Sunday, 2 December 2012

Ciates Mini Mani Month

As a woman coming to the grand old age of twenty one and a forever need to "loose weight" a standard chocolate advent calender really wasn't doing it for me this year. Whilst I was trawling through instagram I came across this! The Ciate mini Mani advent calender and with a few subtle tweets explaining my need for this advent calender the wonderful boyfriend purchased it for me :) However, I really would have bought this for myself if he hadn't - its absolutely amazing!

The Ciate advent calender comes with seventeen of their best selling nail polishes along with four caviar blends (which I am so excited to try out!) and three exclusive glitter polishes which will only be available through the advent calender! Considering one of Ciates mini nail polishes retails for £3 I'm making an impressive saving of £37!

The advent calender has been a massive success and has completely sold out in Selfridges and is going for around £75 on Ebay! however, you can still buy it directly from the Ciate website for £38 plus shipping. 

Thursday, 30 August 2012


// Jolie Moi - £22 //

You know when you just see something, your heart skips a beat and you think to yourself *I need this in my wardrobe ASAP* ...yeah, I just had that moment!

This dress is beautiful! the navy/cream combination and paisley print, I'm a sucker from a paisley print! The cuts very me seeing as I live in skater dresses
The dress is perfect both from during the day covered with a chunky knit or going out in the evening with some gorgeous ankle boots, showing off the exposed back; To top it all off its only a mere £22!
 I've just discovered this brand upon finding this dress and I'm in love with all their pieces they’re affordable and girly chic so check them out!

Monday, 20 August 2012

Daily Dress Up 22

 Top - River island // Skirt - Ebay 

Quite a picture heavy post, sorry guys! 
Love this outfit, so girly and angelic! Literally felt like I was floating as opposed to walking haha :)

This entire outfit comes to less than a tenner! The top was originally from River Island but I picked it up in my local charity shop in Nottingham! It was a real bargain, think it was £3.50 (?) I love the cape sleeves and gorgeous peachy colour of it! The beautiful pastel blue maxi skirt was from ebay for around the £4 mark! Amazing! I know! I can not speak highly enough of international Ebay sellers, cheap and good quality - the only downfall being you have to wait about 20 days for an item to arrive!

Happy Ramadan to any Muslim readers btw! I had a lovely day with my family (ate far too much food oops!) and with the end of Ramadan marks the last few weeks of my summer before I embark on my second year at university! got so much to fit into a few weeks :D eep! 

Hope you're all well 

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Daily Dress Up 21

Top - Newlook // Jeans - Primark // Shoes - Primark // Necklace - Dorothy Perkins

My  floral printed jeans are perfect against the summer breeze! Thought I'd best make the most of them before our little summer is over and it would look slightly inappropriate to wear in rain and clouds!

Friday, 3 August 2012


I'm not absolutely crazy about make up, I tend to stick to what I know works for me. However as I'm getting older I seem to be collecting more and more of it so I thought I would do my first ever FOTD!

Face // Bare minerals concealer  // Bare minerals foundation in medium tan // Bare minerals warmth all over face // Collection 2000 shimmer shades blushalicious blusher

Eyes // Benefit BADgal mascara // Loreal infallible eyeliner // Avon Arabian glow

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


// Topshop - £48 //
I hate wearing reds, I hate drawing attention to my lady lumps but theres something about this TopShop heart dress I absolutely adore!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Daily Dress Up 20

 Denim jacket - vintage // Dress - Newlook // Shoes - Tesco

I have a back log of old outfit posts I need to get through so here's the first! seeing as the UK is finally set for its week of summer, this outfit felt appropriate! 

I adore this floral tea dress, its green (my fave colour) its a floral print and so floaty I cant help but feel awesome and feminine when I wear this!

Just a quick note to say - I honestly appreciate every comment and follower of my blog, it really means the world to me :) and to say thank you I will be hosting a give away when I hit 100 followers!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Daily Dress Up 19

Cardigan - Charity Shop // Blouse - Primark // Jeans - NewLook

I had been eyeing up this blouse a few times but with the UKs bipolar weather I didn't see much point buying it however, when I seen it in the sale racks of primark for £5! It would have been rude not to buy it! 

Of course, me being the idiot I am kept my cardigan on whilst taking the photos so you cant see the amazing floral details along the sides of the blouse - I think its a nice mix up to the average floral blouse. I also think its quite slimming as it narrows your entire body down - but I'm really sorry you cant see it in the pictures! :(

Friday, 20 July 2012

DIY Face Mask

I'm a firm believer in DIY clothing and beauty products! A really easy and cheap DIY are face masks! I've tried soo many and I think a really good one is a honey, oatmeal and banana face mask. There are thousands of companies which sell masks, cleansers and exfoliants which contain all three of these ingredients but why buy them when you can make it for a fraction of the price?

 you can also tailor the mask around yourself, knowing the problem areas of your skin you can decide to add less or more of a particular ingredient ensuring your face mask works for you.

Anyway, the reason I love this mask is because it contains ingredients which target the problems my skin suffers from. 

You will need...

- 2 table spoons of blended/grinded oats- Oats are a great exfoliater and will gently rub away dead skin cells, they will also absorb any excess oils on the skin which is brilliant for me as i suffer from an oily T zone. 

- 1 table spoon on honey - honey is one of many of mother naturals antibacterials and will help tackle acne. its also a brilliant moisturiser so will leave you skin silky smooth. Now for a bit of science (hello biochemistry degree!) honey also contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase which will break down the glucose within the honey and release hydrogen peroxide, now its the hydrogen peroxide that is key for honeys antibacterial properties and will also prevent ageing!

- half a mashed banana - bananas are well known for helping skin, especially to help moisturising and brighten the skin leaving a super healthy glow. 

- dash of milk - milk contains lactic acid and this is really good for the skin as the acid will help break down dead skin cells - just like a natural acid peel -  exposing the new skin cells to the other amazing ingredients in the mask. 

mix all the super ingredients together and place it on your face for about half an hour - if the mixture is too runny or too thick add more oats or milk respectively.  I'd recommend doing this twice a week - if you do decide to try it please comment/email/tweet me letting me know how you got on with it and if I should do more of these DIY beauty tips! 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

A/W 12/13 Wish List

 1  -  2  -  3  -  4  -  5  -  6  -  7  -  8

With the British summer looking like it will never show its face I've been scouring the interwebz for A/W inspiration with Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Primark and River Island all releasing their next season previews I've been spoilt for choice to what I'm lusting over.

Theres a hell of a lot of monochrome which I'm actually really loving, I've always tried to make myself wear more colour but honestly I love an all black outfit!
The studded boots are an absolute must and I WILL get them! However knowing NewLook they will be in in the sale eventually so I'm going to wait it out until I really reaaally want them!
Recognise number 8? The famous Zara parka jacket with leather sleeves! Well Primark have duped it and for only £25 I think it's a real bargain!

Friday, 6 July 2012

All About NAILS

All about Nails is a nail polish brand exclusive to the super giant Tesco which I discovered whilst doing my weekly shops at university. I saw the extensive array of colours and I was hooked, at closer inspection I found they were only 99p each! And the addiction began.....

 L - R: Plum Rasin, Blueberry Pie, Praline, Mint Snow
I'm currently wearing Praline - but I've tried and tested all the colours and they have to be my favourite nail polish brand ever! I've tried Barry M, Models Own, Rimmel the list goes on and I have to say Tescos' All about Nails comes top every time!

- The pigmentation of the polishes are extremely good meaning really only one coat is needed - however I insist on doing two regardless (old habits die hard) 
-  How many times have you seen a gorgeous colour in a bottle and once your purchased it and tried it on it just doesn't look the same? Not with these, the colours in the bottle exactly match what you put on your nails! 
- The consistency of these polishes I find are perfect, not too thick, like your applying already half dried/gloopy polish onto your nails (I'm talking to you Barry M) and not too thin meaning your having to put coat upon coat to get the desired colour. It really is perfect!
- Drying time I would say is the same as any other nail polish to be honest - however once it is dry I can safely say the polish wont chip, provided a good top coat is applied - for approximately a week!

I would definitely recommend these, and at only 99p they're worth trying!