Thursday, 28 February 2013

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Ah yes, girly evenings.
Those times where my other half likes to believe we have pillow fights while wearing the tiniest amount of lingerie in existence, but in actuality we just gossip and fill our bellies with as much un-healthy stuff as physically possible.

It was indeed, one of those days.

We'd hopped on a train, (that turned out to be a bus - don't ask) followed by another train, working up so much of an appetite that a stop off at the Findus factory would have been more than appropriate.
As it happened, chocolate and pizza more than met the criteria of being 'so-hungry-you-could-eat-a-horse', meaning burgers or lasagne's were happily avoided.




Our nosh for the day was just, AHHHHHH! Sadly I forgot to take a picture of the houmous and pitta bread which were undoubtedly the highlight, and saw us all desperately trying to convince ourselves that we hadn't already eaten enough for a week, and we DEFINITELY were not full!
As it happens I had houmous with my dinner today, and mannnn it was good. Inspired so I was.

Oh, also missing from these pictures was my oh-so-hardcore glass of lemonade, because I'm ohhhh-so-hardcore.






Just when you thought it couldn't get more exciting than a girly day full of food, mini-fashion shows, (more like actual host wardrobe invasion) and make-up running from excessive 'train-that-was-a-bus-and-definitely-not-stopping-at-your-stop' stress, we were lucky enough to be in the presence of a genius...
Our host for the day was an epic nail-expert, and managed a transformation of Cinderella-esque proportions, turning my poor, ruined nails into outstandingly beautiful mini-masterpieces, not worthy of being hidden away. I felt like a new woman and flashed them in the faces of anyone who just happened to be around, regardless of their interest in nails.
As you can imagine, my sixteen year old brother was impressed.

Doesn't know what he's missing. 

Indeedy yes, two of us were shellacked, (is that the right word?) at lightning speed, just in time for our train, and then train-that-was-a-bus home. 
Took me over an hour of being careful to realise that no, my nails really would not smudge, and yes they really were THAT dry and gorgeous.
Mind = blown.


(While we're here, just look at how long and gorgeous my friend's dark-red nails are.
Not jealous AT ALL.
Nope, not a bit.)


Don't you just love it when iPhone camera flashes make everything look all white and misty?
I've decided I might as well embrace it.
I was obviously going for the mysterious look...but it was such a mystery, that I didn't even know it myself until after it was taken.
Yeahhhhh.


N'awwwwww look at us all <3
My girlies :)

***

Going to end my post today with the leopard print dustpan and brush which got me almost as excited as the shellac did, and sent my addiction wild...
It even has one of those awesome long handles that mean you don't have to do your back in!! Winning :)
Given that I'm about to go and abuse my brand new bottle of my B.F.F, (Dettol Mould and Mildew Remover lol) just looking at this makes me feel better.
YES JUST LOOK AT IT.
Isn't it beautiful?
I bet you feel better too now.

I want it.
RAWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.


Night all ;)

Sunday, 24 February 2013

The Liebster Award...

OOOOOH CHECK ME OUT!
I've only gone and been nominated for the Liebster award! 

Now in all my giddy excitedness, I started writing this within about three seconds of being nominated, and went a little OTT...now bare in mind that this is the edited version, and it's still longer than the average book, you might be here a while, not always a good thing haha.
What is a good thing however, is that I was nominated by Hannah - who is Hannah you might ask? Oh, only MY FAVOURITE BLOGGER IN THE WORLDDDDD!! In all seriousness, I do believe I had a mini fan girl moment, I almost, (almost people, but not quite) spilled my hot chocolate in excitement, before realising that to spill it would be sacrilege. 
Anyhow, if you haven't read her blog or observed her amazingly bootylicious maxim, you haven't lived.

(I am however slightly cross with Hannah for saying her acceptance speech would be like Joey from Friends-esque, as I would have probably used a similar line ;) ...because of that however, I've decided that my acceptance speech would and should be more along the lines of Halle Berry's Oscar speech, because I'm cool like that.
Now where's the tissues?)


Now I've seen the Liebster award floating around on blogs for some time, and basically what you have to do is:
1. Share 11 facts about yourself. 
2. Answer 11 questions that the person who nominated has sent you.
3. Nominate other bloggers and ask them 11 questions, anything you like...

This may take some time.

Okay so first of all, 11 facts about me.

I think the most appropriate first fact is that I'm USELESS at thinking of facts, I'm going to try my very best at this, but I genuinely don't believe I'm the most interesting person around, and there's probably very little to say about me. That being said, I'm pretty good at rambling, so I'm almost certain I can somehow muster up some useless information to tell you :) ooooh see - two facts in one there!

Talking of useless information, I'm full of it. I've previously been called the 'useless book of knowledge', because at the most inappropriate of times, I'll suddenly decide to interrupt a conversation about Eastenders with something along the lines of - 'did you know there's a man in Southern Indonesia who named the "kndckcihljediingo" volcano after one of his sheep?' ...because in my head that little gem of information will be appropriate to the subject.
Needless to say, every person in the room will give me 'the look', and move on with the conversation.

I am weird when it comes to food. I compartment eat. I guess it's an OCD thing, but I am one of those people who just can't stand mixing food. If there's carrots, peas, and potatoes on my plate, I'd typically eat the peas, then the carrots, then the potatoes, in ascending order of preferred taste. The peas get forced down, trust me - but it's nothing compared to the slight panic that ensures if my poor peas are mingling with my carrots. I don't think so. I have to fish them all out before I can start to eat... On the other hand, I have no trouble with food that's meant to be mixed, like spag bol, or vegetable soup. 

I'm not just OCD with food, when I was younger, I had more silly routines and habits than I dare to go into. It wasn't until I was in a Science class in Year 9 where my teacher was talking about OCD, and the class was laughing at how 'stupid' it sounded, that I realised she was describing someone exactly like me. Let's just say nervous laughter helped me out that day, but it changed my outlook on life.

I hate spiders, their very existence disgusts me. 

I dislike moths. Moths however, like me. This is a problem, however where spiders render me a useless quivering wreck, moths have the opposite effect. I seem to be somewhat of a masochist and quite enjoy murdering the little monsters. Drowning them in the toilet is my favourite method. I also quite enjoy spraying them with Cif, (any other cleaning product will do) or just plain battering them.
#mothwatch 

I tweet a lot. However I've been somewhat quiet since having my blog. I think it's a case of getting out all of my ramblings on here in one go, and then being left with nothing to tweet about. I do miss it sometimes.

Art is something else I miss. I LOVEEEEE drawing, I'm determined that one day I will get back to it properly, portraits are my 'thing'.  For now I'm trying to channel it all into my house, but funds are restricting my ability to become the next Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen, (yes, the only interior designer I can think of - Changing Rooms ftw!) so Magnolia throughout will have to do.

I've just spent a full day watching Charmed. I love Charmed... I wish I was in Charmed :(

I have an unhealthy relationship with chocolate, cake, chocolate biscuits, and Yazoo chocolate milkshake. Mmmmmmm. I could quite happily eat, (and drink) my weight in chocolate all day every day and be 30 stone. I wouldn't even care, fat and happy is the future. The only other food I'd need in my diet would be cheese, and possibly Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, life would be so good...

My most dedicated blog reader is my mum. She checks back on my blog more than I do, she texts me to update me on new comments, and had more guts than I did to share it for the first two months. I was petrified of people seeing it, and she finally gave me the push to share it with all you lovely peeps :) N'awwww.

PHEWWWW that's 11 done, unless I've counted wrong. Maths was never my strong point - ooooh see a bonus fact right there yeahhh ;)


Now onto Hannah's questions:

If you could only own one brand of make up, which would it be?
Oh Hannah, Hannah, this is a tricky one! I'd love to say MAC, but considering there is a sad lack of MAC products in my life and a definite lack of funds to buy MAC products, I'm going to go with Rimmel. A good all-rounder me thinks :)

What is your favourite Friends episode? 
Now I was was having a right good giggle earlier to the lottery episode with the pigeon, (coo) massively, but that goes for most episodes of Friends for me...especially from around Ross-Emily onwards.
My all time favourite though, goes to...'PIVOTTTTTTTTTTT', say no more.

What are your current beauty favourites? ...and are you still loving that Dettol?
Oooooh I'm so tempted to leave you in suspense here and say 'you'll find out in an up-coming post MUHAHAHA' ...but for now I'll just say my Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick Passionee, because it survived curry night almost un-touched.
Sadly, I used the last of my B.F.F Dettol spray this weekend, and I've got a little patch of mould that managed to survive my bottle, this upsets me, I'm afraid it's going to invade in the night and I'll wake up in a sea of greeny black. Bleughhhhhhh.
I.Need.Dettol.Spray.

How do you survive living with your boyfriend?
It's not without difficulty ;)

Who are your favourite bloggers? And why is this, huh?
Well actually, you!! Haha, I think you actually border on being a genius. If you were a rapper I'd call you a lyrical genius, but as far as I know, you're not (are you?).
Beauty blogger wise my fav's are Beautycrush and Essie Button, who were my inital inspiration, and RosalieJayne who is just a fab down-to-Earth blogger. A bit of shewearsfashion never goes a miss, just so I can drool over her clothes.

If you could marry anyone in the world... In other words, who would you like to do naughty things to?
Well, aside from my ever so lovely, (and rather fit) other half, my love for Mr. Timberlake has recently been rekindled. He's missing a bit of his old stubble, but that's probably a good thing, if he grew it back I might jump into my TV and capture him...muhahahaha.
Aside from that you can never go wrong with a bit of Will Smith, Peter Andre or David Beckham. Weirdly, also Jack Sparrow, not Johnny Depp though, just Jack Sparrow, in all his filthy hotness.

Yeah. I'm that strange.

If you could change one thing about your blog, what would it be?
This is a toughy! It's hard to pin point one thing, but sometimes I get frustrated at my lack of photoshopping abilty...my blog is very much a set of botched jobs and works in progress when it comes to how it looks. I very much envy those immaculately designed blogs...aka the bloggers who know what they're doing!
I'd also probably quite like a PROPER CAMERA, and the ability to know when to stop rambling.

If you had to do one thing every single day for the rest of your life, aside from the basic human necessities of course, what would it be?
(Beyond tempted to write 'lie on a beach' here)
I think it would be walking. By that I don't mean the hiking type walking through endless mountains and through mud, with a horrendously large and painful rucksack and a lack of style. I mean, walking to and from places, I love it. I used to do it much more than now...my pre driving days ;) but I loved it. I'd stick my headphones in and spend the walk contemplating life.
(I also spend the walks pretending I'm in the music video for whatever song I'm listening to, but we can forget that...)

Sometimes I look at your OOTD's and think 'I'm not ready for that jelly'.. why do you have such a wonderful figure? Despite the fact you're not brill at setting alarms for going to the gym? ;) (stalker here)
HAHAHAHAAA.
You big stalker you ;) 
 Body Combat, because I'm a hardcore mofo.
Also, it's in the evening, so I generally make it there alarm-less.

And chocolate.
Ahem.

What's your favourite post I've ever written?
Hannah, I don't read your blog. LOL jk, I'm your biggest fan.
Either your Mr. Darcy post, (YOU GO GIRLLLL) purely because reading it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and very happy for you! Ermm he best be replying to you on the lurrrve front too methinks. I also love the Washing Problems post, as it was the first one of yours I read, and I definitely relate!!! In actuality though, I've never read a post of yours without finding myself in hysterics.

And finally, how are your eyelashes going after that immense eyelash treatment thing you had?
Well, if I tell you that today I'm sat at my mums, with no make-up on what-so-ever, and she has been talking to my last five remaining curled eyelashes all day, in a rather 'men-talking-to-your-boobs' manner, that should tell you enough :( 
After ten long weeks, I'm very nearly back to my usual eyelashes, or lack of, and I'm feeling very sad...

My hands are starting to hurt now, so it's time to swiftly move on to my nominees...

And in true 90's kid Pokemon style, Katie from Talk Ffashion, I choose you!
She has incredibly long hair, of which me and no doubt my second nominee will be very jealous! 
Her fashion sense is impeccable and ranges from your regular day-to-day but stylish outfits, to the more dressy endeavours, plus just a few non-fashion posts.
I also rather want these.
Katie was one of the first bloggers I came across when starting my own blog, and I've been reading ever since :)

Also...Natalie from Eyelash Wishes, I choose you!!
First of all, I'm a relatively new subscriber to Natalie, but spent a rather large amount of time reading back and enjoying her posts :) 
First of all, her blog is leopard print and you know that is enough to send me wild! Second of all she has IMPOSSIBLY long eyelashes, which are making me very, very likely to go and purchase the Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara which she has used, in the desperate hope that I might magically grow long, luscious lashes overnight.
I'm aware that she already did The Versatile Blogger Award post, (which made me giggle) but oh well :p
Also, she has over 200 followers OOPS!

Here are my questions for them; I've done nine questions the same and just two individual ones...just to be confusing!

1. What made you want to start a blog?
2. What are your favourite blog posts to write?
3. Also, what are your favourite blog posts to read?
4. List three celebs you would like to snog, marry and avoid.
5. What are your favourite beauty products right now?
6. What are three things you want to achieve before you're 25?
7. Music is a big thing for me, what have you been listening to this past week?
8. Can you describe yourself in three words?
9. Who are your favourite bloggers?

Katie:
10. What are your absolute favourite clothing items right now?
11. What hair products do you use? I need them in my life haha.

Natalie:
10. Why did you name your dog Roger? I like it, from his pics he actually suits it haha.
11. What are your tips for impossibly long eyelashes? I'm massively jealous!


Anyhoo, this was erm...LONG!
So I'll leave it there with only the fabulous Halle Berry, showing everyone how it's done.


Saturday, 23 February 2013

Just a Little Bit of Leopard || OOTD

Yeah, you know how I roll ;)

If I had a house, it would be covered in leopard print, the walls, the sofa's, the carpets...
As I write this I realise that I actually do have a house, but probably would end up single and on the street if I dared do such a thing.
*Thinks of imaginative ways to decorate a cardboard box*

Let's be honest though, I've done well in this OOTD, you know, reined myself in a bit. I only have the tiniest amount of leopard print on, just poking out on the collar there.

Obligatory 'reflected' pose which just might be via Instagram ;)




Look at my iron just sneaking in down there, all photogenic and that. 
Big photo-bomber it is.
Clashing with my red lipstick, thinking that's okay...

You just watch, iron, next time I won't put water in you, then we'll see who's boss!

Yeah. It defo isn't okay to put lilac with red, but for my outfit at least, I'm good. 
Red and leopard print go together like a fat kid loves cake, (seeee, I'm learning!) I'm also doing pretty good on the controversial cross earrings front, and have managed to wear them something like five times now, without feeling remotely like Primark was trying to send me to church when they FORCED me into buying them!

Yes, I was forced, I never EVER buy things willingly, ever. Ahem. 

I teamed my floaty shirt with a cream cami, and my new favourite piece of clothing, my disco leggings. A pair of cream and black dolly shoes finished it off in a nice matchy-matchy way. 
Kind of cold on the old tootsies though...
I would have loved to pair this outfit with a pair of black heeled ankle boots...but sadly I don't have any, and this makes me sad :( 
Of course it would be just too bad if Primark or some shop similar forced me to venture into town again soon and buy some...
My bank might force me home though.



I also wore my black blazer, which in all honesty I am sick of the sight of and want to burn.


What I wore:

Cream/Leopard Collar shirt - Primark (via eBay)
Cami - Primark (via Mum haha)
Disco Leggings - Missguided
Dolly Shoes - Primark
Black Blazer - H&M


On my face:

Eyeshadow - Naked 2 palette (as previous post here)
Bronzer - Bourjois Delice de Poudre
Mascara - MUFE Smoky Lash
Lipstick - Rimmel Alarm (over Rimmel Red Lip Liner)
Nails - Shellac

Ring - Gift
Earrings - Primark

As much as I love my leopard print top here, I realised once I got outside, that it definitely did not count as a layer of clothing.
Almost froze to death.

I also have a sore head from my Croydon facelift, but I kind of like it...yeahhhhhhh.


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Urban Decay, I Love You Man.




You know me and eye make-up, we go together like a moth to a flame.
On second thoughts, I hate moths.
*shudders*
So maybe not moths...maybe more like a fat kid loves cake, yeah that works. 
I like cake, me.

I do not like moths.
In their presence I become a massive professional moth massacring machine...
If you follow me on twitter you will know this.
;)

I think they're hibernating at the moment, they don't like the cold. Long may it be cold...

Anyyyyyyyways, this, believe it or not is a post about make-up, and in no way do moths relate to make-up!
I hope.
Let's hope Urban Decay aren't doing a Tesco on us and slyly sneaking moth juice into their mascara, now there's a nice thought :|

AHH yes there I was, Urban Decay.
*just to clarify, I'm pretty sure their make-up is moth free*
I was having a pretty good make-up day, if I do say so myself, and luckily it was good old Valentines Day.
(Also, this post is slightly on the late side, my bad)
Cupid had been kind and made sure that not only did my eyelashes stay upright at an almost LVL Lashes level, but my eyeshadow had just gone 'right'.
Out came my iPhone's trusty camera, and complete with absolute zero natural light, (gotta love February) and I took some piccies.





I used my 'best make-up' seeing as it was a special day, and dug out my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, and my MUFE Smoky Lash mascara...also partly because my Maybelline 'The Falsies' is pretty much empty. I also used my larrvely Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, and a L'Oreal Kohl Pencil, which is too small to see the name of.





Ah yes, Duty Free on the plane suits me well, look at the beauty right there.
I chose to add a bit of rare shimmer to my eyes today too - so ventured away from my go-to shades 'Foxy' and 'Tease', and chose to use my usual highlight shade 'Bootycall' as my all-over-lid and tear-duct colour.
I then went through my crease with the golden brown shade 'Snakebite', and a tiny bit of 'Busted' right in the line of the crease, which I then blended out.
I added a flick in the form of the matte black shade 'Blackout', for a slightly more subtle take on a liquid eyeliner flick.

I was sorely tempted to splash 'YDK'  all over my eyelid, because it's beautiful, but I resisted, not sure I'm ready for that much sparkle at 7am...


Left-Right
Bootycall, Snakebite, Busted, Blackout.


Oh...and while we're here, my actual Valentines present <3
Hope you all had a lovely time, no matter what you did or who you did or didn't spend it with :D



P.S Is anyone else now singing 'We go together, like babalabalabalabankjhjvwdfjwfbingdibong', (or words to that effect) from 'Grease'?
In hindsight that would have been a much better metaphor for my eyelash obsession than moths.

P.P.S I guarantee that if you weren't singing it before, you are now.

Monday, 18 February 2013

I Just Can't Stop Pressing Play || February

It's been a whilllllllllle since I did a music post, and sure enough, I've managed to wean myself off the last little collection, and on to another...

Just a word of warning.

I like Justin Timberlake.
Yes. Timberlake.

I refuse to even mention the name of the worm who shares his first name, but whose surname, (very loosely, I'm clutching at straws here) rhymes with 'lever' - as in one you might push on a toilet to flush things away.
He has not only stolen the first name of the original Justin, but steals his dance moves and his style of music, to the point where, on first hearing, I genuinely mistook one of his more recent songs for a new Timberlake tune a few months ago.
I'm not proud of it.

I was just eagerly waiting for the day that I heard that fateful news, and got a bit ahead of myself.

The day did come though.
The day I found out, the original JT was back.

Needless to say, the first song in my list this time is...

Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z - Suit and Tie 


I'm not gonna lie. I wasn't feeling it at first, and that scared me.
How could I not instantly love a Timberlake song?
Complete with Jay Z?
Not sure, I just didn't.
It was around the fourth listen though that it really started to grow on me, (established that it sounds good loud in the car!) and now I love it! I think in a few years time after JT has disappeared again, we'll remember it among the old classics.


Macklemore - Thrift Shop


This song doesn't really need an introduction, does it?
It beat makes it sound like it belongs in the Summer of 2005 to me for some reason - possibly the lack of techno-pop, what ever it's called, but that's probably why I like it. On the other hand, it could get annoying after 6,000,000 plays. 
Thankfully, I've not got that far yet so I can still appreciate it, seeing as it's about clothes, I love the meaning, although I'm not a fan of either expensive or thrifted clothes, and would rather go to Primark.


Drake - Started From The Bottom 


Could life get any better?
First new music from JT, and now Drake?!?!
*fan girling*
Well I never.
Anyway, this one is another grower, on first hearing I found it a little repetitive, but then I'm a sucker for an awesome beat and oh my godddd it so is!
I could listen to an instrumental all day and not get bored, just beautiful :)


50 Cent ft. Justin Timberlake - Ayo Technology


This one reminds me of my bestie <3
Ahhhhhhhhh :D
Pretty sure a few weeks ago we were having a mini sofa/living room rave to this just like we did in the old times when this was first around.
Underrated I think.
So are sofa raves, definitely good fun and less tiring than a real rave.

P.S the video quality of this is shocking. Justin Timberlake in 240p is not right.


A$AP Rocky - Goldie


A new discovery for me, but a good one.
I was torn between this and 'Long Live A$AP', but went for this one...just something I prefer about it haha, it's been a while since a new rapper came out with a sound that I really like, but I think I've found a new one.
Deep, dark and awesome sounding beats.
Might break my poor headphones listening to this guy...


Blu Cantrell - Hit 'Em Up Style



So everyone knows that when it comes to Blu Cantrell, 'Breathe' is pretty much the only song that matters or is relevant. 
Yes Sean Paul, you absolute Leg-End you!!
(Seriously, is anyone else completely unable to say Seal Paul's name without saying 'Seana-Paul' like at the start?)
After what must be ten years, 'Breathe' is as fresh and has as much impact on the ear drums as it did on day one...however, I'd forgotten about this little gem!
Never actually realised I liked this song to be honest, but I heard it by chance recently and it's just old skool and amazing!


...


As is tradition, it's time for a song that's made me want to tear my hair out for the last few weeks,
safe to say nowhere is safe.
I apologise in advance if this song never leaves your head. 
I saw something about a woman who had the same song in her head for years the other day and seriously, if that happenned with this song, I'd probably die.

It is of course...

Taylor Swift - We Are Never Getting Back Together


Eugh. Nuff said.







Friday, 15 February 2013

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair...

I've been waiting for this for a long time.
My day has finally come.
Today, I get to pretend I'm in a L'Oreal advert and swish my hair around 'because I'm worth it'...
Well, kind of.

Truth is, my hair has been pretty much under wraps for the last seven or eight months now, in ermm...let's just call it deep repair, and it needed a little help to recover.
There's only so much good work that cutting out all the bad things can do, so after I put down my hairspray and my comb, and got myself a few fancy but fad-ish shampoos and conditioners - which failed, I decided to join the hair oil hype.

Now MoroccanOil sounds awesome, but in my eyes if I'm really going to pay that much for what might be just another fad - I expect my hair to come out plated in pure 24 carat gold, and that's a bit weird...
Okay. Maybe 24 carat is ambitious, but for £30 I'd expect AT LEAST Argos quality gold to be gracing my hair.

Then I'd chop it off, Cash For Gold it and I'd be RICH MUHAHAHAA.
(Who am I kidding? Rapunzel is my idol.)

 Anyhoooooo, off I popped onto t'interweb to find a cheaper alternative, and low and behold, what was this?!
Argania Argan Oil, which was on an introductory offer at Boots, for £9.99?
Who would I be to pass up on an opportunity like that?



There it is.
Look at it in all its awesome, cheap(ish), red glory.

I have used this product now somewhat religiously for seven months, and I'm roughly half way down the bottle - value for money? I think so.
Also - when I say I've used it religiously, that is because OH MY GOD does this work?!
I am a sceptic and a half but in all honesty from the very first pea-sized use my hair acquired this new and exciting quality that it has never, ever had before...
Think they call it shine?
YES!
SHINE!!!
My hair is not pure or even Argos gold-plated, but it's shinier than it has ever been.
If it was gold, I'd rival 2-Chainz in the bling stakes with my hair alone.
Yeahhh, each strand would be a chain.
Take that 2-Chainz.

I'd be like Medusa, but with chains.
My shining hair would blind all who looked upon it, like the sun, only in crazy, Medusa type style.

Rihanna would change her song lyrics.
'Shine bright like my hairrrrr'
No-one would even care that 'hair' doesn't have the same number of syllables as 'diamonds', because let's face it, shiny gold, chain hair kicks diamond ass.


 


Before                                                   -                                                            After
*high 5 for my animal print onesie-dressing gown combo yeahhhhh,
 oh and in monochrome because I'm down with the Spring/Summer trends ;)*

It's not just the shine.
My hair is healthy again!
It is smooth and manageable, I can get a brush through it, and it dries sleeker and straighter than ever in my life!

The photo's above were taken when my hair was just slightly damp from being washed, and left to dry naturally. 
On the left, although not bad in comparison to my hair abusing days, my hair is much frizzier, drier and fly-away than on the right. To touch the texture is very different.
In the picture on the right, my hair is just a dream.
It's silky and swish-able, smooth and shiny.

The ONLY real con is that if you then curl your hair, they don't stay in quite as well. 
The texture of your hair is much more slippery, so the curls literally slip a little, and drop more than without using the oil.
However the oil also acts as a heat defence, so a big plus if you do use it with curlers!

There are two another cons which I've discovered - but in all honesty they're only cons if you have an issue with ingredients.
First of all, two silicone products are listed as the main ingredients - I have done my research on this and see no problem with it, however some people don't like the idea of having chemicals on their hair. From what I found out they are actually contributing to the positive effects of the oils :).
Which brings me on to potential con number two...
Again, for me this is not an issue, but there are other natural oils in this product. sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, macadamia nut oil, evening primrose oil, and carrot oil. Not the pure argan oil some people might be hoping for, but in my eyes these are all natural products meant to be good for the hair, so the more the merrier I say!

This little magic bottle of beauty can be found here:
Ta Da!!
(also available in 'Light' for fine or light coloured hair)




...Now if only I could find a product which would mean my hair wasn't two inches longer on the left than the right?
A product not called 'Scissors', that is.



Sunday, 10 February 2013

"I Hate You So Much Right Now..."

"...ARRRRRRGHHH"
Yes, I hope you all sang along with that title in perfect Kelis style.
Gotta love a bit of old Kelis right?

Slightly harsh though, I don't hate the products I'm about to mention, but 'I Dislike You So Much Right Now' just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Even so, everything listed here is responsible for giving you that really awful feeling in the pit of your stomach, where you just KNOW that it's not working out.
The poor things end up rejected and living in the back of an old, decrepit make-up bag, never to see the light of day again.
Until now of course, when they're brought out to face the daylight.
Poor things.
It's like giving them false hope.

First up:


Dove: Rich Nourishing Beauty Body Moisturiser

Greasy, greasy.
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.
The name doesn't lie. It's rich alright.
So rich it can't possibly sink in to your skin, it's just too thick and sticky.
Talking of, it's been stuck to the back of my cupboard for a while now.
I genuinely have to wash my hands after applying it, because I can't stand the stickiness - and even then it doesn't come off!
If anyone was ever trying to find a waterproof body lotion, here it is. 
Just abandon all hopes of trying to have a shower even the next day, because it won't let you.



Models Own: Lemon Meringue Nail Polish

I can't tell you how much I wanted a pretty but subtle yellow nail polish last Summer, one that would off-set a tan perfectly.
I can't tell you how excited I was to find this, and try it out.
I also can't tell you how disappointed I was when it turned out to be gloopy, and look like odd coloured Tip Ex on my nails - weird I know.

It could have been so pretty, I still wore it for about three days while on holiday, but in all honesty I think it was wet for a full day of the three! 
Oh my godddddd did it take forever to dry!! 

If I'm bored and tanned one day this Summer I'll probably try it again, but it will probably have all smudged off by the end of the day, purely from the air.
No nail polish remover needed.



Benefit: Erase Paste

Ooooh controversial!
It's a very, very long time since I bought this, and for a good while I tried to love it.
I had it in two shades - one of which, (fair) I got for about £3 brand new on eBay after finding the medium shade too orange. 
Only problem was, the fair shade was also too orange...

It's a shame, there really are only three shades in this concealer, and with the two that I've tried, I might as well have pealed an orange and stuck the pieces under my eyes. 
Mmm, attractive.
 I just can't imagine how this would work on anyone with pink undertones to their skin?
Mr. Blobby, anyone?

Also, like the nail polish mentioned above, it took FOREVERRRRRR to dry!
It is sooo thick, it just sits there and chills on your skin like it's waiting for some kind of companion.
(*Makes mental note to store it with Lemon Meringue polish so they can chill and be tacky together*)

Not long after I gave up on this, I found the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer, and I never looked back.




MAC: Pink Friday Lipstick

Sob, sob, sob...
I saved this one until last.
When I heard Nicki Minaj, (who at the time I was a big fan of) was bringing out a limited edition MAC lipstick, I was over the moon!
I ordered my lippy, (not an easy feat I'm telling you!) and waited with baited breath until that little plop that signifies the arrival of the post man, and that he has brought something more than just letters...

I remember my excitement, my Nicki Minaj lipstick was here!
I was going to put her album on in my room, dance around wearing my awesome lipstick, and pretend to be her.
Only problem is...I ermm, didn't like it.
I really, REALLY didn't like it.
I still don't.

In fact its just plain nasty.

It's a pale, blue toned, and VERY vibrant pink.
It's so perfectly Nicki Minaj, that it is unwearable to anyone that isn't called Nicki Minaj.

I remember seeing reviews of it at the time, and almost all of them said they loved it, but then went on to only wear a dab of it over the top of a darker shade of pink, or changed their mind.
I did the same.
I think I've worn it twice, once to try it out and desperately find a type of light that it looked good in, and the second time over the top of a dark pink.

Oh and a third - to take pictures to show you :)



Even these pictures don't show the true scale of how bad this looks on me, but I didn't want to take a full face photo because I wasn't wearing any other make-up. 
Let's just say it wouldn't only be the lips that would scare you...















Sunday, 3 February 2013

Feeling Missguided...



Seems like every time I do an OOTD/OOTE I make some comment about how I rarely go out...
But seeing as this is yet another outfit of the evening, you're probably beginning to think that's not so true.
I'm beginning to think it myself.

However, a good old girly meal was on the cards and guess who had been paid?
That's right - me!!
Lucky me decided that I could allow it in my minuscule budget to not only attend the meal, but buy...
 *shock horror* 
A NEW OUTFIT!!

So after a very unsuccessful trip to town, I decided that an online session was necessary.
Given that I've been somewhat absent from shopping now for over a year, (great time to start a fashion/beauty blog huh?) I had almost forgotten how awesome it is knowing that I have a tasty new package full of delicious clothes waiting for me...

I headed on to one of the website's that I seem to spend a few too many evenings typing in to my little box thingy and then drooling over, before clicking the 'X' and wailing.

Tonight was the night.
The very first night of my life.
I was going to add something to the basket, and THEN, do the unimaginable...
Click the 'check out' button.

:O

I was feeling proud, but proud in that little exciting way as though you've done something very, very bad...
A raging, manic and extremely evil laugh would have been very appropriate.
You could have said I was feeling a little,

*see what I did there?*



Yes. I shopped on my new favourite clothes website, www.missguided.co.uk.
I decided to listen to good old Drake and those silly leggings that  people seem to think are cool, and YOLO my money away.

After much deliberation, I decided on something versatile and that I will be able to wear again, dressing up, down, with jeans, shorts, skirts, or otherwise, and that can be layered to match the good, (not-so-good) old British weather.

I got this beautiful white and pink dip-dye and dip-hem top/dress to layer over a black bandeau top.
It is so girly and gorgeous, and isn't something I see every day.

I wanted to add a bit of edge to what is a very floaty outfit, and was torn between my disco leggings, (also from Missguided) or the leather skirt from my last 'Outfit of the Evening' post, but after much deliberation, and something of a mini fashion show, I decided on the skirt.
No doubt however, the versatility of the top means I will be pairing the two up at some point in future...





What I'm wearing: 

Dip-Dye Top - Missguided
Black Bandeau - Missguided
Leather Skirt - Internationale
Peace Necklace - Primark
Black Suede/Leather shoes - New Look (via my mum)
Gold Cross Earrings - Primark

On my face:

Urban Decay - Naked 2 Palette (at least 3 shades haha)
MUFE Smoky Lash Mascara

So then people, before I ramble on any more, and a simple shopping trip becomes an extremely over-dramatic novel, I will leave you be.
Needless to say, I had a fantastic night and even managed NOT to spill curry all down my new clothes and add brown to the dyed effect - waheyy!

Goodnight :)