Sunday, 16 July 2017

Make up storage & how I keep it clean

Howdy,

I am pretty minimalistic when it comes to my make up, like I am with my clothes, I only buy what I know I will love, use and enjoy.

Here is a picture of how I keep my makeup and you can see the things I reach for and use daily, I keep everything to hand. If something is hidden in a dark drawer I know I am going to forget about it and not use it as much. I see pictures and videos online about people washing their brushes, but do you ever see people cleaning their make up storage??? Dust and dirt gets everywhere and when applying things to your face you want to keep the area as clean as possible.

Here are the steps I take to clean my make up storage trays and it takes just 5-10 minutes to do.

A bowl of soapy warm water, cotton buds and an old but clean tea towel.

I love these cotton buds from Primark, they are excellent to help clean make up smudges. One end of the bud is rounded like a paddle and the other end comes to a point. Perfect if you have any under eye mistakes or if your mascara smudges.








Pointed bud perfect to reach all of the corners.

















When its clean I rinse it under the tap to wash away the bubbles, dry as best as you can using a micro fibre tea towel and leave upside down to dry completely.

















Here is the set of three large drawers, they all slide completely out making them easy to clean. Also very handy when looking at your products.
















Each drawer is quite deep and can hold many items.

















Always let them sit upside down to make sure they are fully dry before putting them back together and adding your products.














I got both of these storage pieces from John Lewis and they still look good as new many years on. I have just checked my shopping history of them and I have had these for 3 years, I have no complaints at all. The drawers are sturdy and look very well made, you even have tiny clear rubber feet to stop it from sliding around. By having clear drawers you can easily see all of the items you own and its a great way of making sure you are using everything. It also looks neat and tidy, which I love.

How do you store your make up? Come over to my IG kara1818, say hey and see more of my make up, including brushes and skincare.

Thanks for reading
Kara xx







Sunday, 2 July 2017

Costume Jewellery that has stood the test of time

Howdy,

I love jewellery, there is not an outfit you can put on where a piece of jewellery doesn't make it look better. My favourite colour of jewellery is white gold, or platinum if the husband wishes to buy me something in Platinum (cheesy grin). I find that the silver/white gold always suited my skin colouring better so I think 95% of everything I own is in that colour.

As with most things I tend to buy or receive as a present, I want to keep forever. I think that is why I am so picky with my purchases and I have to truly love something to buy it. I have a shirt I got from Primark, it is absolutely amazing and is one of my favourite pieces I own. (I even queued up in the Primark on Oxford Street to try on a few sizes to find the fit I liked most, anyone who has seen that queue knows you can loose at least 20-30 minutes in it). If you buy cheap, treat it like it's luxury, it's the best way to prolong the life of a cheap item, and always wash the items in a mesh bag.

Oooo I may have a moved away from the main topic of this post, I think that's my arse-about-face way of saying when I buy something I want it to remain in as best possible state for as long as possible. You don't always have to spend a lot to have nice looking pieces.

Here are 4 costume jewellery pieces that I have had for many many years and I believe still look in pretty good condition. Please note I have had these pieces for years and some I am not sure on the design name or price, I will leave links to the websites of each company for you. You may find something you like for yourself. 

Fossil

 


This is a silver and pink enamel bangle and of all of my costume jewellery pieces I own this one has worn the best of them all. I got this on sale and paid around $30 for it which I know isn't cheap but my husband said that looks good on you, so I got it (did you see the lack of will power I had?). I think originally it was around $70 which really is a lot of money for a piece of "steel" jewellery. It does not show a single sign of tarnishing in anyway. It still looks great, no stones have fallen out and the pink enamel is perfect. What ever the coating used to protect the bracelet has done its job perfectly.
Although I purchased this in the US, we do have many Fossil shops here in England and they are also found at outlet villages too. I don't know if I would want to go spending the likes of £50 on a piece as again it isn't a precious metal but it really has lasted well. So let's just say if the price was right and I wouldn't think twice about buying from Fossil again.

BCBG

 

I purchased this bracelet just because I liked what it said and it was about $8 in Macy's. You can't beat a good bangle, they are so comfortable to wear. Right now this bracelet show signs of wear in every corner, it isn't too much, though, that I would stop wearing it. It will only get worse and I guess one day will end up in the bin. For the 8 bucks I paid I don't feel ripped off and will carry on wearing it for a bit longer. I would not go back and buy more as their items full price are a little pricey. We also only have four shops in the UK which makes seeing the items in person pretty hard if you don't live in or near a major city. But you can purchase things online and have them delivered to you, least you know there will be no horrible customs charges etc. I avoid that like the plague!

HRH Collection

 

This was my first ever piece of HRH Collection jewellery and I still love it now so much, it is a piece that will get you compliments just because in person this pieces sparkle and shine like no other and you can't help but notice it. I find that they dress up any outfit, pop this on with jeans and a basic t and you are good to go. These pieces are not the cheapest around but that is because you are getting Swarovski crystals that are quite often rare and vintage. Alex (owner of HRH Collection) has never had this stone back in stock in all the years I have had it, so I am very pleased I picked it up when I did. I also have other that comes from the 40's. It is stunning. The only signs of wear I have are on the lobster clasp itself, this is pretty much hidden as it sits under my wrist and isn't on show. I would say these pieces are good if you want to have something a little different, I always like to be different and love things that are not found everywhere or are the height of fashion.

Dorothy Perkins 

 

This necklace I think I paid about £4 in the sale, it is the only long necklace I own and I love it. It is one of those necklaces where you find yourself playing with it. It works perfectly to jazz up any basic t a treat, I've even worn it on nights out to give a bit of sparkle to an outfit. Although this is being featured as standing the test of time, I would not personally go buying the ring or earrings from this shop as I really don't think they will last, actually I know they wont last. In my younger days where I liked quick fashion I have bought pieces and they have all ended up in the bin. Not sure why this has lasted so well, maybe because its not worn daily or because I have stored it well in a jewellery box. It shows barely any tarnish marks which are only visible if you hold it under your nose, I will continue to wear this and see if I can get another 5 years out of it.  £4 well spent I'd say.

A few tips to help prolong the life of your pieces:
  1. Do not shower in them or get them wet.
  2. Do not spray perfume over them, or place on a neck or wrist that has had perfume on sprayed on.
  3. Store in a closed jewellery box out of sunlight.
  4. I avoid layering the jewellery, if the item is a poor quality metal, rubbing together will just make then tarnish and look older much quicker. 
  5. Do not sleep in them.
Hope this was helpful in someway if you are thinking of buying any costume jewellery or if you just want to make your jewellery last as long as possible.

Thanks for reading
Kara xx



















Thursday, 22 June 2017

My first experience at Rush hair salon

Howdy,

It feels like I have always been on a quest to find a hairdresser who can do me fabulous curls, I'm not expecting to come out with a mane as fabulous as Beyoncé but to just have wonderful curls that do not go fluffy! My hair is quite fine and curly, it is not knotty or hard to handle. When washed and left it feels like hair of a child as it is just so soft. So now you have an idea of the type of hair I have, lets move on to my first experience!

I popped into the shop and asked to make an appointment, the lady on reception was polite and professional and got me an appointment for the next day. I turn up to my appointment the next day another lady on the front desk this time showed me to my seat and asked if I would like a drink, again super polite and professional.

My appointment was due to start at 4 and my hair dresser came over just before ten past, ten minutes who cares. I had a drink and was offered a magazine etc, I am fine with that.

My hair dresser came over, shook my hand and introduced herself to me and asked what I would like today, so I said I was after getting a wash, cut and I would like my hair styled with some product so that I can go home without my hair being a fluffy mess (I cannot go with out product on my hair). I said my hair is like that of a child and I worry that I will end up a fluffy mess. I also said I do not use oils and serums as my hair is so fine it weighs it down and I don't benefit from using them. As long as I don't go home fluffy I am happy to leave the products up to you? After this discussion it was over to the sink to have my hair washed.


The hair washing was just a basic shampoo twice and then condition, no massage or comb through with the conditioner, it was just rubbed in and off pretty quickly. Not sure of the products but they smelled lovely.

Back to my chair to have my hair cut and there wasn't much conversation, I spoke a few times but it didn't go anywhere. My hair dresser said she was going to place some leave-in conditioner cream in my hair as this would keep my curls from going fluffy and by using the heat ring instead of a dryer it would work well together. I have never used this product before so trusted what she said, when my hair was dry I was asked how did I feel my curls looked I said very nice as they did, she said ok you are done then. I asked do I not need anything else on my hair, spray etc as it doesn't feel like it would last in the wind. I was assured then that the conditioner was enough and was also told that a little serum was added too (I did not know that and had asked for no serums or oils to be used, too late now though).

I then went off to pay, after paying I went back to my car to go home which is just a couple of miles away. I looked like the picture below when I got home! I would never leave the house with fluffy hair, I find it very embarrassing and child-like. I will for sure be washing my hair soon, I can feel the oily product in my hair, its looks dull and slightly greasy. Also I will need to apply some product to it before leaving the house again, if I don't wash it soon.

Not sure if it is the type of gowns used but I have come home to lots of hair over myself, I don't usually have that problem, I feel a bit itchy so will have to take this top off and shake it outside.




Overall, my experience of the ladies on reception is great, they were polite, professional and very welcoming. My hair dresser did listen to my needs but I guess thought she might know best when still adding in the serum etc.

I feel like I have just had a basic shampoo and cut,  I will not be returning to pay £55 for this service.

I am sorry Rush it is a big thumbs down from me!

Thanks for reading

Kara xx 
































Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Eye Shadow Primer, Urban Decay V Nars

Howdy,

If you do not use an eye shadow primer then WHAT are you doing? As the average person blinks between 15-20 times a minute how on earth do you keep that colour vibrant, in place and most of all not creasing and basically being blinked away. Anyway enough of me moaning at you *rolls eyes* ok, now I'm done! ;-)

Here are two eye shadow primers that are really good and will give you long lasting vibrant eyeshadows. They wont budge or crease, even if you are using a cream eye shadow, powder or liner. They will bring even the most basic £2 shadow to life.

Urban Decay, £17 for 10ml of product. 

This is going to last you for such a long time, so don't be put of by the fact there isn't a lot of product. You seriously just use a tiny amount each time. 
It has a 6 month shelf life, if you are unsure how to find out the life of a product just look for the little round tub with the lid off it, it with contain a number like 6 or 9 it stands for how many months your product is good for.
This product blends into your eye lid and does not give off any colour, I personally prefer one without colour. I don't have any redness/veins showing on my lids so no need for a base colour, it soaks down into almost nothing, you do not feel like you have a product on your lids. I can go all day and night without my eye shadow creasing!
I find that sometimes you can get a small amount of watery liquid come out first which is really annoying. I do keep my products out of the sun, so not sure why this happens! As the tube is air tight you can't really mix up the product by squeezing it and if you tried to do it whilst the lid was off you would end up making a mess. The latest versions of the primer come with a doe foot applicator which will be much better, as the product will mix up every time you use it and it is easier to distribute the primer as you can apply the exact amount you need.






Nars, £19.50 for 8g of product.


It has a 12 month shelf life and you get less in the tube compared to Urban Decay. I do like the doe foot applicator, it makes it much easier to apply a little to your eye lid then blend in with your ring finger. You get much more control of the of the amount you are using too, making it easier not to waste any product. This products also drys down to nothing on the eye lid no colour and pigment left, I find this one to be just slightly less shiny in texture when applying to the lid. It gives a slightly more matte effect on the lid before applying your eyeshadow. I don't have oily eye lips myself but I have heard if you do this is one of the best to combat that and to stop oil breaking down your shadows.


So after me saying I do love them both, which I honestly do, which one do I prefer????

Well...... I prefer the Nars. For the fact in dries down to a matte finish and basically disappears completely on my lids. You are left with no trace of a product on your eye and are set for pencil or shadow to be added. As I said earlier this is great for oily eyelids which I don't have but I have been using it during our last "heat wave" or should be call it our English summer lol temp got up to 28oC and I spent the day outside and it worked a treat. No sign of a crease or smudge at all, even though my face was glowing (sweating) in the heat.

Urban Decay can be found at most Debenhams stores now or online here If you are in London, I love the the shop just off Covent it carries a large selection of their products and always have friendly staff to help. The flagship store which will offer the most selection of products is down Carnaby street.

Nars can be found to look at over the counter at places like Selfirdges or John Lewis or their own shop which again is just off Covent Garden about 2-3 doors down from the Urban Decay store. For their full selection it can be purchased online

Does anyone recommend any other primers? preferably not in a pot, I'm not into MAC's paint pots that have been a massive hype for the last 8 or even more years. I don't like the thought of sticking my finger into a pot! brrrr shudders lol

Thanks for reading
Kara xx















































Sunday, 11 June 2017

Byredo Gypsy Water

Howdy,

Now this perfume I had on my wish list, it is very different to my usual BAM that's Chanel eau fraiche. You can spot that straight away, it is very popular and a lot of people have it or at least recognise the smell. I tried Gypsy Water on my bare skin a few months ago and loved it, it is always a good idea to try a perfume out on your naked skin first see how it works with your body chemistry. I work with someone who wears Chanel No.5 and it smells amazing on her, I put it on and it smells like cat pee :-/

I have the 100ml bottle, which is not cheap but when the 50ml bottle isn't far behind in price, it is worth paying a little extra and getting twice the amount. I must have mentioned this perfume quite a lot, as my husband surprised me with it for my birthday, Thanks Chippy xxx (don't ask about the name lol)

I really do like the very clean and none fancy packaging, the box is sturdy and with the infamous B logo on the top. Inside your perfume is presented to you with a small note in an envelope about the history of Byredo. I am sure if you took out the centre of this box you could easily reuse it to store small things in. I would say keep the box for travel but this 100ml bottle is not one you would travel with, it is just too big and heavy. It looks great on my vanity though! I have said before in many posts how I am a sucker for packaging and it's usually something fancy and shiny, but with this packaging I think the fact it is just so clean looking and not in your face at all, is why I love it. Plain is sometimes good.

I really do recommend Byredo as a brand and remember, don't take a perfume at first sniff, everything smells different on the skin compared to how it smells in the bottle and right after spraying. This perfume is unlike any I have had before and I am loving it, I sprayed some before writing this post. It is in no way heavy, floral or in your face smelling, I am loving it and I won't try and describe it to you cause I have no idea how to. Click this link if you are interested and what to read the notes in this perfume.

If you are in London go in Selfidges or Liberties and have a little sniff. Never know you might find a scent you love and suits you. I said in my wish list I love that this fragrance as is not available everywhere, you cant just jump into boots and purchase it. A lot of my friends on IG have a perfume by this brand and know all about it, but my friends in real life (like IG is make believe, maybe it is a joke to some lol) haven't heard about this brand. So its good to know I will smell different when I am out with them.

Thanks for reading
Kara xx












Wednesday, 7 June 2017

It's all just a bit werid!

Howdy,

There really is no reason behind this blog post, so why carry on reading you may think? Well its just a bit of an update if you like to know more then keep reading...

I haven't posted on here in a couple of weeks, not sure why to be honest. I've had the in laws stay for a while, then I took a trip away to see my family and I guess it was just a little break from social media. I think we could all do that once in a while! I do have a couple of posts that I will finalise and will go live in a few days and have some exciting ideas of what I'd like to blog about next!

I think with having some time away and with all the awful things happening recently with two attacks in London and one in Manchester you feel a bit, meh about life! Part of you thinks be grateful it wasn't you or anyone you know and then you think well it could happen again so you never really know how safe you are. My thoughts really do go out to those effected. Also found out today that a person I follow in Instgram, same age as me has died. Awful car crash, so shocked, RIP Jo.

Another crappy thing in life right now is loosing my job I guess you could call it that! nothing I had done wrong may I add lol I'm guessing its just my time to change roles and move on! Move on to what though? I have soo much nursing experience I feel companies look at me and think shes not suited for this role at all! As long as I get to work with people that would be ideal for me, I really crave job satisfaction. I love coming home knowing I have done my best and helped someone out for the good.

We shall see what happens, I have a new shiny updated CV (thanks to the husband for helping me), hopefully someone will find the good in me and hire me. I find make up and skincare so interesting, I am playing with it or using it everyday. But who would take on someone in their 30's with no experience, hmm not many. but saying that must stay positive and you never know what could happen, I will get back on track with my blog and carry on posting all the things I love and enjoy.

In terms of home life, it's all good, I am very lucky there. More work starting on the house soon which will be messy but fun. With this house I feel we were in the right place at the right time, we ended up buying a 3/4 bedroom fully detatched house with a large garden. I just love it here so much, really felt right getting this house. I have also just had the all clear for 6 months from my specialist. YAY, hopefully now I can stay away from needles for at least those 6 months please.

Thanks for reading and if you have got this far well done you! I'm not normally one to post personal things but thought why not!

Thinking more about it, I would love to be able to work more in social media too. I use it everyday why not work and get paid to do it, if you can. I will just continue to blog as I love it and see what happens. Everything happens for a reason, right? I wonder what is next in life for me? What ever it is I am ready for you, come get me now.

Bye for now
Kara xx















Sunday, 21 May 2017

La Dauphine Bracelets by HRH Collection

Howdy,

 La Dauphine bracelet in the colour Who's the fairest

 
Here is my La Dauphine Swarovski crystal bracelet. Pictures do not do this beautiful bracelet justice, it is hand made by Alex of HRH collection. Alex is known for her YouTube channel plus running her own business full time.

I have never seen anything like this, it reflects the light and just sparkles away. It is a rare and vintage stone, I'm not sure of the year though.  I love that it’s not widely available making it unlikely I’m going to bump into someone with the same. That is the beauty of buying from this collection and that they are made in the US.

The chain feels like a good quality metal, it is not sterling silver but still looks great next to my silver and white gold bracelets. It has a good weight to it  and is comfortable to wear, the stone always remains upright on my wrist.



I have really enjoyed this bracelet and you do catch people having a glance at it, it last happened whilst on the tube in London.

I have had this bracelet for a few years now, I still love and do wear it. I am not usually one to go for costume jewellery but this collection is different, my wrist is not going to turn green and the stones used are honestly so pretty.

To understand just how pretty they really are you need to see these bracelets in real life. They change colour with the light. Even my husband was impressed with them and he is not into jewellery like I am at all. The other thing that sets these bracelets apart from your usual costume jewellery is the fact that they are made with Swarovski crystals. Some very rare and vintage.


La Dauphine bracelet in the colour Acid Zelda

Well... I purchased another one, here is bracelet No.2, this bracelet is called HRH Acid Zelda and this one changes colours more than the last. In some lights it looks purple and then blue, then you see red, it honestly is a mixture of many colours. This is what I love about them, they are comfortable to wear,  no need to be careful with it either. It is a sturdy little bracelet, I wouldn't go wearing it in the shower but normal everyday wear is fine, I've never had a problem with them. One thing I do avoid is spraying perfume on them, just because of the chemicals found in perfume can tarnish jewellery.




This bracelet is from the 1940's and you really need to see it in person to see how the colour changes all the time. I can't wait to wear this, it will sparkle so much in the sun (if it wants to come out anytime soon).

If you are into crystal jewellery, leather bracelets, long necklaces or chokers then go check out the range Alex has. She makes everything to order so you have to wait  a couple of weeks to receive it, which is fine by me.  By having everything made to order it also give you the chance to change anything if you need to. Some people might want an item made larger or smaller. You can have it made to suit you. Also she ships world wide YAY, I did have my order shipped to a friend's house in the US to save on postage and I could track it the whole way.

Alex has also just launched a new line called Privé, if you if you are into rings, maybe check them out too. I am really happy with the pieces I have and will continue to enjoy them. If you fancy a look at what Alex makes then click here and don't blame me if you make a purchase. I follow her online and love looking at her new pieces but she's right, until you have it in front of you you will never know how truly pretty and colourful the jewellery is.

Does anyone else wear decent costume jewellery? I mean the kind that lasts not a £4 bracelet from Topshop! I'd love to know where you buy it from.

Thanks for reading
Kara xx