Wednesday, 30 September 2015

MARC JACOBS HONEY REVIEW.

For the past 3 years, I've swooned after almost every Marc Jacobs fragrance I've seen, admiring their beautiful little bottles, the detail on them, and the marvellous scents within, wishing that one day, I'll be able to own all the ones my heart fancies.


Well, this week, I finally got another Marc Jacobs fragrance that I've been wanting for the past three years. It's gone on every Christmas and birthday list for the past three years, along with it's partner Dot, (which I was bought for my 20th birthday this past January and I adore) and finally, I've bought myself Honey.
 

Honey is quite a hard fragrance to describe. It's unlike any other perfume I've ever smelt really. It isn't at the forefront of my collection, it certainly isn't my favourite, but it is one of those scents you do enjoy on very specific occasions.
Since I couldn't fully explain this perfume myself, I've taken the extract from Boots online, where they've described the fragrance:
"Honey by Marc Jacobs is a sunny delicious floral - energetic and alluring, with a sparkling, golden touch. The perfect mix of brightness and warmth.
The fragrance energizes with the freshness of green pear brightened with a splash of fruity punch and juicy mandarin. At the heart of the fragrance is orange blossom, a note of sparkling femininity that mingles with nectars of honeysuckle and peach. Honey, vanilla and smooth woods dry down to a warm, golden base."

I can certainly smell the honeysuckle with a woody undertone, but I must admit, I can't smell all the other scents, and I do have a very good sense of smell. The warm, golden base is accurate though - it's extremely strong, and this is a good thing, because it's counterpart Dot, is a delicate, softer scent for days when you want to be airy and delightfully light.


Personally, I think all 'good quality' perfumes carry that designer price tag, afterall, you are paying not only for a trust worthy brand, but you're also paying for a long term investment. I personally chose the 100ml bottle, which retails for £67.50 in most retailers. I however got mine for £35, from a very reputable retailer, (the reason it was that much cheaper is because there is a lot of competition on the site I used, it's not fake, it is 100% genuine, BNIB never opened, all still stealed, from a retailer, not a second hand seller I will just clarify, before everyone kicks off that I bought a fake, or a second hand bottle, because I didn't!)
So overall, I highly recommend this beautiful perfume, and would definitely say, if you've been holding off on purchasing something, you should probably do it, if you've loved it for a long time, and really wanted it for a long time.

Best Wishes,
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

MY REALLY BIG NEWS // COLLABORATION VIDEO IS LIVE!

So, I can finally tell you my exciting news!
I'd speculated for a while about what was going on, but I can now finally tell you:
I recently collaborated with Ann Summers to create a Dominatrix Halloween Makeup Look, and the look is now live on YouTube! All you have to do to view it is click the image of it below to be redirected to YouTube!
Be sure to share this video, give it a like, subscribe, all that jazz!


Love and Best Wishes,
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Thursday, 24 September 2015

THE 'IMPULSIVE' PURCHASE // ZOEVA ROSE GOLDEN BRUSH SET REVIEW.

(*** all photos in this post are my own, please do not repost without crediting me as the photographer please and thank you.***)


So I titled this "the 'impulsive' purchase", (note brackets around impulsive) because this for me, was sort of, and sort of not impulsive.

Truth be known, the Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set has been one on my wishlist for at least a year, if not more. 

When I got my university money, it was the first thing (besides decor which I count as a separate 'wishlist') to 'go straight in my basket' (sorry that was done in quotation, because I honestly cannot say that with a straight face anymore after the famous YouTube vine of 'That's going straight in my basket' in the incredibly camp voice that never fails to make me laugh out loud, wherever I am.)

So, back on track. 

The Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set has the reputation that you know you can trust. It's reknowned as the 'bloggers brushes' as the high end version of the Real Techniques various ensembles - which don't get me wrong, I'm not in any way putting down - I think they're marvellous, and I have quite a few different kits and random brushes and tools myself, and I love them!

I finally took the plunge and splashed the cash on these brushes, and although I haven't used them yet, I have to say I am impressed.

The initial 'makeup bag' style carrier that they come in is dreamy - chocolate imitation leather with rose gold lettering - how could I not be in heaven? After all, I do have a penchant for rose gold and holographic numbers! 

Once you hold the little bag too, you'll agree that the quality is incredible. Not a single detail has been spared and the weight of the bag, even when empty, suggests a high quality fibre.

Now, the brushes.

Okay, so if you're a lover of Real Techniques, and you've felt their powder brushes, you are in for a treat with these brushes.

If you thought the powder brush felt like the softest brush on Earth, you would be wrong. Having felt the softness of the bigger brushes in this kit, I can tell you that having compared both the RT powder brush, and these, that these are in fact, so much softer. Impossible? I thought it would be impossible to top the softness of the RT powder brush too, but these beauties have.

The kit comes with 8 brushes in total, including:

Soft Finish Brush
Powder
Face Shape
Luxe Sheer Cheek
Concealer Buffer
Luxe Soft Definer
Luxe Petit Crease
Wing Liner

The kit works out at £56.95 - that sounds a crazy amount of money - and trust me it took me over a year to justify it, but when you work it out, that's just over £7 per brush, so if you did want every single brush from the set like I did, it's well worth the money, however, if you only want a couple, then the price doesn't really make it justifiable. 

At just over £7 per brush, it is essentially cheaper than a Real Techniques powder brush which retails at £10.99. Genius, I know.

I would highly recommend these brushes, they are dreamy, the rose gold is just the icing on the quality cake, and the pouch is amazing as a new make-up bag - I'll definitely be enjoying using it!
So, I hope you've found this review helpful if you did, please +1 this post on Google+ and share this with other make-up and beauty lovers and fanatics.

Have you tried the Zoeva line, or this specific Zoeva Range? What did you think? Leave your comments below.

Love & Magic,
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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

ALL THINGS AUTUMNAL // AN AUTUMNAL POST TO INSPIRE.

So, I've only recently decided which is my favourite season, and it is Autumn. I don't know why it has taken me this long to decide on my favourite, but I know why I have chosen Autumn.
Firstly, the sun still shines in the United Kingdom, whilst it is brisk and cold. Therefore, it is neither particularly hot, nor cold, the weather is in between and that is really rather pleasant.
Secondly, it is the start of lighting fires, lighting candles and putting on sweaters and jumpers. This for me is so, incredibly good for the soul, it is calming, it is reminiscent of happy times, and brings back beautiful, heart warming memories.
It's also made me think: it was this time last year that I fell for someone, and honestly, I really do not want that to happen again. I feel like if I have the option, I'm going to avoid "love" and just stick with my studies, decorating, and working on improving myself.
 I don't feel content enough with myself, I feel like I slack on my fashion front, and I feel like it is incredibly difficult to wear fashionable things when I travel for a combined total of 4 hours a day on a bus, whilst carrying all my lunch (4 tuppaware boxes of different sizes) and my makeup bag, (because honestly, who would not carry makeup touch-ups when they're out from 7.40am and not home some days until 7.45m?) 
So yes, my bag is overflowing, and I feel like I'm just wearing such plain, uninspired outfits. I wore a new plain black maxi dress from George at ASDA yesterday, and whilst it's a lovely, comfortable dress, I didn't feel stunning in it. I accessorized with what I had, a new beige fedora with gold leaf detail, and a black leather jacket with fur trim, but I honestly still felt like my outfit hadn't "come together". I walked into River Island on my break between enrollment and meeting my personal tutor, and I felt like I didn't "fit in" with the beautifully dressed people in there, which is CRAAAZY! I'm a fashion blogger for goodness sakes, I run a fashion blog, and a YouTube channel, all about fashion, and yet I felt like the lemon in the room. Something isn't right. "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore" would probably fit right about here.
So I need to work on my wardrobe, I want to do more layering, and I've ordered far too much with my university money *slaps wrist* but I've ordered things I either needed, or have had on my wishlist for quite some time, or warm essentials like long sleeved tops, jumpers, appropriate shoes etc - PS have I ever mentioned how awful my feet are and how I seriously struggle to find shoes that don't tear my feet to shreds?! Well, I have narrow feet with "thin" skin on the backs of my heels, my baby toes and around the sides of my feet, and I cannot wear anything with "hard heels" because I just end up a big bloody mess (not meant in a swearing way, I literally mean my feet bleed because they get rubbed raw with blisters - sorry for the overshare and clarification!) Gross - I know!
So I think I've finally found some comfortable, and fashionable shoes for the Autumnal/Winter transition that I can wear for long periods at a time, because let's be honest, I'm going to be unable to change shoes for 8 hours at a time - craaaazy I know!
Love isn't dead - I just don't want to be a part of that world. I just want to be the fashion blogger I was - creating and photographing OOTDs I was proud of, and dressing to feel like I could walk into a room and people would think I'd put together quite the ensemble. I miss that feeling. Or maybe it's that my confidence has taken a beating recently? I don't know, I really don't.
All I do know is, I want me back. I don't even want love back anymore. I still miss it, it still hurts, I'm still not entirely over it, but I just want freedom, I want to be whites in waves. I want to be Samantha again.
Love from the authoress,
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Monday, 21 September 2015

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM // DECORATING VLOG EP 4.

So I finally uploaded the fourth instalment of my decorating vlogs - yay! You can watch it below!
Please take a trip to YouTube and give it a good old 'like'!


So yes, I hope you enjoy this next installment! The fifth installment won't be quite a while, because I've only filmed half of it, as I started university today for freshers week, and I'll be in again tomorrow, and then I'm not going for the rest of the week.

I've also got some exciting posts coming up as I said last time, but I won't be able to dedicate myself to writing these posts until Wednesday at the earliest! I travel for four hours per day by bus to uni, so I'm really tired haha.

Love,
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Saturday, 19 September 2015

ATTACK OF THE TSUM TSUMS // NEW DECORATING VLOG - EP 3.

The third instalment is up on my channel, but for a quick way to watch just watch it below!


Hope you enjoy it, please remember to click like and subscribe.

I've got some very exciting posts coming soon, some reviews, and more, so stay tuned beauts!

Best Wishes,
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Friday, 18 September 2015

MAKING A WISHLIST & GAMECUBE THOUGHTS // NEW DECORATING VLOG - EP 2.

I've been really, really getting into vlogging recently, I feel like with the gap in my life as I transition from college student to university student, I've either been wanting to be completely occupied 24/7 or I've wanted to vlog, and I'll be honest, I really do feel like I am improving.

So here's the next one in the series that I uploaded yesterday, just click the image to go to it:


I hope you enjoy it, I'll be completely honest here, my vlogs don't get a whole lot of views, but I think if you enjoy something, it shouldn't be about popularity, afterall, you're not going to stop using that foundation just because it's completely unrecognised by the instafamous are you?

After all, you might actually be harbouring gold dust in that innocent bottle!

Lots of Love,
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Thursday, 17 September 2015

VELVET LININGS ON YOUR LANGUAGE // MY NEW YOUTUBE SERIES - THE DECORATING VLOGS.

"Oh you're such a word shaker."

So not only does University start on Monday (OHMYGOSHSQUEESSOLOUDLY) but I have some top secret projects to do with my blog that I can't discuss at this moment in time, that I am incredibly, insanely excited for, and I promise you, they'll be worth the wait.
But I wanted to introduce my faithful blog readers to my new vlogging series on my YouTube channel that I'm calling "The Decorating Vlogs" that are mainly about my room/redevelopment/personal development that I wanted to share with you!
The first one was uploaded two days ago, I'll leave a link below, just click the image!

My second vlog is just being edited, and as soon as it is ready for you, you'll be the first to know *big kisses*
LOVE YOU ALL,
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Sunday, 13 September 2015

UNDER THE BROWN SILVER BIRCH TREE // DECOR UPDATE.

My room is nearly finished! Well the painting is at any rate, and most of the décor has arrived (except two large and fairly important H&M orders which are taking FOREVER, and I'm quite patient!) but anyway, I am loving the newly decorated room. It's so much calmer, tidier, and laid back/relaxed.
My old colour theme was a mess of everything and anything, (it was supposed to be blue, silver, grey, black, cream) but it ended up being everything, I even had a pink duvet set (and I cannot STAND pink!) Well, I can, just in very specific situations.


So now, I can say what my colour theme is:

Grey/Silver, White (I was originally not allowed to paint my cream room white, because it's part of my mum's house, and she has always said white walls for bedrooms are far too clinical, and reminds her of hospitals for some reason) however, I have painted some walls white (the ones which were cream) and she really loves them. She says it's not clinical at all, it's bright and airy and peaceful. The other colours are navy (because my blackout curtains are navy, and I found some matching navy décor) and black. I am sticking very rigorously to this. I've even sold some of my beautiful storage boxes that I collected because they're too patterned and colourful. *sobs* But I wish to keep my room beautiful and simple - decluttered, and delightful.

I feel like my room is the most peaceful room in the house now, I LOVE IT! I just need some spare duvet sets, because when my pure white one that I bought recently goes in the wash, I'll only have terribly brash sets to put on my bed *cringe* I'll have to whip out another £18.00 to get another set, and yes, I'm incredibly lucky I got them so cheap for a white double duvet set with four matching pillowcases. I wanted an untextured, bright white duvet set, and everywhere seemed to have textured or have another colour, and if they were bright white, they were £50 upwards! Crazy be crazy. Anyway, I found mine for £15.95, plus £2.95 (I think) for two bright white spare pillow cases for the under pillows. (Primark had sold out locally of bright white pillow cases, otherwise I could've got a pair for £1.80, but our local Primark has been really poorly stocked recently, I discovered this when I travelled further afield to my university city, and went to the Primark there, and their homeware section was ENORMOUS compared to the one in my hometown!)


ANYWAY, ENOUGH RABBITTING AND RAMBLING SAMANTHA!

I'll show photos soon, I want to take pro ones on my pro camera (SLR) but if you need a quick fix, check my Instagram for amateur iPhone photos (haha), But the proper ones won't be for a few weeks as a family friend won't be able to pick my desk up from IKEA for a couple of weeks (YAY I CAN GET A DESK!)

Blue will always be a part of who I am, it represents the sea, and so much happiness, but I want clean, tonal shades now. I want resolve, I want peace.

You're my joy, always remember me.

Never Forget You - The Noisettes.

LOVE,
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

SLOW & STEADY // AND I'M NEVER READY, BECAUSE I KNOW, THAT TIME WON'T LET ME SHOW WHAT I WANT TO SHOW.

"The lights go out, I am all alone
All the trees outside are buried in the snow
I spend my night dancing with my own shadow
And it holds me and it never lets me go."

I've been super duper busy today, painting my bedroom. I'm halfway there, and have to leave the half I've done today to dry properly (so I have to sleep in the spare room downstairs temporarily) and then tomorrow morning, I'll move my bed back, and paint the other areas I haven't done today due to furniture needing to be there, including my wardrobe which will need to be moved tomorrow.


I'm so excited to be able to show you how much it has changed, I've taken some progressional photos, but unfortunately, no decent before images, so I'm going to route through my photos as I'm sure I've got something that can properly display just how unfortunately teen-like my room was before.
I'm stuck on a desk though - the one I was going to buy was discontinued, and the nearest IKEA to me is several hours car journey away, so either I'm going to have to check to see if any local family members are going soon, or if there is anywhere else selling a desk like the one in my head, for the price in my head, otherwise, I'm a little stumped, since I have been hunting high and low for one on other sites and furniture stockists.


I have however designed my own pictures for my room, and I have got lots of décor ordered, I'm just waiting for it to arrive, so it's all rather exciting. It's coming along leaps and bounds though! It is just me doing all the DIY though I must add, which is why it is taking quite a long time, especially since I'm a bit of a perfectionist!

Anyway, I'm happy and confident that it'll be all painted by the end of the week, I just need to get hold of a desk now and then we'll be there.

"I'm sorry for everything I ever said to you. For ever feeling the way I did about you. You're a wonderful person, and I hope your life is filled with beauty. Be free little star."

Just,
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

NEW BEGINNINGS.

"My relationship with myself is at a stand still, so instead, I'm evolving my look."

I've decided not only to evolve my bedroom into the habitat of a twenty year old fashion lover and blogger, but also, to evolve my look. Whilst my look is something I'm proud of, in terms of how I dress myself, and do my makeup, I feel my outfits are not as sophisticated as they could be. They have potential, but there is something missing.

So I've decided to evolve my look by adding simple pieces into my wardrobe that take my teen wardrobe into a twenty something wardrobe, and I'm generally very pleased with the result.
My usual look, is directly below, a lot of black, hair down, a bit scruffy and wavy (which looks minimal in terms of effort, but I can tell you, washing and blow drying that mane every day takes about twenty minutes every day, then if the side bits are too scruffy and I'm feeling too scrupulous, then I'll spend even more time using my waving tongs to smooth out the edges whilst gaining smooth wavy curls. 

How weird is that?! I have no tattoo on my left wrist so this is obviously a few months old!

This, however, is my new take on my hair:


As can be seen, I'm pretty excited about doing up my room, and as can be seen behind me, my room is a state, with all my belongings everywhere whilst I thin out the clutter. I'm selling a LOT of my belongings tomorrow at a boot sale thank goodness, and hopefully gaining a few little pieces for my new room.

I feel like this is very exciting. I'm not a jeans person (can't stand them!) but this pair of pale wash jeans and this new black top really makes me feel more adult, and sophisticated. I feel happy, and confident. My hair is a simple updo, with the longer tresses of my hair simply pinned up behind my head, with the longer side bits of hair left to hang down.

So, I hope this evolution post has helped to inspire you!

How will you evolve your look?

Just,
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Saturday, 5 September 2015

WHY BEING SINGLE IS THE NEW TREND.

Let's face it:

Love isn't simple. It never is.

However, being single, is the new power endower. You have the power to politely accept or decline future investments in terms of love, and yet, you still remain dignified, and keep all sanity at the same time, it's a win win situation.

Don't misunderstand me, being in a relationship is renewing, you find a whole new you that you didn't even know was within you, and you get to share your time with the love of your life whom compliments you, (and you them) beautifully and fittingly.

Being single was considered a terrible thing only a matter of years ago for women. Men have always had the gorgeous stereotyping of 'eligible bachelor' and all round available hunk who is free to do as he pleases, but us ladies on the other hand, gain stereotypes fit only for disposal, all you need do is Google 'single woman' to see the hideous and degrading synonyms attached with our illustrious, care free natures:

Old maid, hag, and spinster are a few.

Even when there are slightly less dehumanising terms, they're only the female equivalent of their male counterparts:

Bachelorette.

Why can't the modern, single woman of the Information Age be classed as simply:

Free, Elegant and Sophisticated?

Why must single women be forever doomed to wear a placard around their neck making out they're old, unattractive, unwanted and begrudging, when simply, we are young, we are wild, we are free to do, to be, and to choose what we want, and who we want. It isn't that the single women of the Information Age aren't inundated with date requests! Don't get me wrong, we are, frequently asked out, but some of us, are too busy, too detached, or simply just continuing to search for self completion, rather than the elitist idea of completion via another human being, be it of the same sex, or opposing sex, to feel validated?

Either way, we go about our lives, we do as we please, and we gain recognition in our own individual way.

Isn't that one of life's simple pleasures?

To simply live, and be free.

Perhaps this has left you pondering, maybe my next instalment can shed more light on the matter.

Just,
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Friday, 4 September 2015

THE BIG ROOM OVERHAUL.

So I don't want to give too much away, but what with going to university soon, I have been getting edgy about living at home, (since that is what I will be doing) and the thought of living in the cluttered room that I live in currently, had me seriously concerned. 
A few inspirational YouTuber videos later, and I'm painting my bedroom, de-cluttering, and thinking of new storage solutions. I don't want to give too much away, but I'll show a before and after photo when I am finished. 
However, I do want to share with you some of my FAVOURITE items, and where you can get them! 

Firstly, candles!
(all h&M)



secondly, storage solutions!
(all h&M except white plain box, which is ikea)
Seems like a perfect little dish for earrings!

This to me, is perfect for makeup brushes!


You'll have to wait and see which I've picked to buy!

Just,
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Thursday, 3 September 2015

NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO // AUGUST FAVOURITES.

I started uploading my newest video about 5pm yesterday, and had to leave my computer on all night to allow it to load! -.- However, it has successfully loaded, and it is an August Favourites video!

I hope you enjoy the latest video, all you have to do is click the image above to be directed to the video :)
Just,
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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

AND SUDDENLY, ALL THE LYRICS WERE MEANINGLESS.

It's funny how when you have to stop feeling anything for someone/something, that the things associated with them in your head, become numb and empty. The memories are still there, and you still get a strong pang of sadness remembering, and wishing you could change things, but you can't, that is just the way it goes. So it all comes down to goodbyes. And finding the good in 'goodbye'. 
It's not that it hurts so much, it's more that it leaves you numb, empty, and immune to further pain. After all, you can't break a broken heart. That's the one good thing to come out of it.

So you let go. You cut the ties. And you hope, you truly hope, nothing comes up in conversation, or everyday life, that makes you think back. And when you do, you need to tell yourself not to. It isn't allowed. You distract yourself.

And then you're back to the start. Finding yourself lost, alone in the dark again, finding your way again somehow, because isn't that what we did before?

But you'll find your way. You always do.

And you keep your head above the water, and you keep moving forward. You try not to look back, and you make it, because, lets face it, you always do.

You just need to have courage, and be kind.

Just,
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

A NOSTALGIC BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY.

Wow. What a lovely bank holiday it was.

Ben came over to mine, and we had a long catch up. We played GameCube together (Pokemon Colosseum, Super Smash Bros Melee, Pokemon XD Gale Of Darkness, and Ben also tried to beat the level I was stuck on on The Incredibles but he didn't haha) we also played endless games of Scrabble, which was incredibly good fun! 
We then watched the new Cinderella 2015 DVD together last night. It was really, really beautiful, and certainly worth watching!




It was really lovely. Ben stayed over on the sofa, and this morning I had an appointment I had to go to in town, so we walked together, went to my appointment, then grabbed a Subway each and walked home with it to eat. So yes, it was truly fun!

We then got back, played some more Scrabble, had a match on Pokemon XD Gale Of Darkness, between the GameCube and GameBoy Advance (Pokemon Sapphire) which was so cute. It was like going back in time. I recalled the moment I bought my childhood GameCube as a ten year old, with Pokemon Colosseum, and the excitement it brought me as a child. Yeah, sad, but a truly cute memory that'll never fail to bring a smile to my face.

I hope you've all been having a great bank holiday. I'm just waiting for mum to arrive home from work now :)

Love,
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