American Studies V2

miss selfridge, topshop, disco pants, ebay, boots, rucksack, primark
topshop, ebay, disco pants, boots, miss selfridge, native american, chief duck






Outfit Details: 
Rucksack: Primark
Jacket: Miss Selfridge 
Top: Topshop 
Necklace: Miss Selfridge
Disco Pants: eBay
Boots: eBay

Makeup Details: 
Face: Benefit Porefessional, B. Flawless Foundation, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
Cheeks: E.L.F Cream Blusher in Vixen
Eyes: E.L.F Eyeliner and Shadow Stick in Black/Smoke, Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude, Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara
Lips: E.L.F Lip Balm in Plum

So here we have another updated version of an old outfit. As you can see from the old Lookbook pictures I posted alongside my more recent outfit photos, I have made a few updates to this look and overall I think V2 comes out on top! I think my charcoal disco pants make it ever so slightly less boring than my black ones  and I love my plum coloured lips instead of my original red ones. However, I think I like my chunkier chain necklace better than the one I wore more recently. But hey, like I said in my last outfit post, doing these posts is a learning experience for me! 

Just a quick one today because I honestly cannot remember what I did when I wore this and I don't really have much else to say about it! I've got some girlier outfits (ok, one) coming up soon so I'm quite excited to show them off!

Do you prefer V1 or V2?

Pretties in the Post: Pinkoholic UK Asian Fashion Store


So a few weeks ago, these beauties finally arrived for me. I am beyond pleased with these dresses and every time I walk into my bedroom and see them hanging on the wall, I feel delighted to own such beautiful pieces. I've been describing myself as a modern day Marie Antionette for a while now - always intending to take my style in a direction that reflects this - but never quite managing it because the lure of things like disco pants lures me in. However, Spring and Summer finally seem to be arriving now and I feel it's a perfect time to let go of my skull/stud/disco pant loving for a little bit and finally embrace something a little bit girlier - something that fits in with that modern day Marie Antoinette look I'm so fond of.

The dress on the left ties in so perfectly with the look I want to achieve. It's unlike any other dresses I own and the first time I put it on, I knew I'd made the right choice. While I've yet to wear it properly, it feels so special that I want the occasion to be special. The weather needs to be right too of course! It's incredibly well made with a good lining so that it isn't see through as I feared it could be. The dress on the right is incredible too. Again, it's high quality and just so pretty. I've decided to save this one for a specific occasion. I'm going on a date the night before my birthday so I want to wear this then!

Sadly I think the Pinkoholic store itself is a little lacking. While I think the range of products is fantastic and I do find myself tempted to order again one day, it's different from your usual website and in all honesty, this makes shopping with Pinkoholic a bit of a pain. First of all, it takes forever for your order to arrive. While this is clearly explained all over the website, I often receive items from eBay posted from places like China around a week after placing my order and believe this could somehow be worked around. That being said - if I've been told I have to wait, I will wait. But my order took even longer to arrive than it said it would! When I contacted them about this - they weren't exactly quick in their response and I didn't feel it was professional at all either. I also ordered a coat from them but when they did get back to me, this coat was out of stock and they sent a refund. I'm wondering when they were planning on telling me this as I contacted them about a month after I placed my order...

So, I'm delighted with the items I received yet not so pleased with the customer service. Have you bought from Pinkoholic before? Can you point me in the direction of any similar stores perhaps?


Instavixen #5

weekly facemask, homesick for Aber, free samples from work, attempting to make my lifestyle healthier again, getting back into painting my nails, living with a sister who is about to go to uni to do forensic anthropology, more nail art, DIY dye, my current read, caramel cheesecake, a little bit more nail art and a shameless selfie
It has been a relatively normal week in the life of The Glitter Vixen. In between shifts at work, I've just been doing what I do best! Trying out new products, using my old favourite products, fondly remembering past times which is what the top three Instagram photos are all about! Underneath that, things get a little less familiar. My diet has been absolutely appalling this year; I've made absolutely no effort to get any fruit or veg and especially since I changed jobs and have had to get a half hour bus ride most days and therefore, am constantly in Greggs buying yum yums, flapjack and cookies - my body is really not thanking me for it. I feel like I have to stress this: I am not concerned about my weight. In fact, I'm bloody delighted that I've put on a fair amount of weight recently. What I am concerned about however is the fact that I am constantly exhausted and my face is now so spotty that it resembles the Pacific Ring of Fire. I am perfectly capable of eating healthily and when I do I even seriously enjoy it, I've just been so lazy and self indulgent recently. So, this week, I've actively been trying to change that. Pictured above is a prawn and salmon rice salad and it was delicious and the perfect move towards cutting all those cheesy chips and sugary lovelies out of my life for a bit! Although, I did have a cheeky trip to Nando's today and although I've been saying all week I will order salad, I had my pitta bread and that delicious caramel cheesecake pictured above for dessert. Ah well, I believe in being good to myself and sometimes that means indulging in a good bit of cake!

I've also started painting my nails again. I refrained for a while because I'd manage to bite them all off and I decided I was just going to leave them alone, using on my Nail Envy on them for a while so they could improve a bit. While they're still not as long as I like them, they are vastly improved and I couldn't wait any longer to try out some of the polishes I hadn't used before. This week I've used Barry M's Peach Melba which I have fallen in love with, I finally got round to photographing Models Own in Blizzard so I can finally get my post about the Wonderland collection up and then today, I opted for the lovely Barry M Gelly in Pomegranate and decided to use Essie Leading Lady for an accent nail. I adore having pretty nails and I think I'm going to use my pictures from this week as inspiration to NOT bite them off again!

Besides painting my nails, we've been getting creative in my house. While I've been doing nice normal activities like dyeing clothes (hey, is my clothing line ACTUALLY happening, we'll see ;)) my sister has been taking samples of her DNA and leaving them in the fridge...always a bit strange to open your fridge to see this but her idol is Kathy Reichs and she is shortly going to study forensic anthropology at university. In fact - it's her collection of Kathy Reichs books I'm working my way through now! I love Bones the TV series as well but I have to view the books as separate entities completely. Although I do adore Bones, I think Tempe is just a LOT more believable in the books. 

So, that's my week, how has yours been?




The Vixen Thinks: Why Learning to Love Yourself Isn't Just Important, It's NECESSARY


The Vixen Thinks is an almost weekly feature on this blog. Posts vary in topic, I'll talk about anything I have an opinion on! From blogging to relationships and anything beyond. If there's anything you'd like me to write about, feel free to get in touch: theglittervixen(at)gmail(dot)com! Thank you!
I ramble on about the topic of loving yourself a fair bit. While I don't think I've actually mentioned it much on this blog, I'd talk about it a lot on my old blog and I still Tweet and ReTweet a lot of things related to the subject. Not to mention the amount of time I spend reading about loving yourself and caring about yourself! It's a subject very close to my heart and while I still have off days, I feel I'm now finally at a point where I'm my own best friend and my life is inherently much better for it. Now I'm not talking about being narcissistic (although a little narcissism is healthy at times!). I'm not talking about being vain and doing things such as not being able to walk past a mirror without looking in it or being boastful or downright egotistical. No, when I talk about self love I'm talking about accepting yourself for who you are. Being your own best friend. Caring about yourself, both physically and emotionally. It's all about doing what's best for you. 

So why is loving yourself so important? It can be summed up pretty quickly: how can you expect to be able to love anyone else if you can't love yourself? How can you expect anyone else to love you if you can't love yourself? Ultimately, it will cause problems for you if you don't have a very positive regard for yourself. First of all, your relationships with others will not  be very good, be it family, friends or your romantic interest. If you don't love yourself, you will begin to depend on others to feel loved. Once you start doing that, you start getting upset every time they don't meet your needs and this will inevitably happen. This causes arguments and tensions and ultimately only makes you unhappier as you value your worth depending on your relationships and your relationships are all deteriorating. Even if you don't worry about the love of others - it's still vitally important to love yourself. How can you expect to be happy if you're constantly berating yourself, putting yourself down, unhappy with the way you look or the way you are? It's just common sense that we need to love ourselves - we all want to be happy don't we?

How do we get to a point where we fall in love with ourselves then? In a day an age where respecting yourself is quite often seen as a bad thing, and we are all expected to fake modesty instead, it can be hard. Not to mention conflicting media telling us what body shape is good and what isn't. People judging you based on your job, your education. Your family trying to push you in a certain direction. A group of friends who all follow a certain path. We're all under a lot of pressure a lot of the time meaning it can be difficult to do what we know is really right for us. At the end of the day though, the biggest lesson you can learn is: only you know what is best for you. I've said this time and time again since I started this blog, and I will continue to repeat it, but once I realised that actually, no one else's opinion mattered, I just had to listen to my own intuition, my life improved vastly. I have a job that I love, I am happy with my relationships and I wake up every morning with a smile on my face. Because I'm living a life that is my choice, I feel very happy with myself.

Of course, it's not just as simple as this. There are numerous things that you can do to feel more at ease with yourself although for me, the biggest thing was deciding to live my life on my own terms. I'm debating the idea of doing a whole series of posts about how to be happy and in love with yourself, but then again, there's already so much out there on the subject, I think other people can say it better than I can! What do you think?


Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave in Conditioner [Product Review]


If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you should know by now the condition of my hair is something I'm constantly struggling with. 10 years of colouring my hair (including bleach blonde for 3 years of that) has left me with well...not much hair and the hair that is left is rather damaged. Hence my quest to find the Holy Grail product that will be my hair care saviour. Today I'm reviewing a leave in conditioner by a brand I'm quite fond of: Aussie. Previous to this, I was always wary of leave in conditioners as I was scared they'd leave me with a greasy mess instead of a lovely sleek head of hair. However, Miracle Hair Insurance calls itself "a saviour for weak, distressed hair" so I decided to give it a shot.

Like many other hair care products I've used, I believe this would be an excellent product if you hair isn't in a condition that's as bad as mine! I do like this product and it has a number of bonus points. It smells lovely. It really does detangle my hair, and after I've used this, my hair is absolutely wonderfully sleek and soft. It's also quite shiny which I won't complain about. My fears about greasy looking hair were unfounded, as I make sure I avoid my roots while applying this and so far, it hasn't been a problem at all.

That being said, I'd really expect a leave in conditioner to have lasting effects and I'm not so sure this product does. On days where I've used it, my hair does feel fantastic and much better than usual, but I'd expect this feeling to remain on the second day after washing but I don't really think it does. You can tell when I've got second day hair as it's a lot more frizzier, not as soft and if I've got work, I'll usually just shove it up into a pony tail because it looks better that way. Now I could just wash my hair everyday, ensuring I use this product everyday - but I'd really rather not start doing that again. And like I said, I didn't want to have to do this, I wanted this product to have long term effects!

So, I probably won't bother repurchasing this. If you're after a product though that makes washed hair a lot less detangled, smelling great and sleek and shiny then this is worth a go though.


Rulebreaker

miss selfridge, primark, jacket, rucksack, ripped tights, boots
ebay, bowler hat, cat ears bowler hat, lace top, topshop, ripped lace tights, studded boots




Outfit Details:
Rucksack: Primark
Jacket: Miss Selfridge
Blue Top: Topshop
Shorts: H+M
Tights: Primark 
Boots: eBay
Bowler Hat: eBay

Makeup Details:
Face: Benefit Porefessional, B. Flawless Complete Coverage Foundation, Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, Loreal Lumi Magique Pen, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Cheeks: E.L.F Studio Blusher in Peachy Keen
Eyes: Urban Decay Money and Radium Shadows, Urban Decay Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude, Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara
Lips: E.L.F Lip Balm in Plum

Tut tut, here I am breaking the rule that you just don't wear black and blue together. Personally, I really don't think it looks that bad, and we all know rules were made for breaking! I've been making an effort to wear things I don't normally wear recently, and I was glad to pull this lovely little lace blue number out from my wardrobe. Although quite girly, I like the contrast of that with my leather shorts. To make the outfit a little less dark, I added my patterned rose tights which I feel makes the outfit just a little more interesting. The focal point of this outfit however is my new leather rucksack! I've been after a rucksack for ages - I'm constantly travelling by train and I wanted a bag that I could sling on and forget about to make my journeys a little easier and when I found this affordable one in Primark, I had to have it. While I originally intended to only use it for travel purposes, I've ended up using this pretty regularly for work and leisure days. It's roomy enough for my liking and despite not being real leather, so far, I'm impressed with the quality.

I think my makeup serves as a "don't do this again" reminder in all honesty. Like with my clothes, I feel I've been in a bit of a makeup rut recently and because I'm trying to reign in my spending, simply going out and buying more makeup hasn't been an option. I instead turned to my Urban Decay Book of Shadows III palette and tried to use some of the colours I hadn't touched in there. Sadly, I really don't think this combination of Money and Radium really worked. I chose them because my shirt was blue, but they're all very different shades of blue. Not to mention the plum coloured lip balm doesn't really work with the look either - I was just so desperate to wear it that I ignored how terrible it looked! In all honest one of the main reasons I do OOTD and FOTD posts is so I can see what does and doesn't work for me - anyone enjoying my posts is just a bonus ;) So, let's say this is a lesson learnt?

Do you think black and blue should never be seen together or like me, do you think it's not that big of an issue?


Pretties in the Post: Polkadot Dreams Sleepy Foxes

Sleepy Fox Brooch
Sleepy Fox Necklace
A few weeks ago I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. I finished work, I got on my bus and began checking all my social media. To my surprise, I had a few mentions on Twitter; the first said congratulations and to begin with I was a little confused. I scrolled down my mentions page only to realise that I'd been lucky enough to win the Polkadot Dreams giveaway hosted by the lovely Erica. My giveaway prizes were the lovely necklace and lovely brooch you see above.

A day or two at most after I emailed my address details to Erica, this adorable little parcel arrived for me. As you can see from the photographs above, so much attention to detail was placed on the packaging. I received an adorable little business card and the tissue paper with little stickers on was just so cute. It always makes me day when extra effort has been put into the appearance of the parcel. While ultimately it's the product inside that matters, it always helps to see a carefully and thoughtfully wrapped package.

Inside, my delight continued. These fox items are so beautifully made. They're absolutely perfect. While I've yet to wear the necklace as I'm struggling for ideas on what to wear it with, my brooch has already made an appearance in this outfit post. I think I've figured out how I want to wear the necklace so look out for that soon.

These items from Polkadot Dreams are absolutely something I would buy with my own money in the future. In fact, I'm already eyeing up that Sleepy Fox Cushion and I really love the little rain cloud necklace. What do you think?


Old Favourites: Leopard in Leather

leather, leopard print, pleated skirt, primark, missguided, ebay, studded boots




Outfit Details:
Shirt: Missguided
Skirt: Primark
Boots: eBay

Makeup Details:
Face: B. Flawless Complete Coverage Foundation, Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, Loreal Lumi Magique Pen, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Cheeks: E.L.F Baked Blushers in Pinktastic and Peachy Cheeky
Eyes: Urban Decay Smog and Suspect, Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude, Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara
Lips: Rimmel Apocalips in Luna

Seeing as this blog isn't my first, I've decided to start a new series called Old Favourites here on The Glitter Vixen. There are some outfits I featured on my old blog that I love too much not to share them here on the blog I am most proud of! I've decided I'll also be doing product reviews as part of my Old Favourites series too - things like the No7 BB Cream and my E.L.F Shimmer Palette were reviewed on my old blog but I use them so often it makes sense I bring over my reviews onto a blog that actually exists as I finally got round to removing my old blog the other day.

So, as you can see, today's Old Favourite is an outfit. I've added both pictures from when I wore it the other day and the original pictures which appeared on Lookbook for comparison purposes! I've also updated my Violet Vixen V2 Post with Lookbook pictures too so you can see how my style has changed over time (or not as may be the case!) In all fairness, this outfit doesn't vary much when I wear it. This time I did want to change it up and add my bowler hat with ears to it but is has been so windy recently that any kind of hat, especially my bowler hat, is just not appropriate attire. I'm also being exceptionally lazy with jewelry at the moment although we have some great rings in at work that would work so well with this outfit, may have to purchase some soon.

I have quite the collection of sheer shirts/blouses and I think this Missguided leopard print number is probably my favourite. My Primark pleated "leather" skirt is another favourite item simply because I had to engage in an epic bidding war on eBay to get my hands on it. I remember being at work (naughty naughty) and bidding on it in the last 5 minutes on my phone and doing a triumphant air punch when I won and trying to conceal that as being just so enthusiastic about selling pizza. The day I decided to put these two items together was a very good one. I can't wear this outfit without getting compliments - in fact, the first time I wore it I was out shopping in Aberystwyth and I had a huge conversation with a girl in my favourite Aberystwyth shop about how great my style was. It's enough to give me a big head, I swear.

Are you as big a fan of leopard print as I am?


Instavixen #4: Sweet Home Aberystwyth

Photographs From My Mini Break Earlier This Month
Photographs from My 21st
Aberystwyth Instagram Favourites, this is an INSTAVIXEN Post After All! From L-R: tshirt from the I <3 Aber club night, messing around at the top of Constitution Hill, the view from the top of Constitution Hill, Ynyslas (FAVOURITE place), the view from Pier Brasserie, a famous Aber sunset
Today's Instavixen post is a little different from usual. My week hasn't been particularly bad, I just haven't been on Instagram a lot and there's not much of interest to talk about. While I'm delighted to be doing new training at work and other such things, I doubt any of you care that I found this or that easier than I thought it would be. Although the parts where I absolutely FAIL at locking doors or have to go on tip toes to shut the shutters is quite amusing, admittedly. Even so, I've been feeling quite home sick recently for a place that was home to me for 3 years recently, and even now, I still feel a lot more at home in Aberystwyth than I do anywhere else. For this reason, today, I'm blogging all about my favourite seaside Welsh town.

A few weeks ago, I went on a mini break and that mini break just happened to be in Aberystwyth. I hadn't been since last year and I was really starting to miss it a lot. Unfortunately it was the Easter holidays so the vast majority of people I actually wanted to see were not there. Even so, it felt so good to be back if a little painful because I know I don't live there anymore and probably never will again. Some of my most treasured memories happened in Aberystwyth, I met some of my favourite people there and while living there, I finally learnt how to be an independent person, I grew brave enough to get out of a horrible relationship and I started finding out who I am really am. I learnt to cook in Aberystwyth. I learnt to appreciate food in Aberystwyth. I learnt my limits with alcohol. I accomplished my dream of living by the sea. I read some of the best books there. I fell in love in Aberystwyth.

Soppy stuff aside, I really think that Aberystwyth is a fantastic place to be a student, and I think my experience as student was absolutely unique compared to people who choose to go elsewhere in the UK for university. Admittedly, I really have issues with the university itself and find it to be absolutely lacking value for those poor students who are now paying £9000 a year to go there, but that's another story for another day. It's Aberystwyth itself that makes the student experience so good. Being such a small town where the population of students seems to dwarf the population of locals makes it ever so different from going to university in a big city. Everyone knows everyone and while at times it's a bit maddening that you can't escape anything or anyone in that town, it's so nice to be able to go out of the house and always see a friendly face no matter where you go. It's so easy to have a close knit group of friends and a large circle of acquaintances - unlike anything I ever had in Wakefield, even while I was in school.

Not to mention, I bloody loved living by the sea. Yes, it is Britain, so the weather was more often absolutely horrible than not, but when Aberystwyth has a good day, oh boy, does it have a GOOD day. My 21st birthday was one of the hottest days, it was SO sunny, I only needed to wear a dress, no tights, no cardi, even when I went out for my meal in the evening! I spent the day on the beach and up Constitution Hill with my boyfriend and it was flipping gorgeous. My mum rang me to say how jealous she was when I put photos up. I spent many a day on the beach by myself, reading the books for my course and jotting down notes. One time, during a driving lesson, my instructor demanded I pull over to look at the see and there were dolphins in the bay!

I love how small the town is. You can get pretty much everywhere on foot and I miss my walk to work being a mere two minutes! On brave days, I could even manage to walk to the supermarket and back instead of catching a bus or lift from someone. While this means we're lacking in some shops I deem essential, it's also nice to have small independent shops to shop in and I imagine it saved me a lot more money than living somewhere like Leeds or Manchester would have done for me. It also meant nights out were a breeze! I rarely, rarely ever got taxis so I saved a fair amount of money from walking home (another bonus being it's such a safe town that I didn't mind walking home on my own at 4am) and there are so many pubs all very close together. Ok, there's only two "nightclubs" so I actually got a bit of a culture shock from Aber's night life - Wakefield is well known for its Westgate Run and has significantly more choice when it comes to the type of night out you want. However, I grew to love Aberystwyth night life, and I still prefer Pier Pressure to anywhere in Wakefield. But then again, how can you not love a nightclub perched precariously over the sea?!

This post could go on and on and on so I'll leave it there. The short of it is I love Aberystwyth and it will always feel like home to me.


Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser [Product Review]


Hot cloth cleansers are all the rage in the beauty blogging world. Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish is a product of cult status and perhaps the most well known hot cloth cleanser of them all. However, it's quite a pricey product and while absolutely worth the money, I'm aware that myself and many other people out there can't really afford to fork out for it every time they run out. Not to mention, as far as I am aware, I need to either order Cleanse and Polish online, or hop on a bus to Leeds if I want to repurchase - not exactly ideal! So, the search began for another cleanser that would do the trick. Being quite the ambassador for Superdrug products, having been a fan of their own brands things since I realised how affordable they were in my student years, I was delighted to discover Superdrug actually do two different hot cloth cleansers. One is aimed at those with dry skin so obviously I overlooked this one, but the Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser sounded like it was right up my street!

I will not beat around the bush here. This is an absolutely brilliant product. At £6.99 regular price and usually on a half price offer for £2.99/3.99 it absolutely cannot be beaten value for money wise. The main thing I look for in a cleanser is the ability to remove all my makeup including eye makeup with no pain or harsh tugging and pulling at my skin. This hot cloth cleanser does absolutely that although on occasion I do feel it stings my eyes a little. The trick here is to be extra gentle and not apply cleanser directly around the eye area.   After using this product, all my makeup is removed without a trace.

I suppose the big question with a product like this is: does it leave me with brighter skin? I'm unsure of this one if I'm honest. My skin is going through an absolutely awful stage at the minute. No matter what skin care I use nothing wants to shift my blemishes and my scarring is worse than ever. This makes it hard for me to see if any products are actually making me look more radiant. Now, just because my skin is appalling please do not dismiss this product. My skin is bad because my diet has been incredibly poor recently and it is in desperate need of some shaking up and cutting out all the absolute rubbish I consume. Not to mention, I've actually been quite lazy with my whole skin care routine recently meaning a few nights have occurred where I've fallen asleep with my face on. That never helps. This aside - when my skin does decide to clear up a little, it is looking significantly better underneath those horrible spots and that could very well be the result of this product.

Now the biggest question of all: does this product live up to Liz Earle? As far as product performance goes: yes it does. They both remove my makeup with the same effectiveness. Yet, I will be perfectly honest and say I do prefer Liz Earle. This is simply because I absolutely adore the way Liz Earle's cleanser smells. Don't get me wrong, this Superdrug alternative smells fantastic too, but Liz Earle wins my nose over.

I will repurchase this when I have worked my way through my stash of cleansers (stay tuned for some more Lush reviews!) and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants a cheaper alternative for a hot cloth cleanser.


The Vixen Thinks: Why Do We Accept Less than the Best?


The Vixen Thinks is an almost weekly feature on this blog. Posts vary in topic, I'll talk about anything I have an opinion on! From blogging to relationships and anything beyond. If there's anything you'd like me to write about, feel free to get in touch: theglittervixen(at)gmail(dot)com! Thank you! 

I've not been feeling my absolute best this week, which has meant when I'm not at work, I've been spending a lot of time in bed with my thoughts. I often find myself musing on little thoughts that could become a post idea for my Vixen Thinks series, and this week, a little nudging thought has returned to me so often that I've scrapped today's planned Vixen Thinks post to talk about this instead: why do we accept less than the best? Initially, this was in relation to the products we buy: why do we spend so much money on products that aren't that great? Clothes that fall apart? But it soon led to the wider world: so many people seem to accept less than the best in all aspects of their life. Is it any wonder that we seem to be a very miserable generation?

My thinking on this matter was originally prompted by the Rimmel Apocalips. One of the most hyped up products of 2013 so far in the blogosphere, I was initially uninterested by these. However, having to sell them everyday at work, being in constant contact with them, made me very, very curious and I have ended up purchasing two shades. I'll be doing a full review in due time, but so far, I think these products are very lacking. In fact, I think a lot of products in my collection are lacking. There are absolutely no beauty products in my collection that are perfect, I have many that I love, and many that are certainly very good, but I have concerns with every single one and considering just how much makeup and skincare seems to cost these days, I'm wondering why the quality of all our products doesn't seem to match up with their price. My best example of this is foundation. Even my very favourite foundations do not last on skin for longer than four hours when ideally, I think foundation should be something that lasts all day. In all honesty, I'd like to have the kind of makeup where the only thing that ever needs touching up is my lipstick. Yet, despite this, I continue to throw money at beauty companies, paying more than I want to, for products that don't do what they claim to.

Of course, as long as poor suckers like me are willing to continue paying for these not so great cosmetics, the cosmetics companies are going to continue making them and nothing will ever change. Buy buying these products, we're sending the message that we're happy with the quality of them. At the same time though, I know I'll never stop shopping. Even though I think they're lacking, I'm still going to add two more shades to my Apocalips collection. I will still do ridiculous E.L.F Hauls because quite frankly, I enjoy all the choice I have when it comes to makeup. As annoying as it is that I will arrive at work with a perfect face of makeup, just to finish looking like I've been out the night before and not removed my makeup, I'd rather have all my different blushers and lipsticks and eyeshadows to choose from each day so I need not wear the same face everyday. As great at it would be to have one primer, one foundation, one concealer, one powder, one blush, one highlighter, one eyeshadow etc that did the job perfectly, I think I'd just get bored with it.

So, I've established that when it comes to accepting less than the best when we buy our makeup, it's a compromise because at least we get a huge amount of choice. But what about those of us that accept less than the best in our every day lives? I'm talking to those of us who stays in jobs that don't light them up, relationships that are emotionally damaging or let their families dictate how they live their life even though they'd be much happier doing things their way. Up until recently, I was very set in my beliefs that some things are just the way they are, you don't fight against it, you just accept it. It's no surprise then, that up until recently, I was pretty miserable and very unhappy with my life. When I realised that actually, I didn't have to do a certain job, I didn't have to put up with so called friends who never, ever put any effort in with me among other things, things got better and things got better past. To sum it up, I stopped accepting less than the best.

I find the attitude that we're all supposed to suffer or make sacrifices or be unhappy for someone else's benefit because it's just the way things are quite ridiculous now. When we accept less than the best, we choose to bring unhappiness and dissatisfaction into our lives and that is something I believe we absolutely should not be doing. From now on, I'm not accepting less than the best in my life. I'm lucky enough to have a job I like sorted, and I've cut out anyone who doesn't show me the same respect I show them from my life. While I'll still be buying over hyped makeup or clothes from Topshop that fall apart after a week making their price tag beyond unbelievable, when it comes to things like my relationship, my friendships, my quality of living, nothing but the best will do.

How about you, are you ready to stop accepting less than the best?


Pantene Clarifying Shampoo [Product Review]


Having quite fine hair that I use a fair amount of products on means that when I discovered the existence of clarifying shampoos, I decided having one in my routine was essential. I looked at more expensive brands like Bumble and Bumble or Phyto originally, however having not used this type of product before and not wanting to spend loads, I was pleased to spy this on the shelves. It was even on offer so I only paid around £2 for it. What I wanted this product to do was thoroughly cleanse my hair of all the products I use and stop my hair getting as greasy as quickly as it does so I could leave longer between washes.

Luckily, it lived up to these expectations. While it's not a miracle worker, clean my hair it certainly does and it feels so healthy and clean after I've used this shampoo. It doesn't entirely stop my hair from getting oily, but since I started using this product, I've noticed a definite improvement on this front and I don't feel so awful if I leave my hair down on non-wash days whereas as previously, I would scrape all my hair back, fringe included, on days where I hadn't washed it.

Having never used something like Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, I'm not sure how this compares. However, the Pantene Clarifying Shampoo is significantly cheaper than its alternatives so I imagine if you're after a clarifying shampoo but don't want to spend a fortune, this will do the trick nicely for you.


Vixen in the Snow

missguided, primark, polkadot dreams, new look, gree, leather, pleated skirt, sleepy foxes, fox scarf, tapestry print
missguided, primark, polkadot dreams, new look, gree, leather, pleated skirt, sleepy foxes, fox scarf, tapestry print
primark, new look, gree, leather, pleated skirt



Outfit Details:
Tapestry Jacket: Missguided
Fox Scarf: Topshop
Black Cardigan: Primark
Green Shirt: New Look
Pleated Leather Skirt: Primark
Leggings: who knows, could be Primark or H+M
Doc Martens: Oxfam
Large Fox Ring: Temporary Secretary
Small Fox Ring with Bunny and Brambles: H+M
Sleepy Fox Brooch: Polkadot Dreams

Makeup Details:
Face: Loreal Lumi Magique Primer, Loreal Lumi Magique Foundation, Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, Loreal Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Cheeks: E.L.F Studio Blusher in Peachy Keen
Eyes: E.L.F Liner and Shadow Stick in Brown/Basic, Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Eyeliner in Nude, Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara
Lips: E.L.F Lipstick in Classy

Oops, ended up posting this quite late on in the evening. In all fairness, I normally post late in the evening anyway, I'm just noticing it more today because I have had the laziest day ever. I've got a lot of time off work this week and I'd planned to use it very productively. Today, I was meant to be having a huge wardrobe clearout, ready to either donate things to my sisters or charity, or sell some things on eBay. After that, I planned to finally get a move on with that elusive clothes shop I mentioned when I first started this blog, and can be seen mentioned in the top navigation bar. However, I woke up way before I was ready to and was unable to get back to sleep, so my super productive day has literally turned into me reading my book (Caitlin Moran's Moranthology - very good!) and FINALLY getting my BlogLovin down to zero. Since Google Reader announced its closure and then Hellocotton went too (still so sad about this!) I have transferred ALL the blogz I read, including the ones I'd only dip in and out of usually, onto BlogLovin. I hope now I'm top of it I will remain on top of it, we shall see. Now that I've removed distractions like getting up to date with all my blog reading, I'm hoping I'll find the motivation to work on my clothing line again. I don't know what's wrong with me, as I was so excited about it months ago, but since I bought all the supplies I needed and started making a practice item, I've just lost all motivation to do it. Part of me just wants to give up and just pretend I never mentioned making my own clothes but then deep down, I know I really want to do this and that once I start, I won't be able to stop. I just need to get going in the first place! Maybe I'll catch up on YouTube videos first...

Aaaaaanyway, onto the outfit! Unless you're one of the lucky few who don't live in an area that was hit by the snow, it will no doubt surprise you to see the snow in these pictures that I took a few weeks ago. My original snowy shoot failed a little bit, and admittedly, I didn't even manage to stay outside for all of this shoot, but at least I finally got some outfit pictures in the snow.My outfit was surprisingly warm. The layers must have really worked and my Topshop fox scarf is absolutely the best for keeping me toasty. My Doc Martens are a cold weather essential, especially now I can finally wear them with minimal pain. Not only do they keep me warm but their grip is second to none on those horrible icy pavements.

Sadly, I did have to creep back inside to get pictures of the outfit underneath my coat and even inside I didn't really want to remove my cardi! The outfit is really a very simple one, but I think my Primark skirt always makes what would otherwise be a rather boring outfit a little more interesting. For me though, it's the accessories that make this outfit. I love my little collection of fox related jewelry and I was absolutely delighted to add this felt sleepy fox brooch from Polkadot Dreams to my collection. I'm going to do a full post about it soon as it's just that amazing, but I will mention that I actually won this in a giveaway. I was so ecstatic! I think he looks really cute perched on the lapel of my tapestry jacket.

Did you get the snow where you lived? Are you seeing warmer weather now? I am! Yay!


The Vixen Loves: Superdrug Facemasks



The Vixen Loves is a new feature here on The Glitter Vixen. Sometimes, I use products that I really love and think other people deserve to know about but sometimes, these products don't always warrant a full review. The Vixen Loves is a way for me to share products I love without the expectation of full and in depth reviews.

Today I'm talking about a product I'm full of love for! The Superdrug Own Brand Facemasks! I've tried a variety of these now, but I think the four pictured above are my favourites so far and the four I will talk about in depth today. These are all 99p each and quite often on a 4 for 3 offer, which means they are incredible value for money. To add a bit of comedy value to the post, I decided to take a picture of the product in action for you ;)

Generally speaking, these masks are great. They do what I expect them to do and more. They all smell fantastic and I look forward to using them. Initially, the packaging did put me off simply because I find there is definitely more than one application in these sachets (maybe I just have a small face?!) and I didn't want to waste any product. Being a sachet though, it can't be resealed once opened so what's a girl to do? Well, thankfully, inspiration struck me and I noticed I had a collection of empty Lush pots I was going to take for recycling - I picked one up and emptied the sachet into there instead and this way, I didn't end up wasting any product, hooray!

Superfruits Exfoliating Masks - as I expected this mask was the best smelling of the bunch. I love a good exfoliator so I was interested to see what an exfoliating mask would do for me. The beads in this mask are perfect; I like to actually feel I am being exfoliated and this mask does that but it doesn't feel like you're removing layers of skin either. Once wash off, I was left with skin that felt entirely refreshed.

Sugar and Spice Self Heating Masks - I was actually a little wary of this as I've had issues with self heating products before where they're just too hot but this was great. I'd describe it as a gentle warming sensation. This also smells absolutely divine, I could have eaten this. In terms of difference to my skin, I didn't notice as much with this mask, but using it felt totally indulgent and lovely so it got a thumbs up from me!

Cucumber Cooling Clay Masks - I chose this one as sometimes my skin feels a little raw after exfoliating and I thought this would be nice to use afterwards. Although a clay mask and I generally find clay masks to be the best for my skin type, this was the mask I was expecting to like least. I ended up liking it the most! Instantly when it was washed off, I noticed my skin was brighter and it even reduced the size and redness of my spots. I was so pleased.

Detoxifying Dead Sea Mineral Masks - another mask where I could some almost instant results. After using this, my skin would just feel so pure and my makeup would also apply like a dream the next day and last a little bit longer. It really helped with oil control.

So, these are my thoughts on the Superdrug face masks. Have you used them before? Do you love them as much as I do?


Instavixen #3


Well well, what a week it has been for me! It got off to an amazing start as my sister Eve and I headed to Leeds on the bus to visit the new Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre. Apart from being highly unsuitably dressed meaning I was freezing all day, we had a superb time. Amazingly enough, I managed to stick to my new resolution of being much more responsible and careful with my money but my wishlist is admittedly a lot larger now. May have to start doing monthly wishlist posts again as I did on my old blog! Claire's Accessories is an unexpected gold mine for great jewelry (and not so great pictured above) and some cute little pieces in La Senza caught my eye. I tried on a sadly unflattering dress in Internacionale and decided it was probably a very good think for bank balance that Victoria's Secret isn't open yet. Our original plan was to go to Yo Sushi or Wagamamas for lunch as we don't have these two in Wakefield, but people were queuing out the door for Yo Sushi and Wagamamas was packed. In all honesty I only like EMPTY Wagamamas due to the seating arrangements. So not into communal eating. We obviously then ended up in Nando's which wasn't disappointing. I prayed I'd have room for dessert but I never, ever do.

My week only got better from there. On Wednesday I had a job interview and I was successful. It's the first job I've applied for since university ended that had actually made me excited. I'm also terrified because I now have a lot more responsibility but this is going to be a challenging and rewarding experience for me and I'm glad I've finally ticked career problems off my list of worries!

As usual, the photos I took are mainly of little treats. One day I arrived home from work to find a packet of some of my favourite chocolate on my bed and my favourite treat of the week was my new phone case finally arriving. My last one was incredible (read about it here) but as someone who drops her phone at least 5 times a day, it didn't last very long at all. I was scared that getting a sensible case would be boring, but my new one arrived and it's so pretty. I'm not disappointed at all.

So, that was my week! What was yours like?


Tresemme Keratin Smooth Range [Product Review]


I'm forever chopping and changing my hair care routine and what products I use on my hair. Although the condition of it is beginning to improve after 3 years of bleaching it almost to death, it's still not as great as it could be. My goal is to find some affordable products that perform so well they can bring hair back to life. One range of products I tried in my quest to find my hair care saviour was the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Range. I purchased the shampoo, conditioner and deep treatment masque but there is also a heat protection spray available in the range too. Now, did these products live up to my expectations? Read on and find out...

Initially, I was very pleased with this range. After using the shampoo and conditioner together, my hair would feel smooth and silky. It would be easy to style and although it didn't completely eliminate frizz, on days where I had washed my hair, my hair would look significantly healthier. The deep masque treatment didn't disappoint either; I experimented with this, leaving it on for the 3-5 minutes it recommended on the pack to leaving it on for around 15-30 minutes. Although it worked great after 5 minutes, I found my hair always looked and felt its absolute best if I left it on for much longer. Slowly, I could feel my hair coming back to life. It was soft again and although still quite thin, it wasn't breaking off as much.

But then, I took a trip to the hairdressers. I've been wanting to change my hair colour for the longest time. I've put multiple home dyes over it, yet none of them have taken in the way that I want them to. Eventually I resigned myself to visiting a hairdresser, who said she'd do a strand test first to determine what was going on with my hair. My hairdresser then proceeded to completely shatter the illusion that my hair was better again. The reason the dye is not taking to my hair is because it is so, so, so damaged and it's going to need a lot more help yet. After this, I got annoyed at all my hair care, it clearly wasn't working as well as I originally thought! I needed something different, something better if I was ever going to get the hair I want.

Don't let this put you off the Keratin Smooth Range though. You must keep in mind that my hair is absolutely wrecked from years of bleaching and heat styling. It's going to take a lot to repair it, and using this range for a month or so was hardly going to be the thing that I needed. I can feel that it is a good range though. As it did leave my hair feeling so silky, I imagine if your hair is in reasonable condition, it just needs a little extra help every now and then, this could definitely work for you. It is quite a heavy shampoo though, so I'd recommend caution if your hair is quite fine. If, like me, you are suffering from severely damaged hair, then I'm afraid to say, don't expect miracles from this!


The Vixen Thinks: Picking up the Pieces of a Quarter Life Crisis


The Vixen Thinks is an almost weekly feature on this blog. Posts vary in topic, I'll talk about anything I have an opinion on! From blogging to relationships and anything beyond. If there's anything you'd like me to write about, feel free to get in touch: theglittervixen(at)gmail(dot)com! Thank you! 

I've started writing this post about three times now. I originally intended to have it up on Friday 22nd March but what I'd written at that point just didn't feel right. I was getting upset while I was writing it and it all felt too personal to share on the blog. That wasn't my intention at all. I want this to be a post that helps at least one person who is in a similar position to myself. What it looked like on Friday night, was an attempt by me to gain as much pity as possible. It looked more like a personal diary entry than a blog post intended to help and advise others. That's absolutely what I did not want this post to be. I feel I'm coming to the end of my "quarter life crisis" now. I am feeling good these days. I've learnt a lot about myself already this year, and I know because of this, my life is only going to get better from here on out. So, rather than explaining how I reached an ultimate low point in my life, I'm gonna tell you the type of thinking that brought me back into the light.

First of all, what is a quarter life crisis? I'm sure we're all familiar with the term mid-life crisis but quarter life crisis isn't one that crops up so often. Basically, so many of us reach our early to mid twenties and feel dissatisfied with life. We suddenly start doing anything and everything to bring back a sense of youth and purpose to our lives; we might start partying even harder or in my case, disappear inwards and just accept my "fate" as a "real adult". In this day and age, it seems no surprise that a quarter life crisis is a thing that happens. The current economic climate means getting a job is hard, never mind landing your "dream job". There are thousands of people in a boat similar to mine: they went to college, they got into uni, they graduated. But having a degree isn't all it's cracked up to be. It doesn't instantly gain you a job and chances are, you'll end up in a job that has very little or even nothing to do with your degree. While I don't regret my degree at all because university was 3 of the best years of my life, I have finally come to accept that it isn't something that will get me a job. Understandably, these facts of life can leave us feeling a little lost. I don't know about you, but university was the only life path I was sold during school, I really didn't feel there were other options and I was led to believe that a degree automatically meant a great future. I was unemployed for three months before I found a job, and I'm still only part time now. I had, and still have to be honest, people asking me left right and centre "What do you want to do for your career?" "When are you going to get a real job?" It's enough to drive anyone a little bit crazy.

Like most of life's problems, I believe that a quarter life crisis arises from a desire to please everyone else while ignoring what you yourself want. From around the end of February to this very day, I decided to stop listening to everyone else. I decided it was time to listen to the little monologue in my head that was all about how I REALLY felt. And you know what? From the very second I started accepting some truths about my life, I transformed. I wasn't miserable anymore. I could get out of bed. I could eat. Things around me started rapidly improving and when things weren't what I wanted, I simply changed my attitude towards them. Perhaps the biggest step in my transformation was accepting that actually, I really do like working in retail. Yeah, I just wrote that. I like working in retail, and in particular, I like working where I work now. In fact, I am quite happy to remain where I am now for the foreseeable future and I'm absolutely working my ass off trying to get a promotion this week I finally got my promotion to Team Leader. I'm working harder than I ever have done before and I'm exhausted, but I'm happy. I have a purpose again and I have something to work towards. It shouldn't be a revolutionary thought, but I'm afraid it was for me: just because you have a degree and society expects you to get a 9-5 office job that bears some relation to your degree, that's NOT AT ALL what you have to do.

So, I accepted that I like my job even though it doesn't fit most people's definition of a "real job" for a graduate to take on. What next? Well in all honesty, it's amazing how much being content with your work fixes. Of course though, having a job you genuinely like isn't the only thing that's important. I had to change my attitudes to a lot of things. For example, I miss the independence of living away from home but moving out is totally and utterly not financially viable for me at the moment. Initially, I just accepted that as long as I lived in my family home, I was going to be miserable. Looking back on it now, I just feel so ridiculous for being so defeatist. Don't get me wrong, it is hard to change your thinking, but it isn't impossible. I reminded myself there are good things about having a parent provide for you, I get to see my sisters a lot, I'm in an excellent location for getting myself to work. There's a positive in every situation and what I've actively been doing recently is trying to find those positives and focus on those rather than letting the negatives overwhelm me. Over time, I've noticed that the more I practice this manner of thinking, the more naturally it comes to me.

Of course, besides work there's another subject that can cause people in my age group (make that any age group!) to go temporarily insane. Relationships. I won't go into detail about my love life on here because as I've mentioned in a Vixen Thinks post before, relationships are something I believe should be kept private and personally, when my love life is private, it works better for me. What I will say though, is that for the longest time, I didn't love myself. For the longest time, I've believed that you can't love anyone else or even be loved my anyone else until you love yourself. Obviously my beliefs and reality were a little incongruent for a while. I've known for the longest time how important self love is, and I used to shout about it from the rooftops. I'd write about it on my old blog and Tweet about it regularly. Yet somewhere along the line, I stopped applying this stuff to myself. I didn't like myself. I annoyed myself. I was constantly beating myself up for the way I was behaving/not behaving. Eventually though, I had enough. I was still reading blogs like Gala Darling so that information was still there, I just wasn't acting on it. It's all about taking action. Once I actively started doing exercises that would help me love myself once more, I started improving and today, I'm feeling quite happy with who I am and in turn, I'm just happy in general. Once you realise how valuable you are as a person in your own right, suddenly having an "other half" doesn't feel so important because you realise just how whole you are.

By all means, this isn't a definitive guide to a quarter life crisis, and there are millions of other things out there that could help you. These are just the issues that personally affected me and the way I decided to deal with them. I'd love to hear your suggestions for dealing with a rough patch in life!





V05 Hot Oil Moisture Soak Elixir [Product Review]


I try my very best to keep the tone of The Glitter Vixen as positive as possible, but I'm also well aware of the fact that I do not in fact love every product I use and that I distrust bloggers who never, ever give a negative review. So today, I'm gonna be totally honest and say I really don't love this product: the V05 Hot Oil Moisture Soak Elixir. Although I mentioned it in my hair care routine video, I've since just finished my third bottle of this and believe I have well and truly made up my mind about this product now. This isn't to say it's a completely bad product; the reason I purchased this is that I'd seen so many positive reviews of it! I'm imagining that this is just a case of a product disagreeing with me personally. It should probably also be taken  into account that I did buy 3 bottles of this before I decided it wasn't for me...

My first gripe with this product is how messy it is. Although you apply it in the shower, I always found it really difficult to coat my hair in it evenly. It says to apply directly to hair which I find difficult but it's also way too runny to pour into your hands and then work it through your hair that way. This meant while some of hair ended up covered in oil, some of the bits that needed it most just didn't. Upon rinsing the oil out, I'd find some parts of my hair would be left feeling relatively soft, but not any softer than conditioner leaves it. It also claims to double the strength of hair, but considering my hairdresser is still refusing to colour my hair for me and my mum was horrified while combing my hair this morning (she was cutting my fringe for me) that parts of it fall out when you comb it. So it's definitely not getting any stronger!

I want to try and say one positive about this product so here goes: they've recently rebranded the bottle and it's now got a pink design on which is much nicer than the blue design in my opinion and probably why I did buy two more bottles of it after my first. It also smells pretty good too, which if you've read this blog for any period of time now, you know that smelling good is a pre-requisite for anything I buy. Sadly, my positive feelings end there. Maybe there's a technique to this I'm just missing, or maybe my hair is too far gone for something like this to save it, who knows! All I know is I will not be buying any more now!

Have you tried the V05 Moisture Soak Elixir? What do you think of it?


Ombre Jumper

ombre jumper, studs, oversized, pink doc martens




Outfit Details:
Jumper: Topshop
Flower Brooch: New Look
Necklace: gift
Jeans: H+M
Doc Martens: eBay

Makeup Details
Face: Lumi Magique Primer, No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream, Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, Loreal Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Cheeks: E.L.F Mineral Blush in Joy
Eyes: PixiGlow Fairy Face Palette
Lips:  E.L.F Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph and Benefit Sugarbomb Lipgloss

Of all the jumpers that I own, this one is my favourite. Despite being something seriously overpriced from Topshop that I could have easily DIYed my self, I still adore it. It's super thick, it's super comfy and I adore the colours. Granted no one wants to cuddle me with all those studs on my shoulders, but I like to think wearing my flower brooch creates a nice balance between girly and not so girly. Admittedly, I don't think it goes as well with my grey jeans as I wanted it to but over Winter, I kind of just forgot about this jumper because last Summer I always wore it with pastel pink jeans. However, I have a really weird thing about wearing pastel colours in Winter/colder weather - I don't know but I don't like doing it. Seeing as I love this jumper so much, I decided it was about time I came up with some new ideas of how to wear it.

Obviously this isn't my most revolutionary outfit. I picked the flower brooch because it has similar colouring and I always wear my necklace so that was hardly a difficult choice. However, since I started style blogging, I'm realising it's actually my more simple outfits that I like the best. Not to mention - I don't really do lounge wear at all - if I'm having a lazy day I'll remain in my pyjamas or dressing gown and if I wanted to get dressed, I like to look nice regardless of whether anyone is going to see me or not. That's probably why I have an abundance of outfits like this!

What would you wear this jumper with?