Friday, 30 July 2010

New youtube account :)

I decided to put a couple of videos up on Youtube, but because my main account is full of dancing videos (I'm a self taught amateur belly dancer!) I thought I'd create a new one specifically for this blog. There's not much on there at the moment but I'm hoping to put some fun and interesting things up soon :). Feel free to subscribe and I'll return the favour. Youtube is so much fun! :)  


I wish I could live in the bath! (& a small face mask review)

I think I must have been a mermaid in a previous life or something because I'm completely unable to go a day without having a bath. I shower every morning without fail and even though it probably seems a bit excessive to have a bath every day as well as a shower, I can't help it, I'm completely addicted! 

Last night I had the most awesome bath known to man. I poured a cup of milk into the water (I'm turning into Cleopatra according to my friends) and used a strawberry facemask that smelt edible. Then I chilled out in the bath and read some of my new book (The bed I made by Lucie Whitehouse)

Montagne Jeunesse are well known for their face masks - they're literally in every supermarket and drug store, often arranged on a rack with loads of pretty eye-catching designs and titles that just scream out to be eaten (don't laugh! I've often been tempted to eat the fudge sauna mask!) 

I decided to try out the Strawberry Souffle mask this time round because it's summer and I love the scent of strawberries. This mask cost me 99p from Tescos which is a total bargain :). It applies like any normal mask, you just clean your face with plain water, dry your skin and apply the product to your face with your fingers. There's a lot in the packet so I applied it to my neck as well. The product claims "loaded with strawberry goodness which leaves skin hydrated and refreshed, allowing your skin to breathe with soothing aloe vera and calming vanilla for purified, toned, smoother skin. Cleanse with this treat weekly".  The mask smells divine, really fresh and packed full of strawberries and cream. I left the mask on for about 20 - 25 minutes whilst I relaxed in the bath and tried to resist the temptation to attempt to lick it off my face, lol. After I washed it off I could definitely feel a difference - my skin was a lot smoother and any dry patches had been eliminated, plus the mask has a lingering scent which meant I could still smell strawberries when I went to sleep, which was nice.

My favourite Montagne Jeunesse mask is still the fudge sauna one, simply because it heats up when it comes into contact with water and it smells AMAZING, literally amazing! but the Strawberry Souffle one is pretty damn good too and will do wonders for your skin if it's quite dry. 

What are your favourite face masks?

My favourite items

My wardrobe is a treasure trove of random items, I find it tough to throw anything out so I still have all sorts in there, even my super sparkly prom dress from seven years ago! fortunately I have two bedrooms (a tad excessive perhaps, lol, but I have far too much stuff to keep in one room) and my second bedroom has a walk in wardrobe, so I keep the clothes I wear most frequently in there. 

I thought I'd document some of my most favourite items and tell you why I love them so much. 


This pic is from when I was 20, I'd been doing modelling since my mid-teens but I really love this one pic because of the dress :) I still have this dress and I don't wear it as often as I should. I tend to stick to quite muted colours normally (lots of black!) so I'm completely in love with this red dress due to the vibrancy of it, plus it makes me feel happy :) (dress from a boutique) 

Thursday, 29 July 2010

A little OOTD post

I'm pretty much just posting this because I'm in love with my shoes and tights, but I thought rather than post endless pictures of my shoes I'd turn it into a little OOTD post :)


Forgive my weird expressions, I was playing around in the garden and it was quite bright! lol. The top is from Miss Selfridge, it's dark brown (bit weird that I bought it considering I don't tend to wear brown) but I love the lace at the neck and sleeves.
 

Just a quick explanation about the plasters - I had to have blood tests the other day and my inner elbow is all bruised and sore, so I've been covering it up with plasters (weirdly plasters seem to stop it hurting, it's probably the pressure)

I bought the skirt from Topshop - I pretty much live in little black skirts although recently I've begun worrying that I'm too old to wear mini skirts now (I know I'm probably not, but I worry about it all the same! lol).

Now my favourite bit of the outfit :) the tights and shoes! I honestly can't remember where I bought these tights from, but I love them to bits, whenever I wear them people always seem to come up to me and say "I love your tights!" which is a little bit odd but nice of them! lol.  The shoes are from New Look - which in my eyes is the best place to buy shoes on a budget. I must have hundreds of pairs of shoes and a vast majority come from New Look, purely because their prices are great, who can stick their nose up at a pair of shoes that cost between £20 - £25 and last for ages? I've been buying shoes from New Look for years and years and I've never had a pair break on me yet (*touch wood*)

 
I love these shoes because they're so understated and can be worn with pretty much anything really. The scuffed effect makes them look vintage and a bit retro and I really like the two straps :)

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Every day makeup looks

I realised earlier that I've never actually posted a picture of my every day makeup look before. I tend to go for quite a basic look - semi smokey eyes, pink lips & soft sheeny foundation / blush. The main focus is often on my eyebrows, which I like to keep quite dark and dramatic. I'm also a total mascara addict and will apply around 3 coats in order to get my lashes to bulk up. 

 



I like wearing nude / natural colours on my lid and then I tend to contour the shape of my eye with a darker shade of brown to accentuate :) The products I use on a daily basis are as follows - 

 

1) Boijous kohl and contour eyeliner in black 
2) Estee Lauder magnoscoptic mascara
3) Urban Decay primer potion
4) Urban Decay eyeshadows in midnight cowboy rides again, sell out and oilslick
5) Bare Minerals foundation in fair
6) Bare Minerals GLEE all over face colour
7) Benefit Highbeam highlighter
8) Too Faced Lip injection
9) Bare Minerals Bavarian Creme lipstick
10) Bareminerals precision eyeliner brush (I use this for the ends of my eyebrows)
11) Bareminerals angled brow brush (used to fill in the wider sections of my brows)

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Crazy hair! the perils of split ends

I'm a bit of a bohemian, I like things to be laid back and relaxed and my hair is a perfect example of this. I used to be a slave to my GHD straighteners.. until my best friend Becky trod on them, so I bought some more - desperate to maintain my sleek and poker straight mane, but after a couple of weeks she trod on them too., lol. After two pairs of GHDs being massacred by my accident prone best friend, I thought I'd see if I could cope without them. That was about 4 years ago and I'm still hair straightener free! 

My hair is naturally quite wavy and these days I tend to just wash and go, no mucking around with electrical appliances (to be honest I'm just too lazy!) but because my hair is so long now and I haven't had it cut for over 7 months, it's prone to looking quite frizzy and icky, which is where my hair life saving products come into play. 

Charles Worthington no frizz flawless finishing cream
This product is my ultimate lifesaver, where I used to rely on straighteners to combat the frizz, I now just smooth a little bit of this through my hair when it's dry and it leaves my hair feeling like silk - all the split ends are disguised and my hair looks sleek and shiny, yet still wavy and bohemian. It's no hassle whatsoever and doesn't leave a greasy feel which is always good.

Lee Stafford spray shine, shine head
I tend to spritz a little bit of this on after I've used the Charles Worthington finishing cream just to give extra protection against the dulling effect split ends can give the hair. Just like the Worthington cream, this spray isn't greasy and doesn't leave a heavy residue on the hair, it just leaves my hair looking shiny and healthy, but still lets me keep my wavy natural hair style.

Both of these products are fantastic and I use them pretty much on a daily basis. Without them I'd probably have to give in and purchase another pair of GHDs just to keep my hair looking healthy and gleaming. 

Monday, 19 July 2010

Accidental Hiatus!

Oops! it appears as though I went on an accidental hiatus for a while there, I'm back now though :) yay! 

Quite a lot has happened in the past couple of months... I went to Download (as I mentioned in the post below) and it was AMAZING, I also won a competition to present my own show on Download FM on the Sunday which was great. Sadly it rained loads on Sunday during and after Billy Idol, so I was soaked for my show, but it was great fun :) staying in VIP camping was awesome too - proper toilets (with sinks and soap!!) and hot showers and it only took us about 2 minutes to get into the arena from our tent, lol, we literally just wandered into the hospitality entrance and then into the arena past the main stage, good times! :) overall it was a fantastic weekend (highlights being - AC/DC, Rage against the machine, Cinderella, Slash, Saxon, Billy Idol and Aerosmith) 

A couple of weeks after Download the lease on our flat in Aldgate East came up (one of my flatmates has gone travelling around India for a year so we had to cancel our contract early) so Dan and I moved back to Suffolk. I was sad to leave London as I have loads of happy memories of being there, but I'm a country girl at heart so being back in Suffolk is great - so many trees, fields and animals! plus we're surrounded by beaches (which has been super handy given the heat wave we've had recently)

The main news though is that I now have a wonderful boyfriend... Dan! yes, my best friend Dan and I decided to stop messing around and actually get together. We've been best friends for 6 years and something has always been there but I only just realised. I literally woke up one morning and thought "Omg... I love him!" so we had a heart to heart and decided to get together :) we're blissfully happy and I've never felt this way about someone before, so completely relaxed and at ease, he's amazing and I feel so lucky to have realised how much he means to me :) we've lived together for a year already in London, so we did things kind of backwards really, lol... but we're looking to move into a cottage in rural Suffolk soon :) 
I'm going to High Voltage festival this weekend coming up which will be great! and we're staying in a 5 star hotel over the weekend too, woo, exciting times! :D 

I'm going to work on some review posts and things now, I just wanted to keep you all updated as to what I've been up to recently, hope you're all well :)


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