Sunday, 16 June 2013
A couple of weeks ago, I realised that I was running out of a lot of my beauty products which formed a my daily skincare routine. So taking advantage of this situation, I popped into Lush to see what new products they had and picked up a few goodies whilst I was there.
One of them is this toner called "Breath of Fresh Air" which is a very refreshing and naturally cleansing toner. Some of the ingredients include Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil and Seaweed Absolute which are great for calming down the skin, especially if you have red patches. I love the smell of this toner, it reminds you of a beachy breeze so it's perfect for having on hot sunny days (wherever they are hiding).
I use "Breath of Fresh Air" after I have cleansed my skin, simply either spray onto a cotton wool pad and wipe your face with it, or spray directly onto skin and wipe away excess with a cotton pad.
Because Lush Cosmetics produce natural products, my skin ha reacted to this toner perfectly and I find that it really calms down any redness I might have and refreshing tired skin in the morning without making it tight. I got the small bottle to start off with and see how I get on, but I think I have been converted to the Lush toners!
Sunday, 9 June 2013
I have been banging on about showing you guys a little peek at my new room for ages now, so here are a couple if my favourites taken from it. For a while, I lived with a guy so as much as the bedroom was modern and stylish it wasn't really a place where I felt like it was "my own". I've always loved the antique looking, crisp white furniture and boudoir accessories. My dressing table is so cluttered at the moment and it really bugs me, I want it to be minimalistic but unfortunately as a beauty fanatic that is never going to happen...
My orchid which came back from the dead is probably the only plant I have managed to keep alive for longer than a week, so we've become best buddies and I will take him with me wherever I go.
The mannequin bust in the second photo was kindly given to me by my manager at Dorothy Perkins when I worked there when I was just a little bubby at 17! I now dress it up in pretty bralets and lots of accessories, and use her as a decorative jewellery stand. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a mannequin, have a look on e-bay or vintage markets and haggle your way down!
One of my other most treasured items is my photo album which I started when I was 18. It holds not just photographs but notes and tickets, anything that will provoke a memory in my head. Some of those images make me laugh, some smile and some even cry - like the letters from someone I can't bring myself to throw away. Sounds almost masochistic, but I can guarantee that when I come home from a bad day and just want to cry without a reason I can look in that photo album and bawl my eyes out. You know, everyone needs a good cry, on their own, in their room and under a blanket when the world just feels like it's out to get you.
I have made this room a little sanctuary for a little while, life is so hectic these days and I know it's only going to get busier with some things I've got planned ahead for the next couple of months, so this is my own space where the only two beings invited are myself and my pooch Harvey. Here we relax and watch episodes of Supernatural together (don't even ask how as I don't have a TV in the room and my laptop is broken... beg, steal and borrow comes into play) but as much as I have redecorated this room, there's one thing I won't be able to paint over and that is the memories which surround it. So, I'm looking around, preferably for a little cottage in the suburbs, to move in to and I've already found a couple which seem perfect and that gives me the determination to settle everything I need to and start building my own home, on my own this time, and know safely that nothing is ever going to tear it apart.
So that was my little room tour / confession hour! Hope you enjoyed this post, and if you've recently done a room tour, leave me a link in the comment box!
Thursday, 6 June 2013
dog print blouse Primark // trousers Urban Outfitters // shoes Primark // necklace Rock n' Rose // watch Urban Outfitters
Bonjour everyone! Today I decided to dress a little more comfy yet still sophisticated and I thought the best way to do this would be by wearing baggy clothes made from silky fabric. Wearing this outfit almost felt like PJ's because of how comfy it was, with dusty pink and cream fabrics. Although I have to mention halfway through the day, I had to give up on the trousers because they were waaaaay too tight, so my attempt at all day comfyness by my desk just failed. On that topic, SHOPS can you please stop making weird sizes because this is just frustrating now! If it's an S, don't tailor it to an XS... Please...
Do a lot of people have this issue? I know me and all my friends do - from shop to shop I am a different size, ranging from 3 different sizes. Like, really?? It's confusing and unnecessary.
Recently I have been ridiculously busy trying to over achieve at my new job, catch up with friends and also learn new life skills, so it's been a manic time and I'm finding that coming to my blog is almost like an allocated time for me to just chill and write, socialize and of course answer any questions you might have! I have also really wanted to get my YouTube up and running over the last couple of weeks but I think this will now happen once I'm settled into my new routine (I actually haven't seen some friends in like two weeks - waaaaahh!) and I'm writing up ideas on what posts I'd like to do on YouTube as well as my blog so here's a question for you guys: what posts would you like to see on FashionFake? Is it more outfit posts? More fashion posts? Makeup? Lifestyle? Etc... Please leave your comments in the box below and I'll get crackalacking!
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
When the CC creams first came out, I was really curious to see what they were like and wondering through Boots I noticed that L'Oreal had a wide range to match dull skin, or skin that suffered from red patches and so on. So, I decided to try one that would suit me which at the time was most definitely the anti-fatigue CC.
I don't think I have ever tried L'Oreal foundations before, but I've always heard great things about them and I didn't think a lot could go wrong. Boy, was I wrong! Now I don't know if it is just me or how other people found this CC cream but it's ORANGE. I mean seriously like not even TOWIE tan orange - I mean like the fruit orange. I rubbed it into my skin and the colour did not adapt to mine at all (a CC or Colour Correction cream is supposed to blend to your skin tone, which is why there is only one shade for everyone) and I was left rather disappointed. The only way I could see myself wearing it is by mixing it with a paler shade, so I started experimenting.
I dap a tiny drop of the CC cream into a foundation of choice for that day, then mix it in and apply as usual and actually, the concept worked. Because the CC cream is so orange and bright, mixed with a normal foundation it provides a nice sunkissed glow - perfect for covering up tired and worn skin!
In conclusion, it's definitely not the best product I have ever bought but for someone who doesn't mind doing a bit of colour creating in the mornings and mixing it up with paler shades it's a product to consider. But for £10 L'Oreal, I have to say I expected better.
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
The CD Addict lipstick is one of my absolute favourites - I bought one about three years ago and have not looked back since. These lipsticks are so soft and moisturising, the colour is pigmented and long-wearing, jeez I just really have nothing bad to say about them!
Although they are quite pricey at £24, they are a classic makeup buy and will last you ages. I lost my last lipstick, a situation I'm still really confused about seeing as I kept it in my lipstick drawer until one day I decided to reach for it and it wasn't there.. Unless I have a ghost or my ex was a cross dresser (which he strongly denies), I really don't know what happened to it!
So, I absolutely had to get it replaced and came to find this adorable colour named "Princess"! It's a pale, shiny pink and I love wearing it with heavy eye makeup if on a night out, or with simple peachy cheeks and a layer of mascara for natural chic!
I love how iconic this lipstick is, I was having lunch with a guy the other day and pulled this out of my bag to hear him go "Oh, that's Dior Addict?" So no matter who or what you are, you clearly love this and want it and it's just great. I'm going to stop blabbering on about it now because I think you got the message: it's awesome, riiiight!
Thursday, 30 May 2013
dress with stag pin Uncommon Nonsense* // bag Chanel // shoes Topshop // flower Accessorize // lips Apocalips by Rimmel in Big Bang
A few weeks ago, I found out that a new boutique will be launching with vintage print/look dresses and I was really happy when I was asked if I wanted to review a dress. I had no idea on the fabric (I chose the Hawaiian Pin Up fabric!) or the style of the dress, so I waiting in desperation to see what it would looks like. When the dress arrived, I was really impressed with the packaging - the package was sealed with a little rope which had mini keys hanging off it! This might sound sad, but I am a sucker for good wrapping. To me presentation starts from the beginning, so massive thumbs up!
I fell in love with the print on the dress straight away - it has such a nice summery vintage feel to it! I love how bright it is, and the pattern is quite loud so it's a perfect dress to wear on it's own with minimal accessories.
I styled it with the 40's in mind, I am so excited to wear it to a Vintage Independence Day event I will be attending in July, styled just like this! And when it gets warmer (because I don't think this dress would suit opaque tights, the summer pattern looks best with bare legs) I will wear it casually with sandals, oversized sunglasses and a straw trilby!
Uncommon Nonsense stock a number of dresses with different fabric, one of my favourites is the teapot dress! I can't wait to see what they bring out next as this dress is comfortable, flattering and the fabric is just awesome!
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
1. Beautiful Movements Cosmetics Prime & Create Mixing Medium (£20): Formerly known as BM Beauty, Beautiful Movement Cosmetics have launched a new range of makeup with the help of Kimberly Wyatt (ex Pussycat Doll) and this is one of the pieces. It's a primer which you can mix with your foundation to create a matte and shine free base, mix with powder blushes and bronzers for a creamy colour or with eye shadows for a DIY liquid eyeliner. Containing aloe vera, this primer is suitable for most skin tones and is very gentle.
I enjoyed using this product, but it's not the best primer I have ever used and it just didn't "wow" me. It does what it says, but for £20 I'm expecting a truly flawless finish.
2. Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner (£2.99): I had really high hopes for this bargain eyeliner, for such a small price it promises easy application, long lasting and waterproof which sounds perfect for long summer days. I found the handle a little stiff and uncomfortable to use (maybe because I'm just used to a very thin brush...) but the liquid itself was great - lasted me a long time and didn't smudge much at all.
3. Headline Colors Nail Polish (£9): Um, OK this part of the review is going to confuse you because the mark I am giving this product is solemnly on the colour. This new range of nail colours has a UV absorbent formula so it chips less and stays on for longer - what a great concept! That is, if you live in a country where sun actually makes an appearance for longer than a weekend, but that's a separate moan. The polish is also free from toxins which helps your nails stay strong and healthy.
But I hate this colour for the summer. I will probably love it in the Autumn/Winter months, but last thing I want to see this month is even more grey.
4. Jelly Pong Pong Fairly Lashes Mascara (£15): Jelly Pong Pong previously had me impressed with some of their products which always come in pretty packages, smell nice and do their job. This mascara is no different - it creates long and curled lashes without weighing them down, has a long wearing and waterproof formula and looks natural. I am going to wear it for trips to the beach when I want a more natural, sun kissed look. But the price is a little much for this mascara as there are just as good, cheaper alternatives on the high street.
5. Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray (£18.95): Oh my god, since I first tried the Awapuhi Wild Ginger (read about it here) I have been in love with this ridiculously expensive brand. This shine spray smells delicious, works wonders by making your hair shiny and healthy and not making hair greasy at all! Thumbs up, I would recommend this brand and it's products to anyone. It does come with a hefty price tag but for me it has been worth every penny.
As a little extra, Glossybox chucked in some mini nail files which are really handy to carry around in your bag, in case of a manicure emergence, and a little chocolate! This box contained 4 full sized products, and the only product I'm disappointed about is the nail polish and that is purely because I don't really like the colour.
Did you get the Birthday Edition Glossybox this month? What products did you get?