Saturday, 31 December 2011

Goodbye 2011.


I wanted to end this year of blogging by writing a thank you to all of you who take the time to read and comment on my little blog. This year I've decided what it is I really want to blog about, for the most-part stuck to my schedules and overall found my own blogging style. I introduced Weekly Style last January, Week In Photos back in February and my Monthly Film Roundup posts in April which have definitely become my favourite to write. More recently I've been posting more nail art tutorials and begun a new series on Zoe Hart's style (Hart of Dixie), both of which have quickly become my most popular posts. I've been slacking a little on the photography front but when the weather improves I plan to start taking my cameras on more trips again. I hope that next year will bring even more enjoyment and success from blogging and that I will finally get to meet up with some of you lovely people!

The second huge thank you I owe to you all is for the support you've shown me in the form of enthusiasm and feedback with launching my shop. My office temp job ended after a year in September and now thanks to you guys Sawyer & Scout is what I do and I love it. I owe a special thank you to those who have gone out of their way to write posts full of kind words about the shop, I really appreciate them and am very grateful to all of you. In the new year I'm looking to expand the shop hopefully including more textiles and artwork in addition to the jewellery.

Outside of blogging my 2011 has been full of ups and downs and overall hasn't been the best. Blogging, running the shop and the awesome community here has kept me busy and helped a lot. Recently I've been starting to feel better again and fingers crossed next year things will continue to improve and I'll get back on track. I'm starting the new year with another evening class in film which I'm really looking forward to, the arrival of Drive on DVD at the end of January and am already finding myself over-excited about visiting the Harry Potter set in April.

See you in 2012! 
x

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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Favourites of 2011: Skincare, Cosmetics, Haircare & Styling

Skincare & Cosmetics: ELF Eyebrow Kit in Light - Benefit Sugabomb - Natural Collection Peach Melba - Missha BB Cream in Light Beige - Garnier BB Cream in Light - Clinique City Block (SPF 25) - Benefit The Porefessional Primer - No7 Illuminating Touch Concealer in Shade 2 - Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in 009 Sable - Benefit Dandelion - Origins GinZing Eye Cream - Boots Aqua Hydrating Night Cream - Bare Minerals Mineral Veil - Elf Cream Eyeliner in Coffee - Lipsmackers Balm in Cherry Coke - Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser - Benefit High Beam - Barbara Daly Concealer in Fair - Bobbi Brown Creme Eyeshadow in Ash - NYX Color Lip Balm in Shukran

Favourite Polishes: Topshop Grunge - Rimmel Lycra Pro Aqua Cool - Topshop Gypsy Night - Nails Inc Denim - Models Own Grace Green - Topshop Pool Party - Rimmel Lycra Pro Desire - Nails Inc Plum

Haircare & Styling: John Frieda Root Awakening - Batiste Dry Shampoo in Medium Brunette - Umberto Gianni Rock 'n' Roll Extreme Hairspray - John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse - Loreal Elvive Damage Care Conditioning Repair Spray - Tangle Teezer

Hair Styling: Mark Hill Conical Wand

What were your favourite products of 2011?
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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Best of the UO Sale

Nirvana Photo Tee £15, Silence & Noise Velvet Skinny Trousers £25, Sparkle & Fade Printed Cut-Out Dress £25, Upson Downes Alameda Top £25

Victoria House Mug £4, Vintage Map Notebooks- 3 Pack £5, Mint Skull Snowglobe £7, Mint Reptile Old School Satchel £22, Skull Ear Bud Headphones £8, Anorak Kissing Stags Cushion £20

Christmas has managed to get in the way of my usual browsing websites and collecting of items for the Weekly Style post so I thought I'd show you my top picks form the Urban Outfitters sale instead. I've looked online and instore at a lot of the sales but haven't really seen anything interesting other than what's on offer at UO. I promised myself the same as last year, not to buy lots of things that I don't need just because they're now on sale and so far that's going well. I've placed an order for the Nirvana tee which was on my wish list but I thought was overpriced at £35 back in November. I also added the adorable world map notebook set to my order. I didn't even realise the Nirvana tee was in the sale at first because it wasn't in the sale section of the website (!), but the lovely Franky posted about it on her blog and it's now on it's way to me! Aside from that I picked up a few bits in the Hobbycraft sale yesterday but of course they're mostly for working on items for the shop so that doesn't count, right?!

Have you done any sale shopping this year?
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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Sawyer's Christmas



Hope everyone has been enjoying themselves over the past few days!
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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Favourites of 2011: Film & Television

All images from www.imdb.com
(L-R: Drive, 127 Hours, Hanna, Hart of Dixie, Bones, The Big Bang Theory)

On the big screen:

Drive, 127 Hours and Hanna were all instant favourites for me, I knew straight away that I had to add them to my collection and that's what makes them stand out as my favourites of the year. I see two standout things that the films all have in common; the strength of the performance from the actor's playing the main roles (I personally think some Oscar-worthy ones) and the use of sound and accompanying music. I know they might not be everyone's tastes but if you do happen to be looking for something interesting and different to watch I'd recommend any of these three.

You can find my original short "reviews" here: Drive, 127 Hours, Hanna


Other notable films released in 2011: The King's Speech, Super 8, Scream 4, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Final Destination 5

On the small screen:

The new: My favourite new show this year has to be Hart of Dixie. I'm so glad it appeared to fill the Ugly Betty-shaped gap in my weekly schedule. Ever since Betty said goodbye I've been missing my weekly fix of a 45 minute comedy. Yes, there are some great 20 minute ones (hi TBBT & Cougar Town) but it's just not been the same. You've all probably noticed by now that I love this show and of course Zoe Hart's style. I'm routing for Zoe and Wade to get together and hoping it gets picked up for more seasons. Basically, I'm hooked!

The discovery: Although it's now in it's seventh season Bones is something I only picked up over the Summer when I rented the season 1 boxset from my local library and became instantly addicted. I honestly don't know how I'd never watched this show before, it really is my kind of thing. It's also meant Emily has taken the title of my favourite Deschanel sister, sorry Zooey!

The old: Still a firm favourite from my Uni days, this year I invested in all of the Big Bang Theory boxsets and I'm surprised I haven't worn them out yet from constant playing, they were definitely worth the money! Of course I love Sheldon and I'm proudly shipping Shamy but I also adore Raj. He's totally underrated, anybody with me?!

Old TV on DVD that's also had me addicted over the year: Miranda, Vicar of Dibley, Desperate Housewives, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The O.C.

What film and TV did you love this year?
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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 44.

Two-Tone 'Jossi' Jumper 35 Euros (approximately £29) : Monki
Marl Leggings £18, Bone Print Crop £14, Chunky Jumper £42, Clutch £32 : Topshop
Coat £65 : River Island
Tiny Skull Bangle £50 : Michelle Chang available @ hannahzakari.co.uk
Ring (by Made) £30, Lace-Ups £30, Stila Smudge Pot in Jade £13 : ASOS

Yep, more jumpers! Now it's colder again I've rediscovered my love of jumpers which only first occurred last Winter. I've always been a huge cardigan fan and built up a vast collection over my time at Uni. Last year however I discovered how much easier it is to wear jumpers. I mean, you don't have to worry about finding a top that matches to wear underneath and they're easy to throw on with pretty much  anything. Baggy jumpers paired with skinny jeans, boots, thick socks and a snood has once again become my go-to and I love it. I probably don't need to buy anymore jumpers though so they'll have to stay here looking pretty instead.
I've also been lusting after the popular Iwona Ludyga skull bracelet for a while and came across the Michelle Chang bangle whilst looking for a cheaper alternative! I don't like it quite as much but it's still really lovely so I thought I'd pop it in this week's post. Skeletons, bones, there's a pattern and I know I've mentioned the obsession before but that's the reason the cropped vest caught my eye.
After my post on Cream Eyeshadows I've been itching to get my hands on some more different ones to try and the Jade Stila Smudge Pot caught my eye whilst I was browsing ASOS this week. The colour of it is so beautiful! I think it would be best suited to bring out brown eyes rather than my blue ones but I'm still going to keep it on my mental wishlist.
A wonderfully soft coat, crazy-bright shoes, beautiful ring, striking clutch and cosy green leggings complete this week's inspiration.
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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday DIY: Christmas Decorations


I was completely inspired to make some decorations after reading Skye's post and had so much fun making these! For the salt dough I used 1 cup of flour, 1/2 a cup of salt and 1/2 a cup of water. I decided to leave them out to air dry because they take about 4 hours to dry in the oven at a low temperature which was a bit impractical when we needed to use the oven to cook dinner (!) but they ended up taking over a week to dry naturally. I added texture and patterns to some of them using a chopstick which I also used to make the holes for hanging on the tree. I also pressed glass beads into a few of them whilst the dough was still soft and I really like how those ones turned out. I painted them using basic acrylic paints and a little glitter and I think they look rather lovely on the Christmas tree. As much as I like them I think next year I'll be avoiding the salt dough and using clay instead.
Thanks for the idea Skye!

I'm going to try and get back on track with my 'Sunday DIYs' next year...
Anything you'd like to see?
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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Favourites of 2011: DIYs


Bunting Birthday Card
 Deathly Hallows Pendant (available here)
Christmas Bunting (available here)
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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Favourites of 2011: Nail Art

All nail art & photographs by me.

I decided to start my 'Favourites of 2011' mini series with my favourite nail art from this year. Although they weren't something I ever planned on doing, nail art tutorial and DIY posts have taken over my most-viewed posts (over on the right) and have proved to be the most popular of all the things I post on this little blog! I'm obviously not an expert or anything but I'm glad that you enjoy the tutorial posts and I always love to see photos when you try out the designs!

Aztec: Obviously Aztec prints and nails were a huge trend this year so I couldn't not include them, in fact I've included them twice! They're really fun to do as you can make up the designs as you go along and be very creative with them. If you're new to nail art a basic design like the one in the second picture isn't too difficult to master. If you're feeling more adventurous, have lots of time on your hands and a good topcoat to seal the finished design, the fifth picture shows the kind of design that can be achieved by using different colour combinations and patterns on each nail.

Feathers: The feather nails DIY from May has become my most-viewed post of all time thanks to a mention on Oh The Lovely Things (thank you!) even though I haven't yet got round to trying it out on all of my nails. I'm planning to post a proper tutorial for these at some point.

Rabbits: Being a bunny owner and general fan of their cuteness I loved the rabbit nails I did back in September. Again, they were so simple to do freehand and just look adorable. This design can be adapted to create lots of different animal inspired nails, I've seen pandas, cats and owls all work really well.

Pokeballs: The Pokeball nails were inspired by Tumblr, when I saw them I just knew I had to try it out. I'd been playing a bit of Pokemon Pearl at the time so I guess I was getting into the spirit of that!

Triangles: My favourite has to be the triangle design which was inspired again by Tumblr, this time specifically the Primacreative page. They are relativly simple to do and can look stylish but sophisticated at the same time. I've done a few variations of these so far and will definitely be trying out more colour combinations in 2012.

What were your favourite ways to wear your nails in 2011?
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 43.

Blouse £36 & Macrame Dress £60 : Topshop
Animal Print Dress £35.99 : Zara
Striped Top £32 & Shoes £28 : Urban Outfitters
Antler Earrings $22 (approx £14) : AutumnEquinox @ Etsy
Skull Necklace £8 & Ring £18 : ASOS

My love affair with sheer shirts began in the Summer when worn with jeans and lace-ups they became my everyday uniform. I love how a shirt can still be comfortable but also a lot more interesting and smarter than a t-shirt. This one from Topshop is rather lovely and being grey (it's also available in black) is also very versatile. Unfortunately my sheer shirts have been hiding in my wardrobe since it suddenly got a lot colder so I'll have to stop myself from buying anymore including this one! The other item that caught my eye on the Topshop website this week was the Macrame dress which is available in several colours, all equally beautiful. The detailing on the top is my favourite thing about it and although I love the overall style I'm not too keen on the gathered detail at the waist. Having said that I do think it would be lovely if you're looking for a party dress this holiday season. The Zara dress is something I'd consider a little more 'everyday' but it could also be quite lovely for a party. I'd definitely find a nice skinny belt to wear with it though.

If you've been reading these Weekly Style's for a while you will know by now that I can't resist tops and jumpers shaped like the striped one from UO. It's a good thing I don't live too near to a UO store or I'd be very poor! Each week I seem to feature a lovely but overpriced item from there...
The obsession with skulls also continues and this week the necklace from ASOS caught my eye. Its only £8 which I think is quite reasonable and it says it's limited edition so if you're interested in buying one I'd get in there quickly! I included the ring as I really like the pattern around the sides of it and the copper colour is quite unusual but striking if you're looking for something a bit different. The antler earrings are amazing, if I didn't have my ears pierced more than once I'd definitely be buying a pair!

My favourite item this week has to be the shoes they're just beautiful, impractical for Winter but beautiful all the same.

Tomorrow I'll be posting the first in my little 'Favourites of 2011' series!
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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Seche Vite Topcoat


I know that many bloggers have a love/hate relationship with Seche Vite but as I always have my nails painted I'd been wanting to try it for a long time. When I saw the price of a bottle on beautyjoint.com I couldn't resist adding it to my order. I really wanted to love this product as I'm yet to find a really good quality topcoat but sadly I think the pictures speak for themselves really don't they?

On the Friday afternoon I painted my nails with my favourite polish, Topshop's Grunge, and applied a thick layer of Seche Vite as the instructions suggest. Unfortunately the chipping had started by Saturday Morning and by Tuesday large pieces had peeled away leaving me with a complete mess. I'm glad I decided to test it out over a plain colour, if I'd spent ages on some pretty nail art only to find it chipped the next morning I wouldn't be pleased! I'll definitely give it another try sometime soon, maybe over a different brand polish just incase that was the problem although it seems unlikely. If anyone has any tips or can enlighten me as to why Seche Vite was so disastrous for me please let me know in the comments. I'm thinking of trying the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri next!

What do you think of Seche Vite? Love it or hate it?
Any topcoat recommendations?

I bought my bottle of Seche Vite from Beauty Joint for $5.35 (approximately £3.40)
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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 42.


Glitter Satchel £48, Shirt £45 : Urban Outfitters
Playsuit £35 : Miss Selfridge
Dinosaur Jumper £26, Purse £10, Loafers £50, Nails in Phenomena £6 & Lips in Beguiled £8 : Topshop
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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

DIY Nail Art: Christmas Stripes



Part of my attempt to get into the Christmas spirit today included this really simple stripey festive-coloured design.  As usual I applied a clear base coat (Barbara Daly Goodbye Yellow) followed by my base colours; Topshop Poison Ivy and White Witch on the ring finger. Next I used a bobby pin (although a thin brush would be better!) to draw on the diagonal stripes using NYX Antique and Max Factor Red Passion. I finished off with a clear topcoat and that's all there really is to it!

Link me to photos if you try out this design, I'd love to see!
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Friday, 2 December 2011

Kleancolor Nail Lacquer: 200 Shooting Star



Whilst placing an order for some NYX lip products last month I stumbled across the Kleancolor polishes and this pretty glittery shade appropriately named Shooting Star caught my eye. As the polishes were extremely reasonably priced I decided to add this to my order. Now you might think I'd be a little fed up of the sight of glitter at this point after finding myself covered in it on a regular basis whilst making Potions & Vervain Necklaces for the shop, but no I still couldn't resist some glitter for my nails!

In the top photo I've applied no less than four (!) coats onto my bare nails. As with a lot of glitter polishes it looks beautiful in the bottle but isn't as packed with sparkles as you'd hope when you paint it onto the nail. As a result of the layering and the glittery pieces it began to peel off easily after only a day. In addition to this when I did remove all of the polish I was left with dry, flaky nails. Of course I can't blame this solely on this particular polish, I have suffered from dry and peeling nails before due to wearing polish all the time and I guess I'm pretty tough on them with the jewellery making too. Recently they've actually been looking a lot healthier so I hope they recover quickly! 

The bright primary colours remind me of the circus for some reason which I'm not sure is a good thing but I do like the overall effect. The swatches on the website aren't overly helpful but I also didn't bother to search Google for swatches before ordering either (something I would usually do before buying online). I think Shooting Star would be a lovely polish to wear for a special occasion, maybe even alongside a black dress for a Christmas party, but I wouldn't recommend it for everyday wear. Prior to these photographs I wore it just on my ring finger as a statement nail alongside a dark red polish which was much more manageable for everyday and even survived my 'Ring in a Day' course.

I can't fault the way it looks, especially at the bargain price, and it did bring a smile to my face whilst I was wearing it. I'll definitely be trying it out as a topcoat over a base colour in the future too.
Although it was a pain to apply and remove I do wish I'd picked up a few more polishes from the Kleancolor range. Maybe next time!

What do you think of Shooting Star? Which is your favourite glitter polish?

I purchased Shooting Star from BeautyJoint.com priced at $1.75 (approximately £1.10)
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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 41.

Shorts £38, Aztec Print Sweater £26, Shoes £60, Pyjama Trousers £18 : Topshop
Dinosaur Earrings £11.95 : OliveandFrank.co.uk
Bobble Jumper £14 : Select
Nirvana Tee £35 : Urban Outfitters
Bag £92 : Kate Sheridan via Farfetch.com
Polar Bear Jumper £38 : Topman
Mascara & Eyeliner Duo in 002 Shape Up Little Suzie £17.35 : Dainty Doll

A very cosy looking selection this week, Winter is obviously here! I'm not a big Christmas fan but trying to get into the spirit I think the dinosaur earrings and the super-soft looking pyjama trousers would make lovely Christmas gifts.

I really want to try something from the Dainty Doll range and the Money Talks blush has been top of my list since I first saw the products online. It is however closely followed by this clever mascara and eyeliner duo. Unfortunately I don't live that close to any stockists but maybe next time I'm in London I'll take a peek and finally pick up something from Dainty Doll.
The Nirvana tee is something I would definitely be likely to buy if it were cheaper, I think £35 is a bit much for a t-shirt. UO always have a great selection of printed tees but when I've bought them in the past I've found that they don't wash and wear particularly well, especially for the price.
I posted about the purse (available at UO) which matches the printed bag in a previous Weekly Style post back in October and the bag is just as beautiful, unfortunately it's also even more expensive.

I've finally been able to re-stock the Large Potions Necklaces in the shop (Felix Felicis style only). There are a very limited number available and it's unlikely I will be making any more. The large size bottles are now difficult to get hold of as my supplier is no longer selling them. 
I apologise to everybody who was waiting for them to appear back in the shop and I'm really grateful for all of the interest. If you do miss out on them the second time around and were really hoping to get one then feel free to drop me and email and I'll see what I can do. 
Please note: Those that contacted me via email to be put on the waiting list have been sent their necklaces.

Don't forget the Mini Potions Necklaces are still available along with the new Vampires Diaries Vervain ones!
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Sawyer Snapshots #3





He's awesome.
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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Silversmith Course: DIY Rings





Yesterday I went to a local 'Make a Ring in a Day' silversmith course and snapped a few photos to show you what I made. As I've said before I have ridiculously thin fingers so finding rings that fit can be difficult. It was great to have the opportunity to design and make myself a few which I'll actaully be able to wear. The course had been postponed twice already so there ended up only being five people instead of about twelve which was really lucky as it meant we got to make two or three things each and could be more adventurous with the designs.
I got a little ambitious with my first design and asked if it would be possible to make a double finger ring. One of my favourite rings is my double finger leaf one from Urban Outfitters which is unfortunately turning green inside from so much wear. I decided to base my design on that and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Obviously cutting the leaf shape would have been a bit too difficult for a first project so I stamped on a leaf-inspired pattern instead. I thought stamping the design on to it would be a lot of work but I actually really enjoyed it, it was much more fun the all the filing and sawing, and the best part is now I can wear this and not have green fingers afterwards!
The wraparound ring was just a last minute make with the leftover piece of silver but I think I'll probably wear it a lot too. I didn't have much time to file the ends much to make them more rounded but it doesn't look too bad.
My favourite ring I made is the one in the last picture with the cute leaf stamped design. For years I've worn the thin silver band on my little finger and now I have another one to go with it!

Have you ever made any silver jewellery?
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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Comparing Cream Eyeshadows

L-R: Benefit Creaseless Cream in Birthday Suit, Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow in Ash & 17 Wild Metallics Eyes in Wild Nude

I find that powder eyeshadows often irritate my eyes and make them feel puffy particularly the glittery shades, so before I found cream eyeshadows I didn't really wear any eye makeup other than mascara and hadn't for years. I had always assumed that there would be a range available somewhere that wouldn't irritate my eyes but didn't fancy wasting a lot of money trying out different brands. 
I've owned Benefit's Birthday Suit for about three years now along with the shades Skinny JeansRSVP and Flatter Me. I was surprised when I first discovered them, I'd finally found a suitable product which was not irritating to my sensitive eyes. I fell in love with the Creaseless Creams but there isn't a huge range of colours to choose from and they are mostly shimmery finishes. Although I don't dislike the shimmer I am more of a fan of matte finishes so next I set out to find out what matte cream eyeshadows were available.
About a year later this led me to the Bobbi Brown counter where to my excitement I found a huge range of cream eyeshadows with both matte and shimmery shades on offer. I picked up the shade Ash to use as an eyeliner as it was the darkest matte brown. They do also have a range of Long-Wear eyeliners but I thought the eyeshadow would be more versatile. Most of the time I use Ash as my eyeliner then go over the top of it with a dark brown powder shadow (Revlon Matte 009 Sable).
More recently when I heard about the 17 Wild Metallics range, and read lots of blog posts on them, I decided I had to try them out too! Since I found the Benefit shadows I've been hoping to see a cheaper alternative appear on the high street. I almost opted for the shade Bronze from the 17 range but decided I'd go back for that one later if I liked the nude shade as they would look lovely together.



Packaging: The Bobbi Brown and Benefit shadows are packaged similarly with glass pots presented in small cardboard boxes where as the 17 shadow comes in a plastic pot. There is a slight difference in the amount of product, the Benefit shadow is 4.5g and the Bobbi Brown a little less at 3.5g. However the 17 shadow doesn't seem to state the amount of product anywhere on the packaging.


Product Appearance: The colours of the 17 and Benefit shades are quite similar as both are nude/neutral shades although the Benefit one is lighter and more gold toned. Obviously the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow differs in that it is a matte finish and a darker shade.
The scent of the 17 eyeshadow is quite synthetic which I really don't like but it's not particularly important with an eye product. The Benefit eyeshadows have a lovely scent but it has definitely faded over time. On the other hand the Bobbi Brown shadow doesn't have a particularly strong scent and just smells similar to a cream eyeliner.

Application & Wear : The 17 eyeshadow has a much thinner, more mousse-like consistency and is therefore easier to blend but slower to dry. I definitely wouldn't rely on it for everyday wear because I found it transferred really easily. The Benefit and Bobbi Brown eyeshadows are thicker and have better staying power and will last all day without creasing. I've also used the Benefit eyeshadow as a primer or base before which I'm not sure would be possible with the 17 eyeshadow as it could get a bit messy. I'd love to add a lighter, neutral shade from Bobbi Brown to my collection as a matte base or subtle everyday colour.

Price: There is obviously a huge difference in the prices so it's really great to see brands like 17 and ELF introducing more affordable versions into their collections. The Benefit Creaseless Creams currently retail at £14, the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadows £17 and the 17 Wild Metallics at only £3.99. Boots frequently run 3 for 2 deals on their make up ranges too which would be the perfect time to try out the new cream eyeshadows!

Personally I think if you are looking for something to wear everyday then the staying power of the Benefit & Bobbi Brown eyeshadows justifies the price tag but if you are new to cream eyeshadows then for the price the 17 one is definitely worth a try. I've only ever really used my Bobbi Brown shadow as a liner so I can't really comment on how it works as an all over colour. As a liner it works perfectly on it's own or as a base for a powder shadow and it stays put for most of the day.
More shades of the Bobbi Brown shadows are definitely on my wish list, I've got my eye on Sand Dollar, Brown MetalBone, Shore & Slate in particular. I'd also really like to try the Mac Paint Pots (£13.50), the more affordable version from ELF (£3.50) and of course Illusoire from the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre range (£22.50).

What are your favourite cream eyeshadows?
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Character Style Inspiration: Zoe Hart Part 2

It's no secret I've fallen in love with Hart of Dixie and after the great response to my previous Zoe Hart style post I decided it was about time to make another one. I hope you enjoy the second instalment and expect to see a third one sometime soon!



Look One
This first Zoe look is by far my favourite this time round although I could never pull off such a brightly coloured shirt! I'm pretty sure it's the exact one Rachel is wearing in the show as the striped blouse she wore in a previous episode is also by Equipment. It proved extremely difficult to find a pair of shorts for this outfit, most of them were lace all over which personally I don't think would work with the striped shirt. In the end I opted for a sequin detail pair from New Look, replicating the shape and fit of Rachel's. After a little searching I decided it was near impossible to find a similar bag and chose a two-tone shopper style one instead. I love that there are minimal accessories and how the shirt is the focus of the outfit.



Look Two
Look two is the one I'd be most likely to wear myself. I love how the accessories really transform it from casual to chic. A white t-shirt and jeans are staples in most wardrobes so this look would also be quite easy to replicate. I chose a stylish but practical satchel to compliment the casual feel of the outfit. The addition of a gold bag brings colour and interest to the outfit. I'm always rolling up the bottom of my jeans so I love how this looks with the lace up heels and the sleek ponytail completes the outfit perfectly!



Look Three
I can't believe how similar the red Topshop blouse is to the one Rachel is wearing and at £28 it's quite reasonably priced. Again, I had some trouble finding a suitable pair of shorts but decided this pair from Topshop had an appropriate workwear vibe to them whilst still being stylish. One item I didn't have trouble sourcing was the bag. 'Doctor' style bags seem to be popping up quite a lot at the moment and this one from ASOS caught my eye. I love the texture of it and how the shape has been adapted so it's much more practical than a traditional doctor bag. The belt also has a textured print to it and I like the idea of a faint clash between the texture of the main accessories. This look is completed with a simple black blazer but could be worn with a leather jacket or chunky knit for a more laid-back feel.

Images of Rachel Bilson as Zoe Hart taken from the CW offical Hart of Dixie website
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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 40.


Blazer £40, Nails 'Without a Clue' £5, Bag £38, Shorts £30 : Topshop
Color Bug £12.95 : Kevin Murphy
Cutout Dress £55 : Urban Outfitters
Shoes £16.75 : Forever 21
Printed Dress £39 : Miss Selfridge

I find it strange that I actually quite like the combination of the shorts and nail colour yet somehow it works. I love the colour of the shorts, green is my favourite, and Topshop are also selling jeans in the same shade. The simple design of the bag and the neutral colours means it would be really versatile. Similarly I think the simple print of the Miss Selfridge dress is very versatile and for this chilly time of year could be paired with a chunky cardigan, tights and boots. On the other hand the shoes and UO dress are definitely not Winter-friendly but I thought they were cute anyway.

I've had my eye on the purple Color Bug for the last few weeks after seeing the video of how they work. If you haven't heard about them before you can check out the video on Youtube. I just love the idea of them, I can't be sure whether they actually work well and probably won't find out anytime soon since I don't have £12.95 to splash out on one, but I'd like to try the purple out just on the ends of my hair.

I've been looking for the perfect blazer for a couple of years now and I have to say this Topshop one is one of the nicest I've seen so far. I actually saw someone wearing a similar one recently but with brown elbow patches which was pretty much perfect. Aside from that Zara always have nice ones but they're a little too pricey as I'm not sure how often I'd really choose to wear one after being so used to other jackets.

I'm planning another Zoe Hart inspired post for next week's Weekly Style!
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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

W7 Nail Polishes


Metallic Mars: In the bottle this shade looks quite dark with a lot of red/orange and gold but as you can see from the photographs in certain light it shows very purple on the nails. Because of the multi-tonal effect, depending on the lighting conditions the polish can look either a bright purple, a rusty shade or a goldy-green. Looking at the photographs side by side it's hard to believe it's the same polish! I absolutely love how it looks in the image on the left but unfortunately most of the time the polish seemed to show up purple like the image on the right. I'm really not a fan of bright, shimmery purple shades and I wish it was a little darker. It took four coats to get the polish to look like it does in the photos and this meant that it chipped and started to peel away quite quickly. 


Metallic Saturn: This shade is very different to 'Mars' as it's not multi-tonal. This colour also shows a lot brighter on the nail than in the bottle but this time I only needed to apply two coats. Again, I'm not a huge fan of the bright lime green sheen as it doesn't really suit my skintone, I'd much prefer a khaki green like my beloved Topshop Grunge polish! I don't think this one will be getting much wear.


Metallic Mercury: This one is probably my favourite of the three. I actually first tried this shade over the top of a dark red polish and the micro glitter gave a lovely sparkle to it so I think I will probably be using this one quite often as a topcoat. The photo on the right shows what one coat of this polish looks like and how the consistency is suitable for use as a topcoat. With just two coats it's opaque enough to wear alone and I actually really like it. It contains similar colours to 'Mars' but the purple is darker and much more wearable for me. Plus, I can't resist the micro glitter!

At a first glance these polishes look like possible dupes for the new Models Own 'Beetlejuice' collection but I don't think the quality is comparable to MO. The W7 shades are a great alternative if you are just looking to try out the trend and don't want to spend a lot of money. If you really like the look and plan on wearing it often I would probably opt for one of the Models Own shades as from my experience their polishes are much better quality. These are the first W7 polishes I've tried and so far I'm not particularly impressed with the quality although the price was very reasonable especially for 15ml bottles. It chipped pretty easily but maybe a good quality topcoat would be enough to fix that issue. I placed an order for Seche Vite recently so I'm hoping when that arrives it might help with the chipping issue. As I mentioned with 'Mercury' these have the potential to be beautiful topcoats due to the thinner consistency and shimmery finish. I can also see them being used for a statement nail or incorporated into some nail art which would make the brighter colours more wearable for me.

Have you tried any W7 products? 

I purchased the 3-pack of W7 polishes for £4.99 at TK Maxx
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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 39.

Bag £19.99 : H&M
Ring £110 : House of Harlow @ Urban Outfitters
Bottle Green Jumper £130 (approx) : La Garconne
Vaudeville & Burlesque Dress £85, Aztec Print Crop £28 : Urban Outfitters
Cutout Dress £48 : Miss Selfridge
Leggings £15 (approx) : Monki
Military Shirt £38 : Topshop
Grey Jumper £39.90 : Mango
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Thursday, 3 November 2011

I Am Handmade.





Yesterday I received some rather exciting post, my order from I Am Handmade!
 I spent a while deciding on which design to order (they're all so cute!) but finally settled on some Hogwarts house pride. I was sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore, alongside Skye the lovely owner of this shop, so I thought it was time to add a little Hufflepuff pride to my room.   
My order arrived perfectly packaged, tied up with a pretty ribbon, badge and gorgeous typewritten notes.  As for the crest itself, it has been beautifully stitched and there is a plain fabric on the reverse side as well which is just great attention to detail. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Skye's creations appear in her shop, I mean how adorable is this eye mask she made!?
These would make such lovely Christmas presents so if you haven't already had a sneaky look at the shop pop on over there now!
Thanks again Skye!
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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 38.

Tea Dress £40, Coat £85 and Floral Shirt £38 : Topshop
Makeup Bag £10 : Urban Outfitters
Clutch Bag £30 : ASOS
LOST Numbers Bangle £10 (approx) : Foxwise Etsy Store
L'Absolu Nu Lipstick £19.50 : Lancome

I'm going to start this week by talking about that bangle. I've had a screenshot of it sitting on my desktop for months now and my inner LOST geek really wants to own it. At around £12 including shipping from the USA it's extremely reasonably priced and I'm sure if I can find a little spare money at some point I'll be ordering one! For those of you who aren't LOST fans, the Etsy store also has a lot of other lovely items inspired by the likes of Harry Potter and Doctor Who as well as the option for custom products.

It looks like I haven't made much of an effort with the clothing items this week as they're all from Topshop! I honestly didn't see much else that I liked anywhere else though and since not working in town I don't browse the actual shops as often. Even though it's getting colder I still have the urge to buy more sheer shirts, I just can't give them up! I really love the colouring and floral print of this Topshop one and I just think it would go with so many things. What do you think, are you still wanting to wear sheer shirts with everything or is it just me?
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