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Friday, 20 January 2017

people's choice awards - victoria justice ♥

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I have been following Victoria Justice on Instagram for a few years now and although I never watched her on Zoey 101 or Victorious, I have always been in love with her style. As she attended the People's Choice Awards this week, I saw her make-up and I just had to create a Get the Look post! The lips really stood out to me, I love the deep purple red tone and I think Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a pretty close match in terms of formula and shade, especially Stila's colour Ricco. I would definitely recommend exfoliating your lips before and leaving the Hempz lip balm on for a few minutes to make them soft before you apply any liquid lipstick. For eyes, I think KISS lashes can add a similar subtle flick which is perfect because Victoria's eye make-up really gives me a modern day Marilyn Monroe vibe, add a touch of Joan Collin's Class Act mascara and voila! You are good to go. What do you think of Victoria's look? Let me know if you would like me to create another Get the Look from the People's Choice Awards! ♥

Thursday, 19 January 2017

interior wishlist - john lewis ♥

Another day, another chance to look at interior items. I recently went to Peter Jones in Chelsea and I found myself looking at the different home items. The store is absolutely huge and they pretty much cover everything starting from high tech cameras to designer stilettos. I only went inside to have a look at the camera section, (I really want to start vlogging and I think a Canon 70d is a pretty good option), but I ended up looking at the home department. I am loving giant, fluffy pillows right now and Peter Jones has a seriously impressive selection. I love that the store sections the products by style and brand, it makes things much easier to find and I think the plain white interior pieces look lovely. I found the sweet section right next to the photo frames and I was instantly drawn to the Charbonnel et Walker truffles. You can find all products above on the John Lewis website, what interior items are you loving right now? I'm a big fan of the hydrangeas in the fishbowl! ♥

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

my top comic books ♥

Okay, so this post is slightly different to my beauty/fashion product reviews but we all know I am a secret comic nerd. After visiting MCM Comic Con last year, I realised that I have never actually put a post together about my favourite graphic novels. I have built up quite a collection over the years but I still have my firm favourites that I read again and again. Do you have any favourite comics that you like to read? I would love to hear your favourites! 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Volume 1: Long Way Home
Continuing on from series 7, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics are based around Buffy, a young woman with supernatural powers who has been chosen to fight vampires and demons. I don't want to give away any spoilers but I recommend watching the TV series first if you haven't already. Long Way Home continues right on from season 7 and this is certainly an easy read and the plot stays true to the characters even if they aren't on the big screen anymore.

Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Killing Joke is one of the first graphic novels that I ever read. Tim Burton (director the 1989 Batman movie), had his quote printed of the front cover stating: "I loved The Killing's my favourite. It's the first comic I've ever loved." If you want to start getting into comics, then I really recommend you start here. The story is based around the Joker and it touches on his origins before he became a super villain and follows the Joker's theory that someone can fall apart and become destructive from "just one bad day." I think the graphics are incredible and the story is pretty amazing. Earlier this year Warner Brothers actually released the film, you can find the DVD here

Arkham Asylum 
The illustrations in this graphic novel have always stuck with me, I find them incredibly beautiful and haunting at the same time. Another Batman based comic; this story was written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Dave McKean. It is April Fools day and the inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over, Batman enters the building and faces popular villains while also fighting his own personal demons and worries. I have always been obsessed with the illustrations and I am clearly obsessed with Batman graphic novels!  

We all know I'm Batman mad so I thought I would include a different type of superhero comic in here. I present to you: Watchmen. I recently featured the film on my Netflix superhero playlist here, but the graphic novel is certainly praised more for some reason. Created by Alan Moore, (the same author of The Killing Joke), the comic version of Watchmen is slightly different to the movie. I don't want to give any spoilers away but if you want a big, chunky comic to sink your teeth into - Watchmen is a pretty good start. Personally, I think you get deeper character history by reading the comic and overall, you get to see superheroes in a darker light from start to finish. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

current favourites - january ♥

Although we are halfway through January, I thought it would be quite nice to round up the current products I am loving. I am not just focusing on beauty today, I also wanted to talk about my obsession with nakd bars and Sarah Knight's book. Starting off with my new beauty finds, I have been reaching for my Dr.PAWPAW balm, I reviewed the full range here last year. The winter has made my lips pretty dry so I have been using the Dr.PAWPAW Tinted Peach Lip Balm*, I don't usually like plain lip balms unless I mix the formula with a nude lipstick but I love that the peach shade adds colour to my lips while also protecting them. If you are looking for a balm that adds a subtle hint of pink then Dr.PAWPAW is a must have.

Although I recently raved about the Fillerina Treatment* I am also using the Nourishing Film by itself before I go to sleep. I love the thick formula and I am pretty impressed with how quickly it absorbs into my skin. You can read my full review of the Fillerina treatment here. Now, when it comes to getting a good night's sleep, I am really struggling at the moment, I find that my house is slightly noisy so I picked up the Claire's Accessories Bon Voyage Eye Mask to see if it would make a difference. I have to admit, it did feel slightly strange wearing an eye mask at first but now I love having my eyes covered, it definitely helps me drift off easier. 

Before I get ready for bed, I have been reading Sarah Knight's popular read: The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*** It is a big blogger favourite and if you are looking for a few tips on feeling confident and dealing with stress, I wrote a bigger post about the book here. Finally, we come to my last product favourite - the Nakd bar. I have raved and raved about Nakd for years and I am really crazy about the Banana Bread flavour. The bars are wheat and dairy free and they don't include any nasty ingredients. If you are looking for something to eat before the gym or when you are running to work - nakd is healthy and tasty. I would love to know what you think of my January favourites, if you would like more food focused posts, let me know! ♥

Monday, 16 January 2017

michael kors - the clara boot's ♥

If you read my New Year's resolutions blog post, then you will know that instead of buying lots of items, I am now trying to treat myself to something nice each month. I have slowly learnt that rather than spending £100 on countless tops, shoes, trousers or bags each month, I can buy one nicer item to add to my wardrobe instead. This month I had money left over from my Australia trip and if you follow me on Instagram then you will know that I was obsessed with the Michael Kors Clara boots. They were priced at £220 but I was lucky enough to get one of the last pairs for £110 in the boxing day sales. I find them so comfortable to wear and I love the snake skin look, I have been wearing them with jeans, skirts and my black leather trousers. Unfortunately, I have never been able to find them on the website but you can find 70% off Michael Kors here. What do you think of snake print boots? I would love to know what items you found in the January sale! 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

netflix - the january 2017 playlist ♥

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It is time for another Netflix post! This week I wanted to talk about the new releases on Netflix for January 2017. I am so excited that they have added a few classic romance films - Julia Roberts is perfection. I have put together quite a few Netflix playlists, including superhero films, feel good shows and even a tearjerker list. Let me know if you are looking for a particular genre, I love putting this Netflix post together! You can see my previous Netflix posts here. Let's get started! ♥
My Best Friend's Wedding
I don't even know how to explain how much I love this film. I first watched this movie when I was twelve years old, it was pretty much a sleepover favourite with my primary school friends. Julianne Potter, played by Julia Roberts, finds out that her best friend, Michael, is getting married. She panics and tries to break up the wedding because she decides she wants to be with him instead. It is sweet, charming and definitely one of the original chick flicks I grew up watching.
Fight Club
Okay, this film doesn't exactly follow the cheery, chick flick above but Fight Club is definitely a must watch if you love a young Brad Pitt and fancy watching a film to get you thinking. It's gritty, dark and makes you question your own life. The film is based around a man working in an office, he is sleepwalking through life until he starts a secret underground fight club to release his tension, frustration and depression. It's definitely not a film to watch while you are getting ready for a girls night out, but if you want something to sink your teeth into - Fight Club is perfect.

For a cringe fest and fabulous montages, I give you The DUFF. Bianca finds out she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her two best friends after speaking to her popular, jock neighbour, Wesley. He promises to make her more comfortable around boys and she promises to help him with his Science homework. Pretty simple plot but it does have lots of giggles - I definitely recommend ordering Pizza Hut and watching in your PJs.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
I'm sure I don't have to explain this TV series. It is beyond clever and Will Smith makes you laugh throughout. I always used to watch The Fresh Prince on BBC 2, right before Buffy came on. You don't really need to follow the series episode by episode but if you are looking for a quick comedy fix with a feel good family vibe, I give you TFP.
Think Like A Man Too
After the success of Think Like A Man, the sequel certainly lived up to the first movie. I love the book and I think Kevin Hart narrates this movie perfectly. It is definitely a perfect chick flick and if you are looking for a rom-com from a male and female perspective, I give you this movie. The couples travel to Las Vegas for their stag and hen do's and mayhem begins - it really is an easy watch and Kevin Hart is simply my favourite.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

#tiptalk - self-doubt ♥

Top: Missguided. Skirt: Missguided. Sandals: Kurt Geiger.
I have been wanting to film Youtube videos for about three years now. That is a pretty long time, right? I have planned the content and even attempted to film and edit my first Youtube video last year, but I wasn't happy with the video so I put the idea back on the shelf. I think we all spend our time comparing ourselves to others, whether you see the latest designer bag on Instagram or the weekend break to the Maldives, it can sometimes make me feel like a small fish in a giant ocean. I have to remind myself why I love blogging and the reasons why I do it. At the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, I pretty much stopped blogging due to work and my troubled mindset, I wasn't putting 110% into Faiytale Kiss and I kept putting myself down. 

I have to remind myself that just because I'm afraid to put myself out onto the internet doesn't mean I won't be good enough or capable of creating fun and interesting content. I can be really negative and hard on myself but I stop to celebrate every hurdle I overcome and every reward I achieve. I was named twice by Rush salon and Vuelio as a top blogger to watch in 2017 - we are barely in the first month of January and I can't believe I've been included on these lists with other incredible bloggers. It definitely proves that if you keep doing what you love, you will reap the rewards and the hard work will certainly pay off. I will start filming this weekend and I definitely won't be holding back with my goals for this year. I am blogging because it is my passion and I love having my own corner in the internet, no matter how big or small that piece may be. I hope this ramble will motivate someone and if you have been feeling the same about your blog, work or life in general, I would love to know what tips you have to overcome anxiety and self-doubt! 

Friday, 13 January 2017

the aer blow dry bar ♥

Nestled in the heart of Kensington is the aer blowdry bar*. I kindly invited down to the salon to review a blow dry service and I couldn't wait to see the final outcome! I'm making it my mission for 2017 to learn how to blow dry my own hair, I am absolutely awful at doing my own so I was curious to see what tips I could learn from the aer team. When I arrived I was immediately offered a drink and my coat was taken. Straight away I was in awe of the interior, the whole layout is crisp, white and decorated with fairy lights - pretty festive right? I was taken to the back room and my hair was washed and gently massaged and then after my hair was wrapped in a towel, I was taken to one of the blow dry tables and I was asked by the lovely Valextino what style of blowdry I wanted. There were quite a few options to choose from, including natural, boohoo style waves or a lovely sleek and straight style. Luckily I came prepared and showed Valextino a picture of Angelina Jolie showing off a big and bouncy blow dry

My hair is painfully thin so I love seeing my hair big with subtle waves. Valextino began to roughly blow dry my hair and he then began to take sections and gently dry with the hairdryer and put into velcro rollers, before pinning them into place. This process was repeated throughout my entire head then my hair was left to cool for a few minutes. The rollers were removed from my hair and then gently curled using GHD curling tongs to emphasise the natural wave. I can't believe how quickly the whole process was! My appointment was at 1 o'clock and I left the salon a few minutes before 2. Overall, I was so pleased with my experience at aer, the team were incredibly friendly and I love that you can get a fresh blow dry before a night out. Not only can you have your hair styled but you can also treat your nails, lashes and skin. To find out more about aer, you can book your appointment here 

Monday, 9 January 2017

get the look with stila - emily ratajkowski ♥

Good morning girls, I hope you are having a lovely start to the week. I am back from Australia and ready to start 2017 with lots of blog posts! I'm starting my Get the Look 2017 series with the beautiful Emily Ratajkowski from last night's Golden Globe event. It was so hard to pick someone today but I have the biggest girl crush on Emily and I thought she looked stunning. While doing my research on this look, I was really surprised how simple Emily's make-up was, I love that she let her eye shadow do the talking. I thought it would be easier to just focus on one make-up brand today and I have been obsessed with Stila for years now so I think they make the perfect choice. For Emily's skin, I would start off by colour correcting any redness with the Stila One Step Corrector or if you prefer a more precise approach, you can use the Colour & Perfect correcting palette. 

Once you have your base ready you can add a subtle touch of foundation and then finish by gently adding a warm blusher to your cheeks. For Emily's eyes, a lovely copper shadow is all you really need, you can add a few lash extensions to your lashes but make sure you skip any liquid liner. For her lips, the nude lipstick has a subtle orange/coral tone so I would mix together the Stila lip liner in Marsala and dab on the Colour Balm lipstick in the shade Maya. This is pretty much all you need to use to create Emily's look, it is a lovely and warm make-up look and the Stila range is pretty nifty at lasting for hours! What do you think of Emily's look? I would love to know what make-up look you are loving from the Golden Globes! You can find the entire Stila product range here

Friday, 6 January 2017

fillerina filler treatment ♥

Behind my mask of foundation, concealer and powder, I am really not happy with my skin. I have always heard that prevention is key, especially when it comes to looking after your skin and yes, I may be only 25 years old but that doesn't mean I don't have faint lines on my forehead or subtle lines near my eye area. Right now, I am not looking into skin treatments that involve injections but I am looking for high quality results to improve the quality of my skin. If I can start looking after the lines on my face now, it will certainly pay off when I am older, right? I was very excited to be introduced to the Fillerina brand. The Fillerina Filler treatment* is a Dermo-cosmetic Gel Filler and Nourishing Film that targets any fine lines on your face and neck. Pretty nifty huh?

When I first opened the Fillerina packaging, I actually thought the kit included real syringes but after taking a closer look at the applicators, they are simply designed for accurate application. The high precision applicators allow you to apply the two products directly on the problem area, allowing the formulas to absorb into your skin. I was really impressed that you can apply the products directly to your fine lines on your skin, from your forehead, lips and even your eye area. After reading the instructions carefully and watching a few tutorials online, I removed the Gel Filler lid and I gently placed the applicator in the tube and extracted a small amount of the gel and I made sure I applied the product in a natural light with a big mirror so I could see the subtle lines on my skin. After leaving the gel to sink into my skin for 15 minutes, I simply rubbed it in (I gently patted the gel around my eye area because I know the skin is extra sensitive here) and then I applied a slightly larger amount of the Nourishing Film and rubbed this in.

I love that the application is made easy with numbered bottles and although the packaging does look very professional, it is incredibly easy to use and to include in your beauty routine. I have been using Fillerina for around a month now and I am so surprised how much product is still left. I feel like my skin is softer and although the fine lines have not vanished, the area looks much more clearer! I can't wait to see what my skin will look like in two to three months time! If you are looking for high quality results without any needles then Fillerina may be your dream product. Have you tried any products from the Fillerina range before? I would love to know what you think!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 new year resolutions ♥

I can't express how amazing this year has been. I scheduled this post at the start of December so by the time you read this, I will be in Australia celebrating the New Year with my boyfriend and his family! I can't believe how much I have traveled in 2016. I have finally been to New York, Barcelona and Australia. I bought my first car, although I still haven't been on a motorway yet. The past few months I have really dived back into blogging and I feel like I have found my real passion. Fairytale Kiss has been around for almost six years now and I really want to start a Youtube channel and push myself. Depending on how much I save, I would love to buy my first house with Ollie. I have spent all year looking at interior photo's on Tumblr and I cannot wait to start decorating our first house together. I also joined a gym for the first time and I am so surprised how much I enjoy it. I still don't have abs or a tiny waist but I will keep going. I really hope 2017 will be as fantastic as this year, I have certainly learnt a lot about myself and I have not been happier. What plans do you have for the New Year? I would love to see what resolutions you have made! ♥

2016 New Year Resolutions:
Buy a car
Find a balance with my blog, schedule photos and posts every weekend
Spend more time reading
♥ Starting making Youtube videos
Start saving to move out
♥ Drink 5 glasses of water a day and cut out salt and sugar 
Keep my stomach toned
Go to New York, Paris and Miami 
♥ Buy a Louis Vuitton bag 
♥ Stop buying clothes that I don't need!
♥ Cut down on eating at restaurants 
Go jogging in the evenings
Reach 2,500 followers on Fairytale Kiss

2017 New Year Resolutions:
♥ Start making Youtube videos
♥ Grow my readership to 12,000 followers 
♥ Buy my first house with Ollie in December/January 
♥ Continue to go to the gym 
♥ Learn basic Spanish 
♥ Go to Paris and Italy
♥ Buy a Louis Vuitton bag
♥ Stop buying clothes I don't need 
♥ Treat myself to something once a month 
♥ Learn to cook healthy dishes 
♥ Improve my blog photos 
♥ Drive on the motorway 
♥ Keep saving money every month 

Monday, 26 December 2016

netflix - the boxing day playlist ♥

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I don't know about you but Boxing Day at my house is spent eating left over Christmas dinner and party food with lots of dip. Although I won't be spending Christmas at home this year, I wanted to make a Netflix guide for Boxing Day. We always spend the day glued to the TV and we usually watch a few family favourites. Netflix is certainly a heavenly invention if you have to cater to your family from kids programmes to classic British sitcoms, the choices are endless. You can see my other Netflix playlists hereLet's get started! 
Home Alone
I will be totally honest, I only watched Home Alone last year. It was officially the first time I had seen it, despite growing up in the 90's. Even though I hadn't seen the entire film growing up, I think everyone knows the plot. Kevin McCallister is accidentally left at home for Christmas when his parents fly to Paris and while he is enjoying the freedom of being at home by himself, two burglars break into the house and the craziness begins. This is definitely a Christmas movie favourite for most people, including adults and kids although Ifound it quite strange watching Joe Pesci in Goodfellas then flicking over to Home Alone... 
Woody Allen voices Z, a socially awkward ant who always runs into trouble. He accidentally kidnaps the princess, becomes a fugitive and discovers a big conspiracy - pretty big stuff for an ant, right? Although this is aimed at children, I think the dry, sarcastic humour makes this film funny for all ages and I have lost count how many times I have watched it. The film also stars Jennifer Lopez and Sylvester Stallone. 
Shawshank Redemption 
This isn't really a film to watch with children but this film is one of my favourites. It is gripping from start to finish and if you are looking for a Boxing Day movie to sit back, eat and listen to Morgan Freeman then you've found your winner. The plot revolves around Andy Dufresne, a banker who has been convicted of murdering his wife after discovering she was having an affair. Although he protests his innocence the entire time, he is found guilty and sent to Shawshank State Penitentiary where he meets Red, played by Morgan Freeman. The story shows a brutal image of prison life and the struggle Andy faces. It really is emotional and some of the scenes are incredibly iconic. If you haven't watched Shawshank Redemption I definitely recommend you turn on Netflix now. 
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
I made my boyfriend watch this film a few weeks ago and after five minutes he didn't want to turn it off. I know for many people Jim Carrey is like marmite, you either love his style of comedy or you don't but Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is just magic. It is definitely family friendly and although the title gives a pretty big indication that the plot is quite dark, the film is comedy gold and the plot is incredibly gripping. The plot is based on 3 orphans having to live with their distant relative, Count Olaf, played by Carrey. He intends to steal their fortune and the craziness begins as they try to escape.
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