Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lush Wishlist 2014.

Having seen all the amazing new products at Lush for the Halloween/Bonfire and Festive seasons I am very much excited. This is the first year that I am so excited to get my little selection of Lush products. In the past they have never really appealed to me (God knows why, I'm a girl, we're meant to like this girly stuff!) and couldn't stand going in the shop, if I spent longer than 2 minutes in there I'd be leaving with a headache. This is the year though, this is the year Vicki has fell in love with Lush and having seen lots of Lush hauls and browsing the website for hours I have made my Lush wishlist, so here's the 'little' selection I am asking for this year.

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Cartoon Nail Designs.

Cartoon nail designs look so cute, so I thought I would give them a go on my nail wheel. My nails are not looking their best at the moment, I cut them all down as when I was ill they all started breaking so off they went, plus the nail wheel is so much easier to do designs on and I really enjoyed doing them.
I'm quite impressed with how they turned out, except for the Pikachu one, he looks a little creepy. Apart from that, not too shabby. 

What do you think? Do you know what they all are supposed to be?

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Be Positive.

Firstly, how cute is this picture! 

Everybody goes through phases of being negative in their life, whether it's to do with school, family, friends, relationships... Anything, we can always put a bad spin on things in our heads if we're not having a good time in our lives. We need to start appreciating the things that we do have instead of dwelling on the things that we don't have. I for one definitely need to change the way I think about things some times. 

Lorin at Curiously Lorin has set up a great idea of a Unicorn Campaign to get us to take more steps in life to be more positive in our everyday lives. The Unicorn Campaign is a symbol of happiness and will remind us to appreciate life a little more and to make us remember life doesn't always suck - It can be amazing. You just have to let it be amazing and yes, sometimes things go wrong but always try to look on the bright side. 

To begin, 3 things that make me happy. 

Family - I suppose we have never been the closest of families but as I've grown up I've realised they only want the best things in life for me. After making a lot of wrong decisions in my teenage years (and a few since), they have always been there, being supportive and helping me along the way. 

Friends - Let's be honest I don't have many friends, I've always been a shy person so I didn't come out of school with many friends, just a small group who I don't talk to anymore. I have two best friends and they are the most amazing people and I'd rather have them in my life than lots of friends that I don't or can't trust. 

My Mother - Now I know I've said family but my mom really is something special. She is the rock in our family; she can always make me smile no matter what has happened. She's done so much for my sister, my brother and I, and I don't think there is anything I could do in the world to thank her enough. 

So, to join in and what to do.

Copy or save the unicorn button.
Share 3 things that make you happy and ask them to do the same.
Tag bloggers who you think would love to do this.
Send any pics, links to your efforts to Lorin via the comments to the Unicorn Campaign post. 

My 3 bloggers I would love to see do this are...

Music Tag. One year on...

So exactly this time last year I did the Music tag. Now I know I haven't been tagged again but I love doing these and rediscovering my old favourite tunes. I tag you to do this post! 

First Tag

"You can learn a lot about someone from the music that they listen to. Hit shuffle on you're ipod/mp3 player and share the first 20 songs that play. No cheating or skipping songs that are shameful, that's the fun part!"

I shall be doing this on my itunes which has 2427 songs on it, so let's begin. 

1. Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf - The Killers.
2. Circles - Passenger.
3. We Were Men - Theory of a Deadman.
4. Last of the American Girls - Green Day.
5. Who Feels Love? - Oasis.
6. Give You Up - Rudimental.
7. My Generation - Green Day.
8. Wanna Be Startin' Something - Michael Jackson.
9. Old Pine - Ben Howard. 
10. Falling In - Lifehouse.
11. I knew I Loved You - Savage Garden. 
12. Rain Man - Eminem.
13. The Bare Necessities - The Jungle Book.
14. Knee Socks - Arctic Monkeys.
15. The Devil's Den - Skrillex 
16. It's Over When It's Over - Falling In Reverse.
17. Should've When You Could've - Skillet.
18. Violence - Blink 182.
19. King For A Day - Green Day.
20. Danger Line - Avenged Sevenfold.

Second Tag

"Answering the 12 music related questions"

1. What are your 5 favourite songs right now?
Kiesza - Hideaway.
Avenged Sevenfold - A Little Piece Of Heaven.
One Direction - I Would.
Coldplay - Magic.
Sigma - Nobody To Love. 

2. Who are your favourite bands/artists of all time?
Still the same as last year, with the loss of Oasis and the adding of Angels and Airwaves.
Green Day
Blink 182
Angels and Airwaves
Michael Jackson

3. What is the most played song on your itunes?
Drama Queen - Blink 182. 

4. What was the last album you brought?
I haven't brought a CD in agess! The lastest one I had was brought for me which was Holiday Anthems.  

5. What song can you not get out of your head?
I heard Gwen Steffani - Hollaback Girl earlier and I haven't been able to get rid of it out of my head since! 

6. What was the last single you downloaded?
Coldplay - Magic. I love it! 

7. What is your favourite band right now?
Green Day. Blink 182. Angels and Airwaves. 

8. What is your favourite type of music?
Still anything. I just love music. 

9. In your 25 most played list, what is number 10?
All That We Are - Angels and Airwaves. This song is so beautiful.

10. What was the first gig you ever went to?
James Morrison.

11. What was the best gig you've ever been to?
Pink at Alton Towers. Perfect Day & Night. 

12. If there was one band/album/song you would recommend to everyone reading, what would it be?
For this year I would definitely recommend Bastille - Bad Blood. It's such a great album & I love every single song. 

You are all tagged to do this one :) I love reading them so if you do decide to do it leave a comment or let me know on Twitter! 

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Pink Glitter Nails #2

Using two Color Club polishes & Barry M - Pink Iridescent. 
I thought I would do a cute glittery look. Manly because now I'm working, my nails take a battering and glitter polish is such a good way to keep polish on longer cause of how strong it is. So here we are, using a coat of the lighter Color Club polishes and two coats of the darker Color Club pink. Then using just one coat of the Barry M - Pink Iridescent. I think they turned out quite nice.

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Nail Designs.

Happy Easter! Hope you've all had a lovely bank holiday. 
I recently brought some nail wheels from Amazon - 10 for £1.66 - what a bargain! Although they are quite flimsy if you're looking for a sturdy nail wheel. But I thought I'd have a go at some Easter nail designs, some turning out better than others. So after spending all day watching Disney films and choking on nail polish fumes I finished my Easter designs. Hope you like. 

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Monday, 7 April 2014

How To Prevent Your Nails From Chipping.

After spending hours (sometimes) you finally finish your new nail look, the next morning you wake up to find a chip. Most annoying thing ever! I decided to do a little research on how to prevent nail polish from chipping so easily and thought I'd share this with you. Some of the things seem so simple, yet so simple they can slip the mind. 

Number 1 - Clean those hands.
- Whenever you start to paint your nails, make sure they are clean and dry. Having dirt and natural oils on your nails can mess with the polish staying on your nails which can add to the chipping or discolouration. So make sure you firstly remove your old nail polish with a good quality nail polish remover. Then wash your hands with normal soap and water to remove any dirt. Pat dry really well so your nails are dry.

Number 2 - Base coat.
- Always start your nails with a thin layer of a base coat to prep your nails.The base coat provides a nice smooth surface for the polish to lie on. Leave the base coat for a good 15 minutes, just to make sure it is completely dry before putting on your colour. 

Number 3 - Thin coats.
- Now when applying your chosen polish, think thin. Apply a thin, light coat of polish first as when you apply big thick coats, it never gets time to dry properly and can also cause air bubbles, so thinner is always better in this case.

Number 4 - Extra time for the tips.
- When painting your nails, you may want to apply the polish a little thicker on the tips after all the tips of our nails get the most wear and tear throughout the day. Even curving the polish under your nail can make your polish stay on longer, all though can look a little messy.

Number 5 - Glitter and shimmer.
- Now of course you're not going to want to use a glitter or a shimmer polish all the time, but have you noticed how hard they are to remove? They are also great to stop your nails from chipping.

Number 6 - Top coat.
- Remember thinner is better when it comes to polish and this applies to the top coat too and remember to put a little extra on those tips.

Quick tips.
- Be patient with drying time. Leave each coat at least 15 minutes.
- Moisturise your hands and cuticles. Dry cuticles won't help your polish to stay on.
- Purchase a good quality base and top coat.
- Keeping your nail polish in the fridge can prevent chipping.
- Most importantly, don't rush!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Primark Spring/Summer 2014.

So we've been treated to a peek at some of the new things that Primark are coming out with this Spring and Summer and I'm loving a lot of the items. Obviously there are some I'm not too keen on but there are definitely a few I could get my hands on. You can see the full collection here. But above are a few of the items that are my favourite of them all.
The new beauty range by Primark is all very exciting too, I feel a little late on this band wagon as the PS Love range has now been out for a month but I cannot wait to try their new products out, as I've only heard good things about them.
Has anybody tried them out yet and can recommend any specific products?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Instagram Update - March

Instagram - Vickilouisexo
My day of Disney & Nail art. Random Selfie. Oliver enjoying the sun. Teddy that I started to make, let's just say it didn't end well. St Patrick's Day Nails. Girly Nails. Getting excited about Reading! Movie day - The Cat Returns. Pub times with my girl. The bestest. Selfie. The new Mediterranen polish by Barry M. Chicken, salad wraps for dinner. First day of my new job. 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Feeling happy!

I thought I would do a little chatty post today; everybody needs them once in a while. It's the last day of blogging every day in March today and I have loved every minute. At the start of the month I was so organised, having about 8 posts ready to publish and then came the days where I was cramming in a new post at 11pm ready for the next day. In the past month I've gained some lovely people following me and had some sweet comments on my posts. I have been taking part in the #bbloggers chat on a Sunday night and spoke to lots of helpful lovely people that have been nothing but supportive. As well as gaining new followers, I have also found new blogs to follow, so I would really recommend taking part in the Twitter chats. Normally I'm not too good at keeping up with challenges and setting myself things to do each day but this is one of the rare occasions that I have stuck to something. Go me!  
If you saw my March Challenge blog post at the end of February, you would have seen I also set myself the challenge of getting a little bit fitter, shall we just say I failed very much so doing this. I think I got to day 8 and then no fitness for me. Did I mention I'm not too good at challenging myself?

One Direction are making me very happy right now, I have a little obsession with the songs I Would and Story of my Life, a little bit too much of a obsession. But they make me happy. All that matters to me. I think anyone should be able to listen to any type of music as long as it brings out well needed emotion. 

I got a job! The biggest thing I have achieved in March, actually start my first day today. I now work for a clothing store which I'm so happy about as this is the kind of job I've been looking for the past two years so I'm so lucky to be given the opportunity to start something new. Thank you to my sister who put in a good word for me as I will be taking over her job now she has left there. Good luck to my sister in her new job. I think it definitely helps who you know to get a job these days now all the jobs are advertised on the internet and everybody is just a number. A personal recommendation makes so much more of an impact than a CV on a screen. 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Barry M Aquarium - Mediterranean and Pacific

So I went for a little job interview yesterday, after my new best friend offered me the job I decided to go to Telford and treat myself to a little something new. I was planning on originally picking up a Primark bag that I had seen on a YouTube haul but when I saw it in person I wasn't too impressed. A little while later I found myself in Superdrug where I picked myself up two of the new polishes from the new Barry M Aquarium range. Since I saw them being released I thought they were really pretty and knew that I would end up getting at least one of them. The Pacific one I fell in love with immediately when I first saw it so I knew that I'd get that one; I also picked up Mediterranean because it looked so pretty in the bottle. Superdrug had an offer on at the time where it was two for £6 on all polishes that were £3.99; so I couldn't just get the one without the other. 

Now I have to say after wearing the two polishes that Mediterranean is my favourite out of the two, it's such a gorgeous colour that looks like it changes colour in the light. It's a lovely coral/pink colour with a shimmer to it which applies lovely, the same goes for Pacific. The images below show two coats of the polish onto just a clear base coat, I think that's enough as they both have great coverage. Overall I would recommend them to anyone.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Leibster Award #2

I've been nominated for the Leibster award for the 4th time. I was nominated by Natalie and Laura this time round, thank you girls! You can check out my previous Leibster award post here if you would like to give that a read. 

So let's begin with the rules.
- You must link back to the person who awarded you
- You must answer the 11 questions given by the nominee before you
- Provide 11 facts about yourself
- You pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions
- You cannot nominate the person who nominated you
- You must tell your nominees that they have been nominated by you

Questions by Natalie.

- What would be your dream job?
If there wasn't bugs the size of a house, I'd love to work in the Amazon with all the orangutans.
- How often do you blog?
At the moment I'm taking part in a 'blog everyday in March' thingy. But after that finishes I will be blogging around 2-3 times a week. Fingers crossed.
- If you had time to grab three things from your house you couldn't return to, what would you choose?
My oldest teddy called Toffee that is so tatty but I've had him since I was a little'un. 
- If you could visit any place, where would it be?
Disney Land Florida.
-Who is your favourite blogger?
I would have to say Terri Lowe is my favourite blogger. She posts relevant things which I'm always interested in and she's so funny. Reading her latest post WTF Topshop had me laughing at loud during Eastenders. 
- What's more important - a good handbag or a good pair of shoes?
A good pair of shoes, always.
- Where's your favourite holiday destination?
I have only been to Spain abroad, so Spain.
- Glossy or matte lipstick?
I'm not a lipstick person at all, love it on other people but not myself. So neither I'm afraid.
- Why do you blog?
It makes me happy. Gives me something to do. Gives me the chance to speak to other bloggers and to share opinions.
- What's your guilty pleasure?
I really can't think of anything for this, I don't like anything or do anything that I find 'guilty'. 
- What's your favourite dessert?
Lemon Meringue. 

Questions by Laura.

- If you could live in the world of any film/tv show, what would it be? 
I love this question! Got to be a Disney film now... Tangled. Once Rapunzel was found of course, everyone was so happy. I think I would fit in well :)
- What's the best season, in your opinion? 
Spring and summer. I love how everything's so bright and alive.
- Hats are better than scarves, yay or nae? 
Yay, I love hats!
- The most attractive person in the world is...?
The love child of Johnny Depp, Billie Joe Armstrong and Matt Shadows! Oh and Megan Fox.
- Chinese food or Indian food or Italian food? 
Chinese. Chicken Balls and BBQ sauce. Amazing...
- Your one go-to nail polish is...? 
At the moment, any Models Own Polishes.
- If you could play one instrument, what would it be? 
Acoustic Guitar. 
- Your worst fear? 
A little morbid, but Death. Scares me so much.
- If you could only wear one pair of shoes from now til forever, what would they be? 
Converse. Even when I'm old I will be rockin' the Converse.
- The best cheer up song on your iPod. 
Kiss You - One Direction. Always makes me feel happy.
- Your favourite cheap/high-street brand? 
MUA & Barry M.

11 Random Facts About Me.
- I have a pussy cat called Oliver and he'll be turning 14 this year.
- For the past 3 years I have had a Blackberry, just recently have I got an iPhone... Going up in the world.
- I hate snow.
- I write lists for nearly everything. I have lists for lists.
- I hate peanut butter. Nothing worse, except Marmite.
- I can eat with chopsticks!
- My favourite number is 7.
- I got a job today!
- I really want to adopt a greyhound when I have my own place. Such sweet dogs.
- I forgive too easily.
- Crisps are my weakness to any diet.

11 Questions for the Nominees
- What made you start to blog?
- Have you been to any gigs/festivals?
- One place you would love to visit that you haven't already?
- Favourite book? Film? Tv show? Song? Band?
- Pick 3 people, dead or alive to sit down to dinner with?
- Bed time routine?
- Favourite meal?
- How did you decide on your blog name?
- Weekend plans?
- Which famous person can you not stand?
- Most played song on your iTunes?

And my 11 nominees: 
Amiee Dot 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

HyperGel Pinstripe Nails.

My sister asked me to paint my nails in the HyperGel Turquoise Gloss so she could take some photo's for her blog. So I put Breaking Bad on and after two episodes I had finished this pinstripe look. 
So simple and such an easy look to do. After painting my nails in the HyperGel polish, I applied the stripes with the Models Own White Nail Art Pen. On the one nail I just added a top coat of the Topshop Epiphany, then finished with a clear top coat.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Links Of London Competition.

Today's post is on me taking part in Inthefrow's competition involving Links of London. This is a great competition giving one of her very lucky readers the opportunity to win £1000 worth of Links of London's jewellery. Check out Victoria's blog post for more details.

Starting off with the Entwine Pendant Necklace which I know my Mom would love for a night out with her ladies, all dressed up and this piece would top off a night time outfit. 
The Hope Earrings are are so elegant and beautiful and again so lovely for my Mom.
Now this Rose Gold Chain is so sweet. Ever since I can remember my Mom has always wore a nice simple chain, it's only been the past few years since she's been without one as it broke. I know she would love a new one and I think this one's so lovely especially in the rose gold.
I love this Tan Watch! A little too much I think and Mother again would love this, she's very big into watches and this one would be great for her!
Last but certainly not least cause I could pick nearly everything from this website that I would love to win, but my last item is the Spirit Diamond Bracelet. My favourite piece on the site so how could I not include this.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Blogs I Read.

I thought today I would share with you a few blogs that I have been reading at the moment and loving very much. I've never done one of these posts before and my sister gave me the idea so thought now would be a great time to share with you who's blogs I read and maybe you'll like them too and give them a follow. They are all so lovely so leave them nice comments.

Kariss at Shy Strange and a Little Bit Manic - Kariss's blog is a new one to me, but I love it. She posts on whatever she likes and I think her blog is really unique, posting about books, beauty and whatever she pleases. Really love it.
Fran at Fran Leanne - Another new blog I found which I thinks so cute and really worth a read is Fran's blog. Her posts are really great and I would recommend her blog to anyone.
Holly at What Holly Hearts - Holly's blog is beauty related, great for reviews and really great gift guides. Also another blog I have only recently discovered. 
Natalie at Natalie Knows - Natalie is a really great beauty blogger and has such a lovely blog. 
Mollie at Mollie Muses - Mollie Muses is an amazing blog and I really enjoy every one of Mollie's posts. I won a giveaway from her and she was so lovely and sweet about everything. Taking a little time off at the moment from blogging. But her blog is definitely worth a read and leave her cute comments.
Issy at Life and Times of a Student - Now all of Issy's posts I absolutely love, currently taking part in a challenge of blogging everyday so lucky me I get lots to read from her. She's really sweet and lovely and her posts make me laugh.
Amy at A Little Boat Sailing - How could I do this post and not mention my sister. Amy runs a great beauty blog with lots to read and she also takes pretty pictures.