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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Christmas Outfit Dilemma: Christmas Day

Outfit: Christmas Day

I cant believe its just over a week till Christmas! I can't wait! I still need to wrap all the gifts Iv bought people...iv been putting it off, I'm terrible at wrapping!!... I've been reading DIY Christmas posts lately, I think I'm going to give home made Christmas cards a go next year, I just think they're so cute and personal!

Here are my picks for a Christmas day outfit...

If you can't rock a Christmas jumper on Christmas day, when can you?! I've gone for these two from Newlook, Christmassy, cosy and oh so cute, who doesn't love a reindeer print?! You can never go wrong with a pair of skinnies, Iv gone for a denim pair, not my usual black pair of skinnies, shock horror! lol I thought I'd bring some colour to my outfit on Christmas day! A statement necklace, I'm loving statement necklaces at the moment, the one here is from Newlook. A pair of tan ankle boots, again these are from Newlook...I'm loving Newlook right now! A simple and stylish watch and a classic black Zara bag.  I've also added in a red lip to dress it up.

Christmas outfit sorted!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Haul: Zara, Primark, Rimmel & more...

I know at this time of year its all about giving gifts to others, but I was Christmas shopping in Festival Place in Basingstoke a few days ago and had a moment of weakness, saw a bunch of pretty things...and just couldn't help myself! lol

Anyways, cracking on with my haul (I suggest getting a tea right about now as its a pretty long post lol!) here's what I bought... all necessary purchases of course! ...


Saturday, 14 December 2013

The Christmas Outfit Dilemma: Part 2. Christmas Eve...

Outfit: Christmas Eve

I'm not the type of gal that dons a lot of bling or wears out there daring outfits, my style is more simple/chic (or at least I try!)/understated.  I tend to stick to neutral colours and as you can tell, I do wear alot of black!... although at Christmas time you have to have a little bling and glitz right...

Iv gone for a pair of classic black skinnys (again), black skinnys are just a classic piece that can be dressed up or dressed down, they just work for every occasion! They're a fail safe item that everyone needs in their wardrobe! Iv also gone for a black cami with a sexy lace insert (from topshop). I'm just in love with this top! I can think of a million different ways to style this!... Then a pair of black strappy heels, a delicate necklace, and to add some bling... a gold sequin clutch... throw on a blazer and your good to go!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Christmas Outfit Dilemma: Part 1. The Work Christmas lunch...

The outfit dilemma… it’s the same every year, I never know what to wear for the main “events” for the holidays, you know the ones… The work Christmas lunch, Christmas eve, Christmas day and New Years eve.

I get stressed out enough as it is buying gifts for everyone and all the wrapping…I hate wrapping! I’ve never been very good at it! But then I have to decide on what to wear as well! Soo, I’ve decided to do a little 4 part series, just to show my “outfits of choice” for each of the 4 “events” of the holidays.
So this is Part 1…The work Christmas lunch outfit…

Outfit: Work Christmas lunch
My work Christmas lunch falls on a Friday, so it will be a “dress down day” but I didn’t want to dress down too much.  I wanted something comfy that’s still casual enough for the office but work meal out appropriate!
I’ve gone for a pair of black high waist skinny jeans (a wardrobe essential), a shirt that has a rather masculine cut but with a feminine print (I’ll be tucking this in to my high waist jeans and untucking it slightly round the edges, if that make sense!), a black blazer (another wardrobe essential) some cute boots, a black bag…you can never really go wrong with a Zara bag! And a gold spike necklace as a contrast to the girly heart print on the shirt.


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Molecule 01: Review

I was on the hunt for a new perfume as my old favourite, Marc Jacobs Daisy, was on its last legs *sad face! Id heard rave reviews about this perfume on YouTube, blogs and even the Cult Beauty website! (See my cult beauty review here) so thought I’d take the plunge and order it for myself!

The sciency bit:

"Escentric Molecules' Molecule 01 is created from the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, which works as more of an effect than a fragrance. The subtle, velvety, woody scent melds with your natural pheromones, it smells different on everyone and alluring on anyone. You will rarely smell this fragrance on yourself, Molecule 01 is more about the effect it has on others.

Developed by rising star of the perfume world Geza Shoen, Molecule 01 is an innovative fragrance that melds with your natural pheromones to create an individual scent that is unique to you. Molecule 01 is an expert favourite that gives the unique quality of a bespoke fragrance with a purse-friendly price tag."

In all honesty, I’m not too sure on this perfume.  I’m not very good at describing scents, but to me it smells more like a cologne than a perfume, maybe that’s because I’m used to more floraly, sweet scents, to me this perfume is quite spicy and musky…although a friend of mine said it smelt more of soap or freshly washed clothes?! Lol I was under the impression from the description that you’re not supposed to smell this on yourself, but I can certainly smell it on me. But im not sure if the scent i can smell, is the scent that otehrs can smell on me?!  I can say that the reviews for this perfume on the Cult Beauty website make for very interesting reading! (link here)… I wish it made me smell of cake! Lol

I’d say for this perfume, purchase at your own risk! It does say that its supposed to smell different on everyone, maybe I should spritz it on the boy and see what it smells like on him?  I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this when I eventually finish it! Luckily I purchased the small travel size bottle, Id recommend buying the smaller size first rather than invest in the bigger bottles!...On a side note, it would make for a great stocking filler this Christmas, more for the gimmick factor of finding out what this will smell like on you!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Escentual Haul!

I know its Christmas and really we're supposed to be buying gifts for friends and family, but i just cant help myself this time of year, especially with all the great offers and discounts out there!

I'm loving the Escentual website at the moment, they have so many great offers and have super quick delivery! I'd highly recommend checking out their site! I'm slightly addicted to Clarins products and Escentual offer my favourite products at such great prices! Iv already got my eye on a few more things from the Escentual website! Also, you need to check out their Christmas gift guides! such great ideas!!! Link here.

01.    Bioderma:  Clearly an "Escentual" (pun intended lol)! I'd run out and Escentual is one of the only websites I've found that stock Bioderma which is AMAZING!! I used to get it from Ebay, but sometimes you never really know what your getting! I trust Escentual. I have a post about the miracle that is Bioderma here.

02.    NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm:  I'm a major lip balm addict! I'd heard ravings about this on countless blogs and have wanted to try it for ages so thought id add it to my basket and see what all the hype is about... I can already tell this will make an appearance in my December favourites!!...This would also make a great stocking filler!

03.    Real Techniques, Sam's Picks:  An instagram friend of mine posted these brushes a while ago, I instantly decided that I needed them! lol After searching online, Escentual sell them for the BEST price!! I've used a few of the brushes already and I'm in love with the multi task brush and the crease brush! Also...these would make a great Christmas gift for someone who is just getting in to makeup! or simply wants to try out the Real Techniques brush line!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

December: My Christmas Wish List & maybe a giveaway?

As it’s now December I can finally start getting into the Christmas spirit! Christmas movies, the Christmassy hot drinks, the decorations, Christmas music, cosy Christmas jumpers… I could go on, but I’ll stop myself! Lol I think is fair to say that I’m a total sap for it all!
I love reading the Christmas gift guide posts, but as there’s a ton of them flying about, so I thought I’d do a post of some of the things that are on my Christmas wish list this year! …

01.    Zara City Bag:    Chic, classic, perfect!

02.    Philosophy Bubble bath/Shower gel in Peppermint:    Anything to make my bath/shower experience better, I’m all over it! Plus, it’s the perfect Christmas scent!

03.    Aromatherapy Associates bell:    SO cute! And the perfect way to test out the brand!

04.    The Bobbie Brown eye shadow palette in soft brown:    The perfect palette??

05.    Laura Mercier blush in Peach Whisper:    I’ve been eyeing this up for ages, but have never taken the plunge to buy it, so why not add it to my Christmas list!

06.    Starbucks Hot Chocolate gift set:    Everyone loves a good Starbucks Christmas gift set… even if it’s just for the mugs! ;)

07.    Charbonnel et Walker, Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles:    My all time FAVORITES!

Ps.  If there’s enough interest, I was thinking of doing a little Christmas giveaway, just as a thank you to all the people still following my teeny blog! So to anyone out there who reads this, what do you think?

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

November Empties!

As my November favorites are pretty much the same as my October favorites (link here), I thought I would do a "November Empties" post instead.

I've not done one of these posts before, but enjoy reading other posts like this! I like to knwo what products peoepl have completly used up, iv they used up a whole product and are plannign to repurchase, you know it must be worth trying!

01 & 02.    L'Oreal Ever Riche Shampoo & Conditioner:  I’ve repurchased these like 3 times! This stuff does some serious hydrating on my huurr! The smell is amazing and as someone with long hair that’s been dyed within an inch of its life (needless to say I have very dry ends!) this does an amazing job at making my hair feel super soft and nourished! Plus these are usually on some kind of offer in Superdrug – bargain! I highly recommend trying these out!

03.          Smash Box Photo Finish Oil Free Primer:  I literally can’t rave about this primer enough!! I bought it on a total whim, I was in the que in boots, spotted it and chucked it in my basket… best decision I made! I’ll have a review coming up on this soon! It’s such a great primer, this makes my makeup last all day/all night! If need my makeup to last …this is the product that will make that happen! I highly recommend this! (its great for girls with oily skin!)

04.          L'Oreal Telescopic Water proof Mascara in Black: I’ve not really found my “one true love” mascara yet, but this is a great waterproof mascara! I love the brush, especially for coating my lover lashes and I don’t really get any smudge out from this mascara – which is what you hope for in a waterproof! I like to layer my mascaras, and this gives my lashes length without clumping them together, I may repurchase this! Watch this space! I would recommend giving this a try!

05.          Clarins Daily Energizer Wake Up Booster:  I mentioned this in my October favourites post [here]. I can’t get enough of this! Again, I’ll be reviewing this on its own soon too! This makes my skin feel so awake and fresh in the mornings! I even use this at night, I just love the way it makes my skin feel! I think this was my 3rd bottle (I’ve already bought another bottle!  I picked mine up from Esscentual here).

06.          Clarins Daily Energizer Moisturiser:  I can’t remember how may pots of this stuff I’ve gone through, my skin just loves this! I’ve got quite sensitive skin, so sometimes when I use a moisturiser my face turns a lovely shade of beetroot! But not with this! It doesn’t irritate my skin at all and keeps it hydrated all day…and it smells amazing, as do all Clarins products…I do have quite a Clarins addiction!

07.          Bioderma:  I have a review on this on my blog here.  I think this is my 5 or 6 bottle of this, I love it.  It’s quick, simple and super gentle on my skin! An all round beauty/skincare routine staple!!
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