Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
I always find it difficult to think about the previous year in the sense that it is hard to get a clear picture of what characterised those particular twelve months. It wasn't a great year in many ways (in terms of personal life), but I did turn 30 and have some fantastic moments too. I loved celebrating with my two best friends- friends I've had for around 18 years now!
It was also a year of picking up some new interests, for example, finding a love for folk music and photography after purchasing my Sony A5000. And of course, it was in April that I started to blog more regularly and actually saw a small audience start to grow- something I'm really happy about. If you have read my blog this year, thank you very much! It is amazing to think that my hobby can be shared with others around the world! It is also a blessing that in today's age of technology, I can record my year in this blog- potentially as something to look back on for years to come!
So without further ado, I want to present to you: my year's favourites.
Labels: Benefit They're Real , father ted , Favourites , Haircare , Hourglass , IT Crowd , make-up , Music , nostalgic TV , Nude skincare , Peep Show , skincare , Topshop Joni Jeans
Sunday, 28 December 2014
We drove to Knole Park in Sevenoaks which is well-known for its beautiful scenery and wild deer. Of course, for me that meant a chance to take some photos! So without further ado, here is our winter walk in the bracing cold, complete with festive deer:
Labels: Boxing Day , Curiousities , deer park Kent , Knole park Sevenoaks , photography , Places of interest
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Labels: copper eyeshadow , make-up , Nars Fez swatch , Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder , Nars sheer glow , Teeez mascara , The Body Shop lipstick 315 , Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eyeliner
Sunday, 7 December 2014
|Father Christmas and The Snowman ornaments: gifts from the brother over the last few Christmases!|
Candles from Yankee Candle and Diptyque
Labels: Christmas home decor , Christmas tree , Curiousities , diptyque Resin candle , Favourites , Primark , Starbucks tree decoration , Yankee Candle
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Labels: Curiousities , Favourites , female protagonists , Feminist novels , Fraulein Else , Gone Girl , Jane Eyre , The Handmaid's Tale , Wuthering Heights Cathy
Sunday, 16 November 2014
|Patisserie Valerie, Post Office Road|
Labels: Bournemouth aids mural , Bournemouth beach , Bournemouth Pavilion , Bournemouth UK , Bournemouth Winter Gardens , Curiousities , duck photos , Patisserie Valerie , photography , Places of interest
Friday, 14 November 2014
|Left: Omega Cleansing jelly Right: Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash|
Labels: Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash , Dermalogica Microfoliant , Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm , Nude skincare , Omega Cleansing Jelly , Reviews , skincare , skincare for radiant skin
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Labels: ageing in women , attitudes to ageing , Curiousities , opinion on ageing , plastic surgery , Renee Zellweger
Monday, 10 November 2014
This post is dedicated to those that want some tips to make their room or home look cosy and personalized:
Labels: Advice , Ben de Lisi bedding , Curiousities , Customising your home , framing postcards , George Hughes art , home decor , storage , Yankee Candle
Saturday, 8 November 2014
|AA Cable Knit Pullover in Blossom;|
Topshop Joni Jeans
I took a big spending plunge with cable knit recently and purchased an American Apparel Cable Knit Pullover. Then I might have been really naughty and purchased a second one! After spending years buying cheap clothing, I now value 'investment pieces' so much more. The quality of these knits are great and the cropped fit suits my petite frame. I prefer a high content cotton mix because I feel these are more hardy and long-lasting than acrylic. These cable knit sweaters go with absolutely anything and can be made to look smart for work with a pencil skirt or suit trousers. I am so happy I paid a bit more because these are going to be staples in my wardrobe for years to come.
Labels: American Apparel Cable Knit Pullover , Byker Hill , Caudalie Vinoperfect , Dark Places , diptyque , Favourites , Galaxy chocolate spread , Netflix horror films , Ojon revitalizing mist , The Imagined Village
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
The Extreme conditioner is also a lovely treat for my hair type. It smells sweet and gives hair softness and protection. I like it so much that I'm planning to try the deep conditioner in the tub next for maximum hydration.
Labels: Aveda brilliant , Benefit They're Real , Curiousities , Diptyque Baies candle , Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm , make-up , Redken Blonde Idol , Sarah Chapman Skinesis , skincare , The Body Shop Fijan Water Lotus
Sunday, 2 November 2014
Monday, 27 October 2014
Labels: Mac Angel , Mac Craving , Mac lipsticks , Mac Shy Girl , Mac Viva Glam 1 , make-up , seasonal make-up
Thursday, 16 October 2014
|Top: Naked Basics Bottom: Naked 2 Basics|
Labels: make-up , Naked Basics 2 palette , Naked basics comparison , neutral eyeshadow palettes , Reviews , Urban Decay eyeshadow , Urban Decay Naked Basics
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Labels: Colab dry shampoo , Feel Unique , greasy hair , Haircare , Reviews , Ruth Crilly , second day hair
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Labels: By Terry hyaluronic hydra powder , healthy mix bourjois , Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush , l'oreal mascara , Lancome eyeliner , Laura Mercier secret concealer , make-up , Naked Basics 2 palette
Thursday, 9 October 2014
I purchased these adorable slippers from Next last month and they haven't been off my feet since! They cost £12 and they are really warm and cosy. I love how they are knitted with some metallic thread interwoven into them as it makes them quite festive. I wouldn't usually buy myself slippers (they're the type of thing I might get bought at Christmas), but I needed something to wear around the house other than socks.
Labels: Dark Places , Favourites , Fudge Dry Shampoo , Gillian Flynn , Louis Theroux , make-up , Naked Basics 2 palette , Nuxe Reve de Miel , Pick up biscuits , The Imagined Village
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Labels: Charles Worthington Texturizing Spray , Dryspun Bumble and Bumble , fine hair , Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray , Reviews , volumized hair , volumizing sprays
Monday, 6 October 2014
|Left to right: Angel, Natural, Peach|
I purchased three blushes from NYX some time last year and have been sporadically using them ever since. My blush reviews tend to be quite popular (people must have the same condition I have!), so I thought I'd review them.
Labels: affordable blush , make-up , NYX Angel , NYX Natural , NYX Peach , NYX Powder blush reviews , Reviews
Friday, 3 October 2014
|Left to right: Chino, Praline, Pink Chandelier, Stone, Champagne Truffle, Cocoa Berry|
Labels: Bobbi Brown matte eyeshadows , Bobbi Brown shimmer wash eyeshadows , Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude eye palette , mac soba , make-up , Reviews
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Labels: Aussie 3 minute miracle , Dove nourishing body wash , oskia perfect cleanser , Redken extreme , Reviews , Sanex Zero , Superfacialist scrub Vitamin C+ , The Body Shop Camomile cleansing oil
Monday, 29 September 2014
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Labels: Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow , Brightening make-up , Clarins Instant Light complexion base , Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush , make-up , Nars Tokyo , Tired skin , Urban Decay Naked Basics
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Labels: Charlotte Tilbury eyebrow pencil , Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Heat , mac grain , make-over mum , make-up , make-up for mature skin , Mememe highlighter
Saturday, 20 September 2014
Labels: Advice , anti-stress solutions , Birds of a Feather , Deep Sleep pillow Spray , father ted , Jonathan Creek , nostalgic TV , stress , This Works
Thursday, 18 September 2014
So yes, stating the obvious, I caved in and shelled out on this 'dream product', and I wanted to give a review, after having been using it for the last month or so.
The Hyaluronic Hydra Powder comes with the sort of claims that make any dry-skinned gal stop what they're doing and sit to attention. Phrases like 'banishes pores and fine lines', 'protects', 'prevents shine without drying' all made my little ears prick up. When you've got dry skin (and you're no longer a twenty-something), you don't want to cake your face in a powder that turns your face into even more of a desert than it already is. But also, if you're like me, you know you need to keep that shine at bay, somehow!
Labels: anti-shine make-up , By Terry hyaluronic hydra powder , loose powder , make-up , Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder , Reviews , setting powder for dry skin
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
|Early acting ambition|
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Labels: allergic reaction skincare , Cicaplast Baume B5 , Cicaplast hands , Cicaplast lips , Hydraphase Intense eyes , La Roche-Posay , roaccutane skincare , skincare , targeted rehydration , Toleriane Dermo Cleanser
Friday, 12 September 2014
Labels: American Apparel herringbone sweater , Autumn jumpers , Curiousities , Fall sweaters , Favourites , Monki Isa knitted top , QED London boucle jumper , River Island mustard jumper , Topshop Clean Rib jumper olive
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
We all know that make-up doesn't last forever. Lipstick should ideally be used within a year or two after opening it, but do you really abide by these rules? I'm afraid to report that I don't.
Labels: Curiousities , Lipstick expiration , Mac batch codes , make-up , make-up expiry date , make-up hoarding
Monday, 8 September 2014
Summer is well on its way out and this means that the jumpers come out in full force. This olive jumper from Topshop is warm and nicely oversized- perfect to throw on with skinny jeans. The colour is perfect for Autumn and I love the neckline.
If you love comfy Autumn jumpers, look out for a future post about my favourites for this season!
If you love comfy Autumn jumpers, look out for a future post about my favourites for this season!
Labels: Cara Dillon , Curiousities , Favourites , From Roses , make-up , Media Marmalade , Nakd bars , Nars sheer glow , River Run , Sony a5000 , Sweet Electric , Topshop Rub knit jumper , Viva La Juicy
Sunday, 7 September 2014
|Left to right: Bourjois CC Cream; Benefit They're Real mascara; Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow; Mac Kid eyeshadow; Rimmel Notting Hill Nude lipstick; Mac Tenderling blush; Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Underground; Nars Creamy Concealer|
Word about town is nudes are in for Autumn. I've seen nude matte lips on many blogs recently which is part of the 90s revival apparently! I say 'apparently' because to me, the 90s were only yesterday and it surely can't be time for a revival yet? (That's when you realise you're getting old!)
Labels: Autumn make-up , Benefit They're Real , Bourjois CC cream , Mac Kid , Mac Tenderling , make-up , nude make-up look , Rimmel Notting Hill Nude , urban decay naked eyeshadow , Urban Decay Underground
Friday, 5 September 2014
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Labels: Curiousities , Dior Grege , Dior Nude BB creme , make-up , Nars sheer glow , Narsissist palette , Nude Advanced Renewal eye complex , Sony a5000
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Labels: bleached haircare , conditioner for fine hair , Haircare , Ojon cleansing conditioner , Ojon rare blend , Reviews , wash without shampoo
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Monday, 1 September 2014
Labels: Alex Hartley Vigil , Amusefood , Curiousities , Folkestone Dig , Folkestone harbour , Folkestone Triennial art , Places of interest , roofoftwo , Something & Son , The Electrified Line , Whithervanes
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Over the last six months or so, I've got into folk music in a big way. I've started to explore the genre, listening to 60s and 70s folk, through to modern folk bands. I was lucky enough to see some great acts at Wickham Festival (and posted about it here). It was really hard to compile a playlist of only 10 modern folk tracks that I love, but I managed to whittle it down eventually. So click here for my '10 Modern Folk treasures' playlist.
Bellowhead are an eleven-piece folk band who source traditional folk songs and writings to turn into dynamic masterpieces. They were amazing live and this song was even more uplifting than the album version. This song's origins lay in the Southern states of America, coming originally from the songs of African slaves. Bellowhead's CD inserts are really fascinating to read as they tell you where their tracks are sourced from and how far they might date back; it makes you realise how powerful the folk narrative and song tradition is, and how important it is that we are keeping it alive by participating in the traditions today, in one form or another.
Many of the picks from my playlist inspire this notion in a far more powerful way than I could ever put it.
Labels: Bellowhead , Cara Dillon , folk music , Karine Polwart , Kate Rusby , Matt Berry , Music , Show of Hands , Steve Knightley , The Full English , The Imagined Village , The Melrose Quartet
Friday, 29 August 2014
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Labels: Aussie haircare , Aussie miracle dry shampoo , Philip kingsley one more day dry shampoo , Reviews
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Labels: Autumn make-up , berry jewel toned make-up , make-up , Topshop Armour lipstick , Topshop cream blush , Topshop make-up , Topshop Pulse blush , Topshop scallop frill top
Monday, 25 August 2014
Labels: Curiousities , Margaret Rule Halls , Places of interest , Portsmouth , Portsmouth Guildhall , Portsmouth Park Building , Portsmouth Queen Victoria statue , Portsmouth University
Sunday, 24 August 2014
|Left to right: Peachstock, Innocence Beware! , Betty Bright, Red Racer, Love Goddess|
Labels: archie's girls mac , Curiousities , Give me Liberty of London Mac lipstick , Hey , Mac limited edition lipsticks , mac lipstick collection , Mac Marilyn Monroe , make-up , Sailor Mac , Venomous Villains