PRODUCTS I REGRET BUYING #1


As much as I love blogging to gain people's perspectives on which are the best products on the market, I also think it's important to acknowledge those slightly disappointing items as well. After all I'd rather read an honest but negative review of a product than a completely false and complementary one. So I started thinking, I have a fair sized collection of products I bought on a whim and ended up really not liking, so I thought if I were to share my less than satisfactory experience with you, I could save you from making the same mistakes - and thus the "Products I Regret Buying" series was born!
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AUTUMN EYES


Each year autumn comes around and presents us with not only a change in the colour of the leaves, but a change in trends too. This year is no exception. Whilst some make up trends such as wine stained lips and bold cat eyes have been appearing all over the catwalks each fall for years now, other trends are slightly more topical.

It would seem that this year's topical trend is red and orange eyeshadow. You might think bright eyeshadow would be slightly less wearable than bold brows but you couldn't be more wrong! So here's one way that I wear warm shadows...
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KATE MOSS LASTING FINISH LIPSTICK - 16


You know those weeks where the universe and his brother have it in for you and all you can do is sit and stew in your own misery. Yeah, it’s been one of those weeks. So in a final attempt to cheer myself up I trudged through the wind and rain one lunch to the nearest pharmacy and bought myself a Lasting Finish By Kate Moss lipstick - in shade 16 if we're being precise. 
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WHAT'S IN MY SCHOOL BAG


I always find it really interesting to see what it is that other bloggers haul around with them all day in a little sack, because as silly as that sounds, that's essentially what a bag is right? So I thought I'd throw in my addition to the world of "what's in my bag" tags; school bag edition. 
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HUSH THOSE BABY LIPS


The maybelline baby lips have been a huge hit in the US for what feels like an age now, but it's only recently that the brand have decided to launch them in the UK. Now when these bad boys were launched in America I did not want to have to wait to get my hands on them so naturally I did what any blogger would do and found them on Ebay. God don't you love world wide shipping?
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AUGUST WISHLIST 2013


Anyone who knows me well knows it takes me an age to dress myself in the morning. I love fashion, but it does not come easily to me at all and shopping is an absolute nightmare. I can never find anything I like so I end up wearing the same four or five outfits on repeat for weeks, so I was pretty impressed with myself when I was able to put together a complete wish list for August that is not only incredibly easily interchangeable, but it's freakin' cute! 
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MINI SLEEK HAUL


For the past two years or so I've heard all the makeup gurus on both blogger and youtube bang on about how great the sleek products are and for such a low cost too! Naturally this made me inquisitive... Unfortunately living where I do in the midlands I can't find anywhere that actually sells Sleek, which is bloody annoying and you think you would be able to buy it in birmingham..(THE SECOND CITY)  but nope, you'd be wrong.
So when I stumbled across a small superdrug in old fashioned Aberystwyth you can imagine my delight (and slight frustration, seriously Birmingham get your act together!) when I spied a whole counted dedicated to this illusive brand.
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Gatsby? What Gatsby?


By now I'm sure you will have seen or at least heard about Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, controversial as the film may be, it has got everybody talking and yearning for a modern day touch-of-the-twenties. The release of the film has lead to a surge in 20's inspired fashion filling the high street and some pieces even finding their way down the red carpet. Gatsby fever is in full swing so naturally, I had to see the illustrious film for myself. 

Now, I have no intention for this post to become a review (even though that looks where I'm headed...) but I shall say that I really did enjoy the film. The clothes were glamorous, the parties outrageous and story line despicable. The only problem I had with Gatsby was the crazy camera angles that seemed to change every few seconds, however this did calm down a bit as the film went on. After leaving the cinema I was left with a nostalgic rush for an era I never lived to see. So the next morning I decided to become Daisy Buchanan for the day, and this is what happened...
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MINI HAUL






















I've put off writing this blog post for a long time, firstly because fashion is not my forte, it just really isn't. When it comes to style I know what I like, but I just can't seem to put the styles I like and the clothes I buy together to make myself look presentable... No, makeup and beauty is definitely where my strengths lie. Even so, my friend maisy (who also has a blog which you can find here) and I decided to take a much needed retail therapy trip to Birmingham. T'was a lovely day out and well.. here's what I ended up with. Oh and I should probably mention that I went out with the intention of buying trousers/skirts only...

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MY COLLECTION • BODY BUTTER


We're all guilty of it; hoarding more products than we can possibly use at once. For some people, lipstick is their weakness, for others it's the latest urban decay palette (come on, don't deny it!) Although I myself am privy to the softest skin I can manage. So here are just some of my ever growing body butter collection and my current thoughts on them..

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MAKE UP STORAGE


Today I have my make up storage system to share with you. Personally I'd like my make up to be more organised, but as you'll soon see I'm a bit of a neat freak. So this is the chest of draws where I keep all of my  make up products.The only draw not being utilised for face purposes being the draw on the top left which holds all my nail varnishes. Oh and the cupboard in the middle is where I store my perfume (guarded by my little friend bongo there).
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NUDISH NAILS

(left to right; 1. Nails Inc lennox gardens. 2. Topshop moonshine. 3. Barry M lychee. 4 Topshop big smoke. 5 Nails Inc fulham road)

As I'm sure you're very aware nude nails are what's hot this spring/summer. Although the idea of the trend is to paint your nails as close to  your own flesh colour as possible, I just don't feel that pale nails suit me (being so pale myself). Instead I prefer to paint my nails a slightly darker shade of brown often adding a metallic colour as an accent nail. So, here are my favourite "nude nail" colours for this season.


Excuse the poorly executed paint job here...although big smoke by Topshop shows up darker here than it really is, it's still my favourite shade. Paired with moonshine as an accent nail  it's easy to create a really subtle and classy look that not only goes with every outfit but is also right on trend for the season. A word of warning though, although lychee by Barry M is a beautiful colour, I don't feel that it wears for very long. Within hours of painting my nails I find myself having to repaint where certain nails have chipped. 

I love the Topshop nail polishes because not only is there a massive colour choice, but I find that they just don't chip! Have you got any favourite nude nail polishes for this season?


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EMPTIES #1


Finally I've accumulated enough empty products to justify my first empties post! I've really been looking forward to getting this post up because as I've finished all of these products, I'm able to give you my honest opinion on how I felt they worked. So without further adieu, here we go!  
  
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REN REVIEW


I've haven't really spoken about my skin here on my blog yet, but after using these products I thought it was about time I did. My skin is an absolute concoction; my nose is hopelessly dry, whilst my forehead is very oily and blemish prone. So as you can imagine It's difficult for me to find a balance in my skincare routine. Fortunately being the obsessive youtube-guru-watcher that I am I heard the name "REN" being thrown around. After doing a little investigating of my own I was pleasantly surprised to see that REN make skincare to cater to ALL skin types. Normal, dry, blemish prone, sensitive, combination, ageing  - you name it there's most likely a product to suit you!

Although I believe skincare is very important, I don't want to splash out on a full sized set if I've never used the product before. I mean what if I were to spend £22 each on a cleanser, toner, mask, moisturiser etc.  only for it turn out that I have a reaction to the products, or they make no difference to my skin? So - and here's a top tip - I decided to buy a travel kit for blemish prone skin, which I believe was around £15.



The description on the back of the box reads- " formulates to leave problem skin looking clear, calm and even toned. REN's ClearCalm 3 system combats the 3 key causes of breakouts and blemishes: excess sebum, build up of dead skin cells, blemish causing bacteria without harshness."

ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser - "A purifying antibacterial cleanser formulated to combat the appearance of breakouts and blemishes leaving skin visibly clearer and calmer." This cleanser has a similar consistency to the Liz Earl cleanse and polish, but maybe not quite as thick. Out of all the products, I'd say that using this on a regular basis is what's had the most improvement on my skin. After only two or three uses  the impact on my skin was incredible. The amount of spots on my skin had visibly declined and my skin was feeling soft and looking radiant. 

ClearCalm 3 Clarity Restoring mask - Like the cleanser, this mask also promises to "visibly reduce imperfections"  and it really does. What I like about both products is that they are really soothing for the skin. I reckon that although REN make a skincare range for sensitive skin, if you have blemish prone and sensitive skin, you could probably get away with using this kit! The mask left me feeling fresh faced and all together more confident in my appearance.

Total Clarity Day Fluid - "A light oil-free day fluid formulated to combat the appearance of blemishes, visibly control oil and leave skin looking clearer, healthier, even toned and mattified." I really enjoyed using the day fluid because of it's mattifying qualities. The fluid did exactly as it said and controlled my skins' oil production throughout the day.  

The Replenishing Night Serum - So lastly is the replenishing night serum and in all honesty, I don't have much to say about this particular product. It moisturised most of my skin well enough, but as I mentioned earlier I have a hopelessly dry nose and I don't feel as though this moisturiser did much to combat that. This is probably the only product that I would not repurchase in full size simply because I think I need a stronger moisturiser at night. 

So what can I say, the kit does exactly what it says on the box... literally! And for the price, it was an absolute steal. I'm absolutely hooked on REN now and will certainly be repurchasing these products (full sized this time of course!) If you're looking for some new skincare, or feel like the products you're using aren't really having any effect on your skin that I strongly recommend that you try a REN product for your skin type.

Have you ever tried  REN? What are your thoughts?


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DRUG STORE HAUL

Have you ever had one of those weeks when you feel really crappy for no reason, so you sit around the house feeling sorry for yourself and eating copious amounts of chocolate? Yup, I've been having one of those weeks, so yesterday I decided a little retail therapy couldn't hurt. As it's my birthday later this week I talked myself into buying everything by repeating "come on, you deserve a treat" over and over in my head, sadly it worked and I splurged. So here's what I bought;  

Revlon lip butter in strawberry shortcake, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed power in transparent, Barry M Gelly high shine nail paint in pomegranate and lychee, Maybeline master drama khol liner in black

Rimmel matte finish pro, primark nail wraps, Rimmel apocalips, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Bath creamer by the bomb cosmetics, MUA all in one BB cream, smudge eye liner brush by eco tools



As you can see I went a little crazy.. I've never tried a MUA product before though, even though I've heard so many amazing things about their eye shadows, so I'm really looking forward to trying out their BB cream. I'm also quite intrigued by the Barry M Gelly nail polishes  In the past I've never really got on with Barry M nail products, I haven't found them to be long wearing at all, although they do have one of the best colour selections in my opinion. 

So in the next few weeks you can expect to see reviews galore, and maybe a couple of fotd's and a few tutorials. I've also nearly accumulated enough empty bottles and whatnot to do an empties post for you all. There's also quite an interesting story behind the "Princess Bride"  book - which I didn't buy, It was gifted to me through the post. It was a lovely surprise to wake up to! 

So my dear's, what have you bought recently? And what are your favourite kinds of post to read? 



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HOW I STYLE - THE LBD

Today I woke up with the blogging bug again. It's the first day of half term so I decided there was no better day to do a "how I style" post. I was a little apprehensive to say the least about doing one of these posts. Fashion is a personal thing and what I deem to be stylish, others might think is a horrible fashion atrocity. Not only that, but those who know me in real life will no I find nothing more frightening than standing in front of the camera, so please do excuse my face! 

In all of the outfits featured bellow I'm wearing my black Chelsea boots, black skater dress and a bowler hat stealthily borrowed from a friend (hi hetty!) I thought if I kept three pieces the same in each outfit, I'd be able to show you how easy it it to create different looks by adding just a few items.
                 
Outfit number 1 is something I'd wear if I was going out for a meal or a formal occasion. My faux fur coat has served me well throughout the winter months and I can't bring myself to put it to the back of my wardrobe just yet. I think It adds a certain element of class to any outfit not to mention a lot of warmth. Paired with a bowler hat to add a little character and you're good to go.

The second outfit is definitely more casual. This is a good example what I would normally wear to sixth form. We all have those big baggy jumpers we buy on the run up to Christmas  but quickly tire of after pairing them with every pair of coloured jeans we own right? Well bring those jumpers through to spring by throwing them over a dress! Here I've added a chunky bow necklace to add a little more detail. If you're still feeling a bit chilly I recommend wearing a heavy duty parka as well. (buy jumper here)

This last outfit is actually very similar to something I wore to court a couple of months ago. There must be at least 10 different ways you can wear a scarf, so why not experiment? drape it over your shoulders like a shawl, tie it round your neck in as many different ways possible, hey why not tie it round your waist?! Adding a floral scarf like this adds a feminine twist to any outfit. With the addition of a leather, biker jacket you begin to counteract that femininity. Match a belt to the scarf and add another pop of colour to your outfit.  (buy the jacket here)

So there you go, there's my first how I style post! As it's the first of it's kind you'll have to bare with me as I get used to this kind of post. If you liked it and would like to see more posts like it in the future let me know in the comments. How would you style a black dress? What blog posts would you like to see in the future?


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Urban Outfitters Give Away


Have you heard? YOU could be in with a chance of winning £250 to spend at Urban Outfitters! Sounds to fantastic to be true doesn't it? Well it's not, if you're interested in entering it's not that hard, all you need is a blog. To find out more information on how you can enter click here

I'm a huge fan of Urban Outfitters, I would have a field day with £250. When it came to clothes I just wouldn't know where to start, I prefer in store shopping rather than having an online mooch because I like to try things on and see how they fall on my body and my figure. Being such a short arse it's hard to find clothes that actually fit me properly! I know, that sounds ultimately dorky. I absolutely adore the UO home wares section though, I found this bed spread online and fell in love with it immediately. I think it would brighten up any room. In all honesty though, if I won, I can promise you this; there will be one hell of a hall

What would you spend the money on if you won? Let me know!


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Monthly Favourites • January 2013


Left to right: Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in "crush", acnigon perfect skin solution, 17 eye shadow trio in "in the nude",  L'Oreal Elvive extraordinary oil, Laura Geller Ballance'n'Brighten foundation, Simple intensive lip moisturiser and finally my flat topped kabuki brush from eco tools.  


Hasn't January flown by so fast? It came and went almost as quickly as the snow seemed too. But after January comes February which is a very exciting prospect for me as February is going to be an incredibly busy month, I doubt I'll get a moments rest. Anyway before I bable on; here are what have been my go-to products for January..

Firstly I'll talk about the simple intensive lip moisturiser. WOW. Just wow. I forgot I had this little guy and I found him hiding at the back of one of my draws just after Christmas, as a lip balm hoarder it takes some seriously moisturising products to capture my attention, but this guy certainly has. My lips have never felt so soft and I've had no problems with chapping due to the cold weather, I would highly recommend this product to anyone, much better than any other chapstick I've tried. 



So in January I achieved luscious lips and with the help of acnigon perfect skin solution, I also achieved much clearer skin. This product is both oil and cream free which means it doesn't clog your pores. You simply apply the solution to your problem areas twice a day and voilà, watch those pimples disappear! Whilst this product is aimed at people with acne or very problematic skin, you do not need a prescription to access a bottle.



The last maintainance product I have to talk about is the L'Oreal Elvive extraordinary oil. When my hair is still damp after washing it, I comb it through with this oil in the place of detangler. This oil really does make my hair noticeably shinier and a lot less frizzy. I think I'd even go so far as to say I prefer this product to morocon oil as it doesn't cry the ends of my hair. Suitable for all hair types, if you're looking for a good oil to maintain the health of your hair, then look no further. 



  In the nude trio from 17

I think I've worn a combination of these colours every day for the past month (if you couldn't tell I'm a big fan of neutral eyes). This is actually the second time I've bought this trio as I ran out of my old one a couple of months ago. The lightest champaign colour is my all time favourite eye shadow, sadly not quite as pigmented as I'd dream, but hey at £5.49 I'm not complaining! However if anyone knows of a good more pigmented dupe then please do let me know in the comments below! 



My Bright'n'Ballance powder foundation has been more of a 2012 staple than a monthly favourite. Unrivalled by any other powder I've tried. You see, I have an incredibly pale complexion (so pale that mac don't even carry a foundation shade light enough for me in the winter!) so it's very hard for me to find a powder that doesn't make me look orange, yet still holds some coverage. I love this powder so much because it has green and yellow tones to counter balance any discolouration in the skin, by far a must have setting powder especially for anyone with paler skin. I use this powder to set my YSL foundation, even though it could be used by itself for a lighter coverage, and I do so with my eco tools brush. It would seem that I'm beginning to  develop a deep love for this brush. I believe it was quite in expensive as well . that does make me think though: If i love this brush and it was relatively cheep, how quickly would I fall in love with a mac brush?!



My last make up favourite for the month of January was my Just Bitten kissable balmstain in the shade Crush. If you read my last post you'll know I was really into vampy lips this winter, and January was no exception. I found that the balm was very moisturising and had an incredible staying power. I applied the product at the beginning of the day and found I only needed a top up after 7 or 8 hours. As we move out of winter and towards summer this product will probably be taking a back seat, however I will most defiantly be purchasing a more summery colour from the range.




Bloggers, may I introduce you to my trusty Chelsea boots. These bad boys have seen me through the cold winter mornings and are the boots I find myself continually reaching for, I felt almost compelled to give them a cheeky mention this month as they have served me so well. I do believe they were purchased from Topshop for around £70 but as they were a present I feel bad about having a snoop for the exact price. 



So, there you have it, there are all my January Favourites, the products I've found my self constantly reaching for over the past month. What have your favourites been over the last month? and what are you looking forward to in February? Let me know in the comments below. Also let me know what posts you'd like to see over the next month.. How I style? OOTD's? Daily makeup routine? Any special Valentine's requests? Leave me a suggestion bellow and you may just get a mention in my next post. Until then my friends



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January 2013 • Winter Lipsticks

As winter nears it's weary end and the promise of spring starts to creep into the back of our minds, It's almost time for me to ditch the darker lippies and reach for the pretty pinks. But before I could even think about about breaking out all the summery colours, I thought it only fair to mention the faithful cooler shades that have seen me through the winter. So without further ado let me introduce you to my top 3 winter lipsticks of 2012/13.

From left to right - Hazard by Topshop, Rio Rio by Topshop, Nice Knickers by Benefit.

On the far left we have Hazard by Topshop, now it has to be said for both of the Topshop lipsticks that they do have an incredible staying power. I can pop a bit on before leaving for school in the morning, and it'll still look freshly applied at lunch. In real life Hazard is a deep berry red, perfect for those who might want to try a matte darker lip but don't want to fully commit to the trend. I don't think the photo's below really do Hazard any justice, in real life it is darker.

Next up we have Rio Rio by Topshop. Honestly, I'm just an absolute sucker for a red lip. I think a classic red lip can really just be the cherry on top of the cake when it comes to completing an outfit. Rio Rio is very true to the bullet as it really is a shockingly bright red. Like Hazard it is very durable, however the only problems I have with Topshop's lipstick formulations is that they can drag a little when applying to the lip and  I personally find that they can be quite drying. However this problem is easily solved by applying a clear lip balm before applying your lippy and after if you feel your lips are lacking some much needed moisture.

Lastly but certainly not least is raspberry cream silk-finish  lipstick by benefit in the shade Nice Knickers (I know, it's such a great name!) This is by far the most moisturising of the lipsticks however it is also the most sheer. As the name state's it does have a very silky and glossy finish so as you would expect, it doesn't achieve quite the same staying power as the Topshop's shades do. In my opinion this shade is the most wearable and would compliment most skin tones due to it's more natural colour and build-ability.



                  

So what were your go-to lipsticks during the winter months? Leave a comment bellow and let me know! Until next time!

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Lush Review

My mom has always taught me "you get what you pay for" when it comes to..  well anything really, but even more so when it comes to skincare. So when I first caught onto the Lush hype I couldn't understand it. How could products that were so cheap be so good? After toying with the idea of actually buying some products for myself and trying them out for about 5 or 6 months, a bad break out finally convinced me that now was as good a time as any. 






After a few weeks use, I find I'm asking myself, why did I wait this long?! Following a wonderful conversation with a lovely Lush employee I bought a 100g pot of the Hearblism cleanser and a 100g pot of the Mask of Magnaminty.

If my mom is right and you really do get what you pay for, then I'm surprised at how cheap these products are! At £6.25 you're buying a seriously good cleanser made out of 100% natural products so there's no added chemicals being rubbed into your skin. Another thing that really strikes me about this cleanser is that fact that it's solid. To get it to lather you have to pinch a bit off and rub water into it, how quirky! 


I'm also a fan of the mask as well although I haven't been using it as regularly. It has a really pleasant pepperminty smell and you can really feel it tingling on the more problem areas of your face (in my case around my nose!) After using both products I've seen a huge difference in my skin, it's much more radiant, and incredibly soft. I'd recommend these products to anyone with spot/acne prone skin.



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Fashion Wishlist • January 2013

So here we go again, the start of another year, seems scary doesn't it? So I figured there was no better way to start the year off by telling you all what I'm lusting after at the beginning of this year..January Wishlist
1. All Saints: Daisy Floral Shirt (buy here)
There's nothing better than a pretty blouse if you ask me, so easily styled throughout the year this blouse could surely be a staple piece in any girls wardrobe, however at a hefty £42 (and yes that is half price in the sale) it is a little on the pricey side. Worth it? I think so. 



2. Topshop: Mint Baby Cord Skater Skirt (buy here)
You may be noticing a slight reoccurring pastel theme, I've never really been one for pastels before now, but I really can't be doing with these dull January months and this mint skater skirt seemed like 
a breath of fresh air. I may as well start on the spring wardrobe now. 

3. Topshop: Keepin' It sweet (buy here)
Topshop nail varnishes are my favourite. They don't chip, they're incredibly pigmented and there's an incredible variety of colours for a good price! Surprisingly I don't own a pastel pink so I thought an addition to the collection was needed! 

4. Topshop: Knitted Texture Stitch Jumper (buy here)
I live in big baggy jumpers... literally  I have 5 or 6 I seem to wear on a kind of cycle. What better way to stay comfortable and warm yet still look stylish. This blue also seems a bit more bright and cheery than the dull greens and burgundies that have been the focus during winter. 



5.Topshop: Metal Chevron Keeper Belt (buy here)
Okay so it seems I may be a little Topshop obsessed....any who, this belt just seemed like a cute way of tying any outfit together, and I will defiantly be purchasing it asap. 



6. Miss Selfridge: Peace Necklace (buy here) 
I don't have many jewellery pieces and as we head out of the winter months and shed the fur coats and thick jumpers, it seems many of us also ditch the statement necklaces and opt for more dainty options. 

7. Topshop: Double Zib Suedette Bag (buy here)
A girl can never have too many bags right? Trying to choose just one from Topshop's all mighty collection is always a daunting task, but at this particular moment in time, it's this 'fella that's caught my eye. I think he'd be a great transitional piece for the winter to spring (wing/spinter?!?) months! 


8. Miss Selfridge: Sally Nude Town Shoe (buy here)
...Okay so I don't actually need any more shoes but these were just so gorgeous I couldn't resist. Surely my bank balance could spare £46 for these? You never know when you're going to have to dress up for a special occasion!

So that's it for my mammoth January wishlist. What's tickling your fancy this month? Leave me a comment and let me know! 




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