May Favourites

Friday, 30 May 2014

May is the dreaded exam season and for me that means exhibition prep and build which gets really intense as everyone is stressing around their own projects. So this month hasn't left much for anything I actually enjoy (I know bring out the violins). However due to an unfortunate bathroom flooding, that we are not to speak of, I had to replace a lot of makeup and beauty products meaning I was able to try some new products.

Beauty Favourites
Botantics cleanser : £3.99  Baked-To-Last Blusher : £12
 The first of my beauty favourites this month has to be the Botantics Gentle Cleansing Cream in the range All Bright. I have had a lot of late nights recently at uni as well as working late night shifts at work and this is such a life saver. When I come in at 2am, I don't know about anybody else but I cannot be bothered worry about cleansing and toning my skin but there is always that Tanya Burr voice in my head saying TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF! YOU WILL REGRET IT.  
This cleanser is perfect for just then all you do is rub a small amount over your skin and is even gentle enough to take off eye makeup, and then wipe it away. I find this a really good alternative to make up wipes which I find very drying and not great for my skin. 

The next product is something I have never really got into before, which is blusher. I don't know why but for some reason I never thought that using blush suited me. But as mentioned in my previous The Body Shop post, for some reason I picked up their Baked-to-Last Blushers in the shade 02 coral. I can safely say I am completely in love with this product, it gives a warm glow to your skin with a mix of pigmented blush and a subtle shimmered highlighter. It's just so beautiful (get a room). 

Swatches of the Baked-to-Last Blusher.

Revlon ColourStay Palette : £7.99  Maxfactor Glossfinity Nail Varnish : £5.99

Two more beauty favourites for me this month have been the Revlon ColourStay eye shadow palette in 'Seductive' . I don't usually go for boldly coloured eye shadows but after seeing a few makeup tutorials using jewel colours and looking really beautiful, I decided to try one for myself. I choose this palette just because I liked the combination of the shimmer shades and the matte shades. After using this palette a few times I have received quite a lot of compliments, which is always a good sign  
The colours are build able and it's just a real mother of a eye shadow palette, no bull shit just a good product. 
Lastly is a very recent purchase of the Maxfactor Glossfinity nail varnish. This is my all time favourite nail polish colour which isn't as harsh as a glossy black varnish and I think pretty much can go with everything. I originally had the Nails Inc in the shade 'Victoria', but as this ran out I had to find a similar shade, and this is the first I found. Regardless of the beautiful colour the varnish is a really good quality and very glossy, it also lasts (as it says) at least 7 days, I would definitely buy this polish in a different shade. 

Swatches from the Revlon ColourStay Palette 
 Film Favourite

(All Images from Google) 

My definite favourite film I have seen this month has to be The Amazing Spider-man 2. Lets face it, if Andrew Garfield is involved it's pretty much a winner. I love the fact that more in this one than the other Spider-man films, this centers more on the relationships between the characters as well as being an action packed film. The on screen chemistry between Andrew and Emma is beautiful to watch, which lead me into wanting to fangirl all over there relationship (you just can't hate Emma Stone). I also enjoy an action film that doesn't take itself too seriously, so that light- hearted jokes and comical moments balance out the darker elements. Overall definitely my favourite Spider-man film to date.    

Fashion Favourite 

M&S : £35

I got these little beauties from M&S, completely by accident I may add... But I am completely obsessed with them they are really comfy as they are not too high. I like to style them with dresses as well as dress them down in jeans. 

So that's all for this month hopefully I will be able to post more often now that I am finished with my uni work! Let me know what you thought of any of the products I have used and your thoughts. 

The Body Shop Naked Palette Dupe?

Thursday, 29 May 2014


How odd that I have never tried The Body Shop's makeup collection before now, considering I love their body products I never thought to do anything more than pass by the makeup counter. However whilst in search of an everyday fragrance, I stumbled upon these little gems. 

Above : The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes  Below: Similar shades from Urban Decay's Naked Palette 2
These little cubes of eye shadow contain well pigmented, shimmer shades in the colours : Rich Expresso, Burnished Gold, Dusty Fawn and Warm Copper. They are packaged in a bigger container, but as they all are packaged individually they are really useful and less clumpy than trying to shove an entire makeup palette into your makeup bag.  
On the whole I am very impressed with these they have decent staying power and work well together to create a brown smokey eye. They are also a good high street dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 although they have less colours they may be a good alternative for anyone starting out with makeup. The shimmer cubes also come in grey, blue, pink, green and purple shades so there shades to suit any eye colour.   

Shimmer Cubes - £16  Vanilla Body Mist - £7.50

My Amazon Wish List is out of Control...

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

 When someone says 'oh yeah, buying books online is so easy and fast' they really mean it. As a result my amazon wish list is 45 books strong currently. I have no regrets about this, apart from if we continued to buy these beauties online ... what would happen to our beloved book shops?  

So as well established I am a book lover with a collection that dominates most surfaces. I am also someone who will go into a shop and feel every item of clothing without actually buying anything...put this into a bookshop environment and I can lose an entire day. But on my morning commute into uni, the amount of people reading hard-back versus an e-reader is pretty even. Is this something to be welcomed or not? I do have a kindle but honestly there is something about having a physical book in your hands and cracking the spine (although I did know a boy who refused to do this, reading only through a small gap in the pages as not to damage the spine at all...people are odd) 

(Images all from Amazon)

My solution however is to buy one book in store for every one online... meaning double the books for me and as previously stated, my wish list isn't getting any shorter. As you can see above, only a small collection of my most wished for items.

Waterstones should have me on commission.   

Florals for Spring, Groundbreaking...

Monday, 19 May 2014

Found this little beauty in H&M and had to share! Perfect for spring. 

Dress : H&M  Belt & Sunglasses : Primark  Necklace : Jewellers in St Ives 

The Liebster Award

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Due to being new to blogging and also a high functioning technophobe, I recently discovered by chance that I had been included in this chain-mail like award by Emily of 'The Whimsical Way'. It is a way of finding new blogs with under 200 followers whilst finding out a bit more about the people behind them. Each nominee must also answer questions set by the blogger before them... so these are the questions I was asked.

1. What made you choose your blog name? 
I choose my blog name purely by chance, I have had a tumblr blog for a few years now entitled 'The Particular Sound Of Runway' and so I just snowballed on top of that until I found something that suited me and what I wanted to post about.

2. What are your three favourite blogs? 
 'Vivatramp' - One of the first blogs I ever read before having my own, just a great mix of books, photos, lifestyle and thoughts.
'Atlantic-Pacific' - The most beautiful outfit posts the world has ever seen. Can I have your wardrobe, thanks.
'London Beauty Queen' - One of the most popular beauty blogs around but my one stop place for reviews before buying products.

3. Where is your favourite place on earth? 
My favourite place on earth would probably have to be Cornwall. Even though the weather isn't predictable and even though it isn't the fashion capital of the world, it's the place where I have been going since I was five with my family so it holds many happy memories and its a place where I can properly relax and enjoy beach life.

4. Marmite-love it or hate it? 
I have never tried marmite before... que gasps.

5. What is the last music (song/album/record) that you bought? 
It was the Internation cast version of 'Les Miserables' highlights... because I lost my CD. Lame.

6. Do you have a favourite building or piece of architecture? 
Not particularly, however after visiting Florence I definitely would say the architecture I saw there was one of the most beautiful man-made places I have been. 

7. If you could interview one celebrity, who would it be? 
I wouldn't even know, it would probably have to be either Sarah Burton, J.K Rowling or Jennifer Lawrence. All just flawless, interesting individuals. 

8. What question would you be most likely to ask them? 
Should have read this before I answered the above... J.K Rowling would probably just be constant Harry Potter questions as well as complimenting her on her book 'The Casual Vacancy' (which I loved). Jennifer Lawrence would possibly be how do you manage to stay grounded and happy whilst being in the public eye constantly... and a small amount of fan-girling. Sarah Burton just simply 'Can I have a job?'. 

9. If you could travel to any time in history or to the future, which would you choose? 
GOOD QUESTION. Oh it would probably be back to a past family holiday to re-live it again without taking things too seriously. 

10. Sweet or Savoury? 
Sweet, all the way. 

11.Will you continue this and who will you nominate? 
Yes I will and the nominations are... *drum roll* 

1.  The Teresa Nicole  
2. Cathaura 
3. Ana Leote 
4. All Glammed Up 
5. The Sparkle Pages 
6. smxyc
 7. Ella-Divine  
8. Chloe Elie 
9. Levanah Loves 
10. stillness-gravity 
11. Explores More

And my questions for you are..

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What are your 3 favourite blogs?
3. What are your top 3 books?
4. What person living or dead would you like to have dinner with?
5. What is the favourite thing you have bought this year?
6. If you could travel anywhere in the world regardless of cost where would you go?
7. What is the last song you listened to?
8. What is your favourite film?
9. What is your favourite object in your room?
10. Why is it your favourite object?
11. Who are you going to nominate?

Please link me to your responses I would love to read them!

'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion : Book Review

 'Love isn't an extact science- but no one told Don Tillman. A handsome thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find a perfect partner. Enter Rosie- 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos.' 

When I first read the blurb of this book I discarded it as another rom-com novel that didn't interest me, however after seeing it pop up on blog posts all over I went back and bought it. And I am glad I did. This definitely is an unconventional love story between the lovable protagonist Don (who's character and speech remind me a lot of a Sherlock- like character) and Rosie a John Green heroine all grown up.  

The story follows Don as he decides he is ready to settle down, he decides to compile a questionnaire to send to possible wives as a way of getting the right person for the job. The novel is unexpectedly funny as Don reacts to social situations in awkward and endearing ways, this behavior however frustrating to read means by the end you are willing Don on to do the right thing. The novel is completely unconventionally charming and I enjoyed every chapter. Just remember to not judge the book by it's cover ... or it's blurb!

The next book I will be reading is ... 'The Drowned World' by J.G Ballard.


A Little Beauty Haul

Monday, 12 May 2014


 Had a few accidental trips to Boots last week and picked up a few little things... 

The first is a little boring I know but it always is good to find a fail-safe shampoo and conditioner. Mine is the VO5 range! I really like the 'give me moisture' conditioner as it feels like a hair mask without the faff.

SLIGHTLY MORE EXCITING... 'The Botanics' range, which is a Boots own skin range. I have used this brand only this year but I have re-bought it and re-bought it. The range has a few different types for different skin types and problems like anti-aging and anti-shine. I use the 'All Bright' products and really like them as a go-to product which all work well together and keep my skin clear! They also boast using mostly natural ingredients to brighten your skin, which is always a bonus! They are also super affordable the cleanser is £3.99 and the moisturiser is £4.99.

Seventeen 'Flawless Poreless Primer' - £5.99

I honestly picked this up because of the polka dots and because I have never seen a primer in this form (e.g not in a tube) and I actually like it. I've only used it for a week but it has the same sort of consistency of the 'Porefessional' by Benefit and keeps my makeup in place and gives it a smooth base for my makeup. The only down side in the packaging, I really like the idea of this but it means that the product is really hard to get out, you kind of have to dig it out making the base uneven, which makes me unhappy. Apart from this I really like it so far!

Rimmel London 'Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint' in '101 Pop of Pink' - £4.49

A small tube of beautiful rosey pigment. Really easy to blend and apply and generally a good blush.

'Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 hour' in 'On and On Bronze' - £4.99

Gold and brown eye makeup is my general everyday look so this 'Colour Tattoo' is one I have used almost everyday. It is a medium goldy brown with a slight shimmer and I have been using it blended into the crease of my eye which gives a really nice shadow shimmer effect. It is amazing to find a creme eye shadow that does not crease or smudge throughout the day and holds its colour so well. Definitely something I would recommend. 

Let me know if you have tried any of these products or any similar :)

Seeing Stars and Strips..

Friday, 9 May 2014

American theme day in work... any excuse to dress up really.

Scarf (worn on head) : Vintage  Shirt : Republic  Jeans : Topshop  Shoes : Converse at Office 

Rings : Tiffany and Vintage Beige Nails : Maybelline Colour Show in 'Mauve Kiss' & Glamour polish in 'Rose Gold' 

Beige Blazer and Sunny Shoes..

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Just a quick little outfit post featuring the brightest shoes I own... 
Necklace : Pandora  Circle Bracelet : H&M 

Blazer and Shirt : H&M   Jeans : Primark  Shoes : Quiz

My 5 Favourite Spring/ Summer Lipsticks

Monday, 5 May 2014

Just a quick run through of some of my favourite lip products for spring and summer. 

Rimmel London 'Apocalips Lip Lacquer' in the colour 101 Celestial (£5.99)

I love this product as it is halfway between a lipstick and a lip gloss meaning that it has the high shine finish of a gloss but has the durability of a lipstick. 

Topshop's Lips collection in the shade 'Macaroon' (£8.00)

Just a very beautiful matte pink day lipstick, which can vary in how vivid it appears dependent on how it is applied. 

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in the shade 025 Peach Parfait (£7.99)

Having never tried a Revlon lip product til this one, it is definitely one of my all time favourite lip colours. As the name suggests it has the consistency of a moisturizing lip butter which means you can re-apply throughout the day without your lips drying out, but the best thing about this is the colour. It is a better than life rosey pink with a slight shimmer, I don't usually go for lipsticks with shimmer in them but this is very flattering to my pale-ish skin tone and looks beautiful with a tan.  

Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in the Shade 12 (£5.49)

Another Rimmel product but this time in collaboration with the wonderful Kate Moss. This is a matte orange/red lipstick which can be worn in the day or night dependent on how liberally you apply it (can Kate Moss do no wrong?). This is a lot like the Mac lipstick I reviewed in my April Favourites post *cough plug* however with a different finish and intensity, I am currently on the look out for a nail polish to match. 

 Maybelline Baby Lips in the shade 'Peachy Kiss' (£2.99)

Last but no means least this little baby is a tinted lip balm that moisturizes your lips as well as adding a subtle rosey shine, which is great for applying over matte lipstick for a different finish. The best thing however is the smell. Oh My God this smells amazing like a peachy-fruity-mmmmmm, just try it and you will understand. 

From bottom: Apocalips in Celestial, Topshop in Macaroon, Revlon in Peach Parfait, Rimmel by Kate in 12, Maybelline Baby Lips Balm.  

If you have tried any of these products or know of any you think I may like please leave a comment.

'A Long Way Down' by Nick Hornby : Book Review

Sunday, 4 May 2014

'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?'  

'Yet it's hard to jump when you've got a audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slice of cold pizza and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?' 

After seeing the movie trailer a while ago I picked the book up. The book centers around four strangers who all meet on the roof top of a London building, dubbed 'Topper's House' with the intent of jumping off. The novel then follows these characters as they try to get through their lives after meeting each other in this extreme circumstance and illustrates their individual struggles as they battle their suicidal thoughts. 

Honestly I was left a little disappointed. I don't know weather it was because I read the book when I was busy and therefore I read it disjointedly but regardless I was left feeling like it needed more. The book is told from the point of view of the four main characters alternately which works really well as the characters develop and become dynamic as the reader experiences the way characters respond to the same situation. But for me the story lacked something, which I cannot pin point. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoyed 'Catcher In The Rye' by J.D.Salinger as the character development is very similar, however I would not read the book again.

The next book I will be reading is ... 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simion.

Lush Cleanser Review : 'Dark Angels' vs. 'Herbalism'

Friday, 2 May 2014


  In another Lush post I mentioned that I had picked up (as well as an horrendous amount of bath bombs) the 'Dark Angels' and later the 'Herbalism' cleanser. I love Lush's products for their simple all-natural ingredients and friendly shop assistants. So after trying tonnes of different cleansers that claim to do a lot of things but rarely deliver I decided to try something a bit different. I used each product for about a month and this is what I found... 

After talking to a very helpful sales assistant, she recommended me these two products to try out. Another thing I love about Lush is that you can try a sample of the product before deciding whether to buy a full sized pot or not so you will never be stuck with a full sized product you won't ever use again. I choose the 'Dark Angels' and 'Herbalism' cleansers which I was told would work well for my combination skin. The 'Dark Angels' cleanser (above) looks very intimidating as it is charcoal black however the product was said to 'wake up the skin' by 'revealing a natural glow' by adding small amounts of water until the mixture forms a paste, then using this to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. 

I really like this cleanser because you really feel like it has made a difference to my skin straight after use and throughout the day. I used this once or twice a week as it is quite a strong exfoliator, but I really liked this aspect of it as I felt it unclogged pores and after periods of use it seemed to make problem areas of my skin clear. However the harshness of the scrub can leave skin a little dry so this may not work well people with dry skin, however with the right moisturizer after this I did't find this a problem. 

'Herbalism' another face and body cleanser that is 'a herbal combination to balance and clear skin'. Unlike 'Dark Angels' this cleanser is more gentle on the skin and I feel could be more of an everyday cleanser. I had high hopes for this product as it is targeted specifically to balance out problem skin as well as exfoliate. After testing this product for a little over a month, I found that for my skin it caused imperfections more than it cured them. And that the gentle nature of the product meant that unlike 'Dark Angels' it didn't feel like it was doing any substantial good to my skin.(This may just have been the case for my combination skin). 

 The redeeming quality of this cleanser however is that it smells amazing and unlike 'Dark Angels' isn't such a messy product. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin or anyone looking for an all-natural everyday cleanser.  

The Result 

I accidentally fell into Lush yesterday and bought the full sized version of 'Dark Angels' (£6.35 for 100g) and whilst I was there I was offered this cute little pot of hand and body lotion which is perfect to keep in your makeup bag. The lotion smells like a rose garden and reminds me of the cult Body Shop 'Wild Rose Hand and Nail Creme' however this little pot will only set you back £1 and 100% (minus VAT) goes to charities that Lush supports. How can you say no really. 

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought or any products you would like me to try and review!

April Favourites

Thursday, 1 May 2014

This month has gone so quickly, the Easter break has really meant the weeks have flown by. However time does fly whilst your having fun and to round off such a good month I decided to do my own April Favorites post.
 So here we are... 

The best part of spring is always the change in weather and with this the growth of flowers! My favourite site is driving through my local village and seeing all the trees in blossom as well as our own garden at home starting to come to life after a bleak winter.

Whilst the weather is getting warmer, I have fully taken advantage (typically British I know) by hesitantly moving the chunky jumpers and sensible coats to the back of my wardrobe and in there place moving in the totally unpractical but beautiful spring/summer clothes. To perfectly compliment this new light palette, I have loved to pair natural eye makeup with an orange sheen lipstick. My personal favourite is 'Saigon Summer' by Mac, the lipstick initially looks to be a very offensive orange however because of the finish being a creme sheen the colour when worn becomes fresh and peachy creating a pretty but natural spring makeup look.  


My film favourite this month is the beautiful 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. I saw the film a few weeks ago, after what seemed like an eternity of trailers and adverts the film subtly took hold of the screen in a smooth transition of colour and symmetry. The cast alone makes the film stand out with staring roles going to Ralph Fines, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan ... I could go on. The film follows the concierge of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' as he tries to prove his innocence after he is framed for the murder of one of his clients. 
The thing about the movie is that, the movie is so beautiful in colour, set and costume, that it barely would matter what was happening in the story. However the story line based on the novel 'The Society of  Crossed Keys' by Stefan Zweig (yes it is already on my to-read list) is thoroughly entertaining. This coupled with the comedic timing of the characters as well as the sensitively considered way each scene is filmed made 'The Grand Budapest' one of the best films I have seen this year. It is defiantly a must see for any film fanatic! 

Images courtesy of Google 

My fashion favourite for this month is a bit of an odd one as it is clearly not an item of is infact fabric. Like books, candles, or generally anything that looks, smells or tastes amazing I have a small obsession with fabric. I personally blame Abakan which for those of you who don't know what it is, google it and thank me later. I always seem to go in with the full intention of buying only things I need for up and coming uni projects and half an hour later walk out with a bag of fabric which 'I definitely need'. However on this occasion I stumbled across this fabric by Clarke & Clarke and immediately fell in love. This fabric then became cushion covers for my ever growing cushion collection and I think they are lovely.

Bring on May!