My (not so) new camera & a trip to the antiques fair


Last week me and by boyfriend took a trip to an antiques/second hand fair located just outside of Wigan called Bygone Times. I wasn't really sure what to expect and I'd never been before but I really enjoyed it. It's inside a huge set of warehouses which back in the day were factories. I didn't expect it to be so big, it will definitely take a good chunk out of your day if you want to have a good look round all of it!

I initially went as I wanted a couple of bits of furniture for my shared house at uni, plus a lamp and a few decorative bits to make the room more homely. Unfortunately there was nothing within my budget but I did find this beautiful camera!

Some of you may know that I'm a bit of a hobbyist photographer. I really enjoy photography and spend a lot of my free time with a camera in my hand. I'm rather keen on wildlife photography, although I will take photos of anything and everything!
I use D-SLRs for my photography hobby but have been after a vintage film camera for a while, just to mess around on and see the difference between film and digital for myself.

It seem that I was pretty lucky when I was browsing at the antique fair and I managed to spot this lovely Kodak film camera for just £3! It's in fabulous condition and even came with it's original case. At the time of purchase I had no idea if it worked, but because it was in great cosmetic condition I decided to risk it anyway. I would love to show you how clean the inside is but since it's got a film in you'll have to use your imagination :)

The camera is a Kodak Retinette 1A Pronto. My boyfriend googled it just after I bought it and we found out  that this model was made between 1959 and 1961, meaning the camera is a 50+ years old!
I bought a film straight away and got snapping but in all honesty I won't fully know how well it's works until the film is developed. Of course I will share a few of my photos with your when I get them back!

Do any of your own a vintage camera? What recent bargains have you picked up at antique fairs?

Kelsey xx 

I love eBay #1


How is everyone today? I am a huge fan of eBay. I love that you can buy pretty much anything on it, old and new! I'm always browsing on the website to see what bargains I can pick up. I've used it for everything from photography equipment to nail varnish to dog toys! Unfortunately I have a terrible memory and I'm always forgetting that I've put stuff in my 'watch list' - this is probably better for my bank account though!

Anyway, because I love eBay so much, I decided I would start blog posts about the bargains I pick up (fashion and beauty related ones, of course!)

I managed to bid and win (I'm terrible at bidding wars!) this lovely owl necklace. It's on a lovely long chain and I love the colour of the metal. It only cost me £3.39 inc the p&p, which I think is a great price. I'm a bit of a sucker for anything with owls on, so this necklace was really perfect for me. For the money I paid it's great quality!

Do you shop on eBay? What bargains have you managed to pick up recently?

Kelsey xx

Knowsley Safari Park


Yesterday me and my boyfriend decided to take a trip to Knowsley Safari Park. I had never been before, although I have been to Longleat, so I was super excited to go!

Luckily the weather stayed lovely for us and we had a great day! As well as the drive through safari part they also have lots of walking round parts and displays so your not just stuck in your car all day.

We were a little worried about driving his car through the Baboon section but we found out that there's actually a 'car friendly route' that you can take once you get the the Baboons. It takes you around the outside of the Baboon enclosure so you get to see all the Baboons, plus them jumping on and ripping parts off of peoples cars, without having to go through it yourself! I've got to admit to was great fun seeing the horror on peoples faces when Baboons were jumping on their cars and removing windscreen wipers and wing mirrors! I was also slightly amazed by the amount of people driving brand new cars through the Baboon section - very brave!

Anyway, enough of me rambling on about what a great day I had. Here's some pictures I took during the day. Again, the rest will all be put on my Flickr in a few days!

Ps...Sorry for the mass of photos!

Kelsey xx

Review - YSL False Lash Effect Mascara


I'm a member of WIMH (What's in my handbag) and a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive my first sample from them! First of all I must applauded WIMH, their delivery was super quick! The sample was well packaged in a lovely box and presented very nicely. It even had a sticker saying 'To Kelsey Shepherd' which gave it an extra personal touch!

I was super excited to try out this mascara as I love false lash effect mascaras!
I'm the sort of girl who will find a mascara she loves and stick to it, rather than trying a new one every time I run out. Although I will occasionally try mascaras with an introductory offer, I tend to stick to ones with rubber brushes and always go back to my current mascara! Saying this, it definitely did not put me off being excited to try the YSL mascara, and I was excited to try out a brush that wasn't rubber!

My naked lashes are quite thin so I love mascaras that give them volume. They also go very light towards the ends meaning it's important that I get good coverage from the mascara!

Lashes without product

The first thing I noticed upon opening the mascara was the constistancy, it wasn't too thin yet wasn't to thick. It seemed that just the right amount of product came out with the brush and the the brush didn't appear clogged up or clumpy.

The YSL mascara goes on very easily. It coated my lashes well without adding any clumps. I also found that it separated my lashes well which makes them look fuller. The only thing I found difficult about the application was using the sample size, as the wand was shorter it wasn't as easy to apply, but obviously this wouldn't be an issue with the full sized product. As well as coating my lashes well and providing a good coverage I found that the product also had good staying power! After wearing it for a good 6 hours it still looked very much in tact and I didn't feel the need to touch it up at all.

Lashes after product is applied

I really liked this product and it has great staying power. My only complaint is that I found it had the same effect on my lashes as my current mascara, so for me paying out the retail price (£23) wouldn't be worth it. However, it has encouraged my to try other mascaras that don't have a rubber brush and if I wasn't a student living on a budget I would be inclined to buy the full sized product to see how I got on.

If you wish to find out more about WIMH or become a member yourself then click here.

Have you tried this product before? What are your thoughts on it?

Kelsey xx

DIY Nail Polish Colour


Over the past couple of weeks I've seen a few posts from other bloggers showing how to create your own nail polish colour. For those who haven't seen them it's basically using old and/or broken eye shadows colours and mixing them with clear nail varnishes to create your very own nail colour! It's pretty simple and easy to do, plus a great way of using old eye shadows so they don't go to waste.

Here's a quick step by step of what I did (Sorry, no pictures, I forgot!)...

Take your chosen eye shadow and empty it out onto some paper. I put the paper on top of a book so it has a solid surface underneath, using a desk or counter top will be fine though :)
Next, using something flat and hard (knife, bank card or end of a rolling pin) break up the eye shadow into a powder. It needs to be super fine so that it doesn't lump up when adding it to the nail polish. 
Lastly, either make or use a funnel (I just rolled up some paper) to put the powdered eye shadow into the nail polish. I added a bit at a time so that it didn't end up going too thick. When it's all added put the brush lid back on and give it a good shake. It should then be ready to use! Isn't it easy?!

For mine I used some shadow from an old palette that I know longer used plus an old clear nail polish that I found at the back of the drawer. It's a great way to use up a couple of old products that would other wise be wasted!

There does appear to be a couple of lumps in my new polish which is probably from me not crushing the eye shadow fully, so really make sure you spend a while making sure it's really fine! I might leave the shadow in the airing cupboard or window ledge to dry it out a bit more before crushing it next time.

Other than that I was pretty please with it overall and will definitely be trying it out again in the future! Have you tried doing this with old products? Do you have any other tips and tricks to use up old products?

Kelsey xx

I went to the zoo!


Last week my older brother came up to visit me and my younger sister to Chester Zoo. Being an animal behaviour student I love going to the zoo, or any animal related attraction! I also have a keen interest in photography and particularly enjoy wildlife photography so going to the zoo was a great opportunity to photograph some of my favourite animals.

I thought I'd share a few photos I took whilst I was there. I did get a bit snap happy so this is just a tiny portion of what I actually took! Enjoy!

Black Rhino
Pretty Butterfly - Unsure of exact species
Meercat Family
Gevy's Zebra
Spectacled Bear
Juvenile Orang-Utan 
Asian Elephant 
Mongoose - So photogenic!

I hope you enjoyed my zoo post. I know it's a bit different from my other posts but I thought it would be good share one of my hobbies with you. If you want to look at any other photos and the rest of my zoo photos (will be uploaded shortly) please check out my Flickr page here. Of course, feel free to post your Flickr photostream if you have one yourself :)

Kelsey xx

Review - Elf Mineral Moisturising Lip Tint


A couple of weeks ago I made my first Elf purchase, after spending a long time choosing what I wanted. I am extremely pleased with everything I ordered off the site and would really recommend it. I'm waiting for another free delivery code as I've found a few more products I would really like to get my hands on.

One of the products I bought was the Mineral Moisturising Lip Tint in Rose. It arrived packaged in a box which I always think makes product looks slightly more expensive than they actually were - always a good thing!

The actually packaging of the lipstick is very sleek. I really like it as it looks professional and fits nicely into your bag or purse. The lipstick stick is quite thin so I would be careful when winding it to the top and not allow too much to be exposed so that it doesn't snap.

The colour itself really appealed to me. I love the darker shades of pink - they're great for day or night! When it arrived I actually realised I had another lippy of the same colour which actually running out so this was perfect timing!

The colour goes on really easily and has quite a good colour pay off. It stays put for a good while and even after eating and drinking it only needed touching up a tiny bit. The product feels really soft on your lips and doesn't at all feel heavy, which is great! I decided not to put a lip balm on underneath the lip tint and was very please to find that it didn't at all dry my lips out. It kept them nice and soft throughout the entire time I wore it. It definitely works at moisturising your lips!

I really like this product and will definitely be purchasing another colour shortly! Have you tried this Elf product? What is your favourite Elf lip product?

Kelsey xx

Recent purchases!


I had planned on doing a review on a Elf lippy I purchased in this post but my lips are a little chapped at the moment so I thought I'd put it off til there all better - this way I can post some half decent pictures of me using the product!

When it comes to shopping I tend to buy a couple of bits at a time rather than splashing out loads all at once. These are all items I've bought over the past couple of weeks.

Coral Sleeveless Blouse - Missguided 
Dip Hem Blouse - Primark
Bird Detail Scarf - Primark
Aztec Embroidered Shorts - Miss Selfridge
MUA Lipstick in Shade 11  & 15

Hopefully I will be reviewing the two lipsticks very soon! 

Which is your favourite high street shop?

Kelsey xx

Review - Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave In Conditioner


This is my first review (Eeeek!) so if there's anything you think I've missed out please let me know :)

I've always loved Aussie products from the moment I found out about them - they smell great and do wonders for my hair! I've tried out a lot of their products over the years but only tend to buy them when they're on offer and use other hair products in between. There are a couple of products that I always make sure I'm stocked up on though, one of them being the 3 Minute Miracle conditioners and the other being the Miracle Hair Insurance Leave in Conditioner!

Aussie's Miracle Hair Insurance is a leave in conditioner that is 'a saviour for, weak, distressed hair.' I first started using it a couple of years ago as something extra to protect my hair. I was so impressed with it that I haven't stopped using it since!

I really like the Aussie packaging as it's nice and simple. I find that it really stands out from other hair care products due to it having simple labeling and not being really bright and in your face like a lot of other hair care products brands are. The Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance bottle has a spray top which makes the product easy to apply and distribute across your hair.

The spray itself smells amazing! It's sweet and fruity but not over the top, just nice and subtle. The conditioner is also light and doesn't weigh your hair down. Even when I've gone a bit OTT with the spraying it hasn't clogged by hair up or weighed it down which is great! I've found spray in conditioners that I've used in the past do clogged my hair up a bit if I use slightly too much.

I have very long, curly hair so you can imagine what a pain it is to get through with the hair brush after washing it! The Aussie bottle says it 'helps detangle and protect, makes styling easier' and I think it pretty much does what it says on the tin! It makes my hair so much easier to brush after washing and adds some extra protection if I blow dry or straighten it.

Although it says to spray on to damp hair I have actually been using it on my hair whilst it's dry, in between washes, to give the end some extra moisture. It dries quickly and doesn't leave an residue and really improves the ends of my hair.

I really love this product and it's my all time faviourite hair care product!

What is your faviourite hair care product? Have you used Aussie before?

Kelsey xx

Polka Dot Nials & Dotting Tools


So after a bit of a disaster with catching my newly painted nails on my razor and 'shaving' some nail polish off I've fixed then and thought I'd show them off.

I got bored of my previous red glitter nails and decided to make them a bit more summery since I've actually seen the sun come out over the past week! I always like to add a bit of decoration to my nails so decided to polka dot them rather than just using one colour.

They don't look this messy in real life - honest!
Barry M's Peach Melba is one of my favourite nail polishes at the moment, it's lovely and girly. Also, I find that it's nice and bright but not too 'in your face' - great for summer! I always apply a white base coat before applying the Barry M Peach Melba as I find it helps the colour stand out more. For this I used Boots Natural Collection's Nail Tip Whitener and used to apply to for my polka dots.

A couple of months a go I decided to purchase myself some nail dotting tools to make doing my nails a little easier. I know that you can make your own with cocktail sticks, pins and old pens but for me it seemed just as easy to buy them as it saved me having to hunt around the house finding bits and bobs to make them. I searched on eBay (which have loads!) and found some at a very reasonable price (£1.50). They're double ended and altogether there are 5 different dotting sizes. They're lightweight and easy to hold. I also find that they're easy to clean with just a small piece of cotton wool and some nail varnish remover. For the price they were I really can't fault them.

Do you like adding patterns to your nails or prefer plain varnish? Have you bought any dotting tools or do you prefer to make them?

Kelsey xx

Mini ELF Haul


I found out about ELF a few months ago but since there wasn't anything I needed I couldn't justify the purchases. I decided to wait until there was a shipping offer on which would also allow me more time to decided what I wanted. 

On Friday I looked on the site to find there was a £1 shipping offer when you spent over £10. I decided this was the perfect time to treat myself to a few ELF products!

I only purchased a few things as I didn't want to spend too much money (trying to cut down on spending) and to ensure I liked the products before splashing out on loads!
The delivery was really quick. I ordered late Friday night, it was dispatched Monday morning and arrived before I'd even woken up on Tuesday morning! It was very well package as well which I always think is great!

So I got...

Mineral Moisturizing Lip Tint in Rose
Clarifying Pressed Powder in Rosy Beige 
Nourishing Cuticle Pen
Defining Eye Brush/Eye Crease Brush
Powder brush

Overall I was very happy with what I got and will probably be purchasing from ELF very soon again! 
I spent £12 including postage on 6 products which I thought was amazing considering what I would have spent if I shopped elsewhere.

I have yet to use all the products properly but will most likely be reviewing a couple of them once I have.

What is your favourite ELF product?

Kelsey x

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