Monday, 14 April 2014

Minty Dress and Brown Loafers

You know when it's the first day of real sunshine and you instantly feel around 20times paler than you did the day before? Yeah, that. Today it seems to be very sunny outside, but I'm still finding it incredibly chilly! Hence why I ended up whacking on some black tights and cardigan before I actually ventured out in this outfit. I was feeling quite optimistic, as you can tell, by getting my ultra pasty legs out. But alas their ecru tones were set to be covered up again and hidden by a fancy photo filter to disguise their extreme lack of any type of colour. Last year I was adamant I was going to rock the pale skin look the entire summer, but somehow this fake tan bug got me and I can now apply fake tan like a true Liverpudlian - And certainly will be investing in lots more this summer (sunbeds are bad mmmkay).

Outfit of the day featuring Dahlia at Topshop, Primark and Chatham Marine brown loafers on Hello Terri Lowe UK fashion blog.
Dress - Dahlia via Topshop. Belt - Primark. Loafers* - Chatham Marine 

My legs are still actually covered in bruises from some nights out recently. I don't know if I suddenly start walking like my knee's aren't attached properly and kick myself in the legs, or I fall over a lot, or someone just has a penchant for playing some kind of violent game of footsy flirting with me, but every Saturday morning after a few gins I get at least 3 new bruises! I bought this dress sometime last year from Topshop. I never usually shop there, but occasionally I will grab something from the sale. This is a Dahlia dress which I ended up paying £25 for and I remember being distinctly pissed off when I went to TK Maxx the next week and found the EXACT same dress in better colours with a different label stitched in for £15!! Alas, it's ok though, because I do actually wear this mint green dress, and I loveeee the scallop edges and pleated skirt. It's so comfy and easy to wear, perfect for summer.

Outfit of the day featuring Dahlia at Topshop, Primark and Chatham Marine brown loafers on Hello Terri Lowe UK fashion blog.

I also dug out this cute acrylic caterpillar necklace I forgot I had!! I don't actually know where I got it from, as it's at least 3 years old, but I often see necklaces made like this in little boutique shops and the like. It's like a layered perspex and I have an owl necklace in the same style. It also only cost me something like £8... Oh and not forgetting the shoes. It's a little too chilly for sandals quite yet so I've been popping on my Chatham Marine loafers as the perfect transitional shoe to ween my off my Dr Martens and knee high boots, which I have been wearing non stop for the last few months. It feels really weird wearing normal SHOES again on a daily basis when you've had your legs covered up. It's almost like something is just missing?! These brown leather loafers are so comfy, but I really wish I'd gone half a size or so up as one of the shoes really pinches my foot! But with being leather I'm hoping they stretch out soon enough, if you have any leather stretching tips or ideas to get them comfier quicker then PLEASE let me know!! The foot which doesn't pinch, on the other hand, is absolutely fine! But I do have the weirdest shaped feet this side of Stoke....

Outfit of the day featuring Dahlia at Topshop, Primark and Chatham Marine brown loafers on Hello Terri Lowe UK fashion blog.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Favourites Under a Fiver - Mixed Bag

It's Favourites Under a Fiver time again! And this week we have a little mixture of budget beauty products to tell y'all about. Once again I have had a super busy week and have so many things to blog about and even gathered crap I don't use/need any more so will be popping up a quick blog sale as some point next week too (I hope). I'm also currently suffering from a hangover by the way, in case non of this makes any sense.

Favourites Under a Fiver

Mixed Budget Beauty Favourites!



Budget Beauty Buys under £5 Featuring MUA, Make Up Revolution London and Cien at Lidl

1. MUA Matte Lipstick in Lilac Belle (Superdrug, £1.00!): MUA is always a brand I tend to avoid buying. I don't really know why though, as most products I've tried I really quite like?! And the brand does tick so many boxes in the sense of what I like. It's cheap, it's got great ranges and always brings out something new and exciting on a regular basis, but something within me always talks myself out of buying anything?! The MUA Matte Lipsticks have never appealed to me, even though the colour range looks really good! But I always had the opinion they'd dry my lips out something rotten.... But alas, this lipstick is amazing. Especially for the price! It's a creamy matte formula and seems to moisturise my lips somehow too!? The colour actually lasts for a good few hours and doesn't transfer over to glasses and other drinking vessels, which I find to be a bit of a rarity. The colour is very subtle and isn't an 'obvious' colour, but a very good compromise for a change on the classic nude day time lip.

2. Cien Nail Varnish Remover (Lidl, £1.19): I picked this up as I had run out of nail varnish remover and just so happened to be in Lidl eyeing up their awesome Easter goods. I almost didn't buy it as I thought the price was pretty expensive for Lidl when you can get regular polish remover for like, a quid, elsewhere. But alas, it was a wise investment, as it's very, very good. It seems to do a slightly better job than the less than a pound ones I usually buy AND it has a subtle almond scent. Not only that, but I didn't realise it had this fancy pants thing on the top either! You just press the cotton wool down on the vertical pump to get the nail varnish remover on to it. It's so simple yet you find yourself wondering how you ever lived without such an important concept in your life.

Budget Beauty Buys under £5 Featuring MUA, Make Up Revolution London and Cien at Lidl

3. MUA Nail Varnish in Leap Frog (Superdrug, £1.00): Yet another MUA product I've always avoided. Despite their wide range of colours I just never really bothered with the MUA nail varnishes?! I think it's because I know I could get a more expensive branded polish in Poundland for the same price or something. But alas, the MUA polish in Leap Frog has been on my nails for a few days now and it's very good indeed. As you expect it is a little sheer so you need a good three coats for a fully opaque finish and I found after around 2 days the ends of your nails start to show some wear. It's not chipped though, just faded, so using a top coat would probably solve this. I love this shade of green and the fact is has frog in the colour name makes me happy too.

4. Make Up Revolution Eye Shadow Palette Iconic 1 (Online, £4.00): As I mentioned the other day here, I was sent a bundle of joy from new budget make up brand 'Make Up Revolution' and am currently sifting through the contents to review. Not being a massive fan of wearing eye shadow on a day to day basis this Make Up Revolution palette has pretty much changed all that and I've worn it almost every day since I've had it! I've not tried the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, as let's face it, I'd rather spend that £25 or whatever on something a little more worthwhile than a bunch of eyeshadows which all look the same. But for £4 this Make Up Revolution version of the Naked Palette is LIFE CHANGING....Kind of, haha. It's a really blendable formula which applies so easily! I start with the lightest shade all over the lid then creep down to the mid brown for definition on the crease, finishing with the darkest brown shade on the edge of my lids. And even when you go wrong, the colours are so neutral you can blend it out and create a smokey eye effect with literally no effort at all. If you're after a great quality, affordable, basic eye shadow palette then this is definitely the one to purchase. I love it! 


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Joining The (Make Up) Revolution

I'm having one of those weeks where I am really lacking energy and time to come over to Hello Terri Lowe and write anything of use. I always seem to be dipping in and out of enthusiasm lately and some weeks you will find me blog multiple times and other's where, well, I kinda forget. Although my blogging enthusiasm has been somewhat on the back burner this, I have been spending this time of procrastination with my new (beauty) best friends, in the form of a really exciting parcel from new budget brand on the block: Make Up Revolution!

Make Up Revolution

A (tiny) review of Make Up Revolution, London. Brand new budget beauty brand for 2014!


Make Up Revolution London. Brand new budget beauty brand, blog review!

Ok, so maybe a slight exaggeration when I say this is a 'review' of Make Up Revolution products. I have so many to get through in my lovely little parcel that I am sifting through it at a steady pace! I posted a sneaky preview of everything I got over in Instagram the other day, so if anything catches your eye let me know and I can prioritise it a bit! Here's the first thing I have cracked out and LOVED so far though, the Make Up Revolution Nail Polish in  'Cool Days' which is the perfect spring time nail colour.  This shade of light greeny/blue is my go to colour when the days start to get a bit warm, and this one is a slightly lighter shade of the minty green shade you get from Barry M and the like. I must admit, you do need around 3 coats for a full coverage, but it dries really quickly between coats meaning it doesn't take too long to build up the colour at all. But don't buy it expecting a one coat product, because this is not it. The packaging is a little on the budget side also, with a label being stuck on instead of printed... But like that matters? (I just know how critical beauty bloggers can be!), it's the product inside which counts! And with Make Up Revolution products it seems to be that the focus was strictly on the product not the packaging, which suits me personally fine.

Make Up Revolution London. Brand new budget beauty brand, blog review!


The best part of the Make Up Revolution Nail Varnish range though?? There's over 40 shades AND it's only a £1 each... I told you it was a budget beauty brand... And this is a budget and a HALF. So far I am really liking what I am trying, and their product range is not only new and exciting, but they also have some really interesting concepts for products like the #happylips amazing care lip colours and not to mention their dupes for high end products such as this concealer and these eyeshadow palettes!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Say Hello To My Little Friend


Meet Herbert, my new little Hedgehog pal. He came to me in a little parcel from my beautiful buds from Argento. If you've not heard of Argento, then they stock the most precious range of jewellery your eyes will see, alongside being the single biggest Pandora retailer in UK and Ireland too. Their parcels are the most amazing thing to come through your letter box, even down to the envelope (if you've ever had anything from them you KNOW what I mean, right?!). The attention to detail is always amazing and if you ever bought anything as a gift you're safe in the knowledge that it comes through you door already looking endlessly special. Anyway, back to Herbert, or Herby for short. He is a hedgehog and he is small and very charming....

 

I have a bit of a thing for Charm bracelets and I have done from quite a young age. My Nan has the most exciting one I ever did see, which is going to be mine one day, but she refuses to give it me now because I'm quite clumsy and will probably break/lose it.... She knows how clumsy I am. Nan's charm bracelet has collected many special trinkets spanning over 50 years or so(!) and being the sentimental gal that I am, I love peaking at the different charms representing different memories in her life. Each charm is careful soldered on too, ensuring they last foreveerrrrr.


Although Herbert doesn't have a special meaning or memory, and it probably would have been more suitable to choose a cat that represented Kitty, I couldn't resist his cute little nose. Just look at it! Because the Argento Charms come with a handy little clasp to attach straight on to your favorite bracelet, they're a little less complicated and lot quicker to add to your bracelet. I love this idea, as it means you could also quickly fashion them in to a necklace when you fancy too! The bracelet I've popped it on was handmade by local designer from Stoke on Trent - Jacqueline Harold, who specialises in Silver table wear. This was made especially for me for my birthday a few years ago! It has a heavy silver heart on it with my name stamped on. I do love a good bit of hand made craft I tell thee!


If you're not keen on wearing bracelets, which to be honest I couldn't every day and save wearing them for 'occasions', then you can also buy some super affordable charm carrier necklaces to wear your precious new buddy on. I think I might invest in one for Herbert as he does deserve to be taken out and wine and dined a little more really.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Getting Edgy With Asda

Supermarket Fashion with George at Asda on Hello Terri Lowe. UK Fashion blog.


Have you seen the latest from Asda? No? NO? Well, before you get gawping at their awesome new home ware selections (including that KILLER Princes Trust range) try having a gander at their George section. As you know, I am a massive fan of Supermarket clothes shopping and Asda is consistently the best of the best. I find other retailers to be a bit drab in comparison and seem to cater for a more mature audience, but not through lack of trying either. The cut of other supermarket's clothing ranges I find really odd, such as the skirt lengths and the hip to waist ratios and the like. But George seem to get it just right every time, especially in the G21 range. Where I often find myself picking up erm, EVERYTHING each time I pop in to buy my sachets of instant mash. I guess because of the nature of the environment which clothing is sold in supermarkets, you also find that the ranges change so frequently because of people visiting the stores on a weekly basis. This can be awesome as you know they're striving to keep up with the latest trends, but also a little disappointing if you see something one week, as you need to get it right there and then as is might not be there the next! Not only does George stay on trend ALL THE DAMN TIME, they also have such affordable prices too. Their range of dresses continuously reels me in and I even managed to pick up the last dress I bought for only £3! With an entire outfit including your fancy pants coming in for like, around £50 you literally can't go wrong. I do find the stores which are on more business park locations tend to have a wider range in store, including the more quirky pieces. And I do love a good quirky garment. Alas, for today's little selection I've gone a bit more edgy and spied this awesome little black dress which can pretty much be worn for any occasion. It's got a cute little lacey cut out and the simple cut means you can either wear it on a night out on it's own or team it with that mucky brown biker jacket there. I've been lusting after a (faux) leather biker jacket since last year, but I just can't quite pull them off. But maybe I'm just not wearing them right, as I never even considering wearing them with a plain black dress, derp. I'm also a little bit in love with those boots and their block heel. They take a little bit of the military vibe and twist it in to the perfect pair of spring time ankle boots.

Have you spotted anything awesome from Asda lately? 
If not, what's wrong with you!? Hahaha.

 *in collaboration with the fab folks at Asda. But you knows I love them.

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