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