Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Blog sale purchases update -

Just a quick update to let you know that everything paid for before Saturday has now been sent. I've been unable to get to the PO so i've had to rely on my husband to post things,but everything else will go out tomorrow.

Thanks again to everybody who made a purchase :)


Tuesday, 22 January 2013


Please e-mail with the subject heading “Blog sale” to make a purchase

I only accept payment via paypal. Once you have emailed me stating the items you would like, I will give you a total and the email address to send payment to.
I’m afraid I won’t hold items and if I haven’t received payment within 24hrs of giving you a total, I will sell the items to the next interested party. No exceptions.
Unless stated otherwise, all items come without boxes/original packaging.


UK -All items will be sent 2nd class recorded. P+P for the first item is £3 and 50p for each additional item.
INTERNATIONAL – All items are sent via airmail. P+P for the first item is £3.50 and 50p for each additional item.

NEWLY ADDED ITEMS! (not pictured but pictures can be provided on request)

Soap and Glory scrub of your life 200ml £5 - never used or tested (UK ONLY)

Fashionista fashion secret flawless primer £3 - 95% remaining

Urban Decay 1999 24/7 pencil liner £4 - Only used a couple of times, approx 10cm remaining

Victoria's secret sexy little things noir 50ml EDP £5 - approx 85% remaining (UK ONLY)

Maybelline eternal gold colour tattoo £5 - used maybe 4 or 5 times

Lush feeling younger skin tint (liquid highlighter) £5 - used 3 times. I always decanted this with the end of a clean make-up brush, no fingers.

llamasqua opulent lip gloss £6  £5
Used once but with a separate brush.

Illamasqua Titivate medium pencil £4 £3
Just under 10cm remaining. Can be used on eyes or lips.

MAC Avenue fluidline £6 £4.50
Used four times, still very creamy.

Revlon kissable balm stain – honey  £2.50 £2
Used once.

Laura Geller moonstone/blue heaven baked marble eyeshadow £3 £2
Used once.

Various indie items all £1.50 each £1 each
Evil shades Atomic blush 10gm  - used twice
Darling girl Le Gourmet watercolour paint pot – used once
Detrivore Coraline lip gloss – swatched
Detrivore Banshee lip gloss – swatched

Lot of 7 Detrivore/Mannaia fragrance samples £5
Lot of 7 Detrivore/Mannaia 2ml fragrances - I bought these about a year ago and they've lived in a box until now. They all look full to the brim but I'm pretty sure I've used a couple of them once.
Scents are as follows - funeral pyre, glitter scars, black forest, black christmas, pinky violence, bathory, un-birthday

Normal posting will resume shortly!

Hurrah! My husband appears to have fixed his computer, which means he will be able to take pretty pictures once more.

I'll be posting a bit of a FOTD dump over the next few days and I have a few reviews to post too.

Before all that, I'll be having a blog sale! I'm afraid it will be UK only but hopefully some of you will be able to nab a bargain and contribute to my 30th birthday fund in the process ;)

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Snowy days

Not much going on here at the moment! The snow looks pretty but it's a bit of a pain to be honest and makes the steps leading up to our flat absolutely lethal!

Unfortunately, hubby is still without a computer which means no new pictures until it's fixed. Hopefully this will be sorted by next weekend at the latest. Until then, enjoy a picture I took of the snow on my phone.

I'm off to make something hearty for dinner........

Saturday, 12 January 2013

2013 beauty low-buy

I was hoping to post my favourite products of 2012 but my husband's computer (where all my photos currently live) has decided to go on strike. Hopefully we'll have it fixed by the end of next week so until then, I thought I'd talk about my beauty low buy.......

I've been trying to restrict the amount of make-up I buy since last summer. I spent an afternoon reorganising my stash and it dawned on me just how much make-up I actually own. There were so many beautiful lipsticks and eye shadows that have been used maybe once or twice and once I realised this I simply couldn't justify buying several new make-up products every week. 

Whilst I have managed to curb my spending a little bit, I still managed to convince myself that I needed that new nail polish/lipstick/blush because it was such a good deal. My stash continued to grow and although I have been spending less on make-up and nail polish, I have still been spending unnecessarily.

Because I'm fat, many people assume that I must be a comfort eater, but this is so far from the truth! In reality, I use buying make-up to deal with feeling low or depressed, and I use buying make-up to reward myself or celebrate. This is a really unhealthy way of living and it doesn't contribute anything towards fixing the underlying problems. On top of this, it costs a fortune and takes up lots of space!

As we entered 2013, several of the ladies in one of the facebook groups I'm a member of suggested a low-buy/no-buy support group so I decided that now is as good a time as any to face my make-up monster.

I am allowing myself to buy specific items like mascara and make-up remover if they run out, and I dare say that when I turn 30 (eeeeek!) on the 2nd of February, I'll probably have a little splurge, but I am determined to stop comfort buying!

I have removed myself from all the beauty related newsletters I was subscribed to, and I've changed my settings on facebook so that beauty company updates don't show up in my newsfeed. This, coupled with avoiding shops that may tempt me, seems to be paying off so far.

Another massive plus to going on a low-buy is that it has encouraged me to use the unloved items in my stash and I've even been trying out some looks that are completely outside of my comfort zone.

Are you on a make-up low-buy or no-buy? Do you have any tips or tricks that you can share?

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2013 resolutions........

I thought I'd write a separate post detailing my resolutions for 2013. I really enjoy reading these kinds of posts and I think I have come up with some interesting and achievable goals this year..............

1. Read 50 books
As a teen and into my early twenties, I devoured books at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, some of the medication I was on a few years ago really interfered with my ability to read (amongst other things) and it has taken a long time for me to rediscover my love of reading. I generally favour non-fiction, so this year I plan to read more fiction.

2. Learn to crochet
I have been talking about learning to crochet for quite some time, but this year, I WILL do it! I want to be able to make granny squares and eventually make a blanket out of them.

3. Get fit
I have no interest in losing weight (I don't care if I lose some weight as a result of getting fit, but it's not on my list of reasons to start exercising) but I would like to improve my strength, flexibility and stamina. My husband and I plan to start walking but I'm also considering purchasing a Wii fit. My anxiety often makes it hard for me to leave the house, so having something I can do from home would be very beneficial.

4. Take part in the 50 projects in 2013 craftalong on 
Check it out here.
Doing something creative on a regular basis has a wonderful effect on my mood. I haven't come up with my list of projects yet but I'm hoping to start up my crafty business idea this year so I'm sure much of it will be linked to that.

Finally, not really a resolution, more a philosophy for life, but I want to continue telling the people I love exactly how much they mean to me as often as I can. I want to show kindness and compassion and remember that sometimes, the little things make a really big difference.

What are your goals for 2013?

Happy New Year!

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season! This year, my husband and I spent Christmas just the two of us and it was complete bliss. It was so refreshing to not have to drive hundreds of miles and then spend the entire time in somebody else's home. I'm sure that makes us sound rather antisocial, but we're grown ups now (kind of) and we wanted to spend our first Christmas as husband and wife doing what WE wanted to.

2012 was a very up and down year for me. I sadly lost a very dear Aunty and a precious friend whom I had known since I was 14 years old. Although the year was tinged with sadness, it also brought the most magical day of my life so far, when I got married to the light of my life.

I hope that whatever your hopes for 2013, this year brings you health, happiness and opportunity.