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August Beauty Roundup

August 26, 2015

Another month has passed and it’s now time for the usual beauty roundup- with all the nice things I’ve tried and bought.

Makeup Brush Scrubbing Tool – I found this through someone’s blog (I honestly forgot where) and thought I’d give it a go. Can’t go wrong for 99p, right? It’s a great tool for cleaning your makeup brushes, all you have to do is pull it over your fingers, drop some soap on it and rub the brush hair on it. A lot easier than doing it with your hands.

Topshop Gel Liner in Ink – I had never tried liquid liner before so gave this one a go. Keep in mind that you need to apply this with a small and thin brush. Easy to apply and no smudging, which is just what the doctor ordered.

Topshop Chameleon Glow in “Shuffle The Cards” Eyeshadow – I saw this one on the makeup stand and being the magpie that I am, I had to snag it. It was the first time I ever bought a Topshop eyeshadow, by the way. It’s got a lot of glittery particles, but it’s not too pigmented, so you can wear to the office without looking like a total drag queen. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that it doesn’t really work for the office. I used it over the Urban Decay primer and it held for almost all day and you can layer it on other colours for a more dramatic effect, if you do want to stand out a bit more. Doubles up as a facial highlighter.

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation (*) – As always, you will see me gushing over anything by Make Up Forever. The new 4K is the latest in their range of foundations, replacing an old formula. This foundation is easy to apply and provides extremely good coverage without appearing caked. With 40 different shades to choose from, it’s easy to find a perfect match. Finish it off with the Make Up Forever HD powder.

Unite 7 Seconds Condition (*) – Brought this sample back from my visit to Blo and no I don’t want anything else. It’s just the best hair detangler I’ve ever had the opportunity to try, especially as I dye my hair – it repairs hair and locks in colour, among other things. I think I’m going to invest in a full sized bottle.

Too Faced Melted Metal (*) – I have to say that I’d never tried this brand before, but I think I like it. The colour you see above is called Tutu and makes your lips look all pink with a nice shimmery finish. It also smells rather sweet, which I think is nice. I would think of this as an upgraded gloss.

Hugo Boss for Men (*) – I got it as a gift and although it’s a fragrance for men, I find it quite refreshing. As there is no Mr in my life, I shall wear it myself, thank you very much.


Batiste New Stylist Collection (*)- We already know Batiste makes great dry shampoo but they’ve decided to take it up a notch and come up with the new Stylist range. This range includes the Frizz Tamer and the Texturizing Spray you see on the photo above. The Frizz Tamer has been invaluable over the last few days of rain (who knew it was still the Summer, right?) to help keeping my silly hair in check. For tips and ideas on how to use the products to their full potential, check out Batiste’s youtube channel.

CK One Perfume – What can I say about CK One? I walked into Superdrug one day, looking for my usual shampoos and ended up coming out with the shampoos and a bottle of CK One, that cost me only £20. They have amazing promotions every now and then, and for some reason I thought I’d buy this one as I’ve used if when I was in uni. Proust’s madeleine and all that, I guess.

Unite U Oil (*) – another little sample I brought back from Blo. A luxury argan oil that leaves your hair feeling soft and despite having silicones mixed in with a very high percentage of argan oil, it’s still fairly light. It also helps cut down on the blow dry time, so it’s especially useful on those days when you just have to fly out the door but still need to wash your hair. Instant moisture and shine in a small bottle!

Have you tried any of these? Any pressing recommendations?

Items marked (*) have been received as samples.


I’ve only got eyes for you

May 5, 2014

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Another set of photos of an outfit I wore to work recently – another inappropriate look for the office, I would say.. David kindly took these, again on our walk back into town. Every time I wear this dress I feel like my boobs are looking at people. Funny feeling, that is.

I also did some experimenting with the photo editing on Photoshop, what do you guys think?

Details: Ears jacket – Ebay, Cat Dress – Topshop (from Ebay), Collar – H&M, Tights – Falke, Shoes – Irregular Choice.

As this is Monday, I’m linking up to Patti’s Visible Monday. Have a nice day!


Pink styling

November 20, 2013

I’m entering a competition by styling my favourite watch at The Watch Gallery. If I win, £200 worth of Selfridges vouchers will be coming my way and they would sure come in handy, with Christmas around the corner. I hope you like the outfit I picked, in all its pink cuteness.

Details: WatchHermes, Dress and boots – ASOS, Coat – Topshop, Bag – Lulu Guinness.

 I like doing these collages, reminds me of playing around with Polyvore back in the day. I used to spend hours playing with it and it was good fun. I don’t have much time to do it these days, unfortunately. I was looking at my old collages that I did some 5 years ago and I noticed that my style hasn’t changed much… See for yourself:

Did you ever use Polyvore? Which one is your favourite?


Portugal Week part 1

September 2, 2013

With this post I inaugurate Portugal Week here on the blog. Last week I spent a few days in my home country and came back with loads of photos! So today I will be showing you what I did and wore on Saturday and Sunday.

Ready to go, on my hotel room at the airport. As soon as I arrived Mr D and I went for a walk around town, to see what is going on and what has changed. A lot has changed but most things are pretty much the same.

The cat with the hat.

A traditional grocery store in Bairro Alto. Most of the shelving is still the wooden original.

The typical cobble stone sidewalks. Very pretty to look at but terrible on footwear. Forget about heels!

The decorations from the typical Summer festivities are still up. they’re all very colourful, just the way I like it.

My travel attire: Primark skirt and headband, Hello Kitty tee that I don’t remember where I got it from, I’ve had it for too many years.

Saturday night I had a little get together with my friends and it was great. It was lovely to see everyone. I changed into something nicer and I wore a Topshop dress I bought from someone at work (I think it’s seconds), the flower crown is Primark, the sandals are from Topshop but they were thrifted on my trip to Sheffield. The lovely little necklace was a present from Mr D’s grandma and it is a Hershey’s Kiss.

The next day Mr D and I joined family and friends for a nice lunch in Sintra, at the Orixas Brazilian restaurant. I had never been there before and it was a nice surprise – the food was tasty, the desserts buffet amazing and the restaurant itself very interesting looking.

Fantastic Egyptian art tile panel in an old house. I’m not sure when the house was built though but it may be late 19th, early 20th century.

After lunch we made our way to Guincho beach as I haven’t been there in years and Mr D never visited before. As you can see in the photo, I am doing the Marilyn because it is sooooo windy. It is always windy there and that is why you can see people doing kite surfing or why there are windsurfing competitions regularly.

After our tour of Guincho and Cascais we were treated to cocktails at the Estoril Palacio Hotel, where my friends were staying. Mr D had the pina colada, I had the cosmo. So nice!

I couldn’t resist a photo in that fantastic huge mirror at the hotel restroom. It really is a beautiful old hotel, where royalty used to stay at. The dress I wore that day was from TK Maxx and the sunglasses are Pucci. The sandals are the same (I only took one pair of shoes with me, I know, unbelievable).

After we got back to Lisbon we joined friends for a meal at the illegal chinese restaurant in Mouraria. It never disappoints and as always had really nice food – tofu, prawns, pak choi… the works. After that we went to Santini for some gelato and I have to say it was the best I’ve had in a while. Santini had an ice cream shop in Estoril since I can remember (I just checked and it’s been there for 60 years) and was opened by an Italian man named Santini. Just before I left for England, they opened a shop right in the centre of Lisbon and finally I was able to pay them a visit and eat some deliciousness.

I had fig and cantaloupe flavourson a cone. Yum yum! After all this we just walked home and went to sleep.

I’m joining the party at Judith’s Hat Attack! Hope you have enjoyed the part one of my adventures in Portugal. Stay tuned for the visit to the flea market and other places!


Who took the bomp from the bompalompalomp?

August 18, 2013

Who took the ram from the ramalamadingdong? Who knows? This is probably one of the most ‘adventurous’ outfits I’ve worn to work in the past few months.  Somehow I’m not too happy with the proportions, for some reason it seems like it looked better when I saw it in the mirror. I think I need to play around with these mid length skirts and find what really works. I suppose I would substitute the flatforms for a pair of platform heels. What do you think?

Details: Headscarf – Vintage souvenir from Rome found in the US, Cardigan – Wet Seal (on sale, cost 2 cents of a dollar), Bag – Swap with my friend Lili, Stripy Beetlejuice Skirt – Internacionale (on sale), Tshirt – Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop, Flatforms – Kurt Geiger (via TK Maxx), Ring – Present from the lovely Ariane at Style Sud-Est

As always, I’m joining Patty and all the other lovely ladies at Visible Monday. Have a lovely and fruitful week!