Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2015 month on 2 pages A4/A5 diary download

I've just finished jazzing up a month on 2 pages diary for my A5 filofax next year. I downloaded a free basic template from My Life All in One Place and adapted it with fonts and colours of my choice.

2015 month on 2 pages diary

If you would like to use my template, feel free to download it here (in docx file format) or here (in pdf).

I'm going to use a month on 2 pages to practice my doodling, lettering and drawing. I plan to put something in each day to represent either what I did that day or any special ocassions that I would like reminding of.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Grooming favourites 2014

Grooming has been high on my agenda in 2014 so I thought I'd share some of my favourite tools of the year with you.

Clockwise: Tangle teezer, Nailene ultra quick drying nail glue, Tweezerman pointed tweezers, GHD stlyer, Stylfile 2

Tangle Teezer
I don't know how I ever survived without one of these. Using a normal brush on my long hair always seems to snag and pull now whereas the tangle teezer is just so smooth and easy. My only gripe is that it is moulded to suit a right handed person and I'm a lefty, which means sometimes as I'm brushing away carelessly I drop it. Bring out the left-handed tangle teezer please.

Nailene quick dry nail glue
This year false nails have become an important part of my dressing up armoury. You can pick up some pretty decent pairs for around the £5 mark and it saves the time and expense of going to the salon for acrylic or gel nails. With this amazing glue, they even last almost as long as the salon ones.

Tweezerman pointed tweezers
I posted about these here when I got them and I still haven't stopped singing their praises. Quality really is the key with grooming products. With these you can pluck the smallest, shortest of hairs without any bother.

GHD stylers
No matter how many different hair tools I try I always come back to my trusty GHDs. They are so versatile with either straightening or curling, in my opinion they can't be beaten.

Stylfile 2
A great quality nail file and buffer in one with a couple of extra tools for your cuticles and other nail maintenance. I wont bother with cheaper alternatives any more.

Happy new year everyone!

DIY Christmas present tags

Last week I stumbled across the idea somewhere online of using your old Christmas cards to make into present tags for next year.

So last night, armed with my trimmer and corner punch I sat down and made these...

What do you think? It's amazing what a rounded corner can do.

Next year I plan to wrap most of my presents with plain brown parcel paper and then use these tags and some ribbons to brighten them up.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Week 52 manicure challenge

Wow! I've made it to the end of the challenge. In case you weren't following from the start of 2014, I set myself a challenge to blog a different manicure every week for a year. This is the final week of 2014, week 52!

For Christmas I wanted a bit of length, so added some of my trusted Nailene falsies. You can see them below with my new Swarovski stardust bracelet that my boyfriend got me for Christmas.

Now what challenge shall I set myself for 2015?!

The end.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Makeup favourites 2014

I have tried so many new products this year, that I thought I'd share some of my favourites.

Clockwise: Tanya Burr lipglosses, Rimmel exaggerate liquid eyeliner, Collection mosaic glow, Bourjois healthy mix foundation, Real Techniques brushess, L'oreal Miss Manga mascara

Tanya Burr's new makeup line flew off the shelves on it's release and I must say I am a fan of the glosses. They wear well and there are a lovely range of shades available to suit everyone.

Rimmel's exaggerate liquid eyeliner has been a firm favourite for years now. I haven't found another drug store brand to rival its strong colour and excellent staying power. 

Collection's mosaic glow is a lovely shimmery bronzer which is subtle enough for day wear when applied lightly and can be built up for a glowing evening look. 

I brought the Bourjois healthy mix foundation by mistake. After reading glowing reviews on numerous blogs about the serum, I didn't realise that there was a liqud foundation as well as the serum type. But it was a happy mistake as its been a firm favourite ever since. 

I doubt there is a blogger in the UK who doesn't own a Real Techniques brush. The quality is amazing, the bristles are sooo soft and the price is pretty decent, especially if you keep your eye on Amazon or Superdrug deals.

Miss Manga mascara was a new release for L'oreal in the earlier par of this year. For me it beats Benefit's They're Real hands-down providing glorious long thick lashes that people can't help but notice.

What have been your makeup favourites this year? 

Have a lovely Christmas and new year everyone.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Week 51 manicure challenge

This week I've had three lots of turkey and Christmas parties to attend. For the main party I had a little black dress with gold detail on, so to complement that I went for gold nails.

Have a lovely Christmas everyone.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Week 50 manicure challenge

This week I went for some falsies again as they are low maintenance and look great for Christmas parties. 

I thought I'd show you the best false nail glue there is too; Nailene ultra quick (drying). This glue is so strong that your nails will last and last, avoiding any embarrassing public "pop-offs". 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Week 49 manicure challenge

What comes after penguins I bet you wonder. Well I'll tell you what comes after penguins; reindeer!

Inspiration pic:

My attempt:

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Week 48 manicure challenge

This was a tough week. If I was talking about hair, it was the week-long equivalent to a bad hair day. In my head I was thinking of sparkly red and white snow flakes, but the snow flakes went wrong. The red is shimmery (Rimmel's red carpet) but not really picking up on the camera. The snowflakes are no more.

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