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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

One Shadow Two Ways

I love finding eyeshadows that I can throw on all over the lid, or incorporate into different looks. L'Oreal Cafe Saint Germain is a beautiful taupe pressed pigment which has excellent colour pay off at an unbeatable price.

The first way I used this was on its own on the lid and slightly blended into the crease. It is a fairly shimmery product, but not enough to put you off, and it doesn't look flat on the eyes which is why it works so well. For this I would recommend using a densely packed blending brush such as the Zoeva Luxe Soft Crease Brush or the Real Techniques Base Shadow. Using a eye brush like this will help pack on the colour, yet make it easy to blend at the same time. Also running some of this on the lower lash line looks great for a more smokey look.

To incorporate this into another eye look I would use it on the outer half of my eye and lower lash line. Paired with a light champagne shade in the inner corner such as Little Beige Dress from the same Colour Riche line would look gorgeous for a day to day eye look. Alternatively I love this shadow over the lid with a cranberry shade blended into the crease and on the lower lash line. It really compliments all eye colours and is a great look for the Autumn. I love MAC's Cranberry or L'Oreal's Escape in Bordeaux, both are stunning shades. Finish off with lashings off mascara and you're good to go.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Autumn Lusting

It seems like we have completely skipped through Autumn and headed straight into Winter, very sad, but I still wanted to put together a few things I have my eye on this season. 

1// Kate Spade Watch - I think Kate Spade do come really gorgeous watch designs and if you haven't checked them out already, you should. I adore the worn leather strap with the gold hardware, such a nice combo for this time of year.

2// Stripe Only Dress - I love dresses like this layered with tights and boots, it's by far one of my favourite looks for the fall. I do have a dress like this but due to bad washing machine choices it's more like a top so I'm in the market for a new one. I love the length of the sleeves and the key hole design on the back is very cute and feminine.

3//  Pieces Cape - Capes are another thing I'm all for this season and the colours of this one scream autumn to me. There is nothing better than being about to wear, what is basically a blanket, out and about.

4// Burberry Trench Coat - Completely out of my price range I know, but isn't is gorgeous?! I love trench coats, I think they're chic, put together, yet casual. They make great transitional pieces and Burberry is the dream people!

5// Topshop Boots - If you know me, you know my love for boots. These are gorgeous, the heel is a bit higher than I would usually go for but I love them and the buckles are a nice touch. May have to pick these up at a later date.

6// Navy Chloe Faye Bag - My oh my! Again, I can never actually afford it, but if I could I think navy is something different but still a safe neutral colour for the fall. I think the design of this is beautiful and I love that it has a long strap!

7// Charlotte Tilbury Godess Clay Mask - I have heard so many amazing things about this mask, it has been quite hyped up and I'm dying to try it. It's supposedly the mask that does it all, literally, it hydrates, clears pores and blackheads, and delays the skins ageing process...I'll take them all!

8// Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush - This seems like an odd one to put in but I've always had my eye on Bobbi Brown brushes, and this in particular is a great multi purpose face brush I can see myself getting a lot of use out of.

9// Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Cream Shadow - This women seriously knows her stuff when it comes to makeup and I had to stop myself from featuring her whole range of products! This shadow is a gorgeous bronze, taupe shade, right up my street. I've swatched it before and have been kicking myself ever since that I didn't pick it up. I am in London this week so we'll see! 
Sunday, November 08, 2015

& Other Stories Body Duo

I'm back! I apologise for my absence over the past couple of months. There's been a few problems, such as having no internet for a month and my new room at uni having the worst natural light in the world. I tried blogging using natural light at my photos were coming out terribly and I was never happy with them, hence why there hasn't been any content up for a while, I'm finding ways around that now but bare with me.

Today, I thought I would share a little & Other Stories duo I have been loving and reaching for throughout the Autumn. & Other Stories is a brand I have heard a lot about over the past year or so, and I was keen to give their well loved beauty products a try. Although their stores are quite hard to come by, the products aren't expensive so you can really stock up. I picked up their Sirocco Sand Body Soufflé and Oil. These smell like fig to me but the description states "rhubarb and gardenia", I don't think I've ever owned a rhubarb scented product but I don't hate it! It's a very musky scent, which is why I'm loving it at the moment, buy still fresh.

They body soufflé is a gorgeous thick cream which leaves the skin feeling so soft and nourished. This doesn't have the quickest sinking in time but in the evenings it's a great one to leave on and let it work it's magic. I tend to use the body oil more for when I go out and post shave. I love this oil on my legs, I find it doesn't irritate them and they are left feeling super silky, plus it makes it look like you have Victoria Secret legs. Love it.

Let me know what & Other Stories beauty products you've tried and love as I will definitely be going back for more.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Makeup Shakeup

I thought I would introduce a new segment into my blog where I show you a few products that have wrangled their way into my everyday routine. I always love to do tutorial type posts but find they can sometimes be too long and rambley, so this way I can talk you through a few everyday products and how I use them without putting you all to sleep.

For my base I've been loving the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation which is a new discovery for me. I've done a whole review of this here if you want a more in depth read, but in a nut shell it's a beautiful lightweight foundation which is easy to build. This is perfect for everyday as it doesn't look heavy on the skin and leaves it flawless yet natural.

After a recent trip into Debenhams I discovered a few new brands which I haven't seen in there before, Too Faced, The Balm among some other good ones! I couldn't stop myself picking up a couple of bits from The Balm as their products always look so great. I went for the Frat Boy blush and the Mary-Lou Manizer highlight. The former is a highly pigmented pinky coral shade which looks lovely on the cheeks for a natural flush of colour. You only need the tiniest amount of this and I love it layered with the highlighter on top. The highlighter is a lovely champagne shade which is very finely milled so it doesn't make you look like a disco ball with chunks of glitter over your face. Again, you only need a small amount so I can see this lasting a long time. The packaging of both of these are also super cute and another reason why I had to pick them up!

For my lips I've been keeping it very natural and only reaching for tinted lip balms. I find as the weather changes and becomes more cold my lips suffer and always get dry, so the Clarins Lip Balm Perfector in 01 Rose has been the perfect option. It gives your lips the tiniest hint of pink and it adds shine and moisture which is exactly what I've been after. All the shades in this range are great for everyday!
Monday, September 07, 2015

Two New From Essie

A trip to Boots is never complete without picking up at least one new Essie nail polish, there always seems to be a shade I don't have and need! I wanted to pick up a couple new shades to see me through the rest of the summer before cracking out my navy and burgundies again.

The two I picked up were Splash of Grenadine and Sunset Sneaks. The former is one I wanted to try for ages, and since Estee - from Essiebutton - always has it on her nails, I fingered I needed one for myself. I don't have any other shades like this, all my purple polishes are either pastels or the polar opposite and are more suitable for winter, this one however sits nicely in the middle. It's a lovely lilac shade which looks fun on the nails, but it's not too in your face, I can definitely see myself wearing this a lot in the future.

Sunset Sneaks is a classic coral shade, more pink than orange however. I always find myself searching for the perfect coral and this one is a lovely option if you wanted something a bit brighter. This is part of their summer collection so go grab it now if you like what you see. As with all Essie polishes the formula is great and they last a good 3-4 days with minimal chipping if you've put a top coat on post application. Let me know of any Essie shades you think I should buy next as I'm always looking to grow my collection.