Saturday, 26 January 2013

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Daisy by Marc Jacobs is my favourite and most used perfume. This is the second bottle I've got and I know I'll have to repurchase when I've finished it. 

Debenhams describes the product as: 

'Daisy Hot Pink is stylish, fun, and chic. A richer interpretation of the eau de toilette, daisy hot pink is an eau de parfum that opens with sweetly simple notes of fresh wild strawberry. The heart bursts with jasmine, violet petals, and gardenia. The feminine base blends seamlessly with white wood accords of birch and cedarwood, leaving an impression that is round, rich, and perfectly on trend.'

I'm not the best at describing scents and so let someone else do it for you. All I can say is it is quite sweet, so if your not into your sweet scents this probably isn't one for you but if you are then I definitely couldn't recommend anything better! I think when I first smelt this scent, quite a few years ago actually, it reminded me firstly a bit of Parma Violets. I'm not really sure I'd say this now, but as I say I don't know whether this was completely off. (Has anyone else thought this?!) 

My first bottle was the EDT version and I received it as a gift quite a few years ago. It lasted me such a long time and have been in love with it ever since! When the time came and I needed to repurchase it I had decided that I wanted to try out the EDP version as I wanted to see whether I could prolong the use of it further as I hate buying things like this for myself. I managed to persuade my Dad and Brother to get this one for me for a Christmas or my Birthday, which I think was in 2011? and it is still lasting me today! 

Since getting into blogging (I started reading blogs long before I started one of my own!) there are so many products I am lusting for after reading about them on plenty of blogs. This includes plenty of perfumes that I have gone out and smelt and they are amazing! Those at the top of my list would be Flowerbomb by Victor and Rolf and Lady Million by Paco Rabanne although I will always have to make sure there's a bottle of Daisy on my shelf... 

What are your favourite perfumes? 


Friday, 18 January 2013

NOTD: NYE Glitter

Nails Inc. Polish for Instyle Magazine - Electric Teal and Topshop polish - 3D 

I had been wanting this polish from Topshop for a long, long time but for some reason I never got around to purchasing it as I would always go for another lipstick over one of their polishes. This beautiful glitter shade always caught my eye as the holographic particles always looked beautiful in the light. I wasn't sure whether or not to get it as I wasn't sure whether the colour payout would be the same as it was in the bottle as I knew that if it was anything less, I would have definitely been disappointed. 

I bought it when I was sale shopping around Oxford Street, the day before New Years Eve and I just had to try it out as soon as I'd got it! I decided to put it over the Nails Inc. polish as it was pretty much the same colour as my dress and I thought it would look nice with the glitter over the top (hopefully!). 

I can only say great things about the outcome. The Topshop polish's payout was exactly as it was in the bottle. I think I used about 3 coats over the top of 1 coat of the teal polish. It photographed quite well, but not quite as great as it was in person. All I can say is I couldn't quite stop looking at my nails... and so couldn't recommend the polish enough. 

I paired it with the OPI Nail Envy as a base coat and the Seche Vite Top Coat, and it looked great! 

The only negative thing I can say about the pairing is that it didn't last that long and that this happened... 

The whole nail polish fell straight off my nail! I wasn't wearing false nails, it was just the polish that came off. I can't say I've ever seen this before or this has ever happened to me! It happened to most of the nails eventually, so I guess the only good thing about this was that I didn't have to put up with the pain of taking off glitter polish as we all know how bad that is! 

Have you tried this polish from Topshop? What other polishes did you pair it with? What are your favourite Topshop polishes? 


Saturday, 12 January 2013

Dressing Up: Florence and the Machine

For my flat mate and good friend Alex's birthday we all dressed up as celebrities and went out in London. Alex and I decided that we would dress up as Florence and the Machine, after seeing a picture of Alex Turner and his girlfriend doing it. I dressed up as Florence and Alex dressed up as the machine...

Headband - Topshop, Wig - Amazon, Dress - Ebay, Top (over the top of dress) - Monki, Socks - Topshop, Shoes - Topshop

I spent quite a while looking for my costume, I wanted it to be as Florence-like as possible. I was thinking about her in the Lungs era rather than the latest Ceremonials era. I was thinking floaty and fringing, and that's what I went for. I decided to layer a fringed top over this caped dress to give a much more interesting and detailed effect. I'd say the dress was a bit plain without it and it made it much more Florence. I bought my wig off Amazon, and actually there was a bit of a thing about this. I originally got sent a straight wig, when I had ordered a curly one. They quite quickly did rectify this and sent me a curly one in time for Alex's birthday and as a bonus, I got to keep both!

Alex went as the Machine and dressed up as a washing machine. We (meaning mainly me, haha) made the costume, and actually we were pretty happy with it. Unfortunately it wasn't quite as comfortable as we may have hoped...

This is a picture of the costume with the straight wig! At first I wasn't sure which wig to wear but we decided the curly one was better. 

L-R: Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Florence and the Machine! Gary Barlow, (not too sure what Matt went as!), Kevin from Kevin and Perry, 'Lana Del Rey's Male Counterpart (not too sure what this meant! uh ohh.) and Dolly Parton! 

There is another few pictures of everyone! I wouldn't really say the night went to plan as we had hoped but the dressing up was definitely fun. Hoping to get another use out of my costume at another point, hopefully for a better night out! 

And here's a nice little picture I thought I would end the post on. My friend Tim wearing my Florence wig... 


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Dressing Up: The Zoo

During Freshers Fortnight we had a night out at The Rainforest Cafe near Picadilly Circus. The fancy dress theme was the Zoo. My friend Holly and I dressed as Zebra's and Kathryn dressed as a leopard!  

Me: Dress - Boohoo via Ebay, Ears - Ebay, Boots - Topshop       
Kathryn (Middle): Playsuit - H&M, Shoes - Mango      
 Holly (Right): Dress - Ebay, Shoes - River Island, Ears - Ebay

This picture is of us just after we got ready in our flat in our Uni Halls. We then pre-drank a little bit and then headed over to the Rainforest Cafe. I wouldn't really say it was the best night of Freshers as I think the venue lacked a little bit, it was very expensive (just as everywhere is in London!) and it wasn't as busy as we had hoped. The night bus back to Uni is also pretty dire, so it's only usually worth it after a good night out. 

(Images via Facebook: here and here)

Another couple of images from the night. The venue is beautiful, I used to go there when I was younger with my family for special meals out. I can remember it so well, the elephants used to be my favourite! So I would say the night was worth going to again, if only for the venue and remembering being there when I was younger! 

Face: Garnier BB Cream, Garnier Tinted Eye Roll On, Benefit High Beam
Brows: HD Brow Kit
Eyes: Barry M Intense Eyeliner Pen; Black, Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara, Silver Glitter (Can't remember the make - sorry!) 
Cheeks - Topshop Cream Blush; Neon Rose
Lips - MAC Lipstick; Shy Girl 

In regard to my make up on the day, I had planned to wear red lipstick, but while I was doing it I thought a nude lip with a glitter eye would work effectively. I was happy with what we were all wearing, in some ways the getting ready was more exciting than the night as a whole. 

Here's a little promo video of the night. We are in there, see if you can spot us... 

Have you ever been? What would you have dressed up as? 


Sunday, 6 January 2013

Dressing Up: New Years Eve

Dress - Topshop   Belt - Topshop   Boots - Topshop    Socks - Primark

So NYE finally came around. After searching endlessly, I finally found a dress which I previously posted about here. I went for quite a subtle look with my make-up as I thought the dress did all the talking, it was pretty sparkly! I went for a subtle smoky eye using my Naked Palette with a nude lip and just to jazz it up a bit, I added a super sparkly nail. NOTD post coming soon... 

We went to the Queen of Hoxton in Shorditch near Liverpool Street tube station. We went there before to see my friend Alice sing, and the venue was beautiful and so decided it'd be perfect for New Years.

On NYE it was Mat Horne's (Gavin, from Gavin and Stacey!) club night Session - which was amazing! There is a Wig Wam on the roof, which is amazing, and there was a silent disco in it. This was the main reason we wanted to go, reminiscing about the silent disco we had on Freshers fortnight, how could we not go!? Just before we were about to see in the New Year, we headed out onto the decking outside of the Wig Wam to look over London and watch some fireworks when it hit 12 o'clock, still dancing away with our headphones. It was amazing! Unfortunately we did miss both of Mat's sets, but I did manage to catch a glimpse of the back of his head... I have actually seen him DJ before and so wasn't as disappointed as I would have been if I hadn't! 

 These are just a few of the pictures I had from the night. I don't actually have many as of yet as I took a disposable camera out with me. Will see what the pictures are like and may post a few more to show you all. 

I had such a lovely night and I literally couldn't recommend the Venue any more. If you get a chance, you should definitely visit it! It is definitely something special.

Happy New Year everyone! What did you get up to for New Years? 

You can see my look on lookbook here! 


Saturday, 5 January 2013

I'm Back! Update pt. 5

Florence and Rihanna's tattoos, Florence and MJ, Tim wearing my Florence wig!

Florence and the Machine (Alex and I), Tying Dina up with Selotape, Lettie and Jasper

Tiny chess, popcorn everywhere - well done Callum!, my smashed plates... 

The empty student bar, I need to get better cutlery, deciding what colour to paint my nails and getting back into beauty! 

Ring of Fire, The O2 for Mumford and Sons, Waiting in the queue for 4hrs 30mins

Freezing while waiting for Mumford!, the O2, Piff the Magic Dragon

Post War Years, Dawes, Mumford and Sons - literally the most beautiful band ever

Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), Snow in Harrow, Santa Livi... 

This should actually be the last in the series, which hopefully means normal update posts will be resuming after this. I hope you liked the series as I wanted to give you a little insight into what I had been doing while I hadn't been posted! 


Thursday, 3 January 2013

Dressing Up: Halloween

I am going to be doing a series of posts about all of the dressing up that I've been and will be doing while at Uni. This will primarily be the fancy dress, but I will also probably include any other dressing up - possibly including NYE etc. I am starting with my Halloween costume as I had such an overwhelming response to this image below, when posted as part of an Instagram series, that I felt that I should delve a bit deeper into the fancy dres,s and tell you all a bit more about how I got the look.

Face: Barry M Foundation - White
Brows: HD Brow Kit
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palette, Barry M Intense Eye liner Pen, Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara
Cheeks: Topshop Cream Blush - High Five
Lipstick: Sleek Lipstick in Mulberry

Halloween this year was a bit of a last minute thing. We sort of knew that we would dress up but weren't really sure what we would be doing and so didn't really want to spend too much on our costumes. I bought some of the Barry M foundation as I knew this would definitely come in use when deciding what to do. I am not really a fan of the heavy white face paints as I don't really like the thought of it clogging up my skin and so thought this would be a much better alternative. It sits better on the skin and gives an effect as good as, if not better than the usual face paints. 

We decided to go to a house party and so had to figure out what we were going to dress up as. I decided I wanted to be a scary doll type thing and so started the make up from there. I took inspiration from the internet and started on my make up. I started by applying the foundation all over the face in a number of layers - I can't remember exactly how many it took to get this effect - sorry! I then started on the eyes by applying quite an elaborate shadow from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, using mainly the darker shades (the last two in the palette - Creep and Gunmetal). I then applied quite a large amount of black eye liner on the top lid and waterline. I then lined underneath my bottom lashes, using quite a thick line and then drew off the short lines to make them look as though they were lashes and therefore giving the wide doll-eyed effect. I finished off with mascara. 

I then topped up more of the white foundation on my face where the eye make up had possibly got to, and then moved onto the brows. I filled my brows in how I normally would but using a bit more product to make them more defined than I would usually have. I then went on to the cheeks. Using my Topshop Cream Blush in High Five (I wanted quite a pink shade and so opted for this over Neon Rose), I dabbed it on my cheeks using my finger in a circle formation as you would expect to see on a doll. I wanted it to look exaggerated so that it would contrast strongly against my white skin. I then finished off with the lips using my darkest lipstick, and applied the lipstick only to parts of my lips again to give the doll effect. 

I was really happy with the outcome actually as it was a last minute thing, and would actually be more than inclined to do this again next year but potentially with a bit more thought put into it. 

Last minute Halloween make up at it's best!

Here is a picture of me and my friend Holly, she went as a dead Harry Potter. 

This is a picture of me and Callum, my boyfriend, he dressed up as Kevin from Kevin and Perry!

What did you dress up as for Halloween?  How would you have done your make up?