29 November 2013

Yankee Candle Mandarin Cranberry



I've been really tempted to buy Yankee Candles before but had never known which scent to go for. I decided to go in to look at the Christmas scents and I was amazed at the choice! My Mum has one that is White Christmas but I couldn't find that in the store and I can't see it on the website either which is sad cause it's a gorgeous scent. Instead I went for Mandarin Cranberry which is absolutely gorgeous. I've been burning it this afternoon/evening and my living smells amazing. It's a fruity smell without being overly sweet, I definitely prefer this to the more traditional warmer, spicy Christmas scents.

What other scents do you recommend?

Tori
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27 November 2013

Winter Wardrobe Additions



Checked Shirt - Topshop £30
Jamie Jeans - Topshop £40
Striped Jumper - H&M £9.99
Grey Jumper - H&M £9.99

I know it's almost Christmas so I shouldn't be shopping, but my wardrobe was seriously lacking in any A/W appropriate clothes so I did a little bit of shopping in H&M and Topshop. I bought my favourite Topshop jeans in a different colour. I absolutely love the Jamie jeans, they are high-waisted but not as crazy high-waisted as the Joni jeans. I also got to buy they jeans in a size lower than my others ones which made me very happy!! Obviously the gym is balancing out my Starbucks addiction! I also bought a checked shirt, I've been looking for one for ages but hadn't found one I really liked. I actually bought this in a size 16 as I wanted it to be really over-sized. It's long enough to wear with leggings which is perfect, I think it will be my go to lazy day outfit!

I've recently discovered how amazing H&M is, I don't know why I've been ignoring this shop for so long. The basic pieces in there are so affordable, both these jumpers were only £9.99 and they are really good quality. I'll definitely be going back to look for work clothes but not anytime soon because spending is officially stopped until after Christmas with the exception of Christmas presents obviously! 

Although I do need some new boots...

Tori
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24 November 2013

Sunday Post #20 | Starbucks & Christmas





The weather has been getting freezing cold these past few weeks. So when I'm not at work I've been snuggled on the sofa with a cup of tea and treating myself to quite a few Starbucks! I finally put my heating on after resisting since I've moved in, I was relying on hot water bottles and dressing gowns but I had to cave and turn it on this week. So cold!!

I went home to my parents house with my boyfriend today and my family were putting up the Christmas tree. I know some people think it's too early but we always have ours up ready for the 1st. We all put on our Santa hats and I sang Christmas songs very loudly :D It really got me in the mood for Christmas and I've put my little Christmas tree up in my flat too :).

Is anyone else getting in the Christmas spirit yet?!

Tori

ps; how cute are my little brothers!!
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20 November 2013

NOTD | Essie Shearling Darling


I was never sure whether Essie nail polishes were worth the hype or price. But recently I've been loving them! My job is quite hands on which means nail polishes chip very quickly. I've found that Essie polishes last the longest without chipping, so they are a winner!

Shearling Darling is an amazing dark almost black purple. It is one of those typical A/W shades that I love wearing this time of year. I also love how this looks on shorter nails and because of my job I can't really have long nails.

Do you think Essie polishes are worth the price?

Tori
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19 November 2013

Haul | Autumn Beauty Additions



Essie Winter 2013 Collection - Available in Superdrug

Another bit of shopping..shhhh. I was doing Christmas shopping and couldn't help but treat myself to a few bits! I don't think I've ever bought an Essie nail polish by itself, they do such amazing collections that I always end up buying them. I love all the colours in this set, especially Parka Perfect. Even though the Colour Tattoos haven't worked that well for me in the past I couldn't resist this colour, perfect for Autumn/Winter, I'll let you know how I get on! I heard Anna from Vivianna Does Make-Up talk about this Rimmel Scandaleyes eye pencil and I thought it would work really well for work. It gives definition without being as harsh as a black liquid or pencil liner. Lastly is a repurchase, MAC Hue. This was my first ever MAC lipstick and I absolutely love it, it's the perfect every day colour.

Hope you liked this post! I can't believe how close it is to christmas, I think my next post will be a christmas wish list :)

Tori



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11 November 2013

A London Day Out













I've just got back from the best couple of days in London. It has made me all the more determined to move there one day. I was visiting my boyfriend and we decided to be super touristy. We forgot it was Remberance Sunday (awful, I know) but as soon as we got into Central London there were parades and gatherings of people everywhere. It was really lovely, almost made me get emotional! 

We got the bus from Brixton to Sloane Square and then I wandered round Chelsea and Kensington pretending I was in Made in Chelsea. We decided to go see Buckingham Palace without thinking about how busy it would be. We saw posh cars driving into Buckingham Palace and I got really excited thinking there might have been royalty in them, but we couldn't see through the crowds. We then walked to Leicester Square to get away from the crowds and had some lunch, then we walked to Covent Garden. We then decided we had done enough walking and got the tube back to Brixton in time to go to a pub and watch the football. United won which only made my day more perfect. 

Hope you had a great weekend :)

Tori
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9 November 2013

FOTD | Work Make-Up & An Update


Base

Colour
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer (limited ed)

Lips

Eyes

Even though my alarm goes off at 5am for work I still make time for putting on make-up. Some people are really confident going out bare-faced but I'm just not. If I didn't care, I could probably get up at 5.30, but what's half an hour anyway? Plus I love applying make-up! These products are the ones I've been using every day. Sorry for the iPhone picture, I wasn't willing to set up my big camera at 5.30am!!

Sorry for not posting very regularly recently, I am meant to work from 6am-2pm but I often finish later so I'm exhausted when I get home! Then I sit around watching tv and before I know it it's too dark to take photos. But I'm going to really try and make an effort to get back on track because I really love blogging and I don't want it to get ignored. Thanks for sticking with me and hopefully content will be much more regular from now on! 

Tori

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8 November 2013

What's in my Make-up Bag | The Friend Edition #2


I really love having a peek into my friend's make-up bags, I always end up finding new products I'd like to try and I find it interesting seeing what works for other people. I've already done a post like this which you can read here.

These products are from my old housemate from uni, Kat. Kat has really sensitive skin so has to be quite careful what base products she uses. She's previously used Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions but has now moved onto Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. Neither of these foundations have had any negative effects on her skin and her skin was looking amazing wearing the Bobbi Brown foundation! The next product Kat loves is the Bourjois Rose D'or blusher, possibly quite surprising seeing as it is very scented. It's a really gorgeous pink colour and has that kind of english rose look. I really like the Bourjois round pots, but you have to bare in mind that they are baked really hard so the pigmentation isn't that great. 

Last but not least is the Sleek I Divine Au Natural palette which I actually gave to her because I wasn't using. Now usually I would show the inside of the palette, but about 4 of the colours were empty and she had hit pan on lots of the others so it wasn't quite in a state to photograph! I almost regret giving her this palette now because I think I would have used it lots, but I have so many eyeshadows that I really didn't need this one as well. Kat used most of the shades in this palette but she specifically mentioned that she thought it was great that there was a matte black which she uses instead of eyeliner for a softer look.

Hope you liked this peek into my friend's make-up bag. I definitely want to try the Bobbi Brown foundation after hearing her rave about it!

Tori
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1 November 2013

October Favourites




All my favourites this month are quite affordable, I think there are so many good products in Boots and Superdrug that it isn't really necessary to spend a fortune on make-up. Although I do love a good splurge sometimes! I've tried to link blogposts that these products have been mentioned in so I can keep this post a bit shorter, so if you want to read more about the products then click on the link to the relevant blogpost.

L'Oreal Volume Million Excess Mascara, Dove Leave in Conditioner and Maybelline gel eyeliner are all old favourites that I've gone back to. I've repurchased the mascara and conditioner multiple times each and I think I'll be buying the gel eyeliner again soon. The mascara gives amazing volume without making your lashes go clumpy which is basically what I look for in a mascara. I have almost finished up the conditioner so I need to go and buy it again, at £2.39 it is a real bargain. Since switching from liquid to gel eyeliner I've been wearing eyeliner so much more. Liquid eyeliner never used to last all day on me, I'd always end up smudging it whereas this gel eyeliner lasts all day without moving.

Some newer obsessions are the Bourjois nail varnish and The Body Shop fragrance, both which I have posted about in the last few days. Final favourites are the Lush Bubblegum lip scrub and the Maybelline Brow Drama. The lip scrub has been a necessity as I've been favouring more dramatic lip colours which require a really good base so they don't gather on the dry bits of your lips. I'm thinking of doing a post on my current favourite lip colours so let me know if you want to see that! And finally the Maybelline Brow Drama mascara has become a daily necessity, it stops my brows moving and helps to make them look tidier and more natural.

Link me to any of your October favourites posts as they are one of my favourite kind of posts to read!

Tori


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