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Recent Purchases: Primark Boyfriend Coat

Primark Boyfriend Coat - £10.00
On Boxing Day my sister and I battled our way through the crowds and tried to find some bargains in the sales in Bristol. Now, I am a very keen shopper. I love shopping. I could do it for hours. But shopping on Boxing Day made me never want to leave my house ever again. The people! The pushing and shoving! The clothes thrown everywhere! Even thinking about it is making me hyperventilate a little.

Out of all of the clothes shops in Bristol I only found two items that I liked, some black floral skinny trousers from River Island and a coat from Primark. The trousers, I loved. As soon as I saw them I wanted them and stupidly thought that my behind would fit into a Size 8. Big mistake. The changing rooms were shut so I realised that they wouldn't get past my knees when I was 30 miles away back home. I was very disappointed but they fit my sister so my loss is her gain.

The coat. At the moment my everyday coat is a checked duffle coat which I inadvertently stole from my sister but after using it for about a year it's time that I bought another. I knew I wanted a classic style and after looking around numerous of shops I finally found this one from Primark. I have to admit and say that when I tried it on in the shop I didn't love it. I bought it as it was a coat and I liked the style but now once I've tried it on at home and actually worn it outside the confines of a shop I adore it. I love the fit, the oversized style, the contrast sleeves..

And the best bit? It was £10.

Did you buy anything in the sales?

P.s - As you can see from the photos above, my camera is definitely on it's way out. (Even in natural daylight everything comes out grainy!) If you have any recommendations for a good quality, reasonably price digital camera then please let me know!

Review: ELF Baked Eyeshadow in Burnt Plum

ELF Baked Eyeshadow - £3.75
Just before Christmas I was on ELF's website ordering a few items for my sister for Christmas and I decided to treat myself to an eyeshadow. ELF have so many different varieties of eyeshadows that I was stuck for choice but I finally settled on the ELF Baked Eyeshadow in the shade Burnt Plum.

Burnt Plum is a deep, plummy burgandy with a subtle shimmer throughout. It's a very beautiful colour, one which I wouldn't usually wear everyday but it would be the perfect colour for a night out.

What ELF say about their Baked Eyeshadows:
"The silky and blendable formula of our Baked Eyeshadow provides smooth and even application with each sweep of colour. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. The long-lasting and shimmering colour can be worn wet or dry."

When I swatched this eyeshadow I found that it didn't really pack much of a punch when applied dry so when I applied it to my eyelids I used a damp eyeshadow brush, patted it on and the results were much, much more striking. When applied wet I didn't need much product at all to cover my eyelids and it dried really quickly, perhaps a little too quickly as I found it hard to alter any mistakes. 

I haven't yet tried this eyeshadow dry on the eyes but maybe it will be a much more wearable everyday colour as it won't be as striking. When applied wet I layered it above the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly and it didn't fade, crease or move at all through out the day which is a huge bonus.

Overall, for the price, the variety of colours and the ability to apply it wet or dry, the ELF Baked Eyeshadows are such a great value for money. They don't move or budge throughout the day and they apply so smoothly and with great ease.

Review // Rimmel London Space Dust Nail Varnish in Aurora

I kept on seeing reviews for Rimmel's Space Dust Nail Varnishes online and as much as I tried to resist them, I didn't want to go without so I bought one. Like I need another nail varnish I hear you (and my Mum) cry but hey, it's so pretty and I'm certain I haven't got one like this already. Perhaps. Maybe.

If you haven't heard of Rimmel Space Dust Nail Varnishes before then they are texturised nail varnishes that are available in 5 different colours. Some have likened them to sand nail varnishes and I can see why as they are very gritty and finely milled.  I bought Aurora which is a beautiful muted matte pink base with chunky pieces of silver glitter throughout. It is very, very pretty, perfect for when you want a glittery nail but don't want too much of it. 

I found that the formula for Aurora was a little sheer to start off with but when applied generously and layered up it looked stunning. It didn't feel too gritty on the nails but I applied a top coat to help prevent any wear and tear. Annoyingly I found that it chipped within a couple of days which was disappointing but I don't mind re-applying. It's too pretty not to!

Review: Bourjois Paris Rouge Edition Lipstick in 11 Fraise Remix

Bourjois Paris Rouge Edition Lipstick - £7.99
Woo, another lipstick post. Looking back at my previous lipsticks posts it's quite clear that I go for very similar colours and for that I'm sorry. I am planning a 'my lipstick collection' post soon so hopefully you'll be able to see how my lipsticks differ.. Or not as the case may be.

Back at the end of the summer I bought this lipstick. I think it was a 3 for 2 on Bourjois products so I bought this lipstick on a whim - picking it up purely for the lovely colour. The lipstick I bought was Bourjois Paris Rouge Edition Lipstick in Fraise Remix. 

Fraise Remix is a deep pink with a hint of yellow. It's a shade that definitely would not look out of place during the summer months but I have no qualms about wearing it in winter! Fraise Remix is a fairly opaque lipstick and the swatch above does it no favours at all. In the photo above it looks like there is a subtle shimmer to it but I don't recall there being a shimmer when applied to the lips.

The lipstick itself is really moisturising when applied and doesn't show up any dry areas although it is better to exfoliate beforehand, just in case. Fraise Remix was really easy to apply: it's really smooth and glided on effortlessly. I found that it didn't last too long before showing signs of wear on the lips due to eating/drinking, about an hour or two. Nonetheless when it did fade it did leave a subtle tint so I didn't feel the need to re-apply.

I did have images of me wearing Fraise Remix but as they did the lipstick no justice at all I've decided not to show them but it really is a truly wonderful colour. If you don't believe me get yourself into Boots and swatch!

Review: Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in White

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil - £2.99
We all have make-up disasters, right? Let me share mine with you. When I was younger and at secondary school, I used to spend all of my pocket money on Rimmel London Eye Pencils. I would buy every colour. And I mean every colour.

I used to sport dark green, light purple, teal, denim blue.. I even once left the house wearing just white eyeliner, under the eyes AND on the eyelid. Not my finest moment and I thank the lord that there are no photos of this. Which leads me to now. I haven't bought an eye pencil since leaving school so when I decided that I needed a little something to brighten up the eyes to perk up my everyday make-up, I decided to turn back to an old friend, Rimmel.

I intended on buying the Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude to use under the eyes in hope of brightening them but Boots didn't have any unused pencils so I decided to buy Rimmel's Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in White, which really is white.

Now, I know white eye pencil can be quite stark, especially used completely under the eyes so I bought it purposefully for the use of the inside of my eyes just to brighten them up a little bit. I think it is probably best to blend it out a little after use, just to ensure it doesn't stand out too much and to make sure it doesn't look too stark. A white shimmery eyeshadow in the corner of the eye can look just as nice.

Overall I'm really glad I re-discovered the Rimmel Kohl Eye Pencils. I find the black kohl pencil to transfer when applied on the eyelid which is really annoying but luckily none of that happens with the white kohl pencil, it stays put all day and doesn't budge.

Review: MAC Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink

MAC Eyeshadow - £13.00
For my birthday, which feels like it happened about 12 years ago now, my best friend very kindly let me buy 2 MAC Eyeshadows and I immediately chose All That Glitters and Mythology. Unfortunately or fortunately, whichever way you look at it, the girl serving me gave me the wrong shade so instead of All That Glitters I instead got Expensive Pink!

Expensive Pink is a duo chrome dark peach almost warm gold coloured eyeshadow. It's not very pink at all, it's definitely veering more towards the warm gold, almost bronze range of colours. This is the first MAC Eyeshadow I've tried so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I applied it. I first tried applying with a fluffy ELF Eyeshadow Brush but I found that the colour got lost between the bristles and not much really happened. Luckily I have a few different types of eyeshadow brushes and found that it applied much better with a flat, synthetic bristled eyeshadow brush.

This colour definitely packs a punch when applied correctly. It's an amazingly pigmented colour so you definitely don't need too much to cover the eyelids. It's really smooth to apply and it lasts all day. I've only used Expensive Pink over the top of my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly so I don't know how it fares without a base underneath but it's definitely worth it just in case. I wore it with Painterly for about 12 hours the other day and it didn't budge or crease all day which is amazing.

I really, really love the colour and the formula of this eyeshadow but I'm not 100% conviced that the colour suits me. I wear it but there is something about it that makes me think that it's not for me but hopefully with a few more wears I'll go from liking it to loving it.

Fashion: Festive Jumpers Part Two

Everyone loves a Christmas Jumper, don't they? Here are a few of my faves from the high street. Admittedly some are more of an eyesore than others (you can see which ones I'm talking about yourselves) which does make me wonder 'why???' but hey, what you choose to wear during the Christmas period is up to you! Enjoy.
Reindeer Jumper / Fairisle Jumper / Reindeer Jumper
Jolly Jumper / Snowman Jumper / Gingerbread Man Jumper
Christmas Tree Jumper / Penguin Jumper / Reindeer Jumper

Reindeer Jumper / Father Christmas Jumper / I Love Santa Jumper
Ho Ho Homies Jumper / Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Jumper / Reindeer Jumper
Reindeer Jumper / ELF Jumper / Reindeer Jumper
Reindeer Cardigan / Snowman Jumper / Reindeer Jumper
Do you have a Christmas jumper? I bought a rather expensive one last year which was very foolish of me as I can't say I get too much wear out of it and it's far too big on me now so I may treat myself to a new one this year. But, which one?...

Review: Barry M Instant Nail Effects in Foil

Barry M Instant Nail Effects - £3.99
It's been quite a while since I last did a nail post. This is mostly because I've been really good over the last few months and not bought any new nail varnishes to blog about and have kept going back to my old favourites. 

Last week I had a little dig through my nail varnish collection and found a varnish I haven't used in a good year or so, Barry M's Instant Nail Effects in Foil. The idea of it is that it's supposed to give the effect of tin foil on the nails which is an unusual concept I must admit. My first thought was, why would I want tin foily nails? But I think the finish to it and the whole look is wonderful and I really like it!

It applies really quite streaky but opaque so only two coats are needed to get the look above. The brush strokes are still a little visible on the nails once you've applied it which is a little annoying but it dries pretty much instantly which is a big plus.

The most important question: Does it remind me of tin foil? Do I look at my nails and think, ah yes, tin foil!! Alas, no. I think in order to be really 'foily' it would need to be much more livelier and shinier on the nails rather than the matte-like finish it currently leaves me with but it's still a pretty colour, one which I'd wear often.

Review: Rimmel London Kate Matte Lasting Finish Lipstick in 110

I do love me a lipstick. At the start of the winter I was on the hunt for a vampy, dark, berry red matte lipstick to wear throughout the colder seasons. On my hunt for the perfect Autumn lipstick I came across the Rimmel London Kate Matte Lasting Finish Lipsticks and ended up falling in love with the shade 110.
Admittedly it isn't the dark berry red I wished for but boy is it a beautiful colour.

110 is a bright, tomato red lipstick which may look a summer colour to most people but I wear it whatever the weather whatever the day!  Obviously it's a matte lipstick and thankfully I don't find it too drying on the lips, not compared to other brands anyway. You do need to exfoliate the lips and use a lip balm before applying however because the first time I applied this lipstick I hadn't and trust me when I say it clings to dry, problem areas!

Second time I applied it I made sure I prepped beforehand and the result was lovely. It applies smoothly, it's ridiculously pigmented and it lasts a while on the lips too. When the colour does fade away you're left with a lovely subtle red tint to the lips.

Overall, this lipstick is a beautiful matte, tomato red which lasts a fair few hours, is really comfortable to wear and isn't too drying. My photos do it literally no justice at all so next time you're near a Rimmel stand give it a try!

Review: ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Turks & Caicos

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder - £3.75
After reading loads of blog posts on Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate product with it's matte deep brown contour and clear highlight I thought this would be perfect for helping to contour cheekbones and lighten the face. But then I realised it was £55 and as much as I'd love contoured cheekbones and a highlighted face, the cost is far too much for something I could (probably) get elsewhere for less money. So I went to ELF.

Obviously it's not going to be the same as Tom Ford's but I absolutely love this little product and for now I needn't worry about Tom Ford and his luxurious casing.....but no, I don't need him. I purchased ELF's Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Turks & Caicos which is a bit of a mouthful to say in a hurry I tell ya!

What ELF say about this product:
"Create a healthy and natural glow all year round. / The blush highlights the cheeks to add a flush of colour. / The bronzer accentuates and contours the cheekbones to create a subtle glow."

The packaging is nice and simple with a rubbing casing and a mirror inside the pan which is a nice touch. It's very similar to a NARS pan which makes the product look a lot more expensive than it actually is. On one side we have the contouring blush which looks like a light neutral colour in the pan which transfers onto the skin a muted light pink shade with some small glittery particles which aren't too noticeable on the face. On the other side we have the bronzing powder which is a warm brown which, again, has small shimmery particles in but luckily they don't transfer onto the skin.

The blush and the bronzer are both rather pigmented and smooth to apply so you only need a small amount of product as a little goes a long way. When I first used this I made the mistake of loading the bronzing powder onto my brush and ended up looking like I haven't washed in a while which is rather unfortunate.

When I apply this I use the bronzing powder as a contour powder and the contouring blush as a blush/highlight. I find the bronzing powder to be the right colour for my skintone to accentuate my cheekbones (with a very slight hand!) but I wouldn't use it as a bronzer all over the face as I think it would be too dark for that task on my complexion.

Once I've applied the bronzer as a contour I usually apply the contouring blush on the apples of the cheeks to lighten it all up a bit. It gives a gorgeous pink highlight which isn't too shimmery and it also looks gorgeous on it's own as just a blusher. Overall I really adore this product. Both the contouring blush and the bronzing powder are beautifully pigmented and smooth to apply and although I wouldn't nessecarily use the products the way they are intended, they are multi purpose and work a dream.