Saturday, 13 September 2014

Mini review #16 - Heart & Home candles!

So like most bloggers  normal people, I love a good candle. My flat is filled with them; from little tea lights to large pillar candles. Scented and unscented, there's just something about the light from a candle that is so much cosier than just having a lamp on (or worse, the big light, *shudders*). So, when the lovely people at IWOOT asked if I'd like to try a selection of scented candles from the Heart & Honey*, I jumped at the chance.

Coming in a pack of four votive-style candles, the set included Lily of the Valley, Fresh Linen, Jasmine Daydream and French Vanilla. I thought this was a really good mix, with the two floral scents being balanced out nicely by the clean smelling linen and the classic vanilla. I burned them all at separate times to make sure I could appreciate each scent - and I was really impressed with just how much they managed to fill the room despite being quite small!

I'm not sure this exact set is currently available on IWOOT, though I'm told it will be in stock soon. They have quite a lot of Heart & Home candles available on the site though, and if this set is anything to go by then they're definitely worth a try as they're good value for money! The large Lily of the Valley jar candle is next on my list - the smell reminds me of growing up as it's my Mum's favourite.

Are you obsessed with burning candles too? I can't get enough of them!

Eve x

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Birthday wishlist!

Sooo tomorrow is officially September which means I can really start getting excited about my birthday in a few weeks!

I haven't done a wishlist in absolutely AGES so I figured now would be a good time. A lot of the things on the list are massively boring (a set of pans and a Brita filter water bottle don't exactly SCREAM 'good time gal') but they are some necessities that I want in my life and will no doubt buy for myself when pay day next comes around!

Clockwise from top left:

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Make do and upcycle: The DIY dressing table

I've been a little bit quiet on the blog recently, as I've started a new job and have been working every hour they can give me to at least try and get myself out of my student overdraft (distant dream). But I have left myself some time for a few of the important things in life, in this case, DIY. 

I love getting little projects on the go around the house with the help of my wonderful and creative Mum. She's bestowed upon me and Eve her love for home decor and doing things yourself! Or at least having a go...

Since moving back home from uni and realising just how much clutter I own, I decided I needed more furniture in my bedroom to be able to hide things away in draws. So with this in mind, I went to my local British heart foundation where I picked up this chest of draws for just £10! All the draws were in good condition and there was no damage to them other than superficial, so I couldn't believe my luck! 

I started off by sanding the whole piece of furniture down, every inch needed to be smoothed and the old battered gloss stripped away. This took a lot of elbow grease and very dusty surroundings, but by the end it was all fresh and ready to be painted! 

You can see what a difference just sanding it down made, so don't be put off a piece of second hand furniture just because it looks a bit tatty - as long as the structure itself is in good nick, don't miss out on a bargain for bad looks!

As I wanted to paint it a pastel green colour, I did a base coat of white just so I wouldn't have to do as many layers of the colour! I chose this Dulux wall paint in Willow Tree for the top colour which I just love! It took about three coats to completely cover the wood and the whole process took me two days in total.

As well as my new chest of draws, I upcycled an old bedside table I already had with the same method and colour to create a cute little set. They don't match exactly, but I kind of think that adds to the shabby chic style that my bedroom is! With a vintage stool that my mum already had lying around (of course) and a matching green jewellery box, I just adore my newly loved pre owned furniture! 

So what do you think of mu DIY dressing table? Have you upcycled any of your furniture recently?

Faye x 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Mini review #15 - Concoction Shampoo and Conditioner

As some of you may know, I used to work at Lookfantastic on the Beauty Hub, blogging about all things beauty and generally being a bit of an SEO wizard (srsly, this picture says it all).

As well as the day to day elements of my job, it was fortunately one that allowed me and my colleagues to sample the odd beauty product to see what we thought before we stocked something. One such product was from the brand new Concoction range, and to say I was excited was an understatement.

Concoction specialise in customised haircare, you pick a 'ShampYou Base Blend' (I went for the Bakhour one as I'd heard good things about the smell!) and then you pick two shots of the Super Serums that you add to the shampoo in the top of the bottle before using it. I chose two of the Beautiful Brunette serums, but you can mix and match depending on your hair type and colour which is really cool! I finished my order with the Cashmere and White Lily Conditioner and I was ready to go!

The first thing I noticed when using this Shampoo and Conditioner was the smell. Oh, the smell. The shampoo is a sort of sweet, musky scent that isn't too overpowering whilst the conditioner is sweet with a floral hint of lily - making it really nice and fresh.

After washing my hair, it felt really soft and shiny, so given the unique selling point, heavenly smell and super soft hair, you can imagine I was pretty pleased with this product. But it wasn't until about four days later that I became super impressed; when I realised that not only had I not washed my hair again that week - but I hadn't actually needed to. Now, I'm not someone who washes their hair everyday, but it needs it at least two or three times a week to stop it looking dull or dry. However, with this, it's no exaggeration to say that I only need to wash it the once (twice if we're being picky). I have no idea why that is, because I've been touching my hair and shoving it up half way through the day just as much as I normally would.

So, despite this range being a touch on the expensive side (a set will cost around £30 altogether), I can wholeheartedly say I recommend it. Not just because it smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling soft, but because of how much time and effort it is saving me! It makes my hair feel super clean for those crucial few days in between washes, so much so that I am now washing my hair less. And you know what means, less time spent washing hair and more time doing ANYTHING else in the world because washing your hair is really boring. Amazing!

What do you think of the Concoction range? Have you tried it? You can (of course) shop the full range on Lookfantastic, and you can check out their official website here!

Eve x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Still in summer mode!

Anyone else clinging onto summer? Praying that Bank Holiday weekend will pull it out of the bag and be beach weather? Stocking up on the last of the supermarket's Pimms?

I am. And as I look out of the window at the grey skies, drizzle and the evenings that are getting ever so slightly shorter, I can't help but look down at my nails and notice that they are still completely in summer mode.

Yep - I'm hanging on to these last few weeks of summer, and continuing my romance with pastels. Namely these four beauties:

What do you think of these shades? Is there anything else you're clinging onto before Autumn/Winter trends fully kick in?

Eve x

Monday, 4 August 2014

Getting creative with lipstick!

As a pinterestaholic and a hoarder of more beauty products than anyone needs, I'm always on the prowl for new make-up techniques that I can try out or finding a look that calls for a new beauty purchase! 

I'm not sure why, but I tend to do up my eyes rather than my lips, and go for a statement shadow or bold eyeliner when I'm trying to mix things up, but lately I've been giving some more attention to my lips and have fallen a bit in love with a few tricks I've learnt to make my puckers peachier! 

The Kylie Jenner:

Who else follows this insanely gorgeous SIXTEEN year old on Instagram and feels a pang of jealously when you see those plump, pouty lips covered in a beautiful nude lipstick? Same. Well, if you can't beat her, join her! For this look, you'll need a nude lip liner and nude lip gloss. Go slightly over your natural lip line, being cautious not to look too much like Pamela Anderson (although I think a little bit of Pammy is okay!) Then fill in with gloss, this will make your lips look even plumper as it'll reflect the light. 

The Foil Effect:

You'll need lipgloss and a powder eyeshadow or bronzer for this look. I used a brown coloured gloss under a shimmery bronzer, but you could use even gold eyeshdow for added metallic-ness. It's actually more wearable than you think, as long as you don't lick your lips too often! It also reminds me of the brown/gold shimmer lipglosses that the likes of Eternal and Honeyz used to wear. Oh nineties, how I miss you so. 

The Two Toned:

For this look, I used a purple and pink lipstick as well as lip liner. Starting from the outsides, fill in with the purple lipstick and leave the middle for only the pink. Smudge the lines where the colours meet to give a two toned effect. Again, another one that's more wearable than you'd think (provided you pop both lippies in your bag for touch ups!)

The Ombré: 

Probably my favourite out of the four, purely because of how summery it is! To create this look, I used a hot pink lipstick, a cool-toned pink and a purple lipstick. I put hot pink on my top lip, purple on the bottom and then dabbed the cool pink where my lips naturally meet in the middle. You could use any colours for this, but I love the warm to cool ombré effect. 

Super simple and easy ways to mix up your make-up routine! Would you try any of these? Check out my 'An eyeliner a day!' post for inspiration if eye make-up is more your thing!

Faye x

Friday, 1 August 2014

Spotify | The summer playlist!

For some reason, music isn't something we ever really touch on on this blog. I'm not sure why, as I listen to music constantly. All day, everyday. I'm the office DJ (for no reason other than I have Spotify premium and happen to be closest to the speaker plug) and there's nothing I love more than discovering a new band, album or just listening to songs I've loved for years.

With that in mind, I thought I would embed a bit of a summer playlist for you guys to feast your eyes ears on. It's not necessarily one that contains my current favourite obsessions (Ultraviolence in its entirety, anyone?) but if there is a summery activity going on at the moment, be it a BBQ, picnic or just good old fashion beer garden bevs, you can guarantee these songs will feature somewhere!

It's a total mixture of genres, artists and eras. Some songs I've recently discovered, others that remind me of school holidays, when you'd throw your bike down on the front garden, run into your (unlocked house) for a drink and head straight back out. There are songs that remind me of being in yellow bubble with my best friends, a certain Summer of Love party last year and some that make me think of a picnic as recently as last week. If you fancy listening, the playlist can be opened in Spotify here!

The best season by far. What's on your summer playlist? 

Eve x

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