Saturday, 30 May 2015

3D DIY Kawaii Nails


I love the over the top style of Kawaii nail art and in my April Kawaii box (you can read the full review here) I got some funky glitters which I thought would be really cool to use on my nails. Kawaii nails are all about excess - the crazier the better and they typically use 3D decorations such as bows, lollipops, cakes, gems etc. Although this kind of nail art isn't really popular in the UK there are loads of 3D decorations you can buy on Ebay.


I started by painting my nails white using Essie in Blanc, I did two coats and while the second coat was still wet I dipped the nails I wanted to be glittery in the glitter. I didn't make every nail glittery as I wanted to go for a mix and match look. I used two colours of glitter - pink and white. Once the second coat of nail varnish had dried I used nail glue to stick the decorations onto the nails one by one (this can be a bit tricky and I had to rope Olly in to help!). I chose a mixed packet of charms from Ebay which included donuts, cupcakes and bows. Once the nail glue had dried I sealed with a top coat and voila...Kawaii nails!

Have you tried DIY Kawaii nails or have you got any tips and tricks?

Thursday, 28 May 2015

5 Places To Buy Cheap Designer Handbags



Nothing beats the thrill of finding a gorgeous handbag that is also on sale. Every girl loves a designer handbag, and every girl also loves a bargain. I've put together a list of my top recommendations on where to find cheap designer handbags. If you know any where else then I'd love to hear in the comments below

1. Yoox - this is an online retailer based in Italy - meaning they have a good relationship with a lot of the Italian fashion houses and manufacturers. They have hundreds of prestigious designers including Prada, Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Valentino and Dior (I could go on forever - name a designer, they have it) all at discounted prices. I can't recommend this site enough, I have bought loads of stuff from here and it's really straight forward. The delivery is always quick and if you sign up to their email list they often send free delivery and promotional codes. It's also free to return (via UPS) so if something doesn't fit or you don't like it then just send it back. This means that a lot of things disappear/re-appear on the site as people return so if there's something you like that's sold out then keep checking. I also love their 'dream box' feature where you can save items you like. It will tell you if it's the last one available and they often have 'dream box' codes where you will get extra money off any items in your dream box. Check out Yoox here

2. The Outnet - Net a Porter's little sister, which interestingly was recently bought by Yoox. Loads of great discounted handbags, clothes and shoes on here. They have new drops on a daily basis so sign up to their email list to ensure you don't miss out as popular designers sell out quickly. Brands they get in often include Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Anya Hindmarch. They also occasionally have flash sales on brands like Christian Louboutin but I've never been successful with any of these (it's a bit like trying to get Glastonbury tickets - refresh, refresh, refresh...oh too late sold out!). You can find The Outnet here

3. TK Maxx - I have found so many amazing things in TK Maxx over the years. Yes it's hard work, which is why a lot of people don't like it, but if you put the time and effort in you can find some real gems. A lot of their stock is old season or seconds but that doesn't bother me, if I like something I like it, regardless of whether it is on trend or not. It's also luck of the draw in here, sometimes you can go in for several weeks and find nothing, or you can go in and find tonnes. 'Gold Label' is how TK Maxx label their designer stuff, so look out for these tags or gold label sections in store. Some of the less known designers clothes and handbags often get reduced as people don't know who they are - so check the sale rail too. The best TK Maxx store for designer handbags is High Street Kensington in London, but the Hammersmith and Covent Garden branches also carry loads of designer stuff. Most of the stores outside of London don't have designer things but you can get lucky as they move stock around if it isn't selling and people can return things to another store. TK Maxx do sell gold label on line but it tends to be more expensive than in store. Some of the best things I've seen in TK Maxx include a Chanel J12 watch and Celine clutch bag. Wet your appetite by checking out the gold label handbags section on their website here

4. Designer Exchange - This is a chain of shops in the UK with locations in London, Birmingham and Manchester. They specialise in pre loved handbags and sell all the top brands including Hermes and Chanel. All the bags are authenticated by the team in house and the selection is incredible. As the name suggests they also exchange, so you can trade in one of your unwanted bags for a new one. You can take a look at the website here but this is only a handful of their stock so it's best to go into one of the stores so you can see the bags in person. There's new stock everyday so follow them on Instagram so keep up to date

5. Bicester Village - Ah I love Bicester Village. So. Many. Good. Shops. Bicester Village is a shopping outlet based n Oxford, think one of those American outlet villages in Orlando...it's just like that! It has hundreds of shops to cater for all tastes but my faves are Dior, Burberry and Jimmy Choo. This place gets seriously busy on a weekend so unless you're willing to queue I would advise to go on a weekday, it's still really busy but if you get there for 9am then you can easily get around all the shops. One of my top tips of Bicester Village is not to get caught up in all the discounts, a lot of the brands have stock that is 'outlet only' which means it has specifically been developed to be sold in an outlet store. This means the style and quality is not the same as you would get in the brands shop. For example the Burberry macs are about 50% off, but some of them are lower quality and aren't made in England. Like with all other outlets stock varies on a day to day basis, and a lot of the stores do stock sale/end of line items as well as 'outlet only', but don't get your hopes up for finding that dream bag, as it's hit and miss. Find out more about Bicester Village here


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

My Favourite Handcream: L'Occitane


Recently my hands have been getting really dry and there's one hand cream I always come back to - L'Occitane. I find it is one of the only handcreams that really moisturises your hands and leaves them feeling moisturised for hours after. L'Occitane hails from Provence, France and all of the products are made in France, most of them using locally sourced ingredients.

I also love the range of fragrances available - they're all lovely but this time I chose cherry blossom and the classic shea butter which is their best seller. I chose the 30ml travel sizes are they're perfect for when I travel and to keep in my drawer at work or my handbag. The 30ml sizes are £8 each and you can shop L'Occitane here.

Have you tried any L'Occiane products? What are your favourites?


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Cocktail Club

Me and Olly had a big bottle of Hendricks gin in our cupboard so last weekend we decided to hold our own cocktail club and make some summery gin cocktails! I did a little google search to find a couple of recipes and found 3 we fancied trying. I bought a funky little cocktail shaker from Tiger for £3 and it even has flashing lights, winner.

Hendrick's Summer Mule
This was our favourite out of the 3, it tasted a bit like a mojito (which is my favourite cocktail). I got the recipe from the Hendrick's website and it was pretty straight forward. I'm not one for following recipes so we just bought the ingredients and threw them all in rather than measuring. We served them in these cute little milk bottles that I picked up from Tiger for £1 each

Ingredients
  • Gin
  • Lime juice
  • Elderflower cordial
  • Mint leaves
  • Cucumber
  • Ginger beer

Blueberry Fizz
I love blueberries so thought this sounded perfect but it didn't turn out quite right (although we think we added too much tonic?). How pretty does the colour look though? It made a lovely pink, alas the colour was the best thing about it. We served it in this jam jar glass from Urban Outfitters

Ingredients
  • Gin
  • Lime juice
  • Tonic 
  • Basil
  • Blueberries

Raspberry G&T
This is basically just a g&t but with raspberries added. To be honest the raspberries didn't add too much flavour but hey they looked pretty. I think this works better with strawberries but Waitrose had sold out, so raspberries it was. The cool flamingo cocktail stirrers were £2 for a pack from (you guessed it..) Tiger

Ingredients
  • Gin
  • Tonic
  • Raspberries



Thursday, 21 May 2015

Handbag Wishlist: May


1. Proenza Schouler Elliot Cross Body - I've only recently got into Proenza Schouler bags, I've been aware of the brand for a while but it was only when I saw them in real life that I saw the good quality and beautiful leather - and that makes me want one! The Elliot in printed leather and suede is my fave at the moment, I just love the mix of textures and pop of colour

2. Celine Trapeze - I'm a big fan of Celine bags and the trapeze is next on my hit list. I love this black, cream and yellow combo - sounds awful but looks amazing. The trapeze seems really practical and I can see myself using it a lot because of the detachable shoulder strap

3. Givenchy Antigona Floral Tote - I love Givenchy's prints and this floral number is their most recent. The tote shape makes this bag super practical for throwing everything into in summer. There is a zip pouch inside to keep your valuables safe

4. Saint Laurent University Bag - I think this bags looks so smart and chic. The cross body style makes it practical and the style means it will go with any outfit - whether you're wearing a little black dress for work or jeans and a jumper on the weekend. I also think this bag looks very classic and I wouldn't worry that it would date or look out of fashion in a few years time


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

How To Make Mini Kawaii Cat Donuts



I have seen loads of these cute kawaii cat donuts around on pinterest and instagram but couldn't find anywhere in London that sold them and since unfortunately I'm not planning a trip to Tokyo anytime soon it looked like I was just going to have to make them myself! They were really easy and looked super cute



What You'll Need...
Mini Donuts - you can either make these or buy them, I'm a rubbish cook so I bought a pack from Tesco for £1.50
White chocolate
Milk chocolate
Icing pens
Chocolate hearts for ears - you can use anything triangle shaped really but I found some Dr Oetker mini hearts in Tesco that were perfect. I just cut the top of the hearts off

What To Do...
Melt white and milk chocolate in separate bowls in the microwave
Chop the tops off the chocolate hearts to make triangle shapes
Dip each donut into the chocolate - use a spoon to make sure you've got a nice smooth and even layer. On some of them I used both colours to make a patchy cat
While the chocolate is still gooey push the ears into the top
Put cat donut in the fridge for 1-2 hours
Once the chocolate is hard take them out the fridge and ice super cute cat faces. I found black icing was the most effective but I also used bright glittery icing for extra kawaii-ness
Eat!


Have you made any kawaii foods or have you tried making cat donuts? I'd love you hear your comments below!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

What's On My Dressing Table: May



1. Lipstick Queen Frog Prince - I bought this last month and have been using is everyday since. It really is a great everyday lipstick. Check out my full review of it here

2. Chanel No.5 Hair Mist - No.5 is my favourite perfume so when I discovered the hair mist I just had to try it. It's a light weight version of the perfume which will leave your hair smelling amazing all day. You can get it in most of the popular Chanel fragrances, it's £38 and available from Chanel beauty counters, or online here

3. Kiko Lasting Gel Eyeliner - The search for the perfect eyeliner is almost as difficult as the search for the perfect mascara . I first saw this eyeliner on SoniaxFyza's instagram when she posted a video on her trying to remove it but it just wouldn't budge. I always have difficulty with my eyeliners smudging so one that doesn't even come off with make up wipes sounded perfect to me! It is a little tricky to apply as you'll need a super thin eyeliner brush (I use this one) but it's worth the effort and it is really really black which I love. You can buy Kiko's eyeliner here for £8.90

4. Nuxe Lip Balm - I love this lip balm that Daisy bought for me for Christmas. First of all it smells amazing and I want to eat it but it's also really hydrating and perfect for dry lips. I tend to take mine to work and use it throughout the day when my lips need a bit of TLC, you can buy it from Space NK

5. Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment - I have problem skin and had heard loads of great reviews about this product so wanted to try it out for myself. I have been using the mask twice a week and it has definitely improved my skin overall as it is much smoother and softer and my pores appear reduced, however it hasn't helped my problem areas. Saying that I have read so many positive reviews so I think it might just be my stubborn skin. The mask definitely hasn't made my problem areas any worse, it just hasn't improved them (which seems to be the case with most skin care for me unfortunately). I was put off by the price at first but I found it on Look Fantastic for £35 which is £10 cheaper than everywhere else!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Jo Malone White Lilac and Rhubarb Candle



Jo Malone fragrances never fail to captivate me and the latest candle is no exception. I first read about this limited edition candle on the blog Pearls and Poodles and knew I had to smell it, and when I smelled it I knew I had to have it. White Lilac and Rhubarb may not seem like an obvious combination but they compliment each other perfectly. This fragrance instantly transports you to an English country garden as you imagine long lazy days in the sun accompanied by a glass of Pimms. I love all Jo Malone fragrances but must say this is one of my favourites, I'd love it if they introduced a whole range.

The packaging is beautiful and I love the painted rhubarb and lilac design that encompasses the candle, making it truly unique. The candle came packaged in a black Jo Malone box complete with a box of black Jo Malone matches, I just love this touch. The candle itself has a silver lid engraved with the logo which makes it feel very luxurious. The sales associate also kindly gave me a card with a little picture of Jo Malone boxes which I thought was very cute.

What's even better about this product is that it's 'a candle with a conscience' as it's for charity, and the full retail price will go towards garden community projects to care for and cultivate beautiful gardens. A candle that smells great and does good? Definitely worth purchasing. The candle is £42 and you can get one for yourself here

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Kawaii Box: April


If you a) love cute things and b) love surprises then Kawaii box is for you! Kawaii Box is a monthly subscription that sends you the cutest box of Japanese and Korean goodies. I love all things kawaii and Japanese so when Olly bought me a 3 month subscription for my birthday I was so excited to receive my first box! So what was in the April box?

Llama pencil case
Rilakkuma note book
Love rabbits sticker set
Paw squishy
Macaroon trinket box
Polka dot bow hair clip
Pearl phone stickers
Pony pen
Biscuits (I really don't know what these are but they have green stuff in them?)
Set of 5 glitters
Cat plush keyring

I think my favourite item from this months box is the rabbit sticker set as I can use them to jazz up my notebooks (and computer screen at work!). Kawaii stationery always makes me happy as it adds a little fun to my desk (my desk at work is covered in Pusheen and Rilkkuma!). I also really like the pencil case as it's quite small so will be perfect to store my make up brushes in when I travel. The macaroon trinket box is sooo cute...I thought it was a lip balm but it's actually just a teeny tiny little box to keep secrets in.

I'm really excited to try the glitter, unfortunately I can't read Japanese so I don't know what the instructions say but the images on the back of the packet show that you can use it on your nails which I can't wait to try. I wasn't sure about the biscuits since again I couldn't read the packaging so didn't know the flavour but they're actually really nice, a bit of a vanillary flavour, yum!

I really can't wait for my next box, I'm already counting down the days. You can buy the Kawaii box here!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

6 Things That Are Making Me Happy This Month: May



1. It was my birthday last month and this print was one of my presents from Olly. He knows that Chanel No 5 is my favourite perfume and so it was the perfect gift. I love the pink background and it matches so well with our bedroom. I've been saying I wanted a picture in our bedroom for a while and this one makes me super happy

2. This Primark bedding is just perfect for spring. I love the pastel colours and the funky little pineapples. I think I have a bit of an addiction to buying new bedding but who can resist when the designs and prices are so good in Primark! This set was only £11. I love their bedding I think it's good quality and super comfy. Buying new bedding just seems to make me really happy, does that make me old? The cute little 'chill' pillow was a nice extra at only £4

3. Tsum Tsums are my new favourite obsession (have you guessed I have a bit of an addictive personality?!). I have 10 of the mini ones now which creates the perfect little pyramid. I really wanted the Cinderella and Snow White ones but they sold out straight away. New characters are relesed every Tuesday, but a lot of them are online exclusives so unless you're sat at your computer at 9am on a Tuesday morning then you will most likely miss out. At £3 each they are just too easy to collect, so it is safe to assume my collection will grow, check them out at the Disney store here

4. How yummy does this ice cream cupcake look?! I spied it at Wholefoods last weekend and decided I definitely needed to try it. Safe to say it was delicious. A cupcake can always make me happy if I'm having a bad day

5. I love my new blogging notebook, it was a birthday gift from Olly's sister as she knows I've just started getting into blogging and has been helping me a lot since she's got lots of blogging experience (check out her blog Cupcakes and Cherries). It's perfect for writing down all my ideas and scribbles and it's also in my favourite colour!

6. Pink tiger lillies are one of my favourite flowers and I love having them in my flat as they look and smell lovely. Olly got these ones for me from M&S, I find they always have the best flowers and they seem to last much longer than from anywhere else. I've had these tiger lillies for about 10 days now and they still look amazing

What's making you happy this month? I'd love to hear, let me know in the comments below :)


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

10 Problems All Handbag Addicts Can Relate To



1. People touching/knocking your bag in the street or on public transport...it took me 2 years to save for this bag!

2. Rain + designer handbag = no. Many times I have sacrificed my outfit/hair so that my bag can stay dry under my umbrella! Although our prayers may have been answered by this neat little invention

3. Someone asking if your designer handbag is fake

4. Finally purchasing a new handbag you had been lusting over for months and then an hour later already planning which bag you'll get next as you're never satisfied

5. People's eyes popping out of their head when you tell them how much your handbag cost. We all have different priorities guys, it just so happens I would rather have a shiny new handbag than eat this month

6. The stress of deciding which handbag to use on a daily basis, or even worse which bag to take on holiday. So many bags, so little time

7. Planning your entire outfit around your bag, or buying new clothes because they 'match' your bag. I you get a new pink bag then of course you need a new pink jacket to match, and pink shoes, and a new pink lipstick...

8. Dreaming about a bag you want. I admit to waking up in cold sweats after worrying a Celine bag I wanted had sold out, the struggle is real

9. Having a favourite handbag that never sees the light of day because it's too beautiful and what if someone were to spill coffee on it on the tube? Or there was a spontaneous snow shower? Or a rabid raccoon came out from no where and stole your bag? Best to keep it safely in doors

10. Having to find somewhere to put your bag when you're out, because of course your bag can't sit on the floor. Extra chair for my bag please waiter


Got any other handbag problems? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Frog Prince - Lipstick Queen Review




The saying goes that you gotta kiss a lotta frogs, and like many other girls I am obsessed with fairy tales and fantasy, so when I saw this lipstick in the window of Space NK last week I was very intrigued. However I was surprised to discover that the lipstick was actually green, instead of a perfect princess pink. I then realised that lipstick was infact 'magical' and transform into pink when applied to lips. Frog Prince reacts with the natural PH of your lips to create the perfect lipstick shade for you.


Well to me this sounded pretty cool, so I was super excited to buy one. First of all I really like the texture of this lipstick, it's very soft and feels a bit more like a lip balm than a lip stick. The colour is quite sheer, it creates a nice pink shade when applied but isn't too intense, which I think is perfect for everyday. Frog Prince is £22 and available exclusively at Space NK


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