Sunday, 10 May 2015

My 22nd Birthday

So the ninth of May was my twenty second birthday - eek! The time has gone so incredibly fast it's insane. I decided to have pretty low-key celebrations this year and went out for a meal and drinks with a few friends. I've been rocking the middle part for a week or so on and off - it's an easy way to update your look and disguise the fact that your fringe has all but completely grown out. I really need a haircut. Well, it is my birthday, maybe I ought to treat myself.

I adore this dress - it's so pretty and feminine but it could easily be toughened up with boots and a leather jacket. However, I chose to keep my look somewhat demure with a smart black blazer and my summer staple silver flats. 

What do you think of my birthday outfit? 

Blazer - Dorothy Perkins ♦ Dress - Topshop ♦ Shoes - ASOS ♦ Rose & heart ring (right) - Pandora ♦ Gold & Emerald ring (left) - a gift ♦ Necklace - my Nanny's

Wednesday, 29 April 2015


Recently, I've been dressing rather smartly so this fun little outfit was a nice change. As you can see, I've accessorised my new top with pet hair. With a house full of fur babies, it's pretty much impossible to keep unwanted fluff off your person. However, I hope it isn't too distracting as I really love this new crop from The Ragged Priest I spied in the ASOS sale - I think it suits me to a tee (pardon the pun). I'm quite an awkward person by nature and often find myself cringing.

I could not resist these silver mules either - I just knew they'd go with so many things and add a up-to-date chic look to any outfit - and they do! I will admit that having worn them for the first time today and walked a little dog that decided to pull me down the straight after the leaves, they do cut into your feet a tad. I'm hoping that as they are worn more they will begin to loosen up, but I thought I'd offer a warning just in case any of you thought about picking a pair up for yourself.

Hope you have a great week!

Crop - The Ragged Priest ♦ Jeans - Topshop ♦ Mules - ASOS ♦  Bracelets - both gifts ♦ Thumb ring - Claires ♦ Rose and heart ring - Pandora ♦ Gold & emerald ring - a gift

Friday, 17 April 2015

Current Beauty Favourites

Vichy Dermablend
I have been using this on and off (but mostly on) for about a year, and I always seem to go back to it. At £16, the price is right, and even though my skin has improved dramatically from when I first purchased, I love the coverage. One qualm I have with this foundation is the lack of choice when it comes to colours - the palest shade Opal can sometimes look a little orange for me if I use too much and I don't think the darkest shade would be useful for black skin. For now, this is my favourite foundation as it is almost perfect.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
I bought this on a whim with my built up Boots advantage points and I am so pleased I did. My foundation has never looked so flawless and I am convinced that a sponge is the best way to apply makeup, I'm just mad I'm only now realising! However, I've only had it for about three weeks and it has a significant amount of tears in it from washing, so I'm curious to see how long it will last. 

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
My favourite mascara to date, I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a lengthening effect. Until I can afford to try out the much coveted Benefit They're Real mascara, I'll be buying this product for the foreseeable future.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Nude Delight 700
In my opinion, this is the perfect nude lipstick on a budget. The colour is subtle and long-lasting and feels moisturising on the lips. At £6.49, it's pretty cheap and at Boots, they currently are offering Rimmel products at 3 for 2.

Baby Oil
I swapped my old moisturiser for this about a year ago after my sister's recommendation. I have to say, my skin is softer than it has been for years. I have senstive skin on my chest and this is gentle enough not to irritate it. Between two and three pounds, you can't go wrong. This bottle has lasted since September.

Do you use any of these products?

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Black crop & baggy trousers

Top - New Look ♦ Trousers - New Look (old) ♦ Boots - Matalan ♦ Necklace - Charity shop 

Anyone notice my Dad in the background? I've recently rediscovered these trousers from the depths of my wardrobe and although ironing them is a nightmare, I'm bloody loving them. I've teamed them with these chunky black boots - I love putting discordant items together and making them work, it's like a fashion challenge! Anyway, when I wear these trousers I feel so chic and I think they are the perfect for both work and play. Speaking of play, this is the outfit I wore to see Morrissey, who was amazing. I had a brilliant time, although I had a bit of a cry during Meat is Murder. I am an old softie. 

What I thought was so cool about the show was that Morrissey requested that the venue only served vegetarian food - yay! I'm still buzzing from the show, although I must say I was impressed by the supporting artist  Buffy Sainte-Marie, at the age of 74, she was a very strong performer.

Have you been to any concerts or shows recently? 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I've recently been using disposable make-up sponges to apply my make-up and I decided I would like to try something a bit more durable. I am aware that I am very late on the Beauty Blender band wagon but for a long time, I swore by brushes alone for my make-up. I have had bad experiences with Real Techniques - I purchased their stippling brush and it lasted less than a year before it started shedding. However, the price was right on this one (thank goodness for Boots points!) so I thought I'd give it a go.

The sponge is very soft to touch when dry and when damp, it expands. I love the squidgy texture. I either apply foundation straight to my face in dots on my chin, cheeks and forehead or directly onto the sponge and begin patting with the sponge, using the flat cone shape around the pointed end. I've seen tutorials using the flat side for application but I personally prefer the rounded shape as I can pat and roll easily. It feels so gentle; sometimes I find brushes can be scratchy or too firm for my sensitive skin but this is so light on the face. If you're not used to using a sponge, the technique can take a bit of getting used to - I mostly used a pad and roll motion. It definitely gives you a good full coverage with a natural finish, I find with a brush I'm often left with streaks and the sponge eliminates this issue. I wash this every time I use it with water and a little antibacterial hand wash or shampoo. If I'm really struggling to get the make-up out, I use a little argan oil - I've heard you can use olive oil too. These oils are great for your skin - bonus! 

I'm still getting used to this sponge - I've found it hasn't worked so well with my Benefit foundation (Hello Flawless) but that may be an error in my technique. However, it works beautifully with Vichy Dermablend - probably the most smooth application I've ever had. Again, I'm still finding my feet with Benefit so don't take my word for that. Overall, I'd say this is much nicer to use than a brush and gives a flawless finish, I recommend! However, I've been using it for a few weeks now and have noticed a considerable amount of tears from washing so I'm not sure how long it will last. 


Sunday, 8 March 2015

March's Most Wanted

Wall Decor ♦ Heels ♦ Book ♦ Box Set ♦ Jumper ♦ Cat Necklace 

It's that time of the month again - no, not that one! We're talking about March's Most Wanted items, and I've got some great picks this time that hopefully you'll love as much as I do. Who knows, maybe your mom shares my taste and you'll find the perfect Mother's Day gift.

Although I'm still living at home with my parents, I'm very into home-ware and am constantly fantasizing about how I'll decorate my flat when I finally get the funds together. I absolutely love these unique wall decorations from Gems of the Soil. It's perfect for an apartment as it gives you a taste of the outdoors without the need for a garden.

I don't know about you, but when I check out ASOS I also head straight to the sale section. Luckily, ASOS never disappoints and I found this beauty. These delicate yet quickly heels are perfect for jazzing up a daytime look. 

I have seen the film Persepolis and really enjoyed it, so it seems a crime that I haven't actually read the book. I found this online at Urban Outfitters, but I would probably actually just purchase it on my Kindle. Plus, Kindle books are always a little cheaper, so that's a bonus!

Okay, this is a bit of a random one, but hey, it's my most wanted, so instead of picking the latest cool tv series I may as well be honest. I've recently been watching Ugly Betty on Netflix, but to my horror, the realisation that it only carries up to series two quickly dawned upon me. At this stage, my bank account is definitely not healthy enough to splurge nearly £25 on a eight year old programme box set, but maybe I'll cave as I really want to see what happens next! (Even though I've already seen it...) 

This boxy sweater is totally my style and the shiny panel really adds something to it. It would go with so many things, and since the weather is just beginning to turn, it would be perfect for these in between winter and spring days. 

How cute is this little kitty necklace by Eclectic Eccentricity - it looks just like my Casper cat. You can choose from several different breeds of dog too - take a look and see if they have one that resembles your pooch! They are hand-painted and ceramic so they aren't they most hardy pieces of jewellery but I think they are adorable.

What do you think of my March wishlist? 

Friday, 6 March 2015

Smart trousers & cropped shirt

Shirt - Missguided ♦ Trousers - Dorothy Perkins ♦ Shoes - Peacocks ♦ Necklace - Charity shop ♦ 
Thumb ring - Claires ♦ Rose ring - Pandora ♦ Gold ring - a gift 

It's not often I go somewhere posh enough to dress up and act hopefully sophisticated, but Wednesday night was the evening of my friend's art exhibition. It was a lovely night; although admittedly I was quite late and ended up getting lost on the way to the venue. Seriously, am I the only one who struggles with the map thing on the iPhone when asking for walking directions? I always seem to end up off the blue line and somewhere random. 

I'm sorry these photos aren't up to the usual standard - had a bit of an issue with the camera and resorted to using my phone. While we're on the subject, does anyone have any tips for taking blog photos on the iPhone? Although they are basically good quality photos, they don't quite meet my standards when it comes to blogging, am I doing something wrong?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated. 

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