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Malm Dressing Table Storage

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hello everyone! Today I thought I'd show you my make up and brushes storage now that I've finally got it the way I want it. So this is the Ikea Malm dressing table. It's a pretty basic dressing table with a shiny glass top. It doesn't have any other built-in storage other than the large pull out drawer underneath but sadly, this doesn't have any compartments. So for the last few months, my make up has been rolling about aimlessly while I've tried to find something that's the right width and depth to fit in the drawer without losing any of the space. 

storage trays for malm dressing table

After months of hunting, someone suggested that I try the Rationell Variera Cutlery trays from, wait for it, IKEA. I can't believe I'd missed these, but I'd never thought of checking in the cutlery section! So I went and bought two of these trays and they were perfect! I'm in storage heaven.



Each tray is the perfect size for sorting make up into sections and it leaves a little space at the side for palettes or extras that are too big. If you have a total storage obsession like me, you'll know how good it feels to have it this organised!

For brushes, I use this painted jar from B&M Stores which is a really good size. I used to use an empty (cleaned out) Yankee jar for brushes, but I think this one with the printed message makes it a really nice decoration for a dressing table.

make up brush storage

What do you use for storing your make-up?

xxx

My Halloween Costumes

Sunday, 27 October 2013
Hello! Today I thought I'd do a post on what I wore for the Halloween parties I went to this weekend. I decided not to buy an actual costume this year. There were so many amazing tutorials on YouTube that I thought I'd go all out on the face make up and just wear something of my own - the cheaper and more fun option!

So on Friday, I went to a charity Halloween party and my costume definitely didn't go to plan. I'd bought red contact lenses, vampire fangs and planned on wearing all black and vampire make up like this tutorial by Carli Bybel. Sounds like an easy costume doesn't it? 

The make up went well but I underestimated how hard it is to put contact lenses in. When I finally got them in, my eyes watered so much that I had to take them out (and re-do my eye make up). Then there was the fangs. First of all. they were far too big for my teeth, and they had this horrible putty that just didn't stick. So basically, I was a fang-less vampire in a leather skirt! I ended up just pretending I had fangs and pulling some vampire-y poses! My boyfriend and his friend won 'best costume' for being Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus which was hilarious! I kind of wish they'd had a 'worst costume' award ...

scary vampire make up

On Saturday, my friend had a party and I 'dressed up' as a Sugar Skull. There were so many tutorials on YouTube that I loved, but I decided to do this one by Mariam Luso. I love how colourful it is. Mariam uses glitter and jewels on hers, which I didn't have, but I was still really happy with how it turned out.

I used white face paint for the base and the colours were a mix of eye shadows, lip liners and eye liners. I already had these floral headbands and wore this floral midi skirt and bralet, so it turned out to be a really inexpensive costume!

sugar skull costume

What's your Halloween costume this year?

xxx

OUTFIT || Dream Coat

Saturday, 26 October 2013
Grey jumper // Primark 
Chunky Silver Necklace // Primark 
Red Colour Block bag // Next (not on website now)
Avril Cut Out Boots // Miss Selfridge (sold out)

Hello everyone! Decided to put my Sunday outfit post up early this week and tomorrow I might do a Halloween themed OOTD instead. If you follow me on twitter, you'll have seen me tweeting about this coat last week from the changing room. I had actually went back into Topshop for this coat that I talked about in a previous post, but when I tried it on for the second time it just didn't feel warm enough. It was so much cosier the first time I tried it - although I think that was down to the fluffy jumper I was wearing at the time - silly me.  When I tried it with just a dress underneath, it felt too thin for Winter, so I'm quite glad I went back for a second visit! 

I hadn't noticed this coat on the website but I fell in love with it when I saw it in the shop. It's a heavy wool-like material and the fur collar makes it extra cosy. The fur collar is removable too, so I can take this off if I want to wear it with a big scarf or something and it'll look a bit different. 

I usually aim to get two coats in the Winter - one for wearing to work and one for wearing casually, but I've been wearing this one for both and it works really well, so I technically don't need to get a second coat...probably will though.. :)


Have you got your Winter coat yet?

xxx

Estee Lauder Kissable Shine in 'Venice Kiss'

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Venice Kiss Review


 Estee Lauder Kissable Shine in the shade 06 'Venice Kiss'

It's taken me far too long to post about this lipstick. I actually got this back in August but within a few days, I'd lost it. It was only last week that I finally found it in a jewellery box .. I'm guessing I thought this was a 'safe place' at the time...

Firstly, let's just take a minute to appreciate the lovely gold and pink packaging. You can definitely tell it's high end straight away, it's the type of product you'd leave out on your dressing table because it's so pretty. (..well, I would anyway)

'Venice Kiss' is the perfect daytime plum shade. It looks quite dark in the bullet, but on the lips it's a softer plum shade that's less bold in a way. It looks lovely with a tan but it's also really nice on my skin now that I'm a bit paler. The texture is what has totally sold this product to me, it's so moisturising and has a lovely glossy finish. It's very similar to the Mac Sheen Supreme range (but less drying) or a Revlon lip butter. 

The colour is really opaque and although the glossiness gradually fades within an hour or two (without reapplication), it leaves a slight stain on the lips which looks really nice too. There is a slight shimmer in the colour, which isn't that noticeable when it's on.

I'd really like to try out some other colours in this range. As expected though, they're quite pricey. In my experience of glossy,lip butter-ish products like this, they don't tend to last as long as a normal lipstick .. so the 'it'll ages' justification wouldn't apply here unfortunately. I'm sure I'll find another one though.

Have you tried any of the colours in this range?
xxx



OUTFIT || Casual and Colourful

Sunday, 20 October 2013
Joni Jeans (mid stone) // Topshop 
Navy Converse // Office 
Painted Edge Satchel // Topshop (no longer available, similar here)
Rings // Primark
Necklace // ASOS

I almost didn't have time for an outfit post this week. I've not had a minute to take pictures in advance so had to rush these before heading off for a Sunday shift. Not normal work clothes but we dress casual at the weekend, which makes it slightly more bearable.. 

Anyway, this jumper is from a website I hadn't heard of until recently. I was contacted by a company who kindly let me pick something from the site to show you all. I instantly decided on this jumper because it reminds me of this one from Topshop that I've had my eye on. It's a nice casual fit that's slightly longer at the back and it's perfect for wearing with jeans and trainers on a casual day. It also makes a nice change from all the reds and black that I've been wearing recently - although I can almost guarantee I'll be back to that by next week.

What's your favourite online shopping sites?
xxx

WRAPPZ || iPhone Makeover

Thursday, 17 October 2013

iphone skin cover

wrappz iphone skin

Hello lovelies! Today's post isn't fashion or beauty related, I just really wanted to show you my new iPhone skin from WRAPPZ. I was given a voucher for the website in my goody bag from FABB and despite not really knowing what a 'skin' was, I decided to order one (I had a voucher, after all). WRAPPZ is a website that offers personalised phone covers and skins. You can upload your own pictures, collages or just pick a design from their gallery. I couldn't find any pictures of my own that I wanted to use, so I picked this pretty Lovehearts design from the gallery. 

I really can't think of a way to describe what the skin is made of other than saying it's like a screen protector, the kind of film that you can stick on and peel off as many times as you like. (Not too good at describing this, am I?) It came in one big section for the back with two sections for the front and was really easy to stick on and line up perfectly. I love how it looks! Since I drop my phone several times a day, I need some kind of protection on it. To avoid hiding the design, I ordered a clear hard case from eBay for £2.99. And my phone make over was complete!

Before I wrote this post, I contacted the website to see if I could get a code for any of you that might want one too, and they've kindly set up the code 'meow35' to give my readers a 35% discount on their website! Let me know if you get one and what design you picked! 

xxx


(Not a sponsored post, by the way, I really am this excited about phone covers...)





WISHLIST || Pay Day Wishlist

Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Faux Shearling Bonded Biker Affanita Mid Heel Chelsea Boots
Printed T-Shirt // Zara 
Mini Clean Satchel // Warehouse

Hello! On Sunday I hit 250 GFC followers and I want to say THANK YOU to every one of you for following my little blog. I've got a give away planned in the next few weeks, so watch this space! 

So this is yet another wish list I've come up with over the last few weeks. I actually planned for November to be a spending ban, so I can start to save for Christmas, but inevitably I've managed to convince myself I need all of the above on pay day. It's suddenly got so much colder in the last week, so at least I can justify getting this fur lined jacket from Topshop. I love leather jackets and the fur makes this one a lot more wearable on colder days. If you see this in the shop, I urge you to try it. You'll fall in love with it.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate these boots too? I like them more every time I see them and I think they'd go perfectly with this jacket and black skinny jeans. This printed t-shirt would actually go nicely with that outfit too .. hang on, am I trying to convince myself I need the whole lot? Stop, Eilidh. This t-shirt really is gorgeous though. It's a mix of floral, check and lace and it's sheer, so I think it would look really nice layered over a plain dress with a big chunky cardigan or something.

Do you have a pay day wish list every month ? 
What have you got your eye on this month?

xxx


OUTFIT || Tartan Boyfriend Shirt

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Black Cami // Topshop 
Suede Flat Chelsea Boots // Barratts (last year)
Leather Jacket with Fur Attachment // Topshop (last year)
Neon Green Edge Paint Satchel // Topshop (colour no longer available, similar here)
Chunky Black and Silver Chain // Primark
Lips: Apocalips in 402 Across the Universe

Why is it impossible to find a pair of skinny jeans that stay skinny? These were my latest purchase from Topshop, and I thought I might have been onto a winner, but as you can see they're getting baggy at the knees already. So the hunt starts again. I think the perfect pair of jeans would be mid-waisted, Joni jeans that don't wash out or go out of shape. Is that so hard to ask? Philip Green, if you're reading this - you've got work to do! 

This boyfriend shirt is yet another tartan addition to my wardrobe. I really need to concentrate on getting things that are non-tartan and non-fluffy. I went for a wander around the shops yesterday and saw the most perfect winter coat, ever. I know I said this last week, but this one here really is perfect. It's all fur lined and look a lot better in real life than in these pictures. Sadly, it was purely window shopping and I really couldn't afford to take it home with me. I'm praying it will still be there on pay day!

What have you all been up to this weekend?

xxx

FOTD || My Everyday Make-up

Thursday, 10 October 2013
Hello everyone! I could dance with happiness that it's almost Friday. Busiest. Week. Ever. On Sunday, my car gave up on life and refused to start despite the fact I'd dragged myself out of bed for an exercise class at 10 am. I've taken that as a sign and I'll never make that mistake again. Two failed jump starts, a blown up pair of jump leads (don't ask) and a lot of stress later, I've admitted defeat and sent my car to the garage. And if it's going to be expensive to fix, it can stay there.

Anyway, I decided on a simple post tonight. So here's my face.

I've read quite a lot of 'Face of the Day' posts and I was surprised at how much I like them. I love knowing what make you people use for the full face, on a normal day, instead of just showing off one product in a review or something. So this was my make up for work today.

 I've started using Mac Patina again in the last few weeks. It's my favourite Mac eye shadow but I only really wear it in Autumn/Winter. It's the perfect every-day eye colour for me because it's a natural tone but still has a nice subtle gold shimmer in it which really brightens up the eyes. *Selfie alert*

Mac Sheen Supreme Bare Again Swatch

So here's all the products I used today: 


Face
Nars Orgasm Blush - (full review here)

Eyes
Mac 'Patina' eye shadow
Urban Decay 'Buck' on crease and lower lash line
Urban Decay 'Dark Horse' on upper lash line

If you've tried Double Wear foundation before and thought it was too heavy, I'd recommend trying it again with this moisturiser underneath. It totally transforms the foundation into a nice, satin finish that looks really natural in my opinion. And the staying power is 10 out of 10.

Have you tried any of these products?
What products do you use every day?
xxx








HALLOWEEN || Why are you dressed so scary?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013
  Halloween is fast approaching so it's time to start planning. I have two Halloween parties this year, one night after the other, so I need two costumes. Major stress!

 I must admit I've been pretty unimaginative in the past few years. My Pocahontus costume has been out on more than two occasions and I'm not even sorry. For one night of the year, I love wearing huge eyelashes, dark tan and my feather headband. We all know that Halloween is supposed to be scary, but it takes a brave girl to walk into a party full of pretty fairies, Marilyn Monroe's and Disney Princesses (*cough*) when you're dressed up as a blood-soaked zombie.

why are you dressed so scary

With that said, I've seen some amazingly creative Halloween make up and it looks like so much fun. I decided to look on line for inspiration and realised there's a lot of 'scary' make-up that, in a weird way, looks really pretty too. So for at least one night this year, I'm going to attempt something like the pictures below. All of which are scary but still feminine and pretty. 

halloween scary

If you're thinking of doing similar make up this year, I would absolutely recommend searching through some of the tutorials on Youtube.  

Here's some of my favourite tutorials I've found so far. 



Have you ever worn scary Halloween make up? 
What are you dressing up as this year?

OUTFIT || FABB Glasgow

Sunday, 6 October 2013
Blogger outfit wearing tartan dress chelsea boots

tartan dress with gold chunky chain
Frilly socks // Primark 
Other Midi rings // Primark 

Hello lovelies! Yesterday I went along to a bloggers event in Merchant City which was organised by the girls at FABB events. It was such a fun day and I met so many lovely bloggers and brand reps. I still have no idea what I was so nervous about, roll on the next one!

I started planning what to wear weeks beforehand but actually only found this little tartan dress a few days ago. Tartan is everywhere just now, but I was surprised that I couldn't find this shade anywhere in the shops. I finally tracked this one down on an eBay shop for only £12.99. I was worried it was going to be cheap material but it feels lovely and the shape is perfect.

 I have now realised that I really don't feel comfortable wearing this style of dress without tights. I had severe skirt paranoia for most of the day. I used to think these dresses felt really short, but I don't think that's the problem. I think it's when a dress is loose fitting at the bottom and I can't feel the material on my skin, I assume the wind has blown it up around my waist and I'm flashing everyone. Not that flashing my tights would be acceptable either..

Have any of you found any nice things on eBay recently? 

xxx

Here's some of the pictures from yesterday to if you want a peek :-) x

Cocoa Brown fake tan
Cocoa Brown tanning mousse and mits - can't wait to try this out!
Bloggers event crystal clear skin care
Crystal Clear Skin Care
Beauty Kitchen - so happy I discovered this brand. All natural products and they smell AMAZING.
So happy with all our goodies, thank you so much girls! 

xxxxxxx

WISHLIST || You can never have too many coats ..

Friday, 4 October 2013
topshop zara next boohoo h&m coats and jackets
Biker Jacket // H&M

Hello everyone! So I managed to get almost everything but a coat or jacket on my 'coat and jacket shopping day' on Sunday. I had set myself a budget and definitely overestimated how much I could get from it. It probably didn't help that I spent £25 in Primark on socks, tights and Impulse body sprays - my money just evaporates in that shop!

I tried on this coat from Zara and fell in love with it. I decided to 'think about it'  and I've done nothing else ever since. It's such a lovely fit and the print is gorgeous, I need it!

This picture of the Boohoo coat doesn't do it any justice, the catwalk video on the website shows the fit better and it's such a beautiful coat. I love the mix of tartan, black and fur together. I'm pretty sure my wardrobe will be over ninety per cent tartan by the end of the month, oh well!

What's your favourite style of coat? Which one of these would you pick?

  xxx

Micro Loop Hair Extensions Review

Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Hello! Today I thought I'd write about my own personal experience with Micro Loop hair extensions or Micro Ring as they're sometimes called.

Micro loop extensions are basically individual sections of real hair with a plastic ring at the top/root. An equal section of your own hair is fed through the big plastic loop, then slid through the small plastic ring. The loop is then detached and the plastic ring is flattened with pliers. When the ring is flattened, it releases a bonding agent which holds it in place. They're fitted on the lower half of your head in rows, starting two inches in from your face and hairline so they're not noticeable when your hair is down or up. (Here's a video of the process

Micro Loop Hair Extensions Review Blog

Getting Micro Loop Hair extensions
I had mine put in by a hairdresser friend from school who had a mobile business. She charged £70 to put them in, and told me which hair extensions to order from a site called Hair Planet. As my hair is really thick, she told me I'd need 150 of the 0.8 gram extensions to match the weight and texture of my own hair. The extensions cost £110 including postage. I was worried I'd pick the wrong colour to match my dark brown/black hair, so I decided to pick a natural brown colour and dye the extensions using the same box dye I normally use. This meant that the colours and tones through my own hair matched up with the extensions perfectly. The whole process of getting them put in lasted just over two hours. It's not sore getting them in, but for the next day or two my head was really tender and I found it difficult to sleep on them. They felt quite tight to my scalp, so it felt like I was pulling my hair if I lay down. After a couple of days, my hair got used to the extra weight and it was fine. I also waited 3 days before washing my hair to allow the glue to set properly. Dry shampoo was my best friend.

Picture of girl wearing micro loop hair extensions

Me with my hair extensions in July 2011 - excuse the eyebrows (..or lack of) please.

Looking after the hair extensions
This is probably the most asked question when people are considering hair extensions. I think people want to hear that they're easy to maintain but the truth is, if you want lots of extra hair on your head it's going to take a lot more time and effort to maintain. Washing the hair extensions wasn't difficult. I had a good technique of washing the top half of my hair separately then applying shampoo with the tips of my fingers to get right into the roots on the bottom half. 

I couldn't live without de-tangling spray after washing my hair and it was important to make sure there were no tangles before drying it. It would take around half an hour to fully dry my hair. The longest and most frustrating part was drying the roots of the extensions as this must be done with cool air to avoid melting the glue. It's so important to make sure the hair is fully dried to avoid it becoming matted or tangled during the night.

Aside from the lengthy washing/drying process, I found it so easy to style my hair in the morning. I loved wearing it loose and putting a bit of a wave into it with my straighteners. Long, wavy beach hair is my favourite, ever.

picture of natural looking hair extensions

How long did they last?
I lost around one or two individual extensions a week when they'd slide out as I brushed my hair or dried it. The hairdresser taught me how to re-loop the extensions and put them back in when they came out. All I had to do was re-open the plastic ring with pliers, thread my hair back through and secure it shut again. This definitely added at least a few weeks onto the lasting time. I decided to take my extensions out after 8 weeks as they'd become a lot thinner and I wanted to give my hair (and myself) a break. I felt slightly bald after taking them out and lasted a month before getting them again!

Did they damage my hair?
I heard so many people say how their hair was wrecked by extensions but I think it depends on the type you get. Micro Loop are totally safe on your hair if applied correctly, they slide out themselves and don't pull your hair with them. 

When the hair extensions are put in at first, the hair dressers needs to cut into your own hair slightly to blend it in and make it look natural. So when these were taken out, my hair was uneven and had to be cut again which was a bit disappointing. 

I've read horror stories where girls have had to have their extensions cut out because they're so matted - but in my opinion, this is completely avoidable if you take the time and effort to look after them.

Would I recommend?
I can't deny that I absolutely loved having my hair extensions. It's probably the only time that I've ever really loved my hair style. I eventually decided not to get my hair extensions back and concentrate on growing my own hair long. This was partly due to the cost of maintaining the hair extensions but also for time, it wasn't until I had them taken out that I truly appreciated how quickly I can wash and dry my hair. Since I've had mine, I've noticed a lot more people have taken the course and are offering to fit them. As you can see in the video I linked above, it's not super difficult to put them in, but personally I'd only trust a real hairdresser to do it. I don't think they'd look as natural if you don't have your hair cut slightly to blend them in. Overall though, if you're willing to fully commit yourself to maintaining them, I'd definitely recommend Micro Loop hair extensions!

If you have any questions about these, you can ask me via twitter on @MaisyMeowBlog and I'll get right back to you :) x

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