Monday, 25 June 2012

Bling Rings

I'm a bad person... But only a little bit.
After promising myself I wouldn't buy any more treats until next month, I just spent too much time looking at all the different jewellery over at and ended up buying three new rings! It's been a while since I've done much ring wearing but I think I will now I have these!

This was the one which I initially couldn't resist. It's so sweet and it was only £1!! Like I said a couple of posts ago, I don't wear much gold tone jewellery but I think gold is great for the summer and this feels warm and fresh :)

And then I figured since I had to pay postage, I might as well order the starfish ring that first caught my eye. I chose the bronze one instead of the gold because I was worried it would be too blingy otherwise but this tone is just nice. It sits really nice on my finger and I love it as much in real life as I did in the pictures.

This one's a bit of a guilty pleasure - a big shiny lightening bolt :D I'm always looking for fashionable ways to flaunt my love of Harry Potter, and although this ring is too big for everyday wear, it will be an excellent statement piece - I can see it going well with a little black dress, some studded heels and black nail varnish.

Love and kisses

Sunday, 24 June 2012


It's been such a long time since I used my Barry M Nail Effects shatter. I'd forgotten how much I love it. Tones down strong colours, hides chips, easy to apply, hard to mess up. It's also fun with a tape manicure or just for an accent nail.
If you've forgotten about that shatter you got last year, or if you missed that bandwagon, well shame on you. This stuff still packs a punch :)
Love and hugs

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Things I Can't Buy Until Payday

1. alarm clock necklace from 2. gold starfish wrap ring from 3. converse hi tops 4. uniqone all in one hair treatment

I have a really bad habit of wanting things that I can't afford. Well, to be fair, it's more about wanting more things than I can afford. I spend some spare pennies in the first week or two after payday, and then by week three I'm still seeing more things but have to exercise my self control and keep my bank card where it belongs! Having already picked out two dresses from Apricot (and a pair of leggings so I could get free delivery!), scouring some charity shops and getting a more-than-healthy dose of Primark (shorts and socks for Rockness and a new swimsuit, sans frills, for the gym), all my spare cash has been used up.

1. I saw this necklace this morning and it's just too cute! I've stopped wearing a watch in the last few months and I can never be bothered getting my phone out my pocket! I do know where all the clocks are around town but this will be handy for when there isn't one nearby.

2. I don't own a lot of rings, and certainly none in gold, but I quite like this one. It looks like a cuddle for your finger! Something a bit different. I've been doing my nails a bit more recently so it's nice to have the rest of my digits decorated too!

3. I'm desparate for new cons - all the pairs I already own have gone through the sole, so they suck right now. It may be the middle of summer but it's damp and miserable every single day and too warm for boots. I like these maroon ones. I have lots of red clothes, but the bright ones get grubby a little too fast.

4. This All-In-One hair mask from Uniqone is one of the better hair products I have tried out. It's like a leave in conditioner but it has all kinds of different benefits from your hair. I got the sample version in my Glossybox a few months ago and I absolutely loved it! I sprayed lots in before blow drying, and it made it so much easier to get my hair smooth and straight, without having to stop every two seconds to tease out a tangle.

I'm also in the market for a deep conditioning hair mask. I've just had a trim at the hair dresser but I'm still concerned about dry ends and heat damage - my fringe means I have to blow dry pretty much every time I wash my hair, which sucks, but I really like the style so I'm not giving up on it just yet. If anyone has any good recommendations, I would love to hear them!

Love and kisses

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Dermablend Corrective Foundation Cream Stick - Review

My Glossybox arrived today! I haven't done many product reviews in the past but there have been a few things coming through in the last couple of months that I've really enjoyed using. Today's post is about something in this month's box, however. I'll go back and cover some other products in the next couple of weeks, I hope.

Anyway, today I am reviewing Dermablend's Corrective Foundation Cream Stick. It claims to camouflage minor to severe skin flaws, including dark circles, blemishes and excessive redness. I tend not to suffer from excessive redness except when I've had a glass of wine or two, and although I am dedicated to the cause, I have no wine in the house this evening so I couldn't test it for that. I do, however, have a big red spot on my chin. I know right, sexy. Just wait til you see it.

Now, I'm being a little bit brave here. I'm about to show you a photo of what I look like bare-faced. Well, it's not that brave, since I usually wake up too late to do more than sweep on some mascara. But anyway. Brace yourselves.
How you doin'?

So that's what I look like with no make up. Picture was taken in daylight, but it was on the reverse camera side of my phone. I'm sorry, I don't have great tools to work with. Maybe I should get a DSLR for my birthday... 

As you can see, my sexy spot is pretty visible. So I wapped out my new Dermablend stuff (wap is a technical term). I picked Porcelain, which was the lightest one, because I'm pretty pale. I used the tip of one finger to apply some of the cream to my spot, following the instructions for "moderate skin flaws", and I also dabbed some on a few other spots, and under my eyes, where I followed the instructions for pronounced dark circles, although I'm not too shadowy, just a bit baggy in that area. 

Come here often?
This was the result. That big spot is far less obvious, and the wee spots on the other side of my chin have also become a bit more discreet. The circles under my eyes are gone but I also look quite flat - partly due to the lighting as well I imagine. I was pretty impressed by the coverage I got on the big spot. And I probably could have done with a wee bit more on the other side, but over all, a little seems to go a pretty long way.

I then applied my normal foundation over the top on my cheeks and nose and the rest of my chin, which is how I would probably wear the make up on a day-to-day basis. Well not very day, but you know what I mean. 

As you can see, the redness of my spots is completely gone with the Dermablend concealer, much better than with my regular foundation (I use Loreal True Match in Golden Ivory, which I love). Obviously, the spot is still a bit of a bump, so it's not totally invisible, but it doesn't draw your attention in the same way - at least not in real life anyway! There's not a great deal of difference with the dark shadows, but like I said, those aren't a great problem for me in the first place.

I also wanted to know how long wearing the product is. I would have liked to wait the full 16 hours that the product recommended, but it's the evening and I'm lazy. I also touch my face a lot, so I thought it was probably unlikely that I would go 16 whole hours on any day without considering a retouch. Maybe if my make up was tattooed on I might give that a go.

Oh alright, if you insist, you can buy me a drink.
So here I am two hours later after a trip to the hair dresser. Lots of face-touching involved - all those tiny bits of hair! I also caught myself rubbing at the spot before I went out (I do that all the time, it's 'cause they're bumpy!) but resisted the urge to retouch the make up. This was a true to life experiment people!! Overall, it's not that bad, I have to say. I think it's still better than my usual foundation-only approach, and of course it's much better than the bare-faced look.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the product to someone looking to cover up the occasional annoying spot, like me. It covered the redness really well, and it's pretty hard wearing, which is important for fidgety face-touchers! The only think I didn't like was that the little blister packs can't be resealed. That's obviously not a problem if you decide to buy the full size product, but I hope to test it out a few more times before I decide whether or not to invest. I sealed it with selotape instead, because that's how I roll.

And since you're probably all dying to see it, now that I've mentioned it, here's my new haircut. And my kitchen. I'm channelling Cleopatra right now. Or Jessie J.

If you get Glossybox, did you get the concealer? I'd love to know how other people found it, especially if they've tested it for more than just two hours!

Love and hugs

*EDIT* People still occasionally seem to be reading this post, so I thought I'd better update. I wore the concealer on my chin every day for about a week because it was so good at covering that spot, I thought I'd keep going until it was gone. Unfortunately the weight of the product caused the rest of my chin to break out big style. This product gives great coverage, but I would say only to use it for a special occasion, rather than frequent, every day wear.

Monday, 18 June 2012

I got my blogger-droid app back

So I decided that blogging was fun so I got my blogger app back. I might post dresses and stuff. If I feel like it. But meanwhile, here are my nails :)
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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Better Than I Thought

So you may remember that last year I wrote out my New Years Resolutions, with a different one for every month. You may also remember me talking about how determined I was to stick to them, and then already failing by February.
Well, I ignored my blog just about since then, because that's just how I roll, and I had a look back at it today and realised that I'm not actually doing so badly as you would have thought, given my lack of commitment or attention to the cause.
In January I wanted to start running. I didn't manage it in January but I started in April and I even ran in part of the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May, as part of one of the relay teams (my team came 100 out of 701 so not too bad at all!)
The kitchen's clean a lot of the time now. Admitedly not at all right now, but I've had friends staying over and they love to make a mess and I've been so busy and not been home to clean up after them. Hopefully I'll get a little while tonight though.
I went on a date as well, and things seem to be going well in that direction. Not too much detail though, I'd probably better tell my mum these things in person before she reads them on my blog!
I didn't touch any photographs last month, which is a shame, but I have started to go through things and get rid of stuff I don't want. I don't like my messy room or having so much stuff I don't need, so I'm trying to make time to declutter and get everything tidy. Then it'll be easier to clean as well of course! But now I'm working full time and I have such a busy social schedule, it's been difficult to do too much so far.
July's resolution isn't due yet, but I've got Instagram for my phone now, which I really enjoy using, so I'm hoping that when it does come round then the photo resolution will be easy as pie!
As for my other resolutions for the year, I'm not sure how organised I'll really be for Christmas, and I don't think I'll be that interested in writing in November - I've got a few other ideas up my sleeve for projects and things to do, and I've so little free time anyway, I think I'm going to cut that one out and maybe do something different, or just concentrate on the others.

As a six month review, though, it seems as though I'm not doing too badly. I made resolutions based on some big changes that I really wanted to make in my life, especially about being more active and more organised, and those are things which I have actually made progress with. On the other hand, there's a couple in there which aren't really lifestyle changes, but rather projects that I want to address, and I'm just not going to have enough time for these things I don't think.

Love and hugs