Themed Wishlist #24: Easter

Seeing as it’s Easter Sunday just next week, I thought I’d pop up my Easter themed wish list to get us in the mood! I have fond memories of Easter due to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at my grandparents house. As you know I can’t resist making my wish lists, so for today’s I’ve put together pretty much anything you need to have a happy Easter – chocolate first of course, followed by decorations, pastel nails, candles and bunny shaped crumpets. Yes, bunny shaped crumpets. Consider yourself pre-warned to get yours in time for Sunday, although of course you may have to consume before then, just for testing purposes!

How To Get Loads Of Freebies

If you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering how you can get freebies and more freebies. Well, the best way to get a bunch of freebies the size of Mt. Everest is to spend websites that are dedicated to giving away free stuff on the Internet.

Or you could also sign up with websites that find all the free offers found on the Internet and publish them on their website. We’re talking about websites like Free Stuff World like others. These websites don’t just offer free stuff, they also offer free samples, competitions and so much more. You should search for these websites and check out the homepage for all the newest stuff that is free.

If there’s a freebie you like, apply to receive. Get all of the complimentary stuff and have them delivered to your own door. If you’re like more people, you’re probably wondering, “Why do businesses like to give away free stuff?”

Giving away free samples and freebies is a business tactic that actually attracts more and more customers, contributing to the bottom line of the business that’s giving them away. But really now, who does not want freebies? Everyone loves free stuff, and businesses know that giving you a taste of their goods will make you go for their product.

Occasionally, freebie campaigns last awhile, but the entire duration really depends on the number of free samples they’re giving away. I you want to use free these free websites, you need to sign up with them. Don’t worry about your privacy, your details won’t ever be passed onto another company or any other person.

Because your email might be flooded with many, many offers, consider creating another email account for freebies and other offers. This can keep your main inbox clear, and you also will be able to instantly see the companies that are giving away freebies and making new offers.
Keep a watch on the Terms and Conditions and consider checking and unchecking some options.

Most of the websites that offer freebies haven’t been around long. Most of them were established in May 2010. But these websites have been good enough to gather all the freebies available on the Internet. While most of the freebies are for consumer goods, you can actually get free travel, free accommodations, and other free things. Here’s how you can get them.

Defeat the tax increase by travelling by automobile, and prevent extortionate train fares. Road trips are enjoyable but you can travel the road for free by signing up with websites like Liftshare.com and FreeWheelerscom. Some people to will ask you to chip in for petrol but will offer you a spare seat in the vehicle.

Budget not enough for a vacation? Get home accommodations free of charge by swapping your house with another family. Love House Swap and Homelink International provide you with the possibility to search through properties and swap your house for another – wherever you may be on the planet.

Top Five Beauty Instagram Accounts To Follow

‘Feeluniquebeauty’ – Feel Unique is one of my favourite beauty websites to shop from as they always have exclusive brands and products perfect for any beauty lover. I love keeping up to date with their latest additions, favourite picks and tips. They also have some amazing photography setups, perfect for finding inspiration.
‘Escentual’ – I love browsing Escentual’s website as they have stunning brands such as Elie Saab, Chloe, Guerlain and lots more for me to drool over. I love following on Instagram to get my fix of all things high end beauty as well the odd cute Moschino teddy bear!
‘thesundaygirluk’ – The Sunday Girl is my favourite beauty blog of all time. Adrienne puts so much hard work into her blog, posting over three times a day and I love to keep updated. When I haven’t got time to catch up on her newest blog posts, I’ll keep updated on Instagram instead to see any new releases.
‘ctilburymakeup’ – If you’re a beauty lover, chances are you wont need me to introduce you to Charlotte Tilbury. I’ve never tried any of her products thanks to the hefty price tag, so I get my fix on Instagram instead! Makeup artist to massive celebrities, I think Charlotte’s an inspirational makeup artist.

‘bourjoisuk’ – Last but not least, it’s Bourjois. There’s lots of Bourjois products that I’d love to try and they’re showcasing some cute pastels ready for spring! I love keeping up to date with their products and with over 50,000 followers it looks like it’s not just me!

Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts?

Joules ‘The Big Bag Theory’ Review

Firstly, what an amazing name for a bag! I’m a fan of the The Big Bang Theory show (though not quite as big a fan as my sister -or my dad actually who may be reading this) so I think Joules have done really well with coming up with such a quirky title. I’ve never tried anything from Joules before, even though i have admired the brand, so I was really excited to try this out. As you can see, the bag itself is a hold all bag which is pretty massive and can pretty much fit anything into! If you’ve got any clutter around the house you could pop your books and magazines in here and it would still look gorgeous thanks to the stunning design of the bag! It’s really up to you what you use the bag for, i think I’ll use it as a shopper as it’s really sturdy and won’t break in my hand like those pesky cheap carriers. Plus, this is much more stylish!

The design of the bag is called ‘Sky Blue Peony’ and it’s just my type. I love the pastel blue shade, with the pretty floral patterns along with a simple pink handle, finished off with the Joules logo. The bag is available in three other designs of ‘Spring Green Dash’, ‘Pink Wildflower’ and ‘Blue Zig Zag’ but this pattern is definitely my favorite.

Best Of The Beauty Competitions #4

KISS THE MOON

Fancy winning a massive range of Kiss The Moon products? It’s full of pampering essentials such as bath and face oils. All you need to do is enter your details!

DKNY DELICIOUS DELIGHTS

Have you been eyeing up the new spring DKNY fragrances? I know I have! To win all three fragrances, you need to follow @ukglam on Instagram and tag a picture that makes you happy using the hashtag #DKNYDELIGHTS. Don’t forget to tag them too.

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL

Yours are giving away a massive beauty bundle including this mascara as well as a Charlotte Tilbury palette and brands such as MAC, Philosophy, Chanel and Bourjois. Simply enter your details.

ROLLERLASH

You’ve seen the hype of Rollerlash, so why not try and win yourself your own full sized mascara?

CHLOE LOVE STORY

Another massive beauty bundle is up for grabs thanks to Tatler’s Beauty Awards. As well as Chloe’s Love Story perfume, you can win lots of other high end treats.

LOOK FANTASTIC BEAUTY BOX SUBSCRIPTION

To win a year’s subscription to Look Fantastic’s beauty box, simply enter your details.

MAC CINDERELLA LIPSTICK

I don’t tend to include blogger giveaways here but this one is too good to miss! Stephanie is giving away a MAC Royal Ball Cinderella lipstick over on her blog.

Good Luck!

A New Love For Pinterest & A Disney Wedding

I have a confession. I have a boyfriend of three and a half years, I’m not engaged but I have had way too much fun creating a whole new Pinterest board – and it’s Disney wedding themed. Luckily he doesn’t read my blog as if he did he may very well run for the hills, but in my defence it’s all about inspiration and I’m not hurting anyone after all! I recently saw a quote that pretty much sums up Pinterest and gave me a good giggle – “Pinterest is where women go to plan imaginary weddings, dress children that don’t exist, decorate houses they can’t afford to buy and make way too many outfits” – I’m afraid to say it certainly looks like I fall into that category! I just wanted to write this post to show you a few stunning photos I have found for my future wedding (ahem) and I also love finding home ware items and décor ideas that I can store away safely until I finally get my own place. Pinterest seems to me like a place where I can just get lost in beautiful images and create boards and boards of pretty little things. So, without further ado, if you haven’t found yourself on Pinterest just yet, I recommend you create an account and get lost in the images!

Blogging Is Not A Competition

I think this post has been brewing up inside me for a good while now. I’ve spoken before about the negatives of blogging but I think for this post, I need to focus on the positives. There is always going to be somebody out there who is better than you, bigger than you and more successful. Does that make you any less successful? Absolutely not. When it comes to blogging, I feel I have come a long way since last February. Blogging has turned into a hobby that I devote a lot of my spare time to and that is purely because I love it, it gives me confidence and I feel like I am finally good at something I enjoy. I’ve never been one for hobbies except for reading, so I feel very happy that I’ve stuck to blogging for so long and I have no plans to stop for a long time – I wonder if when we’re all OAP’s, whether we’ll still be talking about the latest lipsticks?! It certainly wouldn’t surprise me!
With this in mind, why do I sometimes find myself feeling fed up with my blog and as if I’m not good enough. We are all good enough. It doesn’t matter how many followers you have, whether your pictures aren’t quite up to your own standards yet (will they ever be?!) – you are who you are, so be proud of it. A good few times I have felt down about my blog and wished I could be more ‘successful’ – I hope you know I’m just trying to be honest and not trying to tell anyone how to feel. Success is different to everybody. Just because someone has more comments, more posts, more followers on Instagram – why does that mean they are more successful than you? It doesn’t. As you know, blogging takes up a lot of time, taking the photos, reviewing products, writing the post and then promoting – it’s not exactly a quick fix but we do it because we love it. When I started blogging, I didn’t expect more than five people to even stumble upon it unexpectedly before clicking off in a rush. Without bragging, I do feel I have come far, I have had some lovely opportunities and it is so good to meet and chat to other bloggers who have the same interests as me.
So, in a nutshell, I just wanted to remind myself and you that we are successful in our own ways. We don’t have to be raking in the cash from our blogs or always sitting at the top page of the Bloglovin popular posts – each new post you publish is a success. I hope I don’t sound completely soppy, although I have a feeling I might have done just that! I am also taking a pledge to stop taking blogging so seriously. It is my favourite hobby of all time and I feel so pleased each time I get a new comment on a post, so I am only focusing on the positives. I certainly didn’t start blogging to be comparing myself to other blogs – I started because I love writing and I love beauty products. If you’ve made it to the end, thank you, I’ll be quiet now!
Do you ever find yourself comparing your blog?

The Prettiest Bird Shirt I Ever Did See

Who doesn’t love bird print?! Well, my mum doesn’t as she thinks it’s bad luck .. I disagree so I’m hoping you’re going to agree with me when I say that this shirt is just so cute, feminine and all over pretty! I was recently lucky enough to receive this Barbour shirt for the purpose of reviewing my blog and it’s perfect. As you can see, the shirt is long sleeved, with a collar and buttons, with the bird print covering the cream shirt. What I love about a shirt is that you can either dress it up or dress it down. As you can see above, I decided to wear my favourite simple outfit – navy jeggings, black vest top and a cute shirt to add some colour to the outfit! The shirt is 100% cotton and is super comfy to wear – the only problem I do have is that it’s pretty hard to iron! The Bird Print shirt is available on sale for £34.49 from PSYCHE.

Do you like the shirt? Or would it not be your choice?

Dolly’s Mixtures Pina Colada Shower Gel

I have a brand new love in my life and it comes in the form of a Pina Colada shower gel. Seriously, it just smells so so good! I first spotted the cute little dinky shower gels from Dolly’s Mixtures over on Instagram, did a little digging and soon found out that Dolly’s Mixtures are stocked at Asda – yay! A few days later I was off on a little bargain shopping trip and headed straight to the toiletry aisle (as if I needed an excuse?!). I know it’s sad but I couldn’t help but get excited when I discovered the Dolly’s Mixtures range staring back at me – cute vintage styled dinky bottles with an array of different scents – and you haven’t heard the best yet – only £1 each! I decided not to go too crazy and pick up all the shower gels at once, so I had a quick sniff of each and decided that Pina Colada was my favourite!

As I’m sure you are aware, Pina Colada is a very popular cocktail which reminds me of being on a sun kissed holiday, watching the hotel entertainment at night and sipping my Pina Colada! (Is it just me or are cocktails seriously stronger abroad?!). The shower gel is a creamy and thick formula which lathers up well, smells beautiful and I only need to use a small amount each time. I love the packaging of the Dolly’s Mixtures bottles, not to mention their quirky name – although googling it can take a while to scroll through all the dolly mixture sweets images! If I was to be very picky, the only negative I can find is that I’d prefer if the bottles were a little larger as they are quite dinky at 300ml, but the scent and packaging wins me over. You can also find Dolly’s Mixtures in different varieties of ‘Lemon Bon Bon’, ‘Rhubarb & Custard’, ‘Vanilla Cupcake’, ‘Lime Mojito’ ‘Candy Floss’, ‘Strawberry Daiquiri’, ‘Bucks Fizz’ and ‘Red Velvet Cupcake’ – I’m in shower gel heaven!

Have you spotted Dolly’s Mixtures yet?

Better than GHDS? Nicky Clarke DesiRED Hair Straightener

NICKY CLARKE DESIRED HAIR STRAIGHTENER.
I need a big old drumroll in here please. I am about to introduce you to what I now consider a cheaper and better alternative to GHDs! Before I ramble on about the Nicky Clarke DesiRED hair straightener, I need to have a very small rant about GHD’s. GHD’s have been a part of my family for years, with my mum, sister and I all clambering to use them in the good old mornings of getting ready for school. Since then however I do feel that their quality has gone downhill, I have had to purchase two new pairs in just two years – both of which are now faulty and completely unusable. Considering they are over £100 each, I decided to end my relationship with GHD for good. Apologies if you’re a GHD lover, but I am one of those people that expects good quality and will complain otherwise ha!
I had to rock the ‘bed head’ look and go straightener free for a few days after the GHD’s conked out. However, in good old Asda, my mum rang me to say she had found a pair of hair straighteners reduced to just £28. Another customer even came up to her to tell her how good they were, so she snapped them up straight away! I must admit I was sceptical at first, I wondered for a lower price whether I was going to get the results I really wanted – and I shouldn’t have doubted for one second! When my mum bought the straighteners home, we quickly scrambled to get them switched on and see how they worked for ourselves. As you can see, the straighteners have a sleek design and a glossy red design. Nicky Clarke, if you are reading this, please release this straightener in an array of pastel colours, I beg of you!
So, how do the straighteners fare? Frickin’ brilliant, that’s how. They are super easy to set up, pressing a small on/off button on the inside of the straighteners, above which you’ll find the temperature gauge which heats up to 230C. You can also adjust the settings on whether your hair is fine, medium or thick. These straighteners have seriously impressed me. It literally took me two minutes to straighten all of my hair and I was left with a sleek, straight look which actually feels in a better condition than before I used it! If I was asked do they fare better than GHDs – my answer is yes. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, I can’t recommend these enough! The retail price of DesiRED is £81.99 and it seems I managed to get a complete bargain! Keep a look out in Asda for any reduced hair straighteners! I would still highly recommend for the retail price and if I needed to buy another pair, I would certainly be willing to splash out.
What hair straighteners do you use?