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Wedding Wednesday: The Engagement Party

Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...


Some Recent Purchases

Some make up bits and bobs. Ruby & Millie is 75% off at the mo, I haven't just suddenly got a weird obsession...

Some stuff for work next year, I got cutesy stuff the boys won't steal. They will though, you'd be amazed at how many students don't bring a pen/pencil to school!

If you would like reviews on anything let me know :) 


Lush Review: Dragons Egg Bath Ballistic

From the top let's get this straight; this is my favourite Lush product ever. Ever.

Dragons Egg is a bath ballistic; bath ballistics are the ones that you pop in the bath and then they fizz and zoom about the tub doing all sorts of magical things, Dragons Egg is no disappointment on this front!

Dragons Egg is scented with citrus oils and Bergamot and is basically like a big fizzy sherbet lemon, the scent is really invigorating and I imagine it would be ace for morning baths! It also contains popping candy and little moisturising multicoloured ricepaper petals that float about the bath. But the main show piece of Dragons Egg is the glitter. Magical gold glitter. Tons of gold glitter. I love glitter. I wasn't expecting it when I popped it in the bath the other day and I was truly amazed by the effect it gave to the water - it was like bathing in liquid gold! Lovely. I wasn't even left covered in the glitter when I (reluctantly) got out of the bath. Score.

Dragons Egg costs £2.99 and is available in store and online

If you haven't tried it yet, get on it! And if you have, what did you think? Did you love it as much as I did?


Favourites: Blush Combination feat Benefit & Sleek

I have a new fave cheek combo that is a little bit coraliscious. As it's summer I feel something a little bit more peachy/coral is in order for the ol' boat race, pinks seem to be more of a wintery shade to me.

So, introducing my new loves: Benefit Coralista and Sleek Coral. Layered over each other they are divine. I love how bright the colour is and paired with the lovely sheen that Coralista provides I feel that this is a combo full of win!

I'm also wearing: 
MAC Vanilla Eye shadow close to the lashline
MAC All That Glitters Eye Shadow on the rest of the lid and blended into the crease
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara

What do you think? Do you have any favourite blush combinations?


MUA vs MAC: Navy Smoky Eye

I don't actually like the term 'Smoky eye' I'd rather smudgy but that doesn't have the same ring to it really does it?

Back to the point. I like navy. I really like navy eyeshadow. This is a post comparing a MAC eyeshadow which cost £9.50 or something ridiculous like that with an MUA shadow that cost £1. In the price war there is no contest but will the quality be the same?

The eye shadow's in question?

MUA Shade 10 - Pearl and MAC Contrast 

I noticed that these two eye shadows were very similar when I was scouring my eye shadow collection in order to create last week's Harry Potter themed looks and thought I'd see how similar they actually were by creating this look:

I used the MAC shadow on one eye and the MUA shadow on the other.

As you can see the shades are very similar when they are on the eyes, hardly any difference between the two!

MUA Shade 10 - Pearl

This eye shadow is so creamy and pigmented, you hardly have to use any of it to get a good amount of colour on your eyes. It is a navy but a metallic blackened navy with teeny tiny blue sparkles in it, so deep for a £1 eye shadow! It almost feels buttery when you swatch it, which makes it incredibly easy to work with. Unfortunately this means that the fallout is immense (you can see this in the above images), but this isn't a problem to clean up really.

MAC Contrast Eye Shadow

Contrast is a darker more satin look eyeshadow, it is not very metallic but has a definite sheen to it. The colour is a traditional navy shade but a little bit blacker, it also has teeny tiny shimmers and glitters in it. This shadow is a little harder to work with than the MUA one but does give a nice dark look if you persevere! This is probably because it's less metallic and therefore harder to blend. I do love the effect this shadow gives though but then I love all dark shadows and am not really a fan of metallics.

Swatches of the shadows together

When swatched without a base the shadows are pretty much identical, the MUA one having slightly more of a sheen to it and the MAC not having as much pigment. Over a black base you can really see the differences, MAC is on the left and you can see that it's not as metallic as the MUA shadow, you can also see that it is more of a true navy colour.

The Winner

For me I prefer the MAC Contrast but only because it is less metallic. The shadows are very similar and you only really need one of them. I'd go for MUA Shade 10 on price and pigmentation, it is an excellent eye shadow and very easy to work with.

Have you tried MUA's eyeshadows? 
What did you think?


Dreaming of Tattoos

I've wanted to get a tattoo for a long long time. At least 5 years now but I've never dared (I don't think dared is the right word, as I'm not particularly scared by the prospect...) to yet. I have always loved the look of tattoos and think it's a great way to show your creative side. I really love traditional style tattoos, things that never date. I also think this is because I like to think I'm part sailor - even though I get sea sick (just a small issue).

This summer I'm definitely going to make it happen. I've got 6 weeks off of work and will have some pennies available so there will be no excuses.

Thought I might as well show you the sort of things that I like:

I love Valerie Vargas, she draws the most beautiful women I have ever seen tattooed, they are so detailed but yet still bold and traditional, lovely.
Most of all though I love Sailor Jerry tattoos. These are the ones that I always look at when I feel the need to get a tattoo, so I think I will be getting something inspired by these traditional tattoos as my first one.

Sailor Jerry Swallow

Sailor Jerry butterflies

Sailor Jerry flash

I love birds the mostest. I want two magpies on my chest near my collarbones I think.

If any of you guys have tattoos feel free to show me them or give me any advice etc it would be very welcome :)


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II - What I Thought

I liked it. I need to watch it again though I think, it normally takes two watches to make my mind up completely. I was satisfied though, it was a good finale to the films and definitely one of the best so far.

I think you just have to think of the books and the films as separate things, the films are inspired by the books and books are such a personal thing - everyone imagines things differently. It would be impossible to make a film of a book that makes everyone happy. I think they did a good job on this though and didn't make any really big changes.

I was most excited to see the Snape bit as he's my favourite character and they did that bit really well, my favourite part of the film definitely. Made me cry too, especially when he was dying and made Harry look into his eyes. Aw. Little Snape was so cute too!

I liked the bit where they broke into Gringotts, I think this was really similar to how it happens in the books - maybe a little less dramatic though.

The Battle of Hogwarts was good though, it had to be really as it made up most of the film. I like the way humour was used in this part, although this did detract from the seriousness. I didn't like how they dealt with the death of Fred Weasley though, it was totally different from the book and maybe not as sympathetically.

Another part where I got a little bit emotional was the Resurrection Stone bit, it was so sad to see Harry in that situation with all the people he had lost - It was nice to see Sirius again though; so hot! The part where Harry goes into the Forest to die was exactly how I imagined it and the limbo scene as well with Dumbledore (How big did Dumbledore's feet look though!? Was I the only one distracted by that?).

I liked the epilogue too, although no mention of Teddy? In fact was Teddy mentioned at all?

It did seem a little bit disjointed in parts if you get what I mean, like they were rushing it. I wonder if someone that hasn't read the books would understand it? If you've seen it and haven't read them let me know.

What did you all think? Will you be watching it again?


Harry Potter Week: Deathly Hallows Part II

What did you think? Let me know in the comments below :)

I will do a post tomorrow on my thoughts as I'm away at the momento



Harry Potter Week: Bellatrix LeStrange Inspired Look

I adore Bellatrix. She’s mental and mean but I love her character, especially with Helena Bonham Carter playing her. For me Bellatrix is a true witch, if you think of a stereotypical witch then Bellatrix is what you get: Crazy hair, eccentric outfits, dark smudgy makeup, a cackle! and I could definitely imagine her brewing up a potion in a cauldron…


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I just went for a generally vampy witchy vibe, with lots of black shadow blended out with some purpley/auberginey colours from the Sleek Bad Girl palette. On the lips I have Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire ‘n’ Ice with some black shadow pressed on top. I think that if Bella was going out on the town she’d rock make up like this, but in general she looks more dishevelled. I think if I slept with this make up on I’d wake up with a more Bellatrixy look :) – Perhaps one to try for the weekend?

Hope you like it :)

Harry Potter Week: Slytherin Inspired Make-up

Day 4 and today we have a look inspired by Slytherin – my favourite house! :) Check out Monday’s Gryffindor look, Tuesday’s Hufflepuff look and yesterday’s Ravenclaw look. Also I am so excited today as it’s the opening night of the film tonight!

"Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.

The Sorting Hat – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Founder: Salazar Slytherin
Emblem: Snake
Colours: Silver and Green
House Ghost: The Bloody Baron
Some Famous Slytherin’s: Draco Malfoy, Tom Marvolo Riddle, Professor Slughorn, Snape, Bellatrix LeStrange, Regulus Black
Sorry about the quality of these images! The light was fading!
Eyes: Silver on the inner corner is Urban Decay S&M blended into Bourjois Intense Eyeshadow in shade 05 – a lovely dark green that screamed Slytherin at me as I was browsing in Boots! Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero on my waterline and blended along my upper and lower lashlines. MAC Haute and Naughty Lash Mascara.

What do you think to this one?


Harry Potter Week: Ravenclaw Inspired Make-up Look

Day 3 is here and it’s the turn of Ravenclaw! Remember to check out Monday’s Gryffindor look and yesterday’s Hufflepuff look :)

"Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.
The Sorting Hat – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Founder: Rowena Ravenclaw
Emblem: Eagle
Colours: Bronze and Blue
House Ghost: Grey Lady
Famous Ravenclaws: Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang, Moaning Myrtle, Gilderoy Lockhart, Grey Lady
Ravenclaw Make-Up Look

What do you think?
I like the bronze and blue combo, think I could work this look for work if I was to get up early enough (unlikely!)


Etsy Finds: Harry Potter!

The next installment of Potter week is some Harry Potter themed items that I have found on Etsy :)

Harry Potter Large and Small Spectacles Necklaces - $22.50 (£14.50ish) 

Reversible Prophecy Orb Necklace/Watch - $35(£22ish)

There we go :)

Have you seen any fun HP themed things?

Also I so want that Prophecy Orb!

Harry Potter Week: Hufflepuff Inspired Make-up

Day 2 of Harry Potter week brings us a look inspired by those lovely Hufflepuffs. Check out yesterday’s Gryffindor look here.

"You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil
The Sorting Hat – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Founder: Helena Hufflepuff
Emblem: Badger
Colours: Yellow and Black
House Ghost: The Fat Friar
Some Famous Hufflepuffs: Cedric Diggory, Nymphadora Tonks
Hufflepuff Make-up look (1)
Hufflepuff Make-up look (2)
Hufflepuff Makeup
Eyes: Gold Ribbon eye shadow from the Sleek Sparkle Palette all over the lid, MAC Carbon in the outer v and crease. Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero on the waterline and MAC Haute and Naughty Lash on the lashes.

What do you think?


Harry Potter Week: Dumbledore Inspired Eye Look


"Albus Dumbledore was never proud or vain; he could find something to value in anyone, however apparently insignificant or wretched, and I believe that his early losses endowed him with great humanity and sympathy. I shall miss his friendship more than I can say, but my loss is as nothing compared to the wizarding world's. That he was the most inspiring and the best loved of all Hogwarts headmasters cannot be in question. He died as he lived: working always for the greater good, and to his last hour, as willing to stretch out a hand to a small boy with dragon pox as he was on the day that I met him." Elphias Doge – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I read that quote this morning when I was rereading the Deathly Hallows and was inspired to create this makeup look. Dumbledore is one of the key characters from the book and is one of my favourites. I flicked through the first book – the Philosopher’s Stone to find J.K. Rowling’s description of him and decided to work from that.

“He was tall, thin and very old, judging by the silver of his hair and beard, which were both long enough to tuck into his belt. He was wearing long robes, a purple cloak which swept the ground and high-heeled buckled boots. His blue eyes were light, bright and sparkling behind half-moon spectacles and his nose was very long and crooked, as though it had been broken at least twice.” Page 12 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

It’s the description of his eyes that I have taken quite literally in creating this look, but they are the part of Dumbledore that I always remember when I think about him (Yes, I do spend my time thinking about Harry Potter characters lol). Onwards.




Blue and sparkly just like Dumbledore’s eyes :)

I used:


Urban Decay Alice all over the lid, the 3rd and 4th eyeshadows on the top row of the Sleek Sparkle Palette blended into the crease/outer v, myface cosmetics Blingtone eyeshadow in Bellbottom Blues in the centre of my lid. I also used a bit of the silver from the Sleek palette on the inner corner of my eye as a highlight.


What do you think? Have you ever been inspired by a literary character? (please don’t tell me I’m the only one!)