Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Oh So Sleek.

Those of you who are into beauty will be no stranger to the name Sleek. I remember this brand from when I was younger but it seems to have grown so much and increased in popularity over the last few years. Here's a peek at some of their products.  

I've heard plenty of talk about CC creams before but I've never used one, nor did I understand what they were. For those of you who are just as clueless as I was, CC stands for Complexion Corrector. This Sleek CC Cream* is one of the brand's newer products and it's available in 4 shades. I like the pointy nozzle as it means you won't end up squeezing too much product out. I've never used a BB/CC cream before, nor do I ever use liquid foundation, so this took a bit of getting used to! The texture is really smooth, goes on well, and my skin still feels breathable. Whilst I doubt I will be using this on a daily basis, it'll be great for days when I feel like I want a bit more coverage.

Funnily enough, I was recommended this Face Contour Kit* a month ago by a fellow blogger. This is a duo palette with a matte bronzer and an illuminating highlighter. I find it quite difficult to find matte bronzers, particularly affordable ones but this is definitely up to standard. I'm still getting to grips with the highlighter at the moment. I usually end up putting so much on that I look like I'm glowing (and not in a good way....) or I put too little on and you can't even see it. I love the large mirror that comes with this, and I think that's one of the great things about the Sleek palettes. 

2-in-1 products are great ways to save space in your make-up bag! This is the Eyebrow Stylist*, with an angled eyebrow pencil on one end and a grooming brush on the other. The formula is smooth and matte. Unfortunately, the pencil is a bit too light for me but I've been loving using the grooming brush. It's amazing how much difference neat eyebrows can make to a face. 

What are your favourite Sleek products?
*PR sample.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Pen To Paper

Do you remember when we all used to write down notes on actual paper? Those were the days... Lately, most of us jot down notes on our smartphones, tablets, or even just on our laptops. Those virtual sticky notes are pretty useful, I have to say.

I still love being able to put pen to paper though. It's nice to be able to hold something that isn't powered by a battery, and to be able to sit down and just write anything that comes to my head whilst I draw little pictures on the page corners. It allows me to be more creative. There's something about handwriting, with actual real ink, that makes the creative juices flow a little more. 

Notebooks are one of my favourite things to carry around with me so that I can jot stuff down no matter where I am. If I had the room to store hundreds of them then I probably would. I love cute little notebooks and I find it hard to resist when I see them in shops. Do I really need another 5 notebooks? Probably not. Shall I buy them anyway? Sure. 

I don't think I'll ever give up notebooks. How else will I make it acceptable to hoard an extensive collection of pens that I probably don't need?

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Pretty Hangers

I always like to have pretty things in my room. Why have a boring wooden shelf when you can have a shiny glass one? I actually have both..... Why put my mini products on the shelf when I can put them on tiny heart shaped ceramic plates?........

I hold this same notion when it comes to hangers. I used to use thin metal hangers but, over the past few years, I've started using colourful plastic ones because they're a lot sturdier and nicer to look at. I've always wanted some padded silk hangers too ever since I saw a clothing store use them on all their luxury items. 

Recently, I received some lovely hangers from Hangerworld. Style aside, the hanger that I was most excited about was the Premium Wooden Scarf Hanger*. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love scarves, I'll wear them whatever the weather. The photo above shows only a fraction of my scarf collection so I think I may have to invest in a few more of these! I have previously hung my scarves over normal hangers but this is so much more practical and neat. The wood is smooth and glossy so it won't snag and it won't cause any damage to your scarves. I was surprised that my bigger scarves could still fit through the holes, but you definitely won't be able to fit any chunky Winter scarves in there!

For my suit and black trousers, I've used the White Satin Padded Hanger* and the Ivory Padded Clip Hanger*. Got to coordinate your smart clothes, right? I love the Clip Hanger and I might get some more because they're so much nicer than the ones you get in store when you buy trousers. 

For my not-so-formal clothing, I have a Pink Satin Padded Hanger* and a Floral Padded Top Hanger*. The floral one isn't as soft as the others but it adds a nice splash of pattern to my wardrobe and it's a very wide hanger which keeps the shape of my jackets. With normal hangers, I often find that my jackets slip off them and get crumpled on my wardrobe floor.

I'm thinking that the next time I have a wardrobe overhaul, I'm going to get some more of these hangers to hang all of my new clothes on and replace all of my plastic hangers. I like everything to match.....

What hangers do you use?

*PR sample.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter Bunny

I'll start off by saying that I'm not really a candle person. I've never lit a candle in my bedroom, ever. I've developed a love of all things bunny-related recently, though, so I was very excited to find this Easter Bunny Tealight Holder from Yankee Candle. It just looks so adorable in my bedroom and it's definitely not just for Easter.

Of course, I needed some tealights to go in too so I opted for the Vanilla Cupcake Tealights because I love baking, so anything cake-related gets a big thumbs-up from me!

Funnily enough, I still haven't lit any candles yet. I didn't want to leave my tealight holder empty but, at the same time, I am super paranoid about causing a house fire. So for now, it'll just be for decoration, and I still get small whiffs of vanilla when I walk past it.

I hope you're all enjoying this gorgeous weather today. The sun always seems to be shining bright on Good Friday. I've got a lovely weekend planned and I hope you all do too. 

Happy Easter Weekend!