Friday, 29 June 2012

One of my favourite things about being engaged is being able to read through dozens of bridal and wedding magazines. They prove to be good inspiration and excellent mood boarding material. I also found that an added bonus is that they often have give-aways and I've never been one to pass up an opportunity to get my hands on some free products to try.

I got home from work today to find this on my doorstep, a package from New CID. This range of cosmetics has everything from primer to nail polish and the product selection is simple yet innovative; they are beautifully presented and offer things which aren't always readily available such as a make up setting spray and a light up lip plump with a mirror included.

The compact shimmer powder with mirror is a beautifully marbelised glow powder which includes reflective pigments that mimic your skin's natural radiance. I don't know about you, but even just the visual Jupiter-effect of the powder is enough persuasion for me to try this product.

You can pick up the shimmer powder seen here in colour 'Ice Pop' for £22.50. I intend to do my own make up for my big day, so shall be testing out a whole lot of products in the next few months to see which ones will make the final cut!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Talking with my fiancé the other day, we realised how much change we have both seen in the last 10-15 years of our lives. I'm not talking massive, life changing events, but more over the little things that growing up, people tend to forget. 

I'm not gonna lie, it made me feel old.

Still, it was fun to remember all the things we had growing up. 
We remembered:

  • Slam door trains
  • When Morrisons used to be Safeway
  • Lucky Charms cereal
  • When Ashford used to be a one way road system
  • When you paid for things using a credit or debit card and they had to swipe it with a carbon copy stamp
  • Later on, when you still had to sign for things bought using a credit or debit card
  • Woolworths (or Wooly's as we used to call it)
  • When passport photo's used to come out in a strip and each one was slightly different
  • When certain TV channels had nothing on and they displayed a picture of a girl with a chalkboard until the next programme started
  • The original Nintendo's with games like the original Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong and you had to push a big chunky game cartridge into the machine
  • Beta Max videos
  • VHS videos!
  • Walkmans
  • Jolly Rancher sweets
  • Using road maps to go on a long journey and following road signs for a short journey
The funniest thing is that a lot of this stuff was going on when I was in my late teens, and both my partner and I didn't have a mobile phone until we were about fifteen. It's funny to think back even just seven or eight years about how things were, and how things have changed without us even realising it.

What do you remember from the dark ages?!

Friday, 22 June 2012

I finally managed to take advantage of working so close to an amazing shopping centre in Royal Tunbridge Wells yesterday. I went into town to pick up a few bits I wanted for the weekend, and despite getting hugely caught out by the sale rails in the clothes shops and spending too much money as usual, I did manage to get what I went into Fenwick for.

I am a huge fan of Mac make up products and have had my eye on the Lustre Drops for a while now. I'm glad I finally got them as I heard they were limited edition and didn't want to miss out! I opted for 'Pink Rebel' as I'm not really looking for a bronzer, just something luminescent that will reflect the light from my skin.

As for the eye liner, well, I swear I have now tried every single liquid eye liner Mac have going. The fluidline eye liner was very good and lasted a long time, but I found that because it was water based it did tend to wear off after a long day at the office. I then tried the penultimate eye liner and although I loved it, I was disappointed that after only two months of useage, it had run out. I guess that's what to expect from a pen. This time, I decided to go for the classic 'Boot Black' liquid eye liner

I'll let you know how I get on!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Just lately my fiancé and I have been trying to make our little house a home. We've been here since last July, but with the excitement of moving in, then a holiday in Turkey, Amsterdam and Bruges and then finally, Christmas, we only decided to really start working on our new project in the new year.

So far we have managed to get a lot of wallpapering done inside the house, and bought a lot of new soft furnishings such as photo frames, vases and a a whole new set of curtains. However, I have to give full credit to my fiancé and his parents for the work completed in our garden.

This is the first time I've ever had a proper garden, and am so happy that I now have one I can enjoy, thanks to a lot of painting, lawn mowing and digging up of stuff, we now have a lovely area to sit outside for our summer bbq's with friends. And the cherry on the cake is this wonderful invention, bought as a gift for me by my mum last weekend to make the patio area really special.

The butterfly lights come with a solar powered battery pack which stores up the energy from the sun during the day and causes them to light up as the sun is setting.
They really do showcase the garden in a really unique and environmentally friendly way.

You can buy the lights from Lakeland for £21.99.