Tuesday 30 December 2014

Fairwell Blogmas: W7 Beauty Advent - Day 15 - 24

  I don't feel like I've done many 'Blogmas' posts this year, but really I've done quite a few Christmas inspired posts, I've just not put blogmas in the title. I'm sad to see blogmas is coming to an end, that Christmas is coming to an end, there's so much buzz on the build up to Christmas that it's kind of disappointing that it's all over. I still feel like I'm in a food coma, so the fact I won't be eating loads now is a bonus. This is probably the last time I mention Christmas or even Blogmas this year (except in my after Christmas purchases), so if you want to check out my Christmas post where my food coma started and where all my gifts are up then do so here. I'm a little late on the ending of my advent calendar due to the hectic time I've had at late, you can, however, see the contents day 1-7 here and 8 - 14 here.

Saturday 27 December 2014

My Christmas & Gifts

 Hello, hello, hello... I'm back with another post, an exciting one actually, or maybe that's just me. I love Christmas and writing festive posts, and this is no exception, in fact, this is my favourite kind of post. Not only do I get to share with you some sneak peaks of my Christmas but also what I received from my beautiful family. I just want to start off by saying that I am very, very grateful for everything I received and that I do have a rather large family, also, these are my favourite types of posts to read and I only hope you enjoy mine too. My Mum and step dad go kind of crazy, and my boyfriend was also very generous on the gifting front, not that I mind, I love presents. 

Just want to start off with a little update on the laptop front. I still do not know what is going on with my laptop, whether it's the actual laptop or the wire, - I have a bad feeling it's the laptop - but, on a positive note, my Mum very kindly let me borrow hers. It's nice to sit here and type this post without worrying about the wire moving slightly and shutting the laptop down completely (long story).

Thursday 25 December 2014

Christmas Wishes

Hey guys, a little bit late on the Christmas wishes bandwagon posts but I hope you've had the most amazing Christmas day so far. I've had the most wonderful day and been so spoilt, I can't explain how crazy my Mum and Step dad go with gifts and my boyfriend was ever so generous. I shall do a post on what I got soon, personally, they are my favourite posts to read and no different to an haul really. I hope some of you do them to, I love reading them and having a nosy. 

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Gemz By Emz - Review

Gemz by Emz as attracted quite the celebrity status with jewellery popping up on Coronation Street, The Xtra Factor and even on Una from The Saturdays. Each item is beautifully made by hand, and with love. I was kindly sent the above items and I was absolutely thrilled with each of them. I love my jewellery and don't own anything like what I got sent, and the statement bracelet is just beautiful and also sparkles in certain lights. There's many jewellery pieces that are really affordable and some more expensive pieces, but there's something to suit every one's budget. There's various items for both men and woman that will make the most amazing gifts for Anniversaries, Birthday's and even Christmas or just a treat for yourself.

Saturday 20 December 2014

Tanya Burr: Mistletoe Kisses

 When I saw this swatched on Tanya Burr's blog I was blown away by Mistletoe Kisses, the newest addition to the Tanya Burr cosmetic range and a limited edition lip-gloss in time for Christmas. I've not tried any of the lip glosses from Tanya's range but I was instantly drawn to the shimmer of this particular one. On ordering at Superdrug I found it had quickly gone out of stock, the only other place it's stocked is Cloud 10 with a minimum spend of £15.00 to qualify for free delivery, however, I went on Amazon and found the Cloud 10 stock list who were offering free UK delivery. I know the lip-gloss range as had some mixed reviews so, here are my thoughts on this lip-gloss.

Wednesday 17 December 2014

My Highlights | 2014 Edition

 Whilst 2014 is coming to an end and 2015 is in the mist, I think most of us have an habit of reflecting on life, the good and the bad of 2014, our New Year resolutions that we can never keep and making sure 2014 goes out with a bang. Don't pretend your not secretly looking forward to drinking a few shots come New Years Eve, or even at those Christmas parties. I recently came across a post on Fee from Makeup Savvy's blog of some of her favourites of 2014 and I thought I'd also take part, and share with you some of my most reached for makeup, films and tv series I've enjoyed watching.

Monday 15 December 2014

Makeup Revolution | Mermaids vs Unicorns - Swatched

Mermaids vs Unicorns which one will you choose? Mermaids vs Unicorns is a magical fantasy palette full of colour, shimmer and is every girls dream. The mermaid is full of shimmering greens and daring blues, whilst the unicorn is girly purples and sparkling pinks. I thought I was a mermaid but it turns out I'm definitely a unicorn, according to this palette any way. 

Sunday 14 December 2014

Sunday Blogmas | W7 Beauty Advent Calendar - Day 8 - 14

 Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts this week. Seems I've been extra busy with normal day to day things and not given my blog much love. On a positive note I've plenty of posts planned for the week ahead, starting off with my 'Blogmas Weekly'. If you haven't already, you can read my first blogmas post here where you can catch up on what I've got in my beauty advent calendar days 1-7. On to this week....

Thursday 11 December 2014

Christmas with Kate ♥ Gift Guide

This is the last of my Christmas gift guide for 2014. I've really enjoyed putting together these gift guides and will miss them, but I've also plenty of new products I'm dying to try and share with you all. I hope you've enjoyed my gift guides of 2014 and they've given you some much needed inspiration for your loved ones or yourself. I shall link all my posts from the 'Christmas with Kate' mini series at the bottom of this post. There's only 2 weeks left.

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Sunday 'weekly' Blogmas - W7 Beauty Advent Calendar 1-7

I was completely thrilled to receive this on Sunday from my Mum who kindly surprised me and my sister with the W7 beauty advent calendar. I hadn't been expecting a beauty calendar at all, though, I had hinted on many occasions. W7 is a budget beauty brand, much like Makeup Academy or Makeup Revolution, and a brand I've dipped in and out of when it comes to nail polish. It'll be a treat to try something more from them and share with you my thoughts. This post is a little later then planned but I shall be doing a weekly Sunday update of what I get until I've opened each door, so here's my first 'Sunday Blogmas' #1 on a Tuesday.

Sunday 7 December 2014

Christmas with Kate ♥ Sensationail

 Sensationail are a brand that are known for bringing a salon finish for your nails at home. Being the nail polish addict I am I were more then happy to find this under the tree last year, though, I am still questing why it's taken me almost a year to open. The deluxe starter kit (which I have) usually retails for £110.00, but occasionally you can see these in Boots for half price, especially come Christmas, unfortunately, this has already been the star buy this year. But never fear, there's a deluxe started kit retailing for £69.99 at sensationail. Contents vary from year to year with a variety of different shades.

Thursday 4 December 2014

Makeup Revolution │ All About Pink Blush Palette - New Release

 Fans of Makeup Revolution are in for a treat, tomorrow, 5th of December will see the brand expand their ever-expanding makeup line even more and add some new additions to the MUR family. You've probably seen some sneak peaks here and there, a lot of palettes and some lip products thrown into the works - both of my personal makeup favourites. Today I'm back with another Makeup Revolution newbie, a new addition to the ultra professional blush palette family, the ALL ABOUT PINK blush palette. It's a beauty!

Monday 1 December 2014

Christmas with Kate ♥ Best of British Gift Guide

Hobbs London NW3 Cecilia Dress // Daisy London Evil Eye Good Karma Chain Bracelet // 

Happy 1st of December everyone. For me, personally, apart from the joys of Christmas dinner, lots of delicious food and spending time with my loved ones there's nothing I love more then getting dressed up. Christmas is about glitz and glam, it's the time of year when all the clothes shops are full of sequins and glitter. Prints are huge right now and this dress from Hobbs shows off paisley perfectly, with an overall vintage feel. This rose gold bracelet is a beauty and don't get me started on the heels... Those heels!

Saturday 29 November 2014

Makeup Revolution - Golden Sugar Ultra Blush Palette

I can't express how excited I was to see this in the parcel that landed behind my door. I'm a huge fan of the Ultra Blush palettes and I have been using the Hot Spice palette religiously since it was released. The palette it's self is full of merged blushes, beautiful shimmer and golds that will give any goddess a run for their money.

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Christmas with Kate ♥ Collaboration with Toxic Fox

 This is probably the most excited I have been about creating a gift guide so far. I love nothing more then a personalised gift. Personalised gifts are the one's that take the most time, the biggest effort and are definitely the most meaningful. Introducing Toxic Fox the ultimate online gift retailer and royalty of fabulous personalised gifts. When Toxic Fox messaged me about a Christmas gift guide collaboration I was so thrilled, they have a wide selection of great gifts to choose from, there's experience days, alcohol gift sets, cheeky gifts and so much more. Toxic Fox have recently undergone an online makeover which makes it so much easier to navigate from product to product using laptop, tablet or mobile device. Everything's easy to find in sections for Christmas and so on, with Youtube video's available to make finding the perfect gift even more easier.

Wedding Inspiration with

When getting married the main focus is always on the Bride and the gorgeous dress they've chose to wear on the most special day of their entire life. There's a whole list of focuses for the Bride themselves, accessories, makeup, shoes and making sure they don't trip at any stage throughout. I've collaborated with the gorgeous people over at by to bring you makeup products you can use to create beautiful looks along side one of my favourite dresses from their website. Weddings are something I think about every now and again - after all every girl dreams of the day they get to dress like a princess and marry their prince. I've been in a relationship since I was 17 and not come close to planning a wedding. I'm not even engaged! The idea of a wedding fills me with dread to be honest. Don't get me wrong it's definitely something I want to do, but the thought of all eyes on me makes me want to have a panic attack nor matter how close I am to these people. I'd rather go abroad and have a small ceremony, followed by a get together on our return, and preferably by the time I'm 30 else I'm never getting married. Haha!

Sunday 23 November 2014

Christmas with Kate ♥ Makeup Revolution

Image Source: Superdrug
 Makeup Revolution have gone from strength to strength since launching at the beginning of the year with numerous new releases that are keeping every keen beauty lover talking. Not only are their products super affordable but they have the quality of a product worth much much more. Recently they launched their exclusive Christmas gift sets into Superdrug, with seven to choose from there's something for everyone. Not only are they marked down at the moment but each set is so affordable they would make great stocking fillers or a present alone, depending on your budget.

Latest in Beauty - The #BBBDreamBox2

 Jane from British Beauty Blogger recently teamed up with Latest in Beauty to bring the #bbbdreambox2. This is Jane's fourth box but only the second with Latest in Beauty. When Jane's first box with Latest in Beauty came out I didn't sit down in anticipation with debit card in hand waiting to order before it went out of stock. I wasn't that interest in beauty boxes - being a relatively new blogger and not knowing much about them. I'd recently signed up to She Said Beauty, the box that is now no-more and that was it. It was afterwards the posts started popping all over my newsfeed and I knew I'd really missed out. When I saw on Twitter another was coming, I waited until that big day and were one of the first to order, before Jane (move over Kim Kardashian) broke the internet, or us just going crazy for these boxes.

Friday 21 November 2014

Makeup Revolution - The ONE Fluid Blusher

 For the last few weeks Makeup Revolution have been throwing new releases at us, not literally, but they've been pretty much taking over my Facebook news feed and I've been sat at the laptop impressed with everything I've seen. I was fortunate to be sent a package of some of the items, including: The Iconic Dreams palette if you want a read. I were also sent 2 of The ONE Fluid Blushers.

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Christmas with Kate ♥ Frame Again

 Frame Again are a newly found company famous for appearing on Dragons Den and turning down the offer given (The two selling their company and then working for Jessops) before raising the cash needed 24 hours later. Pretty impressive if I do say so myself, considering the idea came during in one of the owners attendance of a wedding. In fact I found reading up about the company very interesting - being a fan of photography, something frames go well with.

Manchester Christmas Market

 Yesterday me and the other half drove over to Manchester to visit the annual Christmas markets that had been put up. Everything was super festive and reminded me that Christmas, is in fact, just around the corner. They were the smell of German sausages, paella and chocolatey treats in the air, and everyone was very merry drinking cups of warm mulled wine. If there's one thing us (the United Kingdom) lack in is these sorts of markets, which is why every year I eagerly anticipate the Christmas market, because the rest of Europe do markets best. I'm a huge fan of French markets having visited them on many occasions. It was busier then I expected it to be for a week day but not so jam packed you couldn't move.

Monday 17 November 2014

Makeup Revolution - Iconic Dreams Palette

 Nothing excites me more then a new Makeup Revolution release, especially palettes, which are my favourite makeup product. This time round they've released a palette of dreams - Iconic Dreams Palette that is - and it's absolutely beautiful. An array of shimmers with a few matte shades thrown in for good measure. Unbelievably it's just £4.00. 

Sunday 16 November 2014

Christmas with Kate ♥ My Wishlist

Image source: In links

 With Christmas just round the corner - a little over a month in fact - I thought it was time I started putting in some 'Christmas inspired' posts. What better way to start then with my own Christmas Wishlist, hopefully to give you some Christmas inspiration and ideas of your own (not that we all have the same tastes). Not going to lie, I have much more then this on my list but thought I'd better limit myself. I also have had a few other things bought for me that weren't on my list, that I chose, and I know of a few of these that I will be receiving off the big man in red. 

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Love, Rosie ♥

Image source: IMDb
 Love, Rosie is one of those films that I saw the trailer and instantly wanted to watch it. Not only being a fan of Lily Collins since watching The Mortal Instrument, but being a mega fan of any cheesy, romantic comedy. 

Monday 10 November 2014

BRYT Skincare | Review

BRYT skincare are a brand I have never heard of until recently. They are a brand that swear by 3 steps; Cleansing, nourishing and protecting the skin. Keeping to a good skincare routine day and night, using these key products. A cleanser, a serum, and lastly a daily moisturiser.

Thursday 6 November 2014

Makeup Revolution | Awesome Dual Brow

I hope I'm not the only one who's news feed on Facebook is stacked up with numerous new releases from Makeup Revolution. Those guys are in serious need of a extra, long, holiday! Not that I'm complaining... I've never seen a brand deliver newbies so fast in my life, and the new products are spot on. Awesome Dual Brow is just one in a long list.

Sunday 2 November 2014

First to Fall by Carys Jones | Review

 Lawyer Aiden Connelly traded the chaotic city life of Chigago for a more peaceful one when he moved to sleepy Avalon - and his first case doesn't appear to be so open-and-shut as he'd hoped for. Aiden is hired to defend a local beauty queen accused of murdering her husband, but there happens to be more to it then meets the eye, as Aiden is soon to find out. Avalon isn't the quiet, sleepy town that it appears to be.

Friday 31 October 2014

A Little Life Update

Hello everyone. I hope you're all well? Just wanted to give you a little update to let you know what's been going on in my life. Which isn't tons but giving the image it's clear to see I've been on holiday. I went to Turkey and stayed at the beautiful Marmaris Palace, it's a beautiful hotel sat in between Marmaris and Icmeler, and the food was to die for.

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Saturday 25 October 2014

One Night: Promised By Jodi Ellen Malpas | Review

One Night: Promised is one of those reads, for me, personally, that had such an impact on me that I'm still questioning why I've never heard of Jodi Ellen Malpas before. I'm a huge fan of the Fifty Shades series by EL James, and made a decision to take a risk and pick up One Night: Promised on a typical Tesco visit and I'm so glad I did. It's not that I'm all about reading a typical adult romance - being quite the fantasy geek - but there's just something about reading about romance that just makes me feel a little bit aww. Regardless of the sexual activities, which is something that happens between two consenting adults in a relationship, or not.

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Zoella Beauty: Fizz Bar | Review

When Zoella aka Zoe Sugg brought out her own Zoella beauty range it didn't surprise me in the least that every other blogger were talking about this range too. If you haven't heard of Zoe then where have you been? Zoe or Zoella as she's known to the beauty community is a very successful blogger/vlogger with a huge following. I love watching her vlogs and seeing what makeup tips she's got to offer. I'm so thrilled for her, to have achieved such success and have her own beauty line is something we all dream of. The beauty line it's self is based around bath time, with a few makeup bags thrown it. It's not the biggest line of products but there's no doubt that Zoe will probably release more bits and pieces, maybe even makeup?!

Monday 20 October 2014

Lush Wishlist

 I feel I've seen Lush wishlists on blogs and vlogs, or some sort of Lush post be that an haul or what not everywhere at the moment. I'm jumping on the bandwagon because I'm loving what Lush have to offer this Halloween, Bonfire night and Christmas. And I want a few Lush products from the range for Christmas.

Image Source: Lush. Collage: Me

Friday 17 October 2014

The Autumn Tag

Image taken from Lipstick and Lashes. 

 I have seen the Autumn Tag knocking around quite a few blogs but after seeing Gemma from Lipsticks and Lashes blog I decided to take the plunge and do it myself.

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Tick or Treats | Autumn Treats

I think this may well be my third haul in a month. We all deserve a treat every now and again. Right? Well, it's what I keep telling myself. This shall be my last for a while because I'm going away very soon and then the Christmas shopping shall resume on my return. Christmas, eck!

Sunday 12 October 2014

Makeup Revolution: New Atomic Shades | Lipstick Swatched

 Makeup Revolution are certainly not afraid to push the boat out when it comes to experimenting with shades. The new shades from the Atomic collection are really going to be hit and miss, a little bit like Marmite, you'll either love them or hate them. The shades that are available are great for those who like to experiment, and these will be a welcome addition to any makeup artists collection. With Halloween just around the corner these will look amazing teamed with another new member of the Makeup Revolution family. The Give Them Nightmares palette. 

Friday 10 October 2014

The Maze Runner | Film Review

The Maze Runner was released in the UK today and I was fortunate to be, probably, one of the first to see it. My local cinema had the first screening at 12.50pm and I went along for the ride. Not going to lie, I didn't have a clue The Maze Runner was actually a very successful book series with 4 in the collection until I started to write this post - that's another for the Christmas list. 

Monday 6 October 2014

Makeup Revolution | Give Them Nightmares Palette

Introducing the newest addition to the Makeup Revolution brand, the Give Them Nightmares palette. Give them nightmares is an exclusive eyeshadow palette out in time for Halloween. There palettes comes with 16 wearable shades, whether that being for a spooky makeup look or the much desired smokey eye and is available online now for just £6.00.

Thursday 2 October 2014

My Bookshelf & I

 Recently I said goodbye to my Boyfriend's DIY project of  a home built bookshelf and hello to this new one from Ikea - which you may or may not of seen in my most recent haul post. It's not that they were anything wrong with the one's he built from an old chester drawers, but they were slightly on the smaller side and not big enough for my ever expanding book collection.

Sunday 28 September 2014

Collective Haul | New Look, Boohoo, Ikea & More!

 I've had quite a few hauls going on in the last month or so, clothes for my upcoming holiday and some bits and pieces for my home. The spending hasn't stopped, unfortunately, but that isn't always a bad thing because I've welcomed some seriously nice additions into my life. I'm pretty sure they'll be another haul come early October so keep a look out for that!

Friday 26 September 2014

Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked Palette | Review

I can't express how much I've wanted this palette since the release of Makeup Revolution over 6 months ago. I keep asking myself why I didn't get it sooner, looking at the palette now I'm sort of glad I didn't. Romantic Smoked is the most beautiful palette with a mix of mattes and shimmers. There's 12 shades in total, each beautifully pigmented. I think the shades are just perfect for Autumn, and even nicer for weddings. 

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Makeup Revolution | Aqua Seal Primer

 If you want the most amazing, intense, colour payoff - even more then it already is - Aqua Seal liquid eye primer is the eye primer for you.

Monday 22 September 2014

OTTD | Pre-Autumn

Autumn it feels is just round the corner, though, it seems the weather has other ideas. I can't remember a time when the weather was really this glorious when we're leaving September and heading towards October. I didn't expect the weather to be so wonderful yesterday and headed out in a coat - which ended up being swapped for a cardigan. I did, however, mix it up with various Summer/Autumn styles; Tights, boots, dress with cut out, flowers prints in Autumn shades.

Thursday 18 September 2014

Knowsley Safari Park | Our Day Out

 A British Sparkle seemed to have turned over a new leaf at the moment, it very much seems to be goodbye beauty hello lifestyle, personal posts. I've really enjoyed sharing with you what me and the children have been up to over the Summer holiday's and hopefully giving you some inspiration to visit these wonderful places yourself. I hope you have enjoyed reading them just as much as I've enjoyed writing them. Now the holiday's are completely over, and I have a little more spare time, I'm going to pay more attention to my blog and even more attention to you. I've not so much neglected my blog and definitely have been paying attention to it in the back ground still, just writing a little less. I'd like to say I'll be writing more posts, but I won't, not because I don't want to but because there's just not enough hours in the day. I've been putting idea's together to write a novel and I want to start concentrating on that, with that blogging does take a little back seat but it's never far from my thoughts and I shall be posting at least 10 posts a month, if not more, when I can. Like blogging, writing stories is very much a big hobby and something I'm deeply passionate about - something I've done all my life - but don't fear beauty is here and I have some beauty related posts planned in the very near future, a few days away in fact.

Monday 15 September 2014

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That | Haul

 It's safe to say I've been on a little bit of a splurge recently and treated myself to a few bits and pieces. If you follow my blog you'll have seen my Summer sale haul, if you've not read it then you can do so here. I'm back today with another haul this time it's a little bit of this and little bit of that.

Thursday 11 September 2014

Lifestyle: Day trip to Scarborough

 This particular day we woke up and had planned to go to Southport. Typically, this was the day it decided the heavens were going to open, cancelling our trip to Southport with the downpour set for the day. So, we got in the car and drove to the sunshine that awaited us on the East coast up in Scarborough, almost 3 hours away from out home. The thing's we do for a little bit of sunshine in the UK, or maybe that's just us!

Monday 8 September 2014

I ♥ Makeup | All Day & Night Eyeliner Pencils - Review

I heart Makeup the sister brand of Makeup Revolution have recently released some newbies, again. I was fortunate enough to be sent a surprise delivery containing the entire collection of All Day & Night eyeliner pencils.

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Summer 'sale' Haul

Tops both from Primark. The first, Light Weight Swing Cami - £1.00, Seamfree Cami - £3.00
I recently embarked on a shopping spree and treated myself to a new Summer wardrobe - when Summer is almost over, I know - using money I made from my most recent blog sale. I chose the right time, really, considering the sales have begun and I'm going on holiday soon!  Summer maybe coming to an end but judging by the news of 13 weeks of sunshine (unsure I believe this one), maybe, just maybe the Summer sunshine is here to stay, just for a little while longer. We can only hope. Right?