Friday, 31 May 2013

Friday Feature | Shift It

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1. Navy Floral Vintage Print Dress - Glamorous: £24, 2. Orange Floral Shift Dress - Dorothy Perkins: £32, 3. Pink Daisy Shift Dress - Dorothy Perkins: £35, 4. Mustard Geo Print Shift Dress - Dorothy Perkins: £23.99, 5. Pink Damask Print Shift Dress - Glamorous: £24, 6. Rebecca Fluro Scallop Shift Dress - Oasis : £75, 7. Placement Print Dress - Warehouse: £60, 8. Stripe Scallop Shift Dress - Oasis: £45, 9. Mirror Shift Dress - Oasis: £38, 10. Placement Floral Shift Dress - Oasis: £45, 11. Leather Zip Shift Dress - Oasis: £120, 12. Mirror Shift Dress - Oasis: £38
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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Ways To Wear | The Denim Jacket

Team the retro jacket with a classic staple - the LBD. A chunky heeled sandal finishes off the feminine look.


Re-fresh the denim jacket with neon shades. Team a neon skater skirt with a black basic tee to shine bright and stand out.


Nothing looks fresher and more chic than a head to toe white ensemble. Break up the one shade with your denim jacket.


Say yes please to dungarees this season to stay on trend. Team with a towering wedge and a wide brimmed hat for ultimate chic.

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Monday, 27 May 2013

Wishy Washy

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As far as fashion goes, I seem to be having a 90s revival. I've been donning my denim jacket far too many times this week and this dress reminds me of that era too. It's a denim style wash in different tones. It's got a classic high neck and it kicks out at the waist giving it a skater dress vibe. For now whilst the weather is still (attempting to) warm up, a pair of tights and boots and a blazer keep the look England ready but for potential summer holiday plans, this will work just as well as a beach cover up with a pair of sandals. And for £10, you can't argue with that versatility!

What I Wore
Hat: New Look, Dress: H&M, Blazer: F&F, Boots: boohoo
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Friday, 24 May 2013

Friday Feature | Maxed Out

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1.Alice & You Sky Blue Maxi Dress - Glamorous: £40, 2. Boutique Shae Maxi Dress - boohoo: £35, 3. Sequin Stud Maxi Dress - Miss Selfridge: £79, 4. Lace Maxi Dress - Oasis: £90, 5. Black Embellished Maxi Dress - Miss Selfridge: £55, 6. Iris Chiffon Maxi Dress - Oasis : £75, 7. Salt and Pepper Lace Maxi Dress - Miss Selfridge: £32, 8. Lace Maxi Dress - Warehouse: £90, 9. Ladder Back Mesh Maxi Dress - Warehouse: £58, 10. Boutique Delia Maxi Dress - boohoo: £35, 11. Twist Front Maxi Dress - Warehouse: £65, 12. Lily Black Gothic Dress - Glamorous: £40
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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Review: Beautiful Movements Prime & Create Mixing Medium

There's so many primers on the market these days that for someone who's never used one, it can be quite overwhelming. Which is why when I received a primer sample in my May Glossybox, I was a little excited to say the least.

The sample itself is without a doubt one of the smallest I've seen, however it is a sample and it's enough product for you to make your mind up whether you like it or not.

A little really does go a long way with this product. It can be worn alone, mixed with your foundation or underneath your foundation as a base. Upon application the product immediately makes my skin feel velvety soft. Whilst I really liked this effect, I was at first worried that my foundation would then slip off my face. Luckily this didn't happen and my foundation stayed on.
Whilst I'm not comfortable enough to wear this product on its own, I think it's a good product to mix with your foundation to give a more natural look. Does it make my skin feel good? Yes. Has it convinced me that I need to use a primer daily? Not quite. I find with my skin that the more products I use, the more irritated it gets so although I may use this primer from time to time, I think I'll be using more to mix with my products rather than as a base.

Beautiful Movements - Prime & Create Mixing Medium - £20 for full size

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Ways to Wear | The Tube Top

Colour pop it like it's hot and clash monochrome with mint shades. Keep the look fresh by colour co-ordinating your clutch too.


A classic palette can be given the wow-factor in an oversized hat. If you're after full on glam, slip on a pair of black sunnies and a swipe of red lippie.


Keep the look casual by teaming your tube top with a classic pair of denim shorts. Add tights and a kimono for colder temperatures and throw on a hat for effortlessly chic.


The multi-functional maxi skirt will re-work your tube top for lots of different looks. Wear with a shawl, and some pretty sandals in the day time and glam up your gear in a pair of sky high heels or wedges for night.

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Off The Hook

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As a kid, anything with an off the shoulder effect was something I would wear. I always remember begging my mum to order me a La Redoute off the shoulder rose pink top because my friend at school said they were cool - sheep much? Luckily she got it me and it remained my favourite piece for quite some time, it's even the outfit I chose to wear for our family photo shoot back when I was in my teens.

It's funny how something as simple as a piece of clothing can revoke so many memories, I mean I've just rambled on for a good 30+ words because of one top. But there is a link from this memory to today's outfit post - as I have relived my childhood in purchasing another off the shoulder top.
This more classic version is from boohoo, along with my skirt and boots. The boots are also a recent purchase as although it's May, the weather doesn't seem to agree.

This time last year we had a heatwave at Somerset house and I spent the weekend at the beach in Wales. Oh how times change. I've heard we're set for a 'washout Summer' which is fantastic news, however at least I've got my new boots to get me through! So whilst the weather isn't allowing me to ditch the tights just yet, the crop tops will remain in the hope I convince Spring and Summer to hurry up to the party!

What I Wore
Hat: New Look, Top: boohoo, Skirt: boohoo, Boots: boohoo
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Friday, 17 May 2013

Friday Feature: Ombre And Out

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1.Blue and White Dip Dye Vest - New Look: £7.99, 2. Ombre Vest - Oasis: £16, 3. Ombre Skater Dress - Oasis: £45, 4. Ombre Skater Dress - Oasis: £55, 5. Dip Dye Shirt - Warehouse: £40, 6. Dip Dye T-Shirt - Oasis : £35, 7. Ombre T-Shirt - Oasis : £18, 8. Silk Ombre Shirt - Oasis: £30, 9. Dip Dye Ombre Silk Racer Dress - Topshop: £75, 10. Chloe Dip Dye Ombre Maxi Skirt - boohoo: £15, 11. Cassidy Tassel Detail Ombre Dress - boohoo: £15, 12. Dip Dye Ombre Silk Racer Dress - Topshop: £75
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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Review: Herbal Essence Fresh Balance Shampoo & Conditioner

I'm currently on a major hair care overhaul. Five+ years ago I had no problems with my hair, however I did wash my hair daily - which became more and more annoying over time as that's an hour to get ready. I used the same shampoo and conditioner for about seven years with no problem.

However nowadays, I have nothing but problems with my hair. My regular shampoo is a cream based formula and as I've read this can sometimes leave build up on your hair, I thought I'd give a clear, clarifying shampoo a go at giving my hair a good clean.

My problem is that I wash my hair the best I can but it never feels properly clean. It always feels a little irritated, greasy or dry - obviously things I want to avoid. I haven't used Herbal Essence for a while, however whilst they were on offer, I stocked up on a few out of their extensive range.

First things first - the packaging is bold and bright and definitely catches your eye. I also like how it's a clear bottle so that you have a good indication about how much product you have left. There's nothing more frustrating than running out of shampoo mid-shower!

The smell of the shampoo and conditioner is divine and unlike my current cream based shampoo, was really easy to lather up. Now I'm constantly confused by hair professionals - is it a good or bad thing for your hair to lather up? Some say your hair isn't clean if it doesn't, however some say this is a ploy by brands to get you to use more product - just the same when they recommend you to shampoo twice. If someone could clear that up for me, that would be great!
After I'd rinsed the shampoo out my hair felt noticeably clean. I could hear it squeaking (again, is this good or bad?) and it felt lovely and lightweight. The conditioner is a lovely thick consistency and seemed to do the job.

When I went to dry my hair I was disappointed with the condition it had left my hair in as it was very knotty, which is something I usually don't experience. My hair felt really rough and I was at this point, really regretting using the products and was in two minds about going to re-wash it. However, after drying it, my hair felt great. It smelt lovely and it was lovely and lightweight which is just what I want.

The next day it was still in a fantastic condition, which is something that rarely happens with me so it saved me a lot of time getting ready. Whilst I recommend this product for a once in a while clean, I don't recommend using it too frequently as I used it again quite soon after my success and it didn't deliver the same results. Would I use this product again? Yes. Was it my favourite shampoo and conditioner? No, but it did impress me with the first use.
Hebal Essence Fresh Balance Shampoo & Conditioner - 2 for £3 (when bought)

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Ways To Wear | The Crop Top

Channel classic schoolgirl chic in a pretty pinny and a stylish satchel. The leather dress adds an edge to the ensemble.


Colour pops are hot this season. Whilst the brighter seems the better with neon shades all over the high street, do subtle colour in a coral combination. The crochet shorts tick the casual box whilst the blazer smartens the look.


Whilst we'd all like it to be warm enough to dare to bare in a crop top, sadly the British weather hasn't got it in the cards for us. In the meantime, team your crop top with a bleached wash jean and a statement contrast sleeve jacket.


Layer your plan white tee under a pretty playsut. This baby blue beauty will look classically chic teamed with a black hat and white pump. For smarter occasions, throw on a blazer and some killer heels - red lippy optional.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Glossybox | May

This month's Glossybox celebrates the company's second birthday. This is evident from the birthday wrapping inside of the box - personally I think it would have been even better if the box itself was birthday themed, thus making it more memorable - but that's just a little thing. I vaguely remember Glossybox's last birthday as a balloon was included so it's crazy to think how quick this past year has gone! New businesses in this economic climate don't have the best success rate so well done to Glossybox for their success and making it to their second birthday! This month's box is again a nicely balanced box as far as products go. There's something for your nails, your face and your hair so even if you're not a big nail painter, or are not keen on trying new hair products, there should be something for you. Something that's obvious from my box this month however is the sample size differences. Whilst I'm lucky to have received two reasonably sized samples, the primer is a little smaller than I'd hoped for, however I guess you would know after using that amount whether the product was for you or not.

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Caudalie
Divine Oil
A multi-purpose oil, this product can be worked into your body, face and hair. I am a bit apprehensive about oils as I don't think they sit well with me as I have fine hair and my skin can be quite temperamental. I tried Moroccan Oil a few months ago and I think I'm the only person in the world to not be blown away by it, but hopefully this one will change my mind about beauty oils.

L'Occitane En Provence
Angelica Hydration Cream
After such up and down weather, I'm very keen to keep my skin hydrated. This isn't a brand that I've tried in the past so I'm looking forward to seeing whether it improves my skin.

Beautiful Movements Cosmetics
Prime & Create Mixing Medium
A new addition to ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt's beauty range. Whilst this is the smallest sample I've got (it literally is a sample), it's the product I'm most excited to try as I've not tried many primers that I've been a fan of. I've tested a small bit and its claims of making your skin velvety soft so far are true!

Headline Colors
Headline Colors Poolside Party Nail Polish
Again, not a brand I'm familiar with so I can't comment on the quality before I try. I received the red polish which although I do wear a red lip 98% of the time, I'm not keen on bold coloured nails so I'm not sure I'll be using this product too often.

Jelly Pong Pong
Fairy Lashes Mascara
This is the largest sample out of the bunch which I was pleased with. This product alone covers the cost of the box so that's a good selling point for GB! I don't normally wear mascara, but maybe this product can convince me otherwise.
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