April Empties

Empties! Hurrah! (Many of these are minis or travel sizes, that’s just how it panned out this month…)
IMG_1935N-Spa Vanilla Crème Brulée Shower Gel, 100ml. This is a really lovely wintery scent, and the gel itself was nice and thick (too thick for the non-bendy bottle!). This was from a little gift set bought before N-Spa’s product redesign, so they don’t make this anymore!

Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Intensive Mask, 200ml. I’ve featured this a couple of times before – my go-to intensive conditioner, and I’d definitely buy it again if it was on offer.

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A New Dress!

So, I didn’t feel as though I could title this “Outfit of the Day”, firstly because it contains two different(ish) looks (neither of which include mystery belt, be impressed!), and secondly because I only wore this for around half an hour, before deciding it was actually way too windy and cold to get away with it. I was recently sent this lovely summer dress by The Hut to review, and although I really like it, I think I’ll be saving it for really warm days – definitely one to take on holiday!

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This dress is from the Brave Soul brand, and is cream with a really pretty pink and blue floral pattern , with the waist-hugging shape I love, and then a floaty A-line skirt, which is very flattering. The top of the back has one of those ruched elasticated panels to adjust for fit, and there’s a nifty little elasticated trim across the top of the chest to make you feel a bit more secure (which you quite need with such a low cut!).

I am a size 10/12, and 5’7, and this is the medium size – I feel I should mention that although it’s a great fit waist-wise, it is very short, short enough that I’d be worried about bending over in it, and there’s not a lot of room up in top, which if you’re a little bit busty, could be a problem. The lack of support in the top is also a bit tricky; I found that shortening the straps helped a little, and luckily I had a bra that fit under the dress, but you might need to be happy going bra-less (okay, I’m going to stop talking about underwear now before it gets embarrassing.) The material itself is reasonably thin, but not thin enough to be see-through, which is pretty much perfect for the summer weather!

DSCF1443For the first look, I brought out the pinks in the dress with my awesome pair of bubblegum suede shoes from Office (about four years ago). I adore these, but I tend to save them for special occasions, because really, pink suede heels are not the most practical things in the world, are they? I matched this with a tiny pink cross-body bag and the bright pink of my Barry M TMLP lipstick (hopefully a review coming soon!)

For the second look, I went a little more casual, switching to basic black Tesco flats, and throwing on a sheer teal shirt to bring out the blues of the dress, co-ordinated with a pale blue oversized clutch. I was a little more comfortable with the shirt on, as I felt it was a little more modest for spring.

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Both the shirt and the bag were from Primark sales, £5 and £3 respectively. Got to love a bargain! The owl necklace is so old I can’t remember where it’s from, but I’m sure that you’ve seen these all over the place – you can easily find similar in Accessorize or Claire’s. Also, you can see that my hair is finally losing a bit of its blackness, hurrah for overwashing!

DSCF1415I’ve just thrown this last photo in because I really like it 🙂 I’d like to just quickly thank Boyfriend for taking such excellent photos of me despite the weird light, the beating wind, and my tendency to accidentally pull really unattractive faces as the shutter goes!

But, back to the dress! I really think it’s lovely, and while I might not wear it around my parents(!), I think it’ll settle into my summer wardrobe nicely. It’s available from The Hut here, for just £10.99, which is incredibly reasonable, especially when you consider that they have free UK delivery. It’s worth having a poke around the site, too – it’s a proper treasure trove, and their range of beauty brands is pretty awesome (including Essie, Korres, Tigi – all things I love, but find quite hard to get hold of in the shops).

So what do you think?

Asha x

Time for the disclaimer you see everywhere: This dress was sent for review, but I promise that my review was not influenced by this at all and all opinions are my own.

 

 

A Few of my Favourite Things

I’m feeling very cheerful in the sunshine, so I just wanted to make a little note of a few little things that I am very excited to have in my life…DSCF0457I’m a massive Patrick Wolf fan – I went to a tiny gig he did in a church in Oxford earlier this year, and managed to swipe his set list, which nearly killed me with excitement!

DSCF0476Boyfriend bought me these beautiful earrings for our anniversary. I’m still impressed that he managed to find rose gold, diamonds and sapphires all together, let alone in such a beautiful design!

DSCF0458My lovely friend Ben painted this awesome TARDIS picture for me last year. It hangs opposite the door of my room, and always makes me smile when I come in.

DSCF0466And finally, I’ve gone a bit Kaylee with my new ball dress – I keep it hanging on the wardrobe (I’ve moved it here for a better picture) so I can stare at it, it’s just so beautiful!

Asha x

 

 

 

 

Nails of the Day: A England Saint George, with a Dragon Twist

In honour of St George’s Day (23rd April), I painted my nails with his namesake polish from A England, a beautiful dark teal holo. I really think this might be one of my favourite polishes! Of course, I couldn’t leave the dragon out, so I added a basic tape checkerboard on my ring finger with Dragon, an olive green holo that’s prettier than it sounds.DSCF0404 Continue reading

Review: Lush Brazened Honey Face Mask

DSCF0435Does anyone else procrastinate by applying beauty products? I need to finish an essay today, but somehow I just can’t possibly do that without my face being reeeeaally soft. And that’s where this comes in!

Lush’s Brazened Honey Face Mask is one of their fresh face masks, which means you need to keep it in the fridge. It claims to be an ‘exfoliating, stimulating and nourishing mask for tired skins’, which sounds perfect given my dull, sleepy skin after nearly three years at Oxford. I’ve been using this once or twice a week for about a month, now, and I still have about half of the pot left – either I have an exceedingly small face, or Lush is very generous with these masks, because I haven’t exactly been using it lightly! Continue reading

Lust List #2

Lust List #2

Bourjois So Laque Nail Polish in Adorableu – I’m still lusting after the perfect cornflower blue polish…

Oasis mint skater dress – this is too expensive for me to buy (£65!) but so pretty.

Milani Face Powder in Beauty’s Touch – look! It’s embossed with roses! I really want this, but I don’t know if you can get it in the UK. (Edit: It’s actually on Amazon here!)

Lush R&B – this hair moisturiser is brilliant for taming dry, fluffy ends, and it smells delicious too.

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil – I’ve been using my mum’s bottle of this on my hair while damp, and I really think it made a difference to the shininess of my hair.

Debenhams blue patent court shoes – I adore these. I stroke them every time I go in Debenhams. I can’t quite bring myself to shell out £45 for them though… I’m a size 7, if anyone’s feeling generous!

What are you lusting after this week? I’ve only got one week to go on my spending ban, which means only one week til my birthday! I’m getting excited!

Asha x