Thursday, 26 May 2011

Graze Box - Yummy!

If you've never heard of Graze before, it is a company which delivers boxes weekly to your home or work place, containing different types of snacks like olives, crackers, flapjacks, focaccia, and hundreds of other yummy things!  I received my box this morning:

This week I recieved (starting from the top left and going clockwise) 'The Firecracker', 'Wasabi Peanut Crackers', 'Korean Chilli Rice Crackers' and 'Golden Honey Nut Crackers'. I would recommend all of these, but the wasabi crackers are quite an acquired tasted and you would only like them if you like horse radish! Everything was so delicious, I've nearly finished it all already!

On the Graze website you can rate the food, so that you are more likely to receive what you like! It is definetely something I recommend you to try out, and when you use the code KJF7QKL or click here, you will get your first box free and then your second box half price! You can always cancel after the free box if you decide you don't want to do it anymore.

Have you tried Graze yet?


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

ASOS Dress Wishlist

Hello everyone! I hope you're all well. Sorry for my absenteeism, I have been majorly bogged down with school work - revising for my A2 exams coming up in two weeks. Such as stressful time! I can't wait for all the exams to be over so  I can blog more...

Anyway, ASOS are doing so many lovely dresses at the moment, so I thought I would share some of my favourites with all of you:

Dress No. 1

I love the look and colour of this dress. Check out the catwalk - I love how the material is so floaty!

Dress No. 2

I just think this dress is cute. I love the bow and the polka dot pattern.

Dress No. 3

I adore florals and the colours of this dress are so unlike anything I own.

Dress No. 4

This is beautiful, and I love the colour. It would be perfect for going to summer wedding I think (not that I have any to go to!).

Dress No. 5

This is so pretty and I particularly love the sheer material at the top.

Btw, I have recently posted lots of items of clothing for sale on eBay. Check it out if you would like! It has a few vintage items, wedges and other dresses/tops/shorts.

What is your favourite shop for clothes at the moment?

 Elise xxx

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The Ultimate Make Up Guide

Hello everyone, just wanted to share with you my favourite make up guide of ALL TIME! It is Rae Morris' 'Make Up: The Ultimate Guide'. I don't think any make up enthusiast should be without this!

I got bought this as a present last Christmas, and since then this book has become invaluable and is always my first port of call when I'm doing my make up for a night out or when I need a bit of guidance. Rae Morris is a multi award-winning make up artist, and this book is filled with so many useful tutorials, tips, beautiful pictures and guides.
Here are a selection of some of the pages and some of the eye tutorials:
  • Eye Colour Charts
  • Rock Chick Eyes
  • Retro Eyes
  • Sensual Eyes
  • Contouring Face Map
  • How to Use Bronzer
  • Step-By-Step Eye Prep
  • Applying False Eyelashes

This guide has helped me with so many different aspects of make up and has given me plenty of ideas of looks to try!  It is really easy to understand and to follow the tutorials, and Rae writes in a very no nonsense way. It is available from Amazon for £11, which I think is a great price for such a brilliant and informative book!


Disclaimer: Photography belongs to Steven Chee, Writing belongs to Rae Morris and 'Make Up: The Ultimate Guide' is published by Apple Press.

Monday, 2 May 2011

My Favourite High St / Drugstore Products

I think that there are many high street products which are comparable to and sometimes even better than higher end products. I have tried hundreds of high street products, and I would like to give you the benefit of my research! So here is my list of products which I think are worth checking out, and definetely worth the money.

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder

I'm sure you will have heard of this bronzer. The colour is brilliant - not too orange or too brown. It is also matt, which for me is an absolute must: too much shimmer can look unnatural and over the top in my opinion. Plus, because there is no shimmer, it also means this bronzer can double up as a contouring powder. It also smells amazing! It retails for £6.99 in Boots and Superdrug.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer

I love this concealer, and I talk about it in my Favourite Make Up Items post. It's just the best I have tried quite simply! It costs £3.99.

Natural Collection Blush in Pink Cloud

This is a lovely blush, a very light pink, very much a dupe for MAC Well Dressed. It is very pigmented and lasts well on my cheeks. Natural Collection is only available in Boots, and this blush costs £1.99 (or you can buy three items for £5).

Collection 2000 Naturally Radiant Foundation 

There is a story behind this. I went to holiday in Cornwall last summer and annoyingly I forgot to bring the foundation I was using at the time, MAC Studio Sculpt. So I had to buy an emergency replacement from the only shop for miles around, which was Tesco. I only bought this as it was the cheapest I could find from the very limited selection! But honestly this foundation is AMAZING! Especially for the price, which I think was around £4. It has a medium coverage in my opinion, and gives quite a satin type of finish. It looks very natural and on my skin it lasted all day. I find it very moisturising. I love this. And it also has SPF 15!

Collection 2000 Big Fake Mascara

Again, another amazing Collection 2000 product! This mascara is brilliant, mainly due to the huge brush! It separates lashes well, is very black and doesn't flake off. It is around £4.99.

17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in Beehive.

This lipstick is beautiful. It is a nude/pink colour, and has a very glossy finish. It feels and looks almost like  lipgloss but without the stickiness. You can wear it on its own (like above) or layered over other lipsticks to give a shiny finish. I love it over MAC Creme d'Nude.Was around £4.50 from Boots.

Barry M Liquid Liner in Black

This has a felt tip liner which makes it super easy to apply. It is very black and lasts all day, does not fade or rub off. It costs around £4.


A classic. I don't think I need to explain this! Everyone should have one!

There we go, those are my favourite High St products. I hope I have helped you in showing you what I like, and what I consider to work well. Which High St products are your favourites?


Sunday, 1 May 2011

Little Haul: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua and Liz Earle

Hello everyone, sorry for not updating for a little while, been very busy for the past few days! Went and did a little bit of shopping today, in search of a new summer foundation to replace my lovely (but very full coverage) Estee Lauder Doublewear. I had heard amazing things about Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and so headed straight for John Lewis to try it out. It retails for around £31, but I am hoping it will be worth it.

I love the bottle of this foundation; it comes in a squeezable bottle as opposed to the usual glass bottles Chanel foundation usually come in. It is so much easier to dispense the product, and is safer to carry around in your bag. I also love the fact that it contains SPF 15.

It is a water based foundation, much like MAC Face and Body but I have heard it has slightly more coverage. The lovely sales assistant said it was light to medium coverage. She tried a little on my skin to match my colour (which was Beige Tendre) and my skin looked flawless but completely natural. I can't wait to try this out!

The foundation blends beautifully into the skin on my hand, and looks very natural and feels very light. I will give you an updated review in a week or so! I have high hopes for this one...

This is the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer. I LOVE the Cleanse and Polish, and really wanted to give more of their products a go. Apparently this spritzer is the same formula as the toner but just in the form of a spray. It contains aloe vera, rose-scented geranium, cucumber and vitamin E. It can be used after cleansing the face to soothe and brighten, or after makeup just to freshen up and reduce the apperance of powder and give a dewy glow. It feels really light and cooling on the face, and smells gorgeous. It retails for £12 at John Lewis.

This is the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination skin. It contains borage and avocado oil, echinacea, beta-carotene and vitamin E. I have only tried this on the back of my hand but I must say that my hand very so smooth and moisturised afterwards, but not greasy at all, which I was pleasantly suprised about because it has quite a thick consistency. It costs around £17 for 50ml, which I think is quite a generous amount of product.

Have any of you tried these products before? What did you think of them?