Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Restyle Absinthe Fantasy Necklace

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may remember me posting that I had just purchased Restyle's beautiful Absinthe Fantasy necklace. I've been meaning to finish this post for weeks now, the lighting has been really bad recently and I struggled to get the photos I wanted.

I've really been liking green jewellery since I bought Alchemy Gothic's Emerald Venom necklace. Green has always been a colour that I've not really been interested in, until I recently discovered just how beautiful it looks with black. I'd been on the lookout for more green jewellery but I hadn't seen any that really caught my eye...and then I saw this.

I ordered this from The Gothic Shop. It came in a beautiful red butterfly drawstring bag. Anybody who knows me will know that I will buy anything remotely connected to butterflies, so I've kept this to use in the future! It was a really lovely touch.

The Absinthe Fantasy necklace features a black oval gem hanging from double chains which connect it to two emerald green rectangular gems. There's also a single black bead above each of the rectangular gems, and a tapered faceted gem hangs from the oval gem in the centre. Each of the green stones and the black oval gem are framed with silver.

It's truly an exquisite piece. It's really beautiful. At first I assumed that the gem hanging at the bottom was black like the oval in the centre, when it's actually dark green. We've not had much sunlight so the only way I could try to capture this was by holding it up to my ceiling light. It appears black in low light.

I'm sure a lot of you have noticed that I adore more detailed pieces, and this one is no exception! I love the effect of the double chains; it really makes the piece a lot more interesting. The green gemstones really catch the light beautifully, too.

This piece feels a bit weightier than the other Restyle pieces that I own. The quality is very good and it hangs really well. I'm incredibly pleased with it; it's a lovely piece and a nice addition to my collection. It has definitely satisfied my craving for more green jewellery! I also bought the Dark Poetry necklace which I'll get round to reviewing sometime soon!

This necklace costs £11.95 and can be purchased from The Gothic Shop.

Have you bought anything from Restyle recently?

Disclosure: I bought this necklace myself.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Procrasinating Beauty Blogger Tag

A big thank you to the lovely Ali from Zombies Wear Eyeliner who tagged me in this! It has been a long time since I did a tag post so I thought I'd give it a whirl. This tag was created by this blogger.

1. Name a beauty regime that you rarely do.

Skincare. I am so lazy when it comes to taking care of my skin, and I know how bad that is...I keep saying that I'll start and get into a routine but I never do. Finding the right products for me is hassle, and I'd rather spend the extra five minutes it would take in the morning sleeping. The only product that I use on my skin right now is my Fade Out cream. It's so bad!

2. Is washing your make-up brushes something you do regularly?

Yes, actually! I wash them once a week. I use a lot of dark shadow and some cream products so I have to. Plus I quite enjoy washing them, which is a bit weird...

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?

Not very long. It drives me insane. Once one chips it has to come off. Having messy nails makes me feel dirty somehow and painting them makes me feel clean again. I don't know why!

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it (i.e. purchasing a new top coat, foundation etc)?

Depends on what I have to replace, and how much is costs. If it's something like foundation/concealer/powder, then not very long. Anything else it'll take a week, or longer if it's something expensive. It took me months to replace my mascara for instance!

5. What is your worst beauty habit?

Probably my lack of skincare! Does over straightening my hair count? I straighten it twice a day sometimes. I have the craziest hair in the world and there's just no way I could ever go out without fixing it unless I wanted to look like I'd stuck my fingers in a plug socket. Unfortunately this means that my hair is incredibly dry at the ends and I'm sure it's also why it won't grow past shoulder length!

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?

Everything? Right now I'm putting off research for my essay. Wittgenstein is ruining my Easter break. I'm also putting off organising my books because I know I'll want to 'do it properly' and get them all down, dust them, and put them back in alphabetical order. It takes me a whole day! I'm also putting off thinking about my dissertation next year. I'm currently in denial that I've nearly finished university and that I'm getting old.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?

Never. If I left it until the last minute, I'd never go anywhere. I always get ready at least an hour and a half before. I have a problem with being late. I have to always be at least fifteen minutes early or I get panicky, even for lectures. I spend a lot of my time waiting around...

8. Can you commit to spending bans? 

No. If I stopped buying cosmetics, I'd buy jewellery  If I stopped buying jewellery I'd buy books. I have no self restraint at all.

9. How organised is your makeup and nail collection?

My nail collection isn't organised at all. It's in a bag and they're all upside down and all over the place. I will find a box for them at some point. My make-up is all in the top drawer of my desk. I have three boxes, one for face products, one for eyes and one for lip products. I keep all my pencils/mascaras/liners in a pen pot. I've been sorting out my room and adding a few things so I might take some photos of it at some point.

10. What is the longest amount of time you have gone without writing a blog post?

I'm not sure. Maybe a couple of weeks? When I have something that I'm really excited about I get the urge to blog about it nearly straight away so it's never very long between posts. Plus I have to do a lot of formal writing for university so blogging is a nice break!

I'm not going to tag anyone in this, so I tag all of you! Comment below if you've also done this tag, and send me a link! I will *hopefully* manage to get a few actual reviews up this week, but this essay is really draining my time. I'm going to my aunts for a few days next week so I'm trying to get as much work done as possible.

I hope you're all having a great week!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Elvaston Castle

As promised, I thought I'd share some of the photos I took when I went to visit the Gothic Hall at Elvaston Castle last weekend. I've been going to Elvaston for years, my parents would take me when I was tiny and we still go for walks there frequently. It's a ten minute drive from my house and it's really quite peaceful and picturesque. Along with the pictures from the Gothic Hall I have a few of the grounds and gardens that I took last month when it was sunny, so I thought I'd share those too. It's one of my favourite places to go walking! I'm adding a page break to this post because it's very picture heavy and I understand that this might cause loading problems for some of you!

Friday, 22 March 2013

GFC and Bloglovin.

I'm sure by now you've all heard the news about Google Reader ending. I've not actually read that much about this, I've been just been hearing bits and pieces here and there and the general picture doesn't look good, and I'm assuming that GFC will face the boot too. I hate change, and I'm not a huge fan of the other readers that I use. Hellocotton is too glitchy for my liking, but I imagine I could get used to Bloglovin, eventually. It's incredibly frustrating.

Anyway, the general consensus seems to be that Bloglovin is the preferred option. I didn't know that Google Reader was ending until recently, and I had email notifications for Bloglovin switched on... I'm sure you can imagine my surprise when I checked my inbox and saw how many emails I had from them from people moving over there!

You can follow this blog on Bloglovin by clicking the button below. Likewise, if you have a Bloglovin link for your blog please tell me in the comments! I will get round to going through all the blogs I follow and finding an alternative way to follow them at some point.

Follow on Bloglovin

I'd also like to thank you all for your kind words regarding my last post. I am truly honoured to know all of you and I'm touched by all of your responses. It really does mean a lot!

I am planning to finish some of my draft posts this week. I'm going to go through my Gothic Hall pictures tonight and I have another Restyle review which I just need to type up. To say my beauty reviews are piling up would be an understatement. I have products from October which I still haven't posted about! I'll get everything organised eventually!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, 16 March 2013


Hi everyone. I just wanted to post a little update on here to explain my absence and also to say that I won't be present on here for possibly a few weeks more.

My Nanna passed away on Sunday after struggling with alzheimers for eight years. My little Thomasina followed her on Wednesday as she was finally put to sleep. This has undoubtedly been the hardest week of my life and I'm sure you all understand that this means that I haven't really been thinking much about blogging or frequenting any of the social networks I use very much. Right now it does feel like my life has been smashed into a thousand pieces that won't ever fit back together again, but I know it'll get easier with time. The good news in all of this is that I know my Nanna will take care of Thomasina for me and that they are both at peace now. Thomasina is resting in our garden in the sunniest spot and it's comforting to know both her and my Nanna lived  long and happy lives.

I'm also incredibly busy with uni work which isn't really helping. I have four exams to revise for and two essays to start. I will try to get some draft posts finished at some point and get them posted. I will probably be quiet on here for at least a week though while we try to get things back to normal.

So I hope you've all had a better week than I have, and I hope you're enjoying your weekend. Tomorrow my Mum and I are going to Elvaston Castle to get out of the house and see their Gothic Hall. It isn't usually open to the public and it's open for just tomorrow for a few hours so we thought we'd go and have a look. Hopefully they'll let me take my camera in!

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Chokers by Sinister

Those of you will who follow me on Instagram may remember when I posted that I'd just ordered Restyle's Absinthe necklace from The Gothic Shop. Well, I came home to my package on Friday and I was surprised with these two chokers as a free gift! I'd had a really bad week and it brightened up my day!

I've always been a bit unsure about chokers. I always look at them but I've never bought any except for Alchemy Gothic's Westernra Choker. I was always concerned that they'd be too large for me. Fortunately I discovered that these are adjustable, which is excellent if you aren't sure about sizing. These measure around 12 inches in length, and approximately 24 inches including the length ribbon if that makes the sizing at all clearer. The chokers do have a tiny bit of stretch in them, but not very much.

I was sent both the black and the bordeaux chokers. They are beautiful and elegant in simplicity. I'm normally one for more intricate and elaborate jewellery but is nice to wear something a little more understated for a change! They tie with two black ribbons, and they are incredibly easy to fasten.  You can also wear them with the ribbon fastening at the front in a bow, but I prefer to wear these with the ribbon at the back.

I can't quite decide which of these I prefer. I think I will get a lot more use out of the black one, but the red one is incredibly eye-catching. The border of the bordeaux choker is of a slightly darker red to the ribbon detailing in the centre, which makes it look a little more interesting. I really love the detailing on the border of these chokers.

I actually found these pretty difficult to photograph, so I've included a photograph of my wearing one so you can see what they look like a little more accurately.

You will have to excuse my messy desk in the background! 

Do I get extra blogger points for being brave and actually posting a picture of myself on here instead of making an excuse and cropping out my head? Still, I'm not sure why I always look so grumpy on photographs...

Overall I adore these chokers! They make a nice change to the more elaborate jewellery that I own, and they are very different to anything else I have. They have definitely persuaded to me to look into buying more chokers!

You can purchase Sinister chokers from The Gothic Shop. I couldn't find a link to the specific ones I have, there's a good chance they they're sold out or that I'm being blind and I missed them when I was browsing!


To get one of these chokers for free, mention me in the comments section when making an order!**

Have you bought anything from Sinister?

Disclosure: I received these as a free gift when I ordered my Restyle necklace.

** While stocks last.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Setting sprays are one of those products that I'd always look at but I was never quite sure if they're worth buying. I was always a little sceptical as to whether or not they'd actually work, and I didn't really want to pay a lot of money for one if I wasn't completely sure. I was given an Urban Decay voucher for my birthday, and I had no idea what to buy with it. When I was browsing through the Debenhams website I came across this again and decided to give it a whirl. I have incredibly oily skin which means that I really have an issue with my make-up lasting, and carrying products around with me to touch up really isn't that convenient. You know that feeling when you glance in the mirror when you get home and you hope you've only looked like that for the past ten minutes? That's me every day....

As always, the packaging is really pretty, and very sleek looking. It comes in a rather simple spray bottle. You get 118ml of product. It's relatively compact, I could quite easily pack this into my bag if I were going somewhere. They also have a smaller 30ml size which is perfect for travelling or trying out this spray!

To begin with, I was a little wary about using this spray. Spraying something directly into your face is a very strange phenomenon and I kept wanting to open my eyes or move away from it...fortunately after using it a few times I managed to stop my instinct to turn away or shield my face as it was wasting quite a lot of product! It has a very slight scent which seems to vanish after application. It feels incredibly lightweight, I don't feel that it weighed my skin down at all. It also dries incredibly quickly, and it doesn't leave a shiny finish. One of my biggest concerns when I was using this was that it would make my skin incredibly oily, but I've found that it helps control my oiliness. I've definitely not been anywhere near as shiny since I started using this!

In terms of increasing the staying power of my make-up, there has been a notable improvement. I can now apply my make-up at 6:30 in the morning and it is still going strong by 6:00 in the evening. I find it particularly useful when I'm wearing darker colours on my eyes that are prone to noticeable fading and creasing, they definitely crease and wear a lot less. I'd say that my make-up now lasts around 11-12 hours with this spray before it begins to wear a little. It's a wonderful product if you love to wear darker shades!

I've also used this on my Mum who has incredibly dry skin and acne rosacea when she was going on a night out, and her make-up when still going strong when she got home in the early hours of the morning. Of course, I can't comment on how it feels on dry skin personally, but it could be worth giving it a go if you are prone to dryness.

Of course, my biggest gripe with this product is the price. It costs £19.50 for 118ml. Fortunately I paid for this using a voucher, but it is expensive to buy normally. I do think that it is worth checking out, but it might be a good idea to buy the travel size one first if you aren't sure.

This spray costs £19.50 for 118ml and can be purchased from Debenhams. The travel sized version costs £9.00 for 30ml and can be bought here.

Have you tried any setting sprays?

Disclosure: I bought this with a voucher that was given to me for my birthday.
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