Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Girl Online - My Thoughts!

Hey Beauts,

Zoella - one of the most subscribed youtubers there is. It is only natural for a girl with a following to this extent and that lives off the income to explore other forms of media to live off as lets face it, YouTube isn't going to last forever. Since being released, this book has received such a backlash (that I personally don't think it deserved) because of it having a ghost writer. And what? Did it stop you enjoying the story? I didn't think so.

Girl Online was great, I really enjoyed it. Especially when I had guessed what was coming next, but hadn't guessed the unexpected twists that came with it. Although parts of it were somewhat cheesy (DUH! Its a teen read), other parts took me by complete surprise. The book contained some amazing pieces of advice for not only health, but life aswell. It made me swoon, it made me grin, it even made me cry when I didn't expect too (only having ten pages left!). I just really cannot put into words how much I enjoyed reading the book! It's currently 4am writing this because I felt compelled to blog about the book, and I have just spent 4 hours in the bath reading the final 50% of the book and getting completely lost in the story.

So the book wasn't life-changing, but what do you expect from someone who isn't an author? And although the book was ghost-written, it was just a really enjoyable read. One of the lessons in the book is why say bad things about people online? You don't know their story, you probably don't even know the full story because the media has no-doubtedly manipulated the story in some way or form. So having read the book, It really puzzles me as to why so many people are annoyed and speaking out about their annoyance because of the book being ghost written. Did they even read the book? I even had a friend come round once, and pick the book up off the counter and say 'why are you reading this? It's sounds so cheesy.' and I just replied because I want to. I can't wait to tell her that I actually enjoyed it!

Anyway, I thought it was a lovely story of a girl named Penny and her life when anything she seems to do goes wrong. She learns how to get over panic attacks, how to mature beautifully and most of all - how to have confidence. Of course romance is thrown in for good measure - its a teen girl read. And some loving friends and family, but I recommend this book to anyone who just wants to read something enjoyable.

So have any of you read this book? What were your thoughts? Have you said anything bad and are now thinking twice about what you've written online? I'd love to know so let me know in the comments below. As ever, If you're loving what you're reading you can follow on GFC or BlogLovin' so you don't miss out on future posts. 

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

My First INGLOT Palette and Review!

Hey Beauts,

Many of you probably didn't know that last year (It feels weird saying that now) I went to IMATS. Whilst I never posted a haul and its a bit late to now, I can still post about some of the amazing things I picked up there. I went not really knowing too much or what to expect, I was mainly going to support my friend who is just starting off as a make-up artist. I had a blast though and discovered some amazing products including this palette. I have fell in love though and it is now my go-to palette on a daily basis. I even have to force myself to use other palettes. This is my INGLOT palette.

383 - 102 
608 - 405 - 07

Let me start off by saying the only reason I purchased this palette is because the colour range in the freedom system is outstanding and I really wanted to get stuck in to the fun of creating my own palette. I thought it was going to be a bit of a novelty product to be honest and definatly did not expect much. I picked up these five shades and although they are like the rest of my palettes, I tried to get more orange and copper shades in there to really make my blue eyes pop. The palette itself cost £8, the three shade pan cost £6.50 and the single shades cost £5 each. In total this palette cost £34.50 but was actually a lot cheaper at IMATS, at around £22. The shadows themselves are a really decent size, and although I use these A LOT, I still haven't really made a dent in any of the shades (Except where my nail went in), so they last for ages.

These shadows are incredibly pigmented and a little bit definatly goes a long way. The colours are stunning! I love them. Then again, I should, I picked them myself. I find the shadows to be really creamy and they glide on the eyes with ease and blend beautifully. I highly recommend these shadows for someone just getting into make-up purely because they are so easy to use. Sometimes I am just really lazy and don't even prime my eyes and the pigmentation is still stunning. None of the swatches above are done with primer and you can really see the pigmentation with one swipe. It annoys me slightly that they don't come up with better names for such an amazing product. For example golden sunset for 405 or melted toffee for 608. The only other issue I have is it is difficult to get the pans out once they are in, but I don't need to change them out so it doesn't bother me that much to hate the palette.

I am in love with this palette (did I mention that) and just cannot stop using it! Have you ever tried INGLOT eye shadows? Have you ever had fun picking out shades with the Freedom System? Isn't it great? What did you think of the eyeshadows themselves? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear if you love them as much as me! If not, what are your favourite palettes? Remember if you aren't already and don't want to miss out on future posts to follow on GFC and BlogLovin' and I will speak to you again soon.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Boxing day sale purchases!

Hey beauts,

OH NO! I've done it again! I've been shopping! Don't judge me! Okay, well maybe you can. But in all fairness, I overcame a fear. I usually get really agitated in very busy shopping environments, to the point where I have just stood there and cried before, but I decided to go into the boxing day sales. I'm not sure if it was just not busy, or if I was just brave - but it wasn't that bad and I had a blast!

Mulch - Embarked - Antiqued

First stop - Boots, to see if they had any good offers on Ghost Cherish (A perfume which I am running out of) and they did, this gift set was originally £25 but I paid £16.66. Winner! I then had an absolute field day in LUSH! Mainly because when I lived at home, I wasn't allowed to use bath products as they stained the bath. However now I have moved out - that problem isn't there anymore! As ever LUSH had an amzing 50% off anything Christmassy turning my bill for all of this from £95.55 to a nicer £47.74. Next up HMV. I don't think this was on sale at £49.99, but I've never seen it before. For the past two Christmas' I have asked for the complete box set of Desperate Housewives and have never received it. Following this, I had a £25 gift voucher for MAC - that obviously was not going to last long. I picked up three eye shadows (from left to right) Mulch - Embarked - Antiqued. All such stunning shades, especially if you love bronze and deep cranberry shades.

Lastly I picked up this gorgeous Ted Baker hand bag. My first ever big girl grown up hand bag (and I am nearly 22). It was £101 down from £169 AND I LOVE IT! This inside has a beautiful black and white floral detail and is stunning. Finally we put a deposit down on Florida 2015 as it was 10% off and we keep putting it off. Eep! I am super excited though and cannot wait as I have never been before.

So what did you pick up in the sale? What was your first grown up hand bag? And have you ever been to Florida?! Do you have any tips and tricks for me? I can't wait to hear, so don't forget to comment down below and tell me! If you aren't already and would like to be, remember to follow on GFC and BlogLovin' so you don't miss out on any future posts.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy 2015 & New Years Resolutions!

Hey Beauts,

So it is the first of the year again and it is time for everyone to make new year resolutions that won't be kept up (unless very lucky) and will fall to pieces after the second week of the year! I am no exception. However, like every year, the new year brings with it a handful of positivity. So here I am to tell you my New Years Resolutions! 

1. To lose weight! I actually started this one at the beginning of December as the pain of remaining the same was greater than the pain of change. Because of this I have managed to stay the same weight over Christmas (Thankfully) and eaten to my hearts content! But now Christmas is over, it's time to step it up a gear and actually lose some extra fat. I'm surrounding myself with inspiration of a summer bikini body for when I go to Florida in September. 

2. To blog more! I love blogging. Not only to communicate with you beauts, but to look back on my thoughts of products or memories that I would have written down. I could come up with infinite excuses to what happened to my blogging streak last year (lots of work hours, broken computer, moving out and laziness) but now it is just about starting over and trying again with more willpower! 

3. To have fun! Again, like last year, I just want to have fun! With Florida on the cards (for the first time ever) It is already set to be one of the best years ever.

4. To save more! Last year I just spent my money willy nilly as part of me felt as though it gave me more freedom. Almost as if 'I've earned this money so I can buy all the nice things'. However I have learnt that to grow up, I need to learn to save money, for financial security and whatnot.

5. To start learning to drive! I had two driving lessons last year and really enjoyed them. Driving comes with it much freedom too. Not having to rely on public transport or others to give you lifts. Whilst I am not planning on getting a driving license this year, I can at least attempt to get better at driving.

So what are your beauts resolutions for 2015? And how has your 2014 been? What was your favourite memory of 2014? I would love to know so leave a comment down below. If you loved reading this and want to stick by me throughout the 2015 year, follow on GFC and BlogLovin' so you don't miss out on future posts!

Have an absolutely amazing 2015 beauts, here's to 2015! :D

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

What I got for Christmas 2014!

Hey beauts!

So my favourite posts to read or watch are room tours, make-up storage tours, hauls, what I got for my birthday and finally what I got for Christmas posts. Now for some strange reason girls love to gossip and find out things about other people, what they buy, how much they have and how much they can afford or get spoilt. I for one am no exception and it doesn't change my opinions of people. I just merely like to watch in awe! So without further ado, here is my what I got for Christmas 2014.

As you can see there are a lot of toiletries and that is because in our household, you get useful things in your stocking like a new toothbrush, shampoo, shower gel and mouthwash etc. I love getting perfume at Christmas, it is just really easy to ask for, same with nail polishes and No7 nail polishes are one of my favourites. I also got the Naked 3 palette but as you can see here, I ended up with the Naked palette as I already own the Naked 3. One thing I have learnt though is Debenhams are brilliant with exchanges around Christmas time and didn't ask any questions nor needed a receipt. The three Travolo bottes were a brilliant surprise! I knew I had asked for one but my boyfriend said 'what is the point in only using one perfume at a time' so he bought three. As for the hair dryer, mine blew up in my hands at the beginning of December and since then has been running my life on how quickly it will take my hair to dry, Funny, I know. It's tradition for my dad to buy me the Christmas Harrods bear every year, and this one doesn't disappoint. His name is Jasper and he looks super cute in his Barbour-esque coat. I just love him. It is also tradition to get a Pandora charm every year, and this festive teddy bear is super adorable!
Two things a got that aren't here are a ShayTards Malachi Tee because I'm wearing it and and little lamb that smells of lavender and you put him in the microwave to warm him up - but he is still in bed!

I hope you all had great Christmases and as I stated before, I would love to read your 'What I got for Christmas' posts!' Please leave links below so I can read them all or just simply comment down below and let me know a few of your favourite gifts. If you aren't already and you are enjoying reading my blog, you can follow on BlogLovin' and GFC so you don't miss out on future posts!

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

That 'On a whim' haul!

Hey Beauts,

So it's about time we got a bit festive around here and what better way to do that than to buy a few early gifts for myself? Last week I went out and bought a lot of nail polish and a lot of candles (haul coming soon) so I thought I would share these with you as there are some great deals going on at the moment within Boots and Superdrug!

Huckleberry - Green Berry - Cancun
Raspberry - Black - Matt White - Mustard
Atlantis - Rockstar - Jingle Bells - Christmas Tree

So I went a bit crazy with the Barry M nail paints, They were 3 for 2 in Superdrug and I just couldn't pass up on the Christmas glitters. The nail paints were £2.99 each and the Glitters/Gelly/Matte paints were £3.99 each, which you really cannot go wrong with. Especially with prices like this! Following that, Sally Hansen had a great deal on my favourite top coat - Insta Dri - at £3.99 and I decided to pick up the Hard as Nails at £3.30 too, which is also a great base coat! Finally from Superdrug the Garnier Micellar Water was £3.32 and I thought I would try this out to see if it is as good as the L'oreal version which again, I love.
On the way home I popped into Boots as it was 3 for 2 on all cosmetics so I picked up the L'oreal Telescopic mascara (£10.99) and Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof mascara (£7.99) as I had just run out of these and together they work great! As it was 3 for 2 I decided to pick up the Boujois Healthy Mix Foundation (£9.99) because there are so many positive reviews out there and I will discover if it is worth the hype.
Finally, I decided to add in a recent pick up of this trio of Origins face masks from Boots -  Out of Trouble, Clear Improvement and Drink Up Intensive. All of these are 75ml and it came to £23!! What a bargain! I will try to get reviews up of these products as soon as possible, but all I can say is I tried the Drink Up Intensive mask once and loved it.

Have you tried any of these products out? What did you think? And what do you think of the Barry M Nail Paints?! I would love to hear your opinions in the comments down below and if you aren't already and you are enjoying my blog, remember to follow on Blog Lovin' and GFC so you don't miss out on future posts! 

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Let the Good Times Roll - Review!

Hey Beauts,

Let the Good Times Roll is definatly one of those products that is like Marmite - You either love it, or you hate it. According to LUSH it is supposed to scrub and soften your skin, but today I'm here to give you my opinions!

A lot of the beauty world (and the people that hate this product) believe it to be very gimmicky in terms of the popped pop corn layered within the product and whilst this is quite gimmicky and takes up space where product could be - I didn't actually find that much popcorn within my pot of Let the Good Times Roll, so it really didn't bother me. I did try to use the popcorn as exfoliator but as soon as I put it to my face, it fell in the bath. I also feel as though this product was breaking me out (Which I have heard it has done in other reviews) as after every time I use this product I would end up with one or two more spots, which really isn't great.

Onto a few pros though. First off - It smells amazing! Like vanilla cake mix! It literally makes my mouth water every time I use it, especially when applying it under the nose area. It also feels super lovely on the skin and would definatly agree that it is a gentle exfoliator as you can feel something rubbing against the skin, but it is no where near as harsh as say Ocean Salt. It does also leave the skin super soft to touch and super clean, it even have this lovely squeaky clean feel as well which I love. A little bit of the product goes a long way so at £6.75 for 100g, it lasts a while and is well worth the money, especially for a product like this (If it doesn't break you out).

This is a great product if it doesn't break you out and so I would definatly recommend getting a sample size of this before buying the full size, but it is lovely nonetheless. Have you ever tried Let the Good Times Roll? What did you think? Did it break you out? and doesn't it smell amazing?! Leave a comment down below to let me know and remember to follow on GFC or Blog Lovin' if you aren't already. Until next time, 

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

An empties post to be proud of!

Hey beauts,

Today I'm back with an empties post! I love these posts because you can give brief but solid reviews of each of the products having actually used the entire product up. I've been collecting these for a while now so I thought it was about time to let my thoughts fly free...!

So I don't repeat myself constantly, I will start off by linking full reviews that I have already done of a few of the products here including the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish, BIG Shampoo from LUSH, Ocean Salt from LUSH, Soap and Glory - The Breakfast ScrubThe Body Shop Body Butters and The Body Shop Lip Butters! I absolutely love these products and highly recommend that you go and read them in full if you have a spare minute!

We'll start off with hair. I completely finished off the Aussie Miracle Shine Shampoo and Conditioner duo (£4.99 each). I picked these up because I'd never heard a bad word about either of these products and have only ever heard good things about the brand as a whole, But to be honest, I was highly disappointed. Don't get me wrong, they did the job. But that's just it. They didn't do the job well, they didn't give my hair any extra shine than normal, they didn't make my hair smell nice, They just cleaned my hair. The scent in the bottle was lovely, but once lathered up it went a bit well...off, especially in the conditioner. Whilst on the conditioner, It still left my hair quite dry and I really wasn't impressed Overall, I won't be repurchasing. Next up I finished the LO'real Paris Elnett Satin hairspray in supreme hold (£6.99). I don't know what to say about this product! I've never tried any other brand of hair spray, so all I can really say is I like it. It holds my hair, It doesn't smell that bad, it keeps my hair shiny. The only bad thing I can say (kind of) is that it brushes away. That is fine for the end of the night, but when I'm constantly touching up my hair throughout the night - it just doesn't last as long as I would like it too. Either way I Purchased the Extra Hold Elnett hairspray just to try something different.

Next up; Face. I finished up the LO'real Age Perfect Smoothing Cleansing Wipes (£4.79). I know I don't need age perfecting products yet, but they were on offer for £2.19 when I purchased them and I really needed some. I was very impressed! Smoothing is definatly the word I would use for these wipes. They were so soft, smelt lovely and didn't sting my eyes. They removed all of my make-up easily and I would repurchase these if I saw them on sale again or I wanted to treat myself a little. The reason I needed wipes so much was because I had bought the Simple Exfoliating Face Wipes (£3.99) and they were horrible. I didn't notice I had picked up the exfoliating kind at the time, but no - never again. They were rough on my skin and left my face all blotchy and red. NOTICE: Do not use on eyes, you will regret it. Would I repurchase? No. I also finished off the Simple Spotless Anti-Blemish Moisturiser (£4.59). This was nice. Not too greasy, smoothed straight on, kept my face moisturised. I didn't notice anything anti-blemishing about this product but that was because I didn't have any spots, so it probably did help in having no blemishes. Would I repurchase? Probably not as I'd want to try out other moisturisers, especially to review for you! Finlly for face is the St.Ives Blemish Fighting Facial Scrub (£4.29). I love this stuff. It's great for exfoliating the face. Reduces redness of spots, keeps my skin clean, gets rid of blackheads, helps get rid of blemishes and just feels like it's doing good! Would I repurchase? Yes, and I already have!

Make-up and lips! I finished a Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder (£3.99). This is great! As a setting powder, or used in conjunction with concealer or just simply on it's own dependant on which coverage I am looking for - It works great....And I have already repurchased. Next up, two Nivea Lip Balms. One in Pearly Shine (£2.29) That leaves a pink tint to your lips but does not really moisturise, for which I wouldn't repurchase, And the other Hydro Lip Protection (£1.58) which is super moisturising and absolutely lovely - a dream on the lips. I have already repurcashed this - A Lip Saver on any winters day.

Finally; Body. The Body Shop Shea Body Scrub (£13.00) was a product that I was not expecting to love, but I did. It smelt amazing, but did a really great job at leaving my skin smooth and soft and did not leave an oily layer on my skin. For that, I would repurchase and next time I go into The Body shop, I will be buying it. Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth Body Butter (£9.00) was next to be finished. Smelt amazing! But I really do not like body moisturisers/butters. I finished it, it left my skin soft and if I did like moisturisers/butters I would repurchase, but I try my hardest not to use body moisturisers. Next was a cheap body moisturiser that you get in a gift set. It smelt of lovely lavender, but I just wrapped my feet in it to try and soften them up because I have to wear huge Dr.Martens every day for work, leaving my feet in pieces. I do not know where it was from, but I wouldn't repurchase it anyway. Next my mums friend bought me this Boots reviving foot spray (£3.49). It was lovely and refreshing to spray on my feet for when I got home after work, but I didn't notice it do much other than make my feet feel cleaner again. I would not repurchase but it was nice to own whilst I did. Penultimately is the Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Day Hand Cream (£10.50). This was really greasy when first applied, but quickly soaked into my skin without leaving my skin greasy. I really enjoyed this, but wouldn't repurchase due to not liking creams and there being more out there that I would like to try. Last but certainly not least is the Sure Women Crystal Anti-Perspirent (£3.39). The grey bottle, with the blue tick in the biggest bottle and I am set. I love this Anti-Perspirent and it is the only one I will use. I have gotten through so many of these and yes I would repurchase!

Are you beauts still here? If you made it all the way through this essay, Well done! If you have just scrolled to the bottom - I don't blame you! Haha. Have you tried any of these products that I had finished? What did you think? And did you have any contradicting opinions to mine? I would love to know so let me know in a little comment down below. If you aren't already and you would like to, remember to follow on GFC and Blog Lovin' so you don't miss out on future posts.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx