Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Leather Gilet | Outfit Planning

Hey guys, 

Another post today as I've recently fell in love with my new leather gilet from Dorothy Perkins! Dorothy Perkins is a place where I very rarely shop but after finding this beauty at £17 down from £52 I had to have it. I've been going crazy planning outfits with it but I've found that this is the perfect layering item - I could throw it on with anything! I've also found it can be a bit of a pain with the studs being silver when I want to wear gold accessories but I throw on a fur stole or thick scarf and it totally covers them. I'm sure you will all see it in future outfit posts etc. I think I'm going to check Dorothy Perkins out more often as they offer 25% student discount and £2.00 store delivery which is fab!

Night Out!
Leather Gilet - Dorothy Perkins
Chain - Primark (about 3yrs ago)
Céline Tee - Ebay 
Fur Stole - H&M
Midi Skirt - Primark
JC Tardy - Office (ebay)

Cosy Casual! 
Leather Gilet - Dorothy Perkins
Jumper - Primark
Cross Necklace - Topshop  
Scarf - Matalan (via charity shop)
Midi - Internacionale 
JC Tardys - Office (ebay)

Sporty Casual!
Leather Gilet - Dorothy Perkins 
Tartan Shirt - Primark 
Crop Vest - Primark 
Midi - Topshop 
Converse - Schuh 

I've listed a few leather gilets below as my one has now sold out!

Paris/Milan Chic At Affordable Price? | Cheaper Alternatives

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Hi guys!
Okay this may be quite a controversial post today.. But I know there are quite a few bloggers that are now sort of promoting 'fakes/dupes/cheaper alternatives' like the Céline t-shirts and Kenzo jumpers. I know there are some people who are totally against this, which is pretty understandable! But how I see it is.. I still want to achieve the look? And I'm not prepared to wait months, even years to save up for say, a Chanel bag? When I can get a damn good look-a-like for a fraction of the price. Yes, fair enough it would be well worth the wait for something as timeless and beautiful as that, but let's face it - not everyone can afford the designer price tags.

Feel free to let me know your views and feelings on these types of things, I know everyone is different! 

I hope you enjoyed my little finds!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Ebay Gems! // Wishlist

1£13.99 // 2. £7.50 // 3. £11.99 // 4. £13.12 // 5. £14.99 // 6. £19.99 

Just a few items I've found on eBay recently! I'm in love with the nude jumper, it reminds me of the American Apparel 3D Mesh jumper. Also, I thought the boots looked a lot like the vintage hiking boots that Topshop have been selling this winter! And as for the Rottweiler sweater I think everyone knows it's a total Givenchy rip off.  
Hope you enjoyed this post guys! 

Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Rio Sonicleanse // Review

This is going to be a post on my new Rio Sonicleanse. Yes, you may be thinking it looks pretty similar to the Clarisonic... And to be perfectly honest, they basically do the same thing! Now, I'm not an expert on skincare nor have I really been into it for that long but I know for sure that this is a god send. For those of you who haven't been introduced to the sonic skin care hype yet let me fill you in... These brushes are meant to remove more make up than manual cleansing, reduce the size of pores and make the skin appear much softer, smoother and radiant.

After a few months of 'umm-ing' and 'arr-ing' about whether to take the plunge and purchase the Clarisonic I done some research into some cheaper alternatives. Whilst researching I found there were a few types of facial cleansing brushes - On the lowest end of the price scale are the manual brushes, then battery powered, and then rechargeable ones. As a general rule I don't usually purchase anything which is powered by batteries when there is a mains powered alternative. When reading reviews on the battery operated ones customers were explaining that the motor inside isn't at all strong enough and as soon as you put it to your face the vibrations become very weak or stop all together. I've heard a lot of good things about the manual brushes though, I know the Sephora one is quite popular! As for mains powered facial cleansing brushes there wasn't many to choose from except the Rio Sonicleanse, Nutra Sonic or various models from the Clarisonic family.

When I received the Sonicleanse in the mail my first thought was 'Oh no, it's in a really small package..'  But to my surprise the actual product itself is a perfect size. The Sonicleanse also comes in an aqua colour and light blue. I chose the beige colour just because it was £10 cheaper (such a cheapskate I know). In the box you receive the Sonicleanse, 2 brush heads, a cradle, mains cable and a manual. After charging the unit for at least 8hrs it's ready to use. There are two vibration intensity speeds on the Sonicleanse and a timer which will bleep after 20 seconds, it does this three times to allow you to cover the centre of your face and the left and right side. After the 60 seconds is up the Sonicleanse will turn off automatically. 
The Rio Sonicleanse retails usually at around £49.99 although can be picked up for £39.99. 

I use the Sonicleanse morning and night with the Soap & Glory's Hot Cloth Cleanser. After cleansing I tone with Lush's Tree Tree Water and then moisturise with La Roche Rosay's Effaclar Duo. After using the Rio Sonicleanse for a week I have already noticed a lot of difference in my skin. My pores have dramatically reduced in size and it looks much more radiant. I have also found this makes my moisturiser sink in a lot quicker which then leaves my skin super soft and foundation appliction seamless. At the moment my skin is going through the 'purging' stage which is expected to happen with a cleansing brush. It just means it's doing its job, cleaning out the congested pores, this will go after a few days when they're completely clear. I will keep you all updated with how I get on with the Sonicleanse in weeks to come. 

- The Price (More than half the price of the Clarisonic)
- Additional brush heads x4 £14.99 
- Two vibration speeds, handy for those with more sensitive skin
- Charge lasts more than a full weeks usage 
- Two year warranty included

- Brush heads could be softer
- Could be a bigger colour selection 
- I feel the timer could last longer, I often restart after it switches off
- Could have a corresponding cleanser to use with Sonicleanse 

Purchase Rio's Sonicleanse for £39.99 here 

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Wish List // January Edition

Checked Leggings - Topshop , Long Sleeve Crop - Topshop , Oxblood Pleather Skirt - Topshop , Arabel Cut Out Boots - Topshop , Red Cambridge Satchel - ASOS , Black Ripped Jean - River Island Green Speckle Tee Dress - Topshop

I'm absolutely loving Topshop at the moment as you may be able to tell! The Autumnal / Winter colours are still very much dictating my wardrobe, although, I'm in love with the bright red Cambridge Satchel which would be perfect for summer also. I've been looking for some ripped black skinny jeans for a while now, these River Island ones are perfect - I've only really seen ones with an excessive amount of rips, these are much more subtle and will look amazing with the Topshop 'Arabel' Boots. The checked leggings really remind me of the 80's Skin Head attire, I can imagine them looking amazing with Dr Martens or Creepers. A shopping trip for me is very much due I think!

Jeffrey Campbell Tardy Boots - Part II Dupes!

Hi guys,

Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! Just a quick post today as I was scanning through some Chinese/Japanese online stores and came across amazing Tardy dupes! I recently done a shoe unboxing post 'here' on my Tardy's I got in November but have heard a lot of people are struggling to get hold of them now - I know the red ones are a lot easier to get than the black. The ones I found certainly aren't as high, which can be a plus for some people but the stitching and lace eyelets are really similar! Also, the very front of them aren't as curved up as the JC's which would probably make walking much easier as you do get that 'tipping' forward feeling when wearing the Tardy's. 

(apologies for the watermark, couldn't find any other pictures)


As you can see of course they are not identical but they are so similar - you could without a doubt achieve the same looks with these. I also think you could get away with these dupes much more in the day time than the Tardy's. 
I hope you enjoy my 'Dupe' posts, as I'm always looking out for really good cheaper alternative to things!