Sunday, 28 April 2013

High fashion - low expectations

The towering model is on top of the world as she stumbles down the catwalk. Whilst we are dwarfed beneath her elevated beauty yet stride forwards in our primarni pumps. Those glittering spikes extending from her ankles make her look fabulous and we are all in awe. Or so she thinks.

Let’s be honest, it might be a cliché, but nobody’s perfect.  We don’t all access to personal stylists to fit us with the latest trends, and so we shouldn’t.  So why are we so obsessed with fashion?  Surely something more practical like a bog standard rain coat and wellies for the British weather would suit us grey carpet walkers.  Even though we might not realise it, the high street is our own personal catwalk. Everywhere you look someone is trying to make a statement. Be it in neon, glitter or fur form, fashion makes us feel good.

Whilst many of us can’t help but browse online, with a ‘clickity click’ and an emotionless face, nothing beats a good bit of retail therapy. Shopping not only drains our purses, but gives us a chance to feel like we are choosing who we want to be. I can walk into one shop and decide I’d like to look gothic, then walk into the one next door and decide I’ll be boyish and finish off walking out the next shop with floral galore. And at the end of the day I’ll sit with my plastic bags of treasures, exciting for the never ending possibilities they hold.

Even with all the influence of the media and the pressure to just ‘fit in’, with fashion being the one thing that we are judged for. It can make or break us.  Strip fashion down to its core and its ‘just’ material to cover our dignity. They’ll always be one person that thinks you look ridiculous, they’ll always be one that thinks “Hey, I want that hat!”.  Should it not be the latter, some may shy away and wear only what’s seen as the norm. But that won’t stop the few that have decided to take the bull by the horns and make fashion theirs. We’ll always look up into the clouds at the model walking down the catwalk; we’ll take a few notes and steal an idea or two. For that we thank them. But it’s us walking the streets of every city, town and village that are really making the mark on fashion.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

The essence of being human...

Dress - H&M
Tights - H&M
Wedge boots - New look
Skirt - Topshop
(Also wearing - topshop lipstick in innocent and a topas heart necklace by Joy)
Well...its been one of those days. It took me forever to decide what to post today and finally I threw myself together. Despite the tights falling apart, my skirt falling out of place and a little less make up than I would have liked, I really enjoyed this outfit, I felt awfully feminine for a change :)
(It could have equally worked without tights, but the clouds came out)
This dress is very special to me as it was a present from the boyfriend, its also super easy to wear.  I've never even considered trying a skirt over a dress before, I think its a style thats hard to get right. But my trusty denim skirt hasn't failed me yet x

Friday, 12 April 2013

U gelly?

I have been very neglectful of my blog recently, but for good reason, I lost my camera charger :( I did however, go on a little shopping spree and pick up a much need eyeliner.
Maybelline's Eye Studio Lasting Drama gel eyeliner caught my eye a while ago, I was sceptical at how easy it would be to apply, but I've been pleasantly surprised :) The brush allows you to have a great deal of flexibility over the thickness and shape of the line, you can also easily play with the intensity and blend any small mistakes. Having the actually gel in a seperate pot also gives you the option to use another brush if the one provided doesn't work for you. Plus the little glass jar is super sweet! Whilst its not the cheapest eyeliner at £7.99 currently in Boots, its well worth it, I've used it nearly everyday since I brought it and I'm looking forward to using it even more (I've got a long way to go till I can apply eyeliner flawlessly.

I wore a thinner line than usual today and missed out the pencil eyeliner around the rest of the eye. I also used a Rimmel eyeshadow palette. (P.S: eyebrows need a bit of work)

Monday, 1 April 2013

March Treasures

This month I've had a fairly uninventive month, I've struggled with styling my hair and picking out outfits. Plus, my skins decided to have a bit of break out.
BUT despite all that I do have a few goodies to share, sorry about the photo quality!

1. Tresemme split remedy shampoo and conditioner - I've tried this before and I was really impressed, couldn't help but pick it up again this month. My hair grows like wild fire and splits even faster, so this helps to keep it soft and looking healthier.

2. John Frieda sheer blonde shampoo and conditioner - I'm always a tad sceptical about how well lightening shampoos work. My hair has gone a bit darker over winter so I thought I'd try something to brighten it whilst we wait for the sun to kick into gear ;) I have actually noticed its been considerably lighter (nowhere near like bleaching it though). The shampoo and conditioner itself is actually pretty nice too, cleans well and has a smell I strangely like. So I would reccommend for anyone with already light/medium blonde hair that would like to brighten the highlights or the overall appearance.

3. 17 photo flawless skin primer - I've not ever bothered with primer before, but as I'd been struggling with time to reapply make up during the day I thought I'd try something to make it last longer. I won't lie, I chose this cause it was one of the cheapest, though I had seen some good reviews for it. The tiny tube will actually go a long way which is great for £4.99. It provides a nice smooth surface to apply the make up and has definitley allowed the foundation to set better. My only picky point would be that it can make my skin a bit dry, so I have to make sure I moisturise well beforehand.