Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had

Shirt: Abercrombie and Fitch, Dungarees: Topshop, Boots - Doc Martens, Socks - Primark

Summer is coming to an end! I've been shopping in Kingston today and bought a few things so a haul should be up soon. I'm very excited for autumn, finally I can wear woolly jumpers and hats!

Hope you're all having a good weekend,

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back to School Quick Neutral Makeup

 *apologies for the quality and funny faces, it's easier to take photos on a webcam*

Hello! Today's post is the make-up I usually wear on a daily basis to school. I've done it fairly simple, because we're not technically allowed to wear make-up to school and also because heavy make-up on a daily basis can be hell for your skin, and may rub off/smudge during the day.

Here are the products I used from left to right:
Collection Extreme Felt Pen Eyeliner: I only just purchased this and so far I love it. It's very easy to get a thin straight line which is all I need for school. I'm usually awful at applying eyeliner so I don't always wear it if I'm in a rush, but when I get up a little earlier it's nice to put on.

MUA Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde: I brush the side of this lightly on my brows just to define them a little. I'm not a fan of completely filled in with pencil  eyebrows, I prefer natural looking especially for school. My eyebrows are a bit of a disaster zone ever since about two years ago I thought it would be a good idea to shave around them instead of plucking. I assure you it didn't end well. *Sobs*

MUA Pressed Powder in Shade 01: I've been using this for about a year now and I can't fault it. I use this on areas of my face that get most shiny (i.e my nose, nobody wants a shiny nose) most liberally and then use a small amount on the rest of my face as to not make it look too cakey.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Volume Flash Mascara in 001 Black: I use this after curling my lashes which works very well. I probably shouldn't but I use a fair bit of mascara, which in turn makes my eyes look even more huge, haha.

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette: I use this palette everyday, I honestly couldn't live without it. I use the second in from the bottom left for my eyebrows, which I use to fill them in partially. I find using eyeshadow makes them look less harsh and more natural. Sometimes also I use the top left colour to highlight the inner corners of my eye.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: This is a recent purchase so I haven't actually worn it to school as of yet, but I will be. Occasionally I wear concealer with no foundation which is also good for school because it feels less heavy on your face.

Maybelline Pure BB Cream: I find using a BB cream for school saves a lot of time, I don't have to moisturise/prime etc, I can just put this on and go. I find this one is particularly long lasting and if I'm in a rush can be applied quickly and doesn't need blending in too much.

Beige/nude Eyeshadow: I'm not sure where this is from, I think it possibly came in a set from when I was younger. The colour is perfect for school, it gives a 'barely there' look but still gives a hint of colour. The eyeshadow itself is very compact, so I usually apply this with my fingers- it doesn't need to be precise.

Bourjois Blush in 74 Rose Ambre: This blush used to be my mums, but she gave it to me because she didn't use it any more. The colour is a perfect rose pink, ideal for school. I don't usually contour my cheeks for school so I use this along my cheek bone and on the apples of my cheeks as a replacement.

Benefit The Porefessional: This little beauty was tucked in the back of my base drawer for a long while, until I found it again recently and started using it again. I don't use this everyday, but when I'm having a bad skin day this is good for helping to cover blemishes and make my makeup stay put. When this had finally run out I think I'll repurchase something cheaper, but I'm very tempted to take the plunge and pay the full price of £25.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lipbalm in Intense Care: Lipbalms are essential for school, I always carry about three with me at any one time (not kidding) just in case. Because obviously I can't wear any sort of colour on my lips to school, this is a lovely substitute and my lips can at least taste good.

Hope you enjoyed this very wordy post, and are having a good week!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Autumn Back to School Wishlist

 All from Asos

After the ridiculously long summer holiday (over two months, yipee) I have become accustomed to lying in bed until the late hours of the afternoon and then drifting around the house in my pyjamas doing nothing in particular. However come September 5th, School will start again and I'll be starting at Sixth form where we can *thank the lord* wear our own clothes. So being the only-organised-when-it-comes-to-fashion kind of girl that I am, I'm planning what to wear early so I don't end up going to school in a hoodie and jeans (quite tempted I must say).

Asos have gorgeous things in at the moment, I especially love the eye print smock dress, so much so that I'm planning on making something similar with a slightly different fabric. It looks very comfortable and perfect for throwing on in the morning when you're running late for the train (ahem..again). 

The bag is perfect for school, they used to have it in a tan colour which I preferred but I think they've sold out. The size is good for books and because the dreaded 11 subject GCSEs are over I don't need to carry vast amounts of ring binders, and I can rely on notebooks only.

My School doesn't allow shoulders to be shown (I know, shoulders are just so raunchy) so shoulder-less tops are out of the question, but the ones I've found are perfect for both inside and outside of school, and have enough going on that I don't need to worry about wearing anything spectacular on the bottom, just throw on a skater skirt or a pair of mom jeans and I'm good to go.

I've already bought lots of notebooks and pens, new stationary brings me so much joy *ahhh*. I'll of course be doing the 'write really neat for the first page and then write in an illegible scribble for the rest of the pages' in the notebooks as we all do, but the cover is pretty so that's all that matters.

I have another 'back to school post' coming soon, which is back to school minimal makeup. So watch this space!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cosmetic Retail Therapy

from left: VO5 Heat Protect Styling Spray, Collection Extreme 24 Hr Felt Eyeliner, Maybelline Intense Care Baby Lips Lipbalm, Rimmel London Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, NYC Smooth Skin Mousse Foundation, Superdrug Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask, Urban Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hair Spray, Tangle Attack Hair Brush

Top to bottom: Collection Eyeliner, Rimmel Concealer, Collection Concealer, NYC Foundation

Some damage was done to my purse today. I haven't been feeling very well as of late so I felt a trip down to my local Superdrug was more than needed. I am certainly feeling a lot better afterwards - there's nothing like a little retail therapy eh?

The first thing I put into my basket was something that I've wanted for ages, and it's just become available in the UK. I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about - Maybelline's Baby Lips lipbalms. I bought the 'intense care' one because the colder months are coming and I need a little extra care on my lips. Also, kudos to me for not spending all of my money and indulging on Maybellines 3 for 2 offer and buying three different flavours.

I've also needed some bog standard hair products for too long (i.e hair spray and heat protection, I do own essentials like shampoo don't panic), so today I pulled my socks up and bought some. The Urban Fudge hairspray smells... like hairspray. After reading reviews that describe it as smelling gorgeous I was very excited to spray this all over my head when I got home but to me it just smells like hairspray. Perhaps it's because I'm used to the 'Garnier Fructis' (I think that's spelt correctly) hairspray which smells somewhat the same.

The Collection concealer is also something I've wanted for a while, after reading blogs/watching Youtube reviews of it I decided I had to buy it. The colour is very good and I like the lipgloss sort of applicator.

I also took a quick trip into Poundland before I went home, as you can very often find some gems in the makeup section. I've seen Rimmel London, Sally Hansen, Stila and even O.P.I in there, so before you walk past Poundland because you think it's full of cheap rubbish think again! I found two things in there, the first being a tangle teaser dupe (they've called it 'tangle attack'). I've been wanting a tangle teaser for ages but I can't justify spending £15 on a hairbrush, and a £1 substitute is perfect. I believe the bristles on the original tangle teasers are slightly rubbery, but the ones on this one are plastic. Despite this, it works really well! It comes with a cute cover and doesn't tug or pull at all. Definitely worth £1. I also bought a Rimmel London 'Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer', which has an outside layer of concealer, and a green middle bit which is supposed to 'gently treat blemishes'. It's a nice consistency, and a perfect colour for my skin tone, so I'm excited to try it out.

I am currently listening to: Am I a loser? Afraid so.

Hope you're having a lovely week, apologies for a bit of a ramble-y post,
p.s: like the new theme?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Arty bits and pieces

Over the summer for Art A-Level we were set a project to do - draw/paint on a double page of a book every day. Being the nerd I am I got really into it and I'm enjoying it a lot so I thought I would share a few. These are by no means masterpieces because they're only quick doodles (as you can see from the shoddily stuck in receipt because I couldn't think of anything else to do for that day..), but I'm quite happy with how they look in the book and I might share a few more.

Hope you're having a nice weekend!

Blurred Lines

 Shirt - Pull & Bear, Shorts - Charity shop/DIY, Shoes - Vintage (mums),  Socks - Topshop, Watch - Market in Spain, Belt - Mums, Sunglasses - eBay

Hello! It's FREAKING BOILING today. I've spent most of the day lolling around by the paddling pool slowly melting. I went to some charity shops, and bought a mint green jumper for £1 and two pairs of jeans for £2 and £3. I cut both of them and the pair of shorts I'm wearing are one of the pairs! I was so excited when I saw them because they're very high waisted and boxy, but fit surprisingly well. I took some photos while I was doing it to do a DIY post, but it's so simple there wasn't much point, and I'm far from being an expert at sewing.

I hope if you're in the UK your not a melted puddle and are enjoying the sun! (I realize I'm being very dramatic as its only about 32 degrees but I am a winter girl through and through and can't stand the heat, haha)

Thursday, August 1, 2013


 Kimono - Primark, Shorts - H&M, Top -, Socks - Topshop, Shoes and Sunglasses - eBay

I love kimonos at the moment, they're perfect for summer as they're so lightweight and floaty. When I saw this one in Primark I was so excited because usually kimonos are £30-40+ and this one was only £15! Primark have definitely upped their game this summer, whenever I go in at the moment I always have to stop myself from completely emptying my bank, haha.

Plaits are pretty much all I wear at the moment, I generally don't like to wear my hair down in the summer because it's too hot. I think plaits are perfect for getting hair out of your face with minimal effort but it still looks good.

Hope you're having a nice week!
(Also the theme/layout is looking crappy again, I am in the process of changing it so bear with me)