Sunday, 30 June 2013

W E E K !

Sandals - Topshop; Real Techniques Eye Brushes; Topshop Nails in Parma Violet; Tangle Teezer; Wellies - Wilkinsons.
So we have finally come to the final day of Rainbow Week! Today is VIOLET SUNDAY!
The first item is some sandals I got from Topshop last summer for my holidays, they came in a bunch of colours but these were my fav. They are well loved and I wear them so much. I really hope Topshop bring back the range at some point. The second item is the Real Techniques Eye Brushes, which are amazing. I use them almost every day. After subscribing to Pixiwoo on Youtube I knew I had to have them and I own about 5 other Real Techniques Brushes. Next up is my Tangle Teezer, which has been a cult product for forever now so I won't bore you with details, but yes, LOVE. The next product is Parma Violet from Topshop which is the perfect lilac shade. There have been so many nail varnishes in my Rainbow Week, I'm tempted to do a post on my fav shades. The final product is these cheap wellies from Wilkinsons. They have been my saviour in the snow other the past winter and hopefully they won't be needed as much this year.

So that brings us to the end of VIOLET SUNDAY! and the end of Rainbow Week. Thanks to those who have read everyday! What are you Rainbow picks?!


Saturday, 29 June 2013

W E E K !

Okay first prize goes to those who have realised that Pink is not in the rainbow at this point but I felt that indigo and blue were too similar so I decided Pink would be a smart replacement. So welcome to PINK SATURDAY! My first pick is this Topshop Blush in Head Over Heels, the perfect peach shade and such a great cream formula. I feel like it stays on my face all day, and as you can see I have hit pan so you can trust me when I say it has been well loved. My second make up pick is another of the Kate Moss Matte Collection in the colour in 101. This is the colour I will be wearing at a wedding later this summer and it is just the perfect shade. My final make up pick is the Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polish in Rose Libertine. I know this is a fav of Essie Button and has joined my favourite colours too. The perfume here is called Cheeky Alice. I love the Alice range from Vivienne Westwood, the day I finished my Naughty Alice perfume was a sad day. I don't know what I love more about it the name or the scent. My final pick is the Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion which featured in a post not long ago. I LOVE THIS. There are no other words. But check that post if you are more interested.

Only one more day of Rainbow Week left, what are your picks for pink?


Friday, 28 June 2013

W E E K !

Playsuit - New Look; Denim Cropped Jacket - Topshop; Navy Eyeshadow - Bourjois; Topshop Nails in World's End; Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny.
Welcome to BLUE FRIDAY! This was an easy one for me because blue is well and truly my colour, the only difficulty was cutting it down to five picks! First up we have the beaut floral playsuit from New Look, which was a present for my birthday. I love it so much, I can wear it day or night with heels or flats and it always looks just so summery and nice. The Demin Jacket from Topshop is a great item to pair with it as well. I picked this up a couple of years ago after craving it for like ever. £40 but so worth the money. Beauty wise, I have two nail polishes (again), the first is from Topshop called World's End which is a lovely pastel blue, and the second is Essie's famous Bikini So Teeny which is more of a lilac pastel blue. My last pick is the navy blue eyeshadow from Bourjois, which I adore so much. A great trick to use with it is to wet the brush and use it as an eyeliner. Makes your eyes pop.

Only two more days left of Rainbow Week. What are your picks for BLUE?


Thursday, 27 June 2013

W E E K !

Clutch - Primark; Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara; Topshop Nails in Venus Fly Trap; Barry M Nail Paint Gelly Hi Shine in Green Berry; Essie Nail Polish in Mojito Madness.

Day number 4 of Rainbow week already! Today is GREEN THURSDAY! Yes most of it is make up again but I couldn't pick between these three nail colours. Mojito Madness by Essie is the newest addition to my collection, when I managed to snag it for £1.99 from Fragrance Direct. The Barry M Greenberry is one of my favourite summer colours and I will be very sad when I have to put it away for winter; and finally Topshop Nails in Venus Fly Trap is an amazing pastel lime green. All three are beautiful and I just couldn't leave any of them out. The final make up item is the Lycra Flex Scandaleyes Mascara by Rimmel, which is my current mascara of choice. Very cheap but gives an amazing, wide-eyed effect, so is definite value for money. My final pick is this clutch from Primark, which cost me less than £10 and I have used so much! It's big enough to fit a sneaky pair of flats in for a night out, which is an extra bonus. It also matches perfectly with Venus Fly Trap.

So only 3 more days left of Rainbow Week! What are your picks for GREEN THURSDAY?


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

R A I N B O W  W E E K !
Satchel - F&F at Tesco; Tropical Dry Shampoo - Batiste; Go Blonder Spray - John Frieda; Strawberry Lip Balm - Carmex; Gold Bar Necklace - H&M

So we are already on the third day of Rainbow Week on Tiny Alis! Welcome to YELLOW WEDNESDAY! One of my favourite colours in the summer because it always brings a touch of sun to any outfit. That is the main reason I purchased the Satchel from F&F at Tesco, which I did a blogpost on here. I have used it so many times since I bought it and have got so many compliments on it. Not bad for £5! Secondly, where would we be now without dry shampoo? Tropical Batiste has always been my go to scent for dry shampoo and I must have gone through about 7 cans of this stuff. A student staple for sure. Next up is a bit of a wonder product for me, the John Frieda Go Blonder Spray. Before I started using this baby, my hair was a dark mousey brown and I got very bored of it. The spray is used on damp hair and reacts with the heat you then use from styling. After months of use and a temporary ginger period, I am now blonde. No expensive salon colouring, the process will have cost me about £14 all together. I don't use it as much now, but whenever my hair looks like it needs a bit of a boost, I give this a little spritz. Next is another old favourite, Carmex. This has been around as long as we can all remember, and my personal favourite is the Strawberry scent. Gone through so many tubes and will go through many more. Last one, okay a bit of a cheat, it is gold. This necklace from H&M has been in so many of my outfit choices recently, and it was only £7. I just love how simple it is and that makes it a great piece to have.

So that brings us to almost the half way point of Rainbow Week! What would your YELLOW picks be?


W E E K !

Topshop Nails in Causing a Stir; Rimmel Instant Tan in Light Matte; Real Techniques Buffing Brush (part of the Core Collection); Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sun Cream; Barry M Nail Paint Gelly Hi Shine in Mango.
So today is the second day of Rainbow Week and therefore ORANGE TUESDAY! Orange was a lot harder for me than red since I don't own any orange items of clothing and I don't own that many orange beauty items, but I have managed to (sort of) find a good five. First up Topshop Nails in Causing A Stir. Looks a lot brighter in this picture, but is actually sort of an apricot orange shade. Lovely in the summer for sure. Unfortunately, Topshop discontinued the colour, but I am sure there are a number of similar colours on the high street. Next up we have a bit of a cheat, but orange was definitely the only colour fake tan could come under, so I have chosen the Rimmel Instant Tan in Light Matte. Being as pale as I am - I once got told by a beauty expert in Boots that it was odd that I was pale because it's not like I look see-through... good to know - this means that my pasty limbs in summer need a bit of help before showing themselves to the outside world and I just find that this gives a real subtle glow. Another bonus about this product is that the more you use it, the more it leaves a gradual build up of tan underneath like a normal gradual tanner, but without having to prep for a week before a night out. Next is the brush to battle all other brushes, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This brush is the only thing I use to apply foundation now, it is just amazing, but it has been out forever so if you have not got one yet then go and get one, it will change your life - okay, exaggeration, but it is amazing. The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sun Cream was a free sample with an ASOS order last year and as you may be able to see it has been well loved. As a sample size it is perfect to pop into my handbag in case I need to top up my sun cream during the day. It smells amazing and is super moisturising. Finally, a fairly new addition to my collection of ever growing nail varnish, The Barry M Nail Paint Gelly Hi Shine in Mango. How much more orange would you like me to go? Great colour, great formula, great price, it can do no wrong.

There are my five picks for ORANGE TUESDAY. What are your favourite orange products?


Monday, 24 June 2013

R A I N B O W W E E K !

Welcome to Rainbow Week on Tiny Alis! This week I shall be posting everyday, each day a different colour with 5 of my favourite fashion and beauty picks. This is inspired by the Colours of The Rainbow TAG over on YouTube, but since I'm not quite ready to commit to making a channel I thought I would start with a week of blog posts. Let's get started, welcome to RED MONDAY.

Wedges - Zara; Lipstick - Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Collection in 110; Revlon Nail Polish - One Perfect Coral; Mini Spot Zip Bag - Cath Kidston; Dress - Wal G at Topshop (similar here).
Red was always going to be an easy one for me since I am obsessed with the colour. I wear it a lot clothes-wise and in terms of beauty, well who doesn't love a red lip? The wedges were from Zara last year, so are no longer in stock, but I wear them on nearly every night out because they are so comfortable. They cost around £40, but cost per wear means they are probably worth about 20p now. The lipstick from the Kate Moss matte collection for Rimmel is a long term favourite. Chances are if I am wearing a red lip, it's this lipstick. I love everything about it. The formula on these are great and I just bought another colour recently which may be making an appearance later in the week! The nail polish was part of a Latest in Beauty beauty box I bought. It's from Revlon and is just the perfect coral red. Long lasting and pretty chip resistant, I just love it. The Cath Kidston bag has been my saviour in my first year of university. It carries an insane amount of books, is waterproof, well made and generally just amazing. This was a gift from my Mum when I got into uni and I have used it for everything from ferrying my life between my flat and the library, to ferrying it between Norwich and Bournemouth. Finally the dress. This dress is probably one of the most flattering items of clothing that I own. Absolutely amazing on hourglass shapes, but I am pretty sure anyone could wear it. I got this in the sales just before Halloween last year in Topshop for £12, and could not even count the amount of times I have worn it. Definitely one of my favourites.

So that concludes RED MONDAY. What are your picks for the colour red?

The Outfit: Breton

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Topshop Joni Jeans in Black, Monki Breton Stripe Top (similar here), H&M Gold Bar Necklace, Zara Leather Heeled Sandals, F&F at Tesco Satchel.
So you may have noticed that recently outfit posts have been few and far between on this blog. Apologies. Since going back to work, it seems like I am wearing the same uniform constantly and other than that I live in pjs - don't judge me I'm a student. However, after spontaneous dinner plans, I finally have somewhere to get dressed up for. I'm going for smart casual. My Joni jeans have been worn and worn and worn, and are still going, and I am going to pair them with this striped top from Monki that I found in the sale - if you haven't checked that out yet you should, BARGAINS. My birthday shoes from Zara will finally be getting their first official outing and so will my little sunshine satchel that I blogged about the other day, paired with my trusty H&M necklace. So happy to be out of fully black clothes for once!

Current Loves - Soap & Glory

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion and Soap & Glory Pulp Friction Body Scrub
Boots have yet again blessed us with 3 for 2 on basically everything that I love so a couple of weeks ago I decided after using up all of my Flake Away Body Scrub, to go on a bit of a Soap & Glory splurge. After about 30 minutes of scouring through the shelves, a lost product due to a holey bag (Yes I am still annoyed at myself) and countless uses later, I think I can label this as love.

These products are from the newer ranges that don't carry the traditional Soap & Glory scent, but they are still lovely! I went for this Pulp Friction Body Scrub rather than repurchasing my Flake Away, because I always found it left a sort of layer of moisture on the skin that made it hard to then shave my legs or use fake tanner well afterwards. Perfect for winter, but with summer's arrival, the pasty legs and arms are finding less places to hide and so tanning is essential - incidentally the lost product was the One Night Tanned Instant Beach-Bronze Buttergel. This scrub is the best I have ever used for tanning prep. FACT. I would thoroughly recommend it. The Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion has also been gracing my bod recently. I find it just as moisturising as The Righteous Butter but the pump makes it so much easier to use. I think that this is going to become a long-term love indeed.

I have heard that Soap & Glory are soon to be changing their packaging. I will miss the 50s pin up style , but I am interested to see what they have in store!

Finally, GFC is soon to be disappearing from our screen so if you haven't already, be sure to follow my blog via bloglovin'!

The Bargain: Yellow Satchel

Monday, 17 June 2013

Yellow Satchel - F&F at Tesco - £5
So despite desperately trying to hold back my spending at the moment, a few odd things have slipped through the net. Prime example is this cute little satchel I picked up from F&F at Tesco. For years I have been pretty pessimistic about Tesco's clothing brand but I actually found a couple of things on a recent food shop. This satchel is a gorgeous little summer replacement for my well-loved (falling to pieces) ASOS satchel that I bought to go to Leeds Fest in 2011, and has sadly seen better days. I will be keeping it for such festival occasions, but for other (less muddy) outings this summer, I have decided to stick with this little number. In such a beaut shade of yellow, who could resist it?

Also, as of July 1st GFC will no longer exist! Sob sob. However, if you hop over to Bloglovin' you will find and can follow all my posts here.


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Latest In Beauty: The Glamour Beauty Edit
Beauty boxes seem like they are being advertised all over the internet at the moment, and although I love the concept, many seem to require a monthly commitment in terms of dollar, which as a student is not something I can keep up with, so when I discovered Latest in Beauty through Glamour Magazine (one of my faaaav magazines) I was very pleased with myself. Latest in Beauty bring out regular boxes but don't require a monthly subscription, meaning you can buy the box you want and not have to worry about not being able to afford it the next month. Being a Glamour Magazine junky, I decided my first box should be the one put together by their beauty editor, Alessandra Steinherr, and boy, am I pleased with that decision; for under £15 I was sent around £65 worth of products that haven't disappointed yet.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in the Original scent (full size here) has been a cult beauty item for what seems like forever now (what did we do before dry shampoo?) and this mini shall be joining me on my holidays this year to aid my be achy hair. Moving onto to another long established hair favourite, the John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum is something I have literally grown up seeing my Mum use religiously on her ringlets to using myself to tame the frizz, another little travel essential that shall be joining me at the beach this year.

Moving onto skincare goodies, the Benefit The Porefessional PRO Balm is currently the UK's best selling primer, so if that doesn't give you some indication to its amazingness then I don't know what will. The formula is light, easy to apply, helps your make-up to stay put and genuinely does make your skin look flawless. The other skincare item I was sent was the the Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel. Now I don't want to jump the gun, but OMG wonder product alert. I have always been slightly apprehensive about chemical exfoliants, if you could even call it that, because I used to have very sensitive skin. This product claims to soften the cornified layer and gently removes dead skin cells, which it literally does. Not to be gross but the skin came off in my hands to reveal a brighter, clearer complexion. Both these skincare products are most likely going to be repurchased rapidly.

Last but not least, the lovely make up bits. The Vintage Cosmetics Company sent some lovely tweezers, in  a pastel pink, which will come in very handy when applying my JINNYlash Strip Eyelashes, which look like a lovely pair of 'just a bit more than natural' false eyelashes, perfect for daywear. Continuing with the theme of eyes, the L'Oreal Paris Gel Intenza Eyeliner in Golden Black was a lovely little inclusion, a black gel eyeliner with a hint of gold glitter running through it - perfect for a night out. It boasts a waterproof, quick drying formula with 24 hour wear, which while I would say isn't quite 24 hours, it does last extremely well, and the waterproof end holds up as I was caught in rain today and didn't suffer a smudge. Also, the brush that came with it is already holding up better than the one that came with my Maybelline Gel Eyeliner, so good job there. The next item was a full sized Revlon Nail Polish in the shade One Perfect Coral, and my oh my, is it. I have it on my nails at the moment and it is just the most beautiful coral red, perfect for summer. Finally, the box included a Stila Lip Glaze in PiƱata, a lovely pink gloss that smells amazing. I'm not a huge gloss girl but I have really enjoyed using this.

So yes, I managed to get all of that! Great additions to my beauty collection. I may have to purchase a few more boxes from Latest in Beauty. I've got my eye on their Summer Lovin' Collection so watch this space... I feel like these beauty boxes may become a new addiction...

My Brush Collection.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Brush Collection
After a few days off, baking in the sun and regretting it instantly, I am finally back with a big one! This post has been a long time in the making, especially since investing in my Real Techniques brushes a couple of months ago, and I am happy to finally show you all the make up brushes I own. The majority are Real Techniques apart from one very well loved Body Shop brush and a small set of Models Own Brushes that I bought last year. I aim to wash them once a week with light shampoo -Johnsons Baby Shampoo is a great one - and then leave them to dry overnight. I have decided to recently start spot cleaning them on a more daily basis as well, with a brush cleaner. MAC do a great one but if you are looking for a more affordable option No7 make one for around £8. 

From L to R: Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush,
Real Techniques Accent Brush,
Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush,
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush,
Real Techniques Brow Brush.
From L to R: Maybelline New York Gel Eyeliner Brush,
Models Own Angled Brush;
Models Own Shading Brush;
Models Own Blending Brush;
Models Own Lip Brush.
From L to R: Real Techniques Contour Brush;
Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush;
Real Techniques Detailer Brush;
Real Techniques Buffing Brush;
Real Techniques Stipling Brush.
Models Own Powder Brush;
Body Shop Powder Brush (OLD)
So that is all of them! If there are any brushes you want a particular review on or if you have any questions then please ask in the comment section!