THE £11 OUT OUT DRESS

black embroidered cold shoulder dress
black embroidered cold shoulder dress

Dress: Quiz
Shoes: New Look (Similar black heels)
Bag: Mulberry

Without sounding like a clothing snob I didn't think I'd ever feature something from Quiz on my blog. There's a shop in Northampton and they put such glitzy bodycon dresses in the window that are so far from anything I'd ever wear that I completely avoid going in at all costs. Partly because I scoff at said glitzy dresses, and partly because I'm way to old to be dressing like that nowadays.

Anyway, I kind of have to eat my words (and my attitude) to the shop as I rather like this embroidered number that spawned from there. My friend dragged me in a couple of weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised that wayyyy past the glitzy jungle towards the back are some normal looking things! And this dress was a mere £11 so I can scoff no more.

I do hope you're all having a grand weekend. I made some brownies, then felt bad about eating so much brownie that I gymmed. I also watched a lot of Dance Moms. Also Also I made the decision to sell my DSLR and my compact camera which are both listed on ebay if you fancy a peek. I reckon I'm going to take the plunge and buy the Olympus Pen. If you have it - is it any good?



SCHWARZKOPF BRAZILNUT OIL RANGE

schwarzkopf oil miracle
schwarzkopf oil miracle hair mask

I'm a massive fan of the Schwarzkopf got2b range, so when I was asked if I wanted to try out a couple of things from their professional range I was more than happy to give them a whirl slash see if they'd make my slightly damaged hair in better condition. So here's what I thought.

Brazilnut Oil Pulp Treatment

Out of the three products I've used the treatment the most. I'm a creature of habit and have a super long bath every Sunday and for the past few weeks I've added this into my pamper routine. The brazilnut oil treatment is for all hair types but the persky packaging doesn't have any directions for use, so I slather it onto my hair after shampoo-ing and before applying any conditioner.
It's got a slightly weird gritty texture which initially felt a bit odd in my barnet, but the smell is insanely good and makes you feel like you're in an actual hair salon - so that over rides the weird exfoliating feel.
I leave this on my "do" for about 20 minutes and it makes blowdrying a cynch (I think I've spelt that wrong), my hair is way less Hermione Granger and way more...errr...Ron Weasley? He has straight hair doesn't he? Either way it feels swishy and the smell lasts wayyy over 24 hours. I'm already running low so It's definitely a product I'd recommend.

Brazilnut Oil Oil-In Shampoo


I haven't used this product as much, purely because I have an array of different shampoos and alternate them in an attempt to stop my locks getting used to the formula or causing buildup. Whilst I do like this shampoo and again, it smells lovely, It didn't have the wow factor for me. It's nice. It cleans your hair. You don't need to use loads. But I'm super picky and like products that make me think wowzers. It's not a bad product at all, but I'm all about the treatments and oils.

Brazilnut Oil

Speaking of wowzers, this product is one of them. It has the signature strong scent and despite being an oil it applies through a spray top making the application dead easy. It's not as heavy as the got2b oil (which I'm still a huge fan of) and doesn't weigh my hair down at. all. I apply this after blowdrying my hair to get a bit of shine back and to nourish those dry ends, and it's really helped. Another product I'd definitely recommend if you're hair is a bit tired after too much bleach.


Overall - if you're hair needs a bit of TLC then the oil and the treatment are the products for you. They don't just mask the problem, the ingredients are there to help "nourish" your hair and help repair it back to it's old healthy state.

What're your favourite hair rescue products?

RED LIPSTICK & VIENNESE WHIRLS


Top: Topshop
Jeans: Levis
Heels: c/o 4th & Reckless
Leopard Coat: Newlook

Oh. Once again my flies have done that weird twisty thing. They're not undone I promise, they're just on the wonk.

Also. Do people use c/o anymore? I was sent these super nice grey heels by the lovely folk at 4th & Reckless, and I'm so far out of the blogging circles nowadays that I don't know the correct terminology for something that has been gifted. Either way they fit oh so well and they're really comfortable, a definite recommendation.

Today has been a day of firsts. I won my first blogging giveaway thanks to Jenny AND I just ate my first ever viennese whirl. What a wild evening. I'm also nursing sore legs after my first gym visit in months yesterday, I'm determined to get back on the ol' gymming waggon and have a hot bod before I hit 30 in September. Although that viennese whirl thinks differently...

And that's about as exciting as my week has been so far. Ah I lie. Things got pretty exciting in Ex On The Beach didn't they? Poor Zaralina.


MAKEUP REVOLUTION ULTRA BLUSH PALETTE: GOLDEN SUGAR 2


So I told myself I didn't need anymore Makeup Revolution products and I shouldn't buy anymore. Then I bought more. Not just more, a whole palette.

I constantly rave about their strobe highlighter as it's probably the best thing in my life ever (not an understatement), so when I saw a whole palette of similar shimmery products I couldn't really leave it to be purchased by someone who just wouldn't appreciate it in the same obsessive way that I would.

The Ultra Blush Palette in Golden Sugar 2 is deceptively called a blush palette, but really holds a plethora of blush, bronzer, contour, and highlight. All apply incredibly well with my Real Techniques blush brush, and all give enough shimmer to be noticeable, but not enough to look like a shiny disco ball.

Longevity wise they don't last forever on the cheeks, and I suppose it'd be a bit of a pain to re apply as you're not likely to take a whole palette out with you. But look at it. It's a palette of dreams.

The best bit about this is that it's £6. Yep. Six. Pounds. And as with all makeup revolution products they haven't scrimped on quality either, as I honestly don't see a huge difference between these and my higher end prods.

What's your favourite makeup revolution product?


MULBERRY LILY HANDBAG IN BLACK

Mulberry lily medium black
mulberry bag lily medium black
mulberry small handbag lily black
lily mulberry bag small black

I don't own anything designer, well I didn't until now. I have two Michael Kors bags but I suppose they're more 'high end' than actual designer.

So when I opened the John Lewis bag to find a Mulberry paper bag inside on Christmas morning, I actually became one of those girls who squeal. Probs a really high pitched embarrassing one. After said squealing I realised I was now the proud owner of a Mulberry Lily and I'm thrilled with the colour, the size, the smell, the style, the everything.

I'm a bit useless at describing bags, because, well, it's a bag. But it's a beautiful bag that'd be the first thing I'd rescue if my flat was on fire, and I'm currently trying to get over the fear of using it.

I just feel there's places that a Mulberry bag shouldn't go. The first time I let it see the outside world I needed to wee pretty badly so we both (yes I'm referring to the bag as a person) ended up in a grimy public toilet and I actually felt bad for the bag. LIKE IT'S A CHILD.

I must stop.


THE £12 LEATHER JACKET


Newlook Jacket £12
Levis Super Skinny Jeans
Primark Shirt £7
Primark Shoes £3

Coats in the New Look sale are so cheap at the moment, I've bought two in the past month for a grand total of £27 and I couldn't be happier/warmer/more smug.

This blog post isn't flowing very well so I'll just rattle off some things I've done this week. I started my new job, went bowling, watched a lot of Ray Donovan (Lena ftw), ate pop tarts, had an amazing bubble bath, used some new hair products, put a tonne of silver shampoo on my head, went for two long walks, tried out a local cafe, and carried on vlogging.

Next week I'm planning to drag my (albeit bigger than it was last year) bottom to the gym and attempt some long treadmill runs. Wish me luck.




MAKEUP REVOLUTION ROSE GOLD LIPSTICK: CHAUFFEUR




I'll be honest, I originally only bought this because it was rose gold I thought it'd look nice on my dressing table. I went for 'Chauffeur' as it kind of blended in to my growing lipstick collection of mauves and browns (I really need to start changing this up) and it was one of the only shades left that hadn't been mauled to death by eager tweens in Superdrug.

'Chauffeur' looks a lot browner in the packaging than it does on the lips, as you can probably tell. I think they're supposed to be a matte finish but there's a slight (Charlie) sheen to it making it not too dissimilar to Mac's Cremesheen formula. It doesn't last that long on the lips and didn't survive me snaffling dinner BUT for a mere £3 they can't be scoffed at.

I'd definitely recommend these for a) Anyone on a budget and b) anyone looking to brighten up their dressing table!