Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Perfumes : Past, Present and Future

Exams are over, lectures have started and I am finally relaxed. I've finally cleared my room of revision notes (I used my entire floor as a desk...) and I've done a huge load of laundry. And now I can blog again :) Hopefully more consistently than this past month...

I've been looking over my perfumes and thought I'd share all the perfumes I used to have, currently have, and want to have, because recently (over the past year or so) I've found myself really loving (and wanting more) perfumes. (By the by, I'm terrible at describing smells so I'm just going to say what I thought of them :P).

Past :

Lacoste Touch Of Pink - My first ever perfume, I think I got this when I was 14 or 15. I wanted it solely because of the advert...and the fact that it was pink. I used about a quarter of the bottle over the course of a year, and then decided I really didn't like it so gave it away.

Valentino Rock N Rose - This was love at first smell :P I used it all up in less than a year. I really want to buy another, it's been a few years but I'm certain I'll still love it.

Bvlgari Omina Green Jade - This perfume was a gift, and I hated it :P It didn't smell good at all. Probably because it was far too grown up for me, I gave it to my mum, but she didn't like it either...

Present :

Benefit Something About Sofia - This is a lovely floral perfume, it used to be my everyday one, but got replaced by better ones. I still really like it and sometimes wear it though. I love the bottle and occasionally spritz it on my clothes so my wardrobe smells nice.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh - My current everyday perfume. I'll wear this during the day, going to lectures, shopping or going to the library. It's such a pretty light floral scent it really does improve my mood when I wear this :) I made sure to put some on before every exam so I could sniff it if it got too stressful, it actually worked :P

Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum - I bought this after smelling a sample in a magazine and falling in love with it. It's perfect for nights out clubbing or going to bars, it has that sort of late night feel to it. However I don't wear this as often as I should, even though it's really yummy.

Chanel Chance - My favourite perfume of all time (so far at least). This is grown up and gorgeous. I feel somewhat sophisticated when I wear this, and I cannot get enough with how gorgeous it is. There's something very decadent about this smell. This is definitely my most worn perfume of my current set.

Valentino Valentina - Another favourite from Valentino, I've been pining after this one for a while and my boyfriend got it for me for Christmas ^ - ^ It's gorgeous and romantic, one to wear out to a restaurant or to a nice bar.

Future :

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck - I am an embarrassingly big Taylor Swift fan and I really really want this. Just to satisfy my childish love of pretty sugary sweet pretty things :P

I'm going to go back to my book now, because I finally have time to read again! I'm thinking of maybe doing book reviews occasionally, I sort of did a half hearted one for The Return Of The King in my last monthly favourites post and I'd like to try more.

Sunny xxxxx

Monday, 21 January 2013

New Look Haul

Hello ^ - ^ Only one more exam to go! Yay :D Right now I've decided to allow myself some well deserved procrastination time so I'm writing a post :P A while ago I won a £100 voucher for new look (New Look's Shape Up Competition), and I've been slowly spending it over the past month. Here are the things I got :D (minus one t-shirt that's in the wash and a scarf I bought for a friend), because of the January sales I managed to get loads of things for my £100 ^ - ^

The first thing is this gorgeous sequined jacket. It's the kind of thing I would never buy normally, but with my voucher I decided to throw caution to the wind and get it. I'm so excited to wear it out at some point > . <

I'm in love with the colour of this top, and I really wanted to get a skater skirt, it's so cute for winter :)

Did I mention I loved this colour...? :P

Love love love these boots, and they have really thick grippy soles, perfect for the icy weather.

Finally is this pretty owl scarf, I keep buying scarves lately, I'm slightly obsessed...

Hmm I should really get back to revision... I'm so very very very excited for Thursday at 2pm when I will be walking out of my last January exam > . < So close and yet so far :P

Sunny xxxxx

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Tony Moly BB Cream Review

Oh My Goodness. I am broken. I no longer feel like a real human, just an exam drone. Is there no end? (Technically yes, but next Thursday is so incredibly far away I don't know if I'll ever get there). I've done my two 'easy' exams and have two appallingly difficult ones coming up > . <  I've been missing my blog lately, it's so unloved and sad :P

My skin has decided to join in on the breakdown my brain seems to be having right now. I normally have normal to oily skin, which I understand and know how to deal with (annoying as it is). But for the past week my skin has decided to go incredibly (and rather painfully dry). The exam stress, ridiculous weather (Oh Wales, why must you be so chilly beans?), and central heating has seriously messed with my skin.

The last time my skin was like this was during my trip to South Korea a few months ago, and while I was there I picked up Toly Moly's Expert Hyaluronic Acid BB Cream to use instead of my normal tinted moisturiser. For the past few days of dry skin I've been using this, and loving it.

Firstly it's moisturising and doesn't make my skin look flaky or accentuate the dryness in any way. It feels really lovely and smooth to apply and smells quite strongly of sun block at first, but this fades after a little while.

As a BB cream the coverage isn't fantastic, but it does even out my skin tone and make me look less red and icky. However being made for Asian skin tones it can look a bit grey if I use too much. It leaves the skin with a nice dewy finish, and though I haven't worn it for long enough to test it has lasted me as long as I've needed it so far (usually I'm out and about for about 4-5 hours).

Blended into my hand
I've tried wearing this while my skin has been normal (i.e. oily), and I really didn't get along with it. As it is really moisturising and fairly thick it can accentuate oiliness. However for my skin right now it's brilliant.

Sunny xxxxx

(P.S. my revision for this mornings exam, I would burn it in celebration, but I'm scared in case I've failed and have to retake > . <)

Profound sadness...

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

December Favourites

So this is kind of late... I've been super busy since New Years revising like a crazy person. It only hit me after Christmas that these exams actually count > . < I wish I could be a first year again... I'm probably not going to be blogging an awful lot until February (unless of course the exams kill me), but I'll try to do a few posts, mainly to keep myself from completely losing my marbles from too much revision - _ -

Last month I didn't really have many favourites, but I did discover some new skincare, which I've fallen so very much in love with, and although it isn't a new discovery I have been really loving my shampoo and conditioner too.

Firstly are my three Body Shop Seaweed products. I'm in love. I went out and bought the Ionic Clay Mask after Christmas because I loved my moisturiser and toner so much. I've noticed such a difference in my skin, it's not nearly as shiny looking as it used to be, even at the end of the day and with no other product on my face. The mask has really helped to clear up my post Christmas/New Years skin as well. If you have oily/combination skin I could not recommend these products more!

Next is an old favourite, Herbal Essences Smooth and Soft shampoo and conditioner. This is formulated for dry/frizzy hair so it's right up my street, especially in winter. It feels really luxurious (and smells yummy!). This is my favourite of the Herbal Essences range because it makes my hair feel so soft and lovely afterwards.

Finally for my very short December favourites is The Return Of The King. I started reading this a couple of weeks before Christmas and finished it the night before Christmas, it was so good I stayed up really late and was incredibly sleepy on Christmas day :P So worth it though. I'd seen the films before I read the books and I have to say the books are so much better! Especially because Eowyn and Faramir (two characters I never really liked in the film) are so amazing in the book! I love both of them incredible amounts :P I'm just sad that it's over now :(

Now I'd better get back to revising *sigh* hopefully it won't be too long until I find time to blog again...

Sunny xxxxx

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Christmas Presents!

I'm back home after what seems like ages (although it was only just over a week). Back to revision and my little furry babies <3 I had an interesting New Years, it was really good fun, but there were some bits that were just strange :P I went to visit one of my friends and it was great to catch up again after so long ^ - ^

Anywayy presents! I've already posted about my main present, the gorgeous Jeffrey Campbell Litas, so here are the other things I got for Christmas :)

I was given three books this year: My Passion For Water (such pretty pictures in this one ^ - ^), Life Of Pi (I've been meaning to read this for ages and ages) and a gluten free cookbook (I really need to start cooking more exciting food). My cousin and his wife gave me a set of flavoured vodka :P I can't wait until after exams so I can drink these! My Aunt and Uncle gave me a pretty blue bracelet, and my other cousin gave me a HUGE jar of bon bons :P

My boyfriend gave me Valentino's Valentina perfume, I've been pining over this for ages, it's just so pretty ^ - ^ I was very happy when I unwrapped it as he'd remembered :P

In my stocking I got some adorably packaged Fortnum and Mason sweeties, I've got a little collection of sweets in pretty jars, so I'm going to try not to eat them :P  I also got a gorgeous smelling candle (Holly Berry), a silver bracelet, and some Jack Wills sticky notes (useful for all the revision I've been doing - _ -).

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! This past year has been fantastic, so I'm excited to see what's in store for me this year :)

Sunny xxxxx