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Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer Holiday Clothing / Accessories Wishlist!

With a holiday in California coming up, I'm really feeling the need to buy some clothes for my holiday. I've already bought a few so I'll have a haul coming up soon but these are some of the things I feel I truly need for a holiday. Not want. Need. :) 


Now would it be a haul without some Topshop in there? I think not. I'm really in need of a good pair of sandals (and this is an actual need because basically all of my shoes are Wintery) and I'm loving these Wallis Flatform Sandals (£40.00). I did want some white sandals but after my shoes from ASOS I'm realising that white is not practical at all. They do also do these platforms in white if you think you can deal with white shoes quickly turning into brown shoes. Another sort of need, sort of want thing is this Big Felt Floppy Hat (£28.00). I tried this on in store and I absolutely love it and it'd be great for blocking the sun but I just cannot justify spending that amount of money on a hat I probably won't wear that often. The only trouble is, I've now got my heart set on a grey felt floppy hat and I can't find another one anywhere!


I've wanted a Co-ord for a while now but I never thought I'd want one like this one from Missguided. It was only when I saw Zoe wearing it in Cannes that I started to want it. She made it look so amazing, I am now desperate to own this exact one. It's a bit pricey at nearly £40 (£19.99 for the top and bottoms) but if I can bring myself to spend that much, I definitely will go for this one because it's so pretty<3 Again on the things I'm loving lately and don't currently own anything of is this smock dress from ASOS. Another blogger inspiration as I'm pretty sure Lily either owns this exact dress or something similar (she's definitely talked about smock dresses in one of her videos anyway) and she sparked my initial love for them many months ago and I still don't own one. I think this would be perfect for holiday as it's so light and airy and is also going to cover up your shoulders to protect you from the sun (v important).


I'm a bit of a hardcore ASOS fan as you might have noticed and I end up on their website basically every other day but today these scalloped hem shorts (£20.00) caught my attention because that is a beautiful colour for one thing, and I'm a lover of all things scalloped. They'd look so cute with a loose top tucked in like the model is wearing or with a crop top (of which I own many). Bikinis are pretty Summer essential, but I hate wearing them. I think a high waisted bikini not only looks really nice but it's also covering up more skin so I would feel a lot more comfortable in it. ASOS are the best place I've found for high waisted bikinis and I couldn't really choose a favourite but I was loving this water melon print one. Fruity, tropical prints are my favourite type of print currently so this was right up my alley. And finally, to add some Summer brightness to any outfit, a yellow nail polish is perfect. This particular one from Models Own is 'Polish For Tans Bikini' and is the brightest yellow I could find online. I don't actually own and models on nail polish (I don't think) so I'd love to give them a try.

What items have you got your eye on this Summer? Link me! Also let me know if you know of anywhere that does felt floppy hats for cheaper than Topshop!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My Lipcare Recommendations

lipcare lip balm scrub tint

Recently (aka for the past eighteen years), I have truly struggled with dry, chapped lips which just do not get better no matter what. I've tried just about every drugstore lip treatment and nothing cuts the bill! But from my experience of reasonably-priced lipcare products, this is what I deem to be the best!

lipcare lip balm scrub tint

To start out, you're going to want a good lip scrub. These lush lip scrubs retail at £5.50 which seems rather on the pricey side for a bit of sugar in a pot, but personally I think they're worth the money and I am willing to pay. I've only ever tried the bubblegum scrub (candy floss flavoured) and santa's lip scrub (cola flavoured) but I love them both, particularly the bubblegum one. I'm not really sure why it's called bubblegum lip scrub and yet it's described as having a candy floss flavour but THERE YOU GO, the world is a mystery to us all. And Santa's lip scrub is only available at Christmas (who'd have guessed?) so if you're looking for some cola in your life, you're going to have to wait a few months. Basically you just scrub these on your lips to get rid of any dead skin and dirt and stuff and then either lick it off or wipe it off with a wash cloth. Personally I lick it off even though some people think that's gross because I am fearless (and it tastes amazing). There's some pretty fabulous ingredients in these (though the ingredients are few) such as jojoba oil which makes them extra awesome. 

Anyway, if you want a good lip scrub, I will just let you know that you do not need to pay £5.50, though you may want to. You can easily make your own! There are a lot of recipes out there. Usually all you need is a bit of sugar, olive oil, coconut oil, vanilla flavouring and such ingredients and you whack them all together, shove it in a pot and you're ready to go. HOWEVER. You don't even need to go to that extent! You could just take a lip balm (preferably something in a squeezy bottle like Carmex) and dip it into a bit of sugar and then scrub that onto your lips. It's as easy as that. I'd recommend scrubbing your lips every morning if you're planning on wearing lipstick, particularly if it's a matte lipstick, and on days where your lips are just looking gross.

So once your lips are nice and smooth and potentially tasting like a fairy has pooped on them, you're going to need some lip balm to stop them from drying out. I would never recommend using a scrub if you don't have a lip balm to follow it up!

lipcare lip balm scrub tint

I have truly tried every single lip balm under the sun. Well, maybe not every lip balm. But SO MANY LIP BALMS. The only ones that do anything at all the my lips are Carmex and Blistex. The other lip balms simply create a sort of greasy layer on my lips which doesn't moisturise at all. In fact, it prevents additional moisture from getting to your lips. Bad idea. I'm sure you're all aware that some lip balms also have ingredients in them which dry your lips out rather than moisturise so you'll keep on applying it. I'm not sure which actually do that but apparently some do. I've also heard that Salicylic Acid dries out your lips though, and that's an ingredient in Carmex. So who knows! The classic Carmex lip balm has a tingley, minty taste and feeling to it and it does what it says on the tin and moisturises your lips while you're wearing it. It requires a few applications through the day for me. I always wear this before applying lipstick. The Blistex Intensive Moisturiser has that same, minty, tingly feeling to it but it's not so much of a lip balm as a moisturiser. It literally looks like a moisturiser - it's creamy and white in colour. If I'm having a no make up day I'll wear this and I always put it on before I go to bed. I don't know if you'd want to wear it throughout the day if you're going to be seen by people because it can be visible on the lips and who wants white lips? Nobody! I'm always looking for natural alternatives to lip balms (and everything in life really) and I tried out coconut oil and mentioned it in a previous post so just head on over to that if you're interested.

lipcare lip balm scrub tint

Finally, if your lips are feeling extra awful (a bit like mine right now which are in fact bleeding) but you want some colour in your life, a tinted lip balm is the way forward! I love the flavour of this Baby Lips as it is peach in both flavour and colour. This doesn't give a huge amount of colour but it is a PEACH TINT so what can you expect? I'd recommend getting one of the pink ones because a pink or red tint is going to show up more. Definitely still wear a lip balm underneath this though because it's really not at all moisturising. I've heard some people saying that it is, but perhaps those people don't have lips like the Sahara Desert. It's just your average lip balm but not really for moisturising purposes! Still better than a lipstick or lip gloss, but, for me, it really didn't cut it as the type of thing I'd wear daily.

With all of this, my lips still hurt a lot of the time! Next on my list of things to fix my lips is the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour lip balm (or whatever it's called) and La Roche Posay's lip balm of which I cannot remember the name but somebody recommended it to me! If you have any recommendations for things to fix these salted slugs on my face please let me know, I NEED YOUR ADVICE, BEAUTY EXPERTS!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Maintenance!

I'm currently updating the theme of my blog so if you're new and you're seeing some crazy gross things, don't be alarmed! I'm fixing it right now :)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Guest Post: Getting Out Of A Creative Rut



Hello! I'm Kayla from over at MicroscopeBeauty.com and am so excited to be guest posting on Becky's blog today! We all fall into creative ruts sometimes and it can be quite a challenge to get back out of them. Rather than trying to force something to happen, here are some ways to get yourself out of one without stressing yourself out:

Go for a walk
Write down any and all ideas, no matter what they are
Talk to other creatives
Look through your old posts
Take you camera with you for a week, shoot anything and everything and blog about it
Spend some time away from the internet
Flip through a magazine
Daydream
Journal

I hope some of these help you get back into the creative mood! Stop by microscopebeauty.com and say hi!

xoxo Kayla

Friday, May 23, 2014

Get yourself a free Graze box!


Hey guys! Graze are offering you the chance to get a free box which is usually worth £3.99! I've had a few boxes from them and let me tell you, they are DELICIOUS! They have everything from flapjacks and brownies through to nuts, omega-3 rich seeds and beef jerky. You can choose from 100+ tasty treats and get your hand-picked snack box delivered to your home or work for free.


You basically go onto their website and search through all of their amazing snacks and tell them which you'd like to try and which don't appeal to you. There's a huge variety of things on there so there's definitely going to be SOMETHING you'll like the look of! If you are interested in getting your free box, I definitely recommend the honeycomb flapjack - I had it in my last box and it was SO DELICIOUS. I don't usually even like flapjacks that much, but this one was amazing. 

If you try out the box and decide it's not for you, it's easy to cancel - there's no catch - you're not roped into paying for more boxes! So you might as well give it a go because it's free food and everybody in this universe loves free food (I'm pretty sure).

So if you're a new customer, just click this link and sign up and within a few days you free Graze box will be delivered to your letter box! Simple! I hope you enjoy :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

3 Ways To Style: ASOS Pot Luck Platforms


Hey guys! You may or may not have read my ASOS haul, but I was asked to do a post on how I'd style them, so here it is! I put together three looks, trying to make them quite different so they could be worn for different occasions.


This look is my favourite of the three, and is something I'd wear around town on a warm day. Top: Primark. Jeans: ASOS. Necklace: River Island. Shoes: ASOS.


I was sort of going for the 'cute' look with this and is again something I'd wear around town or perhaps if going out for a meal or something. Top: Boohoo. Skirt: Boohoo. Shoes: ASOS.


This one is something I'd wear on holiday or to a beach or if it was reaaaally hot outside. The shorts are pretty revealing so I'd maybe wear a black kimono with them to cover up a bit. Top: Boohoo. Shorts: Topshop. Shoes: ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my poor Photoshop skills and cringey poses. My hair looks unbrushed too. Then again, it always does. ANYWAY, let me know what you would wear these does with so I'll have an excuse to buy more clothes. :)


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NEW: The Body Shop Raspberry Collection

the body shop raspberry collection

So I mentioned in my previous post that I'd been to The Body Shop and spent way too much money. I'd forgotten about the raspberry collection when I walked in but as soon as I was in there I was drawn in and couldn't resist buying the whole collection apart from the body lotion. I absolutely love this scent and I have no regrets for buying everything. I already have six body butters that aren't even halfway used and a whole load of shower gels and perfumes but who cares? I need more! If you're interested in reading about the fantastic raspberry collection, read on...

the body shop raspberry collection

I was most excited for this. I've had it before, maybe two or three years ago, and I loved it then. This collection is new, but they have either had this or something very similar to it before. It's a body scrub with raspberry seeds in it and it smells absolutely gorgeous. It smells good enough to eat, actually, though my friend tasted it (I think she was drunk) and apparently it doesn't taste good, so I wouldn't recommend trying it. As well as the raspberry seeds it has the usual exfoliating bits in it, but it's not too harsh at all. Good enough to just buff your skin and get rid of any dead skin cells without making you feel raw and sore like some do. At £12.50 it's reasonably priced too, so definitely worth it.

the body shop raspberry collection

To add the my wonderful collection of Body Shop body butters is the raspberry body butter (£13). The scent of this isn't as strong as the body scrub, but it is as strong as the other body butters. I'm sure you've heard a lot about how fabulous The Body Shop's body butters are before so I'm not going to bore you with the details. I think that this body butter is either in second or joint second place, beaten only by the blueberry body butter and on a level with the passionfruit body butter. 

the body shop raspberry collection

Shower gel isn't something that excites me but I got this in a package with the body butter and the perfume for just £15 which I figured was a bargain considering the total cost was £20 something if I bought each item separately and I wanted the perfume and the body butter no matter what. The price of it on its own is £4 which is a great price and for such an amazing smell, it is worth it. All of these items smell exactly the same. I thought that I might be disappointed by one smelling less of raspberry than the others but I was not!

the body shop raspberry collection

Lastly is the perfume. I felt that I just needed this in my collection. It's going to be a perfect scent for the summer months to walk around smelling like a raspberry. This was just £8.50 - an absolute bargain, in my opinion.

So I'm all set to smell like a raspberry since basically everything I do to my body is going to involve raspberries, which just happens to be my favourite fruit. I completely recommend any product from this line, but in particular, the body scrub. Have you tried anything from this line? If not, what's your favourite scent from The Body Shop? I'd love to know, as always! Oh and there's a 3 for 2 on makeup and a buy on get one half price on body stuff right now, so prime time to buy the entire raspberry collection really!



Sunday, May 18, 2014

Summer Scents: Yves Rocher, One Direction, The Body Shop

perfumes summer scents

There's been a heatwave in gloomy old England this weekend which has made me feel very happy and in the full swing of summery spirit. I've switched up my wardrobe to something a little more Summery (though apparently I don't have many Summery clothes) and I've been using a lot more Summery-scented things. Personally I feel a bit like there aren't scents that are Summer specific because you can wear whatever you want all year round, and I would! These are just a few scents I'll be reaching for most during the Summer months.

perfumes summer scents

The first is the Yves Rocher Moment de Bonheur* (£38.00). This is an absolutely gorgeous scent and is a definitely Spring/Summer scent. It's the type of thing I'd wear during the day in Summer and when I smell it I'm reminded of days on the beach or picnics in fields filled with daisies. It's described as 'A modern and sparkling accord created from a delicate and transparent infusion of Centifolia Rose from Grasse, subtly enhanced with the crunchy and sharp imprint of the unusual essence of sweet apple. At the base, the woody signature of Virginia Cedar essence reveals the note’s vibrant character.' I'm definitely getting that sharpness through and I absolutely love a sharp scent. It's not an overpowering scent, it's just one that sort of fills the air in the nicest way. This may have overtaken my favourite Kenzo perfume because both are quite sharp scents but the Yves Rocher one is sharp in a more subtle way and has a sort of floral edge to it. I think I'll be taking this on holiday to California with me next month!

perfumes summer scents

The next is One Direction's 'Our Moment' (£19.99) which is very different to the Yves Rocher. It's much warmer and smells more floral and sweet. I'd wear this all year round really, but if I were to wear it in the Summer it would probably be more of an evening scent. It has top notes of pink grapefruit, wild berries and redcurrants, mid notes of jasmine petals, fresh freesia and frangipani, and dry notes of creamy musk, sheer woods and white patchouli. If I were to recommend a One Direction perfume, however, I'd say to go for That Moment (£19.99) which is a special edition of Our Moment, just because it has an even nicer smell and when I tested it, after a few hours it was smelling just like Our Moment. I love it when a scent noticeably changes through the day. Next time That Moment is on offer I'm going to purchase it to add to my collection.

perfumes summer scents

I bought these two the other day when I walked into The Body Shop to buy one item, realised the new raspberry collection is out, and ended up spending about £40. The Raspberry Eau de Toilette (£8.50) is new to the store (though I think they're just bringing it back because I've definitely owned things from the collection before) and it is my favourite Body Shop scent for sure. It literally just smells like raspberries and is so gorgeous. I'll be putting up a post about some of the other items from the collection very soon. The other perfume is the Atlas Mountain Rose perfume oil (£7) and you can get one of these perfumes for free when you sign up for a loyalty card which costs £5. I only got one because you get 10% discount and with the amount I payed, the card only cost me 60p. This is another of those sharp scents I love. I can't even describe this really but it smells like the Kenzo perfume I have again. I know that isn't very helpful but it was in a gift set and doesn't have the name on it so I have no idea what it's called. It's just gorgeous.

perfumes summer scents

And lastly, it's a body butter. I know this isn't a perfume, but it smells really good so it counts. My favourite of all of the Body Shop body butters is the Blueberry (£13.00) body butter (though it's on par with the raspberry one now). It smells nothing like blueberries to me. Although I actually can't remember what blueberries smell like now. In fact, I'm doubting if I've ever smelled a blueberry. Anyway, it's just fruity and sharp and amazing. But I seem to be describing everything as 'sharp' so now I'm wondering if everything just smells that way to me. Describing scents is just so hard! But everything I have mentioned in this post and beautiful and I love it all.

So now I have a massive headache from sniffing so much perfume but it was worth it. My bedroom now smells more like a perfume shop than it already did also. Let me know what your favourite Summer scents are because I love to switch my perfumes up a lot so it'd be great to add to my collection. 


Friday, May 16, 2014

Win A Trip To Las Vegas!


Hi guys! A bit of a different post to usual. I just had my last day at school in life EVER which is both an amazing and really scary thought! Now I'm in the real world and have to do real work and real stuff. I don't like it! Anyway, I'll probably do a blog post on that at some point, who knows. This post isn't about school, it's to let you know of an amazing competition hosted by Quiz Clothing (which also has some amazing clothes so you might want to check them out just for that!) where you can win a trip for two to Las Vegas! That would truly be a dream for me, I don't know about you. I don't even know who I'd take if I went! It's one of those places I think everybody should experience if they get the chance. Vegas, Florida, California, Texas, Michigan... okay, I'm basically just listing all of the states of America here but I would love to go to them all! I've already got Florida ticked off and California in a month!

I'm getting side-tracked here, oh dear. Not only do you win a trip to Vegas, but also return flights from Heathrow to Vegas, 5 nights in a 5* hotel at a top Vegas hotel (bound to be so amazing and most likely unaffordable to most in such a big city!), tickets to see BRITNEY SPEARS, QUEEN OF LIFE (seriously, there are very few people who beat Britney Spears at fabulosity), and also five dresses! I'm literally just tempted by the five dresses as well. Dreaming small :')

Anyway, you're probably wondering how to enter! It's actually really easy and I've entered. I'm probably going to enter about nine million more times because it would basically be my perfect holiday. Also it's free so I'd enter even if it was a holiday to Cardiff and I live less than an hour away from there. Oh, yeah, and just click here to enter! All you need to enter is an email address, a face, and some form of photo taking device. 

Okay so that is all and my next post is coming veeeery very soon and I am so excited for it, don't even care, it's making me super happy and I just wish smells could be transferred via computer. If any of you reading are either superheroes or scientists or inventors or something, please invent computers that can transfer smells. It would make life as a blogger much easier.

/Rambles.

*this is a sponsored post

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Coconut Oil: Is It Worth The Hype?


I'm sure you're all aware of the massive hype around coconut oil. I am a bit late to post about it but I thought I'd share my opinion because, as it often is, it's different to most peoples. 

I purchased the Lucy Bee Virgin Organic Coconut Oil which says it's good for cooking and stuff but it's 100% coconut oil so it can be used for all of our beauty purposes, which I expect is what you are interested in. My dad had scared me with this stuff because he kept on saying how awful it smelled but when it arrived it was all good because it just smells of coconut (what a surprise). It's solid at room temperature but melts at 24 degrees C so it's best to store in a cool place that won't get hit by the sun. I didn't do this and I was so confused when I opened it one day and it was a liquid. I don't think it melting has any effect on it though.

ANYWAY, I just rambled about a load of boring rubbish there, didn't I? Basically I tried using it as a hair mask, as a shaving... uhh... foam, a cleanser, a moisturiser and as a lip balm. Two of which disappointed me.


As a hair mask: I just took a couple of teaspoons into a bowl and heated it up for a few seconds and then applied it all over the lengths of my hair. Apparently it's best to heat it up because it contains fatty acids which make your hair shinier and healthier-looking (or something). So I did that and then left it in my hair overnight, putting a towel over my pillow to stop it from getting greasy. The next morning, I washed it off straight away. It wasn't any different to how it usually is, honestly. So I tried for a second time and still nothing. I did use an Argan Oil mask a few days later, however, which usually has no affect on my hair as well but this time it did make my hair a lot softer. I'm not sure if the coconut oil has anything to with this though. 

As a lip balm: It was like rubbing salt and water into my lips. I swear it made my lips feel dryer and it's way too greasy to apply throughout the day. Plus the fact that it's in a giant glass pot so wouldn't be practical for carrying around. I have very very dry lips though so bear that in mind.

As a shaving... foam: I loved it for this. You can apply it in the shower and it does not wash off unlike shaving foams and shower gels. I usually use conditioner as a shaving foam because it leaves skin feeling soft but this was better. Because it can be used as a moisturiser as well, there was no need to apply moisturiser afterwards as I could just use coconut oil. Plus, it felt as if I was getting a much closer shave than usual. So I'm not going to stop using it for this.

As a cleanser: I massaged this into my face and then took it off with a flannel and warm water. It worked as a cleansing oil but it wasn't as good as the Skin Revivals cleansing oil I use. So I would use it as a back up to this. 

As a moisturiser: Way too greasy for use in the morning. To me it doesn't feel like a great moisturiser for the face just because it is an oil and it doesn't feel like it's absorbing into my skin. I can't comment much about it for this since it was neither bad nor good.

So all in all it is a good product but worth the hype? Definitely not. It is great that it's natural, however, as I love using natural products if they do the job. I think I would repurchase to use for shaving and maybe a cleanser but nothing else. Maybe my views will change in a few months, who knows, but for now it isn't the miracle product everybody makes it out to be.

Let me know your views of coconut oil because I'd be interested to hear your experiences of it!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Guest Post: Amanda Paterson's Evening Skincare Routine

Hey guys! I'm (supposed to be) studying for exams so I'll have a few guest bloggers this month. The first is from the lovely Amanda Paterson, give her a follow on Bloglovin'!


At the moment I am trialing out a couple of new products so they may not stay permanently in my evening skincare routine. I really want to find the right products for my skin and perfect my skincare routine. So here is what Im currently using.......

Firstly I like to use my 'Simple Kind To Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash'. It is not my favorite facial wash but I do like it, I bought it to try out and I will use it until its empty but I'm not sure yet if I will repurchase. It is a good wash, foams up nicely and really feels like its cleaning, plus It doesn't react to my sensitive skin, but even though it is good it is not better than a few others I have tried. I will probably purchase a different product next month to try out until I have found the right one for me :-)

Next I get 'Biodermas Crealine H2O'. A lot of you probably already use this product and for good reason, it is amazing at removing eye make up. I find this has been the best gentle make up remover that I have tried so this has stuck around in my evening routine. I have the mini bottle at the moment and it seems to last forever, I use about 2 make up remover pads to remove my eye make up. I would highly recommend this product especially for those with sensitive skin. I don't think I will ever stop using this product (but never say never right lol).

Then a new product Im trying out 'Happy Skincare Cloud 9 deep cleansing balm'. This is a sample size that I received to try out, to tell you the truth I am not a huge fan of balms, but I will continue to use it until the tiny pot is finished but I probably wont be repurchasing this. It smells nice, like citrus and lemons but its super oily, not sure if that is a feature of all cleansing balms in general, but I am not sure if I like the feel of this. I just dont usually go for cleansing balms, but I wont rule them all out just yet hehe.

Next I take my 'Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid' (recommendation from Fleurdeforce's page) and wipe this all over my face and upper neck using a make up remover pad. This stuff is not for every day use but I probably do this step at least twice a week. I find my skin the next morning looks and feels so much better, it is brighter and more refreshed. This is another product that is going to probably stick around for a while in my routine. I then put on my 'Ponds Age Miracle Deep Action Night Cream' (If you want a more intense treatment from the liquid gold then do not apply your night cream).

Lastly for under my eyes I apply my 'Eyesilix cream' (Every evening). It works to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and tired eyes. I don't think it actually removes these completely but what product does, I can honestly say though, I notice the difference if I haven't been using it. I love this product, its very light and doesn't feel heavy on my skin. I tend to use this in the morning as well, under my concealer, its my go to eye cream. I would highly recommend it!

Well that is about it guys, just want to say thank you to Becky for having me as a guest blogger on her page!

If anyone has any recommendations for skincare products I should try out I would love to hear as I am trying lots of different products at the moment to find which ones are just right for me.

I have heard a lot about the Sarah Chapman Skinesis products and thinking that is what I will purchase next.

Catch you guys next week.

Love for you to follow me on bloglovin.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

ASOS Haul


I've got a lot of love for ASOS. They've got so much to choose from at reasonable prices and it's all so beautiful. This results in me purchasing things from them quite frequently, or more likely, filling my cart with things and then realising I have no money (and repeat about four times before I actually buy anything). These jeans and shoes were one of those cases. I wanted them so badly for what felt like forever and then they had the 25% student discount on and I had to buy them because I'd probably never stop wanting them. So I did, along with a couple of other things so here's a little ASOS haul for you.


These are the Pot Luck Platforms and I feel like there's a real hype for this type of shoe lately and seeing so many people wearing shoes similar to these made me really need (want) them. I was torn between these and the Please Sir Platforms and I sort of wish I'd gotten the others now but who cares? I love them both. These are sort of hard to walk in since there's not much of a curve on the sole of the toe area and they flop off a bit with every step but appearance > comfort. The, um, tongue area (I don't know how to describe it) rubs a bit too so I'm thinking I'm going to stick something on it in an attempt to make it hurt less. But like I said. Appearance > comfort. I'm going to wear these at every opportunity, particularly for my trip to California which is coming up in just over a month.


The next item I'd wanted for ages was the Rivington High Waist Jeggings. I've actually wanted the Topshop Joni Jeans but these are so similar and only £28 compared to Topshop's £36. They're also similar to these American Apparel jeans which are £66. So it's a bargain really and with 25% off it made it a real steal for me. I stupidly bought the wrong size so they did fit me but they looked so tight I had to send them back and ask for a different size. I'm so excited for them though because I don't own any jeans currently because usually I think they look weird but I'm branching out in the world and I also really feel that these could be paired with so much and are basically a staple item. High Waisted things are always my friend because I have such a love for crop tops and tucking things in.


Since it was 25% off I figured I'd buy a couple more things while I could so I bought this Strength & Shine dry shampoo from Batiste. I've said how much I love Batiste before but I'd never seen this version in store. I was also wondering how good this would be since I didn't really think a dry shampoo could create shine but I thought I'd give it a go. I've only tried it once and that one time it didn't give me shiny hair (no surprise) but it also didn't leave loads of white like the original formula which is a huge plus for somebody with dark brown hair.


I can't find the link to this black one but I bought a Tangle Teezer because I do not have one and I'm always conscious of damaging my hair with hairbrushes. I didn't think this would actually be that good but it truly is. It was love at first brush. I think this is something that every single person needs to own because it just speeds everything up and does less damage to your hair than brushing. So glad I decided to buy this!

And that is it. I've bought a fair few things lately so there might be another haul coming up soon but I love writing and reading hauls so hopefully that's a good thing!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Haul / Review: NV


Since I missed two whole days of posting while I was freaking out about my art exam, I've decided I'm going to make up for that by doing an extra one today. I'm probably going to regret the decision to put this up now when I have exams again in a few weeks and have to do an extra post but oh well. Who needs A levels when you can just blog your life away? Anyway, I received several items from NV so I'm going to do a review for you here. 



First of all, how nice is the packaging? It kind of reminds me of Paul Smith and I love a bit of Paul Smith in my life. I think this packaging is seriously amazing and I wish all brands would put every item in cute boxes and then have the actual product as just a matte black packaging. It looks so much more professional than some of the things I see out there. 



The first two items are eyeliner pens in the shades 'Twilight Purple' and 'Black Cat'. As you can imagine, one is black and the other is a dark purple. I don't own a purple eyeliner and I'm not sure if I'll wear this but maybe I will. It could come in handy for music festivals coming up if I wanted to go for something colourful. The first thing that hit me was that these smelled really strongly. It's not a bad smell, it's actually really nice. They smell like the Rimmel lip tints. I find that pretty weird because why would I want my eyes to smell? But whatever. You can't smell it when it's on anyway. These eyeliners are very easy to apply because the tip is quite firm which I always feel is easier to use. They also don't do that annoying thing where they apply all patchy and gross. The black is also actually black and not some awful grey colour which many eyeliners seem to be. This eyeliner is not going to slip and slide and fade through the day and it also doesn't crack or flake or anything. Just a great eyeliner really.


I also received two eyeshadows in 'Mist' (a shimmery cream) and 'Charcoal' (a shimmery grey). They are quite a powdery formula but they look nice when on. Mist gives a really nice sort of golden shimmer which is great for highlighting the inner corner or brow bone. Charcoal isn't something which I would wear because I hate grey eyeshadow but if you do like grey shadow, it's really pigmented and blends easily too. The only downside is that they are quite powdery. Oh and they come with a little sponge applicator but realistically, who uses these. Maybe if you don't have makeup brushes, but I'd use my finger over a sponge applicator. Oh and they have little mirrors in a 'secret compartment' which is tiiiiny but could definitely come in handy when on the go.

A product I wasn't a massive fan of was the Chunky Crayon. I'm sure that this might be better if it was in a different colour but in black? I'm not so sure. It's supposed to be for eyes and lips but since it's black, it isn't something I would use on my lips and it seems too greasy for the eyes. I didn't think that it blended well and just slipped and slid everywhere and I looked a complete mess. If I did like black lips I might be inclined to wear this as it isn't sticky or anything and feels quite nice on the lips. But it is black. So no. I'll travel back two years and then I would be ALL OVER it. 

Again, something I might not use is the glitter pot. All I can really say about this is that it is glitter in a pot. The glitter is very fine and the pieces are black and silver. I really like that it's so fine, actually, and it's very sort of soft glitter. Not like the chunky glitter that I remember using in my childhood. The only trouble is, it doesn't stick to anything on its own so you'd need something sticky underneath. I tried it with a maybelline colour tattoo underneath on my eyelids but it was not a good look. The mixture of black and silver wasn't doing it for me and it also went all over my face and then I couldn't get it off and glitter was everywhere and dear lord. I can't use glitter, I've realised this. I will just say that it comes with a handy little brush which is quite good for sweeping it on and also it has a cover over it so it doesn't fly everywhere when you open it. For that, I highly commend NV. If you fancied sparkly nails this would be a good one as you could swipe it on over nail polish but I can't really wear nail polish frequently because of work so I wouldn't do that. It can also be used on the body but I don't like looking like Edward Cullen. (I don't know why I just wrote so much about a pot of glitter).


Moving away from eyes, I also gave the Cheeky Stick in 'Roseblush' a go. I really like the colour of this and I find the fact it's a stick to be really handy. When first applied it looks super dark and scary but, like any blush, it looks a lot more natural when blended in. So this did look nice but it looked a bit patchy on me. I don't know if that was because of my foundation because it doesn't do that when I blend the swatch in with my fingers, but on my face it did look a bit off. Perhaps with some more careful blending it would look better because I do really like the colour of it, and the formula feels so creamy and nice on the skin. I always find that cream blush can look so much more natural too, particularly if it's matte like this one is.


Left to right: Glitter Pot*, Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen 'Black Cat'*, Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen 'Twilight Purple'*, Eyeshadow 'Charcoal'*, Chunky Crayon 'Jupiter'*, Cheeky Stick 'Roseblush'*. 

I'll be honest and say that I accidentally went over the swatch of the 'Mist' eyeshadow* with the eyeliners because my arm is too white for white eyeshadows to show up on. How upsetting.

Anyway, of all the products I'd definitely recommend the eyeliners and maybe the chunky crayons in a different colour! They do a lot of different colours which can all be picked up on the NV store.


Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Review: Skin Revivals


Apologies for the less frequent posts, I've had a mad rush of having to do work for my art exams. It's all good though because that'll all be over soon and I will be free from it for good and moving on in the world! I can't wait. Anyway, in my absence I was sent these items from Skin Revivals. I wasn't expecting much form them because I usually judge a product on their packaging and I just don't think there's anything special about this packaging. I was very pleasantly surprised, however.

I was sent the Organic Facial Cleansing Oil, Harmonising Tonic and Advanced 24 Hour Balm. These appealed to me because of the natural formula and I think if something is natural it's going to be much better in the long run. Putting loads of chemicals on myself freaks me out a bit. The first impressions of all of them was that they smelled of old people but I've gotten used to the smell and it seems quite fresh to me now and pleasant. 


The facial oil is an oil-based cleanser which you can apply to wet or dry skin. The idea is that you massage it into your skin and then take it off with a cloth as with most cleansing oils. It does a great job of getting makeup off, that's for sure, and the oil comes off easily with warm water. I'm not sure if it's suitable for use on the eye area but I haven't tried that yet. It didn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry at all as many cleansers do but just left it feeling clean and pretty much as it normally does but cleaner.


The harmonising tonic is basically a toner and I just pour a bit of it onto a cotton pad and swipe it over my face to get rid of any leftover makeup or dirt from cleansing. Quick and simple and refreshing. It also says it hydrates the skin which is always good.


The final product is the Advanced 24 Hour Balm. I don't know what I was expecting when I heard 'balm' but this is just a moisturiser. It claims to last for 24 hours and absorb quickly into the skin. I wouldn't go 24 hours with just this as a moisturiser though as it is likely to wear off before then. Definitely does leave my skin feeling soft and very moisturised. Not something I would put on in the mornings because it does stay on the face for a while though it isn't exactly greasy, it just definitely feels as if there's something on your face that would result in makeup coming off more quickly.

All in all, three great products which I have been using every evening since I received them. I've been trying to use more natural products lately because I don't want to be full of chemicals all of the time. I've just tried out coconut oil as a cleanser so perhaps I'll post about that soon.

You can buy all of the products I mentioned from here.


Thursday, May 01, 2014

Product Empties: Maybelline, Batiste, Rimmel, Collection


I knew I'd been keeping some empty bottles for a post, I just seemed to have forgotten the actual purpose along the way. Thankfully I was reminded on twitter so I went to my drawer and pulled these things out. Nothing too exciting, just things I've used up recently!


Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. Loved by many in the beauty blogging community. I bought it for that exact reason, or rather, the youtube community at that time. My expectations for this were very high but I wouldn't say it met my expectations at all. It made me look orange and sparkly, that was about it. My friend was always telling me my face looked sparkly when we went in the sun, and who wants that? I used it up anyway since I might as well but since this is the lightest shade and was still way too dark for me and made me look like an Edward Cullen / Oompa Loompa hybrid, I will not be repurchasing.


Onto a more positive note, I've used up (another) Batiste dry shampoo. I love these things. not only to make my hair look fresher between washes, but also to give texture and volume. This is one of my favourite scents but the white it leaves in my dark brown hair is a pain. I often use the dark brown tinted one but the problem with that is that it leaves brown on my face if I get too close to it! I do love this product but I use it up so quickly, it becomes quite expensive.



Maybelline's Colossal Volume Express mascara was one of my favourites for so long. I've tried it in just about every form you can buy it in. I'll be honest, I'm pretty sure every single one is exactly the same form the smokey eye to the cat eye to the original one but with a different brush. Even so, I like it so its big brush and the volume it gives. I'm into that clumpy mascara look over a more natural look so this would be the perfect mascara if you like that. Since then I've moved on to the Rimmel Scandaleyes simply because the brush is bigger and I feel that it looks less unnatural (I know I just said I don't like natural lashes but the Colossal mascara leaves your eyelashes feeling quite stiff and a little too clumpy.) and my eyelashes feel less rigid when wearing that. Even so, this mascara was a good one that I wore for a good few years.

Apparently I didn't take a picture of the eyeliner individually but I'm sure you can see from the first image. It's the Collection fast stroke eyeliner. I'm not going to lie, this is the oldest thing ever but I thought I'd mention it because it was my first liquid eyeliner and I still have the bottle. It wasn't particularly good, if I remember, but I was young, what did I know? I remember it being a bit gloopy and easy to flake. I think it's cute to keep some of the first beauty products I ever bought because it's like looking at where this sudden makeup obsession stemmed from.

So that's it for my product empties. I don't feel like I go through many products that often because I like to switch things up a lot so I'm left with a load of half empty things that will probably go out of date. Maybe my next post should be 'old products I should probably never touch again'.