The Mom Jean

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The controversial mom jean has taken me by suprise, in my teen years when actual mums wore these I actually remember thinking to myself who would even buy these? Now here I am raving about them… No doubt in years to come my children will be looking at old photos thinking the same!

I think they can look rather classy whilst keeping your outfit fresh with that hint of modern style. I have had mixed opinions from my friends! Here’s how I styled mine for my outfit of the day:

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Tesco striped cropped tee. River Island Mom Jeans. leather jacket & patent courts; every girl should own a pair?

So would you dare to wear? What’s your opinion on Mom jeans? X

May Day; May Day!

Well Helloooo
Long time, no see! My blog has been rather neglected this month due to my mind, body and soul being consumed by revision I’m afraid to say. So here’s a little Instagram catch up for the minimal activities I have actually got up to this month.

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Well the main exciting thing for me this month has been booking a sunny holiday, the first in two years! After feeling particularly depressed about my life primarily revolving around work & studying (essentially more work) it was decided that what the hell is the point of having savings in the bank & nothing to look forward to. So in September we’re jetting off to the sunny Algarve in Portugal! Hooray!

That leads me on to my ginormous clear out of my wardrobe, in order to implement my 50 Piece Wardrobe Challenge and also fund my newly anticipated summer wardrobe. I’ve been eBaying, Depoping and Charity Shopping galore. I’ve been aiming to try and sell bits every week and so far I’ve made a pretty penny and am finally making a dent in my soon to be glorious wardrobe room.

Other than that I’ve been eating lots of biscuits and ice cream, wishlist browsing, and been a general hermit. But Alas! In 2 weeks my exams will be over, the summer will start and I shall have lots of energy and happiness to share with you lovely darlings.

Is anyone else being a revision recluse?

I hope you have missed me! You can follow me on Instagram at @Lulabellex for a snippet of my mind. Ciao for now X

Contour Wishlist

Since seeing an abundance of chiseled cheeks and healthy glows on my Instagram feed I have been getting serious contour envy.

So much so I’ve been glued to my phone drooling over all the products I want in my life! I think I may need to take out a mini mortgage but everything inside me is shouting run to the shops noooooowwwww….

1. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow
The name says it all really. I stumbled across this on the Boots website whilst looking for a bronzer. It comes in 2 shades, I think I’d go for the darker one personally. With a nice mix of bronze, blush & highlighter you can’t go wrong. A bit steep at £39 but a real investment piece!

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2. MAC Studio Finish Concealer
I can just tell that this would be perfect for highlighting the under eye, cupids bow, nose & cheeks during the contour process. I’ve seen pictures of the finish of this concealer and it looks flawless. I’d probably go for a lighter shade such as NC15 or NW15.

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3. NARS Albatross
I love the really glowy look which this highlighter is perfect for! As it’s not got a skin tone colour it’s perfect for blending in and adding a very natural polished look.

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4. Clinique Cheek Pop Blush {peach pop}
Not only is the packaging to die for I adore the colour of the peach pop blush. Need I say more?

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5. MAC Duo Fibre Brush #187
Just to finish it off I’d love this blending brush. I’ve seen a YouTube video featuring this brush and it blends so effortlessly and would fit in perfect in my brush pot!

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That’s all folks! I don’t want much do I?! Is there anything you’re particularly crushing on at the moment?

50 Piece Wardrobe Challenge: SHOES

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Ankle Boots (similar) – H&M Converse Heeled Court – River Island Leopard Sandals – Zara

Having at least 5 pairs of shoes that belong in the wardrobe just for display purposes is all part and parcel of being a shoeaholic.

There is no doubt that this is going to be the hardest part of the challenge for me! I’ve already probably failed, but I have managed to seriously down size my shoe collection just today… Are you proud? The below collection is my to-go’s!

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If I was a sophisticated, super chic Parisian I would aim to own just those 4 basics above. I chose an ankle boot, black courts, a trainer and a sandal. Perhaps I’ll get there eventually…

What do you think to my 4 essentials? Would you do it differently?

50 Piece Wardrobe Challenge

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Warning- this post is not going to be pretty, nor comfortable!

Eeek, I’m in panic mode as I’m writing this but I’ve been reading lots of articles and blog posts lately about the new way to achieve the chicest wardrobe! It’s not good news, apparently it is to only have 50 pieces in your wardrobe including shoes!! The idea is to only buy 5 statement pieces each season, maximise on alternating outfits and voila. Ahhhh!

Is this achievable; I do not know. I’m going to have a go as I’m rapidly running out of space and starting to encroach on the boys only cupboard.

I’ve already made the poor soul keep the majority of his clothes in the drawer under the bed and I’ve managed to sneakily claim the spare room as my own dressing area!

My next few posts are going to be following my 50 piece challenge. Do you think you could manage this?

Does the idea fill you with as much dread as a fat kid without chocolate or am I just a self-confessed clothes/shoes/bag-oholic?

Stud Jumpin’

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Jumpsuit – Pretty Little Thing Barely There Sandals – ASOS/River Island Belt – ASOS (similar)

Firstly, you will have to excuse the horrendous pictures! I was tearing around running late for my night out, so grabbed the iphone to encapture my outfit for you!

These days most of my money goes on the house, so when I buy clothes now it’s a typical womanly multi-task theme in my mind.

I picked this cute powder blue jumpsuit from Pretty Little Thing and love the versatility. I dressed mine up with these silver t-bar barely there’s from ASOS, a black leather jacket and my studded belt for an evening of rampaging with my girlfriends. The legs are supposed to be nice and fitted but as I’m stumpy and can’t ever find anything to fit my little legs I went for the rolled up look.

I have also tried a few variations with this jumpsuit and it also looks cute with flip flops for a summer day time where you end up at a beer garden/BBQ.

What do you think to the look? X

REVIEW: Skinny Tan*

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Being a typical English Rose is not always good, especially when the sun rears it’s pretty head & I’m as pasty as an Egyptian cotton sheet and haven’t been to the gym for a month :-/!

If you’ve read my posts before you’ll know I’m a fake tan addict, so now there’s a new one on the block that not only tans but contours the body, I had to give it a try.

Skinny Tan is from the Bondi Beaches of Australia, get me there! On first application the product is a smooth gel/lotion. It applied really easily and almost slightly foamed which made it rub in perfectly. As the lotion is coloured you can’t miss any spots & remain streak free.

Within 5 mins I had a natural golden glow and a scent reminiscent of butterscotch Angel Delight. I personally love the colour I was left with, it looked as though I had been walking along the sandy shores for a week.

My tan lasted about 4 days & naturally faded, I just wished it was longer! But I have now invested in the Pre-tan & After Glow in the hope it will keep longer.

In my opinion this tan is no good if you’re a die hard tanorexic as it doesn’t give you that deep, long lasting ‘fake tan look’. But perfect if you prefer a golden, natural tan & would definitely be the one for a wedding or first day of holiday!

You can get it here!

REVIEW: La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream*

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Being a sensitive soul merely putting a smidge of a product brings me up in a red, heated rascal of a rash! Usually I just try to find the best product I can to hide it and try and slather my skin in healing moisturiser at night… Now there is La Roche-Posay CC Cream.

A complete correcting cream specialised for those red, sensitive skins, which gives you more coverage than a BB cream but not as heavy as a foundation. Simply a cross breed of a tinted moisturiser and foundation, with the benefit of being SPF 30 too!

On my trial run I used a squidge the size of an almond, this was just about enough, but I did just blot over a little extra.

To begin I didn’t feel that I had enough coverage and wouldn’t have felt comfortable leaving the house with my skin that bare, however by the time I had put my mascara on it was like a miracle had happened.

I had no red blotches, they had just seemed to die down, my skin looked smooth and very natural. I honestly have not seen my skin looking this good since I was a non-make-upholic!

I would recommend this product to any sensitive selfie, leave the product to work it’s magic for a few minutes & voila. For the first time in forever you might just feel brave enough to leave the house with no foundation!

Alternatively if you’re not that brave the CC cream would also make a great base and minimise the amount of other product you need to use.

I got mine from Escentual.com here.

Mothers Day £10 Gift Guide

Let’s face it, it’s not that we are stingy towards our mother dearests but sometimes when you’re totally brasic it is the thought that counts. Here is my top 5 gorgeous gifts which are under £10 – but don’t necessarily look it! {links are in the title of each item}

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Rose Tea Cup & Saucer
What mum doesn’t love tea and this cutie comes in at £9.95.

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Accessorize Crystal Chain Necklace
This piece is so pretty and if your mum is a costume jewellery fan it’s perfect at only £10.

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F&F Mini Satchel
Bang on the nose this ultra cute mini-satchel from Tesco is £10. In my opinion you can’t go wrong with this essential.

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Beau Jardin Hand Cream & Lip Balm
This pretty duo is £10 from John Lewis and is a hand bag must have, plus comes in a delicate presentation box. The perfect gift for Mothers Day!

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Next New York Luxury Candle
Whilst looking and smelling like a well known high end brand, this Next luxury candle comes in at a mere £9.

Hope I’ve helped, remember our mummy’s know when we are poor and just appreciate the time & effort rather than the price tag.X

Summer Ball Style

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As duly typical Brits the first sign of those happy making sun rays and my work are emailing about the Summer Ball!

So of course I had to keep my eye out for a new outfit, immediately!!

First browse around River Island and this pencil dress popped out at me. I was a little unsure of the colour but in the fitting room I was sold. It’s the perfect mixture between classy and keeping on trend. Plus now it seems lime green is going to be the new colour on the scene!

I’m planning on teaming my dress with silver barely there sandals from Missguided and a lime or silver clutch – which I have yet to find. Any recommendations welcome!

What do you dolls think? I’m overly excited for summer already! X