Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Black Velvet

 
  


Charity Shop Dress
Tentative Decisions Necklace
Topshop All Sorts Boots

I haven't worn this dress in about 2 years maybe and I have been umming and aahing over whether to get rid of it or not but I put it on today and kind of fell back in love with it and it's weird cut out-mesh shapes. I think it's kind of interesting and I always feel a bit ~witchy~ when I wear it. The only issue is that you can't wear it bare legged as there would be a whole lot of panty flashing and nobody wants to see my butt. Although I am wearing this outfit mid-July I think it will be great for A/W too - planning ahead there a little bit I know. Also, just as a little side note, these should be the last pictures of my hair looking scraggly and uneven as I went for a haircut not long after - finally!

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Skin Care Saviour: Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream


Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream - £4.35

I've been on a mission recently to take better care of my skin and have been looking for a night cream that isn't for dry and skin or break the bank. I opted for the Nivea Night Cream as I know their products smell amazing and this is no exception. I simply smooth this on before I go to bed after cleansing and just leave it to do it's thing.
 
Unlike regular day cream/moisturisers it doesn't 'sink in' right away but you shouldn't really expect it to since it is a night cream so it takes all night to settle in and work. However it does make me worry that I'm going to wipe it all off when I'm in bed. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels refreshed and smooth and therefore lives up to its claim to be 'regenerating'.
 
The night cream has a Hydra IQ formula meaning it rehydrates your skin but doesn't leave it feeling oily and greasy which is a plus since this is for oily to combination skin types. If you need additional hydration there is a version specifically tailored for both dry and sensitive skin.
 
I really love this product as it just restores your skin back to how it should be ready for the morning and it's the perfect quick fix between days, especially if you're having a bad skin day. Admittedly I didn't even spend the full £4 on this as it was on offer at Superdrug for £1.99 and, as far as I'm aware, it is a similar price all of the time in Bodycare. It's a cheap and easy way to keep your skin feeling great. 

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Sexism In The Summer


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Today's post is taking a different a theme to usual but it's something I've been thinking about for a while and a topic that I have seen a lot on the internet lately, particularly on the Twitter of Everyday Sexism who highlight daily instances of sexism that people experience.
 
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Have you ever been walking down the road and had men whistling at you? Beeping their car horns? Shouting inappropriate comments at you such as "get ya tits out"? As the temperatures rise everyone, both men and women, start to wear less clothing because y'know stops you from being all sweaty and stuff. However it seems that some men (emphasis on the some) see at as appropriate to make women feel uncomfortable by catcalling, wolf whistling, car beeping or just generally spurting inappropriate comments simply because they are exposing more flesh than usual. I know this happens all year round but it seems a lot more common during the hot weather when more skin is revealed as it's more weather-appropriate. This is a topic that really annoys me. Why should women be made to feel uncomfortable for wearing shorts on such a hot day? The unwanted harassment tends to give the urge to go home and totally cover yourself up. But why? You shouldn't feel bad or uncomfortable for getting your legs out or wearing that lovely new dress you bought just because some idiot made an inappropriate remark.
 
If this happens to you just remember that exposing your skin IS NOT an invitation for harassment - you are not in the wrong, they are. Don't let other people, male or female, make you feel crappy about what you're wearing or how you look. 
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Beauty On a Budget


When reading other people's posts about buying beauty products on a budget I always seem to find myself thinking the products still aren't suitable for people who really are on a budget and for those who don't want to spend more than a fiver on a mascara because they want to save their money for other things. I thought that I would share a few tips on buying beauty products on a budget whilst maintaining the same quality.

Shop Around - This is probably the best tip I can give you. If there is a product that you really want but you don't want the full price on it just shop around. Make a note of what you want and look in several shops and work out which is cheapest. Also go in shops that you wouldn't expect to find what you want. For example the Garnier Body Oil is £7.49 in Boots and around the £6 mark in Tesco and ASDA but in B&M it is a mere £2.99. Places to look out for the same products at a lower price are: B&M, Home Bargains and Bodycare as they always have products for a fraction of the price.

Offers and Sales - This may be an obvious one but you can save lots of money by purchasing products when the store has a sale on. Superdrug tend to do really good sales when almost everything is reduced and Boots' 3 for 2 sale always gives you an excuse to buy more. If the product you want and you know you love is significantly reduced it may be worth buying a few to avoid spending more later.

Reviews - If you're going to invest in a product that is a little more pricey than what you'd usually pay make sure you read a range of reviews to ensure that it's worth the price. For example if you're going to dish out £20 on a foundation and then realise that it's quite greasy on your skin, you're going to be annoyed. Read reviews to make sure the product is right for you. Equally read reviews to find dupes of high end products as you will be able to get the same quality from 'drugstore' brands but at a fraction of the price. (Check out MUA Undress Me pallettes as they are a good dupe of the Naked Pallettes but are tonnes cheaper)

Cheap brands doesn't mean poor quality - It's understandable that you might be a tad sceptical of brands that sell their products for really cheap but it doesn't always mean they're going to be of a rubbish quality. I totally recommend MUA as a cheap make up brand as their products start from £1 and they are pretty good, especially their lipsticks which I tend to go on about quite a lot and even prefer them to some more expensive ones. Again read reviews to see if it's worth buying the cheaper products.

Make sure you bare these in mind the next time your buying beauty products on a budget and I really hope they're beneficial! Do you have any tips?

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Book to film comparison: Trainspotting

I was getting a bit bored of just writing about beauty and fashion because I feel that it makes it seem like that is all I enjoy when in fact I like loads of stuff. I have written film reviews on my blog before and one of them is my most viewed post (back when I was exceptionally terrible at blogging) so I thought I would get back into sharing with you stuff other than just fashion and beauty themed posts.
 
This is going to be a new series on my blog where I compare books I have read to their film adaptation and state whether or not I think they did it well. I must admit I tend to watch the film before I read the book but that doesn't always mean that I think the film is better.
 
 
I thought I'd start the series with one of my favourite films and books that is Trainspotting which follows the lives of a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh, their antics and attempts to get off the drugs.
 
The Book: The novel was written by Scottish author, Irvine Welsh in 1993. When you first open the book you're overwhelmed with all the weirdly written words and you find yourself thinking 'what does this even mean?' but then you realise that most of it is written in differing types of Scottish dialogue. The book is divided into 7 sections each of which is further divided into chapters narrated by each character. This along with the differing types of dialogue you really get to know the character. Despite this is does make it confusing as it skips from character to character and it's not always clear who is narrating the chapter so it does require many trips to Wikipedia to figure it out. As for the storyline itself it's a lot more graphic and has perhaps more disturbing sections that weren't included in the film, maybe for obvious reasons but I think it just adds to the storyline.
 
The Film: As for the Film adaptation of Trainspotting it was directed by Danny Boyle who, if you didn't know, directed Slumdog Millionaire and the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London so you can expect only good things. As with all films adaptations of novels they really didn't include everything and instead focussed on one character rather than have many different perspectives. My main issue with the film is that they make you like Renton, the main character, where as in the book he is quite a vile man. Other than that, the aspects of the book that are included in the film are done extremely well and include almost every detail. The film version is also made ten times better by the amazing soundtrack including artists such as Lou Reed, New Order, Iggy Pop and Blur something that you obviously don't get with the book.
 
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 Overall I think I probably prefer to book due to its added detail and more storylines but I do really love the film too but perhaps that is due to my love for both Ewan McGregor and Johnny Lee Miller.
 
Have you read or seen Trainspotting? What are your thoughts? 


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Monday, 21 July 2014

Black & Blue





 
 
Primark Check Shirt (similar)
Primark Turtle Neck Crop Top (similar - only £5)
Primark Mom Jeans (similar)
H&M Sliders

I took these pictures the other week when the weather was utterly pants but fortunately the weather has picked up a lot since then - FINALLY! This outfit is perfect for when it's not hot enough to be getting your legs out but the crop top and sandals make sure that you don't look like you're preparing for winter which is something I always accidently do.

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Black & White



 
 
 
Primark Men's Tee
Primark Statement Necklace
H&M Leather Skirt
Topshop All Sorts Boots

When I was taking these pictures the other day it was absolutely peeing it down outside but I really want to dress a bit more summery. Ok so I didn't go the full whack as I am actually wearing clear tights but it's close enough. I just wanted something simple to wear as I had no intention of leaving the house but glammed it up a little bit with my pastel statement necklace from Primark that was only £4 - bargain! I would also just like to raise the point of why on earth is does my hair look so uneven? Like seriously it seems that one side is much longer than the other - time for a mop chop me thinks.


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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Elegant Touch Little Mix Press On Nails



Elegant Touch Little Mix Perrie 2 Press-On Nails - £6.00
 
As it was my leavers party the other week and since I wore quite a plain dress, I didn't want my nails to be boringly painted a single colour so I bought these artificial nails. I must admit I was a bit put off by the fact that they were Little Mix nails as I'm not really a huge fan but I must admit their taste when designing the nails was pretty good.
 
 
The nails come in a variety of sizes and patterns and come with adhesive tabs. I didn't use the tabs as I wanted to make sure they lasted so just used regular nail glue. Figuring out which nail fit your fingers was made easier by the numbers on each nail so you could match it up for each hand. However the patterns on the nails didn't match. For example the pattern on the no.7 for one hand didn't match the pattern on the no.7 on the other hand which for me was kind of annoying. Also I ended up with the same pattern twice on each hand which was annoying as I wanted each finger to be different. 8/10 managed to last the whole night through but both thumb nails popped off probably because I use my thumbs the most but generally were long lasting.
 
Overall other than the minor annoyances, which are probably just down to me being picky, I do really like these nails as it just adds a little bit of extra detail to your outfit and makes your nails stand out from everybody else's.
 
Have you tried these nails? What did you think?
 

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Ikea Wishlist

 
As I have probably mentioned in previous posts I am becoming a bit of a homeware addict fuelled by images on Pinterest of the most amazing rooms. My love is becoming increasingly worse as I'm off to uni in September so need lots of homeware bits from plates and dishes to bedcovers etc. My Dad has agreed to take me to Ikea because shockingly I have never been before and I think it's about time I go. I have been perusing on their website and it's safe to say that I want pretty much everything. However I have scaled it down to the top 6 things that I want.
 
1) MULIG Clothes Rack £6.50 - I love how these free standing clothes racks look with your favourite items of clothing on and I think it gives you a bit more inspiration when you don't know what to wear. I have seen similar ones in Argos etc. but they are more expensive and not as nice so this one is great at only £6.50 and it's exactly what I want.
 
2) CACTACEAE Potted Plant £3.50 -  I really love the way cacti look just sat on a windowsill or desk but I think they look best when there's a few of them. I already have 2 (one with googly eyes) and an aloe plant so I just want a few more to go with my collection. They are the best plant for lazy people like myself because they don't need much watering so it's ok if you forget.  I'm not sure how many you get when you buy this whether it's just one or a set. If it's just one I might head to my local market instead as they have loads for cheaper but £3.50 isn't that bad.
 
3) Tejn Faux Sheepskin Rug £10 - I have wanted a sheepskin rug like this one probably since I was about 7 and 11 years on (wow I feel old) I still want one and will finally get to because this bad boy is £20 less than every single sheepskin rug I have ever looked at. What's not to love?
 
4) TIDSENLIG Scented Candle £2.25 - I don't think there's much I can say about this other than it's so adorable and pretty. It says that it's scented but not what scent it is so I am a bit unsure about this one really because you never know it may smell horrid.
 
5) EMMIE LAND Duvet Cover £10 - I need another duvet cover set for when I go to uni and this is perfect. I have wanted a 'toile de jouy' style duvet set for a long time but they are usually really expensive but finally I've found one that isn't.
 
6) KROKETT Glass £1 - How cute is this glass? I think it's quite teeny tiny but so cute. I have already got some soda glasses but this would look so cute with them. I think it would be perfect for a little glass of lemonade or a big shot glass - whatever floats you boat.
 
Those are the things that I want the most when I am off to Ikea but me being me I may end up buying more or something different so I am thinking maybe an Ikea haul?
 
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sunday Post #10 & Update


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I think this picture sums up my week pretty well if you ask me since all I have been doing is getting up late and watching the Vicar of Dibley. If you haven't seen it then please stop what you're doing and watch it now. Whilst your reading this I will probably be sat on a train to Birmingham to visit my Fatherkins where I will have no internet (sob). I have scheduled some posts of course but otherwise it will probably be silence from me. In the mean time you can catch up on this week's posts if you missed them:
 
More Mom Jeans? - yeah I got another pair of mom jeans and in this post you can see how I styled them and it is my favourite outfit at the moment.
 
Summer Playlist - see what music I will be listening to this summer ft. the 1975, Haim, the Jam and more.
 
L'Oreal Infallible Foundation Review - my favourite foundation at the minute and certainly lives up to its name.


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Friday, 11 July 2014

L'Oréal Infallible Stay Fresh 24hr Foundation Review

 
 
 
Instantly this foundation has a lot to live up to simply on the basis of its name - infallible, meaning without fault and it is a term used commonly to describe the Pope who can speak infallibly on religious matters. Pope related foundation, who would of guessed? Anyway from the name alone you would be expecting it to basically do what it says on the tin or bottle in this case. The product claims to fulfil the promise of a, "high coverage longwear foundation that hides the appearance of fatigue and blemishes".
 
Naturally I bought the lightest shade which you can see almost blends into my white desk. I never thought I'd say this about a foundation but it is actually the perfect shade. It's pale with a slight pinky tinge which is exactly my shade. For me it ticks all of the boxes as it gives an almost flawless and non greasy base and lasts throughout the day but it doesn't quite give full coverage of blemishes but that's nothing a bit of concealer can't fix. I don't know whether it lasts a whole 24 hours, I mean who is actually willing to test that, but it did last around 17 hours but in my delirious drunken state I probably wasn't to bothered about the state of my make up. Although there are probably better foundations out there but for £9.99 you can't go wrong - it's a great everyday foundation and I think it would be a reliable go to if in doubt of what foundation to buy.
 
What foundations are you loving at the moment?
 
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Currently Listening: Summer Playlist

 
I don't know whether it's just me but during the summer there are certain bands, artists, songs etc. that make me think "it's summer" so today I thought I would compile a Summer playlist to share with you what music reminds me of the hot weather and summer sunshine.
 
1. You and Me Song - The Wannadies This song reminds me of my journeys to sixth form in the summer when I used to play this song every morning so now it just gives me that summer feeling.
2. My Song 5 - Haim Who doesn't love Haim? They dress amazingly and have the best hair and this song puts me in a good and dancey mood.
3. Club Tropicana - Wham! I think this song is pretty self explanatory. I love Wham! quite a lot and this is the ultimate summer song.
4. My Number - Foals I always underestimate how much I love Foals and this song is a lot happier, more upbeat and summery than some of my other favourite songs of theirs.
5. Diplomat's Son - Vampire Weekend I think Vampire Weekend make some of the best summer music as it's really upbeat and this is just one of those songs that I can't help but sing to.
6. Heart Out - the 1975 The 1975 are by far one of my favourite bands ever so no playlist is complete without them.
7. That's Entertainment - The Jam I really love The Jam and this song is one where I can imagine myself sat in my garden or going somewhere nice with my headphones in and the sun shining down. Perfect.
8. Ghost Train - Summer Camp This is the first song that I heard by Summer Camp and it's just soft and calm and nice to listen to.
9. Do-Wah-Doo - Kate Nash I bought one of Kate Nash's albums the other summer so this song reminds of going to Stratford upon Avon on a nice hot day
10. 505 - Arctic Monkeys This song is probably an all rounder really as it reminds me of sitting in the sun with my headphones in music turned up loud in the summer but it also reminds me of sitting in my dark bedroom in the winter with a cup of tea. I think all AM fans love this song.
 
And to save you from youtubing all the songs I have compiled a playlist for you all on 8tracks. Enjoy.
 


 
What's on your summer playlist?

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Monday, 7 July 2014

More Mom Jeans?

 
 

 
H&M stripe Top (sold out online)
Primark Mom Jeans (similar)
Primark Belt (similar)
H&M Sliders (sold out online)

It appears that I'm changing things up from my usual pair of blue mom jeans and have found a black version and as always I refuse to pay the price that places such as Topshop sell them and instead found that at a fraction of the price. Isn't that how I always do it? These ones are from Primark and were in the sale at a mere £5 and they're wonderful and I love how they look with this stripey oversized crop tee from H&M. I know the stripes are navy blue and the jeans are black and they're two colours you're not meant to mix but I don't really care because I still think it kind of works. 


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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday Post #9


Can we all just appreciate my cactus and succulent collection please, especially the one with the googly eyes - how adorable is he? I have had one of those weeks where nothing seems to go right and to top it all off I have managed to accumulate a cold. Aside from the 'oh woe is me routine' I have managed to blog some stuff this week and I am now trying to blog at least every other day. Here's a roundup of what I've posted this week:
 
Leavers Party - Last week it was my leavers do/party/prom thing so here are just a few pictures and a sort of round up of my evening, including what I wore.
 
Gingham Midi Skirt - My new favourite skirt and it cost me only £3. See how I styled it in this outfit post.
 
How I use the Seventeen Wow! 3 way highlighter - The title is pretty self explanatory I guess. This is simply a post showing you how you can use the highlighter and which way I prefer to use it.
 
I hope you enjoyed this week's posts!
 
 
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Friday, 4 July 2014

How I use the Seventeen Wow! 3 Way Highlighter

 
 
Initially I bought this with the intention just to use it as your basic highlighter and then realised that you can use it in 3 different ways: as a primer, to add to your foundation or to, as I intended, highlight your face. I have used it in all three ways and found different results.
 
As a primer - I have to say I was probably the most disappointed with the product when using it as a primer as it didn't really change the way that my foundation/make up looked. Equally I didn't notice any difference in how long my make up lasted from using it as a primer and found better results from the Flawless Poreless Primer from the Seventeen collection.
 
Add to foundation - Unlike when using it as a primer I could really tell the difference when adding a small splodge to my foundation. I was a bit worried that I would look a bit 'Edward Cullen in the sunshine' but it gave more of a subtle glow than shimmery. It is a really good way to lighten those foundations that a bit too dark for you (I have plenty) but it does weaken their coverage slightly. I really like using it this way and it would be great for giving you that summer glow.
 
As a highlighter - This is probably the most common way that I use the highlighter. I sweep a small amount onto my cheek bones, nose and forehead when contouring. It really does emphasis your cheek bones much better than your average powder highlighter.
 
Overall I love using this product in 2 out of the 3 ways, meaning I will certainly get a lot of use out of it.
 
Have you used this product or do you use a different highlighter or primer?

 
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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Gingham Midi Skirt

 
 
 
 
Primark Satin Cami Top (Similar)
Primark Gingham Skirt (similar
Primark Sliders
New Look Necklace (old but similar here)
 
Would you believe me if I told you that this outfit cost me no more than £20? That's what you get for being a walking advert for Primark. I have been to Primark on several occasions recently I could never find this skirt in my size and presumed that it just wasn't meant to be but on a final visit I found it in my size and reduced to £3. Now I don't believe in fate and all that but I felt that luck was on my side that day. I have so many ideas on how to style it but today I simply styled it with my black cami and white sliders both of which were £4. This is definitely going to be one of my go to outfits this summer. 

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