Monday, 28 November 2011

These boots are made for walking...

The title of this post says it all. These are my new favourite boots! After lusting over some very similar ones in Topshop which were £70, I stumbled across this pair in Forever 21 for the bargainous price of £28! I have already worn these so many times. I have either paired them with my skinny jeans, leggings, tights, dresses, basically anything in my wardrobe. I was looking for boots that could withstand being worn in the rain (as my UGG's don't!) and these definitely fit the bill. Even with the heel they are still comfortable and I can get away with walking quite a distance in them! If you too have being eyeing up a similar pair in Topshop, I would definitely give these a try!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Dove to the rescue

I posted a little while ago that I purchased the Dove nourishing oil care express treatment conditioner. I have since used a whole tube and have just bought a second one. I absolutely love it! It's probably the best conditioner I have ever used on my hair. My hair is naturally thick and dry which isn't helped by having high lights and using straighteners pretty much everyday.

I shampoo my hair as usual and then apply a generous amount of the conditioner all over my hair particularly concentrating on the ends, which are most dry. I then leave it on for 2-3 minutes whilst I wash etc. Then I rinse thoroughly. I usually blowdry my hair which used to leave it feeling very dry and frizzy, but after using this conditioner it is left lovely and soft and definitely appears to have less frizz. Once I have used my straighteners, my hair is left looking smooth, shiny and ultimately more healthy. I would definitely recommend this conditioner to anyone but especially for those with thick or dry hair! It is a beauty must-have from now on for me.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Beauty review

I mentioned the 'Nivea light moisturising day cream' a few posts ago, but wanted to use it for a while before posting about it properly. Even though this is a day moisturiser, I do use it at night as well because I don't like thick creams which some night creams can be. I use my Liz Earle cleanse and polish to cleanse my face and remove my make up, and then I use the instant boost skin tonic in the spritz bottle. I then use this moisturiser straight after and I love that this one is light and absorbs straight into my skin. It leaves my face feeling moisturised and hydrated but not sticky or like it has a lot of product on it. You also only need the tiniest amount of product to cover your whole face which means the tube will last a long time! This is definitely something I love at the moment and will continue to use. I may possibly switch back to the Liz Earle skin repair light moisturiser but for the moment I'm really enjoying the Nivea one!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A sprinkle of glitter

'I lily love you' nail polish by O.P.I has officially become my new favourite colour! It's the perfect mix of sparkle, glitter and pink. Usually I am not a fan of fine glitter nail polishes as I love the effect they give, but not having to take it off.

This polish is a mix of foil like pieces, some large, some small which creates the prettiest, sparkly colour. I used three coats to get this depth of colour just because I wanted the pink to be quite prominent.

This colour is also perfect to put over another lighter shade to add a hint of sparkle. I used my seche vitte topcoat to give a glossy finish and to make sure the little pieces of foil were not sharp on my nails. Even in the bottle the colour looks amazing and will be taking centre stage on my dressing table!

Friday, 11 November 2011

The beauty of basics

Another bargain buy purchased from Forever 21. On what was supposed to be a window shopping trip to London, I came across this little 3/4 sleeve top, from what has become my favourite shop, for just £6.50! I love tops such as this because they are so easy to put on but still look as though you have made an effort and put thought into your outfit. I particularly love the rolled up sleeves which makes the top appear less like a basic tee. I put a long, white vest top underneath just for a little extra warmth but the top could definitely be worn alone. I think it's great to have basics such as this in your wardrobe that you can quickly grab in the morning. At £6.50 you can't go wrong and I shall be going back for more in different colours!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Wearing my heart on my t-shirt

Whilst searching in Primark for the reindeer printed nightwear shorts (who doesn't love a reindeer print?!), I came across this grey t-shirt with an animal print heart on the front...for £3! Technically I think it is classed as sleep wear but no-one would know the difference. It's a lovely, soft, cotton material and fits really well. I love t-shirts like these as they are easy to put on but not too plain. I paired it with this little animal print cardigan from Zara which was another bargain at £20. It has big, wide sleeves which gives it a draped effect, a perfect cover up for these chilly days!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Nails Inc nude

As you will come to see, I am a massive nail polish fan. My nails are always painted and I have so many different colours and brands I have lost count! I usually always prefer dark or really bright colours, basically anything that really stands out. I always keep my nails really short and feel darker colours suit me best especially as I have very fair skin. So, I was really excited to see Glamour magazine are giving away a Nails Inc polish with their December issue! After checking out all the colours I realised I already had 3 out of the 4 shades. The only shade I did not own was the lightest colour called 'Basil street'. For a while I have wanted to try a slightly neutral colour, especially coming into these Autumn/Winter months.

My verdict? At first I wasn't impressed. I had to use 3 coats to get a slightly deeper/darker finish. The polish applied well, for a cream, and did not leave my nails streaky at all. On first look I wasn't convinced. I have very pale skin and it seemed to just blend into my skin colour and was not easily noticeable. However, after a few days wear, I have grown to love this colour! As it is glossy (I used my Seche Vite topcoat) the colour is more noticeable and I am enjoying having a softer look on my nails. It won't be a colour I will be wearing all the time but definitely something I will dip in and out of when I want a more subtle look.

I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of Glamour, for just £2 and trying one of these polishes. The deep, dark red shade is a must own for the upcoming party season! And, if like me, you want a more subtle shade, give 'Basil street' a try, you may be as surprised with the results as I was!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Grey, grey, beige

As you will notice in many of my 'fashion/outfit' posts, I am usually always wearing my Hollister 'Laguna skinny' jeans. The main reason is they are the first pair of jeans I have ever had that properly fit me and they are just so comfortable. I bought a couple of pairs so I rotate them around. The wash of denim usually goes with everything and the length means I can wear them with flats, turn the bottoms up or as their skinny fit, I can tuck them into boots.

However, after saying all of this, I do like to change my outfits up a little every now and then and for this outfit I am wearing my dark grey/light black 'Juicy Couture' jeans. I love the colour of these and think they are really versatile but they are slightly too big for me so I usually have to wear a belt with them. I teamed them with a chunky knit jumper from River Island which is perfect for these colder months. It's nice and long and even though the sleeves are rolled up it's still long enough for me. I really like the zip detailing at the back as it gives the jumper a little more character. I wore my grey UGG's as I thought these went well with the colour of my jeans but you could easily pair black boots with them or a colour which matches the jumper.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Kurt Geiger galore

After waiting for what felt like forever for my Elle magazine to arrive, I was not disappointed to find a £25 Kurt Geiger gift voucher attached! I'm a big KG fan and am especially loving their new range of accessories! As one of my besties manages a Geiger store, I'd been fortunate enough to receive a lovely phone case from the range and was so impressed by the quality! The accessories range from jewellery to laptop cases to handbags.

With my voucher in hand, off I went to my local KG store. After deciding it was a piece of jewellery I was going to go for, I eventually picked this 'Cassie' bracelet which came in three different colour options. I chose the silver option with the beige cord as I felt it was more versatile than the other colours (purple and gold) and would go with my other silver jewellery.

I absolutely love the bracelet and as it's free (I got the subscription to Elle as Christmas present) it's even better! I think I will be mainly wearing it alone but you could just as easily stack with other bracelets for a more layered effect. I would definitely recommend purchasing a copy of Elle for £3.80 in order to get a £20 gift card (I got £25 as I am a subscriber to Elle) as most of the jewellery is around that price point.

Love is everything

I'll start by saying what a big fan I am of slogan tee's. They're so easy to pop on under a blazer or a leather jacket. One of my favourites is this one from Wildfox, which is a brand I absolutely love! Their t-shirts are lovely and soft, fit well and always have really fun slogans or images! This t-shirt is one of my fave's with the slogan 'Love is everything', which in my mind, is very true. This particular style tee is slightly longer than other ones I have, so for this outfit I have tucked it into my jeans to create a slightly different look.

I have paired the t-shirt with a nude/light pink, fitted blazer from Forever 21. This is a recent purchase and I have worn it so much already. At just £22 it was a complete bargain. I particularly love the ruched sleeves and the slim fit. I then have my trusty Hollister jeans on which I have put a belt on with. The belt was another bargain, £3, again from Forever 21. I love this kind of easy, relaxed outfit that still has a bit of an edge. Slogan tee's are definitely a staple in my wardrobe!