Thursday, 3 November 2011

The one where I put a ring on it.

I you've read my blog before you'll know that I've started wearing rings rather regularly.  I'm also increasing my collection of big earrings.

The first ring is from Primark, it cost £2.50 which is quite pricey for Primark!  It could be described as tacky but I really like it, it's a good statement piece and the blue stone adds some colour to a plain outfit.

The owl ring is another Primark purchase.  I looked at it a while ago but didn't bother getting it but as it was cheap and it's quite cute I thought I had nothing to loose.

The eye ring is from Topshop, I've seen bloggers and vloggers with it before and thought that it was really cool.  When I shopped the Topshop sale I saw it but didn't buy it.  I got home and instantly regretted it so a few days later to find it gone, looked on the website too and it wasn't there!  There's nothing quite like the feeling of want you get when you can't have something.  It returned to the website and so when I bought a dress online I made sure I bought it this time.  Just need some more silver rings to put with it now!

The gold ring with the cream stone was also from Topshop but this time in the sale.  It was £3.75 and I really like the elaborate edge.

The snake ring was an impulse buy from Primark costing only 50p!  I quite like quirky rings and it's a nice one to play with because of the shape.

The swirly earrings cost £3.75 in the sale at Topshop, I quite like chunky earrings which arn't dangly and I think these would be appropriate for me to wear on my teaching placement.  They are a nice nude colour and would dress up a smart, plain outfit.

The last pair of earrings were £2.50 from Topshop in the sale.  They look like they are made of gold thread which makes them look less tacky than they would have done if they were plain gold in colour.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The one where I'm branching out and copying.

I never go to Topshop.  I own very little Topshop clothing and what I do have mostly used to belong to my lovely best friend who gives me her hand-me-downs.  It is just all too tempting and expensive.  The other day, however, I went in.

I saw a friend wearing this dress at a birthday party and, after asking her where it was from, was shocked to find out that it was only £20.  The colour options were dark purple, maroon or black and I chose the purple although this photo does not show it's true shade.  It is a skater dress, tight at the top and then flares out from the bottom of the rib cage.  It is a very modest length, so much so infact that at 5'5 I would almost feel short wearing it with flats, however I shall try it and see.

My best friend (and many others) has this dress in bright blue which I think is absolutely gorgeous.  This one is a salmon pink colour but only cost £20 in the sale so I thought 'ignore the slightly horrible colour and the fact that you struggle with wearing sleeves and just treat yourself'.  I think it will look very cute with a belt on a night out or when I go out for a meal.

I saw a girl on my course wearing this today and then came across it in Topshop, reduced from £30 to £15.  I think it is so cute with the little deer and I really love that colour at the moment.  The only problem is that I'm not sure what other coloured tops it would go with apart from white and cream.  Any ideas?

Not satisfied with two new dresses from the Topshop sale, I ended up on the website.  BAD IDEA!  This dress was £20 too, it is very tight and has a black exposed zip at the back.  Not my normal style but I do like to dress up uber girly sometimes and if not, I can dress it down with some funky boots.

I also bought some jewellery in the sale but I'll leave that for a jewellery haul that I have planned.

The one where I'm too cheap to be glossy.

I knew nothing about beauty boxes until I started watching Youtube videos on beauty products.  These videos introduced me to the GlossyBox and Boudoir Prive Beauty Box which both cost over £10.  As I use very little beauty products and only wear makeup occasionally, I don't feel that it is worth my while subscribing to these boxes.  I have too much stuff that I don't use already!  I did however find out about the Latest in Beauty box which only costs £1 and you can order over text.  You pick 3 samples from 3 catagories; skin care, makeup & fragrance and hair & body. 

It only took a few days for my box to arrive which was nice.  It is obviously not as well presented as the expensive beauty boxes but that is to be expected.

The first sample that I received was a very little tube of the Crabtree & Evelyn Lily perfume with a sachet of the matching body lotion.  It is describes as smelling of Lily of the Valley but with hints of hyacinth and ylang ylang.  It is certainly fresh and floral but smells rather 'grannyish' to me!

The box included a £5 off voucher for Crabtree & Evelyn products however I very much doubt I will be using this judging by the perfume sample.

The Doctor Brand Blemish Relief Kit was the samples I was most keen to receive.  If you've read my blog before you'll know that I have big time problem skin!  You are instructed to use the cleanser (wash it off), the rub in the blemish treatment gel and finish off by rubbing in the lotion.  All three products stung which is something I rarely experience having the opposite of sensitive skin.  Robust skin?  Something like that!  This made it fairly unbearable to use the products however in the name of testing I persevered.  Another strange thing about these products was the fact that you had to rub 2 products into your skin without washing them off.  I know those of you who are used to using moisturisers and primers and then makeup will be used to this, I found it rather strange.  Obviously I only had one sample of each of the products and so I have no idea about the long term effects of these products.  I can say, however, that my skin looked rubbish after using this, massively shiny!

The last sample was the Lumenesse Age-Defying Colour Care High Volume Shampoo & Conditioner which retails for a whopping £18 for a 350ml bottle.  Both products were nicely textured and smelt nice.  Nice though, not any more than that.  The conditioner wasn't particularly conditioning although it is designed for coloured hair which I thought was quite strange.  My main problem with these samples was nothing to do with the actual products, it was more to do with the sample size.  I have very fine hair which is shoulder length but the amount of shampoo and conditioner which was provided in the sample wasn't enough for my whole head!

I would get this beauty box again as it is so cheap however only if there was a particular product available that I am really interested in.