Wednesday, 4 March 2015

My Beauty Addictions TAG

The Beauty Addictions TAG

While sat here at the computer, browsing the online shops of Boots and Superdrug, I realised how many beauty addictions I have, and thought it would be fun to start up a Beauty Addictions TAG :) If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged! If you're a blogger, post your link below for others to read, and if you're not a blogger, leave your answers in the comments - that way, we can all take part! (also feel free to use the image above for the TAG, just be sure to credit it back to me).

To take part in the TAG, simply write about 5 beauty addictions you have - here's mine:

1.  I'm addicted to blusher - it's possibly the biggest part of my collection... no seriously... I've filled 2 Birchbox boxes with blushers and could happily fill another 2 if I let myself.  I don't know what it is, I just love blusher and I'm a bit addicted to buying them!  My favourites are berry-toned blushers, blushers with a gold shimmer, and peachy blushers.

2.  Winged liquid eyeliner - I've worn my eyeliner like this every time I've done my eye makeup for about the last... 10ish years.  I can't quite remember not wearing it like that, but I also can't remember an occasion when I realised it was a good look, and started.  As a result, I'm a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to liquid eye liners ;)

3.  Neutral eye shadow palettes - I don't know why I need 17 million eye shadow palettes, especially when they go off after 2 years, but I can't help myself - I love discovering new neutral palettes, swatching away to see just how creamy they are, how pigmented they might be, and just show shimmery they are.  For me, there's something very special about a neutral palette that captures your heart, especially ones with Autumnal shades in there, like MAC sketch or cranberry (I'm looking at you Makeup Revolution and your breathtaking 32 shade palette, and your Iconic 1 palette!).

4.  Lipsticks - I collect lipsticks like there's no tomorrow, but you know what's ridiculous? I almost never wear them... they're too much hassle & too much maintenance, resulting in me wearing the same lip balm almost all the time - yep, I'm that exciting!  I don't even wear lip gloss any more because of how much I hate my hair getting in it.  

5.  Makeup brushes - this is a strange one, I definitely have an addition to makeup brushes, and feel like I'm always on a quest to find the best, however, I'm completely and utterly stuck in my ways when it comes to the brushes I use.  For example, I always use my RT crease brush to blend with, I always use my Eco Tools highlight brush to highlight my brow bone, always my MAC 239 to apply shadow, and ALWAYS my Sigma F80 to apply foundation followed up by my Elf flat powder brush to set it with.  So I guess I'm addicted to the brushes I have :)

So there's my 5 addictions, what are yours?

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Versace Eros Pour Femme Review & Giveaway

Versace Eros Pour Femme perfume

Versace Eros perfume lid

Versace have released a 'pour femme' version of their renowned Eros scent.  The packaging is simply luxurious and stunning.  It doesn't come in the standard box packaging, but a drawer you pull out to reveal the perfume.  The round glass bottle is adorned with gold coloured metal on the front and back that match the lid.

The scent is done I'd describe as being an evening scent, it's strong, bold and packs an elegant punch. It really is as stunning as the packaging - since I had this, I haven't worn another perfume, this might just be an alternative favourite of mine, I know the hubby really likes it too :)  One thing I really like about it is how long the scent lasts when you're wearing it - I must get a good 6-8 hrs out of it.  If I spray it on my scarf, I'll still be able to smell it when I go to wear it the next day too, but much more subtle.  The main notes I pick out from this are the warmth of vanilla, and a beautiful floral scent - it really is stunning.  It is very strong when you first spritz it, but it does settle down after a few minutes.

If you're interested in buying this, and I completely understand if you are! here's where you can pick it up :)  The lovely people over at House of Fraser have gifted me a second bottle to giveaway!! So to be in with a chance of winning, just complete the Rafflecopter widget below :)

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Creating your own blog planner | #HillarysCrafternoon

Cute cupcake pin cushion

Hillary's blinds materials

Materials from Hillary's blinds

Handmade stitched book cover

Little bird we sewed

Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon at Chapter Arts Centre here in Cardiff with a bunch of other lovely bloggers, crafting.

We were invited to have a crafty afternoon with Hillary's Blinds to cover a book, and sew a little bird, all things I can get into (they've even blogged about it here) :)  I was sat at a table with a mixture of bloggers I've met before, only spoken to online and that I'd never met - a lovely mix :)  As you would expect, everyone was super lovely and I couldn't think of a better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.

The first thing we made was a fabric cover for a book, a bit like an exercise book.  There were sheets of fabric (fabric from Hillary's blinds) which we were able to pick from as well as a selection of ribbons and buttons etc, in case we wanted to decorate the fabric after.

To create the cover, simply place the book so the spine is in the centre of the fabric.  Fold over the flaps at the bottom and top so you have a nice crease on the outside.  Then fold over the flaps on the left and right twice, folding it over the edge of the exercise book.  Then stitch each corner so they don't unfold.  Once that's done, the cover is finished! Unless of course you want to decorate it - I added a ribbon and 3 buttons :)  I'll be grabbing my washi tape and turning the inside into a blog planner for this blog, my mummy blog and YouTube channel - so hopefully my posts might be a little better thought out :)

We also stitched the little bird from a simple pattern too - I haven't done much sewing in the past so this was really good fun - I made a couple of mistakes along the way, but nothing that couldn't be easily fixed.

I loved the quality of the materials too, they were all pretty soft and not as starchy as I'd have imagined blind fabric to be - thanks for inviting me along Hillary's :)