Saturday, 16 November 2013

Urban Outfitters Opening In Nottingham

On Thursday evening me and my friend Grace from my course went to the opening of Urban Outfitters in Nottingham, the vibe that evening was so good, they had a few DJ's in, free drinks, a photobooth, a temporary tattoo stand, you could sign some of the tables in store and they even gave people the chance of winning £500 to spend in store, sadly neither me or my friend won that but we did grab some freebies!
The new store has a pretty cool vibe, the store itself is pretty undone but they've decorated the walls with colourful graffiti and illustrations. It definitely has an urban feel to it, the mannequins had some really good outfits put together, they even have game consoles downstairs in the men's section! 
I've posted many photos below so have fun browsing, maybe even go head down to the store and have an actual look around.


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Review: Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara

I never tend to buy mascara's that are over £10 as I've had pricey mascaras as gifts in the past and found them to be nothing special compared to high street brands. However, in Company magazine earlier this year I got a sample of the Benefit BADgal lash mascara, I remember that I loved it but once it ran out I didn't bother buying it mainly because of its price. 
The other day I was browsing over the Benefit stand and saw this little deal where you paid £1 more than the normal price and you got a travel sized one as well as the full size! Not only did I get that sweet deal but the lovely woman working at the counter also gave me a bunch of samples of some of their other products. I don't know if this deal is limited or not but if it is I would go get it now before it's gone!

Below I've posted a photo just to show you how much a difference this mascara makes to your lashes! I only had 2 thin coats on and my lashes are so much fuller and also have good length without any clumps. What else can you ask for from a mascara?

Another thing I love about this mascara is the bristles of the wand, they are so soft, I'm not a fan of the really short plastic bristles you get on some mascara wands. I much prefer the full soft bristles, I find they reduce the amount of clumps, they don't pull on my lashes as much and they have a really nice even distribution of the product onto the lashes. 

Christmas isn't far off so maybe you could ask for a Benefit gift set where they have a miniature of this mascara or you could even ask for this little set I got, I would've if I hadn't bought it myself!
What do you think of Benefit's mascaras? Let me know in the comments.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Casual Bright Summer Jewels

I'm heading off to my boyfriends today but before I leave I thought I'd show you my outfit. It's a pretty simple casual summer outfit, the cutouts on the shoulders are great to keep you cool as it is still quite hot here in the UK to the usual.
I plaited my hair the night before to make my hair wavy and just pinned the top layers back and then for my makeup I kept it quite neutral with black eyeshadow for eyeliner. 

Top - Missguided
Shorts - N/A
Necklace - Primark
Sandals - Oasis at Asos

I hope you liked my outfit and let me know if you would like to see more of these! 
I'm off on holiday next week to Italy so I'm sure I'll have the chance to do lots of nice new OOTD's.
I hope you are all well and enjoying the summer.


Thursday, 16 May 2013

My Hair Over The Years

After several years of dying my hair, I have finally got it very close to all natural and back to a healthy state!
I've done a video talking about the products I have used to help the process which is at the bottom of this post.
So on here I've got pictures of all the different stages my hair has been through.

This is my hair before I had every dyed it, completely natural (apart form it being curled).
May 2010
Here is a picture of the first time I ever dyed my hair, I used a semi-permanent dark brown and then not long after I did the same but with a berry brown coloured dye.

June 2011
After a while the red had slightly stained my hair so I got highlights professionally which really lightened my hair, I did love this and even had it for prom!  

September - December 2011
After having relatively natural hair colours for a while I had wanted to go a bit more adventurous, so I went for a permanent bright red. It was so high maintenance, I had to dye it every few weeks or it would fade to an orangey pinky colour.

December 2011
I then let it fade out before I used ColourB4 to strip the red from my hair which left me with a nasty brassy colour with patches of blonde! I then used a semi-permanent brown similar to my natural colour to hide this. 

February 2012
Not long later I booked an appointment to get my hair permanently dyed to my natural colour, but ended up going a dark brown as my hair took the dye too well!

May 2012
The dip dye trend appeared and I loved it! So what did I do? I went ahead and did it with bleach and to top it off I added turquoise to it. I wish I could have kept this forever, but school didn't approve and it damaged my hair pretty badly.

July 2012 till now
 After so long of dying my hair, I finished off all my dying with a brown similar to my natural colour all over so my roots and ends were the same colour. 
Since then I haven't dyed my hair and it is all almost natural as I've just continued to get it cut every 7ish weeks and been using plenty of hair nourishing products. There is now just the smallest amount of the dark brown left on the ends which will hopefully all cut off by the end of this summer.

If you want to know the products I used to get my hair back into a natural healthy state, and also products I used to disguise the damage until it had gone please check out my youtube video below.


Monday, 8 April 2013

Trend: Pinafores

I remember wearing them to primary school, but they are back!
I've seen a lot of people wearing pinafores with crop tops which I think is such a cute way to wear them, it'll also keep you cool if the weather heats up (if that'll ever happen here in the UK).
Most blouses, T-shirts and long sleeved tops look good with these too, you can really mix and match with plain or patterned because most pinafores are a plain style.

I found some pinafores which are all pretty affordable from the high street, each slightly different.

1. Miss Selfridge £40 Buy Here
2. Missguided £24.99 Buy Here
3. Topshop £36 Buy Here

Tweet me your pictures of you wearing this trend @Alexandraahowe
 I'd love to see how you style this trend!


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Velvet Cut Out Skater Dress

It's almost my 18th birthday (30th January) and I've got a party booked. I don't have a lot of money at the moment and didn't want to wait for my birthday to get a dress and then it not look right on me or something.
I'd heard by many friends that Missguided had really nice dresses at great prices and they were right!
I found this dress, it's right on trend, definitely my kind of style and perfect for my party as it's not too dressy or too casual.
At only £18.99 I couldn't say no!
The great thing about it being velvet is that you don't get visible sweat patches or spillages which may occur at the party. It also has the perfect neckline for my body shape and once I get the tattoo I want, it may be visible from the cut outs.
So here are some photos of me wearing it, it was a bit chilly taking these photos outside in the snow and yes I really am that pale! Photo quality should be much better soon as I'm hoping to get a DSLR.

What I am wearing -
Necklace - Urban Outfitters
Jeffrey Campbell Lita's Black Suede - Office

Feel free to let me know what you think and I love you Missguided, going to be making many more purchases from you.

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