Friday, 15 February 2013

Valentines Day Series: Valentines FOTD and Evening

Hey Everyone,
I hope you all had a lovely valentines day yesterday! My boyfriend doesn't really celebrate it as he thinks its very commercial, but this year we did go out for dinner. I decided to keep it simple and here's my FOTD:

What I used:
-Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
-Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer
-Naked palette (Virgin, Naked, Hustle, Creep)
-Mac Creme Cup Lipstick
-fashionista Bella eye shaddow as highlighter
-Catrice All Round Mascara

I kept it simple with just bronzer and higlight, a nude lip, and then a smoked out brown eye. We had a casual evening and went to Nando's. I loved there lights which were coloured jam jars I just thought they were so pretty. I had a lemon and herb pitta and halluomi cheese, it was seriously yummy! After dinner I was so full but I have a crazy obsession with carrot cake and so I had to get a slice to take away. 
It was a nice evening, just getting out of the house and chatting over some good food! 

I hope you all enjoyed the day!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Valentines Day Series: DIY Chocolates

Hey Everyone,
If your looking for a last minute valentines gift for a loved one this is a great idea, something that's quick easy and homemade! I would of liked to make heart chocolates, I went to Ikea but their heart ice cube trays had sold out. Instead I got the star tray which are still nice (and slightly less girly I suppose)! 
What you will need:
1. Chocolate (of your choice)
2. Any filling (Raisins, fruit, honeycomb etc...)
3. Bain-Marie (Bowl on top of a sauce pan of hot water)
4. Mixing spoon
5. Silicon Ice cube tray (Ikea do great shaped ones)
6. Container and decoration

Follow these instructions to make your own chocolates:
Step 1:
 Melt your chosen chocolate in a bowl over hot water (be super careful use a bowl suitable for this... that can take the heat, and if your young get an adult to help!)
Step 2:
 Add in any extras like fruits or a great idea is a mashed up crunchie bar! (I'm folding in a milk chocolate to get a marbled effect!)
Step 3: 
Pour into mold (I'm using a silicone ice cube tray) You may need to repeat the process if you have excess chocolate but only have one set of molds!
Step 4:
 Leave to fully cool and set in the fridge
Step 5:
 Once cooled you can pop the chocolates out and put into a container
Step 6:
 Decorate- (If your wrapping in clingfilm something simple like a ribbon looks pretty!)
I'm putting mine into a jar, covering lid with fabric and then tying on a ribbon!

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Finished and Ready to enjoy! What do you think of the homemade chocolates?

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Valentines Day Series: DIY Personalised T-shirt

Hey Everyone, 
today's post is how to make a cute personalized T-shirt. It is something a little different that adds an extra personal touch to a gift this valentines! 
What you will need:
1. A plain T-shirt (I used my sweatshirt that I got in the H&M sale)
2. Your own design
3. T-shirt Transfer Paper (I got mine from Amazon) 
4. Iron
5. Printer
6. Scissors

Follow these easy steps to create your own T-shirt:
1. Create a Design for your T-shirt
2. Then put it into Word or another programme which will enable you to print your design on A4
3. Select print properties and ensure your printing in best quality, and mirror image (you need the design to print back to front so that it is the right way around on the T-shirt)
4. Print your design
 5. Cut out your design
6. Iron your t-shirt to get rid of creases and warm the fabric
 7. Place your design onto the t-shirt where you would like it to sit
8. Iron on, use a warm iron, and press down firmly (If your young get an adult to do this for you)
9. Leave to cool and then peel off! 

Other Posts From My Valentines Series:

What do you think of my DIY T-shirt? 

Monday, 11 February 2013

Valentines Day Series: What Men Really Think

Hey Everyone, 
Today's post is a little different! I think valentines Day is a hard one for women you never really know what to do whether you have someone or not... does the other person feel the same? Do they really want to celebrate it? What do you get them? So I thought I'd ask some men what they really think. I spoke to five guys, three of them are single and two are in a relationship. They are all aged between 18-30 and here's what they had to say:

1. Are you- Single, In a Relationship, or Dating?
Guy 1: Single 
Guy 2: In a Relationship
Guy 3: Single
Guy 4: Single
Guy 5: I’m in a relationship

2. What do you think of Valentines Day?
Guy 1: Its good if your in a relationship if not, then its kind of pointless
Guy 2: I don't like it, I think you shouldn't need to be told a day to be told to love someone, it's just a way to make money 
Guy 3: It's become commercial, but there's no reason why you can't do something cheap and enjoy a nice day with your partner. It bugs me when people say 'we can be romantic any time' then never are- its like not giving gifts at Christmas. Why wouldn't you do it? It's nice, so why not take a chance to make someone happy? I know I would if I could! 
Guy 4: Pointless as a holiday, very commercialized. nice nevertheless.
Guy 5: For the most part I’m ambivalent about it but I like to do something for it as opposed to ignore it completely

3. Do you only celebrate for your partner?
Guy 2: Yer, I only celebrate it because I wouldn't want her to get upset if I didn't!
Guy 3: There's no question three here. I imagine this is about fake tan. Fake tan sucks. (I took out this question because he was not in a relationship, but put in the answer because thought it was funny!) 
Guy 5: Because I have a partner, Yes. If I wasn't in a relationship it would be just another evening.

4. What do you think is the best gift for a girl on Valentines Day?
Guy 1: Something simple like a night at a restaurant and a rose
Guy 2: I think the commercial stuff is crap, just chocolates and flowers. but again why on that day
Guy 3: I think a token is really all you need, just showing you care and spending time with her. Save the big guns for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries or any other time where it would seem appropriate.
Guy 4: Traditional things, flowers, a meal etc. nothing pricey or fancy
Guy 5: Flowers, a card and out for dinner; traditional and classic.

5. Have you ever given an anonymous Valentine? Would you? 
Guy 1: Nope, and yes I would but don't really know how to go about doing so
Guy 2: No I don't think so, I'd find that embarrassing
Guy 3: Not that I remember? I really don't think I would. The opportunity for both disappointment and embarrassment is far too high. I'd rather talk to the girl and see how I get on, see if I think I have a shot and ask her out if I think I do. 
Guy 4: I have, but that was in secondary school
Guy 5: Yes, I have.

6. What would be your ideal gift to receive on Valentines? 
Guy 1: A night out at a restaurant and cinema, or something fun like bowling
Guy 2: I would prefer just to spend time with my girlfriend, go for dinner, or something. Rather than a gift. I think it puts pressure on people especially if they don't have the money!
Guy 3: Anything really- chocolate is always welcome!! Knowing that someone cares and thought about you is the main thing. This valentines I'd just be happy to get an invite, a number or a peck on the cheek!!
Guy 4: Nothing if i'm being honest lol! like I say its a bit of a pointless holiday
Guy 5: wouldn't really expect to receive a gift. Just a card and that’s enough.
So that's what the guys think! What do you think of their responses? 

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Butter London 2013 Spring Collection - Sweetie Shop

Hey Everyone,
on Thursday I was lucky enough to get to go along to the launch of Butter London's new spring collection in Avoca. 
I have never been to an event before having always been too nervous, but this year I've decided to not let my anxieties get in the way and to say yes more! I would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah of Adoreabubbles for being so nice and helping me out (to not seem like to much of a lemon!)  and to everyone else I met on the night, you were all so lovely and welcoming! 
The spring collection has six new colours... Cuppa, Fruit Machine, Molly Coddled, Fiver, Jasper, and  Kerfuffle (How cute are those names!)
"Pops of pastels are iconic for spring and look like candy on the nails", Says Katie Huges, Global Ambassador for Butter London. 
My personal favourite was definitely 'Cuppa', Its a beige nude that reminds me of milky tea! I was lucky enough to be able to get my nails done on the night with that shade. I am going to have to purchase it now, as I'm in love. The rest of the range are amazing pastel colours, inspired by spring and candy! All the colours are very wearable, I would say they are sophisticated candy's rather than childish. Butter London is often raved about and having never tried it before I was interested to see if it lived up to the reviews. I have to say it really did ! I am so impressed with these polishes, I cannot rave about them enough. Obviously the quality and finish is just amazing. The first coat is opaque and the second coat makes it solid and glossy. As for longevity its been three days since the event now and my polish has still not chipped!
As well as the product its self I also love the packaging. I really like the rectangular shape of the bottle and the idea of the pop off lid with a smaller applicator underneath, this means its aesthetically pleasing while still being practical! The RRP is 15euro pretty good for a polish of this quality.

Once again thank you to everyone, and I hope you all like the new collection as much as I do. I will definitely be hunting done cuppa now as I can't get enough of this colour! 

What do you think of the spring collection? Have you tried Butter London before?

John Greed Jewellery's Valentine’s Day Blogger Challenge

Hey Everyone, 
I was browsing the internet today when I saw that John Greed Jewellery were doing an amazing valentines challenge and I just had to enter! The challenge is for bloggers to create a mood board for valentines with Jewellery from John Greed up to the value of £250! There is also four runner up prizes of £25! 

My boyfriend is not the biggest fan of valentines thinking its overly commercial so I thought I'd enter to try and win my own gift! It wasn't hard to find pieces I loved on the website and I fell in love with everything featured on my mood board! 

1. Roccabella Silver and Purple Solar Quartz Pendant Necklace:
This Pendant necklace was literally the first thing that caught my eye, its so vibrant and pretty. I love statement necklaces to jazz up an outfit and to make you feel stylish! It is £45 and you can find it (HERE!)

2. Pilgrim Classic Rose Gold Plated Valentine Stud Earrings:
Everyone needs something pretty and heart shaped on valentines, and rose gold is huge at the moment so I thought these cute stud earrings from pilgrim were very appropriate! They are £6.99 and you can find them (HERE!)

3. Estella Bartlett Lucky Wishbone Necklace:
I have wanted a wishbone necklace for so long now I think they are delicate and cute, but I haven't been able to find a good quality, simple designed one anywhere... until I saw this for £15! You can find it (HERE!)

Virtue London Stacking Rings:
I think Stacking rings are bang on trend and really show personality! You can pick your own, and stack them in the way you like! They can be cute or edgy... Here are my picks:      

4. Virtue London Silver Pimpernel Stacking Ring, £17 (HERE!)

5. Virtue London Silver Daisy Chain Stacking Ring, £17 (HERE!)

6. Virtue London 9ct Gold and Zirconia Tears Stacking Ring, £80 (HERE!)

7. Virtue London Silver and Enamel White Geranium Stacking Ring, £25 (HERE!)

8. Virtue London Silver Rope Stacking Ring, £17 (HERE!)

9. Pilgrim Zoe Gold Plated Cubic Zirconia Spike Drop Earrings:
Last but not least are the Pilgrim earrings I love statement earrings especially if your wearing a nice dress and a heavy necklace would be too much, I think these would be perfect for a date on valentines day showing that you have a bit of an edge and style! They are £24.99 and you can find them (HERE!)

I loved this challenge, and it was great find browsing the John Greed website! 
I hope you like my picks! 

Friday, 8 February 2013

Valentines Day Series: Gift Guide For Men

Hey Everyone, 
today's post is a gift guide to help out the ladies this valentines! In my opinion men appreciate it when a woman realises that most men aren't into the whole hearts and flowers aspect of valentines, so this gift guide is to help you out with some manly alternatives! 
1. A Great Fragrance:
An easy but a goody, is a great fragrance! It doesn't take much to just pick up a bottle, and you can pick a smell you love. This Giorgio Armani Eau de Toilette is a perfect pick and one of my favourite scents, it is also available in Boots (HERE!)

2. A Geeky T:
Qwertee offer a range of geek friendly T-shirts, and the best bit about it is a new top comes out every day you then have a day to purchase it before the next one goes on sale! So you have to check back everyday to find one for you! (HERE!)

3. The Beer Lover:
Personalized beer bottles are a great idea for men, it also means you can still give them a gift that they will love avoiding hearts and flowers. There are plenty of labels to choose from... you can then personalize with your own wording and even add images, before selecting the beer you want! (HERE!)

4. For the Wine Connoisseur:
A gadget is always a great idea especially if it means stopping you from stealing all the wine! (HERE!)

5. The Chef:
Naked men and women aprons are so last year LOL! This is a definite must have for the BBQ addict! (HERE!)

6. Activity Day:
I think the best gift is something you can do together, whether its just a night in with a take away and DVD or going out for the day! I don't think you can really go wrong with something to do with driving (unless he can't actually drive that is)! This rally day is something most men would be happy with (HERE!)

Other Posts From My Valentines Series:

What would you add to this gift guide?

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Valentines Day Series: DIY Key To My Heart Necklace

Hey Everyone,
Today's post is the next in my valentines series...and it is another DIY! This time my DIY addiction has taken me into jewelry making, and this post should show you how to make a cute necklace from some nail varnishes and an old key!
What you will Need:
1. An Old Key (obviously one you don't use!)
2. A Ribbon Or Chain
3. Nail Varnish Colours Of Your Choice, Or Paint 
4. Clear Top Coat 
Follow these steps to make your own key necklace:
Step 1:
Find an old key (obviously one that you don't use anymore!) and give it a quick clean with washing up liquid to remove any residue  
Step 2:
Put down some tissue or newspaper to protect the table, then begin to paint your key
Step 3: 
If your creating an Ombre key like mine use a clear nail varnish to blend or water if your  using paint 
 Step 4:
Complete first coat and hang to dry! (You are probably going to have to do a couple of coats to get the key looking like enamel)
  Step 5: 
Layer up as many coats as you need but don't forget to blend if your creating an ombre effect, and leave the key to dry properly to stop any smudging!
Step 6: 
Once dry apply one top clear coat to seal all the colours, once dry you can hang your key on a chain or ribbon of your choice!
You could do any colours, keeping it classically valentines themed with pink/red, creating patterns or heart, or even using glitter!

Other Posts From My Valentines Series:

What do you think of the DIY Key To My Heart Necklace?

Monday, 4 February 2013

Valentines Day Series: DIY Heart Keyring

Hey Everyone,
Today's post is the first from my new valentines series. In this post I will show you how to create a heart keyring through an easy DIY tutorial!
This would be a great inexpensive present for a loved one/family member, plus who doesn't like homemade presents!
 What You Will Need:
1. Coloured Felt
2. Coloured Thread
3. Scissors
4. Pen/Marker
5. Needle
6. Stuffing
7. Keyring
Follow these simple steps to make your keyring:
Step 1:
 Fold your felt in half and mark out your shape (make sure your drawing on the back of the fabric so it won't be seen!)
Step 2: 
Cut out your shape (because the fabric was folded in half you should end up with two shapes)
Step 3: 
Put the cut out shapes on top of each other and sew together (I used a blanket stitch but you can use whatever stitch you know) ...Leave a small gap for stuffing!
Step 4: 
Now you can fill your shape with stuffing, Wadding, Cotton wool, Tissue, or left over felt are all fine!
Then close up the gap by continuing your stitching!
Step 6: 
Attach your keyring by creating a loop at the top of your shape and then knotting the thread! 

Other Posts From My Valentines Series:

What do you think of the Heart Keyring?
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