Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Favourites: January


Illamasqua Tremble blusher: I bought this in the Illamsqua sale for £7.50, which is a bit of a bargain in my books. As with all Illamasqua products this is pigmented, so proceed with caution. With a light hand and gentle sweep this gives the perfect matte pink flush on my pale yellow toned skin. Combined with some Kevyn Aucoin highlight this has been my to go look.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray: I think you have all heard enough about this. Sleeping pills in a spray bottle. Period. (OK I may have exaggerated ever so slightly but this stuff is good).

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua: This is a repurchase which says it all. Pretty much fool proof, portable and omits the right amount of glow with a medium coverage.

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde: I have always had a love for brow products in pots, especially the Laura Mercier Brow Pot which has been my 'to-go' product for probably the last two years.  I have the shade Blonde and it is dark, I can't imagine this suiting a true blonde, maybe a dirtier blonde. This a lot softer in texture than the Laura Mercier and because of this it seems to create a look which is less harsh. This stays put all day but I can't say I have put to the test the waterproof claims!  Big thumbs up and probably my favourite of the favourites.

African Botanics Pure Marula Oil: My skin was feeling the stress last week (thank you skin!) and I started to develop some dry patches around my mouth. This cleared it up amazingly and doesn't feel super oily (I know this is stupid way to describe an oil but some of you will hear me out on this one). I think this will be added to SpaceNK wishlist ready for their next GWP.

Laura Mercier Tarte Au Citron Perfume: I love to smell like food. There, I said it. Nestled between the Tom Ford and the Diptyque is a little stash of oh so sickly sweet food based scents. There is something comforting about smelling like a lemon meringue pie and I am OK with that. Maybe not one for the first date (or a night out) but for the second, third, forth.....

Lean In- Sheryl Sandburg: As a female in a large corporate organisation this is an interesting read (why are boys never called bossy?). I am about half way though and have enjoyed this a lot so far plus it has provided plenty of office talking points.

 

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Haul: TK Maxx Final Clearance

 




I'll let you into a little secret.... TK Maxx have a sale in January. You may say 'Doesn't everybody?' however this isn't any old sale. In the last week of the sale there are discounts every other day and on the last day hourly discounts. The yellow sticker sale is really a sale like no other.

Above are a few of things I managed to snag on the last day, some All Saints snakeskin boots, a pair of Bally shoes with the most dreamy heel, a leather Filofax and an Urban Apothecary fig candle all the for princely sum of £13.00. No, I didn't miss place the decimal point. £3 for each item except the Filofax which was £4.  You do have to hunt; I'm not going to lie there was some rubbish left (a clock with no hands and an empty Ciate box) however there was some damn good bargains mixed in.

I can not wait to wear the snakeskin boots when the weather heats up and those shoes definitely call for a night out. After a 60 hour week a little bit of retail therapy really did cheer me up at the most bargin-ous of prices!

What is your best ever bargain? I'd love to hear!
 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Old. Thrifted. New

 
Nathalie Lette Thank You cards
{Nathalie Lete @TK Maxx}
 
I bought these beautiful notelets at TK Maxx today for £3.99 for a set of 20. I love that the design carries on into the envelopes; a really nice little touch!
 
TK Maxx really seem to be upping their game recently. Recently I have found my favoutite shampoo my Matrix (Hydrotherapie),  beautiful chunky blanket and some really good quality soy candles. Thoroughly recommend a look.


three wise monkeys
{See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil}

The little brass three wise monkeys belonged to my Great Grandma and the ceramic blue and white monkeys came from a car boot sale for £2. I love the proverb and think they make a nice focal pint on my shelf. Ever the useless object hoarder.

esmie notebook liberty
{Esmie Hand Silk Screen Notebook}
 
I found this beautiful notebook at a car boot sale for £1. The inner magpie in me was attracted to the beautiful gold edging. When I got in and looked it up I found that they are sold at Liberty. These would make an amazing gift and they are beautifully made. The photograph really does not do this justice.

I have started to post more on Instagram if you fancy a follow! Leave me a link to your profile below as I'd love to follow some more people (procrastinate more).
 
Elle x

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Simple DIY: Gold leaf agate coasters



I first spotted gold rimmed agate coasters when I was away in California. These however came with a price tag that was a good way out of my price range! When I came home I started to search for a cheaper version online and stumbled across this tutorial which looked great and was aimed at my skill level, i.e. no skill!

All you need to do is paint around rough edge of the agate with a small paint brush, leave to dry for about 5 minutes and voila you are done!  My kind of lazy weekend DIY. I'm thinking of making some of these for Christmas presents to match in with the recipients interior.

All my supplies were purchased from Amazon, sellers linked below, and cost around £25 but this included the liquid leaf, which you only need the smallest amount of so I have plenty left.

Links:
Large agate slices-  Amazon 
Winsor and Newton liquid leaf paint- Amazon

Have you given any DIY projects ago recently?

Elle x

Sunday, 21 July 2013

An ode to car boot sales






I enjoy nothing more than a good car boot sale on a balmy summers's morning. Now, you have to be able to see past the tat; I guarantee that you will see multiple foot spas, boxes full of video cassettes and every other stall will have the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. Not one to pass down the generations hey?
I usually go to look for home items, vintage clothing and cosmetic items (only if the are new). I tend to find that obscure brands don't sell well, in Norfolk a least. I've found brand new Kiehls, L'Artisan Perfumier, Elemental Herbology and Wen in the last month all priced at under £2 but have noticed that people want a small fortune for the likes of Clinique and Estée Lauder.
I have photographed by two favourite finds from the last two weeks which I have added to my living room! The globe cost me £20 but considering the size, age and condition I was more than happy to pay it. The globe is a 1963 paper globe and normally they have had a lot harder life than this beauty. There is something so charming about old globes.
My second favourite buy was these old book plates. As we are in rented accomodation I don't really want to put holes in the wall to then have to fill when we leave so pegs and blu tack it is for the moment! I actually got about 100 of these lithograph book plates which are printed by Hullmandel and Walton but I can't seem to find out much about them. I'm guessing they day from the 19th century based on the investigation I have done thus far. I love fish, butterflies and skulls so these speciman prints are totally in keeping with my taste!
The flowers are from , who I have actually booked t do my wedding next year. She creates such beautiful arrangements and I really can not wait to start working with her!
What do you look for at car boots or do you prefer the Sunday morning lie in? Link me up if you are a fellow hoarder/thriftier : )

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Overrated beauty products #1


I'm sure we have all been guilty of rushing out to buy the latest hyped product in the beauty world. Some more than others.

I'm a sucker. Sucker for the hype. Sucker for the advertising. Sucker for the promise. Advertiser's dream that is me. If this is you too then you are sure to have suffered that disappoint when your skin wasn't miraculously flawless and you didn't look like Kate Moss despite trying to emulate the 'London look' with Rimmel.  Oh well it happens to the best of us.....

Here are my top 6 expensive beauty disappointments of late. I daren't add up how much I paid to experience disappointment.

Rimmel Apocalips- Big Bang

Sucked in by: Blogger hype

These were everywhere on the internet. I think Viviannadoesmakeup may have spurred on this purchase with her beautiful photograph of her wearing this. This isn't sticky but the lack of stickiness has pitfalls, especially with long hair. My hair would constantly attach to this and spread this formula across my face like strawberry jam. Not a good look at all.

Clairns Instant Smooth Self Tanning

Sucked in by: Blogger hype

This broke me out. I didn't want to believe it but from my experiments this is definitely the culprit. Sensitive skin beware. This also doesn't smell pleasant, as with most fake tans and no attempt to disguise the smell has been made.

Maybelline FIT Me foundation

Sucked in by: Desperation

I was feeling desperately pale and was looking for a drugstore foundation to tide me over until I got to picking a new high end foundation. The FIT Me range is designed to offer a shade for everyone however in my opinion the shades all tilt towards pink and orange undertones when i need a yellow undertone. Shade issues aside I  picked up the closest match and gave it a go. I had read a review where somebody had described it as quite matte and therefore I was excited to try this. Matte it is not. This stuff will not set. I expect to use a small amount of powder with a foundation but this was beyond help.  If I touched my face hours later I could actually wipe this stuff off. Horrid.

Benefit They're Real Mascara

Sucked in by: Blogger hype

I saw some amazing before and after photos of this but it didn't quite have the same effect on me. I have straight elephant lashes and this did not hold a curl plus it is a pain to remove. The last thing I want at night is to me fighting with my mascara. May work for some but not for me.

Laura Mercier Foundation primer

Sucked in by: Cult status

I don't hate this product, I just don't think it is worth the money. This does create a nice base for makeup and makes it slightly easier to apply however it doesn't significantly increase longevity in my opinion, or keep my skin matte. I think the hype may have stemmed from when there were less primers on the market and they were relatively innovative. I will use this up but the Hourglass primer is a far superior option in my opinion, if you are looking for a high end primer nowadays.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Sucked in by: Innovation

I should learn that innovative doesn't been better. Reinventing the wheel comes to mind. Meg has done a wonderful job of explaining how it works so i won't try to recreate it. This does feel weightless on the skin but in my experience leaves me with a face that is as flat as pancake and clings to any dry patches I have. Glowing this is not. At £38 this is one expensive disappointment.


Have you taken a dislike to any of the above? What do you think are the most overrated beauty products out there?

Sunday, 27 January 2013

HOME: Rob Ryan- Please Smell Us Vase






When Not the Usual asked me if I would like to feature one of their products off of their lovely website I jumped at the chance. I had bought the amazing Nice to see you To See you Nice door mat from them previously and had featured it on my home post here. Since then we have moved into a two up two down house a stones throw from work and dangerously late lie-ins have commenced.

The product I chose is from the range by the most famous paper cut artist, Rob Ryan, who I was already a big fan of. Rob Ryan has fantastically intricate designs with a magical feel, now if only he could design my wedding invitations! Definitely a range to check out or drop hints about for Valentine's Day.

This vase is beautiful and everyone who has been round this weekend has complemented it! The design is fun whilst being grown up, a difficult balance in my opinion, making a lovely addition to my dining room table and guaranteed to raise a smile. My gripe with some stylish vases is that they are actually very odd shapes and therefore it requires oasis and a lot of hard work to make your flowers look nice, my Seletti Trophy Vase is the case in point. This however is a functional vase with a nice wide shape and is ready to drop your bouquet into, I'm a lazy one more often than not! At £34.99 this isn't your usual Homebase vase but it would make a beautiful gift, with flowers or without! I know I would have been overjoyed to have received this.

I've actually booked on to a papercut class in March which I'm really excited about, I'm not expecting to become Rob Ryan over night but I'm hoping i can produce something half decent to adorn my walls. Have any of you tried papercut?

Rob Ryan, papercut or just a general vase fan?

Elle x