28 December 2015

Party Season Festive Make-up

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Soap and Glory mascara, Miss Sporty eyeliner, christmas and new years eve make-up  festive season ideas

the body shop, shimmer mist, pre-party make-up kit, nail polish, urban decay naked smoky eyeshadow palette

Soap and Glory mascara, the body shop, Miss Sporty eyeliner, christmas and new years eve make-up  festive season ideas

This time of year is such a great time for experimenting with your make-up and going-all out. You can use any bright colour you wish and as much glitter you can find whilst still looking acceptable in public! Those days have gone where you are scraping the remaining glitter lip-gloss from the bottom of a tube you got free with 'Mizz Magazine' (that was a great magazine though, wasn't it?!) as now many make-up brands seem to be incorporating the shimmery trend that was big in the 90's into a more subtle product. Whether its for lips, eyes or cheeks, your sure to find something suitable to your taste.

I find that you can never go wrong with a smoky eye for that dramatic look on a night out. My favourite palette for this is of course the one and only Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette which has some gorgeous shades that allows you to play around with different looks. Whether its a golden bronze or smoky purple, you're sure to find a look you're happy with these shadows. Whats better is that you can even team it up the dramatic eyes with a bright lip and it won't look out of place because it is the festive season after all! There are so many great lip options out there, from the classic Mac's Ruby Woo to Zoe Suggs holy grail, Rimmel Kate 107.

If your a beginner or simply don't have the products you need for a night-out, this Body Shop Pre-Party Kit is great for all the essentials you need. It has included a deep grey single eyeshadow which has lovely little glitter in it that isn't too 'out there' for the eyes but adds a little something to the look. The pigmentation isn't the greatest, but used on top of a matte eyeshadow will create a gorgeous simple look that you can build up to suit your taste.  Not only that, but it also has a beautiful bright red lipstick, as suggested by the name 'Red Siren', that I think would suit all skin tones. Alongside this, to finish your look off, the kit comes with a beautiful bright red nail varnish in a very similar shade to the red lipstick, that I find is gorgrous especially if you find red lips a bit too much. I really love the quality of The Body Shop nail varnishes and I have recommended them to many of my friends looking for a budget polish with a gorgeous range of colours. If you really wan to go all out, add some glitter nail polish to add that wow-factor, which you can find all over the drugstore! I even have a post here where you can find out my favourites and recommendations. 

Once your eyes, lips and nails are done, finish off with a cat-flick eyeliner, a layering of mascara and a little blush, highlight and bronzer to finish your look off. If you really want to go all out, why not relive the 90s and add some body glitter to your arms and legs. I love the concept of this Body Shop The Sparkler which has a really subtle fresh smell and gives the perfect amount of shimmer for your arms, legs and your entire body if you wish! 

I hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to let me know what your favourite party-time essentials are in the comments below. 

I will also soon be finally hosting a giveaway in the New Year where you can enter to win the Body Shop Pre-Party Make-up kit so stay tuned.

23 December 2015

Shine Bright Like A Diamond | Glitter and Metallic Nail Trend

Glitter and Metallic Nail Polish Trend for christmas

 Christmas is a great time to try out new nail trends - the bolder the better in my opinion! In particular, glittery nail colours are perfect for the upcoming party season. Not only do they add a little something to your outfit but you can go all out with the formulas you choose. 

There are some that look simple enough but change colour in the light (a nail trend I am just fascinated with!). I personally love this Rimmel Metal Rush one that I have. Its a gorgeous colour and is great to add a little to your look without being to 'out there' for everyday wear - especially when you want to change up your look in the countdown to Christmas but your still slogging your way through work/school/ uni. Theres a few colour-changing nail polishes out there on the market nowadays, I've heard  few things about the new(ish) Seventeen Colour Switch Polishes and they look really lovely and innovative but I've personally not had any experience with them so can't actually recommend. 

Of course, you can always go for the classic shimmer shades that every brand of nail-polishes probably have in their collections giving you a huge choice of shades defending on your brand preference. These No7 colours are gorgeous and apply really nicely on the nails. I've also has really  good experience with the Barry M ones too, I find they have a huge range of different colours and formulas and at such a good price-point too! I'm not sure if they're new or not, but I've had my eye on these Model Own Diamond Luxe ones for a while now, they look simply beautiful!! 

Then there is the full out glitter nails. I'm not going to lie, I love going completely over the top with my nails whenever I get the opportunity to! Again, you can get amazing glitter polishes in a whole load of different brands but my favourite (drugstore ones anyway) are Rimmel! They always seem to hit it on the nail with whatever collection they release, but I particularly love the Glitter Bomb ones - either to wear on its own or layer on top of any bright colour you wish. These Makeup Revolution ones are very similar to the Max Factor ones, and they're only £1 too! 

I'm sure you'll find a colour to match your party dress this season, let me know below what style and brands are your favourite. I personally love the full on glitter but of course you can't go wrong with a simple shimmery nail polish in the lead up to an event - whether its Christmas or any other special occasion happening soon in your diary.  

18 December 2015

Christmas Wish List

1. 10 Battery LED Cookie Cutter Light £10 from Paperchase
2. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation £29 from Debenhams
3. Zoella Wonder Hand Moisturising Hand Cream £5 from Superdrug
4. Red Coca Cola Pyjamas £17.99 from New Look
5. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir 100ml £85 from Selfridges
6. ASOS Minion Socks £5 from ASOS
7. S&G Get a Smooth On £35 from Boots
8. Sanctury Theres No Place Like Home £20 from Boots
9. Michael Kors Jetselt Travel Pink Multi Function Zipround Purse £85 from House of Fraser
10. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstars on the Go palette £42 from Selfridges

09 December 2015

Shades of Red Nail Polish | The Perfect Shade For Autumn and Winter

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Red is just one of those colours that is perfect for this time of year. Whether you wear it in autumn to match all the leaves changing colour or when as the festive season approaches, it is such a versatile shade that makes it appropriate for these next few months.

As I was sorting out mine (and my mums) nail polishes, I came across quite a few shades of red that I never even knew I owned. My personal favourites are the Nails Inc ones, which is a given really since they are the most priciest out of my collection. I do love the colour of the W7 one however, as it is a very vibrant red that would make it perfect for an occasion like Halloween or something of the like when you really want your manicure to stand out. 

Collection also do really great nail varnishes that come in ay great shades so I'm sure you'll be able to find a red/ orange shade in their range, and for a very inexpensive price too. Rimmel's '60-second' range are one of my favourites, mostly because I am so impatient in waiting for nails to dry! All of their nail polishes are pretty good, but that range of their has to be the best one in my opinion. 

Now unfortunately I do not (currently) own any of Barry M nail polishes in a red shade but I really want to! I love their formula and the different types that are available: whether its matte, gel or a bright colour, there is something for everyone. They don't have the best range of red colours but you can always opt for a burgundy or even an orange colour to take you through these months if you wish. The price point of their polishes is also brilliant, and there is even often offers on at both Superdrug and Boots.

You also may notice that Essie is also missing from my collection. Now I understand they are great for their nail polishes but if I'm honest, I only have two of their products because I find them too expensive to buy for everyday use. However, they do have the most amazing range of shades so if you're ever in need of a colour that you can't find anywhere else, I would defiantly recommend checking out their counter on high-street whenever you're there.

As you can probably tell, I love this season and especially the nail colours that go with it. Of course there are you oranges, greens and even blacks that are appropriate but I just feel you can't go wrong with a classic red nail. What do you guys think, is this the colour you would opt for during this time of year? Leave you comments below.

05 December 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas | For Him

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Buying Christmas gifts is a hard task, but for some reason I find it even more difficult to buy for men.  After some browsing I managed to compile a list of awesome stuff that I think would make a  perfect Christmas present. Whether its your brother, your dad, your friend or your boyfriend, I hope my list of gift ideas gives you some inspiration on what to buy the man/ men in your life! From novelty socks to designer watches, I think you'll find there is something for everyone.

1. Hugo Boss Casual Leather Belt £45 from House of Fraser 
2. Bernard & Samuel Beardy Mug Set £25 from Urban Outfitters 
3. 2 Pack Socks with Simpsons Christmas Design £8 from ASOS
4. Paul Smith Heaven Spot Silk Pocket Square £50 from ASOS
5. Sony MDR-XB450AP Over-Ear Blue Headphones £44.99 from Argos  
6. Bi Fold Montana Wallet £17.99 from Superdry
7. Armani Exchange Watch £99 from House of Fraser 
8. Guiness Mini Tankard Candle £6 from Debenhams
9. L'Oreal Men Expert Complete Gift Set £15 from Boots
10. Hugo Boss Eau De Toilette 50ml £41 from Selfridges

If that wasn't enough, you can also have a read of my Christmas Gift Guide for Her (here) which has some great ideas for a woman of any age. However, if you know someone who loves everything rose gold like I do, check out my Rose Gold Wish List where you will find all things beautiful. I hope you find these posts helpful as you search out for the perfect present for your loved ones.

03 December 2015

Christmas Gifts Ideas | For Her

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Everybody loves this time of year. Sitting by the cosy fire in your pyjamas on Christmas morning opening all your presents under the well-decorated tree in your living room. However, the stuff that comes prior to that, specifically buying Christmas gifts, can be quite a stressful task! So after a lot of online browsing, I managed to compile a list of amazing gift ideas that I hope will be perfect for anyone special in your life. This is a time of year that welcomes luxurious items with open arms, but sometimes you do not need a luxury budget to buy everything! I hope you enjoy this post, and that it gives you some present-buying inspiration (for yourself or someone else!)

Also, if you can't find what you're looking for here, check out my Rose Gold Wish List which has some beautiful items that are perfect for anybody in love with the whole rose-gold colour trend as much as I am! I hope you find this helpful in some way or another, if not leave a comment below of some of your own suggestions.

1. Copper Podium Picture Frame £45 from Urban Outfitters
2. Knuckle Mug £15 from Urban Outfitters
3. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel Luxury Palette £38 from Charlotte Tilbury 
4. Mystic Rose Casebound Journal £10 from Paperchase
5. Soap & Glory Perfect Scents £16 from Boots
6. Jo Malone London Red Roses Diffuser £58 from Selfridges
7. Benefit Life of the Party Set £29.50 from Boots and House of Fraser
8. Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette £15.50 from BeautyBay
9. Frends Layla Rose Gold Headphones £149 from Urban Outfitters
10. Ted Baker Magnificently Manicured £14 from Boots
11. Ted Baker Treasure Chest £25 from Boots

p.s. If any of you read my 'Little Update' post, you may realise that today is not the day I would usually post (If you didn't read it, I basically made a vow to stick to a blogging schedule of posting on Wednesdays and Saturdays). However, because I didn't publish a proper 'Beauty' or 'Lifestyle' post yesterday, I felt like I should give you guys something a little more interesting to read... Anyway I hope you enjoyed this little gift guide, stay tuned for Saturday when I will be posting a Gift Guide for Male recipients!

02 December 2015

A Little Update | Blogging Schedule, Giveaways and More

Hi guys,

So I have a bit of a different post of you today and thats just because I wanted to give you a little update on what I hope to do for my blog from now on since.

Firstly, I just want to say thank you to each and every person reading this and supporting The Cat and The Girl blog. I just can't believe I've actually got into the hundreds in terms of blogging followers, so from now on I vow to provide better content on my blog and I really hope you enjoy it enough to continue reading.

As a little celebration, I want to host a little giveaway soon for when I reach the blogging milestone of having 300 followers on Bloglovin (You can follow me here *insert winking emoji*). This may seem like ages away yet, but I hope it doesn't take too long as I already have the giveaway products ready for you guys!

I have recently made a promise to myself to stick to a blogging schedule that works for me, instead of just blogging sporadically. I will therefore now be posting every Wednesday and Saturday at 9am so stay tuned for more regular posts! The content of these posts will be mostly beauty and lifestyle related, so I hope you enjoy. However, on the 1st of each month I will also be posting a little update of my month. This may be an Instagram photo round-up, a simple Dear Diary post or it could be in the form of a monthly favourites. Just whatever takes my fancy really. (I know I know, I missed yesterdays post but I promise from now on I will be sticking to this!).

Anyway, there's not much else to add but again I just want to thank you all for reading and following me as I take my blog onto this weird and wonderful journey. I hope to continue writing interesting posts that aim to help you in any which way possible.

Remember to also follow my Twitter account for more updates and even for a little chat. I aim to also be more active on there too, but if I'm honest that's not going to be too hard as I love twitter! You can also find me on Instagram but do bear with me as I am still finding my feet when it comes to posting photos on there.

But thats all for now,

Love Aliya x

28 November 2015

Vintage Colours | Raiding My Mums Nail Polish Collection

old vintage nail polishes from loreal, maybelline, revlon, avon

old vintage nail polishes from loreal, maybelline, revlon, avon

old vintage nail polishes from loreal, maybelline, revlon, avon, high shine and metallic colours

As I was raiding my own nail polish collection, I was intrigued to see what treasures my mum had stored away of her own. Its so weird to see how the tones vary to whats 'in fashion' right now.

From the various high-shine metallics to the dark burgundy colours, I would never be seen dead wearing these nowadays despite being quite pretty looking! Even the shape and size of the bottles are  quite chunky looking in comparison to the small, sleek design of current popular brands like Rimmel or Barry M Nail polishes.

With matte whites, pastels and nude colours being all over the high-street stores and fashion catwalks, the lack of proper colour can be quite boring. I guess its nice to see some colour in my mums very old collection although I don't think I'll be stealing her nail polishes anytime soon....

24 November 2015

Rose Gold Wish List | Christmas Gift Ideas

Rose Gold Copper Wish List Christmas Gift Ideas Apple iPhone, charlotte tilbury, urban outfitters, ted baker, house of Fraser, paperchase jewellery home decor

Rose gold seems to be all the rage right now. And for good reason too - it is chic, stylish and most of all classy. Needless to say, I am obsessed! A lot of stores have come to accommodate the new trend, bringing in some brilliant buys that I just need in my life right now. From beauty to accessories and homeware, if you are a fan of rose gold there is something for everyone. I bring this wishlist at the perfect time, so you can add a few things to your own Christmas wishlist or note down the things that would make a nice gift for someone else. Do let me know if you end up buying something either from this list or a rose gold item I haven't mentioned, because I'd just love to know.

1. iPhone 6s Rose Gold 64gb £619 from Apple 
Ever since this was released, I have been wanting it so bad! Technically its pink but for some reason Apple have called the colour 'Rose Gold' so I thought it would be fitting for this wishlist because I really do want it. Slowly but surely I am saving up to finally make the purchase hopefully within the next few months and I cannot wait.

2. Beautiful Things Wall Art £50 from Urban Outfitters
A bit on the pricey side for a frame, but I just thought it was so classy and beautiful. I love having quotes in frames, its just a great way to remind you to stay positive.

3. Ted Baker Sela Crystal Chain Pendant £35 from House of Fraser 
This would make a perfect gift, whether its for your best friend or your mum. Its so pretty and the charm in the middle adds just the right amount of glamour to a classy necklace.

4. Copper Skull Money Bank £15 from Urban Outfitters
In true Urban outfitters style, this copper money box is sure to motivate you to save them pennies. Hopefully it does anyway.

5. Mystic Rose iPhone 6 Case £12 from Paperchase
Perfect for the new iPhone I am sure to get soon, I love the idea of having a copper/rose gold case for it. I just love the edgy skull design, and its such a bargain too!

6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Skeleton Rose Gold Watch £239 from Harrods
I have forever been wanting a designer rose gold watch! It might be quite expensive but I think it is definitely worth the money. Maybe one day I'll get one....

7. Copper Coffee Table £60 from Urban Outfitters
I just love this little table, its so classy with a really unique shape to it. It'll look great used as a bedside table or just as decoration in the living room where you can keep a few bits and bobs on top of.

8. Moscow Mule Mug £20 from Urban Outfitters
How awesome is this mug though. I have not seen a rose gold mug before so when I found this i was ecstatic to see I can drink my tea out of something this cool.

9. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade Glastonbury £23 from Selfridges
Charlotte Tilbury makeup is everywhere right now, with her lipstick range getting particular praise from everyone on the internet. A particular favourite with Zoella, it seems nothing beats this 'Glastonbury' shade for autumn time. It is just perfect in every way.

21 November 2015

InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask | Review

Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review from Amazon

Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review from Amazon detoxifying

InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review from Amazon beauty nourishing

InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review from Amazon swatches

I'm not sure about you guys, but I am always up for a good ol' face-mask as a refreshing treat to take away the wear and tear from a long day. Like a lot of other people, I love using the mud-packs often on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots but recently I have felt that my skin is in need of so much more during these harsh winter months. 

When I received this InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask* though the post, I was taken aback by the huge size. It comes in a 19oz (539grams) so you really do get more bang for your buck. It made me instantly warm to the product as I love things that you don't have to use sparingly in fear of it finishing as soon as it begins to work! It also comes in a lovely sturdy tub that gives you peace of mind that its not going to fall apart any time soon, making it perfect to place alongside your tubs of body butters and creams you having laying about. 

When I went to open the product, I was glad to not be overcome with a strong scent, which I was actually expecting. Instead, it doesn't really smell of anything (those with a strong sense of smell may discover a hint of smell but not to worry because its not at all bad!). 

I was on the safe side when using this because I actually read the instructions before hand to find out more about the product as I hadn't actually done much research before receiving it. I discovered that it can be used for all over the body, not just the face as I originally presumed, which makes it a really great multi-tasking product as theres not much out there concerning mud-masks for your body. I also found that it is recommended to be used maximum once a week, so its not one to turn to regularly when your skin needs a little refreshing. 

Here's a little description from InstaNatural's Amazon page for more information:

  • 100 Percent Natural / Best Value - Our Dead Sea Mud Mask is made from PURE Dead Sea mud to ensure the highest-quality product. Our formula is all-natural and arrives in a huge 19 oz. jar to deliver premium value.
  • Apply on the Body - Our mask also includes a nourishing blend of Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula Oil, and Hickory Bark Extract that provides unsurpassed moisture to soothe dry and irritated skin. Men, women and teens with skin issues can seek help by using this natural remedy.
  • Great for Acne and Blemishes – This detoxifier and purifier comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea, which is known to contain many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium and bromine. These elements work to extract excess oil & dirt from the skin and purge blemishes.
  • Manufacturer Guarantee – InstaNatural is proud to back their products with a 100 Percent Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, no matter where you buy our products. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, please contact us for a refund – no questions asked.
  • Age-Defying Benefits – Using this facial mask once a week also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Applying the mask will improve your skin so you can achieve a more even skin tone and smoother complexion.

As you can see, there are so many benefits from the product and I couldn't wait to use it to see what sort of miracle it would do for my skin. I applied a little on my arm (for testing, as seen in the picture above) and then I applied a thin layer onto my face using my fingers. It was so easy to apply, although it was a bit weird at first scooping the product out straight from the huge tub using only my fingers, especially with its jelly-like texture which I expected to be more mud-like. However, since it said to apply only a light layer, I found that in doing so it was really easy to spread evenly over my skin in a light layer. 

During the 10-15 minutes I left it on for, as instructed, I found the product to be stiffening on my face which I found a little alarming at first. It was all good though as after seeking advice from my mum, who said thats what happens with some face-masks, I just sat back and waited for the time to be up. I found the taking off of the face-mask (which I did using water and massaging in circular motions) to be quite relaxing, probably because I could finally make facial expressions that didn't make me look like a zombie! 

The result was amazing. My skin instantly felt clean and detoxified, making me look more fresh as soon as I took off the mask. However, as my skin is quite dry anyway, it did make it feel tight and slightly uncomfortable until I slathered on moisturiser to replenish the skin a little. But even afterwards, I found that my complexion look brighter and I felt like I had fresher looking skin.

If you're looking for a face mask that is going to pamper you and nourish your skin, then I would probably wouldn't use this one. But every not and again, your skin needs a deep clean and I think that this is the perfect thing to do the job. It feels like it gives a thorough clean to the skin, probably helped by the 100% natural ingredients, and can bring your skin back to life. Whats great is that you can use it for anywhere on your body! Because it is quite powerful, I would be careful with just how often you use this and also do make sure that you moisturise straight after to nourish your skin and close your pores to avoid any irritation. I hope to be using this a lot more often and will keep you updated if I continue to enjoy this product as much as I do now. 

At £21.95 from Amazon, it is quite pricey compared to other masks in the drugstore but you definitely get value for your money with the large tub and the little amount you need to use for every application. I would certainly recommend this product, especially if you suffer from problematic skin that you feel like needs a good cleansing. Do remember that it is a 'detoxifier' so you have to use it with care, looking after your skin before and after application. You can find out more here

17 November 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette | Review

Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow Palette Review blending brush

Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow Palette Review case

Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow Palette Review swatches

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As you have probably seen from my previous blog posts that I recently got the Urban Decay Naked  Smoky Palette. I was over the moon when my friends gave me this, among some other amazing gifts, for my birthday last month. I apologise for the timing of this post, it has been a long time coming but it is finally here as I am going to (finally) review the palette and share all of its amazing-ness with you.  

Starting off with the packaging, the sturdy plastic casing of this Smoky palette is a vast improvement from the previous ones. Not only is the beautiful smoked design breathtaking, it totally fits with the theme of the shadows. Whilst the original Naked palette did have a great packaging but it was clear that the velvet that covering was not a good idea as it just gathered all sorts of dirt and loose make-up product. I am thrilled the latest addition to Urban Decay palettes has improved its packaging, living up to the brilliant quality of the products inside. I think it would actually improve the whole durability of the product as a whole, meaning it'll last you years on end! 

The palette comes with a brush that is also a vast improvement on the previous ones. The thicker fluffy side is great for blending in the crease, although it is a little to big for my small eyes! The other side holds a smaller, pointed brush that is perfect for packing on eyeshadow on the lower lash line. Both are beautifully soft and not at all harsh to use on a delicate area such as the eyes. 

I would divide the 12 colours into 4 different tones:

The first 4 colours are a lovely blend of shimmery neutrals, all of which are great for a base colour. Radar and Armour are beautiful shades for use all over the lid, and are great to start off a smoky eye depending on if your going for a brown or a dark grey look. High and Dirtysweet can also be used for this, but I prefer using both for highlighting the inner corners of the eye to add a bit of brightness to the look. 

The next four are darker mattes which are amazingly pigmented and are combination of blacks, blue and a lovely purple shade. This can deepen the look drastically - I like to do this by applying one of the colours to do the outer corners of the eye and then lining the lash line with the shade Blackmarket for a more sultry eye look. However, the shade Radar  did disappoint me as it was quite chalky and needed a lot of layering of product to get the desired colour out of it. It is a generic brown colour so I'm sure I can find an alternative to use, but it is a shame. 

The last 4 eyeshadows of the palette are again neutrals but this time are matte. Password and Whiskey are ideal crease shades whilst Combust and Thirteen are great highlight colours. 

All the shades in the palette are extremely pigmented and have a lovely texture perfect for blending out to give the perfect eye look. Apart from the one disappointing shade, I was generally really pleased with the quality of this palette and it has officially made me adore Urban Decay. Whether you choose to go full out with a smoky eye or just want t apply one shade all over the lid for an every-day look, there is so much you can do with this one palette. So there you have it! Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette yet? If not, you can buy it here.

14 November 2015

Fall Favourites Tag

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I was recently tagged by the beautiful Tiffany May to take part in the Autmn favourites tag. As my first ever tag you can imagine my excitement, especially since its a topic on a great season is full of all things great. So here we go:


Favourite Candle: I am a Yankee Candle girl all the way, but the one that truly reminds me of Autumn is the original Cinnamon scented one.

Favourite Lip Colour: You just can't go wrong with a berry lip for the autumn and winter months! My favourite this year has to be the Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 107.

Favourite Drink: A hot Chai Latte from Costa is the best, especially on those cold and dismal winter days. 

Favourite Blush: I am currently on the lookout for a new Autumn blush to wear but for now I've been wearing my trust Sleek Blush in Rose Gold that is still one of my favourites. 

Favourite Clothing Item: This is the time of year to whack out all the warm coats and fluffy scarfs. However, I have been loving wearing my leather jacket, it just goes with everything and keeps me so warm. 

Favourite Fall Movie: Home Alone or Elf! I guess they're both Christmas movies but I don't really have a special 'fall' one. 

Favourite Fall TV Show: I'm not quite sure what is meant by 'Fall' TV Show, but I have been obsessed with Season 2 of Empire since it started airing here in the UK. You also can't go wrong with American Horror Story, Prison Break or Pretty Little Liars.

Favourite Thanksgiving Food: Since we don't have Thanksgiving here in the UK I thought I would 
change this to favourite Christmas Food and that would have to be traditional roast potatoes and vegetables!

Favourite Halloween Costume: I don't really do costumes if I'm honest but I did used to love to attempt to dress up as a Witch whenever I could on Halloween. Its a safe yet stylish option.

I Tag:
UmmBabySSB (ummbaby.blogspot.co.uk)
Shannon (http://www.shanylou.co.uk)
Kat (http://kathorrocks.com) 
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers, feel free to comment below about your own favourites during the 'Fall' or Autumn/ Winter time. 

12 November 2015

6 Things I Learnt From Watching Prison Break

Things I learn from watching Prison Break, wentworth miller michael scofield lincoln burrows

With the announcement of a new series of Prison Break, I thought I'd commemorate the show by writing a blog post dedicated to some pretty important life lessons (to be honest, I just wanted to share my love for the show with you guys) I can honestly say that it is probably my favourite TV show - ever. It provides such a rollercoaster of emotions that are sometimes too intense for me to even handle. Nevertheless, I absolutely love it. The storylines are so cleverly written and you can tell that a lot of effort goes into the details. Te characters are very loveable, despite being criminals.I only wish that Michael Scofield was a real person because I would marry him in an instant... Anyway moving on, here are some things that I learnt from Prison Break that are (kind of) applicable to real-life: 

1. You can't trust anybody - You never know who may rat you out or turn their back on you. Its a shame Michael and Lincoln learnt that hard way. 

2. Everything is in the details - From the very first episode, and with that beautiful body tattoo of his, it is clear that Michael is as sharp as anything when it comes to spotting the details. How else would he have managed to break out of a high-security prison?

3. 'Innocent until proven guilty' is not always the case - As demonstrated by the main plotline... 

4. Good (mostly) always triumphs - Michael always seems to outwit his enemies without placing a foot wrong, showing that his kind nature eventually paid off.

5. Criminals are not always evil - Throughout the series, you grow to love the prisoners despite everything they've done. It seems that some of them do have a heart, although the same can't be said for all criminals (*coughs* T-Bag)

6. Science is your friend, as is intelligence - Michael simply proves this in everything he does. I love how clever he is and how he always manages to find a way out of some very difficult situations.

Prison Break has to be one of my favourite series ever and I just can't wait to see it back on my screen. Michael Scofield is life. How about you guys, have you ever seen the show?

09 November 2015

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub | Review

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Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub | Review

I am a huge fan of Soap and Glory products and my latest purchase comes in the form of body product. The Sugar Crush body scrub is said to contain 'smashed brown sugar and sweet lime, almond oil and Macadamia grains.' Sounds amazing right?

And it is. It comes in a large tub that is sure to last quite long even with regular use. The cute packaging matches the other 'Sugar Crush' items in the range such as the Body Wash, Body Buttercream and the Body Spray, all of which would make a lovely gift set. 

Although it may not look like the most appealing product once opened, it does smell divine. If you like your citrusy scents then you're in luck. It is quite a strong smell that I personally love in the morning as it really wakes me up and leaves me feeling refreshed.

The scrub itself contains some great ingredients to create a texture perfect for exfoliating, even 2-3 times a week if you wish. Its not too harsh either, but you can feel it thoroughly exfoliating the body  which is really what you want in a body scrub. The oil ingredient thoroughly nourishes the skin afterwards, leaving my skin feel instantly soft. 

I would recommend this product for somebody of any age. It is a great quick and easy product to use that requires nothing else. It exfoliates, cleans and moisturises your skin all in one. You can buy it from Boots here for £8.00.

06 November 2015

Style inspirations of the Year | Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner

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There is nothing I love more than mooning over the dresses of celebrities. The two that have been on my radar for the past year are Taylor Swift, both of whom are known for their slender physiques and mile-long legs. I also love the people who they are, despite their celebrity status. Although I'm not exactly a fan of the Kardashians or anything they do, but if there is one person of that family that I can handle, it is Kendall. The more reserved member (although albeit, she's not exactly the shy young girl she once was), Kendall is both funny and beautiful. Not only can she pull of anything she wears, as the face of big name companies such as Estee Lauder and Balmain, her fashion sense has been taken to another level. Whether its rocking a simple white tee and ripped jeans or flaunting that beautiful body of hers in a figure-hugging dress, she always seems to be the centre of attention at any event she makes an appearance at.

The same could be said about Taylor Swift too, who always seem to pull off some stunning outfits at any event. Whether its walking out of her New York apartment or strutting her stuff down the red carpet, there is not other  word to describe her other than beautiful. Of course, there is so much more to her than her looks. She is always doing amazing things for her fans with massive gestures that include both thought and effort being put into. Her work for charity also seems to amaze me, and yet she never lets her personal troubles get in the way of work. There is so much more to say about why I think she is amazing, but this post is to just share with you the people whose style I have been in awe of recently!

So these are my favourites of the year so far, whose style have you guys been admiring recently? Feel free to share in the comments below!

You can also check out my previous style inspirations here.

04 November 2015

Soap & Glory Mini Haul | 3 New Products Added To My Collection

Soap & Glory Mini Haul Whipped Clean Shower Butter, Orangeasm Body Wash and the Sugar Crush Body Scrub.

With 3 for 2 offers that are usually on at Boots, Soap and Glory always seem to lure me in to buying their products! I absolutely adore there skincare stuff and is really different to anything else out there on the market. Here's what I bought:

Whipped Clean Shower Butter: This literally feels like your lathering whipped cream over your body! Its butter-like consistency and nutty yet sweet scent makes my skin feel so soft after my shower, allowing me to leave the shower smelling heavenly. 

Orangeasm Body Wash: If you love citrus-y smells, this would be perfect for you. It is a great morning body wash that lathers really nicely, and is sure to wake you up on those tired mornings with the strong orange-y scent. 

Sugar Crush Body Scrub: This has a prominent lime smell that is so refreshing! The sugar in the scrub is perfect for exfoliating without being too harsh on your skin, while the sweet lime and almond oil nourishes your skin.

So there you have it. S&G never fail to impress me, as you can probably tell by the frequent appearance they have on my blog! I can't wait to get my hands on some of the Christmas gift sets, they look amazing and such great value too. Have you tried any of their products recently? Any recommendation for those of us who wish to try even more of what they have to offer?

31 October 2015

October Favourites | 3 New Products

october favourites urban decay naked smoky eyeshadow palette, sleek true colour lipstick, sleek eyeliner

october favourites urban decay naked smoky eyeshadow palette

sleek true colour lipstick in the shade barely there

sleek true colour lipstick in the shade barely there

sleek eyeliner eau la la liner in shade cocoa

sleek eyeliner eau la la liner in shade cocoa

sleek eyeliner eau la la liner in shade cocoa

I can't believe October is over already! Where has the year gone, seriously? Since time has gone by so fast, I haven't had a chance to be 'loving' too many products so today I'm going to keep it simple and sweet by sharing with you just three beauty products. My favourites won't usually be this small, its just that I have been too busy to try too many new things, and I also had to put a few products that I have been using/ testing out aside for another post so I can share my thoughts of them with you in more depth. Anyway, thats enough of me blabbering, lets get to it.

As you have probably have seen from my 'What I got for my Birthday' post, I was lucky enough to receive the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette from my friends. Ever since I got it, I have been using it nearly everyday and its already become a staple item in my make-up routine. The packaging is a vast improvement from the first Naked palette, which would always end up getting dirty and was actually a little too flimsy in contrast to the great quality shadows it contained. The dark tones of the eyeshadows themselves are perfect for a smoky eye (as you probably guessed from the name of the palette!) but I also think the blues and purples makes for a great wash all over the lid for the winter months. This teamed up with simple face make-up and a dark lip is my go-to look for the season. I will be doing a more detailed review with swatches soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Another couple of favourites of mine are from Sleek. I've never tried a Sleek lipstick before this but now that this True Colour lipstick* in the shade Barely There is on my radar, I will be sure to head to the Sleek counter when in need of a lovely lipstick (lets me honest, it'll probably be next week). I just love the sleek and compact packaging which makes it perfect for your handbag for touch-ups throughout the day. The formulation is also just as lovely and is well-pigmented for an inexpensive lipstick. My lips are often dry and what I love about this is that it doesn't dry them out at all but instead it actually makes them look more nourished looking. I would describe the finish to be a satin one, as it has a little sheen but not too much that'll make it over-powering. Some days I just love to wear this only on the centre of my already lined lips, for that plump and frosted looking lip trend that is totally in right now. 

Another product of Sleek's I really enjoy using is their Eau La La Liner* in the shade Cocoa. Not only is this colour great for a more natural look but the formula allows it to stay put near enough all day. It is well-pigmented and really creamy on application. It also stays true to its claims of being smudge-proof, making it perfect the upper lash line but I because of the difficulty to blend it out, I personally find the colour to harsh for the lower lash line. For anyone looking for a new eyeliner pencil, I would recommend this one, especially because there are so many colours available for a budget price. 

So there you go, these 3 have been my go-to products as of late. I have been keeping my base make-up pretty minimal and have been really focusing on dramatizing my eye-look, something I have really been enjoying doing. Have you tried any of these products? If not, what look is it that you've been loving recently? Feel free to comment below. 

29 October 2015

Born Pretty Store | Super Vitamin Lip Balm

Born Pretty Store Super Vitamin Lip Balm tint gloss lipstick pink

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Born Pretty Store Super Vitamin Lip Balm tint gloss lipstick pink

If you saw my last post, you might have seen that I was sent a couple of products from BornPrettyStore.com. I was so grateful for this, but also intrigued to see what quality the products would be for such an inexpensive price. 

Alongside the Felt Tip Eyeliner, I also got a lovely Super Vitamin Lip Balm* in the shade 2. Again, it comes in a cute pink packaging that doesn't feel at all cheap and kind of reminds me of the Maybelline Baby Lips
The actual product is quite similar too, but I would describe this as a little more buttery. I love how it just glides on to the lips, thoroughly moisturizing them with making it feel sticky nor making my lips sting. 

The colour payoff is pretty good as it this shade in particular gives a lovely flush of colour to the lips. There is some shimmer in it too, which may not be to everybody's taste, but I think it gives a really pretty and youthful look on the days you can't be bothered for a full-on lip colour. 

The lasting power isn't the greatest but thats expected since it is more of a lip balm that a lipstick. However I really did enjoy using this product and I think it has done my lips some good!  I also love the deepish pink tone of it, great to add a little colour lazy days. 

The lovely Joy at BornPretty gave me a 10% off coupon code for all my readers, so I hope you enjoy seeing what bargains you can pick up! Simply use the code: ALIH10 at the checkout for the discount.

It takes around 2-3 weeks to arrive since they are shipped from abroad but the delivery is free which is a great bonus.

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26 October 2015

Born Pretty Store | Goodbye Miss Panda Eyeliner

Born Pretty Store cute Goodbye Miss Panda Eyeliner hong kong singapore

Born Pretty Store cute pink and black Goodbye Miss Panda Eyeliner hong kong singapore

Born Pretty Store cute Goodbye Miss Panda Eyeliner swatches hong kong singapore

For those of you who don't know, I love a good beauty bargain. So you can imagine my delight when I was contacted by Joy from BornPrettyStore.com to have a look through the website and see which products caught my eye. Whilst browsing, I saw there were such a huge range of choice and all for a very inexpensive price! Liquid eyeliners are often hit-and-miss, especially the budget drugstore ones but I thought it'd be nice to give the Goodbye Miss Panda Eye Liner* a try and see how I got on.

There were loads of black liners to choose from but I opted for this felt-tip one. I'm not going to lie, I was a little swayed by the packaging... look how cute the little Panda head is! The pink casing just adds to the cuteness of the product, but it doesn't feel cheap either. Instead, its really sleek and doesn't take up much space in your make-up bag at all, which is a great feature.

As I started using it, I was so pleased to see how thin the tip of the pen was. It is absolutely perfect for those with small of hooded eyelids (like me) as it allows you to get into the corners of your eye a lot easier than any other liner I've used without smudging. I cannot praise the thinness of the liner enough!

I have to admit, the colour isn't the blackest I've ever used, but thats not necessarily a bad thing. It applies nicely and has a pretty finished look that lasts relatively quite a long time which is what you want in an eyeliner.

Not only is is very inexpensive, the packaging is so pretty and the actual applicator is the best! The formula itself could be improved but honestly for the price I didn't expect anything more. I still really love using the eyeliner for an everyday look, its just so quick and easy to use.

The kind people at BornPretty gave me a 10% off coupon code for all my readers, so I hope you enjoy! Simply use the code: ALIH10 at the checkout for the discount.

It takes around 2-3 weeks to arrive since they are shipped from abroad, but at least the delivery is free which is great.

I also managed to get a lovely lip balm from the online website too which I will be doing a review of on Thursday so keep an eye out for that!

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