Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Make Up Monday*: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer

I've heard so much about the new Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquers in blogland that I was compelled to go and try them myself as everyone seems to be raving about them. I don't often buy drugstore lipsticks or glosses as they never seem to work out for me the way I would like them to, however this time I decided to throw that attitude out the window and hot footed it over to Boots to get my paws on their three-for-two offer. I bought four of them. Still don't know why. I guess the shopping mist descended on me.

I decided to shy away from my usual classic red lip colour preferences and instead chose the following four shades: Stellar (tomato red), Celestial (dark rose pink), Luna (orangey peach) and Nude Eclipse (beige). These lip lacquers are basically uber-pigmented lip glosses with a hoof-style applicator. The finish is opaque, not at all sheer, with a vivid hit of colour. Let's take a closer look:

Hoof applicator (Nude Eclipse)
L-R: Stellar / Celestial / Luna / Nude Eclipse
These lip lacquers all apply really smoothly, give good coverage and a high shine. I noticed that the darker shades have a tendency to transfer onto my teeth, which is alarming, although maybe it's just me applying too much product. Probably.

Clockwise from top left: Stellar / Celestial / Nude Eclipse / Luna
The colour is indeed long lasting but only if you don't plan on eating or drinking anything at all whilst wearing it. I wore Celestial during a four-hour shopping trip recently and it totally stayed in place until I succumbed to a chai latte. When I finished my drink, there was more product on the cup than left on my lips. Messy.

Of all these colours, Celestial for day then Stellar for night are my favourites. Luna and Nude Eclipse are both a little too light for me in 'real life', although they don't actually look too bad in these pictures. Odd.

Clockwise from top left: Stellar / Celestial / Nude Eclipse / Luna
I'd recommend trying these lip lacquers if you're after a strong glossy colour and don't mind the prospect of leaving your mark wherever you go. At £5.99 each they're good value. I'm actually pretty impressed.

My Apocalips Lip Lacquer:
Rimmel London: here


*Yes, I know it's Wednesday and I'm late with this. My bad.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Bowler Hat Bandwagon

Yep, I've gone and done it: just like every other fashion blogger out there, I've only gone and got myself a bowler hat! It was completely unprecedented: whilst I'd admired these hats from afar and acknowledged that yes, they do look pretty cool, I'd never thought that I would get one myself. Mainly because I thought that they have been around for so long that they're just... over. Wrong! I made the mistake of trying one on in Topshop last week and immediately fell in love. I mean, it just goes with everything! So I make no apologies for the unoriginal headgear *blows raspberry*.

Disclaimer: I would like to point out that I'm not usually that tw*t who wears my hat indoors. It was a very cold day and I am a wuss so didn't dare venture out on the terrace. My hat was worn inside purely for illustrative purposes. Thank you *sits down*.

My Outfit:
Bowler Hat, Jeans & Boots: Topshop
Shirt: Primark
Jersey Cardigan & Vest: H&M (old)
Necklace & Plain Rings: Forever 21 (similar necklace here)
Black Ring: Jewellery By Vanya (old)

Hat trick! Not.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

LFW - Watching Me Watching You

I thought I’d show you the outfit I wore on Saturday when I took myself off to Somerset House to people watch the London Fashion Week crowd and their weird and wonderful ensembles. You can check out some of my photos of them here.

As for me, I went for a simple outfit involving a newly purchased cold shoulder top, my lovely shiny leggings, most excellent furry coat and tartan scarf for a kapow of colour. The top is a very pale grey.. against my even paler (but hopefully not grey!) skin, the shoulder holes aren’t especially apparent in these pictures.  Note to self: probably best worn with a tan. A fake tan, in my case, as my skintone repels sunlight. Truth.

OK, this is Covent Garden. I went there afterwards.
Casually trying to look like I belong

Here’s what my boyfriend wore, he did the honours with a lot of the photo-taking that day. His hat proved popular with many a crowd member – it was hand knitted by Peruvian villagers using techniques passed down from generations past. Well, that’s what his mate told him anyway, on his return from walking the Inca Trail. I reckon the mate got it from Camden.

Matt strikes his best catalogue pose

My Outfit:
Open Shoulder Tee & Boots: Topshop (here & here)
Leggings: American Apparel (here)
Scarf: H&M (here)
Coat: Topshop (old, but here)
Necklace & Rings: Primark

My Nails: 
See this post here

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Manicure Monday: Lilac Leopard Print

Today's manicure is inspired by my birthday trip to WAH Nails (here). Sadly I don't have money to burn on regular trips to the salon for nail art so thought I would take matters into my own hands (literally) and attempt a leopard print nail on myself in a lovely pastel hue for Spring. And you know what? It's actually surprisingly easy to do!

I used two Barry M nail paints: Berry Ice Cream for the base and Mint Green for the splodges. I also took the opportunity to bust out the Sally Hanson Nail Art pen I picked up in New York last year, that I'd completely forgotten I owned. AND an absolute must for me to use here was Revlon's Liquid Quick Dry.

As I've mentioned before, I'm no nail artist or tutor, but here's my attempt at explaining how I did it.

First, I painted the base coat with the lovely lilac Berry polish. I waited a minute or so before swiping over the top with the Liquid Quick Dry - this is a clear oil and really does dry nail polish almost instantly. A godsend!

Then I took the Mint Green polish and painted haphazard splodges on each nail - not dotting them, but more of a mini swipe with not too much polish on the brush. Another coat of Quick Dry. Then I went to sleep for the night, zzzz.

The next morning I took the black nail art pen, pressed the nib down on some paper a few times to ensure the polish was flowing at a consistent, er, consistency and drew roughly round each of the green splodges in broken circles. I added dots and commas in between to fill in the gaps. I even managed this with my left hand and was genuinely impressed with the result! See for yourself:

This is my new favourite nail design! To see some leopard print nail art in action you could also go to the source and take a look at this YouTube tutorial by WAH Nails, right here.

P.S. Don't forget a topcoat to seal everything in place.

My Nails:
Barry M: Berry Ice Cream & Mint Green (here & here)
Sally Hansen: Nail Art Pen in Black (here)
Revlon: Liquid Quick Dry (here)

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

LFW People Watching

Did you know that it's currently London Fashion Week? No? I bet you did! So on Saturday I thought why not go and soak up some of the LFW atmosphere and gawk at all the impeccably (or not) dressed fashionistas. As the home of the British Fashion Council and the location for many of the runway shows, Somerset House is the perfect place for a front row view of the street style catwalk. I'll let the pictures do the talking:

Yes, that's me
First up, looks I love:

It's Promise from the Follow Me in 5 inch Heels blog!

Looks which made me scratch my head:

Familiar Faces:

John Rocha!
Made In Chelsea cast members
And looks I can only describe as "It's fashion, dahling":

Pussy LaRae and Yu Masui
Lucy from the Solitaire Style Fever blog

Believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg of shots that I took and should give you an idea of the visual overload to be experienced. If you're in London over the next couple of days I recommend heading over to Somerset House. You don't need a ticket to the shows to be able to hang out in the quad and take in London's fantastically flamboyant fashion.

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Tripod Trials

Today I thought I would share my first foray into the solitary blog photo experience.

Up until now I’ve been pretty lucky at being able to find a willing volunteer to take my blog photos for me. However, I feel guilty regularly demanding my friends to march out into the cold/wind/rain with me and wait patiently whilst I primp and preen trying to find the perfect pose and bark orders as to how they should take the shot.  I thought it was best for everyone involved if I got myself a tripod and remote control shutter release to attempt to take my photos solo.  So many bloggers seem to accomplish this task with no issues whatsoever, so I figured it really must be very simple, right?

The tripod. Cat not included.
Simple? Apparently not. I was almost thwarted at the first step: a mediocre amount of internet research concluded that my particular make of camera (Canon 1100D) doesn’t seem to have a compatible wireless remote control shutter.  So I bought the recommended ‘wired’ one, with the unfortunate side-effect that makes me look as though I’m walking an out-of-shot dog. Here, boy!

Only decent necklace shot I managed to get. Sans tripod.

I’ve also attempted using only the timer on my camera (without the remote control), however encountered focusing problems: obviously it can’t focus on ME if I’M behind the camera trying to adjust the focus! Do I need a lifesize cardboard cutout of myself to zoom in on, then fling it out of the way whilst I leap into its place before the timer has finished its countdown? What’s a novice blogger supposed to do?? Any hints or tips would be VERY welcome.

My Outfit:
Dress, Necklace, Socks, Boots: Topshop (old but similar here, old, here, here)
Jacket: Primark (similar here)
Scarf: Miss Selfridge (old but similar here)
Cat: model's own

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