Tuesday, 18 July 2017

July | Wish List

Hi Flamingos, I hope you are all well?
I haven't done a blog posts as much as I have wanted to lately and for people who follow me on twitter and Instagram will know why, but I don't want to go on about it just yet, because I'm still upset about it to be honest. Anyway's todays post is a little bit later than I wanted it to be but its better late than never right? Its all the things I would love to get this month, and fingers crossed I will get one or two of these items since it isn't too long till my birthday.

I first got ideas from my wish list from the Loccitane website at the gifts for her because I seen their shop in central Glasgow and I just love the bottles their products are in, they are so retro looking and look gorgeous for displaying too! Other products in my wish list are things I have wanted for a while and also to add to my retro wardrobe too.

My Wish List for July 
Loccitane Roses et Reines Body Care Duo ( RRP £39) 
Does anyone on my lovely readers just want to buy something sometimes that have amazing packaging? Well that is the case for these, the bottles on these look amazing and I am sure the product inside is amazing too since its one of my favourite fragrances rose. This duo includes a shower gel and a body lotion too, so its perfect for using in the shower and also for using after too.

The fragrance for this is delicate and floral as you can imagine with blending grasse, Bulgarian, Moroccan and Turkish Rose essence.

Yankee Candle Cherry Blossom ( Large Jar RRP £23.99)
I usually love the smell of spicy and fresh yankee candles during the autumn and winter but once its spring and summer I am a big fan of floral scents. I have tried a few floral yankee candles such as madagascan orchid and french lavender but I wanted a more fresh and floral scent this time to see if I will like it, which I should because I just love all floral scents usually.

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation ( RRP £29)
I just LOVE my urban decay all nighter makeup setting spray as it helps keep my foundation in place all day and it works wonderfully well at keeping my foundation on even in hot weather, yes its actually a miracle product I think! Because I love the setting spray so much I would love to see if the foundation is just as amazing, fingers crossed it is.

Collectif Fancy Flamingo Basket Bags ( on sale £28.35)
I have always loved the products in Collectif because they offer so many retro products from clothes, shoes and of course bags. I have loved Flamingos since I was a child and as you can tell by my blog name too haha! I only have one bag at the moment so fingers crossed this will be added to my collection in the near future.

Morphe 35F 35 Color Fall Into Frost Palette ( RRP £22)
I have a lot of positive things about Morphe eyeshadow palettes for a couple of years now but I still haven't had the chance to try them out yet. This palette is a warm toned matte palette with lots of shimmer to it, its perfect for me with my pinup style makeup. 

What is on your July Wish List?

Melissa x

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Finding Retro/Vintage Fashion on a Budget

Hi Flamingos! I hope you are all well?
I have loved vintage/retro style for as long as I can remember and I have a few reasons on why I love vintage style so much, firstly is Dita Von Teese! She wears the most amazing clothes and her house is a vintages fans heaven. Secondly has to be 40s-60s films and I remember I used watch with my nana, she loves watching musicals and they always wore fabulous costumes and it made me want to wear something similar. Lastly its the fact I love the way the clothes look on me! I bought a retro dress a few years back to see if I would suit it and I haven't looked back since! Vintage style is everything for me. 

As much as I love vintage/retro fashion sometimes it can be rather expensive, don't get me wrong they are worth the money but I love getting bargains regardless. I have a few ways on how I save money on wearing retro clothes and I will share with you all on how I save the pennies when it comes to wearing vintage style fashion. 
1. Shop the sales
 Sometimes the discounts are MASSIVE and I mean they are such bargains! I bought 2 dresses the other day from Lady V London which were the last in my size (Lucky me yay) and both of them cost me the same as the usual price of 1 dress, so basically I got 2 dresses for the price of one. 

I like looking at sales not just online but also in store and recommend looking at both if you can. I usually buy online but sometimes in store has some gems too. 

2. Charity Shops 
 I love going to charity shop as often as possible because you can find not only bargains but unique clothes too! I have found good name brands in charity shops and also some good quality dresses too such as the one I am wearing in these pictures. The dress is originally from quiz and cost me a bargain price of £2, I made it look more vintage my adding a high waisted belt which i think did the trick.

Not only do they have some nice fashion they also have products that you can style vintage style clothes with too such as brooches, earrings and scarves. 

3. Ebay, Gumtree and Selling pages
Another amazing place to find bargains and unique products, you can find branded products such as hell bunny, Collectif and Voodoo Vixen for a fraction of the price. Also on there is unbranded products that can easily made to look more vintage/retro with a few tweaks here and their.

They are many selling pages online and my favourites are on Facebook as they sell some amazing branded products. 
vintage style uk
4. Tweak clothes you already own
  I do this very often with the clothes I already have in my wardrobe, it would cost me far too much to replace everything so I usually just wear trousers with a plain t-shirt or jumper and put on my high waist belt and style my hair vintage and it automatically makes an outfit look vintage. You can also add a brooch for an extra finishing touch.

5. Car boot Sales and Fairs
Not only are these places amazing for vintage furniture and home decor, they can also be treasure troves for finding affordable vintage fashion. Look in magazines and online for car boots thats are dedicated for vintage/retro style fashion.

Dress- Quiz ( Charity Shop)
Tights ( Marks and Spencer)
Shoes ( Irregular choice) present 3 years ago

I hope you enjoyed this post just as much as I did, I will be adding more and more fashion posts in the not so distant future so keep an eye for them.

Do you have any tips on buying budget vintage fashion?

Melissa x 

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Keeping Lips Hydrated During Summer

Hi Flamingos, how are you all?
Summer is one of those times that I love but I also am not keen at the same time for a few reasons, lets start with the positive... the summer clothes! because I just love how vibrant they are and not just the fact you don't need a big coat ( unless it rains which can happen a lot in the uk no matter the season). 

Before being a blogger my lips during the summer months would become very dry and quite sore as they would flake when they become dry and it was painful, believe me! I didn't actually improve the situation because I used to peal the flaky skin, "Ouch!". Since 2014 I have tried numerous different lip products to combat my dry lips and you know something? I think its darn well worked which is a miracle considering how dry/sore they were before. I have made a wee list of products I have used over the months/years and they have kept my lips feeling smooth and made an amazing base for lipsticks/gloss too.

keeping lips hydrated during summer
Crazy Rumours -  Black Cherry ( RRP £3.97)
Don't we all love a freebie? I sure do and I got this in a magazine a few months back, not sure which one now but hey free lip balm LOL. This is a 15oz tube and is 100% natural and vegan too, the ingredients for this sound very nice and simple with organic ingredients such as olive oil, macadamia seed oil and shea butter. They come in a variety of different scents such as bubble gum, natural and star anise. I like to carry this in my bag as it is a very handy travel size.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub ( RRP £5.75)
This has to be one of my favourite products from lush and I am so glad I started to buy lip scrubs! This is a great way to prep your lips by buffing them before applying your lipstick. The reason this works so well is because it scrubs away dead skin and infuses moisture into the lips. I recommend this to anyone who wants to keep their lipsticks lasting longer or to stop lips drying out with matte lipsticks. I also like using this on its own even without the makeup as its very moisturising for lips. This lip scrub tastes yummy like candy floss which makes it so much easier to use, there are also 3 other lip scrubs to choose from which are; mint julips, popcorn and honey.

keeping lips hydrated during summer

This is my go to product all year round since it is a heavy duty product that protects from the elements rain or shine! This lip balm is great for ultra dry lips when lips are very dry and need some TLC to help get them back hydrated and moisturised once again. The balm is infused with hemp seed oil which is rich with essential fatty acids and has a very nice delicate scent too. This is fab for wearing on its own as it gives quite a nice glossy sheen. 

This has to be one of my favourite products from 2017 so far! This is a fabulous multitasking product as it not only works for lips but you can use it on dry skin and hair too. This balm is very thick but its natural and has no scent to it which is a nice change and perfect if you don't like fragrances and prefer a more natural product. I use this product in the morning after applying the lush lip scrub, this helps keep my lips hydrated and smooth.

I love all of these products and I am glad that using a variety of different lip products as they have helped reduce how much my lips are dry and also making my lips look smooth which makes apply matte lipsticks much better and more long lasting too. 

Which are your favourite lip products during summer? 

Melissa x
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Yankee Candles Tried and Tested #1

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well?
Ever since I was 15 I have always liked scented candles and I have no clue how many candles I have had over the years but I can tell you it won't be far off 100 I am sure. Yankee Candle was a brand I found when I started blogging and before I started blogging I thought they were just overpriced candles and just didn't bother trying them but the reviews on them changed my mind on them and I just had to try them out for myself and my first ever Yankee Candle was french lavender which was just heavenly and since then this has to be my favourite brand because the smells is so intense and is so relaxing and very homely too.

I went to Tesco to get these 3 small samplers and 2 of them cost 99p and the fresh apple was a bargain of 20p so I couldn't miss out on that one. I am a bit dubious of the home inspirations by yankee candles because the scents can be a bit of a hit and miss for me but you know me being me I wanted to give them another chance to see how they go.
Exotic Fruits
I was very pleasantly surprised by this one, it smells like a fresh exotic mango with a mixture of solero ice lollies! It took about 20 minutes to smell this candle which is pretty impressive considering that most smaller candles I have tried take ages to have a scent to them. The sampler lasted me about 3/4 days which is about 15 hours.
Rating: 9.5/10

Sweet Petals
I am usually not a big fan of floral fragrances with candles because some can smell quite fake but this one yet again surprised me at how nice it smelled!! It had a very nice scent of fresh roses that you would find in your garden, ugh just heavenly. This one has to be my favourite from the 3 and has changed my mind a little with floral fragrances. As above this lasted about 15 hours too.
Rating: 10/10

Fresh Apple
Honestly this candle needs a new name and my goodness it reminded me so much of Christmas! It had a nice fresh and spicy smell and I kinda wish I had this around December time last year as it just cries out festiveness. I am very surprised it was only 20p but then again I am not complaining because it was a complete bargain and so warming. This one had a bit of a taster burning time of about 12 hours but seeing as it has a lovely scent I really don't mind.
Rating: 9.5/10

I have used all of these candles now and I am not sure what is next on my Yankee Candle list but I am sure it might be a floral or a fresh smell, stay tuned for more candle and other blog posts coming on my blog soon.

What is your favourite candle scent?

Melissa x

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Summer Skincare Saviours

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well?
For me summer is one of my favourite times of the year because I love the fashion, the longer days ice cream and all of the summer things well all love and enjoy ( as long as its not too hot because you know its either too hot or too cold ahah). Even though I love soaking in the sunshine my skincare is also very important to me and more now that ever because the sun is brighter and warmer in the summer. We all need to use a suncream to prevent sunburn and burns or worse, its very important to get a suncream in the right SPF to guard and protect our skin.

Apart from the obvious suncream I like to add more love and attention to my skin because I notice if I don't pay enough attention to my skin it can get really dry especially my face, hands and my feet so keeping them moisturised is a big priority for me. As you may notice they are 5 products below but I will be writing more than just these 5. 

summer skincare saviours
The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleanser
Honestly I can't praise this product enough, it has a very refreshing scent and makes me more alert and awake in the mornings. This is a foam and is applied to the skin just as you would a moisturiser and washed off with just plain warm water. I use this most mornings as does my partner as it helps reduce my blemishes and also helps keep pores clear too. I think this is a bargain as I have just under half and I have used this for nearly 6 months now and it cost a very respectable £6. 

oOlution Eye Love
This is one of the reasons I absolutely love getting mostly subscription boxes because otherwise I would never of been able to find this fabulous product. This eye cream is amazing at keeping my under eyes moisturised, reducing dark circles and puffiness. I personally have dark circles and this has helped reduce that and also its been a good base for applying concealer. I got this in my march glossy box and once it has gone I will be repurchasing.

Dr Botanicals Facial Oil
If you asked me about facial oils and serums a few years ago I would of shrugged my shoulders and not had a clue about them but now I have so many of them and they are part of my everyday routine as well as my summer routine. This facial oil feels super luxurious and soft on my skin and only takes 4 drops for my face and neck. It feels very oily for about 5 minutes but once it sinks into the skin after that time my skin feels so much more softer. I also like to use this as a base before applying makeup.
summer skincare saviours

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner 
Any conditioner from lush would do but this is my all time favourite for summer! I know this is a Christmas product but I feel like this more of summer scented product with the 4 key ingredients/scents of cherry fusion, mango butter, cocoa butter and avocado which for me are very summery but you know everyone has a different opinion on that. I usually put this on after having a shower as it keeps my skin feeling soft with a little bit of a sparkle, it kinda makes me feel like a unicorn haha.

Nip and Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser 
I hit the jackpot when I won this and some other products from a competition I won last year! This is very lightweight and has a lovely fresh scent. It contains superfoods of kale,  watercress and almond oil and benefits the skin by soothing and moisturising with aloe vera and shea butter. Not only is it a lovely treat for the skin its also none greasy too, I usually have combination skin and that helps to keep my skin moisturised and a more even base. This costs a fair price of £19.95 which I think is a good price as mine has only just ran out and I've used mine for well over 7 months, so lasting product.

What are your favourite skincare products at the moment?

Next in summer series 
Keeping lips moisturised
SPF Product Guide
Summer Fragrances
Lipstick favourites: Summer Edition

Melissa x
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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Photo Memories with Printiki

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well? 
I have always enjoyed taking photos whether they be for my blog, my family or for just the fun of it! For me photography is very therapeutic for me and it is a hobby I have improved over the years and my enjoyment for it has grown too. 

Over the years I have kept photo memories in many different forms from scrapbooks to diaries, each was personal and they are brilliant too look back on especially a few years later, it brings back so many memories and me think of all the happy memories I have had then and also since that time too. When I was a teen to now I have enjoyed making diaries and at random points of the year I like to add photos for special moments. I also made scrapbooks for each of my children to keep my photos memories of them getting to each milestone too and they are all possible to taking photos and printing them and keeping memories in picture form. 
Seeing as I have a Nikon I tend to use that more than my iPhone for my photos but I can use a combination of the 2 of them, it's not always easy carrying a big camera everywhere I go but with my iPhone its very convenient. With both of these I could upload my photos with ease to the Printiki website and it didn't take longer with my Nikon pictures and it was same load time as my iPhone photos. They are lots of different options to choose from on the website including  prints, photo books and posters.
The motto of Printiki is 'you are worth printing' which I think is the perfect motto because making memories is so very important.
I chose 30 retro square photos in the size (4x4) which are great for adding words to and also adding them to photo books or (4x4) frame. The photos are very good quality and are nice and glossy too. 

The website is very use and can be used on many different devices including your phone or laptop. You can also upload photos off your favourite social media including Facebook and Instagram and they also deliver to a range of counties which can found on the printiki shipping page.

For free shipping use code 
Melissa x
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Thursday, 29 June 2017

3INA UV Collection

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well? 
I have always been a fan of bright makeup and my first memory of wearing bright makeup was when I was 15 and my mum asked me what I wanted for my 16th birthday and I told her I wanted makeup, so she took me to Debenhams in town and the first makeup counter that stood out for me was the urban decay counter, the designs of the packaging and the bright makeup instantly drew me in and since then I have always had a place in my heart for bright makeup from all kinds of makeup brands. 

3INA is new brand to me but it is very popular as it modern and also a very colourful makeup brand too. They offer a range of different makeup including  lipsticks, eye makeup and so much more. 3INA were very kind and sent me products from their very new UV Collection which is a selection of lipsticks, nail paints and a blusher. I was kindly sent a topcoat nail polish, eyeliner and a creme eyeshadow and oh boy I was excited to give them a try because I just love bright makeup.
3ina uv collection
The Fluoro Cream Eyeshadow in shade 402 ( RRP £10.95 each)
This is a gorgeous bright pink shade and is also very creamy too. The packaging is very good with a screw top and glass to hold the eyeshadow, it also comes in a pretty box thats nice enough to keep it in too. I have tried it as an eyeshadow and as an eyeliner too, I much prefer it as an eyeliner though as it just makes my eyeliner pop and I just love the way it looks. Once applied the eyelid you can see how pigmented the product it and you don't need much to make a difference. This eyeshadow also comes in 2 other shades which are neon yellow and neon orange.

This a lovely eyeliner to use as its like velvet to apply! It is so smooth and gives you the look you want effortlessly. In the look before I applied this to my waterline and in the natural light it looks black but once you have UV lights from a torch or nightclub lights it goes into a stunning neon blue which looks pretty epic. The pencil itself is pretty well made too and you screw the bottom up the ways to get more product.

This can be used on its own (it looks clear and very glossy without uv lights and soon as you turn on uv lights it looks like a neon white/blue which is stunning). You can also use your favourite nail polish shade and add this as topcoat on top of this and it instantly makes it's a neon nail polish under UV light of course . 

Other 3INA Products available 
The Fluoro Lip glosses in 3 different shades
The Fluoro Nail Polish in 3 different shades
The Fluoro Palette / Blush 
3INA UV  Collection
Makeup look created with the following products
NYX Stay matte not flat foundation in Ivory
Bourjois radiance reveal concealer in light
MUA setting powder
Urban Decay Sun kissed bronzer
The Balm Mary Lou Highlighter

Freedom brow pomade in granite
Makeup Revolution Colour Chaos Palette
3INA eyeliner
3INA eyeshadow in 402
Eyelure Lashes in 101
Bourjois Mascara and Eyeliner

Jeffree Star Celebrity skin

3INA UV Collection

I am so glad I have been introduced to this brand because I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and pigmented their products are. The UV collection is perfect for standing out in the crowd especially if going to party with UV lights or you like neon colours. All of the products I tried lasted all day and didn't fade at all until I took them off easily with my makeup remover. I am looking forward to trying more makeup from the brand.

For more info on 3INA and the UV collection and other products in the range

Melissa x
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