Sunday, 10 May 2015

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 101

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If anyone (and I highly doubt this) is thinking, "Golly where have you been?" The answer is no where really. I took a mini break from blogging, partly because I had bad roots that were offensive to photograph and partly because I was uninspired.

So why has a matte lipstick inspired me to blog? Because it's pretty darn good.

My first dabble into the Kate Moss range was with the 08 lipstick and I loved it, but I thought it needed a more subtle friend that could be applied without really thinking too much about it, so in came 101.
Like pretty much every lipstick I own, it's a muted blue toned pink, but this one's different, this is matte. It's matte without being too drying and applies a lot better than I expected, I find with a lot of matte lipsticks you end up dragging them and making a big clumpy mess of your mouth, but the Kate Moss formular "glides" on well without making your lips look like you're in need of a scrub.

For  £5.49 the staying power is impressive and lasts a few hours and obviously I'm a big fan of the colour, the downside for me is the smell/stench. A lot of people really like the synthetic melon smell which attempts to mask the regular lipstick but for me it's a no - yes I've appointed myself the Simon Cowell of smells for today.

Overall this is a great shade for a decent price and I can see why so many people rave about this range. If I wasn't saving every penny for a holiday I'd definitely be adding more of these to my little synthetic stand.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Cape Town

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Cape: Boohoo
Top: Sugarhill Boutique
Trousers: c/o Hybrid Fashion
Bag: Michael Kors
Shoes: c/o Clarks (similar)

In these photos the trousers look wiggly, sort of like a pattern on an old swimming costume I had when I was seven, and yes I did just try and google image it for nostalgia's sake, sadly no results were found.
It's probably because I didn't iron them properly as they have now seen an iron and they wiggle no more. I quite like the fact they're not super skinny, it's pretty practical for tanning as skinny jeans/trousers leave my legs a patchy mess after a hefty application! As mentioned in my previous post, the cape may not be that practical weather wise but it screams PICNIC BLANKET or CHILLY EVENING BBQ. Either of these options is good with me.

So it's Saturday! I've just cleaned the house and now I'm awkwardly typing this as my neighbours peep at me over the fence whilst gardening. It's actually my neighbours boyfriend and I've been hearing way too many of their, er, friendly moments recently making the situation even more awkward....

Other than that I'm about to head out into town to purchase a hair mask as my poor barnet has tortured with toner way too much over the past month. Any cheapish recommendations would be fab.
OH I also need holiday destination recommendations, I'm looking for somewhere that'll be hot in late September (preferably all inclusive) but not somewhere that will restrict me to one hotel  where you need a taxi to go anywhere. Any thoughts will be welcomed greatly!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Swagger Jagger

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Skirt: c/o BATOKO
Top: Boohoo
Necklace: Forever 21
Shoes: Newlook (Similar)

I was face timing my sister a while back whilst donning this 'do', she pointed and exclaimed "Cher Lloyd head!" I don't know if it was intended as a compliment or an insult but I secretly liked Cher Lloyd on the X Factor, and whilst I can't snarl like her I can definitely copy her hair/head. Plus I can pretend it's like a mullet and say "Business on the left, party on the right" whilst flipping my mane. Cool no?

I struggle what to write most of the time following photo's of myself. It seems weird to not mention any of my garmz, so from what you can't see in these pictures, the crop top kept riding up and showing my belly off. Not pleasant. I like the skirt a lot though! It's by BATOKO and they do it in a few different prints -the watermelon is next on my list.

Gah Tom will be home in a bit and I'm supposed to be preparing a salad (I'll make a salad! A lovely warm dinner the film), but I can't move off this sofa and put down the snacks, speaking of, hope everyone's having a nice easter and many a chocolate egg/bunny has been devoured! I'm celebrating by venturing out to the cinema later to watch Get Hard, probably not the most gripping of films and hardly a traditional way to celebrate a moving boulder but I'm hoping it'll be funny and I quite like Kevin Hart.

How are you all spending the bank holiday? And more importantly, which eggs did you get?

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The hounds(tooth) of love are calling

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Cape: c/o Blue Vanilla
Top: Newlook
Leggings: Newlook
Boots: Vagabond via Office
Bag: Michael Kors

Who doesn't love clothing that is both warm and doubles up as a picnic blanket?! This houndstooth cape will engulf you in a cosy embrace during the horrid transitional weather period we're having, and will also be extra practical come festival season. Not that I've ever been to a festival. Too much mud. 

The Michael Kors bag is an "oh crap I need to start saving so will buy one last thing" purchase. I'm smugly free from buyers remorse as part of it was a gift from Tom, part a gift from my lovely ex colleagues, and the rest a gift from myself. As of today mission save for a house deposit is on - and I'm saying "on" with a fierce accent in my head to make it extra true because that always works. Ask Beyonce.

Non outfit wise I have just cackled and cringed my way through Justin Bieber's comedy roast, and as much as I detest myself for saying this he didn't come off very badly at all. Has anyone else seen it? The apology was a bit half hearted but his little end section was pretty funny, it's already on youtube here, if you watch it let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Enrapture Totem Styler Review

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Enrapture Totem Styler: Ebay (£19.99)

Back in 2012/2013 the Enrapture Totem Styler was all the rage in the blogging world. I imagine this was because a lot of bloggers were sent it to review, but then more people started lusting after perfectly waved hair and wanted in on the action. I remember reading Lily's post and almost parted with the £80 they were selling it for at the time, before realising my GHD's were actually doing an ok job and £80 for a curler was a little silly.

So the years went by and my hair began to forgive me, but word on the street recently (or Brogan to be exact) was that Home Bargains were selling the totem stylers for a mere £17.99. I guess after the hype had died down the next step was to enter the world of the discount store. Either way I grabbed the last pair and did a little happy jig.

The styler is meant to be used like an old fashioned curling tong, with a clamp at the bottom to hold onto the hair whilst it does it's magic. Whenever I've tried this method I end up with a tonne of unwanted kinks so I prefer to use it like a wand and just wrap chunks of hair around the barrel to make a curl.
The barrel is also split into three sections and you can alter the temperature these by turning the little nozel thing from 1 to 3. The idea is that the higher the temperature, the tighter the curl. So if you wanted a really loose wave you'd put all three sections on number 1, and vice versa.

In the picture above I've used 3-2-2 and it took me under ten minutes to curl my whole unruly head of hair which is a good thing if I've snoozed too much before work.

So would I recommend them? If you're currently using straighteners to curl your hair then YES. The totem styler takes half the time and holds a curl for so much longer. Plus you can get a really volumized beachy look with these, with my straighteners I sometimes end up looking a bit like a judge and it drops out into weird sausage curls.

Overall I'm really impressed, and if you're not able to grab these in your local home bargains then they're only £19.99 on ebay here.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

She kill 'em with a dance

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Dress: Boohoo (£15.00)
Boots: USC (£12.00)

Note: I don't feel I "Kill 'em with a dance", my  tweaking is questionable at best. I just like Fuse ODG......

This is the first time I've ever taken photos in RAW mode and it's something I'll definitely be doing in the future! The pictures looked a bit dark when opened in photoshop, but the magic of curves have turned them brighter and much sharper than my usual JPEG images. Wins.

This dress is/was a complete bargain at £15.00, it comes in six colours altogether so if you like it then definitely have a click here, especially as boohoo seem to have free delivery all the time at the moment. The boots were also extra cheap, I paid £20 but they've been reduced now to £12.50 at USC, kind of tempted to buy another pair for spares.

Oh and this braid is thanks to five day old hair. Yeah I know I'm gross. My aim is to get to seven days at some point before it starts to dreadlock but that'll have to wait for a time I don't need to be seen in public....

Hope everyone is having a swell weekend, the news has been sprung on me that I've got a flat inspection next week (perils of living in a rented house!) so I've been manically cleaning in preparation and have developed a hatred for bathroom tiles. Why do they not stay white?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Mac Mineralize Eyeshadow: Sweet & Sour

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Mac Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Sweet & Sour

I took these photos yonks ago when I actually bought this, but I've been using Mac's mineralize eyeshadow in Sweet & Sour a lot more lately so I thought I'd give my 2 pennies that even a phrase? Or is it "two pence worth?"

Either way I like this. I like this a lot. Having blue/grey eyes I probably shouldn't be a fan of green eyeshadow but when these two are mixed together you'll end up with a gorgeous emeraldy goldy mixture that'll leave you looking bright eyed and shimmery. As you can see from the "swatch" above, it's quite a sheer colour not too different from the mineralise skin finishes, so for people that normally shy away from colour, this is deffs something to look at.
I stupidly didn't take a photo of the colours separately, but they're just as pretty on their own and look so much better in real life than in photos - I'm guessing this is due to the light catching all the little shimmery particles.

Wear-wise it's a topper upper unless you've got a mean primer, without it you'll probably be lucky to get 3 hours and will end up with (Gary) glitter cheeks. With the Urban Decay primer potion I've managed to get around 5 hours staying power and the fallout isn't as bad.

The mac mineralize eyeshadows are also pretty versatile as you can apply them wet for a dramatic "look at my eyeshadow!" look. To do this you just dunk your brush in water and pretend you're back in GCSE art...viola, a bold and buildable colour.

And speaking of application I've found this is best applied with a dense(r) brush in order to pack the colour onto your lid. Rather than swipe the shimmer around it's best to pat it on with a less fluffy brush. I've been using the crown BK14 and it's been working well for me.

Have you tried any mineralize eyeshadows by Mac? Which are your favourites?