Thursday, 26 April 2012

OOTD; Inappropriately dressed for April...

Top; Unknown, Skirt; New Look, Shoes; Topshop, Polish; Zoya & Topshop Ice Crush

As usual, I can't resist wearing a new purchase no matter what the weather is, and after purchasing this gorgeous skirt from new look I just had to wear it, even if the rain has been pouring ALL DAY in Manchester. I am in love with wearing leather jackets and blazers this spring, even if it's led to more than a few days of looking like a drowned rat on the train home (maybe it's time to invest in a decent umbrella? is there a such thing?)

Hope you've all been having a gorgeous April!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

OOTD; back to cheeky blogging!

shirt; topshop, skirt; H&M, shoes; topshop bag; topshop

I put my hands up, I really am such an irregular blogger, I'M SORRY! Work has taken over my life, but hopefully with a little more time on my hands I can throw a few outfit posts in a bit more regularly.....

Spring has (kind of) arrived and as usual I'm far too early to bust out my summer wardrobe and consequently am left shivering on the train platform wondering why the hell I thought it was warm enough to go without a coat yet. I'm currently updating my wardrobe with a few key pieces for spring, though I can't say my ghost like complexion will be covered with pastel jeans/tops/anything (even the thought makes me shudder, oh why was I not born with an olive skin tone? WHY?) but I am 100% on the vibrant bandwagon. This summer I'm determined to get braver with colour blocking and failing that wear a statement bright piece rather than wimping out like last year ("I'm interpreting the colour blocking trend by painting my nails green" zzzzzzz!).

 I still love a sheer shirt, this is my FAVE because of the clever black panel across the boobs so I don't have to bother with a black vest top underneath, the time putting one whole extra layer on in a morning could be much better spent asleep in bed, just think about it!


Saturday, 31 December 2011

OOTD; New Years Eve

Peter Pan Collar Top; LOVE at Topshop, Skirt; Rare at Topshop, Bag; H&M, Shoes; New Look, Nail Polish; Petrol In The Water by Andrea Fulerton.

I've laughed, moaned and drunk through probably the most bizarre year of my life, and I plan to spend tonight the exact same way (can't resist a moan even on new years). It's not been the best year, I learnt a lot and lost a lot but here's hoping that next year will be a massive improvement!

My cheeky new years resolution is definitely to get the blog back on track, I know I'm the shittest when it comes to making regular posts, I promise I'll try to be more consistent next year I just haven't had bloody time!

Hope you all have a beautiful New Years Eve! I shall be back to my blogging best in 2012 should I survive tonight in these shoes, bearing in mind the last time they had an outing I nearly snapped my ankle in half and had to cling onto the best friend all night - and this was sober....

Monday, 28 November 2011

Boudoir Prive; November Box!

So after last months beautiful box, I was expecting good things for this months installment, I practically mugged the postman for this beautifully packaged box of treats, but guaranteed with these beauty boxes, each month is a risk, and this box just isn't really my cup of tea. Of course I'm keeping my subscription etc, the problem is just that some months are going to suit better than others, this one just isn't really for me!

I must admit, I was a little disappointed that two of the brands featured in this months box were also a feature in last months. I joined this service to discover new beauty brands and try different things, and although I loved both my Studio Makeup eyeliner and Korres body butter from last month, I still was a little gutted to see the brands in this months box.

First up is Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner. Now I am admittedly a hair product junkie, so these get my vote straight away. I love trying new products, and though there is no way I'd ever be able to afford (and even if I could I still wouldn't) a shampoo for just under £30, it's still a nice little treat to my hair! Really looking forward to trying these!

Next is the Studio Makeup Rich Hydration Lipstick. These retail at £12.25 each and promise to be both creamy and hydrating, a must if like me you suffer dry lips! The only problem with this is, it's really not my kind of shade. Tender Pink is a shimmery light pink colour, and it's just not the kind of colour I'd ever reach for, which is really a shame because these lipsticks sound really good! 

Next is a luminous skin mask which has featured on and retails for a whopping £32.85 (I think I'll stick to buying ones for a quid in superdrug but whatever floats your boat!). Now I opened this and gave it a cheeky sniff in the morning, and I'm definitely not a morning person. The smell of this made me literally gag, it's absolutely vile. I can't even describe it, It's just disgusting, made only worse by the really unappealing brown colour it is. There's no way in hell this is ever going anywhere near my face, bit of a shame especially as they popped two samples in but what can you do!

Next is a body lotion from Dead Sea Spa Magic, a name that automatically appeals to me. This promises to leave your skin feelings deeply hydrated, I can't wait to give this a go seeing as my skin has gotten really dry recently, and a really decent size sample so I'm happy!

Finally a Korres Moisturiser. I'll definitely try this out, but as I said before I'm a bit disappointed that two consecutive months I've had a moisturiser from the same brand. The sample size isn't as big this month, but I'll give it a fair go and who knows, I might end up loving it!

So that's everything for this month, I'm not overly impressed but with these beauty boxes it's never going to suit completely every month, but I have discovered some really nice products so far so I'll let this month pass by, and hope I get a gorgeous box in time for christmas!

Friday, 25 November 2011

OOTD #019; Winter Has Arrived....

Cape; TK Maxx, Scarf; Topshop Skirt; Topshop Shoes; Topshop Lipstick; NARS Scarlet Empress

It's been so cold in England these past few days, so my winter wardrobe is definitely out! The contrast of freezing cold outside and heating on full at work has meant this cape and scarf have been essentials walking to and from work. I've really been loving a berry lip, and Nars Scarlet Empress is my personal favourite, I've been using it in combination with a lip balm for a slight tint or going for a dramatic look with minimal eye makeup. I'm still yet to start my Christmas shopping (oooops!) but I can't wait to hit the Christmas markets in town and pick up some gorgeous gifts!
What are your winter essentials?

Thursday, 3 November 2011

October Favourites!

I've been trying out a lot of new make up this month, so it seemed to make sense to make a more make-up orientated favourites this month! I've found my skin has been a lot better recently so I will be writing a post on skincare and maybe haircare if you beauts want one?! Anyway onto the favourites, I'm currently on the hunt for a better coverage foundation for winter, my healthy mix just isn't enough coming into winter so I'm back testing out a few, I'll get back to you on that! But onto my favourites this month!

Look Beauty Triple Hit in Shade 1 'La Luxe'; When I saw LOOK magazines new make up range in my local Superdrug I couldn't resist giving some of their products a try. I went for this eyeshadow trio, because I love my brown shades! These are ridiculously pigmented and really handy for a quick smoky eye! I have been picking this up a fair few times this month, and anything I pick over my Urban Decay naked palette gets a massive seal of approval from me!
Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki; I must admit, I've hardly reached for this since owning it until this month, but as I've been trying out a few foundations this month I've really been reaching for this a lot and I really do like it. I hate foundation that looks really obvious on the skin and this really helps to buff it in and give a more natural look, love it!
Studio Makeup Line Styler Pen; I got this in my Boudoir Privé and I've been using it everyday since. The felt tip style applicator is so thin it really allows you to draw a really precise line, this is pretty much what I've been looking for since I've got into makeup. I don't really have any faults with it, and I'll definitely be repurchasing, in complete love!
Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara; I've reignited my love for this this month, I always forget how much I love this mascara until I use it again and then I fall right back into it's beautiful arms. I really love big dramatic volumized lashes and this always delivers, and for the price it really is a massive bargain! If you haven't tried this yet, you definitely need to get involved. The massive brush is still a bit overwhelming even now though, tiny bit scary!

The Body Shop 100% Natural Lip Roll-On in Berry; My lips are always dry, but it becomes a much worse problem in winter, so I'm forever in the look out for a new solution. When I saw these had launched in The Body Shop I couldn't resist giving one a try, and these really are gorgeous! They smell lush and they really add lots of moisture to the lips. I've been keeping this in my bag at all times, it's really handy to have on you and a massive bargain at £4!
NARS Lipstick in Scarlet Empress; Between Autumn and Halloween, I've really been getting into berry shades, and this is my personal favourite. I've been using this as a light tint on my lips rather than a really dramatic berry lip and it's absolutely beautiful!
GOSH Long Lasting Lip Marker in Berry; carrying on the berry lip love, GOSH's range are my favourite lip tints on the high street, and this one gives such a gorgeous colour I've been reaching it for it a good few days. It's a bit dramatic for everyday but I've been loving it going out at night, especially as with a tint you don't get the really classy lipstick marks all over glasses, perfect!

Rose Petal Salve; Another beaut I got in this months Boudoir Privé, I really can't say enough about this product. It's a multi-use product, useful for dry skin, lips, using as a highlight, to tame unruly brows, literally everything! I don't know how I coped without this in my handbag, this is a complete lifesaver!
Benefit High Beam; I love highlights, and I've been using this on my brow bone and cupids bow all month to add a bit of glow! Absolutely beautiful, but I can't say I would repurchase the full size, far too expensive to justify it and dupes work just as well!
Sleek Brow Kit in Light; I've been looking for a good brow kit for ages, but I found a lot of versions had far too many colours in, and for someone who never dyes their hair, I only really need a light brown. I bagged this as part of the 3 for 2 deal in Superdrug and I'm so glad I did, it's perfect and definitely a needed addition to my makeup bag!

What have you been loving this month?!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Boudoir Prive; October Box

So it's that time of month again, I really can't believe this is the 3rd Boudoir Privé box, how quick does 3 months fly? It's scary! Haha, this month has been an absolute beaut, I think this is my favourite box so far, the samples seem bigger, more relevant and all in all lovely products. It's the first time I've really been over the moon happy about my box, and just as I was beginning to wonder if these boxes were for me, this arrived and won me over!

I can't BELIEVE this box of lovelyness only cost me £10! Such a good deal, and a lot of fantastic products to give a go!

First thing to catch my eye was the Korres Body Butter. Now I'm not going to lie, I love a good body butter, I'm never really without one with my dry skin. This smells so lush and after using it last night I woke up with the softest skin! Definitely a winner and costing £12.50 full size it's probably within budget for a repurchase!

Next is the Studio Makeup Liner Style Pen. I'm pretty sure this is full size and retailing for £12.50, we've already made up the cost of the box and a bit extra! I have been hunting down a good felt tip liner for ages, so this literally couldn't have come at a better time. I can't wait to try this out, I'm really hoping it lives up to my expectations, from what I've swatched it really is BLACK and not a silly grey, so fingers crossed it has good staying power too!

Next are two goodies from Cetuem, who are listed as one of the top 100 beauty brands by Harper's Bazaar (fancy huh?!). I am forever buying face masks, so I can't wait to try out the illuminating mask, and the Créme de lite should be a little treat for my skin used morning and night. Both are said to brighten the skin and eliminate uneven skintones so it should be interesting to see if they live up to it!

Next up a perfume sample, "Siwa" by Memo Paris. Now I never really hold out much hope for perfume samples in these boxes, it's not surprising really when perfume is such a personal thing. However this months offering I actually quite like. It's probably not something I'd repurchase purely because it's REALLY sweet, it's described as "Vanilla revealed by cereal" which as odd as it sounds, it's oddly accurate. You would have to smell it obviously to understand at all, but I'll definitely be slipping this into my handbag!

Next is the Rose & Co Rose Petal Salve. This to me is like a cheaper alternative of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. It's a multi-use product, soothing chapped lips, dry skin, can be used over lipstick or eye shadow, on brow bones or mixed with a shimmer powder to create a highlight. This sounds so interesting and I'm definitely popping this in my bag, such a handy product to have.

Lastly is the Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme, this intrigued me the most when I opened the box because I literally had no idea what it was! It is a pre-shampoo conditioner that promises to soften and nourish dry and damaged hair. Now with having ridiculously long hair, I'm always up for a bit of haircare so I'll definitely be trying this out!

Overall I'm really happy with this months box. The samples are a better size and definitely products and brands I'm interested and intrigued by, the whole reason I signed up for Boudoir Privé. This company are new and there are going to be ups and downs at first, but I'm hoping now the standards set that this is the way it will be from now on, fingers crossed!