Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Treasure Tuesday 11 - Autumn Scarves

It would appear that as soon as September hit here in England so did the cold weather. I'm not ready to jump back into my winter coat just yet so it's time to bring out my autumn friendly scarves.
Depending on where you live a lighter scarf might be more preferable to a thick knit one so I found a mix of fabulous scarves to keep you looking wonderful and feeling warm.
Practical and Fashionable!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Bristol Haul April 2013

I went recently went to Bristol with my mum, "surrogate" auntie and met with two of my bristol friends (You might know them as MaliberryMakeup & JetleyMess). We had a fun day of charity shops and beauty shopping, but being on a little budget I didn't want to spend too much. So here's what I bought! 

I have wanted a Tangle Teezer for ages now but being "that" person I only wanted it in pink and for some reason I just kept putting off ordering it online, I decided to pop into Boots and see if they had one and low and behold this pretty pink baby just happened to fall into my shopping basket! 

I have also been lusting after an American Apparel neon nail polish for a while now but for some reason on the AA website these polishes retail for £9.00 and in store (at least their Bristol store) they retail for £7.00. Now I know it's only £2.00 more but I knew at some point I would be visiting Bristol again so I was happy to wait and get it at the more affordable price of £7.00!

I found a super cute rubber heart stamp for 25p and as for the other items I bought you can see them in more detail below! 

The American Apparel polish I bought was in the shade Neon Green 
I also bought two of the new Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter shades in Sorbet and Wild Watermelon.
I have swatched and reviewed these here

I found this really cute little case in a charity shop for 50p, I thought it would be perfect to keep in my bag for lip products and a small lip brush, it also has a huge and wonderful mirror!

My favourite find of the day is this super fun Vintage Gola T-shirt. It's long, with an all over printed design and in my favourite shade too! I love this shop as they always have such fun and unique items. 

Thank you for looking!
Have a lovely day :)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Swatches and Review: Sorbet and Wild Watermelon

I've actually only owned one other Revlon Lip Butter and thats in the shade Cupcake. Sadly it was just too light for me. It did apply nicely though so I knew I wanted to try a more appropriate shade. When I saw the new shades that were being released I really wanted to try some. They're currently on a 3 for 2 offer at boots or £5.99 each at Superdrug. I decided to go for the Superdrug offer as although I only got two it saved me a few pounds as they retail for £7.99 each.

The colours I chose were Wild Watermelon and Sorbet. I originally wanted Candy Apple but my friends swayed me towards Wild Watermelon. I really love red lips but I have to be careful what products I use as my lips can get very dry. As for Sorbet it's my kind of colour! As soon as I saw it I knew I wouldn't be happy unless I left with it. 

I really enjoy the packaging, its really fun and playful but also sleek and stylish. I found it a little hard to remove the top but I imagine that is just because they were brand new. I like that the very top of the case is clear so you can see the colour, especially useful for storing your lip products the right way up!

Both of these shades are gorgeous. They're both really moisturising and balmy but also provide enough pigmentation / colour to make an impact. I am really excited to use these as the drying issues I have with most lipstick will no longer be a problem! I will say though, that Wild Watermelon is quite melty. Which may cause problems in the future or on a hot day! 

Left - Wild Watermelon | Right - Sorbet

The lip butter I owned from the original release did feel more solid, more creamy and less balmy but that is my only real experience. I have read other people felt the formula had changed or that the products was more balmy and soft. I personally really like these, I love the colours and the texture. 

I can't wait to try some more!

Have you tried any of these new shades?

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Treasure Tuesday: Alice In Wonderland

(I know it's Thursday but I actually thought i'd posted this! Yikes)

What better way to pay homage to one of my favourite things then a Treasure Tuesday post for all things Alice and Alice inspired! My favourite item in this post is the Black Milk swimsuit. 

(This is just fantastic!)

Monday, 15 April 2013

Rimmel Apocalips - First Thoughts and Swatches

I know these have been around for a while but I'm always late to hop on the lip product band wagon as they're not something I wear a lot, I suffer from quite dry lips so I tend to spend almost all of my time using lip balm, i'll even put a clear balm over lipsticks /stains because they can get THAT dry.

I personally feel with swatches the more the merrier so heres a few swatches and my first thoughts on the Rimmel Apocalips

I really love the packaging, it's sleek and stylish and I especially love the lid shape.
It has a geometric futuristic feel with a faded black design that leaves just enough visible to see the colour clearly. 

I bought 3 colours, Big Bang (400), Apocalyptic (303) and Nova (102)

The applicator has a little well in it to help with product dispersion 

L-R: Big Bang, Nova, Apocalyptic 

Big Bang



I really love the shades I picked up and even though I don't wear nudes I even think the nudes in the collection look nice! I think Nova is my favourite as I don't have other colours like it and it's definitely more wearable in the daytime. I've not had a chance to fully test these and see how long they last and how drying they are but i'm sure it's nothing a little top up wont solve! 

They're super pigmented and apply really easily. I prefer to apply my lip products with a brush but the applicator holds enough product to apply in one coat and is shaped well enough to work around the curves of your lips.

The only gripe I have is the smell. I can't pinpoint what the smell is but it to me it's a mix between watermelon and chemicals. It really puts me off but I'm hoping i'll get used to it so I can really enjoy wearing these! 

They retail at £5.99 and when I bought them they were on offer 3 for 2 so I paid £11.98 for the 3

Have you tried these? What are your favourite Apocalips shades?

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Cicely Margo Custom Unicorn Necklace Review

Once upon a time many many years ago I discovered Cicely Margo Jewellery. I used to spend hours browsing Cicely's Flickr and admiring all the lovely pieces. It wasn't until recently that I actually made a purchase. I bought a heart necklace that I reviewed here. It's such a unique, pretty piece and if you follow Twinkie Chan, you might of seen her rocking the same necklace! Cicely also makes the most INSANE name necklaces, depending what crowds you follow online you may or may not of seen them before. Just in case you missed them here's a few photos! Miss Kika, Dolly Beast, Chubby Bunny and Shrinkle

For me this is a big deal because these have been girls / blogs I've following for a long time! I guess they're my version of celebrities. I feel inspired by them! As I had mostly only seen these necklaces on these girls I wasn't sure if they were special pieces or if I could ask for my own. I decided to ask anyway and to my surprise she was more then happy to make me a necklace! I wanted something unique that was special to me. As I'm a bit of a hugeeeeee unicorn fanatic I decided to get the word unicorn, but with a twist of course! I got it in Japanese, I asked my friends girlfriend for help on spelling and cicely set off designing the necklace for me. She did a graphic for me to show me how it would look and checked to make sure the text still read properly. 

We emailed back and forth for quite a while and she always replied quickly and was so friendly and helpful. I was ready to fork over the cash straight away but she said she would prefer to wait until I had seen the finished piece and that I was happy with it. Which I was more then happy with! 

I first emailed her on the 25th of November and I received my necklace on 7th Feb. Now I know this is ages but I was in no rush so I left it to her to work at her own pace, especially as Christmas was right in the center. She was always checking I was happy with things and asking me what I wanted and didn't want and I am so happy with the end result. It's more perfect then I could ever imagine.

I asked for a rainbow center, white outlining the rainbow and then a milky pink border around the whole necklace. One of my favourite touches is rather then just having circular holes for the jump rings she made heart and star cut outs which are SO CUTE. I also asked if I could have an 18" pastel rainbow chain.

My parcel arrived wrapped in sparkling pink tissue paper and inside was not only my fabulous necklace but being the absolute star she is she gave me a unicorn head necklace for free! 

She quoted me $55 for the necklace with the beaded chain and as it took quite a long time (which I didn't mind or mention!) she only charged me $45 and the postage was free! I think the price is very reasonable considering you are getting something 100% unique and personal. I love how she mixes acrylic and resin to make these necklaces. I've never seen anything like this and these are by far my favourite style. 

If I'm honest I have a full blown love and obsession with Cicely Margo. 
Sorry for the essay, I know why you're really here so onto the photos!


And if you follow me on Instagram (Ophycore) you might be feeling a little De Ja Vu...or it could be that I just can't stop wearing this necklace! 

To summarise I am beyond happy with this necklace. I am already in talks with Cicely about two new custom jewellery pieces. She is such a pleasure to communicate with, I don't know if i'm just lucky or she is just exceptionally kind but she is so generous to me and I can't thank her enough for what she's done (I'm aware I'm talking like she pulled me out of a burning building) Basically. JUST GO NOW. Buy these pretty things! Get involved, be a part of the Cicely Margo revolution.

She has always and will always be my favourite indie jewellery designer and if I ever get to meet her I will actually make her the biggest cake she's ever seen. For serious!

Cicely Margo Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CicelyMargo
Cicely Margo Twitter: @cicelymargo
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Cicely Margo Shop: http://www.cicelymargo.com/
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