Frolics & Fashion

CHECKED BLAZERS, FEELING BODY (UN)CONFIDENT & MENTAL HEALTH

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Black leather a line skirt velvet pink t shirt checked checkered jacket blazer outfit post


Well it's been a long time since I've posted any form of outfit photo, mainly because I've been feeling uncomfortable (and just meh) about my body, and partly because I've been too skint to purchase new clothes. But I went on a jaunt to Rushden Lakes a couple of weeks ago where I went crazy and ventured out of my comfort zone with this leather A-Line skirt and checked (checkered?) blazer. Not sure if I'm feeling the outfit as a whole, maybe once I'm feeling a bit more confident I'll embrace it. For now I'll just inwardly grimmace whenever I see myself.

On a completely unrelated note and a bit more of a "lets get down and personal" one, you may have seen me tweeting incessantly, or at least a bit more often than not, about mental health recently. As someone who suffers with my own personal mental health issues, it's something I've previously shied away from talking about because I've either been so completely overwhelmed by it, or I've embraced the stigma and became sort of embarrassed. Which is ridiculous and I want that to change. Asap ideally.

So recently I've had a bit of an epiphany and wanted to open up about mental health in general, speak about my diagnosis, and reach out to others who are going through similar sort of stuff. Soooo I bit the bullet and made a mental health youtube channel and I'm thinking of maybe incorporating the subject into my blog, which would mean after eight whole years of blogging I might finally get a bit more thought provoking - who knows.

BENEFIT KA-BROW! EYEBROW CREAM-GEL

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Benefit cosmetics kabrow eyebrow gel cream blog review beauty


So I visited my local Benefit counter the other week when they had a pretty darn good offer on, it was 3 for 2 with an extra 10% off. I’d planned on buying something for my unruly brows anyway but the offer drew me in and I ended up with ALL the brow products. 

Rather than plague you with products I thought I’d do a single review for each, in the order that they go onto the brows. Sooooo the first thing in this somewhat of a brow mini series is Ka-BROW, a cream/gel that claims to sculpt and define brows. I was matched up with the shade 03 as I like my arches to be quite dark and off I trotted home eager to try out my new purchase. 

2 weeks on and I’m pretty pleased with the results this has on my face. Previously I’d been using the High Impact powder, so I thought making the move over to a gel product would take some getting used to. It didn’t. My wavy brows become instantly tamed and it gives such a great shape. It’s also waterproof too which is a win if you’re a lucky duck off on holiday. The gel formula isn’t too sticky at all and it doesn’t clump in the brows like I feared it would. 

Overall this is a definite win, the only downside is the brush it comes with, I found it a little bit flimsy and a tad too soft – instead I’ve been using my Real Techniques Brow brush and it works a treat.

I haven’t ever used any other brow pomade so I can’t compare this with the likes of NYX or the Anastasia brow products. But as a newby to brow gels I’m super pleased with the results and I’m now waving goodbye to my trusty ol’ powder.   

What are your favourite Benefit products?

BARRY M LIQUID CHROME HIGHLIGHTER DROPS IN MOON POTION

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Barry M Cosmetics Liquid Chrome Moon Potion Highlight Beauty Cosmetics Blog Review
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Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlight Review On Cheeks Before and After Swatched Beauty Blog Review

I normally buy highlights in powder form. Ha I say normally, I hardly ever buy them, but the few that I own are powders. Other than Benefit's High Beam which I'm a huge fan of.

Anyway I saw the Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter drops all over Instagram, and like most I'm drawn to shiny things, and even more drawn to something that can turn me into a shiny thing, so I bought Moon Potion with high hopes.

Oh how it didn't disappoint, this stuff is so shimmery and so iridescent. The liquid formula means that even a heavy handed Harry like me can apply it properly too. Annnd the pipette applicator stops you from using way too much and turning into a disco ball.

At £6.99 from Boots its a steal for sure, and I'm pretty sure all cosmetics are on 3 for 2 at the moment so you could even go wild and try the other shades, there's a nice golden one I have my eyes on....

What's your favourite highlight?

TOP 5 SCHWARZKOPF GOT2B HAIR PRODUCTS

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schwrzkopft got 2 b hair care review hair growth cheap drugstore

As much as I love a good "high end" hair product, especially a mask, sometimes the highstreet (or drugstore) just get it right. I've been using the Schwarzkopft Live hair dye in Urban Brown for over a year now, alongside a lot of their styling products. So I thought I'd put together my top five cheaper hair products for when you're working on a budget!

Got2b Playful Styling Primer

Like all Got2b products, this smells rather nice. It says you can put it on dry or damp hair before styling, but I've only ever tried it before blowdrying. Basically is makes your hair super easy to style after using. I find that if I use a curling wand after applying this, the curls last soooo much longer and the product doesn't build up at all so you're not left with that unwelcome greasy look that some products give you.

Got2b Big Volume Push Up Volumising Spray

If you're one of the minority that watch my youtube videos, then you'll know I've been using this for yonks. It really is the best hairspray I've ever used. Again, it smells like sweets and it gives amazing hold without being crispy af. It seems to last forever too AND you can normally get it on offer in supermarkets. Win.

Got2b Glam Force High Hold Hairspray

This one's probably better for when you're wearing your hair up. As it's "high hold" it's not as airy as the Big Volume push up spray but it holds in a topknot pretty darn well. I use this in the morning at around 7am and my hair's still in place when I get back from work at around 5:30.

Got2b Powderful Volumising Styling Powder

I use this in freshly washed hair to add texture and give a "toussled" look, I've tried volumising powders in the past that feel really gritty and leave your hair almost looking dirty, but this pretty much does what it says on the bottle by giving a tonne of volume without making your hair really matte and dry.

Got2b Oilicious Styling Oil

Wowzers, this stuff is incredible. It does exactly what Morroccan Oil did for my hair at a fraction of the price (a mere £3). It contains argan oil and a few pesky silicones BUT it leaves my hair frizz free and a heck of a lot smoother than the static mess I get without using it. Plus it smells like holidays which can only be a good thing.


Have you tried any Got2b products? Which are your favourites?

LOTD WISHLIST

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Mustard Biker // Gold Playsuit // Blue Pinafore

So I'm in the position I find myself in every month, waiting for payday and making endless lists of things I want to buy when that glorious day arrives. I've only recently found Look of the Day but their sale is incredible and there's a tonne of items for a mere £5. Obviously I then got carried away and started looking at things that were slightly more than £5, but that mustard jacket though. All the heart eye emojis....

I've been spying these checkered blazers everywhere at the moment too, with those far trendier than me wearing them over the top of a slogan tee for an androgynous and effortless look, and as much as I want to jump on that bandwagon, I just don't think I could pull it off.  

I also had to include playsuits as they're my current go-to on a night out, in fact they've always been my go-to. The gingham playsuit is a total steal and the gold playsuit would look wins if you're celebrating something special.

Which autumn / winter trends will you be joining in with this season?

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL REVIEW

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maybelline lash sensational mascara review before and after

Soooo despite there being a tonne of long lasting hype around Maybelline Lash Sensational, it wasn't 'till my bestie Caroline bought it that I decided I needed to have it too. I used to be a massive fan of Maybelline mascaras but recently L'oreal have enticed me away with their Miss Baby Roll offering and I hadn't looked back.

But for £8.99 I thought I'd give this a go and initially I really liked it. The plastic wand is slightly curved making it easy to apply to the pesky corner lashes, and the formula didn't seem to need time to "thicken up" like a lot of mascaras do.

But over time the clumps came, the formula became sticky, and applying it just became difficult, especially on the bottom lashes which would end up in a big smudgy mess. I'd say this was at it's prime for about a week before things started to go downhill.

Would I buy it again? Oh no. I feel bad that I strayed away from L'oreal and will definitely be repurchasing Miss Baby Roll for the 1231th time when I'm next in Boots.

Have you tried Lash Sensational? What did you think to it?

RPR REPAIR MY HAIR TREATMENT MASK

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RPR repair my hair treatment mask for hair growth review

As you know I've had a bit of a nightmare with my hair recently, and I'm now trying everything in sight that promises to repair, strengthen, or make my locks grow.

The RPR Repair My Hair treatment claims to do the first two, and as a result of that I'm hoping for Goldilocks style hair asap. It's a Keratin mask which means it's packed full of delicious proteins to mend damage hair, and I've been trying it for a few weeks now to see if it does just that.

So does it? YES. I find with these masks that they always need leaving on for longer than the instructions say, so I shampoo my hair first, rinse it out, then slather this on wet hair whilst in the bath. I usually leave it for a good 20 minutes before washing it out and conditioning. As soon as you wash it out you can feel a difference in your hair, mine is always so dry and coarse after shampooing but this turns it silky soft and easy to brush afterwards.

The main ingredients are Aloe Vera (which is meant to be amazing for hair growth), Ginseng, and Coconut Oil. The mixture of all three means it smells divine and reminds me of holidays. I also like that the packaging is a tube rather than a tub, as you don't end up going overboard and scooping way to much out.

Would I recommend this? Yes! For a high end treatment it's not too expensive (£14.50) and it really does seem to do the trick, it doesn't just simply coat your hair in silicones like a lot of masks do.

I'm still on the lookout for amazing hair products, so if you have any recommendations let me know!

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