Don’t BRUSH me off…

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Can’t wait to start using these Revolution Pro brushes! They’re so SOFT!

 

diorhaul.jpgPicked up a handful of Dior products while I was in Paris a few weeks ago. I’m a little obsessed with the liners, they’re great, but the mascara has fallen a little short of my expectations.

I’m loving how high end brands are finally keeping up with makeup trends rather than sticking strictly to classics.

The liners are smooth, highly pigmented, and have great staying power. The mascara however goes on this and clumps. It took a fair bit of brushing out with a clean spoolie to get a look I was happy with. Tarantula lashes aren’t for me. The colour payout is good though, so I won’t rate it too poorly.

Diorshow On Stage Liner 8/10

Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara 7/10

 

Sometimes you’ve got to go back to your roots. I am a nerd. Truly, madly, deeply I am. Now that I’ma little older it doesn’t always show up in my day to day wardrobe, but in days past it did. I either looked like Courtney Love in vintage dresses I’d had my mom alter a ‘little too short’ as she’d say, or I looked like Curt Cobain in oversized t-shirts, tatty jeans, and dad jumpers. This look is kind of an homage to my teenage self… this is what my teenage self would have liked to wear had they had the confidence and the budget. I even tried ‘faux freckles’ for the first time to add another layer of youthful fun to the look.

I’ve been struggling with being stylish for the past year. I’m climbing my way out of one of the longest and hardest depressive spells I can remember and it’s been a struggle. The things I really enjoy I just stopped doing, and I do enjoy clothes and styling. My ‘Outfit of the Day’ posts started way back as a way to document the daily looks I pulled, but now, here on the blog they’re more a personal log, to remind myself that I can do it and that I love it, and that sharing that joy with other people is what getting dressed is really about(for me anyway). I hope you’ve been enjoyin

I’ve jumped back in with both feet, but for a lazy Sunday afternoon of lunch with my husband and mother-in-law, a visit to the British Museum, and some errands in the west end I wanted something simple and comfortable, and what’s more comfortable than JEANS AND A TSHIRT? I gave it a little twist and voila!

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‘Mens’ Oversized denim jacket by ASOS, ASOS

Denim skirt by ASOS, thrifted

-Godzilla 1985 Tee by OldSkull Japan, Camden Market

-Gamer Girl Clutch by Soul Katherine, TkMaxx

Black Leather Vans

Frilly socks, Topshop

-Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Chaos’ (blue) by Urband Decay

-Vinyl Couture Mascara in ‘The the Trouble‘ (blue) by YSL Beauty

-Nyx Lipgloss in ‘Sugar Pie

So if you know me you know I love a bargain! What better place for a bargain than POUNDLAND!

When I first moved to London and was broke all the time I got a LOT of what I needed from my local POUNDLAND; groceries, homewares, cleaning supplies, they had nearly everything I needed… and occasionally things I didn’t but could justify splashing out on because well it’s POUNDLAND!

If you go frequently you can score some amazing finds for cheap. I tend to go looking for brand name makeup and American snackfoods I can’t generally find in the UK.

Last week I visited the two locations in Camden, they’re only a few blocks apart so it’s well worth visiting them both in a single trip.

This time the pay off was MASSIVE! I spent 10£ and got TEN BRAND NAMES MAKEUP ITEMS!

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  • 2x Revlon Eyeliners in 06 Aubergine and 07 Aquamarine (RRP £7.99)
  • 2x N.Y.C ‘Showtime Velvet’ Eyeliners in 952 Black Wine and 953 Black Brown (RRP £1.99)
  • 3x TIGI Lipsticks in Happiness, Splendour, and Beauty (RRP £7.99)
  • 1x Rimmel ‘Stay Blushed’ Liquid Cheek Tint in 003 Peach Flush (RRP £3)
  • 1x Rimmel ‘Royal Blush’ Cream Blush in 002 Majestic Pink (RRP £3)
  • 1x Rimmel ‘Good to Glow’ Highlighter in 001 Notting Hill Glow (RRP £3)

So I’m obsessed with the lipsticks. Their absolutely stunning on their own as a glittery semi-sheer lip tint or on top of another colour to give a shimmery 90s vibe.

The blushers are really nice. They’re super smooth and creamy. I’d never used cream blusher before so this was a great chance to give it a try without spending much money!

The eyeliners are super glam and creamy, I have a soft spot for NYC makeup because it was what I could afford and wore as a teenager.

The Highlighter is actually amazing. I struggled to find a highlight the RIGHT colour. I’m really pale, and most highlighters are either too pink or too gold, a friend recently let me in on a pale girl secret; BLUE TONES. It changed my life tbh. I’ve been mixing a blue cream eyeshadow one of my too pink highlighters to achieve the desired effect… but now I have the perfect shade pre-mixed!

This isn’t the first time I’ve scored great finds, in the past I’ve found makeup from Models Own, Calvin Klein, Sally Hansen, and more! I really cant recommend POUNDLAND enough. Sometimes, to be honest, you won’t find a single thing, and other times you’ll leave with arms loaded with treasures! For me it’s all about the thrill of the hunt and fining a real bargain!

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LEFT: lipsticks TOP RIGHT: liners BOTTOM RIGHT: blusher

 

I always feel more comfortable in the more strange poses when it comes to outfit pictures.

Wearing vintage J. Crew light wash denim dress, thrifted red leather belt, and Nike Jordans.

Photos by Afro Glory.

I’ve got into Korean Beauty products just over a year ago. It started innocently enough with a few Elizavecca products. I got their Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye CreamMilky Piggy Aqua Rising Steam Filler Moisture Cream, and Hell Pore Clean Up AHA Fruit Toner.

I didn’t like the toner at all, it left my face feeling filmy and smelled too strongly. Both creams though I did really like. When I finished the moisturiser the only reason I didn’t repurchase it was summer was coming it and while my skin loved the heavy formula in winter I wanted something lighter for spring and summer.

Since then I’ve jumped head first into Korean beauty products! Cleansers, masks, sprays, creams, and make up.

Novelty for me plays a big role in what I chose to buy. Don’t get me wrong a product has to work well for me to use it, but why can’t it be FUN to use and FUN to LOOK AT?!

Now these products are Korean, so they’re from KOREA. I got about a third of these products this summer while I was travelling in Korea and Japan, so I should not they’re not the easiest things to find… unless you know where to look. Tkmaxx; they don’t consistently stock any specific brands or products so between regularly checking their website and visiting a handful of brick and mortar shops I’ve bought(and been gifted) about a third of what’s shown here(not shown half dozen sheet masks over the past year).

Let’s start where I did…

Cleansers and Creams

The Skin Food Black Sugar Scrub is a little drying but I still really like it. The Mefactory Cement peel off mask is the best peeling mask I’ve ever used(much better than the other peeling mask shown here) and that Baking Powder face wash is my daily jams and the Gold CF Nest Collagen mask gave me an allergic reaction(I thought the ‘gold’ part was figurative not literal).

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Beauty

Now I can’t say I love or use all of these products regularly… that rainbow highlighter isn’t exactly wearable. The Panda’s Dream mascara is my new favorite mascara, I love the Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist, and the Etude House Darling Lip Tint all get used pretty regularly. The Models Own products I just picked up a couple days ago; loving the blusher but I’m just not convinced by the matte lip stain.

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Not shown are the masks I’ve used; Tony Moly masks from the I’m Real and Pokemon Collections, Holika Holika – Pig Clear Black Head 3-Step Kit.

All in all I’m pretty smitten with what South Korea has on offer when it comes to beauty. There are still loads of products on my wishlist like Holika Holika – Lazy & Joy Cupcake Eye Shadow (Gudetama Edition), Creer Beaute – Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Spiral Heart Moon Rod Liquid Eyeliner. I will steadily be adding to my K-llection and will keep you posted as it grows.

Last night I made a chicken pot pie:

After dinner I had a glass of wine and sat down to go through what may be the last printed September Issue of British Vogue…