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Favourites: May 2013

May Favourites 2013
It’s the end of another month (praise the lord, it’s pay day!) and that means it’s time for my monthly favourites! I’ve not done a favourites post for a little while but I’ll try to keep it brief. This month I’ve been mostly playing it safe with my make-up going for old favourites but there have been a few new products that I’ve fallen head over heels for.

How amazing is this colour? It’s such a pretty shade of blue that really brightens up your tips giving them a fresh look for springtime. I’ve worn this multiple times this month, definitely worth a swatch if you see it anywhere. You can see it in action in this post.
I sought far and wide for this little beauty, after seeing it on Karla Powell’s Instagram a couple of months ago I fell in love. I finally got my hands on it at the start of this month from Cute Cosmetics and it’s been the only lip product I’ve used this month (aside from lip balm), it might have even knocked Queen Ruby Woo off her throne! It’s a liquid lipstick that dries completely matte and stays on your lips for hours, it smells amazing, it looks amazing and it was only £11.50! Bonus.
I’ve had this eye shadow in my collection for about a year now, when the Bourjois Light collection came out I bought all 3 shades and used them all the time for highlighting but I had kind of forgotten about them until recently. I’ve been especially loving shade 02 which has a blue tint to it, it’s perfect for brightening up the inner corner of the eye!
My go-to foundation nowadays, it’s got amazing coverage, a flawless finish and it’s staying-power is unrivalled. The shade Shell is perfect for my skintone too, just enough pink without creating an orangey look. I’ve been wearing this on nights out and to job interviews lately to ensure that my skin looks it’s best.
5| L’Occitane The Vert & Bigarade Fragrance
I’ve worn this every day since I received it, it’s such a fresh, fruity scent that really gives your mood a boost when you smell it. I find myself reapplying it throughout the day just to build up the layers of scent on my skin/clothes. It’s such a beautiful summer scent that is great for men and women, me and the boyfriend have dubbed it our ‘adventure’ perfume that we’re going to take on our trips away.
What a beauty! The formula of these new cream blushes by Bourjois is incredible, smooth cream until blended when it becomes the most light powdery texture that is completely at one with the complexion. I particularly like this shade, Nude Velvet, as it’s perfect for everyday and it adds a healthy glow to the face. You will not regret trying this product out!
My current daily ‘foundation’, I’m pretty sure it’s a little bit dark for me but it blends out like a dream so it’s all good in the hood. This has great coverage and it leaves the skin looking fresh and dewy but the skin feels completely matte! No sliding around the face after a couple of hours, even in hot temperatures! Bonus. It also has SPF 30 so it’s going to be perfect for summer too.
What are your favourite products from May?


Life: Town Traditions–Rowell Fair Proclamation









Rothwell Proclamation – 27th May 2013

Between the hours of 6 and 7am on the Proclamation day the inhabitants of the usually sleepy town of Rothwell (Rowell) come out in force for a pub crawl fuelled by 800 years of history. The Proclamation of the fair is something that has happened every year on the Monday after Trinity Sunday, for the past few years the Proclamation has fallen on a Bank Holiday too, which makes the festivities even more spectacular.

In 1204 King John issued a royal charter which granted the town of Rothwell a weekly market and an annual fair, back in the day the fair was a horse fair and market which was quite reputable and people came from far and wide to sell their goods on. Nowadays it’s a fun fair that lasts a week and takes place in the market square in the centre of town.

The proclamation of the fair takes place on the first Monday of the fair, and it begins at 6am outside the church. At the stroke of 6, the bailiff of the Lord of the Manor reads out the charter whilst on horseback, the bailiff is guarded by halberdiers and the Rowell Fair Society Band. Once the charter has been read the band plays the national anthem and the crowd of merrymakers cheer “God Save the Queen and the Lord of the Manor”, the procession then moves on to it’s next destination; the charter is read at 10 locations around the small town of Rothwell. Each location is either a pub that is currently open or one that was once open, except for the first reading which is always at the church. After the charter has been read at each of it’s destinations the landlord of the pub offers the bailiff and his halberdiers an alcoholic drink, the traditional drink of Rowell Fair is Rum and Milk (yum…). Once the bailiff has drunk his drink he moves along to the next place, in his wake their is another tradition, the local youth try to disarm the halberdiers (they’re the ones carrying the blue poles with the sharp bits on top in the pics!) by having a scuffle in the street with the crowd cheering them on, this goes on for only a couple of minutes before the police blow a whistle and everyone continues to the next pub for the reading of the charter. This is the reason why a lot of young lads go to the proclamation, the combination of lots of alcohol and bravado means that everyone gets involved! This is repeated at all the pubs in town and the entire proclamation lasts about an hour and a half, the pubs open at 6am and stay open all day and it’s tradition to go and have a Rowell Fair breakfast after the proclamation has finished – nearly all of the pubs offer this and there is quite the decision to be made!

Everyone then generally continues drinking for most of the day and the pubs have entertainment and food on. It really is a lovely day where the entire community of Rothwell comes together to have a day of fun which has happened for hundreds of years, I know most people join in for the alcohol but I really enjoy being a part of something historical and traditional. It makes me feel happy to be a ‘local’ and even when I move away from Rothwell I can see myself returning for the Proclamation each year – it’s something I’ve done since I was a little girl, I’m not gonna stop now!

Does your town have any traditions?


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New: NEOM Limited Edition Enchantment Candle

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The first thing I want to say is check out the packaging on this bad boy, isn’t it gorgeous?! How amazing would it be to receive this as a gift? The pretty outer packaging is reminiscent of the lovely scent inside, bluebell, sweet guaiacwood and rose is a cheeky little combination that epitomises springtime. It’s fresh and floral without being too heavy and it really is a delightful fragrance which evokes a sense of happiness in everyone that gives it a sniff.
Back to the packaging, Enchantment comes in special limited edition packaging a white glass jar which is much prettier than the usual clear glass and a special wooden cap to keep the dust out when it’s not being burned. The white glass looks amazing when the candle is lit, it gives a slightly subtler glow than usual and adds a bit more warm light to the room. It looks perfect on my dressing table or on my bookshelf in the hallway and the scent is perfect for both rooms, it’s quite a fresh scent that is lovely when you first get home and are greeted by it.
For every Enchantment candle sold, NEOM will be donating £1 to the Woodland Trust to help maintain and improve the woodlands of Great Britain. NEOM will also be helping the Woodland Trust by helping them plant some new trees – that’s dedication! And what a great cause to help out, Britain’s woodlands are some of the prettiest around and I admire anyone that’s working to help keep them thriving especially big companies like NEOM.
The Enchantment candle is a perfect gift for anyone that loves a fresh, floral scent and would make the ideal housewarming gift. Who wouldn’t want their home to smell like springtime year round?
Anyone else a fan of NEOM?


Dream Home: Living Room

Today brings a new series for Paperbacks & Postcards, Dream Home. Over the next few weeks I will be bringing you my dream home inspiration, room by room. I really love home furnishings and decorating so I thought I’d share my plans with you, I also have been pinning more homey type things over on Pinterest recently if you fancy checking that out.
Today is the turn of the Living Room, the centre of the home for me, a place for both relaxation and entertainment. I’m loving a more modern bright look lately, I’m kind of over the whole shabby chic look in the lounge, that should be reserved for the bedroom I think. I love clashing colours and prints, mixing new styles with old and generally creating a mish-mash of cool. I prefer to choose quite plain furniture with bold shapes and colours and then adding pattern and texture with the accessories, then you can just change these to fit in with current trends and your tastes. The Egg Chair is amazing isn’t it? I love the shape of it and I imagine that it’s super comfy to relax in after a long day at work; paired with the curved white sofa I think they would create a great foundation for a living room. The locker cabinet would be perfect as a TV cabinet with extra storage for all those ugly wires and things underneath, the console table could double up as a little blogging desk too with the right chair. The striped rug is something I’ve always wanted in my home, a large bright centrepiece to pull all the colours in the room together – this one isn’t badly priced either! The retro wall clock is another favourite of mine, I love the bold lines and the rounded square shape.
Do you have your dream home in mind?
Am I the only one that seems to spend more time looking at furniture than make-up nowadays?
All images are sourced from the websites listed in the links below the collage. They do not belong to Paperbacks & Postcards.


Wish List: Stationery

It’s getting close to pay day so it’s wish list time! Since I got my new job I’ve been obsessed with stationery, I have my own little office now so I’m loving buying cute stationery for it. I use about four thousand post-it notes a day so the apple shaped post-it dispenser would be perfect for my desk, I hate it when I can’t find my post-its! The floral tin would be great for storing my coloured pens and pencils in and anything I don’t want stolen by the children (sweets!). The magazine file and lever-arch folder are pretty filing solutions, we have a lot of files hanging around that need somewhere nice to live and the notebooks would be great for writing my daily to-do lists in. Oh, and that sellotape dispenser – adorable!
Any other stationery addicts in the house?
Where’s your favourite place to buy stationery?
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Six on Sunday: 2.2


1| Music – Stay – Rihanna
I’m not normally a Rihanna fan, except for Pon De Replay – that’s an excellent song, but I have fallen in love with Stay. I really love the piano in it, I love piano music and this simple tune is lovely. Rihanna’s voice sounds amazing too, nice and pure without any fancy effects added. I’ve had this song stuck in my head for weeks now, what do you think?
I’ve become obsessed with watching Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares on YouTube. Have you seen the ‘Amy’s Baking Company’ one yet? So good! I have a little bit of a crush on Gordon too, I love how angry he gets. My favourite bit of the show is when he does the restaurant makeover bit, such a girl, I love how he transforms each restaurant so it’s given a new lease of life. I much prefer the US series as all the dramatic music and crying makes it even better. Any other fans in the house?
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For the past two weeks I’ve been taking part in the Escentual.com Blind Micellar Water Trial and I’ve really enjoyed trying out all of the different samples. Some have been better than others but it’s been really interesting to thoroughly test them out and really see if they work or not. I’ve just completed the survey that completes the trial and I can’t wait to see the results, I think Sample G is my favourite.

4| Event – Half-term
It’s half-term again now, and I’m so excited! It’s great to have a break from work every so often and I’m lucky that my job allows me to have holidays all the time. I’ve got lots of plans for my week off and even though I don’t get paid until the end of it (lame!) I’m sure it’s gonna be fun!
5| Shop – NEXT (Homeware)
Another homeware choice, I’m seriously loving homeware at the momento – mostly because boyfriend said we can move out soon, we even have a special secret Pinterest board for homey things we like. I am loving the lamp selection at NEXT lately, they have some really quirky lamps that would look ace amongst all my other home furnishings. I am especially loving this Little House Light (£30) and the Bobbins Promenade Mini Lamp (£32), aren’t they adorable? I’ve always admired NEXT’s homeware section, ever since I was little and my mum used to get the Next Directory. I can definitely see a little purchase being made soon…
6| Blog – Countess Du Blush
Ahh Clara, lovely Clara. I started watching her YouTube videos years ago and they were always my favourites. I’m so glad that she’s started a blog, it’s brilliant, full of fashion and make-up and her writing style is captivating. Go check her out!

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week!
Image Credits: Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares | Little House Lamp | Bobbin Lamp


Nails: Gold Polka Dots




Another Sharpie manicure today, loving the red and gold combo here. Reminds me of Gryffindor. The Sharpie works well for nail art but you need to make sure that you put a top coat on once it’s dry or it’ll wash off after a few days. I love the red shade too, it’s quite a dark red but it’s still vibrant and the gold makes it pop.

What’s on your nails at the moment?


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New: Organic Surge Lavender Meadow Hand & Nail Cream

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Organic Surge – Lavender Meadow Hand & Nail Cream - £4.25*

Another beaut of a product from the lovely folk over at Organic Surge, and this Lavender scented lovely does not disappoint. It’s a lightweight formula which absorbs really quickly to give your hands a moisture boost and it smells super fresh too. I’ve used it on my cuticles and fingernails too and it does a good job on getting rid of any dry bits around your nails, it didn’t irritate any sore patches either. I’ve been keeping this hand cream in my desk at work for when I’m feeling a bit stressed and having a ‘googling puppies’ moment to make myself feel better, the lavender scent is really soothing and instantly makes me feel more calm (the puppies do help too…).

If you’re after a reasonably priced organic hand cream that’s free of nasties I’d definitely give this a go.

Are you a hand cream fan?

What’s your favourite?


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NEW: L’Oreal Super Liner Blackbuster Intense Black Liquid Eyeliner

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L’Oreal Super Liner Blackbuster - £6.99

When I first saw this eyeliner I was intrigued, I’ve used the L’Oreal Super Liner eyeliners for years now (I love the Luminizer range) and thought I’d give this a go. I wish I hadn’t bothered. It’s dry, too bulky and not flexible enough to work well as an eyeliner. It drags when you try to apply it to your eyes and the shape makes it really difficult to get a fine line on the inner corner of your eye. Also the pigmentation is not great, you have to build up the product in layers to get an even black line. I’ve been storing it upside down too, to make sure that the felt-tip is saturated with product but that still hasn’t made any difference, so disappointing.

I would not recommend this product at all, if you’re going for a L’Oreal liquid liner I’d go for the regular Super Liner!

Have you tried this? Were you disappointed too?


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Wishlist: Cute Cardigans

1| Royal Blue – Dorothy Perkins 2| Knitted – Topshop 3| Hearts – Lipsy (Available at Next)
4| Stripe/Spot - White Stuff Clothing (you can get some at Collectables) 5| Floral – Cath Kidston

If you know me, you’ll know that not a day goes by where I don’t wear a cardigan. I’ve got a drawer full of the things, I indulge in lengthy conversations at work about them, I just love cardigans. I have plain ones and spotty ones and stripey ones and one that looks like a little sailor jacket and another that has bows on it. There’s always space for new family members in my cardigan crew and today I’m going to show you a few that have caught my eye recently.

Are you a cardigan fan?