When I bought this cape, which has now been christened Picnic Blanket by my work colleagues, I thought it was a scarf. When I unravelled the tonnes of fabric I was pleasantly surprised! Capes are everywhere at the minute and I’m so glad I got my hands on this one. It was £16.99 from New Look and since buying this, they’ve released loads of different patterns. There is a dogtooth one calling my name! I styled this with a simple outfit, top and jeans from New Look, shoes and necklace from Primark. The cape is the cosiest thing ever and I wear it in the office when the aircon blasts out next to me! Going to style it with a belt next I think.
Now I’ve entered the real world of spending most of my time either in the office or on the train to the office I get excited about this thing called PAYDAY. Whilst I probably can’t afford anything due to trying to claw out of my student overdraft, I can dream, right?
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – £23 // Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser – £23 // Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi Effect Quadra Eyeshadow – £40 // Juicy Couture Loose Fitted Knitted Coat – £260 // Maybelline Color Drama – £4.99 // Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencil – £18
What are you lusting after at the mo?
I’d like to apologise for how late this post is – I usually aim to get these posts up within a a week as I love them. But I’ve recently started a full time job (bye bye Student life) and I am struggling to keep up with everything.
But, here is August’s Degustabox*!
Degustabox is a monthly food box subscription service. For £12.99 you get box of goodies that are new to the UK market delivered to your front door, who needs beauty boxes when you have food!?
A few drinks in this months box, which is why it was SO heavy! The Berry White Peach and Goji Berry drink was given to my mum and she really liked. I also handed the Fever Tree Tonic Water and Ginger Beer over to her too! The Caribbean Twist Cocktail is right up my street and I’m looking forward to giving it a go – possibly this weekend!
My mum loves stuff like this, so I put these in the kitchen cupboard as soon as I unboxed them. We’ve used them before and they’re really good – I’d definitely recommend these.
My favourite items in the box were thee Pain au Choccolat – they come separately wrapped which meant I was able to take them to work for a breakfast treat. The brioche rolls were in the kitchen for about 2 hours before my family consumed the lot – they were great apparently.
I don’t think I got chance to try these before everyone else in the house had eaten them – but they looked good!
I love Cawston Press and was introduced to them in an earlier Degustabox – this apple juice was meant for kids but I took it to work with me and loved it!
Ah Lindt chocolates, my all time favourite! me boyfriend and I demolished these, I’m actually tempted to run through to the Lindt shop on my way home from work at the thought of them.
Overall, I really liked this box, and due to how late I’m posting this the next one will be arriving soon!
If you like the look of it too, you can get £3 off with the code T7M6B
*PR Sample sent for my consideration – all views are my own.
It was only a matter of time before adverts filled our Instagram feed. They’d be stupid not to take the opportunity to make some serious £££ by offering advertising space to businesses wanting to target the millions of users they’ve captured, wouldn’t they?
Whilst these ads hit US users months a go, those of us in the UK will start to see them popping up as of now. They’ll look like normal uploads, except say ‘Sponsored’ instead of the time since upload. If you aren’t interested in the advert being presented to you, you can select an option telling them, and they’ll try to tailor ads to your interests in the future.
It’s not like we haven’t seen adverts on Instagram before, plenty of users are paid to post pictures of clothing items, food, drinks, jewellery, to name a few. Whilst these might seem a pain, it’s a seamless way for Instagram to integrate advertising into their business model and before you know it you’ll forget what Instagram was like without ads – remember Youtube with them? No, didn’t think so.
Will this make me use Instagram less? No. Does it make me think any less of Instagram? No, were made aware when something is an advert and can therefore make an informed decision on how we decode the marketing message. Better than having to scroll to find someones disclaimer, right?
What do you think of this? Will you still use Instagram?
I love seeing what people slap on their face everyday, although I’m pretty sure that most people know that they are doing (unlike me). I don’t know if what make-up I use on a daily basis is a lot but I need it in an attempt to not scare the commuters on my way into work.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
I fell head over heels in love with this foundation and it has become my every day base – what an expensive love? I love the coverage of this, and I was matched to Mont Blanc :)
SEVENTEEN Instant Glow Skin Wow Tan
This gives me such a lovely glow, it’s subtle but really nice. I use my stippling brush all over my face and for £5.99 you can’t go wrong. Reviewed here.
MAC Blot Powder
I have been using this for well over a year now and it lasts ages, I have repurchased this twice, maybe three times. I am the shade medium and it’s amazing at setting my make-up and making sure I’m not shiny! It’s pretty pricey for a powder but it’s definitely my holy grail!
MAC Melba Blusher
My daily blusher is this MAC offering as it gives a lovely coral colour, that isn’t too in your face! I’ve had this for ages now and looking at it you wouldn’t think any had been used (apart from the mess I’ve made of the packaging)!
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish
I know everyone loves this in Soft and Gentle but I couldn’t get my hands on it so settled for Lightscapade. I really like this but would probably settle for something warmer next time.
NYC Liquid Eyeliner
I spotted this in Poundland a while back, used it, fell in love and went back for three more. I’ve even got my sister using it! It’s the only eyeliner I’ve found that lasts all day without fading or tranfering. If you can get your hands on this, do it!
Guerlain Maxi Lash
A SurelyChar inspired purchase that I love her for. This mascara is the single best mascara I have ever used – it’s a bit pricey but I’m going to make sure I pick it up in Duty Free!
Estee Lauder Magnascope Mascara
I always use two mascaras regardless of how good they are, I add a layer of this and I’m good to go!
MAC Rhi Rhi Veluxe Brow Liner
This was a Cosmetic Company purchase and I love it! It’s the perfect colour for my brows.
Maybelline Brow Drama
I use this to set before the MAC Brow Liner as it tames my brows and adds some colour – it’s so cheap and definitely my holy grail.
Little Mix By Collection Clear Mascara
I recently started using a clear mascara to set my brows and it’s the best thing I’ve done! My unruly brows stay in place perfectly thanks to this!
I don’t usually wear a lipstick every day – mainly because I can’t be bothered at work. Above I have Mac Rebel on which is one of my favourite lipsticks for A/W!
What are your holy grail make-up items?
I spotted this coat on ASOS whilst putting together some wish lists, it was reduced to £29 from £75. I was in the market for a new parka as my M&S one had seen better days, so I ordered it. It has the softest lining ever and I love it. My heeled Chelsea boots are making an appearance quite a lot at the minute, they’re gorgeous and actually really comfy for something with a heel! They’re from Primark and I was so happy when I snapped them up! I’ve just gone for jeans from Warehouae and a patterned white top from New Look. I really like this top but it’s a little seethrough so I wear a black vest top underneath. My necklace is an eBay purchase and cost me just £1. It isn’t the best quality, but for £1 I can’t complain!
This coat is definitely my essential for A/W – what’s yours?
I can’t bloody wait until Winter and I’ve already filled my wardrobe with a few essentials! This jumper was £14 from Primark and so similar to one in Topshop which was around £40. It has beading along the neckline which is really pretty :) I’ve worn this to work a couple of times and its so cosy! This blue coat is my favourite as are my heeled chelsea boots, they’re also from Primark. Primark is amazing at the min, definitely recommend popping in for coats and boots. I now work 10 minutes away from their Manchester store and find myself having a browse on my lunch! Jeans are New Look, where I get most of my jeans from as they’re half the price of Topshop and last longer.
What are your A.W essentials?
When it comes to jewellery I usually stick to statement necklaces but I was drawn to the engraving on this sterling silver Hope Bangle*. I think ‘Choose hope and every things possible’ is a lovely saying and perfect for this bangle.
It came in a gorgeous Pia pink box and they advise the bangle is kept inside when you aren’t wearing it, to ensure it doesn’t get damaged. Usually, I’d ignore this but it costs £55 so definitely something you’d want to look after. I love the look of the box and it will fit neatly in my drawer. When I ordered this I wasn’t sure it would fit but you simply push the ends together to ensure its a nicer fit, or pull them apart slightly if it’s too small. I think I’ll be saving this for special occasions as I’d hate to loose it on my commute to work.
The quality is lovely and they have a huge range of gorgeous bracelets. I have my eye on another engraved bangle, this time this one which says ‘live life with no regrets.’ I think it’s lovely to have something to pick you up and remind you that you can do it, when you are having a bad day – and a bangle is perfect for this. I also think these would make lovely gifts and I know one of my best friends would love this!
What do you make of this?
*This has been sent for my consideration – all views are my own :)
I love a good red lip regardless of the occasion so I thought I’d dedicate a post to my three favourites.
First up is Mac Diva which was one of my first Mac lipstick purchases. Its a gorgeous deep red and I am drawn to it in the colder months.
Next is one of the Revlon Colorstay Matte Balms in the shade Standout. This is my favourite for everyday as it doesn’t budge all day, even after eating my own body weight in food. It’s amazing for the price and one I always have in my handbag!
Lastly is my luxury lipstick, the YSL rouge volupte shine lipstick. This is in the shade 4 and perfect for special occasions. I struggled to decide between this and a Chanel lipstick I have but I love the smell of this and how moisturising it is on the lips. It smells amazing and I adore the packaging. Definitely a great lipstick if you are wanting to treat yourself!
What is your favourite red lipstick?