Monday, 30 April 2012

I now have a twitter completely devoted to this blog

My other twitter account is still in use, but mostly for personal use

This new one, is for the blog and all things related :)

So for Personal Tweets look for @harrietcmc

And for blog tweets look for @hattieblog

I'm back... and I mean business <3

Thanks Loveables xxx


Hey Everyone!

A couple of days ago I received my first ever E.l.f Order and I am so excited to review all the products I got! Its going to be a pretty big post as there are 18 products in total! But I am loving them all already. I hope to have it up by the end of the week :) 

Thanks Loveables!

Get in touch! or twitter @hattieblog

Places to find E.l.f:

Catching up on Reviews... Stuff I collected since Christmas!

So as anyone who has read my blog knows, I have been pretty unwell since Christmas, and all the things I had planned or this blog got side lined. Not just the weight loss programme but also my Make-Up Reviews. So today I am doing a little bit of catching up.

To come over the next few weeks are reviews, Huge E.l.f Haul Review, My Reach For Everyday Products, My Favourite Rings and much more.

The products I am going to review today are:

No. 7 Limited Edition Smoky Rose Quad
No. 7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Palette in 30 Cappuccino
Maybelline Eyestudio Natural Impact in 14 Nude Rose
Espirit Styling Colour Palette Eyeshadow in  202 Sunset Brown

No. 7 Extreme Length Sensitive Mascara in 01 Black
Elizabeth Arden Eye Pencil in Smoky Black and Espresso

L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation (My Colour - Vanilla Rose)
L'Oreal Paris True Match Minerals (My Colour - Golden Beige)
Maybelline Expertwear Blush in Pinch O'Pink

I have accumulated a lot of products since Christmas and these are some of the ones that I absolutely love.... and hate!


No. 7 Limited Edition Smoky Rose Quad

I got this quad sometime after Christmas, and I think I have already mentioned it somewhere in my blog already. I actually got this item as a free gift when I bought one of No. 7's new mascaras. I love No.7 because whenever I shop in boots they are almost always giving out £5 off No.7 vouchers at the till. And then when go and use your voucher they give you another. It can go on and on lol. 

So anyway, I had one of these vouchers, I needed a new mascara and if you bought this particular one you got this free quad, so for about £3 I got a good £15 worth of quality make-up. Bargain!

I like the quad as it has colours that I would use normally, and I can create a subtle day look with it, or a more smoky night look with it. The colours are purple based. The col,ours blend easily and the lightest shade which I would describe as a frosted white stand out brilliantly to highlight the inner corner and brow bone.
I would definitely buy this again. Saying that, as this item was limited edition I don't think it is available anymore (although try your luck on ebay, find nearly everything on there!) however, there are some similar colours in No.7's range so you could still get your hands on this look. 

No.7 Smoky Rose Quad

Subtle Smoky Day Look
Smoky Rose quad (Right)
Cappuccino Perfect Eye-Shadow (Left and detailed below)

Smoky Day Look

No. 7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Palette in 30 Cappuccino

Again I got this little trio after being handed one of Boots £5 off voucher at the till. So another little bargain here. I'm not going to go into massive detail. The colours are pretty normal for your natural day look. Good quality eye-shadow as always with No.7. I don't currently have this in my 'Reach for Everyday basket' as it is a little too subtle for me. I wear it if I just want a really subtle quick look. I don't know if I would buy these colours again to be honest as I now find the more pinky colours are better for a natural look. Without a voucher this product is £10.50 available online and at boots. Nothing wrong with it at all. Just the colours are a little to bland for my liking.

Maybelline Eyestudio Natural Impact in 14 Nude Rose

I Love This <3

A little story behind this is that I found it in an unexpected place! I have never ventured into a TJ Hughs but a couple of weeks ago I was just having a mooch around Glasgow City Centre and a ever Glasgow's unpredictable weather decided to change from a fairly sunny day to territorial rain! So I took cover in the nearest place that said Cafe outside and it happened to be TJ Hughs. Now like I say, I think I have only ever been once and didn't particularly take a look around, but as I was heading up to the Cafe area I noticed a Make-Up section with just stacks and stacks of everything  you could need. Now I'm not going to lie, you do have to rummage and alot of the stuff there is just junk! But I came across a few little jems at a significantly lower price than you would expect. I bought a couple of pieces just to try and finding nothing wrong with them I have since been back for another rummage!

So on my first 'rummage' I found this. 

Now if you use Maybelline Make-Up a lot you will notice that the only thing wrong with this product is that it is in the old packaging. I can assure that the quality remains the same. You can still purchase this same line in highstreet stores such as Boots and Superdrug retailing at around £7.00. (TJ Hughs, £2.00). The thing that I love most about this product other than the beautiful colours, is you will notice each shade has a number pressed into it, 1 to 4. And on the back it has instructions of where to put each one. Its like Paint By Numbers for your eyes, which I just thought is great if you are, a bit nervous of trying new looks, or just new to experimenting with make-up. I have never noticed this before, but now I have actually started looking for this on other products. So I am going to buy some more of these, whether that be in TJ Hughs or wherever lol! They have great quality and its just such a good idea.

Espirit Styling Colour Palette Eyeshadow in  202 Sunset Brown

I do not have much to say about this, as I hate it. Well hate is a strong word, but I definately don't like it.
Again, this is from that rain enforced 'rummage' at TJ Hughs and this is another product with the little 'Paint By Numbers' thing going on. And if you have the patience to put up with the shadows spraying all over your face when you use it then you actually can create a good look with it. A very dark smoky eye, which actually my husband adored. But I was so angry with the this quad after attempting to use it, it went straight in 'Products I Never Use Tub'. When you are putting the shadows on they fall all over your face and its just annoying. I know its a cheap brand, but still, this, is BAD.


No. 7 Extreme Length Sensitive Mascara in 01 Black

Just a quick one to say if you have sensitive eyes like me go and buy this now. Has never aggravated my eyes, it is great quality. It isn't cloggy, it doesn't clump. I use it pretty much everyday. It is quite pricey at £12.50, but I have no problem paying it, as it lasts for ages and its just a brilliant product. Go.... go now!!!

Elizabeth Arden Eye Pencil in Smoky Black and Espresso

I have mentioned these before, but had to mention them again! I love these. I don't use them everyday, as they are quite expensive so I save them for special occasions, but I love them. They are so good for smoky eyes! The smoky black does need keeping under control a little bit as otherwise it tends to look a bit messy. But other than that they are great. I think they are about £15. The packaging of mine is different, as mine came in my Christmas Blockbuster, but they are gorgeous. 


L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation (My Colour - Vanilla Rose)

This product is great! If you're anything like me, you have this ongoing battle to find the right shade, the right type, and have ended up with a drawer full of useless products. As I previously blogged, I actually went to Elizabeth Arden and had a colour match done and now I have a beautiful foundation from them, but at £25 a bottle its not cheap, and I use foundation everyday, so I wanted a cheaper 'everyday' foundation. I took my Elizabeth Arden one shopping with me, and matched the colour to this. It retails at around £9.99, and I really love it. I apply it with a foundation brush and it gives great coverage without the thickness!

L'Oreal Paris True Match Minerals (My Colour - Golden Beige)

I love mineral make-up, and after I got the above foundation, I wanted to try the matching mineral. I have previous used quite alot of minerals, and my fave is Marks and Spencers Perfection. I don't wear minerals on its own, I just like a light dusting on top on my foundation to set it and give me a healthy glow. My M and S ran out, so I went to get this one. At around £15, I think they are quite expensive, as to be honest, I don't really this product. The powder is really thick, and so when you brush it on, it doesn't really spread evenly. I also find that it is very visible on the skin. I will use it up, but I won't get it again.

Maybelline Expertwear Blush in Pinch O'Pink

Another little find from my TJ Hughs 'rummage'! Brilliant product, great price especially as it came with a free full size brush. I love this blusher! Again the packaging has now changed and I got this for about half its current retail price of about £6.00. But I would buy this if it cost double that. Brilliant.

So there are some of the products that I wanted to tell you about, I have plenty more to come. If you have any thoughts or anything you would like me to check out, please drop me a line at or find me on twitter @hattieblog!/hattieblog

Thanks Loveables xxx

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A Massive Catch Up!

Sorry Its Been So Long!

So first of all.... big apologies for the length of time between blogs.

We have had a lot happening what with moving to Glasgow, Scotland etc. On top of it all I have been a little unwell and spent a short time in Hospital. I have been off work now for two months, and still am. I hope to return shortly.

The Big Move!

So on the 12th March 2012 we moved from Peterborough to Glasgow!
We have now settled into our new place and are really happy. Brett is currently still commuting to Edinburgh for work, but hopefully the new job in Glasgow will begin shortly.

I'll post some pics of our new place and the surrounding area soon.

Missing My Friends

I have been feeling a little fed up recently, as I have been unable to work, I haven't met anyone yet so I have been stuck in the flat on my own a lot. My Mum came up last week, which was great. She got to see our house and everything and we just chilled out. My friend Coral is coming up in May and hopefully at some point our friend Sarah will come too. So I am really looking forward to it. 

I speak to my friends and family all the time, via phone, email and text. But its not quite the same as actually having a cup of coffee together, or a jaunt to the shops.

My biggest disappointment of late is that due to some appointments I have with the hospital, I am unable to go to my best friend Michaels wedding. I am so gutted I can not be there, but know they will have a great day!

So I thought I would just put up a few memories I have of my nearest and dearest friends...

Mr Michael and the soon to be Mrs Sherman!

November 2008 - Every Step Of The Way lol
I have known Michael since 2008! We met through mutual friends on nights out, more than likely in Liquid (Shitquid) Nightclub! There was always a large group of us out on the weekends! And more often than not and as silly as it sounds people would fall over themselves to go out with 'Michael Sherman'. I swear he was like a mini celeb or something. Girls would fall at his feet all the time! But for me I never saw Michael as this adorable hunk but just a nice honest funny guy and literally just enjoyed his friendship. And still do! He's probably reading right now, thinking what a geek lol.

Me, Zoe, Sarah and Laura June 2011

After seeing girls come and go, serious and not serious, I am so pleased that Michael has now met the lovely Zoe. They are getting married in just over a week and I'm so happy for them both. I think Zoe is a lovely girl and so pleased she makes Michael happy. They have the gorgeous girls and are just a fab family. I have always said to Michael that he will be my friend for the rest of my life, and that goes for him and his whole little family.


Not a great pic... but the only one I have!!! :( March 2012
I have not knowne Holly all that long, I met her in about July 2011 when we both started work at Nandos Peterborough! And I am really glad that we did as I love her soooooo much!! Crazy Karaoke nights with Holly are always just what I need to cheer me up and Holly always knows just what to say to put things straight! I miss her loads. 

Coral (Cwarrel, Cozza)

October 2009
She's gonna kill me for those names lol! Aw where to begin with Coral. I have been trying to work this out for ages and still haven't... I have no idea how or why or where I met Coral. Which is strange as she is by far one of my closet  friends, we still talk almost daily, we send each other shit in the post and seriously have each others backs. From getting out of the bed in the middle of the night for family emergencies, to being damn hard on each other for our own good, we've done it. I literally can not wait for her to visit soon. Harry Potter Marathons, Danny Dyer marathons, shopping trip if I am well enough and plenty of giggles!!

I can trust Coral with anything and know that when mI need her she is there right away and vice verus.

Princess Lau Lau

July 2011
Yes she is a Princess and yes I worship her lol! Love Laura! Met her about three or more years ago, only just recently we started spending alot of time together, but within weeks of that happening I knew it was one of those friendships you know is uncondintional and I asked her to be my bridesmaid! She helped plan my Hen Do and really did so much for me leading up to the wedding. Putting dress makers and hotel managers straight and keeping me sane lol.

We have loads of giggles and she constantly makes me laugh!

I really miss Laura as I can rely on her for calm conversation and when we meet up we can chat for hours and really care about what each other is saying. I really hope I see her soon. Another one of my bridesmaids!

Sarah 'squidgie'

July 2011
Met Sarah about 3 or 4 years ago and good job I did seeing as I wouldn't met my husband if it wasn't for her lol! Sarah was getting her nails done at the same time as me for Christmas and Brett was there paying for hers as her present. The rest is history anyway... me and Sarah met on very odd circumstances properly ha ha but I'm glad we did!! We have a great time when we go out and you can always rely on Sarah for dragging you out the house when you need it but don't know it. We have had some really funny random nights out and I'm sure there will be more to come!! Hoping she can make it up here soon. She arranged most of my hen do with Laura and did an amazing job! It was bloody brilliant and we had a great time!! she was also one of my bridesmaids!


Probably the friend I have knowne longest out of this selection! Lol. Probably around 5 or 6 years now! We met working at The Blue Bell pub, we hated each other at first but then discovered that we actually loved each other lol. I don't get to see Emma very often but when we do we have a great time! We are terrible when we go out! We lived together for a short while once and had an awesome time. We are a bit like sisters in that sense. We can go literally months without seeing each other and when we catch up its like we saw each other yesterday!!



Left to Right: Mel, Holly, Coral and Me March 2012
Again, I only met Mel when I started at Nandos Peterbourgh in July 2011, but I get on  with her so well! I just see myself 5 years ago when I look at her! I'm sure we will be keeping in touch and hope qto catch up with her soon :) 

So those are some of my closet friends who I really miss right now! Hope they don't mind me writing about them lol! Hopefully I will see they all soon.... Love them all lots! :)

You can count your true friends on one hand... two if your really lucky...

Everyone should have
a friend like you
You are so much fun to be with
And you are such a good person
You crack me up with laughter
And touch my heart with your kindness
You have a wonderful ability
To know when to offer advice
And when to sit in quiet support
Time after time
You've come to my rescue
And brightend so many
Of my routine days
And time after time
I've realized how fortunate
I am that my life includes you
I really do believe that
Everybody should have a friend like you
But so far it looks like
You are one of a kind!