30 Jun 2010

My first Nars purchases, woo!

hqhair.com has a 15% off promotion on at the moment, so I decided to splash out on two of my wish list items.

If you're interested in the discount, the code is HQHIJULY and it's valid until midnight on Friday.

I ordered the cult Nars orgasm blusher and lipgloss.  I hope I love them!


29 Jun 2010

A little pay day shopping!

Just a few Dorothy Perkins bits.

I got this linen dress in a raspberry red and purple.  No sleeves but I love a good ruffle and can wear it with cardigans or my open demin or lace shirts.  They nip in nicely at the waist and then are non-clingey from there down.  Perfect.  £22

I wore the purple dress today with a beige cardigan, lots of differnt shade purple accessories and these shoes.  *swoon* I'm so in love with these, they're even nicer in real life than in this picture if you can believe it!  And only £25 too =o) 

22 Jun 2010

Pretty and perfect pre-payday purchases - introducing Ribbon and Asher

I need to show you some of the lovely little bits I've picked up lately.  The kind of stuff I didn't need but absolutely couldn't live without ;p

Cute and kitsch primark necklace £2

I can't begin to explain how much I love this pretty coral rose necklace.  I have such a coral obsession.  I hope the gold doesn't tarnish too quickly on this.  Dorothy Perkins - £8 (but technically free as I was doing a refund...)

Next is some jewellery I got a little before payday when I was a bit flasher with the cash.  It's a brand that's new to me called Ribbon and Asher.  I've not seen anyone blogging about it yet, but I think it's super amazing.  It's sold in Dorothy Perkins, not sure if you can get t anywhere else.  It's pricey compared to the average DP jewellery but I think it's super pretty so worth the extra - hopefully it will last longer than cheaper costume jewellery too.

I limited myself to buying two things, but could easily have picked out more than 10 items I liked!  There was 20% off that day too, so I indulged.

I got this ring (which hasn't come up super well in the pics) in a chunky style with pave crystals and a white / black floral design.  I've worn this lots already.

I also got this rather extravagant bracelet!  It's so blinging and sparkley and it has butterfly dangly bits and is toppoed off with a bow - what's not to love?!  This was £12 and there's also a matching necklace, but I thought that was a little too much (plus it was £18!) and I liked the bracelet best.  It's crazy but I've decided to wear this for part of my bessie friend's hen do and I know I'll plan the outfit around the bracelet! 

I've had a lookie on the DP website to see if I can get any better pics to show off the pretty Ribbon and Asher stuff, so the site pics are now shown next to my own.  If you want to see what else is in the collection have a look here DP Ribbon and Asher but I have to say it looks nicer in real life and all hanging together in the shop for some reason!  Maybe I'm just a huge sucker for marketing magic.

And lastly, to finish how we began and complete this Pri / DP sandwich - a cute purple clutch and floral hair clip - not necessarily to be worn together!  When I was little I loved purple so much my mum called me the purple people eater.  Age hasn't changed me much =)

The bag was just £4 and the flower was £2 I think (maybe it was £1)

So what do you think of Ribbon and Asher?  New go to jewellery brand?

*I may have raved about the jewellery I got here, but it's only because I'm really chuffed with it.  I've not been paid to blog about this and I bought the jewellery with my own squiddilies*

Dusky pink NOTD

This is Nails Inc Bruton Street.  It's a nice dusky pink shade, good for Spring me thinks.  It's a bit subdued compared to some of the brights out there at the moment, but I still like it.

I always use Nails Inc top coat and base coat but I'm really interested to give Seche Vite (is that the right name?) a try soon as I keep hearing such good things about it.  It would be nice to go more than a day without chipping my nails!

21 Jun 2010

Shoes of the moment - spring / summer

I thought I would show you the shoes that have been getting the most wear at the moment.  I bought these wedges last year from Matalan for some ridiculously cheap price, probably less that £15.  They go with so much and instantly make a regular outfit feel more summery.  I've also been wearing them with my new long linen trousers as they're so high - actually they're really high, they make me at least about 5'6 I think!

They actually look nicer on than they do in this pic, should have snapped with them on!

Now onto some new shoes.  If anything's guaranteed to make me happy it's new shoes, bargain new shoes all the better.  Isn't it funny that when you go out with no money just before pay day there's so much you want to buy?  Luckily when this happened to me on Thursday I was in Primark, so the bank account damage was minimal!

Firstly these pretty little stud / rivet beauties.  They're a bit more winter than summer I think, but I rather like them.  They're a griege type colour, which is good because my favourite grey shoes are knackered - I'm desperately scouring ebay in the hope of picking up an unloved pair but so far I've only seen them in size 8 =(  I'm a 4 by the way, so no chance of making them work!  I think these were £12.

Next I got some shoes which initially I dismissed as WAG shoes.  Nothing wrong with WAGs, but it's not a look I normally associate with working on me.  Being up for a giggle I tried them on as I knew they'd make me ten foot tall, but they looked good and felt pretty comfortable considering.  After seeing me try them on the bessie left with a pair too and we've named them the camel camel toe shoes after SATC2!  After falling in love with these when trying them on I went to look at the price and I honestly expected £20 as Primark do push it a bit these days with the nicer stuff (sounding more and more like my Mother....aargh) but no way no way, £12!  Wooooo result!  I wore these on Friday and they were the perfect touch to my outift and little old me was a jolly giant for the day =)

They don't like super high in the pic - they look a little stumpy!  Must be the angle, I assure you they are skyscrapers!

And to even things up, some flats!  I think everyone in the world probably had a pair of these, so obviously I needed them too.  I was craving some purple summer shoes to go with something the other week, so that's my excuse.  £12

We have a football dress down on Wednesday and we're supposed to wear red and white.  I've decided to wear a short red dress with black leggings.  I hardly ever wear white anyway, so I'm not going to try and dig something out just because.  I think I'll now add these purple shoes to the ensemble.  Why not?

NOTD - fruit salad!

I love the name of this nail varnish - fruit salad - how cute!

I've been after a nice coral nail varnish for a while.  This is probably a bit brighter than I intended, but it's cheering me right up every time I look down at my hands.

The picture makes it look a bit darker and redder than it really is.

Collection 2000 hot looks fruit salad


20 Jun 2010

Preparing for summer make-up melt-downs

I have oily combination skin and am always on the hunt for that dream primer or setting powder that will make my make-up last all day with no shiny bits. 

I've long been a fan of Urban Decay's eye primer potion and also have some other bits like eyeshadows and pencils but I've never tried any of their foundations.  I've recently noticed that they have a range that seems like it was made for me, so come pay day this is what I'm keen to try.

De-slick in a tube - £12.80 on lookfantastic.com

The website says -

It’s time to take control of your oil and put your matte face forward. Urban Decay De-Slick In a Tube – Mattifying Gel is a lightweight gel that will help tighten your pores and give you a glamorous, shine-free look.  You can use this product on naked skin, or over foundation - without destroying your makeup. The only thing you’ll notice is the shine-free results.
•Apply when required.
•Smooth over face and neck paying special attention to the oily areas.

Sounds good to me. 

There's also a finishing powder called De-slick mattifying powder - £12.40

Say goodbye to that shiny face with this Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder. This fab product works by blotting oil to keep that not so attractive ‘glistening look’ at bay. Plus, healing Tee Tree extract will soothe sensitive and blemish-prone skin. You can use this product on naked skin, or over foundation - without destroying your makeup. Because the formula contains super lightweight, oil-absorbing rice powder, the only thing you’ll notice is the shine-free results. The lavender shade of this Urban Decay powder applies invisibly and works on every skin tone, from dark chocolate to palest porcelain.
•Apply when required, using the Urban Decay application puff provided.
•Smooth over face and neck paying special attention to the oily areas

And finally there's a setting spray which is the item I'm most interested in, but I'm having trouble finding anywhere in the UK selling it.  Boots are selling the all nighter spray for £17, but that seems to be for normal skin.  My Mum is going to the US in September, but I want this now *stomps foot*

When the oil production of your face rivals a small OPEC nation, you need a mighty ally. De-Slick uses innovative oil control that both absorbs excess sebum and controls surface shine. The problem-solving formula mists on, feels weightless, and sets makeup so it lasts ALL DAY. Its light dispersing particles deflect shine and deliver a matte look for up to 16 hours. Really.  De-Slick also contains powerful temperature control technology, which keeps your makeup from melting down when it’s warm and humid, and dehydrating when its cold and windy. Simply mist on before, and again after, your beauty routine to prevent loss of color, melting, sliding, excess shine, fading eyeshadow and lip color disappearance. AND it’s formulated to resist moisture, so you can fearlessly sweat, cry, or get your Jacuzzi on... while your makeup remains looking just-applied.  This seemingly weird extra step suddenly becomes the one step you can’t do without. Backed by years of science, De-Slick is simply unlike any other product available.


So what do you think?  Anyone tried these allready and do they work?

A little bit of Carrie in my life (a peek inside my wardrobe)

Hands up who was in a cinema where everyone let out a gasp in absolute awe when the camera panned around Carrie's walk in wardrobe in SATC2. 

I can't find a picture of her new one, but here's one of when she goes to visit the clothes in her old apartment.

The stuff dreams are made of!

Well as my own humble little version is tidy for a change I took a couple of pictures.  It's nothing in comparison to Carrie's and obviously it's not stuffed full of Louis Vuitton and Louboutins - more like asos and Primark!


19 Jun 2010

Outfits of last week or so

I'm rubbish at taking ootd photos.  I'm always in a last minute rush, so there's never time to take a picture with me actually wearing the clothes,so I've taken some pictures after the event!

I've mentioned before my denim shirt so here it is.  £26 from Next.  I'm not wearing it as a shirt though, I like it open like a little short sleeved jacket.

When I went to meet some friends one evening on the south bank I wore it with this peach asos dress, black leggings and gold gladiators.  The dress didn't have al those creases when I wore it honest!

I've also worn it with this floral ruffle dress from Next.  I thought this was a bit expensive as it was £45 but when I tried it on I really like it.  I wore this with leggings and the gold gladiators for warm evening, outdoor pub type activities.

This is an outift I wore to go from work to the cinema - I cheekily wore it with illegal leggings and wedges.  The dress is Next and the ruffle cardigan is from asos.

I wore this outfit to see sex and the city with a floral belt and these shoes.  A couple of people said I looked like I was dressed for wedding though :(  The dress is from asos and the lace cardigan / jacket is Rare from asos.

The weather at the moment is a bit all over the place so dresses and cardigans have been the way forward!  This is a coral dress I bought from Miss Selfridge last year with a trusty cropped beige cardigan from Warehouse.

Will try to snap some more this week but by the looks of the weather I might be back to my winter wardrobe - booo

14 Jun 2010

Lush Sakura bath ballistic review

My friend bought me some Lush goodies for my birthday and I hadn't got round to trying this one until Sunday - I wasn't even sure what it was, so after the bath I checked out the Lush site and found out it's called Sakura. 

I didn't take a photo of my bath because there wasn't really much to see!  Sakura doesn't make any bubbles and colours your water a very pale pink.  Although it might look like it in the picture, there are no floaty bits - hurrah!  Down with floaty bits - I like to take my baths the same as my orange juice - smooth!

The bath did smell really nice - at first sniff it was not unlike a nice clean washing smell, but on closer sniffspection it was very floral.  My uneducated nose thought it could detect roses and lillies. 

The Lush site confirms Sakura is like cherry blossom in a Tokyo park on a spring afternoon.  How lovely.


13 Jun 2010

more shopping - dotty ps

As promised, a little mini haul from Dorothy Perkins.  There was a 20% off everything promotion, so I spent a while looking around the site for some bargains.  I have to say I don't like the lack of search options - if you want to look at dresses for example, you get 20 or so pages full with no real options for breaking them down by types.  Listen up DP, it puts me off!

Print tunic - £25 - not much of a sleeve going on, but I love these colours and the damask type print so it was a definate sale.  I wore this yesterday with grey leggings and a long jersey grey cardigan. 

Next I got this navy vest with gold print - £19.  I wore this on Friday with my new asos navy linen trousers and a navy long waterfall type cardigan with lace detail on the back from Primark.  Again no sleeves but I liked the print and knew I would wear it with a cardigan or jacket.  I had a few people tell me they thought it looked quite Egyptian.

I just realised almost everything I bought has no sleeves - I'm breaking all my own rules!  I liked the colour of this dress and the cut out detail - again I knew I'd wear it with something underneath or a cardigan over it.  Depending on the weather I'll wear this tomorrow and may even remember to snap an ootd!  £30

This next tunic / dress looks nice in the picture - the print reminded me of Cath Kidston - but in real life I think it might be just a little bit hid.  It's much more green in person - the lacey part is more net-like and see through and there's something a little plasticky about the material.  Haven't tried it on yet, but it doesn't sound like there'll be much chance of it recovering after the write-up I just gave it, so I think it'll be going back.

And last up, a rather pricey (£10) but nevertheless fabulous bracelet.  Butterflies get me every time, fact.  Together with a 20% off deal there was no stopping me.  I wore this with my cleopatra get-up on Friday and I love it.

I've been snapping away with my camera this afternoon, so I'll be blogging during the weekday evenings - shock horror!  I've also been collecting up goodies which I think would go well in my giveaway which I've decided I will do to celebrate 50 followers - currently at 41.  Thanks to all who read and comment - it really makes my day =)

asos to the rescue (as usual)

With the weather hotting up over the past few weeks I've been starting to get into that dreaded 'I have rails full of clothes but nothing to wear' scenario when getting dressed for work.  You may have heard me ranting before about the stupid no leggings rule we have - it doesn't help curvy girls with summer office dressing!

So I went off late night shopping last Thursday and seeing as it was not long since pay day, I'd planned to go a little crazy and buy lots of lovely summer things.  Sadly, as is always the way when you want to drop some serious cash there's nothing to buy, but window shop the week before pay day and there'll be millions of lovely things you can't afford.  Alright slight exaggeration, but seriously, I couldn't even find a nice pair of cropped trousers.  I went home with a coat and some jewellery!  More about that later.

So where's a girl to turn when the high street has failed her?  asos of course!

And boy it didn't dissapoint.  As I filled my basket to the brim I got free next day delivery, even though I ordered on a Sunday it was possible for the order to come on Monday - could I be more impressed?  As there was nobody in on Monday, the order had to get re-delivered on Tuesday, but I'm not complaining.  This is the stuff I'm keeping.

Black linen cropped trousers - £12

Full length linen trousers (got these in black and navy) £25  Couldn't be happier with these - they are long on a shortie like me but are just right with my favourite platform wedges.

Cute puff sleeve dresses in pink and turquoise £18 each - haven't been arsed to try these on yet.  I'm sure they'll need to be worn with leggings, so not so great for work, but they were only £18.  This dress also comes in a really nice yellow, but I already have a fairly similar yellow dress from last year, so didn't get that.  The Turquoise colour is darker and imo nicer in real life than it looks here.

And following the greedy pattern of buying things in twos - simple cotton dresses in pale pink and grey.  These were only £22 and are only plain but will be very easy to wear and accessorise with belts, cardigans etc.  I've already worn the pink and have to say that they're super see-through.  I wore pale pink knickers with taupe colour polka-dots and then got abused by a friend a work who told me he could see my pants.  I didn't believe him and told him to p*** off until he pointed out they were polka-dots so I knew he was serious!  After checking it out in the mirror it wasn't too obvious, but you could see them so I'll take better care seleting my underwear next time I sport this dress.  These come in about 4 other colours too - I think black, red and possibly white and yellow.

This next dress is just so me I absolutely love it.  I got it in navy, which is great because I have a real navy obsession these days.  The other colours were red and a turquoise type green.  I didn't like the green and don't really wear a lot of red, so I'm hoping they bring this out in some other colours like a dark grey and purple - I hope you're listening asos!  £28

This is another item from this order which I completely love.  It's listed as a lace blouse, but I'm going to be wearing it like a cardigan as in the picture.  I think it's the perfect summer cover-up especially for any dresses which have less in the sleeve area than I'm comfortable with.  This is by Rare and it was £30

Onto accessories...  I got these too pretty floral belts for £6 each.  I think these are cute and summery and will be nice with lots of dresses.  I've already worn the pale one with the pink knicker flasher dress =)

Never being one to resist a butterfly or two, I also got these head bands.  The gold was reduced to £3 and the white to £3.60.  I'm not sure how often I'll be able to get away with wearing the white one, but it's so pretty I got suckered.  I'm also having serious fringe envy of the model.  It makes me sad that my fringe and I parted ways.  meh.

And finally I got these two simple and classic rings for £4 for the pair.  Lovely with the tanned skin I hope to acquire over the summer.
In case anyone's wondering, no I'm not paid by asos to endorse their stuff, I don't work for them etc (err but I wish I did!), I just always find myself spending all my money there, eeeek! 

I also have a dorothy perkins mini haul coming up for your viewing pleasure.

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