Sunday, 31 July 2011

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Top 5 Beauty Items - July ♥

I can't quite believe that we're in August next week!
I thought I'd do my July installment of my Top 5 Beauty Items!

My July Top 5!

I have been using this mascara for probably about a year now? Maybe longer! It's a staple in my make up bag and I wouldn't buy anything else!

The mascara doesn't clump and looks very natural but can be built up for a bolder effect. The pictures I have included below are from just one coat.

The mascara doesn't budge and doesn't need re-applying throughout the day.

It's about £8 to buy, but I usually stock up on it in Boots when they have their 3 for 2 offers on!

Note: As the mascara contains sweet almond oil, it's not suitable for people who have nut allergies!
Before!
After!

I bought this a few weeks ago in the Topshop flagship store on Oxford Street. I was perusing the make up section as they have a really good selection in there and came across this.

I liked the idea that it was in stick form rather than a powder or tube and it looks pretty robust for shoving in your make up bag on the go!
The shade itself is a lovely, subtle highlighter. It gives you a natural sheen. It isn't glittery, which is always a bonus! ;)

The product blends well and has good staying power.

The product itself cost £10 but as you can see from the size (I've only partially twisted it up in this picture!) it will last a long time.

It's so easy to use and has now found its place into my day to day make-up bag :)
With flash.
Without flash.


I'd read rave reviews about this product so thought that I would give it a go and I was not disappointed!

It has a really thick consistency, which doesn't end up everywhere but you! The scrub "particles" are a nice density and size... I know that probably makes no sense at all but basically, they aren't too big and scratchy, but not so small that it doesn't feel like you are being "exfoliated"! ;)

The scrub also is of a fab consistency that doesn't just slide off immediately down the plug hole in the shower!

It does shower off easily, when you want it to and leaves you with lovely, soft feeling skin afterwards :)
Oh how I wish smell-o-vision had been invented! The scrub has a delicious maple syrup scent to it that makes you want to eat it! I really do struggle trying not to!

The product is quite pricey at £9.45 a tub, but I think it's worth it as it'll last a while. Boots often have it on their 3 for 2 offers too :)

A cult beauty item? I don't think I really need to say a lot about this, but I LOVE it!

It is one of those products that once you try, there is no going back to your old lip balm! Nothing else seems to measure up to it. Even in the winter, when my lips get really dried out, Carmex is my saviour!

It also contains SPF, which is another benefit all year round!

At around £2.69 for a tub, you really can't go wrong!

This is another product I picked up recently and I'm already impressed with the results!

I was looking into getting some kind of product with Argan/Moroccan Oil in it (and kicking myself a little that I didn't buy any when I visited Morocco!!) but a lot of the products around containing it are quite pricey.

I saw this on offer in Superdrug for £2.99, so thought I'd give it a shot (it's priced around £4.99 usually).

As you may have read in my previous Top 5 Beauty Items in May I have started to use just shampoo and no conditioner which has been fine, but I was looking for something to use every now and then to condition my hair.

This is absolutely fab! I was a little apprehensive about putting oil onto my hair, as it does get greasy. It doesn't weigh my hair down or make it any greasier. My hair is looking in even better condition and is a lot softer. My hair also looks a lot better now if I have a shower the night before (early starts at work, I like my sleep!) and I don't have to cover it up!

The bottle is fairly small, but I can see it lasting a very long time as you only need to use a few drops which you dispense via a little pippet!

A definite thumbs up from me :)

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Indola Innova Challenge!

I was contacted by the lovely Louise at Immediate PR to see if I'd like to take part in a challenge and I jumped at the chance! :)
 The challenge was to replicate a specific "look" using hair styling products from Indola's new hair range "Innova"; I chose to replicate the New Fifties!

As my hair is fairly short, I usually stick to one style - side parting, blow dry, done!

I thought I'd try something a bit different to go along with the them and attempted a quiff with a bit of volume.

To begin with, I used the Indola Innova Hairthickening Elixer whilst blow drying my hair backwards. It gave my hair some extra oomph and my hair felt thicker than it's usual limpness and looked shiny.

Once my hair was dried I used the Indola Innova Volumising Powder and worked it through the top of my hair to create some texture and extra volume.

As a side note, I have to admit that this stuff is absolutely amazing! I was a little apprehensive about using it as it is a white powder (and I've had disasters in the past using white dry shampoo and looking like I've been doing the dusting, with my head!) but it blended in so easily! You only need the tiniest amount and you get instant volume and texture. It's fab for my short hair and I'll be using it lots!

Finally, I used the Indola Innova Wax to give my style some shine and definition as well as some hold at the sides.

I finished the hairstyle off with a couple of red flower clips at the sides.

Who said quiffs were just for Elvis? ;)
To complete the Fifties look I didn't have to look too far in my wardrobe and dug out one of my favourite dresses and added some bright accessories :)

Spotty Dress with Peter Pan Collar: F&F at Tesco
Seamed Tights: Primark
Mustard Mary Jane Heels: Topshop via Ebay
Detailing of the dress!
All ready to go out!
Close up of the seamed tights!
Detailing on the Mary Jane Heels :)
Hair Before!
Hair After! And silly face ;)

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Things I Have Been Up To in July! ☺

NOTE: Picture Heavy Post!

I have had a week or so away from blogging properly as I've been doing various bits and pieces, I thought I'd show you what I've been up to... :)
I bought an Orchid plant for 85p! They are my favourite flowers :)
Mr Pinklittlebean and I went to see Eels at the O2 Academy in Leeds. I love Eels! I saw them at Brixton Academy in 2001 and have been hooked since (groan! No pun was actually intended there!) :)
I went down to London for a brief visit and popped into the TOWIB (The Only Way is Blogging) Event! I was only there for a couple of hours but really enjoyed myself!

It was really interesting to hear from London Beauty Queen and British Beauty Blogger about their experiences of blogging in the Q&A session.

Really Ree's self tanning tips were useful too! I received a bottle of Lauren's Way Self Tanning Bronzing Mousse which I will review! :) 

MUA were also at the event and I was very lucky to be given some goodies from them which I will be reviewing soon!

 Thanks to London Beauty Queen for organising it! :)
My Mum and I went to Lovebox on the Sunday :) I LOVED Kelis's get up (yep, skeleton - I'm sold!) :)
My second instalment of celebrity spotting in London was... Rupert Everett! (First instalment of celeb spotting can be found here!)
Not a good look... :-/
Scissor Sisters with Beth Ditto!

Lovebox was fab! I loved the atmosphere :)

I don't think there was anything (well, apart from the rain and mud!) that I didn't enjoy! Kelis was fab, Blondie was fab, Beth Ditto was fab (I have to say, she was probably the performer I was least looking forward to seeing but I thought she was blimmin amazing!!), Scissor Sisters as ever, were fab, and 2ManyDjs... Well, if you haven't seen them yet, I suggest that you do! They are awesome :)

This weekend I went to the Brum Bloggers Meet - I will be doing a separate post for this!

And finally, on Sunday I went to my first Tramlines! I have managed to be out of Sheffield for the previous two so it was nice to catch one of the days this year! It was awesome! Such a good atmosphere and some ace bands on!
We managed to catch the end of Futureheads...
And we saw the whole of Ash! :) I can't wait for next years! (And I will make sure I'm around for the whole weekend next time!!) :)

So that's what I've been up to :) I need to start making more plans for things to do next!

Oh and on a final blog related note...

I have just started a facebook page for my blog, if you could "like" me that would be fab (if you search for "pinklittlebean" you should be able to find the page!) :) I'm still trying to work out how to do it at the moment, so hang tight and I'll hopefully get a "like" button :)

I'm also going to start listing some of my bits and bobs in my blog shop on the above tab! Expect clothing, accessories, jewellery, make up, beauty items and probably the kitchen sink ;)

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

OOTD 23/07/11 - Brum Bloggers Meet!

On Saturday I went along to the Brum Bloggers Meet organised by Claire and Fritha!

I had a fab day and met lots of other lovely bloggers! :)

I will be doing a separate post about the day itself, but thought I'd show you what I wore on the day :)

Skull Print Dress: A stall in Spitalfields Market
Tights: Primark
Brogue Creepers: Miss Selfridge
Cropped Biker Jacket: H&M Via Ebay
Skull Necklace: Dogeared
Close up of dress pattern!
Close up detail of brogues :)


OOTD 26/07/11

I had today off work so popped into town to sort a few bits and pieces out... Here is what I wore!
Glasses: TK Maxx with my own lenses in
Guns N Roses Tour T-shirt: A stall in Camden
Skinny Jeans: Topshop
Checked Slip-ons: Vans
Necklace: A stall in Camden
Close up of Vans slip-ons! :)

Monday, 25 July 2011

ELF Cosmetics Giveaway Winner ☺

Hello! :)

I know it's been a little while since the competition closed but the winner of the ELF Cosmetics Palette is...


Well done Carina! If you could give me an email (pinklittlebean[at]hotmail.co.uk) asap I can sort out posting your prize!

Thank you to everyone who entered. I'll be announcing another competition soon! :)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

NOTD 17/07/11 and Mini Update!

A mini update to say hello! I've been away for a few days so haven't been able to post but I have plenty of ideas lined up and will be doing a post about what I've been up to! :)

I will also be announcing the winner of my ELF giveaway by the end of this week! :)
I did my nails like this last weekend, still on the fruity/summer theme :)

I used a dotting pen for the watermelon "seeds" and did the edges freehand (which is why they are a bit wonky!)

I'll edit this post and update with what nail polishes I used but I'm going to go to bed now as I'm a bit tired! Zzz....


Tuesday, 12 July 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day Seven

30 Day Blog Challenge

01 – A photo of you, taken today.
02 – Your favourite pair of shoes.
03 – A photograph of your mobile phone.

04 – A photograph of yourself two years ago.
05 – A day in the life, photographs taken throughout your day.
06 – A photograph of a hairstyle you’d like to have.07 – A photo of yourself, not taken by you.
08 – A photo of someone you fancy at the moment.
09 – The contents of your fridge, MTV Cribs style.
10 – Your dream wedding.
11 – A photo of the item you last purchased.
12 – Your favourite movie.
13 – What you want more than anything right now.
14 – Your current wishlist..
15 – Something you regret.
16 – The most beautiful picture of your best friend.
17 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
18 – A photo of your house/apartment.
19 – A photo of your handwriting.
20 – A band/artist not many people know of, but you think should.
21 – A photograph of the part of you that you dislike the most.
22 – A photograph of the part of you that you like the most.
23 – The next plan you have coming up that you’re really excited for.
24 – A song to match your mood.
25 – A photograph of the town you live in.
26 – A celebrity you don’t like, and why.
27 – A photo of your favourite item of clothing.
28 – A cartoon character that you’d love to meet in real life.
29 – The place you want to live.
30 – A photograph of yourself taken today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days.
07 – A photo of yourself, not taken by you.
This was taken 5 years ago at my undergraduate graduation!

Robert Winston is the Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University.

I was very excited/nervous at the prospect of shaking his hand that I pretty much ran across the stage!

 My parents and Mr Pinklittlebean didn't have enough time to actually take a picture but luckily the professional photographer did! Lightening quick reflexes! :)


Monday, 11 July 2011

Trip to London July 2011

NOTE: V Picture heavy!! :)

On Wednesday I went down to London for a couple of days to meet up with my friend Jenna, who I went to college with.

She had come up from Cornwall as she was home for a little while as she's now working in the Cayman Islands.

I thought I'd show you what we got up to! I have now realised most of the pictures are of food! We did do other stuff, like err shopping, but I took pictures of the *ahem* important stuff ;)
When we arrived, we went straight to Camden Lock for a wander round the market.

I had written down a few addresses for places to try Bubble Tea and as we were in the area, we stopped by Chaboba for a bubble tea to try :) I liked all the equipment!
Jenna tried the Mango Green Tea Bubble Tea (left) and I had the Lychee Green Tea Bubble Tea (right) - we both loved them!

It's a really unusual drink but really yummy! I would recommend trying it out! I can't wait for my next bubble tea "fix"! I think I will have to look into making some myself.
We went and found our hotel (we managed to get a place in Clapham Common for £44 per night including breakfast which was pretty good value) and then we ventured to Covent Garden to get some grub :)

I'd got a voucher for food and drink for the two of us for £20 in The Real Greek so thought we'd try it out. I only remembered to take a picture of the food once we'd almost finished, but it was all really tasty and good value for a tenner each, including a glass of vino :)

I also got to satisfy my halloumi cheese addiction! :)
While we were in there I realised Preston from the Ordinary Boys was sat behind us, so I "casually" tried to take a picture on my phone :P

He was wearing short shorts.
My Mum had spotted on Keynoir that there was an offer on for Cocktails at Circus in Covent Garden, so we thought we'd try it out!
 Jenna had a Raspberry Mule as her first cocktail - it was delish! The raspberries were fresh and muddled with the rest of the drink :)
I *think* that my cocktail was called Circus Princess (although I could quite possibly have made that up!) it had gin and jasmine tea in it and it was GORGEOUS! :)
With our second cocktails! Mine had ginger in and was very tasty! Jenna had a Kumquat & Almond Caipirinha and it was yum too! I am super jealous of her tan - I look positively pasty in comparison!
The venue itself is pretty awesome! They have performers coming on during intervals in the restaurant part and actually performing on/over the table! Definitely a talking piece! :)
The bathroom is worth a visit on its own! You walk into it and it's like a hall of mirrors and the taps are pretty mystifying (well, we'd had a couple of cocktails, that was our excuse and I'm sticking to it!) and looked really cool! :)

The following day, we took a trip to Spitalfields Market. We had planned to go round a few of the other markets like Petticoat Lane and Brick Lane but it was chucking it down which was a shame! :( I bought a dress with skulls on it while we were there and love it - I will take a picture of it at some point!

We headed over to Euston around lunchtime to a place that I love going called the Diwana Bhel Poori House. It's vegetarian and vegan friendly so we were both happy! :)
We went for the buffet lunch which is £6.95 and worth every penny! :) They have an awesome selection of dishes to try, I would highly recommend the lentil dhal we had!
Another highlight is that pudding is included in the price! :)  I had a mango lassi with my meal and my bill came to under £10 for everything!

They have an array of Indian sweets and exotic fruit - I got a selection and I was in dessert heaven! :) After lunch we went over the road to one of the Indian sweet shops to pick up some goodies to take home.

If you wanted to take a trip there yourself, the actual address is 121 Drummond Street, NW1 2HL (if you get the tube to Euston, it is just a short walk from there!) :)
Later on, the weather had cleared up so we ventured up to Oxford Street.

I was beaten by Primark - I literally couldn't cope and had to go and sit outside! I have never seen it so busy in there in my life! It was a very sad day for me! (And when I told Mr Pinklittlebean he didn't believe me!!)

We also braved it to the Oxford Street Topshop. We tried a mini cupcake from Lolas which is inside the store (would you believe we had any room for cake? Always room for cake!) I've always wanted to try Red Velvet and it didn't disappoint! It was the perfect size too for a taster.

We ventured into a few of the other big shops along the road. My bargain of the trip was a fish eye lomo camera in Urban Outfitters for £20 - it's gold and glittery :)
I love this sign I spotted as we were walking through Soho :)
It was the Harry Potter final premiere whilst we were in London and it was all a bit, well, Harry Potter crazy!

On my coach on the way down, there were quite a lot of people who were on there way to London in the hope of getting a glimpse of some of the stars at the premiere!



We overheard them talking to another family who were leaving, who had managed to get wristbands (I guess to maybe get near the red carpet?) they were from the States and had planned their whole holiday around the premiere!

While we were sat down, we saw a couple of girls go into the restaurant next door with a massive signed Harry Potter picture, I think they were guarding it with their lives!!

I had a fantastic time in London with Jenna :) can't wait til she comes back to the UK next! :)

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