Sunday, 15 October 2017

My Current (Under £50) Homeware Wishlist

Millenial Blush Pink Homeware UK

Despite the fact that I still live at home and have seriously ran out of space in my bedroom, I can't stop thinking about all things homeware related. And I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I've been watching homeware hauls on YouTube recently, namely Suzie's, Alix's and Anna's. But the one place that I'd absolutely love to visit, as a result of watching many of these videos, would have to be Homesense but sadly there isn't one near where I live. Why don't we have a store in Glasgow yet Homesense?! Despite this, I have found quite a few pieces on the High Street that I'd love to add to my room and eventually, my own home, one day.

So here's what's currently on my homeware wishlist, of which all of it is under £50;

Oliver Bonas Round Sheepskin Cushion (£45) - First up we have this beautiful blush pink sheepskin cushion. I haven't seen any other circular fluffy cushions like this, other than this one and even though it's a little bit pricey, I still have my sights firmly set on it. Maybe it will go into the sale eventually and then I can snap it up a little more guilt free.

Urban Outfitters Honeymoon Hotel Love Quartz Wall Art Print (£39) - I first became aware of this print and the fact that Urban Outfitters actually do prints, as a result of watching Anna's videos. It's just such a beautiful print and it would really tie some of my previous blush pink buys together in my bedroom. At the moment it's still in my online basket but what I've done is I've downloaded the print onto my phone and my laptop as their backgrounds to see if I'm still as obsessed with it in a few weeks time as I am now. Somehow I have a feeling that I will be and that I will be making a little Urban Outfitters order sooner rather than later.

George at Asda Hexagonal Hanging Mirror (£10) - Asda really is a hidden haven of great homeware pieces and this hexagonal mirror looks like something you'd find in Oliver Bonas, for example, for about three or four times the price that Asda are charging. It looks like it could be the perfect size for finally setting up a little makeup area in my room without having to rearrange and move everything about in my room to allow for this.

H&M Home Spotted Porcelain Mug (£6.99) - One of my favourite prints, second only to leopard print, has to be dalmatian print and in particular H&M's dalmatian print. At the start of 2017, it was actually my very first purchase of the year, as I pounced when I saw that they had released bedding in that very print and I was incredibly glad that I did so as it sold out in a couple of hours, never to be restocked again. This mug is just too beautiful to resist and I can already imagine it with a big hot chocolate with whipped cream in it.

H&M Home Velvet curtain length (£34.99) - I've always had a thing for all things velvet and that love is ever greater in the colder months when all the shops thankfully jump back on the velvet bandwagon. Whilst I've added some blush pink and rose toned pieces to my bedroom, I still have the same teal curtains that I've had up for some time now. And whilst they still work with some of my bedding and cushions, it would be nice to switch it up a little even for six months of the year.

Hobbycraft Cream and Pink Peony Bouquet (£10) - I bought a similar bouquet of peonies from Habitat earlier in the year and you might have even seen them feature in quite a few blog posts and Instagram posts since then. Ever since, I've been looking for another bouquet with different tones and colours to use in such blog photographs and I think that I might have just found them with this one from Hobbycraft.

Antropologie Silvered Geode Coaster (£14 each) - Again, I saw Alix and Suzie pick up some similar coasters from Homesense for a fraction of the price of one of these but aren't they just so dreamy? If owning coasters in general, nonetheless little works of art like these ones, doesn't say adulting successfully I don't know what does.

Urban Outfitters Honeymoon Hotel Hold Me Closer Wall Art Print (£29) - Sometimes I find that certain quote or motivational prints can look a little juvenile or cheap but this one really is the exception to that rule. It's simple but sleek and it also features lyrics from one of my favourite Elton John songs.

Maisons Du Monde Crossy Copper Metal Lamp With Lampshade (£32.39) - Now how beautiful is this lamp? I actually hadn't heard of Maisons Du Monde before but I've now well and truly bookmarked their page as they seem to do all the current trends, such as faux fur stools and blogger favourites like rose gold, copper and Scandi designs for a really reasonable price. Think Pinterest pieces that you can actually afford and find in the UK. Has anyone ordered from them before?

I also wanted to share some of the other pieces that I've got my eye on too, all of which are still under the £50 price mark;

Have you made any homeware purchases recently? If so, what did you get? If not, do you have anything on your wishlist? And do you feel like changing things up throughout the year when it comes to your bedroom/home?


Sunday, 8 October 2017

The 'It's Now Autumn' Outfit

leopard print coat 2017 uk

It's been quite some time since I last shared an outfit post on my blog but I already have another one planned for later in the month in addition to today's post. As much as I enjoy stocking up on midi dresses, jumpsuits and bardot tops in the warmer months, I only ever really get a chance to wear them when I'm on holiday. And since I did some solo travel this Summer, I don't really have too many photos which feature me in them, nonetheless enough to do an outfit post like this one. But I've recently bought a couple of great Autumn/Winter staples, ones which I couldn't wait to share with you, which is why today's blog post came to fruition. I also took advantage of the fact that I'd had a Tilbury Transformation from the Charlotte Tilbury team to get a chance to try out the new Hollywood range. Here are the products that were used on me that day and I've now got about a million and one new things on my evergrowing beauty wishlist;

And here are some of the bits that I've recently added to my wardrobe to take me from the pitiful Scottish Summer to Autumn/Winter in style;

First up is this gorgeous leopard print coat. I've been searching for the perfect leopard print coat for many years now and they're either too boxy on me, too jazzy or too expensive but I spotted this one in Next's window on a recent trip to Buchanan Galleries and even though it was on a child's mannequin, I decided to have a look in store to see what size it went up to and thankfully the biggest size, the age 16, fit me perfectly.

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I already own a few pieces from the older girl's collection, even though I'm about ten years older than their demographic but the quality and prices are exceptional and this coat was no different. I personally wear a lot of black all year round so some of the brown and beige leopard print coats that I've found just didn't go with what I already own but this works so well. I also adore the slightly larger print as it's like nothing I've seen on the High Street before. I also find the larger spots a lot more flattering on me than the smaller busier spots. It's already cold enough to warrant wearing a coat and I'm so glad that I managed to pick this one up. All I can say is if you're slightly smaller than the UK average when it comes to clothes, don't forget about teenage ranges as you'll often find gems hidden in this part of the store. As someone with small feet too, I regularly get sandals and trainers in 'child's sizes' for about half the price of the exact same adult ones too, which is a win win really.

personalised name necklace

I'm not someone who wears a lot of jewellery on a day to day basis but thanks to a couple of new additions to my jewellery box, that has now changed. Ever since I first watched Sex and the City I've always dreamt of having my own Carrie necklace but with a name like Ellis, which is rarely ever seen when they bring out personalised name pieces in the shop, I thought it would cost me hundreds of pounds. So when an email popped into my inbox from Prezzybox to ask if I'd like to receive and review their personalised name necklace* I really did feel like Christmas had come early. Not only could I finally get a name necklace that was personalised to me and my name but I could also get it in rose gold. Talk about dreams coming true! I haven't had it off since I received it and can quite easily see it becoming as special to me as Carrie's was to her.

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The one piece of jewellery that I do wear on a daily basis, if you do call it jewellery, is my mini Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, as seen in my How To Save Money On Designer Pieces blog post but it ran out of battery at the end of August and I just kept forgetting to get a new battery. That and the fact that when I enquired into having the battery replaced when I was out shopping, they wanted to charge me a price where I could essentially buy a brand new watch for less. That's when Brown's Family Jewellers got in touch to ask if I'd like to review one of the fantastic watches that they stock.

Cluse rose gold watch

It really was perfect timing and I fell in love with the Cluse Minuit rose gold & grey watch* as soon as I saw it. I absolutely adore the touch of rose gold and the fact that it not only goes with the rest of my jewellery which is probably about 90% rose gold now but that it also goes with my new Next coat!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips

Lastly we have the pair of earrings that every blogger and their Mum seems to have bought this Summer; the H&M tassel earrings. I managed to pick up the black pair online and I couldn't leave the rose gold pair behind when I spotted them in the new H&M store on Buchanan Street in Glasgow City Centre this past weekend. I really like the way they make a basic outfit, of a t-shirt and jeans, look all the more put together and they work especially well when you've got your hair slicked back.

So those are some of the recent additions to my wardrobe and jewellery box. I'll be sharing some more later in the month when hopefully I'll have found a great new pair of Winter boots and maybe some new Autumn/Winter accessories such as a hat, scarf and gloves.

Have you bought any new pieces for your Autumn/Winter wardrobe? If so, what caught your eye in the shops or online? If not, do you have any 'must-buys' that you need to pick up? And would you like to see outfit posts appear more regularly on here?

Do you prefer Autumn/Winter or Spring/Summer fashion? What do you think of the pieces that I've managed to pick up recently? And what trends are you excited to embrace in the coming months?


Friday, 6 October 2017

What I've Been Watching: In September

Can you believe that it's October already and almost Halloween (aka. my favourite time to binge watch all of the best horror movies)? Even though it was only September I did let a couple of horror movies slip into that month, solely because I hadn't seen either of them before. And spoiler alert; both definitely impressed. Actually, this month's edition of What I've Been Watching is one of those rare ones where I really enjoyed everything that I watched, so be sure to continue reading to see why.

Total Bellas

Growing up WWE or WWF as it was called when I started watching (god, I feel old!), was a permanent feature in our house. We'd either be watching Smackdown or Raw, counting down the days to the next Pay Per View, spending our entire weekend on the Playstation playing the game or phyically playing with the figurines of which I think only two were mine and they were my two favourite Divas (Lita and Chyna were the best!) So it's always been something that's interested me, even if some of the storylines and acting are more than a little bit questionable when you watch it back as an adult. When Total Divas first started it was a great show to stick on on a Sunday night. And even though I always look forward to a new season of Total Divas starting, despite the fact that I could do without it featuring a few of them (I'm looking at you Lana and Eva Marie), Nikki and Brie have always been my favourites. So when Total Bellas started last year I was over the moon.

This is the second season of Total Bellas to be aired and it revolves around the two sisters, their lives both inside and outside the ring and their family. I'm loving it even more than ever as Brie is expecting her first child with husband Bryan and Nikki is about to get engaged to John Cena so it's the kind of storylines that I'm actually interested in watching, again unlike in Total Divas where some people get more airtime than others. If you're looking for a fun and easy to watch show to enjoy, you could do a lot worse than Total Bellas.

Ouija: Origin Of Evil

After seeing the first Ouija movie which was honestly one of the dullest and most juvenile horror movies that I've seen in recent years or possibly, ever, I didn't hold out much hope when they revealed that they would be making a prequel. But I have to say, this is the kind of Ouija movie that I was expecting and so much more. It also doesn't end in the way that you expect it to, which is always a big bonus for horror movies. I feel like it leaves you more unsettled if the evil, in this case, isn't quashed or stopped entirely and that's exactly what it did.

The child actors, specifically Lulu Wilson who plays the youngest daughter, are really good and you're actually invested in the characters and their lives, which again is a rarity in most modern horrors. Talking of child actors, you'll also find the actor who played Elliot in E.T. in this movie too. It was one of those occasions where you know you've seen someone's face before but you're just not sure where. Cue a bit of quick Wikapedia-ing. If you're looking for something to watch this Halloween, I'd definitely give Ouija: Origin Of Evil a try! And this leads me onto another horror movie I'd definitely recommend giving a watch this month.

The Strangers

I'd heard a lot about this movie back when it was first released but never got around to actually watching it for some reason or another. I honestly don't know the last time a movie made me feel this tense and uneasy. I genuinely had a knot in my stomach and not a single drop of blood had even been shed. Because you kind of know what's coming as this is a home invasion type of movie, you know that they're going to make their way in somehow but waiting for it to actually happen really builds up the tension. There was the odd jump scare but they didn't feel out of place at all and all I can say is that the masks, specifically the main guy's scarecrow sack one, are so creepy!

It was just my luck that after watching this, in the dark might I add, right before bed, that our home alarm system wouldn't work. Cue me flinching at the smallest sound and failing to get a proper sleep that night. Now if that doesn't show how successful this movie was at building up suspense and scares, I don't know what else does.

The Martian

September is my Dad's birthday month and as someone who seems to always be watching documentaries on NASA and space travel, I got him The Martian on DVD, along with some other presents, for his birthday at the start of the month. Matt Damon's character is left stranded on Mars after he's presumed dead. With limited supplies, he really has to think and come up with a way to stay alive until he can be rescued. And we're not talking about a couple of weeks or months here, we're talking years until someone can come and rescue him. Even when you think all hope is lost Damon and the only music that he's been left with (it's a fabulously funky disco playlist) keep you smiling and rooting for his character, even after every setback and problem that he encounters during his time on the red planet.

It also featured supporting actors that I really wasn't expecting to see in it such as Donald Glover, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sean Bean. Sean Bean in particular, played against his normal stereotype i.e. he wasn't killed, which was a nice change for him.

The Island With Bear Grylls

After initially tuning into the celebrity version of the same show mainly because R.J. Mitte, who played Walt Jr. in Breaking Bad was taking part in it, I saw that the previous seasons of this show were on demand and quickly downloaded a few into our Sky planner. I'm not the biggest fan of Bear Grylls and I had a feeling that he would feature in this pretty prominently but thankfully that wasn't the case. Bear only really pops up to say they must 'find it, catch it and kill it' or to tell us how dangerous dehydration can be. When you binge watch it, like I did, this can get a bit annoying as he practically rattles out the 'find it, catch it and kill it' line a couple of times every episode. But apart from that, some of the situations that they get into and what they have to endure is honestly unreal. I'm talking people falling from the side of a cliff onto rocks, people being swept out into the ocean by riptides and other medical emergencies which have to be dealt with on a remote island in the middle of nowhere. It's safe to say I wouldn't last two minutes on the island! Haha.

The first celebrity season was pretty enjoyable, the latest one however, not so much. Basically Iwan Thomas is the worst! If you've even seen an advert for that particular season or even five minutes of an episode, you'll know exactly what I mean.

So there's what I watched in September. As mentioned above, I'm already planning out when to watch some of my favourite Halloween related movies this month, namely Hocus Pocus, I Know What You Did Last Summer and the Scream quadrilogy. If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while, you might remember the Halloween edition of my What I've Been Watching series but I'll leave a link to it here just in case you didn't. Basically if you're looking for some inspiration as to what to watch to give yourself a fright or to get into the Halloween spirit this month, be sure to check it out.

What have you been watching recently? Have you seen any of the TV shows or movies in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And do you have any recommendations?


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

How To Blend Your Foundation Like A Pro

bareminerals barepro liquid foundation review

As someone who never used to wear foundation, I still feel a bit like a newbie when it comes to this particular beauty product. Whilst some people only apply theirs with a Beautyblender or similar blending sponge, others rely solely on their favourite makeup brush but up until very recently, I hadn't quite found a form of application that worked for me. That was until Magnitone released the BlendUp Vibra-Sonic Makeup Blending Brush*.

Launching on the first of this month, I was very kindly sent this product in advance of it's official launch as part of the ambassador programme. Before becoming a Magnitone ambassador, I was already a huge fan of their Barefaced cleansing brush so it was no surprise that I fell in love with this makeup brush almost immediately. Using the same Vibra-Sonic technology, the BlendUp brush pulses and massages with over 250 movements per second to create that perfectly airbrushed finish.

bareminerals barepro foundation review

I've been putting this to the test alongside another new launch, the bareMinerals BAREPRO liquid foundation and the two really do work hand in hand to leave me with a finish that before now, I could only really dream of. I hadn't tried any of bareMinerals foundations before now, apart from the Complexion Rescue but I am now sorely tempted to try both the BARESKIN and the BLEMISH REMEDY, as a result. It's also a really good colour match, something that can't be said for all foundations when it comes to me and my incredibly fair skin. And speaking of trying other foundations, what I also really appreciate about the BlendUp brush is the fact that you can also use it with liquid or powder foundation, as well as with tinted moisturisers, primers, concealers and BB/CC creams.

Another big bonus, as someone who can often get a little bit lazy when it comes to cleaning their makeup brushes on a regular basis; it has a self-cleaning mode. If you often neglect cleaning your brushes solely because of the amount of time and effort that it takes, then this could be the ideal solution for you.

magnitone blendup

The brush comes with a SmoothBLEND brush head, which is a nice universal type of brush head but there are also two other brush heads available to purchase. These are the BuffBLEND and FeatherBLEND respectively. Hopefully you can see it vibrating in the photograph above. It also comes with a USB charger and is available in black, as pictured, or white.

So there you have it, two products which have finally allowed me to blend my foundation like a pro.

Do you struggle to get that flawless finish when it comes to your foundation? Does the sound of an electric makeup brush sound intriguing to you? And have you tried anything from Magnitone before? If so, what did you think?


Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Ultimate Guide To NYC

ultimate guide to new york city

As mentioned in The Ultimate Guide To Glasgow, I have been working on another Ultimate Guide ever since arriving back from my first solo trip back in July and here it is; The Ultimate Guide To NYC;
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