£3 Perfume!

Today was my day off after working 6 days in a row, including two double shifts, so I was super duper excited to do some shopping! Thursday nights are also our payday, so I usually spend Wednesday jumping the gun on what I expect my wages to be, and splurging cash I don’t even have yet 😉 Thank you Master Card!

Anyway, I am going to do a full post on my purchases from today, but this one item needs its own post because I am still totally baffled by it. We were walking through the high street and spotted a market stall selling nail polish for £1, so we decided to have a rummage. You know. Anything for a barg. On the stall I also spotted some pseudo designer perfumes, with some very familiar packaging, so I sort of snorted in a condescending manor at the stall owner and went over for a sniff, expecting fragrances that mimic my cat’s urine. Well. I picked up the white and gold box with MISS TUTU printed on it, smirked and thought, oh right, so this is supposed to be Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel is it, which I have in my collection and paid about €50 for. I sprayed it and could not believe it. It smells so similar! It is slightly sweeter, but for £3, I really was blown away. Now I’m not suggesting you boycot Chanel and go for this. No. Not by any stretch of the imagination. But I snapped one up for things like throwing in your handbag, taking on a night out or in an overnight bag, to a festival, on holiday….basically anywhere that you might risk losing your bottle of the good stuff. They had other fraudy fragrances there too, but I wasn’t familiar with any of the originals so I wasn’t sure how strong their resemblance were, but this one was actually really good. At £3 for 50ml, anything that doesn’t smell like wee is a bonus really! I looked up the ingredients of both, and the vanilla base notes are mirrored in the Miss Tutu copy, as are the extracts of jasmine and rose, making it a fab bargain copy cat!

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C x

Rock That Body

Okay, before I start, I know I am about a year too late on this hype, but I have recently purchased two bodies. You know. The ones with the poppers on the crotch that are kind of like the romper suits you wore when you were a baby. I know these have been out for ages, but I never truly trusted them until recently. I got them both at a bargain too – the motel printed one was £8 in the topshop sale, and the cloudy print one was £10 in the Asos sale, though I think its now been reduced to £6! Bargs!

In these pics I’ve just popped them on with jeans, but they’re great with shorts, even some skirts. Definitely don’t wear them to lunch or dinner though! There is very little room for food babies in these!

The Asos one is still available to buy. Click here.

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Hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend!

C xx

OOTD – £8 Tea Dress

This OOTD is basically a little round up of a few bargains I’ve snapped up in the past week! This super cute green patterned tea dress was £8 from Primark, so I thought I’d give it a try. Its quite small across the shoulders, and I generally find things big on me in that area as I’m not very broad, so definitely try on before you buy, but overall I’m really pleased with it. Its a great length, which is quite rare for dresses of this style for me, as I’m 5’8. The shoes I’m wearing were £9 from Tesco, and are surprisingly comfortable. I spotted them while doing a quick food shop, and couldn’t beleive it when there was a pair of size 6 heels in the sale! My size for everything is pretty much always one of the most popular ones – size 12 clothing is notoriously hard to find in sales, as are size 6 shoes, and 34DD bras are like gold dust to get bargains in – so I was most certainly smug about this find. The little shoulder bag was £10.50 in the Accessorize sale, and its a really great strap length – as you can see it sits just above my hip. Its a really nice light tan colour too, though you can’t see it much in this pic.

I’m looking forward to wearing this tea dress through whats left of summer, and then gradually layering it up and teaming with tights and boots as the winter comes. All in all, £8 well spent!

Enjoy

C

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OOTD – Power Bun and Blazer

Here’s another little OOTD for you. One of my favourite combos – the power bun and blazer. A sleek up do and a structured blazer with a sheer shirt and skinnies is simplicity at its finest. So easy to throw on, comfortable, and effortless. This is what I went for today. Just popping out for a quick latte on a lovely rainy Friday.

Here I’m wearing my fave pair of Topshop Leigh Jeans in a vivid blue wash, which I believe has sold out now, with another toppers classic – this sheer panelled shirt, which was only a tenner in the sale. Its great because it has an extra panel layer of fabric across the chest so you don’t have to wear a cami underneath to cover up.

The blazer was a recent impulse splurge from River Island. Click here to buy. If you look closely it has jaquard print on the fabric, but its subtly worked into this super soft and moveable cotton, so its structured but super comfy. The necklace was a recent sale steal from Accessorize, for £4, and I’ve got bargain £7.99 H&M pumps on my feet in fuschia/coral colour (which have just gone down to £4 online here!!!), which I love to throw on to brighten up outfits like this. Finally, my trusty Michael Kors Jet Set tote ❤

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Have a fab weekend!

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August Glossy Box

So, following on from my recent post on Glossy Box, its time to unpack another box. The theme this month was high flyers, and each product was from a different country. Here’s what I received this month….

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EMITE EYELASH CURLER – Sweden

This retails at £20, so I was thrilled to see it had been packed into the baby pink and black box this month. Unfortunately I wear permanent lash extensions, so I wont actually use it (until I have weened myself off the addiction to having my lashes done every month), but I might pass it on to a friend to get a full review. Top lash curling tip – gently heat the curler using your hair dryer before you use it. The heat fixes the curl in place all day!

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URBAN VEDA DAILY RADIANCE FACE WASH – India

Urban Veda is a brand new skincare range, and focuses on living a natural and balanced holistic lifestyle. The range is designed to naturally combat pollution, protecting skin from environmental damages (excellent for city dwellers like myself). . I haven’t yet tried it as I am often sceptical about interferring with my strict Elemis regime, but I am going to give it a go tonight. Its a bargain to buy the full size products too – the washes are from £7.99, toners from £8.99 and and day and night creams from £12.99. If you’re looking for a new skin care thats a bit more premium than what you’ll find in Boots, but you don’t want to break the bank, give this a go. Start off with a three step, cleanse, tone and moisturise, and then try the polishes, scrubs and lotions. That’s always my approach to trying new skincare. The four categories are Purifying – this detoxes and reduces excess sebum; Radiance – this hydrates and boosts dull and tired skin; Relieving – this restores and rejuvenates skin using clarifying flower waters; and Soothing – this is an uplifting and fortifying range to balance skin.

Psssst – Entering code GlossyB gets you 20% off until 1st December 2013!

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TRESEMME KERATIN SMOOTH CONCENTRATED TREATMENT SHOT – America

I absolutely LOVE the hair revolution that is Keratin. It makes my hair feel so smooth and shiny, and this concentrated shot is brilliant for a quick fix. You can pick these up for £1.49 in most high street cosmetics stores or supermarkets – great to pack for holiday or before a night out.

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JELLY PONG PONG EYE LINER – United Kingdom

I am a bit bemused by this product. As much as I love a chunky eye liner, especially when it retails at £10.50, but it claims it is a shadow as well as a liner. So there I am, looking for some sort of double-ended function to what looks like a reincarnation of the Benefit Bad Gal crayon, but no. There isnt one. I just thinks it can be, and I quote, “a perfectly blended shadow”. Well, how, I do not know. But as its a brilliant eyeliner I will let it off, but please don’t go thinking this is a 2-in-1, because I really don’t think it is. Granted, I did get the black one – perhaps other colours are better, but I would not use this for an eyeshadow unless it was halloween! The other products by this brand look really cool, too, so check them out here.

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OCEANE MAKEUP REMOVER PEN – Brazil

I feel a bit smug to have one of these pens to be honest. They aren’t even available in the UK yet! It does exactly what it says on the tin. It removes makeup in a handy, compact pen. Think back to your school days when those ink erasers came out, and you would spend your days erasing half of your friend’s work, or just drawing phallic objects across their excersize book, so it would form a perfect, and obviously hilarious, shape of something when the teacher comes to mark the work. Yeah, its just like that, but, for your face. Its perfect for those mascara faux pas when you sneeze or blink and print onto your crease, or you get caught in the rain and/or an emotional moment leaving your eyeliner streaming down your cheeks. Another fab handbag essential from GlossyBox. Highly recommended…when it hits the UK, that is!

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Im now off in hunt of afternoon cake before work. Naughty.

Have a good evening, all.

C

Birch Box vs Glossy Box

Okay, so some of you will have read my previous rave review of the monthly beauty delivery box, Birch Box. If you didn’t, select it from recent posts on the left hand panel, or its archived under beauty and reviews 😉

Anyway, yes, I raved about it. But I have since found myself in a conundrum. Which is better? Birch Box, or Glossy Box. For those of you who are new to the monthly delivery phenomenon, both boxes are £10 per month and send you four or five beauty minis every month straight to your door. After one month of Birch Box, I switched to Glossy Box to give both a try, and let you guys all know which I think is best.

So, lets first unpack this month’s Glossy Box. Now I must just say quickly, while trying to rummage around to find the items from the recent box, I have to tell you that all five of them have already taken pride of place in my handbag, on my dresser, or in the bathroom, which is certainly a sign of how good they are, without wishing to accidentally release a spoiler alert.

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PRODUCT 1. Alterna Haircare Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist £25ml

This product is really nice on your hair. It creates waves while still making your hair feel soft and smooth, unlike some of the salt sprays around at the moment. I will however admit that my review of these types of products can be a little biased, as my hair is naturally wavy, so please don’t take my word that this will transform poker straight into beach babe. The product size is really good though. A 25ml bottle is a really generous sample, especially when the full size is 125ml at £23.00.

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PRODUCT 2. Inecto Pure Coconut Dry Shampoo

Step aside Batiste. Its here. You have met your match! While everyones fave dry shampoo brand has been busy monopolising the festival/camping/travel haircare market for quite some time, Inecto have been waiting in the wings with this saviour. The generous full sized bottle included in the box is the perfect size to travel with too, and it smells gorgeous. It doesn’t give you that horrible sticky feeling the day after that some dry shampoos do, and it doesn’t give you that greyish tinge at the roots either. I cannot rave enough about this one. Will definitely be purchasing in the future, and its only £2.49!

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PRODUCT 3. Ciate Nail Paint in Speed Dial

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the signature little black bow peeping through the layers of tissue paper. I hadn’t tried Ciate before (mainly because at £13.00 a bottle its quite pricey), so I couldn’t wait. The colour is actually great, despite my initial surprise at the orange shade, and it looks super cute on my dresser. Great bonus when one product alone is worth more than the entire box!

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PRODUCT 4. Anotomicals Spray Mist for Me Facial Spritz

Now, this one I was dubious about. Its a facial spritz that cools down your face in the heat, and reduces redness and puffiness around your tired eyes. I first thought, “oh well fantastic. As if my moist sweaty face wasn’t enough of an escape route for my makeup, this will just send it on its way, leaving me washed out and smudged”. Well, no! It didnt seem to interfere with my makeup (providing you spray it far enough from your face), and is an instant cool down. Its great for when you’re rushing about and getting all hot and bothered! Also full sized included, and costs £6.00.

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PRODUCT 5. Cooola Mineral Face SPF

This bad boy cropped up in Birch Box too, so looks like their promo team have been working hard. Again, my least fave of the selection purely because its a bit boring, but still fab to have in your bag to prevent a red burnt nose that Rudolph would be proud of.

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So…THE VERDICT.

I think the sizes and brands are better in Glossybox, but Birch Box does have some more unique items that I might not have found before.

Overall, for me, Glossy Box wins, and I’ll be sticking with that! Anybody else torn? Let me know your thoughts!

Have a good week.

All my love.

Coco xx

July Round Up

So, the end of another month is here. I swear the further through the year we get, the faster the months fly by! The first half of 2013 wasn’t too fabulous for me, for a few reasons, but I am so so thankful and so so lucky that all the bad stuff sorted itself out. I would never wish the events of February on my worst enemy. But enough about that.

The second half of the year has treated me much much better so far, and the almost permanent smile on my face is a welcome reminder. The summer that I had forecasted to be dull and boring (since my housemates left and my student live came to an abrupt end) has actually turned out to be full of fun, laughter, new beginnings & opportunities, and most importantly, SUN! I thought I would take the time to do a little June/July round up to document the highlights of my last few weeks.

1. Taylor Swift’s song ’22’ became the soundtrack to my life. I celebrated my 22nd birthday with afternoon tea in the forest, and a trip to London with my favourite person on the planet, my mummy ❤

2. Rubber ring my bell… Kiki and I got hours of fun from a meer £5 spend on rubber rings from G&Ts

3. Thai me up in chains – countless trips to Koh Thai Tapas and Tiien Thai

4. I became addicted to RIBS – some point around the end of June I surrendered to the British obsession with ribs, and have never looked back.

5. Life’s a beach. Every year I vow to “go to the beach more while I still live near”… and this year I have actually done it (and got the tan to prove it!)

6. I fell in love with Bournemouth. After vowing eternal hatred for what Bournemouth nightlife has turned into over the four years I have been a student here, and having thought I had outgrown it, I have actually had some pretty memorable nights in the last few weeks. I thought this summer would be basically me crossing off the days until I move back to London, but I hold up my white flag in surrender. I have fallen in love with you, Bournemouth.

And here are the accompanying snaps. Make the most of every moment. Nothing lasts forever. x

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Oh….and we found our flat in London! Next chapter is imminent!

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All my love

Coco x