Sunday, 30 September 2012

Weekly Lusts #5

I've been online shopping to find a black for my mother in law to be's birthday next month but I've also been distracted by the likes of Missguided & H&M and also River Island & New Look this week, while on the hunt for a new bag for myself also.

The Model's Own website is killing me also since they have there 50% sale off till Tuesday, 
I'm trying to save every penny I can for my wedding and money towards Xmas presents for this year, 
I've got bits going up on ebay soon, so I'm hoping to buy a few of these items depending on how much money I make.



My favourite item has to be the peplum dress, I saw this last night on another bloggers blog and fell in love,
 I am loving raspberry/wine reds and teals this Autumn & Winter and body con is my favorite style of dress yet as it hides the part of the body I had the most.
This will be perfect for the xmas season for my works do and xmas nights out.

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Autumn Beauty Pamper Competition ♥

I've not held a giveaway on my blog for a while, but I wanted to hold a giveaway with lots of little bits.

I've decided to hold a little pamper giveaway with items for the cold rainy nights in, and also items perfect for those nights out with the girls.

 I've been collecting little bits and popping them aside,
Items that I've personally bought, and samples that I've picked up,
I have used my own money for some of these items and I know there are some items I have got free as samples, but I think samples are a great way of trying out products you have never tried before,



One blogger will win all of these beauty items,
& they are all brands I'm familiar with so I know you'll enjoy them :)

Up for grabs is,

* Dorothy Perkins Set Of Rings - Worth £10.00 RRP - They were in my haul post not long ago.
* Tigi Hair Goodies - They are worth £13.00 between them both.
* W7 Matte Nail Polish - I love these polishes as they have fab staying power - I have this colour,
* Charlie Pink - Perfumed Body Lotion  - One of my favourtie Charlie Scents,
*ELF Correcting Concealer,
* Nivea Tinted Moisturiser - A shade for everyone, I'm a big fan of tinted moisturizers and BB creams,
* 17  Smoky Triple Eyeshadow, & Mini Pink Lipgloss,
* Barry M Dazzle Dust - In Turquoise,
* Lady Million & Valentino Perfume Samples,
* Kleenex Facial Clothes & Blotting Sheets - Perfect for your handbag,
* Montagne Jeunesse Facemasks - Fudge Sauna & Green Tea,
* Nicky Clarke, Palmers, L'Oreal, Crabtree & Evelyn Sample Products,
* And lastly a fantastic red "The Good, The Bad, & The Dumped - Jenny Colgan is a great author and this book is a fantastic read - perfect or those autumn nights out the settee with a hot choccie - I've already read this book, but I'm I wanted to pass this one to another blogger.

All you have to be is a follower and reader of my blog, entries are really simple and this giveaway will end on the 27th October at 6.00pm so everyone gets a chance to take part.

UK entrants only due to mail restrictions on certain items I'm afraid :(

To enter fill in the rafflecopter form below.

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Friday, 28 September 2012

Rimmel's Kate Moss Lipstick Shade 22 ♥


I've been lusting over these since they came out last year, I love how pretty the and simple the packaging is to, and the "Kate Moss Signature" trademark gives this lipstick a girlie edge,


 I've seen this shade on a few blogs recently and I just love it,
Its quite a bright red, with a hint of pink in it - a bit daring for some.
But I love something vibrant that stands out, for everyday wear,
My everyday make ups quite minimal so i like to make the most of one feature.


I only started wearing lipstick after last year after joining the blogger world and I've got a huge obsession with it now and i think I own over 20 different shades - candy pinks being my favourite.
This shade cost £5.49 from Boots which i think is a fairly good price to pay for a lipstick.
Its got good consistency and glides on perfectly giving a bold colour.
I had it on for a full day yesterday with a coat of lipcote and it lasted roughly 8 hours - the colour still looks nice as it fades making it that perfect day long lipstick.
As some of you know Rimmel is my top go to band because of there budget purse friendly value and excellent products.



There are 5 colours in this new spring collection - I'm already eyeing up shade 20 - its such a gorgeous pink.



Have any of your blogger girlies tried this shade or any others? 



You may have noticed I have also got rid of the gadget I was using for comments, it seems its not compatible for everyone's internet browser and it was to much hassle signing in, so I have the old html blogger comment box back where you can leave comments and some love.


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Thursday, 27 September 2012

A Fabulous Shoe Competition For You Shoe Lovers Out There & Motel Dress ♥

e-tailwebstores wanted me to  let all my followers know about this fab competition 
If your a huge shoe lover like myself,
You can enter and get the chance to get your hands on a classic pair of black Louboutins worth £375,
Perfect to pop in your closet to admire.

Plus the chance to win in 5 flash draws to win a motel dress of your choice e-tailwebstores will be hosting.


To enter click the picture

Good Luck Lovlies
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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Competition Wins ♥

A lot of you might not know i love to enter a good competition, 
Recently over the past few months I've not has as much time but it is something I've started up again as I do miss the buzz I get when I get a winning email to say congratulations.


I started off entering competitions last year in February, I found out about them on blogs and entered small ones, I'd entered some randomly through facebook before but nothing much happened.

It was only when I discovered the world of comping through Victoria's Vintage- shes one of my favorite bloggers,
 She is a comping queen and she actually inspired me more to enter more competitions,
After reading her tips which you can read here - there fab by the way,
I entered my first big competition and won a HTC phone on facebook, since then I've been hooked, 
I've entered numerous competitions through 

Facebook 
Twitter

I tend to stick to the social networking site/blogs ones for competitions as I hate getting all the spam and emails associated with entering big online ones where you need to sign up.

I have a page dedicated to all my prizes that I have won,


 I look through these every so often when I'm not winning to give myself some motivation and to remind myself that it is a bit of fun :)

It does get quite addictive and you can get a bit carried away, but its worth a try for a little bit of free fun.

Do any other bloggers out there enjoy comping as a hobby.
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Friday, 21 September 2012

September Sponsors - A Few Gorgeous Girlies Worth Checking Out ♥

Its time for my September Sponsorship post to mention some fabulous blogs that you might not know about and enjoy,
Discovering new blogs is a way to meet new people, find similar interests and find out about the products you might not know about.
Many a time I've gone out and bought a product or an item just because I've seen it on someone else's blog blog.
& I myself have met 3 lovely girls who I chat to on a weekly basis.

So check out this months sponsors for September - I assure you they are all fabulous blogs, click on there blogs/shop, check them out & give them a follow and say hello.



This lovely lady has her own vintage jewelry shop called Lulu Brandy, where she sells some of the most gorgeous pieces of contemporary jewelry with pieces from the 1900's to the 1990's, they are all one of a kind pieces that you won't find anywhere else.
She's so friendly and helpful so if there's something your after, she'll be more than helpful.
There will a competition coming up soon from Lulu Brandy so you'll have the chance to win a beautiful vintage piece of jewelry.
Have a look at her shop here


Becky from Beauty Becky Blogs about the best purse friendly high street products, she does fab reviews and her posts are the sort that you'll read from beginning to end, she writes honest reviews on items and I've actually found about about lots of fab products through her.
She's a new blogger but her blog is already one of my favorites.
You can find her blog here


Just Joanna's blogs about all different kinds of lovely things, her outfits of the day are well put together and stylish, I wish I could wear some of the outfits she posts, shes a handbag lover at heart like me.
You can follow the lovely Joanna here


Rachel Crawford's Life Of A Sweetaholic blog is an absolutely beautiful blog, if your a lover of all things sweet and yummy, her blog is a go to, shes also a huge one direction fan.
Rachel is a fab friend of mine and she's so friendly, her blogs is one that you will always read on a daily basis.
You can view her blog here,


Fran from The Mummy Diaries is a new blogger and a yummy mummy, shes got great taste in clothes and she's posted some fabulous posts so far on her hauls.
She's got the cutest lil girl called Bella.
Go and have a look at her blog here


Rachel From Island Girl Insights is also one of my favorite bloggers and another blogger I've had the chance to meet up with,
She's a down to earth girl, she posts about lots of lovely things and her outfits of the day make me envious of her long legs.
You can find her blog here


I will be advertising for October sponsors, I have 13 spaces so if sponsoring is something you'd like to try have a look at my EMAIL tabs at the top and have a look at my competitive prices.

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Newer Blog Design ♥

I've had the fabulous Steph working on my blog for me again and updating my blog design because I wanted a few tweaks, as usual shes done a fabulous job and everything I wanted.

If you love my blog design, you can view her blog here and designs here and give her a little follow while you at it :)

I've got a brand new bigger and better header - which I think is more out there.
& I have also got a new section on my tabs called my Cyprus Wedding so now you can keep up to date with my planning, 
Think of it as as online monthly diary for those interested without the boring the rest of you.


Anyway I'll leave you this weekend with a lovely September sponsors post to check out a few more amazing blogs.

 Have a lovely weekend.
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Autumn Thrifty Buys - Weekly Hauls #5 ♥

I've been rather quieter on my blog recently, I've been rather busy in my outside life with extra hours at work and wedding planning, so bear with me and I'm trying to post as often as I can.

I wanted to share with you my most recent thrifty purchases this week...

My best thrifty buy yet is this new coat.
I think this was fate when I saw this because the night before in work, a girl I work with put her coat on at the end of the night and it was this exact one and I asked her where she got it from, she said Primark from last years season, 
I was a little gutted as it was a gorgeous coat and I'm not a big coat person anyway, 
I have like 1 or 2 i wear over Autumn and Winter because I'm practical like that.


So imagine my luck yesterday when I was out shopping, I saw this coat in the window of my local vintage shop.
I went in to see what size it was and it was a 12, 
Brand New,
I'm an 8-10 normally so I tried it on and found it fitted perfectly, not to big or too small as you wear extra layers in winter anyway.
Its got a furry hood and silver buttons,
And best of all it was a perfect £5.00.


Its the perfect winter coat, and I love it,


In the same shop I also picked up this cream cable knit thick jumper that will do nicely for the colder months and go with my diamante collar necklace, its lovely and warm.
I picked this up for £4.50.

Perfect Autumn Buys,

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Weekly Lusts #4 - ♥The Perfect Lambrini Look ♥

I was kindly contacted by the brand and asked to write a piece for them featuring my Lambrini Style,
I always like to write about the brands I love and share with you lovely lot.


So I thought what better way to write a post than to share my weekly wish lists I enjoy creating,
This week I've created an outfit I'd personally, typically wear on a night out, I have been going out more recently and I'm enjoying it so much more - Your only young once.



I absolutely love this out fit,
The polka dot peplum top is a favorite of mine and I think I'm actually going to purchase it from Jane Norman,
Because I have a part time job here, its a nightmare being surrounded by all these clothes and not being able to purchase them.

Lambrini is a brand I love and I'm sure those old enough to drink love it too,
 I'm not a big fan of a lot of alcoholic drinks on night out, I like something I can enjoy drinking.
I have always been a Lambrini girl at heart and I always purchase a bottle or two to share before hitting town.

My Images 

As you can see from above , I have two favorites,
*Cherry & Peach - The Peach is a new flavor added to the brand with a few other different flavors,
I have tried recently and it tastes incredible.
I got these bottles 2 weeks ago before I had a girly night out.

I love that these drinks are never bitter tasting or too bubbly and I always enjoy drinking them,
Even if I fancy a night in relaxing.
Bottles retail at a fabulous £2.50 from most supermarkets.
I personally always go to Asda,

You can see the whole range of  Lambrini on the website here 

Do any other bloggers love Lambrini?

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Friday, 14 September 2012

I'm Back For Good Now ♥ Blogger Love ♥

 I'm not officially back now after the mishap with my mac dying,
So there should be more regular posts again and i can get back to reading my favorite blogs.


I realised life without a laptop was not a happy one, so me and my fiance went halves on one and bought a brand new one, of course it does not replace my mac but its just as good.

 I wanted to give you a heads up on a new tab which will be on my blog soon after the lady designing it has finished it for me - called My Cyprus Wedding,


 I don't want to bore my bloggers with wedding posts if its something that does not interest you,
there will be the occasional post but I won't bore you all - I promise.

However for the people who want to keep tab on my big day and see how my planning is going, they will be able to keep up to date with me - I'm dress shopping next month and I know exactly what I want already eeeek.

I'm hoping this page will help with anyone getting married abroad/or in Cyprus and give them inspiration.

 My September sponsors page is coming soon too with some fabulous bloggers to follow.
 I will be advertising for October slots soon so if you'd love me to sponsor you next month, have a look at my sponsors sidebar and email me.

I hope to have some lovely posts coming your way.


I'd love it by the way if your a regular reader,
Could you could pop your blog link below if I'm not following.
I hate not being able to visit the people who leave me comments.

Also if your on instagram have a look at my previous post.

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Follow Me On Instagram ♥

Are any of you bloggers on Instagram,
I you are, give me a follow by clicking the link below.
I'll try my best to follow all you lovelies back.



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Monday, 10 September 2012

Weekly Mini HaulS #4 Autumn Essential Shoes ♥

I made the most of the offer H&M had on last week, 10% off your order and free delivery, plus a £5 discount code I always use 1304
 I've been eyeing up the pretty ballet pups for a while on H&M becuase there affordbale and in so many different colours.
So i bought 3 pairs in essential colours to match my Autumn wardrobe.

H&M shoes are fantastic quality and I aways find they fit perfectly.
I purchsed a black, mustard, and rusty red colour.
The black pair were £9.99
& the mustard and rusty red pair were £7.99
Total plus P&P - £29.87
Total after free delivery 10% off and £5 off - £18.37
Thats over £10.00 off online.
H&M are known for there fantastic online offers, if you sign up to there emails you'll be the first to knw about offers, sales, discounts.
Right now they have a fab seasonal offer on their jumpers.
£3.99 RRP £7.99 for the one per household in a few different colours.
This nautical black & white one is my favourite.
 
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Friday, 7 September 2012

Garnier BB Cream For Oily Skin - My New Favourite Wonder Product ♥

I've only just got round to using my Garneier BB samples I sent off or a few months back,
BB creams are everywhere at the minute and I wanted to jump on the bandwagon and try something that brightened up my face that I could apply within 5 minutes in the morning.
I was actually pretty amazed how well this worked - I was abit cautious as I've tried tinted moisturisers and I ended up with a patchy face as it doens't blend in well.
Safe to say I've not used them since,
I thought these would be the same.
I tried my three samples which I got 6 days out of since one sachet was enough to last me two days and found the light colour suited my skin tone well as my skin is inbetween fair and tanned depending on how tanned I am,
It actually blended well with my skin tone.
I've been applying it with a matte powder to get a shine free face.
I found the Garneir BB cream worked better for my skin than the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation I'd been using, and my shine stayed at bay for almost 6 hours which is a problem of mine since I have oily skin.
I'm that impressed with the samples I went and purchased a full size tube, and was suprised to see they have a huge range for different skin types.
Boots and Superdrug currently have £25% off there BB cream range at the minute.
RRP - 9.99
Now £7.49


I took this picture this morning using instargram - no touch ups,
I wanted to go for the natural look which only consists of
*Garnier BB Cream in Light
*Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
*Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara
*Barry M Blush
*Vaseline


I'm loving this look for a day to day basis and as the BB cream is so sheer, its almost as if I'm wearing no make up and it blends so easily.


I picked this BB Cream for Combination/Oily skin,
They have quite a few different BB Creams to suit everyone,
They have a sensitive range for those with sensitive skin,
And evan an anti ageing one which i think is good for the older person.
This BB cream claims that its meant to make skin less oily in 4 weeks so we'll see.
I'll post a follow up in a months time on this post.
Its great at hiding marks left by spots and does make your skin more radiant.


I've swatched the light shade to show you the colour, it looks pretty light but it does blend in well to suit your skin tone.
Overall I am so pleased with this product so far and for those who want to try it, I'd 100% recommend it - Give It A Go.
Garnier are not doing the free samples promotion at the minute - I did check :(
But if they offer the chance, keep a look out on there facebook page and request some, as I really recommend it to all you girls out there if you want to try before you buy.
Has anyone else tried the Garnier BB Cream?
Did it work for you?

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Vintage Buying - My Tips ♥ & How To's ♥

Lots of my friends, family, people I see always comment on some of the items I own or wear and almost seem shocked when I tell them where I got it/them from or how much it was.

I've always had a good eye for a bargain, this started out in college when i didn't have much to live off so I was turning to alternative sites such as Ebay or sale shopping to keep my look updated and its something I've become a pro at.

These days I refuse to pay certain prices for items I know I can get cheaper, I'm not cheap - I have money,
I just like to get more for it.
People who spend over £100 on one item of clothing I think are a bit crazy, unless its a dress of course for a special occasion then its not that bad.

Only recently when it came to starting my little blog last year that i begin to venture into charity shops, a few of my friends still think this is a no no and I get weird looks, but I always say whats the difference of buying someones else's clothes to borrowing a top off your friend or sister and wearing that?

I used to avoid charity shops, I will be hones and I used to be one of them people  who'd make sure no one was watching me as I came out of one if I ever needed to go into one.

Now to me there like a big treasure chest and you never know what you'll come out with and I always go in weekly to see if there's anything I like.

These three items below are all vintage buys, 
from left to right we have:
A Topshop Scalloped Top - £1.00
A George Mustard Cropped Sleeved Jumper - £2.00
A Topshop Layered Chiffon Top - £2.50

Total - £5.50


These are all key buys and my favourite out all of the vintage items I have owned, these are also the items I've had a few people asking where I got them from.

I do shop on the high street too and regularly - vintage shops are my best friend for key essentials and items i spot on a whim.

My most recent purchases last week were both of these items.


 Primark Crochet Sweater - £1.99
Primark Orange Glitter Off The Shoulder Jumper - £2.00
Both with tags from different shops.

Here are a few of my tips to help you on your way if vintage shopping is something you'd like to try or need more tips on.

* If your visiting a vintage shop, try to have something in mind that your after whether its something small like a new book to read, or a black top - chances are you will find what your looking for if you have your mind set on something specific.

* You have to remember also vintage shops can sell every brand  - I have picked up items from RARE , Topshop, New Look, H&M , Primark, you name it, 
So it really is not about old tat.

* Fashion changes just as much as the weather - so don't automatically assume you can't buy something because its not in fashion, chances are it will be back in again soon and there's many items that are always in fashion, its about dressing for your own style - I never stick to trends.

* Most shops do size order there items, its not like a big jumble sale people make out it to be.
Always look in your size and below or above, many a time I have picked up a size 8 or a 12 as some clothes do tend to be bigger & smaller than others,
I'm an average 8, 10 but I do buy tops and jumpers in bigger sizes as I like things to be bigger sometimes.

* Take your time, if your not patient and can't be bothered going through every item on every rale then how will you ever expect to find anything?
I always go through items individually, as that's usually where the items i find are - hidden away.

* Buying items from vintage shops also does not mean buying a top that has been worn to death - I have expectations and personally will only buy something if it looks like its only been worn a few times, you can tell when an item has been worn loads, the colour will be faded and to be honest you'll know.
A lot of the vintage buys I've bought have either been worn once or twice or have tags and are brand new.

* Always wash before wear - As I've said before wearing something worn by someone else is just the same as borrowing a top - you'd make sure you washed it before someone else wore it right?

* Vintage shops are a great way to pick up a new read - I have bought many books priced at 50p that are pretty new and by my favourite authors, when you've read them, you can simply take them back and buy more.
50p coming out of your pocket will hardly break the bank and its a lot cheaper than paying £6.99 for a book that you'll read only once and then leave sitting on your shelf - it also means your giving back more.

* Search top and bottom - I don't mean literally, all vintage shops I know have little boxes in which they have items of make up, perfume, I once picked up two brand new full sized Soap & Glory goodies for £1.00 for both.
They literally will sell everything and anything.

* Don't buy it just for the price - just like a full priced item you'd buy from H&M or New Look - ask yourself, when will you wear it, what with, what do you already have that will go with it?
I always do this.

* Look in the windows also - vintage shops tend to put the best items in the windows on display to tice people in, just like any shop, don't be afraid to ask if you can try it on or have it.

* Most vintage shops do let you exchange an item if it doesn't fit also so keep this in mind if you can't try on as not all have fitting rooms.

* & lastly take your time - even if you end up in there for half an hour and don't buy a thing as least you know you had a proper look.

* Remember the important thing when purchasing from a charity shop,
Its for a good cause and the money you give will be helping someone else, 
There are so many vintage shops about, maybe visit one that you personally feel close to.

I always visit animal ones such as the RSPCA and Society Of Abandoned Animals as animals are pretty close to my heart.

I hope these tips are helpful to anyone who want to try this,
let me know if you have any yourself?

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Week 3 - The Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle Nail Files Four Week Challenge ♥

This was meant to be a four week challenge, but I have got to the point where my nails are too long, 
didn't think I'd be saying this.

I've popped my nails up in stages in the pictures below,
My nails in the last picture may not seem long for you, but for me they were pretty long.
and there's only so long I can last when it drives me insane and i have to shorten them.


The whole point of writing this post was to see if this product was any good and i will be completely honest with you.


 I'd give it an 8/10

My nails have gotten stronger and i can bend then without snapping them, so the protein complex in this product has worked well for my nails.

The reason I didn't give this product a 10 was the fact that a few of my nails were still flaking after 3 weeks of this product and I had to keep filing these away so it didn't spread. 
We'll take a trip back and I'll let you now How this product was meant to benefit me 
 "Exclusive protein complex supports and protects nails so they can grow longer and stronger.
Soy Protein [binds moisture to nails], helping to strengthen and promote growth without brittleness.
Keratin helps protect nails against splitting, cracking and tearing.
Collagen and multi-vitamins help stimulate healthy nail growth."
The Keratin in this product didn't really work well for me as I still had some splitting which was a shame.
But the Collagen and multi vitamins did make my nails grow very fast, if you see week 2 where i broke my index finger nail, a week later you can see how much it grew in week 3?

I suggest if you are thinking about buying this product for help with splitting or cracked nails then I would maybe give it a go and at least try it, it might work different for each individual person, if you after growing your nails quick, then this is a must for you.
Plus it makes a fab top coat as well as a base coat.
The £9.99 price tags is steep for me cause it didn't work the way I intended it to, the only reason I purchased it was because I had Boots vouchers and wanted to try something new.
I think its got its advantages and disadvantages and its maybe a product I would purchase in the future if it was on offer.

I was suggested OPI Nail Envy, so maybe that the next product on my list to test out.

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