Friday, 1 August 2014

Friday Fancies

I've been fan-girling over Maru the famous, box loving Scottish Fold cat. I can't even! 

I love these handmade floral brogues by The Drifter Leather on Etsy.

This 'Accio Books' book bag tutorial is so clever! 

With all the pressures in life, this Buzz Feed list is like a breath of fresh air.

I found this adorable way of displaying your precious Beatrix Potter books on the lovely Pretty Books tumblr page.

Lastly, The Restaurant Story has been added to my list of restaurants to visit before I die. I especially want to try the three bear's trio of porridge!

Hope you all have a great weekend! 

Monday, 28 July 2014

An Introduction To Elf Cosmetics

If you've read a few beauty blogs, you'll be aware of the budget beauty brand Elf. The products are known to perform well, plus the frequent 50% off sales are always a good excuse to order. After hearing so many positive reviews about Elf, I decided it was time to make an order and form my own opinion.

I picked up a foundation brush (£1.99),  bamboo lip brush (£4.99), a mineral lip liner (£3.50), a moisturising lipstick (£3.95) and a cream blush (£6.50).

 Studio Cream Blush

As it has good reviews and I don't own any cream blushes, I decided to get this in the shade Tease. The pot seems unnesseccarily bulky, so not one you can cart around in your handbag and the product inside is more like a firm, play dough consistency than cream. The firmness of the product makes it awkward to scoop onto your finger and tends to roll itself into a ball. Once you get the hang of that, it builds nicely to a natural flush on the cheek and makes a nice base for other blushes if you like to double up. It only lasted three hours on me, so I'm glad I only bought it at half price. 2/5

Mineral Lip Liner

 I chose the shade Peachy as I wanted it close to my natural lip colour and the shade choice is very limited. I really like the twist up pencil and it gives a good base for lipstick to cling to. It is a little bit tough to apply and doesn't glide on easily, but it seems to stay for a good five hours. 2.5/5

Foundation Brush

The brush is a standard size as far as foundation brushes go, however the bristles are a tad short giving you more control but takes a bit longer to distribute the product. It washes well and hasn't lost a single hair, which is fantastic for the £1.99 price tag. 4/5

Bamboo Lip Brush

Looking back, I'm wondering why I paid £4.99 for an Elf lip brush whether it's bamboo or not. I bought it for those annoying lipsticks that are a bit too slippy to apply from the tube but due to it's pointed shape, it's a better lip liner than a filler. Next time I would go for a larger, flatter brush head. 2/5

Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday Fancies

Every Friday I pull together the things that have inspired me this past week!

I'm not one for colourful eye shadow, but this eye look created with the Urban Decay Electric palette is stunning.

I would go to the gym a whole lot more to show off these bad boys!

This goats cheese, avacado and red pepper flakes on toast is a heavenly breakfast.

I have decided I have to eat at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant the Fat Duck to experience the insanely creative food. 

I love this Jane Eyre style pin!

I really want to make these raspberry jam thumbprint cookies!

I would love to have fresh flowers in my hair for my wedding.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Instagram: June 2014

Follow me on instagram @oxfordjrr!

Finally got myself the Make Up Revolution dupe of the Naked 3 palette. An amazing way to try the shades of the palette on a cashier's wage Got a pair of Vans in the Very sale and marvelled at how much it's like putting your feet in a cloud Watched two sopping wet labradors rough it out after a day at the lake Got my hands on my very first Clinique Chubby Stick thanks to Glamour magazine Had a root beer at an american diner and wished that they sold it here more widley Saw some shy alpacas at Millets Farm So happy to pass 200 followers! Got this rare nice picture of Tessa wanting some attention Got my nan this cute card and a copy of The Fault In Our Stars for her birthday Love Oasis shirts, especially this happy air balloon print Got a really awesome tip at work Another alpaca we nicknamed Tina at Lotmead Farm Bumming around Bristol for the day My favourite treat of lately is strawberries, oats, honey and greek yogurt. Absolutely heavenly I don't get a chance to get dressed up much, so I took a picture of my make up on my boyfriend's birthday Zip lined over this gorgeous, blue quarry last month
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