is it too early to be excited about christmas??

Thursday, 28 November 2013

So for some reason this year I've become extremely excited about Christmas. I love the build up and the day!!
Whilst browsing in a charity shop the other day I picked up this Christmas album as I've wanted one for a while now with all the classics on :) and for £2.99 bargainnnn

Also I've started buying presents early for mates need to start for my family :/ and secret Santa for my class :). I'm now soo in the mood to start decorating and bake Christmas cakes and just everything!!
Only one week tomorrow left till my Christmas break from uni!

I'll hopefully get some video ideas for the festive season

Have you even started thinking about Christmas yet??

Katie x

Revlon Lash Potion and MUA Palette Review

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Alright :)
So I took a trip to Superdrug the other day and picked up a couple of things and wanted to review them. I haven't bought any make up items in quite a while so wanted some new bits to try out.

One product I really wanted to try out was the Revlon Lash Potion. Firstly the name immediately drew me in as I have a bit of an obsession with witches (yes I'm a freak) I thought the name having potion in was pretty damn cool. Secondly the packaging is so adorable and I love love love the colours on it, Kind of reminds me of Christmas :) just looking at it makes me smile haha! I got it in the shade Blackest black as my eyelashes are naturally black and I love to make them look darker. Now mascara has become an essential for me and I just can't go without it now. I was quite surprised when I tried this out as I feel that it does lengthen and add volume to my lashes but in a subtle way. In the past I have used the Maybelline falsies mascara which I believe is a bit more dramatic. It took me a little while to adjust as the Maybelline mascara is a lot more noticeable. However now I've used it a few times I really like the effect it gives to my lashes. I think it's a lovely mascara to use for daytime and I'm sure if you add more coats it'll build a better look for a night out.

The other product I picked up was a MUA Palette named Heaven and Earth. I wanted a new palette that featured neutral colours as I usually like to use brown toned eye shadows. I would really like to try the Urban Decay Naked Palette however I'm not made of money so can't afford this. Now I've never tried any MUA products before but I've heard so many people rave about how amazing they are for the price. And now I can say I totally see the hype. This palette is amazing and features beautiful shades of colours. I know by just looking at that can produce a range of eye shadow looks for both day and evenings out. You get 12 shades for £4!!! I think that's pretty sweet and I didn't feel guilty buying it. Definitely want to purchase more MUA products!!

So yeah very happy with my purchases excited that they are now in my make up collection.

I also stopped off at one of my local charity shops I found the first series of the Hills for £1.99! and I bought a Christmas album it's not too early right?? I've wanted a Christmas album for years so finally got one in my life aha :P

Thanks for reading

Katie x

Making a bonnet- experiencing millinery

Monday, 18 November 2013

So if you didn't know, I'm currently studying a costume production degree at university as I've wanted to do costume making since I was about 12. I've learnt so many things already and have now reached a module where I get to learn new skills, exciting!

I get to learn about dancewear, wig dressing, dyeing and breaking down and millinery! Millinery is something I was extremely excited to learn about as hats for some reason fascinate me and lately I've started to really enjoy making hats.

Kinda sucks but millinery was my first module so it's over now which was sad :(. We only had 5 days to learn and make a replica of a chosen image of a hat but adapt it with the materials we had available.  We had to research the 19th century and specifically look at bonnets.
So we had a visiting tutor come in and she was lovely and I learnt so much from her. Anyways I'll post some images now of the process.

So we started off with creating a pattern out of paper. Then I had to do a technique called blocking shown in the pic on the right. I moulded the shape of the back of the head model.

The straw like material was called buckram and creates the stiffness in the hat. The front edge of the brim of the hat (shown) was edged with wire machine stitched on. This creates and helps the hat hold its shape.

The buckram was covered in fabric to make it look more pretty! and then I added decoration and trimming to finish off the hat

These images show the completed bonnet. I'm really proud of what I achieved in the last week. I loved millinery and hope to one day maybe take another course or delve into the world of it in the future.

Hope you like it!!


Smarten Up

Thursday, 7 November 2013


What I'm wearing:
Shirt- Primark
Leggings- New Look
Khaki Jacket- New Look
Bag- Asos
White Frilly socks- Topshop
Brogues- Primark
My first outfit post woohoo! As you can see I'm not the best at taking photos of myself and I like to pull funny faces as I can't pose to save my life :'). But anyways wanted to post this outfit as I like this look a lot. I'm heading out to a town near me at uni just to have a look round the shops to see what there is. I like to add smart elements to an outfit and then make them casual. I struggle with shirts due to having a chest unfortunately but I love this shirt as it has studs on the collar :) It features a koala print  too and I just couldn't resist that its adorable. I'm also testing out some new shoes I purchased that are different to anything else I have. No doubt I will get blisters as I do with any pair of new shoes, anyone else's feet as weak as mine?? :P
Anyways hope you like it please let me know by commenting :)
Katie x

Skin Products I've been loving + Bloglovin

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

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Firstly I've joined Bloglovin so check my blog out on there and follow if you want to of course :)

Right so I'm in the process of editing a video for this but though I would write a blog about it to. Lately I've been trying to get into a good skin care routine as I'm soooo lazy when it comes to it. I just usually use my face wash and that's it. Bad right??
The thing is I know nothing about all the various types of skin care products out there so I think that may be perhaps why I'm not particularly good at it!
Now you'll probably be like why the hell would I take advice from her haha I wouldn't blame you :P

However I just wanted to do this to just show you products that I have taken a shining to and maybe show a product that may interest you to try it out.

Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae is a favourite of mine :)

Nip+Fab Body Butter Pistachio Sundae 200ml

*I love this stuff. I'm not the biggest fan of applying moisturisers as the usual ones take ages to dry and I'm a tad impatient. However I saw this in Boots and I just had to try it out. Now I think this is a love or hate product due to the smell of it. Personally I love the smell but some people I can imagine get quite sick of it. I wouldn't say its pistachio scented. The fragrance lingers on your skin, it's not too thick and it leaves my skin feeling really smooth!

 Witch Naturally Clear Oil Control Foaming Face Wash

 I did get this product because it was by the brand Witch and I have an obsession with witches (pathetic I know) but things like that get me excited. It was also relatively cheap so thought I'd give it a go! and I'm so happy I did.  This is the most refreshing face wash I've tried out and best of all doesn't dry out my skin like so many have in the past. I love the fact it's made from witch hazel as it seems to work wonders for my face and the natural ingredients just makes the product shine even more to me.

I love this brand! the multi-active toner is just incredible. It's so refreshing spraying this all over my face and yeah I want it in a bigger size. The downside is the cost however its a well established brand so pretty sure it's worth the hype.

 Like stated above,  an amazing face wash which kept my skin really clear and very soft. A little bit of this product goes a long way and the gel didn't irritate my skin which is a bonus! The smell is quite clinical in my opinion however I prefer that to a fruit smell which I've experienced in the past and dislike!

Nivea Soft Lotion Tube

this product is definitely a favourite due to my mum's influence. Nivea is always around my house as it's her favourite brand and it's one of mine too. Their products are affordable and are so moisturising it's incredible. I use this product every morning before I put my make up on and it instantly helps my foundation glide on to my face. It's a must have for me!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Maasage Cream for Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are an absolute bitch , well for me they are. However I gotta put up with em so why not try to reduce the look of them. I love the scent of cocoa butter so was intrigued by this. It has helped reduce the appearance and I definitely want to repurchase. I just got to remember to apply it everyday as I am very forgetful..

The video should be up soon, check out my Youtube if you wanna have a look or just check it out anyway. If you have any suggestions for good skincare products then let me know. I wanna try out some new stuff
Thanks for reading!

Katie x

Life Updates +Plans

Monday, 4 November 2013

I don't know if anyone even reads this but I'm annoyed at myself for not blogging, I just having got into the swing of it yet which is frustrating as I love reading so many people's blogs. Anyways updates with me:
I've began 2nd year of University, mental!! and been chucked straight into the deep end with work, it's not gonna be easy but I'm determined to get through it. Also I've moved into a new house, there's 13 of us living here which sounds a lot but is less than the house I lived in last year :P It's pretty cool and everyone seems to be nice. I like being in my room a lot as I like my own space.

I finally have found a Saturday Job yes yes!! well getting the money is good, the atmosphere at my work not so great. I've definitely learnt just cause someone appears nice at first does not actually necessarily reflect how they truly are.

I've finally got my hands on a new camera! which means hopefully better quality photos and more videos on my Youtube channel. I've actually posted two new videos recently which I'll post down below if anyone wants to check them out.

I have some ideas for new videos and blog posts so hopefully they'll happen soon

How are you???

Katie x