Wednesday, 1 October 2014

DISARONNO wears VERSACE + launch party

So glad I can finally blog about this, good thing I know how to keep a secret. 

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of finding out that Disaronno were pairing up with another fashion house...VERSACE. Bringing us the perfect gift for the fashion obsessed cocktail lovers out there. Speaking of cocktails with this awesome bottle comes a fabulous little cocktail, Disaranno Versace Sour but more on that later.

Augusto Reina, CEO of ILLVA Saronno commented on the collaboration: “For the second year running we are so proud to be partnering with another of the world’s finest Italian fashion houses. To be able to include Moschino and Versace amongst our list of collaborators is a real honour.” 

Monday, 22 September 2014

NAILS | Greenberry and Teal

I've recently gotten back into painting my nails again, I dunno why but I got through periods of not being bothered about doing them. Well I'm back in the mood again and I was just so happy with how my nails look I wanted to share it o the blog. I went for a green theme and thought because of the colours chosen it'd be fitting to photograph them in the garden.

Monday, 15 September 2014

NAILS | Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Colour

Anyone who is into nail products knows about Sally Hansen. I happened to come across the magnetic polishes nail range in none other than Poundland.  I've made mention of how Poundland has some hidden gems in their beauty section. There were 5 shades available, blue, silver, green, copper and purple. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

#BoldLipsForSickleCellChallenge - Sickle Cell Awareness

September is Sickle Cell awareness month. If you are unsure/unaware of what Sickle Cell is there is a lot of information available on the Sickle Cell Society website. Please take just 5 minutes to read this post.

If you follow my instagram, tumblr or twitter (links below), you would've seen the below images already. These lips looks were done as a part of the #BoldLipsForSickleCellChallenge (search the hashtag). Please keep on reading to see the looks I did, how to take part in the challenge and how to donate.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

EATS | Frankie and Benny's

I tend to post on social networks - twitter, facebook and instagram - when I'm heading out to eat. Yes I am one of those people who post pics of their food, on occasion. GUILTY! Frankie and Benny's (FBs) is one of my favourite places to eat. What I love about FBs (besides the food) is that they have a very affordable lunch menu with an array of options.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

SKINCARE | Effaclar 3-Step Anti Blemish System

Available online at Boots but won't be available in store until next month (September).

If you suffer with:
Clogged and enlarged pores
Excess sebum
Uneven and rough skin texture
Red and brown marks
then La Roche-Posay have what you're looking for. Keep on reading to find out about they're groundbreaking 3-step treatment. Does anyone else think I sound like a cheesy commercial? haha.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

MOVIES | New blog series/Haul

Hey guys and dolls,

I have dedicated Sunday posts to music, as it is a big part of my life. But I wanted to share another passion of mine, which is movies/TV shows. I have an extensive DVD collection, and I thought I'd recommend a movie a week, and TV show a month on a Saturday. I hope you guys enjoy this new series. And if you have any movie recommendations, please feel free to leave them below.

Any who, to start it off I thought I would do a little DVD haulage of some recent purchases.

When I post my recommendations, I will post a quick summary of what the movie is about and a star rating.

Friday, 22 August 2014

NAILS | Sinful Colors

Sinful Colors

My best friend introduced me to the dangerous fact that Poundland sells name brand name products, such as Rimmel, Revlon and Sally Hansen. When I was younger I was one of those people that shunned 99p/£1 shops, and wouldn't be caught dead being seen in one. But in this economic climate we should be saving money where we can, particularly on luxury items. And when I say luxury, I mean things that don't fall under the header of necessities.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

EATS | Miller and Carter

Hey guys and dolls,

So the fam and I went out for a celebratory meal, it was my choice so I decided on Miller and Carter. I'd wanted to go for ages and there is one not far from where I live.

Monday, 18 August 2014

BEAUTY | Summer Ready Feet

Hey guys and dolls,

One of my biggest pet peeves is women (and men) who wear sandals, flip flops or open toe shoes with busted feet. With all the different products available on the market there is no excuse to neglect your feet.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

MUSIC | Song of the Week: Kacey Musgraves - Follow Your Arrow

Hey guys and dolls,

Probably in the last year or so I started to give country songs a chance, before I was an avid country song loather. But some of them are pretty decent, especially the ones with a pop vibe. I got introduced to this by Meganheartsmakeup, she was talking about how she'd seen this song performed live and was a fan. I'd never heard of Kacey Musgraves before but I really appreciated the lyrics of this song.

Monday, 28 July 2014


Hey guys and dolls,

Recently I heard that ASOS Curve went up a size in their range. It now offers a size 28, happy days for the curvier ladies. It's only gone up one size, but I have to give them credit for at least increasing the size. I assumed the curve range only went up to the usual "plus size" sizes of 16/18, but was happily proven wrong.

So I decided to have a look at what the range had to offer. Here are some items that caught my eye, it's a bit monochrome but I was just having a quick glance.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

SKINCARE | Daily Skincare Routine

Hey guys and dolls,

 It's been a while since I updated my skincare routine on here, some things are still the same and there are a couple changes. If you haven't seen the post where I stated my original routine you can have a look here

With all the different products on the market, a skincare routine can be kind of daunting. And then all the questions that come along with starting a routine. What skin type am I? Do I use a gel or foam face wash?  Do I need to exfoliate? How often do I use an exfoliator/face mask? Should I use an eye cream? etc.

The best advice I can give you is to go and have a skin analysis done, that way you can find out your skin type/needs and have a routine mapped out for you. And from that you can then go and experiment with different brands.

Monday, 21 July 2014


Hey guys and dolls,

Last week I attended an event to hear about a new product from VICHY, Normaderm Night Detox. This product is the newest addition to their Normaderm range. This helps to control the production of sebum that occurs during the night, and it purifies the skin.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

MAKEUP: Taylor Momsen Inspired

Hey guys and dolls,

OK so I was totally unprepared this week, and had no posts planned. So I decided to do a  quick make up look, based off of one of the actors/characters from Gossip Girl. I've been wanting to do this ever since I finished re-watching the series. The person I got inspired by was Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphrey). Her look is very grungy, and as her character developed that look slowly made it's way onto the show. I really loved how this turned out. So if you want to know how I did this, keep on reading.

Taylor Momsen Inspired Makeup

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Album of the week - Cruel Intentions OST

Hey guys and dolls,

Source: Google Images

It's Sunday, which means it's time to do a music post for you. I really love doing these, because you guys get an insight into my world of music. My music taste varies a lot, I pretty much like all styles of music. I've even come around to liking some country music, which I was dead against back in the day, dunno why.

Anyhow album of the week is the Cruel Intentions OST (Original Soundtrack). I absolutely love this movie, every time I watch it or hear the songs from it, it takes me back to a nostalgic happy place.

Friday, 4 July 2014

MAKEUP: Paul and Joe Beaute

Hey guy and dolls,

Paul and Joe Beaute
"fun loving sophistication." - brand philosophy

A few weeks back I went to a Paul and Joe blogger event. You can read about that here. Now I am going to share with you the products I got to tryout.

Monday, 30 June 2014

FASHION: Evans Summer Clothes (+jewellery) Haul

Hey guys and dolls,

Summer Clothes Haul

Here are some bits I have gotten over the last couple months, in preparation for the warmer weather. If you live in London, you'll know it has been pretty lovely, a bit muggy but bright.I purchased these items from plus size retailer Evans. I think the majority of my clothes come from there. When shopping at Evans I tend to only shop online, because there is more variety and more chances of getting the items I want. My local Evans always runs out of my size really quickly. And doing it online means I can get it delivered to my door and have the option to get a discount. So continue on reading to see what I got.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Artist of the Week - The Rocket Summer

Hey guys and dolls,

Source: Google Images

It's that time of the week again.  So without further ado, artist of the week goes to *drum roll please* The Rocket Summer.


Source: Google Images
WOW! My blog turned 4 yesterday. It doesn't feel like it's been that long.

My blog was something that I started randomly. My friend Stevie (one half of the velvet epidemic) was actually the reason I started blogging. I'd wanted to start a blog for a while, but just never did it. Stevie had started up a blog of her own and gave me the confidence to go for it. So this blog started as a place for me to share my passion for make up. It has since become somewhere for me to share a whole lot more. It's a very big part of my life that I love very much.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

MAKEUP: Aero Volume Mascara

Hey guys and dolls,

 Aero Volume Mascara - £5

I seem to be left quite underwhelmed with mascaras at the moment. They have all these big promises in the ads, but never live up to the hype. But I'm always on the hunt for the next best thing. Continue on to see my thoughts and before and after photos. 

Monday, 23 June 2014

EVENT: Paul and Joe

Hey guys and dolls,

Last week I got to go and check out some products from Parisian make up brand Paul and Joe. I’d never heard of this make up brand before. But that’s no surprise there, because I tend to stick to specific brands. As you may have come to know if you've read my blog for a while that I don’t change up things very often. But unbeknownst to me after doing my research, I had seen some of their products via other bloggers. In particular the lipstick with the kitten head.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Song of the week: When Your Heart Stops Beating by +44

Hey guys and dolls,

I think my music posts will go up on a Sunday from now on.

So song of the week is -  "When Your Heart Stops Beating" by +44 (plus 44).

Thursday, 19 June 2014

FASHION: River Island Zip Trim Messenger Bag

Hey guys and dolls,

I finally popped my River Island bag cherry. I've always wanted a River Island bag but I found their bags kinda pricey. And I also heard bad reviews from friends, but I always like to try things out for myself.

I had to recycle some photos from my BBQ OOTD post. Because I was super unhappy with the full length pics I took for this post.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

MAKEUP: Gift with purchase

Hey guy and dolls,

Big and Curvy Mascara
Eye Definer Liner

A while back The Body Shop were doing a deal where if you spend a certain  amount you got a mascara and eyeliner for free.

Band of the week: Evanescence

Hey guys and dolls,

This is last weeks band of the week, dunno why this didn't go up. I've been having quite the throwback the last few weeks. And Evanescence has been on repeat a lot. Listening to them takes me back to my emotional teens lol.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Constructive Criticism

Hey guys and dolls,

What makes a good blog? It's always something I've been curious of. Because there are blogs I follow and wonder why they don't have way more followers. I'd love to know what people's opinions are on what makes a good blog?

Monday, 9 June 2014

SHARE THE LOVE: Blogger style

Hey guys and dolls,

I did a YouTube version of this early last year. You can read that here. Now it's time for the bloggers. I randomly picked some of my faves. There are so many more but if I wrote about them all we'd be here all day.

In this awfully judgmental world, people are too quick to throw negativity at people. It's always nice to pay it forward and give credit where it's due. So let's get this show on the road.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

NAILS: Avon Opal Top Coat

Hey guys and dolls, 


I was super excited to try this top coat. In the pictures it looked so so so so pretty.

Unfortunately this product is not what I thought it would be. And here's where I have to be a negative nelly, but for brands to keep improving they need honest opinions from their consumers, right?

Thursday, 5 June 2014

SKINCARE: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sun Care

Hey guys and dolls,

As the weather is heating up (sort of) we need to make sure we protect our skin. I am gonna be honest, I don't tend to wear SPF unless it's already in my make up or skin care. I think the last time I went out of my way to wear sun care was when I went to Egypt in 2011.

Song of the week: Fancy by Iggy Azalea

Hey guys and dolls,

I wouldn't say I'm an Iggy fan, but I did enjoy her first single ALOT. I haven't really been feeling her other releases much. But as soon as the video dropped for her single "FANCY" I was hooked. The song is super catchy, I find myself signing the chorus all the time. The voice behind the chorus is Charli XCX. I got the pleasure of seeing Charli XCX open for Paramore last year.

Monday, 2 June 2014

COPYCAT MAKEUP: Kendall Jenner

Hey guys and dolls,

I love when I can look at someones make up and be completely inspired. Scrolling through Instagram I came across this image of Kendall Jenner. Her make up was so simple yet she looked absolutely gorgeous. And I just had to recreate it. I posted my take on the look on my Instagram page. Now I am gonna show you what I used to do it.

 Luckily I had some random gems in my make up kit, that were perfect for the look. And the same colour. I used them previously in my Carnival look.

Keep reading to find out how I recreated this look.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

NAILS: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine wishlist

Hey guys and dolls,

How did I not know that Barry M had extended their gel polish range? To be fair I have been trying to ease off buying polishes. And the collection looks like it's doubled. This is dangerous. And gosh I just want so many. I did a several posts on theses polishes last year, you can see the collective post on them here.

But I wanted to show you some of the shades that I am lusting after. Which is pretty much all of them.

Saturday, 31 May 2014


Hey guys and dolls,

Whoa total throwback here lol. I was going through my drafts and came across this post. I realised I haven't posted an NOTD since the beginning of the month. But instead of this post going to waste, I though hey why not publish it. I can't remember if I've mentioned this before, but I wanna start doing a lucky dip thing with my nail polishes. I have so many and I end up forgetting about some. So to encourage me to use more I'm gonna do that.
I wore my nails like this to the Paramore concert. You can see the post I did on the concert here.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Hey guys and dolls,

Here's a quick look at what I wore to the La Roche-Posay event. What I love about some events is there is no pressure to be all fancy. So I went kinda casual, which I do most of the time.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

La Roche-Posay Suncare Event

Hey guys and dolls,

A little while ago I made my way to South Kensington, to attend a La Roche Posay event. The reason behind the event was to have a look at their Anthelios sun care range. With the Summer slowly approaching, now is the time to think about what you're going to use to protect your skin. 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

MAKEUP: Carnival

Hey guys and dolls,

A few weeks I posted a very colourful make up look on Instagram. I thought I'd do a run through of what I did and the products I used.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014


Hey guys and dolls,

The title of this post makes me wanna breakout into song and sing the classic by David Bowie.

As you can guess a change is a coming to Sonya Loves Makeup again. Not a big change, so don't worry.

Some people say change isn't necessarily a good thing, and they're right...sometimes. But change is what keeps things interesting.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Friday, 9 May 2014


Hey guys and dolls,

Last weekend on a very sunny bank holiday weekend I attended a family friends birthday BBQ. Here is what I wore.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

NAILS: Instagram Nails

Hey guys and dolls,

I have a tendency to paint my nails on occasion. But I don't always post on my blog what I put on my instagram. So I thought I'd put up a collection of those unseen nail looks here.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Make up Monday: Demi Lovato Heart Attack Look 2

Hey dolls,

I hope everyone has had a great bank holiday.

Here is the second look I'm replicating from the Demi Lovato Heart Attack video. You can see look 1 here.

This was the softer look of the two, she looked so angelic, that may have been in large part to the white background behind her. She just looked so natural and pretty.

Friday, 2 May 2014


Hey guys and dolls,

Here I am with another VERY haul. I've come to find Very as one of my go to online places to shop.

I did a massive shop, but like every woman knows when you buy a whole bunch of things online you end up only keeping a few bits.