Thursday, 28 June 2012

#76 Bargain Of The Week!!!

Yes this is a picture of three lots of Dry Shampoos which I am delighed to say are mine, all mine!!!
In case you're wondering why I have three the answer is yes I am in love with Dry Shampoo as it does wonders for my hair and freshens it up beautifully when you're having one of those 'I really can't be bothered to wash my hair today but it's looking a little greasy day.' But also Superdrug have an amazing deal at the moment which is buy 1 Dry Shampoo and get 2 free.

2 FREE!! GET 2 FREE!!!

This ladies, is really not an offer you cannot afford to miss out on, especially when one Dry Shampoo costs £1.99.
So I urge you ladies, if you're a lover of Dry Shampoo like me march your £2's down to Superdrug get your Shampoos and even leave the 1p change, as afterall it's almost daylight robbery!

P.S They all smell amazing and I couldn't choose which ones to buy, so I picked mine based on the pretty colours which I liked most together!!!
Tuesday, 26 June 2012

#75 Before I Go To Sleep Book Review

I love sharing with all of you what I am currently reading as you'll know I'm such a book worm. I have a massive stash of books in my room which are still unread and earlier this year I purchased the Amazon Kindle and also have tonnes of books on it, I guess you can say I'm a book hoarder, I just love them!!!

I've recently just finished reading SJ Watson's Before I Go To Sleep which has been a well talked about book over this past year, and I just had to see for myself if it was a good as everyones talking about, and I have come to the conclusion that it is!

The plot goes a little like this: A woman, known as Christine suffers from Amnesia from an accident which she was involved in. Everyday she wakes up with no memory of who she is now, she can remember a little from before the accident but not much. During the book Christine becomes determined to be able to remember who she is each day and what really happened in the accident with help from her Doctor after not being able to trust her husband. ( SPOILER ALERT: and believe me she has good reasons not to!) As she begins to write a journal to help her remember each day the truth eventually comes out about the accident and who she really is!

This book is talked up to be a big psychological thriller, but if I'm honest I didn't really find it to be that at all. I was hooked at the beginning as it was so confusing and I wanted to find out more as Christine began to find out more. But then half way through the book I really struggled to carry on reading as it became very samey, but I guess you're thinking well what do you expect when she can't remember anything each day? But all I can say is that the ending was amazing and it had me completely hooked to my Kindle, I just couldn't put it down! I don't want to describe the ending at all as it will completely ruin it for you if you're planning to read it or haven't finished it yet, but it had me gripped!

I guess if you're comparing this book to 50 First Dates then I guess yes, it is far more of a thriller, but I was expecting to be at least a tiny bit fearful for the characters. However, if you are currently reading it and going through that unmotivated phase to finish reading it, I advise you to keep going! It will all be worth it in the end!

I also hear that there is talk of a film being made on the book, if so, I hope it does it justice!
Have you read the book yet? If so, what did you think about it?
Monday, 25 June 2012

#74 Instagram

Sorry I've been absent recently, a lot of things have been going on which I won't be going into in this post as they are very personal. I am completely fine - that's the main thing! I can't wait to catch up with you all soon!

In the meantime I am the proud owner of a nice new shiny iPhone after upgrading from my Blackberry and I'm still getting to grips with it all, but if you have Instagram follow me on hannahcarberry

Also, leave your Instagram in the comments so I can follow you all!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

#73 A Milestone - 200 Followers.

I can't believe that not even a year on and I'm already writing a post to celebrate having 200 followers - I honestly can't believe it! I know I hit 200 followers a few weeks back, but I wanted to find the time to write a good post to show my appreciation to all my followers, and don't worry there will be a giveaway, we can't deny we all love one of those, I'm just waiting till payday!

Back last summer I could never have imagined that my blog would have been as successful as it is today, most people would hardly say that 200 followers is successful when you look at all the other blogs with thousands of followers, but to me it is. I remember how excited I got when I had my first 10 followers so to reach 200 which I never thought would happen is slightly overwhelming to know that these people want to read my posts on every day ramblings with a few reviews here and there, because lets face it, I am not your typical Beauty Blogger. I'm not in it for the free samples or to make myself some sort of success, it's purely because I've found a group of girls who share the same interests and hobbies as me as I can't say many of my friends do, they'd probably think I was a bit of a weirdo which is why they don't really know about my blog apart from a few, most would just think I'm a cyberfreak! But you lot understand which is why I love the blogging community. It's my followers who I turn to, to chat endlessly about makeup and clothes, who share the same passion for books, music, shopping, and all things pink and glittery.

There is a sense of happiness which I get from blogging. I love it when I log on to see that in some way someone has benefited from one of my posts. Equally, it's just as nice and fulfilling when one of you leaves a truly lovely comment related to a post such as my rambling posts. With my blog I can be myself, I don't feel the need to try and fit in with a certain group of people, pretend to like the same things that they do. If only all bloggers lived together in one town or county or country! Think of all the fun we could all have!

Of course we all have our moments when sometimes blogging gets too much where you constantly worry that you haven't made the time to sit and write a post but blogging is supposed to be fun, you're meant to enjoy it, not find it stressful. I gave up worrying about these things and other hangups which other bloggers have and I find it makes all the difference, when I have the time I now find that I'm excited to sit down and blog and read all the blogs which I follow.

I recently found this picture via WeHeartIt and it really is my favourite as I find it to be ever so true.
It's sad that it took this picture for me to realise it but now I really understand it. You may think that I've stumbled off the track with this post, but it's true, life will not wait for you. You need to make the most of every day and all that you have because sometimes when it's gone there is no way of getting it back. There are so many adventures that are out there just waiting for us and I can't wait to experience them all, and of course bring you all on the journeys which I make just like the journeys which I've already begun to make in the past year.

My followers have been through a lot with me, they've seen me through a tough break up but have been there and shown their support when I found the guy I love more than anything else. You've all been there when I've had my highs and my lows in life in a way which I expressed through my blog and there really isn't a way big enough to show to you how grateful I am.

It's the blogger which makes the blog, but the followers who add that little touch of sparkliness. I hope you all continue to follow Beautiful Nellies and join me through whatever mayhem I find myself in. Thank you all so much.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

#72 Blog Of The Week #2

This weeks Blog Of The Week goes to Abi over at Me, Myself And Fashion
''My name is Abi and I am wildy fascinated by fashion, humanities and journalism. I live in the wierdly weathered England where it is crowded with such lovely people. I aspire to be a fashion journalist who travels all around the world. I dream to live in America and explore the exquisite, popular areas on my travels. An English degree at University is my ambition, possibly in London? Another goal is to gain a lot of friends and followers through this blog and share my passions with you. Quote: If people do not laugh at your dreams, then you are not aiming high enough. Exceed your expectations. xxx'
Abi is one of the youngest bloggers I have come across, but has one of the best blogs which I like to read and we all know I'm not a regular blogger so when I do blog I do love to head over to Abi's blog to find out what she's been getting up to. She also has some amazing outfit posts and hauls which I am very jealous of as they are lovely including a recent post on her jewellery which I really recommend that you check out!
I also asked Abi some questions about her blog - so stick around to read them before you go off to follow Abi's blog and follow!

1. Why did you start blogging?

Well, I started blogging for a number of reasons. The main one was because I want to be a journalist and I thought blogging would be perfect for it: I would be writing frequently which meant my writing skills would hopefully improve, and I would be surrounded by a range of bloggers who I could gain tips and inspiration from. Another reason was because one of my friends introduced me to a blog called 'The Beautiful Rampage'. Her posts were so beautiful and I wanted to create something similar to her. I started a blog up immediately and I was extremely excited. (Although choosing everything, like the blog title and the header, was more difficult that I expected, however fun.)

2. What audience is your blog for?

Me, Myself And Fashion is a fashion and beauty blog which has a range of different posts. My blog is drowning with hundreds of outfit posts haha, but sometimes I do makeup posts, videos, general life posts and lots more. It is aimed at an audience who shares a passion of fashion or just enjoys regular posts from a girl who loves to write.

3. What do you find to be the positives and negatives of having a blog?

There are so many positives with having a blog. It's a place where I can I can write about whatever I want, whenever I want. (Like my own little online beauty scrapbook or diary!) Also, when I do makeup reviews I know that hopefully I will be helping someone make the right decision when buying beauty products (I know that online reviews from blogs always help me!) There are so many oppertunities for bloggers too. It's a place where I made so many lovely friends - You can talk to different bloggers and get to know them - the people I have spoken to are all so kind! I cant really think of any negatives really, blogging is pretty perfect.

4. What is your one must have beauty product?

Hmmm, that is a tricky one. I would have to say that Mac Fluid Foundation is probably the must have beauty product. However, Loreal Great Lash mascara was a close one as my eyelashes are basically non-existent without this product... Its a life saver!
Tuesday, 5 June 2012

#71 My First MAC Haul!

This week is just flying by with the double bank holiday and last week went even quicker! I wish time would just slow down sometimes so I can take in all the wonderful things and enjoy life. However, although I am very much enjoying life, working life is only just beginning and retirement won't be for another 60 odd years so for now so until the days where I can sit on my big swinging chair in the garden watching the sun go down sipping on my coke float, or if feeling adventurous maybe even a little Cherry with my old age I'm just going to have to go with the flow and dedicate those Sunday's for pure relaxation and possibly blogging!!
I hope you've all had an amazing Jubilee Weekend and have been getting up to exciting things?!
Recently I took a trip to Westfields which for those of you who don't know it is a GIGANTIC shopping centre in London with nearly every possible shop in it from your Topshop to Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Although, you wouldn't catch me in those designer shops as I spent most of my time in MAC ooohing and aaaahing over what to buy and as it was my first purchase (sad I know) I thought I'd share it with you!
I remember the days where you just got given a clear bag (- okay yes, I have brought MAC products before, but that was years ago when I didn't know anything about makeup and would fritter my money away and get con'd into buying stupid things.) and now you get these paper bags! So lets take a peak inside!

Don't they all just look pretty in their packaging?! I love new products when it comes in packaging like this, I just want to keep it looking nice and new forever!
The first thing which I knew I wanted to get was a foundation and I had heard brilliant things about the Studio Fix Fluid so was pleased when the lady suggested this one. I also had her test it out on me so I could be sure it was what I was looking for in a foundation and I can tell you it definitely is. So for £19.50 this little gem became mine and I haven't looked back since!
I also purchased the foundation pump as the foundation are in a glass bottle with just a screw top lid and I am the most messiest person ever so me trying to get a tiny bit of foundation out a glass bottle each day just isn't going to happen without lots of spillages so for £3.00 I thought it would be best to get one and it also has an extra bonus of being re-usable and is also compatible with Bobbi Brown foundations!
Finally after having my make up redone by a MAC makeup artist and looking in the mirror I noticed something I never really notice from being so fair and blonde... I HAD EYEBROWS!!! I was so impressed with my new look and had never thought to invest in an eyebrow pencil that I immediately brought their eyebrow crayon in the shade Lingering for £11.50 and I was also really pleased when she complemented me on how neat my eyebrows were, so I must be doing something right with this plucking business which now seems like a chore!

So here is my first proper purchase! Reviews on the foundation and eyebrow crayon will be coming soon. Have you brought anything from MAC before? What's your favourite product?
Friday, 1 June 2012

#70 No7 Beautiful Skin

Sorry for my slight absence over the last week, I've been really busy with my Mum's Birthday as we had planned a big surprise party for her and then her actual Birthday celebrations taking place this week, and to top it all off I got food poisoning the other day and blogging really wasn't my idea of fun when I felt like I was on my death bed!

Recently, I have really been suffering from spots and blemishes which is very unlike me as usually my skin is spot free! Many might say it's just my 'teenage skin' but its making me really self-conscious so I've been doing lots of research and product testing on ways to keep my skin clean and clear which are effective. I've also been going through a really dry skin phase which is most likely to be my eczema so I've also been testing out different moisturisers along with using my prescribed cream from the Doctors.
Whilst out looking for different products to use I stumbled upon this little gem from the No7 range by Boots and I haven't looked back since!
This is No7's new range - Beautiful Skin and the best thing about it is that it comes in a small starter kit for only £5. The kit which I brought is for Normal/Dry skin. However, the products also come in a range for Dry/ Very Dry Skin and Normal/Oily Skin. Personally, I think my skin tends to go through phases of each of these as it is never very consistent through the year
Within the kit comes a Cleansing Lotion, Day Cream and Night Cream to which I cannot fault any of these products.
Cleansing Lotion: The Cleansing Lotion is what I use at night alongside the Night Cream. The consistency of the lotion is just right as sometimes I find certain lotions to be very watery and not very effective. However, this lotion isn't watery at all nor is it really thick. I always apply it with my fingers and then use warm water and cotton pads to remove it. This Cleansing Lotion does a fantastic job at removing all the make up and dirt which my face may have accumulated throughout the day which I am very impressed about as some cleansers don't do this very well and I find myself cleansing for a second or even a third time to remove everything from my face, and this is not what I like in a cleanser, especially when I'm really tired and want my bed! Finally, the Cleansing Lotion leaves my skin completely smooth and soft ready for bed, this definitely is a winning product from me!
Night Cream: After my skin has been well cleansed I always apply the Night Cream to make sure my skin stays well moisturised throughout the night. The No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream is a very thick cream which is everything you expect in a Night Cream. It also isn't heavily scented which is perfect for me after I've cleansed my skin and I'm about to go to bed. It also doesn't leave my skin oily the next morning which is something I always worry about with Night Creams, I don't want to be going from one extreme to another! As I am suffering with my eczema at the moment I do tend to put a bit more on the really dry areas and let it sink in over night and as I've been using it regularly I'm finding it's really doing the trick, so another thumbs up from me!
Day Cream: The Day Cream from this kit has got to be my all time favourite face cream ever! - and this is not an exaggeration! Again, No7 have done well in getting the consistency of the cream right. It's a lot lighter than the Night Cream and very suitable for applying each morning before doing your make up. It also have this gorgeous light, clean fragrance which I love and reminds me of always smelling my mums lotions and potions when I was younger and associating that smell with her which was sort of comforting - I know I was a tad weird! This cream leaves my face completely hydrated throughout the day and removes every trace of bad, dry skin.

Using all three of these products together has worked a few wonders on my skin, I'm finding that I'm no longer suffering from really dry skin  and I'm definitely not getting as many spots by using the Cleansing Lotion, the only thing left is some scarring. So this kit I strongly recommend if you suffer from any similar problems to me.
What makes this kit even better is that when you purchase it you receive a free £5 voucher to spend on any of the No7 range from Boots, so I'll definitely be going back and buying more of their products.
Finally, the range also does some extra products such as a Skin Melting Gel Cleanser and a Radiance Exfoliator which I always want to purchase and test out. So keep your eyes peeled for any further skin care product reviews! 

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