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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Amazon Luxury Beauty Box

I received the Amazon beauty box as a gift and I am so happy with it.

Unfortunately I don’t think the offer to get this is still available, but it might be nice for me to share what’s inside anyway.

The box consists of 9 sample sized products; a mix between skincare, fragrance and makeup. You also get a 10% off code to use on a full sized product. 

The first thing that stood out for me was the Rituals ‘The Ritual of Hammam’ foaming shower gel. The Rituals shower gels are some of my favourite products and I’d been meaning to try this eucalyptus and rosemary scented version. I feel like this is a very unisex product and it’s a nice, pampering product. 

I also noticed the skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels which firm, tone and de-puff the under eyes. I’ve wanted some under eye gels for a while, but didn’t know where to get them from. 

The Jane Iredale PureMoist lipstick in Susanna is the cutest thing ever! It’s so tiny. The colour is a lovely pinky nude and it’s perfect for keeping in your handbag.

I was excited for this next product too. It’s the Murad ‘Environmental Shield Essential-C Day 
Moisture SPF 30’ and is described as an “antioxidant-rich daily moisturiser” which improves radiance and firmness. It’s exciting because I don’t have a travel-size moisturiser so this will be perfect for any trips away. 

There are 2 sample sized Miller Harris perfumes: Etui Noir and Lumiere Doree. Lumiere Doree is my favourite. It is citrusy, fresh and has neroli elements too. Etui Noir is nice too and contains vetiver, tangerine and bergamot. 

I’ve never tried Laura Geller products although I have seen them advertised. This ‘Bronze-n-Brighten’ is really interesting. It’s a shimmering bronzer. I have the shade medium but it’s not dark enough for my skin tone. 

The Gatineau ‘Melatogenine’ cleansing cream has a really advanced formula. It is an anti-ageing cleanser, toner and micro-exfoliator in one. It is also soap-free. Again, this is a perfect travel size product for me and I love creamy cleansers. 
The Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan is an interesting one, because I never actually fake tan. I’m tempted to try with this one, especially since this lotion only takes ten minutes to develop.
Finally, the ultrasun face anti-ageing sun protection SPF 30 is good to have, even in winter, to protect against harmful UV rays. This cream even acts as a primer and is ideal for sensitive skin. 

So there it is-the contents of my luxury beauty box. I’m sorry it’s unavailable at the moment, but I hope you found this blog post useful.

                                                                  Thank you for reading! 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Summer Lovin' Tag 2017

A few years ago Fleur de Force uploaded a video on Youtube with her summer favourites and I decided to write a blog post about it. I thought I’d bring it back with an updated version this summer. I realise it is now December, so a bit ridiculous to upload this post now but hopefully you won’t hold it against me and we can reminisce on warmer days.

1. Summer lipstick I’m loving

I had to have a little look at my lipstick collection for this one as it is hard to choose just one lipstick. I’m going to say Bond Girl by Charlotte Tilbury. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks are some of my all time favourites, in fact, I think they’re Holy Grail status for me. I’m obsessed with them. They are really easy and comfortable to wear and this shade is a lovely neutral rose colour.

2. Summer nail polish I’m loving

White Horse Street by Nails Inc is a really fun pastel violet shade, which is really light and borderline grey. It is actually what is on my nails at the moment. They retail at £15 each.

3. Bikini I’m loving this summer

This one is easy to answer because bikinis are a no no :P

4. Favourite summer Frappuccino from Starbucks

I love a good Frappuccino in the summer and my favourite is very naughty as it’s so indulgent and very sugary. It contains THREE syrups! But I do like a treat every so often. This drink was actually on their ‘secret’ menu a few years ago. It’s a Mocha Frappuccino with caramel and hazelnut syrup. Let me tell you these taste gorgeous! You’ll be addicted, like I am.

5. Favourite fake tan 

I don’t actually fake tan so I can’t really answer this question properly.

6. Favourite summer song

Attention by Charlie Puth is such a cool song and I’ve heard it loads on the radio.

7. Favourite summer accessory


Photo credit: Topshop.com

It’s so random and cute. Found this tiny pineapple ring in Topshop and picked it up for a fiver.

8. Favourite summer fragrance/perfume

I recently rediscovered this fragrance and initially I wasn’t going to talk about it in this post, because it’s a very intense scent. It’s the Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud. Now the cologne only came in the 100ml which was quite expensive so the lady in the store advised me to go for the Body Oil. I just use it as if it was a perfume and it has lasted so long. I have been reaching for it nearly every day and it smells lovely. It’s also great as an evening scent so it’s versatile in that sense. It has notes of damask rose and oud, but also praline, which makes it a very decadent scent. It’s a treat to wear.

The label is a little worn but I've had it for years and it's lasted me. Anyway, I prefer the term 'well loved' :P

9. Summer book I’m loving

I haven’t been reading much this summer, to be honest. I am reading ‘Girl on the Train’ at the moment but I can’t say I’m loving it. I am about halfway through and I’ve lost interest but I will continue reading it and hopefully it gets better. I’ve heard good things from friends who have read it.

10. What are you most excited to do this summer

Ooh, as you may have noticed, I’m a huge Bastille fan and I cannot wait to see them at the Reading Festival on Friday 25th August. I’ve never actually been to a proper festival (I’m not sure if British Summer Time counts) so this is doubly exciting. Everytime I’ve seen Bastille perform they’ve been fantastic. I am biased of course. Kasabian are headlining and I’m looking forward to seeing the Leicester lads do their thing.

Update: Reading Festival was awesome! I actually got to meet Bastille and got their autographs so I was very happy that day! I actually wrote about my experience for BritznBeatz and you can read it here: https://www.britznbeatz.co.uk/single-post/2017/08/31/Narzras-Reading-Festival-2017-Diary

What were your summer favourites? I’d love to know! I hope you all had a wonderful summer.

                                                                Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Leibster Award/Get to Know Me

I was super flattered and excited when Jessica Faye nominated me for a Leibster Award earlier in the year. Thank you so much!

The Leibster Awards is given to bloggers by bloggers as a way to spread the love in the blogging community.

The way the award works is that you answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you and then you nominate 11 of your favourite bloggers and ask them your own set of questions. I accidentally answered the wrong questions when I was planning this blog post so there are two sets of answers. I hope you don’t mind.

  • ·         Why did you start blogging?
I love to write and I went through a phase of reading a lot of successful blogs, like Zoella’s, and they inspired me to start my own little blog.
  • ·         What are your hobbies?
I love to read but, being a uni student, I don’t get a lot of time to read for pleasure. 
Anyone who knows me knows that I go to a lot of gigs, so I guess that counts as a hobby? 
I also enjoy watching Youtube makeup videos and listening to music. 

Oh, and I do quite a bit of writing for other platforms, such as my uni magazine and music websites. 

  • ·         What makes you happy?

Bastille, makeup, bastille. I have to admit I am obsessed with the band (and their frontman, Dan Smith). I’m actually listening to their biggest hit, Pompeii, as I type this.

Going to gigs is essentially my ‘happy place’. I enjoy playing with makeup…and shopping! Selfridges is my other happy place. I also love to write.

Spending time with my friends brings me the most happiness. I know a really great bunch of girls and some of whom I have known for over 20 years of my life. We always have a laugh when we’re together.

I also love to travel and hope to do more in future.

  • ·         What are your goals, both with the blog and in your own life?
My blog is quite modest, as in I don’t have a lot of followers (but I love the ones I do have) so my only goal is to post more regularly. I hope loads of posts planned but I’ve been lagging behind lately. In my personal life, I would like to lose weight (for health reasons) and finish my degree.

  • ·         What are the things you’ve done that have increased your blog traffic?
Not too long ago, it was my third blogiversary so I held a giveaway for a lipstick and I saw views on that post increase threefold, compared to any other post I had done previously.
I like doing giveaways and it would be nice to do another one towards Christmas. Watch this space.

  •       What does your daily routine look like?

I     t’s funny because my days vary so much. Some days I have to be at uni for a 9am start and, I commute from another city, so I have to be up as early as 5am! I’ll then have a few lectures or a lab and make my way back home on the train. My days off, on the other hand, can see me staying in bed til at least 10am lol. 
  •        How do you stay on top of managing your blog, writing for it, and promoting it?

Hmm, I’m not really the best person to answer this question, because I have been a bit rubbish at blogging lately. Usually, I like to jot down my ideas and work on one post at a time. I tweet and post on Facebook to let people know when I have new posts up and beg them to read my work haha!
  •       Who are your top 5 favourite bloggers to read? 

The Blushing Giraffe, Safiyah Tasneem, Lily Pebbles, The Anna Edit and Amena Official.

  •       How can you be cheered up if you had a bad day?
Foooood or a nice hot chocolate should do the trick.

  •        Do you prefer taking a bath or showering? 

I love a nice, relaxing bath.
  •         What is “your” smell? Your favourite candle, which perfume do you use?

I love light floral scents. I don’t own it but my favourite candle would be Red Roses by Jo Malone. I’m liking ‘Just Pink’ from Next at the moment. It was a birthday gift from my parents and it is really nice.

The following questions were set by Jessica Faye, aka the questions I was supposed to answer.
·         What is the beauty product you use the most?
It would have to be my L’Oreal Paris Paradise mascara because I wear it on days even when I have no foundation or any other makeup on.

·         How would you describe your style?
Very girly and a little bit vintage.

·         What is your favourite movie? Why?
One of my favourite movies is August Rush. Super cheesy, I know, but it’s such a different story and the songs are lovely. The ending always has me sobbing like a baby.

·         Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Ooh, that’s such a good question. In 5 years time, I’ll be 32 years old (weird!). I’d like to think I will have passed my degree and be working as a professional writer, possibly in London.

·         Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?
Summer everytime! I hate the cold, and the dark mornings and evenings. Give me the sunshine any day.

·         What do you find hardest about blogging?
I guess finding the motivation, and time, to put all the pieces together-typing up a post, taking pictures, uploading pictures, editing.

·         Would you encourage others to have a blog? Why?
I would say definitely, go for it! It’s nice to have your own little corner of the internet to write about things you are passionate about. I would say, however, that It takes a certain amount of dedication and hard work.

·         What is your proudest achievement?
It might sound funny but a few years ago, I abseiled off a 90 foot bridge in the Peak District and I am actually terrified of heights so that was a big moment for me. 

·         What do you like to do to relax?
Face masks!

·         What is your ideal working environment?
I like working on the floor, in my bedroom, which is what I’m doing right now.

·         What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
I’ll keep it beauty related and say lipsticks! Especially liquid lipsticks.

My 11 Questions

1.       Why did you start blogging?
2.       What was your first blog post about?
3.       What are your favourite bands/artists?
4.       What is your favourite book and why?
5.       What was the last book you read?
6.       What are your Holy Grail makeup products?
7.       Whose blogs do you enjoy reading?
8.       Have you ever been to Beautycon?
9.       Who is your favourite beauty youtuber?
10.   What do you find challenging about blogging?
11.   What is on your Christmas wishlist?

I would like to nominate the following people for the Liebster Award: The Blushing Giraffe, Safiyah Tasneem, Rose Beauty Files, LoraHull, Sophie’s Notebook, Paige’s Preferences and Nishi V.
If you have been nominated, it would be awesome if you could tag me so I can read your answers.

                                                                 Thank you for reading!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

To Kill A King and London Shopping

On 10th August, the band ‘To Kill A King’ held a gig in collaboration with Clash magazine at Metropolis Studios in London. Tickets were free so I thought “Why not”?

The gig was in the evening so I met my friend for lunch first and she showed me Old Spitalfields Market. It was so cute and quaint, with loads of stalls selling unique goods, as well as stores like Bobbi Brown and Jo Malone.

We went to the Deciem store. I already have The Ordinary Serum foundation and really love it, so I thought I would try the Coverage foundation in the shade 3.0 R (for red undertones). So far, I’ve only worn it once and really love this one too! I’ve already received compliments when wearing it, which is always nice.

I had some time before the gig and didn’t really know what to do with myself so I went to get my hair blow dried. It was a nice treat to myself.

I then popped into Urban Decay and finally got my hands on their Vice liquid lipstick in ‘1993’. I had been asking around after this shade for months and it was always out of stock, so I was very happy that they had it in store. So far, I am totally in love with the nude brown colour and the wear of this lipstick.

Before long it was time to head to Stamford Brook Station in Chiswick to see ‘To Kill A King’. Metropolis Studios was really cool. It was a little hard to find so I had to ask someone for directions. I later realised the person I had been talking to was a member of the band. I hadn’t recognised him and felt like such a doofus haha. Later, I actually bumped into the lead singer, Ralph, and said hello.
Our names were on a ‘guestlist’ and then we waited in the bar whilst the opening act ‘Misfires’ (from Swindon) prepared their set.

The gig was really intimate and I was really close to the stage at one point, which was exciting. There can’t have been more than 100 people there. Probably the smallest gig I’ve ever been to.

Misfires were excellent! I hadn’t heard their music before but, from what I did hear, they’re set for big things! Their songs were rocky, catchy and loads of fun. The perfect opener.

Then came ‘To Kill A King’. Now, I had heard some of their songs before, but not all of them and I’d never seen them live before. I had seen some of their Facebook Live performances though, so it was a little surreal seeing them in person but, boy, am I glad I did!

Ralph, TKAK

They were amazing! They played ‘Choices’ first, which is actually one of my favourite songs.
The sound quality was brilliant too. I think it was the best I’d ever heard at a gig.

One thing I really liked about the gig was that all the members seemed to be enjoying themselves. Ralph was smiling and joking and it was so nice to see.

Once it was over, I was absolutely shattered after a long day in London. I had to travel another 3 hours by coach to get home but it was definitely worth it.

Have you listened to ‘To Kill A King’?
Do you like them?

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Glossier Event

A few weeks ago, Anna tweeted that Glossier were going to be holding a pop-up showroom in London and I was so there!

There’s so much hype surrounding Glossier. It’s become a cult brand and all my favourite bloggers rave about it, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about for myself. (If I’m honest, I travelled all the way to London just to test out the Milky Jelly Cleanser.)

Skin tint

The pop-up was held on Baker Street in Marlebone and was quite busy, so my friend and I had to queue in the rain for a little while (funny story, somebody actually stole my umbrella, so we got soaked afterwards too!).

Inside was so fancy. There were flowers everywhere and lovely Byredo candles burning. Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier, was there too but I didn’t get a chance to speak to her. All the Glossier products were laid out so we could test them and have a general play around with.

Of course, I went straight for the Milky Jelly Cleanser and absolutely loved the texture. Other products which stood out for me were the Priming Moisturiser Riche and the Stretch Concealer. I wasn’t expecting to love the products as much as I did. The formulas were gorgeous. I can’t wait until Glossier products come to the UK in October.

I had been hoping to purchase some things on the day, but unfortunately nothing was for sale. It was more of an introduction to the products, if that makes sense. There were actually goody bags being handed out, but they ran out before I got there. I should receive mine in the post in a few weeks *fingers crossed*. Let me know if you want me to blog about the products I receive.

Meeeee :)

Have you tried any Glossier products? What did you think?

Thank you for reading! 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

3rd Blogiversary and Giveaway

Three years ago today, I uploaded my first blog post about my Nails Inc manicure

I decided to start my own blog after reading other beauty blogs and really enjoying them. 

I’m so grateful for all of you who read my posts and I wanted to do a little giveaway, so I have a Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour in the shade Devotion up for grabs. 

All you have to do is let me know your email address and tell me about your favourite lipstick in the comments section below. 

The competition is open to UK residents only and I will be randomly selecting a winner on Saturday 5th August

Good luck! 

Thank you for reading! 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick

My parents gifted this to me as congratulations for passing a beauty course. I have the shade 08 Framboise Obscur. I wanted to write about it because it’s so different to any other lip products I’ve tried lately. 

It’s a sheer wash of colour but with just enough pigment and I think the deep berry shade compliments my skintone. It’s not a shade I’d normally wear but it does make for a lovely day to day lipstick.

It’s also super moisturising. This product contains black rose oil to keep lips soft and hydrated. The packaging is super luxurious. And, of course, it feels so lovely to own a Givenchy product.

It comes in 24 shades.

Has anyone else tried this lip product?

What did you think?

Thanks for reading!