Friday, 18 April 2014

The Beauty Blogger Tag ♥





* Miner's Summer Collection 

Happy Good Friday - I am so jealous of everyone who gets to have this long weekend off, my only full day off will be Sunday this week, but at least I get to eat chocolate.
I was recently tagged by Laura from Laura's All Made Up Beauty, Nails, Fashion Blog to participate in the "The Beauty Blogger Tag" her blog is one of my favourites because she takes really lovely pictures and her writing style makes me really love reading her blog, so thank you for the tag Laura,

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?
I started this little place on the web because I wanted somewhere to share the things I loved such as make up products and clothing that I was lusting over that moment in time, I had no idea how big the blogging world actually was.
I started my blog in February 2011 so it's been over three years now and my blog has grown in ways I would never have imagined, and I love writing here.

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
I feel a little behind when I say this because I didn't really discover many blogs when I started blogging, I never realized how big of a community it was until I got out there and discovered new blogs, Rachel Crawfords blog "Life Of A Sweetaholic" was one of the first I loved reading and its quite ironic really because now that girl is my best friend, I was definitely inspired by many blogs when I first started and I'm still inspired now, I only discovered Zoella's blog about two years ago and I love hers.

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product that you bought? Was it worth the hype?
It was most likely the Models Own nail polishes, I knew nothing about them before I started this blog and they were a product I really wanted to buy, I'm still a big nail polish fan now, I think they were worth the hype because they have some gorgeous colours in the range, they have continued to amaze me with their new ideas and collections they release.

What are your five favourite things about blogging and being a Beauty Blogger?
1. Blogging about my favourite brands, I love nothing more than raving about the product I love most at the minute, I love hearing what people's thoughts are and what they too think of the product I have blogged about too.
2. Trying new products - always a reason to go shopping and buy something when its on offer- when I see a product I love on another blog I am always so tempted to go out and buy it too, especially if it's a favourite brand of mine.
3. Being the first to learn about new releases, before the blogging world I used to find out about new product releases in magazines, but now I always find out via my favourite beauty blogs.
4. Getting the opportunity to test out products for review, this is a bonus with blogging and I never in a million years thought I'd have been sent anything to review when I started blogging, but I have had the opportunity to do this and it's always exciting when I get to trail so a brand I have never tried before.
5. Testing out new looks I would never have tried before - before I started blogging I was scared to try lipstick because I never thought I could pull it off, let alone the colour red - fast forward three years, I am now a proud owner of about roughly 30 lipsticks in an array of pinks, reds and oranges.

What have you learnt from being a Beauty Blogger?
How to choose the right products for you skin, I used to think many foundations did the same thing, I never knew there were specific types of foundation for different types of skin, I never knew primer existed and I definitely changed the way I applied my make up, I don't wear as much and I have learned new ways in which to apply my make up - I couldn't even shape my eyebrows properly two years ago.

Have you changed anything since becoming a Beauty Blogger?
Yes a lot has changed when it comes to applying make up, I use the right make up for my skin type, I use a moisturizer day and night, and I definitely wear less eyeliner and eye make up now, I also either wear lipsticks or lip balms on a daily basis now and I'm more confident in trying out something new.

What advice would you give to a Beauty Blogger just starting out?
 1. Be honest -  when your writing about a product honesty is the best policy, I want to read what others think about a product whether it is worth the hype or not.
2. Use big clear photos, not only do they make reading a post more visually interesting, I'm more likely to read a post that has clear photos so I can actually see what the product looks like in real life, think of ways you can make your photos look more interesting, add props, let your personality shine through your pictures.
3. Blog about the products you love not the ones you feel like you need to because everyone else is, I always love reading about a brand new brand I haven't discovered before instead of about 20 reviews on the same lipstick that's just come out.
4. This one also relates to the above - keep your posts unique - you want a reason for bloggers to visit your blog, think of ways you can incorporate your favourite products in monthly or weekly posts, review your top five, there are so many ways you can write a post.
5. Most importantly - write about what YOU want to write about, it's your blog, your place and you can write about whatever the hell you want.

What are your top 5 makeup brands
1. Rimmel
2. Bourjois
3. Clinque
4. Miners
5. 17

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Burts Bees New Lip Range: Tinted Lip Colour & Lips Shines ♥








* Hint Of Sheer Colour - £5.99 

This is my second post in this installment - you can see the first part of this post here - link - I have been loving these Hint Of Sheer Colour tinted balms by Burts Bee's new range.
My favorite has been pink blossom and its been a fab everyday essential for adding sheer lip colour to my every day made up look.
These lip balms are available in nine wearable shades for everyday wear, they are subtle when applied, leaving you with a enhanced natural lip colour, enriched with vitamin E and shea butter they glide on your lips for a gorgeous pout whilst leaving your lips moisturized.
The packaging in the tube is very quirky and they are the perfect size to pop in your pocket or clutch bag,
I have been a huge fan of tinted lip colour lip balms recently, they have been replacing my favourite lipsticks, 
but these by Burts Bee's might happen to be my favorite of them all at the moment.


*100% Natural Lips Shines - £6.99

This product is Burts Bee's Natural Lip Shine these glosses are 100% natural, giving you sheer glossy lips whilst also hydrating on the go, I find I don't tend to wear a lot of lip glosses because I find some formulas far to sticky for my liking but these are nothing like that, they feel quite nourishing and my lips definitely felt a lot softer after wearing this all day, they also taste yummy.
The key ingredients in these glosses are Apricot Kernel Wax Blend, Sunflower Polyglycerides, Bees Wax, Shea & Cocoa Butter and they smell of a lovely apricot fragrance which makes these very appealing.
The packaging is a squeezable tube with a slanted tip applicator for easy application, the colour I pictured here is a lovely pale pink colour which is perfect for those who like a natural every day made up look.
They are available in six other pretty shades for this spring/summer.

You can buy these products online at Burts Bee's -Link-

What are your thoughts on this lip range?
Do you want to try them?

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My Spring Giveaway Ends Today - Get Your Last Minute Entries In ♥ Open Worldwide ♥


Spring Giveaway - Win An Item Of Clothing From Rosewholesale ♥


The kind people over at Rosewholesale have asked me if I would like to hold a giveaway for one reader to win an item of clothing valued up to $15 from their online website.

You gotta be in it to win it!!




Monday, 14 April 2014

5 THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE LAST WEEK #5 ♥



1. Living near such a gorgeous place - Fletcher Moss is a lovely park in Didsbury where they have these stunning botanical gardens with walkways, its like a secret garden, me and my husband went up because the weather was sunny and we had a romantic walk around and I picked this opportunity to feature some lovely wedges I got from Shoe zone and some floral skinny jeans from H&M in a few outfit posts so keep a look out for this post coming this Sunday in an OOTD post.

2. Visiting the set of Coronation Street last Monday - if you missed the post you can read it here - I absolutely love corrie so you can say it was pretty high on my list to visit the set and get a photo outside the Rovers Return Inn.

3. Winning two competitions - I recently got back into the swing or comping this week and won two competitions, I won an eyebrow kit including stencils and pencils and powder on Twitter from Monu Shop and I won a item of clothing from Karma Clothing over on Facebook, its a surprise so I'm not sure what I'm going to receive in the post which is exciting.

4. Visiting my grandad, I went up on the Saturday at the weekend to visit him before he goes away at Easter, he gave me an Easter egg and some thorntons goodies, I may be 25 but I still get spoilt with chocolate every Easter, it was also nice to have a catch up with him too because he had got back from Goa a few weeks ago so it was exciting hearing about what he got up to when he went to visit his stepson's who are travelling in Sri Lanka at the moment.

5. Seeing a few of my girls on the Friday, its always nice to have a catch up when I haven't seen them for a month or so, I also treated myself to a new Ted Baker bag too so that was also a reason to smile - ts not often I get to treat myself.



Sunday, 13 April 2014

What I Wore - Blue Gingham ♥



| Blue Gingham Blouse - £10.00 - Primark | Blue Skinny Jeans - £15.00 - Primark | *Nude Pumps - £9.99 - tReds - Link | Mint Ted Baker Bag - £35.00 - Ted Baker - Link |

Hey lovelies I can't believe its Sunday already, this weekend has passed again in a blur.
Today's outfit of the day post is what I wore yesterday, I picked up this cute gingham top in my local Primark on Friday as soon as I saw it I had to have it, gingham isn't a print I really thought I'd ever like, it kind of takes me back to the school days when I used to wear a blue gingham summer dress, buuuut I saw this top and just loved the style of it with the peter pan collar, it was only £10.00 - I'm not sure if that is to expensive for a top like this from Primark - I'm sure their prices keep creeping up but its definitely a lot cheaper than what you would pay in some shops - I'd absolutely love it if they made it in a pink colour too, they did have it in black though but I didn't really like that colour, it fastens with a little button at the back.
I received these cute little pumps this week from tReds - they are an online shop who stock well known brands of clothing and shoes and their own brand also" tReds" they have some lovely shoes in their range and it was hard to settle on one pair, I ended up choosing these cute "Jacey Nude Pumps" now the weather is getting is little warmer I can tuck my boots away to the back of the cupboard and start wearing flats again.
Because they are a nude colour they will go with quite a lot of every day outfits, they also have lovely gem beading attached on the front which makes them quite unique, I haven't really seen a pair of shoes that look like these before and they are so comfy - I wore them for half a day.
I decided to keep this outfit quite pastel, I seem to be loving mints, lilacs, baby blues and pinks at the moment, 
I treated myself to this Ted Baker bag on the Friday too, I love Ted Bakers little shopper bags and they are the perfect size to fit all my little bits and pieces in too, I already have one I got for Christmas but I really wanted a mint one coloured one too so I thought why the hell not.
Lastly I wore these jeans I got in February from Primark, there quite a lovely blue shade so they are perfect to wear with some of my lighter coloured tops, I do love my skinny jeans and these are normally my go to for every day wear with cami's and blouses in the Spring.

Do you like this outfit?
How would you style it?


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Batiste Smoothing Dry Conditioning Mist & Batiste Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo ♥



| *Batiste Smoothing Conditioner Mist - Link - £3.99 | *Batiste Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo - Link - £3.99|

I was quite excited to try the new range from Batiste when they popped though my letter box, 
I was especially intrigued by the new Smoothing Conditioning Mist because I haven't used anything like it before.
When I used this conditioning mist, I thought it was really light and the spray was invisible, I was quite surprised when I sprayed it onto my ends a day after shampooing my hair, I was expecting it to come out white, but the spray was clear.

Batiste say their smoothing conditioning mist is infused with Argon Oil which helps your hair feel a bit more softer, especially if like me you have long hair which sometimes frizzes when you go outside and get caught up in the rain leaving you with dry ends, I love my hair when it's just been freshly washed so I'm glad they have bought this product out for the days when I do actually want to skip a day of shampooing my hair and I don't have to worry about getting dry ends that sometime come with it - it smells lovely too - A quick spray in your mid lengths when dry shampooing your root's helps nourish and smooth your ends.

Batiste have also bought out a new Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo - This is for those who style their hair often with heat or if they have week and brittle hair, this dry shampoo is enriched with L'Argentine, which is an Amino Acid that stimulates your hair follicles giving you stronger healthier looking hair.

I couldn't really tell a major difference with this dry shampoo because my hair isn't really that weak, I try and straighten it every other day, but this is one for you to try if you want stronger hair.
It did do the job of giving me nice shiny hair in between washes.

Both are available to buy at Boots at the moment.

Have you tried this NEW RANGE YET??


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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

What It Was Like On The Set Of Coronation Street - Corrie Tour ♥



Those of you from the UK and maybe some of you from all over the world who read my blog will know of the soap Coronation Street - I have been a watcher since I was quite young and its still my favourite soap on a Mon, Wed and Friday night, it literally is the reason why my Monday nights are made better when there is double episodes of corrie on - sad I know!!

When me and my husband found out they were selling tickets for the Coronation Street Tour we bought tickets straight away.
The tour started this Saturday so I was really excited that we got to go in the first week before lots of other people.

Being a true Manchester girl this soap holds a very special place in my heart and I'm quite proud to live near the city where this was filmed - they have since built the new set in Media City in Salford which I also live right next to leaving the old set in Manchester open to the public for the Summer.

I've also bumped into a of the few stars round Manchester - I once walked into Helen Flannigan (Rosie Webster) who was in a rush and I saw Tyrone a few weeks ago, I've seen (Samia) Maria and (Andrew) Kirk at different times in the Trafford Center, (Tina) Michelle Keegan lives round the corner from me, either her or her parents do anyway, her and Mark Wright were spotted a few months back in our little town of Urmston having a meal and Mark was seen last week in the Chillfactor near the Trafford Center.

Anyway back to the tour, it lasted about and hour and a half, there was 30 of us in total, we had a lovely guy who took us all round the sets where we got to peek inside a few dressing rooms of some of the characters, we even got to sit in the main room where some of the characters would sit before they were due on set to learn their lines or just have a catch up - in here the tour guide told us all about the history of Coronation Street which was actually really interesting.

We then went into a room where we watched a 5 minute video of some the best scenes from Coronation Street over the years, before seeing where the characters had their hair and make up done and where the characters clothes from their wardrobes were stored - including Carla's wedding dress which was even more gorgeous in real life and Roy's legendary cardigans.

After there we got to see the interior room sets they used on the show, including Carla's flat, Gail's living room and kitchen and Tyrone and Fizzes living room and kitchen which was also Vera and Jack's too, I just couldn't believe how small the sets are and the tour guide let us in on some of the secrets they use when filming which you wouldn't even think about when you actually watch Corrie on tele.

We also got to see Carla's factory "Underworld" and the barge set where Ken Barlow had an affair with Martha in 2009, there were also iconic pieces on show used in the scenes over the years and recently including Hayley Croppers coffin to Dierdre's famous glasses - there was also some rubble from the Tram Crash.

After we had had a tour of the sets we all got to go into the Rovers Return pub where we all got to sit down in the booths, again I was so surprised how big the pub set actually is in real life again, this was the part of the tour I was most excited about - that and also the chance to actually walk down the street of Weatherfeild.


We got to get our photo behind the bar, pretending to pull pints - you have to pay £7.50 for this photo or you could buy 2 for £10.00, you weren't allowed to take your own photos - all photos were banned on the actual sets too which I thought was a bit rubbish bit I suppose it leaves a surprise for everyone else who hasn't been though.

After our tour of the Rovers Return we were led out through the Bistro doors onto the cobbles of Weatherfeild, this was where we were allowed to roam free and take as many photos as we wanted, there was no time limit for this and you can leave when you wanted to.
Here are a few highlights from the tour - I didn't want to include them all because that will just spoil the surprise for people reading who would like to go.


I'd definitely recommend this tour if your up Manchester way, this Summer is the only opportunity to see it.
Tickets were £15.00 from ticket master here - link - and they do evening tours, ours was at 7.20pm.

Have you been on the tour yet or been wanting to go?


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