Friday, 27 July 2012

primark haul

Hi everyone! 

Quick haul post from me today. Tomorrow is my birthday so expect a few posts about that! But for now, here's a post about what I bought from Primark last weekend :)

Primark Cat Print Shirt

Primark Cat Print Shirt

First up is this sheer cat print blouse/shirt. I haven't bought into the sheer shirt trend at all, it just hasn't appealed to me, but the cat print and reduced price (£3 I think) swayed me to give it a try! I will definitely wear a vest underneath it but other than that I really like it and think I can wear it quite a few different ways. One thing I love about this (aside from the print of course!) is that the buttons are covered by the extra strip of material - I just really like how that looks :)

Primark Horse Print Top

Primark Horse Print Top

Of course, the horse print swayed me as well! This is a more jersey type material so I'm more comfortable in this one, although again I do need a vest top underneath.

Primark Houndstooth Cardigan

Primark Houndstooth Cardigan

I have no idea why I'm buying cardigans in July! But cardigans are something I always seem to be drawn to, I love that I could be wearing what would otherwise be quite a smart dress, but adding a cardigan like this can dress it down. I think I just have a bit of a thing for thick cardigans!

Primark Cardigan

Primark Cardigan

Another cardigan! Please ignore the mess in the first photo, I have no idea how I missed that when going through the pictures! Anyway, what I like about this cardigan is that in a way it feels more like a blazer than a cardigan. It feels a bit more structured and the material just feels more blazer-y (clearly not a word!).

Primark Navy Shift Dress

I bought this dress originally for work meetings and that sort of thing, but I don't think it's too smart to wear for other things too! I'm especially happy with this because I thought it was costing me £13 and it scanned through at £5 - bargain!

Primark Navy Lace Dress

Primark Navy Lace Dress

Possibly my favourite item! Looking through my wardrobe, I definitely have a thing for navy dresses, I think this is my 5th or 6th! But I really love the lace on this, and the fact that it's cream lightens up the colour a little. This came with a black bow belt that is actually quite nice, but definitely doesn't go with this dress, so I took it off for the photo.

Anyway that's all for now, like I said it's my birthday tomorrow so I'll try to do a couple of outfit posts and a 'what I got' post. Have you bought anything from Primark recently? Would love to see posts/videos!

Hope you liked!

Monday, 23 July 2012

real techniques core collection

Hi everyone!

This post is kind of overdue but as always with things like this I think the longer I've had a product, the easier it is to talk about it.

Today I'm going to be talking about the Real Techniques Core Collection makeup brushes. I'll be honest, I was quite late to the Pixiwoo party and I honestly don't know why. I knew of the sisters but hadn't really watched any of their videos. These brushes are what introduced me to them, they were being spoken about all over the blogging world, and it really interested me to see something made by someone who is actually part of the community.

Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Core Collection

I bought the Core collection a couple of months ago and am so glad I did! It consists of four brushes - the Detailer brush, Pointed Foundation brush, Contour brush and the famous Buffing brush.
The brushes come with a case/stand which honestly I haven't used because I already have a brush roll that fits more brushes which I use for travel, but if I didn't I can see how this would be useful. 

Real Techniques Detailer Brush

The detailer brush I believe is intended for concealer, but I find concealer always works better for me when applied with my fingers. I use this as a lip brush which it's fine for, although it could maybe do with being a little firmer. Thinking about it now I've written this, detailer could be for lips anyway!

Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush

I don't really use the foundation brush, I find its far too small. I use this if for any reason I do want to use a brush with my concealer, but to be honest I don't get much use out of this - and I have a feeling I'm not alone in that. 

Real Techniques Contour Brush
Real Techniques Contour Brush

I rarely contour, but I use the contour brush for my blusher and it works great for that. I find it so much better at blending than anything else I own - it doesn't matter how much blusher I accidentally put on the brush, I can always blend it out and tone it down with this brush, which I love. On the odd occasion I wear highlighter or contour, I use this and it works just as well for that too, its not so big that it covers your face but its not too small to do the job either. I really enjoy using this. 

Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Real Techniques Buffing Brushcs 047

Now for what I think most people would consider the star of the core collection, possibly the whole range - the buffing brush. Before I bought this set I'd seen SO many bloggers saying they haven't used anything else since getting this brush, and I can totally see why. It blends in any foundation I've thrown at it, be it thick or thin, and gets rid of any lines and streaks with such little effort. I won't go on for too much because like I said I'm quite late to this party and I'm sure you've seen plenty of reviews already, but suffice to say I love this brush! If I had to come up with a negative I would say sometimes it seems like it's almost working too well, and buffing my foundation off my face in some areas, specifically around my nose. I think this is because my skin is so oily especially in that area, but as time goes on I'm learning the techniques that work for me to avoid that from happening. 

One thing I haven't mentioned already because it goes for all the brushes and I didn't see the point in writing it 4 times - these brushes are SO SOFT! The softest brushes I've ever felt! I've spent money on MAC brushes and I have pretty much not used my MAC foundation brush since buying this kit, which I think is really saying something.

Overall I really do just love this kit, obviously some brushes more than others but for the price I don't have any problems at all with them! I am definitely interested in trying other brushes from the kit, maybe the eye kit and the powder brush, and then more recently the Expert Face brush came out and I really want to try that!

Do you have this kit? What do you think?

Thursday, 19 July 2012

what i ate - spanish edition!

Hi everyone!

I know this isn't really a cooking blog, but I have done a few food posts in the past and I do love food - don't we all! The food in Spain was gorgeous - I was more adventurous than last year and enjoyed the food so much more, which is saying something as it was lovely last year too :) I ate fish pretty much every day in some way and I'm missing it now - it's just not the same over here!

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few of the photos I took of my food, so you can all be jealous :D

Where I can remember, I've named the place the food was from, we stayed in a town called Moraira, about halfway between Valencia and Alicante, about an hour or so away from Benidorm too. So if you're ever in that part of Spain, these are my recommendations :) 

Paella - of course! I think I had 3 or 4 paellas in total and I miss it now :(

Chinese - not very Spanish I know but we went last year and it was so good we had to go back! We ate the starters too fast to take a photo but they were amazing :) This Chinese was called Golden Bay, if you are ever in the area - definitely try it out!

Spanish Omelette
Bryn's (my boyfriend) burger and chips. I had a Spanish omelette (they call it a tortilla) - it's basically omelette with lots of potato and onion in it - lovely, but only when done right I found :)

Satay Chicken
Bryn's Satay Chicken. This is from a restaurant called El Nido which we ate at I think 3 or 4 times - would totally recommend! Gorgeous food and a great atmosphere :)

Sea Bass
Sea bass, also at El Nido - beautiful! I think I had the exact same meal last year and it was just as good, if not better, this year!

Mojito - my drink of choice in Spain, so yummy!

Baked Alaska
Baked Alaska - I have to admit we didn't eat much of this, there was too much for 2 people really, but doesn't it look impressive?!

Chicken Baguette
Spicy Chicken Baguette - this had chicken, red peppers and onions in sweet chilli sauce - so many of my favourite things, and it was gorgeous! Washed down with a lemon ice tea - yum!

Strawberry Mojito
Strawberry Mojito. I was curious to try this as I wasn't sure about strawberry and mint together, but it was delicious! They had all kinds of fruit mojitos and I wish I'd tried more!

Awesome bottle my ice tea came in :)

Bryn's steak - the hot stone was sizzling basically the whole time he was eating - he had to wear a very fetching bib so he didn't get covered in grease :D I'm told it was lovely!

Salmon in a tomato/herb sauce with potatoes - this was incredible! This was our last meal and I think it was very possibly my favourite of the holiday! Tasted amazing and I loved the way it was served. This and the above and below photos were from a restaurant called Tutti Frutti in Altea and I would highly recommend it. At basically every meal we had bread and ali oli (spelling? - garlic mayonnaise basically) which was lovely but on this night it was so much nicer! The bread rolls came still very warm in a cute little fabric bag type thing, and was the best bread ever :) Can you tell I loved this place?!

Dessert - chocolate truffles. A little too sickly and I had to give 2 of them away, but they were so yummy!

So that's pretty much all for my Spanish food adventure. I ate some really delicious food, it was a bit depressing to be eating back in England! But I loved all of it :)

Have you ever been to Spain - what did you think of the food? What was your favourite dish?

Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, 2 July 2012

MUA lipstick - shade 16 nectar

Hi everyone!

I have a lipstick post for you today. This post is going to be about a lipstick from MUA which I believe is a new addition to their range - Shade 16 Nectar.

MUA Lipstick - Shade 16 Nectar
I bought this lipstick a few hours before I went on holiday to Spain. I thought it would be a good one to wear while I was away and probably forget about once I got back, because this is the first even slightly orange lipstick I've ever owned, and to be honest I was a little scared.

MUA Lipstick - Shade 16 Nectar

I tried to play around with the settings on this photo to get it colour accurate but it's still not quite right - its more orange and bright than this shows. It's more like the little bit of colour at the bottom as shown in the first photo I suppose.

MUA Lipstick - Shade 16 Nectar

I find this lipstick is slightly more coral than it's showing here, but as you can see it's an orangey peach shade. I wish it was this pigmented on my lips, I have to say! Not the most important thing, but this also smells really good!

MUA Lipstick - Shade 16 Nectar
MUA Lipstick - Shade 16 Nectar

As you can see, it's quite sheer on the lips - this took a couple of coats to get to. That being said, I was quite grateful of this because it meant I could ease myself into orangey lips without going straight to full on opaque bright orange.

I really like this, like I said I was worried I'd forget about it in the UK but actually I've worn it a couple of times and really enjoyed it! I have 3 MUA lipsticks now and this is the sheerest but I think it works for the colour. I definitely want to try more lipsticks from MUA and the price - £1! - means there's no reason not to!

Have you tried this, or any other MUA lipsticks? What do you think of it?

Hope you liked!