Thursday, 17 April 2014

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick 001 - Review!

Hey Beauts,

So I'm back and thought I would write a little review on my favourite lip stick at the moment, the Kate Moss lipstick in 001 by Rimmel. Why is this my favourite lip stick at the moment you may ask? Firstly, I love a good red lip and secondly, if I get compliments about looking great with a red lip, I will continue to wear that same red lip that receives compliments! Who doesn't love a good compliment?! I certainly do! And lastly, this colour is a perfect dupe for my favourite red MAC lipstick in Brave Red. As much as I love feeling special when wearing my MAC lipsticks, I really don't want them to run out! This lipstick definatly serves well for an everyday lip! 

So what is it about this lipstick that I love? Well to begin, the price isn't arm breakingly bad, at only £5.49. I could buy nearly three of these for the same price as my beloved MAC Brave Red. On top of that, this lipstick really is 'lasting perfection'. From 7am in the morning when I first apply this lippy to about 3-4pm in the afternoon when I look in a mirror and this will still be on my lips, the same deep rich colour, even after eating and drinking. and to top it off, I'm talking to people all day where I work, so it isn't as though my lips don't move all day! When this colour does start to wear off (finally) it leaves a lovely (it's not that lovely) red line around my lips, almost as if I would be wearing lip liner. But as long as you reapply at the right time, it really isn't a problem.
As for application of this lipstick, it glides on smoothly and is such a creamy formula meaning it does not dry your lips out and you don't really need to put gloss on top for a shiny finish as it really is good enough on its own! The lipstick itself also has a very pleasant smell and is just an all round amazing red lipstick. 

I hope you enjoy a red lip as much as I do, and I really suggest trying this colour out if you don't know where to start when it comes to red lips as it definatly won't break your bank balance! Comment down below of any other great red lipsticks that you think I should try out? and if you did or didn't get along with this lipstick? I'd love to hear your opinions! If you enjoyed this post, or any others that you have read, please remember to follow on GFC and Blog Lovin' and I will speak to you again soon! <3

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

A Little Update!

Hey Beauts,

Look at me! Writing a blog post! In my lecture! In all seriousness though, this lecture is so super boring, I thought I would supply you beauts with an update of what is going on with me and a picture of how I look today, rough, tired, over-worked and in a 5-9pm lecture! 
Let me start off by telling you beauts that I am so sorry for the lack of posts this month and in particular the last couple of weeks. I've mentioned before that I am in my final few weeks at University and the work load is getting really big (almost impossible). Plus I started back at actual work last weekend, full-time. It's an active job and I sleep as soon as I get in from work and wake up in the morning 10 minutes before I have to leave for work. It leaves me completely shattered. So with 2 days a week for uni work, I am getting pretty stressy. Let me tell you now that more that 8 strops/tantrums/crying fits have been had in the past week alone. 

Just so you know my dissertation is due on the 7th, tv & tourism essay on the 16th and finally all print production work on the 28th - all in April. After the dissertation has been handed in, expect a lot more posts! I have lots planned including hauls, competition winnings, recipes, tutorials, NOTD/FOTD/OOTD, reviews and more. But please do leave in the comments what you would like to see from me? Again I know I haven't been posting, but as soon as I do, I hope you won't want to miss out on anything - so remember to follow on Bloglovin' and GFC! 

Finally, thanks to all of you who have stuck by my blog and I whilst I haven't been posting, it really means a lot! <3 

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Friday, 14 March 2014

Quick & Easy Chicken & Almond Traybake!

Hey Beauts,

Something a little different today! A recipe! Partly because it will be a quick post and what with being in my final 4 weeks of university and just starting back at a full time job, I have literally no spare time to do anything. But, as ever, I really wanted to give you a lovely post to read! :) Recently the boyfriend and I have really been into cooking more for dinner and this is my favourite meal that we have cooked so far. My mouth is literally watering so much right now - I want to eat it again!
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes

Depending on how hungry you are

2 Chicken Breasts
3 Large Red Onions
5 Large Potatoes
4 Yellow Bell Peppers
2 Garlic Cloves
2 Teaspoons of Cumin
2 Teaspoons of Smoked Paprika
4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Lemon
A Handful of Skinless (Blanched) Almonds
Greek Yoghurt

1 - Oven Heating!
Before you begin, pre heat your oven to 200C / 180C Fan / Gas Mark 6.

2 - Chopping!
Take the chicken and slice into thick chunks.
Take the onions and cut into thick wedges.
Take the yellow bell peppers and chop into thick slices. 
Take the potatoes and cut into thick wedges.
Take the garlic and finely chop.
Take the lemon and zest the outside of it, in a bowl, juice the lemon.

3 - Bowling!
In one bowl mix together the garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, oil, lemon juice and lemon zest.
In another bowl mix together the chicken, potatoes, onions and peppers. 
Pour the liquid mixture over the raw ingredients and mix so that everything is evenly combined.

4 - Baking!
Follow up by placing the mixture on a baking tray or two and place in the oven.
Roast the food for 40 minutes, turning the food over after twenty minutes.
Make sure the chicken is cooked through and add the almonds for the final 8 minutes of cooking time.

5 - Eat!
Pull out of the oven, serve in bowls. Add lots of Greek yoghurt and coriander on top and enjoy!

How to blanch almonds!
Don't worry, I had to Google this too! Simply pop the almonds into some boiling hot water and leave for a few minutes. Take an almond out and the skin should literally peel off in your fingertips. If it doesn't, pop it back into the hot water for a little longer. 

So I hope you enjoyed this recipe! It really does taste UH-Mazing! 

So what did you think of this recipe? Do you think you would try it out? And would you love more recipe posts in the future? As ever, don't forget to follow on BlogLovin' and GFC if you aren't already. As I previously stated, in four weeks you can expect regular, maybe even daily posts as there will be no more university for me! I hope you all understand for the time being and look forwards to more posts! :D <3

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Monday, 10 March 2014

100 MASSIVE Thank Yous!

Hey Beauts,

Today I am here with the biggest smile on my face! I have hit a milestone, can you actually believe it? I certainly cannot! I have hit 100 followers on GFC and I am so super happy right now that you can see all of my teeth! :D

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you so much, because if it wasn't for you 100 people that have decided to follow me on GFC, I wouldn't be here where I am today! And the fact that you strangers out there can make me this happy is unbelievable! I'd really love to speak to you, not so much in a public sphere, but more on a one to one basis! So I think (if you wanted to) you should follow me on twitter send me a tweet saying you want to chat and I'll follow you back and we can direct message! The chances of any of you actually doing that are more than likely quite slim, but it would actually MAKE MY DAY if you did! :D 

So here's to 100 followers! Next up - 250! I love you beauts so much and once again, THANK YOU! Oh and that is a smiley face firework - hehehehe! As for BlogLovin' You lot are nearly at 200! Can you believe that?! :D  

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Body Shop Body Butters - Review!

Hey Beauts,

I'm going to start todays post off by saying that I really don't like body creams. I hate the way they feel, the sticky feel they leave on your skin and how they feel when you climb into bed after applying it and you just stick to the bed sheets. I mainly put this down to only using 'cheap' body creams and I just haven't found one that doesn't do this to me yet.

However, a couple of weeks ago I discovered The Body Shop Body Butters (RRP: £13.00). I was given one as a present during Christmas 2012 and just left it in my draw thinking it would be the same as any other body cream I have ever used. But boy was I wrong. I tried it out and it just soaked right up into my skin not only leaving my skin feeling hydrated but it had none of the 'side effects' of body cream such as the sticky skin syndrome. The next morning my skin was feeling lovely and soft. Even bits of fluff or my hair were not even stuck to the sides of my legs. Everyones a winner!

But as well as this, the smell was amazing! I had the coconut one at the time and as soon as you open the lid, your nostrils are filled with such a wonderful scent. Even if applied onto the likes of sun-burn I don't think it wouldn sting just because how soft, creamy and silky the body butters are. Since discovering how much I loved this little pot of happiness I went onto The Body Shop website and did a little bit of online shopping picking up Cranberry Joy and Shea Butter which equally smell UH-Mazing and super softening!

I would highly recommend these body butters to anyone, especially if you aren't a fan of body creams! Have you tried any of The Body Shop Body Butters out before? And if so, what did you think of them? I'd also be curious as to if you know of any amazing body creams I should try? Let me know in the comments below and remember to follow on GFC and BlogLovin' if you aren't already! <3

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Thursday, 27 February 2014

This or That Tag! TAG Thursday

Hey Beauts,

So today I just felt like doing a TAG post! They're quick and easy and when I have a to-do list as long as this, I haven't got too much spare time right now. It's also really upsetting seeing how bright the sun is outside when I'm stuck inside doing work. I thought I'd procrastinate a little bit with writing a blog post. I haven't been tagged to do this, but I had such good comments and feedback on the last TAG Thursday that I thought you would all appreciate another one! So here you all go! :D

Blush or Bronzer - Blush, I still can't apply blusher properly (haha) but I don't even attempt to wear bronzer!
Lip Gloss or Lipstick - Lipstick, definatly! I hate the feel of lip gloss.
Eye Liner or Mascara - Mascara, My experiences with eye-liner have pretty much always been bad! But if I could survive with one piece of make-up, that would be mascara,
Foundation or Concealer - Concealer, it's so easy to put on and blend out. Foundations are too heavy in my opinion for every day.
Neutral or Colour Eye Shadow - Neutral, it's just easier and looks elegant and classy.
Pressed or Loose Eye Shadows - Pressed, loose is just a lot messier! haha.
Brushes or Sponges - Brushes, they feel so soft! And they're a lot easier to store!

OPI or China Glaze - OPI, I'ver never tried China Glaze. I love the little sets you can get - super cute! 
Long or Short - Long, even though they break, they look a lot nicer. 
Acrylic or Natural - Natural, Acrylic is very fake!
Brights or Darks - Brights! But I do like to wear darks from time to time too! 
Flower or No Flower - No Flower? I don't get this question? Is it flower nail art? Sometimes I like flower nail art, but most of the time not? 

Perfume or Body Splash - Perfume, it lasts a lot longer!
Lotion or Body Butter - Body Butter as it feels much nicer
Body Wash or Soap - Body Wash because it's a lot easier to use.
LUSH or Another Bath Company - LUSH, it's just beautiful!

Jeans or Sweat Pants - Jeans (Can I pick tights instead?) I only ever wear tights! :)
Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve - Short Sleeve, long sleeves get too hot!
Dresses or Skirts - Dresses, much easier to work with. Skirts are too hard to wear (on me)
Stripes or Plaid - Plaid, much more classy!
Flip Flops or Sandals - Flip Flops, easier to slip on, plus I love how casual they are!
Scarves or Hats - Scarves, big fluffy ones in the winter! Super soft and super cuddly!
Studs or Dangly Earrings - Dangly, on nights out, it's pretty much the only time I wear earrings.
Necklaces or Bracelets - Bracelets, they just look so pretty when layered up on your wrists!
Heels or Flats - Flats, easier to walk in and very rarely hurt.
Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots - Cowboy Boots, they just look very fun and rustic! 
Jacket or Hoodie - Hoodie, so comfy!
Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe - Forever 21? I've never heard of Charlotte Russe, it must be an American thing!
Abercombie or Hollister - Hollister? I'd pick neither but I LOVE Hollister body sprays! 
Saks 5th or Nordstrom - Neither, Never shopped in either!

Curly or Straight - Straight on a daily basis, curly on an occasion! 
Bun or Ponytail - Ponytail, buns are too difficult for me!
Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips - Bobby Pins.
Hair Spray or Gel - Hair Spray, gel feels horrible!
Long or Short - Long, I really don't like short hair (Sorry)
light or Dark - Dark, much more 'homely'
Side Sweep Bangs or Full Bangs - Side Swept, they just look nicer and it's what I've always had. :P
Up or Down - Down, my face is too chubby! I hate my hair up.

Rain or Shine - Shine, rain just gets your all wet and uncomfortable!
Summer or Winter - Summer, so warm and happy! Weather doesn't get in your way of having fun!
Autumn or Spring - Autumn, I love wearing orange, browns and reds in Autumn.
Chocolate or Vanilla - Vanilla, it tastes amazing!
East Coast or West Coast - The only question where I can't decide! East has Florida and New York - West has California! So BOTH! Mwhahahahahahaha! 

I hope you enjoyed this! Seen as how I wasn't tagged to do this, I don't feel as though I can tag other people to do it too, but I'd love to read your responses! So if any of you decided to do this, or if you've done it in the past, comment down below with a link to your post so I can read your answers! Thanks for taking your time to read this post and remember to follow on GFC and Blog Lovin' so you don't miss out on future posts! <3

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Monday, 24 February 2014

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish - Review!

Hey Beauts,

So today I'm writing a lovely review about the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish that literally is Uh-Mazing!

Well, where can I start with this product? It is actually really good! I didn't want to believe the hype when I first heard people talking about this, but one day I wanted to treat myself whilst in Boots and I ended up purchasing this! It was £14.75 for the 100ml pump and 2 muslin cloths. It even all came in a cute little bag, which is perfect for travelling so the cloths don't get dirty or mess up the rest of your suitcase. Having two cloths comes in really handy, especially if one is in the wash so you always have one at hand. My recommendation is definatly on the starter kit, purchasable here.

So how do I use this? Well it says to use on a dry face, but when I'm in the shower, I'm really too lazy to get a towel and dry my face to continue my routine - so I actually use it on a wet face. I pump one or two pumps onto my fingertips (depending on if I want to splurge or not) rub my fingertips together gently and then start massaging it into my face, leaving my eyelashes till last so I don't get mascara all over my face. Then I step back, turn the shower up really hot, get the muslin cloth all wet, squeeze out the out excess water and press is against my face to open up my pores. I then slowly and gently massage my face again with the cloth before wiping away all of the product and finish by turning the shower down to cold and splash the water against my face to close up all my pores. Refreshing! To top it off, this smells divine, like absolutely gorgeous and just adds to how refreshing you feel when you have used this product.

The best thing I have discovered with this product is that it doesn't sting my eyes! My eyes I feel are quite sensitive (Even Simple moisturiser stings) but this has rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus essential oil in and still doesn't sting at all. I rub it into my eyelashes (eyes closed of course) and when I open them, I'm fine - It's like I have splashed water in my face or something! UH-MAZING! 
I use this both morning and evening (who am I kidding? Most mornings, I'm lazy) and it just keeps my face clean, refreshes my face and in the morning - wakes me up. It smells great, it reduces redness, it doesn't sting, it feels so soothing on the skin, very creamy, a little goes a long way, the bottle lasts ages and its amazing! I couldn't recommend this product any more, Really! Just try it out and you won't regret it. :) 

I hope you enjoyed this review, it really does deserve the hype that it has and if you're thinking 'I don't know whether to buy this or not' , just do it. Splurge, feel special about owning it - you won't regret it :) Have you tried this product before? What did you think of the product? And do you think it deserves the hype it has? Comment down below and let me know! If you don't want to miss out on future posts and reviews remember to follow on GFC and BlogLovin! <3 

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Outfit Of The Day! 21/02/2014

Hey Beauts,

So a couple of days ago I went to meet my dad at the pub for one or two or three drinks and some lunch and I thought I show you what I wore and also ask for your opinions on something that is really bugging me!

(I'm sorry the image is a tad blurry)

So this is me posing in a pub mirror - Always staying classy eh? The dress that I am wearing is from Primark that I bought during all the Christmas sales and even features in this post here, I'm not usually a floral person, especially big flowers but this stuck out to me. The tights are from Next and I thought the dark purple/pink colour went really well with the pinky purple flowers from the dress. The shoes are also from Primark and I just love the little gems stuck all over them that just give them that added jazz and sparkle that most girls love!
Now the help I need is with the cardigan (Also from Primark), It doesn't actually go with the outfit and I was trying to think of what I could wear with this dress that would fit. A black blazer? No. A Cotton cream cardigan? No. So any suggestions would be great! Just leave you ideas down in the comments, I'd love to hear your opinions as I'm not exactly a fashion person! I hate clothes shopping! But I really do love the dress and in the cold months the UK seems to love - I am constantly freezing in this dress! So thanks for all the inspiration you could hopefully give me and remember to follow on GFC and Bloglovin' so you don't miss out on any future posts (With better images). <3 

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx