christmas is in!

25 November 2009

The Loveeely Lauren tagged me to do this and I think its a brilliant idea! I mean I know that I do an in and out post each month but there are certain things that we all love about the festive season and it's interesting to know what everybody else likes most about christmas. Plus this way we all get to share the festive spirit and excitement leading upto the special day :)

I think my most favourite thing that reminds me most of christmas is the smell of cinnamon and apple. One of my latest favourite products is partially the smell of sweet cinnamon and its becoming addicting :) (Review to come soon!) Also the smell of mulberry wine.. I mean wow! My mum even buys the ambi pur air freshners at christmas so that our house is filled with the yummy fragrance.. I love it :)

Being allowed to bring a massive great tree into the lounge!! Now my mum doesnt go all out but I love visiting my daddy at christmas because he always has the biggest tree possible in his sitting room! Sometimes I think he'd like to make a hole in the roof just to fit an even bigger one in!( Kinda like the guy below) Plus theres that yummy smell that fills the room and I love the piles of needles that accumilate around it for some strange reason..

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I think that the build upto christmas is about the only time I bring myself to wear red.. whether that means red lipstick nails or clothes.. it seems to be the only time I pull it out. But hey its nice to have a change :) even if I do look a bit odd!

Christmas clothes and accessories.. Okay so I don't own any christmas clothes though i'd love an oversized tank top with rudolph on to wear on christmas day! That'd be brillant :D but instead I went for the jewellery and bought 2 sets of bauble earrings from this ebay seller here. I'll admit I look a bit of a goof with them on at the moment but it's not quite the time yet.

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Mistletoe Kisses! I discovered these yummy things last year when they launched are they are sooo good :D I wish they were sold all year round! "Three Galaxy chocolate pieces with an indulgent mousse & caramel centre." Doesnt that just sound so yummy?!

FOOD! I love having so much food in the house, covering the table on christmas day with mountains of meat and vegetables. Unlike probably a lot of you I love sprouts! So I love the huge amount of them that seem to appear at christmas. Also.. turkey &stuffing sandwiches.. yum!! & the big chunk of ham that is always left over untill about new years day because it was just far too big.. but whos complaining? Bring on the cold ham, turkey, pickled onions, fresh warm bread and yummy goodness! :D ..yes I love my food! haha

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I spent the past weekend preparing for my little brother &sisters christmas fete and had tonnes of fun getting my creative side out again! Now for christmas I have baubles to decorate and a cracker to fill as a sort of secret santa for my brother and then decorate too! Christmas seems to bring out the creative in a lot of us it seems! I'm even thinging of making my christmas cards this year.. plus it would be a lot cheaper!!!

I love how there is a christmas film on everynight leading upto christmas.. it sort of builds the excitement and gets everyone in the house in the festive spirit. So we start the fire and curl up on the sofas with some nibbles and watch :)

Ofcourse it's amazing how every body seems so happy and jolly throughout the streets and even on the phone.. makes the days go quicker and a hell of a lot better!

&finally.. just like Lauren I love to bake! & christmas time is the absolute best time to make tonnes of batches of cookies, cakes, muffins, shortbread and tonnes of other yummy things. As I do it this year i'll post pictures of what I produce :)

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Hope you liked this post! &I know it's mega early but.. MERRY CHRISTMAS :)

♥ abby xx


19 November 2009

A few weeks ago now I was asked if I would review a website named

They supply shoes, bags and a range of bracelets and necklaces. After recently adding the bracelet line to their collection I think that it is obvious this site is still growing and more lines will be added in the future.

The site is farely easy to navigate though I feel it could be better as it's a bit awkward in places and not so clear where some things are.

I would've preferred to order something from these guys before telling you about them but in all honesty my lack of funds stopped me! &to be honest I just didnt want to keep it to myself when so many of you don't know about this site.

Not having the money to buy a new pair of heels is pretty gutting for me because I loveee these shoes!! :)

If you checkout the Special Offers page there is usually an offer going on. Currently if you spend over £35 thoroughout the site then you will receive one of two free necklaces! Now considering majority of the shoes and bags are over £35 anyway.. thats a pretty good deal i'd say! :)

Heres a selection of my favourite items on the site..

I think considering the limited number of these items being made, the prices are brilliant. Once they're gone they're gone though.. so if something takes your fancy i'd say grab it quick!

For regular updates and general style chit chat follow secret conquest on twitter or become a fan of them on facebook.. I have :)

♥ abby xx

review: mineral infused face primer from e.l.f

16 November 2009

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Of the four products I purchased from this has to be my favourite! I was simply in need of a primer to replace my gosh velvet touch which was on its last legs and so added this to my basket without a thought .. £6 seemed like such a bargain.&what a bargain it is!

In all honesty I wasnt too excited to try this primer untill over the last few days i noticed other bloggers asking about it and figured I could well be onto a good thing!

After my first use on friday morning it didnt seem that the primer got along with my skin nor my foundation, the primer didnt appear to soak into my skin as much as i'd like and so i left it for a few minutes before applying my foundation and then this decided to clump in places as I applied it.. not a good look!!

But I had faith.. using it again over the weekend I used even less than before, barely a full pump, infact i'd say it was about the size of half a pea! This was the perfect amount for my face, it spread evenly covering my face and my skin felt smooth enough for me to apply my foundation. As I did so with my fingers (like normal) I noticed that it wasnt clumping at all.. my foundation was applying as normal! hoorah! :D and it even seemed to last all through the day, I didnt re apply any powder or blusher toward the evening because I just didnt need to.

Now for the best bit - I have combination skin.. that being a combo of dry patches on my cheeks, an oily nose and chin and dry almost flaky skin on the bridge of my nose. Waking up this morning i cleansed and toned my face as normal then reached for my moisturiser, now I dont use this everyday because my skin is so up and down so I checked my face and cheeks to see where I would and wouldn't need to apply moisturiser and was amazed to find no dry nor oily patches anywhere! Yes I has a couple of blemishes on my chin but no primer is going to help them out!

So all in all this primer.. amazing! You only need the tinyest amount, it isnt going to cost as much as others and it has totallly helped out my combination skin after just 3 days! :)

I'm a very happy Bunny!! :D

If you try the elf mineral infused face primer i'd love to know how you get along with it! & fingers crossed you'll be as happy as I am :) :)

Hope you enjoyed my first review ever! As there will be many more to come..

♥ abby xx

lush, body shop & e.l.f goodies

15 November 2009

Yay I went shopping!! :D

I intend on reviewing each of these seperately so take a look and if anything tell me if you'd like me to review something ahead of the others

American Cream - Sample
Veganese Conditioner - Sample
Big Shampoo - Sample
Star Melt
Butterball Bath Ballistic - Freebie :)
Fairy Tail
Ultimate Shine Solid Shampoo
& Cosmetic Warrior face mask (it's in the fridge)

Body Shop
Moisture Foundation Shade 04
Hi Shine Lipgloss
amp; Lipstick 54 Pastel Rose

2 in 1 Conditioning Gloss
Lip Primer and Plumper
Mineral Infused Face Primer
& Warm Bronzer

In boots I bought my hair dye and a barry m nail paint, shade 273 Raspberry :)

♥ abby xx

shop shop shopping!

12 November 2009

I do A LOT of online shopping! Infact.. I tend not to even venture into town and instead do it from the warmth of my own home. So i've decided to share with you gorgeous people my favourite sites that I trust, love and have used in the past.

My new favourite store! Online and off I loveeee their style. My best friend works at dp and pretty much only wears their clothes, she always looks gorgeous!! &I also love how much they tweet and the advice they give out, so they are well worth following! Find their twitter here :) The delivery has never been late for my and is pretty well packaged, but the main appeal is the clothes and the fact i can get discount everytime i buy it :P checkout my side bar for discount codes for this one.. dp almost always have one going!
Is simply amazing, tonnes of gorgeous items, always up to date and I love the community section too. Everyone gives great advice! Although i've heard people say bad things about asos customer service department, whenever i've had a problem they've ALWAYS done their best to resolve it asap, their so lovely! Worth following them on twitter too :)
Although I havnt ordered from here before I have close friends who have and say that they never disappoint. I love the clothes! I simply havnt got around to buying anything just yet.. soon I hope!
Now this is a store that never ever disappoints! Delivery is always on time the clothes are always gorgeous and totally in style and you can quite often find a discount code out there too ;) again.. check my side bar.
This is just like Choice, the catalouge. Infact Additons, Choice and Littlewoods are all run by the same company and all have the same stock, offers etc.. I just choose to use Additions. It has a really good general catalouge of blahzay styles and simple wear that I resort to for simple little things like plain shrugs, scarves and tops.
What can I say? It may be an american site with prices in dollars but the tees are brilliant!!! A friend of mine has a tonnnne of these tops and he looks brill in every one of them! I'm waiting for the perfect pattern that defines me so I can snatch one up!!

Amazing Products, Amazing Colours, Amazing Site, Amazing Brand.. you all know what barry m is all about so I wont go into it but £1.95 delivery on top of all that?! Yes please :D
With the love your body loyalty card you can get 10% discount both online and instore. Now I use my mums when I go in to the shop but my code is registered online (I lost my card, this way mummy gets the loyalty stamps and the free gifts!) I mention body shop because not only do they have some really great products but I only ever buy bodyshop toner and foundation, I exprimented with others but have been using these for a couple of years now and wouldnt change for the world! They're perfect. Besides all that.. they use secure packaging and I have never opened a package to find any sort of broken powder which is always a good thing! and the delivery is mega quick! My orders have always delivered to me with 3days max.
We all love lush right? because it's lush :) Well the site just got better.. it is now easier to manage and find exactly what you want, along with it being a lot prettier! I've always admired the products from a distince but now i'm loving them! Reviews to be posted soon :)
Possibly the best collection of beauty brands ever. Screw going into Boots for benefit ahnd all the rest of it, majority in in this section here and again.. asos.. i just love them.
I recently made my first order ever from these guys and I have to say I was very impressed. Well packaged, super quick delivery and I cannot wait to try out the products I ordered! Reviews to come :)

Although when it comes to shoes (not boots) I would much rather go in store and try them on.. I felt I have to share my new look problem with you. New look clothes.. blah, New look accessories.. blah. But when on my way to the changing rooms to try on some blah.. BAM! I leave with atleast one pair of shoes.. Yes I have issues but the words "your feet look gorgeous" on the insole call out to me ;)
Strangely ebay is my favourite place to shop for shoes! mainly boots. I have a few sellers that I just loveee to by my boots from. Infact my most recent pair, which you can see here, are from ebay and only cost £26.98! :D

Hope you all found this helpful or it introduced you to a site you'd never considered using before or been wary of. Some people are afraid to purchase things online.. but the way i see it is so long as there is a legitimate payment gateway then it is safe to use it.

Happy shopping!

♥ abby xx

in & out for november

5 November 2009

Here goes..

Healthy nails! Last months attempts at getting my nails stonger &looking healthier worked :) I ate all of the right things and the barry m nail hardener worked wonders! Now if they could just grow a little faster i will have sexy nails and hands again :)

Moving on up! Yes i'm finally moving on and moving out!! Its been really tough the last few months as you guys can probably tell from my tweets.. it seems to be one thing after the other! I actually have swine flu at the moment but i'm not going to let things get to me so much this month! From here on out it's onwards and upwards.. yeah so what i have money issues and i'm living with a complete d**k.. I'm getting a second job soon and moving out with 2 of the best friends ever in january. All will be well :D

My new hair regime.. aussie products are working wonders so far! &i adore the smell of my hair when using them so i'm going to carry on using them and may even add more to my routine.. we'll see.

My mum has now turned the heating on :) so no more cold nights and getting into a freezing cold bed! ayering clothes, cold yet refreshing winter mornings, hats &scarves, snuggling up with a blanket (or loved one) by the fire and the smell of mulled wine around the house :) It may be fall but winter is fastly approaching and i'm loving it!

Bronzing Pearls..I'm pretty fair skinned and have been using multi-toned bronzing pearls from avon for sooooo long now! I need to use something a little more convinient to carry around.. so if any of you have any recommendations then please share :) :)

Feeling ill! Go away swine fluuuuu!! &don't come back please.. thanks.

X factor! though it was never ever in!!! eurghh.. awful show.. always was tbh.

Time to stop feeling sorry for myself.. chin up! Christmas is coming :) &2010 will be my year!

Although my nails are not completely upto scratch yet it's byebye to Bare nails & hello to nails of the day posts &pretty colours :)
♥ abby xx

6 things that i cannot live without: tag

2 November 2009

It really is hard to find just 6 items that you cannot live without! I have been pondering them for a couple of days now and came up with some sort of structure i guess.. I decided to pick 1 Hair product, 1 Makeup product, 1 Skincare product and 3 Miscellaneous and here is what I eventually decided upon..

Hair product here - John Frieda Sheer Blonde Spun Gold Hair Balm. I dont need a hair drier, no straightners nothing I need this! although there are a couple of other products that help my hair on its way, this is the one that really gives my hair its shine and calms any frizz it is especially useful now that the wind hits me in the mornings as I walk to work and fluffs my hair out! A small touch of this stroked through my hair and its all pretty again :)

Maxfactor False Lashes Mascara- only mascara that I have repurchased - ever! and I will again and again :)

King of Skin - may be my newly found love but it is incredible and there is no way i'm turning back! I use it atleast every other day on my legs and it is the only thing i have ever used that doesn't make them blotchy, i love love loveee it :)

Garnier Pure SOS Spot Treatment Pen - incredible at targeting spots and keeping them at bay. It may cost £4.99 for this tiny tube and not last a vast amount of time but it is the only thing that really does its job for me &i'm very greatful of its skill to do so.

Both Nivea & Avon Eye creams - You may of seen these in my skincare routine post.. They really are pretty important for me, without these my eyes would look dead and dull everyday and that just isnt something any of us want is it?

Dental floss - this may sound a bit weird as my 6th thing. But since having braces and having to clean my teeth everyday I find it really irritating not doing so but often I just cannot bring myself to carry a toothbrush around everywhere with me so this comes instead :) i'd feel really horrible greeting people if I didnt use this as much as I do!

Nobody in particular tagged me to do this. I simply decided to after seeing it on a number of blogs. So if you fancy trying to give it a go then go ahead :) I tag YOU!

♥ abby xx