Monday, 21 July 2014

ASOS Sale: My Picks

I'm a serial browser of the ASOS Curve sale section & while I haven't been enamoured by ASOS's plus size offerings lately there were a few items which caught my eye, so I thought I'd share them with you. I'm currently saving up to move flats (hence the lack of posts recently, although I have been quite active on my Youtube channel) but I'm not sure I can resist some of these pieces.

ASOS Curve Sale Picks

1. ASOS Curve Lounge Leggings in Rib with Sporty Waistband // Was £18, Now £9 - Plus size basics can be an absolute nightmare to find, & usually I'd consider ASOS Curve's offerings to be far too expensive, but a sale is the perfect time to pick up wardrobe staples like these leggings. Perfect for slouching round the house in, or add some boots & a tunic style top to head out.

2. ASOS Curve Cami Top with Embellishment // Was £35, Now £17 - I think this cami is great for warm summer evenings. Thin straps & the floaty, almost cropped shape mean you'll be nice & cool, plus the embellishment makes it feel dressy without being overstated. Great for evening drinks.

3. ASOS Curve High-Waist Jeggings with Zips in Acid Blue // Was £35, Now £24 - At some point I'll shut up about these fucking jeggings but today is not that day. In my monthly favourites video I called them life-changing & I stand by that. If you've struggled with jeans in the past then I'd really recommend checking these out - the fabric is super stretchy & they're high-waisted meaning there's no digging into your stomach. If these are still available when I get a bit of extra cash I'm definitely investing in a second pair.

4. ASOS Curve Exclusive Skater Dress in Contrast & Marble Print // Was £35, Now £17 - How cool is this dress? I'm kind of obsessed with marble at the moment in all its kitschy glory, so this caught my eye immediately. I'm not usually a fan of high necklines, but I think the sheer panel keeps it light & the waist looks like it falls exactly at that sweet spot I love. Not sure I can resist this one.

5. ASOS Curve Exclusive Coat with Contrast Trim // Was £85, Now £42 - Speaking of cool... I'm so pissed this is only available in a size 26 because it just looks like the perfect oversized blazer, boyfriend cut coat, plus check out that pop of colour under the collar. Buying coats when it's hot & sticky outside might seem counter-intuitive but a) you'll be super prepared for that first chilly/rainy day of Autumn & b) coats which were completely out of your price range suddenly become far more reasonable, win win.

6. ASOS Curve Exclusive Tshirt in Dobby Heart // Was £25, Now £12 - I still haven't kicked my addiction to everything sheer so I'm loving this tshirt, especially as the heart pattern gives it a weird cutesy-yet-sporty vibe that I'm really digging. My only issue is that I'm yet to find anywhere that sells plus size bandeau tops at a reasonable price, so if you know of some, hit me up!

So, those are my picks - I'm not sure whether I'd succumb to temptation but if I do I'm sure you'll see photos of my purchases. Have you grabbed any bargains? Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

July 2014 Birchbox Review

This is only my second ever Birchbox but I can honestly say I'm so impressed, & I've been dying to share its contents ever since I first peeked inside - this is the first ever beauty box where I know I'll get good use out of every product, & that feels so good! 

The theme for this month's box is sun, sea & sand - there's even a cute little promo video - & the idea is that the box is packed with beach essentials, simple beauty products that give a pop of summery colour, & I really think they've delivered.

The first product is this really fun Models Own Nail Top Coat, which retails for around £5. I already own one polish from Models Own & it's one of my longest lasting nail colours, so I'm really excited to give this a go. It also helps that my go-to nail look, especially for nights out, is black with a sparkly top coat so I can definitely see myself getting a good amount of use out of this.

Next up is the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (much witty, such pun), which retails for £20. I've actually tried a product from Balance Me's range before, I think from a Glossybox & I remember being fairly ambivalent towards it, but maybe this will turn out to be better. It's a nice light-weight moisturiser, with a relaxing lavender scent which I think makes this a perfect night-time eye cream. I also like the fact that Balance Me are against animal testing & use predominantly natural ingredients.

When I saw this Laqa & Co. Lip Lube (jeez, what a name) in the Birchbox promo video I was definitely excited to give it a go, & I'm really glad I received this fuchsia shade rather than the coral one, just because I think it's a more unique colour. This product is described as sheer high-gloss pencil & it's certainly fairly sheer after one coat, although it does have buildable coverage. I'm not sure I'd describe it as high-gloss, it seems to be fairly similar in finish to most other lip crayons I've tried. My only complaint about this product is that it just doesn't seem to live up to the £14 price tag. It's nice enough, but I wouldn't say there's a significant difference between this product & say the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms, which are only £7.99 - plus the packaging feels really cheap. I'll definitely be using this but I highly doubt I'll be purchasing it again.

If you read my first Birchbox you'll know that one of the big factors in me switching from Glossybox to Birchbox was the big name brands that Birchbox had worked with in the past, so I was really pleased to see a Benefit product in this month's box. I've tried Benefit's That Gal brightening primer in the past & been quite impressed with, although not quite enough for it to become a makeup bag staple, so maybe The Porefessional will turn out to be the one. It's a bit pricey at £24.50, but it's exactly the sort of product that I can see myself saving up my Birchbox points for.

The final beauty product is this Whish Body Butter. There's nothing particularly special about this - it's a rich moisturising lotion that sinks in well, & has a scent that sits somewhere between clean & musky, which is a bit odd. I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy this once I finish the sample (I'm a Body Shop Body Butter girl anyway) but little samples of moisturisers are always handy.

This month's lifestyle product is this 4-sided nail block from Fillosofille. I had a friend in secondary school who swore by her nail block from the Body Shop so I'm excited to give this a try. I'm not sure I have the patience to use it on a regular basis, but I can definitely see myself settling down in front of an episode of Game of Thrones & treating my nails.

This month's box has made me so glad I switched to Birchbox & I'm so happy with it, but I'd love to hear what you thought too - let me know in the comments below!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Hits & Shits: June 2014

Welcome to a new series on my blog & Youtube channel: Hits & Shits. I've borrowed the concept from the incredible Rachel Whitehurst but it's pretty simple: hits are the things I've been loving this month, & shits are this month's downers. I hope you enjoy it!  

June was a super busy month for me: winding up the commitments I had with my old student union, graduating & job hunting. It was also the month I got my first Birchbox & made my first order with Simply Be after months of window shopping - exciting stuff! Anyway, on with the list:


Graduation - The big hit this month has to be finally graduating after four years studying Politics at the University of Edinburgh. The ceremony itself was pretty dull, & the gown was pretty much the least flattering thing I've ever worn, but it was great to celebrate an achievement I'm really proud of. It was also lovely to celebrate my partner's graduation alongside him & his parents, plus after the ceremony we headed to Kyloe for the best meal I think I've ever eaten!

Orange is the New Black - I know I'm about a million years late to this, but Orange is the New Black is amazing! Not only is it super funny, but it's also really heart-warming in parts, & to see such a diverse range of women portrayed on screen is great when there are still plenty of films that can't even pass the Bechdel Test. I would also 100% recommend checking out these photos of the cast at NYC Pride.

ASOS Curve Jeggings - I've never really been a jeans person. I've mentioned before that my hip to waist ratio makes finding well-fitting trousers a nightmare, but these jeggings from ASOS Curve fit like a glove & I've been wearing them pretty much non-stop to celebrate. They're in a thick but super stretchy acid wash denim, with zip detailing which makes them nice & grungy. I originally bought them full price but they're now on sale for £24 which is a bargain & I'd highly recommend everyone  buy a pair ASAP.

Summer Lipsticks - These have been my go-to lipsticks for June. The one on the left is a Revlon lipstick in Kiss Me Coral which is a perfect warm coral colour for Spring/Summer, & the one on the right is a Rimmel lipstick in shade Sloane's Plum. The Revlon lipstick is over four years old (sorry if you're sketched out by people using old makeup!) but I recently rediscovered it on a trip back home & it quickly worked its way into my makeup bag. The Rimmel one I bought a few months ago, but actually never really used it due to the fact that it broke pretty much the day after I bought it & wouldn't twist up. However, when I tried it again last week it was magically fixed & I've been loving this slightly cooler-toned plum shade.

Naked3 - Another classic product which I've come back to this month is the Naked3 palette. I bought this as a Christmas present to myself & used it pretty much everyday for a couple of months, before drifting back to the Naked2 palette in around March (I was just really feeling the cool-toned browns). However, I pulled the Naked3 back out for my graduation & loved it. I used a combination of Burnout & Trick on my lid with one of the matte shades in my crease & it looked really beautiful - I genuinely think you can't go wrong with this palette.

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Pencil - A new product which I've been loving this month is the Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil in shade Love is Blonde from Soap & Glory. I've never really been a fan of the scents in Soap & Glory's bath & body products, but I think their beauty products are great quality & good value for money - my Supercat liner has lasted me almost a year now with no signs of running out. I love the fact that this product contains a pencil which is perfect for giving brows a bit more definition, & a pen which is fantastic for filling in "missing" hairs, particularly at the outer ends of your brows.


Job Hunting - The big shit this month has to be job hunting - it really is soul destroying - but there's nothing to do except carry on with it (& rant about the evils Capitalism to anyone who'll listen!).

Caudalie Vinoperfect Moisturiser - My only other shit is the Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid. If you watched or read my Birchbox review then you'll know that I was quite impressed by this lightweight moisturiser when I first tried it (& I absolutely stand by what I said) but having accidentally got it in my eye on a couple of occasions it's now firmly on my no-go list. Despite washing my eyes out with a little water this product left them stinging, swollen & watering for a good 30 minutes. I'm not sure if I just had a particularly bad reaction to it but as someone who doesn't normally react to products I'd suggest steering clear of this, or at least making sure you keep it a million miles away from your eyes.

So that's my hits & shits for June. What have you been loving or loathing this month? Let me know in the comments below!
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