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Friday, 31 August 2012

MUJI storage dupes in Ryman!?...

Hey guys,

This is going to be a quick post but I felt like I needed to share.

Some or many of you may have heard about the Muji acrylic storage and drawers that so many bbloggers and youtubers have as they're makeup storage. Muji is available to UK people I think but you have to order online and it's not cheap.

I was in my local Ryman today and I saw some dupes! They had acrylic drawers and organisers by 'Osco' which are very similar to some of the Muji storage I've seen.

The brand also makes leather and wire storage and here is the web link:

The prices range from around £4.99 to £27.99 depending on the size etc.

I hope that this has been useful to someone out there :)

My next post will probably be a College Supplies Haul Video if you guys are interested. I love these videos so I'm going to haul my supplies after I've gone out and bought them. My course starts a week on tuesday so I have a little while left. Once I start college, I might have to rethink whether I continue with this blog.

Belle xx

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Haul: STILA IN POUNDLAND?!, The Body Shop...and ok some more feather earrings...

Hey Guys,

I've just posted a favourites post so please check that out.

So I went to Poundland today to just have a little look and I was so excited with what I saw. Firstly, there were some Sinful Colors nail polish which I'd heard was good, so I picked one up in a really bright neon pink in the shade 'Scandal'.

I swatched this a little and it seems quite sheer but I'll have to apply it properly to see. This was £1 obviously.

I went to Poundland in Merry Hill recently and saw a few Stila products. It was the empty 4 pan palletes and the 'whitening powder' refills. Well when I went in my local Poundland, they had the powder but also the Stila SPF 30 oil free sheer color tinted moisturisers! And in different shades! I thought it was too good to be true but sure enough it was. I got the light (03) ones and I bought 2 because I thought it would be a good idea to stock up as I doubt they will be there permanently. My friend also picked one up. I've never tried these before but I've heard them talked about a lot so I'll try them out and maybe review them if you're interested. These are no longer on the Stila UK website so maybe they're discontinued. £1 each.

I've not been liking my skincare at the moment and wanted to try something new so I went into The Body Shop and I saw these things for £2 each and thought that cucumber is something quite calming and refreshing. So I bought the Cleansing Milk...

...and the Freshening Water.

Finally, I went into Superdrug to get some foundation (Bourjois Healthy Mix but someone had opened it so I took it back for a refund) and saw these gorgeous feather, fabric, and chain earrings for only £3.99. I have WAY too many feather earrings but I just HAD to get these as they are so different.

So that's my haul. Hope you enjoyed it.

Belle xx

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

I'm Back...With A Haul! Primark, H & M, Vero Moda, Lush and more...

 Hey guys! I've finally stopped being lazy and I'm back with a new blog post, and who doesn't LOVE a haul?!

I went all the way to Merry Hill today in Dudley and picked up some bits that I thought I would share with you. I apologize for the quality of the images, some are off.

Firstly, there's Primark. I was a little disappointed with Primark this time as although I found nice stuff on the hangers, when I tried it on, it was unflattering, so I ended up getting pretty much just basics, which never fail to disappoint...

 These caught my eye and they are so cute and comfy! Nude pumps - £6

 This was a bit of an impulse purchase but the colours are lovely. Set of 4 nail polishes - £2

 Boring black plaited belt - £1

I love Primark jeans as they are a really good price so I don't mind if they only last one season, plus the size 6 super skinny regular fit my tiny legs perfectly as I like my skinnies TIGHT. Indigo super skinny jeans - £11

 I get a pair of these everytime I visit a Primark. Plain black leggings - £3

 2 Bandeau tops in the sale at £1 each in Black and Cobalt.

 Sheer black tights, pretty standard, cheap and cheerful - £2.50.

 My NYC eyelash curler is on it's way out so I picked this one up for £1.

 Plain black v-neck t-shirt for work - £3

Long Sleeved scoop necked t-shirt, also for work - £3.50

Next I went to H & M...

 Black tube skirt for work. I have to wear black or the brand stock. I would never have bought this much black otherwise, I HEART COLOUR! I have one of these in red, navy and taupe too! - £3.99

 I'm a blazer addict and black was the only one missing from my collection, is good for work too. £14.99

These look awesome! Lint rollers in a compact little roller thing. So handy! 99p.

Although we have Vero Moda at work, I'd never seen a stand alone store, so I was eager to see what stock was different and I was shocked that I only recognised 2 items that can be found in House Of Fraser :O

Saw this jumper and loved it! It is so unbelievably soft and I know it's summer, but at £9 (YES THAT IS FULL PRICE!) I had to get it. It's beautiful colour too. I chose this pink out of the red/coral, navy and cream.

From Lush I bought a Bubblegum lip scrub. I've tried the vanilla-chocolate one before and it was really effective, but I wasn't a massive fan of the taste, so it went out of date before I used half of it. I decided I liked the sound of this one better (candy floss!!) so I got the pink one. £5.95.

I then went to Dorothy Perkins and headed straight for the sale jewellery. I am really into feather earrings at the moment so when I saw these shoulder grazers at £2, I HAD to buy them.

The sale jewellery was BOGOF so I picked up this feather necklace that caught my eye (only £2 anyway but got for FREE!)

Finally I went to Superdrug.

 I wanted to try this as soon as it came out and it is reduced to £3.99 at the moment so I picked it up to give it a try. Collection 2000 Fix Me Up Long Lasting Make Up Fixer Spray. If you guys want me to review this then let me know. 

 I am always looking for something to apply my foundation flawlessly. I have tried stipple brushes, paddle brushes and I'm now onto sponges. My current cheap sponges weren't quite right and when I saw that this had been raved about constantly, I thought I'd give it a go. It's the Cosmoplitan Blend Perfection Sponge and it was £4.99 which I was a bit anxious about as it's a lot for a single sponge! I will review this also if anyone's interested.

Finally I picked up a Strawberry flavoured Carmex tube as I LOVE Carmex and I can never seem to find the Strawberry flavour, so when I saw this is snapped it up, especially seeing as it was on promotion at around £1.70 I think (I can't find this reciept.)

So that was my haul, I hope you enjoyed it! I am going to try and get back into the blogging swing so if you have any ideas or requests, let me know. I also have an Instagram account now so please follow me, my username is Belleeexx.

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you on my next post.

Belle xx

Sunday, 18 March 2012

First Outfit I Have Made From Scratch...

Hey guys,

So I've been busy with a project recently for college entitled 'soft tailoring.' I had to research current trends for spring/summer 2012 and I ended up with a mood board based on safari mixed with industrial. We had 3 fabrics to work with: White linen, beige linen and a toffee coloured polyester/lycra blend. I designed tons of outfits but this is the one I decided on. It has taken roughly about 30 hours to make (bear in mind I haven't made anything all by myself before) but apparantly the finish is very good so I am really pleased with the end result and I worked agonisingly, shedding blood, sweat and tears. (bit of an exaggeration, but there were tears) Anyway here is the end result. I only used the white and toffee fabrics as there was a good contrast between colour and texture, with the linen being very ridged and structured, and the polyester/lyrca being very 'drapey'...

Those shorts, although very cute, were the bain of my life, especially the fly opening, that took 5 hours to do as I needed help and the tutor had other students too.

Just about to do another post, a haul to be exact so look out for that.

Any requests? Let me know in the comments :)

Belle xx

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

How To: Alter Your Current Wardrobe For S/S 2012...

Hey guys!
I came up with this post during class yesterday and I've been itching to write it since then. Being a little strapped for cash despite having a Saturday job (I'm a bit of a shopaholic...) I was thinking about how I was going to inject some of the Spring/Summer 2012 trends into my wardrobe on a limited budget. So in this post I'm going to show you some of the trends this season and how you can cut, sew, and haberdasher your way into the warm season.

We'll start with the most unforgiving trend - Bra Tops:

Now for this trend, take a structured top and cut it about 7cm (or your desired length plus hemming amount) below the bust. Then simply hem the top and voila!

You could also shorten a t-shirt if you prefer the Crop Top trend.


Take a dress (preferably one that's a little boxy) that you normally belt at the waist and use a skinny belt to belt it low on the hips - instant drop waistline with no cutting necessary!

Hot Pants:

This trend was big this year! For this trend, cut some tight jeans or trousers to your desired length. (Make sure you don't cut them too short as you can always take more off - You also don't want to end up with your butt hanging out.) You can choose whether to turn them up or leave them to fray. If you really want to follow the trend closely, cut them so that they finish just at the top of your legs. If they are high-waisted, even better!

Asymmetric Hemlines:

This one might take some more advanced skills but this one involves altering the hem so that the front is higher than the back. You can always go to a tailor if you are worried about messing it up.

Cut Out Shoulders:

For this trend, take a blouse, cut out the shoulders and finish the raw edges.


You can buy lengths of fringe from haberdashery shops. You can decide whether to insert it into the seam or overlay on a skirt. I personally think it looks best when the fringe is a lot longer than the skirt, but that is your personal preference.


I am going to say the same as the fringe for this one, as you can buy it from most haberdashery and fabric shops. Simple overlay it onto a fabric of the same colour to really nail the trend. White lace is the most popular choice.


Peplums are probably the biggest trend I have seen this season. For a quick and easy take on this trend, try attatching (or even temporarily pinning) a short, flared skirt around the waist of a similar coloured shift dress or pencil  skirt.

Wide Shorts:

Take last years palazzo pants or chinos and shorten them to knee length or mid calf. Simple!

Thankyou very much for reading and I hope that I have given you some useful tips!

See you on my next post,

Belle x

Disclaimer: All images were found on Google Images, and I am sorry if I have used your image without permission!