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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Autumn fashion inspiration

Hello my lovely readers, huge apologies for the lack of posts, but my London journey (I have been here for over a month now!) ends this weekend (boo!) , so I will finally have a fully working laptop and I will have time to haul for you all and believe me, I have so many new products to write about... I cannot wait to show you all. I have been insanely busy, if you weren't aware, first I blogged and reported on the Olympics after winning the Samsung Global Blogger competition (eek!) and just when I thought my Olympic Journey was over, I was lucky enough to watch the Opening Ceremony last night (with front row seats) I EVEN SAW KATE. Oh my. GOD. There is no stopping that woman's fashion sense, she is perfection, truly.

Here is a quick post amongst my business to say a warm welcome to September! Now, I do LOVE Autumn, I think I love it more than Summer?! Autumn and Christmas are definitely my favourite seasons, but I am a winter baby so I may be bias! But, think big scarves, bonfire night, jacket potatoes, wellingtons, Ugg boots, pretty twinkly fairy lights, endless cuddles... SNOW - what's not to love?! Yipeee!, and before we know it, Santa Claus will be coming down our chimneys and there will be Christmas carol singers everywhere. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to be walking down a muddy track with my wellies making a crunching sound in the crisp leaves on bonfire night, fire works give me goosebumps, I love them, I think bonfire night really marks Autumn. Just me? Oh well... I love Autumn! HELLO AUTUMN!
now let's clink our hot chocolate mugs.

Here's to the winter months.
How do you feel about the seasons?

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Victoria's Secret Angels beauty and make up tips

Okay, so after becoming just a little bit obsessed with Victoria's Secret lately, having visited London's Stratford store 4  times in a week... and blowing my wage in one trip, I think I should share this obsession with you. If you're unfortunate to never have been to a Victoria Secrets then wow, I feel for you. But seriously, do not fear, I am about to talk you through why I would like to be a VS (Victoria's Secret) Angel, even just for one day.

I feel like i've ticked something off my 'things to do before I die' list in going into this beautiful shop. What a sad sad girl, I need to get a life really, but hey, the shop is full of sparkly lingerie, it's bright pink AND there are huge velvet sofas everywhere - sorry but what girl wouldn't love it? Haha, talk about conforming to stereotypes, which I try to avoid, but with this shop it is unavoidable; it's genuinley like heaven for girls, I get beyond happy when I walk into the shop, it just uplifts my mood. If you are in a bad mood, I suggest you walk into the nearest Victoria's Secret store, it really is true; 'Shopping is better than therapy', and this kind of retail therapy is really quite soothing. If I could be a model for a day, which model would I be? I'd be a Victoria's Secret Angel of course (have you seen these women!?!)

The argument of perfection.
No wonder there is a huge debate in the media about 'perfect' girls being plastered all over the world, I can understand how these girls make some girls feel ugly. However, it's good to remember that they probably spend thousands on their appearances and in real life, we just don't have the time or the budget to look that good, (or the air brushing tools.)

 Now, if you haven't seen these 'Angels' where have you been? Do not fear as I'm about to spam your head with idealistic photos of 'perfect' girls - I hate been sucked in by all the media jargon of what a 'perfect' girl is, as perfect is different in everyones opinion, but I just HAD to share my admiration for these beautiful models (and I am merely voeur, I am not a lesbian, I just appreciate beautiful women) I sound like such a creep.. but I do think it's a fact that women prefer to look at other women, they give us inspiration and many tips for our own appearances.

The items in Victoria's Secret are amazing, if sparkly pink bra's don't do it for you, the knickers are full on french knickers and oh so pretty. Unfortunately, in the Stratford store they don't sell their 'PINK' brand (WHY I ASK?!), I have no idea why, but I have been told that the new Bond Street store in London will have a full floor of the Pink brand. I actually want to buy the whole of PINK for University, it's so chilled, it's like Abercrombie but a bit more preppy/girlie I suppose? It is VERY American, and I fear that I will look slightly out of place in my city wearing these bursting with life colours and preppy slogans, but I really don't care, I just want them to lounge in, as items that I could wear to the gym, (or to the supermarket) funnily enough, these kind of items actually motivate me to exercise, I can pretend that I'm in a music video.

New York anyone?
I feel like I should take a trip to New York City simply to buy the cheap Victoria's Secret as it is extremely over priced here in London, but apparently half the price in the USA?! For some strange reason, there is no date for the Bond Street opening store anywhere on the internet, (believe me, I have scoured Google) I just hope that it opens it's big pink doors before I go back to my home city, otherwise I will be pretty unfulfilled and it would be a tragic end to a phenomenal trip.
If haven't you read my Zaggora hot pant gym inspiration post, you can read it here'Body Inspiration Tips',  I just wish that I included the VS models in my 'inspirational' body people, If you have read it, you will know that before I go to the gym, I always have an image in my head of what body I want to achieve, I always set myself a goal like this, it gets me through horrible gym sessions.

Since visiting Victoria's Secret I have realised that I want their bodies! If photographs of these girls don't motivate you to go to the gym, I'm not sure what would. Now, getting this body is probably impossible, and very airbrushed but I suppose it doesn't matter as long as it's a 'fitspiration' to use at the gym. They probably are a tiny bit too skinny, but I think they are perfectly toned and definately something I would like to aim for, I wouldn't complain if I had their body. Of course this varies from person to person as everyone aims for different body shapes which is great. I do think that these girls are like real life barbies. I just think that they are so glamorous, that they are almost super human, they really do make me want to get fit and healthy though, which I suppose is a good thing, I will be using them to inspire me in the run up to Christmas.

Make up, make up, make up.
Another thing which I absolutely ADORE about the VS girls is their make up. It is always immaculate. As you can see in every single photograph, it is perfect. Okay, sometimes it is a little bit over the top, but I suppose for a night out that is okay? I love the 'pop' bright colour lipsticks that the girls so elegantly pull off. But also, It is their eye make up which gets me every time.  I do actually love it when they just have neutral make up on though, they look so naturally pretty and their jaw lines are always perfect. The girls hair is always perfectly groomed, full of body and shiny, they actually make me want to take hours on my appearance aha! I do think these angels are superhuman.

Prime time.
Luckily for us girlies, Victoria's Secret actually sell make up products in their store. Now, I haven't tried them all, as strictly speaking the shop is a lingerie and lounge wear shop, so why would their make up be any good? On a lot of photos i've seen the girls using MAC make up, which I can tell ,as it looks like MAC. But, lucky for me I decided to try the VS face setting primer which is actually amazing. I think next time I go to MAC I am going to take a photograph of one of the VS girls and just ask the make up artist to sell me the make up that would produce her 'look'. From looking briefly, it seems to me that Mac's baby pink lip glosses would be good, and if I knew how to contour on my cheeks that would help,as the models look like most of the make up is focused on their cheeks and that is what really makes their face look so good.

I really wanted to treat myself to a make up item from VS, they did do a huge mascara which looked really good (from the packaging anyway!), it looked similar to Benefit's Badgal in terms of what it said it did etc, but I think it was £18.00, which I didn't want to pay when the shop isn't a make up store. I settled for the Face Prime, because I am always open to trying new primers and the fact that it doubles up as a make up setter is amazing. I've heard of girls using hair spray to set their make uo before, which surely can't be hygenic or good for your skin? I've never actually seen any make up setting sprays in the shops before, so was super excited when I saw this in VS. If only it made my skin look as flawless as the beautiful blonde girl on the photograph above. I feel like I should go back and just buy all the products, simply because the packaging is so pretty and girlie.

2in1 Make up product review.
At £11.00 this product is actually quite a steal. It is quite a small bottle, but it isn't too small, at all, there is so much liquid in it that I don't think I will EVER have to buy a new bottle, you use so little on your face. I am not used to using a spray on primer, I like to use moisturising primers, so i'm not sure how this works, all I do know is that after a 12 hour shift, I have not had to reapply my make up. Usually, I always reapply my make up at lunch time, but no longer do I need to. It just stops the make up from sliding off your face. I want to try some more of their products now. It would be great to use when travelling, you could just spritz it over your make up when you're feeling tired. I also like the packaging and it just looks so pretty in your make up bag. I wonder if the VS angels use it? I doubt it, but it is a product that I would recommend.

Yeah so you could say that I am a little bit obsessed with the VS Angels, I suppose they're not bad image idols to have though are they? Now I want to get my hair done, my eye brows done and go to the gym. Life isn't about looking glamorous all the time, whatsoever, but I suppose it's a good get away from the stresses of every day life admiring these beautiful models. 

Who is your 'fitspiration'? Who would you be for the day?

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*** P.S, I have been shortlisted for the Cosmopolitan newcomer award, and I am SO greatful, it would mean the world to me if you could vote for me to help me win - thank you so much, click below;***

Em  xxxx

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Shopping in London, My London Haul, the haul of hauls

Soo, I am still in London yayyy. Literally having the most incredible time and by no means do I want to come home, life is so much more productive and energised down here. I say 'down' because I am from 'up' North so London is South to me. Of course I have immature idiots trying to put me down, mocking me for being here, I didn't know people cared that much that it offends them that I post a Facebook status saying that I'm in London, oh well. People always have to be nasty, but it just motivates me more. Enough of me giving nasty people air space, basically, I finally got the chance to go shopping (I have been sooo busy) and this shopping trip was long over due. so I decided that I should show you what I've bought... as I pretty much blew my bank balance and found some exciting new things which I just need to share with you all! As you can see, the pile is huge so I will talk you through my faves from my FIRST of many hauls whilst i'm here.

Strictly speaking not all of these items were purchased in London, but they all have some sort of relevance to my trip. My Mum brought me these beautiful studded heels from home as they were in the post for me, it turns out that I got them free from the Nelly shoe event that I attended, I didn't actually want this pair, I put them as my third choice but I am so glad I got them, the detail is amazing and they genuinley are so gorgeous in real life, I can't explain! I don't think I will ever wear pink shoes but come to think of it, they'd probably go quite nicely with a plain black dress. The studded detail on them is gorgeous and very Jeffery Campbell. My Mum is still waiting for her pair though and we can't wait to see what she got. Thankya!

Of course, you can't go to London and miss out Abercrombie. In England, London is the only place that sells Abercrombie so I thought i'd buy myself a few things. I didn't buy myself as much as I usually would but they didn't have that much stuff in, so I just bought essentials. As you can see, I got a coral t-shirt which says' Sunset Harbour Boat Club - Fitch' I did want a logo'd vest top but they didn't have any. I just like this top because I think the colour is really cool. I also got the standard A&F sweat shorts and then some relaxed jogging bottoms/sweat pants, they're super comfy as they're tight at the top but loose at the bottom.

I of course went make up shopping, I went to Selfridges and bought some Mac Mineralize powder and then my usual Myth lipstick. I did need a new make up bag so I bought one from Victoria's Secret. I didn't even know that they did make up bags but this one is lovely, of course it's pink and it's shiny which is something I've been looking for in a make up bag as it means it won't get scruffy, I can just wipe it clean.I also got some 'PINK' body lotions from V.S, I just got them because I loved the packaging, i'm going to go back and buy some more as they do the same lotion in loads of different colours.

I also recently got a Xen-tan bronzer which I CANNOT wait to use. And also a style file, which came from the TV show 'The Apprentice', I will let you know how I get on with these products. On the photo you can also see my new face primer from Victoria's secret, it's meant to prime AND set your make up, very excited to try this out and review it for you all. 

Lastly, I got a Murad hybrid primer, I used this today for the first time and it is sooo good, I will of course be reviewing this as well. I have never used any Murad products but have heard rave reviews about them so was super excited to get this as well. I feel an addiction coming on.

Above you can kind of see a big Victoria's Secret tote bag on the right hand side, I got this for spending over a certain amount in that beautiful shop. I also raided Forever 21, I bought the below 'Tokyo Japan' cropped vest, a leopard print fitted jumper and a mesh leotard. That shop is so cheap, I can't understand why we don't have one anywhere else apart from London?! and why I have never heard of it before, Forever21 is pretty much H&M prices for Topshop style clothing.

You can also see a gorgeous blouse which I got from I wore it to my placement yesterday, as you can see you could wear it with anything really. I went for the girlie look, I think it would have looked better tucked in though, but I can't wait to wear it with a tight pair of jeans, very versatile. The packaging was absolutely beautiful that it came in- even my Mum was like wow! It has the most beautiful pearly ribbon around a gorgeous packet, it just makes getting post that bit more special.

Also, you can see my London 2012 t-shirt from Samsung, which is signed personally by Mr David Beckham (OMG.) Also you can see kind of, my Victorias' Secret umbrella! It's amazing and bright pink!I also got this for spending far too much in that gorgeous shop, I blame the models who grace the walls, I seem to think I will magically look like them if I buy their underwear, well we can always dream can't we!

Speaking of Victoria's Secret, I purchased lots of sparkly underwear of course. I wont go into detail about how amazing the items are as if you've ever been to VS you will know! But basically they're all beautiful, sparkly and the colours are amazing. I don't even want to wear them, they're so delicate.

I also got some Xen-tan goodies as you can see in the bag, but i've chosen this picture to highlight the Samsung Galaxy S3 which I was lucky enough to be given by Samsung, it's absolutely incredible, I am sad to say goodbye to my iphone, but the Samsung is much more user friendly. Below the phone you can see a pair of Havianas, I have always wanted some of these and my gorgeous Brazilian friend Elize actually bought me a pair in London, I cannot wait to wear them on holiday, I got so excited when she gave me them!

I did purchase lots of bits and bobs in Oxford streets Topshop. I bought a black crop top, a grey body con maxi skirt, a floral detail vest top and I literally can't remember what else I got. Because I spent a certain amount of money, I got given a limited edition 'London' scarf, I cannot wait to wear this in winter, it's actually really thick and it folds in many ways, so I suppose I can wear it a number of ways.

I'm having an amazing time in London and I'm sure this is just one part of my haul, I can see that I will be posting a new haul every week whilst my London journey continues, the shops are just too good to resist. Hope you are all having a fabulous summer. Also, if you have a YouTube channel please leave the link below, I need to find some youtubers to follow, click here to see my new channel. Of course, if you want a quicker chat you can speak to me on twitter: @emshelx P.S, I have been shortlisted for the Cosmopolitan newcomer award, and I am SO greatful, it would mean the world to me if you could vote for me to help me win - thank you so much, click below.

Em  xxxx

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