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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Last minute Christmas present? "So...Rock n Roll" body fragrance trio

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It's Christmas Eve, and I just know some of you won't have finished Christmas shopping yet. (I haven't...)  So if you're in a bit of a rut as to a stocking filler for your daughter/sister/ (relevant female friend/family member) then I recommend this. As a teenager I also wore So...? body sprays, therefore when I got an email asking if I wanted to review on one my blog I went for it, o nostalgia!
Personally I think it's a great idea for a stocking filler or little present, they retail for under £4 in all the generic British shops selling Christmassy gifts, like Sainsburys and Wilkinsons to name but two!
It's Christmas tomorrow! EEEEEEEEEE!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Winter Wishlist: Over the knee boots

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I've been out of the fashion loop for a little while now, but there is one trend that I just haven't been able to ignore. Over the knee boots. They are EVERYWHERE. At first I shrugged and didn't see the appeal, but as Winter dawns it's ugly head and temperatures drop, I am starting to see the appeal. As you can see, when it comes to shoes I definitely have a type. Black and not too high. So here are the ones I am currently obsessing over. Those Kurt Geiger ones with the gold heel? I need them.

What's your opinion on the new trend?
Kx

PS. HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE EVE!!!!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Review: Lush's Lord of Misrule Bath Ballistic

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As some of you may be aware, I have a bit of a Lush obsession. Therefore as the first post after my unexpected hiatus, I thought I'd do a bath ballistic! Woo!

So Lord of Misrule was a Halloween product, but I'm pretty sure it's still available in shops over the Christmas. 
When I first picked up the smell of patchouli and yummy spices were the first things to hit nose, very Wintery, perfect for warming up after a cold day! It's not overpowering at all either, it's quite subtle, which is nice as some of the more spicier products can be slightly overpowering.

Apart from the pink specks flecked on the outside of the bath bomb, it's completely green, so I was interested to get in the water to see if the pink would make an appearance....



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I was excited to see it going slightly pink as it started fizzing. There was even some popping candy going on! I went away for a moment, came back and saw this...

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LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL COLOUR. It was the most vivid fuchsia, my camera cannot do it justice! After it fizzed and span around my bath it ended up a very nice dark pink colour.

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If I'm honest, I expected the colour to be a bit murky - put green and pink together, you'll probably get brown. So I was really happy I ended up with such a lovely colour for my bath!

If you see this in your local Lush shop over the holidays, I wholeheartedly recommend it, it's beautiful scent lingered on my skin until morning and made me so soft!

To those who have tried it, what do you think?
Kx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Lush Collection yay!

Whilst going through my lush stash last night I realised I had accumulated quite the collection, so I thought I'd share with you the bits and pieces I have bought recently! (Or just haven't used yet because I don't want them to leave!)


Rose Jam Shower Gel, Dirty Tooth Tabs, Yog Nog Soap, Gold Fun.
Bath Bombs: Lord of Misrule, Butterbear, Phoenix Rising, Big Blue.

Bubble Bars: Sunnyside, Candy Mountain, Amanpondo, Christmas Hedgehog, Pop in the Bath, Secret Garden.

So that's my Lush collection! I also have the Karma shampoo bar and Honey I Washed The Kids soap in my bathroom, but I use these two daily so I couldn't photograph as they wouldn't look great!

What's in your collection?
Kx

Friday, 31 October 2014

Beverly Hills Formula Perfectly White Black Toothpaste





No your eyes are not deceiving you, this is is black toothpaste. When the email first popped into my inbox advertising this, I was a bit weirded out. Toothpaste is white, it makes your teeth white. Black toothpaste, surely, will make your teeth black. Right?! But alas, I decided to check it out because I'm a curious kitty.
It has activated charcoal in, and the company claims "Also known as carbon, activated charcoal has been used for centuries as one of the most effective and safest teeth whitener ingredients that not only helps whiten teeth, but also helps combat plaque, gum disease and bad breath.
So don't let the fun of trick or treating turn into tooth decay!
The Beverly Hills Formula range of toothpastes are proven to be less abrasive than many regular and teeth whitening toothpaste brands, so they are kinder to your teeth and are suitable for children and everyday use. So for whiter, healthier teeth try the blackest toothpaste for the whitest smile!"

I definitely didn't trust this claim going into it, and used it every day for three weeks to see. The toothpaste does not stay black as you are using it, the moment you start brushing your teeth the foaminess is more white, which I was curious about. It taste minty fresh, the only physical difference is literally the colour.

As for the claims? I was skeptical, at best. But, after using it for 3 weeks I'm pleasantly surprised. My teeth are amazingly whiter, but enough that I can tell a difference. I've loads lots of whitening toothpastes, and this is one of the only ones to make any sort of difference.

It's available from Boots/Superdrug for £4.99*, but Superdrug are doing a deal with BHF so it's only £2.50 at the moment :)

Would you use black toothpaste?
Kx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Shu Uemura TSUA Skin Youthful Crystal-Transparency Lotion - review




And the award for the longest name for a skincare product goes to....
I jest. I jest. Although it is pretty long.

Shu Uemura's new product is a clever little thing, as it claims to 'boost skin's self-cleaning mechanism and draw out crystal clear skin from within'.

This product is a mix between a cleanser and a toner - and it certainly has the consistency of a toner. Water thin, not at all sticky and completely transparent, it wipes away any impurities left over after I cleanse in the evening. It comes in three different types, one for oily skin, two for normal/dry skin and three for very dry skin. I have number two, which is the option I would choose anyhow, as my skin is very much combination.

At 21 years old, I'm aware that I don't need to worry about staying youthful, but I still think this product is fantastic. Admittedly, at £39, it is the most expensive toner I have ever used, but it certainly does its job right. It tightens my pores without making my face feel odd, and made my skin more even - I suffer with redness on my face and it's definitely helping combat it. I have the 150ml bottle and despite using it every day for weeks, it still looks completely full.

You can buy it here :)


* This product was gifted to me, but that, as always, does NOT change my review:)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Review: Rimmel's 60 Second Nail Polish in 'Orgasm'





I've always been a fan of Rimmel's nail polishes. Their colours are fantastic and for the price, the wear time is good. 'Orgasm' is no exception. Shame about the name...
A bright orange toned red, this colour would be perfect for Summer, but I love wearing it now Autumn has come around, it gives my otherwise dark outfits a pop of colour!

This was almost completely opaque in two coats, but I popped a third coat on just in case. It lasted three days without chipping - which is fantastic for me, and dries so quickly, as the name suggests.
It retails for £3.69 in Boots and Superdrug, and there's always deals on with Rimmel :)

What do you think? Have you tried this polish?
Kx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Review: Clarisonic Aria



The Clarisonic Aria is a cult classic that every blogger seems to want or have. Despite the amazing reviews, with a RRP of £135 there was no way I could justify buying one, I forgot about it for a little while, until I was asked if I wanted to review one. Well of course, I jumped at the chance. So yes, I was gifted this product, but no, that will not change my review.

On first impression, I loved it. Small, compact and PINK. It has three buttons - the power button, a button to speed it up and one to slow it down - depending on what part of your face and how sensitive you are.
I've not pictured the charger because I've managed to hide it in my room somewhere, but it's pretty amazing. It has a magnetic charger that sticks itself to your Clarisonic and then plugs into a wall adapter. That little hole in the stand is for the wire to pass through in order to keep it on it's stand whilst charging.
I personally think the stand is a great idea, I don't want it lying around on my dressing table, so being able to stand it up is a great bonus.



The bristles don't look particularly soft, but as soon as I put them to my face, my worry was vanished. The cycle is two minutes, and it turns itself off after that. I'll admit, the first time I used it, I was disappointed. It definitely took off all my makeup, but I didn't think 'wow'. I persevered however, and used it every day for a month. Then I didn't use it for a week. I got blemishes and my skin looked rubbish, but since I started using my Aria again it cleared up, so I guess it's a product that you will only notice the difference with once you stop using it! It made my skin incredibly soft and my moisturiser definitely seemed to work better as well.

This should be obvious, but definitely do not use this to remove eye makeup, your eye area is far too delicate for a tool such as this! I always double cleanse, and I use the Clarisonic as the second step in my regimen :)

My skin looks brighter and feels so much better. Yes it is a lot of money, but if you can afford it and are thinking about it, then I definitely recommend it!

Kx

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Weekend Wishlist

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I have an obsession with tartan. This week I am obsessing over winter clothing, and clearly there is a definite theme. That theme being all things checked! I have so many patterned things already, I certainly don't need anymore, but how cute would that skirt look with thick tights and cosy jumper?


Click through to grab the links for the items :)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Blistex Relief Cream - aka the best lip balm ever.

For some unknown reason, I seem to get really bad chapped lips regardless of the weather. It can be beautifully sunny and 25c, middle of February and -1c or somewhere in between, and my lips will be chapped regardless. I have tried so many lip balms, I must own about 20, from super cheap to far more expensive, and none of them do anything to help my lips. Not only will they be chapped, but I will regularly wake up and realise they've been bleeding. I know, gross. Then someone recommended Blistex Relief Cream to me. I was skeptical, a product so cheap surely won't do all I need, will it?


As you can see, the product is definitely more medical looking that cosmetic, and at only £2.65 I thought it was worth giving a go.
I cannot recommend it enough. I apply it once in the morning and evening, and occasionally during the day if they're really chapped, and it works wonders. It's the only product that stops my lips from chapping, I love it so much. I pop it in my handbag wherever I go, it is an absolute essential for me.
As Winter comes closer, I'm sure more and more of you suffer from chapped lips, and this little thing is a life saver!

Have you tried it? What did you think?

Disclaimer: I am definitely not sponsored or endorsed or anything by Blistex, I just really bloody love this product : )

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Body Shop's Pomegranate and Raspberry Candle.



I am a sucker for scented candles, as I'm sure a lot of you are. Unfortunately I'm not in a position where I can afford to spend £30+ on a candle so I'm often stuck with cheaper, not so effective candles. This one, however, is different! The Body Shop aren't known for their candles, admittedly, so when I found them hiding in the corner I was definitely surprised! Just like almost all of their products, this has the most gorgeous smell, definitely fruity! Just having the candle out emits a beautiful smell without even lighting it, but once I have the smell intensifies. It's never too strong, just a gorgeous clean fragrance. I've not had it long enough to tell how the burning life will be, but I have high hopes!
This retails for £10 and it's available online and in store. They've got a few other fragrances I'll be sure to check out!
Have you tried any Body Candles? What did you think?
Kx

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Guide to Freshers!

This is a re-hash of the Freshers guide I did last year and the year before! I finished university in the summer so it's still fresh in my mind!

So, three 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: sirens-and-bells@hotmail.co.uk

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! I know everyone will tell you this, but that's because it is imperative!

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! At the same time, don't be surprised if you don't like everyone you live with. There's no rhyme nor reason to the way they put people together in halls, it's luck of the draw!

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. Bringing things from home will also help.

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. I was so worried 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. So don't worry about that.

      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 from a group of people because you deem them ‘not your sort of person’ due to their physical appearance. You’ll be surprised at the friendships you’ll make if you open yourself up. Even if they have bad eyebrows 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. I messed up and drank loads because it was what everyone else did, and ended up paying for it the next morning! Be yourself, if people don't appreciate it, then you don't need them in your life.

     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. Supernoodles doesn't count!

     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. And free pizza. There is always free pizza!

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

      Read your course books! I did 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:
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Weekend Wishlist

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1.) I'm not usually one for white clothing but this skirt is beautiful. I love the length and the sheer patches, I need it in my life!
2.) So I live in jeans, like many people, and I can't ignore the massive trend that is ripped jeans. I like the undone effect they give,
3.) I do like a nice plaid/check print, and this blazer fulfills my love of that and also of all things oversized :D
4.) My beautiful watch broke, which broke my heart as I loved it, but this beauty could heal my heartbreak pretty quickly. I love Vivenne Westwood so much, and this watch definitely contributes to the love!
5.) Mmm Autumn. Mmm boots. That is all. Seriously, aren't they beautiful?

What's on your weekend wishlist?
Kx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Book review: The Giver - Lois Lowry

This review will not contain any spoilers.

Dystopian fiction is my favourite genre. It started when I read the Hunger Games, suddenly I wanted to read more and more. 1984 is easily one of my favourite books, and I've just begun reading Farenheit 451 - with high hopes. So when I saw the trailer for the movie adaption I knew I'd have to read it straight away.
This is, technically, aimed for children, so it is not a difficult read in any way - from start to finish it probably took me six hours. 
It is set in a dystopian/utopian society called 'sameness'.It is seemingly perfect, there is no pain or war. People take pills to suppress their emotions, they're assigned careers, spouses and even children. 

The story follows a young boy names Jonas as he is assigned 'receiver of memories' - meaning he is to hold all the memories of everyone for centuries in his head, and he is the only person in the community to do so. This, clearly, creates issues in the young boy's life, and the book follows him. As he delves further into the memories, he realises not everything is quite the way it seems to be.

For a children's book, it was interesting. But not much happened. I expected more from it and was ultimately disappointed. The idea is fantastic and I'd love to see it embellished upon, but as for the story itself, it wasn't meaty enough. Nothing really happens for the first 80% and then I felt it was very rushed, with the ending itself being a massive anti climax. I probably would have enjoyed this as a child, but as an adult, not so much.

I'll certainly see the movie, just to see how it relates to the book. 
Have you read it, or seen it? What did you think?
Kx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Review: Lush Dragon Egg Bath Ballistic





I am a massive Lush fan, and their bath ballistics are potentially my favourite product.
I bought a bunch of new bath ballistics recently and decided to try out this one first.

On first glance, I wasn't sure how I'd get on with it. It seems just a plain white colour with a few pieces of coloured confetti tucked in to it.
It smelt amazing though, really citrus and refreshing, so I was still excited to try it.

As you can see, as soon as I popped it in the bath, it took on a life of it's own and fizzed and revealed a gorgeous golden core!

The only thing I didn't like was the confetti, it stuck to my skin and was a hassle to get out the bath, luckily there were only 5 or 6 pieces in the ballistic.

I shall definitely be re-purchasing this beauty, I love it!
Have you used it? What did you think?
Kx

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Benefit's Erase Paste in 'Fair'.




One thing I have always struggled with is dark under eye circles. It doesn't matter how much sleep I do or don't get, those tricky things never disappear. I've used countless concealers and although many of them do help, none of them have been amazing or made me less self conscious about them.
This is where Erase Paste comes in. I was lucky enough to get my make up done at Benefit for graduation, and Erase Paste is the concealer they used for me. Straight away I loved it, it covered up my dark circles and blemishes, and I knew I had it to have it.
As a guide, here is my eye without any make up on at all:



I don't think this picture shows the true extent of dark circles, but you can definitely see that I've got them!

And below is a photo of me with the concealer on. I'm also wearing a thin layer of Body Shop BB Cream.



As you can see, my circles are a lot less visible now, and my skin tone is far more even.

It's a very thick concealer, you only need a smidgen to cover your under eye area.



This small amount covered both sections of my under-eye and my nose, and is the size of probably a pea. I've used it every day for two weeks and it's barely caused a dent in it.

It's a very creamy, thick concealer, that doesn't crease or melt off my face too much during the day - I have extremely oily skin so that's a God send!

At £20.50 it's not the cheapest concealer, but if you can afford it, it's certainly worth it. If you're a student, you can get 10% off at ASOS, which I recommend! I've not managed to find a dupe for it, if you know of one, let me know!

Have you used Erase Paste? If so, what do you think?
Kx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Nail HQ Nail Treatments

Hey guys! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive nail treatments from Nail HQ!



The first I received was a nail hardener, which I was so pleased to get because I have such issues with weak, brittle nails that peel. I wore this for 3 days, and was pleased to see how it had strengthened my nails, I've tried many nail hardeners that do nothing for me so I was glad to see that this one worked!

The second was a ridge filler, which I wasn't so sure about. I don't tend to have ridges in my nails, therefore this polish wasn't too much use to me, but it still made a nice base coat, and it is the only nail treatment from Nail HQ to have a slight colour to it, meaning you could wear it without coating a colour on top and you would still have a nice sheer pink colour on your nails.

The final polish was an 'all in one'. This polish contains argan oil, meaning it should provide a nourishing coat to your nails - which for me, it did. I used this as both a top coat and base coat, and it definitely strengthened my nails - although not as much as the hardener. It worked really well as a top coat in that it gave me a nice glossy finish.

They retail for between $8 and $12 (I don't know the conversion rate) and are available here.

I shall certainly be picking the other polishes from Nail HQ!
Have you tried Nail HQ? What did you think?
Kx


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Friday, 5 September 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'Nude-ist'




I am not a nude person. (Ooh la la.) I like my lipsticks loud, like myself. Bright reds and pinks so neon they hurt your eyes. That's my forte, I feel safe with my bright lipsticks. Nudes? They're a different matter. Too dark, and you look like your mum in the 90s, too light, and you have that weird foundation chav girl look. Both are looks I want to avoid. Then there's this beauty. This is my new favourite formula of lipstick and it is a matter of time before I own all of the colours, it really is.



It's a gorgeous dark pink that isn't too bright, but not too dark either. Very a la Kylie Jenner - my new make up crush don't you know. I will admit, I am a fan of the youngest Kardashian sister, now that's a phrase I never thought I'd say! (I have never and never will watch that ghastly show.)

Just like the other colours in this formula, it goes on beautifully, very pigmented, and seriously sticks around. Yes, it does transfer onto mugs, but it doesn't leave your lips whilst doing so!

Anyone else love this formula as much as I do?
Kx

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

August Favourites!



Hey guys! Sorry this month's favourites are a bit late, I've been waylaid somewhat by life ;)

This month is quite jampacked, probably because I didn't get round to doing this last time!

The top thing on my list this month is without doubt my kindle. I'd like to first point out that the books you can see here aren't the ones I've been reading most recently in particular, yes, that is the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy you can see, purely because I don't believe in critiquing a book I've not read. I read them. They were truly terrible. ANYWAY, back to my original point. I've been even more obsessed with books than normal this month. I read 'If I Stay' and the sequel last week, and wept a million tears. Very YA fiction, but very compelling all the same! I've just started Jane Eyre after having it recommended to me by loads of people, let's hope I enjoy it! Any recommendations of must have reads?

Rimmel's Natural Bronzer in 'medium' - I'm one of the palest people I know, so to have a bronzer on my favourites is not normal! that being said, I enjoy contouring my cheeks every now and then, and this bronzer is fantastic for it, not too orange, very matte, wonderful. If you're looking for a cheap bronzer, this will do the job!

Rimmel's Quad Eyeshadow in '002 Smoky Brun' - Another product bought on a whim, I own a lot of palettes but wanted a smoky palette without loads of colours in it and this does the trick! I'll pop up a review soon!

Bourjois Velvet Edition in 'Personne de rouge' - I blogged about this recently, I love it! Perfect red, especially with this Autumnal weather.

Topshop Blush in 'flush' - I have a rotation of about 5 blushers, but this one is the one I keep coming back to! It's a gorgeous bright pink that gives me a healthy flush, perfect for every day.

Avon Make up Setting Spray - I've been after a setting spray for ages, and this is good and smells gorgeous too. I shall definitely be doing a review soon.

Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner - I've had this eyeliner ages, and I keep repurchasing it, and despite having about ten othe liquid eyeliners - including 'They're Real' this is always a winner for me!

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb - This is my 'holy grail' perfume, and I've loved it even more recently. I would wear it every day if I wasn't so hesitant about using it up too quickly!

label.m Protein Spray - I picked this up at my hairdressers after seeing it being used on me and I love it. It can be used as a heat protection spray and also makes my hair quite shiny which I love so much, I recommend it!

That's my favourites, what are yours? Link me to your posts in the comments!
Kx

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Review: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'Personne ne rouge'






For quite a while now I've been hearing awesome things about Bourjois's Rouge Edition Velvet range, but decided to hold off because I really don't need any more lip products, but as the glowing reviews kept rolling I decided to bite the bullet and pick one up. and boy am I glad I did.

Personne ne rouge is the most gorgeous blue toned red, my perfect red lipstick if ever there was one. It goes on smoothly, not matte at all, and dries to a stain without drying out my lips. Yes, it does transfer onto mugs and so on, yet even with this it lasts a good 4 hours without need for reapplication! It is incredibly pigmented, so be careful not to smudge it outside your lips as I have a habit of doing, although it's nothing a cotton bud can't handle!

All in all, this is an amazing product, and come pay day I will definitely be picking up more colours.
Have you used it, what do you think?
Kx


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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Weekend wishlist

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Hey guys! As you can see, this week's wishlist is pretty shoe dominated. Since starting my new job, it has occurred to me I don't own a lot of smart shoes, I own a lot of Converses, and not a lot else - not work appropriate anyway. So today I shall be going into town to pick up a pair of smart boots, and although both boots are from ASOS and therefore not going to be going in my shopping basket tomorrow, I'm hoping to find something similar!
The top is pretty self explanatory, I love unicorms, I already have three unicorn tops. As for the earrings...they're pretty, what excuse do I need?
I am having a love affair with those jeans. I have a pair of bright green jeans that are on their way out, and I need a replacement, and I think these might be it!

What's on your weekend wishlist? Link me to yours!
Kx 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Review: MAC Lipstick in Honey Love

I think it would be safe to say that I am late to the MAC bandwagon. For years I've heard people rave about MAC but I ignored them! I'd like to point out I regret this choice of ignorance now I've seen the light ;) As lipsticks are potentially my favourite cosmetic ever, I thought I'd start with them, and now I own three. Girl About Town, Candy Yum Yum and Honey Love. I'll review the two pink colours soon but today's focus is on Honey Love!




Honey Love is a gorgeous matte orange toned beige that contains the characteristics of all MAC lipsticks: Goes on perfectly, smells gorgeous, lasts ages. I can drink through several cups of tea at work and by lunchtime it's still going strong! At £15.50 this is quite a pricey purchase, but if you can afford it, it's worth it I think. 
This has easily become my favourite nude and I pop it on when I want a muted colour!

What do you think of Honey love? Have you tried MAC lipsticks?
Kx

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Mental Health and Me: Depression

This is a post that I have been contemplating writing for over a year, maybe more. But in light of recent events both privately and with celebrities in the public eye, I think now is about the right time.

I have depression. As in, not the depression where you have a bad day at work and have a little cry about it, but the full blown weeks on end of utter desolation and hopelessness kind of depression. I've had it for years and years, I can't remember a time where I've been fully happy in fact. To think that there are people who have never suffered with debilitating bouts of depression is extraordinary to me. Yet despite this, for the longest time I was convinced I was completely alone in my feelings. I was convinced beyond belief that I was very peculiar for feeling as shit as I did, but still I didn't see a doctor. For years and years I suffered in silence, and if there is one piece of advice I can give to anyone who thinks they might have depression it's this: Go get help. Seriously. The doctor isn't going to call you melodramatic or tell you you're over reacting (that's what I thought would happen to me.)
Depression is a serious disease that needs medical attention, even if you don't want it. I was terrified of anti-depressants, terrified they would make me numb and remove any emotions from me, but they don't, they make me normal. Life can be crap sometimes, and you are not weak if life gets to you.
After I was diagnosed a few years ago, I spent ages debating whether or not to tell people. I did tell people, and I was surprised at just how many people told me they also suffered from depression.

I don't know what the point of this post was to be honest. Basically, if you think you may have depression or you're feeling really, really down, help is there.
The NHS have a whole pages of helplines: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Suicide/Pages/Getting-help.aspx

Also, Buzzfeed recently wrote an article that hits the nail on the head. I find a lot of their articles miss the mark somewhat, but this, this I like: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexisnedd/things-nobody-tells-you-about-being-depressed?bffb

You can always email me too, I've had depression for years, so I know how you feel! sirens-and-bells@hotmail.co.uk

Time to Change is also an awesome website that focuses on ending mental health discrimination, I suggest you all check it out: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

Hopefully my next post will be a bit cheerier
Kx

Monday, 11 August 2014

Review: Directions Hair Dye in 'Lilac'

Hey guys! Those who have been following my blog for a little while know how much I love my hair dye. I've been dying my hair in all different colours for years and years, you can read a post about it here in fact. My colour of choice at the moment has been turquoise dip dye, but after getting a bit bored of that I went for a lilac dye yesterday!


Now as you can see, the colour in the pot is not lilac. It's more of a royal blue, but I thought 'meh, may as well' and therefore didn't expect much. So I shampoo-ed my hair - didn't condition it as it commanded and then slathered on it and waited half an hour.

This was the result:

Pretty purple, right? Well, no not really. The flash on my camera clearly had a field day, because although it shines purple in some lights, it is certainly more blue than anything. Either way, my hair is certainly not lilac. I can't be too disheartened, my hair was still holding onto some blue hair dye and that will have made an impact, and I do like the colour it has given me. I plan on buying a pink dye and mixing two together!

What do you think? And what brand of hair dye do you recommend for awesome dip dye?
Kx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Review: The Body Shop Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter



I admit. I am a cleanser floozy. I cannot help it. Every time I see rave reviews of a new cleanser I get excited and have to buy it. I have more cleansers than I know what to do with, always changing my routine every few days trying to dip my fingers in all my proverbial pies. Nuh-uh. Not real pies, I eat them quickly.

However, I tried to resist when everyone started extolling the virtues of cleansing butters. I'm not yet halfway through Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish, and thought it wouldn't be fair to up and leave that, as good as it is.

Things don't always work out quite how one would like, as I am sure many of you know. I was perusing The Body Shop, as I often do, and the Chamomile Cleansing Butter kept shouting at me. I tried to resist, I did, but it captured me in its buttery grasp and wouldn't let go. Extraordinary, I know.

Well, I am glad I did not resist. It is beautifully soft, it melts into the skin and emulsifies make-up fantastically, and it isn't too thick either. It even makes the arduous chore of removing Benefit's They're Real mascara/eyeliner easier! (Clearly not as good as the specific TR remover though.)

It would seem, for now, I have a cleanser favourite, and I am staying faithful. I always begin with Benefit's They're Real remover if I have been wearing eyeliner, and then I use this. Every evening. Lovely.

Have you used this? What did you think?
Kx

Monday, 4 August 2014

Review: Lush's Fresh Face Mask - 'Love Lettuce'

I don't know if it's the hot weather or the stress of a new job, but oh boy has my skin been bad lately. I do not get spots. I just don't really. Didn't when I was a teenager and don't now. But for some reason, for the past three weeks my body has decided to keep popping the blighters up on my face, no matter how much water I drink or how much I avoid base makeup. As someone who is used to quite a clear complexion, the constant redness and bumpiness that accompany my spots has been getting me down. I always double cleanse in the evening and use a face wash in the morning, but as well as that I was using a face mask every few days - either Liz Earle's Brightening Treatment or REN's Glycoactic Radiance Renewal. They both made my skin feel nice and I normally love them, but it just wasn't cutting it.

Sick of the way my skin was, I decided to pop into Lush and see what mask they recommended, I'd never used one of their face masks, but heard amazing things from a few people and decided to try it, as Lush never usually lets me down. I was greeted by a lovely, lovely woman (Lush has the best customer service of any shop I have ever entered) and we talked about my skin and my routine. She decided that 'BB Seaweed' and 'Love Lettuce' were probably best for me, and I decided to go with Love Lettuce.



With honey, almonds and lavender, Love Lettuce promises to "brighten your complexion with nutrient-rich agar seaweed gel, soothing and moisturising honey and almond oil, and gently exfoliating almond shells. This mask is simply fragranced with French lavender, which has a calming effect on the mind and helps to balance the skin’s sebum production."

I popped it on after keeping it in the fridge for a few hours, and left it on for the appropriate time (10-15 minutes).



How fetching.

When taking it off, I really felt the exfoliation of the almond shells - I recommend you don't put it anywhere near your delicate eye area as it is too rough for that bit - I made that mistake and was a little sore. Despite looking a bit of a murky colour, I could smell the lavender as I was washing it off my face and as a lover of lavender I was very pleased.

I have to say, I wasn't expecting much but after using it a few times in the past week, I am very pleased. The redness on my face has gone down a bit, and although my spots aren't completely gone, they're definitely diminishing. The best thing, however, is how soft my skin is. I cannot stop stroking it, it is so lovely!

I recommend whole heartedly if you're suffering with your skin at the moment!
Have you tried Love Lettuce before? What did you think?
 Kx

Friday, 25 July 2014

The New Fashion Rules

The New Fashion Rules

Back in the 1950s, when women hit their thirties, they suddenly morphed into staid matrons with frumpy skirts, old lady perms and sensible shoes. These days the intergenerational fashion rules are far more fluid and items of clothing that would previously be banished as off-limits are still very much an option. Read on to find out how to stay youthful, style wise, without looking like mutton dressed as lamb.

Slogan T-shirts

Forget the saying that if you’re old enough to remember a trend the first time round, you’re too old to wear it this time. Printed T-shirts inspired by rock bands of the eighties and nineties are a great look with jeans and flip-flops for an understated summer look for all of us. When it comes to slogan tees, the style rules are simple - stick to stuff that won’t offend anyone at the school gates and, if you’ve still got a flat stomach, by all means go for a cropped style. If you’ve got it flaunt it!

Playsuits

Even though the name conjures up images of toddlerhood, the right playsuit can work brilliantly well into adulthood. If you feel a bit unsure, invest in a plain cotton beach version to pull on instead of a sarong after a day by the pool on holiday. They make fantastic hassle-free cover-ups to take you from the beach to an early evening drink.

Bikinis

Don’t be scared to dare to bare in a bikini, even if you’re nearer 40 than 18.  Yes, it’s true that not everyone can get away with a barely there affair made of the tiniest triangles and skinniest string, but there are lots of figure-flattering supportive options out there for ladies who want to rock grown-up bikini chic on the beach this summer.

Mini Skirts

If you’re blessed with a nice pair of pins, a mini skirt is always going to look fantastic, whether you’re 17 or 47. There’s no need to go super short either – ASDA’s mini skirt range has all sorts of styles available from flirty skater, to sexy tube to casually cool chino or denim, meaning you can tailor your look to your comfort zone. When the weather starts to get colder, mini skirts actually get easier to wear as you can team them with tights and knee length or ankle boots for an eye-catching but covered-up Autumnal look.

Jumpsuits

Even if thin neon-printed jumpsuits are more likely to find their way into your shopping basket for your daughter than for you, don’t dismiss the jumpsuit when you’re looking for a new outfit for a night out. A wide-legged, draped jersey jumpsuit in black or navy with a sparkly belt is a brilliantly elegant wardrobe update to take women of all ages out on the town this summer and beyond.

When it comes to style remember you’re as young as you feel, so if it suits you and it makes you feel happy, go for it and be forever young in fantastic fashion.






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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The difference between waxing and threading eyebrows.

Hey guys!

For the past 4 years I have always had my eyebrows threaded, although somewhat begrudgingly. When I was a teenager I over plucked (I'm sure I'm not the only one) and after that I left them for ages not wanting to make them terrible again. But that of course left me with caterpillars that I didn't know how to shape, and it was around this time threading became really popular, so I gave it a go. It was super painful, but cheap and quick, and I thought the thinness of my eyebrows was normal. So I continued, the pain stayed the same, as did the thinness. I wasn't a fan but it was preferable to leaving it and it didn't look SO awful I thought.


Look how thin they are! I feel like having eyebrows that thin make my face look a big bigger than it actually is.

I'd always heard waxing was far more painful than threading so I always stayed away - threading was painful enough! Over time it became too painful to continue, and I let my brows grow out whilst I decided what to do. Around this time I was perusing Debenhams and saw the Benefit counter waxing some-one's eyebrows...it didn't look as horrific as I expected so I bit the bullet and booked myself in for the next day.

Here's what it looks like!


As you can see, there's a big difference between the two pictures. Benefit make sure to accentuate the natural shape and arch of a person's eyebrows, making it far more flattering. As for the pain? SO much less painful than threading, and it doesn't take much longer either. Depending on where you go means you may have to pay a bit more, for instance Benefit charge £11.50 for a wax whereas most threading places charge £6/7, but I think it is so worth for it for the results, and definitely something to think about if you can afford it. I get mine tinted too, but that's because my eyebrows are super pale and just a bit sparse without tinting (due to the overplucking I mentioned!)

Have you ever had your brows waxed or threaded, and if so, what process do you prefer?
Kx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Graduation!

Hey guys, so today I thought I'd show you my graduation pics from last week! As some of you may know, I did an English degree at the University of Bedfordshire, and Tuesday was my graduation, which was awesome!
I was lucky enough to get my makeup done at the Benefit beauty bar in Debenhams due to a complimentary beauty voucher, which relieved me of so much stress on the actual day!




The dress is from ASOS, it's been sitting patiently in my wardrobe for months now, but I didn't want to wear it until graduation!
I asked for my makeup to be quite natural, I know the pictures are going to up and about for quite a while at my parent's, so I didn't want it to be too outlandish, I'm more likely to regret more bold makeup choices in future years! If I could remember every product they used I'd write it down, but I don't think I can - that being said I'm sure if you want to know any specifics I can let you know!

To those that graduated in the past week or so, what did you think?! I expected the ceremony to be longer than it was, I was relieved!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

My Makeup: Minimal




Hey guys! Today I thought I'd show you what I wear when my make-up is minimal and I don't want to cake it in foundation! (Which is more often than not in this humid weather!)
I've forgotten to include a very important product here - my brow pencil. It's Revlon's Brow Fantasy in Brunette, you'll get a review soon enough ;)

If I'm going to wear any make-up at all, I have to pop concealer on under my eyes, I have the most terrible eye bags regardless of the amount of sleep I get, so I try to cover them up as best as possible. If anyone knows anything that gets rid of eye bags, let me know!!
The No7 shadow is 'wheatsheaf' and is my absolute favourite, I've not quite hit pan yet but I know it'll happen soon!!
My lip product is also a No7 one, their relatively unknown (it seems) BB Lips, which I think is their dupe of Clarins Lip Perfectors. They came out this time last year in a load of colours, and I love them! I don't like having bare lips, so these are fantastic when I don't want a bright pop of colour like I usually sport!
Benefit's They're Real mascara is my holy grail mascara, I am obsessed with it. It lasts all day without slipping down my face, it's the blackest of blacks and it makes my eyelashes so, so long!

What do you wear on minimal make-up days?
Kx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Review: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Polish in 'Almond'




When the four new Barry M Gelly polishes first came out a few months ago, I wasn't too bothered by the colours. I have 'Lychee' which is a coffee-toned nude, and thought Almond was too similar to warrant a purchase (since when has that stopped me before?!)
However, the more blogs I saw it featured on, the more and more I grew to like it!
It's a lilac-toned mushroom colour, quite similar to Topshop's 'Barefoot' which is also a fav' of mine. You can never have too many nudes! Like most of the Gelly polishes, it is opaque in two coats which is great, and the brush hugs my nail very nicely. I don't think the picture quite does it justice, it's certainly lighter and less gray in person than the camera shows!

Have you tried this? What did you think?
Kx

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Weekend Wishlist!

Weekend Wishlist



This week's wishlist is a bit smaller, mainly because there isn't much that I'm loving at the moment! My wardrobe is at least 50% black, and quite frankly, everything around is so bright. As much as I love summer weather, I'm looking forward to the jewel tones of Autumn fashion!

The first four items are items I've been coveting for a while, but the last one is a new addition! I now use both the mascara and eyeliner, and they're a right nuisance to remove at night, so this remover seems like a good idea, I'm just not enamoured with spending £14.50 on a makeup remover when I already own so many!

What's on your weekend wishlist?

Friday, 4 July 2014

Benefit's They're Real Eyeliner





So I know everyone and their mother has been obsessing over this product in recent weeks, and I'm pretty late to the party. But nevertheless, I am here! I'd like to think I'm not one for succumbing to fads without substantial evidence so when everyone started raving about this product, I held back. I love Benefit, and They're Real mascara is my holy grail mascara, but I didn't want to fork out £18.50 for a product I might not love. So I watched as review after review rolled in calling this product amazing. I resisted the urge to go out and buy it for a few weeks, but I couldn't hold it any longer. With claims that any eyeliner novice could achieve the perfect cat eye, I was taken. And how glad I am. I am the worst at eyeliner. Seriously, I'm terrible. Even just popping a simple line on my upper lash line normally takes me ages, so I was interested to see how I would fare with this one.
And oh my goodness, I LOVE it. If even I can handle it, I'm sure anyone can. I cannot recommend it enough! The tip is so soft, I've known some eyeliners to drag at my eyelid and hurt me, but this glides along quite happily, creating a perfect straight line.

If you're thinking about buying it, just do it.
Kx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

June Favourites!


MAC's Honey Love is the first item on my favourites list this month, the gorgeous brown-nude is perfect for daytime and night time, and I find myself reaching for it every day! Watch out for a review of that coming this week! Benefit's Lollitint was a bit of a payday impulse purchase after having my makeup done by Benefit, but definitely a happy purchase, it gives such a gorgeous candy pink tint to both skin and lips, very flattering for my pale skin! Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate was a product I ummed and ahhed about for months, after trying a sample I knew I loved it, but wasn't sure about the £36 price tag. My boyfriend got me a Kiehl's giftcard for my birthday and I knew straight away I wanted this, and I love it so much! It makes my skin so baby soft! Another Benefit purchase, this time their Hello Flawless foundation. If you're looking for a medium coverage that's buildable, it's perfect. I don't know what it's like for darker shades, but there are quite a few shades for the pale ladies! My final two favourites are both Body Shop products. Their BB Cream is awesome for days where I don't want to put a full coverage on my face, and is the only BB Cream I've tried that doesn't melt off my face after an hour! Their new product Instablur is so so awesome, I'll save my review for a later date, but that's another one you should watch out for!

What are your June Favourites? If you've done a video, link me below!
Kx

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Results of the Bootea Teatox

Hey guys! So about a month ago now I started the Bootea Teatox, which is a two week detox - you can read about it here if you don't know about it already.

I was umming and ahhing about whether or not to even post my results with it, but I decided, eventually, that it may be helpful to other people if I do.

Whenever I've Googled about the results of the teatox, I've never seen anything particularly negative come up, so I was quite surprised at my reaction to it.

As a sufferer of anemia, I thought two weeks without meat might be a bit hard, but as I take multi-vitamins every day I thought I'd be okay. I was not. I ended up irritable and lethargic the entire time, therefore the raised energy levels I was meant to feel from the morning tea did not work.

The evening tea is meant to contain a laxative effect - I didn't get any of that luckily, but I think some of the ingredients of the morning tea contain diuretics, which I didn't know before I started. As a sufferer of chronic bladder infections, this messed up my body really badly, to the point that I had to stop taking the tea after the first week.

That being said, with the first week, I still managed to lose 3lbs, which is nice, I didn't experience any decrease in my appetite though which is a shame.

I'm sad I didn't get on with Bootea, but just because I had bad reactions to it doesn't mean you will, it just means if you suffer from anemia or bladder infections, perhaps you should stay away.

Have any of you done it, and if so, how was it for you?

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Outfits of the Week






Hey guys! Today I thought I'd show you a few of the outfits I've been loving this past week.

I go for a very casual look 99.99% of the time...as you can clearly tell. You know those girls whose hair is always perfectly smooth, and their clothes are always very straight and they're just put together very well? I am the opposite. I don't know why, I don't do it on purpose, I'm just very messy. I wear a lot of jeans, but I've recently picked up these striped trousers from Dorothy Perkins and I am obsessed with them. They are super comfy and go with most things in my wardrobe. The black midi skirt is a very new addition to my wardrobe. For years I presumed I couldn't wear midi skirts without looking frumpy, but I am pleasantly surprised with how these one fits on me!

Also, I know it's backwards, BUT HOW AMAZING IS THE HOGWARTS TEE? It's from eBay, I plan on doing a post on the top in the next week, I love it very much!

What's your favourite outfit?
Kx

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

I'm doing the Bootea Teatox!

Hey guys!
Although I always preach the idea of loving your body and loving yourself regardless of your looks, I do not take my own advice. I've never liked my body - although that's a more serious post that I'll save for a later date.

Anyway, I've not been so healthy recently. I've allowed the pounds to creep up as I eat more cake and don't think about what I put inside my body. I have never been thin, but I'm the biggest I've been in two years, and I do not like that. I enjoy going to the gym, and I do like healthy food, I just need to kick myself up the bum every so often to remind myself.

A few of my friends had tried this thing called 'Bootea Teatox' and they lost quite a bit of weight, over the two weeks, so I was naturally intrigued, I love anything with tea after all ;)

That brings me to the product itself, Bootea! It is two natural teas, a morning tea and a bedtime time tea, and when combined with exercise and healthier eating, are meant to help you lose weight, suppress your appetite slightly and cleanse your colon.




The ingredients of the morning tea:

The ingredients of the evening tea:

The bedtime is meant to be taken every other night, and the morning tea to be taken every morning. The ingredients are all natural which is a plus! I have no idea how I'll go with this, but once the 14 days are up I'll do a post about how I found it and if I lost weight etc!

Wish me luck!
Kx

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Back with a weekend wishlist!

Oh hey! My Undergraduate degree is over, callooh callay!
As promised, I shall be back to blogging!

And of course, I shall begin with a wishlist. We all know how much I love coveting things I cannot afford...


weekend wishlist


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1.) I am a massive fan of Mac, and I'm currently building up my lipstick collection! So as soon as the Maleficent collection was announced, I knew I had to get my hands on this lipstick. I haven't been in store yet, I'm praying it'll still be in stock on Tuesday! 

2.) I have fallen in love with this dress, BUT IT IS OUT OF STOCK. I've tweeted the Very.co.uk team, hopefully it'll restock soon!

3.) Recently, I plucked up the courage to my two midi skirts. Previously, I thought I was too short and too far, but I loved one, so I bought it. And you know, it did not make me look awful. Awesome, right? I think so. Because of this, my love has grown, and this gingham beauty NEEDS to make its way into my wardrobe, pronto.

4.) I have long stopped watching Glee, but I am still obsessed with Lea Michele. I envy her hair and her style, and let's face it, I envy her face. I cannot wait to read this book.

5.) I'm 5'2. Most maxi skirts drown me. However, New Look petite may be my saviour. We shall see!

There we have it. The things I am lusting over today! I recently bought a few things on eBay, no doubt I'll do a post on what I plan on keeping!

If you've done a weekend wishlist, send it over!

Kx

Monday, 19 May 2014

This is (another) Public Service Announcement

Hey guys! Just checking in and letting you know that my University experience is very almost over! Four more days of exams and essay deadlines and then I'm free! You know what that means? Yes, I shall be blogging again very soon, which I cannot wait for! I've missed it immensely, but I knew I would never be productive unless I put my whole heart into revising for this last stretch of my degree.

See you all soon
Kx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Going Missing for a while...

Hey guys! As some of you may have noticed, I haven't blogged in a while! I'm in my third year of Uni, and in my last month, so it's pretty chaotic at the moment. Therefore, I have NOT had time to blog at all! But fear not! My last hand in date is May 23rd, so expect my blog to be and running again from that date! I may even have a play around with my design and the like, who knows!

I'm still very vocal on twitter @sirensandbells ;)

See you soon!

Kx

Sunday, 2 March 2014

February Favourites

Hey guys, I just posted my February Favourites over on my Youtube channel, I'd appreciate it if you checked it out!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Revlon's Grow Luscious Mascara





With my Benefit They're Real mascara running low, I decided to delve into my massive mascara collection and see what I could find.
Revlon's Grow Luscious mascara has a thick brush, which I am a fan of, and coats eyelashes evenly. I've been using a plastic brush recently, so the bristles were a change, and although the brush is a lot larger than I'm used to, I became accustomed to it quickly and really like it.

When it comes to mascaras, I want my lashes to be thicker, and most importantly, a lot longer. This mascara definitely does that, in 3 coats. I know some people allow each coat to dry before they apply another, but I do not do that because I am lazy and normally in a rush, plus I find allowing each coat to dry doesn't give me as nice an effect.

This is now my go-to mascara, and I imagine it will be for a while! It retails for £9.99 at Revlon stands in Boots, Superdrug and the Revlon website - which I think is a very affordable price, and I probably would repurchase it.

Have you tried this, and if so, what did you think?
Kx

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