Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review: Poundland's make up range is the bargain beauty you need in your life

The scenes of utter devastation at my local Poundland
You'll have to forgive me for not doing a full review of the Poundland make up range, I suffer from the most sensitive skin so any real make up review would go along the lines of, "fayi theee eyes sitll swolltb gitu". [Read: Day three - eyes still swollen shut] But I was determined to take a look nonetheless.

As you can see, most of the 100 piece range was sold out by the time I made it down to my local Poundland, but there were still a lot of mascaras and nail polishes available - which, unlike some bargain ranges, come in actual decent colours that a normal human being would want to wear.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

M&S sportswear actually makes me want to work out

Today makes day one of a refreshed health kick for me. I'm hoping to shift a few more pounds before Christmas (gulp).

I've never been a girl who looks good while working out - you can usually find me in the back, hair scraped off my face with bright red cheeks. So attractive. Equally, I never would have considered going to Marks and Sparks for my gym kit, but this new gear has completely changed my mind.

Unlike some high street shops' attempts at fitness wear however, this is the real deal: everything is made from lightweight fabric with moisture wicking. Sweating never looked this good, amiright?!

Run top, £28; T-shirt, £28; Vest, £19.50; Leggings, £25; Crop leggings, £22.50, all Marks and Spencer
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Monday, 6 October 2014

Bargain of the week: Downton Abbey inspired jewellery at Warren James

I'm not the biggest fan of Downton Abbey but when it comes to vintage jewels you can count me in.

Capri necklace with Swarovski elements, £25 reduced from £105; Rihanna sterling silver freshwater pearl necklace, £16 from £35; Lucia sterling silver necklace with Swarovski elements, £22 from £49, all Warren James
Before it closed down, vintage inspired shop Past Times was one of my favourite places to buy jewellery. I have an obsession with 1920s/30s glamour - it's just so perfect for bringing a bit of life to dull autumn weather - and my wardrobe is stuffed with beautiful sparkles.

They may not look like much in these standard press shots but imagine these delicate pendants nestled against a cosy jumper or sparkling out from the folds of a scarf. The centre necklace in particular is my favourite: it is fairly long and very delicate. Team the real pearl with a raspberry shade of burgundy and you're on to a winner!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Crew Clothing makes me want to up sticks and move to the beach

At any given time in my home town, I'm maximum of 20 minutes away from the coast - so moving into a (heated) beach hut is a real possibility *dreamy eyes*.

Crew Clothing's gorgeous brand shots are just the perfect early autumn day at the beach. Crisp air, thick socks, and a big bowl of seafood chowder...I'm sold.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Bargain of the week: An ASOS sequin tunic worthy of Ashish at London Fashion week

Iridescent sequin tunic dress, £63.50, ASOS - Images (c) ASOS
There's something about sequins that just puts me in the mood to party like it's 1999.

King of the sequins Ashish was back at London Fashion Week this month with another suitably sparkly collection for spring/summer next year - but let's face it, who can wait that long for a bit of bling in their wardrobe?

This gorgeous tunic from ASOS is a little more demure than Ashish's slogan covered, raccoon-hair styled creations. It's still a knockout, but the fact that it's got a great Audrey Hepburn-esque cut to it means you can wear it again and again, without anyone noticing!

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