Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Giveaway | MeMeMe Cosmetics Ultimate Plum Eyeshadow Palette

Merry Christmas Eve beautiful readers!
Seeing as it's the time for giving, I thought I'd offer up this gorgeous palette to giveaway. You can check out a review on the product here.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas | Merry Mince Pies

I just love all things festive which of course includes making some homemade mince pies.

I decided to make own this year from scratch & thought I'd share my pictures with you!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

One of my favourite things about Christmas is getting the tree! I've grown up having a real tree every year & it's a tradition that my dad, sister & I do every year!
We empty the car, lower the seats & set off to a local farm that has hundreds to choose from!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

November Favourites

Christmas is getting closer & closer, so this month's favourites is a little festive!!

(click on the headings to see the item :))

1. Eating Out

For some reason, during the winter I tend to eat out a lot more. I'm not sure if it's because of the cold that I feel the need to comfort eat but I quite like it. There's nothing better than being in a cosy countryside pub on a Sunday afternoon with a roast dinner & crackling open fire!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Review | MeMeMe Ultimate Plum Palette‏

A few weeks back, I blogged about some MeMeMe products that I was given at a FABBevents blog event which you can find here. This time I'm back to review another of their products which was kindly sent over.
MeMeMe have also kindly offered my readers a little extra special gift during the festive period by giving 25% off their full products. Simply use the code 'mememe25' at the checkout.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Gifts For Him

Every year there's a struggle to find 'gifts for him' whether that's your partner, brother, dad or friend.

If you're like me & get stressed in large gift hunting crowds then this is the post for you!

Here's some ideas to make the Christmas shopping experience slightly more enjoyable.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Gifts For Her

Even though it's slightly easier to buy presents for a girl, I mean there are so many options to explore, this is where the problem starts. Most men (& women) don't know where to start.

Some women will write an exact list of what they want but others just say "surprise me."

Here's some help in finding that something special for a girl :)

Sunday, 7 December 2014

A Weeks Wardrobe | Christmas Party Edition

The Christmas party season is finally here & I just can't get enough of the sparkle!

It's that time of year when there are a million & one work Christmas parties happening every weekend so here's 'A Weeks Wardrobe | Christmas Party Edition' to give you some inspiration!!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Wish List

I love Christmas. I'm that person who gets excited straight after Bonfire Night & just wants to participate in anything 'christmassy.' 

Even though I love Christmas so much, I always struggle to make a list of what I want. For once, this year I have plenty of ideas so here's my Christmas Wish List.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Guest Blog | The Battle To Balance

Let me introduce myself, my name is Aj and I am a 42 year old wife and mother of one gorgeous little boy. I work full time in a stressful role and have taken fingers to keyboard to try and share some of my wisdom in all matters of Lifestyle and Beauty. Recently I have set up my own blog for this very purpose.  I would like to take this opportunity like to thank Dainty Bride for generously permitting me to write a guest blog to her readers, I hope that you all enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. 

Thank You.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Foundation Fever

I've spent a long time looking for various foundations to use for different occasions & I finally feel like I've achieved this.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Countryside Living

I absolutely love living in the countryside. There's nothing better than going on a walk & enjoying the views that it has to offer.

A few weeks back, I went for a lovely lunch & countryside walk armed with my Hunter's & took some pictures along the way!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Black Friday Wish List

Even though 'Black Friday' is an American tradition, it's slowing integrating into British society through internet shopping. 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Guest Blog Post | Stocking Surprises

Hey ladies {and gents!} It's Chelsea from East Willow Grove and Charlie has graciously let me guest post today, wahoo! While you will find my blog loaded with mommy and kids chatter you will also find beauty, lifestyle and now bridal tidbits as well! I'm a makeup hoarder lover and nail polish addict and recently newly engaged so I'm trying to plan our wedding while raising two little boys and working full-time {woof!} I also weekly vlog over on my YouTube channel, so pop on over and say hi!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye

The king of all eye creams...

Oh yes, this beauty has quickly become my all-time favourite!

I've already discovered a favourite day eye cream in the Alpha H Absoluté Eye Complex so I was thrilled to finally find an equal for night time.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

A Weeks Wardrobe | Winter Edition

How is it November already?! 

Now that the weather is getting slightly chilly I decided to do 'A Weeks Wardrobe | Winter Edition'

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Me Me Me Cosmetics Review

A couple of weeks ago I went to my first blogger event (I blogged about it here.) Whilst I was there, I was handed some makeup goodies from 'Me Me Me.' 

To be honest I'd never really heard of the brand before other than the odd mention but I'm glad that I've now been introduced.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

October Favourites

The leaves have fallen & it's starting to get crisp outside. Here are my October favourites.

It's got to that time of year when I really appreciate my dressing gown. Putting that soft & fluffy coat on every morning is a joy! I do miss it during the summer so as soon as it hit October, I whacked it out again!

2. Foundationless

Back in the day I wouldn't have been caught dead outside my house without a full face of foundation. This month I've loved having a break from it. I got to a point over summer where I felt like my face was just full of makeup so I decided to take a break & only use a bit of concealer to cover any blemishes. 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Blogger Event | FABB Birmingham

Last Sunday, I went to my first ever blogger event in Birmingham & I wasn't disappointed! FABB events was definitely the perfect first event for me to go to as there was so many amazing brands to talk to & get to know as well as being able to dabble in some blogger chat! I didn't take any pictures whilst I was there as I wanted to fully enjoy my time without worrying about the 'angles' & I'm glad I didn't - I had a camera free day & it was bliss!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Halloween | Pumpkin Fun

When it comes to Halloween, I think everyone is secretly still a kid at heart. We all love to decorate the house, dress up & carve a pumpkin or two.

I love carving pumpkins even though I'm pretty rubbish at it! I'm not all that creative but I still had all the tools out that I could find including screw drivers. Yes, screw drivers.

Happy Halloween!

Thank you for reading

Dainty Bride xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Halloween | Vampire How To

Here's a quick 'how to' for  a Vampire inspired makeup for Halloween :)

What you'll need:

I used a mix of beauty products & 'costume' products which were from Asda. I just made sure that I had a black eyeshadow, red eyeshadow or cream & plenty of liner!

The rest you can do as you please :)

Oh & don't forget the fake blood. Essential to any Halloween outfit

Step 1

Line your bottom lashes with a red eyeliner or face paint

Step 2

Cover your lid with red eyeshadow & wing out slightly. Make sure you put plenty into your crease to define your eyes.

Step 3

Use a black eyeshadow in your crease & around the outside corner of your eye & use a white eyeshadow to highlight your inner corner & brow bone

Step 4

Line your lid with a liquid liner to get that defined look 

Step 5

Define those eyebrows making them darker than you would usually go!

Step 6

Line those lips, add a deep red lippy & go crazy with the mascara! Finish off by adding some fake blood around the corner of the mouth for that Halloween factor.

And there you have it! A quick & simple way to vampire yourself up!

Tweet me if you recreate this look at @DaintyBride1

Thank you for reading

Dainty Bride xx

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wedding Pamper

One of the most exciting things about planning a wedding is that I know I can have a real indulging pamper day & not feel bad about it AT ALL.

You do need to be careful when planning these treatments though as you don't want to be that bride with a red face & orange body on your wedding day!

Here are my top 5 beauty treatments for the run up to your wedding day.

1. Nails

This is a must! I'm definitely opting for a gel nail polish to make sure they don't chip!! Depending on your theme & what type of bride you are, you could keep it real simple & go nude/pink/french or match your nails to your theme to give that little 'pop' of colour!

2. Hair

If you've been growing your hair rapidly so that you can have your desired hairstyle then this might not be the greatest idea! However, I always feel great after a fresh hair cut & knowing that my hair will look healthy for the big day is an added bonus :)

3. Massage

Nothing can be more relaxing than a full body massage. Release all of those wedding stresses by booking yourself in for one of these! 

4. Facial

To facial or not to facial? If you have sensitive skin & bad results after a facial then please don't go for it! It sounds like a great idea but if the reality sucks, don't do it. If you're not too sure how you will react then I'd suggest trying it out a couple of months before & if you love the results then maybe get another a couple weeks before the wedding.

5. Fake Tan 

Not everyone will agree with getting a spray tan before their wedding day. If however, you're like me & look like a ghost then this might be something you want to consider. I'm clearly not going to go for the "orange" look as it'll clearly clash with my hair... I just want a natural healthy glow. Famous last words. 

Like the facial, I would suggest you have a 'trial' spray tan a month or so before so that you can make sure you get the right colour you're going for. If it's a success you'll want to book it a few days before the wedding so that if it turns out a little darker than planned you have a few days for it to wear off.

Let me know if there are any other beauty treatments you would suggest before the big day!

Make sure you check out my previous 'bridal' post 'Floral Design' for flower inspiration.

Thank you for reading

Dainty Bride xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Weeks Wardrobe | Autumn Edition

I absolutely love Autumn. It's such a beautiful season. Blue skies, varied colours & crisp weather. 

(In an ideal world)

This months 'A Weeks Wardrobe' is a credit to the beautiful autumnal weather we've had recently & will hopefully continue!

- Monday -

Shirt - H&M
Jeans - Gap
Shoes - New Look


- Tuesday -

Coat - Zara
Necklace - H&M
Jumper - H&M
Jeans - Topshop
Boots - Topshop


- Wednesday -

Jumper - Topshop
Skirt - Topshop
Boots - Topshop


- Thursday -

Top - Paul Smith
Jeans - Gap
Boots - Office


- Friday -

Jacket - Topshop
Top - H&M
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes- Next


Check out my previous 'A Weeks Wardrobe | Work Edition'

Thank you for reading

Dainty Bride xx

(Pictures on this blog post are property of DaintyBride unless stated otherwise with an asterisk *. Any images marked with an asterisk * are sourced from the internet & are believed to be public domain & have no rights affiliated with DaintyBride)