Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide : The Best Friend (Under £20)

December has sneaked up so quickly that it's suddenly dawned on me that Christmas is almost a week away and I still have some people to buy gifts for, one of which is my Best Friend. 

Just in case you are relatively unprepared like me here are some bits and bobs, that range from £4 - £20, which I think will make a good little present for that person in your life that you call your BFF!

If your BF loves all things beauty and pamper related Soap and Glory have once again outdone themselves this year with there gift selection. My personal favourite is this 'Gloss It Girl' cracker which contains 5 mini Sexy Mother Pucker lip glosses (£14.00). I also love this Nails Inc Alexa Chung set which for £20 includes 6 full size polishes , what more could a girl want?

I also love some of the more quirky gifts like the little white bunny who has cotton wool for a tail, I mean can it get much cuter, and I really don't think you can go wrong with something like a moving glitter phone case from Skinnydip London, this one even has mermaids all over it !

Colouring books are a big thing for this Christmas and there's one suited for everyone, including Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire and Sherlock. Of course my favourite is Harry Potter but I think they would make a lovely gift paired with some colouring supplies. 

How is your Christmas  Shopping?

Thank you for reading 

Carys x 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

On the 12th day of Christmas....

Everyone seems to have a different style when it comes to dressing for Christmas, some like to keep it comfy and casual in there PJ's, and some like to go for the glitz and glamour look. Personally I'm in the middle, Personally I'm sort of in the middle, the past few years I've worn some sort of festive jumper and a pair of patterned trousers or a little skirt and I will probably be doing the same this year, I've had my Christmas jumper ready since boxing day (thank you topshop sale).

If you're looking for something to wear this Christmas day here are some of my favourite picks including some Christmas jumers, a very sparkly bag (which I may have sneakily purchased the other day) and a fur coat that would make anyone feel like a rockstar.

Have you got your Christmas jumper ready ?

Thank you for reading

Carys x 

From September to December

Hello you lovely human beings 

Well it's been quite a while since I last posted on this little corner of the internet but I promise I have a valid reason.

Basically when I was writing my last post the trusty old laptop that got me through most of secondary school, GCSE's, A-Levels and half a degree gave up on me. I got it back up and running for a day but then just before I came back to uni it gave up again and this time for good (in the end it was the motherboard).

Then in November I got a new laptop (An early Christmas/ Birthday present from my lovely parents) but by this point Uni was in full swing so things had to be left as they were. 

But now my last deadline of 2015 has passed, all my work has been handed in (despite my windows 10 nightmare and all my files being deleted) and even though I have three assignments due in after christmas I'm sure I can make some time to blog again because I always find it quite relaxing and almost therapeutic.

Thank you for sticking around

Happy Winter 

Carys x 

Saturday, 19 September 2015

My Make up collection: Palates

First bit of my Make up collection that I'm going to explore is probably my personal favorite, the Palates ! 

What Make up Collection would be complete without a Naked Palate thrown in there? I have the Naked 2 and 3 and find them perfect, the shades are wearable, pigmented and I don't regret them at all. I tend to wear more of the shades on the left sides of both palates but tend to drift to the right when I'm going out in the evening or want a more smokey eye. I can't see me adding the first Naked palate or the newest one to my collection as I think they are a bit too blue toned for me but time will tell... 

Next up is the Vice 3 Palate, a bit more daring than the Naked Palates but there's a good mix of neutral shades and finishes, including matte, glitter and satin. Although my most used shades are probably Last Sin and Undone, I think my favorites are Bondage and Soinic, both burgandy/red shadows. 

I have to admit to not really trying out all the blushes in the Make Up Revolution blush palate in Hot Spice but out of the ones I have tried they have been pretty pigmented and give a nice finish. I love the highlighter on the top row, it's one I always reach for and gives a really nice light pink shimmer.

The Benefit Smokin eyes... kit is great for travel, it has everything you need, 3 eye shadows for the perfect smokey eye, a tiny pair of tweezers for any stray eyebrow hairs, the brow zings wax, eye bright and a little eyeliner complete with a giant mirror. There is a shadow and brow brush included which isn't the best but it saves room in your make up bag.

What Palates are in your collection?

Thank you for reading

Carys xxx

Thursday, 17 September 2015

10 tips for surviving freshers week

  1. Learn the rules of Ring of Fire and bring a pack of cards because guaranteed you will play this game at every pre-drinks during freshers (and the rest of your uni life). 
  2. Before you go out put a glass of water on your bedside table for when you wake up in the morning, you'll thank yourself in the morning!
  3. Stock up on cold medicine and paracetamol before freshers starts, freshers flu is real people and everyone in your flat will thank you for it when they realize they haven't got any.
  4. Eat a vegetable every once in a while. it's a struggle, I went two weeks before realisng I couldn't remember eating something that was green. 
  5. Before you go out together for the first time, pass your phone around so everyone can put there number in it. At some point your guaranteed to lose the group on a night out, at least if you do you'll have a few numbers to call.
  6. Don't be scared, moving into a new environment can be daunting, you probably have no clue who you are living with and what they're like, your probably thinking 'what if they don't like me?' but everyone is in the same boat and almost definitely asking the same questions. Just relax and be yourself.
  7. Events sell out fast, find out what nights everyone's planning on going to and get tickets ASAP, from my experience your never too far from a ticket rep or at least someone who knows them. It can save half hour shivvering outside in a mini skirt and money (some charge more on the door).
  8. Have a night, mid week where you all stay in and watch a film. Order a take out or save some money and take a group trip to the local tesco, find a film and invite people in the surrounding flats to join you. It's good to take a break and it gives you a chance to talk to people sober.
  9. Try not to be that guy/girl who does something in freshers that will haunt them for the rest of there uni lives... until somebody does something even worse. 
  10. Stay away from the Tesco Value Voldka, your stomach will thank you later. 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

My Make up Collection : An Overview

Make up collection videos on YouTube are some of my favorites and I love seeing what people have in there make up collection, how they store it and lets face it how big it is!

I may not have the biggest make up collection around and some people may find it quite large while others may think that some products are missing but I'm pretty happy with the size of it at the moment and the way I'm storing it.

I've been storing it like this now for about a year, previously I kept it in a deep drawer with some containers separating different things like lipsticks, face products and eye make up! It really wasn't working for me and I'd easily forget about things because they'd get pushed to the bottom plus it just looked a bit messy.

I picked up this grey/black acrylic container from TK Maxx for £9.99 and absolutely love it, it's easy to see where things are and there's plenty of space for your products. While the majority of my make up is in here I do have a small drawer that I keep some spare make up in like unopened mascaras, blushes, a few palates and some samples.

I'd definitely recommend looking in your local Tk Maxx and Homesense for acrylic storage sets, they're a lot cheaper than muji and some eBay products and they're really thick and good quality.

I'm going to be going through what I have in each section in further posts so stay tuned.

How do you store make up?

Thank you for reading

Carys xxx

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Pinspiration #6

/1/ The ultimate desk inspo ! I love all the little quotes on the wall and the small pops of colour from the accessories. 

/2/ Emma Watson is my ultimate style queen, she always looks so chic and smart. This makes me want to run out to find a long suede skirt/ pair of culottes.

/3/ When I'm back in Uni, i'm 100% sure that this will work it's way back into my vocab.

/4/ I'm an admirer of messy hair but can never figure out how to do it on my own, It always looks too styled or messy in a different kind of way. I've got the reverse french plaits sorted now i just need to figure out how to get them to this level of messy.