Monday, 29 April 2013

My First Glossybox

Earlier this month I heard the girls at work discussing what they had received in their latest Glossybox deliveries. My ears immediately started flapping and I was compelled to sign myself up for the monthly beauty bonanza, not least because it sounded like a mini-Christmas morning would take place regularly from thereon in, involving unwrapping, uncertainty and (hopefully) delight at the contents of said Glossybox. What's not to love about that!

For those of you who are not familiar with what I'm talking about, signing up to Glossybox involves paying a monthly subscription of about £12 for a box of beauty products sent directly to your home / workplace / wherever. And you never know what wonders will arrive.

First of all let's take a moment to appreciate the box itself. Ooh, pretty. This was designed by Pearl Lowe, mother of Daisy (and also former singer of the 90s indie band Powder. Yes, I'm a music geek).

There were five items inside. I have diligently tested each and every one of these and am now able to give my full review of each one. Boom.

A thick gel of a lip balm, like a cross between Vaseline and Estee Lauder Eight Hour Cream (but without the colour or scent).  I've been leaving it on overnight and my lips have been lovely and soft in the morning. I especially like the applicator nib. Marvellous.

I love a good body butter, I do. Whilst I'm not a huge fan of anything coffee-scented, this body butter is combined with coconut too, which immediately makes me long for beach holidays. I decided to test this on my elbows to see just how effective it is on dry skin. It's pretty darn good! I would prefer a fruitier scent, however.

This 80s fluoro pink looks SCARY! However, I gamely decided to give it a go. Nothing ventured nothing gained and all that. I was keen to NOT go for the full retro stripey blusher look, so applied this lightly with a nice fat blusher brush. I was shocked to discover that I actually really like it! So much so that I've been wearing it every day since. Result!

I'm rubbish at describing smells, so here's what it says in the leaflet, fragrance fans: "an infusion of tuberose, vetiver and patchouli, culminating in a floral-woody elixir". So there you go. It smells good. I like it. The bottle is a nice shape. Purple is my favourite colour. What more can I say?

I was super keen to try this as I've been looking for a good natural pink polish for a while. Unfortunately this isn't quite what I had in mind. It's very sheer and even after three coats my nail tips were still showing through. If I were in the habit of doing a French manicure on my nails, this would be perfect. But I'm not. Still, I'll keep it in my nail polish arsenal, probably to use as a base coat.

So there we go. Whilst not all of the products are completely to my taste, overall I was really happy with my first ever Glossybox. I can't wait to see what arrives next month!

Sleek Make Up Blush. In case you missed it the first time.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Lazy Sunny Afternoon

I absolutely blooming LOVE Spring! It's my favourite season, bar none, especially in the UK when there is still the (foolish?) hope of summer on the horizon. Let's all cross our fingers in unison and will the sun to keep his hat on for the next few months. Stranger things have happened, surely...

Here's a Spring Sunday outfit for you to feast your eyes on. Admittedly not the most inspiring of ensembles, but I like it all the same and it was perfect for one of the first sunny and warm weekends all year. I celebrated by having a cup of tea in the garden. I'm so rock 'n' roll.

I actually bought the jacket a few months ago and it had some ugly cheap-looking embellishment on one of the pocket flaps. I swiftly removed this as it hurt my eyes. Did I just initiate reverse customisation?

The offending pocket flap. Un-jazzled.

My Outfit:
Camo Jacket, Necklace & Rings: Primark
T-shirt, Leigh Jeans & Hat: Topshop
Converse: bought in Japan
Bracelets (old): H&M and Claire's
Casio Watch: Urban Outfitters

Monday, 22 April 2013

Miscellaneous Monday: 90's Backpack

Yes, we all know the 90's are back with a vengeance in style terms and the shops are overflowing with grunge-inspired oversized shirts, baggy jeans and tie dyed everything. I'm certainly not complaining, I love 90's style.. heck, I was there, I remember it! So during a recent trip to Primark I was delighted to come across a brown pleather backpack almost identical to one I used to own back in those halcyon days.

I've been using this bag loads recently. I love how it offers some respite to my poor achy shoulders which have definitely suffered from carting around the sheer amount of stuff I can't seem to leave the house without on a daily basis. If I were in the habit of using my bike, it would also be perfect for cycling. I shan't pretend I ever do that though.

My Backpack:
Primark (similar here)
Outfit: see this post

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Dead Canary Comics

Now, I've really never been into comics at all and neither have I undergone any kind of recent comic-loving conversion epiphany. Despite this, today I found myself helping 'man' a stand at a comic book convention! (The Comica Comiket Independent Comic Fair, to be precise). Not such a strange scenario when you consider that my uber-talented boyfriend and his mates recently published their first title 'Frogman' under their comic publishing label Dead Canary Comics. Holy geek out, Batman! Zoinks! Etc...

Why am I telling you this, fashion fans? Well, Dead Canary Comics have a rather wonderful T-shirt for such occasions and I proudly sported one today whilst at said convention and thought I would share the whole outfit with you. Pow pow pow!

Yes, I even matched my nails. They were quite the hit, I can tell you!

I was genuinely so impressed at the incredibly high standard of artwork on display whilst I perused the other stands, charmingly handing over Dead Canary business cards. I was especially taken with Zarina Liew's beautiful watercolour fashion illustrations and I bought a couple of her prints. Check out her Cobalt Cafe website, she's awesome!

On Sunday I'll continue with the comics theme as I'm going along to the Lichenstein exhibition at the Tate Modern to take in some pop art imagery. Am I having a varied and cultural weekend, or what!

My Outfit:
T-shirt: Uniqlo Men's + Home-made Transfer
Joni Jeans: Topshop Petite
Creepers, Rings: Primark 
Beanie: Topman (my boyfriend's) 
Brown Strap Bracelet: H&M (old)

Clockwise from top left:
Matt & Mark: Frogman creators / Frogman cover / "Buy this!" / Free badges

Disclaimer: No canaries or frogs or any creatures whatsoever have been harmed here. Obviously.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Future's So Bright...

...I gotta wear shades! Hellz yeah, Spring has finally sprung and I know I'm not alone to be jumping for joy like an especially energetic newborn lamb. I'm loving the sunshine, the gentle breeze in the air, the cherry blossoms in full bloom... all of it. Bring. It. On. As such, last weekend had me busting out my shades for the first time this year and it was glorious. Obviously this is England though, so the bikinis and shorts aren't making an appearance just yet, but a maxi skirt and pleather jacket do the job very nicely. Behold:

Now, I have been on quite the journey looking for this skirt, let me tell you. Back in my early blogging days last summer, I mentioned my fixation with a very similar skirt in this post here. I never did get round to buying the Urban Outfitters beauty I was swooning over, so when I spotted this one in Primark last week, I snatched it off the rack and sprinted to the tills with a triumphant cackle before I even realised what I was doing. You know what was the best thing of all about this skirt? It didn't even need to be shortened *gasps*. This skirt and I are going to be very happy together, mark my words. 

My Outfit:
Skirt, T-shirt (old), Belt, Creepers: Primark (see links for similar)
Jacket: Topshop Petite (old, similar here)
Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelets: Claire's

My Nails:
See this post here

Monday, 15 April 2013

Make Up Monday: Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad

Now, I'm pretty unadventurous when it comes to eye shadow. I usually prefer to make a statement with my eyeliner more so than the eye shadow itself, so I lean more towards neutral colours for such matters. I've long been a fan of Revlon's Colorstay 12 Hour Eye Shadows so when I spotted the 16 Hour Eye Shadows (a whole four hours more staying power!) I knew I just had to try it.

I picked up the neutral browns palette Addictive, as this was closest to my previous '12 Hour' favourite Coffee Bean. It consists of four velvety powder eye shadows in various shades of matte brown, ranging from lightest beige to a dark brown. There's a guide on the back of the palette suggesting which shade to use where, so for the purposes of this review I decided to go with that.

Yes all four are swatched here left to right... the lightest shade is indeed very light!

This palette lived up to my expectations in that the eye shadows blend well, do not crease and really do stay in place all day. The sturdy square-shaped palette is a little bulky and uninspiring but the colours are just right for me. I would normally only use the two darker shades for an evening look, favouring the two lighter ones for daytime. At £7.99 the price is great for the quality of the product. I recommend!

My Eye Shadow:


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