30 Apr 2011

Favourite Five's

So today will be a post about my favourite beauty products of all time:

Here goes!

1. Mixed Chicks Leave In Conditioner -It's the only thing that works for me! I have curly hair however it's not curly at the root.

With Mixed Chicks I watched the tutorial online and followed that.. bloody hell does this work!! It's made for bi-racial hair.. and although I'm not bi-racial, I read it was for any mix, latino, white, asian etc, and therefore wouldn't be the same as products made solely for black hair which are very rich in moisture and leave other types weighed down and greasy. Normally curl enhancing products leave my hair flat, heavy or in ringlets -which I don't like on me- so this was amazing. It leaves my hair light, soft and CURLY! And now I don't straighten my hair at all. I wear it curly and flipped to the side. It doesn't make your curls fall throughout the day, or become greasy, in fact you do not even know you have it in your hair. (Apart from the subtle nice smell!)
Link Below

2. Dr.Lips -It's from India, and it's amazing! It comes in a tube, and looks and feels like a more really soft Vaseline, and for someone who bites their lips a lot, this is a life saver as it works very quickly.

3. Nails Inc 'Victoria' and 'Southbank' -Victoria is my favourite colour nail polish, it's timeless and seasonless. It's a dark maroon colour and when applied with a good topcoat looks so elegant. The Southbank colour was part of a Cruise Collection that I got a couple years ago. You can buy it individually as well. With striking colours I tend to wear nails shorter. 
Link below
Another link to a post I did featuring these two colours:  Nails! Click me!

4. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Rapid Treatment -THIS is proper insider secret stuff I'm telling you about! It's not widely used, and I'm not sure why, it's really good. Just apply over a blemish morning and night, and it reduces redness and over a couple of days treats it.

5. Soap and Glory Righteous Body Butter -A recent purchase with the Scrub of Your Life body scrub, this lotion makes your skin feel so soft! Easy to apply and smells alright too! :P
Link below

Now, I want your favourite five all time beauty products!! As you can see I have no make up products in mine but you may in yours!! Leave your FavouriteFives in the comments below and if I see any that are unusual or eye-catching I'll mention them and the author in next weeks post!

I have not been asked to endorse any of these products. These are my own opinions and thoughts. 
Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner 10 fl oz (300 ml)
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel, 0.5 Ounce
Soap & Glory Fill Monty - 0.4 oz

23 Apr 2011

The Chino.

So the Chino pant. 
This is a hot topic atm with the current fashion incorporating it into many current trends.. beach, sailor, preppy, 'white', classic.. etc. 

And so, calls for addressing because I love chino's, and always have done, however I ditched them once I got to uni, because 1. I grew out of the pairs I had had and 2. when I started uni no one was really into that look (yes young and impressionable!) and my course was too hectic for  me to go and buy more!

Now however, I have been bothered to get back my look! It annoys me a little that everyone is jumping on this bandwagon and you get the typical looks, chinos..white tee..converse/sandal/pump. This is a good look, just that it's the obvious look. Chino's are SO versatile... you'll see what I mean in the links..

A little background.. they originally were made from 100% cotton although now you can get the cotton/synth blend for more comfort and also depending on whether or not you want a more relaxed look. We'll get back to that later too.
Developed in the mid 19th Century it was first used in military uniforms, and was also known as khaki. -i knew it!! I always call it khaki and everyone gets confused!! 

Personally, a good pair of chino's should be a straight leg, with a crease down the middle. I don't think you can beat that; and therefore should not have too much of a synth blend as it will make them too soft. Also, a peg legged or cropped chino looks better if you keep the crease! This works for the Classic and Tailored look

This look is cute, I really like it. I remember in high school a friend came in with these and wore a sleeveless vest top and white pumps. She looked great. Although I recommend this for younger girls.. as recently I bought some and found I loved them but just not on me. They looked fine I just found that didn't want that look any more.
If you want to try it, keep everything else feminine, pair it with flat trainers/a good pair of plimsolls (not Vans, the soles are too chunky and will end up looking too guy-ish) and wear a fitted (not tight please!) top, t-shirt or sleeveless top. Avoid a strappy top.
The trouser should be fitted at the hip bone and should have a straight drop to the shoe, you can either roll them up once or twice (try and be a little but not too neat) if necessary, and they should slightly scrunch. I had mine from Uniqlo, (link below) and even though they were called 'boyfriend fit' I found my actual size was only slightly bigger and looked Mumsy, so I went up two sizes to find this look I was going for.

And for all of you who like the extremely tailored look, or not wanting the classic polo riding club thing going on, a slim leg or skinny leg cut is really nice, and gives the trouser a young feel as they can seem pretty old otherwise.

On A Side Note: 
Because they're in fashion atm,  I URGE you all NOT to go and buy a pair for the sake of the season. LOOK around and find a material that works firstly, THEN look at the cut. Because all the high strt shops are getting them out on shop floors ASAP and not thinking carefully about how an actual trouser is made, you get weird crotches on these trousers... baggy cuffs and generally ill fitting trousers. PAPERBAG..(i hate these) Dropped crotch, and the Chino's with pleats at the top. Oh my Lord, please take my advice as gospel when buying those. Those really have to be made well to work. I have seen so many girls with baggy crotch areas when they walk due to buying crap trousers it hurts. And it will hurt every lover of good tailoring!!
These images are a (mild) example of what I mean. This now, when you walk will look weird!
Invest in a proper trouser, it will last longer than the trend and will become a staple in your wardrobe!! Trust me! 

The last pair I had when I was in high school I had from Ralph Lauren and the fit was superb. Now however, I would probably go to Zara as I have bought some trousers from there recently, and I LOVE them!!

They really are the definition of Comfort+Style.

chino under Tailored heading
boyfriend trouser image
Boyfriend Fit

A desk with a view

So this blog is probably going to be updated regularly every Saturday however will also get a little injection of info throughout the week in random bursts!

It will contain things I like as I find them and want to share or pass on knowledge of some sort. 

It was inspired by Lauren Conrad's website (which has recently been updated). Lauren, who I feel is very attached to her audience has done a good job of this site. Link below.

Back to the Saturday thing, the reason for this is because I have a chance every Saturday at work to sit down and collect all the little things I've seen and those things that have inspired me and put them together in a blog post for you all to read!

So on that note, enjoy :)


Lauren Conrad's Website