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Beauty, Student Life

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Recently, myself and George went on a little family shopping trip in Bristol, and although i went into town with my list of necessities, i wasn’t looking for anything in particular. But i obviously managed to pick up a few things…

Shop Dixi – My favourite online jewellery shop!


I don’t know about you, but i absolutely adore rings! Rings are my favourite pieces jewellery, which is slowly becoming a problem as i’m running out of fingers to wear them on!

The type of jewellery I personally like is that of the ‘independent’ stores, stores such as Regal Rose, Black Tied, Rose Garden Waterfall, Shop Moon Child & Empty Casket (Just to name a few…)

But my ultimate favourite would have to be SHOP DIXI. I have ordered from there once before and have posted photos or my purchased items on instagram, and after them being noticed by Shop Dixi and placed into their ‘Flash Image’ post, i recieved an amazing 30% discount code from them for further purchases! As i’m terrible at keeping track of things like that, completely forgot to use it, and unfortunately it timed out (Gutted).

Shop Dixi always have new stock coming in, as well as constantly restocking their items which are constantly sold out! Recently, i went onto their online shop to look for my next purchase, but unfortunately, all my favourite pieces were sold out 😦 !! I have screen shotted a few of my favourite pieces for you to see, and to have a taster on what type of jewellery they have to offer, as well as the pieces i have previously bought.

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 17.25.00Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 17.25.21These two are from the Underworld Collection, and i just adore the colours and the shape of the stones. They’re very rough cut, but at the same time ‘perfectly’ shaped. Although the prices are on the upper end of my budget, i feel these pieces are very much worth it, like all of Shop Dixi pieces, as they are very high quality and mostly, if not always, made from sterling silver – beautiful.

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 17.32.52Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 17.31.49Now although i said i loved rings, my second love is anklets. Ive always had anklets on, and i still have one which i got from a local village in Thailand whilst on a school trip to when i was 12/13yrs old, as well as a friendship bracelet from Georges mum which was too big for my wrist! There is such a wide variety that you can pick from, and they are currently in the Winter Sale for HALF PRICE. Although i want them all, i’m limited to two different kinds, as everyone is buying them – FAST. I find them so dainty and a gorgeous accessory to wear during those summer days when your ankles are exposed! The complements will be endless if you get yourself a pair, trust me. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 17.23.52Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 17.25.52I’ve had my eye on this first piece for a while now. The stones are Herkimer Diamonds, and they are stunning. The natural beauty they possess blows me away, and i am dying to own a ring with one on it! (although living on a student budget has made this a problem..). There is also one which instead of one stone, has 3! And it’s beautiful.
The second pieces are very similar except made from Tibetan Quartz, and they come in different shades. I like this as it makes every single piece different to another!

image1-3image2-4The first picture shows my poison box ring on my middle finger. Its a perfect fit, and such high quality. The clasp which keeps it shut is also very strong so that it doesn’t pop open by accident!

The second ring is my thumb ring, it is so unbelievably comfortable, although it isn’t sterling silver so i had to line the inside with a nail varnish clear coat to prevent my thumb going green from wearing it so often! Not a problem though as it is such a beautiful piece. That photo was taken up constitution hill with George on a chilled summers day!

IMG_8949Processed with MoldivThese two photos above show other times in which i’ve worn them as well as how they fit in with the other jewellery i also always wear.

Shop Dixi is an amazing online store which sells beautiful pieces, go have a look for yourself! Once you purchase your first piece, i promise you you’ll only want more!

– Lana xxx

UV Gel Nail Excitement!

Beauty, DIY

Since leaving school, I’ve been obsessed with doing my nails. And recently, i’ve added something very exciting to my nail collection – A UV LAMP, meaning GEL NAILS! I personally feel they look better, they take less time to do, and they come off surprisingly a lot easier than expected!

The best thing is that although i do have some UV colours (that are colour temperature changing) I’m also still able to use my regular varnishes, but by using the UV top and base coat, it gives it that gel effect!

The lamp i have is a very cheap one off eBay, which i purchased for £10 including postage and packaging! There are a variety of lamps, large and small, but i personally thought a larger one which i could fit my whole hand (or foot) in at once was most useful.

Here is a few photos of the one i purchased which has worked perfectly for me!

It doesn’t have a brand name as it is quite a cheap one, but it does come with different settings. There is the basic on and off switch, and also an option to have the lights on a timer for 120 seconds (2 minutes) in which is usual drying time. Once pressed, it will turn itself off 120 seconds later which is super convenient, as you don’t have to think about how long your hand’s been under the lights!

The machine also came with the 4 lights as well, so you don’t have to go out hunting for your own! The inner surface is reflective which makes sure that the light is distributed all across your lovely nails.

I also purchased different thermal/chameleon UV Gel nail varnishes off of eBay, which when hot are one colour, and when cold another. They look so funky when they’re mid way though changing!

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The first one changes between a light blue and a striking purple, and the second one changes between a nude/grey, to a dark black! They’re so much fun to play around with and they’re constantly changing.

Hop onto eBay, search UV Lamp, as well as UV Thermal/Chameleon Nail Varnishes, and it will come up with a wide range of types, colours and brands! I have used Chrystal-G as well as gdi, but don’t be afraid to try other ones!

Get experimenting!

– Lana xxx