Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Top 5 Christmas Sets - £25 and under

Christmas gift sets are one of my favourite things. You get to try lots for not a lot.
These five that i have picked out were my favourite from the lower end of the price range when trawling through the Selfridges website (which currently has 10% off beauty).

  Nails Inc - Autumn/Winter Collection - £22

Set contains:
Sloane Gardens - unique navy glitter
Chester Street - unique pearl
Bruton Mews - deep forest green
Richmond Terrace - deep forest plum
Jerymn Street - classic taupe
Chelsea Bridge Road - tomato red

  Clarins all about lips Collection - £18

This is a steal at this price for anyone a little Clarins crazy like me.
Includes: Colour Quench Lip Balm 02 Peach Nectar 7ml
Gloss Prodige 04 Candy 2.5ml
Rouge Eclat 13 Woodrose 1.5g
Instant Light Natural Lip perfector 01 Rose Shimmer 5ml
complimentary make-up bag

  Neom Thee Nights of Peace Collection - £10


  • Complete Bliss Bath Oil 5ml
  • Real Luxury Bath Oil 5ml
  • Tranquillity Bath Oil 5ml

  • Clinique Black Honey Beauty Set - £25


  • Almost Lipstick in Black Honey 1.9g

  • Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss, 7ml

  • A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in Black Honey, 5ml

  • High Impact Mascara in Black, 3.5ml


     Origins Ornament Christmas Bauble - £12

    The bauble comes in two colours but both contain the same products and are dispatched randomly.

    • Plantscription™ Serum 7ml
    • Drink Up™ Intensive Mask 7ml
    • GinZing™ Eye Cream 5ml
    • Modern Friction™ 5ml
    • Make A Difference™ Plus+ Moisturiser 5ml 

    Sunday will have my top 5 Over £25 and for some reason it packed with Laura Mercier.

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    Friday, 18 October 2013

    NOTD #6

    This is a brand new polish of mine (post coming soon about where I got it). Now I know this is not really a traditional seasonal shade for autumn into winter but frankly my dear I don't give a damn. (...can you tell I'm excited that Gone With The Wind is coming back to cinemas?)

    This is Topshop 'AWOL' and it's blue. Not a navy blue or a sky blue or even an aquamarines colour. It's just blue! 
    It's the first Topshop nail polish I have worn and I'm impressed. I have lost my topcoat so had to go without and although it's looking a little less shiny than I'm used to I haven't been seeing chips appearing on any of my nails. I've decided I'll be wearing this well into winter, I'll be trying to out-blue the cold. 

    Lorna xxx

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    Thursday, 17 October 2013

    Todays Makeup #1

    Today my makeup is a little into uncharted territory for me. Usually i have a dark or bright lip but today i decided to go for a nude one. The lipstick is a M.A.C Matte shade in Velvet Teddy and to be honest I'm not completely sold on it. What do you think?


    Lorna xxx

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    Saturday, 5 October 2013

    MAC Viva Glam I. Original and best.

    Please excuse the cat hair in the background of the photos, new kitty Morag really likes the bed :)

    Hello there, do i have a new lipstick love and a half. Ive been wearing this constantly since i got it.

    This is the first ever MAC Viva Glam i have ever bought and it just so happens to be the first ever MAC Viva Glam... and i love it. I'm not into the bright pink that some have been but i do love me a dark lip. This is a wonderfully vampire-y red. Rich and full with a touch of brown to keep it in darker territories.
    "The original VIVA GLAM girl is back! The fabulous RuPaul, first face of VIVA GLAM in 1994, returns with her outspoken burgundy red Lipstick - now also available as a Lipglass. For each sale of MAC Viva Glam Lipstick and Lipglass, the full RRP (less VAT) is paid to MAC Aids Fund (registered UK charity number 1147222) and goes towards helping women, men and kids everywhere affected by HIV and  AIDS. "


    Having seen all the other Viva Glam editions this is definitely my favourite. You just cant beat an original classic.

    Lorna xxx

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    Thursday, 15 August 2013

    Don't feel the burn: Care in the Sun before and after

    Now that I am back and considering I'm going on holiday this month for a week in the sun you may notice this blog take a turn of a decidedly singular nature 'Cause Ive got sun and summer on the brain babyyy. (Creepiness over promise).

    This post will be all about my favourite sun protection and after sun products.
    As much as I listen to Ms Cassey Ho from Blogilaties when she tells me to (try) to enjoy the burn, I only want to feel it under the skin,  not on it.

    I don't burn easily, I tend just to tan, but that doesn't mean I'm taking any chances when it comes to protecting my skin and hair. 
    I rely on an extensive list of products with different spf's and different jobs.  So I am well set for any and all situations/time of day.

    Banana Boat - Kids powder-dri - spf 30
    This is my favourite sun tan lotion for on the beach. It may be for kids but I'm just a big kid so I don't care. Ha.
    It smells just like bananas for a start, and not in a sickly sweet way. Just ah-may-zing.
    The best thing about this though is that it dries instantly like a powder!  Which means you don't have sand getting stuck all over you at the beach. 

    Malibu spf20 dry oil spray
    This is what I use when I'm out and about on holiday. It's easy to use as it sprays like a mist more than a leak like so many spray sun protection. It spreads and rubs in easily without any effort at all. Also it has no chance of white marks with this one. It really does dry as a good dry oil should too.

    Malibu spf8 bronzing tanning oil
    Now this is a controversial one. First let me say this should only be used by people who don't burn and tan very easily. I only ever use this on the areas like my tummy that tan very well and never show any redness, never on my face or shoulders.  I would also not recommend this as your only source of sun protection or for use when out walking on a trip.
    When I do use this (for short periods of time) it gives a lovely golden tan, and my akin never feels dry. 

    Malibu spf15 scalp and hair protector
    This is a lovely non oily spray that I love using. How many of you have burnt the scalp at the parting in your hair? Ouch much? And sun damaged hair is so hard to get back into good condition.  This is an easy to use,  cheap,  no fuss product that does its job well. Sorted.

    For after sun I have two favourites that I switch between depending on how my skin is feeling.

    Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel
    I use this when Ive spent longer in the sun during the day or maybe just on parts of my body that has dried out slightly more during the day. It cools and soothes better than any after sun i have tried before and as its a gel it dies off super quick so no sticky feeling.

    Malibu Moisturising After Sun With Tan Extender
    I use this more in the later stages of the holiday when Ive got a bit more of a good tan going and then continue using it when i get back. It really does help with the tan having a tiny bit of fake tan in it so its basically a very low concentration of gradual moisturiser going on.

    Now these do weigh a lot all together which is why i usually decant some into smaller and lighter bottles, also if its me and Mr BeautyandKittens going on holiday then we would have half in each case so it works out quite well.

    These are now going to bed in my suitcase so ready for my Hen do Holiday. Only 10 days to go :D

    Maybe ill vlog some of it.:p

    Lorna :D
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    Monday, 12 August 2013

    August Clothing '13 Wishlist

    Its August and the tiny bit of summer we had is a far distant memory. This means new season shopping time for me and I've been seeing quite a few things that have been tickling my fancy. 

    The first lot are my absolute LOVES this month and the second lot are just things i really really like.

    Topshop - Satin and Velvet Strap Bralet - £25
    Zara - Leather Ankle boots with straps- £89.99
    Topshop - Petite Long line Leather-look Biker Jacket - £75
    Zara - Chain Clutch bag - £29.99

    Topshop - Light Check Boyfriend Throw on Coat - £75 
    Topshop - MOTO Washed Black Mom Jeans - £40
    Topshop - Bright Fluro Shirt - £38
    Topshop - GESTURE Panelled Hi Court Shoes - £62
    Topshop - Colourblock Bowler Bag - £35

    ...So I'm liking my Topshop this month it seems.

    No way ill be affording all of these (or any :p) but a girl can dream eh?

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    Wednesday, 7 August 2013

    July Favourites

    Now hello there,i know I've said i was back before but i now actually am. With a post to prove it and everything. I'm going to do a wee post on why I've been absent in the next few weeks but until then here's my July favourites! :D


    Now not too many this month and a few unexpected ones maybe but these have been saving my life in the clammy heat.

     Rimmel Match Perfection Cream Gel
    I love this foundation in the heat. As a gel texture it feels so cooling in my skin and glides on lovely. It feels very thick when you first feel it but it feels like water on your skin and i feel like theres nothing on my skin. That being said it gives a good medium coverage and lasts a good 5 hours without needing a single touch up (or a wipe down with the ol' blotting papers). 
    I tend to buy this from Watt Brothers so it only costs me £3.99.

    Caudalie Grape Water
    This is the BEAST of all water spray i have ever came across. It is an actual light mist! So you don't feel like your facing into a downpour in the rain. It freshens and refreshes to well without messing your makeup up.
    I got it from Feel Unique here.


    Ben Nye Luxury Powder - Banana
    This was new to me this month, and i am hooked! I need powder on my face everyday because of how oily my skin is but i hate the look and feel of it. This is like nothing else. You could slap half the tub on your face and it wouldn't look cakey at all. It smooths and evens and stops oil very well. This tub was £7.50 but there is SO much in it that it will last years! 


     Percy & Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish
    This has been keeping my dry and frizzy hair tame looking even if it actually isn't. What i really like about this though is that its completely non sticky unlike so many other hair smoother's. It smells lovely too.

    Lee Stafford (I hate my hair the day its washed) Solution Spray
    I wasn't sceptical when i bought this but got it anyway as it was £1.99 in a discount store and I.AM.SO.GLAD! It really is amazing, my hair isn't fluffy and untamable. Instead i have lovely sleek and manageable tresses which i can actually work with. The prince would defo be able to climb up it to the highest tower to rescue me with this baby.
    It also smells freakin amazing, its the typical Lee Stafford scent but i love it, as words cant describe.

    Lastly we have my lovely new notebook. I got it in TKMaxx for a bargain £3.99. Its distressed soft leather with aged style paper with wrap around ties to keep it all tidy. I absolutely love it!

    So sorry i have been away so long but i promise that's me back. Pinky Promise.

    Lorna xxx

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    Thursday, 25 April 2013

    My Wheres Wally Moment...

    Soon! Soon I will return to you. I have been having a really hard time recently and needed a break from blogging. But i should be back next week with one hell of an epic haul. Retail therapy right?

    Love you all

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    Sunday, 17 March 2013

    Step into my Wardrobe #1

    This is the first outfit of the day post i have done and ill be keeping it short and sweet.

    This dress is my new favourite. It was £10 from Primark. The 6 fits me perfectly.
    My tights are also primark and are the £3.50 fleece lined ones.
    My wee boots that you can barely see are from New Look and are my faves as well.

    Apologies for the terrible photos my fiance manages to take, this was honestly the best of a very bad bunch. He also neglected to tell me my hair was doing that weird sticky out thing at the side.

    Lorna xxx

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    Saturday, 16 March 2013

    DaintyDoll Blushes

    Firstly may i say. Epic post alert. alert. alert.

    You may have saw in my last haul post that i got a fair amount of DaintyDoll blushers. I have been really impressed with these blushes so here is a whole post dedicated to them. I was only going to get one originally but they were only £1.99 at FragranceDirect! When they should cost £13.50.

    First lets just get one thing straight. I may have pale skin but I'm really not in Nicola Roberts territory. I'm a comfortable Mac NC 20-22 and i tan realllllly well when in the sun. (odd for a Scottish lass). This said these still so well for me, very wearable. 

    I got three cream blushes and two powder blushes.

    Three Cream With Normal Light Top - 02 Orange County Girl
    Left - 03 Billion Dollar Babies
    Right - 01 Paper Roses

    Three Cream with good flash
    Top - 02 Orange County Girl
    Left - 03 Billion Dollar Babies
    Right - 01 Paper Roses
    Powder Blushes
    01-Hippy Shake and 04-You are my Sunshine

    How pretty are there colours:D:D:D I really love them.
    Cream in daylight
     01-Paper Roses, 02-Orange County Girl, 03-Billion Dollar Babies

    Paper Roses is a lovely baby pink with no shimmer
    Orange county Girl is a peachy coral with a faint shimmer
    Billion Dollar Babies is a slightly mauve muted brown. A really pretty nude.
    Cream in normal inside light
    01-Paper Roses, 02-Orange County Girl, 03-Billion Dollar Babies

    Cream with flash
    01-Paper Roses, 02-Orange County Girl, 03-Billion Dollar Babies
    With the flash these definitely take on a more pastel shade. I definitely had to swatch these very heavily for these photos. When applied with my real techniques stippling brush these actually apply very subtly, but not too subtly. 

    Powder with Flash
    01-Hippy Shake and 04-You are my Sunshine

    Hippy shake is a very pale lilac/pink that i use as a highlight
    You are my sunshine is very similar to Orange County Girl but a little less coral. 

    You can see from below that there is quite a difference in shade with and without flash in the powder once compared to the cream.
    Powder in normal light
    01-Hippy Shake and 04-You are my Sunshine

    These blushes are all very pigmented, especially the cream ones. When applying to my cheeks i use my Real techniques Stippling brush for the cream ones and my Crown contour brush for the powder ones. My standard for blush. These brushes really only need to be dabbed into the pot lightly to get started. These can all be built up easily though depending on your preference. 
    I found when using the powder ones that there was exceptionally little fall out which is great as i store my makeup a bit haphazard and fallout equals mess.
    The cream ones are not the easiest i have to blend, im just spoiled with my love of Stila convertible colours, but they don't cause any problems if you take your time and have good brushes.
    The powder ones lasted a good 4 hours before needing reapplied on my oily skin which just burns through makeup, not a bad time and the cream ones lasted a really good 6 hours.

    To be honest my only criticism about these is not even really mine, I don't understand how these colours would work for very pale people i would think they would be much to strong, but what do i know eh?