious and beautiful, and I'll try most things. I have damaged hair, and I have done for years. That being said, I lopped off about 8 inches off my hair in July, and my hair has been in much better condition since then. Still, I still execute damage control!

The range consists of Shampoo and Conditioner and a repairing oil elixir, that's meant to 'hydrate and rescue' hair, replenishing moisture without weighing hair down (as it says on the bottle.)

I can't describe the smell, although I've tried! It's nice, yes, but I can't quite put my finger on the scent. It's more floral-ly than anything, and even then I can't quite say which flowers!

Let's get down to the nitty gritty. I have used this almost every day for 3 weeks, and have I noticed a difference? Well, no, not massively. My hair certainly isn't feeling worse, which is a bonus, and as I've plastered heat onto my hair quite a lot recently, it must be doing something. It's a bit shinier than normal, which I love which is a bonus. The oil elixir is meant to smooth and straighten hair, and I definitely noticed my hair was a lot smoother after using it, so I shall definitely be continuing with that.

All in all, although I enjoy using the shampoo and conditioner, I probably wouldn't buy it again unless it was on an offer. That being said, the elixir will make it into my 'everyday hair care' pile definitely!

Have any of you used it? What do you think?

You can purchase the full range here.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Weekend Wishlist

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This week's wishlist is a lot more colourful than usual as you can see! I live in mainly white, black and blue, and as the weather grows colder, I feel the need to inject some colour into my wardrobe. I am loving Topshop's new Velvet Lips, these two colours are amazing and I feel like I need them in my life.
And how cool is that skirt? Very different to the stuff I normally wear, but beautiful none the less.

What's your weekend wishlist? Link me to yours below!
Stay warm! Kx

Monday, 4 November 2013

Avon Super Shock Gel Eyeliner


Today I thought I'd show you my current favourite eyeliner! I always wear eyeliner on my top lash, and have done for years. Before now, I've always used liquid eyeliners as I felt that they were easier to use, but after picking this eyeliner up a few months ago, I've become obsessed with it!

It drags along my eye line smoothly and without hassle, it's easy to remove at the end of the day and it is brilliantly pigmented. It has a thin tip so I can use it with precision (and as it's a sharpening pencil, if the tip dulls it can be easily rectified) and I can (almost) perfect flicks at the end of my eyes with it.

I have fallen in love with this eyeliner and shall definitely repurchase it when I run out - although won't be any time soon, it lasts ages! You can buy it here for £6.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

October Favourites

This month's favourites are all make up! Instead of just plastering on anything I could get my hands on, I've been actively looking for certain pieces. That being said, I've not worn foundation or concealer for the past 10 days, see why here.

The first product is L'Oreal's Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover. I bought this on a whim because it was on offer, needing something quickly as my Body Shop remover had just run out. I'm loving this remover, I'm glad I picked it up - I shall do a full review soon.

Next up are two Seventeen products. At the moment, they're doing a 3 for £10 offer, and I picked up these two and a primer. The foundation is fantastic, gives good coverage without being too cakey and lasts all day. The concealer is amazing. I suffer from the most horrific bags, and this heavy duty concealer really helps cover them up!

No7 Eyeshadow in 'Wheatsheaf' - This is an eyeshadow I've had for ages, but I'm beginning to really love and take advantage of. Perfect for a daytime, neutral look.

Topshop lipsticks Hazard and Depth. These two lipsticks are quite different, Hazard is a beautiful deep red, and Depth is a dark, dark purple - not for the faint hearted! As the weather has got colder, I've been reaching for these two lipsticks every day. I shall do full reviews on both soon.

Natural Collection Nail Polish in 'Winter Moon' - The perfect winter nail polish! It's a gorgeous shimmery cream/silver colour, it reminds me of snow! For only £1.99 it's brilliant!

So that's my October favourites, link me to yours in the comment section!


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Review: Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo


Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo - £17.50

Today I thought I would review my current favourite shampoo! Bumble and Bumble's Sunday Shampoo is a shampoo that everyone seems to have tried, and I was pretty late jumping on that bandwagon.
I've been using it for about a month now, and I thought it'd be a good time to review it!

It's a clarifying shampoo that is branded as:

"A weekly detox to rid hair of product residue, hard water minerals, pollutants, you name it. Perfect for product junkies and infrequent washers."

 I was a bit skeptical at first when everybody started raving about it. I couldn't see how a shampoo could be that fantastic, plus, my hair doesn't seem to have any residue in it...or so I thought!
After using it for the first time, my hair felt so much lighter and better, it was literally squeaky clean, and incredibly soft. ( I used the same conditioner I always use.) 
I use it as directed, once a week, on a Sunday because that is what the bottle says and I must be a sheep at heart! My hair feels amazing, and because it's only a weekly shampoo, it will last ages!

At £17.50 per 250ml, this is not a cheap buy. I winced when I handed my card over, but I'm glad I did it! I bought mine on a payday whim, as most of my purchases are!

Have you used it, or a clarifying shampoo like it? What do you think?


Saturday, 26 October 2013

Weekend Wishlist


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As Halloween is around the corner, I felt that at least one "spooky" piece was necessary. This top is so cool, I am going to have to get my hands on it.

I feature trousers a lot in my wishlists. This is because, despite wanting them lots, I'm too scaredy cat to actually buy a pair, because I'm not sure if they'll suit me. So hey, maybe that's something I can do ;)

The shoes are gorgeous aren't they? I love cute, dainty heels like this, they're so girly and ladylike, I love the bow. I can't walk in high heels, but that's not the point, these shoes make me want to learn! I recently discovered Cavells, I'm loving their shoe range!

Last but not least, the beautiful bag, also found on Cavells! I love it, I wish I could afford the price tag!

What's on your wishlist this weekend?

This is a sponsored post.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Why do you wear make-up?


So today I thought I'd pose a question. A different kind of post, I know, but one that's being on my mind for a while.

Casting my mind back, although I've been interested in make-up for a long time, it's only in the past few years - since I started blogging, that I really started wearing it. I've always worn mascara/eyeliner (there was a terrible (goth) stage in my early teens where I wore too much eyeliner) but I never really bothered with anything else. While a lot of people at my school started slapping on foundation to cover their spots at the age of 13 or so, I never bothered. I was blessed with clear skin, so I never found a need for it. That continued until last year, and I'm not sure what changed.

I can understand why those might use it to cover skin blemishes - God knows I've tried every product under the sun to get rid of those unsightly purple circles under my eyes, but I also know that using make up is more likely to make skin blemishes worse. I'm always tempted to slap the concealer on every time I get a blemish, and sometimes I do, I need to get out of the habit of using products to hide my spots - considering that's what's probably caused them in the first place.

As I realised my make-up habits had grown in the past year, I started to wonder why this has happened. It didn't start off as a self-confidence thing, although I will admit that going out without make-up on does give me a horrible feeling I never used to have. I have, however, always found make-up application to be fun. I don't know why, but it's something I've always enjoyed - anybody else feel that way?

A terrible habit I have picked up is the necessity to wear make-up when leaving the house - and this is a habit a lot of us have. Why do we feel the need to wear make-up so much? I champion feminism and women's rights, yet I am too scared to let most people see me fresh faced - despite believing beauty comes in all sorts of ways. Even now, looking at the picture above, I can't see a massive difference in my skin, despite being covered in make-up on one half. All throughout my life, people have complimented my skin and how clear it is (usually.) So why do I still feel the need to wear so much make-up?

So, somewhere along the line, I stopped wearing make-up because it was fun, and started wearing it because I felt like I needed to.

I'm done with this view though. I plan on wearing no foundation/concealer/powder for at least the next week, regardless of what I'm doing. I'll still wear mascara/eyeliner/lipstick like I've always done, but I need to give my skin a break, before even more spots erupt over my face. I'll let you know how it goes.

I'm really interested to know why you think you wear make-up. Please tell me!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Mid-Week Wishlist

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So this week, I've been craving mostly big sweaters, but that cute octopus tee is something I must have in my wardrobe, the sooner the better!
I bought my pair of winter boots this week, thick and black with soles that I can maneuver the snow with, however, I want something a bit more delicate to traipse around in before that. The gold toe on these is different, and they are beautiful!
As you all know, I'm a sucker for a berry lipstick, and this new Topshop one keeps catching my eye, definitely going to be a new addition to my collection when I go back home!

What do you think of this week's picks?

Friday, 11 October 2013

I bought a hat, I think I look fetching.

Okay, so I have spent the past few months coveting hats. I've seen them begin to adorn shop windows and countless celebrities, I've watched as my best friend bought one (a fedora) and absolutely ROCKED it, I have quietly been loving them. A few times I went so far as to try one on, and I always loved them. Yet, for the longest time, I didn't buy one. I thought that I'd change my mind as soon as I bought it, or people would think me stupid. BUT ALAS. Last week, I bit the bullet and bought a bowler hat! (I think.) And I love it.

£14.99 - New Look.

Excuse my amateur selfie-esque shot, but there it is. I love it, I really do. I hope it suits me. I think so. However, as luck would have it, the weather has taken a nasty turn for the worst, and I just can't brave wearing it outside when the wind is blowing a gust all over the place; I can barely keep my feet on the ground, let alone keep a hat on my head!

What do you think? 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

September Favourites


Superdrug Coconut Oil, Nice'n'Easy Colourseal Conditioning Gloss, Topshop Nail Polish in Whimsical, No7 BB Lips in Blink Pink, Avon Super Shock Gel Eyeliner, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.

 So this month I've been trying out a few new products, instead of recycling old favourites. Ever since I cut my hair, I've been wanting to make sure I keep the softness - especially after I dyed it 3 times in 2 weeks. Superdrug's coconut oil has been a godsend for this. Massaging it into my hair before bed, I wash it out in the morning and my hair is left feeling soft and smooth. It's a fantastic moisturiser too! I'll post a full review up this week, so look out for that!

I've been pairing the coconut oil with Nice'n'Easy's conditioner, that I got free with my hair dye! My mum has been using this for years, and swears by it, but I always presumed it wasn't very good. However, I have been using it recently, and it is fantastic. My hair has less tangles, and is soft and smooth. You can buy it separately, for about £1, in the hair dye section. I recommend whole-heartedly!

I love a good holographic nail polish, and Whimsical is perfect! A gorgeous pink colour, it's perfect when I want quite neutral nails with sparkle!
Another neutral make-up product I've been using lately is No7 BB lips. I bought both this colour, and 'Ballerina', a peachy colour, and love them both. Perfect for more natural days when I don't want to adorn my lips with bright pink lipstick!

And last but not least, the ubiquitous Cleanse and Polish by Liz Earle. I've had this months and never used it until this month, and oh my goodness, I totally get the hype! It's a brilliant cleanser, smells lovely, and removes my make-up easily without the need of make-up wipes! It's unlikely I'll do a full review on this, as there are SO many already, but I can if you want!

If you've done a monthly favourites post, I'd love to read it!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Autumn/Winter Wishlist #1

autumn wishlist

As the weather grows colder, and my student loans comes closer, I've been online constantly thinking about what to wear for A/W. I've had my eyes on these beauties for a while now, especially that gorgeous cat print dress, perfect for the my inner cat lady!

I always buy myself a pair of big black boots for Winter, the only way I feel safe in the treacherous snow and ice is by knowing I have a good grip on the bottom of my shoes!

I plan on spending A/W curled up in oversized jumpers over midi skirts, and these two are perfect. I love the rich colours, they'll stand out among the bleakness of winter perfectly!

If you click the picture, you can find all the links from the items in the picture!

What's on your A/W wishlist?


Saturday, 21 September 2013

Review: Maxfactor Colour Exilir Giant Pen Stick in 'Vibrant Pink'


As you all know, pink lips are my favourite. The brighter the better, I just can't get enough. So when I saw this little gem in Boots last month, I'm sure you can imagine how excitable I became. I, of course, snapped it up straight away.

The most beautiful vibrant pink I have ever seen, this lipstick comes in a thick, creamy pencil, that can be sharpened whenever it's getting a bit low. However, I've been using it practically every day for the past month, and it shows so signs of getting low yet, so it'll last a long time.

It does transfer quite easily, and therefore you will have to reapply it a few times, but I find that a cover of lipcote makes it far more durable.

Due to the creaminess of the product, it doesn't dry out your lips at all, nor does it bleed.
Available in a range of colours, these are perfect for A/W! 

It normally retails at £6.99, but in Superdrug at the moment there's £2 off!

Have you tried any of these? What did you think?

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

How to wear...Tartan.

Okay, so this is going to be a new thing I am doing. A lot of the time I see a type of clothing - such as tartan, or kimonos, or Chelsea boots, and proceed to day-dream about the different ways one would wear them. So this was born. Obviously, I'm not the only person who does posts like this, it's quite a common thing in the blogging world, but this is my interpretation, so here we go :)

How to wear...a tartan shirt.
How to wear a tartan....shirt

A tartan shirt is something I imagine quite a few of us already have in our wardrobes. I love a checked shirt, ooh I do. I have a few, but my boyfriend has TONS and I plan on stealing them from him...(S, if you're reading this, you won't notice they're gone, I promise xD)
Normally I wear tartan shirts open, with a vest, jeans and converses, but if you wanted to dress it up a bit more, or go a bit grunge - a la the fashion this season, wearing it with big boots and a beanie is a sure hit. I like the thought of wearing it tucked into a pair of shorts like this, but if you're like me and don't have the confidence to wear shorts like that, it'd look good tucked into a black skater skirt too.

How to wear...a tartan skirt.
How to wear a tartan....skirt

Can you see a theme emerging? Yes, I think tartan looks best with black. A tartan skirt is top on my wishlist as the weather draws colder...expect a lot of tartan actually. I think a cropped band tee would look good showing the tiniest bit of skin, with big black boots and a massive coat to keep you warm in these frigid months. A fur-lined coat will probably be my coat of choice this year, the collar on this one is especially cute.

How to wear....a tartan dress.
How to wear a tartan....dress

I know some may think a tartan dress is going TOO FAR with the tartan trend, but I happen to think it's cute. Plus, it's £18 from New Look, and for that price you can't really go wrong. Perfect for a dinner date or drinks with friends, dressing it up with a kimono and jewelry will soften the look and make it look less grungy. Alternatively, wearing it with tights and converses would also make it a great daytime look, and is probably a look I'll be wearing in lectures.
So there we have it. That's the ways I would wear tartan. What do you think of my choices, and what would you choose? 
To see any of the individual pieces, click on the picture and it'll lead you to the Polyvore page where you can find all the links you need

Monday, 16 September 2013

Black and grey and then more black.

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Top - H&M
Skirt - Topshop
Blazer - River Island
Shoes - Primark

So this is my first outfit post in about two years, be easy with me!

This is representative of a normal outfit for me. I either live in jeans or flippy skirts, because they are the comfiest things in the world for me. I probably wear too much black, but I love black, so there.

I love this blazer...although I did forget to take a picture of it being worn! 3/4 length sleeves, over sized and just warm enough for an Autumnal evening, I feel that I will be wearing a lot as the weather gets slowly colder! It goes with everything and is incredibly comfortable.

These shoes have not left my feet in about a month. They're clearly a rip-off of Vans, and I love that to be quite honest. Vans - along with Converse - are my favourite type of shoe, but at £40, I can't afford to own that many pairs. So, when these started popping up in Primark and New Look, I had to buy a pair. They are really comfy and cheap, perfect for throwing on and running errands or going shopping.

What's your favourite kind of shoe? Are you like me, throwing on converse whenever you get the chance, or are you more of a heels person? x

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Guide to Freshers!

This is a re-hash of the Freshers guide I did last year! I have a few more points to add now I've done second year!

So, two years ago, I was preparing for my first year at Uni, and I was honestly dreading it. I have no older siblings that could guide me through, so I was going in blind. Of course you hear the odd bits here and there, but more along the lines of ‘you’ll be drunk for a week’ as opposed to ‘what the bloody hell do I need to bring?! So I thought I would post a little guide on how to survive Freshers. I’m no genius of course, but every little helps. If you think I’ve missed anything, pop suggestions in the comments below, or if you want to ask me a question, you can contact me on twitter @sirensandbells or alternatively, email me:

Budget: I can’t stress the importance of this enough. Find your student finance letter that tells you what your loan will be, and work out how much money you will have each week after rent etc has been taken out. I didn’t stick to a proper budget in first year OR second year and I ended up completely rinsing my overdraft – which sucks. If you have money left over from each week, put it aside and at the end of the month you can treat yourself. For a lot of people, Uni is the first time they ever have to stick to a budget, so prepare for setbacks along the way, because things will crop up that mean you need a bit of money put aside – and if you budget properly you will have to worry that little bit less. Seriously, you think you'll be okay if you overspend one week...and then the next....and then the next...until you've got a month left and you're on the phone begging your mum for money!

Be friendly: I know this sounds obvious, but still. If you’re moving into Halls, when you get there, open up your door when you’re unpacking etc, so your neighbours know you’re there to chat to. I was the second person in my house to arrive so I was able to go and chat to everyone as they had moved in; it makes it so much easier! You aren't going to stay friends with everyone you meet and get friendly with to begin with, but the more people you try and make friends with, the better. It makes it so much easier to have people you can be close to. Your housemates are like your family when you're at Uni, it helps to have good friends when you need them!

Make the space your own: When you move in, it’s very likely your parents are going to want to unpack for you, but do not let them. You’re going to live in that room for a year, you need to make the space your own, which means putting everything where you want it, not where your parents think it’ll look best. When I moved into halls, my parents left after an hour, so I had the chance to put everything exactly where I wanted it to go. Buy cute bedding and cushions, and pretty things that will make your room seem homely.

That teddy bear you’ve had all your life, that sits on your bed? Bring it with you. Do not be embarrassed about cuddly toys, you will not be the only one in your flat who brings a bear, and if you miss home, it’s there to comfort you. have been with one of the guyrry about missing your family: I know it sounds quite harsh, but it’s true. I was scared stiff that I was going to miss my mum too much, I thought I’d be distraught and hate living away from home, but it is not that bad. By the point that you actually have time to miss anyone, so much time has passed that you don’t really miss them anymore. Admittedly, when my parents left on that first day, I cried. Quite a few of the housemates did when their parents left, it’s normal.

Don’t shit where you eat: I’m sorry for putting this so crudely, I couldn’t think of another way to address the point. Generally, it is not a good idea to sleep with one of your housemates. It’s awkward afterwards. You see them in the kitchen and you’re like ‘Oh hey, I’ve seen you naked. Just gonna go get my cornflakes now.” However, sometimes, it’s totally fine, you can forget it ever happened and be friends without having to worry about it. That's rare though. Seriously, it is a bad idea.

      Try and be clean: No-one wants to live in a pig sty do they? So clean up after yourself! You wouldn’t allow it at home, so don’t allow it at Uni. Washing up after yourself takes 20 minutes tops, really not that difficult. You’ll make friends a lot easier if you’re not constantly pissing them off because you can’t clean up after yourself.
     Don’t stick to one ‘group’: Don’t stay away because you deem them ‘not your sort of person’ because of their physical appearance. You’ll be surprised at the friendships you’ll make if you open yourself up.  Even if they have Scouse Brows and fake tan the colour of leather, they may have a heart of gold.

Do the work: First year is an easy year compared to the other two years you’ve got ahead of you. You don’t have to work super hard to get by. That being said, you do need to work hard enough to actually pass the year. If you work now, you won’t get a shock come second year when a crapload of work is piled on top of you. Get into the habit this year, it’ll be better for you in the long run. I didn't do any work in the first year, and it made second year a lot harder!

      Don’t worry if you don’t drink a ton: When I started Uni, I was worried that everyone would think I was a square because I didn’t drink a lot. I shouldn’t have bothered worrying, I wasn’t the only one who didn’t drink much, and no-one cares as long as you have a good time! Don’t do anything because you feel pressured, you will end up regretting it.

     Make sure you eat! In the first two weeks, I was so busy, I pretty much forgot to eat at all. Bad, bad idea. I lost a load of weight, but got pretty ill at the same time.

     Load up on flu capsules: You will get Fresher’s flu. You will not avoid it, so go in prepared.

     Go the Fresher’s fair, and get everything you can: You can pick up some good vouchers and little bits & bobs, so don’t miss it.

      Get an NUS card, and look at sites like Uni Days & Student Beans. Both are fantastic for getting discounts.

      Read your course books! I do an English degree, and in first year I have to admit I didn’t read all of the books. A few times, I didn’t attend a lecture because I hadn’t read the books and basically, couldn’t be arsed. Such a bad idea! Attend as many lectures as possible, don’t miss them because you’re feeling lazy. You’re paying for this education, take full advantage!       
       When you move in, if you see an imperfection ie. A mark on a wall or on the carpet etc etc WRITE IT DOWN. You may get charged at the end of the year if the Landlord thinks it’s your doing, so write down each & every imperfection to stop this from happening.

      Last, but not least, HAVE FUN. The first year of Uni was the best year of my life, so enjoy every minute because it passes by bloody quickly. Takes pictures of it, and love every minute. I’m so upset I’m not a Fresher this year!!

     Obviously, I don’t know everything, my view is completely different to another person’s, but I hope this guide can help you a little bit. As I said before, if you want any advice or need any questions answered, I would be more than happy to help you however possible:
     twitter: @sirensandbells

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Beauty Wishlist

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Why is it that when we have no money, we find hundreds of things we want?
I am no different, and this week I have found myself  lusting after the new Velvet Goth collection from Models Own. Having seen it swatched on many blogs, I am in love with the matte finish and myriad of glitter!
I'm running out of my current favourite foundation, and when I went to twitter to ask the masses which foundation I should plump for next, this was the favourite by far! I wish it wasn't so expensive though!

I don't need any more mascara's or lipsticks, but these all seem to be new, and therefore I must have them. We all know I am obsessed with red/pink lipsticks, the brighter the better, and this is therefore perfect.

Although Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf will always (probably) be my favourite perfume, I want to switch it up a bit, and this perfume smells so gorgeous, I am completely lusting after it. I don't care if it's technically the wrong time of year, I want this in my collection!

What's on your beauty wishlist this week? x

Friday, 6 September 2013

Public Service Announcement...Of Sorts.

Hello girls (and guys if there are any reading!)

As those who are regular readers can probably tell, my blogging has been more than slightly sporadic all summer. It's not that I have fallen out of love with blogging, it's just that it is hard to stay on top of everything in the beauty world when I am a student, with a tiny bank account, and I have no way of keeping up to date with all the latest beauty products because my budget does not allow it.
As some early readers may remember, this didn't used to be a purely beauty-based blog. I would include fashion and lifestyle posts as well, and then that, gradually, turned to (mostly) beauty posts.

I have decided that, although that was fun, that's not representative of me, and I want this blog to be an extension of myself. Therefore, I am going to start introducing more fashion and lifestyle posts back in. This doesn't mean weekly instagram posts and daily outfit posts - I am normally in a tee and jeans, and well, my instagram is mainly cake and my face. However, I shall talk more about books, films and music - I am an English student after all - and maybe some general posts of musings as well. I am a woman of many opinions (and a big mouth,) so expect me to be a bit ranty on occasions ;)

That doesn't mean my beauty posts will stop, I love nail polish more than any sane person should, so don't expect a big change here, but a little more variety, and hopefully more regular postings!

Let me know what you think, and if any of you have any recommendations.
I hope you enjoy the new sides of Sirens and Bells I'm going to be introducing!

Love, Katy x

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Review: Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish - Nebline


I know I have far too many nudes, but this polish is so pretty, I couldn't help it!
Originally, I was looking for a more sheer nude colour to paint my nails with when I wanted a more subtle colour, but after buying this and swatching it on my nails, I was pleased with how opaque it was.

It's a gorgeous pale baby pink, opaque in two coats, and lasts for a good few days without chipping. This range from Maybelline retails at £2.99 a bottle, which is a brilliant price when you look at how expensive some nail varnishes can be! I have got quite a few polishes from this range now, and I think they're brilliant!

Have you tried any polishes from this range? What did you think? x

Monday, 2 September 2013

August Favourites


I haven't done one of these posts in what feels like forever! But I plan on getting on top of blogging again, and I love both writing and reading these posts!
This month I decided to include both make-up and hair favourites, as opposed to just make-up favourites as I have done in the past.
VO5's Dry Texturising Spray has been a Godsend since I've had my hair cut. As soon as I left the hairdressers, I walked into boots looking for things to help me keep me bouncy and tousled, and this is amazing. 
The rest of the products are my general make-up pieces. I never rated eyelash curlers in the past, I couldn't see how they made a difference, but these ones are fantastic! They really curl my lashes, paired with Revlon's Grow Luscious mascara, my eyes look great! 
Maxfactor's Colour Elixir Giant Pen Sticks are relatively new, and as soon as I saw "Vibrant Pink", I had to pick them up. I have been on the lookout for a BRIGHT pink for goodness knows how long, all the pinks I have are never bright enough, but this, this is! I love it so so much, I can't stop wearing it! What's the brightest pink lipstick you know of/own? I'd love suggestions! x

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Weekend Wishlist

Weekend Wishlist

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For the past few weeks, I've had a real weakness for patterns, as you can tell from this wishlist! I've been lusting after kimono's for a while, and this gorgeous one from New Look is beautiful, perfect for layering up in the evening after a warm night!
Another thing I feel I need in my life, is a bowler hat. I don't know why, but I am constantly trying them on, and deciding I need one in my life. I refuse to pay £20 for one though, so I'm really hoping Primark get some in stock soon!
I have a love/hate relationship with trousers. I love how they look, I hate how they look on me. I'm hoping to try this beauties on and be surprised at how much they suit me, but we'll see......

What's on your wishlist this weekend?

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Review: Nails Inc for InStyle - Bluebell


So, as the sun has started to shine on our tiny section of the world again, I thought it was only appropriate to paint my nails in a suitably summery colour. As I was perusing my massive nail polish collection, I came across this little gem. As you can probably guess, this polish came out with InStyle over a year ago (I'm guessing,) and I've barely used it - maybe twice - nor can I remember what the polish itself was like. So I decided that it was about time I gave it some love!

It took two coats to be opaque and dried quickly - which is great for such a fidget as I. As soon as wet polish touches my nails, I suddenly can't keep my hands still! The polish lasted for 3 or so day without chipping at all, which is about average, but by no means terrible.

A pretty baby blue that is more perfect for spring than Summer, I shall definitely be showing it more love now I have rediscovered it!

Have you got this polish? What do you think? x

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Make-Up Of The Day


I thought I would show you a make-up look I tried a few days ago! It's not dissimilar to my normal make-up look, except I added a flick of Lush's 'Motivation' to the end of my eyeliner, and used one of my brightest lip colours - Maxfactor's Colour Elixir in Vibrant Pink.

The addition of blue didn't make too much difference, apart from making my eyes look a bit more colourful, never a bad thing! I tend to do the same sort of thing all the time, quite neutral make-up, eyeliner flicks and a bright lip colour, but I want to try different eye looks. This is a small step! If you have any ideas of different looks I could experiment with, let me know! 

Look how bright my lips are! The pictures don't do it justice, this is definitely the brightest lip colour I have ever owned and I love it. I adore bright pink lips, and this is the epitome of bright pink. Perfect for me! What do you think?

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Barry M Liquorice Confetti


So, today I thought I would show you one of the new(ish) Barry M Confetti polishes. I chose this colour because it was one of the more neutral of the range, and can work better with lots of different polishes!

I wasn't too sure what to expect from this polish, but I'd say it is quite similar to a glitter top coat. I used two thin coats to get the coverage above, although I do think it would be possible to apply it thickly enough that it is entirely covering your nail.
Like a glitter nail polish however,  it is incredibly difficult to remove, which I did not expect.
Despite this, I definitely will be using this a lot, it makes a nice change to just having one colour on your nails.

Have you tried any of the confetti colours? What did you think?

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