Saturday, 8 September 2012

Charity Shop Haul #1

I spend most of my free time in chairty shops; either because I volunteer in one or because I'm shopping in one. I definitely buy at least one item a week from them but I've stupidly never put them on my blog. So I have decided to do a 'Charity Shop Haul' post once a fortnight, starting now!


wooden trinket box
Age UK £1.49

wooden trinket box
Age UK £1.49

floral hat box
Sue Ryder £1.99
(used for storage)

floral hat box
Sue Ryder £1.99
(used for storage)

glass vase
RSPCA £1.49


100% silk slip dress
British Heart Foundation £3
(to be worn under jumpers)

grey blouse
Sue Ryder £2.99

Last, but definitely not least, is my bargain of the week...

beaded dress
RSPCA £4.99!!!!

beaded dress
RSPCA £4.99!!!!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Tips for Living in Student Halls or a Rented Property

As we're edging closer to the start of a new university year I thought a post on how to jazz up those bland, bland rooms would be useful.

In my first year at university I lived in Halls. My flat was old, rank and had peach coloured walls. I knew I'd never be happy with the room so I went with, what I like to call, 'fuck-it decor'; I covered it in garish posters, Doctor Who bed sheets and topped it off with a rainbow stripped rug. Thankfully, by second year I was living in a lovely little house which was thoughtfully decorated yet bland enough for us to add our own touches. We fell in love with said house and have decided to stay here for our final year making it even more of a home away from home. Let the tour commence...

I struggle MAJORLY with storage and am constantly on the lookout for new space-saver ideas. I have no shelves to put books and files on so these go in the drawers in the base of my bed (out of sight, out of mind).

double clothes rail- for all the shopaholics out there

IKEA canvas divider- a really cheap makeup storage option

everything in its place- face stuff and brushes

everything in its place- eyes, cheeks, lips and face

fits perfectly underneath my stand alone mirror
this picture also aided my discovery of a box of lost panda
biscuits (under my bed). Scccoorreeee!

DIY Touches
I am not at all crafty but even I, with my limited DIY skills and lack of creativity, managed these two customisations. I bought the grass-like rug from IKEA for about £10 and then stitched a few material flowers onto so it looks like I have my own teeny, indoor lawn. I love it. The bedside table is, again, from IKEA and I customised it with a bling-tastic door knob. Eaassssyyyy!

lawn rug

bedside table with crystal door knob

All the Small Things
Some little homely touches that I've added to my room.

fresh flowers (the white gladi is from our garden!)
and lots of 'stuff'

the brick-a-brack shrine

a beaded lizard and a few postcards

wall of nostalgia- you're not a student if you don't have
photos blue-tacked to your wall

Flensted seagull mobile

a very old dream catcher 

And the Rest

for when the kitchen is too far away

IKEA floral bedding, velvet cushions

my favourite family photo, bomb cosmetics candle
and a fringed Argos lamp

boring desk

awesome cotton wool jar, bought from HP studios

So there's my room. And congratulations if you're reading this and didn't die of boredom half way through this ridiculously long post.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

August Favourites

Here are the products I've fallen in love with this month...

August Favourites

Clinique chubby stick in super strawberry 07- I bought this with my last euros at the airport on my way back from Madrid and I am SO glad that I did. It is the perfect daytime colour and I love the balmy texture. 

Sleek blush in Life's a Peach 922- This is my go to blush at the moment and looks lovely when I have a more muted lip colour.

Balance Me. rose otto intensive lip salve- Free in Glamour magazine. Really moisturising and lovely.

Balance Me. wonder eye cream-  Again, free in Glamour. I have very sensitive eyes so it's hard finding eye creams that don't sting. This doesn't and for that reason it has made it into my favourites. 

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets- I have combination skin so suffer from midday shininess, these little beauties absorb all the excess oil on my face and leave me lovely and matte. 

'Mathilde' Necklace- If you have an unusual name then you will know how difficult it is to find personalised things. Me and my friends all purchased one of these necklaces in Madrid and they were made right in front of out eyes. I love how cutesy it is!

Tangle Teaser- I've had this a while now but forgot to put it in my June Favourites. This has been a godsend to my ridiculously thick hair and cuts my brushing time in half.

Left- Sleek blush in Life's a Peach 922,  Right-Clinique chubby stick in super strawberry 07

Balance Me. rose otto intensive lip salve and wonder eye cream.

My personalised name necklace