Thursday, November 29, 2012

sleek truly mattely deeply soul

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i like matte lips but...

I knew this lipgloss was going to be vom when I bought it but hey, You live and you learn. Or you live and you waste money in my case. Sleek Truly Mattely Deeply is a peptobismal blue toned milky pink lipstick. Part of this years PPQ x Sleek Makeup collection this is a super matte lipgloss with a chalky dry down. It enhances every single imperfection on your lips as well as just generally being a unflattering colour on my olive toned skin. It doesn't work for me and the formula is just oh-so wrong. It feels like I've coated my lips in soft chalk and I felt like I immediately had to wipe it off as my lips were suffocating. It does have a very 60's old fashioned matte lip vibe to it but I really cant see how it would be suitable to wear out. Maybe if I decided to dress up as Nicki Minaj it might just work, but for now… back to the depths of my lipstick collection!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

mr monopoly










new look metallic jumper
topshop fur collared coat
office boots*
black tied bracelets*
zara rose gold bag

I went along to some press days today with Victoria and grabbed her for a few moments to take some outdoorsy outfit photos. I really like how they came out, I sometimes wish I just had someone to take them for me as I just love the vibe so much more! I didn't really dress up today as I got up and ready in about 15 minutes. Threw on a metallic jumper, a hat and my trusty ASOIAF inspired coat and ran (got the tube) into Central London! Im absolutely obsessed with this American Apparel dress I bought at the weekend. It was super pricey at a ridiculously eye watering £39 but I have shamelessly worn it many many times since then. I could never get away with wearing it as a dress but it makes the perfect skater skirt for layering up.

I made a video and have done a full post on the River Island press day which you can see above (or on my Youtube Channel)and then the post over on ETCLLYMLRS.
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river island spring summer 2013

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river island up's its game...

First thing I have to mention about the River Island SS13 collection is just how different it is from anything else I've seen on the press day circuit so far this year. No ghastly neons, no overuse of the nautical trend, no extreme boho looks or ridiculous uber girly pastels and best of all no horrible granny florals. I've been disappointed with the previous River Island Spring/Summer collections and talked about them in posts before. I always think their Autumn Winter stuff is amazing but come spring it just falls flat. I feel this season they very much focused more on a more fashion forward look rather than sticking to those same trends that come round every year. It's refreshing and I really do think they've done so well. I can also see a lot of catwalk influence in these collections, especially shows that I saw while I was at London Fashion Week. I've really seen River Island evolve over the past few years into a shop I used to think was full of tat to one of my favourite shops. Every season I'm surprised and impressed with what they have to offer and they show no signs of slowing down.

I've made a video of when I was there to go alongside this post which you can see above or on my Youtube Channel!

The collections for River Island Spring Summer are:

Road Trip: This collection embraces the wild west with a fusion of buttery leathers, suedes and fringing. Key to this look is heavy layering but in soft, sheer and romantic fabrics and then toughened up with harsher materials to finish. Think fringed kimonos chucked over sheer maxi's, oversized embroidered lightweight scarves. The key colours include creams, blacks, tans and flashes of ochre and red to give pops of colour. Prints within the trend seem to have a heavy Western feel.

Denim Couture: This collection presents the mixture of textures and fabric in cool colour palettes of blue and white to give it a fresh, ultramodern feel. Super soft jersey and denim are combined to create reworked jeans, skirts and jackets. River Island has mixed their core denim range with embellished tops, heavily beaded skirts and jumpsuits.

Army Lux: This trend focuses on the outdoors with a fashion forward modern luxe feel. Classic jumpsuits are given an urban edge in oriental patterns. Khaki satin shorts are mixed with metallic to create a modern twist on military. While subtle trims, snakeskin and embellishment all add to the glamourous feel to create more evening looks.

Retro: Inspired by the 50's and 60's this look is ladylike, soft and heavily influenced by the popularity of vintage fashion. Here the trend mixes 50's inspired skirts and leather jackets to bring a futuristic vintage vibe to the looks. This trend focuses a lot on pastel colours (think fondant pink, soft blues and creamy violets), embellished dresses, adorned clutches, decorative hats and block heels.

Space Mono: This is my favourite collection that brings together sportswear mixed with sharp tailoring. Very minimalist in its approach, the looks are controlled but also feminine in a variety of textures and fabrics. The collection is predominantly black and white with hints of neon popping through in places. The trend has a 90's street style vibe going through it with cropped sports tops and baggy trousers and high top trainers. Accessories for this look include trainers, baseball caps and oversized clutches.
What are your thoughts on the collection? Yes, or No? Or is it just too soon to be thinking about S/S!

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy

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fresh & floral

I'm finally coming to the end of a long term favourite perfume of mine Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy. It's been my signature scent for a few years and always had that place in my heart as a go-to perfume. It's cheery, playful and princessy. Very youthful and pretty while being very light on the skin. Although this is a firm Spring Summer favourite I have been more and more drawn to this over the last few weeks. This might be too sweet for some with notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin, heart notes of honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine and finishing off with amber, caramel and vanilla. When I smell it I mainly get notes of caramel, vanilla and honeysuckle. Overal it's a very fruity, floral, sweet fragrance which might not appeal to everyone. The packaging is among my all time favourite perfume bottles and I cant see myself throwing it out once I've hit my last pump. I highly recommend this, although the lasting power is very poor on average 1-3 hours which is a shame as it's a really pretty scent! But for the price… I think it should last a lot longer!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

meow




I took my outfit post earlier but it really wasn't working for me (here are the pics) so I decided to pose around in some Cat Ears that Boohoo sent me instead. I like my ridiculous headwear at the moment (:
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Revlon Quick Dry Top & Base Coat

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While I've always been very conscious about using a topcoat I've never really though about using a base coat. I thought it was one of those silly steps people try to sell to you. However since getting the Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat I've realised how important of a step it is within a nail care routine. I find my poslishes flake off less and don't stain my nails. Colours like blue, green and anything dark seems to stain my natural nail and then I cant for the life of me remove the colour from the nail. A huge pain when you want to swap to a lighter colour. The Quick dry Top Coat is quick drying and perfect for getting that sleek glossy finish on the nails with minimal effort. It's not my favourite top coat of all time but I do really enjoy using it as it's perfect for finishing off a nail colour. While I'm not a huge fan of the brushes on either of these polishes as they are the long thing type, however the formula is excellent and really do help polish last for a while. For those conscious of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde polishes, these are completely free of the big three!
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Monday, November 26, 2012

many of horror












claires accessories bracelet*
front cover oil slick nail polish

Tonight Im off to an event quickly then coming straight back home to do housework! I've been working all day so Im just exhausted. Then I spent some of the afternoon editing the video for this outfit. Add on all time it takes for me to edit a 1 minute video my brain is so fuzzy I need to give myself a break before coming back home and sorting out some more stuff. I like being busy but working at a computer all day is NOT good for your eyes (or mental stability!), I might go for an eye test.

Keeping it simple for tonight though with this Horror T-shirt and my River Island trousers. I don't know why I decided on this white blazer when I picked it from the Own the Runway store a few months ago as I had no idea what to wear with it. However I'm pleasantly surprised how it set's off such a monochrome outfit! I bought the little studded phone clutch thing at the weekend for when I go out and Im very happy with it. I like being able to have it all in one place so I don't have to worry about it going missing, I really like having the arm strap too.

It's been a frustrating but good weekend, but it's not all been so bad. I don't ever talk about my personal life on my blog but stuff happened, it sucked and but I'm okay. Cryptic much… My friend Kyle from back home came down for the weekend and we chilled, went to Bubbledogs (didn't rate it, and probably wouldn't go again!), shopped and then went out in East London. Spent most of yesterday with my pals in our onsies catching up on xfactor, eating foods and watching films (:
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