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Monday, 30 April 2012

Glossybox // April

Glossybox April*

While I'm not the first to post about this month's Glossybox, I doubt I'll be the last. And that's what I do like about the service, different opinions, favourite products and so forth. 

April's box, dubbed "The Natural Box" contains ethical products which are environmentally friendly, just in time to celebrate Earth month. Glossybox have even gone one step further in making the packaging biodegradable so any concerns about waste are ruled out. The ethical theme runs closely to myself this month, studying about the importance of ethics in Journalism. But anyway back to the box. I'll be honest, when it comes to beauty brands, I'm quite limited in what and who I know. I tend to play safe and stick to the same brands, and Glossybox allows me to break free of that 'rut' so to speak. 

1. Caudalie - Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum - Unlike many people, I've not actually heard a lot about the Caudalie brand, which in some ways I prefer as I'm not aware of any pre-existing hype or opinions surrounding it. The serum's natural, plant-based ingredients are what excites me to use it. I have sensitive skin so am always on the look out for products that can cater for that. The product claims to ensure "your skin never lacks moisture" and being the most expensive product in my box, I'm keen to see whether to put it bluntly, it does what it says on the tin. 

2. Yes! Nurse - Protect Your Lovely - I was really happy to see a hand moisturiser in this month's box. It's a product which can be used by everyone unlike make-up where you have your own personal preference. Dermatologically tested, this "24hr 'Super Moisturiser'" comes in a sleek, smooth packaging which is not only lightweight but would be easily identifiable in a handbag, which is a problem I struggle with! My hands are in desperate need of some TLC after months of nervously picking at them thanks to my dissertation! I'm hoping this will remedy that!

3. Inika Cosmetics - Certified Organic Lip Liner Okay, I have a beauty confession. I've never used a lip liner. I suppose it's laziness as I find getting ready enough of a drama without having to add something else into the equation, so under normal circumstances, I probably would not buy a lip liner. However, I am intrigued to try this product to see if it can change my mind. The product claims to "provide outstanding colour performance." I got the shade 'safari' which resembles a brown with a hint of maroon. I'm not sure how this will look underneath my usual ruby lips, but we'll see!

4. Figs & Rouge - Lip Balm - What's good about this lip balm is that it can be used to hydrate both dry lips and skin, and let's face it, a multi-tasker is always a winner! I received the 'Rambling Rose' fragrance and am looking to see how it performs against my usual Vaseline. 

5. Ayuuri - Natural Body Wash - My Rose fragrance, "enriched with Indian Rose, Jasmine & Aloe Vera" claims to "enhance skin's natural beauty." I was surprised a the size of the product and will definitely make good use of this. After three stressful years at university, this body wash will be a welcome addition into my shower routine. 


Overall, I feel this month that there are a good range of products and the theme is particularly intriguing as not only can we enjoy the products, but we can help the environment too! What did you think of this month's Glossybox? Did you receive any different products? 


Didn't you know? Green is the new black!


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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Weekly Round Up

Pancakes for dinner, 'Never Have I Ever - Gossip Girl game', Rihanna admitting her Skarsgard crush in Company magazine, Friday's hair, Canal walk home, Mother and baby ducks, Dissertation printed, Glossybox delivery, KitKat Peanut Butter for mother, Stocking up recording 'How Do I Look?', Ethics essay research, Woody 



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What I Wore: Mustard Prep

Jumper: Primark, Oversized Shirt: Primark, Jeans: New Look


A rare ponytail shot for me, but rather than backcombing for my usual bun, I thought this would be kinder to my hair. I love mustard as a colour and this v-neck makes me feel very preppy and slightly geeky, especially teamed with the shirt. I hardly ever wear jeans either as I feel too casual in them but as long as I have heels on, that tends to counteract that feeling. And of course, red lippy helps me feel that little bit more glam! I've been staying inside working on my ethics essay. It's one of my last pieces of work and is one of those 'there is no right or wrong answer' assignments, which always throws me off slightly! 


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Friday, 27 April 2012

What I Wore: Flower Power

Playsuit: H&M, Headband: H&M


Excuse the ridiculously obvious and somewhat childish titling of this outfit. You know when you run out of ideas and sometimes it's better to be to the point? Well this is an instance of that. This is what I wore today, I did however wear a coat when I walked to the neighbouring town as it was pretty chilly on the walk, but this is it. I wanted to feel spring like today, even though April showers are persisting. And I didn't make too much effort with my hair, just curling the ends and wearing my go-to 'Blair Waldorf' headband. I got my dissertation printed today (scary stuff) and tonight my sister is hosting a Body Shop party at our house. They're not my favourite events as I prefer to shop in a shop, but I may participate for a bit before I go back to studying. Two more assignments to go and university is over for well, ever! 

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Friday Feature: Men's Macs

Today's a first for Style Speaks Louder Than Words. While this is my third 'Friday Feature', it's my first ever men's fashion piece. The mac was probably the best place to start, worn by both men and women, it's a classic, timeless piece that looks effortlessly stylish. For women, we imagine we're Holly Golightly in that Breakfast at Tiffany's scene...okay, maybe just me! And for men, the modern day take on the coat is epitomised by Burberry's Douglas Booth. So whether you're spending or saving, there's a mac for every budget. 

1. Trenchcoat - £59.99 H&M2. Navy Double Breasted Mac - £70.00 River Island3. Stone Full Length Belted Mac - £75.00 Topman

4. Stone Double Breasted Mac - £70.00 River Island5. Navy and Stone Cropped Mac - £75.00 Topman6. Basic Storm Coating Terry Coat - £150.00 French Connection

7. ASOS Twill Mac - £70.00 ASOS8. Selected Double Breasted Trench Jacket - £120.00 ASOS9. ASOS Twill Mac - £70.00 ASOS

10. River Island Classic Mac - £70.00 ASOS11. Limited Collection Pure Cotton Military Trench Coat - £79.00 Marks and Spencer12. Autograph Stormwear Cotton Rich Trench Coat - £99.00 (SPECIAL OFFER) Marks and Spencer


*Some of the coats featured come in more than one colour, so check the links to see other colour options. 



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Thursday, 26 April 2012

What I Wore: Casual Tuesday's

Checked shirt: H&M, Pleated school skirt: Marks and Spencer


I don't really know where this name came from, I just felt really casual today. I say casual, I still had my towering heels and curled hair so it probably defeats the object of casual but whatever. I love anything blue, and since I paid £5 for this shirt, it's fast becoming one of my favourites. It's probably one of the few oversized pieces of clothing I own. Unfortunately nine times out of then, I can't rock the whole 'oversized effortless' look that so many others succeed with, I tend to look drowned instead. But I think rolling the sleeves up and having a clinched waist with the skirt stops it looking too baggy on me. 





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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

What I Wore: Kiss Kiss

Jumpsuit: Sugarhill Boutique 


I won this jumpsuit last year from the lovely Lara and it fits like a glove. When I first got it, I was worried the jumpsuit would wear me instead of the other way around but I hope I've managed to pull it off. What I love about it is it's an outfit sorted - just throw it on and go. And obviously the red lipstick kisses are right up my street since I'm an avid wearer! 





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MCRFW - Ted Baker

My favourite show of the day came in the form of Ted Baker. A nod to spring/summer in the men's pastel suits, ties and preppy vibe which made black look bland. Florals and dusty yellows and blues made a splash on the women's collection with pleated skirts and pussybow blouses finishing the ladylike chic. Puffball prom dresses and waist-clinching belts created clean hourglass silhouettes while tan accessories helped a simple black dress pop. 


The collection was finished off with a 'his and hers' evening attire. Sleek suits, flowing ball gowns and floral accessories gave a nod to the approaching wedding season and proved that you'd be mad not to match in looks this coordinated! 










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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

MCRFW - Flannels

Showcasing designs from Raoul, By Malene Birger, Stone Island, CP Company, Matthew Williamson, William Hunt, Temperley London, Paul Smith and Gestuz, as well as Nigel Cabourn's SS12 collection, Flannels filled their slot with an abundance of looks. 


From bold outerwear for men in blues and bright oranges to a uniform of checks, spots, stripes and bow ties. While women sauntered down the catwalk in luxurious draping in white and pink and patterned kimonos and shifts.   


William Hunt sharp suits and Temperley London gowns for the women finished the show positioning Flannels as the to go brand for 24 hour fashion. 








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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Weekly Round Up

Crazy make-up on 'How do I Look?', Hayley's wrongly spelt Starbucks name, My magazine design work, Last dissertation meeting, No red lipstick for once!, Reminiscing with Charlie the unicorn, Natalie's home-made wedges, Media Awards 2012, Finally managed to bag a free peanut butter KitKat chunky for my mum!, Leaving Preston station, My certificate for winning 'Style Writer of the Year' at the Media Awards 2012, Watching one of my favourite films - Pretty Woman




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Friday, 20 April 2012

Friday Feature: Topshop Freedom Jewellery

1. Shirt Chain Collar - £12.50 2. Moustache Stack Ring - £5.00 3. Sunglasses Ditsy Necklace - £5.00 4. Enamel Skull Studs - £7.50 5. Textured Ball Studs - £3.50


Five years ago, I was most definitely not a Topshop girl. I probably went in a few times and year and owned maybe one Topshop piece of clothing. Now, I go in everytime I see that glorious sign. Admittedly, on my budget, Topshop is the pricier end of the high-street, but there's always sales, and student discount. However, it's not their clothes I'm shouting about this week, but their fabulous jewellery. It's fun, it's quirky, it's one-of-a-kind and there's lots of it. Classic golds and silvers mixed with neons and pretty pastels. Full body pieces mixed with dainty studs and chains. 

6. Mr Moustache Ring - £5.00 7. Zip Ring - £7.50 8. Large Sunglasses Ring - £8.50 9. Barb Wire Stud Earrings - £2.00 10. Barb Wire Ring - £2.50

The detailing is incredible and one thing you can guarantee is that your jewellery will most likely be a conversation starter! 



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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

MCRFW - All Saints

All Saints stuck to their successful palette of neutral hues such as cream, brown and black, with a hint of khaki. Not only did this make for a consistent catwalk, but would also make mix and matching your wardrobe pieces that much easier!

Loose and floaty silhouettes were clinched in with chic brown belts and hair was kept natural and flowing to create that laid-back look. 

And the men's collection complemented the women's with smart jackets over casual chinos. Leather jackets as always were at the forefront to toughen up any ensemble. 


Apologies for the lack/quality of these photos. As you can tell from my previous post, my seat for this show wasn't as close to the runway!





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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

MCRFW - Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers' Spring/Summer collection was one of split personalities, mixing pop bright colours with classic hues of camel and navy. Pretty pastels and candy colours paraded the catwalk with a preppy twist of buttoned-up cardigans and bow ties. 

A nod to Summer was seen in causal comfortable beach shorts and feminine florals for the women. 

Classic tailoring was present for both genders, with fitted blazer suits in a nautical navy and stripes, whilst men looked razor sharp in baby blue and grey and the popular 'James Bond' suit. 

And for a look in between the boardroom and the beach, sandy shades of chinos, plaid, stripes, chunky knits and duffle coats and canvas bags fitted the bill. 

My favourite looks were most definitely the men's preppy style in navy and camel which epitomised the brand's American heritage. 






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