Thursday, 27 September 2012

Im Sorry...

Hi guys,

I am so so sorry that I havent postes in 2 weeks. This time has gone so fast, I thought it had only been a week since my last post but it hasnt. Im going to surf the internet for mt Top 5 Thursday for yesterday so do expect that soon.

I need to get in the habit of taking photos for my blog posts again. I think it would be best if I took photos for 3 or 4 posts in one go and then thats at least half the post done for a few days!

I do apologise once again!

On a plus note I just want to say a big thank you and hello to my new followers :). I get super happy everytime I look at dashboard and see that Ive got a new reader :).

Ill post again soon!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Top 5 Thursday: Topshop

Untitled #10

Hi girlies, Im so sorry that this is a day late again (slaps wrist), I have no excuse for the lateness in posting but I do hope you can forgive when I show you what beauties I found on the new in section of the Topshop website.

1) Printed Playsuit By Oh My Love - £39.00 - Im starting off with my favourtie piece, as denoted by the size of the picture in the collage above. I love this. When zoomed in its clear to see that the print on this playsuit is of all different animals, I spy horses, sheep and goats. The long sleeves make it suitable for autumn and winter. I keep dreaming about having it in my wardrobe.

2) Sleeveless Peplum Top - £18.00 - Ive seen these featured by some more famous bloggers and the bright colours caught my eye. This one is the navy one and has a zip down the back. This looks really sophisticated and would work from the office to the bar.
3) Wadded Sweater By Boutique - £35.00 - This reminds me of a school jumper. I was looking for a dark grey one last year but I really like the lightness of the colour of this one. Warm and snug and just what the doctor ordered for the colder months.
4) Shackles Embellished Platforms - £68.00 - Love these. Studs were all over the catwalk and look to be a big trend this season. These studs are understated yet add something to a fairly simple shoe. The platform and heel height of these makes them look like theyd be easy to walk in.
5) Moto Black Coated Denim Shorts - £32.00 - The coating on these shorts adds something to such a simple wardrobe piece. I imagine these shorts with tights, chelsea boots and a shirt with some collar tips and maybe a denim jacket!
Do you like my picks? Sorry for the fact that theyre all autumnal colours my head obviously thinks that summer has well and truly gone.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

ASOS Magazine

Hello girlies are we all ok?

Ive never recieved an ASOS magazine before but I must be on the mailing list because the other day I recieved the latest issue in the post.

I was taking the plastic cover off and wondered why the magazine was so bulky, discarding the crappy adverts and leaflets look what greeted me!

Yes that right, a yummy Galaxy bar which was a lovely treat. I still havent eaten it as my healthy eating plan has well and truly kicked in.

The magazine was a great read full of the latest fashions and style inspirations, an interview with Juno Temple and some great nail art on the last page.

I love this checked shirt!

There was also a sample of Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation which Ive been wanting to try. Ive checked out the shade online and it seems like it would be a good match. Im a sucker for samples so this was a welcome addition.

This is just a quick post to let you know that im looking forward to the next magazine I receive and to say that if youre not on the mailing list and you love ASOS then try and get yourselves on it!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

August Empties

Hello, I know its a bit late but this is the only chance Ive had to write about all the products Ive used up or thrown away during August.

This is my first empties post and I feel that this is quite a good selection. However, this is only because I had a clear out so half of it is stuff I just dont want anymore.

There are 7 things that Ive either thrown away or used up. Ill give a quick desription of each one and whether I would actually purchase it again.

First up is the Nivea Visage Eye Make Up Remover. I did repurchase this and Im currently on my third bottle of the stuff. Its great at removing eyeliner and mascara without rubbing too hard. Its the only EMR ive tried and Ive never felt the need to move onto something else. Its cheap, cheerful and does what it says on the tin.
Secondly is the Nivea cleasning toner. Ive done a review post of this and I still love it. I havent repurchased it yet as Im trying to finish off my new Vichy Normaderm cleanser but once that one is out of the way then I will definitely repurchase this one.
Next up is the V05 Ultimate Hold hairspray. No repurchase as of yet but that is only because Ive started on an Aldis own brand one. This is the only hairspray Ive ever used all the way to empty which is saying something. I would definitely recommend this. It keeps hair in place withough making it too stiff.
At the top of this picture are some Oriflame false eyelashes. They cost me £1 and ive never used them so couldnt say whether they are any good or not. The only reason these are being thrown is because stupid me bent one in half and it wont go back to normal!
Benefits the Porefessional. I bought a copy of Red magazine when they were doing Benefit samples. I used it once and I dont really like it. It left my skin looking really shiny. I wasnt tempted to buy the full size prodcut because there are other things that do a better job of priming my skin and making my pores look smaller.
The long silver box on the right is an Oriflame mascara that cost me 50p. I loved this mascara and it did a great job but unfortunately this got shoved to the back of a drawer when I purchased a new mascara. I bought it before christmas last year so this is probaly dried up now and I wouldnt want to use it for hygiene reasons.
Finally for this empties/throwing away post is the Maybelline Illegal Lengths mascara. This is the one with the fibres in to make your lashes look longer. I stopped my love affair with the Oriflame one for this and boy I wished I hadnt! I didnt get on with this at all. The fibres didnt attach to my naturall lashes so no added length there and the formula of mascara itself was rubbish. It did nothing for me and I do actually regret buying this.
So there we have it, my first empties post. I think these posts may be few and far between because I very rarely get through a large amount of products in one month. I may save them up and make it a quarterly post or something.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Graduation Nails

Hello, to ease myself back into blogging as it feels like ages since Ive written a post I thought I would do a quick post showing you the colour I had on my nails for my graduation ceremony.

I wanted to go for a pale colour and something that didnt really clash with the teal dress I was wearing. However the choice to not have nail varnish at all was diminished by the fact that the week before  Id had on a pinky red colour which had stained my nails.

I chose to paint my nails and 9 o clock the night before my ceremony so I didnt have time to attempt to remove the staining. The only thing I could then do was to paint as many layers as possible to cover it up!

The polish I used was a pale pink George from Asda colour called Natural Rose. Im not sure how much these retail for at Asda becaue I bought mine in a pack of other makeup items from Poundland.

This is a lovely colour. Without stained nails I think this would be a 2 coat job, I put 3 or 4 on just to make sure the red was completely obliterated. Its quick drying and doesnt go streaky. It is a really pale colour but I think its beautiful. It reminds me of one of thos Essie polishes that just enhances your natural nails.

This polish is also really long lasting. A week later and ive got minimal tip wear and one chip on my index finger on each hand. This is the most long lasting polish Ive used in a while!

I would definitely recommend using these George at Asda polishes and the next time im in Asda I think I will check out the other colours.

Have you used these polishes before?

Monday, 10 September 2012


Hello girlies. This is just a quick post to let you know that blog posts may be a little thin on the ground for a while as things are being a bit hectic here. I'm covering extra shifts while interning and looking for a proper job!

I'm going to try and schedule some when I can. I'll try and dedicate a few hours for blogging!

I'll be back with you soon :)

Friday, 7 September 2012

10 Day Challenge: 1 Picture

So here we are, the final day of the 10 day challenge. The 10 days has gone fast and apart from graduating I havent done much. Am I wasting my life?!

So anyway, the 10 day challenge dictates that on the final day I must show all of mylovely readers a photo of myself. I had a bit of a debate to myself as to whether to show a recent picture with my short hair or one from a few months ago when I had hair that I actually liked. I decided on longer hair as Im not a fan of my hair at the moment and Im willing it to grow more than a millimetre a day!

This photo was takin back in February or March when we had the bad snow. Me and a friend stupidly decided to go out in Lincoln when the snow started to happen and we had to walk everywhere because you couldnt get a taxi for love nor money. The damphair explains the falling out curls but I kind of like them like that. Also, please excuse the stupid face. The alcohol was starting to take effect!

I hope you like my photographic offering, this is just an insight into my everyday life away from fashion, beauty and The Beauty Mix!

Always make sure to get the drink in shot as well!!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Top 5 Thursday: Dorothy Perkins

Untitled #9

Hello, todays Top 5 Thursday post comes from Dorothy Perkins and Ive got some great items today. When I checked out the website, there were loads of pretty things on there and trying to whittle it down to 5 things was actually quite difficult.
Tall Bailey Port Superskinny - £25.00 - Ive seen these in store and the colour is a lot more burgundy/port in real life. I was actually going to buy these but unfortunatley they didnt have my size. I hope they are as superskinny as the name suggests because, for me, the skinnier the better.
Mink Bar Front Envelope Clutch - £15.00 - I love envelope clutch bags and the colour of this one is so gorgeous. Its a go with everything clutch but the colour isnt as harsh as black. I love the gold detailing on the corners and the bar along the front.
Blue Flared Belted Dress - £50.00 - The colour and the style of this dress reminds me of something from Mad Men. I think it would look great paired with some black court shoes and a black patent handbag and retro inspired hair and makeup! Im just tempting myself now...
Mustard Print Belted Dress - £52.00 - I love the pattern on this, its so in your face but I just cant stop looking at it! The colour of this would brighten up many a dull day in the winter. Its also a really flattering shape as well.
Black Chelsea Ankle Boots - £35.00 - Chelsea Boots are still a favourite of mine and these low heeled ones are the most practical for day to day wear. The flatness of them will ensure that your feet wont ache at the end of the day. They are suede/suede effect so maybe not suitable for snow or puddle hopping!
So there we have it, do you like my picks? What are you loving right now?

10 Day Challenge: 2 Songs

The last installment from the 10 day challenge for today. This post will feature my 2 favourite songs. This is going to be so hard because there are so many songs that I love and each song represents a different memory for me.

1) Reckless - You Me At Six: I love love love YMA6 so much. Ive seen them in London and would do so again in a heartbeat. This is my favourite song off of their last album Sinners Never Sleep. If you like rocky tunes but more on the poppy side rather than screamo and heavy metal then you should definitley check out these brit boys. Theyre hot as well ;).
2) Along with my love for YMA6 I also have a love for 50's and 60's tunes. This is really hard to decide a specific song so ill just include an artist here. Neil Sedaka. He has such a cute face! His songs are lovely and I could listen to him all day. Look into him and you will probably recognise some of his songs.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the last day of the challenge, a picture of me. What songs do you like listening to? Leave a comment below while I go hunt through the photo albums!

10 Day Challenge: 3 Films

This post is based on the 3 films part of the 10 day challenge. Film wise, along with books wise. Im more drawn to Romcoms. Im not really into horror films or westerns and stuff.

1) I love Mean Girls. Doesnt everyone? Linday Lohan before she went a bit funny and a cute guy. I love these kind of films, will they or wont they get the girl. Reminds me of when I was young when this film came out.
2) Cinderall Story. Again another will they get together or not film. Based on Cinderall but in the modern age. It features a lovely cinderella ballgown dress. Appeals to the fashion lover in me.
3) My final film is How To Marry A Millionaire. This is an old film with Marilyn Monroe in. The tale of 3 single girls in NY trying to bag millionaires and not being very successful in the end. I definitley recommend this to all my readers!

There is one more post today for the 10 day challenge and then I will finally be caught up. Stay tuned for my favourite 2 songs!

10 Day Challenge: 4 Books

Hello, sorry I havent posted in a while. Ive been a busy bee! Tuesday saw me graduate from Lincoln University which was a great day. Yesterday was spent being lazy and not switching my laptop on at all. Today will be a day of blogging. Im going to catch up with the 10 day challenge and then schedule some posts as I dont want to inundate you all with loads of posts today!

So this part of the 10 day challenge is 4 books. I read so many books its unbelievable. Im going to approach this challenge in a different way and rather than listing 4 individual books im going to tell you 4 authors that I love. When I find a brilliant author, I try and read all of the books that Ive ever written and I can guarantee Ill probably love them all. Im not really one to ready posh books, im more of a chick lit kind of girl but whatever floats your boat eh?

1) My top author of all time has to be Sheila O'Flangan. Ive read all of her books and now im waiting for the new ones. She needs to start writing faster I tell you! Sheila is Irish and all of her books are based in Dublin. They feature trials and tribulations of young modern women who are torn between love and other things!
2) Marian Keyes. Again another Irish author (can you see a theme here?!). There is so much humour running through Marians books that at times I laugh out loud. She portrays Irish people so well and sometimes makes them live up to the stereotypes that the rest of the world holds. You should check her out!
3) Sophie Kinsella. Sophie writes the Shopaholic series of books. These books are fab. Theyre funny but also have a serious note. Everyone can relate to overspending and feeling guilty at the end of the month when you sort out your money.
4) Belinda Jones. Ive only read a few of Belinda books but theyre great. There is no set them unlike the other 3 authors but they are still based around love. One I read was based on a tropical Island which definitley made me fantasise about living there!

So there we have it, my 4 top Authors. If you would like an in depth review of a particular book from these authors then let me know!

Monday, 3 September 2012

10 Day Challenge: 5 Foods

Today im back with the 5 Foods part of the 10 day challenge. I love food - which is glaringly obvious because im always trying to lose those few extra pounds that are constantly settled around my middle.

Food can evoke so many memories as well as being important in making new ones (stop me now before I truly sound like someone who loves themselves to much!).

1) My ultimate favourite food is my mums roast dinner. We have one every Sunday without fail and they are amazing. Yummy roast potatoes, meat, veg, gravy and yorkshire pudding. I cant wait for next Sunday already!
2) Potato Salad: I love this stuff. I never used to like mayonnaise but my tastes must have changed and now I cant get enough of it. I should probably include coleslaw in here as that another new found love.
3) Nectarines. Especially when theyre soft and juicy and the juice runs down your arm. Messy foods are a must.
4) Fried Onions: Again another new love. I could never stand onions but now I really like them. Especially fried ones. Even if they are bad for you...
5) My final favourite food is Curry. I love the subtle hint of spiceyness that a good curry brings. Im not a fan of overly spicy ones so I normally go for a Korma or Tikka Massala. Essential add ons are poppadoms, naan bread and bombay potatoes!

So there we have it, my 5 ultimat foods. Most of these are pretty bad for me which is why I dont eat them all the time. I cant even remember the last time I ate a curry!

What are your favourite foods?

Micellaire Solutions: Nivea Cleansing Toner Vs Vichy Normaderm

Hello girlies, how are we all? Today I will be comparing 2 of my favourite kind of cleanser, my micellaire solutions. I love these solutions as they're ideal for my sensitive skin.

I dont really understand the scientific stuff around these solutions but I do know that the oil particles that get rid of the grime and makeup are surrounded by water molecules. When the soaked cotton pad is pushed onto the skin the water molecules give way, grab some grime and then close up again. Youre basically trapping dirt in a water solution.

The 2 solutions i'll be comparing today are the Nivea Cleansing Toner and the Vichy Normaderm solution for sensitive skin.

The Vichy retails at Boots for £10.50 (here) and the Nivea for £2.24 which is currently on offer (price was £3.36, although it can be found cheaper in stores such as Savers, available here).

Right, onto the comparison!

Value For Money: As mentioned above the Vichy solution is A LOT more expensive than the Nivea but both products give you 200ml. This then tells us that the Nivea is better value for money than the Vichy.

Looks/Packaging: Although this isnt an important part of the comparison because it doesnt effect the way the product works the little magpie in me is automatically drawn to pretty things. If im honest none of these are better than the other. I do like the green lid of the Vichy nd the shape of the bottle which is wider at the bottom than at the top. The Nivea has some nice illustrations on so in terms of packaging this is a tie.

Ingredients: The Nivea clearly states that its made with ingredients that are 95% from natural origins and that there are no parabens, no colourants, no silicones and no mineral oils. This might be the same for the Vichy but it isnt clearly stated. In terms of the ingredients list, Aqua is the top of the list for both products. Im not really clued up on the different names for the same ingredients but I feel that as theyre both very similar the ingredients arent going to be massively different.

How It Works: This is where the main comparisons of this post are going to lie. The Nivea solution was my first purchase of a Micellaire water and it can be seen how much I love it because ive just finished my third bottle of the stuff. When id emptied the bottle I thought it was time to hunt for something that might surpass my expectations and I was tempted by the claims that the Vichy one was for acne prone skin.

Now ive given the Vichy a thorough test I much prefer the Nivea. In terms of removing makeup and grime they both do the same job, I cant tell that one removes more than the other. There are always some traces left but both remove about the same amount.

In terms of smell, again the Nivea wins. The Vichy has a slight chemically smell whereas the Nivea smells more floral. Not overly flowery but a more naturally flowery smell which I think can be attricuted to the oils and things that have been added (Argan Oil).

The Nivea wins again in the fact that once youve taken your makeup off your skin then feels normal. The Vichy one leaves my skin feeling sticky and like its coated in leftover product. This feeling does fade after about an hour but until it does its not nice!

Overall: As you can tell from this comparison my favourite is, hands down, the Nivea cleansing tone. For something that doesnt even label itself as a micellaire solution it does a great job at helping to wipe away the dirt fron the day. Im definitely going to repurchase it but ive just got to finish the Vichy one off first!

I hope you enjoyed that comparison, do you like micellaire solutions? Id love to read all your comments below :)

Sunday, 2 September 2012

10 Day Challenge: 6 Places

Hello girlies, today im back with the new installment of the 10 day challenge. Todays part means I have to list 6 places. I assume that this means either 6 places special to me or places I want to go to. Here we go:

1) Lincoln will always be a special place to me. It where I went to uni. I loved it then and I love it now. Its such a special place and I hope to get a job there if I can.
2) London. I love the atmosphere of London its such a great place. If only I could afford to live there!
3) LA. Can a place get any better. Sun and fit movie stars :)
4) Norwich. I live relatively close to Norwich, its so nice to sit by the castle under the shade of a tree when its nice and warm.
5) Magaluf/ Palma Nova. I know this place gets called all the nicknames under the sun. Shagaluf etc. I love it though. We used to holiday in Palma when I was little and then me and my mum came here a few years ago. Its tacky but cool!
6) My bed. Although not technically a place. Its the best bed in the world. So comfy and cosy and its got the vintage shabby chic look about it.

Now you know the 6 places that I love, and would love to experience. What is your favourite place on earth?

Saturday, 1 September 2012

NOTD and Review: Barry M in Raspberry

Hello girlies, today I will be reviewing my new Barry M polish in the shade Raspberry. I recently purchased this on the 2 for £5 offer at Superdrug along with the shade Mushroom. I picked thisup because although the name signifies pink tones, in the bottle it looked a lovely maroon shade which is my favourite colour!

As you can tell from the pictures above, the shade as it is on the nails is very similar to the colour in the bottle. I love it, although it maybe is a wintery colour because it doesnt make your tan pop like some other polishes can.
Unlike my application gripe with Barry M in Peach Melba this polish goes on like a dream. Im not sure if I did 2 or 3 coats but if it was 3 the third was not needed and I just put one on for ones sake! This is opaques in 2 and dries really quickly with no streaks.
Sorry about the mess, I hadnt cleaned my nails up yet and im not the tidiest nail painte. The brush on this is the same as all other Barry M brushes and ive got nothing to complain about with that.
All in all, the nail varnish is very reasonably priced and I cant think of anything to complain about. Its definitely worked its way into one of my top colours!

10 Day Challenge: 7 Wants

Hello girlies, today Im back with the 7 wants part of the 10 day challenge. I think that the 7 things im going to want will be really trivial. Obviously I do want world peace and all that but seeing as this is a mainly beauty and lifestyle based blog, ill list seven things that may be more likely to come true!

1) I would like some Bioderma. Im really into Micellaire solutions and am currently using the Vichy Normaderm one.
2) I would like some skin that isnt blemished by spots and psoriasis. Slightly selfish but I feel like I would be so much happier if my skin wasnt crap and I could go out without makeup!
3) I would like to get a 'proper' full time job soon, spending my days doing nothing is getting pretty boring now.
4) I seriously want a hamster but my mum wont let me get one!
5) I want a MAC lipstick, preferably Creme Cup, I want to see if they live up to the hype.
6) I would like to reach my goal weight, ive finally got my head around it and now im ready for the hard slog to begin.
7) I want a brown leather clutch - currently top of my wishlist, I just cant find one anywhere.

So there we have it, my 7 top wants. Tune in tomorrow for my 6 places post :)