Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 Favourites; Bloggers and Youtubers

Many people in the world have discovered the joy that is blogging, however, everyone has favourites. I have definitely gotten much more into reading other blogs and watching youtubers talk about beauty and their lives(I'm just a wee bit nosy) since starting my own blog. There are quite a few that I read/watch everyday, and I thought perhaps you guys would like to see what they are. If you have a blog/youtube channel that you'd like me to check out, please leave it n the comments, and I surely will!

 A Little Obsessed - blog
I love this blog for nail posts and outfit inspiration.


One Nail To Rule Them All - blog
Nail art is done magnificently on One Nail To Rule Them All. Every post gives me a tonne of inspiration for my own nails.

Pearls and Poodles - blog
 Love Love Love her outfit of the day posts, and her lipstick swatches are so beautiful.

What I Heart Today - blog - youtube
Probably my favourite youtube/blog discovery on 2012. This London girl does great makeup and always talks about interesting topics.

Vivianna Does Makeup - blog - youtube
The way that she writes is very sophisticated and elegant, but still manages to remain casual and entertaining.

Essie Button - blog - youtube
OMG, this girl is hilarious, and the funny thing is, she doesn't even try to be! Amazing beauty and great personality, love watching her.

The Sunday Girl - blog
The BEST swatches, and she blogs, like, three times a day!

And an honorable mention;
Jim Chapman from YouTube. This guy is so entertaining to watch! While he obviously does not do beauty videos, I love listening to his take on whats going on in his life, and it always certain to make me laugh.

Who are your favourite bloggers from 2012?
Jennifer xx

New Years' Eve; Walking In Heels







The daunting task of donning a pair of sky high heels to 'pull your outfit together' for New Years' is something that awaits most women at this time of the year. However, it's the actual steps that are more worrying than slipping your feet into the shoes.  But most women can agree that knowing they look great in a pair of heels would be all the more satisfying if they didn't have to fret about falling over, or breaking the stiletto off (eek!). As we all know, although it's embarrassing to ask for help, a few intelligent tips can go a long way, maybe long enough to ensure that you dance the New Year away, still wearing your heels.

Choosing the right heels is step one. Obviously stilettos are harder to walk in than platforms, and shoes with no strap could fall off more easily. I would suggest this; if you have never walked in heels before, go for a wedge. They are the most stable type of heel, and you are less likely to fall over in them.  For the semi-experienced heel wearer, i.e. the girl who buys heels and only wears them occasionally, go for a chunky heel. By wearing a chunky heel, you reduce the risk of falling as the shoes stable, but unlike the wedge, chunky heels normally have more height, or are platforms. An ├╝ber experienced heel wearer obviously wouldn't need me to tell them what type of heels to wear; however, I hold the view that: if you've got it, flaunt it. If you find that you can walk in skyscraper heels, why not wear them? My favourite style of the moment is a dark, velvet platform, in burgundy or emerald, for example.
A wedge, a chunky heel and platforms.

It doesn't matter whether it's Compeed or Sainsbury's basics, layer up those blister plasters like there's no tomorrow. While it may not be the most scientific tip, it certainly works. By cushioning your feet, especially where you're prone to blisters, with an effective layer of 'fake skin' made of plasters, you are protecting your actual skin from getting rubbed and hurt. This is my go-to plan every time I wear heels, and it actually works. I feel that I can keep my heels on for a least a couple more hours if I put plasters on before I go out. Cushioning gel pads for your shoes also work well if you don't want to waste plasters (the Compeed ones can get quite expensive!), and you can re-use them.

Walking with confidence sounds like such a simple task, but in reality? Not so much. Walking with confidence will actually lower your chances of falling over (you know where you're going, and with purpose), and the impact of your gorgeous heels will be enhanced by your gorgeous body language. My tip for confident walking? Think about something else. If you spend the whole time while you're walking worrying about falling over or embarrassing yourself, then you probably will embarrass yourself, and you certainly won't be having a good time. Think about how great you feel in your heels, think about what cocktail you are planning to order when you reach the bar, even think about how fantastic your crush(yes, we have been momentarily transported back to primary school) will think you'll look.

But probably my most important tip is this; only wear heels if you want to! If, five minutes after you're supposed to have left for that party, you are sitting on your bed, sick to the stomach nervous about wearing heels, don't wear them. There are thousands gorgeous pairs of flats on the market,  and you can still look just as gorgeous in a pair of comfy flats than an ominous pair of heels.

Enjoy your New Years' ladies!
Jennifer xx

Sunday, 30 December 2012

2012, where did you go?

2012, where have you gone?   Literally filing a missing persons report.

I cannot fathom how fast 2012 went by. I can still remember what I was doing on certain days in 2011! But I must accept that the year is nearly over, so I thought that it would be great to document what I've been doing. Who knows, I might want to know this stuff in the future?!



I am going to share my favourite things about this year with you guys;
FAVOURITES
Beauty;
underdog beauty product of the year
Mua plumping gloss in 'Candy Pink'. These lip glosses are not really talked about a lot, but they really do plump your lips, and at £2 each, these are definitely an underdog that I've been loving.
favourite hair product discovered this year
GHD Obedience Cream for Frizz-Free Styling. I'm pretty sure that this product has been discontinued no, but I did buy it this year. I put it on my hair when it's damp, and it prevents my hair from going completely frizzy and spastic- total lifesaver!
best magazine freebie of the year
Benefit's Cha Cha Tint. This was such a bargain from a magazine, and it is the most beautiful coral tint for your cheeks. It stays for hours too!
overall favourite nail polish of the year
Nails Inc nail polish in St. James.

Life;
best thing you've done
Started this blog! I started this blog at the end of February, and wrote my first post on the 26th. I love writing on my blog soo much, and honestly don't know what I'd be like wihout it. Bored, probably.
what are you most proud of completing this year
In England, people from the ages of 14-25 have the opportunity of completing their Duke of Edinbourgh Award. This is basically an award which challenges yourself, and provides 'rewarding opportunities for personal development'. Some friends and I did our D of E in July, but we worked really hard at it for 9 months before then. It was really hard, but I'm glad I did it(looking back-I wasn't so happy during it!)
most proud of this year
In June I took some exams with my college, and I got result which I am sooo proud of. I worked hard, and I was thrilled when I finally got them and they were that good!
favourite trip
In July I went to the Warner Bros Studios to see the Harry Potter set with my family. Having visited the Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Orlando in 2011, obviously the set tour couldn't compare. However, it was amazing to see how they filmed some of the scenes. I had a great time!

Pop Culture;
favourite tv show of the year(english)
Downton Abbey, Series 3. Call me an old bat, but this show has twice as much drama than about 10   episodes of Hollyoaks combined, and about a million times more class.
favourite tv show of the year(american)
90210. Aired in January, and I can't wait for the next season to start. Hunks and backstabbers are so entertaining, and Naomi is just hilarious.
film that you saw in the cinema that you liked the best
American Reunion. This film made me laugh soo hard! Hunger Games was a close second though.
best book you read this year
Divergent. This book is sheer brilliance; enough said.
favourite album released this year
Do I even need to say this? Red by Taylor Swift. Obviously.


And, just because good should be balanced by bad, I thought that I would include some of my 'hated' things about this year. Only a few though, so you don't get too depressed!
HATED
beauty product I spent lots on, then regretted buying
I paid about £10 on a Soap and Glory 'Thick and Fast' black mascara, but when I started using it, it was super clumpy and way too thick to use. I even tried heating the bottle with my hairdryer to make the mascara more fluid, but it was useless. I totally regret buying this product.
event that was way overrated this year
London Olympics. I am sick and tired of hearing about what heros all of the athletes are. Sports is not the only place where people can excell, you know.
tv programme 2012 would have been better without
Without question, X Factor. The hype and publicity around this show is completely out of control now. Whatever happened to people wanting to win because they were passionate about music?

How has your 2012 been? Tell me what your favourite thing about this year was in the comments!
Jenny xx

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Midweek York Adventure


On Boxing Day I ventured up to the City of York to visit family that I had, unfortunately, not been able to see on Christmas Day. And while I was there, I obviously had to visit the sales in the city centre. For those who haven't been, York is an average sized city about 5 hours away from London. To be honest, the city is quite boring, but the architecture is amazing, and the shopping is just as good! When I walked to the main shopping streets, I had to pass thorough a huge Fenwicks(not dissimilar to Selfridges), and I was literally standing between a gorgeous collection of Mulberry Alexa bags and a massive MAC counter: heaven.

I thought that I would share some of my pictures of my visit with you guys;





 Have you ever been to York? What did you get in the Christmas sales?

Jennifer xx

What I Got For Christmas

In no way do I mean to brag or show off in this post, however, I really wanted to show you guys what I received for Christmas! If you're not into these sorts of posts, then by all means, don't read it!

Obviously, though I thought that I should mention it, I am extremely grateful to everyone who is in my life, and everyone who bought me a present this Christmas. I had a great Christmas, and I am thankful to have such nice, and generous, friends and family.
 Why have I not purchased more from Lush?
 So many new books! Ahh! Be expecting a good few reviews in the near future.
 Fearne for Boots beauty box, can't wait to try this stuff out!
 Big barrel curlers; thanks Tabs!
 Finally got Sherlock!
 The forever lusted over Body Shop brushes that came as a totally amazing suprise!
 I do love me some candles!
 My family knows me too well; spoilt for lipbalm choice!
A couple of cute scarves and a pair of fluffy socks later and my 'Christmas Haul' has come to an end. I got some money as well from more distant relatives, and I am very excited to spend that- on beauty products, probably.

Did you get anything nice for Christmas?
Jennifer xx

All pictures are my own.


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas from A Sprinkling Of Euphoria!

Hi everyone!
Just a quick post to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas, but to those that do, I wish you a truly magical and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too!

I thought I include in this post things to do on Christmas Day! I know from my own experience that after getting up super early and opening all of my pressies, Christmas day afternoon can get really boring, and a bit depressing. So, here are a few ideas to keep you and your family entertained this Christmas Day!

-Play charades!
-Go on a walk with your family
-Pick some festive holly and make a table decoration
-Play Headbandz(the game where you put a sticky note on your head with a name, and you have to
-Help your family to make the Christmas dinner
-Watch Christmassy movies
-Watch Christmas TV
-Drink hot apple cider or mulled wine
-Listen to Christmas music really loudly
-Wish everyone you see, and call up all of your family and friends and wish them a Merry Christmas
-Play consequences with your family and friends!

I wish all of you a very Merry and Happy Christmas
Jenny xx

Monday, 24 December 2012

Books For Christmas Day

It's getting pretty obvious that my blog is being consumed with the Christmas spirit, and that it pretty evident in my recent post. However, there is only one more day until Christmas, and the posts will cease then. Although, I am tempted to show you what I got for Christmas, so that may be coming up...


Saturday, 22 December 2012

MUA Eyeshadow Review; Shade 24

I cannot tell you how long I have wanted a colour like this! Too long.

It's so pwwetty...

Anyway- back on planet Earth again- today I am going to review a new MUA eyeshadow that's I recently purchased. It is in the shade 24, and I would describe it as a beautiful metallic dusky pink colour wih a hint of everybody's favourite: plum.


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas Nails!

Hi guys!
This post is long overdue, but worthy of talking about.; my favourite Holiday nail polishes!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

December Beauty Wishlist

Hi everyone! As Christmas is coming up, I thought that I would do a wishlist, but make it a 'beauty edition'- there are so many things on my list, so I will only include what I really want!

1. I really badly want the Urban Decay Naked palette, but I cannot bear to part with £36 hard earned cash to get it, so I will settle for a dupe palette. The MUA Undressed palette is supossed to be an exact dupe for the Naked palette, and at only £4, it is definitely on my 'need-it-now' list.


Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Jumper Party

Hi guys! So, on Sunday I was invited to a birthday party with a 'Christmas jumper' theme!  I had a great time, and I wanted to share with you what I wore, clothes-wise, and beauty-wise.

FASHION;

Sunday, 16 December 2012

My Favourite Lipsicks; December


I love wearing lipstick all year round, but there are so many opportunities to wear lipstick in the Winter that I thought I would let you know my favourite picks. I have chosen two lipsticks for this December, one for Christmas, and one for New Years Eve. 

Saturday, 15 December 2012

A Cute Christmas Novel

Hi guys! I knew that for Christmas I wanted to post about a great book that was appropriate to the Christmas theme, but I couldn't remember ever reading one. A Christmas book, I mean. So after staring at my bookcase for a while, I felt so stupid when the perfect book jumped right out at me.

I actually read this book a while ago, around September, I think, but it is definitely a book for Christmas. From Notting Hill With Love...Actually by Ali McNamara is such a perfect book for around this time- it's so festive!



Collective Gift Guides

Hi everyone! So, I've finally succumbed to a gift guide! Haha

I have been wanting to write a post about gift guides for a while now, but I just didn't know where to start. But after doing some research, I put together three different gift guides; one each for girls, guys and your parents(because who honestly knows what to get them?!). Without further ado, I present my gift guides;

1//2//3//4//5//6

Friday, 14 December 2012

Clothes Show Live 2012; Part 2

As I mentioned in my last post, on Tuesday I went to the CLothes Show live and picked up a few items. All of them are beauty related, and they came from various 'goody bags' that companies had put together. Most of the goody bags were comprised of that companies products, or samples, and I thought that you guys might want to see them! I literally went with £20 in my pocket, and I got so much stuff- I was laden with bags. I wish I had taken a bit more, but I am pleased with what I bought, especially when you consider how much I would have spent if I had paid full price for everything in a shop. Reviews of my favourite/least favourite products are likely to follow in a subsequent post.

Here is what I bought, bearing in mind that I only spent £20;

When we left the Clothes Show Live, we got given a FREE goody-bag, and it contained lots of samples.
-I got a Lady Gaga Fame perfume sample
-A Colgate whitening toothpaste sample tube
-A small tube of Dove conditioner
-And two samples of Britney Spears perfume.
-I also got a Bounty bar, but I ate it...

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Clothes Show Live 2012; Part 1

Hi everyone! On Tuesday me and some friends went to the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham(NEC). I had such a great day!

We got there at about 11, and went straight to the catwalk show, which was amazing. We weren't near the front, but we had a great view of the whole set-up, and we were still close enough to see the hot models! Haha!

After the show, we walked around in the actual 'clothes show' section. It was basically like an indoor market- lots of different famous and upandcoming brands were there selling clothes, make-up, and goody bags! I didn't gt any clothes, but I did buy a few goody bags(I'll show you guys in the 'part two' of this post).

It was so fun, and an amazing experience. I will definitely be going next year! Here are some pictures that I took of the day;

The view from my seat at the fashion show

Monday, 10 December 2012

My Recent Life #1December

Hi everyone! So, recently I feel like I haven't really been saying too much about my personal life, and I apoligize. This is supposed to be a lifestyle blog, but I obviously forgot the lifestyle!

I really enjoy watching people do tags on youtube where they talk about their life and other random stuff, so I thought, given that I don't have a youtube account, I would do a blogger tag. It's probably just going to be me answering a bunch of random questions, but lets get started!


Saturday, 8 December 2012

100th Post!

Hi everyone! Guess what?

You are currently reading A Sprinkling of Euphoria's 100th Post!


YAY YAY YAY


I literally cannot believe that I have written one hundred posts already- it seems like only yesterday that I started this blog! Here are a few blog facts to celebrate my 100th post;

Olivia Palmero Winter Style

Hey guys! So, you probably all know that I love Olivia Palmero's style, and when I came across this picture of her in this gorgeous winter outfit, how could I not share? I am not exactly sure when or where this picture was taken, but by the look of her outfit, I would surmise that it was rather cold! I know that this outfit is not exactly one that you could wear without getting a few strange looks, but with a few substitutes on certain pieces(the huge fur mitts?!), you could wear her look this winter.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Black Brogue Heels; My Favourite Pair

Hi guys, so today I wanted to share with you some new shoes that I got recently. Aren't they gorgeous!? 



Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Battle of the Bookcovers

Books nowadays have such beautiful covers. And while I know that you should never judge a book by its cover, we all do it. Here are some of my favourite book covers;

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

My Revlon Nail Polish Collection

I noticed the other day, upon purchasing a new Revlon nail polish(it was Royal, in case you're interested) , that I have accumulated quite a large collection of nail polishes from one particular brand. So, with out further ado, here are my Revlon nail polishes.


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Reviews; Best and Worst of November

Hi everyone! How are you all today? Good, I hope!

I literally cannot believe that it is December already! So, today I thought that I would do yet another review- oh how I love thee, about what I have been loving and hating in November. Anyways, so there have been a few things, some of them, in fact, most of them, are not beauty related, so this should be fun!


Saturday, 1 December 2012

Notties; The Bookshelf Villains

Hey everyone! So, unlike my last post about those oh-so-swoon-worthy hotties from books, this post is all about those characters who you just want to go away and not come back. They are just so irritating and horrible, and the book could really do without them. You know who I mean? so, without further ado, here is my list of so aptly named 'notties' from my book life;