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Sunday 7 April 2013

Want List #Home edition

My current shopping obsession has moved on from make up and clothes to home wares. I have a list of things I'd like to buy to personalise my little flat, make it more homely and give the place a bit of character.

I've stuck to a pretty neutral theme so far as I'm wary that we will eventually leave this place and everything we have here will need to suit a new flat too, I'm also pretty fickle so anything I invest in needs to see me through any changes of mind and style - I'm already bored of the reddish cushions we have and I've been fancying some bright floral ones instead oops.

I love the Camberwell Butterfly Lamp - £65 from John Lewis, its pretty and girly without being too much it would be the perfect height on top of my new(old) cupboard, can you tell I've been pinning lots of arrangement tutorials on pinterest.

The Zig Zag Multi Aperture Frame -£20 from Matalan would be perfect for showing off my favourite photos (mostly of me and the dogs). I love the look of lots of frames and pictures arranged on a wall but as we are renting I need an alternative that uses less nails in the wall and I think this would give me a similar look on a budget too.

Lucky Hearts - £6 from Next I know these have a dash of blue and my living room is red buuut I love them, I think they are so cute and happy! I've seen them in-store too and I cant stop thinking that they would make me very happy indeed, although I don't know about you but we don't actually have lots of places to hang little ornaments like this, where are they meant to go?

Finally something I'm saving up for, this Roberts Revival DAB Digital Radio - £159.99 John Lewis, Phil and I argue constantly about whose CD to play as I pretty much hate his music and he hates mine, we do however love the radio (its the only thing we can agree to listen to together) but we don't have a radio in the house so this is just for car journeys and the CD arguments start again as soon as we get in! Getting ourselves a DAB radio would make things a little more harmonious on the music front and wouldn't it be nice to turn the TV off on a Sunday afternoon and chill out (or more likely get some cleaning done) with a radio on instead.

The Roberts one is truly beautiful and would be a real talking point in the house, but I might just save up for one of the less pricey versions available -

What do you think of my Want List? Where do you get your lovely housewares from?

Cariad xx

*this is a sponsored post, but all content and opinions are, as always, my own.

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Dainty Doll Goodies

L My Girl & Couture R You are my sunshine & Storm in a Teacup
This week I jumped on the dainty doll bandwagon and ordered myself some lovely blushers, lipsticks and a concealer all for under £10! I've never really looked into the range before, even though I'm as pale as a ghost, but when the discounted deals started popping up online it piqued my interest enough to have a browse.
I ordered Dainty Doll Concealer in Abracadabra 002, £1.99, two Dainty Doll Powder Blushers in My Girl & You Are My Sunshine both £1.99 and two Dainty Doll Lipsticks in Couture & Storm in a Teacup also £1.99 each.
The concealer was really difficult to use at first but with a bit of work on the top layer (which was a bit dried out) it started to feel a lot more like the rich and creamy concealer I had hoped for. Colour wise its a perfect match for my pale self and it provides a lot of coverage. I don't usually use anything as thick under my eyes but this has been a god send for the redness around my nose while I've had a stinking cold, also the handy mirror in the top is really usefull and makes it perfect to keep in your bag for touch ups.
Both blushers are nicely pigmented, soft and easy to apply and come with a mirror in the lid too. You are my sunshine is a lovely peachy pink shade with gold shimmer running through, this reminds me a lot of my Nars Orgasm blush (I've just compared side by side and they are incredibly similar) if anything it's a little more golden and much more pigmented - though my nars is well used and has become a bit hard and shiny on the top now so that might be why.
My girl is a really nice soft pink blush its pretty much the colour of my cheeks naturally so I find this really easy to wear. It is very pigmented and very pink so it can be easy to go a little overboard with this one.
The packaging of the lipsticks is a lot like topshop lipsticks, that sort of tinny metal, just in black with gold which I find a bit old fashioned and I have to say I think the lipsticks are a bit old fashioned too. Storm in a teacup is a very neutral shade with a little too much brown for me (the problem with ordering online) I have been layering it with colours that are too pink so its not a complete waste but I wouldn't buy this shade again, it is however nice and creamy and easy to apply and lasts a decent amount of time on.
Couture though is a much nicer burgandy shade, still a little old fashioned -I'm sure my mam would love both of these lippys. I don't usually go for dark lipsticks in the day but this one is less creamy and more sheer so one quick swipe is enough to give me that bitten lip look and I can feel it lasting in my lips for ages even though I'm only using a tiny amount.
The blushers alone have made this purchase worthwhile so I wholeheartily recommend checking those out, but I probably won't be ordering lipsticks or concealer again from the dainty doll sale.
Have any of you jumped on the bandwagon? What did you get?
Cariad xxx