Monday, 30 September 2013

How To Do A Feather Feathered Manicure | Ciate London

How To Do A Feather Feathered Manicure

How To Do A Feather Feathered Manicure

CIATE All A Fluttered Feathered Manicure Set* - Exclusive to Selfridges&Co - £20.00

Over the past few months, I have blogged about the Ciaté manicure sets that I've been trying. With each one as innovative as the next, the latest offering from the brand is the feathered manicure.

I received the All A Fluttered set which contains a miniature Paint Pot in Ivory Queen, a full size bottle of top coat, a pair of nail scissors, two filing blocks and a packet of colourful feathers.
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Sunday, 29 September 2013

A Tiny Projector For Instagram Photos

A Tiny Projector For Instagram Photos

A Tiny Projector For Instagram Photos


HOW CUTE IS THIS!!! OMG!

Out of all the Instagram products that I have seen so far such as fridge magnets, stickers, shiny polaroid print outs and phonecases, this tiny projector from Projecteo* is by far the best! 

I am SUCH a sucker for novelty items or little gadgets like this. I fall for it hook, line and sinker! In the 80s, I had one of those ViewMaster toys (does anyone remember those?) and the Disney reels kept me entertained and this sort of reminds me of that (kind of).

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When you visit the Projecteo website, the first thing you do is select your photos from Instagram and they are then developed on to a single frame of 35mm Kodak film which are placed in a black wheel. 

For some reason, I thought the whole thing would be bigger but it measures about 4cm x 4cm, (so diddy!) and it arrives already assembled. It includes batteries so all I had to do was pop the reel in and clickety click click... the imaged are projected on to a wall.

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You only nine slots on the reel so when I was picking out the photos I wanted to use, I decided to make the slideshow in to a theme.

I chose the nine photos that reminded me of what I got up to this Summer which included my sister's wedding in July, being a bridesmaidgoing to LiverpoolOscar staying with megoing to Germany for a bloggers event and a day trip out to the beach

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The quality of projected slideshow is good, just how you'd expect. They have got a slight blur quality to it but the wonderfully low-fi quality is all part of the concept. You can actually twist the grey lens to focus, which is really smart!

I kind of wish this was a keyring aswell, it would give me a valid reason to carry it around and show it to friends/family/colleagues/ice breaker with new pals. If people see it hooked around your keys, they will probably always point it out and ask what it is. It's a good conversation starter! It would give Projecteo another purpose.

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Although it is the best Insta-gadget I have seen, it is also the most expensive. The thing that I think most people will be put off by is the price. The set cost $34.98 - about £22 - which includes the unit and the wheel. Extra wheels can be bought for $8.99.

However, postage is free and they are quick to deliver all the way from the US. I suppose it would make a unique present for birthdays and Christmas, maybe a nice Secret Santa present for a friends because it is a very cool gadget and it will make them look at it in amazement!

Overall, Projecteo is pretty special and unique, and it is personalised. Guaranteed to get the oooh's and aaah's!

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

I Don't Rely On Mirrors, So I Always Take Polaroids

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Blazer Topshop / Blouse* Ravi Famous / Clutch Bag* NotOnTheHighStreet / Jeans Miss Selfridge / Ballet Pumps Freed of London



Not quite the same as the cobbles of Somerset House during London Fashion Week, but here I am in a quiet and rather blustery corner of the Quayside. We went out for dinner and this is what I wore, only to realise upon viewing the outfit photos on my camera that it looks a bit lawyer-esque. Which is is why my blog title is what it is today. "I don't rely on mirrors so I always take Polaroids". Which of course is a quote from Clueless, and all said in a tongue in cheek way. As much as I wish I was Cher Horrowitz, I don't have a Polaroid camera and of course, I rely on mirrors like a normal person! Anyway - Not that there's anything wrong with lawyer attire, and I do like this outfit but I felt it was too formal for a family get together. Ooops! 

When the outfit is broken down though, it doesn't seem or sound too formal at all. Skinny jeans, a shirt, a blazer and ballet pumps. Perhaps it's because I'm carrying a clutch bag (from Not On The HighStreet), which gives the outfit a different look. I usually carry my black satchel which looks more casual, but the clutch definitely dresses the outfit up. You can probably tell from my personal style posts that I love shirts like this, it is lace with a burgundy bow. The photos of it are better on my Fuchsia Pink Jacket post, that is still one of my favourite outfit post!

I try to use Sunday's post to catch up with you all on a personal level, something I can't do when I write up beauty reviews! What have you all been up to lately? LFW has been and gone. I've actually tried to switch off from Facebook and Twitter during that time. I have been enjoying reading the blog posts about it but not so much on Twitter; the information goes too fast and there's so much to take in! This is very un-fashion like, but I prefer to catch up with it in my own time. On the other side of things, I have friends who are designers for high street brands who go to LFW for work purposes, so it's also nice to hear about it from their point of view too. I've never felt compelled to go, there's no reason for me to. I'll leave it up to the professionals!

I was actually in London last week but not for LFW, but it was for a photo/video shoot with a fashion brand. I got to spend the day with some other bloggers too, it was a fun day and a great experience. There's a long wait until it's all ready to be revealed because it is to promote the brand's party season range. I can't wait to show you the photos from the shoot, but I'm sure it won't be long until then....we all know how quickly CHRISTMAS creeps up on us!

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

4 Of The Best Lancome Skincare Products

4 Of The Best Lancome Skincare Products


There was a time when I was really loyal to Lancome and throughout my teenage years, I only ever used Lancome skincare. This was because my mum was a massive fan and Lancome was also the only brand she would use when it came to her skincare routine so she introduced me to a few things and I was hooked ever since. 

Mum would usually take advantage of the gift with purchase offers too, which meant my sister and I would have lots of Lancome beauty stuff to sample!

One time, she won a customer prize draw and came home with £500 worth of Lancome goodies, so at that point, I became more experimental with more of their beauty products in my youthful teenage years!

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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Currently Coveting: A Fashionable Autumn Coat

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1. Khaki Jacket / 2. Checked Coat / 3. Beige Pea Coat / 4. Faux Fur Collar Coat / 5. Pink Coat / 6. Aztec Pattern Coat

I'm not a huge fan of Autumn, it is never like the lovely photos you see on tumblr and Pinterest where the trees are beautifully tinged with orange and red leaves. Once Summer is over, it just goes grey and anything with leaves and petal just dies. Maybe that's just up north, though! It is particularly dull up here. On the plus side, it is an excuse to buy a lovely new coat, an absolute must-have for the British weather! I've been browsing and have narrowed it down to six. 

I always need a new one because each Autumn and Winter, I get so attached to my coat that I literally run wear it into to the ground until the fabric's torn or ripped, with buttons are hanging by a thread. The one I got a couple of years ago has stayed strong but I've caught the tweed fabric on so many things (ironically it's usually a coat hanger!) that it is looking rather tatty now. I tend stick to the high street so it's probably not the best manufacturing quality to begin with anyway. I should probably save the money I spend on all of these coats and invest in a good quality Barbour jacket, it would be keep me so nice and warm, and it would last forever and ever! But I don't have a chunk of money to spend on one singular item at the moment. 

My sister has recently bought the Khaki jacket which is from Topshop and it looks great, very Barbour-esque! I am slightly tempted to get the black version so I'm not accused of copying her but I much prefer it in khaki! I really love the exposed zips, details like that toughens it up a bit. Powder pink is a big colour this A/W so I like the idea of having this lovely pink coat in my wardrobe but it isn't a very timeless colour. Sometimes when I buy things just because it's "trendy", it makes me feel really weird wearing it a year or two later. I guess that is what happens with all fads, it just loses that cool factor once the fad is over which is a waste of money.

I get far too attached to my coat and scarves during A/W, I don't even bother taking it off even when I'm indoors (I hate carrying a big coat around!). Have you guys been browsing for a new Autumn coat recently? Do you go for something "trendy" or do you spend a bit more money on something better quality and more classic so it would last a good few years, if not forever?

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

American Vintage at Vente Privee

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Shirt* American Vintage via Vente Privee / Hat Miss Selfridge / Jacket ASOS  / Jeans Miss Selfridge / Shoes* Freed Of London / Sunnies ASOS

I've never heard of American Vintage or Vente Privee until now, and discovering new brands is another reason why I love blogging! Excitingly, I was asked to style the model to wear for a promotional video (above) with a possibility of go to Paris to meet Vente Privee and go behind the scenes on the day of the video shoot. The trip didn't end up happening (sob) but I was still excited to see the final video!

The shirt I am wearing in my outfit photos is one of the items I picked. It was one of the first items I added to my Autumn wardrobe this year! And the hat is very similar to the one that the world and his wife has got, but as the Topshop one is too big for my head, I bought this Fedora hat from Miss Selfridge. I didn't mean to buy a new hat but I got sad that my floppy hat is now completely out of shape! I stored in a bag for about a week, and it went all squished and crooked! I think I've broken it, but it is currently being flattened down with lots of heavy "coffee table books".

So! More about Vente-Privee! If you love a good bargain and limited time flash sales, then definitely check out Paris-based Vente Privee. They have teamed up with a high end French brand, American Vintage, to offer a huge sale on their collections. Although Vente Privee is a sale/discount website, it still has that classy European feel to it, unlike something like Groupon, but that's probably due to the fancy brands they collaborate with, like Versace, Donna Karan, Levi's, and Prada. If there's ever a chance to grab a bargain, I'm there with bells on!

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Monday, 9 September 2013

Make Your Own

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Dress* MeeMee / Bag* Brit-Stitch / Shoes Freed Of London / Belt* American Vintage / RayBan Pretavoir

If ever there was a chance to customise a bag to match my blog's colour scheme, I'm going to be on it like a car bonnet! You guys will have spotted this bag in several of my recent outfit posts and I've had lots of instagram/facebook likes and comments on the bag so I'm happy to tell you all that the Brit-Stitch website has now relaunched!

As well as the latest collection of beautifully crafted leather bags which are all made in Britain, you can now MAKE YOUR OWN! I really wanted to go for the red because I think it would go well with Autumn clothes, especially if it's a tweed material like the dress I am wearing. I prefer a plain red bag rather than adding a colour to it just for sake of it so I became rather indecisive about which colours to go for. When in doubt, go with your blog colour scheme! This actually happened by accident though. I asked you guys on Facebook and Instagram to help me choose a combination and the majority said mint and pink, so that's what I went with in the end! I tried to incorporate the lilac in somewhere but it was a tad too much. Having seen the bag in real life, I wish I added the lilac to the handle or something because you can't really see the handle all that well anyway. Coulda, woulda, shoulda!

Initially, I chose a pink base and a mint green buckle to correspond with my blog design, but I don't really like to wear anything pink so I swapped it around. Mint green is one of my favourite colours so it made sense! The Make You Own bags allow you choose up to three colours and you can have a look here to see which sections of the bag you can customise. It's really fun to see it come together because the technical/spec drawing of the bag makes it look like you're designing it yourself. (I love a good spec drawing!) Choose between the sizes Half Pint or the Milkman and away you go! Mine is a little boring compared the the possibilities of outcomes but you can colour customise every part of the bag to make it as unique to you as possible. The bag itself is really beautiful, as you can see. It is well made, sturdy, and you know it will last for years and year. The pastel tones suit the summer season better but who's going to stick to fashion "rules" when a bag is as pretty as this!

What do you think of Brit-Stitch's new website and which colour combinations would you choose for your leather bag?

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Friday, 6 September 2013

How To Get Rid Of Spots // Beauty Tip

We all want to know how to get rid of spots, right? Spots always crop up at the most inappropriate times... whether it's the day before a job interview, a photo shoot, a work meeting or even a date... you can guarantee that if it's important or a big deal, a big spot will come of my face to greet you on the day too! Well, I've been trying out a few quick remedies that will get rid of spots fast!

In the past, I've tried dabbing toothpaste over the blemish and leaving it over night, that's a fairly popular tip but it doesn't work for me. My mum had an Aloe Vera plant and it is good for lots of things including spots. It works well to soothe the area but I have a terrible phobia of pot plants so can't keep it in the flat. I've also used various products such as WitchHazel but they've had very little effect. Here I have two effective blemish removers which works to get rid of spots quick and fast!

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Something that I swear by for it's zapping power is Burt's Bees 100% natural Herbal Blemish Stick. It is £10.99, but it's absolutely worth it for all the miracles it performs! Whenever I feel a spot appearing, I will apply some of this on and it will prevent the blemish from getting any bigger. It works in to the skin and start banishing blemishes. I've been using this product for a long time now, and have always repurchased when it's empty. It contains ten natural ingredients like tea tree oil and willowbark which are known for antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, reducing redness and effectively clear the blemish. 

The scent of the blemish stick is really strong and I think it might bug some people, especially if you have a strong sense of smell, but it disappears after ten minutes or so. The smell is worth putting up with because it is such a good product, it is 100% natural and it's so good for getting rid of spots. The only thing I dislike about this is the roller applicator. After a while, you'll start see tiny little bits floating inside the bottle, which I assume is skin or something?! Really gross, I know! It's best to use this in the evening and let it work through the night. 

I probably wouldn't recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin - but fret not! The next product I want to show you is definitely suitable for sensitive skin.

How to get rid of spots, affordable treatment for spots
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AMIE is a great brand to try for teens or if you have skin that's easily irritated by rich skincare products. This ALL CLEAR Instant Action Spot Clearing Gel* is £4.95. Just like Burt's Bees, this gel contains willowbark. The formula also contains eucalyptus and peppermint oil which are natural cleansers that prevents spots from forming. This feels gentler than the Burt's Bees Blemish Stick, the smell is certainly better - but it isn't as fast acting. Both products are great, it just depends on whether you have sensitive skin or not. If you do, I would definitely opt for Amie ALL CLEAR gel. I like to use the Burt's Bees at night time for really bad blemishes and then the AMIE one for soothing smaller pimples.

I've been using this gel on my forehead, where it is prone to tiny pimples. I only use a little bit and have already seen a change. I like having this in my handbag because it is gentle enough to use whenever you like and the smell isn't strong enough to offend anyone!

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