Entries from June 25th, 2012

Accessorize Giveaway.

posted on: 30 June, 2012

It’s been a while since I had a giveaway so I thought I’d pop them up, especially as Lily has come across an easy way of doing it!

I was given these Accessorize goodies at an event, and as much as I wanted them, I have decided to give them away to my lovely readers as a thank you for following and reading my blog! I can’t tell you how grateful I am, so thank you.

There is to be one winner, and you will win the above – two new perfumes, an eyeshadow palette, a mascara and a baked eyeshadow.

As always, terms and conditions apply:

- The giveaway closes at midnight on 10th July 2012
- You MUST follow my blog in some way, either via GFC (on the right in the sidebar) or on bloglovin’ or subscribe to my YouTube channel
- You can gain extra entries (option within the below form)
- There will be ONE winner only.
- The winner will be chosen through the Rafflecopter form (below), only entries via this form will be accepted – you cannot enter via the comments.
- If the winner doesn’t contact me within 7 days, I will select another winner.
- This is an international giveaway and is open to anyone.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Video: MAC Blush Collection.

posted on: 29 June, 2012

Another MAC Collection video, this time my blusher collection. I’ve been meaning to film this for some time, so here it finally is!
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Thank you. xo.

Instaupdates #8 – Edinburgh & Glasgow.

posted on: 26 June, 2012


OOTD; Dinner in Glasgow; Jordan & I; Cocktails at Miros Edinburgh; Mexican dinner; OOTN; Jordans outfit; Olympic Rings in Edinburgh; Smoochies; Hotel mirror shot; cracking open the bubbly; Jordan & I; Fleetwood Mac; Jordan; breakfast in Edinburgh; silly faces; birthday cupcakes; my face; Jordan & Barney; Birthday meal; hitting the wine; birthday lunch; Jordan in his new shirt; champagne birthday breakfast; homemade chili & chorizo nachos; matching socks; Jordan & Marley; tapas.
Last Wednesday I travelled up to Glasgow to see my boyfriend for a little break and his birthday. We went to Edinburgh on Friday for the night and went out for dinner at a little Mexican on Rose Street called Miros Cantina which was amazing! We had frozen margaritas and a little Mexican feast – it was seriously delicious, everyone should check this place out! We were able to sit outside which was so nice, just the right temperature and very peaceful. 
After dinner we had a little wander around Edinburgh, I got my photo taken with the Olympic rings on the hill! I love Edinburgh, it’s such a pretty place. 
We spent the next day in Edinburgh, having a shop. I bought Jordan some birthday cupcakes from Bibis on Hanover St – the flavours there are chocolate caramel, blueberry, banoffee, Oreo, chocolate cheesecake and red velvet. They were actually amazing! A nice change from a typical birthday cake (although there was one of them too!).
For Jordans birthday on Sunday we got up and had champagne, bacon butties and chocolate fondue (with strawberries and marshmallows) for breakfast – Jordan turned 25 so we had an excuse to celebrate! We then had more cake and champagne for lunch and I took him out for a boozy lunch in the West End which was incredible! The food and wine was so so good. 
I planned a little surprise for Jordans birthday with all his friends at night which was awesome fun. Going out in Glasgow is great fun, we went to Driftwood and Bamboo on this particular occasion as it was a Sunday but the music was good and everyone we love was out with us.
Yesterday was spent being hungover, we went to Cafe Andaluz near George Square for tapas which were incredible! One of the best tapas restaurants I have been to – there’s one in Edinburgh too.
That night we made homemade nachos with chili and fried chorizo, one of the best dishes I’ve made! We completely devoured it. 
I’m really pleased that we tried a few new restaurants this time rather than frequenting the usual haunts. I had an amazing time and it was great to have a break with my boyfriend and spoil him on his birthday.

NOTE: I’m gh0stparties on Instagram.

Review: Real Techniques Brushes #2.

posted on: 25 June, 2012

I’ve blogged about the Real Techniques brushes before, but I recently got the three new brushes and wanted to share my thoughts. I think I have every brush from the collection now, including two Stippling brushes, who kind of sums up my thoughts about Real Techniques. I adore everything about them, the colours, the handles, the brushes themselves… (oh and I love Sam Chapman and Pixiwoo!).

I don’t really wear eyeliner, apart from a small amount under my eyes (usually MAC Groundwork Paint Pot) and the Fine Liner brush has been perfect for this. It’s allows such precise application of eyeliner, I used it with a gel liner today and I was so pleased at the results. It also means I can get in between my eyelashes to give my eyes a bit of definition. If you’re hunting down an eyeliner brush, then this is for you.

I was really looking forward to trying the Setting brush as I wear highlighter daily and I find my blush brush is slightly too big for this. The Setting brush means cream or powder highlighters can be applied so easily, and this is usually what I use this brush for. The best thing about the Real Techniques brushes is that they are SO versatile, one minute I’ll be using the Pointed Foundation Brush (in the Core Collection) for concealer and then I’ll find it works great for powder under the eyes. I’ve also heard MUA Wayne Goss uses the Kabuki brush for foundation, who knew!

The Expert Face Brush was the brush I was most looking forward to trying, as many have said that it rivals the Buffing Brush (Core Collection) for foundation. I actually have been using the Expert Foundation brush for powder, it’s especially good for getting in to areas around the nose and giving a flawless finish. I do love this for foundation too, it provides such a quick and flawless way to apply foundation. I’m looking forward to using this with cream blusher too.

I hope Sam Chapman brings out more Real Techniques brushes soon as they are my favourites. They are so affordable and incredible quality. They’re easy to clean and still feel silky soft after washing.

What are your favourite Real Techniques brushes?