Wednesday, 26 August 2015
I thought I'd share with you my favourite scent at the moment, Paco Rabanne Olympea, Eau de Parfum.
My Mum went on holiday recently, and, of course, bought me back this little duty-free beauty.
At first, I mostly just fell in love with the packaging, as everything we've bought for the bedroom and living room has a rose gold touch to it. I can't say it was love at first smell(?) but after putting it on, the smell stuck with me throughout the day, which is impressive enough as it is because I don't think perfume lasts for s*%t these days. After a whole day of wear, I finally realised what an amazing smelling perfume this is, and I could still smell it on my coat days later.
I'm not a pro at describing scents, so below I'll leave a side note with the details! For me this is definetely more of an Autumn perfume, not as heavy as one I would wear in winter but definetely not light and florally. Although theres hints of floral in it, theres a strong smell of vanilla and it's not stated in any of the scents I'm sure theres a coconutty smell to it!
"Rich, floral yet soft and comforting at the same time, Paco Rabanne Olympea is a blend of fresh green mandarin top notes, with a splash of water jasmine combined with warm ginger flower. At the heart you will find the note of the moment, salted vanilla finished with creamy sandalwood at the base. - Sunday Girl via Blog Lovin'
H&M Jumper, Primark Trousers & Sandals, Monki Bag
It's become a regular sunday thing for Jess and I to take a trip down to Starbucks since moving out, I swear, having a Starbucks only a 15 minute walk away is going to break my bank account.
I'm trying to make more of an effort to take pictures of my outfits, even if it's not my favourite. It was getting to a point where before I made Jess help me take the photos, I'd be adding all kinds of jewellery and fixing my hair, but I really can't be bothered with all that anymore. Lets get real, who can.
So much of my time right now, is taken up trying to figure out where I want things in my house and wondering whether or not I want to paint, what plant pot will go best in which room. Seriously, the moving was easy, it's the settling in and fretting over whether you bought the right coffee table that gets me.
p.s. Please ignore my feet!
Monday, 10 August 2015
Monki Bag, Asos Trousers, Primark Top and Sandals, Next Bra, eBay Sunglasses
In the last 5 months I lost 2 stone, turned 20 and moved house (in that order.) So it's been a while since I've done this blogging business, I think you can forgive me though, seeing as I'm actually solely responsible for my own wellbeing and I actually have to order real food. Pray tell me, how in the hell do I force myself to order pasta, when I could be ordering ice-cream?
Anyhow, I've been posting regularly to my instagram, of all the little bits and bobs I've been buying for the house here.
I definetely think this page needs a little re-vamp, I'll have to come up with something! I have so much free time on my days off since moving as I'm pretty much alone on a Tuesday while my girlfriend works, so hopefully I'll get round to that soon.
I'm having one of those moments where you think your photos are really great as you take them, and then as soon as you get a good look it's like... 'Do those shoes really go though?' but oh well, this was comfy as hell and Sunday was a beer & errands day.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Asos Jacket and Shirt
River Island Jeans
Every Sunday Jess and I have made it sort of a tradition to go for a walk, feed a few horses and eat lunch in the park. Partly to get healthier and spend more time outdoors, partly just to be the lame couple that has Sunday traditions.
Obviously, this isn't the most flattering outfit ever, I feel like the shearling and oversized shirt combo makes me look huge! But it's just such a comfortable and effortless outfit to wear for days like Sundays.
I have really horrible natural nails, and I never really know what to do about it. Whenever I go to get my nails done at a salon, I hate the way they're grow out and end up ripping them off only 2 weeks after having them done. Drugstore nails are always something I've been wary of, when I think of glue/stick on nails it reminds me of being a kid!
The first time I saw these, I was in Boots and desperate to try them but thought I should review them first, and I'm glad I did. These nails have amazing results for everyone, even Lily Melrose has sported them.
At first I just bought the Active Square nails, then tried the oval, both of with I loved but my favourites have definetely been the Petite Square nails. They look so natural, I'd much rather have fairly short nails, I don't really wear false nails for length, more just for a clean cut look.
These nails typically last me 3 days to a week, which is fine for me as I like to re-do them every Sunday night.
You get 200 nails in a pack, with both the original Active Square and the Oval nails I never managed to use them all as some were too big, but with Petite, I can usually manage to fit each size onto my nails, which means I'll get 20 manicures out of this pack.
I couldn't recommend these more! They're only £8, which is more than half the price of salon tips and you can easily re-do them without forking out extra money for a refill. As soon as mine start to grow out or don't look as sleek I just apply another set, they're no-where near as damaging on the nail as a salon set of tips.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
I've been drawing on my brows since I was 14, and I'm obsessed with finding the best brow products, I've honestly never found better than these 2 products. They're raved about all over the blogisphere and I can see why!
I bought the Brow Wiz in Medium Brown and the Dip Brow in Blonde, they're both something I'll definetely re-purchase and I'll always get them from BeautyBay, most of the time next day delivery with them is free if you spend over £10, and with the Brow Wiz alone being £15 you may as well.
I always begin with the Dip Brow and line my brows, starting underneath and lightly filling them in, I don't add much product to the beginning of my brows except for drawing in a few hairs. One I've filled them in slightly, I go over with the pencil to darken them a little and add colour to parts where I have a few gaps in my brows. Then I neaten them up with the spooly.
I do think the Brow Wiz could be used alone but I do like to use the Dip Brow for a bit of guidance (with my Zoeva 317 Wing Liner brush) plus it's waterproof, what more could you want! If you're going to purchase it, definetely get the Zoeva Liner brush as it's perfect for creating detailed lines, and works incredibly smoothly over my brows.
The pictures speak louder than anything I can say for these products, I adore them.
Dip Brow is water proof, smooth and easy to use you only need to dip your brush in a couple of times to get more than enough product over your eyebrows without being overly creamy and 'smooshy.' It comes in a wide range of natural colours so it's suited to everyone.
Brow Wiz is thinner than any eyebrow pencil I have ever used, making it super easy to draw in little hairs and add any detail you need, the spooly grabs every hair and smooths your brows down, it's the perfect shape and size.
I don't have any particular cons for either of these other than the price, they are quite expensive and there are other similar products in the market as the Brow Wiz (such as Soap and Glory's Brow Archery) but I have just never found a pencil quite as thin, that doesn't need sharpening. However with the Dip Brow I've never used anything like it, I think a good gel eyeliner could work but with having blonde hair I know I'd struggle to find one light enough.
Friday, 13 February 2015
So I don't normally dedicate a post to one lipstick, but I've been uhm-ing and ahh-ing over this particular shade for a while now and thought I'd give my two cents about it.
Vintage Pink isn't exactly the right name for this lipstick, it's much more of a light mauve colour. When I swatched it, I was worried it would be too purple, I'm completely over the hype with purple lipsticks and have plenty anyway. But it's not at all, it's a lovely shade for the transition of winter to spring and is an easy colour to wear for any skin tone. Jess is much darker than me and it looks more of a nude/purple on her, if that makes any sense at all! It's one of those lipsticks that looks completely different on every skin tone and I love lippys like that, like M.A.C. Rebel.
It has a lovely creamy texture, and isn't drying at all. As gross as it sounds, I'm one of those people where wearing lipstick all day tends to make the crease of my lips go all gammy and sticky, but Vintage Pink doesn't do this at all. I would've maybe preferred it to be a little less creamy as it goes on pretty thick, but otherwise it's a good texture. The colour pay-off is amazing, I should've really inserted a picture of me wearing it but I'm sure it'll feature in a OOTD soon! It's almost completely opaque.
All in all, I really enjoy this lipstick and definetely want to try the range in more colours, I definetely need to stop spending all my money on M.A.C.