Sunday, 2 December 2012

Party Look

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Exploding Ceilings and getting to know me a bit better :)

What a night I've had! I popped out to see my boyfriend for a bit and when I got home our kitchen ceiling had randomly caved in... (ie. plaster, wood and gallons upon gallons of water everywhere) it was a nightmare! fortunately my lovely neighbour came round and helped to clean it all up and our house insurance should cover the repairs and hopefully we'll have a brand new ceiling very soon... because let me tell you, looking in the kitchen right now just makes me want to cry! haha. 

We think what had happened was that our shower pipe thingies broke and so the space inbetween the bathroom floor and kitchen ceiling filled up with water and damaged all the wood and plaster, causing it to collapse...urgh! 

Anyway... in happier news! I came across this little survey on the lovely Emily's blog - One Way Beauty, and thought it'd be fun to fill it out :) 

10 Little Secrets

1) What is one product that makes you feel like a million dollars?
 Bright Red Lipstick! My favourites being - Red Velvet by bareMinerals and a Shu Uemura lipstick that I've forgotten the name of! it's a beautiful rich red and just makes me feel so glamourous :) I also love how red lipstick can brighten up a face so quickly, if I don't have time to apply a full face of makeup I'll always just stick on a couple of coats of mascara and then finish off the look with red lips!

2) What is your skincare secret/a passed down skincare tip?
I never use face washes and things because when I did use to use them, they always seemed to bring me out in spots... instead I just wash my face with warm water and I very very very rarely (*touch wood*) get spots. I always moisturise though! with either Olay Beauty Fluid or Palmers Cocoa Butter.

3) Share your hair care secret?
I actually cut my own hair! I use to visit salons and get my hair done all the time but I'm living on a tight budget now, so rather than spend money having my hair cut, I thought I'd teach myself how to do it. It took me a while to work up the courage, but I started by snipping little bits off and making sure it was even, before I went into cutting more off. Now I've been cutting it since January 2012 :) I'd definitely go to a salon if I was after a more adventurous hair cut though!!

4) What is your biggest diet rule?
I have never been on a diet because I don't put weight on very easily, so I can't really comment. Although, I'd definitely say, don't deprive yourself of your favourite things! it'll only make you want them all the more... be sure to treat yourself to things!
5) Any workout tips?
Belly Dancing! it's the best possible work out ever. I'm a self taught tribal style belly dancer, I got into it about 5 years ago and it really does wonders for your figure! I'd recommend it a thousand times over :)

6) Which perfume is your secret weapon?
Lolita Lempicka, I'm absolutely addicted to Lolita Lempicka scents, and the bottles are adorable! One Christmas my mother went to Harrods and treated me to a crystal and flower bejeweled limited edition of the Lolita Lempicka fragrance because I love it so much and it still has pride of place on my dressing room table :) it's such a beautiful bottle and has the most amazing scent ever, everyone always comments on it when I wear it, even strangers! it's quite an intoxicating blend. 

7) What clothing item of yours always turns heads?
I have this very short clingy red and white dress that I bought for about £20 from Apricot and everyone loves it! my boyfriends always asking me to wear it when we go out and about, hehe

8) What is your most treasured piece of jewellery?
I'm obsessed with silver bracelets and have bought one from every country I've visited (and every country my parents have been to as well!) so my most treasured piece of jewellery is a silver bracelet that my parents bought me for my 21st birthday, this one they bought in England though! it's an Atlas bracelet from Tiffany & Co. and I absolutely treasure it because it's so beautiful and sentimental to me.

9) Who is your style crush?
I really love the Romani Gypsy-esque style clothes that Lily Cole wears in the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, I really like her style in most pictures I've seen of her!


10) Tell us something we don't know about you
I present and produce my own rock and metal radio show, called "Metal Mania" on ICR. It's a great experience and has meant I've got to interview some of my all time most favourite bands and I get to go to great gigs and festivals, it's perfect! I'm very girly so most people find it quite odd when they realise I'm into heavy metal and thrash music!!

I want everyone to do this little survey and I hope you'll post in the comments to your blog post so I can learn a bit more about you too :) I'm now off to try and clean up the kitchen a bit more! hopefully the ceiling will be sorted soon :)

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Poundland Makeup!

I'm currently trying to live off a mega tight budget, so after seeing numerous posts about Poundland stocking makeup for £1, I thought to myself "Hmmm, I shall definitely have to go take a look at this!", so off I skipped to my local town and had a look around Poundland. All of their makeup is stocked in little see through plastic bags, so you can't test the colours, but I managed to pick up 3 Sally Hansen nail polishes in "Time To Shine", "Emerald City" and "Purple Pizzazz" and a Rimmel Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Lipgloss Duo in Cherry Blossom (which is now my new favourite lip product!) all for just £4, perfect! 


I love the Rimmel lasting finish gloss, the base colour dries so quickly and doesn't smudge (see pic below for evidence that the red doesn't come off on the clear gloss brush)


I know they look a bit overinflated here, but my lips are 100% real and natural, I swear!! :) as you can see from the above pic, the red base colour really does dry to perfection, there is no colour transfer to the clear gloss brush (which is really handy, because normally my clear glosses go a strange shade of pink after being mixed with numerous different red lipsticks)


Look how red my lips are! I love this stuff :D it also lasts for ages and I didn't have to reapply for a good few hours, it's also drink proof - I didn't leave any red lip marks on my coffee cup or anything :)

The Sally Hansen nail varnishes are pretty damn awesome too, I especially love the Emerald City one, it's a beautiful bottle green shade and really suits my pale skin.




I haven't tested out Purple Pizzazz or Time to Shine yet, but I'm sure I'll do a review of them soon! all in all, I'm definitely happy with my Poundland purchases! Have you ever bought any makeup from a discount store?  


Friday, 29 June 2012

Chelsea Doll!

If there's one thing I love it's cute and kitsch jewellery. I love statement bits and pieces that will make an impact and act as a conversation starter and I literally smother myself in jewellery (namely numerous silver bracelets that I've collected from around the world) and a big old statement necklace or earrings. I also have bazillions of rings that I've inherited from family members and I wear them all quite frequently too! 

Just before Christmas I came across my new favourite website, Chelsea Doll, and my boyfriend treated me to 3 necklaces and a big beautiful green gem ring (which I ADORE and wear basically every day!) here's my pick of the most awesome items currently for sale on the Chelsea Doll website - 

 


I absolutely adore these pocket watch style necklaces. I appreciate they're old news and everyone and their dog probably has one by now, but that doesn't stop me loving them! they're so dainty and eye-catching :)


This is one of the necklaces my boyfriend bought me and it's absolutely gorgeous! the colour is basically a rich bottle green and it hangs so nicely, definitely one of my favourite pieces of costume jewellery :)



I am a bit of a dirty rock'n'roller so I love anything with a bit of a punky rock vibe about it. These earrings are absolutely gorgeous and I love the multi-crosses, really gorgeous!



Ahhh I am so in love with this ring! I love anything related to the sea, so this is just perfect! :) and it's little crystal crown is just adorable.

 


How gorgeous are the shimmery blue stones in the birds? definitely an eye catching ring to add a pop of colour to your jewellery! I love this :)

What do you think of Chelsea Doll jewellery? have you bought anything from their site before? what are you favourite items of statement costume jewellery? :)

Oh, and btw - I've just created a new Twitter account for my blog. My old Twitter account is predominantly used for my radio show and networking with bands (who I don't think would appreciate lots of beauty and makeup chitter chatter!) so I thought it'd be best to keep the two separate :) follow me on Clarabeam!


Thursday, 28 June 2012

French Manicure NOTD

My oh my how hot is it today here in England? my room is positively sweltering, even with all the windows open and the fan blowing! I do find it quite funny how we all seem to spend all our time wishing for sunshine and then when it appears, we always get upset and say we can't handle the heat, haha. 

Anyhow, I gave myself a simple little French manicure this morning and thought I'd share the result with you. I use to have some little strips I could use to do the tips perfectly, but somehow I've managed to lose them, so this is all free hand (so please forgive the tips for being slightly on the wonk!) 

 

I used Nails Inc. Elizabeth Street (such a gorgeous nude shade!) and Nails Inc. Floral Street (I'm a tad obsessed with Nails Inc. right now I think!) 


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Pipedream and Sparkles

When I was younger I use to collect Urban Decay nail enamels like they were going out of fashion, I was absolutely obsessed with all the pretty shades and hues and made it my mission to own as many as I could.  Whilst going through some drawers in my dressing room I came across the beautiful Pipe Dream... looking a bit shabby and worn, but still very much useable. The shade is quite difficult to explain, it's a kind of creamy pale opal colour with shimmery mermaid greens when the light hits it at an angle. I decided to do a quick NOTD post featuring my old find and a bit of W7 Space Debris glitter! (oh and Lady Cottingtons Pressed Fairy Book!)


You can't get Pipe Dream anymore which is a shame, although I'm sure it could be found on ebay or another seller site! What's your favourite shade of the old Urban Decay nail enamels?

Outfit of the day! :)

The sun is shining and it feels like Summer has arrived here in England! so I thought I'd put together a little OOTD post to show what I'm wearing on this blissfully warm day. Forgive the somewhat bizarre pose! I'm terrible when it comes to taking pictures on a timer! hehe.


Black Straw Hat - George @ Asda (£5) 
Sunglasses - Miss Sixty
Dress - ASOS (Christmas present from my boyfriend :))
Handbag - Vintage
Tights - TK Maxx
Silver Platform Wedge Shoes - River Island


 Oversized Green Gem ring - Chelsea Doll (Present from my boyfriend) 
Sparkly Black Arm cuff - Boutique store

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Plums and Purples

Plums and Purples

Dolce Gabbana chiffon dress
£675 - flannelsfashion.com

Antonio Berardi silk jacket
$1,175 - matchesfashion.com

Paule ka
£465 - harveynichols.com

Steven by Steve Madden platform pumps
$103 - jildorshoes.com

Salvatore Ferragamo logo tote bag
$1,128 - mytheresa.com

Hair accessory
$63 - etsy.com



Friday, 22 June 2012

Experimenting with Nail Art

Recently I've become a bit obsessed with nail art, especially the 3D sparkly kind - with loads of embellishments and beautiful glittery bits and pieces stuck on for good measure! although the practicality of some of these designs are a bit dubious, there's no denying that they're incredibly beautiful and very creative. 
I thought I'd give it a try for myself with some little nail jewels I found hanging around in my bedroom and some glitter. I also made use of some eyeshadow to see if that would add to the effect too!


 1 - Nails Inc :: Elizabeth Street (Base colour) 
2 - Barry M Nail Paint in Shocking Pink (Bright pink line) 
3 - Barry M Nail Paint in Raspberry (Deep Red / Pink line) 
4 - Barry M Eye dust (16) for coppery bronze glitter accents 
5 - W7 Space Debris for large sparkles 
6 - Random unknown brand nail gems 
7 - Tweezers and a cuticle tool 
8 - Clear Top Coat

I started off by applying a pale nude colour (Elizabeth Street) as a base and then drew two lines in different shades of pink (Shocking Pink and Raspberry) across my nail. I then applied a thin coat of clear polish and dusted the eye dust over the top of it and then dipped the nail in the W7 Space Debris. Then, using yet more clear polish and the pink cuticle tool I applied the gems and more bits of Space Debris on the nail as well. 
 
 
The pictures don't do it justice as unfortunately my little point and click Nikon Coolpix isn't particularly good at picking up sparkles! but I'm really happy with the finished result :) I'm a bit scared of actually using my hands to do anything now out of fear of runaway gems, but they sure are pretty to look at :) 

Whats your favourite trick for doing nail art? do you have a favourite look? :)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

In the summertime!

Evidently it's Summer! you never would have guessed by the drizzly weather we've been having (admittedly there's been a few hot sunny days dropped into the mix as well, so it's not all doom and gloom!) and I'm still yet to make it to the beach, even though I live in the East and happen to be surrounded by beautiful coastlines... I'm just going to blame the rain for keeping me away from the sea! :) 

When Summer does finally (hopefully) hit us here in the UK, I'll be donning a gorgeous bikini and lounging around in the sand and sea like a mermaid! until then, I shall have to make do with scouting the web for the best in swimwear and dream of jetting off to some tropical land where the sun shines all year round! 

Take a peak at my pick of awesome bikinis and swimwear - 

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