Saturday, 1 November 2014

Salem the Cat

 In case the title of this post didn't give it away, I dressed up as Salem from Sabrina The Teenage Witch for a Halloween party. There had been talks of making plans for Halloween which is when I decided to use my Crown and Glory cat ears as I had yet to find an excuse to wear. A friend decided she was going to have a sci-fi and fantasy Tv show themed party. There went my cat idea until it dawned on me that Sabrina counted as fantasy and Salem was a cat! after some googling to see how to make a Salem costume different from your average cat, I decided to go with this as it was pretty easy to do. It is a very loose interpretation of him but I wasn't going to wear a furry skin tight catsuit as it's not something I would have felt comfortable in. I couldn't get creative with face paints as I have no talents in that department plus apparently I'm allergic to face paint so good old black eyeliner, eyeshadow and lipstick it was. I thought I would have a practice and take some photos as I'm forever running late when getting ready for parties (who doesn't?!). On the night I made the eyes sharper but the completely mucked up my whiskers so they ended up much thicker than I would have liked. In the end I think that made them show up in photos better. 

Hope you all had a good Halloween! What did you dress up as?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

July Favourties

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF 50 - £31 
It's certainly the most I've ever spent on a moisturiser, and reasoned with myself that if you're going splash out on skincare a good SPF is the way to go. I had been unhappy with the SPF I was using that made my face very shiny when worn alone, I kept coming back to this. I pondered over it for a long time and since I started using a chemical exfoliator then higher protection was needed. A little goes a long way which means that the tube will last me until the strong sun goes back into hibernation, possibly longer. It smooths over dry patches making the skin really soft and calms redness. Make up goes over it well (although I use a primer between) and when going barefaced it is not shiny in anyway. The only bad thing about it is that now I want to try more Kiehl's products.

Aussie Take The Heat Shampoo & Conditioner - £4.49 These are the products that surprised me as years ago my sister used a blue shampoo from Aussie and I really hated the smell. When looking for something different to use I spotted Take The Heat probably cause it was on offer, I had a naughty snifff of the bottle and found that the smell was much more pleasant. I first used the duo on my hair that was in desperate need of a cut after blow drying it was much softer. I'm now using it on freshly cut hair and makes it even softer. I wouldn't pay full price for bottle just because they seem to be on offer so often that it would be daft to.

L'Oreal Color Riche eyeshadow in Gold Mania - £5.49
I picked this up on a whim when there was on offer on the L'Oreal stand and as I was picking up the Lumi Magique concealer then it was rude not to. A matte brown shade caught my eye first but the few left had all been opened and swatched. I settled for this gold shade which is really pigmented and has good staying power and doesn't crease on me. 

Eylure Nourishing Brow Oil - £8.25
I have sparse thin brows as I am trying to grow them in. I have seen various eyebrow growth treatments going about, more often than not they are rather on the pricey side. This seemed like a decent price, and thought it would last a while and was a handy roller ball. I've had going on two months now using it everyday and it still looks like it's never been used. While it does magically give you glorious full brows over night it does nourish the hair that is there and the skin underneath making both be in better condition. It is hard to tell with my slow growing brows but I think it has been stimulating healthier growth. 

Illamasqua Nail Polish in Prosperity - on sale £5
Every so often the Illamasqua counter puts there past season colours on sale. I had seen this colour before and had loved the colour, it was just slightly more than I was willing to pay for a polish. It was swiftly purchased after spotting it on sale. The colour is an almost florescent purple that takes two coats to be fully opaque and smooth which is not expected when the first coat is quite sheer and streaky. It really lasted a good 6 days on me which is a long time when my nails take a battering. It probably could have lasted longer without looking really badly chipped but I had been in the mood for nail painting as you do. A good quality formula and if nail polish is the area where you like to splash your cash then this is a good one offering. 

Have you ever tried any of these? 

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Cherry Lips

Dress - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Asos 
Floral Crown - Crown and Glory

I've always loved vintage inspired cherry printed dresses with full skirts, sadly they are either very much out of my price range and truthfully I wouldn't really wear them unless I had a special occasion. To my annoyance I don't get many excuses to wear a fancy dresses. When I spotted this on the website I had it bookmarked immediately until DP dropped one of their promo codes that often appear in my inbox. It's casual enough to wear in daytime or dressed up with the heels. The neckline is flattering for us bigger busted ladies and this style is available in many colours and prints. Although it doesn't look like I have spent loads of time in the sun this summer with the factor 50 on of course, I still remain paler than pale on camera.

I added my Burgundy floral crown as I do love an opportunity to co-ordinate and my strawberry wedges from the Asos sale a few years ago to give me some height. The necklace was a present from the boyfriend. I didn't realise I had unconsciously went with a fruity theme! I want to add more fruit prints to my wardrobe as they are always colourful and fun.

What's your favourite fruit print

Archie Bronson Outfit - Cherry Lips 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Adventures to Arran

A few weeks ago I went across the sea on the Waverly Paddle Steamer for a day on the Isle of Arran. The Waverly is the last sea going paddle steamer in the world and sets off from harbours up and down the country during summer months but can still be enjoyed on the Thames through to the end of October. You can check out here if there is a harbour near you. If you get the chance then I would recommend a sailing on it, except if you get sea sick very easily as it doesn't take much for the boat to rock back and forth. The day I went the sea was almost perfectly still which made for a very pleasant sailing across.

As the Waverly leaves right from Ayr Harbour which is very convenient for me as it is about about a 5 minute car ride for me. The sailing took just under two hours which goes by pretty quickly when your boyfriend is overexcited about being on a boat and taking a million photos of everything! The weather had been undecided on what to do but the minute we arrived at Brodick harbour it was warm and sunny even if there were some dark clouds lurking on occasion.

 We took the a rather bumpy open top bus to Brodick castle, where we stopped for lunch before looking around the gardens and inside the castle itself. You could wander the gardens for hours but as dark clouds appeared we decided to take cover inside. It didn't even rain in the end. There are alot of interesting things in the castle and I really liked how there were guides in each rooms should you have questions. I always feel I should ask intellectual questions but usually just end up asking "what's that?".

We decided to walk back into the centre of Brodick which should only take about half an hour. However I thought we should take the much more scenic route along the beach but ended up of a flat rock covered and slippery beach instead of the sandy beach  I thought it was. Seeing as I pretty much can't go anywhere without hurting myself I slipped on seaweed and went flying backwards landing on my right arm. Despite being incredibly painful I knew it wasn't broken as I could move my fingers and arm. A few days later movement became unbearable so off to A+E I went where after 5 x-rays I was told I had a badly sprained wrist/arm, hence why this post is belated. I had a sling to wear for a few days and painkillers to ease the pain. It's much better now but still can't do certain movements yet such as throwing the dog's ball with the ball launcher.

After almost breaking my wrist and arm we stopped off at Arran Aromatics and the cheese Factory Shop. It was a quick visit as funnily enough I wasn't in the browsing mood. We walked back the rest of the way and got chips to eat at the beach while we waited for the Waverly. The sailing back was even better as it was still warm, if you stayed at the front or top of the boat. We had a very snap happy time on the way back but these are just a couple of my favourite shots.

Have you ever been to Arran or on the Waverly?