Friday, 31 January 2014

D.I.Y// Cotton Pad Chaos

I'm sure I'm not the only girl that starts her daily skincare routine and realises that she has to cram her hand into a teeny tiny plastic bag full of cotton pads, wiggling fingers around until finally managing to pull out a cotton pad? (Mental thought- "stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum" Anyone?)
Well, I have found the perfect D.I.Y solution that will have us all saving our fingers from daily bag cramming.

Whilst unloading my shopping (Yes, not the most exciting of chores) I went to refill my boyfriends coffee jar and I had an "Aha!" moment. This is how it went...

  1. Empty the contents of the coffee jar into the new smaller jar I had bought from the supermarket.
  2. Thoroughly clean, as to get rid of the strong stench of coffee.
  3. Dry with a towel and rub to get rid of them stubborn sticky label marks.
  4. Release your cotton pads out of there plastic home for life in a jar.
So, it's as simple as that!

I'd like to dedicate this blog post to my boyfriend. If he didn't glug copious amounts of coffee on a daily basis, my cotton pads may have never found a new home.

Do you have any handy D.I.Y tips?

E x


What's In My Handbag?

I thought it about time I jumped on the blogging band wagon and let you all have a peek into my handbag. As a women, there always seem to be some kind of Mary Poppins situation going on. (you know what I'm talking about) Carrying our lives around in one sturdy, structured piece of arm candy...

Bag - Accessorize. I love this bag, mainly for the size of it and the fact it's very structured. I've had bags before that have no structure, so a lot of rummaging is needed to find anything. It also comes with a strap if I want it on my shoulder some days. I paid what I thought was a reasonable price for such a versatile bag, £35. As it is a few months old now I don't think it's available to buy anymore, sorry ladies. Let me know if you maybe picked this one up in the sale?

Purse - Topshop. Now, I'm on of those women who is fully committed to her purse once she's bought it. In fact, before I bought this orange number I had my previous one for around 4 years. Commitment. Not only do I adore the colour of this purse, it has 2 separate zip compartments and a popper in the middle that reveals hidden pockets and card slots. Perfect for me as I love to keep everything in its right place. Receipts found in the bottom of your handbag is just a hassle. Am I right?

Notebook & Pen. I like to carry a notebook around with me, for the occasional 'Aha!' idea moment for a blog post, and I just jot it down. Yes, I'm a list maker. This note book is moleskin and cost around £10.

Makeup Bag. This is a DKNY bag that I got in a set of 3 vanity bags a few years ago from a House Of Fraser Sale. I love the colour, but I really want to get my hands on a Whistles "Small Clutch". This DKNY one has done the job for many years though.

Glasses. Do I need to explain why these are in my handbag? I am actually on the look out for new frames, my damn dimple cheeks make it hard for me to pull off 'cool' looking frames. Too much chub in these cheeks.

Lip Products. I always have Vaseline with me, I don't like to put anything else on my lips treatment wise at the moment as last year I had an issue with cracking lips and this was the only product not to aggravate them. I also carry a couple of lip sticks, in case I want to switch up my lip colour half way through the day. The ones taking residence at the moment are a Revlon "Lip Butter" in 'Berry Smoothie' and a Clinique "Colour Splurge Butter Shine Lipstick" in 'Pink-A-Boo'. (Colour Splurge? Love that)

Miniature Hand Cream. Clinique Deep Hand Comfort. This product is quite thick in consistency and really feels like its deep treating your paws.

Headphones. Sometimes these aren't in here if my boyfriend has got to them first. When they are present, I catch up on Youtbue on the go or listen to my Spotify playlists.

Body Spray. The Body Shop "Japanese Cherry Blossom".

Most of these things always stay in the trusty bag. I'll occasionally add my Filofax if I know I'm going to be out and about making appointments.

What items would I find taking up space in your handbag?

E x


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Face Base #1: A MAC Offering

If you're anyone who knows me well, you'll know the endless amounts of tester pots I have emptied in the hunt to find the perfect foundation for my skin type. If you're someone who doesn't know me, then prepare yourself for a battle story where I think I have come out victorious...

I have oily/combination skin, so when it comes to my 'face base' I need a product that is long wearing, but not so much that it cakes. I need that staying power. I have tried endless brand names, both drugstore and high end, but I either find that half way through the day it has slid off my face or I need a powder brush within reaching distance. Finally, I think I might have found the foundation for me. I don't want to commit to anything just yet, but things are getting serious...

Mac - Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation - £25.

I've been through serious amounts of tester pots before fully committing and purchasing the full sized bottle. I'm such an indecisive person and wanted to make sure that I was making a justifiable £25 investment. I explained in store to a girl on the counter that I wanted a foundation that would keep oil at bay but is not too heavy, so she steered me towards Pro Longwear. I was weary at first when I heard 'long wear' as I've tried a Bobby Brown 'Long Wear Even Finish' formula before and just did not get on with it. (I told you its been a battle, right?) I got colour matched and I went home with my trusty tester pot in hand to try it out for myself before the big bottle purchase.
I wear the shade N18, which is a perfect match for my skin tone at the moment. I like the 'my skin but better' look everyone lusts after so yes, the formula is a little thicker than the foundations that I'm used too, which means a bit of expert blending action is needed (with the holy grail Real Techniques Buffing Brush) to achieve a light even finish. If you're too heavy handed things can get messy but I just find that this MAC offering gives me the coverage that I'm after without feeling heavy and I've got the staying power I've been longing for. Nothing budges this baby once it's put.
(Warning: disappears off nose after a days worth of itching and sweeping hair out of face issues.)

My search for the perfect 'face base' might never end, but I know once this bottle is over I'll be heading in the direction of my local MAC counter...

Has MAC saved you from your foundation woes?

E x

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Trends: Spring Summer 2014| One For The Women

It's that time of the week where I am enjoying one of my precious days off, refusing to leave the house unless needs must (especially as the traditional British weather has reared its ugly head) 
Today, as I booted up the laptop and sat down to a cosy day in I started browsing the internet, finding myself being steered towards the trends that will hit us this Spring/Summer 2014. So you can guess what's coming up, right? A little 'catalogue' of the outfits that caught my attention from the catwalks, and my attempt to find a purse friendly high street alternative. As much as I enjoy high end fashion, the high street for my personal style is much more wearable and I'll have some penny's left over. Bonus.
High End:
   Michael Kors SS14                                              Tods SS14
    Christopher Kane SS14                                      Christopher Kane SS14

    Maison Martin Margiela SS14                               Mulberry SS14

This Spring/Summer is all about adding a feminine and delicate twist to your outfits.
The catwalks have been working masculine tailoring, wide leg trousers and collarless coats/bomber jackets to create a super easy chic look. Fresh pastel colours are carrying on from winter 2013 and are still key, as well as the more classic black and white. Sheer fabrics appear in many collections (perhaps a bit risqué for everyday?), bold metallics and the odd bit of leather is thrown in for good measure.
This Spring/Summer I am hoping to throw myself into the non short/trouser world (my usual go to) and try to mix up my wardrobe with the odd dress and maybe a skirt or 2. No promises though.
Cute jumpers and knee length skirts are popping up everywhere (pictured above) and I think for someone like myself, who usually sticks to shorts, it's the perfect combo to introduce myself into the unknown.
Hit The High Street: 
Zara - Printed Sweater
Zara - Backless Crop
Zara - Leather Skirt
Zara - Marble Sweater
Cos - Metallic Dress
Zara - Collarless Coat

Above are just a few of the bits I think are great alternatives to the more high end pieces that make their way down the catwalks. They are so affordable and you'll still look like you've been styled head to toe in high end pieces. I couldn't find the 'perfect' knee length skirt OR wide leg trouser to post into this blog, So I'll leave that one to you!

Have you already invested in your favourite wardrobe piece for SS14?
Let me know!

E x

Discalimer: All 'High End' images from Elle.  All 'High Street' from Zara and Cos



Sunday, 19 January 2014

A Good Nights Sleep: The Perfect Partners

I've never been one to have trouble sleeping, I'm the kind of girl who's out like a light before her head hits the pillow. Lately I've settled into the perfect little routine that just helps me sink into an even deeper state of pure bliss. These are the products that help me get there...
The perfect spray- thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray £16.00 via Feel Unique. I bought this spray on a whim, after noticing it circulating the blogs I follow. I hadn't even smelt it before purchase. (Crazy right?) The idea of the spray is to prepare your body for sleepy-time, the aroma relaxes your body and mind letting the stresses of the day slip away. As soon as I sprayed it onto my pillow, it took me back to when I was a kid. My mum used to spray something of a similar scent onto my pillow, which I gently inhaled as I drifted off into slumber. The scent of Lavender and Chamomile is not overwhelming and makes you feel like you have taken a trip to the spa! I've used this every night since I got it and, even though sleeping is not a trouble for me, I do feel completely de-stressed and my mind shuts off for the night. It's now it's a staple in my evening as I prepare to catch some Zzzz's.
The perfect body bar- Wicci Magic Muscles £6.25 via Lush. I had this bar a couple of years ago and I loved it. I'm not sure quite what happened or where it went, but now I've rediscovered it and once again I'm loving it. It's definitely an 'all hands on back' kind of situation (too much info?). The bar itself is hard, but as soon as it has contact with the heat of your skin it just melts, allowing it to be rubbed over the skin to relieve tired and aching muscles. The Cinnamon oil is what creates the heat on your skin, the peppermint gets the blood flowing. I think it's definitely an acquired smell, my mum doesn't like it at all. But teamed up with my thisworks spray, the comfort of my sheets and an episode or two of 'Dexter' the smells in my room work wonders, and I drift once again into my state of bliss.
Have either of these products worked their way into your evening routine? I hope so.


Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Sartorialist: Books & Blog

Next up, and making the cut into this weeks blog post, are two anthologies that I've found myself reaching for since receiving them a couple of months ago. I'm thrilled with them! (kudos to the boyfriend). Allow me to introduce you to 
The Sartorialist...

The Sartorialist is an online blog, founded by photographer Scott Schuman. I've been following his work online for a while and when these anthologies turned up in my stocking I was super happy.

Why I love them? - pages upon pages cram packed with style inspiration, shining a spotlight on city streets across the globe. It's street photography format places subjects on their streets, showcasing their style, and pushes their personality through the lens.

This isn't catwalk fashion, it's functional, wearable and classic style at it's very best. Something we can take from and develop into our own everyday style up. Genius.

Here are just a few of my favourites;

The image below (slightly blurred, my bad) is a prime example why I've been grabbing these books when I have a spare five minutes on my hands. They are just great for refreshing my mind when having to put together outfit builds (as my career is Retail and Visual Merchandising based) and thinking of classic or non-classic ways to suit and boot a gentleman, or make a lady look and feel at her best.

Now, I've saved the best until last. It such a simplistic image, but the story that goes along with it just melted my heart. Go here if you want to check out the story behind this lovely Milanese lady, who adds a touch of sparkle, just where it's needed...
Are you going to be reaching for these books just as much as I have?
 All images are my own, apart from the lovely Milanese lady. All credit to Scott Schuman. Be sure to check out The Sartorialist HERE

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Bucket List: The Blog

With the arrival of 2014 and New Years resolutions being a popular point in conversation, I thought it about time I pushed aside my usual yearly tradition of avoiding resolutions all together and decide what I'm going to make out of my 2014.

Have you guessed yet? Yep, this blog is going to be my creative resolution of this coming year. It's something I've wanted to start for some time, as I'm a regular reader of many other blogs and watcher of the many Youtuber's of this world.

Here's a small run down of my favourite blogs that have inspired me to start mine. These blogs I just have to keep updated on. Every blog or video that goes up, I'm sure to be eagerly waiting...

ViviannaDoesMakeup - What can I say? This girl is just a beauty guru in blog form. Now, I've never been hugely into the beauty community myself, but since delving into Anna's blog I've found myself dashing to the shops to get my hands on samples of the many beauty products she's reviewed. Anna's blog posts, which are delivered daily, have a sharp-witted edge and relate to all things beauty. So, if you're a beauty fan I highly suggest you check this girl out. You can also find her over on her Youtube channel. She rocks.

LilyPebbles - This blog is also beauty related. On Lily's blog you're likely to find style tips, beauty reviews and her latest loves and must haves. I love checking in on her monthly favourite videos over on her Youtube channel. Mainly beauty indulged, but occasionally mixing it up with general lifestyle and home edits. Perfect.

EssieButton - I seem to be following a bit of an unintentional theme here as Estée is another beauty lover! Originally from Canada, I enjoy watching her videos and vlog's over on her Youtube channel as her accent is super cute and her awesome dog 'Reggie' occasionally makes an appearance! (If you're a dog lover, you'll understand) The majority of her blog posts are wrapped up little pieces of beauty heaven, but I love just chilling out in the evening before bed and catching up on what's new in the world of Estée.  

Now, it's time for me to slot in a blog love of mine that isn't related to the world of blusher, eye shadow, or bold coloured lips...

TheSartorialist - I just cant get enough of this blog. If you're like me, and you want to path out a career in the fashion industry you'll love this one too. The blog is founded by Scott Schuman, blogger and photographer and It's great for visual inspiration, keeping up to date on fashion trends and how people off the catwalks are styling up their every day outfits. There are also 2 books (which I was lucky enough to get my hands on this Christmas!) which I shall be doing a more in depth post on very soon!

E x

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