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Zoya Glitter Nail Polish in Staasi Review

God I’ve gotten poor at blogging, I know I need to get back on track with regular posting as it really is the most effective way to maintain a good following and consistent figures, although that’s not important for everyone, as a freelancer it’s a useful way to maintain a extra income source and I’ve definitely been crap recently, just too busy!

Anyway, after a month of no nail polish I finally found some time to look after myself with some at home pampering and  much needed manicure. I went for glitter as it lasts the best and always cheers me up, here’s my review and swatches of Zoya’s glitter nail polish in shade, Staasi.

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First off, I love the elegant and unusual bottle shape. It’s easy to handle for application and stands out as being distinctly from this brand, which for me is always a nice thing. In the bottle you’ll see it’s pure glitter! Lots of different shades of green and a few different particle sizes. The base is a fine lime green glitter and there are larger rounded particles of iridescent sparkle that reflects blues, greens and golds.

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On first coat the colour is very sheer, you definitely wouldn’t want to wear it with one coat, but it would work really well over the top of a base colour. I’d love to try it over a metallic bronze or blue. With two or three coats you can get an even and thick, solid glitter coverage which is the look that I prefer. The glitter is mega difficult to capture on my nails with my phone, but I’d say that the colour dries accurately to the bottle.

 

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The quality is great and so far there’s been no chips and I’ve been busy crafting and doing housework, so that’s a great sign. Let’s hope it lasts the weekend as we’ve got a lot on this week and I don’t think I’m going to have a moment for another manicure! This nail polish has also reminded me that I need more glitter nail polish in my life.

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Outfit Post: Dr. Martens Tartan Dress and Sugar & Vice Planet Necklace

So, it’s October and it’s still not cold enough for a coat? What’s that all about? Well, it’s raining today in Brighton but yesterday it was another super sunny day, fresh with a cold air but still no need for boots or a coat. We headed to the local park so that Miz could practise sliding on the skateboard and we grabbed a few photos of my latest dress purchase from Dr. Martens. Although this dress was purchased as part of their Summer collection, it’s clearly more of a Winter number which I’m pretentiously going to label as transitional. I’m SO fashion.

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The dress is gorgeous, it’s a brushed cotton tartan which buttons through with pearly buttons, the skirt is pleated and it has some skinny belt loops which I’ve filled with a Forever 21 red skinnny belt which has start shapes punched out of it. I’ve accessorised with burgundy coloured cable knit tights and my beat up Converse. The bag is a fox/owl depending on which way you look at it and you can find this all over the internet! I’ve stolen the hat from Miz, I don’t know where it was from originally.

Outfit2The dress was quite pricey at around £65, but it’s such a classic and lovely soft fabric that I think it’s totally justified. Plus, it fits me really well with a good skirt length too. It’s totally worth spending a bit more on something if you love it, especially if the quality is good as you know you can keep it in your wardrobe for years and still whip it out when you need a staple, easy to wear item.

Outfit3My Sugar & Vice solar system necklace fits perfectly with the colours in the tartan so I think it’s a great choice to go with it, this beauty gets ALOT of wear! Make up wise, I’m wearing Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet on my lips and a metallic green liner from Kiko Cosmetics for eyeliner flicks. You can’t really see them here but I’ve got blue/green ombre brows using Sugarpill. My base is a mixture of Smashbox BB Concealer and Balance Me BB Cream.

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Outfit Post: Black Milk Cat Leggings and Creeper T-Shirt

The Black Milk collection continues to grow and they have well and truly converted me to wearing leggings, in some ways. Obviously if you’re wearing Primark quality black leggings that are too small for you and you can see your knickers and even your cellulite through them, that’s totally not a good move. However, when you’ve got something amazing quality like Black Milk that fits awesomely, is the right length and fits on the waist with a good leg length and thick fabric that actually makes you feel awesome it’s quite different. I still don’t think leggings as trousers are acceptable on many people, so I’m still opting to wear mine with long tops that cover my arse, but I’m pretty amazed that I’m currently choosing leggings over other trousers more and more.

Anyway, here’s today’s outfit…

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I’m really struggling to find stuff that fits me at the moment as I’ve put weight on and I’m now in between sizes. This is the first time in my life that I’ve changed size so it’s pretty stressful finding that most of my clothes don’t fit anymore and I’m reluctant to buy loads of new stuff in case the weight gain is temporary. Either way, baggy tees and leggings are helping me through.

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The leggings are Limited Edition Black Milk called Who’s That Cat, they are super shiny thick nylon black leggings with cute cat character faces on them, very odd. I love them and they were my third ever Black Milk purchase. If you don’t know Black Milk already, you need to check them out, they are an amazing Australian cult fashion brand that does lots of geeky collaborations and limited edition nylon clothing.

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My t-shirt if a band tee from Southampton based punk band, Creeper. I saw them for the first time a few weeks ago at The Black Heart in Camden supporting Gnarwolves at their album release show. They are a very new band but already kicking arse, playing amazing shows and producing awesome songs (and merch) if you’re a fan of old school AFI, you should definitely check them out. If you don’t know who AFI are, never mind, just look at how cool the t-shirt is.

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My new ring is a glitter resin 8-bit heart from Peppermint Puff, I love it! It’s so sparkly and it’s inspired me to have a go at making my own resin jewellery which will be up on my Etsy shop very soon! You can also check out the quality of the Black Milk leggings in this pic too. My green rucksack is from Route One and my glitter shades are old ASOS. I’m wearing beat up burgundy Converse which I’ve had for a VERY long time.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post. I know I’ve been slacking recently, I totes need to rediscover my blogging mojo. Watch this space for new newness coming soon, most likely in the form of rants about life. P.S Ignore my hair in these pics, I’m aware it’s in significant need of some TLC and a colour boost!

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Bouffe Dry Spray Volumising Hair Spray for All Hair Colours

Here’s a brand new product on the market for you today, Bouffe Dry Spray. It launched in August exclusive to Boots and claims to be a brand new category in hair styling. This isn’t a dry shampoo, it’s a dry spray! Although it has very similar properties to a dry shampoo and can be used in the same way, this beauty also does a lot more too.

DSC_4059 (1024x681)Inspired by the bouffant hair style that was made famous by Marie Antoinette in the 18th Century, Bouffe is all about creating volume whether that be for creating a boost to a up do, improving the appearance of thin, limp hair or just to help maintain a blow dry. The Bouffe that I’ve been trying out is a clear version of the product, but they have also released a range designed towards specific hair shades too which means you can use them to conceal root regrowth, which I think is one of the most useful selling points of this range.

DSC_4060 (1024x681)How pretty is the bottle? Anyway, it’s a aerosol the same as a dry shampoo in the first instance, but unlike dry shampoo is doesn’t have the dry, chalky texture that can so often dull hair. The brand describes the texture as a candy floss texture which I feel is quite accurate, it’s slightly sticky like hairspray (which helps keep hair styles in place) and it has a translucent quality that allows your hair to keep its shine too. You use it just as you would a dry shampoo too, just spray on and then brush or massage through to boost the roots.

Personally, I’m a bit crap at hair styling and don’t often use a lot of product so I’m probably not the best person to give an opinion on this product. For me, I did find it gave a volume boost and freshen hair slightly, better than dry shampoo because you don’t have that powdery texture and dulling look. However, I think this product would be best used for prepping hair for up dos and before/during blowdrying to help keep hair styles looking big and beautiful. I’m sure lots of girls will find this product a mega help.

I attempted some before and after pics with my limited hair styling skills, it’s not great, but I’m sure you’ll agree that you can see an instant root boost with very little effort.

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Have you tried Bouffe? 

What’s your favourite way of adding volume to your hair? 

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Kiko Cosmetics Ace of Diamonds Lipstick and Lip Pencil Colour 27 Review

Ohhh how I love Kiko Cosmetics, everything I’ve ever tried is amazing and this is no exception. The latest collection from Kiko is inspired by Casino’s and Bond girls, which is reflected in the femme fatale shades and the playing card inspired packaging. Today, I’m reviewing my new favourite lipstick combo. I’m excited for Autumn because it means darker, sumptuous, richer shades are more acceptable and easier to pick up, whereas wearing these shades in the sun has the effect of looking goth, which is fine by me, it isn’t for everyone.

First off, check out the packaging, isn’t it pretty?

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The packaging inside is significantly less exciting but for an affordable it doesn’t bother me. They have the playing card references on the pack but it’s nothing ground breaking or swishy, but that doesn’t really matter, because the product inside is what really matters.

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These colours are such luscious, deep, dark berry shades I adore them! It’s burgundy in my mind. Both have a creamy texture which easily glides on without the need of a brush. It’s really comfortable to wear and the colour lasts really well. Isn’t it a gorgeous shade!? The pencil and lipstick are very close in textures, although I’d say the pencil has a more matte finish and the lipstick is more of a creamy finish, as a pairing they are long lasting and really pop!

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I’ve worn this tons and I absolutely love it, a great shade for the Autumn and I’ve been wearing it casually and for the evening. Here’s a couple of Instagram looks in which I wore this shade so you can get a better idea.

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 What do you think of this Kiko Cosmetics shade? 

What’s your favourite lipstick shade for the Autumn? 

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Lucky Beach Burger, Brighton

So as you know since we’ve moved to Brighton we’ve been on the hunt for a burger that can beat some of our favourite places in London (namely MEATmission, Lucky Chip and Burger Bear), so far it seems that the Brighton trend is much more about local ingredients and having a British take on things, but we hadn’t found a good, juicy, dirty burger like we were used to in London until now.

This weekend, after continued research into the Best Burger in Brighton we were prompted to visit Lucky Beach, which is on the beach, believe it or not! A first glance it doesn’t look like much, you wouldn’t think it was much of a restaurant as it looks much like many of the bars that are in the arches along the main straight of Brighton beach.

However, we were pretty darn happy with the food discovery! Not only did we get to sit on the flipping beach to eat, we were greeted with just the sort of burger we’ve been looking for: juicy, messy to eat and crammed full of flavour and toppings.

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I went for the El Diablo, because I just can’t resist a chilli burger. On this beauty you get two patties with their extra hot chilli butter, which was delicious. Not as spicy as the MEATmission Green Chilli Burger, but very tasty. Plenty of cheese and veg too, but the tastiest thing in this creation was the demi-brioche bun dotted with poppy seeds, it’s super soft but not soggy, just the right amount of sweet and just perfect. My only complaint is that my burgers weren’t big enough to fill the whole bun which meant I ended up with lots of spare bread. I think this was just testament to the fact that it’s all hand made though, as Miz’s burger didn’t have the same problem.

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Oh man! The chips were just perfect, skin on fries with smoked aoioli, and a really decent portion for your money. Everything was tasty and the beach side location is a mega bonus. Everything came in good time, with excellent and friendly service and you can each for about £10 each, which is awesome. Drinks wise there isn’t the best selection of beer (we like craft beer and apparently this hasn’t caught on in a big way in Brighton just yet) but they do have a lovely selection of classic and original cocktails which are always a good alternative. Overall, I think we have another contender for the Best Burger in Brighton.

What’s your favourite burger place? 

Where’s the best burger in Brighton?

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Pizza Express, Jubilee Place, Brighton Review

Pizza Express used to be my go to restaurant for an affordable and pleasant meal out, especially when I was an extremely fussy eater who was a bit difficult to cater to. Chain restaurants were my safety net, as once I’d been to one I always knew what to expect and what I would order on the menu. However, since branching out with my food I’ve not been to as many chain restaurants and mixed things up a bit and since Pizza Express was always such a safety blanket, I’ve not really been back since branching out, so when they invited me and Miz down to one of their Brighton restaurants I was excited to see how to performed now.

First up, we tried their Hugo cocktail, a blend of Prosecco, Elderflower, lime and mint, totally lush. I can’t really deal with Prosecco on its own, but this blend is lovely and refreshing and perfect for the Summer, I’d definitely recommend grabbing one whilst they are still on the menu.

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My old choice of meal would be dough balls, followed by a pepperoni pizza and then and ice cream, but with the new, broader menu I thought I’d branch out. Me and Miz can’t resist a good tapas style sharing platter so we went for their Anti Pasti sharing starter and we were super impressed. Seriously, look at how delish this looks!

Sundried tomato’s, peppers, olives, mozzarella, warm garlic oil doused bread sticks and a selection of meat piled onto of a little rocket salad. Nom, nom, nom. Such good value too and mega tasty. Lovely shared between two, but would also work well with a larger group too. Just looking at this photo is making me want to return for this platter alone.

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Main course? Well, Pizza of course! Although, you’re not limited to pizza there’s a good selection of salad, pasta and calzones too as well as three choices of pizza base now as well. I went for Fiorentina with spinach, black olives and a fried egg and Miz went for American Hot with pepperoni and hot green peppers (you can choose what sort of peppers you’d like). My pizza was the classic base, which is my preference it’s a good size and a slightly chunkier base, Miz had the Romana which is a super thin crispy base. Hungry yet?

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Miraculously we managed to save room for dessert! Again, the menu has a good selection including the new Dolcetti desserts which are mini desserts served as a side to your choice of coffee or tea, that’s what Miz opted for alongside a Lemon Tart, which was essentially a mini Lemon Meringue Pie. I was greedy and had the Toffee Fudge Glory, which I’ve had many times before and now it’s even bigger!

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Overall, mega impressed! Although I’d always rather support a local business or small brand, Pizza Express definitely has a lot to offer and if you want somewhere safe and perfect for a large group or family, I’d definitely recommend it. Plus, if you’re doing Orange Wednesday you can now get 2 for 1 at Pizza Express with the same code, so that’s an ideal way to make the most of that offer.

What do you think of Pizza Express? 

Where’s your go to easy food place? 

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Introducing Peppermint Puff Jewellery

One of the things that I love about the internet is the way that you can easily find the niche community that suits your fancy, it’s through one of these communities (Black Milk Clothing) that I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Cassia, who recently launched her own jewellery brand, Peppermint Puff. The minute I saw her original website I was impressed, she’s done a super job of creating something slick and professional without much resource.

So, here’s a little something that Cassia gave to me that I wanted to share. First off, check out how adorable the gift wrapping is!

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Here’s the super cute chunky, beaded necklace that Cassia made for me. I love it so much, nice bright colours and simple shapes look awesome with everything. The quality is superb and the presentation is just lovely. I’m seriously impressed. This girl has a bright future with her crafting I’m sure of it!

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The rest of the Peppermint Puff collection is heavily inspired by Fairy Kei and Kawaii styles inspired by Japanese fashion. There’s tons of pastel shades and fruit, very cute and pretty. With each item being handmade you know you’re getting something unique each time. Here’s one of my fave things from her site at the moment…

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So, if you’re looking for a new indie brand to support, check out the Peppermint Puff website and enjoy!

What do you think of Cassia’s brand? 

What’s your favourite indie brand find lately? 

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Outfit Post: New Look Watermelon Crop Top and Beyond Retro Dungarees

Do you want to know another awesome thing about Brighton? They build playgrounds knowing that adults will want to play on them too. I swear this playground near our house is way bigger than it actually needs to be for children and naturally, we had to investigate! In the name of fashion blogging, of course.

You know I’ve got a thing for watermelon things at the moment, right? Well, here’s the latest ensemble to combine my most favourite fruity items in the wardrobe and I hope you’ll enjoy it. Read on to find out what I’m wearing.

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The watermelon crop top is from the SS14 New Look collection, they did a number of pieces in this print and this is my favourite, although I’m feeling a tad podgy to wear crop tops with my midriff showing at the moment, I’m loving them underneath dungarees and dresses or with some high waisted.

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The dungarees are a vintage find from Beyond Retro and have been my favourite purchase in a very, very long time. Unfortunately they recently encountered a bizarre door handle collision accident which has resulted in a most giant injury on their ass, I’m not sure if they’ll survive the surgery, so feeling a bit sad as this may be the last outfit post featuring them.

The tights are House of Holland for Pretty Polly, picked up from TK Maxx and the watermelon beanie is from the ASOS sale last year. I’ve worn them with an Accessorize bag and burgundy Converse. The necklace is my beloved watermelon from Lucie Ellen.

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And here’s a bonus picture to show you that adults can even use the slide in this Brighton playground. And back to the point, I love this outfit as a versatile combo that I would wear just out and about the shops or to a pub/bar in the evening. Let me know what you think of it and thanks as always to Miz for taking the snaps.

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What’s been your Summer fashion obsession?

Did you dig the Watermelon trend? 

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Gelato Burger at Gelato Gusto

Two things that I really love are really good ice cream and burgers, so when me and Miz spotted a Gelato Burger advertised at Gelato Gusto on Gardner Street in Brighton, as you’d expect we couldn’t really resist trying it out. This place it always busy and looks flawless, they’ve got a mega range of ice cream and sorbet in all sorts of flavours. Toblerone, Nutella, Sea Salt Caramel and Cookies and Cream to name a few that caught my attention. 20140820_135552

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You can get cones and cups of the delicious soft, creamy gelato or if you’re feeling greedy/adventurous they do what they call a Gelato Burger, which is your choice of ice cream with sauce sealed inside a warm brioche bun with a special gadget that keeps the bun warm and the ice cream frozen. The gadget looks a bit like a toastie maker, but round to fit the bun in and it neatly seals the edges like a toastie too. Here it is in all it’s glory…

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Take a bit and you get that awesome mix of super soft, sweet, warm brioche bread with a core of cold creamy gelato. We went for Chocolate Hazelnut flavour with chocolate sauce. The dough of the bread is very much like biting into a pain au chocolat if you don’t know the wonders of brioche yet. It’s pretty damn amazing, I’m not sure I could eat a full one to myself very well (especially with sensitive teeth), but it’s definitely something I’d have again and would recommend anyone passing by in Brighton to give it a go!

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Have you guys been to Gelato Gusto? 

Ever had a Gelato Burger?

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