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?  

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