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Friday, August 31, 2012

My day at the Olympics

Last month I went to the Olympics with my sisters, cousin and brother-in-law. It was the first day of the Games and we had tickets to see two basketball matches. We didn't have as much time to look around the Olympic Park as we would have liked, as they were travelling down to London from up north on the same day, but it was exciting being part of the action. It was packed out and once we are through security we went off to find out venue. I couldn't get my head around the enormity of it all, and didn't expect the Olympic Park to be so big and spaced out.
Having frequented Westfield so often I was surprised to see this right next to it, but had never noticed there was so much going on in it ahead of its opening.
We had a wander around the Athletes' village, and went to the basketball venue, which I thought looked like a big marshmallow.

We had tickets to firstly see USA v France, which was a high energy match and cool. There were loads of Americans cheering on their team, and it was a good atmosphere. USA did win, but France put up a good fight, and I liked one of the player's funky glasses, which I have included a picture of above.
The second game was China v Spain, which was another good match as Spain ended up doing quite well in the tournament.
Did you get to go to the Olympics? If you did, include your links to any posts below. Today I am going to the Paralympics and will be seeing some athletics, which I am looking forward to.

Also, if you have any ideas for my 30 days of 30 project leave me some suggestions to try out during September.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

30 days of 30 project

It may surprise some of you to hear this... but I am hitting the big Three Oh on Sunday. Oh yes, I will officially be leaving my twenties and turning thirty. Everyone keeps asking me how I feel about this, but really it doesn't bother me. I feel like I should say something like it makes me feel older, or I should get a bit more serious about life, or start thinking about my future. But really I still feel like a big kid inside, and probably still act it.

I got married four months ago, and we got our own place and are still enjoying the honeymoon period, but that aside I am not feeling massively old. Give me a few days and then maybe ask me again.

So anyway, this is where I was hoping for your help. A friend of mine said her friend is also turning 30 in October and has decided to do a 30 days of 30. I thought this was a good idea as my birthday actually falls in a month where there are 30 days and may be good to do.

The idea is to do something different everyday. This can range from going out, to an event, to eating out, or just doing something like learning to ice cupcakes.

So a few ideas I had were to go on the London Eye - I have never been before, ride a bike through Hyde Park, go for afternoon tea at Claridges, go to the opera or ballet, to personalising a t-shirt and crafting something new.

I was looking for a few more ideas and also, what would be on your 30 at 30 list?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Marilyn white dress dupes

Don't you hate it when you come across something you really like and find out it's sold out, or was out of stock ages ago? Well one of my readers came across one of my older posts and asked if I could find a dupe of the Marilyn white dress I posted from Asos last year. The dress was gorgeous, and judging by the number of hits it got it was popular with you lot too. I have attempted to find some similar dresses, with links if you want to shop the dupes.
This white dress is priced £29.95 from Amazon. It is pretty much the closest one to the original and the one above that I found. It is available from here.
This dress is from Amy Childs' own range. It is a skater style with a full skirt, priced £55 and available from here.

Not exactly the same but I'm throwing this one in there just because I can. This white peplum dress is currently £17.50 from Asos. It is by Oh My Love and available from here.
This cream dress by Little Mistress is from River Island. It's a bandeau prom dress with lots of embellishments. It's priced £55 and available from here.
This ivory skater dress from Dorothy Perkins has a heart-shaped cutout in the back. It is priced £36 and available from here

And this one is probably one of my favourites. The cross bust dress by Wal G is available from Topshop. It is £34 and available from here.

So what do you think of the dresses? Do any take your fancy? And if you have any others that match the top one let me know.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bersham Heritage Centre

Last weekend me and Asif were in Wrexham, and as I mentioned in my last post we went for a bit of a wander in the village near where I live. It was unplanned and we only planned to go for a walk down the road, having only taken our phones with us, but got caught up in the scenery in Bersham, next to where I had grown up, but Asif had never visited.
As we wandered we went past the Bersham Heritage Centre and Museum, and as Asif is a fan of anything old with some history behind it I knew he would love it. He was like a kid in a playground.

I grew up visiting the museum in school and the ironworks, since it was local history. was the basis of many of our history lessons. Bersham is the home of the ironworks dating back to the 17th century. It is where John Wilkinson made canons for the American War of Independence, and cylinders for James Watt's steam engines.

The museum is free, and definitely worth a look if you are passing through the area. Inside there are lots of educational facilities, and me and Asif had a wander into one of the old classrooms. Asif really liked the tall desks and wants me to get one for him. If anyone has any ideas where I can get one from let me know!


Information about the Bersham Heritage Centre can be found here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A scenic walk around Bersham, North Wales

Last weekend me and Asif went to north Wales to see my family for our first Eid celebration since we got married. We had a lovely time with relatives, and mum made the most amazing food! Definitely worth going home for that.
On the Monday before we came back to London we took a walk around the village where I grew up and went to a museum. I will include those shots in a separate post but thought I would include some pictures of our trip around Bersham, near Wrexham.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Urban Decay Smoked palette (picture heavy)

So last week I went to Debenhams armed with my Beauty Club Card points. I had what I thougt was £5 worth, and was ready to buy a single eyeshadow in a deep dark green for a smokey-eye look. I found the perfect green in Loaded, and was about to buy it when I spotted this palette. After checking how many points I actually had, it turns out I had £20 worth! So I went for Smoked, which includes Loaded, and paid the extra £15.

The smallish palette comes in a zip-up case, with a booklet full of ideas on how to create everyday smokey looks, to coloured, to Kardashian-esque looks, plus a mini original primer potion. In my opinion it is not worth using the shadows without it if you want the colours to be intense and to stay all day, or night.
This is my fourth palette from Urban Decay, and the only one with a zip, which makes it so much easier to carry, and less bulky than the others I have.

Inside there are a range of colours, from the palest cream in Kinky, to the darkest Blackout. There are 10 shadows, including five which are exclusive to this palette - Kinky, Freestyle, Backdoor, Barlust, and Asphalt.
The permanent shades in the collection Mushroom, Blackout, Rockstar, Evidence, and Loaded.
Most of the colours have a shimmer to them which give a lovely 3-D effect in the light when layered on deeply, and the four matte shades are Kinky, Freestyle, Backdoor and Blackout.

I was impressed with most of the colours, as they are soft and blend well, with the exception of Evidence, which isn't as softly textured as the others, and doesn't give as much colour pay-off as you would expect from the pan.
Both Kinky and Freestyle are lovely pale shades, but a little chalky on my Asian skintone. Kinky could be used as a brow highlighter I suppose, and Freestyle is a creamy peach, that would look good on its own, or - since this is a smokey palette - blended out above the crease of a smokey eye, or on the inside corners.
 Barlust is a shimmery brown with a red undertone. I only needed a tiny amount, which gave an amazing colour pay-off. This is probably my favourite colour from the palette. It looks gorgeous as a smokey colour for a day or afternoon look without going for a heavy dark or black colour.
Rockstar is as beautiful as it looks in the palette and gives a modern take on the traditional smokey eye look, brightening it up with a purple look.
 Mushroom is a brown/grey colour, that leans more towards a cooler silver tone than Barlust. But Evidence, as good as it looks, was a bit of a let down. It came out chalky compared to the other buttery-soft shadows and needed a bit more effort to build up. This is gorgeous for an alternative navy smokey eye look.
 Backdoor is a dark brown matte shade, one of the newer shades in the palette. A good shade to use in the crease as am alternative to the black, or to line the eyes instead of using a liner pencil.
And Loaded, the colour I originally wanted when I went shopping, is a dark green/teal shade leaning towards black. Gorgeous with a lighter green colour blended into the inner corner of the eye.
 Blackout is a traditional matte black shade. You can't really go wrong with this, but be careful not to overload the brush as a little goes a long way.
And lastly is Asphalt. I love this grey shade with glittery flecks in it which looks gorgeous when it hits the light.
And lastly, included is a full-size eye pencil in Perversion, a dark matte black colour, that has good staying power, but I am yet to fully road test this one.

So there you have it! I like the combination of colours, and though I won't use the lighter shades as much as the others, they are a welcome addition for highlighting. I love the richer colours of Rockstar, Loaded and Asphalt. Evidence is workable with a little bit more work, but Barlust is definitely my favourite out of the palette.

The zip-up case is a nice feature, and it is light enough to stick in your bag for touch-ups or for travel.

The £35 price tag is a little steep, but I used my Beauty Club Card points from Debenhams, so didn't feel the pinch so much. If you are a fan of smokey-eye looks, or would like to learn how to do them, it might be worth sticking this on your birthday or Christmas wishlist.

It is available here.
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