Sunday, 25 May 2014

Ashish x Buffalo x Topshop = HEART BREAKING WONDERS : UPDATED

Ashish LED backpack - £350

So there's been this fashion drop that i've been counting the days till for MONTHS. I mean M O N T H S. It is the Ashish x Topshop x Buffalo 2014 drop. So many things could have put me off. The fact that Lily Allen seemed to be the bastion for the trainers, showing off to everyone that despite the fact she could afford them, and isn't exactly a fashionistas poster girl, she got given them free before everyone else.


Lily, with my dream trainers. Tssssk.

So, i'm upset. There's a good reason. I was a teenager of the 90's, and yes, the 90's obsession goes on and on, everyone freaking because there was a decade where we wore stupid shoes and baggy t shirts and didn't actually look that great, but apparently thats okay. I mean, i've heard a mate of a mate has just bought the rights to Spliffy. SPLIFFY FFS. Any youthful fashionistas reading btw, Spliffy was a brand that all the skanky nasty kids whose dads dealt smack to kids would wear. Ha, well, maybe i'm being a 'little' harsh, but seriously, there was nothing cool about Spliffy....

I'm getting off the point. My point is, charging £350 for a back pack, or buffalo trainers, of which I have five pairs from the 90's still in my basement (I shamefaced'ly pulled a pair out last week to go to a fashion party at Cirque Le Soir because I thought it'd be funny, it wasn't funny, I fell over and hurt my ankle), charging that price point for an item in Topshop that isn't a full length shearling jacket is UNACCEPTABLE in the extreme. I am not just saying this because i'm mega poor right now. They are making items that should be accessible to your average student, totally unaffordable, so what will happen, is kids will spend their loans on stuff they can't afford, and people like me will spend their rent money on trainers they can't afford due to some misjudged thrust of nostalgia. 

However, saying that, I shall be queueing outside topshop on thursday 29th of May in central london for one reason. I want those LED buffalos, just like I paid over £100 for the Jeremy Scott glow in the dark wings trainers (see below), because I am like a child, and I like shit that glows in the dark...

Jeremy Scott Wings - Glow in the dark 2012

I wish I wasn't drawn into this insanity. But I am. 

I am clearly a bad person....


I bought the LED trainers. For a lot of money. The LED lights worked for half an hour. So I returned them for another pair. The LED lights lasted on one shoe for twenty minutes, on the other shoe, one half for ten minutes, the other half for forty. I returned them AGAIN, and got ANOTHER pair, I was dj'ing so I put them on, checked they both worked, and went to dj in a clean, dry booth. Not only did the LED's stop working on the way in the cab, but after standing on them (NOT DANCING) for three hours, they all fell off.

Went to Topshop, pretty fed up, and they told me that they'd virtually all been returned and it had been a nightmare. My review was deleted from the site, and complaints from the facebook page. I also spoke direct with Ashish's PR and they were lovely, but told me that there was very little information as to what was going on other than things weren't working.

I'm upset because unlike Lily Allen, I had to save for months for these shoes, I counted the days till they came out, and I loved them, so it would have been great to be able to wear them whilst dj'ing the festivals on stage and stuff, but alas, no LED joy for me. Bad show Ashish. Really bad...

Monday, 12 May 2014

REVIEW: Bourjois One Second Mascara - quickie RAVE.

I love mascara. I mean, thats an understatement. I LOVE MASCARA. There are two things I am very passionate about in my make up life, that save my soul from crying forever, and they are foundation and mascara. Mascara distracts from many facial sins I find, making things instantly prettier. I don't generally trust in drugstore mascaras, and I don't know why, because i've had some crackers, but I always end up running back to Diorshow or YSL, or some crazy imported Japanese insanity.

So the other day, I read about, and promptly saw this guy in my local superdrug, and I was entranced. I mean, one second, what the hell, how good could this be.

The answer. VERY GOOD INDEED. 

This is what they claim etc....

1 Second Mascara by Bourjois
  • Volumising brush with wraparound spherical bristles
  • Designed to coat lashes from root to tip in one second 
  • Formula to last up to 16 hours
  • Rich, pigmented finish
So there isn't one thing I could argue with here. Lets look at a crappy blurry photo of my usually short, stubby, straight and rubbish lashes with this on.

So ignore my shiny forehead, and my rubbish everything else. Just concentrate on the lash. I promise you, my lashes are pointless. They have nothing. However, after two quick coats of this mascara. they were curled, volumised and happy as larry. I can't emphasize how good this stuff is. The applicator just grabs every lash and curls, whilst giving volume and ease of separation. 

I can't say enough good about this....but i'll stop now, because it's my birthday as of an hour ago and i'm a little drunk.


Pick this up from Superdrug or ASOS for £9.99. It's great!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

REVIEW: Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3 in 1 cleanser for face and eyes

So whilst i'm on my 'review all the cleansers in my home' run, I may as well chuck another one in. I've been using this for about four years in total, having originally gotten hold of it via the joys of being on the Philosophy testing panel, which was a short lived, but lovely experience.

So whats it selling us then, what does it promise!

"our award-winning daily facial skin cleanser is formulated to gently cleanse, tone and melt away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while lightly hydrating the skin.

features & benefits
deep cleans pores and eliminates makeup build-up
natural oil extracts help condition skin
fragrance-free formula"

It suggests, which I follow, that you "massage a "size of a 20 pence coin" amount onto a lightly damp face, and massage for 30-60 seconds. rinse and pat dry", the only thing I add to this regime is wiping off with a warm wet wash cloth, which assists with the exfoliation and keeps you silky smooth and ready for your skincare products.

My skin is left soft, smooth and squeaky clean. It makes easy work of waterproof make up and lifting oil and dirt. What more could you possibly wish for.....


Well, one thing. That it was cheaper. It's ridiculously expensive for a cleanser that you use daily, so therefore are going to plough through pretty quickly. There is a travel size available for the price of £8.00, but if you're going to spend that on a budget, you might as well spend it on a full size Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean cleanser.

If you do want to invest, Philosophy is stocked far and wide, and you can buy a standard size of 240ml for £17.50 direct from the brands own website, John Lewis, Boots or Debenhams where it is CURRENTLY on sale for £15.50. Be quick!