Thursday, 28 February 2013

Blogger birthdays

I saw this over on my sweetie-pie Tilly's blog the other day (which everyone should be following - here!) and thought it was a brilliant idea. It's really nice to see everyone's birthdays and feels really personal. It means a lot to know people a little bit more. And you can send everyone little cute pressies!

You can find their birthday calendar from the button below.

A new hair revelation: fringe/bang extensions!

I've lived my life wishing I had a fuller fringe for years. I know this is a problem for other bloggers out there, and since New Girl hit the scene it's left me with a gaping hole in my heart (and my hair!) wondering why I don't look anything like the amazingly beautiful Zooey Deschanel.

Oh the girl love for her.

I have fairly thing hair but a lot of it, but it gets greasy. Hence the fringe problem. I HATE gappy fringes and greasy hair. I also have recently had a lot of acne on my forehead (mature-teenage acne for those asking!) and it's left me pretty self-concious as I've tried a few products but none seem to work. The fringe is excellent for covering up my scars.

No matter how much dry shampoo I apply to my fringe it still looks a mess, all thin and rat-tail like. The only thing I could do was grow my fringe out and hopefully end up with another nice-ish style. 

NOT NOW. (Yes I know I'm sounding like a TV advert).

I've discovered fringe extensions. Not only fringe extesions on clips, but on hair bands. Now I'm a big fan of bringing the sixties back and my hair looks so much fuller and retro with a hair band as well. The best part is no one can actually tell when it's on. The hair is synthetic and can be washed with normal shampoo and just left to dry like hair extensions. They are not suitable for heated products like straighteners or curling tongs however, they are straight on their own so do not need extra maintenance.

I've found the best place to buy these is from China via eBay for a few pounds (depending on the seller). A total bargain for the amount I will actually wear it (thinking of accessories also being cost effective!) and the confidence it will give me.

Just look how cheery I am now I have a full fringe - CHEESE!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Weekly adorations #3

Here are my weekly adorations for the past week. I know it seems a little odd doing it on a Tuesday but it helps incorporate some of my weekend too!

1. My fiance being on an American chat show. I know I've done nothing but blog about this, but I was so excited to see him talking about our LDR on the chat show, I've done an extra post which can be found here.
2. My wedding! Four weeks today I will be married and on the plane to China, I am extremely excited about this and I hope the time flies and I'm impatient and want it now! Hehe.
3. Blogger love. I've found that since blogging I've made some amazing new friends, posts I'm sure will come up about these over the next week or so.
4. My hen night! I'm not one for tradition, as most of you have probably guessed by now and so I'm really excited for my interesting night out. It's just a simple meal and drinks but I know the girls I'm going out with will turn it into something a little more... (Watch this space!).
5. My love for Tomb Raider. I don't mention it often but I am a gamer girl at heart and since I was young I've always loved Lara Croft. I had palpitations at the new game last night and it brought back loads of new memories. Makes me think I need another console (sold the others so I could concentrate on Uni!) - not sure if this is a good idea haha.

Just another week in my eyes!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

How cost effective are your clothes?

Have you ever wondered how cost effective your clothes are? I have been thinking about this more and more over the weekend after watching a documentary on Really about being in debt and being an over spender. After seeing a girl get herself into £52k's worth of debt because she liked designer gear even if it wasn't in her size. This actually scared me that it could be a route that a lot of bloggers may end up going down. So why not work out whether something you will buy will be cost effective and earn it's worth with each wear?

For example, take a shirt I bought in the sale the other week for £10. To make it cost effective it needs to be able to be worn many times and in different ways (I'll be doing a 'one shirt, 5 ways' post shortly).

If you divide the shirt by the times it has been worn that will give you the total per wear, if you get my drift. So far, I've worn it twice which means it's cost £5 per wear. Ideally to make something cost effective, I would like it to cost around £2 or less per wear. Luckily the shirt I've bought will get worn a lot so it should eventually cut back to 50p!

I find the best way to find cost effective clothing is to buy from eBay, that was you can spend less than a tenner on a item of clothing and therefore divide it more to make it work better.

Saying that, I have just bought a dress that cost £41.90 (which is well over my budget for anything), even if I wore it frequently it would take a while to make it cost effective.

I've decided that after my honeymoon I'll be going on a spending cut and feel like I could use this method to see whether I can spend less on pretty dresses!

Would you ever use this tactic when buying clothing? Do you think you could make this work for you? I'd be really interested to find out.

Friday, 22 February 2013

I'll melt you down like ice cream

The A to Z of me: (A)

I thought I would let everyone know a little more about me, and I love a good rant/typing for England about pretty much nothing in particular. So a little more about me...

(A) is for Asia.

Ever since I can remember I've always been interested in Asian culture. It mainly began with my older brother introducing me to comic books/manga and niche video games when I was around 12. Since then it developed into this wide obsession of mine!

One of the first movies I ever saw was Battle Royale at around the age of 13 I think. This was the most amazing movie I had ever seen and I knew I needed to get more of this in my life! My favourite movies have always been horror so it seemed a natural progression to lead me into watching Japanese horror movies such as the Grudge. This then opened my eyes to Korean and Chinese movies, and I've never stopped.

Asian music. I'm a massive fan of Asian music. K-Pop/J-Pop the works. I think I discovered music through listening to singers on video games and such like. My favourite artists are Mika Nakashima, HyunA, BoA, Ayumi Hamasaki and 4Minute.

I adore Asian street fashion too. It's something about the style of how well people over there are dressed that blows my mind. And their models are super cute! I also love Harajuku fashion and anything lolita and cute is right there for me! I am equally obsessed with cute figures such as Hello Kitty, and pretty much anything cute and Korean.

This leads me on to video games. My ultimate fangirl experience. Anything produced in Asia definitely has my vote. I love RPG and Survival Horror games and my favourite ones have been Final Fantasy X and Clock Tower 3.

Lastly but not least of all, manga. I normally like to read a good book but when I can get into a really good series of manga I really enjoy it. My favourite of all time is Nana, which was made into an anime and then live action movie which starred Mika Nakashima! Even more fangirl action going on there.

I hope this gives a little more of an insight into my adoration for Asian culture!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A little follow up to my LDR post: fiancé ends up on a chat show!

Having a little rant about being in a long distance relationship on Valentines Day has gained me a little publicity, and my fiancé a lot!

I was contacted by HuffPostLive this evening to see whether Wen would be interested in taking part in a live chat room discussion about being in a long distance relationship from a male point of view. Here is the video:

All I can say is that I have never been prouder of him appear on this show with lots of women discussing how we keep together in a relationship. I totally agree, planning and having goals is the best plan we have, along with definite commitment. 

I've created my own little movie star! I honestly couldn't be prouder of being 700 miles apart from him knowing that he is happy enough to show true dedication to me over the internet to millions of viewers. He is one amazing man, and I am one lucky woman. 

50 things about me...

Well I thought it was about time I jumped on the bandwagon and did the 50 things about me tag! So here we go! I doubt any of these will be interestsing....

1. My favourite band is Funeral for a Friend.
2. My favourite song is Juneau by above said band.
3. In 2012 I dyed my hair at least five different bright colours.
4. I'm an Open University student.
5. My degree is in Humanities but I enjoy the fact this can be made up of the most random modules: classical studies and Chinese.
6. I speak Mandarin.
7. My best friend used to laugh at me when I sniffed Chinese boys in the lift of our old flat.
8. I used to want a one night stand with a Chinese boy so I could have a mixed race baby.
9. I am now marrying a Chinese boy (5 weeks!); no babies yet though.
10. I have an ever changing fashion sense.
11. I am pretty girly, I love everything vintage, lacy, baking, you name it.
12. I never thought I had a talent until I discovered blogging.
13. I recently moved back in to my parents house after living on my own for six years.
14. I will probably never own my own house.
15. My full time job is a secretary, but I teach English in my spare time.
16. Teaching has always been my passion, it's just taken this long to discover it.
17. I used to lack confidence until last year, not sure it was hitting 27 that did it.
18. I adore horror movies.
19. I will ONLY watch horror movies, unless I'm in the mood for something else.
20. I suffer with anxiety so bad that I can't go to the cinema, this really depresses me.
21. I'm 5'9 and a size 16, with size 7/8 feet. I am pretty massive.
22. My favourite colour is nude, my boy says this is a 'meaty colour'. He is odd.
23. I used to be heavily into video gaming.
24. My favourite games are Silent Hill and Skyrim.
25. I have an obsession for anything Asian. This used to solely be Japan but I've expanded my horizons.
26. I plan on moving to the north of China within the next five years.
27. My Chinese name is Qian Ru, my mother-in-law gave me this name.
28. I love Korean movies.
29. I own more dresses than anything else in my wardrobe.
30. I only own two pair of heels, one of which I haven't worn, and the other I fell over in.
31. My family live all over the world, I have a brother in Australia and a brother and sister in South Africa.
32. I don't like it when people ask if my glasses are real, they are, I can't see a thing without them.
33. I have a broad Yorkshire accent, which I think is why I won't do vlogs.
34. I've always wanted a tattoo but never got one.
35. It took me almost 10 years before I had the confidence to have my lip pierced, then I became addicted to piercings.
36. I have no patience whatsoever.
37. I am quite ditsy.
38. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey and have no intention.
39. I love anything with a print.
40. My bedroom looks extremely shabby.
41. I only own one MAC product, and that's my Ruby Woo lipstick.
42. I prefer to buy more for my money than own one expensive item.
43. I think I'm a bit of a thrifty shopper.
44. I wanted to be an Interior Designer growing up.
45. I can't drive/won't drive.
46. My favourite animal is a panda.
47. I have poor money management skills, I really need to improve on this.
48. I have an addiction to Temple Run 2 and Candy Saga.
49. My iPhone is never out of my hand.
50. I always wait until my nail varnish chips right off before I change it!

I actually found this quite hard and I know my answers are a little weird too! Oopsie. Re-reading my answers actually makes me look like I wish I was a Chinese girl haha. x

Monday, 18 February 2013

Weekly adorations #2

So this week I have been thankful for:

1. Old lady shops. I have no idea how I managed to buy a shirt from an old lady shop, but I did, for £10. And it looks amazing. I did have a battle with a biddy for it though. Whoops.
2. New Look. I haven't enjoyed New Look in such a long time but I feel everything I've got from there over the last four or five months has been excellent and fit perfectly - keep up the good work!
3. Going to work an hour earlier. This seems like a really silly idea but actually arriving in work an hour early means I've started eating breakfast and being able to sit and study in quiet.
4. Collage apps on my iPhone, I never knew these existed and wondered how people had great shots - now I know!
5. Last but not least, and featured on my last post: Chai tea latte and my wedding in five weeks - totally goes without saying!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

eTail PR, Marc B & ASOS Competition

Here is my wish list inspired by the gorgeous Marc B Tori bag. I love this bag, it's very classy but still has a hint of vintage chic; and of course being in my favourite tan shade! 

Here are a few items I've paired up from ASOS to go with it. What do you think?

I hope my entry manages to win me £75 to spend on a Marc B bag and £175 to spend at ASOS! I absolutely love this outfit combination. Great to take you into Spring and bring you back to Autumn.

Check out the competition here

Good luck to anyone else who enters! 

Saturday's Outfit of the Day

Today I thought I would have a bit of monochrome and finally wear my Red or Dead Aztec print coat!

Monochrome shoes are from H&M, high waisted jeans from New Look, horse print shirt is from G21 at George, Asda.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Friday haul post!

I adore not working Fridays however, it is usually meant for a study day but as my wedding is coming up I've found myself doing a little more shopping. Today I decided to have a spot of lunch out with my mom and a little shop in the process. Also, a dress I bought on eBay arrived today so I've decided to pop that in too.

Here is what I bought:

A pair of skinny high waisted jeans. I have a pear shape so sometimes find it difficult to get skinny jeans that fit, but actually these look amazing on! And, I don't have muffin tops which is a huge plus. I'll be packing a few shirts in my honeymoon suitcase now. These cost £12.99 from New Look. 
I also bought a midi aztec print dress. I was a little apprehensive on how this would look but actually fit like a dream and shows my curves off. Another impulsive buy but will look fab with a blazer. Also from New Look at £14.99. 
And finally my last clothing purchase was this nude Peter Pan collar dress from eBay. It cost me £13.00 but is stunning and fits a dream. It has an exposed zip at the back and a studded collar which goes all the way round. 

I've been after the Undress Me Too palette from MUA for a while but couldn't have been happier walking into Superdrug and ending up buying it for 60p! I have £3.00 of points on my beauty card and 40p off with my student card, well worth it I thought! There was a sales assisant asking me to try out Rimmel's new Lash Accelerator  Endless Mascara with grow lash complex. It's alright but I wasn't willing to pay their prices when I knew there was a 3 for 2 still on a Boots. I popped round there and purchased it as part of my selection, along with two more Apocalips Lip Lacquers in Celestial and Nude Eclipse. 

I really need to try a no spending ban, I would say March but that's when my wedding is and my honeymoon so maybe that isn't a good idea. Plus I have two hen nights coming up and a few planned coffee days with friends so I doubt I'd be able to keep up with that; maybe I'll try when I come back from China! 

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Being in a LDR (long distance relationship)

Yes, finally long distance relationships have been abbreviated! I'm in a LDR. I understand many people are too, maybe not as far as 700 miles however. My fiancé (married in 6 weeks!) studies away in Germany, and I chose to remain in good old Yorkshire. Now a lot of you will wonder how that can ever work? All I can say is amazingly it does! We have somehow managed to keep our relationship going like this for almost 18 months, and probably will do for another 3 years!

Questions I get regularly asked about this: Why don't you move over to be with him?
Well the cost of living there is quite high, I wouldn't be able to work full time as I have no intention of leaning German and English-speaking jobs wouldn't equate to the same pay I receive here. Learning Mandarin Chinese is enough for me at the moment anyway!

How do you cope?
It was very hard in the beginning, we argued a lot and broke up a few times. Knowing that your loved one has a whole new life without you is pretty hard to adjust to. All these new friends and names going round in your head makes it easy to become jealous. However, you get used to it. It seems hard at first but 'time is a healer' comes to mind and actually works. I know his friends really well now and they include me in their lives too. You have to make the effort to be a part of that circle as well.

How often do you see each other?
Due to work and study, sometimes we go months without seeing each other. Communication really is the key. If it wasn't for smart phones and having Facebook messenger we wouldn't speak as often as we could. We Skype at every possibility just to keep each other in the loop. My phone bill is regularly high too!

I know it seems ridiculous but we have our reasons. My partner wants a better job when we move back to China to support our family without the worries we would have in the UK. And I can understand this. Which means I have to support him to reach his goal.

I just want people to understand when they can't see their partners as they live 20 minutes away that you are lucky. You should all make more effort with your loved ones and not take them for granted.

This Valentines day we will be having a Skype date!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Valentines Gift Guide

Here are a few gift ideas for the lovely lady in your life! These products are definitely things I would love to own; and things I think lots of other lovely lady blogger would love equally!

I love my prints and anything kitsch/kawaii so I think these are very appropriate to my taste!

2. Marc Jacobs 'Dot' Set £45.00 
3. Cheeky Chops Mug £6.75
5. Be Mine Gift Set £16.50
6. Foxy Knot Wrap £2.95

What do you think? 
Have you tried out the Neom candles before? I would love to try one but their price is a little over what I would spend for a candle, no matter how lush!

What I would like to wear for my Valentines date

Here are a few clothing items which I am lusting after this Valentines! Unfortunately, as my fiancé is 700 miles away, we will only be having a Skype date; there isn't anything to say I still can't buy these lush items and wear them on cam though!

I know it's a little cliche to wear something covered in love hearts but I adore skater dresses and I think this dress fits in extremely well with the Valentines theme! I adore the idea of wearing these ankle socks just so the top of them show over the boots! Obviously my outfit would have to be topped off with a satchel, it is my favourite accessory after all!

1. George Suedette Stud Boots £20 - available at Asda  
2. MUA Undress Me Too Eyeshadow Palette £4 - available online or Superdrug
3. Red Cambridge Satchel £130 - available at Selfridges
4. Heart Print Skater Dress £40 - available at Topshop
5. Black Heart Picot Ankle Socks £3.50 - available at Topshop 

My usual work face of the day

I thought I would share a few of my beauty essentials for my work face look. Usually I'm pretty lazy with applying cosmetics, and I certainly don't have the ability to do it whilst travelling on the train, so I gave it in as a bad job. Although, I would say over the past eight months I have worn cosmetics to work every day, which if I say so myself, is an improvement!

My regular quick and easy base is the MUA Pro-Base Conceal and Brighten Kit in porcelain-beige, followed by Garnier's BB Cream (oil free) in light. I top this off with a quick dusting of MUA's Matte Perfect Loose Powder in translucent, and apply my Sleek Blush by 3 Pink Sprint palette (usually in Pink Parfait or Pinktini). 

On the eyes I go for large cat eyes eyeliner with Barry M's Wink eyeliner felt tip pen, which glides on like a dream, and is easy for me to use (such a novice with eyeliner!); I finish this off with Bourjois Beauty Full Volume mascara. 

And finally, if I'm feeling up to those dirty looks at work for wearing red lipstick, I slick on some of MAC's famous Ruby Woo!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Wow a thousand views! & a little update about China! :)

I just want to say how grateful I am to everyone who views my blog, even if you don't leave comments :) It makes me really happy to see that my hobby of blogging is worthwhile, even though I have been a little quiet lately. I'm happy now I have 26 followers too. I'm planning on doing a little Asian cosmetic haul giveaway when I hit 50 followers, just a few bits and pieces I'll be bringing back from China so watch this space!

Also, just a mini update: this weekend I've been drowning in Uni work, argh! It's only 6 weeks (today) until I get married and head off to China for a month so I'm busily trying to cram everything in before I go. I know it's a little early but I've already got my suitcase out and started packing away my new pretty dresses (up to 9 in total but I have enough time for it to change!).

Is there anything in particular you would like me to blog about when I'm out there/my return? I was thinking of doing a few hauls depending on what I buy, and I might even manage a vlog - I'm really scared about that one! :)

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Lashes of London collage/competition!

There is a fantastic competition over at Lashes of London at the moment to win a £200 voucher to spend on their range. The idea is to create a collage of what you would spend your £200 on. They have some amazing sale offers on at the moment so you can get a fabulous bargain! Fashionable and thrifty.

Here is my entry:

Altogether my total is: £189.40

I really enjoyed putting my collage set/wish list together. Lashes of London have some fantastic items of clothing which put together create extremely creative and striking outfits. 

What do you think of my choice?

My weekly adorations

I've decided to do a mini-appreciation blog/my weekly adorations, sort of my favourites of the week but a little more in depth.

1. Costa Coffee opening in my town. Now I'm usually a Starbucks kinda girl but having to travel 20 mins to get a coffee does seem inappropriate. Now I can have a quick 5 min walk to my local Costa, which isn't all bad actually. My first love is for chai tea lattes.
2. Getting married in 7 weeks. I know sometimes I'm going on a rant about my wedding but I'm super excited! It will only be a small do, and then we fly to China immediately afterwards to stay with the in-laws. I'm really excited to do a haul post of cosmetics and accessories I'll be bringing back.
3. My two-week old blog! I've really enjoyed my blogging experience so far and the feedback I've received from other bloggers and my readers is really appreciated. I'm happy that I have reached 20 followers so quickly!
4. Cute Paperchase stationary. This is always at the forefront of my mind as I love anything cute and kawaii. Having a cute pen and notebook has really made making lists for China a much more enjoyable experience.
5. Having a MacBook. This has made my life so much easier for University work and blogging. It's helpful as the Open University allow you to download all their textbooks, enabling me to open a textbook and have notes on screen at the same time - although that means less cute stationary for me!

I hope you enjoy my weekly adorations xo

MUA Pro-Base Conceal and Brighten Kit

I bought this concealer palette after having an extremely bad winter acne breakout; something I have never had before and which has caused me to have a fringe cut back in! Anyway, I have quite fair skin with an olive tint so I thought I would try the porcelain-beige shade. 

Normally I don't have the need to apply concealer and have been lucky to have relatively blemish free skin which is covered with a BB cream. Having the mid-twenties acne getting me down I decided to bite the bullet so to speak and impulsively buy a concealer palette. 

I was happily surprised with this one. Although extremely cheap, as most MUA products are, I find it is real value for money. The concealer is quite thick and has a very nice creamy consistency which is great for blending. I find shade one is suitable for my forehead and chin, and use the second shade for my nose. I have experimented a little with the highlighting shade three on my cheekbones but must admit I'm not overly hyped about this one. 

However, saying that, it has definitely done the trick as a camouflage concealer and lucky for me you can no longer see my raised, red acne ridden scarring!

As you can see, there is only little variation in the pigmentation, but this is just from one swipe. 

To finish my look, I apply a little BB cream over the top and finish with the MUA matte powder.

What do you think to the MUA range?

Friday, 1 February 2013

Outfit of the day feat. Apocalips

Today I am wearing Primark black jeans, a Primark dipped hem burgundy top a a pair of stunning River Island leopard print flatforms. The burgundy and black fur coat is from Dorothy Perkins and a trusty Zara bag.

My face of the day features Apocalips in Stellar. I am loving this colour.