Monday, December 31, 2012

Boyfriend Style

I was just looking at my boyfriend while he was getting dressed the other day... I have to say I love his style & if I was a boy, I would definitely dress like him! We're like the boy & girl version of each other, which I love! 
Anyway, while he was carefully choosing his outfit for the day, I came up with the idea that I'm going to feature him on my blog, since he doesn't want to start a blog of his own! I've been nagging him for the past 3 years to make a fashion/style blog, there's not many boys out there that run a site like that nowadays. Oh well, if he won't make one, I'll put him on mine! 

So here he is with his outfit of the day!

Jacket: ZARA (last season)
Sunglasses: ZARA
Trousers: ZARA
Shoes: ZARA

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Purchases: Gold & More Gold.

There are actually a lot, and I mean a lot of things I bought in the past few months, and to tell you the truth, I haven't really done a post about them, which I'm sure you have noticed.
So now I will just do a quick post of 2 things I bought from my favorite store ZARA in recent weeks, and some more posts later when I have some time to take photos of everything! :)

First up is this adorable gold glitter loafer. I have wanted this the first second I layed my eyes on it! I have always wanted a cute slipper, but never really found the perfect one, until I stepped into ZARA. I've tried several styles, colours, etc, but they were all really uncomfortable. 

It also came in silver, but I'm a golden girl, all my bags, accessories, everything is gold, so there is no wonder why I got this colour! I'm really thinking about the silver as well, it would be cute with all my outfits & the few silver hardware bags I have. And it's more glam in my opinion!

The other thing I got was these gold studded gloves, well, actually, ny boyfriend bought these since he knew how much I wanted them. I saw them last year in store, but they sold out in a heartbeat, so I was really happy to see these back in stock this year!
PS - I have done a post about Phillip Lim's studded babies a while ago, you might remember these beauties from there, if not, then keep reading!

I first saw a similar pair on Kim Kardashian & Beyonce and I immediately knew I had to have them too! It took me 2 years to actually find a pair, but I'm so happy it's finally mine!
As you can see, Phillip Lim's version is studded all-over, unlike the ZARA one which doesn't have studs on the fingers, but I think it's still gorgeous:
 ZARA's studded gloves from last years collection:
 And finally, two longer styles! J'adore them. <3

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

LOVE: Lush Cosmetics

First off, if you have no idea what Lush Cosmetics is then you probably won't know what this post is about either, so let me introduce them to you:

Some quick info from their official website:
We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans.
We invent our own products and fragrances, we make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients and tell you when they were made.
We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.
We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.
*We also believe words like 'Fresh' and 'Organic' have an honest meaning beyond marketing.

In a nutshell, Lush is a cosmetics brand that sells fresh handmade products. They are one of the few companies which don't test on animals, and they only use all-natural vegetarian ingredients with little or no preservaties at all. 
If you want a break from all the chemicals and are sick of the fact that most brands test their products on animals, or just want to try something new - then Lush is for you!

I have to say, I have been a fan of Lush eversince they opened their first store here.
I have tried a few products in the past, mainly soaps & facial cleansers, and a few lip scrubs but now that Christmas is here I felt the need to treat myself to some more amazing goodies.

I ordered the following items this week & can't wait to receive them! :
Snow Fairy hair & shower gel, which is actually limited edition, and I'm so happy it's back for Christmas!
It's not only pink, but it also has glitter in it AND smells like cotton candy! The ultimate girly treat for every lady out there! Washing yourself with this is just so good, everytime I open the bottle, I just want to eat the whole thing!
Godmother & RockStar soap - These two soaps are my absolute favorites! I have tried a few others, but these two are what I fancy the most. Pink & girly yet again, they smell of sweet delicious candy & fruity vanilla goodness! They both make my skin feel so soft & I smell amazing everytime I use this! Love them!
I haven't tried this product yet as it is fairly new, but it immediately caught my eye when I first spotted it in store. I am a big fan of highlighters, and I'm certain that this little pot is simply magic! I swiped it on my hand several times and it's just gorgeous! Use it for under the eyes, on your browbone, eyelids, or on the cheeks, and even on your décolletage for some sexy shimmer - it works all ways. 
One thing is for sure, after using this I will bound to feel younger just like the name tells me! Can't wait to try!
I've been wanting to try Lush hair care for the longest time now, I don't even know why I haven't bought any yet, but I just ordered this shampoo which contains a whole lot of amazing things like coconut, cocoa butter, shea buter, jojoba oil, avocado butter (all kinds of butters really), olive oil, eggs, papaya and freshly squeezed lemon juice and is said to work wonders on curls! Of course it works on all kinds of hair, straight, wavy, etc, but it is mainly designed for curly haired beauties! It will definitely give you that extra bounce without weighing your hair down.
As an added bonus, this product does not contain preservatives. Sounds good to me!
Another hair care product, and to match my shampoo I chose this lovely condition. It's called American Cream and it smells of vanilla strawberry milkshake! Can you say YUM?! I think I'm going to have a hard time trying not to eat this while conditioning my hair with it! It is a combination of honey, strawberries and fresh orange juice, mmmm.
I have really thick course hair, and I tend to get split ends, and also have the tendecy to forget to cut and freshen up my hair from time to time. That's exactly why I chose this "balm" designed for split ends.
It contains extra virgin olive oil, shea butter, grapefruit oil, rosewood oil, fresh eggs and gardenia extract. Hope it will work wonders on my rebellious hair!
I always have a can or bottle of dry shampoo at home. Not because I don't like washing my hair, but because I'm a busy girl and have no time to wash my hair as much as I want to. Sometimes I have work day after day after day and washing my long, thick hair can take up to 2 hours, which I often don't have. I have tried a lot of brands, but I'm hoping that Lush's No Drought won't disappoint!
Some extra info: it contains a light lovely fragrance of lemon, grapefruit and lime that leaves you with fresh, good as new hair that not only looks, but smells great too!
My lips are always, and I mean always dry and flaky after a while. Probably from all the lipstick, and the cold weather doesn't help either. If you're like me and need a good lip scrub then this is definitely for you! I have this in bubblegum flavor already, but the only problem with that one is that it really makes my head ache. The scent is super yummy, but so strong that I feel drowsy immediately after applying. That's why I decided to order this new Christmas edition which is actually a salt-caramel popcorn flavor with popping candy sweetness. Sounds delicious!
And if that's not enough, you could even eat it. Serious! It contains coconut, jojoba oils, sugar, sea salt & polenta & it's the perfect mix to buff your lips to perfection and leave them smooth and moisturised.
This product promises to lift dirt, grease and even makeup from your skin, without actually stripping away your skin's natural defences. I used to use Lush's infamous Baby Face facial cleanser, but since they discountinued it, I have no choice but to try another one out.
What's super good about it is that it is designed for EVERY skin type! It contains rose water which reduces the redness of your skin and balances it out while calming it. The honey in it soothes and moisturises and it is also a great antiseptic. And to top it all off, the fresh irises steeped in almond oil are ancient skin beautifying ingredients.

Solid toothpaste? Yes! There is such thing! Lush have come up with a fantastic alternative for toothpaste, and its these amazing "Toothy Tabs" which cleanse not only your tooth but your palates as well!
They come in all kinds of flavors - this one, called Sparkle, is a vanilla flavor with lemon, grapefruit & spicy black pepper! There are 40 tabletts in each package, but you only need about half for one use!Oh and did I mention they make your teeth super white & sparkly too?! I'm very excited to try these!
I'm a big fan of Lush hair products already, even though I haven't even tried them yet!
This sea salt spray sounds absolutely amazing and definitely a must for everyone who loves to care for their hair. Combined of sea salt, sea water and seaweed, this spritz holds hair in place, adds shine and gives body for a beautiful beachy look! As an added bonus, orange flower, grapefruit, neroli and rosewood blend perfumes the spray. Sounds lovely!

It might look rather weird at first, but what this ball of green is is a stimulating ginger & fennel sugar scrub!
What is it good for? Well, these scrubs are tough on cellulite and unwanted bumps, but kind on your skin. It doesn't waste any time getting down to business, it exfoliates & stimulates with ingredients like ginger, fair trade sugar, lavender and fresh fennel!

I've never really used any facial cleansers or products before. I'm not really a fan of putting chemicals on my face, ok, well besides makeup... I do that for a living and enjoy it, but the idea of putting fresh handmade organic products on it that are great for your skin, now I think that's a much better idea!
There aren't many toners on the market that doesn't have skin-irritating alcohol in it, so I'm thankful for Lush for making this product. This tea tree water toner spray is a great antiseptic due to the tea tree oil in it, which clears out blemishes, and also grapefruit and juniper oil which helps balance your skins oil production. One spritz of this after you cleanse your face, and you're done!

I know that I already ordered a cleanser from them (Ultrabland), but I just can't leave this Ocean Salt face scrub behind! It just sounds too good for me not to buy it!
It is one of Lush's no. 1 products, with coconut cream & avocado, which help hydrate thirsty skin, sea salt for scrubbing away dead skin and dirt, and finally lime & vodka (yes, vodka!), which are also ideal for blocked pores, blackheads and blemishes! 
No wonder this is one of the best products they have!

PS - Review of the items I've already tried from Lush: COMING SOON later this week!
Have you tried any? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Maison Martin Margiela with H&M - What I Bought!

As you may have noticed, I am quite a big fan of H&M designer collaborations. 
Not only because they items in these collections are affordable, but because the thought of owning something that's gorgeous AND limited at the same time, is fanstastic! 
There have always been a few pieces which I absolutely loved from every special guest designer, from Versace to Anna Dello Russo, and now, Maison Martin Margiela too!

I mainly wanted two items from the collection, one of them which I luckily got my hands on - The gorgeous rhinestone necklace, which is actually a re-edition of an MMM piece from their Spring-Summer 2004 collection! How cool!

I remember browsing the H&M website when I first saw the official collection pictures, and this necklace was definitely what caught my eye first! I am crazy about jewelry, I have to wear lots of bling & bracelets, necklaces, everything! Not all at the same time obviously, but statement jewelry is something I just can't seem to get enough of! 
This piece was such a good purchase, I''m truly happy that there was still a few left by the time I got to H&M, which was actually almost 2 hours from where I live!

And that takes us to the gorgeous candy clutch MMM also released in their H&M collection. Unfortunately since I live so far from the only H&M that carries special designer collaboration pieces, I missed out on it! 
Apparently they sold out immediately, after 5-10 mins! 
Crazy, but that makes me feel a bit better about not being able to buy it I guess... haha!

Check out some pics I took of my gorgeous purchase + some extra photos of the clutch I wanted!

This is how it looks on: 

And the metallic finish "candy wrapper clutch" that I just love:
 So mad I missed out, but to make it all see, better, I do have a similar mirrored silver clutch bag from Zara after all...

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