Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

This year, I was lucky enough to go to two Halloween events (none on actual Halloween though...) I went to the traditional house party and then a proper night out.

Now I don't know about you, but I find that house party and proper night out warrant different dress codes. The house party is a safe environment where the majority of people there will probably know you, so it's safe to go a bit further with your whole Halloween look. I'd like to point out now, I am not massively into Halloween; to be honest, I just like eating the sweets left over from the teeny amount of Trick or Treaters and watching Halloweentown, but I do love a good party and an excuse to dress up. This year my house party costume was a pirate. Initially, I was aiming for a bit of a dead Elizabeth Swann, instead I wound up looking more like a sleep deprived Jack Sparrow, which interestingly worked better than my first plan!

Just in case you fancy recreating (probably a much better) version of this, the details are all below!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Discounts and Sales!

It's getting much nearer to that time of year again... yes. Christmas is coming. We can't deny it anymore. The Argos advert is on, Next has it's Christmas display up and the Christmas candles are out in force. There's just 10 short weeks to go until it's present swapping time, and we all know how much pain Christmas causes our bank accounts. After about 5 years of panic buying the week before Christmas, this year, I am starting my shopping early.

So, for this reason, I have be traipsing the internet all afternoon to find you guys as many discount codes, offers and sales as I can to make the present buying experience a little less painful and a little more organised.

But, first things first, before you go and buy anything for anyone, make yourself a list of some ideas for what to get people. I do this every year (I rarely stick to it, but I have the right intentions...) and, to make that a little less of a headache, I like to make mine pretty and festive, to put me in the spirit of things when I start my shopping. Also, set a budget for each person. If you're doing secret santa, keep it to a £5- £10 limit and try and make this the only novelty gift you buy! (I struggle with that every!) Personally, I tend to do £30 per parent and sibling, £10- £20 for my best friend and per grandparent and about £10 per housemate. Obviously, if you can get the perfect present for less then don't just buy loads of extra things, they won't know it was in the sale! Boring, but important stuff there!

So, to the fun bit. I'm going to pick a selection of gifts "For Him" and "For Her", all on offer, with a discount (not student, not all of you have that) or are in the sale. All items will be under £30.

I shall start with "For Him". I don't know about you guys, but buying for men is the baine of my life. I struggle so much!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Autumn and Winter Lip Favourites!

Now Summer has well and truly left us, it might be time to invest in some more seasonal lip colours! I'm talking reds, purples and the occasional neutral, to liven up a more autumnal wardrobe. I always get really excited when buying new lipsticks, especially when they are in a completely different shade to what I have been used to. With it being Summer, I have been wearing lots of bright and pale pinks but now it's time for a change!

Before I get into my favourite colour choices, it becomes even more imperative this time of year to ensure your lips are well mousturised before you apply your lipstick. To do that well, you need a good lip balm. I'm fairly sure most of you can guess which products I am going to suggest now. Yes, Maybeline Baby Lips. I'm not even sure why I love them so much, but I do and so does every other beauty blooger out there- they're really cheap too! But, if you do fancy a change, I also really love the MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint and Balms- they mousturise just as well but give you a flash of colour for the same price as a Baby Lips balm.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Benefit Binge!

Last week, I was invited for a Benefit make over and pamper evening with 30% off all products and a cheeky glass of champagne! As you can imagine, a few accidents happened as a result! Thankfully, these very naughty splurges were evened out by the arrival of my student loan this week.

So, I've been using these products for a few days now and thought it was time to let you all know what my must haves are at the moment!

the POREfessional- £24.50