Friday, 4 September 2015

Life Lately #3 | October

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Trying Barburrito for the first time | Blog sale buys | Giant Cocktail | Drinks with the Bestie and the Mother | 
Blog Planning | Bourjois Prizes from a Twitter Comp i won | Blogger Mail | Arcade Visits |
Pen Pal Package | Me & Estelle | Hitting 800 Followers | Blog Photo Session |
Autumn FOTD | Supergirl & Catwoman | Catwoman, The Riddler & Batgirl | Harlequin & Catwoman

Firstly, my little corner of the internet hit 800 followers this month - how?! It baffles me that so many people follow my blog but im genuinely grateful for each and every follower, blogging is a massive part of my life and i dont think it'd be half as fun without the community and interaction that comes along with it. So thank you to everyone that follows my blog and to the people who frequently leave comments - i appreciate it so much.

Speaking of blogging; i'm feeling a little stuck at the moment - at least thats the only way i can describe it, i'm not lacking inspiration as i've had many sessions where ive planned out lots of post ideas and it's made me feel really excited and creative but its what comes after that i've found myself stuck at. I had planned a few posts for this weekend and some for this week too but instead of being my usual organised self i've just found myself not doing them. I feel like i need a change - i love doing beauty and it's the topic that my blog will always be based around but sometimes i feel like maybe i post about it too much? I don't know, any feedback would be helpful. Do you feel like i should mix it up more? Less product reviews, more make up looks, more lifestyle?

In other news, October has been quite a crazy month for me. At the start of the month i was running the shop i work in on my own as my manager was off sick and then went on holiday so i was in charge for about 3 weeks which was very scary,very exhausting and rather stressful. Thankfully, it was all worth it come to payday as all the overtime meant the total amount was very pleasing.

October also saw Halloween come and go - it also meant that the Halloween party my friends had been planning since March finally happen. The build up was a big stress as the theme was Marvel VS DC and personally i'm a complete novice when it comes to that, i only knew a select of the heroes and also if you have seen many of the female heroes their clothes are practically none existant, so for someone like me who doesn't exactly have figure of the year it was quite difficult to find something that i'd be comfortable in and still fit the bill.

I went through an insane amount of options but in the end settled on Catwoman but instead of a catsuit i wore a lacy dress and made sure i had all the accessories so it was a bit more obvious who i was. I was actually really happy with the end result because a lot of the items i'd done myself, for instance, i made my own whip, i made my own claws by filing spare false nails and then painting them black, i bought all the bits and pieces i need, cut up gloves etc... and i personally feel it all came together quite well. I did plan to do a big post on my costume and the party in general but i was in a bit of a rush after work to get ready that i didnt take any photos of all the little bits or of a full length of my costume (there is a few featured in the montage above and on my instagram too) Despite wanting to have a normal halloween party (i love doing all the gory make up) it turned out to be a really great night and everyone looked awesome.

So yeah, October has been quite a manic and in some respect strange but i now have a week off that i'm going to take full advantage of it - i'm going to chill out, hopefully get back into my blogging routine and spend times with my friends!

Hope you had a good October!

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Review | Essence The Lash Curler Volume and Curl Mascara

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I was most intrigued by the Essence The Lash Curler Volume and Curl Mascara* because it claims to curl your lashes without needing any help from an eyelash curler! The idea behind it is that as you apply the mascara you twist the lid (it rotates) and that curls the lashes as you apply it - too good to be true, right?

I'm rather disappointed in this mascara - i don't know if I'm using it wrong but definitely does not curl the lashes enough to completely abandon the eyelash curler. For me when i apply it, it doesn't twist the way it's supposed to so it's just like using any other mascara. In terms of what it's like as a mascara - I'm not that crazy about it, the brush has a slight squared edge to it which to me its rather strange, it also adds very little length to the lashes. I'll give it credit where it's due it does add volume to the lashes and separates them quite well too - i did half expect it to be clumpy and give me spidery lashes.

I really would like to know if I'm using it wrong and what other people think of this mascara because I'm convinced i must be using it wrong. At least i hope i am because i had rather high hopes for this mascara and well, it's left me feeling disappointed.

Have you tried it?

Natalie xx
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*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Review | Avon Ultra Colour Lip Tint Pen in Raspberry

Review | Avon Ultra Colour Lip Tint Pen in Raspberry

As Autumn is slowly approaching I've been on the hunt for a new Autumnal lip product; normally i wear very light nude lip shades for day to day life but I've decided this year I'm going to go bold - i love deep reds, plum and berry toned lips for the wintery seasons and I'm determined to wear them more than just for nights out.

As i was browsing the Avon catalogue i was really drawn to a lip colour that one of the models was wearing which was the Avon Ultra Colour Lip Tint Pen in Raspberry (£8.50 - available here) so i decided to give it a try.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Back to School | Make Up Product Recommendations

Back to School | Make Up Product Recommendations

As the back to school season approaches i thought I'd share with you what make up products I'd recommend; these could also be recommendations for anyone just starting out in make up. Make up was always banned in my school and anyone caught wearing it had to remove it. Somehow, my make up always seem to go unnoticed and i think it was because i went for a very natural and simple make up look! So i thought I'd recommend some make up products (all high street) that will help to achieve that look.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Monthly Favourites | August

Monthly Favourites | August

It's monthly favourites time again. Christmas is slowly starting to appear throughout the retail world which is really freaking me out as it doesn't seem like 5 mins since i was last flapping around buying presents for everyone. Anyways, i don't have all that many favourites this month as I've really been sticking to a routine and using the same products. So if you want to know what I've been loving this month, keep reading!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Review | Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

Review | Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

Review | Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

I wanted to delve into the world of hair extensions for the longest time; I've tried really cheap options but never really know enough about them to really invest in a set. So when i was contacted by a really lovely lady from Irresistible Me, i was absolutely over the moon to be given the opportunity to try a set.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Learning to Sew #2 | Cushion Covers, Make Up Bag & Refashioning

Learning to Sew #2 | Cushion Covers, Make Up Bag & Refashioning

If you read my last Learning to Sew post (here) you'll know that I've been setting myself a project a month to help me with learning to sew. Last month was a write off as i was away on holiday and i didn't get chance to pick up some supplies - this month however, i set myself the challenge of making myself some cushion covers ready for the autumn time. I also managed to make and alter a few other things too.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Review | Estee Lauder Deluxe All Over Face Compact

Review | Estee Lauder Deluxe All Over Face Compact

I almost didn't buy this product; i got the Estee Lauder Deluxe All Over Face Compact from the car boot sale (see here) a few weeks ago for £4 and at first i walked away, the woman selling it was a bit rude and i didn't want to give her the satisfaction of buying something. However, i just couldn't stop thinking about it so i caved and picked it up - and I'm so glad i did.

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