Wednesday, 31 October 2012

October Empties

Another month, another pile of empty products...


1. Simple Eye Make-Up Remover - I get through so much of this. See here and here. I've bought a new eye make-up remover to try out so it might end up in my empties next month for some variety!

2. No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser - No 7's version of cleanse and polish has become one of my skincare staples. It's only £5 with a No 7 voucher and does a good job at removing my make-up without drying out my skin. I usually use a separate eye make-up remover unless I'm not wearing a lot of make-up or am feeling super lazy. I've already re-purchased this with the most recent No 7 voucher.

3. Aussie Take The Heat Conditioner - being an Aussie Angel I have a lot of Aussie products in my bathroom. The conditioner is my latest Aussie empty. Love the smell and it left my hair feeling super soft.

4. Kenzo Flower Perfume - I've loved this perfume for years but this is my first bottle of it. It's a really fresh floral fragrance - perfect for the summer months. The only bad thing about this is how fast it ran out, I think the glass of the bottle is really thick and it seems to spray out loads with each pump. Perfumes usually last me for ages so I was a bit disappointed with how fast this one disappeared!

5. Thierry Mulger Alienation Perfume - I bought this with a Glamour subscribers offer last year. I love the bottle and while almost everyone seems to use these perfumes I did really like this one. The bottle is refill-able in Selfridges so I may hang on to it in case I ever get round to getting a re-fill!

6. Juicy Courture Viva La Juicy - I got this little sample in my Fashion Night Out goodie bag. I really liked this, it wasn't as sickly sweet as I was expecting it to be.

7. Body Shop Big and Curvy Mascara - full review here. I can't say I was a huge fan of this one. It dried out really fast and had an awful chemically smell. It did make my lashes look dark and thick but it became very clumpy after only a month or so, not impressed!

What products did you use up this month?

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Lady Grey

I bought this dress on a trip to France, put it in my overflowing wardrobe and forgot about it for a month. I am definitely a dress person, 80% of my wardrobe is dresses. I love how this one is winter appropriate and also perfect for day or night time. I get so little wear out of evening clothes so it's good to have things that work for both.

Dress: Pimkie, Boots: M&S, Nails: Shellac Current

I have worn these M&S boots pretty much non-stop since buying them. They are so comfortable and make me feel taller which is always nice as I'm not tall. I was worried that the suede would get damaged easily but they have survived a wild night out (wild for me at least) and several October downpours. £35 well spent!

What shoes are you reaching for this autumn? 


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Little Brooklyn Thriftstore

No, I'm not trying to pass off last season Primark as "vintage". That's not to say that a lot of vintage stores aren't but that's for another day. This dress really is from a Brooklyn thriftstore, the inimitable Beacon's Closet which is not quite so little.


Dress: Rebecca Taylor via Beacon's Closet, Tights: Accessorize, Nails: Shellac Current

I picked up this dress for $25, not knowing at the time that Rebecca Taylor dresses are around $300 full price. Bargain! I just loved the crochet and hot pink lining. It was worth trying it on on a 35 degree summer's day.

I did vow to stop wearing coloured tights when I turned 25 but I just can't help it.

Wore this to a Sunday breakfast catch-up with friends (hence the terrible lighting in these photos - it was early!) and for a wander around East London.

What's your best vintage bargain?


Sunday, 21 October 2012

The Boden Life

Confession time. One of my favourite things to read is not a fashion magazine or the latest bestseller but...the Boden catelogue! Yes, secretly I'm a middle aged woman.

I have not made many Boden purchases in the past but thought that this dress would be perfect for my winter working wardrobe. I love the skate style and the longer sleeves mean I won't free in my air conditioned office. Delivery was free and the dress turned up perfectly packaged. I was worried that this would be too long for me but fortunately Boden to a petite range so the length is perfect. While this is slightly more than I would usually spend on a dress the quality is great and the fabric is nice and heavy so the dress hangs really well:


Dress: Boden; Belt: Primark; Nails: Shellac Current

I'm tempted to buy it in the other three colours it comes in...wait, did someone say middle-aged?!

Are you a fan of Boden or catelogue shopping?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

I Am My Hair

Once upon a time, this girl was adventurous with her hair. I coloured, cut and re-styled it every few months if not weeks. My hair was black, red, platinum blonde, orange (unintentionally) and two-tone way before anyone had even heard of ombre. I experimented with fringes, choppy layers, bobs and an unfortunate Tony and Guy mullet that made me certain I'd never be trusting them with my hair again.

But then something changed. I wanted long hair like everyone else, I was sick of it being in awful condition from all the dying so I grew it out, went back to my natural colour and finally had the long hair that I wanted in time for starting university. Fast forward five years and I realised that aside from a few small changes, I've had the same hair for well, five years.

Hair history in brief:


1. 2006 - full fringe, short layers and dark brunette home dye job.

2. Summer 2008 - long, natural colour, curls. Loved how my hair looked that night.

3. Autumn 2008 - a brief flirtation with a fringe. My hair grows really fast so this was short lived but I liked the slight change from my normal hair.

4. Summer 2010 - messy waves and sun-kissed highlights.

5. Winter 2012 - fake fringe via eBay!

6. Now - my "everyday" hair. Natural texture, twisted and clipped off my face.

(The colour is my natural colour in photos 2 - 6, its just the different light that makes it look darker or redder in some of the photos)

Now I'm starting to feel a bit bored with my long hair. I get major hair envy when I see girls with cool, short haircuts or full fringes. I'm wanting a change and thinking that it's now or's only hair, it'll grow, right? I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to do an "Emma Watson" and cut the lot off but maybe a 60s style bob or a fringe will relieve my hair boredom. Maybe its the changing seasons, turning 25 or the feeling of wanting a "fresh start" of sorts which a haircut can totally bring about. I wonder if Bruce Barton had haircuts in mind when he said "when you are through changing, you are through". Probably not.

Do you have a signature style or are you adventurous with your hair? 


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Recent Happenings: Impulse Buys and East London

I feel like its been a while since I've done an Instagram post. Dark evenings and busy days at work mean less photo-taking opportunities but I made the most of the nice weather last weekend to get out and about:


1. Salted Caramel Cheesecake at Cape Town Fish Market. One of my friends has just got a Tastecard so can't say no to dessert when its 50% off!

2. Anna Dello Russo for H&M purchases for Hannah and I.Love the boxes!

3. My charm bracelet.

4. Weekend outfit: AdR bracelet, American Apparel Top and vintage skirt.

5. Starbucks Soy Salted Caramel Mocha. This was so amazingly good. If you haven't already tried one then do (if you like coffee/chocolate/caramel, of course).

6. Tuna Nicoise salad in Tuttons (another Tastecard bargain) before seeing Singin' in the Rain.

7. Pret Soya Mocha while waiting for the train to Cambridge.

8. Getting my winter coat out. This one is from Dorothy Perkins last winter. Still love it!

9. My Shellac manicure three weeks on.

10. Starbucks breakfast: fruit bread and a soy cappuccino.

11. Love this squirrel graffiti in East London.

12. Yummy lunch of falafels at Brick Lane's Sunday Up Market.

Are you a coffee fan? From my update pots it probably looks like I drink gallons of it but I actually only have it at the weekends! How have you been spending your autumn days?


Sunday, 14 October 2012

Singin' in the Rain

One of the best things about living in London is the theatre. Although as a Londoner I don't go nearly as often as I should do so when I was offered a pair of tickets to see Singin' in the Rain at the Palace Theatre I jumped at the chance to go.

The show was amazing. For a few hours my friend and I were transported out of London and to 1920s Hollywood for a tale of singing, dancing and - you've guessed it - rain! I did wonder how the famous "Singin' in the Rain" scene would translate to the stage and it did not disappoint, seeing the stage transform into a thunderstorm was pretty special - be warned if you are sitting in the front few rows for this show as you may get a little wet. Luckily our seats were in the Dress Circle so we avoided the inclement weather but still had a great view.


Outside the Palace Theatre - coat: Dorothy Perkins (last season)

The costumes were amazing too, I love 1920s fashion and the attention to detail was brilliant. I'd definitely recommend the show for a fun, feelgood night out.

Are you a fan of the theatre? What was the last show you saw?

[My tickets were provided courtesy of Superbreak. All opinions my own, as always!]

Thursday, 11 October 2012

bareMinerals: Flawless Definition Mascara

Yes, another mascara review! I'm gradually working my way through the products in my Beauty in the Spotlight goodie bag, even though that event was a few months ago now. I finally got round to trying the bareMinerals mascara:


Also wearing: Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer, Mac Rubenesque Paintpot and Louise Grey for Topshop Eyeliner

I really like the ethos behind bareMinerals and this mascara lives up to that by being paraben free and containing antioxidants and lash conditioning ingredients. The brush is the plastic comb type which personally I like - I find they give me more control and less chance of blobbing mascara on my face than traditional bristle brushes.

I really like how this mascara defines each and every lash. The brush allows you to catch those tiny corner lashes which I find makes my eyes look bigger and brighter. I also liked how my lashes were left feeling soft and fluttery - the mascara applies quite lightly but even after a good few coats my lashes didn't feel overloaded or clumped together. The finished look isn't quite as dramatic as I would usually go for but if you are after clean, defined lashes with no clumps then this mascara is ideal. I'll definitely be keeping this in my everyday make-up bag although it is hard to wean myself off full-on lashes!

bareMinerals Flawless Definition mascara is available here for £16. I guess that's mid-range for a mascara these days. I'm pretty sure in my head make-up prices are still what they were when I was 15 - if only!

Have you tried this mascara?


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Perfect Winter Dress

Skater-style dresses are becoming a bit of an addiction for me. They are so easy to wear and I love anything with a nipped in waist. I was so happy to find this Whistles dress reduced from £119 to £45 in the John Lewis sale a few months ago. I knew I would love the style and that the thicker fabric and three-quarter sleeves would be perfect for colder weather. That'll be now, then!


Dress: Whistles; Necklace: Vintage; Nails: Shellac Current

I wore this to work with black tights and my Dune monochrome heels but I think it'd work just as well dressed down with boots and a big scarf at the weekend.

How are you winterizing your wardrobe?

Monday, 8 October 2012

Winter Wishlist

As the days get shorter and colder there is only one thing on my mind: I need new clothes. But, actually, I don't. I already have plenty of winter items but as exciting as re-discovering forgotten purchases is, that alone is not enough to get me through the next few months.

So, instead of buying entire outfits, I'll be focusing on updating what I do have. A lot of my skirts and dresses are pieces I wear all year round so by layering up with leggings and jumpers I'll be able to update them for the new season without spending too much. 

Accessories are a great way to keep things interesting - I've always wanted a pair of earmuffs and these mittens are far cuter than regular gloves!

Winter does seem like a time when people wear even more black and grey than usual. This year I've really fallen in love with colour and when the skies are grey its never more needed. Here are my colourful and cosy picks for winter:


Geometric Leggings - ASOS; Mittens - H&M;  Ziz-Zag Jumper - Joy; Black and Khaki Leggings - Topshop; Green Jumper - Joy; Pink Cashmere Jumper - H&M; Ear Muffs - ASOS

What's on your winter wishlist? 

Friday, 5 October 2012

Recent Happenings: Marc Jacobs and Coffee

How are we in October already? I have now resigned myself to winter being on its way. On the plus side, its nearly Halloween and I love Halloween a lot so its not all bad. Here's what I've been doing lately:

1. Wearing my FNO Marc Jacobs tshirt with a vintage skirt and pendant.

2. Modelling my new yellow bag that I won in Sarah's birthday giveaway.

3. Breakfast in Starbucks - buttermilk pancakes with berry compote and a soya cappuccino.

4. Marc Jacobs Dot - a duty free birthday present from my parents.

5. Spa giftset from the Chancery Court Spa - thank you Aussie for a lovely day!

6. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle in the post.

7. Goodies from the Spa day - love the slippers and the new Shine  range.

8. Standard Sundays now that its cold outside - Starbucks and a blog catch-up.

Do you have a Sunday routine? And what's your favourite Starbucks order?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sepetember Empties

Another month, another collection of empty bottles. It feels so satisfying to finish things up and only re-purchase the products that I really love. Hopefully in a few months I'll have the equivalent of a capsule wardrobe of beauty products consisting of things that I know work rather than my bathroom resembling a small branch of Boots!
  PhotobucketPhotobucket Photobucket 1. Thierry Mulger Alienation shower gel - this came with a bottle of Alienation perfume that I purchased last year. It smelled nice but, as I expected, wasn't an amazing shower gel.
Repurchase: No - I like to change around my perfumes.

2. Caudalie Vinosource Serum - this came with a GlossyBox that I was sent a few months ago. I loved this product, it stops my skin feeling tight and dry without feeling heavy or greasy. I use this every morning and evening straight after washing my face so that it sinks right in to my skin.
 Repurchase: Already have - I bought the full size in France last month, pricey but well worth it.

3. Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer - I've been using the product on and off since I was first recommended it by Sugar magazine over a decade ago. This one has lasted around 3 years - pretty impressive for such an affordable product. Definitely a budget make-up bag staple.
Repurchase: I've now "graduated" to Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer which I love but I'd still recommend this for a basic concealer.

4. Witch Skin-Clearing Pressed Powder - I didn't actually finish this product, it just decided to crumble and die on me one day despite keeping it at home so as to avoid this happening. This was a decent pressed powder - the shade was perfect for my skintone and it kept shine at bay.
Repurchase: No due to the compact not having a mirror so not one for taking out in the day for touch-ups, 17's Pressed Powder is still my favourite.

5. Ren Invisible Pores Detox Mask - I've recently got back into face masks after not really using them since the age of 15 when peel-off masks were all the rage. I loved this Ren mask, it made my skin feel soft and shine-free without drying it out and definitely helped keep my skin clear during the hotter weather (a now distant memory).
Repurchase: Maybe - I still have a few sample facemasks to work my way through first and do want to try Origin's clay mask at some point.

6. Soap & Glory - Thick & Fast Mascara - this one came with Elle magazine earlier in the year. Full review here. I wasn't overly impressed with this mascara, I'm not a fan of huge brushes and found that it got thick and clumpy really quickly.
Repurchase: No, there are too many new mascaras that I want to try.

7. 17 Photo Finish Mascara - full review here. I liked the idea of this containing blue pigments for an eye brightening effect but I'm not sure if it made any difference in real life! The brush was nice on this one but the effect was a little too subtle for my liking and it required a lot of coats to get the look I wanted.
Repurchase: No, but I do usually like 17 mascaras.

8. Champneys Watermint Body Scrub - this minty scrub was really refreshing and during the summer I loved the smell and tingly feel it left on my skin. The scrub is quite a gentle one, I usually prefer more gritty scrubs but it did the job and lasted quite a while.
Repurchase: For next summer or a holiday, yes.

9. Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo - this big bottle has been a regular fixture in my shower for a long time! I love the scent of this and how it left my hair feeling super soft and but clean and not weighed down.
Repurchase: Once I've worked through the rest of my Aussie hair products!

10. Superdrug Tea Tree Shine Control Papers - I was curious to try these as an alternative to powder to keep shine at bay during the day. These worked well to remove oil from my skin and left behind a trace of powder which meant that I used less make-up during the day.
Repurchase: Yes.

11. Simple Eye Make-up Remover - I go through so much of this! See August and July empties for more details.
Repurchase: Definitely!

What products have you used up this month?
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