Thursday, 30 May 2013

A Very Big House In The Country

Top - H&M
Cardigan - Topshop
Trousers - Topshop
Heels - Zara
Wishbone Necklace - Present
Watch - Urban Outfitters

There is something about these barely there leather sandals from Zara which just ooze sophistication, they are basically everything Zara represents in the form a shoe! Minimalist chic. I love their current S/S collection of luxe meets the Far East, with beautiful Oriental designs embroidered on silk bomber jackets, blouses with Japanese prints and kimono-style blazers. When I have some money I will definitely be acquiring a piece of clothing or two! I originally bought the houndstooth pattern cigarette trousers from Topshop to go out for a friend's birthday drinks, but I find I actually wear them more in the daytime. The plain black vest makes for a monochrome outfit, so I added my slouchy navy cardigan (which I wear with everything!) to create a more casual look. I have not been enjoying this cold and wet weather at the moment, it's June in a few days and I'm desperate to give the summer dresses an airing, so here's hoping the weekend brings some sunshine!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Review: Lee Stafford's Hair Growth Treatment & Shampoo

Lee Stafford's Hair Growth:
Treatment - £7.99
Shampoo - £6.99

About 5 or 6 months ago, after many nights spent pining over pictures of models with long flowing hair, I purchased some wavy synthetic hair extensions from Ebay, which looked okay but were so heavy I could hardly bear to keep them clipped in for more than a few hours. They also looked funny with my short hair, and I had to sort of tie back long bits of the extensions round the back to cover my short layers. So, when I spotted this product in boots I immediately did a little research and decided to buy both the treatment and the shampoo. I've had a good history with Lee Stafford products; Lee Stafford's Bleach Blondes Shampoo (£6.35) was my favourite toning shampoo when I used to have white blonde hair, which I preferred to both Touch Of Silver Weekly Treatment Shampoo (£3.09) and John Frieda's Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo (£5.89). At first I used the products religiously, applying the leave-in treatment after using the shampoo, concentrating mainly on the roots, and then applying my own conditioner, which varies a lot! I used up the treatment pretty quickly, after maybe a month, and noticed my hair seemed to be growing a bit quicker, as well as feeling nourished, so picked up another pot - I am now on my third! The shampoo, however, didn't seem to be doing that much, and I didn't really like the way it made my hair feel so I stopped using it after a while, and just used the treatment every other time I washed my hair. Here are some pictures of the progression of my hair length:

December 2012, March 2013, May 2013

As you can see from the last picture, taken at the beginning of this month, my hair is considerably longer than it was at the beginning of the year, and I feel that this is partly due to using the Lee Stafford Treatment. Although it does say on the packaging that it can't perform sheer miracles on your hair, it does do a good job at nourishing the roots, so as to promote healthy, and hopefully quicker, growth! However, I felt my hair had lost it's shape and looks pretty straggly in the last picture, and after having lots of friends telling me I suited shorter hair, I decided that long locks weren't for me, and so I went for the chop. I would definitely recommend this product to those of you needing a little boost with your hair growing, and I'll keep a pot of this stored safely away in case I need to fix any hair disasters, especially as I now have a fringe. As they say, hair always grows back, but this is perfect for when you need a bit of help!

Monday, 27 May 2013

Reel Around The Fountain

Crop Top - Ebay
Skirt - Zara
Shoes - Topshop
Sunglasses - Topshop
Watch - Urban Outfitters
Bag - Primark 

I was browsing the Oxford Circus Topshop after having my hair cut into a very 1920s style at the Toni + Guy Academy, and couldn't help but try on these cute leather T-Bar shoes which I thought matched my new hairstyle. As soon as I tried them on I fell in love, and at the very reasonable price of £30 they were mine! This beautiful tapestry skirt from Zara is definitely a stand-out piece, I love the striking pattern, and the subtle leather trim at the top is a nice touch. Which is why I've teamed it with a plain black crop top I picked up on Ebay, along with black accessories, so as to not draw attention away from the skirt. The faux leather bag was an absolute bargain from Primark, which I find myself wearing with everything, as it is so versatile with a slight folk feel to it. I hope the weather stays this lovely as I am rather enjoying giving my sunglasses an outing!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Review: Rimmel's Kate Moss Matte Lipstick In '107'

Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick '107' - £5.49

This has got to be one of my favourite lipsticks, and it's no wonder this shade sold out when this range first landed back in October 2012, it's absolutely perfect! I have a real problem with lipsticks, I love them but unfortunately I get dry lips very easily, so I usually stick with Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips (£1.99) which keeps my lips hydrated and gives them a nice pink tint. After spying this beautiful mulberry shade I was disappointed to learn it was matte, as I've had bad experiences with ultra-drying matte lipsticks. However, after hearing great things about this lipstick, I decided to take the risk and I'm so happy I did! It's extremely comfortable to wear and feels nourishing on the lips, and although it is matte the consistency isn't compromised at all, in fact it feels more velvety than other lipsticks I own. It certainly lives up to it's name of 'Lasting Finish' as I find I only have to re-apply it once or twice on a night out, whereas with other red lipsticks I'm constantly having to top them up every time I pass a mirror. Another thing I love about this is it smells of watermelon as you apply it, which I've noticed with other Rimmel lipsticks too, and I'm a real sucker for fruity smelling products! I know this lipstick has been out for a while, but I feel it is a classic dark shade and a real bargain for the price. If you haven't got your hands on this lippy yet I'd definitely check it out, and if dark red isn't your thing they have four other gorgeous shades in the range to choose from- 101 a rosy light pink, 110 a light orange red, 111 a vibrant postbox red, and 113 a pale nude shade. These lipsticks deliver long-lasting colour, without drying your lips out with their matte finish, and at just a fraction of the price of other high end products, what's not to love?