Wednesday, 28 August 2013

A little update

Well hello there, strangers!
I felt like I haven't sat down and typed in forever. Life recently has been a bit busy with everyday things which means I haven't been able to sit down and type a post which means my blog has been a bit neglected.
I like to take my time when writing a post making sure that I don't miss anything out and making sure that it is something that I would read myself. Life has been busy in the terms of going away for a few days, getting myself ready to go back to college, sorting uni stuff like open days and personal statement stuff as well as just enjoying the time I have left not being at college.
As well as this, I feel like when I have had the time to blog, I haven't wanted to so I feel as if I've had the 'blogger block' from posting anything just because I haven't been bothered to basically which is weird for me to say I haven't been doing it for long. I want blogging to be a hobby where I enjoy trying and reviewing products as well as writing about other things. Whereas at the end of July/beginning of August I was blogging everyday which I enjoyed but the minute I woke up, I felt like I had to get on my laptop and type away which I didn't want so it became like chore for me to do so I stepped back for a few days which turned out to be a few weeks. Oops.
However, these few weeks has made me focus on the more important things in life mainly my career as my last year at college is a big one and starting to look at universities has taken a lot of time up. This 'break' has also made me take my blog a bit more seriously than what I already was so I am currently doing a re-vamp on my blog as I quickly made this design whereas I'm looking a lot more into a new design which will be up soon. I also have a lot of new ideas for new posts including my little 'holiday' getaway which will up up shortly. I have also decided to not post everyday but post at least twice a week but I don't want to choose set days, I will just post when I can. 

So, I'm sorry for not posting new material but be sure to keep checking back for my new design and let me know what you think of it. Also leave comments down below of what stuff you want to see on here as I'm always on the look out for new ideas.

Kallie xxx

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

MUA Artiste Collection Palette

Oo I love a bit of Make Up Academy Goodies!
I have quite a few palettes in my stash which i'm always changing up and recently rediscovered the MUA Artiste Palette.
In this palette, there are 6 colours which have a speckled/marbled effect which is quite interesting! I bought this a few months ago in Superdrug whilst it was on offer where you spend £6 or more on MUA products and you get this palette for free so I had to take advantage of it and after changing my make up storage, I rediscovered it!
The size of the palette is the same size as the other palettes but have rectangular pans instead of circular which means you get more product for £2 extra! All of the colours are well pigmented for the price of the palette and work really well on the eyes. The speckled/marbled doesn't come up on the eyes as seen in the swatch as well as I thought it would but that's not a biggie for me. I also like the colour range in this palette as there are some neutral colours alongside some colours I wouldn't use such as 'Ice' and 'Grape' (third and forth colours in) but I have worn them and blended them into a neutral smokey eye. I have to say 'Mocha', 'Chocolate' and 'Cookie' are my favourite colours out of the bunch and work well together.
The palette also comes with 2 blusher shades which a are pink with the colour on the left called 'Pink Sparkle' being a lighter colour. And if that wasn't enough, it also comes with a bronzer and highlighter! So you have everything you need in one palette which reduces the size of my make up bag right down. All the colours except the bronzer are shimmer which I personally love a shimmer in some colours.

Overall, I would recommend this product if you are looking for a multi-use palette with everything powder wise in.

Have you tired this palette and whats your opinion on it?

Kallie xxx

Friday, 9 August 2013

Essie 'Fear & Desire'

My love for nail polish is forever growing so I recently made a order with Fragrance Direct and ordered some goodies!
Essie polishes are very hyped up in the beauty community and they retail at £7.99 in Superdrug and Boots but Fragrance Direct stock them for £1.99 each, such a bargain!
I ordered the colour 'Fear and Desire' as I wanted a bright bold colour for summer and when I saw this colour, I fell in love. I only have one other Essie polish called 'Sugar Daddy' which I got in a Glossybox but I don't get on well with as its so light and my nails need about 5 coats to get the desired colour. I was going to get 'Bikini So Teeney' which is very popular but I am going to order it next time!
Anywho, the first thing I love is the colour. On the website it looks much more like a paler orange but i'm glad that its a bolder colour. I'm not the type of person to match my nails to an outfit so I will wear this colour with a black outfit or with a green t-shirt, it doesn't bother me.
The next thing I love is the pigmentation of the polish. I can get away with wearing one coat if I'm in a hurry but I love the intensity of two coats. And it gives a glossy look on the nails.
The delivery came within 2 days and I ordered at 8pm one night and got standard order so it came so quickly!

I can't wait to order more Essie nail polishes from Fragrance direct as well as more goodies!

Have you used Fragrance Direct before and what do you think of them?

Kallie xxx

Thursday, 8 August 2013

HD Brows Palette in 'Bombshell'

HD Brow Palette - £19.99

Unless you have been living under a rock the past few years, you would know that eyebrows have become a big statement in the world of beauty. With the likes of Cara Delevingne being popular for her bold brows, everyone now dreams of having the perfect brows. 

Last year I received a product which I had been wanting for months in a Glossybox which was the HD Brows palette. I literally screamed with joy when this arrived! I got the colour 'Bombshell' which is for blonde hair but my eyebrows are naturally light so this palette is a good match.

Now I have tried using wax and pencils but my eyebrows are naturally very thin (many people think I wax, thread or pluck them, I don't) so I find it hard to use these types of products. I have also used a basic light brown eyeshadow to fill in my brows before I received this and it did a pretty good job. After I fill my brows in, I use a clear mascara to ensure that they stay put all day.

The palette itself comes with a nude colour which doesn't show up to well on my skin but I use it on my brow bone to highlight it. It also comes with a matte black shadow which works great on the lash line if you want a subtle eyeliner look. It also comes with two brow colours called 'Medium Blonde' and 'Ash Blonde' which are very similar in colour but Medium Blonde is a lighter brown colour which I currently use at the moment to fill my brows. All the colours are very pigmented so only a little is needed to fill my brows in.

I use my ELF flat eyeliner brush to apply the shadow to my brows as its thin and its easy for me to line my eyebrows. From the picture above you can see how thin my brows are so I don't like to make them any bigger because I have quite a small face anyway so I think it would look stupid. I also don't like to make them look too perfect as I like a natural looking face so having perfect strong brows just wouldn't suit me.

The design of the palette is very simple and not too big. It comes with a large mirror which means you don't have to carry around a mirror if you have this with you. It also comes with a brush is surprisingly good as I don't really use brushes that come with palettes. I would continue using it but I've lost it. Typical.

What do you think of the HD Brows Palette and have you tired any of there other products?

Kallie xxx

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushers

I know what you're thinking, more blusher really?! Yes, really.
I was snooping around looking through blogs and I came across one (I cant remember which one it was) which mentioned that these blushers were on offer at £2 each on the boots website so I had to check them out. I thought it might be a limited offer which had run out or maybe she was lucky? But I checked it out and they were in fact £2 each so I had to place a order!

The first colour is called 'Golden Rose' which is a gorgeous rose going on hot pink colour with a strong gold shimmer running through it (like the name suggests?!). I love wearing this colour with a simple neutral eye and a soft pink lip.

The second colour and my favourite is called 'Healthy Mix'. This colour is a gorgeous more on the orange side coral which doesn't have any shimmer through it so it's great for when you want a simple make up look. This is the colour I have been wearing most with again a neutral eye and Revlon Lip Butters 'Juicy Papaya' on my lips for a hint of colour.

The final colour I got is called 'Jasper Rose' which is a rose colour again with gold shimmer running through it. Again I wear this with a simple eye and lip.

These are the first Bourjois blushers I have and I love them. The pigmentation of them are amazing. They are so soft and long lasting on the cheek. The smell of them are quite weird in my opinion and it has that grandma smell to it but it's nothing over powering. Alongside the price of them, there was a 3 for 2 offer which meant I payed £4 for three blushers which I think is amazeballs especially as they are retailed at £7.99 each. On the boots website, they are also running a offer where you buy three Bourjois products and you get a free pair of sunglasses! These not really the type of sunglasses I usually go for but i'll get some use out of them and they come with this cute holder to put them in!

I have looked on the boots website to see if they are still on offer but from what I can see they are no longer on offer anymore but it is defo worth keeping your eye out for a bargain!

What do you think of the Bourjois blushers?

Kallie xxx

Friday, 2 August 2013

My Shopcade Wants!

I have has a lot of emails telling me about Shopcade so I thought I would create a wishlist on all the things I want from the site. Shopcade allows you to discover new products which can be from fashion to beauty to food from different types of brands so I had fun browsing around. So here are a few things that I have been wanting.

Kallie xxx

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award!

I have seen this award on many blogs for months now and I think it is really interesting getting to know bloggers not just about them as a blogger, but them as a normal person. I never thought i'd be nominated but I was by Amy who is a great friend of mine. 

This award allows other bloggers to ask you questions and talk about stuff you wouldn't necessary talk about on your blog. The rules are as followed;
- Write 11 things about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger who nominated you has set.
- Select 11 blogs with under 200 followers, to answer your 11 questions
- Let your chosen bloggers know you nominated them
- Don't forget to link your nominator in your blog post

So here we go!

11 things about me;
- I am a very impatient person
- Me and my boyfriend have already planned out our future together 
- I love food
- I cannot save money
- I can't wait to move in with my boyfriend and our 2 friends
- I am constantly looking at pictures of chocolate labs
- I'm excited for my career
- My taste in music has changed a lot over the years
- I love shoes
- My favourite perfume is Curious by Britney Spears
- I love chicken Chow Mein 

Questions set by Amy;

Why did you start your blog?
I used to have a blog for my media coursework so I was familiar with the whole blogging concept. After spending hours reading blogs and wanting to do it, my boyfriend told me it as it would be a good idea not only to kill time but to talk about all the things I love rather than talking to him about it.

Where do you get your inspiration from for your blog posts?
There is not one specific inspiration for my blog posts, I would have to say just reading beauty blogs in general and seeing what sort of posts people like then. Then I take note of it and see if that can inspire me to do my own posts. 

What's your favourite post to read?
I love a wide variety of posts but my favourite has to be in regards to storage and peoples make up collection. I love finding out new ways on how to store my make up as it is ever growing and also seeing what type of make up people have in there collection to see if I've got a certain product or if i'm wanting one.

What do you want to do as a profession/career when your older?
This is so far away from beauty its unreal. But I actually want to be a Forensic Investigator. I always wanted to be in the police force growing up and as I got older, I found the Forensic side so interesting that i'm starting my second year of Forensic Science at college then hopefully going to university next September to do a Forensic course. I love watching programs like CSI and Dexter even though its fake but I also love watching real life documentaries regarding Forensic Investigation which has lead me wanting to go down the Blood route of Forensic Investigation. Sorry if I've freaked you out, I am a normal person! 

Tumblr or Pinterest?
I actually have neither of these but I would have to say Pinterest. I tried Tumblr before but I got so confused where as I have been meaning to sign up to Pinterest. Its on my to do list!

What's your all time favourite beauty product?
Ahh this is such a hard question! I would have to say my HD Brows Kit. I love it so much and I can't go a day without it. My eyebrows are naturally very thin so I don't wax or tweeze my eyebrows but they are very sparse so I have to fill them in. Filling in my eyebrows has to be my favourite part of my make up routine. I don't like to make them look fake and perfect, depending on what i'm doing and the mood I am in I fill them in lightly and make them look natural as possible. I just think that it makes such a difference to the way you look and on some days where I cant be bothered, I just go for mascara and this palette and i'm good to go. 

What's your favourite location and why?
I don't have a favourite location as such because I don't really go anywhere. I haven't been anywhere exciting for somewhere to be my favourite location yet but as long as i'm with my boyfriend and two best friends, i'm happy.

What's your wardrobe staple?
My wardrobe is very boring. It just consists of tee's and jeans because I feel most comforable in them. But I would have to say I love a good old chiffon shirt. I have a few in my wardrobe and I love wearing them with leggings, a skirt and with jeans with a bold statement necklace. They are so versitile you can dress them up or dress them down. I am forever looking out for more to add to be collection.

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
If you know me personally then this wont come as a surprise to you but it would have to be Michael C Hall. He plays Dexter in the TV programme Dexter (what a surprise) who is a blood spatter technician (again what a surprise) but he is also a serial killer who kills 'bad people'. I have been a fan of the show since it first come out and i'm slightly attracted to him, only a little bit (or a lot). He is an incredible actor, it baffles me how he can be an actor who is playing two completely different characters. He is amazing! Don't get me wrong he isn't the best looking and he's nearly old enough to be my dad but there is something about him. Maybe its because he plays a blood geek. Just maybe.

Are you a cat or dog person?
Considering I have 2 cats and 2 dogs I would have to say a dog lover. I have been bought up with dogs all my life and I love just relaxing with them.

Do you prefer a night in or a night out?
I never have nights out which I hate because I love getting dress up and dancing all night long (i'm one of those people who doesn't leave the dance floor) but I do have a lot of nights in with my boyfriend and out two best friends just because its easier. So I would say I prefer a night out even though I have more nights in.

The next part of this award is to nominate 11 people to take part in this award and I have chosen;

- Laura from LilLauraLoves
- Kate from TakingKate
- Lee-Ann from CosmeticallyCreative
- Luci from Pretty Little Doodahs
- Christy from Cosmetic Chaos
- Keira from Blog and Makeup

I couldn't think of 11 so heres my favourite 6 blogs to read!

The final part to this award is to set 11 questions for for my noninees and let them know that I have nominated them or for whoever else wants to take part in this award!

1. What about blogging do you love the most?
2. Describe yourself using 5 words.
3. What is your favourite food?
4. What do you want to do in the future?
5. What is your staple fashion piece?
6. What is your favourite time of the year and why?
7. What is your must have accessory?
8. You were being stranded on a dessert island, what three things would you have to take with you?
9. What sort of content do you like reading on blogs?
10. How do you find new content to write about?
11. What is your greatest achievement?

So there is my take on the Liebster Award! I really enjoyed writing this post so if you want to see any more of these types of posts, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Please let me know if you have done this and leave your URL below, I love checking out new blogs!

Kallie xxx