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. 

Monday, 24 March 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide.

Only a week away until Mother's day and it's fast approaching so time to get the money out and spend on the most important woman in your life. A few gift idea's for momma this year, starting with chocolate, now what mom doesn't go without a bit of choccie on mother's day. I found this lovely gift idea at Thorntons, they have lots of lovely things to get with price ranges varying. These cute chocolate truffles are so cute and very inexpensive. I found this lovely Pashmina at Peacocks which is very sweet and great for this time of the year.  Yankee candles or any candle in general as I know Yankee candles can be quite expensive. But these are lovely for a Mom who's into lots of different scents. I looked at this cute Bookends from Sainsbury's which I think are great and would actually buy these for myself. Putting cute pictures in of Momma and you or pictures of the family. Even just a nice photo frame would be a great idea too.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Currently I'm... March Update.

I like to do these posts every few months and considering my last one was in September I felt another was due. 

: At the beginning of the year I set myself the challenge to read all of the Harry Potter books and on this day I have only read about the first 5 chapters, so my challenge is not going so well, I suppose. Other than the non-reading of Harry Potter I can't say I've been reading anything else.
Watching: At the start of the month I finally got Netflix yay! So I've been obsessed with Breaking Bad (spoke about that in another post so I won't go into it again) and all the great films they have on there. Also I have just finished the Sex and the City box set for about the fifth time.
Listening to: Avenged Sevenfold, Angels and Airwaves & Bowling for Soup's new album. 
Drinking: Recently I've been trying to drink more water. My skin's not looking it's best at the moment so I'm trying to make it look less dead.
Loving: Having a proper working phone again. For the past month and more I have been without a normal working phone. I have been using two phones, one which only works when it's on charge so I could only use it in the house & the other which had no credit on but used to take out with me in case any one wanted to get in touch with me. A right palaver. But now I have the iPhone 4 and I'm loving it. 
Enjoying: Focusing on myself. That sounds a little selfish but in the past month I've been looking after myself a little more, buying myself little things as I didn't before. I was always focused on somebody else more than putting my own feelings first. 
Learning: Saving. I've never been able to save my money, but I've made the effort to do so now. It's so hard but just saying no to myself has paid off so well.
Wearing: At the moment, I'm chilling in my leggings and converse jumper, just one of those snug days. But I've started to get the shorts, skirts and tights out... Nice weathers on it's way.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Yellow Glitter Nails...

Using No7 - Twinkle Glitter and Barry M - Lemon.
As I said in my Spring Nail Polishes post I will be doing a post on the few favourite polishes I chose within the next few weeks, the first being Barry M - Lemon. I love this colour for spring. Very sheer so you need a few coats for it to look like the proper colour it's supposed to be, in the end I think I did three coats. I then used the No7 - Twinkle Glitter to make it a little more jazzy. :) 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Spring Nail Polishes.

Spring is here, made it's lovely way into 2014 with really strong winds & horrible rain that keeps coming and going... But it's here in true British style. I thought I'd pick out a few of the polishes I will be using this spring so stay tuned for a few nails designs using them. Starting with the Rimmel - Too cool to tango, I think this is a great sky blue colour for doing those springy designs. Barry M -Lemon, I'm actually wearing this right now and will have a post up tomorrow showing off my yellow sparkly nails. Barry M - Papaya, I love this, it's a little darker than the other colours but so nice and leaves a lovely finish. Barry M - Greenberry, One of my favourite polishes, I love bright colours so this defiantly fits the bill for me and also one of my favourite colours anyway so an all round winner. Lastly, Essie - To buy or not to buy, Such a pretty colour, so sweet and girly. Will defiantly be using this one soon.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

New Look Loves #4

If you have followed my blog for a while you will know that I'm obsessed with New Look, it's my favourite shop, I just love it. If you're a new follower than you've just learnt a little fact about me. I love when they start to get their spring/summer clothes in, they are just so girly and sweet. Favourite things I'm loving at the moment are.

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Pink Glitter Nails.

Using Barry M - Strawberry and Barry M - Pink Sapphire Glitter.

My nails have been living in green recently and I wanted to do something a little more girly. So today I present my nails as girl overload. Using the most girly pink ever with a top coat of pink glitter and finished with a top coat. 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

5 places I would love to visit.

Paris. - Every girls dream I think to visit Paris. It seems like such a beautiful City, so glamorous and romantic. I'd love to go to Paris with a partner one day, visiting all the amazing places Paris has to offer, Love Locks Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Catacombs, Disneyland Paris. There is just so many that one day I will see for myself, not just on the movies. 

Disney World Florida. - This ones a no brainer. I love all things Disney and this is the one place I want to go before I die. Totally on my bucket list. 

The Abandoned Wonderland Amusement Park outside Beijing, China. - This one I suppose is an odd one but I have a strange fascination with abandoned buildings and this one I think looks so odd. In 1998 the construction of building this theme park was stopped due to financial problems, but the abandoned theme park still stands there today. Lifeless. 

New York City. - Another expensive trip that my future self is going to have to splash out on. I blame this one on watching too much Sex And The City. Again, like Paris, the city looks so glamorous and so alive all of the time. The fashion, the lifestyle just looks so amazing and appealing to me. 

Ireland. - One of the closest country's to England and I've never been, but how amazing does it look. I think I'd have to get my walking shoes on but it just looks so pretty! So many places to visit, Giant's Causeway, Snowdonia, Dublin Castle... In fact all the castles. 

All Pictures are from Pinterest.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

The luck of the Irish. St Patrick's Day Nails.

This called for a nail design of course and at a great time because I'm loving green at the moment. It's weird to think that the original colour associated with St Patrick's day was blue, right? But here we are, in Celebration of Saint Patrick wearing green.

Using - Models Own Black & White nail art pens, Barry M - Green Berry, Spring Green, White and Gold Foil, Model's Own - Dancing Queen and 2 various Color Club polishes.

Starting with the little finger, I applied the Green Berry. Once dry I used a dotting tool to apply Spring Green and Gold Foil. The ring finger I applied white and then added a clover. Using a Color Club polish on the middle finger, once dry I used an art pen to create the black thick line and then added the buckle with the Gold Foil polish using a nail art brush. The index finger was easy peasy, painted the nail white, then once dry added the Models Own Dancing Queen over the top. Now the thumb, I'm not too happy with, I used a Color Club polish, then once dry drew on the white and black lines using the Models Own nail art pens.
I know not the best designs, but worth a try :)

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Loving at the moment...

Motivation to blog.
I've been through so many phases of wanting to blog and then losing interest in a couple of weeks, I set myself the challenge of blogging every day in March and it's really made me love blogging again. I'm really hoping I don't lose interest after the challenge is over as I really do enjoy it. Having the #bbloggers chats on Twitter on Sundays is so great, get to talk to some lovely people and learn about other people's experiences about blogging. 

Breaking Bad.
I've recently just got Netflix and started watching Breaking Bad (I know I'm so late watching it) Oh my god, how good is it. I'm in the middle of Season 2 now and I am addicted to it. I won't put in any spoilers but watch it! 

Acoustic songs. 
Now I suppose this isn't really a 'at the moment' type of thing I'm loving as acoustic music is always my favourite type of music. But I suppose more particular, I'm loving one YouTuber that does acoustic covers of Blink 182 songs. I love Blink 182 and to find someone that does a hell of a lot of covers of theirs, match made in heaven. I've known of him for over 6 months now but a song he covered recently drew in my attention again.


Isn't it lovely out right now! The nice weathers coming and it makes everything seem just a little better. Makes blogging easier with the natural sunlight making your photo's look pretty. Still a little windy out but it's not technically spring yet so the weather is forgiven, for now. The wildlife is back and the flowers are coming out, everything just looks so much more alive. Just cannot wait for summer to come along now! 
& Oliver's loving it too :)

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Models Own HyperGel Turquiose Gloss Review.

I love Models Own anyway so this isn't a hard review for me to do, it's my first review so I suppose I had to make it an easy one, right?
This colour is so pretty and it's made me want to buy more of the HyperGel polishes now, it looks so shiny, lovely colour and great to apply. A lot of the Models Own polishes had the big chunky brush to apply it but this one has one of the thinner brushes so it's easier to apply onto the little finger without any going on to your hand. I love it & I've had a lot of compliments on it, which is always nice :) 
Because it's such a lovely Spring colour, I thought I'd do a little design on it too. Plus I get bored, so this took up an hour or so. Using the Barry M - White, nail dotting tools and some nail tape. I came up with this little design just to complete the look. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Behind the blog.

Found this cute little tag at Pale Girl Reviews blog, I thought I'd do it for myself. 

Victoria Louise Keeling. Feels like the longest name ever when putting it on job applications. Birthday - 7.8.92 and living in the West Midlands. 

Originally my blog was called Perfect, I'm yours - Horrible name for a blog but I made it around 2008 and was young. But I changed it last year to What a Little Pickle, the reason for this, Ashley calls me his Pickle and I'm short. Simple enough.

I'm 5'4, and currently have shortish red hair but it changes constantly. Going to stay red for a bit though I think now. I have 6 tattoo's, but 4 are always covered so you'd never know they are there. My eyes are 3 different colours if you look closely, grey, brown and green. 

I instantly know when I meet someone if we'd be good friends. I always go with my heart over my head. After spending time with loads of people I like to be on my own for like a whole day, just doing whatever I want to do, I like to be on my own. I'm kind and I like to think I'm creative. 

I've been with Ashley the past year. He's my best friend.

One pussycat, Mr Oliver Keeling but I want to get a hamster... Maybe soon.

Any nail polish, foundation & eyeliner. Hardly ever catch me outside the house without eyeliner.

Ipod, Crisps and comfy jogging bottoms for being in the house. 

For the past two years I've had Britney Spears - Fantasy. But I fancied a change and this year I have the One Direction perfume. Now I know I'm not a huge One Direction fan but the perfume is so nice. So, no judgement.
Also the Charlie Pink perfume for everyday.

Painting my nails. Watching films. Watching Sex and the City. Listening to music. Looking for work. Trying to read the Harry Potter books. Watching Youtube videos. Instagraming. Spending time with family & friends.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Disney Inspirational Quotes.

"You're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." - Winnie the Pooh.

"Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one." - Pocahontas.

"The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it" - The Lion King.

"Even miracles take a little time." - Cinderella. 

"You're never too old to be young." - Snow White.

"If you keep believing the dreams that you wish will come true." - Cinderella.

"If you don't think then you shouldn't talk." - Alice in Wonderland.

"If watching is all you're going to do then you're going to watch your life go by without you." - Hunchback of Notre Dame.

"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." - Mulan.

"Remember, you're the one that can fill the world with sunshine." - Snow White.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Boots Nail Polish Haul.

With the great 3 for 2 offer on at Boots I couldn't resist not going out and buying myself a few new polishes when I got paid. I was there for a while not knowing which ones to buy but I finally made a decision on three new Models Own colours and one Gelly Barry M. The one's I brought were from left to right, Models Own Ice Neon Pink Punch, Barry M Gelly Blue Grape, Models Own Ice Neon Pukka Purple and Models Own HyperGel Turquoise Gloss. 
I think all of them are so great and bright. I will be doing individual reviews on them all so stay tuned...

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Spring Flower Nails.

Using - Barry M - Lemon, Barry M - White, Urban Outfitters UO Basics in Purple, Color Club - Clear.

I started my nails with a base coat, once dry I added two coats of the yellow. Using a small nail art brush I added the petals to my flower design and then using the same brush (once I'd cleaned it) I applied white dots into the middle of my petals. I then finished with a top coat. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Blue dots...

Blue polka dot nails

Using - Barry M -White, Cobalt Blue and Cyan Blue, W7 - Polar Bare

I started off painting my nails white, using a white shimmer polish, I went over the white to make it shimmer. I started off using a light blue to dot near the base of my nail. In the middle I used the darker blue and then using a black at the tip of the nails. I finished with a top coat. 

Friday, 7 March 2014

Beauty Things I Suck At.

5 Beauty related things I am awful at...

Plucking my eyebrows.
Now I wouldn't say I'm really bad at doing my eyebrows, I just hate doing it! It takes too long, it hurts like hell (I know your eyebrows are meant to go numb from the pain eventually when you've been plucking them so long, it's been four years! Why you no numb!), the only good light in the house to do it is the bathroom. They are sneaky, one day you'll think "Having a good eyebrow day" then you'll go into a room with good lighting and you look like you're growing a hairy caterpillar down your face. Not a good look. But it hurts!

Sticking to a skincare regimen.
I am absolute rubbish at this, in fact I'm awful at taking my makeup off at night in general. I nearly always forget, which I know is so bad for your skin. 

Filing my nails. 
My nails look so wonky all the time and I cannot file my nails to save my life. Really need a lesson in this. Three of my finger nails on each hand are squared and two on each hand are circled, what's the deal with that. They don't look too odd to other people, but I know!

Putting on sun cream.
I know this one only applies for the summer and I know we only have a little summer period in the UK but I am rubbish at remembering to put it on when I'm going out for the day in the sun. I always remember when sunbathing but if I'm going out then I never remember and I don't go brown to make matters worse, I'm pale so I burn. I burn so I look like a strawberry for a few days, then I peal so I do not look good what so ever.

Lipstick/Lip care.
Lipstick - Just no, does not work. Whenever I wear a colour which doesn't match my natural lip colour at all I just look like a clown. My lips just look huge.
Lip care - My lips get so dry and I always forget to put a lip balm on. I have a habit of biting my lips too much when they are dry instead of doing something about it. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Orange and Blue Nails...

Using - Essie -Orange, It's Obvious,  No7 -Sing The Blues, Models Own Nail Art Pen

I painted all my nails orange, waited until dry then sectioned diagonally off with tape. I added the blue polish and removed the tape whilst nails were still wet for a clean line. Using the Models Own black art pen I draw on the lines and finished with a top coat.