Sunday, 31 March 2013

Instagram #2.

Happy Easter! I hope everyone has had chocolate for breakfast. It's somehow Sunday again, so here is my week according to Instagram:

Bathroom was leaking - all my stuff in my bedroom
Free Body Shop Hair Mask
Cute Bunny
My Enrapture hair waver arrived 
Free Mini-eggs from O2
I won some Butter London nail varnish
I NEED this tee
Face mask time

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Twitter: @Katieatki

What have you been up to this week?

Katie xx

Friday, 29 March 2013

Enrapture Amplify Jumbo Waver.

Before I start, this is NOT a sponsored post, just a product I love. I've mentioned in the past how pin-straight my hair is. It's always been really hard to style, other than straightening  I've always found that curling my hair will last a few hours but then the curls will drop and the slightest bit of wind makes me look like I haven't bothered to brush my hair for 3 weeks. So when I saw a review of the Enrapture Amplify Jumbo Waver on the lovely Chelsea's blog I just had to get my hands on some.

The styler is pretty big so my shoulder length hair is just about the right length to use these without burning my head. They come with a heat protector mat and instructions. There are three heat settings, for reference I had mine on the hottest to create these waves - purely cos my hair is very stubborn. 

Straight after using the styler

Here I have hair sprayed and ran my fingers through to loosen the waves

Side view

This believe it or not, was taken after about 10 hours, my hair still wavey despite their being very strong wind and snow! I am so impressed with these stylers, I have no idea how I've got through life without them! You can pick these up at a few places like Argos or Boots, but check out eBay too they have some bargains!

Have you tried anything from Enrapture?

Katie xx


Thursday, 28 March 2013

A letter from America.

I've written about my penpal before, but yesterday I received another letter and it made me realised how much I love writing to her. They is something wonderful about writing a letter and it travelling over 5000 miles to get to it's destination. I am so lucky to have found a lovely girly in San Francisco who I've been writing to since September 2012 (I think!), an every time I still get as excited when her letter arrives. Also, how AMAZING is her hand writing? I LOVE it. The photos are just a few of the letters I've got but I just wanted to show you the amazing things she's sent me, especially the map. I love the USA stamps too!

I hope we continue to write to each other for a long, long time. I love being able to write down what ever I want, and really feel like I know her very well, even though we've never met. It's so lovely to keep up an 'old' tradition in this world that has been taken over by technology.

Do you have a penpal? 

Katie xx

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Passion For Fashion.

I spotted Money Supermarket were having another fab competition, to design an outfit for Holiday wear, Casual and Party wear. I love competitions like this cos it means I get to internet window shop, but it does mean my wishlist just gets longer and longer.. Fortunately the outfits all need to be under £200 so maybe my bank balance doesn't suffer too much!

So here is my entry for the Passion for Fashion 2 competition. 
You can find out all the details to enter here.

Cropped Tee - £18 River Island
High Wasited Shorts - £30 Topshop
Sandles - £28 Office
Sunglasses - £15 ASOS
Bikini Top - £14 Dorothy Perkins
Bikini Bottoms - £9 Dorothy Perkins
Total = £114

I burn so easily so a cropped tee is perfect to throw on over my bikini, teamed with high waisted shorts is perfect for lounging around on the beach! How amazing are these sunglasses too? I'm absolutely loving the funky sunglasses that are coming into season, and at £15 these are a steal.

Oversized Coat - £89.99 Zara
Clutch - £15.50 ASOS
Polo Neck Vest - £14 River Island
Chunky Boots - £55 ASOS
Skinny Jeans - £25 Dorothy Perkins
Total = £199.49
I could have easily have found an outfit much less than just under £200, but I just HAD to include this amazing coat and the studded boats. I love the androgynous look and this fits perfectly with that trend. 

 Sequin Dress - £110 Mango
Earrings - £20 ASOS
Steve Madden Shoes - £25 TKMaxx
Embellished Clutch - £18 Very

Total = £173

I thought about adding some more accessories to this outfit, but then realised it probably didn't need them with all the embellishment going on. I love the simplicity of these heels and are a bargain from TKMaxx. This dress would be perfect for a wedding reception or a cocktail party, the shape is so flattering it would suit anyone!

 Katie xx


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies.

Hale & Hearty Chocolate Cookie Mix - £1.99

I bought this cookie mix on a whim in Sainsbury's - they have a pretty good free from section and these were labelled as 'new' so I grabbed a box. I've never used a gluten free packet mix before, mainly cos I usually just make cakes/biscuits from scratch as I usually have the ingredients in. But these looked too yummy not to try, plus it was more expensive for me to buy all the stuff separate to make them - which is a rarity when it comes to gluten free cooking.

The cookies were super easy to make, all I did was add 2 eggs and some butter - but they can also be made Vegan with soya yoghurt and dairy free butter! These didn't taste gluten free at all and were gorgeous, even two days after I'd baked them - they didn't last any longer than that cos they were too tasty! The best thing about these mixes are they are free from wheat, gluten, artificial flavourings and additives.

I'm desperate to pick up a few more of their range, I think I will try their Double Chocolate Muffin Mix next.

Katie xx

Monday, 25 March 2013

Origins GinZing.

Origins GinZing Eye Cream - Full Size £21

I got this in a set with the VitaZing (review here), and now I've had a good chance to try it I think it's time for a review. I'll be honest, I'm pretty shocking when it comes to eye creams. I never use one for a long period of time and get bored pretty easy. I don't think I have any MAJOR problems with my eye area, it is darker than I would like and obviously as I'm getting older my skin hasn't quite got the same elasticity and my crow's feet are starting to appear. So I would say now is probably the best time for me to start using an eye cream on a daily basis.

One thing I dislike is eye cream in tubes, I have no idea why I don't like this but they irritate me. It's probably because I always end up squirting too much out and it gets messy. So this being in a cute little pot, certainly gets the thumbs up from me.

This has a really light formula, which is always good especially around the delicate eye area. The colour is a pinky skin colour which I assume is to correct the darkness under eyes, it definitely does lighten and brighten my dark circles. The consistency is lovely too, this is another thing that winds me up about eye creams - the stickiness, nobody wants sticky eyes! This however doesn't leave a residue and seems to sink in instantly so I can go ahead with my make up routine straight away.  

I don't think this eye cream is suitable if you're after something to control those crow's feet, as it doesn't feel like it's tightening - but it doesn't claim to either. This is perfect if you are just starting out with eye creams, like me, as a simple to use eye cream that does what it says on the tin!

Have you tried this? What's your favourite eye cream?

Katie xx


Sunday, 24 March 2013

Instagram #1.

I do the same thing every Sunday morning - wake up at a ridiculous hour, try and get back to sleep and fail miserably  then sit and catch up with blog posts. I tend to get a few of my own written before the hubby wakes up, but as I appear to be in the same position every week, I might as well do a 'weekly' post. I'm sure this is nothing new to you, but I thought what better way to round up my week that with an Instagram montage  So here is my week, according to my phone.

More snow - I am SO sick of this freezing weather
Lily - My lilies finally started coming out
Victoria's Secret is coming to the Trafford Centre!
Bobbles from Primark - so cute
Pimark PJ's - need I say more?
Revision - this was taken at 6:50am on the train to uni
Cutest cat ever..
New Glasses!
Inspirational quote, that lives in my bathroom

What have you been up to this week? Link me your posts like this and your Instagram name in the comments, and I will follow you!

Instagram: Katieatki
Follow me on Bloglovin Here

Katie xx

P.S Can someone explain She Said Beauty to me? I have an account but I just don't get it..


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm Dupe?

I'd been lusting after the Emma Hardie cleansing balm (with the longest name in the world) for so long, but I just can't justify the price tag. So I went in search of an alternative at a more purse-friendly price. It wasn't long until I discovered this little beauty online at Naturisimo. This was a website I've been on a few times but never actually bought anything, but when I saw this bargain I knew I would have to order it.

From what I can tell this has very much the same consistency as the Emma Hardie balm. It's very therapeutic massaging it into your face, and the scent just makes you feel calmed and soothed. This is rose scented which I LOVE but I know there are a few people that hate floral smells so this probably isn't for you. This is also 98.5% organic, suitable for vegetarians and cruelty free.

I've been scooping a 5p sized amount of the balm out and warming it on my fingers, then massaging into my skin. A little really does go a long way with this, and that small amount will do my whole face. I tend to focus on the drier areas of my face first then move into the not so dry areas. This does feel a little oily on your skin - obviously due to the ingredients but after I've washed it off my face is so, so soft. 

This does a great job at removing make up, so I've been using it on an evening before bed and alternating with my other cleanser on a morning - depending whether I want to use my No7 Facial brush, review here. This is really helping with my dryness over night, as some mornings I can find my skin to be very flaky but since starting to use this I've felt a 'normal' texture when I wake up. 

For the bargain rice of less that £3.50, this is certainly worth a try if you've been lusting after the Emma Hardie balm, but just can't afford it! Plus this way you'll know if a balm is suitable for your skin type.

Katie xx

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Easy Nail Art.

Barry M in Peach Melba & Nail Effects 320

I can't take credit for this nail art at all, as I spotted it on the gorgeous Anna's blog and just had to give it a go. Mine isn't quite as neat as Anna's but I think with a bit more practice I will get there. To create look I used the polishes above and a bobby pin to 'dot' the gold. I really love this cute look, it just adds something extra to a plain manicure.

Have you tried this or any other easy manicures?

Katie xx


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Things I hate about being Gluten Free.

Going 'gluten free' has a little controversy behind it. A lot of people think it makes you loose weight and you'll lead a healthier lifestyle etc. but all in all if I had the choice I certainly wouldn't be doing it. I've been gluten free for almost a year, I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance in May last year and haven't had gluten in my diet since. Well, apart from the sneaky trip to Red Hot World Buffet in Manchester, got their mini pancakes are goooood..

I don't have an allergy to gluten, as some people think. An allergy would make me come out in a rash, or swelling or something of that kind, my intolerance just makes me very nauseous and a few other unpleasant symptoms that I won't go into. Gluten literally took over my life, probably for around 9/10 years, before I was diagnosed. I suffer with IBS and my symptoms were constantly put down to this, until last year when I as FINALLY referred and it was investigated further.

I think sometimes people think I'm just on a crazy fad diet cutting gluten out, but actually the gluten free replacement products I buy are higher in fats, salts, calories than the alternative. And at times taste disgusting.

One thing I really hate about being gluten free is the price. The price of free from products is RIDICULOUS, and not being Coeliac means I don't get anything on prescription. I'm talking £3 for a mini loaf of bread, I've now mastered going to Tesco when they are reducing the fresh stuff in hope to get a loaf at a more reasonable price.

I hate not being able to grab food 'on the go'. Not many places do GF options in their meal deals. I think Boots have a few fruit salads, but to be honest that isn't going to fill me up. M&S do an AWFUL gluten free sandwich - urgh. Starbucks however do a lovely one but at the small price of £2.95 (to take out) it's not something I pick up everyday, especially since the bun is around the size of my fist.

I miss buying Krispy Kreme's from Selfridges, I miss 'proper' crumpets and pastries, and yummy deserts! Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? Although this has been the best decision I've made, I just wish sometimes I could eat whatever I want and not have to worry about the consequences. Hopefully in the future more brands will start selling GF products at a reasonable price and make them more accessible to poor students like me.

Katie xx 

My Everyday Make Up.

Sorry about the awful quality of this video. It's fine on my comp then as soon as I upload to YouTube it does weird things, and I'm not very good at sorting it!

Super quick video to you my everyday make up.

Products used:

Superdrug Vitamin E Day Cream Review Here
Origins GinZing Eye Cream
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation Shade 51
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer Shade 51
Bourjois Healthy Balance Pressed Powder Shade 52
Eco Tools Powder Brush
Ebelin (German) Blusher Brush
MUA Highlighter
Dainty Doll Blusher in You Are My Sunshine Shade 004
MUA Every Lash Mascara in Black
Collection 2000 Cream Puff Lip Cream in Cotton Candy

Katie xx


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Obsessed with face masks.

All sample size
Alpha H Liquid Gold Mask
Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Mask
REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask

Face masks, it's fair to say I'm obsessed. I literally can't get enough of them. I don't particulary care where they are from either, although I'm not a huge fan of those packed 99p face masks - you know the ones. But any mask in a tube and I'm sold. I think, including samples, I have around 9 face masks on the go at the moment. I think I have a problem.

I spotted on 'What's in my handbag' that they had a face mask sample set, so of course I needed it in my life. If you aren't familiar with the website here is the link, it's basically somewhere to try products before you buy them. I guess it's a lot like Glossybox but you don't subscribe and you get to pick what 'box' you want. There is currently a few Stila and Korres products on the go, and if you spend over £10 use WIMHLAUNCH to get £5 off. Just to clarify I haven't been asked to do this post, I just wanted to share it with you.

I don't know what it is about face masks that I love so much. It could be the feeling of relaxation when you put a mask on and sit back. I love wearing a mask in the bath for the ultimate chill out, but I'm not fussy I'll wear one any wear! I adore the feel of your skin when you take it off too. That's the difference between packet masks and higher-end masks, your skin feels completely transformed when you take off a more pricey mask. I've found in the past with the cheaper ones it takes about an hour to get it off, especially if it has a very sticky consistency - not nice. 

I haven't got round to trying these masks properly yet, but I will do reviews asap and let you all know how I've got on with them. 

Do you love face masks as much as I do? What's your favourite?

Katie xx

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Iced Coconut Cocktail Hairspray.

Fudge Hairspray Iced Coconut Cocktail- £2.50 (On offer)

Ever since I watched Zoe's February favourites video I've been hunting for the Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hairspray. When I saw her mini review I immediately went searching the web frantically looking for it. I literally couldn't find it ANYWHERE and after tweeting, adding a photo to Facebook and Instagram I was about to give up - until I spotted the Fudge section in Superdrug. 

Unfortunately, the hairspray I want is currently out of stock in all the Superdrugs I've been to and for some reason isn't on the website. But hopefully I'll find one in Manchester at the weekend. As an alternative I picked up this hairspray that is part of the same collection, just a different hold and scent. 

The thing that appealed to me about the Ice Raspberry and Vanilla spray was it is advertised as 'soft touch' - the Iced Coconut is 'super concentrate hold' so I was a little concerned my hair would feel like concrete. However I was pleasantly surprised, it does leave a texture but not to the extent where you can't physically move your hair. Its really subtle and not too crispy. I bought this to keep my fringe controlled whilst I'm growing it out, this is perfect for keeping it in place when I have a top knot in.

Something else I love about this hair spray is the way it leaves your hair feeling just as good as it did before you sprayed it on. As soon as you take a brush to this spray and brush it out, it's as if it was never there. I hate hair spray that you literally HAVE to wash out cos there is no other way to remove it. I have used this spray three times this week, and today I haven't, but my hair is still as soft and shiny as it was before I used the spray.

Lastly, the scent. This smells AMAZING. Actually like no other hairspray I've smelt. It is exactly what it says on the tin and basically smells like a Pina Colada. Obviously if you don't like that coconuty holiday smell this probably isn't for you, but this reminds me of gorgeous long sunny days by the pool.

I can't wait to finally get my hands on the other scent and compare the two!

Have you tried anything from this range?

Katie xx

Monday, 18 March 2013

DIY Vase.


If you follow me on Instagram (Katieatki) you will have already seen these gorgeous flowers I recieved as a Thank You from my placement. I panicked a little knowing we didn't have a vase to pop them in, and after planning an emergency trip to Tesco, the hubby stopped me in my tracks when he suggested using the jar he'd been storing biscuits in.

After a good wash out, here's my DIY vase from an every day jar. I don't know why we haven't used these before, it looks so cute and quirky, now the hubby has no excuse to buy me flowers!

Katie xx  

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Origins VitaZing: FOTD.

 Origins VitaZing
Healthy Mix Concealer
Healthy Mix Pressed Powder
MUA Every Lash Mascara
MUA Highlighter
Dainty Doll Blush - You are my sunshine

Sorry about the REALLY dry lips! 

I managed to grab my self an Origins bargain at Cheshire Oaks recently, I picked up a set with VitaZing 50ml, GinZing 10ml and Modern Friction 30ml. You all know I'm an avid fan of Modern Friction, so bought the pack really to try the other products. 

I've been eyeing up VitaZing for ages, and when I saw this set for £19.50 (which was actually cheaper than the VitaZing on it's own) I just had to grab it. I haven't got a great track record with tinted moisturisers but I'd heard such great reviews about this. 

Unfortunately, Origins don't do a foundation light enough for my complexion, so their BB creams are too dark for me too. This however adapts to your skin tone so is perfect if you have awkward skin like me. This was a bit orange as I put it on, but as I blended it looked much more subtle and is a pretty good match for my skin tone. 

Considering this is just a tinted moisturiser, I feel pretty confident wearing it. I can't actually remember the last time I bought a foundation that was just 'light' coverage, in fact I probably have never owned one less than medium coverage. Obviously, unlike an actually foundation it's pretty difficult to build up with this and it isn't going to cover all blemishes - hence the concealer. 

I'm really impressed with this product, and Origins has yet to fail me. It feels so light and is perfect for lazy Sundays. This is great to have as a a little pick-me-up too (as I'm currently suffering from a head cold - sorry about the snotty, red nose!) so this makes me feel a little perkier when I really can't be bothered to move. 

Have you tried this yet? What's your go to BB cream/tinted moisturiser?

Katie xx


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Slogan Tee.

Tee & Leggings - Primark

I think every man and his dog has seen these slogan tees dotted about. Of course Topshop started the trend and now Primark have jumped on the bandwagon. I couldn't resist this one, being a teen when Mean Girls came out, this made me laugh so I needed it. The quality is amazing for Primark, the shirt is really thick and soft - not your average t-shirt material. Plus this was a steal at £4, so I picked up a grey saying 'Dork' too!

Katie xx

Friday, 15 March 2013

Baker Days.

Personalised Gluten Free Cake from Baker Days - £16.99*

The gorgeous people at Baker Days emailed me last week asking if I would like to sample one of their cakes. When have I ever said no to cake?! I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to review a cake cos of the flour, but they gladly offered me the gluten free option!

First up, I love the idea of a 'letter box' cake. The packaging is so discreet it fits through your letterbox and you don't have to go pick it up from Royal Mail, urgh I hate that. I really like the special tough of adding some candles and balloons to the box, it adds a personal touch, which is fab.

I didn't know what to expect from the cake, as I've tried MANY gluten free cakes and there are only a select few I could say I actually enjoyed. And this is certainly one of them. In fact this cake is fighting for the top spot on my gluten free list.

 It's not very often I can eat 'birthday cake', actually I won't have had this type of cake for nearly a year, so I am so impressed with this one. The sponge is really light and fluffy - which is something you don't always get with gluten free recipes. I have a huge sweet tooth and this cake is perfect for sorting out my sweet cravings.

I love the little design picked for me too. I requested a woodland animal and I got this gorgeous hedgehog design. So cute.

Katie xx

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