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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 ...



If you’re anything like me you’ll be constantly buying hair grips/bobby pins/Kirby grips/whatever you want to call them as they tend to get lost pretty easily, I have had about 400 floating around at the bottom of my work bag as I’m always taking them out of my hair and just chucking them in there. My nan has a vase in the living room that’s full of them too, as she’s always picking them up off the floor. The other day I had a brainwave, when I finished eating some Tic Tics I discovered that the little plastic container was the perfect size to store my hair grips in and to pop in my handbag for any hair gripping emergencies. You can probably fit about 20 hair grips in it and the handy opening makes it easy to slide them out when you need to.

Here’s how to do it (I’m sure you can work out how I did it to be fair):
1. Eat your Tic Tacs (I highly recommend the Strawberry Fields flavour, they are amazing!)
2. Collect up any hair grips from the bottom of your bag
3. Peel off the sticky label from the Tic Tac packet.
4. Remove the lid and pop your hair grips inside.
5. Tape the lid back on (You don’t have to do this but the lid didn’t feel very secure once the label had been peeled off)
6. Decorate your new hairgrip holder (or leave it plain!)

No more loose hair grips in the bottom of your bag! And you’ll always have some for those bad hair days now. You could also wrap a hair bobble or two around the packet too so you have all your hair essentials in one place.

P.S. I'm guest posting over at the Tattooed Tea Lady today, to check my post out click here


Marc Jacobs Petite Flowers - Daisy Eau So Fresh




Marc Jacobs Petite Flowers– Daisy Eau So Fresh On the Go! – 20ml - £25

How adorable is this?! I bought it about a month ago as a reward for going to the dentist about 759 times in the space of 2 weeks. I’ve always been a fan of the Daisy Eau So Fresh fragrance by Marc Jacobs as to me it smells just like parma violets. What more could you want from a fragrance? It’s also a lot more floral than my other fragrances and just smells nice and fresh and summery. The packaging is obviously the key reason why I finally took the plunge, it’s a flower. A cute little flower. It’s a nice size too, perfect for keeping in your handbag and the petals are made of a sort of rubbery plastic so it’s quite durable.

What’s your favourite summer fragrance?



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Boots Skincare Haul

I popped into Boots the other day and noticed that the Botanics skincare was on offer (1/3 off, I believe!) so I took that as a message from the gods to purchase some of the bits and bobs everyone’s been raving about. I always thought that the Botanics products were really pricey but it seems I’ve just made that up as everything was really reasonably priced, even before the discount. I’m loving the rebrand too, it all looks so modern and swish and I love the white packaging. I picked up the elusive Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm to see if it will rival Liz Earle or my Ultra Bland cleanser from Lush, I’m yet to try it but once I do I’ll review it. I also picked up the Rosewater Toner which is in a handy spray bottle – is it just me that loves toners that you can just spritz at your face without faffing with cotton pads? I bought this mostly because I made my friend Vicki buy it a couple of weeks ago and it was fab, really refreshing and it smells nice. I then picked up some of the face wipes from Botanics as I needed some new ones in stock for when I’m too tired/lazy to properly remove le make-up, these seem pretty good so far!
From No 7 I picked up the Cleansing Water with my last remaining £5 off voucher (they’re not in action at the mo, boo!). Everyone has been singing the praises of cleansing waters of late so I wanted to give a budget friendly version a go, I’ve not used it yet (as I have no cotton wool left!) but when I do I’ll let you know how it goes!
Have you tried anything from the Botanics/No 7 Skincare ranges at Boots?
Anything I need to look out for next time I’m instore?
Have you entered my giveaway yet?
You could win a pair of Hunter wellies worth £79!


FOTD–Stila Convertible Color–Gladiola



Garnier Roll-on Anti-dark circles|Stila Convertible Color – Gladiola|Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturiser – Fair|

By Terry Eye Shadow – Pearly Rye|17 Peep Show Mascara

Following Tuesday’s post on the Stila Convertible Color Laura requested a FOTD to see the product in action, it’s taken a while but I’ve finally got round to it! I really love the colour of this product on the cheeks as it gives a subtle orangey/peach glow and isn’t as vibrant as it looks in the pan. The formulation is lovely too – it sinks in with ease and doesn’t stay moist on the skin. I also used it on my lips and I quite like the way it looks but it did enhance the dry bits of my lips a bit which isn’t so good! The colour is lovely though, not as bright as I usually go but perfect for every day!


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L’Oreal Paris Summer Styling Event


A couple of weeks ago I popped down to London to go to the L’Oreal Paris Summer Styling Event, I was so excited when my invite popped up in my inbox – it’s not every day you get invited to go see the latest products of a top haircare supplier! The day arrived and I hopped on the train straight from work and found myself in a little park just off Oxford Street, it was chucking it down, I had no coat and my shoe had just broken. Glam, eh? I’d arrived far too early for the event so was just sat on a bench trying to hide from the rain and trying to decide what the big building to my right was, the men with machine guns and the giant golden eagle on the roof led me to believe it was the American Embassy? I phoned my nan, I always do this before events as I often go alone and I need someone to tell me to be brave enough to go inside, and we discussed my situation and I tried to fix my shoe – it didn’t work.

Anyway enough of that, the venue for the event was swish it was in one of those fancy town house type set-ups and the hairdressing room had these amazing gilt mirrors. I had my hair done by a lovely lady called Tina (i think) and we went for big bouncy curls that she created with a wide curling tong, as I was the first person to arrive I was chatting to all the stylists and they all loved my hair colour (so proud!), they were encouraging me to move to London so I don’t have to commute to events after work all the time and I also educated them about the usefulness of Twitter in the blogging world! My stylist used some of the new products in my hair and finished it off with a mist of the new illuminating Elnette hairspray that has light micro-reflectors in it. I forgot to take a picture of my finished ‘do but I will have a go at recreating it at some point.

I then went and had a nosy at the new products and had a chat with some other bloggers and YouTubers which was lovely, I really love meeting new people at events.

There are a few new products being launched, the new Elnette hairspray, some Elvive 60 Second Saviours (deep conditioning treatments), Elvive Extraordinary Hair Oils, Paraben-free Serums and a whole range of Matt & Messy texturising products.

Thanks to L’Oreal for inviting me! I had a lovely time and I can’t wait to get using all these new products. I will be doing full reviews of each of them as I use them so I can let you know of any must-haves.

Are you a fan of L’Oreal products?

Have you tried any of these new products yet?


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Remember to enter my giveaway for a pair of Navy Hunter wellies worth £79!

Click here to enter!


NATorigin Lipstick






[Left – Coral|Right – Fig]

Another natural and organic product from me today, 100% natural lipsticks. NATorigin lipsticks are quite famous in the natural/organic circuit, winning 4 awards including Best Lipstick at The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards 2012 for their quality. The formula of the lipsticks is quite sheer and moisturising but they definitely can be built up for a more vibrant result. The ingredients list is full of lovely oils and waxes that are there to soften and protect the lips, including Orchid extract that gives the lipsticks their smooth and soft texture. The natural ingredients make these lipsticks perfect for anyone with sensitive skin and allergies.

I chose 2 of the brightest sounding shades Coral and Fig and was kind of disappointed when I opened them up as they’re not the bright colours I was expecting. But then I remembered that there was no artificial colours or anything in the lipsticks and forgave them, the Coral shade is quite vibrant but it’s more of a brown/orange than straight up coral. I like the Fig shade as it’s pretty much the same shade as my lips (maybe a little darker) and it just evens them out nicely – perfect for work/lazy days.

They feel very moisturising when applied and stay quite glossy feeling for a while. I’m normally a fan of matte lipsticks but these are a welcome addition, they’re perfect for disguising dry lips and I think they might help cure them a little too! The staying power is ok, not the best but then they are sheer and moisturising lipsticks which aren’t famed for sticking around for hours. I got a couple of hours without reapplying.

I like the pink packaging too, it’s something a bit different to the sea of black lipstick packaging that’s around and I also like the satisfying click that the lid makes when it’s popped on! Some might think that, considering the price of the lipsticks, the packaging should perhaps reflect a more high-end image – but I don’t think the money is going on packaging, it’s going on the quality organic ingredients isn’t it?

In summary, I think these are perfect for someone a bit more mature than I who enjoys a muted colour on the lips and who likes a sheer, moisturising finish. At the moment, I prefer something super bright and matte but I’m gonna hang on to these for the days when I feel a bit more sensible/need to look professional.

The lipsticks cost £15.50* each and are available from the NATorigin website.

What do you think?


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LUSH A Million Kisses Lip Tint

I think A Million Kisses was released with the Valentines’ collection this year, it’s a beautiful dark raspberry red shade that is scented with rose (it’s quite a sweet rose smell though, not the traditional ‘rose’ scent). The lip tint is quite moisturising when applied and doesn’t enhance any dry bits. The staying power is amazing, it sticks around for hours – I find it’s best to blot it when applied though as this enhances the lasting power – I also prefer the matte look that this gives. I applied this lip tint with my Retractable Japonesque Lip Brush as it’s a bit too pigmented to apply with my fingers, the brush made it much easier to apply the lip tint neatly (if you are more careful than I am I’m sure you could pop it on with your finger though). You can’t feel it on your lips either which I think is a positive, I hate being able to feel product on my lips – why I hate lipgloss/glossy lipsticks. Out of all the lip tints that I’ve tried from Lush this is definitely the most pigmented, it also tastes amazing.
Have you tried any of the lip tints from Lush?
What’s your favourite lip colour to wear?


STILA Convertible Color–Gladiola

Stila’s Convertible Color’s are a multi-purpose product that can be used as a cheek or lip colour, they provide a sheer hint of colour to the skin that can also be built up to provide a more vibrant effect. Gladiola is a lovely bright orange shade that is perfect for adding a pop of colour to both fair and darker skin tones. To use the product as a blush I would recommend using a stippling brush to apply the product to the cheek so that you don’t apply too much product and so that it is easier to blend out. When applying to the lips I just use my finger to pop it on, but you could also use a lip brush. The product is creamy and easy to blend and it has pretty good staying power once it’s on, I find that popping a similar shade of powder blush over the top of these really makes a lovely effect on the skin, try Benefit’s Coralista over Gladiola for a coral cheek that is sure to wow everyone.
Have you tried any of the Stila Convertible Color’s?
Are you a fan of multi-use products?


YOUR Beauty @ M&S–Virtual Manicure

You might remember me talking about the new beauty departments at M&S a couple of months ago, well there has been exciting developments with the website too. There has been a virtual makeover tool on the site for a while now (which is actually really fun and is a good time-waster) and they have just launched a virtual manicure tool too!

You can try on the whole selection of nail polish that M&S offers including the Leighton Denny polishes that are available at M&S now. I found this a really fun way of nail polish shopping and I spent far too long trying on all the different colours, my two favourites are:

imageimage          M&S Limited Collection – Slate Blue                        M&S Autograph – Dark Blue

Will you be giving this a go?

Have any of you visited the new beauty hall’s at M&S yet?


Festival Fashion + Giveaway!


It is well and truly festival season here in the UK, and so I bring you my festival fashion wishlist. I’m off to Hyde Park on Thursday for the Olympic Torch Relay Finale and it’s going to be festivally (technical term.) so I’ve been planning my outfit and make-up for weeks (I live a sheltered life…). Here’s what I’ve come up with, what do you think?

The lovely folk over at Simply Hike have decided to be extra specially lovely and have given me a pair of Navy Hunter Wellies (worth £79!) to give away! Simply Hike is the sister company to Simply Beach (I posted about them here) and specialises in camping equipment and Hunter Wellies. So, perfect for any of you that are off to a festival where you’ve got to camp out!

To enter just fill in the Rafflecopter form below:

The giveaway will end at 12:01am on the 31st July 2012, and the winner will be announced shortly after and they must get back to me before the 1st August with their shoe size and address so that I can pass it on to the company.
Please check the terms and conditions above (in the Rafflecopter box) before entering!
UK only



I’ve loved Bloc Party for a long, long time and this song from the Silent Alarm album is a new favourite. I’ve always disregarded it in favour of some of the classics that are on that album but I think it’s one of the best songs on there now that I’ve given it a chance. It’s just nice and chilled out and relaxing, perfect bath music.

TV or BOOK| The Lottie Project – Jacqueline Wilson
I bought this in a charity shop yesterday as it was one of my favourite books when I was a child, I’ve just started re-reading it and it’s just as good as I remember! Paid £1.75 for it though! Bit steep for a charity shop!

PRODUCT| L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil
This product is amazing, I’ve been popping it on to my hair before washing it and it makes my hair so lovely and soft! It adds some much needed moisture and vibrance into my hair. Look out for a full review at some point in the near future!

EVENT| Last day of work!
Summer holidays are finally here! I’ve been counting down since about Easter! Blogging will be on the increase as I have nothing else to do for 6 weeks.

Plastic Bat is another one of those jewellery shops that sells acrylic jewellery – my favourite. I love the cameo necklaces in particular, and also the glitter pieces. Everything is really reasonably priced and shipping is only £2.50 (for purchases under £25) so that’s a Brucie bonus isn’t it?

The lovely Hannah writes Two Grazed Knees and I was lucky enough to meet her a couple of weeks ago at the blogger meet in London. I have been reading her blog for a long time now though and I love it as there’s more than just beauty/fashion, Hannah also lets us know her opinions on current trends (50 Shades…) and you can tell she’s an extremely intelligent person.




‘Sweet as a nut, sweet like Tropicana’ I always get that bit stuck in my head! And you can use it in your daily life if you’re a weirdo like me that likes to quote songs when going about your business. I’m going to see Dizz in a couple of weeks at the Olympic Torch Relay Finale shindig in Hyde Park. So excited!
How amazing is Outnumbered? I’m seriously late to the party with this one, I’ve been catching up with the first series on Netflix this weekend and I’m currently acquiring series 2 & 3 to devour over the summer holidays. This programme is so funny and I just adore Karen, definitely the best character. I’m not a fan of Ben though – he’s just annoying. The show follows the daily lives of a family (Mum, Dad & 3 children) and it’s hilarious, exactly like a normal family -  no tarting up or embellishments.
If you’ve not seen it, definitely go and watch it!
Product| Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask – Lush
I bought this little beauty last Saturday and I have used it about 5 times since then, I’ve had a flare up of spots on my chin (silly hormones!) and this has done wonders. I did a full review of the product here.
Event| L’Oreal Summer Styling Event
I popped down to London on Wednesday evening to get my hair did by the lovely folks at L’Oreal. I went for a curled style with nice big and bouncy curls – you know, the kind of curls that you always want but can never achieve? The stylist used some of the new L’Oreal products too, can’t wait to give them a proper try out and let you know all about them. The event was at an amazing venue that was very swish and was in a great Location, I had a really good time and got to meet some new bloggers and YouTubers too.
Look out for a post about the new ranges this week.
I’m sure we’re all familiar with ASOS aren’t we? But I’ve been loving browsing the sale this week – I may have ordered several dresses… If you’ve not checked the sale out yet, definitely do, there are some really bargainous pieces.
I’ve loved Stephie’s blog for a long time now – since I started following her on Twitter a couple of months ago. I particularly enjoy her ‘ Work Week in Outfits’ posts as I work in a school like she does and it provides great outfit inspiration. She’s also partial to a bit of red lippie too so she’s definitely a keeper. You should follow her on Instagram as she posts her outfits daily there – will link her username below.
Stephie’s Twitter| Instagram – disney_stephie

How has your week been?


Why don’t we tell people about our blogs?

At an event last night I was chatting with some other bloggers and the topic of conversation turned to who we’d told about our blogs/YouTube channels, almost everyone said that they hadn’t told anyone in the beginning and had only started telling people that were close to them once they’d been blogging a while and had mild success with it.

Aren’t we part of a community that strives to make everyone feel good and to be themselves?

Then why aren’t we proud of what we do? All of the hard work that goes into blogging; the writing, the endless photographing, being a part of 4 billion online networking sites, actual real life networking at press events and spending hundreds of pounds on the latest products. If blogging was our full time profession we’d be complimented on our hard-work and dedication but as a hobby it’s one that most of us keep secret.

Maybe it’s because it’s an internet-based hobby, it’s weird for older generations that perhaps aren’t as reliant on technology? Or just for people that don’t spend as much time online as we do? We don’t think people would understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it? We think they might judge us negatively?

I’m guilty. I haven’t outwardly told anyone about Paperbacks & Postcards. My friends and family just found it (because I am a rubbish secret keeper!). I don’t know why I didn’t tell anyone when I started it; I guess I was just a bit shy and didn’t think anyone would be interested really. I had a goal in my head of when I thought my blog was worthy to be shared with my ‘real life’, I passed it and then thought it was a little bit late to tell anyone. I’m less shy about it now though, but I still wouldn’t outwardly mention it to someone unless they asked me about it first.

I just wish that I had had the bravery? to tell people from the start, I’ve had nothing but good feedback and it’s changed my life completely. I would have never imagined that I’d be popping to London 5 or 6 times a month to go to PR events, attending meet-ups with people I’d never met before, and writing pretty much every single day 2 years ago. But I am and I’m proud of what I do.

We need to listen to our own advice sometimes, let’s be proud of what we’ve achieved!

Are you a ‘secret blogger’?

How long did it take you to tell your friends and family about your blog?


LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

Catastrophe Cosmetic - £5.75 for 75g

Catastrophe Cosmetic is one of Lush’s fresh face masks and it is perfect for oily/acne prone skin that is also a bit sensitive. It has Irish moss gel to soften the skin, Almond Oil to moisturise, fresh blueberries to detoxify, rose absolute and chamomile to reduce irritation and redness, and calamine and talc to deep clean and soothe the skin.

The mask is meant to be used quite regularly to deep cleanse the skin and keep those spots at bay. I find using it 3 or 4 times a week will sort out any break outs and prevent any new ones occurring!

When you first apply the mask you look like Violet Beauregarde but your skin feels instantly cool, I like this feeling – it feels like the mask is doing something. I apply the mask all over my face avoiding the eyes and mouth but I normally apply a bit more on any active breakouts. The mask sets in around 5 minutes and I leave it on for about 10 (if you leave it on too long it starts crumbling off and you have bits of blueberry all over the house). The mask is soothing on any spots and seems to dry them up a little whilst the mask is on.

To remove the mask I use warm (normally burning hot actually but probably best not to recommend that) water and a muslin cloth, you have to make sure you remove it properly or your face has a slight blue tinge!

After I’ve washed the mask off my face feels non-oily, almost like I’ve powdered and my skin feels smooth. My skin tone looks even and any redness has been reduced.

I will definitely repurchase this again, I think I’m on my 3rd or 4th tub and it still works wonders for me.


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ASOS £100 Challenge

The lovely girls over at The Discount Coder Blog are running a competition to win a £100 ASOS voucher, all you have to do is pop over to ASOS and put together an outfit for £100 or less and blog about it. Then let the girls know by commenting on their blog. The closing date is 31st July.

Here is my entry:


Shoes: £32|Top: £34|Skirt: £8.50|Belt: £4|Socks: £4|Bracelet: £15|Ring: £2 = £99.50

We’ve clearly got a bit of a pink theme going on, not sure why to be honest – I don’t wear pink that often, maybe it’s my subconscious sending me a message?

Anyways, I’m a big fan of pairing casual tees with girly skirts and manly shoes. Probably my most favourite kind of outfit to wear. The t-shirt featured above is from WILD FOX and is one of their ripped rock tees, the shade is ghost lavender and I love it, I think it gives this outfit the right amount of toughness. I love the dip-dyed skirt too, and belted with the floral belt will add the right amount of clash (I think so anyway!). I’d tuck the t-shirt in, perhaps leaving it a little baggy. I’d use the silver toe ring as a little finger ring and stick it on the same hand as the studded bracelet. And to top it off, you can’t beat shiny brogues with frilly socks can you?

Have you entered this competition?

What do you think of my outfit?


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L’Occitane Eau Universelle Cologne




L’Occitane Eau Universelle Cologne – 300ml - £37*

Summer in a bottle anyone? A rather large bottle at that, L’Occitane’s new colognes are just the ticket for summer – the light fruity scent of Eau Universelle is sure to be a reminder of sunnier climes even if Britain is stuck under rain clouds.

Eau Universelle is a unisex fragrance that has top notes of bergamot and grapefruit; middle notes of Petitgrain and geranium and base notes of woody amber. When it’s first applied it smells very citrussy (that’ll be the bergamot and grapefruit…) but it dies down to quite a subtle fragrance that always gets compliments when I wear it. As the fragrance is a Cologne it’s not meant to last for a long time on the skin but I find Eau Universelle lasts a good few hours and I can often still smell it on my scarf at the end of the work day.

The cologne can be used in a number of ways; L’Occitane suggest that you apply it with your hands to your neck and behind your ears for an invigorating effect (I apply it like this and it does wonders for perking you up in the morning!), you can also use it as a body splash after showering or sport and you can even add a couple of cap fulls into your bath to give it a nice scent.

As the bottle is so huge I don’t mind re-applying this throughout the day, it’s quite nice to be liberal with fragrances especially one this refreshing. When the weather has been warm I’ve been re-applying this a few times a day to refresh myself and the citrus fragrance is brilliant when you’re flagging a bit in the afternoon.

Whilst we’re talking about the bottle, isn’t it pretty? I love the herringbone pattern on the glass and the font is really lovely and ‘vintagey’ too. I think this cologne would make a lovely gift just on the bottle alone, it looks amazing on my dressing table.

Have you tried any of L’Occitane’s colognes? Or their fragrances?


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