Monday, 1 September 2014

LIFESTYLE: MY SHABBY CHIC BEDROOM









I've recently swapped bedrooms, my sister has moved out and she had a bigger room and bed so I decided to swap. Since swapping rooms I haven't made any changes to the carpet, wallpaper or curtains however i've managed to completely change the look of the room. I have brought my white furniture with me which made the room look better straight away. I bought a little white unit from Ikea which is amazing, it has space for cute bits and pieces but it also has practical space for foldaway storage boxes. I tend to pop junk in these. On my brand new unit as you can see above i've gone a little crazy with cute, shabby chic items. I love my photo frames these are one of my favorite things, both have photos of Clint and myself in. I love my little white jug (and dead rose) I got the jug from tesco for £2! The glass bottle and cream jewellery holder were both from the 99p shop. I was gifted this gorgeous Lead Crystal Tealight* from Museum Selection which I love. I think it fits in really well and looks fab on my unit. I can actually fit my little Neom Candle inside which I loveeee! It looks fab when you light the candles aswell as the light reflects of the Crystal. I got the mint jewellery tray from a carboot for like 30p and Its perfect for popping my rings and watch when I take them off at night. I love my wire heart which I put some ikea fairy lights inside. I could probably use it for storing more practical items but I love how cute it is with lights inside. Finally, my poster*! I love my poster which I was sent from StressFreePrint.co.uk and I will be reviewing this soon. 

GUIDE TO PRETENDING YOU KNOW FOOTBALL


Its transfer window deadline day ! Some of you may be thinking what is that or why is Amy writing a blog post about football? Well truth is i'm actually a big football fan, i'm currently following all of the  teams closely as I have my own dream team and i'm doing very well. I'm top of the table in a league of lots of boys haha! Below is a pretty fun infographic that will help you understand football a little easier or at least it will give you a few ideas. There's also some pretty universal phrases  that you can steal so at least you sound like you know about football! www.musicmagpie.co.uk have put together this infographic alongside a series of other Suprisingly Easy guides, heres the link to this one. http://blog.musicmagpie.co.uk/2014/08/26/the-surprisingly-easy-guide-to-pretending-you-know-football/ They are really fun so check those out!

Do any of you have a passion for football ? Who do you support and do you have your own dream team, we should start a bloggers dream team league!
*in collaboration with musicMagpie.co.uk*

Surprisingly Easy Guide to Pretending You Know Football

EVENT: SELFRIDGES BEAUTY BLOGGER EVENT
















A few months ago I had a little meeting with Rose the lovely beauty personal shopper at Selfridges Birmingham and we had a chat about Birmingham blogger events. Rose had this idea of a monthly beauty event for bloggers where we can find out about the latest beauty releases and get a more personal experience with different brands. So when I got an email from Rose about the event I was so excited! She lined up some amazing brands such as GHD, Estee Lauder, Nars, Charlotte Tillbury, Tom Ford, Kiehls and Creme De La Mer. We had personalised Krispy Kreme donuts and one to ones with all of the brands. It was a lovely event, it gave us the opportunity to not only find out about new releases and try new brands but also to network with the ladies who work at Selfridges and other bloggers.

I got to try some of the latest releases from Nars such as their Nail Polishes which they have just relaunched and their new Duel Intensity Eyeshadow's which are amazing!! I actually want Callisto soo bad! It's gorgeous. You can use these wet and dry which is fab, they are so pigmented.

I got to hear about the latest releases from GHD, including their new Aura hairdryer and Eclipse styler.

Estee Lauder gave me a little make over, using their latest releases. Using the little 3 minute beauty booklet they gave me I can create some fabulous looks by using these simple techniques. I got to try their new Pure Colour Envy Lipstick in Eccentric which is a new shade, it's a lovely coral shade. The Pure Colour Envy Eyeshadow Pallete in Envious Orchid and the Double Wear Brush on Glow BB highlighter which is amazing. All of the products that the lovely Erin used on me were great, I'm especially loving the hightlighter which I will have to purchase because its amazing and just so easy to use.

I was very impressed by Charlotte Tillbury as I knew little about this brand before the event, Rose has shown me some of the products before. They all come with instructions showing to how and where to use the products making them easy to use. They are all packaged in lovely gold packaging. I tried one of the eye liner pencils on my hand and seriously it didn't wash off for like two days! So the products are great quality, i'm always hearing great things about the brand so I'm so glad I got to see some of their latest products and learn more at this event.

I have used a few Kiehls products before but it was so lovely to have a little sit down with the lovely Nikki and chat about different products. I've learnt great things about the brand and I now have a list of products I need to buy.

I had such a great time with Karen from Creme De La Mer. This is a brand I usually walk straight past when I roam through Selfridges but not anymore. I learnt so much about the brand and the products. I spoke to Karen about my skin and what kind of skincare I normally used. I got to try a few products and I have to say i'm so impressed with the brand. The products are lovely, I especially love the moisturizing gel cream and the oil absorbing lotion they are a little lighter than the cream and work so much better on my skin. I felt like talking to Karen about my skincare helped me, and I know how I should be using the product and whether it's right for my skin.

I had my make over done by the Lovely Hayley from Tom Ford and I have to say I was so impressed. I went home and told my boyfriend how I needed Tom Ford products in my life. First of all the Traceless Perfecting foundation it was so light and Hayley only used the tiniest amount but the coverage was amazing and it looked so good.  I was actually glowing!! She then used the Contouring Cheek Colour Duo to contour and highlight my face. It was so easy to do and I would love to own this as I think it would make contouring easier. Also the highlighter and blusher had amazing pigmentation she used the tiniest amount! Here's a photo after my little Tom Ford makeover !
I want to thank Rose and the rest of the Selfridges Team for making this event happen, I had a lovely night! If your in Birmingham this week I just want to mention the Selfridges Perfecting beauty event which is this Thursday 5pm-9pm Tickets are £10 each, the price is fully redeemable at the event. You can get tickets from Rose Gallagher @MixedGemsBeauty (Selfridges Beauty Personal Shopper)

Friday, 29 August 2014

OUTFIT POST: NEW LOOK SUMMER DRESS


JACKET: TOPSHOP // DRESS: NEW LOOK // NECKLACE: NEW LOOK // SANDALS: PRIMARK






I'm not ready for summer to leave yet, I haven't wore boots for ages and ages and they just feel weird. I went shopping today to get an outfit for a birthday party. I also bought a very summery dress. I bought this dress the other day in the new look sale, i'd had my eye on it for quite a while but didn't buy it however as soon as it dropped down into the sale I had to have it.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

LIFESTYLE: BIRTHDAY IDEAS I

My 22nd Birthday is fast approaching and i'm actually so lucky that I will be spending my Birthday in Gran Canaria. I had been looking at going away for the weekend to London or Paris. Whilst looking around online I started looking at experience days and found a few different things that would be great gift ideas. I understand that birthday shopping for women is difficult so I thought i'd pop a few ideas down, like a little gift guide.

As I said above i'd been thinking about a cheap trip to Paris and I found this great deal for a Paris day trip which would be ideal if someone (like me) just wants to have a look in the shops to take advantage of those French brands or you could stay a few nights in a really post hotel like this one Hotel De Sers

Another great gift idea is an afternoon tea, i've never had an afternoon tea so I think this is amazing! I love tea and cakes so this would be the ideal gift if you were shopping for me but it's also great for an older lady or maybe if you know your going to London for a spot of shopping you could book yourself an afternoon tea and have a little rest with a scone. I think this Burlesque Afternoon tea sounds amazing or my friend Lauren went a Mad Hatters Tea Party like this one here in London and it sounded so unique and special.

Another thing i've thought about doing is going Glamping. You get to stay in these little huts so it's like camping but not as extreme as staying in a tent. Theres some cheaper options like this stay in Devon which starts at £49 and then theres more expensive options.

All of these amazing experience days can be found on Into The Blue and they have many more to choose from. They also offer classes, driving experiences, and many more. You will find something for everyone. The website is very easy to use and it clearly states whats included in the different experiences. There's also a very easy to use drop down box which gives you different options regarding price/ how many nights etc.  The prices are very reasonable and similar to other experience sites that I've used in the past.


LIFESTYLE: WHAT ARE THE THINGS WORTH INVESTING IN?

Freya Deco Bra £34.00* and Thong £10.50* - Freya 






I have to say something I spend that extra penny on is Lingerie. I am a 32GG meaning I can't just walk into any old store and pick up a bra, luckily for me I work in a Lingerie shop that does stock 32GG so I never have to worry about looking for places to shop. This is my latest set, it's the Freya Deco in this amazing leopard print pattern with gorgeous neon orange detailing. The bra alone retails at £34.00 which is about 8 times the price of a bra from Primark, however you are getting a better quality of bra and I am getting a bra that actually fits me. A bra should last from 6 Months to a year depending on how you look after them so for me this is a long term investment. This is my first Freya Deco however they come in so many different colours and styles, I will be buying more! 

Legal and General have created the Things worth investing in campaign to make people think about how much we spend on products and whether its better to spend abit more on a product if it's a good investment. Read more about the campaign here http://www.legalandgeneral.com/investments/campaigns/think-long-term/things-worth-investing-in/

Monday, 25 August 2014

LIFESTYLE: DIY HOW TO MAKE A CANDLE USING OLD CANDLES.


TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY CANDLE YOU WILL NEED:
- A CONTAINER (POT, GLASS ETC) 
- OLD CANDLES (I'M JUST USING THESE TEALIGHTS) 
-WICKS - YOU CAN GET THESE OFF EBAY
-MICROWAVE SAFE CONTAINER.( use a container that you can throw away) 


 1. BREAK UP YOUR CANDLES OR USE A SPOON TO SCRAPE ANY LEFT OVERS FROM OTHER CONTAINERS.
2. ON A 60 POWER SETTING IN A MIRCROWAVE MELT THE WAX. DO THIS IN 1 MINUTE BURSTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE WAX.
3.CONTINUE UNTIL THE WAX HAS MELTED INTO A LIQUID
 4. PLACE THE WICK IN THE CONTAINER AND POUR IN THE WAX, I FOUND LEAVING THE WAX TO COOL WORKED BEST AS THE HOT WAX KEPT MELTING MY WICKS.

 5. I'VE USED THE BAMBOO TO HOLD THE WICK IN PLACE UNTIL THE WAX HAS COOLED ENOUGH.
6. WHEN THE WAX HAS COOLED ENOUGH THAT YOU CAN MOVE THE CANDLE POP IT IN THE FREEZER TO FINISH COOLING.
7. THERE YOU GO A BRAND NEW CANDLE :)




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