31 Mar 2013

March Playlist


1. Do Watcha - McFly
2. This Is What Makes Us Girls - Lana Del Rey
3. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
4. Come What May - Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge Soundtrack)
5. Teenage Kicks - Nouvelle Vague (fantastic cover)
6. You & Me Song - The Wannadies
7. Pompeii - Bastille
8. Explosions - Ellie Goulding
9. Say Say Say - Michael Jackson
10. You Overdid It Doll - The Courteeners
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29 Mar 2013

Sharing The Love - March

I've been thinking about starting publishing little posts like these for a while and I can't believe I'm only just getting round to it! I read hundreds of blogs every day and thought it was only right that I shared a few of my favourites with you lovely lot. 
 First up is the lovely Hayley of Water Painted Dreams who is quite easily one of my favourite bloggers. Hayley's blog is a bit of a mix of everything which I think is what I like so much about it. She's such a lovely girl, and you should definitely check out her blog.
 Secondly, Islay of Islaay.com who is my go to beauty blog. She always has the most amazing nail art alongside great tutorials and reviews. If you're looking for nail inspiration definitely pay her a visit!
Last, but definitely not least, is the gorgeous Alex from Bambella. She always posts the prettiest outfits and about some total bargains too, I'm also in love with her YouTube and get creepily excited when she posts a new video... Stalker alert!

So, I hope you find some new blogs to fall in love with from these little posts - leave me your links to have a nosey at and you might find yourself popping up in one!

Lots of love,

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27 Mar 2013

Love & Beauty by Forever 21 - Natural Eye Palette




Natural Eyeshadow Palette - Forever 21 £5.65
So if you follow me on Twitter you'll already be very aware of my new found love for Forever 21. I was one of those lunatics that queued in the freezing wind & snow last Friday morning in order to be one of the very first in to the AMAZING new store - seriously, if you get the chance to visit do it! It's three massive floors of inexpensive wonder. 
Anyway, on one of my numerous visits (I've been 4 times since it opened) I was having a good ol' nosey at the accessories section which is a glittering heaven and I spotted the cosmetics. Forever 21 not only stock hundreds of amazing clothes, jewellery, bags and shoes - they also have their own cosmetics range including eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks and brushes. I first noticed their pastel palette which had some lovely colours in, but I then spotted the natural palette which was exactly what I was after. Seeing as it was only £5.65 I found it awfully hard to resist, much like the rest of the shop. Seriously - bargain alert.


Top - without flash
Bottom - with flash
Shades swatched L-R from dark to light
The palette contains ten shades ranging from almost white to a very dark brown and also comes with a black kohl pencil and a double-ended wand with a sponge at one end and a brush at the over. The lighter shades are mostly matte but some have a very subtle hint of shimmer whereas the darker shades - especially the 3rd from left - have a much more obvious shimmer to them. The colours are all part of your standard neutral collection and have no major statement colours. After applying I found that these colours we're all quite warm tones which will probably look better on me when I have more of a tan instead of my current Snow White-esque colouring at the moment.
Overall, I'm not overly amazed by this palette, it doesn't do anything other palettes don't already do. The lighter shades don't seem to have much pigmentation when applied with the sponge applicator from the packet and there isn't much range in colour, but I do like it and will definitely be using it. My favourite shade is the third from the left as it has a nice shimmer to it and seems the most pigmented out of the ten. After applying with the sponge applicator I felt that the pigmentation wasn't great, but I then applied with my own eyeshadow brush and found it a lot better. These shadows managed to stay put for the duration of my  snowy day without a primer which I was pretty impressed by. I was hoping this would be more similar to the MUA Heaven & Earth palette which is one of my favourite basics and was only £4, but is now running low and needing replaced. However like I said I do still like it and I think that this will be perfect for a nice nude smokey eye and handy for a daily eyeshadow too, plus the packaging is so pretty!

Have you visited the new Forever 21 yet - are you as obsessed as me? I would definitely expect a lot more posts featuring products from them!
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25 Mar 2013

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Face Wash & Moisturiser



Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Moisturiser (RRP £4.99) and Facial Wash (RRP £4.89)
both from Superdrug for £4.99 altogether
One of my favourite scents has to be pink grapefruit, it's so sweet but tangy and smells beautifully fresh. The Body Shop do a fantastic range of pink grapefruit scented products and I'm a massive fan of their scrub and body butter. For face wash and moisturiser I tend to stick to Simple as it's worked wonders for my skin in the past but recently my skin has been an absolute nightmare for no apparent reason so I decided to mix up my routine.
I've always been drawn to the Neutrogena pink grapefruit range but been slightly put off by the price as it's a bit more than I'd like to pay for a drugstore face wash but I was browsing Superdrug earlier this week and noticed that it was on 2 for £4.99 which is basically buy one get one free.
On first impressions I was slightly disappointed by the size of the moisturiser, I was definitely expecting a bigger tube! I've been using it twice a day for about a week now and I'm not entirely blown away but I do like it. The face wash doesn't leave my skin dry and tight like others sometimes can and it definitely does a good job of getting the last few traces of make up off (although I've been trying not to wear any this week to try help my skin) which is a plus. The moisturiser seems quite basic so far, it does leave the majority of my skin nice and soft but it's not been much of a help for my really dry patches so far. A big issue for me with this moisturiser is that I feel like I'm using a lot more of the product than I would need to with other moisturisers and seeing as it's quite a small tube I'm worried it's going to run out quite soon. The scent does linger for a good few hours, which some people may not like, but is another pro for me, Like I said, I've only really been using it for a week but I'm noticing a slight difference in my skin so I'm hoping that with continued use - alongside a few face masks - I might finally get it back to normal!

Have you used anything from this range, how did you feel about it? Also, any other skin saviours that I should try out in an attempt to rescue my poor face?

Lots of love,

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23 Mar 2013

Sister Vintage






Earrings, M&M necklace and ring all from Mystery Goody Bag for £2, triangle necklace was £3 but now out of stock
My jewellery collection is rapidly expanding at the moment and I'm quite enjoying having lots of choice when it comes to what pieces to wear. On Tuesday I noticed on Twitter that Sister Vintage were doing an amazing deal where for just £2 you get a mystery goody bag containing a necklace, earrings and a ring. At £2 it was hard to resist! While I was browsing the site seeing if they had anything else I fancied I came across this lovely gold triangle necklace and had to have it, I'd been after something similar for quite a while. I have a slightly similar necklace from Primark in silver but it's a bit smaller and it was the same price anyway. I'm absolutely in love with this ring, it's so pretty and will go with lots. The colours in it are really beautiful together despite being quite plain and neutral separately. I also received an incredibly cute M&M's necklace which is just adorable - who doesn't love chocolate? And the cameo earrings make me feel awfully sophisticated... If that's possible?!

Sister Vintage have a great range of jewellery for bargain prices so I'd definitely recommend having a nosey. You lovely lot can get a 10% discount with the code 'colourscarousel'. I know that quite a lot of items have gone out of stock in the past couple of days so I'd be quick if I were you! Postage is £1.90 in the UK and is super quick - I ordered these on Tuesday night and they arrived Thursday morning. 

Lots of love,

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21 Mar 2013

My Camera & Kit

BEFORE I BEGIN I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I MAKE A FEW POINTS CLEAR:
1. I AM BY NO MEANS, SHAPE OR FORM A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, PHOTOGRAPHY IS JUST A HOBBY AND SOMETHING THAT I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN
2. AN EXPENSIVE CAMERA DOES NOT MEAN YOUR PICTURES WILL AUTOMATICALLY LOOK FANTASTIC, START FROM THE BOTTOM AND WORK YOUR WAY UP AS YOUR SKILLS IMPROVE
The first few photos of my camera & lenses were taken with my compact featured later on in the post, they were obviously not taken with my DSLR - just in case you thought they were!
I apologise in advance for how long and photo heavy this post will be, I hope it provides a bit of help for some people!




My Camera
When taking all of my blog photos, and most other photos in life, I use my Nikon D3100 DSLR. It cost me around £600 at the beginning of 2012 and this was in a bundle containing the body, two lenses, memory card and a camera bag - ahh Jessops, I miss you already. It's quite an entry level camera that is now a year or so old and has been surpassed by newer models, but you can find this model on Amazon here. I saved for a long time to get this camera and it is my baby!
The way I use it depends on the situation, if I have the time and I'm doing product shots I'll shoot in full manual mode but if I'm a bit short on time I tend to shoot in aperture priority mode or just no flash mode, the latter being my go to for outfit shots as it is a lot easier than setting up every shot individually which is really time consuming. I did take higher photography in school however I knew my way around a camera before starting, I'm completely self taught with a lot of help from various magazines, websites and some good old YouTube videos. Pinterest is a pretty good resource for tutorials and inspiration! Also, if you're interested in learning more there's usually a good amount of classes around - Groupon is a good place to grab a bargain.


My Lenses
At the moment I have three lenses, the standard 18-55mm Nikkor kit lens which came with my camera, 70-300mm Tamron Macro lens which was also bundled with my camera and my newest addition is the fantastic 50mm 1.8f Nikkor lens which was a pricey addition to my collection but well worth it. One of the downsides of my D3100 is that it has a slightly different motor to other Nikons (such as my dad's D40) and so requires different lenses which are slightly more expensive which is a pain considering how expensive lenses are to start with! At the moment my go to lens is my 50mm, probably because it's new, but before that I pretty much constantly used the kit (18-55mm) lens as it was easier and had a lot more flexibility than my macro lens. The macro lens is a bit of nuisance as it's quite heavy and the close range makes camera shake very obvious so it works best with a tripod. I use from time to time for super close up product photos such as jewellery.


My Compact Camera
A couple of weeks ago I purchased the Samsung DV90 because it was on offer and I was looking out for a decent little compact to take to Kavos this year, as well as gigs and nights out and things where it's not really ideal to have my DSLR with me. This has quite a nifty little feature in that it has an extra screen on the front which is useful for taking photos with friends if no one fancies volunteering! I've not had a great chance to use it yet but at the moment I'm quite happy with the purchase and I'm sure it will come in handy to have!


My Tripod
Now this tripod was an undeniable bargain. I got this fab little thing for just £3 alongside 3 copies of Digital SLR Magazine! I'm not 100% certain but I think it's this Hama Star 700 tripod which is pretty cheap to start out with, but not quite as cheap as £3. Considering the magazine itself is about £4 an issue I couldn't help snapping it up. Last time I checked they current deal was £3 for 3 issues and a free camera bag but I'd pick up a copy of the magazine just to make sure. Digital SLR Photography is one of my favourite photography magazines at the moment so if you're interested I'd definitely recommend giving it a read.

Comparing the lenses/cameras




Bracelet from Delilah Dust, full post here
As you can see, each piece of equipment produces different (in some cases only slight) results. My personal favourite is the 50mm as it produces a very bright image with a good depth of field and shows a good amount of detail. The kit lens produces quite similar results but are a little bit duller which can quite easily be fixed in Photoshop - the major difference between this and the 50mm is that the 50mm has a wider aperture range which isn't as apparent in this photos. The macro lens shows an insane amount of detail which is fantastic for close up shots, but it works at a very close range which can be quite awkward at times. The DV90 compares quite well to the D3100, it shows a decent amount of detail and the dullness can quite easily be fixed in Photoshop. It's definitely a handy little thing!

What do you use for your photos? Any must have staple items in your kit? Was this post helpful? I really hope it was!

Lots of love,

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19 Mar 2013

Passion For Fashion - Take Two

At the moment Moneysupermarket.com are running another of their fantastic Passion For Fashion competitions - this time with more of a summer theme in mind. You may remember a similar competition that I entered last September where I put together five outfits for the themes Party, Casual, First Date, Outdoors and Office. This time around you only need to put together three outfits for the categories of Holiday, Casual and Party to be entered for a chance to win either £1000 or three runners up prizes of £200 each. You can find out more about the competition and how to enter here.

TOTAL = £122.98
 Summer very rarely makes an appearance in Scotland but we do sometimes have a wonderful week or two of beautiful warm weather, so to make sure this outfit would be wearable all summer I decided on these stunning patterned trousers to add a bit more interest than jeans - they're a bit daring and not something I would usually go for but I've got a bit of an itch to try them out! With such a statement piece I decided to keep the rest of the outfit quite simple and chose this pretty crochet top from Miss Selfridge which could be layered over vest tops or even a bikini on a little day trip to the beach at Troon! My leopard print loafers are my go to shoe when warm weather appears but sadly they are falling to pieces and I quite fancy these lovely brown ones as a replacement. To finish it all off I'd add a simple brown satchel to hold my essentials and some classic black frames to hide from the sun's rays as well as a bright pop of orange on my nails to keep in with the bold patterned trousers.

TOTAL = £153.98
 My big summer holiday this year is Kavos with my friends, which I'm incredibly excited for. I was in Corfu last year and it was absolutely roasting so I chose this pretty printed summer dress that will be nice and light for day time thrown over a bikini but great for nights out too. As it's kind of a 'party' holiday I opted for these gorgeous flatforms that I spotted in River Island, they'll be comfy enough to wear for a long night but still give me that little bit of extra height that I look for. The little cross body bag from New Look would be perfect to keep my compact camera and some money in whilst keeping it reasonably safe so is an essential for my holiday shop! Last year I was lucky enough to get an amazing pair of acid green Wayfarers which I can't wait to wear again, but if I was going to splash out on another pair (which is doubtful) I would go for the classic brown tortoiseshell ones, my dad has a pair from when he was younger and I'm always nabbing them to complete an outfit!
TOTAL = £140.99
Apart from my 18th, the biggest party this summer is my Leaver's Dinner (i.e. prom) so I'm on the look out for a pretty outfit to wear for the night. When I first saw this dress in Miss Selfridge I wasn't too blown away by it, but I tried it on and fell in love. It's definitely on the top of my To Buy list! The dress itself is quite simple apart from the lace detailing on the back so I'd pair it with simple black heels, an oversized monochrome clutch and a bit of sparkle. I didn't want to wear a necklace as I feel it would detract from the detailing on the back of the dress so opted for some very sparkly (and expensive) earrings from Topshop. Normally at this price I wouldn't even bother looking at them but these are just so beautiful - I think they'd be perfect. With such statement earrings I'd keep the rest of my jewellery simple and instead go for some glitter on my nails with Juicy Jules being the perfect partner for the gorgeous earrings.

What are your must haves for this Summer? If you enter the competition please leave your links so I can have a nosey!

Lots of love,

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17 Mar 2013

Recipe: Easy Peasy Rocky Road


Rocky Road is one of my favourite things to make - quite simply because it's incredibly easy and tastes delicious. The recipe I use is based loosely on this recipe from Baking Mad but I've altered it slightly, it's basically just doubled really!

You Will Need:
225g unsalted butter
500g chocolate - I used 400g milk and 100g plain, but you can mix it up based on your preferences
200g digestive biscuits - approx. half a standard packet
6tbsp golden syrup (or a generous squeeze!)
250g (approx) mini marshmallows


First off, break the chocolate in to small-ish pieces and melt in a large pan on a low heat with the butter and golden syrup.


Then, roughly crush the digestives in a bowl (I suggest using the end of a rolling pin) until they are mostly quite fine pieces with some bigger chunks for a bit of crunch.


Add the melted chocolate mixture to the bowl containing the biscuits and mix together, then add the mini marshmallows.


Turn the mixture in to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and smooth over with a knife or spoon. Stick it in the fridge then wait a mouthwatering two or three hours...



Turn out on to a plate and cut in to approximately sixteen rather generous slices, or as many as you prefer!

See - easy peasy. The perfect treat for a lazy Sunday.

Lots of love,

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15 Mar 2013

Your voice was the soundtrack of my summer


Top - Next, Disco skirt- Ark, Necklace - Primark
I realised the other day that I hadn't taken any outfit photos in a while, despite having lots to show off. I'm struggling to find a good spot to take my photos in at the moment, but hopefully I'll get something decent sorted out soon enough!
I wore this whilst popping in to town the other day, the top is one of my current favourites and I've now got my eye on the polka dot version too... I bought this skirt in the post Christmas sales when I was down in Manchester and have been trying to wear it a lot more recently as I love the shimmery fabric and cut. The necklace was another little addition to my jewellery collection, I'm pretty sure it was only £2 which is a total bargain for the gorgeous detailing.
At the moment my main task is job hunting, which is a bit depressing but will hopefully result in something good soon. I'm super busy this weekend with a craft fair, lunch date and night out on Saturday and finally starting driving lessons on Sunday! Fingers crossed that I'm not as terrible as I think I'll be and I'll hopefully be able to drive reasonably soon.

If you love my little blog don't forget you can nominate me here for a Company Style Blogger Award for Best Teen Blog! It would be a dream come true to win and I would really appreciate it if you took the tiny amount of time to do so x
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14 Mar 2013

Follow coloursandcarousels on Bloglovin'!

Just a super duper quick update today - as I'm sure most of you will have heard Google Reader is being axed come July (much better explanation here) so to make sure you don't miss out on any of my posts make sure you follow me and all of your other favourite blogs on Bloglovin'! You can find coloursandcarousels here. x
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13 Mar 2013

Summer 2013 - The Bucket List

DIY lip balm (no.7) - DIY memory board (can't find source) - Homemade Mozzarella Balls
Homemade Bath Fizzies - Homemade Salsa
So, last week I left school and as a result I now have an incredible 6 months off until I start university in September! I'm determined not to waste this time as it will probably be a very long time (if ever) until I see this length of spare time again. My main aim for this summer is to find a job and/or work experience, hopefully related to what I want to do but if not just something to tide me over until I make the big move to Aberdeen.
Pinterest has been a major source of inspiration when it comes to things to do and so I decided to make a little board dedicated entirely to things I want to try this summer. At the moment it's mostly food related... but there's also lots of crafty things I want to try and places I'd like to visit. You can check out my Summer 2013 board - and all of my other boards - here. I'm always adding new things to it and I'll hopefully blog about the more successful escapades this summer brings!

If you love my little blog don't forget you can nominate me here for a Company Style Blogger Award for Best Teen Blog! It would be a dream come true to win and I would really appreciate it if you took the tiny amount of time to do so x
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11 Mar 2013

Delilah Dust




Silver Infinity Bracelet - £4, Gold & Turquoise Hamsa Bracelet - £4, both from Delilah Dust
I first discovered Delilah Dust after the lovely Hayley mentioned their jewellery (I think it was the silver infinity necklace) in one of her posts a while ago. Despite being obsessed with making jewellery I don't really wear much but at the moment I'm trying to expand my collection and incorporate them in to my daily outfits. When it comes to bracelets I like them tight and dainty and Delilah Dust has the perfect collection of beautifully delicate pieces with super pretty charms. At the moment I'm really in to the whole Hamsa/Evil Eye type jewellery that seems awfully popular at the moment so fell in love with this beautiful gold bracelet. As it was such a bargain I decided to pick up another one and chose the silver infinity charm, there's just something about the infinity symbol that I really love.
The only issue I had with these is that they took about 3 weeks to come, but I've realised now that the postal service in my area is absolute pants. Considering postage was free it's not a massive downside but I think if I ordered again I'd splash out on better postage. Overall, I'm in love with these two bracelets and they were seriously worth the money. Delilah Dust has some gorgeous pieces and I would definitely recommend checking them out, especially if you're like me and like delicate jewellery.

P.S I got a new lens for my camera, yay! I used it on the last two photos, what do you think? I'm loving the wider aperture range it has, can't wait to try it out on some portraits. Also, some lovely people have been kind enough to nominate me for a Company Style Blogger Award! I would be ever so grateful if you took the time to nominate me here under Best Teen Blog x

Lots of love,

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