Wednesday, 20 August 2014

One Pan Wonder

I'm probably going to get people reading this thinking it's a recipe for some miraculously easy one pan dish... sorry to disappoint. For fear of giving you all food poisoning, instead, i'll tell you about the dark-horse eyeshadow that has changed my face for the better.

On first appearances, MAC Omega seems like bit of a boring light brown shade that you could find pretty much anywhere... yet I've made a considerable dent in mine over the past few years because it's simply so darn well loved. The thing is, it's one of those 'everything' products as the cool matte tone makes this little pan so versatile for many things... .

Monday, 18 August 2014

Victorial: 3D Ombre Red Lips

The ombre trend has spread like wildfire onto our tips, and now even lips as everyone strives to achieve the perfect 'pillow pout'. Mainly popularized by model Rosie Huntington-Whitely... and the entirety of the Victoria's Secret clan as a matter of fact, full, luscious lips ooze sex appeal and femininity. (Is it in the job requirements that they all must give us serious lip and figure envy?!) Think of ombre as shading and highlighting for the mouth: artists for years have been using dark and light colours to create a dimensional appearance, why shouldn't this principle be applied to real life using different shades of lipstick and gloss?

For this tutorial, I've added a twist to the usual nude lip ombre by pulling out a trusty red (you know me and my reds). So, if killer crimson is your thing or you are looking to plump your pucker, i'll help deliver a slice of the runway for you to wear on your lips, with my 3D ombre red. Are you red-y?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

10 Tips For Successful Charity Shopping

Pretty recently, after being consistently bored with the clothes offering on the high street (not to mention the ill-fitting cut and quality of many pieces), I branched out and took a step into uncharted territories: The charity shops. I see about 10 different people wearing the same item of clothing on a night out, and can't help but feel that everyone looks a bit like mini clones off a Topshop production line. Don't get me wrong, I still love the high street, especially for jeans and shoes, by my new hobby of ransacking the racks has slowly taken over as more charity finds take residence in my wardrobe. Plus, high street clothes are getting bloody expensive. £35 for a blouse? Aw hell no! (I'd rather splurge that on a glorious new blusher!)

It's a common misconception that all of the clothes have been worn by dead people/ are old/ holey/ smelly etc, but in reality, the charity shops are filled with hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. I get a huge amount of questions as to how I go about my rummaging, so I've compiled a little list of tips to help you all find unique pieces to be proud of:

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

What's In My Bag

There are two things that simply don't excite me more in life... 1) receiving freebies and 2) getting a new handbag. Combine the two, and Vicki is a VERY happy bunny.

Last week, I sneaked a rummage in my mum's clothes-stuffed wardrobes, to see if she owned any bags that had never been loved and would kindly like to be re-housed with me (she is a serial bag hoarder, think of it as me helping to condense her collection!)... And as expected, I wasn't disappointed with the offering; spotting a rather beautiful new leather satchel to fill with all my lovely junk. I had eyed up a few bags which were significantly more expensive - in the likes of Michael Kors and Calvin Klein... but nothing was really ticking all the boxes. So, as you can imagine I was more than a little pleased for her to give me my perfect bag, entirely for free. Thanks Mum!

This bag is originally from M&S Limited Collection... and unfortunately, you probably wont be able to find this exact style anymore as it's been lurking in the dark depths of my mum's wardrobe for god knows how long, but i'm sure there will be similar ones to choose from. It's a bit of a Tardis really: small on the outside yet surprisingly spacious inside. I managed to fit a large selection of my necessity stuff inside, with pockets galore for all the extra bits'n'bobs. So, for you nosey chaps out there, here is whats inside...

Thursday, 31 July 2014

How To Sleep Eazzzzy

My sleeping pattern can only be described as nocturnal at the minute. With the previous stresses of exams, and severe jet-lag from NYC, my normal 40 winks has turned into about 5 winks at best, and my body clock is beyond help. As we speak, I am sat her stooped over my computer squinting at the clock as it turns midnight (gulp)

To help you and I drift off blissfully, I have compiled a list of tips to help fellow nocturnals change their sleeping habits and get a better nights rest...

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

An Encounter With Sephora

Ahh Sephora. We first met a couple of years ago on a trip to Florida, but lost touch as I departed for the airport, headed for rainy England. This July, as I stepped off the plane into JFK, I vowed we would meet once again... and we did, when I gazed upon the mahooosive store in Times Square. It was love all over again! (and I could almost hear the cries from my credit card)...

Okay so, tragic anecdote over, and i'll get underway telling you about the few things I picked up. I had gone with a little list of products to check out, but in reality, I was far too excited that I ended up forgetting to even glance at half of them. Maybe i'll just have to go back again...!

I made a trip to the Sephora brand lip section first (duh) and furiously elbowed my way through the crowds of excitable girls to grab a couple of the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains.
Amelia Liana is to thank for this purchase, as I've heard her raving about them for a while, so after drooling over them for months, I caved and bought the shades 01 Always Red (classic red) and 03 Strawberry Kissed (bright pink-y red). I always find myself drawn to the reds, even though I have near on 20 other red lipstick shades already... the other colours just didn't appeal to me as much as a good old rouge. Both leave a vibrant yet lightweight matte colour on the lips that is opaque in one coat. Let me tell you, this lip stain doesn't budge. Through cocktails and kisses, your lip colour will be locked in all night.

I hadn't anticipated buying any perfume, but the roller-ball stand just caught my eye, and Chloe was calling out to me. Travel size products are so darn cute, and at $25, how could anyone resist! Now, I'm no expert at describing scents, but to me, Chloe is floral, almost powdery (not in an old lady way) with notes of peony and rose. Essentially it's fresh, feminine and fast becoming my favourite scent for the summer - I may have to upgrade and buy the full size when I run out.