Saturday, 27 July 2013

You say it's your birthday, it's my birthday too...

Hello you absolute vixens! First of all, let me apologise for my absence. Work has been very full on lately and I've been working towards some exciting new concepts for the Lingerie department, so watch out North London!

Secondly, you may have already guessed from the post title, but it was my birthday today! Yes, I have turned the lovely ripe age of 19. Young enough to get away with most things but old enough to know better. One more year until I'm 20 and then I have no more excuses.

Here are a few pictures from the day...

Me, my brother Kieren, my cousin Lydia and my youngest cousin Mia.

[L-R] Grandma Janet, Gramps, Nanny Hazel, Myself, Great-Grandma Stella, Kieren, Lydia, Uncle Alan, my Dad, Mia, my Mum and Auntie Veronica.

Myself and Kieren
My beautiful sparkly (delicious) cake of love.
Now I will probably do a detailed post of gifts I received, but just quickly, I had to throw this one in. Sorry about the crappy iPhone quality, but my Mum and Dad got me a beautiful Silver and Opal ring. I'm totes in love!

So, I'm in the last year of my teens, and I'm determined to make it memorable. So much has changed since my 18th, mostly for the good, but there are some things that just can't be helped. Here's to what will be a bloody brilliant 19th year.

Love and sparkles always,


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Sakura, sakura...

So whilst I was sitting watching the Wimbledon mens finals (yay Murray!!) and feeling all summery, I decided that I should spruce up my nails. Immediately I thought back to a post I saw on Did My Nails and gave it a go!

The results are beautiful, and I just can't stop staring! I've always loved the look of Chinese Cherry Blossom, and I think this is the perfect way to wear it.

Acrylics - Superdrug
Mint Nail Varnish - Rimmel Salon Pro 'Peppermint'
Black Nail Art Pen - Barry M
Pinks - From an unbranded set

What's your staple nail colour this Summer?

Love and cherry blossom sparkles,

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

My Next Festival Look: Ahoy Sailor! HMS Bestival

HMS Bestival

HMS Bestival by sophielikesdaisies featuring high boots

If you're familiar with Bestival, you'll know that every year they choose a different fancy dress theme for the event. This year is simply 'HMS Bestival', meaning get your hat at the ready, Sailor, because there be stormy seas ahead!

With this get up, courtesy of Next, you'll be less Captain Hook and more Hello Sailor as you strut around the Isle of Wight's Robin Hill from 5th-8th September in neo-nautical style.

Boyfriend shorts
£20 -

High boots
£80 -

Rucksack bag
£28 -

Pink aviator sunglasses
£17.50 -

Wait... you changed your reader to... Bloglovin?

[Ignore my rubbish attempt at quoting Superbad.]

But yes, as we all know, Google Reader has gone bye-bye and bloglovin is the way forward. So what are you waiting for? GO GO GO! Click the picture!!

Oh, by the way, what do you think of the new theme? Snazzy right?

Love and magic sparkles,

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Highstreet Summer Sale Haul!

Bonjour my precious cherubs,

Today I met the wonderful Marie for a catch up and gossip in the town as I haven't seen her for so long, what with her being at University in Sunderland and all. This little catch up soon turned in to a full blown shopping trip, and once you see what I bought [and the prices I bought them at!!] you won't blame me.

Sandals - £7 [Reduced from £14.99]
Ring - £2 [Reduced from £3.50]

T Shirt - £6.99 [Reduced from £8.99]

Okay, so this isn't from the sale... But it sure did make me smell nice and make my nails look pertty!
My finished nails feat. The £2 H&M ring!
A little tip for jeweller's metal rings- Coat the inside with clear nail varnish to avoid the dreaded green finger! Works wonders!

What's been your best summer bargain so far?

Love and super-thrifty sparkles,

Viva La Juicy!

I was kindly gifted this little bottle of Viva La Juicy by the wonderful people at Juicy Couture (well, a stockist of Juicy Couture), and although I was apprehensive at first (as I am admittedly not a big lover of the brand), I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet, flirty, floral aroma of the fragrance.

It came packaged in what I assume is a miniature version of the full sized box, in all of it's hot pink and gold glory, emblazoned with the Juicy Couture logo. 

When I opened it up, the first thing I noticed was just how darn cute the bottle is! Frosted glass with a simple label and a rose gold cap. So sweet!

And then when I took the cap off... Oh boy.

It's a rollerball! Eep! So sweet and ever so handy for travel/on the go. 

The fragrance itself puts me in mind of a body spray by Impulse I used to wear when I was younger, the 'Tease' scent. It reminds me of a completely fun and carefree time in my life. Maybe that's why I love it so much. I will definitely be purchasing a full sized version of this beauty.

So the moral of this story is: Don't judge a book by it's cover. Or an Eau du Parfum by it's brand, in this case.

What's your 'go-to' Summer fragrance? 

Love and carefree sparkles,

[Disclaimer: All of these views are solely my own. I have not been paid for this review.]

Monday, 1 July 2013

Summer 2013 High-Street Nail Varnish Haul & Review

[From left to right]
Rimmel Finishing TOUCH 3D Plumping Top Coat
Rimmel Salon PRO in 500 Peppermint
Rimmel Lycra PRO Matte Finish Mattifying Topcoat
Simmel 60 Seconds in 813 Round and Round the Garden
Rimmel 60 Seconds in 320 Rapid Ruby
Rimmel 60 Seconds in 200 Princess Pink
Rimmel 60 Seconds in 500 Caramel Cupcake
MUA Nail Polish in Lush Lilac
MUA Nail Polish in Koala Bear
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in 308 Watermelon
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in 325 Passion Fruit
Barry M Limited Edition Nail Paint in a Neon Pink
Barry M Nail Paint in 245 Gold Glitter
Barry M Basecoat, Topcoat & Nail Hardener ALL IN ONE Clear


My number one is Rimmel's 60 Seconds in 'Round and Round the Garden' as the colour is such a beautiful vintage green, and reminds me of a little cottage door for some reason! I am also in love with the Barry M Gelly in Passion Fruit. I'm wearing it now and I already feel in a summery mood by just looking at it! Rimmel's 60 Seconds Caramel Cupcake is a great true-nude shade and last but not least, I got the Limited Edition Barry M in this wonderful Neon Pink colour for spending £6 or more on Barry M products in Superdrug. I can definitely see myself wearing this on holiday in Fuetreventura to compliment my tan!

Least Faves:

Unfortunately, with nail varnish, you get what you pay for. And to be fair, I wasn't really expecting much from the MUA polishes at a tiny £1 each. However, I had nothing to lose and wasn't too surprised when I found that they were hardly pigmented at all and didn't really show up even after a good 3 or 4 coats. Another disappointing purchase is the Rimmel 3D Plumping top coat. It works wonders for a couple of days,  all whilst giving that gorgeous 'gel' look to home painted nails. However, I've found that it starts to crackle, if that makes sense. This could just be my nails though, so don't let it deter you!


A couple of pictures I've taken recently!
My ever growing Company Mag collection! Yes I missed a couple of months, so sue me.  Also featured: My most favourite Yankee Candle EVER and a couple of IKEA catalogues, because we all know how much I love IKEA.
A collection of instagram photos on my wall of myself and my wonderful friends & family, displayed on my handmade photo peg line. Also featured: my chalk memo board and my wire photo holder, displaying Sherlock Holmes' business card!
 Well I think I'm sorted for the Summer when it comes down to my nails. Let's hope I get to use them all! Keep your eyes peeled to see them in some of my photos!

What are your favourite Summer 2013 nail shades?

Love and very colourful Sparkles,

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