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8/31/13

Part 2 | One Biker Jacket, Three Ways To Wear



So continuing on from yesterday's post, outfit two of this 'three ways to wear' series. The leopard print skater dress was bought off of Ebay for my 17th birthday, but being a blogger that doesn't have an overflowing wardrobe, I dug it out and realised it goes pretty well with the jacket. I added my new chunky rings from H&M, my rosary bead necklace from Ebay (again...) and my good old Docs. This is probably something I'd wear out at night or during the day with tights, but the leopard print is a bit of a show stopper! What do you think?

Stay tuned for part three tomorrow!

8/30/13

Part 1 | One Biker Jacket, Three Ways To Wear

I've been looking for the perfect leather biker jacket for what seems like forever and I finally came across this beauty in Zara. It's not real leather but the quality of the jacket is pretty convincing, you'd think it actually was. It's so well made & the zips and silver buttons give it that edge. I am in love with it & literally going to wear it with everything this winter as it's really good thick material & can be worn with hoodies and jumpers underneath too! I've styled up three outfits including the jacket to show how I'd wear it, here is outfit number one...


I teamed it up with my trusty red Vans (which have sadly faded after I wore them to a festival when it rained, boooo), my fave lil polka dot skirt which I thrifted from a carboot, headscarf from good ole Primark, vest from Zara and my mama's pearls along with my Raybans and MAC lips in russian red. (I apologise for rubbish photos, my dad's Olympus battery gave out just before doing the photos so I resorted to my phone)

Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow!

8/29/13

How To Clean Make Up Brushes/Product Care

A good set of make up brushes should last you several years, if taken care of. This involves cleaning your brushes every so often...there are surprisingly a lot of people that don't bother with it which I can understand, it's a bit of an effort. But think of it like this, it would be as if you ate off of the same plate every night for a month without washing it...not that hygienic and a bit minging to be quite honest. So, basically, the same goes for your make up brushes... all the excess of the make up you use stays in the brushes and could easily lead to breakouts, generally bad skin and dark streaky foundation even someone from 'my big fat gypsy wedding' couldn't compete with. Here I have layed out a simple step by step guide on how to take care of your brushes, which you should do every month or two depending on how often and how much make up you may use (it's not rocket science) but I thought i'd do it anyway including how long you should keep certain make up products for...

You'll need:

A glass or mug (whichever), liquid soap (can be any brand, I just use supermarkets own) and a towel.

  
Step 1 : Fill a glass slightly to the top with tap water.


 Step 2 : Scoosh (I didn't know which word to use so scoosh shall do for now) two to three drops of soap into the glass.


Step 3: Place the brushes in the glass and leave for up to 3 minutes and swish the brushes round at the same time, after the three minutes the water should look a bit mirky & basically, well...yucky.


Step 4: Squeeze a pea sized amount of the soap onto each brush and rub in gently (as if you were washing your hair).


Step 5: Run each brush individually under the tap to get all the soap out & any excess make up resedue off.


Step 6 : Squeeze out any excess moisture, gently dry the bristles on a towel and leave the brushes to dry indoors or by a window.



Et voila! Your brushes should take atleast an hour or so to dry and will be lovely and soft to use, my brushes have lasted me a good few years all down to good care & cleaning!

Now, when is it right to get rid of any make up and when is it past it's sell by date? I'm going to use the 'food' example again, food has an expiry date, so does make up, here is all you need to know:

  • Mascara: 6 months (basically when it starts to get that crayola smell, you know it needs to go.)
  • Lip and eye pencils: 12 to 18 months
  • Eye shadow: 2 years
  • Eye cream: 6 months
  • Concealer: 2 years
  • Foundation: 2 years
  • Powder: 2 years
  • Lipstick: 12 to 18 months
  • Moisturiser: 2 years
  • Sunscreen: 2 years
  • Face cream: 2 years





Also, I found this photo (above) and found it to be helpful so thought I'd share it! The little icon is normally found on your make-up, beauty products and skincare. Here is what it means: the M stands for month and it's basically the number of months the product will be good for, in other words- its expiry date. It starts as soon as you've opened it. TIP: Label products with your first date of use so you know when it's time to top up.

8/22/13

Club Tropicana


 Image taken from Google

The long hot summer continues (for some) which means we can embrace the current tropical/hawaiian trend as seen on the catwalk, the likes of Beyoncé and even Fatboy Slim is known for wearing a hawaiian print shirt...so you can't say it doesn't look good! Here are my favourite picks from the high street & online...



All clothing images taken from clothing websites

1. Skirt: Asos 2. Rucksack: Asos 3. Maxi dress: Boohoo 4. Skirt & Crop Top ensemble: Missguided.co.uk 5. Jeans: Forever21 6. Crop Top: River Island

Now all you need is a pina colada and a sandy white beach...

8/18/13

Secondhand Sunday #5

I went to two carboot sales today which were sort of successful, but I couldn't get out early enough as I had to help my parents make beds in the guest rooms at our B&B as well as putting new towels in rooms etc etc, so we probably missed out on most of the good stuff at the carboots. That said, I managed to find a few good things! Here are some photos from the day and the bargains I found.

Floral shorts for 1 euro, win!

I'm so happy I got these beauties. They have studs on them which looks really cool & grungy (plus easier as quite frankly I don't have the effort or motivation to put studs on myself) and they are brand new and I got them for 5 euros, can you tell how happy I am?!


Actually got this ages ago but thought i'd add it in. This isn't really for the weather we're having at the moment but I'm stocking up for winter already & this fair isle beauty that cost me 1 euro (!!!) will be on me everyday (in between being washed ovbs) with jeans boots and a lil beanie. I'm actually looking forward to winter so I can wear about 97% of my clothes again.


Ok, it needs an iron but other than that it looks really good on tucked into a skirt or with jeans with a leather jacket. 3 euros.


Rather basic but this glittery cardi actually looks really good thrown on with my boyfriend jeans and the studded high tops mentioned above! 2 euros.


I wish I found this bumbag before I went to the festival in Spain this summer, but, better late than never, and I will definitely be wearing it next summer. Cost me 2 euros!

So, there you have it! Me filling my wardrobe up with more things I don't really need again, you can't beat a good bargain though! I will be doing my own carboot in September (second already this year!) and selling looooads of my stuff. Having a good clear out does you good and I'm looking forward to recieving some $$$$$ (or euros in my case). I have 2 weeks, (2 weeks!!!) of holidays left, mustn't. panic. I feel like I should be doing loads with the time I have left but instead I've chose to sit and watch all the series of Skins back to front...ah well.

8/15/13

The Pink Blazer



I just put this outfit together pretty quickly and realised it looked pretty good so thought i'd share it. The blazer was bought at a carboot for 15 euros, brand new with tags from H&M orginally at about 45 euros so I got a real bargain there! Yes, it does need an iron, I know. The top & jeans were bought on sale in Zara along with my sandal heels from Pimkie that I seem to be putting in evey outfit lately (sorrynotsorry). I added diamante earrings (carbooty), bracelet (carbooty)...do I never not buy at carboots?!... and the necklace which was bought ages ago at Accessorize, which I still love to this day.  

The rest of my week I'm seeing friends and going to the pool to get my tan on and make the most of the rest of the summer before my last year at high school doing my baccaleureat starts back in September (*sad face*), jesus where has the time gone?! Anyway, how are you all spending the rest of your summer?

8/14/13

That 70's Show Fashion



Normally, when you think of the 70s you think of o.t.t flares & not so flattering hair styles and i'm guessing you wouldn't dare go near that kind of style...but actually if you looked closer you'll see that in the high street today there are tons of 70s inspired pieces with a modern twist which make it suitable for anyone of any shape to wear today.

Think paisley print, chunky wedges, floppy hats & high waisted shorts! I picked out a few of the best from the high street to get the look. Explore your inner hippy & try it out. Peace man x

8/2/13

Summer Sale outfit

I finally ventured out to the summer sales yesterday, probably about 1 month too late but surprisingly there were still a lot of things left. I squeezed in a little outfit shoot today (despite this melt-your-face-off type weather) so here is the first outfit including items I found on sale. I really love this outfit, I picked up them both up with no intention to buy them, tried them on & realised how perfect the top & trousers go together...it's one of those outfits I feel really good in!


Top: 7 euros (on sale) PROMOD | Floral trousers: 20 euros (on sale) PROMOD | Necklace: 1 euro carboot | Pumps H&M | Bag: Charity shop 3 euros | Bracelet: My sisters
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