Saturday, 30 March 2013

What I REALLY want for Easter

Since its Easter weekend, and I have already eaten 3 chocolate eggs.... (diet posts will soon follow....wahhhh!) I thought I would post about something that has interested me since I first saw them on British kids TV show blue peter....Faberge Eggs.
They were made in Russia between 1885 and 1917 and given as gifts at Easter. The most famous, and the ones pictured, are known as Imperial Faberge Eggs, made for the Russian Royal family to give as gifts. They had trinkets, jewellry and small gifts inside, however most of them have been lost. They are made from enamel, precious metals and gems, and 42 of 50 original Eggs survive. I dont know what I would actually do with it if I had one... (maybe use it as a paper weight?) but I do think they are beautifully crafted, have an interesting history and are nice to look at.

This is my favourite, known as the "Rosebud" egg, was made in 1895 for Tsar Ncholas II to give to his wife.

The House of Faberge still lives, and now also makes a range of jewelry and ornaments.
My favourites are by far the Egg pendant necklaces, as they are so unique and beautiful, however are a little out of my price range, at between £6,000- £18,000 Euros...I had better get saving!!!
I hope you all have a lovely Easter!


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My fave skincare Products

 As I plan on reviewing some new beauty and make up products, I thought I would start with the most important and basic skin care must haves.
I have always been a huge fan of using plain old soap and water on my face, as I dont feel like cleansers give my skin a good enough "clean", but I know most people find soap and water quite harsh, however this works well for me!

Botanics by Boots has recently changed their packaging, and released some new products so I thought I would give the Ionic Clay Mask a whirl. It feels quite thin and slippy but it does stay on the face well and doesn't slide off. It is also easy to spread and quite smooth to apply. The instructions say to leave it for ten minutes and then rinse off, but I waited until it had dried. It leaves the skin feeling smooth, and a little bit tight, with my pores reduced in size by quite a lot.

When I have cleansed or used a mask on my face, I use Fushi Rosehip Oil to moisturise. I first read about this just over a year ago in an article interview with the model Miranda Kerr, who is well known for endorsing organic, natural products, and having flawless skin. I wanted to try an alternative to my usual moisturiser and gave this a go. 
The Fushi brand was by far the cheapest and best quality Rosehip oil I could find, at £14.00 for 100ml, check it out here
The bottle says it can be used to rejuvenate scar tissue, scars burns and ageing skin, as well as reduce wrinkles, stretch marks and premature ageing, evens tone and smooths roughness of the skin.
This is the second bottle I have bought, the first lasted almost 8 months, (I use it every evening) so great value for money as it should be used sparingly. I use a few drops on my palms which I then rub into my face in the evening. It varies from orange to burnt brownish orange colour, and has a unique smell I cant really compare to anything. After using it for almost a year now, I have found it has smoothed and evened the tone of my skin, it looks much more "glowy" and feels soft and smooth. My skin is in much better condition than when I used my regular moisturiser, and I found that I started to use a lot less primer and foundation as my skin didnt need so much make up covering the imperfections!
 I would highly recommend it, as well as other Fushi products I may do reviews for in the future  as they are very reasonably priced and excellent quality.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Motivational Monday!!!

Since it’s a Monday, and almost but not quite Easter, I thought a little motivation might be needed needed.
In my last job I was lucky enough to have a session with a life coach, who encouraged her clients to focus on their ability to be in total control of their futures, not to blame others for misfortunate circumstances, and to take complete responsibility for the direction in their own lives. I saw this and it reminded me of some of the new ways of thinking she taught me.

Sunday, 24 March 2013


Welcome to my brand new little blog! I'm 26, from Manchester and plan on blogging about fashion, lifestyle, instagram pics and also to share with you some of my obsessions ...nail polish, baking and recipes, perfume, reviews of beauty products and anything else I find interesting.
I hope you all enjoy reading!