Friday, 28 October 2011


I'm like a magpie when it comes to all things shiny and it comes as no surprise that I'm absolutely loving this seasons latest looks featuring all things glitter! Whether its 'stop and stare' mini sequin dresses, to the 'casual meets on trend' metallic loose tops or over the top statement platforms! And with the Christmas party season quickly reaching us, a girl can never have too much sparkle, can she?

1. Alexander McQueen Clutch £1,230.00 
2. Kurt Geiger Enautre Heels £130.00
3. Topshop Sequin Tee £45.00
4. French Connection Gold Samantha Sequin Dress £165.00
5. Miss Selfridge Beaded Fabric Collar £14.00
6. Topshop Metallic Scallop Vest £20.00
7. Miss Selfridge Double Prism Spike Gold Ring £6.50
8. Topshop Sequin Collar Shirt £36.00
9. Miss Selfridge Sequin Top Bodice £32.00

I know I'll never own the Alexander McQueen clutch but a girl can dream! I've also sorted through my wardrobe and have ridiculous amounts of sheer shirts, so I'm going to have a look in my local haberdashery store and see if I can find some sequin material to make my own version of the Topshop sequin collar shirt. I'll do a post when I get round to it. Hope you're all well and have a fab weekend!

Katrina xxx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Label Lust: Aqua Couture

I've always loved the style of Aqua Couture pieces and the above pictures show just a handful of my favourites at the moment. I love the structured, quirky style with different patterns and colours ranging from amazing statement dresses to seperate quirky pieces as well as gorgeous accessories. They have a fantastic website and you can also order from ASOS. I think a lot of the designs are made for more high end occasions but I love how they have even designed simple pieces that can be worn on nights out with the girls in town! The pricing for the above items from left to right are as follows...

1. Black Flapper Maxi Dress £170.00
2. Rust Embellished Lobster Dress £145.00
3. Rust Perseus Dress £165.00
4. Christy Mini Dress £85.00

As well as these gorgeous dresses Aqua also design some amazing one pieces items, my current favourites include the 'Pam Maxi Skirt', 'Rory Shirt' and the 'Sunrise Maxi Skirt'. I really wish I had the money to buy one of everything! But hey, a girl can dream though, right?

Katrina xxx

Monday, 24 October 2011

Black & Gold

I've been so busy at work over the past week! The next two weeks are going to be a killer, working almost 50 hours each week compared to my usual 16 but I am going to try my best to do a post at least every two days to make up for not doing them more often. I'm also off to Leeds in a couple of weeks with a few friends so I'm trying to to spend money and have a huge splurge whilst I'm down there (hint the ridiculous hours I'm working!) Now on to todays post! I am pretty much obsessed with almost everything in Topshop at the moment and I'm on the website almost every day browsing and wishing I had money to buy everything! So I thought I would show you an outfit using the items I've had my eye on and really want to add to my wardrobe. I'm loving black and cream pieces of clothing, as well as lots of black and gold jewellery, so here are a few of my wishlist items, hope you like them as much as I do!

So many more items I really like but I'll do another couple of posts during the week showing them. Have you got any Topshop favourites instore or online at the minute? If so leave a comment and let me know as I would love to have a look! Hope everyone is well had a fab weekend!

Katrina xxx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

They're finally here!

Hi everyone! Firstly I'm so sorry about the awful photo quality but until I get myself a proper camera I'll be having to post photos off my Blackberry! But still, they're finally here! My replica Jeffrey Campbell Lita lace up platform boots and I actually am in love! I got these off a seller on Ebay and they cost me under £30, however they did have to get shipped from China, I was expecting them to take at least a month but they literally took about a week and a half to get here. The quality of the boot itself is fantastic for the price, and you'd never be able to tell they weren't the actual Jeffrey Campbell Lita. The only thing I'm disappointed about is the heel itself, its made off a weird material and I was expecting it to be wooden, but for £30 I'm really not going to let that put me off wearing these until my feet are aching haha! They're also ridiculously high, but because of the platform itself they're realistically probably only around 3 inches high instead of 5 (or so I keep telling myself haha!) Overall I'm so happy I had a little splurge and got myself them! Can't wait to wear them with super skinny jeans and a oversized sheer shirt. If you want to know the exact seller I got mine from send me a message on twitter (@_vivakatrina) and I'll be more than happy to send you the link. 

I'm sorry if I'm a bit down on the amount of posts I've been doing, its just down to working 30+ hours a week at work instead of my usual 16, its all money to buy more things to show you all though! I hope you are all still having a fab week!

Katrina xxx

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Recent Buys #3

I haven't done as much spending as I usually do this month, down to being on holiday from work and there not being much overtime booo! However I have had some money put aside from bits I've been selling on ebay so I have had a couple of my cheeky shopping trips...

1. Gok for TU at Sainsburys Oversized Shirt £25.00 I'm rather obsessed with oversized shirts at the moment so when I saw this whilst at work I had to get it! It's absolutely gorgeous and the quality for the price is fantastic, not that we would expect anything less from Gok himself! I wear this with a belt round the middle and my Chelsea boots, and if I wore it on a night I would just swap the boots for a pair of killer heels and a statement necklace.

2. Jeffrey Campbell Lita £120.00 I've already done a little blog post on these so won't talk about them too much, all I want is for them to hurry up and get delivered! Oh and I haven't ordered the real ones, I found a seller on ebay that has a replica of these and I got them for less than £35.00! I'll let you know what they're like once they turn up as they're coming from China so are probably going to take forever.. However if you do want to know which seller I bought them from follow me on Twitter (@_vivakatrina) and I'll be more than happy to send you a direct message and tell you.

3. Primark Faux Fur Stole £6.00 I'm loving fur at the moment and when I saw this in Primark recently I just had to get it! I've been wearing it as a real statement piece over the top of my black Warehouse leather jacket  and even better is how warm it is, great for these cold winter days we're getting.

4. Topshop Cross Earrings £4.00 As soon as I saw these I just had to get them! I've been looking for a pair of cross earrings for ages but wasn't willing to pay the price some places were wanting for them... (yes I'm talking about you Urban Outfitters!) However the fact that these were only £4.00 I ended up buying two pairs! 

5. Impluse & Barry M Lipgloss Set £3.00 (Superdrug) These sets always seem to be on offer in Superdrug, I already have several but I love Impulse sprays so decided to get another one, and even better with the free Barry M Lipgloss thats worth £4.99!

6. Wool & Cashmere Fur Trim Coat £4.99 (Charity Shop) If you didn't already know, I love a bargain and I'm always searching in charity shops. I found this coat for only £4.99, however it wasn't until I got home and looked at the inside label and realised it was from House of Fraser just what a bargain I got! Its a wool and cashmere blend, and after looking on the internet I found it still on sale for the ridiculous price of... wait for it... £249.99! Safe to say this is quite possibly my bargain buy of the year haha! Can't wait for it be to dry cleaned so I can wear it.

7. Babyliss Bobby Pins £2.75 Boots I have really thick hair and recently got it all cut off, it was down past my waist and now it sits just on my shoulders. However even with all that length off these are still the only pins that seem to hold my hair in place, they're such a great price and I love how them come in a little plastic container so I never lose them unlike ones that just come on the bit of cardboard.

8. Gallery Lipstick in Coral Flame £1.00 Boyes Popped into Boyes as I needed to get a couple of bits from the Haberdashery section and came across these lipsticks in the make up bit. This isn't the packaging for the ones I got but its the closet I could find from the same brand. They retail at only £1.00 and I have the say for the price they are an absolute bargain! In fact I probably like these ones more than the MUA ones that retail for the same price. I picked up 4 shades including Coral Flame, Paris Pink, Shocker and Sugar Candy. They're also quite moisturising and they don't seem to dry out my lips which is an added bonus! I would definitely recommend giving these a go if you ever see them.

9. Mesh Insert Maxi Dress £13.99 Ebay My workplace are having a big formal party for our store since we will have been open exactly a year come the end of October. I already had a dress from Rare that I had planned on wearing but after seeing this one online for the price of just £13.99 I just couldn't say no! It's a gorgeous material and is fitted at the top and flowing a the bottom. Can't wait to wear it with a pair of killer heels and some bright red lipstick!

10. Topshop Triangle Earrings £6.50 I've been looking at these earrings for a while but didn't want to spend £6.50 on them, however Topshop now have a half price sale on and these were included so got them whilst buying the Cross earrings I mentioned earlier. 

Like I said I haven't bought a lot of clothing this month due to having very little money, but I am happy with the couple of bits I have got and can't wait to wear them all. Hope you're all well and you're having a fab week so far! 

Katrina xxx

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Wishlist #3

Haven't done a wishlist in a while so thought I'd share some pieces I clearly need in my life!

1. Topshop Sequin Tee £45 I seriously need this! Been looking at it for a while and just want payday to hurry up so I can invest! I can't believe how cheap it is considering the amount of detail and embellishment on it. I think this would look gorgeous with some super skinny leather look leggings and some stacked heels (hint the next few items also on this wishlist!)

2. AllSaints Perette Ashby Jeggings £70.00 I love this label so much but I never have money to buy the pieces I really want, like these high-shine effect jeggings. I think I need to stop wasting so much money on lots of cheap bits when I'm out shopping (and by this I mean buying from Primark) and instead start putting money aside and invest in key pieces which are going to last forever.

3. Alexander Wang Rocco Duffle  Bag £860 Yes I know, the price is absolutely ridiculous and I'm clearly never ever going to own this in my life but a girl can dream! However I have found a replica of this bag on ebay for under £30 and come pay day I will invest and nobody will need to know! (except you lovely followers of course!)

4. Miss Selfridge Pony Suede Chelsea Boot £85.00 Fell in love at first sight with this pair of beauties! As you know I am utterly obsessed with heels and once again these are on my shoe wishlist! Here is to hoping I can blag my parents to get me them for Christmas...

5. Topshop Lipstick 'Daredevil' £8.00 I love lipsticks, and last time I counted I had over 40 and it still my selection continues to grow! I love all shades of red lipsticks and this is another one I need to add to my make up collection. I love how its a dark statement shade, I think it would look great with the rest of my make up kept basic and quite natual. I'm thinking lots of mascara, highlighted cheekbones and hair tied up in messy top knot bun.

6. ASOS Double Spike Through Finger Ring £8.00 Really loving this ring and as there are a few other bits I'm wanting to order of ASOS I think I'll have to add this to my basket. I think it would look great when nails are painted a gorgeous blood red colour as well as being a real statement piece to add to any outfit. 

7. Topshop Multi Spikes Bangle £12.50 I have a massive thing about jewellery like this at the moment and have no idea why as its nothing something I would usually go for. I think its because its such an unusual statement pieces and allows you to wear a simple outfit and turn it into something amazing with the help of a few statement accessories like this one.

8. Topshop Nails in 'Daredevil' £5.00 A girl can never have too many nail varnishes and this shade is no exception, again it is in the shade Daredevil which is a gorgeous mixture of dark red and black, but it also has glossy glitter effect when it dries. 

I'm saying this is a wishlist even though I know I'll be buying quite a bit of the Topshop pieces when pay day comes around as I'm terrible at trying to save. Hope everyone is well and had a fab weekend!

Katrina xxx

Friday, 14 October 2011

Lita Love

If you don't already know, I have a serious addiction with shoes and it scares me to think I have three huge boxes under my bed full of them as well as the whole top and bottom of my wardrobes bursting with all colours, designs and heights! However I've been absolutely loving Jeffery Campbell Litas and after months of debating whether or not to invest in a pair I finally gave in. I've ordered a pair in the Black Calf design (because a girl can never have too many shoes!) I love how that there is a huge variety of different colours, textures and designs you can choose from, its no wonder girls are going mad for them! I know they wont be to everyones taste but I actually can't wait until they turn up in the post so I can wear them with just about everything. There is no doubt about the fact I am going to have to save and invest in several more pairs...

Katrina xxx

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Label lust: Monki

Hi guys hope you're all well! Thought I would share my label lust for this week with you all and I really can't express how much I've fallen in love with Monki recently! I love how their pieces are so casual yet you can still add accessories to dress them up however you like. I'm also not one for buying clothes in really bright colours, I tend to stick to darker basics and dress them up with accessories and a pair of statement shoes. Another thing I absolutely love about this brand is the price, they're so affordable and they have so many pieces that everyone can afford whatever your budget! The only downside for me is the only place I know of where you can buy Monki is at Selfridges in London (bit too far away for me to go booo!), however you can order online ( and the shipping is really cheap! I've picked out a few of my favourite items from their website after spending hours yesterday drooling over all them and wanting to buy just about everything! I absolutely love the grey cape with the leather pocket detailing and I know I'm going to buy this no matter how much I'm trying to save!

So heres a small sample of my favourites from left...

1. Gloria 30 Euro
2. Alexandra Top 25 Euro
3. Johanna Blouse 40 Euro
4. Mono Shoes 60 Euro
5. Annabel Skirt 30 Euro

Although the items are based on euro prices when converted they really are such a great affordable price, and with shipping only costing six euros I think I will definiately be buying a few items too add to my wardobe sooner rather than later! Is anyone else lusting over this brand as much as I am?!

Katrina xxx

Monday, 10 October 2011

J is for Jumpers

With winter coming so quickly this year and both the days and nights getting colder, we all want to get wrapped up and stay cosy. This seasons knitwear selection is absolutely gorgeous, and these high street finds are amazing and all for under £50! For the great quality our high street fashion stores give us you can't beat that kind of bargain. Its to the point where you see a gorgeous winter piece and are like 'I WANT TO WEAR THIS RIGHT NOW!' There are so many varieties of knitwear to choose from as well, from cable knits to oversized v necks, outrageous prints and gorgeous faux fur trim pieces (loads of smiles for not hurting fluffy cuddly animals!). These jumpers are some of my favourites and I never thought I would say this as I'm a huge Spring and Summer season person, but bring on the cold winter days and nights so I have an excuse to go out and buy them all! 

From top left to bottom right...

1. Topshop Knitted Stripe Mohair Jumper £42.00
2. Miss Selfridge Sweetie Boucle Batwing Jumper £37.00
3. Miss Selfridge Pebble Stripe Chunky Jumper £36.00
4. River Island Beige Fisherman Swing Jumper £35.00
5. River Island Grey Kimono Sleeve Faux Fur Trim Swing Jumper £40.00
6. Warehouse Bardot Knit Jumper £45.00

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying searching for gorgeous winter pieces as much as I am!

Katrina xxx

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Recent Buys #2

Hi everyone! Haven't done any posts for a few days because I've been away to Edinburgh with my mam for a few days shopping. Had a great time despite the fact the weather was absolutely ridiculous! It was sooo cold and I've never seen rain so heavy in my life! Saying this I spent a small fortune (I'd been putting some of my wages away for the past few months!) so I got quite a few bits and bobs. Found some right bargains in the sales and I also took my mam to Harvey Nichols and she is no longer a MAC Cosmetic virgin wooooo! Anyway here's a few of my favourite bits I got whilst I was away, hope you like them!

001. Barry M Nail Paint in Raspberry (£2.99 Superdrug) I think I can speak for everyone when I say Barry M nail paints are amazing! This is one of my favourite shades along with 'Peach Melba' so decided to pick up another bottle as my older one is just about empty. I love that with these nail paints you very rarely need to do more than one coat as they're so pigmenated, where as some other brands you need to put two or three coats on to get a colour close to the shade of the bottle itself.

002. Collection 2000 Cream Puff in Powder Puff & Fairy Cake (£2.99 each Superdrug) I decided to give these a go after seeing Angie ( do a review on them, and I absolutely love them! I love the way they feel when you apply them. Its like a smooth cream, not sticky like you get with the majority of lip glosses! The colours they give on your lips are also great! 'Powder Puff' is a gorgeous nude matt colour and I would say that 'Fairy Cake' is a gorgeous rich pink colour with a few reddish undertones. However, although I do adore both shades, I do find them a bit disappointing in the way they are labeled 'moisturising', I found that after an hour or so they tend to go quite dry and a bit chapped so you do need to keep reapplying. Overall for £2.99 and if you don't mind having to reapply a coat of your colour every now and then I would say this is definitely a product worth trying!

003. Collection 2000 Hot Looks Nail Polish Shade 50 (£1.79 Superdrug) Also picked up this nail varnish along with the other little bits and bobs I got in Superdrug. I seem to be wearing a lot of darker nail colours recently, I think it's because we're coming into winter! I'm yet to try this on so I can't say what its going to be like, however I've tried other colours in this range and two coats usually give you a great true colour to the shade of the bottle, and for only £1.79 I think its a bargain!

004. Miss Selfridge Red Pussybow Dress (£15.00 reduced from £28.00) I was debating or not whether to get this when it was full price, so when I went to the Miss Selfridge store in Edinburgh and saw it was in the sale I couldn't resist! I love the gorgeous chiffon pussybow detail around the neckline, and the colour of the whole dress is a beautiful red with bits of burgundy mixed in. Can't wait to wear this little number!

005. Dorethy Perkins Terracotta 50s Georgette Dress (£12.00 reduced from £39.50) I picked up this little bargain for my friends wedding over the weekend (even though I had already bought two dresses previous for it!) It's so nice on and the little black belt that comes with it helps to pull in your waist and give you that gorgeous hourglass figure. I'm going to wear it with some black heels and a little black clutch.

006. Topshop Faux Leather Dress (£7.00 reduced from £48.00) Yes, I know. I couldn't believe the price I got it for either haha! I'm not to sure what I'm going to wear it with yet but I do think it will look great with my black Chelsea boots and my hair in a messy top knot. I'll do an 'Outfit of the Day' post when I finally get round to wearing it.

007. Nine West Black Genevive Heels (£19.00 reduced from £95.00) Yet another pair of heels to add to my ever growing collection! I feel in love with these the moment I saw them, they're gorgeous! They're a leather platform and have a stunning chunky metallic heel. I've already worn them a couple of times and not once have they had my feet hurting. So glad I bought them! 

008. NEXT 'Adore' 100ml Eau De Toilette (£10.00 Next) I can honestly say I never thought of ever looking in Next for perfume but I'm glad I spotted this whilst my mam was in the changing rooms. I usually wear Kate Moss 'Kate' but fancied a change so I thought for £10 why not give it a go! It's a gorgeous fruity and floral scent, I think it almost smells like peaches as weird as that sounds, but it is lovely and it lasts as well which I love! 

I got quite a few other bits but these are my favourites which I thought I would share with you all, I hope everyone is well and have had a fab weekend!

Katrina xxx

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Wishlist #2

001. Topshop PU Pencil Rib Side Skirt £36.00 I really love pencil skirts, and having an hourglass shape myself its the style that will hug my curves in all the right places! I think it would look great with a tucked in sheer blouse and a belt to help pull in the waist even more.

002. Topshop PISA Banana Heeled Chelsea Boots £120.00 I absolutely love Chelsea boots, and these heeled version are to die for! I would team them with some super skinny jeans and a basic loose fit white or grey t shirt and a statement necklace.

003. Miss Selfridge Ladder Boho Cardi £42.00 As winter is well and truely starting to come I think its about time I invest in something snug and warm! Saw this cardigan whilst having a browse on the Miss Selfridge website and I neeeeed to have it! I love the colours and the long baggy sleeves. It will look great teamed with jeans and a basic t shirt, as well as little dresses and thick black tights!

004. Miss Selfridge Layered Waist Belt £14.00  Also saw this belt whilst having a look on the website. I tend to only own skinny belts and love how this one is a bit different! I think it would look great worn with a little black dress to help pull in my waist and show off my hourglass figure.

005. French Connection Skull Bird Ring £18.00 (ASOS) I've been wanting a bird skull ring for ages now and this is the first one I have found that isn't ridiculously priced! However I do think £18.00 is expensive for my purse haha! If anyone knows where I can find one even cheaper let me know otherwise I think I may have to just treat myself...

006. ASOS Peter Pan Leather Collar £15.00 I'm obsessed with collars on everything at the moment! Really love this leather look one and think it would look great teamed with high neck vests, basic t shirts, a pair of super skinny jeans and killer heels.

007. River Island Black Oversized Padlock Bag £50.00 I saw this whilst browsing in my local River Island store last week and I can't get it off my mind! The photo really doesn't do it justice, I'm off to Edinburgh tomorrow for a few days shopping so I think I might try and persuade my mam to buy me it (well a girl can try!)

Like I said over the next few days I'll be busy in Edinburgh shopping and won't be taking my laptop with me so I won't be posting for a few days. However when I'm back I'll do a post on any bits that I end up buying! Hope you are all well!

Katrina xxx

Sunday, 2 October 2011

September Favourites

Haven't done as much spending this month compared to my usual splurges! Mainly down to the fact I've had barely any overtime at work and my basic wage on 16 hours a week is next to nothing after bills have been paid! However I did get a couple of bits, some are products I buy on a regular basis and others are ones I've been looking at for a while and decided to treat myself.

001. St Moriz Tan Lotion (£2.99 Bodycare) I've been using the dark mouse version of this fake tan for the past 18 months now and I still cant get enough of it! When they brought out the lotion version of this I thought I'd give it a go, and I've never never gone back to using the mouse since. Although its only the regular colour instead of dark, I personally think the lotion gives a better finish and doesn't leave any horrible patches when it fades because its quite moisturising (as well as the fact I moisturise vigorously every night before bed!) If I ever want to boost the colour and make it dark I just re-apply the lotion over a few days instead of once a week. Overall its my saviour when it comes to fake tan and its always on my monthly essentials, and for the price you can't complain!

002. Boots Latex Free Cosmetic Sponge Wedges (£1.75) These are another one of my beauty product essentials and buy a pack every month! I tend to only need to use one sponge a week, and wash them using my MAC Brusher Cleanser every time they've been used. After a week I tend to throw one away and start using a new one, which might seem like a bit of a waste but when I've got skin as bad as mine I like to keep things as clean as possible! I use these particular wedge sponges for applying my MAC Fix + Spray once I have applied all my make up. I wet the sponge in hot water first and squeeze out any excess so the sponge softens, then I put two spritz of the Fix + on to the sponge and dab all over my face to help set my make up and keep it in place. 

003. Neutrogena Deep Clean Daily Cleanser (£4.19 Boots) If you read my earlier post on my skin care review you will know that I have really bad, acne and spot prone skin. I'm always very cautious when it comes to buying skin products as I don't want anything to aggravate it too much and end up causing more breakouts than I already get. However this was on offer when I bought it so I thought I would give it a go and so far its been brilliant! In fact I would say it has helped clear a few blemishes that were starting to appear. I think one of my favourite parts about this product is the fact is doesn't leave your skin feeling horrible and tight unlike a lot of spot fighting cleansers. I'm going to continue using this over the next 6 weeks or so and then give a proper review and see if it really has made a difference to my skin.

004. The Bodyshop Mango Body Butter (£12.50) If I'm completely honest, I've never been one to go into The Bodyshop much as I think the prices are a bit expensive, well for me anyway! However whilst having a cheeky look around The Metrocentre I saw that their Body Butters were all half price, and after reading such great reviews on other bloggers posts I thought I would treat myself to one (Well actually I ended up getting two because my dad was lovely and also got me one!) I have really bad dry skin on the front of my legs, so I decided to go for the Mango tub, which also smells like Solero ice cream which is  added bonus! It was only when I got home and decided to use some before going to bed that I can understand why they are so expensive. They are so rich and full of oil, and you only need the tiniest amount to moisturise all over! I've only been using this product for the past few days but already it does feel like the texture of the skin on my legs is improving. Although I still think £12.50 is expensive, if it continues to improve how my legs look and feel I will definitely be investing again! This is without a doubt a product I would recommend everyone to try if they get the chance to. 

005. Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Oil  30ml (£2.99)  Yes I know, once again I'm raving about this product haha! It really is amaaaazing though! It retails at the price of £2.99 however all of the Superdrug Vitamin E range is on offer and this Skin Oil is currently only £1.99 so I've stocked up on quite a few bottles. I use this every night after my usual skin routine without fail, and in the morning I wake up and my skin is left feeling super soft, moisturised and glowing. I thought with it being quite rich it would aggravate my skin and cause breakouts, but in fact due to the goodness that Vitamin E has for skin it has improved it so much. If you haven't already tried this get down to your local Superdrug store and give it a go, you'll know exactly what I mean once you have started using it!

006. Carmex Lip Balm Tube 10g (£2.00 Sainsbury's) I had never used carmex before buying it last week after finishing a shift at work. I had heard great reviews about it so I thought for £2.00 (And using my staff discount card and getting it even cheaper) I would give it a go. I've tried various lip balms in the past but this is now the one I will continue to buy. It comes a little 10g tube which is perfect to keep in my bag all day when I'm out, and you only need to apply the smallest amount. The balm is quite thick but its not too much, and it leaves lips feeling soft and smooth with a gorgeous tingling sensation (I wasn't expecting this but absolutely love it!) It has a lovely smell to it too, I don't quite know how to describe it. I'm not sure if it would be to everyone's taste but its another reason as to why I'll be buying another tube once the one I'm using now runs out. I love how this is such a cheap, affordable product that everyone can have and yet it still gives great results every time.

Hope everyone is well and have been making the most of the gorgeous heatwave we've had over the past few days!

Katrina xxx

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Addicted to ebay...

If you don't already, I am far too addicted to ebay! I can spend hours and hours searching for little bargains and not even realise that times gone by... quite sad really but it really is such a bad weakness of mine. Thought I would share with you my latest buys for September, even though I'm still waiting on a couple of bits to turn up in post!

001. Lipsy Grecian Contrast Dress I was so surprised when I found this and it only had 2 bids on it! It still had the tags attached too, decided to bid and managed to win it for less than £10 (the RRP for this dress was something like £55 or £60!) I do really like it and couldn't believe it even fit me! I find that Lipsy dress sizes ten to about two sizes smaller than they are in reality, not sure if this is just me though?!

002. MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation This has always been a favourite of mine since I bought it a couple of years back. It gives such great coverage, yet doesn't clog my pores or cause breakouts. Its £19.50 in MAC stores however I found a full 30ml bottle on ebay for the bargain price of only £10.25 (Plus £2.95 postage) which I thought was brilliant! It might only be a few pounds here and there but if it gives me more pennies to spend on my shopping addiction I'll do it haha!

003. ASOS Caged Skirt I had seen this skirt when it was online but couldn't justify spending almost £30 on it, found it being sold on ebay and got it for less than a fiver! The one I got however isn't black, its the pink sheer version with the black caged line detailing (if that even makes sense?!) Anyway its gorgeous! I think I need to get to the gym and work on my legs though as it is super short! I think it will look great teamed with a black sheer shirt and stacked heels.

004. Miss Selfridge Coral Frill Dress I won this dress for less than £2.00! Can you believe it? I couldn't haha! I was so surprised more people didn't bit on it, but I'm not complaining. I love the colour so much, coral has always been one of my favourites, and I think it suits my skin tone so well. The design of it is so simple it will take me from autumn and winter teamed with some thick tights and right through to next summer when I dare to bare my legs all over again.

005. Wine Belted Maxi Skirt Been looking for a gorgeous burgundy, wine coloured maxi skirt for ages and never even thought to hunt for it on ebay. When I did, it was brand new with tags for only £6.99, so I decided to treat myself even though it is the week before payday and have pretty much no money left to live on! Can't wait for it to turn up in the post, I plan to wear it high waisted with a loose t shirt and my heeled Chelsea boots.

006. H&M Faux Leather Skirt If you read my 'Wishlist #1' post you will remember a skirt very similar to this one was on it. However this one is close enough and I won it on ebay for only £8.00. When it turned up in the post with the tags still on, it had been in H&M stores for £24.99! Think I got myself a great bargain there! I'm going to Edinburgh with my mam for a few days this week and we're going for drinks one night so I plan on wearing it then. Going to team it with a sheer blouse and some Topshop chunky heels with a big statement necklace.

I'm still waiting on a few other bits to turn up in the post and when they do I will either do another post or wait until later in the month and do a huge post! Does anyone else like to use ebay to find bargains? What have you got?

Katrina xxx