Saturday, 27 April 2013

Fragrance Direct Mini Haul!

I expect you've heard of Fragrance Direct by now - they sell seriously discounted make-up and nail polish as well as perfumes. So of course, being a sucker for discounts, as soon as I laid eyes on all the cheap goodies they had I had to snap them straight up! I tried to be constrained so this post is just a mini haul for you to get a brief overview of what I bought. I choose four polishes: A Sally Hansen base and top coat (£2.50), as I can always trust Sally Hansen for a strong top coat that does the job, a gorgeous muted Essie colour (£1.99), a classic OPI colour (£3.99) and a black CK polish with tiny sparkles in (£1.99), which looks super sophisticated on the nails. As you can see, the prices are incredible!
I also got five lipsticks. Three are CK ones (each £1.99), the first I've tried of this brand, and I really like the colours and formula; they're quite creamy and very pigmented. The other two are Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipsticks (each £1.99 also) which are more like a hybrid of a balm and lipstick. I particularly like 'Cherry Pop', which is an orangey-red which is very easy to wear. I'll definitely be reviewing a few of these products very soon!



Next on my wishlist from Fragrance Direct are the Dainty Doll Blushers!

Amy
xxx

Friday, 26 April 2013

Friday Fantasy Wishlist #2


Happy Friday Everyone! Hope you've had a lovely jubley week. Here's the beautiful objects my heart has been desiring this week:






A lovely coral shade for spring.

These are beautiful handmade polishes packed full of glitter. Just google 'the glittering crowd nail polish' to see what I mean!

I love everything about this - the cut, the print and especially the back!

A bronze toned highlighter, perfect for making you look sunkissed and glowy.

I like to apply foundation with a sponge, and I've heard such good things about this one.



Click here to see my previous Friday Fantasy Wishlist!

Amy
xxx


MAC Jubilee Lipstick Review - A New Favourite??

This week I got a couple of MAC lipsticks (the obsession continues) and I just have to share with you this wonderful find. Named 'Jubilee' this is a lustre formulation (a glossy finish and a slightly more sheer effect than other formulations). *Feel free to swoon at the photos below, I just had to include the packaging because a new MAC product in it's little black box always makes me so happy!*










I picked up this one as it looked like a more sophisticated shade than those I usually go for, a nudey-beige-pink colour. I didn't realise when I bought it, but it is actually SO close to my natural lipshade! So for me, this is the ultimate my lips but better colour. On me, it basically evens on the skin-tone on my lips and adds a beautiful sheen. It enhanced my natural lip colour and makes my lips look really healthy (unlike a lot of nudes which make me look decidedly ill). It's such a wearable colour with both a neutral eye and a strong eye, and it's the kind of lipstick you're not afraid to reapply without a mirror. I'm absolutely addicted to this colour, and it's potentially my new favourite lipstick!




Do you have a lipstick you reach for almost everyday?

Amy
xxx

Thursday, 25 April 2013

NOTD - Circus Sparkle!

I thought I'd go a bit crazy with my nails this morning, since having some jazzy happy nails seems to make me feel better about the horrific revision I'm doing today. I used Essie's 'Delicacy' (just one coat as a base), which is a super-light pearly pink colour, with a subtle blue shimmer. I then painted three coats of this Technic polish available here, over the top. I'm excited to try this Technic polish over a black nail polish, I think it'll look incredible.



Amy
xxx

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

How to get gorgeous feet!


Since we're finally seeing some sun now here in England (FINALLY), I thought it was about time I got back into my routine for my feet (yes, they need love too). I actually put on some flip-flops and was horrified at the state of my poor neglected feet! So here's my fool-proof way to sort out my feet for summer:
I start with dry skin before my shower, and use the much-talked-about 'Ped Egg' to 'grate' off (nasty I know) all the dead and dry skin from my heels and the soles of my feet. This is one of those processes that is incredibly gross but also extremely satisfying to see all the dead skin turned into powder!  After my shower, I put on a thick layer of Soap and Glory's 'Heel Genius' all over my feet before popping on some cotton socks to make sure the moisture gets locked in. It's an incredibly moisturising formula that smells kind of minty. I repeat this whole process the day after and it never fails to give me super smooth feet! I haven't included any pictures of my feet in this post, since so many people get so grossed out by feet (however beautified they are!), but for polishes, I would recommend MUA's new collection, which is full of gorgeous pastel springtime colours, for only a pound each! (I particularly like pistachio ice-cream).


Have you got any tips and tricks for smooth flip-flop worthy feet?

Amy
xxx

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Today's Lust - Melt Candles

So recently I came across Melt, a company that's rapidly growing, who make luxury and super high quality candles. You can take a peek at their website here. Now, unfortunately for my bank balance, over the last year or so I've developed a taste for high-end luxury products. I've also grown to love love LOVE candles. Having one (or a few) burning on my desk as I work, or whilst I'm in the bath, can make me feel so relaxed. So Melt, a combination of the two, is right up my street.

On their website they say "We hand pour our candles to ensure that every part of the candle is fragranced and use the highest quality materials sourced from long- established, specialist providers; and wherever possible don’t use any synthetic ingredients. Our fragrances are developed by us, with a little help from the finest fragrance houses and each candle takes up to 36 hours to produce, resulting in a unique and beautifully fragranced range" Every word there makes me yearn for one of these beauties, haha!


The Candles come in beautiful glass jars, but if you'd rather have it without the jar you can get them like that as well. They come in a bunch of sizes too and they've got 30, yes thirty(!) scents to choose from. I'm seriously lusting over 'Love' (a clean rose scent perfect for romantic evenings in!), 'Cedar and Pepperwood' (sounds gorgeous for winter), 'Nocturne' (a spicy sophisticated scent) and 'Still' (a typical spa fragrance). All of these have popped themselves onto my ever-increasing wishlist, and I can't wait to try my first one.


Ahhh just look at it, sitting there in all it's candley goodness


Has anyone actually tried any of these candles? I'd love to hear what you made of them as they're currently very high up on my wishlist!

Amy
xxx

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Monday, 22 April 2013

Super Cheap [but Awesome] Drugstore Mascaras

I don't know about you, but I hate the idea of spending £6-20 (or more!) on a mascara. They seem to dry out really quickly, and so far I haven't found one that I absolutely love that justifies the price tag. I thought I'd share with you my two favourite SUPER-cheapy ones, which I find actually do the job really well on a day-to-day basis.


 You can pick up Natural Collection's Lashbuild Mascara in black or a dark brown shade from Boots, and whilst this isn't a waterproof formula, I don't find that it smudges much at all if I just have it on for an evening. The wide applicator makes sure a lot of product gets onto the lashes, which gives quite a good thickening effect, even though the product doesn't boast that it would do anything of the sort! I wouldn't recommend applying more than one coat with this mascara as then it does get a bit clumpy, but generally this is a very decent mascara, and one I will always have in my make-up bag.






















NYC's Showtime mascara is a waterproof formula, and it's available at Superdrug. This mascara will not budge or smudge throughout a full working day, and it gives a reasonable lengthening and thickening effect.  I would say this mascara lacks nothing that many of the drugstore mascaras in the £6-9 range offer. Nothing groundbreaking, but very very good for the price of under two pounds! Have you tried either of these mascaras? Have you found a higher-price one that really justifies the price? I'd love to know!

Amy
xxx

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Study Decor Ideas

I mentioned in my 25 facts about me post that I'm already looking forward to decorating my house/flat when I get my own, even though that is still at least a few years away! So I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite ideas for a study/office room. I don't take credit for any of the images; I found them all on Tumblr, and most of them I reblogged onto my tumblr page, which you can take a peek at here. I'm totally loving the idea of white walls, with a white desk (so quite minimal looking) with the focus on some kind of pin-board or collage on one wall. Get ready to swoon...








































Amy
xxx

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Friday, 19 April 2013

30 Ways to save £1!

The wonderful MoneySupermaket.com recently got in contact with me again and asked me to share with you guys up to thirty ways to save £1, since it's the 30th Anniversary of the £1 this month. (Neat idea!) You can check out how to take part here. With such an expensive habit in high-end beauty products, I am someone that needs all the advice I can get in being frugal, and I've picked up quite a few money-saving ideas along the way. Not sure I'll get to 30, but let's give it a go!. . . 

1.  If you really badly want something, add it to a wishlist (have a folder in your bookmarks in your browser) and tell yourself if you still feel the same way about said item in a month's time, you will let yourself get it.

2. If an item is particularly expensive, tell yourself you will only buy it if it enters the sale of the site/shop at a certain price.

3. If you have a smartphone, take it with you on big shopping trips. Then look up the item and see if you can get it cheaper online (this is usually the case!)

4. Enter competitions for large items that you are lusting over, like TVs, ipads and even cars. I won my ipad mini from a competition!

5. Scout the end of isles in every supermarket you visit. That's where the deals are generally put.

6. If you drive, learn to drive in a fuel efficient manner, I did this and it actually saves loads (according to my Mum who pays for the petrol haha!)

7. Learn to haggle. I haggled for my phone contract and have everything I need (including internet and unlimited texts) for under £4 a month!

8. Check out your local charity shops ever so often, you might find little gems for a fraction of the price.

9. Never buy CDs and DVDs from supermarkets or HMV-type stores. Always check out Amazon or e-bay first.

10. If you walk to work, pick up money from the street. I recently read an article where a woman picked up hundreds of pounds alltogether for doing this for just a year!

11. This is a bit of a nasty one, but 'if it's brown, flush it down... if it's yellow, let it mellow!' Reallly does save on water bills, but maybe not one to do when you've got guests!

12. Similarly, try to take showers that are only a couple of minutes long, and turn off the shower whilst shampooing your hair or doing any other shower things where you don't actually need the water running!

13. If you're going on a day trip, set yourself a budget for the day, and only take that amount in cash. That way you can't go over your set allowance.

14. Make do and mend! Leaning just a little bit about sewing can save you from buying tons of new tops, cardigans etc.

15. Also make your own greetings cards; people appreciate them so much more since they're personal, and you're not forking out £4 for a folded piece of card.

16. If you're a big reader, join your local library! It'll save you a lot of money on paperbacks!

17. A classic - turn that thermostat down! Even two degrees will save a ton of money over the course of a year, and you won't notice the difference.

18. Remove the stamps that haven't been stamped with the black ink from their envelopes by steaming them off, and then reuse them on your own envelopes.

19. If you have a garden and your the green-fingered type, start growing your own veg, fruit and herbs.

20. Buy energy saving lightbulbs.

21. Switch off lights and appliances that don't actually need to be on. Get into the habit of doing so. You'll soon realise how wasteful you were.

22. Get the Boots and Superdrug loyalty cards. If you buy as many beauty products as I do the points will soon add up and you'll save a fortune!

23. Only fill the kettle up with as much water as you need. Boiling a kettle actually takes a ton more electricity than you'd think.

24. Calling a friend? Check and see if you get free landline calls at a certain time of day and if you don't, see if you can Skype them instead. That way it's free AND you get to see their beautiful face ;)

25. Buy supermarket branded stuff instead of the original brands. You might be surprised at how good the taste is for a fraction of the price!

26. Cook stuff in huge batches and then freeze it. You'll be thankful you don't have to pay good money for a takeaway when you need a quick meal.

27. Get a nectar card and use it EVERYWHERE.

28. Liftshare! You'll get to know people better too :)

29. Write down everything you spend for one month and then look over it. You'll see then where you can easily cut back and where you can even afford to spend a little more!

30. Well it's got to be to use MoneySupermaket.com!

I'm out of money-saving ideas for now, but let me know yours down below :)

Amy
xxx

Friday Fantasy Wishlist
































This morning I treated myself to some virtual online shopping, you know, where you put everything you would buy if you suddenly won the lottery into your basket, and then simply close the window. I desperately want a spring time nail polish and I found 'Slapper' (not sure about the name!) through ghostparties blog. The keyholder is awesome - it's got little magnets to hold you keys in place to make them look like the rain coming down from a cloud! I've been lusting after a lot of Chivnova's pieces, but the size guide completely confuses me! (Anyone help??) And I finally found my dream shoe. If only I could afford them, wahhh.

1. Butter London Polish in Slapper // £13

2. REN Pore Minimising Detox Mask (50ml) // £18

3. MAC lipstick in Hue // £14

4. Chicnova Color Block Tee // £17.56

5. Cloud Keyholder // £20

6. Dorothy Perkins Feather Print High Wedges // £38


Amy
xxx

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The BodyShop's Grapeseed Glossing Serum Review


I purchased this glossing serum (normally £7) from the BodyShop in one of their huge sales, as I wanted to try out some BodyShop haircare for the first time. This little bottle has lasted months and gives a really nice gloss to your hair. I use just three or four pumps as I have pretty thick hair, and run it through the lower half of my hair just after curling it. It really gets rid of flyaways and is really good for dealing with static too! If you want a crazy shine to your hair then this probably isn't for you, but it does give a healthy sheen. It also makes your hair feel super silky - I have to tell myself to stop touching my hair haha!
The scent is quite fruity and I personally really like it, although I can see some people probably hating it. Also I believe the packaging has changed to a smaller stumpier bottle, but the product is still the same.
Overall, not a miracle product, but certainly a nice one.

Amy
xxx

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Skincare on a Student Budget

I'm in my second year of Uni, and am trying to keep my skincare budget to a minimum whilst still looking after my skin, which needs all the help it can get! To give you the low down, I've got combination skin, with large pores and light acne. Yep, it's not great. But I'm finding this routine keeps my multitude of problems under control, and I hope it might help some of you too.








Evening Routine



I remove my eye makeup with Morrissons own brand Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover, which is effective but delicate, so isn't harsh on your eyes. I then use whichever facewipes are cheapest at the time for removing any foundation or concealer. For stubborn foundations such as Revlon Colourstay, which are notoriously difficult to get off, I put a little of Superdrug's Foaming Face Wash (in my morning routine below) onto the wipe first, and it cuts through the stuff!

If there's one thing you should invest in with your skincare, it's the Clarisonic. I've the got the Clarisonic Mia, and you can read an in depth review about it here, but in short, it's the best thing I ever did for my skin. It also gets rid of the need for a separate exfoliating product, since it's effectively giving your face a light exfoliation every day with it's bristles. I know it's a serious investment but it comes with a one year guarantee (that actually works!) and in the long run will probably save you money from not trying out hundreds other serums, scrubs etc.

I use my Clarisonic every evening with Garnier's Pure Active Deep Unclogging Pore Wash (that's a mouthful!), which is £6/7 and lasts for months and months. It's got salicylic acid in it which makes it good for dealing with acne.

On dry skin I then apply Origin's Super Spot Remover (£13) on any pesky breakouts, which helps them to heal overnight, and then apply Oilatum's Natural Repair face cream (£7.90, review here), which puts so much moisture into your skin, it's amazing.


Morning Routine

In the morning I have just two steps :) I massage Superdrug's Tea Tree Foaming Face Wash (2.99) into my skin for around a minute, which leaves it so fresh, and then mix up simple's anti-blemish moisturiser (4.99) with Oilatum's Natural Repair face cream. This creates a moisturiser that is perfect for combination skin, with the moisture-boasting properties of Oilatum and the spot-control of the Simple moisturizer. It not too thick for the daytime and provides a good balance for my annoying skin whilst not being to expensive.

Have you got any cheap miracle skin care products? I'd love to hear about them.


Amy
xxx



Monday, 15 April 2013

25 Facts About Me Tag

This one's been floating around the bloggosphere for months now, so here's my 25 facts. I hope you get to know me better!



































1. I mix up the fullfat milk with the skimmed milk to get semi-skimmed milk, it works, honestly!

2. I want to own a teeny tiny dog, like Mr Marbles (Jenna Marble's dog)

3. I also want to have a black and white cat, and name him oreo.

4. I can't stand drinking coffee (or tea for that matter) but the smell of coffee is one of my favourite smells.

5. I'm an only child.

6. I only wear a full face of makeup maybe once or twice a week. The rest of the time it's just a bit of concealer, mascara, and some powder through my brows.

7. I'm a Christian and go to church twice a week, I love it.

8. I eat ketchup with almost everything. Like ketchup with baked beans and ketchup with gravy.

9.  I broke my nose the one and only time I played rugby. 

10. I got my grade 8 piano. I still don't quite know how.

11. My reaction to any emotion is to cry - anger, happiness, sadness - I just cry!

12. I've been with my boyfriend for 4 years.

13. The thing I find most annoying in the world is people eating and chewing loudly.

14. I make lists about absolutely everything.

15. I'm studying Philosophy at University which sounds smart but it's really hard.

16. I love food a bit too much - Chinese, Indian, Traditional English, and especially Italian.

17. I've done ballet since I was four and still do it at University.

18. I often think to myself in an American accent. I don't know which is weirder, the fact that I think to myself as an audible voice, or the fact that it's American, when I'm British. Hmmm.

19. I've read all the Harry Books at least ten times.

20. I'm 5'4" tall, which I keep telling people is the average female height, but I'm the smallest person in my friendship group by a long way!

21. I don't have a clue what my career will be. I'd quite like to work in hospitality, maybe something to do with weddings, but that's only an idea.

22. I bit my nails down to little stumps up until the age of 17, when I finally started to be less anxious about stuff.

23. I cannot wait to get my own apartment or house and decorate it how I want. I've got so many ideas.

24. I have never ever been to a gym.

25. I'm ashamed of myself for being addicted to Made In Chelsea.

Amy
xxx


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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Toni and Guy - Sea Salt Spray Review

I think I saw this product in one of Zoella's videos and since I love how she styles her hair, I had to pick this up whilst it was on sale on a while back. It's now £7.19 in boots, but it's quite a large bottle at 200ml. I suspect the main problem with this product is actually the packaging. The nozzle (I love the word nozzle. NOZZLE NOZZLE NOZZLE) doesn't distribute the liquid very evenly which makes it very hard to get the product where you need it, and you can get areas of your hair that are absolutely soaked with the stuff. I know this isn't just a problem with my bottle since many other reviews state this as a problem.

I
I can get a style I'm vaguely happy with, but it doesn't hold for more than ten minutes. To be honest, I expected a lot more from a fairly high end hair brand.
Another strange thing I found was that whilst I have nothing against the smell of this product, I weirdly had a few people tell me that my hair smelt like their dentist! Not really the scent I was going for!


So will I be repurchasing? No, I'm going to keep shopping around to find a salt spray that actually adds something to my look!

Amy
xxx

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Homemade LipScrub

Chances are you've already got all the ingredients to make this sugary Lip Scrub, and you only need a little bit of each of them, so it hardly costs a thing! It also really works - if you massage a pinch or so in for about two minutes it leaves your lips feeling and looking soft, plump and gorgeous :)

Here's what you'll need (plus a bowl to mix it in & a tablespoon!):

The Maple syrup or vanilla essence is just for flavouring so it's not essential. (And excuse that cheeky chappy in the background, he's actually a garlic holder!)

Making it is easy peasy:


Pop it in a container (I used an old sample pot): 


I'm unlikely to ever buy another lip scrub now, this one does the job so well! Let me know if you try making your own, or if your already a DIY lip scrub convert!

Amy
xxx

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Average Day Outfit

Sometimes you just need to wear something comfy. Your favourite jeans, a plain tee, a soft leather jacket and of course, flats make this outfit classic, easy to wear and super practical. Also, you'd be surprised how much guys actually like this simple style; my boyfriend saw this look and said he wished I wear jeans and a teeshirt more often! I think we can alienate guys a lot of the time with the fashions that to them seem just plain weird (things like sheer panels, studded everything, crazy cross print leggings, and towering platform heels). So don't feel guilty for having an easy dressing day!


Average Day

£59 - jigsaw-online.com



£60 - riverisland.com



£25 - newlook.com



£32 - accessorize.com



£18 - pullandbear.com



£19 - accessorize.com



£6.52 - asos.com


Amy
xxx

My Week In Pictures #4


A busy week for me this week! AGAIN, apologies for the ridiculous lack of blog posts, I've been in sunny Skegness at the Christian event Spring Harvest which happens every year around Easter time. Basically we all met up twice a day (about 3000 people!) for incredible talks and worship, and spent the rest of the time just talking, chilling out on the beach and playing pool (which I found out I'm actually alright at, who'd have known.) This week I also celebrated four years with my lovely boyfriend, and we went out for a wonderful dinner at Cafe Rouge along with my parents. (Any excuse to stuff my face!)


Mr Blue Sky ♥ 4 Years Together ♥ Holiday Excitement ♥ First drink since before Lent! ♥ Banana Crepe Om Nom Nom ♥ Spring Harvest ♥ Piggy Back Time


I'm now faced with a huge pile of Uni work to finish. Wish me luck :s
Also, a quick reminder that I have finally joined the rest of the socially able world, and am on Twitter and Facebook (wowee!). You can follow me on twitter here: https://twitter.com/LittleKoalaBlog
And can be updated via facebook here: www.facebook.com/TheLittleKoalaBlog.
I really appreciate every like and follower! :)

Amy
xxx


Friday, 5 April 2013

I finally discovered the Tangle Teazer!

Happy belated Easter everyone! :) I'm currently away in sunny Skegness at the Christian holiday Spring Harvest (anyone heard of it?) so haven't been posting for a while, sorry! If this post is awfully laid out its because it has been written on my ipad mini as that's all I have with me for blogging, I'm such a bad blogger :s

I just have to tell you about the Tangle Teazer though! Yes, I'm aware you have probably-definitely heard of it, but so had I for an age before I actually got one and tried it. I've got quite long thick hair now (yay!) and my Mum knew I wanted to try out the Tangle Teazer so she sweetly got me one for Easter along with some Lindt Lindor (oh my goodness, best thing ever).






Ok, so I don't actually understand how this little rubber brush gets tangles out like it does! It's pretty incredible! It used to take almost ten minutes to brush out all the knots in my hair before washing it, and now it only takes about three, so this is definitely a time saving, not to mention pain saving product! I honestly used to slightly dread brushing my hair(!) but now it's no trouble :D

Other than that it comes in a bunch of colours and comes in a travel size too. If you've never bothered picking up the Tangle Teazer before, just do it!






Amy
xxx