Thursday, 20 June 2013

Drugstore beauty buys!

I recently popped into Boots just to pick up some good old essentials, foundation and concealer to be exact...however for me it seems there is no such thing as 'popping into Boots to get a couple of things', I'll always leave with more than I actually went in for! 

£12.29 (Boots)

I have oily, combination skin and my foundation of choice in recent times is always the L'Oreal Infallible Foundation, it has a light and creamy texture that blends nicely. I'd say the coverage is light to medium, but is buildable to a semi-matte finish. It comes in a good colour range, with a good variety of shades, I wear shade 15/ Porcelain. 

The only things I would say is that firstly I am not convinced that this foundation will stay put for the 16+ hours it claims. It seems to get mixed reviews when it comes to staying power, but for me personally I get a good few hours wear from it, usually between 6-8.
Also because I do have skin that's on the oily side I find that I do need to wear a matte powder over the top, and be weary if you have any dry patches!

£4.19 (Boots)
Next on my list was concealer, and I'm sure you'll all recognise this little chap! The world and his wife seem to have this item, but for good reason. I've tried many concealers in my time but this one is the best. Collection, or Collection 2000 have been somewhat neglected in the beauty world in the past, but this thick and creamy concealer covers up redness, dark circles and blemishes brilliantly. Just be careful not to apply too much under your eyes as you may get creasing.
I suggest anyone who hasn't tried this gets their hands on it pronto!

£3.99 (Boots)

My weakness in the nail polish department is Red, I love having red nails especially the old fashioned phone box kind of red. I grabbed this Gelly Hi-Shine polish from Barry M. I adore this range, they apply easily and leave a high colour and shine finish. If there is one thing that Barry M do then it's colour, and there is definitely a shade (or two) for everyone!

£4.49 (Boots)
No matter what colour I've chosen to paint my hands and toes, I'll always apply a top coat. This just helps give your nails a bit of extra gloss and staying power. I've tried several brands but am really enjoying this Rimmel London Finishing Touch Ultra Shine, at the moment. It's really easy to apply, the large brush allows for one-stroke per nail application. Just ensure you leave suitable drying time! 

£2.79 (Boots)
Finally I picked up a new eyebrow pencil from Collection, I have Blonde hair so thought I'd give this a try. I've yet to use it so can't really say much but we'll see how it goes!

It's also worth a mention that Boots are doing Buy 1 and get the 2nd Half Price on selected cosmetics at the moment!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Small Summer Haul: Brights!

Being so fair skinned I am the first to admit that I shy away from real bright or colourful clothing...mostly because the last thing I want to do is attract attention to my vibrant white skin as it contrasts against whatever it is that I'm wearing.
However, yesterday I decided that my wardrobe was looking a little dull and a little splash of colour was exactly what it needed. I popped into town with my sister for a little shopping spree and picked up the following: 

The first spot was good old Primark, or Primarni. I do find this store incredibly hit and miss, somedays you can fill your basket, and others you leave empty handed. Having said that I managed to pick up two lovely bright summer tops:

First I picked up this polka dot coral number, it's just a basic vest top but the bright colours, soft and light material makes it perfect for summer.
Primark polka dot vest: £3.50

Forgive the slight discolouring of my photos, I think my camera may be on its last legs :(
Secondly I grabbed this lovely floral blouse, I really love how the salmon tones contrast against the turquoise. The cut is incredibly flattering however the pleat at the front is open, so you will need to wear something underneath.

Primark floral blouse: £10.00

Now I've been after some new jeans since my beloved Topshop pair had to be thrown out, I decided to check out what Primark had to offer. I must say that when it comes to jeans Topshop will probably always have my heart, but at £38 a pair they don't come cheap. 
I grabbed this pair from the ultra-soft super skinny range, and I wasn't expecting much (sorry Primark). Now they aren't what I'd all the perfect pair of jeans, but they aren't awful either. They fit nicely, are the perfect length and are super comfy, for only £11 there's not much to fault with them. If anyone is looking for a comfortable pair of jeans that aren't going to break the bank then I recommend giving Primark a go! I'm not sure how long they'll last, but for £11 they are a total bargain that you can wear on summer walks, at the beach without fear of getting them dirty.

Primark jeans: £11

Okay so I may have then gone to Topshop to get my hands on a pair of jeans, however I did have a £25 voucher so this pair cost me the grand total of £7.40, yes a pair of fabulous Topshop jeans for £7.40!
These are the Joni Super High Waisted Skinny jeans, I wasn't sure at first as they don't have front pockets nor can you wear a belt, however as soon as I tried them on I fell in love. Style wise I'd say they look similar to disco pants, and the high waist is very flattering.

Topshop Joni jeans: £36 (Retail)

Finally I popped into H&M which is always good for basics, if you're looking for basic Tees or vests then H&M is the place to go. I picked up this floral strap top with button detailing for £9.99. The deep pink/purple contrasts the black rose print beautifully. I wouldn't say that it is a crop top, but it is on the shorter side when it comes to length.

H&M floral top: £.9.99
So there we have it, just a few items I picked up yesterday, I'm sure they wont all be to everyones taste but I hope you've enjoyed looking. I'd love you see what you guys have been buying to get your wardrobes ready for summer!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Sunday Grub

If there is one thing that I always have time for it's food. Today was rather a mixed bag, lunch consisted of a warm cheese and couscous roll (Don't knock it until you've tried it!), followed by a succulent joint of lamb for dinner. Food was followed by a cool glass of white out in the sunshine, perfect!

I hope you've enjoyed your Sunday afternoon in the sun too!

Sunday Walkies

After three years of living away from home and closer to the 'Big Smoke' (I still can't believe university is over), it does feel a little strange hearing lawnmowers and birds tweeting instead of car horns. As much as I loved being that little bit closer to London, you just can't beat the countryside. There is nothing quite like a walk amongst the fields, with your most trusted companion.

Roast Lamb was awaiting us back home, so someone was more than happy to finish his walk amongst the grass and head back to the kitchen.
Happy Sunday everyone! xx