Thursday, January 31, 2013

red bobble hat


primark red bobble hat

Not going to blow my own trumpet but I am a big hat person, most styles I've tried seem to suit me. Alas I'm not even going to attempt pull off the baseball cap though. Currently I'm really into this red bobble hat from Primark. Its super cosy and keeps my head nice and warm while holding my hair down  as I attempt to go outside in the blustery London weather. The colour is a rich peppy red which, considering I wear black 99.9% of the time it's a great way to add a bit of a colour pop to my usual look. I think it was only a couple of pounds and thats's pretty darn cheap for a hat!
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

repeat

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topshop cut out arm top via ebay
topshop necklace
maybelline ceramic blue and technic carnival nails
rimmel apoloclips luna lipstick
michael kors mk5128 watch

Gosh for the sake of finding a link for this kimono I saw it went down to £10 in the sale! £10! I paid like £50 for it *shakes fist* CURSE YOU TOPSHOP! Boo. Im so annoyed! I swear pretty much everything I buy goes into the sale, I cant work out if that means I like things no one else does or shops just generally hate me. I've worn this outfit on the blog before a few months ago but it's what I wore today so I guess I can repeat it again! I really love these corduroy leggings that I picked from ASOS. I haven't worn anything corduroy since those horrendous super wide flares that were fashionable in 2003. I think I had a bright red pair! How hideous! But these are great, and really warm too. They just add a different texture to the look which I like. I also made a video to go alongside this so head over to Youtube to give it a little look if you're that way inclined!

Tonights my housemate and best pal's birthday so we're off to Central for food and cocktails. I literally cannot wait. I've been trying to rest up today and fingers crossed I'll be alright going out for a bit. I made a feeble attempt to go out last night but lasted a few hours before heading back home.
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xen tan absolute luxe dark

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premium tanning

Oh I do love a good fake tan. I've recently laid off the fake tan quite a bit, mainly due to the fact it's cold and the idea of standing semi naked for a bit makes me want to weep. However I thought it was about time I reviewed my current favourite. Xen Tan Absolute Luxe Dark lotion is a wonderful deep olive toned fake tan that gives me the most gorgeous warm but not orange glow.It's a very thick cream with a slight tint which makes it easier to see where tou have applied it. Perfect if you're like me and you always miss certain areas. I use a fake tan mitt with this but Im sure you can use your hands if you are careful about it. I find Absolute Luxe to be super moisturing thanks to the addition of Shea butter and has a lovely vanila-marzipan type scent. I find this absorbs very quickly into my skin, which is great as I always apply my fake tan before bed and come my morning shower I'm a lovely deep bronze.

I have no faults for the product really apart from it's hefty hefty price tag. I think almost £40 RRP is way too expensive for a fake tan even if I like it a considerable ammount. I do see it on offer all the time on Feel Unique and suck so it's worth looking out for.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

michael kors MK5128

michael kors MK5128
michael kors MK5128

My Mum bought me this gorgeous Michael Kors watch for Christmas! Literally my eyes popped out of my head when I saw it as I unwrapped my gifts! I mentioned in a video ages ago I was going to buy myself one in the new year but she must have seen and kindly purchased it for me! I was undecided on rose gold or silver but I'm glad she picked the rose gold as it's just perfect and every bit as gorgeous as I'd imagined. I know they are a bit done now the whole Michael Kors watch thing, but you cant deny it's a thing of beauty! LOVELOVELOVE!
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Monday, January 28, 2013

alphabet shirt

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primark alphabet shirt
topshop harriet shoes
primark necklace
maybelline ceramic blue* & technic carnival nail polish

The first day back in the city hasn't been as easy as I thought it would be. Im super tired and really could do with a big rest, but I wanna keep busy. I have a stinking cold to match my extreme fatigue so Im failing at life right now. I bought this shirt a few weeks ago from Primark and I haven't worn it until today, I actually like it a hell of a lot more on than I do off. I don't generally like sheer things but I've made an exception for this one. The alphabet print is pretty unique (although I saw somewhere alphabet is a print that's going to be big this spring summer?) and I quite like the sleeves too. I wore a plain black top underneath because I don't own a white cami (mad I know!) but I'm okay with it!
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everyday makeup #21

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Face: Clarins Instant Smooth Primer, Collection Lasting Perfection Concleaer, Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation, Guerlain Chic Pink Blusher  Eyes: Pop Beauty Lid Bronzer* (3rd Shade), Pixi Lash Line Ink, Benefit They're Real Mascara* Lips: MAC Hue
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

sunday portrait week 146



001. Im back in London! Im still really sick , I've been to the doctors but they insist I just have a virus and all I need to do is rest. Unfortunately I have work commitments this week so I've had to come back. I might go back again but it just depends on how ill I am. I think I'm going to go down the doctors here in London and demand a blood test or something!

002. I ordered a ton on American Candy a few days ago and Im eagerly awaiting its arrival! There are so many things I've been dying to get my grubby little paws on I could resist no longer! Someone on my Facebook page mentioned that Crystal Lite bought out a Mojito flavour and I just needed it in my life! Alongside my new addiction for Iced Tea and my love of all things Reeses!

003. Fashion week preparations are in full swing. Invites are trickling in and outfits are being conjured up in my head. I always whine about London fashion week but I know Im blessed that I actually get to live the dream and attend shows! Fashion week is generally like nothing you'll ever experience ever. It's amazing, intense and overwhelming all at the same time. Im hoping for Felder Felder and Moschino Cheap and Chic again as they were my favourites from last season. I have big plans for this season and Im determined to get a ton of cool content to share on here and my beauty blog! Ill be covering some backstage stuff as well for the first time which is pretty darn exciting!

004. Currently toying with the idea of upgrading my camera to a Canon 650d. I have the 500d at the moment and although I love it I think having a flip screen will help me loads with my YouTube Stuff. I have had my current camera for about a year now and don't know if its worth upgrading or not! Tricky!
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reviews this week #1


This week on ETCLLYMLRSLord & Berry Lip Pencil in Fire review, Urban Decay Naked Basics Pallete review, PhytoNeutre Review, Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Compact, Clarins Bronzing Duo Review, My Hair Prep Routine, Topshop Eye Crayon in Marble Review, Urban Decay Primer Potion Review, Benefit Gina Perfume Review
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

life n' stuff



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Recently: Selfie, Radox Cake pops, Skittles, Glassjaw tee, Outfit, Jack Daniels, Dinner at Banana Tree, Joining the Nights Watch, Peach Iced Tea, Victorian Nanny morning hair, Nail Salon, Editing on the train, My boys, Outfit no2, Corner shop time warp snacks, Cat staring at the fire, Goats cheese, tomato, chilli and courgette linguine, Maybelline Ceramic Blue and Technic Carnival
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banana tree









topshop belt (old)
topshop alvins (similar)
OPI bubble bath nails

I nabbed this jacket at the Next Ones to watch shoot I did a few weeks ago and promtly added it to my wardrobe. I've always wanted one of these "Chanel" Style boucle jacket's but I've never really found the one that fit my look right. They can be a touch ageing I think when styled the wrong way but I've got nothing but love for this one! The monochrome mix is just gorgeous and it makes the perfect texture  for the jacket. It's thick and surprisingly warm for just a little jacket. It feels super luxe on as well which makes me feel glamourous. I wore this outfit out for dinner with my friends Matt and Dal at the Banana Tree last week. I wanted something semi dressy incase we went on for drinks but also casual enough for dinner. This fitted the bill perfectly.

PS. Spot the ladder in my tights! Bloody fake nails! I promptly changed them after ;)
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my eyebrow story

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from slugs to tadpoles and back again 

I know my eyebrows are either a hot or a boring topic, some people love them others despise them. Either way I wanted to share my eyebrow story as lame as that sounds. I've always had very thick eyebrows and for as long as I can remember I've always struggled with them being the shape I really wanted. I started plucking them around 13-14 to keep the monobrow at bay and since then they seem to have got progressively smaller. The problem with my brows is mainly the fact they are too far apart and because I was so paranoid about monobrows I never could leave it to grow back. I've never plucked them all out or anything crazy like that thankfully!

I didn't start filling my brows in until around Jaunary 2011, before I didn't even know it was a thing and since then I never really looked back. I started off using pencil, and then soon went on to powder to give it a softer finish. By now I was getting my brows threaded on a pretty regular basis, probably around every there weeks or so at one of those random shopping centre stands. While I think it depends where you go, on reflection I was never really happy with the results. I remember once they took so much of the front of one of my brows to make it look less sparse I was left with a huge gap between my brows and therefore again they had to take even more off resulting in them being too far apart.

It was actually the Glossy Box birthday party that made me realise I need to grow my eyebrows back. A disastrous dodgy eyebrow threading session left me pretty much brow less. Enough was enough. They we're ridiculously thin, looked like tadpoles and were just way to far apart. They looked bloody terrible and I made the conscious decision that I needed to let them grow.

I went on holiday for a long time back in June/July so I decided to leave them. Yup, I didn't touch my brows for weeks. I don't know how I coped, I guess because I was away and I wasn't doing much in the summer I was able to get away with it. Here is a hideous photo of how they looked! On my return to London I booked an eyebrow shape with my eyebrow lady Feroza (review here) and she shaped them back into a natural full shape. I decided I wanted to get away from the high arched look I'd normally opt for and go for something softer and more natural. I wanted to keep them rounded rather than too arched and keep as much of the natural texture as I can.

Currently they are at the point where I don't even have to fill them in anymore as they look fine without anything in as long as I keep up maintaining the shape. I do sometimes fill them when I feel like my face needs it, but most of the time I just brush through them with a mascara comb. It took me about five weeks of simply leaving them to get the front part growing back properly, and then probably another two or three months to get them to the point they are now. I also tried to using castor oil on them as well as Rapid Brow when I remembered, but I do think the trick was just to simply leave them.

I'm really happy with how they are, even though Im tempted to take them down a hair or two thinner just for a little less obvious-ness now my hair is lighter. Since going blonde I've been asked if I'd change the colour of my brows, and I don't think I would. I like the whole Cara Delevinge thing, and I think for now I'm going to rock it. I do want to go blonder in the future and changing my eyebrow colour might need to happen then, but for now they'll do!

Anyway I know this the the most ridiculously long post I've probably written, but I just want to say you can change the shape of you're eyebrows and it can dramatically change how you look. Honestly, I know that growing out your eyebrows is possibly one of the hardest things to do in the world but I just want to prove you can do it and change your brows in a short ammount of time if you just LEAVE them. I think you just need to note how different I look with those ridiculously thin brows compared to how my brows look now. My face looks completely different and it looks a whole lot softer!
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