‘They’re Real’ – 13.11.13

Benefit Mascara 1

I just want to start this post off by saying: believe the hype. Benefit is a sought after/coveted beauty brand for a reason. Their products do what is advertised! Fancy that, eh?

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I originally bought a copy of a fashion mag months back simply because it had a sample of ‘They’re Real’ included as a freebie. After applying it once I was hooked.

Here is proof in visual form:

Before Benefit:


And after Benefit:



I am now completely sold on this higher-end mascara. It’s available for purchase through HQ Hair here (free delivery!), Debenhams here, or Feel Unique here.

Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara – from £19.50

What’s your favourite mascara?



What I Wore Today

What I Wore Today
Zara Woolen Wraparound Coat – available here
H&M Polo Neck Top – available here
ASOS Midi Skirt in Black – available here (also similar from New Look here)
Zara High Heeled Leather Chelsea Boot – available here
Zara Citybag for Zips – available here
Miss Selfridge Chain Bar Choker Necklace – available here
Tiffany & Co. Infinity Ring – available here
Lorac ‘Front of the Line’ Liquid Liner in Black – available here from Nordstrom (they ship internationally!)
The Balm ‘Hot Mama’ Shadow & Blush all-in-one – available here from feelunique
Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara – available here from Look Fantastic
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Lipstick in 01 – available from Boots 
What did everyone else wear today/wish they wore today?

Winter Skin Essentials – 11.11.13

I’ve always had really, really dry skin. So dry in fact that I’ve been known to put Crisco on as a moisturiser. Unfortunately, Crisco is not available in the UK for the same bargain prices as in the USA. Hence, my now slightly graduated skincare regime.

Winter Essentials All

Clockwise From Left to Right: Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser, A-Derma Exomega Emollient Creme, Bio-Oil, La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Milk, BiOrganics Salon Secret Elixir, Earth Sciences Apricot Intensive Night Creme

I think my favourite out of the items above is this lovely moisturiser: A-Derma Exomega Emollient Creme. It’s for really sensitive eczema-prone skin so it’s incredibly gentle. It absorbs quite quickly as well without being sticky which is always a plus when you don’t have time to wait around! It smells a bit odd which is the only drawback (smells a bit like fresh bread).

A-Derma Exomega

£10.50 from Boots available here

I was first introduced to La Roche-Posay in 2007 when I was visiting Germany and ran out of my usual cleanser. It was a very happy coincidence. I’m still very much hooked on this brand. Every time I buy a new product from La Roche Posay I am not disappointed. This is technically a makeup removed but I use it as a face wash too as it’s so moisturising. A little bit goes a long way as well, so even though it seems a bit more expensive than a normal face wash, it lasts probably twice/three times as long. Plus it doesn’t leave your skin feeling awkwardly tight that so many cleansers tend to do.

 Lait Demaquillant Physiologique

£12 available at Boots here.

Anti-Ageing creams are just another fancy way of saying REALLY moisturising. Hence my fondness for this lovely eco-friendly gem: Apricot Night Creme. This smells not quite of apricot, but is quite pleasant all the same. It’s incredibly thick so just a dab can go a long way – another bargain cream (plus it’s natural too)!

Apricot Night Creme

On sale for £10.99 at Astro Nutrition here.

My father was the one who introduced me to Bio-Oil as he has the curse of dry skin as well. This is the equivalent of his makeup regimen in the mornings and I have since adopted this. I love how lightweight this becomes although it’s so moisturising. I always wear this under my normal face makeup in winter as it’s like putting another layer of winter protection on my face (also oddly enough keeps my face a bit warmer). Plus now they’re even stocking this at Primarni so you know it’s a bargain offer.


Available from £7.65 at HQ Hair here

I’m a huge fan of Birchbox. BiOrganics was featured in one of the summer boxes and I’ve been using it religiously ever since. Absolutely love this hair elixir. It’s lightweight and doesn’t add buildup to your hair like so many others do.

Hair Perfecting Oil

£12.99 available from the Birchbox shop here

What are your winter skin essentials?

Unexpected Find: M&S Chelsea Boots

I struggle to find shoes in larger sizes from a number of my favourite high street stores. Thankfully M&S came to my rescue a few weeks back. I now practically live in my pair of Chelsea boots.

They’re comfortable, good quality, waterproof (after all I do live in Manchester), and go with just about everything I own. Plus, they’re the perfect amount of heel for an ankle boot meaning I can wear them for long lengths of time.

I highly recommend having a browse around the M&S shoe department if you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes (especially for those size 8+).

Indigo Collection Leather Chelsea Boots with Insolia® - Marks &...

Has anyone come across any unexpected high street finds lately?

Statement Necklaces

I love a bit of statement jewellery. An easy accessory for any outfit without looking too over or under ‘done’. All of these are high street finds.

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From inner to outer edge:

Gold Bird necklace from Boohoo.com (no longer available but currently adding this one to my wish list)

Silver braid necklace from H&M (available here)

Pearl & Chain necklace from Topshop (similar here)

Deco Triangle Necklace from Miss Selfridge (similar here)

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Silver link chain necklace from H&M (similar here)

I tend to stick to basic metals, but always love a bit of added colour if the mood strikes (like this pink one from H&M).


Neon pink necklace from H&M (similar here)

Where does everyone like to shop for their statement necklaces?

Weekend Leather & Jewels – 08.11.13

Leather trousers are one of my favourite things. The style possibilities are endless: edgy, chic, glam, or preppy. [Just be to sure to buy a pair that doesn’t look too pleather-y]. Obsessed with this pair from The Row (if only they lived in my wardrobe!)

Feeling a bit on the preppy side after finding this lovely J.Crew jumper (covet!). 

What is everyone hoping to wear this weekend? 

Shoes: Madewell The Lonny Boot (available here)
Jumper: J. Crew Embellished Merino Wool Sweater (available here)
Watch: Roamer Ceraline Saphira CV10.00ROX Men’s Stainless Steel and Ceramic Watch (available here)
Bag: Zara Suede Shopper Bag (available here)
Earrings: Madewell Pave Studs (available here)
Coat: Rag & Bone Dust Bowl Coat (available here)