Thursday, 30 May 2013

Things That Make Me Happy #33

1. Birthday cake pancakes, can I have these if it's not my birthday? Yes? Good.

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2. These make me smile.

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3. Love organised desk areas, would love to blog here.

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4. I always post photos of really cool places very far away, but this is only a 20 minute train ride away. I'm coming for you.

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5. I love this girl's style. It's so pretty and quaint.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. FLUFFY.

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8. It's been far too long since I went on a proper water slide.

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9. These grilled cheese sandwiches look amazing.

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10. I love clothes rails.

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

OOTD: Topshop Tshirt Dress Dupe


Dress - G21 @ Asda
Necklace - Gift
Watch - New Look
Shoes - Topshop

I was having a look around the clothes section in Asda whilst doing some food shopping with my mum and found this gem of a dress. It looks exactly like the tshirt dresses from Topshop, I've always wanted one but I always thought they were a bit too expensive for such a plain dress. This was only £10 and it fits perfectly. As a tall girl I often have problems buying dresses and skirts because they end up being too short but this is a great length.


And how could I resist this watch?! I needed a new one to wear during exams and I couldn't help but go for this cute little panda one. And these shoes, how nice are they? I love them and I got them in the sale from £50 down to £10. However, they are the most uncomfortable shoes I own! Trying to break them in but it doesn't seem to be working.


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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Money Supermarket's Inspect A Gadget - Phillips ESee HD Camcorder


I was recently given the fantastic opportunity to work with Money Supermarket on their Inspect a Gadget campaign. It's all about budget gadgets, focusing on those that you would use whilst on holiday. I was given a selection of gadgets, all around the £50 mark, to choose from and I went for the Phillips ESee HD Camcorder from Expansys. I decided to go with the camera as I've recently started making videos for Paperbacks And Beauty Facts and would love to film in HD, this also takes 12mp photos and my normal camera only does 10! This camcorder is on sale at £51.99 which I have to say is a great price as it's usually £99.99. I bought my current camera a few years ago for around £100 and it only takes 10mp photos and doesn't film in HD! You get free delivery which is supposed to take 3-5 days but I got next day and that's not because I was getting special treatment as a reviewer, I was given a paypal transfer and bought it as a regular customer. Big thumbs up for Expansys, had never heard of them but will go back if I need any new technology.


Onto the camcorder itself. My main beef with this camcorder is it's internal memory. I didn't really think about it when ordering the camcorder but it runs on a micro SD card, most cameras and laptops deal with standard SD cards so it just makes things a little bit awkward. When this came in the post I was really excited to get it out and film straight away but it's internal memory only hosts 14 seconds of video which is pretty poor. I had to order a micro SD card specifically to use with this. I found this Kingston one on Amazon for under £6 so it wasn't exactly breaking the bank but I would have preferred if the camcorder came with better memory or an SD card slot. This one is 8GB and you can film for two hours or take around 2000 photos. The camera itself is really great. One of my favourite things about this is that it automatically turns on and off when you lift the viewfinder. This means that if something spontaneous happens and you want to film it you can do so really quickly. It also starts recording or takes the photo straight away when you press the button. I don't know how many times I've ruined a photo because of something moving! The view finder is a 3 inch LCD touch screen. The screen is easy to navigate to change the settings. This has a range of shooting modes, from auto to sunset, and can shoot in black and white etc. The image and film quality is great. If you'd like to see some footage shot with this then you can check out this week's Paperbacks And Beauty Facts video. I'm super pleased with this.


As for connecting to a pc, this comes with an attached USB stick which pops out at the push of the button. At first I though this was a good idea and it looks really cute. But when I tried to plug it in it felt really fragile and I was scared I was going to snap it off. I'd prefer a cable. In future I think I'll just put the micro SD card into the adaptor and transfer my videos and pictures that way.


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Monday, 27 May 2013

Nail Polish Challenge #5



I got this Lancome nail polish from a friend for my birthday and it's beautiful! I knew I'd be keeping this, I only included this as I was yet to use it at the start of my nail polish challenge. It's a beautiful black nail polish with silver shimmer through it. It's absolutely gorgeous in the light but so hard to photograph. I can't find a shade name/number on the box or the bottle which is a bit annoying but who can complain, it's lovely! Not too sure how long this lasts as I ended up taking this off the day I wore it because I got a shellac manicure at Zen so I'll have to wait for round two to determine that. I'm definitely keeping this.


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Saturday, 25 May 2013

May Wishlist

May Wishlist


Wedges : New Look / Crop Top : Topshop / Skater Skirt : Toshop / Primer Potion / Earrings : New Look


Wedges: How gorgeous are they? I wear the same pair of heeled brogues to every party because I know I can walk in them. I'd like to change that up a little bit and I really like these.

Crop Top: Now that it's getting more 'summery' I'm starting to find myself attracted to clothing that is a) brighter and b) lighter. I think this is the perfect combination of the two.

Skater Skirt: I have this skirt in black and I love it. But as I wear it to school I don't really like wearing it casually. I love the denim version of it and I think it would go well with the crop top.

Primer Potion: I got a mini version of this with my Naked palette and it's starting to run out. This is 10x better than the No7 one that I have so I'll definitely buy this when my No7 and mini primer have run out.

Earrings: I'm really getting into wearing earrings more. But the majority of my earrings are either dangly ones or tiny studs. These are a little bit bigger so they'd stand out a bit more but not as much as dangly earrings. I think they're very glamorous as well.

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Review and Giveaway: Pai Skincare Samples

I've heard a few bloggers talking about Pai skincare before, especially during the #bbloggers chats on twitter, but I'd always thought they were a bit expensive considering you can't try before you buy if you're ordering online. Then I saw a post on Annabel's blog about the samples you can buy.


Turns out you can try before you buy! They sell a pack of 6 samples for £5 with free delivery and a free muslin cloth. I think that's a pretty good price! One thing about this is that the majority of the samples are moisturisers, I'd rather see less moisturisers and a wider range of products, maybe an eye cream?

Macadmaia & rose, avocado & jojoba and chamomile & rosehip skin creams: I'm going to group these all together for my review as I feel these all had similar effects for my skin. These are pretty much targeted at dry skins, they're very heavy. My skin is very oily so they weren't really the products for me. Despite not being suited for my skin they didn't make it go crazy which is a plus. They also smelt very nice and had a rather luxurious feel to them. These lasted me a week each.

Geranium & thistle skin cream: this is targeted for combination skin and therefore is much more up my street. This sunk into my skin really well and left it feeling very smooth. It also smelt really nice, I wasn't really expecting to after finding out it contains thistles although I'm not too sure what make me make this resumption. I really liked using this but it didn't wow me. This is £24 and I didn't think it did anything that cheaper moisturisers don't so I probably won't purchase the full size. This sample lasted me a week just like the other skin creams.

Camelia & rose gentle hydrating cleanser: this is a hot cloth cleanser than you use with the accompanying muslin cloth. I thought this was a very nice cleanser and it smelt very strongly of roses, which I for one like. This felt a lot nicer than my No7 hot cloth cleanser but it is £25 for 100ml or £35 for 200ml so I probably won't be repurchasing. I got 3 cleanses out of the sample.

Kukui & jojoba bead skin brightening exfoliator: this was my favourite product out of all of the samples. This smelt so refreshing, just like lemon sherbet. I want to buy the full size for the smell! This is one of the best exfoliators I've ever used, the beads in it are perfect. This is £20 at a full size but I'm seriously considering buying it. I got 3 uses out of this sample.


Now onto the giveaway part. I got two, thinking that a 5ml sample of each product wouldn't be enough for me to judge how much I liked it. I was wrong! So I'm going to give away one set and the accompanying  muslin cloth. This will be a UK only giveaway. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Things That Make Me Happy #32

1. This smoothie looks so good. Yum.

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2. Spice up plain tops by sewing some lace onto the sleeves. Great idea.

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3. These shelves are so 'rustic chic'. Hit me for saying that.

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4. Lake Garda is absolutely beautiful.

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5. This girl pulls off orange lipstick so well, it makes me look like a twat.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. Aw the fluffies!

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8. This bikini is gorgeous!

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9. It's a month tomorrow until Sam's first birthday, he's getting a party!

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10. This is such a cute piece of decor.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment: Wonder Product Or Load Of Bullshit?


When I was 13 I made the rather bold(and stupid) decision to get a pixie crop, I went from below the jawline to above the ears in the space of one hair cut. And you know what? I hated it. And since then I've been growing my hair as long as possible. Just after I got my hair cut I started looking up tips on how to make your hair grow faster: exercise more, keep it in good condition, wash off conditioner in cold water. The list goes on and on. If only my 13 year old self had known about this.

The Lee Stafford  Treatment For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length(I'm only going to type that once!) is a hair mask that claims to make your hair grow faster. I don't necessarily think that this causes exponential hair growth but it does seriously improve the condition of your hair, which in turn will make it grow faster. Normally with hair masks I use them maybe once or twice a week  instead of a usual conditioner but this one instructs you to use it between shampooing and conditioning. I was a little bit nervous about this as I thought it would make my hair greasy and difficult to work with but my hair felt fine afterwards. This makes my hair feel really nice and reduces the frizz. My hair isn't very damaged because I don't dye/straighten it often but I can imagine It would really improve the condition of quite damaged hair. My only real beef with this is the smell, it's not horrid but it's a bit strange. It smells rather chemically. But as you use a different conditioner afterwords this scent doesn't stick to your hair so I guess that's not a huge problem.

But just how much did it make your hair grow? I'd probably say that this make my hair grow about two inches but it's hard to tell exactly. I think that's pretty good considering I only started using this in February  Please bear in mind that my hair is naturally curly so this is probably a bit longer in terms of straight/wet hair. I'm not too sure how much my hair would have growth without this but I like to think it's helped. Plus my hair was pretty long to begin with, a girl I go to school with posted a photoo on Facebook saying that it had made hers grow lots. If you have shorter hair I think this would work better for you. In the end it's only £7.99 which isn't bad for a hair mask and you can buy it from Boots. It's not exactly going to break the bank, especially when you compare it to high end/Lush prices, give it a go and see how well it works for you. There are a few hair masks I want to try out first but I will definitely be repurchasing this!


Did you like the idea of this post? I'm thinking about making a 'wonder product or load of bullshit' series, let me know what you think about that! 

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Review: Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter


Up until a couple of weeks ago I'd only really used The Body Shop's body butters. I'd always been able to get them on sale for a decent price and I liked the quality of them. A friend of mine purchased me Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter for my birthday and I'd decided I'd wait until I'd used up all my other body butters before I started using this. 


I could tell from the first use that I loved this even more than the Body Shop ones. I have really dry skin, if I go two to three days without moisturising then my skin feels really rough and it gives me such strong urges to scratch. But this is such a thick and moisturising butter. I've found that this extends the amount of time I can go without moisturising  because lets face it, we all have mornings/nights where we come out the shower and just can't be bothered. If I apply too much then this does make my skin feel a little bit greasy but now I've found the 'perfect' amount for it to sink in and leave me feeling really smooth. It also spreads really well so you don't have to use too much, this 300ml tub is going to last me ages! This has Soap & Glory's signature 'pink' scent, which I find so hard to describe, it's very sweet yet not over powering. I love this scent. This product retails for £10.50 which is pretty steep but you get 300ml of product when most body butters are only 200ml. Plus these are sold in Boots and are almost always on some sort of 3 for 2 offer, they are just now! This is Soap & Glory's most sold product and I can see why, thoroughly recommend.


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Monday, 20 May 2013

Square Eyes


As a little something different for you all today I though I'd talk about my favourite tv shows. Now as a rule, I never watch tv on tv! I'm the sort of person that gets hooked on a tv show and then watches all of the seasons back to back on the internet in an embarrassingly short amount of time. Please tell me you all do this too?



NCIS is the show that I've been watching for the longest out of all of these. I actually started watching this on recommendation from my granny and what can I say the lady's got good taste! This show is about an investigative team that look at crimes related to the navy/marines and those that work for them. I think it's the characters in this that really make it for me. I love Abby, think McGee is a bit of a nerdy hottie and Gibbs is just such a strong father figure for the whole team. Between me and my gran, we have every season on dvd.

The next tv show I really fell in love with was Grey's Anatomy, a girl in one of my classes lent me the first few seasons on tv and I think I watched the first season in two days(this isn't as bad as it's a very short season!). Grey's Anatomy follows a group of surgical interns, it's weird watching the earlier seasons as they're all proper doctors now. This show has a tendency to make me cry, and I'm not a crier! Especially on the season finales this show has some terrible cliff hangers!

House MD is my boyfriend's favourite tv show and we started watching it together a few months ago. We've just finished season 6 and I'm really enjoying it. It's about a diagnostic team of doctors headed by the infamously witty House. I love Haugh Laurie's, the actor who plays House, acting. House is just such an interesting character!

Castle is a police detective show with a twist. The main character Castle is a writer who is friends with the mayor, and has managed to bag himself a spot shadowing the NYPD. This show is really funny, I'd say it's just as much of a comedy show as it is a cop show. And there are two couples in this that I 'ship' so badly!

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


You've probably heard of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro before, the book is quite popular and it's also been made into a movie. This book is set in a futuristic Britain, where people are 'bred' to be organ donors. It follows the life of Kathy, one of the donors, through her life. She is now in her thirties and is working as a carer, looking after those who go through the donation process before her turn and she reminisces on her life. All the donors are brought up at a boarding school and they aren't made aware of the whole thing until they are older. I didn't really enjoy this book if I'm honest. I feel like the plot is good and that it had the potential to be a lot better than it was. It took a long time to actually develop. If I'm reading a book that's set in a dystopian style world, then I like everything to be explained quite early on in the book so that I know what's going on. It took about 100 pages for everything to come to light and by then I'd pretty much lost interest. I was talking to Mia about it and she said she liked this because she felt it was a similar feeling to how the teenagers felt in the book when they knew something was up but didn't know what it was exactly. Which I think is a pretty good point but this book just didn't appeal to me personally. All in all this book was ok. I don't regret reading it but at the same time I probably wouldn't read it again.

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Nail Polish Challenge #4


I received these two nail polishes in Primark's leopard nail kit for my birthday. I think these are both lovely colours but the quality of them both is horrid. They didn't seem to dry properly at all. Even hours later they would still smudge and get marks in them and it looked so horrible. I painted my nails and then two hours later went shopping and had dinner, then as soon as I got home I took it off. Definitely won't be keeping these. It's the bin for them.


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Friday, 17 May 2013

First Impressions - Crafty Creatives Box 11 #ccbox11

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If you are a subscriber to Crafty Creatives and haven't received your box yet then don't read on!



After receiving my first Crafty Creatives box last month I couldn't wait to see what would be in this month's! I now realise that box subscriptions like this are addictive. When I first signed up I only intended staying around for a few months because of the money but now I realise I'll probably keep my subscription for a very long time! Anyway, this months theme is "glamour". And by glamour they basically mean classic style, almost pin up inspired. I think this choice was inspired by the release of The Great Gatsby movie which I am dying to go see.  I absolutely loved this theme, I love pretty much everything in the box! I thought that I loved last months box but this one is so much better!


The art card is a beautiful portrait drawn by the lovely Lianne Williams. What I like about this is that the actual sketch is so well done and looks very classic but the hot pink lips and the multicoloured paint splatter make it a bit more modern. The girl is also very pretty, at first I thought it was a drawing of Lana Del Ray. There's some resemblance there isn't there? 



This month's kit is for a beaded hair clip. Oh my god. I am so excited to make this. I'm trying to grow out my fringe so this would be so great for me to use. Plus I kind of messed up last months kit so I really need to redeem myself. It looks quite difficult though, we shall see. It's probably quite time consuming so I'll have to wait until after my exams. If I'm successful then I'll probably do a post about it.



The beaded fluffy trim is the only thing I really dislike about this box. I think it's really tacky and I can't see myself using this at all unless as part of a fancy dress costume.



These little beads are genuine Swarovski crystals! That's so cool. I do really like them but according to the art card they also gave out ones in other colours and I wish I'd gotten another colour as pink isn't a colour I'm really crazy on. Despite that I'm sure I'll be able to find some use for them. The velvet pouch is very cute too.


I'm super impressed by the concept of this photo glue. It's basically glue that you use to stick photos down in albums, scrapbooks etc but you can then peel the photos off the paper again if you want to without damaging them. Why have I not heard of this before?! It would have been perfect for making the scrapbook I made my mum for her birthday. This is from Stix2.



These beads are quite nice. They remind me of those bracelets that are made with string ties that are very popular at the moment. I'm not too keen on those bracelets but a few of my friends have them so I'm going to try and work out how you tie them and make one as a gift.



Since I started pen-palling a while ago I'm always looking for cute ways to 'pimp my stationary'. This cute lace print stamp and golden ink are perfect. I think I'll use these to 'seal' letters like you do with wax. I bet it looks really pretty. If you live outside the UK and would like to be penpals then leave me a comment!



This 'metallic stardust' is very similar to the ones in last month's box except these are all one colour. Not sure what to do with them but I want to try a caviare manicure with them for definite.



This rose pendant is very cute but I'm not too sure what to do with it as it is rather chunky, I might make a key ring with it as I think that would look very cute. Or I might actually just put it on my noticeboard as a cute little decoration, who knows!



These rhinestone droplets will make such nice little earrings. How convenient that they included some earring making pieces! Can't wait to make them(will probably do it as soon as I've finished taking photos.



This fat quarter of black velvet is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately it's just the tiniest bit too small for me to be able to make a skirt with. I'm undecided on whether to make a pillow or a hairband with this, what do you think?

Overall, I love this month's box. Next month celebrates them being established for over a year so I'm hoping they'll pull something extra special out of the hat.

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