Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Topshop Denim Shift Dress OOTD

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Big apology for the crappy photo today but I've been so busy at work lately that my evenings mainly pan out like this:

1. Come home and collapse on sofa.
2. Eat whatever food is within arms reach.
3. Fall asleep on the sofa with food still in hand.

I thought today I'd quickly share this Topshop Denim Shift Dress that I picked up in the sale for an amazing £15.00. It's a nice stiff denim so it keeps its a-line/shift shape really well, and I love the pockets on the front that keep it very relaxed and casual, even though it is quite short. If you undo the zip through the middle you can even wear it as a waistcoat/gilet type thing - gotta love a multi-tasker. I paired it with some suuuuper old raffia flatforms from River Island and a faux leather bag from ZARA. Also loving this with sliders and even my new Nikes.

While this exact dress has sold out, Topshop currently have a similar floral printed style here that I would totally buy if I didn't already have this one. Yes I know, I'm actually exercising some self control for once - who'd have thought it? What's been your favourite find in the summer sales?











Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The best £2.99 I've ever spent... Rimmel Brow This Way Review

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Here's a product that I was very excited to try. Rimmel Brow This Way (£3.99) - currently £2.99 at Boots - is the latest brow gel to find it's way into our drugstores, coming in four shades; Clear, Blonde, Medium Blonde and Dark Brown. It's supposed to define and perfect brows with a lightweight formula that lasts all day.

So let me just start off by saying, this will probably be one of the best £2.99s you'll ever spend. Brow This Way tints brows with a decent amount of colour, sets the hairs in place whilst also adding a bit of thickness and texture to my otherwise very plain-Jane brows. Also, I've found the shade Medium Blonde to work a treat at lightening up my brows after all of my usual brow products have become a smidge too dark for me (hashtag dyed hair probs).

The only thing I wont agree with is the 'lasts all day' claim. Brow This Way is definitely not as prominent by the end of the day as it is straight after application, but because it's so small you can just take it with you in your handbag to touch up. But then again who really has time to touch up their eyebrows during a working day? It's not the biggest disappointment, but after being a devoted user of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel, which lasts all day and then some, it's a bit of a step down.

If you love brows and you're on a budget, Rimmel Brow This Way is definitely the way (geddit) to go. It works especially well when you're doing a super defined brow but it's also great to add a hint of shape when you're having a more low maintenance day (or if you're naturally blessed with some Cara brows). I'm wearing Medium Blonde, a slightly warm mid brown, in my last post here.

Which brow gel do you use? Will you be giving Brow This Way a try?

Monday, 18 August 2014

FOTN - LORAC Pro Palette Look #2

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I wasn't lying when I said the LORAC Pro Palette (£49.99) is probably one of my favourite purchases ever. I've already posted about it twice and I've brought it out to play on every occasion that even remotely called for a smokey eye. After cobbling together my usual gold smokey eyes (check out my last blog post here) I wanted to try something a little more grey/silvery, and this is the look I ended up with!

FACE
Bourjois Happy Light Foundation in 53 (£11.99)
MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Lightboost (£18.50)
CHANEL Les Beiges Powder in No.30 (£38.00)
Estee Lauder Matte Bronzer in Medium (£26.00)
MAC Satin Blusher in Supercontinental (£17.50)

EYES
LORAC Pro Palette (£49.99)shades Taupe, Sable and Espresso in the crease and along lower lash line, Pewter on the lid, Cream on the brow bone and Nude on the inner corner
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (£12.00)
Collection Lengthening Mascara (£3.99)

BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Chocolate (£15.00)
Rimmel Brow This Way in Medium Blonde (£3.99)

LIPS
Collection Cream Puff in Angel Delight (£2.99)

I felt like the finished look was quite 60's, if I had some nude eyeliner with me at the time (I was staying at the boyf's) I would have definitely added that into the waterline. By the way guys sorry for posting a FOTN post twice in a row (and also wearing the same outfit in both - that Topshop denim dress was money well spent), but it's been a busy weekend and these were the only photos I managed to take. I've got lots of posts written up though so hopefully I'll be able to snap some photos when I get home from work tonight!

What kind of smokey eye is your favourite, golden goddess-like or taupey silvers?


Friday, 15 August 2014

FOTN - gold smokey eye and brown nude lip (shock!)

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I couldn't wait to do my makeup last weekend because it meant I got to try out all of the new beauty bits that I'd picked up recently (haul here!). The star of the show was definitely the LORAC Pro Palette. I'm not going to lie I had a smug smirk on my face the entire time I was using it. Guys you need this palette! I also went for a 90's nude lip with MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit, although I think next time it would look better with a fierce cat wing liner look. Here are the rest of the products I used...

FACE
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX10 (£38.00)
MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost (£18.50)
CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in No.30 (£38.00)
Estee Lauder Matte Bronzer in Medium (£26.00)
Bourjois Pot de Rouge in Rose D'Jaspe (£6.99)

EYES
LORAC Pro Palette (£49.99) Taupe, Mauve, Espresso, Gold and It Bronze
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner (£12.00)
Collection Lengthening Mascara (£3.99)
MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy (£14.00)

LIPS
MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit (£15.50)

Now I'm really trying to branch out with my makeup so I promise next time I will have a makeup look for you guys that doesn't look the same as all my others. I'm just a total gold-smokey-eye-girl at heart. With the LORAC Pro Palette, I'm going to try a more silvery/grey smokey eye next time - we'll see how that goes!

What kind of look would you create with the LORAC Pro Palette? Or what would you pair with a 90s nude lip shade?



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

French skincare for oily/blemish prone skin

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So, to give you a bit of background knowledge - my skin is oily/combo and very prone to the odd zit. Lately I've found that my breakouts are few and far between, but I still get a little oily throughout the day and have a lot of acne scars to deal with. So that's where these two products, from the French skincare gods Avene and A-Derma, come in.

Let's start with the Avene TriAcneal (£23.00), a combination of 3 active ingredients (efectiose, retinol and glycolic acid) that's designed to fade the look of imperfections, smooth the skin and and provide continuous moisture. I've not been using this very long but already I feel like my skin looks clearer and more even in skin tone, with some of the lighter pigmentation on my cheeks noticeably fading. I have a few acne scars on my chin that are pretty severe so it will be exciting to see how this works on those.

The second product is the A-Derma Hydralba Light Hydrating Cream (£13.50). This lightly scented moisturiser has a very thin consistency, meaning it absorbs instantly into the skin - perfect for us oily/combo skin types. A chickpea sized blob leaves my skin feels hydrated but with a matte-ish finish to it. I've also noticed that my makeup lasts a helluva lot longer when using this as my morning moisturiser. A total must have for oily/combo skins, trust me once you've given this a go you'll be hard pushed to try something else!

Have you tried either of these products? Are you a fan of French skincare brands?

Neon coral nails | Sephora Formula X Nail Polish in Power Source


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I'd fallen a little out of love with bright nail polishes - white, cream and nudes were quickly becoming all I wore on my nails - until Marco came back from Barcelona with the Sephora X Nail Polish in Power Source. It's an almost fluorescent coral with a strong pinky/watermelon undertone. I absolutely love it and have it on my fingers and toes right now.

As well as the on point shade, Sephora's formula also gets a major thumbs up from me. This shade is lovely and opaque in 2 coats, with a runny but not too runny formula that means it spreads over the nails super easily. But what about the lasting power I hear you say?? I managed to eke out 3/4 days before I had tip wear and then after that the chips started to worm their way in. Not bad at all, but definitely dupable at a cheaper price point. For example the Maybelline Forever Strong polishes are very similar, the shade Hot Salsa is a total dupe for Power Source.

Having said that, I'd still definitely pick up more shades from the range, the pastels in particular look so beautiful. Which shades would you recommend from the Formula X line?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The perf '90s nude lip with MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit

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While the baby butterfly clips and peddlepushers are two 90s trends that should probably stay firmly in the 90s, I am welcoming the dark, brown/plum/nude lipsticks with open arms. They make your lips look fuller, your complexion healthier and teeth whiter - what's not to love here? One that I've picked up recently is MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit (£15.50). Yes, MAC's prices have gone up yet again - seriously what is up with that - but this shade is worth it in my books.

The Satin formula, a new one for me and my MAC lipstick collection, is incredibly beautiful. It sits so nicely on the lips, doesn't settle in to flakes or look dry and feels very comfortable to wear. It's almost matte so has pretty steadfast lasting power, but you will need to reapply after eating/drinking. Spirit is such a beautiful shade; a dark brown that has a slight rosey-ness to it - making it infinitely wearable for so many skin tones. The pigmentation is absolutely spot on too, and if you fancy a less full on 90s vibe you could just dab this onto the lips for a more sheer wash of colour. 

My only niggle is that I have found this lipstick to be pretty drying. After a whole day's worth of wear you'll need a good slick of lip balm to sort things out - I'm going to try and apply lip balm regularly throughout the day on top of this shade to try and keep my lips in good condition. Also a slightly less justified concern is the lipstick's vanilla scent, which only makes me want to eat LOTS of cake every time I apply it. Seriously. But lack of willpower aside, this shade is fast becoming my everyday go to, and I'd definitely recommend you give it a swatch next time your in the MAC store. Oh, and if this MAC shade is a little out of budget for some of you, I have a pretty good dupe coming up soon! 

What's your favourite 90s trend? Are you a fan of this lipstick shade? 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Review: Playing around with the LORAC Pro Palette

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I'm just gonna throw this out there, the LORAC Pro Palette is probably my favourite eyeshadow palette ever.  The shadows inside are a neutral lover's dream, offering 8 mattes and 8 subtle metallics that work in perfect harmony to create countless makeup looks. Typically I went for a shimmery gold smokey eye, but purple, grey and champagne hued eyes are also on the table with this palette, so there's definitely something for everyone.

I definitely think the Pro Palette's stand out quality is the texture of the shadows; buttery smooth and a breeze to blend. The pigmentation of all shades is also incredible, particularly the mattes, completely putting to rest any preconceptions I had about the majority of matte shadows being chalky. Then we have the metallic row, where the shadows don't have any intense glittery finish but more of a light shimmery glow. However, you can always amp up the metallic shades by spritzing your brush with water after you've dipped into the pan. Some of my favourite shades from the pan are below; Taupe, Mauve, Espresso, GarnetGold, It Bronze and Pewter.

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For the look above I used Taupe, Mauve and Espresso in the crease, with Gold on the lid and It Bronze on the inner third of the eye. It Bronze is the perfect shade to open up the inner eye with, not too shimmery but still light and brightening.

The only negative is that I've found when using a fluffy brush with any of the shadows I get a whole lotta fall out in the pan. The best thing to do is tap off your brush before applying on to the eye, and also giving the palette a quick blow to get rid of the excess powder. But this really is me just clutching at straws here guys. Other than that I can't fault the Pro Palette at all, and if you're after a slim and compact palette that contains all of your eyeshadow needs - this is your guy.

I purchased my Pro Palette from Roses Beauty Store - they have pretty much every stateside Sephora brand you can think of. If you visit the site and don't buy anything, I take my hat off to you, girl.

Which eyeshadow palette is your favourite? Do you like neutrals, mattes or brights?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Tonal makeup FOTD


Recently I've found myself gravitating towards the browny nudes in my makeup stash and using them pretty much everywhere. Eyes, cheeks and lips all get the warm taupe treatment, resulting in a tonal look that avoids any obvious use of colour. It's quite natural and understated but still enhances the features. Here are the products I used:

FACE
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX10 (£38.00)
MAC Prep & Primer Highlighter in Light Boost (£18.50)
Laura Mercier Bronzer in Sand Dune (d/c)
NARS Blush in Gina (£21.50)

EYES
Lorac Pro Palette (£49.99), Taupe all over the lid and Sable on the outer v and lower lash line
No.7 Lash Impact Mascara* (£13.50)
MAC Eyeliner in Teddy (£14.00)

LIPS
COLLECTION Cream Puff Lip Cream in Angel Delight £2.99

It's that last product that I'm currently most obsessed with. The COLLECTION Cream Puff Lip Cream in Angel Delight is the perfect browny nude shade and gives the most gorgeous matte finish to the lips. I have found it to be a teeeeeny tiny bit drying but nothing a little lip balm can't save. Shade range is slightly limited but I will definitely go back to see if there's anything else that catches my eye.

What do you think of the tonal makeup look? I'm not going to lie, it's quite hard to pull of and I do feel slightly vampire-like, not having any colour in my cheeks and all. But I'm kinda digging it! I like the 90s vibe of it. Is this look something you wear often or will you be giving it a try?

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Pay day beauty buys


When my first paycheck came through from my new job, it was pretty hard to resist not splurging on a few beauty treats. Especially when I found a UK based website that stocks basically EVERYTHING that you can get your hands on in stateside Sephora  - including Josie Maran, Kat Von D and (you guessed it) Lorac.  The online shop is rosesbeautystore - beware though it's dangerous viewing, especially if you're trying to save! Inevitably, the Pro Palette (£49.99) hit my basket quicker than you can imagine. It's significantly higher priced than it would be to buy in America, but hey ho it's cheaper than a plane ticket.

When the palette arrived  (quickly, within 3 working days) I stared at it lovingly for a very long time and vowed to take really good care of it. Then I boasted about it to anybody who would listen, chewed my boyfriend's ear off about how good quality the shadows were and then guess what? I only went and accidentally dug my little finger in the shade Champagne scraping out a pretty hefty chunk - I could have cried. That'll teach me! So yeah although my palette doesn't exactly look perfect anymore, from what I've tried the shadows themselves are beyond perfection! So creamy and buttery. I still haven't swatched all of the shades in this palette but I can't wait to have a good play and start creating some different looks!

Then I picked up MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Lightboost (£18.50) after wanting it for SO long, as well as MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit (£15.50) in the hope that it would be the perfect 90s nude. This was while Debenhams had their £5 off lipsticks promo, which should definitely happen more often!

What beauty bits have you picked up recently?

Monday, 4 August 2014

Bright and glossy summer lips

I'm usually a neutral and satin kinda girl when it comes to the lips, so the fact that I actually quite like these COLLECTION Colour Pro Intense Lip Lacquers (£4.19) comes as quite a surprise for me. The formula is billed as long lasting and highly pigmented with a super high shine finish - all for a price tag of under five quid. While there are just four shades in the lineup, all bases are covered with a nude (Prom Queen), baby pink (It Girl), hot pink (Rebel) and coral (Show Off). It's the latter two that I have to show and tell today.

First thing I noticed was that the doe foot applicator is longer than average, flat and really quite narrow, making it an absolute breeze to apply the product in a neat and precise manner. Also, these Lip Lacquers are totally unscented, which gets massive brownie points from me. I also love that whilst these shades are very pigmented, they have an almost transparent/watery quality to them? It's hard to explain, maybe you can see what I mean in the photo below, they definitely have more of a gelly look to them than a creamy, buttery gloss.



Now, if you can't deal with sticky lip glosses, let me warn you now that these Lip Lacquers are probably ones that you should steer clear of! They're about as sticky as they get! But there still pretty comfortable to wear and I haven't found them to go gloopy or stringy (if anyone knows what I mean!?) on the lips at all. The gloss wears down after a couple of hours and you're left with an even fade with a pretty stain. 

Out of the two, Show Off is my favourite - the shade I'm wearing above. It's one of those lip colours that manages to somehow lift the complexion and add life to the face! My go-to way to wear a bright glossy lip in the summer is with minimal makeup; just a bit of glowy base, some cream highlighter and curled lashes.  Otherwise I feel like there's too much going on - for me anyway! If you prefer something even more low key, you can also just dab these lightly on the lips for more of a sheer and balmy look.

What do you think of these Lip Lacquers? Will you be giving them a whirl? 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Battle of the texturising sprays




STRICT BUDGET
L'oreal Studio Line Volume Supersizing Spray (£3.99)
As you might imagine because of its price, this spritz is probably the less sophisticated of the bunch. A couple of sprays through the ends of your hair will give a nice separated look but too much and it can become a little greasy and sticky looking. Keep the sprays to a minimum and only through the mid-lengths to ends and you'll be happy.

PURSE FRIENDLY
Charles Worthington Texturising Spray (£6.99)
This spray is definitely the most natural feeling product, and the texture it gives is very minimal meaning you can just build it up to your desired effect. This is a great one to use when your hair is freshly washed and you need it to have a touch more grip to it without things getting sticky or dry.

THE "YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE" TREAT
Fudge Think Big Texture Spray (£11.95)
Now you might have expected to see the Oribe offering in this category, but no hair spray type product should be anywhere near the £30.00 mark! Especially when I find that texturising sprays are one of the hair products I get through the quickest. I also tried the infamous Oribe texture spray in SpaceNK a little while ago and was far from impressed! This Fudge spray on the other hand is a totally different story. It's not one for the faint-hearted, as it packs a serious load of texture and hold - so great to use in place of your usual hairspray. It does make hair feel a little crispy and dry, but the volume and separation you get from it is well worth it.

I'm thinking of doing a "battle of the..." series, so let me know which kind of product you fancy seeing next! What are your favourite texturising sprays?


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Nike Air Pegasus 31

Does anyone else feel like buying the right pair of work out trainers is hard? There is SO much choice out there, and it all depends on what kind of sport you'll be doing, how often you'll be doing it and whether you're an over pronator or an under pronator (I still don't even fully understand what this means). Then add to all of that the fact that the trainers have to actually look nice too. It's just all a bit too much.

Well, after a lot of googling and searching I came across these and I thought I might aswell share them incase anyone else is going through a bit of a trainer meltdown (like I was). They're the Nike Air Pegasus 31 Running Shoe (£85.00). They aren't super springy like other running shoes can be, but they're super supportive and, of course, very comfortable. My feet just feel really sturdy in them and the thick sole really cushions the impact of running, good for me because I have pretty weak knees! I actually look forward to the gym because I get to wear these. OK, slight exaggeration. But they really do make the whole gym ordeal much more bareable :) Despite them being black, they're also really breathable so my feet don't feel like they're melting - even when the rest of me is ready to pass out.

I'm still only a beginner when it comes to running, but if you're looking for a comfortable, breathable and pretty looking running shoe I'd definitely recommend the Nike Air Pegasus 31 Running Shoe. Definitely a pair to bare in mind and try on when you're on the trainer hunt.

Also while we're on the topic of workout gear, what are your favourite places for cute gym clothes? I'm normally a massive fan of Forever 21 but recently nothing has caught my eye. It seems like you can't get anything decent unless you wanna spend a small fortune. If there's any shops or online stores I should check out, I would love to know! 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Muted neon nails


Now I don't know if anybody has noticed this, but I hardly ever post about nails anymore! My obsession with nails and, in particular, nail art has kind of slowed and these days I find myself gravitating towards more wearable and paired back shades on my nails.

That's where muted neons come in. Muted neons are still eye-catchingly bright but have more of a pastel tone to them - making them pretty easy to wear whilst still being very fun. The orange/peach shade is Maybelline Color Show in Sun Flare (£3.99 Superdrug), the pink is by Color Club in East Austin (£2.77 eBay) and the minty green is China Glaze in Highlight of My Summer (£4.17 BeautyBay). You can see what Highlight of My Summer looks like better in this post! All amazing shades that I would definitely recommend checking out if you like this kind of look, Models Own also have some great pastel neon shades worth checking out.

The lighter you go, the more streaky you'll find the application but the Color Club and China Glaze shades, being darker, are perfectly opaque with just two coats. Probably my favourite thing about these kinds of shades is that they instantly make you look more tanned, always a bonus in my books.

Do you have any muted neon nail polishes you love?



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

FOTD - Graduation make up!


I really don't think there's any rules on how to do you're makeup for graduation. Most people will say you want to look professional, put together and grown up... But I say just look like you. You have your photo taken so many times that you need to feel comfortable and happy in your own skin, so doing your makeup how you like it is key. Which is exactly why I went for a slightly smoky eye with a nude lip. Quelle surprise. 

FACE
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer £18.00
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cashew Beige £33.00
Rimell Wake Me Up Concealer £6.49
Becca Fine Loose Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder £18.00
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Matt Bronzer £30.00
NARS Gina Blush  £23.50
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight £35.00

EYES
Urban Decay Buck and Naked Eyeshadow through the crease, plus some bronzer, repeated along the bottom lash line
A bronzey/gold shade from the Dior Night Golds Palette (LE) similar to MAC Patina Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Fawn along the top lash line and smoked out
MAC Teddy Eye Kohl £12.00 in the waterline
No. 7 Lash Impact Mascara £13.50
A white shimmery shade from the Dior Night Golds Palette (LE) on the tear duct area

LIPS + BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Chocolate £15.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Espresso £15.00
L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in 601 Nude Ballet £8.99 dabbed on and sheered out

Graduation is such a long day that primer, a long lasting foundation, and blotting powder are absolute necessities if you're a combo/oily skinned gal like myself. I also went for this L'Oreal lipgloss formula because it hangs around much better than most lipsticks I own, without having to go for a bright or more pigmented shade.

If you want to see what I wore for graduation, check out this post here. Are you graduating this summer? What kind of look did you go for?

Monday, 28 July 2014

My boyfriend's SEPHORA purchases


My boyfriend was in Barcelona a few weeks ago for his best friend's stag do, so of course I gave him very firm instructions to take a trip to Sephora while he was there. In fact, under no circumstances was he allowed to return to British soil without a Sephora bag in tow. Out of my, very extensive, list, Marco ended up picking the Sephora Formula X Nail Polish in Power Source, MUFE Smokey Lash Mascara and the Sephora Pro Precision Foundation Brush #58. Eeeeeeek I'm so excited to try everything!

Have you ever tried any of these bits? What would you buy from Sephora?

Friday, 25 July 2014

Review: Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan BB


Rimmel Sunshimmer BB Perfection Instant Tan £6.99 is the perfect product for fake tan afficionados and newbies alike. It's billed as a 9 in 1 product that softens, smoothes, moisturises, gives an instant tan, a healthy looking glow, evens skin tone, covers, perfects and lasts up to 24 hours. AND BREATHE.

Anybody new to fake tan, you'll probably prefer the shade Light. It's less intense and therefore won't look as stark on paler skin tones. Being an instant tan, this is great to experiment with if you're not too confident with fake tans, but be warned it does dry quickly so you need to blend fast! My little tip is to mix in some of your favourite moisturiser, this will make for a smoother and more streak free application.


For fake tan pros, the shade Medium (the shade above) will be more up your street. It's a lot deeper but there's still no orange tinge, it's a very realistic tan shade. It's great to use when you feel like your actual fake tan is starting to fade to give your skin an extra hit of colour. It also looks incredible on legs, covering any little bruises and giving a much more even skin tone - amazing for nights out!

Whilst I wouldn't say it lasts 24 hours, it will last you a good 7-8 before it starts to fade. And be careful when your wearing white clothing as this does transfer. You just need to wait for it to complete dry before getting dressed. But apart from that I cannot fault Rimmel for this product. It's quickly become a tanning staple for me.

Have you tried this product yet? What did you think?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

What I wore for Graduation!







I'm kind of on autopilot so that every time everyone asks me what it's like to graduate, I just reply "ahhh it's scary!". When really, it's not. It's actually exciting! Mega cliche, but it's the start of a new chapter with so many amazing/exciting experiences and opportunities all still to come.

I kept it pretty simple and wore this peach dress from ZARA (£29.99), a pair of silver ASOS Happy Hour Sandals (currently £26.00 in the sale) and an embellished box bag also from ZARA (currently £22.99 in the sale). There was also lots of St Tropez Original Bronzing Mousse £23.00 involved. This is two layers... naturally.

And my biggest tip for fellow graduates? Bring safety pins!! And hair slides. My hat nearly flung off of my head several times and the hood slips around all over the place. Nightmare.

Good luck to anybody graduating soon!! You'll have an amazing time, enjoy every minute!


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

What's in my everyday makeup bag


I am definitely someone who touches up A LOT throughout the day; thanks to my combo skin, the super hot weather we've been having recently and the rushing around nature of my job (yes, that's right guys, I'm now employed!). This means that I carry an awful lot around with me on a day to day basis! So firstly, the makeup bag. It's an oldie but a goodie from Topshop. Whilst it's not big enough to work as a holiday makeup bag it still fits a helluva lot of makeup in there, which is why I love it for slinging in my handbag.

1. Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Waterproof Mascara (£9.99*)
I mentioned in my review that this doesn't look great as the day goes on, so definitely one that I need to top up around lunchtime.

2. Becca Loose Powder (£5.99 Fragrance Direct)
Yep, a combo/oily skinned gal's best friend. This powder doesn't build up or go cakey, so touch ups never look like you've dipped your face in talcum powder..

3. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium (£30.00)
If I don't keep my bronzer topped up I can start to look very ghostly, very quickly. I like taking this one with me because it also has a huge mirror, perfect for doing makeup on the go. And yes, that's my ankle that you can see reflecting in the mirror there.

4. Body Shop Face and Body Brush (£16.00)
This is my favourite brush to apply powder face products. Although it's synthetic hair, it picks up powders amazingly well. The handle isn't too long either so it fits really snugly into most makeup bags.

5. MAC Girl About Town Lipstick (£15.50)
Firstly, how outrageous that MAC have upped their prices yet again?! I keep GAT in my bag for any last minute after work drinks. I prefer to blot this shade onto my lips instead of applying heavy handedly, it creates such a pretty stain.

6. Real Techniques Contour Brush (part of Core Collection)
This is currently my go to for applying products onto the undereye area. It makes super quick work of blending out concealer and the soft bristles mean that it's super gentle around the delicate eye area.

7. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Sand (£24.50)
Whilst the concealer half of this duo is long gone, I've started using the pale yellow powder in place of my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (£18.00). I much prefer the yellow tone of this powder, and just like the LM it keeps creases under the eye well at bay.

8. Topshop Lipstick in Rumour Has It (£8.00)
This shade is my current go-to nude lipstick. It's hydrating, comfortable to wear but still relatively long lasting. It's also one of those shades that kinda makes your lips look fuller which is always fab! It's a slightly rose toned brown, which I'd 100% recommend for anyone with medium-dark skin tones.

9. Tangle Teezer Compact (£9.59)
Pretty self explanatory, this size is perfect for your handbag.

10. Travalo (£9.99)
This is definitely the one thing you never knew you needed, until you try it and then you wonder how you ever lived without it. You can basically fill it up with any perfume you like, mines currently topped up with Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey. Worth mentioning that the spritz is a nice spritz, if you know what I mean!

11. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (£20.00)
I always like to re-curl my eyelashes halfway through the day. I find it opens up my eyes making me look more awake, so these always come with me!

12. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory (£5.49)
This concealer has a light, slightly watery formula, so it doesn't cake up if you reapply it throughout the day. The shade is also fab for brightening the under eye area and the doe foot applicator makes it a breeze to apply on the go. I swipe on and then blend out with the Real Techniques Contour Brush.

What do you guys take with you in your everyday makeup bag? Or are you lucky enough not to have to touch up throughout the day?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

FOTD: A classic golden eye



You know when you feel like you want to make an effort with your makeup, but you're not going anywhere particularly special? Well, I feel like this is the perfect kind of makeup to go for on those occasions. For me, a metallic (but not glittery) lid paired with a clean (but not too dramatic) liquid liner is kind of the makeup equivalent of fashion's smart-casual.

For this look I firstly built up definition in the crease, using a bronzer, then Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Naked and Buck (from the UD Naked Palette £38.00). I then took a flat brush, spritzed it with some water, and dipped it in Barry M Tan Pigment £4.59. Oh my gosh this stuff is amazing. It's the most beautiful colour, insanely pigmented and spritzed with water there is zero fall out. If anyone has been lusting after MAC Pigment in Tan £15.00, I would definitely recommend trying out the Barry M pigments first.

I then slicked on a winged liner with the help of the Eyeko Skinny Liner £12.00. I must admit this is quite a tricky product to get the hang of initially, but the patience it takes to master is well worth garnering as this really is a great liner formula. It's super black - proper black, not that weird navy-ish black, and hangs around forever. After a nice helping of MAC Teddy Eyeliner £12.00 through the waterline, I added the Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Waterproof Mascara £9.99*. Paired with my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion £8.00, this look lasted all night.


For the rest of my makeup I used...

FACE
A very light layer of Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX10, blended over the Nivea Anti-Wrinkle CC Cream £9.99*;
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium £4.19 under the eyes to brighten and the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder £18.00 to set the under eye area;
I then dusted on some Becca Fine Loose Powder £5.99 (Fragrance Direct) as well as the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium Matte £30.00 and MAC Blush in Supercontinental £17.00.

LIPS
Tory Burch Lipstick in Pas de Tout £22.00

BROWS
This was pre-eyebrow threading so my brows were looking CRAY, so I kept them quite minimal and just ran some of Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow through them, followed by Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Espresso £15.00

What kind of makeup do you wear for smart-casual kinda occasions? 

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Internship 101 | PART 1 - How to get an internship

I've done quite a few internships in my time. Some internships are totally amazing... Others not so much! So to help you get those amazing internships I thought I'd put together all of the advice, tips and tricks that I've accumulated over the years. I'll be starting with the very basics - how to actually get your foot in the door.

1. WHERE ARE INTERNSHIPS ADVERTISED?
In a word: everywhere. If you're at uni look at your internal job board, for example my uni (LCF) have a great job board that can be viewed by everyone, not just students. The Indeed.co.uk job board is also a good one to bookmark, while other more fashion/beauty specific sites are Fashion Monitor, Diary Directory and Gorkana.

It's also a good idea to follow the brands you want to intern for on Twitter, LinkedIn etc as lots of companies post vacancies to their social media platforms these days. Give them a tweet and just ask if they have any opportunities available - that's exactly how I got one of my internships once!

Lastly, don't forget that just e-mailing out your CV is totally okay even if there isn't a specific position advertised. The Contact Us section of many fashion/beauty websites usually has a press e-mail, but if not just send it through to the generic one and it may get passed along. It's always worth trying.

2. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY CV?
Ahhhh the CV. At the beginning of my uni course we had a seminar on CV's and our tutor's advice was to keep it simple - i.e. one page maximum. A good way to do this is to just cut out your GCSEs and A Levels - if you've made it to uni chances are your grades were good enough! Also just put references available on request instead of full contact details and skip irrelevant information like your previous work place's address.

So just to give you an idea, my CV follows this kind of layout: a title with name, contact number and e-mail, a personal bio where I mention specific skills that I have, work history and then references available on request.

The personal bio is where you'll grab your prospective employer's attention, so if you have a beauty blog - mention it! If you're nifty with PhotoShop, PowerPoint, Excel... mention it! Try to avoid cliche terms like "works well in a team" and stick with cold hard facts that will say a lot more about you than overused phrases.

3. I HAVE NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. WHAT DO I DO?
I think the key to getting your head around this is realising that even if two job roles are completely different it doesn't mean that a similar skill set isn't required. So for example while I was at college I'd worked as a receptionist, at a gym and on a shop floor. These jobs needed me to use my own initiative, be organised, talk to new people and work in fast paced environments - all skills that transfer directly into the PR industry.

So think about what you've previously done and how you can make that work for the role you're applying for. If you have literally zero work experience then think about other things in your life that you do. For example hobbies require determination and commitment, both very positive qualities that an employer will most likely look for.

4. THE ACTUAL APPLICATION E-MAIL - HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Firstly, always start the e-mail with Dear...... and always end it Yours sincerely/faithfully. This is just more formal and professional (I think). Then in the first paragraph put which job you're applying for and where you found the vacancy.

Second paragraph a small bit about yourself, elaborate or emphasise some of your main skills, and then finish with the good old line please find my CV attached for your consideration. Lastly always double check that you've actually attached your CV, I used to send mine in PDF format but whichever format you prefer is fine.

I hope that's been helpful to someone! Very long but there is a lot to say! I think the next post I do will be about interviews and advice for when you're actually interning.

Are you looking for internships/interning at the moment? Do you have any tips to share?

Friday, 18 July 2014

A little trip to KIKO...


After trying, and failing - miserably, to find a graduation dress in a heaving Westfield on Saturday (I ended up wearing something I already had, typical), I thought I thoroughly deserved a little makeup splurge. KIKO is 100% the perfect place to do such a thing; everything's super affordable but still amazing quality, so you feel like it's money well spent (and therefore not as guilty!).  


I really wanted to add another Ultra Glossy Lip Stylo £4.19 to my stash - they're an amazing creamy, sheeny formula that, to me, make the perfect low maintenance lipstick. I picked up the shade 803, a warm, mid-tone pink, which lends itself as a fab neutral alternative to your nude lipsticks. These have a light vanilla scent and really do just feel SO comfortable on the lips. Next time you're in KIKO you need to pick one of these up! 


Next on my hit list was the Water Eyeshadows £8.90 - a soft, metallic formula that can be used dry but really show their magic when used wet. Obviously I was drawn to the golds and burgundies in this range, but I thought I would try something totally different and opted for 218 Grapefruit Pink. Oh em gee guys this shade is BEAUTIFUL - a really multidimensional combo of pink, gold and peach. Also, when used with a light hand I can imagine that this would work really well as a highlighter too. 

The last thing I picked up was the Smart Lip Pencil in 712 Rose Mauve £2.50 - but more on this later. It's the perfect shade if you're wanting to recreate a certain someone's makeup look. Hint, her first name rhymes with smilie ;). 

KIKO is fast becoming one of my favourite makeup brands, I've loved everything I've tried from them so far. What are your favourite KIKO products? Do you have any recommendations for me to pick up next time? 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Current fave makeup brushes and the products I love to use them with...

When it comes to makeup brushes, I'm never satisfied. Forget MAC brushes, it's Hakuhodo brushes that I'm dreaming of these days. But if I'm realistic (which can sometimes be a hard feat when it comes to makeup) I don't neeeed any more brushes - the ones that I've got work just fine. Especially these five. They're the ones I've been reaching for the most and I've even been putting off washing them because I can't bare to have them out of action...


Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56 £20.43 (before tax) 
OK so if that name isn't enough to suck a girl in, I don't know what is. Luckily enough, this smallish synthetic bristled brush definitely lives up to its name. It's essentially very similar to the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, but better. Why? It's more dense (giving better coverage), domed (making it easier to get into areas around the eyes and nose) and a hell of a lot softer. And we all love a seriously soft brush, right? 


The brush also feels and looks really well made and professional, so I can see this lasting a good few years to come. Lastly, the smaller sizing of this brush means it can work for virtually any face product - contour, under eye concealer, powder or blush, the list goes on. I love it for everything, but I found that it makes especially light work of buffing in Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation £33.00, a foundation that you need to really work into the skin.



Sigma Flat Top Kabuki F80 £14.95
This brush is the ultimate for applying full coverage foundations. It's large surface area means that you can cover the whole face pretty quickly and the synthetic bristles won't suck up any of your liquid or cream products.

There are plenty of dupes for this brush but I would still recommend the Sigma version, I've never had any problems with the bristles falling out and it washes up so well. Plus I've had this brush since 2012 and it's still going strong! It's incredible for applying the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer £38.00. If I use any other brush with the SSE I instantly notice a difference in how it looks. 


Crown Blending Fluff 2K13 £2.69
There are no words for my love for this brush. Firstly the price is incredible!! If you're just starting to build a brush collection grab yourself three of these and you'll pretty much be sorted for the eyes. It's larger than a typical blending brush (think MAC 217) so it may not be best for people with smaller eyes. However, I just find that the flat side of the brush works beautifully for packing down colour, while the fluffy domed tip blends shadows very effortlessly.

Recently, I've been using this brush to sweep bronzer all over the lid, up into the crease and along the lower lash line. If you love sweeping a haze of colour all around the eye this is definitely the brush to do it with. 


Royal & Langnickel BC190 Silk Blush Brush £20.41
The softness of this brush is seriously on another level. It's intended to be a blush brush, which it works perfectly well for, but I like to use it to apply my contour. It's a domed, but flat, brush, which means the narrow top works so amazingly to carve out hollowed cheekbones. 

I just apply my bronzer as I normally would, then take a little bit of Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium £35.00 just through the backs of my cheekbones. It creates a super blended, but still visible, contour with minimal effort. 


Becca Dual Ended Brow Brush 60 £14.99
Although this is dual ended, the end I prefer is the white, synthetic bristled end. This side is perfect for picking up cream products - specifically the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Chocolate £15.00. It's slightly wider than the brow brush I was using before (MAC 263) but actually I think I prefer it. 

So what are your current favourite makeup brushes? Are there any brushes that you've actually been neglecting lately?