Wednesday, 29 February 2012

More sailor collars. Damn Railway Children obsession.

Topshop jumper, M&S skirt and shoes, rings from various local jewellery shops, earrings from Oxfam

Wow... I have got one hell of a big arse.

Also, after I originally kind of copied Kate's hair, we've now come some kind of funny full circle and she's kind of copying mine. I got my roots and all over colour redone last week and they also whacked a bit more toner on the blond. I am so pleased with it, its finally the ashy almost grey blond that I wanted. Not at all yellow or tiger now! I've bought some violet shampoo as well to use every once in a while to keep it nice and white. However, I admit, my hair does not look anywhere near as cool as the divine Nash's since I completely fail at hair styling. More specifically, curling. My hair just appears to refuse to hold a curl. Not even hold it- just even form a curl in the first place. I've tried with straighteners, curling tongs, heated rollers... nothing seems to work. I think this is probably most likely due to me being crap rather than the appliances, but I just cannot seem to do it! I tried today again with the rollers and this was what I got. I cannot seem to wrap the very end of my hair in properly which means I always get this kind of funny weird kinky tip... I am going to try again tomorrow. Any tips would be appreciated!

I realise this jumper/skirt combo isn't the most flattering, since the jumper makes me look kind of shapeless and matronly, and the skirt is somewhat revealing my pot belly, but oh well. I enjoyed it and it was comfy! I bought this jumper for £20 when I met Maria in Cheltenham, and despite the fact I could do with it being a bit longer and more fitted around the waist, I really like the collar detail and the colour. I would always like more red clothing but it is surprisingly difficult to find. I wore it with my beloved leopard print pumps and my trio of rings that never seem to leave my hand, along with some awesome anchor buttons earrings I found in Oxfam for a couple of pounds.

Everything is a little bit crazy at the moment. I don't want to say too much but I have rather a lot going on and I was actually working a lot last week, so much I was ill for a few days, so apologies if posting is a little sporadic. I have another week off next week, (I know, basically I have a week off every month for February, March and April, because work were kind of rubbish and forgot to tell me how the holiday booking procedure works) and hopefully I won't be hopping too much around the country, so will have enough time to get a few good posts in for you. I spent a good while doing photos today so I hope you are at least pleased with this one!

Ooh, and also thank you for your lovely comments on my last few posts; I was starting to worry that you'd all got bored of me!

Saturday, 18 February 2012


I have always wanted to do posts showing off my rather extensive jewellery collection, but have been put off by the fact that is almost completely impossible to get good photos of jewellery without a fancy-ass camera- my little point and shoot's macro is not really up to the job! However, this new acquisition was far too beautiful not to share. Obviously there is some light bounce (is that the technical term?!) but actually, that kind of shows you how the duochrome looks. (Likewise, that's the word for eyeshadows- can I use that to describe this? You know what I mean- purpley/burgundy in one light, navy in another!)

I was bought this as a Christmas present by my parents, after being able to think of bugger all that I wanted. I had seen it whilst buying a bracelet for my Mum in the same jeweller, but would never buy it for myself due to the rather hefty price tag! However, as my Mum said to me, the whole point of presents is getting something you wouldn't buy for yourself. I was a little unsure about buying it because the assistant was keen to emphasise that it was a dress ring, and not one to wear everyday. I tend to treat my jewellery rather badly, leaving it in various pockets and bags, whilst my job involves rather a lot of lifting and getting into cardboard boxes! I decided to get it nonetheless, but was somewhat terrified. I wore it when I went to Bath to see Kathy, and was being ridiculously careful with it, but realised after not very long that the purple flower bit had come loose! I returned it and about a month later, it finally returned from their workshop. The girl did say that I need to avoid getting any water on it, since the flower is glued into place rather than soldered. Which perhaps explains why it came loose, since I may have washed my hands with it on! The stupid thing is, I always take my rings off before I wash my hands, because I hate that thing where your fingers stay damp underneath and then smell funky. But I didn't that day, since I was worried about putting my ring in my bag whilst I was in the loo in case it got squashed. I do feel though that you should be able to get some water on a item that is on one of the most exposed parts of your body! Oh well, at least I know now!

Ok, so I realise that was incredibly long winded and probably pretty boring... apologies. But its not exactly like you read this thing for my succinct and precise prose! I'm going to finish watching True Blood now and then go to bed. I'm been off sick from work the past few days after my slight cold developed into an absolute bitch of a fever/constant headache/coughing/sneezing my guts up, so I need my beauty sleep. Have a lovely weekend everyone. I will be continuing to rest and hopefully seeing The Woman in Black tomorrow. (For anyone who doesn't know, I have loved Daniel Radcliffe since I was 10. So all you ladies who are looking at him now thinking, 'Ooh, hes not looking so bad now is he?' lay off bitches! His millions and awkward laugh are mine!) (That was a joke by the way. Just in case it came off a bit scary. I do have an actual boyfriend.)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

'Lets go to Candy Mountain Charlie...'

The Kooks tee shirt from a concert about 5 years ago!, Moto at Topshop jeans, M&S cardi, Office brogues

make up- MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow, Lancome Artliner, Lancome Doll Eyes mascara, MAC Blush Ombre in Vintage Grape, MAC Rebel lipstick and Magenta lip pencil

Er.... yep, those are UNICORN JEANS. I saw them in Grazia on the Tuesday, and rushed into Topshop at the first opportunity to get my grubby little mitts on them. I wasn't actually expecting them to fit me, since I have never had much luck with Topshop jeans (the age old gappy waist dilemma and they always come about half way down my feet) but these were actually fine, due to them being quite high waisted. However, I must admit they've got the tiniest holes for your feet! I know I have probably got fatter legs than Topshop cater for, but I refuse to believe I have fat heels! I don't think for printed jeans they make me legs look too chunky, so I am quite happy with them on that front. I'm still not entirely convinced about them but I've worn them now so oh well! I just worry that I look like a 15 year old emo, but I probably didn't help myself by teaming them with ridiculously shiny shoes and my blue leather jacket. Which basically meant I looked like Noel Fielding. It seems to happen rather a lot. Hm, what do you think?

(A girl walked past me earlier, probably only about 7, and stared at my legs in absolute WONDER. She even turned around after I'd walked past! It was very funny.)

I thought I'd include some photos of my make up since I actually had time to do something decent today. I know it may not look like I have blush on, but I did, I am just terrified of applying too much so always go subtle! I even did contouring and highlighting, but I'm not sure if you can see that either! Oh well. I had forgotten how much I love this lipstick- I lost it for about 6 months down the back of my bedside table, repurchased it, and then found it again when tidying my room. Fail. Anyway, I donated the spare one to my friend, so it wasn't a complete waste.

I have done absolutely bugger all today other than get my hair cut and have a little wander around my local town, since I worked all last week, with my only day off on Saturday being taken up with going to London for an Oxfam Bloggers Meeting. I had a fantastic time and met some lovely people, and also got to find out about lots of exciting changes and projects in the pipeline. Keep your eyes peeled for some interesting developments!

I'm still feeling rather 'bleurgh' about my hair... I really have to start making more effort with it. I want to do something with it but this blond streak is rather limiting. It just looks really manky with lots of layers in it. I suppose I just need to be patient and let it grow which will hopefully give me some more options. Or ideas.

I don't really have anything more exciting to tell you at the moment... sorry, I'm quite a boring fart really.

Monday, 6 February 2012

My first trip to Illamasqua!

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow, Medium Pencil in Bait and MAC Pink Nouveau lipstick

So, I have returned from my travels around the North- I meant to blog as I went, but to be honest, I was having too much fun! I haven't got a huge amount of outfit photos since I was basically rotating around two pairs of jeans (it was so cold in Sheffield) but I do have one lot to show you, but I will do that post another day.

Firstly, a quick little post to show my main purchase from the trip. I was very excited to go to the Illamasqua stand in Manchester's Selfridges, since we have none anywhere vaguely near me and I have been after a few of their products for several months. I don't usually buy make up online and do like to check it in person, especially when it is this expensive! I first heard about the Cream Pigment in Hollow from Cami on Youtube, who swears by it as the best contour product for pale skin, due to its matt texture and non-orange colour! Caroline from Sparkly Vodka then praised it as the best she had ever tried, so I thought if I had the chance I would go to have a look at it. I've always thought contouring was a bit of a waste of time which wouldn't really make that much difference to my rather fat face, but I must admit, I had become rather curious. I had attempted it with a Soap and Glory bronzer but that just made me look like I had an orange beard. Not good.  Now I've started wearing more blush and attempting highlighting and the suchlike, I thought I would give it a go, although I decided that if this was no good I would just give up and stop wasting my money! However, this really is great and pretty much impossible to muck up since it blends out to such a subtle shadow. I just whack it on with my fingers because I am too lazy/cheap to buy a brush! I also prefer the look of face products when applied with my fingers, since if I use a brush it tends to sit on top of my dry skin and look really patchy. Anyway, this is just what I hoped it would be and I am really chuffed with it.

I bought MAC's Pink Nouveau lipstick probably around a year ago now, and despite loving the colour, have absolutely failed to wear it. The problem with it is, I have naturally very pigmented lips, and without any kind of base this colour goes really streaky and horrible on me. I have been searching for a lipliner for it ever since, but it has proved a somewhat impossible task! Even MAC themselves did not have anything even vaguely similar. Most lipliners are quite neutral or dark, and nothing was the right blue pink tone that the lipstick needed. I had looked pretty much everywhere and even gave the lipstick to Kathy for a while to see if she could provide with the love it deserves! The Illamasqua website however seemed to have a couple that might do the job, and after Kathy returned it to me, I took it along to have a look and lo and behold I finally found this pencil! I haven't had a chance to wear these two together yet since the weather has completely wreaked my lips but I am looking forward to it once the chance arrives.

Right, thats more than enough talking about make up for today! I do have several posts lined up to do but I have a pretty busy week (otherwise known as- working every day) until Saturday when I am heading up to London for an Oxfam blogger meet up, which I am very excited about. I feel so guilty at the minute that my blog isn't up to scratch, because I hate it being crap, but the demands of full time work and maintaining a long distance relationship (i.e. having to go visit my boyfriend on my free weekends) means that the blog just simply doesn't get as much time as it did in my student days. I hope that at some point soon I will be doing something slightly more interesting with my life that will allow me to make this blog how I want it, but at the moment it is suffering somewhat. As always, please provide me with feedback- my comments seem to have died somewhat recently, which I suppose is a natural result of me posting less frequently and perhaps commenting less on other blogs, but I really appreciate you telling me whether you like my posts or not. Else I feel like I am failing somewhat and have no one to tell me otherwise! Anyway, I'll stop whinging now. Better enjoy my last evening of freedom before returning to Customer Services... you can tell I'm excited can't you?!