Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I absolutely love fancy dress so Halloween is one of my favourite holidays, I wish we celebrated it more in England! I went to a Halloween party at the weekend and this year I decided to go as a doll as I had seen so many good youtube tutorials on how to do the make-up. It was actually quite simple and yet so many people commented on how creepy it looked, so all-in-all a successful costume I would say! Here is the youtube tutorial I followed to create this look. 

I hope you all have a great Halloween whatever you do! 

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Primark Haul

I thought I would do a little haul of some of the bits I have picked up in Primark recently as I think there has actually been some really good finds in there this A/W and also because Primark doesn't have an online shopping option so it's nice to see some of the things they have to offer. Here are just a few things I have bought.

I picked up this plain black 3/4 length sleeve peplum top for around £4 or £5 pounds which is super cheap. It has a scooped neck line so can be worn on a night out or is great for layering during the day. I also got a sleeveless version of this for around the same price. 

I also got this faux leather skater skirt for £12! I love my Topshop jersey black skater skirt and thought this would make a great alternative for adding some texture to an outfit. 

I know it's not clothing but I couldn't not share this. I bought this blanket/throw from the home section for £5. It's such a cute christmassy print and is really soft. I love it, they also do a matching duvet cover which I will be getting next time I go to Primark.

The next thing I picked up were these black faux suede ankle boots with silver studded toes. These were around £10 I think and I just thought they would go with most outfits, plus the studding makes them on-trend. They are also really comfy! 

To continue with the stud theme, I got these studded tote bags which are perfect for uni. They were £10 each which is so cheap for a bag like this so I decided to get both colours. I have been using the black one a lot more as it's just easy and goes with anything, but I actually really like the nude one so I will make an effort to use that one more I think! 

Lastly, I got this jacket. This style of jacket is the 'it' jacket of the season and I was so close to buying the River Island version for £55, but I'm so glad I saw this one before I did. It was about £20, and I would much rather spend that on a item like this which I will probably only get one years wear out of. It's actually a really nice fit and style, although it's quite thin but I guess you get what you pay for. 

So that is what I have picked up so far this season in Primark and I have been getting a lot of wear out of it all so far! Have you found any Primark gems this season? Thanks for reading!

wish list #1

1, 2, 3

So, my wishlist isn't exactly huge, and that's not because there aren't a million more things I'm lusting after this week but because I'm trying to avoid online shopping at all costs. The student lifestyle has both taken it out of me and my bank account recently and so my money is having to go on more essential things such as food at the moment (sob). I would say that there is no harm is browsing but unfortunately I have a problem with shopping and browsing usually leads to bad things for me so it's safer just to avoid it all together. 

I have however fallen in love with this Topshop coat, which is definitely NOT within my price range, but I just like to look at it and pretend. 

I don't even know how long I have been after a Nars blusher, and as it's my birthday next month I have decided that this will be the time I will finally get my hands on one. So, naturally I have been browsing the website to find the perfect shade for me and I think I have decided on Deep Throat

Finally, me and my housemate were in H&M a couple of weeks ago and I tried on a tartan print scarf. I decided I didn't need it and put it down as I have SO many scarves but it's all I have thought about since. It's not the exact one in the picture, It was bigger and more of a burgundy colour, but it was lovely and it will soon be mine. 

Monday, 15 October 2012

Benefit "They're Real": Review


me with 2 or 3 coats of Benefit They're Real - £18.50


This mascara makes some big claims, so naturally I had to purchase it to see if it lives up to them. Benefit claim that 100% of people who used this mascara saw long-wearing result, 94% saw dramatic length and volume, 90% saw base-to-tip curl and 94% saw visible lift. Those are some impressive stats. 

Well, it is a very good mascara I have to say. I'm such a mascara lover and I did have to have a little word with myself after buying this as I really didn't need it and it's not exactly cheap at £18.50, but I was just to intrigued to find out if it was worth the hype.  The brush is really good, I would definitely say this is more of a lengthening mascara than a volumising one and I tend to like my lashes to look quite thick so I do use another mascara on top of this one, but in the picture I have just used this one. 

I have heard that this product dries out really quickly so I will be keeping my on it and will report back. All in all this is a really good product and I have a lot of friends who use it and swear by it so Benefit have definitely done something right! I wear false lashes on a night out though, so am unsure whether I will repurchase this as the price tag is pretty hefty for the amount of use I will get from it. 

Has anyone tried this mascara, or know of any other really good ones? 

life through a lens #5

sparkly tips, afternoon treat, my beautiful housemate, more halloween fun, so much choice, night out make -up, the best kind of post, winter nails, TGI's

Monday, 8 October 2012

The perks of being a student

As much as I shouldn't be spending my loan money of clothes, it's just so hard not to when everywhere is offering 20% student discount. Needless to say I took advantage of this and made a couple of orders. 

 First up are the bits I bought from Topshop. Topshop do 20% student discount every year around the same time and usually I wait until they do before I buy anything. This year though there really wasn't much I wanted so I used the opportunity to buy some wardrobe staples. Firstly I bought this camouflage jacket which I had actually wanted for a little while but couldn't really justify the £48 price tag, but with 20% off it seemed more reasonable so I decided to invest. Next I bought these coated high wasted shorts, I originally wanted some leather shorts but decided that these were a better choice and would be more comfortable, also they are a little more subtle than leather so I thought they would be more versatile. Lastly I bought this basic oversized t-shirt. This is just a good wardrobe staple for slouchy days plus it's really oversized which I love. 

I was also surprised to see River Island offering 20% student discount, as they don't do student discount usually, but hey I'm not complaining. I never used to be a fan of River Island, but I feel like this season they have really stepped it up and there is loads of stuff on my wish list. I needed some new jeans and usually I only buy Topshop Leigh jeans, but recently I have found that I have loads of tops with short hem lines and have found that I can't find any bottoms to wear with them, so when I saw these high wasted skinnies, I decided to try them and I'm actually really impressed with them, and they were only £30, so with 20% off they cost £24, a bargain for jeans. I also bought this knitted t-shirt dress which looks really nice with tights and boots, and this plain black beanie for the colder days that are rapidly approaching. 

Ok, maybe I went a little crazy but hopefully these bits should see me through the winter. God, I really need to stop online shopping! 

Saturday, 6 October 2012

KUKEE order

I read about KUKEE on Georgia's blog a couple weeks ago and had to go check it out for myself. Before I knew it I had a bag full of shopping and I was confirming my order. It may look like I went a little crazy, but all of these items came to £12! So cheap I could barely believe it, plus at the moment they are offering a free gift with orders over £10. I really like all of the products I got as well, it's all surprisingly good quality for the price and the rings are silver plated so hopefully they won't turn my fingers green like my other rings like this. Check out the website here 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

life through a lens #4

My friends adorable new kitten, nude nails, school girl chic, night out, Sunday roast, pre drinks snack, dissertation countdown of doom, yummers, breakfast of champions

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Benefit Porefessional: Review

Benefit Porefessional - £23.50
 I know this isn't the newest of products on the market, so to most of you this is probably old news but I have loved using this product so much that I couldn't not share. I recently bought the Benefit Porefessional Primer at the duty free lounge before flying off on holiday. I decided on this particular primer as I didn’t really know which one to pick and I knew that this was a bit of a cult favourite a few months ago so decided to try it out. I have to say that I normally don’t enjoy using primers as I find the consistency odd and the ones I had been using really matified the skin which is not what I wanted. However, since using Benefit Porefessional my whole attitude towards primers has changed. I cannot express enough the difference this has made to the way my skin looks. It makes my skin tone so even, and provides the perfect base for foundation or powder. The coverage it gives is enough to be worn alone though if you’re having a good skin day. So if you’re after a good, reliable primer, I can’t recommend this enough. I will definitely be repurchasing!

My skin after using Porefessional as a base