Monthly Archives: August 2012

I love Poundland

I have been on the hunt for Stila products in Poundland since I read that they were now stocking the range, so you can imagine my delight when I picked some up yesterday!

I managed to grab the SPF 30 tinted moisturiser in warm (dark 02):

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I also got three of the foundation powder refills just in case they run out as they are a nice light colour for my ghostly pale skin!

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The dark tinted moisturiser is for my sister who can carry off a darker colour, and it really isn’t too dark once applied.

I also went home with a mini beauty set consisting of Russian doll tweezers, nail files and a compact mirror (obsessed with Russian dolls so had to buy it!), Schwartzkopt Gliss shampoo (which I think is normally around two or three quid), lots of chocolate (of course), a set of make up brushes that look really lovely, four blade razors, and a Dora the Explorer book for my little niece. Very impressed with my haul yesterday! Might call in again today to a different store!

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Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara review & boot sale purchase!

I received the new Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara in the post the other day from Glamour magazine. It was a competition prize I wasn’t expecting so was happy to receive it as I had wanted to try it!

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I don’t really like the bright orange packaging but this is good value at £6.99 for 12ml from Boots.

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The brush is nice and thick but I tend to prefer thinner brushes as they give an overall more natural effect.

I’ve been using this for the past couple of days and sadly am not overly impressed. The mascara goes on well and makes my eyelashes look long and curly and nicely separated:

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However, after a few hours, the mascara has completely worn off and my eyelashes are back to how they were before I applied it! So unfortunately this product isn’t much good for me as I can’t keep applying throughout the day. I love mascaras that are long lasting, such as the Body Shop Big & Curvy mascara, which is the best I’ve used to date, even better than Benefit Bad Gal!

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You can head over to the product page on the Boots site and read the reviews. Scandal Eyes mascara has only scored 3 stars out of 5 from customer reviews. I would score it 2.5 out of 5 as it is mediocre but I will continue using it, although will probably layer it with another mascara.

Today I am wearing this gorgeous Lipsy blouse:

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It only cost £3 from the car boot sale I went to on Sunday!

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Chelsea Girl

I have an overwhelming need for some wedge heeled Chelsea boots for the winter – well, actually, for now because it may as well be winter!

I am in love with this pair from H&M and think I should order them before they go out of stock!

In other news, I made a purchase yesterday which excited me very much! I go a gorgeous black satchel bag by BCBG Max Azria in the TK Maxx clearance sale!! For the grand total of £44! TK Maxx original price was a hefty £129.99 so the RRP was probably double that! It is way more pretty in the flesh. I will try to get some of my own photos of it.

Heading out for dinner tonight. But the highlight of my weekend will definitely be my trip to a car boot sale on sunday – cannot wait!

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Fifty Shades of Grey

So the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon is in full swing, with author E.L James reportedly making £6.5 million already, but are the books really that mind blowing?

I have almost finished the trilogy. I purchased the first book late one night on my Kindle after deciding I wanted to know what the fascination was with these supposedly controversial, graphic, all-consuming books. Well I can tell you that yes they are controversial, they are graphic and they did consume me for days! I started reading Fifty Shades of Grey as soon as I had downloaded it and couldn’t stop reading it until my eyes were literally closing. You don’t have to wait long for explicit content and yes, it is no holds barred. At first, I felt the meticulous detail within the sex scenes was helpful in building an accurate mental picture of this Ana’s and Christian’s relationship. But as I continued to read the books, I quite frankly became bored of reading about sex. I grew tired of Ana’s and Christian’s constant desire for each other, explosive orgasms and risqué practices. I found myself skimming through these parts, wanting to move on to the actual story. I acknowledge that is essential to the book’s whole premise that these descriptions are included, but they were too drawn-out, exhausted and repetitive. Another niggle was Ana’s and Christian’s consistent uses of phrases and sentences. Examples include ‘my inner goddess’, ‘oh fuck!’, ‘my fifty’, ‘stop biting your lip’, ‘fair point well made’… The list is truly endless. I wanted to call E.L James personally and tell her to get herself a thesaurus. The books are badly written from a snobbish literary point of view. They sometimes don’t read well, paragraphs don’t make sense, and, at risk of falling victim to this myself, they are just so repetitive.

On the other side of the coin, I really enjoyed reading these books. I can see why they appeal to the mass market – they are uncomplicated, raunchy and exciting. People underestimate the power of books, but I recently read that the sale of sex toys has risen 400% since the trilogy hit the big time. That has to say something about the influence this author has had on so many women, and I do hope it is a positive one. There has been some negative criticism regarding the nature of Ana’s and Christian’s relationship. He is controlling and abusive but is portrayed as extremely alluring. I can see that Ana, the narrator in the trilogy, sees him through rose tinted glasses. This sort of relationship in the real world would be undoubtedly one sided and extremely unfulfilling, and probably damaging, to the ‘submissive’.

These are great if you want a light read that will suck you in, but not as life affirming literary classics.

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