Thursday, 30 September 2010

Dreams of the Cape

To cape or not to cape? That is the question.

I like the look of these funny armless creations but are they practical? Does the wind sneak up from the hem and freeze your nips off? Do you feel restricted because your arms are stuck underneath? Is it necessary to carry your bag in your hand like a gran?

On the plus side you can wear as many layers as you damn well please without looking like an overstuffed sausage or having to force bulky limbs through two small holes.

But will I look like Sherlock Holmes? Thoughts please!

Left to right:
ASOS Hooded Military Cape, £70
Dorothy Perkins Taupe Tweed Piped Cape, £65 (with 20% off online until Friday 1 Oct)

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Presents from New York - CLOSED

As promised, I picked up some goodies for all my happy campers here on SO FAR, SO CHIC. I've also thrown in some 'candy'. Get me!

Can I just say how superior Duane Reade and similar are to our own highstreet Superdrug-type offerings. So much choice! Maybe it's because the US shops are new to me but I was very over-excited by them! Everything is vacuum-packed, which is both good for hygiene and bad for swatching. Over-packaging in general seemed to be the norm.

Giveaway includes:
Sinful Colors Nail Enamel in San Francisco (dark metallic green), What's Your Name (black with blue shimmer), Dream On (bright purple-pink cream) and Love Nails (metallic blue).

Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Crème Eyeliner in Aubergine.

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara in Waterproof Black.

CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Everbloom Kiss.

Strawberry Twizzlers and Candy Corn.

To enter all you have to do is:
  1. Be a follower of the blog via the Google Friend Connect button on the right. 
  2. Be a non-US resident. 
  3. Tell me via comment your all-time best makeup/product discovery and what makes it so darn good.
  4. Leave your email address with your comment so that I can easily contact you if you win! 
One entry per person. 
The competition closes on 15 October 2010 at midnight.
    Good luck y'all! 

    Monday, 27 September 2010

    Lauren Conrad Sorted her Life Out

    The world's about to get more polluted as a collective sigh of relief produces extra C02. Lauren Conrad finally cut her ratty, straw-ended extensions. Thank. God. They were inhibiting my LC obsession.

    *resumes collage*

    Love her Look: Kourtney Kardashian

    I threatened a compilation of Kourtney Kardashian's outfits a while ago and here it is. Her day looks are my favesies. Wish the dumpy baby wasn't in the way in the top left pic as that outfit looks like a gem. Spot the tan heels! Many gorgeous shoes on display – ignoring the strange flipflop/boot numbers. I will definitely continue style stalking Kourtney for outfit inspiration. Fellow freaks will be pleased to discover that she details all of clothing and accessories choices on her blog here

    Hot Child in the City

    From top:
    The view from the top of Rockefeller Center. I went alone and stayed so long the sun set. Beautiful views. Shame about all the smug couples.

    Bryant Park before the sky darkened Independence Day stylee and torrential rain soaked us.

    Carrie Bradshaw's house. I'm stood in front of the 'No trespassing' sign.

    The 'Friends' building. So exactly where is Monica's balcony? Hmmn?

    The sweet Tasti D-Lite building opposite the Polish restaurant we ate at in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

    The fountain in Central Park where Carrie met the guy in 'The Freak Show' episode.

    Madonna filming W.E with Abbie Cornish in Central Park. The film's about Wallace Simpson and King Edward VIII. Madonna was tiny, pale, wore no makeup, her hair looked grotty, her cheeks were insane. She appeared to get on well with everyone although she did have a strop when a band started playing in the park, ruining her scene. Oh, and it was not a cold day – but that's the Madonna uniform.

    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    So Far, So Chic in the USA

    I'm off to New York today peeps. Why yes I am excited. I planned on pre-preparing a whole week of posts for you to enjoy during my absence but I've not had time. Sorry guys. I know you're not angry – just disappointed.

    Still, I shall return with tales of far off lands, and US products spilling out of my case.

    I think I'm going to do a Yankie giveaway of stuff that's only available across the pond – so look out for that upon my return. I'm almost at 200 followers, so that won't be the magic number. Keep following, friends! Let me know if there are any products you'd particularly love to see in a giveaway. Thanks!

    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    Style Summary

    Here are a few cute celeb outfits that have caught my eye recently.

    Left to right:
    Rachel Bilson wears a lot of sweet tea dresses – usually adding accessories with a harder edge to stop her outfit from looking too twee. One thing I never do is wear the matching material belts or sashes that come with dresses. Adding a leather or patent belt is a quick way to disguise a cheap dress.

    Kourtney Kardashian is my new style crush (and I've already decided to post a compilation of her best outfits). She's the most stylish of the three sisters and wears a lot of blazers, which I love, as well as 'boyfriend jeans'. I like this type of loose jean when rolled up and worn with pumps or Converse. Just as long as the effect is more Lauren Hutton than Katie Holmes (who for all her money and means still manages to look like a miserable bag lady).

    Abigail Clancy doesn't hold much interest for me beyond her perfectly-highlighted and tousled barnet. The boots are a bit Herman Munster but the overall outfit appealed to me. Probably something to do with those endless, tanned legs.

    Thandie Newton is a lady who always comes across as stylish and self-assured. I've spoken about my penchant for tan heels before and these sandals are something I'd love to have in my wardrobe. Really not feeling that creepy thing on her t-shirt but willing to overlook it just this once.

    Saturday, 4 September 2010

    Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara Review

    I bought this mascara after reading a great review by Fleur De Force. Having met Fleur and seen her fabulous lashes I felt that we'd have similar mascara values. I am rather fussy. I don't like fat tubes that are uncomfy to hold, I don't like overly chunky brushes that splodge product onto your face, I don't like it when mascara is like ink – adding colour but no volume – I don't like mascaras with fibres in them that create fall-out under the eyes... and so on and so forth.

    My lashes are quite long but super pale so I like thickening mascaras, generally in black (brown mascara is suspicious). The images show me with no mascara, one coat, and two coats plus eyeliner and shadow.

    I really like the wand, which is made of rubber and tapered at both ends. The consistency of the mascara is perfect, application simple.

    The fact that the mascara contains 'Grow-Lash Complex' to 'promote natural lash growth and create lashes that appear fuller, lusher and up to 117 per cent longer' is a handy bonus. Although if my lashes were 117 per cent longer I'd look like a camel. I'm sceptical as to the likelihood of massive lash growth but I'm content in the knowledge that my mascara is caring for my eyelashes instead of knackering them.

    The joy of new makeup was somewhat tarnished by a whisper that Rimmel test on animals, but that worry has been somewhat assuaged by Coty's statement on Lazy Beautiful, which assures that they do not (unless specifically required to by 'government'... hmmnn. Vague).

    I bought my Lash Accelerator mascara from Superdrug, where it's on offer for £6.99 instead of the usual price of £8.99. Probably the best cheapish mascara I've tried and one I'd definitely repurchase.

    UPDATE: I have repurchased! I bought the new Extreme Black version. I'm not convinced that this mascara made my lashes any thicker or longer but I like the shape of the wand and the effect it gives.