Friday, 18 April 2014

Friday Favourites: Making a House a Home

As I said in a previous post, I'm really getting into Pinterest at the moment. One of my favourite boards is my 'To Make a House a Home' board. I currently still live at home, mainly because of money reasons, but also due to the fact I really love living at home, I have a great relationship with my family and my room really is my little sanctuary (which none of my uni rooms felt like!) 

Whilst I don't have the room or capacity to have a full room switch up, nor do I really want to as I like my room, Pinterest constantly makes me want what I can't have; so recently I've been picking up new bits and bobs to add to my room. 

I picked up this little box from a shop called Store Twenty One and I've decided to use it to store all of my 'decorative' scarves. I used to keep them in an Abercrombie and Fitch bag, however it ended up looking very messy and wanted my room to look much tidier and neater. This has done the trick perfectly.

Another Store Twenty One purchase is this little wicker basket. I love having my electronics by my bed as I love reading and having my phone near me whilst I sleep. This means they're all tidy and not making a mess.

My little twig lights make my room feel so pretty and relaxing in the evening. I picked them up from £Stretcher. To keep them in place I picked up this vase from Homebase along with the marbles too.

One of my favourite things is this Teddy Bear blanket which I picked up from Dunelm Mill. It is the sofest comfiest blanket ever! Highly recommend to everyone.

Finally, these pillowcases are something I've lusted after for a long time, and just after Christmas they went into the sale so I picked them up. They're from John Lewis and I love them. I know they're the wrong way round, but I sleep on the left and prefer the colour.

Where is your favourite place to pick up home-wear?

Laura xoxo

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Trying the Trend: White Nails

So, extremely badly painted nails aside (the camera has made them look worse!)  I thought I'd try the whole white nail trend a try. It's definitely something I haven't dabbled in since the awkward primary school Tipex as nail varnish days.

My weapon of choice was Pseudo Silk Kimono by Deborah Lipman*. It's a matte offering which was a first to me. I've never really used a matte polish before, the application is a bit tricky if I'm honest. You have to work fast and really layer up the product to get a decent finish (yes mine is messy!)

The matte look reminded me a bit too much of tipex nails, so I decided to use a top coat that had a bit of shine to it, and I think that made the varnish a bit more wearable for me.

Overall I think this trend is quite interesting, however, can I pull it off? I don't really think so. I do however think it would look nice with some glittery polish over the top!

What do you think?

Laura xoxo

You can pick the polish up from LookFantastic here.

*this product was sent to me for review purposes, however all opinions and views are my own and I was not paid to write this post.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Blogging Balance

Blogging was definitely a lot easier before I went into full time employment. I'm sure many began their blog as a uni side line project and with the flexible student life it was much easier to fit in a regular blogging schedule. However when you throw in working through day light hours and the need to squeeze a lot of things into a limited time frame things can be a little tricky. I must admit it's taken me a while to adjust to the whole working and keeping a blog balance. Of course I was tempted to just stop blogging, but my blog is something I'm proud of and something I want to stick with, so I've had to figure out some ways to balance the two. Hopefully this post may help some of you too.

1) Plan ahead - I like to have at least a weeks blog posts scheduled and ready to go, with others either drafted or titles created at the minimum. I have a little diary which I like to write down and plan when and what I'm going to post about.

2) Make use of the 'notes' section in your phone - Ideas come to you at the most peculiar times and places, and if you're anything like me you'll forget them almost instantly so it's always best to write your ideas down and then come back to them (if you can remember where you wrote them, but that's a different topic really.)

3) Schedule time - Whilst being a student meant you could grab a few minutes in the day here and there to snap pictures and write posts, it's much harder when you're working 9-5. Set aside some dedicated time at the weekend and plan out the weeks posts and take bulk photos. For me photos are the hardest part to incorporate as you have to upload them to your computer and then on the post too (life's tough isn't it!)

4) Make use of free hours - I like to upload my pictures on the weekend and then during my lunch break type up one blog post a day (as long as I have the time, obviously.) It's a great way to stay on top of things but I don't feel overwhelmed doing it in one go.It also doesn't make me resent blogging for taking up all of my weekend time.

5) Don't stress -  It's not the end of the world if you miss a day or two (or even a week!) I've learnt that blogging is definitely a hobby and the more I stress about it, the less I want to do it. There is no point forcing crappy content (which I hope this isn't) that you aren't proud of, if you don't like it, chances are others won't either.

What are your tips for juggling blogging and life?

Laura xoxo

Monday, 14 April 2014

Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream

If you've read my blog for a little while you'll probably know that when it comes to under eye concealer my trusty Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch is probably my most used make-up item. However, with a lot of talk surrounding the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream I decided I'd have to pick it up and give it a test myself.

Firstly I really like the the applicator of this over the Maybelline one as the plastic allows you to place little dots under your eye to blend, rather than the brush style applicator, which, less face it probably houses a fair few germs. 

Colour wise this is amazing if you have pale skin like me as it really allows you to contour under your eye. I find the Maybelline one, whilst being the lightest shade, matches my skin tone rather than being a shade lighter, which is something I've always found it lacking.

The one area I think the Maybelline one still beats this product by is the highlighting and brightening factor. This has great coverage, but doesn't highlight or brighten my eyes which is something I look for in an under eye-concealer.

Whilst I've spent most of this post comparing the two products, I've got to say the two of them together is just amazing. The Bourjois one really covers and lightens the area, whilst the Maybelline one adds brightness and awakens my eyes. The perfect double duo.

Overall I really love this product and would definitely buy again.

Have you tired this? What do you think?

Laura xoxo

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Saturday Sweet-tooth: Easter Egg Cookies

So with Easter coming up soon I thought I'd try my hand at making some Easter Cookies for you to bake and share with all your loved ones (maybe even eat them all yourself.... I'm not judging!)

So I began my using the cookie mix from Vivianna Does Make-Up's cookies, which I love making (and have saved in my phone), however when you should be adding the chocolate I added broken up Cream Eggs and Mini Eggs.

Make sure you leave enough room between each one otherwise this could happen!

Here are the finished articles!

Are you doing any Easter baking this year?

Laura xoxo

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Throwback Thursday: Stila In the Light Palette

The other night I was going out for dinner and actually had some time to get read and thought I'd bring out my old Stila In the Light palette. As much as I love this palette for some reason I never really find myself reaching for it. I think it's 'cause of the shimmery shades rather than more mattes which I find myself gravitating more toward due to my oily lids. 

Here I've decided to go all over my lids with the shade Bare, then add Bliss to the crease with some Golden across the center with some Luster in the outer corners.

I think this blackened gold is really nice and would make a great smokey all over the lid. It isn't too overpowering but is also really sultry too.

What do you think of this palette?

Laura xoxo

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