Wednesday, 23 April 2014

They don't know about us.

Hello everybody, and happy Wednesday! Today I'm in for yet another day of uni work (hey, what's new) but first I thought I'd share this outfit from Easter Sunday with you. In spite of the fact that we aren't religious, it was nice to spend the day at home with my family, eating what felt like a week's worth of calories and dressing up a little just for the sake of it - I don't have that many reasons to get dressed up at the moment so this was a nice excuse!

Dress - Topshop
Heels - River Island (similar here

This dress, a result of a spontaneous order which serves to highlight the dangers of owning a store card, turned out to be a lot brighter than I suspected it would be but after some coaxing from my mother I decided to keep it and give the whole 'colour' thing a go. Despite my inevitable draw to all-black outfits, I've been better lately at attempting at least monochrome or pattern, and looking at the photos I'm quite keen on the results. Although this dress would be too twee without some chunky black footwear to balance it out, the lace-up back detailing is beautiful and the shape is so feminine. I can only blame Mad Men for making me crave endless tea dresses at the moment. Find this outfit on Lookbook here...

It's kind of funny in these photos, how the combination of lighting and 'nude' tights make my legs look so much browner than the rest of me. As summer approaches it's starting to dawn on me once again how ridiculously pale I am - a few days ago I tried a magazine sachet of BB cream in their lightest shade and was suddenly more orange than the dress in today's post, so any recommends for pale gals would be much appreciated!

Do you like this dress? Which colours (if any) are out of your comfort zone?

PS. I have launched a blog sale as in a month or so I'll be faced with the task of merging the contents of my uni wardrobe with my wardrobe at home and it's not going to be a pretty sight as both of them are bulging. Please check out what I have on sale, and if you like something feel free to make me an offer - it's all gotta go!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Behind blue eyes.

Regular readers of my blog will be well aware by now that I am almost never without my eyeliner - a feline flick is an absolute staple in my feeling 'put together' and has been since I was about fifteen - as a result of this I've tried a lot of different products over the years. I have quite high standards when it comes to liner, so I was quite excited when I unexpectedly received a new type of eyeliner to trial, sent to me from the ELLE beauty team to review as part of the #ELLEInsider club.

I don't often write beauty reviews aside from my monthly favourites posts as I'm not always up to date with new releases - it often feels like by the time I've purchased an item it's old news in the beauty world and people have already formulated their opinions. But this liner is certainly new: it's been over five years in the making, and it's so secret that I don't even know what brand it is because the details are yet to be released. (This anonymity is a good thing for review purposes: it's allowed me to try the liner based purely on it's performance. I think often it's easy to assume something will be amazing if it is high-end, and to seek out flaws if the price seems too good to be true.)

The item I am reviewing is a gel liner with an applicator which you twist to squeeze out the product. ELLE describes the product as "a lash hugging gel liner pen with a patented Accuflex tip, specificially designed to make applying gel liner easier." These twist-applicators remind me of Avon products, largely concealers with a brush end that was never the same after the first use. Still, I'm not a fan of applying eyeliner from a pot with a brush - I prefer the feeling of control you have with a pen-style applicator - so I was eager to try this product.

The liner has a calligraphy-style rubber tip on the end, and the gel squeezes out from the centre. I was concerned that the nib would clog up over time, but since the tip is rubber it's easy to clean up if you squeeze out too much product, and my liner has not yet clogged after multiple uses.

In the picture above, I'm wearing the liner for the first time. The longevity of the product is brilliant - I've mentioned before that longevity is a dealbreaker for me as I hate having to retouch my makeup once it's applied. The finish of the liner is also lovely - this is the first liner I've ever had that doesn't need to be set using eyeshadow to prevent it from transferring onto my upper eyelid throughout the day.  That's a quality I've never seen before in any liner, liquid or gel, so that was a really nice surprise.

Previously, I'd have chosen the convenience of liquid liner over the more fiddly nature of a standard pot of gel liner. Despite the fact that gel is generally (in my opinion) longer-lasting, with a nicer finish - for example, it's not prone to flaking or peeling like some liquid liners - eyeliner brushes aren't always convenient for everyday use as they require more time and maintenance. However, with this product I don't have to sacrifice convenience for better, longer-lasting liner. It's easy to apply, the finish of the product is gorgeous and I'm really happy that I got to trial this product, as I'd certainly buy it again.

Still, are there any downfalls? Well - it can be a pain to remove without a decent eye makeup remover, but that is more a trait of gel liner itself than something specific to this product, and not necessarily a problem for me as I like staying power! My one main concern would be that, with daily use, one day I'd try to squeeze out more product and find the tube empty - I hate getting caught short when makeup runs out and with this there doesn't seem to be any way to tell when the contents are running low. A transparent section to see how much product is left would be preferable in my opinion - however, since this is a trial product, the packaging is likely to be different on sale, so I look forward to seeing it.

My tips for application would be:

  • Initially I worried about squeezing out too much product, but with this type of liner a reasonable amount of product is needed to avoid any streaks of transparency. With the right amount of product the line is a solid, smooth, opaque black.
  • I curl my lashes before applying liner to prevent transfer or smudging.
  • I find it easiest to line the lashes first, then to draw in the flick afterwards.
  • As pictured above, I really like the contrast of the gel liner with a white pencil liner on the waterline.
  • It's important that the nib is clean before application, to get the cleanest lines and sharpest flick.

I'll make sure to keep you posted about the brand when I find out any more information! Have you got any thoughts who might make this? Would you try this liner?

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Still into you.

Hi guys, I hope you're all enjoying the bank holiday weekend! Are you excited about Easter tomorrow? Today I have a little outfit post for you, something I wore yesterday taking my mum shopping for her birthday present. I hope you like it...

Sweater - Primark
Jeans - Kill City
Flats - New Look

Backpack - Topshop

To be honest, perhaps high waisted jeans were not the best option yesterday since I was feeling crazy bloated! These photographs don't really do me any favours, but I wanted an outfit that was simple and all-black that would show off this super-cute backpack, an early Easter treat. I've been craving pastel pink for the longest time, and when my bag inconveniently broke, this seemed like a perfect (albeit annoying) opportunity to get my hands on some. Such an out-there colour might be a bad idea for somebody who rarely changes their bag, but with the amount of black I wear I suspect it won't be too much of an issue. Find this outfit on Lookbook here...

Are you craving pastels for Easter? What are your plans for the big day?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

You're from the seventies, but I'm a nineties bitch.

I'm sure anyone that is or has been a third year uni student will know the feeling when I say that this final stretch of education has turned me into a student drone. I'm hardly sleeping, my caffeine consumption is beyond excessive, and I feel stressed pretty much all the time. I don't even have money to throw at the problem (let's face it, getting nice things in the post always sweetens the blow of being stuck at a desk all day.) However, on Sunday I gave myself the day off to embrace the glorious sunshine and get day drunk in my garden, cooking a family meal and generally trying to relax. I took these outfit photos before any of that - the sun was so blindingly bright I still wince looking at these photos, but I won't complain as I love the warm weather!

Vest - Camden Market
Shirt - Topshop
Skirt - Primark

Choker - Regal Rose
Hair Rings - Regal Rose

This outfit is really just a mish-mash of different things I wanted to wear that I threw on together and hoped for the best: this choker is so beautiful I want to wear it every day! The skirt is a bargain from Primark - I bought my usual size and it's actually a little loose but this might be a good thing come summertime. For now I cinched in the waist with this check shirt and finished the outfit off with some hair rings (which I always forget I even own) and flatforms. I don't know why, but I hate how sneakers/creepers/flatforms look photographed - I always think they look better in life. Find this outfit on Lookbook here...

What do you think of this outfit, does it work or is it too much at once? What do you like to wear in the spring sunshine?

Friday, 11 April 2014

Babydoll, do you believe I'll catch you when you fall?

Hi dolls, TGIF and welcome to my latest outfit post - this dress only arrived through my letterbox yesterday afternoon but I was so excited I had to put it on and take some snaps straight away. The print is uncharacteristically bright for my usual tastes, but the black background counteracts this, keeping it vaguely within my comfort zone, and I already know I'm going to wear this dress to death this summer. I hope you like this as much as I do...

Dress - Motel Rocks
(Use code 'doodleheart' to get 20% off)

Necklace - Rings and Tings

Sunflowers are a print I'm really fond of, and I've been searching for the perfect sunflower item for a while now. So when this dress popped up on the Motel website I just knew I needed it - I adore the (forgiving!) smock shape, and the lace-up back is such a gorgeous, unique detail. A dress like this is quite a statement piece and these can be hard to accessorise, but in this case the accessories fell into place perfectly - I love the way the classic yellow stitching on Dr Martens ties in with the colours of the dress, and I'd been waiting for the right outfit to show off this adorable lightning bolt necklace. Find this outfit on Lookbook here...

Do you like this dress? Which floral is your favourite for summer?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Like punching in a dream...

Hi dolls! Happy Tuesday - and for any students or teachers reading, happy Easter holidays! I'm quite relieved to be home for a couple of weeks to get on with my uni work, but I thought that this morning I'd indulge myself with a little bit of window shopping and write a wishlist post. These are my current lust-haves, enjoy...

  1. Topshop recently released these side zip maxi skirts and they are sinfully 90s but I love them for that. There's something really sexy to me about a side split, and the zip just adds to that.
  2. I've been eyeing up this Game of Thrones Badge from Kate's Little Store for quite a long time, and now that the show is back (!!!) I want this even more.
  3. Dorothy Perkins have come up with this beautiful mint biker that's been sitting in my sidebar wishlist for a couple of weeks now. I think it's a gorgeous way to embrace the pastel trend, and the silver hardware looks so fresh with it.
  4. These unicorn bags are all kinds of awesome - I found this one on Etsy.
  5. Regal Rose are certainly my favourite store for costume jewellery, I adore this Bohemia headband from their new Temptress collection. Normally I'm not a big fan of gold, but for this I will happily make an exception.
  6. Lonely Lingerie create such beautiful lingerie that I'd happily buy their entire website. Here I've featured the Sabel Cut Out Bra and the Cyd Triangle Brief but my wishlist for that site is longer than my arm.
  7. Motel have been teasing us with this sunflower print in promotion emails for a while now, and yesterday it finally dropped on their site. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to snap up something sunflower and eventually decided on the Tiara dress because I love the babydoll shape with the laceup back (I already own it in their sun moon star print) - however these co ords are adorable too. Remember, you can get 20% off using the code 'doodleheart' too!
  8. Reading Leona's blog has made me want Black Milk everything. They have Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Corpse Bride designs, to name just a few. I recently posted a few of my favourites on my Facebook page but this Iron Throne skater is pretty incredible.

What's on your wishlist lately? Which of these items do you like the most?