Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The holiday skirt



Back to daytimeMaje's Jaliane asymmetric ruffle skirt dressed in three ways for my holiday to Cape Verde recently. Maje is one of my favourite shops - everything they have is so chic and Parisian - basically goals!

Get this skirt in the sale now!

Outfit details: Top 1: Etsy, Top 2: Shein, Top 3: Primark

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Unboxing my very first Birchbox

If you find shopping for beauty and skin care products frustrating, inefficient and confusing because you can't keep up with the vast range of options out there  -- Birchbox is the answer to all your beauty problems!

I absolutely LOVE discovering new beauty brands or products but I've found that to go through each and every product out there - I would have to spend the night in 3 different department stores. I once spent about two hours looking around the beauty section of John Lewis - I ended up not buying anything because I didn't know what was good and what wasn't and whether a lot of was just a waste of money and what works with my skin and what goes with my skin tone UGH! It was honestly such stress that I wish someone would follow me around and test everything on me and then decide for me. Then I found Birchbox.......

Who are Birchbox?

Katia and Hayley  (the founders) envisioned a way for customers—just like themselves—to easily and efficiently try, learn about, and purchase beauty products online. They combined monthly deliveries of personalized samples with original editorial and an exciting ecommerce shop. It was easy, efficient, and fun—a monthly delivery of surprise and delight.

Initially, I was put off by the fact the products were sample sized for £10 per month. But, I came to realise that the quality and quantity of items received together with  the care put into the personalisation of your box & the occasional freebies makes the monthly subscription an absolute STEAL. Samples are also a very good way to test a product out before splurging on a full size bottle.

Sounds good, how does Birchbox work?

  • You first choose which subscription works best for you and check out/sign up. They offer:
Monthly £10 + 2.95 P&P / Month (No minimum commitment)
6-Month £60 + 2.95 P&P / Month (Free shipping 1st box)
Yearly £100 + 2.95 P&P / Month (That's 2 boxes free!)

For the above price you receive:

Five personalised beauty treats every month
Two full sized products in January 

  • After sign up, you are asked to fill in a questionnaire about your likes/dislikes, skin type, hair type etc - this is so Birchbox can send you relevant and personalised products - no fake tans for black people kinda thing!

And that's it - it's basically like christmas every month! I just love that it's easier for me to discover new brands without having to spend hours  shopping or having to fully commit to them. 

un-boxing my first Birchbox

My first box came in December 2016. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the products & the box it came in - I also really liked that it came with a duffle bag! This particular box doubles as a brush holder - PERFECT !!

I LOVE the 'Bobbi Brown' smokey eye mascara - it's truly amazing and elongates my lashes without making them look like spider claws - if spiders have claws! I'm also a huge fan of Leighton Denny nail polishes because they last very long, look very sleek and dry really fast so another win.

I've never heard of 'Amie' & 'Smith & Cult' so i'm looking forward to seeing how the exfoliator and the lip gloss works for me - the lip gloss was free anyway. I probably wouldn't have purchased the lip and cheek tint but I signed up to try new things and that's what i'm going to do!

Overall, I was pleased with my first box. My January box is due any day now - I love that on Birchbox's site, I can see what might be in my box and also view past boxes - brilliant feature!

Get £5 off your first Birchbox by using this link - https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/dympsanddimes

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Collab: Shein

Yaas, one of my favourite online stores got in touch with ME asking to collaborate - I was like heck yeah!! I absolutely love Shein - I have done ever since I was at uni and I couldn't afford to splurge on high-end garms so i'd find alternatives on SheIn - I loved that I could be 100% sure no one else would be wearing the same thing.

Since then, SheIn has grown to become one of most popular stores on the net. However, if you've been living under some sort of rock and haven't yet heard of SheIn, you're in for a treat!


SheIn has been around since 2008, and has now become one of the most acclaimed online stores for women’s fashion. They are dedicated to providing the most cutting-edge fashion with some of the lowest prices in the entire industry.

I love it when retailers ask you to pick from their collection BUT its also a very stressful time for me.  I end up spending hours and hours upon days searching for the item of dreams. Even though I have a lot of items on my SheIn wish list, I wanted to pick something cutting edge.

The jumpsuit was a winner because not only had I seen nothing like it on the high street, it is something I can wear day and night or day to night. It looks super cute in the day with a leather jacket and some adidas equipments or for the night, a cropped fur jacket and some killer heels. For this shoot I wore it quite simply as to not distract from it's beauty but i'll redress for another shoot - possibilities are endless.

outfit details: Gingham V Neck Jumpsuit - http://bit.ly/2itwGQD

I ordered a size XS and I'm a 6/8 - it runs true to size overall but slightly big on the bust area.

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Cleaning your makeup brushes - the right way!

It’s important to clean your makeup brushes regularly to avoid build up of bacteria and dead skin -leading to acne, rashes and other skin problems.

Dirty brushes are also unlikely to distribute makeup as well. Excess makeup/product build up can cause bristles to snap and brushes to deteriorate after a short time.

Although a tedious and forgetful task,washing your makeup brushes should be as important as washing your hair. 

In my video I am using the ’makeup brush and sponge sanitizing wash’ by ‘The Pro Hygiene Collection’ - sold on feelunique.com. However, baby shampoo will do (especially if you have sensitive skin)

 I add a little 5pence blob to my palm (the instructions say 10p but the product lathers really well so a small amount will do) -  swirl the brush around my palm & my fingers until clean - your hand is basically used as your washboard.

NOTE: Be sure to clean your brushes with cold water - warm/hot water can dissolve the glue that is holding the bristles together.

Your brush is clean when the rinse runs clean (as with your hair)

I squeeze the excess water from the brush as this speeds up drying time - it also helps to mould brushes back into the shape they were in prior to being wet so when they dry they return to normal

TO DRY - I fold a towel so one end of it raised. I ensure I place each brush in a slanted position with the water dripping towards the bristles and away from the handles.

Leave to dry completely and enjoy your clean brushes!

DO deep clean your brushes at least twice a week
DO always wash your brushes with the bristles faces downwards to avoid water seeping to the ferrel/handles
DO spot clean after every use if possible 
DO use olive oil alongside step 1 to get rid of stubborn stains and for some added moisture

DON'T place all your brushes into a bowl and soak them with shampoo - this will ultimately affect the glue holding the bristles together. 

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Sale Edit

outfit details:
skirt - Sandro Paris
Jumper - Topshop
Jacket - eBay (see 'Boxing Day' post)
Boots - Zara

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