Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Reading Nook Wish List

When chaiselongue.co.uk contacted me about the blogger competition they're holding, I was immediately intrigued as since my recent move I've been in home decor mode. I had the idea to have a neutral little reading nook that smells lovely where you can sit and shut out the world for a while. Here are my picks:

Fabrice Cosy Armchair: £345
Strawberry Buttercream Yankee Candle: £19.99
Biscuit cushions (I love the custard cream and party ring): £22 each
Chateau 2 Drawer Hall Table: £326
Bird Table Lamp: £78
Disney Wonder Linen Spray: £8
Wall Canvas: £20

If you feel like entering the blogger competition, here's the details.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

My Graduation

 Last week I graduated from my 4 year teaching degree, it was a really nice day despite it being super hot in the gowns.
We took lots of group photos after the ceremony including many attempts at the 'throwing the mortarboard' photo and also photos of us looking silly with our hoods up!
Afterwards my parents took me to a restaurant for a Bellini and a lovely dinner.

I can't thank my friends and family enough for supporting me through the ups and downs of my degree and I couldn't have done it without them. On to the next challenge, my NQT year!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

My New Flat


Some of you may know that I've recently moved into my new flat, I'm absolutely loving my new home and thought it'd share some of my favourite things/places.

Cream cake stand/ toiletries stand: present from my Mum
Bambi Wonder reed diffuser: Disney Store
Chicken egg jar: Next
Teacup Vase: Next
Fruit basket: present from my Grandma
Kitchen Shelves and Cookbooks
Doormat: Homemade, stencilled and spray painted
Ceramic Birds: Wilkos

Monday, 24 June 2013

That Wierdo with 5 Colours in her Hair: My Hair Chalking Experience

I'd been wanting to chalk my hair for ages but since I know it only lasts until you wash your hair I chose to do it for my friend's birthday night in which the theme was hippies!

I wanted to tell you about my experience as let's just say, it didn't go as expected.
So the first thing I did was spray water on the selected piece of hair, this is so the colour transfers better. Then you rub the chalk up and down the hair (I only did the ends) until the desired effect is achieved.
The first thing I didn't expect: 

1.You're basically backcombing your hair so it gets very knotty. I thought 'no problem, I'll brush it out' NOPE! The colour comes out too when brushed so you have to settle for knotty hair until you wash it, not ideal!

Then you have to set the colour with heat- straightners or curlers. I used straightners (before using curlers after).

2. MESS, the chalk itself gets everywhere when you're rubbing it on the hair so cover your legs and wear gloves! Also it then gets all over the straightners (but wipes off easily when they've cooled).

3. The colours don't always always show up as expected. The most vibrant for me were green and red (which came out pink). Blue and Purple didn't show up quite as well.

When washing out the next day (there was no colour transfer on my pillow overnight), it washed out easily after I used a comb on my wet hair to get all the knots out first.

Overall, I was really pleased with the overall look and it looked great with curls. It wasn't too hard to get the desired effect and I didn't really have to worry about having the same amount of each colour or it being symmetrical.

4. I would have liked it to be a bit more noticable and colourful all over but this was very time consuming to get the colours to show up strongly so bear that in mind.

I also had feathers on a hair slide to keep with the hippy theme. I would have a go again, preparing for the knots and mess this time! Also, I didn't use a specific hair chalking kit, just normal pastels from an art shop.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Small Homeware Haul

So at the end of this month I am moving into a flat on my own, I'm super excited and there was lots I couldn't wait to buy. I initially told myself I wouldn't buy anything but furniture before I moved in but that didn't happen.... Here is the start of many things I will buy!

I've had my eye on these tins on dotcomgiftshop for a while now (see my wishlist here) and when I saw them on sale for £6.95 at a local gift shop to me (website) I just couldn't resist!

From the same shop I got these pretty party straws for £2.95.

This is a random one but I wanted a matching toothbrush holder and soap dispenser so got these from Wilkinsons.

I thought this blackboard was so cute for the kitchen, It's from Marks and Spencers and was £12.

And finally, French Vanilla is my ultimate favourite scent from Yankee Candle but as it's discontinued now I got a tumbler on amazon for around £11 with postage. I've only ever had the tarts before so I'm saving this until I move in!

If you liked this post, stay tuned because I'll buying many more things to make my new place nice :)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Six Product Face

Today was a very different make up day, after waking up after my Facial Friday yesterday my skin was better than normal so I decided to go bare faced! Well nearly, I did my eyes and lips and went foundation-less, something I never do!

I used Emotional Brilliance (By Lush) Dynamic as a cream eyeshadow base and paired it with Rimmel Stars eyeshadow in 'Special Eyes' and Lush EB Independent eyeliner and Benefit They're Real Mascara.

I added a bit of colour to my cheeks with Rimmel Blush in 'Coral Rose' and used my Revlon Balm Stain in 'Crush'.

As you can see, my skin is by no means perfect but going base-less was a big thing for me today and it was nice to make more of an effort with eyeshadow.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Facial Friday

This is not another blog series that I'm starting (to them forget about as I have done with others!), I just thought this was an apt title as I am talking about skincare.
Recently, my skin has quickly turned from oily to very dry, not in different areas as you would expect with combination skin but just as a whole!

So today I thought I would give it some love while also trying out some new products. First up I took my make up with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as it's a trusty favourite to calm my skin and give it some moisture. Then I wanted a mask, I looked through my collection and couldn't find anything that claimed to be particularly moisturising but since my skin was definitely in need of some radiance I opted for REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. On my first couple of uses of this I couldn't quite see where the hype comes from as I didn't see an instant difference in my skin. However, now removing it with warm water and my hands instead of a muslin cloth I find it to leave my skin much less irritated and over-exfoliated.

I followed up with the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic as I've been using it daily and noticed a real difference in my skin. I then thought I'd try out some Omorovicza samples that I had of the Radiance Renewal Serum and the Illuminating Moisturiser. I've not used a serum before but thought it couldn't hurt on the Radiance front, this had no real smell and applied similar to water or toner. The moisturiser was thick and rich with a lavender smell.

Lastly I finished up with my Nivea Lip Butter to treat my dehydrated lips too. It's hard to say whether my skin is instantly radient but let's hope I wake up to a fresh, plump face!

Friday, 31 May 2013

Tag: The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty

What is your most expensive beauty item?
I suck at spending money on beauty products, as much as I lust after high end brands! If you don't count freebies from events then I have nothing that exceeds about £6 like my Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation. Even when it comes to nail varnish I have Models Own and Essie but get them cheap!

Which beauty item do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Definitely eyeliner, I love the effect it can have on your make up but hate applying it because I'm rubbish!
What brand makes up the biggest chunk of your make up collection?
Rimmel! The best lip products and foundation.

What product do you neglect to use due to laziness?
Eyelash curlers, I just don't see the point!

What beauty product gives you the most confidence?
Mascara, my eyes just don't look the same without it. BB cream comes a close second, along with concealer but on a good skin day, mascara takes it.

Which item is at the top of your beauty wish list?
Nars Orgasm and Albatross blusher and highlighter.

What make up product/look is great on others but not on yourself?
Bronzer, I need a masterclass! It just doesn't seem to work on my pale skin, even for contouring.

Thanks for tagging me Emily, I tag:

and Sophia

Thursday, 30 May 2013

I shall go to the ball!

As 4 years of uni is finished for me now it was time for a celebration with my best friends at our 'Teachers Ball', basically a Graduation Ball for just our course.

The Dress-

I found this maxi dress in Debenhams and fell in love with it, I love the colour and it was the perfect length for me (something I normally struggle with). It was little cut outs at the waist which are surprisingly flattering!


I went for a simple silver clutch bag from Accessorize and then some Navy sparkly sandals from Primark because of the length of the dress and because I wanted to be comfy!

I did my fingers and toenails the same using 17 Holographic polish with Models Own 'Juicy Jules' on top, very glittery!

For Make Up I went for quick a subtle look. I used MUA's Undressed pallette on the eyes using a darker colour in the crease and to line the eye. I then used a turquoise eyeliner pencil on the water line for a subtle pop of colour. I wore Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey on my lips.

The finished look-

I had a fantastic evening, the ball was held at a hotel and we had three lovely courses of food: Asparagus tart, Chicken in creamy sauce and the richest chocolate brownie ever!


We also got a picture from the photographers, these are some of my favourite people:

I'm on the top left :)

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday I have no problem thinking of things to be thankful for!

-finishing four years of uni with amazing people
-getting what I've been working for for four years (a teaching job)
-the excitement of flat hunting
-my parents pride
-friends to celebrate with
-southern comfort, lime and lemonade
-my graduation ball dress
-chip shop fish and chips!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Manicure Monday: essie Lights

A nail polish I'm loving at the moment is essie in 'Lights'. I'ts a lovely hot pink and weirdly, I used to hate pink but I've been loving a bit of bright pink on my nails to add some fun to my outfit lately!

If you read my Life Update post you'll know I've had a couple of interviews recently and because they've been in schools I haven't wanted to paint my nails. But I actually really missed having them colourful so this colour has cheered me up!

Unfortunately, this seems like a different formula to other essie polishes I've tried and chips really easily and doesn't last too long. Which is a shame cuz' I love it!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Life Update....

So I've been pretty busy recently and thought I'd update you on what's going on in my life!

Market Square, Nottingham

Job hunting
As I do a primary teaching course we'll all been applying for jobs for September. Some of my friends are moving back home but I decided I wanted to look in Nottingham, the city I have been at uni at. I love the city and the idea of getting a flat and staying here, living like a proper adult and excited me!
So, I don't know if you know but when applying for teaching jobs it's advised to arrange a visit and look around the school first. So I ended up looking around about 9 or 10 schools and decided a couple weren't for me.
Then there was applications to do, personalising each one to the school.
The whole process was, and still is, pretty stressful as you can't help but compare yourself to friends who seem to be getting jobs and interviews before you. 

Teaching Interviews
Then, when I was lucky enough to be invited to interviews there was the preparing for my lesson and interview in advance. I actually had two interviews and luckily both asked me to teach an English lesson so I could use a similar lesson! I was unsuccessful in the first but knowing what to expect calmed me for the second. On my second interview I also had to prepare a 5 minute presentation about my lesson. The second was actually a really enjoyable day, the staff were lovely and I enjoyed chatting to other candidates. Then there was the nerve wracking wait for the call and I am so excited to say I GOT THE JOB! 

The job
I'm so excited to go into school in July to get acquainted before having my own KS2 class in September. It's a lovely school and I can't wait. I've been addicted to Pinterest, looking at how I'm going to set up my classroom.

This week is actually my last ever week at university after 4 years which is very strange! I'm writing an essay that's due in on Wednesday then it's goodbye from the lecturers. On Friday we then have our teachers ball which is very exciting, I have my dress sorted (photos to come after!)

Flat hunting
As I'm now going to be staying in Nottingham and visiting my school in July I need to find a flat to move into before my student house tenancy ends in June. This is very exciting as I've been looking forward to decorating a flat and living alone for a while. It's great that i have friends staying in the area that I can visit too. My parents are coming down to help me flat hunt then July/ August I'll preparing my flat/ buying furniture and preparing my classroom.

Exciting stuff!
Good luck to anyone else graduating this year (mines in July) and job hunting!

Cute little 'getting a job' present from Ellie at Waterproof Lashes

Friday, 10 May 2013

Facemask Friday: Apivita express beauty with pink clay

This friday I'm trying out Apivita's pink clay cleansing mask sample. It applied well with a creamy consistency and slight pinky tone, It did sting a little but as I have sensitive skin, most masks tend to!
It dried well on the skin in the ten minutes I was wearing it and removal was relatively easy with a muslin cloth. Again, my skin was left pretty red but with moisturiser and face oil it quickly calmed down and felt soft and clean.

The effect continued to the next day and my skin felt cleansed and less oily.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Thankful Thursday

Busy busy busy with essays and teaching interviews this week as I go into my last week of uni ever!

This week I'm thankful for:

Feast ice creams
Benefit 'They're Real' mascara
Supportive friends and family
Felt tip pens! 
Knowing what I want to do- teach!

Ted Baker Spring Summer 2013

As most of you will know, I love Ted Baker at the moment and find myself spending a lot of time on their website looking at what I could buy if I had some extra cash!

Then I found out about the competition they're running to show your 3 favourite items of the collection, more info here.

If you saw my Birthday Wishlist you'll know I'm completely obsessed with the orchid print! So it seemed only right to go with the beautiful Treasured Orchid Print Dress as I love it and think it would be lovely for a summery day out or even a summer wedding. I thought it went really well with the Bow Ballet Pumps as I love the light green colour and have been loving the jelly-type shoes for a while now, they look so comfy! Last but not least, I think this Crystal Bow Clutch Bag is just beautiful with matching print inside but a lovely light pink fabric outside.

I simply love this outfit and lots of the Ted Baker spring summer collection. What are your favourites?

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Review: Make Believe Bronzer

Having not heard of makebelieve as a brand when I tried their highlighter (reviewed here) and being a bronzer virgin I was excited to try out this product. As I have very pale skin I was pleased that this bronzer was on the lighter side.

Firstly, I like the packaging, although it's on the bulky side, the kabuki brush is lovely quality and so soft.

When using the bronzer it was well pigmented but didn't come out too dark and was buildable. I'm still not sold on bronzer for my pale skin but was pleased with the subtle look this created.