Saturday, 28 December 2013

NOTD | Simple Christmasy Nails

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Watermelon
Models Own Velvet Goth in Absinthe

A bit late but better than never! This is the look I went for my nails on Christmas Day. I acquired both of these polishes just before Christmas and I thought they'd look perfect together. I've been a huge fan of Barry M's Gelly polishes ever since I tried my first one and 'Watermelon' was no exception. I was luckily given it as part of my Secret Santa present from my flatmate and I fell in love with the colour instantly. And then when I came across this Models Own polish in Boots I thought it would be great for a Christmas manicure.

I've not tried any of their Velvet Goth polishes before. They have a matte finish to them which I'm not particularly fond of (as you might be able to see in the second picture) but its nothing a coat of Seche Vite won't fix! It looks so sparkly, I'd definitely like to pick up a few more when my bank balance has recovered from Christmas!

Have you tried either of these polishes before?

Friday, 27 December 2013

Boxing Day Sales Shopping Haul

Primark Art Deco Fan Earrings - £2.50 (not in the sale)
 New Look Disc Earrings - £1
New Look Gem Drop Earrings - £3.25
New Look Filigree Stag Necklace - £3.45
New Look Gold Collar Necklace - £3
Primark Long-Sleeved Black Flower Skater Dress - £2
Primark Rose Skater Dress - £2
Marks & Spencer Silver Heel Ankle Boots - £29.50 (not in the sale)
La Senza Underwear Offer - 5 for £5
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau De Toilette 30ml Gift Set - £15.09 from Boots

After much persuasion, my sister agreed to drive me to the mall at 8:30am on Boxing Day so we could take advantage of the sales. While I heard that people were queuing for some shops in our local mall from 2am (!!) we managed to get everything we wanted at the time we went in without it being too manic so I can definitely see us making this a yearly tradition.

I am especially happy about the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire gift set I found in Boots. I'd seen it online when I was browsing Boots's sale on Christmas Day and was broken hearted when I saw that it had already sold out. La Petite Robe Noire was one of my most wanted scents on my perfume wishlist so I hoped if I went into Boots early enough I might be able to grab one and luckily for me there was still a few left when I went in. It was only £15 which is a pretty amazing offer considering Boots normally sell just the 30ml Eau De Toilette bottle on its own for £35!

I was also really pleased with the two Primark dresses I bought. Primark didn't really have a proper 'sale' like other shops but they had some reductions and these dresses were only £2 each! I just wish I'd bought more of them now!

And of course I had to buy the obligatory bottle of Snow Fairy. I bought the largest bottle in the hope that I can make it last a bit longer until they go on sale again next Christmas time. I also picked up their new festive lip scrub as a little present for my flatmate who hasn't tried a lip scrub before. Its cola flavoured so if I wasn't still getting through my popcorn scrubs from last year I would have been very tempted to buy myself one as well.

Did you brave the Boxing Day sales? What were your favourite purchases?

Thursday, 26 December 2013

My Christmas in Instagram Pictures

Just a quick post to say I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! I had such a lovely time at home with the family this year and I was thoroughly spoilt! Here are my Instagram snaps from the Christmas period:

01. Amazing early Christmas present from the boyfriend | 02. Prettily wrapped present from my friend
03. Cadbury advent calendar (*heart*) 04. Our visit to the Coca Cola truck
01. Cute Christmas bauble earrings 02. Christmas day rainy dog walk on the beach 
03. Some of my lovely Christmas presents 04. Comfy Christmas day outfit
01. Boxing Day sales shopping | 02. £15 Guerlain gift set from Boots (whhaaaaaatt)
03. £2 Primark dress (whhaaaaaatt x 2)04. My haul from the sales


I'm off with my family early next week to my Aunt's house to spend the New Year with family and somehow between now and then I've got to fit in an essay and exam revision so I might not be able to update again before the New Year, so I hope you have a lovely beginning to 2014!

See you in the New Year, if not before.

Monday, 23 December 2013

I'm Now on Bloglovin'

Just a quick post to say I'm now on Bloglovin'. With all this fresh talk about Google Friend Connect disappearing (it still seems to be there to me!), I thought I'd better sign up to Bloglovin' just in case.

If you'd like to follow me on Bloglovin' you can through this link:

Hope you're having a lovely festive period!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Head to Toe Primark

Jacket, Dress, Necklace and Boots - all Primark
Primark Mesh Sweetheart Dress available via ASOS - £8

So I may have had to destroy my room and take over 100 photos, but here is my first outfit post! Sorry for the not-so-great quality of the photos but my flat is a bit dark and dingy so this is the best I can do at the moment.

I've wanted to share this outfit for a while because this has become one of my favourite go-to outfits now that it is winter. Although I already owned 3 other leather-look biker jackets when I saw this one in store I just couldn't leave it behind. The fur collar is so snuggly and warm so I've been reaching for this jacket a lot lately to make wearing dresses in this weather bearable.

I also can't get over how cheap this dress was. Its still available via ASOS for just £8 delivered which is amazing considering the quality of it. It doesn't feel like the usual Primark dress as the material is nice and thick and although you can't see it here it does have very pretty back detailing which I adore.

You know you're definitely a student when you're dressed head to toe in Primark...

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Vera Wang Lovestruck Eau de Parfum 100ml for less than £31 Delivered!

Vera Wang Lovestruck Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml via Amazon - £30.79

Groupon sent out an email a few weeks ago about a deal they had on Vera Wang Princess and Lovestruck but by the time I looked at the offer, the 100ml of Lovestruck was out of stock so I hunted around on the internet for a bit and came across this offer. Its £30.79 for 100ml on Amazon, whereas Boots and Superdrug are selling the 50ml for around £47 (!!) so this could be perfect as a Christmas present.

I'm terrible at describing scents but to me this smells really sweet and floral and it lasts such a long time - longer than any other perfume I've had. When it arrived I sprayed some on my wrist and for hours later I could still smell it. I also think the bottle is absolutely gorgeous so I can definitely see this becoming a favourite of mine. My flatmate has already ordered one as well!

Note: I am not being endorsed in any way for this product, I just wanted to share this great offer!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Online Dress Shopping Haul - All Under £12!

From L - R:
Topshop Mesh Insert Skater Dress via eBay - £9 - may be available here
H&M Cat Jersey Dress - £8.64 with discount codes
Topshop Heart Mesh Flippy Dress via eBay - £11.15 - may be available here

Becoming a university student and moving away from home a few months ago has meant I've had to curb my clothes shopping (a little!) so I've been trying to find ways to spend less money, yet still get my shopping fix. These four beauties are the result of my new online shopping habbits.

Both Topshop dresses I managed to get off eBay a lot cheaper than the price they usually sell for as the black mesh dress wasn't photographed very well by the seller and the heart one ended at 11pm which luckily meant that not many people were bidding at that time. I think both were originally sold at Topshop for £45 each!

The H&M and Primark dresses I found out about through 10 Ways on Facebook. They regularly post discount codes and freebie offers on their page so if you haven't liked them yet you need to! I found out about the Primark dress being in the sale via their page and I also used the H&M discounts they posted a while ago to get the H&M cat dress down from £12.99 to just £8.64 - postage included!

If you know anymore student discount pages or hints and tips please let me know!

Enrapture Encode Totem Styler for just £17.99!

I'd been looking to get a hair curling tool for a while so when Serena from Pretty Wild Things posted about this great deal from Home Bargains I ordered them straight away. It says on the website that the original price was £49.99 which alone saves you £32 but I know my flatmate paid £60 for hers so it is a massive saving!

What I love about the Enrapture styler is that it has three different heated parts which you can change the temperature on to create a looser wave or tight curls, depending on what look you want. I've only had chance to try them out a couple of times since I got them but I'm so pleased with them. They're so easy to use and the curls seem to last a pretty decent amount of time so I can definitely see these getting a lot of use on nights out and formal occasions.

Note: I am not being endorsed in any way for this product, I just wanted to share this great offer!

Winter Accessories Wishlist

1. Primark Tartan Scarf - £4
4. H&M Fake Fur Collar - no longer available online - may be available here
5. H&M Necklace - £14.99

Now that the weather is starting to get cooler I've been craving some winter accessories to update my wardrobe and these are my favourites.

I've wanted a tartan scarf for a while now and for just £4 this one from Primark won't cut out of my wages too much. I really wish ASOS carried a larger selection of Primark's range because I would have bought this one straight away!

I've also been loving H&M's new winter accessories and as I've got a voucher for their online store I can definitely see myself making a purchase or two when I get paid next. The necklace immediately caught my eye when I saw it on the website and I think it will look great with a dress I've got to wear over the festive season. I've also seen belts like #2 everywhere at the moment which I think would be great for updating plainer outfits. And although they are no longer available on the website, I've been lusting over their fake fur collars since I saw them on llymlrs so I've got a few of them on my watch list on eBay.

I also saw one of the girls on my course wearing boots like #3 to one of our seminars which looked really cute so I'm hoping I can buy these soon to wear with casual outfits.

What winter accessories have you been buying lately?


I've decided to relaunch my blog! I was previously blogging at but I'd not updated it for a while because I wasn't feeling very happy with it so I thought a fresh start might be a good way forward.

I'm still going to be blogging about similar things as before (clothes, nail polish, cute things etc.) so if you were a follower of my previous blog hopefully you'll enjoy this one too.

Thank you so much for sticking with me!