20/09/2013

What's In My... | September Glossybox

Hello everyone! Today I thought I'd make a start on a sort of 'series' of posts if you like, and I'm calling it the 'What's In My...' series. I've decided I'm going to do one post every Friday, and the posts will consist of things that are in my various bags or glossyboxes or my fridge or whatever...

Okay, maybe NOT my fridge.

So, to kick everything off I'm going to start with what's in my September Glossybox!

My birthday month's Glossybox theme was 'The London Edition' in spirit of all things LFW and great British style. Instead of a fold out piece of paper with the Editor's Letter and info about the products on it, I received a small magazine with the ed letter and interviews etc. inside, and a little double sided card with all the product info on either side. I really enjoy this format, it's much more pleasurable to read through and I like it a lot! What are your opinions?

Onto the important bit, the first product! I received a 5ml sample of the new Elizabeth Arden perfume 'Untold'. Now I don't really know if this is my sort of scent, as I normally go for sweeter, fruitier scents and this is more floral and warm. However, the more I smell it, the more I like it. Hmm, we'll see.

Next on the menu is this full size Be a Bombshell felt tip liner in Onyx. I'm really used to using a gel liner with a brush for a cat eye look, so using this felt so weird, like I was literally drawing on my face with a marker pen. It'll take a bit of getting used to for me, but once I've mastered it I can see this being a lot easier to take out and about rather than lugging a pot of gel liner and a brush around!

Excuse the dodgy lighting, I've yet to buy a decent photography light thing. Booo natural light.
The next most prominent things in the box were the Eyelure Pre-Glued Lashes, which were full size, obviously. I can't really see Glossybox handing out half sets of eyelashes! False lashes were my staple makeup item a few years ago, but now, not so much. The fact that they're already pre-glued makes me question their staying power a little bit, but I think they'd still be great for a dressy night out, obviously I'm still going to carry some lash glue to cover my own back!

I was so happy to see this sitting pretty in my box, it's a full size Toni & Guy Classic Shine & Gloss Serum. I'm a big, big fan of Toni & Guy products, particularly the styling ones, and I was actually in need of a new serum! This one is the limited edition 30ml bottle, designed by LuLu and it smells divine, as do all T&G things. This made me very super happy!

Finally, this Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in '004 Sunkissed Cherry', which is a lovely pinky-coraly colour, and is also full size. Since developing a coveted, loving relationship with the Sleek powder blushers, I wouldn't normally pick up a liquid cheek tint. The nice thing about this though, is that if I were to have gone out and bought any colour cheek tint, I probably would have grabbed this one. Bravo, Glossybox! It has claims not to clog pores, blend seamlessly and last 24 hours, which coming into the colder A/W months, I can see being very successful if it lives up to it's expectations!

So that's it! I'll admit I wasn't blown away with absolutely everything, but hopefully those certain products will prove me wrong when I try them out!
Top Product? I especially like the Rimmel Cheek Tint, it's a really nice autumny colour, it suits my skin tone very well and I'm guessing it's part of the whole 'Stay Matte/Stay Blushed' range, which I'm expecting great things from seeing as everyone and their grandma has tried the Stay Matte powders.

What's your opinion on the products I received? Have you tried any yourself, or did you get anything different in your box?
And most importantly, what would you like to take a look inside next week? My wardrobe? My makeup bag? My A/W handbag? Leave a comment, let me know!

Zelda x



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06/09/2013

NCS | Get Involved!


Hello everyone! Today I'm bringing you a slightly different post that's not necessarily beauty or fashion related, but I hope you'll all enjoy it nevertheless! 

A few weeks ago, the lovely people from NCS got in contact with me, and today this post is going to tackle what NCS do and (hopefully) get you all involved!

Now, somewhere along the line I'm sure you've heard of NCS - which stands for National Citizen Service - either on other blogs like my own, or mentioned in YouTube videos across the interwebs (Zoella's 'Just Say Yes' video comes to mind!)
It's a really cool experience that's open to all 16-17 year olds across England, and is a once in a lifetime, three week programme that gives you the chance to meet new people, get involved in the community and graduate at the end of it all with a certificate signed by the Prime Minister which to be honest, I think is pretty cool. 

Their spotlight bus tour ran all the way from Devon up to Newcastle, and brought along some familiar YouTube faces that I'm SURE you'll all recognize *cough*Patricia, Zoe, Alfie, Jim*cough*. 

The road trip set out to shine a spotlight on local young talent who had been nominated by their community, who felt they deserved recognition, aww! On the way it looked like they met some pretty amazing people, from upcoming rappers, to pianists, to boxers! This is the Nottingham leg of the bus tour, where NCS meet two very talented young musicians: 


And finally - even if none of this tickles your fancy, here's a video for all you Zoella/Jim Chapman fans out there, where they meet a talented young boxer as part of the tour!


So what are you waiting for?! It's not too late to sign up for NCS, so get out there, make a difference, get involved. Visit www.ncsyes.co.uk for more information and to sign up, and who knows, you might just end up meeting some of your favourite YouTubers along the way! 
Thankyou all for reading, let me know if you're a part of an NCS programme already, or if this post has inspired you to get out there and enjoy the experience! 

Zelda x 

(Boring disclaimer bit *yawn*: Even though NCS got in contact with me, the views I express in this post are solely my own, and to be honest, if I wasn't going to be 18 in literally a few days, I'd 100% be signing up!)



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04/09/2013

Collective Haul Pt 2: Autumn/Winter Clothes Haul


Hello! I'm baaaaack!
For those of you who don't know, I ventured off to Reading Festival last weekend, and I've had countless auditions for my new college course this week, which is why I've been slightly quiet. I can't apologise enough! Nevertheless I'm back now to finally share with you the second part of my collective haul! You can read the first part here.
 I was going to attempt to do this in two parts, a video and a blog post, but I'm so exhausted and I've got a busy week ahead of me with starting college and whatnot, so it's just going to end up as a blog post for now!

So we've finally seen the back of August and the summer months. On the few more rainy, overcast days we've been having here in the UK, I discovered that my wardrobe has a huge lack of clothes suitable for the Autumn/Winter seasons! So, I decided to go out on a whim and fix this terrible problem that would have left me shivering under a duvet otherwise!

I have been on the hunt for a decent winter coat for ages, and I'm always caught with the dilemma of 'it looks nice but it won't keep me warm' or 'it doesn't look too good on but it'll keep me cosy'. This year I think I have finally cracked that problem! I went into Miss Selfridge and found this coat in the sale for £40, being astudent I got 20% off so ended up paying around £30 for a coat that was previously £70! What a bargain. I was a big fan of this style of coat last year but never really found one that I liked. I really like wearing this jacket - it's big enough that you can really layer up underneath it but fitted enough so it doesn't puff out and you don't look like the Michelin Man when you wear it!



For all those wondering, THIS is the Michelin Man.
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The second shop I went to was Forever 21, I've never been to a Forever 21 before as there's not many close to me, and believe me when I say that I had a field day! I literally wanted to pick up the whole store and take it home with me. The first thing I picked up was this flannel checked shirt, which cost me £12.00. I've been searching for a decent shirt like this for a while, as I find they're really good for layering either put on or tied around the waist. I like the colours, it's really soft and comfy and cosy and yeah. I like this a lot.

The second thing is this little jumper that cost me £12.95. I thought this would look really nice accessorized with one of the necklaces I picked up in the first part of the haul, again it's really really comfy and surprisingly warm, despite the sheer shoulders!

Then I ventured into the HUGE sale section that they had, and picked up three things, the first of which is this pink shirt which cost me around £5. First off, I apologise for the sheerness of this shirt in the photo. 'Hashtag awkward bra shot'. I really like the fact that you can layer this under jumpers because of the cute little collar and silver button, I'm a big fan of the detailing and the colour of the shirt itself and the material is really silky and soft, which makes this the comfiest shirt I possibly ever purchased. And at £5, it's an absolute steal!

The second thing I picked up in the sale I ended up buying to wear to Reading, and it's this khaki green waistcoat/gilet type thing. I really don't know what to call it! It caught my eye because it's almost like the jacket I bought but without the sleeves, so it seemed perfect for jumping around in tight crowds without getting too hot! It's got little pockets on the front that I kept my phone and tickets in and it was just perrrrrfect. I believe this came in at around £7.

The last thing I bought from Forever 21 was this pair of black skinny jeans for £6something. I wear black skinny jeans for colder days at work, so I tend to end up ruining the decent pairs that I buy because of it. :( I decided I needed a non-work-ruined pair of black skinnies, saw these in the sale, tried them on and they're really REALLY comfortable considering they're super skinny! The material is really soft, they're cut in just the right shape for me and are quite honestly my perfect fit. The rips on the front aren't too see through either, all in all I can see these becoming my new favourite pair of jeans!

This next item was bought from New Look and came in at £25. I really liked the style of this jacket, and fell in love with the little leather-look details and pattern! I guess it's more of a 'boyfriend' style blazer/jacket type thing. Even though I'd already bought a jacket, this one is quite a bit thinner, so I wouldn't be wearing this out on a snowy winter day! However with layers underneath it it's still very warm, and long story short, I couldn't not have it!

Last of all from New look I picked up these boots for £30. Oh. My. These are the comfiest ankle boots I have ever set foot in. They're super padded out and warm, and I love the buckle detail! I actually ended up buying a size bigger than I usually am due to the fact that these babies are so padded and comfy, but that wasn't a problem as the buckles and the laces (obviously) are both adjustable, so I can easily make them tighter. I can see myself wearing these a LOT during the colder months, I've got a good feeling that these paired with some thick socks will keep my tootsies toasty! 

So that's everything for part 2 of my haul, I apologise for it being so late! Have you started your Autumn/Winter clothes shopping yet? Did anything I purchased catch your eye? Would you have liked to see this in video form?
Leave a comment down below and I will be back with another post very soon! (I promise!)

Zelda x


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