Saturday, 30 June 2012

Origins...



























After seeing so many reviews on Youtube and various blogs about Origins skincare I decided I wanted to try some out for myself. The range I wanted to try was the zero oil range as I do have quite oily skin in the T-zone area. The only thing with skincare is if you buy a full size product then you can waste a lot of money on something that doesn't actually work for you. So lucky for me, I found this sample size set in the Cosmetics Company Store. I saw it in the Bicester Outlet store but wasn't sure whether to buy it, but when I saw it again in the Portsmouth Outlet I decided I wanted to try it out. It was £21 for the set of the 4 products. The set includes the Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser (30ml), Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner (50ml), Zero Oil Oil-free Moisture Lotion (15ml) and Zero Oil Instant Matte Finish (18ml).
Ive almost finished all but one of the products now. The only one I haven't really used is the Instant Matte Finish because I'm not really sure what to do with it. However, I have to say I really like all of the other products. My skin definitely feels less oily, meaning that my make-up stays on longer, and all the blemishes I've had since using these products haven't been as severe and seem to clear up a lot quicker than they normally do. Also, I really like the smell of the products, to me they smell 'clean' which is quite nice. I definitely think I'll look into buying the cleanser and toner because these are my 2 favourites out of the products. Im not too fussed by the moisturiser. Obviously I'm not a skincare expert but I really think these products work well for me :)
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Friday, 29 June 2012

my new favourite things...
























































For my 21st birthday a couple of weeks ago I got lots and lots of lovely things, I was definitely spoiled. These are a couple of the main things I got, a Mulberry Tillie bag from my mum (in love, so lucky), an iPad bought with birthday money, a Tiffany ring from 5th Avenue in New York from my boyfriend, and a Build-a-Bear from New York, also from my boyfriend. I am so lucky I got these amazing presents so I just wanted to share a couple of pictures and say thank you to everyone who got me a lovely present! :)
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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Impossible Conversations...















When I went to New York I was lucky enough to see the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I found out about this exhibition while looking on all the main New York museum websites to see if there was anything I would want to see while I was there (nerd much?), and this beauty popped up.
The day we chose to go was quite a good day as it was the 'Museum Mile Festival' so entry to the museums along museum mile was free from 6-9pm, so we got in for free. Also, there were little events happening on the street (despite the rain) as the road had been closed off, so that was a little added extra to see and get involved with.
Anyway, the actual exhibition itself was brilliant. I would definitely recommend it if you are in New York and interested in fashion or either of the designers. It is on until the 19th August 2012, again I sound like an advert for exhibitions but oh well haha. The curators of the exhibit had put together the two designers in such clever ways, almost so you could tell the designs apart but so that they flowed as collections and outfits together. It also juxtaposed the opposites in the designers' styles, for example what they called the 'waist-up, waist-down' approach (I think thats what the referred to it as). This showed how Schiaparelli put emphasis on clothing above the waist, and Prada put emphasis on clothing below the waist. There was also a video shown at the beginning of the exhibit where 2 people acted and conversed as though it were the 2 designers having a conversation and what they would say to one another if they were able to (the impossible conversation element). All in all it was a really really good exhibition if you like that kind of thing.
If you can't see the exhibition but you want to see more of it then there is a book available all about it which I bought while I was there, and its really good :)
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

treating myself...












































































When I came back from New York, I had quite a lot of spending money left over because I didn't end up spending half as much as I expected whilst I was over there. After getting my beautiful Mulberry Tillie bag from my mum for my birthday, I really wanted to get myself a Mulberry purse to go with it. Luckily for me Mulberry currently have their sale on, so I picked up this little beauty from it. I've decided I'm going to save up and buy a little something from the Christmas Mulberry sale too hopefully. I love Mulberry so much, it seems like a lot of money to some people but I think of bags and accessories like this as an investment ;)
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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

nail polish obsession...


























l-r: sand tropez, fiji, ladylike, mamba, lilacism, eternal optimist, splash of grenadine, fifth avenue, mint candy apple, hedkandi ibiza mix

The day before I went on holiday I thought I would indulge in an Essie nail polish as I'd seen people rave about them all over YouTube and blogs. I had enough Boots points to get one so I thought why not? I went for 'Fiji', a much raved about one. This sparked an obsession that carried on through my whole trip to New York, our hotel was next to a 'Duane Reade' store, which I'm assuming is what americans would call a drugstore maybe? Therefore every single day I went in there and spent ages at the Essie stand wanting more. I ended up coming home with 6 more. Then the other day I went into Boots looking for the Real Techniques blush brush, which they didn't have, so naturally I ended up at the Essie stand, and bought 2 more! To round it all off I decided to get the models own hedkandi as I thought it might look quite nice on my nails over the summer. I think I need to go to nail polish rehab, I literally cannot enter a Boots store without looking at the Essie stand now, help!
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Monday, 25 June 2012

London...





Jacket: Zara
Shirt: charity shop
Jeans: Topshop Leigh jeans
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Mulberry Tillie

On Saturday I went to London for the day with my mum. Our plan was to go to 2 exhibitions. The first we went to was the Christian Louboutin one at the Design Museum. It closes on the 9th July so we wanted to see it before it ended, it hasn't been on for very long which is a shame. Anyway, we went to that and it was really good, the only gripe I had with it was the written signs to describe and 'narrate' the  exhibition. Some of the signs had spelling mistakes which really irritated me (spelling nazi much), and the lighting and colours of the writing were practically impossible to read in some places. It was like no one had been to check whether everything was ok and 'in order'. I'm sure no one else would notice or moan about these things but I think the creators should have paid a bit more attention to detail. Anyway, if you want to see the exhibition then get there quick before it ends :)
We then trekked over on the tube to the V&A to see the Ballgowns exhibition. We had a little wander around the recently renovated Fashion area and then planned to go and buy tickets for the actual exhibition. However when we got there, there was a sign saying all the tickets for that day had been sold. This has never happened to us before so that was a major pain. I think London is just going to get busier and busier over the summer with all the Olympics crowds, so we're going to go back and see that one in the autumn when its quietened down. Luckily that one is on till January. I sound like an advert for exhibitions at the moment haha.
After that failure we went for a little wander down Bond Street and I got myself an expensive little treat which I will share a few pictures of this week. We also walked down the Burlington Arcade which was beautiful, and at the end we noticed the Laduree shop. I've seen their famous macarons (or macaroons, I'm not sure which is the correct spelling :S) all over blogs and the internet but never actually had one, so me and my mum indulged in some of those.
And finally we ended the day in Bella Italia on Shaftesbury Avenue and it was delicious, we ate far too much and I had the most sickly sweet dessert ever. Lovely end to a lovely day :)
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Sunday, 24 June 2012

New jewellery storage...






































































































When I went to New York, we stayed on Third Avenue, and a couple of blocks up from our hotel was 'Dylan's Candy Bar'. It is basically a massive sweet shop, created by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren. I had heard of it before and had seen it on Gossip Girl so I definitely wanted to have a look. I wanted to get something to keep from there rather than just sweets but I didn't know what to get. Then the boyf spotted these! Obviously they are meant for holding sweets but he suggested I put jewellery in them (he does have some good ideas from time to time ;) ). I absolutely love them! I did want some clear plastic Muji boxes recently, but when I saw these instead I thought they were much nicer with the little logo on them and it meant I could get something useful from Dylan's Candy Bar :). I think the 'tackle box' as they called it was around $8 and the other two were $5 each, which works out at about £12, absolute bargain.
Anyway, just wanted to share my cute new jewellery storage :)
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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Cumbria...


























On the last weekend of May my family went up to Cumbria for my cousin's wedding. It was such a lovely weekend, we stayed in a massive castle-like place and the weather was roasting. It was perfect, so I thought I'd post a few photos from the couple of days that we were there. This is going to be a very picture heavy post, so if you want to see all the photos then click read more :)

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Liverpool...







I have had a massive break from my blog. I keep meaning to get back to it but with it being my birthday and going on holiday and a number of other things, I've completely neglected it. So I decided today would be the day I'd start posting again, therefore there is going to be a massive backlog of things I've done and things I've bought over the past few weeks that I want to post about :)
The first thing I wanted to do a little photo post of is when I went to Liverpool at the end of May. We only went for the day on the way up to my cousin's wedding in Cumbria but it was the perfect day. It was roasting hot and we had a lovely day looking round Liverpool One and had a beautiful lunch at Pizza Express out in the sun. I haven't been into Liverpool itself since I was about 15 and its definitely changed a lot! It used to be quite scruffy but its so nice now! I used to go a lot because I have family up there but we haven't been in years so it was nice to see again, I definitely will be going back a lot more regularly from now on. I'm a complete sucker for the accent.
So over this next week I shall hopefully start posting more regularly again and getting back into my blogging :)

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Monday, 4 June 2012

i love Britain and i love Victoria Beckham...



Love this video so much, love her and I love being British! I need to sort out some posts this week before I go on holiday on Thursday. Haven't really bought much recently because I've been getting stuff to decorate my room which has been taking up a lot of my time. However I do have some pictures of a trip to Liverpool and the Lake District that I went on that I really want to post. I'll try and find some time tomorrow to do it and get back to posting regularly :)
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