Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Festive Favourites - DIY Scented Decorations

Hello Dolls

So one of my fave things about the holiday season is the lovely Christmassy scent of Oranges and spices!
Making these orange decorations has been a family tradition, such a fun way to spend a cold afternoon & so much cheaper than buying Christmas scented decorations

You will need -

Large oranges


Sparkly ribbon

These are so simple to make -

1 . Section the orange with the ribbon and secure with pins & tie a bow at the top so you can hang them

2. Simply push cloves into the orange in a pattern

Hang your decorations from your tree or dot them around for a seasonal scented room!

Don't fear - The cloves are antiseptic and stop the orange from going mouldy

Darling Tip - These make lovely presents for neighbours and they keep for such a long time, we still have some from Christmas's over a year ago!

What do you girls think?
Give it a go!
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Thursday, 2 December 2010

November Favourites

Hello Dolls!

I simply cannot believe we are in December already!
It literally feels like last week that we were in summer, and complaining about how hot we were and loving our tans, and now we are all knee deep in snow!

Anyway, here is what I have been loving throughout November!

Dark & Lovely deep repair body lotion
This was a cheap item from savers (Under £3), not the most moisturising product I have used, but the smell is amazing! A more chocolatey scent than Palmer's, and because it was so cheap I slather myself in tons of this!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle - Luscious Long
I am sure everyone has tried/loved the 3 Minute Miracle treatments, I simply cannot be without these! This is definitely the best hair treatment I have ever got my paws on, and my hair has been feeling the abuse of the cold winds and drying heating recently! I use this two times a week for maximum benefit!

Sleek Pigment - InfernoThis is the most beautiful orange/copper/cranberry pigment and it doesn't have any chunky glitter in it, it is lovely and fine and looks even more intense if you apply it wet! Just a quick sweep of this under my lower lash line with a pencil brush, and it instantly brightens up my eyes, this is such a gorgeous party colour for us brown eyed girls!

Vera Wang Princess
Another product I think everyone owns and loves; This is a scent I love wear throughout the whole year. It's such a sweet, girly scent to being with, and by the afternoon the musky amber notes come through, making it the perfect evening scent! On a side note, isn't bottle is absolutely fabulous?!

Gosh Velvet touch primer
This is such an amazing product, it is a soft gel like consistency and blends out completely, it makes such a difference to apply foundation, it simply glides on and keeps my makeup looking freshly applied all day! Definitely a must have product for the party season!

This is hands down the best lip balm I have ever come across, I always have this on me! I love the scent, the tingly feeling, the packaging, everything! It makes my lips feel juicy, plump and moisturised. I can battle any weather with this by my side,You need a tube of this in your life!

My IPhone
As you girlys know, I was lucky enough to be given an IPhone 4 for my birthday in October, and since then it has been in my hand constantly! I am addicted!
I Love how I can update twitter, check up on every ones blog and I always have a camera with this!
I bought myself a sparkly black case to protect it, (I am ashamed I have dropped it a few times), but I am literally in love with my phone. Team IPhone!

Yankee Candle - Mulled wine
You girls know I love my candles, and this is the most christmassy/festive scent! I love lighting candles when I'm having a soak in a nice warm bath, candles are so essential for the perfect pampering session!

So those are the things that have been getting me through november
And I couldnt start December wihtout one of these now could I?!

What have you been loving in November, any of my favourites?
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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Sister time & Exciting updates!

Hello Dolls!

So today in my local town, there was a Christmas Market that my sister and I visited!
So appropriate as the current weather in England is uber festive, and there was a faint flurry of snow and blue skies when we were out, it was so magical!
I bought some lovely things that I will blog about tomorrow as part of my festive favourites!

On a side note, I have a few exciting updates for you -
1. I received some products that where kindly sent to me by a mineral makeup company called "First Light" - So far I have been loving them, and I will be blogging about them very soon!
2. I am slowly edging towards the big 500 followers! This is so exciting, and unbelievable! Hopefully I will have reached 500 by Christmas, because I have some big plans for a Celebratory Christmas 500 followers giveaway
So follow me if you aren't already, and keep your eyes peeled for my giveaway!
3. I have been invited to my first ever blogging event - The launch of the new Batiste Dry shampoo, it's next weekend in London! Is anyone else going?
4. I am thinking of tinting my hair red, - I need your advice, yes, no?!

Hope everyone is well
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Lots of Love

P.s I am in desperate need of a lovely hot bath tonight

I bought this Hot Butter Fudge bath syrup from Asda today
It smells so delicious & I can't wait to try it!
I will let you know how I get on with it - Could be sickly and like sitting in a tub of golden syrup haha

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Monday, 22 November 2010

My Festive Favourites - A new series of Posts!

Hello Dolls!

So, I am a big fan of weekly threads of post, and have decided I will be starting a little series of posts named "Festive Favourites"

I will be posting this thread twice weekly during the build up to Christmas and the New year!

Basically I will share with you all the Products, activities, clothes, hairstyles, traditions,pictures I think are a necessary part of my favourite season!

You may see my favourite drink of the season - Starbucks gingerbread latte mentioned
My favourite home made bathing recipe
A few quips about Christmas TV
My Christmas wish list
or my FOTN for a Christmas party!

I can't wait to share with you my favourite time of year!

And today is so appropriate since it is one month until Christmas eve! And there is a little hint of snow coming over England!

So I will start with some festive pictures to get you in the mood -
Grab yourself some hot chocolate, and get ready to find out my Festive Favourites!!

What do you girls think, good idea or holiday overload?
Leave me a comment!

P.s I would like to say a massive Happy Thanks Giving to my girls from over the pond, hope you have a fabulous time with all your loved ones!

Winter Essential - Fur head band

Hello Dolls!
I Have a little post, and it's not about makeup!

I am not an avid hat lover, but I have found this seasons most cozy and fabulous hair accessory - The Fur Headband!

I got this headband for around £2.99 in Primark - (I hope they still have them, let me know if they do)

I think it is the perfect way to keep your head warm, stop your hair from blowing in the cold wind & look glamorous and festive, all in one!
You can love that you can still have your hair styled normally and no chance of hat hair!

Darling Tip - Head bands leave you with no trace of dreaded hat hair, in fact I find my hair is uber volumised after wearing one of these, as I wear it so it pushes my hair up and away from the crown! Fix with a little hair spray and you have winter volume, with no heat or teasing!

You can also wear this like an Alice band, with all the hair off your face, but i prefer it this way as it keeps my ears lovely and toasty as well!
I've seen other head bands around, Topshop has some lovely ones with pearls one!

Buy one, it will become your Winter essential!

What do you girlys think, too much like a ski accessory?
Or do you agree with me and think it's utterly fabulous?
Leave me a comment & Thanks for following!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Firework Glitter FOTN

Hey Dolls!
Quick little FOTN for you lovelies!

The other night I went to a firework themed party, so it was my excuse to break out the glitter & lashes!

I used my normal foundation/powder/concealer products
Harmony blush from Mac to contour, and a little eyeko bronzing cream to add the glow!
I used Urban decay heavy metal glitter eye gel in bootleg all over the lid - It is the most gorgeous silvery gun metal colour, with lots of sparkles & glitter!

Darling tip - Whenever I use glitter I always get a ton of fallout, make sure you do your eyes first when using pigment or glitter, this will keep your foundation etc glitter free!

I used Busy signal cream shadow from Benefit underneath to warm they colour up and add some bronze glitter as well!
I used the killer lashes I got from ebay, I mentioned them a couple of posts ago
In the pictures where I am wearing lippie - It's Plum from Revlon

(If you are interested, my on sleeved bat wing dress is from Topshop)
I got it in the sale for £20! I had my eye on it for a while, and isn't it gorgeous!

So that was my little FOTN, it was so fun to use glitter
Since the party season is coming up I plan to bring out all things sparkly & glowy, so expect more glitzy fabulousity coming your way!

What do you think, are you loving the glitter like I am?

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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Shower in Glamour

Hello Dolls!

It's Darling - Quick post about something so utterly fabulous and frivolous, you simply need it in your life!

I am an avid lover of showers, especially in these cold mornings, a lovely hot steamy shower with some delicious scented soap suds is the most comforting way to start my day
But then of course I am in mortal fear of my hair getting wet and then being a giant frizz ball for the rest of the day - then came the invention of the Shower Cap

If you are like me, then you find ways to glam up even the most everyday things, and this shower cap from Soap and Glory is the most girly one I have come across

It is a pink satin with a water proof lining, and it is all gathered and frilly at the edge and adorned with a chocolate brown bow!
It says "One for Cover", I'm not really sure why, I think it is a pun or something I am not away of haha. But it is still lovely!

I bought it from Boots for only £6.00!
All soap and glory products are 3 for 2 at bots right now as well!
I definitely recommend this, it keeps my locks safe and dry, and it adds that most necessary glamorous and girly start to the day!

Darling Tip - To make your hair moisturising treatment or conditioner even more affective, apply it onto your hair, wrap it in a bun and then pop on your glam cap. The heat from your head will stay trapped and intensify the results of the treatment!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

October Favourites

Hello Dolls!

I have been so rubbish at keeping up with monthly favourites, but I am going to do them religiously from now on I promise!

So here is what I have been loving this month -

Handbag size L'Oreal Elnett hairspray
This is my favourite hair spray ever, I love the smell, holds my hair well & I am never in fear of the dreaded crispy hair look from too much spray! The small hand big size is so perfect for throwing in my bag for touch ups during the day. You know I love my volume and this is an essential!

8 Hour cream
I use this year round, but as it is getting colder I depend on this gem even more! I am not a fan of Vaseline and I find it just sits on my skin, but 8 hour cream is amazing! Smells spicy and wintry, and saves cracked dry lips, cuticles, elbows, brows, lashes,blisters anything you can think of! You need this in your life

Chloe perfume

This is my favourite winter perfume & the bottle is so pretty
it smells so powdery and cozy, and it lasts all day! Definitely recommend you having a little sniff next time you see it!

Mac blush - harmony

I bought this a couple of weeks ago and I have used this every day since! I use this as a blush and contour, and it makes my makeup in the morning so speedy - Just one quick sweep of this under the apples of my cheeks makes me look sculpted and awake, and then for a more dramatic look at nigh time, I use allot with an angled brush for killer cheek bones!

Bourjois healthy mix foundation
This is my most recent purchase, and I have to say it's probably the best drug store foundation I have tried of yet! I love to look dewy but still with a high to medium coverage, and this delivers. It has a lovely fruity scent and it is so easy to blend, although it doesn't last all day it's not bad for under £10!

Neutrogeana pink grapefruit face wash
I have been using this every morning since summer, and it has definitely reduced the oiliness in my Tzone. The scent is so zingy and fresh, definitely wakes me up in the mornings and I love the fact it is pink! Recommend this if you're looking for a new face wash

I have also loved the festive, holiday months of Autumn - It's my favourite season, and christmas is just around the corner!
I went to a fireworks display in my Town last night,it was so fun, I love golden fireworks the most

So that's what I have enjoyed using, among many other things!
What have you loved this month, any thing the same as me?
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Monday, 1 November 2010

Halloween FOTN - Scar face

Hello Dolls

Happy late Halloween!

For us Brits, It's obvious that Halloween isn't celebrated as much as our friends from across the Pond, this makes me quite sad and I feel like we're missing out on all the fun!
I really wish the holiday was a bigger deal here, I only got a few random trick or treaters knocking at the door, not that we had any goodies for them

I would of loved to do a really fun editorial look for you guys, Sexy vampire, Zombie with fun contact lenses etc, but I had no where to go haha!

But I did go to one party, and it was so much fun dressing up as something different -
I had a packet of stick on gel scars amid fake blood, I'm not one for being that creative with clothes and I would of certainly not worn a sexy sexy little bo peep costume or anything like that haha

I basically just did
a smokey brown eye
a heavy contour using Harmony blush from Mac
and a blood red lip, using Plum from Revlon
And of course the scar and blood

My friend Jamie, went as a Gothic vampire bride haha
Her stick on teeth were amazing though, isn't she gorgeous!

It was so easy and really realistic looking, it had fake stitches in it as well!
I got loads of comments on it, and I think I may do this look again for any fancy dress party!

What do you girls think?
Did you have a good Halloween, I'd love to hear what you did or what you dressed up as!
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