Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Haul | A Load of Shirts

H&M basic shirts £7.99 each | linen shirts £12.99 each | jumper £14.99

If you've been following me for a while, you probably already know about my love affair with basics. And H&M is one that I like to shop at whenever I'm in need of good pieces. The fact that they sell  a lot of things that are pretty on trend for fairly cheap prices with decent quality is the reason I like to go there. Here I got three shirts in different colours — one in a speckled grey because why the heck not, a bright coral one because it's apparently 'summer', and lastly a white one because everyone must have at least one good basic white tee. I also got dark linen shirts, one in brown and the other in dark blue. My last purchase was this bright coral jumper which I featured here. I really like the colour of this jumper, it's so bright and it just puts you in a very happy mood. I just wish the sun was actually out more! I would probably have more H&M pieces if there was a store close to where I live but sadly I have to travel via train for approx. 40 mins to visit one. Nonetheless, I think it's a good place if you're looking at buying items that will last season after season without having to spend a fortune. x

Monday, 24 June 2013

What I Wore | Printed Cold Shoulder

(top and shoes - Primark, high waisted leggings - Missguided, cardigan - n/a)

The cold shoulder trend is showing up more and more recently, so I thought it'd be perfect timing for this post! I decided not to buy this jumper when I first saw it at Primark but to my surprise, it still somehow made it into my wardrobe! I paired it with my Missguided leggings along with the moustache flats that I also got from Primark. Lastly, a grey knitted batwing cardigan which I have had for ages, as the sun's been shying away quite a lot recently. I really like how subtle and easy this look is. The print on the top isn't too bold but the cold shoulder makes it that tiny bit more interesting. What do you think? x

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Instagram | 08

Dinner | Night out | Roast dinner
Behind the scenes | Snow in the middle of March | Rice with pork and kidney beans
22nd of March | All black | Wrapped up
 Unwanted winter | Snow | Naked trees

Friday, 21 June 2013

Footwear | Moustache Flats

Primark flats £8

Just before summer, I kind of went on a flats frenzy and ended up buying quite a few. One being this Primark moustache flats. I just love it, I mean how can I not say no? Along with this, I also ended up with a moustache bedding, a moustache rug, a moustache flask and a moustache phone case. Call it an addiction! Ahaha! I've already worn it a few times and it's lovely. It makes the outfit that bit more fun and it just really makes me happy. Do you like moustaches too? x

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Haul | First Time at Forever 21

Forever 21 shorts £14.75 | black dress £19.75 | top £ 16.75 | black top £8.25 | lace top £12 | rings £8.40

It was my first time going to Forever 21 last time I was in Birmingham and it was kind of overwhelming. Don't get me wrong, the shop was pretty amazing but it was so big and there was so much to look through. It was hard to keep focused and not be swarmed by the amount of things that were in there. What I liked about it though was how neat and tidy everything was. Certain styles were in specific areas and the items were nicely spread around the store so there was a lot of room to move around. I didn't get a lot, but I got a few basics and some summer wear. 

I got a pair of denim/colour blocked shorts as well as a shirt in a similar theme. Also bought a black high low dress, a black tee and a lace detailed shirt. The last things I got were a set of gunmetal rings and a mixture of midi rings. They were all for reasonable prices and some are even comparable to Primark tags. It's a shame there isn't a store closer to where I live as I would definitely shop there again. Online shopping it is! x

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

Rimmel Stay Matter Powder £3.99

If you're familiar with the world of beauty blogging, you would have probably already heard about the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. With the likes of Tanya Burr constantly talking about it and using it in a lot of her makeup tutorials, it's no wonder people go on and on about it. Likewise, I just had to go out and try it! I bought mine quite a while ago now, and I think it's safe to say that it's one heck of a powder! And for £3.99, seriously, what's not to like? 

I use this with my Real Techniques multi task brush and all I do is dab it in to get a good amount of product. It isn't at all powdery but it isn't like a brick either when you're trying to get some out the packaging. I've had experience with some products being really powdery and going all over the place, as well as ones that take a whole lot of work just to get the tiniest bit on the brush. This one's just perfect!

My shade is in Warm Beige, a tad light but there's no telling once it's on the face. What I love about this product is that it does exactly what it says it will — mattify! It's a great all-around-the-face powder but more so for areas where you get more oily, for me, the t-zone. Surprisingly, it lasts a pretty decent amount of time especially if I'm using a good foundation. The only time I would probably have to re-apply is when I've been sweating a lot or if my face has gotten too warm and has released more oil. But other than that, it's keeps the face pretty matte for as long as you need it to. And if it really can't be helped, just re-apply. It takes little to no time! That's what I do.

There are probably better powders out in the market but for a drugstore product, this has done pretty well for itself. Not the best packaging, no. But this isn't one you buy because you're feeling fancy, it's one you get because it's cheap and it works. Would I re-purchase and recommend it? Yes, definitely. So if you're looking for a new powder that stops you from getting overly shiny, this is may be the one for you. Just try it out and see how it goes. After all, that's what I did and now it's part of my daily makeup routine. And if it doesn't work, at least it hasn't cost you all your savings! x

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Haul | Midi, Cut Out and Tanks

River Island midi dress £20 | top £15
Topshop tank tops £6 each or 2 for £10

Not a super exciting haul but still a haul nonetheless. Here I have a tie dye/acid wash looking midi dress as well as a nice cut out shirt from River Island. Both of which, I love and have already worn and cannot wait to sport more this summer — if the sun lets me! My sister also got me two basic sleeveless shirts from Topshop which look and feel a lot better than my Primark ones. I stock up on these because they're so versatile. They can be used for layering under jumpers and shirts as well as everyday tops to wear with jeans, skirts and pretty much everything really. They're basically the basic of the basics. Overkill on the word 'basic' but seriously, if you haven't got one, what are you doing? x

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

What I Wore | That Rad Shirt

(shirt - Urban Outfitters, leggings - H&M, bag - Primark, shoes - New Look)

There are days when I wish I can dress up in men's clothes so there's that tiny section in my wardrobe dedicated to doing just that. This shirt was from Urban Outfitters and I love it! The pattern is just amazing. It's perfect worn on its own as well as a layering piece. I really wanted the focus to be on the shirt that day so I wore all black everywhere else. I kind of like it actually. Seeing as the print was so bold, I didn't have to put so much effort into deciding what else to wear with it. The black also kind of toned down the loudness of the print, making it more subtle and casual. And yea, I like to pretend I'm one of the boys sometimes. Do you? x

Monday, 10 June 2013

Footwear | Basic Black Flats

Primark flats £6

This is a bit of a boring post but hey, not everyone can walk in heels as often as they'd like to — and comes in the flats! I think everyone needs to own at least one good pair that they can easily rely on. Although I have a few, I like to have a couple that are pretty basic for simple and casual days. Also, they can go with a lot of things yet still maintain the focus on whatever you're wearing. Here's one from Primark, I love that it has a slightly different cut and that it's so comfy and fits so well. The printed inner fabric is a really cool touch too! It's perfect for those lazy days when all you want is for your feet to feel comfortable and be able to run errands at ease. And at £6, it really hardly breaks the bank! x

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Instagram | 07

 Feet | The days are getting longer | Boyfriend's socks
 Cheesecake and tea | Lines, triangles and circles | Cooking creamy Carbonara
 Models Own Grace Green | Hershey's Kisses Cookies'n'Creme | Boyfriend
 I own too many clothes | Almond cake | Chillin' with Tupac
 Sunshine | Blue skies | Walk in the sun
Retail therapy | Rock inside my new dungarees | Neon beanie

Friday, 7 June 2013

Haul | Bits and Bobs from Primark

Primark bag £12 | tank tops £2.50 each | denim shirt £12 | striped maxi dress £8 | midi dress £7 | blue necklace £3 |
triangle necklace £2 | set of 12 earrings £2.50 | ring £1.50 | skull earrings £2 | triangle earrings £2.50

Another Primark haul, I just can't resist that place! The low prices just lure you in and next thing you know you're paying for a bunch of stuff you probably don't even need. This is often the scenario for me, this time with accessories! Primark can sometimes be really good with their jewellery and for some reason I ended up with a bag full of them — a couple necklaces, some earrings and a ring. To be honest, I have no idea what went through my head when I got these as I haven't really worn any, apart from the small triangle necklace and some studs from the pack of 12. It's weird because on a normal day, I wouldn't have even gone for the others that I bought. Now, I'm faced with having to figure out a way to wear them in outfits and I still haven't succeeded. Aha!

However, I also got some things which I know I'd get wear out of. One being this nice pleather backpack which is perfect for summer but can also be worn throughout the year. I've already used it once and it's perfect! The fabric is quite soft and it offers a lot of space for all of the junk I carry around with me everyday. Next, I got a couple of vest tops just because they're really easy to use for layering and as go-to tops for simple and casual looks (i.e. under a blazer or with skirts, etc.). 

And I knew as soon as I saw this denim shirt with black mesh sleeves that I had to have it. It is such a cool take on the denim trend and the mix of textures is just perfect for making an outfit that bit more fun and edgy. Also, continuing on with my maxi/midi dress infatuation, I grabbed this striped maxi dress along with this simple grey midi tank dress which I both love. Long dresses have just been calling out my name left, right and centre, and how can I not say no? They're so easy and they just look amazing either dressed up or worn casually. I can see myself wearing these loads over summer and even during fall, possibly even winter! x

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

What I Wore | True Blue

(beanie, shirt and blazer - Primark, leggings - H&M, boots - Ebay)

It's always cool to inject colour into outfits. And so when I spotted this shirt from Primark, I just knew I had to have it! It's the perfect type of blue and it looks so amazing! The fit is just right — not too baggy, but still has that boyish look with a hint of femininity. I paired it with this awesome blazer I got for only £7 and isn't it just the best? The print is great and I love how unstructured it is, allowing it to fall nicely around the body. I wanted to go simple on the bottoms so I wore my go-to H&M leggings and then paired it with the studded boots I got on Ebay. I'm really impressed with this look, and would probably wear it again and again. Although, I might change a few things to keep it different each time. x

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation £8.99

Here's a product that I have been wanting to review for so long now and it's the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. I am in the colour 400 Natural Beige which is probably a tad dark on me now. However, this matched me perfectly back when I first purchased it late last year. My skin was darker then as I travelled a lot over the summer and caught a bit of sun. I was using it quite regularly and have gone through almost two thirds of the bottle.

The consistency of this is really thick, and by that I mean a lot thicker than any other foundation I have ever tried before. This doesn't particularly bother me as it still applies very smoothly with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I normally use around a pump and a half to two pumps of this to get an even coverage around my face and neck. It has a light to medium coverage, enough to even out the skin and cover most of the redness and discolouration around the face. Although it has a pretty decent amount of coverage, you would still need to use a concealer with this for any problem areas such as spots and under-eye circles. It has SPF 15 too which is always a good thing to have in a foundation. There is also a slight scent to it which I actually quite like but if you're not one for scented foundations, then I would definitely stay clear of this. 

It claims to re-awaken and illuminate the skin which I agree with. I think this is due to the little amounts of shimmer in the product that gives the skin a glowing effect, making it look a lot more awake and radiant. The shimmer really isn't visible once it's on the face unless inspected up close or swatched. It also has a very natural finish, not too matte, not too dewy. The lasting power is pretty fair. I have normal/combination skin and it lasts around 8 hours of good wear on me. It can probably stretch up to 10, maybe even 12 hours without looking patchy and oily depending on how often I powder and sweat throughout the day. But for the most part, it stays on really well and doesn't just melt away during the day.

I really like this foundation. In fact, I couldn't think of a bad thing to say about it. And although it may not be the most amazing base out there, it stays true to what it says on the bottle and does a really good job in doing the things I would want a foundation to do. Would I buy it again? Yes. Would I recommend it to other people? Definitely. It's cheap and cheerful and overall a good product. Have you tried the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, what's your thoughts on it? Let me know! x
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