Sunday, 30 December 2012

Boxing Day Sales Haul!

 I tell A lie!

 I didn't actually buy any of these...on boxing day! As you may have noticed the boxing day sales have started earlier these last few years and have also lasted longer! 



So...it was Christmas eve....and we had already visited all the family and given them their presents for the morning after...my dad was in the kitchen cooking our gorgeous tea and me and my mam had settled down to watch the soaps (mainly Eastenders!) all of a sudden I thought to myself. I wonder if any stores are starting their online sales? 

It turned out they had! 

The Perfume Shop had at least! 


I've been wanting this perfume ever since it came out! 

It's the type of perfume you either love or hate. I definitely LOVE it! 

Original Price - £48.00

Sale Price - £23.99

The 50ml set is out of stock but they still have the 75ml set on sale which is also half price!




So the day after boxing day I managed to finally persuade my brother to drive me to the next town over so I could have a look at some of the local sales that where going on e.g Boot's and Superdrug :-) 

First we went to Boot's and I was kind of disappointed  I had looked on the boots website the night before and found lots of great perfume deals but the store's stock was pitiful! So we walked right on over to Superdrug and they had some better deals!

 They had the Justin Bieber set on sale, Lacoste Touch Of Pink and some others but one that drew my attention was the Diesel Loverdose. 

Not long ago I used to hate this perfume, basically because I was only smelling it on those little paper strips but once I tried it on my skin I loved it! 

This 30ml EDP set was down to £19.99 


The next thing I bought was actually not on sale but I just had to have it :-) 

Mrs Browns Boys Series 2 

My brother owns the first series and my mam owns the Live Tour so I decided to pick this up! 

It's the funniest series on TV right now and you NEED to watch it! 

Even my dad loves it and hes very picky when it comes to comedy :-) 

So that's my Sale Haul! 

Have you found any good deals recently? 

Linzi xxx





Saturday, 29 December 2012

December 2012 Favourites


Hi Ladies!

These are a few of my favourite products from the last month! 

I've been trying to be a good girl and start to wear primers under my foundation again so the last few weeks I've been putting on my Laura Geller Spackle Primer. It's a very good primer and I'll be reviewing it soon. 
For my eyes I've been using the MUA Undressed Palette which is a lovely palette and I can't wait to do my review on it. In the winter I like to do a strong smokey eye and then just use a nude lipstick, one I've been loving is MAC HUE it a glossy nude/pink colour. On my cheeks I have been using a stronger blush than usual which is my Laura Geller Blush 'N Brighten in Pink Buttercream, then to give my cheeks a nice glow I've been using the Bourjois Eye Shadow Pot in Citron Givre as a cheek highlighterI've also been using a lot of heat on my hair this December so Andrew Barton's The Straight Answer Hot Iron Protection Spray has been a savior. I always find my hands a bit dry in the winter so I've been loving Soap and Glory's Hand Food, it smells gorgeous and really helps to keep the dry skin away. For fragrances I've been wearing Vera Wang's Princess Night and DKNY Be Delicious. For some reason I've been loving the smell of fresh apples this winter! 


What have you been loving these last few weeks? 

Linzi xxx




Friday, 28 December 2012

What I Got For Christmas 2012 :-)

Hullo Lovely Ladies...

I hope you all had a great Christmas!

Here are some of the things that I received this year :-) 



Marc Jacobs Oh Lola 50ml Gift Set 

This smells amazing! 

If, like me, your not a fan of the original Lola this is worth a look at as I don't think they are anything alike! 

I'm going to reviewing it very soon for you all and I'm actually thinking about doing another Perfume Collection post as well. 

Remington Professional Pearl Curling Wand

I've been wanting a good curling Wand for ages and this seems to be a popular one, It's a very good price too. 


Kindle Fire

My big surprise present this year was a Kindle Fire. I love my older kindle but the one thing that I used to bitch about was that I couldn't read in bed with this light off, now I can! Yay! 

Baylis and Hardling Royale Bouquet Gift Set

Gorgeous By Gok Set

Soap and Glory Small Wonders Set

Bath stuff! Can't go wrong with some "smellies" for Christmas! 


Next Milan EDP 

My Nan got me this after we tried it out back last month! 

She got me and my auntie one,  It  reminds me of DKNY Be Delicious! 


Small Strawberry Set

I got this from my best friend and I was so happy! 
It's one of my favourite scents. 

Blue Clutch Bag
I remember showing this to my Nan a few weeks back when we went shopping. It reminds me of the ones on the ASOS website. I love that its in a gorgeous blue colour! 

Winter Scarf  

Winter Ear Muffs 

Gloves 

I love the scraf and the gloves are touch screen compatible which Is always a good thing! 



Impulse Body Spray Set

Colour Unlimited Lip Gloss Set 

My Auntie bought me these lovely sets.

 A girl can always do with a few more body sprays and lip glosses! 


From my brother I got a onesie, (which I forgot to photograph)  a Jelly Belly Mug and the Real Technique Brushes Core Collection!


So that's what I got for Christmas! 

I can't wait to start writing some new reviews for you all :-)

Did you get any new perfumes for Christmas? Or did you wait for the boxing day sales?? 

Hope you have a great New Year! 

Linzi xxx






Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Sweetaholic Beauty's Surprise Christmas Giveaway!

Hey Ladies! 

Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty is doing an amazing Christmas giveaway right now! There will be two winners...one will be from Australia and the other will be international....so anyone in the world can enter! 

Get's you really excited for the festive season!

The prizes include secret products from various brands like....Face Of Australia, MUA and The Body Shop! 

I'm off to enter it...make sure you do too :-)

Linzi xxx




Monday, 17 December 2012

I Heart Drugstore Makeup Tag


Hi Ladies!

I found this Tag on the Tanya Burr's Youtube Channel. 

1) What is Your Favourite Drugstore Makeup Brand? 

I don't think I could name just one but the one brand I'm really obsessed with at the moment is MUA. They recently brought out their own brush range!

2) What are your favourite face, check and lip products?
My Favourite Face product is an eyeshadow that I used as a day highlighter for my cheeks and its the Bourjois eye showdow pot in Beige Rose, give my skin a lovely gentle glow. 

For my cheeks I'm loving MUA Blusher in Shade 4, I won this in a giveaway a few months back and I'm so glad I did. It's one of the best blushers I have...and it's only £1! 

My favourite lip product from the drugstore is the GOSH Velvet Touch Lipsticks. They go one beautifully and there are some amazing colours! 

3) What is your least favourite Drugstore Product?

Rimmel/Maybelline foundations. 
I'm so pale and they just make me look orange. Even the lightest shades are way too dark

4) What is the best makeup bargain?

Anything from brands like MUA and ELF. Brands that are inexpensive but don't skimp on quality. 

5)What is your favourite underdog product?

Probably the GOSH Exceptional Wear Foundation! It took me so long to find it but It's really the only drugstore foundation range that has shades that don't turn me orange. Sadly though, I never hear any other bloggers talk about it! 

6) What is the drugstore product that is really over priced? 

I find Revlon make up really expensive. For a drugstore brand that have very high prices even though I don't hear much excited talk about their products!

7) Whats the best drugstore dupe? 

I think alot of people will agree that the MUA Undressed palette is the best drugstore dupe out there. It's nearly exactly the same as the Naked Palette from Urban Decay. I really need to post my review on it soon! I'm just waiting for this gloomy Winter lighting to disappear! 

8) What drugstore product is not worth the hype?

I really dislike the Maybeline gel eyeliners.  Everyone says that they are a dupe for the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners....I really have to disagree! 


So there you go another quick tag :-) I tag you all!

I'm loving all the tags that are going around right now! 

Hope you have all had a great Monday, Linzi xxx






Baking Again!


Hi Guys!


So I've been baking again and this time I decided to do a chocolate sponge cake. 

I'm not a big fan of the traditional Christmas cake so I've decided to do something else this year. 

A Chocolate sponge with Raspberry Jam and Cocoa Butter cream filling. 

It's quite a messy one and isn't perfect at all but I like to think that gives it edge ;-) 

How about you? Do you like the more traditional Christmas cake around this time of year? or would you rather something a bit different? 

Linzi xxx

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Christmas Tag

Hi!

I first saw this tag on Bow Tied Beauty and loved it so much I decided to do it myself. 





What's Your Favourite Thing About Christmas? 


Lot's of things but mostly the traditions. I love the fact that my family have these little things we do every year without fail. I get shockingly upset when something stops us doing them...like a child really! 



What's Your Favourite Make Up Look For The Christmas Season? 

The glitter! You have to go mad on the glitter eye shadow and nail polish around Christmas....it just has to be done. I'm think of doing a dark smokey eye with some silver glitter running through it. Then a lovely red lipstick and some curls in my hair! I love the fact that you can go that little bit further with your makeup for Christmas without caring that people might think you have over done it. 


Real tree or fake tree?

We've never had a real tree in my house, even though they look nice I've heard how much hassle they can be, also you can get some pretty realistic plastic trees out there now!



Giving presents or receiving presents? 

For the first few weeks in December its all about the giving but as soon as I've finished my shopping....trying to guess what someone has bought me is my favourite thing to do. It's practically a tradition for me to try and force my brother to tell me! 


Do you open your presents Christmas Morning or Evening? 

In the morning! Although in my family we always get "Table" presents....which basically means that my dad keeps the best present until after we have eaten and we all have to pretend we didn't know we were getting anything! 


Handmade Christmas Cards or Bought?

My Nan makes cards so it's always lovely to get one from her that shes taken time to make!


What's your all time Favourite Christmas movie? 


Muppets Christmas Carol. I've loved it since I was a small child. I make sure to watch it every year. 



Whats your Favourite Christmas Food? 

Seriously???? All of it!
 It's the best reason ever to over eat! 




I loved doing this  so I tag everyone! 

I'd love to read all of your answers!

Linzi xxx











Perfume Yearnings - Celebrity

Hi!

Like I said in the last post, I'm addicted to perfumes. 

This is a post that features some of the Celebrity perfumes that I've been yearning for this last year! 



Fame - Lady Gaga


Justin Bieber - Someday




Katy Perry - Purr

Taylor Swift - Wonderstruck 




I've smelt all these gorgeous perfume and  even though they are all in that "fruity, floral" group, I think they are stunning! 

Yes.....even Bieber's...... :/

Do you have any of these perfumes? 

What do you think of them?

Linzi xxx






Perfume Yearnings - Designer

For a long time now I've been addicted to perfumes. 

I love to read reviews on them, I love to see other people's collections and I love to write my own thoughts on them. 

Here are a few perfumes I've been wanting to buy over the last year. 

Roberto Cavalli 

Jimmy Choo By Jimmy Choo

Nina By Nina Ricci 

D&G The One 

Marc Jacobs Oh Lola 

     



What Perfume Have You Been Yearning For Lately?

Linzi xxx



  

                                        








Saturday, 15 December 2012

REVIEW - Aussie - Dual Personality - Smooth and Shine Milk


Hi Ladies.

I'm pretty sure they have changed the packaging of this now, but I picked this up in the Superdrug Clearance for 99p. 

This is a great product that boosts the natural shine in your hair. 

I run it through my towel dried hair before I blow dry it. 

It helps to smooth at my hair which makes it easier to work with. I even find it cuts down my straightening time by half.

On the bottle it says "Our Styling Formula with Australian Jasmine Extract Will Help De-kink Your Hair, Fight Flyaways and Crank Up The Shine."

It definitely gives you some extra shine, If you pump some onto your hand and rub them together, you can clearly see the shimmer that it gives your lovely locks. 

If you can find this you should give it a try. Like all the Aussie products I've tried over the years it's very much worth it! 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linzi xxx








Last Minute Christmas Gifts : For Her

Hullo!

Christmas is nearly here, Just over a week to go! 

I finished my Christmas shopping yesterday but I know some of you may still be out there driving yourself crazy on what your going to buy a certain person. 

These are some Ideas for the women in your life!


Perfume 


At the moment Boots have a few Perfume sets on sale.....

.


Oh, Lola! Marc Jacobs

Was £47.00 down to £31.33


You get a 50ml bottle and a free shower gel and body lotion. It's a beautiful set with a stunning bottle. 

It's a gorgeous scent that has a fruity top note and a womanly dry down. 

Even if like me, you hated the original Lola, it's worth a sniff because I fell in love with it! I made sure my parents new I liked it too ;-) 

You don't usually see these popular Marc Jacobs fragrances on such a good offer, only in the post Christmas sales and they are usually all gone within hours. So you may want to take up this offer while you can!  




Milan By Next 

£12 for a 100ml 

To me this is a great dupe for DKNY Be Delicious. 

It's definitely in the same category. 

Next make some amazing perfumes for great prices. 

Hair


Argos have up to 60% off their Electrical Personal Care items! 


Remington Pearl Hair Straighteners

These are less than half price at the moment and if you look at the reviews on the Argos page they are constantly compared to GHD's!  

Was £84.99 down to £33.49



Something else from Remington that I put on my own Christmas Wish List this year is the Remington Pearl Curling Wand.


At the moment this is 20% and I've heard some great things about it.

Was £24.99 down to £19.99





Books



 Cecelia Ahern Novel One Hundred Names

Cecelia Ahern is the author of many best sellers, she does lovely magical and interesting stories. Great for this time of year. 



Something else you could pick up is the Fifty Shades Triliogy. I was obsessed with these books awhile back, just before they hit it big. You may laugh at it but they've sold more than Twilight...that always makes me smile with pleasure for some reason! ;-)

You can get these novels from a few places, e.g Asda, Amazon, WHSmith. 

Have a look around for the cheapest price :-) 

So I hope these gift ideas help someone out!

I'm super excited for Christmas! Are you? 

Linzi xxx 













Sunday, 9 December 2012

My Top 5 Christmas Movies

Hi Lovely People!

I'm sitting on the sofa, with a cup of hot chocolate and Elf is on the television!

 It's turning out to be a great Sunday afternoon.

 I've been thinking about doing this post for a few weeks now so I suppose this is the perfect time!

These are just some of the movies I make sure to watch in the festive season :-) 

1) The Muppet Christmas Carol

Image taken from Wikipedia

My Brother and I watch this movie together every year, It's been a favourite since I was a kid. 

It's a great version of the classic Christmas Carol. 

If you haven't seen it yet then your really missing out! 


2) The Grinch 

Image taken from Google

Probably my favourite Jim Carrey movie.
 He's amazing in it. I'm pretty sure I know most of the words to this movie I've watched it so many time :-) 

3) Elf
Image Taken from imdb.com

I went to see this in the cinema when it came out and I'm telling you not a single person in the theatre wasn't smiling when they walked out. It such a funny, festive and unique movie.  

4) The Santa Clause 

Image taken from Google
Tim Allen was a house hold name when I was younger, I remember watching Home Improvement every night.  I love this Christmas movie, they made a few sequels but to me this was the best :-) 


5) The Nightmare Before Christmas


Image taken from Google

I like to watch this at least twice a year, Halloween and Christmas. It's a great movie with lots of wonderful songs to sing along to :-) 


There where a few more movies I could include like Home Alone, The Family Stone and White Christmas but then this post could go on forever.

What is your favourite Christmas Movie? 

Linzi xxx










Wednesday, 5 December 2012

REVIEW - Andrew Barton - The Straight Answer - Hot Iron Protection Spray


Hi Lovely Ladies!

I've been really busy these last few days, my dog's been ill so we've been back and forth the vets and in between that I'm trying to get all the Christmas shopping done, so It's been awhile since I posted on here. 

I thought I'd start back with something a little different.

I don't usually talk about hair products but recently I've been more interested in them. 

This is one product though that I've been using for years, since my auntie bought me it after she heard that I hadn't been using any heat protection spray when straightening my hair..*gasp* 

The first thing I noticed is the gorgeous smell. It's very tropical. 

I find that it helps to keep my hair smooth and shiny, whist protecting it. 

As I suffer from oily hair I was slightly scared that It was going to make it worse. I haven't noticed that though :-) 

I like to spray this into my hair after I've towel dried it and before I blow dry it. 

The 250ml bottle lasts me for ages as you don't need a lot of product with each use.  

I buy my Andrew Barton Products from Asda and I really love the price for the quality you get. 

Have you tried the Andrew Barton Hair Care Range? 

What do you think of it? 

Linzi xxx





Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Christmas Cookies


Hi Lovely Ladies. 

Christmas is on its way and it's that time of year that I love to bake. 

I picked up the ingredients in the local supermarket. 

200g of Plain Flour

150g of  Sugar

 1 Egg

200g Butter

1 tsp of Ground Cinnamon - Optional

Some drops of Almond Essence - Optional

Metallic Cake Decorations - Optional 

This recipe makes about 40 cookies depending on how big your cutters are! 

I bought my cookie cutters from Amazon -- Here is the link :-) 

They were very easy to use. 

 When I was in college I did a Childcare course and for a while I helped out at a Primary School. Primary Schools must be the best place to be around Christmas time. It was so much fun seeing all those children get excited about the Holidays. This was one of the cooking recipes we used and it's great to use with children! 

Also...these cookies last a few days more if sealed in a air tight container ..that's if no one eats them all on the first day ;-) 

Just remember to stay safe when cooking and remember that I'm in no way a chef, just a person who likes to bake now and then :-) 

Linzi xxx











Monday, 26 November 2012

Eau My Giddy God - Vera Wang - Princess Night



Hullo Lovely Ladies!

If you read my haul a few weeks back, you would have seen that I recently picked up this Vera Wang perfume from TK Maxx. It was an amazing find. I picked up the 50ml bottle of Vera Wang Princess Night for just £24.99.

I've been meaning to try a Princess perfume for a long time now, as nearly every Perfume Collection I've seen on blogs and Youtube seem to have one included. 

                                     

This is the newest Princess release. 

I remember seeing the advertisement for it earlier in the year and falling in love with the bottle. 

This is a grouped as a floral fruity perfume, all though I don't smell a lot of floral notes. 




The Official notes to this perfume are ;-

Top - Watermelon, Raspberry and Red Berry

Middle - Jasmine, African Orange Flower and Rose

Base - Woodsy Notes, Musk, Sugar and Vanilla




On me I smell berries, sweet vanilla and woods. Giving this a youthful yet mysterious scent. 

For a fruity floral fragrance I find it more interesting than your usual popular teen fragrances, which makes it more wearable for a girl of any age to not feel like they are wearing an immature perfume. 


I adore the packaging and it looks stunning on display. I do find some fall out with the glitter but not enough that Im worried about bald patches very soon. There's just one speck of glitter here and there. 

The thing that does bug my is the cap/crown. Yes it is gorgeous and the fact that you could also wear it as a ring is very appealing but it's just very fussy and mine always seems to fall off, which makes me fear carrying it around for to long in case I lose them. I would feel better about it if it was magnetic or fitted together more sturdily. 

The colour of the glitter looks black in the photo's but when you hold it up to a light you can see that  its just a very dark purple. 

All in all though it's a beautiful perfume and I'm so glad I picked it up when I did because only last week I saw it priced at over £40 in Boot's! 

Hope you all had a great weekend :-) 

Linzi xxx








Saturday, 24 November 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas - For Him -£20 or Under


So Christmas can be a stressful time, that's why I try to do most of my shopping in November so that I can relax and enjoy the amazing month that December can be :-) 

I find the males in my family the hardest to buy for so the last few weeks I've been taking my time trying to decide what to get my brother and father. 

Here are a few of my ideas! 

The Godfather DVD Box Set 



Image was taken from Amazon.co.uk
£9 with free P&P  
 HERE

I think it must be programmed into men to love The Godfather films. I've never actually watched one...Opps! 

An Idiot Abroad By Karl Pilkington

Image taken from Amazon.co.uk
 £5.12 with free P&P  
 HERE 

The Further Adventures Of An Idiot Abroad By Karl Pilkington

Image taken from Amazon.co.uk
 £8.54 with free P&P  
 HERE 

I'm a big fan of reading, dyslexia runs in my family and getting my dad and brother to read a novel has been real tough. The last few years my brother has come so far with his reading and I'm extremely proud of him. In all my twenty years though I have never seen my dad read a book but I'm still optimistic and maybe something as crazy funny as the Karl Pilkington books will give him the nudge he needs :-) 

Next Cufflinks


 Image taken from Next.co.uk 
 £13 
 HERE

I find nothing smarter than a man wearing a good shirt and a pair of cufflinks  For the price these are lovely and next have a large range of different cufflinks  Ranging from Looney Toones to Coca Cola Caps. You can also buy a lovely Leather cuff links box to keep them in. 


Topman Fragrance Gift Set

Image Taken From Boots.com
£20 

I didn't know Boots sold Topman goodies but it was a lovely surprise when I saw this set last week whilst shopping. I think the hat is so cute and I'm really interested on what the fragrance would smell like! 


The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air Season One DVD


Image taken from Amazon.co.uk
£5.99 with free P&P
HERE 

For as long as I can remember great shows like Red Dwarf, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air and Blackadder have been a constant presence in my life. I still know all the lyrics to The Fresh Prince but my family have never owned any of the actual DVD's so to be able to have it at hand would be great as I don't see them on repeat that often anymore. Not as much as it used to be anyway.  I know for a fact my brother would love to have this in his DVD collection! 


Well I hope this helps someone who's finding it hard to choose a gift! 

Hope you have all had a great Saturday :-) 

Linzi xxx































REVIEW - Rimmel London - Glam'eyes Eyeshadow - Backstage

Hullo Lovley Ladies! 

A few weeks ago whilst out shopping with my brother I stopped in Poundland. 

I like to step in every so often just to see if they have any good deals on beauty products. 

I managed to pick up the Rimmel London Glam'eyes Eyeshadow in shade 102 "Backstage" 



I remember when these came out and even though I loved the shades I didn't find it necessary to pay the price for just one eye shadow. 


As you can see its a lovely taupe with shimmer. 

It's a beautiful neutral shade. 


It looks lovely on its own with a slick of eyeliner and mascara or with a few over shades to make a dazzling smokey eye. 


I'm so glad I could try this out at such a great price! 

You can't go wrong with £1 for a great quality eye shadow :-) 

Linzi xxx