Sunday, July 04, 2010

Something to pass the time..

1. Where is your cell phone? It's in the next room charging.

2. Your hair? Freshly dyed! (red)

3. Your mother? The Mothership is at her mums house doing some gardening for her :)

4. Your father? Is sitting next to me, hungover and snoozing <3

5. Your favorite food? Right now it'd be either Pick n Mix or chicken tikka massala! Yum.

6. Your dream last night? I really don't remember a lot of my dreams these days, thank goodness.. Because my dreams when I'm pregnant are always insane.

7. Your favorite drink? Fave general drink is water, can't beat it.. I also love tropical juice. For a treat it's got to be chocolate milk. And fave fizzy drink is Dr Pepper (I hardly ever drink that though).

8. Your dream/goal? My ultimate goal is to raise my chilren somewhere green and safe - we're currently living in a horrible part of London and this isn't what I want for them - they deserve better.

9. What room are you in? The living room. And my dad has just started snoring, haha!

10. Your hobby? Reading, writing, playing with my son, shopping, doing make up/ hair..

11. Your fear? Losing my kids. I can't even bear to think of my life without them.

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? In the countryside/ by the coast with my little family, happy and healthy.

13. Where were you last night? Relaxing at home.

14. Something you aren't? A liar and a cheat. Never ever.

15. Muffins? Yes please! Right now I'd love a blueberry one :)

16. Wish list item? Ahh, too many things! I'd love a little spree in MAC actually! Some new eyeshadows and a msf would be lovely.

17. Where did you grow up? I've lived in the same house almost my whole life - it's in North London.

18. Last thing you did? Fixed the tear in my sons book and pulled a silly face at him ♥

19. What are you wearing? A purple maxi dress, black cami top and white flip flops with a clear stone in them.

20. Your TV? Is currently on Five USA - we love CSI and all those good shows!

21. Your pets? We've got a jack russell terrier but when we move we're going to get kitties :)

22. Your friends? Don't seem to be very interested in me since I had kids. Oh well.

23. Your life? Is amazing because of my babies ♥

24. Your mood? it's okay, but it's likely to take a downward turn soon - silly hormones!

25. Missing someone? Nobody living.. But I wish my grandad and aunt were still around.

26. Vehicle? My dad has a Vauxhall Zafira which I have named Winston! I love it, it's amazing for family days out.

27. Something you are wearing? Pink lipstick.

28. Your favorite brand? Possibly L'oreal, but I love Benefit and MAC when I have more cash :)

29. Your favorite color? Pink and teal.

30. When do you laugh? At all the wrong times, loudly. I'm silly.

31. Last time you cried? I feel like crying a lot, but then I just get angry, haha!

32. Your best friend? As soppy as this sounds, it's my son. He's my constant companion and makes me smile when nobody else can.

33. One place that I go over and over? Anywhere by the sea or in the countryside ♥

34. One person who emails me regularly? Nobody really! I prefer handwritten mail :)

35. Favorite place to eat? It used to be Chili's Bar and Grill, but since that left the UK (*wails*) it's probably Marine Ices.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

A ramble, really.. And a couple of pictures!

Hello all! :)
I'm sorry it's been a while (once again, oops), but things have been really hectic here..
I went through a really poorly phase where I had an ear infection, a virus and awful hayfever!
And on top of that I've been going through some personal things (probably why I was so ill in the first place, I was really run-down), but things are settling down a bit now which I'm grateful for - I think the last thing you need when you're pregnant and hormonal is additional stress.

Anyway! So I had my 12 week pregnancy scan last month and it was dramatic to say the least!
The baby is a lot like Oliver was, in that he or she really didn't like being prodded or poked in the slightest and made it very difficult to see, and for the sonographer to get the measurements she needed!
We even saw the baby shaking its head from side to side with its hands up by its face as if to say "nooo!", haha - it was too cute.
Anyway, after a long time and lots of jumping around by me, we got this picture of my baby..

Everything looks okay so far so that's good, and I'm having another scan on the 11th of August so I can;t wait for that - hopefully we'll find out if we're having another boy or a girl this time too :)
I really don't mind, although everyone is convinced it's a girl.
My belly is getting rather round and it's happened a lot quicker this time..
Here is a pic from when I was just over 11 weeks pregnant (I'm 14 weeks preggy now and the bump hasn't really changed).

So, in other news..
I'm a strange girl, I'm slightly allergic to summer (and not just because of the hayfever!) - I always seem to feel weak and generally grotty in the heat and I think a lot of that is down to the fact that I burn really easily, and here in London we don't get nice breezes and the nice smells of summer that you might do in the countryside or by the sea.
So being sticky and breathing in hot pollution isn't fun, haha!
Because of that, I haven't been going out tons and so shopping has been put on the back burner :(

However, on Thursday my dad offered to take myself, Oli and my mum to Lakeside so I naturally jumped at the chance!
We hopped in the car and off we went :)
It was really nice, we had lunch at "Italian Kitchen" which was scrummy and I got Oli some lovely bits and pieces from the Disney Store, Primark and The Works ♥
We also went to Boots and I was in heaven, as they had so many more brands than they carry at my local Boots - I went on a mini splurge and got my mum a couple of treats too as she always thinks of me and Oli when she's out and treats us to things.
One of the things I got that I'm most excited about is an eyeshadow duo (that's no surprise really, I'm obssessed, haha) by Too Faced called "Lovey Dovey"

It's described as a sable brown and fawn shimmer, which I personally think makes it sound somewhat boring! But really it's not at all, and I love how these shadows look on the eye - I have a few of the Too Faced eyeshadows and the consistency and pigmentation of these little beauties make me keep going back for more (I've got my eyes on another as we speak!) :)
I also picked up a Shadow Insurance and because I spent over £20 I got a free gift, woohoo!
It was a little leopard print furry case with pink trim and inside was a mini Shadow Insurance, another eyeshadow duo in Totally Toasted and a mini Lash Injection mascara - bargain!
I actually think it's worth spending the money to get that little lot alone, haha :D

Amongst other things I really wanted to get my hands on the lipstick everyone's been talking about - the 17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in "Beehive" - I swatched it in the shop and loved how glossy it was and the pretty pinky nude shade so I grabbed it.
I also got an eyeshadow and because I had spent £6 I got yet another freebie!
This time it was a little box containing a travel kit - a nail polish, a lip gloss and a mini waterproof mascara, hooray..
The only downside to this was the fact that on the drive home my lipstick melted and when I tried to apply it, it broke off!
I have heard a few people saying this has happened to them so I don't feel quite as silly as I did at the time, but I'm not letting that little experience put me off and I will using it up and also will get another one as a back up, seeing as though they're so popular.

Another couple of things that are making me happy right now (as if I haven't waffled on for long enough!) are..

Reading: I've always been a real bookworm and before I had Oliver my nose was always stuck in a book!
But my days are much busier now, so I don't get the chance to settle down and have a good read as often as I used to.
However, since I got pregnant again I've really felt the urge to get back in to it, so I bought a few new reads online and was so excited when they arrived!
Since then, whenever Oliver is napping and I haven't got anything important to do, I always try to sit down and read a chapter of something and it really settles me :)
A bit of escapism and education is good for the soul, haha..

My laptop: I've had SO much drama with laptops in the past, I was convinced I would end up getting a desktop computer and that would be that.
But my other half convinced me that I should give the laptops one more chance and got me my current love, my hot pink Sony Vaio

Since I've had it, I've had no problems, no worries, it's been a little treasure, haha :D
I think part of the reason I love it so much is obviously the colour which just isn;t showing up in the pics I've taken of it *sigh*
It goes from an almost cherry shade, right to a pretty fuchsia colour and it's gorgeous!
I had been determined to get a more bubblegum pink one, but I'm glad I got this now.

Right, so that's it for now lovelies, I will try to be back soon.

Hugs for anyone who reads, please feel free to leave a comment because they really do make me smile!

- Nikki xoxo

Friday, May 28, 2010

Where have I been...?

Good question!

Some of you may already be aware of this news if you follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, but I will repeat it here anyway for those of you who are none the wiser and interested :)

I found out a couple of weeks ago that I'm going to be a mummy again!
And I had a little bit of worry a week ago with regards to how the pregnancy is going (everything's fine now, as far as I know), so to be completely honest I haven't felt like I have anything relevant or important to write about in terms of beauty or shopping etc. - my mind has been full of babies and motherhood and not much else.

All I care about is my children and that they are okay; my babies are my number one priority (as they always have been and always will be).. ♥

The past few days have been hard and busy, as Oliver has decided that he is going through the "Terrible Twos" despite the fact that he is only 15 months old - my mum thinks he knows he is going to be a big brother and this is his chosen form of protest, haha :D

On top of all of this, we are also househunting right now, looking for the place that will be our first, owned family home.
Chances are, we won't move in fully until the new bubba is here because, quite frankly, I have made a huge song and dance about wanting the same midwife team I had with Oliver, and I won't get them any other way than staying where I am now a little longer.
I love those women! They understood everything I needed and wanting during my pregnancy and birth and once my son was born and they went on their way, I missed them all.
So we will hopefully buy the house and get it set up while I'm pregnant, then move in altogether once bubs is here :)

Exciting yes, but also quite stressful! We are hoping to move somewhere commuter friendly on the outskirts of London for Steves work, but what we want in a house does not come cheap on the commuter belt :(
It makes me so cross, seeing very average houses costing so very much purely because they're in a slightly better area in regards to travel.. Grr.

Anyway! So there is a lot to think about and do, it's a busy time for us.
I have a scan on the 23rd of June and everytime I think about it, my tummy flips and I feel sick, then I get this massive buzz of excitement - I just want everything to be okay so badly..
I don't know when my due date is or exactly how far along I am in my pregnancy because of my irregular cycles but my gp thinks I will be somewhere around 12 weeks by the time of the scan - we'll see!

I'll update here and post scan pics for anyone who wants to see or hear more :)
For now, here is a pic of my darling Olibear with my positive pregnancy result..

I think this blog is going to become a lot more personal in the coming months as obviously my life is changing now - clearly I still adore make up and discovering new lovely things so that will still feature here, don't get me wrong..
But it's going to be more of a mix here now, and I think that's a good thing :)

Anyway, I'll leave it at that for now.
Hugs to everyone who reads ♥

- Nikki xoxo

Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Three Nicknames I go by:
♥ Nikki
♥ Peaches
♥ Mum

Three Jobs I've had:
♥ Babysitter
♥ Nursery Nurse
♥ Teaching Assistant

Three Places I've Lived:
♥ Tottenham, North London (family home)
♥ Church Langley, Essex (briefly)
♥ Wood Green, North London (briefly)

Three Favourite Drinks:
♥ Tropical juice
♥ Milk (&milkshakes)
♥ Water

Three TV shows I watch:
I don't watch anything regularly but..
♥ Eastenders
♥ Documentaries
♥ Property shows

Three Places I've Been:
♥ Prague
♥ Spain
♥ Wales

Three Places I Want to Visit:
♥ Las Vegas
♥ The Lake District
♥ Ireland (again)

Three People Who Text Me A Lot:
♥ Ste
♥ Mum
♥ That's it - clearly nobody loves me lol :/

Three Favourite Dishes:
♥ Chicken curry
♥ Anything involving pasta, I love it!
♥ Christmas dinner

Three Makeup Products I Couldn't Live Without:
♥ Black liquid eyeliner
♥ Concealer
♥ Lip balm

Three Things I'm Looking Forward To:
♥ My son walking
♥ Having another baby at some point, I can't wait
♥ Us buying our first home together

So that's all the questions lovelies, if you haven't done this then please do and leave the link in the comments section of this post as I'd love to know more about you all :)

I found this tag on Tors blog.. so go check her out, she's a lovely lady with a gorgeous blog!

Hugs as always

- Nikki xoxo

Sunday, April 25, 2010

If I were..

Hi lovelies! :)

I have a day to myself as Oliver is out with his daddy so I thought I'd do a little quiz/ survey type thing to keep myself occupied while I wait for the water to heat up for my bath..
I have seen quite a few people doing this tag so I thoughtI'd join in!
I hope you don't find it too boring..

♥ If I were a gemstone, I'd be an amethyst.

♥ If I were a scent, I'd be cinnamon.

♥ If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be leopard print ballet pumps.

♥ If I were the weather, I'd be a snowy winters day.

♥ If I were a facial expression, I'd be a cheesy grin.

♥ If I were a car, I'd be a pink VW camper van.

♥ If I were a time of day, I'd be sundown.

♥ If I were a month, I'd be the best month, December.

♥ If I were a place, I'd be a countryside retreat.

♥ If I were a liquid, I'd be chocolate milk.

♥ If I were a taste, I'd be spicy.

♥ If I were a sea animal, I'd be a seahorse.

♥ If I were a food, I'd be spicy chicken.

♥ If I were a colour, I'd be bubblegum pink.

♥ If I were a musical instrument, I'd be a bass guitar.

♥ If I were a flower, I'd be a pink and white orchid.

♥ If I were a song, I'd be "Precious Things" by Tori Amos.

♥ If I were a planet, I'd be Venus.

♥ If I were an object, I'd be a well read book.

♥ If I were a fruit, I'd be a mango.

♥ If I were a sound, I'd be the leaves of a tree rustling in the breeze.

♥ If I were a day of the week, I'd be a Saturday.

Hugs as always,

Nikki xoxo

Monday, April 19, 2010

like, love &hate..

Okay so I wasn't directly tagged by anyone to do this post, but I've seen quite few peoples answers and I really wanted to do my own :) ♥
If anyone reading this hasn't done it, please do!

♠ Fill in 12 likes, 1 love and 8 hates and link it onto 3 other blogs you admire!

1] I like long walks in the countryside with my boys during spring and summer
2] I like surprises, even though they drive me crazy - I always try so hard to guess what it could be!
3] I like meeting other mums and discussing our children and lives
4] I like lie ins - they're very rare though!
5] I like mixing up my cereal - I never have just one type at a time
6] I like shopping - finding new make up to try, clothes to wear and all sorts of cute things for my son just makes my day
7] I like when you meet someone and instantly click with them
8] I like snuggles with my son - he's so active he hardly sits still for a moment so when he does come to me for a cuddle it makes it all the more precious
9] I like books - I am obssessed and have been since I was little; the vast majority of my pocket money went on books as a child ♥
10] I like having "me time" - once Oliver is in bed it's youtube, blogger and sims 3 time!
11] I like watching tv shows, movies and listening to music from the 1950's - I always wish I could find a time machine and go back to see what it would be like :)
12] I like black liquid eyeliner - I actually don't know what I'd do without it!

1] I love my son more than anything else in the world - he is the one person who always makes me smile, who can make me laugh when I'm sad and who I always want to hug and be with even when I want to be alone - he is like a part of me ♥

1] I hate dishonesty - once I know someone has lied to me, I will probably never trust them again
2] I hate selfish people - I naturally put my loved ones before myself so I find it hard to understand people who think of nobody but themselves
3] I hate not getting enough sleep - it makes me feel grouchy and yukky!
4] I hate being away from my son, even for a day - I miss him like crazy.. I've never spent a night away from him since he was born
5] I hate being let down and disappointed
6] I hate people who smoke, drink or do drugs around children
7] I hate days when you can't shake a bad mood
8] I hate narrowminded people - people who judge without knowing the full story, who say hurtful things about others based on the colour of their skin or their sexuality, people who beat children and/ or animals.. I think they're disgusting.

And that's it!
If you've done this, feel free to leave a link to your blog post as a comment :D

Hugs as always

- Nikki xoxo

Recent eyeshadow purchases, with pictures

I recently went on a bit of a mad online shopping splurge and bought quite a few eye products! Whoops..

First of all we have 4 Benefit Velvet Eyeshadows, one of which I already had and loved so I was determined to get more!

I can't even put in to words how gorgeous these are - clockwise from top left: Fawn Over Me, Dandy Bandy, Leggy and Bikini Line.
The texture really is like velvet and I could happily use these every day and not get sick of them! They're so pretty.
I got mine on Ebay and I would strongly recommend it - you do get fakes when it comes to cosmetics but personally I've never had any trouble and all the products I've bought have been in perfect condition and at a bargain price to boot!

I also got some Too Faced eyeshdows:

This one is called Glamazon and it's a pretty golden taupe colour which is perfect for ladies like me who love the glitter!
It's quite fine glitter and you don't get that much fallout with it so it's one eyeshadow I really enjoy using.

These are Too Faced shadow duos in Totally Toasted and Poodle Puff - Totally Toasted is lovely and shimmery and great for a neutral eye (which I adore), and I am always reaching for Poodle Puff, especially the lighter colour as it is a gorgeous highlight on the brow and cheekbones ♥

This is my beloved Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/ Liner in Birthday Suit - this isn't majorly pigmented but it is gorgeous as a base for your eyeshadows - it's got a lovely shimmer to it and I reach for this tons.

This is a L'oreal Chrome Shine eyeshadow in Beige Shimmer that I actually bought in my local Superdrug and I know I say this about everything but I really do adore it!
Don't you just love finding new things to try? It makes me so happy ♥
This shadow looks lovely all over the lid or as a crease colour if you're going for a light eye look.
The texture is really soft and the pigmentation is amazing - I do love my drug store products I have to say :)

What are your favourite eyeshadows? Do you have any recommendations for me? :)

Hugs as always

- Nikki xoxo

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Long time no blog!! Long update with pics :)

I am so sorry it's been so long darlings, I feel really bad..
I'm a terrible blogger :( lol
I have managed to break my laptop once again - this time it was actually my fault as I was rushing to go get Oliver and managed to get half an earphone stuck as I was shutting it and it cracked the screen..
It's at the Acer Centre in Plymouth right now, and they want over £100 to fix it and return it to me, despite the fact that it's under warranty - I'm not a happy bunny!
Anyway, I'll pay it (grudgingly) and try my best to keep this cursed laptop living a while longer until I get my new pink Sony Vaio (squeee!! Far too excited about that) ♥

I have got a few things to write about, some of them personal and some of them beauty related so feel free to skip the bits you find boring :)

I'll get the personal stuff out of the way first.

I've got my dad living here with me - he's been here for the past month I think..
He quit his job when he was going through a horrible marriage break down, so he ended up losing his home.
I'm really glad he's here where I can keep an eye on him and I really enjoy his company too :)
He loves cooking so we've had some yummy meals together which is always a bonus!
I don't know how long he'll stay for but he is welcome to be here as long as he wants and needs to be.

Also, Steve and I are together and going strong - we're actually talking about having a Vegas wedding next year - crazy stuff!
I'm very aware that this is our last chance to make it work and for us and for Oliver, I really want it to..
It's looking really good so far, it's like a completely fresh new start for us :D

Ooh another thing I'd love to hear your opinions on is broodiness!
My son turned a year old on the 21st of Feb and already I'm cooing over other babies and pregnant women, wondering what it would be like for Oliver to have a little brother or sister to play with - it's mad and not entirely rational I know.
So all you gorgeous yummy mummies out there - after you had your first child, did you really miss being pregnant even though you were over the moon to have your baby with you to love?
And did you feel broody soon afterwards, or were you content with just the one baby for the time being?
I think it might just be me - I adore kids, always have and always will :)
Would be great to hear other ladies opinions though so please leave me a comment and tell me your view!

Talking of babies, Oliver is amazing me more and more by the day - his speech is really coming along and he is such a sociable little boy, he loves chatting away and smiling at new people!
He's never been a particularly clingy baby and he will go to practically anyone for a cuddle or to play - it makes me so proud.
He's been suffering with teething, that's been the only downer..
It's hard seeing him in pain and miserable but I've been giving him Calpol and it seems to help a bit.
His daddy was away for nearly 3 weeks visiting family in the Philippines and when he came back it was like all Olivers sadness just evaporated, haha!
Bless him, he didn't let his dad out of his sight for the next week!
Oli has really started enjoying cruising around furniture now and he will happily walk alongside me if I hold one of his hands for support - I'm hoping it won't be too long before he's walking independently but I know he'll do it in his own time when he is ready :)

-Oliver testing out his new stroller :D

And this one is when I managed to distract him from Mama Mirabelle lol..

Now, on to some beauty stuff!

Firstly, I have dyed my hair and I really love it :D
I used one of the schwarzkopf Palette dyes in Ruby Red and I'm so happy with how it came out - my hair was quite dark to begin with so I wasn't expecting the red to be very vibrant but it's taken really well!
Here are some pictures taken with flash-

I haven't dyed my hair this sort of colour since I was in my late teens probably, so it's taking some getting used to but I think it'll stay like this for quite some time - I was considering dying it black again but I'm more than happy to have it red for now - infact I'm actually considering getting another box of dye and using it soon to get a more intense colour..
Do you think I should? :)

Another thing that has made me happy is MAC doing free delivery a couple of times since I last blogged, haha! ♥
I don't go mad and buy loads, but the things I have got are gorgeous and I'm so glad I did get them.
I have bought Satin Taupe, Antiqued and Tempting (I already had Amber Lights and Naked Lunch) and the first week or so I had them I used them almost every day, I love them so much ♥
I also got a paintpot in Soft Ochre - that's another product that's now got a dent in it, as I find not many eye primers work on my somewhat oily eyelids (yuk!) so this has made an amazing base for all my eyeshadows, or even on its own on those lazy days with just a flick of black liquid eyeliner :)
The last MAC product I bought was Creme Cup lipstick. I already had Lovelorn which I'm crazy about and will definitely be buying a back-up of!
Creme Cup is a stunning pink nude and I love wearing it with a smokey eye.
I also love that smell that MAC lipsticks have - it's a gorgeous vanilla scent - yum.
What are your favourite MAC products? I hope they do free delivery again soon, haha!

L-R: Creme Cup lipstick, Soft Ochre Paintpot and Lovelorn lipstick.

I've noticed that I'm using a lot of nude and pink lip products lately - maybe I'll be more daring with more striking colours in the summer!
Some that I've been loving recently are the Barry M lipstick in 100, elf "Runway Pink", Natural Collections "Apple Blossom" and the Maybelline Color Sensational in "Pink Pearl"..

I often use the Apple Blossom to nude out my lips before using a gloss or another lipstick as my lips are quite dark naturally - and I think it's only £1.95 so really you can't go wrong! The consistency is gorgeous; really creamy with a nice sheen to it :)
Pink Frost looks lush when paired with a pink sparkly lip gloss I have by Avon - very Barbie-ish! ♥
The elf lipstick was one I actually wasn't particularly keen on when I got it, but after experimenting with some different glosses layered over it I keep reaching for it now.
Barry M 100 is a real pale bubblegum pink and I love this with a raspberry coloured gloss over the top for a more wearable look.

Face products I grab on a daily basis change all the time, but right now to of my faves are the elf blush in "Peachy Keen" and Collection 2000 Shimmer and shade in "Pink Me Up"..

The blush is a really similar colour to the background shade in the collection 2000 product and I didn't realise until I literally just posted that photo, haha!
However, I love them both and I'm glad I have them in my make up stash - now spring is here and summer is on its way, I love wearing peachy blush on my cheeks with a good shimmery highlight on my cheekbones :)

Right, that's all for now my lovelies, I will be posting another blog midweek about some recent eyeshadow purchases so keep an eye out for that! ♥
Also look out for some "Getting to know you" survey/ questionnaire type of things I will be doing :)

Hugs as always

- Nikki xoxo

Sunday, February 07, 2010

fotd, mums make up, new hair &mini haul!

Hi lovelies!
First of all, I'm sorry this post is a bit delayed - was going to finish and put it up Monday but I've had a lot of personal issues going on and I haven't had the time or drive to do it..
Better late than never though, as I always say!
Anyway, let's get on with it ♥


I used some more of the new Playboy Cosmetics I wrote about :)
This time I used the "Primped and Proper" eyeshadow duo - I put the darker colour all over the lid and the lighter colour on the browbone and inner corner.
For blush I used "Nymphette" which comes out such a nice colour - maybe it's just because of my skintone, but it seemed quite different to how it looks in the container.
On the lips I used the lighter end of "Pinky Pout" lipliner, then the "Playboy Pink" lipgloss.
I really like this gloss as the colour payoff is great, yet it's not sticky at all..
And when used with the lipliner it really stayed put!

You can also see my new hair colour in the top pic!
I will try and take a better picture today or tomorrow though as I know it doesn't show up very strongly here.
I used the Garnier Morello Cherry Deep red and I really like it!
I used to dye my hair a similar colour when I was in my teens so it's pretty weird having it like this again, haha!
It's not far off my natural colour to be honest, just more of a richer red and less brown to it.

Mums make up!:

Mum bought some new make up while we were out shopping on Friday, so I said I'd do her make up for her on Saturday :)
She's been asking me to do this for a while now because she gets bored of using the same techniques and felt like a change.
I kept it pretty simple because she wanted something that wasn't too striking while she was out running errands and walking the dog.
I used pinks and lilacs on the eyes and her new Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Fresh Glow Baked Mineral blushes - the pink one of the apples of the cheeks and the peachy one as a highlight.
After using these I have to say I am so tempted to get some - they're gorgeous!
And at Boots it's £2 off some of the Prestige line so it's a good time to go and get a bargain :D
On Mums lips we just used a midtone pink lipstick with gloss over the top which is her fave.

Mini Haul:

So as I mentioned, I went shopping on Friday and amongst the things I picked up were these little goodies..

(without flash):

(with flash):

We have Clearasil Stayclear Tinted Treatment Cream, Collection 2000 Hot Looks Fast Dry Nail Polishes in BMX Bandit (blue) and Dynasty (pinky lilac), Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Baked Shadow Quad in Bijou and Sally Hansen Cornsilk Shine Control Classic Translucent Pressed Powder.

I asked for the Benefit Powderflage for my birthday, so I'm looking forward to comparing that and the powder I got here - I use it under the eyes to set my concealer and it really brightens up the area :)

The only other thing I've tried so far is the blue nail polish - I love the colour as it's really different to anything else in my collection but I have to say the staying power isn't excellent which I guess you'd expect as it's only £1.75 a bottle..
I put a good base coat on, 2 coats of the polish then a top coat and it was starting to chip a day later!
Nevermind, it's still pretty so I will carry on using it.
I haven't tried the lilacy colour yet but I really want to as I've heard quite a few ladies saying they like it!

I'm off shopping again tomorrow because I need to get some new clothes and things for Oliver (he's getting huge!) as well as start looking for the birthday cake I want to get him - he's turning one on the 21st and we're having a little party with family, so that should be interesting!
Anyway, if I get anything for myself that I think you lovelies might be interested in seeing, I'll do another blog post at the weekend, providing nothing else happens with my family :)

Hugs as always
- Nikki

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Playboy Cosmetics FOTD and hair update!

Today I used some of the products featured in my previous blog post and I thought I weould show you how it turned out :) ♥

Without flash:

With flash:


Eye with flash:

Lips with just lipliner (paler end of "Pinky Pout"):

Swatches of all three double ended lipliners (no flash) from L-R, "Pinky Pout", "Mauve-a-lous", and "In the Buff":

Swatches with flash:

For blush I used "Peach Bunny" and on my eyes I used "After Hours" and "Party".
After applying an eye primer, I took the "Party" duo and used the pink colour all over the lid with the taupe in the outer v and crease area.
I then took the shimmery white colour from "After Hours" and put that on the browbone and inner corner.
Simple! but quite pretty for an everyday look I thought.
I will do a different eye on Saturday and use one of the Playboy lip glosses as well so you can see what they're like :)
Anyway! I hope you this has been helpful or enjoyable in some sort of way, haha!

As for my hair - I have let it go back to its natural colour and I'm planning on dying it on Saturday using one of the Garnier hair dyes from the Cherry Collection.
My hair was also getting long and heavy so I cut it today (I always cut my own hair - hairdresser phobia much!) and chopped quite a bit of the length off - it's so much quicker to wash and dry which comes in really handy because I'm always running around with my son.
It's still got some layers in it and it's not too short (short hair does not suit me at all!) so I'm happy with it for now.
My hair grows really quick so once some of the length has come back I think I might try and face my hairdresser phobia because I want to try getting long layers and a side fringe :)

Right, that's it for now.
I might have a haul post for you soon as I'm going shopping Friday :D
If I do get some goodies I might put it in with my next fotd post on Saturday.

Hugs as always
- Nikki

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Playboy Cosmetics.. Yes, really!

My Mum came home from her usual weekly food shop with a smirk on her face and when I asked her why, she said she had bought some make up for me and it was only £1 per item as it was all on sale..
I was instantly suspicious and I admit, I expected really awful stuff to appear from her shopping bags that I would never ever wear!
When she started unpacking it I started laughing - Playboy, really?!
But you know what, it's not half bad.

Once you get over the shock of the hot pink and silver packaging and actually look at the products, you forget all about the brand.
I don't know how much the products normally retail at, but for £1 I honestly can't complain about anything I got.

Now for some pics:

The goodies- 4 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 2 lip glosses and 3 lip liners:

The liners and glosses:

Left: blush in "Nymphette" and Right: "Peach Bunny":

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Eyeshadows, clockwise from top left- "After Hours", "Primped and Proper", "Hollywood Nights" and "Party":

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Lipglosses- left "Bikini Martini" and right "Hefs Favourite, Playboy Pink":

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Lip liners (double ended)- "Mauve-a-lous", "In the Buff", and "Pinky Pout":

Other ends of the lip liners in the same order:

Now, first of all, these pictures were taken on my phones camera so the way the colours of the products appear aren't completely spot on - near, but not perfect.
So here are some descriptions; skip this bit if you like lovelies :) ♥

♠ The blush in "Nymphette" is a pinky plum colour, whilst
♠ "Peach Bunny" is a true peach.
♠ "After Hours" eyeshadow has a white and a dark grey blue, both with shimmer.
♠ "Primped and Proper" has a matte light peach and a shimmery peachy pink colour.
♠ "Hollywood Nights" has a matte pinky lilac and a shimmery midtone brown.
♠ And "Party" has a midtone pink and a taupe kind of colour, both with shimmer.
All powder products have fairly good pigmentation and are so smooth to apply - they feel very velvety.
♠ The "Bikini Martini" lip gloss has quite thick consistency, is a plumy pink colour and has small shimmers in - the smell isn't great but it isn't noticable once applied :) "Hefs Favourite" is more of a hot pink colour with a more liquidy consistency and has a slightly sweet, candy-ish smell to it which I personally like but I know some people don't.
♠ The lipliners are really good as they have two colours in each one - one darker and one lighter end. So if you own lipsticks in the same colour range but they're in different shades, these things come in handy! The only aspect I feel needs noting here is that the pink one is quite deep in colour on both ends, so perhaps this wouldn't be suitable to combine with a paler pink lipstick.

I remember my seeing the Playboy Cosmetics range in a big sale in Superdrug maybe a year or two ago at a similar time, so it's always worth keeping an eye out if you miss out once - you might get the chance to grab a bargain again :D

I'm really happy with all of the products I got, especially as they were only £1 each, and this experience has really taught me not to be such a make up snob!
Honestly, I wouldn't have even looked at this stuff before my Mum bought it home because I always assumed that the quality would be pretty bad but I have found that the products I have tried are all fairly long lasting, apply really nicely and the pigmentation of the colours is good - so I really have very little to complain about!
Next time I'm out shopping and I see make up on sale, I won't be so quick to judge and will have a quick swatching session before I make my mind up!

I might to an eye of the day or even face of the day using some of these products soon, so if you would like to see what they look like on the skin then leave a comment on this post and let me know darlings.

Hugs as always
- Nikki xoxo

Friday, January 15, 2010

Gorgeous Blogger Award <3

The beautiful Jennie nominated me for this award and I'm so happy - this is my first award and I think it's such a lovely way of sharing blogs and showing how much we enjoy reading them :) ♥
Please make sure you go and take a look at Jennies blog, she's so talented and a total sweetheart too!

The Rules-

1] Thank the person who nominated you
2] Copy the award and place it on your blog
3] Link to the person who nominated you for this award
4] Tell 7 interesting things about yourself
5] Nominate 7 bloggers
6] Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate

So here are my facts! I hope they're interesting, haha ♥

1] I have a son called Oliver who was born on the 21st of February 2009, 4 days after my 25th birthday :)
He is so precious to me, especially as I didn't think I could have babies!

2] I went through a bit of a goth phase in my teens; when I look back I cringe but I think it's all part of growing older - we all go through different styles..

3] When I was little I wanted to either work with children or animals - I developed allergies to animal fur which prevented me doing that line of work so I ended up working in nurseries and schools which I loved..

4] I'm in love with Japan and it's style, food, art, practically everything!
Along with Canada it's near the top of my list for places to go to..

5] I have lived in North London all my life but it has never felt like home..
One day I am determined to live in the countryside with the coast nearby, because that is the only kind of place where I have truly felt myself - I'm just not suited to city life!

6] I love old things.. Whenever I look at a black and white photo, read an old book and hold a vintage item I always wonder about the people who owned it before and what they might have been like - I love stories and finding out more about peoples lives..

7] I love tattoos, piercings and burlesque! So far I only have one tattoo on my back but I plan on having at least two more.
I have the top of my left ear pierced and a labret which I love, and I am sad to say I haven't been to a burlesque show yet but I am planning on going to one this year, it looks like so much fun! :)

Now for my nominations...

Carly at

Tabitha at

Deanne at

Helina at

Caz at

Samantha at

Abigail at

Hugs for all
- Nikki xoxo

Monday, January 11, 2010

girly survey/ quiz :)

I saw this quiz on the lovely Deanne5253's blog and thought I'd give it a go :)
I love filling out surveys and the fact that it's a girls one made it appeal even more, haha! ♥

1. Is it cute when guys kiss you on your forehead?
Very sweet.. I like little romantic gestures like that.

2. A big poofy dress or a short party dress?
I've never worn a poofy dress! And I don't really wear short ones to be honest, I like wearing dresses that come either just above or just below the knee :)

3. What would you do if you received a long love letter?
I'd be very surprised!

4. Group dates or single dates?
Single, purely because I like one on one time on dates.. Going out with a group is nice too though :)

5. Do you hate it when guys act different around their friends?
If it means they're dismissive towards me, then yes, I can't stand it!
I think it's only really immature insecure guys do that though, because it shows they can't be themselves for the fear of what others might think.

6. Are diamonds a girl's best friend?
Diamonds are lovely but I can think of lots of other things I like a lot more!

7. Is your hair up or down?
It's up because it was annoying me when it was down, haha..

8. Do you straighten your hair?
Very rarely, I don't really have the time to most days. Plus I like to use as little heat on my hair as possible!

9. Whats your favorite girly magazine?
I like all the gossip ones like Heat, and I love In Style and Elle etc. for all the fashion and beauty.. I'm a bit addicted to magazines!

10. What's your favorite mascara?
L'oreal Voluminous, I adore it

11. Do you get your nails done?
I always do them myself :)

12. Small or large purses?
Large, always!

13. In your purse, what are your must haves?
Mobile, keys, lip products, purse/ wallet, things for my son if he's with me, oyster card..

14. Jeans or skirts?
Jeans, I live in them

15. Do you wear clothes/shoes/jewelry that's uncomfortable?
I can't - maybe I did before I had my baby but I need to be comfortable when I'm running around after him ♥

16. Do you text message a lot?
I do, I love texting!

17. What would you do if you got pregnant?
I'd be over the moon to be honest, I love being pregnant and having babies lol

18. What's your favorite color?
Pink, yes typical girl I know, haha!

19. Heels or flats?
Flats - I love my ballet pumps

20. Did you ever cry during a romantic movie?
Yes, of course! I'm soppy.

21. Would you ever leave the house without make-up on?
Only in an emergency. I'm just not comfortable without a bit of make up on.

22. Walmart or Target?
I don't know, we don't have those stores in the U.K. :(

23. Do you wear collared shirts?
Not often

24. Do you like preppy boys?
I just like guys who take care of themselves really!

25. Are you spoiled?
No sadly :( haha, I'd love to be spoiled.

26. Do you think lip gloss is the best?
It's great but I think I prefer lipstick a little bit more

27. Do you own any big sunglasses?
I love huge sunglasses! I have a few pairs, but no designer ones.

28. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Maybe an hour or a little less unless I'm washing my hair.

29. Do you like to wear band aids?
Erm, only if I've hurt myself!

30. Do you like skater boys?
I used to, but I think I'm a bit old for that now lol

31. Do you wish there is something you could change about you?
So many things! Loads.

32. Gold or silver?
I only wear silver and white gold

33. Do you like to receive flowers?
Love it!

34. Do you like surfer boys?
Erm, they're okay.

35. Do you dress up for holidays?
A bit, yeah :D It's fun.

36. Do you like to wear dresses?
Sometimes yes, it depends on the occassion really ♥

37. On a scale of 1-10 how much do guys confuse you?
Maybe 6 or 7..

38. In the last 48 Hours have you hung out with a guy?
Oliver :D

39. Do you wear lipstick?
Yep, all the time

40. Would you date a guy shorter than you?
If I really liked the guy I doubt I'd care about his height very much :)

43. Do you like to hold hands?
I love it, I'm a bit of an affection junkie lol

44. What is the youngest you would date?
Nobody younger by a couple of years I'd say.. But generally it depends on the person

45. What is the oldest you would date?
Hmm.. Mid thirties? I haven't really thought about it

46. What do you notice when you first meet a guy?
His eyes and smile

47. Is it hot when guys are sweaty?

48. What is the best possible feature in a boy?
Honesty - if I can't trust a guy then there is no point in me being with them

49. Do you like making eye contact?
I do but if I really like someone I blush lol! I'm terrible

50. Do you ever picture your wedding dress and wedding?
Sometimes.. But I'm starting to doubt I'll get married, I hate the idea of divorce

52. Would you kill for chocolate?
No way

53. Did you ever spend all day/night getting pretty for a guy?
A good while yes, but not hours and hours!

54. On a scale from 1-10 how fun is shopping?
It depends.. I hate mad crowds and huge queues but I looooove shopping so much.. So maybe an 8?

55. Do you freak out if you miss your favorite shows?
Nope, I don't watch much tv really

56. Do you yell a lot?
I get loud when I'm really excited and I yell when I'm very angry, but most of the time I don't shout :)

57. Do you wear sweatpants/pajamas to school/work?
My job is being a full time Mumma to my son, so yes!

58. Have you ever dressed unlike yourself to impress a guy?
Nope, I don't see the point in that really

59. Do you write a lot of mushy love poems?
I don't write poetry, haven't done for a long time!

60. What makeup could you not live w/out?
Black liquid eyeliner, mascara and pink lipstick!

61. Do you fall in love easily?
It completely depends.. I am a romantic though

62. Do you have cramps? right now?
Yes! :(

63. Do you consider yourself pretty?
I don't think I'm hideous but I don't think I'm pretty either. I'm average! lol

64. Do you think guys will open this, even though it says girly questions?
Nah, I don't think any males actually read my blog, haha!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

please read!

Hi all, this is going to be a super quick post asking you for a big favour!

I have been having some trouble with my page and it meant that some readers weren't able to post comments on my blog entries..
I have just changed my layout and I am hoping this will have fixed things.

So pleeeease, try and leave a comment here and if it won't let you then please drop me an email letting me know there are still problems at:

Hugs for all and sorry for the hassle!

- Nikki xoxo

Saturday, January 09, 2010

eotd :)

Hello once again lovelies :)
Oliver went out with his Dad today so I got the chance to settle down and have a proper look at one of my latest beauty bargains, the nyx eyeshadow palette in Champagne and Caviar.
I adore this palette and there isn't one colour in there that won't be lovingly used!
I also got the Catwalk palette which I love equally and will no doubt make an appearance on my blog soon ♥
So here is a peek at the simple but pretty look I did (don't forget to click to enlarge the images)..
But please be forgiving of how tired I look, this is what lack of sleep does to a girl! lol

And here is what I used..

After I did that I just added my usual black winged liquid eyeliner by Bourjois and black voluminous carbon black mascara by L'oreal :)
I'm a creature of habit, what can I say!

Also definitely worth a mention is this lipstick..

It's the Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Crystal Baby and I looove it - as I'm sure you must know by now, I am a huge nude lip fan (as many of you ladies are) but it's not just the colour that has won me over; the consistency of this is gorgeous, it glides on, is creamy but not too thick and it feels so moisturising!
Gotta love Estee Lauder, they never fail to please :)

So that's that, but as for future posts..
I will do a general update one as it is long overdue, plus a "collective haul" type of post sharing some of my most recent buys with you.

So 'til next time, hugs for all as always

- Nikki xoxo