Friday, 27 February 2015

UK Fashion & Makeup Haul


I feel like it hasn't been all that long since my last haul post, but funnily enough they tend to get the most views so I thought I may as well share! I was in the UK last week, and as usual I spent quite a lot of money on the usual clothes, shoes and this time also makeup. Here's what I got:

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in 010 Ivory
Rimmel Brow Pencil in Dark Brown

I'm really not an expert on makeup (not that I'm an expert on fashion either, ahah) and I'm still figuring out what products I like - I've only ever used a couple of foundations but the Rimmel Wake Me Up is by far my favourite, so I took the opportunity to stock up. While I was browsing the Rimmel section I also picked up a few more bits and bobs, including a new eyeliner - previously I'd been using one that cost £1.50 from Primark, basically as I'd never used a liquid felt liner before and I didn't want to spend a fortune on something I wasn't sure I was going to use. But I actually love wearing liquid liner now, so I figured it was time to invest in a decent brand! I've been using it for a week or so and I really like it so far, it's safe to say it's so much better than the Primark one. I also got a Match Perfection concealer, which I've also been using and I much prefer to the Wake Me Up ones Rimmel do.

Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub-gelée from The Body Shop
Watermelon Born Lippy from The Body Shop
Sunkissed Palette

Like everyone else, I absolutely love Born Lippies from The Body Shop so I was on a mission to get my hands on the watermelon one, as I hadn't been able to find it in Belgium. I also got this body scrub which smells absolutely delicious - I love the smell of grapefruit but I actually hate the taste, weirdly enough. Last on the makeup front I picked up this palette, which was really cheap (£3 or £4 I think) just to experiment really as I don't really do eyeshadow and I thought I'd give it a go sometime.

Cropped Jumper from Topshop, £7 (sale)

I absolutely love this jumper, there are no words. It's super warm and cosy and so simple, I adore it - especially as it was only £7 in the sale in Topshop, reduced from £34!

Checked Croptop from New Look, £9.99

Normally I love New Look, but whenever I go in there in England I can never find anything I like in the main 'adult' section - which is odd as it should have the same stock as the stores in Belgium. But what they do have in England is the '915 generation' section (for ages 9-15) which I always seem to find stuff I like in. Maybe that's telling me I dress too much like a 13-year-old, but I don't care as it's always significantly cheaper than the stuff in the main section!

Daisy Top from Primark, £4

I was trying to resist buying anything black, but I caved when it came to this simple tank top - it'll be great for summer with some shorts, methinks.

Flower Print Cami from Primark, £5

Voila, a splash of colour in my monochrome wardrobe! I really love the chain straps on this top, I just hope Primark quality doesn't mean they break on the first wash, haha.

Playsuit from New Look, £12.99

Again, from the 915 generation section. Although I have a couple of pairs of dungarees, I don't actually own any playsuits and I really liked this one for summer.

Pleated Skirt from Primark, £3 (sale)

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate pleated skirts? This one is seriously thick and wooly, which I'm pleased with because it'll be great for what's left of winter. I probably own about 5 other black skirts, but who's counting?

Skirt from Primark, £6

This skirt is one of my favourite buys - it's black and white (yes, I know), and the material is really swishy and gorgeous. A minor detail perhaps, but I really like that the waistband is black because it kind of gives the illusion of a belt.

Leggings from Primark, £8

And last but not least, how could I leave Primark without picking up some leggings? These ones are a lovely dark reddish purple, my favourite colour, and have a really subtle floral effect which I like.

And that's everything I got!


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Polyvore Lately


I've got really into Polyvore again recently - I think if I could only use one social networking-type site for the rest of my life, it would have to be Polyvore, although tumblr is a close second. I love the design process, from choosing the pictures and a colour scheme and arranging them 'artistically', to painstakingly putting the white borders around each one and finally finishing it off with an outfit to suit the set.

Sometimes I feel like being adventurous and getting a little more creative, since Polyvore offers infinite possibilities to the inspired mind, but even the process of making one of my standard sets is so enjoyable and cathartic in a way - there's nothing I love more than putting together a polyset while listening to an ASMR video.

Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite sets I've made in the past month or so. You can check out my account here!

The light goes right through you (Nicole Dollanganger - Fleurs Captives)
He's gonna fight the good fight (Nicole Dollanganger - Rampage)
A flower in a gun, a bird in flight (Marina - I'm A Ruin)
Blessed with beauty and rage (Lana - Ultraviolence)
Money, power, glory (Lana - Money Power Glory)
Sigh over me, my angel of death (Nicole Dollanganger - Adam II Infirmary)
Blue hydrangea, cold cash, divine (Lana - Old Money)
Beauty queen on a silver screen (Marina - Primadonna Girl)
I'm such a star, queen boulevard (Charli XCX - Break the Rules)


Sunday, 22 February 2015

My 18th Birthday


So I'm not exactly quick off the mark with this once as it was my birthday on the 12th, but the half-term break happened in the intervening ten days and I was cruelly snatched away from the things I wanted to photograph for this post. But I thought I'd still share what I got here on my blog, as I love seeing people's birthday/christmas hauls and I'd also like to have this as a memory of what I got for such a significant birthday. Obviously I'm in no way trying to brag or show off, and I know I was extremely lucky to get everything I received!

The day itself was fairly anticlimatic - I had school of course, and a lot of my friends (myself included) were quite ill around that week so it wasn't the best time health-wise. But I still had a wonderful day and received a lot of birthday messages and wishes, and of course lovely gifts!

I got this fabulous card from one of my friends. It's adorable full stop, but has a special meaning as we've been studying Hamlet in our advanced English class this year.

My main present from my parents was completely unexpected and out of the blue (quite literally, ahahaa): a Tiffany necklace! I really was not expecting it at all - they wanted to give me jewellery for my 18th, which of course I'm not complaining about. They also gave me the 'Lost in Translation' book (which looks really interesting although I've yet to read it), and the other two novels, although I got those on our recent trip to the UK and not on my birthday itself. I have one more present to come from them: a Michael Kors watch which isn't available yet outside the US, so I'll most likely be getting it sometime around May.

From one of my aunts I got the Dior book (in the middle), and from another I got a beautiful necklace (box on the left) which actually has my birthstone in it. My grandparents gave me charms for my Pandora bracelet, and another of my aunts also gave me a charm - I have 18 now, which is very fitting! My brother gave me the manicure set in the butterfly case (top left), which was very thoughtful of him, haha. I also got a Topshop voucher from one of my cousins, so I'm excited to spend that.

I got the DVF purse from one of my dad's colleagues at work - it was very unexpected and especially nice of her to think of me as I've only met her a couple of times! From my two best friends I got the instax mini 8 Polaroid camera, which I'm absolutely thrilled with as I've wanted one for ever and ever - they know me too well! I also got the nail polish from another of my friends.

This gorgeous bag was another present from my parents, but it wasn't a surprise as this time I chose it myself. I'm absolutely in love with it, the design, the colour, the detailing, everything. I wore it to school on the day of my birthday and I'm tempted to use it for school for now on as it's just perfect - also I don't know where I'd wear it otherwise. I'm just scared it'll get damaged or rained on if I use it every day!

And that concludes my birthday haul post!


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Top 5 ASMR Faves


Since my last post my birthday happened, so that's a thing - I turned 18 and it still hasn't really clicked that I'm an actual official adult. I want to do a post talking more about my birthday and maybe about what I got, but I so far haven't have time to take any photos of anything and tomorrow I'm off to the UK. So I'll be doing that when I get back, mostly likely along with a haul of what I've bought in the UK as I think it's physically impossible for me to go there and not come back having bought ridiculous amounts of stuff.

So anyway, onto what I actually wanted to talk about. Way back in August of last year I posted about by recent discovery of ASMR videos on YouTube. I'm still enjoying delving into the wonderful world of ASMR whenever I need to step back from everyday life and relax, and I've discovered a lot of new ASMRtists in recent months, including BrittanyASMR who has become one of my all time faves.

Today I thought I'd share my top five go-to ASMR videos which I always come back to. I must have watched each of these over twenty times, as they're extremely effective at giving me that tingly feeling. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out this post!



Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Amazon Books & DVDs Haul


The day after my exams finished I finally got round to spending the £60 worth of Amazon vouchers I got for Christmas, and everything was finally delivered the other day. As always, I'm so excited about all of this but at the same time I'm silently questioning exactly when I'm going to read all of these, given I have so little time to read these days and also a considerable number of unread books already on my shelves. I'm justifying it because not all of these are novel-type books (although how that makes it any better I don't know) - I finally got my hands on Rookie Yearbook One and Grace's Guide, and decided to throw in Tanya Burr's book Love Tanya as well.

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Where She Went by Gayle Forman

I've wanted to read Go Ask Alice for ages and ages - for the controversy surrounding its authorship and authenticity alone - but I hope I'll get a lot out of it too. Where She Went is the sequel to If I Stay, which I read a while ago. I enjoyed it at the time and was desperate to read the sequel, but my tastes have changed rather a lot since then so I hope I'll still enjoy it.

Spy for the Queen of Scots by Theresa Breslin
Tudor: the Family Story by Leandra de Lisle 

I know, I know... I don't think it's physically possible for me to do an Amazon order without adding in at least one Tudor-themed historical fiction. The one on the left is actually more of a history textbook, as it tells the story of the Tudor family without any fictionalisation - I got it because even though I own numerous novels on the period I'm still not always sure of who everyone is, so hopefully this will clear things up for me in a comprehensive and enjoyable format.

Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer 

More Tudor historical fiction, yes I know. Unfortunately I think Mary, Bloody Mary is aimed at a younger age bracket and actually a little simply written for me, but I'll give it a go anyway and it'll be a quick read. I got Ophelia by Lisa Klein almost as a joke, as I've been reading Hamlet in my advanced English class this year, and I was idly googling it when this book came up. I love the idea of telling Ophelia's story, but I have my doubts as to how accurate it will be in relation to the rest of the play.

The Vampyre by John Polidori and Other Tales of the Macabre

Well. This is a bit different, isn't it? Yes and no, because I actually love Gothic horror as a genre and I'm planning on writing an extended essay on it for my advanced English class. I'm going to focus on Dracula, but also look at Carmilla and The Vampyre as examples of earlier vampire literature - and of course I'll probably read the other stories in this book too.

Love Tanya by Tanya Burr

I've been watching Tanya Burr's youtube channel for years now, and I was just about to finalise my Amazon order when I spotted this as a suggestion. Of course I've heard all about her book and watched her launch vlog, but this was a complete whim of a buy as I never planned on getting it. It was only £6 something, which is pretty good for what it is as a physical book (a hefty hardback tome with glossy pages), but I feel like the low price might say more about the contents than anything else. In a similar way to Alexa Chung's It I'm going to be keeping my expectations low with this one in terms of  content, but I hope I might be pleasantly surprised.

Grace's Guide: the Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up by Grace Helbig

Another youtuber book, and I'm a bit late to the party with this one. I adore Grace Helbig and I was pleased to see her book has had mostly five star reviews on Amazon - I'm sensing it will have less of a focus on beauty than Tanya's and more comedy, which I'm all for.

Rookie Yearbook One edited by Tavi Gevinson

To say I'm a die-hard fan of Rookie mag would be an exaggeration, as I tend to flick through the list of articles every few months and plan to read them later. Maybe it's just the quirky hipster girls I follow on Polyvore, but I feel like the Rookie Yearbooks have almost a cult status, and I desperately wanted one (or all, we'll see) of them. I sensibly chose the first one, and after flicking through and seeing the stickers (STICKERS!) I'm totally sold. It's a beautiful piece of art, and I'm really looking forward to reading the articles.

Clueless / Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging / Mean Girls
The Breakfast Club

Originally I was only looking to get Clueless, but this triple set of DVDs was actually cheaper than the individual DVD - I've seen Mean Girls, but it's such a teen classic I felt a need to own it too. I've wanted to see The Breakfast Club for a long time, and I'm planning to watch it with my friends next week!

That's all I got this time - there might not be any more hauls for a while as I'm really trying to avoid buying new books, haha.


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Brussels Museum of Fashion and Lace


This week my aunt travelled over from England for a couple of days for a cultural city break in Brussels. As Wednesday is a half day for me at school, I met her in town after school and we went to to the Brussels Museum of Costume and Lace. Last year I did a huge history research project on European fashion in the 20th century, and I desperately wanted to visit the museum at the time, but never got round to it - so I was thrilled to finally get to have a look round.

The museum is really close to the Grand-Place, the central square of Brussels where there are loads of cafés and historical buildings. Tucked away in the little back streets are endless chocolate and tourist shops, but also many a hidden treasure, and this museum is definitely one of those. Also, the entry was only €2 which is more than a bargain!

The exhibition changes every year, and this time it's all about the glamour of the 1930s. I have to confess the thirties aren't my favourite decade (I prefer the twenties and the sixties), but nevertheless it was really interesting to see everything I'd found out while doing research for my project in the flesh - or fabric, so to speak.

Oh, and I stupidly forgot to take my new camera, so I'm afraid we've gone fittingly vintage with the quality of these photos!

Naturally I had to take a photo of anything velvet - this gets bonus points for being royal blue too!

I stood lusting after this vintage Vionnet gown for absolutely ages. The intricate lace is utterly gorgeous against the nude fabric and the cut is so beautiful I still can't get over it.

Possibly my favourite part of the exhibition: the 'intimates' collection, that is to say underwear and nightwear. I would totally wear the mint green nightdress with the lace edging, and I adore the pastel colours.

It was a truly lovely experience to spend an afternoon walking round this museum. It wasn't particularly big, but the information on each section was quite extensive and I made sure to read all of it. On the very top floor there was also a silent black and white film of Brussels in 1927 playing on a loop, so I sat and watched that for ages - it was really interesting to see the city then, as I could recognise certain neighbourhoods and monuments and compare the images with the present day.

I'll definitely be going back when the exhibition changes, and hopefully I'll take my decent camera then!


Monday, 2 February 2015

H&M Haul


Although school started again today, recently I've been enjoying my few days off after the end of exams and naturally I found time for a quick shopping trip. It really was quick, as I'd gone to the shopping centre with my mum to look at possible 18th birthday presents and I had about half an hour left before we had to leave. I whizzed around H&M, tried on a few things, made some snap decisions and whizzed back out again. Here's a sneak peek of what I got:

1. The floral things are actually really loose, lightweight cottony trousers, which I absolutely love because they're so comfy but also stylish and could be worn on a number of occasions. I have another pair similar to this, but they're in a kind of boho print which I fell in love with but later I realised don't really have anything to wear them with, so I'm hoping these will be more of a success since black is way more my colour scheme. They were €9.99, which is pretty great considering my other ones were about three times that!

2. Next I got a dark blue slouchy cardigan, which I'm on the lookout for as I love my cardis but always seem to end up coming back to the same 2 or 3. This shade tends to bring out the blue in my otherwise grey eyes, which is always a plus. They were also €9.99.

3. Last I got this magnificent dress, which I love to bits. It looks quite wide and shapeless as it's almost a kind of smock dress, in that the waistband isn't tight and it kind of floats around. It's really thin and lightweight so I can see myself wearing this in both summer and winter, and it's also the kind of thing that can be dressed up for a party or dressed way down, depending on what you wear with it - I'd also definitely wear it to school. It was €14.99 which was a total bargain.

And that's all I got!