Friday, 31 December 2010

2010: Another Year Over

Hope you had a wonderful evening brining in the New Year. I'm a little late with this post but wanted to do a round-up of 2010 - I'm not usually one for getting overly excited about the new year or making resolutions but 2010 was one of the best years of my life and it just feels right to sit back and reflect on everything that's happened and look forward to what 2011 will bring.

Highlights:

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Starting the year with snow, a new addition to the family: Sonny the canary, placing my bets and wearing my hat at Ascot, learning how to make sushi, the Elephant Parade taking over London - they made me smile everytime I walked past one, watching the tennis and eating strawberries (minus the cream) at Wimbledon, graduating with a First Class degree, mini-breaks in Milan, Munich and Barcelona, pumpkin carving at Halloween, an epic 6 week Australian adventure and feeling festive at Somerset House.

What a year!

Goals for 2011:

2011 is going to be a big year too. I'm starting law school in February and starting my job in September. I'm no longer a student and will be taking my first steps in the scary adult world. However, I still want it to be a fun-filled and memorable-for-all-the-right-reasons year. So, I resolve to...

Think before I purchase. This applies to everything - fashion, make-up, food. I'm trying to stop impulse buying and buying for the sake of buying. I need to evolve my style and invest in quality classic pieces rather than throw-away fashion. I also have plenty of make-up so the things I do buy will be things that I really, really want from brands that I know work for me and that I'll actually use.

I look after my skin better. I will find a skincare routine and stick to it and I will NOT pick my spots. I'm so guilty picking and squeezing and it's just disgusting. Admitting my bad habit is the first step towards stopping it, right?

I will drink more water and less Diet Coke. Ok, so I say this every day but I have a bit of a Diet Coke problem and I'm trying to cut back. Water is free and 100 times better for my skin, hair and body. Although I do believe in "everything in moderation" and I don't drink/smoke/do drugs so one can a day is not going to kill me!

I will try to prepare more food from scratch and eat less processed food. I think my diet is pretty healthy (my work colleagues nearly died of shock when I ate an M&S mini bite last week) but I want to try new things, prepare more of my own food and hopefully have more energy and better skin and hair as a result.

I will improve my fitness and work towards a fitness goal. I'm bored of gymming just to burn calories and want to feel as if I've achieved something more than "woo, 500 calories burnt today". I'd love to take part in the Race For Life or something similar.

I will worry less and be more positive. I'm always worrying about things going wrong, failing at what I'm doing and reading far too much into silly situations. I hope that this year has shown me what I can achieve and that I should have a bit more confidence in my own abilities. I'm not going to go all arrogant and big-headed but I am going to try to believe in myself more and not attribute every good thing that happens to luck/a fluke.

And finally...

I will continue to blog - I can't imagine my life without blogging now and I will definitely be keeping it up in the new year. I've discovered so many new products, found a lot of inspiration and "met" some genuinely lovely girls through blogging and so here's to another year of it!

What are your resolutions?
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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Three Days

Until Christmas! I can't say I'm feeling very festive at the moment but maybe the Christmas spirit will hit me soon. I still feel like I'm acclimatising to the cold since coming back from Australia and haven't really done any Christmas shopping (apart from for my parents who are getting Aussie gifts). I've really missed all the build up this year, last year I was still at uni and it's so strange not having that "end of term" feeling at this time of year or all the build up and parties that I went to last year. I guess "real life" doesn't have terms and essays to hand in...

I'm sure you're all sick to death about hearing of all the snow over the past few days. I've been stuck at work since Saturday (there are worse places to get stuck than central London) but yesterday I had to go on an emergency clothes shopping trip so that I had something to wear to work today! I ended up getting the dress I'm wearing in these pictures, a leopard print cardi and a long sleeve top all for £17 in the H&M sale. I also got a few new pairs of good old M&S tights to tide me over until I get back home tomorrow.

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I'm bringing some festivity to my outfit with my sequin hairband. I made this out of a strip of elasticated sequins from the John Lewis haberdashery, held together with a mini safety pin. Took about 5 minutes to make and cost less than a pound!

Are you feeling festive? Let me know your festive outfit and make-up tips!
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Sunday, 19 December 2010

A Few Of My Favourite Things: December 19th

This week I've been loving...

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1. Ice-skating at Somerset House

Definitely worth braving the freezing weather for. The ice ring is so beautiful and gliding around (oh, how I wish!) on the ice in the shadow of a Tiffany-decorated Christmas tree certainly left me feeling festive!

2. Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds at the Tate Modern

I love the Tate Modern and this exhbition is amazing. It really has to be seen in real life to be appreciated. The meaning behind it is so clever and there's a short film on how the exhibit was created - each of the seeds has been painted by hand. Just wow.

3. Shell Lipbalm

Another Aussie purchase. This beautiful shell is filled half with vanilla and half with strawberry lipbalm. I can't bear to actually start using it, it's just too pretty!

4. Kerastase Hair Treatments

These arrived in the post for me after I requested them on the Kerastase website. I love free samples and hopefully my dried out hair will love these products.

5. Tim Tams!

These are the Australian equivalent of Penguin bars (do they even still make Penguins?) and are very yummy! I brought back a few packs of them as gifts although am tempted to keep these caramel ones for myself.

In less exciting news...my camera has broken again. I've been so unlucky with them this year, it's the second one that's broken although luckily this time I'd only had it for 3 months so I was able to take it back to Boots and get a refund. Now I just have the task of finding and buying a new one...I'm thinking of investing in a slightly better one as I take so many photos and high quality photos make such a difference to how a blog is perceived. I'm probably going to get this one but would be very grateful if you had any suggestions as to what I should get. I really miss being able to take outfit shots as at the moment all I have is my iPhone camera. Normal serive will be resumed asap!

What have you been loving this week?
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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Shell Ring

How gorgeous is this ring? It's made from a real shell, so pretty. It's actually really comfortable to wear as it fits my finger perfectly. It may be a little summery but I'm wearing it regardless - I bought it when I was in Byron Bay a few weeks ago so every time I see it it reminds me of the amazing time I had travelling (haha, I sound like such a cliched "Gap Yah") and brings back memories of some much-needed sun!

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Ring: Bongo Beads, Byron Bay
Nails: Essie - Lollipop


It also makes me think of these chocolates, which I used to love when I was little!

What accessories are you loving at the moment?
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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

I'm Back!

At 5am yesterday morning, after 23 hours on a plane, I arrived back at Heathrow after my 5 week Australian adventure. I was so sad to leave Australia, the sun and my new found travel companions behind but I'll always have my memories of the trip and the 500-odd photos that I took while I was there. And rather more clothes and souvenirs than I ever thought could possibly fit in my bag...

Anyway, now that I'm back I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of all things blog-related. I really missed posting regularly (internet was ridiculously expensive and broadband hasn't yet reached the outback) so hopefully I'll have some inspiration after my break. My plans for the next couple of days are to catch up on a lot of sleep, share some of my photos from my trip and get some much-needed Christmas spirit! It was so hard to feel Christmassy out in the sun but now I'm back home to -2 degrees some Christmas cheer is the only thing that's going to get me through the next couple of weeks.

I also have some plans for LilyLipstick - before I went away my blog turned a year old and I'm nearly at 300 followers so I think a little giveaway is in order to thank you guys for sticking with me.

I'll leave you with a few pictures from my travels:

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Making friends with a snake, a night out in the outback, Uluru, water lilies
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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Child's Play

Being 5'1 doesn't have many fashion advantages. Maxidresses are practically a health hazard, trousers are always far too long and heels are a daily essential. Last week, I was browsing in M&S for a birthday card for a friend when a rack of gorgeous dresses caughty my eye. This turned out to be the children's sale rail! This floral dress has been reduced to £7 so I snapped it up and completely forgot about the birthday card I was supposed to be buying.

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Dress & shrug: M&S Limited Collection Girls, Tshirt: H&M

The dress is quite summery so I teamed it with leggings and a grey tshirt underneath. I love the gathering on the skirt and the cute khaki shrug that came with it. I'll definitely be browsing in the children's sections more for bargains. FYI, I got this dress in age 15 and I'm a size 8-10 in "adult sizes" so don't think that you have to be teeny tiny to fit into children's clothes!

Do you ever browse in the children's section?
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Thursday, 4 November 2010

TTYL

I'm off to Australia tomorrow. For 6 weeks. I can't quite believe how fast its come around - all the planning, packing and (the most fun part) shopping is over and tomorrow I'll be jetting off Down Under! I may not miss the English weather while I'm gone but I will definitely miss blogging - I'll have some major catching-up to do when I'm back!

I've scheduled a couple of posts so that my blog doesn't completely drop off the face of the earth while I'm gone and once I'm back I have some plans for LilyLipstick, including a giveaway to thank you guys and celebrate my first year in blogging.

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Showing off my guide book, wearing my Accessorize sunhat, blowing you a kiss goodbye and wearing my new ring (£2 in Topshop sale)

Sending my love from Down Under!
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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Happy Blog Birthday To Me!

LilyLipstick is one today! I started my blog on October 27th 2009 - I can't believe how fast the year has flown by or how I ever lived without blogging before.

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photo from Google Images

My blog didn't exactly start out as a fully formed, perfect blog - it's definitely been a big learning curve for me in just blogging itself. Taking good photos, writing reviews, figuring out html codes, finally getting my photos hosted by Photobucket rather than battling with Blogger...hopefully my posts have improved from my first few attempts!

I've had an amazing year blogging - here are a few highlights:

- discovering amazing products through other bloggers. I was too scared to order from ELF and had never heard of Sleek before I read blog reviews on them - now they're two of my favourite brands.

- winning lovely prizes in giveaways. I won Jen's Temporary Secretary giveaway and Peonies and Lilies' Blog Birthday giveaway - it's such a nice surprise to win something and I love my prizes!

- reviewing products for companies. I received some lovely skincare from Cellnique and am a Rimmel London VIP which has resulted in me getting sent some amazing products to try. It's such a privilege to get to try out a product and to know that your opinion counts.

- setting up a Twitter account. I really didn't "get" Twitter until I started blogging and while I'm not a fully fledged Twitter addict (yet) it's a great way to get to know fellow bloggers and companies.

- getting over 250 followers. I was amazed when I reached 50. Thank you all so, so much for sticking with my blog and commenting on my ramblings! xo

- discovering the amazing Green Monster and drooling over food blogs like Laura's super healthy recipies.

I think it's been a good first year for LilyLipstick and I can't wait for what's to come!
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Sunday, 24 October 2010

Paris Je T'aime

Travel apparently broadens the mind, apparently. One thing's for certain, travel has definitely been on my mind a lot lately. I'm off to Australia in two weeks for six weeks of sun and adventures. I can't wait. I booked the trip right in the middle of university-finals-revision-hell and I can't believe I now only have two weeks until I'm off on a 23 hour flight to the other side of the world.

Today's outfit is travel-themed but slightly closer to home: Paris. J'adore Paris. I've been to the city a few times and whatever the season (be it 30 degree summer heat or what felt like sub-zero in November) or who I've been with (a girlie trip with my mum, a holiday with a friend, visiting a friend studying there and a work day-trip) I've always had an amazing time.

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Dress: Topshop, Necklace and bracelets: Oliver Bonas, Tights: Topshop

What's your favourite place to travel to? And do you have any up-coming travel plans?
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Friday, 22 October 2010

Apres Ski

"It's so cold!" Is still my first thought upon waking up/leaving the house/making any contact with the outside world these days. I still haven't sorted my winter coat yet and have a strong aversion to trousers and jeans so winter dressing is something that I find a little challenging. Thankfully my New Look fair isle (I still want to call it Alpine) cardigan is so warm and perfect for cold days.

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Cardi: New Look, Shorts: G.21 @ Asda, Tshirt: Warehouse, Tights: George @ Asda

I'm still getting to grips with using a tripod and the timer function on my camera. My photos aren't perfect but I had fun taking these and that's what counts, right? I've been taking the photos in my lounge as my room is far too messy! I can't seem to balance my camera portrait style on the tripod, so that's why the photos aren't full length - there's just not enough space for me to get far away enough from the camera with it landscape-way. I'm not wearing shoes in these shots as shoes in the house is a bit no-no but I wore my Office boots out which are so warm - my feet are appreciating a break from heels!

What winter trends are you facing the cold weather in?
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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Feline Good

I couldn't resist the cheesy title of this post. Here's me wearing the cat jumper that I purchased a couple of weeks ago. I've said before that I'm not a fan of winter clothes but this may be cute enough to make me change my mind!

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Jumper dress: New Look, Tights: gift from Japan. Rather lacking in accessories here - felt that the dress was attention-seeking enough!

What have you been wearing since the weather turned wintery?
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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

What I Wore...In Barcelona

Packing for a holiday is something that I always find a bit of a challenge - I spend ages deciding what to wear each day and having to plan outfits in advance isn't easy...I usually dress to suit my mood on a particular day and despite having far too many clothes, I feel like nothing in my wardrobe naturally fits together in "outfits" - aaaah!

I've just come back from a mini-break to Barcelona. I went for only 3 nights so only took hand baggage on the plane which, while great for avoiding check in queues and baggage conveyor belt dramas, further added to my packing stress. With no space for those "will I, won't I" wear this pieces, I eventually decided on two day dresses and my new leopard print jumpsuit. The day dresses are so easy to wear and can be dressed up for evenings with jewellery while the jumpsuit was a bit of a risk - I'd never worn it before and don't think I could wander around my hometown in a leopard print all-in-one without attracting some strange looks but the thought of a new city to explore and (hopefully) sunny weather meant that it was thrown into my bag along with my ever faithful vintage sandals and a couple of Topshop cardigans.

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Jumpsuit: New Look, Bracelets: Oliver Bonas, Black and White Dress: Zara, Belt: Matalan, Wrap Dress: M&S Limited Collection, Sandals: Vintage (via my Grandma)

What are your packing tips for holidays and mini-breaks? Are you more adventurous with your style when you're away from home or do you stick with tried and tested outfits?
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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Something-different-Sundays: Purple Monster

After loving the Green Monster smoothie, I was planning to re-create one today. Unfortunately, we had no spinach and I didn't realise this until I'd already started assembling my blender/soy milk/chopped banana. Not wanting the lack of spinach to prevent me from making something yummy and healthy, I created this Purple Monster:

























I used:
one small banana
150 ml Alpro Light soy milk
1 stick of celery
2 inch piece of chopped cucumber
1 handful of frozen black forest berries
a sprinkle of cinammon on top


It tasted really good, sweet but also refreshing. I'll definitely be giving this another go and am feeling really inspired by Laura's blog "Keeping Slim and Getting Stylish" - her meals always look so delicious and healthy and the recipies seem easy for even a complete kitchen novice like myself.

What healthy treats have you been enjoying lately?
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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Fashion Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Caz. I think this is a great tag for getting to know the person behind the blog a little better.

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

I love hair accessories. I have long hair and can't stand it near my face so hairclips and headscarves are my best friends. I also love bags - my favourites are a Marc Jacobs across body bag that I bought for myself as a Reading Week treat last year and an Osprey handbag that my mum bought for me as an A Level results present. I love how bags last forever and, if you choose well, transcend seasonal trends.

Who's your fashion role model? (In real life and YouTube/Blogging)

I love Blair Waldorf's style in Gossip Girl, she always looks so chic and put together. I follow quite a few fashion blogs but wouldn't say that I have a fashion role model. Style is so individual and I'd hate to shamelessly copy someone else's look. Bloggers are great for inspriation though and for showing looks that work in real life, on real people.

What do you always carry with you?

I always have my iPhone, Oyster Card, Filofax diary, a magazine or book and my make-up bag with me. I can't leave the house without my handbag (usually a Longchamp pilage as you can fit so much inside).

What would you describe your style as?

My style is quite varied. I wear a mix of high street and vintage and while I don't slavishly follow trends I try to incorporate on-trend items into my look. Some days I wear skirts, heels and a cute cardigan - that was my everyday look at uni as it's smart but not overly so. Other times I'm in cut off demin shorts, leggings, tshirts worn as dresses...I like to vary my look or I feel like I'm in "Lily uniform"! I'm petite so a lot of clothes look ridiculous on me but I now know what works for me style wise while still occasionally stepping out of my style comfort zone. I wear heels pretty much everyday as I find flat shoes quite uncomfortable and I'd never wear trainers apart from to the gym.

Favourite: jeans, sunglasses or heels?

I don't wear jeans (or any trousers for that matter). I do have a pair of jeggings if that counts, though?

My favourite sunglasses are my Gucci ones - I bought them five years ago with my first ever bonus. I still love them.

My favourite heels are a nude patent leather pair from Nine West. So comfortable and they make my legs look longer.

What inspired you to blog about fashion?

I never started out with the aim of blogging about fashion...I started doing my make-up blog but found that for me, fashion and make-up are very much linked so occasionally I do outfit posts. I'm always running late so I'd never have the time to photograph my outfits everyday but I'm going to try to do more fashion-related posts as I love putting looks together and want to share some of my fashion finds.

What is your favourite fashion store/shop?

I love Topshop but find it quite overpriced so I shop in H&M and Zara quite a lot. I also love going to Selfridges and House of Fraser as you can get lots of brands under one roof and it makes it so much easier to shop. Secretly, I'm a big M&S fan and people are often really surprised to find out that something I'm wearing is from M&S when they compliment me on an outfit!

What is your favourite fabric in clothing?

Denim. It's versertile and despite my not wearing jeans I love denim shorts and my denim jacket.

Who is your favourite designer?

I don't own any designer clothes but I'd love to own a Diane Von Furstenburg dress one day. I love Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen's designs too.

Who/what inspires your style?

I'm inspired by people I see out and about in London - unexpected combinations or new ways to wear what I already have. I'm also inspired by vintage style and wear a lot of my grandma's old clothes as we're exactly the same size. It's great to have something that no one else owns and also to wear clothes that have a story behind them - I wear the suit jacket that my grandma got married in as a blazer in the winter.

What would you choose to do - buy something in high quality or make it yourself if you could?

I think I'd go with buying something high quality. I don't think I'd ever have the time to make something from scratch and I love buying nice things in shops and getting the giant carrier bag to carry my purchases off in.

I'd like to tag:

Anyone who's reading this. Let me know if you do the tag or if you've already done it!



















































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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

VERY Nice!

While the weather is starting to look autumnal, I'm still taking every opportunity to wear summer clothes (I've banned myself from wearing tights until October - wish me luck!) so I was VERY happy when I was contacted and offered £50 to spend at www.very.co.uk!

I'm loving dresses at the moment - they're easy to wear, save lots of time in looking for a matching skirt/top and can be dressed up and down really easily. I chose a Lipsy "Pixie Loves Lipsy" Dress as I love high waisted dresses (great for petite girls as they make your legs look longer) and thought that this looked great for day or night:





















My order arrived within a few days - VERY impressive!

Here's how I wore the dress:


















Dress: Lipsy Pixie Loves Lipsy - from Very.co.uk
Shoes: Vintage (they were my Grandma's)
Denim Jacket - H&M
Necklace: Vintage (my mum's from the 1980s)
Corsage: Topshop
Earings: Topshop


What do you think?
And what would you have chosen from Very's dress selection?
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Friday, 18 June 2010

My First Paint Pot!

I ventured in to the Mac store this week planning to treat myself to a new Mac purchase. Nothing particularly grabbed my attention at first (the To The Beach collection was really pretty but nothing screamed "you need me!" so I bypassed that) and found myself looking at the Paint Pots. I've never tried cream eyeshadows before, apart from an incident long, long ago with a Maybelline baby blue cream shadow in a tube that comes to mind for all the wrong reasons...So, after opening all the little glass pots, comparing the colours and generally being indecisive I settled upon Rubenesque.
















I love golden bronze eyeshadows, they bring out my blue eyes, don't ever clash with my outfit colours and look great for day and night so I stuck within this colour scheme. The Paint Pot was £13 and it looks like it'll last forever as the pot is really big.

Rubenesque is a really pretty, warm golden bronze. Here's what it looks like lightly swatched:




























I apply it with my finger tip as I find that this is the best way to distribute the colour. I'm not usually a fan of make-up that you stick your fingers into (bit of a germ phobia going on here!) but as I'll only be using this is the mornings when applying my make-up with clean hands then it should be ok. I applied it over Urban Decay Primer Potion and it went on really smoothly. The colour can easily be build up to a stronger shade. I applied it all over my lid and for this EOTD applied powder shadow on top. I really like how it made my shadow pop more and it lasted all day long with no creasing. The Paint Pot also seemed to make my shadow stick to my lid better as there was no fall out even at the end of the day:

































Products used:

No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer
UDPP
Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque
L'Oreal Wear Infinite Eyeshadow in Golden Sunset
17 Solo E/S in Beyond Bronze(My favourite budget eyeshadow)
L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Black
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara



Have you tried Paint Pots? What shades are your favourite? And how do you apply them?
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Friday, 11 June 2010

OOTD + NOTD: 90s and Neutrals?






















While the weather may be dull and grey, my outfit today was rather bright! I don't usually wear this much colour but quite liked this look. I felt rather 90s with the colourful tights paired with the acid wash skirt - I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not...have the 90s come back yet?! Either way, these tights always get a few double takes and sometimes its fun to step out of your fashion comfort zone.

Tshirt: Zara
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Miss Selfridge


And I finally got around to using one of my Nails Inc for Diet Coke polishes. I chose London as I love the shade and it's a nice neutral which is what such a bright outfit needed. I found the polish quite hard to apply, the big lid wasn't easy to work with and the thin brush meant that the polish went on streaky no matter how careful I was. Not too impressive considering these are meant to retail for £11.50...however, a quick coat of Seche Vete later and it looks smooth and shiney. I'm so glad I invested in a bottle of it.





















What did you wear today? Outfit and nails - I'd love to know :)
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Monday, 4 January 2010

New Year's Resolutions

I don't usually make new year's resolutions but this year, I thought I'd make some beauty-related ones! I can use my blog to make sure I'm keeping track of them...

1. I will not waste money on make-up/skincare/hair products

Since coming home for Christmas I've been shocked at just how many products and how much make-up I have. I always take ages to use up anything so I really don't need a whole cupboard of shampoos and 4 different shower gels! This year I'm going to try to use up all my current products before I buy new things. I've had a BIG clear-out of old make-up and products that I don't like so hopefully I'll rediscover some old favourites and some new make-up looks in the process!

2. I will drink more water

I used to be so good at drinking lots of water but lately I've been awful...I'm addicted to Diet Coke so plain water always seems really unappealing and when it's cold outside drinking gallons of water doesn't really seem necessary BUT we all know how important water is for looking and feeling good so I'm going to make a big effort to drink more water and green tea and less of my beloved Diet Coke.

3. I will find my perfect moisturiser

I've always been really scared of putting moisturiser on my face incase it makes me break out but lately my skins been getting drier and at the ripe old age of 22 I think that moisturiser really should be part of my beauty routine. In 2010 I really hope I can find one that I like, that doesn't make be break out and that is affordable.

4. I will look after my nails

I'm so envious of girls with nice, natural nails. Mine have been awful lately so I think a little TLC is needed to get them looking their best. I had my first manicure lately and I'm saving my pennies for another when I next have a special occasion or feel in need of some pampering. In between now and then I'm going to set aside a bit of time each week to give myself a manicure and try to keep my nails looking presentable.

Here's to a beautiful 2010! What are your beauty resolutions?
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