A few weeks ago I bought this fabulous necklace from Topshop and I cannot stop wearing it:
Gold mesh necklace (retails for £16)
I think the mesh design is gorgeous and it hangs really well as it's pretty heavy. I tend to choose silver jewellery but I like how the gold is quite a dull shade so it finishes off an evening outfit without being too in your face.
This would make the perfect stocking filler if I didn't want to keep it myself, but maybe you are better people than I am.
Mascara is an essential item in any woman's make up bag but often it is hard to know which one to choose, especially when the most expensive one isn't always the best. Different mascaras complement different people, depending on whether they look for a mascara to add volume, length or both. My friend, for example, finds that the mascara I have chosen as my favourite absolutely useless, so you might want to compare what you look for in a mascara with my criteria. I naturally have quite long eyelashes but they need a bit of enhancing for them to reach their full potential, and therefore I tend to opt for volume-boosting mascaras. The three mascaras I'm going to rate today are all available on the high street and will be rated for value for money as well as results.
Mascara 1: MAYBELLINE The Colossal Volum' Express Waterproof in black (Retails at around £4.99)
For the price, this mascara ticks all the right boxes in terms of volume, giving my lashes lift and body. However, despite its claims, it definitely is NOT waterproof - I bought this in preparation for a holiday by the beach and was left with panda eyes which were hard to remove.
Value for money: 4/5
Mascara 2: BENEFIT BADGal lash in black (Retails at £16.50)
This is possibly the most mediocre mascara I have ever bought and the most expensive. Being a lowly student, when I buy any make up over £15 I expect it to be worth skipping a couple of meals for, so this mascara was a great disappointment. It added a fair amount of volume to my lashes but was nothing special and had begun to dry up within a few weeks.
Value for money: 1/5
Mascara 3:L'ORÉAL PARIS Volume Million Lashes in black (Retails at around £11.30)
This is my personal favourite - the brush is really well-designed for a smooth application that separates each lash and gives minimal clumps. It adds length and volume in just a few strokes and is easy to remove before bedtime, perfect if you're lazy like myself and do not find enjoyment in applying several different cleansers to your eye area at 1 in the morning.
Value for money: 5/5
My eyelashes after using L'Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes
My mother used to drag me round M&S as a child and I used to absolutely hate it. She would spend hours going round all the different collections until our feet hurt and I had lost the will to live. However, now I have to admit that I am heading the same way - just another chip off the ol' block.
Of course I recognise that, as a 21 year old student, some of the collections are not really aimed at my age group and should be avoided like the plague unless I want to look like a frumpy 50-something (no offence to anyone in that age group, I know plenty of 50-somethings who are beautiful and still chic, and there are plenty of people in my own age group who could do with a kick up the wardrobe backside). When all is said and done though, the Limited Collection and Autograph do bring out some very fashionable pieces at prices that rival other high street stores.
These are two pieces I bought the other week that I absolutely love:
Autograph Leather Elasticated Panel Chelsea Boots in Brown (£59)
I am a complete sucker for boots and these Chelsea boots are easily the comfiest shoes I've had in a while. The leather is so soft and they fit perfectly - the fact that M&S do half sizes is a huge selling point for me as I am between sizes.
Limited Collection Sweater Top (£29.50)
I absolutely adore this colour - it's so warm and autumnal. The material is extremely soft and light, but the sweater is still lovely and cosy. It fits loosely around the shoulders so I advise you wear a plain black vest top underneath as it does tend to slip down.