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

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

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