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Self-Indulgent and Inescapable: The Christmas Haul.

December 29, 2013

I call it a haul, but I suppose it’s more of a communal gift dump, bestowed upon me by my loving family and friends. This year, I focused rather stringently on asking for vain and aesthetic presents: dresses/dresses/dresses/MAC-anything – and it worked out quite well. I received some gorgeous bits and bobs, here are a few pieces (I won’t be that wazzock that lists them all, lest you think I’m bragging – and put it this way, I’m still yet to get a Mulberry. Hand me the violin):

  • Forever 21 – Daring Cutout Bodycon Dress – £16.75

Arguably the sluttiest piece I have in my entire wardrobe – perhaps even surpassing my Ann Summers drawer – this dress is a corker, and I’m highly surprised my dad agreed to buy it for me (cheers dad). Definitely one only ever to be sported with black tights and nothing less, I have gone to wear this for a meal/casino night out recently and changed last minute, due to my nipples repping nothing short of the ‘telescopic Bowie antennae’ look. Maybe I’ll wear this one when the chill wears off a little…

  • Forever 21 – Enchanted Velveteen Maxi Skirt – £12.75

Check out those thigh splits – Angelina Jolie, eat yer heart out, love. I’ve been on a bit of a goth stint recently (by recently, rather circa 1993), and velvet is right up my back alley, especially when it’s floaty and mental and quite fun to team with killer boots. I’ve been wearing this with a Forever 21 black lace sweater, but I’m looking forward to returning to my flat and sporting it with one of my cropped t-shirts. Wearing around Leigh town centre has garnered a fair share of scathing chav glares.

  • Empty Casket – Amethyst Pentagram Cord Necklace – £16.00 

I’m guessing you’ve caught on to the goth influences by now, no? This is such a nifty piece: the frame opens out like a pendant, allowing you to wear it without the amethyst if it clashes with an outfit, or switch with other stones if you wish to collect them. The only thing I’d like to change about it is that it’s a bit too long: I wanted a choker style, given I’ve managed to break my last two. I’m wearing it on the Forever 21 dress picture above anyway, if you’re interested. This gem is currently sold out, but there are other styles – and other drool-worthy pieces – available on the site.

  • Lush Cosmetics – My Fair Lady Gift Set – £31.95 

My connection with this gift set thus far, is verging on the mildly psychotic. I found myself cuddling the ‘Miranda’ soap for quite the inordinate space of time earlier, hugging it to my nose like you’d do with a newly-bought puppy (if you liked dogs, that is). Basically, it all smells damn grand. Out of all the products included, I’ve only ever tried the Charity Pot before, which is luscious – determined to keep exfoliating/moisturising every single day now (we can only live in hope). The Tiny Hands solid hand cream bar might be a favourite so far, I’m going to have none left if I don’t stop smooshing it – the consistency is so invitingly butter-melty and luxurious. Elizabeth Arden, your hand cream reign is over: it smells exponentially better than you.

I could yanner on all day and bore you all to tears – there were other bits and pieces like: an ASOS PVC dress that I’ve been lusting over for months, some more Gucci Guilty perfume, the MAC Prep + Prime powder I mentioned in this month’s wishlist, the 3 year tradition of a new Simon’s Cat calendar, a new set of crossword books… urrr, yeah, and many fat-inducing chocolaty things and some new trusty owl slippers. Anyone else get anything similar?

As always, products linked through images. 

This Week’s Featured Bloggers.

May 28, 2013

I’ve been thinking for a while how great it’d be to do a weekly post where I find three beauty/fashion bloggers to feature on my site. This way, we all get to know each other better, get some discussions going and make some new friends! I’m also a little nosy so it’ll be nice to find out random stuff, like what other peoples’ favourite shoe of the season is, or what they love most about blogging. If you’d like to get involved with the next post, follow me on Twitter @Ebzo!

Kelly of A Thing of Beauty

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How long have you been blogging for?

I’ve been blogging since April 2011, so 2 years now.

What’s your favourite beauty product, ever?

My favorite beauty product, ever, would have to be my elf Golden Bronzer. I know it’s only $3, but it gives such an understated glow that I’ve gotten so many compliments on. And, it’s so inexpensive, to boot!

What are you dying to get your hands on this season, fashion-wise?

Fashion-wise, I’m dying to get my hands on more of those sheer, sleeveless shirts. They’re my new fashion must-have this summer because they’re perfect to tuck into shorts and versatile enough to be worn in the colder season.

What’s one trend you’ll be avoiding?

The one trend I’ll be avoiding are galaxy print leggings. Sorry, but just not my style. I’d prefer for the universe to stay in the sky & off my legs!

What are your inspirations behind writing your blog?

I’m an aspiring beauty/fashion editor and when I started collecting a lot of beauty products, I felt it was time to start blogging and putting myself out there.

What’re your plans for the summer?

Currently I’m a working student, but I plan to continue with posting on my main beauty blog, A Thing of Beauty, and I’m actually hoping to launch a new lifestyle blog in the next month!

If you could pick one pair of shoes to wear forever, what would they be?

Definitely my neon Skechers tennis shoes-I get so many compliments when I wear them because they’re black with neon accents and the most comfortable things I’ve ever put on my feet!

Amy of The Pretrender

How long have you been blogging for?

A year next month, it’s flown by!

What’s your favourite beauty product, ever?

Benefit High Beam. I literally didn’t know what I did before I discovered it. It lights my entire face up, and is great for those mornings when I’ve had one too many margaritas the night before!

What are you dying to get your hands on this season, fashion-wise?

I NEED the topshop elephant printed joggers in my life. Devastatingly, they’ve been out of stock for ages 🙁

What’s one trend you’ll be avoiding?

Denim dungarees. They make me look about 12.

What are your inspirations behind writing your blog?

I like to share my style, so I usually empty my wardrobe and create new outfits, and go from there.

What’re your plans for the summer?

I’m moving to london next month so my summer will probably consist of window shopping, job hunting and living off tins of beans!

If you could pick one pair of shoes to wear forever, what would they be?

My high tops. I’m a trainers girl through and through.

Amy of AmyJaneAlice

How long have you been blogging for?

I have been blogging since the 19th of February this year! I’m so proud of how far I have come in such a short space of time 🙂

What’s your favourite beauty product, ever?

This is such a hard question, argh! I think my favourite product would have to be liquid eyeliner. I don’t have a favourite brand in particular but I often repurchase the Collection 2000 and Rimmel liquid eyeliners.

What are you dying to get your hands on this season, fashion-wise?

I want the Topshop high waisted Mom jeans so much! I have a huge amount of love for all things high waisted, and these would be the perfect addition to my collection.

What’s one trend you’ll be avoiding?

I don’t think I’ll be wearing much white this summer, because I don’t really suit it. It suits so many people and is a gorgeous trend, but it tends to make me look quite big!

What are your inspirations behind writing your blog?

 I get so much inspiration from many different sources while writing my blog. The biggest comes from my love of reading and writing. If I didn’t love reading and writing so much I’d find it difficult to enjoy writing a blog. I get inspiration from other bloggers, shops and celebrities too.

What’re your plans for the summer?

Over Summer I’ll most likely be working and saving up for when I hopefully start university in September; I’ve already mentally spent it all 🙁 On Sunday’s I’ll probably be going on days out with the family, boyfriend and friends or just relaxing in the good weather I hope we have!

If you could pick one pair of shoes to wear forever, what would they be?

This is SUCH a hard question! I love wearing my Fred Perry pumps or my Converse because they’re so comfy and versatile – you can wear them with so many different kinds of outfits. Then again, I also wear my heeled boots quite often, as they make me feel a little taller (I’m only 5″3!) and a bit older! I think I’d have to go for my Fred Perry pumps because they can be dressed up or down and are a lot comfier than heeled boots!

May Empties.

May 26, 2013

I’ve never done an ’empties’ post before, probably  due to the fact that I’m a sketchy individual and have a lot of beauty commitment issues – but for the first time I’ve noticed, I have a handful of products that I’ve actually managed to get through.

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‘Hey Guys, I Wash’ – Skincare Routine.

May 4, 2013

I’ve seen a few of these posts and thought I’d pop one up of my own skin routine as, for once, I’m enjoying the fact that my skin is uber clear and I can embrace my pale-y ways to the extent of not even wearing foundation day-to-day. Every skincare routine is going to be different; we all have our own little skin complaints and strengths. I’d say my skin was fairly normal, with a tendency to get a little oily around the t-zone, with my main ‘spotty’ areas being my chin and upper lip.

There’s going to be a bit of a #bblogger gasp when I say: as a rule, I rely on face-wipes pretty much daily. I take my make-up off at night with them, apply moisturiser afterwards and use another in the morning to remove any pesky, stubborn mascara before showering. I only physically wash my face when I shower, which is practically daily though, so I guess I’m not too grimily unfeminine. It’s a pretty handy tip to keep your face wash in the shower as it becomes tied into your shower routine, so it’s pretty difficult to forget about – which would probably just lead to a nasty breakout. Here’s a run down of the few products I use to attempt to keep my face in tip-top condition:

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Review: Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ Mascara.

April 30, 2013

As a (ahem, self-proclaimed) beauty writer, I’m ashamed to admit this: I’ve been using my MAC mascara for the past couple of weeks, not even realising that it was completely run out and doing absolutely sod all for my lashes. I finally came to my senses and twigged that I was still, regardless of laborious application, squinting out of d-elongated lash-framed eyes – spurring a mad dash to Boots on the recollection that, when I bought the Hello Flawless in Duty Free, the girl at the counter was absolutely raving about the success of their new ‘They’re Real’ mascara – so I had to give it a go.

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New Products To Fight That Sleepy Face.

October 3, 2012

It’s 7:25 and your alarm’s just gone off, last night’s mascara is somehow still all down your face – despite the effort you took to remove your make-up last night. Your eye bags are bigger than the Chanel SS13 hula-hoop bag and the idea of facing the world makes you want to chew on your own pillows… Do not fear, these lovely items will leave you looking fresh and fit for anything that the day fancies hitting you with:

Combating sleepy-eyes: Clinique’s New Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector at £28.

This beauty will hydrate the entire area and ensure that your peepers are looking big and sparkly, without the big bags beneath. The product contains plumping agents to rejuvenate the eye area, whilst the massage tip cools and soothes away your sleepiness.

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NEWS: LUSH Cosmetics Is Coming To Lancaster!

September 18, 2012

Yeah, you read it right! Arguably the shittest city in the UK is finally getting something good – a LUSH store. The store is set to open on the 12th October – so great timing for fellow Lancaster University students who will just be back in time to end up blowing their student loans in there with yours truly..

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Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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