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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My 2014 Review

So as this year I will be spending NYE in my slippers as opposed to a LBD, I thought that I would do a 2014 review instead of a lookbook. If you want to see more snaps from my year make sure you visit my Instagram page, but here is my year in 12 Insta's.


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My Nars Day & Night Lips

Just before Christmas you might remember that I visited the mother ship that is the Harvey Nichols makeup hall in Leeds and in particular the Nars counter. I went in search of two colours, not too dissimilar from one another that could be used for a day to night look. Here are the results.


Monday, 29 December 2014

My Product Tests - Rouge Edition Velvet by Bourjois

I am so excited that I have finally got around to doing this post as I have totally fallen for this Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick. Having heard good reviews and with enough Advantage Card points to treat myself I thought I'd give being bold a go for Christmas...


Sunday, 28 December 2014

My Real Techniques Mini Haul

So just before Christmas I decided that enought was enough. My blusher brush just had to be replaced as the head kept falling off and I decided to head into Superdrug as I really wanted the Real Techniques one. As it was 3-for-2 I ended up with more that I expected! 


Saturday, 27 December 2014

My Present Haul - Christmas 2014

I have felt very lucky and thankful this week and completely spoiled. I thought I would very quickly share my present haul with you all as a bonus post today as I have loved seeing what you guys have got as well. 


My Christmas - Gifts for the Family

Now that it is all over for another year I can show you what gifts we bought for our nearest and dearest this year. Here are my gifts for all the family...


Friday, 26 December 2014

My Merry Little Christmas

The past three days have been amazing fun. I'm a Christmas type of girl, I love the run up and preparation, I love the glitz and glamour and most of all I love getting to spend quality time with my friends and family.


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

My Product Tests - Models Own Absinthe

Christmas time, Mistletoe and Wine... I'm running out of time to get these lines in so you won't have to endure them much longer! Promise. But last night I sat down in front of the tree with a glass of wine and prepped my Christmas nails.


Monday, 22 December 2014

My Haul December '14, Leeds

Last week I headed into Leeds to finish off my Christmas shopping and as all my makeup had decided to pretty much run out in one go I thought I would restock whilst I was there.


Sunday, 21 December 2014

My Winter Scents

I have a number of reliable go to scents that I regularly turn to in my bathroom, but I do love trying out new ones throughout the year. After recently trying out a few new candidates to add to my collection here are my favourite Winter scents.


Friday, 19 December 2014

My Gift Guide for Guys

Men can be so hard to buy for, aside from the standard clothes and smellies and every now and again it's nice to think outside of the box and get something that they will really enjoy. There's something out therefore everyone and I've put together 3 different stockings for around £50 each...


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

My Product Tests - Rimmel Matte BB Cream

I really like BB creams and I tend to use one most days for work as opposed to foundation because I like the coverage and feel of them. The only downside is that they can at times make my skin look a little oily. I'd heard of Rimmel's Matte BB Cream and recently thanks to Glossybox I got to try it out.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

My #LPBrookies

I saw these recently on the wonderful Lily Pebbles site and with the impending bake sale coming up at work on Christmas Jumper day I just had to try them out for myself. Here's my attempt at the now infamous #LPBrookies...


Monday, 15 December 2014

My Christmas Jumper Look

So Friday 12th December was Save the Children's now annual Christmas Jumper day and I love any excuse to be festive. If you haven't already make sure you text 'Woolly' 70070 to donate £2 to help make the world a better place for a child in need this Christmas. As well as a good excuse to be festive at work, it gave me the chance to try out a new makeup look perfect for winter...


Sunday, 14 December 2014

My Christmas Party Look

So I thought that my teams Christmas night out would be the perfect opportunity for me to do my first 'look' post, I hope you all like it. We were heading into Halifax for Cocktails & Tapas so I thought I'd take advantage of the opportunity to use my favourite products.


Thursday, 11 December 2014

My 'Fifteen Festive Favourites' Post

Wow that title's a bit a mouthful don't you think? So again this is something that I've picked up off another blogger (Professional DayDreamer) and I thought it would be fun to get involved. I'm not going to tag anyone specific to take part but I'd love to see your posts if you take part so leave your links.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My Product Tests - Sleek Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette

I know that at the moment contouring palette's are all the rage. I've been using contouring techniques for a while now and mainly been doing so with a pressed foundation palette that had six different shades in it. On a recent haul I picked this up in Superdrug and thought I'd give it a whirl...


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

My December ...

I can't believe that I totally forgot to post this! December is possibly my favourite month of the year. I love the cosy evenings in, the unforgettable nights out and most of all the sparkle!

This is my December, my favourite things about the month and what I will (or may already have) be(en) getting up to over the next few weeks...


Thursday, 4 December 2014

My Product Tests - OPI A Grape Affair

Even though I love doing my nails until recently I had never tried out any of the OPI nail varnishes. When I opened last months Birchbox I was excited to find a full size OPI bottle from their Coca Cola collection! 


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

My Be Happy Post

I made a little reference to Deck the Halls the other night and then it dawned on me that sometimes being happy can be the hardest thing in the world for some people, especially at Christmas. I've pretty much spent the whole year singing Pharrell's 'Happy' and here are five handy, happiness hints.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

My Product Tests - Real Techniques Foundation & Stippling Brushes

I've wanted to try the Real Techniques brushes out for a while but couldn't justify them because I have a good set of brushes already, but when I finally decided my foundation brush had seen better days I knew exactly who to turn to...


Sunday, 30 November 2014

My Advent Calendar Pics!

Tis the season to be jolly! I love nothing more than a good advent calendar - I've got a Mars one on my desk at work ready for the morning but just incase you're looking for any last minute inspiration here are my top pics!

First up is my top Beauty pic - the gorgeous Ciate Mini Mani Manor calendar from which you get a mini Ciate shade for 23 days and a full sized tread on Christmas Eve. I know that this has been flying off of the shelves but you can still grab yours from John Lewis with 10% off at £44.10.

Next up is Yankee Candle, my favourite of the scent calendars out there this year. Unfortunately I think this has sold out everywhere now and I'm not surprised at all. Behind each door in the lead up to Christmas is a 4 hour tea light and then a votive on Christmas Eve. I think it was about £24.99 when I first spotted it and I really regret not snapping one up!

My calendar of choice for the big kids out there is the Lego Star Wars calendar which is just brilliant. It features figures, starships and vehicles that can then be used with the playmat to re-create scenes from the films. Feel the force for just £24.99 direct from Lego.

Finally is the traditional chocolate calendar - for me it has to Cadburys at Christmas. There's just something about their chocolate that really makes Christmas. I love the idea of the Magical Calendar because the treat gets bigger the closer you get. 

So there you have it, four very different calendars that will all put a smile on your face this Christmas.

What have you gone for this year?




Saturday, 29 November 2014

My Heart Desires - November Wishlist

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... You might hear that from me over the next few weeks as I embrace blogmas & the December photo challenge over on Instagram. I suppose This months 'My Heart Desires' is almost like a letter to Santa, so here's hoping the jolly guy with the beard think's I've been good this year!


Thursday, 27 November 2014

My Product Tests - KMS Hair Play Dry Wax

I don't like to use too many hair products and weigh it down, I find it makes it look dull and lifeless. But I do suffer from wild hair and struggle to keep it in place in between washes. I received the KMS Hair Play in a recent Birchbox and thought I should give it a go.

This dry wax spray is just one member of the Hair Play family from KMS California and I'm tempted to try the others out thanks to the performance of it. I always thought wax was a product for men, that it would make my hair clumpy and have that late 90s wet look. 

You can either use this on damp hair as part of your styling regime or almost as a finishing spray which is how I've used it. It tames flyaway hairs perfectly, keeps my hair in place all day (& night it would seem) and doesn't weigh it down or make it look greasy.

At £13.85 for a 100ml bottle (Feel Unique) I think it is more than worth the investment as a little spray goes a long way!

This is officially my favourite styling product of the moment, whats yours?



Tuesday, 25 November 2014

My Mini Haul - November '14, Trinity Leeds

Today is my boyfriends birthday, so naturally that meant hitting the shops in Leeds. Although we were there for him I had a few things on my hit list too and here they are, my mini haul!


Monday, 24 November 2014

My Primark Jacket & Just Fab Booties

So Saturday night just gone was the night I'd spent weeks organising, my boyfriends birthday night out. We were heading into Leeds for dinner & drinks in the Granary Wharf are of the City Centre. Knowing where we were to be dining I wanted an outfit that was practical, comfortable and stylish...


Sunday, 16 November 2014

My Fitness Diary - Nov 16th

This has definitely been my favourite week so far since revamping my fitness regime! I suddenly feel like I have really found my feet, I've eaten well, cut out the dreaded Cola (in all forms) and become much more confident in my capabilities. 

Aside from all of that I've found myself looking forward to the gym and actually had to made to have a rest day this weekend! Is this the start of a new me?


Saturday, 15 November 2014

My Product Tests - GOSH Silky Cream Blush

I tried this product out a little while ago now but just haven't got round to writing about it. I've always been wary of cream blushers and much prefer powders, however, I do like to try new products out and thought this might make a nice change when it appeared in my September Glossybox!


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

My Fitness Diary - Nov 9th

So this week is my fourth weigh in and first measurement update since I started the 12 week Fit Affinity programme. I've come to learn that weight loss isn't everything over the years and this weeks results proved this point to me even more!


Saturday, 8 November 2014

My Autumn Tag Post

Ok so I haven't actually been tagged to do this but after reading it over on Ohh So Glam I felt inspired to take part. This a little opportunity to find out a little more about me and it would be great to get to know my readers too so leave a comment below with your answers or pop over to the Facebook page.


Friday, 7 November 2014

My Product Tests - Meaningful Beauty Wrinkle Smooth Capsules

As you will more than likely have gathered by now I am not really known for being a Skincare fiend, makeup yes, nail varnishes definitely but not Skincare. So my beauty boxes are opening my eyes to a whole new world of products that I have never thought of trying out before. My October Birchbox arrived baring the gift of Meaningful Beauty's Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules and I was intrigued to say the least... 


Monday, 3 November 2014

My Fitness Diary - Nov 2nd

So I thought this week might be a little harder due to social commitments and I was right, I only managed 4 of 6 workouts and my diet went out of the window a little...


Sunday, 2 November 2014

My November...

Every month of the year is special in it's own way. 

November sees the nights drawing in, the shops filling their shelves with festive goodies, Christmas markets opening their doors and of course Remembrance Sunday.

This is my November, my favourite things about the month and what I'll be getting up to over the next few weeks...


Saturday, 1 November 2014

My Product Test's - Benefit It's Potent

Until recently, I've not been much of a skin care kind of girl. But then this summer I got thinking, I'm 30 I need to start taking care of my skin a little more. After all we only get one. So I've been trying a few moisturisers and serums out, trying to find one I really like and when my September Birchbox brought a little pot of Benefit's It's Potent eye cream into my life I couldn't wait to try it out, 4 weeks on here's how I've got on.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

My Fitness Diary - Oct 26th

The first week of a new routine is always the hardest, and life doesn't always help you along; social lives, work lives and home lives can often get in the way and you can feel like you're being held back. But its amazing what a little motivation and forward planning can do when it comes to getting into the swing of things!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

My Product Tests - Nails Inc Westminster Bridge & Ciate Snow Virgin

Back when I was a student, during my placement year I discovered Nails Inc and it was the start of a lifelong love affair with manicures and nail varnishes. Over the years I've tried different brands and treatments to keep my nails looking on form, however, of late I've neglected them a little and done nothing more than give them a the occasional file and shape. I received the new Matte Top Coat in my September Glossybox and couldn't wait to try it out.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

My Product Tests - Prodigy

Over the summer, in a bid to make my hair grow longer and stronger I stopped colouring it and the lighter colour looked great in the summer months. However, now the nights are drawing in and the leaves are falling I began to crave a warmer tone. L'Oreal's latest offer is Prodigy and I decided to give it a go...

Monday, 20 October 2014

My Fitness Diary - Oct 20th

One of my favourite pass times is going to the gym, I really enjoy heading there after work to unwind and getting my weekend off to a good start with a workout on a Saturday morning. However, lately I haven't been going and found myself getting bored with the same old routine. So I've decided to mix it up a little...


My Travels ... Dolgellau

I love to go exploring; visiting new places and getting off of the grid for a while. Last week I visited Snowdonia, I've never been to Wales before really and couldn't wait to see what it had to offer and boy was I blown away... 


Sunday, 12 October 2014

My Product Tests - ModelCo® More Brows Fibre Gel

For the past few years the highly defined brow has been the on trend look from the catwalk to the high street and this season is no different. Unfortunately I don't have a great set of brows, they're slightly sparse and I have horrid gaps in the arches. This month I had the opportunity to try another ModelCo product out thanks to the September GlossyBox in the shape of the More Brow Fibre Gel a favourite of MIC star Binky Felstead...


Saturday, 11 October 2014

My Product Tests - ModelCo® Lip Lacquer Lip Gloss

If there is one area of my face I neglect when getting ready on a morning it is usually my lips, however, I love a good lip gloss and always have 3 or 4 in my bag for the above reason! So when I recently received a lovely little sample of the ModelCo® Lip Lacquer in my September Birchbox I was excited to say the least... 


My Product Test - L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Masque

My hair is a little abused to say the least, despite my best intentions! Each day it gets straightened, sometimes blow-dried as well and it's frequently coloured so it's generally quite fragile and vulnerable to the elements. Thanks to my September Glossybox I was able to try out the L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Masque ... 


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

My Product Tests - Premae Mild Pro Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub

I'm always searching for products that will make my skin softer, smoother & brighter (aren't we all) and this month tried out Premae's Face & Body Scrub thanks to my September Birchbox...


Thursday, 2 October 2014

My Heart Desires

When I'm scrolling through Facebook and Twitter on an evening I find so many cool products that I would love to try out. My Heart Desires is my virtual wish list and here are four items I have my eye on right now...

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

My Harmony Blaze

So here it is my new blog, Welcome to Harmony Blaze!


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Last Minute Night Out Essentials...

The next review from my old site that I'd like to share with you is this short piece on last minute night out essentials from 2012, I'll be doing an updated version of this later in the year ready for party season & I already know my essentials will be changing!


Barry M Glitter Nail Paint

The second of my old reviews that I'd like to share is this one on Barry M's Glitter Nail Paint, I still use this product and still love the results!


Dr.Jart+ Beauty Balm

I wanted to share a few of the previous reviews from my old blog in the run up to my relaunch which now isn't very far away (we're talking days) so first up is my review of the Dr.Jart+ Beauty Balm.


Monday, 1 September 2014

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