Friday, 29 July 2016

NEW IN + GIVEAWAY | Custom Laptop Skin + iPhone 6S Case ft. CaseApp

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If you know me, I'm a sucker for a phone case. Although recently I've been braving the 'naked phone' look, which in hindsight wasn't a great idea (see: the many cracks and dents now pride of place on my phone). So as I am one of the clumsiest people, it's probably a good thing I love the case-life. Oh, and of course my laptop isn't free from the wrath of my clumsiness. Oh no. It's always getting weird marks and scratches on it. 


So of course when CaseApp offered me the chance to customise not only my own custom iPhone case but also a custom skin for my MacBook Air of course I jumped at the chance. At the moment I've been loving Laura from Piper Winston's free wallpapers
, so credit where credit's due these beautiful designs are from her talented hand! And for an extra touch of course I had to match the case and skin. You gotta love dat coordination. 


The laptop skin has really nice texture to it, went on smoothly and I have no doubt it'll protect from any scratches due to the thickness of it. I went for a matte phone case which also has such a great feel to it, but you can also get them made up in gloss. I'm loving the matte though, it feels so nice to hold!


But the generosity doesn't stop here, the total babes have given me an exclusive discount code for ellie etc followers to get 20% off any of their products! All you need is to use: ELLIEETCC20 at the checkout, valid until the 18th of August


PLUS enter the giveaway below to win your own custom design (up to £22) from CaseApp



GIVEAWAY - WIN YOUR OWN CUSTOM DESIGN (up to £22) FROM CASEAPP 

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The giveaway will run for 2 weeks, closing on the 12th of August so you've got aaaaaages to enter! The best of luck to you all.



ellie x


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Monday, 25 July 2016

STYLE | The Summer Shoe Edit ft. New Look, Primark and JD Williams

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The New Look Cream Fray Hem Espadrilles 

I kind of went off espadrilles for a long time, they haunted me of my horrendous Year 8 fashion sense. But now they're becoming more and more available, and just a bit more interesting really, I thought I'd give them a whirl. These are only £9.99 too which is the best bargain I've found for a while. 

The Primark Lace Up Flats

You may remember these cute things from my November Favourites post but seeing as I live in England, albeit the North of England, the rain and cold kept me from wearing these much at all. Now the slightly nicer weather has set in, I can't get enough of these. Plus for under £10 and Primark they're actually really comfy! 

The New Look Silver Loafers 

Another that I've cheated a little with too. My lovely housemates bought these for me for my birthday back in October after seeing them featured on my Autumn/Winter wishlist. Again due to unreliable British weather, plus some slightly painful breaking-in issues, these have taken a while to get into my good books. But after all that hassle, they're perfect for looking smart while keeping your feet relatively cool. 

The Sole Diva via JD Williams Leopard Pony Hair Sliders 

After a little Twitter rant about how difficult I find it to find sandals in this slider style - curse my unusually wide feet - I stumbled across some websites that stock extra wide fitting shoes and as luck would have it, my size were the only size in stock AND in the sale. They fit perfectly too.


ellie x




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Thursday, 21 July 2016

BEAUTY | Vatika Argan Shampoo and Black Seed Hair Oil*

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If you've read my previous posts, you'll know I was lucky enough to attend Scarlett London's #BloggersBall a few weeks back. At the event, along with a multitude of other amazing companies was Vatika. Now I'll be honest, I genuinely had never heard of it until the event, but their lovely representatives gave out a few products of theirs to try. 


ARGAN SHAMPOO

Oh my god, this makes my hair SO SOFT. It's incredible. I was worried it'd make my hair a bit too moisturised and leave residue, but there's literally none at all. It left my hair with the 'hairdresser-clean' feeling. You know that feeling after getting a haircut where your hair has never felt as clean? That feeling.  

BLACK SEED HAIR OIL

This will literally last me years. My hair is mildly dry at the ends, but only needs the tiniest slither of this otherwise it'll dry waxy and greasy. I think for more wiry, drier hair a slightly larger dose would suffice. But the smell. Oh. Wow. The smell. It makes your mouth water. Plus even with the tiny amount I use in my hair, the fragrance sticks around.




ellie x


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Saturday, 16 July 2016

TRAVEL | What To Do In Budapest, Hungary

Back in March me and five of my uni pals went off to Budapest for my housemates birthday. For such an amazing (and cheap!!) city, I'm so annoyed at myself for not going sooner, and would definitely jump at the chance to go back. Here are some of my highlights and things you should do while you're there, in my usual fashion of course just a few months late.


St Stephen's Basilica 

The outside is a spectacle in itself, so definitely one to wander over to even if you don't go inside - which I didn't end up doing, but a friend did reporting that it was incredible. Although she does have a slightly odd love of churches, so could be biased. (Yes Emma, you know what I'm talking about.)




A Walking Tour

Slightly less specific, but the city has so many hidden and not so hidden gems that you might not get to see otherwise. I genuinely feel doing a walking tour is one of the best ways to see a city, and make you feel more comfortable in your temporary (or maybe not so temporary) surroundings. Plus it makes navigating your own way round soo much easier! 




The Chain Bridge and the River Danube 

Along your walking tour, this'll most likely tick this off too. It's one of the many the famous landmarks Budapest has to offer, and when you see the magnificent thing you'll probably guess why. Definitely one to go back and see in the evening too, the lights are serious fairy-light envy. 





The Buda Side of the river

As you may or may not know, Budapest is actually made up of 'Buda' and 'Pest' on either side of the river. We stayed on the Pest side however the Buda side is another treasure trove of beautiful places. The incredible roof of the church above was just amazing to see in person, it almost looks embroidered, such a beautiful contrast to the rest of the building. 





Fisherman's Bastion

Continuing on the fairy-tale theme of the Buda side of the Danube, the architecture here was just stunning (can you tell I'm running out of words how to describe things?) all rolled in with views of the Parliament Building. But come on, who doesn't love a turret?




Gellért Hill

Okay this is a bit of a trek, but the views definitely make up for it. And it could be a lot worse. Again on the Buda side of the river, it gives you a view of, well, everyone there is to see in Budapest really. PLUS there are slides on the way up, so that's always a plus for the children within us all. 

And the rest...

Heroes Square
First up a warning - if you're going to take pictures next to the statues keep an keen eye/hand on your bag. Unfortunately this is a warning due to our own mistake, leading to one of our bags being taken. That aside, the huge expanse of Heroes Square is pretty spectacular, and easily reachable by their metro. Another warning - make sure you stamp your metro ticket, or you'll get fined. Another one to learn from our mistakes. Oops! 

Ruin Bars 
Budapest’s infamous bars created literally in ruin buildings. They’re crazy, absolutely mental but some of the best fun. Think Alice In Wonderland, but even weirder. Just. Insane.

A Spa - Rudas Baths roof top pool

Another of Budapest’s main attractions, thermal spring (there are 125 springs under the city?!) baths and spas. We has a lovely day of relaxation, in the Rudas Baths which had the coolest roof top hot tub. There are so many other baths too, some do parties throughout the summer, which looked incredible but sadly we didn't make it. 




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Monday, 11 July 2016

STYLE | The Monochrome Love Moschino Tee via Tessuti*

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Big big thank you to the #BloggersBall introducing me to Tessuti the luxury clothing website. I'm not a massive buyer of high-end products, I am a student after all, and love a bargain. However Tessuti has the most beautiful selection of Womenswear, I couldn't resist. Plus, their sale is so great, espeically their bags. Seriously. The bags *insert numerous heart eye emojis here*.

This Love Moschino t-shirt is literally the comfiest thing I've ever worn. I always worry I'll look massive with loose t-shirts on, they just do that weird baggy thing and make me look 10x bigger than usual (is that just me?) but this piece has washed away any such fears. 


For this outfit, I decided to dress it up a bit with my beloved New Look fluffy clutch (aka my pet sheep), this super dark Anastasia Matte Liquid Lipstick and my JewelleryBox rings (check out my post about them HERE). It could so easily be dressed down as well with trainers and a backpack - perfect for dragging myself to lectures in but still retaining some hint of style.. 








A final thank you to the lovely people at Tessuti for kindly sending me one of their products! 



ellie x


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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

BEAUTY | How To Get The New Benefit Brow Range for FREE

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Okay I was a bit cheeky, it's only 2 of the 13 piece revamped Benefit collection. But still. Not one but TWO freebies?! What's not to love right? Both Marie Clare and ELLE are treating readers to a taste of Benefit's new brow range2016 has definitely been the year of the eyebrow, and they're free so obviously I had to see what all the fuss is about...


Ready, Set, Brow - Marie Clare 

This is a product that I didn't realise I needed, but now I realise how important it is in my life. My brows can be slightly unruly when they want to be and this wonderfully smelling potion whips them right into shape. Plus, it looks oh-so natural once it's dried and doesn't feel stiff or crusty (ew) on ya face. The only trouble I had was it made my brows a tad itchy, but that died down after a while and hasn't been a problem since.

Goof Proof Brow Pencil - ELLE

This was actually in the July edition, but I've still seen some copies knocking around so be quick! The ultra precise tip does exactly what it says on the tin. It really is goof proof, and I'm a goof so take my word for it. I got the shade 6 which is pretty dark, even for my brows, but it makes it so easy to fill in any patches and give a sharp finish. 

The biggest pro of these products for me is the fact they passed the 'work test'. Work for me is a very warm country pub, I sweat a lot (is that TMI? Probably a bit TMI, but lets roll with it). After a long and hectic lunch shift both looked just as they did when I first applied them, and then lasted all evening too - score.


At this rate we could be trying the whole collection for free! Cheers ELLE and Marie Clare, you little gems. 

ellie x




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Friday, 1 July 2016

STYLE | JewelleryBox Sterling Silver Rings*

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I'm definitely a silver kinda gal, I think it just suits my skin-tone more (what a unnecessarily pretentious thing to say, pardon me). You will 99.9999% of the time you'll find me wearing a set of sterling silver rings given to me by my Uncle and cousins for my 18th birthday, a upper arm bracelet from my parents for my 16th birthday and usually my chunky silver Micheal Kors watch - so basic, I know.


I'm always on the look out for more sterling silver rings to add to my ring repertoire. Not only have I managed to lose a countless number of rings down decking gaps, drains, the sink (R.I.P. my faithful companions), but I really just cannot be dealing with the hassle of rings that turn my fingers various shades of green, brown and black. I am definitely not about that life. 


Through this searching and both of Scarlett London's blogger events #BloggersFestival and #BloggersBall, the lovely brand JewelleryBox has made its way onto my radar, and my god am I glad. 


First up, it is so affordable. Sterling silver can often end up costing ridiculous amounts. Which I get. It is a precious metal. It is pretty. It is used in all sorts of jewellery, watches, silverware (duh). But JewelleryBox have settled themselves into the lovely little niche of affordable sterling silver jewellery. I can't get enough. 


For those of you who's boat doesn't float for sterling silver, they also have a gorgeous collection of 9ct gold pieces too!


ellie x


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