Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Call that Crafty #1 || Button Initials

Back in the summer when I seemed to have endless amounts of time, I was trying to keep busy by being crafty and making things. I had often seen button initial canvasses in shops and thought to myself that I could do that; so I did!

What you need:
  • 1 canvas (whatever size you want/colour/pattern. I just used plain white)
  • Buttons; I used a combination of buttons and sequins
  • Pencil
  • Needle and Thread (preferably white, or a colour that won't be seen; unless you want it to be!
  • Glue (in case of sequins or gems etc)

What you do:

  1. First sketch out an outline. You of course don't have to do this, but I found it much easier to have an outline. I googled for the right kind of font that I wanted as I struggled to get the shape quite right.
  2. You can now begin to sow your buttons and sequins on! I started with smaller ones in the corners and then worked my way into the centre of the shape with the bigger ones.
    It took a lot of placing and re-placing to work out the positioning I wanted so you may want to try different buttons in different places before sewing them down. 

  3. I then just kept filling in the shape gradually, re-arranging as I went along until I was happy with the positioning.
    (This is now going to get a little picture heavy..!)

    The Finished Product!

I think these would make lovely Christmas decorations and are inexpensive if you already have all of the things lying around which I'm sure most of you do!
What initial will you do?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Poundland Revlon Nail Varnishes

I know that everyone loves a bargain; don't lie, you know you do... So when I popped into Poundland for a general look (or for fake tan for a TOWIE themed night at the SU...) and saw these babies I couldn't resist! Revlon nail varnishes retail for £6.49 in Boots and so this was a massive saving of £5.49 on each one!

From left to right: 360 -Mischievous, 004 Sheer Nude, 185 - Sweet Tart and Matte Suede 933 - Emerald City 

Go and check out your Poundland today!

Monday, 18 November 2013

A Day In The Life #1

I'm a bit behind on my post schedule so hopefully there will be another one of these going up very soon!
Not the week just gone but the week before was reading week and most of mine was spent holed up in my room, wrapped up in blankets and scarves with cups of tea working on my essays. This sounds quite cosy but was a lot of work!
I did however discover love for Sleek! And oh was I late on joining that black-cased band wagon. I also managed to get myself a job; hoorah! Look out for me a catering event/bar near you! To celebrate, I took myself off to Starbucks and got myself my first Red Cup. I had a salted caramel mocha with the new espresso base and oh my, it was divine. If you haven't had one of these bad boys, I am telling you to go asap. With cream, caramel sauce and salted caramel on top, you can't go wrong!
At the weekend my parents came up to stay which was lovely. We had a really nice meal at Ask on the Saturday and did some lovely shopping on Sunday (with more Starbucks!). We had a lovely walk through the gardens which had a lot more in it than I ever realised with greenhouses and Eden Project-esque domes! I got a lovely candle which I'm sure I'll be posting about soon.
All in all it was a pretty good week; very productive and lots of treats!

Have you had your first red cup yet?

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Magazine Freebies #1

November sees some great items coming free with some of our most-loved magazines! And I know how we allllll love a freebie! The December issues of Glamour and Elle are most definitely not disappointing. 



Not only is the gorgeous Katy Perry gracing the cover but it also comes free with a Kate Spade for Nails Inc. nail varnish worth £11!

Credit to for this photo. 

I personally went with the navy shade; I was having an internal battle between that and the metallic nude!


Elle has had the brilliant idea to brighten us up in this drab weather with three different lip glosses from Benefit! From top to bottom the shades are Coralista, Hoola and Dandelion. I definitely have my eye on Coralista...(and let's face it all three). 
Not to mention 25% off at Kurt Geiger!

Have you got yours yet?

Friday, 8 November 2013

Sleek Blush - 'Rose Gold'

I just hadhadhaddd to make a post about this blush; it is absolutely gorgeous! I bought it after seeing it on a couple of other blogs and thought I would go and check it out. I fell in love with it instantly. It is a lovely pale pink rose colour with hints of gold (hence the name...well done Karina) and it looks so nice on as well. In some lights it just looks like a kind of damson shade, but then in the light the gold hints sparkle and it just looks beautiful. 
If you're looking for a new blusher I definitely recommend this one. Everyone raves about Sleek blushers; now I know why! 

Sleek Blush - 'Rose Gold' - Superdrug £4.49

What are your favourite Sleek blushers?

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Autumn Favourites

This is one of my favourite times of year, (despite the cold dropping to below double digits and it being pitch black dark before half 5). Autumn make up and clothing, I feel, is definitely one of the best. After all the bright and sunny colours of the Summer, everything moves into much more darker, warmer tones.
As I love Autumn, I thought I would share some of my favourite Autumnal products!

(From left to right) Bellapierre Super Lip gloss in 'Raspberry'. Revlon Lip Butter in 'Peach Parfait', Maybelline Baby Lips in 'Cherry Me', Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in '005 Crush', Sephora Lipstick in 'No.19' and MeMeMe Cherub's Blush Cheek and Lip Tint. 

Rimmel Stay Blushed in '001 Pop of Pink'

(From left to right) Garnier Moisture Match - Combination to Oily Skin, Benefit Triple Performance Moisturiser, Clinique All About Eyes and Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

(From top to bottom) Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Split End Protection Mask and L'Oreal Elvive Smooth and Polish Mask

(From left to right) Leighton Denny 'Nude', Barry M Nail Paints in 'Raspberry' and 'Indigo' and Sinful Colours in 'Winterberry'

And of course cosy clothes!!

 What are your Autumnal favourites?