Sunday, 28 November 2010

Dolly Bow-Bow.

Dolly Bow-Bow is a new online boutique that I've heard mentioned through the blogging grapevine and even though my mini statement was screaming at me to give the online shopping a rest for a bit I thought just having a quick look wouldn't hurt!!! How wrong was I! I instantly fell in love with a number of items but it was this 'love' necklace in gold that really caught my eye. £5.99 with free UK postage. (You can also get this necklace in silver if you'd prefer.)

Other items that I've put on my Christmas list are the Swooping Swallow bracelet and the Gingerbread boy bracelet, so pretty and both no more than £5. Personalised Mini Scrabble earrings which are hugely popular and only £4.99 and my particular favourite which I'm contemplating ordering whilst writing this blog post, the Over the Rainbow necklace which starts at £5.99 and comes with either an 18 inch or a 24 inch chain.

The gorgeous girlie behind this online boutique and beautiful jewellery collection is Katie Murnane. A girl after my own heart, Katie has created this collection with a vintage twist and all the items you see have been handmade by her.
One of the best things about these pieces is that many of the items are one offs created with charms and fabrics that Katie has collected on her travels so you know you're getting a unique piece of jewellery when you order from Dolly Bow-Bow.
Aswell as my personal favourites I recommend checking out the ridiculously cute Polly Pocket necklaces. They've all sold out due to their popularity and I'm not surprised!

If you'd like to know abit more about what has inspired Katie's collection click here. You can also follow her blog or have a peek over at her YouTube Channel.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Beauty booty

Hi guys and gals,

As I mentioned in my Elizabeth Arden post, I'm always on the hunt for skincare products that might help resolve my many skin woes. When I'm trying something new I prefer it if it's been recommended before I chance smuthering it all over my skin and this week I've started using two new skincare products that have both come highly recommended.
I'll probably do a proper review on each product at a later date once I've used them for longer than a couple of days but I just wanted to report my initial reaction to see if it changes in a month or two of using them and if I would consider permanently adding them to my skincare routine.
First up is Burt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub. I've always liked the idea of exfoliating. Buffing away dead skin to give you a clearer, fresher complexion but I've yet to find one that doesn't completely suck the life out of my skin. In the past I've gone for big brands with a big price tag to match thinking that they'd be the best on the market but none have suited me.
I did my research and read reviews on about 100 exfoliating products (no joke, I was reading through them all one very sleepless night!) and Burt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub had the best review by far and came highly recommended by everybody that had used it.
All products in the Burt's Bees range are natural and this sulfate-free facial scrub contains finely ground almonds, oats, pecans and rose petals to gently exfoliate your skin.

The texture is slightly moist and crumbly and once you scoop a small amount out and mix it in your palm with a bit of water it becomes more like a paste which you then exfoliate your face and neck with. I've not been using it for long, just the last couple of days but  my skin felt incredibly soft and fresh after use. It didn't make my skin feel tight or make my sensitive areas flare up which is always a good start. I really like this product and have been impressed by the difference it's made to my complexion after only a couple of days. If it continues to exfoliate my skin without causing any irritation or breakouts then I'll be a very happy bunny and will definitely be repurchasing this product again.
It was £9.99 for a 55g pot which is very reasonable and alot cheaper than other exfoliating products I've purchased in the past. I ordered it online from Look Fantastic but I think larger Boots stores also stock Burt's Bees products.
Click here to visit the Burt's Bees website and check out their full skincare range.

My next beauty buy is the Egyptian Magic Cream. I've heard this cream mentioned on a number of blogs but it was watching Gems Maquillage review of the product on her YouTube channel that swayed it for me, click here if you'd like to watch her review.
It has quite a hefty price tag at around £25-£30 on most websites. I bought it for £24.95 on which seemed to be the cheapest deal I could find and the postage and packaging was reasonable and didn't bump up the total too much.
The impression I got from reading the product reviews was that this cream is abit of a beauty secret although there's quite a buzz about it in the beauty blogging community. Even on the packaging it's branded as 'The Ancient Kamitians secret magical cream!'
This product has no synthetic preservatives or fragrances added and lists it's ingredients as olive oil, beeswax, honey, pollen, royal jelly and propolis extract and can be used on a huge number of skin complaints. To put it bluntly, it does exactly what it says on the tub! It's a magic moisturiser with healing qualities. You can even use it on your hair!!
If you'd like to know more about this product click here to visit the Egyptian Magic Cream website.

The texture is very similar to Vaseline and comes in a pretty decent size tub (4oz./118ml.) It smells alot like Vaseline too and has that petroleum jelly scent to it which some people might not like but I don't mind it.
A little goes along way with this balm and if you scoop a bit out with your finger, rub it in your hands the texture turns more oily and then you can apply it to wherever you choose. I  used it last night and during the day and it made my skin feel really lovely, softer than it's felt in ages and it's already completely rehydrated the dry patches around my eyes.
Like my Lizzie Arden eight hour cream I'd only use this on a day off or at night to rejuvenate and protect my skin as it's quite heavy duty with an oily texture and probably wouldn't sit well under a full face of slap.

And my final splurge went on something I've been ogling since it's release and that's Models Own nail polish in Grace Green. Although I'm trying to reign in my addiction and ween myself off buying so many nail polishes I'll admit I relapsed this week and treated myself to it.
I'm going through a bit of a green phase at the moment and have purchased a number of gorgeous green items over the last couple of weeks. A lovely knitted snood in a soft khaki shade from River Island, a mint green jumper from Topshop that I wrote about in my previous post and now this gorgeous green nail polish.

Here's a picture of the shade on.

That's my little spree for the week and I'm really pleased with all my purchases. What beauty buys have you bought this week? Any new additions to your beauty regime?

Hope you're all wrapping up warm this week.


Saturday, 6 November 2010

A small haul!

Just a small self indulgent post this evening. I've been on a bit of a mad mini shopping spree this week and wanted to go through my purchases.
I had a bit of left over birthday money burning a hole in my pocket which I had put to one side for my dream winter coat or a cracking pair of winter boots but as I haven't found either I thought i'd buy some of the clothes i've been lusting over in Topshop and a few other little treats.

I thought I had found my dream boots when I saw these little brogue style beauties on the Topshop website so ordered them and waited impatiently for their arrival but when I saw them on I wasn't so keen. They looked big and clumpy on my feet so I sent them back although looking at this picture I want them again! (They look better in the photo than they did on my feet!)
I bought some gorgeous little ankle boots from Topshop a couple of years ago and have worn them to death but sadly I'm still on the hunt for my perfect pair.
Black brogue boots £68

Until I can find my dream winter boots here are a few of the goodies I treated myself to this week. You might recognise a couple of the Topshop tops from the  'My Christmas Wishlist' blog post a couple of weeks ago! I obviously couldn't wait till Christmas!!

I've been dribbling over this £20 Topshop jumper for some weeks now!

This mint green slouchy jumper is £16 from Topshop and is so soft and comfy I could sleep in it!

I'm a sucker for a check shirt and have quite a collection building up. One more won't hurt and I love the colour of this one! £28 from Topshop.

My very cute scrabble piece ring and biscuit ring from giftgirls

My hair always feels super soft and smells delicious when I use this Kerastase shampoo & conditioner from

I pre-ordered this months ago and completely forgot about it......until it arrived this week that is! I love Family Guy!

What goodies have you treated yourself to recently or unlike me are you managing to wait until Christmas?! Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend and are enjoying the fireworks!


Wednesday, 3 November 2010

We heart it!

There's nothing I like better than coming across a site that makes you feel good and is definitely one of those sites. Knowing me I'm probably the last person to hear about this fantastic picture (and video) sharing website but I wanted to shout about it anyway!
Being an avid blog reader I've noticed this site mentioned a number of times so wandered over for a look and I've never seen so many stunning pictures in all my life. There's something for everyone and they are truly beautiful.
We heart it allows you to sign up as a hearter and create your own album of inspirational pictures called 'my heart'. I think that whenever life's getting me down I'll head on over to look over my album and feel inspired.

Here are a few of my favourites from my heart.

The cat in one of the pictures looks identical to my cat Thomas Jay or Mr.T as I like to call him! (I know.....I need to get out more!)
There are so many amazing pictures to look through so when you have a free moment head on over to and create your very own heart of insirational pictures.

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