Silver Feathers

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

If you've been following my blog for a while now you may have noticed I have a slight 'thing' for feathers. So I was pretty excited to receive this delicate Lily Charmed silver feather necklace in the post. I ordered from JewelStreet when they asked if I'd like to review their website and jewellery collection. There was just so much choice I spent hours on the website! I finally settled for another feather item to add to my collection. I have to admit it's very tricky to photograph, being so teeny and full of detail this is one of those pieces that catches your attention and demands a closer look.

I like to layer up my necklaces and this one works paired with a couple of other silver charms but looks equally as pretty worn alone. I'd recommend having a look at Lily Charmed for unique jewellery at very reasonable prices. Next on my wishlist is their tiny paper plane charm! And when they arrive so beautifully packaged they make lovely gifts too.

Ray-Ban Lily Sunglasses

Saturday, 4 April 2015

The 'Lily' (or the RB4222) are a new edition of Ray-Ban round sunglasses with rubberized frames and skinny metal arms. They come in seven different frame and lens colour varieties, I have the Dark Havana with brown gradient lenses and I love them! These were kindly sent to me from Sunglasses Shop who stock five of the Lily frames, funky colours included - starting at £85 with free next day delivery. Here's what they have to say about the new collection...

"Ray-Ban Lily pushes must-wear round sunglasses to the next level with iridescent rubber, sleek multi-layered lenses and slick metal temples. Lily is oversized turning the tricky round into a universal flatterer not to mention an ultra contemporary take on retro."

I've always been a fan of how round sunglasses look on other people but I never imagined I'd be able to pull them off. If anything I thought they'd make my face look rounder. But I think these Ray-Ban Lily frames are the perfect size! Not so oversized I look like a frightened owl, whilst not being too 'John Lennon' teeny either. I tend to choose brown or tortoise shell frames with being so pale, I think dark black frames can look too heavy and stark on me.

The Lily's are so light and comfortable, as I find with all Ray-Ban sunglasses. Now the weather is slightly improving and we head towards sunnier days I'm enjoying wearing these new round ones and swapping them for my much loved aviators when I fancy a change.

How to Spring Clean if You're Lazy

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Every so often I'll feel a need to clear out my wardrobe or tidy my desk but it's a rare occasion when I decide I need a complete room overhaul. I'm lazy when it comes to keeping things dust free and tidy, I'll let the "organised" mess pile up around me. Then I'll be so sick of looking at it, I'll go on such a mad cleaning spree I'll be ready to throw out all my old furniture and spend a fortune in IKEA. This happened to me a few weeks ago and I thought I'd get in early with my mega spring-clean this year, but this time I came up with a system that really works. And it could work for you too! This is how to spring clean if you're lazy (like me)...

Compile a List

Write down everything you want to change in one room. Do those drawers need a proper clear out? Is your makeup storage driving you insane? Maybe you just need to dust and polish every surface? Get it all down in a huge list that may seem daunting to look at, but once you start ticking off the tasks and realise how easy it is, you'll start feeling better about the whole situation. I use the Wunderlist app which makes a very satisfying 'ping' sound every time you complete something.

Do a Little Each Day

The mistake I repeatedly make is to expect it all to be done immediately. If I'm in the right frame of mind to clean, I want it all finished and perfected by the time I go to bed that night. In reality, this is impossible. You'll never complete a thorough spring-clean if you try to pack it all in to one day. Spread out the tasks. I spent 10 days working on my bedroom. I did one little job each day, but I did that job really, really well.

For example, I have a set of five deep storage drawers full of craft supplies, cables, stationary, and anything else I'd thrown in there which desperately needed sorting out. That task alone took me all day. I removed every drawer from it's frame, emptied the contents on to the floor and sorted things into piles of 'throw away', 'keep' and 'give to charity'. At the end of the day I felt very satisfied with my neat and tidy storage drawers.

Set yourself a new job each day and focus all your energy on that small thing. It will take longer and yes it is easier to just shove things under the bed, but eventually you will have a super organised space (which ultimately means you shouldn't have to do another spring-clean for quite some time!)

Buy Something New

As sad as it is, having something new encourages me to clean and tidy. I want that new item to be fully appreciated in all its new glory. There's no need to go crazy with the credit card but a few purchases (from IKEA usually) will help even the laziest person feel inspired to spring-clean. I donated my old cheap makeup storage drawers to my dad for his diy tools and invested in some acrylic fancy ones which made me feel ever so excited to organise my makeup!

Re-Purpose Old Items

This is a cheaper way to achieve the same feeling as stated above. One of my favourite easy ones is to use candle jars as storage pots. Candles come in lots of different sizes and shapes - once you're finished with the candle, poor hot water into the jar and leave overnight to loosen the leftover wax. In the morning you should see the wax floating on top of the water. You might need to do this a few times to get all the wax out. I use candle jars to hold things such as hair bands, grips, lip balms and jewellery.


My only issue now is staying motivated to keep up with it all! Best of luck with your all your spring-cleaning this March! Is anyone planning on a complete room makeover too? I'd be interested to hear your top tips when it comes to tidying and organising...

Acrylic Makeup Storage

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Acrylic drawers, pots and stands are fast becoming the most popular way to store makeup. I've slowly been building up my acrylic storage, sourcing the best for budget and quality. I think I'm finally settled with how everything is, so I thought I'd share my system! Doing this has also helped me to slim down my makeup collection and throw away some old or expired products. I've included links to where everything is from (and nothing is Muji - I've found more affordable alternatives!)

Everyday Face 
four drawers with display unit top 

(bought on eBay here) £19.40

In this set of drawers I store everything I'll want to grab for on a daily basis. I have foundations on top and I'm currently only hovering between 2 or 3. A Real Techniques beauty sponge sits with them. I also have a few skincare products on top, my eyelash curler, tweezers, brow brush and a brow setting gel.
In the first tier, these two drawers hold setting powder and concealer. The next drawer down has blushers I use regularly, a couples of highlighters and a bronzing powder. And lastly in the bottom drawer I store my MAC lipsticks and a few others that I reach for regularly. Beside this set of drawers I keep my makeup brushes in a glass pot from IKEA. 

Perfume Display  
acrylic two step display stand

(bought on Amazon here) £5.89

I wanted a new way to display my perfume bottles. I know technically you're supposed to keep perfume in a dark place as light can ruin the fragrance but when the bottles are this pretty and I want my perfumes to be close at hand, there's no way I can consider putting them in a drawer! These are my most worn, I have a few other fragrances stored away and will put on rotation depending on my mood and the time of year. I think the acrylic steps are perfect for keeping things classy. You can even place bottles in front of the steps (which is what I do) for a three-tier effect. 

Skincare Trio 
stack-able containers

(bought from Amazon here) £10.99

Here's a simple one - three containers, that stack and pull apart to hold my cotton things! Each container is big enough to store lots inside so I shouldn't need to top this up too regularly, but it's nice to get rid of ugly packaging and keep things to a theme!

All The Rest 
four drawer set

(bought on eBay here) £12.99

These drawers are a little bit deeper, so ideal for storing lots of makeup. Mascaras and eyeliners in the top drawer, loads of lip products are in the second drawer, individual eye shadows, eye crayons and primers are in the third drawer and in the bottom drawer I keep other face products such as cream blushers I don't use as often, highlighters and powders. This is a nice set of sturdy drawers which I'm really pleased with. I did have to cut my collection down a little bit but I managed it, and now this set of 4 drawers along with the first 'everyday face' set (as mentioned before) hold all of my makeup!

Eye Palette Storage 
acrylic letter holder

(bought on Amazon here) £6.03

This worked perfectly! A simple letter holder which you can find in stationary shops or online works to hold a my eye palettes. I'm lucky I only have a few to store, but if my collection grows I'll just buy another letter holder and store them back to back. You could also stand two palettes next to each other on end and fit up to 6 palettes in this way. I like that there are little rubber feet on the bottom to stop the holder from sliding around when you pull out a palette. 

...and anything else I have lying around that doesn't really fit - I pop into a jam jar, a glass candle pot or in this case, I store lip balms in a plastic Halloween cup shaped like a skull!