Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Mini Beauty Haul

Why is it that everything runs out at the same kind of time? I seem to be coming to the end of my foundation, concealer, mascara, skin care and shower products all at once! I had a mini spree to replace some of my nearly empties this week. Here's what I got:

Nip and Fab Oil Control set : £8.50 (ASOS)
Dainty Doll 002 'Saucy Sailor' Lipstick : £2.89 (eBay)
Hi-tech Mascara : £1.18 (eBay)


I'm going to talk about the oil control box set first! I've heard really good things about the Nip and Fab brand previously so when I saw this reduced to £8.50 on ASOS I had to give it a try! I've since looked online and each of these products retails at £10 each so I'm chuffed with my bargain! So far I've only given the Shine Fix and Spot Fix a quick try as I've only got a few more days worth on my current facial scrub. If the result is worth raving about I'll write a seperate review on the Clean Fix facial cleanser. 

On the picture above is a swatch test of the Shine Fix on the left and Spot Fix on the right. The Shine Fix instructions say to apply to the t-zone, chin and nose to eliminate excess oil. It seems to be a multi functioning product as not only does it prevent shine it targets visible pores and blackheads. The consistency is very similar to that of a primer but is slightly denser. I applied in underneath my make up but it does say to apply as often as needed so I gather it's okay to put on over foundation too. My skin definitely feels nice and oil free. Before work in the evening I usually take off all my make up and reapply as my skin looks shiny by then. If i could just reapply this instead it would save so much time! Regarding the long term solutions it offers such as 'busting black heads' and targeting visible pores i'll just have to wait and see if there is improvement. With products designed for oily skin I worry that they'll be too aggravating as I have a combination complexion but this seems gentle but effective. I'll be sure to update if there are any drastic changes!

I haven't been able to give the Spot Fix a proper go as Sod's law would have it my skin is pretty clear today! Not that i should complain as so often it's not. I don't know about you but during my teenage years my skin was relatively spot free - it was when i hit my twenties it got bad! Alongside the rest of them, this product calls itself a must have so it has a lot to live up to. It's in a gel format which is slightly sticky. It has a very gentle smell of witch hazel which suggests it won't be too over powering on the skin.

I'm impressed with the little dabble i've had with the products so far. For a while now, i've used Benefit's Porefessional for reducing visible pores and that's been very impressive. However, as well as everything else at the moment that's running out so if the Shine Fix is an adequate replacement i'll be very pleased!
If you're interested in trying any of the products, the box set is still available on ASOS for £8.50.

Right on to the next..

This is 002 'Saucy Sailor' from Nicola Robert's beauty range 'Dainty Doll'. It retails at £12.50 from Boots but I got it for £2.89 + £1 pp via eBay. There seems to be a number of cosmetics from the range on eBay so it's worth checking out if you're not sure about spending that much! I stumbled across this by accident as i've now turned into a bit of a lipstick fiend. I ordered it on a whim and read a number of mixed reviews whilst waiting for it to arrive. Overall the reviews were negative, a number of which were disappointed with spending what they would on MAC on the products. I'd originally looked in to purchasing the concealer too as i've quite fair skin but was put off by what i'd read. I tried to keep an open mind whilst trying this. The colour is a classic red with a slight pink pigment. I like how bright it is compared to most of the others I own. I've had it on for a number of hours now and it's still stayed pretty well. The product does feel pretty basic though, the box it arrived in has a pretty design but the one on the lipstick is very simple. There isn't a nice smell or taste to it either. The consistency is pretty dense,which made it a bit difficult to apply and my lips feel quite dry for having it on now. It's strange as i'd expect that from a matte lipstick but this neither has a matte effect or shine. Overall, for the price i paid i'm pleased but would have felt slightly cheated if i'd spent £12.50.


Hi Tech Mascara - £1.19 from Hong Kong via eBay. I'm going to admit this straight away, I did buy this because it had a cat on. I didn't really expect it to be worthy of throwing away my current ( and yes depleting) mascara but it's been more than pleasantly surprising! It's got a small bristled brush which I prefer to the big chunky ones a lot of them have. It's really good for grabbing smaller lashes. I've had to be careful not to make them too clumpy but I think that is partly because it's new anyway. For the first time in a while I haven't applied eyeliner because I don't really feel like I need it!

Above I have the mascara and Dainty Doll lipstick on.

I'm waiting on one more thing at the moment which is a matte black nail polish (another eBay order). Overall, I feel like i've managed to start replacing my depleting beauty products and have a treat. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the above i'll try and find the direct links for you.


Thursday, 21 March 2013

eBay time.

I've just put some things on eBay. I'd say that it's mostly things I bought because I loved but have never really worn! Everything is starting at 99p as usual and the postage is only £2.90 a go.

New Look Aztec Print Jumper Size 8/10/12

Cat Print Jumper Size 8/10 Forever 21

Lazy Oaf Fox Tee Size S 8/10

New Look Lace Peter Pan Collar Blouse 8

Internationale Scallop Bird Vest Size 10

Topshop size 8 Striped Bodycon

Truly Madly Deeply for Urban Outfitters size 8 Fox Print Jumper
One of my vices is animal print clothes :p if you hadn't noticed!
So bid away and message me if you have any questions :)
Rose x

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


You may or may not have noticed my lack of blogging as of late. At one point it seemed only a week i'd missed and that's somehow snowballed in to two weeks!
Last weekend I rounded up my Northern road trips by visiting Leeds - my former university town. It was the birthday celebrations of a good friend and it was lovely (if not slightly uncanny) being back there. If you've never visited, i'd highly recommend taking a trip. The city has so much to offer, from a massive town centre to vintage shopping to brilliant restaurants, museums and more. I could have spent a whole week there and still only felt slightly reacquainted.
On the Saturday, Jamie and I had the day free so we started in LS6 cafe. The interior is uniquely decorated and the coffee is lovely (cheap too!). After, we wandered into the antique shop next door (Top left picture) which has so much to look at. There's such a vast range in pricing, it's worth inspecting everything incase you find a bargain.
In the evening we visited Dry Dock. A pub we'd frequently go to as it's just across the road from the uni! The place itself is a boat, with a pub garden situated on the top deck. They do reasonably priced drinks and we got two burgers for £7!
I'll sum up the rest of the visit in these words : Wine, Crash Team Racing, birthday cake and lots of catching up.
I can't wait to visit again.

The rest of the week i've mostly been working to try and make my bank account look a little happier!
I've got plans for a couple of posts in the next few days too.
Rose x

Monday, 4 March 2013


Yet another post from me using the Diptic app. I find it so useful for photo central posts. Today is Monday and I'm thoroughly enjoying having the whole day off.  My plan was to do lots of writing but as usual I'm procrastinating terribly.

I was wearing a different outfit this morning - denim shirt, skeleton tee shirt and pleather leggings but I wasn't sure about it. I'm not entirely sure the pleather legging look is for me! Anyway here's what I changed in to. 
Denim shirt : New Look
Grey skater skirt : Topshop petite
Heart print tights : Primark
Green Doc Martens : eBay
Peace sign earrings : Primark
Belt : Primark
Lipstick: Kate Moss for Rimmel 107

I got my fringe cut when I was away. The last time I has a full fringe I was 7 years old! It's growing on me though (terrible pun!).

Hope you're all having a more productive day than me!

Rose x

Sunday, 3 March 2013

My Instagram Week #8

This is a very photo heavy post this week! I spent Monday-Thursday up north which was lovely for a break. On Tuesday Ashley and I went to Liverpool and caught up with my friend Sophie from University. It's only about fifty minutes away from where he lives which is ever so convinient. It was only the second time i've been to the centre and the first time was over four years ago when I was looking at universities. It's an amazing city and i'd love to go back soon - there's so much to see!

  • We spent most of the day at the Mersey Maritime Museum. I quite fancied looking at the Titanic exhibit and we wanted to go to one Sophie hadn't visited either. The sun appeared briefly and we had a pleasant walk down to the docks. 
  • The museum itself was massive; the first floor showed displays of the liners which also sailed around the same time as the Titanic. It then went onto the history of life at sea throughout the years before we came to the Titanic exhibit itself. We spent all afternoon wandering round, it was lovely to do something different and it didn't cost anything at all (except a voluntary donation!). 
  • Afterwards we went for a cheeky Starbucks and went back to Sophies for Scrabble and takeaway. I didn't win any :(. 

  • The next day we were off to Manchester nice and early. Ashley was off to work so i met Sophie again and Rose for a girly day. 
  • We started at North Tea Power, one of my favourite tea shops in the centre.  It has a lovely interior, decorated in lovely bits and board games on the side. They offer a huge range of teas and tasty coffee. I sat in there with my book (still A Clockwork Orange at the moment) until Soph arrived.
  • We planned to go on a mega shop but didn't get very far! We started with a look round Afflecks. If you haven't been before it's a building with a number of stalls and shops throughout. There's all sorts there such as American foods, alternative clothing, piercing, tarot reading, etc. I got a cat print bag and tried on a spotty green bodycon dress i'm slightly regretting not getting!
  • We then got lunch and perused Primark then it was time to meet Rose. We went to the beautiful Sugar Junction for coffee. Last time we tried to go it was fully booked but apparently the food is wonderful. It's got a lovely vintage feel which you can see in their choice of teacups (bottom right photo).
  • For dinner we went to the Black Dog Ballroom just across the road. The food was really good and we ended up getting a meal and a round of drinks free as a meal got dropped over Sophie!
  • After that we headed to the Odeon in the Printworks to see Mama. It was a jumpy horror film, not the best i've watched but good for a giggle. 
It was so great catching up with everyone, I think i could have spent a week in both and not got round to all the things i wanted to do. Next Saturday i'm off to Leeds which i'm so looking forward to. It still feels a bit uncanny being my former home and all.

How was your week?
Rose x

Monday, 25 February 2013

What I've been reading.

When I finished my degree last July I rejoiced at the prospect of reading what I liked again. Unlike a lot of my course mates who were put off books for a while, I already had a stack at the ready. At first I whizzed through popular fiction such as Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ( fantastically romantic) and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson (a predictable thriller). Recently though, I'm on with a slightly more challenging reading list. My aim is to read some of the popular classics I didn't study whilst at uni. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell was one I knew was on the syllabus for a lot of people but I myself had missed. I enjoyed having something more challenging to read and the content of the book was thought provoking.

Orwell's vision of the life in the novel is claustrophobic and his character's lack the privilege of privacy. The world is over run by technology and each home contains a television which can watch the inhabitants. Not only can the government not be trusted but a number of the surrounding population are part of the 'thought police' (a group who report thoses who have negative thoughts about Big Brother to the government). Noone can be trusted and individuals are discouraged from having relationships, referring to those around them as comrades. The children are to be feared most of all as they have no allegiance to anyone - not even their parents!
Written in 1949, Orwell's interpretation of life in the late 20th century was terrifying but in many ways parallell to our present day. The watchful eye of Big Brother can be likened to the amount of cameras which surround us on a daily basis.  Statistics say that the average person is caught on CCTV  60 times a day which is quite unnerving! The novel also contains elements of Orwell's present day, such as the repetition of war. The combination of the two makes the book very interesting to consider.
One of the most unexpected elements of this text for me was the inclusion of a love story. The protagonist Winston meets and falls in love with Julie. Together they try and have a relationship based on love despite the disapproval of Big Brother. It's interesting to read about their struggle for something we take for granted.
I'd definitely pass this book on as a must read. So much of our culture is based around our most popular fictions ( In this case the TV programme Big Brother!). There were some bits I found quite difficult to understand but it was worth persevering with.  

My reading list for the coming months is as followed:

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Mary Queen of Scots - Antonia Fraser
Kings of Albion - Julian Rathborne
A Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Little Women - Louise May Alcott
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

What are you reading at the moment? Can you recommend anything for my reading list?

Rose x

Sunday, 24 February 2013

My Instagram Week #7

I'm slightly cheating with this one as these photos aren't actually instagrammed but my week was so quiet I didn't really take many photos. I had Ash staying for a couple of days and the rest of the time I was working. Next weeks post will hopefully be a bit more exciting as I'm off to Preston/Manchester/Liverpool (Hooray for a week off!). I'm also half way through a post about what I'm reading but it's on the back burner at the moment as I can't think.
1. This is me today, a bit tired and scruffy round the edges. I'm wearing my Cowgirl shirt with my Topshop blue skinny jeans and black forever 21 boots which I think go okay. I've also got my hair up which I never really do. I tried to be fancy and curl my hair this morning but it ended up a frizzy mess.
2. This is me and my boy before he left. I get so used to him being around after a few days it feels strange when he leaves. 
3. I finally rewatched this after buying it last summer! It's such a great film (and play). Marlon. Brando is a babe too.
5. I went for a peruse round the shops and stopped at Costa for a break. Did you know you can still get Gingerbread lattes even though they're not on the board anymore?
5. On Monday I wore my Topshop sale tunic with a black body con skirt and my black suede wedges. I really like it but it is a pain for riding up. 
6. On Thursday I had a night off so we went to Cafe Rouge for dinner. They have a set menu of £11.50 for a starter and main which is really quite reasonable. I had a steak burger and fries which was super tasty.

Rose x

Monday, 18 February 2013

New favourites

Over the last week or so i've picked up some new things to wear. Most shops are getting their spring lines in and I couldn't resist having a look.

Outfit one: This is a midi dress from New look (£14.99). They had a number of midi dresses, the ones i actually had my eye on were long sleeve and block colour. However the material on them was way too thin and even going two sizes above they were still too clingy for me. I thought £14.99 was fairly reasonable. I like how it can be dressed up or down. In the photo above i've teamed it with my new bargain green Doc Mrtens (£5.99 off eBay!) and some Primark peace sign earrings (£1.50 for two pairs).  I'd probably wear my denim jacket over the top with a canvas bag (providing the sun sticks around.)

Outfit Two: This one i've actually had a while longer. The jumper was another eBay find. It was originally from River Island but cost me £1.50. The skirt is a Topshop Petite and was around £16 if I remember correctly. The shoes i got in the New Look sale for £14 and are the easiest heel shoes to walk in. They're really confortable too and I love the Victorian boot style of them. I'd also wear black tights with this and my leather biker jacket.

I can't really label this outfit three but I wanted to share my find! This was £10 from Primark and i'm so pleased with it. It's really well made and i'm in love with the embroidery detail. I'm not 100% what to wear it with though! I'd be grateful of any suggestions.

Outfit Three: This is my £7 Cowboy dress from Asda Living. I stumbled across it quite accidentally and had to get it because of the print. It reminds me of the Cath Kidston cowboy range. I must admit the fit isn't brilliant around the waist but other than that I love it. I've been teaming it with my dark green polo jumper and New Look wedges.

My Instagram Week #6

A busy week at work for me! These photos are ones I took when I was enjoying my break between shifts.  

1. I picked up this magazine hoping it would get me in a creative mood. It has some great bits in, including felt animals (shown on the cover) and DIY heart and pearl collars.
2.  I babysat for my neighbour on Saturday night and this is Frank her 9 week old  sausage dog puppy. He's so small and cute and wants to play all the time.
3. I was just enjoying the sun the other morning. It's made me think about getting my more summery clothes out. Hooray!
4. I bought this a while ago and found I ended up with a lot of break outs after using it. I'm going to try and include it in my regime and see if the result is any better.

5. On Thursday I went to see Django Unchained. Even though it's pretty long (Just under three hours) I was gripped from beginning to end. It's quite intense and has a number of violent scenes but I would recommend it as one to see.
6. My phone case came! I was so pleased with how quickly it arrived. You can't really see in this photo but it has little Hello Kitty ears on the top. Including shipping this cost me just under £5 off eBay. 
7. I'm finally running out of my lovely vanilla coffee. It's part of a great instant range from Whittard. So far i've tried this and the caramel flavour and they're just so tasty. Only £5 for a jar.
8. It has taken me ages to finish this book. I kept putting it down and being too busy. However, it is amazing and a brilliant read. The parallells with our society today are quite uncanny. I've already started my next book 'A Clockwork Orange'. I've found it a little difficult to get into as the author substitutes alot of words with made up ones. It's getting easier the more I read though.

Rose x

Saturday, 16 February 2013

MUA magnetic nail varnish

Earlier this week I went for a wander round town. I've been getting city shopping withdrawals as our town has so few shops. I ended up in Superdrug and looking at their MUA range. I've heard lots of positive things about these products and thought it was time to give something a go. This nail varnish is also the first magnetic polish I've tried. They had a few different colours and pattern results but this appealed to me best.

MUA magnetic nail varnish : squiggle effect £2.00 Superdrug

The first time I put this on I made a royal mess because I didn't leave enough time to do it properly. The instructions suggest two coats (which is definitely necessary for a good colour result).  You must apply the second coats individually and then hover the magnet on the lid over your nail. The closer you can get it the better result. I kept accidentally touching the magnet with my first attempt! 

I really like the over all effect! I think it's great value for money and I've had loads of compliments about the unusual effect. The picture below shows the nails I did first, they didn't come out brilliantly but I imagine that's getting used to the application rather than a fault with the product.

Has anyone tried anything else from the MUA range?
Rose x

Monday, 11 February 2013

My Instagram Week #5

1. A pretty quiet week for me, mainly because I'm working on my personal statement. It's for a creative writing course which is super exciting, however writing this is not!
2. I finally got round to upgrading my phone and now have myself a lovely IPhone 4s. I've ordered some really cute cases which I'll post when they arrive.
3. I dyed my hair! Am still getting used to it at the moment as I had it red for so long. It's only a semi permenant so going red wont be too difficult if I decide to go back.
4. I've listed a load of things on eBay as its time to get saving for my this September. Click here if you want to look at what I've posted. Everything is starting at 99p.

5.  I love the picture from my Gemma Correll calendar for February. Valentines is only a few days away now and I have no romantic plans as Ash and I won't see each other. Instead I'm off to see Django unchained with my friend, I have a feeling we'll be the only non-couple in the cinema.
6. It was super cold this week and I was very grateful of my lovely Eco cup my sister got me for Christmas. It's so useful for on the way to work. Keeps my hands warm too.
7. This is the tunic I got from the Topshop sale for £7! I was coverting it last October but decided it was a little too pricey at £38. I'm so glad I waited as I think it'll be great during spring.
8. My Dad picked me up this little chocolate bunny the other day which means Easter is on its way. He's too cute to eat!

What did you do this week?
Rose x

Sunday, 10 February 2013

A Clean Slate

For the past few years i've been struggling with combination skin, every time there's a big change in the temperature it takes a drastic turn for the worst. At the moment it seems to be mostly oily and no product i had was helping it improve. I decided it was time to rethink my skin care routine. Previously, it would be limited to face wipes and moisturiser with a face scrub in the morning. I did some investigating and read some blog posts highly rating products from Lush. I wanted to run down there and buy every one! They all sounded so promising. Alas, going back to my previous blog posts i am still on budget currently. So i ended up in perusing other shops instead, deciding that even if i got discount products that didn't work - at least i wouldn't be losing out on much cash!

Here's my budget oil reducing routine.

1. Beauty Formulas : Oil Control Facial Wash. 99p from Bodycare
I bought this with much skepticism due to the price. The blurb on the front insists the face wash 'controls the oil balance of the skin and clears away the excess oil and grease that blocks pores' which all sounded very promising. Since purchasing, i've used it twice and have been pleasantly surprised! It has a prominent tea tree smell but without being over powering. It's cleansing without over drying the skin. As my complexion is combination,i expected very dry skin after the first use but instead it's reduced the amount of oil i was often getting in my t-zone and around my forehead. I plan on using it most days and will let you know if there's a dramatic change in the next couple of weeks.

2. Simple Kind to Skin Face Cleansing Wipes. £3.99 from Sainsburys
These are some of the priciest face wipes i've bought. I usually get the cucumber ones from Boots but i ran out and had to make a dash to the supermarket. They remove eye make up well but i don't think they're anything special.

3. Olay Essentials Conditioning Milk. £1.49 (half price) from Superdrug
I haven't used a proper cleanser and toner in years so I had no idea what to look for. I knew i needed
something light and got this on the basis it was suitable for all skin types. This was the first time i'd tried an Olay product and i'm already tempted to go back to Superdrug while the range is still on offer. It smells fantastic and is gentle enough to use daily. The amount of foundation which appeared on the cotton pad whilst removing made me realise that the face wipes were not leaving my skin as clean as i thought.

4. Witch Blemish Stick. £3.99 from Boots
I've only just rediscovered this! The witch hazel helps break down the excess oils that lead to breakouts. It's still the most effective blemish stick i've tried. I'm now using it in my evening routine if need be.

5. The Body Shop Cucumber Freshening Water Toner. £1.59 (In the sale) from The Body Shop
I bought this a while ago in the sale and only used it a couple of times before shelving it. I found my skin was drying out horribly and i'd have big dry patches around break outs (not attractive). However, as my skin is currently battling oil, it seemed a better time to use it. It compliments the cleanser really well and isn't as chemically and harsh as other toners.

6. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturiser. £2.99 from Bodycare
Purchasing this was another skeptical moment. I've never bought a moisturiser this reasonable before but was persuaded by the brand name. It's a different consistency to most moisturisers, making it a little harder to spread about. However, once it's on the skin does feel hydrated. I find the fragrance a little off putting as it's similar to the Neutrogena facial washes i have bought before and it's a bit overpowering. But, i will be sticking with it as i've noticed a considerable change in my skin's overall condition just in the last few days.

So far i've been thoroughly impressed with my purchases. For the first time in ages i don't feel embarrassed my skin! I've had no further breakouts (touch wood) whereas I was getting them daily before. I'm also using less foundation and reapplying make up less frequently!
Have any of you got any beauty bargains to share?
Rose x

Small changes.

Whenever I'm stressed, the first thing I want to do is to eat unhealthily. As soon as I start, I find myself in a terrible routine very quickly. I'm no good when it comes to dieting but I find making little changes to my food crutches really helps

1(l-r) : I've always liked a really sugary tea and coffee. I've tried going without, but it just isn't the same. My housemate introduced me to Sweetex last year and so far they're the best sweetener I've tried. They do take a little getting used to as it is not the same taste as sugar but they are much better for you.
There's 15 kcal in one (4g) teaspoon of sugar opposed to less than 2 kcal in one Sweetex. On average I drink 5 cups of tea/coffee a day so 150kcal a day was purely on the sugar in my drinks!

2. Another coffee related one! As I mentioned above, I do drink a lot of caffeine. This seems to be worse when I'm stressed as its a comfort thing. Decaff coffee (or tea) is a good move if you drink as many as I do. It reduces the risks of caffeine headaches whilst still tasting the same.

3. I used to get 'nowhere near my five a day' guilt quite regularly. Now I always make sure I have some fruit along side breakfast. If I'm on a quick lunch break, I usually pop to sainsburys and they do these great little mixed fruit pots for £1. They're a good alternative to grabbing chocolate.

4. Crisps are my biggest vice. If they were calorie free I'd happily eat three or four packets a day! It's recently i've started studying the labels more carefully. Chilli heat wave Doritos contain : 162 kcal and a huge 8.2g of fat! Walkers Salt and Vinegar contain : 184 kcal and 11.9g of fat. I discovered the weight watchers crisp range which seemed like a good alternative. There aren't as many in a bag and there are one or two flavours I'm not too keen on but compared to the above their Salt and Vinegar Hoops contain : 77kcal and 0.7g of fat. You can get a bag of four for £1 in Poundland.

5. I really like these Actimel low fat yogurts . They're really tasty but only made with fruit sugar and sweeteners as opposed to sugar. If I fancy something sweet these do the job nicely.

6. Final vice - fizzy drinks! I was probably drinking at least three 500ml bottles of full fat coke a week. I really don't like the taste of the diet one but discovered i really like Pepsi Max! Even though I try not to drink as much as I was, I find Pepsi Max a fine alternative when I need a fizzy boost. Full fat coke contains : 210 kcal and ... 59g of sugar! This seems like a crazily high amount but on the label they only list the nutritional information for half a bottle. In comparison, 500ml of Pepsi Max contains : 2kcal and trace of sugar.

Overall, I feel better for the changes I've made so far and they've become part of my routine very easily.

What are your food vices?

Rose x

Saturday, 9 February 2013

A new lease of life.

I've mentioned in my previous posts about my selling on eBay. In the past i've been terrible for hanging on to things I don't wear or use just incase I might ever need them. Needless to say my drawers and room were cluttered! I like the idea that the clothes that weren't right to me went to someone who would love them better than me! As well as this declutter of the unworn I've also promised myself i'd only get well fitted items. Unfortunately, in many stores petite ranges can be more expensive so eBay seemed the perfect place to have a look. Before my enforced clothes ban (it's still going strong at the moment) I used some of the money i'd made to buy more. It feels like a good way of recycling! Here's what i got :

Topshop Petite Polkadot dress £5.50 + 3.00pp

                                             Topshop Velvet Dress : £11.00 + £3

Topshop Petite Aztec dress £7.50 + 2.50pp

Topshop Petite Silver Dress : £11.00 + £3.50pp

If you haven't bought clothes off eBay before i'd recommend :
-Checking the feedback of the seller before bidding. It'll let you know if they have a history of poor shipping time or inaccurate descriptions.
-If you're bidding on something with an occasion in mind, contact the seller to ask if it will arrive in time.
-If the picture is of bad quality or the item is creased - don't bother. If they can't be bothered to present it well, it will most likely have been cared for in the same way.
-Most sellers will put on the listing if something is damaged. If you receive something with an issue that was't mentioned then you have every right for a refund.
-Make sure you're aware of the condition - people have different ideas when it comes to description!

Rose x

My Instagram Week #4

1. From Sunday to Tuesday morning, Ashley came to stay. It was so nice having him here and i was glad he could come to Ceri's leaving party with me on Monday. This photo we took after we got back. He usually pulls silly faces when i try and take photos so i'm pleased to have a nice one!
2. We went for a Pizza Hut buffet which was sooo yummy. I never used to be a fan of Pizza Hut food but their buffets are great. We had a 'Don't Open Me' envelope which we got last time we ate there. It was basically a guaranteed prize but we had to go back to the restaurant to have it opened by the manager. We were dreaming of a holiday but won a pudding instead!
3. I got a new duvet cover from Asda, spent my lazy Sunday making my room look all beautiful.
4. As i mentioned in my previous post, my friend Ceri moved to Brighton. We had a lovely time at her leaving do and i spent Tuesday and Wednesday morning with her getting things all sorted.

5. This is my new favourite lipstick. It's part of the Kate Moss for Rimmel range and i've worn it nearly every day this week. It's a dark purple/red colour on and has a matte finish. It also tastes like the sweets Nerds! I pointed it out to Mum a week or so before Christmas and she slyly bought it whilst i was there. However, she accidentally put it in my older sister's Christmas stocking! Luckily Nikki didn't think the colour suited her so i got it back. I'm so pleased i did.
6. So i've been a bit naughtier with my spends this week... i went shopping on Wednesday afternoon and picked up this cowboy print shift dress from Asda Living in the sale for £7. I couldn't resist it, it does seem a little long in the body and the print is a bit overpowering worn on its own. I teamed in with my green jumper today. I also picked up a denim shirt for £12 from New Look and the tunic i was coverting from Topshop (back in October!) for £7.
7. My mum spotted this coat in the Topshop sale for £35 reduced from £50. This picture isn't brilliant quality but it has faux leather sleeves with a khaki body. It's a bit cold to wear it on its own at the moment so i've had a hoodie underneath it. I love it.
8. Finally (another previous post mention), I got my rose tattoo! I'm so pleased with it and it's made me want to get another..

How was your week?

Rose x

Untameable. Outfit post

I did have a portrait to put in with this outfit post but as my title suggests my hair was crazy looking!  I seriously need a haircut but it's the longest it has been in ages, so i'm reluctant to. This is what I wore on my day off. I find myself making more of an effort lately when I spend more time in my uniform. I like to think this is quirky whilst comfy.

Collar: part of a top from Topshop Petite two years ago
Jumper : Asda living
Skirt : H and M

I wore my old burgundy converse too. I really love this colour with the dark green at the moment. I've had a bit of a clothes haul this week which I'll post about tomorrow. Hope you've all had a good week.
Rose x

Friday, 1 February 2013

Time to change.

So here's a slightly more personal post from me. I'm half way through my gap year and have really enjoyed being back at home thus far. This year seems to be running away and I feel like so many things are happening.

1. The most recent being my best friend moving to Brighton. We had such a mad rush trying to get her all packed and off, its hardly hit me she has gone! I can't wait to go and visit her, i've never been before.

2. I got my third tattoo today. I've wanted it for so long and finally got round to booking it. It didn't hurt much having it done but does feel a bit stingy now. It's at the top of my right leg. I felt it was only right to get a rose eventually!

This is just the start of things to come.
What will change for you over the next year?
Rose x

Sunday, 27 January 2013

My Instagram Week #3

1. The rain has made a good job of washing away the snow, It was fun while it lasted but nice now to get back to normal. I made snow dogs!
2. Painted my nails using Topshop 'Gypsy Nights'. I've had it for a while now but still use it regularly. 
The photo doesn't really do it justice.
3. I started making things from The Cute Book again. Such lovely and easy patterns!
4. I finally tried one of the Cadbury Eggs with the little spoons. They're so yummy.

5. On Thursday i went to a Harry Potter party! I made my outfit out of a school jumper from Asda (£4) and a Griffindor badge off eBay (£2.59).
6. This is the birthday card i got for Emma off Etsy - such a cute design!
7. Ashley got me a 3DS for Christmas and i've recently got into Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. It's so addictive.
8. Lastly, i spent Saturday night at my cousin's birthday party, It was so lovely to see so much of my family,

How did you spend your week?

Rose x

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Love love love.

Valentines day is a a holiday with mixed reactions. Ash and I don't really fuss about it and try to make sure we do nice things every so often instead. We always get each other a card though and I've saved the ones from the two years we've been together. I like how they remind me of those times in our relationship. Where I live now has few shops so I've been looking online for a nice card . I thought I'd share what I found incase you need a little inspiration!

If you haven't been together long..

1. Gemma Correll for Paperchase : £2.50 . I like how quirky this one is - Haven't seen any other like it.

2. Etsy - seller : Julieannart. £2.59 . Funny and light hearted.

Something cute..

3. Etsy - Seller : Julieannart: £2.59 . Another from . If you haven't seen the site before it's worth a look - there's so many home made cards. I love how simple this one is.

4. Etsy - seller: FlytrapOne. £2.91 . Another handmade one. This is a little soppier!

Anti-Valentines : Couples

5. Etsy - seller: Rowhouse14 : £2.75 . A nice mix of anti Valentines and telling someone you love them.

6.Etsy - seller: Letterhappy : £1.94 . Pretty reasonable for the price and comes in a choice of colours.

Anti-Valentines : Single

7. Etsy - seller : DesignGeek : £3.00 . Cute design- not sure who i'd give one of these to though!

8. Etsy - seller : MardeyMabel : £3.00 . This card doesn't mess around.

Single Awareness Day:

9. Etsy - seller : Julieannart: £2.59. I nearly used the sub heading 'Mean cards'. This would be a fun one or a friend.

10. Etsy - seller : Mardeymabel : £3.00 . I don't even know what to say about this one! It made me laugh though.

How will you spend your Valentines day?

Rose x