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.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Autumn Edit : Outerwear

It's the 1st of September, i'm wrapped up in a blanket and the heating is on, it's safe to say I am pretty much over summer and my body is ready for Autumn !

I'm  completely ready to wear tights. big coats and lots and lots of layers and turn my wardrobe into a dark colour paradise again (although it's not that far from it now).

Last year my pink boyfriend coat saw me safely through the autumn and winter, even creeping into spring but sadly now its looking a little worse for wear and is completely bobbled so I think a new coat can be justified....maybe.

At the moment i'm leaning towards the camel boyfriend coat from new look (10) which seems like a bargain at under £30 and i'm thinking about getting the over-sized striped scarf (8) to go with it, another steal at £5. 

I really wish I was one of those people who looked good in a floppy hat (3) but my large head makes it impossible and I just look ridiculous and totally uncool. Although i did pick up in Primark the other day which I'm going to trial run around the house.  

I can definitely tell that this autumn i'm going to be wearing as much suede (7,9) and cord as possible, I love mixing up textures and cord has always been one of my favorites which is handy as it is everywhere at the moment, even in coat form (12). I love the denim jacket with the shearing inside as well (5)

Have you got your autumn coat ready?

Thank you for reading 

Carys xxx

Saturday, 5 September 2015

3 Days in London

At the beginning of August me and my Bestie got on a coach at 6:45 and went up to London for a few days to see some shows, go shopping and enjoy the sights. We both loved it and had a great time which was helped by the amazing weather we had, seriously it was like being in Spain! Last time i went to London was a few years ago, with the same person but we were only there for one day and only had a few hours of free time and before that was when I was 13 with my family, so this time around it was quite a different experience.

What we ate?

  • Bills (St Martins court yard)- This was my first 'Bills experience' and I loved everything from the decor to the food. I had the Hallumi and red pepper burger with a glass of Pimms, and it was dreamy. I don't think it will be the last time I visit a Bills.
  • Weatherspoons- let's face it can you really go wrong with a weatherspoons? Even in London you can get a meal ( I had a wrap and chips) and an alcoholic drink for £6! We went to one that was right across from the Pheonix theatre and considering it was a Friday night it was fairly quite and we found a table straight away. 
  • Lola's cupcakes (Selfridges) - On a break from Shopping I tried the salted caramel cupcake, need I say more. It actually tasted like salted caramel and not just caramel !

What we saw?

  • Bend it like Beckham, The Pheonix theatre - I am a musical addict ( and my friend doesn't mind them either) and couldn't wait to see this new musical. I didn't really know what to expect beforehand as i'd never heard any of the music or really seen any footage but based on the reviews I did have high hopes. It did not disappoint at all, I think one line that sums it up is from the first song "it's a little bit of punjab, a little bit UK". It was very similar to the film, and was heartwarming and funny and I think it showed why representation is important, both in football and just theater in general. There was some really catchy songs as well, I haven't been able to stop singing 'Glorious' and 'Girl Perfect'.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury Lane - Another Musical,but completely different to Bend it. Its large scale, with a huge production, big numbers and some really cool special effects (Glass elevator, Oompa Loompa's, Giant TV), it was all very well done. We bought Restricted view seats and were right at the very top in the back row and a few seats in and I was pretty impressed. I think the only time our view was restricted was at the top of act 2 for about 2 minutes. All I kept thinking was that we were going to be sat in front of a giant pillar, so no complaints from me. My only complaint wound be the people who were sat either side of us, on my side were a very grumpy couple who barely clapped even at the end and on my friends side a family with children who wouldn't sit still and caused an argument with the family in front at the end of act 1... I still can't believe the number of people I heard complaining to the ushers about how high up they were and that they couldn't see the front of the stage, in a theater you get what you pay for. 
  • Platform 9 3/4 - As much as we both love harry potter neither of us could face the queue to get out picture with the Trolley. 
  • Notting Hill - We went to Portabello Road which wasn't really our cup of tea but I think with the right knowledge of the area and the spots to go it would be a lot nicer. The houses in that area are so dreamy.
  • The V&A Museum- On Sunday Morning we had about an hour to spare before the coach took us to Covent Garden so we made the most of our time and walked to the V&A, my google map skills were a bit off so I ended up taking us on a twenty minute detour, but we had a little while in the museum. We saw the Fashion exhibit which went through all the eras, which was really interesting.

Where we stayed?

We went with a coach company so our hotel was arranged by them. There was a bit of a mix up so we ended up staying in two different hotels, both in Kensington. The first was near Kensington High Street and then the second was a Holiday Inn in South Kensington which was a ten minute walk from all the museums.

Have you been to London recently?

Thank you for reading 

Carys xxx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mists

When I went to London a few weeks ago, one thing I was definitely on the hunt for was the Victoria's Secret store. Not so I could look at all the pretty lingerie but so I could look for these fragrance mists!

I had 'Midnight Dare' for Christmas last year and have been wearing it almost every day since, It lingers on you and your clothes for most of the day and oh my goodness the smell, it's described as 'Rasberry and Sandlewood' and is really fruity and young. My mum managed to find this in the outlet store in america for something like $2, so an absolute bargain. I couldn't find this scent in store but I still have half a bottle so hopefully it will last a little while more. 

I was expecting them to be a bit pricey in the UK store from seeing the differences in pricing between the Pink clothes in the Manchester store compared to the US, so I wasn't really surprised when I found out they were £13 each, 3 for £22 (i think) or 5 for £30. In the end I decided to get the latter deal and put three away for Christmas or my birthday!

The two new ones to my collection are 'Pure Seduction', red plum and freesia and 'Such a flirt', starfruit and white orchid. These probably wont be to everyone's tastes. as they are very fruity and sweet but they do feel refreshing . 

On another note, I couldn't get over the price of the bras in the store, £50 for a lace effect bra, which didn't even have lace on it, it was printed on to the fabric !!  Looking at the website I think they've just changed the $ into a £ sign. I suppose it's partly down to import costs but still !!!!

Have you tried any of the Victoria's Secret fragrances?

Thank you for reading

Carys x