Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Alchemy Gothic Emerald Venom Necklace

I seem to be writing these posts all the time now! I've amassed quite a considerable jewellery collection (I blame the wishlist feature on GlitterGoth). Emerald Venom had been on my list for quite some time, but I never actually got round to ordering it until a few weeks ago.

Emerald Venom necklace


I have a bit of a thing for spiders. Whenever there's a spider roaming the house (that hasn't been discovered by Thomasina) I tend to just hear 'Claaairreee get ittttt!' from my sister, who decided a couple of years ago that she is frightened of them. I actually like spiders, which a lot of people consider to be a little bit weird. My garden used to be full of them when I was younger (before we acquired Thomasina) and I used to sit and watch them. I can also remember putting one in my paddling pool because I'd read somewhere that they could swim and having to rescue it and put it back where I found it...I was a bit of a strange child! Not much has changed, obviously...

So, I was more than a little bit intrigued when I first saw Emerald Venom! I'd decided to buy more green jewellery after I bought the Westernra choker (here). It's a little bit larger than I had anticipated (I didn't check measurements again) and I was pleased to see that the chain is adjustable, and the spider sits really well. It doesn't feel heavy or bulky when it's on. Although the size surprised me, I don't think it would have the same effect if it was smaller.

Emerald Venom Necklace
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It's a really beautiful piece. The green really catches the light (for some reason my camera found it quite difficult to focus on it) and it's such a unique and interesting piece of jewellery. It definitely gets noticed! I don't think I worn this and not had it mentioned, it's really wonderful. I don't think that you need to like spiders to like it either!

I bought this necklace for £29.98 from GlitterGoth.

Have you bought any jewellery recently? I ordered the Aurum Mortis ring (here) the other day, and it was dispatched this morning so I am anticipating its arrival in the next few days! I get so excited when I know I have jewellery on the way.

Disclosure: I bought this piece myself. 

Monday, 27 August 2012

My Disability

Today's post is a very different one. It's one that I've been debating about making for awhile now, but since it's not something that I willingly speak about on regular basis (if at all) I was a little nervous and unsure. Whenever people ask me about my disability I normally respond with 'Oh, my left side doesn't work properly. It doesn't matter.' I think that, in many ways, it's good for me to actually sit down and talk through it on here so it becomes less of a clouded issue and one that I don't feel the need to avoid as much. Since I'm planning on doing a few posts that will related to this (I don't want want to do an outfit post for example and worry that I'm hunched over, wonky or standing on my tiptoe) I decided that it would be better to explain it all in full, and it might give me the confidence to actually speak about it more often.

I'm adding a page break as it's a long one!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Autumn Wishlist

I very rarely tend to buy clothes in summer. I don't know why, I tend to stock my wardrobe in autumn/winter. Of course, we don't have summer in the UK as we're more or less in a permanent state of autumn, but I generally only buy holiday clothes in the summer months. I always enjoy reading wishlist posts, I thought I'd do one of my own.



1. Ursula Black Velvet And Mesh Laced Bodice Top By Sinister £48.50 - This top is definitely on the expensive side, but it's really beautiful and also looks really comfortable. I really love bodice tops, I own at least five of them. TGS do a lot of discount codes so hopefully I can justify it at some point, or add it to my Christmas list! I do wish that there was a shot of the back though.

2. Lace Black Dress by Spiral Direct  £21.50 - I don't own very many dresses, but I really love this one, it looks like it has a really nice shape to it without being too long. I find it really difficult to find dresses that fit and are the correct length for somebody as short as I am. It isn't too expensive either!

3. Aurum Mortis Ring by Alchemy Gothic £22.45 - Since I bought the Elizabethan Ring I've been on the lookout for more of them! I always wanted the Aurum Mortis Choker but I think it was discounted. The detailing on this one looks really pretty. I can't seem to find the ring on the Alchemy Gothic website unless I include discontinued products, so I think that this is going as well? I think I will order this sooner rather than later!

4. Illamasqua Nail Polish in Creator £13.50 - This is a new Illamasqua polish coming out with the Generation Q collection. I was torn between this one and Charisma, they both look gorgeous on the website swatches, but I think I'll wait for more blog swatches to come out before I buy either of them!

5. Studded Belt £10.00 - I go through so many of these belts. I've had two in the past year. I had one for ages but it feel apart, so I bought a new one from Camden and that's already falling to bits. I can never find any to fit me! If anybody knows where to get one of these cheaply (and small) please let me know!

6. Boots by Hush Puppies £80 - I saw these when I was in town a few weeks ago, and they're really lovely. I find it hard to find boots to fit me so I'd have to try them on, but they're very expensive. They also have these in black, I can't decide which I like best! The heel is a little on the thin side too, so chances are they won't work with my leg, but I'd have to see, I think I'll be admiring these from afar!

7. MAC Eyeshadow in Nocturnelle - £12.00 - This is one of those eyeshadows that has been on my wishlist for so long but I've never gotten round to buying it. I always look at it when I'm in store but I've never bought it. I'm also on the lookout for a new natural looking lipstick from MAC, but I honestly don't know where to start! I never buy natural shades so I'm a bit out of my depth.

What's on your wishlist?

Disclosure: All photographs taken from the websites linked. 

Friday, 24 August 2012

Back from Spain + Pictures!

So I arrived back from Spain in the early hours of yesterday morning. I'm not tanned or burnt and I dealt with the heat much better than I usually do, and I had a really nice time. I thought I'd share some pictures in case any of you are interested. I've added a page break because there's quite a few of them!


Saturday, 11 August 2012

Off to Spain!

A bit of a quick post today to say that I'm off to Spain for 10 days. I'm flying tomorrow morning at 6am, which means that I won't be able to post until I get back and I won't be on Twitter as I will have no internet access. I've not scheduled any posts as 90% of  the time it doesn't seem to work for me!

I can't quite decide if I'm looking forward to it or not yet, I'm looking forward to being able to read, and having a pool (swimming is one of the few sports that I don't mind doing, although I am a very weak swimmer) and I'm not looking forward to getting picked up at 4:30am tomorrow! A very upset Thomasina has been taken to the cattery (we had a bit of struggle to get her into her basket) but she's all settled in now which is good! I really hate being in the house without her though.

There's a good chance that I'll wander to an internet cafe at some point (if there is one) so I may make an appearance on Twitter or respond to comments at some point.

So, just letting you all know that I'll have vanished until the 24th. I'm back in the early hours of the 23rd, and it's my sister's results day (eek!) on the 24th so I'll most likely be out for most of the day!

Unless I find an internet place, I won't be responding to comments, emails or anything on Twitter until I get back. Will be trying not to burn, tan or melt!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Mina

I bought this back in the 60% off sale that Illamasqua had not so long ago. I definitely favour lipstick over lip gloss, but when I saw that this was £5 in the sale I decided to give it a go.



At first glance I liked the packaging. It's quite elegant looking, and I always like products where you can see the colour without having to remove the lid, it makes them so much easier to identify. However, I would have much preferred a wand applicator, I found this one a little difficult to use because it lacks the control that comes with a wand, and it made it a little difficult to get exactly the right amount of product that you want.



Mina is a lovely purple berry. Although this is one of the sheer glosses, I was surprised at just how pigmented it was. I was expecting it to be a little more sheer. It is slightly sticky, but not overly so, and nowhere near as sticky as other glosses I've tried. It also has a nice subtle sweet scent.



The colour is really pretty, and quite subtle. This lasts around two hours or so on me without eating or drinking before it needed to be reapplied, which isn't too bad for a gloss. I've also tried it layered on top of Diablo, which was really nice, but darker than it shows in my swatch.

Mina over Diablo. My camera can't focus on gloss very well, hence why it's all blurred around the edges and jellylike! 

This gloss is definitely on the more expensive side, as they usually retail at £13.00 for 7ml. I don't think I would buy another one at full price because I'm not much a gloss fan, but I'm really pleased with it for the sale price.

Mina is no longer listed on the website, so I'm not sure if it's just out of stock or if it was been discontinued, but you can find these for £13.00 on the Illamasqua website.

 Did you buy anything in the Illamasqua sale?

Disclosure: I bought this product myself.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Alchemy Gothic The Reliquary Heart Necklace

I posted here about my Alchemy Gothic Elizabethan Ring, and this is the other piece of jewellery that I ordered from GlitterGoth, the Reliquary Heart Necklace.



This necklace was always one of those pieces that I'd look at on the internet but never got round to actually buying it.

I was very surprised when I did order it as it's so much bigger  than I was originally anticipating. I was expecting the locket to be tiny (I stupidly forgot to look at the measurements before I ordered), when in fact, it is quite large. It's a heart shaped locket with a little skull on the surface. There is a mirror inside the locket and a magnetic clasp.



The clasp is a little awkward for me as the black bed and red ribbon chain that the locket hangs on cannot be adapted, and since the necklace is far too long for me, I'm going to have to remove it and hang it on a single black ribbon instead. I've never been much of a fan of beads so it doesn't really bother me. I haven't posted a photograph of me wearing this as it's just far too long!



The intricate detailing on the front is really lovely, and my favourite part of the locket. The little skull fell off the day after it arrived, and I glued it back on. So far it hasn't moved, but it's something to be aware of. Luckily it fell off when I was in the house, I'd have been very disappointed if I had lost it.

The locket can hold quite a large image (I've chosen one to put in it but have not yet had the photograph printed) and has a poem engraved inside that reads:

'Where I am always thou art,
Thy image lives within my heart.'



It's all very beautiful, and the poem is a really nice touch. The mirror is a substantial size, too. 

Overall I love this locket. The skull falling off was annoying but not too much of a disaster since I didn't lose it, and fortunately now seems to be secure. The detailing is really lovely, and I can't wait to finally put a photograph in it.

This necklace is currently on offer for £23.59 instead of the usual £26.99 from GlitterGoth.

Do you own any lockets?

Disclosure: I bought this locket myself.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Miners Lip Colour in Icon

Miners haven't really been a brand that has been on my radar, but I've been seeing quite a few reviews of their products recently, so I thought that I'd finally get round to reviewing their lipstick in Icon, which has been sitting in my box for quite some time now!



Firstly, The packaging isn't too bad, it does feel a little on the cheap side, and isn't that sturdy. I could feel the lipstick sliding down a bit into the tube when I was applying it, but it's not too much of an issue. At least the bright colour means that it's fairly easy for me to find - the majority of my lipstick tubes are black so this definitely stands out! I also love that you can see the colour of the lipstick in the bottom, if you have several of these lipsticks it would make it much easier to find the one you're looking for.


Icon is a lovely deep berry colour. It applies smoothly and evenly. The colour really pretty, and not quite what I was expecting from the pinkish colour in the bullet. It's definitely the kind of colour that I usually go for, and I think for most people it's more of an evening shade than an daytime one as it's probably a little dark for some, but I'd be more than happy to wear this everyday. It's opaque in a couple of swipes of the tube. It feels gorgeous on the lips, it's extremely moisturising and made my lips feel very soft. It doesn't dry my lips over time either.



The wear time isn't too bad with this either. I'd say that it lasted around 3-5 hours (depending on whether or not I ate/drank) on me before it began to fade.

One of the biggest advantages with this lipstick is the cost. It's very affordable. It costs £3.99 from the Miners Cosmetics website. The only downside to this is that it seems quite difficult to get hold of unless you order online. There's a list of stockists available on their website.

Overall I really love this lipstick. It's exactly my kind of colour and it feels lovely. The packaging could be improved, but the colour is so nice that I honestly don't really mind.

This lipstick costs £3.99 can be purchased from the Miners website.

Have tried any of these lipsticks? What did you think?

Disclosure: This lipstick was given to me by a friend. 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Alchemy Gothic Elizabethan Ring

If you're a frequent reader of this blog you'll know of my love for jewellery. I posted here about my Alchemy Gothic collection so far, and the other day I decided that it was time to add to it. I orginally bought La Fleur de Baudelaire from The Gothic Shop, but it was far too big for my neck (although it was very beautiful) so I decided to look for some other pieces instead.


I ordered from GlitterGoth this time, which is a first for me. They've always been on my radar so to speak, but for some reason I have never previously ordered from them. I was also pleased to see that they had a wishlist feature which now already has 31 things on it (you know, in case I win the lottery in the near future). I ordered The Reliquary Heart Locket (I will review this in a separate post) and the Elizabethan Ring. I ordered these in the morning, and they were on my doormat the morning after. Very fast postage, which is very impressive and wonderful since I'm always so impatient and excited when I order jewellery!

I've never actually bought a ring before besides adjustable ones that I've put together myself. I ordered this ring in size L, which is XX Small. I have teeny fingers, I was really hoping that it would fit me as I usually really struggle. On the photos of this on my hand, I'm wearing it on my left hand. I bought it for my right hand as my fingers are a little larger, so it doesn't fit my left hand at all. I'm wearing it there because I can't take photographs with my left hand! It is still a teeny bit big, but it's not uncomfortable and isn't that large that it falls off.

Nail polish is Rebel by MAC.

Isn't it beautiful? I love more intricate pieces and this is perfect. The crystal in the middle is a little large for what I would usually go for, but I love it! It definitely stands out. It feels very sturdy and I love the elegant feel to it. It's not light but not overly heavy either, and sits well on my finger. It's a little expensive, I bought it for £17.98, but I think it's worth it. I honestly can't see me taking this off. I'll definitely be looking into getting more Alchemy Gothic rings, I have my eye on this beauty for a start!

There's also a gorgeous matching bracelet to this, but sadly my wrists are far too thin for it to fit.

This ring was £17.98 (usually £19.99) from GlitterGoth.

Do you have any Alchemy Gothic pieces?

*unrelated note*

I mentioned changing the blog name in my last post, and I'm still undecided! Does anybody have any thoughts on whether or not I should keep/change it? I'm debating putting up a poll, good idea or not? Thoughts would be appreciated!

Disclosure: I bought this ring myself.
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