31 January 2012

GlossyBox - January (the Valentine's box)

I was really looking forward to receiving this box yesterday, as I wanted some beauty items to cheer me up! I got back home after a long day at work, and it was nowhere to be seen. Gutted. Thankfully though, a random neighbour appeared clutching my GlossyBox - he saved the day! Why the box was at a neighbour's house (who isn't even next door), and no note was left at my house, is beyond me.

Anyway, I'm very pleased with the box and the products I got. Look how lovely and vibrant it is - beautifully strong fluorescent pink colour! Although I think I'm more of a pale pink girl at heart... Nice to have a change now and again to add to my collection of GlossyBoxes.

I received the Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner in Midnight Blue... Very excited to try this one out, as you can never have too many eyeliners and it might make a nice change to the standard black colour I wear everyday.

The two tubes of Clarins Extra Firming Night Cream and Day Cream will also come in handy. I love Clarins, but never buy anything due to the price of it! Intrigued to see what effect these creams do for me, especially as now I'm 23, it'll all go downhill from now on. If all goes wrong, I'm sure my mum would love to add these to her collection, so it's a win/win situation.

I'm not sure why I had the FAB Gentle Body Wash listed on there, when I actually received the Body Moisturiser. Either way, it's a product I have tried before and loved it. It's kind to your skin and has no overpowering smell. Very moisturising too. It'll definitely be part of my travel products when I go away for weekends, as it's the perfect size to pack.

Murad's Skin Perfecting Primer is something I've never heard of before.. I'm currently very happy with the primer I'm using at the moment, but I'll keep my mind open and will give it a go. I'm always worried about using primer due to my skin type, so we'll see how it goes.

Also got a little GlossyBox heart sweet too! Such an adorable gesture - I like little added surprises like that!

Do you receive GlossyBox? What do you think? Are you a fan of beauty boxes?

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30 January 2012

Bath's Vintage & Antique Fair

Yesterday I went to the Bath Vintage and Antiques Fair - a new event that happens on the last Sunday of every month. I was pretty excited about going, not just because of the clothes, but because of the variety of homewear, jewellery, decor... A huge mix of items all under one roof (I feel like singing "It's called Toys R US, Toys R Us, TOYS R US!" after that).

I wasn't disappointed when I got there, especially with the fact it was free to enter (the last 3 fairs I went to all charged me - how rude). I found myself in antique heaven and making a list in my head of all the items I wanted to buy, regardless of how much they cost. I had my eye on a couple of mirrors, some plates, a beautiful handheld mirror brooch and even an old style Winnie The Pooh poster (even though I hate Winnie The Pooh)...

I wanted that white mirror.

Classic sewing machine, and another mirror I wanted in the corner...

So many antique toys! It's called Toys R Us...

I used to have an ET teddy just like him. If it wasn't for the fact he gave me nightmares as a child, he would be mine again.

Three walk-arounds later, I picked up a few things that, in my opinion, were great value for money and arrived home a happy girl!

These two blouses cost me £5 each - BARGAIN. I know the pink Planet blouse will fit as it's a size 8, but the blue Jaeger flower number will definitely be oversized. I love the little detailing on the pink blouse with the dotted seams on the collar. I love the flower pattern on the other blouse too - adds a nice edge to the blouse with the other colours. Either way, very glad to add these into my wardrobe! Classic pieces that were cheap but practical.

I also bought this lovely teacup and saucer candle. I thought this was an amazing idea, and would look great on my shelf or fireplace when I finally get my own house (as in one I can purely decorate and own all to myself... So it'll now be stored away for a good few months!) The pattern is beautiful, and I love the contrast between the teacup and the saucer - mix and match! The candle is also scented with vanilla and smells gorgeous, but I can have any candle in there once it runs out as it's replaceable! I can't wait to try it.

What vintage/antique fair would you recommend?

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28 January 2012

Off to the market

Top: Jack Wills
Leggings: Zara
Gilet: H&M
Necklace: ASOS
Rings: Handmade

Following on from my previous sales post, you may have noticed an extra item in the Zara package I received... I also ended up buying some glitter leggings on complete impulse. Slightly high waisted, very thick and warm; they're the perfect addition to my wardrobe! I almost feel like I don't have to worry too much in case my top crawls up or my dress floats around my waist whilst walking in the wind (don't you just hate when that happens?!). I hate 'flashing' in leggings, but these are brilliant. The material is so thick that it almost feels like you're wearing trousers - I feel 'safe' in them, which is why I don't feel worried about wearing them.

For £16.99, they are unbelievable and a great investment. The glitter doesn't show up too much, so they're perfect for daywear to add a bit of 'oomph' to an outfit, or at night when you want to sparkle. I've never been a fan of zips down your leg, but I think it adds an extra nice quality to them. Of course, they will never be zipped up. That would be weird. Sported with my trusty Jack Wills long grey top and some colourful jewellery to contrast, this is now my 'comfy' outfit (whilst still looking presentable)!

This weekend is a chilled out one. Tonight, I will be eating homemade pizza, drinking wine and watching John Bishop Live on DVD with Tris. Good night in, if I say so myself! Tomorrow, I'm dragging him to the Bath Vintage & Antiques Fair, where I hope to pick up a few bargains! He's also after some vinyls, so we'll be on a right little mission. It's been a year since I last went to a vintage fair (hi Sheffield!) so I'm pretty excited (:

What are you up to this weekend?

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27 January 2012

Models Own Disco Mix

Yet about Models Own beauty – this time in the form of a mix of purple and blue glitter. A real eye opener! The real nails are slowly appearing, so the fake nails are still in tow for the time being. I got this lovely polish for my birthday, and again it’s helped me change my mind about glittery polish.

You can't take this polish for granted – the colour is so strong and vibrant! Once you’ve got 3 coats of this stuff now, your nails are ready for a night on the town, regardless if you are! I love the mix of colours – purples, blues, fuschias - all combined to create a multicoloured wave of magic.

I made sure I applied a clear top coat in order to save the glitter from wearing off on anything or being knocked off, as it feels quite rough. Unfortunately, this did wear off once, about an hour after I applied it. Stupid washing up… So I reapplied thinner layers and luckily it stayed on with no problems! The wear is pretty decent too (when applied thinner, that is) as it stayed on for a good few days before chipping.

This would be great as a top coat against a plain colour polish, either to add some contrast to another colour, or keeping it simple by wearing it over a creamy/white colour just to add a pop of colour. Maybe just adding it to one nail to keep it interesting. Time for some experimenting I reckon…

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25 January 2012

Can't go without some knitwear accessories...

Are you like me and forgot that, now Christmas is well and truly over, it’s still January? Meaning it’s actually pretty damn cold still? I made that stupid mistake during my first week back at work… I put all my chunky knitwear away, chose to leave my big faux fur coat at home, wore my less-warm, slightly smaller coat and pretty much froze my socks off during every commute. Fail.

Now? They’re all out again and gracing my presence by keeping me snuggly and warm again, and probably will stay doing so for the next month or two. I won’t be making the same mistake again!

I started looking at the accessories that I own, which isn’t actually that many. I can safely say though that they all do the job perfectly, and have made me realise that I really don’t need to stock up on some things. Maybe I’m being na├»ve? Or maybe a cheapskate? Either way, you can usually find me in these little numbers - my favourites of my winter wardrobe in accessory form…

I know many people who have an overflowing drawer full of scarves... I have two. Okay that's a lie, I have three, but these two are the ones I reach out for every day. Dependant on just how cold it is, you can either see me all snuggled up in my huge chunky Topshop snood, or toned down a bit in my beautiful Aztec-patterned scarf.

Gloves to suit any situation. Both were presents for my birthday and Christmas, so I'm all set now. I used to have a lilac pair of Topshop gloves - very simple cheap but did the job. Now, my finger-less Accessorize gloves are lovely and cosy (and go with anything thanks to the colour!), yet still allows me to use my iPhone without freezing my entire hand off. That was a big point for me, as I'm constantly attached to my phone. It makes life a lot easier. They do have mittens attached, so I can cover my fingers up if the cold got worse. As for my ASOS owl mittens, they're adorable, bright and I feel like a big kid in them (I don't know why... I guess it's because I haven't owned some mittens since I was younger.) . They're the warmest gloves I've ever worn - possibly too warm?! They're really thick so they do keep my fingers unbelievably toasty, so at least I know that they should work if I ever go on a winter holiday (to an extent...)

My pride and joy, which aren't even mine. My mum lent me these Ugg ear muffs, as she never wears them, for my long commutes to work. My first pair of ear muffs and I love them so much! They keep my ears warm, but doesn't give me a headache by the pressure points (do you ever get that? It hurts right on the side of your head when it happens!) The quality is amazing, and they come in a cute little box to keep safe! Definitely getting the wear they deserve, and making the most of them due to the cost... I'm hoping they will last forever so I don't have to replace them!

What accessories do you count on during the cold weather? Anything you constantly fall back on, or do you like to mix it up each day?

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24 January 2012

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Yes, here I am, joining the blogger bandwagon with the product that many adore... Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser*. I couldn't resist posting about it though. It definitely deserves a mention on the ol' blog.

I was an avid cleansing wipe user, in particular from the Nivea range. I never looked back from it before. It was easy and quick to use, didn’t dry my skin out and generally took all my makeup off with ease.

After reading what feels like a million reviews of Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser, I just knew I had to give it a try. The price tag of £13.75 scared the daylights out of me though, so the kind people at Liz Earle sent me one to try out before I commit myself to it.

I started using this back in October, but haven’t used it every single day. Either way, it’s lasted a very long time and is still going. It’s pretty hard to see how much product is left though, so a bit of guesswork might have to be done! I also only use this during evenings after I've worn make-up all day.

I was a bit nervous about applying it all over my face, especially over my eyes, but it turns out it was very gentle and caused zero irritation. Considering it was over my eyelashes, it’s great to know that this cleanser is so calm and doesn't make your eyes go all sore and bloodshot. My skin itself felt amazing afterwards. I don't think I can recall a time where my skin felt great after taking make-up off - it's either dry, sensitive or very red. My face felt like it didn't need any moisturiser applied (even though I did apply some anyway), which is a big turning point for me! Usually my face screams out for some throughout the entire day. It also took off the entirety of my make-up - foundation, mascara, eye-liner, lipstick, the lot! I'm pretty useless at taking off all my make-up, as sometimes I find a little bit of eye-liner still stuck, but this cleanser was effortless in removing it all, just by one pump of the product.

The muslin cloth is quite rough in my opinion – I expected it to be really soft, but it was generally a cotton-based cloth. It did the trick though and also didn’t add any irritation, which I was worried about considering my skin doesn’t do well with roughness (if that makes any sense!) I have got used to it after a while though, and they get less rough through use.

At £13.75 for the 100ml starter kit, I do think it's great value for money. It might be a lot to spend just on a cleanser, but it's definitely worth it. I must add though, it may not be absolutely perfect for everyone – just look at Eloise and her review as an example. No product is suitable for literally everyone, so always be wary when using something. (:

Have you tried any of Liz Earle's products before? What do you think is the best cleanser you've tried, regardless of the price tag?

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22 January 2012

Woman who lived in her shoe

Jumper: Topshop
Shorts: Topshop
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Office
Ring: Cheap Frills

I haven’t worn my high waist shorts in a while, so it quite a nice change to ‘get the legs out’ in a way. It made me realise that I slightly overindulged during the Christmas break as it sucked me in… Time to look after myself again! Also, I know I'm a bit late on the bandwagon, but how cute is the moustache ring! Only problem is, it dents one of my fingers so it's not very comfortable to wear. Sometimes you've got to go through some pain for fashion, as they say.

These lovely blue shoes are a new addition to my wardrobe, thanks to Office’s eBay outlet store. If you haven’t been on that store, then you need to! It’s like a sale all day every day – amazing! These beauties were originally £52 but went down to £8. Bargain. I love the little kitten heel; a great change to the standard brogue style but still keeps them more of a day shoe. Plus, I don’t need more height added on to me for the daytime, as I’m tall enough. They’re electric blue, soft leather and very comfortable. I can’t quite believe I managed to find them for a mere £8 if I’m honest.

I went back home for the weekend, which was really nice and relaxing. Did a bit of shopping on Saturday with my mum, although didn’t actually buy anything. I was just lusting over every decorative item and kitchen appliance for when I have a flat! I was meant to go for a flat viewing tomorrow, but missed the boat on it apparently. Gutted! So, if anyone knows of any flats available in Bristol, please let me know! I could soon be homeless, but with a lovely pair of blue shoes.

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