Wednesday, 17 July 2013

So, I actually graduated!

Hey guys!
July has been so hectic and amazing, so there have been very little posts, I'm also on holiday for a few days next week but hopefully after that regular posts will follow!
Yesterday was my University graduation, I attained a Bachelor 2:2 degree with honours in English Language, and honestly, I couldn't be happier. I was so nervous about the whole ceremony, especially since I was one of the first ones to go on stage, but everything was fine and my nerves calmed as soon as I was there are chatting away to my best friend.
I figured I would post some pictures of my day, after-all, it's a day I will never forget. I loved the experience, I had so much fun, and to top it all off, there was free cake. Who doesn't love free cake?

Not too many photo's up on here, I'll possibly upload some to flickr later today, it was lovely and sunny all day and so much fun running around pretending to be a Hogwarts student!
Amy x


Saturday, 6 July 2013

Floral rose Nail Art! ~

Hey guys!
Today I am helping out at the place where my Mum works, it's a place called 'Rosewood Villa' (yes, like Pretty Little Liars. It amuses me too) and it is the anniversary of them being open, so they are holding a summer Fair. To be supportive some of the staff are wearing logo tshirts, or dressing up for the occasion, my Mum and I decided that floral Rose nails were enough!
My obsession with nail art disappeared for a while but I think I'm on a roll again with it, and so I painted both my nails and her nails, I had a pretty fun time too!
First is my Mams nails, these were very simple, Kath Kidson inspired Rose nails, I'm really not used to painting other peoples nails, so I was pretty proud at how these turned out! Even though they were really easy I think they're pretty effective and my Mam can't wait to show them off later!
My nails didn't turn out so well, for some reason they look better on camera though! I started with a nude colour and then done black and holographic silver stripes before using acrylic paints to create a flower pattern, almost like a border. I messed up on of the nails so I went ahead and made an accent nail using different studs and gems.
If you would like to see more nail art posts just let me know, when I find some inspiration again, I might just post again!
Hope you all have a great day!
Amy xx

Friday, 5 July 2013

My Birthday 'Haul'

Hey Hi Hello!
As some of you may know it was my birthday a few days ago and I figured I'd show a few things I was given! This isn't to brag, I really enjoy these videos and posts, I like to be nebby, so I figured I would join in with  a quick post.
The first thing, and to me one of the most exciting, was a new camera! It's like a baby DSLR, it's so small and cute and amazing! I've taken photographs with it already, the next ones in the post were with this. I'm really not used to it yet, there are manual controls and everything and it's confusing, I'm really not used to a camera with so many controls! It's the Canon SX500, I have no idea how much it was, I'm guessing around £200, so I'm very lucky. This was from my parents!
As from my parents were some books and a 3DS game. These are things I've wanted for ages and I can't wait to start reading/ playing them! I'm so excited about the Khaled Hosseini book, I loved his earlier ones, they will forever be favourites of mine, so I really hope this is just as good!
I also got lots of Lush goodies! I love bath bombs and bubble bars for those rare times I actually want a bath not a shower, so it was really nice to get a few! I'm also very excited, but also very scared, of the shower jelly, I will be trying it tomorrow! It's fair to say I knew that I was getting these before I opened the box, the smell is pretty easy to identify!
From my Siblings I got this Ralph Lauren Perfeme set, I was not expecting it at all! I felt so grateful because they don't have much money to spare but my sister knew how much I wanted it and I will be sure to repay her! I also got a cute SugarSkull mug and packet of M&M's.
I am sure you all know how much I love converse and I've never had a plain black pair so I got these lovelies from my Grandma and Grandad. I did wear these before taking this picture, hence why they are a little dirty. Converse need to look worn, you know?
I also got things not shown here, I got tickets for 3 nights in Manchester with my sister, Euro's for my upcoming holiday, a t-shirt, a cute piggybank and some nail varnishes!
I am so grateful for everything and had a great day! The day of my birthday I didn't do anything but lounge around in the house and relax, yesterday I went on an adventure with my friend Laura to Duhram and had an explore, then I went to the pub for a quiz. Tomorrow I'm going for a meal with some close friends and my siblings to end the birthday festivities!
Amy x

Monday, 1 July 2013

These are a few of my favourite things: June

Ello Ello Ello!
I can't believe it's July already! I turn 21 in two days and I am still in complete denial that I am an adult. But let us not go off track here, let's talk favourites! This month I seem to have gathered up a few things that I've been loving, a few of them have previously been mentioned in posts but some are things I've kept a bit secret from you guys so far!
Let's get to it!
First off is a skincare product, I've featured it in a previous blog post. Behold the Vitamin C facial radiance capsules from The Bodyshop. It's basically a primer for your night moisturiser, it sounds strange, but it works. It claims to revitalise dehydrated skin and make it look more radiant, I honestly think it does. I wake up and my skin is still soft to couch, it feels plumber and looks brighter. The downside is the price, at £15 for only a months worth of uses I think it could be cheaper, I will repurchase when I run out though, The Bodyshop always seems to have offers on so I'll buy it then.
Another Bodyshop product?! Yes! This is their honey bronzer in  'light matte', I was drawn in by the glorious packaging, both the product and the packaging looks like honeycomb, I decided to buy this on impulse, I've never gotten along with bronzer, but this has changed me. It's not orange at all on the skin, despite my face being milk bottle white in colour. I've been converted! I also think this was around the £15 mark.
Next up is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadow in 'Pomegranate', this again was an impulse buy. I was at first scared by the colour, it's pretty much a red colour with shimmer running through it, I had no idea how I would wear it, but I wanted to make it work! I tend to use this as a base for a dark brown or terracotta coloured eyeshadow and it looks really nice, you don't really see much of the red but it looks lovely.
Next is the Soap & Glory 'Archery' product for brows, I have the shade 'Love is Blonde'. This product has saved me from terrible brows, it's the best brow product I've ever tried. One side is a little brush that lets out a little bit of colour, great for natural looking brows, but to cover up any sparse areas. The other end is a regular pencil used to define the shape of the eyes and fill in the brows to make them a little bit stronger. I tend to use the brush part first, then a little bit of the pencil, it's honestly amazing.
Finally is the Topshop PH lipstick in 'crystal', it's one of those lipsticks which is supposed to adjust to your natural lip colour, so it looks different on everyone. On me it leaves a lovely bright pink wash of colour, it's very moisturising and soft, almost like a balm with more pigmentation. I've loved wearing this just for those days where I want something that isn't a matte bright orange colour.
That's everything guys! What have you been loving? Let me know!
Amy xx 

Friday, 21 June 2013

Hello Bloglovin' !

Hey guys!
I've heard through the grapevine that in a few weeks Google reader will be no longer. This is just a very quick post to say that I do have Bloglovin' so if you want to follow me on there then feel free!
Feel free to leave your links below so I can make sure I'm following you too!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Beauty Blog Swap with A Little Personal Shopper!

Hey guys!
A couple of weeks ago I found out that Kat from 'Tales of a pale face' was organising a blog spot and didn't hesitate to join it. I've wanted to do a blog swap for a while now so this was the perfect opportunity! I was paired up with Verity from 'A little Personal Shopper' and I had so much fun talking to her about what kind of things we liked, we also found a mutual love of orange lipstick! The price we set for this swap was around £30, not including postage.
We both sent out or Parcels yesterday and mine arrived today, I nearly jumped on the postman when it arrived, I got a little bit excited and may have possibly scared him... just a little. I opened it up to find a card and individually wrapped gifts, I was under instructions to open the letter first, so that is what I did!
I tried to read this from the left page and was very confused for at least five minutes until I realised the writing started on the right. I'm not the brightest crayon in the box. I loved all of the little notes, and she also wished me a happy birthday which was very very sweet!
Onto the gifts!
First off, I love everything I received, I want to say a huge thank you to Verity for being so amazing at present finding and also thanks to Kat for organising the whole thing! As you can see I received 6 things in my package and I am so excited to use and review everything!
I forgot to photograph the items in the order I was told to open them, apologies, I was just too impatient to wait because I wanted to use them right away and the idea slipped my mind!

The first thing I was told to open was the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On and On Bronze', I do already have one but I was very happy to see another one, Verity told me it was her favourite eyeshadow and I really have to agree with her, I adore the colour and I use it pretty much everyday! So another one in the collection won't go wrong!
When I opened the Bourjois chocolate bronzer I was very excited! I'm had my eye on it a while but for some reason never picked it up, I love that she took into account my pale skin when buying this and I'm looking forward to testing it out. I just love that it looks like chocolate!
Next is the Maybelline Falsies Flared mascara, I tried the original falsies when it was released and really liked it, so I'm intrigued to see how much I enjoy this one.

This Palette was number 4 on her list and she wrote that 'it might be good on the go', she also wrote that I might want to swap the eyeshadow but I really really love every single component of this. I love the idea that she picked out every component to make this up, there's two eyeshadows, a blush and a bronzer, I love it so much. I  don't really use black eyeshadow all that often, but I'm willing to give it a try, it's possibly the prettiest shadow I've ever seen.

Last but not least are two lipsticks, and surprisingly she got me two that I don't have already, I swear my collection is bigger than the amount they stock in Boots. The first one is Sleeks 'Tangerine Scream' which is a super bright orange, it's been on my list forever now but It's never available in my local Superdrug so when I opened the package I actually squealed, I'm pretty sure it's going to become a firm summer favourite. The very last product was the Rimmel 'Kate' lipstick in shade number 13, it's a pinky colour, verging on red, it's really gorgeous too!
I'm so happy Verity was my partner, she really managed to pick products that I know I will love and I'm really very grateful.  I will speak to you all very soon!
If anyone wants to ever do a swap just drop me a comment or email and I'll get back to you!
Amy x

The Body Shop: Facial Radiance Capsules!

Hey guys!
A few weeks ago I went for a bit of a splurge in the Body Shop because I had a voucher that got me 50% off and one of the things I picked up was the 'Vitamin C radiance capsules'. I spotted them online a few months ago and I was curious, but with a price tag of £15 I didn't want to buy them, they just seemed a bit too expensive, especially when there are only 28 capsules in the box.
The idea is that you use the cream inside the capsules before you apply your moisturiser on a night-time, so it's almost like a primer. The website says that it will "smooth and revive skin’s appearance to enhance your natural glow." and it's aimed at people will dull skin.
 The capsules look tiny, you simply twist the top of it to open it, at first I thought there would never be enough in one small capsule but there was just enough to cover my face. Of course, using these every night would mean there wasn't even enough to last a month, which I think is a little bit of a short time considering the price tag. I've decided to just use these when my skin needs a bit of a boost, every 2-3 days.
I've been using these for around three weeks now and I can honestly say that I am in love! When I wake up in the morning my skin looks brighter, feels smoother and generally looks healthier. Usually my moisturiser has disappeared by morning, I don't really see any improvement, this however has changed all of that and I'm much happier, and much more confident, in my skincare routine and how my skin looks.
If you have dull looking skin, and want it to feel much more 'fresh' or 'awake' I really recommend this, I will be buying again when I run out, although I think I'll wait for another offer. The Body Shop are great for having offers on, currently there's a sale and 40% off both Online and In-store, just check their website for details!
What do you guys think about the idea of a  Primer for skin care products? I kind of like it, especially if they work!
Amy x