December 31, 2012

BLOG SALE: Topshop, H&M, River Island and more!

As I am moving to London in one week (yes the panic has started to kick in!), I have decided to do a blog sale to raise some extra funds! If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that I am a compulsive shopaholic, so I have decided to have a clear out and show you some of the items that I am currently listing on eBay.

I find it very difficult to throw items out, so I thought the blog sale would ensure that my lovely items go to equally lovely homes!

All of the below items are listed as 'buy it now' on eBay so I have added the links to the individual items to make it easier to browse/shop.

However, if you don't have an eBay account and you want to purchase one of the below items you can comment below with your email address and I can send you an invoice via Paypal. If you wish for the item to be shipped overseas, feel free to say where and I will calculate the postage cost for you!

So here are the items I am currently selling on eBay:
 
 
£15.00 (plus £2.20 p+p to UK)

H&M faux leather and suede dress,size 8, very good condition

 
£15.00 (plus £2.20 p+p to UK)
 

River Island leather look shorts, size 8,worn once

 
£12.00 (plus £2.20 p+p to UK)


Topshop metallic mesh crop top, size 14, new with tags

 
£10.00 (plus £2.00 p+p to UK)
 

H&M fitted black dress with mesh detail, size 6, worn once

 
£15.00 (plus £2.20 p+p to UK)
 

 

H&M Floral shorts, size 8, very good condition

 
£7.00 (plus £2.00 p+p to UK)
 
 
 

Topshop leopard print tassel bag with detachable strap, never been used

£12.00 (plus £3.00 p+p to UK)

SOLD
 

Tan fringed snakeprint tote shopper bag, hardly been used

£22.00 (plus £5.00 p+p to UK)
 
 
 
£12.00 (plus £2.50 p+p to UK)

SOLD

 

Miss Selfridge bow platform heels, size 7, never been worn

£16.00 (plus £5.50 p+p to UK)
 

 

Russell & Bromley grey New Fry leather Boots, size 6.5 (RRP £295.00)

£100.00 (plus £7.00 p+p to UK)
 
 
I hope you have enjoyed the blog sale- if you would like any additional images or you would like to ask a question please feel free to comment below.
 
I will be listing many more items this week before the big move so keep checking up on my eBay for more items!
 
Hope everyone has a fabulous New Year!
 
Sarah
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P.s A big THANK YOU to all my followers and readers for all your support and lovely comments this year! I love receiving feedback on my blog so make sure you keep it coming in 2013! ; )
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December 29, 2012

OOTD: Christmas Day!

Hi all,

I hope that everyone has had a very happy Christmas and that you are all looking forward to the New Year? I feel as though I have been a bad blogger and neglected SSS over Christmas so I've obviously been doing far too much eating along with a little bit of sale shopping!

The New Year is going to be a very important time for me as I am moving to London to pursue a career in magazine journalism. Although it is a big risk to take, I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and I am sure I can bring you many more exciting blog posts from the big smoke!

I'm also going to the Company Magazine Blogging forum so I'm very excited to meet other bloggers and improve Sarahs Style Statement as much as I can. I would love to hear from anyone that's going?

Anyway, aside from my move to London I've been very lucky to recieve some great Christmas gifts from my family, friends and boyfriend. I'll be blogging about some of these gifts in the very near future so you can certainly expect some new beauty reviews as well as my new outfit choices such as this outfit from Christmas day...

 
If you read the blog post on my new Zara shoes you will know how excited I've been to get these studded and embellished beauties on my feet! I decided to show them off on Christmas Day and wear them with some Zara baroque-printed tapered trousers and my new Lipsy blouse tucked in. My Mum knows how much I love embellishment so she suprised me with this black lace blouse that has a pretty jewelled collar and matched my Cinderella slippers perfectly! They aren't the most practical pair of shoes in the world and wearing them makes me nervous that I might infact loose a jewel or two, but life is too short to dress boring!

Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! I would love to hear about your festivities and wonderful  treats from the big man in red?
 
Sarah
 
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December 19, 2012

OOTE: Christmas Party Dress

First of all I'd like to apologise for the fact that this outfit is pretty one dimensional as almost everything I am wearing is from Topshop!  Usually I like to mix it up and wear different brands but this outfit seemed to work well with a couple of my existing Topshop pieces and a few new ones too!
 
Although I originally had my mind set on this beauiful dress from Zara (this one was about the third and final purchase!), I came across the embellishment on this little black number and it was instantly SOLD!
 
I wanted a change from more fitted bodycon styles that seem to be everywhere at the moment and I really enjoyed dancing in this dress and spinning around like a five year old! (Maybe I was a little too comfortable in this dress??)
 
The beading detail across the front and back is pretty heavy but totally worth it and I also figured that this LBD will come in handy for many other occassions and I'm even tempted to wear it for New Year!

So here's what I decided to wear for my works Christmas party:


Dress- Topshop
Red Petal Bag- Topshop (Past season)
 
 

Accessories (Nearly all Topshop too...sorry!)

 
Double navette ring & Jewelled Earings-Topshop
Suede Shoe Boots-Topshop (Past season)
Party tights with black crystals down the back-H&M
 
 
As the dress is heavily beaded, I decided to keep the accessories minimal but for a touch of colour I added red lips (YSL no.204) and deep red nails. The dress did look good with the Topshop metallic ankle socks (rolled down) and the shoe boots, but I thought I would definitely be too cold! Instead, I purchased some sheer party tights with black crystals down the back (H&M) and I was happy with the result!

Me (left) with my lovely friend Gem (Her gorgeous dress is River Island)!

The Christmas party was a really fun night, and although I'm leaving the company in January to move to London, I managed not to shed a tear! In the end, we all had a cocktail or five (!) and danced the night away like complete and utter loons!

Are you feeling Christmassy and enjoying the party season?

Comment below and let me know what you will be wearing for your Christmas party?

Sarah
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December 16, 2012

My December Glossybox

 
 
 
 
I don't think there's anything better than receiving a beautifully wrapped box of beauty treats in the post each month. If you haven't heard of the fabulous Glossybox before, here's your chance to learn more...
 
I came across Glossybox a couple of months ago and as a beauty lover, I decided that a monthly subscription to these boxes would be a great opportunity for me to try out new products from many different beauty brands.
 
Beauty products can be a great expense if you end up buying them, trying them, and not liking them so I find that these miniature products are a great way for you to test them out before you buy the full sized version.
 
So here's what I recieved in the December Glossybox:
 
- Seche Nail Lacquer in Memoire and Glossybox blush in 'Glossy Rosewood'
 
 
 
 
- Sleek true colour lipstick in Matte 'Stiletto'
 
 

 
 
- Rituals Magic Touch whipped body cream
 
 
 
- Lemon by Mary Greenwell Eau de Parfum (mini)
 



- Plus two sachets of Argentum Apothecary La potion infinie face cream (see picture above)
 
Although I am yet to test all the products and review each one, I have been very impressed with the quality of the Glossybox products. When you consider that the entire Glossybox is £10 per month plus p+p and the Seche Nail Lacquer alone is £9.95, I think the Glossybox subscription is great value for money.
 
When registering with Glossybox, you have the choice to subscribe monthly or on a 3, 6 or 12 month basis so you have the option to try it out and see what you think! You will also complete a beauty profile to ensure that you are sent products that are suited to your skin and overall beauty look.
 
Subscribers will also benefit from exclusive discounts, so if you have enjoyed using any particular products within the Glossybox you are entitled to monthly offers too!
 
So far I have sampled the Rituals whipped body cream which is incredibly soft and smells divine and also the Sleek True Colour lipstick, which is the perfect Matte red for all those Christmas parties!
 
I wanted to test the products thoroughly over the next few weeks so there will be full reviews up on the blog soon!
 
For more information on the Glossybox subscription, take a look here!
 
Have you ever subscribed to Glossybox or tried these products before?
 
I would love to hear your thoughts!
 
 
Sarah
 
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December 05, 2012

TKMaxx Haul: Bargain Beauty Buys

If I'm looking for a really good bargain or there's something that I want and can't afford, I usually head to TKMaxx. Although I don't tend to buy many items of clothing from there (not that I don't like them), I have purchased some amazing leather handbags there in the past and now it appears I have found a new place to buy my beauty products!

When I visit my local TKMaxx (Preston store), I have to be in the mood to rummage and have a good look around. Today I was definitely in one of those moods and stumbled across some pretty great beauty bargains!

So here's what I purchased today:

Beyond Bronze by Fake Bake-Airbrush self-tanner -£12.99
St Tropez Mini Exfoliator-£3.99
4x Essie Nail Polishes in; Midnight Cami, Downtown Brown,
Fear & Desire and Bikini So Teeny-£9.99 for set
 
 
As Essie nail polishes are usually around £8 each, I was pretty suprised to find a pack of 4 in such amazing colours for £9.99! With dark nails being on-trend this season I was also pleased to find that the dark 'midnight cami' blue colour and the 'downtown brown' deep red fit the bill perfectly.
 
Although the other two shades (bikini so teeny and fear & desire) are a little summery, I thought they would add a pop of colour to my many black dresses over the festive period. As well as spotting this Essie set, I also found some bargain sets by Nails Inc. and OPI so keep a look out!
 
 
I was also pleased to find one of my favourite tanning products, the Fake Bake airbrush self-tanner. In many beauty stores this product is usually around the £20 mark so I was happy to find that itwas £12.99 in TKMaxx for exactly the same size.
 
They also had other great tanning products from brands such as St Tropez and Famous Dave so it's worth seeing if you can save money on any of your essentials. With many parties and celebrations on the horizon, I also decided to buy the Step 1 Body Polish exfoliator by St Tropez. As I'm yet to try this product, I decided to buy the mini version at just £3.99 so that I can use it to exfoliate before applying the Fake Bake.
 
TKMaxx wouldn't usually be the first place I would look for beauty products, but I was pleasantly suprised with the wide range of brands and products that included;
make-up, skincare,hair products, electrical tools and much more.
 
From shopping in various TKMaxx stores, I have noticed that each store does not have the same brands and stock so please keep this in mind if you are looking for any of the above products, as they may not always be available. 
 
Purchasing these items at full-price face value would usually cost around £50.00 so for only £26.97 I think I have made a great saving on some of my favourite beauty products!
 
Would love to hear about your beauty bargains from TKMaxx?
 
Feel free to comment below..
 
Sarah
 
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December 03, 2012

New Zara Shoes: Ballerina with Jewels and Studs

 
This year I am feeling incredibly festive. After a lovely weekend at the Christmas markets in Chester and Liverpool, I am feeling well and truly ready for a glass of mulled wine (or three!). But this is not the only reason I have started counting down until Christmas......
 
Yes you have guessed it...I'm counting down the days until I can finally wear my new dazzling ballerina slippers!
 
Originally, I was looking for some practical shoes along the lines of a tassled pair of loafers and look what I ended up with?! Some beautiful jewelled and studded ballet flats that I will probably be too afraid to wear out of the house! Usually the shoes that are highly impractical are the prettiest kind anyway, or so I think.
 
From the moment I popped these slippers on to my feet, I knew they were the perfect pair for Christmas. I'm sure they will be making an appearance in many of my future outfit posts but for now I'm planning numerous outfits that I can wear with them from Christmas day and beyond...
 
 
 
All images: zara.co.uk

 
If you like the look of these Zara beauties, you can buy them here..and they are also available in gold too!
 
Anyway, I'm off to sleep in my shoes until I can wear them on Christmas Day!
 
Happy Shoe Shopping!
 
Sarah
x
 
P.s How pretty are the Christmas lights in Chester?
 
 
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November 20, 2012

My Daily Make-up Routine

Thought I would do a quick post to show you all the beauty products I use on a daily basis. Although this is my current make-up routine, I do like to change and update my look occassionally depending on how I am feeling and what look I'm trying to achieve.
 

Products from top in clockwise direction: Chanel Perfection Lumiere in 12 Beige Rose / Yves Rocher Instant Anti-wrinkle Moisturiser / MAC eyeshadow in Honey Lust / MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering / Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in light-medium / Bare Minerals blush / Kiehl's Lip Gloss / Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner / Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman blush brush / Bobbi Brown bronzing powder / Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks
 
So here is a breakdown of my daily make-up routine:
 
Skincare / Concealer / Foundation
 
Although it's probably not so urgent for me to be using anti-ageing creams at the tender age of 23, I think it is important to look after your skin and moisturise daily. Recently, I have been using this Yves Rochas Instant anti-wrinkle moisturiser (from the October Glossybox) which can only help me in the ageing process, whilst moisturising my skin too.
 
Once I have moisturised, I then use my Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer to mask any signs of tiredness and I also use it around my t-zone area if I have any blemishes. This concealer is one of my favourite products and also makes my skin appear much more radiant.
 
I then add a small amount of the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation on the top of my hand, and using a foundation brush I dab it on gently. Although this foundation was pretty expensive (£36) I have been really pleased with it's lasting effect and colour which is perfect for my pale skin tone.
 
Blusher / Bronzer / Brush
 
This time I decided to have a change with my bronzing powder as I usually go for the Chanel Tan De Soleil but instead I purchased the Bobbi Brown bronzing powder in Golden Light. Overall, I have been really happy with this bronzer as it has a natural colour and blends in well with my natural skin tone. My only criticism is that I feel I have to top it up over the course of the day, whereas the Chanel Tan De Soleil bronzer seemed to last much longer. 
 
I have also found that I've been using either the Bare Minerals blush in The Confession or the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon, to add a different tone to my cheeks. I only used to use either a bronzer or a blush but I have recently tried a combination of the bronzer and one of the blushers which I am much happier with! However, I find that the Bobbi Brown pot rouge looks great on it's own and adds a pretty, radiant glow to the cheeks. It can also be used on the lips too!
 
Another great way to change the look of your cheeks is to change your brush! This Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman brush helps to contour the blush and enhance the cheekbones. I definitely recommend!
 
From left: Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Golden Light / Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks in Fresh Melon / Bare Minerals Blush in The Confession
 
Eyes / Brows
 
For eyeryday eyes I have been using the MAC eyeshadow in Honey Lust and the MAC brow pencil in Lingering (full reviews here). The mascara I am currently loving (but forgot to photograph) is the Rimmel Day 2 Night mascara. Although it has two parts, one for volume and length, I tend to just use the volume brush.
 
If I'm feeling like I want to put that extra little effort into my daily routine , I use the Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner pen which is a brilliant product! I've always found liquid eyeliner and 60s style flicks to be a pain, but this pen is super smooth and very easy to apply both above and below the lash line.
 
Lips
 
Although I love to wear lipstick it can sometimes feel too much for the daytime. This Kiehl's lipgloss is the perfect alternative and nourishes the lips whilst adding a hint of colour and enhancing your overall look.
 
 
I hope you have enjoyed this post on my daily make-up routine!
 
What products do you love and use daily?
 
Sarah
 
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November 18, 2012

Beauty Review: Clarins Limited Edition Mineral Eye Palette

Clarins is one of my all time favourite beauty brands. I've tried many products including the One Step Gentle Cleansing Exfoliator and I always seem to be very pleased with the quality and longevity of each item I buy.
 
My most recent purchase is the Clarins Limited Edition Ombré Minerale eye palette (09 odyssey) which combines smoky and neutral tones with a striking gold foiled eyeshadow that can be applied when wet or dry.

Eye shadow is certainly something that I cannot live without (along with my concealer and mascara) as it masks any tell-tale signs of tiredness and helps to brighten up the eye area whilst reducing any redness.

This limited edition Clarins palette seemed to be the perfect fit in terms of what I was looking for, a set of everyday eye shadows that can also be worn during the evening. With Christmas and New Year on the horizon and many celebrations to attend, I wanted a palette that combined neutral shades with metallic colours that can be used to add extra impact and drama when needed! 
 


As you can see the palette has four beautiful mineral shades inside, two applicators and a handy mirror for on-the-go touch ups! There's even a very swish velvet case and a card which shows you how the colours are best applied.

The eye shadows are particularly long wearing, have a silky-smooth mineral texture and don't tend to smudge or fade over the course of the day!

This really has been an excellent purchase and I have been using it non-stop. I just hope that Clarins continue to make this palette available before I have to go and buy another 3!

The Finished Look (image: www.clarins.co.uk)

Hope you enjoyed my beauty review, please leave a comment below and let me know what Clarins products you have been loving!
 
Sarah
 
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November 08, 2012

Hummingbird Raspberry Trifle Cupcakes

I don't usually blog about anything other than fashion and beauty but when cake is involved it's a different matter! I recently made these raspberry trifle cupcakes from my Hummingbird Bakery book and they were an absolute delight!

Fresh raspberries, vanilla sponge and creamy frosting...need I say more!

Image: Hummingbird

Ingredients:


For the sponge:

  • 80 g oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 280 g10 oz caster sugar
  • 240 g oz plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 0.24 tsp salt
  • 240 ml fl oz whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 large eggs

For the filling and frosting:

  • 500 ml17½ fl oz whole milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 100 g oz caster sugar
  • 30 g1 oz plain flour
  • 30 g1 oz cornflour
  • 200 ml7 fl oz double cream
  • 32 fresh raspberries
  • 100 g oz raspberry jam

Method:

1.  Preheat the oven to 190C / gas mark 5, and line a muffin tin with muffin cases.
 
2. Using a hand-held electric whisk, beat together the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt on a low speed until the ingredients are well mixed and resemble fine breadcrumbs.
 
3. In a jug, whisk together the milk, vanilla essence and eggs by hand, then pour three-quarters of this into the dry ingredients, while mixing on a slow speed. Beat together, scraping down the sides of the bowl, to make sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add the remaining milk mixture and beat again, on a medium speed, until the batter is smooth.
 
4. Divide the batter between the muffin cases, filling each one two-thirds. Any remaining batter can be used to fill up to four more cases in an additional tin. Bake the cupcakes for 18-20 minutes or until the sponges bounce back when lightly pressed. Leave to cool slightly before removing from the tin and placing on a wire rack to cool down fully.
 

Proof that I did actually make them!

 
To make the filling and frosting:
 
5. While the cupcakes are cooking, make the custard for the filling and topping. Place the milk in a saucepan with the vanilla essence and bring to the boil. In a bowl, mix together the egg yolks, sugar, flour and cornflour to make a paste, adding 1tbsp of the hot milk to thin it, if necessary.
 
6.When the milk has boiled, remove the pan from the heat and mix 4-5 tbsp with the egg and flour paste, then pour this back into the pan with the remaining hot milk and return to the heat. Bring back up to the boil, whisking constantly, and continue to boil for a further minute to ensure the flour and cornflour are fully cooked. Pour the custard into a baking tray, cover with cling film and set aside to cool for 30-40 minutes.
 
7.Tip the cooled custard into a large bowl and beat with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps. In a separate bowl whip the double cream into soft peaks, either by hand or using the electric whisk. Fold the whipped cream into the custard and use to fill a piping bag (if using).
 
8.Using a sharp knife, make a hollow in the centre of each cupcake – approximately 2cm in diameter and 3cm deep – retaining the cut-out pieces of sponge. Place a raspberry upside down in the hollow of each cake, then spoon ½ teaspoon of jam on top, followed by the same amount of custard, either piped or spooned into the hollow.
 
9. Replace the cut-out pieces of sponge, trimming to fit and pressing down gently to ensure that the top is level with the rest of the cake, then pipe or spoon the custard topping in a circular motion (like whippy ice cream) on top of each cake. Add a fresh raspberry on top of the swirled custard to finish!
 
Have you tried any of the Hummingbird recipes before?
 
Would love to hear your thoughts!
 
Sarah x
 
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Do the Razzle Dazzle

 
First things first, I love sequins. Anything that glitters in fact. At this time of year I love nothing more than dressing up and adding a touch of glitz to any outfit I possibly can.
 
Whether its contrasting sequin sleeves or a statement necklace I have picked out some real dazzlers for you to take a look at!
 
 
This jacket seems to be getting more and more popular, and in fact this one's pre-order only, but it doesn't stop me from loving it. I really like how this classic camo has been jazzed up with sequin sleeves and I'm 100% sure this little number (from Lavish Alice) has the potential to go from day to night.
I really hope I'm not alone in this but I think I'm addicted to statement necklaces. This beauty from ASOS would look superb tucked under the collar of a buttoned up shirt, or wear with a LBD to add sparkle. And at £40 I'd say this necklace looks far more expensive!
 
 
 
Peplums are here to stay for this season and this very flattering burgundy dress from Topshop is the perfect party dress. Gorgeous colour, peplum style (which means you can eat and drink as much as you like!) and a fitted bodycon style which will enhance your shape.
 
 
I spotted these divine boots in Zara at the weekend and completely feel in love. Managable heel for the daytime, versatile colour and they are covered in subtle black gems. If wearing them in the daytime, keep your clothing simple and let these boots do the talking.
Before you think I'm encouraging you to walk around in just a gold sequin bra..I'm really not! Nobody does embellished bralets like Topshop does and this gold edition to their collection had to get a mention. Although I wouldn't want to wear it on it's own (maybe some would?), I think it would be fun to wear it under a black sheer blouse. But if you're having a down day I'd suggest this is the perfect bra to wear under your woolly jumper!
 
 
Another fabulous pair of footwear from Zara! Give your feet a break this season with a festive pair of glittery slippers, available in both gold and silver. Would look lovely with tights and dresses!
If you are looking for a collar that will layer well over tees and knitwear, this ASOS black collar with electric blue stones will work a treat. Inject some life into some of your old tops and add this collar over for work or play.
 

Daring to brave the cold and go out during the winter can feel like a struggle (especially if you are sat by the fire in your pj's!). So why not invest in this luxe sequin top from Mango which you could wear with skinny jeans, heels and red lipstick for an ultra glam look that will help to keep you warm.
 
Finally...
 
How fabulous are these ultra glittery navy boots by Mui Mui? Covered from tip to toe in navy glitter and with Swarovski crystals on the heels, it's likely that you won't ever want to take them off!
 
Hope you have enjoyed my razzle dazzle post!
 
What dazzling buys have you been investing in?
 
Would love to hear your comments below..
 
Sarah
 
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