Monday, 29 September 2014

Getting my Bronze on with The Body Shop's Shimmer Waves.

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Summer is officially over *sheds a tear*. The sun has gone home (to wherever it lives..that didn't even make ANY sense) and the wind, clouds and rain have set up shop. We may be in the midst of Autumn, however that hasn't stopped me from getting my bronze on every now and then. Now, I've never really been one to wear bronze; only because I assumed from afar that being dark skinned, it'll never show on me, so what's the point? However, I've been using The Body Shop's Shimmer Waves brick in 01 Bronze for a few weeks now, and it's totally changed my mind regarding le bronzing.
 
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Now I've always found the horizontal pattern of these bronzers aesthetically pleasing; you get 8.5 grams of product, which is pretty awesome since you only really need a light sweeping of this for full coverage. Within the compact, we have three bronzers and two different highlighters; one yellow and one pink. I'm grateful for this, as my skin tone lends towards a more pink undertone. 
The three bronzers included are brown, copper and gold in tone and are well pigmented, without being chalky in texture. Although I can't really use each shade individually (because fat fingers), I've taken to using the brown and copper tones together across my cheekbones *or where my cheekbones are supposed to be, yikes* and I use the pink shimmer highlighter near my eyes, across the top of the cheekbones. I find that it leaves a lovely shimmer without being glittery, and that it really compliments the red undertones to my skin, adding a glowing warmth. 
These shades can also be foiled (used when wet) if you're into something a bit more intense for say, an evening event. I'm definitely impressed with this and have been using it on a near daily basis. The compact also comes as a blusher, as well as a coral blusher and can also be used interchangeably or altogether. 
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The Body Shop Shimmer Waves* | £16.00 | 
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Hint Huntin' in 'Japan' with Liverpool Victoria & Joe Blogs!

How many of us sat in front of out TV screens back in the day watching The Crystal Maze/Fort Boyard/Finders Keepers and thinking to ourselves "THAT NEEDS TO BE ME ON THERE!"? Well, now you can play Colombo with Hint Hunt ,a live action escape game where the ultimate goal is to escape the room you're locked in within 60 minutes. Me and a few other bloggers were lucky enough to be invited to participate in the game by the lovely folks over at Joe Blogs  and Liverpool Victoria (LV=).


So let me quickly explain the premise of the game; I won't give too much away as the actual details (and photos) are top secret as not to reveal any clues. You have a bunch of hidden rooms which are split into two themes; the Japanese themed Zen room (which we were in) and JM's Office. Within these rooms, are a plethora of puzzles and bits and bobs that you'd need to find and solve in order to be able to leave the room within the allocated time. Before entering the room, you're given very very vague instructions, with a couple being to 'not be afraid of making a mess' and 'keep your eyes open at everything'. 

I was in a group with Tom, Jessica and Olivia otherwise known as 'TEAM EPIC' (we really were), and we managed to escape the room with about 14 seconds to spare, give or take. Let me tell you guys something...these puzzles are HARD. I had the most amazing time and we were all buzzing by the time we left! It's amazing how quickly you bond as a team as soon as you get into the room; team work and communication is incredibly important, which is why the recommended group size for these games are between 3-5 people per room. Don't get me wrong, you could go along with a date, however it's a game that'll definitely need at least another 2 pairs of eyes and besides, there is CCTV so any hanky panky would be off limits anyway LOL. 

Overall, I had such an incredible time and I'm positively itching to go back and see what's in the other themed room! It's a great game for corporate team building, as well as a lovely day out for the family and would appeal to kids, right through to grandparents. Take a look at the LV= blog to find out more about our day, and other fun family days out that can be had in good ole' London town. 


Location: 72-76 Eversholt Street, Euston (literally around the corner from Euston staton).
Price: It starts at £17 per person depending on group size!
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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Anna Scholz x Simply Be (Part II & NSFW?)

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One of the greatest things you could ever do for yourself in terms of helping with body confidence and loving yourself is buying some good underwear. I don’t mean some nice underwear that covers all your various flaws and maybe has a cute print, i mean if you like that then go for it, but what I’m talking about is full blown hot-as-fuck-wanna-show-them-off PANTIES WITH BRAS TO MATCH. Bows everywhere, sheer backside that shows off your bum, ridiculously lacy, etc. 

It seems like the simplest thing, but half the time I feel like people don’t think of that or are scared to because they feel like they won’t like how they look, but I am here to tell you that YOU WILL. Personally I found this out on accident when the bra I was getting had two kinds of matching underwear and I mistakenly grabbed the one that was COMPLETELY sheer on the back and then spent like 10 minutes panicking that I could see the bum crease through them because that’s not what they’re supposed to do; they’re supposed to cover up everything right? I can’t wear that sort of stuff, that’s for skinnier and more attractive people right? WRONG. I eventually decided that I like them and no one is going to tell me otherwise. So find yourself some good underwear and tell yourself you look dang good in them, you deserve it.

I treated myself to a second set of underwear by Anna Scholz for Simply Be a couple of months ago. I just love the pretty, vintage-ish theme and the prints are always right up my street! The briefs are high waisted and has an inside mesh that offers slight control, while the plunge bra is lightly padded and has two hook support.

These photos have been sitting in my photo folder for a couple of months now as I was a bit anxious about uploading these for everyone to see - especially the way in which i'm 'posing' (which is 'meant' to come across as all soft and confident and what not) but...I thought fuck it and stamped it NSFW, only because the photos are humongous and all you see that #thebaps O_o.

Anyhoo, I would definitely recommend this set, along with the others in Anna's collection - they are gorgeous and really ramp the confidence level up!

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Winter coats at Marks and Spencer

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It's finally coat season y'all! I don't know about you guys, but I love investing in a good quality, thick winter coat. For some reason, I always bypass Marks & Spencer when it comes to shopping for a coat; I don't know if it's because I still have notions of them being a tad... 'traditional' when it comes to their style of clothing, but I always go elsewhere.

I've been noticing the new M&S Autumn adverts recently and some of their coats looks gorgeous! Now, they are on the expensive side, but you can always guarantee quality with them, and they do go up to a size 26 which is pretty cool. Above are a few of my favourite styles from the site. I think i'll have to save up some pennies for this!

1. Wrap Over Belted Coat | £139.00
2. Buttonsafe Double Breasted Coat | £99.00
3. Buttonsafe Wool Blend Cashmere Double Breasted Coat | £120.00
4. Buttonsafe Notched Collar Coat | £59.00
5. Faux Fur Ombre Effect Coat | £95.00
6. Faux Fur Trim Parka | £89.00
7. Double Breasted Cashmere Coat | £99.00
8. Double Breasted Rain Resistant Mac | £45.00
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Grid System

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T-Shirt - Primark
Skirt - ASOS (sold out - similar here)
Shawl - Forever 21
Boots - New Look (sold out - similar here)
Bag (with detachable straps) - New Look

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Normcore

Over the last few months, I've been observing the growing 'Normcore' trend cropping up in cities such as New York and Paris. Characterized as 'unpretentious, average looking clothing' (basically 'i'm not trying to look like a hipster' hipster), the Normcore trend has been interpreted as a reaction to fashion over-stimulation resulting from the ever changing fashion trends. 
The style incorporates things such as 'mom' jeans, neutral colours, old school trainers/chunky shoes and jumpers worn with skirts or chinos. Very basic, very random, no fuss; that's pretty much me wrapped up in a nutshell, so I thought I'd do my plus size take on the trend! What do we think?
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Primark Polka Dot Jumper | Past Season (Alternative Here)
ASOS Curve Midi Skirt | Past Season (Alternative Here)
New Look Floral Necklace | (Here)
Satchel | eBay
Simply Be Platform Shoes | (Here)
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella | Space.NK
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