Monday, 20 October 2014

OUTFIT POST: CHECK SKIRT, TARTAN SCARF

Coat: Primark *// Scarf: H&M // Jumper: The Ragged Priest // Skirt: Topshop // Slip ons: Primark* // Bag: Folli Follie* // Necklace: Primark 

I was so happy that the rain stayed away long enough for me to get some outfit photos done. I'm loving my bargain Primark jacket right now, it was only £23! I think its perfect for Autumn, I tend to go out in the so don't really want a huge big coat but this is perfect and keeps me warm enough. I've got my tartan scarf out! I love it. I am wearing so much black right now and so much monochrome but I love it. My scarf is just the right amount of colour. I finally have a pair of slip on's aswell, I got this pair from Primark. I tried on the Topshop ones that everyone has but I didn't think they suited me, they were just a little too sporty however these pointed ones from Primark are a bit more chic, and seem to suit me so much better! 




*Disclosure, I was gifted a gift card from Intu Merry Hill and used this to purchase my coat and shoes, I haven't been asked to blog about my purchases and all opinions above are my own.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

CYCLE WITH STYLE WEEK

This week is Cycle with Style, the idea is to get the fashion conscious on their bikes. The idea has been put together by Birmingham Cycle Revolution to encourage cycling around the city.

I don't have a bike but I have been looking at them a lot recently. I love the Victoria Pendleton range at Halfords. I've put together an outfit that I would wear cycling around the city.

I love a fluffy jumper! This one from River Island is perfect, its 3/4 sleeve so your arms will be warm enough won't get in the way! My fluffy jumper is so warm but quite airy so you won't get too hot on your bike

I love this cream leather backpack from Accessorize, its stylish when your not on your bike, big enough for your stuff and very practical, just pop it on your back so it doesn't get in the way.

Leggings; I think leggings are the best for cycling as they are so comfy and you can move your legs easy. But don't opt for boring black sporty leggings. Pop into Forvever 21 where they having a massive selection of floral / autumn / aztec pattern leggings. I saw some gorgeous maroon floral ones perfect for this season.

Finally to match the maroon leggings i've picked out these New Balance trainers that will make it easy to ride your bike, you can swap these for a pair of flats that you have in your backpack however i'm in love with New Balance trainers right now so i'd wear mine around town!

You need to think about the products your using when your cycling too. Origins GinZing moisturizer is one of my favorites. It keeps the skin looking refreshed and hydrated so it's perfect for battling those cold mornings. To keep chapped lips at bay, make sure your using a good lip balm! Say hello to your new best friend, hairspray! Using a decent hairspray will stop your hair from looking so static and flyaway, this Alterna hairspray is designed for winter weather so it's perfect again for those chilly days. Loccitane shower oil is great at locking in moisture into the skin and Soap and Glory Hand Food is such a good hand cream and a great size to pop in your bag, keep your hands moisturized so they don't go dry and blistered. 


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

BEST STUDENT TIPS AND TRICKS



This year i've decided to take a year out and work part time whilst  I sort out some placements in schools for my work experience and then hopefully apply for a teacher training course. I'm graduating next month and decided to share a few tips and tricks to being a student.

- Take advantage of being a student! Student discount, student shopping events, student bank accounts, these are all things you should be taking advantage of, get yourself an NUS card you get tonnes of discounts, the MyUNiDAYS app is amazing sign up and again get discount. I always check before I eat out or buy something if they offer student discount. You might as well because these perks are only around whilst your studying. Student bank accounts offer lower interests and great overdraft offers. I pay no interest on my overdraft just because i'm a student, you can also get a graduate account which offers similar rates.

- Spend your student loan wisely! If your living in student accommodation chances are your student loan covers your accommodation and your not really left with any change. Use the tips above to see how you can save money. If you live at home like I did during university its exciting when the loan comes in! I used to go on a shopping spree and spend silly money eating out and in Topshop and now  I think back and wonder how I spend over £10,000 and have nothing to show for it. In first year I bought myself my Dslr and a laptop and I still use my camera now, it was a great thing to buy. I'd say make sure you buy things that will benefit your course. A laptop is a must have, if your an art student you will spend so much money on supplies, don't blow your student finance on things you don't need.

- Enjoy it! Being a student is great you go into university and do your work, for me my timetable was pretty flexible as I was an art student. I had a lot of studio time which meant I would usually work from home or have a lie in and roll into uni at 1 or 2 o'clock. There's always something going on, an art exhibitions, student events, cinema nights, societies and sports etc. I lived at home and one thing I regret about university is I didn't do enough things like go out on nights out or join a club or society. When university is over and your working full time it's going to be a shock to the system so enjoy it whilst you can. Say yes to all of the opportunities that come your way!!


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Monday, 13 October 2014

A #LUSHCHRISTMAS HAUL

I was invited along to the Lush Christmas event in Coventry and got the chance to try out and see the latest Christmas Collection. I took advantage of their very generous 10% off at the event and bought myself a few bits and pieces. I also got a goody bag which had some amazing bits and pieces inside for me to try. I've only used a couple of things but i'm very excited to try everything out. I'll make sure to take photos and review my favourites! View the Christmas collection here 



Check out the ingredients and more information about the Christmas Products here: 


* some items in this post are pr samples.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

AUTUMN / WINTER 14 MAKE UP

I wanted to share some of the make up I am using this Autumn/ Winter, I tend to stick to my Urban Decay Naked Palette so i'm trying to use some of the other bits and pieces I own. I love these Clarins Ombre Matte Cream to powder eyeshadows*, they are really easy to use and I love these natural colours. My favourite eyeshadow right now is my Nars Dual Intensity eyeshadow in Callisto, it an amazing pink shimmery shade. 
I've decided to get some use out of this Make Up Revolution palette* and I've been creating some lovely smokey eye looks for everyday looks. I've been using the Eyeliner felt and Kohl* which is really easy to use and creates a lovely smokey eye alongside the palette. 

The Collection brow pallete is a recent repurchase. I'm still using my old one and its lasted me ages! I've recently bought the Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel which i've been using with my old kit as there's lots of powder left. 

I'm loving this Barry M Loud Mouth Liquid Lip Colour in Diva*, It's such a autumny shade like a dark berry colour such a bargain at £3.99

I'm loving my YSL Fusion Ink Foundation this season, this is another product i've repurchased. I love the light texture but full coverage of this foundation. It's perfect for this season as i'm after a natural base finish. I've been using this with Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base which is fab for covering blemishes. I'm also loving the Clarins True Radiance Foundation* which is a thicker finish so great when you want a thicker base. I'm struggling with my skin right now, I keep breaking out, I think its a mixture of stress and the weather but True Radiance has great coverage and is perfect for hydrating and correcting the skin. 





*this blog post contains PR Samples however is a truthful review, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

REVIEW : CHARMED IVY




I ordered a few bits from Charmed Ivy last week and just wanted to share my little order with you guys. Charmed Ivy is a lovely online jewellery shop . They stock the most gorgeous rings, necklaces anklets and more...

I thought id pick just a few pieces for my first order, i'm loving dream catchers right now so this necklace is perfect. I love the turquoise detailing as well, and the feather is gorgeous. It's a long chain which is lovely. I think this would look fab stacked up with other necklaces.

I also got this cute anklet, I really wanted one for my holiday but couldn't find what I was after. This one from Charmed Ivy is perfect. It's just what I wanted. I love the infinity symbol and again the turquoise bead makes it very summery perfect for a holiday.

Finally I got this stack-able bracelet, there's lots of different colours and designs to pick from, I loved the bird on this one and the lovely colour ( I know turquoise again) haha. It's so cute and would look great with my other silver bracelets all stacked together.

I'm so happy with my Charmed Ivy order its just so affordable and I can't wait to place another order

Friday, 10 October 2014

REVIEW: LISA SHEPHERD SALON BIRMINGHAM

I popped along to the Lisa Shepherd Salon in Birmingham a few days ago to get my hair done, I only had it done about 5-6 weeks ago so it wasn't terrible however I find the brassy tones in my hair come through alot and start making my hair very yellowy! So I went along to get a root touch up, highlights and a cut and style. 

First of all I went through what I wanted with Georgina and she was happy to go ahead with highlights and a toner to get rid of those brassy tones and a root touch up. I decided to have a little bit more cut off my length and a blowdry to finish. 

Georgina mixed together the colour for my highlights and started to apply this with foils, this is the first time i've ever had highlights so that was exciting. Once she had added in highlights to the top of my head she then went over and applied colour to my roots all over. I then had to leave it for about 30 minutes. 



After half an hour the colour was washed out and a silver shampoo was used again to keep those brassy tones away! They use lots of Redken products in the Salon, i've never used Redken before but all the products they used smelled amazing! 

Georgina then used a toner on my hair to give it shine and to make sure those brassy tones stay away all over and not only from the highlighted areas. She then took me into a treatment room to wash this out. The treatment room was really warm and cosy, it's so different from all the hussle and bussle of the salon. I sat in the chair which was a massage chair, it was lovely, so relaxing. Georgina then washed out the toner and gave me a lovely head massage as she was washing my hair. 




We then went back through to the salon and she started cutting my hair. I wanted a longish bob, she started cutting away and kept asking if the length was okay which I liked. She then styled my hair with the hairdryer as we discussed this created volume and movement which looked fab, I was so happy with my hair when I left.

I love the colour, it's just what I wanted! Those brassy tones are gone and now my hair is lighter with ash blonde highlights. It looks more natural and classy. I feel like it makes me look older which I like. 

The finish is great I'm so happy with it, my hair feels so soft and clean and healthy again. I've been trying to keep on top of my hair recently. I will returning to the Lisa Shepherd Salon again. The service is always great, everyone is so friendly and I left feeling very happy with my hair. 

Details about where you can find the salon and prices are here http://www.lisashepherd.co.uk/birmingham


You can also read my review of the Lisa Shepherd Colour Bar here http://www.amypyt.com/2013/12/lisa-shepherd-salon.html




*Disclosure : I was invited to the Salon for a complimentary treatment, the review above is honest and my own views and words. 
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