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ASOS Wishlist May 2017

So my daughter has chickenpox. This is an enlightening experience because I have never actually had chickenpox myself. And no, I don’t have it just now, either. Maybe I’ll catch it from her and it will present itself in a week or two, but right now the only thing I am suffering with is a super infected finger – ouch!

Because of this, I haven’t left the house in a few days, nor making myself presentable because I’ve spent most of my time looking after her (and going on a SIMS4 binge!), so unfortunately, I haven’t had any new looks to present you with. So, for today, I thought I’d do a wishlist, which I don’t think I’ve done since my birthday last year!

When it comes to finding clothes, being plus size can be difficult. It’s not always a case of popping into town and grabbing something. It can be an arduous task to trawl round finding a) things that fit you, b) things you can afford, and c) things you actually like. This isn’t a problem for most people, but when you’re fat, this is the holy grail. And this is a reason I like Asos so much.

Like I said in a previous post, I can’t afford to buy many clothes, but the ones I do get tend to be from online stores like Asos. And the ones I can’t afford go into the handy wishlist, where I sit staring and lusting after the pretties until I can afford them, or they no longer become available and disappear from the site.

So in this vein, here are some of my fave pieces on Asos Curve at the minute:

 

  1. Asos Curve Mini Rara Skirt – £28
  2. Asos Curve Maxi Skirt in Palm Print – £32
  3. Asos Curve Midi Skirt with Asymmetric Poppers – £20
  4. Asos Curve Halterneck Sundress in Gingham – £30
  5. Asos Curve Asymmetric Cami Top in Mixed Floral – £28
  6. Asos Curve Smock Top in Tiers in Gingham – £30
  7. Asos Curve Maxi Tea Dress with Open Back in Floral – £45
  8. Asos Curve Embroidered Long Sleeve Shift Dress – £70
  9. Asos Curve Salon Embroidered Smock Longer Length Midi Dress – £120
  10. Asos Curve Embroidered Enchanted Midi Shift Dress – £60
  11. Asos Curve Kimono in Stripe with Embroidered Back – £60
  12. Lovedrobe Check Culotte Jumpsuit – £55
  13. Asos Curve T-Shirt with Lace Plunge and Sleeve – £25
  14. Asos Curve Mesh Scatter Sequin Mini Dress – £75
  15. Asos Curve Stripe Swing Dress with Ruffle Hem and Tie Front – £35
  16. New Look Plus Distressed Boyfriend Jeans – £24.99
  17. New Look Plus Strappy Lace Bralet – £12.99
  18. Asos Curve the Ultimate Cami with Caging 2 Pack – £14

 

I’m especially in love with anything mustard yellow at the moment, and I’m trying to pull myself out of my comfort zone with patterns and styles… going against the grain in my attempt to reject the ideal of what is “flattering” to fat bodies, and in fact, get that word out of vocab altogether.

So what are you guys lusting after this summer?

Until next time 😉

kirsten-xo

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Makeup & Outfit of the Day 02.05.2017

Hello lovelies. Today I have a quick MOTD post for you from yesterday, where I got a bit carried away with the pink end of the spectrum.

One of my new goals is to give you guys a bit more of an honest look into my life. Often lifestyle bloggers will do MOTD and OOTD posts, and they consistently look like perfection, but for someone who does this and is also a stay at home mum… well, that’s not always the case. You’ll see that below. Well, at least my makeup is pretty good?

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You’ll have to excuse the rest of my appearance, please! I actually didn’t leave the house yesterday, and despite having nice makeup, the rest of me was a mess!

My favourite bit about this look was probably the highlighter, which is actually Urban Decay eyeshadow Roadstripe, which is a perfect white/purple duochrome I’m in love with (peep that cupid’s bow highlight tho)! Roadstripe is no longer sold individually, but mine comes from the XX Reloaded palette.

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Messy hair, don’t care.

Yes, as you can see, I have accessorised my makeup with an old jumper, unwashed hair I’ve thrown into a bun, and my glasses which… well, they’re necessary to see.

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Oh yeah, you probably haven’t seen my new glasses. These are some Specsavers one I got discounted for ridiculously cheap and I love them. They totally weren’t inspired by any anime characters or anything like that either… (ahem.)

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Outfit highlights include this old marl grey jumper, no bra, and my old ripped jeans you’ll have seen posts of me wearing everywhere last year but now have a massive tear up the side of.

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Sometimes, this is just my life. Sometimes I don’t even put makeup on or get out of my PJs.

#mumlife #depressionlife XD

Kirsten xo

What I’m Into: October 2016

Good morning folks and Happy Hallowe’en!

It’s actually only 6:30am as of the time of me typing these exact words, but the clocks went back here yesterday and my body clock isn’t in sync with them yet.

Despite it being Hallowe’en, I don’t have a spoOoOoOopy post for you today. Next year I will be sure to plan in advance, but as you may have seen from a few posts ago, October has been a very strange all-over-the-place month for me.

Instead, I wanted to do a post on stuff I’m into right now and what I’m obsessing myself with in these past few weeks/ months/ okay some of them are a bit longer than that…
Please note: this is a lifestyle post and not a beauty edit, but if you wanna get an idea of things I like that aren’t necessarily makeup, then read on!

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Okay, listening to older music isn’t something new to me. I have to admit right here and now, I am not adept at listening to music. Music is glorious and wonderful and beautiful and I love it, but I don’t actively seek out new artists or listen to the radio or keep up-to-date with music trends. I have a selection of artists that I like, and I tend to listen to them exclusively or even just certain songs over and over. And a lot of the music I listen to is old music for this reason.

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I have a Tidal account, and on it I have created Playlists to go with different moods. These used to get switched up on a daily basis in terms of what I listened to, but recently it has pretty much been exclusively my 80s and 90s list, which if you have a Tidal account, you can listen to here.

If you don’t, here are some Youtube links for you:

  1. Africa – Toto
  2. Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
  3. A Little Respect – Erasure
  4. Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
  5. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
  6. Missing – Everything But The Girl
  7. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
  8. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths
  9. Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
  10. Shout – Tears for Fears
  11. Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
  12. Life On Mars – David Bowie
  13. Heroes – David Bowie
  14. Space Oddity – David Bowie
  15. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division

I know it’s only a small selection of songs, but I love them, and I probably listen to this playlist like three times a day at the moment. If you don’t have time to listen to them all please just listen to these couple:


Basically, this playlist reminds me of growing up in the 90s and listening to music with my Dad on a Saturday morning in the kitchen while we made breakfast and sometimes did baking together. Of course, I do have recent music I love as well, but this playlist just makes me feel all nostalgic.

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Something I probably haven’t spoken about on here before is my love of anime.
I got in to anime when I got with my husband seven and a half years ago, initially just to appease him, but then I actually started enjoying it myself.

We first started out watching a lot of fighting and action anime. Some I enjoyed, some I didn’t. One of my big loves of way back then was Bleach, for example, but I never really got that into Naruto. After a few years I discovered that I had my own kind of tastes in anime, and I started watching some independently. But I then discovered that the anime I loved watching was also his guilty pleasure… and yes, I’m talking about shōjo.

If you’re unfamiliar, shōjo is a genre of manga or anime that is primarily targeted at teenage girls and young women. The subject matter is usually romance, and a ton of these take place in a school setting. I have a long list of anime I love that fall into this genre, but recently I discovered Yuri!!! On Ice and fell in love.

If you follow me on Tumblr, you probably know what I’m talking about. If you’re not following me on Tumblr, why? Go do it now! I’m kidding, you don’t have to.

It’s about ice skating. However, like a lot of anime, you don’t have to be an expert or particularly like the main subject matter at hand to get into it. It’s an ongoing series, and it currently only has four episodes, but it already has a massive fan base online. Particularly Tumblr. I wonder why that is?

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Oooooh the homoerotic subtext, right.

Listen, I’ll be straight (ha!) about it: you’re probably not going to enjoy this if watching sexual tension between two guys isn’t really your thing. There’s a lot of it. But at the heart of this anime is a really pure story to be told, and the main characters are just likeable and you want them to succeed. Which, ya know, is a good thing when investing in a story. We’re not too deep into it yet, but you can see the storyline unfolding into something beautiful questioning how to find yourself when people’s perceptions are based on the expectations thrust upon you.

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Plus the fact, the composition and artwork of this anime is just beautifully done.

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If you want to give it a go, you can see the English subbed version via KissAnime here.

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I’m gonna go ahead and guess that most of you know what I’m talking about. There’s been a lot of advertisement online and on TV for this, despite it not even being new. However, if you’ve missed it then I will expand.

Skyrim is a video game that was originally released in 2011 (11.11.11) on older gaming platform models XBOX 360 and Playstation 3, as well as Microsoft Windows for PC gaming. The game was the 5th in the Elder Scrolls series and was created by Bethesda, RPG gods who also created the Fallout franchise.

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Skyrim is an alternate universe of Nordic Gods, dragons, magic and civil war. Imagine Lord of the Rings with vikings and you’re not too far off. It’s not a game I intended to get into initially, and when it was initially released I watched my husband play it and palmed it off as fantasy nonsense. However, within a few weeks I was playing it, and I ended up completing it before him.

Recently, Skyrim has had a rerelease due to the popularity of the game, and Bethesda have updated the graphics and some of the gameplay to create a game that now works beautifully on newer platforms, the XBOX One and Playstation 4.

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I couldn’t resist. It is one of our favourite games and I just had to see what the rerelease was like, and let me tell you, it’s beautiful. Playing it makes it seem like I was only playing it a few weeks ago and not five years ago, despite the fact that its graphics are hugely improved. This is probably a testament to the developers in keeping the core gameplay as it was.

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If you’re into this kinda game, I definitely recommend checking it out.

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I’m not going to make this long, I promise.

If you know anything about me at all outside of this blog, it’s that I am a massive Sherlock fangirl. I’m talking BBC Sherlock by the way, although I do engage with and enjoy other versions. Sherlock, and the Sherlock fandom, is something I spend a lot of time engaging with, discussing, analysing and just basically obsessing over.

However, I hadn’t actually watched it in a little while. Every so often the whim arises to throw on an episode, but more than watching the actual show, I do the other stuff as described above more. This is what happens when you have to wait like THREE YEARS in between series. But the other day, just after the GBBO finale, we received the trailer for series four which had already been released, except this time it had a date of release:

Obviously those of us heavily in the fandom had suspected a January release, but the confirmation of such sent us into meltdown. So now, I’m going back and revisiting old episodes, and will probably be rewatching over and over right up until New Years’ Day.

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I try not to obsess over Sherlock on most of my social media, however if you are interested in reading my angst, I do have a tumblr sideblog on which I vent all my frustrations over this goddamn show, which you can find here if you really want to.

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Onto something a little cheerier and festive now: Christmas shopping!

Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I don’t really like the cold, however it somehow feels okay when you can walk into a house with warming flashy lights from a Christmas tree, sweet festive-smelling candles and home baking, which there always is in this household around Christmas. I love Christmas, okay?

But one of my favourite parts of Christmas is giving gifts to people I love. Sometimes this is utterly stress-inducing, and because we don’t have a great deal of money I almost always end up feeling like we haven’t bought people enough, but I still like to go out and find stuff that I know a certain someone is going to like.

My Christmas shopping starts at the beginning of the year. Seriously. If you’re savvy like me, you know the best place to start looking for the next year’s gifts is in the January sales (just make sure you check your use-by dates on edibles and skincare please, peeps!). The rest of the year is then spent keeping an eye out for things that people will enjoy when I’m out and about, and filling up my big Christmas gift box in my house.

I’m always online looking for stuff, bookmarking things and writing down ideas. I just love it and I can’t wait until we are truly going into Christmas countdown mode tomorrow!

 

And there we go. I hope to do some more posts like this with online makeup and clothing picks too. What do you think?

 

Kirsten xo

My First CutiePieMarzia Subscription Box – Fall 2016

So let’s get back to beauty.

After my time away in Scotland, I arrived home to a box I have been waiting for for a very long time, by CutiePieMarzia. Marzia Bisognin (aka CutiePieMarzia) is an Italian beauty and lifestyle YouTuber based in the UK, known for her cute, quirky style and for being the partner of Pewdiepie, the owner of the most subscribed to channel on YouTube.

Marzia is multi-talented, hosting not only a massively successful YouTube channel, but also working as an author, fashion designer, blogger, interior design student and has dabbled in other things too, such as collaborating on designing subscription boxes before creating her own.

This subscription box is quarterly, so you pay quarterly and receive a box quarterly. It’s more expensive than other boxes, but you get a little bit more in it. You can either chose the ‘regular’ box at 29 USD, or the “V.I.M” [very important Marzipans?] box at 89 [???!!!!].

One of the things that I do find perplexing about this subscription is that is hosted by ReelStyle, which operates out of Canada, I believe. Marzia lives and works in the UK, and the shipping of this box is dependant on country, which to the UK is 20 USD on top of the box price. That means it costs about 40GBP per quarter including shipping. It’s pricy.

I have had a problem with being double billed by Reel Style too, so at the minute I’ve paid about 80GBP for one box, which I’m not pleased about. I’m currently awaiting a response.

Anyway, did want to try this out for myself, and there can be anticipated problems with everything in life, so I’m not going to fret too much right now. Let’s just get on with cracking open the box.

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This is the outside of the box, and products are directly inside. There’s no interior box like you might get with Glossybox or Birchbox, for example. I have however seen this before with Wantable boxes, which I experienced no problems with shipping-wise in the past.

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As you can see, on opening, there are a lot of products in the box, which makes a nice change to a monthly subscription, but you would definitely expect that for what you pay for this.

So as I do with my other subscriptions, I’m gonna go through one by one with links to the products.

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Caolion O2 Sparkling Blackhead Soap (RRP approx. £13.13)

I can’t find much info about Caolion as a company, but I gather they are a Korean beauty company, which I know Marzia is fond of.

The soap reminds me of Liquorice Allsorts, and I think it smells like them too. I actually hate those sweets, but I am really looking forward to trying this out. As you might have seen, I do have problems keeping my skin under control and have never tried a charcoal mask before, so I’ll see how it goes.

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Derma-E Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid (RRP approx. £11.08)

Hydrating mists are something I’ve seen before but have never tried, simply because I’m a little confused as to what they actually do. According to this Derma-E one, you spray this over “your face, neck or wherever skin is dry and thirsty” to “cool, refresh and moisturise skin”. Apparently you can also use it to set your makeup.

I’m super into the fact that it’s completely vegan and cruelty-free, and it smells really lovely. Considering my skin is really dry, it will be interesting to see if this has an effect.

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Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast (RRP approx. £12.31)

At first this appears to be a dry shampoo, but I don’t think it is. I think it’s a specific volumising style product. Often these come in the form of dry shampoos, which is why I think I might be getting confused.

I haven’t used this on my hair yet, but the reviews for it via Sephora are great. On a quick spray just on my arm, there’s no chalkiness that you get with a dry shampoo [if that’s what you use for volume currently], but it does have a very strong smell. The smell isn’t necessarily bad, it’s like a perfumed hairspray, but just quite strong.

So far these products seem to be specifically targeting needs I want met beauty-wise, and this one is on the mark.

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Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (RRP for this size approx. £6.88)

At first, I was really excited to see this mascara included in the box. It’s a mascara I’ve been wanting to try for a while, and maybe I will have some success based on the fact that I ended up hating the Better Than Sex mascara I received last month in my GlossyBox. I said it was good in that review, but it dried out very quickly, and did not live up to waterproof expectations.

However, I am trying to evolve into using only cruelty-free products, and Benefit are kind of a gray area when it comes to this. According to their website they, “do not test on animals”. However, their products are still sold in China, so this seems contradictory.

I will test it out in the hopes of it being cruelty-free, but if someone could give me more insight in the comments, I’d be extremely grateful!

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Shangpree S-Energy Cleansing Gel (RRP for sample approx. £0.53)

There’s not much to say about this really as it’s a diddy little one-time use sample.
It’s a cleanser from a Korean-based company I know nothing about.

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Yum Earth Fruit Snacks (RRP approx. £0.66)

Another item there’s not much to say anything about. I think it’s a cute little addition to the box to put something different like this in here, but I have had these and they’re not particularly nice, to be honest.

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Palmer’s Ripe Mango Flip Balm (RRP £4.99)

One of the products I am super delighted with! I love cocoa butter, I love mango, and I love this cute little lip balm. It’s obviously very reminiscent in style to the EOS lip balms, but rather than having a lid, this one flips over so the lip balm is on the underside of the lid. It’s a cool little concept.

The lip balm itself smells and tastes amazing, and I think I’m going to have difficulty not just using a ton of it over and over again just to smell it.

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Yes To Cucumbers Calming Paper Mask (RRP approx. £2.45)

Yes To is a company I’ve heard lots of good things about recently, and I’m excited about trying one of their products for the first time. The company bases its product ranges on your skin type, with Yes To Cucumbers being for sensitive skin.

I’d seriously recommend checking out their website yestocarrots.com as it really is quite cool how they have such a wide range of products which fall under food groups.

I’m still learning to get on with sheet masks, so I’ll see how this one fares on my skin.

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Paul & Joe Moisturising Foundation Primer (RRP for this size approx. £8)

Can I just say, I loooove Paul & Joe product packaging. Their beauty products are all so vintage and feminine, while being very soft and pastely.

Even for s sample, the bottle for this primer is beautiful. The product itself I haven’t used fully, but a swatch on my hand reveals it to feel really luxurious and silky on my skin. It also appears to be a little pearlescent. My one concern is the smell. It smells gorgeous, but I am worried about whether this means it’s heavily perfumed and will react negatively with my sensitive skin.

I am really looking forward to using this!

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Fuzzy Pink Earrings

There’s no company associated with these, however I love them. They are so cute.

However, I have just noticed as I’m writing this that they are broken! The pom pom bit is coming away from the backing on one of them, so I’ll be firing out a tweet to ReelStyle in a mo regarding this!

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Black Choker Necklace

Another product with no company associated. This one I’m gonna be a little bit harsher on…

These “chokers” are a gimmick. It’s a piece of string. I actually saw a tweet last week about a girl using her shoelace as a choker and getting away with it. That’s all this is.

I’m glad there’s no price associated, but please guys, steer clear of places that sell you these things and get yourself down to HobbyCraft or something.

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PopSockets Phone Grip and Stand Customised by Marzia (RRP approx. £8.21)

A product I have genuinely been wanting for a while. One of the problems I have in life is that I have tiny hands. Seriously. Sometimes this makes it difficult for me to hold my phone and text, or take a photo without my hand shaking. I actually am really happy I get to try this!

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Valley Cruise Press Retro Record Player Pin by Abby Galloway (RRP approx. £8.21)

Enamel pins are all the rage right now, and something I haven’t gotten into yet, however I’m excited to start! This design is so extremely cute, and I look forward to adding it to my winter coat.

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Marzia’s DIY Memory Game and Halloween Movie Picks

These couple of extras received in the box are really cute. I’m sure some people would think they’re a little gimmicky, but if you’re a subscriber of Marzia’s Youtube, then you know that she will have personally picked out these things to go in as things she’s interested in, and I think it gives a nice little personal touch to the box.


Price I paid for the box inc. shipping: £40.21
Worth of products: approx. £76.45

Overall, I have really enjoyed receiving this box and look forward to testing out all of the products inside of it! I’m still looking to resolve my issue with ReelStyle, but hopefully that can be rectified quickly and I can look forward to receiving my winter box, which I’m sure will be here before I know it!

I think if you’re looking for an all-rounder from a box with a variety of products, this might be the one for you, whether you subscribe to Marzia or not.

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Kirsten xo