New Look have launched a competition whereby you get to choose your favourite red carpet look and then replicate the outfit with items from their range. I love things like this as it’s a great way to get style inspiration!
Selecting just one of my favourite red carpet looks was difficult as there are so many stunning ones, especially the celebrities wearing princess like gowns! But I decided to settle on Madonna’s outfit from the Met Gala 2013.
The outfit was totally outrageous but completely fitted with this year’s theme of “punk.” Never one to shy away under layers of clothing, Madonna made the most of her assets and wore little more than a blazer and heels!
However, the outfit is surprisingly on trend for AW 13 with the tartan print!
I have mimicked the outfit using clothing and accessories from New Look, with a bit of a twist as I have pulled the red shade out from the coat and reflected it on the heels – rather than the bright pink that Madonna wears.
I adore the “LOVE” chocker, how cute it is? It’s the perfect addition to the outfit and is just like Madonna’s own choker.
An essential in any bag on a night out is a compact mirror, but do you find that often in the darkness of clubs or whilst walking outside that you can’t actually see whether your make-up is still intact?
With things like fake eyelashes, big eyebrows and wash off tan being popular choices at Christmas time it is essential that you are able to check they are still attached, haven’t rub off down your face and hasn’t been affected by the British weather respectively.
Packaged in a gorgeous velvet pouch and branded box this would make a great gift of treat for yourself. I have taken mine everywhere since receiving it and I wouldn’t be without it now! The bright LED lights allow you to check your make-up and hair even in the darkest places – plus it’s especially handy for trying to find the keyhole in your door in the early hours on your return!
Small enough to fit in a clutch bag but large enough to find amongst your “necessities” in a larger bag, the mirror is simple in design and feels solid enough to know that it will be pretty durable!
I simply couldn’t be without this mirror now, it’s most definitely become my best friend!
Are you looking to add a little bit of Christmas cheer in to your wardrobe? Then there is nothing better than a good old Christmas jumper… right? With the high street full of jumpers emblazoned with Rudolph, Santa and penguins I wanted to find something a little bit different!
So when I found Universal Textiles, who have recently joined iconic brand the Sweater Shop, and their range of Christmas gear I was full of cheer!
For those of you that don’t quite get with the Christmas spirit and are just looking forward to the sales in January, this store has the perfect jumper.
Featuring a “Bah Humbug!” motif this jumper is a cheeky alternative to the typical Christmas jumpers. I actually have this myself (and will be featuring it in an ootd post soon!) and it’s really good quality, plus comfy too. Perfect for wearing out or for lounging around the house, perhaps don’t wear it on Christmas day though!
But my most favourite Christmas themed item of clothing has to be this incredible red turkey and Christmas pudding onesie!
The onesie is made of a fleece like material and is one of the softest things you will ever touch. Now this would make the perfect Christmas day outfit – you could even treat the whole family to one for the occasion!
Great for when you have eaten a little too many chocolates.
The onesie is currently in the sale for £19.95 here and the jumper is also in the sale for £17.49 here.
But now that the days are getting colder and I am spending my days going between central heating and icy winds, my hair has started to suffer. I have found it becoming frizzy straight after washing, on the second day after washing and at all other times too! I just can’t seem to do anything with it to stop this.
I have tried the age old trick of applying hairspray to a hairbrush and lightly smoothing the hair, but to no avail. So I decided to dive right in and give the Frizz-Ease range a try.
I was surprised to discover that there were in fact 24 different products in the Frizz-Ease range! From glossing mists to masques and overnight serums to curl revivers, the brand has thought of just about everything!
I thought I would stick to the basics though and see what difference they made. I selected the hydrating shampoo and conditioner, plus of course the serum.
I was my hair every other day and so have used these products for about 5 washes now. After shampooing and conditioning I squeeze out any excess water from my locks and distribute a pea sized amount of serum throughout my hair. I then dry and style as usual.
What I have found is that this has made my hair gradually less frizzy through use, although I will admit that when I am on my second day it does return a bit. Although I will put this down to the amount I move around when I am sleeping!
Overall I am really impressed, the serum doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy like I had thought it might and the shampoo/conditioner have a pleasant scent that I enjoy using.
Fitness and sport can take its toll on your body and sometimes it needs a little help. I am a huge fan of aromatherapy and body oils because they are just so quick to absorb in to the skin, plus they normally smell amazing too.
As part of my new “healthy” regime I am going to start easing myself back in to fitness and so this Sports Massage Oil from Quinessence is the perfect addition to my bathroom cabinet in preparation.
This oil is actually intended for pre-sport/fitness, it is to be used to warm up and tone muscles in preparation for exercise or training. The scent will also take your mind off the horrible task in hand!
Whilst its simplistic design doesn’t jump right out at you, it does what it says and I would far rather have results than a pretty bottle!
It smells delightful, containing Lemongrass, Lavender and Peppermint oils. It’s a real treat to use, especially as it leaves me feeling that little bit more ready to leave the house and exercise.
At £7.60 for a 100ml bottle it isn’t overpriced and you can purchase it here.
You can keep your £7 million John Lewis advert, I am with BHS this year.
The retailer has launched their Christmas ad with a bang and I am a little bit in love with it to tell you the truth! Seemingly inspired by the Toy Story films we watch as the in store gifts come alive at night time and partake in their own fun and games. It’s really sweet and cute, perfect for children and adults alike!
What I love is that each toy is portrayed as its own character, each with their own personality and character. I love the man wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with “I love beer” who drinks the glass of wine and then passes out, perhaps he gets a little too involved in the Christmas spirit!
As an Essex girl (it’s true, I am afraid to admit) Little Miss Chatterbox reminds me of a few too many people I have met who feel the need to shorten every word, from jel and omg to ridic, unnecessarily.
What is fantastic about this advert is that unlike the John Lewis one it actually relates to the store. You could show the advert to people without telling them it was to do with the retailer and they would have no idea. BHS however makes use of the products that it has in stock to create a heart-warming advert that appeals to all. It also gives viewers some Christmas ideas for their friends and family, which is always a bonus!
My favourite gift from the advert? It has to be the love hearts. The perfect treat when I have a bit of a love heart, and the little message on them always manages to raise a smile!
But what’s yours? Take a look at the advert below:
When shopping for cosmetics I always like to try new products and brands, without doing this how do you know that you are using the best product for you!
Whilst researching new products recently I stumbled across Kleeneze, a company I was familiar with from browsing their homeware catalogues that occasionally get posted through my door. I knew the company offered things like food storage and cleaning products, but what I didn’t realise was that they also offer a good selection of cosmetics and accessories – including brands like Stylfile and Helen E.
Whilst I have heard good things about Helen E in the past I have never actually purchased any products from the range, so it was really interesting to see just what was on offer and to take a look at the price point too.
As cosmetics go the range is pretty reasonable, with a pink blusher for £3.50 and eyeshadow primer for £8.00. It’s probably the same price as a mid to high end drugstore range.
The best part about the range however, from a little research, is that Helen E has created the range from a frustration of there being too much choice and cost involved in purchasing foundation. Their skin smoother adapts to all skin tones which makes it the perfect addition to your make-up bag.
I also love the names of their foundation shades – Monroe, Bardot and Loren. They are each formulated to work for fair, medium and dark skin tones respectively.
I thought I would put together a little wishlist of products from the Helen E range that I hope to get my hands on!