Thursday, 6 June 2013

OOTD #2 on a Rare Sunny Day

This week, the sun made an appearance. I think it has this schedule to show up every year just as exams start, but since it's not me doing exams this year, I couldn't be happier to skip about in the sun. Yes, literally skip. Luckily I live in the countryside and there are very few people to observe my oddities.

top-Bershka (last season) / skirt-thrifted / pumps-Accessorize / bangles-penney's
I'm so pale I feel like I'm glowing. I need a tan and fast. Anyone know of any good fake tans that are relatively affordable, don't smell bad, apply easily and don't go streaky? Or is that just asking for a miracle?

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Holiday Haul

I think I may have a bit of a problem with shopping; as in I can't stop buying clothes. Summer is definitely my favourite season for clothes (yay for pretty colours and dresses) hence despite living in such a rainy little island my Summer wardrobe is well... quite substantial (and growing regularly). The sun has been shining for the past few days though, and it's meant to be nice until the weekend (which is when I jet off for Spain -exciting!) Now I didn't buy these all at once, it's more of an accumulation of  a few shopping trips over the past few weeks.

Firstly comes the earrings (and one odd ring thrown in there). These were too much of a bargain not to buy, they were all a euro each from New Look. I mean how is anyone supposed to resist that??? 

Playsuits are a holiday essential for me, they're so comfy and practical, as either cover ups or for those more windy days! The floral one was on sale in New Look, and has really cute detailing on the back (which is guaranteed to give me funny tan lines). The black one is from Penney's, but for the seven euro it cost fits lovely and looks so cute with my sandals and some bangles.

This dress was a present from my Mum, and I love the fit and colours! I've never been brave enough to try out the clashing print trend in seperates but this dress incorporates it so well! 

Penney's have some fantastic summer sandals, I could of bought at least three pairs, but in the end I settled for these. I'm a real magpie and can't resist anything sparkly, you'll probably notice that trend!

The outfit here is from Forever 21, and I bought it a couple of weeks ago. I love Forever 21's summer clothes, I'm packing quite a few pieces from there for my holiday. I can't wait to wear this when I'm no longer the colour of a milk bottle.  The top is light and loose and the skirt is just the cutest little flower print.

I'm off for a walk in the evening sun now, then I'm going to watch the last episode of GOT, which apparently is pretty emotional, so wish me luck. I'd love to know if any of you have done any hauls recently!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Tag: Procrastinating Blogger

I think everyone at some point in their lives, and some of us (me especially) spend a vast amount of time perfecting the craft. I've seen this post on a number of blogs, and thought it would be a fun tag to do! 

1. Name one beauty regime that you rarely do
I really dislike feet, so my poor toes are often rather neglected. Honestly, I hardly ever take the nail polish off my toes and reapply it, normally if my toes do go on display, I just paint over the chips with the same colour nail polish. I mean, nobody looks that close right?!

2. Is washing your make up brushes something you regularly do?
Yes It really should be because I know how important it is, but well, it's just a bit of a pain really right? And they always seem to take so long to dry... 

3. How long will you last with chipped nails?
Unlike my poor toes, I'm quite good at removing my nail polish once it starts to wear and tear, it gets on my nerves otherwise!

4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a product, even if you really need it?
If the item is an essential (shampoo, toothpaste, shower gel etc.) I'll have it replaced in no time. If it's something I just want? I try and hold off for a bit, I make waaaayyyy too many impulse purchases.

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
I have a few to confess, I'm terrible at body moisturizing, it's another thing that takes too long and I don't feel is essential, since most of the time it's far too cold for any skin to be on show. I do tend to improve a bit in the summer though. I've also never owned a heat defense product for my hair. Shameful, but then I hardly ever use any appliances on it, so I guess it could be worse.

6. Name something non-beauty that you put off doing all the time.
For the past oooh, year or so I've been putting off sorting out my room, whose contents are threatening to overspill just about everywhere.

7. When going out do you leave getting ready until the last minute?
I'm the total opposite, I'm normally sitting there ready with ten minutes to spare, yet somehow I manage to get distracted and end up being late anyway!

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
Yes and no, I can cut back hugely when I need to, and since I'm a student the spare cash is hardly bursting out of my purse anyway. If I need to spend less I do, but I rarely overspend so much that I have to ban myself completely. I think it's like dieting, you can cut down but sometimes it's still ok to treat yourself a little.

9. How organised is your make up and nail polish collection?
My nail polish collection and tools are really well organised. As for my make up, well, I guess keeping it all in the same area counts as some kind of organisation (?).

This tag is actually pretty eye opening, maybe sharing some of my bad habits will help me get rid of them? If you do, or have done this tag, comment below so I can check it out.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Dainty Doll Haul and first impressions

So, I may of gone shopping. Mainly for holiday wear, with me going to Spain in a week (yay!), but as usual, I ended up browsing all the make up stands I laid eyes on. My friend had recently told me about Dainty Doll, a brand specifically designed for pale skin by Nicola Roberts. Now, I don't have a lot of faith in make up ranges designed by celebrities ( no particular reason why, I think it may be just me being snobby). So, when I saw a small collection of the Dainty Doll range on sale in a pharmacy (while I was trying to avoid the glories of the Benefit counter) I thought it may be worth a try. 

The boxing of the packaging is really cute, and all the packaging feels quite sturdy, which I like. I bought three things in the end (which were all about €2.50 each!). A concealer pen (shade 003), a mascara/liquid eyeliner duo (I don't know the shade but they're dark brown) and loose mineral powder (shade 004).
I'm really pleased with the concealer, it's a good match for my skin. It feels nice and light on with good coverage (I hate cakey textures).
I love that this has a click brush, I think it stops the product from getting contaminated with icky germs. It does however mean the pen gets messy quickly (as you can see) but that's easy enough to just wipe off.

When I bought the mascara I didn't really expect it to be brown (one day I'll learn to check labels). That being said with my fair complexion it looks quite nice and natural, if a little underwhelming. I think I personally prefer mascara's with a bit more oomph, but this is alright for those no-make-up days when I just want something to define my eyes a little more. I'm not a huge fan of liquid eyeliner, but this looked quite nice  with the mascara in my opinion.
Left-with product, right-no product

Finally, I think I'm most pleased with the mineral powder dispenser thingy. I'm a dedicated Bare Minerals advocate, yet they aren't the most practical thing for on the go touch ups. This, with its brush attached, will definitely used for such purposes, and although it's a teeny bit dark on me right now to wear as full face make up, after a few days in the sun (with a high SPF I might add, I do not want to look like a lobster), I think it'll be the perfect colour.

The Dainty Doll range is available here at Fragrance Direct. Have you made any great bargain make-up purchases recently?

Saturday, 1 June 2013

NOTD: Nails Inc. Bolton's Place

I love nail polish. All of the shades, the different textures and effects, there really is something for everyone. One of my favourite nail polish brands has to be Nails Inc. Ok, so they're pricey, and my collection has mainly been built up through birthdays and Christmas gifts, because I really can't justify spending over ten euros on a bottle of nail polish, no matter how hard I try. But still, every shade I've tried has applied like a dream and been very well wearing, especially considering I'm terrible lazy with applying things like top coats ( I mean who has all that time? Nail painting is a laborious task really, but the results are worth it).
Another thing that's great about Nails Inc. polishes are the names, all based on locations in London. This shade is Bolton's Place, and is probably one of the most versatile shades I own, working in both summer and winter. It's a taupe-y bronze-y colour that's slightly shimmery, in some lights it almost has mauve undertones. 

Two shades make this completely opaque, and I've finished it off with a coat of 'Cavier' top coat. Normally I would get at least three days wear out of this, which for me is a pretty good result.

What are your favourite nail shades for the Summer?

Friday, 31 May 2013

Interview OOTD

So yesterday I got a call asking me if I could attend an interview for a job I'd applied for. Very grateful for the offer I immediately said yes. It did however mean I had twenty four hours to prepare for it, which was not exactly ideal! My outfit is a bit of a mish-mash of things I own, a hastily bought white shirt and my Mum's smart shoes! My love for heels doesn't extend to practical ones apparently...

OK, so the skirt could of done with being about two and a half inches longer to be ideal, but I was working with a limited time frame! In the end my Mum lent me a very boring and old fashioned skirt of hers, although I still like this outfit! I think it would look great with a pair of really high black wedges...

This is my first OOTD and I'd like to do a lot more, although I think my posing needs a lot of work! The blazer and skirt are both from Penney's, although I think they may be from last season. The interview itself was a bit of a blur of nerves, I'm not sure I said anything logical at all but I guess it's all good practice! Fingers crossed that I may hear something back.

Would you like to see more OOTD posts? Most of my clothes are far more interesting than this!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

May wishlist

So firstly it's apparent I've been rather neglectful of my blog for a while, which I'm quite sorry about. It was totally unplanned, just a culmination of small events which meant I haven't had time for it since I last blogged. In the future I'm definitely going to make more of an effort to keep on top of it, scout's honour! 
This post is mainly focused on the things I wish I could afford to buy (apologies in advancing if my editing skills are a bit rough and ready, practice makes perfect I hope!).

Eye Studio® Color Tattoo® 24HR Cream Gel ShadowThick & Fast™ MascaraDior - Diorskin Nude BB Creme Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Lipstick 4gEssie Nail Polish 13.5mlImage 1 of ASOS Floral Coloured Skater

      I had a sample size of the Dior BB cream, so I might do a review of it soon, before I use it all up. It's eye wateringly expensive, but at the same time it just feels and looks amazing. Since getting the Urban Decay Naked palette for Christmas I've ignored all other eyeshadow, however I'm super intrigued by the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eye shadows. I think I may just be the only person in the blogosphere who hasn't tried them yet. I've recently discovered Fragrance Direct , which may be the website of any poor beauty junkies dream. It's such incredible value, and I have a basket saved full of things that are simply too cheap to not buy, including the Kate Moss Lipstick and Essie Nail polish.
    I love this dress so much, I'm praying for it to still be around when the sale hits, but since it's so pretty I doubt it will be. 

I'm thinking about doing a Great Gatsby make-up and style post soon (the movie is jaw-dropingly beautiful, and the book is a must read). But then I also think it'd be a lot of fun to do a Star Trek inspired look, which would you prefer?

P.S. I'd like to say a big thank you to Shauna from Floral Disaster, I won a $20 voucher to spend on Firmoo sunglasses on her lovely blog!