Spring Tag!

Seeing as Spring is really in the air, I’ve decided to do another beauty and fashion tag – dedicated to this season! Feel free to use this tag, and reply with a link to yours, would like to hear your answers!

Favourite spring nail polish?

As you may know from my previous tag that I 90% of the time wear shellac nail polish, just because it keeps my nails stronger, and lasts longer. I’m absolutely loving pale colours on the nails at the moment (makes my hands look more tanned!) and the one I’m currently using is a mix. I’m using the Bluesky 40526, which is the white from the French Manicure set, mixed with the Bluesky Pastel Blossom. You’re probably wondering why I mixed these colours but I accidentally ordered 2 French Manicure sets of Amazon, so instead of wasting one, I decided to make a pink/white to use during the Spring/Summer months. Ta-da!

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What is your must-have lip color this spring?

I’ve got two favourites that I purchased quite recently but cant stop wearing.

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First of all is the gorgeous burnt orange colour from Topshop and it’s called Hedonist and it was £7. Unfortunately, it is not on the Topshop website but they may have it in store. If not they have plenty of other beautiful orange colours in lip paints, tints, bullets and crayons, such as the Lip Bullet in Heartbeat.

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The second is an Accessorize lipstick in Love Struck. This is a very bright colour, I don’t think the pictures do it justice! But it’s a bluey pink, therefore teeth appear whiter! I think this will be absolutely amazing in summer for both the day and nights out. This was only £4.50. This has been around for quite some time now, so it’s not online. I have seen it in Superdrug and Accessorize stores, so it is a case of searching. If not there is a similar lipstick which is the Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Loved Up.

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What’s your favorite flower?

At this time of year my favourite flowers are daffodils. It just reminds me that its Spring and the heat is on its way! Also I love the fact they come out of nowhere, and they’re just so colourful and pretty!

Favorite spring scarf/accessory?

I don’t actually own any spring scarfs at the moment, mainly because I haven’t found one that I like enough. But I am absolutely obsessed with 2 accessories at the moment. The first is my black and white bow from Topshop. I have worn it pretty much every day I’ve had it, and cone be worn in so many different ways. It’s so cute and girly.

Secondly, is my new Prada sunglasses. I’ve been wanting a pair of cat eye sunglasses for ages. And I really wanted to treat myself to a nice pair for summer, seeing as in the house fire that happened last year (you may know this if you’ve seen my other blog), all my nice sunglasses were binned – and I had a lot! Hopefully these ones will last a lot longer.

They both make an appearance in this fashion feature:

 https://fernbalch.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/4-looks-one-pair-of-treggings/

What spring trend(s) are you most excited about this year? (Makeup, fashion or both!)

Kimono’s. Especially floral one’s! I have recently just bought a Zara one which looks amazing with jeans and a coloured camisole underneath. I’m going to keep it a secret though as I think I’m going to be using it for my next fashion feature!

Favorite spring candle?

I’ve recently purchased loads of Spring/Summer candle ‘tarts’ from Yankee Candle to replace my winter ones. I’m currently burning Waikiki Melon which smells amazing. I tend to alternate to keep my room smelling different so that I can actually smell it, otherwise I’d get used to it! The melted pink one at the bottom is Pink Dragon Fruit, and then I have Fluffy Towels, Strawberry Buttercream and Sandalwood Vanilla. 

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Favorite body spray/perfume for spring?

Always has and always will be Armani Diamonds for Spring. It smells very sweet and fresh, just like this beautiful season. I also use Ghost Anticipation which is now discontinued! In winter I love using Dolce & Gobanna Light Blue.

What is spring like where you live?

I live in Bournemouth in the UK which is a lovely seaside town. The first sneak of sunlight we see is my favourite time of year. Everyone is suddenly out of their winter clothes and into some shorts and sandals, all in a good mood and smiling – it’s great! Plus we have the beach which is perfect for BBQ’s and walks.

What’s your favorite thing about spring?

The fact that it’s a reminder that Summer is just around the corner. Also my birthday is in May, which I think technically counts as Spring – so what other reason do I need to have!

Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation?

No vacay’s on the card at the moment, just revision, revision, revision. I need to pass my first year at University! I’m going back to work soon so hopefully I can save some up and get away.

Hope you all enjoy your Spring, and let me know what your thoughts are!!

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Beauty tag

I’ve seen this a fair few times on other beauty blogs so I’ve decided to give it a go! 

1. Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?
Embarrassing one to start with! It’s going to sound gross but I rarely give myself pedicures. I own a shellac light and colours so when I paint my toes they tend to last up to a month so I don’t bother changing them often. I should really use the pumice stone more regularly!

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?
100%, it is so important. It can completely change the look of a makeup, especially foundation and eye shadow brushes. I’ve recently purchased No.7 Makeup brush cleanser which is great to just wipe your brushes down once you’ve finished to avoid buildup. Every month I deep clean them with a mild baby shampoo. Strong shampoos may affect the glue which holds the bristles on the brush.

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
I cannot stand chipped nail polish. It just seems like someone can’t be bothered with their appearance. Again, I use shellac on my nails and if one tiny bit chips it’s not like I can paint over it a bit to cover it up, so I tend to pick the whole lot off and leave my nails clear until I decide to do them again. It’s quite a long process so I only do it once a week! Chipped nails are a big beauty no-no!

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it? (i.e purchasing a new topcoat, or a new foundation etc.)
It depends how desperate I am for something. If its a must have like foundation then I’ll just have to bite the bullet and buy it. I mix between Mac Studio Fix SP15 Liquid Foundation and Seventeen Photo Flawless foundation, so if I’m running low and skint I will buy the Photo Flawless as it is a third of the price of Studio Fix.
I could never run out of nail polish I have a whole box full. I should really clear it out..

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
I don’t have a worst but I have a few bad ones. If I haven’t taken my mascara off properly then I pick at my eyelashes which does not help my stubby lashes! Also, I know it’s a horrible habit but if I have a chipped nail, I will bite it off even if I’m near a nail file.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
Shorthand revision. It is the the most horrid thing, it leaves me completely baffled. And with a migraine.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?
When going on a night out I used to get ready a lot earlier than I do now. Probably because I’m a little bit better at makeup and can do it quicker/or that I can’t be bothered and sitting down watching TV sounds a lot more appealing! On a day to day basis, it depends if it’s an early start or not. If I have a 9 am lecture then I will start getting ready as soon as I wake up but if it’s a bit later then I wake up, have breakfast, then start. It’s been great at the moment whilst on Easter holiday – I don’t have to bother all day, pajama fun!

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
Yes and no. If I can’t afford anything I just don’t go out and steer clear of shops. If I’m running low on cash but need something then I won’t buy anything too expensive.

9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collection?
Very! I have my day to day makeup in a makeup bag, my nail polishes are all in a box, and then I have a big pink vanity makeup box with all the rest of my makeup that I love, but don’t use daily.

10. What is the longest amount of time you have gone without writing a blog post?
I have been really bad in the past couple of months because I like to do in depth reviews about a load of products and I have had such a huge work load. But recently during Easter, now I’ve had a bit more time, I’ve been writing a few blogs ready to post up when the work is piled on once more!

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