Saturday, 29 December 2012

December Favourites

I don't have a huge number of favourites this month as I've been at home rather than uni and have mostly just been spending time with my family. I got some gorgeous bits and bobs for Christmas, but I haven't included any of those here since I'll soon be doing a 'what I got for Christmas' type blog post!

First up my biggest favourite this month is Taylor Swift's new album. Love love LOVE! My favourite track at the moment on it is '22' but I love every single one.
I've also been loving to use the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush to apply concealer really delicately over blemishes. It's the perfect shape and no hairs ever fall out.



I've been wearing Essie's popular 'Mint Candy Apple' lots even though it's not really a wintery colour. TCP (Liquid Antiseptic) has been good for both clearing up acne and soothing sore throats from winter colds. And lastly I've been loving my cheesy Christmas jumper! It was from Primark and I wore to take some Christmassy photos to give to my parents - blog post here!


Tomorrow I'm off to Bruge, Belgium to see in the New Year, and I'm super excited! Hope you're doing something nice, and Happy New Year!

Amy
xxx

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Personalised Christmas (or any other occasion!) Gift Idea

I got the idea for this gift from SprinkleOfGlitter, my favourite Blogger and Youtuber. Here's her posts where she makes similar presents for her Dad: Her first post and Her second post.
As my gift was to be a Christmas present (well two, one for my parents and one for my boyfriend's parents) I decided to make it a Christmas theme, and picked out the 3D cardboard letters N O E L from Hobbycraft. 



I then nuked the front of the letters with silver Glitter (a really cheap tub of it I had lying around) by spreading PVA glue onto the letters with a paintbrush and tipping the glitter on top. I tipped off any excess glitter and left them to dry overnight.



Then was the cheesy part! My boyfriend and I put on our cheesy Christmas jumpers to pose with the letters, and I picked the best photos to edit a little on my laptop.



I cut this gorgeous wrapping paper from Paperchase to the correct size for my frames...




Next I printed the photos onto photo paper and stuck them on. Then I just popped the paper into the frames (also from Paperchase) and VoilĂ  - two cheesy Christmas Gifts! Both parents absolutely loved them!


Hope you're having a lovely festive time, and have a very happy and healthy New Years!



Amy
xxx



Sunday, 23 December 2012

My Current Favourite Foundation - Revlon Colourstay


Yep, my current favourite foundation is the much talked about Revlon Colourstay. I think I first heard about this one from Ingrid (Miss Glamoratzzi on Youtube) who has similarly oily/combination skin to me. Revlon Colourstay comes in two formulas, so I'll be reviewing the one specifically for Oily/Combination Skin. It's a medium to full coverage foundation with a fairly matte finish. 



Pros
♥ Staying Power - the claim that the bottle makes, that it will last for 24 hours, is of course, wildly unrealistic, unless perhaps you are sat doing nothing in a perfectly temperatur-ised and conditioned room for those 24 hours! To be honest, I only really wear foundation if I'm going out somewhere, like a dinner or something, but it has lasted every time perfectly (longest wear around eight hours). On oily skin this is impressive.
♥ Coverage - I apply this foundation with a damp cosmetic sponge and find that it doesn't cake, but gives a pretty full coverage. It's also build-able for those really pesky areas.
♥ Price Point - It's £12.49 in most places which I think is a great price for a foundation of this quality. It comes in a glass bottle, comes in a great colour-range and is a generally great product. Boots also generally offers a 3 for 2 deal on this, which makes it even better value for money.

Cons
♥ Removal - The drawback of the fact that it's so long-lasting is that it's also a bugger to remove! There's no way this is coming off with just warm water and soap, and most cleansers struggle too. I know some people suggest MAC something-or-other, but I've found that Superdrug's TeaTree and Peppermint Foaming Face Wash rubbed into the face completely breaks it down and makes it easy to wash off. I follow this up with my regular cleanser applied with my Clarisonic to get it completely out of my pores.
♥ Packaging - This isn't actually a problem for me, but I feel I should mention it since it's bound to annoy a lot of people. There is no pump, and pouring out the liquid can be a bit messy. 

All in all, I love love love this foundation, and will be repurchasing again and again for the foreseeable future!

Have any of you tried the Revlon Colourstay Foundation? Did you love it as much as I did?
And of course a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Amy
xxx

Friday, 14 December 2012

Festive Baking - Edible Santa Hats!



Today I made these adorable Chocolate and Strawberry Santa Hats! Full credit goes to Jamielyn at I Heart Nap Time - here's the original recipe I followed, except for using my own secret brownie mixture! They taste INCREDIBLE as well as looking so cute and being great gifts.


OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM!

My little army of Santa Hats!
Amy
xxx

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Christmas Gift Wrapping Idea!

Just a little post on how I'm wrapping my presents this year!
Eeee I love wrapping! It makes me feel so festive and excited for people's reactions to their gifts.  I've only wrapped a few for my parents so far but I'm loving how they're looking! I bought both the plain brown and patterned brown wrapping papers from Paperchase (WE LOVE YOU PAPERCHASE!), as well as the ribbons, and just cut out the tags from the plain brown paper.

My Dad's presents with the green ribbons and my Mum's with the red.



How are you wrapping your gifts this year? :)

Amy
xxx

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Piercings... Yay or Nay?

I've quite recently become really interested in piercings; how they can make people look and societies perceptions of them. I've only got a total of 3 piercings myself, and all on my earlobes, but I'm considering getting a couple more on my lobes and one or two in my cartilage, as I think if you wear the right jewellery in them, and with the right kind of clothes and personality they can look actually very cute and be a good way to show your personality. 

Scarlett Johansson, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Hilary Duff, and an image found on WeHeartIt

I'm also interested in getting a belly button piercing (ok I've become a little obsessed about getting one!) and again I think that whilst the perception of this piercing is a negative one, often associated with chavs and sluts, some people can pull them off and look cute, whilst accentuating an attractive stomach.


An adorable belly button ring you can purchase here from etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/86770733/belly-button-ring-anchor

Another cute belly button ring from etsy -
http://www.etsy.com/listing/99738503/rugged-turquoise-double-feather-dream

I read an interesting article in the January 2013 (most recent) edition of Vogue about piercings, which mentioned that people often tend to get pierced on body parts they like about themselves, as it draws people's eye to something that they're not self-concious about. I'd never thought about it like that before, but actually, my ears and my stomach are two of my favourite parts of my body!

I'd be interested to hear your opinions about piercings (particularly the ones I'm thinking of getting)  and which ones you guys have!

Amy
xxx


Monday, 10 December 2012

Quick Review - Soap&Glory Body Buff 'Scrub 'em and Leave' em'

I am a sucker for adorable names and cute packaging, meaning I just love Soap & Glory products, and my lovely boyfriend being the gentleman that he is, knows this, and surprised me with this little travel-sized present of wonderful scrubby-dub-dub today. Perfect timing too, since it's just gotten really cold where I live, and I needed a new scrub to stop my skin being a little dry and scratchy.



I've tried 'Fake Away', another of Soap and Glory's scrubs, and LOVED it, so I thought this couldn't live up to that one. 'Scrub 'em and Leave 'em' (Their puns get me every time... I'm so easily amused!) has a much more perfume-y scent, which I actually really like and is just incredible at it's job. Once I'd dried off after using this in the shower, I could immediately tell that my skin was so so soft, from just a teeny bit of the product.

Mmm, pink mooshie goodness...

'Addicted to Scrub? Scoop out a handful and rub it all over, then rinse' Don't Mind if I do!

From my experience so far, Soap&Glory scrubs are really really good ones, that do their job super-well as well as feeling luxurious. I'd love to try their famed 'Sugar Crush' and 'The Scrub of your life' as my next scrubs.


Amy
xxx



Sunday, 9 December 2012

Winter Reads - My Recommendations

One of my favourite things to do during the Winter Holidays is to find a nice warm spot, next to the radiator (or the fire if you're lucky!) and snuggle down with a mug of hot chocolate and a really good book. Here are my top picks that I've read before but will definitely be in my reading pile for this winter break. They don't necessarily have a Christmas theme in the storyline, but are perfect for this time of year.




1 - 'If I stay' by Gayle Forman
An absolute tear-jerker of a book, in fact, it's pretty much heart-breaking. A brilliant book, but only read this if you're willing to have a good cry!

2 - 'The Gift' by Cecelia Ahern
This is one of favourite books of all time. If you only read one of these books I've recommended, it should be this one. Brilliantly written, entertaining and emotive, it leaves you with a great message and makes you want to change how you act. It's also set around Christmas time, so is a good one for reading the week before Christmas.

3 - 'Confessions of an Air Hostess' by Marisa Mackle
Part of the little black dress series, this is the girliest book of the 5. If it were a film it would be a chick flick; naughty and light.

4 - I don't need to write the name as EVERYONE will know (and love) this!
Reading the Harry Potter series, especially the older books, makes me all nostalgic and gets me back in the kiddie mentality to really feel the magic of Christmas!

5 - 'The Perfect Man' by Sheila O'Flanagan
This is a good one for after Christmas, when you are starting to wish for warmer weather again. It's mostly set on a cruise, and I love the way Shelia O'Flanagan writes; you can't put her novels down.



Amy
xxx

Sunday, 2 December 2012

November Favourites!


1 - Hugo Boss perfume 'Deep Red'
This is my staple scent that I've worn since my 14th birthday when my Grandma picked me out this scent. I've got a lot of memories to this perfume and it's quite heady/heavy so I use it more in the winter months.

2- Asos Snood
I got this snuggly snood from Asos last winter but it's stayed soft and I wear it nearly every day!

3 - Clarisonic Mia
If you've read my Clarisonic review you'll know that I recently got my Clarisonic replaced after a long wait. I've been LOVING using it again.

4 - New Look Shoe Boots
Although I haven't worn these much (I love staring at them in my room!), I'm looking forward to pairing them with lots of different looks.

5 - No7 Kabuki Brush
I've been finding this really good at blending powder over foundation, and it doesn't shed much at all.

6 - BaByliss Curler
I LOVE YOU BABYLISS! With this beauty I can curl my hair softly in less than ten minutes. It's so easy and comes with a heatproof glove which I definitely need!


Other favourites this month have been Jason Mraz' Album 'Love is a four letter word' - I'd totally recommend this for sleepy evenings in, and a food favourite - Heinz Tomato Soup. It's yummy and warming and half a can counts for one of your five a day, what's not to love?

I hope you all had a lovely November :)

Amy
xxx


Saturday, 1 December 2012

Hyped Product Review: Original NAKED Palette


I was a bit late on the NAKED bandwagon (that sounds weird!) when I got my original palette a few months back. Since purchasing mine for £36 from Debanhams, I've used it almost every day. The quality of the shadows is as good everyone raves about; they stay put and are brilliant for blending. Every single shade in this palette seems to suit my skin tone and my eye colour which is just amazing and means I will get my money's worth.


I love the look of the palette, but it's just a bit too flimsy and picks up too much dirt to be carried around in my bag.


My most worn shades are 'Sin' (second from left) as a brow and inner corner highlight, 'Naked' (third from left) as an all over lid colour, 'Buck' (fifth from left) through the crease, with 'Darkhorse' (fifth from right) or 'Hustle' (third from right) in the outer corner and a little through the crease.


 Here's all the shadows closer. The only matte shades are 'Naked' and 'Buck' which I thought might make the palette more suitable for evening looks, but actually the shimmer in most of the shadows (other than 'Half-baked') isn't too overpowering for the day time. The only slight let down to this palette is the included brush. It doesn't pick up much product and isn't good at blending either. I just stick with my Real Techniques brushes to apply these shadows. 


 FINAL VERDICT:

I LOVE it. If I could only live with one palette for the rest of my life this would be the one!


Amy
xxx