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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

cosmo ultimate women of the year awards 2012 #TheCosmos


Last night was pretty eventful! I got to attend Cosmopolitan's Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2012. I had no idea what to expect but it was held at the V&A which I was very excited about! Upon arrival I was greeted with champagne in the entrance area and quickly forgot about the freezing cold outside. I had a glance at the table plan and also helped Professor Green find his name which was a bit daunting (his +1 was his nan - aww!).. soon enough everyone was escorted through to the Raphael Gallery which made for an absolutely incredible place to have dinner and an awards ceremony! Much wine, fancy food and vodka was consumed and our table was right at the front which was crazy! Fearne Cotton presented the awards and various celebrities announced the winning finalists, you can see all the winners here. It was a very enjoyable evening - so many amazing, inspirational and funny. Particularly loved Nicole Scherzinger's speech about the power of the vagina ("those things can REALLY take a pounding").

After the awards were all wrapped up we all headed back to the entrance for yet more drinks. Cocktails (Cosmopolitans of course!) were in every hand and everyone was as drunk as each other. Had a nice little chat about Romford (represent!) with the one and only Rylan and Russell Kane was a laugh - although a bit of a troll putting in Greg James' name when I asked him to tag himself. Really wish I'd have popped into the photobooth but in retrospect it was for the best - I was slightly worse for wear (if you can't tell) and didn't even make the after party. Boo hiss!

The evening was sponsored by VO5 so in the toilets a vast array of products were dotted around to keep your hair looking perfect. I made a beeline for the Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder for excessively plumped up roots and kept the style with some High Volume Extra Strong Hold Weather Resistant Hairspray. I must say there were some amazing hairstyles sported on the night, you can either take my word for it or go check out the gallery here.

The hotel* was amazing, biggest bath I've ever had the pleasure of soaking in, original works of art on the wall and insanely beautiful white baroque bed. It was hard to fight back the tears when it came to checking out (probably more due to the fact I was severely hungover and was running on very little sleep)! It was an insane night and I had so much fun. The goody bag was incredible too, my fingers are still numb from carrying it home today!

Who do you think had the best outfit of the night? Do you have an ultimate woman icon?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012



shirt: Zara (similar eBay version here)
disco pants: Glamorous*
shoes: Primark
coat: Glamorous*

Posted this outfit on instagram a couple of weeks back and I said I'd talk about it properly so here it is! Featured this coat last week but I love it so much I just had to include it again. So versatile in terms of both colour and style.

Had this shirt for a while now, it's a size large (I appear to have a thing about buying huge sizes in shirts for comfort.. and Zara sizing seems a bit funny at times) and the pockets look a bit low and oversized, but it's probably the studs that make them droop a bit. Oh well, I love it! Perfect for a casual day when you want to feel a bit more dressy ie. every day ever. The eBay version I found looks practically identical, kind of annoying that I paid double but the quality is so lovely I don't mind too much. Also the fact that it's a wearable, token piece stops me feeling so guilty over the price tag! You can also roll the sleeves up and attach but I like them long for the cold weather we're having.

My ever faithful AA disco pants have seen better days and although in relatively good condition still (I got them back in January and wear them a LOT, so it's not bad going really) it was time I gave them a rest and ventured out into high street disco pant territory. These ones from Glamorous are just as black and shiny despite feeling a little thinner than the AA ones. Probably easier to wear actually even though they don't stay as tight on the waist, but for the price I'd give them a big thumbs up! The pumps I'm wearing are just a £5 pair from Primark - been on the lookout for some plain pointed ones recently so they're just what I had in mind! They have some lovely embellished ones too!

Tonight I'm off to the Cosmo Ultimate Women of the Year Awards as the only official blogger in attendance! I'm going to be blogging with VO5 but it'll be up on here tomorrow fingers crossed! I'm really nervous and excited - it's being held at the V&A - can I get a hell yeah? I'm probably going to be panicking about what to wear on Twitter shortly!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

urban decay sin primer potion


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin: £14.50

The Urban Decay Primer Potion has to be one of the most popular products I've heard of in the beauty world. I had the original when it came with an applicator wand a few years back but it broke and dried out so I was put off for a while. Then I noticed the packaging had changed and some new shades had been introduced, so I was keen to retry it!

Sin is described as a 'champagne shimmer' and can be used alone or underneath eyeshadow to make the colours more intense and of course prolong their wear. The main reason I bought this colour was so I could just wear it alone if I was running short on time/for travel purposes as it's the kind of shade I tend to lean towards most days anyway. I love how it looks on the skin - shimmery but not too in the face and a very flattering almost coppery shade. It kind of reminds me of Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Émerveillé actually, although this works out much better value!

I'd really recommend one of these - they do make my shadows last longer and stop the product from creasing which was a major gripe for me. The new packaging is so much better and will be easier to use up properly without wasting product. If this shade doesn't look like it's for you then there's also Greed, a 'shimmering yellow gold', Eden, a nude matte and of course the original formula which applies matte but dries clear.

Have you tried one of these UDPPs? What's your favourite eyeshadow primer or do you just go without?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

weekend wishlist #052

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

This week's wishlist is all gift based as I'm judging the Gifts Vouchers Blogger Challenge in which the theme is 'Fantastic Fashion Gifts for £35 or less' and I thought I'd put my own together in case anyone wanted to enter but needed some inspiration! I'm lusting after all of these and they're perfect Christmas present ideas too!

001. You can't go wrong with a bit of Cath Kidston. Travel accessories like this also look great on your dresser and obviously double as storage for your makeup, nail polish and other bits. I'm obsessed!

002. How snuggly does this look?! Even though I have have two robes already (as well as a plethora of onesies)..

003. I've been after a Yankee Candle for ages, still yet to pick up my first one! Do you have a favourite fragrance?

004. I've got most of the products in this kit but I think it would make a lovely gift. I've included the light version but it's also available in medium and dark skin tones so would be perfect for everyone. Such cute packaging too!

005&6. The seasonal Chanel collections always cause a stir in the blogosphere but I've never actually used their polishes. I love the look of these shades (there's another called Suspicious, but I much prefer Frenzy and Vertigo).

007. Another thing I don't need but it's sweet nonetheless! I'd probably hang some rings off his little antlers too!

As I said above I'm judging a competition based on gift ideas for Gifts Vouchers where you can win a £35 gift voucher for stores like ASOS, Topshop and Boohoo, or even a 3 month subscription for JolieBox! To see how to enter and view the rules of the competition see here - there will be two winners and I'll be picking one of them, ends 9th November so you've got just under a fortnight to enter! Leave me the link to your post if you enter in the comments below!

Friday, October 26, 2012

woof woof


shirt: Zara (similar here)
skirt: Primark
belt: vintage
boots: eBay
watch: Michael Kors
nails: Essie Head Mistress

This shirt has to be one of my favourite pieces of clothing and I apologise for not posting it up sooner as it seems to be sold out! The eBay version I linked to in the caption is a direct rip off though, so it's worth a shout. I love the crystal buttons and of course the fact that it's covered in little doggy heads. Perfection in shirt form!

Wore this the other day for an afternoon in London town for lunch and drinks and also to go to see Singin' In The Rain* in the evening with my mum. Didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did (I haven't seen the film so that needs to change pronto) and I'd actually really recommend it! Loved all the costumes and broadway references and it was really funny. It's made me want to go to the theatre loads more now, already looking at booking a couple more shows!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

more balmi lip balm pots

Raspberry, Blackcurrant and Strawberry Balmi lip balms: £4.99 each*

Since my last post about these little round pots of goodness I've also been trying out the rest of the flavours. I'm really hard pushed to pick a favourite one actually as they're all so good! I remember sniffing Lina's blackcurrant one the other week and falling in love with it which is no mean feat for someone that doesn't usually like those kinds of scents. I love the raspberry one especially as it's a lovely vivid pink and a bit more exciting than strawberry which most brands do. Balmi pots are filled to the brim with moisturising goodies such as Vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba oil.

Balmi lip balms are currently on offer in Boots as part of the 3 for 2 deal so it might be worth checking them out now if you can't decide on one flavour! I think these would make a great little stocking filler or Secret Santa present! Have you tried any of these yet? What do you think of the packaging compared to a conventional tube design?

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