Sunday, 21 September 2014

Blogger Love TAG!

Hello everyone!

Today I thought I would answer the questions to the 'blogger love tag' so you get to know a little bit more about my blogging journey and also this is a great tag to share the love for all the other bloggers I love. So...lets get started!


What was the first blog you came across?
I have been watching lots of the beauty gurus on YouTube for almost 5 years now which is crazy but the first youtuber I stumbled across is xrubyredlips. I still watch her now and she is brilliant, its been great to watch her grow up from when she just a teenager to a young adult.

Favourite beauty blog reads?

This is kind of similar to another questions so see my answers for question 4 and be sure to check out those blogs. 

Name a blog that enables your purchases
For sure either Lily Pebbles or Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup they are always hauling things and I just cant help but want everything they show!

5 blogs everyone should be reading?

Your favourite way to read blogs
My favourite way to read blogs is through Bloglovin'. I love it because I can read blogs on the go wherever I am. I use the app and its amazing! Although I do love the old school sitting in my room reading blogs on my laptop too. 

Bloggers that inspire me?

I would have to say Zoella, because her journey is incredible and I have watched her grow from 20,000 subscribers which at the time I was blown away by that many people and now she is almost at 6 million subscribers..its insane and also her blog is amazing too. 

Favourite blog design/look:
I love the simple chic blogs like Beauty Crush the monochrome style is so effortless and I am obsessed with her youtube videos and blog posts. 

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

My favourite thing about blogging is the incredible people I have met and the opportunities I have been given, I also love the interaction especially through the #bbloggers on twitter. I love the weekly chats to talk to new bloggers. 

Name a blogger you would like to see write a book in the future?

This is a toughy because I have never really considered this but I would love to see a collab book with AmeliaLiana, Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup, Lily Pebbles and Ruth Crilly. It could be a beauty book and Amelia could do a section on hair and Ruth could do a section on skincare, and then Anna and Lily could be the makeup experts. How cool would that be?

I hope you enjoyed this post and check out all the people mentioned. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Book Haul: WH-Smiths

Hello everyone!

So at the start of this year I set myself a goal. To read 14 books for the year of 2014. To some people it doesn't sound like a lot but for me that's a pretty huge number of books to read. I have already read 6 so far and am currently half way through my seventh which is Madeline by Kate McCann. It's the story of how Madeline McCann got kidnapped on holiday in Portugal and ever since the book came out I have been really intrigued to read it and I have to say it's so mind opening. I went on a trip to WH-Smiths and brought so new books that I thought I would share with you. 



The first one I brought I got from a book sale from a hotel I stayed in about a month ago. I'm not the biggest Katie Price fan however I do like her books and have quite a few. This one I don't have so I thought I would pick it up!

The next one I wanted to get because I watched a 'This Morning' interview where this mother who sadly died of cancer left her husband a list of things to do with her children and I was really interested in seeing what she had left so I brought this one in WH-Smiths for £5.99. If you want to watch the interview here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8lGXXF6neQ


Also from WH-Smiths I had to buy probably the most talked about book other than 50 shades of grey haha. The fault in our stars. Everyone and their dogs neighbour have read this book so I brought it. I am yet to read it but stay tuned and I will let you know my thoughts.



Finally the last one is written by one of my favourite authors 'Sophie Kinsella'. I love her books and have read quite a few of them but I haven't read this one. Again I will let you know if it is any good.


Let me know if you like reading books, or what you are currently reading?


Monday, 15 September 2014

Youtube Channel and Video Roundup #August

Hello everyone!

Today's post is my monthly round up of my Youtube Videos. If you didn't know I have a Youtube channel, I post every Sunday different beauty related videos. This month I posted two videos but so far I have four up. I will leave a link to my channel and be sure to subscribe if you enjoy my videos. 

This month I only uploaded two videos, one was a Q&A where I discussed everything from boyfriends to work experience. The other video was my monthly August favourites telling you all the beauty and random favourites I loved from August.  You can always find my latest video in the sidebar on my blog. 






Check back to my channel every Sunday for new content. I hope you enjoy them and leave any requests you may have in the comments section below.

Youtube Channel Link: (copy and paste the link)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCORWnOLtzqD4347n6eV0Ksg

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Miss Selfridge Autumn Wishlist

Hello everyone!

I have been browsing lots of websites recently to revamp my wardrobe especially with autumn and winter in mind as they are quickly approaching. I have never really been a huge fan of Miss Selfridge before but I have been looking through their website and found a few gems that I love and would love to pick up. Below are my picks of different things I am really wanting to pick up.
Lilac Fluffy Tee
Botanical Print Shirt
Long Sleeve Scallop Lace Top
Textured Pink Floral Bardot Top
Mint Texture Trumpet Hem Dress
Mint Wrap Skort 
Embellished Collar Shirt
Mint V Neck Shell Top
White Ottoman Crew Neck Jumper

What shops have you been loving? Will you be picking any of these items up?

Monday, 8 September 2014

DRUGSTORE SERIES GUEST POST: Lipsticks

Hi Beautifuls!

So let me first quickly introduce myself. My name is Nicky Kaur from www.nickykaur.blogspot.com. I am a passionate fashion and beauty blogger as well as a student who loves anything and everything beauty related from lipstick to mascara and heels to statement necklaces. Before I begin rambling I best start on the post as I’m one of those people who could talk for years!

My favourites are in no particular order, as for a self-confessed lippy hoarder like myself that would be asking me of the impossible! Just narrowing it down to five was hard enough!
Okay so let’s kick this off with my ‘go to’ lipstick which I have done an FIF with on my blog, Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon is literally the most perfect everyday nude pink ‘your lips but better’ sort of colour which I absolutely adore! The texture is so super creamy and is one of those colours that I think would look lovely on many skin tones. If out of any of these products this is something you really must try, or even just pop into your local drugstore and just swatch it and I’m sure you’ll fall in love the way I did!

Next is Rimmel’s Moisture Renew in the shade ‘Let’s Get Naked’ discovered from watching Coffee Break with Dani from YouTube, she would always wear this lipstick in many of her videos and as soon as I found out what it was I was off to boots within the hour to pick one up for myself, yes literally an hour. One thing I have to stress is just how lovely not only the colour and creamy texture is but the smell... my oh my!! I am one of those bloggers who are very fussy about scented products and I normally tend not to like many scent but Rimmel has really done a good job with this lipstick! It almost smells like Nivea but better. It’s a lovely nude colour which is uber moisturising (hence the name lasting moisture). This is the best nude I have found that works with my skin tone as I find many tend to wash me out completely.

Last summer Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon was something that every beauty blogger seemed to have it was all the rage and rightly so! It is obvious just how well loved this is as the writing has all seemed to have rubbed off. Peach on the Beach is such a gorgeous peachy pink shade which may not be the most long wearing lipstick however the colour payoff is just wow. I cannot put into words how much I love the colour of this particular shade, yes it is a bit of a cheat as it’s not an actual lipstick but I simply could not just leave it out. If you are looking for a peachy pink then I would definitely recommend this one.

A lot of the lipsticks I pick out tend to be ones that I have seen other beauty bloggers/vloggers use themselves and this one I saw Raisa Cheema use in one of her videos and I instantly wanted to try it out for myself. I do sometimes tend to shy away from reds and such colours but this is one of those that can be used as a transition into getting the confidence to wear such red colours. Although this does have orange undertones it actually doesn’t make my teeth look yellow which I was honestly quite shocked about which made me feel more drawn towards it. I can see myself wearing it even more in the summer months (or probably days as we seem to get in England). Out of all of the lipsticks mentioned in this post I think it’s a tie between this and the next lipstick in regards to longevity that much so that they both stained my arms when I tried to swatch them. Seventeen Stay pout lipstick.

This lipstick is the one I was most excited to tell you about as we can get it from Next stores in England!! I know right, how exciting! It feels like we've been waiting forever so as soon I heard the news I was literally stalking my next store, don’t worry I’m not really that much of a creep lol. NYX does some really lovely matte shades which are incredibly long wearing. Bloody Mary by NYX is something which took me a lot to wear as it is a red shade and seemed quite daring for me as I stayed away from my normal pink lipstick comfort zone. This lipstick somehow made my skin look clearer even in some pictures it was quite noticeable and gave me a fresh faced kinda look, obviously aside from the bold red lip. Another colour I would recommend if you’re not so sure of red shades is Angel from the same collection, a more of a brighter pink shade which has the same lovely consistency; did that really surprise you that I mentioned yet another pink? One thing I still do with all lipsticks that I wear is put a thin layer of lip balm underneath just to reduce any drying that may occur from reapplying lipsticks throughout the day.

Okay so that’s all my top five favourite drugstore lipsticks! The best thing is that all these lipsticks are so affordable and tend to be on offer a lot of the time. Just want to say a big thank you to the gorgeous Sophie (a.k.a CosmeticsCase) for allowing me to guest blog here on her amazing blog! This has been a very exciting opportunity and I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have! If you have any questions please ask away!

Nicky xo

Monday, 1 September 2014

DRUGSTORE SERIES GUEST POST: Palletes


Hello everyone,

Hearing that lovely Sophie from CosmeticsCase was on the hunt for bloggers to share their top 5 drugstore beauty items of the one type of product, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I'm a sucker for drugstore products. My contribution will be palettes. I wanted to share my favourite palettes as they are very few and far between in drug stores. The high end brands tend to steal our attention. Especially eyeshadow and multi-use palettes. But there are a few drug store gems that are worth a look or maybe even a purchase if you like. I would definitely suggest investing in a palette as they are great value for money and save storage space. 


Let me show you exactly what I mean. Que the palette love...
01. Sleek iDivine Palette in "Showstoppers" (LE) £7.99



Top Row: Paraguaya / Sunset / Me Myself And Eye / Bad Girl / Noir / Ultramattes V2.
Bottom Row: Oh So Special / Bohemian / Storm / Sparkle / Au Natural / Graphite.

I have just recently picked up this palette and tend to do so with Limited Edition products. Sleek iDivine eyeshadow palettes are mineral based which gives them a their amazing creamy texture. Showstoppers holds the perfect combination of matte, shimmer and glitter shadows. The shadows are accompanied with a large mirror (woops for on the go) and a double ended sponge brush although I never use these and wouldn't recommend them. My favourite shades are Bad Girl (a unique golden green with green glitters), Bohemian (a classic matte coral), Sparkle (a champagne highlight) and Au Natural (a deep purple with slight glitters throughout).

Why I love this palette:

  • The colour and finish selection of the shadows are excellent 
  • They are super creamy and blendable
  • The pigmentation is just perfect
  • Sleek packaging is classic and elegant
  • £7.99 for 12 great quality shadows - perfect!
02. MUA "Pro Brow" Ultimate Brow Kit £3.50



I understand that this isn't necessarily a 'palette' so to speak but I wanted to add a wide variety into this post. But is you are like myself and use two colours to shape and define my brows this is for you. The kit by MUA is similar to brow kits from Benefit and Sleek Make Up, but this one only cashes in at £3.50. Included in the kit is 2 brow shades, a gel to set the brows and what is meant to be a highlight but for me its way to peach toned to use on my brow bone. But when all else fails - the shades can double up as eyeshadows! I would recommend that those with blonde hair or light dark hair use the ashy toned brown and those with medium brown - dark brown/black hair use the darkest shade.

Why I love this palette:

  • The formula of the brow powders are pretty smooth
  • It comes with mini tweezers and angled brush
  • The gel is perfect for setting those brows in place
03. Sleek Blush By 3 "Pink Lemonade" Blush Palette £7.99


Shades: Icing Sugar / Macaroon / Pink Mint

Sleek states that these blush shades contain intense pigment that are complementary shades or they can also be used blended together. Sleek recommends you layer the shades for further intensity. After swatching just one swipe, I gasped at the pigmentation and formula of Sleek's blushes. Pink Lemonade is a mixture of powder and cream blushes. Icing Sugar (a true princess pink with shimmers) and Pink Mint (a terracotta coral with gold glitters) are powders whereas Macaroon (a mid-toned pink and satin finish) is a cream. Before using this palette, I was pro powder blush. However, Macaroon is stunning and great to wear.

Why I love this palette:

  • The pigmentation is phenomenal
  • Great staying power
  • The price of a singular Sleek Blush is £4.49 (3 for £7.99 is a steal)
  •  The shades are so very pretty and suit universal skin tones
04. MUA "Undressed" Eyeshadow Palette £4


Top Row: Shade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Bottom Row: Shade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

An oldie but a goodie (as you can see from the hot mess packaging). The only thing not so great about MUA palettes are the packaging. I have a few and all of my lids break off although I think they're working on that. Undressed contains a mixture of shimmer, satin and matte finishes. The palette is filled with pretty neutral shades and a few of them could be dupes for Urban Decay Naked palette shades. My favourites are Shade 1 (a natural peach), Shade 2 (a pink toned shimmer - dupe for MAC's Jest), Shade 3 (a mid-toned brown - great transition colour) and Shade 9 (a rose gold shimmer). 

Why I love this palette:

  • Variety of pretty nudes
  • 12 decent shadows for £4
  • They are easy to blend and work with
  • When the metallic's are used wet it transforms them into an intense pigment
05. MUA "Scarlet" Lipstick Trio £2.50


Shades: Light Pink / Fuchsia / Coral 

Again, not technically a palette but it contains more than one product. I was so impressed with how smoothly and pigmented these lip shades applied to the lips. They are not highly opaque but f you are on a budget, I would definitely recommend this lip trio. The last shade was closest to my lip colour, giving them a 'my lips but better' colour which I adore. They shades might not show up if you have a much darker skin tone than mine with already pigmented lips. MUA also have this trio in darker shades though for those who don't think these shades will work for them.

Why I love this palette:
  • The pretty shade selection
  • They are not sticky 
  • Doesn't drag the lips on application
  • The fuchsia shade has the most longevity 

As I could only pick 5 palettes, I suggest you check out Collections 9 piece eyeshadow palettes as they have good variation of shades and tell you where to place each shadow if you are a beginner. Barry M also has some pretty eyeshadow palettes out at the moment. In regards to price, quality and variety - Sleek Makeup and MUA really do accommodate for beauty addicts on a budget. All products listed were purchased from Superdrug

A big hug and thanks to Sophie for allowing me to collaborate on this fun series. Please check out my blog here if you enjoyed this post!


ttyl,