Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Lost Like Some Forgotten Dream


Monday, 17 November 2014

Why You Can Still Feel Sexy & Show Less Flesh

   Earlier this year, a close friend of mine was sexually assaulted. It was broad daylight, she was in a high street women's clothing store surrounded by other female shoppers, and a man felt the insidious need to grab her inappropriately.

   When you're told a story like this, you're not supposed to wonder if what the victim was wearing provoked the crime, but, disparagingly, this notion is ever prevalent when discussing sexual assaults, so I'll describe her outfit for the purpose of this post: she wore a pink skater skirt, a grey t-shirt and flats - nothing loud and nothing revealing (not that those aspects justify an assault) - but now she believes that it was that above-the-knee, flowy-style skirt that prompted the attack, so much so that she's thrown it away and pushed all her other skirts to the back of her wardrobe.

   Months later, she still feels as if she cannot leave the house wearing a skirt any higher than calf-length, and never buys tight or low-cut tops. At first, it was for fear of another incident, but now it's just habit - she likes the silhouette of midi skirts and the comfort of an oversized jumper, the chicness of a cocoon coat and the warmth of a blanket cape. The only thing is, she doesn't feel 'sexy' anymore.

   This is what hit me the hardest. This girl has had her desirability taken away from her, by one sick guy looking for a kick. And don't get me wrong, it's not that she wants all eyes on her, but to feel desirable and confident in yourself is a wonderful, uplifting thing that we all have the right to experience.

   She can't find the strength to wear what she used to wear, so I decided to put together a list of items that can make her feel confident, sexy and, above all, happy in herself. If you've gone through a similarly distressing situation and feel the same way, hopefully this list will help you, too.

1. Midi-dress by H&M - £29.99
2. Midi-dress by River Island - £65
3. Pink Jumpsuit by Three Floor - £168
4. White Shirt by Alexander Wang - £255
5. Leopard Print Heels by Kurt Geiger - £80
6. Black Leggings by J Brand - £265
7. Crop Top by River Island - £24
8. Peplum Jacket by Proenza Schouler - £1,230
9. Metallic Midi-skirt by Topshop - £60
10. Studded Flats by Zara - £49.99
11. Pencil Skirt by Miss Selfridge - £25
12. Sheer Shirt by River Island - £38
13. Heels by Steve Madden - £75
14. Crop Top by House of Holland - £295


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Review: Clinique Repairwear Anti-Aging Makeup

   During this year's long, humid summer, I spent most of my time wearing either BB creams or nothing at all on my face. Every time I tried getting ready, heavier products would just slide off in the heat, and I'd be left with a gooey mess of eyeshadow, mascara and streaky foundation by the time I'd finished. Thank God the weather toned down a bit, and I could finally think about purchasing a full-coverage foundation.


   I popped into Debenhams and wandered over to their newly-acquired Urban Decay stand, and asked the assistant whether they had any full-coverage products. After 20 minutes of test-applications, and her trying to convince me that their medium-to-low coverage foundation (which is the only one in the brand's entire range) was buildable, I moved on; I wasn't prepared to wake up earlier in order to apply several layers of foundation to get the right coverage - I needed a product which could give me results in a single application.

   Next stop - the Clinique stand. Upon hearing the words 'full-coverage', the assistant directed me straight towards their Repairwear foundation. She stated that, although the product was 'anti-aging', it was great for young skin as well. She then tested a patch on my skin, and handed me a 5-day supply to test out by myself; this is a great service, by the way - Clinique's samples always provide enough for a good week's worth of use. The assistant also gave me a similar-sized sample of their Superprimer, which I mentioned in my latest beauty haul.


   I didn't even have to use this sample for 5 days to know that I was set on buying it. After the first application, I was so happy with the results that I purchased it from the website straight away.

   The formula is creamy, rather than moussey, and evens out really well with the use of a buffer brush - I don't recommend a flat brush as this can make the formula sit on the skin rather than blend in - I'm currently using Real Techniques' buffing brush, available in their Core Collection. If you are using a buffing brush, I've found that you can mediate the coverage of the formula by taking a small amount and really blending it into the skin, or using a slightly larger amount to achieve full coverage.

   It stays put for at least eight hours, after which time it seemed to cake slightly around my hairline; I advise using a good primer and moisturiser as a base, to help it stay smooth and even for longer. If you're looking for a foundation to take you from work to early morning clubbing, this isn't for you.

   Its SPF is slightly low at just 15, but I tend to use a facial sunscreen underneath my makeup anyway, regardless of the factor of the foundation, as you can never underestimate the damage caused by UVA and UVB rays.

   This currently retails at £25 at Debenhams, £27 at Boots and £22.50 at John Lewis.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Weekday Wishlist 12/11/14

1. Biker Boots by Boohoo - £40
2. Grey Jumper by Carven - £385
3. Silver Mini Satchel by 3.1 Phillip Lim - £545
4. Choker by Regal Rose - £26
5. Longline Coat by Cédric Charlier - £820
6. Slogan Clutch by Missguided - £17.99
7. Conquer Ring by Rogue & Wolf - £36
8. Oversized T-shirt by River Island - £18
9. Leather Flats by Moda in Pelle - £69.95
10. Joggers by Topshop - £38
11. Dress by Monki - £25

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

October 2014 Beauty Haul: Clinique, MAC, OPI etc.

   I was lucky enough to spy an offer at Debenhams which bagged me a free Clinique gift with to purchases. I received a cute little makeup bag complete with five gorgeous products - all of which are superb quality and I'm super excited about adding them to my makeup routine.

   Alongside this, I also purchased the famed 'Ruby Woo' MAC lipstick, a Bare Minerals brush shampoo and a stunning OPI nail polish - check out all these products in the video below!

Products mentioned:

MAC Lipstick - £15.50

Sunday, 9 November 2014

5 Things You Need to Stay Organised this Semester

   We're well into this semester, and by now you've probably planned out or written up a few assignments, attended a good few seminars and sifted through a fair share of journal articles. 

   At the beginning of this year, I thought I'd start fresh and get super organised; I archived all my work from previous years, swotted up on my new modules and started planning and researching my dissertation topic. All was going well, until the work began piling up and suddenly that Netflix addiction I developed over the summer didn't seem like an option.

   If you're in the same position as I am, and you're in need of an organisational boost, have a look through this list of five basic items to keep you organised this semester:


   I don't know why I waited until my third year to buy myself an academic diary; it would have come in handy at any time during uni.

   Most of you will have had one of these in high school, and at that time we resented the fact that they were used for noting down homework rather than for doodling, but a diary makes keeping on top of assignments so much easier.

   Try this super cute safari-style planner from Etsy for £11, or basic options on Amazon from £1.60.


   I literally can't get enough of storage boxes; to me, there's nothing more satisfying than clearing up all the clutter in my room and hiding it away in pretty storage.

   I've used this hot pink storage box from Leitz at Shoplet* (above) to file all my old uni work. It's A4-size, so it's perfect for storing all those loose bits of paper that may come in handy when you're writing an essay. 

   This flatpack-style container has side handles for easy placement, as well as a label space in which you can write a word or two to remind yourself of its contents. Plus, it comes in a variety of striking colours, so you can personalise your storage to the theme of your room.


   I used to be super lazy and pile all my notes into an A4 sleeve, until I realised that a lever arch file would make my life a million times easier.

   This 85mm-width folder from Shoplet* (below) takes 250 sheets, perfect for keeping all your notes in check, and also features a multi-line label on the spine for categorisation if you plan to separate notes from different modules.

   It also comes in a variety of colours, so you could even match it to your storage and be ultra colour-coordinated!


   We all know about Evernote for taking down those all important notes in your lectures, but what about other apps to help you stay on track during the semester?

   OmniFocus organises your tasks into folders categorised by importance and lets you set due date reminders as well as review your projects to see how much progress you've made. Great for timekeeping, but it's a little on the pricey side at £13.99 from iTunes.

   An easy-to-use free app is Wunderlist, which allows you to create an infinite number of lists, share them and personalise them with photos, PDFs and presentations. You can also set reminders, so you never miss a beat.

   If, like me, you're studying English, Sparky will definitely come in handy. It's a free app that lets you browse SparkNotes on your phone or tablet, just in case you haven't brushed up on your Jane Eyre for that presentation tomorrow (I'm not condoning this. Only use in case of emergency...)


   Silly me, thinking that the only way to bookmark interesting quotes was to underline the phrase, then fold down the corner of the page.

   Removable highlighter tape is so much easier to use, and works great if you're using library books, as it can be removed without leaving a mark; simply stick the tape over the desired quote, then remove once you've finished! Try eBay for low prices.

* Items were gifted for review purposes