29/03/2015

Meet Percy & Prunella


After naming my blog 'Percy and Prunella' over six months ago, I can finally show you a face to the name as they are now both in my life. As of last week, I am now the proud mother of a beautiful baby girl Pug, Prunella. Although I've had Percy for two years now, I've never actually written a blog post about him so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce them both together.

Sadly I don't currently live with Percy as he resides with my sister in Leeds but they both came to visit Prunella and I to help me get used to motherhood this week. It was definitely not love at first sight between the two of them but they are slowly getting used to each other and as I type they are cuddled right up next to each other on the settee.
In some ways, they are almost identical and in others completely different. When we first brought Percy home he was very timid and whined all night but Prunella has been super confident right from the word go. She loves to kiss and cuddle whereas Percy is more sparing with his affection and likes his space. They do however both share a greedy gene and when there is food about they will not stop until they get it.

As Percy was the only dog I've ever owned previously, I didn't know if it was possible to love another as much as him but they both have such unique personalities that it definitely feels like an addition to the family and not a replacement of any kind. I now have twice as much love to give!

I'm so happy our family has grown and I can't wait to watch these little guys grow up together. Of course I'll be keeping you updated on here and may even write some advice posts on puppies, in particular Pug puppies, if that's something you'd be interested in? Do any of you guys have dogs yourself?

26/03/2015

Fashion | Festival Looks - Tile Print

As festival season is quickly approaching, I've started to look for inspiration of what to wear to Parklife and thought I'd put together a few lookbooks of trends I think will be big this year. Even though I know I'll end up wearing a waterproof coat over my outfit (yay for Manchester weather), I still find it so much fun picking out my outfits as I feel I can be a bit more daring than usual. Anything goes at a festival, right?


The first trend I've noticed floating around is tile print (or scarf print, as some places are calling it). For me, this is definitely bolder than the outfits I'd normally wear but I really think it would be perfect for a festival especially ones in a warmer climate like Coachella or Tomorrowland. Plus, if you're not brave enough to go all out with a dress or playsuit, you can wear a simple outfit and add a tile print jacket or kimono for a subtle nod to the trend. You could also wear the shorts pictured above with an all black ensemble for a little pop of colour and pattern, making them the focus of the outfit.

As well as being perfect for festivals, I also think tile print would be amazing for summer holidays such as Ibiza, in particular the neon print playsuit above screams 'girls holiday' to me!

Lace Trim Plunge Playsuit £30 - Missguided
Strappy Sundress £30 - Topshop - This has pockets which is a major bonus for festivals
Neon Swing Playsuit £12 - Boohoo
Red Scarf Shirt Dress £28 - Missguided
Floral Shorts £28 - Topshop
Bomber Jacket £55 - Topshop
Cami Jumpsuit £36 - Glamorous (via ASOS)

Are you guys excited for festival season to begin? And what do you think of tile print?

18/03/2015

Beauty | Contouring 101 With Nars Cosmetics

contour matte multiple nars

matte multiple altai nars contour stick

bronzing powder contour


Ever since the Kardashian sisters popularised the contoured look a few years ago, I've been on the search for the perfect contouring products. Having a very pale complexion has made this a bit of a nightmare as products always seem to be too dark or too orange based for my skin tone which results in me looking like I have two orange stripes on my cheeks.
However, after trying many, many products, I think I've finally found the perfect combination to give my face that subtle definition I've been after.

I actually purchased this Multiple stick on a bit of a whim in the Lookfantastic January Sale for only £18. I'd heard generally good things about the Nars Multiple's but I'd never seen the contouring shades before so it was a bit of a gamble. I'd been looking for an alternative to a bronzing powder and this seemed less daunting than a liquid option so I took the plunge.
It's a creamy consistency which you can apply directly to the face and blend out or if you're after a super subtle look you can use a brush to pick up some of the product and apply to the face that way. My favourite brush for this is the 110 - Face Shape from Zoeva which I blogged about here. It's the perfect size for getting into the hollows of the cheeks and it blends out evenly. 
It may look a bit scary when you have two brown stripes on your cheeks, nose and dots on your forehead but stick with it and once blended out it leaves a really natural looking shadow on your cheeks. It's so easy to use, if I can do it so can you!



It will probably come as no surprise to you that I'm mentioning this product as it's a cult classic among beauty lovers. As you'll have seen this product discussed millions of times before I won't bore you with the details but let's just say it's lived up to it's reputation. I'd been telling myself for years I didn't really need this due to the price but my Grandma actually gave me this for Christmas. A total shock after 20 years of her religiously getting me pyjamas and socks but hey, I'm not complaining!
As someone with a ghostly skin tone, I find it so hard to find shades that don't look ridiculous on me. They always look like I've coated my face in mud no matter how lightly I apply them but this powder is another story. Gone are the days of tiger stripes, I've now entered a new era of contouring. I usually apply this over the Multiple stick for a long lasting look as it sets the cream in place and adds a bit more depth and colour. If I'm in a rush though, I'll skip the cream contour and just go in with a swoosh of this instead. Swoosh being the official terminology, of course...


And here's the finished look. The camera didn't really capture it too well but trust me, it gives a wonderful definition to the face that can be built up as much as you like. Also bad blogger for looking at myself in the view finder instead of into the lens. My bad!
Have you tried either of these products? Are you guys into contouring? I'm currently lusting after the ABH Contour Kit but can't justify spending that much! Beauty addict problems, amiright?

05/03/2015

The 90's Tag



As you may have noticed, I've been rather absent on the blog recently and I saw this tag on Sophie's blog Belle Chaton and thought it'd be a fun post to come back to. I was born in 1993 so although I missed the first few years, I still saw the majority of it and definitely identify as a 90's kid. As you can see from the photos above, I was a chubby little thing! Also I apologise to my sister for putting these photos of her on the internet, haha. Now let's get on to the questions...

1. Favourite Disney Film?
If we're talking about the Classics then I'd have to say Hercules but out of all the Disney films it would definitely be The Parent Trap. I went through a phase of watching The Parent Trap every day after school and to this day, I still know every single line from memory. My sister and I regularly quote it to each other although we do that with many Disney films. Out of the animated films, Hercules was definitely my favourite growing up as it's got such an amazing soundtrack. Plus I love Meg's sassiness (see below) and I personally think it's one of the funniest Disney films out there.


2. Favourite Music Artist?
I loved all the classic 90's pop bands but S Club 7 were probably my favourite. I knew all the words to their songs and loved their TV programme. Plus they star in my favourite Christmas film, The Greatest Store In The World. My favourite member was always Hannah! Honourable mention goes to Steps as I absolutely loved them as well, they were the first band I ever saw live.

3. Favourite TV Show?
I only had the five channels growing up so couldn't watch Disney Channel or Nickelodeon but I was still a total TV addict. I loved Two of a Kind, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Arthur, The Queens Nose, The Worst Witch, Belfry Witches, ZZZap and so many more! I also had a thing for shows like Smart, Art Attack and Fingertips although I never actually made anything from them... I was a weird child.

4. Favourite Candy/Sweets?
I have a massive sweet tooth so this question is a tricky one. I loved Jelly Tots and used to always tip the sugar at the bottom of the packet into my mouth and I also loved Fruit Salad chews. My mother was quite strict growing up so to satisfy my sweet cravings I'd take a spoon and sneak some Golden Syrup from the baking cupboard. I would've happily eaten pure sugar constantly! Desserts were always my favourite part of a meal.

5. Favourite Game?
I absolutely loved Guess Who and Frustration. Over Christmas, my sister and I were feeling nostalgic so actually whipped them both out to play. It was so much fun! My favourite person was always Maria but she was so easy to guess because she had a hat on. Sad times...


6. Favourite McDonald's Toy?
It was very rare that we'd ever be allowed to go to McDonald's, in fact I'm pretty sure the only time we ever went was when we were travelling down south to the Eurotunnel to go on holiday. One toy that does stick out in my memory though was a beanie baby I got and I'm pretty sure it's still kicking around at my parents house now.

7. Favourite Book?
As I was still pretty young in the 90's, I don't think I was reading proper books until the 00's really so
I'd have to say my favourite books were Miffy! I loved them so much I made my mum send off for a free poster with a token in the back of the books.

8. Favourite Clothing Store?
My family is slightly obsessed with Disney so the majority of our clothes had Disney characters on them. Being the youngest of three girls, it was very rare that I'd get clothes that weren't hand me downs really so I don't think I had a favourite store growing up.

9. What would you watch when you got home from school?
I've already answered this with my favourite TV shows really but a lot of the shows I watched after school were actually early 00's shows. I loved The Ghost Hunter, Jeopardy, Fingertips and so many more!

10. Favourite Toys?
I was a total Barbie girl through and through. Everyone always loved coming to my house to play cos I must've had about 50 Barbie's and Ken's. I had a Barbie Dream House with a working lift (it took ten minutes to go from one floor to the other) and I had an amazing turquoise and pink convertible car. I miss playing with my Barbie's - a simpler time!


11. Weirdest Fashion Trend?
90's fashion in general was pretty weird but I guess I'd have to agree with Sophie's answer and say the hair. Crimped hair was not a good look! I remember being really jealous when my sister got some hair mascara for her birthday one time *sob*.

12. 'Nsync or Backstreet Boys?
I think this is more for Americans as I definitely preferred 5ive to either of these bands! I loved watching them recently on The Big Reunion. It was so interesting to hear what happened behind closed doors.

13. Favourite Collectible?
I loved collecting stickers when I was younger if that counts? I had a sticker scrapbook and everything. Pro stickerer.

14. Favourite Beanie Baby?
I only ever had a few but I remember getting Halo the Angel for my birthday and it was by far the best present I got that year.

15. How Many Tamagotchi's Did You Go Through?
I never had one! My mum wouldn't let us have anything that she thought was a fad. So deprived...

16. Favourite Game System and Game?
Again, we were never allowed PlayStation's or Game Boy's growing up but I did love PC games. I had all the expansion packs for The Sims and used to go on it every night. I also loved a game called Adiboo which came with our first ever computer. Ah sweet nostalgia!

I hope this has been fun to read and reminded you how brilliant the 90's were. My sister and I have had a laugh remembering all our childhood loves! Anything major you guys think I missed out? It was so hard picking TV shows!