Thursday, 31 December 2009

Factory Shop Bargain Haul

On Tuesday me and my mum bravely went out in the snow to look at televisions (both mine and the downstairs one are starting to fade) alas we didn't see anything we liked but I popped into a few shops whilst I was in my nearest all be it tiny small town. Boots had been well and truly ravaged and had nothing left, so I popped into Poundstretcher to pick up a scart switcher for my Wii, and I popped into The Original Factory Shop. I've already mentioned this shop a few times in some previous posts and I have to say it really is fabulous. They stock all sorts of ex chain store clothing including, DP's, Principles, etc. and loads of discount cosmetics. Ok you have to search amongst the tat but this week they had loads of Lancome items in -I picked up a Color Focus Eyeshadow Palette in 105 Renaissance Printaniere - a gorgeous quad of silky greens that can be used wet or dry
I paid £10 for it and it has an RRP of £31.50 I am really pleased with it and would happily have paid more for it.
I also picked up a box containing the Urban Retreat Body Detox 10 Anti Cellulite Plan - you get a 400ml jar of Seaweed Mud and 5 sachets of Cream. It seems very like the Guam wrap product which I used to use but this was only £5.00 As far as I know you can only get Urban Retreat from Harrods of QVC so I will be keen to give this a go and see if it makes a difference - the Guam product certainly helped with water retention in the time that I used it (I got that from QVC and HQ Hair) so I will be interested to see if this works similarly well, it certainly smells the same

Have you picked up any bargain in an unexpected places recently?

Lessons Learned in 2009

I was going to do a review of the year post but I decided to do things a little bit differently. Instead I have decided to do a post on things I have realised or learned in 2009 - they are beauty, fashion, and general life related - hope you find it interesting x

1) Towel dry you hair before applying hair conditioner - omg this makes such a difference to the effectiveness of the conditioner
2) Remember what you say may be taken wrongly or differently - I have been far too trusting in the past and have landed myself in the poo because of it - don't assume everyone is on your wavelength
3) The return of Wispa Gold has been bad for my hips :)
4) Blue Cheese isn't as bad as I always thought it was - in fact I have a bit of a Stilton addiction going on at the moment - rahhhh
5) Get a good skin care regime and you really will see the difference
6) Cheap make up can be as good as expensive make up
7) I do not need to buy everything in Primark just because it's cheap
8) My hair doesn't look so bad even if I don't straighten it to within an inch of its life everyday
9) I don't not need to buy something from every MAC collection - I need to be selective
10) Letting go is one of the hardest things ever - be it a pair of shoes, a friend or a relative - but it's essential - we need to let go to move forward
11) People let you down - an obvious one I know but I wish it wasn't the case - especially when they don't realise it and carry on as normal when your hurting
12) Online shopping is dangerous!
13) Paying for everything in cash is liberating
14) I think my feet are shrinking I have bought several pairs of shoes in a 7 this year either that or shoe sizing is increasingly more erratic
15) You must keep using OPI Nail Envy or your nails break
16) Always carry a nail file - the one time you don't, you need it
17) Using cuticle oil makes such a difference to your nails
18) Being untidy is a bad thing you lose too much stuff
19) There is such a thing as too many nail varnishes
20) Being chubby might not be down to over indulgence and a lack of exercises
21) There is always room in my life for another cat
22) Be careful when lifting pans or taking things out of the oven - I still have the burns to show from a few mishaps this year
23) Primark paper bags are useless
24) I am not positive enough and think too many negative thoughts
25) I spend far too much time on my laptop
26) Newcastle airport is a rip off when it comes to food and why don't they have a MAC counter
27) My television and computer monitor are not going to last much longer
28) I think I have gone off football -it no longer has the same appeal
29) I can't imagine life without my mum
30) You Tube despite being scary has given me a bit of confidence

Well here's a few from me - what are your lessons learned in 2009

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Next Sale Goodies

As a Next directory customer I got a VIP invite to the Next online sale so on the Tuesday before Christmas I spent a good hour trailing through all the Next sales listings. I must admit I am not always the biggest fan of Next but I do think they are gradually getting there design wise and in the past few years I have picked up a few nice bits (excuse the crappy pics the light is pants today)

Typically of Next though everything always comes separately :(

First of all I got this dress - which is probably more of a summery one - it's a really nice floral and polka dot pattern on dusky blue background with a cutaway detail at the back and a back tie :)(apologies this is a pic of the back of the dress don't know where the other one got too)


I also picked up this black/grey/white tissue print tunic. It's kind of looks a bit like a tie dye print which I love - I got it in tall so it will be nice and long over leggings, skinnys or jeggings

I also picked up this necklace pattern t-shirt - I already have a similar one in black - this one will show less cat hair lol:)

and this multi chain charm necklace

My favourite bit of my sale haul though are these babies - they are a gorgeous black patent and the gold hardware is exactly the same tone as the hardware of my Christmas bag :)
I also got a cute pink diamante piggy bank for my piggy collection, and some Miffy bunny underwear, black ribbed polo neck and some Zebra slipper socks :)

ASOS Sale Goodies

OK I have to admit little if any of this was in the sale but never mind I may as well end 2009 on a high :)

As you may have noticed lately I have gotten a few chunky, short sleeved jumpers and cardigans - I love the style of this type of top but there lies a problem. Chunky jumpers whilst being ideal for the winter aren't too great if they have short sleeves (cold arm syndrome) so I decided to stock up on a few long sleeved t-shirts for layering purposes in basic white and grey marl
I know I will get loads of wear out of these so the splurge was semi justified lol
I also picked up this super cute Gwen head t-shirt from the Harajuku Lovers range by Gwen Stefani - as well as loving the colour I think the print is super cute :)
I also picked up this long lusted after Dorothy's shoe necklace - I am sure another blogger has this (Em from Passion For Fashion?) I love it - so cute and sparkly :) (Pics courtesy of ASOS )
I also picked up a few beauty goodies (as you do)including Rude Cream Blush by Illamasqua - I have been debating this one for a while and I am happy to have it (sorry about the poor pic the lighting is awful today and its snowing again!)
I also picked up a nail polish by Essie in Mint Candy Apple such a pretty pale mint / jade green colour
and finally I picked up a Lord & Berry item. I haven't tried this brand before despite seeing it on ASOS and QVC for a while now, so I picked up a 20100 Shining Lipstick Pencil in 7265 Nudo - it's very like the Illamasqua Sonnet, Gosh Darling type Nude very pretty and soft and in a pencil format
Any questions please ask - did anyone else get anything from the ASOS sale?

Christmas Pressies Part 3 - Clothes and Accessories

Hiyas - time for the final part of my Christmas pressie haul - clothes and accessories :)
My biggie was this super cute Jane Shilton bag from my godparents - I love the old fashioned style, the clasp and the patent finish - love it :)
I also got this super cute short sleeved chunky belted Primark cardi from my godparents too - I am sure someone else has this but I can't remember who?
I also got this super cute navy blue faux suede bow and chain bag from my mum and a few pieces of jewellery
I also got some lovely pieces of jewellery as a secret Santa gift
and I also got loads of other fashion and accessory bits including a cat purse from my bestie, a corsage, slippers, a lovely ivory hat, PJ's, socks, and undies - and the usual dvds, books, chocolate etc. everybody was so, so generous this year and I just want to say a huge thank you xx

Body Shop Sale Goodies

I placed an order with The Body Shop for some sale goodies on the day the sale started - I love The Body Shop after Christmas sale :) and I was shocked when my parcel came on Christmas Eve :)I specifically love their Christmas collection so I picked up a few bits

Nutmeg and Vanilla Body Butter
Nutmeg and Vanilla Bath and Shower Gel
Black Velvet Apricot Body Butter
Black Velvet Apricot Bath and Shower Gel
Plum Plum Shimmering Bath Bubbles
Merry Cranberry Bath and Shower Gel

I really wanted the Merry Cranberry Body Butter too but it had sold out still I think I still have some from last year :)

Did anyone else get anything from the The Body Shop sale

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Christmas Pressies Part 2 - Make Up and Skincare

OK more exciting goodies :) Make Up!

No7 Opulence Eye Palette - I love the No7 limited editions this has some lovely eye colours especially the gold
No7 Colour Calming Make Up Base - a green face primer and another one I haven't tried
No7 Make Up Bag with makeup and skin care - some nice stuff in here including a lovely eyeshadow in Antique Rose
Boots Botanics Quick Fix Make Up Wipes and Eye Make Up Remover - Holy Grail Skincare!
FrontCover Eye Spy Kit - OMG these shadows are fabulous a lovely kit for experimenting with bright colours and they are so pigmented

A whole batch of studio bits - brush cleaner, blush in Tickled Pink <3, eyeshadow in Mystic Moss, and the Eye Transformer
YBF by Stacey - Make Up Box - SO much stuff in here and it's surprisingly good quality -the box on the other hand isn't - I'll do a proper review on some of these items I think

Yeah Christmas kits - Smoke and Mirrors Eyeshadow Palette, Hocus Focus Face Kit, with Sunsparked Pearl and Pretty Baby Beauty Powders and Peachykeen Blush - loving the packaging on these so substantial
Baroque Boudoir - I was soooooo pleased to get these items - the packaging is amazing
Lipstick in Prive
Lipgloss in The Lap Of Luxury
If you would like any swatches of any of these items please let me know - fashion next x

Christmas Goodies Part 1 - Nails, Some Skincare and Bodycare

OK I know a few people aren't keen on Christmas pressie hauls but I thought I'd show you some of the things that I got (all these items were bought for me by my friends and family) that I will be reviewing and using throughout 2010 - I'll start off with skincare, nails and body stuff.
Rio Easy Art Nails - This is basically a Konad kit you even get Konad plates in it - can't wait to have a play with this :)
OPI Gift Set - This has some super colours in it lots of glitter and some nail treatments and a minis kit :)
Leighton Denny Gift Set - again nail treatments, and loads of full size and mini colours mainly in french and neutrals. I also got the Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File kit so far I am super impressed with this and I'll definitely do a review on it :)

Body /Skin Care
Soap & Glory Plane Jane Travel Kit - this kinda makes up for missing out on the hat box - a cute case, mini smellies and a travel pillow
Philosophy The Gingerbread Man - a Christmas staple for me this one contains the bath / shower gel, the hot salt scrub, and the body butter (I also got the cranberry orange lip gloss)
Elemis Gift Set - Bath and Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Cleanser, Exfoliator, and my favourite Pro Collagen Marine Cream (more on this to come)
Anatomicals Gift Set - Body, Face and Hair Stuff
Korres Fig Set - Body Butter and shower gel, and some fig jam :)

OK this is getting a bit pic heavy so I'll do a separate post with my make up goodies x (ETA - I have missed a whole load of bits out whoops I also got some Avon stuff and a whole load of candles :))

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Hiya Peoples - Christmas Pressie Update

Hey Everyone
Hope you all had a a fabby day yesterday and that Santa was super generous you. I also hope you didn't eat too much lol I know I did :)
Anyways I thought I'd give you a quick update about my Christmas Day and details on some bits coming up over the next week :)
Christmas Day as per usual was great and so much fun - it's so much fun to spend quality time with your family having a nice time eating yummy food and drinking yummy wine, and of course getting some lovely gifts :) My family and friends were soooo generous this year I got so many lovely gifts including and iPod Touch and a Wii :)!!! I am going to do a few posts later in the week showing you some of the fashion and beauty bits I got - I won't be going in to great deal or including anything I have been so spoilt I might be accused of showing off :( - so I'll just show you the bits you might be interested in e.g MAC, Boots, Nails Stuff, handbags etc. and if you want any swatches or reviews you can let me know xx
I have to say though as spoilt as I was I didn't get any Lush or Body Shop so I have placed a few sale orders which I'll post as I get them. Needless to say my spending ban has crashed and burned totally this month never mind 2010 is nearly here and its a time for new a start. I have to say though I have been generally disappointed in the online sales this year - I have ordered a few bits from ASOS and Next but otherwise it's ll a bit bleurgh - very disappointing :( SO I'll be back in the next day or so with some Christmas pressie posts and some online sale haulage -till then the mince pies (albeit gluten free ones) call xxx

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Holiday Recipe - Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Apologies for the lack of posts this week I had so many plans but the evil weather (it's still snowing in Co Durham),and the Christmas preparations have took their toll.
Still never mind I thought I'd share with you one of my favourite sweetie recipes -a homemade version of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups courtesy of the domestic goddess Nigella Lawson's book Nigella Christmas :) (I can't find the recipe online so I'll type it up for you)

Peanut Layer
50g Dark Soft Brown Sugar
200g Icing Sugar
50g Soft Butter
200g Smooth Peanut Butter (You can use crunchy but the texture will be different)

200g Milk Chocolate
100g Dark Chocolate
Edible Decorations -I used White Chocolate Snowflakes from ebay, White Chocolate Stars from Morrisions, Gold Icing Stars and Snowflakes, and edible holographic glitter from Jane Asher, and silver and gold chocolate beans from a local deli
40-50 Petit Fours / Sweet Cases - (I got gold ones and Santa's from Jane Asher)

1) Mix together both types of sugar, the butter and the peanut butter using a wooden spoon or an electric whisk (I usually start off slowing with the whisk to avoid the icing sugar flying everywhere)
you should end up with a sticky, sandy paste
2)Roll about a teaspoon of mixture into a ball and press it into the paper cases to form a disc

Repeat till all the mixture is used. I find it easier to chill the mixture a bit first and put a bit of icing sugar on my hands to stop them sticking. This is a long drawn out, repetitive procedure - if you have children they might enjoy doing this too
3) Once you have filled all your cases put both bars of chocolate into a bowl and melt it over a pan of boiling water or in the microwave
4)spoon one tsp of the melted chocolate into each paper case making sure it covers the peanut butter layer (this is again quite repetitive work)_
5)Sprinkle or add your decorations stars, snowflakes, glitter etc. the the top of the cup whilst the chocolate is still soft
Voila Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups a la Nigella - these also work just as good with milk or white chocolate toppings if you want to really indulge - enjoy xx