asos black friday wishlist

Saturday, November 29, 2014

asos black friday
asos black friday

I've been hovering over the checkout button on ASOS for a while now but I think now that it's their Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend with 20% off side-wide using the code "CYBERWKND20" it's time to click. I feel like Black Friday is a bit of a con seeing as ASOS regularly has 20% off and it seems to just be over hyping a little but hey, who can resist a cheeky discount code? Am I Right?

My current selection is a bit of a mish mash of various things that I've been loving or wanting to try out. I've been really loving the midi length recently so thats made it's way into my selection in the form of a skirt and a pair of grid print cullotes. I've never tried cullotes before but I keep seeing them on people and just have to give them a go. I also couldnt resist more stripes (seriously, never met a stripe I didnt like) and of course a fairisle style jumper which is perfect for the winter season. I might even wear it to Winter Wonderland next week. I also picked a mermaid inspired glitter clutch which I saw on another blogger (I really cant remember who, so sorry if it's you!) that I just HAVE to have. I'm such a magpie at the moment!

2 lip liners for n00bs

RIMMEL EXAGGERATE LIP LINER IN EAST END SNOB Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Nougat Crisp  review swatch photo
Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Nougat Crisp  review swatch photo
Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Nougat Crisp

If 2013 was the year of the eyebrows, 2013 was the year of the lip liners. Lets just call it the Kylie Jenner effect. Her enlarged matte pout has been put down to her overlining her lips, with tons of us trying to recreate her signature look. I've been scouting around for more affordable versions of her lip colour (rumoured to be MAC Whirl, seriously hard to get hold of!) First I have the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob. A super creamy easy to use lip liner which is much pinker than I anticipated. It's a pretty good dupe for Charlotte Tilburys Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. Great for enhancing the natural shape of your lips without it looking too overdone. Secondly I tried the Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Nougat Crisp. This one was much more neutral and browner in tone and a near match for my natural lip colour. This made it the ideal shade to enlarge my own lip shape. I also really loved how long lasting this shade was, it lasted a good 5 hours and thats while I was eating and drinking!

If you want the KJ lip look then I'd go for the Gosh one but if you're looking for a really easy to use and versatile one then I'd try the Rimmel one. Both come in at under a fiver so are pretty affordable for beginners just getting into lip liner!

rainbow glitter nails

Friday, November 28, 2014

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I popped into Superdrug a few days ago to pick up some basics and ended up leaving with an armful of new bits and bobs. One thing that caught my eye were these insane Lily Allen x Elegant Touch nails in Everthing's Just Wonderful. They are a super insane rainbow glitter print and are super eye-catching.

The only thing I didnt dig was the shape, a lot of the Elegant Touch Lily Loves nails are sqoval or stiletto style nails. I know that Lily herself tends to opt towards these shapes so it makes sense the range would be that shape, but it's just not my personal cup of tea. All I did was file them down so they were a little shorter and squarer.

While I do think they are crazy over the top they are so fun and perfect for the party season. I wore these for a few days and had so many compliments (and some looks of horror from my neutral nail polish lovin' mates!) on them.

How to Make Cheap Clothes look Expensive

Thursday, November 27, 2014

how to make cheap clothes look expensive
how to make cheap clothes look expensive

How smug on a scale from 1-10 do you feel when you utter the words “oh this thing? it’s from Primark”. Watch the spread of envy over your complimenters face within seconds and bask in the glory of your bargain hunting. Trust me we’ve all been there. However there is an art to perfecting making cheap clothes chic. Today I thought I’d share a few of my tips to help you make the most of your most barganious items!

Things as simple as buying some new buttons to sew onto a coat in place of the ugly ones that it came with to throwing away the ugly plastic belt that came with the dress. Those things can instantly cheapen the way and outfit looks and a few little easy customisations can totally change the way a garmet looks. Swap the freebies that cheapen a garmet and add your own elements to create your own looks.

Make sure it fits
Honestly, one of the thing thats gives away cheaper items instantly is something thats ill fitting and doesnt suit you. Pay those extra few pounds to get pieces that fit you in all the right places if they dont fit leave them or consider getting them tailored to suit.

Logo no go
Now going back to my Primark point from earlier the key is to not buy things that are obviously branded. Ignore things are emblazoned with cheap looking logo’s is the number 1 rule. Avoiding logos and obvious branding keeps things looking understated and not too in your face. And whatever you do don’t try and pass something off as real when it’s a knock off. You aren’t fooling anybody and just making yourself look like a fool. If you don’t have the budget for more expensive items seek out designer inspired highstreet items.

The best way to jazz up inexpensive items is to add some kick ass accessories. Adding some carefully selected jewellery can really elevate a whole look and take it from something boring to something really special. Add a statement necklace and some heels to a simple jeans and white tee combo and you have a perfect going out outfit. But at the same time avoid cheap looking jewellery. Ghastly oversized gemstones and overly yellow gold jewellery can look tacky so try and keep things minimal and classic.

Check how it’s made
When I’m bargain-hunting and see something I love, the first thing I look at are the buttons and zippers. Even cheap clothes should have sturdy workmanship, or you’ll risk ruined clothes, fallen hems, and loose threads. Something that looks poorly made runs the likely hood of it looking cheap.

Don’t let having a small budget for clothing make you feel like you aren’t stylish! Style isn’t something that can be bought. If you have a £10 or £10,000 budget for clothing it’s what you do with that not.

Pay attention to the details, invest in classic basics and choose things you know are going to last rather than just because they are cheap!

Let me know if you have any other tips on making cheap clothes look more expensive! Would love to know your thoughts!

Simple Winter Bronzing Guide

how to apply bronzer in winter
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While those easy breezy summer days feel like a distant memory, faux-ing that warm glow is pretty easy. The changing of the seasons doesn’t mean you have to adopt the pale and interesting look if you prefer the bronzed up babe look. Brighten up even the most pasty winter skin with three steps to creating a radiant winter glow. For that fresh of the alps kinda look.

Step One: Mimic a warmer look to the skin by using a bronzing primer. It’ll add little glow inducing boost before foundation. I like the Clarins Bronzing Primer - it helps keep makeup in place all day and adds subtle warmth to the skin.

Step Two: For bronzer you should stick to something matte for a more natural finish. . A cream bronzer is a moisturising option during the winter months as cream is more flattering on drier skin. Chanel Bronze Universal (yeap, still cant call it Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel) or the more budget friendly option of the Seventeen Contour Cream. This way you have a nice natural dewy finish that doesnt look powdery.

Step Three: Contour the face by sweeping the product up towards the ear and blending. Blending is key here, use a large fluffy brush such as the Real Techniques Blush brush to blur out all the harsh edges keeping it looking soft and natural.

The best black friday fashion deals

best black friday codes uk
uk black friday cyber monday

So... Black Friday is a thing now. For those who aren't aware Black Friday is a shopping event that is huge in the US which comes directly after Thanksgiving and is basically the biggest shopping day of the year. I thought I'd round up the top UK fashion retaillers Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for y'all to have at your fingertips.


River Island : 20% EVERYTHING (11am-3pm) CODE: TREAT28 (link)

Missguided : 20% off DATE: 11.27-12.01 CODE: CYBER20 (link)

Topshop : up to 50% off + free worldwide shipping (link)

All Saints: 20% off all styles DATE: 11.28-12.01 CODE: CYBER (link)

OFFICE Shoes: 20% off all styles + free shipping CODE: SNOW (link)

Romwe: Up to $30 off CODE: CYBERMONDAY15 (link)

Urban Outfitters: up to 50% off + free shipping DATE: 11.28 CODE: BFDELIVERY (link)

New Look: up to 50% off selected links NO CODE (link)

Whistles : 30% of sitewide (link)

Most of these codes will work from 12am Friday 28th November til  23:59 Sunday 30th November although some do carry onto Cyber Monday so use them sooner rather than later to make sure you get your deal in! Treat yourself to that pair of shoes you've been pining over! ITS A DEAL!

Changes @ ASOS

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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asos packaging
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If you’re anything like me and somewhat more familiar with your postman than you’re neighbours then this might be of interest to you. Every ones favourite multibrand retailer are switching up their packaging. I was offered a sneak peek at the bags as well as the chnce to pick a few goodies from their current stock.

I order from ASOS on a weekly basis (no shame, ASOS Premier is the ONE) and their silver bags seem to litter my bedroom more than I care to admit. ASOS are currently upping their packaging game and are in the process of switching out all their old packaging for shiny new ones. The pattern sort of reminds me of those composition notebook patterns

I picked few new things from their current selection to see their new packaging first hand. First up - A army style coat which I'd had my eye on for ages but never actually indulged in. I AM SO HAPPY WITH IT. Seriously one of my favourite coats I've got all year. Slouchy, menswear inspired and super military chic. I absolutely love it! I then choose a high necked dress which is also amazing. So flattering and retro and the thick knit fabric is perfect for the cooler months. I also picked a pair of boots called "Enter the Dragon" No idea why they are called that but they are off black leather boots (actually v. similar to my Vagabonds, but with a lower heel) that have a cool white stitch detail around the sole. I think they are so cute and perfect for the winter. Especially now my Vagabonds are on their last legs!

I know it’s a little silly to be excited about the bag your ASOS garmz come in but it’s a cool modern change for the brand that is seriously going up and up. Overall a pretty cool new rebrand for the ASOS Packaging. Much better than the brown cardboard boxes and simple silver packages!

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble review swatch photo
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble review swatch photo
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble review swatch photo
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble review swatch photo

kat von d studded kiss lipstick in noble

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble is a newbie to my lip colour lineup and has firmly made a mark in my go-to lipstick section. A pretty matte petal pink nude which brightens the skin and lifts the face. As a girl firmly in the peachy pink camp I've found this replacing my favourite lip shade ever (Illamasqua Androgen Pigment, obvz) which surprises me! For a matte it's not very drying, in fact it's one of the smoothest matte lipsticks I've tried for a while! Super vibrant, pigmented and super long lasting. Big thumbs up from me!

you'll never know

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I absolutely love these shots Jon took of me a few weeks ago (clearly pre fringe!) We'd gone on a little jaunt in my new car (Have I even mentioned I have a new car on here?) and spotted a nice little spot to have a mini shoot. This was around the Clapham Old Town area which has loads of lovely big houses which I'd absolutely love to live in at some point... a girl can dream! I absolutely adore this check coat, although I seem to have more coats in my winter wardrobe than I have fingers  I just cant seem to get enough of them! The justification for this one was there was a 30% off coats thing on at ASOS! Ooops!

The contrast of a bright red plaid coat with already established my winter uniform (leather skirts, oversized fluffy jumpers and boots) is the simplest way of getting a cool girl look with minimal fuss. Keep the rest of the items neutral for a cosy and chic look.
PS. For a cheeky bonus snap check this one out of me. Sometimes I like to make faces inbetween snaps just to see if Jon notices. I think this might be his favourite ever.

Photos by Jon D Barker
Edited by Lily Melrose
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Anastasia contour kit

ANASTASIA CONTouR KIT review swatch photo
ANASTASIA contour kit review swatch photo
ANASTASIA contour kit review swatch photo
ANASTASIA contour kit review swatch photo

ANASTASIA contour kit

Ever look at something and just decide there and then you need this in your life no questions asked? Yeap that was me when I saw that the Anastasia Contour Kit had come back into stock on Cult Beauty. Before I knew it the palette was on its way to me and in my grubby paws.

Iconic brow brand Anastasia launched one of the most covetable face palettes of the year. A selection of 6 different shades designed to perfectly contour and shape the face. With a mix of both sateen and matte textures this palette is not one to skip on if you’re into your contouring. All of the shades are neutral in tone which means they work on a variety of skin tones to create dreamy model like cheekbones.

This palette has caused a bit of a frenzy among those in the beauty know and it comes in and out of stock all the time. It’s currently in stock and Cult Beauty also have a £5 off when you spend £45. I’d recommend picking this up and the Anastasia Brow Whiz while you’re at it!

Things I Bought In November

Monday, November 24, 2014

december haul
december haul
december haul
december haul

I feel like all I've made on my channel recently are haul videos! I really think I've been on a proper spending spree the past two months and now it's slowly edging towards December I think it's time to put myself on a spending ban. So maybe this will be my last big splurge before gift giving season comes! Im pretty excited about it as I love giving gifts and have a decent idea of what Im getting everyone so far this year. I might even do a gift guide or two... and maybe pick myself out a present too!
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