Sunday, 27 November 2011

River Island Patchwork Cardigan

Evening lovies! 

I was recently sent this cream patchwork cardigan from River Island. River Island has always always been one of my favourite shops to purchase clothes, shoes and accessories from so i was thrilled when they got in touch. As well as River Island i am equally in love with oversized, chunky knit cardigans for the winter to throw on over leggings and pair with Uggs for lounging. This cardigan is something i would pick up myself in River Island and is right up my street. I love the patchwork and colour blocking detail of the cardigan very much. I am a size 16 and was sent this cardigan in a size 18 so it is much bigger than i would usually wear but it is extremely slouchy, snug and comfortable. 
 The cardigan retails for £40 which is think is a extremely good price for what it is as it is thick and perfect for the colder months. You can purchase it from here.

River Island are offering the chance to win their entire Hustle range, which includes this cardigan worth over £400 hop on over to their facebook page here and play the postcards from the past game. I know i will be entering! 

Good luck!

Is River Island a shop you scour for clothes?

Rainbow Connection

Morning ladies (& gents!) 

I have been obsessing over the OPI Rainbow Connection polish ever since i knew it was to be released in the Muppets collection! I used it last night for the first time for my works Christmas do and boy it didn't let me down! It is OTT jampacked with glitter and i am in love, I will let the pictures do the talking! 
This is only two coats of polish that has built up to a pretty opaque finish It would also look great as a accent nail or as a sheer coat over a colour nail polish. 

I bought mine from Ebay from the US as i do with most OPI polishes (I really cant stand that we are charged over £10 a bottle in the UK!) & it cost just over £6 with postage from this (Link!) seller, now were talking! I am seriously contemplating buying another even though ive only used it once as i love it that much!

I would say that this is absolutely perfect for the festive season but knowing me, I will wear it all year round!

Do glitter polishes float your boat?

FYI I also used the Nailene false nails from the 200 pack in active square, I wish i could say i was graced with beautiful nails but unfortunately im not! 

Happy Sunday!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Vivo Baked Bronzer

Happy Friday beaut's!

I attended a Leeds blogger meet up a couple of weeks ago and received an amazing goody bag from the ladies who organised it! 

Inside was this Vivo baked bronzer. If you can remember I blogged about a couple of Vivo products a while back. This was one of the products that i thought looked most promising from the whole Vivo range and one that i was wanting to try as i love mineralize products so i was thrilled when i received this! 
The shade of the Baked Bronzer is Shade 1: Sun Kiss. The packaging is simple, feels sturdy and you get a  huge 12g for a measly £5! MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes retail for £19.50 & you get 9g! Im sure you can do the maths yourself!

It is a light shade of bronze, with lots of pearly-shimmer, this would make a great highlight shade on most skintones too! It feels smooth to touch and is well pigmented. 

Overall, the Vivo baked bronzer is extremely good value for money and i have my eye on a couple of the baked blushers from the range! 

Vivo cosmetics are available to buy from Tesco now.

Have you divulged in Vivo yet?

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Little Payday Treat

Hello lovies,

If you follow me on twitter or instagram you may have already spied my new purchase but I thought I would show it off some more as I am absolutely in love with it!

I have forever loved Marc by Marc Jacobs but shamefully I have never actually purchased anything from them, it has always been a brand that I have admired from afar...that all changed when I purchased this beauty!
It is a Marc by Marc Jacobs black zippy purse bought directly from My Wardrobe. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have picked up and stroked this purse in Harvey Nichols or added it to my basket on my wardobe and knew that one day it would be mine. I managed to snaffle a discount code and managed to bag this purse for just under £130 posted which I thought was a pretty good deal (as the RRP is £155). I always spend a little more on good quality purses as it is something that we probably use most often day in, day out and the style of this is so classic and won't date, a investment piece if I do say so my self!

The black version is not on the website anymore but it is available in red!

Do you spend a little more on designer labels or are you more a primark kinda girl? Would love to know your thoughts! I must admit i do love the finer things in life!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Fashionista Custom Eyeshadow Palette

Evening sweets!

I recently received a Fashionista custom eyeshadow palette. I was given my choice of colours and products that took my fancy from the brand, picked a couple that stood out and asked them to chose some nice neutrals as there werent many swatches on the internet at the time. 

You get the Fashionista custom palette, available in either red or black separately for £5. You then custom make your own palette with either eyeshadow or blush shades. I have opted to keep my palette for eyeshadows. 

The eyeshadows themselves come in little black, plastic cases if you chose to keep them as separates and of course they are also magnetized so you can pop them into the palette.

The single eyeshadows themselves are huge and contain a whopping 2.5g (over double the amount you get in a MAC shadow) the best bit of all? They are available in a range of shades and are £4!! Even better than that is currently all cosmetics are 3 for 2 at superdrug.
I have shades Bronze Shade 39, Subtle Glamour Shade 21, Cafe Au Lait Shade 37 and Sultry Shade 30. 

Im sure you will all agree that this neutral palette all made up looks absolutely stunning. The colours are well pigmented with just one swipe. I am very much looking forward to having a look at the other shadows in the range. I also have the blush in Amber Glow which i am thinking about popping in at some point, too!
This range is available in the UK in Superdrug stores and online at now! 

Have you heard of Fashionista before? Is it a brand that you are interested in trying? I have a review of their gel eyeliners to come! 

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Sleek MakeUP 3 Piece Berry Collection

Evening poppets, 

I hope you have all had a lovely day, Im just home from work and wanted to share with you a festive gift idea from Sleek MakeUP which you have already probably seen on numerous posts!

Sleek MakeUP has created the ideal christmas gift, which is perfect for the festive period: the Limited Edition 3-piece Berry Collection that will retail for £9.99.
The Berry Collection consists of full size: True Colour Lipstick in Cranberry, Blush in Fenberry and Kohl Pencil in Mossberry. So baring in mind that the blush and lipstick retail for over £4 each by  themselves, plus the added eye kohl and all packed in a box that would make a perfect gift, I really think the £9.99 price tag is reasonable. 
♥ True Colour Lipstick in Cranberry ♥
♥ Kohl Pencil in Mossberry ♥
♥ Blush in Fenberry ♥
Sleek MakeUP's Berry Collection launches on 23rd November 2011 (Tomorrow!) for a limited time only and is available online from an in Superdrug stores nationwide. 

Will you be jumping on the berry-bandwagon & going out to buy this? I think that it will make a perfect gift for makeup loving friends! 

Monday, 21 November 2011

November Glossybox: The Christmas Gift Guide

Hello honeys,

Over the weekend, I was sent the November GLOSSYBOX to try out by the lovely girls at Glossybox HQ. As always, I couldnt resist and kindly accepted. I would love to sign up to Glossybox as out of the boxes i have tried, and reviews i have seen it is the one mostly suited to my tastes however the only thing stopping me is the fact that they only take credit card and sadly i dont have one! 
Today, I also introduced my Mum to the GLOSSYBOX concept as she was highly intrigued and she thought it was a great idea! 
If you are unfamiliar with GLOSSYBOX please see my other posts here.
♥ Arbonne FC5 Ultra Hydrating Hand Creme ♥
Im not the world biggest fan of hand creams but they are always the products that are 'nice to have'. I suppose i should get into the habit of using them more often! Arbonne is a brand that personally i have never heard of. This is a 15ml sample size so small enough to throw into your handbag. The full size 118ml bottle retails for £19.00 and is available on their website here.
♥ Dead Sea Spa Magik Dead Sea Bath Salts ♥
One of the previous Glossyboxes included some of the dead sea spa magik exfoliator and if im honest i havent even used that yet! I have never used bath salts and have always seen them as something my Nan would use but i am more than willing to give them a try. This is a 250ml sample of bath salts and a 1kg bag (4x the size of this sample) retails for £5.50. You can buy them from here.
♥ Illamasqua Freak Eau De Parfum ♥
I received a sample of the Illamasqua Freak perfume from Illamasqua recently which i reviewed here. If you read my review you will know that i actually really loved this scent and it was much different from what i was expecting. I was happy to see a fragrance sample that i was familiar with in the box, even though some may think this defeats the object of the glossybox and trying new brands? I can keep this in my purse and top up as the day goes by. This is a 1.5ml sample size and the full size 75ml bottle retails for £59.00 which you can buy here.
♥ Monu Revitalising Moisturiser ♥
Monu is a brand that i have used products from before and was familiar with however i have never used a moisturiser by them. I was also pleased to know that this is a full size 50ml tube which actually retails for £16.25 so you have already got this months moneys worth with only one product! Im looking forward to giving this a whirl. It is available to buy from here.
♥ Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps ♥
I was also familiar with Nail Rocks and have bought some in the past although i havent actually used them as i think they seem to fiddly although i do love how they look when applied. This black and white striped version arent ones i would personally choose but i am willing to give them ago. This is a full size pack that retails for £6.65 and are available to buy from ASOS.

The winner for me in this months box is the Monu revitalising moisturiser which i am really excited to try as it is meant to be light, easily absorbed and contains soothing cucumber. 

Are you signed up to GLOSSYBOX? What products did you receive this month?

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Innocent Smoothies & The Big Knit

Hello lovelies, 

I was recently sent 6 (Please note the picture shows 5 as the Mister got to them before i did!!) Innocent Smoothies as they have launched the Big Knit which makes winter warmer for older people. 
Each of the Innocent Smoothies have cute little knitted hats and this year they have launched the 'Hat Tag game' where you purchase one of the smoothies with the hats, take a photo of people or things wearing the woolly hat and upload your pictures to the Innocent Facebook page under the Hat Tag Gallery. Whats more is that for every picture that gets uploaded, Innocent will donate 10p to Age UK.

Also, they are running a competition of the best photos of the week voted by you and every vote they get they will give another 5p straight to Age UK. 

So for buying a Innocent smoothie complete with cute woolly hat, you can also help raise money for Age UK and make winter warmer for older people this year!

Here is my first attempt (Please see the emphasis on first!) 
My sisters Justin Bieber poster complete with pink stripey knitted hat!
I am looking forward to having a play around with the hats, uploading some pictures to the Facebook page and raising money for charity in the long run! 

Friday, 18 November 2011

Sophie Lancaster Foundation & Illamasqua Competition

Evening ladies, 
Today i received a email from Illamasqua regarding the Sophie Lancaster foundation that i wanted to share with you. 
If you are unaware, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up just over 4 years ago after the death of Sophie Lancaster purely for looking unique and different. 
More information on this amazing charity can be found on their Website and Facebook Page.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation aims to Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere.
The aims and objectives of the Charity are as follows:
  • To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
  • To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
  • To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from “alternative subcultures” or “Lifestyle and Dress”
  • To work in conjunction with politicians and police forces to ensure individuals who are part of subcultures are protected by the law.
A week tomorrow, Saturday 26th November would have been Sophies 25th Birthday. 

In honour of Sophie's birthday and to mark their support for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Illamasqua are hosting an internationally open competition to win a selection of cult pieces from the Illamasqua collection, including Medium Pencil in Sophie, Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist, Nail Varnish in Unnatural, Intense Lipgloss in Repulse, False Eye Lashes in no.21 and a S.O.P.H.I.E wristband. 

And best of all, there will be FIVE winners! The competition is open until Midnight GMT Sunday 27th November 

I urge you all to get involved for this amazing and so very worthwhile charity! 

Thank you for reading

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Review: Nelsons Pure & Clear Facial Wash

Evening girls, 

Hope you are all okay. 

I was recently sent the Nelsons Pure & Clear Purifying Facial Wash. As i am very much set in a cleansing routine that i am currently happy with, I handed this one over to the other half to road test on my behalf as he loves trying different facial washes. 

The facial wash is step one of the Nelsons range of products, has a natural seaweed base and contains tea tree oil which means it would be most effective for blemish prone skin. 
What the Mister thinks:
'It is very effective because it is all natural products and doesn't dry your skin out. You don't go shiny after using it and a little goes a long way so it lasts a long time. It is gentle on your skin and keeps skin clear with continued use. I used it once a day before i went to bed which i found was enough. I would be intrigued to try the other products in the range and i would highly recommend'. 

Nelsons Pure & Clear Facial wash is available to buy from Boots for £7.15 for a 125ml tube (and is currently on 3 for 2). 

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Aussie-versary VIP Party!

Evening ladies!

It feels like i havent posted in what feels like forever! A couple of weeks ago i headed down to London for the Aussieversary VIP Party!

The event was held on the lush rooftop of the Century club on Shaftesbury Avenue in London and was decked out with topless waiters, canapes, Aussie products galore and lots of champagne!

It was such an amazing night and i got to spend it with lots of blogging lovelies! As well as many familiar faces i also got to meet some ladies whose blogs i have been reading for a while, all in all the event was amazing, I didnt want to leave! 

I just wanted to share with you some photos from the night, you can view the rest of them here. 
Waiter, AbbyCatherine, Steph, Me and Carla
StephKateCarla and Me. 
Liane, TanyaLing, Me & Charli

I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Aussie in particular the lovely Holly who made the evening such a success, I had a wonderful time! 
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