#31 Bucket List

Hello everyone, 
Can you believe that this post marks the end of the challenge i set myself; to blog everyday for the entire month of July. I can't believe how fast it has gone, in fact i can't believe just how far into the year we are, Christmas will be back round before we know it.

For today's post i thought I'd do something different, something that's a little bit more personal and more of an insight into me. At the beginning of this year i wrote a bucket list, on there are things that i want to achieve in life or just general things id like to do and experience. I'm forever adding things to the list, somethings that may even seem impossible or highly unlikely but why not aim high? If you'd like to read what is on my bucket list I'll like that here

This purpose of this post is not to just tell you that i have a bucket list but in fact to share with you some of those dreams i wish to achieve!

**All images taken from tumblr


1. Go to Italy
I'd love to go to many places in Italy but more than anything i really really want to go to Rome. I don't know why but for as long as i can remember i have yearned to visit Rome and absorb all its culture. I want to 'make a wish in the Trevi Fountain' and eat real Italian pizza, see the Colosseum, walk up the Spanish Steps and explore the Pantheon amongst many other things.


2. Witness a Wedding Proposal
By saying this, i don't mean me. I mean other people, friends even strangers. It sounds really cheesy but I'm a romantic at heart and its just something id love to witness. Just to see the look on both faces and the celebration of someone saying yes (of course, it could be no) It such a big moment in peoples lives and id love to be able to say i witnessed it.


3. Save a Life
I don't know exactly how to describe what i mean by this one. I don't exactly mean saving a life has to just be a case of running into a burning building and pulling someone out - although that would most definitely count, i mean it metaphorically as well. You know doing something that helps someone, that saves them. (I hope that makes sense, because i really don't know how to explain it)


4. Be Part of a Flash Mob
I'd also be happy just to witness a flash mob, i think they're incredible - the organising that must go into it is incredible and id just love to see it happen or to be involved in one. 


5. Research My Family Tree
Ignore the Potter related image, it was the best family tree i could find on tumblr. This kind of thing fascinates me and i would love to know more about my family history, where i came from and my family roots.


6. Throw a Dart at a Map and Travel to Wherever it Lands.
I like the spontaneity of this, the lack of control you have of where it lands is thrilling. Although, this is one the goals that may not happen because id probably chicken out if it suggested somewhere i wouldn't want to go.

& that is it, of course there are many others on my list some of which are included in my '101 things in 1,001 days'!
What dreams/goals/aims do you have? Have you got a bucket list?
Natalie xx

#30 I've Been Featured/ The Help

Hello everyone,
how are we going? Good, i hope? I recieved an email off Bloggers.com this morning telling me that my blog had been featured on the Editor's Picks of the Day!


I was really surprised to find this out, but really over the moon and to be honest i'm feeling rather proud of myself. I love my blog; it is my pride and joy so to be recognised for it, it makes it feel even more worthwhile.

This post is a bit mismatched to be honest, i was going to do a What's In My Bag, but ive just ordered a new bag so im going to wait til ive got that til i do it, so i hope you don't mind my postponing :)

Also, ive just recieved a tweet from ktcoupon saying that they awarded me a sensible blogger award - so thank you to ktcoupon :)
KT Sensible Blogger Award


AND...
the main thing i wanted to talk about on this post was is a book i finished just a few hours ago.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett


The Help is set in the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi, and told primarily from the first-person perspectives of three women: Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. Aibileen and Minny are African-American maids who clean houses and cares for the young children of various white families. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is the daughter of a prominent white family whose cotton farm employs many African-Americans in the fields, as well as in the household. Skeeter has just finished college and comes home with dreams of becoming a writer. Skeeter decides (with the assistance of a publisher) that she wants to reveal the truth about being a colored maid in Mississippi. Skeeter struggles to communicate with the maids and gain their trust. The dangers of undertaking writing a book about African-Americans speaking out in the South during the early '60s hover constantly over the three women. Racial issues of overcoming long-standing barriers in customs and laws are experienced by all of the characters. The lives and morals of Southern socialites are also explored.

I really really enjoyed reading The Help, i can't emphasise just how much of an incredible story it is, it's engaging and really well written. Some of the horrible things you read make me cringe to think thats how things were back in the 60s, that people could be treated in such a disgusting manner purely because of their skin colour.

One thing i really liked about this book is that even though it is tackling such a serious and sensitive issue it's really easy to read, i was a bit put off starting it because i expected it to be really intense but its the complete opposite. Ive seen the film interpretation of this, i actually watched it before i read the book and its an amazing film to watch too.

Have you read The Help or seen the film?
Natalie xx

#29 Car Boot Sale Haul #3


Hello everyone,
I went to my local car boot sale this morning and thought id show you what id bought. I did originally plan to do something else for todays post but im going to save that for tomorrow instead. I didn't buy an awful lot, it was literally these 3 things, it was so busy today that it was difficult to get a look in. Despite it being one of those kind of places where its every man for himself, first come first served etc... I'm not one to push and shove people out of the way, i just can't do it so i always end up getting really frustrated at the people who are willing to do that and who don't think twice about shoving me out of the way. So rude. Anyways before i start ranting and raving, im going to show you what i bought.

 

Benefit Creaseless Cream/Shadow Liner in Flatter Me
I paid 50p for this - i already own a couple of these and i love them, they are just perfect for those days you just want an effortless sweep of colour over the lid. This is a lovely light taupe brown type colour, it reminds me of Mac's Satin Taupe but a little lighter and obviously in a cream formulation.


Conair French Twist The Perfect Updo Clip
I don't know how well this is going to work especially since ive had my haircut (still havent taken the photos to show, im such a bad blogger) but for 50p it's worth trying! This is such an effortless look and it'd be ideal for days when i cant be bothered doing much to my hair but still want it to look half decent.


N07 Mini Beautifier Kit
My sister actually found this first but very kindly offered it to me, and im so glad she did. It only cost me £1 and as you can see it's brand new and hasnt even been swatched. Im really excited to try this out, the eyeshadow shades are just perfect for me.

What bargains have you picked up lately?
Natalie xx

#27 If All My Make-Up Disappeared...


Hello everyone,
I came across this post idea on thebeautyoflouise's blog and thought it was a really interesting idea! So, imagine this you wake up one morning and ALL of your make-up has disappeared - what would be the first 10 items you'd repurchase?

Now first off, if this actually happened to me i would not be very happy, but i was interested to see which 10 items i'd chose and they are:


Urban Decay Ammo Palette
The main reason id repurchase this is for the eyeshadow 'Sin', of course there are other lovely shades in this palette but 'Sin' is my absolute favourite eyeshadow so this is definately a must.

Benefit Bella Bamba
My favourite blush. I love a lot of different blushes but this is always the one i come back too, and one that i just couldnt do without.

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer
Im still searching for that holy grail concealer but out of all the ones ive tried so far this is one of the best. I love that it has a little setting powder to encourage and increase it's staying power.


Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner
Im a big fan of liner, in particular the felt tip ones. This is one of the best ones i have ever tried and trust me ive tried quite a few. I bought this eyeliner months ago and usually they fade and dry up fairly quickly but this is still going strong.

Maybelline New York Colossal Volum' Express Mascara
This is an amazing mascara. It really lengthens and volumises my lashes. The only downside is that if you're not careful it can look clumpy.

GOSH Defining Brow Gel 
I use this everyday its perfect for setting your brows after you've filled them in or even on those days you just wanna neaten them up a little bit.

Barry M Lipgloss in Toffee 
I've never been a big lipgloss girl and i really don't know what it was that possessed me to buy this but i love it. It is the best lipgloss i have ever used. I hate sticky feeling lipglosses they really wind me up but this feels so nice on and it smells really good too!


H&M Bronzing Powder
Ive mentioned this before that bronzer scares me but i love using this. Its not overly pigmented so it just leaves a nice bronzed look as opposed to the dirty look some bronzer can leave. 

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation
This is the best drugstore foundation i have used. It offers me enough coverage and really does wake up my skin!

Mac Lipstick in Snob
This is the very first Mac Lipstick i ever bought and it still remains one of my favourites. I love this, and i think the colour suit my complexion well too! 

& that is my 10 products!
I really enjoyed doing this post and i hope you enjoyed reading it too!
What would be the first make-up products you would buy if all your make-up disappeared?
Natalie xx


#26 Review | Beauty UK Matte Top Coat


Hello,
This review is long overdue, i featured it in one of my fortnightly favourites and its still something that after about a month of owning im still reaching for. I assumed that after a couple of goes the novelty would have worn off, just like it did with the Crackle Effect Polishes (Crackle, who?) but i can honestly say this is the best £2.99 i have ever spent. 

Before:


I wish id chosen a different nail polish to use to show you this but i took the photos for this post just after i applied NYC Prince Street because i decided i wanted to apply the matte top coat, and i figured if i didnt do it now id probably delay this post a little longer and i really wanted to get it up and share with you this bloody brilliant effect!

After:


This photo probably doesn't do it justice, but it doesnt clearly show you that it works. I love the effect and i would recommend this to all nail fanatics. This is only £2.99 from Superdrug, if you want an even cheaper alternative i believe ELF have a Matte Top Coat too. I can't emphasize just how much i love this. I'll be honest, i wouldnt rate it as an actual top coat because it doesn't really help with chipping but i change my nail colour often anyways so i can live with that.

Im so glad i decided to buy this, id been after a Matte Top Coat for ages because i think the effect is really nice, and this one really did not dissapoint!

Have you tried a Matte Top Coat?
Natalie xx

#25 Tv Shows

Hello everyone, 
I watch waaaaaay too many tv shows so i thought for todays post i would share with you some of my favourites. Ive narrowed it down to 10; some of which have completely ended others are still airing, so have finished and im still mid watching. Although i've choosen 10 for this post there are still a lot that i've not included which i love too, but i've purposely tried to show a wide range of tv shows that i watch. Of course, not all these shows will be to your own personal tastes but these are my own opinions.

This is in no particular order and of course these are not my photos, so credit goes to the rightful owners:


Hart of Dixie
I enjoyed the first season of this way more than i thought i would - i literally could not get enough to the point i had major withdrawals when i realised it had ended and i still wish i had more episodes to watch. Roll on season 2 ;)


One Tree Hill
What a show?! I can't believe it's ended after 9 years, i grew up with this show and with the characters so to now have it anymore is gutting. Like most i prefer the earlier seasons when they were younger but the older ones still didnt disappoint. Such a brilliant series.


Supernatural
Now i'm not quite up to date with Supernatural, i'm still in the middle of watching season 6 but ive really enjoyed this show. I managed to watch the first couple of seasons within weeks. It's a brillaint show and i love shows of this genre so im glad i finally got round to watching them, and also Jenson Ackles is a babe!


Sex & the City
This series being on my list is probably no surprise, this is another show i was late jumping on the bandwagon for. My friend lent me it on dvd and i got through them all so quickly. My sister kindly bought me the boxsets one christmas and i have watched them multiple times since. It is a bit on the raunchy side, but its such a funny and enjoyable show.


Pretty Little Liars
This show keeps me on the edge of my seat everytime, it constantly keeps me questioning! I genuinely don't think this show gets half as much recognition or promotion as it deserves because alot of people i know have no idea about it, and its so frustrating because i want to talk about it with people. I just love it, Ezra Fitz also needs to be in my life <3


 Gossip Girl
This is another show which will probably be no surprise, but what can i say i was woo'ed by Chuck Bass! The lastest season of this this (i think it was 5) was actually a bit disappointing, but the ones before that have been brilliant, really gripping storylines.

Game of Thrones
I've only watched the first season of this, and oh my god it was fantastic. I watched it within 3 days, and i just could not get enough! I can not wait to start season two - an incredible show!


The Tudors
I was recommended this tv show by a friend and it was so much better than i thought it was going to be. Now im no history nerd/boffin etc... but this tv show is brilliant, i enjoyed learning about the tudors whilst i was school so to see it put together in a tv drama it was really fascinating to watch.


F.R.I.E.N.D.S
If you have never seen an episode of Friends or need me to explain what it's like then you and i can not be associated - i kid, but seriously are you living under a rock?! This is one of the only tv shows that i have seen a million and one times over and it still never fails to make me laugh. This is one of thee best shows ever.

Like i said there is a million and one other shows that i love to watch: such as; Teen Wolf, Gilmore Girls, The Secret Circle, Charmed, The OC, 90210, CSI, Law & Order: SUV & many many more haha - like i said i really need to get out more!

What are you favourite tv shows? Are there any you'd recommend?
Natalie xx

#24 Review | Vivienne Westwood's Naughty Alice


Hello everyone, 
I've made no secret that Vivienne Westwood's Naughty Alice is one of my favourite perfumes, everything from the scent to the bottle design to the bracelet that comes attached to the bottle (i've lost mine - booo) makes me love it.

"Sexy, musky yet comforting, Naughty Alice enriches a women’s senses. Everything is possible and you can unleash the adventurous curiousity from within"  (Description off boots website)

I literally can not emphasise how much i love this perfume, compared to Cheeky Alice it definately has a more sweeter scent, i think? Im sorry i'm not so good at describing scents, the best thing i can suggest is to go down to debenhams or a perfume shop/counter which ever is relevant to you and give this perfume a good ole' whiff because no description i give this will do it any justice. 

My current one is literally on its last legs, so it's only being used for special occasions/nights out until i can get my hands on another. It's not the cheapest perfume but its most definately worth every penny. I will definately continue to purchase this perfume for as long as i can - it is amazing.

Have you tried Naughty Alice?
Natalie xx

#23 Review | Sleek Eau La La Liner in Melba & A General Chat

Hello everyone, 
This post is kind of a two-in-one, i just felt like writing and having a bit of chat today, but im also going to spoil you and add a review on the end of the post :)

Today was a big day for me, i put on my big girl pants and finally went to the hairdressers. If you've been following my blog for a while then you'll know that going to the hairdresser is not something i enjoy, in fact its quite the opposite it fills me with utter dread. Which usually results in me putting it off for as long as possible, then i get all annoyed because my hair gets all crappy and in really bad condition - i can only blame myself but i really hate going - it see justms that whenever i go they just ignore whatever i ask for and do what they want. Now im not trying to give hairdressers a bad name becuase im sure that they're are many that are amazing, but i just have no luck.

I also dyed my hair Saturday to a lovely Cosmic Blue shade, and for once im actually pretty happy with my hair. The hairdresser kept it to a reasonable length but it just feels so much healthier and i think it really needed that cut. Unfortunately, i dont have any photos on hand right now - so i'll do another post with them in showing you. 

I've also made an appointment for the opticians because i can't put it off any longer. Although im only due for my test in August, my eyes feel like they've gone worse and being as blind as i already am i really don't want to risk it getting any worse. So i should hopefully get some lovely new glasses in the next week or so - which i cant wait for, im literally starting to squint to see things and i shouldnt be having to do that when im wearing my glasses. Anyways, im just rambling now...

So here my review of Sleek's Eau La La Liner in Melba


When i need a little bit of retail therapy i decided to purchase a Sleek Eau La La Liner, i've been after a nude eyeliner that will wake my eyes up a little bit without looking to harsh or that won't smudge and leave me with panda eyes.  So when i saw this shade i thought it'd be perfect, there was any testers so this was literally a gamble as to what the shade would be like.


It's actually a lot brighter than it appears in the image, so it's no good for me to use as an everyday liner, which is really disappointing - but like i said i took a gamble with the shade so i guess the blame only really lies with me. The actually colour of this is bright peachy orange shade which definately does brighten up the eyes, its just not as subtle as id like it to be but it is a gorgeous colour.

The liner is versatile and can be used for both eyes and to line lips which is so good, i love that it's two products in one - it's a really creamy eyeliner and literally just glides on. The pigmentation is fantastic and it stays put. I definately want to try out some more of the shades available, they retail for £3.99 which is very affordable.

Although i'm a little gutted about the wrong shade choice this eyeliner is really good.
Have you tried it?
Also, could you recommend me a nude eyeliner preferably drugstore?
Natalie xx

#22 Review | Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel


Hello everyone :)
Usually, the shower gels i use are the very inexpensive ones - i don't really see the point in splurging so much on this particular type of product. I recieved the Soap and Glory Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Showel Gel in the Soap and Glory Birthday Box i recieved off a good friend. At first i was hesistant to use because i wanted to save it but then i figured that it was a bit stupid of me to think that way - it's 500ml and will take me a while to use up. 



The scent of this is very sweet, fruity and fresh but its not too overpowering, the pump makes it so much easier to use and i find it controls the amount that comes out as well, usually with the squeezy bottles i end up squeezing too much out and wasting loads of the product. 
The consistency is very thick and creamy but its very moisturising and i love how it makes my skin feel after using it, the scent remains for quite some time after too. Im not sure of the price this retails for alone but i defiantely think i'd repurchase this as i've really enjoyed using it.

Have you tried this? Whats your favourite Shower Gel?
Natalie xx

#21 Winner!

Hello everyone, 
So lately ive been very really lucky and won a couple of giveaways run by different bloggers - im still waiting for a couple of them to arrive so i'll do posts on them as i recieve them but i thought i'd show you the one that i came in the post last monday!



I want to say a big thank you to Jess from Sugar and sparkle she sent me way more items than what was mentioned on her post so that was such a lovely surprise. She packaged it similarly to a beauty box, wrapping it with tissue paper and its so clear to see just how much effort she put into this,  she also wrote me a little note :) and I really love the design of this box it's so pretty!


So as well as a lot of make up goodies, which i'll show you in a moment she sent me a couple of samples and some sweets!


- Yankee Candle Wax Tart in Bahama Breeze
- Yankee Candle Wax Tart in Fruit Salad
- Barry M Nail Polish in Pink Silver Glitter
- Barry M Nail Paint in Retro Pink
- Rimmel London Glam' Eyes Eyeshadow in Celestial Sapphire
- Soap & Glory Righteous Butter (Travel size)
- Soap & Glory Flake Away (Travel Size)


- Champneys Spa Indulgence Thai Royale Shower Cream
- GOSH Pigment in White Diamond
- 17 Eye Dazzle Pigment in Lucky Clover
- Miss Sporty Eyeshadow in Sense


- MUA Lipgloss in Shade 3
- Jelly Belly Fragrance Stick in French Vanilla
- Jelly Belly Fragrance Stick in Cappucino
- Jelly Belly Fragrance Stick in Chocolate Pudding
- Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze
- Mac Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup

So as you can see Jess really did pull out all the stops and put in so many goodies for this prize and i can not thank you enough for how grateful i am that i was winner of it. Im so excited to try everything out and no doubt many of these products will feature on my blog in the future.

Thank you Jess :)
Natalie xx

#20 Lush Haul


Hello everyone,
I adore Lush and the other day my Nan very kindly gave me £10 for no reason at all, so rather than leave in my purse and end up wasting it on crap (more likely food) i decided i wanted to spend it on something and treat myself, and i thought where better than Lush?
It's been ages since i last bought something from Lush because it kind of took a backstep over the past year due to bills and general student living, it just wasnt something i could justify - and also, i can easily go into Lush and spend a fortune it's so easy to get carried away in there.


To prevent myself from splurging too much and spending way more than i could, i made myself a little list of what i wanted, now i did fail and strayed from the list but i was still good, and didnt go too overboard!

I got:



The Comforter Bubble Bar
I love Lush's bubble bars, especially this one. Although it's one of the more expensive ones it's lasts ages so you do get your monies worth from it. It smells really good too!

Apologies for this photo :(


Dragon's Egg Bath Ballistic
First off, im sorry that i couldnt photograph the full thing they've made there bags a lot smaller since i last went so its not as easy to pull them in and out, and i like to keep my bath bombs stored in them until i use it so i hope this photo is enough for you too see the bath bomb.
Dragon's Egg is my favourite out of all the bath bombs that Lush have, i was recommended this one by my friend Charlie and im so glad she did - it smells amazing and i love it.



Big Blue Bath Ballistic
Ive had this one before too, it's really nice and refreshing and i love the colour that this turns the bath water. It's such a gorgeous shade of blue!


Eau Roma Water
I've seen this mentioned so many times by bloggers and youtubers that it made me really curious - i only went with the smaller bottle just incase i don't like it but im really looking forward to trying this out and seeing what its like and if it makes a difference to my skin!

& thats everything i got :)
I will do review posts on each item as i use them, if you're interested in that :)
What's your favourite Lush product?
Natalie xx