Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it – A Makeup Storage Post

Quote by Confucius.
PICTURE HEAVY POST.
A couple of days ago on Twitter, I asked if makeup storage posts were too common, or whether people found them interesting. I only received one reply, however, the person who replied urged me to go for it – so here we are.
So here goes….
I find that a lot of the makeup I use regularly is either in my makeup bag or rattling around the bottom of my handbag, & that in fact, the stuff that is actually stored away is either the stuff I haven’t got round to using yet, or stuff I forgot existed. Bad, I know. Luckily, whilst preparing this post, I found some brilliant products which I’d forgotten all about and will be using them frequently in the coming weeks.



This gorgeous box holds a lot of makeup that I gained in my 21st birthday present haul. The box originally held the Kelly Brook Couture hatbox collection of bath products, however I soon shifted those off to the bathroom so I could use this for storage.



I’m a sucker for a pretty box. Others store their makeup in all manners of ways – pen pots, storing their brushes in jam jars – but give me something in a pretty box, & I’m hooked.
This is another gorgeous box which holds some of my makeup. This was from a FCUK bath set that my then-manager gave to me for my 21st. Again, the bath products went to their rightful place & I used the box once again for storage.
Some of you may be expecting fancy ways of storing my makeup, but this is my own special way, and I haven’t got tonnes of room to store it in a fancy way. Pretty boxes do the job just as well, don’t you think?



This is possibly my favourite box. Although I am not a floral fan, this just seems SO pretty, I had to use it.



Excuse the mess…this is what I mean when I say I discovered these products again – no filing away eyeshadows and lipsticks and palettes into different sections for me, oh no. Once we’ve moved out (in a couple of weeks, yikes!), then I shall have more space and be able to more organised with my storage. However, atm I like being able to find ‘treasures’ again that I forgot I had!!
You may remember at the top of the post I mentioned I had found some products again & would be using them in the upcoming weeks. Would you like to see reviews of any of the products below? Let me know.

Champneys collection lipgloss & Vitamiracle rejuvenating hand and nail cream – A present to myself at Christmas from the Sainsburys 3 for 2 offer
Missguided splash & polish – I think this came free with a magazine :/



Marks & Spencers ‘Perfection’ hand cream and eyeshadow and lipgloss palette. Part of my 21st present haul.



Found on the clearance shelf at Boots – Rimmel & my favourite lipstick, as mentioned before. Can you remember the name from a previous post?



Another Boots bargain, Botanics Aromatherapy gel.



Again, a Boots bargain – Maybelline Pure Foundation
I bought this from my friends Neals Yard Remedies party in preparation for the summer & then forgot about it. Typical me.
Boots No7 lipgloss and shadow palette. How gorgeous is the packaging?
Boots No7 Gentle Foaming Cleanser… is this as good as Liz Earle?
Not exactly makeup, & I DO use this. Lavender sleep pillow mist, part of a present from a friend.
Another Neals Yard Remedies product – Power Berry Daily Moisture.
Would you like to see reviews of any of the above products?
& what did you think of my makeup storage?
I love to read all comments, so please let me know what you think
xo

Pregnancy Update: Week 24

This was our first scan picture.Will update with more recent ones very soon.

So, as some of you may know (those who know me IRL and who follow me on Twitter), I went for my 24 week scan today. 24 weeks, I hear you say? Not everyone goes for those – and this would be true. I’m not too sure if I mentioned this in previous pregnancy posts, but there were some concerns when we went for our first scan, & we had to have certain tests done to rule out any chromosomal or heart disorders. Our results came back 99.9% clear, but as a precaution, we have to have a couple more scans than the average couple do. I also found out I have an extremely rare blood type too, so I have to have injections at different stages throughout my pregnancy – this baby’s certainly making everyone work hard!

This morning, we arrived at the hospital bright & early – well, I say bright, perhaps grumpy would be more fitting (what? Its my day off :P) and sat in the waiting room for about ten minutes before being seen. Now, as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, because of the tests we had, we had to see a doctor of fetal medicine for our scan, rather than a normal midwife or sonographer. He worried us slightly when he kept focussing on the heart for what we felt ourselves was perhaps a bit too long, however he soon reassured us that everything was fine as far as he could see.

However, my baby is in the breech position. This isn’t a big deal at this stage of the pregnancy, as the baby is likely to move around much, much more over the coming weeks, and this doesn’t mean to say it’ll be breech in labour. Yet although I know all this, I’m still slightly worried…

Am I right/wrong to be? Have any of you with children encountered a breech birth? I’m not sure what I’m looking for, reassurance perhaps, and perhaps I’m just being silly, but any tips or advice would be welcomed gratefully.

xo

*IRL – In Real Life



REVIEW: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15

As some of you may know, I recently purchased the Elizabeth Arden lip protectant stick in a mega Boots haul on their website. I also bought some Clinique and Herbal Essences goodies, but this was the main item I wanted.
At £19, this stick is far from cheap, and Elizabeth Arden is known as a premium brand on the site. I had been umm-ing and ahh-ing over purchasing this item for quite some time, but decided the time was right to buy it…why not treat myself a little?
I digress slightly. The reason I wanted to buy this protectant in the first place is because I suffer from VERY dry skin around my lips – not cold sores, but dry, cracked skin above my upper lip. I have tried countless lip balms and Vaseline, but everything seems to make it worse, and although it does go down eventually, it does make me feel a bit down. I mean, who wants to go around with a mouth that looks like the lipstick hasn’t been applied properly? (Unfortunately, or rather fortunately for myself, I don’t have any photos of my lips in their cracked state – a godsend, some may say!)
My friend Mel recently told me how wonderful she found this product, and made me try some on my lips. Needless to say, the cracked redness of the skin disappeared almost overnight. However, I had more attacks of it as I didn’t have the product to hand when I needed it.
I had been wondering why they had been getting so bad, they had never done this before. I then realised that at my workplace, people are constantly switching the air conditioning on and off, and the atmosphere changes just like that *clicks*. Obviously, when its hot down on the shop floor, with no drink to hand, I end up licking my lips and irritating the skin. 
I had had enough. Hence the mega Boots haul. I have applied it twice a day every day since I received the product last week, and my lips have never looked better. They are one of my more favourite features of my body and if this is the result from just a weeks worth of use, bring me more Arden products!

Excuse the awkward cropping, I have an almighty spot right by my lip & my freckles are extremely visible today. Don’t get me wrong, I love my freckles but not when they leave me resembling a dot to dot!
As you can see, my lips look hydrated and healthy, and hopefully this is whats here to stay. I will keep on using the product, and will see if any cracking or redness appears in the future, so stay tuned.
I rate the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick 5 out of 5 for ease of use and application, and for the speed it works at.
I was not paid or asked to review this product. All products mentioned in this post were bought with my own money. 
 xo

Weekend in pictures.

Looking unimpressed in my new TU@Sainsbury’s maxidress

The boyfriend and mother on their way to pick some fruit
Raspberry bushes…YUM!
Feeling frumpy! Love the dress but my bump wanted to show majorly!
Obligatory posing picture.

The fab bag from Primark my mum bought me for ONE POUND.

Excuse the crumpled bedsheets *shame* – my gorgeous new bedroom
My bargain from Boots – 75p!
The built in dressing table. Steve thinks hes putting a tv on there. I disagree. Its only small..it NEEDS to be covered in cosmetics.
My fab new shower..Much as I love a bath, I adore showers 🙂
Another obligatory posing picture – this time in the bathroom.
My gorgeous new sofa.
Lots of space to put everything…can’t wait to see how our tv looks there..

LOVING my new mirror, my Mum doesn’t look overly impressed though.
The beautiful card Jamie at Camber Sands gave to me & Steve
The gorgeous fruit we picked at the Pick Your Own..raspberries, redcurrants & blackcurrants..unfortunately, there were barely any strawberries left.

We passed by an ostrich farm selling burgers, sausages etc. Steve went to enquire about prices, and came out with these. Disappointed to tell you that they taste like normal sausages. Worth a try though.

Don’t worry, this wasn’t the ostrich we ate. This little thing was just a week old….. how adorable?
The fantastic crystal cut glasses Jamie gave us.
About to settle down to read this book – yes, I AM a WWE fan… and according to Twitter, so are quite a few of you :p
So what did you do this weekend? 🙂
xo