Thursday, 31 July 2014

BEAUTY: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Don't we all aspire to have long-lasting, flawless make up all day long? I certainly do, now more than ever as I'm doing my own wedding make up. I needed to find products that wouldn't slide off my face by lunch time but didn't make my makeup feel too 'heavy', as it is the summer after all. I had heard of makeup setting sprays before but had never tried one, I was slightly suspicious about spraying a liquid onto my powdered, matte face. Surely it made my face shiny? Surely my non-waterproof mascara would run? Surely it would leave my face feeling tight? Surely it would sting my eyes? Oh all the questions.
The Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (30ml £9 from Debenhams) is my first makeup setting spray purchase and it's fair to say I'm a convert. All of the questions above were not a problem and my make up now stays flawless (well as flawless as it's going to be) all day long! I'm honestly astounded at how fantastic this product is - it's easy to use and really does make a difference. All you do is spray a T and a X shape across your face, let it naturally dry and your left with no residue. I put all the wet products on (foundation, concealer, liquid blusher) then have a spritz, put on the powder products and have another spritz. Sometimes I then apply the smallest amount of powder, not that it's needed but I am a slight powder addict (I put three different powders on everyday!) For how easy this is to use I couldn't recommend it enough and the travel size is very reasonably priced at only £9.
Have you tried a makeup setting spray?

Feel free to leave a comment :)

Helen x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

WEDDING: If I'm the Hen that what are you? Part 1

Back in January my close and extended family went for a lovely meal for my little brothers birthday. There was plenty of delicious food and funny moments, then on the way out of the restaurant my auntie pulled me to the side. Do you ever get that really nervous feeling wash all over you when someone says they want to speak to you? I certainly did. My auntie asked if I was having a hen party, which at that point I wasn't planning on having one. Its not that I didn't want one but I've seen so many friends plan other hen parties and it always seems to cause a lot of stress and arguments. I didn't want that to happen to my friends and family, so I had decided I wasn't going to have one. But when my auntie asked me and said that she really wanted to plan one for me, I was so touched that she'd want to, I said yes! I asked for it to be a complete surprise and I'm so glad I did. I wasn't involved in any of the planning process but I knew that conversations had been had between my best friend, Tom and my auntie. It was so exciting to try and guess what we might be doing!

Fast forward to the 24th July 2014 and it's the morning of my hen party. My best friend came and picked me up at around 11.30am, ready to drive to my aunties. She had put bunting on her car, saying 'Helen's Hen Do' - those little touches always mean so much. After a good journey down to my aunties, I was excited to find out the plans for the hen party. My (rather heavily pregnant) cousin was also at my auntie's, so we all set off for a picnic next to the river. I absolutely love picnic's but I don't really have them, I'm not sure why because they're super easy and right there I made it my mission to have more picnics over the summer. (Tom and I have already had one picnic since my hen party!) My auntie had gotten lots of Marks and Spencer treats, I hadn't had food from there for a while and boy do they do tasty food! *Hello rekindled love with M&S food*. We chatted, laughed, drank healthy smoothies and ate tasty food, all while enjoying the beautiful river view and sunshine. The perfect way to start a hen party if you ask me!

We then head to our hotel for the next couple of nights, after battling with rush hour traffic (every time I'm on holiday I completely forget that most other people are still at work and therefore rush hour continues) we arrived in Marlborough, Wiltshire. If you've not been to Marlborough, then you should do, it's a quaint market town with plenty of lovely shops, tea rooms and a fantastic market on Saturdays. My kind of place.

We checked into the Castle & Ball Hotel on the high street (I say high street but everything is on one street!) and had a bit of time to freshen up/rest. Am I the only one that wants to take a photograph of the hotel room before anyone puts anything down? The bed never looks as nice after a bag has been put on it, just me? I hope not. The rooms were lovely - think dark beams, wonky floors, grand beds and comfy armchairs. It was old (but definitely not shabby) and had character, two things I always look for in a home or hotel.

After time to freshen up we went out for dinner and guess who had to decide where we go? Yep - me! Anyone that knows me, knows I'm useless at choosing where to eat, mainly because I love food and would go everywhere if I could! After a lot of umming and ahhing we settled on Pizza Express, mainly for their Padana pizza. We sat in the garden at the back of the restaurant because it was still so hot, despite it being  almost 8pm. British weather, you baffle me. Dough balls, a massive Padana pizza and chocolate fudge cake with ice-cream were all consumed, fair to say I was full! We chatted and chatted and chatted, to the point where we were almost the only ones left in the whole restaurant and it was nearly 10pm.

I shared a room with my best friend and we both slept so well, despite the heat! Due to our jobs we both usually wake up pretty early, so it was nice to have someone to chat to at 6am rather than Tom who is usually asleep until 11am. We chatted for an hour - it was one of those hours that just disappear, it felt like we had only just woken up and then suddenly we were almost running late! be continued...

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


This is the fifth in the 'photograph inspiration' series and this post will be focusing on the bridal party. A very important group of ladies, with one extra special lady - the bride of course. Capturing the moments between friends/family is so special and they are the photo's that will be treasured forever between the bridal party.

The Bridal Party Edition...
Follow #Professionalimage – Brides: 10 Things You Can't Forget to Do the Morning of Your Wedding
Bridesmaid shot - note the way the arms are folded
Could do photo of the bridal party either in nighties or wedding attire - champagne flutes in the middle if drinking champagne - or even Lucie's bouquet facing down - or think or something else for the middle focus...

Bride holding a mirror and her Bridesmaids in the mirror! This is too cute

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x

Monday, 28 July 2014

BEAUTY: Laura Mercier Just Bare Mini Lip Glace Collection

When Space.NK.apothecary had a sale recently, I just had to have a quick browse before heading home from work. With brands like Laura Mercier, ByTerry and Rococo - there were some great bargains to be had.

I picked up this Laura Mercier Just Bare Mini Lip Glace Collection for £12.50, it's the perfect collection if you haven't tried the Laura Mercier Lip Glace's before, which I hadn't. You get a selection of nude shades, just in cute mini sizes.

The shades included are: Bare Naked, Bare Pink, Bare Baby and Bare Beige - a nude for every skin tone and style. I guess that was a slight downfall of this collection, the range of nudes includes brown shades and pink shades. Personally, I'd always go for the pink shades, so the brown shades were slightly wasted on me. Having said that, I did enjoy trying the brown shades and was pleasantly surprised, I still wouldn't choose them but I will wear these ones. Which type of nude do you prefer?

I've been looking for a lovely nude lip gloss to wear on my wedding day but after trying some cheaper brands I just kept being disappointed. The texture of the glosses would be sticky, not pigmented and didn't last any time at all. The Laura Mercier Lip Glace were almost exactly what I was looking for - the texture is creamy not sticky, they're well pigmented, as well as being buildable and they last hours not minutes. My favourite shade is Bare Baby (the second from the left in the photo above). It's pink but not too baby pink, it makes my lips look natural but better, if that makes sense? These lip glace aren't too shiny, so if you like a bit of shine on your lips then I'd recommend layering them with a shinier lip gloss.

All of these shades (except Bare Beige) are available in full size too from Space.NK for around £19.50 each.

Did you pick anything up in the Space.NK sale?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

PHOTOGRAPH INSPIRATION: Little Wedding Helpers Edition.

This is the fourth in the 'photograph inspiration' series and this time we're focusing on photographing your lovely little wedding helpers. Page boys and flower girls are traditional at weddings but you could also recreate these photographs with little family helpers too.

The Little Wedding Helpers Edition...
"Mommy and Me."
Take a picture with your flowergirl wearing your wedding shoes and give to her on her wedding day! - Precious!
Delphine Manivet bridal collection for La Redoute

i know I pin a lot of flower girl poses, but theyre just so darn cute! Flower girl looking at wedding dress.
shot with the flower girl!
Green Wedding Shoes Wedding Blog | Wedding Trends for Stylish   Creative Brides - Part 2
Bride, Groom, ring bearer and flower girl! If you have more than one flower girl and ring bearer...would be cute to have everyone holding hands!

great photo by bhaarer
Black and white wedding photo of a page boy
adorable page boy, love his outfit for a summer wedding, as well as the photo idea
Flower Girl and Page Boy ideas - Visit for all your bridal headpieces, hair ornaments, mother of the bride hats and mother of the groom hats. We can create bespoke bridal or guest headwear to perfectly compliment your wedding dress or outfit.
Flower Girl and Page Boy ideas - Visit for all your bridal headpieces, hair ornaments, mother of the bride hats and mother of the groom hats. We can create bespoke bridal or guest headwear to perfectly compliment your wedding dress or outfit.
Bride and Groom and Page Boy in Hadleigh Suffolk Unique Vintage wedding photography - Hello Romance Wedding Photography
Flower Girl and Page Boy ideas - Visit for all your bridal headpieces, hair ornaments, mother of the bride hats and mother of the groom hats. We can create bespoke bridal or guest headwear to perfectly compliment your wedding dress or outfit.
Flower Girl and Page Boy ideas - Visit for all your bridal headpieces, hair ornaments, mother of the bride hats and mother of the groom hats. We can create bespoke bridal or guest headwear to perfectly compliment your wedding dress or outfit.

Will you have a flower girl and page boy?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

PHOTO A DAY: Day 202

^Tom received his Bespoke Wedding Suit today!! It's all coming together now, as the final plans are sorted out. Can't believe it's only a matter of weeks now :)^