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

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

My Bedford Adventures!

Hey guys!
My last post mentioned that I was going on a little holiday to visit family in Bedford, I've actually been home a few days now but I've been too busy to blog, I also lost my camera lead so I couldn't upload pictures.

I figured I would write a little post about what I got up to.

On the first day we headed off to Cambridge, a place I absolutely love, it's so pretty and it has great shops That I would never find here in Newcastle. As soon as we got there we went for lunch, if you're wondering what I had, it was Barbecue rack of ribs with sweet potato fries, heaven on a plate! Seriously though, it was good. We then headed to the shops, I ended up not actually buying much apart from a sweet cropped Tee and a bracelet as a Christmas gift. It was a fun day though! After the long coach ride the previous day I was knackered by the time we wanted to go back, so I fell asleep on the bus, much to the annoyance of my cousin and sister.

The second day was my favourite by far, we went to London!! As someone who lives seven hours away from London it was nice to be able to get there fairly quickly on the train, it only took an hour and bam! We were stood on a platform in St Pancras station. I was actually pretty scary for my sister and I, we've only been to London a few times, and that was always with parents, we also had never really used the Tube station, it was pretty nerve wrecking at first to be thrown into a busy station, without any guidance, and have to find our way around.

Our first stop was Oxford Street and Carnaby Street, here I didn't buy anything at all apart from the best Cookie I've ever eaten in my life! I fell in love with Carnaby Street though and hope to go back soon. After this it was to Camden! Camden is possibly my favourite place in the UK, it's full of different cultures and market stalls selling amazing things you wouldn't find anywhere else. Of course I spent all of my money here. Again when it was time to go back I was really tired, I swear I'm not lazy though!

On our final day we stayed in until way past noon because we all needed a lie-in and then we headed into Bedford town. We didn't really do much besides hang around Costa for hours, but hey, there's nothing wrong with that! 

Overall I had a great time, bad coach journeys aside.

New post later today! Xx

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

On a Jolly Holiday!

Hey guys,

Just a quick post to say that I'm not disappearing from the blogger community just yet, I haven't died, nothing major, I'm just lacking posts because I am on a mini holiday with my sister!

As exams are over we decided to celebrate by taking a week to visit family in the south of England, a long coach trip later and we arrived! My family live in Bedford but we've obviously got plans to travel to other places. As I type I'm actually on a bus on the way back from Cambridge with a few goods that I'm sure will crop up in a haul next week!

I get home on Friday night, I have work on the weekend but regular posts will resume after that!

Hope you all have a great week wherever you are!

Amy xx

Thursday, 6 June 2013

The Etsy gift Guide: Favourite Etsy Products and Sellers.

Hey guys!
I have a really love for the online website, if you've never heard of it before it's a site full of individual sellers from all over the world who sell their own products. It's full of cute, kitch, vintage and unique products from small businesses. It's my go-to place to find birthday gifts, because it's a site where I can buy something a bit different, something you probably haven't seen before!
I'm currently looking for a few birthday presents, both for girls, and I keep spotting things I could buy for Christmas too, I know, it's a bit early! But anyway, I figured it might be helpful to do a kind of gift guide or favourite Etsy Store post, so that I can tell everyone else about a few products that I'm in love with!
I will put the prices of each product underneath the corresponding picture, click any picture and you'll also be taken straight to the product on the sellers Etsy page.
Pac-Man and Ghost Ring - Gold // R013-GD // Pacman rings,unique rings,adjustable rings,stretch rings,cute ring,fun rings
Pacman Ring ~ £7.31
Space Invaders Necklace - Gold // N039-GD // Gold Plated, Best friend Gift, Birthday Gift, cute, adorable, everyday jewelry, simple pendant,
Space Invaders Necklace ~ £5.32
Lotus Flower Necklace - Silver // N062-SV //  flower necklace,lotus pendant necklace,cute necklace,unique necklace,women necklace
Lotus flower Necklace ~ £6.65

Not only does the seller have very tiny cute rings, bracelets and necklaces for younger people, they also have pieces that look timeless, that your parents and maybe even grandparents would love!
Everything looks so sleek and adorable and I want to buy everything, not only as gifts for but myself too!
The three pictures above showcase some of my favourite products from their store, you can see how simple they are, but all the same they are just stunning! I'm seriously considering buying the Pacman ring for my sister.
What's also great is that they're pretty affordable, with prices that are comparable to Topshop. What's different though is that these products aren't found all over England, it's a brand based in Korea, it's pretty much a guarantee that the person you're buying for won't have anything like this already.
The postage costs are also really cheap considering the products are handmade and coming from another country, I believe they ship everywhere for the delivery cost of £2.66, when buying two or more products for each one you buy you add 33p to the total delivery cost, which is still pretty low considering how much you can spend just on buying a few stamps!
Darren Device Case
Darren Criss Device Cover ~ £9.97
Berry Gameboy Device Case
Gameboy Device Cover ~ £9.97
This is a company I've bought from before, the seller, Kristen, is amazing and gave great customer service when I bought from her. I actually bought the first device cover as a gift for my Darren Criss/ Glee obsessed sister at Christmas, it was advertised as an Iphone cover but after a quick message to her she agreed to make it to fit a Blackberry without any problems, for an extra $2 it was well worth seeing my sisters face when she opened the box.
She also sells cases for Ipads, Ipad Minis, Blackberrys, with a quick message you can get the size, shape and colour changed as long as you do it before you order anything!
I highly recommend this seller is you want a super cute, totally original gift for a electronics junkie! Postage also isn't too bad, costing just under £5 for one item, like many other sellers for each extra item you buy, you pay an extra delivery price, this time being £2.66. (These prices are for delivery to the UK)

Madame Bubble Bar Gift Tin
Madame Bubble Bar Tin ~ £15.50

Mango Bath Bomb Lollipop
Mango Lollipop Bath Bomb ~ £3.30

Again, this is a seller I've never ordered from before but I've really fallen in love with their cute gift sets and individual bath bombs. Going to Lush and picking something out is always going to be a good idea, but these offer things that are a bit different from the norm and the prices aren't too radical either.

With bath goodies in the shapes of cupcakes and lollipops and names such as 'Macaroon bath melts' and 'Sundea best Cupcake Bath Bomb', they sounds, and look, amazing, almost good enough to eat!

For this company the prices differ from product to product, so it's something you'll have to look into, obviously the larger gift tins are going to cost more to post out, I still don't think the prices are too bad considering that they're hand-made and from a small brand. Like the other products featured the brand don't offer a fixed delivery sot and you have to pay a small amount extra per product purchased.

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe it gave you a few gift ideas! I might make this a blog segment every few weeks, it's not only Christmas when people need gift ideas after all!

Amy x