Saturday, 28 September 2013

Aztec Playsuit

Playsuit: River Island
Shoes: Office

Evening friends! I'm off to Cardiff tonight for partying. I bought a big fat bottle of Absolut Citron with my Sainsbury's vouchers and it better taste nice or else...

Check out my outfit of many bargains, this playsuit was supposed to be £25 but I got it for £6.25 because some of the stitching had come undone (thanks Mama B for fixing it!) and the shoes were £10 down from £50 in the sales, woop! I'm also pretty chuffed because when I bought this playsuit at the start of summer it only just fit me, and now it's actually a little bit baggy! If that's not cause to celebrate with vodka then I just don't know what is ;)

Friday, 27 September 2013

Purple Dress

Denim jacket: Vintage M&S
Hoodie: H&M
Dress: Topshop
Shoes: Topshop
Necklace: Accessorize via eBay
Just to say, I'm not intentionally trying to look moody by looking at the floor all the time, I just had a really gormless face on this morning! And also I left my tripod at home when I moved back to Uni so I had to construct one using my bedside table and some sticky tape!

This is what I wore for the first day of my last year of Uni. We had to go in to pick up our new student cards and discuss deadlines for dissertation (eek!) and module options. I'm thinking about doing a French module if they will let me, although my GCSE French is a bit rusty so I'm not sure if this is the best idea! If not I'll probably end up doing an International Marketing module which sounds really interesting.

I'm almost just about settled into my Uni house, although I still have some unpacking to do which is very unorganised of me. This year, although I'm still in the same house, I've got much better storage as I have a new desk and my Dad put up some shelves (which we're not technically supposed to do so don't tell anyone!) and I've decorated a bit more, so I might post some photos of my room soon because I'm actually quite proud of it!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Home Trial with Glasses Direct

One of my goals for the summer was to get contact lenses, or at least try them. I have been faffing for two whole months with Boots Opticians getting my eyes tested, trying different shapes/materials etc. and I have actually been really messed around. While I'm sure Boots Opticians is generally a good service, the staff in Shrewsbury have been mostly completely useless (a few of them were very nice and helpful but the majority were rude, unhelpful and actually gave me wrong information on multiple occasions)... but anyway that's another rant for another day!

In the end I gave up on my contact lens mission as I have astigmatism (eyeballs are supposed to be football-shaped but mine are more like rugby balls) and so any lenses I wore would not only NOT fit me properly but would also cost me a small fortune. So I gave up and resorted to getting new glasses. I hunted through Boots and Specsavers but didn't find anything that really impressed me, and certainly not any price tags to tempt me! I came home and did a quick Google search and found Glasses Direct, who offer cheap(er) glasses than the high street stores and with better offers. They also have a very handy feature where you can choose up to four frames that you like and they will send you trial versions to test at home! Which is exactly what this post is about...

These are my old glasses, from the value range at Specsavers about two years ago


My favourite pair is number 1, they're kind of like a daintier, slightly cooler version of my old glasses, which makes me feel like I'm growing up. I don't really like pair 2 as they are pink on the insides and pink just ain't my thang, which is a shame because the shape of  them is quite nice actually. Pair 3 are my silver medallists, runners up and second favouritest even though they're a little bit novelty-ish and pair 4 are just plain ridiculous and make me look like an owl in drag.

I'm quite convinced by the first pair, and I think I will get pair 3 too as Glasses Direct have a 'two for one' offer on - and it's always nice to have a spare pair of specs in the car! I'm probably also going to get some prescription sunglasses from Firmoo when I get some more pennies (and if the sun comes back!) as they have a nice 'first pair free' offer. 

Let me know what you think of my new specs!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Bumper Lush Goodies Post

I wrote about the Lush blogger event back in June; it was a brilliant night, I discovered some amazing products and to be honest I am now generally a bit of a Lush fanatic*. Unfortunately some of the samples I mentioned in my last post got a bit destroyed when I moved out of my Uni house, but I've been back since and re-stocked my collection with some different treats, all paid for with my own pennies and all completely worth it!

I bought this lip scrub at the blogger event after seeing it mentioned on a few other random blogs. I was curious because it had never occurred to me that my lips might need scrubbing, but after trying it I can't believe I hadn't thought of it before! This one smells (and tastes, it's all natural so you can eat it, yum!) of mint and chocolate and leaves my lips feeling really lovely and soft and tingly, especially combined with loads of lip balm afterwards!

I got given this cleanser at the blogger event but have since had to re-purchase as I used it all up! It's probably the best face cleanser I've ever used, and that's a lot from me as I do sometimes hold back from being so enthusiastic! It smells delicious, like lavender and oats and it feels really gentle to use but still like a scrub, which is just perfect for me. My skin has been so much better since using this, the scrub makes it smoother and the rose oil helps calm redness. 10/10, A*, bravo Lush!

This is the 'stronger' version of Angels on Bare Skin. I'll be honest, I only bought it because of the colour. I've never seen a black facial cleanser before and never even considered that one might exist. I use this once or twice a week if I'm having an 'I feel icky' skin day. It smells delicious, like aniseed with a hint of lemon, and it feels like sugar so it's a really good exfoliator. Unless you have particularly oily skin I wouldn't recommend using this every day but it's good for an extra deep clean now and then! It's also fun to only apply it to the bottom half of your face and pretend you have beard stubble, just fyi.

I always find it a bit amusing that these face masks need to be kept in the fridge, but I guess that just shows how fresh and lovely the ingredients are! Catastrophe Cosmetic is made of/smells like blueberry and chamomile and reminds me of Parma Violets (the sweets I mean, not the band). I have used it all up now, which is why I only have a picture of the pot (I'm saving it 'coz if you bring back five clean and empty containers to the shop you get freebies, score!) but it was lovely to put on after I got home from the gym as it cooled me down and stopped my face being so puffy and red from exercising. I found the benefits of this face mask were more in the luxurious, cooling feeling than anything else, but it was still a nice treat after a hard day!

Funnily enough (and entirely accurate) I found this on a google search for 'best spot products'. I get really bad cystic acne when I eat too much dairy (which would be easy to solve if I just cut out dairy products but chocolate) and I wanted something that would target them with some oomph-y power. It works super quickly to dry out and soothe spots with tea tree and witch hazel. I found that if I applied it in the evening to a normal spot, by the next day the spot would be well on its way to disappearing and much less noticeable. It's sadly not quite as effective at battling my cystic acne, but it does help, which seeing as it's somewhat self-inflicted, is the best I can hope for really!

So there you go, my small collection of Lush products. I've loved each and every one of these and I'll definitely be experimenting with more soon. I'm intrigued by the hair products as my hair is just a big fat pain to deal with tbh. Wish me luck with getting my dream job at Lush, then I can spend all my time and money there and justify it as research!

*My boss told me not to use the word 'fanatic' in press stuff as it sounds bad, but I promise my fanatical intentions are 100% positive!