week in photos

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Infernos, Hating life on the treadmill, Face, Apple Shampoo! White and OPI Rainbow Connection, Summery London, I like Sunshine, I like You and I like beer and meat, Origins Face Wash, Muller Light Mint, SATC, Models Own Polishes, Broken Necklace, Finally getting round to using my Mullbery Purse, Whats in my bag, Ugly Brooch, Starbucks with "Emma", Its What's inside that counts egg on Great Marlborough Street, Masses of nail polishes, Models Own Hedonist, Ebaying stuff, Eyebrows!

models own ibiza mix

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models own ibiza mix layered over maybelline ceramic blue
Models Own Ibiza Mix: Boots/Models Own (£5)*

The Models Own x Hed Kandi range caught my eye as soon as the press release dropped into my inbox. I painted mine almost immediately with the bright neon coral shade from the collection called Hedonist, but my housemate stepped in to model Ibiza Mix for me. The Models Own and Hed Kandi range reflects the spirit of Ibiza and all things summery. Ibiza Mix nail polish is a fun shade full of multi coloured glitter (pinks, blues, greens and golds) which I think reflect the colour of the sea and the sun all suspended in a clear polish. Im surprised Models Own haven't released their own version of OPI's Rainbow connection yet, but this is similar but with more blues and golds rather than multi coloured rainbow. I'd love to see more of these clear glitter nail polishes from Models Own. I highly recommend this shade as its fun and unique and great for layering! I can't wait to use it!
These haven't launched online yet but should be in some stores that stock Models Own.


Friday, March 30, 2012

dress: monki
necklace: forever 21
rings: jwlry, market stall, love hearts and crosses*
watch: swatch
nails: maybelline turquoise lagoon*

Another summery outfit today! I've been trying to make the most of the last of the sunshine before it goes away again. I read somewhere its a supposed to snow next week or something, I'll be pulling my fur coat out again! I bought this dress with the intention of wearing it to LFW, but I opted for something else. I wasn't going to keep this Monki dress but I ended up having to as I forgot to return it before the 28 days and I didn't fancy exchanging it. Oops! Im kinda glad I did keep it in the end as I do really like the way it looks on. Like a lot of Monki stuff it's so simple but has a quirky edge to it with the over layer. Monki is quickly becoming one of my favourite stores! I also wore these Primark sandal wedges that I bought a few years ago. They make my legs look even shorter than they already are but oh well!

Off for a bit of shopping on Oxford Street this evening with my Flatmate. I need to buy a new foundation (probably going to get Estee Lauder Double Wear as per usual!) and some tights (oh the excitement). Im then going to come home and tan and continue with the 30 day shred! I've done it everyday since I started and it doesn't hurt as much as everyone has made out it does!

ELF Studio Blush in gotta glow

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wearing the balm frat boy with elf studio blush to make it shimmery 
ELF Studio Blush in Gotta Glow: £3.50 (E.L.F)

Ive seen this a few times on the ELF website but havent got round to purhcasing it so on one of their free shipping things I decided to buy it. Kates been raving about the Nars Albatross highlighter for a while and I've read before this was a dupe yolks ago so I went ahead and got it. I really like the fresh shimmery highlighted look at the moment- perfect for the super summery weather we are having at the moment!

ELF Blush is Gotta Glow is a ivory, gold toned yellowish powder that gives a subtle highlight and glow to the cheeks. It doesn't look ashy on my skin which I really like as I think white looks really stark on my warm toned tanned skin! It feels slightly chalky to the touch, but the shimmer translates well onto the cheeks without looking powdery. Its quite sparkly, but I'd presume if you're looking for a highlighter then a shimmer is to be expected. Its good for applying on top of matte blushes to give a soft shimmery look or just to give a summer glow to your makeup.

Overall I think it is a OK product, It does the job well and for the price you really can't complain all that much. However I do prefer the Collection 2000 way to glow shimmer shades as a highlighter than this. It's just a nicer tone on my skin. But, It's an okay dupe for Nars Albatross but obviously not the same quality.

things i like #4

Thursday, March 29, 2012

nail polish: models own ibiza mix, satchel: cambridge satchel
dress: topshop, kitty shoes: ebay watch: micheal kors


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

dress: asos*
necklace: primark
rings: jwlry
nails: maybelline turquoise lagoon*

Spent most of today in our garden relaxing and catching up on stuff. The weather is absolutely gorgeous, not a cloud in the sky! This post is mainly to show off my amazing new necklace from Primark that I got for a bargain price of £5. I don't normally wear gold jewellery, I tend to pick silver toned ones rather than gold. I think it can look really tacky at times. However when I saw it I knew it would look gorgeous with this ASOS dipped back dress. Plus, considering this would be about £20 odd in Topshop its just right in my eyes!

PS: this post isn't sponsored by coca cola but if they'd like to send me some freebz it would save me a lot of money as I drink way too much O_O luv lilz xoxo

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes review swatch photo
Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes: Superdrug (£2.99)

Kate posted on Twitter that she wanted some makeup removing wipes so I mentioned I'd been using the Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes so decided I'd just quickly review them for here! To take my makeup off I normally use facial oils, I've never really enjoyed using makeup wipes. Most of them dry my skin out and leave it super tight and uncomfortable. Generally I find makeup wipes to be really convenient and "quick", just not that great for my skin. In my Company Magazine Goodybag I got a packet of them and took them to Cardiff with me because I was going to stay at a friends house and didn't want to take my whole face routine.

I like the Kleenex Facial Wipes because they are really gentle on the face. I don't feel like I need to really scrub to get my face makeup off. I do use na extra eye makeup remover (Bioderma) to remove my eye makeup as I don't think they are intended for eye use. However they do a decent job of the rest of my face. The texture of the wipes are unlike any wipes I've tried in the past. They are slightly quilted and feel really durable, they remind me a bit of toilet paper in a weird way but thicker. They are super soft and dont irrirate the skin, with a light fresh scent to them. I really like that feel moist without being too wet if you get what I mean!

And to quote Kate "think i'll go with kleenex - if they can take off @llymlrs makeup then they must be industrial strength ;)" Maybe not industrial strength but they do a good job and the price is really reasonable for a facial wipe.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

tunic: topshop (few seasons old)
necklace: asos*
jacket: own the runway*
leggings: american apparel via asos*
nails: beauty uk white* & opi rainbow connection
lips: nars bolereo (review here)

I really do love this pearl collar way more than I thought I would. Its so versatile and the perfect piece to make a outfit more "dressy" without being too much. Im sure I've worn this dress on the blog a few times, but due to lack of money at the moment Im trying to re-wear as much as I can. I bought it in the sale from Topshop a few seasons ago and it was just perfect! Thankfully it survived The Great White Dress Massacare of Summer 2011 in which 6 of my favourite white dresses (including this one! RIP) got turned bright pink after a stray scarf was left in the washing machine.

I decided to start the 30 day shred last night and its already starting to hurt. Im not particularly unfit (well not as unfit as I thought I was!) but oh my god the weights. I have such weakling arms I'd never make it was a professional wrestler!

everyday makeup 004

fotd face of the day daily makeup llymlrs
Eyes- MAC Gleam, MAC Expensive Pink, MAC Espresso for Brows, Loreal Super liner Carbon Gloss, YSL Faux Clis, Ebay Eyelashes Face- MUFE HD Foudnation mixed with Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover in Creamy Tan, MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus, 17 Instant Glow Bronzing Powder in Medium, Look Beauty Blush in Flirt, Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in Way to Glow, Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake Tan: St Moritz Dark Mousse

master of puppets

Monday, March 26, 2012

top: vintage (you can get them on ebay)
skirt: primark
rings: jwlry, market stall, forever 21
watch: swatch
necklace: asos*
shoes: H&M
nails: beauty uk white* and opi rainbow connection

Today has gone way too quickly for my liking! I have literally just sat down at my computer and seen it's 7pm. Absolutely crazy! The clocks changing really does mess with my head and my daily goings on! Although it is lovely having more daylight and not having to walk home in the dark come 5pm! Cant wait to start spending my evenings in the beer gardens!

A sort of summery outfit today to match the weather, I wore something similar on Saturday shopping but decided to wear my Metallica tshirt instead of  a studded black body. Had a bit of grief about saying my t-shirt was vintage even though I'm sure Master of Puppets came out way before I was born so its vintage enough for me! I bought it from a local vintage shop when I was living back at home but you can buy rawk~ tee's off ebay for about a tenner most of the time! I simply snipped the sleeves off and its now my perfect summer tee, Primark Men's tee's are good for cutting the sleeves off too for a sorta grungy look. Plus they are cheap so doesn't break the bank! I wore my new dipped hem skirt from Primark too, Which Im absolutely in love with. Im forever drawn to grey marl, but the dipped back gives it a cool floaty, sporty feeling it has. Im really loving the dipped hem look at the moment I might even get the black one when I have some more money! I didn't think it suited me initially but it's definitely a grower!

PS. Excuse my dodgy leg colour, my bed always casts a blue shadow on my legs! Trust me they were suitably orange ;)

john frieda full repair shampoo and conditioner

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john frieda full repair shampoo and conditioner: boots/superdrug (£5.69 each) *

In my eyes, Shampoo and Conditioner fall into two categories. The ones I like, and the one I don't like. Im not really big on hair products, I am trying to improve my hair care routine but it really doesn't appeal to me that much. To briefly explain my history with hair washing products, Im not brand loyal in the slightest. I tend to buy whatever is on offer in Boots or Superdrug, ones that are fragrance free (Im allergic to most highly scented hair products, especially Herbal Essences) and where possible volumizing ones. Also I despite having dryer ends don't generally use Conditioner. This is mainly because it weighs my fine hair down and I use Morroccan Oil or treatments to give my the hair moisture.

I really like the smell of the John Frieda Shampoo and Conditoner duo, its fresh and light. Im not allergic to it either, which is always a plus side! The product comes in bright red packaging and although I was skeptical about the squeeze tubes at first, they are really easy to use and perfect for the shower. The John Fredia Full Repair Shampoo is light and it really feels really clarifying and my hair is left really clean and soft. I've recently been testing a lot of products on my hair which can build up if I don't use a good shampoo to get rid of the build up. Like I said before I don't tend to use Conditioner, However the John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner is incredibly lightweight and I find it doesn't weigh my hair down at all. I have quite dry ends (thanks Ombre!) then the rest of my hair is normal but I have fine hair so products can leave it looking greasy if I use too much. I actually really enjoyed trying out the Full Repair Conditioner and I would probably buy it again.

I think if you have dry or damaged hair then the John Frieda Full Repair range is for you. It might be too much for people with oiler to normal hair. Its very lightweight range even though its moisturising which means its great for dryer/damaged hair. With mine being a mix of the two I found it perfect mix of moisturising without being too heavy. I can see myself purchasing this again as I've really enjoyed trying them out.

sunday portrait week 117

Sunday, March 25, 2012

001. Lovely summery Sunday, Especially now the clocks have changed and we have a bit more time to enjoy! We went out last night in Clapham, which was amazing and terrible in equal parts (if you've been to Infernos you'd know what I mean!). Surprisingly I've not felt too terrible so I actually got to enjoy my Sunday rather than sitting in the dark! I actually wore my hair up last night when I went out, and I never ever wear it up in public. But I actually quite liked it in the end! Tonight I'm having a chill night in with a Dominos and some films!

002. Currently craving a summer update to my wardrobe. I left most of my summer clothes at home when I moved to London so I've hardly got any weather appropriate clothing at the moment! I know Im doing the typical british thing of as soon as the sun comes out the winter wardrobe has been chucked out in favour of summer dresses and gladiator sandals! After my initial dismissal of colourful clothing this s/s, I've started to warm to colour again. Especially pinks and mint green! I need this dress from Topshop in my life!

003. Finally started reading John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, Its been on my Kindle for ages and I thought I'd start reading it this week! I've given up on the other book I was reading (A Feast of Crows, George R.R. Martin) as it was a bit slow. I'll probably pick it up again once the new series of Game of Thrones starts and I'm a bit more inspired.

004. This week I'm looking forward to some events on Thursday, Especially the Motel one! They always put on a lovely event! Im going home at the weekend to watch Wrestlemania with my brother! Not sure about staying at home for the rest of that week as well so I don't need to go back again for Easter! Other than that my life is same old same old! A lot of people think my life is really interesting but its fairly average I think! I just tend to share the interesting stuff, rather than "hey this is me sitting on the sofa watching Beyonce world tour!"

005. Its still free worldwide shipping on all JLWRY orders!
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