Thursday, 29 November 2012

mistletoe and wine

Last night was my University course's Christmas Party. As I need to save money I resisted buying a new outfit. I decided to recycle this Republic dress from last year which cost around £25. 

Do you have any Christmas parties lined up? What will you be wearing?

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Nottingham Street Style #2

Bag - Zara
Jumper - Urban Outfitters
Gloves - Primark
Boots - Uggs

Coat - Topshop
Bag - Vivienne Westwood 
Shoes - Topshop

Jacket - TK Maxx
Scarf - Primark
Shoes - Size

Jumper - Primark
Shoes - Vans

Jacket - Topshop
Bag - Zara 
Earrings - Topshop 
Jumper - Topshop
Shoes - Topshop

Scarf - Matalan
Jacket - Republic
Bag - Boutique in Sheffield

Coat - Topshop 
Scarf - Dubai
Shirt - GAP
Jeans - New Look
Bag - Boutique

Bag - Aces
Dress - Boutique
Shoes - Topshop

Coat - belonged to mother
Leggings - Topshop
Boots - UGG
Bag - Topshop

Coat & Shoes - Hong Kong
Jeans - Topman

Monday, 26 November 2012

"dying for clear skin"

I saw through Twitter today that there is a programme on BBC Three tonight called Dying for Clear Skin, a documentary about a boy who suffered depression because of his acne and the medication he was taking for it, and died.

As saddening as it is, I am not shocked by this at all. I too had acne in my teens and it had a huge effect on my confidence. I probably noticed I was starting to get spots around the age of 13, which is normal, but they weren't just the occasional pimple or white head - these were what I can only describe as big purple lumps on my face that just didn't disappear.

I tried every didn't spot treatment going and ruined my delicate skin by scrubbing it daily with harsh chemical face washes. The thing with spots is that you notice them more than other people, no one ever really commented on my skin but I still knew it was bad. My sister knew it was getting me down so would tease me and call me spotty. One of my friends then said she couldn't understand why my skin was bad when I took such good care of it, this is when I knew it was a problem and had nothing to do with my skincare routine.

I started piling on make up to cover it and then it became a vicious circle - everyone said wearing make up would cause spots but I was so ashamed I couldn't not hide them. I even tried going without make up for a week at school and it made no difference to my skin at all, but I was so shy and quiet during that time. I would never tie my hair back because I didn't want to draw attention to my face and I always covered my forehead with my fringe.

Looking back at these pictures from 2008 (when I was 16) I realise my skin wasn't that bad - but to me it looked terrible. You can probably see in the top photo I have some scarring on my forehead and purpley marks around my cheeks and mouth.

The worst thing about acne is that it is painful as well, my face was often very sore. Eventually I went to the doctors and to be honest I thought she would tell me man up and get over it, but she was very sympathetic. She said she would try different treatments with me and if it didn't work she would refer me to a dermatologist because it can be treated and I shouldn't have to suffer.

The first treatment I tried was a lotion in a bottle with a sponge cap that I had to rub on my face twice a day. This was very strong and harsh on my sensitive skin - although it killed a lot of bacteria it left my face marked and scarred. When it started to make my face sore I went back to the doctor and was put on antibiotics. I tried Oxytetracycline which was very effective but I found it difficult to take as it had to be taken on an empty stomach and not with dairy. I was then put on to another different antibiotic.

The antibiotics did make a huge difference to my skin but it never cleared up completely. In the end I sort of just gave up on the idea and admitted that my skin would never be clear. Four years on I am still not completely satisfied with my skin but I don't think anyone is! The acne treatments have left me with a very uneven skin tone so I have to wear foundation and bronzer everyday to cover it up, I can't bare to go without make up for fear of what people will say. Since I have been on the contraceptive pill my skin has improved slightly and I am gaining more confidence.

I advise anyone who suffers with acne to go to their doctor and seek help with it. There are lots of different treatments available and they do make a difference!

Have you had experience with acne? Did you seek help or just put up with it?

bargain body scrub

I've been meaning to post about this product for a while now. I'm always on the hunt for cheap beauty products but most are disappointing and end up getting thrown away. I discovered this in Superdrug a while ago for £1.99 and love it!

Superdrug does a whole range of own brand hair and body products in different scents like Plum & Red Cherry, Cranberry & Pomegranate, Mango & Papaya, and Coconut & Shea Butter. When it comes to my bath products I always use fruity scented shower gels to wake me up in the morning and live my skin smelling sweet.

Most body scrubs can be quite grainy but as you can see from the photo this has more of a gel like consistency so can be doubled up as a body wash as well.
The body polish has a really sweet, fruity scent and I think it's very appropriate for Winter with it's deep colour and red fruits.

Have you tried the Superdrug range? What exfoliators do you use?

Friday, 23 November 2012

Things beginning with 'P'

Wednesday is our sports' social night at uni where everyone goes out in fancy dress. This week our theme was things beginning with P, to celebrate our magazine Platform going back into print! I had been so busy working all week I didn't think of an idea..and then didn't have the time or money to queue in the fancy dress shop on the day! So after a last minute raid through my housemate's fancy dress box we came up with the idea of a party! I had people wishing me Happy Birthday all night (no free drinks though!) and others thought I had come as Paris Hilton?!
Yes I went out with balloons.

We're in print!

This year I was appointed as my university magazine's Fashion & Beauty Editor. For the whole of last year we were originally an online magazine but this year we are able to go back into print! The magazine will be published once a term, with the first one being released on Monday! I got my hands on the pre-release copy today and can't describe how pleased I am with it.

I tried to keep my section picture based, with a Street Style page, money saving beauty tips, DIY fashion tips, and an article on changing attitudes to plus size fashion. My face even makes an appearance at the beginning in the Editors' section. I'm very proud to be a part of it.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Trent Style 21/11/12

Coat- Next
Shirt- Ebay
Bag- Ebay
Shoes- Supergra
Disco Pants- American Apparel
Socks- New Look

Shoes- Converse
Jeans- H&M
Jacket- Vintage (Dad's from 70's)
Bag- Vintage (Mum's from 80's)

Coat - Primark
Shirt - All Saints
Boots - Topshop
Beanie - Vintage

Shoes- Dr Martins
Skirt- Cow
Jumper- Charity Shop
Jacket- Second hand shop

Dress - Rokit
Cardy - Charity shop
Shoes - Underground Creepers
Coat - Vintage
Bag - New Zealand (from travels)

Monday, 19 November 2012

Grazia Manicure Monday

Some rather exciting news! So this morning I was having a flick through Twitter as I was lying in bed and saw Grazia had tweeted "It's time to show us your #ManicureMonday". As I was pleased with my sparkly Christmas nails I tweeted them a photo of mine and later I saw they had tagged me on Twitter and put my photo on their website!

Staying Blonde

Ever since school people have always commented on my hair and asked if I dye it, when in fact I am lucky enough to be a natural blonde - despite everyone in my family having dark hair!

Obviously in the summer everyone's hair is a lot lighter but in the Winter it starts to look a bit dull, so here are some of the products I use to keep my hair this blonde.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde lightening spray, Superdrug wash in colour, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Mask

John Frieda has a huge range of products for blonde hair. My favourite is the 'Go Blonder' collection which helps to lighten hair. I use the lightening spray on wet hair after I've washed it - this product is heat activated so works best if you blowdry and straighten hair afterwards. There's also a shampoo and conditioner in the collection too.

At Halloween I dressed up as Cruella DeVille and sprayed one side of my hair black. It took days to wash out completely and left my hair with a horrible texture so I used Superdrug's Colour Effects wash in shampoo in the lightest shade (8:1 Cool Blonde) just to get all the black out completely and restore it to my natural colour. I love these wash in colours as they are super cheap (Superdrug's is about £1.99 and a bottle gives you three applications) and effective at topping up colour. I've never actually used them to change the colour of my hair just to maintain my current colour.

Even though I don't dye my hair I used products for coloured hair just to keep it shiny and in good condition! At the moment I'm using Aussie Colour Mate shampoo and once every couple of weeks I use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour Treatment. I put the conditioning mask on my hair before I shampoo it otherwise it leaves it greasy and limp!

Do you colour your hair or are you all natural?

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Hair Inspiration

I saw this on Stylist Magazine's Daily Beauty Bulletin and got very excited! I've never been in to glitter and sequins that much as sometimes it can be quite tacky but I'm finally starting to embrace it for Christmas this year.

The 'glitter fin' ponytail was created by drenching the hair in hairspray, straightening it, then dipping the end in glitter.

I now need to find a fancy dress related theme to wear this on a night out!

Sunday Update #1

Benefit Peek a Bright Eyes kit, Topshop dress, Shorthand work, Paul & Joe skincare

Yesterday I was booked in a for make up lesson at Benefit so went along with some friends. Going there is always a bad decision as I'm so tempted to buy everything but the woman did our make up nicely as we were off to a party in the evening - I will get my make up done more often when I'm going out! I never really use eye make up - just some mascara and liquid liner on the top lashes - so I love getting my eyes done and trying new things out.


She used RSVP, a pinky shade, as a base coat then Skinny Jeans, a grey colour, in the corners to create a smokey effect. I'll definitely be purchasing some more eye shadows soon so I can try out smokey eyes for myself! I bought the Peek a Bright Eyes kit which is great for Illuminating the eye area.
It contains Eye Bright, a base, contouring, and highlighting shadow, concealer brush, and a contour and liner brush.

We looked very dolled up as we wandered through town after, it felt weird having that much make up on! After our trip to Benefit we headed off to a house party for a friend's 21st. I borrowed this Topshop bodycon floral dress off a friend and I'm now in love with it and trying to hunt it down! Ebay didn't prove successful so I'll have to keep searching.

Back to work today! I interviewed a girl for my feature due this Friday and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to decode my shorthand from the interview. The wintery weather and lack of sleep has played havoc with my skin so I'll be using my new Paul&Joe skincare tonight.

Sparkly Nails

Recently I've been wearing a lot of nude colours on my nails for Winter but last night I decided to jazz them up for a party I was going to.

I used a grey Barry M nail polish as a base coat (shade NP293) then went over it with Barry M's Pink Silver Glitter paint (NP337) I've always been a fan of Barry M nail polishes as they do such a wide range of colours and at £2.99 each they are a bargain.

Be warned it is very difficult to get the glitter off afterwards though! I've used Nails Inc Sprinkles nail polish before which was a bit of a mission to get off and this was exactly the same. I recommend holding a cotton pad soaked in nail polish against the nail for a while before you start rubbing to loosen off the glitter, then with a bit of scrubbing it should come away eventually!

The pink shade is quite subtle but looks lovely for Christmas parties.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Company Fashion Forum

At last I've gotten round to writing about my manic trip to London this week for the Company Fashion Forum! I was a bit nervous going on my own but I got chatting to some other girls and even had a chat with Laura Martin, Company's Fashion Stylist.

After a champagne reception at the Hackney Picture House we headed into a cinema theatre for a talk from Company's Editor, Victoria White, along with other members of the fashion industry to hear how they got into their jobs and their tips for people wanting to work in fashion.

The amount of people there showed how competitive the fashion world is but it was very inspirational and has motivated me to work hard and not give up!

To top the evening off I went home with a lovely goody bag. There were some crisps and fruit snacks in there too but they didn't last long on my three and a half hour long journey home.

Some of my favourites from the goody bag: NailArt glitter, OPI shatter nail polish, 17 hologram nail polish, St Tropez gradual tan moisturiser

Nottingham Street Style #1

Jumper - New Look
Shirt - River Island
Leggings - H&M
Boots - River Island

Skirt - Topshop
Boots - Topshop
Shirt - Charity shop
Coat - New Look


Jeans - Primark
Shoes - Urban Outfitters
Jumper - Vintage (Boyfriend's)
Jacket - Vintage

Jeans - H&M
Top - Topman
Coat - Topman
Harriet Rimington
Hat - H&M
Coat - Mango
Shirtdress - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Boots - Jeffery Campbell


Shirt - Miss Selfridge
Jacket - Topshop
Leggings - Topshop
Boots - Firetrap 

Trousers - Topman 
T-Shirt - Topman 
Jumper - TK Maxx
Shoes - America

Shirt - Peguin
Jeans - Topman
Shoes - Converse

Thursday, 15 November 2012

My money-saving beauty tips

1. Bulk buy false eyelashes
You can buy a pack of ten false eyelashes from Ebay for around £2.49. Most include free delivery and sellers have around 17 different styles to choose from. The real key to false eyelash application is having a decent glue so either reuse one from an old pair of eyelashes or buy it separately, I recommend Eylure Lashfix Adhesive(around £2 from Superdrug & Boots)

2. Get smoother legs with conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper than shave gel and leaves your legs just as soft. Plus it’s a good way of using up old conditioner if it’s no longer effective on your hair

3. Create your own bun ring
Make your own bun ring using a sock! Cut the toe of an old sock then roll the top of the sock down as tightly as possible, keep rolling until it becomes a doughnut shape and voila! Tie your hair into a high ponytail then slide the doughnut over your ponytail and pull the hair through.  Pull your hair evenly over the doughnut so it covers it then pin the hair into place or, if you have longer hair, slide it round the doughnut

4. Scrub your lips
Mix half a teaspoon of sugar with half a teaspoon of honey and olive oil to make your  own lib scrub. Once a week rub the mixture on your lips for about 2 minutes then wipe  away with a warm cloth (or lick it off, it’s edible!) and apply lip balm after.

Famous Dave's Gradual 10

Famous Dave's Gradual 10 £17.99, 250ml
As an avid fake tan user I am always trying out new products and on the hunt for the perfect fake tan. I am naturally very pale so use self tan regularly to get a natural glow. I had never heard of Famous Dave's before so was excited to try it out.

Famous Dave's Gradual 10 is a gradual self tanner and moisturing tan extender. It contains antioxidants, Rosehip Oil and Aloe Vera to look after your skin.

The packaging is very simple with a pump action bottle which made dispensing the product easy and mess free! You use the product every day to build up a tan or as a moisturiser to maintain your existing tan.

The thing I liked most about the lotion is that it is suitable for the face and body, often you need to buy two separate products. It had a really light consistency and didn't feel thick or sticky, making it a lot quicker and easier to dry. Like most gradual tanners it did come with the fake tan biscuity smell though!

The product built up a tan in about three days. I have used the Garnier Summer Body lotion before and that turned me orange within a day of using it but this one developed nicely. It wasn't streaky or orange at all, just a subtle brown colour. After I stopped using it the tan still lasted a while and faded evenly without going patchy.

Overall I think it's a bit pricey for what it is as there are so many other gradual tanners on the market but this is a good multi-tasker as it can be used on the face and body, and will last you a long time.
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