Wednesday, 16 January 2013

My House Inspiration

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Bit of a different post than I'm used to posting on the blog today, but I thought seeing as I've been so fixated recently on moving house in March it would be fun to talk about it on here. I had a scour of the net to help me create some sort of mood board of the style I'm going to be attempting in my new home! As you can probably tell, the colour white is going to be a big theme for me. Jack and I will be moving into quite a small house (or, as I like to call 'cosy') so space maximisation is key! Therefore, I plan to buy all white furnishes, to create the illusion of space and give the house an airy, non-cluttered feel. If you start piling too many shades on top of each other, I feel things can start to feel claustrophobic and easily messy. Being an extremely tidy person, it’s key for me to keep things simplistic and unchaotic. 

Storage is another issue for me. I want everything to have a home and to easily be stored away, therefore keeping floor space as free as possible. Magazine stands, 
ottomans, book shelving are some of the ways I'm going to keep organised in my living room. In the bedroom, underbed storage will be key, perhaps storing clothes away that won't be worn that season to unclutter the wardrobe. My boyfriend has a habit of creating piles of random bits and pieces on his side of the bed, so bedside tables with draws or cupboard space is a necessity so he can hoard his junk away out of sight! 

Also, in the kitchen I've brought a few sets of floral tins to keep things such as sugar and tea bags in. I picked up a matching cream toaster and kettle to create coninunity, and I want to continue the theme with my cutlery and so on. Fairy lights and candles are another must for me. I plan to drape my staircase banister in fairy lights and put candles on my window sills and surfaces to keep things cosy. 

I may do a house tour blog post when I've moved and am settled in to let you guys know how its going. If you've got any suggestions for pieces or ideas I could include in my new home - it would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, 14 January 2013

My Beauty Inspiration: The Kardashians

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Some of you may have picked up if you've been following my blog for a while, or are one of my twitter buddies, that I'm an avid Kardashian fan. That being said, I thought it would be fun to do a post on what I've learnt from Armenian beauties! Being from Middle East descent myself, I feel I can relate to their look so often take inspiration from their beauty hints and tips. Having said that, here's what I've learnt from obsessing over the Kardashains...

Firstly, strong brows! Kim K has the most beautifully bold brows. G
etting treatments such as HD Brows takes the hassle out of growing and grooming your brows yourself; tinting, threading and waxing your brows to perfection! A great way  to instantly thicken the look of your natural brow, as I do, is to pencil them in. I use 17's Brow Sculpting pencil lightly then brush them through with a brow comb. When maintaining my brows I often concentrate my plucking around the arch (without making them too thin) whilst leaving the inner brow, keeping this point the thickest part. The Kardashian sisters are known to get their's professionally waxed and tweezed on a regular basis.

The girls flawless make up looks have lead on a never ending search for 'mattifying this' and 'anti-oil that' in the constant battle to achieve a shine free, immaculate look! For starters, primers are key. 
Brands such as MAC and Revlon sell color correcting foundation primers in a variety of shades including purple, yellow and green to be used according to your complexion. Kim was famously pictured applying a bright yellow colour correcting primer to balance out her skin tone before applying foundation. I more so use primers to keep my foundation in place and in an attempt to keep my oily skin at bay. I was recently recommend Witch's Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer, which has helped a lot in keeping my make up in place during the 9 to 5 work day!

Long, luscious locks! Well known for constantly sporting a head full of hair extensions, the Kardashian's are 
definitely my hair icons! I often wear Head Kandy's 16-18" or 20-22" to achieved a thick head of glossy hair. Kourtney has shared on her blog of how she gets her extensions sewn in, often known as a weave. But for ease and every day use, clip in extension are a quick alternative with minimal damage. To achieve their high shine style, I use a generous combination of Moroccan Oil and Macadamia Oil, a great combination to heal split ends quick and give hair an instant boost. I've noticed a huge difference to my hair's health ever since using these two products when washing my hair, and its grown a significant amount too! 

Lastly, the Kardashians have taught me to always be beautifully bronzed and smooth as can be! 
To exfoliate and remove fake tan, Kim Kardashian visits a Korean spa in downtown Los Angeles for a body scrub. However, we can't all afford such luxury! Lush's Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub helps me keep oh so smooth, buffing away all the bad toxins. And when I fancy topping up the tan at home, I use Garnier's Summerbody in Deep, building a natural warm glow. As well as this, the girls are famously known for their extensive laser hair removal. Go to a clinic such as Sk:n Clinic for a run of treatment sessions, or even invest in a hair free future and get your own home laser removal system like the no!no! (which I'm considering getting myself)!

So who are your beauty icons? Where do you draw your inspiration from? I want to hear all your beauty hints, tips and tricks too!

Saturday, 12 January 2013

L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick Plum Passion

My current favourite lipstick! I haven't fallen in love with deep, bold lipsticks in a big way this winter. They're such an easy way to bring an every day make up look to life and create such a statement with you lips!

I've never tried a Color Riche lipstick from L'Oreal before until I picked this one up from Amazon after the whole Cheryl Cole wearing it on X Factor hype! Its a great lipstick, very nourishing  not drying at all. The colour pay off is fantastic and very buildable - so you can take it from a warm purple tone to a deep plum depending on your mood.

It's lasting power isn't amazing, so it does require topping up every hour or so if you're planning on eating or drinking to keep the colour vibrant. 

What are you favourite shades at the moment? Can anyone recommend me any other deep shades I can make the most of before the end of the winter months?

Sunday, 6 January 2013

My New Glasses

Prescription Glasses: iSpex

So I was in desperate need for a new pair of specs as my current pair were a little dated, and luckily enough an iSpex stall visited my work late last year offering great deals on prescription glasses. I'd never heard of iSpex before, thinking that if I wanted new glasses I'd have to go to the standard Optical Express/Specsavers opticians and fork out £150+ for a decent pair of glasses!

The guy at the stall was really useful and picked me out lots of different pairs to try on based on the style I had explained I was looking for. When I picked my pair (above) I was flabbagasted by the price - £49 (£59 online)! I didn't care that I hadn't heard of the brand, because I loved the style and for the cost I got frames and lenses - which I think is amazing value for money! And we all know I love a bargain! 

I love these glasses so much, its so great to have a new pair that I don't feel ashamed to wear in public! I've even been stopped in the shops and asked where I got them from! I love the big frame, because it means I can wear them when I'm tired/got little make up on and it covers a multitude of sins whilst keeping me stylish (haha)!

What do you think of my new specs? Have you invested in a new pair lately?