Saturday, 31 March 2012

March Empties

 The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Butter
I got a set for my birthday that contained a mini of each of the Body Shop's festive body butters. This is the second one I used and I loved it. At first I'll admit that I didn't like the scent but it grew on me and now I'm quite sad to see it go. It was soft, creamy and left my skin feeling great.
Would I repurchase? Probably not, I like to try new body butters rather than repurchase.
 Impulse Temptation Body Spray
I always get a bunch of body spray sets at Christmas but  I'm not really a fan of aerosols in general. So I try to use them up as soon as I get them and then use body mists for the rest of the year as I don't think they trigger headaches as much. The scent of this was ok but I didn't find I could still smell it later on in the day.
Would I repurchase? No. 
 Sure Maximum Protection Deodorant 
I used to have trouble with deodorants. I could never sound ones that worked, I didn't smell but I didn't feel fresh throughout the day. But this is honestly the best deodorant I've ever tried. It's a cream formula which I've never seen before and you apply it before you go to bed. I normally also apply some when I wake up just out of habit. It's around £5 but it's lasted me since November and is the only deodorant that I've found really works.
Would I repurchase? Already have.
 Soft Lips Vitamin Enriched
I'd never tried a softlips product before so when this showed up in my Christmas stocking I was pretty pleased. This lip conditioner tastes a little like avocado which I found was quite nice, my boyfriend on the other hand frequently referred to it as 'that weird lip stuff you wear' . It's a good lip conditioner and helped my lips feel smooth. It also has SPF20 which would be good for summer or  for those who live in warmer climates.
Would I repurchase? Yes but I have a few lip balms I want to try first.
Britney Spears Curious Perfume
I've had this perfume since I was in primary school and honestly it was time for it to die already! It's a nice scent but honestly it made me feel a bit childish when I was wearing it. 
Would I repurchase? Nope.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask(not photographed)
Honestly I wasn't too keen on this, it didn't make my hair oily or dry it out. The problem with this is that it didn't really do anything. It had a really nice tropical scent, quite coconuty. I was a bit disappointed really.
Would I repurchase? Nope.

Avon Senses Reflection Shower Gel
I actually really liked this shower gel however I cannot for the life of me describe me. It wasn't overpowering and I found it made me feel quite relaxed. Left my skin feeling nice too.
Would I repurchase? Yes.


What have you used up this month? If you have an empties post then leave a link, I'd love to see it :) 
Hayley 
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Friday, 30 March 2012

21 Questions

I saw Courtney had done this tag and she said that she was tagging everyone that wanted to do this and I do so yeah, here it is!

1. Why did you start blogging?
I watch beauty videos on youtube and saw that most of the people also had blogs, so I checked out a few of them and thought 'hey this looks cool' so I started my own.

2. What made you choose the name of your blog?
At the time it was my tumblr url and I thought it sounded quite pretty.

3. What 5 words describe you?
Geeky, quirky, passionate, determined and squint(my spine :') )

4. What is your favourite band?
Probably 30 Seconds To Mars or My Chemical Romance, however at the minute I'm really loving Daughtry and Del Amitri.

 5. If you could be a character in a book who would you be?
Holden Caulfield, Violet Baudelaire or Charlie from The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

6. What is your favourite accessory? 
I have four rings that I wear everyday. Two were a gift from my great aunt; one was my mothers and the last was my great grandmother's wedding ring. They're my favourite because they're unique and have special meaning.

7. What beauty item could you not live without? 
Some form of liquid eyeliner, I love my flicks.

8. What is your favourite country?
Well I'm Scottish so I have to say Scotland. But I do have an odd fascination with Russia, I love reading about Russian history and I am trying to teach myself a bit of Russian.

9. What is your favourite shop?
I really like H&M.

10. What are your favourite foods?
I really like Chinese/Mexican food and really love peaches.

11. Who is your role model?
Peter Benenson, he founded Amnesty International and human rights is one of my main interests.

12. What is your favourite perfume?
Gucci - Envy but I think it's discontinued.

13. What product do you regret buying?
An Avon Daily Astringent. By astringent they mean burning alcoholic crap.

14. Do you do any sports?
No, my spine isn't straight so I have to be careful when exercising. I walk a lot and sometimes do some yoga on my wii fit.

15. What food would you not be able to live without?
Chocolate!

16. What clothes would you not be caught dead in?
Leggings and a top that doesn't cover my bum. Just no?!

17. What do you prefer, roast beef or chicken?
Chicken, not really a fan of roast beef.

18.  What is your favourite thing to do in summer?
Just chill out and see my friends, read and go on walks/picnics.

19. What is your favourite shade of lipstick?
Red or anything dark.

20. Do you have any weird habits?
I tap my collar bones when I'm nervous and squeeze my hips when I'm in pain because of my weird pelvis and back.

21. If you had £1000 what charity would you give it to and why?
Cancer research, don't feel I really need to explain why.

So there it is :) I tag everyone, if you do it let me know!

Hayley 
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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Collection 2000 Super Size Mascara

 I picked up Collection 2000's Super Size Fat Lash Mascara this weekend for £2.99 from Boots. First of all the price is really great and the wand is a brush not plastic, wheyhey always a plus! However I wasn't expecting this mascara to be all that good really because of the price but I was quite pleasantly surprised.
 The wand is quite big, about the radius of a Vaseline tin(forever a maths girl). When it comes to mascara I don't like mine to be too noticeable, I like my mascara to look like I just have really naturally long dark lashes and not all spidery. So one coat of this mascara was enough for me really.
One Coat
 However I know that a lot of people wouldn't be satisfied with that so I applied two coats and also photographed it to show what it would look like. Too me this is a bit too much but I do know some girls who would love the effect two coats has.
Two Coats
The only real con I can find with this mascara is that during the day I found this transferred onto the skin under my eyes and left me with a pair of mild panda eyes. It wasn't too dark but it was noticeable.

Overall: This is a decent mascara from a drug store brand at a decent price.  It adds a lot of volume and length to the eyelashes but transfers onto the area around the eye throughout a day's wear.
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Monday, 26 March 2012

Blog Hop!

BlogLoveTherapy
Hey everyone, this post is just to let you know about the blog hop that's being held over at BlogLoveTherapy. if you don't know what a blog hop is, it's basically when a bunch of bloggers sign up on a list and have to follow 5 other bloggers on the list. I'm joining as I'd like to bring a bit more traffic to my blog. I would really recommend that you check this out :) 

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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Boots & George Haul

Boots 
Collection 2000 Super Size Fat Lash Mascara - £2.99
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - £4.19
No7 Eye-shadow Blend And Contour Brush - £7.25 
George @ Asda
Dress - £8 on sale
Tights -£4
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Saturday, 24 March 2012

Recently Read

 How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

This was ok. It wasn't amazing but it was an easy read really. The plot wasn't that good and at times the character was a bit stupid, she gets into a relationship with her cousin and it doesn't mention at all feelings of guilt. I wouldn't really recommend it. 
 Atonement by Ian McEwan

This is a good book but I found it hard to get into. I liked the way it was shown from 3 different characters but I found that as soon as I got used to one character it changed. Really good novel overall though. Would recommend for those that like books set in wars.

About A Boy by Nick Hornby

I loved this. I really seem to have a thing for books where the one of the main characters has aspergers. Honestly have nothing to say apart from that this was brilliant and would recommend it to everyone.

What books would you recommend?
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Monday, 19 March 2012

YSL Rouge Pure Shine in 23 Candy Plum

Yves Saint Laurent are almost seen as the 'top dogs' of lipsticks. Most of the hype being around the Rouge Volupte lipsticks however I am a fan of their Rouge Pure Shines. These are their sheer lipsticks which are great for everyday use. I did not purchase this lipstick, I got it as a present from a friend whose mother works for YSL. So I'm not entirely sure how much this retails at but most YSL lipsticks are around £24 pound. I personally don't think that this is a fair price for the lipsticks but I would recommend them if you can get them cheaper.
 Candy Plum is a purpley colour that looks a bit scary in the bullet form but comes onto the lips as a very wearable colour. This is such a smooth and easy to apply. The pigmentation isn't too great and it does wear off quite soon, however this can be said for most sheer lipsticks. I really like the shade of this as it's quite unique. The only problem with this lipstick is that if there are any imperfections or chaps in your lips it shows them up(as pictured below). However this can easily be solved with a lip scrub.
Overall
7/10
Pros - Nice colour, applies well
Cons - Price, Lasting
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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Links

Hi everyone, thought I'd do a quick post to give you the links for my twitter, tumblr and goodreads. These aren't accounts related to my blog, just my personal accounts. But feel free to follow me & I'll probably follow back :)

Twitter: www.twitter.com/shutupandsmile_
Tumblr: www.simpleexcuseforacomplexcrime.tumblr.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7454419-hayley-russell
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Wednesday Wishlist #3

Wednesday Wishlist #3
Skull Shirt : Topshop /Jacket : Topshop /Lipstick : Topshop /Bag ; Topshop

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Sunday, 11 March 2012

10 Films You Really Should Watch










500 Days Of Summer
Fight Club
The Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Donnie Darko
How To Train Your Dragon 
The Ugly Truth
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Virgin Suicides
Mr Nobody
Zombieland
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Thursday, 8 March 2012

Guest Post: Spring Beauty Products

Hey everyone, I'm Sarah and I usually blog about my outfits and make up that I love/hate!
As the theme of this blog swap is ‘Spring’, I thought I would post about a couple of spring themed beauty products that I have just bought.  I love wearing coral as it seems to suit my (very, very) pale skin more than other shades of red/orange, and it is also very bright and instantly makes me feel like spring and summer is on the way!  I bought these two lipsticks from Topshop:


 The coral shade is called Infrared, and the nude is called Nevada.  These colours just popped out at me in the shop because the coral is great for wearing with all the summer outfits that I expect to buy soon (!), and it is just really bright, bold and feminine.  The nude is a staple colour really, that is ideal for wearing to work and also with natural-look make up that is always popular in spring/summer.  The description on both these lipsticks is ‘velvet finish moisturising lipstick’, and so far I have only tried the Infrared shade but straight away I noticed how well it goes on and how hydrating it feels.  I suffer with dry lips all year round so this kind of lipstick is perfect for me, and it is also a fairly matte finish which is a bonus.

This is what it looks like on me, and it genuinely makes me feel 100% more like spring is here, even though it is still freezing outside!
I stayed with the coral theme when choosing a new nail polish, and bought this one from Maxfactor, in shade Red Carpet Glam.  I also picked up some nail gems from Poundland!



Nothing says spring more than taking off the dark polish from winter and dressing your nails up in a bright summery shade like coral!  The gems were actually something I spotted after and thought I would try out.  Here is the result:



 I was sort of pleased with myself for getting all the gems in the right place, especially doing the left hand, as I am left handed and my right hand is absolutely useless! 
I hope you liked my little spring post!  When I found out the theme was ‘Spring’, the first thing I thought of was how I live in coral shades throughout that entire season and how it helps cheer my wardrobe up when the weather isn’t quite as nice as I’d like!
I blog at www.simplysarahlou.blogspot.com, so please come and check it out J
Sarah xx

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Wednesday Wishlist #2

Wednesday Wishlist #2

Naked Palette/Shoes : Schuh /Bag : New Look /Necklace ; New Look /Dungarees : Topshop

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Sunday, 4 March 2012

A Week In Photos








  • Been reading Atonement by Ian McEwan this week, not too sure what I think of it yet.
  • A friend and I made 'slutty brownies'(A layer of cookie dough, a layer of oreos and then a layer of brownie). Heaven.
  • Learnt to play The One That Got Away by Katy Perry this week, love playing it.
  • My guitar.
  • As it was world book day my librarian was making these badges for everyone that asked for one, I love mine so much!
  • So er this week I ran out of medication. I haven't died...yet.
  • Lovely home-made curry by my mum. Nom.
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Friday, 2 March 2012

February Favourites


The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Butter
Absolutely love this! Such a lovely scent and has a nice consistency. Currently using as a hand cream but will use as a full body moisturiser when I've run out of my current one.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub
This is just a brilliant product. It leaves my lips feeling so soft and wonderful + it tastes good + you can eat it = happy Hayley.

Good Things Moisturiser
Got this as a gift for Christmas and since then my skin has just been feeling so good! This smells really fruity and is just overall a really good product.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Just read this. It is perfect. Enough said.

Grey's Anatomy
I borrowed the season 1-4 box set off a friend and am now totally hooked. I can't believe I never watched it before. I've already gotten really attached to all the characters. I'm halfway through season 2 at the moment.


What have you been loving this month?

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