Child's Play







Outfit Details:
Coat: Sainsbury's
Dress: Missguided
Belt: eBay
Shoes: Deichmans
Socks, Bracelets and Necklace: Primark
Watch: everything5pounds 

I've reached the grand old age of 23 and somehow, I dress more like a six year old girl than I did when I genuinely was a six year old girl! I even display my most treasured cuddly toys on my sofa...

Now that October is just a breath away, I am making full use of any and every sunny day we have. I'm personally very pleased with the summer we have had this year, it has been both warm and sunny for extended periods of time - but, it's Britain and I know it won't last. So every time I wake up with the sun shining and a bit of heat in my room, out come my summer clothes, because I never know when it's going to be my last chance.

This pink lace sleeveless skater dress is an absolute favourite of mine. Not only is it the perfect shade of pink, but I've perfectly happy with the way it fits as well, I find it very flattering. It's also super versatile for accessorising as well.

On this most recent occasion that I wore it, it was a little chilly in the morning and the shade so I grabbed my lovely floral coat which I just do not wear enough! Another reason for the Child's Play title of this blog post, it comes from Sainsbury's childrens' section!

My belt was the next obvious step for me, amazingly, I don't think I've ever showcased this on the blog. I bought it was back in 2011 for my May Ball at uni. I normally wear a very thin cream waist belt with this dress, but I was in the mood for something fancier this day, clearly. I'm a big fan.

Next up, jewellery. This pink statement necklace I was given by my sister is a favourite of mine. Due to the pink gems in it, I decided it would look great with the dress and because I think these bracelets match the necklace very well, on those went as well.

Finally, it was time to put my shoes...and socks on. I mentioned in my Primark Haul video that I had a dress that match my lace top socks perfectly, well here it is!

Do you struggle to act your age sometimes?



Pretties in the Post: Delilah Dust





Two events coincided with each other at the end of July that pushed me to treat myself to some items I had been eyeing up for a while. First of all, for the first time since moving out in January, I had ended the month not in my overdraft. Secondly, Delilah Dust announced it was getting rid of all current stock and was offering 20% off to boot. I just had to make use of all these events coming together!

Now...is there something that rings a little funny about what I just said? Yes, you may have noticed I said the end of July, but it is the end of September that I am writing this post. As gorgeous as the items I have received are, I am thoroughly unimpressed by how long they took to arrive. Although the website states to allow plenty of time for your order to arrive as all items are handmade and there is only a team of three working on them, it still took far too long.

After around 3/4 weeks of waiting for my order, I decided to contact the store to ask if they had made a start on my order and when could I expect it to arrive. They apologised for the wait, explaining the manager had been unwell and said my order would be sent to me straight away. So, I waited. I waited. I waited. When my parcel did eventually arrive, 3/4 weeks after they said it was coming "straight away" it took me a while to remember what on earth it could be...

Thankfully, the items I received were absolutely beautiful. Not quite fantastic enough to justify the wait, but still very pretty all the same. Currently my office is my favourite part of my flat as it's the only place I've properly furnished. The two amethyst chunks are the perfect decorative addition to my little haven and make it look very much my own - quite a feat for a rental property!

As for the necklace...it is so sparkly. This is more my own fault for not reading measurements, but it was a lot smaller than I thought it would be, however this has only made the necklace daintier and prettier in my opinion. The chain is the perfect length and I am so very, very pleased with it. I think it will look AMAZING with the hot pink dress from my Missguided Haul.

Because of my delivery experience, I'm not willing to recommend Delilah Dust to anyone, but if you're happy to wait indefinitely for pretty sparkly jewels, it might just be worth it.


Missguided Haul #2



So last Friday, I posted my Primark Haul and blamed it for my lack of money this month. However, the Primark Haul is just one side to story of my current financial ruin: Missguided helped a lot too. Of course, as a blogger and Youtuber, my shopping to excess becomes perfectly acceptable: "it's for my blog/channel OK?!"

Despite the fact I never go out anywhere, despite the fact I don't go clubbing anymore, despite not being able to afford dating at the moment, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the urge to purchase most things off the Missguided wishlist I posted way back in July. I should regret it, but I don't! And I most definitely have to share...

I Bought:
Roksenia Eyelash Lace Cami Dress (Mint Green)
Emina Plunge Neck Lace Midi Dress (Pink)
Shiraz Strappy Lace Detail Puffball Mini Dress (Lilac)
Dayana Pink Lace Sleeve Puff Ball Dress (Hot Pink)
Aleena Lace Plunge Neck Mini Dress (Baby Blue)
Jeanetta Textured Skirt

Definitely going to be a while before I dare treat myself again!



MUA Power Pouts [PRODUCT REVIEW]

From Left to Right: Crazy in Love, Rendezvous, Runway, Irreplaceable, Justify and Broken-Hearted 

Crazy in Love, Rendezvous

Runway, Irreplaceable

Justify, Broken Hearted 
Today's blog post is about my most used lip colours EVER. The MUA Power Pouts are the budget brand's contribution to the explosive lip crayon trend. Prior to picking up my first few of these, I had only ever tried the Revlon Balm Stain in Honey, which I still love to this day. I'd seen a few reviews of the MUA versions online and my fellow staff at Superdrug (where I worked at the time) were also quite excited by them. After deciding £3 was definitely an amount I could part with and falling in love with every single colour after swatching them on my hands, I set out to own the entire collection. A few weeks back, I finally completed my collection.

So, what are my thoughts?

I am a little underwhelmed by the packing - although there is only so much you can do with a crayon type product, I am quite frustrated by how loose the the lids are on these - twice now I've stained my bedroom carpet because the lid has slid off and I've dropped the pencil on it. The balms themselves are also very, very soft. If it's warm, be careful, especially near your cream bedroom carpet!!

Thankfully, these are my only gripes with this product and have nothing to with how they actually perform. At £3, I am rather impressed with the lasting power. The initial colour tends to last around an hour on me providing I don't eat or drink in that our, but more surprisingly, despite no marketing claims that this product is a stain, they do leave a stain. The stain lasts a good few hours on me and it's great for days where I have no time to touch up. They are a little drying after a few hours though, but nothing a bit of lip balm or reapplication can't deal with.

As for the colours themselves - I love them! Funnily enough, with the exception of Crazy in Love and Irreplaceable, the colour of the crayons themselves seems pretty irrelevant. While I can guarantee Crazy in Love is a deep plum shade and Irreplace is lovely deep hot pink, the rest are not what I expected.

Rendezvous for example, looks as if it should be nude, but it's a delicate, my lips but better pink shade on my lips. Runway looks as if it should be bright red, but it straddles the line between pink and red. You'd expect Justify to be orange, but instead it's a lovely, delicate, peachy pink. Finally, you get Broken Hearted that isn't the bright pink one would expect.

Because I swatched every shade before purchases, the colour surprises were not at all an issue for me. My favourites in the set are definitely Crazy in Love, Rendezvous and Irreplaceable. Since owning these, I've barely touched any of my other lip products because they tick all my boxes for me! I really, really like them.

One final note - they do have a slightly minty taste to them - it doesn't last long at all, but worth noting for those who prefer flavourless products.

Have you tried the MUA Power Pouts?


The Vixen Thinks: How To Have A Successful Relationship


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 to feminism 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!

Today's post originally appeared on my old, now defunct blog. As I have a very busy week this week, I didn't have time to sit down and write the Vixen Thinks post I really wanted to write this week as it required time, research and thought to get words out properly. In a moment of nostalgia I decided to visit my old blog and I came across this post from what was my Vixen Thinks type series on there. I had completely forgotten I had written this and yet it still feels so very relevant. I really wanted to bring this piece of writing back into the world again

No, this isn't your standard how to have a relationship guide. I'm not going to sit here telling you about the importance of communication, I'm not going to tell you to be open and honest with each other, I won't tell you that explosive sex saves everything and tell you how to have said explosive sex. Oh no. This blog post is quite different. To me, there is one simple tip, just one little bit of advice that will allow you to have a successful relationship. While other things definitely contribute to the success or downfall of a relationship, without taking my advice, I can assure you, your relationship is doomed; even if it continues, you won't be as happy as you should be in it. So, what is my fantastic tip?

Sort your own shit out first! 

Learn to love yourself. Make peace with what has happened in your past. Be comfortable in your own company. Understand and accept that the only person who has the power to make you happy or sad is you. If you have a bad temper, you're a commitment-phobe or have any other relationship damaging personality traits, learn to control them. You are a whole person. You do not need anyone else to complete you. This seems so obvious to me now, but it's amazing how many people don't realise that they themselves are the answer, not having a partner.

When we do not love ourselves, we look to other people for love. We expect other people to make us happy. This can easily cause problems in a relationship. It can cause dependency or clingy behaviour and eventually, you will end up annoying your partner. We will start to feel let down by our partner when we don't feel they love us enough and resentment begins to breed. Soon, we don't want our partners to do anything with anyone else. We become paranoid and jealous. The arguments starts, and the relationship inevitably ends and because you haven't learnt to love yourself, the end of a relationship feels like the end of the world.

You see, when you love yourself unconditionally, when you're comfortable in your own skin, you suddenly realise that you don't need the love of another to complete you. Being single does not feel like a bad thing anymore and when you do end up in a relationship, you will not become dependent on them because you've learnt you can wholly depend on yourself. Loving yourself also means you are likely to be less jealous and more accepting that you can't be with your partner 24/7 and I promise you, this enhances a relationship so much.

Ultimately, relationships fail because we place too much importance on them. We call our partners our other halves and when one relationship ends, we are expected to seek another. Success is often defined by whether we get married or not. When you realise that you are a whole person in your own right and accept your ability to function alone, your relationships will be much happier and healthier.


Rebelling Against The Weather


Outfit Details:
Glasses: Specsavers
Dress: Primark
Belt: Miss Selfridge (very old)
Boots: Boohoo

Today's post is a very honest one. I've not got any makeup on in these pictures and I'm actually wearing my glasses rather than hiding them away. I see a lot of comments floating around the Internet complaining that a lot of bloggers must not actually wear the outfits they post, or people want to see more "what I wore to work" appropriate posts and this is my response to that. More often than not, I can't be bothered to get my contact lenses into my tired eyes very early in the morning and more often than not, I'll opt for an extra half hour in bed rather than putting my face on. This is genuinely what I look like when I turn up to the office!

So this is one of the dresses I featured in my Primark Haul last week. The day I wore was the gloomiest, most miserable day ever and when I turned up to work, everyone remarked what a contrast with the weather my dress was. As I mentioned in the video, I was very, very self conscious about actually wearing this but I'm glad I took the plunge. Looking at these photographs, I'm really happy with it and can't wait to wear it again.

Unfortunately this dress is quite see-through so I had to wear a long black vest top underneath to make it appropriate. It's also quite shapeless on my frame so a pretty waist belt was an essential. I quite like that I have to wear a belt with it though. I think the thick black belt breaks up the BRIGHT YELLOW a little bit, making me more comfortable and the outfit a little bit more wearable. 

Finished off with my boots, this outfit is yet another winner for me!

How do you feel about yellow?


Operation Supervixen: Roller Derby


Some of you may remember that way back in July, I posted all about my new blog series I was embarking upon: Operation Supervixen. My initial plan was to post at least monthly updates on my progression towards a happier, healthier lifestyle, but of course, that hasn't ended up happening.

Naturally then, it probably comes as no surprise that my progress towards my goals has been excruciatingly slow. Admittedly, I've made little attempt to alter my diet and figure out an exercise routine. I've stopped talking back to myself when I haven negative thoughts, particularly nastiness about other people. I am definitely not using my free time productively. My secondary income has fizzled out to nothing. In fact, the only progress I've made has been quitting smoking - I haven't been keeping exact track but I think I'm around the 6-8 weeks mark now - hooray!

Of course, one of my goals was to keep a record of my progress and this is what I am doing now. Although I have begun this post on a negative note and admitted that I have been dramatically backsliding, I think it is important for me to be honest about this. Real transformation does not happen overnight. I am not a failure because I didn't write my first Operation Supervixen post and change instantly. I spend a lot of time beating myself up for the things I don't do and as a result, ignore the things I do do.

One thing in particular makes me feel more like a supervixen than I ever have before...




And that's roller derby. 

What is roller derby I hear you cry? This video explains it much better than I can:


Currently, I am what we refer to as "fresh meat" - I have not yet passed my minimum skills which means I cannot play as main league on a team yet. That's fine by me because I kinda like being alive! I don't want to get on that track until I know it's safe (as possible) to do so!

That being said, the hour and a half I go training each week is my favourite and best hour and a half each week. For an hour and a half each week, I am guaranteed to not feel like shit. In fact, for an hour and a half each week, I feel amazing. For an hour and a half each week, I forget about everything that bothers me. For an hour and a half each week my smile does not leave my face. For an hour and a half each week, it doesn't matter what has happened before, it doesn't matter what I'm dreading in the future, I can forget and just be ME again.

Training is truly addictive for me. Every single week I improve and every single week I go back wanting more, to see what I can pull off that week. When I compare that Bambi-like girl I was way back in March when I first put a pair of skates on to the girl I am now, I am so goddamn proud.

It's not just the sport itself: the wonderful Wiltshire Roller Derby team and my fellow fresh and smelly meat really make it worth it. They're such wonderful people. They make everyone feel so included, no one ever feels stupid because they can't do something (yet), the whole atmosphere is so encouraging.

Before high school, I loved my sport. In primary school I played both football and netball and I would have loved to carry netball on into high school and play on an actual team. Unfortunately, the sporty girls tended to also be the incredibly bitchy girls and PE and associated bullying at high school completely put me off physical activity.

I think I love roller derby because it's the exact opposite of my high school netball team. All ages (well, over 18 anyway, safety first guys!) are welcome, all genders (although we have separate mens and womens teams, we all train together), all backgrounds are welcome and everyone gets along, everyone helps each other.

Not to mention, I was also very surprised by just how physically challenging roller derby is AND how much that challenge has made me adore it.

At the end of the day, not mastering an exercise routine doesn't matter so much when I know I walk 40-80 minutes a day, plus do an hour and a half of intense activity each week. I do want to fit some strength training exercise in there to help me with sticky and backwards skating, but other than that, it's not like I lead a totally sedentary lifestyle!

As for my other Operation Supervixen goals...I'll get there. Prior to roller derby, my misery would last 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Now I know I get at least an hour and a half each week of relief from that. It also gets me out of the house and in the company of people which is another bonus.

No doubt roller derby is going to play a huge part in my personal transformation and hopefully, I will have some positive Operation Supervixen progress to share soon!

My advice to others today? If you can find a sport or physical activity that makes you feel great: do it. If exercise really, really isn't your bag - just find a real hobby, preferably one that involves other people. So far, I've not found a more effective anti-depressant!

Do you have a favourite sport?



Maybelline Brow Drama [Product Review]




Seeing as I've been using the Maybelline Brow Drama brow mascara since January, and pretty often at that, I thought it was about high time I shared my thoughts about it on the blog.

Despite the fact it's part of my daily makeup routine, I am actually quite disappointed with this product. As you can tell from the images I've shared above, this brow product doesn't do too much in terms of hiding any sparse patches or adding any colour.

I'm not a fan of the odd brush either - again, I've taken a picture for your reference - I imagine it was supposed to be "innovative" but I prefer the terms "annoying" and "hard to work with." It is all too easy to end up with excess product in places I don't want it thanks to that...thing...on the end of the brush.

So, why have I continued to use this? Well, there's actually something it's very good at! Not only does it shape my eyebrows nicely, but believe me when I say this brow mascara sets your brows in place all day. I am not kidding, my brows do not budge when I use this stuff. Currently I use powder to fill in my brows and then use this as a setting gel afterwards and it works like an absolute charm.

Unfortunately I think the price tag, which I believe is around £5.99, is a bit steep for something that just sets your brows in place rather than adding colour as you would expect a product that comes in three different shades to do. For this reason, I won't be repurchasing.

Prior to using this, I was using the E.L.F Eyebrow Treat and Tame, which I sadly never got round to reviewing in full, but this is a product I do recommend. Although the "Treat" side is pretty damn useless and unpleasant, the "Tame" side is great for adding a bit of depth to your brows and keeping them in place.

What do you like to use on your brows?


The Vixen Thinks: Leaked Nudes


A few weeks ago, the Internet nearly exploded. The reason? A number of nude photographs featuring high profile celebrities such as Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lawrence were allegedly stolen from iCloud and leaked online.

Naturally, there was outrage.

Except, was it for the right reasons?

The morning after this "news" broke, I was inundated with information about this breach of privacy. Being a journalist in the technology sector, my Inbox was flooded with articles about digital security and I logged onto the CMS I use at work to see our partner sites had also sent us stories about the leaked content.

I won't say I was surprised at the amount of coverage I was seeing and quite frankly, I won't even say I'm surprised by the content of articles relating to the security breach - but, I will say: I was deeply disappointed. 

As I logged into LinkedIn and merely glanced at the "Articles Recommended For You" section at the top of my news feed, I was disgusted to see content such as "How To Avoid Doing A Jennifer Lawrence" or "Five Things Celebrities Must Learn About Cyber Security."

ERRRR, NO. Just stop, stop right there. 

In the event that some or even all of these women who have had their privacy invaded DID possess naked photographs of themselves, or even content depicting them performing sexual acts, THEY ARE NOT TO BLAME.

Let me say that again: this is not their fault.

How about we stop shaming women for their personal choices, especially when it comes to expressing their sexuality, and start pointing our fingers at the real issue here: the hackers who thought it was appropriate to go to great measures to access the personal files of these female celebrities.

I haven't seen any news stories called "Don't Be A Dick, Women's Bodies Aren't For Your Consumption" or "Hey, Don't Hack People, It Sucks" - no, all I've seen is digusting victim blaming content.

Women, men, any people of any gender, have the right to take sexual photographs of themselves. They also have the right to keep these images private. Just because a person may have chosen a career path that leaves them largely in the public eye, they still absolutely retain the right to have a private life. A life that is not for public consumption. 

Rather than patronisingly explaining how the cloud works, how two-step verification works, or just outright saying things like "don't take those photos in the first place," I'd like to see people calling these hackers out instead. Some of the reactions I've seen so far are chillingly similar to "women shouldn't [drink/wear revealing clothes/whatever] if they don't want to get raped.

I'm all for locking my front door when I leave the house, I'm all for using passwords with uppercase and lowercase letters, multiple numbers and a few punctuation marks thrown in for good measure - but please, let's stop blaming the victims here. 

 

Queen of Hearts


Outfit Details:
Dress: Primark
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Primark
Watch: everything5pounds

Today I'm showing off the most recent addition to my wardrobe. August was a very naughty month for me - as I was on holiday for two weeks, staying at my mum's, I got excited about not having to buy food for that period and went a bit too crazy buying new clothes instead. Although I'm paying for that decision now it's September, I'm happy that I've got this little dress to show for it. 

OK, yes, another collar, a bit more lace and a black and white dress is hardly what I needed in my wardrobe but this was just too pretty for me to resist! I love the fit of this particular dress, it's very snug and comfortable without being stupidly tight. The lace overlay makes it just that bit more interesting than a plain black dress as well and for me, the tights really finish it off. 

As it's such a simply little outfit, there's not a lot to say about it. Despite this, it has fast become one of my favourites.

Are you a fan of patterned tights?


How To Reignite The Blogging Passion


Those of you who have been long time readers of my blog, or those of you bored enough to compare last year's archive with this year's, will notice that my blog posting habits this year have been largely inconsistent.

Gone is my schedule, gone is my commitment to even once weekly posting, left instead to sporadic short bursts of posting lots and then disappearing into silence again.

While moving house, starting my first full time job, changing relationships and a constant battle with my mental health have all largely played a part in my poor posting regime this year, I can't blame it all on that - a lot of it is because for a little while there, I simply just lost my passion for blogging.


Last year, I was an absolute blogging powerhouse. I never quite managed to hit my dreams of consistent daily posting but I always blogged a few times per week and my editorial calendar was my bible. I knew what I was posting months in advance and whenever I bought a new beauty product, I would promptly photograph it the next day, edit it and upload it to my Photobucket account, ready and waiting.

In fact, the images I've chosen to include in this post are an example of that. The Maybelline Baby Lips and E.L.F All Over Colours sticks are both products I eagerly recorded during a blogging productivity streak, just to decide in the end, they weren't products I wanted in my collection and gave them away before I had enough experience with them to make them worth reviewing on here.

Anyway, I digress. The point I'm trying to make is sometimes, I flip from superblogger to nevereverblogger. And I don't think I'm alone. Sometimes, I just get bored of blogging.

So how do we fix this?

  1. Take some time away from blogging. Nothing makes me want to blog like not blogging. I noticed this especially when I went away for a week this year and couldn't blog because I didn't have my laptop. 
  2. Read other blogs. Other blogs are a constant source of inspiration for me. I don't even mean this in way where I'll use other bloggers' ideas to form my own posts - just reading other posts that I think are great, or you can tell a lot of thought and care has gone into them, makes me want to do a good job myself. 
  3. Re-evaluate your content. For me, it's writing beauty product reviews and posting beauty-themed YouTube videos that started to suck the passion out of me. Don't get me wrong, I still love makeup, but because I've found a brand I'm happy with now, reviews are getting a little boring for me and I'm changing a lot as a person right now, so I've realised my content has to grow with me.
  4. Learn a new skill, such as a different way of taking or editing your photographs. Whenever I learn something new creatively, I want to show it off on my blog. Whether it's different method of editing or I've got some cute new graphics to play with, it makes me want to blog a little bit more so I can really make use of what I've learnt.
  5. Think about your motivations for blogging. Do the reasons you started your blog in the first place still apply? Have you started blogging solely for an audience rather than yourself? Are you accepting sponsored posts that perhaps you don't really want on your little space on the Internet?
What are your tips for getting out of a blogging funk?


Instavixen #15

Reuniting with an old friend, delicious new smoothie flavour, finally getting back on skates, new flowers, post-work selfie, new coasters that match my chopping board, new meal planner, weekend morning routine, long lost bracelets, using my tea pot, homemade pizza (a favourite), adult coping mechanism, badass bottle opener, Saturday selfie, adorable socks, favourite sweets 
Life has pretty much been business as usual since I last posted an Instavixen life update. I spend the majority of the day Monday-Friday in the office, the evenings catching up on life admin such as getting my little house in tip top condition for an inspection by the estate agents, trying to squeeze some enjoyment in and enjoying the odd social event, as well as roller derby once a week. At the weekends, I'm full of plans and to do lists, but of course, I inevitably spend a lot of time catching up on lost sleep and rest!

I'm slowly but surely developing a routine that works really well for me, one where I go to work and do my job like a pro, but still get to blog, read and stay on top of all my other "grown up" stuff. At the moment, I'm trying to teach myself to get up a little earlier so my mornings can be more relaxed and productive. I also need to get on top of blog post scheduling - if I manage to write a few posts at the weekend and schedule them, my blog remains active. If I don't...well just look at how frequently I posted last week. Or not.

CURRENTLY:

Watching: Buffy, Charmed and the most recent series of Bones

Listening: I've recently rediscovered my love for The Cribs and Iggy Azalea is a little guilty pleasure of mine

Reading: I've finally started reading the second A Song of Ice and Fire book: Clash of Kings!

Loving: major improvements in roller derby training with crossovers, T stops and plough stops and the positive effects of actively trying to incorporate more protein into my diet

Recommending: I've started reading a handful of new blogs recently as I've grown a little tired of beauty blogs and that was the main category I was following. The ones I like best and seem to be hitting the "Save" button a lot for are: The Private Life of a Girl, A Little Opulent and Jennypurr.

Aiming For: a week of consistent blogging, a weekend in Wakefield, to make time to play some of the games I've downloaded recently

What has your week been like?

PS: Last week I posted a vlog from way back in May when I went to see Courtney Love and visited the aquarium in London. I decided not to do a full blog post on it or publicise it all that much because it's so out of date now, but I hated all that footage going to waste so put it up for anyone who is interested.





Latest Additions To My Makeup Collection


A few Sundays ago, I went into Basingstoke to get my hair cut. Sadly, that didn't end up happening because literally all of the walk-in salons I know about were "fully booked." Not wanting to waste the bus fare and time spent getting there, I went for a little wander around the shops when I suddenly remembered the Superdrug giftcard I've had sat in my purse since January.

My original intention was to use it buy the Real Techniques Starter Kit for Eyes, but when I got there, it wasn't in stock. This set is much cheaper on Amazon anyway, so I figured I'd get it there and spend the giftcard on something I haven't bought since January: new makeup.

I made a beeline for the B. Makeup stand first. Having been rather impressed by the lipstick, shimmer blocks and eyeshadow blocks in the past, I decided to expand my collection.


After swatching a few of the lipsticks, I decided that the Cupcake shade is still my favourite and having lost it somewhere during one of moves this year, I decided to repurchase. I am delighted to have this shade back in my life.


I also decided to pick up a new Shimmer Block in Just Peachy - I love the Blush shade so much - and Just Peachy seemed like a gorgeous colour to sport throughout the rest of summer. I've yet to use it on my eyes but as a blush it's a gorgeous shimmery summer colour, I have not been let down so far.


Coutouring is something I've never really tried before, somehow never quite managing to get my head around it. However I've recently watched a few good videos on the subject and seen a few good diagrams, so I've been wanting to give it a go. Up until now though, my only bronzer has shimmer in it and so wasn't suitable for contouring.

I did consider Sleek's Contour Palette as I've heard lots of good things about it before, but in the end, I was at the B. stand and their B. Sculpted won me over. So far, I haven't quite managed getting quantity of product used right but practice makes perfect?!


Next, I was need of a new concealer. While I love Arbonne's concealer and was intending to gradually replace my entire makeup collection with their alternatives, the truth is I just can't afford Arbonne right now and in the current climate, I much prefer liquid concealers to solid blocks. I wanted to pick up the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer as I know I can trust it, but sadly it was completely sold out. I turned the corner to see my first ever real-life Makeup Revolution stand and decided it was time to give this brand I've been so curious about a little try. Although swatched on my hand in the shop it looked like it could deliver the coverage I require, I've been pretty disappointed when using it for real. I'm glad it didn't set me back too much!


The Makeup Revolution stand was right next door to the MUA one so I got quite excited to notice they had the Power Pout in the shade "Crazy in Love" in stock as this is the only one of the six available that I didn't own. I now have a full collection of MUA Power Pouts and I couldn't be happier - they're a great super affordable alternative to other lip crayons on the market such as Clinique Chubby Sticks, or even their Revlon and Bourjois counterparts! This is a gorgeous plum shade that I can tell will be worn a lot during the autumn!

What have you been buying recently?

The Vixen Co-Ordinates




Outfit Details:
Skirt, Jacket, Vest Top: Missguided
Boots: Boohoo

Makeup Details:
Face: Arbonne Primer, Arbonne Liquid Foundation, Arbonne Concealer, Bare Minerals Ready Translucent Powder
Cheeks: Arbonne Blush in Ballet
Brows: Maybelline Brow Drama
Eyes: Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold, Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude Kohl Pencil, Arbonne It's a Long Story Mascara
Lips: Revlon Balm Stain in Honey

Not only am I delighted to be sharing my first outfit post in far too long on the blog today, but I'm also so excited to be sharing my first two piece as well. What feels like ages ago now, I did a post about how I wish I had some floral co-ordinates but in the end, it was the Missguided set that won me over. I received the jacket for my birthday along with a similar skirt which I love but as it doesn't match the jacket exactly, in the end, I caved and bought the genuinely matching skirt so I could fulfil my "proper suit" dreams.

As the jacket and skirt themselves do a fair amount of talking all by themselves, I decided on a plain black vest top and to go exceedingly minimal with accessories, only adding my black watch and a few black beaded bracelets. Looking at this photographs now, I'm thinking I might add a simple necklace next time as there's a lot of chest on show. I did also originally have my favourite pair of earrings in but I went and lost one on my way to work, seriously bad times there. Heidi, if you're reading, can we go back to London soon for a replacement pair?!

All in all, I'm super, duper happy with this outfit, I felt absolutely fantastic all day at work while I was wearing it. I'm also pleased to have started wearing heels in the office - I so rarely wear heels, but I love this Boohoo chelsea boots so I've vowed not to let them go to waste. I do walk 40 minutes to work each day and 40 minutes back so I admit I wear my trainers on my journey, but I'm up all the time in the office making coffee, wandering about so I'm getting practice in.

As I just said, I did wear this to work, but I'm gonna say right now before I start posting other "What I Wore To Work" posts: my office is very laid back. Most people turn up in jeans and tshirts, I dress up because I like it. I fear that at more conservative offices, my wonderful Missguided "suit" might be a bit too much, particularly the very short length of the skirt. I used to wear belts as skirts in my teenage years, but now this is as short as I dare!

Are you as obsessed with co-ords as I am?