Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Shoes..a girl's best friend

shoe haul

I don't buy shoes very often but when I do I seem to end up buiying multiple pairs
Alongside these four above I've bought a black pair of pumps, some black supergra trainers, dark brown buckle brogue things and some cream pumps
I've been bad! But My shoe wardrobe needed an update!

The tan and gold glitter ankle boots were an absolute bargain in the New Look sale, reduced to just £10 and they only had my size so it was a sign they must be mine!
Truly tacky but I love things like that...always the best in my opinon!
When Liberty did the collaboration with Nike (last year I think)n I was a broke student and there was no way I could justify spending £70+ on a pair of trainers...however their current collab with Vans is much more up my street!
I've been a lover of Vans for over 10 years and have owned many pairs in that period
My tastes have evolved and these Liberty print beauties were perfect for me, at £50 they were by no means cheap but I've been wearing at least three times a week so they were definitely worth it!
When it comes to winter I live in brogues and wear them until they practically fall apart
This being the case I don't have any smart pairs in my wardrobe so when I saw these interesting cut out pretties in my local Primark for just £12 I had to get them!
They are so comfy and different to anything else I own I love them, contemplating picking them up in black too.
Nike blazers have been everywhere for so long now
When I saw these in the Sarenza sale they looked more of a pastel mint green and reduced to £40ish I thought I'd give them go
The colour, as you can see, is definitely not the pastel mint I thought they would be but nice nonetheless
I will say one thing though these are a bitch to put on!
I only wear them when I know I won't be taking my shoes off for a good while or not having to take them off and put them on again multiple times

Have you bought any pretty shoes recently?


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Philosophy Purity Cleanser


Purity Cleanser and Facial Wipes

When I saw these on offer in Macy's for the same price for just the cleanser but getting the wipes free I straight away picked it up
I've been wanting to try the Purity cleanser for so long and was determined to pick some up in New York
I know make up wipes aren't ideal for removing your face on a daily basis but on those nights where you're crawling in from a few too many bevvies surely it's better to use one of these instead of sleeping in your make up?
I've found these to be really effective, they don't leave any trace of makeup on my skin so I don't wake up with panda eyes
My skin does actually feel extremely cleansed, a lot more so than when I ever use a normal wipe
I like these but I haven't seen them online anywhere to repurchase
The actual cleanser is as amazing as I thought it would be
I've been using it on the 4 out of 7 days a week I don't use the Elemis Tri Enzyme facial wash
It's extremely gentle on the skin so doesn't aggravate my temperamental face but it also delivers a thorough cleanse and leaves the skin super clean
It melts away make up with ease and hydrates lightly too
Definitely don't regret purchasing the large size, this will last me a wee while!

Have you tried any of the philosophy skincare?


Friday, 13 September 2013

I've been shopping....

clothes haul

I haven't done a 'haul' type post on here for so long!
I've been trying not to buy to many clothes recently as since I've been working in an office environment I've piled on the weight..it sucks!
Al though it's gotten to the point where I don't have a huge amount of clothes to choose from so shopping was inevitable

I'm quite lucky at work as there isn't really a strict dress code I have to adhere too so I can wear what I like within reason. Al though I do like to look a little smarter often choosing a dress and cardigan over jeans and a hoodie but either seem to fit in fine
The two dresses in the photo above are from New Look and are the perfect cut for my figure, elasticaterd under the bust at my slimmest and then hang over my problem area (tum!)
The my little pony t-shirt is the perfect oversized tee for lazy days at home and it's so cute! I used to love the my little pony toys when I was younger
Primark have lots of these £4 tops which are perfect for work tucked into either a maxi skirt or a skater skirt, I love the print of this black one it has almost a stained glass flower print
As it's getting cooler now I picked up some jumpers for the office
The one with lacey shoulders is actually from the maternity section but it was too nice to not buy, who cares if it says maternity on the label anyway!
It's so snuggly and warm, and also a decent length
I have quite a long body so prefer jumpers that are longer, I'm guessing the extra length is to account for bump but it's perfect for my tallness!
The second jumper I picked up from Monki when I went up to London for my birthday
It's just a nice black and white jumper which looks good paired with skinny jeans and little pumps or ankle boots
The white shirt is another maternity purchase!
Again the length is ideal for me, it can be worn with both leggings and jeans being bum covering. There is a bit of ruching at the back which helps to give a bit more shape rather than just a floaty shirt


And this is how I wore the little primark top for work recently
I think I need to get some more skirts like this as they really are perfect for work


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blusher

physicians formula


physicians swatch

Physicians Formula Happy Booster: Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
I tink I got this in the warm shade...

Physicians Formula was one of the brands I most intrigued by in the states
Having only picked up this blusher I'm a bit annoyed at myself for not getting more bits considering you can't get the range in the UK
The Happy Booster blusher is such a nice little product I wish I'd explored a little more

The packaging is so cute, sickly sweet and pink
I like the fact the lid is clear so you can easily see what product it is you're picking up but then there is also a concealed section with a mirror and little pink brush
The little imprinted hearts add an even cuter little touch

According to Physicians Formula the blusher is infused with their Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress. In all honesty I haven't exactly noticed any boost to my happiness from a make up product!
They also say that the Ultra-soft and blendable blushing powder features a fresh and vibrant mix of blushing tones infused with a pop of color to create a healthy glow. This I do agree with, it definitely gives you a glow to the cheeks and makes you seem more awake and 'with it'.
Even more sickly sweetness from the company 'the scent of violet provides a sense of joy each time you apply...' oh dear...whilst I agree it does smell nice I wouldn't say I feel joyful applying it...9 times out of 10 I'm a zombie in the morning trying to resemble some form of human with makeup so no joy is involved!

All that aside it is a lovely product with a gorgeous colour and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase more from Physicians Formula in the future
I just don't believe the bullshit about happiness boosting...cynical I know


Monday, 2 September 2013

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel

chanel tan


tan de soleil

chanel swatch

Soleil Tan de Chanel

I gave in to the massive hype
And in all honesty I'm not sure
I haven't figured out how to make this work for me
The packaging looks pretty on my dressing table at least
I've wanted to try out the Chanel cream bronzer for so long, when we went on holiday I picked this up in duty free and was so so excited to try it out
It looks quite intimidating in the pot, a fairly orange toned, creamy consistency
Using my fingers I tried to contour on the cheeks, this was my first time contouring so might explain why I couldn't make it work
Maybe I need to persevere a bit more
I've also tried this as a primer/base to give my complexion a bit of a glow
Al though when I do this I don't notice a huge difference and feel it's a waste of such a luxury product
It's quite orangey on the swatches which are pretty true to colour but it blends out nicely

I think I'll definitely keep trying with the contouring technique and if that doesn't work out then it will continue to look lovely on my dressing table

Do you have any high end purchases you kind of regret purchasing?