29 June 2013

Clarks Original Desert Boots: The Cult Boot.

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Clarks shoes, Clarks Boots, Clarks Desert Boots, Desert Boots, suede boots

Clarks shoes, Clarks Boots, Clarks Desert Boots, Desert Boots, suede boots

Clarks shoes, Clarks Boots, Clarks Desert Boots, Desert Boots, suede boots

Clarks shoes, Clarks Boots, Clarks Desert Boots, Desert Boots, suede boots

Clarks shoes, Clarks Boots, Clarks Desert Boots, Desert Boots, suede boots


A couple of weeks ago, the lovely people at Clarks Shoes have offered me a pair of their cult Desert Boots to review. I have always wondered about them as many of my friends rock a pair with summer dresses for a laidback, cool look and in the winter with either skinny jeans or thick wool tights. They always look really “indie” and comfortable, but I wasn't sure if I'd pull them off.

The boots have been around since the 1950’s and were developed in Street, Somerset. I worked in the Clarks Village for a week or so, and it’s such a cute little place full of shops with HUGE discounts, which includes a Clarks Museum. Celebrities such as Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams and Sarah Jessica Parker kicked off the trend in 1990’s when they were spotted wearing the boots; SJP was photographed buying two pairs (black and brown) because she couldn’t decide which one she liked best. Today’s fans include Florence Welch and Alexa Chung who spot their favourite pairs at festivals and premieres.

I was advised to get half a size bigger than the size I am – don’t do that. The shoes are fine in your regular size, and mine are now slightly bigger but I guess that’s OK if I want to wear thick socks with them in the winter.
Another thing I found is that the quality of shoes is excellent: they’re durable, comfortable, fashionable and practical. But, when I first put them on they really hurt my ankles as they are quite tough, so I had to wear them with thick socks for a little while.

I think the Desert Boots are a staple in any fashion lovers wardrobe – they’re smarter than a pair of trainers but are just as comfortable and can be worn during all seasons. The boots will last you a lifetime and come in a variety of styles and colours so everyone can pick something that suits them. I love the suede black pair as they go with everything and will never go out of fashion.

You can pick up a pair of Clarks Original Desert Boots here. Keep an eye out for future fashion outfit posts featuring how I wear my Desert Boots! 



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26 June 2013

Summer in Style.


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dress H&M // shoes Topshop // bag Primark // vintage hat // necklace Topshop // bracelet* Elisha Francis

Embrace the sunshine!!! I get so disturbingly excited when the sun comes out because I honestly feel that the UK is not going to have a summer this year (please prove me wrong weather) that I just can't contain myself and start playing dress up.

This is a complete bargain outfit - the dress was in the H&M sale for £7, the shoes in the Topshop sale a couple of years ago for £5, the bag is £12, the hat is vintage and I think I found it for about £10. So a grand total of £25 for the basics and the necklace was in the sale for £2, where as the bracelet was a gift from Elisha Francis. I hope my view is shared when I say that this outfit looks like it cost more that £27, which just goes to show that if you bother to dig around - you will find bargains!


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25 June 2013

To Fake or Not to Fake? Debate over real designer sunglasses vs fakes.

wearing Primark Wayfarer and Aviator style sunglasses £2 each

Last weekend I met up with my girlfriends for a couple of “quiet” (pshhh, please) drinks. One of my friends got mega excited when she told me she had something to show me and pulled out a neat Ray Ban Sunglasses case. She has been looking for a pair of sunglasses for months, and nothing would suit her until she finally tried on my aviators and decided they suited her best. Of course, they were RayBan Aviator Sunglasses, brand new and shiny…

Which then led my other friend to pull out hers, which were vintage Ray Ban Wayfarers that were her grandmothers back when she was a young lass. The sunglasses were really cool and retro looking, and I love Wayfarers – I think they suit every face shape, I honestly do! Coming in a variety of colours and prints for both guys and girls, there is essentially a pair for everyone.

Our conversation turned to does is actually matter what make your sunglasses are or if they’re fake branded or not? I have a pet peeve for fakes, I cannot abide fakes. Dupes, when something looks like a designer product but blatantly isn’t from the designer – fine. If I have to witness another fake Louis Vuitton bag parade down the high street I will cry.

In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with buying a pair of sunglasses for £2 from Primark, but it is morally unacceptable (to me, I understand people have different views) to purchase a pair from the back of a van which you still pay £20 and they will snap at any given moment. At least with a cheap brand you don’t expect much – unlike the false sense of security that a fake pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers will give you.

At that point, I sheepishly pulled out my £2 Primark aviators out and placed them proudly on my head – cheap, but cute, and they don’t pretend to be anything else. And honestly, from far away, who’s going to tell where they’re from?! If you do however want to snap up a pair of Ray Bans UK, check out Red Hot Sunglasses.

PS: I would LOVE a pair of real Ray Bans, I’m just poor at the moment, so if anyone wants to donate some I will give you a smooch and a shout out.

*This is a sponsored post. 


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24 June 2013

Dr Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm review.

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I first encountered Dr Jart in a Glossybox I got last year (you can read the review here) and I loved the BB cream I got in it, so when I walked around Boots and saw that they had massive discounts on Dr Jart products, I jumped as the chance to try this Regenerating Beauty Balm.
The problem I have with some BB's is that they can be too dark or not match my skin properly, but this is quite a pale BB and rubs into skin to blend perfectly. The beauty of having something slightly paler is that you can always bronze it up a little, so even if I eventually get a tan I can still use this product.

This Regenerating Beauty Balm is designed specifically for troubled and sensitive skin, and it gives you a nice coverage whilst eliminating redness and not disturbing the skin. The BB stays on the skin for longer than most other BB's, and I found that when I have "bad skin weeks" and I need a good coverage, I will turn to this product. It just feels a lot better on the skin that a full on foundation - it almost cools down any irritation that you might have. The Beauty Balm is also great for days when you just don't want to look like you're wearing makeup and let your skin breathe (my days like these are Sundays if I'm going out of the house, otherwise I just try and not wear any makeup).

Dr Jart is a fantastic brand and none of their BB's have ever disappointed me so when they have offers on the products in Boots I try and grab a few to stock up!
I would love to know what your favourite BB cream is guys, so leave a comment and let me know so I can try out some new products!


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22 June 2013

Lush "Jumping Juniper" Shampoo Bar.

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Recently, I have been feeling like my hair has lost a lot of its life and shine, maybe because I have been using the same shampoo for a very long time now. My hair gets oily quite quickly, and the ends become dry and split, so I need something that will cater for both of those issues. I was advised to try the Jumping Juniper shampoo bar, and I was very intrigued by the idea of a shampoo bar - it's a fresh, natural bar which you rub between your hands with water and work up a lather, then wash your hair. One wash is enough, sometimes with shampoo I used to do two but this leaves hair ridiculously clean after the first go.
Jumping Juniper smells great and has rosemary and lavender infusions. It left my hair bright, shiny and bouncy - but I did have to apply some hair oil to the ends of my hair to keep them nourished and prevent splitting. My hair was so easy to style and kept it's shine and bounce for a good 2-3 days.
I love using the shampoo bars now and I think I'm actually going to carry on buying these rather than the high street shampoo I've been using as these have been giving me result I'm looking for! The bars also last ages with approximately 80 washes in each bar. Have you guys ever used shampoo bars? What did you think of them?


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19 June 2013

Origins "GinZing" refreshing eye cream.

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I was on the hunt for a good eye cream as it's something of a staple item in my skin care routine now and I find that eye creams, when they're good, actually make a big difference to the way you look. I decided to try the Origins GinZing refreshing eye cream which depuffs and restores radiance to tired looking eyes. Having heard a lot about this eye cream, I didn't mind investing to see if the hype was worth it.

The moisturiser smells nice, and it looks quite shiny and creamy - almost good enough to eat. It feels really nice to apply and leaves the skin with a little radiance boost due to light reflecting particles in the cream. I use this in the mornings to brighten my eyes and make me look at least half awake! I wear it under makeup but it also looks great if you are going for a natural look and want to make your complexion look refreshed and perky. Something that I'd love to try is the GinZing mascara along with the eye cream, as I have a feeling it might actually make a huge difference to the way your eyes look.

It's a good eye cream and worth investing in, but here are a few helpful tried and tested tips to wake up your eyes on a budget: chilled spoons over your eyes for a quick wake up call // chilled and thing cucumber slices over the eyes for 2 minutes // when you cleanse your face with warm water, always finish with a rinse of chilled H2O as it will help close your pores and keep skin looking fresh and young!


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16 June 2013

Lush "Breath of Fresh Air" Toner.

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Lush Cosmetics, toner, beauty, skin care, clean, fresh

A couple of weeks ago, I realised that I was running out of a lot of my beauty products which formed a my daily skincare routine. So taking advantage of this situation, I popped into Lush to see what new products they had and picked up a few goodies whilst I was there.

One of them is this toner called "Breath of Fresh Air" which is a very refreshing and naturally cleansing toner. Some of the ingredients include Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil and  Seaweed Absolute which are great for calming down the skin, especially if you have red patches. I love the smell of this toner, it reminds you of a beachy breeze so it's perfect for having on hot sunny days (wherever they are hiding).

I use "Breath of Fresh Air" after I have cleansed my skin, simply either spray onto a cotton wool pad and wipe your face with it, or spray directly onto skin and wipe away excess with a cotton pad.

Because Lush Cosmetics produce natural products, my skin ha reacted to this toner perfectly and I find that it really calms down any redness I might have and refreshing tired skin in the morning without making it tight. I got the small bottle to start off with and see how I get on, but I think I have been converted to the Lush toners!


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9 June 2013

Here are a few of my favourite things...





I have been banging on about showing you guys a little peek at my new room for ages now, so here are a couple if my favourites taken from it. For a while, I lived with a guy so as much as the bedroom was modern and stylish it wasn't really a place where I felt like it was "my own". I've always loved the antique looking, crisp white furniture and boudoir accessories. My dressing table is so cluttered at the moment and it really bugs me, I want it to be minimalistic but unfortunately as a beauty fanatic that is never going to happen...

My orchid which came back from the dead is probably the only plant I have managed to keep alive for longer than a week, so we've become best buddies and I will take him with me wherever I go.
The mannequin bust in the second photo was kindly given to me by my manager at Dorothy Perkins when I worked there when I was just a little bubby at 17! I now dress it up in pretty bralets and lots of accessories, and use her as a decorative jewellery stand. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a mannequin, have a look on e-bay or vintage markets and haggle your way down!

One of my other most treasured items is my photo album which I started when I was 18. It holds not just photographs but notes and tickets, anything that will provoke a memory in my head. Some of those images make me laugh, some smile and some even cry - like the letters from someone I can't bring myself to throw away. Sounds almost masochistic, but I can guarantee that when I come home from a bad day and just want to cry without a reason I can look in that photo album and bawl my eyes out. You know, everyone needs a good cry, on their own, in their room and under a blanket when the world just feels like it's out to get you.

I have made this room a little sanctuary for a little while, life is so hectic these days and I know it's only going to get busier with some things I've got planned ahead for the next couple of months, so this is my own space where the only two beings invited are myself and my pooch Harvey. Here we relax and watch episodes of Supernatural together (don't even ask how as I don't have a TV in the room and my laptop is broken... beg, steal and borrow comes into play) but as much as I have redecorated this room, there's one thing I won't be able to paint over and that is the memories which surround it. So, I'm looking around, preferably for a little cottage in the suburbs, to move in to and I've already found a couple which seem perfect and that gives me the determination to settle everything I need to and start building my own home, on my own this time, and know safely that nothing is ever going to tear it apart.

So that was my little room tour / confession hour! Hope you enjoyed this post, and if you've recently done a room tour, leave me a link in the comment box!




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6 June 2013

Puppy Tales.


dog print blouse Primark // trousers Urban Outfitters // shoes Primark // necklace Rock n' Rose // watch Urban Outfitters 

Bonjour everyone! Today I decided to dress a little more comfy yet still sophisticated and I thought the best way to do this would be by wearing baggy clothes made from silky fabric. Wearing this outfit almost felt like PJ's because of how comfy it was, with dusty pink and cream fabrics. Although I have to mention halfway through the day, I had to give up on the trousers because they were waaaaay too tight, so my attempt at all day comfyness by my desk just failed. On that topic, SHOPS can you please stop making weird sizes because this is just frustrating now! If it's an S, don't tailor it to an XS... Please...
Do a lot of people have this issue? I know me and all my friends do - from shop to shop I am a different size, ranging from 3 different sizes. Like, really?? It's confusing and unnecessary.

Recently I have been ridiculously busy trying to over achieve at my new job, catch up with friends and also learn new life skills, so it's been a manic time and I'm finding that coming to my blog is almost like an allocated time for me to just chill and write, socialize and of course answer any questions you might have! I have also really wanted to get my YouTube up and running over the last couple of weeks but I think this will now happen once I'm settled into my new routine (I actually haven't seen some friends in like two weeks - waaaaahh!) and I'm writing up ideas on what posts I'd like to do on YouTube as well as my blog so here's a question for you guys: what posts would you like to see on FashionFake? Is it more outfit posts? More fashion posts? Makeup? Lifestyle? Etc... Please leave your comments in the box below and I'll get crackalacking!




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5 June 2013

L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream Anti-Fatigue Review.





When the CC creams first came out, I was really curious to see what they were like and wondering through Boots I noticed that L'Oreal had a wide range to match dull skin, or skin that suffered from red patches and so on. So, I decided to try one that would suit me which at the time was most definitely the anti-fatigue CC.

I don't think I have ever tried L'Oreal foundations before, but I've always heard great things about them and I didn't think a lot could go wrong. Boy, was I wrong! Now I don't know if it is just me or how other people found this CC cream but it's ORANGE. I mean seriously like not even TOWIE tan orange - I mean like the fruit orange. I rubbed it into my skin and the colour did not adapt to mine at all (a CC or Colour Correction cream is supposed to blend to your skin tone, which is why there is only one shade for everyone) and I was left rather disappointed. The only way I could see myself wearing it is by mixing it with a paler shade, so I started experimenting.

I dap a tiny drop of the CC cream into a foundation of choice for that day, then mix it in and apply as usual and actually, the concept worked. Because the CC cream is so orange and bright, mixed with a normal foundation it provides a nice sunkissed glow - perfect for covering up tired and worn skin!

In conclusion, it's definitely not the best product I have ever bought but for someone who doesn't mind doing a bit of colour creating in the mornings and mixing it up with paler shades it's a product to consider. But for £10 L'Oreal, I have to say I expected better.


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4 June 2013

Dior Addict Lipstick in "Princess".





The CD Addict lipstick is one of my absolute favourites - I bought one about three years ago and have not looked back since. These lipsticks are so soft and moisturising, the colour is pigmented and long-wearing, jeez I just really have nothing bad to say about them!

Although they are quite pricey at £24, they are a classic makeup buy and will last you ages. I lost my last lipstick, a situation I'm still really confused about seeing as I kept it in my lipstick drawer until one day I decided to reach for it and it wasn't there.. Unless I have a ghost or my ex was a cross dresser (which he strongly denies), I really don't know what happened to it!

So, I absolutely had to get it replaced and came to find this adorable colour named "Princess"! It's a pale, shiny pink and I love wearing it with heavy eye makeup if on a night out, or with simple peachy cheeks and a layer of mascara for natural chic!

I love how iconic this lipstick is, I was having lunch with a guy the other day and pulled this out of my bag to hear him go "Oh, that's Dior Addict?" So no matter who or what you are, you clearly love this and want it and it's just great. I'm going to stop blabbering on about it now because I think you got the message: it's awesome, riiiight!


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