£250 John Greed Pandora Blogger Challenge

I have seen a few entries to the John Greed Pandora Blogger Challenge floating around the Twitter and Bloggersphere of late, and I fancied my chances at creating myself a perfect bracelet! All you have to do is create a blog post detailing your ideal bracelet up to the sum of £250 (mine hit £250 spot on!) and send them a link to your blog post by the 5th of December. 

I am entirely new to the idea of Pandora. The closest I have come to their adorable charms and elegant bracelets is through pouring over them longingly in the glass of the windows and cabinets of the jewellers. I think the whole concept of Pandora is beautiful. I love that each is charm chosen for someone special, for it to mean something and be entirely reflective of them and their personality. I have chosen the charms above based on my life and things that I love - so what do they mean for me?

Angel of Hope - £30
I am a big believer in hope. I honestly feel so downtrodden when I see people despairing and have given up all hope. You can always hold on to hope and dreams. As the last thing left in Pandora's box there's a real significance in looking towards the future in any situation and hoping that something will always come out of nothing and that good times can overshadow the bad. One of the careers I am considering with my Criminology degree is to go into the probation service, I want to share with people that you can always hope for something more.

House Charm - £20
This charm is dedicated to my wonderful boyfriend, whom I hope to move in with at some point after I graduate and decide on a concrete career path. He's stuck by me for all 3 years of my university life (I only met him 6 months before I left!) and even though we've been living 7 hours apart for most of it he's never failed to be there when I really needed him the most. The house charm represents the beginning of a new chapter in my life at the start of summer 2013, and I for one cannot wait to find myself a little nest to paint white and fill with love and laughter :)

Rabbit - £25

Anyone that knows me will have heard me say that before I have any children I want to become a Mummy to a gorgeous little bunny rabbit, one that I've adopted from a shelter and taken in so he can live out the rest of his days in pure rabbity luxury and forget about why he was put up for adoption in the first place. I think they're so adorable and cuddly!

Ship Charm - £25
This charm has a particular poignant significance with my life. In 2009, when I was 18, my beloved Daddy sailed off on his own ship to Heaven. He was an officer in the British Navy and had been the best father any little girl could need whilst growing up. I still think about him everyday, I have a tattoo on my body just for him and miss him more than can ever be known. This ship would represent him both as a Sailor and as a maritime fanatic. I remember that every time he took us away as a family we'd always have to have a little 'sea time' and go on a boat trip. We still do that every year on his anniversary. <3

Handbag Charm - £40
I couldn't by pass the 'fashion' category on the John Greed website and not include a handbag. I'm such a bag lady, honestly I get so excited even when a shop hands you your purchases in a lovely paper bag and string handle carrier. I have more bags than you can shake a stick at, and I couldn't say no to one more, could I? I adore the little gemstone too, best colour in the world! 

Linked Hearts Charm - £30
This charm is for my younger brother (who's not so little anymore considering he'll be turning 20 soon!) He's away at university and while we may have the odd tiff at home we'll always be there to love and support each other. He's always my go to tech person, and the first person I'd call in a crisis because he's so level headed! Even though we may never live together at home ever again, we'll always be linked by out sibling bond and these hearts are a lovely representation of that. 

Russian Doll Charm - £35
I have chosen the Russian Doll Charm to represent my dearest Mummy. When I was 6 we moved to live in Moscow, Russia for a few years with my Dad's job. I distinctly remember walking around the markets and finding the Russian dolls that all sit inside each other, and she bought a few sets (some of which still sit in the living room!). Little trinkets like that linked to moments I'll never forget invoke such happy memories. The colourful pattern on the doll's tummy is also relevant, especially as my Mum makes and decorates her own stained glass and the colours and shapes remind me of that!

They say it's the little things that make life big, and a lovely bracelet such as this would represent the little things in my life that make it so fulfilled and wonderful :)

Are you a fan of Pandora bracelets?
Which charms are your favourite that you would put on you bracelet?


Maybelline 'Fit Me'

Foundation is one of those tricky makeup items that everyone always buys but never completely uses up. I am incredibly guilty of foundation over-buying. I think this bottle from Maybelline's new Fit Me range joins my foundation army as the 6th bottle (shocking!). I am not the most brand loyal of people when it comes to trying out cosmetics, I don't think any of us that writes a blog can say that this is true because then wouldn't we all be writing about the same old things, and that would be boring?!

Maybelline's Fit Me does come out and triumph over some of my other beloved brands however. It's a range of 18 shades of foundations, powders and concealers, all with numbers that correspond to skin tone and shade. In store there's a chart that can help you pick the right products for you, and once you've found your bottle number you match that to a concealer and powder. (I bought the concealer after I snapped these pictures, but I bought it to complete the set!) Simples.

I was pleasantly surprised when I swatched Fit Me in Superdrug, and snapped up a bottle straightaway. For £7.99 you're getting a gel like foundation that contains no waxes or fillers, doesn't clog up your pores, and more importantly, lets your skin breathe. The coverage is full and build-able, and I was extremely happy to see that by the end of my day I was not patchy, nor had it rubbed off my face. In fact I cannot praise Maybelline enough for this product!

I did buy a shade darker than is my actual colour as this is what I normally go for, however shade 120 is a little bit too dark to wear without a tan, so I went back and bought a lighter 115 to mix the two together. It blends superbly (I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for application) and when teamed with the powder on top I honestly feel perfectly flawless.

10/10 for Maybelline here...I'm just going to pop off and put my face on now...!

Have you tried Maybelline's Fit Me range?
What's your favourite foundation?


Beauty Tag!

Found here. 
I found this floating around on Tumblr the other day and thought it'd be a interesting read to see people's recommendations for products, and their routines etc. If you want to do this tag please feel free, and leave me a link to yours below so I can read what you've written! 
Beauty Tag
1) How many times a day do you wash your face? I use a cotton wool pad and Good Things Deep Pore Anti-Blemish Cleanser in the morning, and then use a proper scrub/toner in the evening when I'm in the shower. 
2) Skin type? I have quite dry skin, which is annoying. And I haven't found my perfect moisturiser yet, but I'm currently testing Philosophy's Hope In A Jar
3) Current facial wash? I have Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish.
4) Exfoliate? Absolutely, every day to get rid of the dry skin.
5) What brand? St Ives Apricot Scrub
6) What moisturiser do you use? I have MAC's Mineralized Charged Water Gel, Philosophy's Hope In A  Jar and Benefit's Triple Performing Facial Emulsion on the go at the moment!
7) Do you have freckles? I have a few, but mostly they come out in the summer. 
8) Eye Cream? I don't usually use one, but I tried the Benefit skin care eye cream and really liked it. 
9) Do you have acne-prone skin? Not really, I get the odd spot here and there on my chin.
10) Did you ever use ProActive? I have no idea what that is!
11) What foundation do you use? I have an ridiculous mountain of foundation on the go: Estee Lauder Double Wear, MAC Matchmaster, Benefit Hello Flawless, L'Oreal Lumi Magique, YSL Le Teinte Touche Eclat and Maybelline Fit Me
12) Concealer? I have four concealers that I use, Maybelline Fit Me, Collection Lasting Perfection, YSL Touche Eclat and Benefit's Bo-ing.
13) Do you know your undertone color? Nope, and if anyone could tell me how I find out that'd be nice!
14) What do you think of falsies? I love them! Especially for a night out.
15) Are you aware that you should change your mascara every 3 months? I am, but I don't.
16) Sephora or MAC? I've only ever been to one Sephora, and it's not available in the UK so I'm going to have to go with MAC here. Although MAC's one brand, and Sephora is a shop that stocks many brands so I don't really know how you can compare the two here...
17) Do you have a MAC pro-card? No :'(
18) What brand of mascara do you use? Ok, where do I begin? Revlon Grow Luscious, L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess, Covergirl Lash Blast, Collection Skyscraper, Lancome Hypnose Star.
19) What tools do you use? MAC, Real Techniques and Urban Decay brushes, Shu Uemura eyelash curlers, sometimes a sponge.
20) Do you use eye primer? I have the MUA primer, it's pretty good! 
21) Face primer? I've got Benefit That Gal on the go at the moment. 
22) Favorite eye shadow? I love MAC eyeshadow, and the UD Naked Palette. 
23) Pencil or liquid liner? Both!
24) How often do you poke your eyes with eyeliner pencil? Umm, it's not top of my priorities!  
25) What do you think of pigment shadows? Good pigment, but too messy. 
26) Do you use mineral makeup? Not at all, it's far too messy! 
27) Favorite lipstick? MAC Creme Cup. 
28) Lip gloss? Lancome La Laque Fever, or Natural Collection.
29) Favorite blush? MAC Dainty.
30) Do you buy your make up on eBay? Never. 
31) Do you like drugstore makeup? Definitely. 
32) Do you go to CCOs (cosmetic company outlets)? I'd like to if I could find one close to me. 
33) Do you consider taking makeup classes? I think they'd be good to take, but they're expensive. 
34) Are you clumsy when putting on makeup? I am with my liquid liner!
35) Name a makeup crime that you hate: Wrong foundation colour.
36) Colourful shades of makeup or neutral? Neutral all the way. 
37) What celebrity makeup do you like? Kim Kardashian <3
38) If you had to leave the house using one makeup product, what would it be? Mascara. 
39) Can you leave the house without makeup? Definitely, I'm not wearing any at the moment and haven't all day! 
40) Favourite brand of makeup? MAC, Urban Decay, Maybelline, Lancome.


Make-Up Haulin'

Recently I went shopping. I say this like it's a rare occurrence. Truth is, I actually go shopping much more than I should, but have never shared the results of a spree with you before. So here is my first 'haul' as such:

First I went to MAC because I was feeling a bit meh and wanted my face reapplying. I always like visiting higher end makeup counters because the chance to properly try out a product before you buy it is something I find very useful. The problem occurred here when the salesgirl used all of the above products on me and I bought the lot. I was on the hunt for a perfect red lip colour and she suggested trying the Cherry lip pencil underneath Viva Glam 1, which is a gorgeous matte red. For the first time I didn't look odd and I really liked the finish. To go with my new pencil I needed a sharpener and the Duo Sharpener was the best value for money here. She then decided to show me a bronzer/blusher in one, the shade Love Joy and it's beautiful, I love how it's got a dual purpose! To bring the blusher/bronzer and lips together she applied a gorgeous smokey eye using the top two of the eyeshadow pans above, Embark and Coppering. I then decided that Club was too beautiful to leave on the stand and that came home with me too. The kabuki powder 182 brush was bought on a complete whim at the till - oops!

I then braved it and went to Newcastle's Eldon Square Boots (on a Saturday I might add!) and wrestled the Christmas shoppers out of the way to come out with these beauties. I'm obsessed with Maybelline's new Fit Me base range (review to follow) so I bought the corresponding concealer and a lighter foundation shade to finish off my collection. I then decided I absolutely needed another black eyeliner and picked up the new Maxfactor Colour X-Pert waterproof eyeliner. I'm also currently obsessed with lip products, and the two nude Natural Collection lip-glosses at the top were begging me to put them in my basket, perfect for a little lip pick me up. I then procured a Barry M Lip Paint in 157 and yet another of Revlon's buttery goodness with a Lollipop Lip Butter. No face is ever complete without the right tools to apply it, so the next two of the 'which Real Techniques brushes don't I own yet' quest ensured the Expert Face brush and the Blush brush also made their way to the till. Boots buy one get one half price you are naughty!

This next purchase was a bit of a bargain. I meandered into TKMaxx 'cause I know that they often have some amazing deals on toiletries, as well as the odd Essie polish and the like. I was aware that Jemma Kidd's make-up line was going a bit under the weather and managed to spot this perfect bronzing trio for a mere fiver (RRP £20). Before this I didn't own any bronzer so this is an amazing bargain!

My final piece d'resistance is my first ever purchase of a Nars product, the well aclaimed Albatros highlighter. I can't go a day without highlighting my face, it's the epitome of radiance and I really dislike the entire matte face look. I love this already, but did think it was going to be bigger for some reason (!?).

So there's a look into the millions of £££ I spent. Emotional shopping is never good, but hey, I now have pretty new things!

Ps. I apologise for the poor quality of these photos, I definitely forget it get's dark super fast!

Do you have a tendency to emotionally shop?
Bought anything exciting lately that I should know about?


Inspiration For The Weekend

Found here.
I'm battling certain separation issues that stem from the back end of this week. It's ironic really. See, I've been in love with this boy for almost 3 years now, I've talked to him every day, sometimes several times. We went to America together, he brought me to university, we watched as my brother passed out of school and went to university, and so on. It's ironic because for the majority of the time we've been together he and I have been living 7 hours apart, he in Somerset, me in County Durham. We're used to this, not that one can ever really become fully accustomed to a long distance relationship, we just realise that my time at university will really benefit my future, and any future we build together so we get on with our little lives, and spend time on Skype and suchlike.

Yet when he decided go away on a 'lads' (and I use that term very loosely here) 5 day trip he promised that nothing would change, that he'd make sure he'd call/text at least once a day, buy me a present and promised not to touch any of the filthy ladies of the night (prize for the person who can guess where he's gone!).

The biggest issue from him going away with the 'lads', and what I really hate is that, in my opinion, he constantly makes the distinction between me being his girlfriend and nothing more. Like I am a separate entity, not part of his friendship circle. He is one of my best friends, and I just wish that he would understand that he doesn't have to keep me separate from everyone else, I can be his girlfriend and his friend too, right?

So when I found this little quote of inspiration I told myself that maybe I should always give him another chance with these little trivial things, because maybe they're just my own brain telling me to go after perfection, and my version of perfection isn't always right. After all he is the reason I don't give up, he keeps me going, and I would like him to need me to keep him going too.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you're ever at a cross road with a decision or, for want of a better phrase, stuck between a rock and a hard place, just remember that tomorrow brings just another chance to get it right. There's nothing worse that seeing someone give up when what they have is exactly what's good for them, or even that you know that they're almost at the finish line.

For you, boy, tomorrow is another chance to try and understand what I see and feel.

Have a lovely weekend <3


Procrastination Wishlist...

I'm suffering from a very serious case of procrastination at the moment. If you know anyone with a similar condition then you'll know it's very serious indeed. There's a million and one things I need to get done, and of course surfing the internet for exciting things to buy with my never ending bank account is top of that list...! If you too suffer with any symptoms of procrastination, get in touch and we can talk about them and put off our to-do lists a little while longer :-) 
Beautysets - Wishlist #1
Wishlist #1
with Yves Saint Laurent, NARS, Soap & Glory
Also, I have no idea why the writing's gone all funny. It was fine when I made it! 


Lancome La Laque Fever - Furious in Fushia

Excuse the reflection of my camera!

In my continual quest for finding perfect lip colours I was led by subconscious into trying Lancome to see what kind of formulas and colours they have to offer. I'm not usually a lipgloss kind of girl but when I was recently in the Debenhams in Sunderland they were offering 20% of Lancome and if you bought two products you would receive a make-up bag full of sample sized make-up and skincare for free. With such amazing offers I jumped at the chance to pick up Lancome's most popular (according to the salesgirl) lipgloss shade, 312 - Furious in Fushia (RRP £19).

I'm always wary of ridiculously bright shades on my lips because my mouth is so small, and I think they make me look really odd. However I fell in love with the beautiful glittery pinky lilac colour of this gloss and am completely amazed by its pigmentation and staying power. Seriously, even after a whole day out at uni, and lunch, it stayed on my lips perfectly. I'm always wary of the inane stickiness of lip glosses but I found that Lancome's Furious in Fushia dried onto my lips, yet still managed to retain it's beautiful shine. As a girl with long hair I was not keen for the cliche hair-caught-in-lip-product scenario and this lipgloss managed to relieve that from happening.

I'm so impressed with my first delve into the world of Lancome, now I can't wait to try out the samples in my new make-up bag!

Do you have a favourite lip product?
What colours do you usually go for?


I Had My First Ever Lush Bath...and It Was Lush!

I've only really just discovered Lush. Go on, slap my wrists if you must. For some reason I have only ever really admired it from afar in the past, perhaps it was the daunting prospect of entering a shop where the sales assistants were nothing short of superhuman for being able to stand the smell all day. And then, once, when I was last at home, I walked right into the Lush in Drakes Circus and didn't keel over...I too succumbed to the smell, and I am, I must admit, so happy that it enticed me in.

I'm not really sure why I purchased the products that I did. Apart from this Candy Mountain bubble bar for £2.45 I also picked up a 250g bottle of the iconic Christmas limited showergel, Snowfairy (£6.25) and a Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment bath melt for £3.85. I think it has something to do with the intoxicating scent of sweets, or sugar. Or the fact that I chose the girliest, pinkest products the shop had to offer. I can't even say that I was a sucker for the packaging considering all the products are visibly on display and are packaged in separate little paper bags by your own fair hands. Lush make you work for your loot!
Lush's Candy Mountain bubble bar is an adorable pink and green swirly mountain released as part of their Christmas collection. Lush say, 'When the mountains of candy get too much, retreat to the mountains of candy foam'.

I wasn't really sure what this product would do. I've seen other Lush products that erupt in your bath and have sparkly stars inside and other's that create mountains of bubbles. I secretly hoped that this one would erupt, but it just fizzed under the water. I then ran it under the tap and it made some excellent bubbles - not exactly what I was expecting, but then again remember that I picked my products based on their colours and their smell and not what they did in the tub. On that note, this smells delightful, all sugary and sweet and perfectly sickly but not ridiculously overpowering. It's supposed to smell of vanilla and candy floss, and I think it manages that quite nicely.

So my first ever Lush bath was nice, it felt like I was lying in a mixture of bubbly delights and the amazing smell of being wrapped in sweets :-)

Do you have a favourite Lush product that I should check out?


Inspiration For The Weekend #3

Found here.
This week I have been neglectful of certain things that should be at the forefront of my agenda. *Ahem, dissertation, ahem*. I know that university work, or indeed any type of 'work', is not the be all and end all of life, but sometimes you just can't help but feel uninspired to carry on and finish, especially when there's far too many other exciting things to be doing, like buying Christmas presents, or watching the new Twilight film.

I'm a big believer in the notion that something will always come out of nothing. You might stare at that blank page, the sheet empty of ideas, but if you stare hard enough, and are proactive enough, then I can guarentee that things will formulate and start to move along. Like the quote says above, hold on to the original vision, and trust that the process in which you achieve the vision was supposed to be completed in that way for a reason.

I'm not just applying this to my university work of course, I'm too much of a big dreamer to limit this idea to just one thing. It's as much about the journey towards the end result, than it is the actual result itself.

Have a fabulous weekend :-)


Nivea Lipbutters

Here on Confetti Letters it's a truth universally acknowledged that I am obsessed with the smell of a product. Put simply, if it doesn't smell nice, I don't want to use it. Two delightfully smelling tubs of lip balmy goodness fell into my hands in Superdrug a while ago and I simply must share them with you.

Available in 3 'flavours', Caramel Cream, Raspberry Rose, and Original these tiny tins will only set you back £1.25 a piece - bargain!

2012 saw an explosion in buttery lip products, from the much anticipated Revlon lipbutters, to the L'Oreal Caresse lipsticks, women everywhere just can't get enough of the delightful feeling of applying the softest formulas to their lips, and I am right there in the middle of them. Nivea have really hit the nail on the head with these tins of goodness. The lip butters are simply lovely, they're nourishing, smell gorgeous and leave your lips feeling super soft, 10/10 in my eyes!

Do you have a favourite lip balm?


Glossybox November 2012

My November Glossybox has literally just landed on my doorstep and I love it that much I had to share a quick preview!

I received:
• Dr Jart BB cream, 15ml
•Burberry body fragrance, 4.5ml
•Nails Inc Topcoat, 4ml
•Alison Claire Mango Body Butter, 50ml
•Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, 13g

I've had a play with the body butter and it smells like the nicest, juiciest mango I've ever come across and it's definitely nourished my hand to perfection, top marks to Alison Claire.

Everything else will be played with in due course when I get back from uni tonight - I just wanted to show you what I received!

Have a fabulous day :-)


Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil

Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in 'Soft Brown'.

Brow perfection!
I am constantly on the look out for a brow pencil that will best match my hair, and considering I just discovered the wonder of L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss and the glorious shades I can wash in and wash out I will, no doubt, be ever continually searching for that perfect shade.

Brows are tricky characters, they rarely stay in shape, can look over (or under) plucked and to be honest can be a little bit of a nightmare! I am obsessed with keeping my brows in order, and will never leave the house without filling in my brows with something, defining your eyebrows can really bring a whole look together.

I only really got in to filling in my brows part way through last year when Glossybox included a HD brow quad kit in one of their boxes. I was incredibly lucky to receive the correct shade for my hair colour and went about shading and filling in to my heart's content. The issue came to me recently when I was due to travel and wanted to take a smaller make-up kit with me than normal, could I leave my beloved HD Brow quad at home?

Turns out I didn't have to because I've found an equally amazing product that fits comfortably in my mini make-up kit - Maybelline's Master Brow Shaper. This little pencil is double ended, with the brow shade on one end and a handy rounded brow brush to comb through and set brows in shape. I bought the shade 'Soft Brown' for £2.99 from Superdrug. This little pencil is amazing, it's super soft so the product just melts into the gaps between hairs and is a lovely blend of light and dark brown tones to really suit my face. I know that Maybelline also do other colours, but for the life of me I cannot find them online so pop into Superdrug or Boots and find them there.

My only qualm is the fact that the pencil is just so soft, I ran the whole of the nib down on my first use of the pencil (you can see that in the picture of the pencil at the top!) and consequently since then have had to sharpen it everyday to use it again. Saying this, I have been using it everyday for just under 10 days and hardly looks like I've sharpened it at all.  Fingers crossed it will last me a long time yet!

Do you have a go to brow product?


Lust List #1

Beautysets - Lust List #1I received an e-mail recently inviting me to check out Beautysets which is a website aimed at beauty obsessed people (like you or I!) which enables you to create magazine like features for your blog. If you're entirely HTML and photoshop illiterate, like myseld, this such a great tool to help jazz up posts like wish lists, tutorials and gift ideas and I will definitely be using it a lot in the future!
You can also follow other people and become inspired by their creativity, or simply browse through categories of sets like 'organic', 'nutrition' and 'how to'.

Do you think sites like this are a good idea?
Are you going to hot foot it to the website and have a go at making a set? If so leave me a link below!


Inspiration For The Weekend

Image found on Tumblr.
I found this last night in the middle of a negative patch sometime during the early evening. It got me thinking about the past and I ended up reevaluating my relationship with certain people in my life. (Being on your own during one of these moments really gets you thinking, sometimes not in a good way!).

I don't know about you, but I am constantly looking for ways to better myself, in my eyes I can never achieve the highest bar of perfection until I fulfill some personal goals, like a bucket list for myself that needs to be crossed off constantly. I know that this hinders me, but they're thoughts I've struggled with for years. Old habits dies hard, in their place new ones form.

I like this saying, it inspires me to take today and make it work for me, to know that I can better myself in a number of situations. So, during my patch of negativity last night I created 5 things I would like to achieve this weekend:
  1. Actually enjoy going to work on Saturday, it's only 5 hours, and feel the achievement at the end of the shift when my legs are aching and I've spent the time interacting with my colleagues. 
  2. Wish a random stranger a nice weekend, to their face.
  3. Rearrange the little bits of clutter on my desk - in my opinion a tidy room = a tidy mind.
  4. Take a recipe from my cookbook and make it, including trying a new food.
  5. Find the motivation and willpower to sit down and and finish my essay. With one out of the way I'm sure the other 5 I have to write before December 7th will fall into place. 
Baby steps to change, are just the first move towards a better, wholesome, healthier future. 

Have a fabulous weekend <3 


The Kardashians Have Come To Britain! My Picks Of The Kollection.

Image taken from the Dorothy Perkins website.
Love them or loathe them, you just cannot fault the Kardashian sisters on their work ethic. No-one is 100% sure how the beautiful trio burst onto the American reality scene (was it that sex tape, Kim? Or Kris Jenner's momager' attitude - she's previously been accused of exploiting her children) but you just can't escape the Kardashian empire - and I for one, am completely in awe of them (I mean they have their own language...and everything that can possible begin with a K does so, how is that not kool).

An avid Kim fanatic, I was undoubtably super excited when the announcement was made the that Kardashian Kollection, previously only available at Sears in the United States, would be collaborating with Dorothy Perkins to bring us UK Dolls their fabulous style and glamour. I do know that the Kardashians are a bit of a Marmite scenario, I have friends who are just as obsessed as I am, family who loathe me putting on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and a boyfriend, who, well, I'm sure would absolutely love it if I could super impose Kim's body onto mine.

Shallow thoughts aside, my love for America's most hilarious TV family extends to feeling complete inspiration for their business drive and work ethic. I can't help but feel compelled to want to put on my thinking cap and become as successful as they are. They don't just sit around and wallow in their own riches, they have a get up and go attitude, and a passion for creativity that extends to their personal products from perfume, to the DASH boutiques across the states, to a more recent delve into the cosmetics industry with 'Khroma Beauty'. And now, finally, us British sisters across the pond have the chance to get our fashionable mitts on their clothing and accessories line! *Cue great big smiley happy face*.

Images taken from the Dorothy Perkins website
L-R: Lace bodycon black dress - £50.00, Black stud tote - £55.00, Black stud purse - £22.00, Leopard tee - £30.00, Lace trench coat - £75.

These are my picks from their Kollection. I absolutely love how true these items are to the sisters' actual style, I honestly think that all the pieces in the Kollection reflect the girls' personalities and love for fashion. There's a lot of animal print, feminine lace, sequins and monochrome colour which is entirely reflective on their own personal wardrobes. The prices aren't extortionate either, to be honest I thought they'd be a little more expensive but I like that the price range is accessible to the average fan and high street shopper. I am yet to experience the quality or the fit but I am hoping it'd be in keeping with Dorothy Perkins' own policies.

Available in sizes 8-16, the Kardashian Kollection can be found here.
Now I'm going to douse myself in Kim's fragrance, True Reflection and hope that Father Christmas is good to me this year...

Has anything from the Kollection caught your eye?
Are you a Kardashian lover or hater?


Silent Saturday - Inspiration For The Weekend

Taken from here.
Everyone has kindness in them, sometimes it hard to show, and sometimes it comes out too easily and readily. But one thing I am learning of late is just to take a step back and truly read a person in the kindest possible manner. Not everyone's out to get you, it's probably just a front - for all you know they could be fighting the same battle as yourself.

Have a fabulous weekend <3

October Empties

Apologies for the poor quality picture, I think my Nikon is poorly! 

I decided that this month I really should be having a clear out and begin using up products that have been sitting around in my room for a while. I say this because Student Finance have been incredibly rude with my money and I am now on a spending ban :'(

1) Simple is a brand that I always want to love but constantly find myself never doing so. I like their products, yes, but loving them and wanting to repurchase time and time again is a different matter. I think it's got something to do with the smell of their lotions, or, rather, lack thereof as their products are advertised as being fragrance free. This face scrub did the job, but I won't be buying it again.

2) L'Oreal Superliner for blue eyes. I absolutely love this eyeliner, it's a mixture of black and blue tones and is supposed to make your eye colour pop (They also do a green and a brown version). I'm not too sold on the eye pop of colour but the ease of application of this liner is superb for a liquid. The brush (or is it a nib?) is super flexible and doesn't drag across the skin, 10/10 in my eyes! I will be repurchasing sometime in the future once I've used up my other liquid liners.

3) Sure deodorant was on offer in Tesco for £1 when I bought it and I really struggled to make myself use it up. I hated the smell, and hated the fact that it left a fine white dust in my armpits even more. Definitely not buying this one again.

4) Benefit's Total Moisture cream is a God send for my super dry face. I bought this little pot in the £10 'try-me' style kit they have of all of their skincare items. I absolutely loved the smell of this and it's wonderful quality as a moisturiser. What I don't like is the £26.50 price tag for the full sized version. Definitely tempted to pick up another kit for a tenner though - I love Benefit skin care!

5) Clairol's Colourseal Gloss was something I picked up on a whim for 98p in Boots the day after my housemate dyed my hair for me. I really liked using it, but clearly didn't read the instructions as it states it's a weekly treatment to lock in colour for chemically treated hair, and I used it in three consecutive showers - oops. It's lovely though, and if I was not turning amber soon then I would definitely buy it again and use it properly!

As you can tell, I have a fascination with the smell of a product. If it doesn't smell good, I don't want to use it!


Perfect Winter Colour Combo

 October through to February are my favourite months of any year, there's nothing I love more than curling up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate and praying it won't snow. See, as much as I love the wintery months and being cold, I bloomin' hate snow!

During the winter months I also find myself toning down the colours of my nail polish to match either my mood or the weather. I'm not usually one to have a completely different everyday make-up routine specifically for each change of season, but winter just promotes more smokey eyes, dark lips, and dark nails in my opinion. (Unless it does actually snow, and then I enjoy a bit of white polish with silver glitter - the Models Own Wonderland collection is entirely perfect for this!)

This particular colour combination is my ultimate favourite for this time of year. It teams the deep burgundy red tones of Christmas and dark nights, with the sparkle, glitz and glam of the festive time of year. I know it's only November 2nd but already I want to don my Christmas jumper and run to Greggs for a festive bake!

The Rimmel polish is part of their Lycra Pro range, in the colour 410 Trend Spotting. It's available from any good Rimmel stand and I found mine in Boots for £4.59. It has a lovely wide brush for incredibly easy application, and the consistency of the polish is not too gloopy or runny - spot on Rimmel!

The OPI polish is an I Lily Love You minature from the 2011 OPI Nice Stems summer collection. If I remember rightly I bought mine from Amazon for around the £10 mark for the little set that they brought out back in the summer of 2011. I believe you can still find some Ebay sellers offering the miniature collection for around £14.

Now that my nails are dry, excuse me while I run and put on my woolly jumper and read my uni notes, hot chocolate and warm chicken soup in hand...

Have you got a favourite colour combination at the moment?