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The ultimate child proof make up storage?

C: afternoon! A little DIY job (that I can’t take full credit for) today in the form of make up storage! Now Ivy is partial to a lipstick or ten. Eats them, covers her face on them, basically does everything a tiny human can to ruin my beautiful make up collection. So I made a plan to keep it all safe from her teeny evil hands!

So here we have my humble collection, saved from the beast (love her really) by basically being too high to reach. All I did was get two cheap wooden shelves from Homebase, paint them and add a piece of wood (L did it…) to one of the shelves with some door handles screwed in for scarf and bag hangage (not a word apparently).

Finally I used my acrylic storage and some cute jars that I had saved (that normally sit cluttering up my cupboard with no purpose) for a cheap and simple make up solution!

What do you think?!

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A wishful Christmas wish list

C: you ever see something and think OH GOD IM IN LOVE, and then realise that it’s completely unnecessary so you shouldn’t ask for it for Christmas? But secretly you keep thinking about it and wish it was yours? Here is my secret Christmas wish list (in the hope L decides he wants to buy me a lot of extra presents)

David Ayling is a jewellery making genius! I follow him on Facebook and he creates such beautiful pieces, I’m always slightly jelly that I don’t own anything! This ring is my absolute fav, I showed it to L and he said maybe if he gets a bonus in Feb so fingers crossed!!! (On another note, follow DA on Facebook as he also does jewellery making evenings etc. Which are super exciting!)

We then have the Leonore Doc Martens. These are my fave brand for shoes and I already have two pairs (which never wear out so will last forever!) so I don’t NEED these… but I sure as hell would like them! Plus.. fleece lined? Who doesn’t need new winter warm boots?

Thirdly (not a word) we have the Violet Voss Ride or Die palette which is available from beauty bay. I did consider putting this on my list cos you know… just look at it. But I have so many unloved palettes waiting for my attention it seemed silly to get another! Sad face.

Finally we have a Mac Christmas collection of 12 mini lipsticks. Now really, no one needs 12 mini lipsticks but surely everyone wants them? I asked L for these too, and I won’t say what he described them as on here but I’m guessing it’s a no! Alas. I do love miniature things!

So guys, anything you are secretly wishing for for Christmas that is totally unnecessary but super beautiful?! Let me know! Xxx

Ps… obviously I don’t own any of these delights so photos are borrowed from their websites! Any problems and I will remove them for you 🙂

Holiday Essentials Part One

A: I’ve been busy packing my things for a trip that my boyfriend and I are taking and I thought I’d share with you my essentials. We have an old Volkswagen camper van (called Jeremy) and although I love him dearly, he doesn’t provide us with a lot of space – so I really have to pack methodically. I’ve split them into two – my everyday essentials and my make up essentials, so here are my everyday must haves for a camping trip!


So firstly, dry shampoo is an obvious one. I have a lot of hair which is far too much hassle to wash everyday – even when I’m not camping! So as long as I have a can of this, I know I’ll be good for a few days.

Hairspray is another hair essential for me. On those days where it’s getting close to needing a wash, I can plait it or put it up and hairspray always gives me lots of fullness and body to help disguise three day old hair. I haven’t tried this particular one before, to be honest I bought it because it was a nice medium sized can. I didn’t want one of the massive cans, but the tiny ones will probably be good for one use for my hair! But I’ll be reporting back on this TRESemme one as soon as possible!

The Dove Summer Glow lotion is a new one for me, and I bought it on a bit of a whim. I’m incredibly pale, my legs in particular. So I thought id give this a go to try and disguise my whiteness because if the weather is remotely warm I will have to brave getting my legs out – and I hoping this will help!

The Wash & Go 2 in 1 Shampoo and Confitioner is a bit of a cheat but to be totally honest with you I love this product. My hair really doesn’t need a lot of conditioning and I won’t have the luxury of hair dryers or straighteners so I went for this shampoo. It does exactly what it says on the label with no faffing or unnecessary extras – which is so much better for my hair than shampoos and conditioners with argan oils or additives or serums.  

Lastly, the good old Garnier Micellar Water. One of my favourite products and it’s super hassle free to use – exactly what you need whilst camping. 

For deodorant, I’m taking one I can rely on; Mitchums Advanced Roll On. We are going to be doing a lot of cycling and fingers crossed it’s going to be warm so I definitely need a good deodorant!

The Lush Sea Spray is always a holiday essential for me, where I’m camping in the UK or jetting of to somewhere warm and sunny. It gives my hair a lovely beachy look, and it smells amazing too!

Ultrabland is always in my going away bag too. It’s the best thing for removing the make up and dirt off your face, plus it calms my skin if I have any crazy breakouts.

Make up wipes should never be used I know! But when you’re a bit tipsy from wine and all you want to do is crawl into your sleeping bag – surely a make up wipe is better than not removing your make up at all?! For emergencies only!

And lastly, this super handy toothbrush holder to keep away any bacteria. Obviously I’ll be packing my toothbrush and toothpaste too – but I will definitely need to use them before I leave at the weekend!

What’re your holiday essentials? Would love to know, whether it’s for camping, backpacking or a relaxing beach get away! #twolittleowls

IKEA Haul!

A & C: We took an impromptu trip too IKEA this week, because Chloe is about to move into her newly renovated home, and Annie can’t say no to homeware. So here’s what Annie bought, Chloe will be showing you her purchases in her New Home post!

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So firstly, I should make you all aware that I have a bit of a problem when it comes to glassware and candles. I’m obsessed. I think there’s actually something wrong with me. And the glassware and IKEA is so cheap that I had to get some, but I did well and limited myself! I bought two new wine glasses, these are a great size (massive!) and were only £1 each. And the cocktail glass was £1.25 so I obviously had to buy that. The carafe with the cork stopper was the best bargain though, it was £1! A whole £1! It’s lovely quality glass too, and will be perfect for summer barbecues. The green bottle is one of my favourites, I actually bought this as part of my wedding prep for a vase for the tables, along with the milk bottle – both £1.25 each. I love the little glass bowl too, I’m going to keep it on my bedside cabinet for my rings and earrings – another bargain for £1! And the candles are so pretty, and are rose scented. These were £3 for the set.

  

These are a little more boring if you don’t have a home – but I even love buying mundane stuff like this!  A few kitchen essentials, and an octopus sock drier (not sure what it’s actually called but it’s got an octopus face and helps dry socks on a washing line…). I won’t bore you to tears about the prices of these, but they were all super cheap.

 

One of my favourite purchases was this – which is a pole you screw to the wall and then thread the hooks on and use it for storage. Again, I’m not sure what this actual name of this is but it’s super practical and you can even by these little pots to hang on it. I’m going to pot herbs in mine, but they can be used for pretty much anything – cutlery, flowers, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste – anything you like! The pole was £6.50, the small hooks £3, the large £6 and the pots £5. 

  

I also got some new bedding (another obsession) which I LOVE. This was £30 for a king size set, including four pillowcases. I’ve had my eye on these for ages now and I’m so pleased that I’ve finally got it! It’s such lovely quality too! Some pretty napkins, which you can never go wrong with for £1, some gorgeous floral fabic for £5 a metre (another bargain!), and these adorable cat rattles for Chloe’s bump. I couldn’t resist these, mainly because one is ginger like me and one is grey like Bill and Ted! Cannot wait to give these to baby! I don’t remember how much these were because I was far too excited about how cute that are.

  

The last thing I got is this false floral wreath. This is so pretty, and I bought it as inspo for my wedding next year. Plus it was £1.50 and too pretty to leave behind.

Have you got any favourites from IKEA? #twolittleowls

A Saturday Haul

A&C: Yesterday we took a trip to our local town and had a mooch around lots of different shops. Amazingly, we didn’t buy any clothes – but with Chloe’s baby belly slowly growing, she had more exciting stuff to buy. We got a real mixture of bits and bobs because we started in Asda, then headed to Dunelm and finished off at The Range (our second favourite shop after TK Maxx). So what did we get?

A: Firstly, some treats from the cosmetics aisle in Asda. Brow drama by Maybelline in Medium Brown. My eyebrows have always been my nemesis. They’re so fair that they’re practically non-existent, and I normally fill them in with eyeshadow. But this does have the tendency to wear off so by the end of the day they’ve normally disappeared. But after I saw Chloe pick this up I thought I might as well give it a go – and it was only £4.99 so a bargain if it does the trick! I then picked up some summery coloured nail varnishes, two from George at Asda’s own make up brand (they were 2 for £3 so I obviously couldn’t just get one!), the lilac and the pale coral. And a super pale mint green from Maybelline’s Speed Dry Collection, which I can’t wait to use!

And from The Range Chloe talked me into buying this hideous (but amazing?!) rug for my living room, which was just £11.99. And this beautiful lampshade was my favourite purchase of the day, with a gorgeous floral print and brightly coloured peacocks. This was £6.99 – a bargain which will be perfect to use as inspiration to decorate my bedroom.

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C: so basically Annie copied me on the Brow Drama – I have seen loads of good reviews, and now I have perfected drawing in my eyebrows I need something to keep them in place all day! And then I proceeded to copy Annie’s nail polish choices! I needed a new lilac as I spilt mine (wahhhh) so I also chose these two in the colours “cool lilac” and “fuzzy peach”. First impressions are good for such cheapies, as I quickly painted my nails yesterday afternoon and they haven’t chipped yet even though I didn’t have time for a top coat!

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I then got this amazing duck egg blue light shade from Dunelm homestore for £12.99 that is gonna look absolutely beautiful in my new bedroom once we move, and this flamingo fabric for £8.99 a metre! I am in love with this fabric, and I am going to get my lovely mother to make some curtains for my nursery with it – as I found out a couple of weeks ago that we are having a girl! This is perfect for us, as we don’t want her room to be bright pink and overly girly. Then lastly I got the same light shade as Annie! Its horrid and I have had to hide it from L so he doesn’t moan but I don’t care I love it!

Let us know what you think of our hauls! We don’t get time to go shopping anymore (boo to Chloe working weekends and having too much uni work) so hauls are few and far between and we loved getting the chance to actually go shopping! #twolittleowls

Chloes Home Decor Update

C: I don’t know how much I have spoken about buying our new house on here, but we are currently in the process of doing it up/the longest hardest project ever. As we can’t currently live there, I have been able to contain my excitement by slowly picking up pieces for the house and whenever Annie and I have a weekend off we love to go house shopping! Whether its Homebase to buy paint, a quick trip to the Range or a long day of Antique shopping… we love it! So here are some of the pieces I have picked up so far! photo 1(27) First up is this beautiful antique washed wood wall rack. L chose this whilst we were looking round one of our local antique shops and I think we are going to hang it in our utility room. We are going for a cottagey/vintage/country home sort of look so this will be perfect! Whilst shopping with Annie on holiday last summer I picked up this basket, which is perfect for storing drinks in (wine) and these cute pots/glasses. I love to keep things like these on my dressing table to store little bits in/just to look pretty (“collect dust” as L would say!) And then we have one of my favourite purchases so far, which is this hexagonal mirror from the Range! It was only like £7 and I absolutely love it! It is so different, and will be going on my bathroom wall. Annie also bought this and sprayed it copper, which looks amazing too, but I personally prefer it as just wood!

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Okay so I have issues with buying bedding/blankets, I think its because I just like napping/being so comfy! L chose this Catherine Lansfield stag/checked bedding and I chose the blue floral set from Homebase! L hates floral stuff, so this way we have compromised and we can alternate (/L never changes the bedding so I will just keep putting floral stuff on). I also picked up this checked throw (hey… can you tell me liked checked stuff?!) from the Range for about £15! It is super soft and cosy, so this will be going on the sofa in our lounge. There is nothing better than chilling in a nice soft throw in the evening with the fire on! photo 3(16)

Last weekend I picked up this herringbone lightshade from the Range (we are slightly addicted to the Range!) for £15. I find light-shades really difficult to pick, but this natural one will go perfectly in our lounge, as we are going for cream/brown walls and then checked curtains! Whilst shopping with L in some independent little home ware shops I also picked up this Bee cushion! I don’t know why I like it so much, as Bees scare me (/anything that might fly into and then live in my hair) but I love it! And then for Christmas I got L this stag candle from TKMaxx! He wanted a stags head for the wall, but they are a million pounds and they scare me a bit so he got this instead… unlucky for him!

So there is my house inspo so far! Although a lot of it is from random shops or isn’t available I love looking for inspiration from other peoples style so wanted to share mine with you! Let me know what you think, or if you have any amazing ideas for us! Now it is starting to be nicer weather, we will start sharing some crafts with you guys too as L doesn’t let me paint inside (I might be slightly messy…) #twolittleowls

A Mini Weekend Haul

A: Okay so I was a little bored and took myself shopping to TK Maxx (our favourite shop ever) today! I was good and didn’t buy too much stuff that I don’t need with money that could definitely be spent on more useful things, but here’s what I did get!

Firstly, this really cute top. I love tops with detail on the back, and this keyhole cut out and ‘v’ shaped split are super cute. Plus I love the vintage print. It’ll be perfect with a navy skirt, tights and boots – or with some skinny jeans. It was £12.99, and fits beautifully.

Another top with detailing on the back, but this one has buttons – another look I can’t refuse. It has such a summery floral print and I love the scalloped hem too. I’m really hankering after some high waisted skinnes for the summer (shock horror, jeans are not something which feature in my wardrobe), and they would look perfect with this and some vans for a dressed down look. This was £6.99 – bargain!

I am well aware that these trousers look hideous, but I really don’t care because I love them. I’m a massive fan of palazzo pants for summer but these have a split in the side of both legs. I’m definitely going to have to tack the splits at my knee or a little higher though cause the split actually doesn’t stop until it gets to the waistband…could quite easily lose any dignity I have left whilst wearing these. They sit just right on my hips though and are super flattering, which is always a winner for me. These were £12.99 and I plan on teaming them with a fitted black tshirt and a statement necklace.

Lastly this cute tray and candle. I can never say no to a candle, especially an Orange Blossom scented one! And this tray was too adorable to not buy, especially for £3.99!!! I love the floral print on it and it’ll be perfect for taking tea and biscuits upstairs for breakfast In bed on the weekends 🙂

What have you guys been buying recently? #twolittleowls