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

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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!

NEW HAIR (STAGE 2, FROM BROWN TO BLONDE)


About 4 weeks after I dyed my hair brown I regretted it, everyone told me I looked tonnes older and it didn't really suit my pale skin. Plus my mum had told me a while ago I looked like Fizz from Coronation Street...
So after using something similar to Color b4 (video here) I trotted to my hairdresser of six years and asked her to make me blonde again.

I ended up going from brown to blonde in two sessions, on my first visit I had balyage applied to cool down the warm tones and I was left with something similar to the before snap. Because I'm ridiculous and can't leave my hair alone, I used one of the L'oreal Feria Ombre kits afterwards which gave me a super warm ombre - alas, the "before" snap.

2 months later, aka yesterday, I went back to the salon for a full head of highlights to tone down the warmth and take me back to an 'ashy' blonde - and it worked! My hairdresser used Olaplex on my hair to reduce the damage and I'm oh-so-happy with the result.

The next stage in my quest for good hair is extensions, so if anyone has had any experience with them (bonded or micro rings), I'd love to hear about your experience!


60S ESQUE SHIFT DRESS


I bought this dress for a mere £10 in Primark, granted I should have tanned before hand as I look a bit ghostly but I like it, it's kind of 60's esque and anything with a 3/4 length sleeve is a win for me.

I always struggle with writing outfit posts, other than "here's me in a dress" I'm kind of at a loss of what to say unless I drastically change the subject.Which I'll do now.

Yesterday was my last day working as a copywriter and I'm so stoked to start my new job on Monday. I might even wear this dress to mark the occasion. Changing jobs was a bit of a toughy as I'd only been writing for a PR agency for three months, but I wasn't happy there and I'm a massive believer in 'if you don't like something - change it', so my CV might look a bit choppy but hopefully it's for the best.

Alsoooo along the lines of changing things, I'm going blonde today! Wins.

And finally, I don't think I've mentioned on the blog but I've started weekly vlogging, my latest escapades can be found here but to be honest, it's just me rambling to a camera.