31 May, 2012

60 Years on the Throne -- God Save the Queen

Anyone who lives in the UK, or has been here recently, will know that we, as a nation, have gone completely Jubilee mad and I for one love it!
Here is a selection of the best souvenirs, party pieces and general good ol' Jubilee bits & bobs that I've found :)
Firstly, souvenirs... (click photos to enlarge)


01. The Royal Collection Coffee mug £25 (1952 quote from QEII on the back: 'I shall always work to advance the happiness and prosperity of my peoples spread as they are all over the world')


03. Keyring (which sits proudly on my keys) £4



06. Ted Baker purse £79.20




Secondly, party decorations...



02. Bunting £7

03. Cake decorations £3.50

04. Pint glasses £2.99



07. Cupcake thrones (personal favourite of mine) £6.50


09. 3 litre bottle of Pimm's £150 (it is huuuuge!)


11. Corgis £1,953, however, corgis all around your house in different poses: priceless!

12. Royal family masks (ready & waiting in my bag, for the weekend) £7.99


14. Afternoon Teastand £9.75

I hope all these bits & bobs get you in a Jubilicious mood :D What are you doing for the Jubilee? Let me know via the comments, or via twitter

God Save the Queen! 
MYSTRINGALING X

P.S. I couldn't not include this card, it makes me laugh so much :)


Buy it here :)

30 May, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #10

Book #10 'a commentary on race and equality' -- To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee



Chosen by the lovely, Sarah Deboe.

What Sarah says: 'I adore how the story is told through the innocent eyes of a child; and all the beautifully executed subtle references to race and equality.'

Amazon blurb: ''Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.'

To Kill a Mockingbird is still on my 'to read' list, I've had a copy for years but never got round to reading it. Have you read the novel? What are your thoughts?

If there's one book you think people must read, what is it? Let me know via twitter :)

MYSTRINGALING X


Buy To Kill a Mockingbird from Amazon.

29 May, 2012

Make Me Blush

I recently bought two new blushes, as I was looking for a peachy toned one for the Summer. The two I bought are Accessorize 'Bronzing Block' in shade 3 (£7) & Sleek MakeUP 'Blush' in the shade 'Rose Gold' (£4.30).





Colour swatch on my wrist. L - Sleek 'Rose Gold', R- Accessorize 'Bronzing Block shade 3'

As you can see from the colour swatch, the Sleek blush is a lot more delicate, with a metallic-y/shimmery finish. The Accessorize blush is darker but also contains a hint of shimmer. I particularly like both of these blushes as they are very pigmented, meaning that it only takes a sweep or two to get a good colour on your skin. They are both very similar to Nars 'Blush' in the shade 'Orgasm', however, at £21 a pop I actually think these two cheaper blushes are much better value for money & are actually better quality products. I no longer use my Nars blush in that shade but I can see these two being a staple of my make-up bag for the foreseeable future :)

Both products are available in store at Superdrug (although, unfortunately, they're not on their website) + Superdrug is currently doing 3 for 2 across all their cosmetics so you can buy these two blushes & choose another product for free :)

MYSTRINGALING X

28 May, 2012

Top 5: Foundations

As someone who's tried many a foundation, low and high-end, I thought I'd compile the top 5 that I've come across.

My criteria for a good foundation is: good coverage, without being cakey; long lasting; non-greasy/something that doesn't slide off your face; & good colour match.



I have a fairly uneven complexion (colour-wise) and so look for something with medium+ coverage. I am also quite fair so can struggle to find a good colour match; no one wants to look like a tangerine!

The foundations, in no particular order:

01. Clarins 'Ever Matte', spoken about here previously, £24 for 30ml.

Pros: Coverage is very good, smells really good, + it's nice and light and doesn't feel cakey. Also oil free. Contains SPF 15 so good for your delicate facial skin.
Cons: A little pricey, I can see myself getting through it fairly quickly, it stays put but if I were to rub my face it would come off :( Contains SPF 15, also a con as SPF creates a "ghost face" when under bright lights/a camera flash.

Colour I wear: 105 Nude.
Good match? VERY good colour match, probably the best I've ever found.

Overall score: 

02. Rimmel 'Wake Me Up', previously reviewed here, £8.99 for 30ml.

Pros: Cheap as chips (when I bought it it was on offer for £6.99 :O bargain!) + very good coverage & nice smell. Contains SPF 15 (see above).
Cons: After a while my face looked a little greasy & it didn't last all day without a little top-up. Contains SPF 15 (see above).

Colour I wear: 103 True Ivory.
Good match? If I were to buy this again I'd go for a shade lighter (101 Ivory), the 103 is a little dark, however, it will be perfect for the summer :)

Overall score: 

03. L'Oreal 'Roll'on True Match', £13.29 for 7.5g (quantity in g as opposed to ml due to the nature of the foundation, this one being a solid compact).

Pros: Fairly cheap, very easy application, comes in a handy compact.
Cons: The amount you get doesn't last very long (I'd get through one lot in 4-6 weeks), it also has a tendency to look a little greasy/slide off my face -- this was helped by using a primer.

Colour I wear: R2/C2/K2 Rose Vanilla.
Good match? A little dark but again, very good for the summer.

Overall score: 

04. Laura Mercier 'Silk Creme', £33 for 35ml.

Pros: Very good coverage.
Cons: The price :( the colour match wasn't great, the colour I had was one of the lightest (maybe the lightest?) & it was still a bit too dark. It's also quite drying, even for someone who has a more oily skin type.

Colour I wear: Cream Ivory.
Good match? Average.

Overall score: 

05. Estee Lauder 'Double Wear', £26.50 for 30ml.

Pros: Excellent staying power, needs no top-ups throughout the day :) Contains SPF 10 (see above).
Cons: It's quite expensive, the formula is a little sticky & if you don't apply it fairly quick it sets & won't blend for love nor money! Contains SPF 10 (see above).

Colour I wear: 1N1 ECRU 16.
Good match? Very good match, a little dark but I was happy with it.

Overall score: 

I'd love to know what you think of these foundations, have you tried any of them? All links to buy products are to boots.com with the exception of the Laura Mercier foundation which is available at Space:NK.


MYSTRINGALING X

23 May, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #9

Book #9 'the forgotten one' -- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


Chosen by my housemate, Matthew.

What he says: '"All children, except one, grow up." It's makes me so sad that so many people nowadays only associate Peter Pan with the Disney character, and are unaware that he was ever a literary figure. J.M. Barrie's Peter, like the book itself, is often dark, mysterious and beguiling. Brimming with beautiful prose and unbridled wonder, it's a book that perfectly encapsulates all the inexorable joys and sorrows of being a child. A MUST read!!'

Amazon blurb: 'Neverland is home to Peter Pan, a young boy who has never grown up. On one of his visits to London, Peter makes the acquaintance of young Wendy Darling, whom he invites to travel with him to Neverland and become the mother of his gang of Lost Boys. Flying through the night sky to Neverland, Wendy and her brothers John and Michael are soon caught up in marvellous adventures with the Indian Princess Tiger Lily, the loyal fairy Tinker Bell and Peter's nemesis, a sinister hook-handed pirate known as Captain Hook. Spun by J.M. Barrie from his stage play of the same name, Peter Pan is a timeless classic of children's literature. Illustrated with plates by F.D. Bedford, this exquisite full-colour edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive stained edging and decorative endpapers. It's a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages.'

Matthew wrote his dissertation on Peter Pan, and after having the pleasure of proof-reading it, I too have been convinced to read the original Pan. Have you read it before? What are your thoughts on the "Disney-isation" of the story?

Let me know your 'must read' book on twitter. Now that I'm back to blogging more regularly I'm looking to get this feature back up to a weekly thing so don't be shy :)

MYSTRINGALING X

Buy the book from Amazon.

21 May, 2012

April/May Favourites

A lot of bloggers do a 'favourites' post, and I've been lucky enough recently to purchase a few cracking things so I thought why not include them altogether in a post? There's a mixture of make-up, haircare, clothes, shoes, and accessories. Let me know if you like it & I'll do another 'favourites' next month :)



01. The cutest phone case I think I've ever seen, £3.99 + free P&P from eBay.


This little cutie has been on my phone for about a week now & I love him :D

02. THE Disco Pants, RRP £70 from American Apparel.

The AA Disco Pants have certainly been doing the rounds in the blogosphere recently & I'm going to be another who raves about them. What I cannot rave about, unfortunately, is AA's customer service. After placing the order I waited over a week for it to arrive, only to then need a size exchange. After almost another whole week I'd heard nothing from them so was forced to e-mail them & see what was going down in AA town. After being promised a replacement size I still heard/received nothing, meaning I had to call them AGAIN & see what was happening. All the people I spoke to were polite & helpful but this didn't help the fact that the overall service was extremely poor for the amount of money I spent with them :( However, every cloud & all that, if you're interested in purchasing some sexay Disco Pants you can get 15% off by signing up to their newsletter :) + the pants themselves are incredible. The End.

03. Amaaazing Lazy Oaf x Underground Minnie Creepers, £90 from Lazy Oaf.


I've had my eye on a pair of creepers for a while but haven't been brave enough to take the plunge, HOWEVER, these limited edition babies were too cute to not snap up. As I said they're limited edition (& currently sold out) but there should be some more in stock soon (so I'm told). I looove them :D

04. Dove 'Intense Repair Conditioner, £3.40 ish from Boots, Superdrug & such like.

I have really long, & fairly overworked, hair so this conditioner is an absolute Godsend! It's like a proper hair treatment without the faff of having to wait for it to do its thing. It left my hair incredibly silky and smooth until the next wash & is only £3 ish a pop, what more could a girl want?

05. Clarins 'Ever Matte' foundation, £24 from Clarins, Boots, anywhere there's a Clarins counter.



Like most women, & as I've previously mentioned on here, I'm always searching for 'the one' when it comes to foundation. I've recently been using Estee Lauder 'Double Wear' which is incredible, it does not come off at all! However, I had a sample of this in April's edition of Elle & loving a good sample, like I do, I gave it a go. The formula is much lighter, less sticky & more pleasant in general than the Estee Lauder. It also smells incredible, kind of fruity almost. The coverage is very good, and the colour match is much better than my Estee Lauder. The only thing it lacks is real staying power, it is very good, but when it comes to non-budging foundations I'm not sure Estee Lauder can be beaten. I'm currently using what's left of my 'Double Wear' on my nose & then using the Clarins for the rest of my face which seems to be the perfect combo. Plus, the Clarins is £2 ish cheaper than the Estee Lauder so it's ever so slightly kinder to your purse :)

Have you tried any of these products? Or do you have any thoughts on my favourites for April and May? If so, let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear what you think too :)

MYSTRINGALING X

P.S. HUUUGE thank you to my friend Matthew for putting the collective photo together for me, I promise I'll learn how to do it myself for the next one :)

19 May, 2012

Long time no see...

FINALLY the end is in sight for my degree! Just one assignment left & then I'm done, which means I can do fun things again like blog & read for pleasure :D

Currently on my reading list is Jackie Collins Hollywood Wives: The New Generation. Before you say/think anything, hold your judgement! For any of you who didn't see my one book you must read week #5 you'll see I have my reasons for my Jackie love, + after so much brain exercise over the last few months I need something fun & easy to read. I did, however, recently order myself some 1p books from Amazon which are a little more high brow. There's Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and The Woodlanders because, well I've stated it many a time, I love Thomas Hardy :)

Last week the Ital was here, only for a short visit this time as it's been a deadline frenzy for us both, but he came for our Summer Ball. This was one of the many photos of an amazing night.


I have lots of new posts planned so keep your peepers peeled ;)

As always,

MYSTRINGALING X

07 May, 2012

Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Not Touch Ours

My degree is slowly but surely stealing my life, HOWEVER! Saturday saw the day of birth of my good old pal Matthew so of course we had to celebrate :D The theme was the roaring 1920s & it was speakeasy-tastic!

Here's a few snapshots of the evening...

The birthday boy & I

A right flapper







I only have 3 more weeks left of assignments so as soon as they're over, and the Summer hits, I will be back to blogging every few days. Woo!

Lots of love as always :)

MYSTRINGALING X

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