Monday, 26 October 2015

Autumn Primark Haul

I went shopping, again! Oops! I know, I know, I have a problem. But the thing with Primark is  everything is such good value that it's so easy to get carried away (which I did). I can justify this to myself that I've lost some weight (through healthy eating and exercise) and had to get rid of a lot of items from my wardrobe, so I NEEDED to buy a few more bits for Autumn (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

I love the Autumn, and I adore Autumn fashion and Primark is a great place to go to pick up lots of key pieces to see you through, plus the prices are amazing! I went a little bit crazy so here goes:

White cable knit jumper with metal detail

This jumper was actually featured in the most recent edition of Glamour magazine. It is a fab piece for autumn. I love cable knits as they are so comfy and cosy, but the metal detail on this really amps it up and makes it stand out from your usual plain cable knit jumper. I thought I'd wear this with skinny jeans and boots or even a little skirt - as I thought it was really versatile and I will definitely get loads of wear out of it.

Navy and red tartan knit skirt

I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. It is so cute and I love the fact it's made from a fine knit material as this makes it that little bit heavier and is a lovely shape when on (plus it won't be flying up exposing my knickers, Bridget Jones style, on a blustery autumnal day!) Again I thought this would be nice dressed up with a little navy shirt or look smart with a polo neck for a more smart everyday look.

Grey polo neck jumper shirt

I really like this style of top, not only is it a 'two in one' piece so you don't have to layer up, but I think they look smart and are practical at the same time.  It is light weight but being a polo neck would make it perfect for a chilly office on an autumn day. I am a fan of polo neck tops as I hate getting a chill down my neck, so this easily made its way into my basket.

Mustard fine cable knit dress

This purchase was a little out of my comfort zone. The colour is not something I would normally choose, but I loved it and felt it was very season appropriate - so thought I'd give it a whirl. I really like the style, with the shirt collar detail - again I think this makes it a little smarter, but the knit means its still practical as well. Plus it's so easy just to throw on in the morning and go, always a winning factor with me. They also did this in grey and black, which I may have to go back and sneakily purchase ;-)

Collar detail grey jumper

Again this style is so easy to make you feel a little smarter but without sacrificing the warmth. The detail around the neck is so pretty (also means you don't have to think about jewellery, another time save!) I went safe with the grey as I felt it would go with a lot more but thy did do it in gorgeous autumnal burgundy and green.

Black high neck detail sleeveless blouse

I seem to have a theme in this haul with either neck detail or polo neck items don't I?? Ha, well this also seems to fit that theme as it's both! I really liked the metal detail on the neck and thought it would dress up an outfit easily and would go with absolutely everything. I like the 'Rock Chick' vibe and think I might wear it with my chunky boots and skinny jeans, with a smokey eye!

Burgundy cross front blouse

This is the perfect autumn piece in my eyes! I love the colour and style and think it works well for both day and evening. I've already planned to wear it with my leather skirt and a dark lip (I'm thinking NARS velvet matte lip pencil in damned) on an evening out I'm planning. I think it's the perfect transition piece from summer to autumn.

Black skinny jeans

These are a staple with me and I own loads of different colours. I like this style as they are low rise, which suits the blouses and jumper styles I like to wear. You can never have too many skinny jeans as far as I'm concerned!

Giraffe snuggle pyjamas

OMG, I cannot even describe how soft and snugly these pyjamas are! I bought them on a bit of a whim as I thought they were cute and silly, but I love them so much, they are so comfy and warm for the cool evening. I have told anyone who will listen how amazing they are and have already been back and bought a few more colour varieties in the style. At £7 these are by far my most favourite item I own right now!! I highly recommend them.

Rose gold travel mug

My morning coffee just got better! Rose gold, what could be better!

Maui & Sons dark chocolate coated coconut chips

AMAZING! I am a little obsessed with these and always stock up whenever I nip into Primark. They taste amazing and are a healthy (ish!) alternative to a chocolate bar, but they really do hit the sweet craving spot. They are £1 a bag and I sprinkle them on porridge or ice cream but more often then not eat them straight from the bag. If you love coconut give these a try, you won't regret it!

That's it! phew! I better stay in with my cosy pyjamas for the rest of October to try and avoid spending anymore money!

Have a great day!

Rachel x

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

YouTubers Special: New Make-up Mini Haul

I am an avid YouTube watcher. I can easily spend an evening getting lost in the world of blogs, make-up videos, fashion (and of course funny cat videos!). I have been a huge lover of the 'Beauty Gurus' on Youtube and have been subscribed to a lot of them for many years. Two of my favourites are Tanya Burr and Fleur de Force. I have been a fan for years and have used there advice and tips on many occasions. So I was excited when they both had new launches this month of there beauty lines and picked up 3 things from FeelUnique to try.

I have purchased a few of the Lip Glosses and eyelashes for the Tanya Burr line in the past and loved them, but I was most excited to get my hands on her new cheek palettes. They incorporate a bronzer, blush and highlight. I had a similar palette from Nars which I purchased a few years ago and loved so much, but sadly I hit pan on all the products and it went to the great beauty heaven in the sky :-(. I have struggled since to find any similar palette that I like as much. I have bronzers, blushes and highlight separately that I enjoy using but I loved the ease of having everything in one palette. Anyway, ramble over! This Tanya Burr Rosy Flush cheek palette reminds me a lot of my old Nars one and I had to give it a go. I adore it! The colour pay of is amazing on all the products, a little goes along way. The bronzer is perfect on my skin tone, not too muddy or orange and its only got a slight shimmer which I much prefer. The blush is a lovely peach colour (similar to Nars Orgasm) and the highlight is delicate with very fine milled shimmer as opposed to great big piece of glitter you often find in cheaper products. Its a thumbs up from me so far, and at £8 its a complete bargain! I am sure it will sell out fast, so grab it here while you can at FeelUnique.

Fleur de Force is probably my favourite YouTuber to watch. I love her style and her vlogs. She likes similar styles and make-up to me and I often purchase things she has recommended and am rarely disappointed. I was very excited to try her new lip glosses and the eyelash line she has collaborated with Eyelure on.

I chose the colour 'Starry Night'. It is a beautiful plum colour which is perfect for the Autumn. I adore it. The colour payoff is amazing, its not too sticky but gives an amazing shine and is really comfortable to wear. I have had so many compliments from people when I wear it, and have recommended them to a lot of people to try. I have already place another order for a few more colours as I think they are that good and at £6.99 they are very affordably priced. There are lots of other great looking things in her line, have a look here.

I also purchased the eyelashes in the style 'Fleur loves lashes'. They are half lash false eyelashes, which I much prefer, not only because they are easier to apply (I am terrible at applying false eyelashes, it takes me ages!) but I also much prefer the more subtle yet pretty look that is achieved. These lashes are fabulous, they are light and the band is very thin and makes them look even more natural when applied. They also feel great quality and are competitively priced at £5.25. These are my new go to false lashes and I have already stock piled ready for the upcoming christmas party season!

Thats my little mini review and haul. Hope you enjoyed it! Till next time.

Rachel x

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Top 3 Products for September

It's that time again, another month gone! This year is going to be over before we know it!

I do love Autumn, leaves turning golden brown and crisp (but cold!) days. Plus I adore Autumn fashion - skirts, tights, boots and cosy jumpers before winter kicks in and it's the less flattering array of thick thermals!

It's been a busy month work wise again, but I have managed to try a few new products and have my top 3 to share with you.

TRESemmé Expert Selection runway collection 'Get Sleek' Hairspray

As I mentioned in my last blog (check it out here:, I have been trying a new hairspray this month. I have been converted! It is a truly fabulous hairspray. Holds a style brilliantly but is soft to touch and brushes out easily. The nozzle is slightly different to most hairsprays and acts more like an aerosol deodorant in application, which means you get a more even distribution of product. I would highly recommend trying this product. It's still on offer at Boots, with 3 TRESemm√© product for £9. I may have to stock up as this is a great deal as it retails around £5.99!

Cheeky freeze frame make-up setting spray

I got this on a whim when I was making, one of my frequent, ASOS orders. I haven't used a setting spray in a while and I've never heard of this brand before so thought I'd give it a whirl. I'm glad I did. It is a brilliant little product. Having the same consistency of most, more expensive setting sprays, and gives a light mist without drenching your face. On the days I use this (I sometimes forget as I do my makeup at 6.30am most days!) I really notice how much longer my makeup seems to last. This is excellent for me as I can work 12 hour days and like my makeup to have some staying power and this certainly seems to give it an extra boost. I would recommend giving it a try as I found it to be just as good as the Urban Decay setting sprays - sadly it's no longer available to purchase on it's own from ASOS but they do some great sets where it's included. I also may have to try out a few more from the 'Cheeky' range as they are relatively inexpensive and I really like the minimal but cool looking packaging.

Revlon colorburst lip butter in Sugar Plum

This is a re-discovery from last Autumn. I love deep plum lips during these months, but due to work, find that a very bright or deep colour can be a bit much for my everyday look, but I still like to enjoy a darker lip. These Revlon lip butters are amazing! The consistency is so soft and comfortable on the lips, plus you get just the right amount of colour and sheerness, so that it doesn't appear over the top. This colour is the perfect Autumn plum shade, I have a number of lipsticks from the range, but this is by far my favourite - I am so glad I pulled it out of my collection as it's, quite literally, put a big smile on my face. I have also found them on offer at Boots, 3 for the price of 2. I may have to see what new colours they have introduced..... ;-)

Well, that's my top products for another month. Hope you have a great week.

Rachel x