May Snippets

Here we are again! Another month, another snippets vlog! This month was a super fun one for me, because I got to see a lot of my good pals, and as you see, my friend Hannah and I went to the cinema to see Captain America Civil War, (fun fact, I actually watched it with my family again the next day!)

I also decided that the reign of pink hair had to come to an end, as the colour had faded quite drastically over the last month, and I wanted to go for a darker brown again.

Myself and my friend were also fortunate enough to be invited to an Alice In Wonderland themed event with Urban Decay, in celebration of their 2016 Alice In Wonderland collection. You can check out my round up of the event HERE, and an in depth review of the new palette HERE. We were given tasty treats, alongside a tutorial with the new products, and an awesome goody bag!

I also had another brand new experience, as I got to work with an amazing company, Boutique of Molly, in reviewing 2 of their gorgeous dresses.

Then the roadtrip fun kicked in. With my University, we got to go to BT Sports Studios in London to watch the UEFA Europa League Final, Liverpool V Sevilla live, and then be a part of the live studio audience for BT’s The Football’s On! That was a really unique and exciting experience, the outcome may have been less than chill, but it was a great experience!

And finally I got to end my month with one of my bestest pals, Bella! We got to spend an unplanned 24 hours together, and it was a roller coaster of hilariousness.

So without further explanation, here’s my May Snippets! I hope you guys had a great month, be sure to let me know what your favourite moment in the video is!

What did you get up to this month? Tell me in the comments!

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Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Event

Recently myself and a friend were invited to attend Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass tea party, and makeup master class, so I thought I’d bring you guys along, and let you know how it went!

When we arrived, we saw that the usual Urban Decay counter was decorated aptly, in a tea party, Alice in Wonderland theme. There was fake moss, cake stands (with cakes of course, Urban Decay knows the ways to our hearts!) along with their limited edition makeup items displayed in cute tea cups and tree stumps. IMG_2334There was also a makeup tutorial that featured most of the products. The makeup artist talked us through a half ‘natural’ daytime look, and half ‘edgy’ night-time look.

The daytime look featured the ‘Alice‘ shades from the limited edition palette, with their new ‘Beached‘ bronzer, and the lipstick in the shade ‘Alice‘ from the limited edition lipsticks in tribute to the film.

The night-time look featured a mix of some of the ‘Iracebeth‘ and ‘Time‘ shades, to create a really deep and smoky eye, along with the lipstick in the shade ‘Time‘ on the lips.IMG_2324I personally really loved the formula of the lipsticks, like most Urban Decay lipsticks, they are creamy and feel lovely on the lips, and I was actually really tempted by the colour ‘Mirana‘, but I stopped myself from buying it because I realised that the reason I loved it so much was that it reminded me of MAC’s Ariana Grande Viva Glam lipstick, (it’s matte too!), which I already own.

The other lipsticks really are quite unique and pretty, ‘Alice‘ is a beautifully shimmery pale nude, ‘Mad Hatter‘ is a heavenly pigmented shimmery purple, ‘Time‘ is an unusual and metallic-looking blue, and ‘Iracebeth‘ is a pinky-red matte fused shade.

Unfortunately all of the lipsticks are now sold out, and I don’t know if they are going to be restocked or if that’s it because they are limited edition, but you can keep an eye on them on Urban Decay’s site.IMG_2328I knew as soon as I was invited to this event that I wanted the eyeshadow palette. There was no doubt in my mind that even before I had seen it in the flesh, that I wanted it. When we first got to see it though, I was sold, purely by the shades ‘Gone Mad’, ‘Paradox’ and ‘Dream On’. I’ve really been loving orange eyeshadow shades lately, as they really compliment my eyes and skin tone, and the rest of the palette is just so unique, and insanely pigmented.

I won’t go too into detail on the palette because I do have a separate post going up after this one, so be sure to look out for that one!


That’s it for Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Event, I really enjoyed the event, and was so happy to be invited. I loved the makeup tips that we were taught, and I can’t wait to attend more makeup and blogger events.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve got any of the lipsticks, or if like me, you couldn’t wait to get the palette!

7 Deadly Sins Beauty Tag

Hey guys! I wanted to share a tag with you today, but I wasn’t sure which one to do. So I spent some time searching through the Internet, and I found this one. I thought it seemed quite unheard of and unique, so I’m going to give it a go! Hope you enjoy!

GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

Most inexpensive would be my Collection Extreme 24 hour Felt Liner (my favourite) and my most expensive item would be my Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette.

WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? 

My most love/hate relationship with any makeup item is just attempting to put any eyeliner in my waterline. No matter how good the product is, it just never seems to stay, yet I would love to wear it. (BONUS: Matte lipsticks. They are gorgeous but why do they have to be so drying? I mean, I know why, but still.)

GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

My eyeshadow palettes smell good enough to eat, but MAC lipsticks are deceptively delicious smelling and tasty on the lips…

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SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

Lipsticks, if I could put it on once and it’d stay all day I would, but reapplying is such a pain.

PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self-confidence?

Just about any felt liner, because I live for WINGED EYELINER.

LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Sense of humour, kindness

ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

I just always like trying out new things, so literally anything I don’t already have, ha!


That’s it for the 7 Deadly Sin Beauty Sins Tag, I hope you guys enjoyed it!

Pick 2 of your favourite questions and let me know your answers!

March Snippets

Hey guys! We’re here again, so brace yourselves.

It’s the end of another month, so today I’m bringing you a short vlog featuring snippets of what I’ve been up to over the past month.

I went to an event called DevCon, with one of my bestest pals and my family, threw it right back to 2014 by introducing one of my favourite card tricks to my friends, and even had a very fancy brunch with another one of my best friends (where we pretended we didn’t know that the camera was in the car, but could not stop giggling).

It was also the month of incredibly late blog post uploads, which consequently meant I had to shoutout each post super early the next morning, just to ensure everyone knew I had actually posted!

I revamped my room ever so slightly, as I wanted a bit of a change, but I hate forgetting where I’ve put everything, so I cleared out my entire room and switched out a piece of furniture.

And last but certainly not least, on one fateful day, I had set aside an entire morning towards editing and writing, but alas, it was the exact same day that Windows decided my computer needed another lengthy update. Needless to say, after 5 hours of my computer being entirely out of action, all that this update brought me was the ability to change the theme colour on my laptop.


 

So that pretty sums up everything I’ve been up to over the past month, I had a good month, I hope you guys did too!

What was your favourite thing from the past month?

Why Cats Are Awful & No One Should Ever Have One

Cats. We’ve all encountered them, heck, some of us even share our lives with these little furry hatred-filled beasts.

After so many years of experiencing the world that is living with cats, today I’m going to be taking you guys through the pain that is having a cat.

The fluff

It will get everywhere. If, like me, you wear a variety of colours, no cat is suitable, because their fur will cover everything. And it doesn’t just stop at your clothes, it will cover your furniture, your floors, and somehow, against all laws of physics, be constantly airborne.

The claws

Do you have skin? Well too bad cuz cats just don’t understand that. If you’ve got an tiny area of exposed skin, you best believe your cat is going to slice it, beautifully. From a cold and collected swipe, to a highly unpredictable rabbit-like attack when you’ve leant in for a kiss. No one is safe.

The boundaries

These really no longer exist.Whether you’re in the bathroom, or you’ve just gotten up from your chair, nothing is sacred. Your chair? I think you’ll find it’s the cats chair now.

The cries

Automatically programmed to be of the same frequency and pitch of a child’s cry, we naturally respond to the sound of a cat crying. However, through no amount of pleading or bargaining will the cat just tell you what it wants. Usually a half dead mouse, we don’t understand it, and neither does medical science.


That pretty much covers why cats are terrible, so I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

If you hadn’t already figured it out, I am of course kidding throughout this entire post. I love my babes, and I love having them in my life. Let me know in the comments if you’ve got any pets, I love to hear about them! (Also I love to see them so please tag me @corinnebygrave in any pictures you might have!)

February Snippets

It’s the end of February, so we’re coming atcha with another monthly roundup video!

This month I’ve been out and about in town with my pals, and then I was invited to a ball in Stratford, so I visited one of my best friends at Warwick University.

So here’s my little roundup and collection of images from the past month!

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Notebook Obsession

Hi, my name’s Corinne and I have a problem.

WAIT BEFORE YOU LEAVE NO IT’S NOT ABOUT THAT, THIS POST IS ABOUT NOTEBOOKS DIDN’T YOU READ THE DAMN TITLE C’MON.backgrounder (1)It was a lovely day out, when I wandered into TK Maxx, and it was brought to my attention that I may have a slight obsession with notebooks. For every one that I pointed out to my pal, she very kindly reminded my that I already had 4 at home, and 3 in my basket (all of which are still entirely unused, what can I say aren’t we all intimidated by an empty notebook?)

So today I thought I’d show you guys my little collection, as a haul of sorts, with a little run down as to why I love notebooks, and why I will never stop myself from buying more.

At the end of last summer, just before the start of the school year, I decided to pick up some new school supplies to see me through the year, and one of my favourite picks was this (originally) plain lavender notebook, because it’s A5 size, so it easily fits into my backpack, but it’s still big enough for me to make notes in. I chose to decorate it with these adorable pony stickers because no amount of responsibility will make me grow up.IMG_1308This trio is one of the main reasons that I love notebooks so much, because they can be so tiny and easy to slip into any bag. I like using these for writing down advice, and just random quotes and typography that I like.

I also really like that they aren’t lined, so that gives you the little bit more freedom for doodling and just jotting down anything you fancy.IMG_1306This notebook I picked up from TK Maxx, because I didn’t have a notebook with ring binding, and these are usually the easier to write in because you can just rotate all of the pages back, meaning you don’t ruin the spine by bending the notebook. I also love the cover of this one, because I feel like it inspires me to never hold myself back, and to just create.IMG_1315This is one of my older notebooks, I picked it up in a stationery store, primarily because it’s a full A4 sized notebook, but also it’s really satisfying to use. If you’re a notebook entusiast such as myself, you’ll understand why; it’s big, it has a super-soft faux-leather covering, and the pages are thick and lined, so it’s like a good old fashioned classic journal.IMG_1316And finally these 2, both of which I also picked up from TK Maxx, again they are both A5, but the lavender one has another super-soft cover that has “Stay Classy” printed onto it in silver text, and the other is a hard-backed notebook with “Stuff I’m Likely To Forget” (how perfectly apt for a notebook am I right?!) written in a gorgeous gold font.IMG_1314


That’s it for my little notebook haul, I hope you guys enjoyed it! Do you also love a good notebook? Let me know in the comments!

January Snippets

That’s right, you sensed it coming, we’re at the end of another month!

This year, I decided that instead of strictly beauty favourites with some added extras, I’m going to post a monthly round-up, with a video and some stills from particular events throughout the month.

One of my favourite days from the past month was a day I spent with one of my fabulous pals, so I’ve collated some pictures from that day here. (And how awesome is it that every picture I took seems to have a pink-hue too!)

This month I wanted to venture out a little bit more, so I decided to do some little things like learning the piano, and as I miss a studying religion and philosophy, I also searched for some books on the topic. I’ve travelled a lot, walked a lot, spent a lot of time by one of my favourite places, the sea, and I also won an awesome giveaway from Rebecca at Wavesofthoughts!

As you guys might be able to tell, I’m going to make posts like this a monthly series, but I still don’t have a proper name for it! So right now I’m just calling it ‘snippets’, if you can think of a name please let me know in the comments!

What was your favourite thing from the past month?

100 POSTS PAMPER NIGHT GIVEAWAY

Hey guys! As some of you may have noticed, my last blog post was my 100th one on this blog! I did not see this coming back when I started this blog at the beginning of the year, but I’m really glad that I’ve stuck with it, for so many reasons.

Getting to know so many amazing and diverse people, and being given an insane amount of opportunities, I can see myself now blogging well into my 1,000,000th post.

So, as a thanks to all of you lovely people who take time out of your day to read, like, comment and subscribe, I thought I’d give you an experience that I really endorse. A pamper night.

backgrounderThat’s right. I’m giving away the ultimate pamper night in for you guys! This treat includes:


Azure Vitamin E Woven Face Mask

Beautilicious Sugar Coated Candy Apple Foot Soak

M&S Coconut Body Scrub

Nivea Creme Moisturiser

Zoella Kissy Missy Lip Balm

Body Shop Rose Gift Set

Paperchase Fox Stickers

Roam Earrings

Aztec-Inspired Ring


 I chose to add some cute stickers, a ring and earrings just to really treat you to an additional few cutesy items.

If you are interested in entering this giveaway, you can do so by following me here, either through WordPress, Bloglovin’ or the email sign-up form.

You can also be entered by following me on Twitter or Instagram. You can also drop a comment on any blog post, including this one. Or you can tweet about this giveaway!

ENTER BY CLICKING HERE


I hope you guys are excited for this giveaway, be sure to drop me a comment if you are! If you’re not after a pamper giveaway like this, be sure to share or link it to someone else that might be!

Thank you all again so much for reading and following my blog. I’m insanely grateful to you all. ヽ(^。^)丿

Halloween Gingerbread Men

That’s right, today marks the official start of Halloween here on Organic By Nerve! I’ve got a lot of fun halloween themed posts for you guys for the rest of this month, so without further adieu, let’s get started with these super cute (and easy) halloween themed gingerbread men!6


Ingredients:

350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

125g butter

175g light soft brown sugar

1 free range egg

4 tbsp golden syrup


Method:

First, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4, and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Then start by sifting together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Then pour into your mixer. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

Next, lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the mixer and mix until the mixture combines together.

Roll the dough out to whatever thickness you’d like (remember that they will spread and rise in the oven though!) on a lightly floured surface. Using your gingerbread men cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between each of them.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Finally, move them onto a wire rack to finish cool properly before icing. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and make them as ghoulish or creepy as your heart desires! I’ve left some ideas for you below.


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You can ice your gingerbread men to look like skeletons, mummies, zombies, sewn-up frakensteins, vampires, chainsaw victims, ordinary creepers or even the gingerbread man from Shrek!


That’s it for my halloween themed gingerbread men! Let me know if you’re going to recreate these, I’d love to see them!