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29 Aug 2012

Everyone Loves A Freebie

 I normally say I hate surprises but that's not really true. I hate unpleasant surprises, but then again who exactly likes unpleasant surprises? I do love being pleasantly surprised though, which is exactly what happened when I opened my ASOS magazine pack this month/ today. 
Aside from my magazine and the usual junk mail, I didn't actually expect to find anything else in the packet, and when I felt a mysterious object hidden in my pack, I just assumed it was a pen, as this seems to be the norm with these magazine/ catalogue type things. Why do they always give out pens, anyway? Is it because they know that in my house, the pens always play hide 'n' seek with me despite the fact that the pens know I'm not a fan of the game, especially as they are always hiding and although I seek, I never seem to find? Probably not. I imagine they want you to use the pen to circle all the things you'd like to buy. 
 I guess you're wondering what the the mystery object in my pack was. It wa-as *drumroll please* a full size Galaxy Smooth Milk bar, 46g all to myself.
 To be honest, I shouldn't really eat it, as I am meant to be on a diet, but a) it's bad manners to not make full use of presents, right? b) you only live once and life's too short to deny yourself the odd treat every once in a while, and c) well I don't really have a (c) but does the fact that I just want to eat it count? P.S. In case you're wondering where the pic of my Galaxy bar is, I can no longer provide one, as I've eaten it now and the wrapper's in the bin ;)
What's been your best magazine freebie ever? Tell me the name of the magazine and what the freebie was below. As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo


16 Aug 2012

Lana Del Rey's the new face of H & M

 It seems that Lana Del Rey has decided to follow in the footsteps of Azaelia Banks and Rihanna, and add fashion (alongside singing) to her CV.
 The brunette beauty is the face and voice for H & M's autumnal collection. The 'Born to Die' singer is set to sing 'Blue Velvet' in a commercial, which will be available on the H & M website from September 19th onwards. As this is the autumnal collection, we can expect lots of varied autumn-inspired fashion pieces such as knitwear and wine red accessories. 

 Next stop for Lana? Her next campaign will be for H & M's winter collection, which will be available in stores and in a print format from October.
 Atta girl. 
 Thanks for reading dolls.What are you fave autumn/winter fashion pieces? Let me know down below. Until next time, as always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo.

P.S.  I don't normally do two posts in the same day, but as it's been a while I thought I'd treat ya ;)


I Passed My Theory Test / BOTM

Hello my lovelies,
I've been a bad blogger. I haven't blogged in a while, reason being I don't have access to a regular source of internet. Please bear with me. I am tryna get it sorted. 
 My BOTM (Book Of The Month) has to be 'The OFFICIAL DSA THEORY TEST for Car Drivers and the Official Highway Code' book. I have been reading and re-reading this book for what feels like the longest time EVER.
 I had my Car Theory Test yesterday, and I  passed. WOOP WOOP!!! I got 47/50 for the multiple choice part (FYI you need 43 to pass) and 45/75 for the hazard perception part (FYI you need 44 to pass, so I just scraped it). The test was not half as bad as I thought it would be.  
 The multiple choice part is relatively easy providing you have revised. There were some questions on there I hadn't even heard off, but you can normally work out the answer by using the process of elimination. When I was revising at home, the thing that I found most problematic was the hazard perception. I just couldn't seem to spot the hazards (either at all or quickly enough). I was scoring between 0-3 (out of 5), and it was not looking very promising. 
 On the day of my test, I woke up extra early to watch another run-through of 'The OFFICIAL DSA GUIDE to HAZARD PERCEPTION' disc, and skim read the theory test book. 
 I have to say that this book alongside other revision aids, has really helped me to consolidate that all important information. 
 If anyone would like a Tips & Tricks post on 'How To Pass Your Car Theory Test', then just say the word, and I'll be more than happy to do one for you. 
 P.S. Today is results day. Some of you are going to be over the moon, and others of you may not be so happy. Whatever your results, know that everything happens for a reason, and even if you didn't do as well as you hoped you would have, it really is NOT the end of the world. You can either wallow in self-pity or do something about it. I suggest you do something, and do it fast. If it's clearing, start contacting the university admission departments ASAP, to find out if there are any available places. The sooner you can do this, the better. If you're deferring your entry, make sure your gap year is well planned. Gap years are only attractive when you plan them properly, that way they are actually conducive to your education, and it doesn't look like you were just lazing about for the whole year. Soooo not a good look. Trust me. As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
 If anyone has any revision tips feel free to share them below. For all those still awaiting results: Good Luck!!!

10 Aug 2012

Song Of The Moment- Black Heart by Stooshe

  A song I just can't seem to get out of my head is...Stooshe's 'Black Heart'. The only bit of this song I actually know properly is 'Daddy I've fallen for a monster'. If I sing any more than that, then I'm making up my own lyrics. Excuse you, don't laugh at me. You know you do it too :P

Here are the lyrics, in case anyone's wondering. Scroll below for a link to the offical video. You can't say I don't hook you up ;)

I don’t like it when you break me honey
Why’d you have to do that?
Tell me when you make these tears keep fallin’
Do you feel like a man?
Figure figure, there’s no working you out whatsoever
Only one way I could sum you up all together
You got a black heart

Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster
Somehow he’s scaring me to death
Ah yes he is
He’s big and he’s bad
I love him like mad
Mamma he’s the best I ever had

Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster
He got a black heart
No walls to build around me honey
Cause you blew my house down

Sticks and stones won’t put it back up for me
And that’s where we’re at now
Ahh, sicker sicker, I ain’t feeling your mouth whatsoever
A name it hurts me more the way from around but whatever
You’ve got a black heart

Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster
Somehow he’s scaring me to death
He’s big and he’s bad
I love him like mad
Mamma he’s the best I ever had
Oh.. Yes he is

Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster
He got a black heart
He got a black heart
He got such a dirty black heart in him

Ain’t it girls (yeah)
I love him like mad
Ohh yes I do
He got a black heart

Wanna see the video? Yes? Then click the link below:

If you wanna be kept up to date on their projects, check out their official website (www.stooshe.com/), or drop 'em a line over Twitter @Stooshe

Is anyone loving this song as much as me? Until next time, as always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

8 Aug 2012

Zara Shopper Basket Review

  The Zara Shopper has become the latest must-have fashion accessory. The brown one (the one I have), seems to be the most popular. The ultimate in arm-candy, you'll now find this bag in the crease of many girl's arms. It seems everywhere I go, I now see this bag or at least a variation of it, somewhere somehow. I must admit, that it's a tad annoying now. When only a few people had it, I did feel as though I belonged to an exclusive members-only club, now that it seems the whole world and his mother have it, it's a tad off-putting.
 Having said that I do love this bag. Well I have a love-hate relationship with it. I like the size, it's very big, and you could fit A4 sized folders in the bag with ease, or whatever you'd fancy. Having said that, due to its short straps, you have to either put it in the crease of your arm or hold it by the handles. So bear that in mind, when packing, as although it's big enough to contain lots of items, when it's heavy, it does becomes impractical to carry. The long detachable strap (handle) it comes with seems to perform an aesthetic function rather than a useful one, which is rather silly. I also don't like the fact, when fully zipped, some gaps remain visible. I wish this bag came with longer arm straps, so I could hook it on my shoulder if the need arose and zipped up properly without the gaps, but hey-ho you win some, you lose some.

 Some Info:

Size: 5/5
Practicality: 3/5
Colours: Brown, Black, Nude, Two-Tone
Price: At 39.99 it's reasonably priced for a bag of such quality
Features: 1 x large interior pocket, 2 x small interior pockets
Materials: Polyurethane (Outer)
50% Jute + 50% Cotton (Inner)

FYI: Nude is Cream, and Brown is Tan. Two-Tone is available in two options; either Nude/ Orange/Red or Burgundy/Black
Final thoughts:

All in all it's a great bag, and due to it's style and look, it does have an air of elegance about it, which is transferred to the wearer, upon use. As it's plain and in a neutral colour, it does complement all outfits, and you will receive many compliments when this is on your arm.

Where can you buy one from?

I bought mine online and collected it from the Zara Oxford St. store. To order it online, click this link:

http://tinyurl.com/dyxoa5s (Black, Brown, Two-Tone Nude/Orange/Red)

http://tinyurl.com/cpuw5bu (Two-Tone Burgundy/Black, Nude)

What's your favourite Zara Shopper Bag, Black, Brown, Nude or Two-Tone? Let me know below.
As always stay blessed and beautiful xoxo

4 Aug 2012

Primary School Anthems

  Recently Twitter had a trending topic that had me reminiscing about my primary school days.Seems like an eternity since I was last in primary school. In reality, it hasn't even been that long (as I was last at my primary school in Year 10, for work experience).

 Who remembers assembly? Y'know the place where all the classes and teachers gather, and you are given a 'Thought For The Day' or you sang a song. Well I use the term 'sang' losely, as in my class the aim was to shout the song loudest. If you could do this the LOUDEST, then you were an OG for the day. My favourite assembly song apart from 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' was:"Please Miss" (see lyrics below), because the lyrics are actually hi-lari-ous.

Please, Miss - she just took my pencil and I need it
Why can't she be sensible
I've told her time and time again,
But she says she wont be my friend!

Please, Miss - he just called me names and said I'm stupid.
He is such a pain you know
I've heard it time and time again,
It really drives me around the bend!

Please, Miss - somebody has stolen my PE kit,
This one here has holes in 'cause
They've worn it time and time again,
I can't wear this, it needs a mend.

In case you think I'm being nasty,
I thought you really ought to know.
I'm telling you to save you asking -
Just turn around and look at that, I TOLD YOU SO!

Please, Miss - so and so is being such a fidget!
I know she doesn't mean it but
She fusses time and time again,
I really wish she'd move away.

Please, Miss - someone's torn my picture and they've spoilt it
It really makes me sick, I've had to
Start it time and time again
Now all that work has been in vain.


In case you think I'm being nasty,
I thought you really ought to know.
I'm telling you to save you asking -
Just turn around and look at that, I TOLD YOU SO!


Dismissed! - I've had quite enough of all this business!
All I ever hear about is
"He did this" and "She did that"
Tittle, tattle, yak, yak, yak!
(Repeat last 2 lines)

And playground games, they were the one boy!!! From the skipping to the hand-clap games, there was one in there for everyone. Here's one I bet you didn't sing in front of THE parents ;P

 "Under the apple tree,
my boyfriend said to me,
'Kiss me, hug me, tell me that you love me,
touch up my body' 1, 2, 3
A, B ,C"

 What songs did you sing in assembly/ in the playground that you'd like to share? Care to share? Leave all comments below. As always, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

Is chivalry dead?

  Chivalry. It brings to mind the picture of a knight, which is probably how and where the idea of a knight-in-shining-armour was formed. It’s defined as the act of being courteous and gallant towards women, however, nowadays this has been extended to both genders, so now includes women being courteous to men also.

  In the show, “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”, we got an insight into the lives of Irish gypsies. We also got to see some of their courting rituals, some of them albeit more controversial than others. The one that shocked the nation the most, and got people taking to Twitter and online forums, to vent their anger was “grabbing”. Grabbing is when a boy shows a girl he is interested in her by trying to kiss her. The boy can use force and grab her where necessary, hence the name grabbing.

 Why, we were so shocked as to the violence displayed here, one can only wonder, as nowadays we have guys approaching girls with verbal abuse of equal measure. Some, have taken to hurling profanities and obscenities, whilst others have used the more flattering lines such as “ Yo, my size”, or “Oi you. Yeah you, Can I have your number?”. Yes, it appears that chivalry has most certainly had a transformation from its humble fairytale beginnings.
  In Little Red Riding Hood, a male woodcutter saved her from the jaws of the wicked wolf; likewise Sleeping Beauty was brought back to life by the kiss of her Prince Charming. The common denominators in these fairytales, are that the men rescued their damsels from distress, and from the clutches of death.

 Whilst, no woman is asking for a man to save her life, what they are dying to see is some of the good old traditions of romance and chivalry are still maintained in today’s society.

 There are a range of reasons as to why chivalry is no longer what it once was. With the evolution of technology, the days of personal hand-written letters are long gone. As opposed to sending loved one letters, we might just send an email today instead. Secondly, society has become more individualistic and self absorbed. We no longer care about others as much as we do ourselves.

Do you think chivalry is dead or has it been reinvented? Leave your comments below.

As always stay blessed and beautiful xoxo


1 Aug 2012

Battle Of The Brushes: MAC 187 Brush vs. ELF Studio Powder Brush

 Whether you're a beauty newbie, or someone who's been in the biz for a while, unless you've been AWOL for the last decade, I'm sure you've heard of the MAC 187 Duo Fibre (Foundation) Stipling Face Brush. This brush is forever showered with praise in the blogging and vlogging word alike. What you'd like to know is how it fares up against the ELF Studio Brush, right?

                            MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush                      ELF Studio Powder Brush

Price                                 £32.50                                                   £3.75

Texture                             Very Soft                                           Super Soft

Shedding                          Minimal                                            Minimal

Hair Type                         Natural                                             Synthetic

Density                             Fair                                                      High

Application                      3.5/5                                                      4.5/5

Overall Rating                  4/5                                                         5/5

Which one would I recommend?

 I'd have to say my ELF Studio Powder Brush wins hands-down any day. That's not to say that the MAC 187 Foundation Brush is crap, as I've still got mine, however, it's my reserve and isn't the one I reach for on a daily basis. Although both brushes do shed, I feel my MAC one has shed more than my ELF one. I also feel like in terms of finishes, my ELF brush gives a just as good finish as my MAC one, if not better.

 For make-up beginners, I'd particularly recommend the ELF brush, as the stippling technique can be a bit hard to get the hang off at first, and does take a lot of practise. Furthermore, for your first make up-brush, I wouldn't advice spending tonnes of money, as you'll probably end up buying loads of brushes throughout your make-up journey.

 Although, the ELF brush, is recommended for use with powder products, I've used this for liquid, and know other bloggers do this too, and it works like a dream.

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