Monday, 28 June 2010

HOW TO: leopard print inspired nails

Hellohellohello beautiful bloggers! I am extremely pleased to say that my exams (and college) are well and truly over, out of the way, done and dusted! Now it's time for me to return back to the blogging world which I have to admit I missed a great deal. Oh as well as having some much needed me time, which i already began on the weekend without any hesitation at all as i spent the last few days enjoying the wonderful thing called freedom - having drinks (yes drinking legally since i turned 18 last week!) with some girlies, BBQ madness and a day full of shopping in Southampton. Anyway, to kick start the summer of more frequent blog posts, I am dedicating this post to the lovely owner of 'thats so yesterday . blogspot . com' who has encouraged me to do nail tutorials! Please do check out her blog, she is such a yummymummy!
Step by step guide:
Step 1. Use a base coat to prevent discolouration of your nails and promote longevity of your nail polish, unless you have acrylic nails like myself
Step 2. Apply two/three coats of your desired nail polish colour - I used OPI: A grape fit!
Step 3. Paint on imperfect leopard print irregular shaped and sized spots using a contrasting nail polish colour of your choice - China Glaze: Aqua baby
Step 4. Using a cheap liquid eyeliner or black nail polish and nail art brush, randomly dab around the dots without being too neat about it
Step 5. Complete with a top coat and voilaaa you're done!!

As you can see this is easy peasy lemon squeezy, you don't need to be a nail technician to achieve this look, anyone can do it you don't even need a steady hand! If you have any requests then please feel free leave them here on my formspring:

Monday, 21 June 2010

OOTD: Happy Birthday to me..

Today is my 18th Birthday and education gave me the most wonderful present a girl like me could ever ask for.. a Psychology exam!! I'm sosososososo relieved my first exam is done and dusted. No more psychology EVER. I feel for all the other poor souls who had to endure the 1hr 30 minutes exam, it was an immensely difficult week prior to the exam trying to memorise 80+ studies. But thankfully it's now time to empty my brain of Psychology and get revising for my other exams boohoo!

I'm missing visiting all of your lovely blogs, after this week of exams is out the way, my mission is to respond to all your sweet words from previous posts and catch up on the blogging world. Hope you're all doing well!


Sunday, 13 June 2010

Procrastination at its' best

Revision vs. procrastination. So me being a person who has such a low self control, of course opted for sitting outside in the beautiful sunshine (with heaps of SPF on) accompanied by my new found love and an ice lolly instead of being cooped indoors wasting the wonderful weather away.. or should i say a decent grade? I kind of wish i was a little less carefree about exams, because i haven't started revising and my first exam is one week away! I just hope the big man upstairs is on my side on the big day...

Fashion makers fashion shapers is the essential guide to fashion by those in the know, which gives an incredible amount of insight into the fashion industry as its a book full of in depth interviews with famous designers such as Luella Bartley, stylists, founders of well known fashion labels and other key figures. It's also 'the first book to analyse the fashion industry as a whole' and you will discover the secrets in order to become successful in the industry. If you have an interest in fashion, and enjoy a good read as well as a few inspirational photographs & illustrations here and there then i think you should invest in this book. Ditch your fashion magazines, it's all about the books!

A few pages from Fashion makers fashion shapers:

Sadly this is the last blog post before my exams commence, so good luck to those of you who will be sitting your exams! Try not to stress out and try to keep this quote in mind: 'In everything we do, our own thoughts can help us succeed, or they can help us fail. Maintain a positive attitude'. And in the meantime, I will look forward to hearing from you all soon!


Wednesday, 9 June 2010

OOTD: Lovely lace

This is my loveeeely dress I bought in H&M on the weekend which I HAD to get eventhough it's 2 sizes too big for me. I just couldn't let this gorgeous little number slip, especially with its charming lace detailed neckline and waist tie which makes the 'baggyness' slightly more flattering. You should never let anything go if you can't find an item in your size because you can still make it work in some way or another!
hope you're all fine and dandy

Monday, 7 June 2010

Current obsessions

I thought it was about time I updated my blog before my exams start and jump on the current favourite things/May favourites or whatever you like to call it bandwagon, showing you all the things I'm loving at the moment that you may be interested in trying out too. I hope you are all doing fine and dandy, and for all of you who are currently doing exams, i wish you the best of luck!! So without furtheradoooo here are my current favourites:

I'll start off with my most favourite of the bunch which is this Liz Earle Flight Essentials Kit which is new in the Liz Earle range priced at a fantastic price of £15. 75 for four great miniture sized products that come in a handy waterproof travel pouch - available of course on the Liz Earle website, John Lewis and stand alone stores. I practically carry this around with me everywhere I go because it's so lightweight and includes all the goodies I need for the day - moisturiser, toner, hand cream and a skin salve ! I absolutely adore using the skin tonic spritzer to refresh my skin throughout the day without mucking up my makeup.

I've been using these two No7 brushes for the past month or so and they have already become two of my favourite brushes. They are really affordable compared to the price of the make up - £6.50 for the blending brush, which is said to be comparable to one of the MAC blending brushes and £7.50 for the concealer brush. The brushes are high in quality for the small price you pay, really soft which is extremely important for the delicate eye area and have not shed since I bought them. I'll definately be buying more brushes from No7 in the future, have you tried any of them?

Another obsession of the moment is nail art rhinestones and China Glaze polish in Aqua Baby - as seen in my shoe post where I did white and blue candy striped toes. I literally wore this colour throughout May but now i've switched to a girly purple colour with multi-coloured rhinestones below:

Studs, studs and more studs please.

Geo angel violet contact lenses and pink candy lipsticks. I loveee and have always loved Barry M's lip paint in 147, i think it's called peachy pink but correct me if i'm wrong? it's such a pretty colour and very long lasting although it's really drying lipstick but that's nothing a lip balm can't fix!

I'm currently in the stage where I only wear silver jewellery. I always go through phases where i can only wear gold or silver because i rarely mix metals, so in my next 'current obsessions' you'll probably see some gold bits and bobs. The ring, i recently bought in H&M for £1.99 - such a steal!! And the pearl earrings that i ALWAYS wear are my Mums which i kindly stole off from her, thanks Mum!

Lazy hair days wearing some kind of messy bun - whether worn on the side, high up or low down. As the heat is getting to us in the UK, i like to get my hair out of the way as quickly as possible so just wear it in a messy bun which anyone can do. Someone kindly requested for me to post up more pictures of my hair on my formspring so i thought i'd pop this in.

I've always been quite scared of using brown eyeshadows thinking they would highlight my under eye circles and eye bags but today I thought I'd give it a try as I wasn't going to leave the house and this was the end result after playing with the browns that were untouched since Christmas in my Urban Decay book of shadows palette - which is amazing may I just add. My crappy camera doesn't show the colour so well but hopefully i'll be getting a DSLR camera for my 18th birthday which is in exactly 2 weeks time yay!!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Is romance dead?

Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They’re shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they’re gone.

- The Notebook