Not another bloody Clinique post!

Clinique have recently been on a PR mission for their Three Step Routine, which i think is fantastic because i personally love this range. I have used this well over a year and half now, and i can say it has played a part to my skin becoming more clearer and cleaner.

I bang on about this range all the time, i can understand that shelling out for three high-end products is pretty expensive, but Clinique are offering a limited amount of people to try a sample kit.
Simply go to this link, scroll down and sign up: http://www.3thingsbefore30.com/special-offers

There are only a selected amount being given away, but it's worth a try! If not you could always purchase a try me kit for £10. I wish other brands would offer sample sizes, i would most definitely be more open to trying newer brands, especially if they were high-end. I don't mind buying a slightly more expensive product, if i know that it actually works.

Let me know if your successful and i hope this helps, currently myself, my mother and brother have all signed up for one.. ;)

The Lust List - 28th June 2010


I haven't compiled a Lust List for quite a while, simply because i haven't lusted over anything, oh how depressing of me! Autumn/Winter is far more exciting i think, or maybe i'm just bitter that i didn't have the excuse of a holiday this year to bulk buy those floral, frilly, coral, chiffon, floaty summer clothes, boo!

But never the less, there a quite a few in-between season pieces floating about in Topshop, hence why the list is basically compiled of Topshop..



This khaki green sequin top looks absolutely fabulous in real life, but online it just looks crap. It would look super fierce with a tan (i feel like i always say this?) and some black skinnies, neither of which i am or own. So although i'm lusting from afar, this can stay looking pretty instore, and with that price tag, my purse can sigh a breath of relief.

Back to basics, with all the printed and tailored skirts and shorts i own, i need some thing to balance it out. And nothing beats the feeling of a brand new, fresh white teeshirt. With the rolled up sleeves and cute pocket are simple yet good added details.

I adore this skirt. Is it because it sparkles? It is because it looks worn out? I don't know, i just want it.
I'd buy it for £45, even with student discount, thats a pricey skirt. Although a similar skirt is selling All Saints for £130, mmh.


I'm buying these without a doubt, i just love the powdery, dusky pink and they are tailored. Effortless.

I think this is one of those dresses that looks naff on the hanger, so you bypass it. Then two weeks later, you see some one actually wearing it, and you kick yourself because it actually looks amazing on. This dress is that dress. Yet - i will not be trying it on, just because i know i will buy it. hah.


I know people find Topshop rather pricey, i suppose i look slightly past that because i have student discount (my love for NUS will never die) but just looking at these items, i really think they have notched up the prices. Even still, i think i will still go on to purchase, would you?

what you need, you know i got it.


Thought of the day:

Wearing Glasses.

Last week as per usual i pick up my copy of Look magazine to read on my lunch break, casually flicking through there was a double page spread written by the editor Ali Hall on the subject of laser eye surgery. It was an interesting read about her before/after transformation with laser eye surgery, after reading on i came across the phrase which went along the lines of '..and who wants to spoil their bikini look wearing specs? It's not very Kelly Brook.' This article caused quite a stir on my Twitter feed and i think that phrase is a tad bizzarre. Normally, i couldn't give a toss about some one's opinion on body-weight/ skin/ hair styles, but i think this was pretty careless throw-away comment without any intention to offend, but it got me thinking.

I'm blind as a bat, yet i never wear my glasses. Not because i don't like them, i just haven't got used to them or needed to rely on them fully yet, but on the other hand i still wouldn't want to wear them constantly. Like Ali Hall, i am interested in laser eye surgery. My mum had the underwent the process and hasn't looked back (baha bad pun), practically transforming her life. I personally think that it's amazing, sure i think it's a bit creepy and gross, but for 10 minutes of weirdness - it is worth the perfect vision. As soon as my eye sight levels to a certain point, i will definitely seek this treatment out, regardless of the cost.




But for the mean time, i should definitely embrace wearing my glasses more, even if i look like an eight-eyed freak watched 3D films, i personally couldn't give a toss about swaning about on a beach like Kelly Brook!

What are your thoughts on glasses or Laser eye surgery? worth the hype or far too weird?

Ellie
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I'm a dancing machine



Over the last month i have purchased some new bits and pieces - mainly beauty. Partly because i'm over buying summer clothes - roll on A/W.


romper at Joy (£24.50)

this is so ditzy and cute.
perfect for summer days, in the city.



printed wrap chiffon skirt - Topshop (at a pricey £35.00)

i adore the print, you can see it more vividly the promo pic.
as i soon as i saw this in the flagship branch, i whipped it up and i'm so glad i did.
this can be worn up, down, day, night.

ballet pumps - New Look (£8.00)

these are the softest ballet pumps, like the Topshop ones i live in.
..but literally half the price.
i may go back for moar.

City Block Sheer - Clinique: this is a repurchase, this is the best primer around.

Tinted Moisturiser - Nivea: this is my new summer product, its lightweight and gives me a very minimal matte finish - need a tanned body though ;)

Clinique Radiance samples - i was given these after purchasing my City Block and a cleanser (not shown), these are so good but not for that price tag, ouch.

Sanctuary Night Cream - after my ban on buying beauty products, as you can see i went slightly over board. i'm not even sure why i bought this, but when in Rome (Boots).




When i was at Loaded, various women's magazines had a sale of their unused products, with everything selling for a £1! I was there like a shot, naturally. And, of course so were another hundred women frantically raiding tables. I managed to score this Laura Mercier lipstick in Nude (worth £18.00) and these Redken hair products: heat protector, straightening balm, voluming mouse and spray - ALL for £5! crazy.

I also purchased this Barry M lipstick in coral - its such a beautiful shade.

Nail varnish in Peach by American Apparel - (£6.00)

this shade is so refreshing and instantly puts a smile on my face.
i wasn't to sure how these would apply, but they have such a strong colour after one application, my friend also bought other shades so i'll see how they go, but i'll definitely buying some more of these!

Key Necklace - GoGo Phillips (at Topshop £9.00)

I saw Holly's blog and was instantly drawn to this jewelery range after she posted her buys, i had to refrain from buying more, but i totally adore this necklace. If you want to know more about this range, see the lovely Holly's blog at Yummy Mummy Beauty Blog.

Have you tried any of these products?

Work Experience at Loaded


This year is the year of interning, to date this is my (count's fingers) 4th work experience and it was by far the best. In September i'm progressing into my third final year of university, which is actually pretty scary yet very exciting, so this summer, after what seems like fifty thousand (no actual exaggeration) phone calls/ emails / letters later; i arrived at Loaded.

(here comes all the fancy magazine jargon)

Your first impressions of Loaded magazine maybe some what horrified, scantily clad girls and fast cars? No thanks. Think again, Loaded magazine was the cornerstone of the men's magazine, it featured the ever hip 90's lad - think blur and Brit pop. When the first issue of Loaded was published, by the brainchild genius James Brown, it didn't include many naked ladies, it catered for music, entertainment and a basically a downright good laugh. Roll on from 1994, the Loaded lad has moved on, bar the additional pages of (nearly) naked women, there are also pages dedicated to style, in-depth features and relationships. Not just straight up sex, but relationships and women. The Loaded lad aims for a stable relationship and wants to please his girlfriend, sure they will have a good nose at a half dressed 22 year old from Portsmouth, but the Loaded lad treats women with respect. In the office next to the large plastic penis and a rather dirty pirate flag, there hangs the Loaded Mission statement with final point being: We at Loaded respect women, and this is demonstrated throughout the whole editorial content.
I had no idea what to expect.

The Highlights of the Week

I turned up at the IPC towers on Monday morning feeling pretty nervous, i had already interned in the same building whilst at Hair so i knew my way around the large glass tower. And luckily, my friend Abby was interning at TV Times for the week too - just incase we needed emotional support in the ladies loos. After receiving my pass, i aimless wondered around NME, Nuts, Uncut offices (cringe) until i finally got there. The office is jumbled desks with atleast ten full time employees, ranging from the art desk, editorial and picture desk. My first impressions was how friendly the whole team were (all men may i add) they were all so down to earth and friendly. I was seated at my desk, which housed a half drunk bottle of cider and a book that had a knife comming out - i didn't ask.

Each morning there was a team meeting, which resulted in one guy ringing a bell, you know the ear-deafening church bells that they have for the playground in primary schools.. They would discuss what pages needed to be working on, what leads needed chasing up and various deadlines. After a couple of rude jokes later i was set to task by researching various features and jokes. I don't particularly want to go into detail about what content will be covered in the magazine, as this issue they were working on was the September issue, and who knows a sneaky journalist from FHM may read my post.. unlikely but still. Yet a regular feature was a jokes page, where i trawled the internet finding the most weirdest and funny jokes! Apparently i have quite a knack of finding rude jokes..

Another key job of mine throughout the week was researching various topics, whether that be facts and background for a feature, or random facts, trivia and background information needed for on celebrity interviews or even just searching for suitable feature stories. One story was based on a model from Bolivia who has recently become a politician, what a transformation aye! I was asked to research her, but trawling the net only provided me with the same old stuff. I asked the News editor what to do: 'have you tried calling her?'..'well, she lives in Bolivia'..'yes, so?' So after a major breakdown in panic and a very friendly chat with editor he gave me lots of tips on sussing out information and research - something i havent been able to put into practice at uni. Luckily, the research i already had was enough, so i was left to draft the copy needed (eee! - i'm excited to see where if it gets printed).

The Publisher (whose role is to deal with the business side of the magazine) asked me to create an advertising pitch for the magazine, which is odd because a) thats big responsibility to give to an intern whose been there three days which could potentially cost you an advertising contract (£££) and b) that's his job. So after the Editor, found out he promptly gave me a new task to work on a new feature. This will be along the lines of 'What women want, that men have,' and i was asked to come up with various ideas, this was so fun and it was even funnier to read the lad's list of what they want that women have - i can't wait to post it!

Overall my time at Loaded was the best experience i've had to date, even if it was only a week - to cut along story short:

- Two editors had long chats with me about where i want to go in life, what i should do after uni annd they both offered to be interviewed for my dissertation (RESULT).

- All the guys were so friendly and down to earth, i really felt like i fitted in and they were so approachable.

- I got to actually contribute to the magazine, where as i've only worked behind the scenes for other mags, i truly felt i was actively doing something - actually learning and improving my skills.

- And the best thing? They invited me back! And this time, they want to set up an interview, where i (yes me!) would get to interview some one - and i don't care if it's Lucy from Dorset and her double DD's!

Tomorrow, i will be delivering this little present - and some more chocolate goodness to the Loaded lads to say thank you for having me! Unfortunately i didn't know how to Fed Ex beer?


Thanks for reading, i hope you enjoyed this post and it wasn't too long, maybe i should do a post on a guide to Interning? I do have some more stories, but i'll save that for another post.

And a final point, i basically need to get a job at IPC when i finish uni basically because the canteen is like a restaurant and the women's magazines have monthly sales where they sell off beauty and hair bits for a £1! If thats not good enough reasons to work there, then i don't know! (I'll post what i managed to buy from the beauty sale in another post)

LOADED WORK EXP.


So my recent absence is due to having work experience at Loaded magazine, which i will give you all the details on the asap.
I was wondering if i could ask you all a question:


As a girl, what is the one thing you want that a man has?

I'm looking for any suggestions from being able to pee anywhere, to Top Gear, to being able to have a 4th helping of Pizza Hut Buffet without any judging looks. From the weird to the wonderful, any suggestions will be much appreciated.




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