Saturday, 29 May 2010

May Favourites

I usually stick to the same foundation/concealer/powder etc so I thought I'd just include the colours and new things I have loved this month.

Firstly Virgin Vie Moisture kiss lipstick in Nude shimmy, which I bought from Paula's blog sale. Although it's called nude shimmy it's more of a light peachy coral , perfect for summer. Swatches are below.

Next is H&M zebra lipgloss in Hawaii. This is only 99p and they have a few different colours. This has a really strong bubblegum kind of smell so if you don't like that then this isn't for you.

Then NYX The Runway Collection 10 colour pallete in champagne and caviar. I think I'll do another post with all the swatches from this if anyone wants to see them? This is the perfect neutral pallette for me, I love all of the colours so much and there's a mixture of matte and shimmer too.

I finally got the ELF mineral face primer after thinking about it for ages! This is the first primer I have had so I have nothing to compare it to but I really like it. It's so much easier to blend foundation when I put this on first and especially over problem areas.

Lastly NYX blush in peach. As you can see from the swatch this really isn't peach, it's a light pink shade but never mind! I really love this, it's so pigmented, I only need a tiny bit to get a pretty colour on my cheeks. I've been using my ELF Studio powder brush to apply this and it's great.

Sorry for having 2 NYX things in here, I know they are quite hard to get hold of in the UK without paying stupid prices!

Anyway, swatches

top NYX blush peach
middle virgin vie nude shimmy
bottom h&m lipgloss hawaii

the colours are pretty much true to life


EDIT Oh my gosh (literally) i forgot my absolute favourite thing! GOSH nail polish in wild lilac. I love this so much!really good formulation, so easy to apply and it lasts ages(even without top coat) I adore the colour as some paler lilac colours don't really suit my plae skin I think. I love this so much that when I put another colour on I wish I had put this on instead! I can't say how much I do love this really!

Here's a picture, this was straight after I put it on so there may be a few bits that need tidying up but its much neater than when I use other brands!

This is the only GOSH polish I have so if you have others are they all this good and any colour recommendations?

Friday, 28 May 2010

Recent purchases

I hate the word haul!

Sorry it's been a while, lots of stress going on at the moment!

Firstly, I mentioned the other day that ElsieBelle were having 40% off everything and I couldn't resist getting something! It arrived pretty quickly and they package things so nicely. As you can see inside the envelope the jewellery comes in a little stripey sweetie bag and a lovely little ElsieBelle box. I got these really cute little daisy earrings, sorry for the blurry picture! They are perfect for summer I think and I'll be wearing them a lot.

Secondly, when I was doing my makeup the other day I found this mascara

I think it is probably at least a year old and I know it's very very naughty but I decided to use it! I really loved it so decided to get a nice new one next time I went shopping. Unfortunately I think they have stopped making this one but I found a similar one (it may be the same but different packaging) They both say Maybelline Volum' Express and they both have curved brushes so hopefully I will like my new one as much.
Obviously Boots have a 3 for 2 offer at the moment so I had to get 2 more things! My current foundation is getting towards empty so I picked up another one. This is one of the only things I have ever repurchased, I usually get bored and try something new but Maybelline Liquid Mineral is one I really love. The colour match is good (I find it quite hard being pale) and it feels so light on my skin. However it is a light coverage foundation so I decided to get a heavier coverage one too. After reading a few reviews I thought I'd try out Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection so hopefully I'll like that too.

I also picked up a Soap and Glory giftset for my friend's birthday present as they are a third off at the moment.
I think I need to go on a spending ban now!

P.S. In Sainsbury's I got some choccie called velvety truffle and it is sooo yummy, definitely recommend trying that!

Monday, 24 May 2010

Thank you Jen!

Just a little post to say a massive thank you to Jen from a little bird told me

I'm sure I'm not the only one that has had primark regret(is there a word for this?), seeing something you like and not getting it but when you go back it's not there any more. Only makes me want it even more! So I took it as a sign when I saw the exact shoes I wanted in my size on Jen's blog sale!

They came today and she included a lovely card too, I'm chuffed!

I stole the pic of them from her blog (hope that's ok!)

I love these shoes so much! and the heel is quite small which means I can actually wear them for longer than a hour or two! I have some similar small heels from primark and they are the comfiest heels I own so I'm really looking forward to trying these.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

17 lipstick

Hi guys,
I went to Boots today (only meant to buy a eyeliner sharpner but shhh) and saw that 17 had a new lipstick out. It's called mirror shine and they had about 8 different colours. They are £4.49 each but there's a 3 for 2 offer on at the moment.

Anyway, here's the two I got..

I actually really like the packaging, it's very summery and I'll definitely be able to find it in my bag!

The two colours I got were Belle, which is a lovely my lips but better shade on me, kind of dusky pink shade. Again excuse the bad skin, when will it go away!

The other colour is Flirtini which is a brighter pink

The other colours they have include bright reds and a nude shade which looks pretty but they really don't suit me, otherwise I would have got that one too!

On the lips they are quite glossy and feel lovely, similar to MAC cremesheen I would say. As with all glossy lipsticks though the staying power is not great, you would definitely need to reapply regularly.

Just another small quick thing about the packaging, which is that the lids fit on really securely so you won't end up with lipstick smeared all over your bag!

Overall I love these so far and would repurchase.


Wednesday, 19 May 2010


Oooh I just got an email from and they are celebrating their new website by giving 40% off everything!
if you haven't heard of them before they do beautiful, quirky jewellery
so exciting!


p.s. i don't have any afiliation with elsiebelle - i just love their jewellery! i bought my sister the gingerbread man necklace for christmas and she loved it too!

Happy Bithday Louise!

To celebrate her upcoming birthday Louise at Get Lippie is having a fab giveaway. You can enter here

To enter you just need to tell her about what makes you happy, so here is my entry. A lot of things make me happy so I thought I'd do a little list.
In no particular order!

1. my pets. there's nothing like coming home and the dog is so excited to see you, he's jumping all over you. if only people were so open about their feelings!
2. my friends, especially when we are having a random adventure!
3. my boyfriend. he's just got a new job and i'm so proud of him!
4. dancing. yes i know i'm not good at it and I probably look ridiculous but I love having a boogie to some cheesey music
5. shopping. i admit i should probably go to shopaholic meetings, i'm trying to cut down now and actually wear all the stuff i've got!
6. finishing uni assignments, whenever i finish one (usually at around 4am i get really hyperactive
7. music. Especially going to see my fave bands
8. aqua aerobics. i just started going and it's hilarious how unco-ordinated i am!
9. having a lazy day. just watching tv, reading magazines etc
10. getting packages in the post - who doesn't love that?

and finally a photo that makes me smile, this one was taken just after the one in one of my previous posts. I just love how you can imagine the thought bubble for my cat "help me!"


Sunday, 16 May 2010

Cherry on top award

So excited, my first one! This was given to me by Caz whose blog is awesome, I love reading it!
The Rules:
1. Thank the person that gave this to you :) Go on, give them a virtual hug!
2. Copy the award and put it on your blog.
3. List 3 things you love about yourself ♥
4. Post a picture you love (e.g a person you adore etc.)
5. Tag 5 people you wish to pass this award on to :)

Three things I love about myself:
1) I'm very trustworthy and good at keeping secrets :)
2) That I don't give up on things
3) Let's finish with something superficial! I love my piercings and don't think i'll ever take them out!

The picture I love:
My babies! I've had my cat since I was 8 so he's getting on a bit but he's the most gorgeous thing in the world!

5 people to pass this to:
D and L (sorry I don't know your names)


Friday, 14 May 2010

Oh dear

These sandals are sooo gorgeous, I wish I could have them! Unfortunately I already have four new pairs for the summer that may or may not occur!

If anyone is interested they are £25 (a bit more than i'd pay for sandals really) from Dorothy Perkins. They have a nude colour too but I prefer these.

Ooh by the way there's 20% off a DP today only so only a couple of hours left. So tempting, they would only be £20 then!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Topshop (yes another one)

Hi again,
I've seen lots and lots of posts about the new Topshop makeup on blogs but one of the products that doesn't seem to have many reviews on is the highlighter powder.

This is part of the limited spring/summer collection. It is a lovely gold shimmery powder (with no glitter)and it would look gorgeous as a highlight with a coral or peachy blusher.

I found it quite difficult to get a good photo of a swatch that showed the shimmer, especially if I sheered it out. So here are two photos of it applied heavily, with flash and without flash

I think this definitely fits well into the spring/summer collection as gold looks much better with a tan (in my opinion) so I probably won't use this in the winter but I will be using it a lot this summer.

I know there has also been a lot of discussion about the packaging of this range and I have to say I really like it. It's cute, cool and pretty and definitely fits into Topshop's image I think.

I also bought the creme blusher in Flush but I'm sure everyone has seen enough swatches of that!


(I bought this product myself with my own money)

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Just a quick one...

Hi guys,
just thought i'd let you know i'm selling some shoes on ebay (I have far too many :) )
They are size 7's and 8's
Here's the link if you're interested


Lips of the day

About time I did a post which was more beauty related!

Recently I saw this lipstick somewhere, i think on a discount cosmetics site and I had to have it! Yes I know it's bad but I got this because it is called Sarah. It's a Stila lipstick and the RRP is about £16 but I got it for about £5. Even though I mainly bought it because of the name I really do like the colour, I have quite pigmented lips so the colour would probably be lighter on some people but on me its a natural pinky peach and it feels really nice too. It's not drying and lasts a good amount of time for a gloss lipstick.

Here are some photos of me wearing it (please excuse the state of my skins at the moment!)

without flash

with flash (too dark!)

And the actual lipstick (can you see the pretty pattern on the tube?)

All of these pictures were taken on my phone so sorry for the bad quality!
Again I bought this with my own money and this is my own opinion



Hello people! I'm so happy I have a few followers!It's nice to know someone is reading this anyway so thanks guys!

I just started a trial for contact lenses yesterday and i've noticed already I can't do my makeup the same as when I have glasses on, especially eye makeup. I feel like I need more makeup around my eyes to make them stand out now, before my glasses sort of drew attention to my eyes anyway. Has anyone else got contacts and did you have to change your makeup?

On the plus side I put liquid eyeliner on this morning and its about a billion times neater because I can actually see what i'm doing now! I just hope they get more comfortable to wear than this! I'm also really looking forward to going out at the weekend and not wearing glasses!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Song of my day

Thanks to Sylves I can now (hopefully) imbed the video!

I LOVE this song, I heard it for the first time the other day in H&M and had to find out what it was! It sounds so summery and chilled out. Does anyone else love this as much as me?

Friday, 7 May 2010


I just got this month's Glamour magazine and near the back the advert for the next issue (June)it says that there will be free benefit products, a choice of three of their pencils including bad gal and eye bright. It doesn't say if they are full size but for £2 it would still be a bargain and a great way to try them out without paying the usual price of around £15. I actually can't wait for it to come out(sad I know!)


Wednesday, 5 May 2010

NOTD and review

This is Superdrug's Make Up Academy (MUA) in shade 9, a medium bright blue.

I've only just put this on so i'll update with how long it lasts in a few days. I really like this colour but it is definitely a 2 coat polish, one coat is really pale and not at all opaque. But this is true of a lot of more expensive polishes too. Also the formula is really liquidy (that isn't a word is it?)and it takes a while to get used to how much you need on the brush. That said I really like the brush and that it's quite a short handle which gives you a lot of control. I usually end up with bits all over my fingers but with this there were only a few tiny bits!

Overall, for £1 I can easily forget about the very few negatives because I really like the colour and how easy it is to use. I will definitely be getting some of the other colours next time I go to Superdrug!

(As this is only my first week blogging I think it's obvious that I bought this with my own money and that these are my own opinions! Not that I am waiting for freebies!)



I've had this on for about 3 days now (without a top coat)and I went swimming yesterday which always seems to ruin my nails. Anyway I only have a little chip on the tip of one finger and a tiny bit of tip wear on a few others. So i'm very impressed!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Book review - Midnight Girls

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Midnight Girls by Lulu Taylor

After reading Lulu Taylor's first book Heiresses I was looking forward to her next book. I read this book in about 2 days I think, I couldn't put it down!

This story is kind of your average chick lit thing, about 3 best friends and their lives and loves although it does get quite dark in places.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone that isn't old enough to deal with the pretty graphic sex scenes and also the descriptions of illegal drug use - adults only really! However if you are looking for a summer 'bonkbuster' as they say then this is it!

The story is full of ups and downs and I'll admit I nearly cried at one bit (you'll know what if you read it)and I felt like I actually cared about the characters.

I think Lulu Taylor is a fab new author and I've really enjoyed both of her books, but in my opinion this is the best one so far.

Hope this helps anyone that's looking for something to read this summer, maybe on your hols?


Sunday, 2 May 2010

I'm in love

with dorothy perkins jewellery! i haven't figured out how to put pictures here yet but how gorgeous is this!!!

i also wouldn't mind being the proud owner of this, this and this

Why is it that I always see so many things I like but when its nearly my birthday I can never think of anything to say when people ask what I want?

It's free delivery on DP website today only DPDELFREE, so tempting!

hi my name is...

Saw this post on Abby's fab blog and thought it would make a good introduction sort of post

Hi, my name is: Sarah

Never in my life have I been: rich!

The one person who can drive me nuts is: my sister

High school: I was a bit of a rebel but came out ok

When I’m nervous: i get really bad butterflies!

The last song I listened to was: hmm i think it was The Skints, had my ipod on when I walked to asda earlier

If I were to get married right now my best man/maid of honor: would be christine

My hair is: not as big as i wish it was

When I was 5: i was a typically girly girl who loved barbie and the old style polly pockets that were probably a choking hazard!

Last Christmas: i wish i had more money so i could have treated my family more but being a student=being broke

I should be..: doing more uni work

When I look down I see: a really messy desk - tomorrow i WILL tidy up!

The happiest recent event was: lots of rubbish things have happened recently and i was happy to go home for the holidays and see my family and my pets

If I were a character on ‘Friends’ I’d be: Chandler (a female version) i'd love to be as funny as him

By this time next year: i will have finished my dissertation and be about to graduate

My current gripe is: work work work, never ending essays

I have a hard time understanding: orange people

There’s this girl I know that: i'm really glad i do know

I like you when: who is this you? people in general? i like people that are honest, loyal and fun to be around

If I won an award, the first person I would tell would be: my boy

Take my advice: and never leave without making up if you've had an arguement

The thing I want to buy: is a digital camera as any pictures i post will at the moment be taken on my phone so not great

If you visited the place I was born: you'd be in a hospital

If you spent the night at my house: you'd be on the floor because i live in university halls

I’d stop my wedding if: i didn't think it would be forever

The world could do without: anyone that deliberately hurts others

I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: quite a lot of things really (ew) but i'd do anything for the ones i love

Most recent thing I’ve bought myself: yet more makeup

Most recent thing someone else bought me: a drink

My middle name is: i don't have one and when i was younger i really wanted one so i used to make them up

In the morning I: am sometimes asleep, my timetable changes all the time which is quite annoying

The animals I would like to see flying besides birds are: hedgehogs, then they could fly across the road and not get hit

Once, at a bar: i fell over (actually that wasn't just once - damn heels)

Last night I was: watching sex and the city

There’s this guy I know who: is the only one i can tell everything

If I was an animal I’d be: a cat, you get a nice warm home, food given to you and unlike dogs you can go out whenever you want

A better name for me would be: i quite like my name really

Tomorrow I am: tidying my room - i promise

Tonight I am: being lazy

My birthday is: not quite as exciting as it used to be


I've been obsessively reading blogs for a few months now and thought it was probably about time I started my own! I love reading about other people's hauls and their tips and tricks too but my favourite thing about blogs is that it really helps to avoid buying products that don't work because of all the fantastic reviews out there. There is one thing I hate about blogs though - I end up spending so much money on things that I see and then want. Since I've been reading other people's blogs I've bought my first mac make-up and now I can't stop!

So that's my intro done, hopefully someone will read it one day!