Saturday, 25 January 2014

Essie Nail Polish - Pink about it

Just a short post today so you can see the Essie nail polish in 'pink about it'. This is the first essie nail polish that I've bought and it was a bit of an impulse buy as it was only £2.50 from fragrance direct. I've really been into pastel nails lately ready for spring (although it's still definitely winter here in the uk).

This nail polish also has hints of glitter which you can see in this close up. They are harder to see on the nails, I used two coats which brought out the colour more, although I think it made the glitter a lot harder to see. I can't wait to wear this colour in the spring/summer sun!

Abigail x

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Beauty Haul

Hello everyone, today's post is the much requested beauty haul! I don't think I've done a haul before so I hope you enjoy it, these are some of the things that I've bought over the past couple of weeks (although I forgot to include my first ever real techniques brush)! And if you haven't already, don't forget to enter my giveaway which ends in less than two weeks, link here.

Eylure Pre-glued lashes from £1 World! (Can't believe they were £1)
Essie Nail Polish in Pink About It, I bought this from fragrance direct but I can no longer find the link for it.

Another amazing purchase from is this Gadi Dead Sea Body Scrub which is literally about ten times cheaper here than usual!

I hope you enjoyed this short haul, keep your eyes peeled for reviews coming on some of these products very soon. Review on the L'Oreal Micellar Solution can be found here.

Abigail x

Monday, 20 January 2014

Steal her Style: Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is a brilliant actress with great style so I thought I'd show you two different styles, one for the day and one for evening/night. It took me a while to choose these two because there are so many great outfits she has pulled off!

A collage of Anne Hathaway's casual style
1. Blazer - H+M - £24.99
2. Jeans - TopShop - £40
3. Necklace - NewLook - £7.99
4. Top - NewLook - £14.99
5. Shoes - River Island - £40
6. Sunglasses - NewLook - £4.99
7. Bag - H+M - £29.99

A collage of Anne Hathaway's evening style
1. Dress - Karen Millen - £95
2. Clutch Bag - Accessorize - £15
3. Shoes - NewLook - £24.99

Which one do you prefer?

Abigail x

Thursday, 16 January 2014

NOTD: Barry M Gelly Nail Polish

As you may have noticed I haven't posted in a few days now, this is because I moved back to uni over the weekend now that the Christmas break is over *sad face*. Going back to uni means I've had more work to do and less time to blog, but don't worry, I have a lot of posts planned that are coming up soon such as product empties, a haul and some more reviews so stay tuned for them. Today is a... NOTD

NOTDBarry M Gelly Nail Paint in 'Blueberry' with a Topshop nail polish in 'Beleza' over the accent nail. I love this blueberry shade, I think it can be worn all the way through the year. In the summer spring and summer I think it'll look good on it's own whereas here as it's winter I decided to add a bit of blue/silver over the top of one to add a little sparkle.

Photo of Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Blueberry with Topshop in 'beleza'

A photo of different Ways to wear Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Blueberry
 Here are some other ideas I had of what you could do to wear one nail polish in different ways.
1. One coat of the Barry M Gelly nail paint.
2. Two coats of the Barry M Gelly nail paint.
3. Technic 'Celebration' on top of the Barry M Gelly nail paint.
4. Technic 'Carnival' on top of the Barry M Gelly nail paint.
5. A Ted Baker golden glitter (which can be seen here) over the Barry M Gelly nail paint.
6. Topshop 'Beleza' over the Barry M Gelly nail paint.
7. Gems on top of the Barry M Gelly nail paint.

A photo of different ways to wear Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Blueberry

Abigail x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

What's in my Make-up Bag

I've seen quite a few 'what's in my make-up bag' posts lately so I thought it was about time I showed you all what's in my make-up bag. I only have a selection of products with me because I'm still on my Christmas break from uni (going back tomorrow), so it's basically my every day make-up with a few different/extra eyeliners and lip products. I also haven't included other bits that were in my make-up bag such as brushes (because I really need some new ones) and hair bands/grips.

A photo of my make-up bag contents

A photo of my foundation, concealer and face powder
L - R

A photo of my bronzers and blusher

 Ted Baker Bronzer - part of a gift set (review here)

MUA Bronzer (shade 1) £1

Sunkissed Bronzer - part of a set available here £4.49

A photo of my eye products

Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner £3 - half price!

Avon eyeliner - (no link online)

Sun-kissed eye shadow duo and eyeliner - part of a set available here £4.49

A photo of my lipsticks.

Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick (shade111) £5.49

MAC Lipstick (shade costa chic) £15

MUA Lipstick (shade 13) £1

Abigail x

Friday, 10 January 2014

How to: Make your own Gift-tags

This post, as you may be able to tell from the title, is a little different to anything I've done on here before. As Christmas has now passed and all of the decorations have been put away, something I like to do (along with my family) is to 're-cycle' the Christmas cards and turn them into gift-tags for the next Christmas. I know this post  might not be appropriate to some of you right now as Christmas was a few weeks ago now and most of you have probably thrown out or put away or whatever you usually do to your cards. But, you could use this idea not only for Christmas but birthdays or whatever other occasion too!

A photo of the gift tags I made this year
The gift-tags I made this year.

There aren't any 'rules' on how to do this, you could use you own ideas but this is how I make them...

                                                   What you'll need:
                                               Hole puncher
                                 Fancy craft scissors (or plain scissors)
  1. Simply pick out from your selection of cards the ones which you want to use. Some cards which are scenic or are too large you probably won't want to use, unless you want to make really big tags.
  2. Cut out the part you want to use as the gift-tag whether it's a robin, snow man, Santa, etc. I use craft scissors which leave a nice frilly cut around the edge of the gift-tag but you can use any type of scissors that you want.
  3. Next you'll need to use a hole puncher and make a hole in the top/side of each one.
  4. For this next part I use ribbons which you usually use to decorate presents with. You don't have to use these you could use other types of ribbons, lace, string or whatever you want.
  5. And the last step is to staple the end of the ribbon and there you have your finished gift-tags!

A photo of a Squirrel gift-tagA photo of a Christmas bell gift-tag

A photo of a Robin gift-tag

Let me know what you think of this type of posts and if you'd like to see more random (or fashion/hair/beauty) how-to's.
I hope you liked it!

Abigail x

Thursday, 9 January 2014

The Sunshine Award

Thank you to Tania for nominating me for the Sunshine Award, you can find her blog hereThis award is for bloggers who are; 'positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere'.

The rules are pretty easy to follow and here they are:
-Share 11 facts about yourself
-Answer the 11 set questions by your nomination blogger
-Nominate 11 bloggers
-Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer
-Let them know you've nominated them with a comment

11 Facts about me:
1. I'm not the tallest of people at 5ft and maybe a bit more.
2. I am the oldest sibling.
3. I don't like coffee.
4. I'm going to turn 20 this year.
5. I started this blog on the last day of August 2013.
6. I'm hoping to be doing a work placement next year.
7. Rabbits are my favourite animal.
8. I like all sorts of music but my favourite bands are Mcfly, the 1975 and Arctic Monkeys.
9. I cry at Toy Story 3... it's a very sad film.
10. Even though I'm an interior design student, I've never been to an Ikea.. shocking, I know.
11. I use to be really scared of going to the dentists, but after having braces and going so often I got use to it... sort of.

Tania's Questions:
1. Are you still at College/School/University? Yes, I'm in my second year at university studying Interior Design.
2. Where are you from? I'm from Lincolnshire.
3. Favourite movie of all time? Either Harry Potter, Toy Story or Grease, I don't think I could choose, I'm also a sucker for almost any rom/com too!
4. Reason you became a blogger? I was inspired by bloggers and You-Tubers such as 'Fleur de Force' and 'Zoella'.
5. High-end or drugstore products? It depends on the brand, I have a lot of Rimmel products but I'm currently lusting after a YSL lipstick!
6. Do you own any awards? Blogger awards? If so then yes, liebster, versatile blogger and now the sunshine award too.
7. Craziest thing you have ever done? I can't really think of anything 'crazy' rock climbing was pretty crazy when I did that but that could be due to the fact that I'm not a massive fan of heights.
8. One thing you have always wanted but are yet to posses? A yorkshire terrior! I love these little dogs and hope to own one on day!
9. What books are you a huge fan of? Harry Potter, and I do like autobiographies too, Michael Mcintyre's is a good read!
10. Favourite make-up product? Mascara
11. A fact that not many people know about you? I can't stand seafood.

My Nominees:

My Questions for the nominees:
1. How often do you blog?
2. What book are you currently reading?
3. What's your favourite film?
4. Handbags or shoes?
5. Favourite perfume?
6. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it?
7. What is your favourite foundation?
8. Are you a dog or cat person?
9. Why did you start blogging?
10. How did you think of your blog name?
11. What is the first concert you went to?

Abigail x

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Maybelline Colossal Mascara Review

Hello lovely readers, so here's a post that I've been meaning to do for SO long! It's the Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara. Out of all of the mascara's I've ever used I think this one has to be my absolute favourite! It's the first and only mascara I've used by Maybelline and I've seen a lot of good reviews about them. When I went out to buy one it did take me a while to decide which one to get before I chose this one.

A photo of the Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara
You can get it here, the price is really good from the quality you're getting as I've paid over £10 for mascaras that aren't as good as this Maybelline Colossal Mascara. From the image above on the right you can see the type of brush has been created to give you the volume, as it says on the tin! In my opinion, these brushes work a lot better than the rubber ones which I had previously, although I guess it depends on your personal preference!

A photo of my eye without the mascara
left eye, no mascara
Here (above) you can see my eyelashes before applying the Maybelline Colossal volum' express mascara.

A photo of my eye with the maybelline colossal volum' express mascara
right eye, with this mascara
And here you can see the massive difference with a layer of this mascara on (sorry about the change of eye). Not only has it added the volume but it's also added a lot of length too which makes this a great all round mascara!

There are a lot of mascara's out there which I'd like to try out but I think this Maybelline mascara will always stay as one of my favourites. What are your favourite mascara's?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway in my previous post!

Abigail x

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

**100 Follower Giveaway** Soap and Glory + Barry M

If you follow me on twitter you may know that the other day I reached 100 followers on bloglovin! I am so happy about this and I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you that have made this happen, following, commenting or even tweeting me.

The Giveaway:
I'll be giving away the Soap & Glory Eyes Box AND a Barry M nail polish (which I think matched the eye shadows well).

In this set you will get the:
  • Thick & Fast Super volume mascara
  • SIX Eye shadows
  • Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner
  • Plus a mirror and brush (for the eye shadows)
  • PLUS the Barry M Nail Polish

This giveaway is open to the UK only, I will contact the winner by email after the giveaway has ended (4th Feb). You must have your own blog (and twitter account if you enter with your twitter), not one that you use just to enter giveaways, if you do this you will be disqualified.

Abigail x

Saturday, 4 January 2014

My Week #4

I haven't done one of these posts in quite a while and I'm thinking of doing them more often or maybe starting instagram weekly posts! So here's 'my week' for the fourth time...

Shop window displays early in the morning

NYE Sunset through my window

The BEST home-made soup, friends and revision

Thursday's FOTD, Christmassy chocolate, my favourite cider!

Home town vs university town football match!

Abigail x

Friday, 3 January 2014

December/2013 Favourites

Rather than doing an 'end of year' or '2013' favourites I thought I'd stick to doing a monthly December favourites! This is simply because I don't feel that I have any way near enough favourite products of the whole year to talk about or even here with me (being at home on Christmas holidays) because I've left some things which I haven't needed these past couple of weeks at uni. So, here's my December favourites...

First up is the Sunkissed eyeshadow and bronzer which I just think are brilliant, these eyeshadows are also great over the maybelline 24hr tattoo eye shadow in 'permanent taupe'. These are available here

MUA lipstick in shade #13, available from superdrug here. Not only am I doing a review on this soon because it's one of my favourite lipsticks but it's also £1 and I highly recommend it!

For protecting your hair against heat this is the best product that I've found (so far) and it's available here.

I always like to keep a lip balm of some sort in my handbag and recently it's been this one from Vaseline. Available here.

Another favourite of mine from this month (a non-beauty) favourite has to be the show New Girl! I've always seen parts of episodes on e4 before and finally decided to sit down and watch them in order. I really do love it and I'm now onto the second series!

What have been your favourites through December or of 2013?

Abigail x

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2014 and Wish List: THE SALES!!!

I found this on pinterest (here) and thought it was a great thought to start the new year with!

I hope you all had a good time celebrating the new year last night/today, Happy New Year to all of you lovely readers! Yesterday it made it 4 months since I had written and posted my first blog post and I can't believe how well my blog has done, getting nearer and nearer to my first milestone now.. 100 followers! That itself gives me so much motivation to continue to post regularly (when I'm back at uni it does get a lot harder) but I'm going to try and post at least twice a week. Another resolution, or more of an aim is to get myself a part-time job this year so that I will be a lot better off financially. But, I can only TRY with this because I've been applying and going to job interviews for a while and I still don't have one so we'll see and hopefully it'll happen very soon!

Anyway, on with what this post was originally aimed at.. my wish list of the sales!

5. Miss Selfridge top £15.00
7. No.7 Mirror £15.99

Do you have any new years resolutions? What's on your wish list?

Abigail x