I'm now 20, which means...a birthday haul (of sorts)

Friday, August 17, 2012
I turned 20 years of age on the 15th August (I know, I'm getting old!). I received some beauty products, some chocolates (not good as I'm going on holiday on the 18th but I have remained strong and I haven't stuffed my face with chocolate...yet!). I had some family round on my birthday and I received my presents (and money!) but everything is really chaotic because of the holiday so it didn't really feel like a birthday. Also on my birthday the heavens opened and it rained really heavily for most of the day! Any way here are some of the things I received for my birthday!
The first thing I opened is a perfume from Burberry - Burberry Body, which is the latest Burberry fragrance I believe. I wanted this fragrance since it was released late last year and it hasn't disappointed. Firstly, the packaging is gorgeous, really luxurious, heavy and expensive!
The fragrance is just gorgeous! It is warm, feminine and sexy but it still remains light and very wearable. I would wear this during the day or night and it is just a divine scent. Also even though it is expensive, it is 85ml and the packaging is amazing (and really quite heavy). 
I received another fragrance (I already had a lot of perfume anyway, so I could now open a fragrance shop!). I have never tried a Diesel fragrance before but it is surprising gorgeous. It is not as nice as the Burberry perfume, as you would expect but it is nice and floral/musky. I don't really like the packaging as to me it is a little bit tacky but overall it is a nice fragrance. 
I have already proclaimed my love for this candle in a previous post (link here for my full review). So I wont go on too much about this candle but it is a divine scent and everyone who has smelt the candle loves it too. The candle smells amazing, the scent travels all around the house (more or less) and the scent is strong too. Overall, an fantastic candle and definitely worth the money!
I also received some little bits of things such as a Liz Earle Botanical Shine haircare duo, a Sanctuary Spa Intensive Shine Hair Mask and a really cute little notebook which says 'Keep Calm and Shop' on the front - perfect for me! 

The Liz Earle shampoo and conditioner smell amazing and I cannot wait to try the shampoo/conditioner and I also can't wait to try the Sanctuary Spa hair butter too! Overall, quite a productive birthday! 

Monday Questions #1

Monday, August 06, 2012

1.) Mood: Tired but happy with todays gold medal in cycling and Beth Tweddle's bronze on the uneven bars!

2.) Do you wear a piece of jewelry that you never take off? No, although I have been wearing my Kurt Geiger 'Isabella' ring a lot this month

3.) If you had a free year to do anything you wanted (with unlimited funds to do so), how would you spend it? I would spend it travelling - especially within Italy, France and Australia!

4.) Current nail polish: 'Barefoot in Barcelona' by OPI which I think is my favourite nail polish ever!

5.) Have you been watching the Olympics? Yes, definitely! Especially the cycling, gymnastics and rowing

6.) Current outfit: Topshop 'Pippa' jeans and my comfy oversized Dorothy Perkins breton stripe sweater 

7.) What are your favourite pizza toppings? Cheese and or mushroom!

8.) Who is your favourite Disney character? Ariel from the Little Mermaid 

9.) When it comes to shoes, flats or heels? I love flats as they are really comfy but I love heels more as I am quite short (5 foot) and I need all of the help I can get really!

10.) Weekly goals: Write some more reviews and write some blog posts before I go on holiday (over the next two/three weeks expect some travel/cruise posts). Also I need to get all of my clothes and toiletries ready for my cruise on the 18th!


Copy and paste the list to answer in a comment below!
1.) Mood:
2.) If you had to guess, how many beauty products would you say you use a day?
4.) Current nail polish:
5.) What is your favorite dinner dish?
6.) Current outfit: 
7.) Do you like to dance?
8.) Can you drive a manual transmission/stick shift car?
9.) What is the last beauty product you purchased?
10.) Weekly goals:

A Week In Photographs #2

Sunday, August 05, 2012
The weather in the UK, well Manchester, over the past week or so has been really nice on the whole (apart from the thunder and rain yesterday)! And today there is so much cloud and a lot of thunder and lightening where I live - today is the first time I have actually seen a full lightening bolt! I have noticed that the squirrel (or Stuart as we call him) has been a regular visitor to our back garden - I managed to take a lot of cute photographs of him while he ate the nuts meant for the birds! As well as the nice weather I have also been loving my Kringle Candle Wax Tarts/Potpourri and my Kringle Candle American Flag Burner (only £4). I have used up the  Kringle Candle Wax Tarts in the scents: 'Maple Sugar' which is really nice and authentic smelling and 'Kringle cookie' which is not the nicest in my opinion as it just smells like cinnamon muffins and potpourri to me. The most recent Kringle Candle Wax Tart that I have been burning is the scent 'Hot Chocolate' which actually smells like a mix of hot cocoa, chocolate and chocolate brownies - gorgeous! The 'Hot Chocolate' scent disperses really well, it is a strong scent and even after the wax has hardened again the scent is still noticeable for about two to three hours!
I went to the Trafford Centre last week (28th) for some last minute holiday shopping and we drove past Manchester United's grounds (Old Trafford) and it had the Olympic rings on the front so I thought I would take a photograph of it - I only had my HTC Sensation with me so the photograph is not amazing (and the car was moving!). The second photograph is while driving home from the Trafford Centre and there were Olympic banners on the street lights. The photograph above also shows the Beetham Tower which is a hotel/bar/conference centre in the centre of Manchester and it is the tallest building in Manchester. It also has the UK's highest living space and it is the UK's tallest building outside of London!
As well as the lovely weather and Kringle candle goodness I have also been loving the Olympics! I have particularly been loving the rowing, boxing, diving, gymnastics (especially the men's gymnastics and the bronze medal in the men's gymnastics!) and the shooting was great too (and not just because GB won a gold medal!). Although I really do not like the way the BBC commentators have been really quite negative towards some of the British athletes, in my opinion by saying that they are lucky to be in the games etc! Although overall, the games have been great so far - apart from the shocking defeat against South Korea in football last night!

Hope you had a great week! x

Product Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid!

Friday, August 03, 2012
I received this product as a free sample with a HQHair order I think and I have only just got round to using it as I have so many skincare samples! I love Caudalie products as they are really gentle, they don't irritate my skin and the work really well with my skin (sensitive/dry). This product also has a scent, it is a fresh floral scent and even though this moisturiser is scented it does not irritate my skin.This product is a day moisturiser, it is suitable for all skin types, it contains SPF 15 and it is tinted. I did not expect this product to be tinted but it has a definite beige/pale skin tone tint to it.  I find that this moisturiser is not moisturising enough for my dry skin so I have to mix it with my Simple Rich Moisturiser. Upon application this moisturiser glides over the skin so smoothly and it leaves my skin hydrated, smooth and because of the tint I feel like this moisturiser evens out my skin tone slightly too. Another great product from Caudalie!