2013 New Year's Resolutions

Tuesday, 31 December 2013
I wrote a blog post back on the 1st of January this year called 13 Things for 2013. It was all about new year's resolutions and I thought it would be nice to go back through them all and see what I completed and what I didn't!

1. Spank the ass off my highers. I don't think you can get more successful than straight As! I'm so, so proud of myself for the ammount of effort and time I put into my exams this year. Looking back I don't know how I actually managed to fit in 20 hours of revision a week whilst working 10 hours a week and running this blog, having a social life etc but I did it and it was totally worth it. 

2. Cut down on fizzy juice. I'm a little bit undecided whether I regard this one to be a success of not. On one hand I've stopped drinking things like Coke or Pepsi just because they're there because I've never been too keen on them. But I still drink Irn Bru about 2 or 3 times a week. Hmmmm.

3. Fill a jar with good memories. I did try to do this but by the end of January I'd given up. I meant to go out and buy a nice mason jar and decorate it. But you know how it is, you get busy and things get prioritised over others etc etc etc. So no this one was a failure. However, I did have about 4 entries and I thought this one was quite cute. 


4. Do more outfit posts. For this one I wanted to do at least one OOTD a month. I'm happy to say that I've done this and I now even do OOTDs several times a month, wooo!

5. Eat more vegetables. This kind of happened. I don't know, maybe?

6. Keep a diary for a year. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Why do I even think that I'm going to do this? I did it for about two weeks. Reading it back now is horrendously cringey!

7. Change my blog. I have tweaked my blog up quite a bit since the start of the year. I got my lovely illustration for my side bar image, added some new things to my sidebar, created a blog roll and added some social media buttons. I'm also getting a new header soon so expect that over the next couple of weeks too. Tick!

8. Go on a date with Stuart once a month. I didn't really keep track of this as tightly but we have gone out a lot more than we usually did so I guess you could say it was a success!

9. Carry on exercising. Oops.

10. Cook more meals from scratch. I've gotten quite creative with my meals this year but I would like to that little bit further and use my recipe books more often!

11. Hit 750 followers. Pretty happy to say that I've more than managed this one. I've got over 1000 on BlogLovin'!

12. Grow my hair. There have been times where I've wanted to cut all my hair off but I've managed to avoid the temptation! I wanted to grow my hair long for prom but now that I've started looking at dresses I think I want something with a detailed back so I think my hair will end up in an up do. Oh well!

13. Worry less. I'm happy to say that I've gotten a bit more relaxed this year. I've learnt that sometimes I need to put myself before others and adopt a 'fuck you' attitude because sometimes it just needs to be done!

I think it's kind off half and half but to be honest I'm really happy with how this year has gone. I'm a little bit apprehensive about 2014 because a lot of big things are going to happen, I'm sure it will be an awfully big adventure. I'm not going to do new year's resolutions this year because honestly I think I need to stop talking about doing things and actually get them done! I hope you have a great new year!

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Etsy Finds - For The Dog Owner

Monday, 30 December 2013
Hello everyone. I've decided to start a new series here on Water Painted Dreams called 'Etsy Finds'. Recently I've became obsessed with Etsy, it's just a great place to find lots of new things. I've recently been really into 'supporting the little man' and Etsy is the perfect place to do that. So on this series I'm going to show you some things I've seen and loved. I'm starting with my favourite topic: my dog!


Batman Dog Collar - xfauxpawsx Oh damn. How I want this collar for Sam, so so badly. He could be Batdog and we could patrol the streets of Livingston fighting crime. Unfortunately it'll cost about £10 to ship to the UK which kind of sucks. That's the worst thing about Etsy. If you live in the states however the shipping cost is really good so you should snap this up.

Navy Blue & White Chevron Dog Bed - Pet Design Sam just sleeps on the sofa but if he still used his bed it would get replaced with this one. I'm obsessed with all things chevron at the moment.

Dog Bow Tie - FourFootedFashions This is a bit of comedy but if you're dog is a gentleman then he needs a bowtie!

Pet Dog Shoes - kelifastner This sounds a bit daft but they're actually very important. The salt that they lay on roads and paths at this time of year is actually really bad for dogs. It's very poisonous if they eat it. It can often get up in the pads of their feet and they'll try and lick it out. If you live in quite an urban area it's a good idea to invest in some.

Pigsley the Baconator - SewStrangeCreations I for one can't say no to a novelty dog toy and Sam himself loves a squeaky toy. It probably wouldn't last very long because he tends to try and rip the squeaky bit out but the idea is still there.

Hand Stamped Pet ID Tag - critterbling Made me laugh for so long. Sam's bone tag seems so boring now in comparison. This shop actually has some hilarious dog tags but this was my favourite.

Pet ID Tag - iHeartPets Just in case whoever's found your dog isn't quite aware that they're the Batdog from their awesome collar, it's best to also have a Batdog ID tag. It's very important that they know your dog is the Batdog.

Wolf's Bane Dog Shampoo - DarkWoodsProducts My Sam loves to get absolutely filthy. He's at his happiest when he's up to his little doggy head in mud or murky water from the burn. And quite thankfully for me he also loves a shower. I'm sure he'd smell beautiful after a wash with this. Would have to fight the bitches off with sticks, literally.

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A Festive FOTD

Sunday, 29 December 2013
Hello everyone. I thought I'd show you my face of the day from Boxing Day. You might have seen me tweeting that on Christmas day we actually had a Chinese takeaway for dinner. My gran usually comes to our house on Christmas but this year she went to my uncle's so we waited until Boxing Day to have our turkey so she could join us. My boyfriend also came over and it was a lot nicer than it would have been just the four of us on Christmas day, and I love me some crispy duck and pancakes!  I got some new make up bits for Christmas so wanted to have a proper wee play about with it all.


I started off by priming my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion and applying a mixture of Sin and Dark Horse all over my lid. Then I added Dark Horse to the crease and Virgin as an inner corner highlight. My eyebrows seem to always look funny in photos but they were filled in with Buck. All eyeshadows were from the Naked Palette. Then I did a classic little flick with my MUA Liquid Eyeliner. Terrible blogger over here but my mascara dried up a month ago and I haven't replaced it so there's no mascara here. I'm not a massive fan of mascara as I feel like it's not all that noticeable behind my glasses anyway!

I primed my face with some of Benefit's The Porefessional which is a little sample I got in a magazine a while ago. It helps reduce the appearance of pores and has a very nice velvety feeling. I then applied some 17 Miracle Matte Powder all over my face to stop my face from looking so shine. Mocha by Mac is my favourite blusher so I applied some to my cheeks and then contoured with the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer. I got High Beam by Benefit as a Christmas present so I used it here to have a little play about. Along the tops of my cheeks, brow bone, along the front of my nose and my cupid's bow. Then a little slick of Mac Russian Red to add the festive red lip!


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Top 14 Blogs To Check Out In 2014

Saturday, 28 December 2013
I've kind of fallen off the blog reading band wagon over the past couple of the months. Academically, this year has been so tough! The maths that I'm doing at the moment is making me hate maths, which used to be one of my favourite things! But over the Christmas break I've been taking the time to read over a few favourites. I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite blogs and the ones that I'm looking forward to reading in 2014. This initially started as top 10 but then moved to 14 because I couldn't pick. If this still isn't enough for you then please check out my blog roll. There are many more amazing blogs in there. So now in no particular order(well alphabetically) are my top 14 blogs to read in 2014:


Becca's Fashion and Life
I absolutely love Becca's blog because it's so beautiful. Her design is so smooth and sleek and her photos are absolutely gorgeous. I really like reading her posts because they're unique and I like her writing style. She does a series called 'This Week I...' and I think it's nice and enjoy reading it.

Colours and Carousels
Oh Charlotte, where do I start with you? I met Charlotte in April when I went to my first blogging event with her. We instantly got on and there were no awkward conversational gaps. Her blog is just as lovely as she is. Even though we have the same camera, her photos are always 10x nicer than mine. She's a fashion student and her OOTDs are great, she comes up with such great outfits. Please check out Colours and Carousels, I'm expecting many amazing blog posts in 2014.

Delightfully Tacky

Delightfully Tacky is written by the lovely Elizabeth. I'm sure you've already heard of it though because it's one of the bigger American blogs. I'd be lying if I said that it wasn't one of my inspirations. If Water Painted Dreams ends up half as good as Delightfully Tacky then I'll be so happy. Elizabeth's OOTDs are just so unique and quirky. I love the places she takes them in as well, it takes a lot of balls to hit the streets with a tripod.

Ellie's Favourite Things

Ellie is such a sweet girl and I absolutely love her blog. She has the fashion sense that I wish I had and that ability to pull everything off. I also really like the little posts that she does about all the cool places she visits. They leave me bored with my hometown and make me want to catch a train to the closest city and explore.

Gingerly Pale
 Gingerly Pale is a blog that I discovered not too long ago, but fell completely in love with. Jess's posts are more on the lifestyle side of things and I absolutely love them. Her photos are so nice and you can tell from her writing style that she's such a lovely person.



I had the pleasure of meeting Kirsty at a blogging event in September and she's a great girl. She's very chatty, funny and confident: personality traits I know I really need to work on. I feel like Indigo Buttons really reflects her well, she really is what she puts out. I love her OOTDs and after hearing about the little blogging holiday her and a few other bloggers took recently I now really want to go on one! Me and Charlotte have looked at cottages and everything.

Jess Buckley

Ah Jess. You've probably heard me talk about Jess's blog a million times, she was one of the first friends I made blogging. If you didn't know, she's also the gal behind my blog design. I really like reading her blog because it gives me a nice little feel of the American college life. She also does the best gift guides so book mark for Christmas 2014 ;). Too soon?

Lisette Loves

Lisette's blog is just absolutely beautiful. You can tell how much effort she puts into it which is really nice to see. She also makes really great YouTube videos. Her posts are always very thoughtful and I particularily like the Thankful Thursdays series she writes. Such a beautiful and inspiring thing to see every week.

Make Up Etc

If you're looking into going cruelty free(which I'm going to try to do this year) then I'd really recommend checking out Louise's blog. She's got a whole load of info with regards to who does and doesn't test on animals etc. If you're making the change to go cruelty free then her blog will really help you. She emails companies directly so I trust what she's putting out.

Mo'Adore
When I first found Mo'Adore I read all the posts. Every single one. In one sitting. Now me and Morag are like real life friends. I have her phone number and everything. Funny how things work out sometimes huh? In all seriousness, Morag is a bad ass bitch with a bad ass blog and you seriously need to go check it out. Especially her Linkables series. It's actually the highlight of most of my Friday nights(seriously).

The Little Things

I absolutely love Louise's fashion sense so her OOTDs are a major inspiration to me! She's just so lovely and has a unique fashion sense that's not too out there. What I like the most about her outfits is that when I see then I can imaginge myself wearing them. She's also planning on moving to Edinburgh soon so maybe I can grasp her into my 'bloggers I know in real life' pile. Muhahaha.


We Were Raised By Wolves

We Were Raised By Wolves was one of the first blogs that I started reading and I won't stop reading unless Evelyn stops writing! I absolutely love her beauty reviews and she always seems to find great small brands with great ethics. 

Wonderchebs

Yet another great Scottish blog. Kayleigh's blog is a really nice one. She's really passionate about using natural products and ethical clothing which is really nice and refreshing, sometimes beauty and fashion blogging can get a little bit materialistic!

Zie Darling


I only discovered this blog at the start of December but I can already tell that it's going to be one of my favourites to read in 2014. Zie's design is absolutely gorgeous and I love her illustration. She's also extremely organised, from one list nut to another ;). I really like the post she done recently about her planner, I really need to get myself one of those!

What blogs do you recommend I check out in 2014?

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The Top 13 Books I Read in 2013

Friday, 27 December 2013
Oh wow. 2013 has been a great reading year for me. In 2012 as part of my GoodReads challenge I read 75 books. I set that as my goal for 2013 as I knew I'd be happy to match that again. I've already hit the 75 books and moved on to an 85 book goal. A few days left and only 1 book to go, definitely think I'll hit that. I can't believe it! So I thought I'd share with you my favourites from the year. They aren't in any particular order as I'm so bad at doing things like that. If you would like to add me as a friend on GoodReads(please do!) then you can do so here.


Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple This is an absolutely amazing novel. It's made up of emails and letters collected by Bernadette's daughter after she goes missing. It's got a very quirky writing style. If you liked The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared then you'll like this because they have similar styles. Bernadette was a character that I both loved and hated and I think that's a real writing skill.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer This is a retelling of the fairytale Cinderella set in Beijing(where the original fairytale is actually from). Probably the main twist is that Cinderella is a cyborg and a mechanic. Pretty interesting. The big hunk in the story, Prince Kai, meets Cinder when he asks her to fix one of his robots and from then on their always bumping into each other. There's a mysterious plague going around and it's killing Kai's father, Cinder is resistant. Can they help each other out? There's a second book to this series, Scarlett, and I can't wait for book three to be released in 2014.

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden I have to admit that at the start I found Memoirs of a Geisha to be an extremely difficult book to read. But then everything clicked and I became addicted and I couldn't put it down. This is a fictional story about a Geisha, Sayuri, in one of the largest Geisha Districts during world war 2. I've never really read much about Geishas before so the little details that this book included really interested me! I'm not sure how accurate this book is as I've heard a few people criticise it in that way but if you're looking for a nice little read and you aren't a Japanese history buff then I'd recommend this. It would be a good book to take on holiday as it deserves a lot of attention.



Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell This was the first book I ever read by Rainbow Rowell, I've now read all of her books and she's one of my favourite authors. Eleanor & Park took the online book community by storm this summer and I can absolutely understand why! This story is set in the 80s and follows two teenagers. Park is one of the popular kids but being half Korean means he doesn't really feel he fits in with anyone in what is still a pretty racist society. Eleanor has a really difficult home life, her stepdad is absolutely horrible and abusive and all of her siblings sleep in the same room as her and share beds. They start to sit next to each other on the bus to school and bond over the comics Park reads. It's a very touching little story. The only thing I disliked about this was the ending. No spoilers, but it was sad!


Shades Of Grey by Jasper Fforde Not to be confused with 50 Shades of Grey, Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde is a dystopian novel where people are valued by their perception of colour. This was really interesting. It was so totally unbelievable in a sort of jokey and quirky way and to me, that was what made it so interesting. The two main characters were really funny and I quickly fell in love with them. It's like 1984 on crack, in a good way.


The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness This is the first book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy that I absolutely fell in love with it. It's set in a future world where a virus has killed off all of the women and left the men able to hear one another's thoughts. One day the main character, Todd, finds a patch of silence which it totally unheard of(no pun intended) in their world. This leads to a series of events that make him question everything he's ever known. This series really explores the ideas of war and the effect that it has on those involved. I would really recommend reading this!



Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson Ok so this book really isn't going to win any literature awards any time soon. It's a very typical summer romance book. Quite soppy and a little bit unbelievable. But despite all that I still loved it. Two teenagers take a road trip across the US and it's their little stories from all the places. What I liked most about this is that Morgan Matson actually took this road trip herself and has added things like photos, receipts etc into the book. It's those little touches that made me fall in love with it!


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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak This book is set in Germany during world war 2 and is narrated by Death. Sound interesting right? A young girl Liesel is sent to live with a foster family because her father is a communist and her mother fears for her safety. Her new family are really great people, I fell in love with the father. Liesel is made fun of because she can't read and he starts to teach her how to by painting on the walls of their basement. It's a very touching story and I can't really say much without spoilers but at one point a jew turns up at their door asking for sanctuary and it changes their lives completely. If you're going to read any of these books, make it this one.



The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan Well this certainly was an eye opener! In this book the author recounts his experiences inside North Korea, including in one of their labour camps. It was absolutely harrowing at points and just made for a really interesting read. North Korea absolutely fascinates me so I loved this little insight to life there. I can't believe that things like that actually go on in our world today and I look forward to North Korea's inevitable collapse. I really liked this. If you would like to donate some money then I would really recommend donating to Liberty in North Korea. They help North Korean defectors escape China(China and North Korea have this deal that if they find any North Koreans in China they get shipped back) and is a really great cause. Or just go have a look at their website, it's very inspiring.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern This is one of the the most captivating and beautiful books that I've read, ever. You know when you read a Harry Potter book and the descriptions are so beautiful and you feel like you're really there? Same with this. It's about a mysterious black and white circus that travels around the world and is only open at night. You get to find out about the people in the circus and their backgrounds and the people who follow it. Two members of the circus are sealed together in a pact where they are each trained in magic for a duel. But neither of them know it's each other. How will this effect the circus?


Divergent by Veronica Roth I don't really want to go on and on about Divergent as I'm sure you've all heard about it. It's set in a dystopian world where everyone is split into five 'factions'. It's 2013's answer to The Hunger Games. Loads of people love it and it's easy to understand why!



Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman The title of this book is a bit misleading but it's actually a really great book. It's written in the form of letters to the narrator's ex boyfriend. She's returning a box of all the things that remind her of him and each item has an illustration by Maira Kalman and a letter from Min explaining a little story behind it. To be honest they seem like a very mismatched couple and I think Min made some pretty crap decisions that didn't make sense to me but I still enjoyed reading this all the same!

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell I read this book very recently on my kindle and, oh, my god. This book is so perfect. If you're looking for a 'feel good' book then this definitely is the one for you, it's adorable. The story follows a girl Cath as she settles in at college. Cath is a bit socially awkward and is really struggling without her twin sister. She also writes one of the most popular fan fiction series for this world's version of Harry Potter. It shows how she changes a little bit over the course of her first year at university and most importantly, how she starts to accept who she is. There's also a little bit of romance in there too. For the awwwww factor.

What books do you recommend I read in 2014?

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Recipe: Home Made Mince Pies

Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I hope unlike me you're having a nice relaxing day with your friends/family ie. not working. I did have a nice relaxing day yesterday and I made some delicious mince pies. It's a bit late but I thought I'd share the recipe anyway in case you were looking for something to bake! This recipe makes 12 mince pies.

Mince pies recipe Christmas

Oh and if you're not British then I should probably tell you that 'mince meat' isn't actually meat at all. It's lots of dried fruit, peels and sugar! Veggie friendly.

Mince pies recipe Christmas

Ingredients:

400g of plain flour
200g of butter or margarine 
6 tablespoons of water
a pinch of salt
1 jar of mince meat
1 egg, whisked

Mince pies recipe Christmas

Method:

1. Start by rubbing in the butter and the flour. If you've never done this before it means that you pick up little bits of the two and rub them between your fingers letting the crumbs drop back into the bowl. It's hard to describe but it's very easy to to. 
2. Add a pinch of salt and mix through your crumbs.
3. Add the water bit by bit and knead to form a round ball of dough.
4. Leave the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes to rest. Whilst the dough is resting heat your oven to gas mark 6.
5. On a floured surface roll out your dough until it is about 3-5mm thick. 
6. Cut out as many bases and lids as you can from the dough. Roll together the scraps and use them again to get as much out as you can.
7. Layer the bases into a greased backing tray.
8. Take your whisked egg and add a little bit to the inside of each pie, then add about a tablespoon of mince meat onto the top.
8. Add a little bit of the egg to both sides of the lid and place in on top. Pierce the tops with a fork or leave a little gap.
9. Bake for 20 minutes and leave to cool on a wire rack.
10. If you fancy, sprinkle some icing sugar on top. In my opinion they're best served warm with some cream!

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!

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Currently I'm... #2

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver which to be honest I'm not really enjoying. The characters are very 'typically teenage' which is funny because I know no one like that, at all. The book I read before that was Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell which was absolutely AMAZING. I totally recommend reading it and it's really cheap on Kindle as well, woo!

Watching lots and lots of vlogmas videos. I feel like since the start of December I've not gotten my YouTube subscription feed empty. It seems like everyone and their mother is doing vlogmas. My favourites are essiebutton and zoella. Also lots of Project For Awesome videos, this one being my favourite.

Listening to Fairytale of New York. On repeat. All day, every day.


Drinking diet irn bru. I wish I could say that I'm drinking lots of hot chocolate but I ran out a few months ago and keep forgetting to get some more. I could buy one from Costa/Starbucks but a) I grudge paying that much and b) they make it with milk and I know I'll regret it.

Loving the little things. I got a Christmas card yesterday from someone that I don't really speak to often. I was quite surprised to see that they'd left me a message inside it. It said 'you're lovely, I think you'll go far in life'. I felt like crying. It was so sweet and it's really made my week.

Enjoying baking. The Christmas bake sale was this week and I made two batches of mars bar cake and one batch of brownies. The mars bar cake went down pretty well but the brownies hardly sold so me and Stuart had them as a dessert with ice cream. Yum.

Learning to do bad ass chemistry experiments. I started the work for my investigation this week and I have to wait until the new year to find out if it's worked because it takes so damn long. I got to wear a lab coat and found a phone number in the pocket. Also been doing a little bit of blog design DIY, do you like my social media buttons? I'm so proud of myself.

Wearing a christmas jumper from Primark. Cheesy but I love it. OOTD to follow soon I promise.

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Things That Make Me Happy #61

Thursday, 19 December 2013
1. Flourless chocolate tart. Mmmm.

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2. This little blankey is the cutest thing! 

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3. I guess that bison(?) would be an interesting talking point.

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4. I love this jacket, it's perfect.

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5. Inspirational quote of the week. 

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6. A cat is for life not just for Christmas.

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7. Dat booty.

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8. How good does this cinnamon, caramel and cider pie look? 

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9. Second inspirational quote of the week!

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10. These are so cute!

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#bbloggerssecretsanta - What I Received

Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Hello everyone! If you haven't already read my post about what I sent as part of my #bbloggerssecretsanta then please do so here. This secret santa was organised by Gemma and Tamsyn and Tamsyn actually turned out to be my secret santa. She had wrapped everything up so lovely but I couldn't wait to open it. I missed the delivery so had to go pick it up at the post office and opened it as soon as I got back in the car.


I think Tamsyn had realised that I absolutely love Lush as she bought me a Cinders bath bomb. Is it bad that I knew what it was before I opened it because I could smell it? She also included two Lush samples: herbalism cleanser and vanishing cream. Both of these are catered to oily skins so again she's done her research. I thought the samples were a really nice touch.

There's also a Rimmel Scandal Eyes liquid eye liner. I've been hearing a lot about the Scandal Eyes range so I'm quite excited to put this to the test. I also really need a new liquid eye liner so I'm very excited to try it out. And a Berry Crush Lip Stain from 17! I love products like this and the colour isn't something I'd usually go for so it will be fun to experiment!



I would just like to thank Tamsyn for such a lovely present and for helping to organise the secret santa. If you haven't been involved in a blogging secret santa I really recommend that you do next year, it was so awesome!

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My Top 5 Winter Lipsticks

Monday, 16 December 2013
Hello everyone, today I'm doing a little post that I've wanted to do for a while: my top 5 winter lipsticks!

Top 5 Winter Lipsticks

Overall, I'm definitely more of a lipstick girl. I find that lipglosses are just too thick, too sticky and just down right annoying. Especially when it's windy outside. No one can be dealing with your hair dragging half your lipstick across your face. The typical winter lipsticks are the big bold dark ones and I've tried to mix it up a bit and have added in some nude lipsticks as well.

Mac Dubonnet Lipstick Swatch

First up we have Dubonnet by Mac which is the lipstick I'm wearing in the first photo. I would just like to point out that I didn't actually edit any of these photos, I really actually am that pale, damn! Dubonnet was my first ever Mac lipstick and I really like it. It's a beautiful red but it's a little bit darker and has a bit of brown in there as well. I think it's a very 'mature' lipstick and I love to crack it out when it's cold outside. I have a full blog post about this which you can read here.

Mac Brick O La Lipstick Swatch

My go to everyday lipstick at the moment is Brick O La by Mac. I bought this in the summer but I think that its actually a really good colour for winter as well. It's a nice muted pink that lasts very well on the lips. It's a little bit more nude than the classic vamp lip but sometimes you don't always want that. I have a full post about this lipstick which you can read here.

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle Lip Swatch

I don't even think I should really include this but lets include my all time favourite lipstick. It's a Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. It's not really winter specific but I just absolutely love this lisptick. I feel the need to keep harping on about it because it's absolutely gorgeous and I never see any other bloggers talking about it! It's the perfect nude lipstick GO GET IT!

No7 Lipstick Mulberry Swatch

Somtimes I'm not always in the mood for something dark so I'm also featuring Mulberry by No7. It's still more of a 'nude' lipstick but it's got a bit of a bright hint. It's a little bit of a pinky-coral so I think it's nice to wear in the winter because it gives you that pop of colour if you've got the winter blues.


And last but not least, Grace by No7, which is an absolute pain to photograph! You'll just have to trust me on this one, it's about 10x nicer looking in person. It's the perfect dark matte for me. It's a gorgeous browny-red and is my go to for the vamp lip.

What are your favourite winter lipsticks?

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