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Barry M Nail Varnish | Christmas Tree | Review

  • Monday, 24 November 2014


 
 
 
When I went shopping the other week to pick up a few beauty bits I could not resist buying a nail varnish with the name 'Christmas Tree'. Barry M Have brought out a new collection in time for the festive season and I love how it looks! I don't usually go for these types of polishes, the glitter particles usually put me off as I much prefer a block colour with full cover. I thought I would try this one however as I thought it was slightly more subtle.  It is a bright yew tree green with flecks of bright red and gold mixed in with it. I have just one coat on in the picture above so I suppose one or two more would fill in the gaps and have a similar appearance to the bottle. I would quite like to experiment with a different coloured base coat, perhaps a berry red or a pale pink? It has quite a strange texture once dried, I think because it is made up of lots of flakes it can become quite rough so I would recommend a clear top coat to finish it off. Overall however I am very impressed, it was extremely long-wearing and chip resistant so a winner in my books.
 
 
What are you thoughts of Barry M's Christmas collection? How will you be wearing festive nails this season?
 
 
Maddy
xxx

Rimmel | Matte BB Cream Light | Review

  • Thursday, 20 November 2014




 
 
I have been receiving beauty boxes on and off for the last eighteen months or so, and even though the majority of the time I have loved the products that have been inside I have never actually gone out and repurchased any of them. That is, until now. Inside my October Glossybox, which I have written a full post on here, I was given a mini Rimmel London BB Cream in Light. I was really impressed and so I went and a bought a full size one!
 
When I'm at work I tend to try and wear something quite light on my skin rather than foundation and so I often opt for a BB cream or a tinted moisturiser. I decided to give this a whirl since I had never tried it before and I am so glad I did! It is so light on the skin and I find I hardly need any product to cover my whole face. It provides a great even coverage hiding most blemishes and so I only need to apply a very small amount of concealer to provide a pretty flawless complexion. I used it for about a week and was convinced and so I went to Superdrug and bought a full size one!
 
Rimmel sells it as a "9 in 1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup" claiming that it "Minimises the appearance of pores, mattifies and controls shine all day. Smoothes and soothes skin. Conceals dark circles and helps prevent blemishes." Quite often I like to make my own judgements on products but I really feel like Rimmel have hit the nail on the head with this description. I really find this product so hydrating yet I don't need to re-apply powder half way through the day as shine really is kept at bay. I feel like my skin has actually improved since wearing this every day and my skin feels really flawless even when I'm not wearing it. I have to say I am so impressed and I think this will be a staple skin product for me for quite a while.
 
 
 
What are your thoughts of Rimmel's Matte BB Cream? What do you use as an everyday base?
 
 
Maddy
xxx
 
 
 


Sleek MakeUp | Bronze Block | Review

  • Thursday, 13 November 2014



 
Sleek MakeUp | Bronze Block - Light | £7.49 | Link
 
I've been wanting to try a Sleek product for quite some time now, I can't believe it has taken me this long to actually buy something! I usually use Hoola by Benefit as an everyday bronzer, but since I no longer work for them ( and therefore no longer have staff discount ) I thought I would venture out and purchase one I haven't yet tried since I need a new one. I was um-ing and ahhh-ing for a long time whilst I was in Superdrug last week and opted for the Sleek Bronze Block.
 
What I was initially drawn to was the fact that it has a matte finish. Most other bronzing products I have used have had some sort of shimmer or shine which is why I really got on with Hoola as it is completely matte and provides a much more natural finish. I also really liked the fact that each of the shades within the pallet would look great swirled together or applied separately and so it could double up as a contouring pallet.
 
There are two different shades to choose from, light or dark. I opted for the light shade, with winter around the corner I thought that this shade would suit my slightly paler skin tone. I'm really impressed with the wear and stay-power of this product and at a third of the price as my usual bronzer I think I will definitely be repurchasing. I also really love the packaging, it is all very 'sleek' and simple with black casing and a compact-style mirror. I can't wait to try more Sleek products soon!
 
 
 
What do you think about Sleek's Light Bronzing Pallet? What other Sleek products do you love?
 
 
Maddy
xxx
 
 
 

Centre Parcs Look Book | November 2014

  • Tuesday, 11 November 2014

 
 
This week I took a well deserved break and went to Centre Parcs with the family. I have been working so much over the past few months and it was lovely to have something fun and exciting to look forward to. I have been to Centre Parcs a few times now and always have such a wonderful break while I'm there. For those of you who don't know Centre Parcs is basically a holiday complex in five different locations around the UK. We went to Whinfell Forest which is very close to the Lake District. What I love about Centre Parcs is that they revolve around nature and preserving the natural world. So every guest stays in a wooden cabin within the forest and so nature is right on your door step, literally! The only mode of transport is to either walk or bike as cars are only permitted when loading or unpacking luggage and you can either stay Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday. In amongst the cabins is the Village Centre which plays host to a few restaurants, shops and the swimming pool. There is also a Sports Centre in which you can sign up for a huge range of indoor and outdoor sports and nature activities which support the needs and interests of everyone!
 
I had a wonderful time away just going for walks, venturing over to the pool and eating loads of nice food! Me and my mum had a day pass to the Aqua Sana, the on-site spa, which gave access to about ten different pool, sauna and steam rooms. On the Wednesday there was a fantastic fireworks display to celebrate Bonfire Night and a pub quiz, which was so hard! We also had a couple of games of short tennis and badminton as well as a round of mini golf. The target archery was probably my favourite activity ( after the spa of course ) and I whooped my dad, brother and James - girl power! So really this post was just to show you what I've been up to this last week and to let you have a nosey through some of my holiday photos.

 
 
The first night, settling in with a glass of bubbles to get the week started.

 
The view from my bedroom window, it was so lovely being so close to nature with no roads or noise.

 
A log fire every night, it was so cosy.

 
There was a little bird hide hut with observation windows so that you could watch the birds eating.

 
Starbucks brought out their red cups while I was there so I had my first one of the season.

 
 The Christmas festivities were being put up and although it was for kids I couldn't resist!
 

 
Went through the cutest little winter walkway.


Sign post to Santa's grotto, the post room ect.

 
A reindeer, they are so small in real life!


A little Narnia Lamp Post.


They had these wonderful lit reindeer all over the place.
 


 
And all of the walkways were lit up, it was so pretty.

 
I didn't quite understand the Christmas link but these toadstool were so cute!

 
This is just a little picture from across the lake of the Village Centre and the swimming pool.
 
 
 
 
It was so nice to have a break at this time of year after the excitement of summer but before the busy build up to Christmas. It was also really lovely going away with my parents and brother because since I've moved out I don't get to see them as half as much as I used to.
 
 
 
Have you been away to Centre Parcs before? Are you taking any winter Breaks?
 
 
 
Maddy
xxx
 
 
 

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Halloween Outfit and Make Up | Sally

  • Wednesday, 5 November 2014

 

 
 
I know that Halloween has been and gone but I thought I would write a post about what I dressed up as, both to provide inspiration for future dress-up ideas and to let you have a little nosey into my Halloween this year. I am a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas which is a wonderful Christmas film, one that I watch multiple times during the build up to our festive season. It is about the Halloween Pumpkin King Jack, who grows tired of his routine and decides that he and his fellow Halloween ers' will take over Christmas. I opted to go as Sally, Jack's love interest, a mad scientist's creation who is completely patch-worked. Initially I was going to buy an outfit, I saw one for sale in Wilkinson's for £30, which I thought was a bit pricy so I decided to make my own.

 
 
What I Used:
 
Two meters of beige fabric, Half a meter of dusty pink and half a meter of teal fabric - All from Boyes totalling £8.45
10 pack of assorted permanent markers - Pound World £1
Sewing machine - Which I already had
Stripy Socks - Borrowed from a friend
Black Ankle Boots - Sainsbury's £25 which I already had
Black Liquid Liner - Unbranded from Savers £1
Red Lipstick - Unbranded from Savers £1
 

 
I bought two meters of beige material to act as the main bulk of my dress, and then half a meter of the teal and dusty pink. Sally's dress shape is pretty simple so I used one of my baggy strappy tops as a template and just extended it down. Then I went online and found some great full length pictures to copy the pattern of the different patchwork pieces. Once it was all cut to shape, pinned and then sewn on, I used  the different coloured permanent markers to draw on the fabric's patterns. This saved me so much time rather than sewing and applique-ing each different piece of material she has on her original dress. 

 

After trying it on and making sure it fit, I sewed up the two edges of the dress. I then went on to make little caped sleeves and cut out triangles of the bottom of the dress to give it a raggy trim. I teemed up the dress with a pair of little black ankle boots and some blue and black stripy socks. ( her socks are actually black and white but I didn't have any of those )

 
 
 
Once the dress was made all I had to focus on was the make up. I decided to do pretty natural make up which focused  on my eyes to make them darker and to stand out. I then used a very cheap liquid liner ( that actually worked unbelievably well ) to draw Sally's stiches. I referred back to my online pictures and drew the scars on my forehead, cheekbone, smile, neck, arms and legs, finishing off with a bright red lip, ( again another very cheap purchase with another very good result! ) I then just straightened my hair and gave myself a centre parting.




 
The boy ended up going as Jack the Pumpkin King when he decides to be Santa so he wore a Santa outfit teamed up with black and white face paint and his own little pot of liquid liner to create his smile and the cracks in his hands.
 
We stayed at a friend's house and had a great night out in with lots of drinking and lots of crazy Halloween outfits!


What do you think of my homemade Sally costume? What did you do this Halloween?
 
 
Maddy
xxx
 
 
 

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