Sunday, 21 June 2015

grief.

This is one of the hardest posts that I have ever had to write, in fact it has taken me a good few attempts to even try and write it. Some of you may even wonder why I am putting myself through writing it, but for me I just need to chat and want to explain my absense/express how I am feeling etc. and I always feel that there is no better place than my blog.

A few weeks ago, my beloved nan passed away.

Even though we knew the end was coming, nobody could prepare for the absolute heartbreak that would be left behind. I visited my nan on the Saturday before my birthday and never in a million years dreamed it would be the last time that I would ever see her. The next day, she fell and broke her hip and after catching pneumonia just after a week later she was gone. It still seems so unreal.

I know as you get older people come and go, but there is a sense with grandparents that they will be around forever. I was always so close to my nan. Numerous attempts at trying to teach me how to knit (we got there in the end!) to having an 11o'clock cup of milky coffee and Rich Tea biscuits religiously. My nan was a huge part of my life. After having a stroke in March last year, she started to suffer from dementia but fortunately never forgot any of the family. In a way we lost part of nan then, her shell was there and every now and then you would catch a glimpse but never for more than a few treasured moments. 

Lately I have been struggling to focus, even the smallest thing set me off. Everyday things like writing a blog post or getting ready in the morning, I started to think..whats the point?! Luckily everybody around me has been so understanding, not that I expected anything less and after a few weeks slowly but surely things are becoming a little easier. 

My friends, family and Lewis have been the absolute best and there is nothing like the sense of unity that happens within a family when something like this happens, even though it is a shame that sometimes it does take a tragedy for people to really come together.

Luckily I have a few things to look forward to, which I know will help me through. I have a few theatre trips planned with my mum and in 2 weeks I go on holiday. I don't think I have ever needed a break so much in my life. I know that my nan would have hated all of this sadness, so I know we will all get through this, especially for my nan.

I know I may flit in and out of the blog for the next few weeks, but just want to thank you all for being so patient. ♥
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Monday, 25 May 2015

urban decay black magic eyeliner set

urban decay black magic eyeliner set
I got this eyeliner set back when I shared my haul post in April, but it has quickly become part of my everyday routine, that I actually forgot that I hadn't posted about it on here, whoopsie! There are 8 eyeliners included and they are all Urban Decays 24/7 formula which from previous experience is amazing. Looking at the set, I did wonder at first why it was called 'Black Magic' as all of the liners are not black, but then I suppose a box of 8 black liners would be a bit boring.

Each of the eyeliners are double ended, on the first end you get...
urban decay black magic review
urban decay black magic swatch

Black Velvet
A very, very bold black almost like Charcoal. I have found that you really have to get it going before the colour comes out smoothly otherwise it starts to crumble slightly like you can see in the picture. 

Black Market 
This reminds me of a watered down black, not quite grey but isn't as bold as Black Velvet. I use this one when I need to more muted eye.

LSD
This is one of my favourites, the liner is blue/black with navy glitter pieces in that really catch the light. Although I do find it a bit on the messier side, so I don't always get the most accurate flick and you can tell by the heart swatch being huge compared to the others.

Zero
This is my staple black that I always go back to with Urban Decay, it is perfect for any look and super soft. 

urban decay black magic eyeliner reviewurban decay black magic eyeliner swatch

And on the opposite end is...

Smoke
This is a lovely grey shade. The liner itself is extremely soft, very accurate and so easy to create a smokey eye with. I use this one daily.

Tornado
This is a lovely aubergine shade which makes a nice alternative to black, when you fancy a subtle pop of colour. This shade is always being stolen by my mum.

Perversion
The darkest, silkiest eyeliner of them all. I use this all of the time when I fancy a bold cat eye as it is so opaque in just one flick. It's like drawing with a marker pen.

Demolition
I love a brown eyeliner and this shade is perfect. I used to use Bourbon all of the time before I wore black eyeliners and this is a very similar alternative.


This set has absolutely everything in and makes me wonder how I survived without it. There is something for every look and it is definitely a staple item for me now. I haven't even gone anywhere near my other liners since I have had this.

I managed to pick this up for £10 in Debenhams, so it may be worth having a bit of a hunt around if this is your kind of thing. ♥
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Sunday, 24 May 2015

grey days


I have been a bit of a hermit lately and I do apologise. All of a sudden it feels like I take one step forward and 400 hundred steps back. You know when it feels like as soon as one thing starts to look up another gets worse? Well, that. I don't want this to turn into a woe is me kind of post, so i'm not going to go into any detail, but just wanted to let you know that I am still here and haven't neglected you all.

I really hate not blogging but sometimes when your mind isn't there, you simply cannot write. I'm just trying to plough through my bad luck and I'm positive that blogging should resume as normal from now...

Love you guys.

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Monday, 4 May 2015

bargain alert: nails inc at house of fraser

My love for Nails inc. is well documented on this little blog, so when I popped into House of Fraser yesterday and spotted a clearance corner of Nails inc. shades for £2.50 each it's safe to say I got a little excited! Naturally, I couldn't resist buying a few shades, especially as there was still a pretty good selection to choose from. After getting over my initial excitment, I managed to pick up: Devonshire Row, Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill Carnival, Haymarket and Hammersmith which are perfect spring/summer shades!

nails inc bargain
nails inc

Now I am gathering the discount is because the shades are a bit of an older selection and that the packaging has changed to the new square type bottles, but that kind of thing really doesn't bother me at all! I have looked online and the discount is not on the House of Fraser website, but I am thinking if you live local to a store it may be worth popping in to see which bargain shades you can pick up!

Sorry for the lack of swatches, I just wanted to share this discovery as soon as I could as I'm not too sure how long this offer is on for!

Have you picked up any Nails inc. shades for £2.50 yet? ♥
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