Sunday, 20 July 2014

Rave Review - Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finished Liquid Lipstick In 02 Frambourjoise

Hello lovelies. 

Today I am going to be sharing my thoughts of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finished Lip Lacquer In 02 Frambourjoise, and as I've already given away, it's a rave! 

I picked this up in Superdrug this week as it was on offer for £5.99. Now I'll be honest, I have never ever got on with matte lip products, I usually find them drying and uncomfortable, but I'd heard so many good things about these babies I thought I'd give them a whirl for the price. 

Packaging is fairly standard, a small square lipgloss shaped tube, with a small doe foot applicator. My only little niggle about the packaging is that I'd prefer a tighter fit on the opening of tube, as I find slightly too much product comes out, but you can easily swipe it off. 

When you first apply the product it feels a lot like a light textured lip gloss, shiny but very comfortable on the lips. 

However it dries incredibly quickly, roughly a minute or two after gently rubbing your lips together. It dries to a true matte, but without the tightening on the lips I've always found with other matte lip products. However, the most incredible thing about this product is the staying power. It lasts for hours and hours and hours. I can apply this in the morning, eat and drink, and only find it will have minimal fading by lunch time, a little top up and its good to go until evening time, with more eating and drinking in between. I know its a huge claim, but it really does deliver! It's so light on the lips you forget ts there, which is just perfect for me!

Usually they cost £8.99 each but they are currently on offer in Superdrug for £5.99 here. I'm already planning on going back for another 3 or 4! 

Have you ladies tried these? Which colour did you go for? 


Friday, 18 July 2014

Wedding Planning - The Early Ups & Downs

Hello lovelies.

Long time no see! I'm sorry I've been neglecting the ol' blog lately, I've been crazy busy with work recently! Any way, as I said in a previous post I recently got engaged, which means only one thing, wedding planning time!

The Ups 

Its hard to put my finger on what has been the most exciting part so far, but as sappy as it sounds, sitting down with my fiance and going through our thoughts and ideas for the day has to be up there! 

Finally finding a venue that seems good has also been quite exciting. Our first priority has been finding a venue we liked, and that has been a lot, lot, harder than I thought it would be. We went to see one, which although lovely, was very formal and traditional, and even though it wasn't the one helped us put our finger on exactly what we are looking for. However, what we are looking for is few and far between! However we've found somewhere that seems just right, and we are hoping to look at it soon, so watch this space! 

Finding decor ideas has also been a lot of fun so far, and since I haven't even found the venue yet I've barely got started, but I'm already loving it! I've not exactly landed on a theme yet, but a mix of rustic and vintage seems to be what I am loving so far.

The Downs

I thought a good place to start would be by picking up some bridal magazines. Wrong! Page after page suggesting spending your life savings on a variety of different "must have items", filling you full of ludicrous ideas of £1500 being a budget dress, or if your invites don't cost a small fortune it will send out a bad message for your big day. Of course, these magazines are only meant to be inspiration, but they are slightly overwhelming! 

I think my biggest shock has been how much things cost. I've always known that weddings are expensive, but its a big difference between fantasy money and a real amount you may actually part with! As both my fiance & I have huge families, we have large numbers of guests we want at our day, so we are trying to find solutions to keep everything in or under budget, such as having a mid week wedding or a wedding in winter.

So, to any ladies recently engaged, or married, what have been your ups and down of wedding planning? Did you find the cost of wedding slightly overwhelming? Have you had a nightmare finding a venue or have you found it plain sailing? Any tips out there for a bride to be?


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Going To The Zoo Zoo Zoo

Hello lovelies. 

This week I had a friend to stay from Birmingham, and seeing as it was a lovely sunny day, and I had a day off, it seemed rude not to take advantage of it! We headed to Bristol Zoo Gardens, and of course I took my camera with me, so I thought I'd share a couple of my favourite snaps of the day. 

If you ever find yourself in Bristol, I highly recommend the zoo, it's not huge but it certainly has a lot to see!


Friday, 6 June 2014

Yankee Candle How To Guide Part 2 - Jar Candles - How To Burn Them Properly

Hello lovelies. 

As promised, here is the second installment of my Yankee Candle How To Guide. Today I'm going to be going through how to burn jar candles, and how to burn them properly! This sounds simple enough, and I know what your thinking, how hard is it to light a candle?! Well, I often have customers asking me how to stop common candle problems, so if you've ever had a problem with a jar candle, or don't want to, read on. 

Jar Candles

The jar candles come in 3 sizes. Small, which last 25 - 40 hours, medium (not pictured) 65-80 hours and large 110 - 150 hours. I will cover the varying burn times a little bit later in the post. Jar candles need to be burnt for different amount of times, a small needs at least two hours to get an even "pool" (where the melted wax goes edge to edge in the jar) and the medium and large jars need at least 4 hours to achieve a pool. If this isn't done, and you burn your jar for about an hour a night, eventually you might find that this will happen

 (NOT my image, image credit here)

This is called tunneling, where the candles has burnt through the middle rather than achieving a pool, and the whole edge of the wax is wasted. 

Shades & Illuma-lids. 

A question I get asked a lot is "are the shades just decorative or do they have a purpose?" yes, they are decorative but they do have a purpose. Shades prevent flame flickering for drafts, which make the flame burn brighter, which melts the wax faster from the heat being given off, so you get less burning hours from your candles. The shades come in two sizes, small which only fits the smallest jars, and medium / large which fits a medium or a large jar. 

Illuma-lids are essentially the same idea, but flatter and usually made of metal. These, as far as I know, only come in the medium and large size, no small size. 

Wick Trimmers. 

These sit in a basket on the till where I work, and every other person will ask me what on earth they are, and I guess being objective they look pretty weird! So when I tell people what they do and why they need them, most people will give me a strange look, but trust me, if you like the large jar candles, you need these!

Essentially, they are oddly shaped scissors, but these odd shaped scissors really do have a purpose. You want to trim your wick as because if you do, you will get the maximum burn time from your candles. This is because it keeps the flame smaller, which makes the wax melt slower. But also, in cutting the wick you will cut off the carbon bubble off the end of the wick, which stops the black smoke coming up from the candle, and marking the jar with black soot. 

I often get asked "could I not just use scissors?" and essentially you could, but, and there are two buts, one, I'd like to see how you are going to get the scissors down to bottom of the jar, and the biggie, the Yankee wick trimmers have a stopper on the bottom, which is the bit that looks like a golf club, which means you can't cut the wick too short or leave it too long. Just rest the trimmers on the wax, and snip! The amount of wick you actually need is really very small, but go too short, and the wick won't light. They cost around £5, but they really do make a difference! 

So ladies, that is how to burn the jar candles! I promise if you trim your wick, leave it for at least 4 hours and use a shade you will get a perfect, clean burn that lasts 150 hours! 

Ladies, are you a fan of the Yankee Candle jars? If you are, which is your favourite?


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Another Bargain Perfume Find - Vera Wang Lovestruck 30ml Bottle For £14.99

Hello lovelies. 

I think I'm pretty obvious in the fact I like a bargain. It's not particularly because I'm thrifty, but less money spent on one thing leaves more money to spend on other things! So on my day off I popped in to B&M Bargains, a discount home store, to pick up a couple housey bits, but couldn't resist a quick look at the perfume cabinet... 

I spotted that they had a few bottles of Vera Wang Lovestruck, and as I've eyed up this perfume before I couldn't resist a purchase! I saw it was £14.99 and thought it would be a small size, but it's actually 30mls! 

The bottle is just so freaking adorable! It's a fairly plain bottle but the lid is just beautiful. It has 3 plastic purple tulips with some matching purple netting tied in a bow. It's going to look lovely sat on my dressing table! 

As a scent, it's a classic Vera Wang scent. Sweet but with floral notes that help it feel slightly more sophisticated. It has top notes of mandarin and guava and base notes of woods and musk. I've always found Vera Wang perfumes to have incredible staying power, I sprayed this on my wrist at about 1, and I can still smell it on my skin. 

So lovelies, tell me, are their any beauty bargains around at the moment? If so, what have you been buying?