Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Lipstick Palette You Need | Urban Decay Vice Metal & Matte Lipstick Palette

I haven't owned a lipstick palette since I was about 8 years old, so as soon as I saw the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palette, it was like an instant nostalgic feeling hit me and I knew that I had to have it, so when Dan's mum offered to buy it me for Christmas on a shopping trip back in December, I was pretty excited to say the least!

First let's talk about the packaging, this strikingly beautiful purple metallic case embossed with the Urban Decay branding is sure to attract attention when pulling it out of your bag and it's the perfect size to keep in your handbag, for those after work dinner and drinks or for taking on holiday because why would you only take 3 lipsticks when you can take one compact with twelve colours?! I know, it's a no-brainer right?! The lipsticks are also protected by an inner lid featuring the phrase 'lipstick is my vice' which could not be truer and you simply flip this over before and after use to protect the wells and it even has a retractable lip brush for ease of application, which I would usually just swap up for my own choice when these come with palettes however this one I actually do use and love!

The lip brush has gorgeously soft bristles that don't harden like some lip brushes do, yet are stiff enough to allow for precise application. It's easy to keep this brush clean and the retractable mechanism means it takes up much less space allowing it to fit in the bottom of the palette perfectly. The 'stair-step' wells that contain each lipstick colour allows you to wipe off any excess product, perfect to ensure that you don't waste any of your favourite colours and it also stops the colours from being mixed. The lid also encases a very handy sized mirror, perfect for touch-ups on the go and unlike some cases, the lid actually stays upright so you can balance your case on the table rather than needing to keep it in your hand and multi-tasking.

Top Row (L-R) Banger, Amulet, Fast Talk, Big Bang, Mad, Spark
Bottom Row (L-R) CSB, Tame, Backtalk, Double Team, Shallow, 714

Featuring twelve shades altogether, six metallized and six matte, with six of them being new, this palette has a lot to offer. The shades range from gorgeous neutrals to more daring brights, making it suitable for all skin tones and making it easy to go from office to date night in just one easy step, simply apply the metallized pairing on top and voila, you have yourself a glam lip, ready to go! The shade range for me was pretty exciting because it meant that I had every day colours to wear but also colours that I could experiment with and create makeup looks that I wouldn't usually wear day to day but that would be fun to create and photograph. I would say that Backtalk which is a matte nude-pink is most definitely my most worn colour so far thanks to it's versatility, followed by Tame, which is very similar but a little less pink, both are perfect for all occasions, whilst Banger and Fast talk made regular appearances over the festive period.

What I really love about the Urban Decay Vice palette is that the formula is the exact same formula as the vice lipsticks which gives a rich, creamy consistency that doesn't dry out the lips and the pigmentation is amazing meaning less application time, less touch ups and overall using far less product so you do get plenty for your money with this palette. The staying power of these lipsticks isn't quite as long as I would like, like quite a lot of lipsticks, they're good until you have food and drink and then they seem to disappear but I do find that to be quite standard for most lipsticks on my lips unless they have a very dry matte liquid formula and with how handy this palette is for travelling and touch ups I don't mind at all!

At £31.50 it is most definitely a splurge but if you think you get 12 shades making them just over £2.50 per colour, it's actually quite a bargain! Sure, you don't get a full sized lipstick but who actually ever gets to the bottom of a lipstick? I don't think I ever have! I love lipsticks too much to use just one colour so for me, it's most definitely the way forward!

Have you tried the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palette yet?

Love Abbie x

Thursday, 5 April 2018

My Top 5 Bridal Flats Under £150

Being 5ft 10 and having a fiancé the exact same height, what are the chances eh?! means that heels for the wedding are an absolute no from me! However finding a nice pair of bridal flats has been one of my hardest decisions and my decision is still not made! I figured that I won't be the only bride looking for no heels for the big day so I thought I would share my top 5 favourites incase you're on the hunt too!

If you're after something a little more luxurious for your wedding day, these Charlotte Mills Anabel ballet flats would be perfect! With Charlotte's signature silver sixpence in the left of every pair and the phrase 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence her shoe' embossed into the sole, these are definitely something a little more special!

The Brielee pointed flats from Dune are just such a beautiful, classic bridal shoe and has to be one of my favourite, with them possibly being the highest contender so far! I absolutely love the beaded brooch which will tie in perfectly with my dress and accessories and the padded insoles sound heavenly! The only reason I haven't ordered these yet is because they don't have them in stock in my area for me to try them on and they only have one of the two possible sizes I could be in stock online,  fingers crossed they're back in stock soon.

I just love that Dune have given us tall ladies more than one option when it comes to bridal shoes and their bridal collection is just beautiful! These flower garden trim flat sandals are perfect for summer weddings and with ours at the beginning of September, I could definitely see myself opting for these. Again these have latex and memory foam sock linings, how comfortable does that sound? and they would definitely add to the specialness of your big day.

With beautiful floral appliqué detailing, these pointed flat pumps will make the perfect addition to your wedding attire. They have such a classic look that will be sure to go with any dress and at just £55 are perfect for budget weddings.

Last minute wedding? On a budget? or would you simply rather spend your money on your dress? because let's face it, nobody's going to be looking at your feet! Then these shoes are perfect! At just £32 they're not only a fantastic price but they are beautiful too! 

Are you opting for flats for your wedding? Please do let me know if you found the perfect ones, I am still open to options! If not, I hope this gave you some inspiration!

Love Abbie x

Monday, 19 March 2018

Ginger Ray Wedding Haul

Ginger Ray Wedding Accessories with flowers

I like to think of myself as quite a creative person, I love making things, I love diy projects and I knew straight away that although I would want a professional to decorate our wedding venue for the most part, I also knew that I would want to pick up some selective pieces for the wedding as well as creating some pieces of our own. With the main decor booked, I decided to purchase the first few items that I'd had my eye on for a while from Ginger Ray and I thought I would share them with you all incase you're in need of a little Inspo or you just fancy a nosy, either way, let's get started...

Ginger Ray Wooden Guest Book with flowers

As soon as I saw this gorgeous wooden guest book, I knew I had to have it! With our wedding having a rustic theme, I knew it would fit in perfectly and the rose gold detailing is just so beautiful! I found a cute little idea on Pinterest where you have a table with a polaroid camera for people to take photos of themselves for the guestbook, were having a frame for people to clip their photos onto, so I think I'll place this on the same table and then it can either be used for people to write in or pop extra photos in.

Ginger Ray Giant Polaroid Sign with flowers

Ginger Ray Photo Booth Props with flowers

Best Day Ever Photo Booth sign £12.99 & Photo Booth Props £7.50

I absolutely love this polaroid style photo booth sign, I think it makes a great cheap alternative to the actual photo booths you can hire and gives your guests something fun to do. Our venue has a little conservatory that leads out to a little outside patio so I think I'll pop this in the conservatory for people to entertain them whist they're on their way out for some fresh air and the lighting will probably be best there for it too.

We picked up these photo booth props to go with the polaroid frame as we thought this would add a little fun for our guests and I'm sure they will make for some amazing photos, especially when everyone has a few alcoholic drinks down them.

Ginger Ray MR & MRS Wooden Bunting

We have a few crates that will be next to the welcome sign when people first walk into our venue, I plan to have a few vases of flowers on there and then I thought this bunting would look lovely on there too, I haven't yet got it out of the packaging though for fear of damaging it so I'm not sure how big it is but if it's too big I'm sure I'll find a place for it.

Ginger Ray Wooden Mr & MRs Wooden Cake Topper with flowers

Going with the rustic theme, I originally bought this cake topper to go on a naked cake, I'm sure you know what one is but if you don't....Pinterest! Though I have now fallen in love with another cake that I'm not sure this will go with, so maybe I'll just have two cakes so I can use it anyway? I mean I'm sure we'll need two to feed everyone right?!

Ginger Ray Hanging Glass Tealight Candle Holders with flowers

Ginger Ray Hanging Glass Tealight Candle Holders with flowers

 I wanted some cute tealight holders to go on my centrepiece and when I saw these ones for only £4.99 for four, I couldn't resist them so I ordered a few packs so I have enough for each table plus a few extras. I love that they have wire handles on them which would be perfect for an outdoor wedding hung from trees and that's exactly what I plan to do with them after the wedding. The handles are easy to take off for use on a table and I think the heart embossed sides make the sweetest touch.

I still have my eye on a few things from the Ginger Ray website such as the White Floral Backdrop and the Large White Confetti Balloons which I think will make for some amazing photographs. What do you think to the Ginger Ray Wedding accessories and decorations? Have you ever ordered any from them?

Love Abbie x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Childhood Tag

My lovely friend Megan from recently tagged me in The Childhood Tag which was created with Mulberry Bush and I thought this tag was a fab one to take part in, you can see megs post here, so let's begin mine...

1. What were you not expecting or not prepared for before becoming a parent?

Like many other first time parents I expected Emme to fit into our lives and not the other way around, I was not prepared for a very unhappy baby, thanks to colic and reflux, she most definitely called the shots!

2. What is your main advice for new parents?

Enjoy the baby days and don't wish them away, looking back I feel like I was always waiting for the next milestone to arrive instead of enjoying the one we were in, now I wish I would have just enjoyed my baby being a baby but I think we all do it and if we have another, I’ll probably still do the same.

3. How do you encourage family time?

Family time to me is so important, having that quality time together is what keeps us strong as a family and making time for that as often as we can is important. We try to do this by eating our evening meal at the table together so that we have no distractions and can just enjoy our meal together and catch up on our days. We also read books all together before Emme's bedtime when Dan is home for bedtime and we try going for a walk most days, even if it's only a 15 minute walk to the pond to see the ducks around the corner from our house and back again, it's still time spent together catching up and can make all the difference to our day.

4. How do you balance being a blogger with parental duties?

I don't think this is a question I really qualify to answer as I have really struggled to blog on a regular basis since I had Emme. Even though I am a stay-at-home mum, I find that blogging requires a lot of time online, not only typing up posts but promoting them and staying connected on social media, so I try to type up blogposts when Emme goes to bed or on the rare occasion that she naps and then I'll interact on social media and promote blogposts either in the evening or while she I’m encouraging her to play alone, though she is usually still at the table next to me with something like play dough or painting.

5. What was your favourite toy growing up?

I had to ask my Mum about this one as I honestly could not pinpoint a toy that I remember loving and my mum said as a child that I wasn't too interested in my toys and was far more interested in clothes, I remember reading a lot too and I loved designing, mainly clothes but I was never that child that went to sleep with my favourite toy tucked under my arm. I did have a Barbie house and Barbie dolls which I would say was probably my favourite but I used to set up their house, cut them clothes out of my old clothes, style them and their house and then move onto the next thing.

6. Have you kept any toys from your childhood?

One toy I do still have from my childhood is a Playskool Ladybird doll with a matching baby carrier, it's at my parents house and Emme absolutely adores it, its so lovely seeing her enjoy a doll that I enjoyed as a child and has been enjoyed by generations of our family already.

7. What are your child's favourite toys?

Emme is currently into her imaginative play at the moment so her favourite toys are her doctors set, dressing up outfits, cooker, dolls house, farm and figurines. Is that too many to choose? She just loves imaginative play and my favourite thing to do is pretend to be busy in the next room and then watch her play from afar because she has the sweetest imagination and I could genuinely listen to her play all day long.

8. Do you actively limit the amount of screen time your kid has?

This is something I wouldn't usually talk about, with so many people having such diverse opinions on the topic. I get such guilt about screen time, even when Emme has been to Ballet, on a long walk and has played all day, if she then has screen time, I feel guilty when she does. However I have found that Emme learns a lot from what screen time she does have so as long as she has had a lot of activity and exercise I'm happy for her to have a little screen time and sometimes I don't see the harm, we want to just chill out and watch tv sometimes, so it's understandable that they do too.

9. How do you reduce plastic waste in your home? - Reusable bottles, buying wooden toys, avoiding excessive food packaging, etc?

We do try our best to reduce plastic waste in our home, we recycle where possible, I also have reusable water bottles and coffee cups and I love wooden toys so if I can get Emme a wooden version of something rather than a cheap looking plastic version, I will always try to go for the wooden one.

10. What advice would you give parents that want to start blogging?

Just got for it! Do your research, choose your platform and go for it, the worst that can happen is you realise that it's not for you and that's ok, you have nothing to lose! For me, it's the one thing I can be creative with, put my mind to and be proud of, it’s something just for me and sometimes as a parent I think it's good to have something like that and maybe it could be that for you too!

Mulberry Bush created this tag and Megan tagged me, so I tag Simone from but please do join in if you would like to also!

Love Abbie x
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