Monday, 28 January 2013

Make-up Monday: Pixi Lash Line Ink

As well as clothes and nails, another obsession of mine is make-up: I LOVE it. Anything which can make me look 100% better than when I first wake up can only be a good thing! In particular, a Winehouse-esque feline flick of eyeliner is a staple in my eye make-up style and I don't feel dressed without it. I've tried just about every type of eyeliner out there over the years, from kohl to liquid to pen to gel, and for the past couple of years Bobbi Brown's gel eyeliner was my near-perfect choice. So when I started to hear ravings in the blogosphere about a new 'fantastic' eyeliner pen called Lash Line Ink from Pixi I was intrigued, if a little skeptical.

I promptly presented myself at the Pixi store on Carnaby Street to see what all the fuss was about. The extremely helpful sales assistant explained that the eyeliners were Pixi's best-selling products and assured me that once applied they wouldn't budge. I sniffily decided to test this claim and drew a line of Black Silk on my hand, waited a moment then tried to smear it. It actually didn't budge! I was sold and snapped it up immediately before hot-footing it home to try it out for real.


Clearly my application technique is woefully mediocre so I shan't try and tell you how to do it. However, if you want to watch some excellent tutorials on all things make-up related you absolutely must check out another 'pixi' - Pixiwoo on YouTube, if you haven't already. They were my first port of call in perfecting my eyeliner technique years ago (as perfect as I'm capable of, anyways). I used this tutorial here.

Back to the eyeliner pen: as you can see it features a long tapered nib that makes it possible to get right into the inner corners of the eye. Black Silk is a true black and when it's on it really does stay on all day, with the added boost of being waterproof. My main problem with the majority of eyeliners I've tried over the years is their tendency to transfer to my upper eyelid, I've never found one that doesn't. However, the transfer from this product really is minimal, I can't say enough how impressed I am with it and it has completely usurped gel eyeliner in my make-up bag. It costs £12 per pen, which I think is very reasonable and I shall definitely be buying it again. Go, Pixi, go!

My Eyeliner:
Pixi Lash Line Ink in 'Black Silk' (here)


Saturday, 26 January 2013

Colour Pop

Word up, bitches lovelies (wash my mouth out!). I've not much to say today except here's another more colourful outfit than my norm, with a melty snowy backdrop. Trying not to wear predominantly black is actually quite hard for me, so again everything here I've had for a while. You don't mind, do you? Of course you don't! We're all friends here, yeah we are!

One thing I will mention is that I've been trying out a pink lipstick this week, as opposed to my usual preferred red tint. The experiment has been successful in that it's made me realise that red is better than pink for me in these matters. Whilst I thought the pink looked alright in person, in photo form I look pretty washed out. You'll see what I mean.

Pink lipstick is not my friend
Perfect weather for a picnic

I've literally been living in this metallic jumper ever since I bought it last month, I just can't leave the poor thing alone. And these burgundy jeans? Don't even get me started on how much I love/wear them. The butterfly sheer shirt has been with me since the summer and lends itself very nicely to being layered up for a more wintry look. All in all I'm pretty pleased with my layered ensemble - it's supercomfy without being bulky. Result!

My Outfit:
Jumper & Shirt: H&M (old, similar jumper here, similar style shirt here)
Leigh Jeans: Topshop Petite (here)
Boots & Rings: Topshop


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Flowers in the Snow

After so many black outfits over my past few posts I decided I had to absolutely ensure that my next one would be more colourful. Finding a non-black ensemble was no mean feat and ended up with my delving deep into the recesses of my wardrobe to find some different coloured shades of yesteryear. Consequently here's an outfit that I was rocking as far back as 2010! Or around then, anyways. Is it therefore classed as vintage??


Obviously there is still some black incorporated here - I wouldn't feel like me without it. I have to say that I don't remember this dress as being quite so short the first time round. Either it shrank in the wash or I've got fatter - is it now so short that I should reclassify it as a top, I wonder??


As it's overall such a girly outfit with all the flowers and pink and all, I felt as though I should toughen it up a little bit: step forward my beloved fangs necklace, that I really don't wear anywhere near as often as I should.

Grr. Argh.
Here's my lovely photographer of the day, Valérie, in a scarf that she knitted herself. She was a lot more prepared for the cold weather than me!


You'll have noticed that I'm back out on the terrace in these shots. You know what...I don't like snow. There. Said it. I have to admit though that it provides a pretty backdrop for this rather odd hobby of mine. However, this doesn't stop it being an absolute pain in the proverbial to gad about in - look:


My Outfit:
Dress: Forever 21 (old)
Cardigan: H&M (old)
Boots: Runway Shoes (here)
Socks: Primark
Necklace & Rings: Topshop (old)


Oops


Monday, 21 January 2013

Manicure Monday #3: One Perfect Coral

We've had proper snow! However, I'm incapable of getting excited about this as London snow (in my opinion) is rubbish snow, so let's not dwell on it, eh. All this wintry weather just makes me long for the warmer months and as such I chose a nice bright coral nail polish to add a bit of summer to my life. This particular polish is a huge favourite of mine as you can tell by how much there isn't in the bottle!


I have to say that this particular polish is very quick to chip, especially when the inept applicating person (yes, me) fails to bother with a top coat. My bad. Still, it's a lovely bright colour that succeeded in lifting my mood enormously.

My Nails:
Revlon - One Perfect Coral (here)


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Statement Tights

My goodness, what wintry weather we're having in London! There's proper bona fide snow on the ground which I find, quite frankly, shocking. Isn't British snow supposed to turn to grey slush within seconds? Somebody didn't get the memo...

Despite my exclamations, I'm still in total denial with the weather and have been dressing rather inappropriately for minus temperatures. As such, I thought that today would be a perfect day to try out some statement tights that I was kindly sent by Jonathan Aston. Whilst this may seem like an odd choice for a snowy day, in my defence I wasn't actually planning on being outside at all, just making the short trip from front door to car. So there. In your face, snow!


My tights of choice are generally black opaques, however I do occasionally like to make more of a statement with my legwear, be it through sheers, different colours or patterns. These tights are delightfully bonkers with their mix of opaque, sheer and polka dots all thrown together. They're bold as brass so I thought that anything other than an all black outfit would take the focus away. Consequently, this is my fourth black outfit in a row, I hope you don't mind. ('Cos I don't - ha!).

Saint or sinner? You decide...
"Pop it. Lock it. Polka dot it." One of the most profound quotes of recent times. 
I couldn't take my eyes off them!

If you haven't already checked out Jonathan Aston's range of tights then you REALLY must! They have just about every style you can think of, from the basic to the dramatic. This was the first time I'd tried out anything other than their opaques and I was so impressed with the quality. Marvellous.

P.S. Apologies for the indoor photos - it was snowing so much that no way was I taking my fancy camera out in that. No. Way.

My Outfit:
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters (similar here)
Polo-neck Top & Boots: Topshop (here & here)
Skirt & Rose Gold Necklace: Primark (similar here & here)
'Siren' Tights*: Jonathan Aston (here)


Friday, 18 January 2013

Dip Hem Dress

Today I'm completing my triumvirate of black dresses, all acquired over the past few weeks. This one was actually the first that I got and I tried out three different sizes in the same dress before I decided this was the one for me. Gotta love ASOS and their free returns policy!

It's a very simple sleeveless dip-hem style and I'll probably get a lot more wear out of it in the summer (if we get one). Either way, it is most definitely winter now and for its first outing I decided to pair it up with my NYE jersey jacket which was crying out for another adventure. I took it to work, so failed to give it the excitement it craved, but hey, as outfits go, it did the job.

Let's agree to ignore my whole head here: bad hair AND face day
Getting ready to dust those knuckles
Definitely a dipped hem. Yup.

I've noticed that the shops are still overflowing with dip hems, but despite this I can't help but feel a little weary of this trend already - it just feels 'over'. I think I'll probably end up getting the hem shortened so that it's the same length all round, whaddayathink??

There's certainly been a lot of black going on recently on this blog! Consequently I've sternly told myself that the next time I buy something it absolutely must have some colour in it. I swear. I'll try my best. Honest.

My Outfit:
Dress: ASOS (here)
Jacket, Necklace, Spiky Rings: Primark (probably still in stores)
Boots: Runway Shoes (here)
Chunky Ring: Accessorize (old)
Socks: Topshop

My Nails:
See this previous post here


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Mod Cowboy

So I mentioned in my last post how I'd recently come to own three, yes THREE, new black dresses. I thought I'd show you the second one today, which is much more at the casual end of the occasion spectrum. Now, I'm big on clothing quests and the ultimate black dress is pretty much permanently at the top of my most wanted list. No matter how many times I think I've accomplished this task, I just can't stop looking, the search goes on and on and on...

HOWEVER, I genuinely feel as though this time I've managed to find a near-perfect casual little black dress: a simple tunic with 3/4 length sleeves, it's a great length on me, is ultra-versatile AND the shift style gives an appreciative nod to the incoming 60's trend. Holy grail? Not far off, that's for sure! The day of its first outing was absolutely freezing, so I layered it over a shirt for warmth and threw on my new collar adornment thing (official description) that I'd picked up on a whim and was keen to try out. It made me feel a little bit country, a little bit (60's) rock'n'roll. So yeah, I was pretty pleased with the whole ensemble, check it out:

Did I just...? No. Phew.
Dress. You really got me going.
You got me so I don't know what I'm doing.

Dress: Monki (here)
Shirt & Boots: Topshop (old, similar here & here)
Collar Chain Thing: Primark (similar here)
Bracelet: H&M (old, similar here)


Monday, 14 January 2013

Manicure Monday #2: Matt White & Disco Ball

This week's nails are inspired by the promise of snow in the air... OK, whilst I write this on Sunday no snow has actually fallen yet in London, but it's SUPPOSED to. TOMORROW. Which is TODAY, as you read this.

For this look, I applied a white polish as the base and added a couple of coats of Rimmel's Disco Ball on top. Disco Ball is a clear nail polish, with flecks of glitter in dark blue, turquoise and silver running through it. Layered over white, it reminds me of glistening sparkly snow:


So there I was, thinking I was being so original with this, when I noticed a very similar nail polish effect on another blog. Check out Joanne's take on white and glitter nails at her lovely Petite Side of Style blog.

My Nails:
Barry M - Matt White (here)
Rimmel - Disco Ball (here)


 

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