Holiday’s are coming… so I made a little trip to Primark (and a tiny one to H&M and River Island too!) I love watching haul videos… so here’s my offering!
I love watching Primark haul videos – it’s a great way of seeing if it’s worth popping into a store without the hassle of searching through the rails. So, seeing as I did a bit of a Primark shop recently – I thought I would share my haul…. enjoy!
I’ve done a bit of shopping recently, so I thought, what better way of me easing back into making videos, than filming a haul! I love watching Primark hauls, so I hope you enjoy this!
Please let me know if there are any videos you’d particularly like me to film. Thanks for watching!
…While working in Selfridges.
You may have noticed I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks. That is because I have been working at the lovely Charlotte Tilbury at Selfridges, and… well I haven’t been organised enough to pre-write and schedule blog posts (forgive me).
As you can imagine, I get to see so many people on a daily basis, that I have fallen in love with many a thing while working there. I try not to venture too far out of where I need to go to (usually staff room to beauty hall, and back again with the occasional toilet trip in there too) as I will fall in love with too many things. And I definitely, definitely, do not, under any circumstances browse round the beauty hall. No siree. That would be dangerous!
Of course, working with the make up at Charlotte Tilbury has made me want it all, and it saddens me to know that I just can’t have it all! I decided to break my Charlotte Tilbury wish list down into more manageable chunks and the first few items I just have to get besides the Colour Chameleons I already have are…
1 – The Rock ‘N’ Kohl Pencil in Bedroom Black. Is it kohl? Is it gel? You never could tell, for although it’s in a standard pencil format, this is the creamiest, blackest pencil I have ever come across – just like a gel in a pencil. You can smudge it out within the first minute to create smokey looks, and after that it sets and stays put All Day Long. You can wear it in the waterline and it will last a lot longer than anything else I’ve tried. Definitely first on my list and a steal at £19.
2 – Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49). Charlotte created this for a certain Hollywood legend to help define her face, and boy does it work! The contour shade is such a beautiful, warm and natural shade, and can also be used as a bronzer, and if it’s possible for a highlight to be natural, this is it. It’s not sparkly, just frosty – and can be built up for more intensity. The two products together work in perfect harmony. This highlight looks gorgeous down the nose too, something I would never normally dream of doing on myself, but with this, it just works! It also make a really nice under-arch highlighter.
3 – The Dolce Vita Palette (£38). Out of all her beautiful palettes, this seems to be the one I am drawn to time and time again, and probably the one I sell most of too. Oozing with russety copper shades, it’s just gorgeous and looks stunning on all eye colours. The shadows are really creamy and pigmented and last all day.
4 – Penelope Pink K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick (£23). Charlotte’s lipsticks are really moisturising and you can actually feel it on your lips. They contain an extract from an actual Lipstick Tree which the tribes used to use to defend their lips from anything harmful, so I like to feel I’m doing good for my lips as I apply this! The colour is a pinky purple nude, which I just adore. It has a slight sheen to it when you first apply it, but as the day goes on the sheen fades yet your lips are still the colour of the lipstick. I was really surprised at just how long lasting they are for a moisturising lipstick.
Now onto the things I have spotted on people passing by….
First up I spotted a woman wearing these tights which I instantly fell in love with.
A quick Google search told me they are Agent Provocateur ‘Whip Me’ Stockings – and it’s then that I notice fully what they say! I didn’t fancy forking out £35 on a pair of stockings that I’d want to wear as fashion tights – so had a quick internet search…. and came across these on ASOS (What The Actual!?!!!!!!) but also came across these two on eBay which I thought were a good and cheap alternative for under £10 (search love backseam tights on eBay).
I also spotted one customer with stunning holographic silver nail polish which I’d assumed would be Color Club. I, naturally, being a nail polish whore, asked her what it was – and she told me it was Barry M! BARRY M! I have already been out and bought this, and it’s part of the Boots 3 for 2 offer. Now here’s the part where I kind of feel like I’m in some strange outer-universe. I’ve been searching online to give a link to this polish, and it seems it doesn’t exist and no one knows about it but me (and the lady wearing it in Selfridges, and the lady she had seen wearing it and asked where she got it from). Surely we’re not the only 3 people in the world to own this polish?! I don’t understand why the Bloggosphere hasn’t gone wild over this! I mean, it’s SO holographic, and from memory, under £4. I will do a nails of the day with it soon, promise, but it’ll have to wait a while as I’m giving my nails a Dr Lewinns treat at the moment.
The only, and literally the only thing I could find was an image of it from someone selling one on eBay which I think is actually the teal version, not the silver (and it went for £9)…. some clues I can give you while you’re hunting it out… it has a texturised matt silver lid, the barcode sticker on the side, as well as the barcode number, says NPLEB13C, and the little sticker on the bottom says BOOTS C 335 Limited Edition. I’m guessing the ‘Boots’ means it’s exclusive to Boots. If I find out anything further, I shall update.
Right – after speaking with the PR company for Barry M, I can give you the official scoop – they’ve created four limited edition glitter polishes – two exclusive to Boots, two exclusive to Superdrug. The Boots ones are Silver Lights (silver holographic glitter) and Tinsel Town (multi-coloured strands), and the Superdrug polishes are Fairy Lights (pink holographic glitter), and Gold Dust (rose gold strands). Phew. And this is what it looks like.
Another customer was wearing this Zara Duffle Coat which looked great on her. Okay, so she was stunningly beautiful, but she said so many people ask her about her coat! I am definitely going to have to pop into Zara to give it a whirl.
And then, the things I have convinced myself I need while walking from the staff area to the Beauty Hall. I go the way that means I walk through as little of the Beauty Hall as possible – as I said before, could be dangerous to my bank balance. However, this plan of mine could have a flaw, because now I absolutely need a neon sign from Gods Own Junkyard (located on the Lower Ground), in my life, which retails at £1430 or thereabouts. Chris Bracey, aka the neon man, has been making signs for years for anyone who’s anyone, and now I want in on it! The one I am particularly taken with is a star shape and says ‘Lucky’ in the middle, but I can’t seem to find it online. Meanwhile, this Love one is also rather fetching.
I also never knew I needed a Jellyfish Tank from Red5 in my life, but alas, I seem to.
Plug it in, and a fan from the bottom pushes the ‘jellyfish’ gliding around the tank. It’s really beautiful and mesmerising – check out the video to see it in it’s full effect – it looks even better in real life. There are different light settings, although blue is my favourite… and I’m thinking this is a Christmas present waiting to happen for my
In a similar vain, I think he would love this Wall Climber remote control car, which can drive on walls (but not ceilings, I asked). I will have to carefully consider the impact this may have on the walls of my house and anything hanging on them… but what little boy wouldn’t love this?!
Anthropologie is beautiful to look round – some of the things are rather pricey, but I was surprised to discover these monogram mugs were only £8 each.
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They also hosted a giveaway with Annete and Danni Felder following their showcase, and here it is…
I was recently contacted by Girl Meets Dress, the dress hire company, to take part in a challenge to pick out my top 5 dresses from their Celebrity Dress section. Here are the five I chose….
1 – Melissa Odobash – Natalie Dress – This dress looks effortlessly good – I can see it being dressed up or down depending on the occasion, and it looks really comfortable to wear too, which is a big factor for me when deciding what to wear. There’s nothing worse than going out and feeling uncomfortable all night, you just don’t enjoy yourself!
2 – Marc by Marc Jacobs – Panthera Print Shift Dress – I adore the print on this dress! The print, plus the gorgeous contrast in navy and metallic copper make it a stunning dress that would stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. Besides, it’s been spotted on Cheryl Cole.
3 – Herve Leger – Halterneck Bandage Dress – This is the ultimate in sexy night out dress. If I had the figure for this I would wear it whenever I got the opportunity. It’s a stunning piece, and shows off all the right curves.
4 – Christoper Kane – Lemon Bloom Dress – Yellow can sometimes be a tricky colour to wear, but this dress seems to make it look easy. The print and broken up design is really pretty, and gives a nice unique edge to this dress.
5 – Gorgeous Couture – The Lacey Dress – This one’s a bit more formal, but without being OTT. You could get away with it for a wedding, or a black tie ball – it’s really feminine and pretty, but the red makes it striking and powerful.
What do you think of my selections? What would you have picked?!
As well as the big film awards early in the year, BAFTA also has a Television Awards in May. I was invited down to the Style Suites last week where this happened….
|Photo courtesy of Jai’me from www.boymeetsfashion.com|
They had invited select members of the press, and four bloggers to experience the Style Suites which were located in London’s swish Corinthia Hotel.
The Style Suites are open to all the nominees of the BAFTA TV Awards to get gorgeous pre-awards. I was given the star treatment for the day, visiting each of the brand partners, and getting made up to look like Sienna Miller in The Girl (which I’d never watched before so it was very interesting to see the look unfolding!)
The day began with a St Tropez Spray Tan with celebrity tanning expert Michaella Bolder, a good start to any day! As the look we were going for was very ‘English Rose’ skin-wise, we decided to go for the Sensitive tan – which leaves skin with a glow, but has no guide colour, and develops over 8 hours – so when I got home that evening, I had a gorgeous tan ready for the weekend – score!
|Photo courtesy of BAFTA|
Off to Mark Hill, the hair partner for this year’s awards who expect to be busy on the day of the awards with 10-20 people to style each! There will be 9 stylists and assistants on hand, so it seem’s it’s a very popular stop in the Style Suites!
|Photo courtesy of BAFTA
My hair was curled with the tongs, then rolled and pinned up at the back. I’ve never had my hair like that before, but I felt like I was from a different era for the whole day – I loved it!
The main trends the team predict for the night will be a mixture of modern, catwalk inspired monochrome and clean lines as well as Great Gatsby inspired, traditional glamour, with full length beaded gowns.
I asked for tips for any woman deciding what to wear for a big night out and the general consensus was to wear something that not only made you feel glamorous, but was also comfortable as there’s nothing worse that spending all night breathing in or constantly re-adjusting your dress. Go for something that fits you perfectly in all the right places and you will automatically feel confident and beautiful.
Carat is the jewellery partner – a brand that is loved by many celebrities, as you can see in the photo below.
|Photo courtesy of Jai’me from www.boymeetsfashion.com|
|Photo courtesy of Jai’me from www.boymeetsfashion.com|
Last week I went along to Superdry’s Autumn Winter Press Day to see the collaboration with Timothy Everest for the women’s Sibero Collection and sip some rather yummy cocktails created by the Experimental Cocktail Club!
The show was really interesting – rather than a catwalk, they had the four models in a room doing ‘stuff’ and posing every once in a while. I fell in love with the Town Coat, which the model on the left is wearing. It’s navy but the back of the collar is pink (it also comes in other colour options).
The collection sees a tailored look for all different types of people. I, of course, was also checking out the models make up, which varied depending on the personality of the look. They all had matte orangey lips with the variation on the eyes – from simple liner to grungey smokey – definitely a look I will try to recreate myself!
I had a play with some of the Superdry make up while I was there too – I really love the look and feel of the bronzer and highlighter. If you get a chance in store, have a look at them – I was really impressed – although I only swatched them on my hand so do let me know if you’ve got them what you think!
I was lucky enough to take home with me one of Superdry’s fragrances – Neon Pink.
The packaging is very Superdry-esque – cool and functional. It comes in a large neon pink cube box – which is held together with a magnetic flap. Opening the flap reveals the cute, neon pink glass bottle with matte black rubbery lid. It opens like a big zippo lighter and smells really good. It’s quite a grown up fragrance – I couldn’t imagine my teenage sister wearing it – and I really like it. The blurb on their site says it contains Bergamot, pineapple, galbanum, water fruits, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vanilla and musks – it has a lovely fresh, summery, powdery smell, and I have been reaching for it every day since I’ve had it. It costs £35 from their website.
Last night the 4th Rodial Beautiful Awards took place at the St Martins Lane Hotel – lots of celebs were in attendance to find out the winners of this years awards.
I had been nominated as best beauty blogger, which, in itself was a massive achievement and shock for me – so when I was announced as the winner, I could’t believe it! I couldn’t have won without your votes so thank you so much for all of your support and for reading this little baby of mine!
I wore an Alice by Temperley dress from WishWantWear – I knew I wanted something new for the awards, and as they have so many gorgeous dresses for hire, it seemed the obvious choice! I hadn’t realised when I chose that dress, that Alice Temperley herself would be at the awards – she came and congratulated me as I was leaving, which was lovely.
This is the first award I have won, and I am absolutely thrilled with it – so again, thank you all for your votes. My son has taken my award in to school today as he is so proud, and that makes it even more special to me.
The full list of the winners are:
Mens Grooming Pages – Shortlist
Best Beauty Blogger – Super Gorgeous
Best Beauty Pages Supplement – YOU Magazine
Best Beauty Pages – Short Lead – Stylist
Best Beauty Pages – Long Lead – Marie Claire
Best Make-up Artist – Lisa Eldridge
Most Edgy Look – Rita Ora
Freshest Face – Camilla Babbington
Classic Glamour – Yasmin Le Bon
Rodial Special Award – Kate Moss