Wednesday, 31 August 2011

I finally grabbed the ASOS Grab Bag

I have been coveting a particular ASOS bag since...hmmm...probably March this year.  Ridiculous, I know.  Why didn't I just buy it? Well, I meant to, then I put it off, then I forgot and bought some other stuff.  This always happens to me.  I guess I covet so many things, some are bound to slip through the net.  

However, I am proud to announce that I finally pulled the finger out and got it!

I first saw the bag on one of my favourite fashion blogs, Travel In Style.  I love this blog because Phuong always combines interesting pieces and colours and she has a very individual look.

Now let me set something out from the get go...this is not a bag for carrying around everything and the kitchen sink.  It's a grab bag for small items so it's only big enough to carry the vitals:

1) Small coin purse
2) Mobile Phone
3) Keys
4) Lip Balm

Those are my vitals anyway...I find myself chanting out each one before I leave the house!

The bag is made from leather and suede and is a gorgeous vibrant purple shade with contrasting coral/orange trim.  

As you can see from the side view, it is slimline but it's just so darn cute!

It cost £35 (to be expected when it's leather and suede) and you can buy it by clicking here.

I just placed an order with Reiss today and another order for ASOS so you can expect updates on what I got over the next few days.  I also have my eye on a pair of bright purple skinny jeans on ASOS so they may creep into my online basket!  Has anyone bought coloured jeans from ASOS? What is the sizing like?  

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Barbie Pink Lips & Nails, Dune Shoes & Wolfey

I attended my friend's wedding on Saturday and I came over all Barbie by donning candy pink nails and lips.  I was wearing a cobalt blue dress so it made for a nice contrast.  It may not be everyone's cup of tea but I quite enjoy being uber girly at times.

My makeup for the wedding wasn't anything ground breaking and it's actually very similar to my blog header makeup but using cheaper products.  I never like to go over the top with my makeup when I'm going to a wedding.

The cheap as chips lipstick is by Rimmel (Lasting Finish) and is called Indulgence (004), a gorgeously sickly flamingo pink! 

For a £4.99 lipstick, the formulation is surprisingly good.  The coverage was impressive with little to no faffing around on application.  It's longevity was pretty good too.  I only had to reapply it once after the meal and then it stayed put for the rest of the night.  I love this vibrant shade for it's tan-accentuating properties though.  

Even though the weather here has taken a turn for the worst, I can pretend it's still summer! The only downside to this lippy is the fragrance, I'm not too keen on it. Apart from that it's a great bargain for anyone who loves vibrant pink lipsticks.

The nail colour I have on in the pics above was also a Boots purchase, it's Maybelline Forever Strong Pro polish in Bubblegum.  It's a cool toned candy pink with blue reflects. 

I love how this polish looks on my nails and it dried super quick BUT I must say that it really didn't last that long.  After 3 days it started to peel off in small areas.  So the fact that the polish claims to last 'up to 7 days' is a bit of a joke really.  Maybe it's performance could be improved with a REALLY good top coat.  Do you guys know of one?

Another product I am wearing in the pics above and have become slightly obsessed with lately, is the JK Jemma Kidd Gliteratti Shadow Dust Duo in Paparazzi.  It's basically a liquid gold shadow on one end and a highly reflective gold rollerball powder shadow on the other. 

This is a gorgeous gold shade that has an amazing metallic finish, the kind where it looks like you have molten metal on your lids.  The liquid shadow is gorgeous on it's own but when you apply the powder shadow over the top, it amps up the reflective properties even more to create a really pretty finish.

I had a couple of people on Saturday asking what I was wearing on my eyes.  They are only £5.72 on ASOS at the moment and although they are currently out of stock, they do seem to get regular batches in so keep an eye out!

I have been looking for a certain pair of shoes for what feels like forever now.  Basically I wanted to find shoes that:

a) are neutral and go with everything
b) are comfortable to walk around in
c) are made from durable materials

I managed to find the perfect pair on Amazon,courtesy of Dune!  They just arrived today and they definitely fit the criteria I had in my head.  They are sling-back pale taupe leather shoes with a chunky, wood-effect heel.

I can't explain how comfy these shoes are! The elasticated/buckle sling-back means no rubbing or squashed feet.  The real leather upper is soft enough not to rub in awkward places and the heel is chunky enough to add support, comfort and will make it easy to wear them for hours on end.

I can wear them with jeans, trousers, skirts and dresses and because they are neutral, they can be teamed with pretty much any colour in my wardrobe.  I got them here for only £33.97 including delivery...I think that's  a gret saving considering they were originally £75! So, if you are a fan of Dune shoes, ALWAYS check Amazon because they stock quite a few styles for really affordable prices.

A mish-mash post wouldn't be complete without a picture of my little friend, Wolverine (or Wolfey as he is sometimes known).  I brought a cute little cupcake home from the wedding on Saturday and after taking Wolverine out of his cage to get him some fresh fruit, I popped him on the couch near the cupcake.  

BIG mistake!

He proceeded to try and break into the cupcake wrapping...he obviously thought I brought it home for him! 

He's such a diva!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Holiday: Must Have Products & Beauty Saviours

I was relieved to pay a visit to Leigh at I-Candy last week to have my tresses redeemed to their former healthy state.  Since I got a good tan on holiday, I decided that honey and caramel tones would compliment my skintone more than the lighter blonde brought on by the blazing sun in Greece.  Although I was uber conscientious in making sure my hair didn't get frazzled on holiday, I still felt like I needed to lop off the dead wood on the ends.  So I had an inch chopped off my hair and I have to say that my hair feels and looks a whole lot better now.

I just wanted to go over some of the products I took on holiday with me that became must have remedies every single day.  

I have mentioned this products loads of times before but that's because it really works for me and it saved my face from being burnt to a crisp!  It's tinted, it's non-oily and create a great base for any face makeup thereafter.  It's Clinique Super City Block...

I tried out a couple of new sunscreens and the best by far was St Tropez SPF30 High Protection For Body with Tan Enhancers.  "This luxurious and nourishing lotion simply melts into the skin, helping to protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Formulated with MELANOBRONZE, an innovative ingredient which helps stimulate melanin production, to help enhance your tan naturally. Leaves skin feeling hydrated and softened with the addition of Muru Muru butter and antioxidant rich Vitamin E".

Chris used the Face one and I used the one for the body.  It sank into the skin quickly, didn't leave a greasy residue and meant that neither of us got burnt at all whilst on holiday.  I also felt like I tanned a lot more than I usually would so there must be something about the 'tan enhancing' ingredients that work!  It's £20 for the 150ml Body sunscreen and £15 for the 50ml Face sunscreen.  I used up the whole body tube in one week but the Face one was only half empty after the week was up.  It's always good to know how much sunscreen to take with you!

A couple of other products I tried for the first time whilst away was the Clarins After Sun Gel Ultra-Soothing and Clarins SOS Sunburn Soother.  The After Sun Gel was absolutely brilliant and both myself and Chris used it everyu day after sun exposure.  It's cooling, light in formulation and leaves your skin feeling really comfortable and hydrated.  I will definitely be buying this for my next holiday abroad!  The SOS Sunburn Soother was also great for the days when my skin was a bit pink in areas.  A primer example of this was the very top of my forehead.  Although it didn't get burnt as such, it looked a little pink at one point.  However, after applying the SOS Sunburn Soother at night, the slight redness completely disappeared and there was absolutely no peeling.  Love this stuff!  It's £17.50 for the 150ml of After Sun and £25.50 for the 40ml tub of SOS Sunburn Soother.  I know it seems expensive but to be honest with you, my skin is really important to me so I don't mind paying a bit extra to ensure it stays in the best condition possible.

I was vigilant with my hair on holiday too and the best shampoo by far for a beach holiday is Frederic Fekkai Marine Clean Detox Shampoo.  It's a gentle formulation that removes any sea salt, chlorine or other residue from your hair without stripping it of it's natural oils.  This shampoo left my hair soft, silky and very lightweight.  It also contains a UV shield which helps to protect your hair from sun exposure and colour fading.  It's £20 for a 200ml tube and even though I used it twice a day sometimes, it was still half full when I returned home.  I also suspect Chris and our other friend were using it too since neither of them had shampoo with them!  I also used my old favourite Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment as a conditioner every day to ensure my hair stayed in good condition and was properly hydrated.

The Phyto Plage Protective Sun Veil completely saved my hair from turning to straw. It contains Sweet almond which forms a non-greasy seal and softens the hair. The light-protective sunflower extract it contains strengthens the hair's natural resistance by preventing the production of free radicals. The UV filter protects your hair from the sun's rays.  I spritzed my hair with this every morning before going in the sun and took it with me in my beach bag to reapply if needed. It costs £20 for a 4.2fl oz bottle. (the packaging of this product has changed since I got it so it may look different from the pic above).

I took my trusty MoroccanOil with me too to apply to the ends of my hair and keep them supple and soft.  I also applied it all over my hair at bedtime on a couple of occasions to give my hair an intensive treatment.  You only need a very small amount of this product, especially if you have fine hair so don't go overboard or your hair will end up looking greasy.  It's pricey at £29 for a 100ml bottle but it really does last forever!  I also liked using the Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves.  
"Have sexy hair with Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair Marine Beach Waves. Hydrating your hair for effortlessly tousled waves it also prevents moisture loss, leaving you with beautifully soft, textured hair.
Formulated with AquaNutrient technology that blends marine botanical extracts:

  • Sea Water to provide bio-conditioning and UV protection

  • Marine Water to create surf-sexy texture

  • Sea Kelp to hydrate and block moisture loss for sexy, effortless tousled waves, anytime and anywhere.

  • Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair Marine Beach Waves also contains a UV filter to help protect your hair from environmental damage and helps prevent colour fading".

    It added texture to my hair, made it look tousled and was a really easy way to style my hair without using a hair dryer.  It's £20 for a 150ml bottle.

  • I took two perfumes with me to Greece, one was the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess scent and the other was the Escada Taj Sunset perfume.  The Estee Lauder one was great for the daytime when we were hanging out at the beach because it smells like summer and is quite subtle.  The Escada one is more fruity and was the perfect summery, fresh scent to wear at night.

    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    Greece Holiday Picaroos

    The weather here in Aberdeen couldn't be more removed from that of Zakynthos but alas I promised some Greece photos and so here they are.  I will put aside my post holiday blues in the name of blogging! 

    Our aparthotel (Xenos Kamara Beach) in Argassi had a nice pool that looked out on the beach... 

    Since the weather was so hot, I'm very shiny in most of the pics! I battled with it and then gave up because temperatures of 35oC pretty much dictate these things!  We found a great little beachside bar called Fuego Del Mar and it had the same feel as Cafe Del Mar in Ibiza...

    We went to a club near Argassi called Barrage and we were assured that's where all the locals go.  This place was amazing! It was mostly an open-air garden type affair with sweeping white sashes draped over our heads with white round lanterns, japanese style garden bridges and white sofas everywhere.

    This is my rather attractive dancing face...yes, nothing much more to say about that! Chris wins the face pulling competition though!

    We went to Target Bar where they have traditional Greek dancing that you are encouraged forced to join in with.  I got dragged up a couple of times but after jumping around in the heat of the evening, I spent the rest of the night sitting next to the nearest window in the event that I might be forced to dance again and have to jump out of it!

    The guys went up for an all male dance (not as weird as it sounds!).  Basically one person kneels down (stick with me here) and then the other guy has to throw his leg over the person's head repeatedly in a circular motion.  Don't know if that makes sense but let me say this...I was REALLY worried one of them was going to get a kick in the face! Not the safest acticity after sampling copious amounts of local homemade wine!

    Nathan looked like the karate kid!

    We tried to do a few cultural things while we were there and one such day trip was to the mainland to visit Olympia - the birthplace of the Olympics.

    The museum there was interesting with loads of statues and monuments restored after been recovered from the temples at Olympia.

    A statue of Hermes, the god of travel and boundaries...

    Some of the group decided to have a race in the ancient Olympic stadium.  To be honest, I flat out refused to take part because it was a sweltering 37oC that day and there ain't no way I'm running in those temperatures!

    We spent a couple of days just chilling out on the beach, flying kites, playing frisbee in the water, sunbathing and generally flinching every time we felt something touching our bodies in the water! I think we spent most of the time trying to freak each other out by pretending there were all kinds of creatures in the sea! 

    I'm surprised Chris hasn't formed gills by now because he spent 90% of his time swimming in the sea!  I did go in the water quite a bit but I still suffer from the irrational fear of being swept out to sea!

    I didn't want to put too many holidays pics up because it's never as much fun looking at someone else's holiday photographs!