March Beauty Favourites


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Burt's Bees Natural Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Toner

I've been using this more frequently lately to give it a another chance as at first I hated it. It smells like cheap vodka. I don't know about you but I have way too many teenage (all from after the age of 18 of course) memories associated with this odour to want to be putting it on my face, but I decided to persevere and I've actually gotten used to it now and it seems a little more pleasant. 

Despite the alcohol content, it somehow seems to make my skin less dry, and my skin is pretty dry usually. It hasn't had that much of an affect in terms of clearing my skin but it certainly hasn't made it any worse and combined with the following favourite it seems to have improved the general look of my skin.

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment

I bought this way back when the fabulous Claire Marshall recommended it in her Skin Story video (wow I didn't realise that was 6 months ago!) but I wasn't convinced by it for a long time and was quite disappointed after Claire said how well it had worked for her. Then after giving up on it for a little while I went back to it, applied it more liberally and used it after the aforementioned toner and hey presto, it worked! Again, it's surprisingly moisturising and, despite Claire's warnings, doesn't smell half as bad as the toner.

Lush Jason & The Argan Oil Shampoo Bar

Okay so this smells great, hallelujah. It was recommended to me by a lovely lady working in the South Molton Street shop in London. It's made my damaged hair feel a lot better and I'll be doing a full review of it next week! (Follow me on Bloglovin to make sure you see it!)

Hairclips

My hair is starting to get to a length where it sometimes gets in the way does those annoying things like get in my mouth and eyes and prevents me from seeing or enjoying life. So these super cute little hairclips have been very much appreciated as I can just easily get my hair out of my face. I'm not quite planning to cut it all off again though!

iPhone 5

So I know most people are all excited about getting an iPhone 6 now but I'm a bit behind so I've just upgraded from the 4 to the 5 (yes I've intentionally left out the s on both those). By upgrade I mean I bought it from my friend, I loved my little white 4 (and still do - I gave it to the boyfriend), but I just wanted it to be a little bit faster and I really wanted it to have a better camera so when my friend said he was selling a 5 I figured I would go for it! I hadn't wanted a black one but it suits me well really, I'm a big fan of black. The only thing is the case I bought a while ago in preparation for when I was going to get a 5s doesn't look as good with black in my opinion but obviously I can just get a new case! The one I have is shown below, it's much more of a yellow gold than I was expecting but I can live with it for now.

iphone 5 urban outfitters prism case
Gold and clear prism phone case - Urban Outfitters

What have been your favourites this month? Click the images below to shop mine.



 dermalogica clear start breakout clearing overnight treatmentburts bees anti blemish solutions clarifying toner lush jason and the argan oil shampoo bar




     

Those Rainy Days | OOTD

burgundy cable knit jumper
This was a rainy day whilst on holiday in Bluestone so was spent mostly in the lodge, though we did have a wander around the site and went to the pub quiz in the evening (which we won). Marie took and edited these photos for me again.


faux leather skirt primark boots

black and gold bracelets jewellery

leather skater skirt
Burgundy Cable Knit Jumper - H&M  |  Chiffon Shirt - Primark  |  Bracelets - Primark  |  Faux Leather Skirt - Primark 

smart casual outfit

I suppose this outfit would be considered smart/casual, which according to my family is how I mostly dress (I asked them what I should wear to an internship I have coming up where the dress code is smart casual and they replied "what you normally wear, that's smart casual") so I suppose that's handy to know.

I'm quite enjoying my pink hair now, though I do miss the blue, but I think I'm going to gradually make it darker again now. I keep seeing lovely ladies with gorgeous dark hair and I do miss it, but then I will probably miss having light hair that I can make any colour I want too! I just can't win can I haha.

What do you do on rainy days, stay inside or go out and brave the wet weather?


     

What's in My Bag | Spring 2015

william morris strawberry thief tapestry print bag rucksack

I actually filmed this a few months ago but with Spring arriving I decided it's probably time to dig out this beautiful bag again, which reminded me of this video. So here I am posting it. Some of the contents of my bag has changed, I have a new purse and a new phone for instance, but the jist of it is the same.

The bag is from the British Museum, I got it last summer, and being a lover of William Morris prints I had to get it, the quality is excellent and still shocked it wasn't twice the price but I'm not complaining. It features one of Morris' more popular prints The Strawberry Thief, isn't that just such a good name? I love it.





So, what's in your bag?



     

L'Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara & Super Liner Review | Sunday Summary

L'Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara Review
I've decided to add a little weekly feature to my blog - Sunday Summary. I'll be using this to review different beauty related things like make up, skincare, hair products, etc. So if that's what you enjoy reading then make sure you check back each Sunday! 

First up I've got the L'Oreal Paris Mega Volume Miss Manga Punky Mascara* and the L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Smokissime* in Black Smoke. I believe these products are intended to be worn together so I thought I would review them together. 

Mega Volume Miss Manga Punky Mascara
Rating 4/5


punky miss manga mascara review
I think the idea of this mascara was for it to be evening wear but I've been using it as my normal regular mascara. It gives fairly decent volume and length and is very black, but when you initially it on it can feel quite wet which I'm not a huge fan of. 

It clumps lashes together a bit, which is what it's supposed to do, and that effect can be emphasised if you physically push your eyelashes into points with tweezers but I quite like the way it looks normally as it gives a kind of imperfect finish - which of course not everyone would like but if you're going for a more grungey or alternative look then this would be perfect. It's also really long lasting and is actually a bit of a chore to take off which is both a blessing and a curse.

loreal mascara demonstration
This was after one coat of the mascara and no fiddling around with where my lashes were going (most mascaras leave that gap in the top which always bugs me). As I said, it's certainly an imperfect kind of look but I've established this is mostly due to the brush and not the formula so I have been using it with a (clean) mascara wand from an old one that I liked (the Elf Eye Enhancing Mascara) which seems to work pretty well for me.


Superkissime Super Liner
Rating 3/5


L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Smokissime review


This eyeliner seems to depend heavily on how you wear it. The application is super easy and quick with the sponge which is nice but I did find that a couple of times when I came to do the second eye it didn't leave as much colour as easily. When I wore it on it's own it smudged terribly and ended up all in the creases of my eyes. However when I wore it with eye primer and eyeshadow underneath it did hold much better.
It's a pretty hassle free product but I would also prefer it to be a bit darker as I'm used to wearing liquid liner which appears much more black and they really shouldn't describe the end as a precision tip as there's nothing precise about it. 

Smokissime super liner swatch

Swatches of how it comes out with one sweep and how it is after a few layers. It makes a much better eyeshadow than eyeliner so if it were marketed as such I think I would prefer it. I really like the packaging though, I'm a big fan of black and gold and the lid has a spring in it that kind of pushes it out when you open it which it fun - I'm pretty easily amused.

I created a make up look last month with both of these products so visit my Anti-Valentine's Look to get more of an idea of how they look on.

Have you used either of these products? What do you think of them?


     

Fashion Is Art | Interview With An Author

I heard a little about this book Fashion Is Art by Alexis and was immediately intrigued, so I've asked some questions, got some answers and now I'm sharing them with you! Here's the story:





  • What are the main features and focus points?
The book focuses on fashion and its artistic, social and historical meaning. It is for anyone who is even remotely interested in fashion as well as for the fashion professionals out there. The idea of the book is to educate people about fashion, to give them a crash course in including all the knowledge that is crucial for when working in the fashion industry and more. 

I want to nurture and expand people's passion for fashion and make them realize that fashion is about something greater, something more artistic and more powerful than size zero and what some celebrity did or did not wear to the Oscars. Fashion has helped us through centuries to express who we are, what we feel and to fight authorities. Fashion can be magical and that's what I want to show my readers. The book also talks about how society genderizes fashion and how this is slowly starting to change. 


  • How long did it take to complete the book? Is it something you thought about for a long time? 
I have dreamt of becoming a writer since I was a kid and I knew I wanted to write both these kind of books as well as fiction. Fiction was easy but this however was not. I always knew that some day the passion for a certain subject would come and the book would just about write itself. I was right. I started writing the book in the beginning of fall (October-ish) last year and I hope to have it completely ready and published this April. 


  • What was the inspiration for it? What your process for turning inspiration into a book? 
I have always loved fashion, dreamt of making beautiful clothes and dreamt of wearing beautiful clothes, but I used to think that fashion was only for some people, like the worthy ones. I always thought I wasn't one of them and I kind of accepted that, but that didn't stop me from loving it just the same. Being transgender and androgynous meant that fashion was a bit problematic for me as some of it made my gender dysphoria worse so I never wanted to experiment with it or engage myself too much in it when I was younger. I wasn't happy at that time in my life and I didn't have the energy to express my own style and creativity. 

Then in middle school I found a manga magazine which got me deeply interested in Japan, an interest that is still going strong. I found my passion for fashion again and I realized that in Japan people could do pretty much anything in terms of how they dressed and their genders wasn't a factor in their decisions. Japan and the fashion in Tokyo became a symbol of freedom to me, freedom to be myself. I read a lot of manga and I watched a lot of anime and finally I dared to experiment with my clothes and hair. 

When I was sixteen I started becoming more and more like myself and when I was 19 I started living completely like myself. I was in an art high school by then and I had started drawing fashion sketches and planning my own label. Everything I designed was androgynous and my graduation project was a business plan of the label and I knew exactly why I wanted to start it. I wanted to create fashion for people who didn't want to have to choose a department when they shop, who didn't want to be glared at if they chose something outside of what was "allowed" and who wanted the freedom to be themselves, express themselves, regardless of what gender they define themselves as. The clothes would not be divided into men and women but in terms of style. 

After graduating I decided to become a professional stylist and I did. I also educated myself as a hairstylist and makeup artist (still a mua in training) and I worked hard to find my path. All that I had learned during the years, all my passion for non-genderized fashion and human rights and all that I have learned about working in fashion - I wanted to pass it on and so I decided to write a book. When my grandmother died, that was the final push. I decided I wanted to dedicate the book to her and that was what drove me to finish it.

I planned out the order of the chapters of the book and then I did research and sought inspiration on pinterest. I simply filled in the chapters with the words in my mind and eventually it became a book.  


  • Have you studied fashion or other subjects that sparked your knowledge in this area? 
I studied fashion and art in high school and I studied professional styling, hairstyling and makeup artistry after high school. I have had a blog for several years and I have an online magazine. I have plans on starting two fashion labels and publishing more books within the next couple of years. All of my projects will soon be under a company named Artist A.

  • Who do you imagine to be reading your book? 
I want my book to be the kind of book that suits everyone, because it catches the reader in the first few pages. But some interest in fashion is a given of course. Otherwise I doubt they would purchase a fashion book in the first place. 


  • How would you describe your personal style? Did it have an influence on the book? 
I can't say that I am a slave to trends however I naturally keep track of all of them and I work the ones I like into my wardrobe each season. I am an androgynous person so I dress as such as well. I wear mostly men's wear but I accessorize well and am very creative with my outfits. I like leather jackets and I think I have at least five here at home and I absolutely love vintage fashion. My favourite vintage store is Beyond Retro and their vintage Mac trench coats are awesome. 

Like most people the way I dress differs slightly depending on where I am going. It is a wild mix between vintage, ulzzang, visual kei, casual, hippie and business. This season I am really into the trends because I've always loved the 70s and the bohemic hippie chic trend. My go-to pieces are my perfectly kept 70s leather jacket and a leather jacket my dad inherited from my maternal grandfather. Both jackets are divine. 

Yes, of course it has influenced Fashion is Art, in the sense that I encourage all people to highly value fashion due to its powers and due to its historical meaning and to freely experiment with their style without genderizing and holding back. There is a lot of info about fashion history in the book so my love for vintage kind of fuelled that as well. 


Does all this sound like the kind of book you'd be interested in? You can pre-order the it via the Facebook page and it will be out in April! Make sure you check out Alexis and Fashion is Art on Twitter, Instagram and the website. You can also check out Alexis' new Zazzle store which currently has four different brands. Little Hippie, Rainbow & ME and Plus que ma propre vie are the children's brands especially for LGBT families and families who do not wish to push gender roles onto their children.


     

Having Pink Hair | OOTD

romwe clothing review fashion blogger
blanket scarf ootd blogger
Whilst I was on holiday in Bluestone we went down to the beach and Marie (her work is literally magical, you should go and look at it) took some fabulous photos for me.

As comfortable as these boots are, I would not recommend clambering over rocks in any kind of heel, it's a bit scary. 

fashion blogger pink hair on the beach
lace bow hair clip, round sunglasses
spring casual ootd outfit

dinosaur skeleton necklace t rex jewellery
girl walking on the beach in the sunshine
Blanket Scarf - Romwe  |  Jacket - Primark  |  Cable Knit Jumper - H&M  |  Navy Skort - Romwe  |  Boots - Schuh  |  T-Rex Skeleton Necklace - Ebay

fishnet tights burgundy boots

I have been living in this blanket scarf since I got it, which unfortunately means it has bobbled a little bit but not so badly that I can't wear it any more. I've also been in love with these boots, I showed them in my Spring haul post and have been wearing them quite a lot! 

What have you been loving to wear as the season changes?


I've shopped with Romwe quite a few times but I think this blanket scarf and the skort are me favourite items from them. Do make sure you check your measurements against their sizing chart though, and for each item, as I have ranged from an XS to an L in their clothing and it's pricey to return things if you're outside the US! I have found that the sizing chart is quite accurate though, and if in doubt I would recommend sizing up.

I might do a bigger Romwe haul and review in the future so be sure to let me know if you'd be interested, I know a lot of people are wary of ordering from cheap clothing sites.