Thursday, 16 February 2012

Halo Braid

Hey Everyone! 
I've got another quick hair style how to, this time halo braid! I need to point out my horrific roots, they don't look this bad in real life! 

 To start, part hair from ear to ear, using a tail comb. I then put the back half of my hair up out of the way.

 Then, choosing which side you want to start from, begin to french plait across your head. Try to start it as close to your ear as possible, as you want the plait to have 'thickened up' a bit by the time it gets to the top of your head. You might find its easier doing it from one side, I'm guessing it's something to do with being left or right handed!
 Sorry, this photos out of focus, but I was taking these photos quickly before going to work, and it looked fine on the camera screen! I then pin the hair just behind my ear.
I then take the back part of my hair out! Unfortunately this is not a good example, as again I was in a rush, normally my line would be much straighter than this! Luckily I'm tall so nobody at work would've seen this!

The last part I do is optional, I find the back part of my hair can look at a flat and lifeless, so I backcomb the roots at the crown of my head, and put some extensions in.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Kate xxx

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Just in time!

For Valentines day!

I don't actually celebrate Valentines day, not in a bitter I'm single way! Me and my boyfriend both agree, we don't need to be told when to tell each other how we feel, we should do it when we feel it! I hope that kind of makes sense, I guess I'm lucky we both feel the same, so there's never been any awkwardness! 

Having said all that, I thought I'd do a quick Valentines FOTD, I actually wore this look when we went for dinner for my Birthday, but I think its perfect if you are off out tonight! I kept it quite light and neutral, but quite pretty looking. Thelight in the photos isn't great, but I think everyone in the UK is experiencing this!  

Here's the look!

Serious face!!!

Face products 
Elf Flawless Finish Foundation in Buff
Collection 2000, Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium ( the writing has rubbed off!)
Bourjois Bronzing Powder in shade 51
Collection 2000 Shimmer shades in Blushalicious
 Eye Products
ELF Eyelid primer in Champagne
No7 Amazing Eyes Pencil in brown
ELF Wet Gloss lash and brow clear mascara
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara in Black
Collection 2000, Smokey eyes, I used the light pink colour, and the dark brown colour ( I forgot to take a photo of that bit!)
 And finally my lipstick is Rimmel, moisture renew lipstick in soft coral. 

Hope you enjoyed the look, and have a fabulous Valentine's day whatever you're doing! 

Kate xxx

Second Award!

I've got my second blog award! A huge thank you to Natalie at and Jordan at for nominating me for this award! I literally get so excited over every comment I receive, so to get awards is amazing!

Link back the person who awarded you
Answer the award questions
Share something about yourself that you have never shared on your blog before
Award other blogs

What is your go to make up product?
I change this all the time, I'm so indecisive, but right now Soap and Glory's Thick and Fast mascara. I got this free with this months Elle, and I love it, it's probably one of the best mascaras I've ever had!

What is your favourite trends of 2012?
Looking towards summer, I'm loving the pastel colours. Particularly the mint green, I don't really wear this colour, so looking forward to trying something new!
What is your favourite colour?

What's the last song you listened to?
I'm currently listening to Rihanna's talk that talk album.

Cats or Dogs?

What's you middle name?

Sharing is caring....  
I've got GERD, which stands for Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Its where my stomach acid burns away at my oesophagus lining, , and the lining is replaced by scar tissue. A major symptom is heartburn, but I also get nausea, sickness, and trouble swallowing. I have to really make sure I take care of my teeth, as the acid sickness damages the enamel. Luckily I got diagnosed with this, so get prescribed tablets, and prevent it by eating little often, avoiding rich fatty foods, and sleeping on my left side. I've got no idea why sleeping on the left helps, I read it in a journal.!

Now for the tagging!
Megan- Elizabeth at
Jen at

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Cleaning Your Brushes!

This is something I'm rubbish at remembering to do. I think I don't have the time, or I think they'll be ok. But really, my make up brushes are breeding bacteria fast. And it's pretty disgusting. I've finally got around to cleaning them, and thought I'd share how I do it! 

Firstly, here's some of my dirty brushes. These are either ELF or No7. 


Dampen the brushes using luke warm water. Sometimes, they're so bad you can see the grime coming off straight away! Nice! 

I use normal shampoo, I know you can buy brush cleaner, but it's expensive, esspecially when my brushes are ELF and cost £1.50. You can also use baby shampoo, this is supposed to be kinder to the hair of the brush. 

I then massage the shampoo into the brush, you can see my dirty hand from the brush in this photo! I'm always surprized by the amount of grime that comes out. 

Then rinse with luke warm water. I love this photo, my brush looks so clean! I took these photos a week ago, so they're dirty again now! 

Finally, I reshape my brushes, and put them on my radiator to dry out naturally. I love how you can see old wallpaper behind my radiator in this photo!

The next morning my brushes are dry and clean, ready for me to make them dirty again. I really should do this more often, but most of my brushes are dark, so I don't realise they're so bad!  

Have you got any tips on keeping brushes clean and germ free??

In other news, I've been pulled in by an advert and brought the new two step skincare range from No7. I've got combination skin, so brought the foaming cleanser, and day moisturizer for normal/ oily skin. Anyone else tried this yet? 


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Birthday outfits!

Hey Everyone!

It was my Birthday at the weekend, I'm 25, and feeling old!!

 This balloon is what my lovely friend decided i had to have tied to my chair whilst we ate lunch in a posh restaurant. But she also brought cake, so I let her off! 

I thought I'd share a couple of the outfits I wore over the weekend. I'm on antibiotics, so decided to boycott the usual drunken trip into town, for a meal with my boyfriend on the Friday night, followed by a nice lunch with my friends on Saturday.

 I'm sorry these outfits aren't on me, I'm trying to do a no make up day, as my skin is looking awful! This top is a really pretty lace top, with a beaded peter pan collar, from.... MARKS AND SPENCER. My Mum got me it for Christmas, and I still can't believe its M&S! I wore a nude vest top underneath, with my New Look blue jeans, and New Look Loafers. I live in these loafers, and they were £15, compared to Topshops £25! 

 Because the collar is so detailed, I chose to wear big earrings, and a bangle from Accessorize, and a big ring from Topshop ( I think, its really old!)
 For lunch with my friends, I went with this navy blue dress from River Island. As you can tell, I love peter pan collars, and lace! I had to wear this with thick black tights, as it started snowing! I normally love snow, but on my birthday, it seems to ruin plans, thankfully all my friends made it though! I'm also sorry this dress is so screwed up, I was a bit disgusting a took it out of my washing pile to take a photo of!
Again, because of the detailed neckline, I just wore some big earrings. These are really old, I think they were from Miss Selfridge, they're also super heavy, so I can only wear them for a few hours!

Hope you've all had a good week, I'd love to say I can't wait for the weekend, but unfortunately, I'll be working! 


First Award!

I'm so late with posting this, but better late than never!!!

I'd like to say I've just been given my first award, but it was over a week ago. I've been a bit slack because it's been my birthday, and work has been stupidly busy. Anyway back to the award, I was given it by the lovely Rebecca at Rebecca's blog is new like mine, but she's much more up together with her posts, and I love them! Especially her most recent post on confidence, I think a lot of people will relate to it.

The Liebster Blog award is for your favourite bloggers with less than 200 followers. I think its a brilliant way of introducing new readers to new blogs! 

So a HUGE thanks to Rebecca, and here's a few blogs I think deserve the award!

Jenny at Beauty on a Budget,

Jen at JenElizLouise,

Jordan at Boho Vanity

I hope you check out these blogs, they're definitly worth a look!



Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Cupcake Review

If only this was a real cupcake! 

Lush's cupcake face mask is recommended for teenage use, although I'm not a teenager, I do have greasy skin, and breakouts. When I was a teenager, I didn't have either of these, so you can imagine how annoying it is to suddenly develop it at 24! Cupcake claims to remove excess oil whilst calming and soothing the skin, and as all Lush products it contains no nasty preservatives or harsh chemicals.

From the photo, you can just about see that it is a chocolatey brown colour, quite thick in consistency, and, if only you could smell through a screen, it smells like you could eat it! It's more mint chocolate, than cupcake, but I'm thinking maybe the term cupcake is more appealing. 

As most face masks, you apply it to clean skin, leave for five - ten minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Due to the thickness it's very easy to apply, without making too much mess, something that I think teens/ first time users would benefit hugely from. I left mine on for slightly more than ten minutes, before washing it off, and it wasn't easy to take off. Maybe if I had paid attention to the time limit it would've been easier! I ended up with brown mess all down myself. I'd definitely recommend taking it off with damp cotton wool pads instead.

After eventually removing it, and moisturising my skin as normal, I did notice that my occasionally dry cheeks were a lot softer, and although my nose was still greasy, it wasn't as bad. I can't say it did anything for my breakouts though, and my scars from previous spots, looked worse ( although this has happened with other facemasks too).

The mask cost £5.75, for 75g I got 5 uses out of this. I won't be repurchasing this facemask, as I don't think it was quite right for my skin type, no matter how much I love the smell!

If you're not sure on Lush facemasks, but you are a regular Lush shopper, you can always try this or any other facemask, for free by taking back 5 empty Lush product pots.

Have you tried any Lush facemaks you can recommend?

Kate xxx