Friday, May 24, 2013

Whats in my travel makeup bag!

Hello lovelies, So tomorrow I'm going on holiday to Newcastle for a week. So I wont be blogging or chatting on twitter for the week. Anyway on with the post today I'm going to talk to you about what makeup I'm taking. 



 I will start with the large makeup bag. It's from ted baker and it is from the butterfly fly by collection from boots.


For my face I have the 17 bb cream, Rimmel stay matte powder, Collection lasting perfection concealer and Dainty doll blush in my girl.


For my eyes I have my Urban decay naked basics which I will also be using for my brows, Collection extreme 24hr felt tip liner (which im trying to finish) Mua trio in innocence, Maybelline colour tattoo on and on bronze, Mua clear mascara, Rimmel scandal eyes khol pencil in black, 17 wild curls and Maybelline lasting drama gel eyeliner in black chrome.


Finally makeup wise I have seventeen beehive, Mua nectar, Mua power pout in justify, Collection cream puff Fairycake, Cherry carmex and a mini Benetint.


then have a couple of bits of skincare. I have Nspa hot cloth polish, a Nivea deodorant, Young skin matte finish moisturizer, Young skin makeup remover, Nivea daily essentials day cream and the Superdrug blended tea tree oil.


Brush wise I'm taking a mix of Real techniques, Front cover,  Eco tools, Sarah ashton and boots own branded.


Finally I have a little bag of shower stuff. In here is the Percy and reed colour and shine shampoo, Dgj organics Berutti oil, a muslim cloth, Mandara spa amber heavan body cream and shower gel and Sanctuary body scrub. and that's it, some of you probably think I've gone a little crazy but you know. When I get back I will put up my empties both favourites and some snaps from my holiday! 

 Till next time 


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mua lipstick - Shade 16 Nectar.

Hello lovelies, today I'm going to be reviewing a amazing bargain for you. I present to you Mua Nectar!


This may sound crazy but i'd describe this as a bright pastel orange. The formula is semi matte and it can cling to dry patches if your lips aren't moisturized enough. I like to apply this over a layer of carmex.



 As you can see on the lip swatch above this lipstick can fall into the fine lines and creases of the lips. In terms of wear I find this wears for about 2 hours if you don't eat or drink. This can't stand the wear of eating and leaves you with a attractive orange line around your lips. For £1 i've really found nothing I dislike about it, it was defiantly better than I expected. In conclusion I love this and the colour is beautiful. I really want to try more shades! If anyone has any recommendations I would love for you to leave them in the comments. 

 Till next time 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Vanilla sugar cookies with the craft company.

Hello lovelies,

Today I have a baking post for you. These seem to be popular so make sure to let me know what you think. The lovely people at The craft company sent me over some bits to review so I thought i'd show you my take on cookie decorating. Enjoy!

  You will need 
140g icing sugar 
250g butter cubed (I used stork baking margarine)
1 egg yolk 
1 tsp vanilla extract
375g plain flour 
Dr oetker designer icing in White* and Pink* 


 Step 1... 

Put the icing sugar, butter, egg yolk and vanilla extract into a bowl a mix together until well combined. 

 Step 2... 

Fold in the flour until the mix starts to clump together then use your hand to bring it together into a ball.


Step 3...

Roll out the dough on a well floured surface and cut into shapes using your cookie cutters. 

 Step 4...


Bake for 10 - 15 mins on 190 or gas mark 5. Hopefully they should look a little like the ones below!


Step 5...


Leave the cookies to cool for about a hour and then decorate. Here's how I decorated mine...


So that's it, I urge you to try these there so easy to make and taste great to.

 Whats your favorite thing to bake? 


Saturday, May 18, 2013

A teeny weeny iddy biddy haul.

Hello lovelies, Today I have a really small haul for you I have a really interesting different (I hope) post for you tomorrow, so I thought i'd just do a small haul post for you. Enjoy!

  Cherry carmex Boots £2.69. In my opinion the mother of all lip balms is carmex. A holy grail item for me.

  Mua lipstick shade 16 nectar Superdrug £1.00. Oh wow this is such a beautiful orange colour and I really like the way it looks on me. I really wanted to try a bright orange and when I saw this on multiple blogs I knew it would be the one to try. 

 Mua mascara shade 1. Superdrug £1.00 (Not on the superdrug website) Just the standard clear mascara for my brows as my current one is empty. 

  Mua nail polish in bold blue Superdrug £1.00. This is such a pretty colour and was my 3rd product on the 3 for 2. I cannot wait to wear it! 

 and finally 
  Little birdie london pastel geo necklace* I won this in a giveaway and it arrived today. How cute is it I just couldn't not show you. Check out little birdie london there jewelry is so cute! 

 That's it have a fab weekend, 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Instagram diary #1

Hello lovelies, today I thought i'd do a instagram diary post as I've been really getting into using it recently. I hope you enjoy! I'd also love for you to follow me @theperksofbeingacoleeeyyy Enjoy!


1. One of my favourite instagramers @loisameliax3 
2. The love cats inc 1st blog birthday 
 3. Mint choc chip ice cream! helllllz yeah 4. Quote <3 
 5. Maths banter 
6. The body shop passion fruit body butter is the best! 
7. New sunglasses from 
 8. Watching the beautiful coleyyyful on youtube 
9. Indecisive weather.

 I really hope you enjoyed this post leave me your instagram down bellow and I'll make sure to take a look! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Top 5 summer lip colours!

Hello lovelies, when I published really didn't expect it to be one of my most viewed posts. So I thought i'd do a post on my top 5 summer lipsticks as you guys seemed to enjoy the blush post so much. 

So here it is. 


Rimmel Kate moss-02 Natural collection Sheer natural-Sand castle Mua Power pout-Justify Seventeen Mirror shine-L.A. Collection Cream puff-3 fairy cake 


Swatches Sand castle - Justify - L.A. - Fairy cake - 02 


 Sand castle..


A very sheer peachy pink perfect for a super natural makeup day. Boots £1.99 (These aren't on the website sorry) 



 A sheer pinky orange adds just a dash of colour to neutral makeup. Full review here Superdrug £3.00 here 



A slight pink tinted sheer red. Perfect for when your not quite braze enough for the bright red lip. (Looks a lot more red in person) Full review here Boots £4.79 here 

 Fairy cake..


 A bright coral matte lip cream, that isn't to drying. Full review here Boots £2.99 here 

and finally 02..


 Rimmel apocalips in apocaliptic in lipstick form. This is a super bright pink. Not for the faint hearted. Boots £5.49 here 

 and thats it all 5 of my top summer lip colours. What lip colour will you be rocking this summer. (if it ever turns up) 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Whats in ....'s makeup bag. Ellen from a little bit unique

Hello lovelies, today I have a guest post from the lovely ellen from A little bit unique so I'll here's what Ellen had to say about her makeup bag. Hi everyone! I'm Ellen from A little bit Unique and Cole kindly offered me a guest spot on her blog to let you all have a sneak peek into my make up bag.

  I've had this make up bag for years (so it's all battered and bruised, but I love it)! It's the perfect size to fit in my handbag and hold my on the go essentials. I mix up my make up bag on a daily or weekly basis with the products I used in the morning. These are my current go to products that have made their way from my make up storage to my make up bag.

 I'm a massive Max Factor foundation fan and the smooth effect one is my current favourite. It applies like a dream and lasts all day without being sticky or cakey. I love applying it with the buffing brush from real techniques. I also have been loving the much talked about collection lasing perfection concealer, which I use on any blemishes and then under eyes as well. 

Mascara wise, I always use the max factor false lash effect in black, but I also like to use another mascara along side it, for added length and volume; the avon supershock max is great for volume! 

 This Avon blush is perfect for daytime as it's quite a light, subtle colour when applied and I use it alongside my face sleek contour kit in light to add definition and life to my face. My lipstick changes daily, depending on which I pick from my lipstick holder in the morning. The Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks are brilliant; they're long lasting and highly pigmented.

 I was always an eye liner pencil girl until recently, when I discovered gel eyeliners. They are a lot more long lasting, don't smudge as easily and are more natural. So, they are just the products I've been carrying around recently! Oh, you may have noticed I haven't included brushes, as I have a separate pouch where I keep them, so when I throw them in my handbag they don't get dirty. 

I'd love to know what you've been loving and wanted to say a massive thanks to Cole for letting me highjack her blog for a post. She's a really lovely girl and I've loved her blog since the start! Ellen x

Big thank you to Ellen for guest posting for me. I'm looking for more bloggers to guest post for me, if your interested please drop me an email or tweet me @coleoftheball 


Friday, May 10, 2013

Cole cooks - chorizo stuffed chicken with roasted vegetables.

Hello lovelies,Today i'm going to be sharing a recipe with you. This is one of my favourite meals ever so I hope you enjoy reading this post.

Serves 4

You will need...
4 Chicken breasts
1/2 Ring chorizo
4 Medium sweet potatoes
2-3 Courgettes
6 Large mushrooms
2 tbsps Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
Chilli grinder (mines from tesco you can also pick them up in asda and morrisons)

First of peel and chop the potatoes into evenly sliced pieces and boil for about 10-15 mins.

Chop up the courgettes into small circles and pop into a baking tray with the oil and some salt and pepper. Then do the same with the mushrooms. Then when the potatoes are boiled pop them in the tray with the other vegetables.

Add a little more oil and pop into the oven for about an hour.

Then slice the chicken through the middle creating a pocket to pop the chorizo into. Add a little oil on top of the breasts then coat with the chilli grinder and salt and pepper. Cook for 35-40 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know if you try this recipe out.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Top 3 spring/summer blushes.

Hello lovelies,So that’s it we've had 2 days of proper summer here in the UK and it's back to raining again. (sigh) These past couple of weeks i’ve been trying to inject a little colour into my everyday makeup with blush and here are my top 3.

FashionistA - Rose thrill Rimmel – Santa rose Dainty doll – My girl

From the top Rose thrill Santa rose My girl

FashionistA Rose thrill
This is one bright blush; it looks quite terrifying in the pan and doesn’t look that great swatched but when blended man is it beautiful. It gives a super natural flush. Although you have to use so little and blend really well or you look like a clown.
Rimmel Santa rose This blush is so hyped its one of those that most beauty bloggers/readers/beauty youtubers own. It’s such a pretty peach and looks fantastic on paler complexions. This isn’t 100% matte but the amount of shimmer is barely visible. This the most natural of the 3 and is perfect for chucking on as it doesn’t really matter if you don’t blend it to well or its not applied perfectly.
Dainty doll My girl Well if you read/watch beauty people you’ve probably heard about these baby’s being sold cheap on sites such as fragrance direct and amazon. This is the baby pink from the range. I would describe this as sheeny rather than shimmery. The way it catches the sunlight is just so beautiful. I’ve tried this on people with darker skins and it looks just as amazing.

Swatches blended

From the top My girl Santa rose Rose thrill

I hope you enjoyed this post

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Used and abused ~ April

Hello lovelies,
here's my April empties! Enjoy

Soap and glory sugar crush Body butter and Sugar scrub

Oh my I love both of these so much and they've lasted since my birthday to so they've done pretty well.

Repurchase ~ Probably but not to soon in the future.

So many people swear by this but I really didn't see any improvement in my skin at all. Another think that puts me of it is the bottles are tiny, mine only lasted just over two weeks.

Repurchase ~ No most defiantly not. I'll stick to my superdrug tea tree blemish toner thing (makes me sound like such a great blogger)

 L'Oreal elvive colour protect shampoo.
I grabbed this from the pound shop and I don't think its even sold anymore. It's ok I'm not bothered about shampoo as long as it cleans my hair I'm really not bothered.
Repurchase ~ No I think its been discontinued.
This is my favourite hair day in the world. It barely fades and leaves my hair so bright. I just love it so much I just cant put it into words.
Repurchase ~ Always. I think if my hair is red it will be this baby!

Primark reed diffuser ~ Raspberry and papaya.

I really like primark reed diffusers. They smell lovely and this one was no exception. This smelt lovely and sweet.

Repurchase ~ Maybe I'd like to try more scents.

Essence Studio nails anti split base coat

I liked this but it seemed to go gloopy very quickly. It was nice but I didn't find it did anything amazing for my nails.

Repurchase ~ Maybe if I could get it easily. Essence isn't sold in the uk I got this when I went on a school trip to Germany.

Essence stay all day concealer ~ 01 soft beige

I really like this it really covered my under eye circles well and was a really good colour for me.

Repurchase ~ If I could get it yes.

Avon super magnify and astonishing lengths mascaras (I cant find these on the avon website)

These were ok nothing amazing but not to bad. I liked astonishing lengths a little bit more as the super magnify brush was super thin.

Repurchase ~ No I've got plenty of mascaras I like better.

So that's it for another month.


FOTD - Feeling very 50's

Hello lovelies,
Today I have a FOTD for you.
This makeup reminds me of Dita Von Teese (who I may or may not have a huge girl crush on!)
So onwards and upwards...
Products used
Collection lasting perfection concealer ~ Fair
Rimmel stay matte ~ Transparent
Dainty doll blush ~ My girl
 Urban decay naked basics (eyebrows) ~ Faint
Maybelline eye studio gel eyeliner ~ Black chrome
Rimmel scandal eyes waterproof khol ~ Black
Look beauty loud lips lipstick ~ Cherry bomb
Nivea caregloss and shine ~ The dark pink one they have no names!

Sorry for the odd looking face its the only good photo that shows my eyeliner clearly and you can see the true colour of it.
Who's your girl crush?