February Favourites

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1. Primark P.S. Love nail polishes: I've never tried any of Primark's makeup range before, but when I popped in recently with a bit of time to kill I found myself in their beauty section. I decided to try out some of their nail polishes, which usually retail at £1, but were reduced to only 80p in my local Primark- an absolute steal either way! The formula isn't the best I've tried as I found my nails started to chip after around three or four days of wear, so in future I'd apply the polish with a base and top coat, but at such a low price it's hardly something disastrous. What really impressed me however was the budget friendly price and vast selection of colours and finishes, which is why I decided to include this product in this month's favourites. If you want to update or experiment with your nail polish collection without breaking the bank then I highly suggest you stock up on these! Have you tried any other products from Primark? If you have any you recommend then please don't hesitate to let me know in the comments!

2. Collection Volumising Mascara: I'm incredibly impressed with this mascara and its ability to transform my sparse and stumpy looking lashes into something resembling a pair of falsies, especially for such an affordable drugstore product. Technically it shouldn't belong in this post since I've only been using it for a few days, but I love it so much that I had to share it with you. It has all the properties you would want to find in a mascara, making my lashes look longer and thicker, as the name suggests. The product has a plastic brush, which I wouldn't usually opt for, but I cannot rave about it enough. Alternatively if you are looking for a product falling into the high end bracket that will make your lashes look amazing then I urge you to take a look at the Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. The product contains natural fibres to create the illusion of false lashes, creating incredible thickness and volume- enough to make anyone do a double take!

3. Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in the shade 'On and On Bronze': I already owned this product in the shade 'Everlasting Navy', but I found the colour really difficult to wear and pull off, so it remained relatively untouched. I kept seeing Estee talk about this specific shade so finally bit the bullet and decided to give the product a second chance, and can put my hands up and say I have no regrets. When I say I'm impressed that's a huge understatement. It is a cream eyeshadow and glides onto the eyelids seamlessly, either for an all over eye look or as part of a smoky eye. It is super easy and quick to apply, so I've worked it into my day-to-day makeup routine and found that it lasts perfectly from the moment I put it on from the second I remove my makeup. The name of the product certainly isn't a misnomer (although I'm not sure I can vouch for 24 hour longevity!).

4. Strawberry Fruit Hearts by Fruit Factory: I don't usually include snacks in my monthly favourites posts, but there's a first time for everything! Despite feeling like an oversized child when I eat these I cannot get enough. Coming from someone with a major sweet tooth I can honestly say they make a great, slightly healthier alternative to sweets for when you're craving something sugary. Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack fix!

5. Yummly app: This is also a new feature in my favourites posts, but since getting my new iPhone 6 I've been delving into the world of apps and trying new ones. I often find myself stuck in a rut in terms of the meals I prepare, so I downloaded this app one day when I was feeling particularly uninspired. What I love most about it is that you can tailor it to your own tastes, including information such as specific diets, allergies or simply foods you dislike. After entering these details the app will filter out any recipes that wont appeal to you, recommending some tastier dishes depending on your tastes. You can browse through the recommended dishes, search for your own using key words, and save any that catch your eye. The app is ideal for those of you who enjoy cooking but are lacking in the imagination department, plus it's free in the app store!

6. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion: I received a few samples of this eyeshadow primer with my Naked 3 palette, and they seem to be lasting me quite a long time. Since trying this product I haven't looked back, so much so that it just feels wrong when I apply my eyeshadow without it. It creates the perfect matte blank canvas for applying product, making it last all day with no creasing whatsoever. I'll definitely have to pick up the full sized version once this runs out!

7. My trip to Dundee: For those of you that don't know I'm currently in a long distance relationship since my boyfriend started university in Dundee in September. While on half term from college I decided to go up to Dundee over Valentine's weekend because we hadn't seen each other since Christmas. It was lovely to see him, enjoy each other's company and go on several date nights together, so it was definitely a highlight of my month! I planned to do a disposable diaries post featuring photos from my trip, but unfortunately I completely forgot to use my camera while I was there, although there are a few photos over on my Instagram that I hope will suffice.

Seeing Faces

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Jumper: Choies | Shorts: H&M | Coat: ASOS | Plimsolls: New Look | Necklace : ASOS (similar here) | Watch: ASOS (similar here)

After seeing this jumper on I Dress Myself I couldn't resist picking it up for myself. For the time being I've been pairing it with these pleather shorts or my staple ripped skinny jeans, but I think it would look amazing with a skirt similar to that worn by Yanin in the post above, or with a pair of black cropped culottes. I'm loving the culottes trend at the moment but unfortunately I've yet to find some that suit me, so I'm still on the hunt for a pair. If you have any recommendations then please let me know in the comments below! 

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Dupe

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Along with pretty much all of the Thierry Mugler scents, Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb is one of my all time favourite perfumes and has become somewhat of a signature scent for me. Up until recently I was wearing it on a daily basis, although when my bottle started getting emptier I went on the hunt for a cheaper alternative, stumbling across Zara's Black Peony. The latter retails at around £5 for 30ml, while Flowerbomb is a steep £50 for the same sized bottle. I was rather sceptical at first considering the huge price difference, but I was pleased to find that the scents are practically identical.

Describing fragrances is not exactly my forte, although a quick Google search informs me that both comprise of sweet, florally jasmine notes with musky undertones, which I can definitely vouch for. Both scents are incredibly opulent and uplifting, and I've received a ton of compliments when wearing them- it's nearly impossible to avoid additively sniffing your wrists. The only downside to Black Peony is that it doesn't quite have the same longevity as Flowerbomb, although aside from that you'd never guess that one is only a tenth of the price! I'll definitely be repurchasing Zara's much more purse friendly alternative for a long time to come, rather than forking out an extortionate £50 whenever a bottle runs out.

Turtle Neck

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Jumper: Zara | Boots: Ark Clothing | Bag: Zara | Necklace: gifted

Those of you that follow me on Instagram may have noticed how often I have been wearing this outfit recently, as I have been practically living in it since picking up the boots and jumper some time last month. The pieces combined make for the perfect go-to outfit as it is super comfortable and easy to wear, and I've been loving the way it looks with a few rose gold accessories thrown in for good measure. 

I had been coveting a pair of thigh high boots for ages, yet it seemed as though all the reasonably priced ones were selling like hot cakes, so I was delighted to find these beauties still in stock while browsing the Ark website one day. Unfortunately they aren't exactly helping with my shopaholic tendencies as I find myself constantly planning outfits around them, particularly while scrolling through the 'new in' section of Asos. I think I may just have to purchase a few a-line skirts and playsuits to pair with them, as inspired by Amy from The Little Magpie's recent outfit posts- she never fails to look amazing!

I'm also selling a few bits and pieces over on my Depop account, including some clothes from American Apparel, so feel free to take a peek if you're looking for a bargain!

Sarah xo

IWOOT Valentine's Event

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Photo credit: Garry Flinch (Flickr)

I was recently invited to attend IWOOT's Valentine's Day blogger event for the launch of their new seasonal products at Propertea tea rooms in Manchester. I decided to bring my friend Iffa along with me as we were long overdue a catchup, and we had a lovely time seeing and trying out some of the products IWOOT has to offer, as well as taking copious amounts of selfies with the selfie sticks we were provided with (you may have seen some of the incriminating evidence on my Instagram). Favourites of mine included the sense deceiving Aroma R-Evolution Kit, the ingenious chocolate shot glasses I was lucky enough to receive in my goody bag, as well as the array of novelty mugs on display, to name a few. IWOOT have a vast range of quirky and unique products on their website which would make the perfect gift for your significant other this Valentine's Day, so I urge you all to take a look if you're still on the hunt for something thoughtful and unforgettable. Whether your loved one has a penchant for gadgets, homewares or food and drink, they have something tailored to every taste imaginable! 

Sarah xo

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat 'Pillow Talk' Dupe

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I don't know about you but I'm always lusting after new products, some of which fall into the high end bracket and are difficult to justify purchasing considering I'm not always certain I'll get along with them. Since I'm not always up for splurging on the latest eyeshadow palette or lip product, I always appreciate a good dupe and reading recommendations for alternative drug store products. I thought I'd try something new out on my blog and introduce a series of posts talking about dupes for pricier products that I've come across, so if you're anything like me and would like to try out some cheaper alternatives stay tuned!

While these particular products may not be an exact match, they are pretty similar and the cheaper option would make for a great alternative for those of you on a budget. After seeing all the recent Charlotte Tilbury hype I decided to pick up one of her 'Lip Cheat' liners in the shade 'Pillow Talk', although after trying it out I quickly realised how similar it is to Rimmel's 1000 Kisses lip liner in the colour 'Spice', which I already had in my makeup collection. The formula of both of these products is amazingly silky smooth and glides on seamlessly, leaving behind a matte finish which looks great on its own or acts as a resilient base for other lip products. Although both are a gorgeous nude shade, 'Spice' is ever so slightly darker with a few warmer undertones, but compared to the £16 'Pillow Talk', at £2.99 a pop you can't really go wrong. Both lip liners have excellent staying power but I would say 'Pillow Talk' lasts a little longer on the lips, although I suppose it's expected for a high end product.

If you're on the market for a similar shade to 'Pillow Talk' then I'd highly recommend this Rimmel alternative. Despite a few differences for a mere fraction of the price you can't really complain, and both lip liners are perfect for achieving a 90s inspired makeup look that everyone appears to be rocking right now. Let me know if you have tried either of these or have any other dupe recommendations, as I'd love to hear about them!

Sarah xo