Monday, 15 September 2014

Berry Lips

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WINES, PLUMS

Every autumn, the berry shade always pops back in trend. For some, it never was out and wears it all year round whereas for some, it's autumn only. There's no problem there. Ever since I had purchased my first berry lipstick late last year, I have been obsessed with the shade ever since. Every time I browse in store, I immediately look at berry shades, no pinks, no nudes, just berry in every lip product. It's like it has become an obsession, an unhealthy obsession maybe. My collection is slowly growing.

I currently own 6 berry lip products and will be wearing them throughout autumn and winter.
3CE Lip Color in Bella
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 107
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Plum
MAC Lipstick in Rebel
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Embellished
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color in Glam 6 (possibly Amethyst Potion)
I want more, different shade variations as well as tones. Too much?

Do you have any berry lip product recommendations? I'd love to hear them and probably purchase them.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Malory Band

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Malory Band: £24.95*

ANCIENT METHOD

I'm into (maybe obsessed) with keeping fit and getting those abs even though I'm far from it. However I do have the tendency to over eat especially when its my cheat meal/day or I have ridiculous cravings and it puts me back to square one. This was my biggest problem. This Malory Band is to aid weight loss by stopping you from overeating by wearing this on the waist. I had trialled this throughout August and was hoping it'll help me look and fit better into my slightly figure hugging dress, ready for my cousin's wedding which was at the end of last month. So has it done the job?

Yes it has and I'm still wearing it now. My waist measurement fluctuates around an inch everyday as I seem to get bloated a lot easier these days for some reason. You may think, some cord and silver, what's special about it? It's strong, adjustable, generally comfortable, good quality and can shower in it. You can wear it all day everyday. I wear loose clothing during the day, especially for work and this was unnoticeable underneath.

I have made the mistake of over eating and snacking a lot at work on the first day of trialling this and naturally, wearing it did feel uncomfortable especially when I sat down. A big, fat fail straight away. From the second day, I was able to keep on track of things. Exercising was an issue for me last month due to my ankle injury (and still recovering) however I exercised lightly, having to choose the correct exercises. Wearing this does have a psychological effect on you. It makes you think twice as to what you're cooking and the portion size even if I do have "cake, doughnuts, pizza etc" in my head. It had helped me with my posture which I find fascinating and still wonder how.

At the end of the trial, I had fit into my dress better and it was a tiny bit loose around the waist which I prefer. Combining this with healthy eating and exercise is the key. Just relying on this only isn't going to give you the results you want. It is an aid, not a miracle. It is a nice feeling when you need to make it smaller, making you more motivated to adjust it to the next slot.

I had randomly used this as a waist belt giving my loose dress some shape. I didn't get any funny looks and it didn't look bad especially on light coloured clothing! It's a 2 in 1 product. If you need something to help you lose weight and the constant reminder of your goals, this is the one for you even if it might be slightly on the pricy side.

What do you think of this?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M Sneak Peek

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6TH NOVEMBER

Think we all know about this exciting collaboration. In the latest issue of Vogue Netherlands, they have revealed sneak peeks of this collection. I'm definitely eyeing up a few items from this preview and cannot wait to see the rest. By the looks of it, it has the true Wang aesthetic; sticking to the sports and monochrome look. Apologies in advanced to my bank account.

6th November, COME AT ME. That is all.



What do you think of the preview collection? Looking forward to the rest?

Image credits: Racked.com

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Blogging on a Budget

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BROKE? SPENDING BAN? OR SAVING UP?

We've all had our fair share of those "I'm broke", "I need to stop shopping and save up for this and that" phases and know that blogging actually does eat up our bank accounts. Before my blogging days, I was great at saving up and was able to control my spending urges (I didn't really have many spending urges). But then developing an interest in beauty and fashion blogging has just *insert crying emoji*. Let's move away from this. I'm currently saving up for my big trip across the pond in Easter. Exciting times!

Many bloggers seems to think that without money, you can't produce any blog posts because you can't buy the latest hyped up products (then to be disappointed) or the hot fashion item. But you can. So what do you post about when you're in this sticky situation? Here are a few ideas.

Raid your siblings stash - If you have a sibling who wears the same size clothes, have a cheeky peek, I'm sure she won't mind if you borrow it to take an OOTD photo. Look at her makeup collection, anything you can find. Just make sure you return it intact. Maybe your mother too! She might have some great vintage clothing ready to be styled up into today's society.

Browse your never ending collection - Incorporate your items into a post. Make a top 5 post, favourites/disappointments, an empties posts if you like to hoard everything, your recommended products, comparison posts like dupes v high end, this seasons must haves etc. The list is endless.

Wishlists - These are probably the easiest posts to do. Even though the thought of wanting this and that is probably killing you, you can create a general one, a *insert store/brand name* type of list, anything really.

Certain occasion outfit ideas - Similar to wishlists, may be do a little guide on what to wear to a certain occasion. Like the one I did for a wedding. Graduation, first date, work to name a few.

A change of direction - Your blog might be heavily focused on one category, whether it's beauty, fashion, lifestyle or food etc, maybe experiment and step into another without saying goodbye to your primary route. What have you got to lose? At first, I was primarily a beauty blogger but then fashion has slowly crept into scene over the years. Now a beauty and fashion blogger.

Show off your hidden talent - Makeup, cooking and baking, styling, photography, anything, show them off. A tutorial can be easily produced from these too if relevant.

Tips & guides - Have a tip that you swear by or have something new you've discovered? Share it to the world. Guides are always a popular one. It doesn't have to be a blogging guide; travelling, bargain hunting, horse riding (I'll just randomly throw it out there) are some examples.

Tags - These are lurking around the internet everywhere. Find one you really like and have fun with them. Even the ones on youtube, take them and adapt it to your blog. I've still got a few tags on my to do list.

External content - If you find something interesting in the news or YouTube that relates to what you blog, make a blog post about it. Add your views and see whether your readers agree and read their views. It'll be like a mini debate. Also if you see images that have inspired you, blog about them as it may inspire others too. Don't forget to credit if you have copied and pasted content directly and or images.

There are more posts out there which you can do. You just need think outside the box. I guess this can also tie in if you lack ideas on what to blog about.

Do you have any other suggestions on what to blog about?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Autumn Winter Shoes

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CUT OUT CRAZY

With autumn arriving, it is time to update my wardrobe and thought footwear was the most important item to update. I do somehow collectively own more open toe footwear which isn't applicable anymore and I was bored with last year's shoes. This season, I am fully prepared and have  newly purchase shoesies which I will be wearing. I was slightly out of control however there's no such thing as being too prepared right?

Everyone has seen what Converses look like so I don't want to bore you with the typical picture. I have opted for the leather kind rather than canvas as it would be more appropriate for the upcoming rainfall the UK will experience every year. I may have stocked up one a few cut out ankle booties. Can't decide whether it was a good or bad idea.






Chelsea boots, Cut out boots, Monochrome strap boots: Boohoo;
Studded cut out boots: La Moda; White cut out boots: She likes; Converse: Office;
Now I need a new coat. Maybe a cheeky purchase on my next pay day.

Are you prepared for autumn? Or spring if you're in the southern hemisphere.