Friday, 29 July 2011

Little Treats...

Today I shopped a little.

Earrings: Accessorize


I really couldn't resist these Ottoman'esque earrings, they are just stunning and I can't wait to wear them!


Top: H&M

This looks great with my bump, it's really feminine and flattering! I may wear it tomorrow and snap some pics!


Hair clips/bands: H&M

One can never have too many of these...


Mothers Balm: Neal's Yard
Body Butters and Shower Gels: The Body Shop


This is my 3rd and probably final tub of the mothers balm, I just LOVE it! The body shop body butters are a great all round body moisturiser and the satsuma and grapefruit scents just make me happy! :)

What have you treated yourself to today?

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Indigo...

This isn't a colour I would particularly pick for summer, but it works! I decided to treat myself a couple of days ago to this 'Indigo' shade by Barry M.


It's a sophisticated pop of colour, a little unusual twist to a classic dark blue and I love it. I have applied 2 coats and the Barry M top coat.


BABY BUBBLES UPDATE

Oh my, I'm 30 weeks and 5 days pregnant now and I feel huge, it's like the past week I have ballooned and I quickly feel out of breath as my uterus is really pushing against my diaphragm, but all is good, I can't complain. I made the most of the tiny little bit of sunshine we had today and whipped out my yellow maxi dress which clashes nicely with my nails!


Have you tried this shade of nail polish?

Monday, 25 July 2011

GlossyBox...

GlossyBox is a UK subscription programme that sends you 5 miniature (sometimes full size) products each month for you to test at home for £10.00 + £2.95 shipping. If you live in the states you may have already heard of Birchbox, GlossyBox is the UK's alternative.



Here's July's box...



Here's what's inside...


  1. Blink false eyelashes - Tease
  2. Ciate Nail Polish - Mojito (13.5ml - Full size)
  3. Perfume Samples - Archives 69 & 'Like This' Tilda Swinton
  4. Illamasqua Pure Pigment - Twinkle (1.3g - Full size)
  5. Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating body oil (100ml - Full size)
Check out prices and what else could have been included in July's box HERE.

Click the image below to enlarge for clearer swatches.



My thoughts on July's GlossyBox: It's amazing that there are full size products with this month, the Weleda body oil is the standout product for me. I would have loved a more neutral nail polish as the green just isn't that wearable. The eyelashes look great, I hated both perfume samples and the pigment from Illamasqua is "OK" nothing breathtaking.

My thoughts on GlossyBox overall: I think it's a fantastic concept and great value for money, especially if you are a product junkie like I am, I get to try new products each month without breaking the bank. I like not knowing what's in the box each month as it's a nice surprise, but it would also be great if we could select shades to suit us rather than end up with something we don't like. But I suppose it's a lucky dip, you win some you lose some. It also bothers me that my July GlossyBox can be different from your July GlossyBox. I know that a few people got different items, it would be fantastic if we could preview the box from a month before so we can choose what we would prefer.

For more info visit: www.glossybox.co.uk

Disclaimer: This box was sent for consideration for review, I was not paid for this post and I am not affiliated with them. HONEST opinion as ALWAYS!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

30 Weeks Pregnant.. CHIT CHAT!

The baby now measures approx 39cm and weighs 1.3kg. I feel her movements getting stronger each day! There are 69 more days to go, here are a few photos from today...


I love my bump! It's amazing that in 6 weeks I will be full term and I will be that much closer to holding my precious little angel. :)


The days are getting closer and I still feel like I have so much to do. The past week I have been going totally bananas with options for cot bedding. Yesterday, I picked up some fabric samples from 'Cloth House' thinking that I may perhaps design and make my own. But, to be honest I would rather find a gorgeous ready made one from the shops and save myself time.


I showed you the fabric letters I picked up from Mamas & Papas a while back, and want to pick out the creamy colours for the bedding and have accents of brighter colours in the accessories.



I also picked up this chicken shaped pillow from the same range (Made with love) at Mama's & Papa's, it's just so cute!


I have these postcards that I purchased from Paperchase when I was only roughly 8 weeks into my pregnancy, I thought IF I have a girl they will look perfect in frames on the wall. The illustrations are so adorable...




Back to bedding, I really do like this quilt from Mama's & Papa's but it doesn't fit the Ikea cot that I want, I may buy the bigger option and cut it down, ahh so confused! My dad also said he might have one made for me in Turkey, so I'm just waiting for confirmation and then I have to REALLY decide.


I started crocheting some flowers, I might make a pillow, or even a cot mobile, a headband or decorations for something else out of them.


I saw this blanket on the Internet whilst browsing and fell in love, I'm going to have to ask my mum or her friend to make it for me, isn't it beautiful! I would make it myself but I would take forever, I need a pro! :)



Lastly here are a couple of inspirational tranquil nursery photographs. I wonder what my little corner of the bedroom will look like, it's proving difficult but not impossible to have the nursery in our bedroom. Don't worry I will show you pictures once it's finished. I can't wait to see what it will end up as myself! :)


I love the little details in both of these photos, isn't the nappy stacker so cute!


Enjoy your weekend, if you have any tips on saving money and space, and even nice places to buy baby bedding PLEASE leave me a comment! :)

Lots of love from me and baby bubbles! x X x

Friday, 22 July 2011

The winner of the peshtemal is...

Laura from Essex, CONGRATULATIONS! Please email me your full name and address to bubblegarm@london.com and I will forward your details and hopefully your lovely blue peshtemal will be sent to you pronto!


Thank you to everyone who entered! x X x

Friday, 15 July 2011

Beach Bag Essentials!

What's in your beach bag? Here's my essentials in my gorgeous straw beach bag from Accessorize..


  • BIKINI - H&M
  • SHELL NECKLACE - My own design.
  • HAT - Accessorize
  • SUNGLASSES - H&M
  • ICED WATER - Put a bottle of water in your freezer the night before to keep it chilled all day long!
  • MP3 PLAYER



SPF - Avene 'Hydrance Optimale' SPF20 for face, Avene 'very high protection spray' SPF50 and Garnier 'Golden Protect' SPF15.


  • Reading material
  • Hair band and clips
  • Waterproof makeup bag - H&M
  • Waterproof Mascara - Urban Decay Cannonball
  • Lip Balm - Softlips SPF20
  • Colour Awakening Lip Balm - Dior Addict Lip Glow SPF 10

    And then you need something else...



  • What is a 'Peshtemal'?

    A 'Peshtemal' is a traditional Turkish towel, used in the Turkish baths/hamams for centuries. It exists since the Ottoman Empire and was an essential for all the Sultans. It absorbs water as fast as towels yet weighs much less, it dries quickly and holds less space in your bag. The Peshtemal provides a practical, cost-effective and eco-friendly solution. It is made of %100 cotton yarn and hand woven.


    It comes in many colours and sizes, you can use it like a normal beach towel and even as a cover up!


    WIN THIS...



    My cousin is the owner of the Etsy shop BeautyAndSpa and she has agreed to do a giveaway for my readers! *YAY* For your chance to win this beautiful 'Ocean blue peshtamal', For your chance to win just leave a comment below and make sure you are a follower of my blog. I will pick somebody at random and will announce the winner after 7 days.

    GOOD LUCK...
    What's your beach bag essentials?

    Disclaimer: I was sent the pink peshtemal as a gift from my cousin and loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you, I wasn't paid for this post and I'm not affiliated with her.

    Thursday, 14 July 2011

    Vintage E/S Everyday FOTD...

    I keep doing the same makeup look lately, it's quick, easy and looks very natural.

    I LOVE this 'Vintage' shade by Jemma Kidd, it's perfect for an everyday look particularly when in a rush as I apply it with my finger all over the lid and blend it out and that's it. The shade is a cool toned golden champagne which has a beautiful sheen. I was sent it a few months ago and I have got so much use out of it that I had to share it with you. This shade is everything that I wanted Mac 'All that glitters' to be.

    The texture is very soft, smooth, buttery and highly pigmented, it's almost the same colour as my skin but with the added 'glow' factor. It lasts all day, doesn't crease even without a base and I can't really fault it, I even prefer the texture to Urban Decay eyeshadows.

    I dropped my e/s on the floor some time ago and it cracked which is why it's in the state that it is, but that hasn't stopped me using it!


    An added bonus, here's an everyday outfit! I'm wearing my maternity jean shorts from H&M, a baby blue top also from H&M, a knit cardigan, a very cool belt from 'Sisley' my 'Fat Face' bag, brown flip flops and dark wooden jewellery.


    What's your everyday eyeshadow that's your skin colour but with the 'glow' factor?

    Disclaimer: The 'Jemma Kidd' products were sent for consideration for review, I was not paid for this post and I am not affiliated with the brand. Honest opinion as ALWAYS!!!

    Lime Green OOTN + FOTN...

    It was my hubby's birthday yesterday, here's the fruit "cake" I made him minus the actual cake because he's so damn healthy! :)



    In the evening we went to one of our favourite Turkish restaurants, "Gallipoli" in Upper St, Angel. The atmosphere, food and service was top notch as usual.


    I wore a lime green dress, well it was a dress when I purchased it a few months ago, thanks to my 28 week pregnant belly it transformed into a top! :)


    • Dress: H&M
    • Leggins: Topshop
    • Belt: Reiss
    • Shoes: Miss Selfridge
    • Scarf: H&M
    • Bag: Vintage


    My jewellery is from the old bazaar in Bursa, Turkey.



    I used my GHD's to curl the ends of my hair very loosely...



    THE MAKEUP!

    • FACE: Mac Face & Body Foundation.
    • CHEEKS: Soleil Tan De Chanel, Mac 'Rose Quartz' MSF
    • EYES: Mac 'Smoked Ruby' mineralised e/s, Mac 'Ricepaper' e/s, Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner 'Espresso Ink', Mac 'Zoom Fast Lash' mascara and Mac clear brow gel.
    • LIPS: L'oreal 'Cappuccino' lipliner, Nars 'Turkish Delight' lipgloss.


    Can I just say how much I am loving the 'Rose Quartz' msf from the 'Semi Precious' collection? Just did. It gives such a pretty glow to my cheekbones, here's a pic in natural light...


    and with flash!


    Have you worn lime green this summer?