Sunday, 26 August 2012

DIY: dress to skirt

I've had this dress for ages now, never worn it, it's been on ebay and to a carboot but didn't sell. When it was at the carboot I kept staring at it, thinking the print is really cute! I decided if it didn't sell I'd keep it and do something with it, and this is what happened!:

The dress to begin with

I cut the top part off, above the elasticated area

I was gonna make a bralet from the top part, but it was way to short.

The elasticated part was to big for a waist band, so I pinned it in half then sewed it down.

The finished result! (The top is also a DIY - post will be up in a few days!)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Treating myself shopping list /wishlist

After holding back on my spending (sort of) all summer, it's time to spend! I've got into uni, and with 2 weeks left before I can finally treat myself! I've had a shopping list on my phone for ages, and It's grown! I'm going into town Tuesday, where I hope to make a major dint in the list!

The picture shows not even half of the things on my list because half of what I want is from Primark, and they, of course don't have the best website.

I've needed a white nail varnish for a while (needed- lol!), but I'm not sure if I'll actually get a Barry M because Boots have a 3 for 2 offer on Rimmel atm! Which brings me to the matte top coat - this is actually perfect! I love matte nail varnish, and this beauty will transform any nail varnish to matte! I've also wanted a new mascara - and I've heard great things about Falsies. I've also heard great things about the nose strips, but I haven't seen them anywhere in my town - glad they are on ebay!

I have been planning outfits for Freshers week, because 3 of the events are fancy dress - which is why I need the glasses - geek glasses for a "school disco"! The striped top is for the pirate party, not sure if I'll actually get that one, or one similar - I know it's got to be stripey, then I'll get it a few sizes to big so I can destroy it for the proper pirate look!

The leggings are something I've wanted for ages, but I've been in Matalan a few times and not seen them in there, but I've also seen some on New Look's website, so hopefully one of them will sell them! I need a small black bag, with a long chain, for when I go out and don't want to take lots of things, but I think I will be going to Primark for one! And I've wanted mock suspender tights for ages now, but didn't want tospend £10+ for the Pretty Polly ones, so I was amazed when I saw new look did their own version. And the shoes are because I don't actually own any trainers, and when I go to uni I will be signing up to the gym!

Friday, 24 August 2012

New Look Holidayhop Challenge

This Challenge is to create 5 different outfits under the themes of Travel Style, Poolside, Beach It, Sunset Supper and Beach to Club.

"Imagine you are going to Ibiza for a long weekend. Create a post on your blog stating which items from the New Look store you would wear to complete each of the following outfits on your holiday. You have 5 outfits for 5 occasions, so which items would you wear and why? Head over to the New Look store and start picking your favourite party dressesbikinis and accessories."

To find out more click here. This is my entries!

shorts // top // jacket // bag // shoes // earrings // ring

When you're travelling there's quite a lot to think about - remembering all your important documents, time managing etc! You also have a lot to think about for your outfit. You want to be comfy, because hours on a plane in a tight dress is not the best idea. You want to be warm, because UK weather is typically cold. You also want to be cool enough for the country you're going to - in this cause Ibiza, which will be a lot warmer than UK! You also want a bag with enough room for all your carry ons! For this outfit, I went with comfort, adding jewellery to give the outfit more style. The jacket can easily be taken off once you're in Ibiza, and then you're perfect for hitting the beach!

When you're at the pool, tanning, you can hardly have billions of bangles up your arms? No one likes a ring tan line! I kept things simple, adding a playsuit and belt for when you're walking to the pool, and for when you pop into the hotel/restaurant etc! You always need a big bag, for the towel, book, sun cream, phone & everything else you take! Sunglasses to keep your eyes safe, and false nails because you can't accessorise with jewellery so you might as well dress up your nails!

Sunglasses, big bag and bikini are a must! The beach is perfect for working on your tan! A nice maxi to cover you up on the way there and back - comfy and stylish. Wedges are the perfect thing for sun, they are comfiest of heels, but still have that beach still. Plus the colour of them looks good with the rest of the outfit, and when you get to the beach you can easily slip them of to get the sand in your toes! I also added a headband to tame your crazy wavy beach hair!

Evening meal = time to get glammed up! Of course, you're still in Ibiza, so you don't need no jacket or billions of layers! A simply, floaty (comfy) dress, pretty heels, a statement bag and gold jewellery is perfect. The floaty dress keeps the beach/holiday theme and the heels and gold gives you a bit of glam!

Beach to club - yet all I hear from that is CLUB! Ibiza is made for clubs! A few pre drinks on the beach perhaps? In clubs you don't really want much dangley jewellery, because when you are dancing and jumping around it swings everywhere! Heels are a must, as well as a beautiful dress. A small clutch, on a chain, to keep all your money, phone and other bits in. Simple, yet beautiful!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

DIY pearled shirt

First of all I wanted to show you a little DIY I did. Simply sewing pearls onto the collar.

I ended up wearing it today. I went for a meal with my mum and dad for my mums birthday. We went to a cute little pub place, and I had bbq chicken with cheese and bacon, mm! Just realised how bad the quality is on the full length pictures - definitely will need to invest in a new camera...

jeans - primark 
top - matalan
vest - primark
shoes - h&m

Monday, 20 August 2012

House of Fraser blogger challenge

If you haven't guessed (since this is the third blogger challenge I've done so far), I love blogger challenges! This time is the House of Fraser blogger challenge, to show an outfit for next season. If you want to find out the full details, click here. This is my entry:

For me, Autumn is always seen as brown & plum/red, jumpers, jeans and boots! It's not the worst thing in the world, but it's definitely not the best. In my outfit I've mixed it up a bit! I decided to do a day and night outfit, because the dress I chose could be used for both, and I just couldn't decide between the two! I decided to pick a lace dress, because lace is one of my favourite trends this year, and I think when you find a trend you love, it's nice to see how it can work in each season. 

The day outfit would be something to wear whilst shopping, or college/university. It's comfortable, but still stylish! Obviously a dress by itself would be silly to wear in the autumn, because you would freeze! So I added the cardigan to keep you warm, and the tights you cover you up a bit! I love brogues, they are so pretty but still casual, and they colour is perfect for autumn! And of course, you have to add some jewellery! Wooden bangles are perfect because the colour works for autumn, they look good and they aren't to "dressy". Then of course, if you're going shopping you need a bag! I've been lusting over these Ted Baker bags for months now, so I had to include it! They are simple, but roomy so you don't have to carry around 50+ carrier bags.

The night outfit would be of course for going out to a club, or on a date, or to a nice restaurant. The jacket is just beautiful, the colour is a modern twist on the traditional autumn, because I see nude as just a light brown!  I chose the tights because you want to keep a bit covered up, because it will be cold, but black tights with a white dress is too cliché, and I love patterned tights. The black detail on the jacket begged for black in the outfit, and the shoes are perfect for it. Wedges are comfy and much easier to walk in than heels, but they are still stylish. Then I accessoried  with gold because I see gold as a prettier version of brown, which is perfect for a glam autumn. Plus in the run up to Christmas you need something gold and glittery!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

this is the last time you say?

Yesterday me and my friends went out, half to celebrate our A-levels, and half to celebrate it being the last time we'll probably go out, since we're off to different universities. It ended up being only 3 of us, but it was such a good night because everywhere was packed, and it was quite warm all night, we even ended up staying out till 4am, which doesn't usually happen (my feet are now paying for it!).
I also realised it's 3 weeks yesterday until I move to Birmingham! woo!

top - new look
skirt - ebay
bag - accessorize 
shoes - ebay

Monday, 13 August 2012

recent purchase: forever 21

I've been lusting over Forever 21 for awhile now, and since I don't have one in my area, I knew if I ordered from their website, I might as well look through their entire collection! I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but I am cheap. So when I saw the offer for free delivery when you spend over £50, I knew I had to go for it, because I hate paying for delivery, plus it was free returns, so if I didn't like anything I could just send it back. I also had a look around for other codes, and found I got 15% if I spent over £60! So I ended up spending around £63, then it came to £55 with the 15% reduction. 

I just wanted to show you guys what I got because they are so pretty! I ended up sending back 3 items: a dress, a pair of black jeans and a top.

I don't own any skinny blue jeans (shocking I know!). Plus these were under £10 which is a complete bargain.

I've wanted cross studs for a while now, and I am in love with this head band!

The picture doesn't do the lace justice! It's got gold colours running through it which makes it look even prettier.

The purple top is made from the softest fabric ever!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

review: Purely Natural - Acne Cleanser

I was sent this Acne Cleanser by Purely Natural. I've suffered with Acne for years now, I've tried every product probably possible, but I never stick to them long enough, I get impatient at the fact they don't work straight away (I know it's bad of me!).

The Acne Cleanser is made from 100% natural ingredients, which makes me feel good because at least I know it's not full of chemicals that are going to make my skin worse. It comes with a little note that tells me top tips to help acne. 

This is what the actual cleanser looks like. I like the little pot it comes in, the way it's designed emphasizes the natural side to the product. It's available to buy here, for £6.95 for 100g. I think the price is cheap for acne products, plus you hardly use any so it lasts a long time! The cleanser is like a big dough ball! On the side of the tub it tells you how to use it. You take a small amount and crumble it into your hand. You then add water and massage it onto your face,  then simply wash off. Sounds easy right? It's not that easy. I've been using it for about 2 weeks now, and I've only just got the hang of it! It's not that it's really complicated, it can just be quite messy. Sometimes I crumble the bits, and they go everywhere. Or sometimes I add to much water, and it becomes a mess! But when I get it right, it's perfect.

This is what it looks like after about 2 weeks of using it twice a day. You hardly need any product, so it's going to last me ages!

This is the amount I use, crumbled on my hand.

Then this is after adding water.

If you get the product, I recommend dripping water onto your hand, very slowly. Rather than putting all the water you're going to need on at once, do it in stages. I add a little bit, so the texture is like a paste, then I add more and more until it's at a consistency I like. The smell is citrus'y, as it is made from orange oil. This makes me like the product even more, because I love a fruity smell! After I had washed the product off, I could feel that my skin was so soft! I use the product first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. I wake up to soft skin, and it continues throughout the day. I've noticed that whilst it hasn't cleared up my skin, it helped to control my skin throughout that horrible time of the month when I completely break out. The fact that it controlled my break outs makes me think if I stick to the product it could really improve my skin!

Overall I'd give it a 8/10, it really helped to control my skin, but it can be messy, and I often find big bits of some sort of flower, which puts me off a little!

If you want to

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Warby Parker

I've recently discovered an amazing brand/website that I wanted to share with you guys. Warby Parker sells vintage glasses as well as stylish sunglasses, for both men and women. If you didn't know, I do wear glasses but I'm a contact lenses person, however I do like to wear glasses around the house, and on days when I'm feeling a bit lazy (contact lenses can often be time consuming and a bit of effort!). And of course, every girl loves a pair of sunglasses (even if we barley get to wear them in UK's current weather).

Warby Parker have beautiful frames for both optical and sun, however the best thing about Warby Parker, and my favourite thing about them is their "buy a pair, give a pair" policy. The policy is for every pair of glasses they sell,  they provide a pair for someone in need. It's always nice when companies do things for the less fortunate, it makes me think they aren't just in it for the money, but actually care about their products and customers.

"Approximately one billion people don’t have access to affordable glasses. Glasses can increase one’s income by 20%, enable students to see a blackboard and offer dignity to those with poor eyesight. Warby Parker works with experienced non-profit partners to ensure that each sale of our frames will give someone in need access to affordable glasses."

Unfortunately, for myself and the UK/Europe readers, Warby Parker only ships to US, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. But I can keep dreaming right? Here's some of my favourites:

All of these shown, like the majority of the glasses and sunglasses available at Warby Parker, are only $95. Which is around £60. I think that is quite cheap for glasses, as my glasses talked about here, were £99! Vintage frames are seen as trendy at the moment, which I love because vintage frames are beautiful! I have chosen the more simpler of frames because although I like wearing glasses, I don't think I'm confident enough to wear very "out there" designs. When I was younger it was seen as geeky/nerdy to be wearing glasses, so I'm glad that is changing.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

review: DGJ shampoo and conditioner

The lovely people from DGJ Organics sent me some shampoo and conditioner to review for you guys! Even though they sent me the blonde one (i'm brunette), I have still used it because it doesn't really effect my hair, plus my ends are kind of blonde, and I was hoping the lemon peel in this might help to lighten my hair (because lemon is really good for lightening hair!). 

These are the two products, I like the packaging because it's clean and simple, but looks expensive. I also like the pop-lid type bottles, where you press on one side, and it opens the bottle up. I don't like those ones where you have to pull the lid up because they always crack my nails, or ruin my nail varnish! They are both £5.99 each for 250ml, which for me is expensive because I usually spend £1 per, but I'm cheap anyway!

They are both made with lemon peel and chamomile. I'm no good at detecting or talking about smells, plus I don't know what chamomile smells like, but I couldn't really smell lemon in either of them which is a shame because I like the smell of lemons.

The shampoo comes out yellow, and the typical shampoo consistency. It lathers up nicely, and washes out easily. The conditioner is white, and is the typical conditioner consistency. I find this one of the easiest conditioners to wash out, usually it seems to take me ages to wash conditioner out of my hair, almost like the conditioner is clinging to my hair, but I didn't have this with this product.

The smell stayed on my hair after washing it out, which I liked. Once my hair had dried to made it look a lot shiney than usual, which is a big bonus. The shine lasted the whole day, which is another bonus! I like products that don't wear off within an hour or so, so for the smell and shine to last all day is great.

Overall I'd give it a 6/10 - I think the product itself is great, as well as the packaging. However for me it's too expensive, which is the only thing I dislike!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

recent purchase: MUA

I am a MUA virgin! So when I saw they had an offer going for 25% off and free delivery if you spend over £10, I jumped at the chance! I've been needing a few make up bits anyway, plus I received £125 from my college for having 100% attendance in the last term, so I deserved the treat. I spent exactly £10, so this all came to £7.50 with the code. 8 things for £7.50 is amazing, that's under £1 each!

lipsticks - shade 5, shade 12 and shade 15.

extreme curl mascara, extreme felt eye liner, concealer stick in light

nail varnish: shade 5 and frozen yoghurt 

Monday, 6 August 2012

review: ColourB4

I recently got sent some ColourB4 to try, and yesterday I finally decided to try it! As my hair is long and thick it would take 2 boxes to cover my whole hair. Luckily I didn't want to do it on my whole hair, I wanted to use it to dip dye. I've had my hair dip dyed before, twice actually, by a hair dresser using bleach. The bleach ruined my hair and the hairdresser made the dip dye so tiny it was hardly seen! I was intrigued how ColourB4 could work without bleach, but as is has no bleach I knew it would be a lot better for my hair.

I followed the step by step guide, mixing the two solutions together, putting it on my hair for 60 minutes (30 minutes for thin/shorter hair), then rinsing it for 10 minutes, applying the "buffer" then rinsing for 5 minutes, then waiting another 10 minutes and reapplying the buffer and rising again. It was pretty easy to use - just like hair dye (except for the rinsing part). The worst part was rinsing, just because it look so long and I'm an inpatient person! (Plus I was in the shower for over half an hour!). The smell of it isn't as bad as permanent hair dye, however it's not the nicest smell. I would recommend doing it on a day when you're not doing anything else, and make sure you are able to wash you hair (with really nice smelling shampoo) the next day! 

ColourB4 is supposed to remove any hair dye from your hair. I was quite worried about what colour my hair would turn out because I don't know what my natural colour is any more! I was born with bright blonde hair, but when I was about 10/11 it started to get darker and turn slightly brown. From around 12/13 I've been dying my hair, so that's 5/6 years of dying! My roots are often a dark grey/brown colour (yuck!). So I was definitely hoping it wouldn't turn out anything like that. 

This is my hair before using ColourB4:

and this is it after using ColourB4:

curly/natural hair


You can't see it as much in the straightened picture because when I dyed it I tied my hair up so the dip dye wouldn't be a straight line all around, but I didn't put my fringe up. Turns out I put a bit of my length out with the fringe, so a little at the front hasn't been dyed!

I am definitely pleased! I would buy ColourB4 without even considering Bleach! It's easy to do at home, and works, so it makes it a hell of a lot cheaper than going to a salon! ColourB4 is available to purchase online, on their website here for £9.99. The other two bottles are treatments to use before and after colouring your hair, and they are also available on their website for £3.99 each. However it's definitely more suited to stripping your whole hair, then re-dying after as the colour can be unpredictable. 

Sunday, 5 August 2012

recent purchase: ebay jewellery

I love ebay jewellery! Especially those from China, because it's so cheap! But I do hate waiting a month or so for it to arrive. I found all these pieces on ebay, buy it now, UK seller, for only 99p! each (well the two finger ring was £1, but still). So so cheap - and I love them all! The double finger ring was from this seller, and the other four was from this seller.

(p.s. sorry about the pictures, my camera seems to have focused on the two finger ring rather than the others, and I didn't even notice until now!)

Saturday, 4 August 2012

review: Purity Skincare

The lovely people at Purity Organic Skincare sent me some bits to review for you guys! I couldn't believe it when I opened the packet, 6 full sized products!

"Purity Organic Skincare is a British brand, conceived and created to bring intelligent, sustainable and organic beauty to each and every one of us. Purity Organic Skincare is EcoCert certified, with 98% of the ingredients of natural origin and an average of 82% of the ingredients processed from organic farming."

They sent me 6 products. 
Top row from left to right: facial wash, facial exfoliator, cleansing lotion.
Bottom row from left to right: anti-ageing serum & mask, regenerating overnight moisturiser, anti-ageing moisturiser.

I wouldn't buy anything with "anti-ageing" in the name because I'm only 18 and I don't think my skin really needs any anti ageing at the moment, so I can't really talk much about them, but I have given them to my mum who likes them!

facial wash - 150ml - £4.99. 

I think the price is so cheap for a product like this. Often natural/organic products can be very expensive, but  I think £4.99 is quite cheap. There isn't a smell to the product, which I like because you put it on your face, then wash it off so it's not like you need a smell to it. I only needed to use a tiny amount (the amount shown in the picture!) and that covered my entire face. It lathers really well, which I like, and it washes off easily. It didn't irritate me skin, or spots, which can often happen with face washes. And it left my skin feeling soft and clean. It's a simple, nice face wash.

facial exfoliator - 100ml - £5.99

Again, this is quite a good price for an exfoliator, considering brands like Soap & Glory can be around £8-£10. This is my favourite product of the set! I love exfoliator as it is, but this is a really good product. You only need a small amount, then you massage it around your face. Whilst massaging it, I could feel my skin already becoming softer! The little bits in it are the best ones I've found in an exfoliator, they are hard and gritty, but because they are so small they gently exfoliate your skin without irritating it. Also because they are so small they wash off easily, and your not forever finding them days after you've used it.

cleansing lotion (make up remover) - 150ml - £4.99

Honestly, I haven't bought/used make up remover in a very long time so I don't know if the price is good or not. I tend to have a shower then use a make up wipe.
I used this to get off mascara, I used a tiny amount and massaged it into and around my eyes. One wipe and my make up was gone! I was very impressed with how easily my mascara came off, and it didn't irritate my eyes at all.

 regenerating overnight moisturiser - 50ml - £7.99

I have also never used a moisturiser that is specific to night, so I don't know if the price is good or not. But the product is very impressive! Firstly, it's in a pot so you can actually get out as much or little as you want, so you don't waste any. Also, it's not like a liquid/runny moisturiser, it's quite thick. This means you only need a little bit to cover your entire face. Once I put it on my face it only took around 5 minutes to dry/soak into my skin, and I could instantly tell that it had hydrated my face. I woke up to moisturised and soft skin - which is a bonus because sometimes that moisturised feel can wear off within hours, but with this it stayed on for over 12 hours!

Want to buy these products, or find out more? Check out their website here, or their twitter here!