Monday, 30 December 2013

What was in my You Beauty Advent Calendar

My boyfriend surprised me this year by treating me to the You Beauty advent calendar! It was so fun opening a door a day to reveal a miniature skincare product or make-up item - so much more exciting than chocolate or those boring picture ones! I thought I'd give a sneaky peek as to what was inside mine :)

So far I've been loving the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil which I've been using as a pre-cleanse each evening to take off my make-up, and the Eye Rescue Rollerball which I've been reaching for as my wake up call as it is so cold and refreshing when used around the eye area.
I'm really looking forward to trying the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask which looks so luxurious, but I'm saving it for a special occasion as the tube is tiny! Saying that, the full size 60ml tube costs £93 on the Space NK website so this sample works out at around £15!
I was really happy to see the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation and Stila Lip Glaze in there as I've had my eye on them for a while.
I already own the Dr.Lipp Balm and it's been a lifesaver in the winter months so it's good to have a back up.
I think some of the bits are a bit . . . blah . . . the body spray and tweezers are nothing special although I will still make use of them, and the Bio Effect EGF Serum sample is so small it's a bit pointless really. Also I'm not one to get too excited about bath and shower products but I'm sure some people are and I suppose the whole point of this kind of thing is to try products you wouldn't normally, so who knows . . . I may find a hidden luxury! 
I love the idea of these types of calendars, they're so cute and a nice change from the traditional calendars, I'm already hoping for either the Benefit or Selfridge's one for next year, haha :)

If you like the look of the products in this calendar it is available to buy here at 50% off! Ok so you won't be able to use it to count down to Christmas but you still get to try some great products and great brands for an absolute steal!

Did any of you get a beauty style advent calendar this Christmas?


Friday, 27 December 2013

Asos Sale Bargains and Life Update

t-shirt dress and shoes: asos (sale! sale! sale!)
belt: topshop (old)
earrings: regal rose (sale! sold out - similar here)

I haven't managed to blog since October unfortunately . . . Oopsy! :( Sometimes life just takes over though eh and I feel like I've had bigger fish to fry with reality rather than keeping up with what's going on online, haaa! :)
I have just been so busy with other things that it isn't just my own blog I've abandoned - I have taken a complete break from the whole internet world - I've gone completely blog cold turkey *christmas pun* and haven't had chance to read any of my faves for about 2 months, I haven't been having my usual daily dose of the Topshop 'new in' section and my twitter account has been looking pretty bare of late too! :( 
However I have enjoyed blogging so much this year and I have missed having my own little space on the internet to escape to these past couple of months, so I really hope I can get back into the swing of things now the new year is approaching . . . especially as I have so many exciting things to blog about in 2014!

I don't normally talk too much about myself on my blog, preferring to keep it more about fashion and beauty - as I'm always wary about getting too personal/giving too much away online! Though I thought it would be nice to do a bit of a life update kinda thing and say what I've been up to the past few months . . .

Firstly, I've started training as a Make-up Artist! In September I enrolled at the Media Make-up School at Media City in Manchester where I study part-time (1 day a week) on the Media Hair and Make-up course. It is something I've wanted to do for so long and so far I have learnt how to do all the beauty side of make-up where I've had practice doing everything from day and evening looks to bridal make-up, airbrushing and avant garde etc . . . then in the new year we will be looking at the special effects side of make-up and learning prosthetics which I'm really looking forward to! When the Summer approaches I will also be learning hair styling and cutting. EEK!!

I still work at a hotel full time which is 5 days a week alongside my course and as you can imagine it has been quite tricky getting the balance right between everything and only leaves me with 1 day a week free to do any extras, hence why the blog has been suffering :( *sorry blog!* especially as I have been trying to gain make up artist experience aswell,  to complement what I'm learning on my course!

Secondly, I have set a date for my wedding! Long-term (ish!) readers of my blog will know I got engaged in April  . . . and in October me and my fiancĂ© booked our wedding for March 2014! As it turns out planning a wedding in under 6 months is actually quite a challenge, haaa! :/ So colour schemes, cakes and background music is about all I've been researching recently, haha :) Slightly stressful, lol . . . but I CAN'T WAIT for the big day!

So that's where I've been! Don't even get me started on Christmas - I just couldn't fit it in this year! I worked Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day so the whole thing was a bit of a wipeout for me . . . boo! :( 
I'm so thankful now though that I have 3 days off to relax, recharge, recuperate . . . and ultimately get back on track with everything including the blog! I also plan to catch up with a load of YOUR blogs, so send me any links in the comments . . I want to know your best beauty products of 2013 and what amazing bargains you've picked up in the sales! Most of all I want a nosey at your Christmas presents! ;)

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