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29 November 2014

ABSOLUTE PEARLS EARRINGS




Absolute Pearls Cream Stud Baroque Stud Pearl Earrings*

Hello lovelies, the other day I very kindly received this gorgeous pair of 9k white gold peal earrings, I have a very huge collection of earrings but never really owned an expansive pair, I usually just wear costume jewelry such as Primark, New Look, Accessorise, Dorothy Perkins etc so I now have a gorgeous pair to add to my collection. 

They come in a gorgeous little box and where wrapped beautiful, I felt like I was being naughty opening an early Christmas present. I never realised how different pearls where till I looked on their website, they have black ones, different sizes, gold ones, pink, cream and white so there is a style for everyone. They have bracelets, earrings, necklaces, brooches, cuff links you name it all specialising in pearl jewelry. It is very easy to find your way around on the website and the delivery was very quick.

I think these earrings are going to look gorgeous for Christmas with my bright red lippy and sparkly dress, I think pearls are very classy and make you look very lady like, I just need some black velvet gloves now. 

They are 9-10mm in size, they have a gorgeous pearl lustre and very inexpensive most of their jewelry starts at around £30 so there is a piece of jewelry for every ones price limit. I think these gorgeous pearl earrings will work with any outfit and although they are simple they are beautiful, sometimes less is more. I already have my eye on a few pieces for my Nan for Christmas she loves pearls, I wouldn't pick myself a necklace but the earrings are lovely and I quite like the look of the black ones they look very unique. You can purchase this gorgeous piece here.

Do you own any Absolute Pearl jewelry pieces? 

*I was kindly gifted this item by a PR company.



26 November 2014

WHAT'S ON MY NAILS WEDNESDAY #31




Essence Colour & Go Polish Go Berry £1.60

Hello lovelies, today I have for you a bargain nail polish! How stunning is this berry toned pink? It looks very similar to an Essie one, if anyone knows where I am coming from enter the shade name in the comments below. I picked this up from my local Wilkinsons the other day, I am always walking past the new make up aisle and never tried anything from Essence before so I thought I would try my luck, I am already very impressed with this just under £2 bargain. I have been wearing it for two days with no chips, its very shiny and goes on lovely. The applicator is quite square in shape and glides on the nail very easily and quick, you only need one coat for an opaque color to which is surprising but I always do two and I am very pleased with the outcome. If your after a gorgeous winter shade I would highly recommend this nail colour, it's stunning.

Have you tried the Essence range before?





25 November 2014

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR MUMS

Birdcage Jewlery Holder | Teacup & Saucer Bird feeder | 
Nude Bag | Sparkly Necklace | No7 Eye shadow palette

Hello lovelies, I have only picked five items and think I will through out my little gift guide offerings, I have only opted for five as I think lots and lots of bloggers will be doing gift guides. Obviously all our fabulous mums have different tastes, my mum is very much into her jewelry from Pandora to costume, No7 make up, gardening and fashion pieces so I put a bit of a mixture into that and put it into a gift guide, I hope she doesn't read this because a few will be going into my online shopping trolley soon. How bad is it that I haven't even started Christmas shopping? I am terrible for leaving everything last minute, but I do love a mad rush around the shops and getting last minute gifts and getting my partner merry so he buys me a few extras and I get them early aha, shh.

I adore the look of the jewelry holder and very tempted to buy one for myself too but I think my mum will love this, she likes vintage and will have somewhere to store all her earrings and bracelets. I think she will love the handbag too as she hasn't really got a big one and nude will go with everything. I know she will love the teacup bird feeders as she is always in the garden and these will be a beautiful addition to her garden, I am also tempted to get these two how cute are they? They are from the website 'not on the highstreet' this is such a great website for personalised gifts and gifts you wouldn't normally find anywhere else, I was going to do a gift guide solemnly on there behalf but I don't want to be making too many gift guides, I would highly recommend you checking them out though.

That necklace again I would be happy if I got this in my stocking, it is so stunning I am still a bit unsure if my mum would wear it though as she likes her Pandora necklace that is pretty dainty, I never really see my mum in statement necklaces but its in the sale at the moment on Dorothy Perkins so I might risk it and if she doesn't like it, well means I have to have it.. aha. Lastly on my little gift guide I have the No7 eye shadow palette, my mum loves No7 make up especially their eye shadows so would be a great addition to her collection, I love buying make up and I love that Boots do 3 for 2 on the gifts it makes everything so much easier and a little cheaper plus I get all the points for the Boxing day sales.

What I like to do for my mum or mother in law is put the presents in a pretty basket and decorate them beautifully and add little bits and bobs to wrapped presents to make it look festive and a bit more special and personal, how do you like to give your presents?

I also love searching through the gift guides no matter how many people do them, it gives me great inspiration and help as I am quite rubbish with presents, I love buying for women but men?! Just what do you by your old man or your partner, they are so hard to buy for so if you have got some gift guides up please, please comment me your links in the comments.
24 November 2014

MUMMY MONDAY | WHAT TOYS OSCAR IS LOVING ATM







Hello lovelies, Oscar hasn't been on here for a couple of weeks so I thought I would share him in today's post with what toys he has been playing with non stop lately. The first picture is him and his comforter, I bought two of these in case he lost one as he can't sleep without it but he somehow found the extra one and now he loves them both, luckily he can sleep with one if the other gets stuck down the sofa or something. 

Buzz and Woody, Oscar is obsessed with Toy Story at the minute so I couldn't resist getting him Buzz and Woody, he is always playing with them. I was slightly miffed as I saw Buzz was cheaper in the Disney shop compared to Argos price but I think the one in Argos has slightly more features. His wings spring out, light up and go over his shoulders for 'turbo mode' whatever that is aha, he says lots of phrases and Oscar loves flipping his wings out and flying him around the room. Woody had a pull tie at the back and says lots of phrases he was half the price of Buzz in the Disney store so that was a bargain, I should of kept them for Christmas really but I can't help buying him random gifts plus he is really sweet with his toys and gives them lots of cuddles and kisses. 

The next toy is the yellow sports car, Lamborghini it was his dads when he was little which is lovely to have, it is quite heavy and has doors that flip up at the sides that he loves playing with and just pushes it around on the floor, we usually push it to each other on the floor. 

Then lastly we have his Jake and the nerverland pirates toy car, I was shocked when Dan's mum bought Oscar this for his birthday a few months back that he actually liked it and played on it because we bought him a Mickey mouse one last year for Christmas and he never went on it, this has a button on it that says some of the phrases from the TV programme and he scoots around on it everywhere. Other than these toys Oscar is really into cars, planes, trains and dinosaurs. 

What toys are your toddlers loving? 

20 November 2014

TAG | PRODUCTS I'D TAKE INTO THE JUNGLE



Hello lovelies, today I have a fun tag for you all to join in if you wish created by the beautiful Beth over at Miss Beauty Obsession, all you have to do is pick what you would take into the jungle. I would never be brave enough to actually go in the jungle, I hate spiders or any creepy crawly in fact but I do love watching I'm A Celebrity and laugh at the trials but also thinking how brave/mad they are, so I thought it would be fun to join in with the tag fun so thanks Beth for creating it.

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Protecting Spray this and my Tangle Teezer I really couldn't be without, my favorite ever hair duo, I spritz this every time I wash my hair or before using heat tools, I obviously wouldn't have my straightners in the jungle or hair dryer but this would help with the heat of the sun! Also de tangles your hair instantly and leaves a lovely scent on your hair afterwards, the tangle teezer is just the best brush I have ever come across and doesn't pull at all brushing through wet hair. 

Collection Lasting perfection concealer, I really don't think I would bother with foundation as it would be hot and the heat would actually do some wonders for my skin going slap free I think but this concealer would be perfect for hiding any dark circles from lack of sleep, I don't think I could sleep very well thinking of all the creepy crawlies around me in the night and if a spot does appear I could hide it with this. 

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm* in Robust Rhubarb, I would wear this colour cheek balm just to add a bit of colour to my cheeks as I am very very pale and don't really tan at all so would be nice to have a bit of colour to my cheeks, they are oil free and would give me a nice healthy glow. 

Maybelline The Collosal Go Extreme Waterproof Mascara, I have this in the non waterproof version and absolutley love it but I think I would need waterproof for the jungle, the heat making me sweat/eyes water and probably lots of tears, I am sure I would be the next Gemma Collins if I went in haha. 

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Peach on the beach, What a fitting shade choice for the jungle aha, these lip crayons are so lovely to apply they glide on lovely and have a lovely scent unlike the Revlon minty ones, they have spf in and a waterproof finish! They are also quite long lasting and I think this is such a pretty shade and would look quite natural if I was just wearing mascara and a bit of blush. 

Then lastly the high all mighty of products, I couldn't be without this gem in the jungle its the 
Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream! This product is genius and so versatile, you could use it to keep your lips looking supple and soft, any dry areas you might have, for scars/burns if you fall over or have any accidents in the jungle, maybe even bites? This would be perfect if you got sun burn too to ease it, chapping pretty much anything, it is very thick but would be great for an over night mask if you really needed it. 

I really enjoyed doing this tag and I tag anyone who loves watching I'm A Celeb and would like to join in. 



19 November 2014

WHAT'S ON MY NAILS WEDNESDAY #30






Rimmel Salon Pro - Saturn £4.49

Hello lovelies, today I have for you a very different nail polish shade that I would never normally go for, but as I was in boots the other day I spotted the salon pro polishes and not owning one (I know shocker) I had to pick one up. This polish in the shade Saturn really grabbed by attention, it is like a dark olive/green shade, very autumnal I think with a gorgeous shimmer running through it. The brush applicator is quite wide which would be no good if you have dainty nails but I quite liked it, it made it very quick and easy to apply and they say this lasts up to ten days with no chips, we shall see about that. You could probably get away with one coat with this but I opted for two to make it extra opaque, although it's not a shade I would usually reach for I think its stunning and it went on my nails beautifully, I will definitely be getting some more of the salon pro polishes from Rimmel. 
17 November 2014

MAC | KEEPSAKES SMOKEY EYES PALETTE




Fancy dress, Kid, Honey Lust, Satin Taupe
Forgery, Divine Rule, Noble Spirit, Carbon

Hello lovelies, today I have for you one of three pieces I currently have from the Mac Keepsakes collection, I say currently because I really want a couple of more pieces, I think they are such good value for money also. The packaging is just beautiful and all of the shades in the smokey eyes palette really grabbed my attention, like you can't ever have enough neutrals right?

All of the shadows are so pigmented, long lasting and a couple I have had my eye on for a while, a much cheaper alternative to buying separate shadows and building up a palette, in my opinion anyway. This palette is also perfect to pop in your make up bag for touch ups with a handy little mirror too, there isn't a shade in there which I wouldn't use. I know its safe to always go for neutrals and warm browns but least I know I will use them often and they will be well loved. 

Fancy Dress - A gorgeous subtle pinky shade perfect for the base to build up the perfect smokey eye.
Kid - A soft beige, with a pearl iridescence. 
Honey Lust - One of my favorites from the palette, a gorgeous bronze with peach undertones. 
Satin Taupe - A taupe with a silvery finish.
Forgery - The prettiest silver/white with shimmers.
Divine Rule - Grey mauve with subtle shimmer.
Noble Spirit - A warm black/brown with hints of green.
Carbon - A very intense matte black. 

Like I said before, I adore all the shades and can't wait to do a gorgeous smokey eye with these shadows, I will try and get a face of the day up soon showing you the gorgeous quality of the shadows and how pigmented they really are. 

Have you got your hands on any of the keepsakes collection yet? 

13 November 2014

DUBLIN | GUINNESS STORE HOUSE













Hello lovelies, firstly huge apologies for the lack of posts, I had a weekend in Dublin with the other half as a birthday surprise bless him but ever since we got back, I have been so ill I am on the road to recovery now though and trying to get myself back in a routine, everything is just so hectic at the minute, but before I bore you with my life I thought today I would show you some pictures from the Guinness store house and what we liked about it.

When you first walk in its overwhelming how big the actual place is, it had about five floors and everything inside was fascinating, for someone who doesn't even drink Guinness or ale in fact It was enjoyable going around and finding out how it was all made right from the start. Dan's favorite bit was how they showed back in the day how they used to make the barrels to keep the Guinness in and I actually enjoyed watching it and it showed you all the tools they used, they must have been very fit!

Although I am pregnant I had a little sip of the Guinness in the taster room, they showed us how to taste Guinness properly, inhaling whilst taking a big sip of your drink, swill it all around your mouth then exhale to get the true taste, it was quite nice actually and was nothing like the Guinness I had tried at home before but I have heard that the quality can change from Dublin to England however true that is. I say Dan liked the barrel making the best but I am sure he liked getting two pints of Guinness to drink for obvious reasons I couldn't have one but I enjoyed pouring them, bought me back to my barmaid days I even attempted the shamrock and it looked pretty good. The views from the top of the Guinness store house were beautiful and after walking all around there for most of the day we were both pretty tired and headed back to the hotel for a power nap before exploring the night life. Over all though it was very informative and enjoyable and I would recommend anyone going if your going to Dublin anytime soon. 

Have you been in the Guinness store house before?

6 November 2014

WHAT'S INSIDE MY DUBLIN MAKE UP BAG






Hello lovelies, tomorrow I go to Dublin and will stop boring you all with my twitter updates aha, but I thought I would show with you all what I am taking in my make-up bag with me. It may look a lot for three days but like Cheryl sings in here new video 'I don't careeee', to me this isn't a lot at all, I may have even through in an extra few lipsticks when I photographed this, woops and yes its frozen, who cares its an ace film. All of these products that I have put in my bag I love love love and will be in safe hands with, the only thing that I am trialing is the Nspa face primer that I kindly got given from an event and the eye palette is Make-up Revolutions Flawless palette, I have only swatched this palette and it is so pigmented and gorgeous, it has all the shades I need for a mini break away so will be perfect, the rest I will mention below but I have tried and tested them all. 

It's all about that base, bout that base...

Laura Mercier Foundation primer
NSpa Instant Blur Primer*
Rimmel 25 hour foundation in soft beige
Mac Studio Sculpt foundation in NW20
Mac Studio Finish concealer in NW15
Collection Lasting perfection concealer in Fair
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder 

Cheeks...

Bourjois Chocolate bronzing powder in 52
Benefit Majorette cream to powder blusher
Clinique Chubby stick cheek colour balm in Robust rhubarb*
Mac Mineralise skin finish in Soft and gentle

Eyes...

Illamasqua Brow cake in Thunder
Elf Smudge Pots in Back to Basics and Cruizing Chic*
Make Up Revolution Eye palette in Flawless
Bobbi Brown Gel eyeliner in Black*
Eyelure eye lash curlers
Bobbi Brown Smokey eyes mascara*

Lips...

Illamasqua Rosepout
Topshop Wicked
Mac Crosswires
Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry

I may have chucked in Nars Cruella and some Maybelline lipglosses too, but shh. 

Are any of my picks some of your favorite products?


5 November 2014

WHAT'S ON MY NAILS WEDNESDAY #29




OPI Happy Anniversary, Nails Inc Lancelot Place & Essie Fiji

Hello lovelies, if you follow me on twitter you will know I am going to Dublin on Friday, I've hardly mentioned it though, aha I'm just excited for a mini break away with the fella, I will miss my little man so much for three days and will probably feel like I have lost my right arm but it will be nice for a little break, so as I am going away I thought I would do my nails all pretty, I call this the glitter trio, it's so pretty! Happy Anniversary by OPI is the most stunning glitter polish but you would need about ten coats to make it opaque so I started of my nails with a base using Essie's Fiji as it is a gorgeous very pale pink and worked beautifully with the OPI polish but I wanted even more glitter and sass so I added a top coat of Nails Inc Lancelot Place, it has silver black and the tiniest bits of gold pieces running through it and really makes your nails stand out, I think my nails are stunning and I loved it that much I had to paint my toes the same! So I am now glittery from head(fingers) to toe. 

What do you think to my glitter trio?
4 November 2014

YOG NOG SOAP | LUSH



Lush - Yog Nog £3.40 /100g

Hello lovelies, today I have for you a very festive soap from the new Christmas range at Lush, I fell in love with this at first scent rather than sight although it is pretty cool looking also. It reminds me instantly of cinder toffee, does anyone eat that stuff? Its delicious! 

This soap lathers up like a dream and makes you smell like a huge cinder toffee, with hints of fudge and other festive scents, it is very creamy and also contains moisturing properties being soya yoghurt and it also has a very been very generously dusted with cocoa powder so that will also keep your skin feeling lovely and smooth. 

I love everything about this soap, I am not hugely a massive fan of soap usually it just always seem pointless to me I would rather use shower gels and things like that, but this makes my bathroom smell amazing and it feels so lovely on my skin. It is very festive and makes me smell edible and delicious when I get out. I now need a yog nog moisturiser in my life, come on lush! Although the scent does linger for quite a while so you smell yummy going to bed. I will definitely be buying more of this before it goes out of stock and also have my eye on the reindeer soap!

Have you smelt yog nog yet or got your eye on any Lush Christmas goodies?




3 November 2014

MUMMY MONDAY | SNOW DOME FUN & FIRST TRIMESTER IN PREGNANCY


Hello lovelies, on Saturday we had a lovely family day out, we started the morning by Dan taking Oscar for a good kick around at the park and feeding the ducks whilst I did all the house chores then we made our way to the Snow-dome in Tamworth, we couldn't wait to take Oscar tiny tubing for his first time and he absolutely loved it. Everyone who worked there said how adorable he is and it was so lovely to see his little face light up when he was sliding down the big snow slides, he kept shouting weeee. We had a good hour and a bit there playing in the snow, dragging him around the snow on sledges and they had a little snow park there too, we definitely need water proof bottoms next time Oscar had a wet snowy bum after a couple of falls bless him, once we got him all clean and dried we made our way out and looked for somewhere to eat, we didn't realise Tamworth now had a Nando's so we headed straight there and had the biggest chicken feast it was delicious! I had such a great day with my boys and we was all pretty worn out by the time we got home so we all snuggled up and watched Toy Story for the millionth time this year, Oscar loves it!

First Trimester - I'm not going to lie to you its been pretty sh*t, I have been nothing but sick and in agony through out the first three months. I got rushed into hospital a couple of weeks ago and sent to A&E after being in copious pain the night before I wanted to make sure everything was ok with the baby, after 8 hours in hospital everything was fine and I was just told it was a water infection and possible growing pains with it being my second it grows faster and I got to have an early scan to make sure baby bump was ok and he/she was all healthy and growing, was so lovely to see. Oscar has been so sweet since finding out I was pregnant, he has never been so affectionate, he keeps hugging and kissing my little bump and I am trying to make him understand a little more for whats to come for us all. I was really worried and scared when I first found out I was pregnant, it wasn't planned and a lot of issues spiraled through my mind but now I couldn't be happier and I can't wait to have two gorgeous baby's in my life to love unconditionally. I have now hit 13 weeks and the sickness is wearing off a bit so I am hoping it will be a lot better now, the sickness was really bad with Oscar for the first three months then I was fine but with this baby I have been going off a lot more things, my taste buds are completely different this time and next week I get to have another scan to make sure baby number 2 is ok and I will get back to you all. I didn't know whether to post about my pregnancy on here as it might bore some of you but he/she is apart of me and growing inside and this will be great to read back on. I wish I documented everything with Oscar but I will be doing  more mummy posts as they are a huge part of my life.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and would love to know what you got up to in the comments below x



2 November 2014

OCTOBER BEAUTY FAVORITES


Hello lovelies, today I have for you my favorites of the previous month, I;m actually quite early to the party for once this time but don't think this will be a regular thing, I am sure next month I'll be late again, but read on if you want to see what I loved through out October. 


Benefit Majorette - I have worn this every day through out October, when I was wearing make up anyway, it is a cream to powder blusher that just smells amazing! Think peaches, pomegranetes, sweety and floral almost. You can use this as a blusher alone or as the perfect base for your usual blusher for extra oomft and flush but I always use this alone, it is the perfect shade for your cheeks to give it a really healthy glow and just makes you look radiant.

Philip Kingsley Daily damage defence - Again used all through out October every time I have washed my hair this has been sprayed vigorously through out my hair then brushed through with my tangle teezer, it has been keeping my hair healthy, knot free, smelling good and protecting it through heat products, if I have washed my hair on a night time I put all this through, brush it through then leave it in as a conditioner spray as it has got condition properties, but if I am using a heat tool the next day I give it another little spritz to make sure my hair is well protected. This product really is genius and has everything you need in one bottle, I would actually be confident in to say that I would happily through everything hair related in my hair care draw and just have this! It has been my hair saviour and this 60ml bottle is perfect for travelling with. After seeing how much I wrote about this product in my favorites I really should of done a solid review on its own, but there you go, you all need it in your life, trust me! I will be forever repurchasing this miracle hair spray, thank you Philip K.

Bobbi Brown Gel eye liner - This eye liner is fricken amazing, if you have read my post about the Bobbi Brown event I went to not long ago you would have seen that I wrote that I thought it would be impossible for me to use one of these gel eye liner pots but with the Bobbi Brown eye liner brush it is a dream to use and sooo easy! It literally glides on so smoothly and stays put for hours and hours with no smudges or anything. The key is to use confident sweeps rather than doing a little bit at a time which is where it usually goes wrong, you know when your line is just getting bigger and bigger and you just now look like you have a black eye, no one wants that. This is so simple, if I can do it you can! I have even put my trusty Maybelline Black shock gel eyeliner pen down and this has replaced it, its amazing.

Benefit It's potent eye cream - I am quite a bad blogger here, but I never actually used to use eye cream that much, I am getting better as I am coming up to 24 and I am getting worried about crows feet and any wrinkle really, I don't want to be addicted to botox so I need to keep on top of things. This eye cream has been so lovely to use, it sinks into the skin beautifully, the pot is adorable! Not a strong scent to it at all, I have noticed a difference in my dark eye bags, which has also been helped with lots of water and getting into a routine, no more late nights! But I have really enjoyed using this eye cream and will be thinking of repurchasing this in the near future.

Topshop Wicked - This has been the most perfect lip product for me through out autumn, the perfect berry lip toned lipstick which I have just adored, I have never had so many compliments from a lipstick and everyone saying how well suited to it I am and everyone asking me what it is. It stays put for hours, it doesn't smudge everywhere, it feels lovely on the lips and its is very opaque.

Nars Cruella - The only red lip product I have ever fallen madly deeply in love with, I think this deep cherry red really compliments my skin tone and brings out my eyes more strangely. It is such a stunning shade, it stays put through wind, rain, dancing, drinking, eating, you name it this lipstick could pull through it! I just love it, the only downfall is that it can latch on to your dry patches but if you keep those lips well looked after you wont have any problems with this little gem at all, its the best red ever!

If you have written about your October favorites be sure to link your's below x