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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sun, Sea & Sand: July Birchbox 2014.

July's Birchbox has been perfect to me, I've loved every single item in this month's box which is strange as Im always in two minds with subscription boxes. However Birch box, is one that is literally perfect. This month I received;

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream: As I'm not that old yet, eye creams aren't really a thing I look out for. Yet this is such a lovely eye cream when I've been testing it out. Its delicate and light, and I've really noticed a difference. Under eye puffiness is vanished and there's added brightness, plus with natural ingredients its fab.

Whish Lavender Body Butter: The first thing that caught my eye with this was definitely its minimalistic yet cute packaging. Then it was definitely the smell, as its so gorgeous, its a very sweet smell with a hint of lavender. I really like this product though mainly because it doesn't just moisturises it also firms and purifies so is a great all rounder body butter.

Benefit The Porefessional: I adore benefit products, but just don't have enough money to go out and buy them as there not the cheapest so whenever I receive a sample from them its the greatest. This is certainly one I'm going to use up too, as well its a great primer keeps my make up put and vanishes the appearance of pores, its pretty much magical.

Laqa & co Sheer Lip Lube in Menatour: Seeing this bright purple Lip stick when I opened my birchbox not going to lie I was highly sceptical that I would even wear it. I gave it a swatch and its not as intimidating as it appears, and is much more subtle with hints of pink and purple. It looks pretty damn good on as well and just gives a natural make up look a little bit of an edge.

Models own nail polish in Atomic: I'm such a hoarder of nail polish, I love getting new colours to add to my collection. So getting this lovely red glittery models own one just made this months box even better than it already was.

Yet again Birchbox has been great for another month, every product has been great not to mention it even came with a handy nail file cube which was much needed for my mess of nails.

Join Birchbox for only £12.95 a month including P+P here and get £5 free to spend in the store

Monday, 21 July 2014

It's all about the detail

Cut out and cute detailing on clothing is something I tend to look out for and this skirt and top certainly caught my attention. I had similar items to these in my asos wishlist, however I found identical items on Sheinside not to mention they were like a quarter of the price. I especially couldn't turn down the skirt as of the lovely mint colour and I just love the cut out organza detail. I would have to say my favourite bargain out of this post is the midi rings, I got a set of silver ones from primark and they are so adorable especially the daisy ones. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The controversial world of dupes

I realise there is a very mixed opinion when it comes to dupes. I cant say I have a yes or no opinion on them, I'm lost in the middle. On one hand they are just copy cat versions of the originals, so just lack being unique and also mean that they end up causing a profit loss for the original items in the first place. However, the prices of dupes, are just too great to deny. Being a student with a not so great income, I always love to look out for bargains, when it comes to beauty and fashion. It also gives me a weird sense of proud knowing I've got something for half the price, its odd I know. However if I could afford the original's I would but sometimes a good dupe is just to hard to resist.

Current favourite fashion dupes:
Dupes From Left to right;
Original: Missguided floral playsuit - £30/ Dupe on Sheinside - £12.28
Original: Asos White lace shift dress - £25/ Dupe On Ebay - £5.16
Original: New look Tile Print Kimono - £25/ Dupe On Ebay - £8
Original : Topshop Striped Daisy tee - £24/ Dupe on Sheinside - £8.50

The dupe prices of these items are so unbelievable though, and are pretty damn great for my shopping addiction. You have no idea how hard it is for me too save money. But I seem to be managing with the likes of SheInside and Ebay and not to mention all the affordable make up dupes to go with it.
What is your opinion on dupes and have you stumbled across any good ones?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Soap & Glory : Essential eye products

Soap & Glory is a brand that I have heard all about but never tried. As I saw it was 3 for 2 on the range in boots I thought it would be a great opportunity to see if the products lived up to the hype.

Kickass Concealer: I'm always on the look out for a good concealer as much as I like liquid ones. I gave this a try as it has a very creamy thick consistency and reminds me a lot of the no7 stick concealer and its pretty damn similar. I cant say its very great for blemishes as it does highlight dry skin however for under eyes its perfect. It gets rid of dark circles and makes my eyes look refreshed as it illuminates as well.

Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil: This is one, I've been wanting to try for ages however its taken a while for me to get a hold of it as its been out of stock. I'm so glad I own it now though, as its fab! It has pen on one side, which is used to fill in the sparse parts of your eyebrows then has a pencil on the other side to shape. Its such a great duo not to mention its quick and easy and gives natural results unlike other eyebrow kits where you have to be careful. Only complaint I would say is that they don't have one for very dark haired girls and it is a bit light for me however its still great.

Supercat Eyeliner: I love felt tip eye liners, because of how easy they are to use and I love doing the cat eye flick. I bought this one as my eyeko one just wasn't pigmented enough. Its jet black, and glides on effortlessly. It is a bit tricky to get the hang of it as it can be a bit thick the line but a bit of practice and its amazing. Definitely now my favourite eye liner.

Overall I'm so pleased with each of these products, I would definitely recommend them all.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Mellow Yellow

//Pop Boutique Coord set// Sunglasses// Yellow Satchel from Primark// White sandals//

 Yellow has always been a colour I've loved but always been afraid to wear. I came across this super cute coord set from Pop boutique in Ark when I went shopping and even though I did say I would stay away from floral clothes (as its all I seem to own). I just couldn't say no to this cute little set, mainly because I needed a coord set and because of the colours used.
If you've been into primark recently they have these cute little satchels all in a variety of pastel colours which is just amazing especially as they cost only £6, it was so hard just to pick the one colour. But it had to be yellow as its such a refreshing colour and puts me in the summer spirit.

Monday, 30 June 2014

June Favourites

Yet another month has flown by, and I'm just left questioning where has the time gone. Again this month, ive ventured out and experimented with different well known brands. I'm quite happy with the result as most of the new stuff I have purchased have become my favourites quite easily.
I have been searching for a while now for the perfect white sandals, and after debating whether to get some plat-formed chunky ones I decided against that when I stumbled across these sandals from New look. They look great with jeans or dresses and are super versatile not to mention they were only £20!
My other favourite bargain items for this month have to be my sunglasses, which cost me £2 from Ebay and the Eyeko eye liner, which was free in Glamour Magazine which made me so happy you just have no idea.
This month, I tried out the brand soap and glory for the first time after hearing such amazing things. I'm so glad I did, I got 3 different items as it was 3 for 2 in boots and still is as far as I'm aware. But my definite faves are the Archery Eyebrow pen, which is great to achieve natural looking brows and its so easy to use as well. The Kick ass concealer is another one I'm super happy with, its very creamy and great for under eye use as it covers imperfections perfectly.
Another well known brand I've recently converted too is Clinique. I recently got so fed up of foundations that just weren't doing the trick so I went out and got this anti blemish one which is ideal for my oily spot prone skin. And, well it works wonders, and is definitely my favourite foundation I have used.

What are your favourite buys this month and what things should I have on my radar to buy next month?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Making monochrome fun

Gingham is literally my favourite pattern this summer, I swear its been so hard to not buy more checkered items. As the title says this outfit is all about adding little splashes of colour. I do love wearing monochrome outfits, mainly out of simplicity but its summer so I cant be wearing black and white alone.
I bought this cute pastel necklace a couple of months ago and as I'm not one to wear big jewellery, I've been in two minds about it. However it appears I have finally found something to go with it, so I will actually get some wear out of it from now.
Patterned Fabrics, have always been a love of mine especially when it comes to designer Cath Kidston. I just wish I had money to buy more her stuff. I got this bag a couple of years ago and yes it is a kids bag, but it was so cute not to mention it was only a £10. Plus its a handy little bag, when I don't need to carry much around and just the pattern is beautiful and a good old pattern clash well you just cant say no.
I  also finally bought some summer sandals, I've been hunting for the perfect pair for a while and when I saw these white ones in new look for only £20! I just had to buy them there and then, I'm so weak I know.

What are you favourite patterns/trends this summer?