Archive | July, 2011

Leopard Love

30 Jul

I may have mentioned that I’m now lucky enough to be owner of the sexy Canon 600D Camera, so I’m going to be including lots more (good) photos in my posts – yay!

So here’s a bit of an outfit post featuring my current favourite item of clothing:

Leopard Print Scarf £4 – Primark

Tee – Topshop

Denim Shorts – Forever 21

Tights – Primark

Boots – Vintage

Bag £48- Urban Outfitters

Ring £2.50 – Primark

Watch – Casio on ASOS

Pearl Bracelets – Hobbycraft

Also got a lovely cut (okay, a trim!) and blowdry from Stuart Holmes Salon (Cheltenham) as I’m going to wedding this weekend (keep an eye out for an upcoming ‘wedding guest outfit’ post):

As you can tell I was a tad unprepared for the photo but love my new do, and my stylist Anna was so nice!

Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

LDNshopaholic xxx


Bourjois Beauties

28 Jul

So some of you might have seen my distress on Twitter this week as I left home for 10 days without ANY of my make up brushes AND I’ve got a wedding to go to – ERROR! This is a massive issue as I wear mineral make up thus need something to apply it with!!

Rather than splurging on more make up brushes and having two of everything, I decided to treat myself to a liquid foundation/concealer and went for Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Foundation with the Healthy Mix Concealer and picked up 16 make up sponges for £1 at Poundland to go with. I know it’s been out for a while now, but as a Bare Minerals lover, I just didn’t see the need to try it when I’d already found my perfect foundation! Now I had the perfect opportunity:

The foundation was fairly reasonable at £9.99 and the concealer was £7.99 (a little dear I thought), but I bought it in a 3 for 2 offer at Boots along with Bourjois Volume Ultra Curl Mascara (£7.99). You also get a free pair of sunglasses with the deal (not the best, but alright!).

The foundation promises: 70% more radiance and flawless complexion for up to 16 hours, along with using natural ingredients to provide:

  • Apricot > radiance
  • Melon > hydration
  • Apple > antioxidant
  • Ginger > energy

Having naturally dry skin which never seems to look radiant/energised/glowy, these claims really drove me to try it! It was light and felt fresh on my face, like a moisturiser, but had really good coverage for its consistency – I’d say medium. I actually bought it one shade darker than my skin tone as I’m planning to fake tan, but it blended in seamlessly giving me a healthy looking glow.

It really evened out my skin tone, definitely boosted radiance and covered small blemishes, leaving my skin looking naturally flawless (even on an 18 megapixel camera!):

The foundation felt great on and my skin felt was dewy for a good few hours after (it promises ‘8 hour moisture’). I’m not sure about the 16 hour coverage promise though – I’d say more like 8 hours (good enough for me!).

The plastic bottle is nothing special and does get mucky fast, but it does the job and is compact/light to carry around – good for travelling. I also like that it has a pump so you can choose just the right amount of product to use.

The corrective concealer, which I bought in the darkest shade (53), was considerably lighter than my shade of foundation (56):

But it blended in beautifully under my eyes and over any blemishes. It is thicker and less ‘breathable’ than the foundation, but still feels nice on and definitely doesn’t cake like some other concealers I’ve tried. I also love that’s in a tube rather than a pot (I’m little germaphobic!). A little goes a long with this product, so I now think £7.99 is quite a good price really!

All in all I’m very happy with my purchases and would recommend these, particularly if you’re looking for a medium coverage moisturising foundation. Both products are incredibly easy/quick to apply (you could simply use your fingers) so are perfect for a quick application in the morning before work – it lasts for 8 hours after all! Or just for a day when you can’t be bothered to put your full face of make up on.

I think my next Bourjois product is going to be the Chocolate Bronzer which I’ve heard so much about. I’ve been a massive fan of their Little Round Pot Blusher for years now, so they’re fast becoming my favourite pharmacy make up brand.

What’s your foundation of choice? I’ve heard so much about Chanel Vitalumiere I think that’s going to have to be the next one I try!

LDNshopaholic xxx

It’s taken, like, Forever…

27 Jul

My love affair with American brand Forever 21 started a few years ago, when visiting family in Dubai. I came across the store in the Mall of the Emirates and was blown away by the range, quality and prices. My amour only grew when visiting New York’s Union Square Forever 21 store last month – a shopping spree which lasted two whole hours!

So I’m excited to finally have one right on my doorstep and can’t wait to check it out! With reasonable prices and an ever-altering range of clothing and accessories, I think it’s really going to shake up the UK high street. A rival for H&M and New Look, there’s officially a new place for teens and twenty-something’s to shop.

As a celebration, Forever 21 are offering 10% off when you spend £35 (easily done, trust me) in the Oxford Street store today with the following voucher, as well as free shipping online for 2 days with the code OXSHIP (effective 27/7/11, 12am – 28/7/11 11:59pm GMT).

I’ve put together a couple of looks featuring their pieces, to give you an idea of what to expect from the brand. First a casual outfit, perfect for a day at the shops:

Featuring: Paint stroke woven top (£15.75), Basic Skinny Jeans (£8.75!), Sparkling Bunny Earrings (£2.40), Serpentine and Rope Necklace (£3.90), Oxford Lace Ups (£18.75) and Messenger Bag (£29.75)

And for a night out on the town, this rock-inspired look:

Folded Leatherette Wedges (£22.75), Leopard Print Dress (£19.75), Soft Leatherette Clutch (£12), Studded Bracelet (£5.65), Arrowhead Earrings (£3.15) – to be teamed with very smokey eyes!

If I’m going to be totally honest with you, I’m finding the site a real nightmare to navigate, but I’m loving their ‘Perfect Dress’ selection, which teams cute dresses with quirky accessories:

As well as ‘Shop These Looks’ which does all the hard work for you.

Are you looking forward to embracing this ‘new’ brand on Oxford Street? Do let me know if you buy anything, or if you’ve got any Forever 21 favourites that you think I should have a look at!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: The Carrie’s Back!

26 Jul

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know of my fondness for a certain pleated midi skirt. I’ve mentioned it a couple of times now… here and here!

Yes people, I’m talking about THE Carrie skirt from Whistles. It’s been all the rage this Spring/Summer, and it looks like it’s still going be big this Autumn/Winter!! You have no idea how excited this makes me!

AND… before it’s even out in the shops/online, we’ve got a sneak preview of an even newer Carrie (which will be available later this week)… *oooh the suspense*

Yes, leopard print! I just know this is going to look ever so chic as we all start falling back on black cashmere tops/jumpers/cardigans for A/W. Additionally, we haven’t really been able to team brights with the highlighter yellow, blue and pink Carrie’s, but now we can wear practically any shade with this classic print.

If leopard print is not your cup of tea, do not fret, it’s also available in a FABULOUS new colour:

Shame about the model’s pose/stance, but don’t you just love it? I hate to admit it… but I think I might like the red more than the pink… and yes, I do indeed own the pink!

On the downside, due to the sheer popularity, the price has gone from £110 to £125. I think it’s still reasonable for such a high quality piece, which honestly makes you feel like proper lady.

I just can’t wait to style up the pleated midi when the weather gets chilly. An oversized jumper, a skinny waistbelt, some chunky tights, a sturdy pair of heeled boots … ahh!

What do you make of the print and new colour? Are you still loving the trend or have you had enough? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Jacques Open House

25 Jul

A quick post to let you know that Jacques Townhouse has opened it’s doors to everyone! Complimentary entry and open until Thursday, pop down for either 5.30pm or 7.30pm to be treated to the wonders of the Townhouse:

Once inside, you get treated to Jacques:



Have your photo taken looking fabulous after visiting the ‘Wardrobe of Wonders’… A-maz-ing or what?!

Decorate cupcakes:

And generally have a whole lot of fun!! Take a few friends along and have a girly night getting dressed up and spoiling yourselves!

You can find the Townhouse at: Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London W1G 9LQ

I’d love to hear all about your visit, hopefully I’ll be heading down later in the week!

LDNshopaholic xxx

(Photos courtesy of Jacques)

A Style all her Own

24 Jul

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Amy Winehouse’s death. Such a loss of life and talent. She had a unique voice and an equally unique sense of style.

Almost unrecognisable in the early days. The hoop earrings, red lips and eyeliner flicks became part of her permanent look:

My favourite Amy outfit – at The Brits in 2007. What a dress (yes, it’s Preen!), and although slim I think her figure looks fabulous. I’m loving the quirky red accessories to match her lippie.

Amy pioneered the head scarf look which has become much more mainstream in previous years. I know I’ll think of Amy whenever I put a headscarf on…

I also love the gold necklace/belt here combined with the quirky polka dot braces. Her white vest top and on show bra-strap also became part of her staple look. I know her look isn’t for everyone, but I personally love her confidence in the way she dressed. She wasn’t bothered about what people said about her, she was just her.

Although she was a provocative dresser, it seemed obvious to me that she dressed for herself and no-one else.

Even as a curvier girl she wasn’t afraid to show off her figure (LOVE the dress – so sexy!):

And who can forget THAT hair:

Her oversized black beehive was a style statement and a half. It was became synonymous with her, and created an unforgettable, caricature-like, image.

R.I.P. Amy… you will live on through your timeless music.

Like Me!

22 Jul

You may have noticed a few new appearances on the right side of my page. Firstly, I now have a Facebook page which you can ‘like’ and thus will be kept informed of any new posts via your news feed. It would be lovely to have some Facebook ‘fans’ so if you enjoy my blog then feel free to ‘like’ me!

I’ve also added a YouTube button which means you can get directly to my channel from here. If you like my videos then do subscribe. I’d also really love to hear any suggestions for upcoming videos.

I’m now also a fully fledged member of iFabbo aka ‘International Organization for Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Bloggers’ which is very exciting. Hopefully I’ll get to meet some other bloggers at their events and get some tips for my blog.

Here’s a quick outfit of the day which fully shows off my frizzy hair courtesy of Dove Oil Care Treatment Conditioner!




Lovely Dove

21 Jul

Here’s my review of some of Dove’s latest products from the TOWIB event in (HD!) vlog form. I thought it was easiest to talk through and show you my likes and dislikes. Be warned… there is a mass of tangled hair which makes an appearance in this one, as well as my QVC sales person alter ego!

Thanks for watching 🙂

LDNshopaholic xxx

The Only Way Is Blogging

21 Jul

On Saturday I went along to the first TOWIB (The Only Way is Blogging) event with the lovely Lauren from Beauty Notes. Event organiser, London Beauty Queen, did a really good job of sorting out the plan for the day and the schedule ran from 12-5. As soon as we entered the venue, we were invited to take a look at MUA’s new professional collection (product review blog post and vlog still to come). We were very impressed with the range, particularly the eyeshadow palettes which are a bargain just £4.

We then mingled and had a good old chat about all things blogging and beauty, it was really lovely to meet so many like-minded people. We were then talked through the collection and shown three make up looks. Firstly, Sabrina from A Little Obsessed (wearing a fab skirt may I add!) was given a strong lip and neutral eye by make up artist Katie Hughes:

Whilst Sophie from Sophie is Make Up had a lovely smokey eye look (photo courtesy of Super Gorgeous):

And finally, Natalie from Blush Blend Beauty was given a bright eye look (photo courtesy of Super Gorgeous):

Lauren and I then proceeded to munch on some rather yummy potato skins, soon after which we were given a science and technology lesson in all things Dove (photo courtesy of Super Gorgeous):

There’ll be Dove product review vlog coming later on today, where I’ll be telling you about the Dove products I’m loving and one that I’m definitely NOT loving!

We were then lucky enough to have a Q&A session with British Beauty Blogger, Really Ree and London Beauty Queen (L-R):

It was great to hear them talk from their own experiences, knowing that they started out just like us. It’s really amazing how in a few short years blogging can really change people’s lives/careers. Jane (British Beauty Blogger) now has 100,000 hits a month, Ree (Really Ree) is Hello Magazine’s official blogger writing ‘Attempts at a Stylish Life’ and Hayley (London Beauty Queen) has forged herself a career bringing brands and bloggers together.

Ree then told us about her favourite new tanning product ‘Lauren’s Way’ endorsed by none other than Lauren Goodger from The Only Way is Essex! I can’t wait to try it out, and the review will follow soon after so keep an eye out.

It was such a fabulous event, and I met so many lovely bloggers. Hopefully we’ll all see each other again at the next TOWIB event on 15 October (do come along if you’re a fellow blogger). I’d like to say a HUGE thanks to London Beauty Queen for organising it.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: The Slipper Shoe

19 Jul

At the weekend, on the tube, I saw the funniest thing. An elderly man dressed in a blazer, smart shirt, pressed trousers and what looked like velour slippers – yes, they had rubber soles! I imagine he was going for the comfort aspect, but in fact, this eccentric gent is on the cutting edge of fashion. That’s right people… the slipper shoe is here!

I’d actually been avoiding the slipper shoe issue, I just thought it was not going to catch on. The Summer weather in England just doesn’t work with a suede, reasonably open, shoe. That was until I tried on the Kosy Suede Topshop Slipper Loafer.

As soon as I put them on, I felt sophisticated and my well worn skinny jeans were suddenly classy! The ballet pump and brogue looked respectively girly and childish in comparison. The elegance… the beauty… feeling as if I was walking around in my own home… all this for just £50?!

Then it came to choosing the colour, did I want the practical black with tassels (the ‘Klass’), the understated yet cool green or the fun sunshine yellow?! Oh I just wanted them all. In the end I went with the feminine coral… which I do have a certain soft spot for at the moment.

I feel this is the beginning of a long and happy relationship with my slipper shoes (as long as it doesn’t rain whilst I’m wearing them!).

I thought £50 was fairly reasonable for such a wearable, comfortable and good quality shoe. But there are a few cheaper options:

Clockwise from top left: ASOS Mikey Polka Dot Slipper Shoe (£30) ASOS Mikey Velvet Slipper Shoe (£30),Topshop Manney Suede Slipper Shoe (£28) and ASOS Lord of The Manor Tapestry Slipper Shoe (£35).

What do you make of this up and coming trend? I think it’s going to be a love it or hate it one… and I LOVE IT! I predict we’ll be seeing these all over the high street over the next couple of months, so if you can wait, there’ll probably be a cheap and cheerful pair in Primark come Autumn.