Monday, 28 May 2012

Giveaway win from Haute Future

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to win the beautiful Gabriella Sofia's blog giveaway on Haute Future! 
If you haven't seen Gabriella's blog you HAVE to check it out! I absolutely adore Haute Future, it's really different to all the other blogs I read as Gabriella's not afraid to tackle more serious issues as well as the usual fashion and beauty posts. 

I find it makes a nice change to read about some meaty subjects as, with lifestyle blogging you can so often get caught up in small issues. I don't like to think of myself as too materialistic (whether I am or not is another matter) but I just find it refreshing to read a blog that keeps everything in perspective. I really admire her honesty and how down to earth she is. Keep on keeping it real, Gabriella - your blog is all the better for it!

Anyway, enough of me gushing over Gabriella's blog. Here are the goodies I won from her 150 follower giveaway:

Quite a collection, huh?

It's been a little while now since I won the giveaway so it's given me a good chance to really try everything out. Here are the the top three products that I absolutely LOVE!

1. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Body Lotion - The smell of this. I can't even describe it - it's incredible. My hands have been quite dry recently so I've been using it on them... I've also been known to just sit there smelling my hands for a while after using it. Which often results in "who's the weirdo smelling her hands?" sort of looks. It's worth it. Seriously. Mmmmm.

2. Barry M Nail Polish in Coral - This is my favourite item of the whole giveaway - It's such a bright, summery colour. I've used so much of it in the past couple of months that I'm going to have to buy a new pot of it soon. It's also great to create some bright nail art patterns, as Blue Peter would say, here's one I made earlier:

(It's the orange colour, in case you hadn't guessed...)
3. Barry M  Dazzle Dust - This is a beautiful ashy colour that just catches the light perfectly. I'm not going to embarrass myself by showing you my absolutely feeble attempts at creating a smoky eye, (It's appalling - I look like I've been hit in the face several times with lead piping) but you'll have to trust me when I say it's a gorgeous colour and, once I've practised a bit more, maybe I'll prove it to you.

So there we have it! This is the first giveaway I've ever won so I'm absolutely thrilled and thanks again to Gabriella - it's given me a great opportunity to try out some products that I'd never think of buying.

That's all for now - I'm off to smell my hands some more. Ha. (Weirdest sign-off ever?)

Friday, 25 May 2012

Five of the Best: Flatforms

Me and stiletto heels do not mix. If ever I go out in them you can guarantee by the end of the night I'll be walking home bare foot, holding my heels and looking like a tramp. So I'm far too excited that flatforms are in! No more unnecessary pain and no more having to feel like a fool if I opt to wear flats out. Hooray!

Anyway, ASOS currently have the most incredible range of flatforms available and here are my favourites:

My favourite pairs have to be numbers 1 and 4. I love the colour of the KG ones but the daisy detail on the ASOS pair is amazing! I actually first saw this pair when I was doing some blog browsing and came across Fern's Blog - check out how good they look on her. So incredible!

What's your opinion on flatforms? I think it's probably a love it or hate it kind of trend. I definitely love it!

Lots of love,

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

New haul and new hair!

I've bought a few new things this week...

1. Girls Aloud False Lashes 2. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James 3. Moroccan Oil
4. No. 7 Nail Polish 5. Bourgeois Primer 6.Maybelline BB Cream
1. Nicola Girls Aloud Lashes by Eylure - I'm absolutely rubbish at applying false lashes but I thought I'd give these a go all the same. My eyelashes aren't very thick naturally so I didn't want to go for something too full and I really like the shaping of these. Summer ball is coming up and my house are going out this weekend so that's the perfect time to try them out.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James - I bought this on the recommendation of a friend who's a bit addicted to it. It's basically an erotic version of Twilight but errr without vampires. The book's already outsold 'The Hunger Games' which I find completely insane because it's awfully written - even worse than the original Twilight books! (Although, I'm not going to lie - I was a mega Twilight fan in sixth form but having studied it again at University, I've sort of seen the light.) It started out life as Twilight fanfic which really explains a lot. Still it's going to be the next huge series and is being made into a film franchise. I'm only five or six chapters in at the moment, maybe I'll just persevere to see what the fuss is about.

3. Moroccan Oil -I went to have my hair cut yesterday and the stylist finished my hair by using Moroccan Oil on the ends. I was really impressed by how soft and shiny it made my hair look so I went ahead and bought some. For quite a while I've been looking for a product that makes my hair look sleek so this fits the bill perfectly! At £15 for a small bottle it was a bit of an extravagance for me, but it should last quite a while as you only need to apply a small amount.

4. No. 7 Stay Perfect Nail Polish in Snowflake - I had a £5 No. 7 voucher to spend (I love it when Boots do that!) I've been wanting a white nail polish just to use as a base coat for nail art. There's a terrifying lady who works at the No. 7 counter in Canterbury so I just sort of had to pick this up and sprint off to avoid being accosted by her.

5. Bourgeois Flower Perfection Primer - I originally bought Maybelline's Dream Smooth Primer but stupidly didn't check to see whether it had been opened in store. It had. So I took that back and got this instead. So far I love it - It's a perfect base on which to apply foundation and creates a really smooth finish.

6. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream - I've been looking for a new foundation for some time. I hate really heavy foundations as I tend to break out if I use them. This one is less of a foundation and more of a tinted face cream - I think it's perfect for some light coverage in the summer and it's SPF 30! It also blends really well. If you're looking for something to cover up imperfections though this won't do the trick but it definitely evens out skin tone nicely.

Yesterday I went for a haircut and had a bit of a drastic change. As much as I love my hair long, the ends get in terrible condition - it was literally like straw yesterday! So I had quite a lot taken off and a few layers cut in. It feels so much more healthy now which is great and it'll be a lot cooler for summer. By the time winter comes it'll probably be long again anyway!

Before and after!
Have any of you read Fifty Shades of Grey? I'd love to know your thoughts on it if you have.

Lots of love,

June's Theme: Parisian Chic!

As you may or may not know, each month my blog will have a different theme and, in case you hadn’t observed the Eiffel towers that surround my posts and the big fat sign in the sidebar, my very first theme is Parisian Chic!

Why Parisian Chic?
Well, I’m off to Paris this month with a few friends from Uni and I thought this might be a great way to inspire me and get in the mood!
Here’s a few inspiring images I found on we heart it:

I sooooo want to go to Laduree on the Champs-Elysees but I’m not too sure whether it will have reopened by the time we go. Still, we’re off for three days and we’re planning on cramming in as much as possible, which includes a day trip to Versailles if everything goes to plan!  I’ve been to Paris five or six times in the past but one thing I’ve never done is go to Versailles so I’m really excited about that – it looks truly beautiful! Take a look:

I just pray that the weather’s good.

Has anyone been to Paris before who can recommend me some good places to go?

Lots of Love,

Monday, 21 May 2012

Dress Desire ♥

My last University Summer ball is coming up (sob!) and so I've been doing some browsing around to see what dresses are out there. It's not too formal an occasion - more of a mini festival in a tent so I'm thinking casual might be the way to go. Here's a few ideas I got whilst browsing the web today:

1. Isabel Marant Floral Dress (Farfetch) 2. Poppy Skater Dress (Topshop) 3. Floral Prom Dress (Lipsy)
 1. If I could be summed up in a dress it'd be this! It's by Isabel Marant. I love gorgeous pattern which makes it really individual and the floaty silk material just completes it. I'm a bit of a boho girl at heart so this really appeals to me, at £449 though it won't be in my wardrobe any time soon! 

2. This is a more realistic prospect, it has a similar festival/folky pattern as the first and is also made of silk. This is by Boutique at Topshop and costs £68.

3. This one's the cheapest of the lot - £38 from Lipsy. I really like the 50's cut of this dress but I'm not sure whether it's as 'me' as the other two dresses. 

Whilst looking on the Topshop website for dresses, I also came across a collection that I completely fell in love with. This is called Coco's Fortune (I even love the name!) The whole collection is incredible (Click here to check out the whole lot) but these pieces really stood out to me:

I really like the vintagey feel to these pieces which has clearly been inspired by pretty lingerie and lace.  Ranging from £36 - £59 the whole collection is really reasonably priced!

So those are some ideas for my summer ball dress. I'm off to Westfield next week to have a good shop around. Can't wait to go to Forever 21 - I could spend hours in there!

Lots of love,

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Review/Rant: CJG for Topshop

Kate Moss. Celia Birtwell. Barbara Hulanicki. All pretty big names that are well established in the fashion world, right? Topshop are renowned for working with the most established designers in the bizz.“Well, who is this elusive CJG then?” I hear you cry! “Is she a French couture designer? A famous supermodel, looking to branch out into design?” Well no, not exactly.

When doing my daily browse of the Topshop website the other day, I was quite surprised to be greeted by this picture:


They've broken up now. She can do better than a man with that jacket in any case.

This, folks, is Chloe Green. Ring a bell? She played a minor part in series two of ‘Made In Chelsea’ but is better known for being the daughter of multi-gazillionaire Topshop mogul, Phillip Green.Wonder how she landed the deal, huh?

If I'm honest, I’m a bit bewildered by this decision to allow Chloe to have her own collection in Topshop. It seems strange because the Topshop brand is a whole lot bigger than the Green family. The Topshop bosses have done an incredible job over the years of creating a brand that girls aspire to buy from, by working with established names in the industry and having their price tags slightly higher than their high street competitors – essentially making you feel like when you buy from Topshop, you’re buying from the best.

Now if I were Phillip Green, Lord of all good fashion chains… and Wallis, and my daughter had been pestering me about having her own shoe collection, I would probably have just given her a shelf in Miss Selfridge or Dorothy Perkins to play around with and hope that it’d keep her distracted for a little while. But no, by the looks of it Phil just went “Whatever you want, sugarpuff” and decided to give his daughter a big ol’ slice of the Topshop cash cow cake… thing. Might have mixed metaphors there a bit.

Personally, I’ve lost a tad of respect for the brand after this stunt. To me, their hard earned reputation as an ‘exclusive’ high street brand has been tainted by the decision to allow Green’s daughter to have her own collection. Obviously this is a case of it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Or, in this case, who your Daddy is. This is made perfectly obvious on the Topshop website where Chloe discusses the design process for her collection. It’s truly riveting stuff, take a look:

I think my favourite part of this is “200 strong shoe collection of her own” as if to say,"Hey look, she’s never been to fashion school or designed a thing before, but the girl has alotta shoes, okay?"
So apparently all it takes to be qualified to design a collection for Topshop nowadays is to have a natter with your mates about shoes, create a Pinterest board featuring some heels and own a fair few pairs yourself. Well, I eagerly await my call, Topshop - I am officially qualified for the job.

And that’s not the only irritating thing about the whole situation. Have you seen the prices these shoes? 

Louisa Chain Booties
These retail at £175. One hundred and seventy five of your English pound sterling. It’s as if they’ve just said “How can we show that Chloe Green is a serious designer? ...I KNOW! Let’s slap a massive price tag on it!” To be honest, I wouldn’t even wear those if I were working the street out of fear of looking too tacky. And I’m from Essex – land of tack.

I feel like I’ve been a bit of a ranting little witch in this post, so I’m going to try to end on a slightly more positive note. In fairness to the girl, they’re not all as awful as those above. I might even go so far as to say I sort of like these pairs… sort of:

Bella Bea and Magda

And they’re a far more reasonable (ahem) £150. Bargain! Not that I could ever wear them - I’d break my ankle before even stepping out of the house.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the mint soles on the shoes, her name’s Green. Get it? Chloe Green? Hence the mint green soles? Genius. Pat on the back for whoever came up with that idea.

Anyway, in case I left any doubt in your mind, I won’t be buying any of the CJG collection. 

That’s it. I’m all sarcasmed out for one day.

What do you think of the CJG collection? Do you think that Chloe should have been allowed her own collection in Topshop?

Ta ta.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Welcome to Helen Hearts!

Allow me to reintroduce myself - I'm Helen! 

Remember me? In 2009 I started my blog 'Fashion Felines' and loved it, however, that was also the year I started university and as a result my priorities changed dramatically - I got caught up with the whole being a student thing and essays started to pile up and, in all honestly, I became rather lazy with updating, 
Anyway, 3 years and 1 degree later, here I am again. And it feels so damn marvy to be back!  It may have been a while ago, but I've learned a few things from writing 'Fashion Felines':

1. I enjoy changing the layout of my blog.
2. I find myself lacking blogspiration more often than I would like to.

To counteract these problems, I'm back with a whole new blog! Ladies and Jellybeans, welcome to:

I've decided that I want to make my blog a little different, so 'Helen Hearts' is a lifestyle blog, incorporating fashion, beauty, music and whatever the hell else I fancy rambling on about. But it's also going to be a concept blog. 

Here's the idea: Each month I'll have a theme running through my blog posts, it'll be a theme that I find inspiring, and a theme that I 'Heart' - it could be anything from the latest trend, a person or a place. For that month my blog posts will incorporate the theme in some form - although that's not to say that I won't just post some random things too, but I will attempt to make at least one post a week based around the theme.

Why have I chosen to do this? Well as I said, in the past I have found myself lacking inspiration on what to post about, I think this monthly theme will give me something to focus on and really get to grips with. I also enjoy changing my layout - a lot! The opportunity to change it along with the theme each month is something that really appeals to me.  

But most importantly, I wanted to give you something a bit different to read. There are so many fashion and beauty blogs nowadays all talking about the same thing in the same way. Yet all the blogs I truly love have something that makes them unique, I want this to be a unique blog that, hopefully, you might love!

In any case, that's the idea and I hope you like it. Can't wait to get started! 

Lots of love...