Friday, 9 May 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

I was ready to dislike this stuff and start moaning about how I can't find anything anywhere near as awesome as Limecrime... I shouldn't have been so prejudiced! Love this stuff! 

This one is 02, matte finish, one of the more natural colours in the range (thought I could probably cope without another red just this once! What do you mean it is red... it's definitely more of a pinky tone...shhh)

Super easy to apply, not quite as pigmented as Limecrime but that kinda makes it easier to get a clean line! Lasts well, doesn't crumble on lips, good colour, definitely off to buy more colours asap!

Tried it yet? Got a favourite colour? 

Katy x

P.s Limecrime is still queen, this is a great daytime alternative, just saying.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

New Limecrime Clueless Witch Velvetine in Salem

Probably my new favourite colour, definitely need to get myself the black now! Velvetines haven't let me down yet. They go on so easily, it's super easy to get a good line without a liner, and you can change your lip shape with no trouble to! They can't be matched on staying power, literally all night, but if you are a bit over zealous with that burger and need to re-apply, you can, and it doesn't make your lipstick crack or flake. Kiss proof, touch proof (almost) burger proof...perfect...

Check out Limecrime here.

I keep going on about it! Have you tried it yet?!

Katy x

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Veggie Patch...A New Beginning

Just a quickie!

The veggies (or at least some of them...) are in! I'm gonna do a little piece on my patch every couple of weeks to show the progress and what we've been up to. If you are in need of any tips or advice, please comment and i will try and help. I'm no expert but i do have experience in using small spaces to feed a family of four and using natural ways to deter pests instead of pesticides.

Obviously doesn't look like much at the mo, but it won't take long before it'll be blooming!

Outside we planted: 

Broad Beans
Purple Dwarf French Beans (they look awesome when growing but turn green when you cook them :o(...)

Inside we planted:

French Marigolds (they keep away aphids)
Nasturtiums (to attract caterpillars away from other plants)
Sweet Peas
Sweet Peppers
Spring Onions
Butternut Squash

So far the Marigolds have already sprouted (i probably shouldn't be as excited as i am but i'm the same every year!)

Do you do any grow your own?

Katy xx

Maybelline Coloursensational

The last glossybox I received had a nude colour in the Maybelline Coloursensational range, but I can't deal with nudes! I don't feel right unless I'm either wearing just lip balm or a strong lip colour! So my lovely friend Steffi agreed to swap with me... The naked brown is the shade I ended up with, I love it! It's got fab pigmentation and great moisture content. I think a brown is a much easier statement colour to wear than a red, pink or purple. The new clueless witch range coming out at the end of March by Limecrime (buy Limecrime here) consists of browns and darker natruals, all in the, go on wet and dry matt velvetines...I can't wait!!!!

What did you get in your beauty box that you were pleasantly surprised by?! Have I converted you to Limecrime yet?!!

Katy xx 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Topshop VS Limecrime

If you've read my previous posts you will know how much I'm in love with Limecrime Velvetines. I recently had a makeup tutorial with the lovely ladies at Benefit and they mentioned that Topshop did a dupe of Limecrime! Obviously I ran full pelt straight to Topshop and bought the one recommended and two others for good measure. Here is a super quick review...

Left to right: Topshop Lip Paint in Tallulah
Topshop Velvet Lips in Plush
Topshop Gloss Ink in Cruel
Limecrime Velvetine in Red Velvet
Limecrime Velvetine in Pink Velvet

Limecrime Velvetine red velvet, my favourite, possibly the most perfect lip product ever... read full review here.

Topshop Velvet Lips in Plush. This was the one that was recommended as a dupe. Similarities are that it 'dries' matt...that's it... I wish I liked this product! The colour is awesome, but it's soooo hard to get even coverage! When it's on you can feel it on your lips and when you smile it kinda cracks. It makes my lips feel dry and if you put your lips together the colour transfers in odd ways making you look like when you were a toddler and stole your mum's lippy... so basically as long as you put it on, don't talk, don't smile and don't eat, you'll be fine.

Limecrime Velvetines in Pink velvet, buy it, it's amazeballs. Full review here.

Topshop Gloss Ink in Cruel, I'm not usually a fan of gloss but I LOVE this! The colour is great, really good pigmentation, it is sticky but not so much as to be irritating. It's reasonably easy to get even coverage and the wand makes shaping super simple. All in all for a non-gloss fan I'd give this 7/10! Go try it!

This is possibly the closest to the Limecrime in that it has strong pigmentation and a very similar colour. It is still more like a gloss, it doesn't dry matt, or dry at all really but it's not sticky or heavy. There isn't a massive price tag so I think this may be my new go to daily lippy! 8/10 from me!

I'm sad I haven't found a good Limecrime dupe but I'm excited to have found some new favourite glosses :0)

Have you tried any of these? Do you know of any Limecrime like lip stains?

Katy xx

Buy Limecrime here
Buy Topshop here

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

London 'fashion' weekend?

London Fashion Weekend seems like an age ago now so I'm only going to do a quick run through and a mini (just for fun...) competition at the end :0) I saw  THE OUTNET show, here are some highlights...

Flower Power (pretty self explanatory, no?)

Lace Embrace (surely you don't need this one explaining either...)

Precious Metals (shiny stuff...)

Good Sport (translated = it's ok to wear trainers now)

This was my favourite outfit, it moved beautifully as this gorgeous model sashayed down the catwalk, the shape is super flattering and I love the belt detail.

On that note, what is this jacket? It looks suspiciously like the one I'm wearing in the photos below, and that wasn't a fashionable move by me...

I will give my...respect and whole hearted firm invisible handshake to all those who know who I am in this picture... GO

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Eye bags, haircare and skin tryouts

H2K of Harrogate hydrating hair conditioner and conditioning shampoo

Loved this stuff, my hair felt smoother and softer and it didn't make it greasy at the roots, purrfect.

Anatomicals puffy the eye bag slayer under eye patches

An absute saviour, I need more of these immediately, they sit underneath your eyes and feel incredibly refreshing whilst actually doing their job! Bonus!

Nip + Fab spot fix

If you get breakouts...get this, nothing I've tried before has worked as well as this product. Pop it on your spotty bits and voila, pimple be gone (or at least reduced considerably, if you have a whopper...)

Monu illuminating primer

I'm not usually a primer fan, but have fallen a little bit in love with this. It keeps my foundation in place, has SPF and smoothes my skin, what more could you need?!

Premae Skincare harmony moisturising smoothie serum

Soft, smoothe skin with no irritation? Cruelty free and vegan? Sweet smelling, 100% natural lemongrass oil type of product? Can be used as a primer, or as a bb cream when mixed with foundation?! Could this company give you more?! Love...This...

Click on the name to go to their website...

Have you found any amazing new products recently? Tell meeee :0) please

Katy xx

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pancake tosser of the year!

Yesterday was pancake day and our salon competed in the (surprisingly competitive!) charity pancake race in Newbury. Local businesses take part in running a relay with pancake tossing in between. It's a fun afternoon, and brings back the feeling of community spirit, everyone can take part and I super enjoyed everyone's outfits. We were all really surprised we won over a team of minions! Personally I was going for the coveted 'tosser of the year award' but sadly that didn't PAN out, get it? (sorry...)  We did however win best dressed! I think it was the mixture of more mature judges, victory rolls and land girl outfits. Although we did get asked why we were dressed as umpa lumpers a lot to... 

What's your favourite pancake filling?

Katy xx

Monday, 3 March 2014

Lush Gorilla Perfume

My first blogging beauty event! First of all, massive thankyou to Heather and Ryan (and Luke!) for arranging and leading the evening, you guys were pro hosts (the tea and chocolate helped to :0) !) I also super enjoyed meeting other bloggers and hearing about their blogs. 

The evening was all about Gorilla perfume, which I had never smelled before, complete newbie.  I think the most interesting scent was The Bug. The main scent I get from The Bug is sandalwood but it also contains Labdanum, which causes a chemical reaction that compels you to smell it again! What's more, is that you get a different smell everytime... crazy but true, literally spent the car journey home sniffing various body own body parts, in case you were wondering.

My friend and i ended up being polar opposites on the perfume, it's amazing how different the perfumes are on different skin! You have to try them, let them settle, then sniff yourself again! Seriously, go into Lush and delight the staff by using there incredible knowledge to help pick your fave!

My favourite scents ended up be Lust, Breath of God and Sikim Girls.

There is a fab collection of mothers day and Easter gifts at Lush at the mo, (even if buying for ones self).  Suiting all budgets, you have everything from massage bars to 'mumkins' :0) 

The fab goodie bag we received! Thank you Lush, this will be on me, maybe all at final decisions have been made.

Favourite Lush products/perfumes? Things I should try?

Katy xx

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The BEST lip stain and liquid my opinion

My new Limecrime Pink Velvet Velvetine is here! I love this stuff so much, the colour, pigment and ease of application are beyond perfect and it stays on throughout the day. They are bringing out the Clueless Witch collection in March and I literally can't wait! More Velvetines to add to my stash! Blackmilk Clothing are also bringing out a new collection in March...Game of Thrones!!!! It's gonna be an expensive month for me for sure...

This eyeliner can't be matched for staying power... Gosh used to do pretty much the exact same product and when they suddenly discontinued it I was mortified! This liner doesn't budge, even after I've washed my face, the black line on my eyelids often has to be separately removed with cleanser. When I test an eyeliner in a shop I put a line on my hand, let it dry and then lick my finger and try to remove the line... Seventeen Tattoo Me Liquid Eyeliner doesn't budge! I was so upset when Gosh discontinued their version that I sent them a few emails asking what I was meant to do now at all of my rainy British festivals! They didn't reply...and I now buy one of these every time I go into Boots! (Lesson learned...)

You can buy Limecrime here.

Have you tried Limecrime yet? Do you have a favourite liquid eyeliner?

Katy xx

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Limp Bizkit, Models Own Banana Split and Smelly Boys...

So this douchebag took me to see Limp Bizkit and Crossfaith last night, probably should be a guilty pleasure but I'm not ashamed, they're always rad! I've seen both bands a few times now and Limp Bizkit didn't disappoint, with Guns 'n' Roses and Nirvana covers, a ukulele and Wes Borland wearing Hawaiian flowers and a posing pouch...yup. Fred Durst also threw a shoe... Crossfaith were as awesome as usual, if you haven't listened to them, you're missing out! Check out Monolith here and their cover of Prodigys Omen here, and then get ready to throw yourself into a mosh pit... The annoying lady behind me kept shouting about how smelly all the boys were, and telling everyone that passed to wear deodorant... It might be that being 5ft2 has made me immune to man stench, or at least tolerable, as at all gigs/festivals I seem to be at perfect armpit level, but seriously? You're at a nu metal gig! Did you think everyone would be clean, fresh and shaven? Why are you here?

Tried this t'other day. Loving the scratch 'n' sniff, totally smells like banana! Awesome colour (yellow can sometimes just look like you smoke 60/day...) but alas again, it lasted a day, I think I just suck at nails.

Have u tried Models Own? Do you have a guilty pleasure band? (I have another serious guilty pleasure band that I'm sure I'll share at some point!)

Katy xx

London Fashion Weekend tomorrow!! Wooooooo! :0)

Friday, 21 February 2014

Facial spritz, Eye Cream, Night Cream and more cream

These are the products I've been using this week...

Anatomicals Spray Misty For Me facial spritz

Balance Me extra care Wonder Eye Cream

Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream

Monu Extra Rich Night Cream 

Click on the product name to take you to the website.

Anatomical facial spritz
100ml RRP £6

I didn't really get the point of this product until I thought about a festival situation, then I got it. This will be coming to every festival this year! I always take off my make-up at festivals but with a wipe so my skin never feels properly clean. After a spritz of this my skin genuinely feels refreshed! Also great for festival mornings.

Balance Me extra care Wonder Eye Cream
15ml RRP £20

I like this. It makes my eye area smooth and hydrated, and I love that it is 99% from natural origins. I've only been using it for a week so I'm not sure I can comment on how well it gets rid of fine lines and dark circles but I have noticed my eyes are generally brighter. I usually use the No7 eye cream.

Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream
50ml RRP £25

This cream is awesome. The smell is a little sweet for me but I can overlook that. It hydrates well, it doesn't cause any irritation and it absorbs easily. After applying, my skin is matt not shiney (rare) and the texture is magical. I would definitely buy this.

Monu Extra Rich Night Cream
50ml RRP £36.95

The only thing I don't like about this cream is the smell, I'm not sure what it is, maybe the sandalwood? I would still spend out for this cream though, even from the first use my skin was 100% improved. It says it's for very dry, dehydrated skin, mine is that, but only on the cheeks from windy dog walks and the odd run! It doesn't make the rest of my skin greasy and it hydrates my dry bits like a dream!

All these products combined must be a good combo for me because my skin looks fab at the minute!

Have you tried any of these? Do you have a favourite festival product?

Katy xx

  • Also just found out I'm off to London Fashion Week and have front row seats! Super excited! Have you been? Xx

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Oberon Jewellery

If you're looking for incredible, bespoke, handmade with love jewellery, then you've found it here! Top picture is me with some of my collection from Oberon Jewellery . What I LOVE is that I can text/instagram/Facebook/email Sarah with a completely random idea, and she gets excited about it. With every piece you can tell how much thought has gone into what will work best for you,  and no two items are the same.

My all time favourite is the narwhal bracelet, I can't express how happy it makes me every time I see it! This was an idea I had whilst daydreaming about narwhals and Sarah made it come to life for me. I also have a thing for bears, unicorns and Alice in Wonderland. 

There are also many one off pieces already made, if you are looking for inspiration or just fancy buying something unique. Like the fox ring below, I spotted this and had to have it! There is also a matching necklace I have my eye on...

Check out Oberon Jewellery on:

Seriously, there's literally no end to her talent. What's your favourite piece of jewellery?

Katy xx

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Knitting, Valentino, Mac, Rimmel and Nail Disappointments...

So I finished my bow scarf today, yay! I loooovvveee it! Wanted to knit it in baby pink but couldn't find the perfect shade, pink will be next! If you knit and would like the pattern, you can buy it here. Everything this lady designs is absolutely beautiful and a little bit quirky! Check out Stephanies blog Tiny Owl Knits

So this was my valentines present (yaaaaay) :0) . Valentino Valentina Acqua Floreale is one of my fave perfumes, I was gutted when they discontinued Valentino V. It has 'notes of bergamot and orange blossom that mingle with the heart of neroli, mimosa, tubers and jasmine. The oriental base is made of amber and patchouli.' I don't know what any of that means but it smells awesome...

Always pleased with the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipsticks, the Rosetto 101 doesn't disappoint. Easy to apply, lasts, easy to reapply, great pigment, fab price. What more can I say, buy it, you need it... I paired it with my MAC lip pencil in Hip 'N' Happy. I used to use this with 'snob', before I lost it...I don't wanna talk about it...I'm still sad. 

This was in the glossybox haul my friend gave me, I can see why she didn't keep it. This is Ciate nail polish in pocket money, £9 to buy and apparently a best seller. The website describes it as a 'fudge nude', which I guess is pretty accurate, I just don't like it. It's not a colour on me, just doesn't suit my skin tone I guess. The actual polish is real great, even finish and amazing pigment. I would definitely buy, in another colour. Plus I'm a little bit in love with the cute bow on the bottle!

What's your fave perfume/knitting pattern? Have you tried Ciate?

Katy xx