Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Do you like my new hat? I bought it off ebay a couple of weeks ago and have only just got round to wearing it. My flatmates think I look ridiculous but I kind of like the brightness, it definitely brightens up this black and white combo. As you know, monochrome is a huge trend at the moment, as is neon, so I thought I would combine the two...resulting in this bumblebee look! 

I had my first big hand in a couple of weeks ago and have been taking a little break from uni work for the last 2 weeks, now it's time to get back on it! I have my new brief and I have resigned myself to another 3 months of hell before I completely finish university for good. My final deadline is on the 17th May, absolutely terrifying! So here's to knuckling down and getting a degree I am proud of, it's going to be hard work but it will be worth it! 

Hat- Ebay, Jumper- Topshop, Skirt- Vintage, Belt- Vintage, Shoes- Ebay, 

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Origins Modern Friction and Drink Up Mask

You may have read my post a couple of weeks ago about my wonderful facial at Origins which left me feeling like a goddess. As I mentioned before, I have only tried a couple of things from Origins, which I loved, so I was excited to try more. After my facial, where my skin was analysed and I found out what products were best suited to me, I was sent a few of their products to test out. I am going to review two of my absolute favourites, the Modern Friction and the Drink Up Intensive Mask. 

Firstly, the Modern Friction was a miracle product! It is described as "Nature's gentle dermabrasion" which sums it up wonderfully. The natural and organic ingredients means that there are absolutely no nasty or chemical ingredients involved and the mask is 100% good for your skin. Modern Friction is designed to be used on clean dry skin to give your face a proper good scrub, or with a little bit of water if you need to be a bit more gentle. I used a tiny pea-sized drop which was plenty for my face and massaged into my skin in circular motions. I used it on dry skin to begin with then added a touch of water to create more of a wash. After a minute of scrubbing, I washed it off with warm water and my skin felt amazingly soft and glowy. 

I then followed this with the Drink Up Intensive Mask. The mask is designed to be applied before bed and slept in to "quench skin's thirst" overnight. The instructions didn't say whether to apply after or instead of a moisturisor, so I just skipped the moisturisor stage and used this instead as I think it would of been a bit too heavy to use both. I layered on a generous helping, which was probably a little more then needed, and fell straight asleep. I woke up with my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. I'm sure like many others, my skin is a nightmare in winter and the weather dries it out so much, I always end up with dry patches all over the place. So I would say this product is perfect for winter and for giving skin that extra bit of moisture that it needs. The only downside of this product, which is probably me being really picky  is I don't like the idea of going to bed with your face covered in product because it means you either have to lie on your back or risk your pillow getting all greasy! However, when I used it the second time, I applied it about an hour before bedtime and it sunk in before my head hit the pillow, therefore no dirty pillow worries!

Overall, I would completely recommend both of these products, They are great by themselves, or even better used together to scrub off the nasty dry skin then replenish it with moisture! It depends what you are after  but if you want to try Origins for the first time, I would pick my one hero product as the Modern Friction, it really does leave your skin glowing! Origin products are available from beauty counters or online.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Blue Trousers

I just love trousers at the moment! Patterned, coloured, skinny, baggy, I love them all. Here are my new favourite pair, which I bought a few weeks ago and have been wearing way too much since! I know they look pretty bright but they are so versatile and can be worn dressed up with a little crop top and heels for a night out or down with chunky boots and a t-shirt for daytime. There are so many great pairs in the shops at the moment and bright trousers are the perfect transitional piece for Spring...I am very, very tempted to purchase these in orange aswell!

I am extremely excited today because my parents are coming up this weekend to visit me! I haven't seen them since Christmas so can't wait to spend some quality time with them and give them a big squeeze! Has anyone else got anything exciting planned for the weekend?

Trousers- Topshop, Top- Ark Clothing, Belt- Vintage, Wedges- Urban Outfitters, Blazer- River Island 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Hermes S/S '13

I have just come across these stunning images from Hermes Spring/Summer 2013 campaign shot by Nathaniel Goldberg, and had to share them with you. The images certainly brighten up my dark, snowy morning and made me dream of summer! They remind me of a place called Lake Bled in Slovenia that I visited whilst inter-railing a couple of years ago, as the dock looks exactly like it. However, the shoot actually took place in Lake Como in Italy, another beautiful location that is on my to-do list. It has made me look through all my old photos from the trip and reminisce and I am now longing for summer more than ever before!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

 You may have seen my blog post about the Kiehls Blogger Event I went to recently at my local store in Nottingham. It was a fabulous evening filled with all things skincare, the perfect night for a beauty addict like myself. We were very generously given a goody bag to take away with us and try and the end of the evening. The bag included this fabulous Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is a new hero product of mine! The oil is described as "a replenishing elixir of pure essential oils and distilled botanicals to visibly restore the appearance of skin by morning.Wow, doesn't that just sound great!? It is a facial oil to be used at night time to give the skin an overnight treat. At the event, we were told the best way to use it is to put 2-3 drops into the palm of your hand then rub the hands together. You then need to breathe the smell in deeply before patting it gently into the skin. It can be used on its own or underneath your usual moisturisor. I used the product after cleansing my skin, and then did as instructed, but didn't apply moisturisor afterwards because I felt like I didn't need it aswell.

The best tip was to take a deep breathe first. The natural scent, I think it was lavender, among others, was so relaxing and helped me sleep. Then by patting it into the skin instead of rubbing, makes sure that it really penetrates the skin instead of just sitting as a layer on top. When I woke up in the morning my skin really did feel smooth and 'restored'. The essential oils and evening primrose oil help the skin to give it a moisture boost and it certainly worked!

I have used it 3 or 4 times now and although my skin has felt amazing as soon as I woke up, I haven't really seen any long term difference in smoothness yet. But as I say, it is very early days, you probably need to use it for a few weeks to notice a difference.

Overall, The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a beautiful product and I would highly recommend it as a weekly treatment for tired or dull skin. Although it is rather pricey, it is definitely worth it as a treat or to be added to your wishlist! I think I need to invest in some more Kiehls products now...

Midnight Recovery Concentrate is £36 for a 30ml bottle (which will last forever!) from Kiehls.co.uk

Friday, 8 February 2013

Celine and Tartan

Woohoo! I have finally found myself some tartan trousers! If you read my outfit inspiration post you will know that I have been looking for a pair of navy and green tartan trousers for a while with no luck! However, on my long overdue trip into Topshop the other day I found these beauts and they are perfect! I also ordered this 'Celine' (obviously not real) T-shirt from Ebay the other day for a bargain £7.49!! (Another item from my outfit inspiration wishlist!) It is perfect for this seasons monochrome trend and ideal for pairing with the tartan trousers to dress them down a bit. 

Happy weekend everyone! :)

Trousers- Topshop, T-shirt- Ebay, Necklace- Miss Selfridge, Boots- F&F, Gilet- F&F, Rings- Vintage

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Leopard, Fur and a Top Knot

It feels like I haven't done an outfit post in absolutely ages, so I thought it was about time I chucked another one at you. Today is a fabulous day for me. I have finished my uni project and handed it all in, 2 days before the deadline, such a keeno! It is the biggest feeling of relief to get it all done and out the way. However, it is also the scariest feeling knowing that I have now finished half of my degree! Just one big project to go then I will be out into the real world! 

Anyway, enough of my boring university life. This is just a simple outfit that I wore the other day. I do realise that the top is perhaps too short to be worn with tights, so I actually changed the bottom half before I left the house! I love this leopard print scarf at the moment. I have always been a sucker for animal print and the weather at the moment calls for the warmth of a scarf. This is also a really, really old coat which I found the other day and haven't worn in ages, so thought I would give it another spin. Excuse my crazily pasty skin, I'm off to fake tan now in preparation for a week long celebration before starting on the next stress-provoking chapter in my academic life! 

Scarf- Mums, Coat- Primark, Top- Primark, Shoes- Urban Outfitters, Ear Muffs- Russia