Sunday, 30 March 2014

In Style: Black Cutout Boots

Hey there! A short but sweet post today..

Had another busy week, but I found the time to buy myself some much needed boots. I ordered these babies from Heelberry online, for a bargain price of £39.99!
The moment I saw these it was love at first sight, I knew I had to own them. Okay so it's not exactly boot season right now but I figured they are an investment piece and seeing as it's still not been particularly warm this week they've also doubled as my work shoes. The patent black, croc cutout style with gold buckles make these both great for day or night and add a touch of glamour to any outfit. I can't believe how long I'd been looking for the perfect black boots and the moment I stopped they appeared! 
I seem to be a total shoe addict at the moment, so keep your eyes peeled for my next pair when they arrive, a girl can never have too many shoes. 

Hope you had a Happy Sunday!


Sunday, 23 March 2014

S/S 14: ASOS Gladiator Espadrilles

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Another item off my March Wishlist has been ticked off! I ordered a pair of these gorgeous pink gladiator espadrilles from ASOS last week and they arrived on Friday! They are a lovely vibrant pink which will look really amazing with a tan in the summer, I can't wait until I can book myself up a holiday somewhere hot so I can where these. They only cost me £15 and are available in this pink or black. 
There's not alot I can say about these really. They're super comfortable, a beautiful colour and exactly what I've been looking for! The only thing I wasn't used to when I tried them on was since they have a thick, creeper style sole they were a little strange to walk in at first but that's just something that's easy to get used to in time.

Thanks for reading!



Saturday, 22 March 2014

Clinique Cosmetics: Gift Time!

Hey all!

Apologies for not posting this week, it was my first week at work after being ill and I have been totally shattered by the time I get home, but I have a good couple of posts planned out for the next week now so keep your eyes peeled!

Anyway I wanted to show you all my lovely purchase this week, I went into Boots looking for one of Clinique's chubby sticks since it was on my March Wishlist and came out with a whole tin full of goodies because it is gift time.

So basically for anyone who doesn't know how this works you have to buy two product to receive their free gift. I picked up their Rinsing Foaming Cleanser because I love how it doesn't leave my skin dry but actually makes it totally squeaky clean. And my other item was a chubby stick (YAY!) in the colour Two Ton Tomato, I was worried this was going to be a really bright red but once it's applied it's a gorgeous sheer glossy colour that can be built up to your preferred vibrancy. 

Now onto the gift. Beautifully packaged in a gorgeous white tin with strawberries and flowers all over it, it really screams spring/summer! Inside I received 6 mini sample items:

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser
Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss
Even Better Foundation (Shade 3 for me)
High Impact Mascara
All About Eyes Cream

So far I have only tested out the moisturizer, lipgloss and cleanser and I have loved each of them! What was brilliant as well was I got to use my Boots vouchers I received in the post so I'm now up to £35 worth of points to spend on my card - if I ever decide what I want..

Do you save your points? Or do you spend them here and there?

Hope you enjoyed today's post!



Friday, 14 March 2014

Vintage Decor: Teacup Candle

Hey Everyone!

Today my Mum picked up this gorgeous candle for me from a local vintagey store, I don't know what you'd call it exactly but it's filled with loads of shabby chic bits and lovely ornate pieces of furniture, mirrors etc. 
I was so happy with this because I actually have quite a few china plates and jars in this pink pattern, but before you all laugh and think I'm some kind of old woman let me explain. 
Growing up I watched my mum collect the blue version of this china and she now has a beautiful dresser in our kitchen with the full set. As a kid I was desperate for my own and with my favourite colour being pink I've slowly gone about collecting a few key pieces for my room. I hope that when I have my own house I can have a dresser full of lovely china to display too. 

Do you collect anything or have you bought anything new for your room?

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Wishlist: March 2014

Hey there!

So being stuck in bed ill has left me totally bored (me + too much time = internet shopping) so like usual I've been drooling over all the lovely things that are available out there, putting them all into my online shopping cart and then laughing crazily as I close the tab because the total amount was waaay over my budget. 
Instead I've just pasted all the photos I found online into a document and will hopefully work my way through purchasing them - fingers crossed.

1. Guerlain Météorites - These look good enough to eat! and not only do they look edible they are supposed to be the best way for achieving a healthy radiant glow.
2. Clinque Chubby Stick - I've yet to get my hands on these, I've tried the Revlon Dupes but I really want the real deal they come in such gorgeous colours. 
3. Clinique Cheek Pop Blush - From the moment I saw this daisy shaped blush in a magazine I knew I needed it. Sadly I haven't found it in Boots yet.
4. Benefit Watt's Up! - I've seen a few bloggers writing about this and it has such a lovely golden shimmer it'll be perfect for the summer sunshine.
5. Pink Gladiator Espadrilles - These shoes are so on trend, and available on ASOS for £15.00! Watch this space I'm going to own these bad boys!
6. Cream Boxy Lock Bag - This cute bag is also available on ASOS for £25.00 I really need a smaller bag for weekends and days out. 

Hopefully I can pick out a few of these after payday, hope you liked my choices!



Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Review: Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish

Hey everyone!

I'm actually in bed with Tonsillitis at the moment so although I'm not feeling my best I'm spending the time I'm not sleeping planning new posts woo! This has also given me time to try out the new nail polish I bought last weekend, a little pamper sesh to make me feel better.
So during my last trip to Superdrug I picked up these three colours by one of my favourite nail polish brands Maybelline, I love their Color Show polishes because they don't chip, are very glossy and you only need one layer to get a really strong colour so they're perfect when I'm pushed for time! Plus at only £2.99 each and a 3 for 2 offer, it would of been rude not to..

(Left to Right: Corals Up / In Your Flesh / Winter Baby )

I seem to have an abundance of dark wintery colours at the moment so these definitely screamed at me to buy them immediately, I love corals and the recent sunny whether has called for a spring transformation so when this caught my eye it was love at first sight, it's a gorgeous orange-pink that isn't too bright that it looks out of place this time of year. 
I've been looking for a good nude nail polish for a while now, I've found most of them are very streaky and thin, but not this one. 'in your flesh' is the perfect nude match for me, and applies beautifully in one stroke. I love the nude mannequin hand trend, it is elegant but doesn't detract away from your outfit or makeup.
Finally despite being called 'winter baby' there is nothing wintery about this choice!
I'd been using up my Barry M white nail polish first before allowing myself to pick up another one, and I'd always been disappointed with it's tippex appearance which needed lashings of top coat to give it a shine. Needless to say I was apprehensive about buying this one but I'm glad I did, it's so glossy and lovely! It does require a few coats to build up a strong white base, but I can live with that when it's durable and in my opinion could be passed off as gel nails (as could all these colours!)

What's your favourite spring nail polish colour?

Thanks for reading!



Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Review: Beauty Makeup Brushes

I have a variety of makeup brushes in my room, all different shapes and sizes for different uses and recently my beloved BareMinerals ones were looking a bit past it. So having previously bought brush sets on Amazon I thought I'd give it another whirl and choose a set which took my fancy. 
The first set I bought on Amazon a year ago was by Fraulein3°8 and although the leopard packaging was really cute the actual brushes left me very unimpressed, they molted and shed hairs on my face and in my makeup. So after scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of reviews I finally came across these babies!
The 11pcs pro makeup brush brushes cosmetic powder tool kit set with bag, these brushes are so gorgeous. I paid £10.99 with free delivery which is a total bargain for 11 brushes! They don't shed, they blend my makeup perfectly and even last well after being washed regularly. I umm-ed and aah-ed over the pretty pink brush sets that are available online, but am glad I ordered these because even though they aren't the prettiest things out there they definitely do their job well! My favourites out of the bunch are definitely the kabuki brushes. 
So if like me you're on the market for some good makeup brushes at a decent price I would definitely recommend you invest in these.

Hope you enjoyed my post!



Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Review: Eucerin Aquaporin Active

I have particularly sensitive skin which from time to time reacts badly to makeup or face washes causing it to dry out and be a total pain when I go to apply foundation. The last couple of weeks have been really bad for me to the point where my usual moisturisers and E45 cream haven't relieved my skin at all. So I decided I need to go to Boots and look for an alternative product to help me out. I knew I wanted a thicker, more intensive cream which wasn't perfumed, what I found ticked all the boxes!

The Aquaporin Active moisturising cream by Eucerin, is a dermatological skincare brand and after googling them it turns out that 'aquaporins' are actually natural channels in your skin and apparently this cream uses those channels to distribute the moisture evenly (not sure how much of the science stuff I believe, I'm a bit sceptical.) However I cannot deny how well this works for me, the cream is so rich that you only need a pea sized amount for your whole face and I find the results to be like a miracle! I applied this onto my poor chapped skin before bed and when I woke up the next day it was like I had been reborn. This will definitely be my go to moisturiser before bed; even though the box also suggests using it as a base under makeup but I think that due to the richness of the cream it would be too greasy. 

I am so glad I found this, I will definitely be trying other products within their range too! 
Have you found your perfect moisturiser?

Thanks for reading!


Monday, 3 March 2014

OOTD: Today's Arm Candy

Hey everyone I'm really excited today because I've finally managed to bag myself a new job full time! I've been working for a little while part time since leaving college last year and endless looking has finally paid off! So starting next week I'll be working everyday but will aim to fit blogging into my time because I really have enjoyed writing about the things I love. 
So after I had my trial day I thought I'd share with you all my jewellery I decided to wear, I wanted it to be chic, simple and smart so I paired my white blouse with silver accessories; in my opinion silver is definitely great for an understated elegance. 
For work, I think wearing a watch is a must (although I always wear a watch so I would think that!) I wore my over sized silver chronograph 'Unlisted' watch. Some might think that larger watches have a tendency to look masculine, but this particular one has diamanté detailing on the numbers which adds a feminine touch. I paired this with my silver Cartier love bracelet because it's simple design wouldn't get in the way, last thing I wanted was it catching on things! 
As for rings, I put on my opal ring I bought in the sale in Accessorize last summer with a vintage silver ring which used to belong to my mum. I believe jewellery is vital in completing any outfit and doesn't have to be brightly coloured to create interest. Just like my mum always says 'less is more.'

I hope you enjoyed today's post!


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