Friday, 30 August 2013

August Favourites

August is at an end which also means the end of summer (for the UK). I don't mind the end of summer as it means getting to go back to university, seeing my little boy dress up in his school uniform and wave goodbye to me at the school gates, wooly jumpers and leather boots can come out and I can again wear my favourite dark lipsticks. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

REVIEW: Bumble & Bumble Thickening Serum

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Serum 50ml | buy here
I bought this halfway through May in my Space.NK haul and I've been using it every night since. It says to use it daily by pumping the serum into your palms and running it through your hair before bed.
the serum isn't thick and creamy like I thought it would be - instead is very watery which makes is easier to apply and distribute into my hair. 
I use about 2 pumps every night (if you have very fine hair it says to use this twice a day) and although I haven't noticed a difference when looking at my hair, I do know that my hair has become a little thicker. How do I know this you ask? Well I notice the thickness difference when I tie my hair up as before I had to tie the hair bobble around quite a few times, whereas now I don't have to do it as many times before my hair stays up.
It takes a while for the hair to become thicker so don't expect it to happen over night. I'm glad I bought this, and even though the price is a little steep for such a small amount of product (£22.50), a little really goes a long way. I've barely used 10% in the past 3 and a half months.
Have you tried this? Are there any Bumble & Bumble products you've tried before? 
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Monday, 26 August 2013

REVIEW: Elizabeth Arden 8hr Intensive Lip Repair Balm

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm* £20 | buy here
I feel really bad for not posting a 'Mani Monday' the past two weeks but things have been really hectic with the run up to Leeds Festival (more on that later) but fear not, for I am back and I'll hopefully have a Mani Monday up next week.
For the mean time I wanted to talk about this beautiful product that is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm. I recently got this in the M id Summer Meet goodie bag and I took it to Leeds Festival with me.
When I first saw it I thought 'oh wow this will be great for winter' but then I realised that if it's sunny in Leeds then my lips could become really dry anyway. So to Leeds it went. 
My lips weren't that bad at Leeds so I didn't really need this with me, but it was always nice to add a little bit of luxury to my day time look. I'm not really a festival type of lady as I don't really like the whole hole-in-the-ground toilet and no shower option. I would have preferred to camp in a caravan rather than a tent, but that's just me. Don't get me wrong, I love the camp life (the camp fires and toasting marshmallows in the moon light) I just can't handle the hard ground and minimal water supply. But Leeds Fest was an experience and I would probably do it again, but maybe not at such a big festival (I'm thinking T in the Park?)
Any who, we got a little side tracked there, onto the review!
This balm was a lot softer than I expected when I first used it. I thought it would be more like Vaseline where the product is hard and you don't get a huge amount on your finger without properly getting in there. Saying that though it did make using this easier as all you have to do is dab your finger in and you have enough product to apply to your lips.
You only need a small amount so don't go crazy! I can easily see this pot lasting me agesssss. Its very moisturising and isn't really sticky or oily. I'd say it has a weird peppermint tingle to it, but my boyfriend said that it tastes weird (so don't go and eat the stuff). 
It also comes in a great little pot which is so much better than the Vaseline tins as the lid is a screw on (meaning if the product starts to melt in your bag you won't find a laptop covered in lip balm...)
Moisturising wise, it lasts all day but then again I don't have really bad dry lips. I'll see how it compares in the winter. For now though I'd give it a thumbs up.
Now, guilty blogger confession to make. I have the Elizabeth Arden Original Eight Hour Cream which I haven't used yet. But if it's as good as this Lip Balm then I'm all for it!
Have you tried the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour range?
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

How to stay organised with work, uni and keeping a blog.

I recently did this post over on Serenity of Beauty as a guest post, and it went down well so I thought I'd put it here too as I think this post could be very helpful to you guys.
I thought I'd share a few tips on how to stay organised. A few people have asked me how I stay organised with running my shop, my blog and managing to fit in all my uni work, as well as looking after a three year old. So I thought with the summer holidays coming to an end soon, and many of you either going back to university or school, or starting jobs I'd give a few of my own tips on how to stay organised.

First of all you need to prioritise everything. For example make sure you do your uni work before you concentrate on your blog. You may think that running your blog should be first but no, your education should come first. 

Schedule posts! Scheduling posts is great if you have loads of university work coming up or if you are bombarded with interviews to write up that your lovely boss can't be bothered dealing with. Scheduling things gives you more time for university, work and even family time too.
Scheduling tweets to promote your blog posts are a great way to get people to see your new blog posts too. You can schedule these tweets at the same time as your blog posts so that when your post goes live, the tweet can inform everyone. Good apps for this are Tweet Deck or Hoot Suite (they also allow multiple accounts so if you have a twitter for your blog as well as a personal one then you can manage both. Hoot Suite allows you to manage Facebook as well)

Do things in bulk. If you have a lot of time on your hands one day why not take all your product photos or out fit photos in one? Then you could always write them up at a later time. Or if you can't sleep at night, or there's nothing decent on TV on a saturday why not write up loads of blog posts, or at least draft some up. These can then be scheduled for a later date.
Alternatively do all your university work (or at least make a start on it) rather than leaving it to the night before.

For me, one of the easiest ways to keep organised is to have a clean working area. Keep your desk area tidy and you will be able to find things so much easier. Important things should be made visible so you don't forget about them, or you could use post it notes and dot them around your computer screen or on the wall where you work. If you work on a laptop sat on the sofa, then you could always have notes on your desk top so that you don't forget those all important things. 

Keeping handy things close by makes a lot of difference too as you're more motivated to do things if the tools you need are right in front of you. I keep my pens, note books, post it notes, house phone and mobile phone all close by. 

I have a Filofax which I have had for about 5 or 6 years now. It's a great little organiser which is really helpful for when you have appointments or events coming, or even for jotting down deadlines and exam days in uni. I also use it for jotting down when scheduled posts are due to go live so that I can tweet and promote when I'm stuck on the morning train to work. You can buy cheap versions of the Filofax from Paperchase if you don't want to folk out the money for a branded one. Either way, an organiser is an organiser and is the main way that I've been keeping organised for years.

I have also invested in a desk organiser which is basically a pad of paper with a schedule of the week. This can be used to jot down notes as well as jotting down when a post is due to go live, or things that you need to do. I bought mine from Paperchase but if you don't want to fork out the money for one then you could always Google the blank versions and print them off yourself.

Note books are great for keeping organised. I have several note books (although I do love 'collecting' note books too and many are still unused!) but my main three blogging note books are some Cath Kidston ones (but you can get cheap dupes in Home Bargains). They're small enough to go in my handbag too. I use note books to jot down lists including things that need doing, blog post ideas, or even lists of emails and people to get back to. Keeping separate ones for work, uni and your blog is a good idea as it means that you're not going to end up writing blog post ideas down in your dissertation. 
Keeping time slots of things is a good way to organise as it means that you can set aside certain times when you're going to concentrate on your uni or blog. "Do a certain things at this time, only do this project during these days". If you're really busy then you could always set aside full days or weeks to catch up on university work and schedule your blog posts or put your blog to the back of the to do list for a while. 
Please, please, please remember that your blog should not come before your work or university. If it does you could risk becoming sacked or expelled for failing. Also, this post isn't to be taken seriously - you don't have to do everything I do (I'm a bit of an organisation freak) this post has been written as a guideline and for some help and tips for you guys should you wish to take them.
If you'd like to know anything else about keeping organised just drop me an email ( or tweet me @callierose92 - I'd be more than happy to help :)

Monday, 19 August 2013

Last Minute Holiday: Pool Essentials

It's always nice to be able to jet off somewhere sunny and lounge by the pool. It's even better when it's unexpected or a last minute splurge, either way with the british summer coming to an end there's nothing more I'd like to do than to jet off to a sunny island surrounded by sea, sand and unlimited cocktails.
Unfortunately for me that won't be happening any time soon as I'm going to Leeds Festival at the weekend, but I haven't let that dampen my hopes of jetting off soon (I'm thinking Christmas or New Year?).
I know that a few people are going away on last minute holidays (lucky you!) so I thought I'd compile my own version of some pool side essentials. If I was jetting of tomorrow then these are the sort of things that I would pack...

Obviously if you're going pool side then you need a bikini or swim suit. No one goes sunbathing in an old baggy t shirt and sweat pants. 
Both of these bikini items are from Sports Direct who stock a wide range of different brands at a fraction of the RRP. 
The top is the Ocean Pacific Halter Bikini top* with an RRP of £12.99 but is available from Sports Direct for only £4.99! I love that its a halter neck as it means when you want to sunbathe you can avoid those pesky tan line straps on your shoulders. I paired it with the Ocean Pacific navy/white floral bottoms* (I love miss match bikini sets!) which is also £4.99.
I would say that the sizes are true to size (the top is a size 8 and the bottoms are a size 6) they fit perfectly without being too tight or too loose so you can rest assured that you won't be left naked if you were to dive bomb into the pool.
The bikini top has an underwire so you don't lose the shape, but neither will you pop out if you find yourself drunk at a foam party later on. 

Sun lotion is a must I guess (I don't use it myself, naughty me) especially if you have sensitive skin. The Nivea Sun Kids has aways been a favourite one of mine as it doesn't smell horrible like others do. I use this one on my son as it's factor 50+ and water resistant. It's available from Tesco for around £5 but theres always offers on so keep your eyes peeled.

Another good product to have is some sort of heat protection for your hair as the sun can be quite damaging. At the moment I've been loving this Show Beauty* one which I've only recently got from the Mid Summer Meet. It smells really nice and doesn't leave your hair really dry, but it doesn't leave your hair feeling like it's got loads of product in either. Show Beauty products are available from Selfridges.

For me, heat and humid weather makes my hair dry and frizzy so alongside using a heat protection spray I also use Avon Moroccan Argon Oil on the ends of my hair just to give them some life and nourishment. This Avon version is really handy as it comes in a 30ml size which is perfect to pop into your bag.

Another must is a Tangle Teezer or similar product. The chlorine in the pool or the salt in the sea can leave your hair feeling matted and horrible. A quick brush using this bad boy and your locks are left feeling free again. I wrote about my Tangle Teezer here.

Now I don't know about you but when I go to relax by the pool I usually take a book with me (I much prefer a real book to a kindle - nothing beat physically turning the pages). My favourite book of all time is 'Noughts and Crosses' by Malorie Blackman. It's also the only book that has ever made me cry! If you haven't read it then I would HIGHLY recommend that you do. You won't regret it! (it's also the book where I got my name, Callie Rose from ;))

As well as a book I always take my iPod as it means you can drown out that couple next to you who should really have spent their afternoon in their room (ever been in that situation?) holiday tunes can also get you into the holiday spirit if you find that you've drank too many all inclusive cocktails the night before.

and finally, no holiday would be complete without your favourite pair of sunglasses. These ones are from Topshop. I love the round design and the birds along the frame which just makes it stand out in comparison to other designs. I've been wearing this pair all summer and have had so many compliments from them.

And there we have it! That's my last minute holiday essentials. 
What would you include?

This post contains products that I did not purchase myself, however all views and opinions are my own.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Mid Summer Event with My Bag and Look Fantastic

Walrus Canteen and Lounge // wine and jewellery // wine and cup cakes // cake pops

L'Oreal Steam Pod products // gorgeous rucksacks // jewellery // shoes

satchels // Vivienne Westwood shoes // more bags // Benefit

Moroccan Oil // Burt's Bees // Nails Inc // Benefit stalls

more wine ;) // trying Fake Up // trying Benetint // getting a mani

mini make over // Rachael, Fran and I all got Porchester Square! // getting nails done // goodie bag

I was kindly invited to the Northern Mid Summer Event hosted by My Bag, Look Fantastic and All Sole. On Thursday I headed into Manchester to the Walrus Canteen and Lounge with some fellow bloggers, checked our names on the guest list and headed downstairs.
I didn't really know what to expect from this event as I had only received the one email detailing the time and venue of the event, whereas others seemed to have a better understanding than me as they received multiple emails. 

When we got there we collected a complimentary glass of wine and took a wonder around the room. There were items on display from various different brands, as well as stalls such as Benefit, Burt's Bees, Nails Inc, Moroccan Oil and Evo. 

There were so many shoes and bags on display (girls heaven!) as well as cupcakes and cake pops too.
I got a chance to catch up with some other fellow bloggers that I'd met before, as well as meeting some new girls too. 

Benefit gave me a mini make over using the Benetint as I'd always wanted to know how to use it properly. We also got to try out the new blush Rocketur which is now on my wish list!
Burt's Bees gave us a brief introduction to there most popular products as well as introducing me to a new scheme that they are doing (more on that to come). 
Nails Inc were giving out mini mani's using their new A/W collection (which isn't even out yet!) including their new Gel collection. I got a 'Gel mani' in Porchester Square which is a gorgeous mushroom-grey-neautral colour, great for everyday.
Moroccan Oil were giving us tips and advice on hair which was really good, as well as recommending which products would work best. I've never used Moroccan oil before so this was a great introduction to the brand. We also received some shampoo and conditioner from then (as well as their famous oil in our goodie bag).

As well as the stalls there were also talks and demonstrations where each brand were showing off their products to their fullest. L'Oreal were demonstrating their new steam straighteners which are less damaging to the hair than normal straighteners. Benefit were demonstrating how to contour and just before I left Moroccan oil were demonstrating how to get gorgeous hair.
 Sadly I couldn't stay to watch all the demos as I had to get the last train home but I feel very privileged to have been invited to such a great event.

Reviews of the products that I received in the goodie bag will follow :)

Do you shop at mybag or lookfantastic?

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Friday, 16 August 2013

OOTD: that Primark red dress

Dress: Primark @ ASOS £13
Jacket: Topshop £52
Boots (similar): Kurt Geiger sale £40
Necklace: Topshop £7.50
Socks: Topshop £3.50

I was recently a runner up in a My SuperMarket Competition for the What's In My Handbag they were running (here) and I won a £25 ASOS voucher. I don't normally shop at ASOS unless its in the Christmas sales as there's never anything that takes my fancy that I couldn't buy on the high street at a cheaper price.
I decided to have a look anyway, thinking that if I couldn't find any clothes then I could always buy some beauty products.
I'd heard that Primark clothes were now stocked on ASOS and as I had shopping in Primark in Liverpool due to it always being busy and stressful, I thought I'd check out the section online.
I had seen some instagram pictures of bloggers who had purchased it, and they all said to get it one size bigger - but at this point I had already ordered it.
I'm usually a size 6 so I stuck with my normal size and got that. When I came I was really scared that it wouldn't fit but trying it on I'm so glad that it does.
I would advise to get one size bigger if you have boobs (mine are only little so this isn't a huge issue for me) I can imagine that it would be quite tight around the chest area as sometimes when I move around a lot i can feel some restriction, but other than that it fits me fine. 

The colour is so bright and vibrant, and is great for summer, or paired with tights in winter. I love that it's a skater style dress too as it means it can be dressed up or down depending upon the situation you're wearing it in. 
I wore this to an event I went to a few days ago and it was well received which is always nice.
I do feel a little like Zooey Deschanel in this dress (not complaining though)

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Diesel Event w/Festival No 6, Manchester


Monday, 12 August 2013

Mani Monday: Toy Story nails

Today I'm going to show you how to do Toy Story nails. These were actually requested by my son as he saw me doing the Minions. He's three, and doesn't actually realise these are for nails. He thought I was just painting - we had fun drawing afterwards though :)

Step one: apply the base coats. Brown (for 'Andy'), yellow (for Woody), white (for Buzz), light blue (for the clouds) and dark blue (for the alien).

Step two: draw red vertical and horizontal lines onto the yellow. This will be the checkered shirt of Woody

Step three: draw green chest piece. This is going to be for Buzz. To do this just draw a block of green colour and miss out a small 'v' shape.

Step four: draw the clouds on top of the light blue base. (see how to draw clouds here)

Step five: write 'ANDY' onto the brown base. Remember to do this in capitals and to do the 'N' backwards as Andy did on the sole of Woody's boots.
Draw dots and lines on the chest of Buzz.

Step six: add detail to Buzz by drawing diagonal lines down from the chest piece. Add a black strip at the bottom as well.
Start on Woody's jacket by drawing the base of his jacket. I used the checkered lines to help with positioning.

Step seven: outline the aliens head and colour in green. This is done by drawing a half circle and then adding a line and a large dot on top.

Step eight: detail Woody by adding block splodges to his jacket to give the illusion of cow print. Then add two white dots to the middle of his chest. Draw a blue line at the bottom of him to represent his jeans.

Outline Woody's jacket and Buzz's check piece, as well as the Alien's head. Draw three large white dots on the alien and detail with three smaller black dots.

Then all you have to do is let it dry then add a clear top coat!

What do you think of this design? Would you try it yourself?

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Urban Decay Event, Liverpool - Lipstick Launch


I bought 'F-Bomb' - a dark red

The gorgeous packaging

up close

the other shades (sorry for the quality - this last pic was taken on my iPhone in bad lighting)

On the first of August I headed into Liverpool to the Urban Decay stand in Debenhams, Liverpool One. This was the first event that I'd attended in Liverpool as most others that I've been to have been in Manchester.
The event was to show their new range of lipsticks which can be seen above. They have loads of new colours all with unusual names (one was even called 69...) but that didn't put me off wanting one. 
Straight away I began swatching the lipsticks and I found a new favourite in 'F-Bomb' which is a dark red shade that will be perfect in the winter months. 
I received a full face make over which included using 'F-Bomb'. The colour worked really well with my skin tone which I'm so pleased with as I would have been really gutted if the colour didn't suit me. 
All the staff were really helpful and friendly, and kept offering us sweets and drinks. I even got matched up to a few shades of eyeshadows and their Naked foundation which I really want to purchase next.
Everyone got a mini goodie bag for attending which included a Barbie lipgloss and samples of their eyeshadow primer and some shades of eyeshadows. 

The lipsticks retail for £15 which is now the same price of MAC lipsticks. I would say that the price is worth it for the quality of lipstick that you get though as the lipstick lasts for a good 5-6 hours before it needs topping up again. It's also really moisturising and doesn't dry out your lips.

Have you tried these lipsticks yet? Do you own any Urban Decay products?

Look out for a full review of this lipstick soon!

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Disappointing Products #1

Hello! Today I decided to write a bit of a different post for y'all. It's a post about products that have disappointed me either because they didn't do anything or because they did something bad. I have a few products which are like this but I thought that it would be better to break them up into smaller posts so that you don't get bombarded with too much.
I'll just add right now that all the products featured in this post were bought with my own money and aren't samples that were sent to me or anything - which in a way I think makes the products more disappointing...

First up is the Good Things Miracle Mattifier. Now I have an oily t-zone so I do prefer a matte look on my face. I'd seen people raving about this and thought that it must be good - however I just couldn't bring myself to buy the full size. I found this on Latest in Beauty (which for those who don't know is a website where you can purchase samples). So I decided to buy the sample size and give it a go before deciding to buy the full size product.
Luckily I did this as I don't really like this and I would have wasted more money if I'd have purchased the full size from the start. I did give this a thorough go as I wanted to like it like so many other blogger, but alas, it just wasn't for me.
The smell reminds me of 'cheap' products that you'd get as a child for xmas, you know the pop stars version of make up or something. That put me off straight away. The product itself feels powdery even though its a liquid type (if you get what I mean). It soaks in to my face really well and quite quickly however it didn't leave a matte finish at all. I tried using it under my make up too, and all it did was keep my make up on for half a day, then I had to reapply. 

I first saw the Garnier 5 sec Perfect Blur on an advert on tv. It seemed like the perfect primer to have in my growing collection of make up and I quickly went to Boots to pick it up. I didn't immediately pick it up from Boots as the price tag came as a little shock and it put me off buying it (£9.99 btw) so I left and didn't think much of it. About a week later I saw a few page adverts in several magazines showing this off and claiming it was brilliant and this that and the other.
So again I headed to Boots and into my basket it went. 
The reason why this is a disappointing product is that the price compared to what the product actually does - well it's grim. The consistency of the products is horrible as it comes out like a cheap paste. It goes onto the face well but although it feels light in my hands, it feels really heavy on my face. I didn't see any difference in my face compared to not using this so the whole '5 sec blur' is a bit of a lie. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, and I regret ever buying it.

In my opinion, Benefit Fake Up is one of those hyped up products that are actually really rubbish. I was matched up to medium which is a fairly accurate match. The Fake Up claims to crease control, hydrate and conceal but the only thing it did for me was conceal. 
Crease control? Ha, all the product ended up in the creases which just made them stand out more. And as for hydrate? It was so oily and thick that it looked like I had just put some Vaseline under my eyes and gone out like that - no matter how much setting powder I put on top!
No, Fake Up wasn't for me. I much prefer Boiing.

I know that I shouldn't really be complaining about this as the price was so low, but for such a 'classic' product I would have thought it actually did something. I saw the Carmex lip balms  in Primark and just threw it into my basket as I was queueing up. It's fairly cheap (I think about £2) but I found that it wasn't very moisturising - quite the opposite really! I put this on under some lipstick so that the lipstick would glide on easier but I found that my lips dried easier. I thought it was the lipstick at first but I've since tried Carmex on its own and found my lips to be really dry the next day. It's like it sucks the moisture out of my lips.

This is probably the most disappointing product here. I went to the Trafford Centre a few months back and decided to try a concealer. Silly me I went straight to the top and went to Bobbi Brown rather than sticking low end first, so in a way it's my own fault. I tried out the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit. The sales assistant matched me up to the shade 'natural' but while she was doing it she was being really harsh on my skin with her brushes. She was also point blank telling me to buy the product - and not in a friendly way either. So anyway, I bought it but I've actually never used it because by the time I had got home the concealer was completely gone from my face. For £24 you'd think it would at least last half a day but it only lasted a few hours on my face. By the time I next visited a Selfridges it was too late to return the product so it's just been sat in my room, in the box.

Have you tied any of these products? Are there any products that disappoint you?

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm: REVIEW

Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm £18 | buy here
I've been looking for a BB holy grail for some time, but I just haven't found the one yet. That being said, this is pretty damn close. Dr Jart is originally an asian brand that branched out to the UK, and although the formula of their products is slightly different to their original asian ones, I still think they're pretty good.
I've tried a lot of BB's and most were just tinted moisturisers that didn't last half the day.
This is something different though. This claims to even skin tone, and minimises the apperence of imperfections. The Water Fuse version like the one I have helps to hydrate the skin, as well as being oil free (great for my combo skin) so you're left with a dewy, fresh look.
It claims to minimise the need for foundation and concealer, which is great for summer as it means that you have less product on your face during the heat (it also has sunscreen in, bonus!)
As you can see from the pictures above, it does minimise imperfections such as my freckles. It also eliminates the redness around my nose. 
The coverage lasts all day, even in the heat and without a primer! It doesn't leave my skin feeling really heavy as it feels so light and natural. The colour also seems to blend in perfectly with my own skin colour. I'm not left with horrid orange lines, neither am I left looking ashy.
It's a great product if you have combo skin like me. If not, there are other versions of Dr Jart Beauty Balm that even cater to more mature skin. 
The only two bad points I can think of is that it does leave a dewy finish (but not the horrid sweaty type look). This may not be an issue for some, but for me, I like a matte finish - nothing a finishing powder can't handle though! The second point is that if you have really dark under eye bags like myself, you'll need a little concealer as the Beauty Balm does cover it, but only a little.
But other than that, it's great! I'm still going to try to find my HG beauty balm, but so far I'm content with this one.
Have you tried Dr Jart before? What do you think?
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