Tuesday, 31 March 2015

New Look Wishlist: The 70's

New Look 70's Style Wishlist

Have you ever been to Topshop, thought ooooh I'll have that, took three steps forward, checked the price tag, mutter the price to your friend then slowly put it back on the hanger? Well I do all the time. I was looking for a denim skirt recently and Topshop had one for £75 eeeek. Don't get me wrong, I love Topshop but for a mini skirt I just can't justify it. For that price I want my skirt to be self cleaning and maybe even self hanging. I had only just gotten over the incident of my old denim skirt (which now resides in the bin) as my zip came undone when I sat down on the bus. As I walked off, the whole skirt came open and fell clean off. I'm still mortified but I thought perhaps my bum isn't as big as it was then or maybe it's time to invest in a new one... who knows, I just wanted a new denim skirt! After my mini heart attack I drifted over to New Look to search for a cheaper alternative. We all know the 70's are back in, fringe, denim, suede, flares you name it. I'm not going to lie, I do have a soft spot for the odd flare. So after walking into 70's heaven I ditched the denim skirt idea and replaced it with all of these goodies. I certainly don't need a constant reminder of my bare bottom so here's my current wishlist.

1. Brown Tortoiseshell Chunky Half Frame Sunglasses(£7.99)

2. Pink Textured Duster Coat(£29.99)
3. Petite Black Polo Neck 1/2 Sleeve Top (£9.99)
4. Camel Button Front Cord Mini Skirt (£19.99)
5. Brown Wool Floppy Hat (£14.99)
6. Black Fringed Mini Duffle Bag (£15.99)
7. Stone Leather Strappy Block Heel Sandals (£39.99)

My favourite definitely has to be the coat. I probably don't even need a new coat, I just threw it in for good measure. It reminds me of David Bowie and Mick Jagger in the dancing in the street video plus it is a lovely nude pink ... I may have just convinced myself to buy it plus it's long in case of future skirt issues.

How do you feel about the 70's revival and what's your favourite?


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Collective £10 Haul & That 90's Kylie Jenner Lip Dupe

£10 beauty haul and kylie jenner lip dupe
Natural Collection Lip Stick fig leaf. Kylie Jenner lip dupe
natural collection almond lip pencil
natural collection eye shadow barley
argon oil hair mask
garnier moisture matte moisturiser

Hello lovelies, I've been trying not to spend too much money lately as I've been holding out for MAC Velvet Teddy... haven't we all? As I haven't been able to get my hands on it, I turned to trusty Boots for a drugstore dupe. Whilst I was there, I of course caved in and picked up a few extra items. Surprisingly, I managed to spend under £10 collectively which is cheaper than the lipstick itself. Here's my first impressions of what I got.

1. Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick Fig Leaf (£1.99)
I was looking for a lipstick to recreate Kylie Jenner's infamous 90's nude lip. Not going to lie, I don't really follow the lives of the Kardashian/Jenner bunch but how could I escape the impact of those lips? Now, the Boot's that I popped into was pretty small so there wasn't too much to choose from. Failing to find anything in the Rimmel section I drifted over to the Natural Collection area. I found the shade fig leaf and seeing as it was only £1.99 it wouldn't matter if I didn't like it. I've worn this a few times now and to be honest, the shade is a little browner than it came out when I swatched it but it is still a very 90's brown. It's a great alternative if you don't fancy spending a fortune on a lipstick. My only issue is the lid keeps falling off so I'll be keeping it in a separate pocket in my bag.

2.Natural Collection Lip Liner Almond (£1.99)
I obviously needed a lipliner if I wanted to recreated Kylie Jenner's plumped up and overlined lips. I tried overlining over my lips to begin with but I looked like I had ate spaghetti bolognase for tea and forgot to wipe my mouth. Fear not, I tried lining my lips like normal and it actually really complemented the lipstick I had bought. I feel that it did make my lips look more defined but not as much as Kylie's... although I'm starting to think that it isn't possible without the need of a few injections. I also think this would go really well with the Maybelline colour drama lip pencil in the shade nude. I have to say this is my favourite buy as the shade is transferable to a lot of my nude lipsticks. I love love love it!

3.Natural Collection Eyeshadow Barley (£1.99)
I was just going to leave it at the lips, but the woman at the till said it was three for two so I ran back to pick anything up. The first thing I saw was this eyeshadow in the shade Barley. I didn't have time to think about it as the queue was building up but seeing as it was basically free I didn't do too bad. The shadow is a very natural looking golden/champagne shade. It isn't as pigmented as some eyeshadows but it has a beautiful light shimmer to it (great for those I woke up like this kind of days). I think it will look lovely if I'm going for a nude 60's style eye. Again my only issue so far is the packaging as the lid comes off a bit too easy. I can't really complain for the price of the products though.

4.Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask (£1.00)
I also popped into home bargains to find these chocolate waffle things that me and Tom have become obsessed with. Whilst rushing round the aisles trying to forfill my chocolate needs, I spotted this hair mask. I'm not too sure how well this will work but as it was only £1.00 I thought I'd grab one. You get a lot of product for the price and there are a lot of positive reviews online so I can't wait to see how it handles my unruly hair.

5. Garnier Matte Moisture + Oil Free Moisturiser (£3.99)
In need of a replacement moisturiser due to a huge breakout, I chose this Garnier one as it was one of the few to be oil free. It claims to give up to 33% more moisture whilst maintaining a matte finish. I've used this for the past few days and my face feels so smooth and hydrated. I'd even go as far as to say velvety. I'm not going to count my chickens before they hatch as I need to give my skin a bit of time to see how it really responds but so far so good. I can imagine this being great under makeup as it seems to handle my dryer areas but remains light and non greasy.

I've only tried a few Natural Collection products before but I can't fault the price, I definitely need to pay more attention to the rest of their makeup. I'm really pleased, especially with their drugstore dupes for the Kylie Jenner 90's lip as the combination only cost me £4.00! *Does a celebratory dance*. This was only my first impressions of the products I bought, after I've trialled the products further I may review them individually. Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear your thoughts?


Friday, 20 March 2015

Outfit Of The Day & Rainbow Club Shoes

Rainbow club shoes and outfit of the day
Rainbow club shoes and outfit of the day

Hello again lovelies! How very British of me to discuss the weather but how gloomy has it been?! I did do a shoot outdoors but it looked like a scene from a horror film. Those photos will now be locked in my vault of awful selfies otherwise known as the recycling bin. Anyways, you'll have to bare with my awkward bedroom snaps as I was on my way out for lunch. Here's what I decided to wear.

I went for a simple black dress and a black chain strap handbag. I feel like I should be meeting Mr Darcy for afternoon tea as the dress is quite high neck with a peter pan style collar and a bow to boot. Anyone who knows me will tell you I have a thing for collars. To brighten my outfit up I went for my favourite MAC lipstick in the shade Lady Danger (of course) and these gorgeous red shoes.

The shoes were kindly sent to me by Rainbow Club* who are very popular in the wedding world due to their beautiful range of 'naked shoes'. Wedding shoes tend to be off limits unless you're a bride to be but Rainbow Club have made classy shoes accessible to the rest of us by introducing a new concept. The idea is that you can choose a style from their vast range of shoes. You then choose a colour and they are custom dyed in the colour studio. How lovely does that place sound? I went for the red as I think it's such a versatile shade to play around with plus it matches my lipstick. I'm actually surprised at how vibrant the shoes turned out. If you'd like to have a look yourself, I'll leave a link here.  

Dress: River Island
Bag: New Look
Shoes: Rainbow Club*

I'm tempted to start messing around with fabric dyes after seeing the results, perhaps not on my shoes though. Maybe a cushion or two to start with... Anyways, I'm now off to spend the rest of my Friday lounging about eating cupcakes. What are you doing with the rest of your day? Oh and did anyone see the eclipse? 


Monday, 16 March 2015

5 Drugstore Favourites: The Basics

Drugstore Favourites

Hello again lovelies! I've got a special place in my heart for drugstore gems. I drift in between high end and drugstore makeup but I have to say, recently I've been really pleased with the quality of the lower end products. Remember the 90's when we wore a permanent shade of watsit? I'd like to blame the 90's for my makeup disasters but I'm not too sure if that is fully the case. Perhaps we just weren't clued up on what works due to our only source of inspiration being mizz magazine or maybe the quality of the makeup has just improved over time. What I do know from reading other blogs, is that a lot of us went through this unfortunate phase. After years of trying different brands, I've gotten better at finding products that actually work for me. A lot of it through trial and error. Some people say you pay for what you get but I don't always find this the case. Here are some of my drugstore favourites that prove you don't need to break the bank to achieve the look you want.

Maxfactor Face Infinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 (£11.99)
I apologise for the loss of lid, but I'm only human! Now this foundation is something that I go through phases of wearing for a long time and then fancy a change. Every time I go back to this, I wonder why I even changed it.  The packaging is sleek with a gold pump system (you've got to love a bit of gold). The foundation itself is a combination of primer, concealer and foundation meaning that it gives beautiful coverage and lasting stay power. Another thing I love about this is that it comes in a range of shades and this one being perfect for pale skin without the yellow tinge. Of course, I went for the lightest which is light ivory and I found it blends perfectly giving my face the coverage it needs without looking like a mask. It also contains spf 20!

Collection 2000 Concealer (£4.99)
Now do I even need to talk about this? Every where I look, someone has reviewed this and there is a reason why. This concealer is super cheap with great coverage for blemishes. I find it isn't so great for my under eyes but that is probably because I have a toddler who wakes up at 8am and I've been binging on Netflix until the early hours so they're pretty dark at the moment. Totally my own fault, I'm addicted to Pretty Little Liars. What won me over again was the range of shades. It's one of the few concealers I've found that is actually lighter than my foundation so it gives a light glow to problem areas. I know some people have a problem with the writing on the packaging wearing off (which it has on this one) but it really doesn't bother me.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (£8.99)
I bought this to go with my healthy mix foundation as I like to be matchy matchy but it's transferable to any other look. I like how this powder has a slight colouring to it as it adds a light warmth to my skin and it mattifies my makeup. If I don't want to look so matte, I just add powder lightly to my cheeks and forehead as I tend to get quite oily there. The powder claims to use Asian fruit therapy to smooth, moisturise and absorb excess shine. Plus it smells sort of fruity and doesn't seem to block my pores.

Loreal Perfection True Match Blush (£7.68)
If you read my last few posts, you'll know that I am in love with this blusher. It's a high quality blusher with lots of pigmentation. I won't bore you again with the in's and outs as I have already reviewed this. All I will say is that it is my favourite buy of the year so far and perfect for Spring. If you'd like to read my review click here.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Very Black (£4.99)
Every time I need a new mascara, I buy a different brand just to see what I've been missing. I bought this on a whim as I had often overlooked it's simple packaging. This seems to be an iconic mascara and I actually remember my mum using this so it has been around a while. This mascara does what it is meant to do, it darkens, lengthens and volumises lashes at such a low price. I actually think this mascara is great if you're going for a natural look but you can then build on the layers to get your desired effect. If you want over dramatised lashes then this may not be for you but I really like this especially for day time.

I think these are some great alternatives to higher end products. Especially if you're like me and you no longer have that student loan to rely on! Have you tried any of these products? What are you drugstore favourites? 


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Rose Gold And Mustard: H&M Home Wishlist

H&M Home Wishlist

Hello again lovelies! I've been on a Spring cleaning frenzy recently which weirdly becomes more exciting the older I get (I've even had a paint everything white day which was greatly satisfying). A clean and tidy home comes with the excitement of finding new bits and pieces to fill the spaces of those that have been thrown out. Does any one else do that? I spend way too much time browsing Ebay, H&M Home and Ikea, lusting over furniture that I don't need. Even though these internet binges usually end with me filling my basket, feeling extremely guilty, then emptying it (probably blaming the postage for the reason why) it is always fun to dream. I thought I'd share with you some of my new favourite items from H&M Home as I'm surprised at how cheap some of their stuff is. Long gone are the days of Groovy Chick dominating our rooms ey? Or was it Forever Friends? Oh and I apologise for jumping on the rose gold/copper bandwagon but how could I resist!

1. H&M Metal Photo Frame £6.99
2. H&M 2 Pack Tealight Holders £3.99
3. H&M Velvet Cushion Cover Mustard £6.99
4. H&M Copper Mirror £12.99
5. H&M Small Wire Basket Copper £7.99
6. H&M Jacquard Weave Rug £24.99
7. H&M Metal Candlestick Copper £6.99
8. H&M Glass Candlestick Bronze £3.00
9. H&M Ceramic Mini Bowl £4.99
10. H&M 3 Pack Mini Vases £7.99

How aesthetically pleasing is this wishlist? If I don't end up buying any of these things, I may have to print this off and hang it on my wall... only joking but I am smitten especially with the basket. I'm thinking of filling it with wool and knitting needles... When did I get so grown up? 

Do you have any favourites?

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Everything Is Peachy: Loreal Le Blush Review

loreal le blush
loreal le blush
loreal le blush
loreal le blush

Well done everyone! We've almost made it out of those winter blues and are clutching at the beginning of Spring. As the seasons change, I find myself wanting to go all out with bright and warm colours just to speed the process up a little. I'm usually a pink blush kind of girl but I recently decided to broaden my horizons and invest in a peachy shade. That shade being Loreal True Match Le Blush in the shade Peach 160. This blush retails at £7.69 and as usual there is a three for two offer on in Boots at the moment. Although changing my blush shade is subtle, it definitely uplifts my mood.

I haven't tried any Loreal products before, or at least I can't remember ever buying anything from their range but I couldn't resist the beautiful mirrored look of the compact. It looked so shiny under the lights and like a magpie I swooped it up. It actually puts my other blushers to shame as I think this just looks simple and classy. I know I'm easily pleased!

The compact opens up into two sections. The top section is of course the blusher. I've been using this blusher for a month or so now and I absolutely adore it. It hasn't even worn down yet as you don't need much with it being so pigmented. Usually a pink blush makes me look at least alive but this peach blush gives me warmth too. I look as though I've been lightly sunkissed on my cheek bones but not as harsh as a bronzer would do which makes it perfect for my fair skin tone. I imagine a peach blush would be very complimentary to a lady with tanned or darker skin tone too as it would emphasise the warmth.

Now on to the bottom compartment. I'm always a fan of a beauty product that caters for girls on the go so a mirror is always a winner. I like how the mirror is tucked away in it's own compartment as it means you don't get excess powder all over it. I can't even count the amount of times I've had to use my poor sleeve to wipe mirrors in my other compacts whilst also trying not to get finger prints all over it. Is that just me? Below the mirror you will also find a small brush. Again, this is a handy little addition. The bristles are decent quality although I'm not keen on the shape. I like to use a fuller blusher brush when I'm at home but if I was on the go it wouldn't be an issue. I'd just have to be careful to not apply it in a block line as I find it hard to blend with it being that shape.

Overall, I think I've neglected Loreal as a makeup range as I always thought of them as a haircare brand. Saying that, Loreal's True Match Blush is definitely a game changer for me. I can't wait to explore their range for some more hidden gems.

Have you tried any Loreal products? I'd love some recommendations on what to try next.

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Umberto Giannini: How To Get Big Hair

Umberto Giannini
Umberto Giannini

Hello there lovelies! If you read my blog regularly, you'll know that I've had a hairdryer ban in place bar my fringe and maybe the odd day when I want to remind myself what I look like without a lions mane of hair. Although I'm becoming adjusted to my natural curls, there are days when I want or should I say need to maintain some control over them. I'm a huge hair product hoarder so these products sitting on the shelf just seemed to have something that drew me straight in. I think it was the packaging. They certainly look salon worthy and the looks that they aim to achieve seemed to catch my eye. 

The Umberto Giannini range is huge and covers all hair types and needs. I picked a couple up from the glam hair range and a moisture balm from the beauty secrets range. I decided to choose Sex Bomb Massive Mousse, Scrunch Up The Volume Messy Texture Cream and Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm. It's usually three for two in Boots which always gets me. Now I must admit, to use the first two products, a hair dryer is required but I've recently been acquainted with my diffuser which I'll tell you all about in a minute. Let's see how I got on!

Sex Bomb Massive Mousse (£6)

Ok, so the instructions state to apply to damp hair and scrunch at the roots so I spray a little into the palm of my hand and do so. I'm a bit picky when it comes to mousse as I hate it when a tonne sprays out everywhere and you don't know what to do with it. Kind of like when you're icelolly falls off and you catch it. I'm actually able to get a decent sized amount out of the spray nozzle without it being over the top. After applying, I then blow dry my hair with a round brush. Even as my hair is drying I can see the volume growing. Afterwards my hair is no longer attached to the sides of my head as it definitely gives it a boost. My roots surprisingly don't feel too greasy after using it which is always a pro especially as I'm trying to wash my hair less to minimise damage. My only issue is that I find the products sets a little bit stiff in some areas. As in, I'll find the odd strand that has dried in a line like a straw. I'm not sure if that is because I haven't scrunched enough or what but I just comb through it to brush it out. It's not a miracle product but it definitely adds a bit of a poof to my pea head! If you're like me and trying to minimise heat damage, you could just use a hair dryer on your roots to shape the hair at the top.

Scrunch Up The Volume Messy Texture Cream (£6)

I actually gave this a go a while back and didn't understand what it was meant to do. That was my fault for being an eager beaver and not reading the instructions properly. After giving it another bash, I've actually fallen in love with this product. The instructions state to apply the cream to damp hair and scrunch it through your hair. As the cream is quite tacky feeling, you can manipulate your hair into whatever shape or style you like. I usually give it a good scrunch and start to twist it in big chunks. The tube then advises to use a diffuser. Now I've had a diffuser attachment sitting in my basket ever since I bought my hair dryer and I have never even considered using it. Little did I know it helps to create curls and waves without frizzing your hair. It has literally been sitting right under my nose. After applying the attachment to the end of your hair dryer, you sit your curls in the bowl and it blasts them by circulating the air around it. It's advised you use a lower heat setting and as the air is being circulated evenly, there is less damage to your hair. It's a win win situation. When my hair is half dry, I then see if there any areas where I want to add a bit more cream. If not, I just start scrunching and twisting again. I absolutely love the look it creates. My hair is big and full with plenty of texture. Each curl is defined in a bed head sort of way. It's great if you'd like to create a festival look or even a grungy look. If you just want some nice wavy texture added to your hair, I'd advise using less of the product but it's great as you can manipulate your hair into whatever style you like. Definite top marks for this product.

Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm (£6)

Now this was just a filler product to make up my three for two but I did try it out and was surprised. As my hair is bleached and naturally curly it all adds up to a big dry disaster so I need as many masks as possible. You know when you're in a hurry and you haven't got time to sit staring at the walls for an hour waiting for your hair mask to sink it? Well how about a mask for dry hair? It's along the same lines as a leave in conditioner but it is a lot thicker. It's a little worrying smothering your dry hair in a thick cream but it surprisingly sinks in. I just apply this before bed and tie my hair in a bun. When I wake up, the balm has sunk in and has added a lot of moisture back into my hair. It smells really good too. I can't quite put my finger on the scent but It's gorgeous when I untie it. 

Overall, I'm really pleased with the range as it helps me to control my hair rather than my hair control me! Have you tried any Umberto Giannini products? 


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Handmade Wall Art: Cross Stitch Designs

Handmade wall art. Cross stitch designs
Handmade wall art. What would blair waldorf do
Handmade wall art. Cross stitch designs

Hello there! I've been working all week like a busy bee or should I say Queen B (see what I did there) creating these handmade wall arts. I love the idea of using art to brighten up a home or even to personalise it. It just really makes a home feel homely. I know you can get printables online but I have refused to top up my printer ink since I finished uni. I never want to use that pile of rubbish again. Anyways, I had a lot of aida (material for cross stitching) and a few old picture frames in one of my craft boxes so I thought I'd give it a go myself. If you want to try this, you don't need to use aida, you could use any material you have in your home. Here's how I did it...

First of all I cut my material down to size (I used an old photo as guidance). Now here comes the mind blowing part. I'd like to share with you a little secret that I found for cross stitching your own patterns. Ok, so it's not a secret but I didn't know about it until a few days ago and I wish I had know this before. There is a website where you choose a font and type in the words you'd like to cross stitch. The generator then creates a cross stitch version for you to use as guidance. You can find the website here. It certainly made life a little easier. So after I'd completed the stitching, I framed all the pieces.

I'm actually really surprised at how well they turned out. I'm considering hanging them on the wall as I quite like them in a three. On the other hand, they look really cute scattered around my dressing table and desk area so I'm really torn. Maybe you can help me choose?

Where would you put them?