31 January 2013

New Bag! Finally.



Sweater Illustrated People at Topshop (old) // trousers Topshop // boots Zara // bag Primark // ring Primark // cuff + collar both RocknRose

I'm facing a problem recently, I either like my hair or my makeup or my outfit. Never the three together. Like here, this is one of my favourite casual outfits, a baggy sweater to mooch around in at weekends or when I'm not busy at work. And I could probably live with my hair being the way that it is here, but my natural makeup went too far and I look like a boy!! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww! I think for the next couple of weeks I'm going to have to plaster myself just to get back some confidence, as recently I really just don't feel good without any cosmetics on...

Anyway, here is my new bag! I love it! I mentioned it in my haul post earlier, it's from Primark and cost me £12! A bargain for this stunner. I'm ridiculously fussy with bags, I like big bags but recently I've not been loving the shapes, and also I prefer to have black every day bags as they go with everything and the styles that I did like didn't come in black. Dilemma! I usually go for more expensive bags too as I think that it's worth paying money for something that will last you a long time, but this is the only bag that I actually liked the look of enough to buy, and it's such a bargain.



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30 January 2013

Essie Beyond Cozy.




Essie nail polish in Beyond Cozy £7.99 (from Superdrug)

I have been on the lookout for a dupe of Essie's "Beyond Cozy" nail polish for ages as there isn't an Essie retailer near where I live and I love the small glitter particles that cover your whole nail, rather than big chunks which are usually worn over a nail colour.

I couldn't find one, so when I was finally near an Essie counter it just seemed silly not to buy it. I painted on two coats of the polish and you can see the results in the photo above! I love painting just one nail in pure glitter and then a pastel or nude colour everywhere else. I was very pleased with how quickly the nail polish dried, minutes after I applied two coats I was ready to go and do my usual business without being afraid that one nail would smudge and I'd have to redo the whole nail again.

What do you think of this nail polish? Have you managed to find something similar on a budget?


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29 January 2013

January Haul.





Hello, I'm poor! This is how I'm going to introduce myself until my payday. I really wanted to purchase Benefits Fine One One on the day of it's release so Mumma T (my ma Tanya) and I went to a shopping center near us. But when we go shopping together, it never ends up that we buy the one thing we came for and leave - oh no, half of the high street gets brought back home with us!

So I picked up Benefits new cheek and lip duo (review of which you can read here) and then carried on to have a quick snoop at Primarks stock to see if anything caught my eye. I have to say I was slightly disappointed with what they had in store clothing-wise, however I had a field day in the accessories department! I bought three rings, two cuffs, an ear cuff and a bag. The accessories have gone a more Navajo style which I am loving at the moment, and if you're not sure how you feel about ear cuffs and wanted to try one - £2.50 is a bargain that you can't miss. I then spotted the big "bucket" bag as I would call it which I fell in love with immediately. I'm a bit of a bag snob, but I haven't found a bag I liked in YEARS and when I spotted this little beauty I had to have it.

I then carried on mooching to Topshop when I thought it would be a good idea to rock up to Superdrug and find a nice, fine glittery nail polish probably from Barry M as they're always a bargain. I walked out with Essies "So Cozy".

When finally at Topshop, my beautiful mother told me she'd buy me a little treat for passing an important test that morning so I told her I'd had my eye out on the bowler hat for months, but as I approached the bowler hat I saw a trilby type hat that was just gorge. So, after 20 painful minutes of deciding which hat I wanted (because I thought purchasing two hats on one shopping trip might be a little extreme) I ended up with both.

Making a quick pit stop at Lush to have a look at what Ollie can get me for Valentines Day (cheeky!) I picked up two lip scrubs. Did I need them? A bit as my lips were chapped.

And final stop was Zara. I picked up some pieces in the clothing sale, but just as I was about to try them on I spotted two must-have pair of boots that outweighed the need for more clothes. I spent another half an hour deciding which pair I wanted because I could tell my bank balance wasn't looking wealthy already. Thinking that I'd made my mind up I came up to the till ready to pay and call it a day when the sales girl informed me the boots went even lower in the sale. Not missing this opportunity, I rushed over to grab the other pair of boots and they too have been hugely discounted. So I bought them both.

Then I came home to find my stuffed parcels have arrived from RocknRose, Never Fully Dressed and Topshop. Ding ding!

Phew! Hope you enjoyed that little story of why I am POOR this month, but it was all worth it. If I end up on the streets, at least I'll be glam whilst I'm in the gutter ;)






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28 January 2013

Delivery Companies: Love Them, or Loathe Them?*




I was recently contacted about writing a post about delivery and courier companies, my initial reply was "I have a love/hate relationship with them." Want to risk it? And it's true, a subject like deliveries is so touchy to most - a view on them depends whether you're having a good week or a bad week: receiving things you ordered yesterday this morning or in extreme cases a delivery you asked for two weeks ago.

As a blogger, I have a sufficient amount of parcels coming to my house from companies that I am working with and I like to do my jobs quickly and efficiently. I remember once I freaked when a delivery company placed my parcel in the nearest Post Office branch to my house (I missed the delivery which was late and on its way from across the seven seas...) but the problem was that particular Post Office closed at 5:00 on working days, and I don't get home till 5:30! Luckily I managed to get half an hour off work and rush there, just to save my own reputation of not being a late blogger and keep my credentials with the company. Other times, companies will tell me it could take up to 3 working days to receive an item and it's on my doorstep next morning. Amazing!

There are certain courier companies who's name makes me shiver: late deliveries, items left on the doorstep for anyone to take, fragile parcels thrown across the fence for you to open and find your delicate perfume bottles are smashed to pieces... But there are some that actually listen to the customers needs. I have received items from Parcelforce before, and I can gladly say (and touch the wood next to me!) that I haven't had any problems. If I know I have a delivery coming, I will leave the delivery guys a note to say where I want the item placed, or with whom, and when I get home I know my item is safe and sound and where I want it to be. I always sign my request letter as well, just in case something goes wrong for the delivery men, there is proof that I have asked for those long awaited perfume bottles to be chucked across the fence and if I asked for it, it's my fault they're broken.

The conclusion that I came to while thinking about delivery and courier companies is that I (and most) would suffer without them. My boyfriend Ollie ordered 90% of his Christmas presents online this year during the month of December, if delivery companies didn't exist and the Post Office was fully rammed with Christmas gifts people were buying, he would have either had nothing to give or face the daunting task of actually going shopping. One off boutique companies survive online and who brings us the long awaited, beautiful dresses? The couriers. It all depends on the type of courier you pick - make sure to check out their reputation, T&C's on the website and if in doubt you can always ring up and ask about your delivery! I am currently outraged at a company which I ordered from 12 days ago, and on the website it says with Standard Delivery my items will be with me in 3-4 working days. It's now been 12. My first instinct was to think something happened with the courier company, maybe they'd lost it or delivered to the wrong address but after checking my order status it turns out that actually, this very well known company had only processed my order 10 days after I paid for it. My advice is: do your research if you want to use a courier service and do your research if you're unhappy with a delivery as you may find it's not the couriers fault at all...






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27 January 2013

Benefit Fine One One review







There has been a hype surrounding a certain Benefit product: Fine One One. It has received much attention from bloggers and the press, so I knew it was something that I'd want to try just to see if it was really worth it. I've been a fan of Benefit for years, especially their blushers, and to try a new blush and lip duo was a real treat.

After watching several videos on YouTube on how to apply the new product, I rushed to the nearest Benefit store this Saturday to grab it on it's launch date. The packaging was in true Benefit form: girly, playful yet elegant. As soon as I got home I applied the product...

The three colours are peal, coral and pink to give you the perfect natural cheek flush and it's the easiest thing to apply, You draw the colour from the apple of your cheeks until the temple, then gently blend into your skin. It's the most natural, perfect glow I have ever seen on my face (performed artificially). The colours are also made for your lips, and I couldn't help but notice that the colour which comes out on your lips compliments the cheeks in the most perfect manner.

I'm loving this product 200% now, it's not only perfection in terms of shade and use, but it's so handy to have in your bag for any emergency touch ups! If this is the future of Benefit beauty, I cannot wait to see what they will come up with next...

Have you tried Fine One One? What did you think?




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Aurelia.




After my little haul at RocknRose that arrived the other day, I couldn't wait to wear my blue Aurelia cuff so I teamed it with a folk themed dress and my green vintage scarf for extra colour for a shopping trip with my ma and brother.
The cut of the mini dress and the short, chunky heels on the boots make my legs look long, and I really enjoyed wearing the short, skater length. I have to say, I did buy A LOT of things on our "little" shopping trip, which means I will be eating packed lunches for the rest of the month :/ but most of those things were accessories and shoes. I'm just not enjoying most of the clothing the high street has to offer at the moment. Season transitions are always the worst time for me, I don't seem to find anything I like, so I'm waiting until the clothes appear more attractive to me, and then it will be bye bye bank balance once again!

What is your favourite shop at the moment? I need inspiration!


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26 January 2013

RocknRose Mini Haul.











With my new and slightly more bohemian attitude to life I decided to shop around for some jewellery with semi precious stones and checked out one of my favourite websites, RocknRose. I shopped the sale first where I found the gold and silver collars which were a bargain at £10 AND go with anything you want to wear. Then I found the blue stone cuff which I thought would look perfect once the weather warms up and I can wear floaty, hippy-esque maxi dresses again, and the blue is such a beautiful colour that it truly is hard to resist.

I then carried on with my original mission and found the gorgeous bullet shell necklaces in Amethyst, Rose Quartz and Black Agate. I chose Amethyst because of its apparent meaning of bringing soberness of the mind, spiritual wisdon and healing powers, which we could all use in the month of detox!

I can't wait to start styling with my new gems, and I can't wait to get some more! What is your favourite semi precious stone and why? I'd love to pick a couple more!


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24 January 2013

Rimmel Apocalips.






Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer £5.99 (from left) 102 Nova, 400 Big Bang, 501 Stellar

Hey guys, I know I'm a day late with this but you've gotta forgive me due to a raging migraine that came over me on their release date... But I finally got my hands on some of these new beauties! Rimmel's Apocalips have been paraded for a couple of weeks now, from launches to blogger reviews and sneak previews so we're all well aware they've been created and finally arrived!

The lip lacquers are mega rich in colour, shine and moisture - I'm not a great fan of lip glosses but having tried them today, I have to admit I really enjoyed them! I picked the subtle Nova, which I know is a colour that suits me, the daring Big Bang which is a mega bright red shade (not for the shy!) and Stellar - a pink with a warm hint of coral.

The glosses smooth over lips easily and cover with colour immediately, the shaped brush makes it so easy to apply Apocalips! You can snap them up at Boots or Superdrug, they're priced £5.99 each and on offer as 3 for 2 currently in Boots! (Offer correct at the date of post)

So, with all the hype surrounding these little beauties, and rightly so as they are a pleasure to use, will you be trying these apocalyptic glosses?

I thought I'd give a quick update that since using these lip glosses, I've become slightly obsessed. Thinking of going and buying the whole collection! The colours are unbelievable, AND lips look nice and plump! Real love for them ♥ 


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Benefit You Rebel Tinted Moisturiser Review




My boyfriend Ollie bought me this tinted moisturiser for Christmas and I've finally had a chance to try it out! He knows I love Benefit and any of their products will be a hit with me, so I got lots of goodies! The Benefit You Rebel moisturiser has intrigued me for quite a while, but as I'm not very confident with my skin (I had acne when I was a teenager and even though my skin is clear now, it's mentally damaged me in the sense that I think I still have it...) I use thick foundation. Also, when I squeezed out the product to see what shade it was, it looked really dark!

I decided to give the moisturizer a go properly by prepping my skin first: wash, put on my usual cream/eye cream, then apply You Rebel. The colour was not as dark as it looks when you blend it into your skin, if anything it looks like a healthy holiday glow! I liked that it moisturized and nourished my skin as well, especially good if you have dry skin - or during cold months.
I did apply some powder after, just to give myself another layer. I loved the way You Rebel made my skin look - healthy, natural and slightly tanned. It's a great alternative to a mainstream BB cream, and if you have the same problem as me and aren't confident in not wearing makeup, give You Rebel a try! I did and I loved it, and the best thing is it's a step closer to loving my natural skin and being able to wander around confidently without plastering myself in foundation. :)


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