Friday, 17 November 2017

STYLE: FESTIVE FEELINGS WITH ROKIT VINTAGE

Oh hello there, my ugly mug and my actual body are making a rare appearance over here as i'd like to tell you about my latest wardrobe addition that I kid you not, has not left my shoulders since I received it a week ago.

With the dark nights drawing in at 3pm and a very distinct nip in the air now we are passed Halloween and Bonfire Night, I am starting to feel a little swirl of excitement for the pending festive season! The end of November marks my 24th birthday and following that, the Christmas tree will be up and i'll be in full on Chrimbo mode!

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas!


It occurred to me the other day, following a conversation about our office Christmas party that I don't actually own a Christmas jumper, usually I rock a red lip and a bit of glitter but that's no fun is it? So when the team at Rokit Vintage contacted me to see if i'd like to have a look at their Christmas jumper collection I bit their hand off!

I've collected vintage treasures from Rokit over the last 5 years and it is one of my genuine go-to stops whenever i'm down in London (Camden shop specifically!) to scour for something unique and sassy.
If you're not familiar with Rokit Vintage yourself, since 1986 they have channeled their passion for awesome clothing into sourcing hundreds and hundreds of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces before repairing and laundering them ready to be loved again. Suitably, they started off in Camden market before expanding out further into London and of course online!
History lesson done, I want to show you my new, festive winter cardigan from Rokit! I found it in the Christmas section of the site which is home to loads and loads of vintage Christmas jumpers from the twee, to the classic. They regularly update the section too so you'll be sure to find something you're looking for and every piece is one of a kind, so there will be no worries of your colleague turning up in the same jumper on Xmas jumper day at work!

Now, you might be wondering why I didn't choose a classically tacky awesome Xmas jumper and the simple answer was, I was sad that I could only wear it for a few weeks of the year! So instead, I went for a more versatile, festive winter cardigan that features sprigs and spruces of Christmas tree on it! This uber cute and very comfortable box cardigan is from the 90s, and as a 90s kid I like that it's been around as long as I have! I have to tell you though, it doesn't smell like it is, if you're concerned about that 'preloved' scent, I can assure you Rokit's clothing doesn't have it. Though, for me there is something a little endearing about the foisty, musky scent of vintage clothes

One thing I must also mention is that Rokit's delivery is super, super speedy and their products are packaged beautifully and inclusive of a free printed tote bag! Always handy if you ask me!

Looking for an awesome Christmas jumper? 

Check out Rokit Vintage's Christmas collection


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

BEAUTY: ALL NEW NOW FROM THE COMPLEXIONS RANGE AT MISS G COUTURE



A little while ago I introduced you all to the Complexions makeup line from the fashion e-tailer Miss G Couture. I hinted that more exciting products were due to launch from the line, extending the collection to cater for lips and eyes as well as base. The Complexions collection is now much more established, bringing a range of awesome quality products for a premium drugstore price point. No breaking the bank here, but the quality is far from sub-par. In-fact, it rivals some high end products that I use.


Complexions cosmetics part 2...

My favourite piece from the extended collection is the City Eyes 35 shade eyeshadow palette as pictured above. Never before have I come across a large palette that includes not one shade that I wouldn't wear, usually you have one or two shades that just don't work for you, but that is not the case here.

This £20 palette  is totally in keeping with the warm-toned hues that are not only bang on trend right now (hello Naked Heat!) but also are my favourite shades to wear on my bluey/grey/greeny eyes. The shades are a mix of matte and shimmery and are so heavily pigmented, you won't find any wishy-washy chalky shadows here, only buttery, blend-able neutral and bold colours that stick around all day and look seriously striking.

Back in the day, the more layers of gloopy lipgloss I could smear on my lips, the better. I haven't really touched gloss since I was around 15 and I must admit, I am always sceptical of any kind of gloss product. Complexions have launched their Model Behaviour Lip Collection which comprises of 4 highly pigmented glosses for £12. These lipglosses are so smooth to apply and are velvety in texture with a high shine finish. Absolutely not sticky in the slightest and stay put on the lips without moving around or feathering. My favourites shade is surprisingly 'Demure' a brown toned nude that is perfect for everyday.






Two new highlighter palettes have also launched in the new collection for £15 each and are much more up my alley than Complexions' original offering which tended to be a little warm for me. The formulation of the highlighters is velvety and buttery without producing any fall out. No shimmery mess to be seen here. Just a sassy glow fo' sure.


For those who like to get experimental with their highlighter, the Fearless Glow Collection features 6 unique highlighting shades that are suitable for a range of skintones. The pigmentation of this formula is next level and a little certainly goes a long, long way. My favourite shade to wear is the rose gold hue.

If you're looking for more of a natural highlight, I recommend you start off by trying the Natural Glow Highlighter palette, made up of 6 really wearable neutral hues you can play with the pigments on both your cheeks and your eyes. My favourite shade is the icey/pearl shade which is my go to hue most days.


One product I was most excited about is the Universal Bronze and Glow duo palette which you can buy for £10. One one side you get a lovely mid-tone matte baked bronzer and on the other a duo brick featuring a highlighter/bronzer shimmery duo. Both are lovely and work well against my pale skin. I'd advise applying the shimmery side liberally, as is the case with the highlighting palettes a little really does go a long way.



What do you think of the newly extended Complexions range?

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

MONTHLY BEAUTY + LIFESTYLE FAVOURITES: OCTOBER 2017


Beauty products I've been coveting in the month of October...

Hair: This summer I went on my jolly holiday's to Portugal and decided to buy all the beauty essentials while I was out there to save on luggage weight. Whilst I couldn't understand what the packaging said, I recognised the Garnier 'Ultimate Blends' range of hair-care in a small shop next to our villa. However, it was orange in colour with a maple leaf on the front, a style I'd not seen here in the UK. I have to say, using it was hands down the nicest hair washing experience ever, for scent, for performance, for softness and manageability. I couldn't find it here for ages, but I recently saw that Boots started stocking the 'Maple Healer with Castor Oil' range. Targetted for very damaged hair, if you want to try a new shampoo and/or conditioner and you're looking for a little extra something for your hair, I highly recommend. 

Makeup: I've always had a soft spot for the Natural Collection range of makeup at Boots. It's super cheap and the quality is always top notch. It's a basic line, but one that shouldn't be forgotten about against the more glossy brands. I recently bought the Highlighter Stick in the shade 'Rose Glow' which is a very pearly, white, cool-toned shade - no rosy pink pigments to be seen here. For under £3 you get a product that applies lovely, sticks fast and stays put all day long. Looking for a fuss-free highlighter? Give it a go.

This month I headed to dupe city with the Makeup Revolution Renaissance lipsticks. I have the shade 'Triumph' which is a gorgeous dusty rose, nude. Yep, these lippy's are a copy of the iconic Charlotte Tilbury line and the shade is reminiscent of 'Stoned Rose' albeit without the price tag - you can bag yourself one of these for £4.
Skincare: I gotta admit, I was late on the Micellar water hype. I bought the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water in Boots on a whim as I wanted an alternative to face wipes for those days when I get in from work and head straight out to the gym. I have to say, I like how refreshing this cleansing water is and how it doesn't dry out my skin or make it look redraw. It's also pretty alright at removing the layers and layers of eyeliner that adorn my eyes.

Candles: Throwing two candles in here for fun! When it comes to candle scent's I'm not a sweet kinda gal, I prefer herbally, slightly sour scents. My two favourites are from Home Sense but made by DW home. Both are laced with a thyme scent which smells divine. The smaller, thyme and juniper candle is gorgeous and perfect for placing in your kitchen after making a stinky meal, or in your bedroom when you want to zen out. For candles, I always shop at TK Maxx.

Life. TV. Music + More...

Listening: The new Jessie Ware album 'Glasshouse', like a warm hug on an Autumn day. Top tracks 'Thinking about you' and 'Midnight' BEA-UTIFUL. As for other things to listen to, i've been really enjoying Sara Tasker's podcast for creatives: 'Hashtag Authentic' - Sara recently interviewed Dolly Alderton (who I love) and they discuss some really interesting points on editorial trends and newsworthy trends - what exactly is news and what corporations want to sell as news. You can catch it on Acast or Soundcloud. Speaking of podcasts, Daisy Lowe's newly launched podcast 'Femme' is also really good, the basis of the show is all about female empowerment and a safe space to share opinion and thoughts. I really enjoyed episode 1 with Laura Weir, editor of Evening Standard mag. 

Reading: Surprise, surprise! Here's an article by The Pool. I really resonated with Clare Thrope's piece on it being a taboo for a women to declare she doesn't want to reach the top. We don't all want to 'learn in' we don't all have a yearning to be a #girlboss. My favourite quote of the entire piece:


"Our identities feel so wrapped up in what we do for a living. But our jobs aren’t us – they’re just a part of who we are."

Two other recommendations for your lunch break reading list come from Vogue online. The first being an incredibly raw and interesting interview with Susie Cave who discusses the tragic death of her son as well as her label 'The Vampire's Wife' and her marriage to Nick Cave. Also from Vogue, Sali Hughes and her wedding beauty story. With Mary Greenwell on your makeup and Sam Mcknight on your hair - how much better can it get? As usual, Sali writes with flair and without snobbery, she is aware of her privilege but doesn't gloat. 

Watching: Stranger Things 2 kicked off on Netflix this weekend so I've been easing myself back into the water and trying to remember what happened last summer. Two things though 1. Millie Bobbie Brown's acting and the soundtrack. Epic. Aside from #GBBO i've been enjoying The Apprentice, one of the contestant's Joanna was a friend from college so it's ace to see someone flying the flag for Wakefield. I've also devoured Sue Perkins' documentary on the river Ganges, it's a really raw, vivid and honest piece of television - I usually find her really annoying "Baaaayke!" but not here.




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