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2 October 2014

Current favourite MAC Eyeshadows - Haux, Star Violet & Twinks

Clockwise from left: Twinks, Haux, Star Violet
I go through phases with my Mac palette; sometimes when there is a new eye shadow palette on the scene it gets relegated to the back of my palette drawer and then when i go back to it i really enjoy using it again and finding different combinations that work. Lately the three shades i have been

23 September 2014

Zakynthos (Greece) Holiday June 2014

Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach
This is probably the most delayed post in history given that our holiday in Zante was three months ago and we have actually been away again since then! I thought i was still worth sharing though because i know i am often inspired by other peoples holiday photos and when i was looking into going to Zakynthos i couldn't find a single blog post about it.

17 September 2014

Garnier Ultimate Blends with The Saturdays - Backstage experience


Beautiful, talented and globally successful super-group The Saturdays recently embarked on a greatest hits arena tour to promote their new greatest hits album and Garnier have collaborated with them to produce a range of hair care products called Ultimate Blends. I went along to one of the tour dates to find out a bit more.

8 September 2014

August Favourites


My first favourite from August might be slightly premature because i only got it half way through the month but it was pretty much love on first use! St Tropez Gradual Tan Firming* (£20) is said to tan, tone, firm and moisturise in one. I can't really say if i noticed any toning or firming action yet - i

3 September 2014

A picture says a thousand words #2


Clockwise from top left - What's in my handbag guest post on my friend Stacey's blog : One of the stunning views on our holiday in Zakynthos, Greece : My gorgeous other half Jim and I at our friends wedding : Baby Elsa looking ridiculously cute :  Jo Malone fragrances.
A few bits i picked up on one of many, many trips to Boots! : A recent eye look using MAC shadows : Decisions decisions, which four MAC shadows to take away with me?! : Eye look created with the Nars Narsissist Palette with a little added sparkle : My new favourite red nail  - Cherries in the snow from Revlon.
Clouds : I am so lucky to have the beautiful Lake District on my doorstep : My handsome boy Digs : Alcudia, Mallorca by night.
Its been ages since my last instagram related post so i thought i'd share a few of my more recent favourite pictures. I absolutely love taking photos and i see i picture in almost everything i do - i have a ridiculous amount of photos on my hard drive dating back to around 2007, and loads of photo

31 August 2014

My Favourite Hydrating Toners



If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you might have noticed i've been basking in the Portuguese sunshine for the last week enjoying every last minute of sun, sand and blue skies. It was definitely back down to earth with a bump landing in wet and windy Glasgow! 

15 August 2014

Omorovicza Skincare Review


Hi everyone, hope you're all well?! Life has been a bit hectic recently, since our holiday in June we've been busy getting our garden into shape and working on the huge list of things to do when you move into a new house but im happy to say we're getting there in the house and we really feel at

12 August 2014

Roger and Gallet Fleur de Figuier Huile Gormande Ultra Nourishing Oil


I have a bit of a love/hate relationships with spray oils because sometimes i find they are too greasy and my skin doesn't seem to absorb them but I think i might have found 'the one' for me in this 96% natural oil from Roger & Gallet. 

5 August 2014

July Favourites

Its been a little while since i've done a favourites post so i have quite a few things to talk about that i have been loving over the last couple of months.

23 July 2014

Jo Malone Fragrances - Blackberry & Bay and Peony & Blush Suede


Jo Malone has always been one of those shops that i would go into, get a bit carried away and spray everything - LOVE everything and come away empty handed and totally confused! The range is so amazing and i liked the sound of so many of their fragrances that i could just never make up my mind which i wanted. 

5 June 2014

Guest Post! Scrub a Dub Dub. Fake Tan Prep

www.loulovesbeauty.co.uk fake tan prep

Hi I'm Lou from Lou Loves Beauty and I have the great honour of being your writer today on Anna's blog. I am what you could call a fake tan junkie and its a very rare occasion that you see me without a tan, so I thought I would share some of my favourite scrubs with you to help you maintain and achieve a flawless natural looking

20 May 2014

Blogsale!

Hi guys, I'm back with another blogsale! These are all loved products but they are either duplicates or very similar to other things i own. I've sanitised everything and tried to show usage and shades in the pictures but please google for swatches.

Everything is sold as seen and the photographs show the items that i'm selling. I've detailed how much each product has been used as accurately as possible and priced things accordingly. If you would like any more info or photos just let me know. 

How to buy

If you would like to buy any of the items, please comment on this post ot tweet me @OTDTblog. All items will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Payments to PayPal as gift please to avoid the charges! I use a different email address for my Paypal account so I will contact you with the details - please leave an email address in the comment on this post. Payment within 24 hours please. Postage is to the UK only (sorry!) and is £3.00 plus 50p for each additional item. Item will be sent out the weekend following payment clearing at the latest (but i will do my best to get things in the post asap).

Happy shopping! x


  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh £30 (rrp £52)
  • Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Fragrance £30 (rrp £38)



  • Essie Bikini So Teeny £3.50 (rrp £8) used once
  • Nails Inc St Johns Wood £3.50 (rrp £11) used a couple of times 
  • Essie Vested Interest (limited edition) £3.50 (rrp £8) used once



  • Chanel Rouge Hydrabase 156 Great Copper £5
  • Nars Satin Lip Pencil Floralies £6.50 (rrp £17.50)
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dolce Vita £5 
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Sex Machine £5




  • Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever Palette £15 (rrp £23.50) one of the cream shadows lid is damaged but it doesn't effect the seal so the product hasn't dried out at all.
  • Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette Nude Glow (ltd edition) £25 (rrp £35) used a couple of times.


  •  Urban Decay Naked Palette (first edition) £25 (rrp £37) used a few times but as you can see from the picture there is a lot of product left to use!

 Thanks for looking!



31 March 2014

March Favourites!


I'm so excited that its the end of March because that only means one thing to me - the clocks go forward and we get an extra hour of daylight in the evenings which means it will be still light when Jim gets in for work so we can take the dogs for a walk and as soon as its warm enough go and sit in our local beer garden! 

28 March 2014

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream Review


Its not often you'll hear me raving about a hand cream on here; to me they are at the duller end of beauty products and because i don't suffer particularly from dry hands i don't tend to use any religiously, i just use whichever one is nearest last thing at night when i remember in the hope that my hands will never give my age

26 March 2014

Marc Jacob Daisy Eau so fresh review pic


As with my make up i like to change up my fragrances at different times of the year and the one that has barely been put down since the first coy little appearance of the sun this year is Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, thanks to my lovely sister in law who gave it to me for my birthday.

21 March 2014

Spring Beauty Tag!


I was tagged in Gillian's Spring Beauty Tag video and i really liked the questions so i thought i would write it up as a blogpost because i'm not brave enough for YouTube!  


19 March 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Review - Blissful


Given the highly anticipated arrival of Tarte Cosmetics to British shores (cue mass hysteria from us beauty obsessed types!) i thought i'd tell you a little bit about the one and only Tarte product i've managed to get my hands on to date. Please excuse the unseasonal photos - i took them back in October and have just never

17 March 2014

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum First Thoughts

I was recently lucky enough to be sent the Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum (£17.00) from Escentual.com to try out. I've only been using it for a few days so i can't review it on full yet but on first impressions it’s a really lovely serum. If you’re not familiar with Avene, they are a French skincare brand

15 March 2014

Maybelline Color Show Nail Varnish


I'm loving the pastel-but-bright nail trend for this spring and the two latest additions to my ever growing nail varnish collection come from Maybelline Color Show (£2.99) in Nebline - a milky baby pink and Love Lilac - a lilac with a really subtle blue shimmer running through it. Both colours look gorgeous on the nails

12 March 2014

Under the Spotlight - Oqibo


It's been a while since the last post in my Under the Spotlight series,  which focuses on lesser known or new brands that i really think you would want to know about. The latest brand that has my attention is British brand Oqibo

9 March 2014

Nuxe Spring Wishlist

The lovely French skincare brand Nuxe have so many lust-worthy products, i could literally go mad on their website given the budget! Here is my selection of the products that i'm coveting to pamper myself and get my skin spring ready.

5 March 2014

February Favourites!


I don't usually like to wish away time because it goes by fast enough as it is but i have to say i've been looking forward to seeing the back of Feb. I hate winter! I know i've said it before but i am glad we are waving goodbye to the miserable months and by the next favourites post we will be back to lighter evenings

27 February 2014

Probably the best house warming present ever! Rob Ryan Plates


As i mentioned in my life update post, Jim and I moved into our new house just before Christmas so when my best friend made her latest pilgrimage over from the North East to the North West for a visit she came bearing gifts and i wanted to share the house warming present she gave us with you because i'm totally

24 February 2014

Blog Sale!

Hi guys, I've been having a little clear out of some products that just don't work for me or are a bit neglected and could do with finding a new loving home! 

Everything is sold as seen and the photographs show the items that i'm selling. I've detailed how much each product has been used as accurately as possible and priced things accordingly. If you would like any more info or photos just let me know. Please google for swatches. 



How to buy

If you would like to buy any of the items, please comment on this post. All items will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Payments to PayPal as gift please to avoid those pesky charges! I use a different email address for my Paypal account so I will contact you with the details - please leave an email address in the comment on this post. Payment within 24 hours please. Open to offers. Postage is to the UK only (sorry!) and is £2.50 plus 50p for each additional item. Item will be sent out the weekend following payment clearing at the latest (but i will do my best to get things in the post asap).



  • Benefit Fake up shade 03 Deep - only swatched £8 (RRP £18.50)
  • Makebelieve Enhance Luminize skin highlighter - used 2/3 times £3 (RRP £7.50)
  • Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF15 shade 04 Sunset - Brand New £8 (RRP £16 )
  • Bobbi Brown clear gloss mini - brand new £4
  • Chantecaille Lip Sheer shade Meteor - worn 2-3 times £5 (RRP £27)


  • Dainty Doll Cream Blusher shade 002 - only swatched £3
  • Dainty Doll Powder Blusher shade 004 - only swatched £3
  • Dainty Doll Powder Blusher shade 003 - only swatched £3


  • MAC Pigment in Naked - about 95% remaining £12 (RRP £17)
  • MAC single eyeshadow in Bisque - used 7/8 times £7 (RRP £12.50)
  • MAC single eyeshadow in Jest - usage shown £6 (RRP £12.50)
  • MAC lipstick in Myth - worn 2/3 times £7 (RRP £15)


  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere in shade 30 Beige - i can't tell how much is left in the bottle and its hard to tell by weight as the bottle is glass so is quite heavy but i would say there is around 50% left. £15 (RRP £36)
  • Bourjois Happy Light Foundation shade No50 Porcelain - worn twice £5 (RRP £11.99)
  • Lancome Teint Visionnaire shade 01 - worn 4/5 times £12 (RRP £36.50 )
  • Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream SPF20 - around 2 3rds left £7 (RRP£18)

  • YSL Youth Liberator shade B30 Beige - used 3/4 times £30 (RRP £37)


20 February 2014

My Favourite Nars Blushers - Outlaw, Orgasm, Douceur & Albatross


If you are a beauty lover the chances are you will have heard of Nars Blushes, and once you’ve heard about them you are unlikely to forget thanks to the *ahem* interesting names some of the most popular cult shades have!

18 February 2014

A little life update!


Hello strangers, It’s been a while! I’m reluctant to say ‘I’m back’ - life has just been so crazy these last couple of months and I feel like it’s only just beginning to settle down to the point that I can actually sit down with my laptop and put pen to paper as it were! So in case you have noticed my blog has been quiet I’ll try