What I Wore in Gran Canaria: Fashionable One-Piece By The Pool

Hello lovelies,

Back at it again with my third entry to my ‘What I Wore In Gran Canaria” series! In this post, I show what I wore by the pool. which is always the most exciting aspect of going abroad for me.

One Piece

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Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of bright coloured one-pieces all over Instagram. I have been obsessed trying to recreate this trend but had problems finding ones in stores that were inexpensive.  However, I was pleasantly surprised when I found swimsuits in Primark at an absolute bargain – 4 pound each! I almost decided to take the plunge and buy one in every colour. Though I decided it was probably best if I stuck to two, buying one in red (Baywatch style) and another in blue, knowing it wasn’t hurting the bank.

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Considering I haven’t worn a one-piece since I was a kid, I was concerned I might look childlike in a sea of grown women in ‘adult appropriate’ swimwear. I was even more concerned because I decided I couldn’t leave Primark without an inflatable pink flamingo, knowing that I was staying in a hotel that is specifically for adults only. I won’t lie – I did receive funny looks. I’d like to think it’s because the high cut of the swimsuit and the low back made the piece a little sexier, but truly, I’ll never know.

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In terms of practicality, I did not expect very much at such a low cost. I chose a size 10 but perhaps could have gone a size down because the straps kept falling down, leaving me exposed on occasion. This I did not mind so much as it really only was intended for fashionable wear, a splash in the water, and not for swimming lanes. The fabric, of course, does not offer much support but again, this is something that isn’t a requirement for me. The only issue is the fabric can become thin which does not conceal nipples all that well but, if you’re a bit of a feminist/ #freethenip advocate like me then let them reign in all their glory.

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How are you spending this summer?

Love,

lea-x

 

 

 

 

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More Kylie Lipkit dupes!? Makeup Revolution Lip Kits

Hello Lovelies,

University is (almost) finally over. This last year has been one of the craziest, most stresful experiences of my life which deserves to be rewarded. As such, I came across these new revolution ‘Retro Luxe Lip Kits” which consist of Matte and Metallic shades. Call them dupes of Kylies Lip Kits, but I’m a sucker for some good lip shades and at £6 per kit, I’m hardly complaining.

Side Note: Revolution do not test on animals. Hurrah!

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From Left to Right: Royal, Reign, Echelon, Worth It

Shade: ‘Worth It’

Revolution Retro Luxe Metallic Lip Kit in Worth it

‘Worth It’ is the only metallic shade in this review. I was interested in trying this because I don’t always venture too far out of my comfort zone, but always enjoy when I find something that works for me. I must admit, I truly love this dark purple/blood bitten shade which is so versatile for day and night. For some reason though, I thought it would dry matte so the thick lip gloss texture threw me off guard. Because of this, the application can be difficult and patchy. Probably not great for those of us who lack patience.

Shade: Reign

Revolution Retro Luxe Lip Kit in Reign Matte Shade

Reign is probably the ‘girliest’ shade out of the lot. Despite the brown/ nude undertones to the shade, the colour applies closer to baby pink. Personally, I’m not a fan of pink shades, just because I don’t think it fits with my personality (makes sense right?). However saying that it is probably the most wearable shades, especially for daytime looks. Overall though, I really liked how matte the liquid dried and can see this lasting for the majority of the day.

Shade: EchelonEchelon Revolution Retro luxe matte lip shade

Echelon is my favourite matte liquid lipsticks in this review, and potentially my current favourite in my entire collection at the moment.  Similar to Reign, it is mostly a pink shade. However, the dark purple and nude undertones create a gorgeous lip-bitten shade that’s wearable throughout the day and night. An absoloute win from me.

Shade: Royal

Revolution retro luxe lip shade in reign matte dark

Royal an absolute pain to applicate! As with all dark shades, it can be one of the most unforgiving in terms of not looking like a toddlers colouring book. Because the colours dry quickly too, it can be difficult to fix during the process. However, the colour was gorgeous – a dark rich purple. Not the most wearable, but it was definitely exciting to see the end transformation.

Photography credit IG: @matt_sharratt

What shades are your favourite?

Love,

lea-x

Spring // Primark Haul

Hi Guys!

I’m really supposed to be knuckling down and writing this dissertation but final year of university makes you do stupid things, like go shopping and come out with a bunch of items you just don’t need. But, at the same time, if you’re anything like me, you also love a good Primark Haul. Everybody wins.

Bralette // 8 pound

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I really do love the edgy but feminine design of this bralette, especially the  triangular shaped cut which is super flattering. I don’t really wear bralettes out of the house just because they don’t offer the coverage I need, but I love to wear them around the house as loungewear because they are super comfortable! If it wasn’t so sheer I would wear this as part of a ‘going out’ outfit.

 

Rose gold hoodie

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Now, this is either going to be the ugliest looking thing you’ve seen or the best. Honestly, I love rose gold and this material felt so silky  I couldn’t deny myself. This is technically a sports hoodie, which is how I will wear it if I ever go to the gym, but I also feel like I could incorporate this into an every-day outfit.

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There is definitely a bit of a Rose/gold theme going on in this haul! Since last year I’ve been a sucker for edgy sunglasses with an intricate design. I absolutely fell in love with these two! Im so excited to be wear them when the sun comes out.

Nails // 1 pound 

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I’m not a massive fake-nails person, In fact, it’s very rare I do anything to my nails and tend to leave old, cracked nail polish on until it flakes off naturally. That’s probably quiet disgusting but I’m very low maintenance.  However, I do admire good nails from afar so when I saw those in Primark for 1 pound each, I couldn’t really find fault as to not give them a try.

Hope you’re having a wonderful January,

lea-x

Primark & Misguided Haul, Youtube, and UPDATE

So last Monday I had surgery. Since then, it has been a very painful recovery and I have often  been questioning myself on why I went ahead with it in the first place, despite reading up online discussions on forums that specifically said “Childbirth was easier”. Its not all doom and gloom though, I am grateful to the strong pain medication I was perscribed that sent me to sleep hours at a time which I guess, in some sense, speeded up the healing time. Still, it has been pretty shitty.

More than anything, the timing has been the worst part because my boyfriend had planned to be out of the country for most of October working on film shoots, which meant I was left home alone. Thankfully my parents came home and helped me with tasks I didn’t want to do (washing the pots). A friend of mine also helped take me around town to pick up more pain medication, which I took advantage of, and ended up shopping my own weight in clothes. It is hard being stuck in the house alone. The only other thing I could look forward to is my weekly grocery delivery, which by the way, I bought some Vegan Wensleydale-style cheese and it is SO good.  If you’re wanting to become vegan or just looking for ways to cut out meat and dairy, I definitely recommend the new line that Sainsburies have recently added. The hype is real!

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Since I’m not quiet recovered enough for uni yet and I haven’t updated this page for a while, I really felt the need to make a video on my recent splurges. This is something I have been wanting to try out for a long time, even though I don’t have the equipment to make the high quality content I really want,  but this is just the start. Please let me know if this is something that you enjoy and are willing to support. My channel will be similar to my blog, a focus on Veganism, health, beauty, fashion; all of that jazz.

Thank you so much for being a great reader and a fabulous supporter. I wish you all a fantastic weekend!

lea-x

Revolution Palette: Fortune Favours the Brave

Hello my lovelies, I hope you are having a wonderful day so far. As per usual, I have treated myself to a little eyeshadow palette. I’m going through a stage where I have fallen in love with eyeshadows all over again and trying to venture out of my routinely brown smokey eye, hence why this blog is so focussed on makeup at the moment. Next week will be a slight shift however where I will be posting a budget Vegan grocery haul for all you students out there who are just going to uni for the first time, so definitely follow if that’s something you are wanting to see.

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Back on topic, the palette I’m currently obsessed with is the Revolution “Fortune Favours The Brave” which was just under the £10 Mark accessible in Superdrug. While Revolution can not say they are Vegan, they have confirmed that they do not test on animals and neither do their third parties – which is great news for those who do not buy into animal cruelty.

img_5772The main reason why I chose this palette is because the shades are so versatile and wearable. I’m not usually one for bright colours on my lid, but right now I’m up for experimentation and I find this selection of 30 shades allows me to do that without being too daring. I also love how these shades are so smokey and romantic in theme, with plenty of pigmented gold and pink shimmering shades, matte nudes and gorgeous marbled shadows too, allowing me to go from day to night. It also helps theres a huge mirror: theres nothing worse than a palette without a mirror!

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 I highly recommend this palette, especially for those on a budget like me.

Let me know if you have any favourite beauty buys this month!

Love,

lea-x

I’ve noticed recently that my choice of clothing was just boring and repetitive, I would often be going to work in jeans and a “nicer-than-usual top. Mostly, this was down to the fact I had put on a little weight over the christmas holidays and haven’t been as confident to get my best assets out (as far as I was concerned, they were hidden through months of hibernation). But after my 21st birthday earlier this January, I decided enough was enough and that I would be going back to my healthy ways in order to drop the weight and feel happier in my skin. As motivation I have ordered some cute items from misguided that I am able to wear to work and would love to give my honest opinions to potential customers.

The Midi Skirt

I’m 5’2 with a fairly slim but curvy figure so I’ve always avoided the midi skirt in fear that I would look like I’m drowning in material and exaggerate my not-so-great features. However a dear friend of mine, who is also very petite, advised me to find a skirt that just about hit the knee for its best effect. I’ve used Boohoo in the past and bought cheap, flimsy ones made of a jersey type material and was put off with everything that was wrong with it. This time, I decided to take a plunge and try Misguided, opting for asymmetrical cuts and see through hemlines. I have to admit that I was very impressed with the quality of these skirts, especially as some of them were on sale from £5. I did buy a nude coloured version of the striped skirt, however it appeared the skirts were slightly different in design. Instead of an elasticated waistband it had a zip fastening.

Advise: If you do want to buy from misguided please be aware that the majority of items that I have bought had a very poor zip which would often get stuck and fail to function. As I have arthritis, I struggled with this and required the help of my friends and boyfriend who also painfully struggled to fasten me up! Many of the items I just had to give away.

The Playsuit

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If you knew me when I were  between the ages 16-18, I basically lived in playsuits and shorts even if it meant taking the extra five minutes to go to the bathroom. Working at a nightclub, I saw a girl wear a really cute playsuit and re-inspired me to purchase one again. I came across this “teal” playsuit on Misguided and fell in love with the plunge feature as I don’t really have anything that shows that part of me off. Plus, I really like the almost  geometric feature that the straps have incorporated, I really cant wait to wear this tomorrow night with my new haircut.

Advice: “Teal” as in, it was supposed to be more green, but it sadly wasn’t as true to colour. I still love it regardless. 

The Bodysuit

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So, I completely forgot to photograph this one myself even though I had it ready, please do not judge me. Seeing this on the website made me question two things, 1. How bad is the camel toe? 2. How much boob spillage will there be that night? I decided to take the “plunge” and buy it anyway knowing that I wouldn’t have to worry about tucking excess fabric into my cute skirts and it making it visually obvious. So, the bodysuit isn’t exactly comfortable on my crotch and i’m definitely going to have to buy those stick on nipple/boob pads, but I’ll still give this a thumbs up on the basis that its cute.

Advice? Just do you, honey boo boo.