Saturday, 28 March 2015

The unexpected delights of Lidl Fashion


    

A few weeks ago I was given the chance to browse the entire Spring/Summer fashion collections being rolled out to Lidl stores throughout the season. Each week the stores will introduce a few key items so that you can build up the full collection if you wish. Nothing is over £12 (in fact most of it under £8) and the quality is pretty damn amazing with most pieces being fully lined and well tailored. 

A picture says a thousand words so I'll let them talk for themselves but I shall say this first; These pictures prove the importance of proper merchandising in stores, they prove that you should never judge a book by its cover (or an outfit by its plastic wrapped packaging) and they prove that you'll no longer walk past those slightly unappealing bins full of clothes at Lidl any more because, I promise, you'll miss out on some absolutely stunning bargains if you do. 























Here I am marvelling at the stunning collections which feature classic trends such as nautical, bohemian, monochrome & pastels that not only can you wear this year, you can wear them every year. 


But it's not all talk, straight after this event I hit up my local Lidl to see just how their beautiful displays translated in store. If I'm honest it was slightly underwhelming. Piled deep in wire bins the packaging resembles a school shirt. But, of course, as they only stock a few items per week there was plenty of choice with those few items. The size range is amazing. There are samples out of the packaging for you to feel and explore, it sounds a bit poncy but touch is such an important element when you aren't able to try things on. 





The price point is phenomenal. I bought this dress, trench coat, necklace and leggings for less then £30! That also included a huge bag of pistachios and a tub of chicken! Not too bad if you ask me. It definitely keeps in line with the Lidl ethos of not sacrificing quality for budget and I can't wait to gather more and more pieces over the coming months. They really are worth it. 

Oh and thanks to my wee brother for capturing this lovely windswept look. If only I could convince him to do it more often!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The chaotic thoughts of a woman obsessed or what I like to call "my skincare routine"


It's quite possible that if you've spoken to me in the past few months, or if you follow my Twitter and Instagram, you will have heard me talk about my sudden overwhelming fear of turning 30 this year and the resulting surge in my skin care routine. It's also the reason I moved out on my own, abandoned a significant circle of friends and left behind my "super party girl" lifestyle. (The less said about the last two the better!)

This could be the result of years of gentle teasing from the family that the dreaded event was approaching. It could be a natural reaction to what I consider as the first major age landmark since becoming an "adult" (I was not adulting at 21, I'm sorry, even if swore blindly that I was). It could be Pop-Culture's, often confusing, obsession with youth (the mocking/praising of 17 year old Kylie Jenner for doing her make up to look like she is much older for instance. Because no teenager has ever tried to do that before!) but this is a lazy argument. Or it could just be me finally realising that I need a skin care routine which doesn't revolve solely around microbead exfoliators and whatever moisturiser is within reach. Mind you, the amazingly bargainous Pro Formula face washes from Tesco and my trusty La Roche-Posay items are still in full rotation. As well as the Laura Mercier, Soap & Glory, and B. Pure cleansers I occasionally dip into. 

So now I am constantly researching new ways of nourishing/cleaning/de-scaling my skin. I am constantly debating the economy brands vs the premium. I'm embracing acids in a way which would make Caroline Hirons proud. Facial oils have been a revelation for my driest of dry days with Sweet Almond Oil (pictured above) as recommended by Dawn of Inanityandthegirl.com being my favourite. 

I can't afford the premium brands if I'm honest but I'll debate them for days and eventually give in if I spot a great deal. The Indeed Labs Hydraluron goodies (above) for example, came in a set where I saved a bundle. It was too good to resist. 

Do I want Pixi Glow Tonic and Alpha H Liquid Gold? Of course?! Did I buy Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix (above) and Bravura Purifying Calendula instead? At £8(ish) each you bet your Nellie I did. I'm already madly in love with the Nip + Fab pads. I use them once every 2 or 3 days alternating with the hydraluron and the difference is amazing. Their home is my in my living room because the bathroom just doesn't feel special enough*

My point is that it's relentless. I go from moments of serenity to desperation. I'm happy with my routine one second and combing the blogosphere for the latest remedies the next. And I know I'm not alone. And I know that it will never truly stop. And that makes me feel a little bit better about it. And all of this whilst managing to be a happy and fully functioning adult, which makes 30 a little bit more bearable. 


Being a woman is tough amiright?


*Bex logic. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Paddy's Day breakfast Bacon Jam & Cheese Croissant.



I'm going to apologise in advance for this one. Because once we're done here I'm pretty sure you're going to spend the rest of your day hunting down some Bacon Jam. 

That's right. Bacon. Jam

I've had this little pot of joy for a while now and I've never been sure how to use it. Slathering it on toast or a burger just seemed too simplistic. I wanted this one to be special. 


Then this I remembered the tub of Just Roll in the fridge et voila, my choice was made. 


Paired with some grated LactoFree cheese I stuffed, rolled, and baked. The perfect brunch for a bank holiday Tuesday. 


If I'm honest the recommended 15 minutes in the oven was a minute or two too long. I'll know for next time because there will be a next time. 




I have no guilt here. It's St. Patrick's day and like a good Irish girl I'm off out for a bout of day drinking. These were the perfect way to line my stomach and the leftovers will be even better when I get home later on! 

As the goddess Ina Garten would say: "How bad can that be?"

Happy Paddy's folks! 

Friday, 6 March 2015

To line or not to line? That is the question.




Here's a bit of a confession I have to make. And a potentially philosophical question (ok maybe not, definitely economical). 


My name is Rebecca, I've been wearing makeup for 15 years and I really hate applying eyeliner. 

Let's get real guys, I'm bad at it. I never perfected the perfect cats eye because I just get bored and I usually end up being allergic to pen or gel formulas and cry it off immediately. In fact the above makeup look was created without using any eyeliner whatsoever.  

Can you tell?



After years of frustration and in a mix of laziness, time saving and convenience I have begun to skip using a proper eyeliner in favour of a quick flick of dark shadow along my lower lash line and I'm not sure I should feel sorry about it. 


Ok, yes. I am still "lining" my eye but I've found I save so much time by skipping out the fussy gels, pens and pencils. I spend far less energy trying to get the perfect line only to only smudge it out when I fluff it up and get fed up. 


My "go to" palette is currently the Naked 2 from Urban Decay and my preferred "lining" shades within it are YDK, Busted & Blackout. With the odd dalliance to Pistol. I switch quite regularly between this & the original palette and I lust, covetously, for the 3rd Rose-tinted palette. They really are just perfect. 



So what's your take?

Am I completely mad? Am I breaking some golden rule? Or is this completely normal and I'm just way behind the times? Answers on a postcard (or down below) please, I'm dying to know! 


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

New York & London Fashion Week Nails. Bex's Instagram favourites.


I don't know about you but for the past two weeks my Instagram has been chocked full off the New York & London Fashion Weeks and I've been so inspired by some on the nail artistry happening. 

Here I have collated some of my favourite artists/salons and looks from the two weeks and shall spend the next few months basque group in the trends ready for Autumn and Winter. 



No contrasts here. It's all about black on black and white on white. Although you might find it difficult to find a foundation to match. For now. 


Sophy Robson is one of the ultimate nail artists. It is one of my dreams to visit her London salon. One day!




Negative space and Minimalist nails are not going anywhere by the looks of things. I love that these perfect straight lines were all my hand. Deceptively difficult but so effective!



Sharmadean Reid and her extensive team of WAH nails girls are usually one of the first salons to create, pick up, or bring back trends. Here we can see they're rocking the 90s Nail Piercings. Time to hoke out my old piercing tool then! 




Essie proving that gold is never old if you can mix it up with the minimalist trends. 




This look from Caseynails actually took me a bit by surprise. It's quite "old school" nail art, a bit of a throw back to when everyone was starting out and just trying to perfect their lines. Perfect for recreating. 


Sophie of The Illustrated Nail is another name you need to know if you're in any way interested in nail art. Here she used a custom mix of 3 polishes to create this deep Oxblood red for Jasper Conran! *makes note to buy all the Oxblood colours I can find*


Enough of all these wearable looks though here are some ridiculous avant-garde looks from CND (of Shellac fame) at NYFW. 



Imagine heading down to post office with these bad boys on! *pokes eye* 



So that's my Instagram run down. So inspired by these looks and can't wait to get to work.

Which are your faves?