Friday, 24 January 2014

Mini Clothing Haul: Primark, New Look & More

 Hello everyone!

Despite trying to save up my money, I had a little shop the other day as a small treat for myself. I justified this spend to myself as they were all great prices and I'd be missing out if I didn't buy them! So I thought I would share the bits I picked up with you all.
1. PRIMARK - Daisy Print Floral Top - £6
2) DOROTHY PERKINS - Lace Top Socks - 3 for £6 - HERE (My plain black pair are in the wash!)
3) NEW LOOK - Black Popcorn Lightweight Oversize Jumper - £14.99 - HERE
4) BOOHOO - Oversized Smock Top - £8 - HERE

They're all such lovely additions to my wardrobe and I'm super happy with them! My favourite item is probably the Primark top; it's such a bargain at £6... I just couldn't not buy it. The little collar is so cute! 

Here's a closer look at the items:

Let me know if you would like me to do any lookbook type post featuring these items in the comments & I'd be happy to!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Blogger Made Me Buy It: TAG

I saw Kal from Cluttered Closet do 'The Blogger Made Me Buy It' Tag and I thought it looked like fun & would give you all some good blog recommendations, so here goes!

1) Who are your most influential bloggers?  Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?

I regularly find myself reading Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie's posts, as she blogs near enough every day and mostly features affordable products! Her reviews are very informative, with great pictures (which I think is really important), and they really give me a brilliant insight into whether I'd like to purchase a product or not. I also like Lily Pebbles, despite the fact that quite often she features high-end products; this month she has been focused purely on highstreet makeup which has been really helpful & perfect for me to read.

2) Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?

I've never bought a product purely because of one review! Just because I may rely on someone for their reviews, I always make sure I check out a few more reviews before purchasing, as everyone has different skin types & therefore different opinions on products. 

3) What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

Most probably my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze. I use this almost every day either as a base or just as my eyeshadow and I love it. It's so quick to apply yet looks amazing! I couldn't imagine myself without this product now.

4) What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

I don't think I have ever actually bought something I've disliked yet due to blogs. Hopefully that day will never come!

5) Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, W7 Honolulu Bronzing Powder, Rimmel Apocalips in 304 Eclipse, Calvin Klein Luxury Creme Lipstick in Sinful, and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer!

6) Have you ever given into blogger hype? If so, which hype?

Yes I have! The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent was definitely a blogger hype and I am not disappointed that I purchased this at all. Transparent was the hyped about shade too, which is perfect as it isn't really visible on the skin, so doesn't look cakey either, yet still gives you a lovely matte finish to your skin. It's such a great finishing touch to my face every day!

7) Have you ever avoided a blogger hype? If so, which hype?

I haven't purchased any of the Naked Palettes, but this is only down to the price. I would give in to the hype if I had a little more money in my pocket! I have also never purchased any of the Maybelline Baby Lips. I love Burt's Bee's Lip Balms, and I haven't heard all good reviews on the Maybelline Baby Lips, so I think I'll still to my trusty Burt's Bee's.

8) Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?

Unless there is something specific I'm looking for, I normally just end up popping into Boots or Superdrug and buying whatever seems to catch my eye. I would say it's a 50/50 as to whether I buy based on reviews or without reading reviews.

Let me know if you would like to see a full post on anything spoken about above. Feel free to do this tag too & tweet me at @alicebailey_ if you do, I'd love to read yours!

Monday, 20 January 2014


Hello everyone!

I'm sure we all spend far too much of our spare time online shopping, and I recently noticed one thing - for some reason I never venture any further out than clothes and shoes. So, I had a little browse at the bags on lots of highstreet websites and I'm so glad I did, there are so many little beauties out there, and at excellent prices too! 

These are my Top 5 Picks:

  1: TOPSHOP • Mini Cutwork Trim Backpack • £28 HERE
2. H&M • Black Shoulder Bag • £24.99 HERE
3. NEW LOOK  Black Snakeskin Panel Envelope Satchel  £12.99  HERE
4. RIVER ISLAND  Coral Large Satchel  £28  HERE
5. NEW LOOK  Black Contrast Tartan Panel Backpack  £15.99  HERE

Let me know what your favourite bag on the highstreet is at the moment in the comments below. I'm dying to get my hands on the gorgeous Topshop backpack!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

MUA Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette: REVIEW

Hello everyone!

Months ago now, I won Libby's lovely giveaway and never found enough time to write a post about it. So now after trying out the items for a number of months, I thought I'd write reviews on the items instead, starting with the MUA Heaven and Earth eyeshadow palette :)

(Sorry for the shine)

My favourite item I received in the giveaway has got to be MUA's Heaven and Earth eyeshadow palette! It features 12 gorgeous neutral shades, which are my favourite kind of eyeshadow shades! They are all shimmery shades; but don't let this put you off, it's not a crazy amount of shimmer, so you can still obtain a natural look! In fact, you can create so many gorgeous looks with this palette, and for just £4 - you'd be crazy not to give it a go.

The eyeshadows are contained in a plastic palette, along with a double ended sponge applicator brush; although I personally apply it with either my fingers or one of my own brushes. All of the shades are extremely pigmented and the formula is so soft and silky which makes blending a lot easier! Even the lightest shades are amazingly pigmented, which is shocking for a palette as cheap as this one is. The only downside I can think of is that there can be a little bit of fall out while applying, but this can be avoided if you take a little bit of care whilst applying and don't go too mad!

I'm dying to pick up the MUA Undress Me Too palette after trying this one - but I can never find it anywhere!

Let me know what MUA palette's you have tried and what your favourites are :)


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