Thursday, 30 August 2012

OOTD #1

Hi lovelies!

I have my first ever attempt at an outfit of the day! It is rubbish I know, but I am still learning and waiting for my new memory card to arrive so I can use my camera. 
I have really badly done a lot of shopping lately, I am getting prepared for University so am stocking up on household things like kitchen things. I have also been buying some more wintery clothes and basics so look out for a possible Haul video soon!





Daisy Print Peplum Top- Primark 
Skinny Jeggings- Dorothy Perkins 
Tan Large Tote- Primark
Studded Slippers- Primark
Pandora Bracelet

Have you picked up anything fab recently?

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Harry Potter Studio

Hi lovelies!

I hope you are well, on Saturday I went to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour, I am a Harry Potter lover so had been looking forward to it since I got the tickets for my birthday a month ago. 
However I have had a rather horrible week and if you follow me on Twitter you will probably be aware of what has happened, (I am sorry for all the depressing tweets). My lack of posts recently is because I feel like I have lost motivation and energy, so am spending a lot of time tucked up watching Disney movies! If you bare with me, I promise that I will try to be back to myself as soon as possible and posting regularly again.

Anyway, I was not feeling up to it but I went to the Studio Tour in Watford with my Dad and considering my mood I had a really good day. If you are a lover of Harry Potter or interested in film making then I would really recommend getting tickets if you can! 

prepared to be spammed with photos!




Robert Pattinson wore that yellow t shirt!








Butterbeer is disgusting.









Every person who has worked on the Harry Potter films has their name printed on a wand box in the last room of the tour, there are over 4,000 and this was one of the first I found. Typical!

I had a lovely day and loved seeing all the sets and costumes. I even now own a Chocolate Frog!
Have you been to the studio?

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has sent me lovely messages over the past week, I have met some really great people through blogging and am so thankful for all your words and support!
I love you all! I also passed 200 followers recently, which is a big shock, I am collecting for a giveaway at the moment so keep your eyes peeled.

p.s one of my favourite bloggers and just lovely people Steph from Bonjour Belle is in a competition where whoever gets the most 'likes' on their outfit wins! Please like the picture on the link below to help her out. :)

Friday, 24 August 2012

Review | LUSH Creamy Candy Bubble Bar

I ventured into LUSH for the first time recently. I have always been a nervous of going into LUSH as I don't like feeling pressured into buying anything or have awkward conversations with the sales assistants. My first shop in LUSH was an interesting one! I was in the shop for about 45 minutes whilst the man showed me pretty much everthing LUSH has for sale. I must say my hand felt very soft and smelt lovely when I left. 


I picked up the Space Girl Ballistic and the Creamy Candy Bubble Bar. I have been lusting after a Bubble Bar slice for quite a while now and this one was one of the cheapest so I decided it was best to start with this one. 
A sweet creamy candy-floss pink bath that’s like a hug in a soft fluffy towel. This one is a girly night in. Makes you want to put on your cutest jammies, bounce on the bed and have a pillow fight. For those who know that youth and innocent glee are things never to be left behind.


It looks very cute and girly, plus is smells delicious. It reminds me of Hubba Bubba gum with a very sweet smell, it may be sickly for some but I really like it.  It has a strong vanilla smell, as it contains vanilla pods! It's ingredients include cocoa butter, almond oil and solid bath oil to soften skin and moisturise. The little flower is a cute addition to, but this broke in the bath and did not float about like I expected it too.


I think I expected too much from this Bubble Bar to be honest, I broke it in half so I could get two uses out of it, you would obviously get a very bubbly bath with using the whole thing. To use the Bubble Bar you have to crumble it under running water. I was not amazed by the amount of bubbles, there was a lot but I love a bath with lots of bubbles. The bath water did not turn pale pink as I heard it would, but the bath had a lovely scent that lasted for the whole time I was in it. The bubbles lasted about twenty minutes.

I would buy this again as I love the smell and it did linger on my skin for the rest of the day, plus my bathroom smelt lovely for a while too! However I would have loved it to be more bubbly, and I will try other Bubble Bars to see if I am doing it wrong (which I probably am).
LUSH Creamy Candy Bubble Bar retails at £2.50 and you can probably get only two baths out of it. 
Can you recommend any of the LUSH Bubble Bars?

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Review | Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic

Hello lovelies, 

I have found a new love in my life. The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. 
Yes, the name is a bit of a mouthful...

I feel like I have waited so long for this product, when I first heard about it I knew I was going to want pretty much every shade avaliable to buy, and as always England does not get the same amount of balm stain shades as America :(! However as soon as I got back from my holiday I headed to Superdrug and picked up two of the Kissable Balm Stain's. After falling in love I  "accidently" went out and picked up the other three shades that I really wanted.


Revlon say, "Just Bitten Kissable is a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain that gives you softer, smoother lips with a flush of shiny color that lasts hour after hour. The smooth and moisturizing gel formula glides on beautifully with a light peppermint fragrance for truly kissable lips – and the retractable chubby crayon is the perfect accessory for any occasion as no sharpener is required!"


The packaging is so adorable and expensive looking. I love the fact that you can twist the balm up and you do not need to sharpen the crayon style end, which means you also are not going to loose any of the product. I actually prefer the look of the Kissable Balm Stain to the Clinique Chubby Stick that is it obviously compared with. 


There is a strong smell and taste of mint that tingles for a little while but I really like it. It does fade quickly.
My lips tend to be a bit dry, and I have never had a brilliant experience with a lip stain before. The Kissable Balm Stain is moisturising and smooth for a product sold as a stain. It is so easy to apply as it glides straight on and you can do it without a mirror. It is creamy and sits on the lips without clinging to any dry patches


Romantic a very creamy bright red shade. It is very flattering and has a tiny hint of coral, which is really lovely! It makes my teeth look whiter as well, a big plus. It is extremely pigmented for a balm stain, it has the same sort of colour pay off as a lipstick. After about five hours of wear the balm fades into a lovely red stain that lasts all day.

I really recommend these as I love them so much! I even love them more than the lip butters.
They retail at £7.99 but currently have £2 off in Superdrug!
Have you tried any of the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain's yet?


Monday, 20 August 2012

Review | YSL Shocking Mascara

Hi lovelies. 

I recently discovered the website 'What's in My Handbag' where you can upload snap shots of  your bags and nose through others as well. I did my exploring on the website and discovered that there is a section called Try. Every week a new product sample is put online and you can apply to receive a sample to test out. What a brilliant idea right? I applied for the first time last week and was chuffed to receive a sample of the YSL Shocking Mascara. 


It turned up looking all lovely with a special sticker with my name on! (I was too eager to open it and forgot to photograph it.) Inside the package was the sample and a card with information about the mascara and the website. It was like Christmas when I ripped open the packaging, I have heard so many great things about YSL Shocking Mascara from many different beauty bloggers.


The wand has bristles of different lenghts that twist round the brush meaning that every lash is coated when applying. The wand is quite long as well, which makes application very easy if you take care. It combs through the lashes well and dispenses an even amount of the mascara, which feels creamy on the eyelashes! It also has a floral scent, which is unusual for a mascara but is actually very pleasant. 


My "naked lashes" are fairly black anyway and a decent length. I am quite lucky with eyelashes to be fair, not with anything else though I promise! 


I love the result this mascara gives. Two coats gave me really long and thick lashes with quite a lot of volume. There was no clumping and the consistency was not too thick or too gloopy. It gives a dramatic effect that may be more suited for evening time, but I couldn't care less and wear it all day. It does not flake off either!

I am not sure if I would pay £23 for this but if I can get a good discount at work I may have to treat myself as it really is incredible! I want to get my hands on my own beautiful gold tube! YSL Shocking Mascara can be purchased here.
Have you tried anything by YSL?


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Review | ecotools eBay brushes

Hi lovelies,

I have been collecting make up brushes for quite a while now, as I like to have a brush for each product or role, for example a bronzer brush, a blusher brush, a contouring brush etc. That way I know which brushes are being used with what products and I can keep organised! 

My absolute favourite brushes are the Real Techniques Core Collection. I really did not want to ever purchase them but I am glad I caved in as they seriously have changed my make up routine. For cheaper brushes I have a couple from Elf and of course my Cath Kidston brush set


I have always been interested in the ecotools brushes when browsing in Boots but never wanted to purchase them as they are expensive for something that does not look as good quality to me as the Real Technique's sets! I saw this on eBay from a seller in Hong Kong and ordered it just to add a few more brushes to my stash.


Now I will be completely honest and say that I have no idea if these brushes are genuine or not as they cost less than £4 instead of the £20 in Boots. However I researched and apparently ecotools are all manufactured in Japan anyway so I have seen some suggestions that the brushes may be genuine as they can afford to sell them so cheaply. 


This is sold as a five piece brush set that is perfect for mineral make up. Really it is a four piece brush set as the fifth piece is the small bag that you can hold the brushes in for travelling in. The brushes are fairly small and compact, good for taking out or chucking in your handbag.

They are not an amazing quality, they are nothing compared to Real Techniques in all fairness, but they are soft. I like the bamboo handles, they are easy to work with and blend out products very well. I like having the small kabuki brush on my dressing table to use with pressed powder. I really like the eyeshadow blending brush, I have used that a lot and it is great for the job. I have been using the flat brush for eye shadow but it is actually sold as a concealer brush and the powder brush is being used for blemish powder.

I bought these brushes here, if you do some searching you can find lots of different sets really cheap. I do think they are probably from the factory where ecotools are made, but they were likely to not have been up to the standard that is sold in shops so they are discounted on eBay. I checked on the ecotools website and they do have this set available to buy here.

If you are looking to add a few more brushes to your collection or are on a budget, I would recommend this set. They took about three weeks to arrive from Hong Kong, I expected a longer wait because of the Olympics.
Have you purchased anything from ecotools?


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Review | MUA Gel Eyeliner in Underground

Bonjour lovelies!

I picked up the MUA Gel Eyeliner in Superdrug the other day when it was on offer with £1 off. I am complete eyeliner addict. However I can be pretty boring and only ever wear black eyeliner unless it is a special occasion where extra sparkliness is needed, like Christmas! The only ever gel eyeliner I have tried is the much loved Maybelline Lasting Drama.


The Gel Eyeliner is avaliable in four different colours, Underground (black), Fairground (grey), On Move (sparkly brown) and Tribe (blue).  They claim to be completely smudge proof once it has dried. I really like gel eyeliners as I find them so much more pigmented than a kohl pencil and easier to work with, plus you can create a variety of different looks without putting much effort into it.


One of my favourite things about this is the brush! When I bought this you do not even want to know how long it took me to work out where the brush is. You can pull the brush out of the lid and it ends up the same length as the pot. If you want the brush to be longer, which is normally easier to get more precise application, you can unscrew the lid and click the brush into the top of it! 
Clever stuff. One thing I must say is always use a tissue to remove excess off the brush when you have finished to stop it from clumping and not being usable again!


The MUA Gel Eyeliner is actually brilliant stuff. It is very pigmented and a creamy texture that is so easy to apply. It is easy to get a smooth and straight line with the brush. It is great for doing the "flicky eye". The Gel Eyeliner dries quickly so you can easily build up the intensity of the colour. It is not as pigmented as Maybelline's eyeliner on the first layer, but considering the huge price difference this does not bother me. After two coats it creates the perfect pigmented black that really looks great!

The MUA Gel Eyeliner is on offer for £2 at the moment, which is an amazing price for a product like this, it can be picked up in Superdrug or at the MUA Store here.

Are you an eyeliner addict like me?

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Update #5 - I GOT INTO UNI! :D

Hello lovelies!

I have some rather exciting news for you all. 
Today was the dreaded results day, I have been living in fear of this day for such a long time now that I was rather excited to get it over with. BUT. I got into University!!! 
I am now a student at the University of Greenwich, studying Event Management. If you follow me on Twitter, you will have seen how incredibly shocked I was and so happy.

I am so excited to go to University and study something that I am truly passionate about and can see myself working in for hopefully a very long time!

If you got any exam results today I hope you got what you needed too, please let me know!


Monday, 13 August 2012

Haul | Primark Shoes August 2012

Hi lovelies!

I have am a predictable girl and a lover of shoes and bags.  I'll admit my bag obsession is much bigger. I could buy a bag a week and I would not feel guilty. I just love them so much. stop rambling Ellie.

I reaaaaaaaally wanted the famous Topshop Vectras and was so tempted to get them, even if they were £28 a pair! By the time I had convinced myself it was okay to treat myself, they were gone. GONE. Sold out, everywhere! Shortly to be replaced by new Vectras but made instead of horrible canvas material. I was not a happy person, and began my hunt for a cheaper alternative.


On Friday evening I was killing time before work and "accidentally" found myself in Primark. I headed towards the shoe section praying they may have something like this and my prayers were answered!

The Primark versions are not studded all over but just on the front. It's okay, I still love them.
They cost £10, which is towards the more higher end of Primark's prices but I was comparing them to other brands I had seen and that was the cheapest price by far.


I loved them so much I got them in the pale pink/nude colour AND the black colour. The nude pumps have gold studs and the black pumps have metallic black studs. I am a size 6 in shoes but for some reason had to get a 7. Dodgy Primark sizing. I have worn the nude pair once and they hurt. I was hobbling by the end of the day. I am hoping I just need to wear them in!


I promise I am not someone with a weird fetish or anything, but I really like things with studs on! These boots   caught my eye. They had a large variety of boots in different styles, with studs in different spaces and in different colours. I really liked these boots and tried them on (in size 6!) and they fitted well. They do feel quite comfortable but I probably won't test them out for a few weeks yet until it gets a bit colder. I am worried about the small heel as I am rubbish at working in heels of any height. 


They cost £18, which I again think is pretty pricey for Primark but if they were in Topshop they would be £40 plus. I am still undecided if I really want to keep these so please give me your opinions!

Are you a lover of the stud trend?


Review | Witch Blemish Stick

Hi lovelies!

This has been doing the rounds recently in the blogging world, I picked it up on a recent offer in Superdrug. I normally have fairly clear skin apart from constant red cheeks. However for some reason I have recently just  been repeatedly getting ugly spots appearing over my face. I had not changed anything in my skin routine (that I can remember!) so I guess it must be stress and all the hormones etc. lovely.


I have not really used anything from Witch before and actually had high hopes for this after all the good reviews I have read. I love the box packaging of the Blemish Stick, for a cheaper product it makes it feel a lot more high end.
Witch Blemish Stick helps to break down excess oils and bacteria that cause spots.
It contains Witch Hazel which is a popular ingredient in all the spot combating products out there. It is said to  naturally cleanse, tone and soothe the skin, leaving it perfectly balanced, soft and healthy. Very promising.



The Blemish Stick is quite study with a screw on lid, I have thrown it into several bags and it has not been damaged. My one problem is that to get the product to come out of the stick you have to stick your finger underneath and push it up. Then to get it back in the stick you have to use your finger to push it back in. I think it would be much better if it was a swivel function.


The stick itself matches the blue packaging but cleverly applies as a clear gel. It has a strong medical smell, but to be honest I like it as if it smelt all floral it would not fit in with what the product is. It does sting for a few seconds when you apply it on to a blemish, but that fades quickly. It makes it feel like the stick is working, which is always good!

This works. I have applied it over night on evil nasty spots and seen a really big difference the next morning! It soothes it and reduces the redness. It helps to dry the spot out and if I use this it gets rid of it so much quicker.

It is half price at the moment in Superdrug, the normal RRP is £2.85. Bargain.

Have you tried this?


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Review | MUA Matte Foundation

Hello lovelies!

I have been intreiged by this MUA offering for a while now, mostly because I have had pretty much all brilliant experiences with the products from their range, and a foundation for £2 is worth a try!
I did not need this foundation as I am really happy with currently using Rimmel Wake Me Up and Bourjois 123 Perfect depending on what my skin is looking like on the day.


I quite like the packaging of the MUA Matte Foundation. It is the first foundation I have ever owned that comes in a squeezy tube. I find it fairly easy to get the product out of the tube, but a lot can come out quite quickly if I am heavy handed! It is also compact enough to travel with daily, something that the heavier bottles of other foundations I have are not really suitable for.


MUA Matte Foundation is said to have a  "velvet smooth long-lasting finish, a creamy texture that blends beautifully for that perfect velvet finish and long-lasting matte complexion"
Personally I have never tried a matte finish foundation, and have always preferred a more natural looking finish, but I was still interested and really up for giving this a go.


When in Superdrug they only had this one shade available to purchase- Shade 1 Soft Sand. There are only three different shades, so it may be quit difficult to match yourself up to a foundation. I, as always, picked up the palest one. MUA Matte Foundation has quite a thick consistency but it does feel surprisingly light when blended into my skin.


The shade is actually a fairly good match for my skin tone. I have pale skin but redness in my face, so the yellow tones in this foundation do help to balance that out quite a bit! It is not orange and if I use my trusty Real Techniques Buffing Brush I can get a good medium coverage after spending a couple of minutes buffing. I always moisturise before applying foundation and this does not cling to any dry patches, which is great as that is never a good look! 

It lasted about 6 hours before I noticed shine and dry patches coming through, this could probably be extended using a primer. It was not as 'matte' as I expected it to be, but is definitely has a much more matte finish to Wake Me Up and 123 Perfect. I think for a cheap everyday foundation this is great as long as you moisturise and set with powder after!

MUA have done it again and you can pick up the Matte Professional Foundation in Superdrug or online here for a bargain of £2. Have you tried the MUA Matte Foundation?


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