This outfit is very Oasis heavy, since working there I've really started to appreciate the quality and textures of their clothes. I actually wear this outfit casual and for work, its quite dressy but you could tone it down with pumps and the gilet helps to bring it to a more day time look. I love AW fashion, all the sparkly fabrics come out again!
I knew it would be bad news when John Lewis Southampton FINALLY got it's MAC counter, and low and behold, 3 years into uni, we have been graced with its presence. Having already brought two lipsticks from there, myself and Dan wandered in there last week as the boy wanted to treat me - brownie points to him - and whilst getting matched up to a bronzer I decided to take the plunge and ask about all things eyebrows at mac.
Now, at the point I should add that up untill that day, I am the only person who has EVER touched my eyebrows and needless to say I was very nervous about the whole ordeal, I think Dan may have been too as he knew the bitch fit that would occur if Amy (the makeup artist) wrecked my brows.
However, I was pleasently suprised, Amy filled the beginnings of my brows with 'concrete' eyeshadow and used this to line the brow from the bottom all the way from the inner to outer parts (difficult to explain) what I liked best about this product is that it does'nt cake and matt your eyebrow hair as I find my rimmel pencil can sometimes, its a twist top and you just twist as much product as you need, its a really light and easy application and does'nt leave you with marker brows.
I really do need to do an eyebrow video pronto.
Overall I'd recommend this, if your an obsessive over your brows like me - however you can get similar (but not as good) results from the good old rimmel offering!
Jumper - H&M Tartan skirt - Newlook Red heels - Daisy Street
Clutch - H&M
Yesterday I got the pleasure of playing model for my good friend Kate, for her winter fashion editorial assignment, and turns out we made a good bargain as I've got some amazing free pictures out of it.
This is the second item of tartan I've brought this year and I'm hoping for much more, I love winter! go layers!
Every now and then a product pops into my life that totally changes my makeup routine, having said that I have'nt had the moment in a long while. Enter Bourjois 123 perfect foundation. I picked this up on a whim in Boots around a month ago now, as I'd ran out of double wear and was on a serious student budget, and my god, if you are a pale girl like myself you will know the agg of picking a highstreet foundation that does'nt make you look like a living day tangerine!
This was the palest offering I could find on Bourjois and I brought shade 'light vanilla', I was mostly drawn in by its three pigment correcting promises -
"Yellow pigments for anti dark circles, mauve pigments for anti-dull complexion and green pigments for anti-redness"
all are which problems my face happens to have! I must add this is the first Bourjois face product I've ever purchased - shock I know.
When I got this home I was initially disapointed it was SUPER runny, as in close to water consistancy, and although a little went a long way - all up my arm! I was convinced it was going to be awful coverage in comparrison to my beloved double wear and studio fix. I also noticed a fair bit of oxidisation, so there I was sitting there gutted I'd just spent £10.99 on some useless product.
HOWEVER. The next day I decided to try this out anyway, and I was amazed by what I saw, sure this foundation does oxidise slightly - what highstreet brand foundation doesnt - but the coverage was pretty flawless, I just top up with a little conceler and it gives you a natutally flawless complexion? I'm not sure how to describe it, you don't loose your features like you do under some heavy duty foundations, and topped up with a little bronzer this is a great winter foundation.
Its at this point I should probably mention how much it has cleared my skin up and how many compliments I've had, I have never in all my time of wearing makeup had so many compliments about a foundation! My only con's of this product are that you still get slight ghost face in photos, but other than that? not alot! I do think I'll be picking this up again, if you are an avid every day foundation wearer like myself its hard to beat!
This week's highstreet hitlist is from good old Topshop, I cannot go in that place without wanting EVERYTHING. This dress has been in and out of my basket every day for the last couple of weeks, I just don't think I can justify £46 for a daytime dress! However these boots are perfect right now, I need a pair of good winter boots and these cut outs are just the thing I've been looking for! I have a short ass boyfriend so I need flat boots! holla if you feel my pain, ha! ANYWAY. Heres my favorites from the last couple of weeks :)
If you are anything after me, I'm always creating mental wishlists and stalking highstreet brands for the latest and nicest new in pieces. I've decided for my own pleasure - and hopefully for some of you too! - to compile 'highstreet hitlists' every week, just to share with you what I'm lusting after in certain shops lately.. This last month I can't stay out of Accessorize! I've literally never shopped there before, but I'm 99% sure I'll be purchasing the Elinor tote when I get paid. I'm also in love with these statement necklaces.. however £22 is a little steep... what do you think?
During LFW I was kindly invited by Dee Vesali PR to attend the Fashion International show at The Charing Cross hotel. I meant to post this earlier - but I was interning at the time and have only just caught up with myself. The fashion international show was my first taste of a catwalk esque event and I have to say I ADORED the event. The location was beautiful and the collections showcased were beautiful.
Yuvna Kim's collection was by far mine and my friend Jess's favourite. Yuvna is a Mauritian-born London-based women’s wear designer and her collections draw inspiration from cultural heritage and tradition, fused with cross-cultural references from across the Indian Ocean. For SS14, Kim presents BIJOUX, a line of exquisite nude and ivory eveningwear, which nods to 1920s French deco jewellery. Georgette gowns are intricately embroidered with crystals, beads and pearls, and frothy tulle skirts and embellished with delicate feathers. As you can see the results were STUNNING. I'm not sure where I'd wear a beautiful dress like the ones showcased but they literally took the audiences breath away...
With everyone back to uni in the weeks to come and past, every girl has one thing on their mind - going out dresses. Everyone I know is out in the highstreet looking for a few wardrobe essentials to get them through freshers. My student loan comes in monday and I know I'll be stocking up on some essential evening and party dresses to make a statement during the grueling long nights ahead! Here are two looks I'm currently lusting after, grunge is going to be a big trend this AW and no girl can resist a little glamour on a night out!
Today was my first day interning at River Island's PR office! I have had the most surreal day, the office is so warm and welcoming and I'd already recommend it on my first bloomin' day! I've watched the model castings for Rihanna's collection today, and assisted Mel Ottenberg and their team with various things like food and drink runs. So crazy.
Anyways! I thought I'd make an effort and snap a quick outfit shot for you guys, although my camera's playing up, i'm tired and the lightings awful. Anyway, I digress, I never realized how much ebay I had on today! all these bits are great quality AND there all UK sellers which means they'll get to you sooner than the across seas sellers.
I'm loving kimonos at the moment, if you have anymore recommendations on where I can buy more please share! Heres to a great two weeks, and I shall outfit post as much as possible! I'm actually going to an LFW show on friday so I'm sure I'll be sharing that with you all too...
Let me introduce you to my new favourite product, my new
holy grail. Possibly the beginning of a new obsession? I've been wanting to get
my mitts on a NARS product for a long while now, I got a lip crayon amongst my
goodies from Closer during the summer, but I’d always wanted a bronzer or a
blusher from them as that is what they are really known for in my opinion. My
luck came in whilst searching the pages of the app Depop, I bagged this little
baby for just £10 including postage and packaging. The only faults being a
little useage and some dents – but still! £10 was an absolute bargain. I own
so many bronzers (mainly highstreet) but this really does knock all of the
above out of the park!
▲Warm toned colour – suitable for fairer skin girls
▲ Browntoned, no orange cheeks! Good for contouring and a bronzed look
▲No obvious shimmer or glitter
▲Super easy application
▲Lush packaging, sturdy and durable
▲Handy mirror for on the go application
▲Product stays in pan when used – doesn't get wasted by falling out upon using it
My taste in make up seems to be becoming more and more high end lately, I think its because my skin reacts so badly to some highstreet brands and I love the luxurious feeling of a beautiful product, I haven't had a wishlist in a while. But these products seem to keep appearing 001. I swatched the orgasm multiple on my internship at closer and was AMAZED at the finish, I've read so many reviews on this product and I want NEED it so bad. However I think its going to be a christmas / birthday list go'er as £30 for makeup is way out for me right now! 002. I've remained faithful to Rimmel's trust eyebrow pencil for SO long now, but I'm recently reaching for powder and wax more, I'm dying to try this cult product out for myself, but its ALWAYS sold out 003. I'm after this after seeing Millie Mackintosh reveal it as one of her glowy skin staples in this video on feel unique. I still haven't found a highlighter I'm 100% happy with and I'm thinking this could be the answer 004. Again another product from that Millie video. I really don't pay enough attention to my skin, I love the fuss free approach of this product just apply and go 005. This is another product I swatched during my time at Closer and couldn't believe the results. I really want to try out a liquid bronzer... 006. And finally every girls dream. I have a YSL I have Mac's a-plenty, but I feel my collection is incomplete without a Chanel edition. This is 'coromandel', and I've not seen/heard one complaint or seen one person who couldn't pull it off! come to mumma!
What cosmetics have you been lusting after recently?
I don't often stray from outfit and beauty product reviews, but today I thought I'd share a popular post with you all - what's in my bag? for reference the bag I currently wear to death is this one here, which I blogged about previously!
Left to right.
001) Two phones - The HTC on the left is now my work phone! I know posh right, in my new job I have to be in direct contact with brands, suppliers and head office which is really exciting, the other is my rather battered iPhone 4s, on its 5th new screen.. don't ask! my phone case is from eBay ... 002)iPad mini- I got myself an iPad at the beginning of the summer this year, as all my friends were going on holiday, and seeing as I was working 2 jobs, I decided I deserved a treat. I got this on an Argos card. 12 months no interest - and despite people saying store cards are bad, I can't fault the argos one! I got the wifi only one, and I do wish I'd brought cellar, but it comes in real useful for work breaks and long commutes. Plus who doesn't love a good gadget! 003) Paul's Boutique purse - I know, this purse is rather outdated now! This is the third one I've had from PB and whilst I've enjoyed growing up with the brand, I'm 100% moving on to Ted Baker this year. I still think PB is great for younger girls just not for me. However this purse has lasted two years now! and its not in bad condition atall really! oo4) Diary -I've been working 2 and more recently 3 jobs this summer! This means writing down every millisecond of my day! I adore this diary, its from Tesco and I think it was around £3, Its well and truley worn out though, I'll be investing in a harder cased one this year! oo5)Zara 'wild rose' perfume - I blogged about this product here , I don't ever carry big, expensive perfumes around with me as I am a serial sprayer! for £7.99 this sturdy bottle is always rattling around in the bottom of my bag, perfect for a pick me up through out the day! oo6) MP3 player - Yes, we can all laugh, I actually have 2 iPods that are both broke right now! This is just a cheapo mp3 player for when I'm travelling home or commuting, and the battery life actually lasts longer than my trusty ipod ever did! oo7) Vaseline - I always have this handy in my bag, along with a lipstick, but this is great for an easy on the go top up of moisture without needing a mirror or much effort oo8) Soap & Glory : Hand Food - Oh hello cult blogger product ! I promise this doesn't disappoint, Its the only hand cream I know that doesn't leave your hands wet or greasy. It must have some amazing formula! oo9) Batiste dry shampoo - I have thin, flat hair prone to getting greasy through out the day, this product ensures I'm never without volume or healthy balanced hair - it smells great too! o1o) Door keys -I've always got my uni house and my family home keys on me, key rings wise I have a pink sparkly p that is falling apart, an oblivion key ring from Alton Towers which my mum got me after I cried my ride through that ride with her EURGH, a random flower from Paperchase and a keep calm and carry on rubber key chain that Dan got conned out of buying off of a charity man. This one always makes me smile.
I don't often feature night time outfits on my blog, my nan made me another skirt and this time I thought I'd dress it up to show you guys. I love homemade clothes, I always get so many comments asking when I find my pieces and I feel so proud telling them that my nan made them for me, when I move home for a while next year learning how to sow properly - It is on my bucket list!
A fail safe way to dress up any outfit in my opinion is introducing black and metalics or metals, they give every outfit such an edge!
Hello lovely people, I titled this post gratitude geometric style mainly because I'd like to thankyou for sticking around despite my lack of posts! I'm not going to delve into whats happening in my world right now, lets just say its a little more than I'm used too, however I do want to get back into my little blog to escape, I hope you'll stay!
I got a new job today, I'm going to be a concession visual merchandising specalist and supervisor, something I'm really excited about, as I'm basically a one man team and get to do all my own ordering for deliveries, merchandise my stock, and really get to put my hand to something. Republic Southampton closes on the 24th August and I'm gutted, but as they say one door closes another opens!
ANYWAY. I brought this skirt from work on a whim a c ouple of weeks ago and I adore it. Being a super hippy girl its hard to find flattering midis - sticking to patterns always seems to save me and the quality of this skirt making it super clingy make it a winning piece in my wardrobe! I may have to do a 3 ways to wear in the near future!
I've still not got used to shooting in my surroundings so please bare with! I may venture outside tomorrow, location always was my fave!
What have you been updating you're wardrobe with lately?
Aw :( pictures from my old house! this was just as the weather was heating up a couple weeks back!
I adore this cut out from Topshop that I picked up last year but its not the kind of thing you can wear anywhere but holiday - however I seem to have found a solution. I actually really enjoyed wearing this. it was really comfy and I felt super stylish!
I wore my extensions out of the house properly for the first time today! All day at work! I was super nervous but teamed with a super casual outfit I managed to survive Its too hot to fuss with fashion right now, so my keep to keeping stylish in this heat is accessorizing and colour matching! I love a good bangle.
I thought I'd start showing you some more of my more casual outfits - after all I am only human!
I'll openly admit I am a cosmetic hauder and lipstick and blusher seem to be my downfall. I have more powder blushers than I know what to do with, however when it comes around to summer and time to ditch a fuller face of make-up in favour for a fresher, dewier and overall more natural look I lean towards cream blushers.
Cream blush is a product I have a love/hate relationship with. The first I ever purchased was one of the infamous Topshop ones - which I HATED, and remains at the back of my blusher drawer unused, after its un-natural, chalky awful application and finish.
However skip forward a couple of months, after I'd got to rummage in the beauty cupboard after my internship I am a changed woman. The key to cream blush is all in application, in my opinion it really is a back to basics product, I've not been able to get any decent desired look using anything but my fingers. These are my top three cream blushers.
001|| Liz Earle - I'd first seen this on Gh0stparties, and adored the beautiful glow it seemed to leave people with. Out of the three of these blushers this is probably the heaviest and most pigmented, it most certainly is a CREAM blusher. Application wise you need the tiniest bit as it is such a bright colour, however you need to get it rubbed into the apples of your cheeks quick time because I do find this dries very quickly - however this is a god send later in the day as I can report no colour transfer on anything else. It has the best packaging of the three - ideal for topping up throughout the day. Its also great on the lips giving you a really nice 'just more than average' pink glow, I wouldn't buy this as your first cream blusher as the application can be a right pain - but if you fall in love, why not take the plunge and grab one.
002 || Maybelline - This is probably my most used of the three. Rosy pink in colour and although the dream touch has what looks like a hint of sheen through it in its packaging, it doesn't transfer onto the skin. This is a really subtle cream blusher, good to use for a natural face or alongside a bright lip or bronzer. Consistency wise its alot lighter than Liz Earle's offering and almost reminds me of a wet look eye shadow. Don't make the mistake of putting this on your lips, its abit like foundation lips! cracks and goes all awful looking, it also has the tendency to transfer if you don't allow a bit of drying time!. If you're looking for a first time cream blusher purchase this is the one for you.
003 || Lo'real - Surprisingly I don't actually own many Lo'real products. This product really confused me to begin with, what with the use of BB in the title. This product's formula is completely different to the latter two. Its a gel and is good to use without foundation - a feature where the other two blushers look a little too forced. Application is pretty easy too and the colour develops as your applying. This is more of a candy pink, it really pops on the cheeks. The only downfall of this gel formula is that applying over foundation can move your makeup underneath around and make you look patchy. If your looking to experiment this is the product for you.
So what do you think?
Will you be trying any cream blushers this summer?