Friday, 28 February 2014

St David's Day

Hello beautiful people, today is 1st March which means its St David's Day.  My Dad is Welsh (and his name is David) so I feel its only right to mention St David's Day and of course, the lovely daffodil.  I'm a big fan of daffodils a) because they are yellow and that's my favourite colour and b) because its one of the first Spring flowers you see after the winter and everything starts growing again.




I've been thinking a lot about yellow recently because it's all over the magazines and clearly going to be one of the years' best selling colours.  Vibrant or pastel it seems there's something to suit everyone, I'm definitely going to be on the look out the next time I go clothes shopping.  I don't know about anyone else but I am SO BORED with my dull winter wardrobe now, I can't wait to get into some pretty colours again.

So, on the yellow theme, I've found some nice yellow clothes and accessories, see what you think.  I love the dresses, I hope we get a nice summer so can wear clothes like that!








Happy St David's Day!

Maria
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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Shoes, glorious shoes!

Hi beautiful people, so Spring is in the air and and so is wedding season,  I'm attending two weddings this year, one in April and one at the end of May so of course I've started thinking about my outfit already (I only need half an excuse to look at dresses, shoes and accessories).  I love planning what to wear to a wedding, I think I'm going to wear something I've already got in my wardrobe as I do have about five dresses that I can wear and that I haven't worn more than once or twice, and I'll buy shoes and a bag to go with them.

This week my littlest boy has been poorly so I've had a lot of time to peruse lots of shoe sites whilst he's been sleeping on the sofa and I've been keeping an eye on him.  I thought I'd do a quick post showing a few of my favourites that I've picked out.  I'm still not sure what I'm wearing but I've got outfits that will go with any of these shoes, it just depends on what I choose (and how much I allow myself to spend on a pair of shoes!).



Top L to R
Neon Yellow Court, Boohoo £25.00
Tatiana Printed Court, Nine West £95.00

Bottom L to R
Pink Court Faux Suede, M&S £19.50
Green/Yellow Court, Boohoo £20.00






Top L to R
Belle Black/Cream Court, Coast £65.00
Samira Nude Patent Leather Court, LK Bennett £160.00

Bottom L to R
Fae Dotted Lizard Print Leather Court, LK Bennett £160.00
Floyd Strappy Black Wedge, Nine West £95.00


I have to say that I'm leaning towards the Nine West Wedges but I also love the colours of the shoes in the first photo.  Decisions, decisions.  The Coast shoes go up to a size 7 and my feet are a size 8 (I'm tall!) so they're not really in the running but I included them because I thought they were so pretty and I'm a bit of a Coast fan, I just love their dresses and accessories and I like the set out of their website, I could spend hours on there.  I find Nine West shoes really comfortable whereas LK Bennetts are a bit tight sometimes, particularly if the toes are pointy.  There's also some really nice stuff on the Boohoo site, not just shoes, so I'll definitely be going back there.

I'll let you know what I decide!

Maria
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

BRITS Beauty

Hi there beautiful people, I'm later with this post than I would have liked as the BRIT Awards was last Wednesday but never mind, here it is.  As I said in a previous post I watched the BRITS for the first time in about 10 years and in keeping with my red carpet addiction I've done a little review on my pick of the dresses (or frocks, as my nan would have said!).



Kylie Minogue, Ella Henderson & Laura Whitmore

I've grouped these ladies together because they're all in black but very different outfits.  Kylie's gone for  shiny material with a big bow and ankle strap platforms, Ella has gone for classic LBD with gorgeous black heels and Laura is wearing 3/4 length trousers teamed with a lovely white jacket.  Ella Henderson was on the X Factor a couple of years ago and controversially got eliminated early in the competition, she's completely revamped her look, I almost didn't recognise her.  There was nothing wrong with her look before but she looks great now.  My favourite is Ella's outfit I think.  That bow on Kylie's dress would get on my nerves!




Rita Ora, Mylene Klass & Rebecca Fergusson

All these ladies have gone for yellow, I love yellow, its one of my favourite colours.  Again, different outfits, think my favourite is Rita's dress but that's only because it's a bit more "evening" as far as I'm concerned.  Myleene suits her dress and its quite unusual for her, she usually wears more classic styles. I really like the way Rebecca's got colour in her clutch bag and her shoes, and that's a great dress too.


Jessie J earlier in the week



Caroline Flack & Jessie J

Great legs ladies!  I think Caroline's wearing a skort
dress, I love this outfit on her, particularly the colour.  Jessie's had a 
couple of outfits this week, the one above was at the actual awards
and the one on the left was at the nominations evening.  I like both her
outfits but I'm not keen on her hair or her lipstick in the one above,
having said that, if anyone can pull it off Jessie can and she does look
fab in that catsuit.






Fearne Cotton & Rosie Huntington-Whitley

These ladies always get it right!  Fearne's been out and about a lot recently at various events and all her outfits have been completely different, love the colour and style of this dress on her, its a proper "party dress".   I think she could probably wear a bin bag and still look great.  Rosie's dress and shoes are actually quite a simple combination but she looks so elegant and that is a gorgeous colour dress.



Lily Allen

Lily also brought a change of clothes with her that night, one to arrive in and one to present the award in, love the black dress and yellow hair (perhaps she should've been in my yellow category?), love both dresses but I still prefer her pink and orange number from the BAFTAs the other night.




Ellie Goulding

Ellie had three outfits that night, this was the first, completely different from the other two (one was a long evening dress and then she performed her song in a bra, shorts and trainer boots).  Ellie, like Fearne can literally carry anything off.  Great hair too, love the plait.


So that's it.  Oscars on Sunday!

Have a great week.

Maria
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Sunday, 23 February 2014

This Week | Review in Pictures

Morning beauty bloggers, hope this week has treated you well.  This post is a bit different for me, its just a bit of a review of my week so its not really beauty related.  Its been half term so the boys have been off school, I'm not a big fan of the February half term, whilst its nice not to have to do any soggy school runs, generally the weather is not good which means that we're all cooped up inside and the boys are rather noisy and boisterous so I have a permanent headache and my nerves are shot to pieces plus my level of nagging goes up which is so tedious, not only for them but for me also!

Anyway, I thought I'd take some photos of the week and then explain each photo, so here goes.






Photo 1 - Dog
This is my lovely Cockerpoo, he's on the review list because I've spent all week on the phone trying to get him into a groomers as he's well overdue for a cut.  Eventually, the Cheshire Dog Spa rescued me, they can take him in a fortnight but that's the earliest appointment.  There are obviously a lot of scruffy dogs out there in need of a pampering!  He's also on my list because its been so wet and his cute little dirty paws have been all over my kitchen floor all week.  I was waging a one woman battle against said mud but I've given up and now I just wait till it dries then hoover it up.  I also keep a towel by the door and wipe his paws when he comes in.  He's very good, he knows to sit and offer his paw - bless.  

Photo 2 - Me and The Boys
This is a photo of me and my two youngest boys, on Wednesday afternoon we took a trip out to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, you can just about see the Lovell Telescope in the background.  Photo was taken by my eldest son with the new camera he got for his birthday, he was very serious about it!  Jodrell Bank is a great place, particularly good if you've got kids that are nuts about space like mine, link to website is:  http://www.jodrellbank.net/

Photo 3 - Cuban Fury Film Poster
Last Sunday my mother in law rescued me and hubby and sent us out to the cinema.  I was in a really bad mood having had quite a stressful weekend and I really didn't want to go but I underestimated the power of a good film.  I can honestly say by the time I came out I felt better.  We saw Cuban Fury, it wasn't the best film I've ever seen but it was funny and engaging and the dancing was really good!





Photo 4 - BRIT Awards
No, I didn't go to the BRITs but I did watch it on TV this year and I worked out its the first time I've watched it all the way through for about 10 years!  I have to say I really enjoyed it, I was cleaning the kitchen at the same time (boring) and it took my mind off the housework.  I think my favourite of the night was Ellie Goulding, she's so humble but such a gorgeous rock star at the same time.  I've also put together a little post on BRITS beauty as I love having a nosey at the dresses, as you'll know, its my favourite thing!  Not quite finished yet but should be up by Monday.  Actually, that's tomorrow.  Best get moving.

Photo 5 - Sunset
This was the one and only sunset last week, as it was particularly grim all week, very cloudy and wet.  This was taken about 5.15 pm, I grabbed my camera and took it before it all disappeared.  This photo reminds me that there IS sun behind the clouds!

Photo 6 - "Urban Coral" Nails
This is me show casing last weeks' nail varnish.  I bought it the other week, its Maybelline Color Show and the colour is "Urban Coral".  Now, I'll admit it does look orangey in the photo but its definitely coral in real life.  Plus I think I only had one coat on at the time, its better with two.  I was impressed with it, it the two coats lasted three days before I got annoyed with the chips and took it off.  As I've said before, I'm heavy with my hands so three days is quite good for me!

Photo 7 - The Boys
Finally, a photo of my little boys standing in front of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank.  I spy a shadow in the photo which means that its possible the sun was attempting to shine.  

Hope you've enjoyed this little review, its been nice to do something a bit different.  This week I've had lots of new ideas for the blog and I'm also going attempt vlogging once I've got the hang of the videoing and the editing, I won't tell you to watch this space as it may take some time!

Have a good week.

Maria xx
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

BAFTA Beauty


On Sunday it was the BAFTA Awards, hosted by Stephen Fry, who is one of my favourite people and as usual I was on Red Carpet Duty from the comfort of my living room sofa with the dog sleeping on one side and a cup of tea and family size bag of Maltesers on the other.  The dog kept trying to get the Maltesers even though I've told him chocolate isn't for dogs.  He had to settle for a Dentastik.

I have to say there wasn't really a dress that stood out per se, (I have higher hopes for The Oscars in a fortnight) but here's a few of my favourite outfits on the night.











So here's Fearne Cotton and she's got it right - again!  I can't quite decide what the dress is made out of but its lovely, at least on her.  That neckline wouldn't suit everybody (least of all me) but it looks fab on her.  Plus I really love her hair.  When I had my hair cut a couple of years ago that's what I was going for.  I didn't quite manage it hence spending the last 12 months "growing it out".








Very impressed with Angelina Jolie for going for something completely different, she looks great in this suit, actually both she and Brad looked really great.  I love her smoky eye make up as well.















   

  







It seems from reviews I've read,  this dress that Lily Allen wore got mixed reactions, I've seen her in the "worst dress" pages a couple of times this week.  I happen to think think it suits her (not sure about the  pink hair, mind you) and actually I'm quite envious as with my colouring I really would not be able to pull off either bright orange nor fuschia pink and especially not together!

There's a lot of gorgeous clashing, bold colours about at the moment, Sandra Bullock wore something similar to the Golden Globes awards.  I think this dress suits Lily's personality so good for her.


Sandra Bullock - Golden Globe dress















I couldn't possibly do a post on the BAFTAs without mentioning Dame Helen Mirren because she got a special award presented to her by Prince William or the Duke of Cambridge, however you want to call him.

Regarding her dress, I think she looks sufficiently regal in it to be receiving such a prestigious award, its also a bit quirky with the skirt being so different to the top half of the dress.  I hope I look as good as her when I'm 60-something (but I doubt it!).












This is lovely Lupita Nyong'o who stars in "12 years a slave" which has been nominated and won lots of awards already this year.  This is such great dress, the skirt is sort of fishtail but does have a little train at the back and Lupita looks great in it but its the dress colour that really makes it, I love green, in all the magazines I'm reading recently green is definitely making a comeback, both in clothes and in make up as well.  















I think this is probably my favourite dress of the night because a) its red which I love and b) its such a beautifully flattering empire line style and c) how gorgeous is this material?
















The Oscars is on Sunday 2nd March.  The dog and I are ready!

Maria
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser | Review


I LOVE this moisturiser.  There, I've said it.  I confess that I am really lax with body moisturiser, to be honest I usually only bother in the summer when there's bits of me on show (lazy, lazy, lazy)!   I saw this advertised on TV, it's a really good advert, you just spray and go so when I spied some in the supermarket I grabbed it.  I am SO impressed with it that I thought I'd share this short review with you.

Firstly, there is no lid as such, to open and close the bottle there is a click left to right mechanism, this is great for me as I am bad with lids, I never replace them and things always dry up, plus if you're carrying it in your gym bag or whatever there's no danger that it's going to pop open and expensively moisturise the inside of your bag and all your clothes ...

Secondly, the spray itself is very good.  It doesn't squirt too much or too little but just enough so that you can do a couple more sprays if you need it.  The smell is also lovely, the one in the picture is "Pure Oat Extract & Stratys" but I am also using the Cocoa Butter one (brown bottle) and that smells heavenly too.

Finally, this is the most important bit - it is a really good moisturiser, it sinks in straight away, it takes literally seconds so you can actually put your clothes on straight after, plus it doesn't make your hand sticky either, and its £4.00 for 190ml.  I'm not sure if this is a good deal or a bad deal but I'll certainly be buying it again and its in the running for February's Favourite Beauty Product.  And, you know what I think would be good?  Now that Spring's on its way it would be great if Vaseline did a gradual tanning moisturiser spray like this, I would certainly buy it.  In the meantime I'll just enjoy using this one and the cocoa butter one.

Has anyone else used this?

Maria
xx



Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Poorly is not Pretty

It had to happen.  The boys seem to have had a cold for most of January, I've managed to dodge it up until now but the other night I woke up with a really sore throat and uh oh, here we go.  It's just a cold, not flu but I feel horrible anyway.

So, I've been knocking back Night Nurse and wow its strong!  But it does work, you have to be careful not to use it with other products containing paracetamol though, that's very important.  Usually, I'm awake at the slightest sound of one of the boys moving in the night but I slept right through a "bad dream" emergency the other night and had to be shaken awake!

I'm all for soldiering on but being poorly isn't pretty is it?  Red nose, very pale face, bloodshot eyes, dry skin, sore lips, the list goes on and on (oh and the dreaded cold sores - yuck).  I've devised my own little makeup regime for poorly days, for me less is definitely more.  If I wear too much make up trying to disguise all the flaws I just seem to look worse.

So these are the products that have saved me this week:







Laura Mercier Mineral Powder

Max Factor Mascara

Laura Mercier angled cheek brush and powder brush

Witch Hazel Concealer

Dainty Doll Blusher

Max Factor Lipstick (No 804 - sadly now discontinued!)

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette


I didn't use any foundation as it just made me look worse, so I just used a bit of concealer and a swoosh of powder on my face, then put the blusher on.  For my eyes I used the paler colours of the Naked Basics palette and a little bit of mascara on the upper and lower lashes.  The red lipstick looks really bright but its actually one of those ones that goes on very light which is what I used it for as it made me look just about human, but if you need a deeper colour use a lip brush and layer it on!  I like this one as it stays on even when you're using a tissue every five minutes to blow your nose.

The Naked Basics palette is a recent purchase and I am really impressed with it.  The colours are so lovely and its really long lasting make up.  I've been using a Bobbi Brown neutral palette which is very similar but these colours seem to suit me better.

Anyway, lets hope that's the last of the germs at least for a while!  Half term next week, think I might just stay in my PJ's all week ...

Have a great weekend everyone!

Maria
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Monday, 10 February 2014

Compeed Coldsore Patches

Now, this isn't the nicest subject to write a review on but one which I thought I would share as you might find it helpful.  In particular, its for those people who suffer with cold sores, all of us that do know that the Winter months are a real trigger point for us and its pretty horrible, not only do they look bad, they feel awful and I don't know about anyone else, but I feel decidedly under the weather when I've got them.  So all in all, not great, right?

I'm always on the look out for a new product to try to limit the damage, I can't stop them from happening but I can try to make the healing process slightly quicker.  I saw these Compeed Coldsore Patches in Boots so I thought I'd give them a try.

Basically, its a small round sticky patch infused with medication on one side which seeps into the skin once attached to the sore.  The point of the patch is to aid faster healing and to protect the sore from outside elements.  Once they stick, they stick, its difficult to peel it off and start again without it being quite painful so its wise to make sure its in the right place, use a close up mirror and be careful not to get your fingers on them too much as it wipes off the bit that's going to help the healing!  Once the patch is on you can put make up over it (I use a tiny bit of concealer and mineral powder) but I've found that less is more, the more you try to disguise it the more visible it seems to be so I now go careful on the make up.

The patches are designed to to last 8-12 hours, they need to be removed very carefully to avoid pulling at the skin underneath, I do it at the end of the day when I wash my face.  I found them to be really good, it definitely reduced redness and they healed much quicker than with cream.  They are a bit fiddly to put on but once they're on that's it you can pretty much forget about them.  There are very good instructions inside the packet, usually I'm bad with instructions and chuck them away but I will say these are worth reading.


 
I think there are about 15 patches in the packet, I found that I didn't use the entire pack because after about two or three days they were getting better and I just used my normal cream.  I know that stores like Boots and Superdrug do their own version of these patches and they are cheaper, but not by much, however I can't say whether they work as well as I've not tried them.

I hope the rest of the Winter is cold sore free for us all!

Maria
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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Favourite Beauty Product - January

I'm a bit late with this post as I know we are already in February but it has taken me a while to decide what the winner of my "Favourite Beauty Product for January" actually is.  In January I used a couple of new bodywashes, namely my former Bargain of the Week which was the Radox Shower Smoothie and one from the Mandara Spa range (Christmas present) which I found very luxurious and left my skin feeling really nice.  I've also had a new MAC lipstick (Vegas Volt), Clinique eyeshadow palette and the bits and bobs from my little Superdrug haul but the product I've chosen to be January's winner is .... Pantene Pro V Shampoo!

We all know that Pantene has been on the market for years and years now so its not like its anything new but I've only recently started using it and it has made a difference to my hair, its softer, less tangly and less prone to frizzing.  I also don't seem to need much conditioner, I use a leave in one because I haven't got time to rinse conditioner out in the mornings as I'm normally in a rush and it takes too long!

Pantene Pro V Repair  & Protect Shampoo


Look, I can get the comb through it!



In the Winter my hair is pretty much a disaster because of the weather so I tend to just slam it in a ponytail and hope for the best, which is fine because there are worse things in the world than a bad hair day but I have to say that despite the wind, rain, drizzle and damp on many a school run I have actually had quite a few good hair days and I'm pretty sure its down to the shampoo.  The one in the photo is for dry and damaged hair but I've also used one for normal to thick hair and I couldn't really tell the difference, both products have "micro-smoothers" in them and it seems to give the same result.  So big thumbs up for Pantene, I'm also trying a Pantene smoothing cream at the moment which I'll review soon, so far so good with that one.

Which product was your favourite for January?

Maria
xx
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Friday, 7 February 2014

Superdrug haul ... Barry M, Max Factor and Maybelline

See, now this little lot is why I shouldn't go shopping when I'm grumpy!  I was in town after the morning school run on Wednesday and the bank didn't open until 0930 so I nipped into Superdrug, initially to get some tissues (and get out of the rain), twenty minutes later I appeared to have bought all this but no tissues!

I must say though, I am quite happy with it all, most of these items were on sale so I don't feel too bad.  Below is a little prĂ©cis of what I got.


Two Barry M brushes, one for eyeliner and one for eyeshadow.  I have to say these were an impulse buy, I haven't tried them yet but I hope they're good.  I was drawn to the colours!   My current brushes are a mish mash of various ones that I've accumulated over the years, I love them but they don't match, which isn't a problem for me but I do need to get some new ones.  I'm doing a post on make up brushes soon so if my ramblings on brushes interests you, watch this space!

Two Max Factor Flip Stick lipsticks (try saying that quickly!), I'm a massive Max Factor lipstick fan, they always stay put for a start and there's such a great range of colours.  With the flipsticks you put one colour on then another over the top - voila!  Essentially you've got three lippies in one stick, one at each end then the colour combined.  They are lovely colours, very vibrant and great consistency.  They also appear to have the Max Factor staying power that I like, bonus.  There are four or five Flipsticks in the range so I'm going to try a few.

Then there's the Maybelline nail varnish, one lovely coral colour (I'm drawn to that colour at the moment for some reason) and one neutral colour.  They are both gel varnishes so I am hoping that they have some staying power.  I got these because I need an injection of new nail varnish colours in my stock, I tend to go for the same sort of colour over and over again, playing it safe and I need to branch out a bit I think.

Lastly, bit boring this one, but nail varnish remover pads.  These are Superdrugs own brand, I love these, they aren't very expensive and they don't dry out quickly so you only need one pad for two hands, possibly two if you're wearing a dark colour.

So that's it, short and sweet, hope you all have great weekends!

Maria
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Monday, 3 February 2014

Chatting about ... Rimmel Pro Nails - Heart on Fire

I don't often wear red nail varnish because it almost always chips and I've got a real bug bear about chipped fingernails, they really bother me, first sign of chipping and out comes the nail varnish remover!  So I was very pleasantly surprised when I found this one from Rimmel, part of their Professional Finish range.  It is a great colour (not too red, not too bright) and with just two coats (which dried fairly quickly I am pleased to say) and no clear top coat it lasted about five days. The bottle says it can last up to 10 days but I'm heavy with my hands so five is fine for me.  I love red nails, they are glamorous and classy even though they're not always practical!



327 Heart on Fire



I also noticed that there seemed to be some really good colours in the Rimmel Pro range, one was a lovely coral colour which I'm going to be trying soon for a wedding.

Maria
xx

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Radley Bags Spring/Summer 2014

Ah Radley, I do so love you ... for years now I've had a bit of a thing about Radley handbags.  I own three or four but its not something that I go out and buy regularly because they are just a wee bit expensive!  I've been browsing the shops (and online) and made a short list of my favourite Radley bags which I thought I'd share with you.  And you never know, someone might want to buy me one for Valentines day (note to self - show this post to husband).





This bag is called "Grosvenor", its a Medium Shoulder Bag and costs £229.  It also comes in Black, Brown and Tan.  I particularly like the detail on the strap on this one but it wouldn't be for everyday use for me as those buckles would be a bit fiddly every time I needed to get a tissue for one of the kids or get my purse out in the supermarket.  I think its a nice work bag and when I go back to work this is the sort I'm going to get!














Next up is this Large Tote Baby Bag, it's beautifully named "Doodle Dog".  I'm past the baby bag stage thankfully (mine was a Yummy Mummy one from John Lewis) but I really liked this, so many baby bags are pale pastel colours with flowers or teddy bears on them and as you tend to have to carry your own stuff around in the same bag as the nappies, wet wipes, dummies etc, sometimes flowers and teddies isn't exactly what you want for your iphone and grown up stuff!  This is a good compromise, its got the cute little dogs on it, its green which means that its a colour for boys, girls and grown ups and at first glance people won't know its a baby bag, they'll just see it as a large tote bag, which it is.  My sister is having twins in the summer, I might get this for her.  The cost of this bag is £109 which actually is quite reasonable as baby bags really cost a lot, John Lewis prices start at about £80.00 so £109 for a Radley is good.






This one's a Medium Tote Bag called "Malton" and its £189.  I liked the colour (its Tan, but also comes in Black) and has a very simple zip fastening in the middle, its quite big so you can carry lots around with you and its big enough to fit an A5 diary in comfortably so it would be good for work.  In my opinion its not as pretty as the Grosvenor bag as it looks more functional and less decorative, but probably better for work and meetings.















Last up (this is my favourite) is this Large Cross Body Bag, and its £109.  I'm a big fan of the cross body bag, it means you have two hands free and it doesn't slip off your shoulder, I really hate that when I'm out shopping.  This is a lovely summery colour, they also do Cream and Green. I'm not sure its very roomy but that's not a bad thing, it might discourage me from carrying around a load of stuff I don't need!  I find that if I overload cross body bags they hurt my neck, it can't cope with the strain!







Hope you enjoyed reading this, I love handbags so no doubt there'll be another post on them soon.

Maria
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Saturday, 1 February 2014

The Liebster Award

Morning beauty bloggers, I'm so chuffed to have been nominated for a Liebster Award by the lovely Meli R who writes a blog called  Polish and Lemonade you really need to check out her blog, its absolutely gorgeous.  I hope I've done the link right, please let me know if it doesn't work.

I think this award is a really lovely idea, aimed at new blogs who have less than 200 followers, its a great way to get new blogs out there and noticed.  Personally, I'm over the moon when anyone reads my blog anyway, so to be nominated for this made my week!




These are the answers to the questions that Meli asked me:

1.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to visit Australia, I've never been there and my best school friend who I've known since I was six now lives there and I would love to see her.

2.  Favourite Movie
My favourite ever movie is Apollo 13, because I love Tom Hanks (and we share a birthday) and I am fascinated with anything to do with space (I don't understand it, just fascinated by it).

3.  Who would you like to meet in person (alive or dead) and why?
I would like to meet Stephen Fry, he's funny, flawed and you could have a great conversation with him.

4.  Which is your favourite season?
My favourite season is Spring, its so lovely to come out of the cold winter, see the sun and all the flowers.

5.  What are your three celebrity crushes?
Well, there's Tom (Hanks) of course, Alan Alda (from the 70's tv programme M*A*S*H)  he is probably about 70 now but he was uber cute in that programme. And finally, Hugh Boneville who plays Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey.  Don't ask me why, I can't tell you because I don't know, I just like  him.  I am noticing a theme here though, they are all older men aren't they?  Hilarious, since my husband is 9 years younger than me!

6.  Give two random facts about yourself
OK so random fact number 1 is that I went to University as a mature student when I was 28 and passed my degree with a 2:1 three years later.  And fact number 2 is that I married the bloke who lived next door to me in halls! 

7.  Favourite Accessory
My favourite accessory is a pair of diamond earrings my mum and dad bought for me to wear on my wedding day.  They are really pretty and unobtrusive and the only expensive diamonds I own apart from my engagement ring.  I wear them all the time.

8.  Current Obsession
Currently I am obsessed with bloglovin' I'm on the site all the time!

9.  Favourite colour to paint nails
My favourite colour to paint my nails is "Kyoto Pearl", which is an OPI nail varnish and I love it because it doesn't chip easily and even when it does it doesn't show!

10.  Favourite singer
My favourite singer at the moment is Ellie Goulding.  She's got such a pretty voice and all her songs are so catchy.

11.  Name two Youtubers/Bloggers you like
Ooh, this is a tough one, its taken me ages to answer this question but here goes:  
Lily Pebbles and Fashionable Heart.  These were two of the first blogs I ever read and were such an inspiration.


And these are the questions I'm asking the lovely bloggers I'm nominating:

  1. What's the name and brand of your favourite lipstick?
  2. What book would you take with you to read on a desert island?
  3. Whose celebrity style do you admire?
  4. What's your favourite song?
  5. What are your top three perfumes?
  6. Which radio station do you listen to most?
  7. What's the one beauty item you can't live without?
  8. How often do you go out without make up?
  9. What's the best piece of beauty advice you've ever been given?
  10. Favourite brand of mascara?
  11. Do you read any beauty magazines, if so, which ones?

So, now here are the blogs that I am nominating:


  1. Kathleen Pavey
  2. Heart Ocean Secrets
  3. Lovehellogorgeous
  4. Pink Rainbow Drop
  5. xbeautypie
  6. Birch Beauty
  7. Lace, Lipstick & Me
  8. Little Thoughts From Little People
  9. Frankie Alex (Fresh Britain)
  10. Steph Ellis
  11. Girlsgotaface


Rules 

You have to link back to the person who nominated you
You have to answer 11 questions
You have to nominate 11 blogs with less than 200 followers to answer your questions
You are not allowed to nominate the person who nominated you
Finally, you must let the people know that they have been nominated



OPI in Kyoto Pearl

So there we are, thanks again to Melle R from Polish and Lemonade for nominating me, I really enjoyed doing this post.





Maria 
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