Sunday, 25 March 2012

Sunday spotlight #5

Wow, I've not done one of these in a very long time! I think the last one was way back in August.

This week's Sunday Spotlight is a blog which I have adored ever since I starting reading blogs which was near enough 2 years ago. The blog in question is called Sailboat which is written by Jennie.


Jennie writes a variety of different posts from beauty reviews to posting instagrams of what she has been up to. She also has a really cute bunny called Ralphie who appears from time to time (as well as taking over his mama's blog) and more recently a puppy called Bailey (I'm a huge animal lover, can you tell?)

I really enjoy reading Sailboat as 1)it has amazing photography and 2) it is written in a style which is easy to relate to. When reading it feels as if Jennie is in the same room as you rather than many miles away in a completely different country. This is personally my favourite type of blog to read. I like to be able to relate to the blogger and not feel silly. 

Sailboat is one of the first blogs that I click on when looking at Bloglovin. There hasn't been a post which I haven't read and for all the reasons I've mentioned above, I don't, for a minute, think you will want to miss out.

Find Sailboat at: www.sailorjennie.com
Jennie is also on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/sailorjennie








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Saturday, 24 March 2012

High St vs High end #2 - Eye make-up removers

One of my must-haves in my skincare collection is a good eye make-up remover. There is nothing truly worse than waking up in the morning with an extreme case of panda eyes or even worse eye make-up remover which doesn't do its job.

Ever since I started wearing make-up, I've always had one around and it isn't surprising to see that I've tried a fair few brands. I like make-up removers to do as they say and I hate,I repeat hate, being left make-up that just won't budge.

Contender 1 - Estee Lauder Gentle Eye make-up remover



This was part of a gift that my friend bought me back from holiday. It is a travel sized version (30ml) which is perfect for weekends when you don't want to take a large bottle away. The full size is 100ml and the rrp is £17.50. Now onto the important question: does this actually remove make-up 100%? The answer is no. I didn't like it as it was too greasy for me - I honestly felt like I had washed sunflower oil on my face. It took me a lot of effort to remove my make-up. This product doesn't do it for me at all, not one bit. Sorry high end.

Contender 2 - Superdrug essentials eye make-up remover


This product was purchased by a stroke of luck. It was the week of payday and I had about £2 to my name to last me the last few days. This is the same time my eye make-up remover decided to run out. Due to having no funds, I bought this one for a whole 99p, thinking that when I got paid I could replace it with another one, one which might actually work (I had no hope for this one). I never did replace it. This product surprised me immensely. It takes no time at all to remove make-up, even waterproof mascara. Your eyes feel really refreshed as well. Admittedly, it does sting if you get it in your eye, but then again anything in your eye is sore. I was (and still am) impressed with this product: does the job it sets out to do and also has a remarkable rrp price.

Which one will you be using?


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Friday, 23 March 2012

OOTD: Medievel




Dress - H&M
Cardi - Internacionale
Leggings - Internacionale
Necklace - Primark


FOTD:

Products used: 

Witch concealer stick in natural
Benefit Boiing in 01
17 miracle matte foundation in fair
Natural collection pressed powder in cool
Soap and Glory Smoulder kohl
17 Peep Show Mascara in black
Beauty UK eye palette 1 in shades (from along top, then bottom) 2&6
Beauty UK striped blusher in no3 - pink
Topshop core collection lipstick in innocent

This is what I wore today to go down to the university campus to take some pics as I simply forgot how gorgeous it is in the Spring sunshine even though I spent 4 years there. I've added in a FOTD as well as I ditched my beloved naked 2 palette today, which I have been glued to since I got it, to try out a Beauty UK one.

Before I go, here is a sneak peek of an unedited photo from today's batch of photographs:











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Thursday, 22 March 2012

OOTD: Summer dreaming

I was having an off face day - too many late shifts in row! Haha



Top fabric detail - it is very sheer hence you can see the carrier bag through it!



Belt detail


Top - Internacionale
Leggings - Internacionale
Vest (underneath)- H&M
Belt - Internacionale
Eagle Ring - Thrifted
Blue Ring - Primark

This is what I'm wearing to work today (note wearing as this is a scheduled post - hello 12 hour shift in retail!). This came in on Tuesday and initially I wasn't sure when I first saw it,but once styled up with a belt, it's actually so wearable. The top is longer at the back than the front which I like to refer to as the peacock effect (and now mentioning peacock, I have that Katy Perry song in my head...urgh!).

Excuse the photos - I have bumped up the contrast,but even then the light decided to fail me. Boo.

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Saturday, 17 March 2012

My venture into Glossybox!

I'm sure most of you reading this will have heard about the craze that is sweeping around the blogosphere that is beauty boxes. Initially curious, I waited a while to decide if I it would be worth doing (and could I afford to do it per month), then last month (about 6 months after I originally thought of doing it), I subscribed. With so many options, I couldn't decide which one to subscribe to. In the end I settled for Glossybox, as looking at previous boxes, I preferred some of their boxes compared to others. Admittedly with a beauty box, you do run the risk of not liking it and I know for a fact some subscribers feel pretty let down when they open their box. In my opinion, that is the risk you take! You subscribe to a mystery box and run that risk and shouldn't blame the company. If you wanted to pick your products - go to boots and pick your own!

Glossybox sends the subscriber a mixture of 5 high-end products - usually samples, although occasionally full-sized (although I've seen complaints about not enough full-sized - what?). Sometimes the boxes are themed, like this months, which was Harrods, others are not. I can't really say which I prefer as my first one was a themed box :).

Now onto the exciting part - just what was in my themed Glossybox this month?



Ooooh official green ribbon....


What was in it:

Valentino -Valentina perfume sample
Shu Uemura - Cleansing beauty oil sample
Molton Brown - Vitalising Vitamin AB+C Bath and Shower
Lancome - Hypnose Drama Mascara
Clarins - extra firming body cream
SKII - Skin signature

My favourite item is actually the Valentina perfume sample. It is such a gorgeous scent and is something that I can see myself wearing. I've already been looking to see how much it is. The thing I'm a bit meh with (if I had to pick one) is the Molton Brown shower gel. I have so many shower gels and we also have a Molton Brown shop in Aberdeen.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first Glossybox experience. From getting the initial shipping email to receiving the box in my hands was literally superspeed. The products were well-packaged - no worry of damaged goods there - and the presentation was gorgeous. The box that it comes in is also surprisingly strong and is perfect for my make-up storage :). I feel that Glossybox is a company which, in my opinion, has excellent customer service skills as I always see them tweeting on twitter,which is nice to see. It shows that they are brand which interacts with their customers as well as providing them with a great service.

Glossybox subscription is £12.95 per month (includes £2.95 p+p) and is available from www.glossybox.co.uk






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Saturday, 10 March 2012

2012 Goal update


At the beginning of the year, I set myself some small, achievable goals. Some were much bigger than others and quite vague such as 'Be less materialistic'. I've managed to complete some of the goals, others are currently in progress :).

001) Find a new job
002) Go to the gym at least 3 times per week
003) Launch creative project 1 completed 10/03/12 - visit http://darwinanddaisy.blogspot.com
004) Launch creative project 2
005) Watch Trainspotting completed 10/03/12
006) Get my first tattoo
007) Decorate my bedroom
008) Paint my hallway
009) Visit home more often to see my parents
010) Be less materialistic
011) See much more of my friends
012) Run/jog/walk Race for life
013) Read the Hunger Games - in progress 10/03/12
014) Read the Virgin Suicides
015) Re-tune my drawing skills ie re-learn to draw (I seem to have left my ability behind in school)
016) Participate in p52 @ http://my3boybarians.com
017) Shoot more rolls of film (target: 10 rolls) - in progress 10/03/12
018) Film some videos for YouTube (target: 5 videos) - in progress 10/03/12
019) Learn to use my sewing machine
020) Print out much more of my photography
021) Read The Picture of Dorian Gray
022)Write some creative pieces (target: 3 pieces)
023) Comment on many more blogs - in progress  10/03/12
024) Read The Scarlet Letter - in progress 10/03/12

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Friday, 9 March 2012

Monthly favourites: February

Is it March already? Surely not. I swear I must sleep for days at a time. In February, I found that I was using nothing frequently apart from the items I have detailed below. I swapped products around as much as I had hot dinners.


L-R: Vaseline Creme Brulee, Boots Simply Sensitive Toner, 17 Mirror Shine lipstick in Belle


I've never been one pay much attention to skincare at all (bad Amey!), however recently I have been paying much more attention. I picked up this toner in Boots while I was on my lunchbreak one day. I like it as a toner although I've got nothing to compare it to (any recommendations?). It removes the last traces of my make-up and leaves my skin feeling pretty happy.


When I heard that Vaseline were releasing a Creme Brulee version, I was desperate to get my hands on it. Initially, it was only sold in Selfridges, Boots then decided to stock it which is where I found it. I have been applying this heaps during February as my lips have been really dry.


Yet another Mirror Shine lipstick, this time in 'Belle'. 'Belle' is a pinky colour which goes on sheer, which you can easily build up to the desired colour. This is probably the lipstick I have been wearing the most this month.

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Friday, 2 March 2012

High st. vs High end #1 - Leather Satchels



As a girl who is quite simply addicted to buying bags, it may come as no surprise that satchels are perhaps my favourite style. They are good for any occasion - whether it is for work purposes or a shopping trip. Whatever the occasion, everyone needs a satchel in their life.

The first satchel on the left is one from Internacionale. I first noticed it when they launched the range of leather accessories a couple of weeks ago (there are some lovely pieces there - purses, shoes - all sorts! [admittedly a small plug]). I was surprised by the price - £29.99 is decent for a leather bag. If you went elsewhere to Topshop or even to New Look, you would probably pay more for the same item. A lot of places do carry very similar items (if not the same) with a huge difference in price. Admittedly, the bag is on the small side for me which is why I've compared it with the 11" Cambridge Satchel as I think they are of similar size. However, let it be noted that I carry everything but the kitchen sink in mine - I can't seem to downsize my bag!  I think if I was using it for the cinema, for example, it would be absolutely perfect.
This satchel does come in two colours - red and tan. I prefer the tan one, purely because it would go with the majority of my wardrobe. I've also always had a thing for tan satchels - for that I have no explanation!

The satchel on the right is by The Cambridge Satchel Company (www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk) and is part of their 'Classic' collection. These satchels are well-known around the world and interestingly the company began when a woman's daughter  wanted a 'Hermione type' satchel for school, so not being able to find one the mum (owner) made her one. These satchels come in a huge array of colours (fluorescent pink anyone?) and a variety of sizes which makes me think that I would find a size to suit me :). The Cambridge Satchel Company also does a version called 'The Batchel' which has a top handle, like the Internacionale version, but this only comes in the 15" size. I think that the  price of the Cambridge Satchel is steep at £74 for the 11" version, and while I would probably be happy to pay this for a much bigger version, I could not possibly justify the price for this size. Although thinking about it, I'm guessing the higher price is much to do with the size of the company. A good thing about the Cambridge satchels is, for a small extra, you can get letters embossed on the satchel. This is great if you are giving it as a gift - it can make it personal and extra-special.

So the question remains: Which satchel will you be taking home today?




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