Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Back to School

Dress  - Topshop
Blouse - H&M
Satchel - Warehouse
Necklace - Accessorize 
Brogues - Unknown Swedish

I've got to admit that I don't have a whole lot to tell you about this outfit, except that I felt a lot like I was heading back to school whilst wearing it.  I'm sure you can see where that feeling came from - the satchel, the brogues, the shirt, the skirt (/dress - shhh), the bun.  All together, if I'd added a tie, I could have easily sat myself down in an exam hall and not looked an inch out of place, although I'm sure somebody would have told me off for the tied shirt.

Speaking of which, I don't think I've knotted the tails of a shirt since 2010.  It was a look that I used to quite like but I think I went off the whole idea when New Look and Dorothy Perkins introduced a ghastly range of t shirts with ready to tie hems.  I'm a little opposed to pre-made anything at the best of times - layers, rips, etc,  I think it just completely contradicts the whole vibe that is at the heart of such looks - but on too thin jersey, cut so the tie sat at an unflattering point of the abdomen which cupped any excess stomach you were sporting?  Just no high street, just no.  

Here we are though, three years later, and getting dressed this morning I suddenly found my hands fumbling to craft the perfect fisherman's knot before I even kew what was happening.  I think I kind of like it though; it adds a hint of St Trinian's to my otherwise wholly Malory Towers get up (please say I'm not the only one who grew up on a diet of Enid Blyton tales?) and, somewhat inexplicably, made me feel a little Byker Grove too.  Now, don't ask me to supply any kind of logic to go with that reference as it comes with neither rhyme nor reason.  I certainly have no recollection of ever seeing tied shirt tails on the show, but I just have an inkling that in between youth club rivalry and dabbles in teenage pregnancy, the Byker Grove best wouldn't have been stopping to button the bottom half of their shirts.  Call me crazy, but that's just how things were today.

Now, before I put a stop to this incoherent dribble to which I am subjecting you today, I'd really appreciate a little feedback from anybody reading this.  What are your feelings on the text/picture placements in blog posts?  Do you like pictures placed all together at the beginning, all at the end, or half and half?  Do you like the text in one block, or the paragraphs alternated with pictures?  I think I've tried pretty much all of the above at one point or another, most regularly opting for a picture-text-pictures routine, but I just can't make my mind up.  Any opinions will be greatly appreciated.

Happy Monday,

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer - A Bittersweet Review

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Stellar 

For me (and the majority of the online beauty community and indeed the world at large, or so it seems), February brought with it a much anticipated addition to my makeup collection in the shape of a Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer or two.  Whilst I may be a little late to the show when it comes to reviewing this product, I wanted to added my two cents nonetheless, as my feelings about the Apocalips were bittersweet.

I'll start with the good news.  I found the lip lacquer astonishingly easy to apply; they provided the pigmentation of a lipstick, with the ease of gloss application.  They perhaps even trumped the matte formulas to which I am usually so loyal as it took just one swipe of the product, blotted, to give a colour payoff that would usually require at least two coats of regular lipstick.  Not only is the immediate colour gratification excellent, but the staying power of the Apocalips formula is pretty darn impressive too.  I applied it in the morning and hours later, having encountered wind, rain, sandwiches and litres of water, it was still looking picture perfect. 

As I said though, I wasn't 100% impressed by the product.  If I wanted an easy and, let's be honest, fun alternative to a standard lipstick, I couldn't fault Apocalips, but that's not why I bought them.  I have an extensive range of matte lip colours already but I wanted something more from Rimmel's latest offering.  I wanted colour payoff, yes, but I wanted it to come with a gloss and shine that you could almost see your reflection in.  And, on first application, that's exactly what you get but boy oh boy is it messy.  I wore the product like this for less than an hour before the endless transferring onto every surface got a bit too much to handle, and I urgently reached for a tissue to blot with, thereby achieving the aforementioned effect.

The big question: is this product for you?  If you want a hassle free lip colour with incredible pigmentation and superb longevity in a nice range of shades, then yes yes yes, I urge you to pick up a Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer. However, if you're looking for something a bit different, something that'll give you a glossy Hollywood smile, then I suggest you think a little more carefully.  Unless you love your new lip colour so much that you want a trace of it on every surface, that is, in which case go ahead and enjoy.