Friday, 31 May 2013

Worldwide Wardrobe Competition

*This competition has now ended*

Sight Seeing in Paris

Crop top/ Pants/ Wedges/ Rucksack/ Cuff/ Ear hook/ Sunglasses = £148.00 (all River Island)

I wanted to create something cool and confortable to wear whilst sightseeing in Paris, I chose these gorgeous telescopic trousers from River Island, and decided to work my outfit around them. I went for a simple monocrome crop top, because nothing says Chanel more than black and white chic, and nothing says Paris more than Chanel!

I continued the black chic style with the accessories, adding black wedges, cuff and rucksack, all with beautiful gold detailing. The sunglasses make the outfit, and the 'cat eye' shape really adds some style.

Lastly I added the ear hook, because Paris is the city of romance, plus it looks unique!

Dress/ Heels/ Clutch/ Earrings/ Bracelet = £169 (All ASOS, except dress, Topshop)

For cocktails in New York I wanted to create that 'nearly naked' look made famous by Carrie Bradshaw. This dress PERFECTLY captures that look; it's sexy, bright, and gaddamn delicious! But because it's such a statement piece, I was adamant the accessories didn't get lost in the (outfit) equation, so I made them bold and daring too.

I wanted a very casual and comfortable look for Shopping in London. The top is very simple, but beautiful as it has an unusual shape, with a cross over at the front and a bat-wing sleeve. The red acid wash jeans are an every day staple, but the edgy tone gives the outfit that extra oomph! The statement necklace, would sit perfectly on the shirt. I chose a large bag, to put all my shopping in (to save on plastic bags), and I've finished the look with some quirky rings.

This post is part of a competition hosted by Travel Supermarket, if you would like to enter, details are here. Hurry, as the competition closes on the 5th June!

Follow the hashtag #worldwidewardrobe on twitter and at @travelsupermkt

Good Luck

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Wish List #1 | Beauty

Here are a few things I've been lusting after recently...

Wish List #1

1. Real Techniques Stipple Brush

Real Techniques Stipple Brush
Everyone knows the Real Techniques brushes are great brushes, and although I already have two foundation brushes, if something promises you a 'flawless finish' you're going to want it, right?

Mac Mineralise Skinfinish - Soft and Gentle
I've recently dappled with experimentation of highlighting and contouring and a video on YouTube said this was 'the loveliest' highlighter ever, so gimme, gimme!

Estee Lauder Camouflage Makeup - Creamy Ivory Light
I already use the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, but the shade I use is slightly too warm for me (story of my life) so I went to the Estee Lauder counter in Boots to get colour matched for Camouflage makeup, and low and behold I needed the lightest shade, but they didn't have it in stock, so for now it's on my wish list until I've used up my current foundation.

Colour Cosmetics Lashes
If someone mentions the word "MAC Dupe" my ears prick up, and I wouldn't say I was one for wearing false lashes, but these, much like the MAC 31 Lash, come in natural fullness? (Does that make sense?) so they are very wearable, much like you have just perfected mascara application.

Bésame Lipstick - Bésame Red
Aren't the Bésame lipsticks just the most beautiful things ever? They have a demi-matte finish, so the staying power is superb, but they are luscious to wear and don't dry your lips up. There is a colour for everyone, as they describe the undertones so you can find your perfect red lip! Plus they're not widely available so add a bit of uniqueness to your makeup bag. I want!

Anastasia Hypercolour Hair powder - In The Pink
My hair has been through its fair share of colours, and going to college right by Oxford Street I often get hair envy of the fashion students who have that gorgeous lilac rinse going on, but I have now found a way to add that colour pop to my ombréd ends, with out the commitment issue.

Whats currently on your wish list? 
Where do you find your next want-to-try-out products?

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Dairy Disappointed

I have unfortunately suffered from what can only be described as 'problem' skin a bloody big problem since I was about eleven, and although I have tried many, many treatments from creams and ointments from the drugstore, to prescribed topical lotions, and pills, even Roaccutane (which I would not recommend to anyone) from my GP and Dermatologist. 

It has luckily got considerably better since my teenage years, only 'breaking out' during that time of the month, but the red bumps and soreness have never diminished *sigh*.

Recently I have considerably upped my game when it comes to my skin care routine, which I will divulge into later in my blog, and through my exhaustive research into what products are most effective for treating and nourishing blemished skin, is what you put into your body effects whats on the outside of your body too, i.e your skin!

This may seem like common sense 'eat greasy food, have greasy skin', but I'm not talking about that, I've seen many bloggers exclaiming how much their skin has improved once they removed dairy from their diet.

Humans are the only animals who consume the milk of another animal (whether it be a cow, goat etc) which is kind of gross, considering it's purpose is for baby calves. And the possible reason for it causing acne (urgh, there, I said that dreaded word) is from a natural hormone that the Mumma cows produce. A natural hormone for COWS, not humans!

I really don't want to become one of those people who avoid eating certain things because of something the read on the internet, which they weren't allergic too, and I'm not preaching to everyone to start a dairy free way of life, as it's not necessary for most people. But for me desperate times calls for desperate measures, and I am now going to embark on a dairy/milk free diet.

Here are some cute pictures of cows, as I don't want them to feel unloved!

Whats the most extreme thing you've done to get better skin or hair? 
What are your top tips for perfect skin?

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Monday, 27 May 2013

TAG- Getting To Know Me

After perusing a few blogs over the last few days and seeing different TAG trends, I finally stumbled across one which would be appropriate for my newby blog...

(I know you're meant to do the tag once you've been tagged in a post, but I'm breaking the rules!)

well, this is me!

Here goes!

1. Are you named after anyone?
I am! Im named after my Grannie who is called Ruth Elizabeth, but apparently when my Grandma found out I was named after my Dads Mother she made a fuss, and consequently I was also given her middle name, making my name Ruth Elizabeth Ann!

2. When was the last time you cried?
Probably the other day, but for no particular reason. This seems to be quite common after reading a few other bloggers doing this TAG. Phew!

3. Do you have children?

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
I think I would, as we'd have a lot in common >_< and just to see what it would be like to get along with me. If this question was 'would you date yourself' my answer would have been a definite "NO", I don't know how my boyfriend does it!

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Of course not! ....So a yes then. (I also use a lot of exclamation marks!)

6. Would you ever bungee jump?
Nuh-uh. No way. Never.

7. Whats your favourite cereal?
I'm SO boring when it comes to cereal! My favourites are Weetabix, Shreddies and Crunchy Bran. Oh, I'm also partial to Rasin Wheats :-)

8. What is the first thing you notice about people?
Most likely, their height. Or what they are wearing.

9. What is your eye colour?
I'm not one to be fussy over eye colour, I wont find the exact colour swatch that matches my eye and call my eye colour 'Venetian Crystal' (yes I did just look up a paint colour on Dulux). If I had my own way I would call my eyes blue. But everyone disagrees with me and points out that they're more 'grey-blue', so I guess thats my answer.

10. Scary movie, or happy ending?
Happy ending all the way! I love a predictable movie, which is guaranteed boy meets girl and happy ever after <3

11. Favourite smells?
I love the smell of fresh mint, fresh laundry, and things that smell of christmas; cinnamon, star anise, mince pies...

12. Summer or winter?
I LOVE summer, especially as it's so limited in Britain. The only thing I like about winter is CHRISTMAS!

13. Computer or television?
I guess computer, as our television is normally occupied by one of my house mates playing X-box/ Playstation, so I normally watch things on my computer anyway.

14. Whats the furthest you've ever been from home?
My Mum and I went to New York earlier this year for my 21st birthday. It was great, but so cold (it snowed every day).

15. Do you have any special talents?
I wouldn't say I have any 'special' talents, but I can bake a mean cake!

16. Where were you born?
Ashford in Kent, UK, but we moved to East Sussex on my second birthday.

17. What are your hobbies?
More recently, blogging, I also go to the gym (not willingly) bake, and watch out dated television programmes, like FRIENDS, Sex and the City and Gilmore Girls.

18. Do you have any pets?
No, I don't, but anyone who knows me knows that I want a pug SO badly. But we cant have pets in our house :'(

19. Favourite movie?
I love anything Disney, at the moment Tangled, also Rio, and Crazy, Stupid Love.

20. Do you have any siblings?
Yep, one older brother.

I hope you know feel you know a little more about me, and I didn't bore your socks off!
Thanks for reading :-D

P.s If you've read this, feel free to do the TAG too (if you haven't already) and tag me in it so I can read your responses.

NOTD: Red and Dark Blue Two Tone

This really is one of the easiest nail art designs to do, ever!

I originally wanted to do it with a lighter blue, but the dark one does have a sense of maturity (which I sorely lack) but you can do it with any colours you like. I think it's especially good if you can't decide on a colour.

First applied a base coat, I used Nails Inc Harley Street, which is for smoothing out ridges in nails.

Then I applied two coats on the red nail varnish (allowing the first coat to dry before applying the second) I used Nails Inc Charing Cross.

Once that had 100% dried I cut small pieces of sticky tape (nothing special, just regular tape you wrap presents with) and stuck them over the lower half of each nail to create a barrier.

It's really important the nail varnish is entirely dry, otherwise the sticky tape ruins it!

Now all you have to do is paint your nails again with the contrasting colour on the area still exposed, I used Nails Inc Kabaret.

Leave the second colour to dry for about 30 seconds and carefully peel off the tape.

Wait for the polish to dry completely then add a top coat, I used Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Topcoat

This is also a good method to use if you want a french polish finish, whether it is the traditional colours, or your own combination.

What nail art are you going to try out? Where do you get your inspiration from?

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Bank Holiday Weekend

Today was a pretty relaxed day.
My Dad and brother came up to visit (they drove to Greenwich then cycled the rest of the way- cray cray I know)
We all went to this little bar around the corner, I chose it because it has a 'beer garden' aka a patio seating area out the back, but such things are a rarity in London, so we had to make the most of it!

It was a lovely sunny, warm day (another rarity!) and on a bank holiday sunday!
So we just chilled in the shade with some fruit cider, and we decided to get some dinner before they had to cycle back.

We really enjoyed our impromptue day in the sunshine. I hope it's just as glorious for everyones extra day off tomorrow.

What did everyone else get up to over the bank holiday weekend?