Saturday, 27 October 2012

MUA Matte Foundation

I have been searching for my perfect foundation for yonks. I have tried and tested a ridiculous amount, but finally found the one! Cue MUA's Matte foundation!
MUA claims:
"Velvet smooth, long-lasting finish. A creamy texture that blends beautifully for that perfect velvet finish and long-lasting matte complexion."
The packaging is great. Doesn't look cheap, tacky and I like how it's a squeezy tube rather than a pump, as I always find I can get every last bit out of this kind of tube, rather than a pump.
The formulation is great. It's not thick and unspreadable, yet on the other hand it's not watery. It's easy to apply and blends beautifully! It is extremely build-able and you can keep going until you have the desired coverage. I tend to wear 2 layers and 3 on area's of redness or to cover spots. 
I picked it up in shade 1 'soft sand' and it is almost identical to my skin colour.
The only fault I have is that it's branded as a matte product, but it couldn't be more different. It is incredibly shiny. If your looking for a matte foundation this is not the one for you.
Once I have applied some pressed powder over the top is looks very natural. This foundation is extremely long wearing and doesn't need touching up for hours on end.
This foundation also doesn't irritate my skin which is a great bonus!
Now onto the price....£2!
This foundation really does tick all the boxes. I have already re-purchased 3 times and think I will be many more times!
Let me know if you have/ are going to give MUA's function a try?

Monday, 22 October 2012

NOTD: I have nails!

This is my first ever NOTD!
Up until recently I used to bite my nails and to be completely honest, I couldn't even say I had nails as I used to bite them so low. Recently I have found an amazing product (blog post coming soon!) that basically tastes disgusting and stops you putting your thumb anywhere near your mouth.
2 months or so has gone by, and I now feel that I have decent size nails...although I still want them longer haha!
14 years have gone past and I have never had to paint my nails, so that's why they look a bit messy!
I bought 'Red Glitter' and 'Raspberry' taking advantage of Boots 3 for 2 offer on at the moment!
The clear colour is my mum's, I'm using allot of her colours at the moment since my collection consists of 5 colours and 3 of them are shades of pink!
Hope you like my fist nail of the day!
Expect many more in the future!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Next Wishlist: Dresses!

From left to right:
Black Embellished Maxi Dress £70 (can't seem to get the link to work, sorry!)
Wow Navy Maxi Dress £40 (buy here)
Nude Embellished Dippy Hem Dress £45 (buy here)
Purple Flocked Shift Dress £50 (buy here)
Lace Dress £60 (buy here)
Printed Dress £50 (buy here)

You may have seen last week I did a wish list on my favourite pieces from the Next website. Whilst picking my favourites, I realised just how many dresses I adore from Next this season. I decided they needed a whole post to think of this as a Next dress appreciation post.
Next have such a great range of dresses at the moment, as you can see from above.
If it's a short dress, maxi dress, floral dress, lace dress, you name it, Next have it!
You can probably tell by my last couple of posts that I have really been loving Next recently. Although Next is a high-street store, I definitely consider it as a more high end one as Next always have such great quality.
When I go to New York in 2 weeks’ time I need a dress to wear for Broadway, and I am currently lusting after the Purple flocked shift dress but sadly my bank balance isn’t looking to healthy at the moment, what with Christmas on the way. Oh well, a girl can still dream haha!
Which dress is your fave?

Thursday, 18 October 2012

OOTD: Tweed coat and MUdDZ wellies!

Thick Leggings - Hooch for Matalan
Top - River Island
Scarf - Primark
Jacket - Rydale
Wellies - MUdDZ
Yesterday I took Digger for a walk. It was a lovely sunny day, but still had that autumnal chill to it. I wore my tweed coat. I bought it from the Royal Bath and West Show back in May from the Rydale (also known as Yorkshire clothing company) stall. I was looking for a fitted tweed blazer, the same style as the Jack Wills ones, but all the ones I tried on were either to big, to small, or to expensive!
I tried this one on and loved it. Yes it's not the fitted blazer style I was aiming for, but I love it none the same.
I haven't really got much wear out of it up until now, because It's really thick and you have to wait till really chilly, frosty days to wear it.
It cost around the £70 mark which I think is pretty good considering it's tweed!
The only downside to this coat is the lining. It is the brightest pink I have ever seen...ever. It doesn't look nice at all and I feel it makes the coat look extremely cheap.
Overall I love it, I just try to keep the lining hidden.
Do you own a tweed coat/blazer?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Next's Next day delivery! My style!

Did anyone see Next's new TV ad in the break on Sunday's X factor. It features the beautiful Arizona Muse and is promoting Next's next day delivery service if you order by 9...PM! (Next's next day delivery, blimey that's a mouthful!) My mum's reaction to the advert was ''wow, if you order by 9!? That's fab!'' Her reaction probably had something to do with how she suddenly remembered she had a wedding the day before it was on last month and had no time to get out the office and go shopping, meaning she had to throw together an outfit she really didn't feel confident in. Not good.
I think it's really good to know that Next have such a service available. With the ordering time being as late as 9pm and next day delivery guaranteed I think that is incredible. I'm so pleased that Next have spent the time and created an advert that does the service justice and really shows it off. Why would you want to play something like that down!? I think not.
I have taken the Purple Geo-print dress (as seen in the ad) and styled it fittingly with other pieces from the Next website (( I went for a nigh time, glamorous sophisticated look that compliments the dress and shows off its best bits.
1) Purple Geo-Print Dress £65 (Buy here)
This is the key piece to the outfit. The fish to the chips, the Ant to the Dec, the iced to the bun (I could go on forever haha!) At the end of the advert Arizona Muse steps out of her house in this dress, and I think a little bit inside of me wanted to run to the nearest Next shop and buy myself one of these timeless, elegant dresses. (And then cry in front of the mirror at how I don't look as good as Arizona Muse does in it!)
2) Lepord Print faux fur jacket £65 (Buy here)
Who doesn't love a faux fur jacket!? They just remind me of the scene in SATC in which Carrie Bradshaw is running to Miranda's house on New Years wearing a huge fur coat! With Carrie Bradshaw being one of my style icons, who can blame me for loving a fur jacket or too!?
3) Black Croc effect strap shoe £35 (Buy here)
I love shoes, especially these shoes. They would go with anything and everything. If I'm going to spend money on something I want it to go with lots and to be able to get allot of wear out of it. That's what's so great about these shoes. They look amazing with the dress but could also be worn again and again, perfect!
4) Shimla Amethyst Bracelet £55 (Buy here)
I had to have a pop of purple somewhere in the accessories. With purple being in the dress I think this bracelet compliments it beautifully and helps to keep the limelight on the dress.
5) Silver Sparkle Flower Ring £10 ( Buy here)
Another SATC themed accessory here, I just can't help it haha! This ring looks incredibly similar to Samantha's flower ring in the first SATC movie, plus it give a little more detail and a girly touch to the whole ensemble.
6) Black Leather Premium tote £75 (Buy here)
I'm having a love affair with this bag. I need to marry it, now. Another classic, timeless piece from Next which goes lovely with this dress.  
7) Duck egg Blue enamel bangle £12 (Buy here)
 Isn't this bangle beautiful? *swoon* It looks so much more expensive than £12, certainly looks like a luxury item to me! I would never guess it would only cost that much!
Overall the lesson is, if you're in a hurry and need a stylish, outfit that suits you fast, Next is the place to go!
Hope you enjoyed this post!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Tom's first OOTD!

Jumper - Next
Chinos - Next
Trainers - Sports direct
This is Tom's first appearance on my blog. I went shopping with him on Thursday and treated him to some new clothes from Next. Next is such a great place to shop. Our local Next happens to be a Next Clearance (double bonus!) I always pick up some great bargains in there, and Thursday was the same as usual. Next have such a great selection of boys clothes. The stock they have in at the moment is smart yet casual and I think it looks really sweet on Thomas.
Plus Next is a brand that I really trust, and I have never had a problem on the quality front from next. That is very important when it comes to buying clothes for boys. If you want to test clothes for quality and strength, Tom is the boy to do it. He lives in the garden (not literally obviously!) and is always riding his bike/motorbike, building dirt tracks and everything else that concerns dirt, mud, and being a crazy, loud troublesome boy!
Prices are also very reasonable at Next, especially if you go sale shopping!
Tom loves his new outfit, and lept at the chance of being on my blog.
Overall If you're looking for quality, stylish clothing for little boys, Next is the place to go! 

Monday, 15 October 2012

Next Wishlist!

(Sorry the images are a bit blurry!)

From left to right:
Purple Geo print dress £65 (buy here)
Black Jacquard Print Skinny Jeans £28 (buy here)
Quilted Jacket £55 (buy here)
Printed Skirt £38 (buy here)
Black Gold wedges £32 (buy here)
Black Leather Look PU Shorts £22 (buy here)
I have been loving Next recently! They have some beautiful, unique pieces, and I have quite an extensive wishlist of things I would really like to purchase.
(Bank balance pleaaase grow, grow, grow!)
My favourite's out of these have to be those to die for shoes...just look at them!
They just scream Christmas/NYE parties to me!
Ps. I really need to go on a spending ban haha!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

100 Milestone Thank you!

Recently I have been loving getting back into the swing of blogging. I love having something to focus on and enjoy every aspect of blogging. I especially enjoyed taking part in the #bbloggers chat this Wednesday as I haven't done so in ages! I forgot how friendly the blogging community is and am so thankful for all the lovely comments and tweets I have had over the last week or so.
Then, to top it all off....I reached 100 GFC followers. I'm so grateful to every single one of you, it means so much that you take the time to come and have a look on my little corner of the Internet.
I'm planning of doing a giveaway once back from New York, meaning that I can buy a giveaway prize whilst there!
Thank you again!

Friday, 12 October 2012

A/W top 5 picks: Scarves!

1) Alexander McQueenSkull-print silk-chiffon scarf£165 Net a porter
2) Joules cocoon Womens Silk Scarf£29.95
3)Vintage Stitch scarf £25 cath kidston
4) Monsoon Lysander silk scarf £35
5) Raining cats and dogs scarf Next £14

I adore wearing scarfs in the Autumn, there's nothing quite like being wrapped up all snug in a scarf . I must admit, I have quite a scary collection of scarves! There is just so many different ones out there so I decided to do a post on my 5 favourite winter scarfs on the market right now.
(like my top 5 winter boots post)
I'm currently lusting after all of them. *sigh*
There is a huge vary of prices, colours and patterns between them and I would love to know which one of these 5 is your favourite, so please comment below and let me know!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Sunny Somerset morning: Walking Digger

Last weekend I took my dog Digger out for a nice long walk in the sunshine. The weather is very strange at the moment. Its raining one minuite and beaming with sunshine the next. I guess its just the switchover from Summer to Autumn. I couldnt resist taking my camera along too and snapped away at all things rural. I do love where I live, its really is beautiful. So here are a selection of the pictures, enjoy!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

OOTD: Floral Skirt and Pearls

Boots - Primark (Post coming soon!)
Tights - New Look
Skirt - Primark
Vestop - Topshop
Pearls - Local Boutique
(Digger wanted to be in the OOTD!)

This is what I wore out and about today. I haven't really been up to much this week. Just the usual moochings of life. School work is really starting to pile on, at a rather alarming rate. In November I'm sitting my first GCSE in the sports hall, in exam conditions (AHHHH!)
I have done a few controlled assessments for my GCSE's already but they were done in classrooms and don't seem as daunting as the ones done whilst sat on the individual little tables in the sports hall!

But.....onto the good news, I'M GOING TO NEW YORK IN OCTOBER HALF TERM!
I'm trying to push my science exam to the back of my head and just focus on this, I am ridiculously excited! Expect a full blog post of pictures/outfits and a haul of all my goings on in New York once I'm back.
Are you looking forward to anything exciting at the moment?


Saturday, 6 October 2012

FOTD: Purple/Green smoky eye!

I love my MUA palettes ridiculous ammounts. I have 3 and they certainly are my 'go to' palettes. What makeup loving girl can argue with an eyeshadow palette with perfectly pigmented colours for only £4! Last night I was feeling idol, so decided to create a ivy green Bond girl inspired look.
I went for a heavy pink blush, green on the lid (beautiful colour from vivo, post coming soon!) and purple on the lash line. You may also notice that I put a very minimal ammount of mascara on. I used to put lashings of the stuff on, but recently I have really been toneing down on the mascara front due to the fact that a few of my lashes have been falling out.
Hope you have all had a good week, enjoy the weekend!

Favourite time of the year!

It's no secret that I absolutely adore this time of year! The scents, feel, atmosphere and chilly temperature make me all warm and fuzzy inside. September through to February are always the most exciting for me! There is just so so much to look forward too! Bonfire Night, Halloween, Local carnival, CHRISTMAS, New Years, Christingle, My Birthday and amongst that all the exciting parties I have to look forward too! There really is nothing quite like walking in a massive warm winters coat, wrapped in a big fluffy scarf whilst wearing winter boots, nothing! I'm not really much of a summer girl (good job living in England!) and love the chill of autumn/winter.
Below are some of my favourite a/w pictures from weheartit that get me saying