Monday, 25 August 2014

I Am in LOVE with GOSH Crazy Volume Mascara!


GUYSGUYSGUYS *rings klaxon*.


I think...I have found my new favourite mascara. Of all time. Ever. Of evers. The worst part though? I don't think that the photos below even do it justice. 

I have always had the worst brows of all time; short, stubby and thin, I've always had a bit of trouble finding mascaras that promise to extend and fill out my lashes. I mean I've tried some decent ones in the past, don't get me wrong, but with each one, there's always been at least 2 things that I seem to find a bit dodgy and to be honest, being the stingy ole git that I am I don't want to keep shelling out major coins on premium brands that turn out to be mediocre at best.

Enter GOSH
I've always loved me a bit of GOSH, they do incredibly pigmented and long lasting lipsticks and so I had high expectations when I received this mascara. I'm so used to using comb wand mascaras that the size of this tube (due to the fibre brush) threw me right off for a bit! I'm not crazy about the hot pink packaging, but that's something that can definitely be overlooked in the grand scheme of things.

The chunky fibre brush is supposed to add dramatic volume and extreme length to the lashes, without the clumping or flaking. I've been using it nearly every day now and I must say that Stephie is a really happy bunny! The fibre wand is huge, but it's nimble enough for precise application. It catches and coats each lash separately and dries pretty quickly. Since using this mascara, I've received so many kind compliments about my eyes/lashes, so it's pretty safe to say that i'll be stocking up on this baby. I love the volume; it's not bold 'in-your-face-spider-lash', it gives off more of an overall fullness - very Kim Kardashiany, if you will. 

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Volume = 8/10
Length = 10/10

Like I said above, apologies for the rubbish photos - I know they don't do the mascara justice, but trust me - I virtually had NO eyelashes before and now i'm walking around with centipedes on my eyelids. Love it and can't recommend it enough. 

Unfortunately, you can't buy the GOSH mascara from the main site and I can't seem to find it anywhere on the Superdrug website. HOWEVER it is currently available in all Superdrug stores nationwide from £6.00.


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Sunday, 17 August 2014

#Fatkini Files | Gabifresh x Swimsuits For All Review

First off, please let me apologise for a couple of things; 1) the shitty iphone quality of the photos and; 2) mirror stains! Now that we've got that out the way;

Me. In a bikini. LAWLZ. My reaction to the thought of me in a bikini over the last several years. Oh but no more my friends! Recently there has been a surge in plus size bloggers and non-bloggers taking to social media to show off their bikini bodies - a movement that I have been inspired by and what better way to contribute to the cause than to do so in a gorgeous midkini designed by my absolute favourite blogger of all time, Gabifresh?!

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I'd been tinkering with the idea of buying this set from Swimsuits for All for a while, so when payday rolled around last month, I bit the bullet and purchased it. Note that there IS a customs charge of about £12.80, however I managed to avoid this due to a mix up with the postman. The bottoms were out of stock in my size at the time unfortunately, but I believe they are restocked now. This bikini top is GORGEOUS. Amazing print, and although the camera quality doesn't pick it up, the colours are extremely vibrant - almost neon bright. The design reminds me of the opening credits of all 90's teen sitcoms and has underwired cups to help with the boob support. 

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The bra straps are detachable which is great if you prefer the racer-back style like moi. The clips have a tendency to be a bit loose and randomly detach after a while, so i've taken to bending the metal clasps a bit closer together so it stays on. 

I purchased a US size 16 (which is a UK 18 on the site), and it almost fits to size, however I do find the cups a little bit roomy and the 'longline' part of the bikini is pretty big, so I would recommend sizing down for a bit more of a snug fit. 

You know what? I'll probably use this top as a crop top too - the print is so versatile that I think I MAY be able to pull it off. I'll let you guys know my findings a bit later. :) 

Gabifresh x Swimsuits for All Midkini - Swimsuits for All / High Waisted Bikini Bottoms - Simply Be / Low Waited Bikini Bottoms - Simply Be

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Style | Lady Sings the Blues.

Greetings and salutations to all. I apologise for the lack of posts over the past couple of weeks; I have been going through a series of unfortunate personal events and when in certain moods, I have absolutely no motivation to do anything, let alone post. Adding to how I already feel, the recent news reports of the Police brutality and racism currently going on in the town of Ferguson, Missouri and the tragic news of world favourite Robin Williams, the last couple of weeks have been really emotionally shitty for me, but hears hoping that I come out of my funk soon!
I love a good short, body con dress once in a while however due to some recent weight gain, I've sorta retreated back to the good old jeans/nice top combo while I work out how to lose this stone! O_O. 
This (could you call it a body con?) tulip wrap dress with 3/4 sleeves from Pink Clove is so flattening. The V-neck front leading into the empire line really flattens the bust line and makes the waist look a tad smaller; and I do love a good tulip hem! I do have to take care when sitting down though, as the slit at the front can sometimes gape if i'm not careful but overall, it's a lovely dress that I think is classically sexy. Oo-er!
Printed wrap dress - Pink Clove  / Wedges - Primark
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

A Mad Hatter's Tea Party with one love organics.

A couple of Saturdays ago saw me live out my childhood dream of attending the Mad Hatter's Tea Party (I am only the hugest Alice in Wonderland fan of all time...) along with a few other blogger girlies and U.S One Love Organics. 
One Love Organics are a natural and ethical skincare brand whose products are all hand made and poured by hand using the highest grade of ethically sourced raw materials. All of the products are organic and preservative free, which is right up my street!
 Their motto is: 'If you wouldn't put it inside your body, why would you put it on your face?' and some of their ingredients include apple seed oil, coconut oil, chia seeds, oat extract and mango seed butter (see more ingredients here)


The Tea Party was amazing! Cheesecake slices with runny mango syrup 'yolk', meringue carrots, sweet flavoured tea (I had chocolate and mint), 'Drink Me' potions, scones and yummy sandwiches galore, it was an amazing and whimsical spread and I definitely recommend going if you're after a fun day out!
On the day, we learnt how each product within the brand is hand made with love and only uses ingredients that would be beneficial to your skin. The packaging is incredibly adorable and would look great on a dressing table. I plan to do a more thorough review of the products I was kindly given as I'm still using them at the moment, so look out for it very soon!
Overall I had an amazing day and would love to thank One Love Organics and Octane PR for such an amazing experience! 
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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Style | Plot Twist.


One day I'm going to learn how to make my photos smaller. One day. 

Anyhoo, I picked up this lovely checked ensemble from ASOS about a month or so now and I've been waiting for the weather to warm up a bit to get it out. 


But plot twist; this isn't a dress!


I bought the top and skirt about a month apart and didn't even realize that I had bought the same pattern until I saw them hanging up side by side. I think i'll be wearing this as a crop top combo more often - you guys know how much I loves me a good crop top. :D (it's actually a long blouse which i've scrunched into a croppie - potato/potato). 

Check Print Cami - ASOS / Check Print Skirt - ASOS / Sandals - Primark / Cardigan - Primark

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Friday, 1 August 2014

GOSH AW14 Collection


So earlier this week, yours truly popped in to have a sneak peek of GOSH's new Autumn/Winter collection which includes three sets of eye shadow palettes containing 9 colours,  5 shades of grey nail polishes and giant blush sticks. I've been a huge fan of GOSH's base range (BB creams, concealers, powders) for years so was excited to see what was to be pulled out of the hat this time. 


There are five new shades in the range, all a distinct shade of grey and with an almost holographic glittery texture. The two I have are 632 Night Sky (a gorgeous blue/black lacquer with flecks of iridescent shimmer that reminds me of the galaxy) and 628 Stardust (a milky white pearlised shade laced with glitter, both £3.99).


I've been on the hunt for a new mascara for ages so I actually cannot wait to try the Crazy Volume Mascara! The mascara promises no flaking or or clumping, and is perfume and paraben free.
There is also the Defining Brow Gel which comes in three shades; brown, brown/grey and black. 


Next up, we have the Mineral Powder & Brush (sold separately) -I'm already in love with the mineral brush; SO SOFT. ALL THE SOFTNESS. ALL OF IT. Definitely a  good'un for the minerals. At the moment, there are only 4 colours available, but GOSH are pretty good when it comes to catering for darker skin tones so I expect there to be another release or darker shades some time soon. The powders are paraben free and contains titanium dioxide to protect against the sun's rays. 

Onto something i've never seen till now; a blush stick! Called the Giant Blush (£6.99) it creates a cream-to-powder finish that feels light on the skin and is easy to blend. The handy stick makes for precise application and the pigmentation is amazing! The giant blush comes in three shades.  

Now we come to the shadow palette: 


GOSH are finally releasing 9 shaded palettes; each named after the three major cities in the US of A; 001 - To Enjoy in New York (nudes), 002 - To have fun in LA ( aqua based colours; as above) and 003 - To Play in Vegas (bright neons!). I'm very impressed with the pigmentation of these shadows; extremely pigmented and not chalky at all!


The collection is out now online and in Superdrug stores nationwide. 

Anything tickle your fancy??
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