Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas Sales the Important Dates


So it's that time of the year again, Christmas is upon us and that means the sales are here. Now I don't know about you but it seems like the Christmas sales have started earlier than previously, with many shop windows filled with sales posters - I find though it starts to ruin the fun of boxing day sales. Anyways I thought I'd share with you some when some of the shops are starting their sales with the discounts up for grabs!

Already started:

ASOS - online sale with up to 50% off
Dorothy Perkins - up to 50% off sale
Feel Unique - sale with up to 50% off
H&M - up to 70% off sale
New Look - online and in store sale with up to 60% off
River Island - online sale with up to 50% off
Miss Selfridge - online sale with up to 70% off
Very - online up to 70% off

Christmas Eve:

Boots - online only
Harrods - online sale from 6pm
Harvey Nicols - only online
Debenhams - only only from midnight
House of Fraser - only only from 12pm
Next - online only from 3pm
Space NK - only online

Christmas Day:

Amazon - online sale from 8am

Boxing Day:

Body shop - online and in store
Boots - in store
Debenhams - in store from 7am
John Lewis - selected stores from 9.30am
Lush - in store
Harvey Nicols in store
Harrods in store from 10am
House of Fraser from 8am
Selfridges in store
Topshop in store

I will update tomorrow when more sales start. Which stores are you most looking forward to shopping?

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Maybelline Color Drama: Keep It Classy

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Maybelline Color Drama: Keep It Classy - £4.99 Link

2014 has been the year for drugstore makeup brands, and after seeing many positive reviews surrounding the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils I couldn't resist trying out a few. Many have said these lip pencils make great dupes for the highly sort after Nars Matte lip pencils - so who could resist after hearing these claims.

Maybelline Color Drama pencils are a slim lip kohl which makes lips pop with on trend shades and creamy textures. With high expectations I picked up the shade Keep It Classy as I love the vintage pink vibe. The formula of these are highly pigmented (I do own a few shades) and one of my main dislikes about lip pencils is how difficult they can be to apply, however these glide on really smoothly thanks to the creamy formula. Once on this is really comfortable to wear without venturing into the dry side and the shade is just beautiful once applied. Again I like to take photos when my lips are dry so that you can see that this doesn't cling to dry patches which is great especially in the colder months. Finish wise I would class these as semi-matte, which at the moment is the kind of finish I love to sport.

Keep it Classy is a gorgeous deep pink which could fall under the mauve category and yet again is the perfect shade for me currently. Lasting power wise, I find I can get around the 2-4 hour mark depending on what I'm doing. This even includes after food and drink, which is a big yes from me as there is nothing worse than having a bite to eat or drink and the colour running leaving a lovely colourful glass or pink bread (not attractive). 

I adore the packaging for these lip pencils, there's something so simple about them yet beautiful. I tend to fall for lip products that colour block leaving the base showcasing the colour of the stick so that it's easier to pick out when in a rush. 

Overall I have fallen in love with the Color Drama lip pencils, not only are they super affordable but they could easily rival high end brands within the same lip pencil market. At only £4.99 these are a complete steal, especially if you are considering purchasing Nars' lip pencils. My only gripe is that they don't have a twist mechanism like brands such as Rimmel and Revlon, but hey ho!

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Drama pencils? What's your favourite shade?

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

A Cosy Takeaway Night in with JUST EAT

Our yummy treats courtesy of JUST EAT

I have to admit it, nothing beats a takeaway after being at work all day especially when I'm not in the mood to cook. So James and I couldn't resist placing an order through JUST EAT* meaning that all we had to do was wait for the food to arrive and we could then tuck in.

This was my first experience using the JUST EAT website and to be honest I found it really easy to navigate. The hardest part for me was deciding where we were going to choose from to eat, as there are so many restaurants and food options to choose from. A great addition to the site is how you can pay online as sometimes it can be a faff if you don't have the right amount of change on you when your food is delivered. The website also notifies you of any discounts or deals and automatically applies them to your order which is a big bonus. As I know I have spent hours before trying to find discount vouchers both from around my house and online. 

I love the idea of finding new and local takeaways to try out, and in the end we opted for Bella Italia as both James and I have wanted to sample their food so why not try now! Each restaurant / takeaway have their own reviews and ratings which helps in the decision process, and let's be honest you're going to want to try somewhere that is rated 5 stars over that 1 star eatery. 

We ended up with a feast, after both settling on a pasta main we then looked to their sides and most importantly the desserts. For just under £20 we ended up with our pasta main which as you can see is mahoosive, a side of wedges, a large garlic bread a piece (which is classed as one garlic bread side), a bottle of pop, a slice of cake and a tub of Haagan Dazs (I did ask for Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough but they didn't have that in so sent me the next best thing - which I am in love with). 

Despite not having many takeaways, I do really enjoy them. Nothing beats getting comfortable in your pjs, joggers or whatever you may wear and know that your food is on its way and you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. JUST EAT provide an easy takeaway service that does really cater to all.

What is your favourite type of takeaway?

*Post in collaboration with JUST EAT

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Colab Dry Shampoo by Ruth Crilly / A Model Recommends

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Colab Dry Shampoo - £3.49 - Link

It seems like the beauty world at the moment is becoming inundated with releases from fellow beauty bloggers and vloggers, and many of which are fast becoming household names. The latest release I couldn't wait to check out comes from Ruth Crilly, the face behind A Model Recommends and let's face it, I couldn't resist the hype when I found out about her Colab dry shampoo range. 

Colab is designed to keep your hair feeling cleaner for longer, whilst instantly revitalising your look.  The range consists of five city themed scents, including classical London, fruity New York, floral Paris, tropical Rio and finally Tokyo an oriental fragrance. I opted for Paris which is described as an enchanting floral bouquet of jasmine and rose with a touch of patchouli and New York a fresh and fruity scent of apple and melon with a light amber finish. Both of which are really refreshing and light once applied to the roots of my hair, and to be honest are some of the best smelling dry shampoos I have ever tried!

Now as a trusty Batiste user I wasn't sure how this would live up in comparison, as it is probably my favourite dry shampoo to date. However what makes this dry shampoo really stand out is the fact that the formula is invisible, which means bye bye chalky/dusty looking hair - which has always been a downside for Batiste. This is perfect for 2nd and 3rd day hair as it covers up any signs of greasiness and provides that much needed texture that my hair needs. I was a little worried what the clear consistency would mean that it wouldn't matte my hair as much as other brands, however a couple of sprays instantly leaves your hair looking like it has been freshly washed - major bonus! I know I can trust this leading up to 3rd day hair which may sound dirty, but I like to not wash my hair for as long as possible. 

What I love about this range is how affordable it is, with a full sized can setting you back £3.50 (£2.32 if you get it from Superdrug as they are currently offering a 1/3 off) and mini travel sizes are £2.00. This is always a major positive considering how quickly I get through a can, honestly they only last a couple of weeks. 

Have you tried Colab? I'd love to know your favourite scent?

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

It's a Brow Thing


Up until a little while ago if you had asked me what the most important aspect of my makeup routine  was, brows would have been very low down that list. That was up until recently with the rise of the statement brows, meaning it was about time I took them a bit more seriously. Similar to my foundation/primer post I wanted to share with you my top brow picks!

For everyday brows I like to keep them very natural looking, whilst well groomed. So I will often reach for my MAC Blonde eyebrow pencil or Soap and Glory's Archery two-in-one pencil. Both pencils are great for an everyday brow, matching the shade perfectly whilst filling in sparse hairs and adding that much needed oomph to my very light brows. What I like about both is that they never look like pencil lines on my brow, which you sometimes find after applying a pencil. After applying the pencil I like to finish the look off by popping a swipe of Benefit's Gimme Brow over to add a little extra tint and keep my brows in the desired shape.

Now when I'm looking for that statement brow I like to turn things up a notch and look to Benefit's Brow Zing to help. What I love about this product is that it is both a powder and wax, meaning that it not only gives the brow colour but the wax helps keep your brows in shape. Initially I was worried that this would be difficult to apply, but I find it really easily to fill my brows and keep the shape. This stuff stops in place all day also, I don't have to worry that I might accidentally smudge the end of my brow off - always a winner on a drunken night out! If I am looking for that little bit extra to keep my brows in tact I like to swipe a little Speed Brow through just to keep the shape,

My go-to brow tools are both from Benefit (I'm guessing you can sense the theme here) but the first has to beBenefit's Hard Angle Definer and this is perfect for shading brows in as the shape helps get a crisp line towards the end of the brow and then define the front. Alongside this I love to use Tweezerman's Brow Shaping brush as this just helps prep my brow shape before I start my routine and then can quickly go over them before I put any gel in them. My brows love to go a hundred different directions towards the end and I end up looking more like a bush animal than anything else, so this is a must have for me, and now I own Soap and Glory's Archery two-in-one I have a brow shaping brush for on the go. 

To keep my eyebrows well groomed I like to pop to Benefit's Brow Bar to do their magic, and I always walk out happy. Despite the high price tag for what is essentially a brow wax, I do really trust the girls at my local bar and don't have to worry about over waxed brows. In-between sessions I like to keep my brows groomed with my trusty Tweezerman Tweezers, this way I can pluck those pesky little hairs that grow quicker than the rest, and saves my trips to the brow bar. 

What are your go to brow products?

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