Saturday, 29 June 2013

collective beauty haul

here's some of the beauty things I've bought recently- enjoy! My youtube channel is islaayx and you can subscribe to my channel here! I hope you like the haul of some of the beauty things I've bought recently!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

show sympathy to LA where the sun don't ever shine

top: primark via ASOS
skirt: ASOS
watch: river island
bag: river island
shoes: clarks
necklace: eBay(get the 18" length if you buy it)
lipstick: mac 'ruby woo'

I don't really have anything to say in this post... I'm having such a busy week, I'm off to Nottingham for the next couple of days to Ellie's house (bloggy sleepover woooo) and then to London on Saturday for the #LDNBloggersParty which I'm so excited about- can't wait to meet all the bloggers that are going to be there! I think I'll vlog it too for my YouTube- yay or nay? I have my sixth form summer ball on Wednesday too and I'll probably get someone to take some photos so I can blog them as I've had a few people asking to see what I wear!

I went to the zoo the other day and took quite a few photos and you guys seem to be liking it so far, please let me know what you think of that sort of post- well to be honest who doesn't like cute animals?!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

my trip to the zoo

so today I went on a bit of a random trip to marwell zoo and as I'd taken loads of photos I thought I'd do something a bit different to normal and blog it (sorry for so photo heavy this post is!) We saw loads of different animals, I think the giraffes, meerkats and monkeys were my favourite! I like how you could get pretty close to the animals but the 35x optical zoom on my camera definitely helped get some decent photos- one of the meerkat ones is my favourite as they're so cute!

Please let me know what you think of this sort of post as I have no idea if it's the sort of thing you guys would like to see more of or shall I just stick to the normal type of post?

Sunday, 23 June 2013

pretty girl you should be smiling

top: topshop
blazer: H&M
jeans: american apparel easy jeans
shoes: barratts*
watch: river island
necklace: eBay (if you want to order it go for 18")
lipstick: mac 'ruby woo'

I bought this cami top in the oxfordstreet topshop a couple of weeks ago- it's perfect as it goes with pretty much anything and is so wearable! I made the outfit slightly smarter by adding a blazer to the outfit, I think this is a great way to make jeans smarter- if I wore it with heels it would be a great outfit for going out for dinner! The shoes I chose to wear it with was these ones from Barratts which are kind of like the Topshop ones but loads more comfortable (and cheaper- they're only £18 and currently are 25% off!) I wish they would do a tan pair aswell though as they're so wearable! They currently also have black, pink and teal ones and the teal are in the sale currently- score!

I'm off to the zoo on tuesday, I haven't been to a zoo in so long! If it's nice weather I'll take my camera and do a post with some animal photos for a bit of a change if you'd like!

 let me know what you think of the shoes and if you like the outfit or not!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

easy fishtail plait hair tutorial and ghd style and protect gift set review

I got literally sooo many comments asking me to do a tutorial on how I style my hair in a fishtail plait after I wore it in some outfit photos and a video a couple of weeks ago. It's literally so easy to do and I love wearing it with a bright lip, chunky gold jewellery and some eyeliner!
I filmed it as a tutorial as I thought it might be easier for you to follow, please let me know if it was helpful to you as I haven't really done hair tutorials on here before so I don't know if it's any good for you!

The products I used when doing the fishtail plait tutorial were from the ghd style and protect gift set*. The kit contains a paddle brush, a final shine finishing spray, a straight and smooth heat protection spray and two clips. This set would make a great gift for anyone that's into beauty as it comes presented in a lovely box and ghd is such a well known hair brand! I have had my wide plate straighteners from there for over two years now and they're still going strong- I absolutely love them. They're expensive but you really get your moneys worth out of them as they last for ages and are literally so much better than the other ones on the market.
The straight and smooth spray is meant to help smooth and defrizz your hair for a look that lasts without making your hair flat and lifeless. It also contains heat protection so you can use it with your straighteners or hair dryer which is a bonus and has a big thumbs up from me. It comes in a spray bottle which I like as it gives off a fine mist instead of just squirting it out. The scent of it is nice too- it kind of  and has a nice scent to it too! The ghd final shine spray claims to give instant all over shine, smooth flyaways and control static hair. I do agree with this as it makes my hair look much more sleek and smooth than it did before! I use it after I've finished doing my hair and it comes out like an aerosol which is good for getting it all over your hair in a fine mist. 
The paddle brush is a really nice size- especially if you have long, thick hair like mine. I wouldn't say it would be that great for shorter hair as it's so big but my mum has short hair and she's used and really liked it. I don't know why but it seems to brush through my hair easier than a normal brush would but it unfortunately doesn't beat my beloved tangle teezer!

The ghd style and protect kit retails for £39.00 and is available here.

what do you think of a fishtail plait? Will you be recreating it?

the ghd style and protect gift set was sent to me for review purposes. This does not influence my review and it is 100% honest as always.