Tuesday, 28 May 2013

An insta insight into my 21st!

A better picture of my dress
Best. Presents. EVER!
My mega cakes!
No harm in a little selfie
Amaze balloons

These are a few pics from my 21st party on Saturday night.

Sorry for the lack of a detailed outfit post but there was pink champagne and I got a tad distracted!

I paired my white dress with a simple but pretty gold bangle and a pair of diamond studs and my heels were in the form of very light nude, gold studded, peep toe shoe boots from ALDO

Hope you all had a fabulous and long weekend

Also, I am incredibly lucky to be going to Miami tomorrow (so crazy excited it's un-true!) So I'll be blog-free for a week but I'll do a Miami special on my outfits, new buys and general holiday loveliness when I'm back, lots of love

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Friday, 24 May 2013

These boots were made for.. well, me!

I am constantly online shopping and 'ooh-ing' over everything but these I HAD to share with you!
How gorgeous are these bright red, western style ankle boots?!

Amazing colour, CHECK
Hard gold detailing, CHECK
Heeled, CHECK

Out of stock in my size? CHECK, waaaaa

These are my absolute crave this month, I'm so in love and am 1000% willing to wait until they re-stock, chip chop Topshop before I have a shoe related meltdown

Topshop - £150

Monday, 20 May 2013

*21st Birthday* Dress options and opinions appreciated!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fab weekend.

I was treated to a pre-birthday dinner by my boyfriends parents at the casino and it was amazing, me and my boyfriend ate our body weight in gorgeous food and then we shared the best chocolate plate in the world! Vodka and redbull jelly, gooey choc orange sponges and other random truffels and mouses! 
*Cue cheesy couple pic*!

And now it's safe to say that I'm eating nothing but impeccably for the next 5 days as I have my 21st party this Saturday!

Yesterday I picked up my dress..

Now I always have an outfit idea (or 50) in mind, I managed to rattle down my birthday dress options to two, buying one but still thinking that I should've bought the other!

I purchased this white Zara dress. When I first thought of what I wanted to wear, being my 21st, I wanted to treat it as big as a wedding, naturally ;)! Hence the white, but I'm also obsessing over mono and all white looks at the moment.

What do you think of it?.. (excuse the not so professional bedroom picture & my boyfs ever messy bedroom but I needed a quick snap)

If the pictures a bit hard to tell by, it has mesh panels at the waist and neck and is really fitted.

I will pair this with either white or black strappy heeled sandals, depending on the night.

I would love to know what you think of it!

My party is this Saturday so I still have a few days to change my mind, I'll add a few pictures from the night and show you my finished outfit.


Thursday, 16 May 2013

REVIEW of NEW Rimmel Salon PRO polish

If you haven't already noticed I do love myself a few shades of varnish! When I say a few my collection is around 30 and I definitely buy one every time I go into somewhere like boots or superdrug

I jumped at the chance to try Rimmel's new Salon Pro simply because anything that calls itself salon worthy and I can do on my lunch hour is a winner!

I chose 'summer orange' because after lusting over Chanel's sold out 'holiday' I urgently needed something to fill the gap until I can get my hands on the real deal..

Saying that I'm actually very pleased with this polish, it's really thin and light, almost like you would expect it to be too see through but it gives a great vibrant coverage with two coats. It's not cakey at all like some other brands, you could easily do three coats if you'd prefer and it wouldn't be too thick.

The chunky brush allows you do apply it quickly but neatly and because of the light texture it dries really quickly which is perfect when you want a pro mani on your lunch and have it dried before your hands are tapping away again.

These are £4.49 in Superdrug and they're still doing 3 for 2 on all lashes and cosmetics so have a look at their gorgeous shades when you're next in.


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I'm new to this so please bare with me whilst I get to grips with everything! 

I would love it if you could follow me on Bloglovin' I'm enjoying keeping up to date and seeing all of your wonderful ones.

Thanks girls,

REVIEW - Dior, Rouge Dior lipstick *perfect coral lip*

This is my latest lipstick purchase and I have officially found my perfect coral lip colour for summer!

I picked up this lipstick at duty free from Dior, it has such a gorgeous orangey colour and you can easily wear it lighter or darker depending on your mood, the top swatch is three light glides and is an intense, bright colour and the bottom swatch is one line of lippy, leaving a peachy glow

I love how the lighter and brighter variations can give two completely different looks from one stick which definitely makes it worth the money

It has a light and moisturising texture and also stays on really well, it may rub off a little during the day when eating and drinking but I'm still left with a noticeable tint of colour if I don't re-apply all day which is so handy is you're busy!

As always the Dior packaging is classy and detailed and definitely glams up any makeup bag, being a high end brand of course it's going to cost a bit more so I wouldn't get it in every shade but I think some unique colours are worth spending a bit extra because they don't go un-noticed and hey, they make me feel a bit special!

The sales girl said this was extremely popular, that's what swayed me because initially all I knew was that I wanted an orange lipstick! But as soon as I put it on I loved it and could see why and I would definitely recommend you to try if you're looking for something like this, if not this shade then I would definitely recommend these lipsticks staying power and tones

You can find them at Boots, Debenhams etc. (who currently have 10% off all beauty and fragrances).. that's your excuse right there! and they range from £22.50 - £25.00.

My shade is called: Andalouse.

What do you think of the colour?
Will you be trying?


Monday, 13 May 2013

REVIEW - Barry M's Hi-Shine Gelly polish

Happy Monday! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend & got to enjoy some sun (unlike me down south)

Not wishing to brave the crappy weather for a night out on Saturday, I got to test out a new polish that I picked up last week and I'm so happy with the results I'm glad I stayed in!

Barry M's new Gelly polishes are amazing..

Reasons to love:
* they're super shiny even before a top coat (hence the 'gel range')
* the colours are really pretty and girly (recommend using two coats for an even finish)
* they dry incredibly quickly and no signs of chipping/movement after a couple of days
* no air bubbles 

There is nothing I don't love about this polish, I was able to do my hair about 15 mins after applying and they didn't smudge at all, even after testing them by denting the polish with my nail, it's bounced back and I can't see a mark at all. 

I picked mine up from Superdrug for £3.99 and they currently have 3 for 2 on all cosmetic brands in store so make the most of it now and go and try a few colours!

I used Blueberry, my mum has also named this 'Facebook blue' which I guess is true so if you work for Facebook and like to match your nails with your occupation then this is definitely for you!

I hope the pictures do it justice..

Have you tried these yet?
What are your thoughts?


Friday, 10 May 2013

Boohoo delights

.. Just a quick peek of my new find, all I need to say is BOOHOO, £18!!!

I was a little skeptical about buying these, simply because I couldn't believe how cheap they are. I thought there had to be a catch with quality or something but first impressions and so far so good, these boots are amaze. So comfortable and the quality is not bad at all!

I was so close to buying the office version but as I only wanted them for a few outfits at the moment I thought I should at least try these first, I promise you, you will not be disappointed with these at all!

I'm definitely going to get the red and gold to pair with shorts and a fresh white top on warmer days, so Sienna Miller!

Does anyone else have these too? What do you think?

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Top Met moments

Having only just had the chance to catch up on all the outfits from The Met Ball, I was shocked, inspired and extremely amused by some of the pictures I saw.

These are my favorite Met moments.. what are yours?!

My first pick is Rooney Mara in Givenchy, because look at that dress! I'm just starting to get into the all-white trend and this dress is perfect, the fishtail, statement shoulders and zipped waist look incredible and paired with a dark lip she gives a subtle nod to the punk trend, Rooney has made a mega statement.

Sarah Jessica Parker Met Gala 2013
Now if this isn't a Carrie moment then I don't know what is. I just love this picture, the way she's holding the dress is so fab and dramatic and reminds me of her full lavender skirt and Dior t she wore in SATC. The dress is beautiful but those boots give it a perfect punk punch (try saying that quickly!) She truly deserves that crown on her head!

I was so excited to see what Nicole did with her hair, she rocked it and it's amazing to see how much she's changed since her BFF with Paris years.
.. and she's going to be a fierce grandma one day!
 I have never been more jealous of a jacket in my life! Firstly, the white dress is so angelic and beautiful but the jacket just kills it.. in a good way!
Please, Sienna, when you're finished with it..

And because men were in attendance, all though out shined by the dresses, I give it to Zachary Quinto for a fabulously punk ensemble. The shine on his suit panels and gold chain detail around his waistcoat fastening make him stand out for all the right reasons, his slippers and blue hair are a perfect accompaniment and there's just something about him that is so intriguing!

There are so many more outfits I'd love to feature but you've probably all seen them for yourselves anyway!

What do you think of my picks and who else nailed it?


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Strapping sandals

A couple of weeks ago when the sun was no where near as frequent as it is now, I was dying to go sandal shopping, but before it was deemed okay to wear flat sandals (without the 'aren't you cold') stares, I saw it was seemingly acceptable to wear strappy heeled sandals and pass on the funny looks.

What is it about flat sandals that scream summer more than a heeled version?!

Here are my two current faves that I'm constantly pairing with evening and day outfits..

These strappy black beauts are from H&m and are only £25! I've seen a million versions of these around, not to mention the ultimate, yet skinnier YSL version.

These have a velcro side fastening and with a chunkier heel are incredibly comfy, I wore them on a night out and I promise, no pains or blisters.

Now these gorgeous brights have only had their debut recently, I snapped them up from Office for £55 a couple of months back (yes, when it was snowing on and off!) and I'm so pleased I can finally wear them.

There is no filter on this picture, they really are this bright! I love how the black heel and ankle strap instantly tone them down for casual outfits and these also, are extremely comfy thanks to the chunky heels.

Paired with a colourful pedicure these heels are sure to turn the plainest of outfits into a glam-fest!

I feel a full wardrobe of heeled sandals coming on...
What do you think?


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Drop it like it's squat

In relation to my last post on skimpy shorts, I'm taking up the May squat challenge on top of my normal gym routine to boost my 'summer-clothes' body.

I'll definitely be doing these in small sets throughout the day but I'll be doing them!

And to challenge myself further I'm going to match what I do in squats daily and do the same amount of sit-ups..

400 squats by the 30th of May?!.. No pain no gain I guess!

I'll keep you updated on my progess throughout the month
Also keep updated with my meals and exercise snap shots through my instagram: lilygmartin
Good luck girls!