Frolics & Fashion

LOTD WISHLIST

lotd outfits under £50

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

maybelline lash sensational review
maybelline lash sensational close up of brush review
maybelline lash sensational mascara review before and after
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

RPR repair my hair treatment mask review
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!

KOKO COUTURE HAIR EXTENSIONS - CALIFORNIA BLONDE

KOKO Couture hair  extensions chiara 3 weft
KOKO couture hair extensions california blonde chiara 3 weft
koko couture hair extension review chiara3 weft california blonde
KOKO Couture hair extensions wefts clips

If you've read my previous post then you may know about my disaster with pre bonded hair extensions, and if you haven't, well, in short they got ripped out of my head pretty painfully and took half of my hair out with them. I know. Horrific. There were tears. Lots of tears.

So when KOKO Couture got in touch and asked if I wanted to give their clip in hair extensions a try I was mourning the loss of my long locks so obvz said yes. I knew I wanted a straight set so went for the Chiara 3 weft straight extensions in the hope they'd give me length and thickness. Tbh I was a bit stuck over which shade of blonde to go for as they had a tonne on offer but all I had to do was send them 2 snaps of my hair in natural light and alas, they matched me to California Blonde - which I believe is shade 613/16.

In all honesty I wasn't sure if synthetic extensions would be for me, any clip ins I've had in the past have been human hair, and I feared synthetic hair might end up looking a bit plastic-y. But the KOKO Couture extensions feel so similar to human hair AND they're made from heat resistant synthetic fibres, meaning you can style them with up to 180 degree heat.

They're also a snip at £17.99, so even though I'm now living life as a brunette, another set that match my hair won't break the bank, and these look pretty natural so I'll deffs be investing in some more.

Do you wear extensions? I'd be keen to hear about your experiences, especially if you've had bonds!

MAC LIPSTICK IN MOCHA

Mac mocha lipstick in the bullet
mac mocha lipstick swatched
mac mocha lipstick on lips

Another week, another browny coloured lipstick. Actually that's a lie, I got Mac Mocha ages ago from Duty Free in America, I'd just been saving it so I could snap it looking all nice and unused.

Mocha is a peachy coloured brown lipstick that looks quite dark against my pale skin tone. I've read some reviews where people refer to it as pink, but I guess how it turns out is all in the base - it actually looks quite orangey swatched so it's definitely one to try before you buy.

It's a satin finish so it gives quite a high colour pay off while still keeping a moisturising texture, and applying it is so much easier than a matte or retro matte lipstick.

As with all mac lipsticks it's a little on the pricey side if you can't get to a Duty Free, as the cost of one of these bad boys has risen to a somewhat large £16.50 which puts it up there with high end lipsticks.

So if you're after something a little more dramatic than Velvet Teddy then I'd definitely recommend Mocha, it'll adapt to any skin tone and has great staying power. You also don't need to apply a lot to get a highly pigmented finish, so it'll last a while and make the £16.50 a littler more bareable!

FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE


floral 60s style shift shirt dress with bright heels

Floral Shirt Dress - Boohoo
Coral Heels - Asos

I've linked this dress above and as you can see, the boohoo model makes it look far less frumpier than I do. To be honest as I'm writing this I don't even know if I'll set this post live, because whilst taking the photos and editing them, I just felt uncomfortable.

I know I'm not a real fashion blogger, I'll never look effortlessly cool outside some gorgeous city backdrop and I don't know any photographers who can capture a good angle. It's just me, a tripod, and my phone which I use as a remote. Now that's always been fine with me, I quite like reading those types of blogs anyway, but lately I've had a crisis of confidence and it's down to two shallow reasons. 1. My weight. 2. My hair.

I did a post a few months ago on my hair extensions and how in love with them I was, I'd wanted long hair for yonks and I finally had lots of it. Well. If you watched my vlog you'll have seen the disaster that followed - after a painful removal experience I was left with uneven, thin and damaged locks. It was so bad that I had to get my hair stylist (she didn't put the extensions in) to cut even more off so I could start again. So i'm now left with a short brown barnet and without makeup I look like Professor Snape.

I wont go on about my weight too much, but in a year I've put on over a stone and I'm determined to shift it this autumn. So on a more positive note I plan to get healthier, hit the gym, and start running again.

So that's why I've been a bit awol, I know this post has been one big woe is me BUT it does feel rather therapeutic to bash out my worries onto the keyboard.

In other news I've finally found a new series to watch, the new season of Dance Moms starts soon AND I've spotted a dreamy pair of flats in Clarks. Wins.

ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR IN ECRU

Estee Lauder Double Wear Ecru
Estee Lauder Double Wear Ecru Swatched Pale Skin
Estee Lauder Double Wear Ecru Swatched Pale Skin
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Ecru Before and After Pale Skin Freckles
Estee Lauder Double Wear Ecru Before and After Pale Skin Freckles

I have actually done a review of Estee Lauder's Double Wear before, and that also included before and after pictures, but alas Photobucket decided to be little scamps and start charging for hosing, so that blog post is no more.

So here's Estee Lauder Double Wear in Ecru in all it's glory, please excuse the hideous eyebrows, lack of eye makeup, and my grubby pyjama top, but I wanted to show in the pictures how well this foundation covers freckles and I think it does a pretty good job of doing so.

Without a doubt Double Wear is my favourite foundation ever. It's heavy duty, it doesn't cake, it covers everything, and lasts all day. What more could you want in a foundation? Only downside is it's a wince worthy £32.50, but some stores have it on offer occasionally so there's a slight upside.

With my skin being slightly pink, I used to always buy Double Wear in the shade Cool Bone which also veers on the rosier side and it matched my skin pretty well. It wasn't until I ventured into Debenhams to buy this bottle, that the matcher upper lady told me a yellower shade would neutralise my redness. Wins.

She matched me up with Ecru and it's been somewhat of a love affair ever since. I use an ancient Mac foundation pump so as not to waste these extortionate drops of goodness and that has faired really well, the foundation has actually lasted yonks so I suppose there's another plus to parting with all that cash.

So yes, I love this foundation and haven't ever found another like it. If you have then let me know!



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