Saturday, 30 December 2017

What I got for Christmas | 2017

Merry Belated Christmas everybody! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and spent it with the people you love. I want to get back into my blog, but I think I'm going to take it easy for now so please stay with me! I always love reading these Chirstmas present posts and I really wanted to do one myself. With a similar disclaimer to almost all other people that do these kinds of posts, I am NOT bragging about what I got for Christmas, I appreciate everything I have and I know that a lot of others aren't as lucky as me, but as I've already mentioned, I just really enjoy seeing other peoples' posts. 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Tips on Moving Out!

Even though I have only moved twice myself, I know how stressful it can be moving house. My dad was a removal driver for years and I used to go out with him on jobs, so I have picked up a few tricks of the trade to make moving (slightly) less stressful and a bit smoother. Here are my top tips to help you move house! 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Makeup and Book Haul!

So you may or may not have seen my swatches post of the new Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Palette (link here!), but that was part of a lovely haul I did recently! I haven't treated myself recently so this was really nice for me! I've been feeling books and makeup recently so here is what I picked up!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Kat Von D | Saint and Sinner Palette Swatches!

I am SUPER excited to share this post with you guys! Ever since I saw the swatch video on YouTube  from Kat herself, I wanted to get my hands on her Saint and Sinner eyeshadow palette! Well, I did get it and here are the shades inside! Enjoy!...

Friday, 20 October 2017

Lush Halloween Mini-Haul!

Everyone gets excited for the seasonal Lush products, but I think that there is a certain buzz around the Halloween collection that they release! Autumn and Halloween brings something out in people, it makes people feel cosy and they love the warm scents that get released around this time. Me however, I'm a weird one, because I have to be really careful with what I buy around autumn, because I thoroughly HATE the smell of spices and certain 'cosy' scents.

I went to Lush to try some of their Halloween products and here are the ones I picked up!

Bewitched: This is the main reason I wanted to go to Lush. I adore kitties and this was just too good to pass up on. Luckily the scent is not spicy and is really pleasant and fruity (supposedly smelling like blackberry). This bubble bar is like all others and creates a gorgeous lather that explodes in your bath! The scent is great and it turns your water a grey colour, that is surprisingly not nasty looking! The only problem I have is chopping this little cat up to put in my bath *sad face*.

Pumpkin: This one does what it says on the tin... well... bag? This bath bomb shaped into a Halloween classic does have a slightly spicy smell but the sweetness definitely overpowers it! It smells slightly orangey/citrus  but the spice subtly comes through. The vanilla is what causes it not to be overpowering but doesn't mask it enough to wipe it out completely. I'd definitely recommend it for when you want a cosy night in but also want a bit of fun!

There were quite a few others in the collection that I really like the look of but these were the ones that won me over. I really hate the look of the jelly bombs, I tested one in store and it literally creates a layer of 'jelly' on the top of the bath, which honestly just looks like slime. I can't even imagine having to get out of the bath after a jelly bomb because I think you would just need to have another shower afterwards! The jelly bombs really don't float my boat, but let me know what you think of them if you have tried them!

Have you picked anything up from the Halloween collection? What are your favourites? Let me know!

Speak to you soon!


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Autumn Post Ideas!

The 22nd marked the start of autumn (according to some calendars), meaning it's time to break out the hot chocolate, the knitted fashion and the deeper lip colours! To start off this season, I thought I would create a list of autumn blog post ideas! 

1. Favourite autumn lip colours
2. Autumn makeup looks
3. Favourite makeup for autumn
4. Easy Halloween makeup looks
5. Bonfire night makeup
6. Everyday autumn makeup look
7. Favourite autumn nail colours
8. Leaf nail design
9. Easy smokey eye look
10. Halloween nail design 

11. Favourite things about autumn
12. Autumn goals
13. Autumn home makeover
14. What you loved about the summer just gone
15. Halloween party ideas
16. How you get cosy in autumn
17. Homemade Halloween treats
18. Favourite autumn candles
19. A night out in autumn
20. Favourite Halloween movies
21. Hot chocolate creations

22. Halloween costume ideas
23. Favourite Halloween costume
24. Favourite outfits for autumn
25. Bundle up for Bonfire night

I can't believe how quick summer has passed. I do like autumn time but I wish the warmer months could stay a little longer! What's your favourite time of year? Do you have any other autumn post ideas? Let me know! 

Speak to you soon!


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Homeware Wishlist!

There have been exciting changes in my life recently, which is one of the reasons for my lack of posting. But, since my last post, me and my partner have found a flat! I'm super excited but it has been very stressful and tiring trying to get everything organised and in its right place! Since I lived with my parents before moving out I haven't had the luxury of decorating the house how I want to, but now I can let loose with ornaments and my style and there are so many different things I have on my house wishlist!

Constellation Globe: £29.99 from MenKind. I have a thing for stars and space and I think that this globe is absolutely stunning! I think this would look so pretty at night in the living room when we're all snuggled up on the sofa! 

Kitty Salt and Pepper Shakers: £23.51 from Etsy. As you may or may not know, I love all things cat! Even though they are rather expensive for what they are, I might have to give in and buy these beautiful little shakers for my new home! 

Black Cat Bookends: £14.99 from Attitude Clothing. Another beautiful item to add to my kitty collection! i've been looking for some bookends for months now and none have been as perfect as these!

Starry Bed Set: £25 - £55 Next. Even though not as realistic as the globe, this bed set is super cute and right up my street for bed decor. 

Octopus Candle Holder: £32 from Rockett St George. I'm all for the quirky decor, I can't wait to fill my home with curious items and as a lover of candles this would be great! Although I'm not a massive fan of the colour, it's nothing that a little lick of heat-proof paint couldn't fix! 

Vampire Candles: £4.99 4 pack from Kate's Clothing. These candles would be perfect in the octopus holder! When burning the wax turns from black to red. How cool is that?!

Until next time...


Friday, 8 September 2017

Exciting changes and taking a break...

So guys, for the past month or so I have been really struggling to keep up with my blog, and I feel as though the content I am posting is struggling with it's standards too. There is a lot going on in my life at the moment, and although all of it is good I just have to put those areas first! I've started a new job and I am settling into that, but it's 18 miles from where I currently live, so by the time I get home I just want to relax and sleep. Because of my new job I am actually moving too! Me and my boyfriend are looking for a place to stay together; and this is pretty much filling up my weekends (it is soo stressful!) so when we have got back from the viewings we are discussing what we have seen and we again, just want to relax. The other part to my busy schedule is something I have tried to share here on my blog. It is my room redecoration at my current home. It's my dad's place so I will still be staying there a lot of the time and the redecoration is coming along great. 

I even feel that this post has been difficult for me to write and isn't the greatest of quality. But I definitely wanted to make sure that I shared something with you before I just dropped off for a little while! I am super super grateful to everyone that reads my blog and I would be even more grateful if you would continue to support me and wait until I return! I hope I come back with posts that you all enjoy reading and really help you decide on things you may have been unsure on before.

Truly, until next time...


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Simple Oil Balancing Exfoliating Scrub vs. Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash

Simple isn't a new company. I've been using Simple products for a few years now, and ever since I got one of their bundles which contained a cosmetics bag, their hydrating light moisturiser and a packet of their cleansing wipes, I've been using their products.

I've tried quite a few of their face washes but the two I'm going to compare today are their Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Scrub, and their Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash. I'm really pleased with the exfoliating wash and I have to say it seems that it is more moisturising than the actual moisturising wash! The moisturising one seems to make my face feel really tight and dry and I usually have to use a lot of moisturise after using it.
The exfoliating wash does seem to make my face flakier, however, but I still don't have to apply as much moisturiser. After using the exfoliating wash my face looks a lot less red than before (on account of the Witch Hazel it contains) which is more than I can say for the moisturising wash as that still leaves my skin with quite a few spots.
In all Simple products there are different nutrients and vitamins to help keep your skin healthy and there are 2 nutrients in the Exfoliating Wash: Witch Hazel, which helps to reduce blemishes; and Natural Zinc PCA, which absorbs excess oil. It also contains Pro-Vitamin B% which softens and smoothens your skin. The Moisturising Wash contains Bisabolol, to soften and moisturise the skin; and Vitamin E as well as Pro-Vitamin B5 to moisturise.

It may be that I don't have the right skin for the Moisturising Facial Wash and I am not saying that it is a bad product, I would recommend it for people with dry skin, however I would also recommend using the light, or even the rich moisturise with it to stop any tautening of the skin. I do prefer the Oil Balancing Wash and I would say that this is the better product. In Superdrug, the price fro both face washes averages around £3/£4, and there are often offers on, making them even cheaper! Great value for such good products!

Have you tried any of these face washes? What are your favourite washes to use? Let me know!

Speak to you soon!


Friday, 1 September 2017

Films Watched in August

So I apologise! This month has been a slow month for film watching! If you have seen either my Bedroom Wishlist post, or my Decorating My Room post, then you will know that my life has been chock full of decorating! So film watching hasn't really been on my to-do list! But, I have managed to scrape a few films in, so here are the films I have watched in August!

  1. The Audition: So here is another Japanese horror, but I found this to be a lot different to the others that I have watched and different to what I expected too! This film is about a man that loses his wife and a few year later decides to hold auditions for a new wife. The auditions are actually for a film (which when I first heard about the film I didn't know) and him and a colleague plan how to find the correct wife candidate. It turns into more of a mystery than a horror and like many other Japanese films, it gets downright confusing and certain parts just really don't make sense. It does become more of a horror half way through again and although the start of the film seems kind of slow, you are constantly engaged and I never found it boring. I don't think it is one of my favourite Japanese horrors but I would not say that it is a bad film. Rating: ★★★
  2. Pan's Labyrinth: One of my favourite films of all time is Jim Henson's Labyrinth, and whenever I tell people that 'I love Labyrinth' they constantly think I am talking about Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, but I had never seen this until this month! I have seen The Orphanage by Del Toro previously and thought it was incredibly good, so this film had to go on my watch list! Again, this film was not what I expected. I expected a film full of fantasy and the main focus to be on the labyrinth itself, but this really wasn't the case, but I certainly wasn't disappointed by it! It follows a young girl that has to prove she is a princess of a forgotten world to a creepy fawn that gives her tasks to complete. This is set in the time of a war and also follows her stepdad, who is a captain. Although in a way, it follows two separate stories, it brings them together seamlessly and really keeps you interested and makes you feel for the characters. I was shocked that this was so different to my expectations but it was definitely worth the watch and I thought it to be an incredible film! Rating: ★★★★★
  3. Fifty Shades Darker: It took me ages to watch the first Fifty Shades film, even though I really wanted to see it and I had read the books, but I never got round to it! Well, the same is said for the second film the series! I've only watched this this month but I have to say I did enjoy it. I think it was slightly blander than the original and some of it seemed to drag and other bits seemed to rush by, but overall it was a good film! Rating: ★★★
  4. A Street Cat Named Bob: Okay, I have to say that I wanted to cry all the way through this film. I thought it was so so touching and such an amazing story. To say that Bob is cute would be an understatement! This story is about a drug addict that essentially gets saved by a cat and it is based on a true story. You follow the main character James and his struggle to overcome drugs and how Bob the cat comes along and gives James faith to carry on. Rather than being tempted by drugs, James wants to feed Bob, and Bob helps James gain popularity as a busker in the streets of London. It is a really heartwarming story and you can't help but fall in love with Bob and their story! Rating ★★★★★

New films watched: 17/101
Have you seen any of these films? What did you think of them? Let me know!

Until next time...


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Palette I Can't Live Without...

I think that is the most enticing/click-baity title I have ever used! But I was doing my makeup a few days ago and I realised that I pick up this palette almost everyday, no matter what look I am creating! Carry on reading to find out what it is...

Friday, 25 August 2017

Product Empties #3

It's finally time for another empties post! I thought I was flying through products the first couple that I finished, but it seems to have dwindled down a little bit, which I am not complaining about because it means I have to spend less money! But here are a few products that I have finished up over the last couple of months.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Lipsticks I'm Loving This Summer

Since I have a ridiculous amount of lipsticks in my collection, I tend to swap my shades and formulas day to day, but of course I have some favourites. And since it has been so hot recently here in the UK I've found myself reaching for the same few lipsticks. Here are the lipsticks I am loving so far this summer...

Friday, 18 August 2017

Decorating My Room... | Part 1

If you have read my Bedroom Wishlist post then you may know that I am currently in the process of redecorating my room. Now, this is the first ever room that I have had to decorate, and it isn't as quick and easy as I would have imagined. Don't get me wrong, I never expected it to be a piece of cake, but I expected to be able to paper and carpet it within 2 weekends... that was NEVER going to be the case. Here is what I have found through decorating my bedroom.

My original plan for this room was to leave the paper that was already there up, and just paint over it. This was never going to work however because the person who decorated these walls (no names mentioned, but was a former partner of a family member) was an absolute bodge artist that just wanted the dosh and an easy job! I hadn't noticed before, but the paper was not stuck on properly, there were ripples everywhere, air pockets, and the top was not even! So we ended up having to strip all of the paper off. This wouldn't have been much of a problem had all of the paper been applied as poorly as the top layer. The other layers however, were done properly, so they ended up being a nightmare to remove! The texture paint was awful too, but we managed to chisel most of that off (although that did take time in the week as well). We had a heat gun and that was a dream to remove the layer of normal paint on the one wall, it honestly just fell off and was so satisfying!

Removing the wallpaper got very messy, and I ended up just wearing one outfit for all of the days I was doing it (pretty much the entire weekend and every day after work) which meant that it got very smelly... and I mean very smelly... I didn't see the point in changing it though because I knew it was just going to get dirty again! I never really thought about sharpening scrapers but it really makes such a difference! They started off kind of middle-ground, they weren't ridiculously blunt but they could do with a little sharpening too. Once my dad sharpened them they were so much easier to work with and just made everything a little more bearable.

We have finally managed to get all of the paper and textured paint off, but we now have to patch up any holes and re-plaster around the window, which is going to add another weekend onto the project! I'm pretty sure I know how I want my room, so I will post another update when we are a little more into the journey!

Have you ever had to decorate a room? What would your dream bedroom be like? Let me know!

Speak to you soon!


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Bedroom Wishlist

For the past month or so, I have been planning to swap rooms at home and redecorate. This is the reason for the sparseness of posts over the past week, decorating has just been non-stop and it has completely drained me! I want a double bed and the room I have at the moment is just not big enough, so I am swapping the spare room for my room, and I have been getting SO excited about it and looking at what new furniture and d├ęcor I could fill my new room with! Here are some of the things I have thought would look great and really want to get!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Favourite Nail Polishes for Summer!

It doesn't seem a couple of days ago since I wrote my spring nail polish favourites! But now, it is summer, and I can share with you the colours that I love wearing in the (supposed) sunshine!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Films Watched in July

  1. I Spit On Your Grave: As you may have noticed by now, I LOVE horror films. My bf recommended this to me and we finally got to watch it. It was really good and I loved how *spoiler* the girl planned their deaths through what they did to her! It was a great horror film and definitely did have some cringe-worthy gore moments! If you haven't seen this and you are in to creative deaths I'd definitely give it a go, but I'd be cautious if you are sensitive towards sexual assault. Rating: ★★★★★
  2. Blankman: This is a film by one of the writers of the Scary Movie films. It follows a guy and his brother, who wants to help fight crime after he creates a bulletproof suit. It follows their story about being almost-superheros and what problems they face while doing so. It was worth a watch and was funny, it put comedy where it needed it, but also made you feel compassionate about the characters throughout. Rating: ★★★★
  3. The Starving Games: You might have guessed that this is spoof for The Hunger Games, but it was actually really funny! It did relate a lot to the film, which I like because it meant that it wasn't just loosely based on it. There were lots of other film references in it too, and it did make me laugh quite a lot! It's easy to follow and worth a watch if you need a bit of cheering up!  Rating: ★★★★
New films watched: 13/101

So I haven't watched as many new films as I would have hoped this month, but it is still progress! Have you seen any of these films? Let me know!

Until next time...


Friday, 28 July 2017

I Heart Makeup Unicorn Hearts Highlighter

Now, you may not know, but I'm NOT a highlighter type of gal! My face gets pretty shiny throughout the day, and the last thing I want is to look more like I'm 'glowing', but when I saw this highlighter, I could not resist and had to pick it up!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Mask Hurray!: Montagne Jeunesse/7th Heaven Passion Peel-Off

Face masks have become an important thing to me again in these past few weeks; my skin has been dry and I haven't had clear skin in ages! I wanted to try the Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel-Off, so here is what I thought of it!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Primark Silicone Sponge | Review

Since I found out that Primark were doing their own version of a Silicone Sponge I've been hunting high and low to find one in a shop near me! I finally found one (even though the pack only had 1 in instead of 2 so I got a cheeky discount!) and I couldn't wait to try it out! Find out what I thought of it here...

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Bird of Paradise Inspired Makeup Look! | Tutorial

I am always looking for new things to inspire my makeup looks. Ever since I bought my Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette (link here for my first impressions) I have been experimenting with it to create different ideas and I feel as though I have come up with some really pretty makeup looks! Here is my Bird of Paradise makeup look and how to create it!

Friday, 14 July 2017

My 5 Favourite Things About Summer!

Some people are winter people, some people are autumn people. Me, I'm definitely a summer person! Here are my top 5 reasons why!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Book Lovers Tag

I do love a good book! One of my main goals for this year was to read more books! I've seen a couple of people do this tag recently and I thought it would be a great idea to do it myself. So here are my answers to the Book Lovers Tag!

Friday, 7 July 2017

I Heart Makeup Lip Lava Molten Chocolate | Too Faced DUPE?!

I did a little haul recently and I picked up one of the I Heart Makeup Lip Lava Molten Chocolate lipsticks, which I have heard is a dupe for the Too Faced Melted range! I haven't tried the Too Faced products but here are my thoughts on the I Heart Makeup dupe in the shade 'Death By Chocolate'!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

BBQ in a heatwave (archive post)

*Quick Note* This is actually an old post that I never posted, but since it has been the same weather here in England recently I thought it would be a good idea to share it! So here is younger me with different hair...!

It's been so hot here in the West Midlands for a few weeks now and the other night me and my dad got invited to a BBQ. Now I don't have many things to wear in the summer because it's never usually this hot! So I decided to wear one of the only day dresses I own... AND I LOVE IT!! This outfit was so breathable and cool in the hot weather and wasn't uncomfortable at all!

The dress: I bought this dress from Primark earlier this year. I was so amazed because it was only £7 and for that price I could not walk away! I's a navy blue rah-rah dress with little hearts all over it and I think it's so pretty and versatile as I would wear this on an average day but I also wear it when I need to dress up a bit. I just change the accessories and my hair and it transforms it so well. It's great for me as I'm a lil' bit chunkier so this pulls me in at the waist so nicely while the layers hide my belly!

The shoes: I recently found out I had no pretty shoes that I could wear with tights So that was my next task and I finally found some really nice ones! These were from Store 21 and were at the amazing price of £4.99. Again they're a navy blue and have little white swallows dotted all over them. They are so comfortable and so pretty so I'm really happy I bought these!

Hair: If you follow me on Instgram (my username is Darkeowl ;) hehe) then you'll know that I was super happy about how my hair had dried... (well that's a random topic!) I loved how it had gone so curly naturally and I didn't want to put it up but I also didn't want it in my face! So I decided to have it both ways and put half up, half down. I used a really pretty flower clip from Claires to secure it and hide the hair band I'd put in it! Overall I think it was a really pretty look!

Makeup: I wanted to keep my make-up really simple because it's so hot! So I just used a little bit of concealer and powder and applied some eyeliner and mascara to my eyes. I also used my new Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss which tastes AMAZING!

So that is my outfit of the day! I really loved the way I looked going to the BBQ (I know that sounds a little bit vein but I don't usually like the way I look!) and I hope this has given you some inspiration for if you're going to a BBQ! Good luck and try not to melt ;)

Friday, 30 June 2017

Films watched in June

  1. Disaster Movie: Well, I can honestly say that this month started off with a diabolic film! Me and the bf were deciding what to watch and he said that this is quite a good film and that he had watched it before. I cringed throughout the majority of the film, found most of the 'jokes' completely unfunny and all in all just thought it was utter dog sh*t. It wasn't until the entire movie ended that my boyfriend realised it WASN'T the film he remembered, haha! He thought it was awful too. So overall, just don't even waste your time on this! Rating: 
  2. Passengers: I started watching this film a couple of months ago but ended up having to leave before I finished watching it. I was actually really intrigued to find out what was going to happen which was surprising as I wasn't expecting to like it. (Don't shoot me, I'm just not a big fan of Chris Pratt or Jennifer Lawrence) But when I finished it this time around I can actually say that I enjoyed watching it! There were a few things I thought about that I don't think worked fully but overall there really wasn't much to complain about! Rating: ★★★★
  3. Tekken Blood Vengeance: So this is another Tekken movie but this time it is animated and it is a lot easier to see which character is which! This story mainly follows Xiaoyu and Alisa and I thought it was really good! I really enjoyed the story and I loved actually being able to see the characters as they look in the game. Can I just say, Panda is SO cute! One of my favourite scenes is when the Kazama family are fighting because they join up with each other to beat each other up, while each of them try to beat the other 2 up. It's really difficult to explain but it is honestly such a great scene and even if you don't want to watch the whole film, I would recommend watching that scene! Even though I don't really have much to say on this film, if you enjoy the game I think it is definitely worth a watch. Rating: ★★★★
  4. Pirates of the Carribean- Dead Men Tell No Tales/Salazar's Revenge: Honestly, what is the actual name of this film?! I see it switch through both names in England, so I'm super confused! Either way, I was super excited when I found this film was coming out (I think I found out the year before last!) and couldn't wait to go and see it! It turned out to be really good and it was really funny, even though there are jokes in all of the films I think that they really pulled them out in this film! The story was good too, there were lots of things that linked to the older films and I'm really glad about that, as I thought it was going to be completely separate. If you are a lover of the pirates films (and I'm ashamed if you're not!) then check this out, because it does not disappoint! Rating: ★★★★★
  5. Hostel Part I: For literally years people have been telling me to check out the Hostel films. I love the saw films and a lot of people were comparing them to those, but after watching it I didn't really think they were that similar. Sure, there was quite a bit of gore, but at the same time I found that there was a lot more of a story and bits that you could piece together. Although the Saw films are some of my favourites, I found this quite refreshing and I was glad that it wasn't that similar. The only part I couldn't watch was *spoiler* the part where the tendons at the back of his ankles get cut! My mom snapped her tendon when she was younger and ever since then I can't even touch that part on my own foot so I could NOT watch them be cut! Other than that, I thought it was a great film and I'll definitely check out the other parts to it! Rating: ★★★★★
New films watched: 10/101

So those were all of the films I've watched this month! I think I'm making good progress on my 101 films and I'm really enjoying writing these posts! Have you seen any of these films? What have you watched this month and have you got any new favourites? Let me know!

Until next time...


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Primark PS... Konjac Sponge | Review

I've recently seen the trend of the Konjac sponge going around, and some of the benefits looked amazing! But I still wasn't prepared to fork out a lot of my hard earned cash on something that might not even work for me. So when I found that Primark had released their own, well I just had to jump at the chance! Carry on reading to see what I thought...

Friday, 23 June 2017

Summer Favourite Candle Fragrances

As with many other things, my tastes for candles changes through the winter months to the summer months. In the winter I prefer more cosy and warm smelling scents (not spiced though, eugh!) but in the spring and summer I prefer to have me some fresh, floral and fruity scents! Here are my favourite candle scents for the summer months!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

My Spring/Summer Hair Do!

I've had bright red hair for about a year and a bit now. When I first had it dyed I had it cut quite short, so it wasn't too hard to wear it down and keep it looking good. Since then though I've wanted to grow my hair out a little bit, so it has made it harder to maintain my hair and keep it neat. My hair is thick, and when I say thick.. I mean THICK! My hairdresser is always surprised by how much my hair has grown and how much she has to thin it out when I go. Since it has grown, I just haven't been able to maintain it and keep it down decently. It's frizzy, it doesn't stay straight for even a day, and as I've said, it's thick. So I really wanted to find a way to wear my hair down without having to do much with it and I think I have found a way!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Quick Review: Yankee Candle's Cherry Blossom

I finally have another Yankee Candle quick review for you guys! Now, don't be fooled... I have been using candles the entire time, even though I haven't been posting about them! I received the Cherry Blossom sampler from one of my friends at work and I have to say, I'm super happy she bought it me!

Cherry Blossom is one of Yankee's newer scents. It is a very floral scent, but not like a rose scent that can often seem quite musky. It smells very sweet and is perfect for the spring time! When I first got it, I could not stop smelling it, even though it wasn't even burning! While burning the scent is not quite as strong, which in a way is actually quite a good thing, as it could have been overpowering if it smelt as strong as when it is not lit. Instead, it fills the room slowly with a subtle, sweet and floral scent that honestly just makes you think of spring time and being outside.

I bought the jar version of this candle because I was really worried about running out of it, and I'm so glad that I did. If you like fresh smelling floral scents that aren't too musky, I would definitely recommend this. Have you tried this scent? What is your favourite spring time scent? Let me know!

Speak to you soon!


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A Day at Stratford Butterfly Farm!

One of my main goals this year is to get out and see more places, do more things, visit more cities! If you follow me on Instagram (darkeowl *wink wink*), then you may have noticed a couple of pictures from when I visited Stratford with my boyfriend! The main reason for the visit was to go to the butterfly farm, and I took quite a few photos so I thought it would be nice to share them with you!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Mini Nyx Haul

So pay day has come and gone and I needed a few bits and bobs so I thought I would go shopping... Well, we all know what happens when you go shopping! You end up going and spending like, a million pound and buy nothing that you actually need! This indeed happened this time around, and it ended up being spent on Nyx products. Carry on reading to see what I picked up...

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Mask Hurray! : Montagne Jeunesse/7th Heaven Coffee Mocha Mud Review

I haven't done a face mask review in quite a while and the other day I felt like some pampering, so I decided to use a mask I hadn't tried before. This is Montagne Jeunesse's Coffee Mocha Mud! If you want to know what I thought of it, keep on reading!

Friday, 2 June 2017

My Blog is 1!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to TheDarkeowlllll... Haaaappy Birthday tooo youuuuu! So, my blog has finally turned 1, and if I'm honest, I wasn't sure whether I would keep it up for this long! I remember setting out this post and adding the date thinking it was miles away, but it has come round so so quickly!
Although I haven't gotten quite as far as I would have hoped to in the first year of blogging, I'm definitely not disappointed with what I have achieved! There are so many things that I have learnt from other bloggers and even myself. I've learned what I like to blog about, what kind of writing I enjoy, and how I want to set things out!
Since my blog is 1, I wanted to share some of my favourite posts with you from over the past year!
1. Freedom Makeup 'Far Away' Lipstick Swatches
2. Suicide Squad Joker Inspired Makeup Look
3. Primark PS High Colour Lipstick Crayon
4. Deadpool Inspired Makeup Look
5. Download Festival 2016 In Pictures 

I just want to thank everyone who has supported me, commented on my posts, followed me, and read my posts! For the moment, I have no intention of stopping my posts so hopefully I will continue growing, and you will continue enjoying!


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Films watched in May

  1. Moana: I watched this with my boyfriend and we both absolutely loved it! It was such a good film and we were both howling with laughter! The songs were really catchy too! Personally I haven't been bothered about the new Disney films recently, but I think this one has bought the love back! Rating: ★★★★
  2. Alien: I watched the original 1979 Alien film with my boyfriend, because he was shocked that I hadn't seen it before. Like, ever! I actually really enjoyed it and for the time it was released it wasn't cheesy or with crappy effects. It was a genuinely good film! Rating: ★★★★★
  3. Alien: Covenant: One of the other reasons my boyf wanted me to watch the original Alien, was so that we could go and watch the new one in the cinema! We planned to watch all of the films over the weekend, but we only managed the first one before we went to the cinema to see Covenant. Apparently Covenant relates more to Prometheus, and although I did enjoy it, I felt that it wasn't as good as the original film. I can see why a lot of people disliked the sequels as the main plot can only really stay the same, so it kind of just repeats itself. Rating: ★★★★
  4. Tekken: As a kid I always loved playing Tekken with my dad. I picked this up recently and was really excited to see what it was like. All I can say is, it was, well, meh... It wasn't awful and I don't regret watching it, but there are some parts that just didn't work and one of the main problems I had with it (which I know cannot be helped) is that the actors just didn't look like the characters. I know that is a ridiculous problem to have with a film, but it did make a difference to me because I was so used to what the characters in the game looked like. So overall, even thought I didn't hate it, it just wasn't going to make it on to my favourite films list. Rating: ★★★
  5. Ichi the Killer: This one is a Japanese film. It used to be banned and although it is not as bad as some films I have seen, I can see why. It is gory (even though sometimes it isn't believable) and there are some quite controversial topics in it. The story is sometimes a little difficult to follow though, and some of the effects are just downright awful! It wasn't awful to watch, but some things just didn't make sense and I actually had to look up the meaning of the ending because to me it just did not make sense! It's quite a long film and I don't regret watching it, but I won't be watching it again. Rating: ★★
New Films Watched: 5/101

So those were all of the new films I watched in May! I'm really enjoying watching things I haven't seen before and I think at this rate I will complete my 101 in 1001 challenge pretty soon! Have you seen any of these films? What did you think of them? Let me know!

Until next time...


Friday, 26 May 2017

Nails Inc. NailKale | Review

Although I always do Nails of the Week posts on my blog, I never really do reviews of the products I use, but I just could not miss out on reviewing this product! To find out what I think, carry on reading...

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Festival Season Must Haves

We are getting ever closer to festival season! Even though I haven't planned to go to one this year I've still been through the pain and have learnt what is needed to make the camping experience more pleasant! If you are going to a festival this year, take a look at some of these things!

Friday, 19 May 2017

NOTW 27: Do you SEA my nails?!

This week, rather than having just one block colour on my nails I decided to add a glitter top coat to add a bit more to them! As it turns out both polishes I used had a sea themed name! Firstly I used Technic's South Pacific which is a really nice dusty blue-green colour. It applies really well and only takes 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats to become opaque (I used 2 on the pictures below!). The glitter I used is also by Technic and is the one I hold in the picture. It's their 'Mermaid' polish and I think it is absolutely beautiful! It has multiple sized blue hexagon glitters which change to silver and green in the light! I think it has a slightly blue tinted base as well but I'm not too sure! Either way I love the colour and think it looks amazing! It was slightly difficult to apply though as all the glitters came off in one place but it can be pretty easily spread out before the polish becomes too tacky to move them. Overall I think it is worth the time that you spend spreading out the glitters as it adds a really beautiful layer to the nails! I love both of these polishes and I think they're really great value!


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Starting my Bullet Journal!

Since I started my 101 in 1001 at the beginning of this month (link here if you're interested) I wanted a way to track what I was doing and how many goals I had accomplished. I had seen loads of people creating bullet journals for their day-to-day lives and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to incorporate the goals into a bullet journal!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Mask Hurray!: Montagne Jeunesse 'Dragon Fruit Sauna' Self Heating Mask

I finally have another Mask Hurray post for you guys. It seems ages since I have done one of these and the reason is that the lighting just hasn't been good enough to take quality photos when I have been applying these masks! But hopefully we are back on track! This week I have tried out the Montagne Jeunesse Dragon Fruit Sauna Self Heating Mask. Carry on reading to see what I thought of it...

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Product Empties #2

It has been a long time since I have done an empties post. It seems that I never finish things at a steady rate, I go through a massive dry spot and then finish things all in 1! Here are my recent empties and my thoughts on them!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Makeup Declutter/Collection | LIP CRAYONS & LINERS

So here is the second installment of my Makeup declutter! This week I decided to put my lip crayons and liners into 1 post. If you haven't seen part 1 click here to see that post! But for now, here goes!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

101 in 1001

I am doing it. I am actually going to take part in 101 in 1001! This challenge TERRIFIES me, but I think it is also such a brilliant idea! For those who don't know, 101 in 1001 is a challenge where you write down 101 things/tasks that you would like to complete in 1001 days, which roughly works out to 2.75 years. You can then track it through your blog and see how you are getting on with your accomplishments! I'm hoping that this will help me become a little more happier in myself and with my life, because I have some goals to look forward to. So, lets get into my list!

Friday, 28 April 2017

NOTW 26: International Astronomy Day

Today is International Astronomy Day and I absolutely LOVE things to do with astronomy and space and all that sort of stuff, so I was super excited to see this day come up on the quirky calendar. I thought it would be a really pretty idea to come up with some star and constellation ideas.

I started off using Miss Sporty's Metal Flip polish called 'Fiery Blaze'. It's an duochrome polish so I thought it would work great to create the look of a galaxy and depth. Then, using a large dotting tool and Sally Hansen's 'White On' I applied some dots to create a pattern. Using a small striper brush and the same white, I then connected the dots together to create some different constellation designs. Once the polish had dried I applied Barry M's Diamond Glitter over all of my nails to create some smaller star like detail. To finish it off I applied Barry M's Wet Set Quick drying top coat, and then it was complete!

I don't think they turned out as well as I had hoped, the lines weren't as small as I wanted but it still created the look of stars and constellations, so I was still happy with the final result! Have you created any constellation nail designs? What are your nails like this week? Let me know!

Until next time...


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Primark P.S. Pro Oval Face Brush Review

So I know I'm a little late to this hype (incredibly late), but better late than never ay! To be honest, it took a while for these types of brushes to come to a store near me, and I finally found some in Primark a couple of months ago! (Well a lot of months ago, I've had it myself for a few months now...) I didn't want to spend too much on one because I didn't know if I'd like it, but for £3 I couldn't complain and gave it a shot! Here's what I thought of it...

Friday, 21 April 2017

Favourite Lipsticks for Spring!

Although I'm a sucker for crazy lip colours, there are still colours that I tend to prefer at different times of the year. Spring is a great time for pink, more natural colours, so I thought that I would share my favourite lipsticks for this season with you!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Look Incredible April 2017

Another Look Incredible box has arrived (yaay!). Meaning its time to share what I got in this months box with you! I have actually stopped my subscription for a while so that I can actually use up some of the products I have, but I'm glad that I ended up with some goodies this month!

Friday, 14 April 2017

NOTW 25: Easter Chick Nails

Easter is a great time to get some cute nail designs created! Since I bought China Glaze's Whip It Good I wondered what Easter design I could create, and I think I cracked it... (hehe)

I started off with 2 base coats of Whip It Good. I really like the formula of this product but I just find the brush SUPER small so it takes a little more time to get them looking good. Once my nails were opaque and dried I applied Sally Hansen's White On to the top half of my nail. I then used a small dotting tool and added some cracked egg edges. For the little chick eyes I used Barry M's Black and a slightly larger dotting tool.
Because the yellow and the white are so light in colour, I decided to define the edges of the egg using the small dotting tool again and the Barry M black. I finished off with my Barry M Wet Set top coat and that's it!
Have you created any Easter manis? Let me know!

Speak to you soon!


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

His Bloody Project | Book Review

I received this book for Christmas just gone after I saw it in Waterstones and thought it look really interesting. His Bloody Project is a book of documents that relate to the Roderick Macrae case from 1869....