Tuesday, 29 October 2013

How I'd Style | A Skirt In The Colder Weather

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Hello everyone!
I'm back to fashion posting today and I've decided to style a skater skirt with an A/W twist. I'm definitely feeling the chill now but luckily I didn't get the effects of the storm in my part of the UK.. I'm hoping all you lovely lot are fine where you are too!

Even though the weather is chilly and it's jumper/coat weather, I've been fine wearing long tops and skater skirts with a jacket lately. Today, I've decided to style one so you can keep wearing one through the A/W too!

I love this skirt from New Look - it's very shimmery and sequinny (if that's a word!) so I thought I'd match it with a plain black top instead of overdoing things. I love long sleeve tops with skirts, I think this would look great over Christmas too if you're not into dresses.
Instead of flat, ballet type shoes, I liked the look of these heeled ankle boots. I think they're go well with the skirt and it's great that they're plain black. 

Obviously with this outfit you can add tights *shudder*, ofcourse you'll need them! You could add a plain black jacket or a blazer too for extra layering. 
For accessories, I love these earrings from Next that I've featured before on my blog. I think they'd look great with the outfit and not too OTT.
Obviously with black we need a traditional Kate 107 lippie so I've added one to the outfit and I think a nice brown smoky eye would look brilliant too!
For nail paint, this red/black gothic  Barry M shade looks great, I think I may purchase!


Monday, 28 October 2013

Ways To Treat Damaged Hair | Feat. John Frieda Full Repair

Hello there!
Tonight's post is on treating damaged hair. I hardly ever do haircare posts as my shampoos and conditioners really aren't extravagant! 
I'm not the queen of haircare if I'm honest but the John Frieda team recently sent me some of their Full Repair range which I've actually really wanted to try lately. 
I decided to do a post on treating damaged hair as this applies to myself.

There's so many ways to treat damaged hair - some work, some don't. 
Over the years my love of GHD's has expanded and my love for washing my hair has too. I suffer with oily hair and lately, for work, I've been washing it everyday which is really bad... 

I'm very lucky that the John Freida team sent me some of their Full Repair range, just so I could see if I could improve my hair in any way.
After using these I noticed that my hair seems slightly smoother and after straightening it looks more soft and sleek rather than show every split end off. 
I find that these haircare items wash out very well and leave no residue. The conditioner applies so well to my hair and the shampoo lathers nicely, but doesn't weigh my hair down. I also love the fact they're big bottles and will last me a lengthy time.

Onto the hair oil..
I really love this. After washing my hair, I'll apply a little bit onto the ends of my hair so it's smooth for when I straighten. I'm wary when it comes to hair oils because I don't want them to make my hair look any more greasy and I don't want them to make my hair feel sticky or noticeably oily - this ticks all the boxes! It's a great oil that's lightweight and is unnoticeable  I'll definitely repurchase this as an all the time hair oil because it ticks all the boxes. 

Quick Ways To Stop Damaging Your Hair -
-Stop washing your hair daily.
-Use shampoo's that contain no chemicals or less chemicals than your usual. I know Timotei do a good one which is all pure and natural.
-Use 'reconditioners' once or twice a week to retain the natural smoothness.
-Let your hair just dry instead of a blowdryer.
-Detangle hair with a wide tooth comb after washing. 
-Cut hair once a month to refresh split ends.
-It's hard, but, stay away from the irons!

I hope this post was a little fun to read and slightly different for my blog. I'll keep you all updated with the Full Repair range!

Have you tried this range yet, what did you think?
If you haven't tried why not enter the John Freida Competition?:-) / See The Full Repair Range

*PR SAMPLE. All thoughts are 100% honest and even though they were sent to review, all thoughts are my own.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Autumn Beauty Products

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Hello everyone - I hope you're doing okay.
Today's post is all about Autumn beauty. I really like Autumn colours and so I think Autumn beauty is perfect for me! I love oranges, browns, bronzes, reds, nudes....I also love the colours of all the trees when autumn arrives.

Collection Privee Range | Doutzen
At the moment I'm lusting over this range. I want the nail polishes and all the lippies, purely because I'm really into the nude colour palette - as you probably know, I've been mentioning it a lot..
I think this lipstick would be brilliant in the Autumn if you don't want a power pout with plums or reds. I think it'd look great with a jumper and boots, it's that sort of shade that I love. 

Gelly Nail Paint 
I still have to try the Gelly range but while I was browsing nail polishes for autumn, I fell in love with this one. I love deep purples for autumn, even though I prefer brights and the gelly range is a perfect way to settle into the darks!

Sleek Blush | Suede 
As well as the Gelly range, I'm still yet to try anything Sleek. They look like an amazing brand to try with an amazing colour and product range so I thought I'd include one of their ever blogged about blushers. Suede seems like a beautiful colour for autumn as it's a beautiful brown.

Creme Puff 
I love this colour and I'm a proud owner of a Miners one! I love the formula and they're not overly drying but in the winter you may need a little lipbalm as a base. I thought this shade would be lovely in autumn.

Simple Hydrating Moisturiser 
I definitely need to look after my skin a bit more. In the autumn/winter I know many bloggers with sensitive skin start to get dry or start to see their skin change in the colder months so ofcourse I think this is a great addition to your skincare regime. 

Loreal Pleasure Me Red Lippie  
I really liked the look of this on Superdrug's website because it's a beautiful autumny red. It's not too ruby red and not too plum or brown - it's a beautiful dark red and I can imagine this looking beautiful in the nighttime too.

B Glowing Shimmer Block 
This instantly made me get a notepad out and add to my wishlist! I love the colour of this and I love the multiple colours. I'm definately going to pick this up in store and I need to see reviews on it. You could use this in many ways such as contour, highlight or add definition. I can imagine this looking great on any skintone.

Dainty Doll Dark Brown Shadow
I own this one and it looks lovely in the crease or outer corners. You could even use it for brows if they were quite dark. 
I like this colour and I'll definitely be using it for Autumn.


Sunday, 20 October 2013

How I'd Style A Jumper | Autumn

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Hi everyone, just a quick How I'd Style post which was meant to be up the other day.
It's a very autumnal post as I'm feeling the effects of Autumn. I picked up a winter coat today which you'll see soon and it's very needed - I feel like I'm coming down with something as I've not felt too good all day..meh!

Not really much to chat about in this post but I feel like we should all be collecting our A/W jumpers if we haven't already as they're obviously a great staple - I love a good knit! This jumper is from New Look and I thought it looked really casual for plain days. 

I matched the jumper with these jeans as they're great for casual days too and ofcourse, we all love the odd ankle boot! I love these boots and I feel like you could slip them on with most things.
Lastly, we all know about Kate Moss 107 lippie and so I've included a quick punch of colour into this outfit with the classic which is 107! For nails we all need a berry shade in A/W and here it is - Gelly paint from Barry M!


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Thoughts On | Rimmel Kate Lipsticks | My Collection

 Hello there gorgeous girlies!
So sorry tonight's post is quite late on. I usually schedule for 7.30pm UK time but tonight's post wasn't scheduled and I've been working all day so I just found time tonight to do my biggest passion and blog for you all!

If you remember a few months back, these used to fill my monthly wishlists. I always loved the idea of Kate's lippies and everyone blogs about them on a daily basis. I think Rimmel lipstick *and the brand altogether* have to be my favourites and if I'm looking or lusting over the idea of a new shade I will always walk over to Rimmel's stand for quality, value and inexpensive beauty buys purely because I know they work. 

I haven't *unfortunately* tried all of the Kate brand just because I've been seeing how they work and how I like them first - now I truly know I love them I'll head down to Boots and pick up all the shades. 
For tonight's post though I'll go through my small collection and explain my favourites - by the picture I'm sure you can tell which one I carry in my Mary Poppins bag....

Kate Lipstick | Black Bullet | Shade 05
I purchased 05 and 02 on the same day and found it hard to differentiate between the two. I actually thought they were the same shade - but no!
The black ones are the MATTE range so this lipstick is matte. With this lipstick I liked the pinky shade. I liked that it wasn't as bright as 02 and I liked that it was a shade that I don't actually own - it's quite different.
I was really excited to try this lippie as the colour is gorgeous and pinks are my favourite. When I applied it (without a balm) I did find it hard to push the lipstick onto my lips and apply - it did feel very drying and very matte. I do have to apply a balm under this because I feel like it wouldn't look right for work and I'd probably be a bit conscious! All in all though I do like this lipstick but the red bullet lipsticks are my favourite.

Kate Lipstick | Black Bullet | Shade 02
Same review as above, I really loved this shade because it's a fuschia pink and definately the pinks I go for. I don't have the smallest shape lips in the world so I really enjoy piling on the pink because I feel like they suit me best!:-)
I felt like this lipstick didn't 'fill in the lines' that well - I felt like it needed a lip brush to apply it, if not it didn't really look right? This one is very drying but I do love it; it's just not a lipstick you can throw on 5 minutes before you leave the house.

Kate Lipstick | Red Bullet | Shade 101
My absolute GO TO! You wouldn't believe how much I LOVE this lipstick. I've been using it every single day and it's the perfect one for work. It's so sleek and lovely and applies like a dream. It applies so smooth and it's kind of like you've applied some lip gloss over the top; that's how smooth it is. It doesn't sink into the cracks or the oops bits of your lips and it lasts quite long. I work on average 6 hours and it lasts all that time and only gets kind of dry 4 hours after. I really enjoy to put my MAC Minaj lippie as a base of this because then it really does last all day! I've enjoyed using this and I always carry it around with me as I know it suits everything I wear and my everyday smoky eye. As you can tell by the picture - the difference of usage and the different formulas. 
I also find that the red bullet collection shades are more me and bright than the black bullet packaging - although I will try them all.
Rimmel..you've done it again.. I love you!

Kate Lipstick | Black Bullet | Shade 13
A different colour in my range is this bright orange. I have a few other oranges in my collection but they're not as vibrant. Same review as the other black range but I think this one blends a lot better. I think this is probably one I need to use more and I'll get back to you.


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Review | Skinology Tea Tree Spot Stick

 Hello there lovely!
Today I'm blogging because I didn't yesterday. I've decided to do a bit of a review but it won't be an extra in depth review because I don't really have that much to say I simply have a quick things to clear up about this product.

Over the last two months, I've been using this. It's from the Skinology range at Wilko. Now, if you've been reading Little Miss Prada for a while and scan through past blog posts, you'll realise that I'm a user of Skinology and their face wash/cleanser. As I looked on the Skinology shelf I noticed that they do a 'spot stick' which I've noticed on ELF website before. I decided to pick it up and try!

I've basically ended the bottle now so I feel like I can actually tell you about my thoughts, how it works and how I got on with it. 

What's the spot stick like?
As you can see, it's a glass, small ML'd rollerball bottle. You can see the liquid inside which I thought was good because sometimes, you can get things like this without the product showing whereas this bottle is good. 
The spot stick actually comes in a small cardboard box but I stored this without. 

It's really simple to use but I did have the initial thought of how to to actually use this effectively so it actually worked. I've tried many different ways of using this.
At first I rolled the rollerball gently on the area of spots - after time, I realised this may not be a good idea as the rollerball could get contaminated to create more spots - I think this is why I didn't find it as effective...
After time I decided to roll it on a cotton ball and dab the cotton ball into the spot. 

Overall Thought
In my opinion, a waste of time. You might aswell look after your skin and cleanse. I didn't see any results in this and if there were any results it's probably because they went a little less red but I wouldn't say this contributed to removing a spot or cleaning a spot.
I don't think this rollerball is a good idea, maybe remove the rollerball and stock it like that so you can empty some onto a cotton ball and use like that. 
I don't think this works very well and I won't be repurchasing. It seemed like a good product to try and for £1 you really can't go wrong. I'm glad I used it all - nothing was wasted.

What do you think of anti spot sticks?
Good results or no results?

Friday, 11 October 2013

Collective Haul

Hello there gorgeous!
Haul time again and today I have a few bits and bobs for you. These things haven't been picked up recently but they've been bought a few weeks back. I will have a haul soon with all the recent things I've bought but me with wages means a catch up!

Asda Skin System Cleanser
I bought this a while back because it was inexpensive and I wanted to try a few more skincare things. After using it for a while I'm not overly keen. It's a milk base which doesn't suit oily skin and so I feel that when I use it, it doesn't really remove makeup and make my skin feel smooth, fresh, awake and clean. Thumbs down...

Wilko Alcohol Base Cleanser - Tea Tree
Thumbs up! I love this cleanser. I always get it and I always alternate between the green Tea tree range and the blue normal range. I really like this and when I use it I can tell it works because my skin stings - this is a good thing though, I'm not allergic ahaha!

Wilko Tea Tree Face Wash
Same as above. When I'm in the bath this is great to remove all my makeup from the day or if it's a makeup free day it freshens my face up and makes me feel smooth and clean.

Tea Tree Spot Stick
I won't go into too much detail with this because I want to review it separate but lets just say i wouldn't buy again....

Sinful Colours Irish Green
My first SC! I've always taken a look to their inexpensive boots stand but I've just never made a purchase. I passed Poundland weeks back and came across a huge row of these so I bought this very gorgeous shade!

Rimmel Shout Out Loud 
Beautiful colour - my reason for purchasing!

Rimmel Peppermint
Another gorgeous shade, probably more suited to Spring but I've been wearing it lately anyway.

Kate Lippies 13, 2, 5.
Beautiful pink/orange shades. I've been trying these all out lately so I'll let you know what I think separately. I love these shades.

Champagne Pink Fuzzy Jumper | Primark
Primark have a lot of these in store lately and I'm obviously going to get them all. I loved this colour and champagne pinks are lovely! This is a winter staple.

Brown Tassle Shorts
Very impulse buy.. these were £1 in Primark so I obviously had to get them. They've lovely and warm but I couldn't wear these now , people would call the local helpline... 

Pink Peplum
I have a mint green one so I had to get this - £2 in Primark and it's a lovely top to pop on in S/S.


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

September Empties

Tonight's post is a well needed empties one!
I've not been doing empties for a while but they're starting to build up now so I have many products to chat about with you. 

Baylis and Harding bath foam - I really loved using this and I've actually been out of this for a while but it's been in the bottom of my empties bag. I really like the scent of this and I have a few mini's of this to use up.
Elemis Face Scrub - Mixed thoughts of this, it's an okay scrub but pointless for the price. I didn't notice anything different to my £1 one so I'm not repurchasing. The smell was lovely, though. 
Timotei Pure Shampoo I enjoyed using this and it worked well with my hair. I'd like to repurchase this but I'm trying other shampoo's at the moment.
Face wipes An everyday favourite to remove my makeup.
Derma V10 Cocoa Butter - Very strong scented, thick and moisturising and it's from Poundland! I'll repurchase because it's longlasting for a cheaper price tag.
Soap And Glory Heel Genius This is great, not sure if I'd purchase again but it lasted me a long time and it makes feet slightly smoother.
Just Bathe Bubble Bath I love the smell of this and it was a lovely gift set to receive. It's brilliant for bubbles because a little bit makes a lot!


Monday, 7 October 2013

September Favourites

Hello! Very quick favourites post for you today. I don't have many, just a few things to talk through!

Natural Collection Eyeshadow Duo I've been loving this recently and it's been good for work. I use the brown shade in my outer corners and for liner with an angled brush and I love the pale shade for an eyeshadow base and to highlight brows. 

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara I love this. I've also been using this everyday for work and it's amazing. Someone on twitter said this is a good Benefit dupe so there you go!
It evens out my lashes perfectly and is so lightweight to wear. Rimmel, I love you!

Chit Chat Juicy Lipstick Perfect moisturizing lipstick. It lasts quite long on the lips and is a lovely daytime shade. I have all shades of these - perfect for £1!


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Saturday Scoffs | Banana Muffins

Hello cupcake!
Today's scoff is 'Banana Muffins'. I never really cook with fruit so todays cupcakes are a bit different from what I usually bake. They tasted delicious though...

What you need | Ingredients
200g plain flour,
1 tbsp baking powder,
1 tsp bicarb,
1/2 tsp salt,
3 bananas, mashed,
150g caster sugar,
1 egg,
75g butter, melted

Vanilla essence
280g Icing sugar
140g Butter

How To Make | method
Preheat oven to 180. Put paper cases in a muffin tray. Sift together flour, bicarb, baking powder & salt. Set aside.
Combine mashed banana, sugar, egg and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in the flour mix and stir until smooth.
Spoon into muffin cases. Bake until golden (25mins). 
After, mix all the icing ingredients together, pipe onto muffins when cool and add dried banana chips ontop for decoration and sweetness.


Thursday, 3 October 2013

October Wishlist

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Hello there!
Today's post is a wishlist one. I feel like I haven't done one of these in ages - I seriously think this month has gone by so slow!
Last month I managed to bag myself a job - I've already had my first wages and I didnt' actually purchase anything overly exciting! I'll be doing a haul soon so you'll see what I picked up.
Now as I have a job, I feel like I'm able to buy many more 'high end' items which I'm definitely considering after Christmas. 
This month many new releases have hit the shelves so I've actually kept up!

Body Shop Honeymania Range I really want to try the new range at The Body Shop, I went in there the other day and the new range looks really good. I actually got an invite to the event for the release and I couldn't make it!:-(
Island Fantasy Fragrance As I work in the Perfume Shop I've been smelling allsorts of fragrances. Although this is a fresh summer scent I still want it - it's gorgeous!
Collection Privee Lipstick Range I really want to collect all of these. They're a new, nude range of lippies and I really like the colour range. They're a celebrity range too!
Loreal Cleansing Water I'm sure you're all sick and tired of seeing this on blogs but I'm yet another blogger that wants to try this! It's had many mixed reviews but it's something I'd like to try in the terms of skincare.
MUA Matte Lipsticks MUA have brought out new lipsticks and they're all matte formulas. Mixed reviews but I'll try them because 5 lipsticks for £5 is brilliant. I think they're either going to be really drying or a perfect formula....
A YSL Lipstick Now as I have wages, I'm going to treat myself! Not sure what lippie I want from them though....


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Hello October | The Autumn Tag

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Well Hello October!
I'm not sure what to think about September. In a way, I think it's gone by so fast but looking back, it's been a bit of a slow journey...
September was an ok month, I didn't really notice a weather chance because we've been very fortunate considering it's been quite warm, sunny and not autumnal. We've not had a rainy day....

This September/October I've not really noticed the effects of Autumn. The picture above was taken last year and look at all the beautiful leaves! Last year I really enjoyed autumn, I really enjoyed the boots, coats and gorgeous leaves but this year has been totally different. At the moment, one street in my area has golden leaves scattered about the floor, but not as many as last year - I hope we get the same treatment again!

Today's post is a tag and I haven't done a tag in ages so this should be one that I enjoy and ofcourse, I tag you all to do it and leave a link below so I can see your favourite parts of Autumn!

  1. Favourite thing about Autumn? So many things! I love the countdown to Christmas, the golden leaves, snug days inside, and ofcourse photography opportunities in the garden!
  2. Favourite drink? I don't really like hot drinks and I don't drink tea/coffee so you won't get the usual 'Starbucks' mention here because I've never had one! At the moment I've been drinking a lot of 'Caribbean Crush' lucozade...which is a bit summery but there you go..
  3. Favourite scent? Oooo, this should be a good one considering I work in the Perfume Shop! At the moment I'm really liking Island Fantasy by Britney Spears...strange how it's a summer scent but I don't really coordinate the seasons to scents.
    A few other scents I love in the autumn are cinnamon candles. I need to purchase some from Yankee Candle because they smell so cosy and warm!
  4. Best lipstick? As I'm doing this tag, I'm finding myself still attached to summer..I'm still wearing barbie pink shades! *covers face*... For the Autumn though I really like Rimmel's lipstick in 'Bronze Goddess' as it's the perfect brown for my skin tone as I don't wear plum shades.
  5. Go to moisturiser? I've not been moisturising lately which is so lame but I really like Soap And Glory in the winter and I really like The Body Shop butters, although the ones out at the moment are very summery so I need to purchase some Gingerbread editions and Honeymania!
  6. Go to colours for the eyes? I love bronze/brown colours all the time and they're my everyday choices so I'll keep to that and probably add a bit of liner. I really want to try different shades this autumn but I probably won't get round to it...
  7. Favourite band/singer to listen to? I don't really need to change my music taste for the seasons so I listen to the same old tunes...
  8. Favourite outfit to wear? I've decided to keep to the same outfit choices but add some tights and a jacket. I need to pop into all the shops soon and get some autumnal skater skirt colours. 
  9. Autumn treat? Oooooh, I'm not too sure?!
  10. Favourite place to be? London! Hyde Park and St James' look beautiful in Autumn.
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