Tuesday, 31 March 2015

RIMMEL MAKEUP //


I ventured into Boots and went to the makeup counter for the first time in ages this week.

This is because:

A. It's been a while since I've had any money
and
B. I recently broke my pressed powder (sigh)

And lo and behold, it's currently 3 for 2 on makeup so this meant I could grab a few things for even less. Don't even get me started on Boots points, you should know by now how much I love 'em.

Rimmel are my ultimate favourite high street brand after the Boots No7 range so the following are from that counter alone; my purse wouldn't let me go any further afield!



Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (True Ivory)
Boots £8.99


I don't have any excuse as to why I have never tried this. It's repeated constantly in makeup bags and daily makeup routines and Zoella vlogs yet I've never bothered buying it. Because the sunshine is here (and hopefully staying) I decided to go for something a bit brighter.

This seemed the best shade out of the testers and anything that says 'anti-fatigue' screams out to me and my dark circles. I have SO MUCH hope for this!


Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (Ivory)
Boots £5.49


What better concealer to get than the one that matches your foundation...?
I chose the lighter 'Ivory' in this because as I say, dark circles and all. These are my favourite kind of concealers - liquid, soft brush tip applicator, value for money etc.


Rimmel London Lasting Finish Powder (Soft Beige)
Boots £6.99


For as long as I've been wearing makeup, I've used the Rimmel 'Stay Matte' powder and it does the trick and it's mega cheap.

I do find I have to reapply once or twice a day, depending how long my day ends up being and whether I decide Monday night drinking is a sensible idea or not (note to self: It's not. Ever.)

I knew I'd be getting the cheapest item free due to the Boots offer, so opted for something in a similar price bracket to the concealer to get my money's worth. The 25hr promise appealed to me and unlike my normal 'transparent' shade, I wanted a bit more colour for Spring.


Do you use any of these and if so, what do you think?

leanne
x

Monday, 23 March 2015

FESTIVAL FOR FREE WITH OXFAM STEWARDS

 

I LOVE a good festival atmosphere. So much so, the thought of camping in a field, listening to some of my all time favourite bands actually gets me through the rest of the year.

When I was younger, I spent hours queueing in the middle of Leeds City Centre outside HMV, waiting for 9am to arrive for the Leeds Festival ticket chaos to begin. Then I discovered Oxfam Stewards and I will NEVER be refreshing an internet tab on SeeTickets for hours again.

Oxfam Stewards have honestly provided me with the best festival experiences I will ever have and what's more, it's all for a good cause.

Oxfam raises £1m each summer thanks to our hard-working, dedicated volunteer stewards - a service that many festivals have come to rely on year after year. - Oxfam.org.uk/stewarding

One million pounds is an amazing amount of money and to feel you're a part of helping raise that is fantastic.



What does it involve?


In my past experience and as far I know it goes for most of the festivals available, there are three, 8 hour shifts per festival.

As most festivals are Thursday or Friday through to Sunday, Oxfam allow stewards to camp right from the Monday before till the Monday after. Now if you look at it this way, three shifts over seven days is super easy. Just be prepared for a long week of fun and (sometimes) not much sleep!

Oxfam essentially offer free entrance to the festival of your choice, as long as you turn up to all three shifts during the week. You need to give a deposit before the summer season begins but this means you can volunteer at as many events as you like plus you get it back six weeks after your last festival has finished. It's pretty much the best savings account there is, you won't find any building societies offering free festivals whilst they look after your money ;)

In addition, there's perks like charging sockets for your phone, free hot water for tea and soup and noodles and it's like having a huge family around you at all times, with suncream in one hand and an emergency poncho in the other.

Best of all? You get to meet thousands of new friends, some of which you'll never forget.


How can I join?

Find out more about volunteering here.

This is not a sponsored post, Oxfam just have a fantastic service worth writing about! Let me know if you're going to any festivals this year in the comments or on Twitter @dressdiaries




Thursday, 19 March 2015

COMMUTER ESSENTIALS //


After almost a year of commuting to the other end of the city for my job, I feel I've pretty good experience in public transport. You might be on the bus, a train or the tube but whichever it is, you want to make sure you have these few essentials to get you through. It can be a long haul!


Travelcard


Whether it be a railcard, monthly pass, Oyster, whatever, make sure you remember this.
It's a £50 fine on the train if you don't have a ticket and that's not going to brighten anybody's work commute now, is it?

iPod

My trusty Product (RED) iPod I bought when I was 16 is still going strong. A good set of earphones is a must too, in this case I've been using Brainwavz* for my daily commute. They're subtle, fit over the ear and the sound quality is ace. They go with pretty much every outfit - blog post proof to come - and they're perfect for my 20 minute train journey on a morning.
And look at the pretty plum colour, I'm such a sucker for attractive accessories!

I always bring along the case they arrived in too, keeps them tangle free and clean (unlike the mucky colour of my once white Apple earphones...) Plus, it came with LOADS of spare ear buds which is the most useful thing ever. Where do they always go missing?! Get a pair here.

This week has been chock full of Paloma Faith (performing at the Leeds Arena this weekend, eep!) and Mumford & Sons (who have been announced to headline Leeds Festival in August).


Book or reading device

A long bus or train journey is the best time to make your original New Year's resolution to 'read more' a reality. If your journey is half an hour, that's one whole hour a day you can work your way through a book.

One of the best things I ever purchased was my Kindle Fire. It's so much easier to read if by some unfortunate chance, your commute is mega busy and you have to stand. You can cling on to someone's bag coat hair seat for dear life with one hand and peruse a few pages with the other.

I've just finished reading 'Atonement' by Ian McEwan which has now been shoved into my top 5 favourite books of all time. I cannot recommend his work enough! I'm currently reading David Mitchell's latest - 'Thinking about it only makes it worse' - which is hilarious.


Word of warning, reading on public transport may result in awkward moments when other commuters watch as you cry silently or try to stifle laughter.


Phone

If I opt for music over a book on a morning, it only makes sense to have a quick scout of social media at the same time and catch up with what's been happening overnight. Instagram is my favourite at the moment, lots of fitness inspiration on a morning gets you ready to take on the world.

A good coffee

No journey can be better than one with a good brew in front of you. My choice is either a Starbucks Cappuccino or a Costa Caramel Latte. Just bear in mind, you need to find an extra £3 per day if you want this to be a regular thing, mine's a treat every few weeks at most!


 Do you commute? What do you always have to hand?


Friday, 6 March 2015

OOTD: GIGGING IT




This beautiful shirt is from Boohoo, find it here.

Paired with tights and a leather jacket, it made the perfect gig outfit and I know it will be the first thing in my rucksack when I head off to Glastonbury in June!

Necklace: Etsy | Lipstick: Barry M Lip Paint in 150


Please excuse the messy room and cheeks, I'm afraid I can't change the latter!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK // FASHION HAUL



So I've mentioned on Twitter a thousand few times that I'm heading to Berlin this weekend and it was only recently I realised I was seriously lacking in the luggage department. I headed out with a list of essentials to buy and almost everything I had written was found in less than 20 minutes in Primark and at a much cheaper price than I'd seen alternatives beforehand!

I thought I'd share my bargains with you in a haul post and hopefully, you'll see these featured in travel posts, post-Berlin!



BHS £15 (bought on sale for £12)

This is the perfect cabin size bag and was on sale, what's not to love? It has a beautiful statement print and is super lightweight. A lot of other weekender bags on the high street at the minute aren't as forgiving as this is and believe me, you can get A LOT in it. The only con is the lack of long body strap but at a bargain price of £12, I was more than happy as it was.



Black PU handbag
Primark £8

This was in competition with another beautiful bag I spotted in H&M but at only £8, it managed to win my heart. It's a lovely size for work, going out, travel documents etc. etc. It also has a long across body strap which is an absolute must for any handbag I own, the whole 'two handles over an awkward arm' thing really isn't me!



Black Moulded Cup Swimming Costume
Primark £10

The first proper 'holiday' item of 2015, exciting!

I bought this because our hotel boasts a wellness area that includes a sauna (bliss!) and I always feel a little more comfortable wearing a costume in hotel pools or spas. A young family or elderly couple will probably not appreciate my skimpy bikinis! This claims to boost your curves by sucking you in at the waist and the cups are designed the mould around your boobs - roughly. I tried this and it does what it says on the tin but as I often find, the hip to boob size ratio doesn't work for me. I'd recommend go a size up!



Gold Chain Loafers
Primark £10

These are such a lovely pair of loafers! In Primark, I often find the soles of shoes cheap and thin, however these are a bit thicker and actually look like they're going to last longer than a few weeks. The chain detail looks great and I can wear them with so many things as the weather is getting warmer and brighter (goodbye winter boots).







Super Cosy Tights
Primark £3.50

These have featured in previous haul posts and I cannot recommend them enough. So comfy, so cosy, perfect for this cold weather that we can't seem to shake in the UK. I'm steadily increasing my wardrobe of dresses so I love wearing them with thick tights until the weather turns. A pair of these should be in every girl's winter wardrobe, I love them so much, I bought two.



3 x Cotton Rich Socks
Primark £2.50

And finally, I lied. Not everything was black! These are officially the comfiest socks I've ever owned and the colours are great. I bought these in preparation for festival season inside wellies but they'll definitely be my favourites for the remainder of Winter!


 I am 100% ready to fly on Friday with a weekend bag full of black!
Hope you've enjoyed seeing the few basics I bought.


What bargains have you found in Primark recently?