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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 ...


HAUL: Things that I cannot afford (But love any way!)


L-R: Illamasqua Blusher in Disobey|MAC Lipstick in Chatterbox|MAC Blush in Blushbaby|Illamasqua Skin Base in Shade 2

In my mad panic to look nice for my interview earlier this week I felt the need to buy some new make up, and I don’t do things in half measures.

I’d heard lots about the Illamasqua Skin Base foundation and thought I’d pick it up, I think it cost me £25ish and it’s the first foundation that I’ve ever tried that is actually pale enough for my face (maybe even too pale now it’s warming up a bit!) I’ve not given it a proper test run yet but I will let you know how it goes.

Then I needed a new interview lipstick, Chatterbox has been on my wishlist for years and it’s the perfect mixture of bright pink and a more muted raspberry tone. The amplified finish is lovely, it has a nice sheen to it but is fully opaque and lasts a decent amount of time on the lips.

I then turned to a new contour/blush duo, being a palester finding products to contour with that aren’t too muddy or orange is tricky and I’m afraid to say that Disobey is not perfect – it is quite warm toned but with a light hand and a lot of blending it’s workable.

Blushbaby is my new favourite blush. It’s such a lovely shade of pink with a little bit of brown in there too – perfect for use as both a blush and a contour, it blends to perfection and lasts quite a while on the skin.

MAC Cosmetics

Blushbaby - £14.50

Chatterbox – £13.50


Disobey - £16.50

Skin Base - £25.00

Do you buy new make-up for special occasions?

Can anyone recommend a contour shade for someone as pale as me?

NOTW: Sparkling Nude

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Models Own Ibiza Mix over Nails Inc Basil Street

I’m back! The interview was yesterday (I think it went well, fingers crossed!) so I thought I’d tart up my interview nails with a bit of glitter. I love this Models Own glitter polish, the mix of colours is perfect for summer and I particularly enjoy that it’s gold based rather than silver. I love the way it looks over the nudey colour too, sophisticated glitter if you will.

Just a side note, how strong do Models Own nail polishes smell?! Haven’t smelled a polish that strong in a while!

The lovely L of Good Morning Angel has tagged me for the Versatile Blogger Award so I thought I’d pop it in now, you have to share seven unknown facts about yourself then tag people to do it too – I’m going to cop out and just tag everyone!

1. I’m crap at  routines, my whole life I’ve tried to get in some kind of routine for various things; blogging, skincare, sleeping… I even have to consciously remind myself to remember to brush my teeth in the mornings and at night!

2. I love going places alone, especially big cities – I love to just walk around and explore at my own pace.

3. I like boys with beards and tattoos preferably, but not exclusively. Can’t beat a bit of a piratey look can you!

4. My life goal is to write a Sociology book so that students have to reference me in their essays.

5. My favourite colours are the Christmas colours, and the school uniform colours.

6. My memory is rubbish and I do nothing to help it, I always forget to make to-do lists so kind of live in a constant state of forgetfulness.

7. My favourite place in this country is Preston, now if you’ve been to Preston you’re probably thinking why?! But as soon as I step off the train there I feel at home, it’s so weird but I think it’s because I grew up there whilst I was at university. I grew as a person there, made mistakes there and most of my favourite memories have Preston in them, I can’t wait until I can go back there!

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I've not forgotten about you lovelies, just been preparing for a very important interview that's on Tuesday! Will be back to blogging after that - If you've got any requests for posts please let me know in the comments!

Amy xx


Make Up For Ever: Smoky Lash Review

Now, I’m not normally the kind of person that gets excited about mascaras but this one, this one is something special. Since I started wearing this a couple of months ago my lashes have never looked better; my short, sparse lashes actually have that false lash effect that everyone goes on about.

What They Say:

Smoky Lash enhances lashes, for exceptional volume, infinite length and ultimate curl. Its formula is rich in ultra-fine mineral pigments to create the perfect smoky look: saturated lashes and smouldering eyes. Its ultra wide and dense new generation brush hold a maximum amount of product for instant spectacular lashes.
What I Thought:
  • The wand is the perfect size for my eyes, not too big or fat. This makes it really easy to apply and to get almost every lash, including those in the inner corner and on the bottom lashline.
  • The mascara holds a curl like a dream, my lashes are always still perfectly curled even after 12 hours of wear.
  • It adds length and volume but doesn’t get clumpy if you apply more than one coat, score.
  • My lashes don’t feel crispy when I’m wearing this either, I hate it when that happens.
  • The only downside for me is the price, £17.95 is expensive for a mascara and also it’s hard to get hold of in the UK!
Would I Repurchase?

I would, this mascara makes my lashes look and feel amazing – when I’ve used up all of my other mascaras I will definitely be repurchasing this one.
You can purchase MUFE Smoky Lash here
Have you tried this mascara?
What’s your favourite mascara?


Natural FX Water Based Foundation SPF 15

This my friends is my holy grail daytime foundation. I was sent this to review a few weeks ago and since then I’ve worn it every day for work, it’s the best colour match that I’ve ever had – the shade has just enough pink in to suit my paleness perfectly. The foundation lasts a long time without powdering and has a natural, dewy finish providing just the right amount of coverage – I don’t have to use concealer when wearing this. It’s also one of those foundations that you can apply with your fingers and it blends really easily, so great for applying in a rush.

What They Say:

2-in-1 Concealer + Liquid Foundation with SPF 15
  • Dermatologist 1st choice for flawless looking skin
  • Available in over 20 global shades
  • Provides moderate coverage of skin imperfections such as acne, redness, under eye circles, uneven skin tones, post-surgical bruising, vitiligo and tattoos
  • Creates natural, dewy looking finish
  • Provides hydration and skin emolliency
  • All Skin Types
  • Sensitive skin (non-comedogenic – zero irritancy score)
  • Free of oil, and fragrance and parabens
Size: 30ml / 1.0 fl.oz

Active Ingredients:  

1. Dermafix Technology:
i. Contributes to Water Resistance
ii. Binds to the skin - allows for ‘stay-put’ all-day coverage
iii. Ability to build extra coverage in ‘problem’ areas – Concealer/Foundation-in-one

2. Full Spectrum UVA and UVB Protection: SPF 15 Octinoxate , Octocrylene , Oxybenzone
• Protects against environmental aging
i. Helps reduce and prevent the appearance of fine lines caused by aging, smoking, gravity and sun damage
ii. UVB is associated with sunburn

3. Benefits of Vitamin E:
iii. Protects from inflammation: reduces erythema and skin sensitivity
iv. Soothes and promotes tissue repair
v. Anti-oxidant: Protects our natural skin lipids, collagen and elastin fibres from degradation – thereby preventing premature wrinkles

4. Benefits of Bisabolol:
i. Main active ingredient of the chamomile plant
ii. Anti-inflammatory: Protects and reduces skin irritation and sensitivity (calms down redness and makes our products tolerable)

5.Cholesteryl Hydroxystearate:
vi. Restores the lipid barrier by repairing dry and scaling skin, and replenishing lost lipids (natural skin oils).
vii. Reducing TEWL (trans epidermal water loss); prevents our natural water found in the skin from evaporating thus preventing skin dehydration.
viii. Strengthens capillaries to reduce redness.

Octinoxate 3.4%
Octocrylene 2.2%
Oxybenzone 0.9%
What I Thought:

The Good:

  • The shade range is immense, 20 shades from ghostly pale (me) to reasonably dark. They also provide a handy tool for determining your shade that uses your MAC shade as a base and finds your best match according to that.
  • The finish of this foundation is lovely, nice and natural with a dewy finish.
  • It lasts a long time on the skin, around 6 hours without powdering.
  • It can be used as a foundation and concealer and works brilliantly as both.
  • The coverage is really good, a little bit goes a long, long way.
  • The packaging is hygienic and mess-free.
The Bad:
  • The price. £37 is a lot of money for a foundation, and something that I would never have paid without trying the product first – but now I’ve tried it I think I’m going to have to repurchase!
  • If you apply too much product it can become a little sticky on the skin
  • The product does separate on me sometimes, so make sure you shake it well before squeezing some out or you’ll just get water coming out.
Would I Repurchase:

Yes! This has fast become my daily foundation and I can’t imagine not having in my collection now, will definitely be getting another one when this runs out.
*I was sent this product for review but all opinions in this post are my own


Montagne Jeunesse–Dead Sea Face Spa–Face Mask

Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask Dead Sea Face Spa
Montagne Jeunesse – Dead Sea Face Spa – Sheet Mask – 99p
What They Say:                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Too busy to take time out? Need to feel pampered and rejuvenated? Let the calming Dead Sea Salt and soothing pressed Seaweed submerge tired, stressed out skin leaving it smooth and re-hydrated.
What I Thought:                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • I wasn’t a fan of the scent of this mask, it smelled a bit aftershavey.
  • It was very moist when I removed it from the packet – I quite liked this as it wouldn’t have been as effective if it was dry.
  • It gave a cooling sensation to the skin that was nice and refreshing.
  • I did find the mask quite uncomfortable to wear though as it didn’t really fit and the eye and nose holes were way too big for my features.
  • When the time came to remove it, my face was nice and moist and it said to massage in the excess product which I did and it sank in quite quickly.
  • After I’d rinsed the mask I felt that my skin felt quite refreshed and revitalised but nothing particularly different to when I normally cleanse.
  • I did not have any reactions to the ingredients in this mask and my skin can be quite sensitive sometimes.
Would I Repurchase?                                                                                                                                                                                                              
I don’t feel like the mask did anything particularly special for my skin so I probably wouldn’t repurchase this, but the experience of using a sheet mask was quite fun so I might consider another brand.
You can buy Montagne Jeunesse masks from most supermarkets and pharmacies



SIX-ON-SUNDAYEleven weeks. Longest time I’ve ever done something for I’m sure! I’m so proud of myself!songoftheweek
Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band
I used to be obsessed with this song when I was at uni lol, such a good one though. Just makes you feel happy when you hear it as it’s so old school!
Toddlers & Tiaras
Got one this week! I have been obsessed with Toddlers & Tiaras, it’s just so addictive. I cannot stop watching the programme it’s definitely car-crash TV and I love it, seeing the deluded pageant mom’s [sic] parade their daughters around like dolls is probably something that I should be appalled by but nope. If you’ve not seen it you should really give it a go, you’ll be hooked!
A La Carte Cosmetics – Brow Ink – Taupe
I bought this in a blog sale for one English pound a couple of weeks ago and my eyebrows have never looked better. I’m not one to bother with my eye brows really but as they are so fair I probably should do, and since I got this pen I’ve been doing it daily! I’m not sure if it’s exactly the right shade for me but I do love the definition that it gives, and it lasts all day (and longer if you forget to remove make-up!) without fading or smudging.
You can buy it here for £22
Event of this week is a boring work type event, this week I went to my first meeting with a parent (and my manager – they haven’t just let me loose on the ‘rents solo!) of one of the students that I support. It was quite interesting to be able to meet the parent and hear their views on what would be best for their child and how the school can best support them. It definitely gave me a deeper insight into the child and where they came from, so to speak. Definitely won’t be so scared next time either!
The lovely Hayley from Strangeness & Charm has just set up this little shop selling her nail art on false nails! There are only a few designs on there at the moment but they are stunning! I particularly love the Wise Owls – so cute! If you’re into nail art but are not at all skilled (like moi!) then this might be a good way to fake it! The designs are really reasonably priced too (£4-6).
I met Becca at an event a couple of months ago and when I got home and checked out her blog it was love at first sight. Becca posts amazing OOTD’s, skincare and beauty as well as hauls and reviews. One of those blogs that always has something to catch your attention and that you end up reading for hours.
Hope that you’ve all had a lovely week!


A Summer Playlist (Because I’ve Decided I’m Just Going to Ignore the Rain Now!)


Some of my most favourite summery songs that always remind me of happy times spent out in the sunshine. Here is a link to the YouTube playlist I made of all the songs so you can have a listen to them all: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL69A3840B48E68D1F

What are your favourite summer songs?

Don’t forget to nominate Paperbacks & Postcards in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards! The category is Best Established Beauty Blog – Here’s a link to the site: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/blogs/cosmo-blog-awards-2012/cosmo-blog-awards-2012_nominate


My Life in Pictures.

A little glimpse at my life through the medium of Instagram, I love the app and use it most days to take pictures of my daily goings on.
My username is: @paperbackspostcards
If you do these kinds of post hit me up with some links please as they are some of my favourites to read :)


NOTW: Mismatched

Sorry about the messiness! But I’m so proud of that leopard print finger – never been able to do that before!
What do you think?


Cosmetics à la Carte Brow Ink–Taupe

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Cosmetics à la Carte Brow Ink – Taupe - £22.00

What They Say

Water-based, super long-wearing ink to enhance brows, use as a natural eyeliner, or for semi-permanent body art. Skinny tip pen applicator for hair-line strokes on the skin to enhance colour and density or for tinting up pale brows. Removes with cleanser. Dermatologically and ophthalmologically approved.

How To Apply

Quickly transform brows in need of attention with this latest miracle product. Apply in small strokes to create the illusion of hair. A semi-Permanent, precise and controlled smudge-proof way of filling in or lengthening your eyebrows without risking the permanent alternative.

057   058064

What I Thought

I LOVE this product! It’s really easy to apply and it stays all day long. As the tip is so fine it makes it really easy to create very thin brush strokes that look exactly like brow hairs and therefore add density and more depth to the brows. The tip is quite flexible though and this is both a good and bad thing, it sometimes makes it tricky to be precise but on the other hand it makes it easier to use the very tip of the brush to create tiny strokes. Another bonus of the pen is the staying power, this ink does not budge all day long – you have to actually remove it with a cleanser!
The only problem for me is that the shade of this pen is maybe a little dark for me but I’m willing to work with it as my brows have never looked better!

Would I Repurchase?

For £22? No I would not, but if I see any of these lurking around blog sales for a couple of quid I’ll definitely be purchasing!
Have you tried this product?
Which brow products do you use?


Cosmopolitan Blog Awards


It’s that time of the year again, the time when the lovely folks at Cosmo are on the hunt for the best bloggers in a range of topics (fashion, beauty, food, sex and relationships) and also for the most social media savvy blogger and the best newcomer (sponsored by Next).

I’d love it if you’d nominate Paperbacks & Postcards as Best Established Beauty Blog (as it’s over 18 months old!) for me.

The URL to the blog is: http://paperbacks-and-postcards.blogspot.co.uk/

And the blog is over a year old.

The link to make your nomination is: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/blogs/cosmo-blog-awards-2012/cosmo-blog-awards-2012_nominate

Thank you very much for following this blog.



A bit late today, oops! But in my defence I’ve been away all weekend and only got back this afternoon so this was left to the last minute! Anyway, how are we all doing? I think I’m going to add a little ‘Hall of Fame’ for my blogs of the week over there ---> at some point so that I (and you) have a little list of some great blogs when we need something to read!
Nine Black Alps – Get Your Guns

Nine Black Alps are a band that I’ve seen live countless times, and listening to their music and this album in particular always reminds me of travelling off around the country to see them. One time I went to see them and I had just dyed my hair purple and I danced/moshed about and got all sweaty and it made my hair run so it looked like my sweat was purple. Gross/Amazing.
Neither! I don’t know if I’m just having some kind of memory lapse but I honestly cannot think of a time that I’ve actually sat down and watched TV or read anything this week! Except for blogs of course, I’m always reading them! Been super busy this week with lots of travelling and going out so not much time for sitting. Hopefully this section will be more exciting next week!
Avene Eau Thermale
Avene Eau Thermale for Sensitive Skin

This little beaut is one of my most favourite products ever, I had forgotten this though until I repurchased it last week. It is basically a can of water that you spritz over your face to refresh or set make-up. I really love the way that this makes my skin feel when I spray it on after cleansing as a toner type dealio, which is odd because it’s essentially just some water in a spray can. I also use this to set my make-up sometimes and to add a bit of life to my face if I’ve put a bit too much powder on. But the best use for this product is for hangovers. When you are hungover and spritz this on your face you feel so much better, especially if you’re in public/ travelling. I had the hangover from hell yesterday and this made me feel so much better!

You can buy Avene products in Boots


The cause of said hangover was a night out in Preston with my bestest friend Vicki, this is a monthly affair and is my favourite weekend of the month. I spent far too much money this weekend, on ridiculous amounts of sambuca. I honestly can’t remember much of the night except that people in Preston don’t mosh – so odd. If people have worked out how to mosh in the tiny place that I live in I’m sure they could have grasped it in Preston but no. I do remember feeling sick towards the end of the night and not getting any takeaway food or crisps from the shop (shocking!) and I remember going to be friends with the hotel toilet when we got back. Lovely. The next day I was nauseous from the go, I had some salt and vinegar sticks for breakfast that were promptly thrown up and spent the rest of the day running to bathrooms until I had to book another hotel and go and sleep off my hangover! I even surprise myself with my stupidness sometimes. I just could not face sitting on a train for three hours throwing up all the time lol.
We’ve all been there haven’t we?

I’ve long been a fan of Tatty Devine jewellery, it’s just so bright and quirky and you can spot it a mile off. I’ve made them my shop of the week this week as they are having a Super Sample Sale this bank holiday weekend online and in their Brick Lane store in London! There are some great bargains on the website at the moment and I wish I had enough pennies to be able to buy something!

Sophia’s blog is new to me but after she had left me some lovely comments on this blog I had to go and check hers out too, I was immediately drawn in by the name of the blog as I adore tattoos and am so jealous of anyone that’s decisive enough to get one! But when I started reading the blog last night I was hooked, I read every single post and would have commented on them all if the iPad had allowed it (and it wouldn’t have seemed a little bit stalkery!). Sophia posts a range of different things, make-up reviews and looks, hauls and day in the life style posts that are full of pictures of food. Everything you could want from a blog, and she’s easy on the eyes too (wish I could pull off nude lippies as well as she does!).

Check out Sophia’s blog here
And her twitter here

Hope you’ve all had an amazing week! I shall be back with a post tomorrow : )