Monday, 28 February 2011

Lipstick-loving: Orange

I was originally planning on doing a "lipstick week" series but I think that could be a little too ambitious as I'm in far too much of a make-up rut to wear a different coloured lipstick everyday so this will probably end up more like a lipstick per week.

First up is 17's Lasting Fix lipstick in Hot Chilli. I've had this for a couple of years and while I love the colour I don't reach for it as often as I should do.

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As the lipstick is so bright against my pale winter skin I kept the rest of my make-up really simple - just L'Oreal Superliner and Rimmel The Max Bold Curves mascara and did my hair in a messy topnot.

What do you think of orange lipstick? Too much for day-time or a nice change from red?
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Friday, 25 February 2011

Leopard Loving

Leopard print was one of the "trends" of last season but it's something that I've always loved. It kinda annoys me when people say that but I promise it's true. I was a bit disappointed when suddenly leopard print was everywhere - I used to love hunting down bits and pieces in charity shops and old lady clothes ranges (why do old ladies love leopard print?). I kinda miss how leopard print used to be the preserve of emos and scene kids...gosh I feel so old sometimes!

Here's my leopard-loving outfit:

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Hairband: New Look (it's the belt from my jumpsuit)
Jumper: M&S
Belt: Primark
Skirt: M&S
Tights: TK Maxx
Brogues: Office

Are you a leopard print lover?
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Rimmel Glam'Eyes: State of Grace

I've been feeling quite uninspired with my make-up lately. I really can't remember the last time I wore eyeshadow. Liquid liner and mascara has been my default look for the last month or so. I don't know why I've fallen out of love with eyeshadow so I was happy to receive Rimmel's new Glam'Eyes "State of Grace" quad in the post. Is it good enough to rekindle my love, I wonder?

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The shades aren't the usual ones I go for (warm bronzey tones are my favourite) but they look pretty: a dark purple, bright blue, shimmery silver and mint green. I swatched the shades using the sponge applicator provided (the first and only time I will use this, seriously, does anyone use the applicators? Surely it'd be better for brands to just not bother with them and save some space in the packaging?). I had to wet the applicator as the mint green shade just would not show up dry, it was really poorly pigmented which is a shame as it's a pretty colour when I eventually got it to show up. The other shades are better, the blue and silver are well pigmented and apply really smoothly with a good amount of shimmer. The purple I was less keen on when I swatched it, it felt quite chalky and came out quite dull looking. I prefered it when I applied it on my eyelids over Urban Decay's Primer Potion.

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Here's the look I created:

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I applied the purple all over my lid, used the silver on the inner corners and the blue on the outer corner. I was a bit worried that purple eyeshadow could result in me looking like I had two black eyes but I actually quite like the finished look. True to Rimmel's promise the shadows didn't crease and lasted all day without fading. I finished off my make-up with Rimmel The Max Bold Curves mascara, Clinique All Over Colour blusher and 17 Balmy Beige lipstick.

The Glam'Eyes quad is available from Boots for around £6. They're good value for money and I like the updated packaging. I think the shadows could have been more pigmented - I was a bit disappointed with the green shade but the others were all decently pigmented. I'd repurchase this if there were a bronzey selection available as it's great to be able to have four shades in such a compact palette.

Have you tried any Rimmel eyeshadows?
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Saturday, 19 February 2011

A Late Valentine [REVIEW - Afternoon Tea - Soho Hotel]

As a single lady, I wasn't expecting to do anything for V-day this year. As it turns out, good things happen when you least expecting it and I ended up having a pretty good couple of days. On Sunday a friend and I treated ourselves to a girlie afternoon tea at The Soho Hotel. This is what I wore:

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Chictopia

Please excuse the overly posey photos. I took some normal ones too but couldn't resist using these!

Top: New Look
Skirt: Rokit Vintage
Belt: M&S
Tights: TK Maxx
Shoes: Topshop

Afternoon tea was really lovely. We went for the fruit tea which was delicious and really healthy - I had a pot of jasmine flower green tea and we shared this gorgeous platter:

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The Soho Hotel has such a relaxed vibe, we sat chatting for about four hours and didn't feel rushed to leave. We had our tea in a boudoir style room with comfy chairs arranged around a giant coffee table. I couldn't help but have a peek at the regular afternoon tea - the cakes looked very yummy so I'm definitely planning a retuen visit for when I'm feeling less virtuous.

On Valentine's Day itself, I went to see Bright Eyes at the Scala. I don't think I've ever talked music on my blog before (I guess all efforts to be a "beauty blog" go out the window right here)but I am a BIG Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes fan. I was super excited when I received my pre-order of their new album complete with a cute hand written thank-you note:

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While I'm revealing more about my "real life", you may also notice that my "real name" is Lillian. No one ever calls me that IRL though.

My gig look involved red lipstick and red rose earrings (a small concession to Valentine's day):

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The show was amazing. I felt so buzzing afterwards that I couldn't get to sleep until 3am and was exhausted at college all the next day but it was so worth it. Whatever music you're into, seeing your favourite band do a 2 hour set is pretty special. I was very lucky that I managed to get a standing spot on higher raised level. I would have loved to be right at the front but at 5'1 there's always the risk that someone taller than 5'1 stands in front of you and you spend the whole evening staring at the back of their head.

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Hope you all had lovely Valentine's days, whether you're single or loved up. I'm usually massively cynical about the day and scorn every heart-shaped object I see in the shops but this year, I realised it's true that V-day is like life: it's what you make it.
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Thursday, 17 February 2011

A Few Of My Favourite Things: February 17th

Lately I have...

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1. Been watching The Shard getting taller. I'm sure this building looks different everytime I see it. It's going to be amazing once it's completed and I love how I've seen it grow over the last few years.

2. Visited Mary's Living And Giving Shop. Possibly the nicest charity shop I've ever been in - and the most expensive. Although it is all for a good cause and there are lots of designer bargains to be had.

3. Made Tea Not War. Loved this street grafitti in Primrose Hill.

4. Visited the Museumm of Everything after reading about it on Hannah's blog. It's sadly closed now but I'm glad I found the time to pay a visit, the collection was very eclectic and some of it a little scary (I'm still worried I'm going to have nightmares featuring the porcelain dolls) but a really nice way to spend an afternoon.

5. Read Emma Donoghue's "Room" for From Gem With Love's bookclub. Pictured here next to a panini. I don't think I would have chosen the book if it wasn't for the bookclub (which I guess it the whole POINT of joining a bookclub) but I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. A must-read.

6. Making my own bodyscrub with olive oil and sugar. This has left my skin feeling so soft and as it was made by raiding my parent's kitchen, it was free!

7. Shopped for vintage clothes in Camden. I'm avoiding the highstreet as I'm trying to save money but vintage clothes are so much more affordable and the fun of finding something unique can't be beaten. Note to vintage stores: anything with the label "New Look" or "Atmosphere" is not vintage. It's just old.

8. Indulged in Scrabble and carrot cake at Drink, Shop & Do. If I had the time and the money I would definitely spend all my evenings there. Next time I'm going for the edible jewellery making.

What are your favourite things this week?
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Something Old, Something(s) New

I've always loved hunting in charity shops for bargains and unique finds. I've recently discovered the YMCA charity shop in my town and am now always popping in - I've recently bought a 1970s vintage dress for £8, a brand new pair of suede loafers for £6 and my current favourite find:

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This handbag was only £2. It's real leather and very similar to the cute little leather bags I'd been admiring in Topshop the day before. The only downside? No, not the "charity shop" smell but the lack of a handle.

I was on another bargain hunting mission in Matalan and came across this hairband for £3. By knotting the ends of the hairband onto the metal loops where the bag's handle would once have been I have a lovely unique bag for only £5.

As for something(s) new...I've been looking for some new basic tops for ages. I used to get all my basic t-shirts from Zara but they've changed the style since I bought mine and I no longer like them...I fell in love with Topshop's button town sleeveless blouses on a visit to the Oxford Circus store but didn't one as £18 for a basic top felt a bit ridiculous. After not being able to find any other tops I remotely liked, and some encouragement from my mum that I "have to wear something" I snapped up 4 of them in a range of colours:

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Yes, it did feel painful spending £72 on basic tops but these really will go with everything and should mean that I can wear my skirts and shorts without spending ages looking for a suitable top to wear with them.

What're your latest charity shop finds?
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Friday, 11 February 2011

Your Teddy Bear

I've been obsessed with sorting and tidying my room lately. In doing so, I've found so many things that I'd completely forgotten that I even owned. I think I've had this teddy bear necklace since I was 5 or 6 - it's definitely too cute to consign to the charity shop box. I love his little nautical outfit:

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Dress: TK Maxx
Vest top: Mim
Tights & Earings: Accessorize


Have you rediscovered any hidden treasures?
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Monday, 7 February 2011

All Dressed Up

These photos are from my mum's birthday meal. My parents and I went to a Chinese buffet that we were really curious to try out. I'm not usually a fan of Chinese food but this place was AMAZING. I couldn't resist taking some pictures of the food, especially as my new camera has a "food mode".

This was the first time I've really made an effort in getting "dressed up" for quite a while so it was fun to do something with my hair (I just curled it in big sections with tongs, sprayed the curls, left them to cool and then backbrushed like crazy!) and wear a dress from the "nice" section of my wardrobe.

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Dress: Alice Temperly for Target
Tights: Primark
Earings: Accessorize


And here are my foodie pictures. It was all delicious and even though I really wanted to eat more I was so, so full. I fail at buffets so much!

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How cute is the mini Battenburg cake?


Do you like getting dressed up? And what's your favourite restaurant? I'm usually a Wagamama girl :)
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Friday, 4 February 2011

How Much Does Your Face Cost?

January seems to be a month of new starts, diets (celebrity work-out DVD, anyone?) and saving money. As boring as it is, I need to start saving more and being more mindful of what I spend on clothes and make-up...I can really feel "proper" adulthood looming and need to start being more financially responsible and stop wasting money. Booo. I don't think I bought any new make-up during January so I guess that's a start!

I had a huge clearout of my make-up the other day and dread to think of how much the make-up I threw out had cost me, let alone what I actually kept and use. I saw this post on Abbie's blog and thought it'd be interesting to give it a go...

So this is how my "daily face" has been looking lately:

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These are the products I've been using, I do swap around the lipsticks and eye shadows but this is pretty much my basic, day time look.

Items used:

No 7 Mattifying Base £11
Miss Make-up Eyelash Curlers £4.99
Carmex Cherry Lipbalm £2.99
No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer £13.50
17 Pressed Powder £3.99
Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer £4.49
Clinique All Over Colour in Plum Poppy £23.50
Nars Blusher in Nico £19.50
Urban Decay Primer Potion £12
NYX Smokey Eyes Palette £8.99
L'Oreal Superliner £6.99
Benefit Eye Bright £14 (free with Glamour)
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara £8.19 (free with Australian InStyle)
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Sweetie £4.49 (competition prize)

Total Cost = £138.62

Wow, let's hope that my make-up bag doesn't get lost or stolen (one of my friends had her make-up bag stolen, it happens) as that's how much it'd cost to replace everything. I'm sure a lot of those products have gone up in price since I bought them/started using them...didn't Hide The Blemish used to be £1.99?!

While £138.62 sounds like a lot (and IS a lot) of money, I've had some of the products for a couple of years and quite a few on the list I didn't actually pay for (yeah, I admit it, my make-up collection is the result of a little shoplifting habit..). I'm also quite surprised as to how many products I actually put on my face each day...my list may be shorter than some make-up addicts but I always think of myself as someone who "doesn't wear that much make-up". Doing this has definitely been an eye-opener and hopefully will keep me on track with my attempt at frugality!

How much does your "face" cost you? If you've worked it out, were you surprised?
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