Sunday, 30 August 2015

Life Lately; Summer Time.

Life Lately; Summer Time. 

Hi, hello and hey there! 
and welcome back to my blog after yet another break. 
Summer is quickly coming to an end and here in Birmingham it's a little miserable today, so it's finally time to get See The Stars back on track (for the millionth -and one- attempt). 1) It feels autumn-y today and I LOVE that. 2) because it's almost Autumn I'm probably going to spend more time at my computer, which gives more time for blogging. Because of all these feelings I wanted to do a little life lately, a catch up on what I've done this summer. Which right now, actually feels like very little, but I've probably done a lot more than I realise and this is going to be a hugeeeeeee post. Honestly I feel like I've constantly been at work these past few weeks, which in fact is true. Summer holidays brings lots of work for us retailers, am I right? Thankfully I had a few weeks off to see friends and a week in-between to be lazy and enjoy some time with my family in Cornwall. 

At the end of July after a very loving payday, myself and my boyfriend booked our FIRST holiday together, and I'm so excited that we're going to DISNEYLAND PARIS!!! And for those in the know, you may be aware of my disney obsession, so expect lots of posts in the up-coming months with wishlists, hauls and photographs and stories from before and after said holiday. Not long after booking the holiday we were on our way to our holiday with my family. With my brother (and various other family members) living in Cornwall it was only fitting that the whole family took a trip away for the week. We stayed in a pretty amazing house, three floor and enough bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate eight people, we went to the BOARDMASTERS festival and I completely fell back in love with BASTILLE and their music, just, yep awesome! I did a sky-wire over EDEN PROJECT (which I almost chickened out of), had possibly one too many cones of ice cream, a few too many Jack Daniels and enjoy a lovely lunch of fish and chips from the Rick Stein restaurant. Once we were home from our holiday, I contemplated getting a new piercing, which let me tell you is never a good idea after a few drinks (don't worry, I decided to wait). I spent the day with one of my longest friends, we drank, ate five guys and watched TRAINWRECK, which was amazing, if you were wondering. A few days ago a few of my closest friends met me from work and we tried the new RUB Smoke House in Birmingham, urgh I'm in love. Totally worth the money and not going straight home to my pjs after a long shift. And finally, a little selfie. Before an evening with my boyfriends family I took the time to pamper myself, put some nice makeup on and actually do something with my hair. 

I hope you're all well and enjoying your bank holiday, while I'm about to get back to another shift at work *yawn*. 
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Lifestyle || Holiday Photos; Cornwall.

LIFESTYLE || holiday to Cornwall 

Last week I got to escape my reality. I had a week off work and spent my time in a little town in Cornwall. It's exactly what I needed, I needed the time away from working and spending some time with my family was hectic yet fun. So I decided to share some of my favourite phone snaps and give you a little glimpse of my time in St. Issey, Padstow. Cornwall. It was so beautiful and so lovely to spend my time there that I already want to book some time away again. 
I'm also using this as a tiny post to ease myself back into the blogging world, I've taken a break lately and completely lost my inspiration and love for See The Stars. While I work on my blog and hope to come back soon, thanks to those still reading and sending some love to my blog. 

I hope you're all well and enjoying your weekend, I'll be back soon xo 

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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

LIFESTYLE || Monthly Movie Review; July.

LIFESTYLE || Monthly Movie Review: July 

Oh boy, oh boy. July really did flash by in a blink of an eye. Seriously, no idea where this month has gone. Working and sleeping have been my main activities this month and simply popping to the cinema has been a struggle...but sometimes you don't fancy staying at the place you've spent 8 hours at already. So my film reviews will be short and sweet today.

Ted 2. 
The thing I love the most about my job, the spur of the moment decision to watch films. Myself and Tom had decided to pop out for some lunch one Wednesday afternoon and then decided to take a trip to the cinema and watch TED 2. It was the opening day and luckily the cinema wasn't too busy. I liked Ted, I just didn't LOVE Ted. With that I mean both film. I enjoy the comedy once and just can't enjoy them again, some jokes just aren't that funny and dry humour isn't always something I laugh at. I still recommend watching this as it's been a popular hit, I just think many of you would possibly feel the same way as me. Thankfully I really love Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried and enjoyed these two as a duo on my screen. 

 Magic Mike XXL.
Another spur of the moment cinema trip was this one. So as I said you don't always fancy going to your work place after a long shift. This trip, I finished a long trip and one of my friends from work ordered us pizza and met me so we could watch a film...Sometimes a break from home is needed and we both needed it. So filled with pizza and some extra snack we watched Magic Mike at 11pm one Friday night. Now I've been in LOVE with Channing Tatum for years, since I saw him in Step up when I was 13/14? So I don't care have cringey the idea of Magic Mike sounds, I'm going to watch it. I've also recently fallen in love with Matt Bomer through White Collar and knowing he was in this film made me 10x more excited. So the first Magic Mike just didn't fell like anything special (though I love it for Tatum & Alex Pettyfer), this second film just was AWESOME!!! The dancing was better, there was more of a story line and people weren't awkward at acting. Overall for anyone who loves a little dance and some pretty boys, Magic Mike XXL is that film (it also had great comedy elements, so points for that)!

Ant Man.  
Over the years I've become such a fan girl for Marvel. Where I love myself a romantic story, something about the Marvel films I'll always find enjoyable. The main character Ant Man, is played by Paul Rudd, who I can't stop calling Mike Hannigan...or Crap Bag for those Friends fanatics like me. He originally being the main reason for wanting to watch this film, 'ah it'll be hilarious I LOVE Paul Rudd' and many people associating this film similar to Guardians of the Galaxy. Personally didn't see the similarities, I found it comical but not like I thought I would. Scott (Paul Rudd) is given a suit that makes him the size of an ant and trained by Father/Daughter duo to use this suit for good and save the world from a bad guy. Very predictable for Marvel films but I loved the Ant element, just something different to many action films. 

A short nu

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

CRAFTS || Scrapbooking & Project Life Haul

CRAFTS || Scrapbook & Project Life Haul. 

Hi Gorgeous, 

I hope these posts are boring you too much! but if you haven't noticed blogging and scrapbook seem to be my only hobbies in-between working. So if I'm not taking photos for my blog, photos are being taken of my life for my scrapbook and because of that I want to share with you the bits I've picked up during July, because I just couldn't help myself I kept going spending, oops! I'll be leaving all links to websites, and sharing as much information as possible. But with that, let's just jump straight on in. 

hey little magpie. 
I made this order at the beginning of July, I'd been good with my money last month and just decided BLOW IT, I want some scrapbook supplies (like I wasn't purchasing bits every time I went out, shh). Luckily all the items I picked up during this spending spree were on sale, so for a craft order this felt reasonably prices at £18. While I've got all the cards and my photos mainly fill up my scrapbook, I feel like I'm lacking with embellishments. So that's exactly what I searched for and I just fell in love with each pack I picked up. I've completely fallen in love with the INSPIRE card kits online and wish, wish, wish I had the core kit to complete my scrapbook. Fingers crossed for 2016. However I picked up 45 embellishments from the same kit. I also found these adorable cut outs again with 45 pieces from PINK PAISLEE and just without any thought clicked added to basket. Because two sets of embellishments weren't enough, I then grabbed these MAMBI STICKS, which I thought worked perfectly as my original theme of my scrapbook involved lots of black and white. And I bet you didn't notice the little beads at the bottom of the photo, I'd been scrolling the sale pages for agessss and amongst the last few pages were some beautiful colours of these pearls. I picked up the baby blue and grey colours. A set of 100 will work perfectly to add some detailing to my photographs. 

hobby craft. 
I shouldn't be allowed to step foot into hobby craft. We have to travel quiet a distance for my closest hobby craft and I HATE leaving empty handed. Sadly in the scrapbook department I find there to be very little I like. Thankfully the stores are beginning to have more and more AMERICAN CRAFTS enter the stores. Luckily I found a few pieces I'd been eyeing up for a while. The first thing that I picked up was the Dear Lizzy HEART LETTERS I love anything that can make my pages a little more appealing & something about creating words looks really cute so I picked up this pack and for 140 I couldn't say no! Though I'll never want to use them they're so pretty!! In the same brand I picked up some MORE embellishments, and yes another 45. I'm like the biggest child, and I found this pack of ENCHANTED stickers, I thought they'd be perfect to use, especially as we've just booked our holiday to DISNEYLAND!!! In the wedding section I found some CONFETTI and just thought it would look adorable in my book. And finally some bits and bobs from the sale section, I picked up some stamps for 50p and a block of alphabet letters...I'm not entirely sure I'll ever use these bits but it's worth having them in my collection. 
And finally I purchased a few sets of cards online. Sadly I can't link these as I purchased 2 separate sets from ladies through facebook. Thankfully because of these two purchases I now have almost 300 cards from the INSPIRE kit which I'm in LOVE with. Previous times before this I've picked up a variety of different sets and I feel so lucky to have such a wide selection I can choose from when creating my pages. 

I enjoy writing these posts so much, so much so I held off from using these products until I took the photos. Sadly I'm now a month behind on my scrapbook, so before my holiday and in-between shifts at work I may try my hardest to get July finished and August started. 
I hope you're enjoying these posts and if you're interested in more please let me know. 
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Friday, 31 July 2015

BEAUTY || Monthly Favourites; July

BEAUTY || Monthly Favourites; July 

Hello my lovelies, 

Y'know what the end of the month means, oh yes monthly favourites!? I can't believe we're over half way through 2015, woah! July past in the blink of an eye, if I've not been working lately I've been sleeping, so it's been a crazy month. SO I'm just going to get straight into it! 

black xs- The first product of the month is almost a forgotten favourite. My parents brought me this for christmas after I'd been contemplating getting it myself for months. The scents from Paco Robanne are just 'wow'. This perfume has some undertones of the male Black XS and as I'm obsessed with that scent well this has just been perfect for me. It has such a scent which gives it that feminine touch and lasting wear of the scent is pretty impressive. (It's very early and I can't think of much vocab to describe this pretty little bottle)
witch blemish stick - This little beauty has been in my stash for some time & recently I've been having a few more breakouts than I'd like, so having this little stick to help control and get rid of those spots is pretty perfect!
vo5 heat protector - My hair is possibly the least looked after part of any routine I have. I some how forget the importance of looking after my hair. Thankfully the other week Superdrug had an offer on some vo5 products and I got my hands on this heat protector, dry shampoo and some strong hair spray and I've got to say I'll be using vo5 alot more as these products are awesome!!
b.defined eyebrow kit - I will forever be thankful to Eff for this little beauty. It took me so long before I started doing anything with my brows and I do just like to fill them in for more definition. I only use the shade I need and the gels and highlight in the set do see little use, but the shade I need for my brows is perfect, I've almost hit pan and I'll be terribly upset when I can't use it anymore!
pro fix makeup setting spray - I picked up this little gem a few weeks ago now, I'd be craving to text out some setting spray, wondering whether it REALLY did work. I can't say much for this keeping my base makeup in place, however I feel as those my eye makeup stays perfect, especially through an eight hour shift. Which is perfect for anyone working I think!!

tv shows, films, books & music. 
This little section this month is lacking in TV shows, netflix has taken a back seat this month. Mainly as I haven't had a spare minute to sit and watch anything. I'm currently trying to get my computer fixed so I can start watching ONE TREE HILL, which I desperately need that fix. That being said to fill the void until I get my computers disc drive working, I've had Spotify on repeat and listening to all the One tree hill playlists, finding my favourite songs from the series and some forgotten and hidden gems. I haven't had much spare time for the cinema either sadly, however I watched MAGIC MIKE and ANT MAN recently and loveddddd them both so much!! Now fingers crossed I get to watch Inside Out & Southpaw during August. ONE LINE A DAY is a book I got for Christmas (from tom, I think?) and it's crazy to believe I've been filling it in for half a year now. This little book excites me so much and I can't wait to complete this book and in 5 years time see the development of myself and my life simply through little stories in a book! 

everything else. 
I'm not lying when I say nothing really happened this month. My favourites are almost non-exsistent. I moved my bedroom around this month and re-created my little living space and I couldn't be happier. I like to make my room something I like to spend my time in, as I don't just sleep in this room it's my little place to escape and oh it just makes me so happy! 

what I got up to. 
I'm not lying when I say I can't remember what I've done this month. I recently upped my hours at work, practically going from part to full time hours. Thankfully it hasn't destroyed me and I feel I've proved so many people wrong by managing these hours. But it also means I have very little social time. However in those days between; I've played bowling THREE times. Toms family decided that a family trip out would be fun, frankie and bennys and a game of bowling and an hour in the arcades...this happened twice in one month. While the third time happened with some friends from work just a few days ago, I've adored those memories. I also spent an evening drinking with some friends from college, catching up on each others lives now and reminiscing on how things were back in college. I also spent a few days with a friend from work, lots of lunch dates and trying bubble tea for the first time. My parents also celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary, and they choose to spend their evening with me and Tom which was lovely. We drank and eat some yummy things.
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

BEAUTY || Eyeshadow; Palettes Perfect For Travel

BEAUTY || Eyeshadows: Palettes Perfect For Travel

Hello my lovelies & happy Tuesday,

I'm going away in just under 2 weeks, we may only be going to Cornwall but it's a holiday all the same. I still need to plan and pack what I'm taking away with me and with those thoughts comes my makeup. The last time I went away on holiday my makeup collection was almost non-exsistent. 4 years ago was my last BIG holiday where I didn't need to wear makeup and since then I've taken weekends away to visit family in Scotland where my makeup bag including foundation, eyeliner and mascara. Since then my collection has grown and grown. And since I'm going on a family holiday I've been given Nan has told me ONE suitcase and not much else as she's driving the car with all our belongings, so my biggest worry is...WHAT MAKEUP DO I TAKE WITH ME?
And while I'm deciding what I do and don't need I thought I'd put the decision to my blog and write the pros and cons to each of the 'smaller' travel sized palettes I own. 
E.L.F - Little Black Beauty Book || £3.99
Now it's possible, I've forgotten the price of this product but taken a guess at around £4. I picked this up last summer from TK Maxx and since then E.L.F is no longer available. So I do feel incredibly guilty for adding this to my post without being able to give you a link. However, this is a high contender for coming on holiday with me. Since I've been buying more palettes recently this kind of became a forgotten product. Thankfully I dug it out for this post and I know it's going to make it's way back to my routine soon enough. This is the WARM EDITION, and have a huge variety of my current go-to shades, 48 shades in total!? I do remember some shades having next to none pigmentation which I found difficult to work with but my opinions may have changed in the space of a year and I may fall completely in love with this product all over again. 
I did a little review of this palette last year, here
MAC - Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Palette || £38
Another palette which I can't link you back too, but this was a limited edition product which I lucky got my hands on for my birthday!? I'm obsessed with this palette and adore each colour, though you can possibly notice my most loved ones. If you love these shades, each except the dark/purple shade are available to purchase through MAC. Some have a higher pigment to others, and I find that I create the same smokey eye look with this palette each time. So while, I'm in love with these colours sometimes I like variety in my makeup and I couldn't cope with the same smokey for 7 days straight, though because it's so small I may pack it in my bag for an evening makeup look, y'know just incase we go somewhere fancy for a meal.
I also wrote a post on this palette, here.  
NOW, THIS, JUST, YES! I own Iconic 1-3 and this Iconic 2 is my FAV! You can possibly notice a theme within the shades here. All these palettes include warm & brown tones, but that's all I really need to create a simple makeup look. It's either boarder-line neutral or smokey eye for me and not much in between, so any palette with these shades work perfectly for me. So this palette was the last of the 3 iconics I picked up and now possibly the most used. I can make such a wide range of looks just from these 12 shades. I think all shades are shimmer, expect 3 which are mattes but I can use them all together and they work perfectly. I can create neutral looks using just the browns but then can instantly create a smoke eye by adding the darkest shades to the crease, yep, perfect. This is possible the largest palette in this post but the one that's more than likely going to be coming with me. 
Review post of this palette, here.

This is one of the newest additions to my collection and it certainly had a warm welcome. I find this very similar to my iconic shades, just condensed down, as though collection has noticed the most popular warm tone shades and put them altogether in one palette. I'm not complaining at all. This is still new to my collection and while I love in, I'm still falling IN love with it, so it's not very a big favourite. I find some of the shades a little too difficult to work with, as though I can't get any colour from some of the shades, especially the lighter shades. Again another mix with shimmers and mattes. The end shades being matte and the rest being shimmers, I always find this mix works well and let's me experiment as mattes aren't always my best friend for eyeshadows. 
I recently wrote a review on this palette, here
Models Own - Duo Shadows || N/A || POP - Trio Shadows || £15.50
Oh now it's finally time for the babies of the palettes, the DUO & TRIO palettes. I got both of these on separate ocassions. The Models Own Duo came as part of a goodie bag back in 2013 when I was at the Clothes Show and it's been this handy little item I've used since, sadly I can't find it online. So I'm not sure it's a sampler size of a full size product? I use this one regularly, it's perfect for a little definition to my eyes without using so many colours. It's simple the lightest shades goes on the base and the dark on I use in the crease of my lid. Now this without a doubt will be going into my makeup bag as its TINY! 
The POP is the newest addition and recently came in the post as part of my BIRCHBOX in July. I completely fell in love with the colours as soon as I saw the palette and new this would be perfect for me and instantly thought of it working with my duo palette...but IT DOES NOT! I just can't work with the shades. I still love the colours but they just wash me out, me and orange just don't work and that's the outcome I've had every time I've used this palette. So while it's still in my top makeup drawer it's not currently being used, which I find very sad. 

And there you have it, the perfect sized palettes to pop into your makeup bags for holidays. I thought it post would help me narrow down which ones I'd use instead I think I'm still at the conclusion that I'll probably make this a 5 minutes before we leave decision!! Thankfully I still have a little time to use this a little bit more and test out which ones I know would give me more options while I'm away from my huge makeup drawers. 
Though if anyone has any suggestions or which palette they love more out of this selection, I'd love some help with deciding! 

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