Monday, 31 December 2012


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I can hardly believe that it is the end of 2012 already. This year has gone super quickly! Unfortunately I do have to work today which is a bummer but I am looking forward to cracking open a few drinks tonight and heading out with the boyfriend to see in the New Year. New Year to me is often the part I enjoy most about Christmas time, making a fresh start, letting my hair down and looking forward to the future. I don't tend to make New Years resolutions but this year I have a few goals for next year. My first being to get more organised with the blog. At the moment I tend to post as and when which is how I like it, but I would like to get more of a structure. Possibly following on with a few series. The 'Meet the #bbloggers' series seems to have gone down well so far. I also invested in a spanking new camera (Canon 600d) and being a slight novice with such a hefty camera I want to learn to use it to the best. In general I am looking to shed a few 'Christmas pounds' isn't everyone though? So my other half and I have been looking into investing into a cross trainer for the spare room 'eek'. This is all prep for my Chris' sisters wedding in October in Ibiza - exciting times! 

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that 2013 is everything you hoped for! Please be safe whatever you are doing tonight!

Are you staying in or going out tonight? Any New Years traditions? I remember when I was younger my grandma would always make me open the back door at midnight to let the old year out and then open the front door to let the New Year in, my mum still does that to this day! 


Sunday, 30 December 2012


Another group of lovely blogs for you this month! Please go and check them out by - just click on the images to go straight to the blogs. 

If you wish to reserve a spot then please head over to my advertising page here. At present I do not charge for advertising on my blog and offer 'ad swaps' between fellow beauty and fashion bloggers!


When it comes to Christmas presents some may say aka the 'the boyfriend' that I am a nightmare to buy for. Personally I don't think this is the case, I am grateful for everything and like most things, within reason :-) but I have an issue writing a 'list'. I don't know what it is, I just hate asking for things but this year I knew I had to get a new hairdryer (I was sick of banging the old one every morning to kick start the motor haha) so I used this as the ideal opportunity to make things slightly easier on the other half by 'mentioning' that this was what I needed. Rather than pick one and make things easy for him I gave him 2 rules - it must not be pink and it can't be an identical replica of my existing, so off he trotted and Christmas morning I awoke to this little beauty. 

Colour and aesthetic wise this ticks all the boxes for me and is simple enough for my needs. I mean come on its a hairdryer right? I don't need any fancy gizmo's as long as it fulfils its purpose within a reasonable speed. The Nicky Clark Desi Red boasts a good 2000W with 3 heat settings, 2 speed settings plus an ionic option. It feels sturdy yet light enough for me who can be rather cock handed when drying my hair so the last thing I need is some hefty monstrosity! 

I use this with the detachable nozzle and a flat brush. I can't say that the ionic option which claims to make hair softer, and frizz free makes much of a difference but it is a welcome extra. The hairdryer definitely does the business as far as hairdryers go plus it looks rather pretty on dressing table! So 10 points to Chris! This year the boy done good! 

Now as this post is scheduled for today 'Sunday' I should be at my parents right now just in time to do a daughters duty - raid their fridge and make use of their super fast broadband!

Friday, 28 December 2012


Ah, we have now reached part 4 of my Meet the #bbloggers series!

Natalie is a journalism student from Surrey - currently residing in Nottingham who aspires to work in PR or for a Woman's magazine. She describes herself as obsessed with beauty and spends most of her time experimenting with different makeup and nail art trends - definitely a girl after my own heart! 

1. How would you describe your blog? 

A way of sharing my insights with people. You know when you get home from a shopping trip and immediately want to show everyone what you've bought and get their opinions on it? For me that's what my blog is for (I live with four boys so they're often not interested). I do regular street style posts from my uni but the rest is mainly 'omg look what I bought today! bargain!' or 'aah look at my nails they're so sparkly'.

2. I am always interested in how people come up with the names for their blog, how did you ome up with yours?

I really struggled to think of a name at first. I thought about using a name generator but it just didn't seem me as none of  the suggestions reflected my blog or my personality. In the end I decided to use 'floral' as I am a huge fan of floral prints and am always wearing them or decorating my room florally. Then it was just thinking of something to go with I googled around to check I wasn't nicking any other names and in the end came up with 'republic'!

3. How would you describe your style?

In a word, simple. I stick to staple items and wear them in different ways. I'm usually in skinny jeans or leggings with dolly shoes and a chunky cardi. I know what suits me and what doesn't so I don't impulse buy the latest trends as I know not everything other people are wearing will look good on me. There are some things I wish I could pull off by I think my classic style is more a reflection of my personality. 

4. If you had to pick either an endless supply of clothes or an endless supply of makeup which would you choose?

Makeup! If I had too many clothes it would take me twice as long to get ready in the mornings as I wouldn't know what to wear. i can never get bored of makeup theres always so many different things to experiment with.

5. What prompted you to start blogging?

I've always been interested in fashion and makeup and gave advice on products to my friends, I realised a lot of this could benefit other people so decided to put it on the internet so I could share it with everyone and see how other people reacted. 

6. Whats the one product that you regret buying?

A bronzer that only came in one shade (orange) when I was about thirteen and didn't have a clue how to apply it.

7. Do your family and friends know about your blog and do they read it?

Some of my friends know about it, I doubt they read it as they hear most of the stuff from me before I post it. To be honest I feel more comfortable with strangers reading my blog than friends - it means I' branching out and other people are enjoying what I have to say.

8. Can you remember that first item of makeup you owned? If yes, what was it?

Rimmel Superlash Mascara

9. What was the first blog that you started reading?

The Topshop blog. When I was browsing their site I'd always go on it and have a nosey to see what they were up to!

10. Tell me your absolute, hoy grail product, the one you buy again and again! 

Batiste dry shampoo! Can't live without it.

11. What part of blogging do you enjoy the most?

If someone comments saying they can relate to something I've said or they're going to buy a product because of my review it really means a lot. I love knowing that my blog has some kind of effect on other people and it's not just pointless rambling. 

12. Finally, tell me your favourite blogs that you read religiously?,,,, - definitely daily reads for me!

A big thank you to Natalie for taking part! I urge you all to head over to Natalies blog by clicking the link below!

Tuesday, 25 December 2012


image source: We Heart It

The photo above pretty much sums up how I am feeling right now (well hopefully) plus its pretty darn adorable! 


 I hope from the bottom of my heart that you are having an amazing time with your loved ones. I was not going to write a post today. I figured that it is Christmas and this should be reserved for family and friends. That's what I will be doing so whether you are reading this on Christmas day or after I hope you are having or have had a lovely time and that Santa was good to you :-)

I just want to say a massive thank you to all my readers this past year for allowing me to make my blog what it is today and I only hope that it will keep growing but of course that would not be possible at all without you guys! So thank you!

Some amazing things have happened this year and as I look back I realise how much has happened over the past year - and boy has it gone quickly, so without going all soppy on you, a quick re-cap! Back in February I went through jaw surgery which took up a good 6 weeks of my life due to recovery, and this was only part of the journey. I finally got my dream and went to Paris only to discover I would be moving into my very first place with my boyfriend the same weekend - cue stress. But we got there in the end. Last week I had my braces removed (I know 28 with braces *cringe*) but this marked the end of a long journey, one I am SO glad that I took. There have been tears and there have been laughter but I have loved every minute. This will be the second Christmas of my blog but I feel that this one I can really mark the occasion. I have met some truly amazing people through blogging and found some fab reads! 

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not please enjoy the Holiday season and be safe! 

Much Love, 

Saturday, 22 December 2012


This festive season I shall be digging out the vampy nail polishes and hitting up the party scene! OK maybe not the latter as nights in are more my thing but that does not mean my nails can't look good in the mean time. When I don a darker nail there are 2 things which I look for - longevity and high shine. Which is where a good coating of Seché Vite Dry Fast Top Coat comes in handy. I bought this some months ago upon the recommendation of fellow bloggers and boy was I not left disappointed! Having heard recently that this was used by Kate Middleton on her wedding day I can see why!

I was looking for a top coat that 1. lasted and 2. gave a high shine. This not only ticks both boxes but also speeds up the drying process meaning that my nails are touch dry in a matter of seconds - perfect in last minute situations! Someone had said that it tends to go gloopy but I have had this getting on 6 months now and am yet to experience any gloopyness plus I have been using this every week and you can see by the usage that this is going to last a while! 

I picked this up for around a tenner in Boots but if you have a look online you can get it slightly cheaper, with Beauty Bay currently offering 2 for £16.99. 

Friday, 21 December 2012


This week pays tribute to the lovely Sarah from Flowers at Dawn. Sarah is a 20 year old student studying PR whilst working part-time in Lush. Originally from Scotland Sarah is hoping to make the big move to the South East (my neck of the woods) a brave move! Sarah blogs at Flowers at Dawn which hosts some amazing reviews along with a pretty cracking header if I do say!

1. How would you describe your blog? 

My blog is almost entirely beauty-focused, with lots of product reviews! I love to try new products and share my thoughts on them, especially when it comes to hyped up products because sometimes they're not worth the hype they receive. I like to think my blog is an honest source of information. I try not to take anything too seriously either, my blog is a hobby and an outlet for my feelings and expressions. I'd hate to feel restrained from writing what I really think. 

2. I am always interested in how people come up with the names for their blog, how did you ome up with yours?

I'm not really sure! My YouTube account had the name flowersatdawn which I made when I was about 14, and I think I just thought of that when I was trying to think of a name and thought it sounded okay. And it's just stuck!

3. How would you describe your style?

That's difficult! I'd say casual, but that implies trainers and I don't even own trainers. Then again, I'm a girl who hates heels and sparkly dresses. Probably laid back but I try to keep it "trendy" - emphasis on the try! Make- up wise, my style is quite understated - I like a flawless base, rosy cheeks, neutral eyes and the occasional bold lip for a special occasion. 

4. If you had to pick either an endless supply of clothes or an endless supply of makeup which would you choose?

Probably clothes. I'd end up with too much make-up that I didn't get along with, whereas clothes are easier for me to like!

5. What prompted you to start blogging?

Honestly, I was unemployed over the summer and I was sitting at home bored nearly every day with nothing to do. I wanted a hobby, and I had been reading a lot f beauty blogs so I thought I'd give it a shot! I've always wanted a hobby but I've never really been passionate about anything, I'm not sporty. So, beauty blogging it was!

6. Whats the one product that you regret buying?

Ooh, this is tough! I bought quite a few Soap and Glory 'slimming' creams to use before I went on holiday. I probably used them like 3 times max, and now they just sit in my cupboard untouched. I'm useless with things like this that take a good while to see results - I'm impatient, I want immediate results!

7. Do your family and friends know about your blog and do they read it?

I've only recently started telling "real life" people about my blog. I was really nervous and embarrassed about it, which is crazy! My friends are actually really supportive of it, and its great being able to keep them updated with it. 

8. Can you remember that first item of makeup you owned? If yes, what was it?

I have no idea! Probably a super cheap and nasty lipgloss that came free with Shout or Mizz magazine...

9. What was the first blog that you started reading?

I think it was Zoella or Gh0stparties

10. Tell me your absolute, hoy grail product, the one you buy again and again! 

Probably Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. I don't even wear it everyday, but I need to have it in my makeup collection for those days when my skin just isn't co-operating and I need full coverage. I haven't been without a bottle of this since I was 16!

11. What part of blogging do you enjoy the most?

The blogging community, definitely. I love interacting with people who love beauty as much as I do, and I've met some truly lovely people through blogging. I  love receiving comments from my followers and knowing that people are interested in what you write is just amazing.

12. Finally, tell me your favourite blogs that you read religiously?

To find out more about Sarah head over to her blog for some amazing product reviews and tips by clicking the link below. 

Thursday, 20 December 2012


Its safe to say that I am a handbag girl. Clutches, totes, shoulder I own an array of different styles flittering between them every month or so, I absolutely love the feeling of changing bags and arranging all my bits and bobs (aka junk) into a fresh bag. When it comes to a night out however I tend to stick to what I know and always go back to my trusty clutch (a River Island number FYI - post here). So when House of Fraser got in touch and offered me a chance to test out a bag from their Pied a Terre range I casually agreed (ok I excitedly said yes :-)) What I was sent was a gorgeous clutch bag* a far cry from my usual simple style. Electric blue snakeskin, with suede detail and silver hardware this clutch is definitely a distinctive change - but you know what I like. Big enough to hold the evening necessities (5 lipsticks anyone?) with a secure clasp this is a welcome addition to my collection. Inside there is even a zip compartment and several card holders - a rarity with clutches which allows the usually anal Virgo in me to me that little more organised. OK its not the most versatile bag colour wise, I am thinking all black ensemble, killer heels it will definitely make a statement. 

The Pied a Terre clutch is currently on sale for £49.50 having been reduced from £99 and is available now from House of Fraser here.

*PR Sample

Friday, 14 December 2012


This week as part of Meet the #bbloggers I am introducing the lovely Georgina from Makeup-Pixi3! Georgina is a gamer with a love for makeup. She describes her blog as a welcoming place, which I can vouch for is completely true! Her blog is a mix of beauty fashion and lifestyle with her recent post on handmade cards being a personal fave! 

So as usual get yourself comfy and let's see what Georgina has to say :-)

1. How would you describe your blog? 

I would describe my blog as a warm, honest and welcoming place where you can find reviews of mostly makeup, but other fun things too, as well as random lifestyle posts, and loaaaads of photos :)

2. I am always interested in how people come up with the names for their blog, how did you ome up with yours?

Well, this goes back quite a long way! For years now a lot of my online names have been TwinklinPixi3 (its a gamer thing), so things like my Twitter handle is TwinklinPixi3 and loads of other stuff. When I was thinking of a name for the blog, I wanted something along the same lines, but that would be obvious that it's a beauty blog - and thats how Makeup-Pixi3 was born :)

3. How would you describe your style?

Well my style as a writer is above all honest, and I like to write in a tone that feels like we're siting down having a coffee and a chat, I often miss the mark, but it's what I aim for :) As a person my style is... hmm, not sure there's a word for it, I suppose...well it used to be very alternative, but it's not so much like that now. I love purple (and black), but I also love rose gold (hence the watch!), I like high quality things (not that I can usually afford them though!). As a person I'd say I'm a cat loving, vegetarian who adores sushi, loves married life, gaming, heavy metal and of course, makeup :) and smiles :D. 

4. If you had to pick either an endless supply of clothes or an endless supply of makeup which would you choose?

Hmm, well I was automatically going to put makeup, bbut I'd get pretty cold without clothes (let's face it, after years of wearing the same things, they's fall off eventually!), so surprisingly I'd say clothes (assuming that the other option would disappear after a while) :)

5. What prompted you to start blogging?

It really was a natural evolution from my YouTube channel, I still put up about 1-2 videos a week, but there's something I think, more intimate about a blog, about writing and sharing your considered words.  I'd also been reading lots of blogs at that time and wanted to get involved. It took a while, 6 months before I'd amassed 50 followers, but in the first few months I didn't blog much and hadn't discovered the beauty community on Twitter either :)

6. Whats the one product that you regret buying?

Easy, Estee Lauder Double Wear, man alive I hate that. It's like the worst product for my skin. It's too heavy for starters, it cracks like hell under my fine lines and needs constant baby sitting and it's nightmare to remove. I don't understand how anyone who doesn't have beautifully young skin is able to wear it, if my experience is anything to go by that is :)

7. Do your family and friends know about your blog and do they read it?

They do! To start off with, I didn't tell anyone other than my hubby, but then I told my friends/family on Facebook that I knew were really into makeup, then I told all my family, then I just told everyone :) I'm not shy about it at all now, quite the opposite, I'm really proud of my blog, nothing makes me happier than someone who's read a post, making a comment :)

8. Can you remember that first item of makeup you owned? If yes, what was it?

Hmm, the best recollection I have was of my dad's girlfriend buying me makeup just after my parents split up, so not a great memory. I remember feeling like she was telling me I needed makeup, I was 11. I remember it being a combination of Rimmel and Collection 2000, there was Rimmel powder in it and concealer, a Collection 2000 lipstick (a light sparkly pink one) and I can't remember what else. I do remember that it was all rubbish though, and the lipstick smelt :p Oh how they've both come a long way now!

9. What was the first blog that you started reading?

I'm not 100% sure, it was one of the following three! Either Emily Noel (Beauty Broadcast), Sprinkle of Glitter or Fleur De Force. I think it was probably Emily Noel because I think I discovered the others after Emily :)

10. Tell me your absolute, hoy grail product, the one you buy again and again! 

That's super easy (I really should write a blog post about it!), it's the Chanel Ecriture liquid eyeliner. I've been re-purchasing it for around 8 years now. It's the best liquid liner I have ever used, nothing else comes close for staying power, blackness and ease of use . It's a great format, a firm but flexible tip and it's super dark black, and it will last until you decide to take it off :) I've been on the quest for the last year trying to find a decent dupe for it, and haven't been able to find one that comes close to being a dupe. 

11. What part of blogging do you enjoy the most?

Hmmm *deliberates* It's hard to say... I love writing the posts, and putting my thoughts into something a little more structures, but I also love talking to other bloggers and beauty addicts on Twitter, reading comments etc - it's sort of the 'whole package' deal I think. 

12. Finally, tell me your favourite blogs that you read religiously?

There's a few! Well here goes! Tattooed Tea Lady, The Black Pearl Blog, A Day in the life of a Scottish Lass, Sprinkle of Glitter - there's a mass, and I mean loads of others I read on a weekly basis, but those mentioned are my daily ones :)

A big thank you to Georgina for taking part in this interview! 

To find out more about Georgina and read some more of her amazing posts then I urge you to head over to her blog here!

Sunday, 9 December 2012


For the past couple of weeks I have been road testing a new loose powder. Come the winter months I can find my skin a tad dryer and therefore more often than not skip this part of my routine or just usual a light dusting of my usual Laura Mercier pressed powder around the T zone. However when I was given the chance to try a new loose powder by New CID cosmetics* I thought it was time for a change. CID cosmetics are a newish brand to me with the exception of seeing some pretty rave reviews throughout the blogging community. As a bit of a stickler for fancy fancy packaging I have been displaying this with pride on my dresser. The powder itself is a translucent powder with a hint of colour and would suit most light to medium skin tones. I have been using this on top of my usual Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser, applying it with the large Real Techniques powder brush and it gives a lovely smooth finish without looking powdery which I find can be the case with some loose powders. As with all loose powders I can find them a tad messy and hard to travel with. The lid inside has holes which disperse the powder after a slight shake which makes this a little easier to work with however I think I will be sticking to pressed powders for travelling after a slight handbag mishap :-). Overall though I have been enjoying this and it is definitely a welcome addition to my collection. 

The new CID i-finish Translucent Powder is available at Hairtrade and you can buy the product for £17.41 here

Have you tried the new CID range and what did you think?

*PR sample


Friday, 7 December 2012


Clara is a beautiful Irish girl living in England and writes a somewhat amazing blog called Countess du Blush! Despite being only 18 years old she speaks well beyond her years. Her blog not only showcases her amazing style and taste but also gives us an insight into her personality! A budding history student she describes herself style as the by-product of Marie Antoinette and chums. Something tells me that this girl will go far! 

So grab yourself a brew and enjoy the interview which Clara kindly took part in for me!

1. How would you describe your blog?

A corner of the internet where analogies are generally historical, superficial things are unconditionally appreciated and Maria Antoinette, Edie Sedgwick and Vivienne Westwood are somewhat worshipped.

2 I am always interested in how people come up with the names for their blog, how did you come up with yours?

My blog is called Countess du Blush. I'm an A level student looking to study history at university in 2013 with a particular interest in the 17th-18th Century history. One of my favourite court characters is Comtesse du Barry, a fairly scandalous mistress of Louis XV. I'm not giving myself a title out of arrogance, rather I am showing a nod to the court ladies I love in history who used clothing and fashion to make a statement, political or just egocentric. As for Blush, I love a bit of rouge and a glass of Pinot doesn't turn me off either. 

3. How would you describe your style?

If Marie Antoinette and her best friends were in a bubble-gum punk-pop band, shared a flat with Vivienne Westwood and Lily Munster and Edie Sedgwick was the land lady; I'd be the by-product. My style is all about contrast. Sugar-sweet pastels with monochrome. Straight laced school-girl wear with flowing chiffon. And the word 'clash' is not in my vocabulary unless Joe Strummer is involved.

4. If you had to pick either an endless supply of makeup or an endless supply of clothes which would you choose?

Probably makeup. My old dad instilled some fairly strict financial principles in me and, though the blogging world has lead me wayward, I can never buy backups of essential stuff because I hate spending money on old hat, boring stuff! Boring economical reasoning but i'd love to own the whole MAC lipstick line one day...

5. What prompted you to start blogging?

A part of me loved the community and I admired those involved, but another part of me knew there was something that I could offer. I grew tired of reading blogs with no personality. Like it or loathe it, you can read my blog and learn a lot about me from it! Its something I like about my own style and wanted to share it with others as well as meet great people. 

6. What's the one product that ou regret buying?

Clinique Three-Step System. I was in the height f my skin worries and it only made it worse, unfortunately. 

7. Do you family and friends know about your blog and do they read it?

My family and friends know I do this but I respectfully ask that my family in particular doesn't read it, just because its a personal space for me and I'm not sure they'd really understand, if that makes sense? I think blogging as a whole is weird unless you're active in it, but everyone is really nice about it. 

8. Can you remember the first item of makeup you owned? If yes, what was it?

Probably something from No. 7. My mum always gave me those gift sets when she got them, the gift with purchase?

9. What was the first blog that you started reading?

I don't really remember. Most of my blog experience has been flitting from blog to blog, usually motivated by the images/writing style of the person. I will say I have followed Muhsine from Bubblegarm for years. I've loved her blog for ages. 

10. Tell me about your absolute, holy grail product, the one you buy again and again!

CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara is the best. By far. I would also repurchase MAC Studio Fix powder, I've had three or four and it's not perfect but its coverage and texture is amazing! NARS Blushes in Madly and Taj Mahal would rank very highly, too!

11. What part of blogging do you enjoy the most?

I love creating the whole aesthetic of my blog through Outfit photos, if that makes any sense? I love those posts the most because a lot of work goes into them and I like creating beautiful things where possible (I haven't much to work with, only ol' me!) But on a social level, I've really enjoyed speaking to others and finding a community of folk who can be as superficial as me about beauty and fashion but still have wonderful hearts and amazing interests. 

12. Finally, tell me your favourite blogs that you read religiously?

Leanne Woodfull of Thunder and Threads and Tara from Tar Mar Tales will always be cited as my favourites. They're both irish girls, like me, and have wonderful personal styles and amazing personalities. And I can't go a day without checking Temptalia, It's like Cosmetics BBC News really , isn't it?

I urge you all to check out Clara's blog Countess du Blush by clicking here!

A big thank you to Clara for taking part and being the first to be featured!

Clara kindly gave me permission to use images from her blog and is taking part in a 'meet the #bbloggers' series. This is going to run for 5 weeks - all the #bbloggers have been chosen and depending on how well this is received may become a regular Friday post!


Wednesday, 5 December 2012


So Sunday I pranced off to the bathroom, old Glossy Box in hand filled to the brim with skincare goodies ready to make the most of the boyfriend being at work and indulge in the ultimate facial pampering session. So cue the newbies to the clan - Lush Toner Tabs!

Its no secret that I love steaming my face. I love sweating out all the nasties and the clean feeling afterwards so when I saw these little gems in a rare visit to Lush I snapped them up for less than a quid each. They are basically small bath bombs which you had to steaming hot water. They fizz up, not greatly but enough. I tend to then lean over the bowl of hot water with a towel and soak up the steam for a good ten minutes. 

These ones are the T tree version which I picked up when my skin was looking at bit meh and have just got around to using them. I would not say these are mind boggling but if you are someone that enjoys steaming their face on a regular basis then they would definitely be a welcome edition. 

You can pick up the toner tabs both in store and at Lush online here.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 

TOTAL £92.00
(still  some change for a cab home!)

When announced their latest competition I jumped at the chance to enter. Not only is it giving you the blogger a chance to win £100 to spend at Boohoo but its also offering your readers (yes thats you!) the chance to win £250 as well!

The Challenge?

Head over to Boohoo, pick at least 3 items up to a value of £100 to make your perfect outfit! You can read more about it over on the Boohoo website here! I always have fun putting these outfits together, its almost shopping without the guilt and can you believe this entire ensemble came to under £100? I am certainly going to be shopping with Boohoo more often :-)

So what do you think of my outfit? Will you be entering?