Monday, 29 December 2014

What I got for Christmas!

So I know the world and his wife are all doing this post or video, but I really wanted to share with you guys what I got for Christmas, because I'm so pleased and grateful for what I received this year.
Now, I don't know about you guys, but for me opening my stocking is one of the best parts of Christmas! This is what I got in it this year. My favourite thing has to be the socks - I never have nice socks other than the ones I get at Christmas! Then there's quite a lot of stationary, which is always essential. I got some classic chocolate coins, which are dotted around, but switched up to white chocolate, because isn't that just much better??? I also got a magnifying mirror, which you clip onto a normal one, but it seems slightly odd as you have to get very close before you can see anything properly!

These are the presents I got from family members who were there on Christmas day. I absolutely love the jumper on the left from New Look - it's so cozy and obviously goes with everything. I've never had a proper handbag, so I'm still adjusting to this Nica one and really looking forward to using it for the first time! Of course, secretly the best presents are always money, especially at my age when I have very little of my own. I'm looking forward to buying lots of new beauty and skincare products in the new year. 

Thanks for reading!
Penny xxx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

All things Christmas!

So it's nearly that time again... Christmas is just around the corner! This year my family is coming to mine for the big day, when we're having goose instead of the traditional turkey as there's only 9 of us. I'm really interested to know about everyone's different traditions - in countries and families! I always get up and go into my parents' room to open our stockings, which is probably one of my favourite parts of the day. Then we have breakfast, but it's generally not anything that special. At some point family members will arrive or we will go to someone's house. Then it's the main attraction - CHRISTMAS DINNER!! This usually lasts over three hours in my family, what with the many different courses. After that we open presents, then people normally fall asleep. In the evening there will be cold meats, cheese and biscuits and the like and we will probably play a game like Charades or Articulate. What about you?

I don't know about you but I love Secret Santa so much. I mean firstly there's all the money you save by buying a present for one person rather than 6! But the best bit is turning into Sherlock Holmes to work out who has who! In the Secret Santa with my friends from college, I got a lovely cardigan and fruit pastilles (as always, there are a few inside jokes relating to both those presents!). I'm doing another one with my friends from my old school on Tuesday - I'm going to do a post about the presents I got, so you can see what I got then.

This is the look I'm going for on Christmas Day!

MUA eye primer, Maybelline colour tattoo in On and on bronze, a colour from Makeup Revolution's Essential Mattes palette, Topshop kohl eyeliner, Maybelline the Falsies, Maybelline Brow Drama, Paint the town red Vaseline

A colour from Ted Baker "Paint the town pretty"

Thanks for reading!
Penny xxx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Amazon Haul

This post has been a long time coming.... I got loads of Amazon vouchers last Christmas and this is what I bought with them!

Herlitz 8cm A4 Lever Arch Files, £3.49 each
I bought 5 lever arch files each with a different colour fruit covering them so I've organised all my stuff for school. I don't take them all to college with me every day, they stay at home and I bring a file with all the current bits of work I need. These folders were from Herlitz and only cost £3.49. They were 'add-on' items which means your order has to come to £10 before Amazon dispatch it, but the order can be made up solely of add-on items, so it seems like a good deal to me! The folders seem to be of very good quality as well and can fit lots of stuff in them.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, £4 (add-on item)
It's always a bit risky getting makeup online as you're never sure on the shade! At first I thought the risk had paid off with this one but now I think it's a bit too dark. I think it's a pretty good foundation, although it's got a bit too much of a 'glowy' effect for my skin type.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, £4.19
At first I thought I'd made a huge mistake and got a shade that was way too light, but now I realise it's not a problem as I use it under my eyes, so it has a brightening effect. I tend to wear this without foundation and it creases quite a lot, so I have started to mix it with my moisturiser to make it less visible. This works well, but does make it a lot less pigmented. I've heard the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is more moisturising so I think I'll get that the next time I buy a concealer.

Royal Cosmetics Foundation Brush, £2.51
I don't think this is great quality, but I wasn't expecting that with the price. I kind of regret buying this, because of what you'll see I bought just a few weeks later.
Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Glam Black Mascara, £5.50

I really like this mascara, especially the curved brush which covers and shapes lashes very nicely. It does have a bit of an odd smell though, kind of like flowers but I can get over that!

I got a new phone for Christmas, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, so I bought 2 cases for it. It's pretty hard to find cases for this phone, these are from JammyLizzard and I think they both cost £5.95, but I can't seem to find them on Amazon any more. They fit the phone very well, almost too well as it's extremely difficult to get them off. I'm not too sure on the designs, but they're nice enough. They've definitely been very useful as I've dropped my phone a fair few times and the scratches on the back show the damage this would have done to the phone!

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, £7 when I got it, but it's now gone up to £8.99 - still cheaper than in Boots though!
I love this brush, it's so soft and blends liquid and powder foundation out very well. I also use it for applying bronzer for contouring, but I use a fluffy brush to blend it out.

Real Techniques Shading Brush, £5.50
I love this brush so much!! It's the only eye brush I have, so it gets a lot of use! Amazing for applying and blending eyeshadow.
Maybelline Babylips Cherry Me, £3.99
I really don't know why I bought this from Amazon as it's only £2.99 in places like Boots and Superdrug! So I really don't recommend you do that. However, I do really like this as it's really pigmented and smells amazing.

Sleek Contour Kit, £6.49
This is a great contour kit that works really well. However, this is in the shade 'Light', and as you can see, it isn't that light!
Great Ideas Wooden Desk Tidy/Caddy, £18.75

I bought this to keep my make-up in. My collection isn't that large at the moment, but as it increases I can see it's soon going to be too small! However, I think it's a great way to store make-up because you can see exactly what you're reaching for.

Thanks for reading!
Penny xxx

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Outfit/Face of the Night!

I went out last weekend and I thought I'd share with you how I looked.
I don't normally go for this kind of look, but I was feeling daring this night! Sorry, I don't think anything I'm wearing is still available, but I'm sure similar things are. Dress: New Look, Leather jacket: Warehouse

Hair: V05 Plump it up dry shampoo, Boots Extra Firm Hold hairspray

Make-up: Sleek contour kit in light, Real Techniques Expert Face brush, Elf complexion brush, Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown, Elf Eyelid Primer, Maybelline Matte Precise Eyeliner, Topshop Kohl liner, Maybelline the Falsies, Rimmel Colour Rush balm

Thanks for reading!
Penny xxx