Friday, 28 December 2012

What I Got For Christmas 2012!

Hey Everyone!

How are you all? It feels like weeks since I last posted but its actually only been a few days. Did you have a good Christmas? Mine was great, though as always I'm sad its all over. Although, I am going to London for New Year which I am super excited about!

So, I thought I'd share with you a few pictures of my presents. I'm not trying to brag at all; I just enjoy reading posts like these so thought you might like to see mine. Also, I was going to film a video on this instead, but my camera has broken! We might need to make do with my phone snaps for a while!
I am very, very lucky and have already got stuck into trying out all my new makeup (expect lots of reviews) and using my new hair tools and burning candles (my new obsession!). The only downside is that my skin is terrible with all the chocolate! 

Monday, 24 December 2012

'Twas The Night Before Christmas...

Hey Everyone!

I thought I would write up a little post just to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 
I've said many times in the last few weeks that I don't feel like I have had enough time to prepare but in actual fact today I realised that I have appreciated the festive season very much this year and so far its been one of the best Christmases I've had. 

I am SO excited for the morning to run downstairs and open my presents (yea I'm a child at heart!) and I of course will be sharing with you what I got.

I'm off now to take all my make up etc off, send everyone Christmas wishes then get an early night!

Hope you all have a brilliant day!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A/W 12 Trend | Statement Fur

Hey Everyone!

I have a new post series; Autumn/ Winter 2012 trend. I mostly do beauty related posts but I really interested in fashion too and I thought I would do a few posts on what sort of thing I'm really liking this season. There are two parts to these posts- I'll post some examples of the trend on the catwalk then how I would wear it. 

When the first crispness of winter arrives, I am in no way hesitant to reach for that extra layer (or five). What makes more sense that to cosy into a protective fur jacket (faux, of course) and this season is all about making statements with that fur. 

Alexander McQueen A/W 12
Michael Kors NYFW A/W 2012

Pictures linked to their original sources
Not being one for shawls myself, I would wear an oversized fur coat (à la Carrie Bradshaw) and cute accessories.

From experience, I have found fur jackets like this to cost an arm and a leg, so I would recommend having a nosey around vintage stores- you never know there may be some luckies!

Will you be sporting faux fur this season?

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Instagram | The Last Fortnight in Pictures #14

Hey Everyone!

I'm currently taking a break from my maths homework which, frankly is making me want to jump out the window. I have a lot to do today, so I'll keep this post quick.

I've had a very festive themed fortnight (besides the endless hours studying which is not enjoyable at all!) I decided to have Friday night and yesterday off so I got all festive on Friday and decorated my room whilst listening to Christmas songs and yesterday I went shopping (and bought some new killer red heels!).
From left to right and down:
pretty lights in town | tree of lights | green nails | someone put this sweet in my Christmas card- what a good idea! | Santa decoration outside my house | snow fairy shower time yay | Christmas shelf- spot the Santa I made in primary! | my first Lush bath - amazing- | I got my secret santa gift yay - this is it after I opened and re-wrapped it haha | organising my jewellery | stocking ooit | Christmas dance dress | feeling festive! | Topshop nail polish from my secret Santa- it changes colour in different lights- ooer | my lovely Christmas card from Melanie (blog + YT) - made my day! | day 16/24

Its safe to say that writing this post has cheered me up a little and I'm ready to go back to studying (eugh!)

How has your week been?

Wishlist | Current Drugstore Makeup Covets

Hey Everyone!

It seems like no amount of purchases will satisfy my constant wishlist. I think something new adds to my wishlist everyday! 

Although I cannot possibly justify buying another bottle of nail polish, I think these shades are amazing and so Christmassy! I'd also love to get a dark lipstick for this time of year and a nude eye pencil to make me look more awake. Then I'd like to give The Falsies another go because it was years ago that I tried it and let's face it, what did I know then? I'm also loving Barry M's glitters- they're so opaque! And as always, I'm coveting a whole lot of Topshop makeup. 

Can you believe that if I were to buy all of this it would cost £71.44- eeek! Just for a few (11) drugstore products. Oh my- it doesn't even look that much! Goodness knows what the price would be for all my high end covets!

What's top of your drugstore wishlist?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Review | Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser

My skincare routine is awful. In fact, its pretty much non-existent. After me buying a selection of products to get my skin into shape, those products are lying in a drawer and I continue to use wipes to take my make up off. However, when my face wash ran out a few weeks ago, I swapped a rinse off cleanser into its place. Not a drastic change but one that I will stick to.
I have had Clinique's Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser for ages and knew I would get round to using it. It does pretty much what is says on the tin (or tube)- you massage it onto wet skin and it will act as a cleanser (but without the hassle of cotton wool pads etc). 

The formula strikes me as being very 'pure'. It has no fragrance or colour which implies to me that there are no added nasties. I use a pea size amount and it foams fairly well. It has a really rich, creamy consistency which reflects its quality. What really really impresses me about this product is that when I rinse it off, my skin is literally squeaky clean. My skin feels really hoovered out and is ready for moisturising. I can't say whether or not it has helped my spots as I think there are too many factors (weather, diet etc) which influence your skin. However, I can confidently say that this really cleans my skin, and is taking me a step closer towards a skincare routine. This type of cleanser definitely suits me best as I can easily incorporate it into my daily routine.

What cleanser do you use?
P.S - whoopa gangnam style :) 

Monday, 10 December 2012

Very Subtle Ombre

Hey Everyone!

I've had my hair done! Well I say that, but you may not actually notice a whole lot of difference. I used blonde dye on the ends to attempts a kind of ombre/ gradual lightening effect. Honestly I thought it would be more extreme, going quite blonde at the ends, but its turned out a very light brown. However, I am actually quite thankful at how its turned out as its still a change but I won't be looking in the mirror like 'who is that?'. In the future I think I will go further, but for now, I'm quite happy as it looks really natural as if I've been in the sun for a few months. 

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Boring Hair Alert

When it comes to hair, most of us adopt a 'grass is greener' attitude- those of us with straight, sleek hair wish for curly, voluminous locks and those with curly, voluminous hair lust after straight, sleek hair. 

For the majority of the time, I get along quite well with my hair. Yes, its flat and yes, it doesn't hold any kind of styling no matter how much hairspray is used, but it doesn't require maintenance and I can roll out of bed, brush it and walk out the door. I wrote a post a good few months ago now about how I wanted hair like Kendall Jenner and although I must admit that my hair had grown alot, I constantly feel like my hair is lacking  'pizazz'. There's just nothing exciting or oomft about it. My name is Julianne and I have boring hair!

So, for the first time ever- I've decided to spice up my hair. I am planning to have it ombred tomorrow! There hopefully won't be a drastic change, just gradual lightening towards the ends of my hair. I am super excited but so nervous and praying that nothing will go wrong and it will be great and I will love it. 

I will of course be posting pictures asap unless its horrific in which case you may not hear from/ see me in several weeks haha :)

What do you do to add 'oomf' to your hair?

Friday, 7 December 2012

Wishlist | Dahlia Fashion

Studs? Check.
Peterpan collars? Check.
Seasonal colours? Check.
I'm pretty much in love.

A few months ago, I stumbled across which is a quirky fashion boutique with beautifully individual pieces. I found it whist stalking Caroline Flack, who incidentally, has wore a couple of their dresses. Since its creation in 2000, the online store has went from strength to strength, opening a shop in London and now being stocked in Topshop.
If, like me, you love vintage-inspired, opulent, cutsie Oxford-style clothing (is it possible to use any more adjectives?), their site is definitely worth a look. Since their prices are way out of my range, I thought I would show you my favourite pieces from their collection.

I am in love with these pieces- they have such taste and obvious quality. If I'm looking to make a luxury splurge in the future- I will definitely be turning to Dahlia. 

Have you heard of this brand before? What's your favourite piece?

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Instagram | The Last Fortnight In Pictures #13

I've actually tried to publish this everyday since Sunday and it just won't post argh! 3rd time lucky...
Hey Everyone! I can proudly say that for the last week I have been really focused with my studies- yet I have also managed to find a few hours for blogging/ YouTubing. I think the key is time management and I'm going to try and organise and use my time really effectively so I can do everything I want to. I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Everything is just so festive and everyone has got Christmas fever. Sadly, I'm A Celebrity has finished- though that does mean an extra 2 hours added onto my night. I really enjoyed the show this year (as always!) and was happy for either Charlie or Ashleigh to win. What did you think of the result?

 From left to right and down:
red nails | Thorntons Christmas Santa! | study study study | pretty soap packaging | quite proud of my wrapping skills! | cute handmade tree decorations | first night putting the fire on | sleeping in the library | pale blue and grey glitter nails | yo | advent calandar | lots of filming done yesterday | woo name spelled correctly | amazing lush parcels in store | how cute is this?

 What have you been doing in the past two weeks? Does anyone have their decorations up yet?

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Step Into Christmas...

 Hey Everyone!

Its officially December woot woot! Today was absolutely lovely- I really made the most of my first day off in ages. I went into town with my mum and it was so Christmassy. It was great because we weren't looking for anything particular so we could just enjoy the atmosphere. It was crazy busy- especially in Debenhams which had a sale across all beauty. We sauntered about and popped into Starbucks and I got a Peppermint Hot Chocolate which was delish (and big thumbs up to the Starbucks lady who spelled my name right!) We also went into Lush; their employees are so 'out there' and positive, the smell is amazing and the Christmas sets look fantastic! The day has well and truly got me completely in the mood for Christmas!

Have you been doing anything festive lately?