31/05/2012

WISHLIST... EBAY BASKET #2


BAG // CRESCENT EARRING // DRESS // BRACELET // TOP // EYELASHES

Last week i did a new eBay wish list post and you all seemed to like it, as a eBay post was requested for today's post i thought I'd do another one showing you some more items I'm loving at the moment. I've already bought the bracelet (hello 99p) and I've got 4 various eyelash styles on the way too!


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30/05/2012

PRODUCT REVIEW - MAY JOLIE BOX + GIVEAWAY



Talika - Lipocils Expert, China Glaze in 'Wicked Style', Essential Care - Organic Rose Moisturiser & RMK Makeup Base.

I've totally slacked on the whole 'trying beauty box products' this month. I usually give myself a couple of weeks to try the products before doing a full review but i just haven't had a chance to fit them in to my routine as I'm either in the middle trying similar products or i just haven't had a chance. So for this post is more of a general overview and initial thoughts.

Another lovely box from the people at Jolie Box with a good selection of products. They usually have one box so everyone gets the same but for this month I've seen another Talika product and different China Glaze shades. But I'm really happy with the box i got. I've never tried an eyelash growth product before so I'm looking forward to trying this and see if it actually works, i think it uses natural ingredients so that's always good. I sometimes dislike getting creams in beauty boxes, sometimes they're quite hit and miss for me and my skin. Unfortunately i really don't like the floral scent, but it's a nice rich cream. A nice travel size primer from RMK which I've heard great things about, I'd be interested in trying other items fro RMK if this lives up to the hype.

Jolie box is my favourite beauty box, i just find their boxes so consistent and i just think their products are more fitted to what i expect from a box. I think they listen to their subscribers and try to bring something and varied to us. As usual, I'm excited to see what they come up with next month.


To celebrate Jolie Boxes first birthday i have 10 amazing boxes from the French JB team to give away to you guys! How amazing is that? Usual rules apply, you have to be a follower of my blog and comment saying you'd like to be entered (with you email address too!). I will pick the ten winners randomly and announce the lucky winners on Monday 11th June. Good luck everyone!


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29/05/2012

NEXT A/W 2012 PRESS DAY


Last Thursday i went down to London with Kavita to attend the Next A/W press day in one of the rooms at Somerset House. It was the most perfect location with balconies over looking the courtyard and we we're spoilt with drinks, sandwiches and sweet treats. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon to the hottest day of the year.

I'm a real A/W fan, i always find it so hard to know what to wear in the summer and feel comfortable (I'm all for chunky knits, layers). In true A/W form Next will have a lot of dark colours so there's your typical burgundy, greys, browns and blacks but there's a lot of lighter neutral shades too which i really like. They have the transition between Autumn/Winter spot on with light weight jumpers and cardigans in lighter shades such as oranges, reds and cream. Of course it wouldn't be A/W without your tailored jackets, tweed and tartan cardigans/coats so it's great to see a good selection of items featuring those themes. Next have catered for the party season too as sequins were everywhere! Lots of sequin details on tops, dresses, shoes and bags. Studs will also continue to take this year by storm with studded detail on blouses and accessories.

The selection of home wear is beautiful, a lot of it takes a vintage feel with the white wash units, tarnished wire frames and clocks. There's a nice range of floral accessories which is a trend we've seen for a while now. My ultimate favourite item though is the thread candle holders! How amazing are they?! I want one in every colour!

I fell in love with so any items from this collection and I'm really looking forward to seeing them hit the shops later on in the year. I really did have a lovely day so big thanks to Next & Ellie for inviting me!


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28/05/2012

WHAT I WORE

Lookbook | Chictopia
Blazer/Bag/Nails: Primark
Dress: H&M | Necklace: New Look
Sunglasses: eBay*

I wore this outfit when I went to London last week for the Next A/W press day (more on that tomorrow!) I bought this dress especially for it as with the colour and material I thought it would be really cool on the hottest day of the year (ignore the tights and blazer – figure issues) What I didn’t think about it how creased it would get and how said creases made it a lot shorter (que dress riding up to my bum whilst walking across kings cross and not realising until on the train) but after a wash and iron it's back to normal.

So i'm going to be typically British and say HOW AMAZING IS THIS WEATHER?! I'm one for routines and don't like to deviate from it but everything went out the window this weekend as all I wanted to do was sit outside and enjoy the sun! I've never faked tanned in my life so if the chance comes up to get a natural one I go all out. It also means I don’t have to wear foundation as the sun does a great job of giving me an even skin tone so that takes a few mins off my make up routine in the morning. I even washed my hair purposely this morning just so I could sit outside and let it dry naturally. Please don't leave us sun!

This is my last full week off before I start my new job (yay) so I’m hoping to get loads of blog post written up and scheduled for the days when I’m working (I really don't want to break my blogging every day rule) and hopefully I can keep on top of it all! I was going to go home this weekend for the bank holiday but there are lots of reasons for not going so if anyone knows of any events going on in Leeds please let me know! I'm going down to London again on Thursday for the Debenhams press day which i'm really looking forward to because I get to spend the day with Gemma which is just as amazing!

Today i'm off in to town to meet the beautiful Summer and help her with some bloggy things! She's FINALLY rejoined Youtube again so everyone go and say hello!

Hope you all have a wonderful week whatever you have planned! Thanks Lily for taking the pics.


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27/05/2012

I'M LOVING... YANKEE CANDLES

Apologizes for my lack of designer inspired post today, I've been outside enjoying the sunshine and the thought of spending hours sat on my laptop doing a post makes me want to cry a little bit. So here i am, with still an eBay themed post but not quite the 'usual' Sunday one'.



Yankee candle samples - £1.31 each

Last month for my birthday i received my first ever Yankee candle (vanilla cupcake) and fell in love with it straight away. It's quite a rich scent, so i don't burn it for long and i really wanted to try some others. Yankee candles are quite expensive, a large jar is usually around £18 so i wanted to get some smaller ones first to see if i liked the scent enough to buy a bigger one. In true me form i headed over to eBay to see if i could find any offers on and this amazing seller came up selling all various sizes and scents. I decided to go for the sampler offer (£1.31 each) and i ended u buying 7 (the ones above) which i think is an amazing deal as i only paid £1.85 postage for them all.

So far I've burnt midnight jasmine, mandarin cranberry and pink sands and I'm already eyeing up a large jar for the cranberry one. I probably wouldn't buy the other two again. I think getting samples is a great way to find out if you like the scent enough to buy it and because they're so small you can burn whichever scent fits your mood that day. Burn time is around 8-10 hours i think, from what I've worked out anyway. I really love these candles and I'm excited to try some others!

Have you tried Yankee candles? Which is your favourite?


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26/05/2012

INSTAGRAM #13



Game night, cuddles with Ken, behind the wheel, bow bun, back to Leeds, dusting off my V Westwood sunnies, beauty purchases, sitting in the sun, train to London, Primark nails, The National Gallery, Somerset house, Next A/W press day, the beautiful Kavita, cocktails, sandwiches, sweet goodness, Nandos, new look Kings Cross, Jenny Craig breakfast & products at Summers salon.

- VIPXO



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25/05/2012

Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc Giveaway!


I must admit i've never actually heard of Lolita Lempicka, I tend to stick to the same perfumes and don't really pay attention to any others but after reading about L'Eau en Blanc I think i'd actually really like it. It's a powdery-floral fragrance which delicately reveals its sweet, sensual notes. There's white violets infused with crystalline iris notes with a hidden sugared almond feel. The fresh, energetic top note is violet Leaf with green Iris. White Violet and Raspberry are delicately paired to create the heart of the fragrance and finally the base note, the eternally sophisticated embrace of Heliotrope and Musk. How beautiful does that sound? So perfect for summer.

If this sounds something you'd like to have in your collection then all you have to do is comment saying so as I'm giving one of you guys a chance to win a 50ml bottle of of Lolita Lempicka L’Eau en Blanc and a 50ml bottle of their cult favouruite Lolita Lempicka 1st fragrance. Unfortunately I can only send it to a UK resident and you have until 01/06 to enter!

Available exclusive at House of Fraser nation-wide from June 2012.


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24/05/2012

PRODUCT REVIEW - LANCÔME 'ROUGE IN LOVE' LIPSTICKS



LANCÔME 'ROUGE IN LOVE' LIPSTICKS - £21* each

I have a wide collection of make up such a £1.50 pressed powder from ELF and then £11 eye shadows from MAC. Most people say you get what you pay for, which I think can be applied a lot of the time but I've paid a lot for certain products which ended up being rubbish. There's a reason why high end make up has the price tag it does, sometimes I think it's justified and others not so much. But these lipsticks are worth every single penny, they deserve the high end title and I think everyone should own at least one in their make up bag.

The 'Rouge In Love' lipstick collection from Lancome has over 20 shades which have been categorized in 3 moods: Jolis Matins: Fresh shades for daytime wear. Jolis Matins shades are identified with the letter M in the shade number. Boudoir Time: Pop shades for cocktail hour. Boudoir Time shades are identified with the letter B in the shade number. Tonight is My Night: Intense shades for magical nights. Tonight is My Night shades are identified with the letter N in the shade number. As you can see I have ones from the Boudoir Time , the first being a nice neutral pinky/taupe colour called 'Lasting Kiss' which is my most worn one. The next two are 'Rouge In Love' (worn here) and 'Rose Boudoir' (worn here) which are very similar in colour with rich pink undertones, but Rose Boudoir is a little softer in shade. Finally there's 'Violette Coquette' which is a rich purple colour which I must admit I was a little unsure about at first, but it's a lot lighter on the lips (worn here) and I love it!

These lipsticks are far from your typical lipstick texture, they have a balm like feel, aren't dry in the slightest and they leave your lips feeling hydrated. They has a really long wear time too, maybe not the 6 hours as advertised but you can certainly eat and drink with the product on and the pigmentation is powerful. It's a very light product which I really like, there have been times where I've forgotten I've actually had the product on! I've had these lipsticks for a few weeks now and I must admit all of my other most used lipsticks have taken a back seat. I think they're brilliant value for money and I already have another couple of shades on my wish list!

Have you tried these lipsticks? What do you think?


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23/05/2012

WHAT I WORE - MATALAN STYLE PROJECT

Lookbook | Chictopia
Cardigan: Matalan*| Top: Matalan*
Gingham Trousers: Matalan*
Shoes: Matalan*

So i'm a few days late for my usual outfit post. I've actually been wanting to post this for a couple of weeks but i've had to wait as this outfit is actually for a competition. Last month I was asked if I’d like to take part in this months Matalan style comp which was to style an outfit based on the theme 'girlie' which they describe as cute cuts and sugary sweet colours with a bit of 50s Americana mixed in, this was the outfit I came up with. I absolutely love Matalan and their fashionable and affordable pieces so I was really excited to take part! I actually really like my outfit and I feel like I’ve stepped out of my usual comfort zone for it which is always a bonus! I think this outfit will become a summer favourite. If you like my outfit please comment here, thank you. The other two ladies in the comp have styled some fab pieces too so check them out!

It feels like I haven't posted an update in forever. But i'm still here and doing the same old. I went home this weekend just gone for my Dads birthday which was so nice, I made him his own chocolate Glossybox and had some cupcakes made (pics on my instagram vipxo). It always makes me sad to leave but hopefully we'll be down again for the bank holiday weekend!

How glorious is this weather we're having? I've been really lucky enough to enjoy some time out in it and I think i've actually caught it on my face if my freckles are anything to go by. I'm going down to London tomorrow for the day which i'm super excited about, I haven't been down since February (I think) so it's been long over due. I'm going to be popping along to the Next A/W preview which i'm sure will be lovely! I'm having an absolute nightmare with what to wear as I have to wear something suitable for the hottest day of the year, but also suitable for the 5 hours i'll be travelling. So yes, having a bit of a self loathing moment. But anyways, will I be seeing any of you there?

A couple of things i'm looking forward too... starting my new job in June, road tripping down to London to see the new Prometheus film and for October to hurry up so I can watch the new series of The Walking Dead which i'm actually obsessed with having watched the first two series in a week.

Hope you're all enjoying the sunshine!


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22/05/2012

WISHLIST... EBAY BASKET


BAG // EAR CUFF // NAIL POLISH // DRESS // TRIANGLE RINGS // NEON JUMPER


I often get asked what items i have in my eBay basket and as you can imagine i add new things pretty much every day. Above is a selection of some favourites and the ones which make me want to press the checkout button the most.


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21/05/2012

PRODUCT REVIEW - SLEEK I- DIVINE V1: BRIGHT



Sleek ultra matte i-Divines: V1 Bright - £6.99

As much as i love a good smokey eye, i also love bright eye shadows too and have worn them numerous amounts of times on the blog (here, here and here). So when i got the chance to try the new V1 Brights palette from Sleek i was pretty excited. As I'd already tried the new blush palette and was really impressed i hoped this palette would be just as good! You can see that the eye shadows are indeed very bright and there is a good range to choose from (apart from the two pinks which are practically identical) the only downside to this palette is that some of the colours are less pigmented than others (pink, grey, white) and some were very chalky (light pink, orange & yellow) but this isn't much of an issue. I did have to do a couple of swipes on my wrist to show the true colour, but to me that's a good thing as they can be build able for a more intense look or you can keep it subtle. They do blend very well and are ok for lasting time, i would seriously recommend an eye primer as that seemed to make a difference with how long the colour lasted. I would suggest you don't buy this palette if you think you only need to use one brush stroke to get the X colour as an intense it looks, you will have to use a bit of product and build it on. But i think the kind of looks you can create with it make that worth it. I do really like this palette, I'm glad i own it and i do think it's worth the price.

Just a heads up, Superdrug currently have a 3 for 2 on all make up!

Have you tried these eye shadows? What do you think?


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