Thursday, 29 November 2012

Pixie Pant UK Dupe from Primark?

I've seen Pixie Pants, from J Crew, on American YouTubers like MissGlamorazzi and on her recommendation when they went to the US - FleurDeForce and Tanya Burr. I don't own Pixie Pants and because we don't have J Crew in the UK I haven't had the opportunity to see what they're like or try them on but from the way they've been described I've found a similar type of trousers for a lot cheaper.


J Crew Pixie Pants are $88 from their website (approx £55) but if you're shipping them to the UK from their site they're actually £72.82 - sneaky! They are slightly different to the one's I've got below, as these have a zip up the back but the general idea is similar - stretchy, tight fitting trousers in a heavier but still soft fabric than leggings.

I bought these trousers about a month ago but Primark should still have them in stores. You could say they're a tregging - a fusion of trousers and leggings but they remind me a bit of jeans as well.

Not the most flattering angle and the grey socks don't help! I'd usually wear these with boots and something loose and longer on top like a jumper

The pair I got are black and they're very black in colour (blacker than the picture) and thicker than leggings. They're also not see-through like leggings and don't let the cold in as much as the thin type tend to. They fit very tight to the skin like leggings and are made of a stretchy, soft, thick cotton fabric but not the same feel as jeans.

These remind me of though jeans because they have belt loots, a button and zip and pockets on back while still being tight. I love them as well because like leggings they tuck perfectly into boots, unlike most skinny jeans which crease up. I've also worn these to work, with ankle boots because I prefer them to average work/school type trousers and they don't look too casual.

Gemsmaquillage on YouTube recently hauled a bottle green pair and mentioned a maroon/berry colour so Primark must be selling them in different shades so they're a great way to be on trend without investing too much money. I bought mine in my normal trouser size at the moment, especially in Primark where I find their bottoms don't have a lot of room in the thighs and hips when compared to shops like New Look.  My waist, where I like the tops of trousers and jeans to sit, is proportionally smaller than my hips so most trousers and jeans tend to be a bit loose so I like being able to wear a belt and these have belt loops and stretchy jeans and trousers are a must. The one problem I've had with these trousers is they tend to want to sit on my hips rather than my waist but that's probably my shape. These are also quite stretchy and cling in a good way

They're great for winter and so much better than wearing leggings as trousers, much warmer and you don't see your underwear through them!

Overall for £9 these are so handy and can be found in the jeans section of Primark.

Love Georgia xxx

*And a bonus picture of Bertie, my puppy. Look at his furry little face!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

3 of the Best: Jumpers for Autumn/Winter


1. Reverse Stud Jumper - USC - £33.60 (reduced from £48)

I love the bright pink mixed with the black studded pads and this would go great with leggings or jeans for a comfy but stylish look. I was quite tempted when I saw this again in-store with the discount but I've bought quite a few jumpers recently. 

2. Tetrine Knitted Mix Jumper In Pink/Khaki/Multi - Missguided - £19.99

Great basic, chunky knit jumpers available in different colours. Again, I love the candy pink colour to make an outfit more feminine and cute and would especially cute with leather panel leggings. The khaki jumpers a good way to get some of the army inspired colour palette into your autumn/winter wardrobe and I also love the multi coloured one as it'll add loads of colour to any outfit without being too bright.

3. Cream Heart Print Chelsea Girl Jumper - River Island - £35

This jumper looks slightly festive without having a big Rudolph on the front! The arms do remind me of candy canes though.

If you're interested in seeing more jumpers, check out my Primark haul here.

Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick in Kiss Me: Review and Swatches


I find describing the colour of this lipstick so hard. Sometimes it looks orangey toned and other times more pink toned, so it would be a good neutral red to fit most skin tones. The texture is like a satin with good colour pay off and not a lot of shine, however this doesn't dry out my lips.

I remember spotting these for £1.99 each on a discount make up stall in a shopping centre and remembering the distinctive packaging and bright colours from when Ruby had used them on Hollyoaks, while she was going through an especially evil phase applying bright red lipstick all the time on camera, and way before they started placing  L'Oreal products in every shot. Although this colour is bright, it can be used like a stain and rubbed into the lips for a more natural look.


Some may find the packaging tacky but I love it, especially for a range called colour show off! The only problem I've ever had with these lipsticks is I'm not overly keen on the taste. I don't like the taste of any Rimmel lip products I've tried because I find them overly flowery or soapy but if those tastes don't bother you then you should be fine. 


I'm gutted this line of lipsticks seems to have been discontinued, on the bright side though it means that you can pick up the range for under £4 when the RRP was over £6. There's lots of shades available on eBay for £3.99 and maybe check pound shops or discount make up shops to grab a bargain.

Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick in 140 Kiss Me - eBay - £2.39 (Including P+P)

Love Georgia xxx

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Free Models Own Nail Polish or Lip Gloss in More Magazine!


I've been buying More magazine weekly for the last 3 weeks because I'm hoping to examine and discuss it in my dissertation. So just imagine my joy when I saw that More were offering a free gift this week, which you don't get a lot with a weekly magazine! There's a choice of two different Models Own nail polishes or lipglosses but my Superdrug only had one colour of each so you may have to search for the other colours. I don't know the names of the lip glosses, and I've haven't any of their make up products as of yet, but there looked like there's a pink and a coral colour available to anyone who fancies them.

I fully recommend Models Own nail polishes so this is definitely a good deal. Their polishes have a great consistency and formula and because they're usually £5, you're saving £3.50 per polish by getting the magazine for £1.50!

 


The colours on offer are Raspberry Crush which is the colour I chose. I haven't tried it on my nails yet but its a raspberry pink, cream finish. The other colour is Nude Beige, which I resisted getting when I saw it on another copy of More in Boots later because it reminded me of Accessorize Fudge that I already own.

The main story on the cover made me laugh too. I doubt very much that Kristen desperately wants to have R-Patz's baby imminently and this is the perfect example of the crazy, old fashion representations of women in these awful magazines. But hey, atleast I got to enjoy the 'Come To Bed Ed!' feature.

Chuck Bass or not, he's a bit of a dish!

Love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Halloween FOTN: Evil Fairy (A Belated Halloween Post)

Lately I've been slacking when it comes to this blog and I'll admit that I've let university work get in the way. Because of that, now I have a backlog of posts that I've intended to write or finish but I thought I'd crack on and get them posted. So here's a Halloween face of the night, ooh spooky!


This year was my first, and probably last time, going out in Newcastle for Halloween. I wasn't in love with any costumes I seen so I decided just to go for an 'evil fairy' look, reusing some fairy wings I've had for years that for the whole night just ended up hitting people in the face. I took the chance to make my make up a little over the top and added massive lashes, glitter and red lips; I also added glitter eye liner to my lashes to make them extra sparkly! I love that I got the chance to use the red toned shades I've got in Sleek palettes but never use. 



I'm so annoyed these pictures turned out blurry, I couldn't tell on the viewfinder that they weren't focused properly and I was in a hurry before the taxi came.

Face:

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light*
Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry in Buff mixed with Rimmel 25 Hour Foundation in Ivory
NYX Pot Concealer in Orange
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand
Rimmel Match Perfection in Light
Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder
Elf Studio Blush in Pink Passion
Sleek Contour Kit in Light
Benefit HighBeam

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sleek Ultra Matte Darks Palette (Red and dark purple matte shades)
Sleek Oh So Special Palette (dark purple metallic and black shades)
Sleek Bad Gal (metallic and matte purples)
MUA Eyeshadow in Shade 2
Maybelline Gel Liner in Black
Collection 2000 Glitter Liner in Rockstar
eBay Lashes (similar here - style 12)
17 Peep Show Mascara

Lips:

ELF Mineral Lipstick in Cheerful Cherry
Revlon Colorstay Lipgloss in Strawberry (review/swatches)



On my nails I wore W7's Cosmic Purple but unlike the picture above, I wore it with Barry M Vivid Purple underneath. I didn't get a chance to photograph it though as I only painted on the glitter when I was at my friends before we went out - #lazy.

Link to the original NOTD


Good old Sheldon Cooper photo-bombing in the background

When I got to my friends' flat for pre-drinks I decided to go with the flow and add some fake blood as I didn't feel spooky enough. Once we finally hit the town, it was obviously that 'add a bit of fake blood to any costume' was a bit of a theme!

I hope everyone had a good night if you ventured out, I wouldn't blame you if you didn't and were nice and cosy at home.

Love Georgia xxx

Products with a * next to them indicate that they were sent for review purposes. This doesn't affect my opinions on these products.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Primark Purchases: Winter Essentials?

I had that moment last week where I realised that my wardrobe is completely unsuitable for colder weather. I also fancied a trip to Primark as I hadn't ventured there in about a month, as the one in Newcastle is a bit of a building site at the moment while it's being renovated into a three floor haven of cheap clothes and home-ware. The shopping experience was typical Primark - stressy and busy with people pushing each other out the way and being ran over by buggies but I stuck it out for the bargains!

Charcoal Knitted Jumper - £6

I'd seen a similar jumper in another Primark haul but in a purple grey tone, unfortunately I didn't see that colour but couldn't resist this charcoal, grey marl colour. The jumper is stretchy but oversized, a little bit of an oxymoron, but really flattering and I didn't have to go a size up to get the right fit. The sleeves are longer than most jumpers so it looks really cosy under a jacket or they can be pushed up for a slouchy look. The back covers enough bum to be worn with leggings too and for £6 I thought this was a great buy.

Cream Aaron Style Jumper with Gold Studs - £14

This is different to jumpers I usually choose, it's quite chunky and square, which I usually think is unflattering but I thought it would go nicely over a dress or skirt. The price is a little much for Primark so you could properly customise a jumper like this if you already have one or can pick one up cheap.


Acid Wash Studded Denim Shirt - £13

This shirt caused so much trouble. I went round woman's wear 3 times to get it after some bad customer service at the tills but I've come to expect that from Primark to be honest. Anyway, I've wanted a denim shirt since the summer and I really liked how this one was acid wash. I love the look of acid wash jeans but they wouldn't flatter my shape so I thought I'd go for this instead to layer over dresses or buttoned up.


Black Leather Style Studded Bag - £3

Who could resist this little make up bag? This one looks suspiciously like the studded ones that are in Topshop so I had to have it to replace my current make up bag for my handbag.

Overall a successful trip. I love watching and reading Primark hauls because you get a chance to see what's in currently but don't have to go through the stressful experience.

Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 16 November 2012

Wishlist: Tiny Gold Cross Necklace as Seen on Britney Spears

A couple of months ago I went for it and finally bought the infamous sideways cross necklace that was popular on YouTube a year or two ago, made famous mostly by Lollipop26/Laura from Buy Now Blog Later. I've been wearing that necklace every day; I love how dainty it is and how it goes with any outfit. 

And now I've found a new necklace to lust over.


I've seen Britney Spears wear this style of tiny cross necklace lately on X Factor USA or when she's at press events and again I really love how small and understated it looks. I noticed that she also likes to layer it with a sideways cross necklace and when I first spotted this it's sad to say that I was quite excited. 

It would be an understatement to say I'm just a casual Britney fan and I love seeing her doing so well on X Factor.


A similar necklace I've found is by Morgan Prather on Etsy, which is where I bought my sideways cross, and it's 14k gold filled. The price and postage cost are reasonable and this necklace becomes especially tempting with the great US dollar to UK pound conversion rates.

Who knows, maybe this will be flying it's way over from the US to me sometime in the future. I think, like Britney's, I would have the tiny cross on a shorter chain so that it sat higher up than the sideways cross. I love the layering look and I know a lot of high street shops, even Primark, have started doing small necklaces for layering but I always find the metal in those ones irritate my neck, can leave a green stain and then the jewellery goes rusty, so a gold filled necklace for me is a better investment.

Tiny Cross Necklace in Gold by Morgan Prather - Etsy - $21/£13.60 (With P+P to UK approx. £16.19)


picture from Godtidote

I had to include this flawless picture. Sorry.

Love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Jergens Original Beauty Lotion - Cherry Almond Scent: Review

Once again, the Internet has convinced me into buying a product but unlike all of the great products I've found out about through the on-line beauty community, this is one I'm not so happy to recommend.


After an afternoon in the university library, I passed Superdrug, like I do twice a day when I'm going to uni, and decided to treat myself to the Jergens Original Beauty Lotion, which I'd heard such great things about. The scent of course is what drew me to this product, as I adore anything with a cherry or almond smell like Dr Pepper and Battenburg cake, so I had to have a cheeky sniff in the bottle before I took it to the till. The scent was like pure Battenburg cake, cue excitement.

So imagine my disappointment when I got home and applied it to find that it smells like cherry almond for about 30 seconds then dries down to a powdery smell, similar to the Nivea scent. Not all body moisturisers smell as strong as they do in the bottle once they're rubbed in but this changed completely. I tested this out with Boots Extracts Almond Body Butter (a favourite, review soon) on one arm and Jergens on the other to see if I was just imagining it and the smell did completely change whereas the Boots one smelled like it did in the tub.


Even though I'm disappointed by being conned into this thinking it would keep smelling like cherry and almonds after 30 seconds, I only paid 74p in Superdrug for this as I used 100 points from my Superdrug Beauty card for the rest. I wouldn't buy this again and if I'd wanted something that smelled powdery or like a Nivea product I would've bought one instead!

Jergens Original Beauty Lotion - Cherry Almond Scent - Superdrug - £1.74 on sale (RRP £3.50)


Love Georgia xxx

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Wonderland Southern Lights and Utopia: NOTD and Review 4/11/12


I don't know why it took me so long to get Southern Lights by Models Own on my nails. It's such a 'me' colour because its a holographic glitter with a sheer purple base. I could have worn this alone but I decided to go for something a bit different and try doing a glitter tip, where the glitter is more concentrated at the tip and fades out. For a quick Saturday night bit of nail art it didn't turn out too badly. It's also a great one for us lazy girls who can't be bothered with removing 10 full nails of glitter. As a base for the glitter I applied two coats of a favourite and fellow Models Own polish, Utopia, a very pale purple

I love purple colours the best on my nails and they're always the tones I gravitate towards in the shops, big weakness!


Models Own Nail Polish in Southern Lights - Boots - £5
Models Own Nail Polish in Utopia - Boots - £5

Also available from Modelsownit.com

Love Georgia xxx


Friday, 9 November 2012

Superdrug 3 for 2 Haul: Sleek Lace Palette, Rimmel Liners and Fat Hair 6/11/12

I truly can't resist a 3 for 2. So stepping into Superdrug after a bit of a soul-crushing day at uni, I felt the urge to buy something pretty!


Of course the Sleek Blush by 3 palette in Lace was just what I needed (loljk, as if I needed it). This coveted little beauty has been on my wishlist for ages and I even ended up buying the palette in Pumpkin by mistake when this was out of stock. My Superdrug Sleek stand has certain products that never, ever get restocked, or if they do they get snatched up quick, so I knew as this was the last on on the shelf it was now or never! 

Corals and peaches are my favourite colours to wear on my cheeks and in this palette you get 3 great blushes, 2 matte and 1 shimmer, for £9.99 but you just have to be careful applying them because they're strongly pigmented. The middle shade is supposedly the same as Sleek's Rose Gold which is supposedly similar to Nars Orgasm, so confusion aside it's a win win


My other two cosmetic buys were the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliners in Nude and Purple, which were cheaper than I thought they'd be at £3.99 each. I haven't had a chance to try these out properly but I did use the nude one yesterday, as I'd has less sleep than usual from staying up to watch Blue Crush, and it did give a wide awake look

While my friend was browsing in the hair isle, I was sad to see that my beloved Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo was still £3.99 a can! I'm down to my last can but because I can easily go through 1-2 cans of this in only a month, I prefer to wait and stock up when it's on 3 for 2 or reduced to 99p. I decided to then branch out and try the Samy Fat Hair Dry Spray Shampoo as the range was better than half price at £2.99. Fat Hair is a brand that's caught my eye before in Superdrug because I love a good voluminous product but I'm yet to try anything from them so I was willing to give this a go. 

So far I've found the volume effect's not as strong as the Batiste XXL but it's a decent dry shampoo and the smells fresh like a shower gel.

I'm quite pleased that I didn't end up buying a lip product or a nail polish, it makes a change.

I don't know when the 3 for 2 on cosmetics offer finishes at Superdrug but at the moment it's available in store or online so it's a great time to pick up back ups of favourites, new make up for the Christmas party season or even little gifts and stocking fillers

Unfortunately Superdrug's online shop doesn't always have their full selection of products on offer but they are offering free standard delivery until the 4th of December and £10 off a £50 online spend with the code GiftGuide12.

After I finish this post I'm off to enter some of Superdrug's competitions, you've got to be in it to win it!

Love Georgia xxx

Thursday, 8 November 2012

H and M Nail Polish in Moody Model: NOTD and Review (Autumn Addictions)


It's time for another Autumn Addictions post. Quick apologies for the lack of posts, research for my dissertation, work and looking after my hyperactive puppy have kept me from being able to blog away and I currently have a backlog of pictures for posts and half written posts waiting to be finished. This includes an upcoming post with loads of pictures of my little puppy *warm fuzzy feeling*.

Taken with flash

'Moody Model' is a polish I picked up this time last year in H&M when I was buying some clothes (those extra bits by the till always get me!) and I thought it was quite unusual so I had to picked it up. It's a darkened teal cream finish which I find only needs 2 good coats to be opaque. Unfortunately in these pictures you can see the lovely glossy finish was ruined by be lying on my hand not too longer after I'd applied it - cue scratch marks.


I also love that this shade brings some colour to those autumn days and sometimes darker outfits but isn't really bright or garish.

I can't speak for all H&M polishes, as this is only 1 of 2 that I own, but I don't find this polish chips easily or is problematic in anyway. I found this polishes formula to be similar to Barry M, which is always a win win!

Natural light

I couldn't find this shade online but the H&M website doesn't list everything they sell instore especially cosmetics wise. They're definitely worth a look at the next time your browsing for cosy knits.

H&M Nail Polish in Moody Model - H&M Stores - £2.99

Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 2 November 2012

Shopping My Stash: Skin, Body, Hair and Fragrance 29/10/12

Sometimes I get stuck in rut and realise that I'm only using a small amount of the products I own so it's good to make an effort to use other things. A lot of the time I buy products to try them out and then prefer to use something else so they just get forgotten about. These are a few products that I'm trying to use more at the moment:


Garnier Intensive 7 Days Body Lotion in Cocoa Butter for Dry and Rough Skin - Boots - £4.99

This is my second bottle of this and it is a great product. The cocoa butter smell is delicious but not overpowering and the lotion dries quickly. I've gotten really lazy with applying body lotion lately so hopefully I'll get back into the habit soon.

Superdrug Dry Shampoo in Floating On A Breeze - Superdrug - £1.99

I bought three different scents of the Superdrug dry shampoo because they were 3 for 1 or something and I decided to try something new instead of constantly re-buying Batiste XXL Volume (at one point I ended up with about six back-up cans!). Unfortunately I was disappointed, firstly the Superdrug ones don't absorb as much oil as the Batiste or give the same texture. I also nearly choke every time I spray them, I don't know what it is in these but even the littlest bit in the air will catch my throat so badly that I end up choking for at least a minute. Now I'm down to my last Batiste back-up and I still have a couple of these ones left, I should get these used up and use them to stop myself from going through my last XXL can so quickly.

Soap and Glory Body Spray in Mist You Madly - Boots - £3.50

Another product I have quite a few of. At Christmas I managed to collect 3 of these, two 100ml sized and one large bottle, to go along with the two mini bottles I already own. I love this scent, it's similar to most of the original Soap & Glory products like The Righteous Butter and Clean On Me. I wear this as a perfume but I like it as a room spray too.

Boots Essentials Fragrance Free Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion - Boots - £1.42

When I bought the Garnier Liquid Make Up Remover this got forgotten about. However my eyes get a little dry and sore after using that to remove all my eye make up, even though it says it's gentle enough for it, so I need to remember to use this instead. It's a really cheap, un-fragranced lotion that I just rub into a cotton pad then hold onto my eyes to loosen it all up.

Ted Baker BodyWear Fragranced Body Spray - Discontinued

This is almost a full bottle of body spray so I'm going to try and use it. It's a strange mix of scents so I don't always fancy it but again it makes a decent room spray.

Boots Simply Sensitive Toner - Boots - £2.69

There was a time when I would use this toner after I'd cleansed to make sure I'd gotten every last bit of my make up off and lately I've been too lazy. 


A-Derma Epitheliale AH Skin Repair Cream For Damaged Skin - Boots - £6.25

I bought this earlier this year, thinking that it would help with dry patches but it's more of a cream for irritated skin. I use this on the palms of my hands when they get itchy but apart from that I don't have much else to use this for.

Love Georgia xxx