OOTD: Black Milk Wannabe's, TOWIE cameo's and a Hashtag Overload!

I love a good celebration (and no, I don't mean the chocolate kind...although I do bloody love them too) I am a firm believer in celebrating and 'rewarding' myself for pretty much any insignificant event that happens in my life. There's nothing like a good incentive to give you the motivation to, I don't know...revise harder for exams, (doesn't apply to me) train harder for a certain event, (definitely doesn't apply to me) or even just to get you through a shitty crappy week. (Now this situation, 100% applies to me)

Which leads me nicely onto some prime examples of this completely ridiculous way of thinking. Last week happened to be a shitty week, which in reality, isn't great - #BrainsOfBritain #MoveOverEinstein #BloggerPleaseBanMeFromUsingPoxyHashtags - however, it also meant that a trip to the shops to cheer myself up/give myself a boost/make me snap out of being a silly prat, was absolutely on the cards.

Here's my completely average and not post worthy outfit worn to said shopping trip. Don't get too excited, no really...
Oh, Hi there stray bit of hair that's planted itself right in front of my face. Thanks for ruining 1 of very few 'acceptable' pictures. I know what you're thinking 'These are acceptable?...Poor cow!'
I wonder if Black Milk are pissed about the fact that Primark are ripping of their leggings? Well, they might be, but at literally less than 1/10 of the price, I'm bloody not!

Top: Primark*
Black milk wannabe leggings: Primark*
Boots that I am physically attached to: Ever Yours
Jacket: Topshop

* I am not sponsored or sent free clothes from Primark, I am just a massive tight arse who loves a bargain!

Now, I get a lot of people telling me how lucky I am to work in the industry that I do. And you know what, 99% of the time, they're right. (Probably less than that but I won't write it just in case any of my employers see this I sound ungrateful, ha!) "So, that 1%...?" you're all thinking...actually love we're all thinking 'can you stop rambling and finish the bloody post?' Well I tell you what, they often say a picture speaks a thousand words, so I'll let a picture - a screen shot from TOWIE the other night to me precise, #loser - do the speaking (....and probably add in the thousand words after, this is me after all!)
Can you hear that? What's that noise? Oh, sorry about that, it's just the fashion police coming to arrest me for committing the biggest crime to fashion! I feel the need to explain this absolutely horrendous get up here - by the way if you haven't spotted me already, I am the absolute tit with the hood up, holding a clipboard and wearing my now worse for wear brown Mulberry bag - that day in Essex, it was -3degrees, snowing all day and I was literally so cold I couldn't feel my fingers and toes. So yes, for one day and one day only, a ski jacket (with the hood up)....was allowed! So as I was saying, 99% of the time I do love my job, but on occasions like this? My fingers and toes definitely wished I worked in River Island. Or any other shop. Or basically anywhere that isn't outside!

Hope you enjoyed this post guys, as always thank you so much for reading!


OOTD: Anti-social Annie, lumpy arse and my sad blogging confession!

If you're a regular reader of my blog, or have read my blog at some point before (Mum, that means you...and probably only you) you'll know that when I'm working I turn into a complete hermit, a complete recluse and pretty much a complete and utter anti-social tit. Not only do I not have a chance to breath - obviously pure exaggeration - let alone meet my friends, but I also have a big fat moan about it on here. You lucky little things you, no wonder I've got millions of followers...oh, awkward!

However - oh don't you just love a good connecting word - this weekend (Oh I forgot to add that Thursdays and Fridays are my 'new weekends' but it's absolutely fine. I'm not bitter about the fact that I never get the same days off as all of my friends ......not bitter at all) I finally got my 'still not Beyonce sized' arse into gear and caught up with two of my best friends. I went for a casual/put together look. As I said, I went for it, whether I actually pulled it off though is very questionable. Erm, no it's not love. It's an absolute resounding 'No you never!'
Despite the fact that I nearly always wack out the old "pull the hair back, don't look at the camera...let's try and make this look natural" pose, I genuinely didn't 'pose' for this. We had force 9 gale's - no exaggeration, well...probably a little exaggeration - today and that barnet was never staying in place!
Also, sincere apologies for what are without a doubt the most unflattering trousers that have ever graced the planet. They somehow manage to just make your legs look a bit...I want to say 'trunky' but realise this is 100% not a word/even decipherable, so I'll go for lumpy. Yes, they kind of add lumps are bumps that are not there, which on my arse is fine - perfect in fact, hello Beyonce arse without the effort of squats - but elsewhere, kind of just looks wrong.
Shirt that was so static it made my hair look even more like a Lions mane/Hagrid: New Look
The world's most unflattering trousers: River Island
Old faithful "she's wearing them again"boots: River Island
One of way too many gilet's: Primark (My bargainista self had to get a Primarni item in there somewhere)

So now we've come to the end of what, looking back, is possibly one of the most boring posts I've ever written in my blogging history. Which by my standards, is saying something. No, no, don't all rush to defend me and say that it's been riveting...Oh you're not? well that really is awkward!

In all seriousness though, the last week has been particularly busy, stressful and manic for me (here we go, out come the violins again) and I have to admit, despite the fact that I feel like a total knob saying it, I've really really missed blogging. I miss interacting with other readers/bloggers, I miss the #bblogger chats, I just miss indulging in the completely superficial and pure escapism side that blogging brings out in me. Oh well, TOWIE comes to an end in a couple of weeks and I'm sure I'll be back to blogging every day. Who the hell am I kidding? I never did that in the first place, as much as possible anyway. That's more like it love....

Thanks so much for reading guys, hope you enjoyed this post!


OOTD: First array into brights, tree legs and rivaling Subo!

When it comes to bright colours, I'm about as much of a virgin as Susan Boyle (Sorry Subo, love ya really!) Yep, if you're talking black, navy, grey, maroon or basically any kind of neutral colour - I should have just said neutrals really shouldn't I? Yeah, you know I love a ramble... - then you're my friend. If you're bright pink (I have an extreme dislike of pink) red, or god forbid a neon yellow, then you might as well go....*wacks out my best Gloria Gaynor impression* walk out the door, just turn around now, you're not welcome anymore... Oh I do love a golden oldie!

However, after seeing Neon being banded about everywhere; fashion blogs, magazines, street style and especially London Fashion Week - let's face it, if a dictionary had pictures, a Neon Beanie would be next to 'Bandwagon' - so I thought I'd roll with it (see what I did there? bandwagon, roll...OK I'll shutup now!) and embrace the brights. Ladies, say hello to a more colourful me. Well, for today anyway...
I love everything about these leggings. Comfortable? tick. Unique pattern? tick. Lovely textures? tick. And the most amazing thing of all? No camel toe in sight. Tick, tick, tick!
By the way, on a serious note - I know, I can actually do serious believe it or not! - can someone please explain to me why in every bloody shop that is full of monochrome, there is nearly always a royal blue colour item with it?! I know brights/blues are a great way to brighten up/clash against a monochrome outfit but..it's still not monochrome is it? I don't know, I'm waffling, I'm rambling, I'm talking shit rubbish, basically...I'm just being me. But does anyone agree though?

Jumper that should come with a Sunglasses warning sign: Topshop
Leggings which are basically a monochrome tree: Topshop
Boots that still result in me walking like Bambi: Ever Yours

Can I also just point out that this outfit contains absolute NO Primark items whatsoever. If anybody has read my blog/knows me, you will know that this achievement is practically equivalent to Oprah running a marathon. I feel over the moon and tragic, all at the same time!

Hope you enjoyed this post guys. Thank you so much for reading!


REVIEW: Skin care Saviour - La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

When it comes to band wagons, I am all over them like a common, trampy girl in McDonalds! *Hangs head in shame and pretends that sentence was absolutely not about the person writing it*

Chanel pop up shop? Been there. Illamasqua speckle nail polish? Done that. Slogan 'geek' 'loser' 'nerd' clothing? Got the T-Shirt...literally!!

So when every Tom, Dick and Harry (I was going to write Tanya, Ruth and Lily but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it? #bloggerproblems #OnlyKnobsUseHashtagsInBlogposts #IAmAnAbsoluteKnob) raved about La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo, there was only one place that bad boy was going, and that's straight in my - already completely weighed down - boots basket!
From previous reviews two things were pretty obvious about this product to me. The first being that there was some kind of magical mix of ingredients - which I'm not going into, Science (in fact, school in itself) was not my strong point - that managed to clear up peoples blemishes, keep skin clear and just generally in great condition.

The Second being that whatever lucky shop assistants serve me when I buy this little gem, are going to have an absolute ball when they hear me trying to pronounce this. If I had a pound for every time somebody commented on my accent - and more commonly how much they don't expect it come out of my mouth - I'd never need to work again. I mean, the cockney/common/South East Laaaandon accent isn't that bad is it? No, of course not love...who doesn't want to sound like a cross between Del Boy and Peggy Mitchell?!

Anyway, back to the best Duo since Ant and Dec. What is it? Well, I'll leave it to La Roche Posay to answer that question for you. Here's what they say...

"Who is this for? Oily skin with irregular texture, prone to imperfections, blemishes and spots.

 What does it do? Pores are unclogged and purified to help reduce the development of future breakouts. Helps to reduce skin imperfections leaving skin looking clearer and feeling smoother."
Now, I don't know about you - and it completely contradicts my cheap skate tendencies - but whenever a product is massively hyped up, I kind of want to prove it wrong. I kind of want to hate it, pick flaws in it. I want to be able to say "Hi millions of you lot out there, what the fuck hell were you on about, this is s**t"...no, I'm only joking! Regardless of what I wanted to do with this product, I couldn't!

I mentioned in a previous post that I opened my massive trap to say about how well my skin had been behaving and BOOM, out breaks an army of vile little suckers, otherwise known as spots. Luckily, I had already bought the Duo after succumbing to the hype but was waiting for the perfect chance to use it. Well, this period certainly come up trumps. So let's get into the details...oh I love a good detail.

The texture - Effaclar Duo's texture is pretty liquidy (absolutely not a word, but I'm going with it anyway...) and a cross between a gel and a cream I'd say. It feels surprisingly moisturising when applied to skin but sinks in in no time, leaving you with nicely moisturised but for me - most importantly - matte!
Does it do what it actually says it does? In other words, are La Roche Posay chatting s**t? (and the world's most unclassy, common as muck blogger award goes to....aww thanks guys, I never win anything!) Anyway, I'm digressing all the over shop here. In answer to my question, yes it does. Within a week of using this, the break out on my skin had not only completely cleared up, but those horrible little blemish scars that they normally leave behind were completely gone too, and my pores really were visibly reduced. HA, listen to me go on as if I'm in a bloody Clean and Clear advert *cue over enthusiastic, completely false voice and smile* my skin was clean, clear and under control! :D

Finally, value for money - Luckily for you lot, this is short and sweet for me. It retails at £13, and it's completely changed my skin. So my answer to that question, in a word - which is virtually impossible for me - YES!

I'll start wrapping this up now guys as it's beginning to get as long as my Fashion/Beauty product wish list. For me, this is the one skin care product that I will absolutely repurchase without fail. I don't want to ever be without it and I know I can rely on it when my skin starts to absolutely take the piss out of me misbehave itself again. Clean and clear skin, reduced pores and healing blemishes in half the time than they would if left to their own devices...I will take that!
La Roche Posay is stocked in bigger Boots stores and online here if you're interested. I'd love to know if any of you - I'm pretty sure some of you would have - have tried this out. If so, what did you think? Agree with my rambles, disagree? I wanna hear your thoughts regardless!

Hope this post was useful for you guys, thank you so much for reading!

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