Friday, 28 June 2013

The Liebster Award: Discover New Bloggers

I was tagged in this by two lovely bloggers, Crime of Fashion and A Little Abstract, so I will be answering 22 questions instead of 11! Essentially, The Liebster Award is a game created by bloggers with under 200 followers to connect with each other and discover new blogs! 
The rules:

- Each nominee should answer the 11 questions by the tagger.
- Choose 11 bloggers with under 200 followers (on bloglovin') to pass the award to and link them in your post.
- Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers.
- Go to their page and tell them about their nomination.
- Link back to the blogger who nominated you
- No tag backs!

1. The one makeup step you never skip
Curling my eyelashes!
2. Your favourite fashion blogger
I love What Olivia Did, she always looks great
3. Your favourite fashion item for this Summer
Probably my Mom jeans, as it's going to be a cold one, and these go with everything
4. Your favourite TV Show
Twin Peaks
5. Your favourite makeup brand
Benefit
6. You are invited to a party, you don't know the dress code, what do you decide ? Taking the risk to be overdressed or underdressed?
Underdressed
7. A foreign language you wish you could speak
French
8. Real or fake lashes?
Forever real!
9. What do you love the most about blogging?
Putting myself out there and reading other people's blogs
10. A blogger you'd like to be friend with
Katie Snooks from Katie's Beauty Blog, she's such a cutie
11. The biggest fashion/beauty/hairstyle mistake you ever did
Oh god, to name a few: a terrible short fringe I had when I was being a hair model, the awful emo stage circa 2006, every time I decide to go back blonde and have orange hair for about a week.

1. If you could steal one celebrities style who would it be?
Alexa Chung
2. What is the most common colour in your wardrobe?
Probably either black, grey or navy!
3. What are you most likely to spend your money on?
Clothes, make up and probably food!
4. Night in or night out?
I love going out with my friends, but nothing beats a night in with my boyfriend
5. Curly or straight hair?
I've always had straight hair
6. Favourite High Street store?
Topshop of course
7. Heels or flats?
Flats always
8. Your favourite trend of the moment?
Pinafores
9. Favourite designer?
I love Mary Katrantzou! For shoes Charlotte Olympia
10. Books or magazines?
Both, I love a good book, but I read an obscene amount of magazines
11. You are given £10, what would you spend it on?
Probably a flower crown, I really want one!

The Blogs I am nominating are:

Elly from All Death By Diamonds
Heather from HEATHERESWEET
Monica from
Nyloncake
Paige from Held Together By Pins
Sophie from Sophielouisew_fashion.beauty.lifestyle
Hannah from Dainty and Ivory
Christina from Kimi and Me
Rosie from Rosie Alexandra
Chew from My Style Stories
Holly from Holl JC
Charlotte from The Beauty Bucket

And the 11 questions I would like you to answer are:

1. Most worn item of clothing?
2. Favourite magazine?
3. Designer or High street?
4. Favourite band/singer?
5. Where would you love to live?
6. Favourite beauty product?
7. Celebrity syle icon?
8. Favourite blogger?
9. Dream job?
10. Favourite film?
11. How did you start blogging?

Sunday, 23 June 2013

What's In My Bag?

MoneySupermarket are asking bloggers to tell them what's in their handbag, and how much it's worth, to be in with a chance of winning a Mulberry handbag, purse and phone case! Of course I'd love to own a Mulberry bag, along with the rest of the female population, but with six runners-up also receiving a £25 ASOS voucher, I thought I might as give it a go! I really like reading posts like this, and find it fascinating to see what others carry around in their handbags, and how much money they spend on filling it.
From designer handbags to sunglasses to expensive phones, MoneySupermarket reckon the average cost of a handbag and it's contents can add up to over £850!!
So, what's in my bag, and how much money am I really carrying on my arm?


The Handbag
Oversized Tote Bag - £16 Matalan

This handbag was a great buy! I spotted this in Matalan and had been looking for a oversized tote like this for a while, so was very pleased when I found this! I knew I wanted something with a shoulder strap, but had my eye on a few more expensive numbers from Zara and H&M. This bag is the perfect size, as I'm always hopping between my house, my boyfriend's house, and my uni flat, and needed something that can carry my spare clothes and toiletries. I also like how simple yet stylish this bag is, which is why I was so happy to find it in Matalan, and with student discount, it was such a bargain!

It's Contents
1. Gold Stag Purse - £12 Accessorize
2. Java A6 Notebook - £5 Papercase
3. Floral iPhone Case - £6 Ebay
4. Sunglasses - £16 Topshop
5. Shea Butter Handcream - (free in magazine) retails for £8 L'Occitane 
6. Vitamin E Lip Care - £4 The Body Shop
7. Bubblegum Lip Scrub - £5.25 Lush
8. Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips - £2 Boots
9. Leaf Hair Clip - £4 for 2 Accessorize
10. Floral Applique Make Up Bag - £6 Accessorize

I love my purse from Accessorize, which was one of my presents for Christmas from my parents, which I had spotted in the shops and asked for. It's so nice, I love it! I got my notebook from Paperchase (I have a bit of a Paperchase addiction) to write down ideas for my blog, to-do lists, wish list, and other such things! It's nice and small, great for carrying around in my bag. My floral iPhone case, which I found on Ebay, my mum got me when I got my iPhone and I love the pattern. It also does a really good job of protecting my phone as I've dropped it a stupid amount of times and it's never got damaged, even though iPhones are notorious for smashing. Topshop are great for sunglasses and I find it quite hard to find a pair that suit my face but I really like these! I like to have moisturised hands that smell nice so the L'Occitane handcream is great and the perfect size to carry around. As I've mentioned in my previous post about lip products, I have very dry lips, and so I always carry my lip scrub, Body Shop chap stick and Vaseline! Lip balms are very important handbag essentials! The leaf hair clips are so cute and I always carry one around in case I want to clip back my hair. My floral make up bag is a new addition, and I think is actually a pencil case! I'd had the same old make up bag for ages, and when I had an accident with some glitter, it was time to get a fresh one. And so when I saw this one in Accessorize I had to have it, it's so pretty!

The Make Up Bag
1. L'Oréal True Match Foundation In 'Ivory' - £9.99 Boots
2. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer In 'Fair' - £4.19 Boots
3. High Beam - £19.50 Benefit Cosmetics
4. They're Real! Mascara - £19.50 Benefit Cosmetics
5. Rimmel's Kate Moss Matte Lipstick In '107' - £5.49 Boots
6. Topshop Lipstick In 'Whimsical' - £8 Topshop
7. Real Techniques Foundation Brush - £9.99 Boots
8. Maybelline Master Precise Liner - £5.99 Superdrug
9. Clear Mascara And Eyebrow Definer - £4.19 Barry M
10. Bourjois Cream Blush In 'Nude Velvet' - £7.99 Boots
11. Natural Collection Blusher In 'Peach Melba' - £1.99 Boots
12. Garnier Perfect Blur Primer - £12.99 Boots
13. Gosh Brow Kit - £8.49 Superdrug
14. Tweezers - £8 The Vintage Cosmetic Company

I carry my everyday make up essentials with me in my make up bag, and it's a bit of a shock some of the products are more expensive than my actual handbag! I'm always late and so I usually find myself applying my make up either in the car, on public transport or in somebody else's house. So having all my make up in my bag is very important to me. I start with my Garnier primer which feels like velvet when I apply it to my skin! It really does do a good job of blurring my pores. I'm quite pale, and therefore a lot of foundations look a bit orange on me, but true match in 'Ivory' is perfect! The real techniques brush helps with application but if I'm on the go, I'll just use my fingers. The Collection 2000 concealer has had a lot of hype, and when my Boi-ing concealer by Benefit ran out, I purchased this instead. High Beam is my fave beauty product, I love is so much! I just dab a little on my brow bones, cheek bones and cupid's bow, and it works a treat. Also this product has lasted me ages! They're Real! mascara is great and really does lengthen lashes. I am bloody awful with applying liquid eyeliner, and so I will only ever use them in the form of a felt tip pen, and my Maybelline one really makes life easier for me! When it comes to my eyebrows, I must have my tweezers on me at all times! This brow kit by Gosh is a great dupe for the Benefit one, and has everything I need including a little mirror. I prefer filling in my eyebrows with powder to using a pencil, as I find I has a more natural effect. I finish my brows with the Barry M clear gel which keeps them neat and tidy. I carry around two blushers, my trusty Natural Collection blush which is such a bargain, I've been buying this product for years! I've tried other colours, but 'Peach Melba' is my favourite and it looks so subtle and nice. If I'm going for a more dewy look with my make up, I'll use my Bourjois cream blush. I've already talked about my Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in a previous post, and this is more of an evening colour. My Topshop lipstick in 'Whimsical' is such a pretty shade, and perfect for the day!

That brings the total worth of my bag and it's contents £210.55!

Given that the average worth of women's handbag and it's contents is more that £850, I'm pretty happy with my total. Although I haven't added the price of my iPhone as it's on a monthly contract, but still that would not bring my total up to anywhere near £850! However my total is still a large sum of money, I could by a festival ticket with that! 

If you would like to find out more information about this competition and enter yourself  please visit http://www.moneysupermarket.com/home-insurance/competitions/whats-in-your-handbag

I hope you enjoyed getting an insight into what I carry around in my handbag, and now the only question remains; what's in your bag?

Friday, 21 June 2013

Tom Odell Album Release Show At New Slang With Support From.. My Boyfriend Jamie Thorn!

To mark the forthcoming release of his debut album 'Long Way Down', Tom Odell came to New Slang in Kingston (my local and favourite indie venue everrrr) to play a packed-out intimate show. After winning the Critic's Choice award at the Brits earlier this year, and his single 'Another Love' being played absolutely everywhere, it's no wonder his album is so highly anticipated! If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard his indie ballad (think Made in Chelsea emotional scene) then here it is:


So when my boyfriend Jamie was asked by New Slang to do a support slot for Tom Odell it was obviously really exciting! Jamie is a singer/songwriter with a sort of folk sound and a beautiful voice, his influences ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to Johnny Cash to Joanna Newsom, so a real mix of genres! He usually plays with a band; 'Jamie Thorn & The Mystery Pacific', but unfortunately The Mystery Pacific couldn't make it! Check out their music page here. Here is a video I shot, with maybe a few too many zooms, of them busking outside the Sacre Coer in Paris. The song's called 'Shanghai':


Jamie played a great set, even throwing some harmonica in there à la Bob Dylan, which was a real crowd pleaser. He treated us to a few covers as well: 'Slip Slidin' Away' by Paul Simon and 'Georgia On My Mind' by Ray Charles, which really showed off his crooning vocals. Here are some pictures of the handsome Jamie Thorn looking suave on stage:




Jamie Thorn playing at Tom Odell's album release show at New Slang

Finally the man of the hour Tom Odell took to the stage! Resembling a choir boy with his long blonde hair and perched behind his massive piano, which he apparently calls Sylia, you wouldn't expect such a passionate performer! He certainly gave it his all, with the help of his very talented backing band, showing his promise as young modern Elton John. In his more ballad-style songs, there is a definite hint of Chris Martin about him, the way he plays piano, but his distinct voice is very 'now', strong with a Jack Steadman rasp to it.
The stand out song was of course his single 'Another Love' which the crowd seemed to go crazy for, which was played faultlessly with Odell feeding off the brilliant atmosphere. If this gig was anything to go by, Tom Odell's album should be a good listen; his music certainly doesn't lack passion, but at times he still sounds like a music student. But he is young and his style is still maturing! 'Long Way Down' comes out Monday the 24th of June.
If you would like to pre-order Tom Odell's new album 'Long Way Down' you can get it here from Banquet Records where they also have signed copies of the album!



Tom Odell at his album release show for 'Long Way Down' at New Slang

Here is what I wore for New Slang, my black and cream collar dress from Topshop, with my big handbag to carry all my stuff including a big camera! Oh, and my 'I'm with the band' sticker!!


Dress- Topshop
Bag - Matalan
Shoes - Topshop

New Slang is on at McCluskies in Kingston every Thursday and is honestly the best indie club around! I go there nearly every week and they always have someone I want to see play there. With bands on first, and then the club night till 2am, it's well worth it, and for under a tenner, cheaper than most gig venues! With Everything Everything, The Mystery Jets, and Aluna George playing in the next few weeks, New Slang is definitely the place to be! Check out upcoming gigs and get tickets here.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Review: Populaire






I was dying to see this film when I first saw it advertised, as it had all the makings of favourite film material; it was French, it was set in the late 50s and the star of the film looked like a blonde Audrey Hepburn. In fact, what drew me in about the film's poster was it's likeness to the film Funny Face, starring Miss Hepburn, which was made around the same time that Populaire is set, and also set in France. So when I finally got round to watching it at the cinema, I guess I had quite high expectations. 
Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) is an ambitious young secretary, who is hopelessly clumsy, but discovers she has a hidden talent for type writing. She works her way up from the bottom to the top in the world of speed typing competitions, with the help of her handsome, but emotionally unavailable employer, and type writing trainer, Louis Échard (Roman Duris). Love soon blossoms between Rose and Louis, but of course, French pride gets in the way! Story-wise, this film wasn't brilliant, and French charm definitely helped it along. I mean the speed typing concept was sweet and fun, and made for good entertainment, but there was something lacking in the love story, and some of the emotional complexities of the characters seemed two dimensional, and the resolve felt very rushed. Populaire was advertised as Mad Men meets The Artist, which is a totally wrong analogy! It is nowhere near as dark as Mad Men and as for The Artist, the only comparison is it also features Bérénice Bejo. 
Fortunately, what Populaire lacked in believable characters and sincerity, it made up for in abundance visually. Nearly every shot could be a photograph, and whatever filters they used completely transported the film back into the 50s. I love aesthetically pleasing films, with extra lashings of whimsical, which may go to explain why Amélie and every single Wes Anderson film are my absolute favourites, and Populaire certainly delivered on this front. Not only did every shot look good, but everyone in them too. I absolutely loved the look of all the costumes, make-up and hair, it certainly captured the look of the period, and the effortlessly chic style of the French. Rose Pamphyle was of course my favourite with her gorgeous 50s outfits, endearing clumsiness and sassy pony tail with a cute little fringe à la Hepburn, which has left me with a terrible case of hair envy.
Populaire is a good watch if you like the 50s, charming French films, pretty costumes and visuals. As long as you don't mind something a bit kitsch lacking real emotional depth. 

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Review: Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush In 'Nude Velvet'



Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush In 'Nude Velvet' - £7.99

There's been quite a fuss over these little cream blush pots from Bourjois, and after seeing them over at Katie's Beauty Blog back in May, they were on the top of my wish list! Last month, I purchased 'Nude Velvet', a lovely soft apricot shade with no shimmer like some of the other shades available, and have been using it ever since. I love that English rose complexion of peaches and cream, and if you have pale skin like me then this shade should compliment you well! I've always used powder blushes with a brush, and have had some bad experiences with cheek stains (I should mention I am extremely clumsy!) so I was a little apprehensive about using a cream blush, and how messy application would be. Fortunately, it is very easy to apply, I just use my fingers and the little mirror is very helpful for top ups, though I feel the product has quite good staying power. The consistency reminds me somewhat of a primer, it's a cream but feels like velvet once applied. This is definitely a good blush for summer, as it feels very fresh and dewy on my skin, compared to powder blushes which sometimes don't give such a natural effect. I love the packaging, it is so cute! The mirror is useful, and I really like that it shuts with magnets, as this prevents any mishaps in my make up bag! The only negative thing I have to say about this blusher is the size, I would definitely appreciate more product for £7.99, but I'll just have to see how long it lasts me before I complain. This cream blusher is a summer must-have and I love the beautiful soft peach colour! If this shade isn't for you, it also comes in 'Healthy Glow', 'Rose Tender' and 'Sweet Cherry'.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

ShopStyle Festival Shopping Challenge

The festival shopping challenge is a competition run by ShopStyle, and judged by Natasha at Girl In The Lens, giving bloggers a chance to win a whopping £1000 towards a new summer wardrobe! All you have to do is create your ultimate festival outfit, which has to cost under £200. Of course I would absolutely love to win, but I also like seeing what other people create as their ultimate festival outfit, and how their style differs to mine! This is also a great opportunity to do my festival wish list for summer! If you would like more details on how to enter check out ShopStyle's blog or Natasha's blog post.

Pinafore Dress Miss Selfridge - £20.00
Crop Top Topshop - £28.00
Cut Out Boots Topshop - £70.00
Satchel ASOS - £28.00
Sunglasses Topshop - £16.00
Daisy Head Band Urban Outfitters - £35.00

Total - £197.00

So, this is my ultimate festival outfit! This outfit is inspired by the festival I went to last year and am hopefully going to again this summer; Latitude. It was a gorgeous sunny weekend full of music, comedy, theatre and crafts, and best of all, no mud! There were multi-coloured sheep in a variety of pastel shades and parts of the festival extended into the woods, with most of the trees decorated in fairy lights by night, which gave the festival a magical and quirky feel to it, which I hope is reflected in my outfit!

The pinafore dress in an absolute favourite of mine, and I'm so happy dungarees and pinafores are trendy at the moment! They are so easy to wear, and look so cute. This denim one from Miss Selfridge with a fitted skirt has a real 60s feel to it, and would look perfect at a festival, and the faux leather straps add a real edge to it. I've teamed it with this broderie high neck crop top from Topshop, which has beautiful detailing on it. I think it goes really well with the pinafore, and you can't go wrong with white cotton for summer; fresh, comfortable and stylish! The leather cut out boots from Topshop definitely toughen up the look, and cut out boots are so big this summer. The heel is perfect for being on your feet all day at a festival, as they aren't too high but give you some support. These boots are just perfect, I love the design so much! I'm really into sunglasses with clear frames at the moment, and this pair from Topshop are great. They are a really flattering shape, and the metal arm with pale pink detail on the end is a nice touch. A bag you can carry across your body, such as a satchel or a backpack, is definitely a festival essential, and this pastel pink satchel from ASOS is a dream! The scallop detail is so cute and pastels are always a good trend for spring/summer. Lastly we come to the finishing touch, the daisy head band from Urban Outfitters. That's the great thing about festivals, you get the chance to wear clothes and accessories you maybe wouldn't wear everyday, and there are always lots of floral headbands and bindis floating around Latitude! I went for this understated daisy one because I think it's so pretty and dainty, and really goes with the rest of the outfit. Also, it looks so much like a real daisy chain, which adds to it's charm.

I hope you enjoyed my Festival Shopping Challenge and got some inspiration for your own festival wardrobe! Remember, if you want to enter the competition yourself, head over to ShopStyle's blog or Natasha's blog post for all the details.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

The Pursuit Of Happy Lips


My lips are definitely my problem area! Dry lips are a real drag, especially if you love wearing lipstick, and can sometimes lead to more painful problems, such as chapping and even cold sores. I've noticed in the last year, specifically since I moved out, my lips have gotten worse. I suspect that the flat I've been living in since September which is very hot and drying may have something to do with it! Anyway as with all problems, the more I worry about my dry lips, the more I find myself licking them or peeling off dry skin, both of which makes the problem worse! So I've been experimenting with different products in a bid to improve my pout, and here is a run down of my top lip products:


Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub - £5.25

This bubblegum flavoured lip scrub by Lush smells so delicious you just want to eat it, and the best part is, you can! As it explains on the pot, once you've finished exfoliating your lips to perfection, you simply lick off all the excess sugar!  I can't possibly describe how yummy this both smells and tastes, and it is so lovely to use. Having dry lips, I tend to pick at peeling skin which sometimes bleeds and my boyfriend is forever telling me off about! But with this scrub, it gets rid of dry skin gently and is great before applying a lip balm, for smooth and supple lips. I am a massive fan of this product and think it has definitely improved my lip's condition, as every time I have peeling skin I just use this yummy scrub instead of picking at them. I also love the packaging, which is like all Lush products; simple but quirky! 


Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter

Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter - £4.00

I love The Body Shop's wide range of Body Butters, which all smell amazing and are extremely moisturising, so when looking for something ultra nourishing for my lips, I immediately turned to their range of Lip Butters. I usually go for their Mango Body Butter, but I wanted to try something different, and when testing the range in the shop the Pink Grapefruit totally won me over. It smells divine! The butter feels nice and moisturising on my lips and definitely leaves them feeling soft, and unlike some greasier lip balms, it sits well under lipstick. The packaging is very pretty, in a lovely shade of pink, although I probably prefer the old packaging for the Lip and Body Butters, which had writing around the sides, but maybe it's just a nostalgia thing. I would say these lovely Lip Butters are great for a quick moisture fix, and smell delicious, but are not as nourishing as their Body Butters, and sometimes I need something a bit stronger when my lips are particularly dry!


Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips - £1.99

This is my absolute favourite lip balm and is my wonder product! And is such a steal at £1.99, the cheapest of all my lip goodies. Not only is it super soothing and hydrating, with simple ingredients, but it is also tinted so my lips are all lovely and pink. Having dry lips means wearing lipstick is a bit tricky, and doesn't always sit well over a lip balm. Fortunately, with this tinted lip balm I can have some beautiful colour on my lips as well as some much needed hydration! The packaging is simple, a lovely pink shade, and the tin is great for on the go. Rose is probably my favourite scent (my perfume is Rose by Paul Smith) and the lovely subtle smell of roses that Rosy Lips possesses is delicate and not too overpowering! This lip balm is something every girl needs, and I use this everyday, I cannot recommend this product enough!


Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15

Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 - £4

I'm not a massive fan of lip balm sticks as I don't really like the waxy consistency, and I guess this one from The Body Shop is no different in the fact that it's quite hard and thick. However I read good reviews of this product, and although £4 is quite expensive for a little stick in my opinion, I decided to give it a go. I must admit this lip balm is great to put on at night, to avoid waking up with dry lips! It's consistency has an advantage over other more greasy products, as it's more practical for wearing under make-up, and stays put for a long time. When I use this I feel as if I'm doing something good for my lips in the long run; the vitamin E is good for the skin! Having an SPF of 15 is a bonus too, especially now it's summer and the sunshine dries out lips as much as the cold weather! It has no particular scent to it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, and some people may prefer a lip balm without any perfume, but personally I like nice smelling products. The packaging is pretty and pink, and it's easy to carry around in your pocket or your bag. This is a good moisturising lip balm, although I'm not quite sure what all the hype is about, but perhaps this is one of those products you need to use for a long period of time to see the real results.


Burt's Bees Rejuvenating Acai Berry Lip Balm

Burt's Bees Rejuvenating Acai Berry Lip Balm - £3.69

I already had the Burt's Bees original beeswax balm, so when I needed a new one I decided to pick up this Rejuvenation Acai Berry version, as I thought it looked more suitable for very dry lips. I would say that the Acai scent is certainly not my favourite smell, and I found it quite unpleasant after a while. The actual consistency of this lip balm is not as smooth as the Body Shop chap stick and it doesn't feel as hydrating. Although it does have nice natural ingredients, and like all Burt's Bees products I really like the packaging! I just don't like the smell of this lip balm which is a bit of a shame, as I always used the original beeswax lip balm.


Carmex Cherry Lip Balm

Carmex Cherry Lip Balm - £2.69

Cherry Carmex will always be a favourite of mine! It's super hydrating and great even when your lips are chapped, and smells of lovely cherries. As you can see from the photo, mine is an old pot, and they seem to last me ages too which is a plus. The only complaint I have about cherry Carmex is it's greasy consistency which is fantastic for keeping my lips smooth, but terrible under make up as lipstick tends to just slip straight off. I'd absolutely love it if Carmex could make a cherry flavoured lip balm that was tinted too, which would solve all my problems! I love how this feels all tingly on my lips when I put it on, and it really makes them feel very hydrated. This is definitely a must-have for those of you with dry lips, especially if you like cherries!



Tuesday, 4 June 2013

What's New Pussycat?






Top - Topshop
Pinafore - Miss Selfridge
Shoes - Topshop
Rings - Pia

I have a slight obsession with dungarees and pinafores, and so when I saw this navy number from Miss Selfridge was on sale from £40 to £20, I had to have it! I love finding a good bargain so I was very happy with my new purchase! What I like about this pinafore is how fitted it is, with a slight 60s feel to it, which makes it quite different to my other pinafores; a slouchy overalls type one from Topshop, and a skater skirt style one from River Island. I dressed it up with this lace crop top from Topshop, which is great for summer and really versatile. The lace detailing is really pretty for a night out but it's casual enough to wear in the day too. My very lovely rings from Pia were both presents from my very lovely boyfriend, Jamie! I much prefer understated jewellery to chunky statement pieces, and I wear these rings everyday as they're very petite and cute and go with almost anything. I also met this sweet little kitty, who had a little diabetic sign on it's collar, and we became friends. Hopefully we'll run into each other again!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Review: Rimmel's Apocalips Lip Lacquer In 'Celestial'



Rimmel's Apocalips Lip Lacquer 'Celestial' - £5.99

After seeing a lot of good things about these lip lacquers online, I decided I needed to investigate, and so picked one up for myself. From first impressions, I really liked the packaging, and the fact you could see what the actual colour of the product is from the outside. Featuring a range of 8 different shades to choose from, with nudes through to bright reds, I went with 'Celestial' which is a sort of dusky pink shade that I thought would suit my colouring. Although Apocalips is similar to a lip gloss in that it has a sponge applicator, and well, the fact that it's a liquid, the actual consistency of it is very different! Unlike a gloss, it doesn't have that horrible sticky feeling they often have, and the colour is very pigmented and opaque, which is a definite plus! Unfortunately, I found it a bit drying, even though it's a liquid, and the pigmented colour seems to stick to the dryer parts of my lips. Although, as I've mentioned before I have quite dry lips, and so I wear lip balm underneath the Apocalips which seems to help, but this may not be a problem for you if dry lips isn't something you suffer from! The staying power is quite good, and I've noticed after the actual lacquer wears off, it leaves a sort of colour stain on the lips. The shade 'Celestial' is a very beautiful shade of pink, without being too light or garish, and perfect for summer! There are plenty of other shades to choose from as well, if you are looking for something brighter, or perhaps a more nude shade. I would recommend this product if you want am inexpensive lip lacquer with a lovely pigmented colour, and easy application, although I do feel it has been over-hyped somewhat. But maybe it's just less suited for those of us with dryer lips!