Wednesday, 27 November 2013

November Beauty Favourites

November Beauty Favourites

Now November's coming to and end, I thought it was time to do my November Beauty Favourites. There's been so many things I've been loving this month but narrowed it down to my favourite 7. In left to right order from the images at the bottom, my November Beauty Favourites are:

Burts Bees Shea Butter Hand Cream - My all time favourite hand cream and one of my favourite beauty products ever. It's a thick consistency and not runny so dries quickly into your hands and makes them feel so soft. I would advise this to anyone, best hand cream I've ever used. Can't get enough of this stuff.

Sleek Contour Kit (light) - I purchased this last month and have been using it a lot. I personally love the highlighter in it, it has a nice shimmer to it that leaves the skin glowing when applied. Does the job perfectly.

Carmex Lip Balm (cherry) - I'm a big lip balm fan and buy them a lot around this time of year as the cold weather leaves me lips really dry and chapped. This is one of my favourites as it hydrates the lips and gives a nice matte finish. It also tingles when you put it on a bit which is pretty funny.

No.7 Natural Blush Tint Powder in Soft Damson - This is my favourite blusher of all time. The colour is gorgeous and is a light musky pink so it's not too harsh on the face. If you like more subtle finishes, this is the one for you. It's soft, smooth and not too strong but easily buildable.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in shade 101 - I cannot believe I only tried out the Kate Moss lipsticks for the first time last month. They're a creamy texture and leave a smooth and hydrated finish. If you don't like lipsticks because of them leaving your lips dry, especially at this time of year, try these and you won't be dissappointed. They still leave a matte finish but are a lot smoother and not as drying on the lips. This shade in particular is a light nude pink and is perfect for an everyday look, I wear it a lot for work.

Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer - Another new(ish) item to my make up collection is this. I'd heard people rave about this and for good reason too. It's a pearly pink colour and has a thick creamy texture. It leaves your face glowing whether you wear it alone or with foundation on top.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor - I've been a big fan of Aussie for years and always use their conditioners. I've used the 3 Minute Miracle colour treatment for a while but never had a need to use the reconstructor, which is for dry and damaged hair. However, after the 30-40 degree weather in Germany this Summer, my hair needed help. So I invested in this and I can't describe how much it's improved. I've been using it for a month or so now and my hair's getting back to being soft and nourished. Miracle stuff.

What have you been loving this month?


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Top 5 Christmas Jumpers!


As we’re very nearly in December now, I decided I’d do a post about my top 5 Christmas jumper picks! In my opinion, Christmas jumpers are a necessity at this time of year, they’re super cute and cosy to wear on Christmas day, Christmas shopping or for a trip to the Christmas markets where you can indulge in Mulled wine and all things festive. The Christmas markets here in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden (near where I live here in Germany) begin this week so I shall be paying my first visit this weekend and I’ll definitely be wearing my new Christmas jumper, I featured it in my last post, but here it is again:

The snowman nose is 3D and sticks out from the jumper which I loved about this. It was only 14€ (around £12) from Primark and they had many different designs for the same price including Santa, a Christmas tree with jingle bells for baubles and a Rudolph with a 3D red nose for men! If you want a cheap Christmas jumper bargain, definitely head down to Primark as I love them.

Anyway, here are my top 5 Christmas jumpers I’ve found in stores this year:

5 - She Likes £15
4 - Boohoo £18
3 - Topshop £44
2 - Glamorous £15
1 - River Island £35

I’ve actually ranked them 1-5, 1 being my favourite etc. Obviously, I haven’t tried these on or felt the material so I’ve ranked them purely on the design of my personal choice. Number 5, is the red penguin jumper from She Likes, I really like the design of this (and the price!) The penguin on the front is super cute and the bright red colour screams Christmas. For just £16 it’s a no brainer. The next Christmas jumper I picked was the Snowman one from Boohoo. Again, it’s a bargain at just £18 and has a super cute Snowman design with snow falling around them. I’m a big fan of Boohoo but I would recommend if you want to order from there for Christmas doing it soon as I made an order for some boots last week which have still not been dispatched due to the overwhelming amount of orders they’ve had so orders at the minute could be up to 2 days longer, so get ordering now!  Number 3 on my list is the fluffy knit snowflake jumper. This one’s a bit more expensive at £44 and it’s a much more toned down, simple Christmas design. The thing that draws me in to this one is the material. These fluffy style jumpers are the warmest, cosiest jumpers ever. I own a plain black one and it’s a God send so even though it’s more expensive, I would recommend this one as it’s 99% guaranteed to keep you warm in the cold Winter days/nights to come! The Christmas jumper I ranked number 2 is actually the cheapest out of the 5 at £15 and is from It combines deep, warm, winter colours with Christmas trees, hearts, snowflakes, Christmas stockings and a cute gingerbread man in the centre of the piece. I really like the design of this jumper as there’s a lot going on, similar to Christmas itself. Finally, my favourite Christmas jumper that I’ve come across is the white Christmas fair isle jumper from River Island. It’s £35 and I absolutely love the colours used on this. I’ve never seen a Christmas jumper like this before and love how original it is. I also love that it says Christmas in huge black letters on the front surrounded by snowflake and zig zag designs.

So that’s my top 5 Christmas jumper picks ranging from £15 to £44 so I suggest if you haven’t already got a Christmas jumper this year already, to get yourself down to the shops or get online and buy one before it gets too late!


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Haul - first shopping trip in Germany!


Sorry I haven't updated in just over a week or so, I was ill then my parents visited me for a few days and since they left on Monday, I've just been busy with my new exercise regime, but I won't harp on about that - back to fashion. 

Nearly 2 weeks ago, I went on my first shopping trip since I've been living in Germany. It's hard to believe that as I'm a complete shopaholic but because I'd been busy spending my money on travelling to other places and sightseeing I hadn't had enough for clothes! So this was the first time I was really let loose in the shops! I went to Frankfurt as it's the nearest city to me, about half an hour away by train and spent the afternoon shopping.

I don't mean to be harsh but I'm not really a fan of German shops so stuck to H&M and Primark (boring!) but that was my choice. I ended up buying quite a bit and I'm assuming they have the same if not similar items in the UK stores so here's what I bought:
1. Snowman Christmas Jumper - Primark 14€ (£12)
2. Jaws baggy top - H&M 3€ (£2.50)
3. Aztec Jeweled Jumper - Primark 16€ (£13)
4. Fluffy black jumper - Primark 15€ (12.50)
5. Fedora Hat - H&M 15€ (£12.50)
6. Checkered cropped Blouse - Primark 3€ (£2.50)
7. Dotty black Blouse - H&M 10€ (£8)
8. Grey Cardigan - Primark 8€ (£7)

So that's everything I purchased, so I definitely did well spending wise as they were all really good value for money! I'm aware you can't really see the black fluffy jumper but it's high neck, long sleeved, quite baggy and all over black fluffiness, gorgeous! I love the snowman Christmas jumper, I believe that everyone needs a Christmas jumper at this time of year and when it hits December, I'll be wearing it 24/7 in the countdown to Christmas! I'm a big fan of Jaws and I have a little fascination with sharks so the top was perfect for me and it's just a cool top to wear casually with jeans or leggings. On my first trip to Primark, I kept picking up the aztec jeweled jumper then putting it back and decided to leave it. I then returned after I couldn't stop thinking about it and bought it and I'm really glad I did! I've wanted a fedora hat for a while to wear when I got to Paris in a couple of weeks as I think they're a lovely winter hat alternative. I'd seen the checkered blouse in Primark in the UK a while ago and it's still in the sale over here so picked it up as it's nice for work and was a total bargain! The dotty black blouse I just really liked and again is useful for work but also tucked into high waisted jeans or disco pants for more of an evening look! Finally, I bought a standard short thin dark grey cardigan as I find these little cardigans so useful to wear under a thick coat so you're not too hot or too cold! All in all, it was a very successful first shopping experience in Frankfurt, hopefully more to come!


Monday, 11 November 2013

I'm calling you at 3am and I'm standing here right outside your door

Boots - New Look, Cape - Boohoo, Faux Fur Cape - Boohoo, Top - Topshop (old), Cardigan - H&M (old), Leggings - Boohoo


The title of this post is to mark today's amazing amazing news of the McBusted tour! I'm crossing everything that I get tickets as I'll be home for Easter for the Liverpool date, two of my favourite bands together eeee. Anyway, back to the post. Here is today's outfit of the day. The winter's really set in now here in Germany and it was around 5 degrees today, so layers were most definitely needed! I had work today but my office is "casual wear" so can wear pretty much whatever I want so I wore my new leggings from Boohoo, they have tiny checks on them and are super thick and cosy. I paired it with an old pinky maroon tee shirt from Topshop which I've had a couple of years now, a plain H&M cardigan and my new cape, also from Boohoo which I added a faux fur scarf to, to give it that extra wintery feel. The boots are pretty much exact replicas of the Jeffrey Campbell Coltranes, however they were only £29.99 from New Look. They're obviously not leather but they're still comfy and for £100 cheaper than the originals, I really couldn't complain. They're my favourite shoes at the minute and I've been wearing them to death, would 100% recommend as a cheap alternative.


Sunday, 3 November 2013

Week in Pictures #7

me and my best friends in Frankfurt a couple of weeks back ootd: blazer - H&M £15 SALE, jeans - New Look £22.99, vest top - H&M £3.99, boots - New Look £30 ootd: cardigan - primark (old), jeans - New Look £22.99, top - Forever 21 (old), boots - TK Maxx (old), scrunchie - American Apparel 6 euros my eye, obviously, showing off the L'Oreal Paris 4D Lash Architect Mascara, Currywurst at the best Currywurst place in Germany (official) Edelweiss Currywurst in Hamburg before an adventure on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg! the new playsuit I ordered for Paris from She Likes me, Charlie and Sareena before a meal out at a Mexican restaurant Spätzle ♥ 

Now that I'm in a 9-5 "job" (placement) I don't have as much of a life so have had to spread my week in pictures over the past two weeks! Especially as I've had a pretty chilled weekend with 2 of my best friends so haven't done much at all! Last weekend, I went to Hamburg with Charlie to visit one of our friends, Paddy. It was an amazing weekend, we always have such a laugh together and my experience of the infamous Reeperbahn was interesting to say the least! I also went a bit crazy with online shopping last week which included a massive buy from Boohoo and the playsuit above from She Likes. I'm heading to Paris in just under 5 weeks with some of my uni friends and I thought it would be the perfect outfit for Saturday night. I finally got my velvet scrunchie that I've wanted for a while. After walking the wrong way to American Apparel in Frankfurt (sorry Sareena!) I finally got one for 6 euros, I love it. A couple of weeks ago, one of my best friends came to visit Frankfurt as there's 3 of us already in Germany on year abroad out of our 4-women friendship group, the girls I live with at uni and the girls I consider some of my closest friends in the world. It was so amazing to spend time as a 4 again as we hadn't seen Biki since June! Finally, I went for lunch today at the local "Brauhaus" in Idstein, where I'm currently living and spending my year abroad. I had Spätzle which is like egg pasta noodles with sausage, cheese, carrots and peas. It sounds funny but it's actually really nice and the only thing I can think to compare it with is Mac n Cheese but nicer!

I've had a pretty hectic October and am now looking forwards to a relaxed November and with the Christmas markets starting at the end of the month, things should really start to feel festive.

What has your week been like and what are your November plans?


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Autumn Knits

Sorry I haven't posted in over a week now, it's been a pretty busy week! I was in Hamburg last weekend then had work this week but I've been sick and have been off work for a couple of days. However, I'm feeling much better now and can get 100% focus back on the blog. I'll have a huge boohoo haul coming up in the next couple of weeks as I ordered a whole load of winter essentials as they currently have 20% off using the code Winter20 so get shopping here as this offer ends Sunday!

As Winter's drawing in, it's essential that you have some knitwear to complete your staple winter wardrobe. This years high street is full of fluffy, cropped and cut out jumpers making AW13 one of the most statement filled seasons the high streets seen in a while. I've chosen some of my top Autumn Knits from the AW13 high street collections including all the current trends straight from the catwalk:

Knitted Fluffy Cropped Jumper - Topshop
Longline Tartan Jumper - Boohoo
Blue Aztec Print Knitted Cardigan - Fashion Union
Wine Coloured Oversized Cut Out Sleever Jumper - She Likes
Dogtooth Knit Jumper - Boohoo

My personal favourite from these Autumn Knits is the dogtooth jumper from Boohoo, at only £15 it's an absolute steal for your Winter wardrobe. So treat yourself and top up on some knitwear, as with the cold weather ahead, you always have the excuse that it's a necessity.