Thursday, 30 September 2010

All The Fun Of The Fair & New Look Finds

I helped out at a charity vintage clothing sale today - a great day, raising awareness for sustainable fashion and money for environmental charities AND as a helper, the chance to have first pick of all the items!

I found this gorgeous faux fur stole with the tag still attached for the bargain price of £1. I already have one in black but ever since Jen's post featuring a gorgeous cream stole, I've wanted to add to my faux fur collection:

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I also picked up two scarves, a silk one for using as a hairband and a golden beige pashmina style scarf, both £1.

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From second-hand and sustainability to the consumerist excesses of the high street...I've been loving New Look's clothes so far this season. The choice is great and the prices are so affordable. Add to this the recent 20% student discount, I've been in bargain heaven. I picked up this cat jumper dress last week for £20, it's so cute and I can't wait to wear it with opaque tights and boots.

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I've been lusting after a jumpsuit for a while, despite fearing that such a garmet would do no favours for my 5'1 figure and may make me feel like I'm wearing a babygro, I still wanted one. I tried on a couple on my birthday shopping trip but couldn't justify spending my hard-earned cash on something that I was still slightly uncertain about. Still, my dreams of jumpsuits didn't go away and I was delighted to find this printed number reduced to only £12 in New Look today - it's actually far more flattering on than I ever thought a one-piece could be and I love the print. I can't wait to wear this!

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What are your latest vintage and highstreet fashion finds?
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Monday, 27 September 2010

Sleek and Glamourous

A couple of months ago I took out a subscription to Glamour Magazine, party because I love the magazine (I'm a magazine addict) and because of the Sleek make-up set offered as a subscription gift. The gift landed on my doormat a few days ago, I'd actually completely forgotten about it so it was a lovely surprise to get a jiffy bag full of Sleek goodies.

Here's what I got:

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Sunset Palette
Nail polish in Bare
Pout Polish in Pink Cadillac
Blusher in Flamingo
Eye Dust in Breathless


The Sunset Palette is gorgeous. I'm sure you've already seen hundreds of swatches of the shadows so I won't go into too much detail but will just say that the shades are really pretty and wearable. I think these palettes are around £5 so they're amazing value.

I've never tried a Sleek nail polish before so I'm looking forward to giving this one a go - expect a NOTD soon!

I've been planning on buying the Pout Polish for the last month or so, only to find the pink shade sold out in every branch of Superdrug I went into. I love this product, I've used it everyday since I got it. It smells lovely, sweet but not sickly and is far more pigmented than I was expecting. It leaves my lips feeling soft and glowy rather than glossy.

The blusher looks scarily bright in the pan - seriously bright pink! However, when applied lightly its totally wearable and now that my skins paler I'm using pinky blushers more than my bronzers. I like how this is matte as its hard to find matte blushes in drugstore brands. If I want a shimmery highlight then I layer Mac's Dainty blusher on top.

The eye dust looks quite grainy and chalky in the pot but when applied its really smooth and very pigmented. It's also very long lasting - I swatched some on my hand it it wouldn't wash off with soap and water.

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Breathless eyedust and Flamingo blusher.

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The blusher on. Not as scary as it looks.

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A quick EOTD with the Sunset palette. I used the 4 shades on the right hand side of the bottom row. I found that the eyeshadows did cause a little bit of shimmery fall-out on my cheeks, next time, I'll apply a bit more shadow base or try applying them with a damp brush.

What are your favourite Sleek products?
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Friday, 24 September 2010

Autumn Days

The Autumn weather was out in full force yesterday, grey - check, rain - check, cold - check. I am definitely a summer girl at heart and often struggle with dressing appropriately for colder weather but I quite liked my autumnal outfit from yesterday:
























Jacket - Next, Lace top - A/Wear, Nude cami - M&S, Skirt - M&S Limited Collection, Sandals - vintage, Scarf - Topshop

The sandals were maybe an unsuitable remnant of summer but due to a horrible blister from wearing a new pair of Topshop shoes the day before they were the only thing that were comfortable. I need to start being nicer to my feet.

As for my make-up, the dark skies and colder weather mean that I can now wear dark lips during the day without it looking too much or worrying about it melting off my face:





















Face: ELF Undereye Concealer, 17 Pressed Powder, Benefit It Stick, Barry M blush in No 7, Mac MSF in Redhead
Eyes: L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss, Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara in Black
Lips: Mac Cyber with Clinique Red-y To Wear brushed on top


I'm definitely going to be wearing dark berry lips a lot this autumn. I'm feeling (and looking) so pale at the moment so nude lipsticks have been banished to the back of my make-up box as they just make me look ill. I'll also be welcoming back smokey eyes with my NYX Smokey Eye kit and swapping my bronzers for pretty pink blushes.

What autumn trends will you be working?
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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

NOTD: My Favourite Nail Polish ♥

I've had this nail polish for a while, it is definitely my favourite out of my nail polish collection and yet, it's never featured in one of my NOTD posts. Until now:













I can't find a name for this shade on the bottle but it's from Bourjois' "1 Seconde" range. I love the classic dark red shade, it suits shorter nails, looks great for day or night and goes with pretty much all of my outfits. The brush on this nail polish is amazing, my nail painting skills are rather poor - even when I'm not in a rush I can't seem to avoid getting polish all over my cuticles and turning my nails into a streaky mess. With this polish I really can just do one stroke of the brush per nail, it dries fast and stays chip free for a few days. Definitely my favourite nail polish.

What's yours?
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Lush: Ice Blue Review

Last week when I picked up some Lush goodies for my birthday I got given a free sample of Ice Blue soap.









Ice Blue is a translucent blue soap topped with a "sea salt" layer. Lush say:

The intense and tingly peppermint soap. Peppermint has this amazing quality of making you feel cool when you're hot and warm when you're cold. When you're in a warm shower, rub Ice Blue soap on your body and it gives you a refreshing, tingly feeling all over.

To me, this soap smells like the "Lush shop smell" with a minty kick to it. I love the way the Lush stores smell, I guess it's the mixture of all the products, so I really like the smell of this.

I used this soap in the bath, my first impression was that it was really difficult to get it to lather up and thought that this was due to the soap containing natural ingredients. I like soap that lathers so was willing to overlook this due to the benefits from the "natural" product. However, a quick browse of the Lush website reveals that the soap does contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). I like soaps and shampoos that lather, I don't feel like they're doing their job if they don't product a nice bubbly foam so the lack of lather from this soap was quite disappointing and can't even be excused by the soap being SLS free.

Once I did coax some later out of it, the soap did smell lovely and while not giving me the promised "tingly" feeling, it did leave my skin feeling clean with a lingering smell. After a few uses, the soap now lathers with slightly less effort although for me, it is too drying for use in the bath or shower which is a shame as I really like the smell of this soap.

Would I re-purchase? Probably not. Despite the fact that this is one of the cheapest soaps Lush offers (£2.85/100g) and that it is now making itself useful as my hand soap, I really want to try Honey I Washed The Kids and Porrige which will hopefully be more moisturising and better for my skintype.

Which is your favourite Lush soap?
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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Something-different-Sundays: Purple Monster

After loving the Green Monster smoothie, I was planning to re-create one today. Unfortunately, we had no spinach and I didn't realise this until I'd already started assembling my blender/soy milk/chopped banana. Not wanting the lack of spinach to prevent me from making something yummy and healthy, I created this Purple Monster:

























I used:
one small banana
150 ml Alpro Light soy milk
1 stick of celery
2 inch piece of chopped cucumber
1 handful of frozen black forest berries
a sprinkle of cinammon on top


It tasted really good, sweet but also refreshing. I'll definitely be giving this another go and am feeling really inspired by Laura's blog "Keeping Slim and Getting Stylish" - her meals always look so delicious and healthy and the recipies seem easy for even a complete kitchen novice like myself.

What healthy treats have you been enjoying lately?
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Friday, 17 September 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

I turned 23 yesterday. I'm still slightly in shock/denial about my increasing age...I definitely do not feel mature enough to be 23. But, age aside, a birthday is a birthday and shopping was needed!

Firstly, and most relevant to by blog, Lush:

























Although there are few Lush products that I don't want, I settled upon:

L-R - Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo - this smells so fresh and lovely. It contains nettles and peppermint so should be really refreshing.

Seanik shampoo - this also smells really fresh and came with a free tin as I bought two shampoo bars. Each shampoo bar is supposed to be equivalent to three bottles of shampoo so for £4.65 each they are really good value.

Vanillary solid perfume - these are quite new to Lush and I've never used a solid fragrance before so I'm really excited to try this out. Vanillary is gorgeous, it's a really simple fragrance but reminds me of freshy baked cakes. Mmmm. I also like how it's natural and the little stick was only £6 so its far cheaper than conventional fragrance too.

American Cream conditioner - I thought I'd try out a Lush conditioner. I was originally going to get "Jungle" the solid conditioner but eventually decided to get this one as it smells lovely (notice a theme here?) and is double concentrated so the little bottle should last me a while.

Baby Face Cleanser - I used this a few years ago and really liked how gentle it was at removing make-up. The Lush sales assistant said that these are being discontinued soon so I snapped one up before they do!

Free samples - Ice Blue soap and Aromaco natural deoderant. The SA popped these into my Lush bag for me to try. I'm interested to see if the natural deoderant works. I've not had much success with natural ones in the past but now that the weather's getting colder I'm going to give this one a go.

I will be doing reviews of the products once I start using them. Do you use any of these Lush products? Is there anything else that I should try?

I also hit the shops, armed with birthday money, my student discount card (only a month until it expires) and a 20% off voucher for Office that came with this week's Heat magazine.



















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Black velvet tie side top - New Look with 20% student discount
Grey hareem trousers - Dorothy Perkins with 20& student discount
Office Lace-Up boots - 20% Heat magazine discount
Oversided shirt - H&M half price & I love the carrier bag

I've bought a camera tripod from Ebay so I am going to try to do some more FOTD type posts. I feel like I want to start blogging more about what I have rather than just what I buy (not counting this post, obviously) and I really need to start wearing more of my existing clothes, trying out different combinations and showing off my own style so I'm hoping that blogging my outfits will encourage this.

Finally...some little snapshots of my birthday day :)



















Salmon sushi salad in Giraffe
Noisette coffee with giraffe stirers. My mum told the waitress that it was my birthday and if I could have one - she brought me all of them and our coffees were free, so nice of her. My mum didn't tell her that it was my 23rd birthday...sometimes I'm glad that I don't look my age!
Beaded ring from a pop-up craft fair - I love how it matches my 17 nail polish
Chicken Chili Men in Wagamama - went there with my parents for my birthday dinner - yum!
And...my birthday cake - Wagamama's chocolate fudge cake with three forks :)
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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

NOTD: Parma Violet

I used to love parma violet sweets when I was younger so I was very excited today when my work colleague lent me her 17 Parma Violet nail polish to try out. I have the Mint Choc Chip polish from 17's Candy Collection which I love and this shade is gorgeous too. I love the thick brush as it gives a smooth, streak-free application without getting polish all over the skin around my nails.

After a quick coat of my favourite topcoat, Seche Vite, this is how it looks:




















What are you currently wearing on your nails?
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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Fashion Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Caz. I think this is a great tag for getting to know the person behind the blog a little better.

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

I love hair accessories. I have long hair and can't stand it near my face so hairclips and headscarves are my best friends. I also love bags - my favourites are a Marc Jacobs across body bag that I bought for myself as a Reading Week treat last year and an Osprey handbag that my mum bought for me as an A Level results present. I love how bags last forever and, if you choose well, transcend seasonal trends.

Who's your fashion role model? (In real life and YouTube/Blogging)

I love Blair Waldorf's style in Gossip Girl, she always looks so chic and put together. I follow quite a few fashion blogs but wouldn't say that I have a fashion role model. Style is so individual and I'd hate to shamelessly copy someone else's look. Bloggers are great for inspriation though and for showing looks that work in real life, on real people.

What do you always carry with you?

I always have my iPhone, Oyster Card, Filofax diary, a magazine or book and my make-up bag with me. I can't leave the house without my handbag (usually a Longchamp pilage as you can fit so much inside).

What would you describe your style as?

My style is quite varied. I wear a mix of high street and vintage and while I don't slavishly follow trends I try to incorporate on-trend items into my look. Some days I wear skirts, heels and a cute cardigan - that was my everyday look at uni as it's smart but not overly so. Other times I'm in cut off demin shorts, leggings, tshirts worn as dresses...I like to vary my look or I feel like I'm in "Lily uniform"! I'm petite so a lot of clothes look ridiculous on me but I now know what works for me style wise while still occasionally stepping out of my style comfort zone. I wear heels pretty much everyday as I find flat shoes quite uncomfortable and I'd never wear trainers apart from to the gym.

Favourite: jeans, sunglasses or heels?

I don't wear jeans (or any trousers for that matter). I do have a pair of jeggings if that counts, though?

My favourite sunglasses are my Gucci ones - I bought them five years ago with my first ever bonus. I still love them.

My favourite heels are a nude patent leather pair from Nine West. So comfortable and they make my legs look longer.

What inspired you to blog about fashion?

I never started out with the aim of blogging about fashion...I started doing my make-up blog but found that for me, fashion and make-up are very much linked so occasionally I do outfit posts. I'm always running late so I'd never have the time to photograph my outfits everyday but I'm going to try to do more fashion-related posts as I love putting looks together and want to share some of my fashion finds.

What is your favourite fashion store/shop?

I love Topshop but find it quite overpriced so I shop in H&M and Zara quite a lot. I also love going to Selfridges and House of Fraser as you can get lots of brands under one roof and it makes it so much easier to shop. Secretly, I'm a big M&S fan and people are often really surprised to find out that something I'm wearing is from M&S when they compliment me on an outfit!

What is your favourite fabric in clothing?

Denim. It's versertile and despite my not wearing jeans I love denim shorts and my denim jacket.

Who is your favourite designer?

I don't own any designer clothes but I'd love to own a Diane Von Furstenburg dress one day. I love Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen's designs too.

Who/what inspires your style?

I'm inspired by people I see out and about in London - unexpected combinations or new ways to wear what I already have. I'm also inspired by vintage style and wear a lot of my grandma's old clothes as we're exactly the same size. It's great to have something that no one else owns and also to wear clothes that have a story behind them - I wear the suit jacket that my grandma got married in as a blazer in the winter.

What would you choose to do - buy something in high quality or make it yourself if you could?

I think I'd go with buying something high quality. I don't think I'd ever have the time to make something from scratch and I love buying nice things in shops and getting the giant carrier bag to carry my purchases off in.

I'd like to tag:

Anyone who's reading this. Let me know if you do the tag or if you've already done it!



















































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Sunday, 5 September 2010

Rimmel Lash Accelerator - 30 Day Challenge

I was recently sent Rimmel's new Lash Accelerator mascara. It came in a "top secret" looking black envelope as the product was not yet for sale. It's now available in Superdrug on offer for £6.99.


























The mascara claims to make lashes appear 80% longer on application and, with 30 days of use 117% longer. Now, I haven't done maths since my school days, so forgive me if I'm wrong, but doesn't a 100% increase mean that something has doubled?? If so, I'm not sure if I want my lashes to increse by 117&...I have pretty long lashes anyway so they'll be a danger that I won't be able to see or that I'll knock people out with my super-long lashes. Maths aside, I'm sceptical that a product that you put on your lashes (as opposed to lash serums like Lilash and Rapid Lash that are applied to the lash roots) can make any differene to their growth. Imagine if a similar product existed for hair...we'd surely all have Repunzel-esque locks by now?

So, claims and scepticism aside, I'm embarking on the "30 Day Lash Challenge" and, rather than measuring my lashes which could be difficult (do I even own a ruler these days?) and would require my lashes to fall out in order to be measured, I'll stick to good old-fashioned photos.

First things first, the mascara itself. The most important thing I look for in a mascara is the brush. I like flexible rubber brushes the most as I find they give me the most control and allow every lash to be coated. This mascara has a bristle brush but the brush is narrow and the short bristles easily coat my lashes without leaving dots of mascara all over my eyelids. The centre of the brush is slightly larger which is great for adding more mascara to the lashes in the centre of my lid while using the thinner sections of the brush for my inner and outer corner lashes.















The formula. The mascara is the perfect consistency - not too wet and gloopy without being dry. The brush comes out of the tube clean of gunk and doesn't need wiping on a tissue before applying to my lashes. One coat gives a clean, separated look without clumping. I apply two coats to give blacker, thicker looking lashes and I like how the wand is small enough to coat my lower lashes without clumping them. The mascara is a "true black", it doesn't dry to a dull powdery grey like some do.

I've been using this mascara for five days now and I really like it. Claims aside, this is a great mascara and I prefer it to the other mascaras Rimmel have send me - Volume Flash and 1-2-3 Looks. For £6.99 this is a great buy and time will tell whether it does increase the length of my lashes.

My natural, mascara free lashes:










Day 1, two coats of Lash Accelerator:










Other make-up used: ELF Undereye Concealer, Benefit It Stick, Urban Decay Primer Potion, L'Oreal Superliner.



















I'll keep you updated on my lash challenge.

Have you tried Lash Accelerator or any of the other eyelash enhancing products that are about at the moment?

PS. Do you like my new header? Fern made it for me - check out her blog here :)
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Friday, 3 September 2010

Plaits Please

I am very unadventurous with my hair. It seems as if to compensate with my experimentation with make-up and clothes, my hair takes a backseat and day in, day out looks exactly the same. Long, straight and pinned back at the front due to my hatred of hair anywhere near my face.

However. A few days ago, mid blow dry, my hairdryer suddenly died leaving me with half dried hair. In a fit of sudden inspiration I quickly transformed my half-blow dried mess into this Diane Kruger inspired do:



























This took me about 5 minutes and was really, really easy. I did two French plaits, securing them with black elastics, crossed the plaits over and kirby gripped them in place, tucking in the pigtail ends. Finally, I added the Topshop flower grips. Not bad for a rare up-do effort!

The next day, I unravelled the style to reveal pretty waves. I remember my mum plaiting my hair before bed when I was little and waking up in the morning to unravel the tiny plaits. The waves lasted all day with a bit of GHD Salt Spray scrunched in.



























Make-up: 17 Pressed Powder, ELF Undereye Concealer, Sleek Face Contour Kit, Nars blusher - Nico, L'Oreal Superliner, the soon-to-be-blogged-about mascara, Natural Collection lipstick - Pink Mallow

How do you style your hair? Do you experiment with up-dos, heated appliances and accessories? Or do you wear the same style everyday? I'd love to know :)
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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

1 Re-Discovery....Lots of New Looks

First of all, sorry for the pictures on my blog lately. After a few years of being dropped onto various surfaces, my camera has finally decided not to work. So while I ponder over which camera replacement to buy, I'm stuck with using the camera on my iPhone.

So, onto today's post. Last week I was re-organsing my make-up when I came across YSL's Tresor D'Afrique eyeshadow palette. I purchased this in the January sales and had forgotten about it. Whenever I first buy something, I always feel as if it's too nice to use at first which is really silly, look how beautiful it is:

























The shadows are really pigmented and completely matte. I apply them with the sponge applicators rather than an eyeshadow brush as I find this packs on the colour more and gives a stronger result. These are the first matte shadows I've used (most drugstore brands always seem to be shimmery) and I love them - there's no glittery fall-out on my cheeks and the darker shades look acceptable for day wear when they're not shimmery. My favourite shade is number 1 which is great as an all over lid shade while number 3 is a gorgeous purple which looks great on the outer corner and in the crease.

Here are a few looks I created with the palette. I used Urban Decay's Primer Potion as a base and Rimmel's 1-2-3 Looks Mascara in all the pictures:




















I'm so happy to have re-discovered this palette and know I'll be using these shades all autumn.

Have you re-discovered any lost make-up gems lately?
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