Wednesday, 30 April 2014

April Favourites

Hey lovely people!

So it's the end of the month, and what a month it has been. I have come very close to bankrupting my poor husband this month with all my purchases, and on that basis I thought I would share my favourite picks of the month with you all, giving a little more detail and a review on each of my favourite items. 

So here we go, with my top 10 favourite items this month:

1. My fave Lipstick!

So I couldn't give just one fave lippy for this month. I had to go with 2, both from Makeup Revolution and both amazeballs!!! :) The first choice is the shade Beloved, which is a pinky peachy sheer tone, which gives the lips a luscious, healthy glow, without being too pigmented. It really just enhances the natural look of your lips and I love it. My 2nd choice is Rebel With Cause, which is the most delicious berry coloured lippy. It's so gorgeous and looks fab with a minimal eye makeup look, as well as gorgeously vamp with a smokey eye. Get yourself a few of these lippy's here

2. My fave Nail Polish!

I don't have one particular favourite nail polish this month, but I do have lots of good things to say about the W7 range. Not only are they super cheap, starting at just 69p each, but the formula is amazing and the choice of colours are endless. You quite literally can't go wrong with these little beauties. They are fab!

3. My fave Eye-shadow!

So I have a lot of eyeshadows... and I generally stick with the same neutral tones every time. However, with all of the gorgeous palettes available at the minute, it's hard not to get caught up in amongst all the mattes and shimmers available. This palettte (Iconic 1) from Makeup Revolution is my current fave. It is a dupe of the original Naked palette from Urban Decay, and every one of the 12 shades are gorgeous - particularly the middle 3 shimmers. I have been wearing these a lot over the last couple of weeks. The pigment is just as rich and perfect as it shows above and the staying power is brilliant - with mines generally lasting a good 6 hours without any signs of fading. The palettes can be bought direct from Makeup Revolution or Superdrug and are only £4!!!

4. My fave blusher!

Another Makeup Revolution gem... this beautiful Baked Blush in the shade "Make Love Instead". It's a pot of coral, shimmery goodness, that leaves your cheeks looking naturally flushed and glowing. It's 1 of 6 available shades that cost just £3. 

5. My fave Skincare product!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is the ultimate necessity in any ladies skincare collection. I didn't think that there was such an effective way to remove makeup until I tried this bad boy. It not only removes every ounce of makeup on my skin (waterproof mascara included), but it leaves it feeling squeaky clean and as fresh as a daisy. It is sheer brilliance in a bottle!

6. My fave scent!

This shouldn't be of any surprise to all of you, but I really can't say enough about this scent. I have it in all of the available sizes and it is my one true favourite scent of all time. Its fruity, and fresh and floral, and lasts a good 3-4 hours before a re-spritz is required. It costs just £12 for the 75ml bottle and can be bought in any Next store or online here

7. My fave brush!

This brush has always been a favourite of mine. Its from Sheer Cover and it's a great  brush, that I use primarily for my blusher. The bristles are so soft and velvety on my skin, and it is super easy to clean. As well as that it is just a super pretty brush with its transparent acrylic handle. I just love it so I do!

8. My fave food!

This month I have been obsessed with pizza, to the point where I have been lying in my bed at night and craving it! No I am not pregnant. Lol! But not only has it been pizza I've been craving, but it's been spicy pizza... chorizo, chillies the works!!! I just can't get enough of it... and yes, I had it for dinner again last night!

9. My fave drink!

Now ordinarily, I am a Rosé wine girl. I could drink it until I'm blue in the face... especially on a beautiful warm and sunny day. However, this month, for a change I've been drinking lager shandys (half lager or beer and half lemonade)... And I have found my new love in this drink. It is a dinky little bottle, available in packs of 10 at Asda for the ridiculously low price of £3.50 (ish). Now I would like to point out that I am in fact a sensible drinker and that this is absolutely not intended to encourage irresponsible drinking of any kind. I just love that this is not only a delicious little drink, but is also really affordable.

10. My fave random pick!

Finally, this is my random pick of the month. It is in fact the box set of "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip". Now, I have mentioned this in a previous post somewhere I'm sure, but I'll say a few more words about it now. This show was made by the same people behind the award winning show, The West Wing. It is just as fantastic (if not slightly better in my opinion) than The West Wing. It stars Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford and Amanda Peet among others, and is basically takes place behind the scenes of a live sketch comedy show (similar to that of SNL). Matthew Perry plays Matt Albie, the head writer of the show, while Bradley Whitford plays Danny Tripp, the producer of the show. It is sheer brilliance that I cannot properly convey to you in words. Do yourself a favour and buy the box set here. You won't be sorry that you did!!!

So that's that lovely people. One whole month has passed and I have had the best time ever trying out all of these fab products. I'm looking forward to any potential new finds for next month, and will be happy to share these with you all too. Stay tuned to my blog for my collage of images from this months Instagram photo challenge!

Take care lovelies. x

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Snap Happy Tuesday - Family Candids

Hey lovely people!

I wanted to share some of my more candid shots with you all today. Ordinarily, in my job, most of the scenarios in my photo-shoots are posed and carefully thought out. However, now and again, when I take my camera out and randomly shoot my friends and family, an amazing thing happens. Memories are caught on camera. Moments are recorded forever, without the situation being staged and pre-meditated. 

These are just some of those moments:

My cousin Carrie and her nephew Deri at his recent christening.

My cousin Yvette (left) and sister Joanne (right) on our last Ladies Night in Newcastle.

My niece Lily-Rose on my nephew Olly's 1st Birthday last year.

My nephew Olly on his first birthday.

My sister Aimee, having a "selfie" moment during a photo-shoot.

My husband looking all serious during a recent game of pool with friends.
All very different images, all taken under different circumstances, but all equally as fun and interesting as you would like a photo to be. Remember, it doesn't always have to be all smiles and poses to make a photo a good one. I love these images more than the majority of my posed ones. 

Take care lovelies. x

Monday, 28 April 2014

Monday Wishlist - Feeling All Nautical!

Hey lovely people!

Happy Monday to you all. I have had a busy morning cleaning up what can only be described as a nuclear blast that specifically hit my kitchen over the weekend. Why is it that when I cook dinners, the kitchen is left at least relatively clean and organised, but when my husband so much as makes a slice of toast, it's left looking like a bulldozer has just crashed through the walls!!! It's honestly unbelievable... and baffles me no end. 

Anyway, went off on a tangent there. Today's post is another of my wishlists. I've been trying to figure out what to wear to an up and coming family event, and this particular mood-board is my latest inspiration. 

  1.  Navy Maxi Dress - Your's Clothing - £38
  2. Espadrille Wedge Shoes - Simply Be - £35
  3. White Structured Tote Bag - Your's Clothing - £16
  4. Michael Kors Sunglasses - Simply Be - £87
  5. Marc Jacobs Daisy - Simply Be - £74
  6. Droplet Earrings - Your's Clothing - £5
  7. Charm Stretch Bracelet - Simply Be - £11
  8. Long Red Bubble Necklace - Simply Be - £15
  9. Ciate Nail Polish - ASOS - £7
I'm really loving this combination of colours at the moment, and the dress in particular because it is a navy blue as opposed to a lighter shade, will still cover all the lumps and bumps and flatter my fuller figure.

So what do you think? Are you enjoying this particular trend at the moment like me? Do you think I would be better trying something a bit different... i.e. pastels or more neutral tones? Let me know your opinions. 

Take care lovelies. x

Saturday, 26 April 2014

A Child Of The 90's - Tag

Hey lovely people!

It's Saturday and I thought I would do the 90's Kid Tag! :) Feel free to leave me the links to your own tags... I love reading them. :D

1. Favourite Disney movie?
The Little Mermaid... Hands down!!! It has been my favourite movie of all time from the first time I watched it. I even read the original book by Hans Christian Anderson.

2. Favourite music artist?
I loved loads of pop stars and bands in the 90s... main ones being Take That, Boyzone, The Spice Girls, All Saints and 3T.

3. Favourite Nickelodeon show?
Disgusting as it was, I loved Ren & Stimpy. Thinking about it now, I don't really know how I managed to stomach it... It was pretty gross!

4. Favourite candy?
Erm... I loved... and still do love those little Millions sweets - the tiny little balls of candy that you get in loads of different flavours. They were delish, but always gave me toothache.

5. Favourite game (board game, school  game)?
I loved playing games like Red Rover and British Bulldog in primary school... I have such fond memories of playing those games in the playground.

6. Favourite McDonald's toy?
I remember these toys always looking amazing in the adverts, but always being such a disappointment when you got them, so I definitely don't have a favourite. 

7. Favourite book?
I have a Children's Bible that my gran gave me when I made my communion, and it's such a beautifully written and animated book, explaining the stories of the bible in such a lovely child friendly way. I still love that book.

8. Favourite clothing store?
I used to love Tammy Girl, the childrens branch of Etam if I remember right. I wasn't really a big shopper then... much as I am now. I prefer to order online. 

9. What would you watch when you got home from school?
I used to love Zzzap (does anybody remember that?) and Art Attack, but before those programmes, there was a show called Knightmare that I used to watch religiously. It was a virtual game set in medieval times. It was sooooooooo good!

10. Favourite TV show?
This one was a no-brainer - F.R.I.E.N.D.S

11. Favourite toys?
I was a bit of a tomboy and love the WWF (WWE as it's now known) so I used to have all of the action figures from Ultimate Warrior to Shawn Michaels. The WWE is still my guilty pleasure to this day.

12. Favourite commercials?
I don't really remember a lot of adverts that stood out to me, but I do remember always watching the Sylvanian Families adverts, and always begging my mum to get me them. This however, never transpired.

13. Nsync or Backstreet Boys?
Oooh this is a hard one. Seen both in concert several times... but I think Backstreet Boys just wins ever so slightly. However, I adore Justin Timberlake more than life now, so technically speaking it could be called a draw!

14. Weirdest fashion trend?
Skousers... or skirt trousers. :) Does anybody remember these??? I had like 5 pairs and I loved them soooooo much. They were so comfortable and hid your bum which was a big perk for me!

15. Favourite collectible?
POGS!!! I had the best collection of pogs ever. I couldn't for the life of me tell you how to play with them now... That is long forgotten, but I do know that my collection was very impressive and I was often the envy of my friends.

16. Favourite beanie baby?
Never collected them... didn't really understand the fascination if I'm being honest.

17. How many Tamagotchis did you go through?
A lot. However, I did hold the record amongst my friends for the keeping my pet alive for the longest time - I think it was about 65 days. They were so much fun weren't they???

18. Favourite game system and game?
Ok so this is also a hard one, because as well as being a bit of a wrestling fan, I was... and currently am an avid gamer. Lol! So I think I will have to go with the Sega Master System for this one. It was the first game system I owned and it's where my love of video games began. I had loads of games for it, but my absolute fave was Sonic The Hedgehog and it was wayyyyyy better than the version released for the Mega Drive. 

So there we go... loads of useless information about my experience of the 90's. I loved doing this tag because of all the lovely memories it provoked. It's so sad getting older... I really hope I never forget all of these lovely parts of my childhood.

Take care lovelies. x

Friday, 25 April 2014

Friday Faves!

Hey lovely people! 

How's everybody's Friday been so far. The hubby and I have been busy doing a bit of DIY in the house... and getting rid of some furniture so not exactly a relaxing evening so far. However, we're calling it quits for the night and settling down to watch some "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip", with a couple of bottles of beer and a bar of chocolate. Before I do that though, I will share this weeks favourite things with you all. 

1. You guessed it... My hubby!

I got to spend an extra day this week with my favourite guy, with it being a bank holiday Monday, and it made my week that little bit better. I love this picture of him... It was taken as part of my photography coursework and reluctant as he was to let me take it, it's ended up being one of my favourite images of him. 

2. Concert Tickets!

Excited is an understatement! My boys are playing Bellahouston Park in Glasgow on the 19th of August... And being a member of The Victims (The Killers Fan Club) I managed to get myself some pre-sale tickets!!! So me, the hubby, my big cousin and his wife will all be dancing our asses off in Bellahouston Park on the 19th of August... and yes I already have a countdown on my iPhone! 

3. New Purchases!

Who doesn't love new nail polish? I've already spoke at length about these glorious little pots in my previous post so I won't go into any further detail about them. I just love some new beauty goodies to play with.

4. Cuteness Personified!

I had a shoot with these 2 cutie pie twins last week and spent the best part of this week editing their photos. Seriously, is there any better job than this??? It is quite literally... like I've already said a million times, the best job in the world.

5. Blog Of The Week!
I've really been loving this gorgeous ladies beauty filled blog. The writer behind the blog Super Gorgeous is the delightful Alice. She is a makeup artist and freelance photographer, sharing her views on the latest beauty and fashion trends, not only through her interesting and descriptive words, but her technically astute use of a camera. Her images are engaging and her reviews are an absolute pleasure to read. As well as this, her Instagram is equally enthralling, and you should definitely give her a follow. 

So that's my favourites for this week. I hope you have a great Friday night and I will be back tomorrow to annoy you with another Saturday post. 

Take care lovelies. x

Thursday, 24 April 2014

A Nail Polish Overload!

Hey lovely people!

Today I thought I would share my recent nail polish purchases with you all. If you're anything like me, then you will understand the serious problem I have, with not being able to walk past a beauty counter without picking up at least 1 new polish. I am also not one for being fussed with named brands and prices etc... if I have tried it before or heard good things then I will be happy to buy it, regardless of whether its £1 or £10, so you should expect this from all the products I purchase. 

Anyway, here are a few snaps from each of the collections I've bought, with a little bit about how I've found them.

These lovely little pots of gorgeousness were bought from Watt Brothers and they were £0.69 each. Despite this ridiculously low price tag, they produce beautiful colours, with an exceptionally impressive formula, that goes on super smooth and leaves a lovely glossy finish. I have so far tried the grey (middle) and the pastel yellow. Both are just gorgeous, fresh spring colours. They made my nails look so strong and healthy and the W7 range are by far, my favourite polishes at the moment.

These are also available at Watt Brothers, and come in a pack of 3 with a nail art pen at a cost of £2.99 for the pack. They are sooo cute and dainty... just a third the size of the standard bottles above. Obviously with them pot being so small, the brush is also decreased in size which makes applying to the entire nail quite difficult. However, given that this little package comes with a nail pen, the purpose of them is that they are used primarily for that function, and not for painting the entire nail, therefore they do that job quite well indeed.

These little beauties were purchased as part of the recent 6 for £20 Models Own promotion. Due to having always had longish nails and never really wanting to part with the cash at the salon, I was curious if these bad boys would at least produce the lovely shine and durability of the "Gel" nail. They didn't disappoint. I've tried the Red, Nude & Turquoise shade so far and I love them. They last for days and days without even a sign of a crack or chip. However, much like the real "Gel" nail polish at the salon, they are horrendously difficult to get off... even after using an immense amount of O.P.I Polish Remover. I don't suppose that's a bad thing though, and only goes to prove how durable this formula actually is. 

Finally, I was drawn to these colours in my local pharmacy. It cost £2.99 for the entire pack of 6 which in itself is a great little bargain. However, it was actually the range of colours and vibrancy of them that made me pick them up. As expected, you do have to put at least 2... even 3 coats on before you see the same results as those in the pots. However, they are gorgeous, summery colours and just looking at them brings a smile to my face. So far, I have tried the mustard yellow (far left) and the lime green (2nd in from the right). They are both gorgeous on and will be ideal for all the summer BBQ's coming up in the next few months.

So there you have it lovely people. Sorry If I went on a bit about them, but I'm just really loving my nail polishes at the minute. My shelves are filled with all different brands and colours, ranging from the more expensive like O.P.I and Nails Inc. to fantastic little bargains like my W7 polishes. I just wanted to prove that you don't have to spend a fortune to find a great nail polish. The proof is shown above.

Take care lovelies. x

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Pinspiration... For The Sake Of A Laugh!!!

Hey lovely people!

So it's Wednesday and the long weekend is well and truly behind us, and if you're anything like me then that is a very depressing thought. So, in a bid to not only cheer myself up, but you lovely people too... I thought I would post some funny things I found on Pinterest recently. 

So I hope you managed to squeeze out a laugh or 2 reading those... I certainly did... And I feel miles better for it...

Take care lovelies. x

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Liebster Award

Hey lovely people!

So yes I know I said that I wouldn't be back until tomorrow, but then I noticed that the truly lovely Vicki from Not The Pretty Girl had nominated me for the following award. 

To say I'm cheesied is an absolute understatement. It has quite literally made my day so much lovelier... so thank you so much lovely lady. 

So here are the technical details: (and the bit to copy onto your own post)


A Liebster Award is an online award for those bloggers who have less than 200 followers (I used Bloglovin). It's passed on from blogger to blogger to show their appreciation and interest in your blog. 

The rules for the award are:
  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself. 
  4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think deserve the award and have less than 200 followers. 
  5. Let the blogger know you are nominating them.
  6. Give them 11 questions to answers.

So here are the 11 questions that the lovely Vicki asked me:

1. What made you start your blog?
I initially started my blog as a Photography blog, where I could share the technical details and stories surrounding my photographs - but after reading so many other Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle blogs, as well as getting really into Youtube, I decided that I would incorporate my whole life into it, as opposed to just my work... and I love it!!!

2. If you could choose a part of the world to live in, where would it be?
This is an easy one - NEW YORK!!! I've never been, but it has always been a dream of mine.

3. Do you still own any of your childhood toys? If yes, what is it?
I don't still own any of my childhood toys, but I do still have a lot of my childhood books. I just can't seem to let them go, and being a bit OCD with stuff like books, CD's and DVD's I don't really like ever throwing them out. 

4. What would your dream job be?
I'd love to be a majorly successful photographer, like Annie Leibovitz or Patrick Demarchelier - working in the fashion industry, and in major fashion magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair!

5. What's your worst nightmare?
This is going to sound sick and morbid, but my biggest nightmare is that my husband dies before me. Selfish... probably... but I just know that If I ever lost him, my life wouldn't be worth living and I wouldn't be able to cope... So I hope I never have to. 

6. Favourite animal and why?
Dogs. And specifically my dogs. I have 2 Labrador's, Oscar and Bonnie and they are quite literally my babies. 

7. Favourite musical?
This is also easy... Hello Dolly!!! :) Who doesn't love Barbara Streisand and it's directed by Gene Kelly... I mean what isn't there to love about that movie?!?!

8. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes. I am a big believer in love itself... and I genuinely believe that you can know instantly if a person is worthy of your love from the instant you meet them. That's exactly how I met my husband... and 13 years later, I love him even more than I could ever imagine was possible. 

9. Famous person you would love to meet?
This is going to sound really sad to a lot of people... but I would love to meet and pick the brain of Aaron Sorkin. He is the brains behind the TV programme "The West Wing", and "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip". These are my 2 favourite TV shows of alllllllllll time... and I have watched them over and over again to the point where I could quite literally play a part in them. He is a genius and I would love to be able to sit down with him. 

10. Favourite song right now?
I love "Imagine Dragons" new song "Demons" right now. I could listen to it all day. It's one of those songs that makes the hairs on your arm stand tall. 

11. What's your summer must have?
A good pair of sunnies (ray bans aviators are my current choice) along with some pastel and neon (yes I love both) nail colours. 

Here are the 11 random facts about me:
  1. I am married to my high-school sweetheart!
  2. I love... and collect fashion magazines!
  3. I always have to have the volume on the TV or Radio at an even number!
  4. I overuse exclamation marks in my texts and blog posts!!!
  5. My favourite flower is a carnation!
  6. I believe that the only way to listen to music is very LOUDLY!
  7. I cannot watch horror movies... Or I will never sleep again for the rest of my life!
  8. I am an insomniac. 
  9. I cry... maybe... 5 or 6 times every day!
  10. I have a very addictive personality - i.e shopping, gambling & internet is all done in excess!!!
  11. I chose to be a photographer for the joy of taking photographs... NOT the earning potential!
So here are my Liebster award nominations: (which I have based on Bloglovin followers)

Deanna over at Tesori Belle
Harriet over at Makeup and Meringues
Scarlet over at Anxiously Bold
Clare over at Bee Happy & Healthy
Karen over at A Stitch To Wear

All of these ladies, have the most beautiful and inspirational blogs, with gorgeous photographs and loads of helpful hints and tips about makeup, fashion and life! 

Here are the questions I put to you, the award nominees:
  1. What is your favourite part of blogging?
  2. Who inspires you? 
  3. What is the most exciting thing you have ever experienced?
  4. What was the last book you read?
  5. Are you an optimist or a pessimist... or somewhere in between?
  6. What is the best life lesson you have ever learned/ been taught?
  7. What piece of advice would you give to a newbie blogger?
  8. Do you have any regrets?
  9. Which 5 people would you invite to your celebrity dinner party and why? (Dead or alive)
  10. What's your ultimate summer anthem?
  11. Name each of your fave Hair, skin, makeup, nails & fashion items?
There you have it then lovely people. Thank you, thank you, thank you lovely Vicki for my nomination... you are a sweetheart and I love this award. :)

Take care lovelies. x

OMG... I haven't posted in 4 days!!!

Hey lovely people!

I have missed you... you may not have missed me so much, but I have seriously missed you.

The reason for my hiatus is because it was the Easter bank holiday weekend and I was enjoying some much needed time with friends and family. I hope you all had as good a weekend as I did.

But it's Tuesday, and everything is all back to normal and back to the grind. I have loads of work to catch up on, so this will just be a short little post to say HEY LOVELY PEOPLE and I will be back to my regularly scheduled programming tomorrow... with a little "Pinspiration" post.

Can't wait to catch up on all my fave bloggers and YouTubers posts from over the weekend.

Take care lovelies. x