30 Jan 2014

Laura Lee Engraved Band Ring

Over Christmas, I was treated to this gorgeous ring from Laura Lee Jewellery. I spend hours pouring over this website, so my very kind boyfriend bought me this lovely ring.


It is stirling silver and is engraved with Rien Que Toi, Moi, Nous which is "nothing but you, me, us" in French. AWWWW! (stop pretending to be sick). The rings also come in gold and rose gold, and also come engraved in To Treasure Forever and Ever’, ‘You make my heart sing’ and stars. 

The rings come beautifully packaged in a little bag, a cloth bag and a ring box



As the band is really thick, so you will need to be measured with thick band gauges. I'm a size K but in thick rings I'm an L 1/2.

Start putting your Valentine's Day hints in girls!
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29 Jan 2014

Ombre heart nail art

A few days ago gh0stparties did a lovely heart nail art look which I thought looked gorgeous for Valentine's Day. It inspired me to do a pink ombre effect version.

The colours I used were:
Base coat - Essie "Not Just a Pretty Face"
Palest heart - Missguided nail colour in Missbehave
Middle heart - Barry M 279 "Bright Pink"
Darkest heart - 17 polish in Miami

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27 Jan 2014

Instagram FridgeMagnets

I love Instagram, to the point I think I have a problem. Everything I see, I want to photograph at the moment! Feeding into my addiction, I discovered Instajunction who print your Instagram pictures onto pretty much anything... including instagram charm bracelets, instagram keyrings, instagram cufflinks, instagram polaroids, instagram coasters...

Wanting to brighten up my kitchen, I decided to get two packs of instagram fridge magnets with all my favourite memories of 2013.



I love them! I think they make a really pretty addition! They're £9.99 for 12, or half price if you use the code JANUARY50 so get there on payday!
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24 Jan 2014

Links of London Start Dust Toggle Round Bracelet

Last week I had a really stressful Placement Assessment Visit for my course so I got myself all worked up and anxious. The morning of the assessment, to my surprise, I was absolutely spoilt by Links of London who sent me this Star Dust Toggle Round Bracelet which totally made my day!


I've never owned a Links of London product before, so was delighted by the beautiful packaging which made it feel very luxurious.

The bracelet is made from silvery mesh which gives a lovely sparkle (but doesn't get caught in your hair!). On one side (the smooth bit) is a magnet which holds the bracelet on and it's really strong so don't worry about losing the bracelet.

On the other side is a silver toggle with cubic zirconia sparkle and sparkly ends which really catch the light. The bracelet is a set size so the toggles don't move.



This bracelet would be a really lovely gift for someone special, particularly with Valentines Day coming up (boys...) 

Thank you Links for this gorgeous present, and my placement assessment went really well! 
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3 Jan 2014

My Favourite Foundation: Barbara Daly One-Step Foundation

As someone with oily skin, I've been searching a long time for a foundation which will stay in place all day. I'm not a fan of thick layers of foundation covered in layers of powder, so thought I'd seek out a foundation which I could wear lightly dusted over concealer, and one which is pale enough for my very pale skin (about an NC15 in Mac) 




Whilst in Tesco, I came across Barbara Daly One-Step Foundation for £8. It came in a range of light colours, including the very pale "Warm Ivory" which blended in really well with my skintone - no orangey-ness and easily blended so it isn't too pale. 

The foundation is a sheer powder which can be built up to give a high level of coverage (see pictures below). It comes with a sponge in a compartment underneath the pan but I prefer to apply with  large foundation brush. 

As I said, it can be built up to give a really good coverage, covering the red areas around my nose, but light enough to show natural skin such as my freckles. I've applied it below to my bare skin without any concealer to show you the full effect. It can also be applied damp to give a more creamy, thick coverage. Daily, I prefer to apply concealer under my eyes, and to blemishes, then work this over my skin with a large brush.
 As you can see it covers any shine but also has a lovely dewey finish, and not powdery and dry like other powder foundations. It reminds me a lot of the expensive Bare Minerals foundations, which you can swirl and work in to give a creamier finish; except the palest colour of Bare Minerals is very orange on my skin. 

The powder sets well and although it does wear off throughout the day, it doesn't have the "melty" look a lot of oily-skinned girls will know and dread. I'm not sure this would work well for people with very dry skin, it does have a tendency to cling to areas of flaky skin and accentuate them. 



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