Wednesday, April 02, 2014

February & March 10x10 Update

Hello! Today I'm sharing my progress throughout February and March in my self-imposed 10x10 makeup challenge. You can read about the rules here, and last month's update here.

I managed to use up another product in both January and February, bringing my total to 6 which I am very pleased with! This is way ahead of my schedule for using up 10 products throughout the year and I hope to keep it up.


The first product I finished was Topshop's Brighten highlighter in 'Moonlight', which was only okay. It did its job, but I need a more opaque concealer for under my eyes as I have hereditary dark circles. It does employ the YSL-style brush applicator, which I enjoy using, but no products like these seem to provide me with the coverage I need. The next product was Boots Seventeen's Doll'd Up mascara, which is fabulous. I really love the separation it gives to my lashes; I actually get a very similar effect to the Benefit They're Real! which thrills me as I can justify a £19.50 mascara less and less with each passing day.

Now, for the February and March purchases. I am happy to say that although I did buy makeup in the last two months, I spent just £25.97 on 6 items. My face powder was running low and I had just finished my mascara, so I took advantage of the Boots 3-for-2 offer and picked up the Maybelline The Colossal mascara (the yellow leopard tube?), a Collection face powder to try, and got a free nail polish which I'm obviously not including here. I also used my Boots points to buy a Revlon Matte Balm (I chose 'Shameless') as I couldn't get it anywhere during the 3-for-2 offer, so I'm not including that here. The other items I bought were three of the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers that I mentioned in my last post. I chose 'Reckless', 'Funk', and 'Kooky' and have loved each one. Finally, I purchased a Barry M lipstick after a friend at uni was wearing it and the colour looked lovely: number 146 'Dolly Pink'.

So, that leaves me with either 4 items left for the year, or £74.03 to spend. I think the latter feels more likely. ;)

I've been so happy with my progress this year, so thank you for taking the time to read about it. I'll be back on here soon with some exciting flat-related things, as I get the keys on Friday!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello Kitchen

 TK Maxx has been awesome for me when I've been shopping for homeware. One of my favourite departments is kitchenware, as you can get some nice, high-quality items and well-known brands for a decent price. I regularly see Joseph Joseph and Thermos items, and they always have great quality pots and pans. I live an exciting life. The other night I was just in my smaller, local store, so I wasn't expecting to find much when I stumbled upon these adorable Hello Kitty things!

I feel like every alternative girl has a soft spot for Hello Kitty. As my friend Meesh says, how can something without a mouth be so cute?! I did a little scurry-march over to the aisle and picked up this set of two biscuit/cake tins for £4.99, and these ceramic cannisters (which I will use for tea, coffee and sugar) for £2.99 each!

My kitchen colours are currently a rather predictable black, white and grey so I think the pink in these will be a really fun addition. ^_^ I've packed up the majority of my new house things, so I'm looking forward to moving more than ever now so that I can share some more of the thoroughly odd things I've collected.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Show Me the New

Hi! I haven't posted on here in an age, despite my best intentions, but I do have a good excuse: I bought a flat!

I get the keys in a few weeks' time and will have to do some work to it before I can move in, but it's a great starter and I'm absolutely thrilled. :) So, needless to say I've been doing much less clothes-buying, and much more trawling of TK Maxx. It's been so stressful as we originally had an offer accepted on another place, but the horrible estate agents sold it to someone else and then denied all knowledge of our dealings. I also had four essays due in on the same day, which was quite the undertaking. (>_<)' However, term is ending soon so I hope I'll have a bit more time to myself. I might do a homeware 'haul' post at some point, but in the meantime I thought I'd share some things I'm really into at the moment.

I bought this hoodie the day we found out our estate agents had shafted us. I was really upset, and I'd wanted it for an age, so the time had definitely come. It is really far more expensive than what I'd ever pay for a hoodie, but it's fairly unique, lovely quality, and has an insane widow's hood which pleases me to no end. The MUA lip colour is a dupe of the Lime Crime Velvetines, and at £3 they are very justifiable purchases. I've worn 'Funk' the most as it is a lovely raspberry pink and it's a great product. I also finally caved and got a Revlon Matte balm, though I used my Boots points so it was a free treat! These combat boots were an amazing TK Maxx find, at £39.99 down from £125. They have screwed, cleated soles and steel toecaps, so they're utterly badass, as are the Office shoes which I really should not have bought ... but did. Finally, these Forever 21 purchases were impulse buys, but I can't get enough of that skirt. It is the perfect, perfect length. As for the sunglasses, well, the 90s live on. They come in blue lenses too which my store didn't have, and I'm very tempted by those as well.

Suffice to say I am very pleased with this lot and can see myself wearing all of it regularly. Yay for intelligent buys!

I'll be back with a February and March 10x10 update in a few days. :)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 10x10 Update

Hi! This is my January update for my self-imposed 10x10 Challenge, and I'm pleased to say that I have done well.

(Boots 17 Peep Show mascara, Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint de Touche Éclat foundation, Too Faced Perfect Eyes waterproof eyeliner in 'Perfect Black', Maybelline The Smoother anti-aging primer.)

These are my empties for the month, and I'm (mostly) happy to say that I finished off four products in January. I'm a bit gutted that my Too Faced eyeliner is finally finished as it's quite expensive and I really want to repurchase it (try it try it oh my god it's so good). The YSL foundation is lovely too, and props to my mum for perfectly colour-matching it for me despite me not even being with her. Peep Show is probably my favourite mascara ever, and this primer just needed to be used up.

I have bought zero makeup items all month, too. Yayyyyyy. :3 I just acquired a new mascara with Boots points as I needed to replace this one.

See you next month, I hope!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Joe Browns: Surprisingly Goth

Joe Browns is not a company I shop with. In fact, I'd more or less forgotten that the brand existed once their catalogues stopped appearing at our door. However, I was intrigued by them again after my friend Caitlin got a couple of very, very nice dresses over the holidays, and my investigations turned out to be pretty damn fruitful.

I'd assumed Joe Browns was much like Desigual, a brand I am really not a fan of. With the exception of a few coats here and there I find their designs to be too folksy and 'bitty', and I'd written Joe Browns off for much the same reason. True, a lot of their designs hark at the craftier side of fashion, but there are some surprisingly goth-appropriate items that I absolutely love.

(Clockwise from left: Scroll dress, Wistful Waistcoat dress, Vibrant Versatile camisole, Heathcliff coat, Fun Bear hat, Effervescent dress, Flocked skater skirt.)

Pretty, no? I really love the Scroll dress as it reminds me of old wallpaper, and the coat is calling to me as it can be converted into a jacket by removing the skirt! Their camisoles look great, too. Plus, you can get 10% off currently using the code 'MAR623' which is working on sale items as well as full price. (Time to list some items on eBay, I suppose!) I really love finding an off-high street brand that you don't see as often, so I may well turn to the surprisingly Goth-friendly Joe Browns more often if I fancy something new.