Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Rimmel Apocalips - Luna


You've probably seen at least 10 reviews of the Rimmel Apocalips collection already this week, but I thought I'd join in and jump on the bandwagon.

I'm not really a lipgloss kinda girl, I like my lip colour to be matte, or have a very slight shimmer and non-sticky. So the whole concept of these lip laquers was a bit scary to me, I thought they were going to be high shine, glossy and sticky. But I was pleasantly surprised, despite being in a traditional lip gloss style tube with a lip gloss style applicator, they're actually a liquid lipstick. 

The foam applicator has a tiny little dip in the middle, which holds more of the product and allows you to apply a heavier colour to the center of your lips but not too much around the lip line. This is perfect for me, because I'm not exactly the neatest of people and lipsticks tend to end up all over my face. This shade is called Luna and is a lovely coral/peach shade. I think I might get more wear out of this in the summer, when I'm wearing brighter shades, got a bit of a tan (ha!) and with a little dab of bronzer. It's easy to apply, not sticky and long lasting - what more could you want?! 

I've also got my eye on another one of the shades, Celestial, so I might have to pop back to Boots! Have you tried any of the Rimmel Apocalips? Which shade is your favourite? x

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Monday, 28 January 2013

Attempting to mix it up

Jumper: Primark // Studded collar blouse: New Look // Skater dress: Topshop // Leggings: Topshop // Boots: Topshop // Belt: Primark

I feel like Michelle at Daisy Butter in this post, taking outfit photos in the middle of my road haha.

This is a dress that I wear quite often, it's such an easy shape and colour to wear with a pair of leggings or tights, then either my vans or ankle boots. But I feel like I need to change how I wear it, to try and make it a bit more interesting. I know this isn't exactly groundbreaking fashion, but I just thought I'd try and layer a blouse under it and a jumper over the top. The jumper is loosely tucked into a waist belt, to keep it cropped, however I think I need to invest in a thicker belt as it kept popping out of this one. It was so windy when I took this photo, hence the hair in my face! I was only able to take a couple of photos before running back inside to the warmth, so this is the best image from a bad bunch haha.

How do you reinvent your favourite pieces of clothing? Can you suggest any other interesting ways I can wear this dress? x

P.S. I haven't mentioned my instagram on here for a while, so here it is. I need to find some more people to follow so leave your usernames in a comment if you'd like :) x

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Lauren Goodger's Dancing on Ice vintage hairstyle

'Sparkler' Shine Spray // 'Glamour Queen' Hairspray // 'Dust It' Volume Powder // 'Body Me' Volume Serum  

I was challenged to recreate Lauren Goodger's Dancing on Ice hair style, using OSiS products, so here it is! I do love a good ponytail but it's very rare that I ever have my hair all pulled away from my face unless I'm at home, so I feel a little bit weird without my fringe in my face!

To create this style I first added the 'Body Me' serum to clean damp hair, then blow dried to add volume. Once my hair was dry, I separated a square section of my fringe and clipped it out the way to use for the quiff later. I pulled the rest of my hair up into a high ponytail and sprayed any strays in place using the 'Glamour Queen' hairspray. I lightly curled sections of the ends of my ponytail to create texture. Now onto the quiff, before pinning my hair into the curl I lightly curled it in the right direction using my straightners. I then rolled it around my fingers and pinned underneath using two grips (one in each direction, to make sure no hair slips out). I then again sprayed with hairspray to keep those annoying baby hairs down. I finished this hairstyle with the 'Sparkler' shine spray.

The hairstyle has a really vintage feel to it, so I decided to keep my makeup on the same lines. Simple cat-flick eyeliner, rosy blusher and a dark pink lip stain finish the look.

I loved using the OSiS products for this post, I will definitely be reinvesting in the hairspray once it's empty! You can head to your nearest Schwarzkopf Professional salon to buy the range. To find your local stockist call 01296 314000 or visit www.schwarzkopf-professional.com.

What do you think of this style? Will you be trying it? Leave me a link in the comments below if you do decide to create this look :) x

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Avocado pasta


I don't post recipes on here very often, so this is a rare foodie post from me. I saw this recipe on The Londoner and knew I had to make it as soon as possible. I had all the ingredients at home, but had to find some avocados on the way home from work - I was a woman on a mission!
This is an amazing, quick, healthy meal - and it tastes so good! Sorry about the phone pictures, I wanted to make and eat this immediately so obviously fetching my camera and SD card was too much of a set back.  

The recipe (serves 2) - (P.s. I'm not very good at following recipes so this is a bit different to Rosie's version).
You will need:

  • enough pasta for two people (I don't know how much that is, I guess and usually get it wrong).
  • 2 avocados
  • the juice of half a large lemon 
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • a big handful of fresh basil (or use a big teaspoon of pesto)
  • salt & pepper

Put your pasta of choice on to cook - I used twirly, spiral pasta (technical term).
Roughly chop the avocados and, with the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt & pepper, add to a blender and blend until smooth. (I used a hand-held blender).
Once your pasta is cooked, drain and stir the avocado paste through. The heat of the pasta warms the avocado.
And taadaaaa, eat :)

I've got some leftovers ready in the fridge for work and I am so excited! (By the time you read this I will have eaten said leftovers and I will be very happy).
What do you think about the sound of this? Let me know if you decide to give it a try :) x

Monday, 21 January 2013

Hurry up spring

1 // 2 // 3
4 // 5 // 6

I can't wait for the weather to improve so I can stop worrying about what jacket/coat/cardigan goes with an outfit and just wear cute dresses and tops! I never have enough warm layers that match the rest of my clothes, so I'm in a constant dilema - does anyone else get this or is it just me?

As you can see from above, I'm being drawn to lace detailing on tops and dresses. I love the fact that 3, 5 & 6 are all high neck, but have cute lace panelling across the chest. The print of number 4 is cute, it's the type of outfit I'd wear for a day out somewhere with tights and ankle boots - the same for number 2 actually!

I know it's still only January and we've had loads of snow recently, so I might be jumping the gun a bit, but I still can't wait for spring! What item are you most looking forward to wearing when the weather gets warmer? x

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Camo & fur


My lovely boyfriend, Joshua, bought me this jacket for my birthday last week. How good is he?! I saw this jacket in Urban Outfitters back in October while me and Josh were shopping and I was so torn whether to buy it or not. We're trying to save money so I was a good girl and put it back on the rail and tried to forget about it (it was hard, I tell you). So when I opened this on my birthday morning, I was so impressed that Josh had remembered and bought the right size, almost 3 months later!

The jacket is quite light, so I've been layering up underneath it on the slightly milder days we had last week, and the fur collar is removable so it'll be a great jacket for spring/summer too. I know I wear these leggings all the time, I'm not very adventurous in the leg department - they're just so easy to wear with everything! I have got some new leather/panelled leggings on the way from Boohoo, for a bargain £10,  so don't worry there will be a slight change in legwear soon :)

What has your go-to jacket been this winter? x

Monday, 14 January 2013

For hair that never grows past a certain length


I was given this hair treatment for Christmas (after pointing my brother towards the right direction in Boots), I'd had my eye on the bright pink packaging and the intruiging name for a while.

Lee Stafford suggests that you should use this treatment for 5 minutes between your shampoo and conditioner, massaging the treatment into the scalp and right down to the tips. The consistency of the product is a thick cream that easily covers your hair and stays put for the whole 5 minutes. I hate hair treatments that feel like they're just running out of your hair before their recommended time is up! The one main thing I don't like about this product is the smell, to me it smells a bit manly - like a guys shower gel or something like that - but luckily the smell doesn't linger on your hair too much once rinsed. 

This isn't a miracle product that will magically give you bum-length hair, however it will condition and protect your hair and scalp, making it more likely to grow in the long run. After using this product my hair feels very soft, smooth and conditioned, but doesn't leave my hair heavy, which is what I look for in a good treatment anyway - so if it does make my hair in better condition to grow, then that's just an added benefit! There's a quote on the pack that says 'if the earth's not nourished, you'll never grow beautiful flowers', which is a pretty good quote to apply to your hair, skin and pretty much anything else in life.

Overall, I like this product as a general hair treatment but time will tell whether my hair grows or not! It's great for returning moisture to heat damaged hair, the only downside is the manly smell!
Has anyone else tried this treatment, what's your verdict? What do you think of the smell? x

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Thursday wishlist

(L-R)
1. Skinny Pant in Pewter Crush - £18

Thursday wishlist doesn't quite sound as good as Wednesday, but oh well! 

I don't know about anyone else but I still have a little bit of Christmas money left over and some of the Motel Rocks sale items have been catching my eye! I love the metallic/multi striped dress in the middle, I've had my eye on this for quite a while (I think I might have included it in a post a while ago), so I'm very tempted to buy it now it's down to £15 - what a bargain! I also love the black and silver dress on the far right, I think I'm still in Christmas mode - I'm being drawn to sparkly party dresses!

Have you been on the Motel sale yet? There are so many items all priced under £20, it's definitely time to buy that piece you've had your eye on. What's your favourite item from my wishlist? x

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Alice in Wonderland

1. My amazing cake made by Josh's sister. 
2 & 3. Cute tea & cake in the tea room. 
4. Some of the costumes. 
5. Kimmy P and I. 
6. Tweedledum and Tweedledee in one of my fave pictures. 
7. Obligatory candle blowing photo.

I recently turned 22 and the weekend before my birthday I was surprised by my boyfriend and housemate to an Alice in Wonderland themed party! It was all arranged without me knowing, they even bought my outfit and decorated the house!

I was given my costume at lunchtime then taken to Well Walk Tea Room with a group of friends for afternoon tea. The staff at Well Walk were amazing, they were so happy to have a mad hatter's tea party visit, they even specially made the 'eat me' cakes for our party! Everyone's costumes were amazing - my friend Ellie even made a giant paper-mache teapot so she could be the door mouse in the teapot!

After our lovely afternoon at Well Walk we headed home and we were met later in the evening by a few more people at our house. Josh and Stefan had covered the door to our lounge with card to make a tiny Alice sized door, so everyone had to duck to get through! Before you got to the door there were little glasses saying 'drink me' (which in reality were just shots) so you could fit! We played loads of games, like higher/lower with the giant cards, shot roulette, mini carpet croquet and drinking Jenga, then headed out to a club!

I had such an amazing birthday - the boys did such a good job of organising it! Have you ever had a themed party? What would your ideal theme be? x

Monday, 7 January 2013

500 followers!

Last night I hit the massive milestone of 500 followers! I never expected to reach that many followers on here, so I just wanted to say thank you all! I will have a celebratory giveaway at some point soon, but I'm not quite sure what the prize will be yet - if anyone's got any ideas then please let me know :)

An extra special thank you to Alice, Angharad, Rai, Louise, Leanne, Slap London and Charlie for re-tweeting my blog link last night - you're all amazing! :)  x

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment


I received this bottle of hair oil at the South West bloggers Christmas party, which I posted about here, in a lovely little surprise Christmas present from the organisers of the event. 

I've seen so many different reviews of hair oils on blogs, however despite the rave reviews I've always been a bit wary thinking that they might just leave my hair heavy and greasy. So when I received this little bottle in my gift, I was really excited to give it a try without having to invest in a full size bottle!

The bottle states that this oil can be applied to damp or dry hair, before styling or finishing. I have only used this on damp hair before blow drying, using it on the tips to mid lengths of my hair. The oil isn't as thin as I thought it would be, it's more like the consistency of syrup, so it's really easy to work into your hair without creating a massive mess! After blow drying, my hair feels so soft and healthy and this lasts right up until your next wash!

I will definitely be buying the full size bottle of this product when my small bottle runs out, however I have been using this quite regularly and it doesn't seem to be running out quickly which is great!

Have you tried any Macadamia Oil products before, or any other hair oil? What do you think? x

Friday, 4 January 2013

Trends of 2013


 

Summer 2013- Get ready!

I was talking to a friend who works for a well-known fashion House, and she told me that plans are being finalised for their Summer 2013 women’s clothing collection. I asked her for her views on what was going to be big this Summer, so that we can all plan ahead! Already the biggest fashion houses are showing some of their Spring into Summer collections- but March will, as usual, see the main shows for Summer fashion.

Here’s what I’ve picked up in terms of tips and trends:
Firstly, big bright and bold patterns and colours will be in. Perhaps to cock-a-snoop at the recession, technicolour splashes will be evident on Summer High Streets next year. In fact there’s a definite retro sixties look to some of the colours designs and fabrics. Are we going to see Twiggy, Jane Birkin (remember “Je t’aime Moi Non Plus”?) and Tippi Hedren (Hitchcock’s film The Birds) look-alikes on the catwalk? These styles, such as the mini-skirt and the large print dresses, will be a poptastic perfect tonic to recession blues. And did I mention orange? At a recent show in New York the catwalk was awash with orange- not a pastel shade but a blast from the past orange. Think Bond Bug orange- Space-hopper orange Satsuma orange- a take-no-prisoners orange!

Another phenomenon that looks like it will take hold this coming summer for women’s clothing will be a strange trick; a dress that looks like it’s in two separate parts- but isn’t! The layers around the middle make it look like it’s a good match of skirt and blouse, but it’s all one-piece. Confused? Well the men may be. But it’s a good idea and something genuinely new being paraded.

Another trend seems to be towards the lightest of light fabrics- high-waisted A-line skirts that look floaty and swishy, not bulky at all. Sometimes with two layers, a light top layer and a darker coloured under-layer which produces a lovely shifting colour effect when you’re walking down the avenue, on the boardwalk, or skipping across the sand. These super lightweight fabrics are so nice to see, but also brilliant to wear- you feel swaddled and swathed in the Emperor’s New Clothes- or should that be the Empress’ New Clothes? You’ll love the airy-fairy of these summer dresses when they hit the shops- take my word for it.

Next up is the biker jacket. Yep, I know it was big last year and the year before that, but it seems we can’t get enough of the retro biker jacket style brought up to date. Blouson or short-style, these will be big in both denim or leather, along with the usual paraphernalia of zips, studs and rings.

Finally there’s a big Japanese influence that you’ll see next year. Forget that China is about the only blossoming economy, anime, manga, geisha and sushi are where it’s at. Some of the styles are pretty outrageous, with spice-helmet visors, garish alien make-up, crystal ruffs, silver space boots and beam-me-up Scotty mega-size bracelets. You’ll feel you’re in Tokyo in 2030…and I can’t wait- bring it on for Summer 2013!

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

It's like gold dust


This was my polish of choice for Christmas day - Barry M Nail Paint in Goldmine. This is a mixture of small pieces of gold glitter surrounded by a black varnish. I thought this was the perfect Christmas combo, glittery but not too bright - I'm not a massive fan of bright nail colours, I tend to go for dark purples/reds/blues/black etc.

The black varnish under the pieces of glitter is quite thin, so I applied a plain black base coat in order to get a good solid colour. I did find that this varnish peeled quite quickly the first time I used it, however I think this might have been down to the crappy base coat I used, as Barry M varnishes are usually pretty good! 

Have you tried this nail varnish? What was your nail colour of choice this Christmas? x

P.s. it's my birthday on Tuesday so I'm having my birthday celebrations this weekend. Josh has planned a surprise for me on Saturday, I'm so excited! I'm sure you'll see a post on here after the weekend :) x 

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2012 Beauty Favourites


You're probably sick to death of these 2012 favourites posts by now, but I thought I'd join in anyway and add my favourites :)
Face
This year I started using Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation and it's the best foundation I have found so far. Previously I was switching between 'drug store' foundations and Benefit Hello Flawless, but never found the kind of coverage I wanted until now. I pair this with Benefit's Boi-ing concealer and Rimmel Stay Matte powder for my ideal base.  
Cheeks
My MAC 'Dainty' Mineralise Blush has been my favourite, and most regularly used, cheek product this year. It's the perfect shade for everyday use and so easy to apply early morning before work - you just can't go wrong really! I featured this in my 'favourite blushers' post here.

Eyes
I'm very fickle when it comes to mascara, I'll just buy any old brand, which ever one's on offer. I've never found one that's good enough for me to buy again and again, so for me to include a mascara in this post is pretty controversial! I only bought the Maybelline 'Falsies, Flared' mascara in December, but it's already a firm favourite. It's great for curling and separating the lashes, I'm pretty sure I'll be buying it again. The Collection 2000 'Fast Stroke' liquid eyeliner always has been, and always will be, a firm favourite of mine so deserved a mention in this post. 
Hair
Lush's 'Big' Sea Salt shampoo has also been a firm favourite this year. It's still quite strange using a shampoo with big chunks of salt in it, but it makes my hair lovely and soft and full of volume. I did a full review of the shampoo here
Skincare
No. 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser has been a regular part of my skincare routine since I bought it with one of Boots' £5 off No. 7 vouchers. It's so quick and easy to use and makes my skin feel amazing. It reduces redness and my makeup applies so smoothly after using this product.

What have been your favourite beauty products of 2012? Happy New Year! :) x