30 January 2013

Japonesque Safari Chic Bronzer Brush | Review

Japonesque Safari Chic Bronzer brush - £19.50*

I've been using a lot of mineral foundation and powder bronzer/blusher lately, and I love using Kabuki brushes to apply them. My last Kabuki brush has long gone, so I jumped at the chance to check out Japonesque's new Safari Chic Bronzer brush.

It feels incredibly soft and is made from synthetic fibres - the bristles aren't rough against your skin so it shouldn't cause any irritation. It picks up enough product and just glides over your face without much effort (the dome shape really helps with this).

It's a really cute brush in general - I'm not one for animal print, but it definitely brightens up where I keep all my brushes! Plus, as it's made with synthetic fibres, it makes it animal friendly... Typically this is a bronzer brush, but you could use it for applying mineral/powder-based make-up like I do. The brush is quite large (yet great for travelling) so the product can spread pretty easily.

It's a bit on the pricey side (just under £20 for ONE BRUSH?!), but the quality is great, and the pattern is adorable... I can't say the animal print makes me want to spend more money though. It's a fab little addition to the Kabuki collection though.

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28 January 2013

You left my heart like an abandoned car | Outfit

Shirt: Primark | Vest underneath: Topshop | Shorts: Topshop

All credit to my mum for this shirt - I think it's definitely suitable for me! I've been meaning to buy a 'letters' shirt for a while now, but never found one I like. This is a cute batwing sheer shirt. The short sleeves and loose fit will make it great for when the weather warms up. It's very smart/casual, and I can wear it with pretty much everything (I do love a good versatile shirt).

The last few days have been majorly busy for me. Over the weekend, one of my lovely friends had a surprise baby shower, which was great fun. We played baby shower games, such as guessing nursery rhymes (which turned quite dirty... As you do) and tasting baby food. That last one wasn't a favourite activity of mine. The first one made me heave, so I kind of stopped that game afterwards. Seeing the others suffer out the rest of the baby food was hilarious though. After fun and games, I went to the cinema to see Django Unchained with the boyfriend (yes, you heard that right. "Kept that one quiet"). Incredible film, but pretty gruesome and long! Definitely recommend watching it though!

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25 January 2013

How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

Dress: Primark | Leggings: Topshop

I may have cheated with these photos (even though I did wear this dress earlier in the week), as my hair has faded and grown a lot since these were taken. Oh wellz. Primark strikes again with this midnight blue number. It's got a sheer overlay that's pleated, and an elasticated waist to add definition yet doesn't get rid of comfort. I'm only comfortable wearing this with leggings though. It does have a tendency to ride up a little bit, as the underlay skirt is quite fitted. I wish Primark offered this dress in different colours though, as it would be very useful to stock up on!

I really miss blogging lately, but I just don't seem to have any spare time to do it! I think the weather over the last week hasn't helped either... I'm currently living in jeans, jumpers and Ugg(ly) boots. Not exactly great outfits, but necessary for the time-being. I do have some blog posts lined up though (once I've finished writing them), so hopefully the blogging routine will be back to normal shortly!

However, because I haven't been blogging properly in a while, I'm starting to consider the transition from Blogger to Wordpress. If anyone can recommend an easy way to go about this, then please let me know! I figured it'd be a good time to do it whilst my blog is all quiet and stuff... :)

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21 January 2013

Snow day

The smallest snowman evz.

Not so much an outfit post, but a round up of my super busy weekend that involved a hell of a lot of snow... Obviously. The only things I have to show are my Topshop duffle coat and my Hunter wellies. The coat is too big for me now, but I'm calling it my 'snow coat' as I can layer up a lot under it and it's long enough so my jeans/trousers/whaever-I'm-wearing don't get ruined... I adore my wellies though, especially the duck egg blue colour. They're pretty comfortable and came in very useful because of the height of them!

I usually hate snow. Everything about it... It's cold and wet. It ruins my clothes. When it starts to go, it turns into sludge. Sometimes it turns into ice. Just... Bleurgh. Saying that though, I don't think I've ever been out in the snow so much before the weekend just gone. I went sledging with the girls on Saturday, which was the most hilarious day ever. Jess and I nearly crashed into a tree, and then nearly went straight through some bushes on the golf course. Brilliant day, but I lost all feeling in my fingers and toes (there I go moaning again).

I then went sledging again on the Sunday with another friend, and I beat him at sledging, which I was pretty proud about! Although I fell off and made a fool of myself... I chose the 'just laugh it off' route rather than the 'Omgzzz I bloody hate snow' route.

Driving in it wasn't much fun though, so I could do with it disappearing now. I'm bored now Mr Snowman. MELT ALREADY.

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16 January 2013

Photoblog: January 2013 (Part 1)

1. Vinyl obsession begins. | 2. Yankee candles. | 3. Bed time. | 4. FOTD. | 5. Coloured 'The Killers' record. | 6. Riders On The Storm. | 7. Fangirling over Jeff Leach. | 8. OOTD. | 9. Vintage record case. | 10. One Line A Day diary. | 11. Comfiest pyjamas. | 12. I hate snow. | 13. Surprise lunch notes. | 14. High priority to watch. | 15. The most beautiful record EVZ.

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14 January 2013

Leather jacket love song

All Topshop

I bought this dress in the Topshop sale for £20 and I'm so glad I did. I love the split colour and the flowery (kind of looks like trees... Or maybe they're clovers... I don't know) pattern. The lace peter pan collar is so cute as well. It's a great fit, flattering but quite floaty as well. I teamed it with my new leather jacket that I adore. The whole outfit is new, and I liked how the leather jacket added an edge to the cute dress. Plus, it's pretty warm (as much as jackets can be, anyway), which is great for this season! It's definitely a staple piece in my wardrobe, as it's just timeless.

I'm just a massive mix of emotions right now. You know when things just happen all at once and you have no idea what to think or what you can do to help? Yeah, that. On one hand, I'm pretty happy and last week was great for various reasons. But on the other hand, my best friend is going through a tough time and I wish I could take her heart ache away. She's been there for me recently and now I'm being there for her, but I can't help but feel sad too. Life does suck sometimes.

Saying that though, she's started her own blog to document her thoughts on life. Obviously, her last post isn't very positive, but it shows just how powerful blogging can be. Blogging is a great way to escape, no matter what you blog about. It's not all about fashion and beauty, y'know! Just the fact she found the strength to write her last two blog posts has made me so proud of her. It's also made me rethink about the point of blogging, but that's for a different blog post!

In the meantime, I can only hope the following photo puts a smile back on her face...

I look stoned. Brilliant.

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11 January 2013

NARS Eyeshadow in Night Clubbing

NARS Eyeshadow in Night Clubbing

Strangely, NARS is one of my favourite beauty brands, even though this is the first product I've ever owned. I've used the brand before, and tried various products out in stores, but I couldn't face spending a lot of money on one product.

This eyeshadow, called Night Clubbing, has changed my mind. I can see why people rave about the brand and are willing to part with £17 each time.

Night Clubbing is a shimmery black eyeshadow, with gold tones. It's great to create a smoky eye look, but with a bit more of dazzle (I like that word)! Other people have said it results in an olive colour, which I definitely agree with - black and gold together just works!

On application, the pigmentation is incredible. You only need a small amount, unless you want to create a very dramatic look. My guess is that, when applied wet, it will be so much stronger and intense. It blended easily onto the eyelid, so you can make it more smoky rather than a harsh block of colour. It also lasted all day, which I find is strange for glittery eyeshadows. Most tend to fade away, or the glitter starts to spread across your face. NARS' Night Clubbing stayed in place the entire time, and yet was easy to remove at the end of the day.

As for the packaging, I love how classic it looks. So simple and yet quite elegant (if you can call packaging that)! NARS palettes are all the same, and I love that it never changes. It's bold. It doesn't need any fancy colours or patterns, because the products do the talking.

£17 may be a lot of money for one eyeshadow, but the product itself is gorgeous. It's the best eyeshadow I've used in ages as it's very easy to apply, it's long lasting and it's dramatic. The colour is unbelievable... It's been a long time since I've been able to leave my eyeshadow all day without reapplying! It's just a shame that it will break the bank a little bit, but in my opinion, it's totally worth it.

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