Tuesday, 30 October 2012

A review: Bourjois 'So Laque' nail polish.

I recently bought this nail polish in quite a hurry. I was wanted a black nail polish for a while so while I was in boots I decided to look around a bit. Surprisingly a lot of the brands didn't seem to do just a plain black shade so it narrowed down the options. A lot. I couldn't even see any other black polish! Instead of waiting till I got home to see which was the best I just bought this one, naively thinking it'd be good because it's by Bourjois. 
The polish goes on well, really well actually. It's fast trying, you'll be done in most likely a minute. The shine is okay, slightly disappointing considering that's it's main focus point in what it offers. The problem, as you might be able to see (here's a link if you can't see it) in the picture above, is that it chips so easily. I'm not talking after a few days either. Mine lasted a day without a topcoat and two - maximum of three with a topcoat. It states the shine will last 7 days, the shine might but it's pointless if the polish itself has gone! (Just to clarify: the shine doesn't last 7 days.) You won't even need to use nail polish remover, it'll just peal away! I suppose that's good, means you'll be using less remover! 
I definitely will not be repurchasing this or any other Bourjois nail polish and I don't recommend it to anyone. 
I seem to have a thing about blogging at a ghastly hour, I need to get better at time management! Today was down to catching up on The Paradise late and then proceeding to freaking out about if for about half an hour before calming down. I'll get better though! 

Saturday, 27 October 2012

The Christmas magazine - a review (kind of).

It's a long one today, but full of Christmassy goodness!

I came across this magazine for the first time on Thursday and almost squealed in the railway station's shop. I hadn't seen any christmas magazines before, admittedly I hadn't been as interested before, so as you can imagine I was high with the flood of ideas that came to me or would come soon after.
The magazine was £3.99, a little pricey if you ask me but I didn't look at the price too much - I was too preoccupied by the cover.
It has various styles you might want to adopt this christmas, such as gold tones, cool tones, nordic traditions, and my favourite -- a rustic, natural style. What's great about this magazine is that they really boost your imagination. You might see something you like but then you'll think "oh but if I do this, or tweak that it'll suit me better. A lot of people I've spoken to often see what is, rather than what could be. It's the same as when you go into a clothes shop, some people see a plain shapeless dress but forget a simple belt can change the item completely.
Getting back on track, some of the things that really stood out to me were:

  • The handmade wreaths - this can be both a great communal activity and a solitary one. 
  • Slightly frosted, small flower arrangements - perhaps pale colours mixed with browns and neutrals (for my rustic-y style) although we'll see how I feel, it looked great in the pictures.  
  • Pine cones and wooden baskets - I added "lots" to my notes, I was clearly enthused! 
  • CHRISTMAS JUMPERS - they note www.cheesychristmasjumpers.com but today I bought one from Primark for £12 - great price considering garments from that website start at around £20 (well the ones I liked). I'll put the picture at the end of the post.
  • LOTS OF CANDLES - again, very enthusiastic.
  • DIY projects:
    • a present tree, the concept is an advent calendar with little parcels/bags/boxes/buckets hanging off of branches in a jug (or i assume anything similar). 
    •  a matchbox stack, similar concept: an advent calendar where the numbered boxes pull out as draws and reveal the daily gift. 
    •  Paper snowflakes - we know these, we've all done them (well I hope you have!)
    • small white pompom things, I've never actually done these as a child. I'm excited to try them! 

The magazine has various christmas decorations ranging from incredibly cheap (from poundlound, asda and wilkos) to quite the expensive little treasures. It has food ideas, gift ideas, tips on how to make the most out of your mantle piece, it even has a time plan for the Christmas meal.
Unfortunately, I believe this is only available in the UK and all of the stockists are also from the UK. It really is worth checking out if you're in need of some inspiration, although at £3.99 it's understandable to miss it.
It sounds like I'm getting paid for this, I just really loved the magazine even if my friends were getting very tired of my constant exclaims of "look at this! and this. AND THIS." Bunch of scrooge's.
It's a late post but it IS on the day I said I'd post this, win! Well, with 5 minutes to spare.
Here's my new jumper ^_^ (although bad quality!)

Thank you if you read this far! 

Friday, 26 October 2012


I'm really excited to start this blog, it's a way that I can keep track of all of my crafty projects, my favourite recipes as well as beauty interests! It's quite a wide range of things I'm going to be tackling but a little hard work is fun, right? It's getting quite late at the moment so no proper posts tonight.
Tomorrow I'm putting up my new bed, getting some christmassy and cosy things as well as making my first blog post.
I am indeed someone who gets extraordinarily excited about Christmas early. To the point of squealing. In August.
Tomorrow's post will be Christmas related, just my ideas about decor and DIY activities you can do on your own, or with friends/family.
Only good things to come.

(P.S. If you're interested the labels are what the majority of my posts will be, or relating to them.)