Next Blogger of the Month

Friday, November 30, 2012


For the month of November, I was Next blogger of the month. I loved that the girls over at the next office loved my post & more about their products. I was asked a selection of questions that are featured on the Next Facebook page here!!

Read & comment :) Would love to hear your feedback on my little interview.

-Sorry for the lack of umm, contact. Drippings of internet this week and besides the schedule postings, I've been keeping myself busy & stressed. Just the usual.

Mwah xo 

ElishaCoy Snail Cream Review

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ElishaCoy Repairing Snail Cream*

Earlier this month I mentioned the Wishtrend  panel that was organised by Donah of SweetjellyBean which had other selected bloggers reviewing a product from the Wishtrend website. Please refer back to that post to read my initial thoughts and explanation of this cream.

This 91% snail extract skin repairing cream has 5 features :
  • Snail Slime Extract enhances skin elasticity and flexibility and forms skin's moisture barrier, leaving it vibrant and lively.
  • Adenosine and Peptides improve elasticity and luster and make skin feel soft and smooth
  • Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract and Tea Complex made of 12 teas make dry and tight soft skin supple and smooth by nourishing and moisturising it. 
  • Phyto-TF, a substance of vegetable complex extract, protects and comfortably calms your tired skin, keeping it vibrant. 
  • KFDA-approved anti-wrinkle cosmetic.
As you may know, I'm already a snail product user, so I was very interested in using this as my normal snail gel helps to keep my acne at bay and also dried to a nice matte feel and with little use. So I am comparing this to the one I already have and also how my skin has reacted. 

This cream is light and almost watery in texture, very cooling . Within the first few weeks my skin was adjusting it wasn't so bad, at night I did feel I needed to put more on because during the night my skin does get drier. So I do like my cream to keep me hydrated to at least the morning. I didn't find this did that, I felt within 2 hours of putting this on at night I needed to put more on and then I felt I was overindulging my skin with cream. 

Another thing that I didn't like, my T-Zone got more oily with the use of this. Which started to put me off this and I had to revert back to my no make-up and normal skin cream to get my skin back to an okay state. 

I did like that once I had cleansed and toned my skin that this did make my skin feel soft and healthy but it seemed my skin liked to absorb this clean away. Unfortunately I didn't get on with this as well as I had hoped too.

Rating : 2.5 / 5 


The other ladies in the panel:
Sarah from Life in a Breakdown // Grace from All That Slap // Liss from Latino Look // Bex from Futures

Sweetjellybean WUBB Review Panel

How to Choose Sunglasses to Suit Your Facial Features

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Finding sunglasses that suit your face can be a difficult task, even for the most fashion-conscious individuals. Identifying the shape of your face can be one of, if not the, most important factors when choosing frames. Certain frames will suit some facial features better than others and it’s also wise to consider your hair colour and skin tone when choosing sunglasses.
There are several different face shapes such as square, oval and round. Although these are the most common face shapes, there are others that are more unique. Once you have distinguished which shape resembles you best, you will find it easier to choose a particular style of sunglasses.

Square
The goal with a square face is to soften the angles, and to make the face look longer. Narrow frames, especially oval and round-shaped ones, will help you to achieve this. Square frames will do the opposite and could look out of place.

Oval
This is the ideal face shape. Almost any frame will fit and look good, as long as the frame is as wide as or wider than the face.

Round
If you have a round face, the goal is to make the face appear longer and thinner. Angular or rectangular frames that are wider than they are deep are best suited for this face type.

Diamond
Oval and curved square frames that are no wider than the cheekbones will help soften the naturally angular features on this face type.

Rectangle
To help make this face type appear shorter and wider at the same time, it is best to choose a frame that is a large and square or round in shape. They should be no wider than the widest part of the face.

Triangle
For this face type, the frame should aim to make the face look more balanced. To achieve this, choose small square or rounded frames, and frames that are wider at the bottom.

Pyramid
To best compliment this face type, choose a cat’s-eye style, or a frame with a detailed top and rimless bottom. This will widen the forehead and draw attention to the eyes.

Hair Colour
Complimenting your hair colour and style with your sunglasses is another very important step when choosing the perfect pair. Transparent and softer-coloured frames are best suited towards individuals with fair coloured hair, as the sunglasses will not overwhelm the face. Brighter, more dramatic frames work best with people who have darker hair as they will help to enhance the face.

Skin Tone
Just as hair colour plays an important role in choosing the right frame, so does the colour of your skin. For those with a fair complexion, try a lightweight orange or red frame, or a light coloured tortoiseshell frame. Stay away from clear, blue, or green frames, which will make the face look paler.

People with darker complexions should choose a clear, gold, or silver frame, while staying away from a heavy-looking black frame. Very dark and black complexions look best with brightly coloured and full metal frames.

When choosing sunglasses to suit your face there are many factors to consider. Face shape, skin tone and hair colour are three very important factors that all require different styles, shapes and colours of frames. For more information on quality sunglasses, check out Sunglasses UK.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

#WINTERLOVE

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Revlon Nail Enamel - Vixen £6.49* & Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters £7.99 each*  


I'm a little late with this post sorry. These perfect for the holiday season shades are gorgeous. Nails and lips will be sorted for any upcoming Christmas parties.

I've really liked these Revlon Lip Butters, mainly because not only do you get a good sheen colour pay-off but your lips are always left moisturised. So you never need to worrying about your lips feeling dried out.

With so many colours to chose from, there's guaranteed to be a colour for everyone interested. The three colours I have here are Macaroon, Berry Smoothie and Raspberry Pie.

Macaroon, Berry Smoothie & Raspberry Pie

Swatched in order below:


Macaroon is very close to my natural lip colour but it does give me a muted pink tone but yet for my lip colour besides the glitter particles running through it, it doesn't give me much compared to the others.


Berry Smoothie reminds me of Macaroon but there's more a deeper colour to it once applied. There's a berry pink colour to it. This is only layer of Berry Smoothie,


Raspberry Pie is the most pigmented of the three, a stained berry. That reminds me of when my lips have been exfoliated they start to go this colour. Not in a bad way at all as it's a gorgeous colour and it's the one I saw the most pay off with.


Mulberry iPhone Cover in Mulberry Pink £90*
How beautiful is this case, absolutely stunning. It's a pink - purple coloured cover that your phone fits snuggly into. Think this can also be gorgeous as a gift for a phone and fashion lover.

On Revlon Facebook the Sweet Boutique is back until the 4th December, where each day they will be giving away 100 Lip Butters, so for your chance to win, log onto their facebook page www.facebook.com/RevlonUK

Ted Baker Nail Duos Golden Girl & Origami Body Set

Sunday, November 25, 2012


I have been waiting to review this for over a month now! My nails were breaking and are just starting to regain some strength to start getting the nail swatches out. This week I decided to start off with the Ted Baker Beauty Nail Duos in total there are three different sets 'Golden Girl', 'Blue Moon' and 'Cherry Bomb'.


Using Golden Girl ( the gold ) as the base, I loved how quickly it dried, I did apply two coats. Then on top added Totally Twinkie which is a nice subtle gold glitter, nothing too chunky and just adds a little extra to the gold. It's now become a favourite of mine. With the gold you don't need to do it to all the nails, just the pinkie finger and have it as your accent nail.


Ted Baker Origami collection is another great set for Christmas. Above our three items from the collection with quite a strong rose infusion, vanilla and sandalwood are also some of the scents in this fragranced body collection.

Lovely for all ages but I would more aim this towards the teenage girls in the family. The Body spray also has a raspberry smell to it, fresh pick me up for any day. Yet I do smell the rose a lot in this still so if you love Rose or know somebody who does this is perfect. I enjoy the smell personally but in small doses.


Don't forget if your a UK resident you can enter my Ted Baker giveaway here

What's that bunny saying? Understand the logos

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sweep & I 

I'm a mama of 12 animals, 11 bunnies and 1 cat - I'm one busy mama - and I'm also a vegetarian. It's something very important and close to my heart. I'm not one of those PETA people who will throw red paint on celebrities or push my belief on others, if somebody asks me 'why?' I will explain my views. You also know I love my natural products but they too can also not be animal cruelty - health risk free, oh the headache! But each to their own but I do believe for myself:

"Want to wear or use it make it faux."

It's easy and it's hard, companies change their policies, quicker than a knicker change. We become loyal and in love with certain brands, love that they are saying 'NO' to the animal testing and going the route of proven scientific and might I add painless and cheaper alternatives.

A lot of us were dumbfounded and shocked when certain major cosmetic houses, dropped their policies this year and left us staring at our stash, questioning what now?

Did you know : Some companies display the cruelty free or not tested on animals tag line but their claims often only refer to the finished product. Animal testing is to do with each ingredient included not just the overall product. Some companies who also say 'We do not test on animals' referring to themselves as a company, often times get other companies to do the testing for them. It can be very misleading.

There are LOADS of brands that don't test unfortunately, we can't all stand in a shop, holding an app that tells us who does and doesn't test on animals. We do have to research and make ourselves familiar with the brands and understand the logos.

Some of us don't know what the bunny is saying! So this bunny mama is going to explain :

LEAPING BUNNY 

Companies must submit their entire product process chain for independent audit (An assessment of a Company’s Supplier Monitoring System.) in terms of the ingredients and finished product not being tested on animals. Their commitments are renewed on an annual basis. So the leaping bunny keeps on top of these companies policies.

The leaping bunny company logo is not just a list but it's also a standard, a standard of which guarantees a product FREE OF NEW ANIMAL TESTING. Many of the ingredients may have been animal tested in the past but the standard is to prevent future animal testing and cancel it out all together. The leaping bunny logo is also internationally recognised in such countries as United States, Canada, United Kingdom and most of the EU.

So what if a company that tested on animals no longer wants to and decided to apply for the Leaping Bunny approval?

They ask for a 'Fixed-Cut off Date' which means that after a date, a company, it's third party manufacturers and / or suppliers that have been involved within the animal testing for the product must not have conducted or commissioned animal testing for the company's own-label products and or ingredients supplied for use within that company's cosmetics and/or household products. This fixed cut off date must be fixed and applied throughout the company's entire cosmetics and or household range but the negative aspect to the fixed cut off date even though it looks at the ingredients individually, it doesn't look at the company's wider practices. If you buy an ingredient under this rule it must NOT be animal tested but the RAW MATERIALS SUPPLIER you buy it from can still test their other raw materials on animals. Only because the one ingredient you are buying isn't tested on animals, doesn't mean the others the raw materials supplier offers isn't.

Some companies use the 'Rolling Rule' which the leaping bunny doesn't accept. "Raw Materials can be bought from any company that can sign a declaration saying they have not tested that material within the last 5 years for use in cosmetics." The negative aspect for the rolling rule is that now it can be used as a smoke screen for companies and make them look good. How so? Cosmetic products and new raw materials now take at least 5 years to develop, this means companies can continue to test on animals knowing that by the time they are ready to market this new product 5 years would of passed and they could advertise this product as 'cruelty free' under the the 5 year rolling rule e.g. if a company says they won't use an ingredient that is animal tested in 2012, they won't use that product from 2012 - 2016 but in 2017 the company will then use that ingredient within their product and still claim, it's cruelty free. It's not helping to stop animal cruelty.


“We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.” -Estee Lauder

“Avon does not test products or ingredients on animals, nor do we request others to do so on our behalf. Avon will conduct animal testing only when required by law.”

Yet both these companies buy and use 'new to the world' ingredients. Just like I explained in the 5 year rolling rule.

In a nutshell: The leaping bunny logo means no ingredients or finished product have been tested on animals by that company or their raw materials supplier (it does not mean that the raw materials supplier complies with no animal testing with other products) with a fixed date in place. Companies are to undergo an independent audit with Leaping Bunny.


CRUELTY FREE BUNNY

I'm sure we've all seen this logo, the cruelty free bunny is for companies that have signed documents with PETA. Cruelty free bunny asks for many of the same things as the Leaping Bunny does. No ingredients or finished product must be tested on animals. Companies or ingredients suppliers cannot contact labs to conduct animal testing. The big difference is PETA is their statement of assurance is based on a matter of trust, they don't ask for any independent audit, a company can sign up by completely a short questionnaire and sign a statement of assurance verifying that they and their ingredients suppliers do not conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations or finished products and pledge to do so in the future. Once completed PETA will add these qualifying companies to their list.

Companies will then have the opportunity to licence PETA's own cruelty free bunny logo. There are two versions, cruelty free and for companies who sell an entirely vegan product line the 'Cruelty-Free and Vegan' logo is available.


I cannot find whether or not PETA have a FCOD but honestly I find this logo and agreement are flimsy. To me, there might be too little research and just going off an agreement like that isn't solid enough for me.

In a nutshell : PETA have very similar regulations as The Leaping Bunny but are not as strict and are based more on a matter of trust between the companies and PETA.

I have noticed with some companies, they don't always put the logo on their products sometimes due to re-branding, they often wait until then or they choose not to display it at all or they too might have an itty bitty disclaimer WITH THEIR CHOSEN TEXT VARIATION but warning please bring your magnifying glass for those AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT TEXT MAY MEAN. I find it so weird when companies do that! Research, research, research.

Being animal cruelty free isn't easy and I understand that, we are continuously tricked by these smoke and mirror claims, we want to believe when we are reading something in a shop, it is what it claims. Yet there is more to it all than it seems.

Animal testing can also get confusing. We all known Estee Lauder owns companies we love and EL test on animals but through research what I've lead to understand that just because these parent companies test, doesn't mean their offspring does. Big example : Loreal - tests on animals. It's a parent company to The Body Shop who are very high on their laurels on being cruelty free but the big question is, do their profits go back into their parent companies who do a lot of animal testing? AVON purchased Liz Earle in 2010, AVON test on animals but Liz Earle has stated, it still views itself as an independent company and will remain loyal to their philosophy, principles and products. Liz Earle have stated their profit is reinvested in our people, products and services.

Some brands are animal cruelty free but do not carry the logo such as LUSH & Dr. Hauschka, this can be for numerous reason, they may not want to pay for the licensing fee to use the logo or in LUSH's case they are left off the 'cruelty free' lists because organisations don't understand or their policy, don't have a convenient pigeon hole or because they only list companies licensed under their own scheme. Dr. Hauschka says there are so many companies they do not want to be affiliated with just one. Most brands today one their F.A.Q sections will normally tell you if they test on animals or not and if you are concerned and have a Twitter, Facebook or email account, get in contact with them.

I know sometimes when your shopping you tend to think, more expensive means the better product and in some cases possibly but if your want to comply. A lot of own brand stores comply with the FCOD such as Aldi, Argos, Co-Op, Marks and Spencer, Next, Nisa, Sainsbury's, Somerfield, Superdrug, Tesco and Waitrose.

My last section is on the logos and claims is the text variations! 

"No Animal Testing" - This might mean they are using the 5 year rolling rule as explained above. It also could mean the ingredients are testing on animals but their finished product isn't. You might see it as "We Do No Test on Animals" meaning their company contacts labs to do the testing for them such as Boots brands, Chanel, Clarins, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Revlon and Tresemme.

“In 1987, Clarins was the first French company to cease product testing on animals.”

Just because Clarins claim they cease product testing it doesn't mention their ingredients meaning, they buy ingredients that are tested on animals just not the overall product.

It could mean any of these are no general regulations or oversights in using the worlds 'no animal testing' or 'cruelty-free'. "Finished Product not tested on animals" could mean they don't test that finished product on animals but the ingredients are. Just different wording to the "No Animal Testing".

Just as "100% natural" or "No Animal Ingredients" can mean anything but their ingredients are potentially harmful or include beeswax, cochineal, lanolin, honey which are animal / insect derived ingredients.

You can find a BUAV Approved Cruetly Free companies here in the meantime Dolce Vanity has updated it's Cruelty Free Blog policy

Thank you for reading this and I hope this has helped you there is a lot of information, I know. Yet sometimes our bunnies are saying something we thought all meant one thing but each bunny carries a different policy.

Any question, drop me a line or a comment.

How much did you understand the bunny logo? 
Do you purchase more from animal cruelty brands?

-Love xo

QVC SS13 Press Day

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I met up with Grace from All That Slap and we made our way over to the QVC S/S 13 press day, well after a little department store nose around of course.

A stone throws away from Selfridges, the press day was located in a very lovely penthouse. Made you not want to move.



LuLu & Kelly Hoppen
When I mentioned LuLu to my nan, she stopped me and said 'Wait you met, LuLu?!' I said no and she looked disappointed lool, she said oh yeah LuLu back in the day when she use to be up there, singing and shaking her boobies -lmao, yeah the conversations in this house. So in my mind, any time later, find LuLu for my nan and do a good deed. She does look fabulous for her age though!



We was walked through the extended Liz Earle Make-up range for next year and I decided to be lavished on and there was some colours that she had been dying to use and she thought I was perfect, the lip pencil, lipstick and blush name all escape my mind - so sorry. The collection looks lovely. We was also told about a new hair product by Liz Earle that is being released, smells gorgeous, really was divine in the hair.


We cannot forget the custom cakes, lethal. I was being so good until the shortbread with icing! Then it turned everything upside down as I could of had those all night and get even more bigger. Grace and I got our nails done by the nails inc girls, who were lovely.

Anna Griffin Page Flags - Hairfix - LuLu's Time Bomb ( QVC chocolate lolly ) 



OLEHENRIKSEN Firm Action Mask

Friday, November 23, 2012


As soon as I opened this, it smelt like my bentonite clay mask which is the third listed ingredient and it's the smell I can identify straight away - it's not a bad thing if your use to the scent as I am. This contains ingredients which I like to use by themselves, for me it's a multi ingredient mask of all my favourites. Aloe Leaf Juice, Bentonite and Witch Hazel.

This clay mask dries, quickly and it's very tight. Has to be one of the tightest masks. I've ever used to date. I dare try move a muscle in case it all cracks and falls off. They recommend you use this for 20 - 30 minutes and 2 - 3 times a week. Very frequent mask if you think about most times your recommended a mask a week


You can see within the circles where the mask has cracked and rippled from the firming action.

Ingredients Benefit:
Aloe leaf juice Moisturizes, calms and heals
Calendula Heals damaged skin
Dead sea salt Purifies, deeply cleanses and uplifts
Echinacea Strengthens the skin’s outer layer
Golden seal extract Reduces inflammation, astringent
Kaolin Fine china clay absorbs moisture and clarifies

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Kaolin, Bentonite, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Daucus Carota Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)

What I love about this mask it does make my face feel smooth, clean and bright. Dries out spots that are on the surface but not so much for the ones under the skin which did make me a little disappointed as I hope with the inflammation ingredient it would help those too. I do only leave it on for 15 minutes and with these types of masks it's good to moisturise the lips before because once your face is temporarily paralysed lol, your lips begin to get dry. I'm going to try the recommended 20 - 30 minutes and see if that helps more with any spots. Rinsing this off with warm water, it glides off. Previous clay masks I have used, I feel I have to really work at it to remove it. This is what also makes this mask a dream to use.

Share with me your favourite mask in the comment section :)

This company does not test on animals

Sleek Sparkle 2 Palette

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sleek MakeUP Sparkle 2 i-Divine £7.99* 

It's that time again, Christmas is upon us and the Christmas palettes are rolling out. Here is the Sparkle 2 palette!! Sleek MakeUP have released the sister palette to the Sparkle i-Divine two years after the first palette.


Sparkle 2 i-Divine is another highly pigmented shimmery palette which was all over the A/W catwalk. For Christmas eyes go for that high pigmented, glittery, shimmery eyes to make a statement as much as your outfit.



Sparkle 2 has 12 shades like all the i-Divine palettes, with four shimmer shades : Gold, Silver, Copper and Deep Bronze. With burgundy's, greens, purples and royal blues. Adding the gunmetal greys and icy black for that extra depth to your look.

All swatches are in order of the colours above in the palette.

Chocolate Penny, Mulled Wine, Festive, Gold Ribbon, Tinsel and Twinkle must be my favourites out this palette. Once again the colour pay off is there. I know people have commented that the texture has changed a lot since the palettes were first released, I must admit the texture has changed, they are more chalky with some colours as before when they were released they did kind of crumbled as they were very soft.

There's one thing I can never deny is the pigmentation. Hopefully I can get some looks out this palette before Christmas is up.

Available from the 5th December 2012 online or at Superdrug stores
Price : £7.99

Christmas Party Outfit Ideas

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1.Sequin Trim Grecian Chiffon Maxi 2. Sculptured Platform Shoe 3. One Shoulder Chiffon Maxi 4. Diamante Trim Necklace & Jewel Colour Necklace 

I'm sure you've got upcoming parties to go to, for whatever occasion this holiday season. I've picked out a few of my favourite City Goddess* things to wear for this and I hope you love them like I do.

The maxi dress of course never just for Summer, perfect all year round, different styles take it from beach / lounge wear to a conversation piece. Grecian dresses are one of my most favourite dresses, I have a love affair for them (wish I had more places to wear them) This dress comes in different shades but I love it personally in this shade because I find the sequins blend in a lot nicer and are softer overall. Chiffon maxi has a delicate appeal to it, the embellishments give it that extra omph but once again it's soft and to me has a vintage appeal to it due to the bottom.

Being an owner of heeless shoes, is it bias of me to love these? Yes but if you want to add something to your outfit, these shoes do it, imagine turning around and the shoe lovers noticing..'Wait, she has no heel' they begin to question the defiance of how your balancing but practice a little before going to the party..these are your keep walking forward shoes.

Peter pan collars are a popular statement necklace and with different embellishments on them, you have such a variety to suit your personal style, you'll never be stuck with what to pick. City Goddess is a good choice this party season.

Let me know your favourite party piece to wear!!

Luxury Gift Picks from Dunhill

Monday, November 19, 2012

1. Golf Umbrella 2. Vee Neck Fine Merino Pullover 3. Gyro white MOP PP Cufflinks 4. Classic Small Holdall

" We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give "
 - Winston S. Churchill

We can never forget about the men in our lives, if it's our dad, brother, uncle, cousin or spouse. I find it easier to shop for other women, I seem to finish the gift shopping for them before the men. Christmas is upon us at a rapid speed, it's time to grab great gifts and Dunhill, have some luxury gifts for those who really want to spoil this season.

I love ties on men ( very anti bow tie for gents ) Dunhill have a selection of silk luxury ties in a range of patterns and colours. I was automatically drawn to this classic yellow tie. These are definitely for the tie appreciative. You can also find great gifts for him from ASOS & Next this Christmas.

What's on the list for the men in your life?

Wild about Beauty

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Wild about Beauty is brought to you by International make-up artist Kim Jacob and Louise Redknapp. This collection has naturally active ingredients and is skin nourishing. Has such naturally active ingredients such as Winter Cherry Extract, German Chamomile and Organic Rose Water, these help enrich & care for your skin whilst enhancing your natural beauty.

What Just Happened?

Friday, November 16, 2012


I contemplated discussing this for a while but when do I ever shy away from things?

I travelled into London to go to an event, I arranged to meet someone and while waiting a man came up to me I had my earphones in and I only caught some of the sentence. He asked me where a specific road was, I answered him - sorry I don't know. He started to walk away but turned back and asked me for my name, I ignored him as I wasn't interested, he then got his phone and put it to my face and proceeded to tell me to give him my number and I'm going to come to a party with him and his friend - he was alone at the time. That aggravated me as it was very unnecessary for him to do that so I said to him 'No, just f*** off!' which got him heated ' Well f*** you, you hoe!' I just thought wow, okay not needed. It left me feeling a little uncomfortable, I'm standing alone and waiting and this guy is copping an attitude towards me while on his phone.

Nearly an hour waiting, the person I was meeting didn't turn up..I decided to go ahead and try and find the event location. My phone was on the verge of dying, I'm lugging around bags and I stopped by a wall to text a good friend to inform her my phones about to die, I might have to go home just as I sent that, my phone dies and I get a hand in-between my legs, shocked I turn around and it's the guy from earlier with his friend. He recalled our earlier altercation and said to me I am going to come to a party with him and his friend. At this moment, my mind is running 100 miles per hour with thoughts of 'what ifs?' ... the only thing I could think was, if I don't move now, I'm never going to move. Not knowing if my legs were going to be strong enough to go or just be jelly an buckle underneath me...I used my bags to help push him out the way and I continued to run.

Alone, no phone, miles from home. All I wanted to do was get home and just feel safe.
Shock set in and I spent my evening on auto-pilot. I didn't want to think what happened to me, I know I felt violated and like a worthless piece of meat. Just there for the taking!

Not until I told my mum the next day did I have a huge cry, let it all out. The Ice Queen had melted. I didn't go to the police, another thing swept under the rug. It's nothing serious to them. I felt ashamed I got myself into that situation, the blame game had begun.

Unfortunately to say, this isn't something that's unusual for me. It's an unfortunate recurrence. If it's not a man inappropriately groping, being degrading or physically trying to remove me from where I am because they are not getting what they want it happens.

I've noticed that when I've mentioned this to male friends, the reactions have been varied some find it quite humorous and dismiss it as banter / light hearted fun. It makes me wonder, are those the types to watch out for? The ones who find it to not be something serious? Others were shocked with responses of 'why is it always you?'

It might always be me to them but I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Ladies, what I'm saying is, this is not banter nor light hearted fun. It's a violation, nobody should feel they have the right to touch or disrespect us because they're not getting what they want. There's a lot of events happening daily by 5pm it's dark. Be prepared (know where your going, maps, phone fully charged etc.), meet with someone you know and rely on if you can.

I actually carry an alarm on me, I've had one for years but I got to the point where I stopped carrying it with me, unfortunately I do need to travel a bit lighter as I do carry everything but the kitchen sink and I even have an on the go charger as I never want to be put in that predicament again.

Be safe.

- Update : Thank you for your supportive words and RTs. I'm sorry for others who have had to go through something similar like this too. We must look out for each other more if possible especially with attending events and really think ahead, don't look upon it as being negative or it's too much hassle, your safety isn't a negative thing.

Champneys Distant Shores

Friday, November 16, 2012


Bathtime is my most favourite time. The aroma of the room, the steam, comfort, it's relaxing to just lay back and soak and age temporarily due to the skin resembling a prune.

Champneys always have great products that smell luxurious. Perfect for presents or just to pamper yourself. My nan had the Oriental Opulence range, just gorgeous. This one just tops it, I'm already such a sucker for fruity scents and this one is bursting with fruity - citrus scents that I'm surprised I haven't used these all up in one go.

Over indulging maybe but the smell and benefits are just worth it.


Christmas Wishlist with ASOS

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

1 GHD Metallic Styler from ASOS, £135, 2. POP Limited Edition Portfolio Kit, £21, 3. Stila Limited Edition All Is Bright Lip Glaze Set, £18.50 4. Cowshed Limited Edition Best Of Cowshed Set 5. ASOS Exclusive Gold Owl Compact Mirror, £12, 6. Nails Inc The Paparazzi Mini Nail Polish Set, £39.50

It’s that time of year again, and whether we like to admit it or not our thoughts are on what we hope to unwrap on Christmas morning! To help our loved ones make that all important decision now is the time to start dropping hints and bookmarking pages on our favourite websites. Christmas is great for snapping up bargains and getting our hands on limited edition box sets, so why not point people in the right direction?


If you’re lucky enough to get an expensive gift, make it some festive GHD’s in metallic red, gold or silver. Perfect for mastering those party hairstyles! For a more modest budget it’s always good to have a few things in mind. ASOS have got it covered with their beauty department, offering everything from make-up to body care. Here are a few favourites for pampering yourself and trying out any new make-up trends, including this cute owl compact mirror!




What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?

Urban Decay Smoked Palette - Rockstar Look

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


What can I say, I adore this palette. Truthfully! There are 10 shades here that I would wear them all and I love that. As sometimes I hate getting palettes where I don't end up using most the colours and it annoys me. Really, does. Not with this one. I know that the Naked palettes left a mark with people and I wasn't sure many would get this palette but I'm glad to of received it.


Included with this palette is a UDPP in Original, 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Perversion and even a booklet with 12 ways to wear a smokey eye written by Urban Decay Founder Wende Zomnir. Gives some good tips for those who really want to get a good use out of this palette. When I did my look, I didn't really stick to any look within the book. Yet I thought to myself. Remember when the whole, rockstar look was the trend, blanked out lips, smoked eyes. The focus was all on the eyes. Didn't have to be clean and with smoked eyes, I notice a lot do prefer black. I enjoy having different coloured smoked eyes, browns are a everyday friendly colour, purple can be that alternative to black. Back in 2007 and 2008 I use to lurve smokey green eyes.

Today I went with my own entitled : - Rockstar. 






Face
Elisa Coy Snail Cream
Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation - Natural Beige 
Wild About Beauty - Golden Skin Glow
Wild About Beauty - Smooth Over Concealer Kit in Medium 
MAC Ambering Rose Blush

Eyes
Barlust in crease
Rockstar on lid and smudged under lash line
24/7 Glide on Pencil in Rockstar under lash line 
24/7 Glide on Pencil on waterline in Perversion 
Evidence, lightly pressed on top of Rockstar 

Lips
MAC Peachstock l/s
MAC 2N Lipglass


Urban Decay Smoked Palette, yay or nay?

Topshop Beguiled Lipstick & Cream Blush Head Over Heels

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Topshop Beguiled £8.00* & Head Over Heels £6.00*

Topshop make-up is one brand I've yet to try. I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to try their brand of cosmetics but so far I'm really impressed. I'm going to share my review of them today!


Back with the dark lips for the latter seasoned months. Beguiled is a deep wine colour, satin matte, that glides on beautifully. I love how it feels as if my lips are getting moisture instead of drying out. It has quite a nice lasting on me, shocking. It can give me a good colour (minus eating & drinking) for 4 - 5hrs which for me is a positive. Autumnal colour but would be perfect for those Christmas parties next month.

Coral cream blush, has a peach tone but in my images wants to appear pink. It's not. On me this gives a nice subtle tone on my cheeks, nothing to overbearing. Egar beaver me decided to swatch it before the images were taken ( so unlike me ) being so bright, I was a little worried it might be too bright for me. It's not, thank you God. It's a lovely pick me up shade. I would say roughly from when I did my make-up til I took the pictures was a few hours staying power, so nothing too great.

Above is a look that I done using them, I wanted to keep it simple, eye and lips as the focus.

FACE:

Elisa Coy Snail Cream
Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation - Natural Beige
Wild About Beauty - Golden Skin Glow
Wild About Beauty - Smooth Over Concealer Kit in Medium
Topshop Blush - Head Over Heels

EYES:

Inika Eyeliner - Cocoa
Makeup Academy - Heaven & Earth Palette
Body Collection Individual Lashes
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara - Black

LIPS:

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment
Sleek MakeUP Khol Pencil - Mossberry
Topshop Beguiled

Have you tried Topshop MakeUp? If not, does the brand interest you?