19 October 2014

Haul | Bags, Books & Lipsticks


Moving to London means there are so many amazing shops around but for some reason I am always drawn in to Topshop. I think it's because I know I will find things I like in there, but I do need to branch out from the typical high street shops and take advantage of living in London. But anyway, I found lots of things and spent far too much money.

There is no guidelines about what to wear at my new job, you can go in trainers jeans and a hoody if you wanted to. Which will be great for those mornings when I need those extra 20 mins sleep but generally I do like to make a bit of an effort so I thought I would get a few new bits to perk up my wardrobe.

My best friend bought the coated Topshop Leigh jeans and (with her permission) I copied her! They are a bit smarter than normal jeans but still really comfortable. One thing to bare in mind is that they aren't as stretchy as normal jeans, I think it's to do with the coating on them, I bought my regular size and they are definitely quite snug but I think as I wear them more they will loosen up a bit.

I bought two tops, this Topshop shirt that I have seen Lily Pebbles wearing and I'm so glad I bought it, it hangs so nicely and is really flattering. Then I noticed that everything I was looking at was black and white, I am definitely loving monochrome but I thought I should inject a bit of colour so I went for this peachy orange loose t-shirt. I love this paired with my new jeans.

Finally from Topshop I got myself a new bag, I can't seem to find it on the website though, sorry! I used to buy bags constantly when I was younger but I hadn't bought one in a long time, so I think it was due! I splashed out and got this beautiful black leather bag which I think will last for ages and obviously because it's black it goes with everything.

I also bought Revlon Black Cherry lipstick which I've wanted for ages. I'm getting back into wearing lipsticks, I was always too self conscious to wear them at my last job but new job, new lipsticks! I finally bought Gone Girl, I know I'm a bit late to the party and everyone is raving about the film but I always want to read books first. And sometimes if I love a book loads I won't ever watch the film cause I'm always worried it won't live up to my expectations and then once I've seen a film it makes me forget how I imagined it - Harry Potter is a very good example of this. I will never ever watch The Lovely Bones cause that is my all time favourite book, if you haven't read it I would highly recommend but be prepared for tears!!

I definitely need to rein in the spending from now on, living in London is so expensive!!
Hope you've had a great weekend!

Tori


8 October 2014

Bad Blogger

A giant deckchair...cool, right?

I don't even know how to start a blog post anymore, it has been that long! Over two months without a single blog post...whoops! I'm not about to type out a load of excuses, I just fell out of love with blogging to be honest. I don't know why but I just didn't want to do it. I was having a pretty hectic time with a lot going on in my personal life. My Grandad isn't very well and combining that with moving out of my flat and getting a new job made for a pretty busy schedule. Sorry!

So, about this new job. I am finally making the move to London and starting a job in an industry I am really passionate about, I don't want to talk too much about it until I have started but I can't wait to get stuck in on Monday. The rest of this week is going to be really hectic, I finish my current job on Saturday, move to London on Sunday and start my new job on Monday. I'm tired just thinking about it! I can't wait to be start living in London, it is something I have wanted to do for a long time but I've always found it a little intimidating. Let me know any recommendations of things to do or restaurants to visit because I know nothing about London at all!

Hopefully this new job will give me more blogging time because I will finally have a Monday-Friday job. I am so sick of working Saturdays so I am ready to take advantage of the weekends and get lots of blogging done. 

Thank you to the people who have still been reading and checking back to my blog, I promise to try harder

Tori

29 July 2014

July Favourites


Urban Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hairspray £3.32
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer £7.99
Bourjois 1 Second Mascara £9.99
MAC Pure Zen Lipstick £15.50
The Body Shop Pomegranate and Raspberry Room Spray £7.00
Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Gradual Tanner £3.57

Another month almost over so here are my July favourites! A lot of affordable favourites from me this month. I had a bit of a splurge in Boots and Superdrug at the start of the month which is why all but one of my favourites are under £10.

I've got three make-up items this month, two from Bourjois. Bourjois are a brand that I've never really been drawn towards, but I've tried a few products recently and have been very impressed. The Chocolate bronzer is an old fave of mine and very popular in the blogging community. It is so affordable but really competes with high end brands. The colour pay off is brilliant and it lasts really well throughout the day. The only thing to bare in mind is that it is quite an orange toned bronzer so I wouldn't recommend it for contouring. The second Bourjois product is the 1 Second mascara. The name instantly appealed to me as fast makeup is always a plus. This mascara doesn't take 1 second but it does give great volume and length really easily. This has become my every day mascara for when I want volume and length but don't want to sit there for 10 minutes perfecting every eyelash! The final make-up product is the one more expensive item in this months favourites and that is MAC Pure Zen lipstick. This is a gorgeous peachy pink that goes so well with a smokey eye. I've been wearing this in the daytime as well and because it's a creme sheen it keeps your lips really hydrated.

A hair favourite is the Urban Fudge Raspberry and Vanilla Hairspray. If I'm honest I bought it for the smell and it does not disappoint, it smells absolutely amazing. However it also works really well as a hairspray! It leaves no stickiness but still keeps everything in place. Next up is The Body Shop Pomegrante and Raspberry room spray (spot a raspberry theme??). This might seem a bit random, but I love the smell that candles give but I have realised that a lot of candles give me headaches. So then I tried out some diffusers but I found they didn't give out enough scent so I was looking for an alternative when I found this. This is a super sweet scent so maybe not for everyone but I love spraying it straight after I've cleaned my flat or when I know people are coming over and everyone always comments on it! I will definitely look at more scents because I am absolutely loving this one.

Last but not least is the Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze gradual tanner. This is the best discovery I have ever made. It has quickly become my favourite fake tan and is an absolute bargain at £3.57. When I buy gradual tanners I generally don't expect much, a lot of the ones I've tried either don't show up at all or are really orange. But this one is so different. It showed a colour on me with first application and was not at all orange. Even with constant application every day there was no streaking or patchiness. I am so so impressed with this fake tan, it really rivals some of the more expensive ones I've tried. So if you're going to give anything a go from my favourites this month then I would really recommend this tan.

Hope you've had a great month and that you find some new products from this post!

Tori

9 July 2014

Skincare Routine



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It has taken me quite a while to get a skincare routine that has given me the results I really wanted. I am quite lucky that I don't get spots other than when I drink a lot of alcohol or when that time comes around, ladies you know what I'm saying. But I still wasn't fully happy with my skin, I get quite red cheeks and those under the skin bumps which are caused by congested skin (I think). I would moan about my skin not being good enough but I would only manage to give my face a quick rinse and then slap on some moisturiser, so no surprise it wasn't perfect really. Even though my skincare is still quite simple, it is really working for me. The under the skin bumps have disappeared and the redness is reduced a lot. (If anyone has any tips for redness, then please let me know as it hasn't completely gone.) I'm even comfortable going out with only under eye concealer and a quick coat of mascara, which was pretty much unheard of for me. I'd put on a full face of make-up just to nip to the shop.

I've linked all the products above and the list shows the order that I use the products. Two I have missed out are the Origins GinZing Moisturiser and the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover. I am waiting to repurchase both of these so I didn't have them to photograph but I love them both! 

The game-changers for me are the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and The Body Shop Aloe Facial Cleanser. Both of these seem to calm my skin and really help with redness. A lot of cleansers can seem quite stripping on my skin and irritate it quite easily but The Body Shop cleanser is really simple and takes off my make-up without loads of perfume scents. I don't need my cleanser to smell nice! And do I really need to speak about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir? Such a cliche blogger favourite! I use it as a toner and it can also be used as a refreshing spray. I just absolutely love it and I really notice when I've run out - one of my instant repurchases.

What are your skincare favourites?

Tori


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2 July 2014

June Favourites



It's favourites time again! I think I completely missed out last months favourites, so sorry about that. My blog has been looking a bit bare lately, but that's just what happens sometimes.

Two of these products were featured in my London Haul and they have since become daily staples. The Bobbi Brown lipstick is my perfect every day lipstick, it gives a nice wash of pink on the lips but nothing too in your face and it wears off really nicely as well. In the summer lipstick is the first thing I stop wearing - too much make up on your face in the heat is not nice (or very good for your skin) so I tend to strip it back to the basics. But because this lipstick is so creamy I have still been reaching for it on a daily basis. 

The next item I picked up in London was the Bumble and Bumble City Swept. I love the tousled beachy hair look and this really helps to achieve it. Definitely don't spray too much in else you can start to look a little crispy. But used in moderation and it really helps to separate curls and give your hair some shape.

Two old favourites have snuck their way in this month. I swear by the Benefit Porefessional primer, I put my make-up on a 5am and at 6pm it is still looking good and it is definitely down to this primer. I ran out a while ago and thought I wouldn't repurchase because it is pretty pricey but then I saw this cute little freebie with a magazine (sorry can't remember which one) and thought I would pick it up. This was probably a mistake because now I've remembered how much I love it I'm going to have to pick up the full size again!

Last make-up item is the Revlon cream blusher, as I was saying earlier I don't like to feel like I have much make-up on my face in the summer and too many powder products tend to make me look a bit cakey. I was always wary of cream blushers because I thought they wouldn't last and they would slide all over my face but this one is lovely. The colour is so summery and it lasts really well on my skin (normal-combination) it is almost a cream to powder finish without the heavy feel that powders can give.

Final favourite is a book. I am definitely late to jump on the bandwagon with this one - it's The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I haven't finished it yet but I am loving it. I find it quite hard to make time to read books, I tend to come home from work and spend my evening on the internet, but for this book I have made time. It is definitely an emotional one and I have shed a LOT of tears!! I know the film is out now, would people who have read the book recommend the film? Sometimes if I love a book I don't want to watch the film because it's never as good! So let me know!

Hope you're having a good week!

Tori

19 June 2014

Beauty Steal | Ciaté Freebies in Marie Claire

Above knuckle rings from Shop Dixi and heart ring was a gift

I love a good magazine freebie and this one is the best I've seen in ages! Two gorgeous little Ciaté polishes. The corally red is a lovely summer colour and the beads make for a lovely accent nail! The beads are quite messy and I am definitely still finding them all over my carpet a week later...time for a hoover I think. But I really like the effect they give. The lasting power isn't great with them so I would recommend them for a special occasion or night out. They aren't going to last as your weekly manicure.

Head to your nearest supermarket to see if they are still selling Marie Claire, it's a good magazine too so you're not just buying it for the sake of the free things!

I'm waiting for the England game to start and I'm so nervous. I love football and so I get very excited that there are 3 games of football to watch everyday at the moment! 

Hope you're having a good week

Tori

8 June 2014

Life Lately | Fishtail braids & Harry Styles




A few instagram photos of the past two weeks. Today I finally figured out how to do a fishtail braid! I always thought my hair would be too short but I actually really like it. I have also got better at cooking for myself, that delicious looking meal is chicken stuffed with goats cheese and chorizo with sweet potato chips. YUM.

But probably the most exciting two things that have happened : I went to see McBusted!! AND I went to the One Direction charity football match. My inner fan girl was going wild. 

I have loved McFly for years and years so when my friend had an extra ticket for their Birmingham show, I was so excited. The show was absolutely amazing and I love that the two bands have decided to join. It was so funny cause usually at boy band concerts everyone is about 15 but it was all their original fans who are now in their twenties or older!

The One Direction charity football match was an over-whelming experience. I do love 1D but I was so shocked at the dedication of these fans. The screaming was insane and they all had snazzy cameras and were filming everything. My mum had bought me the tickets and somehow got them 3 rows from the front so when the boys came round at the end of the game I was super close. I have to admit, I did get a bit excited at seeing Harry Styles that close to me!!

Hoep you've had a great weekend!

Tori