i went to the zoo

Friday, August 31, 2012

Day Trippin'

Today I went to London Zoo. Yup. You know me biggest loner in the world 2k12 went to the Zoo on her own. I was actually supposed to be going with someone but that fell through so I thought I'd just ride solo! I saw loads of amazing animals and actually had a really good time. It was my first time going to London Zoo and I've always wanted to go have a look around! I strategically missed out the animals I don't like (reptiles, birds and bugs!) but managed to get around the whole thing and see most of the animals I wanted to! I had to fight the urge to keep going OMGGG SQUEE SO CUTE to myself at the ones I liked the best. My favourites were the Penguins and the Sloth. I think Sloths are just so fascinating but strange creatures. I've always liked Penguins and the exhibit for them was amazing, so many different varieties! I saw them being fed too which was all kinds of adorableness but my phone had run out of battery at this point so I couldn't snap away anymore! I even bought myself a little fluffy emperor penguin, because you can't go to a tourist attraction and not get a ridiculous cuddly toy (:

competition: passion for fashion

dress: topshop (£80)
shoes: new look (£24,99)
bag: new look (£15.99)
nails: models own hedonist (£5)
necklace: asos (£6)
total: £131.98

I've teamed up with Money Supermarket to be a part of a pretty fun competition in which all you need to show off your dream outfits for under £200. The aim is to create some awesome looks for autumn/winter by being as creative and money savvy as you can. I am personally judging the Party category with some other bloggers tackling the other ones . I will be looking through each and every entry too, so really put as much effort into it as you want!

To enter all you need to do is mock up a visual (see examples) of the £200 outfit for each of the 5 categories outdoor, party wear, casual, first date/formal and office. In your blog post, you need to state which category each outfit is for. You should also credit the source of all images you use, and explain why each outfit is great value. Within your post be sure to link to our competition page http://www.moneysupermarket.com/home-insurance/passion-for-fashion/ so that your readers know what 'Passion for Fashion' is. Once you’ve written your post, email a link to passionforfashion@moneysupermarket.com with a link to your post in and you'll receive a confirmation email within 72 hours.

Below are some more examples of the type of images your supposed to be making. To do this you can use Polyvore or mock them up in a program like paint or photoshop! Remember to credit your images and link back to the stores you pick from as well as doing a total of the outfit price, including any of the discount codes you may have chosen to use!

dress: glamourous (£35.99)
bag: new look (£19.99)
shoes: river island (£50)
necklace: asos (£6)
bracelet: asos (£12)
total: £123.98

dress: river island (£25)
shoes: daisy street shoes (£29.99)
bag: new look (£7.99)
total: £71.98
DISCLAIMER: I am being compensated for judging this contest and therefore currently affiliated with Money Supermarket. All opinions are my own, and no I don't take bribes ;)

river island a/w

The following video post is sponsored by River Island

a sneak peek of things to come...

The River Island A/W Collection is slowly filtering into stores now and I for one have already indulged in a ton of Autumn Wnter stuff! River Island have really upped their game this A/W and have really changed the way I feel about the brand. Gone are the days of tacky diamtes and ill-fitting prints, they've come back full force with baraoque print, furturistic goth looks and downtown New York styling. You can see my coverage of the Press Day's here!

quick reviews #4

Thursday, August 30, 2012

quick review guerlain rose aux joues blush over rose chic pink ginvera marvel gel revlon just bitten stylfile xen tan absolute luxe dark lotion estee lauder double wear
Alot of products I test out don't always make it into full blown reviews so I thought I'll pop regular quick reviews of things I've been trying recently before either expanding into full reviews in the future or letting slip into the backlog of products I test. Do let me know in comments if you'd like to hear more about products or eventual full reviews!
Quick Reviews

Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo (£26.55)*: I literally just got these blushes through the post today but really couldn't resist showing them off. I received the shades Over Rose and Chic Pink. Both are gorgeous finely milled super soft pigmented blushes. I'm wearing Chic Pink right now and I simply adore it! Fabulously decadent packaging too, I've never warmed to gold but I really love these for some reason!

Ginvera Marvel Gel (£22)*: Marvel Gel is a strange green liquid gel that is slightly slime like for lack of a better explanation. It is a very gentle exfoliator that doesnt really feel like anything when you apply it onto the face. You rub it into skin gently in small circlular motions (I focus most on my congested areas) and then balls of dead skin sort of form and rub off. It sounds disgusting but it works wonders!

Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stains (£7.99):I have three shades of these super popular lip stains but I can't say Im sold on any of them. The colours don't really do it for me and I find them overall to be a bit average. They are long lasting and feel very comfortable on the lips and I can see why the hype is pretty big in the blog world, Just can't say these do much for me personally though!

Stylfile (£4.99)*: Invented by some bloke who was on the Apprentice the Stylfile is a S shaped nail file which aims to make filing and shaping the nails alot easier. I don't do anything to my natural nails but I bought some new nails that are way too long for me so have been using these to keep them nicely shaped. Incredibly easy to use and is perfect if you have no idea what you're doing when it comes to shaping your nails!

Xen-Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe
(£39.99)*: I won a goody bag full of Xen Tan products at a blogging event a few months ago and finally got around to using it. I can't say I was completely impressed with my first application, I thought it would be so much darker than it came out. Two applications and I was at the tan colour I liked to be, but I really expected a hell of alot more from a premium tanning brand, especially one that claims to be ultra dark! The application was fine and streak free and super simple, I'm gonna keep trying this to see if I get along with it any better! Maybe I just like being really really dark!

Estee Lauder Double Wear (£27.50): I haven't worn this foundation in yonks but after some issues with foundation breaking me out recently, I decided to go back to what I knew worked for me. High coverage, matte long lasting foundation that covers completely. It's quite thick compared to foundations I've been using recently. I know double wear is a very love/hate product but I really enjoy using it as it doesn't break me out and leaves my skin looking perfect and flawless. Also it's worth noting never wear this on a night out, due to the high SPF it makes your face look washed out and is commonly known as "ghost face"! Many a night I've had photos with my face 100 times paler than my body!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

jumper: primark
skirt: primark
shirt: asos
shoes: topshop
hat: H&M
bag: zara

Sorry for the MIA-ness! Although I have to admit I'm a teeny tiny bit not sorry as I had one of the best weekends I've had since I've moved to London 8 months ago! I really live for the weekends at the moment! It was just one of action packed bank holiday weekends that was the perfect mix between party times and chilling out. Monday ended up at Notting Hill Carnival! The carnival was just amazing and the atmosphere was just crazy. Tonight Im going to see At The Drive-In which are one of my fave bands (this is my favourite song by them! Sorry if it offends your ears!) so should be pretty intense. I always have thing about seeing bands I really like live mainly because all the ones I like seem to have all split up or in the process of splitting up so it's not really the same if you get me. I don't think it will be like how I imagine it in my head, but gosh Im so darn excited! Big thanks to my friend James for sorting the tickets for me!

This isn't what Im wearing tonight, but just what I put on this morning. I bought this skirt a few days ago, its basically a metallic version of THAT primark skirt from last year. I really like it but its quite hard to style! I also bought this bag after seeing it on Kate (credited, eh?) it's just a simple chain black bag which is roomy enough for daywear and easy to take on a night out! It was the only one left in Zara after Kate posted about it so I think it might be the new blogger bag! My other Zara messenger bag has finally bit the dust although I have to admit it did have a really good run! I don't normally like non-leather bags but I do think Zara ones are just lovely!

Anyway I really hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend whatever you did! (:

how much is your face worth?

the price of beauty

I saw Louise do this tag so thought I'd join in and do the same thing! I know I like high end makeup and don't actually tend to dwell too much on the prices of thing whenever I buy things. I did however think that this was just a fun and interesting tag when it comes down to it! The basic idea of the tag (if you couldn't guess) is to list all the products you use on your face and then add them up to get the price of all the products you use. I've spend hundreds, if not thousands on makeup over the years so I imagine it to be pretty high! Anyway lets take a look at the products I wore today:
Benefit The Porefessional (£23.50), Dior Air Flash Foundation (£33), Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19), Clarins Skin Illusion Mineral Foundation (£28), MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Dark (£21),  MAC Style Blush (£14.50), Clarins Odyessy Face Palette (£35)*, Inglot Shadow in Shine 09 (£4.50), MAC Espresso (£10), Pixi Lash Line Ink (£12)*, Avon Super Shock Mascara (£10), Ardell Demi Wispies (£4.99), Topshop Whimsical Lipstick (£8)

This comes to a total of 208.68 without including any of the skincare, treatments, brushes or stuff like that! I can't say I'm genuinely shocked at the price of it all, Although I can say I actually expected it to be a hell of a lot more than £200! I know I like high end makeup and wear a hell of alot of it at that! I suppose I do get more than one use out of all of these items so it could be justified by CPW (cost per wear)! I could have worn less of the products too, for example I don't wear powder or bronzer much at the moment, and I didn't really need to wear the Clarins highlighter I just like putting it on my face! It is worth pointing out some of the items have been given to me so I didn't buy all of them so I could use that as a slight excuse! I usually hate these open ended questions at the end of posts, but I'd genuinely love to know the cost of your faces?

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask: boots(£?)*

Ultra rich and soothing face mask

Alot of French skincare is hard to get hold of in the UK but Boots does stock a few select brands in most of their stores, La Roche Posay is one of them. The Hydraphase Intense Mask was a product that caught my eye on a press release so I was sent a sample over to test out. While my skin is not dry, its very very dehydrated (there is a difference!) so I tend to try and use mask's or intense treatment style moisturisers to combat this. I found Hydraphase Intense Mask very moisturising and good at giving my skin a bit of a boost when it looks dehydrated or a little dull. This mask is rich without being greasy or sticky, unscented, silky in texture, and extremely soothing. I also haven't experianced any breakouts or problems with my skin since I started using it. This mask reminds me of the Origins Drink Up Mask, A Ultra rich and hydrating skin pick me up. It's quick, easy to use and works quite well. It's easy to get hold of as most Boots stock La Roche Posay.

clarins odyssey face palette

Sunday, August 26, 2012

clarins odyssey face palette review swatch photo
clarins odyssey face palette review swatch photo

clarins oydessy face palette: £35*

Perfect all over glow

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette is part of the upcoming Clarins Oydessy Collection for Christmas 2012 from Clarins. A beauty greek inspired face highlighter, which is possibly the most beautiful makeup item I've seen in my whole life. I actually really didn't want to start using it as it would ruin the overspray and pattern! Unlike most highlighters I find it to be illuminating rather than glittery. I apply it all over my face using a large fluffy brush to get a light but even application but it can also be used to highlight specific areas like the bridge of the nose, tops of the cheeks and cupids bow. The Odyessy Face Palette leaves a soft, satin finished illuminated glow with minimal shimmer or glitter, even though I think there is a bit going through it but nothing drastic or tacky looking! After the first few goes the glittery overspray completely came off and I was left with a soft warm beige powder. The powder itself felts absolutely butter soft, I've never touched anything so smooth and finely milled. I'd say this product will suit most skin tones from light to medium and possibly darker ones as it isn't pigmented just very warming.

This is just beautiful, exciste and a complete luxury. I adore this and have been using it so much since I went to the launch of the Clarins Christmas 2012 Collections. It's on the pricey side, but I can't rave about it enough. This would be perfect for a Christmas gift for a makeup loving friend or to ask for if you can't afford it! These should be on counter by October time so keep an eye out!

givenchy prisme libre loose powder

givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
Extravagant Loose Powder

This is one of those items I completely bought on a whim. I've seen it a few times in store and always pondered over it, I read a few reviews before buying it but didn't think so much into it.  I don't really like loose powder but was sucked in with the sleekness of Givency's branding and the fact I had a sneaky Debenhams Beauty Reward Points that I thought I'd spend on something I really wanted. The Givency Prisme Libre Loose powders are loose powders with 4 different colours separated into four different compartments. Each shade is designed to work with your complexion colour and flatter the skin tone by taking away dullness, brighten, even out the skin tone, illuminate and refine.

When applies it feels silky smooth, glowy but not dewy with a sort of soft focus, light finish. Its hard to explain but it almost looks like a matte glowy finish, kinda like a satin finish but more matte. It's not chalky in the slightest which is normally my main gripe with loose powders. The shade I have, Delicate Beige, Doesn't make my skin look pale or leave a colour cast. I apply this with a large powder brush and just buff it lightly onto my face where I get oiliest (T-zone, chin, cheeks). I really like using this under my eyes on a fluffy brush as I feel it really brightens the area and keeps my concealer in place.

It's really overpriced for what it is and I do feel comfortable admitting that, So I do understand this is ut of most peoples price ranges. However, I really like it and I reach for it most days to set my foundation as well as touch ups during the day. It really was one of those luxe, extragavent purchases but I am totally happy with it and no complaints about it at all! I'd say this powder is perfect for oilier skin types, especially if you have to touch up during the day as it doesn't cake or build up when applied.

leopard shirt dress

Friday, August 24, 2012

dress: river island
cardigan: topshop
bracelet: river island* & black tied*
nails: essie lilacism and barry m lavender glitter

Todays outfit was a simple one, but I think the pretty loud pattern makes up for it. This dress is from the Chelsea Girl range at River Island, which I don't often look at but I saw it online a few days ago and thought I'd keep an eye out for it in store. I'm really happy with it though as I like the fit and the style, It's sort of retro-sixties kinda style which I think looks really cool! Not much to say today, just worked constantly and now it's time to chill ready for bank holiday weekend (:

eylure 101 eyelashes

eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes photo
eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes photo
eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes  photo
eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes photo
eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes photo


Eylure 101 Eyelashes are one of my all time favourite false eyelashes (alongside Ardell Demi Wispies) and my go-to's when I step into Boots or Superdrug to go buy lashes. I've been wearing them a lot recently on the blog and been getting so many questions about them. So I thought I'd do a post dedicated to them and show you how they look on as I think it's really hard to see what lashes look like on without trying them first.

I find the 101's have a fairly long length, but they aren't too thick or too fake looking, I feel they just enhance my natural lashes by making them look longer and fuller without being too over done. I know my makeup is a little more OTT than most peoples but I find these to be perfect for daily wear. Although I've given up wearing lashes everyday, but I did use to! I mainly wear these lashes when Im filming for Youtube as they look good on camera or when Im going out! I noticed in my local Boots that they are selling value packs of two sets of lashes for the same price as one pair so I've stocked up with four packs. I'd highly recommend picking them up if your interested in trying them out as you get twice as many lashes for the same price as one!

models own mirrorball collection

models own mirrorball collection review swatch photo disco inferno hot stuff freak out dancing queen boogie nights

Disco Inferno: A glittery gold disco bomb
Hot Stuff: An intoxicating mix of pink and gold sparkles
Freak Out: A crystal shimmer mix of bold blue and purple
Dancing Queen: Fabulous flecks of emerald, blue and gold
Boogie Nights: A multicoloured mix of intriguing purple, pink and blue

I just saw this on the Models Own Facebook page and immediately had to post about it! I don't normally post about new launches but I think for this I'd make an exception. This collection looks right up my street, I'm positively addicted to glitter polishes and any new ones are a welcome addition to my growing collection!For A/W 12 Models Own are launching their Mirrorball Collection. The Mirrorball Collection consists of five beautiful polishes of chunky hand cut glitters. These polishes all have a unique glide-on flitter finish. These can be worn alone or over another shade for a gorgeous glittery finish. The Mirrorball Collection launches (with LIMITED EDITION metallic coloured caps!) Exclusively at the Models Own Bottleshop on Thursday, September 6th, on the Models Own website from Monday, September 10th and in Boots stores nationwide from Wednesday, October 3rd.

Basically this whole collection needs to get on my nails ASAP! I especially like the sound of Hot Stuff, Pink and Gold sparkles? What more could a girl want! And I love the Dancing Queen one, it sounds like it would be lovely layers with a pale mint green or blue. The Models Own Mirrorball Collection launch is definitely one for my diary. The Models Own Bottle shop is in Westfields Shepherds Bush (:

diptyque oyedo EDT

This eau de toilette is named after the city of Edo, the former name of Tokyo, where very fresh scents, structured upon citrus fruit, such as yuzu (multifaceted cousin to the lime), were very much in demand. It recalls a citrus orchard on the shores of the Pacific. A fresh scent, yes, but also distinguished and joyous, warmed by sun-drenched thyme.
sweet with a Fizzy Citrus Kick

I was recently invited along to a event at the Diptyque store on Brook Street. Here I was introduced to the brand a little more and was able to be talked through scents that I may like. In the end I picked out Oyedo, which has notes of yuzu, grapefruit, lime, orange, mint, thyme, and woods. On first spritz I think it smells really strong and fizzy with a pop of citrus. I think describing a perfume as fizzy is odd but it does have this sort of fizz feeling to it, if you smelt it you'd know exactly what I mean! It's a tiny bit on the sweet/sickly side but I find it dries down to a softer green, citrus base. I think this is going to be my go-to winter perfume, it has a strange sense of warm and earthiness that I really like in the winter even though I think this perfume is probably designed to be a summery one. I like the fact Oydeo really lingers on my skin and I can still smell it throughout the day.

The perfume itself was ridiculously pricey at £50 for 50mls, although I did get it discounted to £37 because of the event I was at. However the exquisite quality of these perfumes and the unusual refreshing scents make them something that is more of an investment piece than just a perfume. I can't rave about it enough, it's a stunning perfume and I'm very pleased that I was introduced to the brand!

one by one

Thursday, August 23, 2012

dress: asos (size 6 for reference)
jacket: primark
necklace: primark
boots: topshop
socks: primark
nails: essie lilacism & barry m lilac glitter

Yesterday I was Batman, Today I'm a Transformer. I picked up this necklace from Primark last night when I was at Westfields. It was a whopping £8, but I couldn't resist it, I loved the mixture of gold and black, and as someone who doesn't particularly like gold it really stood out to me. As for the jacket, well I picked it up and really loved it. I liked the leather and the boucle (is that what it's called?) mix jackets and I thought this would be a nice addition. It is however predominately dark blue, and I know there is that fashion rule about not wearing blue and black but I really like the way it looks together! It was labelled as £25, but when it was scanned it came up as £10 which pretty much sealed the deal for me! Makes up for the pricey necklace I suppose! I have to admit this is one of my favourite outfits I've blogged about, I just love it!

Tonight I'm off for big eats with two of my favourite people I've met through blogging, EmmaKate. Kate's moving back to Scotland so we are having our equivalent to the last supper at Meat Liqour. Expect instagram pic's galore! Trust me, you get fatter just looking at the food at Meat Liqour!
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