Monday, 30 April 2012

Razzmatazz and all that jazz...


My nails were in need of painting again and I couldn't decide on which of my new Topshop polishes to try. In the end I went for 'Razzmatazz' combined with Beauty UK's 'Lilac'. I really like it. Razzmatazz is not a simple glitter, it has massive chunks of glitter in it as well, which make it extra sparkly (and you all know I'm a magpie for glitter).




Products used:
Revlon - Top Coat
17 - Strengthening base coat
Beauty UK - Lilac
Topshop - Razzmatazz


What do you think of these nails? 

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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Instagram #2


What is it?/Harry Potter/Sunshine in Aberdeen/Stitched up/detail of vintage top/
Parcels/egg salad (nom)/Topshop make-up/Golden half camera/Tea from my best friend

I have spent this week mainly in work, receiving too many parcels,moaning about the weather and adding 7 cameras to my collection. Yes,I did just say 7! My camera obsession is the same as my make-up - I don't need it, but I will buy it :). I'm running out of space now.

How has your week been?



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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Sometimes you just have to follow your heart...

I wouldn't say that I'm a particularly reflective person nor do I usually post things like this. However today my attention was caught by a girl walking down the street with a lot of coloured paper.Not unusual, right? This, as I  later realised, was for Aberdeen's Torcher parade - Europe's largest torchlit student parade. I also realised that it was 3 years since I last participated which in turn meant it has been 3 years since I graduated uni. 

Three years? What have I achieved in those three years? Not a lot if i'm particularly honest. I'm still in the same position that I was back then, just now with a honours degree and weirdly less money. It's not like I've been lazy either - quite the polar opposite. I have been working my bum off  trying to move forward with my life, trying to find that balance which suits both my social life and my career. I don't want to be counting hours every single week  and making sure that I can survive for the next month. I also don't want to be saying no to my friends when we plan things, even if its a simple night out. I want reassurance that my degree wasn't a complete waste of time and all those hours where I could've been sleeping instead of working on uni assignments were not put to waste (hello 36 hours at once doing one assignment). I understand that it is difficult in this current climate and that it's not only me. I left uni naive and thinking that my 'perfect life' would fall into place after I had received that all important certificate. How wrong was I?

I am a frequent tweeter/addict and there's been countless times I've come across students with the same naivety that I left uni with. I want to shake some sense into them before they realise that life after uni is not all a bed of roses. Yes, there will be triumphs but along with that there will be three times as much rejection. It's a hard road and you will have good days and bad days, but if you get through that, you will come out the other end smiling.

I'll leave you with some pictures from my final torcher parade where my float had a theme of  'A mythical safari':








This was in no way meant to be a rant or aimed at anyone in particular. It's not even about a job. It's more to do with getting started in life and finding out who you are as an individual and where your life will take you.
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Friday, 27 April 2012

Glossybox April: first impressions

Today the postie delivered a delightful little box through my door - the April Glossybox. It does seem like an age since we got the last one (beginning of March I believe) but seeing what appeared today made the wait worthwhile. This month's box theme is natural and it appeared in an eco-friendly box. Personally, I enjoy the theme boxes as I think it makes it slightly more exciting when you've got a collective theme rather than random products into a box. I do hope this is something that Glossybox will continue with as I think they are quite popular with subscribers.








What was in it:
Figs and Rose rambling rose lipbalm (Full size)
Kai perfume oil
Caudalie thirst quenching serum
Ayuuri body wash in sandalwood (Full size)
Inika eyeliner in coco (Full size)

My favourite item would probably be the eyeliner. I've been wanting a brown eyeliner for a while and was so glad when this one appeared. I also really love the lipbalm. My least favourite is definitely the perfume oil. It smells ok, but its not exciting and probably not something that I would purchase. Perfume wise, I much prefer the Valentina sample that was with last month's box.

Overall, I did enjoy this box. I will  use the majority of these products in the coming weeks and I found that these products are probably something I would've purchased myself. I also got a surprise when three full-sized products turned up - 1 is lovely, but 3 - wow!

Glossybox is £12.95 per month (inc P&P) and is available from www.glossybox.co.uk

What did you think of the April box? What products did you receive?


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Thursday, 26 April 2012

High St vs High end #3: Chain print blouses

Chain print is everywhere right now - clothing, accessories and I'm pretty sure I saw some jewellery with it on earlier. Whilst browsing, I came across these two pieces:

You may notice that both these brands are in fact high street, but they are at very different ends of the spectrum.

Internacionale:
This is perhaps a much more simpler chain print design than others I have seen.It is chiffon with a dipped hem and retails at £19.99. In real life this blouse is actually slightly brighter than shown. However, this could be to do with the shop lights as they are super bright and I find the lights always make things appear different ie my make-up.

Miss Selfridge:
This one is another chiffon blouse with a dipped hem (had to cut off some of it!). This design is much busier although compared to others, I don't think that this would be difficult to pull off. This one retails at £39.

I admire both of these blouses and I think they would both look great with a pair of skinny jeans, basic cardigan and pumps. However, the one major issue I have is the difference in price. I honestly think that £39 for a chiffon blouse is a touch extreme. I know that Miss Selfridge's price range is fairly high for high street but for a blouse, it is ridiculous, even for them. I also think that for a trend which may only be around for one season, the price would not be justified. 

What do you think?

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Wednesday wishes:Topshop make-up wishlist

In a nutshell, I love Topshop make-up, so much so that I would probably buy the entire collection (no joke). The first items I purchased were the two lipsticks from the Smoke and Mirrors collection before Christmas - 'Rumour has it' and 'Pillow Talk'. Since then I have acquired a fair few more and I continue to do so. Whilst browsing the Topshop site earlier, I came across a few (maybe not) more to add to my wishlist from the core collection (hurry up payday!!).

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11

All images topshop.com


I could have added all the nail varnishes as they are all such nice colours. However, I decided to put my top three in there instead. In the near future I am planning on doing full reviews on the Topshop make-up that I own and will be splitting it up so you can share my love for it :).

Have you tried anything from Topshop's make-up range? If so, what was it?




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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

NOTD: Princess nails

So I repainted my nails yesterday. Unfortunately since these pictures were taken, I have been merchandising at work so they don't look as nice as they did. Actually looking at them now, there is only a few chips so not too shabby really!


Haha, I'm so messy - look at my finger.

Products used:
17 Strengthening base coat
17 Lasting fix in fairy cake
Barry M glitter in pink iridescent
Revlon top coat

I really like the pastel pink.In fact I think it may be the 'perfect pastel pink'. It's certainly perfect for the pastel trend anyway. What do you think? Would you agree with my 'perfect pastel pink'?

I also wanted to show this picture of Darwin which was taken last night in his playpen (he has a proper home as well, don't worry). He spent his time hiding, then sneaking up when I wasn't paying attention. Sneaky hambug.

















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Monday, 23 April 2012

Instagram #1


Smooshy face/Cup of tea/Maoam/Favourite kindle picture (Darwin's finches - Geek alert)/almost home/bored/Jewellery supplies/Brought my thesis back to abdn/hobbycraft basket/doggies/drawing from school/laptop marks/rekordelig/princess nails




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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sunday thought

Photo by me :)
Oops, I apologies to the persons washing which is now all over the interwebz now...

As you may have seen I have been reading 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde (which is thoroughly enjoyable at the moment) and in the preface I came across this quote:

"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated.For these there is hope."


Oscar Wilde

I think that this is a very apt quote for life in general and one which should be remembered. What do you think?
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Saturday, 21 April 2012

MAC: Prep and Prime Skin base visage



Attempting to get the sparkly packaging - I'm such a magpie. Glitter and it's mine.

Until about 6 months ago, I had never used a primer. It wasn't until I ordered some MAC goodies that I received a small sample of this product. Once the product ran out, I immediately purchased the full-size. The full-size retails at £18.50 for 30ml. Yes, this is a lot of hard earned money at once for something so small. However, I found that I only need to use one pump a day. One pump is plenty for your face with a tiny bit left over. The liquid is white when it comes out and once applied it glides on so smoothly. It's so smooth that you will be touching your face to feel the smoothness all day (not advised as 1)you will look like a prize idiot and 2) hands have lots of germs). Now the question is: does it actually do as it says? I think the answer is yes. I found that my make-up (especially foundation) did stay on and looked fresher for much longer. The only time it didn't was today when I got caught in a torrential downpour, where it actually felt like I had been swimming. It was that bad. I honestly don't think whatever primer you used would have held onto that make-up. Since using this primer, I have found that overall my skin is much better.This is probably due to the fact that my make-up is not going directly onto my face, rather onto the primer which acts as a barrier. I also found that I have nowhere near as much blemishes and the other day I even ventured out (not far I may add) without my usual haul of make-up on. Result!

Would I buy this primer again? Yes, most definitely!
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Friday, 20 April 2012

What I'm....#1


Two of my favourite boys :)

Loving

001) Being on holiday from work. I don't want to go back on Sunday. Could someone possibly employ me as a blogger so I can work from home?
002) Finding my long-lost drawing skills (7 years is a long time!)
003) Ebay (uh-oh, this can't end well)

Hating

001) The weather - all gloom and doom :(.
002) Returning to my flat after a lovely time at home (I miss my doggies ie the two above)

Reading

001) The picture of Dorian Gray (Kindle)
002) The Help (proper book)

Listening

001) Fall Out Boy - Infinity on high



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Thursday, 19 April 2012

OOTD: Things can only get better

What a miserable old day outside. Someone please send some nice weather - Aberdeen is depressing enough with its grey, granite buildings without having some rain and fog making it look super depressed. Anyway, as you can probably gather from this, I am indeed back in my flat. I arrived around lunchtime after an early start with my dad on his way to work :) (saves me getting a bus to then get a train to Glasgow). I still have a couple of days of my holiday from work left (Waaah! I don't want it to end) in which I plan to hopefully do some spring cleaning in the flat as well as some more bloggy stuff.

I attempted to take pics of this outfit when I was at my parents, but without a tripod, I find outfit pics really hard to do. This is what I am wearing at the moment. I haven't changed for the purpose of these pics (personally I don't see the point of shooting them beforehand as its not an OOTD then) so what you see is what I actually look like right now.

Haha, no face again as it looks a state - yet again! I have only had 4 hours sleep...

Cardigan - Republic
Dress - H&M
Leggings - Internacionale
Necklace - H&M
Ring - Primark

The cardigan was around the £35 mark and I bought it around Christmas time. It is really large and combined with the dress, it does make me look larger (I clearly didn't think that through when making decisions).




What do you think of this outfit? 

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Jewellery haul

Recently, I picked up a few new jewellery pieces to add to my collection:

Aztec necklace - Internacionale
Triangle necklaces - H&M (part of a set)


Everything Internacionale


What do you think of these pieces? Have you picked up anything nice recently?

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Goal update #2

Since I last posted this, I've managed to score another few items of my list.

Here is the 2012 list:

001) Aim higher in my career *reworded 17/04/12

002) Go to the gym at least 3 times per week in progress 17/04/12

003) Launch creative project 1 completed 10/03/12 - visit http://darwinanddaisyphotography.blogspot.com.uk

004) Launch creative project 2

005) Watch Trainspotting completed 10/03/12

006) Get my first tattoo

007) Decorate my bedroom

008) Paint my hallway

009) Visit home more often to see my parents

010) Be less materialistic

011) See much more of my friends

012) Run/jog/walk Race for life

013) Read the Hunger Games - completed 17/04/12

014) Read the Virgin Suicides

015) Re-tune my drawing skills ie re-learn to draw (I seem to have left my ability behind in school) - in progress 17/04/12

016) Participate in p52 @ http://my3boybarians.com

017) Shoot more rolls of film (target: 10 rolls) - in progress 10/03/12

018) Film some videos for YouTube (target: 5 videos)completed 10/03/12

019) Learn to use my sewing machine

020) Print out much more of my photography

021) Read The Picture of Dorian Gray

022)Write some creative pieces (target: 3 pieces)

023) Comment on many more blogs - in progress 10/03/12

024) Read The Scarlet Lettercompleted 17/04/12

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Monday, 16 April 2012

Black bags galore

I have a lot of bags, but I do not have a large black one. Browsing the interwebs earlier today, I came across these lovely designs. Admittedly, one of the bags isn't black, but it is absolutely gorgeous.

New Look £17.99

Topshop £90


Topshop £38

Zara £39.99


Zara £89.99


Ollie & Nic £140


What do you think of these bags? Which one would you purchase?
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Sunday, 15 April 2012

OOTD: Skull Candy





Top - Internacionale
Leggings - Internacionale
Necklace - Primark
Image bracelet - Internacionale (yes,same bracelet in Topshop but only £1.99 in internacionale)
Skull bracelet - Internacionale

As you know from my previous post, I am currently at home in a village in the middle of nowhere. I hardly get phone signal or anything. It's great. Today we went through to Edinburgh as we had some tickets for a BBC filming which basically meant I got to see lots of things get blown up onstage. Any guesses what show we were seeing? (It was on my twitter earlier :p)

Today's outfit was purchased on a whim on Friday. I wasn't sure of the top but I wanted something that was comfy. The top is shorter at the front and extremely long at the back. I'm actually surprised that my dad didn't make a silly comment like he normally does. No comments from him whatsoever - win! Does anyone else's parents make silly comments?

The bracelets were bought on Friday as well. The skull bracelet is the reason why I went into town on Friday in the first place. It is so pretty and actually pretty heavy and it only cost £2.99. Someone actually alerted me to the fact earlier that River Island have these bracelets in the men's section. I would imagine for quite a bit more as well.

Anyway, I'm going to keep it fairly short tonight as my Mum is waiting for me to watch 'Toddlers and Tiaras' with her. I will be back tomorrow with another post. I really like posting every day at the moment :).

Until tomorrow.
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Saturday, 14 April 2012

FOTD: Travelling face



Products used:
MAC Prep and Prime skin base visage
Witch Concealer in natural
Benefit Boiing in 1
Collection lasting perfection concealer in fair
17 Miracle matt foundation in fair
Benefit moonbeam
Natural Collection pressed powder in neutral
Vivo trio eyeshadow in Innocence
17 peep show mascara
Barry M kohl pencil in black
Topshop blush in Powdered
Topshop lipstick in Powder Room

I'm keeping this short today as I'm away to get picked up soon so I can go home for a few days, yay!! I will not have my laptop home with my this time as I really think it is slightly too delicate to go far, although I will probably steal my mum's when she is at work :). So in a nutshell, yes I will still be blogging at home. I'm not sure what I will manage to get done as I have a few other bits and bobs to do as well. I'm also filming a vlog whilst at home which I will somehow try and edit when I get home - the main issue being if my laptop will behave.

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Friday, 13 April 2012

OOTD: Clash of the prints

Clashing is not my cup of tea. I like things to not clash. However today I did it by accident and I actually really like it. This is again one of my outfits that I threw together. I sometimes do wonder if I should stop planning outfits and start being spontaneous with them.


I apologise for the mega serious face and the editing of this pic.

Shirt - Vintage
Top - Internacionale
Shorts - Internacionale
Leggings - Internacionale


Clashing away :)

I bought the top in a few sizes too big for me as I wanted it to be much bigger than it should be. It has a zip that runs down the entire back which is not shown. It says 'Love' on the front and has a leopard print loveheart underneath. I liked it due to the leopard print even though I'm not a massive fan of leopard print.
The shirt I picked from a vintage shop in London. It reminds me of a farmers shirt and it feels like towelling. I love how oversized it is and I think I only paid £10 for it and by the amount of times I have worn it,it has definitely been worth the pennies. Sometimes I do wish I lived much closer to London so I could spend much more time vintage shopping. The Scottish ones aren't so good...

What do you think of this outfit? Have you tried clashing prints before?

Oh I posted a youtube video yesterday http://youtube.com/user/ameyjaneykins
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Thursday, 12 April 2012

March Favourites

I actually filmed this at the end of March, but didn't get around to editing it until yesterday...oops! There is quite a few for last month - more than usual. So sit back and enjoy!


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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Last night I went to see 'Mirror Mirror' at the cinema with friends. It was actually a really good film but what I was most blown away by was the costumes. Normally I don't pay much attention to costumes, but these were breathtaking.

Designed by the late Eiko Ishioka, who was an oscar winning costume designer, the costumes are a mirage of spectacular craftsmanship and pure fantasy. Every time I saw a new one, I was totally taken back.






What do you think of Eiko Ishioka's work? Could you see yourself wearing one of these for even a few minutes?




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