Thursday, 30 April 2015

outfit of the day # 1

Leather jacket - Topshop | Crop top - Boohoo | Maxi skirt - Boohoo | Shoes - Primark

Nope, your eyes do not deceive you; this really is an outfit post from me. My very first one to be precise! It's quite an unusual outfit for me too as I'm not used to wearing such 'clingy' clothes. I'm usually in some sort of baggy dress with tights, but here I am with my bodycon maxi and even showing off a bit of belly! It's funny because even though people always compliment my figure I've always been terribly self concious. I've become a lot more confident over the past few years though and thought I'd give something different a try and you know what, I really did feel amazing in this outfit. Don't get me wrong it's not the most exciting of ensembles but it just made me feel good about myself which doesn't happen all that often.

I wore this when Joel and I went to the cinema to see Avengers: Age of Ultron (which I thought was really good.. though it didn't quite live up to the first one!) but we nipped to Meadowhall beforehand to buy a birthday present so I made Joel drive to a quiet part of the car park and snap a couple of photos. He wasn't very impressed, bless him! I also apologise for my very awkward pose but I'm really not a natural in front of the camera. I'm hoping that the more outfit posts I do, the more I'll learn which poses look best!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

instagram : our week off

Isn't annual leave just marvellous? We had a week off work recently and oh boy was it needed! Here's some of the things that what we got up to:


The first thing I did after leaving work on the Friday was head straight to Tesco to buy donuts. Is there any better way to celebrate ten days of doing whatever you want? Not in my books.


Monday, 6 April 2015

review : maybelline color drama velvet lip pencil in 'light it up'

Lip pencils seem to have become one of the latest lip trends in 2014/2015. Of course I would be late to the party as always and have only just purchased my first one. Red is a colour I never wear on my lips. It's just a shade that I don't usually have the confidence to go for, plus I feel like it'd completely drain me (which is somehow possible even though I already resemble Casper the Friendly Ghost!). I've been uhming and ahhing about trying one out for a few weeks so while I was having a browse in Boots last week I had a nosey at a few lipsticks and ended up going for one of the Maybelline Color Drama lip pencils. I managed to get the last one in shade Light It Up which I'm sure you'll agree is very much a bright, 'classic' red.

For £4.99 a pop I think these lip pencils are a blooming bargain. They apply quite smoothly and the pigmentation is amazing. It stays all day too, and even when it eventually starts fading it's still a pleasant stain to the lips. I was a little taken aback at first because I'm not used to wearing such a pop of colour but I do think it actually suits my pale skin. (You'll have to excuse the swatch photo. I didn't have a scrap of any other makeup on so you can see my blemished, dry, blotchy-freckled skin in all it's glory. Eeeek!) I tend to have very dry lips which some lipsticks seem to highlight, and even make worse sometimes. These however made them feel soft and moisturised which was super impressive. I'll definitely be going back to buy a couple more shades.

Results - 5/5
Price - 5/5
Packaging - 5/5
Overall - 5/5

Have you tried out any lip pencils?

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

mini homeware haul

Pineapple Candle - Primark | Mug - Primark | Marble Plate - H&M | Wall Hangings - Jysk
I never thought I'd see the day but lately I find myself more excited over the prospect of buying homewares rather than clothes. Maybe I'm finally starting to grow up... kind of. As I've mentioned before our flat is an on-going project. That still doesn't stop me buying the 'final touches' for it. Our bedroom just needs another coat of paint then it's pretty much finished. (Deciding that I wanted white was not my finest idea with the green walls that were there before.) So when I was out and about last month I couldn't resist buying some little bits. All of the above (with the exception of the mug) will be in there eventually and most of them were absolute bargains. I can't remember the exact prices but they were something like: £6.99 for the plate (which is the most expensive by far), £1.50 for the candle holder and 90p for the mug which were reduced in Primark, then £2.50 for the big wall hanging and 70p for the small one.
Primark seem to have completely upped their game recently in terms of homeware and I love that it seems to be pineapples galore at the moment! I've got my eyes on their pineapple duvet set next which will be perfect for the spring/summer time coming up. I'd never even heard of Jysk before until one opened up locally a few months ago. It reminds me of a mini Ikea and they have some great little finds dashed about the place. I know that every blogger and their nan seem to have the H&M marble plate but it really is gorgeous. I was in two minds about paying seven quid for it because it's not the biggest thing in the world but I reckon it will definitely come in handy for blog photos and such as well as a little tray for cups of tea/coffee.
What has been your favourite recent homeware purchase?
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