24 March 2014

Too Cool To Tango

Rimmel 'Too Cool To Tango' £3.69, Boots
I have been a bit out of control buying beauty products this month. My last post signalled the beginning of this spending frenzy and things have gone downhill from there. Unsurprisingly the biggest splurge has been on nail polish. This is ridiculous for two reasons: one, I have far too many polishes already and two, Jo and I have received quite a few gratuitous polishes this month for review. 

Alas! What is done cannot be undone. Other than feeling a bit guilty for buying more polishes I am pretty pleased with my buys. I will show all at the end of the month but for now here is one of my favourites of the bunch - Rimmel's 60 Seconds 'Too Cool To Tango'. I love this shade. A little while ago I purchased a Models Own Hed Kandi collection because I wanted the discontinued 'Balearic Cool.' I was a bit disappointed with 'Balearic Cool' as the formula was thin and the colour wasn't as vibrant as I thought. 'Too Cool To Tango' is everything that I had hoped 'Balearic Cool; would be; it is vibrant and it applies like a dream. I love this colour so much. Perfect for summer!

17 March 2014

March Boots Haul

For some people Disney World may be the happiest place on Earth. For me, it's quite possibly Boots. This may sound sad but I just find Boots so therapeutic, especially after a long day at work. I find this the most dangerous time to shop though as my mind is a bit dead from looking at a computer screen all day and is keen for a quick-fix happiness kick so I tend to impulse buy like mad. Which is exactly what happened this week. I didn't actually go as crazy as I could have which is some sort of relief I guess! So here's what's I gots:

Perfectil Original - I bought these because my skin is pretty bad at the moment and last time I had them I found things cleared up quite considerably. They are a bit pricier than your average vitamin but they seem to work better so I'm willing to splash. 

Soap&Glory Doctor Spot - This was also purchased to combat my current breakout. I will do a little review of this once I've road tested it. 

Avene Cleanance Cleansing Water - Since trying a micellar water for the first time last year I have become a bit obsessed and am on a mission to try as many as I can! This is the newest one to try. I bought it, again, as part of my 'clear skin' mission. Again, I'll let you know how I get on. 

Optrex Eyedew Dazzling Eye Drops - Working in front of a PC all day and then blogging/watching YouTube all night takes its toll on my eyes. I use eye drops to keep the whites of my eyes looking refreshed and stopping them from getting too tired. 
Rimmel 'Little Bo Beep' - My good friend and nail blooging companion, J, has had this shade for a while and I have always been jealous when she uses it so thought it was time to treat myself to a bottle. Love the subtle grey tone.

L'Oreal 'Sex on the Peach' - Summer is approaching and what better way to get in the mood with a(nother) peach nail polish? I bought this one predominantly because of the name, I'm not gonna lie! It's a pretty shade though with little shimmery flecks which sets it apart from some of the other drug store brands. 
Rimmel Apocalips 'Big Bang' - I am a tad obsessed with the Apocalips range. The pigmentation is amazing for a gloss finish and, although, not the longest lasting, they are everything I could hope for form a lip gloss. 

Rimmel Lasting Finish '01' - I adore the Kate Moss for Rimmel collection. Be it polishes or lipsticks. The lippies are, in my opinion, the best of the high street brands. The formula is smooth and silky but with real staying power. The colours are amazing too. I just wish they had names! This colour is a nice, deep, classic red that is different from my usual bright, pillar-box numbers. 

So there you have it. Another successful (not for my wallet) trip to my home-from-home. 

13 March 2014

Top 5 Nail Polishes For Spring

It took me a while to pick my top five shades this spring. I had so many beautiful shades in my collection to choose from which made the process incredibly difficult. In the end I went for these pale pretties. Utopia is a real fave of mine which you will see featured over on my other blog a lot. I could probably wear it in every season but particularly love it for this time of year. 

What colours are you looking forward to wearing this spring?

11 March 2014

Hourglass Femme Rouge Icon Review

I have come to the realisation that I buy things on impulse. A lot. Especially with beauty products. 'Icon' is a prime example of this. I had heard of Hourglass and the amazing lasting power of their products. This appealed to me as, at the time, I had to look immaculate at all times and really wanted minimal top-ups. I don't know where I heard of 'Icon'. I think it was through the Liberty website where the Pixiwoo girls had recommended it in the Opaque Rouge version. If it's good enough for Pixiwoo it must be good, right?
I do not know what possessed me to buy it without trying but I really wish I had as I don't think it is the right shade for me. I thought it would be a tad deeper but I found it a little too pink for my liking. This would probably work better for somebody with darker skin than mine. 

Colour aside I really like the lipstick. It gives really good coverage and is quite nourishing. Longevity-wise it doesn't last as long as I thought it was but I had unreal expectations after using their primer (review to come very shortly). The shape of the lipstick took some getting used to for me as it's very square and flat but once I'd got the hang of it I liked it to get in the corners. 
Here's my first shameless selfie of 2014. I have decided to take a few more pics of myself this year as I want to review a lot more products for y'all and reckon I am going to have to put my shame to one side to give you the best look at everything. Time to work on my facial expressions. ANTM stylee! 

9 March 2014

March Wish List

I feel like Spring is well and truly here and I am so excited. I am usually a cold weather and snuggly nights in kind of girl but I feel myself more and more attracted to the sunshine. Maybe I have a vitamin D deficiency. Anyway, with all the spring-ness in the air my wish list this month features some essentials for the impending warmer weather. 

1. Nina Jelly Sandals, Topshop, £24 My boyfriend will absolutely kill me if I buy these. Every time we walk past a pair of jellies he makes some sort of snidey comment. And I used to be with him but recently I have been imagining a pair of white jellies with some royal blue trousers....

2. Lace Flower Sweater, Christopher Kane, £330 'Tis the season for pastels me thinks. Love this simple sweater by Christopher Kane. There's nothing better than walking home on a summer's evening wearing a sweater to combat the breeze. Mmmm...time to book a holiday! 

3. Pochette Louise, Louis Vuitton, £1060 The price tag makes my eyes water a little bit but I adore the little classic looking bags that LV are bringing out. This one is kind of 80's looking which is fab but it's the colour that makes me want to throw caution to the wind and just buy the damn thing. 

4. Gelly Nail Polishes in Huckleberry, Rosehip, and Sugar Apple, Barry M, £3.99 each Barry M is probably my favourite nail polish brand. Their Gelly range was out long before all of the other high street brands decided to get in on the action and is still one of the best. Their new colours are really pretty and I can't wait to try them. 

5. White Triangle Stud Earrings, River Island, £2 I don't tend to wear earrings all that often but these cute little triangles are a bargain that I might not be able to resist. 

6. Heroine Lipstick, MAC, £15 I have started to become a little obsessed with MAC lipsticks and could barely contain my excitement when I heard that Heroine was being re-released. IT is a vibrant purple shade that I an sure I won't be able to pull off but I am going to have the best time trying to work it! 

7. Sweater, Stella McCartney, £700 Sure it's a bit pricey but I love the colour clash on this sweater. The chunky(ish) cable knit might seem a bit heavy for the impending summer but it's great for this time of year. 

What are you wishing for this spring?

5 March 2014

Why Bother Blogging?

I read somewhere once that if you take a break from blogging you should never explain yourself. You should just get straight back into it. I guess I kind of get that mentality but I feel bad doing that, like there is a little elephant hanging over my slice of the internet. On the other hand I doubt very much that anyone cares why I took a break. Hell, most of you probably didn't even notice. 

So I decided to explain myself. And then I realised that I didn't really have an explanation. I just kind of got side tracked doing other stuff. I also had a major think about what I wanted to do with The Style Mouth. I have enough self awareness to know that I am never going to be one of the big dogs of the blogging world. I just don't have the time it takes to run an incredibly successful blog (OK, it's a combination of not enough time and not enough effort but still) what with a full time job, the other blog and the odd plans with friends getting in the way. So if I'm not blogging for fame or fortune, why bother?

Good question. As someone who regards themselves as incredibly creative, it is frustrating not working in a field where I utilise that part of my brain. I need to be creating stuff (artwork, poetry, anything!) to keep myself sane and I find having an outlet which is visible to other people keeps me doing this. If I were just doing it for me I would probably pick up a paintbrush and then watch YouTube clips until my eyes got sore. 

This blog has morphed in the couple of years that I have had it. It started as predominantly fashion based and then I started to really get into beauty so that took centre stage. At one point I added a book club which had been another blog before that, then started adding home bits when I bought my flat. Now it is what I suppose you could call a 'lifestyle' blog, although I hate that terminology. This year I am going to be throwing everything together so that I have all of my loves in one place. I will be writing more for me I guess but I would love for you all to come along for the ride as I truly value your input. 

Anyhoo this has turned into a major waffle that was only going to be a short paragraph about how this blog is going to include book reviews so I'll shut up. For now!

3 March 2014

Living La Dolce Vita

Blusher, Orgasm, £21.50; Pencil Sharpener, £5; Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, £17.50. All from Liberty.
Nars is a brand that hasn't really featured on my radar. When I want a mid-range treat I tend to head straight to MAC. However, when I saw someone wearing Dolce Vita I knew I had to have it. It's kind of like a natural lip colour but better. Does that make sense? It's like the best shade your lips could naturally be but obviously not natural. Oh! I've confused myself now! Anyway, it's a great shade. It looks a lot darker in the flesh, and in this photo, than it does on your lips. 

Now, I couldn't visit a new make-up stand and only buy one thing. This time I went for one of Nars' most popular products: blusher in Orgasm. The colour is a beautiful peachy pink and gives a really nice glow that is not overpowering. I usually use a bright pink blush but feel that Orgasm gives me a bit of a healthier look. Highly recommended. 

Here's a close up of Dolce Vita on my lips. Can you see now what I mean about the colour?? I hope so! 

So far so good with my Nars buys. I am looking forward to trying a few more of their products. Their bronzer in Laguna, lip pencil in Dragon Girl, and Radiant Creamy Concealer are all on my 'to buy' list. 

Are there any other Nars products that you recommend?

2 March 2014

Ziba Fever

For my birthday last year the lovely J got me these bracelets from Ziba. I can't express how much I adore them. I think my fave is the little skull. I have always been a bit of a skull fan and this one is a beaut! Saying that, the little cat is so cute as well. I love his little diamant√© eyes! It reminds me of Kenzo's jewellery range which I adore. The 'love' is really very pretty too - oh! it's so hard to choose a favourite! The best thing about these bracelets is that they can be worn layered together or individually.

I have taken a little look at the Ziba website since getting these which was a big mistake. The prices vary so there is something for everyone but I'm pretty sure that the pieces were made just for me - I want them all! Take a peek, you'll see what I mean.