Sunday, 18 November 2012

OOTD: Stripes Day for Children In Need

As I am sure you are well aware, yesterday was Children in Need day so my school had it's annual 'spots and stripes' day to raise a bit of money for the charity. I'm not a huge spots and stripes kind of person but I was shopping last week and saw this stripey jumper in Primark for only £6 which would do the trick just nicely.

If you don't know (if not, what planet are you from?!), Children in Need are a charity designed to raise money for children all over the world to get them in to better living conditions, better education and generally just give them a better life. If you want to read more about the organisation, visit the BBC Children in Need website here. Every November, there is a massive national fundraiser with schools all over the UK taking part as well as indivuals and other companies. There is also a televised show on the day with singers, celebrities and this year, Olympic athletes taking part (even Tom Daley, yum).

So, by just donating £1 at my school, we were allowed to dress down in our casual clothes rather than our uniforms as long as we had on spots and/or stripes. Of course some people went all out but I went for the more subtle look that actually looked really quite nice.

Actually so much nicer in person
Image from Topshop website
Jumper - £6 Primark
Owl snood - [roughly] £4 Primark
Jeans - £? River Island (price unkown, bought them in the Boxing Day sales 2 years ago and they're still going strong)
Belt - [roughly] £1 Primark
Pudsey badge - £2 for pack of two Boots (money goes to the charity)
Boots - £ Topshop

I was so cosy all day in my big knitted jumper. It is definitely going to be a must for those really cold days in winter. That would probably include today actually. It is freeeeeezing outside. Pity the jumper is in the wash.

Totally unrelated but can you believe it is only 38 days till Christmas?!?! That means just 42 till my birthday as well!

Oh, one final thing! Almost finished, I swear... Let me know what you think of my new blog design. Made the header all by my little self and I am really proud of it! The whole shabang took me ages this afternoon but now it is all finally complete and I love it. Please tell me you love it too!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Nailed: Navy Glitter

With flash
With flash
2 coats Nails Inc 'Motcomb Street', 1 coat Rimmel I <3 Lasting Finish 'Disco Ball', 1 coat Natural Collection 'Crystal Clear'

Aloha! Long time no see. Well, since Monday. I have my prelims in December so I have been attempting to knuckle down and get some studying done. It hasn't been too successful as of yet, I am a faithful procrastinator.

Last night, whilst watching the X Factor, I decided to repaint my nails. I don't often go for glitter because it is such a PAIN to get off but I really fancied the idea of these two polishes together so I just bit the bullet and went for it. OOOH BRAVE.

This combination of the two nail polishes will most likely be well worn this winter on my nails. It is so pretty! I had two shop assistants comment on it today when I was shopping with the mother. It keeps on catching the light and I just want to admire it constantly. So proud of my handiwork. The glitter nail polish is so... glittery. Hahaha, well duh. As well as silver sparkles, it contains teeny tiny little blue sparkles as well which looks gorgeous with the dark navy. The darker base colour is very appropriate for this time of year as we descend in to the cooler months unbelievably fast. Can you believe it is only 44 days till Christmas?! I have a countdown on my phone. I am such a little kid.

Ohhh, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here starts tonight! I love that show to bits. I never know who the contestants are but Ant and Dec are absolute gems.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

October Favourites

Dark Red (Red) Teen Red Heart Print Dress | 253715061 | New Look
Couldn't get good pictures of the dress and jacket because it's dark outside and I need to rely on
artificial lighting. Pictures were taken from New Look and Topshop.

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Scrub
Benefit High Beam
Benefit Erase Paste
Asda Skinsystem Cleansing Lotion
BCBG 'Fearless' bracelet (link is to black version, can't find white in Macy's)
Fake Links of London friendship bracelet (link to a similar ebay seller)
Topshop leather jacket
New Look dress

Cannot get my head around the fact that it is November already! And 50 days till Christmas! Where does the time go? And since we are now 5 days in to November, I realise that I am 5 days late doing my October favourites. Oops. To be fair, I have had a busy week. I was at a concert on Wednesday in Glasgow and there was fireworks on Saturday night for Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes night, which I think is just a British tradition. I then stayed over at one of my best friends houses, Laura.  Also present was my other two best friends. We had a little mini party there because we were meant to be going out for Laura's boyfriend's birthday but change of plans. Fair to stay I felt like collapsing and puking all yesterday. Ahem.

Moving on before I admit to anything I don't mean to.
This month, I had quite a bad breakout of spots on my face so I set off to Asda on a mission to find a miracle spot treatment. I picked up Clean & Clear treatment gel (review here) which did not do the trick but I did find one little beauty. The Clearasil face scrub claims to make skin visibly clearer within 12 hours and although this is not the case, after around a week of using it twice daily, my face has remarkably improved. I shall do a review soon.
Benefit High Beam has also been a necessary part in my morning routine to wake my face up a bit. This is just a tester size but I might buy the full size when this is done.
I also got back to using Benefit Erase Paste under my eyes. I used this for a while last year and then got a new one for my Christmas last year and then never really used it. After running out of my undereye concealer, I broke this bad boy out as I had nothing else and found that I do in face love it.
I have also been using the Asda cleansing lotion because I needed a new cleanser that was just really cheap till I got a chance to buy a better one and at a mere £1.80, this was an absolute steal. Turns out I adore it! It leaves my skin so so so soft and clean. I use it after my face scrub, morning and night. Just a quick sweep across my face. It is free from parabens and fragrances so it doesn't break out my skin look fragranced products tend to.
Next, my friend Emma brought me back a BCBGeneration bracelet from her trip to New York in the October holidays. She brought back this bracelet, which I have worn every single day since I got it.
I especially love wearing with my fake Links of London friendship bracelet which my mum's friend gave me. She is always buying them to sell in her shop, and I have one in basically every colour but the black is my favourite.
I have been loving wearing dresses casually lately and I have worn this one so much you would think I would be sick of it.
And my leather jacket which does have a detachable fur collar which I haven't worn it with yet but I think it is getting cold enough to whip it out. I LOVE this jacket. It goes with everything and just makes any outfit look amazing.