Guest Post... Venice Film Festival

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Film festivals are about fashion as much as movies, and the 2013 Venice Film Festival was no exception. Huge crowds of Hollywood stars flocked to the Italian city earlier this month to strut their stuff on the red carpet. With actresses such as Dakota Fanning, Sandra Bullock and Keira Knightley sporting pieces by Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab and Valentino, there was definitely no shortage of fabulous frocks, so check out our red carpet favourites. 

Scarlett Johansson
The 28-year-old actress channelled classic Hollywood glamour in a stunning black Versace gown at the premiere of her movie Under the Skin at the Palazzo del Cinema. The gorgeous gown, which emphasised Scarlett's famous curves, featured a plunging sweetheart neckline, fitted ruched bodice and embellished off-the-shoulder straps. She completed the look with an elegant up do, nude lips and a candy-coloured Bulgari necklace.Shop maxi dresses at to recreate Scarlett's sumptuous look.
Freida Pinto
Actress Freida Pinto was spotted in a red-hot mini dress at the screening for Miu Miu Women's Tales, a collection of short films by international female directors. It can be hard to stand out on the red carpet in a cherry-coloured dress, but the Slumdog Millionaire beauty pulled it off in style. She accessorised her ravishing gown with black strappy heels, a black purse, crimson lips and a messy side braid.
Dakota Fanning
Child star-turned-bombshell Dakota sported a series of fabulous outfits at the festival, from a trendy black Viktor & Rolf jumpsuit to a cute nude-coloured Alexander McQueen pocket dress. At the Night Moves premiere, she upped the glamour and dazzled on the red carpet in a show-stopping Elie Saab Haute Couture gown from the designers 2013 fall collection. The embellished navy blue ball gown featured a deep v-neck and flared skirt, creating a modern take on the classic Disney fairy-tale style. Pretty but edgy, this classy dress proves that Dakota's fashion sense has matured with her acting, and she's certainly one to watch out for at future film festivals.

*Written by Catherine Lavinia*

Guest Post... Sarah

Tuesday, 15 October 2013
As some of you may know from my tweets I'm currently holidaying in Mexico :). Some lovely peoples have offered to guest post for me!!


A snuggly book review today! Now the weathers got a lot colder, I’m starting to crave sitting down with a hot chocolate and a good book, nothing can beat it, not even reading blogs! So when Charli asked for guest posts, I knew I wanted to do something different to the normal beauty related posts I do.
Tasmina Perry is one of my favourite authors. She writes a real range of amazing books, not your typical ‘Chick Lit’, lots of mystery and drama all wrapped up in one story. Perfect Strangers follows Sophie Ellis as her life is changed dramatically after everything comes crashing down around her. As she starts to put her life back together, she becomes entangled in a murder case, races across several countries and battles the Mafia, with only the help of someone who is a perfect stranger. The plot is very fast moving, with excitement and danger in every chapter. I read this on holiday back in the summer and simply couldn’t stop reading! It was so hard to not skip to the end but I didn’t. The ending is a tad predictable, however there is a twist which I didn’t see coming! I would highly recommend this, especially if you’ve read her other books!
The Naughty Girls Book Club was something that caught my eye because of the title. After the success of Fifty Shades of Grey there has been an explosion of ‘sexy’ books. This is an awesome concept, Estelle the owner of The Crumb Café starts a book club to increase business and into her life step 4 of the most polar opposite people ever. Over a year they develop a ‘unique’ twist to their book club and their lives are changed forever. It’s very typical ‘Chick Lit’ but I loved it! So easy to read, it flowed easily and I could happily relate to something in all the characters, Sophie Hart is going to be one to watch.

So there are my picks for some great current reads. For less than £15 you can get hours of escapism, especially now the weather has got cooler. What books have you’ve loved recently? Let me know over at

Guest Post... Welsh Bird

Sunday, 13 October 2013
As some of you may know from my tweets I'm currently holidaying in Mexico :). Some lovely peoples have offered to guest post for me!!


I only know two things about writing, the first is - I before e, except after c. The second is -  before setting pen to paper, or acrylic'd hand to key, you gorra think about your target audience - who are they? Whose reading your work? 

An I know just whose reading this, you! You beauty/lifestyle/fashion bloggers. You're the reason I wanted my first post to be somewhere like this, somewhere where I knew my target audience of modern bloggers would already be congregated - see, I've gorra favour to ask you. A question I thought you might be able to help me with?

I'd never considered writing a blog before, so far my writings have been limited to 140 characters or less. But having been a blog lurker (blurker?) for some time now - I thought, why norrava little bash myself like? 

My aim, is to publish an allsorts blog, by a Welsh bird, for Welsh birds - glamorous made up women with a penchant for big hair, rugby players and jewel encrusted day dreams. Plus I'm of the impression, that every Welsh lass needs a platform heel, a soap and glory box to rant and rave from. So yhur I am like! An to get me started, Charli (aka the Welsh Blair Waldorf) has been proper lush, an lent me her perch to squawk from whilst she's sunnin herself in Mehico, the lucky cow.

So - All I need now, is to find my own little silky spun corner of the web to squawk from on a permanent basis. I'm proper ready to stop lurkin now an I'm startin fresh. I am cleansed, toned and moisturised, ready to absorb anythin an everythin I can about the bloggin world.

So, the question I pose to you all, and the purpose of my first post, is to find out this...

Where too do I go to start a blog? 

Welsh Bird x

Read Welsh Bird's blog here 

Guest Post... Lydia Sparkles

Friday, 11 October 2013
As some of you may know from my tweets I'm currently holidaying in Mexico :). Some lovely peoples have offered to guest post for me!!

Hi i’m Lydia from Lydiasparkles and I have a bit of a nail polish addiction! I decided today that I have far too many nail polishes, so now my mission is to blog about them all. Essie are fast becoming my favourite nail polish range, they have some lovely colours but really come into their own in Autumn. So today I’m going to show you my top 5 Essie polishes for Autumn.

1 – Essie Sand Tropez
This is a new favourite, but it’s a lovely nude and suits my pale hands. It needed 3 coats to be even, but it wasn't too bad to apply.


2 – Essie Angora Cardi
This is a cult classic I think, perfect for the start of Autumn and before we all transition to the dark shades.


3 – Essie Power Clutch
Everyone needs a grey in their collection! I’m not a huge fan of black so turn to this instead. It applied beautifully in 1 coat, but I always like to apply 2 coats.


4 – Essie Chinchilly
This colour is one of my favourite polishes ever! It’s the perfect mix of brown and grey and goes with everything. If you like taupes then I strongly suggest you buy this.


5 – Essie Bahama Mama
I wanted this polish for a long time and I finally caved this year, I think this is just the perfect colour for Autumn time. It applies perfectly in 2 coats and will go with all your cozy jumpers.


Thank you Charli for letting me guest post and feel free to come visit me at


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Guest Post... Leanne

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

As some of you may know from my tweets I'm currently holidaying in Mexico :). Some lovely peoples have offered to guest post for me!!


When Charli asked me if I would like to guest post for her I jumped at the chance, I really love Charli as a person and her blog is such a good read. 

I reviewed Illamasqua’s lipstick in Sangers a few weeks back and spoke very highly of it.

Sangers and Drench are quite similar colours. Sangers is a very wearable red which looks great in the day while Drench is a more bold red which I love to rock in the evening.

As you would expect from Illamasqua the packaging is sleek and classy. The formula of the lipstick is faultless, it glides on nicely, packs a real punch colourwise and sticks around for a long time. Unlike other long lasting lipsticks this doesn’t dry my lips out in the slightest.

Every girl needs at least one the entire collection of Illamasqua lipstick. They are honestly amazing.

Read Leanne's blog here.  //  Follow Leanne on twitter here

Guest Post... Leanne Marie

Monday, 7 October 2013
As some of you may know from my tweets I'm currently holidaying in Mexico :). Some lovely peoples have offered to guest post for me!!


While Charli is on holiday sunning herself on a beach - not jealous at all.... - She asked me to guest post on her blog so you would have something to read! I thought I'd put a little post together on how I try to save money so I can treat myself to nice things whether they be a holiday with my husband or even just small treat like the YSL lipstick in the photo.

Shopping online: Discount codes & Cashback
I do shop a lot online, its just a lot more convenient. Whenever I plan to buy something on the internet, the first thing I do is find out if there are any discount codes floating about. I admit, a lot of the time is the deciding factor whether I go through with the purchase or not! 9 times out of 10 I will be able to find some form of code, it may be for a % off or free delivery! I use cashback sites all the time. No they arent a con, they are actually worth it in my opinion. I personally use Top Cashback, I've had about £300 cashback in total from them purely by clicking through their site before going to the retailer! It's so worth it and if you are serial shopper like me, you will soon see the total add up. Sign up for Topcashback here.

Ebay : Cheaper Alternatives:
A lot of the time you can find cheaper alterntives to items on the highstreet on ebay. You can get Topshop, Zara and even designer inspired items on there for a more purse friendly price. You just have to be prepared to hunt it down! Seen a coat on Topshop for £60? Search the description on Ebay. I bet you will find it for £20 cheaper. Ebay have now give you the option to link your nectar card to your account. So you will automatically earn points when you shop. If you don't know what you can spend your nectar points on. Have a read here

Save on your Boots splurge:
Being beauty bloggers we are all partial to a little splurge in boots every so often! That is why you should get yourself an advantage card. You will rack up the points in no time, if you're popping in every lunchtime to grab a meal deal. before you know it you'll have enough points on there to take a trip to the makeup counter and get yourself a pretty new lipstick. Always grab the boots advantage card magazine if you see it in store. The back page is full of vouchers you can print off to save money, you can also go to the little advantage card machines and see what vouchers your card has linked to it! There's often ones to gain more points, BOGOF or even money off. If you haven't already, sign up for an advantage card here

Your monthly house essentials & food shop:
Some of you may be at uni, living with a partner or maybe at home still. That being said there's no reason why you cant save money on the everyday items you get each month in your 'big shop'. Tesco have a magazine that comes out at the start of each month & throughout this magazine there are vouchers to be used in store... there's nothing there to say you cant grab a couple of copies! 
There's also a website called Super Savvy Me. From this website you can print (or double print if you are sneaky - click back and reprint the coupon just as the printer starts to make a noise) coupons for cleaning products, women's hygiene products and the odd male grooming item. Check out the current coupons on offer here. If you plan your shop specifically around the coupons/vouchers you have to hand, you can save a bit of money each month. That saving can put put away towards something else! 

These are just a couple of tips to bare in mind next time you do a little shop. I hope they've been helpful! 
Do you do anything to try and save a bit each month for something special?

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Lm x

Guest Post... Alison

Saturday, 5 October 2013
As some of you may know from my tweets I'm currently holidaying in Mexico :). Some lovely peoples have offered to guest post for me!!


We all at one time would have believed that our whole make-up collection was essential.

I was one of those girls, I would buy anything that I could get my fingers on and would follow collections from brands such as MAC. To put it bluntly, I ended up with a collection of lovely make-up that I wasn't using so it was an easy decision to stop buying make-up and use up the products that I had.

With this in mind I thought I would post about the 5 products that I would purchase and re-purchase if I couldn't have ANY other products at all.

Face. My favourite of ALL foundations is Clarins Everlasting. I can't tell you how much I love this foundation but it provides a perfect coverage with a dewy finish and I simply love it.

Eyes. The Maybelline Falsies has been my favourite mascara for years, I love the formulation as it gives my lashes the length and volume that I love. I also love the applicator, it allows for me to cover all of my lashes with minimal fuss. As for eyeshadow, I am a neutral girl through and through. I have FAR too many eyeshadows in my collection but if I could only have one it would be the Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay. It is the perfect palette for my eyes and I use it daily.

Lips. My lipstick collection is mainly from MAC and I absolutely love every one of my collection but I would have to say that if I had to have only one it would be Hue. It's the perfect nude, wearable, every day pink colour for me. I love it! I am on my third tube and it is the only lipstick I have EVER used this much.

Face. I don't believe you have to spend a fortune on brushes and for me at the moment, Real Techniques wins without a shadow of doubt. I love their core collection and their individual brushes and would definitely re-purchase.

What are your five staples?

Read Alisons blog here. // Follow Alison on twitter here.

Guest Post... Aimee

Thursday, 3 October 2013
As some of you may know from my tweets I'm currently holidaying in Mexico :). Some lovely peoples have offered to guest post for me!!
'Feminist' is a word that is all over the media recently, every chat-show, news show and it shows up at least two times every time I refresh my Twitter feed. It seems it literally hasn't been cooler to declare that you're a feminist. Feminism, to the outer person, comes across as aggressive and bitter, and formulated around having a mutual hatred for men. 
As far as I'm aware, feminism started out as a fight for equality, but in some areas it seems to have became a fight to reign supremely, and it seems that now it's kind of missing the point of being equal completely. Back in the early 90s, there was once a thing of girl power, when we all used to stick together, but now even that's thinning out with major thanks to woman's fashion magazines (heat, closer, reveal I'm looking at you, with your front page stories of who's added a bit of flab)
In my eyes it's now gone beyond the point of where we want to be respected by men, we almost want to BE men or completely vaporise them from our 'land'. I'm just struggling to understand how it's gone from a fight towards equal rights, to what its became today. With women grouping together to portray a hatred towards men, to me, it just seems crazy. 
I am all for equal rights, EQUAL, not in a world where woman reign above all and men run around like rats at our feet. I'm at a point now where I'm trying to break into the media industry - journalism, which is predominantly a male-dominated industry. It seems most high up male journalists don't respect young, female journalists (i'm writing this from experience) but what they don't realise is I'm an NCTJ trained, BA Hons 2:1 degree holder who's wrote for The Guardian. It seems they don't understand my head is filled with hair, make-up and lone behold it a brain.
There's so many women out there now, who are actually dominating, and showing us women in a perfect light; think Jameela Jamil, the cast of Bridesmaids, Girls, Grace Coddington and Miranda Hart - all these woman, and films, illustrate how funny, raw, flawed and fierce woman are, they all hold the flag high for girlfriends.
So it is, yes, at times like these I hold my hands up and say I'm a feminist. Women need to realise how special we really are, female magazines need to stop critiquing other women for having cellulite or gaining a few pounds, we all have bloody cellulite and the only damn thing I plan on doing this winter is gaining a few pounds.
So here I am, brains, cellulite and probably a few pounds heavier than I was at the start of summer - holding my hands up and saying - I'm a feminist.

Follow Aimee on twitter here //  Check out Aimee's blog here.

Guest Post... Shelley

Tuesday, 1 October 2013
As some of you may know from my tweets I'm currently holidaying in Mexico :). Some lovely peoples have offered to guest post for me!!
Travel: Holidays in the Riviera Maya

Hi! I’m Shelley from Shelley Hearts.
My blog is a mixture of beauty, travel and lifestyle, so while Charli is on holiday, I thought I would bring a little bit of my travel knowledge to her blog!
I’m a travel agent, so I spend my days helping people go on their dream holidays. At this time of year it can be hard to find somewhere to go with the beautiful weather we are seeking during our winter months. Mexico is absolutely perfect and ticks all the boxes.
There are two main areas in Mexico that people flock to for the stunning white beaches, luxurious resorts and incredible excursions – those being Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Charli is lucky enough to be off to the Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico so I thought I’d tell you a bit more, leaving Charli to show off her holiday pictures and what she got up to when she gets back!
It’s currently around 30 degrees in the Riviera Maya. It enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and only has two seasons – wet and dry. The coolest it tends to get is around 23 degrees in February, which is hardly cold!
The thing that really appeals to me about the Riviera Maya is that you have got some amazing excursions – something that I find the Caribbean can sometimes lack. Within easy travelling distance you have the cliff-edge Mayan temple in Tulum, plus you can go and see the ruins at Chichen Itza so it’s the perfect way to get a bit of history into your trip!
The divers and snorkelers among you can enjoy the translucent waters and corals of the Mesoarmerican Reef which is the second largest barrier reef in the world.
You actually fly into Cancun to get to Riviera Maya – British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Thomson and Thomas Cook all fly direct and you can get some amazing flight prices if you travel in off-peak times such as October, February and May. You’re never going to miss out on the weather so it’s worth going at these times to save a bit of money.

I hope that has given you a bit more insight into Riviera Maya, you can always ask me any questions if you need any more advice on your next adventure! I for one, am really looking forward to seeing Charli’s pictures when she gets back, especially on that new camera of hers!
Have you been to the Riviera Maya? What was your favourite part?

Read Shelleys blog here // Follow on twitter here

*Due to last minute changes to my holiday I'm actually in Cancun!*