151. Monthly Favourites | May

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Monthly Favourites post seem to come around so quick, its insane to think that its June tomorrow and we are half way through the year already, where has the time gone? I have a lot of make-up favourites this month, after my splurge in Rome and the lovely beauty swap i received last month I've been trying out a variety of new products.

Tango Invigorating Shower Gel in Cherry
As soon as i saw these Tango shower gels in the shop i was smelling them all to see which was best and it was a hard choice but this Cherry one was the best. I love using this in the shower; aside from the obvious of it making my clean, it lathers up nicely and the scent lingers on the skin which i really like.

V05 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo
I'm pretty sure this has been in my favourites before or at least I've mentioned it on my blog at some point. Since having a fringe put it I've been using this a lot more especially on days when i can't be bothered washing my hair because lets face it there is nothing worse than a greasy looking fringe. It smells really nice and it does its job well. It can leave a white/grey look to the hair but it's easily solved.

I reviewed these lipsticks on my blog a couple of days ago and i have nothing but good things to say about them. They're like lip butters; they have the pigmentation of a lipstick, the shine from a gloss and the moisture of a lip balm and i bloody love these. This shade is my favourite out of the two i have and the one I've found myself wearing the most, its just the perfect everyday shade.

Elemis Fresh Skin Skinglow Exfoliating Face Wash
This is a really gentle exfoliator and i really love using it on my face. It leaves me skin feeling really cleansed and refreshed and i like to use this mostly when I'm having bad skin days as i feel like it makes a difference to it.

Nyx Blush in Summer Peach
This was one of the things i got in my US beauty swap and i really like this, its a gorgeous pinky colour with a hint of gold shimmer to it - its such a pretty shade, the shimmer doesn't really transfer too much so there isn't a chance of being a glitter ball it applies the right amount. It's really pigmented and I've been reaching for this a lot lately.
Firstly, the packaging of this won me over it so cute! I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is, I'm so impressed! Id definitely say its on par with Benefit They're Real Mascara, it makes my lashes so long, adds volume ands i can't not say enough good things about it.

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch
When i got my Benefit Fake Up Concealer i thought that id reached holy grail status and nothing was going to out do - but then i made an impulse purchase on the plane and bought the YSL Touche Eclat and oh my it's amazing. Whilst i still love the Benefit Fake Up I'm currently smitten with my Touche Eclat, it's retailed as a highlighter but it does cover up my dark circles and brighten up under my eyes really well. Love it.

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear in Tiramisu
I hadn't used eyeliner to tightline or to line my lower lash line for ages, up until buying this.. Tiramisu is a deep brown shade, Ive been wearing this almost daily and it creates a really nice smokey kind of look - some days i don't even pair my felt tip liner with it because i also love how it looks alone. It glides on really nicely and it barely smudges on my like other eyeliners do. It lasts ages on the eyes too, I'm not sure if its the full 12hrs it claims but its definitely longer than some others I've tried.

Kiko Super Gloss in 109 (Mat Pink)
When I've not been wearing my Ultra Glossy Stylo lipstick, I've been wearing this. I'm quite fussy with lip glosses - i can't stand it when they feel thick on the lips and they're really sticky and i just don't like it. This, however is nothing like that, it's creamy and feels comfortable to wear and it doesn't make my lips stick together either. It's a winner in my books - i love the colour of this too, it's a nice nude pink, my favourite!

Les Miserables
I watched this at the cinemas twice in three days when this was released earlier this year and loved it, i preordered the dvd back in April and I'm so happy to have it. I love the story, the music, the actors just everything about it. I wished I'd gotten to know the story of Les Miserables earlier than this film but better late then never eh! I love it, and would recommend anyone who hasn't seen it already to go and do so!

& my last favourite... is finishing university.
I handed my work in on the 10th May and it's been so nice not having to spend all day everyday doing my work and stressing out over it all. All i need to do now is graduate and it's officially done.

What's some of your monthly favourites?
Natalie xx
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150. Music Tag

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A nice little tag for todays post, i saw this on i think it was helloterrilowe's blog and i thought it was a decent tag, made a change for the beauty ones i usually do anyway. Plus, i thought it'd be a nice way for you to get to know a little bit more about me.

1. What are your 5 favourite songs right now?
My favourite songs change all the time but right now i really like: Lennon & Maisy - Ho Hey, Shannon Saunders - Heart of Blue, Neon Trees - Everybody Talks, Bastille - Pompeii, Olly Murs - Dear Darlin'

2. Who are your favourite bands of all time?
I'm going to include solo artists in this as well - ill probably loads of them out but off the top of my head!

1. Olly Murs
2. The Cab
3. Boyce Avenue
4. Mcfly
5. Florence & the Machine
6. Ben Howard
7. One Direction
8. Buddy Holly
9. Adele
10. Ed Sheeran

3. What is the most played song in your iTunes?
I lost all my music off my itunes a couple of months ago, so it's all restarted but at the moment it is One Direction - I would

4. What was the last album you bought? I think it was Now something, it was a recent ish one and it was for a friends birthday.

5. What song can you not get out of your head?
Ho Hey - Lennon & Maisy's Version

6. What was the last single you downloaded?
I don't remember, i rarely download singles - i usually get all my music off my sisters itunes.

7. What is your favourite band right now?
I know it's probably a bit cliche but i really like One Direction at the moment, there songs are really catchy.

8. What is your favourite type of music?
I love most types of music but if i had to pin point one i really like acoustic music, like Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard style.

9. In your 25 Most Played list, what is #10?
Hayden Panettiere & Charles Esten - Undermine

10. What was the first gig you ever went to?
Westlife haha - i was 11.

11. What was the best gig you've ever been to?
I've actually not been to that many and out of all the ones I've been 80% of them were Mcfly haha, which were awesome but i absolutely loved watching Olly Murs this year, i thought he was fantastic.

12. And finally, if there was one band/album/song you would recommend everyone listening to RIGHT NOW, what would it be?
The Cab - Symphony Soldier, it's an incredible album and they don't have as much recognition as they deserve.

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!
What's your favourite song right now?
Natalie xx

149. Book Review | Billy & Me

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This book Billy & Me is a new release by Giovanna Fletcher, as soon as i saw it on the shelves in my local Morrisons i snapped it up! I didn't know much about the story but i follow Giovanna on both twitter and tumblr and automatically knew i wanted to read it anyway. If you have no idea who Giovanna is, she's an actress now turned author and is married to the Tom Fletcher from Mcfly.

So what's Billy & Me About?
Sophie May has a secret. One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop. But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world. Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation? (Blurb taken from goodreads.com)

The book is right up my street, its one of my favourite genres too read. It's very much your typical boy meets girl kind of story but usually the main story is the build up and suspense to them getting together at the end whereas in Billy & Me you know that they get together quite early on
, the book covers their relationship and the obstacles they face as two people coming from totally different backgrounds, and the suspense of whether they're relationship can last!

I don't want to spoil anything for anyone but all i will say is that i really enjoyed this book, i found it really difficult to put down and read it within two days. This is one of the best books I've read in a while, it was such a lovely easy to read! I really enjoyed Giovanna's writing style and i can't wait to read what other books she plans to release in the future!

I'd definitely recommend reading this book, it's such a good read!
Have you read Billy & Me?

Natalie xx

148. Inspect-a-gadget | MoneySupermaket

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Philips Esee HD CAM295BL Camcorder*

Moneysupermarket have recently undertaken a new mission: Inspect-A-Gadget; their mission is to find cheaper alternatives to all those holiday gadgets (Ipods, Ipads, Kindles and that kind of thing) to prove that you really don't need to spend an arm and leg on them. When i first read about this project i was really keen to get involved because i think its important that we know more about the cheaper alternatives out there, so many products are overshadowed by the more expensive ones that not everyone can afford, so I was super excited when they emailed me back!

I was given the choice to choose from 5 different gadgets that retail around the £50 mark: Mp3 Player, E-book Reader, Tablet, Portable DVD Player and a Camcorder. I decided to go for a camcorder as i have a few of the other gadgets and it was the item i was most intrigued to try. I love the idea of capturing memories and moments and i thought this gadget would be perfect for that.

I'm really impressed with this camcorder; not only does it record videos but you can take pictures too and it's good quality. Its really ideal for travelling; its very compact and light so it wont be taking up tonnes of space or weigh you down having to carry it around and there is a sneaky little USB tucked away at the bottom of it that you plug into your computer to charge so you don't need any wires or plugs taking up your well needed luggage space. I loved that its super easy to use, i find some gadgets really over whelming with their million and one buttons where it this is nice and simple, it's also a touch screen and the pull out screen/view finder can be flipped around so you can use it from either side.

The only negative thing about it is that the memory space isn't that great but its nothing a memory card can't solve - the lovely people of MoneySupermarket also provided me with a memory card for it too! (Thanks guys)

I'm over the moon with this little camcorder and i genuinely wish i had it when i went to Rome back in April as id have been in my element filming all the amazing things i saw, its definitely something i will take away on any future holidays or adventures i have and who knows maybe now with a camcorder in my possession i may even venture into the world of youtube!

I just want to say a massive thank you to MoneySupermarket for their generosity and also for allowing me to be involved! See how you can inspect-a-gadget here

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

147. Mallzee - Launched at last!

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If you've been following me for a while you may remember that way back in August 2012, i did a post about a new website that was launching - Mallzee, it's definitely taken them a little longer than expected but their website has finally launched.

The idea behind Mallzee is to combine together shopping and socialising - you tailor the mall to your tastes by selecting your favourite shops, not only that but before you start you're shown a variety of images of outfits where you can click like or dislike depending on your personal tastes and this then helps your mallzee cater to your needs and show things that will be suited for you. So instead of spending ages trawling through clothing sites, mallzee makes it easier by bringing them all together and showing you the things you'll like.

To make the experience even better, you can get your friends involved too; you can browse each others mallzees, live chat whilst you browse and even recommend each other products - just like you would whilst shopping!

Wait! Theres more...
The more you shop, the more mallzee dollars you earn. These allow you to buy exclusive products from retailers or get store credit as well as some other awesome stuff.

So what do i really think of Mallzee!?

Well, truth be told i think its a brilliant concept, i really do - it makes shopping online easier, makes it sociable and rewards you with special mallzee dollars just for shopping. How can you not like it?
The fact it caters to you style is even better, i love shopping online but browsing through page after page of things that aren't for me just to find that one thing is such a tedious task and this cuts all that out and it simplifies the process. There is a wide variety of stores involved in Mallzee as well so there is something for everyone.

The only criticism i have is that i personally think the design of the website could be better - i studied design at uni, so I'm probably just being over critical - but i just think shopping is exciting and its often a luxury and a treat and the website just doesn't make it feel that way at least to me it doesn't but that's just me so don't take this as a negative thing against mallzee because i honestly think its a great website and the idea behind it is genius.

The lovely people at Mallzee are offering free VIP accounts to anyone that signs up via the link in this blogpost!

What do you think of Mallzee, will you be signing up?

Natalie xx
**This is a sponsored post.

146. Review | Kiko Cosmetics Ultra Stylo Glossy Lipsticks

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814 | 803
I bought theses Kiko Ultra Stylo Glossy Lipsticks whilst i was away in Rome, Kiko Cosmetics was one of my favourite shops there. It was all really well priced and every time i went in i would leave with a bag full. I picked up the shades 803 and 814 - it really annoys me that they don't have names, just numbers! - They do have the names on the website though, which I've only just discovered. (However, why they don't have them on the packaging is beyond me)

 The formulation of these lipsticks reminds me a lot of the Revlon Lip Butters, they're pigmented lipsticks with the formulation of a lip balm and the shine of a lip gloss all rolled into one little bullet of heaven. They have a pretty nice scent to them too! They are fairly long lasting; I'd say 803 (Pink Flamingo) isn't as long lasting as 814 (Glam Magenta) but that honestly doesn't bother me, due to the balm like formulation i like to apply these more frequently anyways so it doesn't really matter to me. 

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803 (Pink Flamingo) is a nude pink shade, i think the shade is quite similar to Mac's Creme Cup. I find myself reaching for this a lot on a daily basis recently, it's just such a pretty shade and it's so easy to wear as well.

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814 (Glam Magenta) is more of a purple/pink magenta shade, it's quite a bright shade but I've find it really wearable. This particular lipstick really reminds me of the Gosh Soft 'n' Shine Lip Balm in Perfect Plum except this one is much brighter.

I really like these lipsticks and i really wish I'd picked up more shades in them - i love the creamy formulation and how moisturising they feel on the lips. I believe i paid 3.90euro (i don't know what the symbol is for euro? #fail) so they were such a bargain. Kiko Cosmetics have a UK website so you can actually buy there products online including these Ultra Stylo Glossy Lipstick and they retail for £4.90 which i still think is a really good price, as these are really lovely lipsticks and I'm so glad i picked some up!

Have you tried any products from Kiko Cosmetics?
Natalie xx
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145. Empties

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 Empties time. I did have a main image for this posts but i accidentally deleted it and Ive already thrown them away so i can't retake it so I've had to make do with the others. I have a love/hate relationship with these posts - i love doing them, i love the encouragement it gives me to use more products up but i hate how long they take me to write up, i don't know but these just take me ages. Anyways, I'm going to just man up and get on with the post!

Here are the products I've used up lately...

Dove Hair Therapy Colour Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner
I decided to try these because they were on offer and i fancied a change, they were nice and they did the job and they made my hair smell nice but i wouldn't say they were anything amazing, they was just nice but saying that i would use them again.

YSL Shocking Mascara Sample
This was due to be thrown out ages ago but I've never had a YSL Mascara before and i like having it in my collection. Saying that though, this mascara wasn't as good as i was expecting - don't get me wrong it was nice and it made my lashes nice and long but it didn't do anything that a cheaper mascara doesn't already do. So i don't really think that this is worth the money.

Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Black
I really like this eyeliner, I've gone through a lot of these - it's lasts ages, is very pigmented so it applies black rather than that faded grey colour. The felt tip makes it easy to apply and it's super cheap. I'm currently trying out some other felt liners but this one i will definitely repurchase again in the future.

Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Purple
Technically not empty but I'm throwing it out so yeah. Weirdly enough, i hated this. It works great as a liner but for some reason this purple shade stained my eyes so i was stuck with purple lines despite how much i tried to remove it and it took a couple of days to be fully gone so i only used this the once. I don't understand how the black one is so good and this one isn't.

Avon Arabian Glow Sleek Lines Eyeliner in Sky Blue
I can't really comment on what this is like, my mum gave it to me ages ago and I've never worn it but I've had it so long that it was time to go.

Gillette Simple Venus 2 Disposable Razors
I've gone through loads of these and i really like using these razors; they're not harsh so i don't end up cutting my leg to ribbons and they do a really nice job at shaving.

Benefit They're Real Mascara - Travel Size
I adore this mascara, it's one of the best mascara's I've tried so far and it's definitely a favourite of mine. I'm currently using the full size and i have another travel size to use after that. I will repurchase this mascara for as long as it exists because i just love it.

Morrisons Savers Fragrance Free Baby Wipes
I think i mention these every time i do an empties posts. I used these to remove whatever is left of my make-up after using my make-up remover and then i used my Micellar water after. They're super cheap and really gentle to use on the skin.

Lush Eau Roma Water
I was obsessed with this when i first bought it, it's a toner water and it really refreshing to use on the skin and i really loved using it. I definitely want to repurchase this at some point, i only had the smaller bottle and it lasted me absolutely ages - may invest in the bigger one whenever i next go Lush!

Expertise Heat Defence Spray
This has lasted me ages, it's just a typical heat defence spray and it did the job. The only thing i really didn't enjoy about this was that it smelt like vinegar, it didn't leave a scent on the hair or anything but the actually spraying it onto the hair isn't too pleasant.

FCUK Body Wash
This was the small travel size; it was really nice to use, left my skin nice and soft and it smells really good too!

Classics Nail Polish Remover
This is super cheap and does the job. I'm not too fussy about what brand of nail polish remover i use as long as it does the job and this does exactly that.

Fearne Cotton Body Wash
This smells so good and I'm kind of a little sad its finished with because i don't know where you can buy them separately. It left my skin smelling really good and clean and it's nice and hydrating on the skin too. The only thing i didn't really like is the bottle, the design is lovely but there is no control on it so loads of product comes out when I'm using it in the shower.

Good Things Face The Day Moisturiser
I love this moisturiser, when i got back from Rome my skin was in awful condition and i immediately went back to the moisturiser and within a couple of days my skin felt really hydrated and healthy again and the condition of it improved. It smells amazing and it's made with all natural and good things.

So..? Kiss Me Bodyspray
This bodyspray makes me feel so nostalgic as its a scent i used to wear all the time in high school - i suck at describing scents so I'm not even gonna try, but this is really nice and girly and I've loved using it again.

Morrisons Savers Hairspray
Another product i mention a lot in my empties. This is really cheap and is one of the best hairsprays I've tried - it holds really well and doesn't leave the hair feel all crunchy and horrible.

Soft & Gentle Sensual Aromatherapy Anti-Perspirant Deodrant in Wild Rose & Vanilla
I go through tonnes of these deodorants and i think I've tried all the different scents that they have - I'm really like these deodorants, they do their job and the smell good too!

& that's your lot!
What products have you used up lately?
Natalie xx

144. Pinterest | Braids

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There is just something really pretty about braided hair - it's such a chilled out, boho-esque style and i just love how it looks and how you can dress it up or dress it down. I wish i could do all these styles in my hair but i end up looking more like a birds nest - how sexy eh? ;) There are so many braided hairstyles floating around on pinterest so i thought I'd share with you some of my favourites!

My pinterest is here if you'd like to follow! I really like doing these type of posts so let me know if you have any other ideas of pins i could do.

Natalie xx

143. Share The Love: Angsty Princess

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This months share the love post is dedicated to the lovely Chelsea from Angsty Princess. It's a new blog in my life and it's a fab one at that. I discovered her blog through a beauty swap i took part in and i was partnered with Chelsea, I couldn't have asked for a better swap partner she's such a lovely girl and i had a lot of fun emailing and talking to her.

Her blog is lovely, great content, clear photos and a really nice layout too! I'd definitely recommend heading over there and checking out her blog!
What blogs have you been loving reading?
Natalie xx

142. You're your own limitation

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Since finishing Uni, I've been having frequent panics about what the heck I'm going to do next. As I'm sure many of you are aware - lets face it, I've complained about it enough - i disliked uni and i hated my course so during my final year i decided that once i graduated i wouldn't be going into the career I'd studied for. So I'm literally back to square one.

I've been out of employment for a while - i left my last job because i wanted to live out in my second year of uni so travelling to and from for my job would have been difficult so i made the decision to leave it - worst decision ever. I hated living out and moved back home as soon as my uni year was over and since that day (about a year ago) i have been searching for a job. I'm literally looking for anything, just something that will provide me with income just til i know what i want to do next.

Particularly this last month, I've upped the job search and have been applying for a lot of jobs but during this process I've also avoided some job vacancies not because I'm being fussy just because i doubt myself and i don't think id be good enough for them. I've also been trying to think of what i want to do with my life, because i don't want to be stuck in some dead end job but when i think of the type of careers i wouldn't mind having i find myself thinking of reasons why i can't do them, i find excuses as to why i can't.

and i realised... that we are our own limitation and by that i mean that we can only achieve something by going out there and doing it, if you want something to change only you can change, if you want something only you can get it. My constant doubt in myself and this constant thought that i won't be good enough or that i can't do something is limiting me.

I'm terrified that this doubt i have is going to stop me from achieving all that i can. I don't really know why I'm writing all this in a blog post but i just wanted too, the expression you are your own worst enemy is so true - i doubt myself beyond belief and I'm going to be the only reason i won't get anywhere. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that enough is enough and I'm going to change and everything will be hunky dory because lets face it, those bunch of words don't guarantee anything.

but I'm going to say this, that i will at least try.
If anyone knows of any magic cures to stop constant self-doubt and assumption that you'll fail at everything, please let me know!

Natalie xx

141. Review | Manshiu Longlasting Eyelash Extension Volume Length Curling Mascara

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I bought this back in January from Ebay when i had a little splurge on some Korean make-up products. I had a few mascaras to use first so I've only started to use this particular one this past month. I originally paid £3-4 which is already a really good price but it's gone even cheaper now and is only £1.99 so it's very bank balance friendly and the postage is also free, it does come from Hong Kong so it did take about 3-4 weeks to arrive but that doesn't really bother me.

I wasn't too sure what to expect from this mascara, as before buying it I'd never even heard of it let alone seen any reviews but i was sucked in by the packaging - I'm sorry but how could anyone resist this? I'm not actually that much of a cat person (sorry) but when i saw this mascara i just had to have it, the design is so cute and the cat has a little dickie bow - how could i not?!

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As a mascara itself well it definitely did not disappoint, it gives my lashes some serious length - i did  not expect it to be as good as it is, especially for such a cheap price, i thought it might have been one of the products where the packaging was gonna be as good as it gets but this it has definitely proved me wrong. It adds volume, adds a curl to the lashes (i still use my eyelash curlers but i could get away with using them) and as you can see from the photos it really does add length to my lashes. I found it very long lasting and it didn't smudge on me either. Can this mascara do no wrong?

On the Ebay page (linked above); it says that the mascara is good for sensitive eyes, has an oil free formula and is suitable for people who wear contacts too - I don't have sensitive eyes nor do i wear contacts so i can't offer a review for those but they can only be a good thing?

Overall, i am seriously impressed with this mascara and I'd definitely recommend checking it out. It doesn't quite replace Benefit's They're Real as my favourite mascara but it's definitely up there with it, and it's definitely one i would repurchase over and over.

What's your favourite mascara?
Natalie xx

140. Review | Natural Collection Blush In Peach Melba

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You know when you read about a product being mentioned on a few blogs and hyped up and you just have to try it - well this is one of those products. The Natural Collection Blush in Peach Melba (£1.99) Natural Collection is a Boots own brand and is dirt cheap, so its ideal for people starting out and people on a bit of a budget - It's also perfect for make-up obsessives like myself.

First impressions; the packaging isn't anything amazing - it's cheap looking and i don't know why but i hate the screw top style packaging like this for blushes, it's also quite plain and boring but at £1.99 you get what you pay for. One good thing about this packaging is that it's quite a nice compact size so its good product to keep in your handbag or take travelling with you as its won't take up too much space.

I was really looking forward to trying this out, especially after reading so many positive reviews and just look at that shade its so pretty but if I'm honest the first time i tried it i just didn't get it nor understand what's the hype?  I may have not wasted a fortune but i just didn't get the whole hype about it, i found the pigmentation to be kind of weak unless i built it and it's not that long lasting either, after a couple of hours its barely visible.

Sometimes i think i might have a dud one because so many people love it and say its really pigmented but i just don't see this? I have found a way to work with it (I'm trying to be more persistent with products i don't like and trying to find ways to get along with them so I've not wasted money) I use my ELF Stippling Brush with it and build up the colour on my cheeks and i can't deny that the shade gives a pretty peachy flush to the cheeks.

I did try and get a photo of me wearing the blush but the camera didn't pick it up - whether it's the blush or just my camera i don't know but i did try! I wouldn't not recommend this blush but i wouldn't say its amazing either. I will still use this blush, but I'm really disappointed and don't really understand the hype around it - like i said maybe I've got a dud one but id love to know if you've tried this blush and what you think of it?
Natalie xx

139. Book Review | The Bell Jar

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I've had The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath on my shelf for years. I remember mithering my sister to buy it me so i could read it and as soon as it came i started to read the first chapter, got really confused and left it to gather dust on my shelf.This year i was determined to read more (I'm finally back to reading as my attention is no longer dedicated to uni work) and this was one of the books i was determined to read and i finally read it back in Feb/March - yes, this review is a little late.

Esther Greenwood is at college and is fighting two battles, one against her own desire for perfection in all things - grades, boyfriend, looks, career - and the other against remorseless mental illness. As her depression deepens she finds herself encased in it, bell-jarred away from the rest of the world. This is the story of her journey back into reality. Highly readable, witty and disturbing, The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's only novel and was originally published under a pseudonym in 1963. What it has to say about what women expect of themselves, and what society expects of women, is as sharply relevant today as it has always been.

I personally found this book quite a difficult read, it's quite intense and it's a very difficult subject matter and i found it quite draining to read - others may disagree with me, but this type of novel is a lot different to the usual boy meets girl smush i read. The Bell Jar is actually an autobiographical novel but Plath's real life persona has been replaced by Esther Greenwood - a woman who is on the verge of breaking the writing world. The book starts with Esther as an intern in New York, and as it progresses we see her return home where she essentially suffers from a nervous breakdown and assumes the best method is suicide, from that we see her spend time in a mental rehabilitation unit.

This book is definitely worth a read, it was quite a tough read and i found it kind of draining but it was really interesting to read how she felt and what she went through. It also gives great insight on how people with mental disabilities/issues were treated with during that era!

Have you read The Bell Jar?

Natalie xx

138. Review | Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

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Foxy | Half Baked | Bodycall | Chopper | Tease | Snakebite

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Suspects | Pistol | Verve | YDK | Busted | Blackout

Well aren't i late on the bandwagon with this one? I know you're probably sick of reading reviews about them but i thought id throw my 2 cents in anyway.

I've wanted the Naked 2 palette for a while to go with my others and i also wanted to see how it compares to the Naked 1. I wasn't in a rush to buy it as i had so many neutral palette but they were selling it on the plane and along with duty free it had they had a summer sale on which was an extra 10/20 % off (i can't remember exactly what percentage it was) but it was at a price i just couldn't refuse. I paid for mine in euros so i don't know the exact price that i paid but it was less than £30.

They've changed the packaging of this palette and it comes in tin-style container so its alot more sturdier than Naked 1 - it also comes with a dual ended brush and mini lip junkie lipgloss in the shade naked. The Naked 2 palette is filled with more cooler toned shades than the Naked 1 palette which is more warmer shades. It has 12 shades and contains a mixture of matte and shimmery shades so there is something to suit everyones taste. Like all Urban Decay eyeshadows; these are fantastic quality with excellent pigmentation and the lasting power is brilliant.

The combination of shades I've been wearing the most from this palette is Bootycall all over the lid, Tease in the crease and a bit of Busted in the outer-corner and taken underneath the eye and blended out - it's a very subtle eye look but its one that I've really been enjoying wearing on a day to day basis.

Overall, i think this is a fantastic palette. They are a little steep in price to buy but they really are worthwhile investments - i think its £36 that they retail for but they really are worth every penny. I reach for all of my Naked Palettes (both Naked 1, Naked 2 and Naked Basics) quite a lot. You don't necessarily need to own them all but regardless of which one you choose to get you will not be disappointed.
Do you have any of the Naked Palettes?
Natalie xx