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!



CLEANER TEETH WITH ORAL B & PURE SMILES

Oral B Pro 2500
toothcare flatlay oral b
oral b pro 2500 pink
oral b pro 2500

For the longest time (29 years, eesh!) I've been adamant that a regular ol' manual toothbrush was good enough for me. It wasn't until I had my teeth whitened recently(ish) that I started to become a bit obsessive over how my teeth look and feel. To start with I just drank my tea through a straw, used a tonne of whitening toothpaste, and contemplated trying one of those portable blue-light whiteners.

Then I visited the dentist....

Although a lovely chap, I did feel a bit of distain for him when he told me that alas, I had to have another filling - I'm not a huge fan of being in "the chair" and the last filling I had fell out 3 times, so having one on the other side of my mouth isn't the best thing to happen to my mush.

Soooo a week later, when Pure Smiles emailed and asked if I wanted to give the Oral B Pro 2500 a go, I'd have been silly to have said no.

Turns out I've been silly for 29 years, the Oral B Pro not only polishes your teeth making them whiter, but it Oscilates, Rotates, and pulses for a deeper clean, and really gets deep in between the teeth where a regular toothbrush wouldn't. There's also a handy 2 minute timer on it which is a great reminder that brushing your teeth should be a lengthier process. Probs a feature for children but I find it pretty helpful!
For sensitive soles, there's a pressure sensor that lights up if you're brushing too hard AND there's a massage mode for your gums.

I've been using this bad boy for about a month now, alongside the Oral B dental floss and a max whitening toothpaste, and have really seen a difference. I'm due another dentist visit at the end of August so fingers crossed he'll notice the difference too!


CHLOBO MINI STAR BRACELET

Chlobo jewellery
chlobo mini star bracelet
chlobo jewellery mini star bracelet

I hadn't heard of the brand ChloBo before, but when an oh so kind email appeared in my inbox asking me if I wanted to try something, I had a peep at their website, saw ALL THE PRETTY JEWELLERY and obvz said yes.

After much deliberation over all the rather lovely rose gold bracelets, I ended up going for the mini star bracelet, just because I'm wild and like to mix metals - plus silver goes with anything right? I actually wore this on an impromptu night out-out on Saturday and it looked rather nice with my out-out-fit (which I forgot to snap but was an oh so basic jeans and black top).

Hope everyone has has a fabulous bank holiday. Mine has consisted of a bit too much shopping so I'm thinking of filming a wee haul over on my youtube channel, too much chocolate, too much tv, and a mammoth cleaning spree.

Annnnnd in other news I'm starting my new job next Monday, nervous!


ESPRIT WISHLIST

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6


Ah I do love a good ol'fashioned wishlist. I always seem to do them when I'm skint, then when I actually have money I can never find anything I like. 

These dresses are all from Esprit, an online store I hadn't heard about until recently, but perusing through the dresses section I found SO MANY good ones. As you can probably see, I'm in a bit of a denim phase at the moment. Denim and embroidery. Oh and pinafores (I know that ship sailed months ago but I'm clinging on). 
My favourite has to be number six. It's everything I want in a dress. Smock? Check. Denim? Check. Embroidery? Check. A non bum flashing length? Al the checks! I'm also wishing I had a wedding or some sort of family occasion to go to so I can wear number four and flounce around pretending I'm in the Marc Jacobs daisy advert.

In other non wishlist related news I finally finished 13 Reasons Why and was left with all the feelz, I've been for two runs this week and realised I'm no where near as fit as I used to be, I had my daith pierced and contemplated whether the migraine rumours were true, AND I got a new job! 

Back to the dresses. Which is your favourite? 


ODE TO THE WET BRUSH

The Wet Brush
Brand New Wet Brush
Wet brush close up

This may look like an average brush, the bristles may look like average bristles, and the shape may not look like anything out of the ordinary. But alas. This brush is incredible and I wonder why it took so long to join up with my tangled barnet.
But I already have a tangle teezer! I hear you cry. That was my thought for yonks, but after shelling out £10 on this carefully disguised masterpiece I've turned my back on the 'teezers for good.

But it's only for wet hair! I also hear you cry. Nope. This is the perfect brush for all occasions and it's the perfect handbag size.

So what Im saying is that I'm sort of in love. With a hairbrush. But you probably already know that from the title of this post. And if you don't already own one of these little wonders then I'd highly recommend one. Hashtag not a spon.


DHC MASCARA PERFECT PRO DOUBLE PROTECTION

DHC mascara perfect pro double protection
dhc mascara perfect pro double protection
dhc mascara brush close up perfect pro double protection
dhc mascara perfect pro double protection on eye lashes
wearing dhc oerfect pro mascara double protection

A while ago I was reading blogs and saw a blog post on the DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection Mascara. I thought it looked rather nice so left a comment, then a few days later the folk at DHC got in touch and asked if I wanted to review a tube...is that what they're called? A tube?

Having fallen ever so slightly out of love with the Miss Manga Punky Mascara I was an eager beaver and said yes straight away, so when it turned up in the post I was excited to give it a whirl.

It's a waterproof mascara but doesn't apply like one, which was a win for me. With other waterproof mascaras I've found you need 21321 coats to make it look like you're wearing anything, the photos above were after 2 coats. It also claims to have "tube technology formula" to lengthen your lashes without flaking, smudging, or smearing and the website states it'll come off with just a bit of hot water and a cloth.

So how was it? The mascara was definitely long wearing and there were no smudges at all, which was quite impressive considering I wore it for a full day of shopping with the mum. My lashes stayed looking long throughout the whole day and I didn't see any flakes until it came to taking it off.

So removing it was an odd experience, the blog I read said it came off in flakes which I thought was an odd description, but she was so. right. I used my usual method of baby lotion to take my makeup off and the mascara seemed to fall off my lashes in what can only be described as chunks (ew). This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, as it all came off really easily, it was just an odd experience.

At £15.90 the DHC Mascara is slightly pricier than the "drugstore" but for a durable waterproof mascara that actually lengthens the lashes I'd definitely say it's worth it - just watch out for the chunky removal!


LOOK! I MADE YOUR SWEATER STRIPEY!

stripey jumper midi skirt
pink pleated midi skirt with stripey jumper
blush pink pleated mini skirt with striped jumper
pleated pink midi skirt with jumper

Boots: Next
Skirt: Primark
Jumper: M and M Direct

Kudos and a million points to anyone who gets the film reference. I think the quote might actually be, "snotface, I made your sweater stripey!" but I didn't really want to put the word snotface into my blog title...

So I quite like this outfit, I bought this skirt yonks ago from Primark and have only worn it once until now, I'd always thought I'd pair it with a black cami top in the Summer and hadn't thought to go wild and match it with knitwear. It wasn't until I received this stripey jumper (only £12.99!) from M and M Direct that I thought they'd be a good twosome and I think (and hope) I was right! Not overly sure about the boots, I reckon sandals would be tonnes better but alas, the overhanging threat of rain changed my mind.

In other news, yesterday I was told by an ear piercer that I had small and misshapen ears and now I feel all defensive about them. She did give me a lovely little anti-tragus piercing though which still hurts 24 hours later. I also ate a mean carvery with my mum, watched Love Actually, and feasted on an easter egg.

Hope you're weekend was just as eventful!



SLOGAN TEES



I haven't jumped on the printed t shirt bandwagon yet, purely because I hadn't sat and trawled the internet for my favourites. So with the only other option being to print my own personalised t shirts, I thought it was about time I trawled. 
Despite loving all six of these, I'm not sure if I'm cool enough anymore to rock a slogan tee. I'm nearly 30 (eesh) so wearing a top that screams "I just can't today" probably isn't the demure look I should be going for at my mature age. Howevuurrr I do reckon these would look great in the summer with a pair of denim shorts, and by July I'm determined to have the figure to pull such a look off.

Four of these are from Topshop and they seem to have the printed/slogan t-shirt game down. As much as I love Primark, their offerings are pretty gaudy BUT great for throwing over a bikini if you're lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere exotic in the next few months. 

What do you reckon to a slogan tee? Are you on board or not? Definitely link me to any of your outfit posts as I need all the inspiration I can get to style them! 




BOOHOO DENIM SMOCK DRESS

denim smock dress cold shoulder boohoo
blonde hair denim smock dress with open shoulders
denim smock dress boohoo with cold shoulders

Denim Smock Dress: Boohoo

Hurrah! My pictures finally look brighter. I took the plunge and invested/spent a helluva lot of money on the Olympus Pen and I'm so happy I did! Although I did cry a little inside when I saw the cost of the 45mm lens that ur'blogger has  - I just want that blurry background damnit!

One of my favourite things to do at the moment is look at all of the lovely summer clothes on boohoo, set the order from low to high (who on earth would ever set it from high to low?!) and go cray adding everything into my basket. There's so many nice summer dresses on there for a mere £6.... and yes I realise I've admitted to being a crazy spinster with an odd choice of pass time, but small things and all.

I now have an a basket spilling over with virtual dresses and no funds to pay for said dresses. Although I did buy this rather lovely denim look smock dress that's OH SO COMFY. I can eat a billion burgers and no one would ever know! A definite recommendation from me.

Are you a fan of the food baby busting smock dress?




MORPHE 35O COLOUR NATURE GLOW PALETTE


I bought the Morphe 12S Soul Of Summer palette last year and fell in love with it pretty much straight away. I ended up using it daily for months and it completely overtook my usual faithful mac shades.
So when I saw a blog competition to win the Morphe 35O palette I obvz entered, I don't normally enter blog giveaways but this palette was calling out to me. Then a few days later I found out I'd won and did a little joyous dance.

The palette is made up of a mix of 35 matte and shimmer shades, and there's not one colour in there I wouldn't wear. Without sounding like some sort of eyeshadow connoisseur, they're all velvety smooth and buttery, and apply like a dream. What impressed me most with the Morphe eyeshadows though is the staying power, these bad boys will go on in the morning and not budge until I come to take my makeup off at night - there's not a hint of a smear either and they don't gather up in the crease like some cheaper eyeshadows tend to do.

There's also a whole host of orangy shades which are all over the place at the moment, so as well as being awesome value for money at a mere £23.50, it's also rather on trend, which I guess is why it seems to be sold out in most places. I did see a waiting list on cult beauty though which might be an idea to join if this review is tempting you into buying it.

Have you tried anything by Morphe?



MAC RUBY WOO

mac lipstick in the bullet
mac ruby woo
girl wearing mac ruby woo
mac ruby woo blonde hair pale skin

I don't really know what to say about Mac Ruby Woo that hasn't been said a million times before. I bought this a couple of months ago in Duty Free before I went to Venice and I fell in love. Having always been a bit afraid of red lipsticks I tentatively asked the Mac Lady (that's what they're called right?) what red shades they had, and she told me this was their best seller for like 232231 years in a row. She assured me it suits all skin types and you know what? I think she was right.

I've been searching for the perfect RED red lipstick for an age, and I don't know why I never thought to try Ruby Woo. It's a Retro Matte finish which means it's super matte and doesn't budge at all - a winner for someone who smudges lipstick all over her face most of the time!

Have you tried Ruby Woo?

DREAMING OF WINNING BIG




I've put together a little collection of things I'd purchase if I won the lottery, a sort of unobtainable-for-now wishlist if you will. Whilst the gucci, mulbs, and olympus pen bags are the norm, I'd also like Mr Motivator to be my PT, and a chihuahua to keep me company. Oh and those Doc Martin Shoes will be mine at some stage.

I'm not a huge gambler though, I've played the lottery a handful of times, tried my hand at bingo twice (and lost), and eagerly scratched away with a 1p piece at a scratchcard or two but I'm not the luckiest of people. In fact I'm pretty unlucky.
But constantly hearing the phrase "we'll do that when we win the lottery", I thought it might be time to get involved, after all, you can't win something if you don't enter in the first place.

So I was approached by the lovely folk at lotto land and asked if I fancied a peruse around their site, it basically works like a regular lottery but you "bet" on the numbers rather than purchasing a ticket, meaning you can try your luck out on the Irish Lottery, or the American Powerball, whilst sitting at your laptop in the UK, or any other country for that matter.

You do everything through lottoland itself, so if you bet on 6 numbers and it happens to be you're lucky day, they'll pay you rather than the official lottery operator, and they match up the prize value too. It actually works out better than buying a lottery ticket, as you can get involved in draws all over the world, and lotto land can offer free bets and extra features (like a double whammy of a jackpot!).

But how do they afford that? I hear you cry. Well it works on an insurance model meaning every single bet is insured and the larger wins are covered by insurance.

Simple no? So if you fancy a dabble in the Australian, American, or even the French lotto, have a peep at Lottoland, obvz Ts&Cs and gambling conditions apply.

What would be on your lottery wishlist?


I GOT HAIR EXTENSIONS



I've wanted hair extensions forever, and it wasn't until I made the silly decision to chop all my hair off in September that it became more of an obsession with getting my long locks back. So I finally bit the bullet and had a consultation at Vivid Hair a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday at 1pm my dreams of a long thick barnet became a reality.

I asked a couple (or a lot) of questions before and whilst having them done, so I thought I'd share the little bit of knowledge I've obtained.

Are Hair Extensions Expensive?

Yes. If you want quality extensions fitted by a professional then you're going to have to fork out the dolla. Ideally you want to use the best hair possible, and that comes at a price.  So you're looking at anything from £250 - £350, depending on whether you get a half or full head. I'd recommend finding a salon or stylist that uses Beauty Works Hair too.

Will The Extensions Match My Hair?

Yes! Even my hair, which is a mix of 32321 blonde and brown shades was matched pretty well. Your stylist should go through loads of sample extensions with you to find the best fit, and if they don't - run and find another salon!

How Long Will Hair Extensions Last?

I've had Pre Bonded Extensions which are glued in, and they'll last up to five months depending on how well they're looked after. You can also have Micro Ring hair extensions which cost the same and will last up to eight months. I didn't go for these as my hair's quite thin and the rings wouldn't grip very well.

How Often Can I Wash Extensions?

In order to keep them in good condition, it's advised to wash your hair once a week. As they're not fitted to the top layer of your hair, you can always just wash this part a bit more if you find your crown is getting a bit greasy.

Can I Swim With Extensions In?

It's best that you don't, as the chlorine can turn the extensions green and also mess with the bonds.

Can I Still Use Silver Shampoo?

A question I needed the answer to as I use it on the regular! I was told to try not too, but again if I really felt the need, to just use it on the crown of my head.

Can I Still Dye My Roots?

If you bleach your hair then it's likely you'll get some re-growth during the 5 months the extensions are in. You can't dye where the extensions are, but you can always have your T-Section bleached or highlighted to hide the roots.

So I hope that's been a bit helpful if you're thinking of taking the plunge and getting extensions fitted. I'm so happy with mine and couldn't recommend Vivid Hair more!


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?



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