Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Kids are Flippin' Funny #5

Here I am, sat on the sofa, chatting with my best mate. The Boy is very poorly and laying down with a towel over him in case he's sick again.

I'm chatting away about blogging, not really seen the best mate since I started blogging properly so I'm just filling him in on the last couple of months.

Then a little voice pipes up from beside me 'I want a blog.'

'Oh do you?'

'Yes, Mummy, in ten months' - I've been told, and that was the end of the matter, it seems.

Nail stamping - How I store my plates

Towards the end of last year I discovered nail stamping. I managed to get a nice little, basic, Konad starter kit from for about £10 in a sale and it all started there. I've since bought two, large, sets of other plates from and so have a collection of about 47 plates (I think).

Of course, the main problem when you get to that many is how to store them. Luckily, all it took, was a quick search online and I found a few people recommending folders with some sort of card holder wallets to hold each plate. I checked the dimensions of my plates and found that wallets for card collectors were the perfect size so I ordered a pack, along with some rubber matting which helps things to grip which I've trimmed down to line each pocket and stop the plates from slipping out.

I want to get a four hole folder as the two holes don't hold the wallet perfectly, but for now here it is:

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Kids are Flippin Funny #4

The boy has always loved having a bed full of toys; mostly stuffed toys but there is an empty beaker with two trains in it and a rubber starfish bath toy thing too. He has loads that sit around the head end of the bed, and then a set that sit at the bottom of the bed too - I'd list them all but it'd make a nice, brief post into an essay.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 2011 Film

I'm going to hazard a guess that The Fiance and I weren't the first to have slight concern/confusion when we opened the dvd case to watch 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' for the first time. For those of you that haven't seen it, here's what the disc looks like:

Monday, 25 February 2013

NOTD - Nail of the day - Mememe 'Defiant' and fimo nail art

Here's my first nail of the day post featuring fimo nail art. This is my first attempt and it came out really nicely. I love the dark teal colour of Mememe's polish in Defiant and the contrast of the purple flower worked so nicely.

I know some people use fimo slices to add lots and lots of detail to their nails but I don't want to do that, I have a few ideas which may include more than just the one but it won't ever be a lot.

That aside, I really love how cute it looks, it's such a nice, easy way to do nail art.

My brush collection so far... Including Crown, Eco Tools, Vintage Cosmetics company and more

Just thought I'd post a pic of the brushes I have, so far. They're mostly crown, MUA and ecotools, plus I've got a royal, a lydia and a vintage cosmetics company in there, too. I'm not going to review individual brushes, just yet, because I'm hoping to get some new ones after my birthday. But so far I'm really enjoying the crown, MUA, ecotools and vintage cosmetics company ones; and the others were only cheapy ones I got a while ago anyway. (If anyone has a specific question about the name of a brush in the pic, just comment me and I'll let you know)

Sorry about our half done bathroom in the background. They were drying
on the edge of the bath

Sunday, 24 February 2013

MUA - Make up academy - Undress your skin range - First reactions

Ever since this range was announced, by MUA - Make up acadamy, I've been really looking forward to getting my hands on it, so imagine how excited I was when it arrived yesterday morning! I had a chance to use the products for the first time but didn't have the chance to write my review as we had to rush off to my little nephew's second birthday party (we had a really lovely time, my sister throws a good party!)

I've used them a second time today and am, still, very impressed. They're as good as I was hoping. Obviously, this is still a first reaction post rather than a full review, but it's, yet again, another case of so far so good - I can't believe how many products I've been really happy with recently; lots of companies making some really good things!

So, firstly, for anyone that doesn't know - Here the products are!

Undress your skin - Shimmer Highlighter

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Innotab 2 - First reactions out of the box

I have a very lucky little boy! I had considered getting him some sort of tablet like device, designed for his age of course, for maybe his fourth birthday, but when I was searching a toy sale on I came across the 'Innotab 2' for a little over £50. I checked a few reviews and it seemed that a lot of people felt that the Innotab and Leap pad devices were more suited to a 3-7 age range rather than the 4-9 range that the relevant companies state.

I didn't want to make a decision too quickly as there was always the option of a 'Leap Pad 2' as I've heard plenty of people recommend them too. So, being me, I set myself to doing some good research. For those who want to purchase a tablet device for their little one there are pros and cons of both of these makes. They're both quite competitively priced, though the Innotab is cheaper, they both do very similar things and they both have a good amount of people recommending them.

A cheaper alternative / dupe to a Travelo

I was browsing one of the many sites that I like to 'window' shop on and I came across their section for 'Travelos'. I thought I might add them on to my birthday list but because it's over £10 for an atomiser I, really, just wasn't sure.

So, me being me, I decided to see if I could search out a bargain.

So, in steps my lovely atomizer:

I've gone brunette

I love dying my hair, it's such a great way of changing your look in a relatively quick and easy way. I've been dying my hair since I was about 15 and it's been a big range of colours, none of them close to my natural colour. My natural colour is a pale brownish/dark blonde sort of colour; quite a lot like my sons but his is a little lighter and less dull looking.

I've done it a wide range of reds, darks, brights, more natural looking and mostly as vibrant as possible. I've done it black, a lot, blue/black and just a normal flatter black plus a really nice red/black and a purple/black. I've also done it a wide range of purple shades, the more standard dark purples that fade to red in no time that you can get from the drugstore, but then also, last year, I had it Bright purple and then after that I did it Bright pink. I didn't maintain either of the colours at their brightest as I quite enjoyed them as they faded through lots of different shades, ending up as lovely soft, pastel sort of colours.

Friday, 22 February 2013

New fimo nail art flowers

I was really pleased when these arrived in the post the other day:

New, hand decorated, make up storage

I've always stored my makeup in bags, or my cosmetics box, up until recently but having seen lots of blogs, and videos, where people use lovely different types of storage I've been buying bits and bobs to make myself a nice setup.

My favourite piece has to, most definitely be this one.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

My new Dainty Doll Collection, first reactions

Before you start reading - A quick edit - If you want to see first reactions and colours in the pan then keep reading this page, but if you want swatches then please click HERE

I was so so excited when my Dainty Doll delivery from Fragrance Direct arrived today. Opening the box and actually seeing how many things I got for such a bargain was just so exciting; obviously I ordered them all so I knew what I was getting but there's just something about actually seeing it all there, it looked like so much! So here are some photos, keep scrolling after the pics for some actual writing which explains my first reactions, so far.

My dainty doll collection

NOTD - Nail of the day - Mememe and avon

It's been quite difficult to photograph as either it shows the grey nicely, or it picks up the pink of the glitter nicely; but here are two that I took to try and capture it.I wasn't sure what nails to do last night and as I was going through my, rather large, box of polishes I saw my  bright pink glitter top coat, in 'Fushia Dazzle' from Avon (that my nan bought me for Christmas, good choice!) so I decided to find a polish to put it over. I looked at the obvious ones, purples, pinks, black, but I decided to go for a lovely Mememe cosmetics polish in '75 Honourable' - It's a really dark, almost slate, grey. I really love how it's turned out.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Kids are Flippin' Funny #3

A couple of nights ago my poor little boy woke up three times in one night (poor me, too, I have to add!) and the third time was at 5am. The  moment I walked in I realised he was much more wide awake than normal, and he was really upset. The moment he saw me he said 'Mummy! It's a monster, a scary monster!'

I knelt by his bed and gave him a big cuddle, asking him what was wrong, told him there's no monsters. He said 'Yes Mummy, monsters, it's like a black chicken!' - This is the first time he's ever told me what actually happened in one of his dreams and, although I felt so sorry for him, I did have a little internal giggle, a black chicken... unusual choice for a nightmare from his crazy little toddler brain!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

LIB - Latest in Beauty - 'Little Beauty Box' for February 2013

I ummed and ahhed a lot over getting a subscription to a beauty box, after Christmas. I researched it, a Lot. I read a lot of reviews, a lot of blog posts and a lot of opinions which went to either one extreme or another.

I ended up still wanting to get a subscription but just not being sure it was a very good idea right now. Of course, as my post not so long ago shows, my lovely fiance took the matter in to his own hands and I got my first Glossy Box this month, and will be getting it for a further three months! But during all of these deliberations, I discovered Latest in Beauty.

Again, as my older posts show, I was lucky enough to be able to order their advent calendar after Christmas at a half price rate and I'm still really enjoying playing with some of the bits I got from it, plus have lots more to start trying. I've also had their Complexion Perfection set which is a lovely, lovely selection of really nice cosmetics. But I also decided to get their 'Little beauty box' every month - For £1.50 you get three much more standard sample sized samples. Ok so it's not as luxurious as a full on beauty box but still a really nice way to try out new things and, best of all, you get to choose which ones you want from the range available!

So, here's the box I chose for February 2013:

Weleda Birch Cellulite oil, Time perfume by Lulu and Lavera Wild Rose Face Cream
I think it was meant to be 4 or 5 sachets of the face cream, but I got sent 6 so that'll be a nice weeks worth of use. And the Cellulite oil is 2 x 10ml bottles which is quite a lot, and if it's like other oils it'll go a long way! Very impressed with the amounts, this month, for such a small £1.50.

I've not used any of the products,  yet, but I'm really looking forward to trying them. I do plan on getting the regular monthly little boxes because they're just quite fun. I really like the way that you can choose just how you do things with LIB - I plan on getting some of the luxury samples, at some point, it's a nice, cheap way of having a go with some products. And some of the samples are also a really good size so you get a really good deal too.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Kids are Flippin' Funny #2

We've been having a difficult couple of days, behaviour wise, the boy is being rather, deliberately, naughty and is being very very trying. But that's just part of the 'terrible twos', which I don't think are going to magically stop in a few weeks when he reaches 3, and we're dealing with it as best we can.

But, when I'm feeling particularly drained, exhausted, Stressed, it's really nice to remind myself of remind myself of the well behaved bits, the sweet bits, the bits he normally does most of the time but become a more minority behaviour when he's going through a naughty phase.

A couple of days ago I was in the kitchen cleaning up, in the evening, but I had one ear out to what the boy was doing and I heard 'Eye, eye, mouth, it's Mummy!' and this is what I was greeted with when I went in to the room:

His first recognisable drawing, so so cute! 

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Mini Primark and Topshop haul - February 2013

I have always been a big fan of vest tops. Baggy black or blue jeans and a black or purple vest top was pretty much my, self imposed, 'uniform' for many years. I've not been wearing them as much for a while, though, choosing to wear prettier things, nicer coloured things. This has been pretty weird for me, and for the fiance, but we're coming to terms with it, haha.

A couple of weeks ago in Primark I noticed a rail of vests that weren't the standard, block, bright colours; not a black, red, bright pink or purple in site! These were softer, more muted shades and instantly I was distracted with that 'OoooOooh' I'm sure many of us get in primark. There's nothing That special about these vests, they're just really nice, different shades. That first visit I just got the really pale, dusky pink colour but I loved it so much I went back, yesterday, to get some more. At £2 each, how could I not? I picked up the lovely 'mink' coloured one and a lovely pinky mauve coloured one, too. A standard grey marl one jumped into my hand, too, but even that's pretty different for me these days! But anyway, thought I'd share these, something just a little different, for primark, a nice little change. They have shown up more like pastels in my photos, but you'll just have to take my word for it that they're a very different set of shades, compared to what you normally get in vests at primark.

The mauve looks a bit purple in photos

Friday, 15 February 2013

NOTD - Barry M - 'Pink Silver Glitter'

I seem to have a bit of a thing for pink nails at the moment, but ones that are a little different,  perhaps. I really love this Barry M shade 'Pink Silver Glitter', it reminds me, a little of Orly's rage in the formula and type of glitter, but this polish is a bit like Rage's younger, girly cousin! I do really like it!

I managed to get a really nice finish from two coats and it's lasted quite nicely. It does have that feel that micro glitter polishes have, even with a topcoat but that Really doesn't bother me. It's so glittery and fun without being too 'in your face'

Thursday, 14 February 2013

I have made a Facebook page

I'm really trying to make the steps I need to in order to get myself set up so that I can really make a go of this, start finding more people to talk to, build up a community feel. So I decided to make a Facebook page to help with that, so please pop on over and 'like' it as a good way to chat and keep updated:

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Kids are flippin' funny #1

I've been blogging about beauty a lot, it's hard to miss that fact if you've been anywhere near my page recently, but I really have been loving it and I think it'll most definitely be a strong theme for my blog in general. But as much as I am loving the beauty world at the moment, there's a whole lot more in my life, and why shouldn't that stay an important feature in my blog?!

My little boy is a constant source of love, fun, stress, worry, happiness , entertainment, joy and utter crazy in my life. How could he not be? He says, and does some of the most amusing things, plus he forces me to say and do some of the most 'amusing' things, his idea of amusing anyway. I always mean to write down the things that he does but if I don't do it quick enough it slips away and the memory is too vague to share.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Branded cosmetics and Poundland?! - Rimmel products

I popped in to Poundland when I was in town with the Man and the Boy the other day as I remembered a recent post by Fee at 'MakeupSavvy' where she said that people have been able to get Sally Hansen nail polishes from various stores and I just had to go in to our local branch and check!

NOTD - MUA - Shade 5

No nail art, nothing difficult, but I really am loving this colour! It's a green without being Green, it's soft but also bright... Love it!

It's Shade 5 from MUA, meaning you can get it for 1 whole pound! I really love MUA polishes, they go on pretty easily for the most part, they last as well as most of the other brands I use, the colours are nice, some standard and some more different, and did you see that I said they're £1! This one did take three coats, but the end result was worth it, I really am so pleased with the shade.

Another reason that these nails are exciting as they've lasted so nicely (I've been having every and any polish I use chip within the day recently, even the best) and the reason they've lasted so nicely is my purchase of the 'Sally Hansen Insta Dri Drops'! I need to use them a few more times to be able to review them, but first impressions are 'YAAAAY!

Maybelline Color Tattoo eye creams swatched - On and On Bronze, Permanent Taupe, Eternal Gold, Pink Gold

I know everyone talks about these, I know everyone knows about these, but I flipping love them and I want to share that love!

Also I was talking about them, in the comments of another post, the other day and the question of how wearable the shade 'Permanent Taupe' came up and I wanted to have a think about it, and post my swatches, to see if I could help.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Just put on a song and smile, smile, smile

Sometimes you're freaking exhausted - emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually - empty, it's just all run dry.

There's no rhyme or reason, nothing to blame, nothing to tell you why. It's just the way it is.

And right then, in that moment it's ok to let go, let the tears fall, your makeup run and your cheeks glisten. But once you've finished , put on a song. Put on 'that song' the one that can lift you up when you're down, make you smile when you frown. No... not everything will suddenly be fixed, but that's ok because, for now, it's gone away.

Put it on repeat and carry on with life, tidy, clean, polish and gleam...

Just let it drain away the negativity, let it cleanse your soul in the way that, sometimes , only music can.

My song is 'Life Less Ordinary ' by the levellers, what's yours?

Beginning of the month mini haul - Boots and Feelunique - February 2013

I got a few bits to start the month off; as ever they were bargains as I don't have much money but these were things that I've really wanted to get for a while, now, plus I had £15 to come out of my topcashback account.

From Boots I got the Bourjois healthy mix serum in shade 52 and the bronzing powder which was also in shade 52 and I also managed to get a couple of the Rimmel Apocalips' in shades 'Celestial' and 'Big Bang'. I'm already utterly obsessed with the Apocalips' and I have yet to try the Bourjois bits but the swatches seem promising.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

February 2013 'Valentines' Glossybox opening - My first Glossybox!

Imagine my excitement when I opened the front door this morning and saw my first ever Glossybox waiting for me!

Now imagine how much more exciting it was seeing as I've  never subsribed to Glossybox! I am, without a doubt, one of the luckiest girls around, I have a wonderful fiance and today he proved it, yet again, as it was him who ordered me the Glossybox as a surprise for my birthday which is at the end of the month. I've got it coming for a few months as my birthday present - So so happy!

Differences between the shades in MUA - Make Up Academy 'Undressed' and 'Undress Me Too' palettes

Firstly. Just want to say Hello! To the new subscribers that have come aboard since my influx of views after my being posted on the MUA fb page. Thanks for checking out my page and deciding to subscribe, I really appreciate it and I'm really pleased to have some more people to write too! (I'll check out all of your pages once I get the opportunity!)

 The reason I'm doing this post is because, when MUA Make Up Academy announced the 'Undress Me Too', I saw some people asking what the difference is between this new set, and the original 'Undressed'. I just thought that some visual comparisons would help people see the differences, and help them either choose between which one they want to buy, or see why they could do with having both in their collections (I'm definitely an advocate of the second option, if possible you should get both!)

I'm just going to show you some swatches to begin with.

Original 'Undressed' palette

The new 'Undress me too' palette
As you can see, there's such a nice variety in the colours, the 'Undressed' palette has more warm toned neutrals, and the 'Undress me too' has cooler tones, but both have just the lovliest range of shades. And, side by side, the majority of the shades can be seen to be very different.

That said, there are still a few shades which do seem similar in some lights, and in the swatches I did there are a couple, so I've done some pictures of the ones that looked most similar, to me, and swatched them side by side so that you can see any differences between those particular ones in more detail. Obviously I'm not going to need to do that with all 12 shades from each palette, it's pretty obvious that the majority are really different. If anyone has any other shades that they'd like to see swatched side by side then please do just let me know, I have no problem doing some more if I know which ones people want to see the differences in.

L-R Undressed palette shade 7, Undress me too 'Fiery' and 'Wink'
L-R Undressed palette Shade 2, Undress me too 'Devotion''
I hope that this has helped. For those who want to know what's different about them, the pics above should show that, even the shades that look similar are, actually, quite different and in general both of the palettes offer a very different set of neutrals.

 If you're still wondering which one to get? Well that's, obviously, down to personal preference - Personally, I think that if people can afford it, they should get both. With the huge range of shades and tones, between the two palettes, you'll have such a wide range of  neutrals; a few nice mattes and some lovely shimmers, colours to suit almost every occasion. And for £4 each, most people can afford them. I, for one, am so pleased to have both sets in my collection, I see them as two very complementary palettes, they sit beautifully alongside each other and I don't see one as an alternative to another, I see them as different halves of a whole.

For those who're lusting after the Naked palettes then these seem like a fantastic alternative - I'd be lieing if I said I wouldn't like to try them, I'd love to see what the fuss is about and see what the quality really is like but do I feel like I'm missing out, by not having them? No, these palettes are flipping fantastic and MUA, as a brand, really do impress me time after time; I definitely have a huge amount of respect and loyalty towards them as a brand. If you want to try the undressed palettes then I'd really suggest doing it, and if you want to try MUA as a brand then why haven't you already?!


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A gorgeous little boy, gone too soon - Little Charlie Harris-Beard

There's a little boy called Charlie whose story I've been following, on facebook, for a long time now. Some of you in the uk may've seen him on the news, and some of you may've already seen him on facebook.

So many people have hoped so much and wished so hard for Charlie to get better, but it's heartbreaking to say that he passed away today. That little boy fought so very hard; as did his family to get him the absolute best possible care.

Life really isn't fair, but the slight balance comes from the fact that Charlie has been blessed with a wonderful family who have put so much in to giving him the best possible life he could have - This past few months he's been taken to Disneyworld, spent new year at Thomas Land and just, generall, been given the most fun and happiness possible, considering what's been happening to his poor body.

I'm sorry to be writing such a sad post, but this is the real world, and sometimes these things happen and as much as we'd like to hide from it, it's right there.

But, I'd like anyone who is pregnant, or knows someone who's pregnant, or may one day have a baby, to look at this page and remember the information - Cord Blood Donation. Just remember this, and if it ever applies to you, think about it, look in to it. From the little that I know, all you are donating is the umbilical chord / placenta (click here for better explanations) it doesn't affect your baby, it doesn't affect your birth plan or your birth experience, you don't have to have anything scary happen to you or your baby. The products that you'd be donating are just classed as 'waste' they are disposed of - But it's this that can help people with an absolute multitude of conditions.

I didn't know about chord blood donation when I had my son, but if I ever have another baby then I will be looking in to it. And anyone I know who has a baby will get a gentle prod in this direction - It's a tiny thing to do that can change lives. Charlie's life was helped by chord blood donation, he had a transplant which prolongued his life, he overcame the cancer. Unfortunately it didn't make him totally better, his cancer came back, but anything that could improve the time that he had is a miracle in my eyes

Friday, 8 February 2013

MUA - Make Up Academy - Undress Me Too Palette is here! - Swatches and first reactions review

Can you imagine how excited I was when I realised that among all of the packages of birthday presents for other people; my boy, my nephew and my man, there was a package which felt suspiciously MUA like! I had no expectations for it to turn up any time before Monday, really, so for it to be here already was an amazingly good surprise!

It's taken me until now to get the blog done because I have a small person who takes most of my daytime attentions; but this one was so important to blog so soon that he's been a good boy and let Mummy get some photos taken!

Firstly... Do I like it? Oh Yes! Is it as good as I hoped it'd be? Oh Yes!!

The colours are just gorgeous, I absolutely love the range of shades, they're exactly the colours that I've been looking for, all in one palette, for £4 - MUA how do you keep managing to do it!

I'm going to stop teasing and add some swatches in here and then talk a bit more about my feelings about it after the pics, so here you go!

In natural light

Wish flash

Firstly, I want to say I know you can't see the first shade. It's an incredibly pale nude tone - I think it'd show up much better on people with a less crazily pale skin tone than me, though, it's a lovely shade but it's so very subtle that it's hard to capture in photo - So you're just going to have to take my word for it, it's just a barely anything shade but it adds the slightes touch of soft, neutral colour and I think it'd be a fantastic base to help even out the colour of the eye lid.

As for the other colours, you can see them, aren't they just stunning! You've got a goldy bronze, a neutral champagne, a reddish bronze, a matte taupe, a dark brown with gold shimmer, a paler brown with gold shimmer, a shimmery taupe, a very pale almost-taupe with shimmer, a copper, a dark brown with a lighter hint of shimmer and a matte almost black brown.

Firstly, sorry if my descriptions are rubbish, I'm not good at describing colours, that's just how I see them. But honestly, I can't say it enough, I absolutely love them. There's only three matte's but the shimmer colours all have a different strength of shimmer so you've got some who're only just on the shimmery side of matte, if that makes any sense at all?!

The texture is just gorgeous. They're almost all that soft, creamy, buttery texture that we already know and love from the Undressed palette, the only one that's chalky is the last shade, and it's such a heavily pigmented matte shade that you can't really be surpised.

A nice little change, with this palette, is the fact that the shades have names rather than numbers! I love this. I know it doesn't matter, really, we can refer to things by numbers, but I just like being able to call it by name, and the names are lovely (If not a little cheeky in some instances ;) )

A lot of you are going to be asking if this is a dupe for the Naked 2 palette - I think from the in pan colours, alone, the similarities are there and if you want to compare swatches then have a quick google (Sorry, I don't own the naked 2 so I can't do the photos myself) Also, I think if I'd had the time to really build these swatches up then they'd have looked even more pigmented than they already do in my swatch, so keep in mind I just didn't have as much time as I'd have liked and they are really nice, buildable colours.

Do I think it's a dupe? Yeah, for me it's going to save me spending a lot of money on something incredibly similar. The shades are so so similar, I have no need to look elsewhere.

I can't wait to play with these shadows, seriously, cannot wait.

There are some asking what the differences between 'Undress me too' and the original 'Undressed' palette are and so I'm planning on doing another blog, tomorrow, showing you the differences - because believe me, they're different.

If you want to see real life swatches I can only suggest you fork out the £4 for one of these, yourself, it's worth it - Honest.

Most Popular Toys for Christmas 2012 in our house

I thought I'd do a quick post about the toys which The Boy has played with, the most, in hweeks following Christmas. He was very lucky and got some great gifts and he's played with them all a lot, watched the dvds a couple of times and read all of the books a lot too, but there's been a few which have been played with pretty much every day and so I thought they were worth mentioning for those looking for ideas for little ones. Obviously these are for a boy of 2-3 years but we're not particularly gender restrictive and a lot of his toys would be suitable for older children as well as those closer to his age.

Although, as I said above, he's played with all of his new things a lot, the thing he's played with the most, without a doubt , is the train set. He already had a basic set from last year, but what he got this Christmas was all BigJigs. He got; one of their expansion packs of extra, basic pieces, the turntable, the tunnel, the shed, the level crossing and the coal docks (Which has a crane, two trucks with magnetic loads of coal on and a barge/boat). Needless to say we're rather big BigJigs fans!

Wooden train track - Mostly Bigjigs

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

MUA - Make Up Academy announce their 'Undress Me Too' Palette - Another, obvious, dupe? We can only hope!

Just a little bit excited ... The poor fiance had to deal with yet another MUA - Make up Academy induced excitement  evening... He really is so tolerant, haha.

MUA have been taunting us with the fact that they were going to announce a new product today, and they even said it is expected to be their  biggest seller of 2013, a pretty big thing to say as it's their first new product of the year. This alone got the alarm bells ringing so it wasn't a total surprise when it popped up on their Facebook Page that it was going to be the:

NEW Undress Me Too Palette !

I've had a look at the pics, and oh yes, it does look a Lot like the Naked 2 palette! I've not got the UD offering, but having looked at online pictures the comparison is evident! Let's just hope that this new creation is as good a dupe that the original Undressed palette is for the first Naked palette!

It's just been announced that it's available, NOW, via the MUA website!

Excited? Me? Yes!

Who knew, this time last year, I'd be excited and rushing to blog about a palette of all neutral eye shadows... Not me! But I've ordered it, already, so as soon as it arrives there shall be a post - Can't wait

NOTD - Technic Carnival - Rainbow Glitter

I realised, the other day, that although I have a few nice glitter nail polishes, I don't have a rainbow glitter at the moment. A quick search on ebay found me the Technic polish in shade Carnival - You can pick it up for about £2 from lots of different sellers so no need to link my exact one as I don't think they were a big seller.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Elf haul - My first purchase from Elf and first thoughts on the order

I have a few elf bits that I picked up in a competition a little over a year ago and I quite like them but they didn't really leap out at me so as far as bargain brands go they didn't really seem to compete with my established favourite brand, MUA. But I have seen and read more about them, most recently, and have been interested to try out some bits from the studio line and so when they did a 48% off promotion for a few days I felt it was the right time to make a decent sized order and really give their things a go.

It arrived nice and quickly and was well packaged but one of my items is still listed as 'Arrived with Warehouse' and so I'm not sure whether I'll receive this item or a refund. Also one of the blushes that came with the order was, unfortunately, quite badly shattered so I'm waiting to hear back from elf to find out what they'll be able to do about that. But overall I was really pleased with the items and can't wait to really give them a try. This post isn't going to have any reviews in, it's just a nice pic of what I got and reviews will happen once I've had a decent amount of time to play around with the products - I really am so excited to use them properly!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

January 2013 Favourites - Beauty and books

It's been really difficult to choose my favourites for this month, there's been a lot but I've narrowed the list down as much as I can and I'm sure those things that haven't had a mention will be showing up in future months. The list for this month is; nails (as a whole), Benefit creaseless cream shadow in 'Bunny Hop', Vintage cosmetics company eyelash curlers, Soap and Glory 'Glow all out' powder, Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner, Soap and Glory 'Hand Food' MOA green balm and a few books which are the 'Wind on fire' series by William Nicholson, Daniel Glattauer's 'Every Seventh Wave' and 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Cosmetics and skincare haul - Boots botanics, Origins, Revlon and More - February 2013

This is just a little haul post of some things I bought over the last month, mostly from a couple of different Boots orders but also a few bits from eBay and Amazon. Most, though not all, of these things were directly inspired by vloggers/bloggers; in this instance Estee from Estee Lalonde and Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup who I've been watching on YouTube a Lot this month.

Firstly, I've got some skincare bits, mostly from the Botanics range which you can buy in Boots. I've heard quite a lot of recommendations for the Rosewater Toning Spray and when I went to check it out on the website it turned out that they had a bit of a money off sale so I decided to get the Face Oil as it's 100% organic and I'm very much still developing my own skincare routine. I also decided to get the Radiant Youth Super Serum as I had been wanting to get a serum for a while now and this was just a fantastic price as well as being from a brand that has better ingredients than some of the other brands I've tried in the past (Though I know not as good as some of the higher end brands which I just can't afford =( ) Lastly, for skincare, I got the Origins Super Spot Removing Gel as I had heard so many good things about it and I really am always keeping my eye out for something that really works (And so far so good I must add).

Botanics face oil, botanics radiant youth serum, botanics rosewater
toning spray, origins super spot remover.