Saturday, 25 April 2015

FloridaTix 10th Birthday Party

On Wednesday I ventured in Birmingham to celebrate FloridaTix 10th Birthday bash for a night of cake, cocktails and all things Florida! I met up with some of my faves Becky, Katrina, Rachel, Chloe and Sam, and it was great to get chatting again to these lovelies over cocktails and food. 

Florida Tix is a Birmingham based online ticket specialist for Florida theme parks and attraction tickets. As someone who has been to Florida several times I know how important planning is prior to going, and there is just honestly so much to do there that fitting it into a couple of weeks can be hard. So with the help of their dedicated team they can help tailor your trip so that you get the best out of it and can order your tickets all in one go.

The event itself was held at the Island bar, a place I had never tried previously but they serve the most amazing cocktails! The evening started with drinks and a little game of spotting 10 hidden Mickey's that had been spread around the room - something that was so fun! Then we were introduced to Simon who gave us a talk about FloridaTix before cutting their amazing cake. Which let me add not only looked amazing but tasted delicious - I loved looking round the cake to spot the little Florida attractions. The night ended with a pub style quiz based on all things Florida and Disney, Katrina, Chloe and I were 'Team 3' - original I know, but we had no idea what to call ourselves! Each round covered topics like Disney, theme parks and Florida knowledge, I think Katrina will admit also that we ended up loving the Disney sound round a little too much! We actually came second in the quiz and won a Disney beach towel, which will definitely be making its way into my suitcase for my holiday next week. 

Last but not least I couldn't do this post without mentioning the AMAZING goody bag, filled with goodies that did leave me a little giddy. The Minnie Mouse plush already has pride of place amongst my other Disney teddy's on my bed (yes I am 23 but you'd never think it looking in my bedroom).

Overall the night was so much fun and I enjoyed every minute of it! A big thank you to Cindy for organising such a fab event, and it has me so excited to book my next magical Florida adventure!

What is your favourite thing about going to Florida?

Sunday, 19 April 2015

My MAC Lipstick Collection

MAC Lipstick Collection

I had been toying with the idea of posting my MAC lipstick collection for a while now, part of me has been a little scared and another part of me excited to share this with you. I'm going to just add a little disclaimer here I'm not trying to show off, I just wanted to share with you something I love collecting and I have either purchased these over the years or friends and family have kindly purchased these for me. 

Altogether I have 51 MAC lipsticks (a spare Creme Cup which I haven't shown) and yes I do have a problem - I lack self restraint everytime I walk past a MAC counter. However the hoarder collector in me wanted to share you with my MAC lipstick collection.

I've arranged them all by shade starting with nudes at the front including pinks, peaches, nudes and mauves, then going into brighter pinks and corals then purples and finally my reds and oranges. I actually didn't realise how much I love my nudes or reds until placing them side by side like this. I won't actually be swatching each lipstick individually in this post because we could be here all day (and night) so instead I'm going to separate the shades in a separate post and leave this as an overall collection post. 

Here's just a quick rundown of the shades I own:

Front row:
Pure Zen
Shy Girl
Kiss the King
Velvet Teddy
Royal Ball
Creme Cup

Second row:
Morning Rose
I Love Winter
Haute Attitude
How Darling!

Third row:
No Faux Pars
MAC Viva Glam Miley
Full Fuchsia
Red Balloon
Toying Around
Betty Bright
Sunny Seoul
Hot Gossip
Speed Dial

Fourth row:
Heavenly Hybrid
Milan Mode
Private Party
Up The Amp
Creme de la Femme

Fifth row:
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna
MAC Viva Glam IV
MAC Viva Glam I
Ruby Woo
Salon Rouge
Sparks of Romance
Damn Glamorous 
Lady Danger
Dreaming Dahlia
Toxic Tale

There we have it my MAC lipstick collection, let me know which shades you'd like to see first. And I'm dying to know which are your favourite MAC lipsticks?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Discovering Burberry Kisses

Burberry Kisses 05 Nude Pink and 85 Sepia - Link

Burberry have really hit the nail on the head with their latest marketing campaign, which has created quite a stir these past couple of weeks over social media. To celebrate the launch of their Burberry Kisses Lipstick range they were offering people the chance to sample a mini lipstick for free - all by simply receiving a nomination and nominating a friend over Twitter. 

The Burberry Kisses range is described as an effortless buildable lip colour, designed to give multiple lip looks with just one shade. The weightless gel texture formula delivers a customisable makeup result. With four shades on offer I couldn't decide between two, so I was a bit cheeky and gave my boyfriend a link to get the second shade for me. 

I've never tried any Burberry makeup products before so didn't know what to expect, however I did have high hopes for this luxury brand. Nude Pink is a gorgeous nude and honestly I do have a soft spot for shades like this, whilst it's not unique I think it's a really easy nude to wear and can be worn as a subtle tint or built up for a nude to compliment a smokey eye. Sepia is a perfect mauve pink with a glossy satin finish. This rosy shade is a great choice if you are looking for a 90s lip without venturing down the matte route. This is definitely a shade that I can see myself getting a lot of wear out as once applied it's a very classical pink that can be worn day or night. 

Formula wise I find that both shades are buildable allowing the choice between a sheer/tint to opaque finish depending on the look you want. I was a little worried that Nude Pink would end up washing me out when layered on, but it was completely the opposite and really complemented my skintone. Once applied I found these to be very moisturising almost balm like which I am a big fan of as there is nothing worse than a lipstick that dries your lips to the point of soreness. These would make a great option for those who don't like the feeling of a heavy lipstick, and would rather opt for a more breathable lightweight formula. These do have a subtle floral scent which is divine also, and what can I say I adore a lipstick which smells delicious also - after all it is being applied to your lips and I would rather apply something tasty then something I really disliked the scent of!

In terms of lasting power I found that these didn't last the 6 hours as advertised, I found that these wore for around 2-3 hours and to be honest I'm putting that down to the finish as these are quite glossy once applied, and I never find glossy lipsticks lasting that well on me personally. 

Now whilst this is a 1g sample, and comes enclosed in the tiniest packaging I do feel that this will last a while and gives you ample opportunity to try the product out before making the decision to purchase the full size. 

As a lipstick hoarder I adore the packaging, it just speaks volumes of luxury with everything from the outer packaging to the lipstick itself. I love that the sample has been embossed with the same detailing just like their regular sized products, and the packaging feels so sturdy that I'm sure it would survive a few knocks as I have the tendency to drop my lipsticks all over the place - I have a serious case of butter fingers. 

Overall I am a big fan of these lipsticks but I'm just not sure I could justify £25 per lipstick and think they would be more of a splurge for the packaging then anything else as I do think the shades are quite universal and easy to dupe as is the formula. However saying that I love the idea that Burberry had as it allowed people like me who hadn't tried the brand before to explore some of their gorgeous range.

Did you snag yourself a Burberry Kisses sample? If so which shade did you opt for?

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Wishlist: Step Into Spring

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It seems as if the British weather has turned itself around since the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and the sun has finally got his hat on. Cue a new Spring wardrobe and I wanted to share with you a few bits I'm lusting after to help me step into Spring with style.

I don't know about you but I seem to go through sunglasses so quickly, I either end up breaking them, scratching them or losing them somewhere. I saw the Gold Ealing Floral Lense Sunglasses (Link) online and I instantly fell in love, the filigree detailing is so perfect for the summer and I can't resist a good pair of aviator sunglasses. I'm really into backpacks again, and I love the look of River Island's Black Faux-Suede Mini Backpack (Link) the bag itself is small but perfect for me because if I go for bigger bags they end up full of receipts, and I love the simple black and gold detailing simple as! Next up is a bit of a cheat as I have picked this up already but it's the Black Jersey Tile Print Playsuit (Link), I have to start off by saying the print is so gorgeous and the material is so soft making it one of my comfiest S/S pieces. I'm wondering into new territory next with the Daisy Trim Fedora Hat (Link) the design is so cute and I love the daisy detailing around the trim, this makes a great accessory for when the sun makes an appearance. What's a wardrobe update without a new pair of shoes? I really love the look of the Emilio Luca Sandals (Link) I love the floral trim on the top of the sandal making a cute pair of shoes. I'm on the hunt for a decent pair of sandals because as much as I love Primarni I'm sometimes finding that after a couple of wears they are ruined so these look the perfect choice to see you through the warmer months. 

How have you updated your wardrobe for Spring?

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

New Beauty Arrivals from Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher Makeup 
LtoR: Sumptuous Colour Eye Shadow Quad, Volume Vertige Mascara, Intense Kajal 100% and Fixing Eyelid Primer*

It seems as of late I can't get enough of Yves Rocher, after swiftly falling in love with their skincare range I couldn't wait to see their offerings in the beauty department. As France's number 1 selling makeup and skincare brand I jumped at the chance to try out a selection of their gorgeous eye makeup. 

It may come as to no surprise that I'm a big fan of eyeshadow palettes and I instantly fell in love with the Sumptuous Colour Eyeshadow Quad in Brilliant Green (£12.50)*. Yves Rocher are reinventing the smokey eye with their new quad eyeshadow palette with four effects for endless customised makeup options. Now I will admit while I don't necessarily opt for green eyeshadows I have really loved experimenting with the shades - and who knew green eyeshadows work out really well for those with blue eyes. The shades are extremely pigmented and the texture is so soft and buttery meaning that they apply really smoothly and easily. The packaging is gorgeous also - I love the gold casing as it gives it that luxury feel and could really rival higher end brands! The palette is also very versatile in the sense that the eyeshadows can be applied wet or dry, and when wet the pigmentation is intensified making a great choice for a statement smokey eye. 

I've heard many good things about Yves Rocher mascaras in the past, so when I received the Volume Vertige Mascara (£11.50)* I couldn't wait to apply this to my lashes. The unique combination of the Reservoir Brush - which releases the perfect amount of mascara to maximise volume - and fixing botanic extract leaves your lashes looking sensational. I have to admit I haven't been disappointed with that mascara as of yet, and truly lives up to their rave reviews - the brush itself is quite unique and the shape allows you to disperse product evenly and prevents the formula from clumping. I like that no matter how many layers you apply of this the lashes still look separated and never clumpy, and does a great job of keeping my lashes curled throughout the day. 

I haven't tried Kajal eyeliners in a few years I think the last one I had was the Sleek one so I was interested to say the least to try out their Intense Kajal 100% eyeliner (£9.95). This creamy and intensely pigmented Kajal creates a captivating look that unveils the key to your powers of seduction.  Firstly I have to comment on how pigmented this eyeliner is, and definitely lives up to its intense name, formula wise this is really creamy which means that you can create a defined black line easily, without any dragging or a smudged line to complete a smokey eye. If you are new to eyeliner this wouldn't be the product for you as it can sometimes leave a thicker line in comparison to liquid eyeliner. My only gripe with these kind of products is that they become a bit difficult to work with when you lose the sharpness of the initial shape, other than that this eyeliner is a definite hit!

I am a big fan of eyeshadow primers, so was really excited to try out their Fixing Eyelid Primer (£7.50). Enriched with Camellia oil, this eyelid primer soothes and fills wrinkles and fine lines whilst keeping your eyeshadow in place and leaving colour more radiant for longer. I love that this tube is so small as it is perfect for throwing in your makeup bag and travelling, and is so easy to apply on the lids - I literally dab a small bit on my fingers and blend it's as simple as that. The primer has a nude tint to it and I find that this helps neutralise your lids prior to applying eyeshadow which is great if you do have red tones to your eyelid. I've noticed that since using this it has stopped my eyeshadow creasing throughout the day which is a big plus as there's nothing worse than looking in a mirror and seeing that your lid is practically empty but the crease is full of colour. 

Overall another winner from Yves Rocher, not only is their skincare great but I've found some real gems from their makeup range. I love that everything is so reasonably priced and the quality definitely could rival that of higher end brands.

Have you tried any makeup from Yves Rocher?