Recent finds: 17 and Bourjois

Lately there's SALE, SALE, SALE in every major clothes store.  
When I get of the work, almost every shopping window is covered with -50% and -70% signs. 
I picked up some H&M stuff and today few things for my boyfriend at River Island.
I also plan to get few bits and pieces from Topshop.

Have you bought anything on Sale yet?

However, my main focus lately was on the beauty products. 
There's a really good promotion in Boots on 17 brand goodies.
17 is a Boots brand and aimed at young women and teenagers. I never bought anything from it, because I though that the quality may not be up to my standards. But when I saw this deal of "buy any two 17 products and get Nail Bar kit" for free, I knew I had to try it. After checking online that 17 brand does not test on animals, I rushed to store to grab it.

I've chosen silver metallic nail polish (Moonstruck), which I wanted to buy for a while now and also a deep red Lasting Fix Lipstick (Showbiz). I had similar lipstick from the Body Shop, but my mum took it from me!  

In the 'Nail Bar in a Bag' you can find two nail polishes: Pink Grapefruit and Knockout Red, nail file and nail art in the form of cute hearts.

So far, I've only tried lipstick and one word about it: AMAZING. It lasts ages and then even longer that that. It lasts after you eat your lunch, talk to people, drink water. I didn't have to re-apply it for more than 5 hours! I will be so buying another shades. The only thing is that they don't seem to have ones I like, but still - I'll be on the look-out. Seriously invest in this one. 

I wonder if the nail polish will also have the similar quality. Painting my nails tomorrow!

The other thing I got from Boots was Bourjois 3D Effect lip gloss (Rose Charismatic). I've used my little Bourjois vouchers for this one - £2 off, which lasts only through June, so I had to be quick. 
It is really, really sparkly, but in a good way - not making your lips too glittery, but a subtle shine. Of course it doesn't last 8 hours (as it is advertised), but still can be good investment. 

An update on my GlossyBox spillage, which you can read about here and here:
Today in the morning I've received a small parcel with the Serum and a handwritten apology note. 
So good to see that they've actually gone an extra mile and the issue was resolved. 
I am impressed with the prompt response - probably because I wasn't expecting this at all!


Cartoon fashion

I know - crazy title.

What cartoons have in common with fashion, except very bad choices?

But after watching Scooby Doo in the gym today (the channel was on, it's not like I ask them to watch it), I saw one of the characters - Daphne - wearing the outfit which I can only describe as the hottest Summer 2011 trend: porange! Yes, there is a word like it. It all began thanks to Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini. Since she sent her models down the catwalk in this summer’s must-wear colour combo, it has been breaking out all over the place.

The similarities are stricking:

Daphne being pioneer of the orange-purple combo.

Gucci look everywhere.

Cheryl Cole at the X Factor auditions in Los Angeles - NOT a good look.

And if you pick up the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine - you'll see a new kind of model. A blue one. And I don't mean Avatar.

Smurfette has followed in their footsteps by modelling for Harper's Bazaar. The blue-skinned beauty, who is voiced by Katy Perry in the upcoming Smurfs movie, strikes a pose in the season's hottest new accessories.

Each photograph sees her model a different designer's autumn/winter look:

She's Mad for Marc - Marc Jacobs

 Beret, $685, gloves, $400, fur bag, $4,695, socks, and shoes, $895.

(c) Jeffrey Westerbrook for Harper’s Bazaar

Dancing in Dolce - Dolce & Gabbana

Bag, $995, hat, $425, earrings, $225, cuff, $225, and pumps, $575. Socks, stylist’s own.

(c) Jeffrey Westerbrook for Harper’s Bazaar

Prancing in Vuitton - Louis Vuitton

Hat, $1,230, bag, by special order, and boots, $940. 
(c) Jeffrey Westerbrook for Harper’s Bazaar

She's Lovely in Lanvin - Lanvin

Hat, $1,720, gloves, $790, cuff, $1,495, necklace, $1,485, and shoes, $1,345. 
(c) Jeffrey Westerbrook for Harper’s Bazaar


WIWT: cherry dress

dress - Primark, shoes - Dorothy Perkins,
headband - Primark,
lips - MAC Morange

Can you believe that this dress costed me only £5? 

I saw it on a sale rail in Primark, but it didn't look good on a hnager, so I passed it by. Going round the shop I ended up in the same spot and just out of curiosity I looked at it closer. And it was perfect. 

I love the fact that it has long sleeves - it is so hard to find a dress with one on those. 
Now that I think about it, I think it is my second dress with long sleeves! 

Why they won't make more of them? I ask very nicely!

I hate weather in London. 
Yesterday it was boiling hot (I'm not complain on this one) and today it's rainy and cold. 
Where is the summer?!

A little update on the GlossyBox spillage issue: I got a reply to my e-mail today, but they misspelled my name! I mean - I signed my e-mail, my name is in my e-mail address... 
The main thing is that I need to send them photos of the box - how it looked when I've opened it. 
I suggested it myself, because I took them right after I saw the damage. 
I'll e-mail them today and let's see what happens next. But it sounds promising considering that I've e-mailed them yesterday. 


WIWT: three rings

top - New Look, shorts - Primark, shoes - New Look,
 rings (from left to right) - Primark, Topshop, gift, bracelets - H&M

Apparently today in London is the hottest day for the past 5 years! I love summer and no amount of sun and heatwaves can make me change my mind. Even though I am dying to get a shower every hour, I am already sad that tomorrow will be colder.

I loved this New Look top on the hanger, but the longer I have it, the less I like it on me. I am still debating whether to return it or not - what do you guys think? It's very see-through at the front, so you have to be careful about it.

I wanted to be more playful with the jewellery - I know this trend of double or triple rings, but there never seems to be one which will fit my tiny fingers. Plus, recenlty I had a major scare - I tried a triple ring on in a store, and couldn't take it off - I am not joking - I just couldn't, because of the fear I sweated even more and struggled with it for (at least) five minutes. It was so painful and I had bruises on my fingers for 3-4 days.
The only thing that managed to rein my pain was the amount of embarrassment I would have to endure if I'd have to go to the staff to help me. Story of my life.

GlossyBox - June 2011 - disappointment

Today I finally got my first GlossyBox. The GlossyBox is sent out monthly. In addition to high-end luxury product miniatures, the box contains product information, application notes and tips and tricks about beauty and style (or so they claim. I only received two product leaflets.)

This is how GlossyBox works:

1. Subscribe
Simply register for free and subscribe to your GlossyBox
2. Receive beauty trends
Every month, wait expectantly for your GlossyBox with carefully selected, indulgent, and newest beauty trends
3. Test
Try out cutting edge cosmetic products in the comfort of your home

I only picked it up from the Post Office today, even though it arrived on Friday. That's simply because I've been working, relaxing and didn't have time or energy to go to the Post Office during the weekend.

After collecting it I quickly went home to see what's inside. And what a HUGE disappointment! One of the products - BIO Effect EGF Serum - was completely spilled and the bottle is now empty. It also covered the letter, leaflets and some of the other products in its greasy-ness. I've managed to salvage some of the packages after patient wiping them out for a good few minutes, but the Serum is lost. 

To be honest, I can't it happened. It is my first time EVER that I got my Box and I was very excited about it. I wrote an e-mail to them, but I wonder when and how will they respond. I'll give it 2-3 more months to see how the service (and the actual goods) improve, but for now, I am very tempted to unsubscribe. I also read in Makeup Savvy post that they are going to increase the price - the postage will not be included and you'll have to pay extra £2.95 for it! No, thank you! 

Also, I won't even BEGIN on commenting on the products I've received, because I don't want to get depressed. I'll only use the nail polish. Maybe it's only this month, so I don't want to be prejudiced, but so far - a very, very bad start.

Not. Impressed. At. All.


WIWT: cookie monster

T-shirt - Topshop, leggings - New Look, shoes - New Look,
cuffs - H&M

As a child I loved Sesame Street and watching it every week on a Saturday morning was my ritual. 
One of my absolute favourites was of course Cookie Monster and I was always so jealous of him eating the cookies, spreading the crumbs everywhere and making yummy noises. I wanted a cookie too!
I bought this Topshop T-shirt two years ago. I saw it on the website but when I went to the shop they no longer had it in stock! I didn't want to buy from the website, because I had to try it on first (Topshop sizes are weird). I luckily stumbled across the Last Chance To Buy rail and dug it from there. 

I know that cuffs are not the most obvious choice for the T-shirt + leggings combo, but I like how they semi-match the shoes and make the whole outfit much more stylish.
They're this season's H&M and I know I'll be wearing them for a long time.


WIWT: even more leopard print

cardigan - H&M, trousers - Dorothy Perkins, shoes - Primark

The weather in London is recently disgusting. I honestly hate it. It is not summer at all, just a constant battle of the rainy weather vs cold weather. 
And there's a tie. 
All. The. Time.  

Fortunately, I've received my H&M sale cardigan during the weekend. 
Weirdly, I bought it at the same time as my fringed boots, but the delivery took almost extra two weeks longer.

I also can't wait for the weekend. I already have so much plans, I don't know how I'm gonna do everything.
I am a major Planner and List Maker, it's so bad that me and my friend are nicknaming each others as Two Planners (she was actually planning our end of exams party in Mahiki last year instead of studying!).

And most importantly, tomorrow I'm going to see Talihina Sky - The Story of Kings of Leon, followed by a live Q&A with the band!!! OMG, I am so excited!!!


H&M and Versace collaboration

I know that these are already old news (it just shows how quick the world of the fashion is), but I just couldn't resist to write my own post about it!

H&M and Versace collaboration!

I literally squealed with excitement when I hear the news. It turns out Donatella Versace (who is a creative director) of the label, has had a change of heart as H&M has revealed that a diffusion line will launch this autumn. In 2008 she told fans in New York that she would never do a diffusion line, claiming "the Versace line in H&M would confuse the brand". Thanks Donatella for changing your mind!

As for H&M, it will be its 11th collaboration (first collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 was marked with unprecedented success and many items were sold out within a matter of hours; since then the recession proof label has negotiated ranges with Comme des Garçons, Roberto Cavalli, Viktor & Rolf, Matthew Williamson, Madonna, Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel and most recently Lanvin). It will contain a range incorporating studded leather, bold prints and vibrant colours has been created with Versace.

Versace became a household name in 1994, with widespread coverage of the black safety-pin dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley. With couture pieces fetching in excess of £7,000 the cut-price selection offering 40 pieces for women and 20 for men - promises to be kinder on the purse strings with dresses ranging from £50 to £70 for dresses and £10 for accessories. Included in the collection will be clothing, accessories and selected pieces for the home. 

 I literally can't wait! I have pieces from only two collections - Roberto Cavalli and Jimmy Choo and absolutely adore them!


Kawaii things in London

On Saturday me and boyfriend went for a little walk around Soho and Covent Garden and this is what we've found:

I just ADORE Japanese-style-kawaii-stationery-and-everything-else. 
I could live in this shop and never have enough!

What cute stuff do you like most?