May 2014 Favourites

Hello Snowdroplets!

Now, I realise that it is now half way through June, but I thought, hey, better late than never! There were quite a few bits which I’ve been loving last month which I wanted to share with you, so without further ado…

Beauty Favourites

Beauty Favourites

 

Nivea Soft 75ml – £2.49

I’m fairly sure I featured a Nivea skincare product in my last favourites post, but  I just think that they’re great! This has a lovely light texture and really helped to smooth out the crazy dry patches I get on my nose and forehead, better than any other moisturiser I have tried. Not to mention, it is very affordable as mine lasted ages – I’ve only just run out.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - £3.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99

Nearly all my friends own this now upon my recommendation as I think it is perfect for just swooshing (technical term) onto your skin after applying foundation or even just moisturiser for an even, airbrushed finish. It doesn’t work any miracles, but for £3.99 I love it for just adding a little extra coverage and zapping away any shine; as you can see, I’ve made a bit of a dent in mine now. Love it.

Models Own Indian Ocean Topcoat - £5

Models Own Indian Ocean Topcoat – £5

I’ve already done a full post to express my ultimate adoration for this product which you can check out here: https://10simonsv.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/current-nail-favourite-models-own-indian-ocean/ Therefore, I will keep this short and sweet: this stuff = glittery, shimmery, mermaid-esque magic in a bottle.

Avon Speed Dry+ in Ballerina - £2 (in clearance)

Avon Speed Dry+ in Ballerina – £2 (in clearance)

Finally. My search is over. For months I have been trying to uncover the perfect neutral and here it is for y’all. I’m not a fan of the ‘foundation nails’, where your nail varnish is meant to be a similar shade to your foundation as I find that just looks like you have no nails, just bizarre fleshy claw type things. Then again, when I’ve tried shades like this one promising to be the perfect nude, I’ve found that they just come out clear with next to none colour, creating a plastic-y, clingfilm-wrapped-around-your-nails-look. Not cute. But, this, is perfect. It’s not a pastel pink, but it’s not a peach, it’s that lovely, natural, happy medium which I reckon I could get away with at school. Oh, and I adore the Avon Speed Dry range – I also own their shade ‘Sprightly Mint’ and they literally dry in 30 seconds. Amazing.

Beautyuk Posh Pout Moisturising Tinted Lip Balm - £2.99

Beautyuk Posh Pout Moisturising Tinted Lip Balm – £2.99

Yeah… I have no idea what I have done to the top of this, I definitely wasn’t like that when I bought it? Ahh well! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this due to it only being £2.99 but I’d heard great things about them so thought, meh, I’ll give it go. But, wow, I am impressed! Mine is in the shade ‘power to the purple’, though I’m not sure why, as it isn’t purple at all but a bright, bold pink colour which is really fun for Summer and lasts, literally, for hours.  What I was especially surprised about was how moisturising it was. Being a sufferer of very dry lips, I nearly always use a lip balm before applying any lipstick, but for this I don’t need to! Yes, it is that good. Unfortunately, the colour range is a bit limited, but I strongly suggest you check these out.

Gilly Hicks Body Lotion in Loring Aster - £2

Gilly Hicks Body Lotion in Loring Aster – £2 (in the clearance)

I think these are normally between £8-10 so couldn’t resist ordering one for only £2. I’ve never tried anything from the Gilly Hicks or Hollister (the brands are fairly similar) body range before, so I was pretty excited to try this one. First off, boy, does this smell delicious! It is fairly moisturising, but I’m not gonna lie this is mainly just in my favourites because of the amazing fresh, fruity and slightly perfume-y scent. The smell also lingers on the skin for a couple of hours after using it which is a definite positive as it smells so good.

And now onto my Random Favourites…

Handmade Scrunchie

Handmade Scrunchie

I’ve been really enjoying whacking on a scrunchie to either jazz up a ponytail or a bun, as I just think they add a cute and casual layer of whimsy and 90s nostalgia to a look. This one, I actually made myself with the guidance of my lovely cousin, so if any of you would like a tutorial post on how to whip one up yourself, do let me know in the comments. Scrunchies are definitely having a comeback, they seem to be popping up in shops everywhere – and I love it!

Kleeneze Soothing Gel Eye Mask - recieved as a gift

Kleeneze Soothing Gel Eye Mask – recieved as a gift

This surprises me by how soothing and lovely it feels every time I use it, and that’s saying something, because recently I have been using it a lot. All you have to do is leave the gel insert in the fridge for about 30mins, slide it into the flap at the back and sit and relax with it on for as long as you like; the gel usually stays cool for a maximum of about 40mins. Lately, I’ve been using this in the bath which has been the perfect end to a stressful day of exams, but you could use it in bed before going to sleep or just as a break for tired eyes during revision (though I’ve finally finished my exams now – huzzah!).

Primark Wire Heart Fairy Lights - £6

Primark Wire Heart Fairy Lights – £6

I’d been looking for some pretty fairy lights for looping around my bed for ages but they were all around £20, so when I saw some adorable heart ones in Primark for only £6(!!) I couldn’t believe my luck! In the evening when I’m getting ready for bed, I close my curtains, light some candles and flip these on and feel like I’m in a beautiful, magical fairy castle… um, no hate, guys. Every female deserves fairy lights.

So there you have it, my belated May favourites. I hope you have enjoyed it and perhaps I have inspired some of you to try a few of these items yourself.

Thank you so much for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

 

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Spring Highstreet Fashion Wishlist 2014

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The weather woman on Look North has just informed me that we’ve got another warmer week ahead and I’m taking that as certified permission to start getting overly excited about the new Spring/Summer lines appearing on the highstreet. Everything just seems to be so cute! Here are some of the items I am totally lusting over this season…

MOTO Light Grey Leigh Jeans – Topshop £38.00

I’ve never really gone for grey jeans before, but I thought these ones were really sweet! The shade is just perfect in my opinion; light enough to look really pretty with pastels but dark enough to also look really cool and edgy with monochromes. Oh, and the fit and shape of all Topshop jeans is just perfect. Sadly, no matter how much I try, I really can’t justify the £38.00 though.

Love Bird Cross Stitch Dotty Across Body Bag – Accessorize £25.00

This. This is just beautiful. The boho feel of the embroidery style detailing on the flap, the gorgeous fun, fresh colours, the practical size – for me, this looks like the perfect Spring and Summer bag. It is just SO pretty, I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere and it’s not too expensive… I just love this!

Lace Back Playsuit – Topshop £48.00

Aww, this is soo pretty and cute but elegant and sophisticated at the same time! I have hopelessly fallen in love with the mint green trend which is still definitely going strong, and playsuits are one of my favourite things to wear in Summer as they are really comfy and airy! Unfortunately, the price is waaay out of my budget but it’s free to look isn’t it? And drool? And gawk at every couple of days on the website to see if it’s gone in the sale like a mad woman? Tell me I’m not the only person who does that…

Spot Lilly Shirt – Topshop £35.00

Topshop again, what can I say? Again, I think this is really unique and stunning. It kind of reminds me of Japanese cherry blossom trees and exotic beaches… I love it so much, but hate the price. Topshop,why so expensive? :(. I think I’ d wear this with highwaisted shorts, or, come to think of it, it would look gorgeous with the Topshop jeans!

Navy Polka Dot Tea Dress – River Island £25.00

Don’t even try to tell me this is more of a Autumn item, it won’t deter me, I’m already way too in love with this. I can not get enough of these t-shirt dresses at the moment! I love wearing dresses as I always feel feminine and pretty in them but live in fear of looking like I’ve tried too hard or am overdressed. Therefore, these are the perfect solution! I especially love this cute polka dot one with the bold white spikey collar.

Coral Quilted Rucksack – River Island £30.00

This bag just took my breath away when I saw it – it is the ultimate power bag. The colour is just so bold and… KAPOW!! Know what I mean? I love the fact that other than the trendy quilted texture there is no decoration on the bag to distract from the awesome colour, making it look even more unapologetic and empowering. I need this is my life.

Cara Camera Across Body Bag – Accessorize £25.00

I think for the £25 I would probably prefer the other Accessorize bag but this one is really cute and quirky! I mean…IT’S A CAMERA?! HOW fun and cutsie?! I love the fact that being gold it adds some bling to your outfit and it would also go with everything. Cute, but not quite worth the money methinks.

Jardin Supersoft Sweat – Topshop £24.00

I’m not even sure why I like this so much, but I do! I’m head over heels! I love statement t-shirts and sweatshirts but find some of the slogans just a bit… odd? But this I thought was quite sweet and a bit more feminine – and basically just really cute for Spring! Also, I thought the £24 was very reasonable for Topshop.

Crop Pocket Vest – Topshop £8.00

I’ve only just realised how practically everything is from Topshop… oops! This is a perfect little basic for throwing on over shorts or jeans and just looking effortlessly pretty. The colour, I find, is ideal for Spring and I think loose crop tops are so much more casual and flattering than the tight ones which I tend to feel a bit uncomfortable and self-conscious in.

Well, there you have it! If you don’t take anything else from this post, you have definitely learned that I have a real Topshop obsession… it’s becoming a problem. Which online shops do you always find yourself browsing through?

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

Fashion At Your Fingertips: Glitter

Long time no see Snowdroplets! I could bombard you with a load of equally dubious sounding (but true, honest!) excuses for not posting much recently but who wants to read that? I have instead decided to make my apologises (sorry guys!) and move on with the promise of posting more soon. I have lots of ideas and things that I can’t wait to share with you! 😀

Firstly, let’s talk glitter. Let’s face it, every girl has a secret (or not so secret) love of glitter. It’s just so sparkly!! :3. And great news: it’s having a big moment on our nails this Autumn/Winter. I find that it is the perfect way to switch from day to night nails.

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Before the glitter. I am wearing NYC Colour’s Park Ave.

I love this colour for day wear but wasn’t sure if it would work with glitter…

What do you think?

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I used Wet ‘n Wild’s Spoiled in Shaken Snowglobe.

I have a strong urge to try this out over all of my other nail varnishes now!! 😀

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

 

Fashion At Your Fingertips: Triangles

I’m not quite sure what you’d call this nail look, but I find it quite edgy and sleek, yet with cool, fresh colours, still youthful and summery.

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Basically, all I did was paint my nails a pretty mint green with Avon’s Speed Dry in Sprightly Mint and then Sellotape a cross on each of my fingernails, leaving just a triangle bare. Then I would paint on the blue and wait for it to dry. It is very important that you allow more than enough drying time otherwise it will all smudge – I know this from experience! Finally, you then peel off the tape and ta-dah! You are done. 😀

Thank you for reading,

Simplistic beauty x

Fashion At Your Fingertips: Polka Dots

Polka dots are super cutsy and always will be. End of. But they seem to be especially popular at the moment, so I decided to do a classy, yet ever youthful spotty design on my nails today. 🙂

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The nail varnishes I used were Revlon’s nail enamel in ‘White on White’ 050 and George’s surprisingly good quick dry nail varnish in ‘Boom’ 71. To do the spots I used my Avon nail art tool – aka. my new best friend! Sorry I’ve been slacking on the old ‘Fashion At Your Fingertips’ kind of, series, thingy but I’m not allowed nail varnish for school, I did this because I have an activity day tomorrow. Let’s hope it stays sunny!!

Thanks for reading,

Simplistic beauty x

Happy Medium

Mid heels, midi dresses, midi skirts, mid-drift skimming tops… Ok, I made that last phrase up, but crop tops are also in, and are these sounding familiar? Because all things ‘midi’ are big news this season!

MID HEELS

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1 and 2. New Look £19,99   3. £17.99   4. Topshop £55.00

I can’t decide which colour scheme I prefer out of the first too… the casual tan with boho, festival-esque coloured sole, or the edgy monochrome with the aztec-ish patterned sole…! Which do you prefer? I adore the third red pair as well, for two reasons: 1) I adore the colour red. Striking, feminine, but with a hint of danger. And 2) this style with the band over the toe and the skinny strap around the ankle is all over the catwalk and looks chic and expensive. The same goes for the fourth pair, about the shape but these come in a sleek, sophisticated grey with a clean silhouette, but with an edgy, modern heel. What’s more, mid heels are far more feet friendly than whopping platforms, which is always a plus in my books!

MIDI DRESSES AND SKIRTS

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1. Chiara £14.95    2. Select fashion £8    3. Fashion Union £15    4. Topshop £20

Aztec, tie dye, graphitti and bright and bold colours all make uber trendy and fashionable midi skirts and dresses. They are often really reasonably priced too – my favourite, the graphitti dress from Fashion Union, for example, is an awesome £15! £15!!! :-O!!!! You would probably be able to dress them up or down. When I asked my friend whether someone could wear it casually or for an event she said: ”Well… You wear clothes all the time don’t you?”, oh dear… this is why I love her! I personally prefer the bright, fun ones as opposed to the monochrome, sophisticated ones, but that’s just me, I know lots of people who look gorgeous with the more grown-up ones.

MIDI/CROP TOPS

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1. Topshop £14    2 Topshop £22    3. New Look £9.99

Cutsie or exotic, there’s one for everyone. Ok, I realise they’re a bit daring and scary but their the perfect holiday staple or they could be worn with a high-waisted skirt or shorts so you only reveal a strip of skin. I ADORE the first one, it’s just soo pretty!! And it’s a pretty good price for Topshop too. Not to mention the New Look one is so fun too, only £9.99. :-O

Which of the ‘midi’s are your favourites? I think the crop tops are the most fun, but then again, the dresses and skirts are so classy… and the heels so practical… I can’t decide!!

Thank you for reading

Simplistic beauty x

Friday Featured Fashion Find

”Here comes the sun, da da da DA!”

 

Forget what I said last week, bring on Summer!! Who can resist the tingling, golden rays cascading off you skin, the vast baby blue expanse stretching across the sky, the birds singing, the butterflies flitting, summer sizzling, not me. Forget neutrals, monochrome and all that, this week I’ve been all about colour and fun in the sun what with possibly the nicest bank holiday ever, so I hope these fresh and funky sunnies reflect this….

 

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1. H&M £3.99

2. H&M £5.99

3. Asos £12

4. Asos £16

5. Topshop £20

6. Simply Be £16

 

Some of you may be ‘tut tutting’ at the high street brands here as I know a lot of people like to splash out for a classic, timeless pair sunglasses as they believe they are something which should be good quality, however I prefer cheap and cheerful on trend ones so I can replace them every year and have more than one pair! Though I can see the sense with both methods. 🙂

Which are your faves?

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty x