Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday Wish List

Hi lovelies!

It's time for this week's Wednesday Wish List...

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These novelty bags from Aldo and Betsey Johnson all look amazing! I think the Kitchi cat clutches are my favourites.

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Alice in Wonderland has been one of my most favourite Disney movies since I was little (along with Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, and Robin Hood), so naturally I love these two Alice in Wonderland tops from Pin Up Girl Clothing!

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Speaking of Pin Up Girl Clothing, aren't these harlequin dresses gorgeous?! I'd sell my Granny to have that first dress in my wardrobe; the print is to die for! 

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Lady Vintage have brought out another two designs with that amazing cupcake print! The Isabella dress with the sweetheart neckline is particularly lovely.

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I really love these lace kimonos from Pink Clove, and the fit and flare coat from Littlewoods is stunning. It would go perfectly with my dress collection.

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And, finally, I'm pretty much in love with everything from Dorothy Perkins at the moment. The colour palettes, the textures, the patterns, the styles... I love all of it. I've been shopping with Dorothy Perkins for a good fifteen years, and they always get Autumn / Winter fashion so right. I'll take one of each, please!

What's on your wish list this week?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunday Favourites #104

Hello and happy Sunday! It's good day for some favourites, don't you think?

I am, and so are you!

This manicure is amazing.

I'm in love with these tattoos from Sasha Unisex. The hedgehog is so cute!

Can you believe these aquatic wildlife images are actually paintings, made from layers and layers of resin?! I kid you not. I can't believe how realistic they are! (Loads more at the source).

This make up and jewellery storage is to die for! Does anybody know who it belongs to?

15 clutch essentials.

These fox paintings by Marcela Cardenas are stunning.

These animal photographs are adorable.

I love this hair colour.

This is beautiful.

These photos of Finland from photographer Mikko Lagerstedt are absolutely incredible.

Louise's Lovely Links

♥ The Tattooed Tea Lady tells you to give yourself a break!

♥ Leah wrote a fantastic piece against the old accusation that plus size fashion bloggers are "promoting obesity", and why it couldn't be further from the truth.

♥ I love The Dainty Squid's drift wood beach fort! It would make the most amazing reading nook!

♥ The Black Pearl Blog's gallery wall is so pretty and interesting.

♥ Vivatramp wrote a brilliant post on how to be a good friend to somebody with an illness. If you know somebody who has a chronic illness, condition, or on-going injury, please give it a read!

♥ 25 beautiful doors that seem to lead to other worlds. One of them must lead to Narnia or the Secret Garden, surely?

♥ Need something light-hearted and adorable to make you smile? Check out these 30 dogs sleeping like awkward doofuses.

and finally,

♥ The heart warming story of a dancer who helped her Great Dane walk again, after he aided her own recovery when she also lost the use of her legs in a diving accident.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar 2014 Sneak Peek

Earlier in the week, a large cardboard box arrived on my doorstep with my name on it, and oh was I excited to see it! Inside was the Body Shop advent calendar that I ordered for myself as an early Christmas present. Y'know, 'cause I'm good to myself like that. 

I know I blogged about The Body Shop's 24 Days of Joy advent calendar just last week (here), but I thought you guys might like a sneak peek at the real deal instead of relying solely on the stock photos. 

If you didn't see my last post and aren't familiar with the calendar, basically, 24 Days of Joy is a beauty Advent Calendar, which features a different The Body Shop product behind every window. It includes skincare, make up, and bath and body products, and features both old favourites and some of the newest additions to indulge in over Christmas. As a Body Shop fan it really appealed to me, and after missing out on last year's calendar, I actually squirrelled money away all year hoping for better luck this year! I'm so excited I got my hands on one!

It arrived in perfect condition last Monday, and I instantly fell in love with the traditional red, white, and silver packaging. The colours are gorgeous, and I adore that it's been designed to look like a house. The animals and festive characters at the windows add a lovely little touch.

I have to say, I was surprised by the sheer size of the calendar from the start. It's huge! I suppose it would be with all those lotions and potions inside. If you're wondering if you have space for one, it's about 34cm square, and 11.5cm wide (closed)! 

It opens on a hinge, like a book, and inside are twenty-four cardboard windows in traditional red and white, on a silver and white striped background. The numbers are big and easy to find, and the big windows suggest decent sized products inside.

It also has a handle on one end, to make picking up and carrying the calendar a lot easier. I've added my hand to the shot so you can get an idea of just how big the set is.

The back gives you a list of contents, tells you a little about their ingredients, and explains about the gift of education; for each calendar that is bought, a child in a war torn country will be able to attend a class! So not only will you or a loved one get to enjoy twenty-four lovely beauty gifts during Advent, but a child will benefit from it, too! Fantastic excuse to treat yourself, if ever I heard one!!

24 Days of Joy retails for £50, and it's currently still available on the Body Shop's website here. Last year's sold out super quick, so if you want one, snap one up fast!

I won't be revealing its contents today, as I'd like to enjoy the surprise every day during Advent, but here's the stock photo. 

If you'd like me to, I might reveal what's behind each window on Instagram every day from the 1st of December, and perhaps do a round-up post here on the blog every week, fortnight, or at the end of Advent. Thoughts? If you just can't wait that long, you can find the list of products included in the calendar here, and, of course, in the product listing. 

Will you be treating yourself to a Body Shop advent calendar this Christmas?

P.S. Apologies for the quality of the photos; it's not stopped raining all week and my camera is crap at the best of times!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Urban Decay Kush Eyeshadow Review

For years, ladies everywhere have been raving about Urban Decay's eyeshadows, and with good reason- they're some of the best in the beauty world. We most commonly hear bloggers and beauty fans alike raving about the range of beautiful Naked palettes, and while they are amazing, my heart lies with their colourful eye make up. I don't think it's given the attention it deserves.

Sure, the vibrant Electric palette, which is full of amazing colourful eyeshadows got some love earlier this year (read my review of it here), but you don't often read about their single eyeshadows.

One in particular has won my heart; an eyeshadow in a stunning shade of green somewhere between emerald and kelly. Its name is "Kush".

I discovered it last December, drawn to the gorgeous shade which looked similar to an old favourite of mine. It looked like the perfect replacement for that retired shadow, and I couldn't leave the shop without it.

It was my first taste of Urban Decay, and it turned out to be even better than I'd anticipated. It quickly earned the title of "my favourite eyeshadow" the first time I wore it, and ten months later, I now wear it more than all the others I own- combined!

I was instantly impressed by the colour-pay off, and that's what won me over; bold colour is exactly what I look for in an eyeshadow. Urban Decay's eyeshadows feature a pigment infusion system, which help the colour hold tightly to pigment, resulting in beautiful, rich, vibrant colours. Colours that make this colour junkie happy. and some of the best colourful eyeshadows I've ever seen!

Rewinding a little to application, I find that Kush glides on easily, and a little goes a long way; I only need to use a little to achieve an even, opaque layer. It's also highly blendable, making it super easy to create a variety of flawless looks. It remains bold all day (or night!), without creasing, even without a primer, and it stays in place for a good ten hours on my lids without fading! It's rare that I need to touch it up throughout the day.

The shadow also has a lovely soft texture and feels like velvet against my skin; I can feel the quality on my eyelids every time I wear it. I've never worn such a high-quality eyeshadow in all the years I've been wearing make up; high end or drug store, In my opinion, Urban Decay eye make up is the best in the beauty world, far greater than others I've owned from brands such as Mac, Clinique, Estée Lauder, and even my other favourite brand, Inglot. They're simply amazing!

I think Kush looks quite striking against my dark eyes and pale skin. It's a cliché, but it really makes my eyes pop.,, but I say that about most green eyeshadows. They're my favourite colours to wear. I think this shade of green would suit almost all eye colours, skin tones, and hair colours, whether you're fair or dark, or somewhere in between. You can wear it on its own with a couple of coats of black mascara for a simple look, or team it with a variety of shadows and liners for something a little more striking.

Photo of me wearing Kush last Christmas, with the Heavy Metal glitter liner in Stagedive. Excuse the blotchy face!

They retail for around £14 for a 1.5g pot, which isn't bad for a high-end eyeshadow. It's quite a large pan, about the size of a £2 coin, so you get a lot for your money, especially as a little of it goes a long way.

You can find it on Urban Decay's website here, but if green isn't your thing, there are 67 other colours to choose from! I have my eye on several other shades, which I'm sure I'll slowly add to my collection over time. In the mean time, I'm more than content with Kush. Ten months after purchase and it's still my favourite. I don't see that changing any time soon.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bookshelf Tour Part Two: DVDs and CDs

Last week I gave you a peek at the books on my bookshelf, and today I'm back to show you the DVDs, CDs, and trinkets that also reside on the shelves.

If you didn't see last week's post, here's another look at what my bookshelves look like. Every last gap is crammed full of the books, DVDs, CDs and trinkets I've collected over the last fifteen years.

Let's start with the DVDs. I'm not sure exactly how many are in my collection, but I think I have over 300. I've been buying them since I was seventeen or eighteen, when the videos started phasing out! (I'm showing my age here)! I've never gone out of my way to collect them; the collection has just built up from years of treating myself to a couple of bargain-priced films here and there. I don't buy them often anymore.

I've loved movies for as long as I can remember, but who hasn't? There's nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a movie after a busy day. I don't have a particular preference about what I watch; I enjoy watching a variety of genres from chick flicks to musicals and disaster movies to horror.

I own quite a few rom-coms, but show me a girlie girl who doesn't! In my opinon, every girl needs You've Got Mail, Practical Magic, Letters to Juliet, Julie and Julia, and The Family Stone in their collection! 

Above this shelf is a framed photo of my Mum, my sisters, and I in a pretty frame I bought at Paignton Zoo. I'm the one in the white dress, and I was about seven. The other two photos are of my best friend and I back in the nineties. The photo on the right is one of my favourites; we were eleven and drinking Hooch at my sister's eighteenth birthday party back in 1997!

I have even more chick flicks, nineties teen movies, and musicals on this shelf. Basically, your typical girlie movies. I'd recommend The Book Thief, Walk the Line, Australia, and Meet Me in St. Louis if you've never seen them. 

This shelf is mostly dedicated to films from the eighties and nineties; the films I grew up watching like Steel Magnolias, Uncle Buck, Corrina, Corrina, Labyrinth and My Father the Hero. They're all awesome!

Above it are all of my Lost box sets. It's probably my favourite TV series of all time, thanks in part to Sawyer and Sayid being so easy on the eye! Yeah, I'm a perve!

Here's another random selection of chick flicks, musicals, and everybody's favourite dystopian book adaptations.

This shelf is mostly awesome disaster films, and a few slightly-creepy horrors. I'm not a huge fan of horror movies, but give me a dystopian, post-apocalyptic, or zombie flick and I'm so there!

These are just some of my Christmas DVDs, and I'm not even sorry! I'm a self-confessed Christmas enthusiast, and festive films never fail to get me in the festive spirit. I have to watch Santa Claus the Movie, Home Alone, Christmas With The Kranks, and The Muppet Christmas Carol every year!

This cube is mostly disaster films, action movies, and Leo Di Caprio films. Titanic is my favourite movie of all time, but I'm sure with three Titanic DVDs on the shelf (four if you count the unrelated TV series), I'm sure you'd never have guessed... Explanation? I had to buy second and third copies after each edition began skipping all the time from being watched a thousand times. I've never purposefully collected them.

The shelf at the bottom is home to my Harry Potters, and a random selection of thrillers, horrors, and musicals. It's also where I keep a bunch of random CDs and blank discs.

All of the shelves are double stacked, so there are even more DVDs hidden behind all of those shown above! If I showed you them, too, we'd be here all day. A lot of the films hidden away are beyond terrible, but there are also all of the Sex and the City and Friends box sets; a bunch of Disneys; old classics like My Girl and Hook; and a few music DVDs.

As for CDs, this is only some of my collection. I have others in the loft and in the car, and my sister has a bunch of them I'll probably never be given back. I don't buy CDs as often as I used to; unless one of my favourite bands has released something new; I generally download most music these days. I prefer buying the CD so I can sit and read the album sleeve during that special first listen, but it's just easier , and usually cheaper to download, and it saves on space. I haven't really gone through or played any of these CDs for years. Most of them are actually quite old.

It's been a while since I last discovered a new band or artist. I've just been listening to the same favourites on a loop for the last couple of years! My favourite bands are Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Evanescence, Panic! at the Disco, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, and Snow Patrol. Lostprophets used to be one of my favourite bands, but I doubt I'll ever listen to them again thanks to that sick fuck.

There isn't much room left to spare on the shelf, but most of the little gaps and edges are occupied by little treasures like ornaments, trinket pots, and mini teddy bears. I think all of the knick-knacks on the bookcase were presents; they're not things I tend to buy for myself. I have several Just For You bears and ornaments that were given to me as presents in my late teens / early twenties back in the noughties when everybody was obsessed with them. I still think they're cute, but to be honest I got bored of Tatty Teddy a long time ago.

I bought these Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing canvases from Camden lock market in my early twenties. The stall sold wooden hand-painted canvases of movie scenes and movie icons in both colour and black and white, and being a typical girl, I just couldn't resist these four. The Dirty Dancing ones came in a set, the Pretty Woman one was flying solo, although if there had been a set, I would probably have bought it because I just adore that film!

This heart-shaped polka dot memo board is currently filling a gap on the wall above the shelves. One of my sisters bought me it from Sainsburys last year. I've never actually used it as a memo board; I like it just the way it is.

And... that concludes my book shelf tour! If you've made it through all of that, thanks for sticking with me!

If you'd like to see part one of the bookshelf tour, you can find it here.

Do you have a DVD collection to rival mine? What are your favourite films?

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