Monday, December 10

The Beauty Closet Christmas!

Hello again! Unless you're a new follower or completely living under a rock, I have my own pretty little website called The Beauty Closet. I sell all sorts of affordable things from bags, scarves, necklaces and photo frames. I'm really proud of it and would absolutely love if you checked it out. A message I want to address is that the last day for ordering will be NEXT Thursday (20th) as I'm going to France and well, no one will be here to post anything otherwise! Hope you find something you like :)
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Saturday, December 8

Bedroom Tour

After tiding my room and looking at my Canon 550D getting dusty since my A Level, I felt like doing something a little bit different with this 'room tour'. I've have seen a few videos like this floating around YouTube so I hope you like my take on it. Have a good weekend,

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Tuesday, December 4

The Beauty Closet Christmas Show!

Last Thursday, I left work early and did a Christmas show for The Beauty Closet until 9pm. I do one every year locally (and no, I'm not going around the UK doing them!), as its a great way to get my name out there and shift some stock before Christmas! Thought you would quite like to see the set up we had, the new Joma Jewellery and if you like anything, you can shop online here!

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Friday, November 30

Joma Jewellery

Hello, just a quick one! Last night, I got in the most amazing range from Joma Jewellery and thought you'd like to be the first to know. I'm so unbelievably happy, the jewellery is so pretty and they make the most perfect gifts. I'm all for affordable pieces on The Beauty Closet (my slogan is 'affordable jewellery & gifts you'll love!') and these are just that! With the carded bracelets from £9.99 - £10.99, they really are so easy to give as a gift! The Freya necklaces reminded me of Tiffany & Co with the chain looping through a hammered circle, so pretty I'm definitely getting keeping one myself. Finally, the stack rings are expandable, so will fit anyone and available in 5 different designs for only £7.99. Can't go wrong really :)

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Wednesday, November 28

Wednesday Wishlist #6

This is pretty much what  my Christmas list is looking like right now. I realised I didn't actually want very much this year because as I work full time, I often just buy things myself! Rich is getting me a lovely filofax though which will be perfect for keeping my busy life organised. The Joules iPhone case literally looks like Jack Wills, I love it! Whilst browsing their shop the other day, I spotted their Gilet in the most gorgoeus pink. Definitely got my eye on it...I used a sample of Stay Don't Stray and love it so think I'll purchase that duty free at the airport. Oh and how cute is that accessorize purse?! Love!

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Sunday, November 25

NARS vs. ELF Blush/Bronzer Duo's

(Swatch) Left - NARS Right - ELF

During the summer, I purchased the NARS Laguna/Orgasm Blush & Bronzer Palette and have worn them both everyday since. However, I had such a problem with ordering directly from them so I wouldn't advise it! You can read about that here. Previously, I already owned and loved the ELF Studio Blush & Bronzer Compact which is available for only £3.75! But despite the price, how does it compare to the NARS Palette at £30...

Elf Compact
With something like this, you definitely get what you pay for. I used to think it was amazing, but in comparison to NARS, no way. The pigmentation, colour pay-off and overall finish of both products is shocking. The bronzer is a muddy colour which contains glitter and has to be applied with a light hand. It would probably suit someone with more of a darker skin tone than me. The blush isn't too bad, it has more of an orangey under-tone in comparison to Orgasm which I don't really like. Both products are chalky and don't last all day. However, the convenience of them being together in a compact means you can touch up during the day.

Orgasm and Laguna both have a lot of a hype as it is, so I completely trusted I would like them before purchasing. Laguna compliments my skin tone much better than the Elf one, it has a faint shimmer which doesn't show once applied. My favourite thing about both products is the formulation. They're smooth and last all day. Orgasm is the most gorgeous blush too, it definitely suits my paler skin. I can't fault either product and can happily say they are worth the money. I don't see me repurchasing anything else anytime soon.

So the Elf compact isn't quite a dupe for the NARS Duo however, if you're just starting out with make up or looking for something simple, it isn't too bad, especially for the price. In the pan, they look similar but the blush is definitely more pink toned. Both are so easy for travelling in a compact with large mirrors, a feature I really appreciate. Depsite how much more expensive the NARS Duo is, I'm glad I invested because I feel much more confident wearing them.

What do you think? Do you own either one?
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Friday, November 16

The Beauty Closet | New Stock!

We're all fully aware that Christmas is just around the corner (did someone say 6 weeks?!) and I'm getting so excited with most of my presents already bought. It also gives me the perfect excuse to get some lovely new stock in for my shop, The Beauty Closet! Let me introduce to you:

  • Brand new designs of the popular bird tin! Only £4.75 and perfect for earrings, hair bands and bits and bobs. 
  • Layered necklaces available in hearts or start and 6 different colours! 
  • Spike Bracelets which have been seen on celebrities such as Lauren Conrad and Miley Cyrus! 
  • Scarves from only £5 in lots of different designs, great quality and Christmas gift for any woman of any age :)
  • Handheld mirrors only £5 and brand new Sass & Belle oval flower mirror for £18. Honestly can't tell you how pretty these are. 
  • New cute necklaces to add to the selection already available, a deer stag head perfect for Christmas and a little bronze Owl.
  • Finally, Photo Frames from only a fiver too. These make amazing gifts, my Grandma loves getting one each year with a picture of her grandchildren. I love this new one, a square with a heart in it!
What do you think? 
I love hearing your feedback!

Ps. The Beauty Closet has Facebook so you can stay up to date with what's new!

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Wednesday, November 14

Liz Earle Skincare Starter Gift Set

My hot cloth cleanser was coming to end after a year of usage! I popped into John Lewis (I didn't even realise they sold Liz Earle) at the weekend and picked up this "Starter Skincare Gift" which contains 100ml Hot Cloth Cleanser, 30ml Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer and a Muslim Cloth for £17.50. Normally, the cleanser starter kit is £14.25 so this works out really good value for money as I get to trial the skin tonic too. There are a variety of sets available at the moment but I'm not a fan of the moisturiser so this was the most ideal for me. It would be a great gift for someone for Christmas! 

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Tuesday, November 13

New Ugg Boots!

UGG Australia Classic Tall Tan - £160

It was expensive for my bank account last week, first I bought an iPad Mini then these new babies! I've loved UGGs for years and really wanted a new pair for winter. I popped into this little boutique near where I work, to find they were having 20% off for 2 days only! I impulse bought them as I planned to buy them after Christmas anyway and I love them so much. They haven't left my feet in 4 days. Expensive yes, but so worth it.

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Thursday, November 8

iPad Mini: First Impressions

Apple iPad Mini, White 16g Wi-Fi, £269

It is no lie, I absolutely love my new iPad. I come from a family who is literally Apple obsessed. With 4 iPhones, 2 iMacs, 3 Macbooks, 3 iPads, Apple TV and 5 iPods in one house alone, its fair to say we've got enough. My mum has her own businesses and works in the AV industry, so can buy all these things trade price. However, I bought mine from Apple after being on the waiting list, it was really hard to get my hands on one for days! 

Despite my family having two already, I've never really been interested in an iPad before. I always looked at the Kindle Fire and other tablets on the market which are just as good to be fair. The iPad was always a bit bulky and heavy for me. Over the past year, I've done lots of travelling on my own and carrying my laptop is just so inconvenient.  Therefore, when I heard about the release of the Mini, I desperately wanted it.

I justified that I'll be using it for plenty of things. Watching films, reading books,  blogging, editing pictures and videos, access to my website and running it easier, emails, apps for entertainment...the list is endless! The only thing that's annoying is connecting to a Wi-Fi connection, but you can use a 'Personal Hotspot' from your iPhone.

Do I think it's worth it? Yes, but it totally depends on what you'll be using it for. Personally, it makes travelling more convenient. Especially as I switch between staying at home and my boyfriends house during the week too. The size is perfect for me, fits in one hand! You can see in the picture above that it's a lot thinner than the normal iPad, especially around the thickness of the screen. You could say its just a "big iPhone" but its more than that to me. It's fit in my handbag and is the middle ground between my phone and macbook. I'm so glad I got it, I'm going skiing over Christmas and it means I'll be fully entertained, can edit videos with the iMovie app and Skype Rich on Christmas Day. Without carrying my latop!

What do you think?
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Thursday, November 1

NOTD Essie & Barry M Glitter

I've had Essie Ballet Slipper for absolutely ages, but it's so pale on its own that I struggle to wear it! As I'm having my gel nails put back on Saturday, I thought I would paint them and add my new Barry M glitter I haven't used yet in 349 Rose Quartz. I love this look and think it works great for day or night! I'll definitely be doing it more often.

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Wednesday, October 24

John Frieda Frizz-Ease/Luxurious Volume Range

Alongside Aussie, I've always loved John Frieda. They cater for all types of hair and have such an incredible range of products to suit pretty much anyone! Back in July, I blogged about 4 of my favourite products from the 'Frizz-Ease range' which you can read about here. I was recently kindly sent three to try out and see what I thought. To be honest, I knew they wouldn't let me down because John Frieda is a brand I really love and trust. 

Frizz-Ease Shampoo*
I had doubts about this because I'd heard it to be quite drying. I was surprised when it made my hair really smooth and I almost didn't need conditioner! It helped tame the frizz (yes, a product that actually lives up to its claims!) just like all the others from the range. What I love most about this product is the texture. It's quite thick, unlike my Aussie shampoo which is really 'runny' and I can't work it thoroughly through my hair. This is great for really getting the roots. You can see in the image of me brushing my hair how much it tamed the frizz.

Luxurious Volume Conditioner*
I've never tried any products from this range for one reason. I don't aim to get volume in my hair. I've already got very thick hair and its not a style I tend to go for. However, despite this claiming to 'thicken' my hair, I noticed it actually reduced the damage. It left my hair feeling stronger and split ends looking much better! Usually, I have loads of hair malt and fall out in clumps, but for the first time in ages, hardly any hair fell out when I brushed it. I was so surprised and will definitely be investing in the Shampoo to work with this!

To make my hair super sleek and straight, I used a bit of John Frieda 3-day straight, a product I've re-purchased many times before and swear by it! I then decided to try both the Shampoo and Conditioner with my hair curly, and as expected the results were just as good!

Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse*
I'm currently using the 'Frizz-Ease' mousse from John Frieda for my naturally curly hair but didn't think much of it until I tried this. Firstly, it smells amazing! A lot better than the Frizz-Ease one however, the smell does wear off after a few hours. If you use just the right amount, it creates tight curls and like it claims, thickens at the roots. I do admit, it did add volume to my curls once they dried making my hair lovely and bouncy. I love it and will be buying my mum a bottle of her own as she keeps pinching it too!

After being a huge fan of the Frizz-Ease range, I think I'm liking the Luxurious Volume a little bit more. I love the fact it has strengthened my hair, leaving it healthy and happy! The conditioner is wonderful to use and the mousse worked really well for my hair. Highly recommend if yours is like mine. The Frizz-Ease shampoo is okay, I think the Luxurious Volume Shampoo will work better so I'll be purchasing that at the weekend. I'm now really wanting to try more, especially the 'Anytime Volume Refresher'! 

What do you think? Do you like John Frieda products?
You can read more about the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range

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