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August Beauty Wishlist: Origins, NYR and Benefit’s Countdown to Love

August Beauty wishlist
Clarks Trade Fair  bag / Accessorize black cat hat / Topshop cream blush / Benefit rose blush / Rimmel matte finish lipstick / Neal’s Yard Remedies beauty balm / Origins Drink Up mask / L’Occitane body moisturiser Origins Drink Up mask / L’Occitane body moisturiser

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that my house has been a bit of a disaster zone recently. The long story involves leaks, concrete and an ill-advised trip to Italy. The short story involves builders and large chunk of savings disappearing into my kitchen ceiling.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve suddenly been confronted with a serious spending ban, but enforced frugality is making me seriously crave a shopping trip, and just when I can’t have them, I want ALL THE THINGS.

The things specifically being beauty treats that I’ve had my eye on for a while, such as the Origins Drink Up mask and Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm. As the history books say, when a country dips into a recession, smaller luxury items like lipstick fly off the shelves – perhaps turning to beauty is a miniature way of making me feel better about spending a small fortune on stainless steel and grout.

Speaking of miniatures, I’ve also been obsessing over the Benefit Countdown to Love advent calendar, not pictured, ever since I saw it on Jane’s blog yesterday morning. A shiny new Benefit mini every day for (nearly) a month, can you imagine!? It’ll be appearing in shops on 2nd November, on sale for one day only, and the only place you can by it in Bristol is Debenhams – see you at the Benefit counter?

Also on my wishlist this month is the divine Trade Fair black leather bag by Clarks – there was also a scarlet red version of this bag last season which I’m scouring eBay and charity shops to find – and a cat ear bowler hat. I’m guessing a quirky item like this has already featured a lot in blogland but it’s just so cute. Looking at it would also take my mind off calculating the amount of time I’ve spent in B&Q/Ikea/Homebase/Wickes in the past four weeks, therefore it’s a totally justifiable purchase, yes?

What’s on your shopping wishlist this month?

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Roses shot with Diana+ Dreamer and redscale film

  • New make-up. This week I’ve been a bit lax with the whole blogging thing, but I did manage to squeeze in a review of my new lipstick, Brighton Rock, from Topshop.
  • Getting my lomo shots developed. I took my new Diana+ Dreamer on holiday and got the first roll of film developed today. I went with redscale film which I had anticipated would give a warm, orange tint to my images. This is less sunny, more night-vision googles! If any of you reading this are lomography buffs then do let me know where I went wrong : )
Roast dinner at The Cadbury

Our roast dinner at The Cadbury pub

  • Cadbury Roast dinner. This afternoon we popped out to the Cadbury in Montpelier for a roast dinner. I’ve never eaten in there before but lunch was delicious, as was the cheeky apple and sultana crumble I had for dessert. We’re off to watch Prometheus at the cinema now – looking forward to it.
  • DIY. Mr Ship-Shape and I have had quite a productive weekend working on the house. Mirrors and picture frames have been hung, the TV is now on a wall mount thingy and the place has been given a good clean. Although I’m naturally untidy, I always feel so much better when the house is clean and vaguely neat : )

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

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Topshop Make Up: Lips Lipstick in Brighton Rock review

Topshop Make Up Lips packaging

Since losing my lipstick virginity at the MAC counter in Debenhams last year, I’ve been looking to feed my growing habit for make-up. I’m no make-up junkie and prefer a look that requires minimal effort, so the notion that one slick of lipstick can transform my appearance appeals to me.

Despite the press hype surrounding Topshop’s Make Up launch back in 2010, I’ve been reluctant to try it. Sure, the packaging is quirky and easy on the eye, and the reviews from bloggers have been promising, but something was holding me back. Make-up is a new venture for the brand, and I was a tad suspicious that the results would be all talk, no walk.

When I was in London a couple of weeks ago, curiosity got the better of me and while in Topshop’s Oxford Street store, I decided to throw caution to the wind. After much consideration (and zero help from staff, despite how quiet it was on the shopfloor) I walked away with Brighton Rock, a semi-matte lipstick in a bright shade of coral, mixed with a dash of fuchsia.

It’s a lot brighter than my MAC lipstick (Speak Louder, in case you’re wondering) so I’d be more inclined to wear it for a night out, or paired with just a slick of mascara during the day. I love the matte finish BUT – and I think this would be problematic (for me) with any matte lipstick – I did find it very drying. That dryness is presumably the tradeoff you make for having a matte finish, however if you can recommend any matte lipsticks that don’t have the same effect then let me know by commenting below.

At £8 I think this lipstick is good value for money, though I feel I’d need to use a moisturising lip balm underneath if I were to wear this on a daily basis. It seems as if the lipstick is a different colour in each of my photos, so as with any review I’d recommend trying it out yourself before committing to buying, but it is a wonderfully youthful colour and the perfect weekend treat!

Have you tried any products from Topshop’s Make Up range? Or do you have a brand of lipstick you swear by?

Topshop Make Up: Lips in Brighton Rock
Topshop Make Up: I’m a sucker for simple packaging!
Topshop lipstick in Brighton Rock
Topshop lipstick in Brighton Rock
Brighton Rock is a warm, bright pink shade
Brighton Rock is a warm, bright pink shade


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Our lovely holiday home

Our lovely holiday home…

  • Bonjour! This week’s RTW post comes from France, where I’m looking forward to a week of eating cheese, drinking wine and wearing Breton tees. I’ll be blogging a bit too, depending on the internet connection : )
  • Topshop Make Up. Being short on luggage space, I’ve had to restrain myself on the shopping front while in London (though a vintage sundress from Rockit did sneak its way into my bag) so I decided to treat myself to a new lipstick instead. I went for a bright pink number from Topshop called Brighton Rock, and I love it!

Ballgowns at Harrods

  • London. One small paragraph isn’t enough to express how much I enjoyed my holiday in The Big Smoke, but in a nutshell I loved… seeing old friends, haggling for curry in Brick Lane, soaking up the sunshine in Soho Square, noodles, sample sale madness – courtesy of Christopher Kane, hotel breakfasts, walking everywhere, the British Library and ballgowns at the V&A.
  • Jubilee overload. London was awash with Diamond Jubilee decor last week, and although I’m excited for my holiday, I do think being in the capital (or Bristol for that matter) would have been a fantastic way to celebrate.

What’s been rocking your world this week? How are you spending your long weekend? Let me know by commenting below…

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