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31 Dec 2013

Goodbye 2013 - Hello 2014!




This is going to be a slightly different post for me. I'm aware of the fact that my followers probably don't know all that much about me, so I thought since I had a free afternoon, I would write a chit chat sort of post. I  wanted to round up 2013 in my little world and get ready to welcome in 2014 
A lot has happened this year and although there hasn't been anything major (apart from going to uni of course!) I feel like my life has changed a lot. Obviously I haven't seen my friends and family as much over the past few months and that's been a really weird change as I'm used to being at the most 10 minutes away from the people I love! I passed the 3 year mark with my boyfriend that just confirmed the seriousness of our relationship and suddenly it felt so real. Up until that point in August I did see us being together forever (soppy alert!) but it still felt kinda new. We went on our first holiday together in June and yes it was only Center Parcs but it was lovely to go away together and that was another first for us.  Next year it will be 4 years and theres something about that that seems so so much longer than 3!! 
Turning 19 was weird for me, I was so used to being 18 and I felt like it was a really fun age, plus I had really bad tonsillitis for my 19th birthday and ended up going to bed at about half 10 while all my friends carried on the party downstairs. Hopefully this years birthday will be a little more exciting for me!
As far as aims go for 2014 It's pretty simple. I want to become a much more successful blogger because I love it. I couldn't care how many followers or readers I have and although it's even so lovely to chat to some of you and I love reading your comments and replying! It's definitely the highlight of my day when I get to read through your lovely comments. Not only does it help me improve my blog and tailor what I'm writing to what you guys love but I also really like responding to your comments and checking out your blogs too! I like to get to know the people who are reading my posts! I would love to continue my Leesha Loves series and I'm hoping to fit in another series when I get back to uni. 
I would absolutely love to know if theres anything at all that you would like to see differently or any requests you have for the coming months. I'm always up for ideas and tips! 
I would also like to include more beauty reviews on my blog as again It's something that I really enjoy doing and I buy enough beauty products to be able to write as many as I can!
I need to get fit for July and that really doesn't seem like long enough! My own personal problems tend to get in the way a lot and I've been anywhere between a size 6 and a size 16 over the years! Who knows I might find a happy medium in 2014 and finally be happy with my body! That would definitely be nice! 
Then theres the simple things. I want to wear more lipstick, I would like to watch films that are outside my usual Rom Coms, British Drama's and the odd Blockbuster. I want to go for more walks and get more sleep. I want to grow my hair and always have my nails painted. 
I do want to start some sort of Love My Body series but I guess I'm half afraid of failing and then the whole series being ruined so I'm gonna have to have a think about that one. What do you guys think?
I have a lot of posts already planned for January so keep your eyes peeled and keep in touch! I will never stop loving receiving comments and emails from you guys. It blows my mind how anyone can care about what I write so I absolutely love talking to you all!

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

LOVE

Leesha 

xx



30 Dec 2013

Review: Nutribullet


The Nutribullet is one of those things that you see on teleshopping at 3am when you've woken up to the TV still on. I'm never usually drawn to them but this time I actually watched the whole thing!
I'd been wanting a smoothie maker of some sort for ages but could never find one that was easy and quick enough to clean. There was always a little tap or an awkward blade somewhere that needed cleaning. 

The nutribullet has one blade that needs to be cleaned and the cup that you make the 'Nutriblast' in and that's all! I really like the fact that it takes me a minute to have everything ready to use again.

As is true of every year, I need to get healthy. More so now that my parents have booked a holiday and my 'bikini bod' isn't anywhere near fit for a bikini. With little to no time to go to the gym (if I actually do all my uni work!) I figured I would have to do little bits of exercise here and there and really give my body a boot up the backside. The Nutribullet comes with a handy book with loads of recipe's for 'Nutriblasts' which contain 50% greens such as spinach or kale and then fruit with a 'boost' of nuts, seeds or dried berries. There are recipe's for different things such as 'Immune Booster' which as the title suggests, boosts your immune system. 

The Nutribullet doesn't actively claim that it will be the key to losing weight. You can't eat as you do at the moment, make some smoothies and expect to be 3 stone lighter by the following week. However, combined with a healthier diet and exercise The 'Nutriblasts' can be a good counterpart and can even be used to cleanse/detox.

In my Nutriblast I used:

A handful of spinach
1 Orange
1 cup Mango
A few Almonds
Some Goji berries
Some Hemp seed

After adding water up to the MAX line I blended it for about a minute

Just a bad quality phone pic sorry!!

It didn't look overly appetising but it did smell really good and ended up tasting really good too! If I were to recreate the same recipe I would probably use less almonds but then I'm not a fan of almonds anyway!

 I'm not sure 100% how I'm going to do this whole 'bikini bod' thing, especially when I'm at uni but I'm hoping that I can write out a plan over the next few weeks that I will share with you. I might even look at making a little series out of it so watch this space!

Anyone here got a cool Smoothie Maker/Nutribullet?

Feel free to leave me hints/tips! I need them!!!

LOVE

Leesha

xx

28 Dec 2013

2013 In Pictures!

I thought I'd write a quick post with 12 memories of 2013! They're all from Instagram so since I don't instagram everything, not all of these are my 'best' memories, just some of my favourites!




1. SNOW SNOW SNOW!! Last January I woke up to this view out of my bedroom window! It finally stopped snowing in April and I never got bored of it!

2.  I bought my tortoise Eliot early February and I love him to bits! He's such a cool pet and I really miss him when I'm at uni!

3. My baby cousin Ava was born! She's such a character and I can't believe how much she's grown up over the year! 

4. My lovely boyfriend bought me a matching Pandora ring and charm for my 19th birthday. I love the colour of them and haven't taken them off since!

5. Me and my boyfriend had a lovely day out near where we live, playing mini golf and walking down the beach with an ice cream!

6. This is the most memorable lunch I have ever had! It was so yummy!!

7. The amazing pancakes I had at the pancake house when myself, my boyfriend and our 2 friends went to Center Parcs over the summer! 

8. Finding out that I had a place at Edge Hill University was definitely memorable! Especially since I hadn't slept the night before!!

9. Trying to organise my makeup took a lot longer than I thought! Was sat staring at this for quite some time!

10. I got glasses and met up with friends to say goodbye before I started uni!

11. I rediscovered my love for drawing during a boring saturday at uni

12. I met some absolutely amazing people at uni that I hope I will always stay in touch with. We've had some great nights since september!

What are your best memories of 2013? Drop me a comment and let me know!

LOVE

Leesha

xx






27 Dec 2013

Review - L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution





I stumbled across this when my usual Garnier make-up remover was out of stock in my local boots and was intrigued. I immediately thought of Bioderma and just had to see if it was up to the job. 
It claims to cleanse and tone while removing all make-up traces. I have to admit I was a little put off by this as I like to remove my makeup, cleanse using a hot cloth cleanser and then tone and moisturise so I felt like this was skipping the cleansing part as I like to feel like I am actually washing my face.

Nevertheless that night I tried it out and I was pleasantly surprised. My eye makeup did come off fairly easily, it took a few cotton pads but I'm putting that down to the copious amounts of mascara I have to wear to make my lashes even visible! I felt like it really did clean my face and left it feeling smooth without any sticky residue. It uses teeny tiny droplets of oil distributed within soft water so there is no oily feel to the product and I don't feel like a slimy mess after using it which is definitely nice!

It claims to unclog pores and although my face did feel clean I was still a little lost without my hot cloth cleanser. I think with a bit of reworking I can probably fit my usual cleanser into my routine alongside the Micellar solution because I am really pleased with how it removed my make-up.

The next morning I didn't notice any breakouts or redness so I'm assuming all is well on that front. I've read that it can breakout some people with very sensitive skin which is a shame because it does claim to be friendly towards sensitive skin. My skin isn't too sensitive but I do try to use sensitive products just in case. 

Overall, although for me it will take some getting used to as I am a woman of routine, I do think that it's a high quality product and ticks all the boxes for a make-up remover. I am still skeptical about the cleanse and tone as it will be a tough change for me but I do feel like it will be a great alternative for those nights when you just can't be bothered with your whole routine.

You can find it here!

Let me know what you thought if you tried this out!

LOVE

Leesha 

xx

What I got for Christmas 2013 - My Top 10!


Once again Christmas with my family was absolutely amazing! I had such a great day and I hope every single one of you did too. I was so lucky this year and I appreciate every single thing that I received!
Here's 8 of my top 10 favourites!



 I'm not going to make this too long as my aim is to get some in depth reviews done over the next couple of weeks so I don't want to go into too much detail this is just a quick post to let you all know what I got and see what you guys got too!


1. Ghost Perfume
2. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick - 14 - Rouge Feu
3. Doc Martens - Serena
4. Ted Baker make up set - Eyes
5. Magic Bullet - Nutribullet
6. Benefit It's a Love Fest gift set
7. Maroon Converse - Lo
8. James Brown Photo Fabulous Volume Haircare
9. Pandora Charms
10. Slippers


I am going to review the majority of my top 10 gifts over the next couple of weeks so I don't want to go into any detail now, plus I'm still super busy trying to see all my boyfriends family while they're up north! 

Sorry that this is such a short post, feel free to ask me any questions and I would love to know what you got too!!

Hope you all had an amazing Christmas 

LOVE

Leesha

xx




24 Dec 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!!



I thought I would drop in with a quick post to wish every single one of my followers and of course anyone else who may be reading this a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all have an amazing day with family or friends. 
I won't be posting tomorrow unless I catch some spare time at some point but I will be taking lots and lots of photos! I will be posting my Christmas Haul on Boxing day and then in the days leading up to New Year I have lots of exciting posts planned so keep your eyes peeled!


Sorry It's just a short one! I'm busy busy busy today. Left too much last minute typically!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Love 

Leesha

xx

23 Dec 2013

Leesha Loves #1


I was undecided as to when this little series was gonna start to be honest but I figured (somehow?) that now was the right time! 
My little aim is to write a weekly post letting you know 5 things that I've loved about that week. Since I post daily (unless I fancy a day off!) I thought a once a week thing would be cool.

(I might as well just write everything in brackets at this point!)

There isn't going to be a set theme, it's simply going to be things, people, anything that I have LOVED that week and after christmas I will be using my own photo's! You have that in writing!!

1. FAMILY
This is a given to be honest, especially at this time of year but even more so now I'm at uni. I really appreciate every second that I have with them while I'm at home and it's so nice to have everyone together. I do miss my family members who live away at Christmas but we keep in touch and share photos etc so it's all good!

2.  SAVING MY SKIN
Garnier Moisture Match
If I'm completely honest, I wasn't expecting amazing things from this moisturiser but I was very pleasantly surprised!
The cold weather completely dries out my otherwise fairly normal skin and this has been a lifesaver! 
I use the pink one for dry skin but there are 4 other types for different things so you should definitely check it out!


3. WRAPPING UP WARM
I'm probably the only person that LOVES being cold! I absolutely love snuggling up with a duvet or a blanket or going for walks with my hat,gloves and scarf on. I do like the hot summer weather and trust me I cannot wait to go on holiday in July but I'm also enjoying the cold (for now anyway!) and I'm loving being able to wear my onesie in comfort instead of being too hot!

4. SILKY SOFT HAIR
I have completely rekindled my love with Bed Head conditioners and have started using the Styleshots Epic Volume Conditioner again. I have the huge one with the pump and it smells absolutely amazing! I walk out of the shower smelling like strawberries and my hair is so so soft!
I just LOVE it!

5. SLEEPING
I am so happy to be home from uni just so I can sleep!! I think the earliest I've got to sleep this term is 2:30 am. Either my flatmates are up having a good time and I feel like I need to go out and see what they are doing or I just lay there not being able to drift off. It's so annoying when you're up at 8 for a 9am lecture but it seems like such a good idea at the time! I'm finally falling asleep at a normal hour and loving it!

I'd LOVE to know what you've been loving this week!! Drop me a comment below and let me know what you're in LOVE with!

LOVE

Leesha

xx


22 Dec 2013

My Camera + Photography


One thing I really need to do after Christmas (other than lose half my body weight) is to start taking more photo's for my blog and to get out with my camera more!
Since starting uni I've hardly been out with my camera and I really miss it!

I own a Canon EOS 550D which looks like this:





It has an 18MP sensor and I paid £500 for it last year but i think you can get it for around £450 in most places now.


I am going to aim in the new year to take all the photos for my blog myself. It may mean that I don't quite get a post up daily because I like all my posts to have images with them and I can see it being difficult to take photos daily and manage to get all my uni work done! I will try my hardest though cause I do love daily blogging! 


I mainly shoot landscapes but also do some portraiture. I think photography is a great way to express yourself artistically whilst getting outside and seeing some amazing places! I loved getting out this summer with my camera and here are a few shots that I took over this summer



Anyone here interested in photography? I'd love to see your work! Drop me a link below and I'll definitely check it out.

LOVE

Leesha

xx






21 Dec 2013

My Christmas Wishlist 2013

I just can't shake this christmassy feeling this year and I'm loving it!! Doing the Christmas tag yesterday inspired me to blog about my Christmas wishlist! Here's my top 10 picks for this year right down from 10 to my number 1 wish!!. If anyone is in touch with Santa, send him here ;) thanks!



10. MAC - Ruby Woo
I have been lusting after this for the longest time and I somehow always end up buying a different shade! At least if Santa brings it then I can't say no!!

9.  Pandora Charm
My boyfriend bought me my Pandora bracelet for my 18th birthday along with 3 charms and since then i have received one each year from my parents. I don't have any dangly (is that even a word?!) charms and I would LOVE one for Christmas this year!

8. Fluffy Slippers!
One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is curl up and watch a film with my duvet and SLIPPERS!!! The pair I'm using at the moment are looking a bit tired now so i would LOVE some new ones to snuggle up in on boxing day!
7. Doc Martens - Serena
I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with these!!! I can't say much more about the matter to be honest. How warm will these be?! I'm gonna throw this out there and be totally controversial but I really don't like wearing UGG's. They look great on some people but with my legs not exactly matchstick width they just don't look right so these are a perfect alternative. My black leather docs are my staple shoe choice and I would LOVE these!!


6. Jewel Candle
I'm already a massive fan of scented candles and i especially love the christmas scents so when I watched Mammaful zo's video reviewing these I fell in LOVE I really like the idea of giving someone a gift that's more than a candle and not knowing yourself what's really in it. I'm definitely going to be buying these for my friends birthdays now I know about them but I would love to try out the scents for myself this Christmas!



5. Perfume - Ghost Sweetheart
This is my favourite scent of all time and the price really suits my student budget! This was my first Christmas present from my boyfriend along with a necklace so not only does it smell amazing but it also reminds me of him. It's really nice as a daytime perfume and I've just used the last drop so hopefully Santa brings me some more this year!

4. Marc Jacobs watch
Ok so this is a little out of Santa's price range but I really can't stop looking at it! I was torn between the silver and crystal one and this one but I've fallen in LOVE with this one! Shame there's a budget!I think I'm gonna have to save up and treat myself next year!

3. Nutribullet
Being a student I find it really difficult to keep veggies fresh and use them all without wasting money. This usually means that I end up eating microwave rubbish or just salad for a healthy meal. I tried a juicer and a smoothie maker but nothing would get rid of the horrible pulp stuff and seeds. I really want the nutribullet as it completely pulverizes the fruit/veg instead of just blending it. I would LOVE to be able to throw all my veggies in and make a juice to take to my lectures!

2.The Great Gatsby 3D
This film was the highlight of my year to be perfectly honest. I read the book in college and loved it and the film was even better. Since we have a 3D TV I really want to watch it in 3D whenever I feel like a film afternoon/night! Definitely a close call for the top spot on my list!


1. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette!!!!!!
You didn't think I was gonna leave this out did you?!?! I read the announcement for this during an Advertising lecture and very nearly ran to the train station to go to Liverpool and buy it! My student budget didn't quite agree with my reaction and so i just popped it on my christmas list instead!! I LOVE the colors and I'm obsessed with reviews and tutorials! This is gonna be another cheeky purchase if Santa doesn't leave it under the tree this year!!



What's on your Christmas list this year? Drop me a comment below I'd LOVE to know!!

LOVE

Leesha

xx










20 Dec 2013

The Christmas Tag

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

I've had such a long day Christmas Shopping and watching movies with my boyfriend so I figured I would have some fun doing this instead of a huge post. I'd love to see you're answers so link your blogs below!!!!





1. What is your favourite Christmas song?

This is a difficult one!!I would have to say Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues simply because i have so many memories of my mum and dad singing it when i was little.


2. Which is your favourite festive drink?

Oooooo in alcohol terms it would have to be Southern Comfort....I know its not a christmas drink per se but i mainly drink it at christmas. Non alcoholic would be simply hot chocolate. I never really drink that until christmas time but i love snuggling up watching a film with a nice Hot Chocolate! With marshmallows of course!


3. Do you have a favourite Christmas film?

Oh there are so many!! Elf is a definite. Christmas doesn't start till i've watched elf! Home Alone is definitely my favourite for just sitting and watching with my family and i always seem to watch Mary Poppins too!


4. What is at the top of your Christmas wish-list this year?

I have so many things on my list to Santa! I need the Naked 3 palette so badly! Erm...Marc Jacobs watch, Kate Spade purse, Pandora charms..we'll see how all that comes along in my Christmas Haul haha...I should be so lucky!!


5. What is your favourite festive makeup or nail art look?

I absolutely love glitter top coats for my nails and a deep red/purple lip. I also really love more metallic eyeshadows and if i'm heading out then a nice bit of glitter!!


6. What is your favourite outfit at Christmas time? (LBD? Christmas jumper? PJ's?)

Christmas for me is definitely time to be cosy and comfy! I love fluffy PJ's and big chunky knit jumpers! I don't actually own a Christmas Jumper (I know!!!) but i'm gonna have to invest in one! I love wearing sparkly dresses if i go out and dressing up a little bit on christmas day too!!


7. Would you rather play out in the snow or enjoy it from inside with the fire and a cuppa?

I love a bit of both to be honest. I'm the first to grab the sledges if it's snowing but after a long day i love curling up on the sofa with a hot drink, my boyfriend and my duvet! Bliss!


8. Wrapping presents - love or loathe? 

I can't lie..I LOVE wrapping! I wrap everything for my parents too. (apart from my presents of course!) I love wrapping everything in cute ribbons and bows It takes me ages but i just sit in front of the TV for hours!



9. What is your favourite Christmassy food? 

Mince Pies. I absolutely love Mince Pies. It's that simple.



10. What is your favourite thing about Christmas? 

Family time. My parents work really long hours and with my boyfriend and myself both being at uni i don't get to see his family much normally either so Christmas for me is all about spending loads of time with family and getting into the Christmas spirit. It's the most wonderful time of the year!


I tag you all!!!

LOVE

Leesha

xx

18 Dec 2013

My Uni Life


I wanted this post to be all about Uni. Where I'm studying, What I'm Studying and Why! 
I feel like when i was waiting patiently (more like impatiently!) for my results i was just spamming websites with any information on the uni that i wanted to go to. They were all helpful don't get me wrong but there wasn't a blog. I wanted a blogger to have written all about Edge Hill and why they went there. Cute photos of their room, photos of the campus, information about the nightlife etc...


I know that the chances of someone who is starting Edge Hill in September and are looking for exactly what i was last year are pretty slim but if you're that person, then i'm thinking that you're probably in the right place.

The Room

My room is in the newer blocks situated on campus (I'm not gonna say where exactly for safety reasons) and its probably one of the nicest uni accommodation blocks that I've seen and trust me i went to plenty of open days!



Excuse the Image Quality!!
One of the many things that I love about my room is the fact that it is so bright! Even on a dull wintery day, my room never looks dark and gloomy which i love. Helps motivate you to do work!!

The Campus

I absolutely LOVE the campus! I am from the countryside and the second that i walked on to the campus i felt at home. It's really helped me settle in and feel less homesick and the scenery is beautiful from little streams to duck ponds and quaint little bridges. There is a modern feel to the buildings on campus and it looks really fresh.


The Degree

This part is fairly simple...

   BSc (Hons) Marketing with Advertising

I can do a whole post on this sometime if you like, just feel like it would need a dedicated post!


The Social Life

Ok, so I am an honest woman and i feel like it would be dishonest to tell you that Ormskirk will be the best night out of your entire life. It will however be memorable. Ormskirk isn't a city centre but still has a fairly good nightlife with a range of both pubs and clubs. Its not too expensive and taxi's are £3 or a walk is easy enough so can't complain there! A train to liverpool takes 30 minutes and under a fiver though and that on the other hand will be an amazing night! Yes the drinks are more expensive if you don't go on a student night but its more than worth it!

Me squeezed in between 2 of my flatmates - Envi, Liverpool

I feel like i could put so much more information into this post but i doubt anyone could cope with the length! 
If anyone has any questions, feel free to post below and I'll get back to you ASAP!!

If you're applying to uni at the moment or waiting for offers then good luck!! 

Keep Working Hard

LOVE
Leesha

xx

Lets Be Friends!!

One of the things that appealed to me about blogging was meeting people through social media. I love taking inspiration from other people and I'm sure I'm not the only one that loves to nosy around instagram.
Pop on over to my instagram via the little button on the right and give me a follow or comment below with your username.




I'll be posting daily with updates and will be running a giveaway over there soon too so keep your eyes peeled!

I need more people on my feed so i need your help!

@leesha_jayne

Love Leesha

xx



Catch up Part 1


Well after 7 long months i finally feel ready to start blogging again! What with A Levels, Uni offers and my first semester at uni now out of the way i can focus on what i enjoy!
I figured i would start off with a  few nice catch up posts to let you all know what I've been getting on with since my student budget after freshers week didn't leave me with much spare to spend on myself.


I am going to split this into 3 posts so I don't bore you all so keep on the lookout for the next 2!

In August this year i found out that i had received a place at Edge Hill University which was my first choice!!!
I couldn't be happier with my choice of uni and my first semester has been incredible. I've met some amazing people and my course (Marketing with Advertising) Is also really great.



I absolutely love my room at uni. Sometimes even more than i love my room at home! Its a lovely new fresh room and i've dressed it up with some of my favourite things like this beautiful 'LOVE' light from Primark. It was only £7 and it looks lovely and makes my room look really cosy. 





There's so much more to show you all and a few cheeky purchases to review along the way. I'm now going to fit my blog into my daily routine so i'll never miss a post again!

If any of you are at uni, which uni are you at and whats the best thing about it?

Love Leesha 

xx








1 May 2013

Kink Free Hair You Say?! - Popbands



Before i even start this review, why can't all my post come in envelopes like this?! I was recently sent a few Popband hair bands to review and i have to say, the packaging and attention to detail really caught my eye. 

For starters, each band comes individually packaged and on the card there are instructions on how to wear them which i think is a really nice touch. I felt like i was opening more than just an average hair band which was really nice! 

I received 2 leopard print larger bands, which I have been loving for keeping my fringe back when i do my makeup, as well as exercising, a beautiful mint green band with a lovely diamante charm. I think this one will be great for going out when you want your hair up but with a little twist! I also received a tie dye style pink band and a navy blue one. I have found the navy blue one comes in really handy for everyday.

Now they claim to be no kink, no rip hairbands. I was a little skeptical at first because as I'm sure most of you will agree, the little kink you get when you take down your hair can be the most annoying thing!. I have tried these a few times now in different situations and i can confirm...NO KINKS!! I know, a little bit over the top, but really, they didn't leave a single wave in my hair and didn't rip my hair at all. Even the one with the charm!

I do think they feel a little bit flimsy and so i wonder how long they will last in comparison to regular hair bands so i will have to report back on that note. Other than that i can't find any faults. I love all the colours and the variety and the different colours and prints allow you to use the hair bands as an accessory on your wrist and then transform your hair in seconds. I have really enjoyed trying out these products and I am certain that i will be checking out their range for my holiday this year!

Check these out at : http://thepopband.com - They are even offering free postage for UK orders!

Great Product
LOVE
Leesha 
xx 

24 Apr 2013

New Drugstore Buys!

I have been absolutely raiding Boots and Superdrug recently, these are just a few of the things that I have a good chance to try out.


Now i was a bit skeptical about the new Nude Magique CC Creams, in all honesty i didn't have high hopes. However, i was pleasantly surprised. I only used a small amount on the back of my hand and used the Real Techniques buffing brush to blend it in. I found that not only did it cover redness that i tend to get on my cheeks but it gave a really nice amount of coverage elsewhere. The only thing i would say is that there is only one colour. I have neutral but not too pale skin so if you are really pale, or tanned this may not be great as an all over product. I only ever tried it once on red patches under my foundation and it looked cakey and the colour buildup meant that i nearly left the house looking very similar to a tangerine. For me its the perfect colour but i definitely recommend testing in store. 

One thing this season that i was really excited about were the Garnier Moisture Match range. I picked up the dull skin gel. I was looking forward to trying a moisturiser that differed from a cream consistency  which i am used to. I really liked the smell and the fact that it was fast absorbing, there's nothing worse in my opinion than waiting for sticky moisturiser to dry before applying your makeup.
I didn't notice a huge difference in the brightness of my skin but i have enjoyed using it so far. I can't se myself repurchasing this in the future, simply because i didn't see much difference in the brightness of my skin. So i'm still on the lookout if anyone has any suggestions!

Of course i had to pick up one of the Loreal Glam Shine Stain Splash lip stains. I bought 101 - Lolita which is a really lovely pinky nude shade with gold flecks of shimmer. It applies so smoothly and as the  advert states, feels like water when you first apply it, in fact, the first time i tried it i didn't have a mirror to hand and i thought that it was going to be really sheer due to the consistency but i was very pleased with the pigmentation of the product. I honestly can't think of any negatives for these stains. 

I was really intrigued by the Loreal False Lash Flutter mascara advert so when i was in Boots i decided to pick it up. Since my lashes are completely pathetic, no length, no volume, i usually need a couple of different mascaras and a lot of coats to give any effect. Although this did seem to add some length, it wasn't really what i was expecting and didn't give the winged effect i was hoping for, It did seperate my lashes and i really liked the wand design, maybe it's just my awful lashes but i am sticking to my maybelline one by one for now i think. 
Again, any suggestions would be great as i'm always on the look out for mascara!

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?

LOVE
Leesha
xx

23 Apr 2013

My Spring/Summer 2013 Wishlist


1. Nars Blush - Deep Throat (cheeky!) 
I have lusted after this for so so long! I swatched it a while ago when I was shopping in Manchester and fell in love! I love Orgasm as well but I think with this being a little pinker it would look so lovely in the sun!

2. Zara Office City Bag
This is a 2 in 1 want for me. My laptop case for my Macbook Air is starting to look a little tired and I have been looking around for one that not only protects my baby, but also fits in my bag perfectly. I came across this bag after Tania Burr featured it in a video and that was it. Now I can't open safari without looking at it on the Zara website. I'm officially in love!

3. Lush Happy Hippy shower gel
This is my usual go-to shower gel, and I am just about out of the smaller size. With my tiny student budget, I have been trying to buy a few cheaper alternatives of my essentials. So far it's failing, so maybe I can justify this to myself when I'm in manchester next month.

4. Jeffrey Campbell Litrane Platform Ankle Boot
I know, not much of a summer shoe, but again, I have had my eye on these for ages! I think they will look so great with a midi skirt and a leather jacket for more of a dressed up look. or even just a shorter skirt and a tee for something more casual. Can you tell I'm trying to justify this? ;) 

5. Michael Kors Butterfly Shape Sunglasses
These would be an absolute splurge at £100 from ASOS but I love them more than life itself. I am forever buying cheap £1 or £2 sunnies from Primark and then i either lose them or sit on them and that's  the end of them. I really want some expensive sunglasses that I can look after and use year in year out. Maybe I will pick them up next year when I have somewhere sunny to go. Northern weather just isnt worth the price tag. 

6. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush
Gemma from Gemsmaquillage reviewed this not too long ago and I have wanted to try it out myself ever since. I'm one of these people that tend to stick to powder blush, because I knnow it works. However, I really want to try some creme blushes this summer and this watercolour blush is such a good idea, something I've never seen before but is raved about. Want Want Want!! 

What's on your Spring/Summer Wishlist? Leave a comment and let me know! :) 

LOVE
Leesha 
xx

22 Apr 2013

The new beauty blogger GIVEAWAY!! (INTERNATIONAL)

Really wanted to meet more people and gain friends through my blog and I thought what better way than to host a giveaway! 

This will only be a small giveaway since it's my first one!

 How To Enter:
All you have to do is
1. Follow my blog either through Bloglovin or Google friend connect 
2. Comment Below answering... ''what is the spring product you could not live without?''
3. Look back on 22nd May and make sure you check your messages!! 

I will be giving away the following products...

MUA - Power Pout Lip Stain - Colour of your choice!
 These are perfect to just throw on in a hurry and because they're a stain, they last for ages! Love these
MUA - Undress Me Too Palette 
Love this Dupe for the Naked 2 Palette! The neutral shades fit any occasion and the colours are so pigmented!


MUA - Mosaic Blush - English Rose
This is the perfect all round blush, it gives a beautiful flush of colour with highlight and bronze colours to suit any skin tone! 

AND A FEW SURPRISE EXTRAS!!!!

This giveaway is international!!


Beauty Blogger Tag




Saw this floating around  and thought it  would be a nice idea and a chance to get to know me a bit better :) 

Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair has always been poker straight but with really annoying flicky out bits (technical term of course!) at the back that just won't straighten or go away! Maybe when my hair gets longer they will tame a bit more. Would love wavy hair when my hair grows though. 

Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
It depends really, if I was going to drastically change it then I would go to a salon, dye disasters can look horrific as many of you will know! I usually die it myself though for just a quick fix job.

Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
My hair is in that really unworkable, inbetween long and short stage, I really want it long again since its shoulder length at the moment but because it pretty much always looks a mess, its either up or down, nothing fancy until it either grows or gets a trim. 

Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I usually do my own nails, had them done a few times at a salon but since my nails are really brittle, I need tips or gels to make them look any good really and they can get expensive if it becomes a regular thing. Especially since I'm a student.

How often do you change your nail polish?
About twice a week I would say. Sometimes I leave them naked (ooeyyy) but I can usually be seen sporting a very boring, plain colour. I'm not hugely into doing my nails, I like to have something going on, but I spend a lot longer on my face than my nails.

Do you polish your toes in the winter or just in the summer?
Just in the winter, I usually just pop a colour on at the start of summer and then top it up as it needs it, boring I know but I love a good bright red toe look in the summer and i never really shy away from that. Might have to step out of my comfort zone this year and opt for a different colour! Shock Horror!!

How long does it take for you to put on your makeup?
My everyday routine is probably around 10-15 minutes. Just primer, foundation or BB cream, powder, little bit of blush/bronzer, eyeliner, mascara, nude lip. Think I've managed it in 5 before because I'm clearly superwoman but if I don't want to look like I've been attacked by a small child carrying a makeup bag, it's usually 10/15 minutes. More like 30/40 when I'm going out. What with eyelashes, eyeshadow, lip liner etc, it all adds up!

What do you do first, face or eyes?
Always face. I use the Real Techniques buffing brush to just buff my foundation into my face, all over so I couldn't really do my eyes first or they would just get covered in foundation. I'm a self confessed messy foundation applier.

Do you 'collect' makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I want to say that I don't collect makeup but there's definitely things that I have bought and never used just because I liked the colour or the packaging. I definitely have more than I need. Makes me happy so why not!

How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I love wearing them when I go out but I would never wear them everyday. Far too much hassle for the morning. Knowing me,i would turn up to college with my eyelids stuck together and a falsie hanging off my cheek!

Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
No, I like to save a full face for when I go out or else people won't notice a difference! I like to think i look different when I go out than when I'm just at college.

Do you wear makeup when your home alone, or with family?
This is a straight up, not really. Unless i am going out or have been out of the house, I rarely have makeup on around my family. Poor them!

Will you leave the house without makeup?
Reluctantly maybe. Usually I have to be wearing BB cream, powder and mascara before I will open the door. Maybe a bit of self reflection is needed here. Would like to feel confident enough to go out without it in the future.

How many high-end products do you have? 
A few but not many. Don't really have the money to splash out on high end products. I have a few Estee Lauder products, YSL lipsticks, MAC and Benefit is probably my all time fave.

Do you plan your OOTD every night or decided when you are getting dressed?
I usually decide what to wear after  I have had a hissy fit, dragged everything out, tried everything on, realised everything looks awful, then thrown on the last resort. Very stressful haha.

How often do you change your handbag?
Rarely, I'm not a huge handbag lover so I never really spend much money on them. I do really want the ZARA office city bag though! Gonna start saving.

What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I'm terrible for sleeping. I'm usually up through the night, I have awful insomnia and can leave it till 6 to finally get to sleep, which means iI can sleep through the day sometimes. Really annoying.

How often or when do you workout?
Definitely not as much as I should, I do ballet twice a week but I need to start running again.

Left handed or right handed?
I'm right handed. Very boring.

How tall are you?
I think I'm average. I'm 5'8 so I'm not sure if that is tall or not really. You decide.

Do you speak any foreign language?
I really wish that I could. Might start learning something cool like mandarin in the summer, just for a laugh. 

How many pets do you have?
I have the cutest little pal in the world called Elliot. He is a Hermanns Tortoise and he's only 2 years old. We often take walks out when it's sunny and sometimes a walk on the beach. I also have an 8 year old Jack Russel terrier crossed with something fluffier and less happy, she's not really anything like a Jack Russel.

How often are you on blogger?
All the time at the moment, when I first started, I didn't think anyone was reading it so I stopped but now I'm just doing it for myself because it's fun and anything else is a bonus!

Do you read comments posted on blogs?
I read them on review posts so that I can read other peoples opinions on the product, I find it really helpful when I'm wondering whether to buy something.

Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Not a physical list but I do have a list in my head of things that I want to try.

How did you come up with your Blog name?
This is easy, it's just my name sort of shortened - Ellysia - Leesha and then my middle name. Nothing fancy.

What kind of camera do you use for your photographs? 
I just use a Fujifilm Finepix Bridge camera, I really want a canon but they are just too expensive for this little student budget. 

How often do you clean your house?
Well I don't own the house, but my room is usually organised chaos. I usually start things In the middle of the night, and then can't tidy up because everyones in bed. Insomnia is my downfall.

What's your favourite colour?
I absolutely love turquoise. My room is painted turquoise. I also really like deep purples and reds.

Do you swear?
A little too much sometimes, I work serving drunk people so you get used to it. 

What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Well I think I'm going to have a look for some new blogs to follow, have a little look on YouTube and then get ready for my tea before I go out to babysit. 

If you've survived till here...well done!!

LOVE
Leesha
xx


21 Apr 2013

Glossybox April 2013 - Unboxing + Mini review!!

Glossybox April 2013 - Spring Fever
Designed by Pearl Lowe


First of all, before we even get started, how amazing is the design on this box?!
absolutely fell in love with it as soon as I opened the package and since I usually store my makeup in Glossyboxes, I cant wait to have this displayed on my vanity.


When you open the box, you're greeted with the familiar ribbon and sticker, this time with a floral print behind the logo and a pale, almost white ribbon, a nice touch to match in with the box design and I felt that the attention to detail this month was excellent.


As you can see, this months box was amazing, I love the range of products, from well known brands like Essie, to brands that I had heard of but never tried such as Yves Rocher and of course, Nip+Fab. I felt that last months box only really contained one product that I hadn't already used and since Glossybox is all about trying new products, I would have liked to have tried a few new things. This months box really suited me in that way. 



Yves Rocher Nutrive Vegetal 24hr Comfort nourishing cream - Sample Size
Full Size - £13.50
This was the first thing I pulled out and let me tell you, I couldn't have been more excited to see this product! I have been struggling to hydrate two really annoying dry patches under my eyes for weeks, my foundation is clogging around them and they're actually quite sore. Nothing has worked so far. I've tried Estee Lauder, Garnier Intensive even just E45, nothing has worked. I've only used this a couple of times so I can't really give a full review yet but I have high hopes for this and will probably be writing a full review in a couple of weeks so watch this space!


Essie Nail Laquer - Geranium - Full Size
£7.99
I'm not usually a fan of Nail Polishes in Glossybox but I've been getting more into doing my nails recently so I was quite happy with this. I love Essie polishes, the forumla isn't the best I have come across but for £7.99, you can't really go wrong, and a beautiful shade for summer, the colour isn't great in the photo but its a gorgeous bright red with a hint of coral.



Richard Ward Couture hair optimiser style reviver - Sample Size
Full Size - £19.00
I have to admit, it took me a while to figure out what this was, from what I can gather from the leaflet it's a wheat and oil styling spray that increases shine, counteracts frizz and boosts volume. Sounds amazing on the tin but we will have to see. Going to save this for the warmer weather (if we get any that is!) to see if it can save my hair from the summer frizziness. always looking for ways to boost volume so another great product. Looking forward to trying this.


Nip+Fab Dry skin body butter - Mango Smoothie - Sample Size
Full Size - £9.95
Much like every product in the box, this jumped out at me, partly because I love mango scents and partly because I loved the bright packaging. Let me tell you, it didn't disappoint. The smell is absolutely amazing! I've used it twice so far and it smells even better when you apply it. It left my skin feeling so soft and the scent stayed on my skin for ages! Not great if you don't like strong scents, or mango's but i loved it so much that I'm ordering the Full Size. Probably my favourite product.


Balance Me radiance face mask - Sample Size
Full Size - £18
This is probably my least favourite product in the box. Don't get me wrong, I love balance me, I just wouldn't ever spend £18 on a face mask. I love the Montagne Jeunesse face masks, great value, great range and so I don't really see myself paying that much for something when I'm happy with what I'm using. Plus, I received a face mask last month in my Glossybox and I haven't used that yet. I use a face mask once a week and have a large supply of my current favourites. I am determined to give this a go as well as last months however, so when I remember to use them, I will post a review. 

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Overall, I really loved this months box. It included a wide range of products, all of which I am excited to try out and I felt that the products really suited the Spring Fever theme. Huge thumbs up for the Pearl Lowe designed box too!

LOVE
Leesha
xx