Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Sunset Flip-Flops (Primark)

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Flip-flops are ( my oppinion...) one of the most commonly overpriced products in a the fashion industry, especially if they have an awesome print.! So why not pop into Primark for cheaper alternatives.!
 I love the dual coloured purple & neon pink strap as its perfect for the summer.!.
Since the summer holiday season has officially started, some of us lucky ones may be going on holiday this year and whats better to wear to the beach than comfortable cute flip-flops? But in some stores we find them retailing from £7-8 and above.

Considering I got these for only £I've got to say its just ridiculous. Especially most of us would just throw them away after our holiday. ( least I do since I need to make space for souvenirs..)
So pop into Primark and chose from the large range of print and coloured flip-flops to take with you on your summer holiday.!

P.S. Personally I also use flip-flops as a replacement for slippers in the summer.... Your feet need to breath too you know.!.! Plus its a perfect excuse for a pedicure.!.

L.F.A. Xx

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Galaxy iTouch/iPhone Case (DIY)

Carrying on with the Galaxy theme why not make yourself  a Space/Galaxy phone or iPod-Touch case. I think you'll receive loads of compliments from this.!.

Now to do this your going to need: 
  1. An old unwanted case (preferably a fabric one or a synthetic leather one and then just rip off the leather part)
  2. Acrylic Paints
  3. Fabric Paint
  4. Clear Nail Polish (or you could just leave it like I did)
  5. Something to mix colours in (preferably a disposable plastic dish but I used a mixing tray)
  6. A Sponge
  7. and lastly a toothpick (or a brush but....I would use one you don't mind throwing away..)
  8. And a lot of TIME & PATIENCE (something I don't usually have...)
Hobby Craft  - Pebeo Fabric Paint Black & White Volume and Petrol Metal (Metallic) - Each £1.69
Hobby Craft - Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylic Paints in Crimson, Ultramarine and Titanium White
(come in a 10 piece set for £16.50)
You can get any of these from any store or online. I already had these since secondary school when I did Art and Textiles so feel free to buy cheaper alternatives, and let me know if you do.!.

Since my iTouch 5th Gen. is Red the case I had was red and because I'm such a butter finger I had a flip case. So with the Black Fabric Paint I had to paint all of the case black (even the flip part) but if you have a black one then you can skip this step!

 Once completely dry I used the Metal Fabric Paint in the colour Petrol to form shapes or sort of waves on the case with sponge. It may look plain but once you start building up colour it'll be cool.

Now when this is dry you can start adding other colours. Here you can start being creative and mixing colours. I chose to stick to the typical colours like purple.!. (mix blue & red) I added the metallic blue to as a shine to it.

For me it took usually half a day or a day for each part to dry. So perseverance.!.
I added different tones of red, purple and blue since they are the typical colours. I used a toothpick to mix the colours together.!.

Make sure when you paint the flap you use a similar pattern or colour to that for the back of the case otherwise it will look odd.!.!

Once you think your done and its completely dry then with the Pebeo White Volume Fabric Paint with either a toothpick or even straight from the bottle you can make little galaxy and even a planet like I did. The volume paint will dry in a 3D format so it'll be slightly raised and give the case a much more 3-Dimensional look.!. Finally with the White Acrylic Paint make little dots to form stars.

And Your done.!. Enjoy.!.

P.S. (OPTIONAL) You could coat the entire case  in clear nail polish to make it extra shiny and most likely last longer but....quite frankly I didn't.... and I did this ages ago.....and its still fine.!.

L.F.A. Xx

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Galaxy Nails

Yes. I admit. I'm a bit late on this trend since it was an August/Winter trend but I love it for any night out.!.

For this your going to need A tooth-pick (or a Nail Dotter if you have one) a Base Coat, Top Coat and a Black, Pink, Purple and White Nail Polish/Vanish. I chose a black nail polish that has a sparkle so that the nails would look more sparkly without glitter added on top!

  1. Paint your base colour onto your nails (I would make sure I use a base coat since we're using black)
  2. Then once dry paint the white nail polish onto a cotton bud or swab
  3. And pat the colour in a line onto the line.
  4. Do the same for the purple and pink colour. (Be messy and random with it it will add to the finished look)
  5. Its gonna look a bit messy but don't be disheartened it'll look cool in a sec.
  6. Then with a toothpick (or Nail Dotter if you have one) add little dots (almost to form constellations)
  7. Once you let that dry, Pop on a top coat, to make it look glossy and shiny!
and Voila.!. Your done.!.

P.S. I hope you guys try this out on yourselves.!.

L.F.A. Xx

Friday, 21 June 2013

Estée Lauder - Pleasures (Perfume Gift Set)

30ml of Perfume and 75ml of Body Lotion + A Travel Bag

This perfume (Fresh & Floral Scent) is one of my sisters favourite perfume and as you may know from previous posts it was her birthday recently and so we got her this set too!

Now I don't know about you guys in other countries but finding a cheap (well...decent priced) gift set around  summer is soooooo hard! I went everywhere and the only place that had this affordable perfume set was John Lewis where this set was only £38.!.!

So if you know someone who likes this perfume or you do & what a cute set I suggest this one.!.!.

P.S. I think perfume is one of the best gifts as it's always useful and people are always going to want to smell good.!.

L.F.A. Xx

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Boat Shoe Haul (Risky)

Recently I popped into Risky in Vicarage Field shopping centre, and managed to snag myself these super cheap shoes!!

These only cost £4 each.!.!.! That's absolute madness considering these are a really cute Boat Shoe Style with tassels.

These Red ones are soo cute and I think they would look best with a pair of jeans and white t-shirt. (Simple Casual, but with a hint of colour)

And these Black ones could be used for work, (if you don't normally wear heels) or for a casual day out too.

P.S. They are really light. Seriously they don't weigh a thing but of course ; like any shoe your gonna have to break into them!

L.F.A. Xx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

H&M Sale Haul

You guys may know that I love a sale or a bargain so last I went shopping I popped into H&M to check out their sale and I managed to get 3 new tops all under £12.!!.

Back View

This was £7.99 but on sale for £4.!.!
It's sooo cute and out of the 3 is one of my favourite thanks to the Zip on the back of the top.which gives it an edgy feel.
For me personally Vest style tops suit me best because I have quite broad shoulders (for a girl) and I find they show them off but in a nice way.!. This also comes in White and Pale-Yellow.!.

Detail of Transparent Pattern

This was £7.99 but on sale for £3.!.!. ...but if you were to get it online it costs £5 which is still cheap anyway.
This short-sleeved top has a wide neckline and as its on sale you should know the sizes run big as this is a small and you best believe I'm not a small.!.! Anyway.. the transparent pattern is sooo cool and unique you guys should definitely get one.!.

Detail of Transparent Pattern & Tie-Waist

This wasn't on sale but it only cost £4.99.!.!. That's an amazing price considering the print, the length and the fact that it's got a tie-waist.
This top is more like a dress (I'd wear with leggings, jeans or shorts) or I think this would look cute over a swimsuit (like if you go to the beach as a cover up.!.)

.!.Hope you guys enjoy the summer sales.!.

P.S. Now all these tops require at least a bandeau top underneath or if your confident you can just use a bra. Preferably one of the same colour as the top.

L.F.A. Xx

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Denim Skater Skirt and Broderie Style

This summer is big on the denim skater skirts and even bigger on the lace and Broderie style tops, skirts... Everything.!. So this simple outfit should set you up for the Summer... (if the sun pops out again...)

Ass last week was my sisters birthday I thought it'd be a good idea to show you guys what we got her and at the same time give you style ideas, and advice for someone who's 5"5 (someone of average height...not tall,,, like myself)
It was all bought in New Look and it all came under £32.!. (that's amazing considering in other stores the top itself would have been that price.!.)
New Look - £16.99
Broderie Shirt
Is white, has a cute Peter Pan collar and is a crop top/shirt. I think this is a particularly great top petite women who still like this style but don't want something too short. If your not confident to show skin I would use a basic tank top underneath or a bandeau top

New Look - £14.99

Denim Jersey Skater Skirt
There are many colours that these skirts come in but I chose to a pale blue well...because I wanted to. They are a little stretchy so they should be comfortable  and as they are "A" line in shape it should suit every body shape. Plus new look cater to the "Petite, Tall and Standard" sizes.!.!

P.S.Now as we know fashion can be expensive....but only if you let it be.!.!.

L.F.A. Xx

Saturday, 15 June 2013

& Other Stories - Equatorial Dreams Body Scrub

.!.One of the BEST body scrub I have ever used.!.
Equatorial Dreams Body Scrub - 250ml for £7
Last time I went shopping down Oxford Street/Regent Street I popped into the new (well....relatively new since its store opened up in March) & Other Stories. It's owned by H&M but its designed independently and kinda caters to the higher-end high street shopper, however you must check out their Bath & Body section.!.
Directions: In the shower/bath: smooth over damp skin
 and massage well. Rinse off.

As you can see the scrub comes in an amazing blue colour (which I love) and I must say the thickness of this body scrub is phenomenal.
 I usually find that body scrubs can be really watery but my gosh this isn't.!.
You may already know that I suck at describing scents, but I know this smells amazing; sweet but also fresh.

A lovely surprise was that it also created a little bit of foam which I think is fantastic as most scrubs don't usually do this.
This also left my skin feeling soft and most of all fresh & scented!

Overall I would definetly recomend this product to everyone who love scented scrubs. and It's definetley affordable. (considering the prices of other scrubs and quality)

P.S. What other scrubs have you tried? Or what other scents from & Other Stories have you tried?

L.F.A. Xx

Thursday, 13 June 2013

BarryM Nail Paint - 307 Lemon Ice Cream

If you were wondering where the sun's gone...well here it is.!...just joking.!.
Absolute Bargain.! £2.99 for 10ml of product.!.

If you happened to see my last nail post you may remember me saying I didn't have a yellow nail polish/varnish, and so when I went to run errands I popped into Superdrug and picked up one from BarryM in the colour 307 Lemon for only £2.99.!.!

I found that the colour is really bright and true to the colour you see on the bottle, though you will need about 2-3 coats to get a full colour coverage as otherwise its a bit....pale/see-through?
I would say this colour would suit best those of a darker or a more tan complexion because I think it would just POP.!...but anyone can use this.

P.S. Isn't the name just really cute.!. 

L.F.A. Xx

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Dr. Organic Rose Otto Cleansing Milk (Review)

Recently I've been really ill and my skin has just been feeling...well rubbish, and when I washed my face with this cleanser I just couldn't help feeling much better.

£8.19 for 150ml from Holland & Barrett,

Sorry for the scratched up bottle!
This cleanser left my skin feeling soooooo smooth it's unbelievable! and to me it smells amazing...though for those of you who don't like the smell of roses, obviously steer clear from this.
This product is also suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans! + No Animal Testing.!. (all which are important to know)

Apply to cotton wool and wipe gentlyin upward movements over 
skin morning and night.
I use this as a general face cleanser for when I feel my skin need that little extra help. But you can use it as a make up remover. Though I think cleanser should be used all the time (with and without make-up) as pollution, and dirt in general is always going to end up on your face.

I think this is definitely worth your money (£8.19) as it lasts ages.!. Like I've had this for a while (probably since before the new year) and I'm just about to finish it.

P.S. Holland & Barratt currently have a sale where you can mix & match products and buy 1 and get the other 1/2 price!!! So I think its time for me to pop into H&B.!.

L.F.A. Xx

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Aztec Pattern Inspired Nails

While studying for exams may be taking all of my free time, I still try to find leave some for myself. And while thinking of what to do I found myself being inspired from the top I was wearing, and created these Aztec Nails.!.

These did take a lot of concentration and time to get the shapes I wanted and to be honest I almost gave up before the black outline, because it looked really weird without it...

Primark mens top for £2.50
My inspiration came from this top that I bought ages ago. I just fell in love with all the shapes and colours. I decided to only do the odd shapes on my nails for a minimalist look to it! Unfortunately I didn't have that exact blue or a yellow and so instead I went for an Orange and a Lighter Blue.

17 - Bolt from the Blue, Maybelline - 554 Lavender Lies, L.A. Colors - Orange & Black,
Colour Couture  
- Top Coat + A toothpick.
So try to paint these nails too! Just have fun with it. Try loads of different shapes and colours! 

P.S. Feel free to let me know the designs you did! I would love to see others try these nails too!

L.F.A. Xx

Monday, 3 June 2013

Blue Star Nail Art (Topshop)

I decided to do this really cute blue star nail art design for one of my besties birthday dinner..(because she's a star ;)

As these Stars were white with a dark and light blue outline I decided to use my 17 Fast Finish Nail Polish in Bolt from the Blue as the base colour to help the star stand out but to also follow the Pastel trend.
You can get these Stars from the Nail Art packet from Topshop for only £2.50.!.

So if you want to do these:
  • Paint your nails a plain light blue colour. ((Make sure they are completely dry!!!!)) 
  • Then take the Stars out and get them ready. 
  • With a clear nail polish paint a dot to the area you will stick it to. 
  • Stick the Star onto the dot and hold it down till dry. 
  • Then paint over the nail and star again in clear nail polish to fully secure it in place!

You can use other colour combinations but I thought this would look the cutest and most subtle.

P.S. These Stars are little harder to stick than the bows from my previous post: "French Pink Bow Nail Art (Topshop)"as they have five thin corners.!. So I would suggest using a needle to press each corner individually as its close to drying.

L.F.A. Xx

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Africa's Best Organics: Texture My Way Curl Keeper

 As I may have mentioned before I have naturally curly hair (as I'm Latin American.!) and so I struggle to keep my curls tame and beautiful!
This is my (Go-To) hair product. What's yours?

But with this Moisturizing Hair Lotion I find my curls are:

  •  Nourished (they don't look like straw)
  •  Natural (not overly greesy or sticky ot crispy like curly fries,)
  •  and Bouncy.!
Sorry for the messed up bottle but here are the instructions!
and in French too! ;)

This product smells amazing too! (I suck at describing scents so I won't try.!...) well... I'll just say it's a little sweet but kinda like berries!...(see I told you!) and well whenever I wear this I've gotten compliments!

So I would definitely recommend getting this in any of your local Afro-Caribbean Hair Shops (or online and sites like Amazon?) I got mine for £1.98 for 355nl of product.! So absolute bargain especially considering its organic.!

P.S. Goodness this product has a really long name.! But it is AMAZING!

L.F.A. Xx