Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Monthly Summary: May

As always, this post is a little overdue. I mentioned recently that I was thinking about starting monthly summary posts, so I thought I would begin with May. It felt like May was gone in an instant. I refuse to believe that it is almost July. I feel like Spring has only just begun.

Overall, May was rather uneventful for me. I had three assignments and 14,000 words to hand in on May 24th, so I spent most of my time worrying about assignments and trying to organise my work. It was quite a stressful month! I actually receive my results for these assignments this Friday, and I am dreading it. I was very glad when May was over.

However, I did go on one little day trip to Derbyshire with Bree. We walked around Lathkill Dale, which was beautiful. The weather was wonderful, we walked for a good few hours and had tea overlooking the dale. Bree had a wonderful time swimming in the river and meeting other dogs. We also saw some cute little lambs, but I had to keep Bree on her lead as she thinks they are puppies. I took a least fifty photos, but the focus on my camera has broken and most of them were unfortunately unusable, so I can only show a tiny part of my day. I think I'm going to have to use the camera on my phone until I work out what it is wrong with it.

After walking around Lathkill Dale and enjoying the sunshine we headed to a little village for a slice of cake and another cup of tea. We also walked around a tiny church, and I met an adorable little cat. It was really friendly and came over for fuss. It actually made Figgy look unsociable, which is saying something! It was very loud and fussy. All the photos I took of the actual church were blurry so I couldn't include them.

It was a lovely day, and I'm incredibly disappointed that my photos do not show it. Fortunately I now have a decent phone camera which I can use when my camera is acting strange.

This is probably going to be a reoccurring theme for most of my summary posts, but I also bought books. I have actually been good recently and haven't bought too many books, but I couldn't resist venturing into a discount bookshop. I'm going to have to limit my book buying soon to concentrate on my dissertation.

This was taken on my phone, so I apologise for the quality. I already own both Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights, but my other copy of Frankenstein is part of a collection that is too bulky to carry around, and my other copy of Wuthering Heights is a secondhand edition and this one was just too pretty to resist! I also didn't realise that you could see my glasses case in this shot!

I don't think I will be posting a summary post for June, as it is already the sixteenth and I haven't visited anywhere interesting or done anything worthy of note. I am going away to visit my aunt in July though, which I am incredibly excited about so I will definitely post some photos of my visit! I'll also try to fix my camera so my photos aren't so appalling.

I hope you are having a wonderful week! Did you do anything interesting in May?

Friday, 5 June 2015

Deep Purple Sinistra Choker by Dark Elegance Designs

Some of you may recall that I reviewed the green Lucretia choker from Dark Elegance Designs two years ago. I loved wearing my green choker when my hair was red, so I thought I would invest in another one now my hair is black again. I bought the dark purple Sinistra choker from The Gothic Shop.

I chose the dark purple choker as I thought it would be a wonderful alternative to the green. This choker features a dark purple stone set within an ornate silver frame. A purple teardrop stone is suspended from the lace beneath the silver frame. The choker is made from intricately patterned black lace. Overlapping silver chains hang from the bottom of the lace and frame the purple teardrop at the bottom of the choker. It features a lobster claw clasp and can be worn from 13 to 15.5 inches. It's actually a little big for me (I attached a hoop on the lace so it now fits perfectly), but apparently they do offer a free custom size service which I was not aware of before ordering. 

Unfortunately the only room in my house with decent lighting is the bathroom - and it's still yellow!

The colour of this colour is so incredibly beautiful. It's very difficult to capture. It complements the black lace beautifully and looks wonderful against black hair. It looks especially stunning in sunlight.

This choker is very well made. The lace feels lovely, and the I adore the detailing. This choker is surprisingly delicate and dainty despite its detailing. I'm very petite so I'm glad it isn't too overwhelming!

I'm incredibly happy with this choker, and I don't have a single complaint. It's beautiful, and I adore the colour of the stone.

I bought this choker from The Gothic Shop. It costs £24.99. You can use the code FBKNAV to get 10% off your order. This choker is also available from the Dark Elegance Designs website.

Disclaimer: I bought this choker myself. I am part of the The Gothic Shop's affiliate scheme, but this does not affect my opinion.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Complement Palette by Illamasqua

It has been quite some time since I last posted a beauty review hasn't it? I purchased Illamasqua's Complement palette during one of their sales, drafted my review and completely forgot about it. I have been trying to organise my draft posts, and I thought I would finally edit this review and post it.

As always, the palette arrived beautifully packaged. I always admire Illamasqua's packaging. It's sleek, sophisticated and looks wonderful on my dressing table. I love the shape of this compact. It is prone to fingerprints, but it is incredibly easy to clean. The palette includes a large mirror and four eyeshadows.

Slink is a light champagne colour which is perfect for highlighting. Unfortunately my swatch does not really do this colour justice. It looks wonderful in the inner corner of the lid or underneath the brow. It has a frosted finish. I wore this shade across the lid for a job interview a few weeks ago and it worked incredibly well for a neutral look.

Focus is a medium brown. I can actually see a little bit of purple in this. It's a very interesting colour, and not one that I have ever come across before. It has the same formula as their liquid metals, which I really like. They crease when worn alone but work very well underneath a powder eyeshadow. I have several cream products by Illamasqua, and I love all of them.

Forgiveness is a matte red with a hint of purple. It's a beautiful colour, but the pigmentation is rather lacking. It's sheer, and requires building up. I do like the colour, but it is a little too sheer for my liking.

Queen of the Night is a blackened dark purple. The pigmentation isn't too bad, but I do wish the shimmer showed up a little more when the colour is applied to the lid.

My favourite shade in the palette is Slink. All of these colours blend easily and are long-lasting. They work very well together.

This palette usually costs £34. I purchased it for £15 during the sale, and whilst I am glad I bought it, I would be very disappointed if I paid £34 for it. I do not think that the palette is worth £34. Forgiveness is too sheer, and Queen of the Night is much nicer in the pan than it is on the lid. It's a shame, as this would be a lovely little palette, but the pigmentation of colours like Forgiveness and Queen of the Night is rather poor and although they are all beautiful in the pan, they do not translate well on the lid. I do use Slink quite regularly though, and it is a pretty palette for those of you who like purples.

This palette costs £34 and can be purchased from the Illamasqua website.

Have you tried any of Illamasqua's palettes?

Disclosure: I bought this palette myself.
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