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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Carvela by Kurt Geiger 'soup' ankle boots

Carvela Soup Ankle Boots - £150

Not being a fan of the long-legged variety of boots, my favourite shoes in these cold winter months have got to be low-mid heeled ankle boots as perfectly portrayed by these Carvela by Kurt Geiger ones I was lucky enough to be bought.

I think these can be worn with almost any outfit- jeans and baggy jumpers, trousers paired with a nice top and blazer, even dresses!- and look so chic and effortless at the same time.

I bought mine whilst there was a 25% off online sale (Black Friday, I love you) , but if you grab yourself a copy of the Elle Magazine December edition there's a 25% off code for the rest of the month on all Kurt Geiger footwear.

Monday, 2 December 2013

birthday haul

On the 27th November it was my 15th birthday and I had asked most of my family for money. To commemorate my (hopeful) return from my blogging hiatus, I thought I'd do a bit of a haul post for you! Quick warning - this post may or may not (it is) be very picture heavy. 

I needed a new coat to wear into school with these cold winter months ahead of us, and I fell in love with this trench coat in the sale racks of Miss Selfridge. It's not the warmest of coats, but it shields me from most of the wind which is what makes me coldest, so I'm pretty happy with this. If you find this in store I would definitely recommend this although I would say to buy several sizes larger than you actually are as I'm generally a size 6-8 but this coat is a size 12 and fits pretty snugly once I have my blazer on. 
I've seen this Topshop cropped fluffy knit jumper EVERYWHERE at the moment, but it was too cute not to buy. Plus, everyone needs a bit more pink in their lives!
This Miss Selfridge floaty top with beaded double straps would be perfect tucked into a pair of black high-waisted jeans for a festive meal out or any smart-casual event. 
I know this won't be to everyone's taste, but I think this beaded lace dress from Miss Selfridge is so darn adorable and vintage, and I love the idea of wearing it and being oh-so girly like that. 
Estée Lauder's five eyeshadow palette in Island Sands definitely isn't a product I need, but it is one that I want. The luxurious packaging, the cutesy neutral/ pink colour scheme.. Why, it's every girly girl's dream!
Not one, but two Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine lipsticks! I got the shade Pink in Paris No. 13 which I think would be great for a more natural Christmas party lip, and Corail Intuitive No. 15 which I think is so gorgeous and great for an everyday lip colour- it reminds me of Mac's Coral Bliss but more sheer, moisturising and with a bit of sparkle in it. 
The famous Soleil Tan de Chanel, how I've pondered over spending £30 on you, a mere bronzer.. Thank God I got over that! I love love love this bronzer to pieces! It's very natural when buffed in properly, even with a lot of product applied and it's so creamy, easy to blend, Chanel. I prefer a very contoured look so I add a bit of Mac Harmony blush in the hollows of my cheeks, but even on its own it adds lovely definition. However, this is more suited to the fairer skinned people as it's not particularly dark. 
Adding another Bourjois foundation to my collection, I am not left disappointed. This is great at evening skintones with the 3 colour correcting properties in the formula, with a medium coverage. 
I've never paid much attention to Seventeen in Boots before, but I was looking for a cheap concealer and decided to give this one a go. This is a very high coverage concealer that covers all my blemishes, but also blends really nicely under the eyes which is useful when you don't want to buy 2 separate concealers. Compared to the hyped up Rimmel Wake Me Up and Collection Lasting Perfection concealers, I actually much prefer this one and think it deserves so much more recognition. 
 I have oily skin and always felt primers either made my skin even shinier without making my makeup last longer, and the 'matte' products just ended up looking cakey before I'd even put any foundation on (Benfit Porefessional, I'm looking at you) so I was rather dubious when I added picked this up. At first, it felt too slick and oily and I'd feared I'd made a grave mistake but once thoroughly worked into the skin Seventeen's Miracle Matte primer keeps my skin shine free, my makeup on my face, and all for a few pounds- brilliant!

I hadn't planned on buying this, but a Seventeen had an offer on where you got this 'Brow's That!' brow kit for free when you spent £8 or more. I've never used an eyebrow pencil before for fear of looking like I've coloured my face in with sharpie, but I've enjoyed using this mini one just to fill in sparse areas in my brows and make them more symmetrical. I also liked the brow gel and setting powder, but I feel this makes my eyebrows look a bit too thick so I prefer to use my Anatsasia Beverley Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Granite on top. This kit also comes with a brow highlight which I've found very useful and makes my eyes/ eyebrows look much brighter and neater. 
Having lost my old Rimmel powder and run out of my current one, I saw this in Boots and decided to pick it up- anything that says 'clear complexion' deserves a chance to prove itself! This powder does set my makeup and mattify my face nicely, but in the (albeit short) time I've used this, I haven't noticed any difference in my skin. However, it's cheap and does the job so I'll probably repurchase this anyway. 
Inspired by Caroline Hirons, I've invested in a few skincare products that match her skincare routine 'cheat sheet' including this REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser found in Space NK. I don't like to give opinions on skincare until I've tested them for a long time, so you'll just have to wait for any reviews- sorry. 
Clarins Brightening Exfoliating Toner is an acid toner that I'm using in the morning and nights I don't use my Alpha H Liquid Gold. I love toners because my skin feels so clean and almost sparkling (Is it possible for skin to feel sparkling? Just go along with it..) afterwards, and this one gets amazing reviews so hopefully it'll work with me too. 
Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimising Skin are finisher is awfully expensive for what it is- over £40 for a little 3 inch bottle of serum? This had better be worth it.. Luckily, the beautiful emerald, turquoise-y packaging gets massive brownie points from me. 
Darphin's Aromatic Purifying Balm is another expensive-for-it's-size skin treatment, but lets just hope that means it'll work well. Fabulously. Perfectly, in fact. I don't have £40 just lying about for whenever I need to buy another little pot!
 What plans do you have for Christmas?






Thursday, 19 September 2013

you're entirely bonkers

The weekend before last was such a great way to start back at school.

I was invited to a birthday party where we would go roller skating, eat, go out to eat some more, go back and eat again, watch a movie, then end the night camping. The only rule? Dress up!

As you can see there was a wide array of costumes- Marios, Sharpays, 80s fitness instructors, St Trinians schoolgirls, a red indian, Despicable Me minions, and a couple of penguins. My costume, on the other hand, didn't go too well. Seeing as I only got the invitation 3 days beforehand (that's what I get for not bothering to charge my phone up all summer) I was in quite a rush and had to make so with what I found around my house.

 I was supposed to be the Mad Hatter but I couldn't find a suitable hat. Oh. I then decided to go along anyway and tie a gold bow on my head- introducing the Mad Bower, sister of the Mad Hatter. Whatever.

Rollerskating was a great experience and something I'd never have done on my own. After getting the hang of it, all I had to worry about was my skirt flying up if I fell over or went too fast.

The most memorable moment of the night was when we all started laughing in one of the tents and had an angry neighbour shouting at us at midnight across the garden fence. Very scarily. Seeing as we were scared he'd come into the garden and kill us all (sleepover logic for you) we all went back inside and talked for a good three hours about how it wasn't our fault, how we would deal with the matter in the morning, and then moved on to some totally unrelated topics including a book about a boy who didn't know the meaning of 'parents' until he was 14 years old.

In the morning we were treated to some lovely pancakes and put face masks on until our parents came to pick us up.

What have you been up to at the weekends since school started?

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

haul> Cardiff St David's centre

If you follow me on twitter, you may know that I spent the weekend in Cardiff. It was my first time in Wales and I absolutely loved it- amazing shops and such kind people everywhere I went. Speaking of shops, I spent a good few hours on both Friday and Saturday mooching around the St David's centre; it is undoubtedly the most amazing shopping centre I have ever been in and every shop I like to go was either in it or right across from it on the high street.

I thought some of you might be interested in the things I picked up on my weekend away so here they all are:

Biotherm Pure-fect Skin anti-shine purifying cleansing gel - £15.50

I've never tried any Biotherm products before but I was intrigued by the claims of 'anti-shine' so decided to give it a go. So far I cannot say my face has changed drastically in terms of shininess, but it does seem a lot less oily during the day and my skin already feels softer and looks clearer. Another great thing about this cleanser is that I don't experience any tightness or redness with it as I sometimes do with others.

Origins Super Spot Remover - £14

The highly acclaimed, highly raved about Origins Super Spot Remover is now in my possession. Finally. It is such a small bottle, but seeing a you literally only use a drop of this gel for your entire face- two at most if you have more spots- I feel confident that this will last me a long time. For the couple of days I've been using this I haven't seen any drastic changes, however there have been a couple more whiteheads from the tiny bumps I usually suffer with which I actually take as a good sign because it means the trapped sebum (ew, gross. I know) is being drawn out of the clogged pore. Aside from that, I have had other spots that had been bothering me go away, and the worst of them now look less red and inflamed. The lady at the Origins was so sweet and she also gave me a sample of the Modern Friction exfoliator and Clear Improvement charcoal mask that I can't wait to try out.

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom - £5.99

I spotted this in John Lewis just as my lips were starting to feel dry and I just had to get it. I mean, I love the smoothness and hydration I get from the original balm- and this one's tinted! Plus colder weather is on it's way to England which means chapped lips are soon to arrive and the hushed whispers in class of 'Can I borrow some of your Vaseline?' will swiftly follow.

YSL Touche Teint Éclat in B40 - £29

As with almost every other girl who takes any notice of makeup, I am on a constant search for the perfect foundation. That means: is it the right shade? does it give the right amount of coverage without looking cakey? does it break me out/ cause any other adverse reactions? does it have the right finish? and so on and so forth. Having been matched numerous times before only to find I am in fact 2 shades lighter, this foundation was a god send. It may not look like it from the swatch (my face is not actually the colour of the underside of my arms, would you believe it) but YSL B40 is the perfect match for me at the moment. I also find it very easy to blend and build up coverage, and it doesn't even feel like I have anything on. Seeing as I have not yet broken out in hives and feel no particular itchiness after using the Touche Teint Éclat I'm going to be bold and say things can only get better from here!

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in 08: Pink in Confidence - £24.50

Another raved about product, another YSL product. I was really hopping on the beauty bandwagons that day! I personally prefer the Shine formula to the original Volupté's because the extra moisture in them means I have no need to put a lip balm on beforehand, and they glide on with the silkiest of textures. The shade I bought was Pink in Confidence and it's a lovely mid/dark rose pink that somehow manages to look natural, sophisticated and glamourous all at the same time. 

Charbonnel & Walker Sugared Almonds and Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles

What can I say other than I love food and pretty pink things? 

Oasis Twist Detail Vest - £9

For only £9, it was very hard to say no to such a pretty coloured, dainty tank top. So hard, in fact, that I didn't say no. Oops! It is just my style at the moment- delicate and girly, but still casual- so I hope to get lots and lots of wear out it. Most probably layered with a cardi and warm knitted scarf during these colder months, with a hot chocolate held in my shivering, I-should've-agreed-to-wear-gloves hands.

Oasis Open Cardigan - £25

Oasis, Oasis, Oasis- why have I never noticed you before?! I suppose no one I knew went in there and I always assumed it was for older women, but oh my- if it is meant for older women I can't wait to grow old. This is a super cute pale pink textured cardigan that probably won't keep me all that warm, but that's what coats and scarves are for!

 Oasis Waterfall Cardigan - £25

I think I'm going through a cardigan phase. An Autumn phase. Because normally I'm the one who stays in shorts until October and refuses to wear coats and complains mercilessly when asked to wear anything more covered than a t-shirt. I'm a Spring and Summer kind of person. Much to the delight of my mum, another cardigan caught my eye in Oasis, this time in a taupe, camel sort of colour. With baggy pockets you can easily slouch your wrists in and a fun waterfall style front (hence the name), it's the perfect comfy cardi if you want to look a bit more mature. I honestly don't think I've ever been so excited for Autumn as I am now just because of these cardigans!

And yes, I am aware of how lame that sounded..

Topshop MOTO Black Leigh Jeans - £38

I already have a pair of Topshop Leigh jeans but in a different colour that was starting to fade. The thing that I love about all Topshop jeans is how soft they feel and the overall comfort of wearing them compared to jeans such as my old Hollister ones I wore all the time. Not only that, but Topshop have all sorts of styles to cater everyone's needs from bootleg 'Mom' jeans to high waisted super skinny 'Joni' jeans (see below) and have as wide a colour selection as one needs for jeans.

Topshop MOTO Black Joni Jeans - £36

I bought another pair of black Topshop jeans, this time in the 'Joni' style. I've been wanting a pair of high waisted jeans for a long time, and these are just perfect! You can pair them with your everyday t-shirt or tank top for an everyday look, or opt for a shirt or blouse for a more formal occasion such as dinner out in a fancy restaurant or a work meeting. 

And if you're still here, thank you for reading such a long, picture heavy post.
You rock :)
Don't forget to let me know what you think in the comments and whether you want any of the products I mentioned reviewed in greater detail.

Monday, 2 September 2013

liebster award

So I got nominated for the Liebster Award! YAY! The lovely Hannah from Hanclarky nominated me so make sure to check out her answers here and read on for my own..

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could only eat one food it'd probably be healthy pancakes (recipe here) because I love pancakes and I love fruit! Plus, it has a bit more variety to it than chocolate and is a whole lot healthier, which is always a good thing.
What is your favourite/dream holiday destination?
My favourite holiday was a few years back in Portugal because the weather was lovely, everyone was so relaxed and other than being dragged to a fish restaurant almost every night, I loved everything we did. My dream holiday would either be in Norway, Bora Bora or South Africa.
If you have to choose between eye make up (mascara/eyeliner/eyeshadow) and face make up (foundation/concealer/blusher), which would it be?
Face makeup- I'm too self conscious about my skin not to wear foundation or concealer. And couldn't I get a really dark bronzer, mix it with some magic stuff (water?gel?) and double it up as an eyeliner and mascara? And use blusher and bronzer for eyeshadow? Sorted!
Brights or pastels?
Girly things are my weakness.
What is your favourite perfume?
Valentina by Valentino, Miss Dior by Christian Dior or Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. No one can argue with gorgeous scents coupled with pretty bottles.
What is your number 1 pet hate?
People being messy with food- speaking with food in their mouth, chewing with their mouth opening at every possible moment, hearing the squelching of their saliva and they chew.. I feel sick just thinking about it! 
What is your go-to lipstick?
MAC Creme Cup is such a classic, versatile colour you can wear with anything, it's fab.
What is top of your bucket list?
I would (not literally) die if I got to perform on stage with Beyoncé!
What is your favourite day of the week and why?
My favourite day is Saturday because it's the start of the weekend which means rest, and you don't have the Sunday dread of school the next day.
If you could wish for one thing, what would it be?
I would wish for all of the damage humans have done to the environment to have never happened. Less pollution, more natural resources, more land/ less built up areas and less animals killed and wiped out. For someone who spends so much time inside and on the computer I love nature an awful lot!
What is your favourite brand/colour nail polish?
My favourite brand is Essie, closely followed by Barry M as they both have such a wide array of colours and last ages on my nails.

My nominees are (dun dun dun)

Becky from My Beauty Edit

Mai from Bonjour Mai
Georgia from Georgia Rose
Julia from Très Queentastic
Evie from Evangeline Young
Zoe from That's Zoe -I have just found out that Zoe has already done this but I'm still going to mention her and you can read her responses here
Ashleigh from AshleighBeauty
Sophie from Calvi Rose

And here are my questions:

1) What is one beauty or fashion essential that every girl should have?
2) If you could only shop in one store for makeup, skincare and clothes, where would you shop?
3) Cheap stuff for the season or more expensive stuff for a lifetime?
4) Where would your dream shopping spree be? eg. London, New York, Milan
5) Favourite beauty tip?
6) How would you describe your style?
7) If you could only live one moment of your life so far for all eternity, what moment would it be and why?
8) When you go shopping, do you buy more clothes or more makeup?
9) One blogger or YouTuber you would love to meet?
10) What is your favourite post to read on a blog?
11) How do you want your blog to progress in the future? Will you keep writing it?

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers, and make sure to take a look at all the
wonderful blogs I've mentioned!
p.s: I had no idea of the rules so I've probably done it all wrong, so I'm sorry about that.
It's also very hard to find blogs that haven't already done this AND have under 200 followers so a couple do have more

Friday, 30 August 2013

OOTD> she said her name was Georgia Rose

I can't believe school starts in less than a week! Where has the time gone?

I spent much of today at the cinema watching One Direction's behind-the-scenes type film, This Is Us. It was actually pretty good and- between telling psychopathic obsessed dedicated fans to please stop screaming at a screen so we could hear what was being said-I really enjoyed it and was either smiling or laughing throughout the whole thing.

Most of my outfit was pretty girly- lace top, diamonté cardigan, cute skirt- so I decided to make the look a bit more practical and toughen it up (HA! I'm the furthest from tough you can get) by pairing it with a pair of Carvella by Kurt Geiger patent leather and suede trainers. I also wore my new Calvin Klein Ladies Air gold tone watch that I got in Ireland a couple of days ago which I love love love since it's more of a bracelet-watch than watch-watch.

Top: Topshop
Cardigan: H&M
Skirt: Topshop
Socks: Topshop
Shoes: Carvella by Kurt Geiger
Watch: Calvin Klein

Thursday, 29 August 2013

hair haul> Kerastase & Uniq One

One thing that I get most compliments on is my hair. I don't know why- I hate it- but I do. Because I'm a sucker for compliments (even though they make me feel awkward and flustered) I really want to take good care of it and keep it as nice as it can be.
Unfortunately I have lots of little flyaways and light frizziness, and the hair closest to the nape of my neck is so. darn. dry. Therefore, I asked my mum to keep an eye for some products to keep my hair hydrated and hurrah! she found me some lovely goodies to try out.

 As with all three of the Uniq One products I got, the original All In One Hair Treatment apparently has '10 real effects' on your hair. To use, I simply spray this across my roots and at the ends of my hair a few times after roughly towel drying, and finish by taking a wide-tooth comb and brushing the treatment right through. Normally I let my hair towel dry but I quite like using a hairdryer and cylindrical hairbrush after putting this in as it gives extra smoothness and the treatment acts as a heat protectant (according to my hairdresser).

The Uniq One Coconut All In One Hair Treatment does exactly the same job as the original version, however this time it smells like coconuts. I don't think this smells that  much like coconut but there is definitely a light fragrance there which would suit people that a) like coconuts  or b) like being told 'ooh, your hair smells nice!'

As a brand, I've always loved Kerastase as their products are quite expensive but really do seem to do what it says on the tin bottle brilliantly- and the Resistance collection is no different. Without using any other serum or treatment and simply letting my hair dry naturally, my hair felt so much smoother and more hydrated after using this for the first time. Even though I change shampoo and conditioner every time I finish one so my hair doesn't get too used too a product and thus reducing it's effect, I will definitely repurchase this set in a few months time!

What new products have you tried recently?

Monday, 29 July 2013

dealing with 'down days'

You know those days. The ones where everything turns sour and you feel so upset or angry with yourself and everything around you. Well I'm having one if those right now and it. is. vile. How much easier would life be if happy feelings were the only ones we could feel?

Sarah, stop. You're babbling. 

Okay, right, well whilst trying to cheer myself up I thought I could turn it into a blog post (because who doesn't think of blogging while they're sat in their room about to cry) and give a few tips I've found to help me on these days

This drawing of Aurora/ Sleeping Beauty is just incredible.. by the amazingly talented Kristina Webb


You could do physical excercise like dance, or going to the gym, and get those happy endorphins going, or bury yourself in a good book until you've literally forgotten all of your problems. Anything really that takes your mind off the bad stuff and takes your focus onto something else. Quick tip- avoid watching sad films like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or Watership Down, because that will probably make you feel a hell of a lot worse. 

Comforting.. Stuff:

Go for a bit of retail therapy and spend the rest of the day surrounded by pretty new clothes, or bake yourself as many cupcakes as you can possibly make and eat.. one. Eating loads of calorific, fatty, sugary foods will make you feel a bit better while they're actually in your mouth, but once you've realised that- yes, you did just eat twice your GDAs just in cakes- you'll feel guilty and fat. Not a good combo in anyone's book. Just be sensible.
I just love Disney okay?! Once again, by the incredible Kristina Webb

Anger Management:

Want to rip some poor fools head off? Or smash some plates on the floor? Probably not the best idea. If you really need to bash something, find an old pillow and throw it around a bit, maybe even punch it a little. That way, you can get your anger out and nothing gets damaged! Result!

I hope this helped at least one person who's going through a bad day.
I did try and make it lighthearted because when you're feeling down the last thing you want to do is read some depressingly boring writing, so please don't think I'm not taking it seriously.
Tell me what you think in the comments!