Saturday, 29 October 2011

Weekend Wishlist (29/10/11)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Hello everyone, I cannot believe I haven't posted for just over two months.... That really is terrible! Truth is, I just have no time to really keep up with this blog. My other blog ( is much easier for me to run, this one requires so much effort!
I have a HUGE haul post coming up soon though so look out for that.

Anyway! Here's my weekend wishlist...
1. How adorable is this t-shirt? I love anything pink and I just love the illustration of this. I don't normally buy t-shirts like this one but it's just too cute to say no to.

2. Who doesn't love a good, jewel toned blazer? This is such a gorgeous colour and I love the silk detail of the lapels, it looks so elegant and would be fantastic with a pair of plain black leggings or black jeans and a nice blouse or sparkly top I think.

3. This black floaty Topshop skirt is gorgeous and I love the gold embroidered crosses, they make a nice addition I think. I did, however, spot this skirt on X Factor contestant Kitty (who, I am shamefully starting to love) when I met her at the Britney Spears concert on Thursday! It looked quite long on her though and I am definitely a short skirt person so perhaps a smaller size could change the length? Who knows. Topshop has run out of the size 6 and 8 (my size) online so if I really want this I'll have to pop into my local shop!

4. I have seen nothing but rave reviews about this mascara online. The pictures I've seen of people wearing the product are unbelievable - with one coat you get long, thick, volumised, amazing lashes - just what I want! Although the John Lewis price tag is £22, I have found sellers on eBay put this up for about £12 I think? Must. Get. Hands. On. This.

5. 'Tis the season for new jimjams! How CUTE are these pyjamas? Perhaps they won't exactly keep you warm and snug in the upcoming chilly Winter months but you certainly will look perfect for the holidays! These are an absolute must have in my opinion, and you can't beat an adorable set of Topshop pyjamas.

6. I think this is on everyone and their dog's wishlist's at the moment.... For me, this is the ultimate Winter party dress. It's a gorgeous black velvet material with pretty sparkly silver spots all over. It's a very flattering shape and would no doubt cause many compliments! I'm aware of the rose-y pink alternative but this is simply perfect and I must have it, even with it's £46 price tag (damn you, Topshop!)

7. Now, I understand that this will never be mine but I saw this on the Topshop website and my heart skipped a beat. This looks really similar to a dress that Blake Lively from Gossip Girl wore... I think. But it is a beautiful ombre effect sequin dress that costs an absolute fortune but you can guarantee would be the most incredible dress you have ever owned. Sigh... this is definitely for the wishlist.

8. Finally, these bad boys from River Island look perfect to finish off any Autumn/Winter outfit. They're not my usual shoe and the snakeskin effect does look a bit tacky but I'm sure when actually wearing them, they look beyond fierce!

Hope you like this weekends picks! Let me know which items would be on your wishlist in the comments section below, and hopefully it won't be too long until you hear from me again.

Lucy xxx

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Weekend Wishlist (28/08/11)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Hey everyone, this should probably be renamed as end-of-weekend wishlist. I've had no time to make this over the weekend but I wanted to put it out there as soon as possible, so Sunday evening it is! Hope you've all had a fantastic weekend. I went to the cinema with my friends to see The Inbetweeners movie last night - it is hilarious, if you haven't seen it already then you must go! We then popped into Nando's and just had a really lovely evening.

1, 2, 3 & 4. I am so obsessed with knitwear right now, particularly as the weather hasn't exactly been very warm and the drizzly nights have made me long for a snuggly cardigan. I adore these three Topshop cardigans, particularly the third one. However at £40+ I'm umm-ing and ahh-ing at weather or not I can warrant spending that much money. But it is so, so lovely and looks like it would keep me so warm! There is a very similar version in New Look at the moment though for £22 I think so I may have to go with that one and will then be able to buy a few more clothes too.
Oh and how adorable is this polar bear jumper? I need it in my life!

5. I saw these boots when I was shopping in London two weeks ago and completely fell in love. At only £14.99 they are a complete bargain. They're not something I would usually go for but I think they would be so cute.Thoughts?

6. These cable knit leggings from Topshop look perfect for those long Autumn/Winter days when you're just lounging around the house or curled up in bed with a milky hot chocolate and re-runs of Sex and the City and Friends on tv. And £20 for a good pair of leggings from Topshop seems pretty good to me!

7. I saw this snood in River Island the other day and it is the softest thing I think I have ever come into contact with. I'm hoping to find this wrapped around my neck one day soon...

8. I so very nearly bought this in Topshop the other week but I didn't have enough money on me at the time. It's such a pretty colour, very wearable. It just looks like the perfect shade of pink for me.

9. Yes, another pair of boots! These are from River Island this time and the only size they have left on the website is mine... a 5. Do I buy them? £65? Decisions, decisions!

10. Finally, I adore this parka jacket. I really want a coat like this as my Winter coat for this year. Either that or one of those quilted Barbour-style knock offs, but I think this would be much warmer. I love the fur on the zip lining too! So cute and snuggly!

Hope you all have a fabulous week,

Lucy xxx

Friday, 26 August 2011

Summer 2011...

As summer 2011 is slowly drawing to a close, I thought I would share my good and not so good memories of my summer....

The Good:
  • The best holiday ever to Nice and making some amazing friends and even better relationships with people I knew before.
  • Finishing college for the summer
  • Having a wonderful boyfriend who treated me very well
  • BBQ's!
  • Laughter with my friends on sunny days
  • Birmingham with Josh
  • Going up to London to stay with my sister and spending hours every day on Oxford Street
  • Tequila!
  • Pizza + movies night with Louise and Maya
And The Bad:
  • Finishing college for the summer meaning I actually didn't have a social life for the majority of the holidays
  • Coming home from Nice!
  • The dull English weather
  • Josh going away on holiday for 3 weeks...
  • GateCrasher....
  • Breaking up with Josh
  • Not so perfect AS results
  • Not having another massive beach holiday with my friends!
  • My awful skin - no make-up free days for Lucy...
I do think that as all over the place this summer has been, it will be a very memorable summer for me. I can't wait to finish it off over the next week or so by Nandos + The Inbetweeners with my gorgeous friends, and also going to LA next week! Very excited for both.

What are your best and worst summer memories of 2011? Share them in the comments section below.
Lucy xxx


Hello beautiful reader, just thought I'd do a quick little update.
I've really been meaning to get into this old blogging business all summer but so much has gotten in the way/I've really had a lack of things to write about, which therefore has left my blog looking rather lonely and unloved... :( sob.
Anyway, unfortunately I haven't really been up for blogging in general (including on my tumblr) as unfortunately early last week when I went up to Birmingham with my boyfriend, we broke up. I won't explain what happened with us because it really is a very bizarre and unusual situation, no one cheated or did anything wrong (well...there was one tiny imperfection). We've been best friends for years now and we're both doing our very best to make sure it goes back to that and that we're still close. However as all break ups are, it has been difficult and upsetting, and I've been feeling pretty miserable for the past week and a half. I also didn't get the AS results I was hoping for either, although they weren't terrible results, I just don't feel I got the grades I deserved after working so hard! Basically, last week was one great big fat fail for me!

However, I feel refreshed and ready to get on with The Lucy Diaries and I will make a promise that I start posting regularly!
I am also going to be starting a YouTube channel which will sort of be an extension of this blog (so, videos of hauls, reviews, beauty tips - not that I'm an expert but whatever!), and other things I'll want to talk about.

Anyway, here's a picture of me from last Monday when me and my (then) boyfriend went out for a meal and out on the town... it's making me feel a bit sad seeing how happy I was! Sob. Oh well, life goes on!

How have you all been? Any exciting news?
Lucy xxx

Monday, 8 August 2011

London shopping trips

So last week I stayed up in London with my sister. I had a great time, used the tube for the first time ever by myself! It was pretty nerve wracking the first day because I was petrified I'd got on the wrong tube but luckily I could breathe a sigh of relief when I arrived at Oxford Circus!
So I practically spent all week on Oxford Street, and even got to check out the new Forever 21 (which is DIVINE) and Pinkberry which opened whilst I was there in Selfridges.
Anyway, due to my lack of money, I didn't really buy anything exciting worth blogging about. I got a t-shirt from Topman for my boyfriend which we've been hunting down forever. The shop assistant had to go to the stock room and found one in a size too big but I don't care, I had to get it! It's the last one on sale in the UK too so hopefully we can just shrink it a bit in the wash....
I also bought a skirt from Forever 21 which is really nice, something a bit different for me. I got it inthe smallest size available but it's a bit big for me... Hopefully my mum will be able to fix it.
And I also bought a cream blush from Topshop in Head Over Heels. I went to the make-up section on the Monday and they had Neon Rose which I've wanted for ages. So I thought I'd wait until a few days later to buy it but I came back and it had gone. Luckily the colour I bought is very similar.

Anyway, on with the pictures of my changing rooms adventures!

Apologies for the awful picture quality, I only took these on my BlackBerry. Oh and also apologies for my horrible legs, I'm not exactly blessed with the best thighs.
The shorts are already mine (£20, New Look, bargain) but these are two of the tops I tried on whilst at Topshop on the first day. I do have a picture of me trying on a skirt but I'm in my bra and, well, nobody wants to see that.
LOVE the grey t-shirt, I've had my eye on it for ages now. Wish I had the money to buy it, it was only £18!

This playsuit from Urban Outfitters was something a bit different for me. If I had an endless supply of money, I definitely would have picked this up. I also really like this dress. Again, it's something a bit different for me - Peter Pan collar and all. It's very pretty though, don't you think?

So Forever 21 has just opened in Oxford Street in London and I was very excited to go there. The shop is absolutely beautiful. It's three storeys high: the bottom 2 for clothes and the top floor for accessories, jewellery, shoes, pyjamas, lingerie, and a few other clothes that didn't fit downstairs. Each section of the store is split into sections e.g. thrift, vintage, street, etc etc. There's SO many clothes, it's difficult to know where to start first, I was just picking everything up! They have some really gorgeous clothes, and I do think that it's a very me shop. I get so disappointed a bored with a lot of what the rest of the high street has to offer and this just seems like the perfect alternative. These are some of the clothes I tried on - the queue for the changing rooms was ridiculous! The cammel coloured skirt is what I bought though I'm still a bit unsure of it now... oh well. It was only £10.50 which I think is a ridiculous bargain! A lot of people seem to be comparing it to Primark which I think is a bit of an unfair comparison. If anything, it's more like the pricing of H&M though when it comes to the clothes I think it's incomparable. There's nothing like it out there.

On the Wednesday Pinkberry opened in Selfridges. If you've never heard of Pinkberry, it's an LA based brand that sells frozen yoghurt with different delicious and healthy toppings. I was so excited, although I'm going to LA in a few weeks and will no doubt find a Pinkberry there, to be able to try one in London was great. I had an original with toppings which cost me £4.90 - a bit over priced I think but you could have as many toppings as you wanted) which I topped with strawberries, raspberries, kiwi and blueberries. It was absolutely delicious, I swear. I could eat it again and again and again. And it's also a much healthier alternative to ice-cream at only 90 calories (not including the toppings). AMAZING!

This is an Aztec dress that was in the sale from All Saints. When I got home I found out my style icon, Ashley Tisdale, had worn this exact dress to a movie premiere the night before! Amazing!

Black body-con dress from French Connection....

This was in H&M which I never usually like. I find it a bit overrated and dull. You can never find anything decent in there really, but I guess it's a good place to go and get basics from at a reasonable price. Maybe that's why I don't like it - I'm not a basic person!
The black dress was far too big for me, it felt very loose and baggy and I looked like a frumpy school girl I felt,even though the dress is quite nice anyway. It's much too warm to be wearing a dress like this now anyway, the material was so thick!
I really, really, really wish I bought this second outfit. The black racer back vest top which had suede detailing on the back, was only £7.99 and this floral skirt which I was unsure about at first was also only £7.99. It's a simple outfit but I really liked it, it's very me but who cares, that's a good thing! I can't find the skirt online so I'll have to pop into H&M when I next have enough money.
This jumper looks a bit silly on me, I don't know if it's meant to be so baggy but it felt huge on me - and it was a size 8. Not too sure about it anyway. You can't see but in the picture I was also wearing a really cool pair of black leggings with black suede pannels on that I fell in love with. I'll have to go back and get them too!
I also tried on a gorgeous pair of boots which can be found here (though the picture doesn't do the boots justice). I think they're so nice, though I don't think I'd be able to wear them every day for college seeing as they have heels and the journey to and from college is a 4 mile walk, plus extra walking around the massive college site. Might settle on these cute fringe boots as well.

Random picture of my M&S lunch.... the feta and roasted tomato pasta salad is to die for - everyone has to try it out! Oh and of course, I'm still a child at heart, buying Percy Pigs...

MASSIVE Topshop trying-on-clothes spree! I genuinely love the daisy/flower print navy dress but it was £38 or something which I thought was totally outrageous for a little cotton dress which I could probably find cheaper in Primark... Also the pink dress in the same style was so cool to try on, I've been looking at these dresses for ages and to finally be able to try one on felt awesome haha. It was quite tight but I felt very posh in it. Perfect for a posh family event I think.
The tops weren't really my style, though they were very nice. Unfortunately due to my obsession with florescent coloured bras, you could totally see my bra through the white tops.... cringe.
The last three dresses were from the bottom floor of Topshop on Oxford Dtreet which is where all the brands are. The purple one is from Rare which I've been wanting to try on for a life time. They only had it in a size 10 so I thought I'd give it a go but it was far too big and make me look completely flat chested. The last two dresses made me feel so girly haha. I prefer the second one, it's so elegant and simple. I can't remember what the brand was called but I wish I had bought one of their dresses for my prom last year - it would have been perfect!!

Finally this is my Tequila Sunrise when my sister treated me to a TGI's in Covent Garden. I haven't had tequila since when I went to Nice so it felt so good to be drinking it again! Haha! So, so yummy. I also had a hamburger which completely filled me up but was really good.

So all in all, that was my London trip! I have a few other more personal pictures that I might post later but I thought this would be the most interesting for you to read/see. If you have any further questions about anything I'm wearing then please don't hesitate to ask in the comment section below and I'll try my best to answer you.

Lucy xxx


Hi everyone, I am so, so, so very sorry for completely abandoning this blog for such a long time. I guess the fact that I haven't really had anything interesting to blog about is one of my reasons for not posting anything for such a long time.
What with my lack of money, lack of job, etc, etc, I've really had no way of getting new clothes/make-up etc so I guess that's also been another factor as to why I haven't used this so much.
Anyway. I'm back now (I hope) and I have pictures to share with you all so I should be back to posting a bit more regularly....

Hope you've all been well, apologies once again!
Lucy xxx

Friday, 1 July 2011

Outfit Of The Day - 01/07/11

Top: River Island
Skirt (with belt): River Island
Sandals: ASOS
Finally! An OOTD post! Now, this isn't what I actually wore today but I did wear it on Wednesday. Sorry these pictures are so dull too, I'm hopeless at taking pictures, particularly of myself.
I quite like this outfit, particularly the skirt because I think it's just so pretty. I saw it on the River Island website for £10 in the sale and it still wasn't sold out, which I do NOT understand! Apologies for how crumpled my skirt looks anyway, I think that's actually the intended effect but whatever, it's linen so it's bound to go a bit of a funny shape.

Anyway, let me know what you think of this outfit, or if you have any improvements etc etc.

Lucy xxx


Hi everyone, SO sorry for the lack of posts over the past week or so, I got back from Nice on Sunday evening and haven't really had time to make a post on here. Nice was amazing by the way, such a beautiful place, the sun was always shining, so I've come back with a tan and also - a boyfriend! Well that's since Wednesday but whatever, still pretty much have :) No longer Bridget Jones! Hoorah!
I'll do my very best to do some posts soon, I also promised a bunch of OOTD posts which I some how never got round to posting, and the pictures were somehow deleted from my camera so that's a pain! I have about 2 pictures so I'll maybe post those in a minute.

Hope you've all been ok, talk soon,

Lucy xxx

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Weekend Wishlist (18/06/11)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 
1. This lace dress has been doing the rounds on blogs for months now and I think it's the white version that was the original Topshop lace dress (please correct me if I'm wrong)? I absolutely love this though, I think it's so pretty and the style is so flattering. As you are probably well aware of now, white is my Summer 'colour' so of course, this dress is a must have in my eyes.

2. I'm absolutely loving this bag, it looks like a similar bag to one that was on ASOS not too long ago which I think is now sold out but this bag is just as nice. I love the mix of the animal print with the tan leather - it's just such a nice contrast of patterns and material. Plus, the padlock is just a small detail that I think really makes the bag appear more expensive than it actually is.

3. I saw this top on the Topshop website a week or so ago but I think it's just such a 'me' top. It's a racer back top with low arm holes which I love, so I think this would look great with a black lacey bra on underneath (or is that too slutty? Haha). I'd probably wear this with my high waisted denim cut offs. It's only £20 too so I think this may be a possible future purchase for me...

4. This little flower garland from River Island is so pretty, it's perfect for festival's for a hippy-esque look. They have tonnes of these flower headbands at the moment but this one is probably me favourite. 

5+6. Now I saw the red socks on Emma's wishlist and they immediately caught my eye because of how cute and kitsch they are! They have a few other different variations too but I think these are so adorable, I need them in my life right now, even if it is June! The other socks are so cute too with the little zoo animals printed on too. I just love a cute pair of socks!

7. Again, I saw this on Emma's blog too but I've been searching for the perfect moustache ring for ages and for some reason this one really caught my eye. It's just such a fun piece of jewellery and I really do need some more jewellery in my life. Plus, rings are my favourite so I just have to have this.

Anyway, I hope you're all doing well, I'll be posting TWO Outfit Of The Day posts very shortly, I haven't had the chance really to post them on the days they were worn. Hope you're all having a lovely Saturday, wherever you are, it's so miserable and rainy in England at the moment but thankfully I'm off to sunny Nice tomorrow! I need to pack later and watch the rest of Made In Chelsea - I'm totally hooked now, I'd only caught bits of it whilst on tv but now I'm loving it!

Lucy xxx

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Summer 2011 Clothes Haul!

Hi everyone, first of all I would like to thank you all for following me, I've only had this blog since Saturday evening and I've already got a nice little number of followers. So thank you very,very much, I really do appreciate it!

ANYWAY! I'm off to Nice in the South of France next week for a week with my college and I'm very excited about it. My amazing mother has kindly bought me some new clothes for the trip and for the Summer - and no, before you ask, I am not very well off at all actually, nor am I spoilt rotten so I am very appreciative and grateful when either one of my parents treat me to stuff like this.

I am totally in love with this gorgeous sheer shirt from New Look. I'm really not that big a fan of New Look, it's always felt a bit cheap for me and somewhere I'd only go in an emergency but it's really been impressing me recently and I cannot believe I bought this there! The colour's more cream/off-white in person (apologies for my camera flash). I love the gold buttons that make it look and feel more expensive than it really is and I also love the fabric and the two front pockets. It's really lovely and light weight to wear, I wore it yesterday to college tucked into my skinny jeans and got lots of compliments! I also took some pictures of it for an Outfit Of The Day post but I'll upload them one day later this week I think.

This was another find from New Look. It's very basic but it's just really nice and casual and looks great with a pair of denim shorts I think, and perfect for the summer. I really love the rainbow stitching which adds an extra pop to the top (hey, that rhymed! Hahaa!)

I'm suddenly very aware that I've bought a lot of white.... I only ever seem to wear white in the summer and black in the winter. How sad! Anyway, this lovely dress (though it's strictly a tunic...) from Topshop is so cute and I just love wearing it, I feel like I should run through a field whilst wearing it or become one of the Von Trapp family. Apologies if you can spot the 'orange' foundation mark on the chest embroidery - I took this off before I had removed my make-up and, well, it made a little mark which is very annoying, will definitely need to sort that out before I go away on Sunday. This was quite cheap too, well, for Topshop! You can get it in different colours too if you don't fancy white, but it's very pretty to wear and I'm very pleased with it. OH and Topshop gave me a massive pink canvas bag and some Topshop eyeshadow with my dress, which was a bit strange! We didn't order it but oh well, I'm not complaining!! 

I told you the only ever colours I wear are black and white! Anyway, I'm in love with this dress! It's from River Island, it was about £30 which I think is quite a lot to spend on a dress that is made from jersey material  though I guess the heavy Moroccan beading is what makes it so pricey! It's unfortunately a bit big for me because my mum bought it in a size 10, though after the past 8 or so months I've lost a lot of weight so I'm now an all round size 8 (yay!). However it's not the end of the world, I'll be able to cope! Anyway, I just love the beading, it's so colourful and pretty and again, it's really light weight so would act as a perfect beach cover up dress. It's also great because it's a dress you can wear during the day but then dress up for the night with different accessories etc.

We had to send this skirt back to River Island as it was way too big for me but now it's the right size I absolutely love it! I've had my eye on it for a while and it hasn't been budging from the River Island website, or the stores, and I don't know why!! We were also lucky when we had to buy it again as they had taken £10 off the price so it's a total steal for £15. I love the woven belt that comes with it and it's the perfect summer skirt in my opinion. I think the material is linen so it's a very airy, light-weight skirt to wear. I'm going to have to be very careful with all this white that I don't get it dirty, aren't I?

This is another New Look purchase, it was a bit of a bargain as it was about £9/10 for the whole lot, considering in most high street shops the bikini top itself costs about £16 onwards (yes, River Island, I'm talking about you!). It's a kind of coral/pink colour that looks great on and the colour actually makes you look quite tanned, even if you're completely pastey white like me.The ruffles on the bikini top are great too as they make your boobs look bigger (wink wink) so over all, this is the perfect bikini!

Finally, my new Summer sandals from ASOS. Now, I've seen so many beautiful sandals everywhere but my mum has been on my back about getting 'sensible' shoes because in France we're apparently going to be walking a lot so I was in a bit of a pickle trying to find some 'sensible', yet 'attractive' looking shoes. My mum was trying to get me to go for some of those Granny sandals that are all over the Topshop website at the moment (eurgh, no thanks!!) and these were pretty much the only sandals that she would approve of. I'll admit, they're not the most sensible of shoes at all as they are totally flat and cut into my feet a bit but I do quite like them anyway! And they were only £15. Probably won't last very long but oh well!

Anyway, that is all for my Summer clothes haul! Sorry it was so picture and text heavy, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway.

Lucy xxx

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Glamour Magazine & Other Goodies

Don't know if you're all aware but in the UK issue of Glamour this month they're giving away 3 mini Benefit products (one product per magazine). It's only £2 when in reality a full sized version of the products they're giving away would cost about £10. You can collect High Beam, PosieTint or BeneTint. Asthe tints scare me ever so slightly, I decided to get the High Beam, a highlighter/illuminator that brightens up certain areas of the skin. I haven't yet tried it out but I'm excited to and I can't believe you only have to pay £2 for the magazine and the product! I'm slightly tempted to get 2 more copies so I get all 3 products! So that's just a shout out for you all.

Anyway, Adele is currently gracing the cover of Glamour this month looking absolutely gorgeous. I'm not particularly a fan of her music, Someone Like You drives me insane now and I'm not a fan of either of her albums but it is no doubt that she has an incredible voice and I love her as a person, she's got such a fantastic personality!
The other things I picked up were pretty boring:
  • Herbal Essence's Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner
  • Cadbury's Giant Chocolate Buttons
  • Garnier Ambre Solaire suncream SPF 30
  • Nivea Double Effect deodorant. 
Anyway, I know this isn't a terribly exciting post but I hope you enjoyed it anyway and if you're in the UK I hope it's encouraged you to pick up Glamour!

Lucy xxx

Style guides...

In more recent years more and more celebrities and style icons have released their own style guides. Some of them are awful but some of them are so lovely. It's so exciting turning the glossy pages to see pictures of designer clothes and fabulous outfits and shoes and handbags and more.
One of the most popular ones recently has been the Lauren Conrad Style book, which unfortunately I don't own though I did buy it for my one of my best friends, Sarah, for her birthday last year - and it was incredibly difficult to hand that over as a gift!

However one of my favourites is Victoria Beckham's That Extra Half an Inch. Now technically, this isn't mine, it's actually my step-mum's that I borrowed a few years ago that I somehow never returned to her, oops.
But I rekindled my love with it earlier this week and I just think it's so beautifully put together and well written. Although Victoria Beckham isn't a style icon of mine but I definitely understand why she is classed as a style icon, and well deservingly too.

I don't even know if this is legal that I can post these pictures but whatever....! The book really is fabulous: it's split into different sections from 'jeans', 'dresses', 'shoes' to 'winter', 'pregnancy', and 'make-up'. There are some beautiful images of Victoria in the book, and it's funny to look back at how her style used to be and how long her hair used to be with those hair extensions!
Anyway it's such a lovely book with some great advice and I'm sure you'll be able to pick this up now for a really cheap price in paperback probably.

Hope you enjoyed this post,
Lucy xxx

Liz Earle

So I have recently started using Liz Earle products to clean my skin with. Previously I have used solely Dermalogica products, and my facial cleanser was the Dermalogica Cleaning Gel. I found this too drying for my skin, and although good, I felt it was time for a change. I was thrilled when my mum surprised me one day with these new Liz Earle products as she has found them to be successful on her skin so has hoped they would work on me too.
L-R: Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic; Dermalogica Smoothing Cream; Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser; Sainsbury's Double-Sided Cotton Pads.
Cleansing Routine:
  • Two pumps of the Cleanse and Polish Cleanser, rub together in palm of hands and smooth over face and neck. Fill basin up with hand hot water. With the muslin cloth that comes with the bottle, soak it in the water and ring dry, using sections of the cloth to remove the cream from face. Splash face with cold water to close the pores. 
  • With a cotton pad, apply the Instant Boost Skin Tonic and wipe over face and neck to sooth the skin.
  • Using a small amount of the Smoothing Cream, soak into skin leaving it feeling refreshed and hydrated.
I'm quite pleased with the effect of these products. Although my skin isn't perfect (I do still suffer from mild acne and blackheads) I would agree that my skin was noticeably smoother and softer after one use. My skin feels completely clean after using these products and the products feel luxurious to use. The one place I have noticed that my skin has significantly improved with is on my forehead where I haven't seen any breakouts for the past 3 weeks of using it.
The muslin cloth is brilliant as it acts like an exfoliator, washing away dead and dry skin and my pores have looked much smaller and cleaner since using the hot cloth cleanser.
Another thing I would say is the Hot Cloth Cleanser is brilliant at removing make-up. Although the muslin cloth will get dirty, you just need to put the cloth in the wash afterwards so it's not a big deal. I don't need to scrub away at my eye make-up any more either and all of my foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow and eyeliner gets removed easily too.

Really pleased with the effects, hopefully my skin will see further improvement soon.

Lucy xxx