11 December 2013

MAC Ruby Woo Review

I am the worst when it comes to not trying before I buy. Never have I been more surprised at the texture of a lipstick than when I attempted to apply Ruby Woo to my unprepped lips. Wow is this lipstick dry. I know it's matte but I had no idea quite what this entailed. It is so hard to apply as the formula is so dry. And don't even consider trying to shmush your lips together without putting lip balm on first! 
By the time I took this pic I had already used Ruby Woo a few times and you can already see little flaky bits on the top. I don't know if these are from the lipstick or my lips. I don't have dry lips at all as I put half a pot of Vaseline on every night before bed (no lie) but if you do I probably wouldn't recommend using this unless you use a little dab of balm afterwards. For me, the lippie is dry but I like the matte effect and I love how long it lasts. I wore it yesterday from 11-3 without having to reapply. I did use a lipliner underneath which may have helped but I find it lasts a long time without any base. 
I absolutely adore this colour and have noticed that it works well on absolutely all skin tones. It has a blue base which makes your teeth seem whiter and, as mentioned, it lasts for ages so, despite the drying formula, I would definitely recommend Ruby Woo to a friend. However, I don't think I will invest in many more matte lipsticks unless I try them out first. 

Do you have any products that you find hard work?

8 December 2013

Like An American

Be young, be dope, be proud
Like an American
American - Lana Del Rey

As Marina and the Diamonds sang 'I'm obsessed with the mess that's America'. And I am finding it hard to say why. I suppose it is because of the idea of the place which I have garnered over the years from a wide range of sources like TV, film, music, art, literature, and food. Travelling to the US has only served to confirm these ideals for me. I feel that New York is my home from home. It is basically London on steroids and I love it. However, when I dreamily think of the US I tend to think of California, or those sleepy, nondescript towns which feature in films where people have porches and great love stories take place. When I have visited California it has tended to live up to my hype. Even when I last went to LA and had to take the bus everywhere, it was fascinating because it was so different to the LA I had seen in films and on TV (they don't tend to take the bus in The Hills). 

The collage above gives you a little insight into what I see when I picture the US. It's a combination of old and new pop culture references. Dreamy men and women, and striking sunsets over beautiful beaches. Lana Del Rey's 'Video Games' video is another great visual as to why I love the US - the glamour mixed with an underlying sadness. 

Well, I don;t know if I have managed to explain myself very well. Maybe I will try again one day. If any of you have a weird obsession like this, either with the USA or anything else, I would love to hear.

*Pictures a combination of my own snaps and those from my Pinterest account

7 December 2013

NOTD: Pow Green

LOVE this colour from Maybelline's Color Show collection. It's kind of a dirty neon lime. I first read about this polish on the blog LLYMLRS and knew that it had to be mine. I found application really easy and felt that two coats were enough for a streak-free finish. The Color Show range is really reasonably priced at £2.99 a pot. I would most definitely recommend it to all you nail polish addicts out there. 

I know it's a bit of an odd colour for this time of year but I need a bright shade on my nails as my clothes are a bit drab. You know the drill, greys, burgundy reds, navy blues, black, and a bit of white. Pow Green is just the pop I need! 

5 December 2013

Birthday Beauty Treats

As you can imagine, a lot of beauty products were purchased during my blogging absence. October was a good month for me, beauty-wise, as I got some goodies for my birthday. I treated myself to the MAC products above. I walked in with the intention of buying Ruby Woo as I had been craving it for a while. I had heard that it was a universal red to flatter every skin tone so bought it without trying. I ended up buying the RiRi Woo lip liner as well as it was the closest in colour to the lippie. The powder was a necessary extra! 
I got quite a few nail goodies for my birthday. The Wah Nails Book of Downtown Girls was on my Amazon wishlist for a while. I really enjoyed the first book and wanted more of the same. While there are some good designs in here I felt a little let down as there weren't as many exciting ones as I had hoped for. 
My good friend M bought me some Models Own treats as well as some amazing nail decorations which include the cutest little cat faces. I reviewed the polish, Sardonyx, over on Dahlia Nails if you want a little read. 
I went a tad crazy for the top/base coats buying OPI's Nail Envy, Seche Vite, and Essie's First Base Base Coat. I don't leave my nails long enough to try Nail Envy properly but even after two days my nails seemed stronger. Seche Vite has revolutionised my life. I may do a proper review on it as it really is a wonder product. The Essie base coat is good but doesn't seem to work any major miracles. 
I decided to subscribe to Elle magazine for two reasons. The first is that, at £18 for a year, the cost of the mag reduced dramatically. As someone who buys Elle every month, this is an amazing saving. The second reason was the free gift. The free gift used to put me off subscribing as I didn't feel it was really worth it but when my peepers rested on the Topshop make up up for grabs I couldn't resist. When they arrived (on my birthday no less) I nearly wet myself with excitement! I will review some of the products later in the month.
Last but by no means least, my lovely colleague A bought me this Kabuki brush from Topshop. She bought it to replace my skanky, broken Body Shop one which had been grossing her out for a while. The Kabuki is the softest brush EVER! I now use it to apply my bronzer as it gives a good, even coverage. I just need to remember to wash it every now and then so that it doesn't face the same fate as its predecessor. 

So there you have my birthday beauty treats for 2013. There are more products to be featured this month including some reviews of these ones so watch this space beauty fans!

2 December 2013

Life Lately

Sooo...I had a little sabbatical from blogging last month as I concentrated on getting a new job and trying to sort out my house. Thank you to all of you who kept visiting my little slice of the world wide web and apologies for not posting more regularly. Everything has settled down a bit now so I should be back on track this month.
Last month was exciting/scary as I found myself handing in my notice and heading for pastures new. As a result I ended up going for quite regular little drinky poos with my team as I tried to make the most of them before leaving. The hardest part of leaving was saying goodbye to my team - they are the best!
Part of my lack of blogging came from a real case of writer's block. I got stuck in a no-blogging rut and any idea I was coming up with just seemed shit (excuse my French). I would rather just not blog for a while than spew out some rubbish. Quality over quantity and all that jazz! So instead of getting stressed and over-analysing my writer's block I decided to create in other ways. Namely, by doing some easy peasy song lyric pics as above. The paradise one is now framed and sitting proudly on my shelves. The idea for these came from my new addiction: Pinterest. I am blinkin' obsessed with it!
As well as pinning like a mad woman I have thrown myself into my other blog. The lovely Jo and I have been lucky enough to win a couple of really good prizes recently. We won the Barry M winter collection which was amazing and then a whole heap of Rimmel goodies. I can't list all of the things we won as there was so much stuff but watch this space for reviews. 
I am so sad to have left my lovely team and just wanted to say a mahoosive thank you to them for my leaving goodies. When asked what I wanted I kind of jokingly mentioned the Diptyque Feu de Bois candle, not really thinking they would get it as it's too much but they did! They also got me a lovely Tai horseshoe bracelet for good luck. The beautiful free spirit ALM gots me some additional goodies which was extremely thoughtful and generous: my fave Moleskine notebook, an E&J decoration for the house, and a little bottle of Bioderma's Solution Micellaire. Words cannot express how grateful I am to them all. 

So there you have a little round up of what I have been up to in November. Mainly crying about leaving my job while pinning sad quotes! 

Onwards and upwards, more regular posting will ensue this month. Soz for leaving you to your own devices for a month but I'm back! xxx

15 October 2013


Feeling inspired by @tavitulle on Instagram I decided to rifle through my jewellery box and show you a few key pieces. These aren't necessarily pieces that I wear all the time but they are more significant than the heaps of tatty Primark necklaces I wear all the time. 

  • Thomas Sabo Charm Bracelet - This was given to me by some dear friends at uni. They bought me the handcuff charm as I used to wear a necklace with gold handcuffs all the time. The other charms all mean something to me and have been bought by various people. 
  • Vivienne Westwood Heart Orb - This was bought for me by the boyf one anniversary. I love it but it's such bad quality. After wearing it twice it has tarnished and turns my neck a bit green. But I still love it!
  • Alex Monroe Baby Bee - This was also bought for me by the boyf. I wrote about it here and the significance of the bee for me. 
  • Name Necklace - This is a cheapo necklace from Argos but I love it. I don't wear it all that often as it is so delicate that I'm afraid to damage it. I can't remember why I bought it but I imagine it was after watching SATC. 

  • Heart and Charm - This is a bit of a cheat as it's two necklaces in one. The heart is from Tiffany and was bought for me by my mum one birthday. I love how solid it is but I wish I still wore silver as I don't wear it as often as I used to. The other charm is from the boyf and I felt bad when he gave it to me because I didn't like it all that much. However, once I put it on the sturdier Tiffany chain it began to grow on me. It is delicate with tiny little diamonds and although it's not 100% my taste it is still precious to me. 
  • Cat Brooch - My mum bought this for me in Past Times and I  instantly fell in love with it as I am a crazy cat lady! 
  • Opal Necklace - This was given to me a long time ago by my best friend at school. Opals are my birth stone and this has become something of a lucky charm for me. I wear it every day and panic if I forget to put it on in the morning. 
  • Snake Bracelet - This is actually one of my Primark pieces but I had to include it here as I get complimented on it whenever I wear it. It looks more expensive than it was and I love seeing the look of surprise when I say I got it in Primark. 
So there you have a little snippet of some of my most prized jewellery possessions. 

12 October 2013

Inside My Work Make Up Bag

Working in luxury retail means looking flawless at all times. Well it does for me and it can be haaaarrrrd! I keep this lot in the office with me all day as I often need to reapply, especially my lipstick. So what's lurking in my H&M pouch?

Topshop Bronzer in Sandcastle I wrote about this product here and can report that I am still very happy with it. Love the colour, love the finish, just love it! 

Mac Lipstick in Rebel I reviewed this product in full here. I like this for work because it completely transforms my face. Even if I don't have much make-up on my face looks really "done" when I pop Rebel on. 

Body Shop Powder Brush My colleague A keeps begging me to dispose of this brush but I just can't part from it, it's so soft! I probably should wash it though. It looks weird in the pic because the handle has broken off so just the metal and bristles remain. 

Chanel Lipstick in Inimitable Red lips are another way to make you look like you have a full face of make up on but I think they work best when your face is flawless. This is my "power lip" that I pop on if I need to be assertive. People find it hard to argue to the Chanel lip! 

Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl I find kohl tricky because I use it on my waterline causing it to wear off quite quickly. I used to really enjoy this liner as it didn't smudge too much (unlike Benefit's Bad Gal one) but I still find I have to reapply it about three times throughout the working day. If anyone knows of a kohl with real staying power, please let me know. 

Mac Studio Fix Concealer I have had this concealer for so long that it is probably a health hazard. I can't even read what shade it is. This I only need to apply a couple of times during the day as it has some real stick to it. It offers full coverage with the tiniest amount. For even better coverage, use with a little Real Techniques brush. 

M&S Limited Lipstick in Melba Blush I use this at work when I want a pop of colour that's not too in your face. It doesn't have great staying power as it's quite dewy and moisturising but I love the orangey colour. 

Vaseline You can't beat a bit of Vaseline. I use this in two ways. The first is as a lip balm because my lips get dry wearing so much lipstick throughout the day. The second is to remove Rebel at the end of the day. It is soooo hard to remove it from the edge of my lips so I pop a bit of Vaseline on and then remove with a tissue. Works like a charm. 

Revlon Lipstick in Plum Love this shade for a bit of goth glam. It's a deep berry shade that looks great with a kohl-lined eye. One of my all time fave shades. 

Seventeen Shimmer Brick Like I need a bit more bronze! This is nice for a little shimmer when I'm in the mood. 

Do any of you lovelies have to wear a lot of make up for work? If not, do you wear it anyway? I bet you do. 

10 October 2013

Review: Jacava Passion

Passion, Jacava, £14.50*
On my birthday I got a lovely little package through my letterbox containing this Jacava nail polish. There was also a top coat but it got smashed in transit (insert sad face). 

I have to admit that despite my nail polish addiction and love of finding new brands Jacava isn't a brand that I have heard much about. For those of you who also know nothing about them, Jacava is a British brand that makes luxury nail polish free from "the big eight": DBP, camphor, formaldehyde, toluene, collophane, parabens, phthalates and animal ingredients. I can't honestly say that these ingredients have worried me before as I tend not to even look at the bottles I buy but now I'm aware of what's lurking in my polish I am thinking of taking a look at the nasties in detail (I'll let you know what I find out). 

You can currently buy Jacava polishes at AmazonFeel Unique and the Jacava website

Let's get down to business! Passion is a beautiful berry red which will be perfect for me to wear to work. I was pleasantly surprised by the formula of the polish; it applied like a dream and was opaque in one coat (I am wearing two in the pics). The finish is really glossy meaning you wouldn't have to wear a top coat. I have read mixed reviews on the longevity of the polish ranging from 2-5 days. I don't ever wear polish for more than two days anyway so I can't really comment on this.

At £14.50 Jacava polishes aren't cheap. I resent paying this much for polish but when I think of the amount I shell out for Chanel (up to £20 per pot) I suppose it doesn't seem too bad. Even more, when I think of the price of nails inc polishes, which I love but that chip within a day, £14.50 seems semi-reasonable. Even more reasonable for shade Blueberry Muffin - I'm obsessed!

How much would you spend on a nail polish?

9 October 2013

October Wish List

October is quite possibly my favourite month of the year. I may be a bit biased as it is my birth month but there are so many other things to love. Pumpkins, lattes, fingerless gloves, squash soup, coats, orange leaves, Hallowe'en, need I go on? 

Here's the wish list:

1. Trench, River Island, £80 I have tried many different shapes of coat but I find a nipped in waist suits my curves best. I like the length of this classic black one. 

2. Brush Cleanser, MAC, £10 I usually use baby shampoo which costs about a fifth of this MAC cleanser but this is by MAC and it's pink! So what if it's £10? 

3. Clutch Bag, Miss Selfridge, £24 The colour alone has me sold on this bag. The shape is cute and the gold hardware makes it pretty but that blue = yum!

4. Leopard Belt, Warehouse, £20 Love a bit of leopard print. This belt with a black dress and red lips = perfection. 

5. Sunglasses, Mango, £17.99 I have a slight obsession with reflective blue shades. These are a bargain. Another reason to love October - there is still some sun so no need to feel like a prat when you wear shades. Nothing better than shades in autumn.

6. Skull Ring, Story by Kranz and Ziegler, £45 I love skull motifs but hate them on clothes. Best way to wear? A ring of course. I would prefer this in gold but am thinking of mix-and-matching my metals so it could work in silver. 

7. Belt, Miguel Palacio for Hoss Intropia, £24 Who says a pineapple is just for summer? This is fun and fruity and I reckon I could make it work in autumn. Cheap too! 

8. Skirt, Miss Selfridge, £50 I have a weird obsession with skirts. I will write about this later and show you my collection of different textured skirts. This embellished number HAS to be mine! I'd style with a plain tee or cropped top. 

9. Leopard Court, Kurt Geiger, £295 These are a bit pricey for me but I frickin' love them. If I'm honest with myself I don't think I would be able to walk in them as the heel is so spindly. I would look at them lovingly all day though!

10. Ring, Bill Skinner, £60 With a middle name like Bee you can't expect me not to be attracted to all manner of bee things. This ring is not actually my style but it has a bee on it so I'll take it! 

11. Bag, Louis Vuitton, £2880 This is completely out of price range but being that it's my birthday month and all I expect all of my friends and family to club together to buy me this. Ha! I love that this looks old school, from the 80s or something. I would like the measurements of it as it looks a tad small in the pic but hey, I'll take it in any size. 

What are you lovely lot lusting after in October?

7 October 2013

Hipster Dreaming: The Kanken

I know, I know. I am a bit late to the Kanken. Now I've spotted this little lavender lovely on ASOS I am eager to jump on the nobby hipster bandwagon and buy it. I might even get a bike. Not really. I would be lethal on a bike. And not in a bizzle kind of way. 

Insta pics taken from @hexaedros @kiddult and @canvasjune
There are cool Kanken pics a plenty on Instagram. I particularly liked these three.

When bag crush met girl crush
If it's good enough for Zooey then it's good enough for me!

5 October 2013

NOTD: Kenzo Print

I was pretty proud of myself when I did these yesterday. I know I've done Kenzo nails before but I really like how these ones turned out. I even did my other hand so that I could sport them for my birthday. 

I have done a tutorial for this look on my new nail blog DahliaNails. If you are nail obsessed please check it out, you will love it! 

Shameless self promotion over. Let me know what you think of my birthday nails.

3 October 2013

September Beauty Buys

I'm always a bit shocked at the amount of beauty stuff I buy month on month. I think I might try one of those challenges where you have to use up all of your existing stuff before buying anything new. Maybe not. I can already tell that I will fail miserably. Anyway, I'm going off on one. Let's get down to business. 

I went on a little L'Oreal splurge. There must have been an offer on! I have to admit that I am quite lazy when it comes to buying cheap(ish) face products. I hate looking at the endless rows of stuff and tend to get sucked in by three for twos. This time I went for: 

Skin Perfection Purifying Gel Wash: Have only used this a couple of times. It seems to be a pretty bog standard face wash. No amazing transformation thus far but, as I said, I haven't used it all that much. 

Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil: I have mixed feelings about this one. It works OK I suppose but I expected more. You splosh the oil onto your skin sans water, rub in for a bit, and then rinse off taking, in theory, all of your make up with it. That is unless you wear Benefit's They're Real mascara. It is officially the world's hardest mascara to remove. I still use a different eye make up remover and cleanser after this but it does the hard work. 

Skin Perfection Correcting Day Moisturiser: I really like this moisturiser. It isn't too greasy, sinks in to the skin nicely and smells delish. Thumbs up. 

The nail polish was purchased later in the month and is reviewed further down. 

Two pretty bog standard products here. The bane of my life is my Benefit mascara as it so bloody hard to get off. I find that these split removers work best for me as the oil breaks down water glue they put in there. Decided to give this Nivea one a go and it seems to be doing the job as usual. Takes two cotton pads per eye to fully remove all trace of make-up. 

I decided to try this Vaseline spray moisturiser as I am sooooo bad at body moisturising. This is actually quite nice. One problem which I also have with fake tan is that it gets all over my floor and I end up skidding around in it. Otherwise I am really enjoying this. 

I wrote about these H&M products here. Took the palette to Cannes and got on quite well with it. The shadow actually lasted a long time without creasing which surprised me. I haven't used the lip pens all that much as they don't have the staying power that I want from lip colour.

Jumped on the bblogging bandwagon and invested in a Baby Lips balm. Packaging is fun but not overly impressed with the actual product. I went for Pink Punch but the colour isn't great and the balm is a bit meh. Probably won't be re-buying. 

The Rimmel foundation is a re-buy. I usually HATE drugstore foundations and used to always recommend splashing out on your base. However, I am really enjoying Wake Me Up. I think it helps that the shade matches my skin perfectly but the formula is also really good for my skin. It is hydrating but not greasifying (is that a word?), and gives good coverage. At work I need to reapply after about 7 hours. 

Couldn't go a month without some new polish, especially with it being a new season and all. Went for four new models own shades: (L-R) Utopia, Nude Beige, Apple Pie, Blueberry Muffin; three new Barry Ms: Matte Crush, Matte Caramel, Berry Cosmo; one L'Oreal: Sequin Explosion. 

Am getting in to models own as my good friend J raves about them (we started a new nail blog dontcha know!). Not that I want to cheat on my beloved Barry M but Utopia is my new fave shade. I can't get enough of it. The formula for all of these is really good and all were opaque within two coats. 

I was eager to try the new matte shades from Barry M as I really like the finish. Crush is a gorgeous burgundy colour which is perfect for autumn. Caramel is an interesting shade which will work well as a matte or with a glossy top coat. My fave was the Berry Cosmo shade which has been added to the permanent collection. I will swatch properly later in the month. 

Tis the season for a bit of glitter. This L'Oreal one is great. It has silver, pink, green, and blue pieces of all different sizes. The coating is generous and will work well on its own or over a base colour. 

Sorry for the rambling post! Be sure to leave links to your monthly buys or faves below. 

23 September 2013

La Vie En Rose

the bluest sea I ever did see//no pooing poodles//beautiful moon in a beautiful sky
The boyf and I went on an impromptu holiday to Cannes last week. We had initially planned on going to Spain but neither of us had been to the south of France before and so decided to give it a go. We stayed in a budget hotel in the middle of town and had a right old relaxing time. 

the marina//palm obsessed//playing with flares #nofilter
Cannes wasn't as flashy as I thought it was going to be. Some parts were a bit uppity but the old town was lovely and the beach by the blvd du midi Jean Hibert was stunning. A little cove housing the most beautiful water I have seen in Europe. I could have stayed and looked at the water and the hills all day but, alas!, the boyf hates to sit still. 

antibes//man statue//reflecting ray-bans
One day we caught a train from just outside our hotel. Ten minutes later we were in sunny Antibes. We took a leisurely stroll around the massive harbour and then ventured into the old town for crepes. It was beautiful and less bustly than Cannes. We really enjoyed wandering around the cobbled streets and sitting in the park watching crazy dogs.

We went on another day trip. This time we ventured on the bus to Valbonne. We went on Friday to make the most of the vast street market. Stalls flooded every little street in the town with goods ranging from china to mushrooms and fruit to art. We adored Valbonne and would probably stay here next time we visit. The little streets were so typically French and there was fresh produce everywhere - something we struggled to find in Cannes. I even made a French feline friend. 

We had the best time in Cannes and the surrounding area. I would most definitely go back. Next time I want to explore a bit more: St Tropez, Monaco, Marseilles, and Menton. 

Have you been to Cannes or nearby? What did you think?

16 September 2013

September Wish List

Autumn is here and I am lusting after all manner of things. I seem to mainly be wanting accessories. The main reason for this is that I am trying not to buy too many new clothing pieces but rather jazz up what I already have with some seasonal accessories. It seems that this season I will be going for my usual grungy look with little hints of glamour: red lips, gold jewellery, ladylike bags etc. 

1. Mock-croc bag, £149, Reiss The boxyness, the croccyness, the little hints of gold - what's not to love. This bag has a really retro vibe to it that appeals to me. 
2. Gold heart necklace, £18, Orelia I like the delicacy of this chain. I'd wear this layered with a variety of other gold necklaces over a basic grey or black tee. 
3. Spine ring, £310, Stephen Webster How cool is this ring? Like a little rib cage for your finger. 
4. Leopard slip-ons, £39.95, Gap There's never a bad season for leopard print. These trainers have that Vans look which screams comfort. 
5. Yellow shoulder bag, £19.99, Zara I bloody love Zara. Their range of bags this season is outrageously good. Adding this to my wishlist was a complete no-brainer. 
6. Crumpled bag, Zilla I can't remember how much these bags are and I can't find them anywhere online. They are fun and would add interest to absolutley any outfit. 
7. Gold earrings, £5, Matalan I love a dangly earring. These are great for day to night. 
8. Sunglasses, £12, ASOS Too late in the year for sunglasses? NEVER!!!
9. Rucksack, £12, Primark I've been wanting a rucksack for ages. I have abused my poor Mulberry and I think it's time to give her a rest. This Primark bargain will do nicely. 
10. Lipstick in Red Door Red, £19.50, Elizabeth Arden You can never have too many red lipsticks. This looks like a nice, deep scarlet. Sexy. 

What's everyone else craving this autumn?

9 September 2013

Five Nail Polish Shades for Autumn

I've come over a bit feminine this autumn going for girly pastels rather than the usual plums, mustards and khakis. I do still love those shades for autumn but I'll be saving them for later in the year. Right now I'm going for greys, whites/creams, dusky pinks, taupes, and, as always, a mint thrown in for good measure. 

What shades will be adorning your fingers this season?

7 September 2013

The Liberace House of Crap

Why oh why do I have to work so close to H&M? This time I blame David Beckham. His 10ft face lured me in as I walked past. I managed to restrain myself from looking at the clothes and made a beeline for the make-up and jewellery. 

This gold chain was a no-brainer for me. I love a bit of gold and have been looking for a chunky chain for ages. I like that this one is a bit different from others I've seen; each link has little engrave lines making it look more delicate than some others on the market. 

The bracelet was a bit of a joke buy really. It reminded me of the gold bracelet that Joey gives Chandler in Friends. Anything that makes me smile has to be worth a fiver right? 

Other than the nail polishes and a couple of lippies I haven't really tried much H&M make-up. I steered clear of the nail polish this time (mainly because I have them all) and went for a pretty nude eyeshadow palette and two lip pens. I have wanted to try these sort of lip sticks for a while. Clinique's Chubby Sticks are top of my lip pen lust list but I thought I'd try these as a cheaper alternative. I went for Papaya Punch, a sheer peachy tone, and Million Dollar Lips, a bright but sheer red. 

Not sure what I expected for £2.99 a piece but I did think that these lip pens would've been a bit more pigmented. They feel more like a lip balm than a lipstick and have a short life on the lips as a result. 

Now that David Beckham has been removed from the H&M windows (probably by health and safety officials) I will be trying my hardest to avoid going back in. 

4 September 2013

Bubblegum Bitch

The cooler weather and shorter days are creeping in which can mean only one thing...autumn is upon us. I am sooooo excited as I frickin' love autumn. It is by far my most favouritest season. That being said, I have truly enjoyed having a summer this year. The warmth has made me feel a little bit better about not going on holiday but I am ready for the best weather ever which is bright, blinding sunshine with a chill in the air that calls for a scarf (it might not be quite that cold yet but it'll get there - I hope). 

I am excited about being able to wear autumn clothes as I am an awful summer dresser. One of the most exciting trends for me this autumn is the introduction of the colour pink as a seasonal staple. Not that I am a hugely girly-girl or anything but it makes a nice change from all the oxbloods and mustards of the past couple of years. 
This Simone Rocha coat is beautiful. If I were to shed out for a seasonal piece, it would probably be this. That spare £800 I had lying around has gone missing though so I may have to find a cheaper alternative. Zara have a pretty pale number with a similar cut to this which I may have to try on for size. 
I really love Miu Miu's AW13 collection and this bowling bag is so cute for the bubblegum look. I'm not sure on the price of this but, as with the coat, I feel it may be a little out of my league. 
Pink skirts are more wearable than the coat as they are not quite so in your face. I would balance these with a basic tee in white, black or grey and maybe a classic black court shoe. Loving the cut-out detailing around at the mo, makes these ladylike but in a fun, young way. 
As with most trends the easiest way to get on board is with a little nod on the nail. I went for pink confetti over Strawberry Ice Cream, both by Barry M. 

How are you guys feeling about pink this season? 

2 September 2013

August Beauty Buys

OK. My spending ban did not go 100% according to plan. However, in my defence, my skin decided to break out like crazy towards the end of the month and so I resorted to drastic action in an attempt to fix it. No I did not necessarily need to purchase 9 new nail polishes but what with the bad skin and everything I did need a little pick me up (or nine). The bronzer I needed as I had run out and everyone needs a new lipstick around this time of year. Right? 

Despite my flop at a total spending ban during August I'm not too disgusted with myself as I am really pleased with the majority of products and I didn't spend anything on clothes, bags, accessories etc so I still managed to save quite a bit. 
Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque £33; Control £15.00 both from Aesop
In an attempt to curb my breakouts I went for some Aesop products that I have wanted to try for a while. These seem to be the only products they have for blemishes so I decided to try the whole range! 

First up we have the chamomile masque. I have only tried this once but I really liked it. You smother it all over the face and neck and leave to harden for about 20mins. Then you rinse off with warm water. My skin actually felt better just after one use. Not so much completely cleared of blemishes just tighter pores and a healthier glow. 

Next up is the control. This is a little tube of lotion that is applied directly to blemishes to reduce redness. You can use as much as you want and can even apply over make up as it sinks in to the skin. I have used this for about a week and I cannot really see an improvement on the areas that I have used it. I'm not sure if, being all natural, it's a bit too gentle for my skin. This sounds bonkers as I have mentioned previously that I have really sensitive skin but when it comes to blemishes nothing seems to make them budge. 

Overall I'm a bit 50/50 with my Aesop goodies. I love the mask but not convinced with the little tube of Control. 
Exfoliant £17, Aveda
Aveda's Exfoliant is one of the first products I bought in August and I am not sure if it has been the route of my breakout. I have heard that products like this can make the skin worse before it gets better but I'm not sure. I think it is most likely that my darned hormones are to blame. Anyhoo, I digress. Despite thinking that this may have caused my blemishes I actually really like this product. With all natural ingredients it is gentle on my skin and smells amazing. It also makes my skin feel super clean. 

I won't go into this bunch too much as I wrote about the haul in my last post. I am loving the bronzer so much. It really suits my skin tone and doesn't look orangey at all. Will definitely be repurchasing. The lipstick is growing on me. Brutal is a lot darker than I had anticipated which is a bit disappointing. I thought more of the rich purple tone would come through once on the nail but you can barely see it once on. Nice and neutral is pretty. I think I will be doing some nail art with it soon. It's a really nice pink for this autumn. 
£4.49 each Superdrug
These were a bit of an impulse buy whilst I was waiting for my mum at Victoria station. Leave a girl waiting outside Superdrug for 45 mins and she will some out with nail polish! There was a 3for2 offer on so I went for these three summery beauties. I had been wanting to try Peppermint and Reggae Splash for ages as I am a tad obsessed with mint and peachy polishes. 

I tried the colours recently and was a little disappointed with the formula but think that my nails are more to blame! It took me three coats to get the colours looking completely streak free which is a bit excessive I feel. I like my colours opaque in two. Saying that the shine is really good and they last quite a while on the nail.

Set of four £2 Primark
No they aren't the best quality but I frickin' love these foursomes from Primark. My fave from this bunch is probably the purple actually as it is unlike anything else that I own. The other shades are cute too, especially for summer. The glitter packs a real punch as the pieces are really dense which gives a nice amount of coverage without too many coats. Overall really pleased with this little set. 

So there you go. Not even going to attempt another spending ban this month but I will certainly try and take it easy on the old purse strings. 

What have you been buying this month? Any miracle blemish treatments/products I should know about?