Thursday, 29 March 2012

A weekend away

So last weekend, I booked a last minute deal on Travelzoo and headed down to Buckinghamshire for a little weekend getaway (any excuse to drive my shiny new car)!

Whilst I was getting ready for our evening meal, I thought it would be a great opportunity to show you all what I took away with me, and quite frankly, which bits are pretty much staples in my make-up bag!

Not the clearest of pictures - apologies :)

So, I will try and go in some orderly fashion that you'll be able to follow and give my 2 pennies worth as we go:

Benefit High Beam: This is one of the little minitures that was free last year in *Glamour* (I can't remember which mag to be honest) and is fab for travelling as it takes up hardly any space at all. In actual fact, this lives in my handbag make-up bag for any *touch-up* moments!

Benefit Pose Tint: Again, another miniature free with a mag last year-I love this tint, such a perfect pink colour to give a lovely flushed look. I have the 2True dupe of this, but I do prefer the Benefit version if I'm completely honest - but, if you wanted to try it out for the first time, then I would highly recommend giving the 2True version a go first. 

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel: Need I say any more...

Collection 2000 Concealer: This is a bit of a cult item really acorss the blogging world. I've used this for so long but I am considering giving the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer a go-any recommendations for someone with awful under-eye dark circles?

Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua: I LOVE this foundation-I save this for special occasions (I use Mac Face & Body on a daily basis)! I love everything about this foundation; the formulation, the finish, even the smell! Would highly recommend. 

Benefit Hoola: This is my holy grail daily bronzer-I couldn't be without it (I actually need a new one as I've hit pan on this one, but payday seems so far away. Fingers crossed it lasts). 

Real Techniques Buffing Brush (from the core collection) & Power Brush: I have written about these brushes before and my love for them. Couldn't recommend enough! 

Sigma F80 Kabuki brush: I find this brush works best for me when applying the Soleil tan de Chanel. If I'm honest, I haven't really played around with other brushes, but figured, as I was happy with the results, why bother. 

Urban Decay Primer Potion mini: This came with my Naked Palette and has come in very handy indeed for travelling around. 

No7 Equsiette Curl Mascara: I love this mascara. I have very straight lashes which refuse to hold a curl - damn straightness! But this mascara manages to get some kind of curl to them - the best out of many mascara's that I have tried at least. 

MUA Heaven & Earth Palette: I absolutely LOVE this palette-I have another in my drawer as back-up as it is pretty much the only palette of eyeshadows that I use these days. My naked palette was sold and my mac palette is redundant in a drawer. It has everything I want from an eyehadow palette-and at £4, you really can't go wrong. 

And finally, the 2 brushes at the front are the Revlon contour shadow brush & Sigma SS275. I use these brushes for my eye make-up and I did forget a few brushes that I usually use, but these managed to get the job done. 
*I think I may do another post on which brushes I use for my eye-make up*

Anyway, just a little insight in to my getaway make-up bag. What are your must have items for when you go away? 

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Weekend #12

Friday: Friday night was spent feeling very poorly, curled up in bed with this nasty cold that has been going around. Had  a pretty rubbish week feeling very sorry for myself, with no energy whatsoever to do anything :(

Saturday: Started with an early morning to say bye bye to my beloved mini and hello to the lovely new flossy! That's right, I named my car (sad, but don't lie, I'm sure you have done too)!

It was so sad saying bye to my beloved mini, we had plenty of good times over the years, but it was time!
Once I'd picked her up, off I headed for a weekend stay down south in a lovely hotel in Buckinghamshire. It was such a lovely area and the hotel (The Bull Hotel) was faultless - I'd highly recommend!

Sunday: Being so close to London, we decided to make the most of it and head on in to the City & make good use of the glorious weather we had in the UK - wasn't it bloody delightful! We walked the river and did the usual tourist snaps of the Bridge

Driving over the London Bridge in my new little car :)

We headed in to Covent Garden, just so I could pick up a few treats for the long car journey home - it would have been rude not to!

I tried my first ever snog - it was bloomin delicious (for reference, I stuck to what I know best and went with the natural frozen yogurt and brownie topping - yummy)!

Then it was time to head back home!

Gorgeous sunset on the way home

I had a lovely weekend & really hope this weather it now here to stay - it's been lovely driving around in my new little toy :)

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend too!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Weekend #11

Friday: Well Friday was an extremely long day for me :( I spent Thursday & Friday in Cardiff on a work event and spent my usual Friday evening of chilling out on a train, if you could call the cramped, crappy carriage on the long 4hr journey back up North! Absolutely gutted I couldn't stay for an extra night and be there for the Wales match, especially as my hotel was directly opposite, but apparently squatters rights don't apply to hotels - who'd of thunk it!

Saturday: Following the very long 2 days in Cardiff, I decided to use today as a chill out day - it was very much needed, I'm a grumpy cow when I'm tired! I really enjoyed today though, it's been a while since I just did nothing!Today was filled with cups of tea, rugby *AMAZINGLY PLAYED WALES* and yummy treats (including percy pig biscuits)!
I know I mentioned last week that I would be picking up my new car this Saturday, but unfortunately, due to some mix up with the bank, I wasn't able to go pick it up, but I will have it next Saturday-cannot wait!

Sunday: Today, as I'm sure you're aware, if not, was mother's day here in the UK. My Sunday started very early as I woke, rather wearily to watch the F1 season kick off in style with the Australian Grand Prix. Following that, on the insistence of Mother, we headed off to Ikea for a spot of shopping - I bloody love Ikea I do! Whilst there, I took the opportunity to pop in to the rather large Boots opposite with a long list of products I was hoping to spend my ££ on- including the very talked about Revlon Lip Butters, the No7 cleansing water and much more, but it wasn't supposed to be-they had NOTHING that I wanted :( complete shopping fail! *FYI I was told today, and I know some of you have been told the same, that the No7 cleansing water has been recalled but will be back soon enough, apparently!*
Following a successful mooch around Ikea for the parents, it was back home to for nap time-I think I'm either exhausted after such a busy week, or I'm coming down with something, I've felt rotten all day!

My present to my mum -personalised family poster from A Piece Of @

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and was much more successful at what you set out to do that I have been! Better luck next week ey!

p.s. Just thought I'd pop a little mention in that you can also follow my blog via bloglovin & hellocotton if your prefer!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

REVIEW: Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion

I've recently been giving the Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion* (what a mouthful) a try and I thought I'd share my initial thoughts with you all! I first heard of Weleda last year when the pomegranate body oil was featured in the Glossybox (which I loved) and have been looking to try out some of the products ever since, so jumped at the chance of giving this cleansing lotion a go!

So what do Weleda say about this product?

Extra mild cleansing lotion for sensitive and unbalanced skin, which gently removes impurities and make up, whilst maintaining the skin’s natural balance. Mild organic almond oil and plum kernel oil, leave skin calm and soft.

£8.95 for 75ml

Highly Commended:Natural Health Beauty Awards 2011 - Best Cleanser

I had a 20ml sample of this product which gave me about a weeks worth of using and I really liked it. I tried it first with my skinsonic, but it's not a foamy cleanser so I wouldn't recommend if this is how you cleanse. 

It's a lovely creamy cleanser and I found it best to apply with my finger tips, massaging it in and then removing with a damp cotton wool pad. I used it every evening for a week (I'm lazy in the mornings and tend to just quickly wash my face in the shower - naughty I know) as a cleanser to remove my make-up before I used my skinsonic with my [comfort zone] products

I have quite sensitive skin and I'm always dubious about using new products, just in case, but I had no issues what so ever with this product and I will definitely be giving others in the range a look! I think I'll definitely be giving the facial oil a go. 

I think for me, the best think about this product is the smell - it smells just like you're slathering marzipan all over your face!So delicious!

If you wanted to give it a try, they do actually sell 10ml sample sizes for just £1.95 which I think is a fab idea - very affordable way of trying something out without wasting money or product!

Have you tried any of the Weleda products before? Would you recommend any?

*PR Sample

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Weekend #10

So another weekend has been and gone and the working week (for some of us) will start again tomorrow-boo to that! Anyway, on to my little catch up...

Friday: Friday evening was spent with one of the girls getting our nails done and having a good old catch-up! I decided to go classic this time round and stick with a french manicure, and I love it! I can't get over how good my nails look too-I've never had long nails, so I am loving actually having some!

Saturday: I made a decision recently that it was time to get a new car! I currently have a little red mini and I love it, but I've had her 4yrs now and she's getting old and, well, it was just time (as sad as that makes me)! After looking around I settled on a Fiat 500-still quite a cute and quirky car I think-very me! I decided to be very sensible though, and before I got my heart set on one, I decided to go and test drive a few and see if they're still 'for me'! Well, it bloody well was! I completely fell in love and decided that the sport version was going to be mine! There was one at the garage that I visited that I could have quite happily taken home with me, but I decided to look around and see what else was on offer!

Sunday: So today, after finding another Fiat 500 in the spec I wanted, off I went to another garage to have a 'look' - which actually turned in to a purchase! Yup, that's right, I bought a new car :) I am so excited! If all goes well, I shall be driving back home in the lovely little thing next weekend!

*A little sneaky peek inside-I'm sure there'll be lots of pictures to come once she's mine*

I am so excited - I just need to decide on a name for her now - does anyone else do this and name their car?

What did you get up to this weekend?

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Brushing up my technique...

So, lets face it, the blogasphere has been awash recently with posts about how amazing the Real Techniques make-up brushes are by Samantha Chapman, and quite rightly so!

I bought my first set of brushes back in June last year and have had a love affair with them every since! I bought the core collection and adore the buffing brush and contour brush (the other 2 in the collection I don't really touch, but it was worth the money for just those 2 brushes). I have used the buffing brush everyday since the day I got it for my foundation and I am sure this will continue for quite some time to come. I find the whole foundation routine palava (I'm lazy and want things to happen NOW) much more simple now that I have this brush - it just makes it so easy and leaves a gorgeous finish!

Now, I'm sure you're aware, Real Techniques have now started to be stocked in most Boots stores and online. For those of us the in UK, I'm sure you're with me in thinking this is a pretty good thing-the brushes now are much more available, and, we get to collect advantage card points too!

So, last week, whilst perusing the aisles of Boots, as you do, I finally got my mitts on the powder brush - one I have been lusting after for some time but just wasn't sure if it was too big. I love this brush. Previously, I was using a Sonia Kashuk powder brush, which, has done me good over the last few years, but it was time for a change. This brush is so unbelievably soft - I wish you could feel how lovely it is, I find myself just brushing it over my face in the mornings (is that weird???).

It is quite large, and for someone who has quite a small head (think the size that actually fits in to the 10-11yrs hats), I think it may be a little too big for me, but, it makes my powder routine in the mornings very quick indeed!

The brush is priced at £12.99 - I actually purchased mine using my advantage card points so in my eyes, it was a freebie - bonus!

If you're in the market for a new powder brush, I would highly recommend, or any of the brushes for that matter - they all seem to fit the purpose that they were designed for!

Which are your favourite Real Technique's brushes?

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Weekend #9

Well hello there, remember me? Maybe? Well, I've been away for a little bit - as I mentioned in my last post, I was having some personal issues, which, to be honest, went from bad to worse, but I've really missed writing posts (even though I don't do loads and loads) and I thought it may do me some good to get back in to the swing of things! So, here goes with my standard weekend post...

Friday: Friday evening was spent driving down South for a weekend with my Uni girls-recently, these girls have really shown me how lucky I am to have them in my life, they really are just amazing and I love spending time with them! The 3hr drive wasn't too bad this time round as the weather was just gorgeous, I event got the sunglasses out!

Saturday: This morning was spent lounging around have a lovely relaxed morning, something we don't often do when we visit each other, there's always something that we're doing but it was nice just to sit back for a little, which was probably needed after the week I'd had! Then, the others arrived, including THE most gorgeous little man ever, my little godson! He's the first baby in our group and he is just brilliant (and that's coming from someone who has never really liked children)! We spent the afternoon having a spot of lunch at a local garden centre before having a brown of their fabulous displays, including this amazing little hobbit house *I want*!

The evening was spent having a quick few in the pub, which ended quite embarrassingly for me! I'm not a drinker, and haven't had an alcoholic drink since October, so I quietly sat there with my diet coke. When leaving the pub, I managed to completely miss the kurb and nearly fall into the oncoming car, which just happened to be a Police car - I can't begin to tell you how utterly embarrassed I was! I really am an idiot! After a few words, he let us go on our way, assured that I was just clumsy but honestly, only me!
The evening was very chilled with a homecooked dinner and chatter of babies, mortgage and tales of 'back in the day' - we're definitely getting old!

Sunday: After a lovely big breakfast this morning, it was time to head back up North-it's always sad leaving the group, but next time we catch up will be my birthday -YEY!

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend! Hopefully I am back now, I have a few posts I want to get out so we'll see how my week goes, I'm going to just takes things slow for a little bit!